For over a year, the radical group Code Pink has been protesting in front of the Marine Corps recruiting office in Berkeley. Today, April 19, a group of Marine Corps veterans turned the tables and protested in front of Code Pink‘s recruiting center just a few miles away in the adjacent town of Albany.

The Marines Motorcycle Club had gotten a protest permit from the Albany Police Department (protests are an extreme rarity in Albany, which is a quiet little city on the north edge of Berkeley). Barricades, banners and signs were set up in front of the Code Pink office, which is in a commercially-zoned single-family home on Solano Ave., Albany’s main shopping street.

About 50 or 60 veterans showed up to protest against Code Pink on their own turf — taking the battle to the enemy, in typical Marines style.

And yes, the Code Pink office does count as a recruiting center of a sorts, since they hold “Working group meetings” for potential volunteers at the office.

But wait! Code Pink wasn’t even at home during the protest, having instead decamped for the Earth Day celebration in Berkeley. Was this missed connection by design, or just a bit of bad timing for both sides, who might have enjoyed a good political confrontation?

The veterans’ motorcycles filled the nearby streets.

An advertisement for the aggressively anti-war film Rendition adorned an adjacent bus stop; part of the protest is visible in the background.

Political rallies happen so infrequently in Albany that even the Mayor of Albany, Robert Lieber, showed up to give interviews to the few media outlets that were on hand. I listened in on his interview for a while — he took a sort of middle position: he was against the war, and against the recruiting center in Berkeley, but as a veteran himself supported the Marines’ right to protest. Politicians are the same wherever you go, aren’t they?

But poor Code Pink! For the first time ever, TV crews showed up at their home office, and here they are, five miles away in Berkeley, stranded at a back corner of the Earth Day celebration. What a tragedy. All that camera time and they weren’t even on hand to take advantage of it.

They looked balefully at the Earth Day festival in the distance — few people hung around this part of the event.

Instead they crowded around the more popular booths, like the Cannabis Action Network, always a Berkeley favorite on Earth Day.

Even the Truthers had a more centrally located booth.

Oh well! Ms. Chicken says goodbye from Berkeley!

93 Responses to “Marine Vets Give Code Pink a Taste of Their Own Medicine”

  1. 1sam on Apr 19, 2008 at 6:02 pm:

    You do a great job,especially on the vets.your photography is excellent. Keep up the great work.

  2. 2Morgana on Apr 19, 2008 at 6:52 pm:

    I love you guys…and girls…keep up the good work…I am tired of this anti-war crap. Code Pink does not have a clue. Thank you for serving our country!

  3. 3Rob on Apr 19, 2008 at 7:32 pm:

    You are a modern day folk hero.

  4. 4Philosopher on Apr 19, 2008 at 7:56 pm:

    Thanks for coming out, we appreciate the support. There may have been 50 or 60 Veterans at the rally, but 40 of the them were members of the Marines Motorcycle Club. The run was to show our support for our brother Marines in Berkeley, who have been under attack by the anarchist groups Code Pink and World Can’t Wait. The Marine corps motto is Semper Fidelis, Always Faithful. As former Marines we are obligated to honor and support Marines who have gone before us and those who are serving after us.

    Our mission was to educate the patriotic citizens and business owners of Albany that Code Pink was formed by practicing Marxists and is currently controlled by Communist sympathizers. World Can’t Wait – according to their own web site – is a front group for the Communist Party. We went to Albany to distribute literature explaining the roots of both groups and their intentions to promote anarchy. We asked business owners to post our signs in their windows proclaiming their support for the US Marines and denouncing the Anarchist groups attacking the Marines. This issue isn’t about the war, the members of the Marines MC (as is any sane group) would like this war to end.

    I want to thank the citizens of Albany who joined us today to stand against anarchy. A special thanks to the gentleman who brought us the dozens of donuts and the veteran who brought us the case of water. After our time in Albany we stopped by the businesses on Shattuck and asked them to display our signs supporting the US Marines. Our hope is the patriotic citizens of Albany and Berkeley join us and stand up to these anarchist and also go out of their Way to recognize the businesses that support the Marines.

