Code Pink — which already has quite a track record of ill-conceived stunts — added another lamebrained publicity blunder to their resume today with a puzzling April Fools’ Day hoax in Berkeley.

This morning, a press release made the rounds of Bay Area activist groups and media outlets announcing that the Marine Corps was finally pulling its recruiting office out of Berkeley, and that a press conference and subsequent party were to be held at noon outside the office. I immediately suspected an April Fools’ Day prank, but couldn’t at first figure out who had sent the press release, since the wording only made Code Pink seem like children fantasizing about “wish-facts” that can actually come true if you just pretend hard enough. Surely it was someone yanking Code Pink’s chain, mocking them for their infantile antics. So I decided to swing by the office at noon to watch how the whole thing played out — and see if Code Pink or anybody else was actually taken in by the hoax.

Imagine my surprise, then, when I discovered Code Pink themselves setting up the faux news conference. The entire thing turned out to be a Code Pink production.

But why, why? What did they hope to achieve by this?

Medea Benjamin flitted about, the apparent mastermind. Medea, I ask you: is your goal really to expel the Marines from Berkeley, or just to draw attention to yourself? Because in what way will pretending that you’ve won the battle actually further your cause of winning the battle in reality? I don’t get it.

Code Pink members assumed various mystifying personae for the prank. Here, local CP leader Nancy Mancias plays the role of a faux counter-protester, holding up a “Code Pink Lies!” sign while wearing a sweatshirt from Move America Forward, the conservative activist group that has faced off against Code Pink in Berkeley several times. Next to her is an actor portraying “Sgt. Peaceovic” in a pink Marine Corps uniform.

What was the purpose of these characters? I couldn’t say.

But not everything at the event was even that understandable. For example, this guy stood off to the side. He seemed to be wearing a real Marine Corps uniform, but under the circumstances, one had to presume that he was part of the joke too, in some way. It was hard to tell, though, because he just stood there silently, holding a sign that defied interpretation.

However, I really got confused when Code Pink leader Zanne Joi approached him and started pestering him with questions. She did not seem to be acting — she appeared to be truly disturbed by his presence. So: was he part of the hoax, or not? Or was it a hoax-within-a-hoax? [UPDATE: See the comments section for this post -- especially comments #31 through #61 -- for reader analyses of whether or not this Marine protester was real or a hoaxer. The general conclusion is that his uniform was not quite "right," and that he must have been a fake Marine -- but as reader "Ma Sands" reveals in comment #44 below, Code Pink were themselves surprised by his presence. So my only conclusion is that he was an independent counter-hoaxer.]

Layers upon layers, people. The conspiracy goes deep!

One wonders about the psychology behind a stunt like this. What did they think the end result would be? Did they think that the Marines would actually be forced to cave in because someone play-acted their capitulation? Or was the goal simply to “get publicity” for the cause?

There’s an old saying in the entertainment industry: “No publicity is bad publicity.” In politics, however, the reverse seems to be true: “All publicity is bad publicity.” Hasn’t Code Pink yet learned that stunts like this only end up being counter-productive? That earning the derision and loathing of millions of people does nothing to achieve their “goal” — whatever goal that might be?

Anyway, the press conference skit finally got under way, with local comedian Ed Holmes portraying the building’s landlord.

This video shows how essentially amateurish the whole thing was. The first part shows the actor who was wearing the pink uniform, who was claiming to be a Marine Corps spokesman. He was so bad at reading his lines and at improvising that it was painful to watch. The second part shows “St. Stupid’s Day” founder Ed Holmes portraying the building’s landlord. Notice how in both cases, Medea Benjamin can’t stand being upstaged, and cheers louder than the speakers at the podium.

There were a handful of media members on hand, yet probably nothing like what Code Pink had hoped for. But really, they should be grateful so few people fell for their hoax. When you embarrass yourself, it’s better if no one’s looking.

* * *

For the record, here’s the email that circulated this morning (Thanks to Eclectic Infidel for forwarding it to me):

We just received great news from Code Pink: A press release received by
them reveals that the Berkeley Marine Recruiting Center has just worked
out an arrangement with their landlord whereby the center will be moving out
of the Shattuck Avenue building and leaving Berkeley altogether (see press
release below).