    All but a few of the Marines MC members are combat Marines. All of us have taken an oath to fight for our country and defend our Corps. We’re in this fight for the long haul. Throughout history the Marine Corps has been the cause for our enemies to abandon their position and run. Today Code Pink abandoned their cause. Eventually they will have to face us.

  5. 5Rob on Apr 19, 2008 at 8:01 pm:

    Another great dispatch. Thanks Zomb.

  6. 6George Bentley on Apr 19, 2008 at 8:09 pm:

    Much better than my ideal for getting back at Code Pink, (nails in their parking spot) but then I didn’t know Code Pink had an office.

  7. 7Pat on Apr 19, 2008 at 8:23 pm:

    Moonbats fly.

  8. 8Rollie on Apr 19, 2008 at 8:52 pm:

    Man, troofers have even hijacked Earth Day?

  9. 9ProtestShooter on Apr 19, 2008 at 10:11 pm:

    Nicely done! And timely!

  10. 10MondegreenMom on Apr 19, 2008 at 10:21 pm:

    Nice work, Zombie!

    And a great day’s work for the MMC as well. I think they should have just declared victory like Code Pink does whenever the USMC OSO staff misses one of THEIR protests….”We Shut ‘em Down,” says Zanne Joi, “No Business as Usual!” says The World Can’t Wait! Of course, Marines are limited to telling the truth. A burden the Pinks and Oranges don’t share.

  11. 11Jane on Apr 20, 2008 at 5:57 am:

    Great job as always!

  12. 12Skye on Apr 20, 2008 at 6:48 am:

    You inspire me! Great work, Zombie !

  13. 13Annette on Apr 20, 2008 at 6:55 am:

    I love this! Go Marines! I love that you all are fighting back against those crazy communists. I just don’t understand how someone gets to that point in their thought processes. I think if they love communism so much they need to go and become citizens of the great country of Cuba. Why don’t they leave our beloved country and go and live in a place that practices what they think is so wonderful. I’ll tell you why, they don’t have the guts to do it and deep down, they know this country is so much better than anything any communist country has. But I really wish they would. It would be fun to watch.

  14. 14AFSister on Apr 20, 2008 at 7:32 am:

    Simply BEAUTIFUL…. Wish I could have been there! Leave it to our Marines to come up with a creative, intelligent, meaningful, full-frontal attack on Pinko’s home turf. I just LOVE it.

  15. 15Marooned in Marin on Apr 20, 2008 at 7:57 am:

    As always, great job Zombie!

  16. 16zud the hut on Apr 20, 2008 at 8:02 am:

    A BIG thank you for doing this.

    I wish more confrontations with these egg heads would happen.

    I really appreciate your support of America.

  17. 17GunnNutt on Apr 20, 2008 at 8:09 am:


  18. 18yma o hyd on Apr 20, 2008 at 8:29 am:

    Was it wrong of me to feel ever so gleeful seeing the Code Pinkers at their forlorn stand at Earth Day?

    Applause to the Marine Vets who organised the ralley, and to zombie who documented it here for all to see (and enjoy!)

  19. 19Rob on Apr 20, 2008 at 8:55 am:

    Zombie you are a genius. Thanks for showing us on your own what the million dollar MSM refuses to show.

  20. 20Glidedon on Apr 20, 2008 at 9:00 am:

    You are the hardest working Zombie I know!

    Thanks a bunch.

  21. 21Craig on Apr 20, 2008 at 9:08 am:

    Doh! How come I didn’t know about this? My house is only three blocks from the protest! I make it a point to give the finger to the Code Pinkos every time I see them. I hate that their stupid, ugly truck defaces Solano Ave. It would have been fun to stop by for a while.

    Thanks for the great coverage as always, Zomb. I’ll remember this at the next mayoral election.

  22. 22winston on Apr 20, 2008 at 9:29 am:

    Great photos as always!

  23. 23Ringo the Gringo on Apr 20, 2008 at 9:36 am:

    Love it!

    I wish people would start giving the Truthers the same treatment. I find the Truth freaks to be even more offensive than the Code Pink hags.

  24. 24ZOMBIE ROCKS on Apr 20, 2008 at 9:49 am:

    Dude / Dudette

    God Bless ya on the – once again – NEWS THAt SHOULD LEAD – that would go unreported if not for you.

    AND H/T to the Marine Bikers.

    Lets take this country back fellas.

    The assclowns of dhimmitude have had their little fun in the sandbox under guise of tolerance long enough.

    Time to become intolerant of ineptitude and their particular ANTI-AMERICAN Screed.

    Semper Fi.


  25. 25Adam on Apr 20, 2008 at 9:56 am:

    MondegreenMom, I heartily agree with you that the Marines won that round. The presence of that gloating sign indicated that the Code Pink gargoyles knew they were coming, but rather than confront them, they chickened out and scrambled to the Earth Day thing to try and hobnob with their fellow dirty hippies, and even there, in what I’d call karmic retribution if it weren’t for the fact that I’m a Christian, they were largely ignored. They are just too scared to deal in person with Marine supporters. They showed this last time, when the Marines had their Support the Troops rally outside the recruiting station, and ony a couple PINKos showed up, while the rest were content to mock the demonstration a few days later when they held their asinine April Fools Day stunt (Aww, what’s the matter, Medea? Too cowardly to address the Marine supporters there in person and say those things to their faces?).
    Between those two events, they should change the name of their organization to Code Yellow, that color fits them much better than pink.

  26. 26James on Apr 20, 2008 at 9:58 am:

    I’m not really impressed. Just because you photograph a bunch of washed up vets doesn’t mean that you’re supporting the troops or even the defense of America.

  27. 27sanddog on Apr 20, 2008 at 10:00 am:

    War is Not Green? Is that supposed to be profound?

    You’ve really got to feel sorry for a group who gears their slogans towards the average 12 year old public school student.

  28. 28Bruce on Apr 20, 2008 at 10:01 am:


    When do you pick up your Pulitzer?


  29. 29Al Lahsuks on Apr 20, 2008 at 10:02 am:

    As always great pic’s, great coverage of an important story. Jarheads – thanks for doing what you do best; being the first in to enemy territory. If I lived on the left coast ida been there 2.

  30. 30ZOMBIE ROCKS on Apr 20, 2008 at 10:18 am:

    James is bummed. He misses the days of Code Oinks relevance.


    AS for commentor
    James in the pink dress – piss off ya wanker… this nation has tired of you fecks.


  31. 31Joanie on Apr 20, 2008 at 10:20 am:

    Hey Zombie!
    Great stuff! I applaud your coverage of the Real Men getting back at the whiteflaggers pinkos!
    Semper Fi!

  32. 32XPLODEIT on Apr 20, 2008 at 10:26 am:

    Thanks for the pics, good job. And thanks to the Marines for protesting the the code pinko hippies.

  33. 33XPLODEIT on Apr 20, 2008 at 10:29 am:

    PS. James you can f.o.

  34. 34Pip on Apr 20, 2008 at 10:36 am:

    Great work Zombie

    Well done from the UK

  35. 35MarineGrunt on Apr 20, 2008 at 11:00 am:

    Great work Zombie.
    In true Marine tradition, a full frontal assault on the enemy’s home turf.

    And James, you are correct when you say “washed up vets” unlike the UNWASHED smelly Code Pink freaks, these vets are clean and smell nice.

  36. 36John Schneider on Apr 20, 2008 at 11:06 am:

    Zombie, I sure hope you have your Inspector Clouseau disguise kit. While the anti-war people are crazy, I’m sure they know to be looking for you. And as they are crazy….

  37. 37bubbe on Apr 20, 2008 at 11:08 am:

    Zombie scores again! Good work, Zom.

  38. 38Hurricane on Apr 20, 2008 at 11:21 am:

    That wasn’t a retreat, it was a “strategic withdrawal over the horizon”. CP and Co. should have stopped only when they reached Okinawa (if they can find it on a map). I’d also like to point out to the Earth Day celebrators that most Harley Davidson motorcycles get 50 MPG, giving them a very small carbon footprint. Is this the same building someone tried to say was an unlicensed homeless shelter?