Of course, this means that our proposed Wednesday afternoon vigil will not
have to happen after all. It’s very welcome news and, of course, a real
victory for Code Pink and Berkeley.

You’ll notice that Code Pink will be there (54 Shattuck Square) on
Tuesday, April 1, at noon, to celebrate. Some of us will be joining them and you’re
invited as well.

With best regards from…

* * * * *

Subject: Breaking News: Marine Recruiting Station Leaving Berkeley:
Agreement Reached with Landlord, City, and Protesters

We received this press release moments ago! Code PINK intends to BE THERE
noon tomorrow with champaign, flowers & chocolate! Come celebrate with us!

For Immediate Release:

Shamszad Realty, 510-848-xxxx
Marine Office of Manpower Plans and Policies, 703-784-xxxx
CODEPINK, 415-342-xxxx
WHEN: Tuesday, April 1, 12 noon
WHERE: Marine Recruiting Station, 64 Shattuck Square, Berkeley
WHO: Sasha Shamszad, landlord; Marines Manpower Division representative;
CODEPINK spokesperson

Sasha Shamszad, landlord for the Marine Recruiting Center in Berkeley, has
reached an amicable agreement with the Marines to redeploy from Berkeley.
Details of the agreement will be outlined at the press conference.

“The situation was becoming untenable,” says Mr. Shamszad. “The presence
the Marines sparking daily protests have had a negative impact on local
businesses. The city has been forced to pay hundreds of thousands of
in police overtime. And some groups have been calling for a national
of our city. So I sat down with representatives of the Marines and we
out a solution.”

“We just came out with a national productivity study by office, and the
Recruiting Center in Berkeley was in the bottom ten percentile,” says
Michael Applegate, Director of the Marine Manpower Plans and Policy
Division. “It’s a three-person office in a high-rent district bringing in
an average of only 1.4 recruits per month. This is just not a good use of
taxpayer money. So we were happy to work out an agreement with Mr.
For us, this has nothing to do with protests outside the station, but is
simply an issue of strategic redeployment.”

The protest group CODEPINK was delighted to hear the news. “While we still
don’t know the details, we are have happy to hear that the Marines will be
closing their doors and respecting the anti-war values of the residents of
Berkeley,” said CODEPINK co-founder Medea Benjamin.

86 Responses to “Code Pink April Fools’ Day Hoax: We’ve Kicked the Marines Out of Berkeley!”

  1. 1ProtestShooter on Apr 1, 2008 at 4:51 pm:

    With all the newspapers running the estimate from the police that this has cost the city $210K in overtime and associated items like buying lunch for the cops they’ve got to be under some kind of pressure to wrap this quagmire up somehow. Guess they didn’t think about an exit strategy! But just declaring victory and losing any credibility with the local media? Priceless!

  2. 2Cinnamon on Apr 1, 2008 at 6:25 pm:

    That guy with the “I Thought Berkeley Wouldn’t Judge Me” sign looks like the real deal, but it’s hard to tell. Very bizarre display, and not in an entertaining way. These people are mentally ill…

    All that aside, welcome to the blogosphere (sort of), Zombie!

  3. 3Thanos on Apr 1, 2008 at 6:56 pm:

    It’s great that you’ve taken the leap friend, I thought we’d never pry that near-luddite soul of yours away from your fixation with hand-coding html. I don’t think you will regret it. Welcome, I will throw a sidebar and page link your way to start building authority.

  4. 4MikalM on Apr 1, 2008 at 7:11 pm:

    “Medea, I ask you: is your goal really to expel the Marines from Berkeley, or just to draw attention to yourself? Because in what way will pretending that you’ve won the battle actually further your cause of winning the battle in reality?”

    I think we both know the answer to that one, Z. As I’ve pointed out before, anyone who would legally rename themselves after one of the most famous filicidal figures of world literature is a Drama Queen of the first order.

    As for the Marine with the sign: if he’s genuine USMC, he’s violating a well-known UCMJ stricture that prohibits attending any political rally or gathering in uniform.

    As always, thanks for your tireless monitoring of Bay Area moonbattery.

  5. 5Ringo the Gringo on Apr 1, 2008 at 7:48 pm:

    Am I a zombloger?

  6. 6pat on Apr 1, 2008 at 7:49 pm:



  7. 7Noam Sayin' on Apr 1, 2008 at 7:57 pm:

    Hey, hey!