  39. 39franksalterego on Apr 20, 2008 at 11:26 am:


    Yes James…

    I mean after all, how can you show support for the troops, if you’re not harrassing, belittling, and disrespecting them?


  40. 40gene on Apr 20, 2008 at 11:32 am:

    Great job !! Keep up the pressure.


  41. 41Independent on Apr 20, 2008 at 11:43 am:

    I’d like to point out the mayor’s comments were not so unreasonable. I personally think the Iraq War was a mistake, but I’m still going to vote for McCain because the left are much too arrogant and self-righteous. They are convinced they have all the answers and should rule the world, when they don’t and shouldn’t.

    The Marine demo against Code Pink on their hom turf was a brillaint idea.

  42. 42Pete on Apr 20, 2008 at 1:53 pm:

    Zombie rules.
    With his/her camera, he/she takes the left-wing kooks to the woodshed again and again.

  43. 43Hening on Apr 20, 2008 at 1:55 pm:

    Your photos and comments are a great source of entertainment and history. I hope you are looking into a book. Time/Life should put out a series.

  44. 44conlor on Apr 20, 2008 at 2:30 pm:

    Way to go Marines!!!!!!

  45. 45muhammad cat on Apr 20, 2008 at 2:33 pm:

    Zombie, I have to know: just what the hell were all those rocks on the truther table supposed to prove ??!? Or were they just there to stone the unbelievers?


  46. 46MikalM on Apr 20, 2008 at 3:08 pm:

    Excellent work as always, Z. And many thanks to the Marines M.C. for turning Code Stink’s own tactics against them, and confronting them where they live. Semper Fi!

  47. 47Craig on Apr 20, 2008 at 3:12 pm:

    “The mayor is against the marine recuiting station.”

    What the hell? Is it common for mayors to be against fire and police stations also. What about the IRS office, I’m sure they’re unwelcome intruders? I thought it was obvious that a sovern country needs a military. Do these douches really prefer a draft?

  48. 48Andy on Apr 20, 2008 at 3:24 pm:

    Those are great photos, Zombie. Keep up your fine work.

  49. 49Peter on Apr 20, 2008 at 4:13 pm:

    The whole situation is SO obvious to me!

    Code Pink wasn’t at Earth Day to help save the planet! They were afraid to face the Marines and surended, just like they accuse the Marines of soing every time they protest in front of a recruiting office after normal business hours!

    COWARDS! (hee hee hee)

  50. 50Peter on Apr 20, 2008 at 4:14 pm:

    Excuse my typo. I’m tired and missed it before submission.
    Surended should be surendered.

  51. 51Bob Blacketer on Apr 20, 2008 at 4:21 pm:

    Good post MarineGrunt. Thanks for sharing the pics Zombie. These code pink wackos make me sick. Saw an interview of one outside the recruiter office bewailing that there was no one fighting for free speech. The idiot should have looked behind them and thanked the ones “First to fight for right and freedom.”

    Semper Fi!


  52. 52Birdzilla on Apr 20, 2008 at 6:16 pm:

    The water mellons have turn EARTH DAY into a big money making event and to use it to lie to the kids and tell them this global warming bull kaka and liberals are such a bunch of idiots. And HEY THATS NO CHICKEN THATS TWEETY PIE

  53. 53Suzie on Apr 20, 2008 at 8:11 pm:

    I heart zombie. Seriously.

  54. 54Shorty C1/1 69-70 on Apr 20, 2008 at 8:13 pm:

    Semper Fi Marines—-

  55. 55Dave on Apr 20, 2008 at 10:15 pm:

    Thanks, Zombie. I often go to the cool deli (Zarri’s) which is run by patriotic Americans, next to Code Pink headquarters.
    What a contrast.
    Normals versus nutballs.

  56. 56Carl on Apr 20, 2008 at 10:43 pm:

    Wish I could have been there Marines. Being in the Corps 6 years, back in ’67 – 73, a little while ago. This should make these people a lot mad considering they missed all the media attention. You guys did a great service for America and it is greatly appreciated by all the Services I’m sure. Again, Great Job Marines !!!!

    Semper Fidelis,

  57. 57TRP on Apr 21, 2008 at 7:37 am:

    I hope they go back to protest again when the Code Pink ladies are not distracted by the delights of the Cannabis Action Network stand.

  58. 58Susan in Rogue River on Apr 21, 2008 at 8:15 am:

    Semper Fi Marines!
    I support you in ever way!

  59. 59kevin on Apr 21, 2008 at 8:24 am:

    Semper Fi Marines! God bless everyone of you

  60. 60Calamity Jane on Apr 21, 2008 at 8:51 am:

    You just made a new fan. Yahoooooooo what a kick ass posting. Wish I could have been there. Go get ‘em, Marines!

  61. 61Seraphym on Apr 21, 2008 at 8:52 am:

    muhammad cat wrote: “just what the hell were all those rocks on the truther table…”

    I’d guess for the wind.

    Now, a rational group who was planning an outdoor booth, and was planning on putting lots of loose leaf paper on the table in their outdoor booth, might have thought ahead and realized that they needed some plexiglass, or binders, or something to keep that paper from blowing all over the place and creating a hell of an Earth Day faux pas by littering the area with carbon-impregnated paper.

    But, such preparation would have required forethought, something they are patently lacking just by their group’s own existence.

    Or, maybe the rocks were there for a do-it-yourself free-fall demonstration! PrOvE iT diDn’T hApPen! ;-D

  62. 62Mr Cancun on Apr 21, 2008 at 9:19 am:

    As a Protest Warrior who has also ran off Moonbats at several cities . THANKS !!!!!
    Great job !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  63. 63hybrid_t on Apr 21, 2008 at 9:29 am:

    “We are out saving the planet.”

    What a bunch of pretentious, arrogant wankers.

  64. 64LANCE on Apr 21, 2008 at 12:15 pm:


  65. 65docm376667 on Apr 21, 2008 at 7:46 pm:

    Where ever the fight is, the Corps will be there, along with Doc……Semper Fidelis

  66. 66luke37 on Apr 22, 2008 at 6:50 am:

    Its time we looked closer at Mayor Lieber who by his own admission is a die hard Code Pink supporter,when asked about the 600.000 dollars CP sent to the terrorists families in Fallujah his reply was spooky in that it was verbatim and in cadence with all replys from CP and Global Exchange ( CP financier), He said ” No they didnt” and ” they dont have that type of money” and ” ridiculous” I thought I was talking to Medea Benjaminn herself. When I asked him if I could prove it , he would have none of it,when I asked himwhen it is proved to him would that change his support of CP, he would not answer and walked away. Mayor Lieber is too cozy with this communist and anti- american group and the citizens of Albany should be informed.

  67. 67Ckblv on Apr 22, 2008 at 7:33 am:

    You GO Marines.

    Hey James, those Marines will keep even you safe. “Washed up Vets” you say, easy to say on an anonymous blog, not as easy to say to their faces. You, my friend, are a coward.

    God bless the Marines and all of our troops. The country is behind you.

  68. 68Ron on Apr 22, 2008 at 7:56 am:

    Wow, Great job Marines !!! Code Pink, Westboro Baptist Church – not much difference in my opinion. They both need to take a good look at who is preserving the Freedom we enjoy in this country. Thanks go out to ALL our servicemen/women, your service and sacrifice IS appreciated by anyone with half an ounce of sense !!!

  69. 69Smooth Stone on Apr 22, 2008 at 2:28 pm:

    Love your site, love your work, love your righteousness, love your passion. Thank you for every thing you do.

  70. 70Ma Sands on Apr 22, 2008 at 6:25 pm:

    Hey, zomb…..posting this here ‘cause I haven’t an e-mail address for you… can delete it if you’d like after you read it…’s okay by me….

    I was so startled and amazed when you gave your “leaving” comment on lgf yesterday, and this is why:

    From the moment when you uttered your angst cry of being all alone, to Charles, in comment #24 of the Ben Stein thread the night before, I watched Lizard after Lizard rally to your side, many who were utter strangers to me, many who rarely post……all the way down that thread!