  8. 8Sarge1984 on Apr 1, 2008 at 7:58 pm:

    Good going, zombie!

    I’m proud of you for your courage, commitment, and continued light-shining.

  9. 9Karridine on Apr 1, 2008 at 8:18 pm:

    Zomboid One,
    Good On Ya, Mate! A very good step in a good direction… may you be in a position to MONETIZE this blog/effort Real Soon Now!

    Kudos, and a plug for you at I Call BS!


  10. 10Terrence Watson on Apr 1, 2008 at 8:19 pm:

    Hey, Zombie, is it just me or does Medea Benjamin look rather annoyed with you in that first photo? She seems to be looking right at you :-).

  11. 11Miguel on Apr 1, 2008 at 8:21 pm:

    Hey Zombie!
    Keep up the great work and congratulations for your blog! :)

    May God bless you and protect you always!

  12. 12Jinx McHue on Apr 1, 2008 at 8:27 pm:

    Alright! Zombie’s got a blog! Mega w00ts!

    So what’s with Code Pinko’s crappy faux podium? It’s a cardboard box with a flap up and one side poorly colored brown with marker. They couldn’t find a real podium to use? Did they spend their alloted budget for the publicity stunt on that tacky pink dress coat for Sgt. Manly? (I just made up that moniker because he’s clearly not.)

  13. 13yochanan on Apr 1, 2008 at 8:35 pm:

    ^5 zombie

    code pinko makes me ill.

  14. 14Dirk Diggler on Apr 1, 2008 at 9:09 pm:

    What no scrotal inflation?

  15. 15Ringo the Gringo on Apr 1, 2008 at 9:16 pm:

    I’d love to stay and chat on zombies first blog thread but I’m watching Mary Poppins with my daughter right now and Mary Poppins is a long movie.

  16. 16USMC Brat on Apr 1, 2008 at 9:27 pm:

    Great work Zombie!

    I admire your bravery and tenacity to go face-to-face with the Pink Stinkers. (I’ve heard they smell -ha!)

  17. 17CyanSnowHawk on Apr 1, 2008 at 9:31 pm:

    Good to see zomblog up and running zombie. Great pictures of a confused Code Pinko mess.

  18. 18The Conservative Manifesto on Apr 1, 2008 at 9:32 pm:

    Zombie now has a blog!?!? This is too good to be true.

    ::rubs eyes::

    IT’S TRUE!!!

    This Marine thanks you for your work, Zombie. Keep it up.

  19. 19George Bentley on Apr 1, 2008 at 9:42 pm:

    Good work zombie, as always. Tring to figure out the left is like reading a really bad book, at some point you just don’t want to any more.

  20. 20Jimmy the Notable on Apr 1, 2008 at 9:52 pm:

    The Move America Forward sweatshirt with the sickle instead of a C in Code Pink was obviously meant in jest, but it looks so natural on these kooks, like they would actually wear something like that seriously, so that it just makes absolutely no sense to see that woman who is clearly a member of Code Pink pretending to be a counterprotester. Its like she didn’t even try to hide the fact. She’s got the pink scarf, the wacky glasses and there are peace signs on the “Code Pink Lies” sign. In Code Pink’s eyes, aren’t marine supporters warmongers? Why would we, in their eyes, embrace peace signs? Obviously nobody wants war, but those of us who support it understand the bigger picture and do want peace, but generally peace signs are just not associated with our side.

    Very confusing indeed. Maybe that’s the joke.

  21. 21sanddog on Apr 1, 2008 at 10:07 pm:

    Do they have any idea how incredibly stupid they look?

  22. 22Ringo the Gringo on Apr 1, 2008 at 10:14 pm:

    Do they have any idea how incredibly stupid they look?

    No, not at all.

    They really do not have a clue.

  23. 23Merovign on Apr 1, 2008 at 10:14 pm:


    You’re not a zomblogger, you’re a zommentor!


    The lack of a capacity for self-reflection is not _entirely_ uncommon on the far left.

  24. 24admin on Apr 1, 2008 at 10:52 pm:

    zombie here.

    Thanks everyone for welcoming me to my new blog!

    Sorry it’s a little unfinished seeming. The paint is still wet, the boxes still unpacked.

    I just had to rush to get this report out on April 1st so it would be timely. I really wasn’t ready to unveil zomblog yet!

    I’m figure out all the little technical details as time passes.

  25. 25Ringo the Gringo on Apr 1, 2008 at 11:00 pm:

    ‘nite zombie.

  26. 26Tony on Apr 1, 2008 at 11:16 pm:

    I’m pretty sure the “I thought Berkeley wouldn’t judge me” guy is a counter protestor. The sign may “defy interpertation”, but I’ll give it a shot anyways- what I get from it is this: Berkeley is so liberal and progressive and open minded that they are welcome and accomodating to any and all lifestyle choices (excepting, of course, the Marines). That would explain why the pinko’s didn’t seem to be acting in going after him.

  27. 27Seadogs on Apr 1, 2008 at 11:37 pm:

    Hey Zombie congrats on the blog! I’m sure it will be a great success. Keep doing what your doing, you have really changed the way I view many things.

  28. 28SummerSong on Apr 2, 2008 at 12:56 am:

    Congrats, Zombie.

  29. 29Ma Sands on Apr 2, 2008 at 1:21 am:

    zombie…..I left you a couple of comments around #580, on the lgf Zomblog thread…..initial response from Code Pink…..

  30. 30BulgarWheat on Apr 2, 2008 at 2:16 am:

    Congratulations Zombie on the launch of Zomblog!

  31. 31Anony on Apr 2, 2008 at 2:39 am:

    I think that the guy dressed in the Marine uniform was not legit and part of the act for three reasons:

    1. UCMJ prohibits wearing a military uniform to a political function.
    2. You’re not allowed to wear sunglasses with your dress uniform.
    3. The guy has fewer ribbons than you would expect a sergeant in the USMC to have.

    But yeah, just chalk it up to being another part of the idiotic, non-comprehensible ‘joke’

  32. 32Kate Rafferty on Apr 2, 2008 at 3:16 am:

    It’s champagne not champaign, you dolts.

  33. 33Cameron on Apr 2, 2008 at 3:32 am:

    “The guy has fewer ribbons than you would expect a sergeant in the USMC to have”

    Actually, I’m a former Marine Sergeant and that’s about how many I earned. What can I say? Never got deployed. But what I did notice was that he didn’t have a hash mark on the sleeve (For those who have never heard the term: It’s a stripe at the end of the sleeve that runs at a 45 degree angle). I would find it odd that someone would be a Sergeant without at least four years in.

    And if he was a real Marine, I think the Officers inside the building would have lit him up for being at a protest in uniform.

  34. 34Sisyphus on Apr 2, 2008 at 3:41 am:

    Some ideas (I’m being charitable here) should never exit a person’s head.

    If you’re Code Pink and Medea “Medea Whore” Benjamin, you put them on display in Berzerkley.

    ~ Sisyphus, <—- shameless self-promotion :)

  35. 35M. Simon on Apr 2, 2008 at 5:31 am:

    I expect the Marine will be severely punished. Restricted to barracks next time he has the duty.

  36. 36Clutch on Apr 2, 2008 at 5:39 am:

    I get a kick out of looking at the still of the video clip, as it looks like the Media Whore is giving the cute little pink marine (intentionally not capitalized) a BJ. He doesn’t look like he is enjoying it, either, and I’ve never known anyone on the receiving end to not thourghly enjoy one. Guess it is not a good thing to have a known man-hater like the Media Whore near your pride ‘n joy.

  37. 37zerodamage on Apr 2, 2008 at 6:55 am:

    Yeah, the hand coding of the HTML had to be a pain in the arse. I looked at the source and noticed all the tables and started to pull my hair out. I really like this theme though.

  38. on Apr 2, 2008 at 6:57 am:

    I’m just glad you’re out there documenting this stuff. Code Pink might want publicity, that’s the only reason why they would pull this incredibly lame stunt, but the more you showcase the shallowness and idiocy of their activities, the better. Of course they might really not understand this. For all I know, they just thought it would be something ‘cute’ to do for April Fools’ day. That’s scary in itself.

  39. 39Terp Mole on Apr 2, 2008 at 8:04 am:

    Recalls the March 19th moonbat threats to “arrest” and “cage” Pittsburgh recruitment center personnel– and their perverse cackling that the whole thing was an intentional hoax all along.