    Throughout the whole thing I myself felt in such a small crowd of fellow believers, feeling nearly buried…..

    In no way, zombie, were you ever, in any way, shape, or form, told that you were not well-appreciated; if your ideas, your beliefs were argued against, that’s what the forum is for –but your own self, and the work you do on your two blogs as well as on lgf, never came into question, and remained utterly respected.

    Will you go back and check? Now that the thing is done, and the thread is lying quiet and silent, you could do so in peace. :)

    love ya, and hope to see you soon –it’s always a bright spot for me when you appear.

    Ma Sands

  71. 71AngryAmerican on Apr 22, 2008 at 7:24 pm:


    two words – YOU ROCK!!!!!!

  72. 72ethan on Apr 22, 2008 at 8:43 pm:

    thanks guys and keeping yiu in our pryers

  73. 73ethan on Apr 22, 2008 at 8:43 pm:

    thanks guys keeping you in our pryers

  74. 74Scrappy on Apr 22, 2008 at 10:37 pm:

    I thought earth day was later this month

  75. 75Scrappy on Apr 22, 2008 at 10:46 pm:

    ““We are out saving the planet.”

    What a bunch of pretentious, arrogant wankers.”

    hybrid_t, pat on the back and the first two rounds are on me, ever about in FL I’m true to my word. Excellent reply to the wankers. It is a bit weird though, former marines get all unstoic, and shove freedom in their face, and there’s no one there to respond. It’s like we’ve got only doers and whiners in this country these days. Nice one hybrid, I appreciate it zombietime.

  76. 76Deb on Apr 24, 2008 at 5:23 am:

    Thank You Very Much!
    Way to go guys!You have defended our freedom and we are enjoying you expressing yours!
    Isn’t freedom a wonderful blessing!!!
    Thanks again!
    You Guys Are Awesome!!!

  77. 77kuassa on Apr 24, 2008 at 10:57 am:

    Why do you think they have in their name the word ‘Pink”? They are communist sympathizers at best or outright communists or other elements with an agenda working from within to destroy America (aka ‘fifth column’).

    God bless the Marines

  78. 78Achillea on Apr 24, 2008 at 12:05 pm:

    “War is not green”?

    The Marsh Arabs might have some especially pithy comments to make in that regard.

  79. 79yochanan on Apr 24, 2008 at 4:45 pm:

    always like your photo’s and posts on lgf, come back please

  80. 80Chuck Tutle on Apr 25, 2008 at 5:08 am:

    Thank the US Marines for keeping our country safe and I appreciate your stand in Iraq and other parts of the world that some Americans say is not necessary. I do and ALWAYS will believe we need to lead the way for freedom worldwide. Thank-You soooo much!!

  81. 81NJ Low Rider on Apr 28, 2008 at 5:39 am:

    Code Stink is nothing more than a bunch of Man hating DRIED UP OLD SCAGS so UGLY it makes you want to VOMIT!

  82. 82Been there on May 1, 2008 at 6:12 pm:

    to James –

    You could only wish to be a “washed up” veteran. All gave some; some gave all.

    Hats off to Zombie, all the vets….and my dad, my hero from WWII.

  83. 83Airline Ticket on May 4, 2008 at 11:17 pm:

    I don’t generally feel anything until noon; then it’s time for my nap.

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    Art is either plagiarism or revolution.

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    Writing gives you the illusion of control, and then you realize it’s just an illusion, that people are going to bring their own stuff into it.

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    The radical of one century is the conservative of the next. The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out the conservative adopts them.

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    Assuming either the Left Wing or the Right Wing gained control of the country, it would probably fly around in circles.

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    A good man would prefer to be defeated than to defeat injustice by evil means.

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    Listen. Do not have an opinion while you listen because frankly, your opinion doesn?t hold much water outside of Your Universe. Just listen. Listen until their brain has been twisted like a dripping towel and what they have to say is all over the floor.

  90. 90Philadelphia on May 21, 2008 at 3:43 am:

    Eat a third and drink a third and leave the remaining third of your stomach empty. Then, when you get angry, there will be sufficient room for your rage.

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