    Naturally, rational folks were supposed to assume they’re just harmless pranksters; when the same bunch (backed by Steel union thugs) had previously rioted at the same recruitment center– smashing windows and forcing Jeb Bush to flee the street riot.

    This looks like some Code Pink lame attempt at hoax imitation.

  40. 40Momof7 on Apr 2, 2008 at 8:10 am:

    I agree with Tony about the interpretation of the sign. And Cameron, my son made Sgt. in less than four years, earned his honorable discharge just 2 months after the promotion, but a Sgt. nonetheless. That could explain the lack of the hash mark.

    Sunglasses may sometimes be worn with dress uniforms. Google “USMC sunglasses worn with dress uniform” and follow the links to the USMC dress codes. I certainly am in no position to judge whether this was a proper wearing or not, I’m just pointing out that they can be worn.

  41. 41Tantor on Apr 2, 2008 at 8:41 am:

    Code Pink is very close to a gift to patriotic conservatives in that they make the Left look ridiculous, not that it’s hard to do. They’re like female lefty versions of college frat boys pulling pranks. From what I’ve seen of them at Walter Reed, the demonstrations in DC, and the media, it’s more about attention-getting than a cause. If there were no war, they would find something to protest, maybe the snail-darter, because they love acting out in public.

    Thank goodness for Code Pink. They draw media oxygen away from more serious protests and damage their own cause with foolish stunts. They’re the kind of political opponents we want.

  42. 42EtNorsk Troll on Apr 2, 2008 at 8:56 am:


    (*Norsk stretches his legs and arms*)

    Great, great place you have here, Zombie! I absolutely adore your photos. You seem to have a way with capturing SF & ‘Bezerkley’s wildlife in such natural settings.

    Kudos to you.

    Look forward to more…

    ~Et Norsk Troll

  43. 43Marge45b on Apr 2, 2008 at 9:08 am:

    I’ll add to my blogroll. It’s great to have another lizard place to visit.

  44. 44Ma Sands on Apr 2, 2008 at 9:24 am:

    Okay, zombie, I added another comment just now to the bottom of the lgf Zomblog thread, directing you here, since I actually have, just a few minutes ago, gotten another e-mail response from Code Pink concerning that guy in Marine dress…..

    [She was responding to this request of mine, after I received her first e-mail response:
    "No, I wanted to satisfy the puzzlement my friends at Little Green Footballs expressed over some photos we saw of the you know any of those in your group who were present, who perhaps knew who he was and why he was there? The sunglasses didn’t appear to be according to regular Marine dress code, and we could guess no meaning to the words of his sign. I, myself, would surely like to know about his role there, also. Thank you.


    This is her response:

    i did attempt to talk with him, like we attempt to dialogue with everyone. i asked him to please explain his sign – he refused. he said he did not want to talk to me. i explained to him that i did not understand his sign – no one understood his sign – and i just wanted him to help me understand.

    he refused. we spoke some more – actually i spoke for several minutes to him using my best powers of persuasion to get him to speak. i finally ended up talking to him very softly about what he was doing, what he might have done – i believe he might have been in iraq – and tried to plant the seed of having the courage to stand against war.

    i don’t know what his role was, who got him to appear, if he is in fact active duty. it appeared his role was to intimidate and to protest – which is illegal. marines, and all military, give up their constitutional rights when they enlist.

    i don’t know. don’t know how to find out either. do you? what’s little green footballs? peace,

  45. 45The Conservative Manifesto on Apr 2, 2008 at 9:46 am:

    The “Sgt’s” ribbon rack also indicates he’s a fake.

    He is wearing – from left to right as we face him – what appear to be: Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service, and National Defense Service Medal.

    However… he is displaying them incorrectly. The National Defense Service Medal takes precedence over both the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon and the Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service, which means it should be displayed on the far left as you face him. I admit, the ribbon in the middle is a bit tough to make out, but even if it was the Global War on Terror ribbon (which would be my second guess), the Nat’l Defense Medal would still take precedence over it.

    I smell a sham.

  46. 46Peter Warner on Apr 2, 2008 at 10:14 am:

    It’s hard to know if the Marine holding the sign is really a Marine or not. If he is, he’s put himself in a difficult spot. If he isn’t, he’s done a decent job at impersonation. Neither way looks clean to me.

    The sign’s message, however, would seem to be a legitimate anti-anti-military position. If anyone had listened to
    Evan Sayet explain the liberal mind, the protest statement as written makes perfect sense (sixty minute video):

    The Left holds any judgment of others as wrong, yet they judge the Marines. By its actions and effort, CodePink is judgmental.

    Best regards, P-dub.

  47. 47Stix on Apr 2, 2008 at 11:30 am:

    NIce to see you finally come and join the blogosphere. Great work. Keept up.
    And I got your blog on the blogroll also.

  48. 48wtc? on Apr 2, 2008 at 11:57 am:

    3 cheers for the Zomblog! Been a long time coming…

  49. 49forest on Apr 2, 2008 at 11:58 am:

    I don’t think there will be a shortage of material any time soon. The wackos are relentless.

  50. 50Rollie on Apr 2, 2008 at 2:19 pm:

    Man, how can they pull this kind of crap with a straight face?

  51. 51Mr Spiffy on Apr 2, 2008 at 3:38 pm:

    They didn’t have “spiffy ” pink unjs like that when I was in the service…

    good thing ,too

  52. 52Jinx McHue on Apr 2, 2008 at 3:59 pm:

    “14 Dirk Diggler on Apr 1, 2008 at 9:09 pm: What no scrotal inflation?”

    It’s a Code Pinko protest. No one there has a scrotum.

    (I can’t believe I’m the first one to think of that!)

  53. 53ChenZhen on Apr 2, 2008 at 8:46 pm:

    Sure, poke fun, but these people may very well represent the next phase of human evolution.

  54. 54htom on Apr 2, 2008 at 9:49 pm:

    I think he’s a faux Marine. Uniform at a protest? No. Sunglasses? Sometimes, but no, in general. Ribbons not in order? No. No hash mark and a SGT? Possible, but I would expect more ribbons. The shoes, though, scream NO!

  55. 55Peter on Apr 3, 2008 at 5:07 am:

    I first posted this on the next page by accident. I am posting it here again.

    I, like you Zombie, suspect the so-called Marine featured in your pictures was a fake.
    Looking at the ribbons he is displaying on his chest, they are completely out of order. In proper order, they should be the National Defense Ribbin (the one on the far right), the Armed Forces Expeditionary (the one on the far left) and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary (the middle) [I think. It could be the Service ribbon, but either way, still out of order.] in that order left to right.
    I know because those three are among the ribbons I am entitled to wear.

  56. 56Peter on Apr 3, 2008 at 5:15 am:

    Terp Mole wrote on Apr 2, 2008 at 8:04 am:
    Recalls the March 19th moonbat threats to “arrest” and “cage” Pittsburgh recruitment center personnel– and their perverse cackling that the whole thing was an intentional hoax all along.

    Peter responds:
    I drove all the way from the Boston area to be part of the counter protest in support of that recruiting office. The anti-war protesters didn’t even have the guts to show up when they claimed they would. (Police informed them if they tried to take their cage on theur march, they would all be immediately arrested for conspiracy to commit kidnapping.) Then the next day they posted on their web site it was all a careful plot to leave the ‘war-mongers’ standing confused in the rain while they declared victory over us.

    Take a look at my pics taken that day. Do we look confused?

    ~Peter (subguyss)

  57. 57Reverse_Vampyr on Apr 3, 2008 at 9:42 am:

    I’ve enjoyed seeing your pictures documenting the far left’s derangement for a long time now. Glad to see you launching a blog of your own! I’ll definitely be a regular reader.

  58. 58mesablue on Apr 3, 2008 at 10:12 am:

    Excellent work, once again.

    Happy to see you putting up the blog. Will stay tuned for more great stuff.

  59. 59Dan on Apr 3, 2008 at 11:20 am:

    Good job zombie on everything. Keep giving them hell.


  60. 60htom on Apr 3, 2008 at 2:22 pm:

    D’oh, no toilet seat, cross, or laurals, either. We should shut up about this, lest they actually learn how to put together a uniform.

  61. 61Corporal of Marines on Apr 3, 2008 at 5:01 pm:

    Re: The “Marine”

    1) Protesting in uniform is a violation of the UCMJ.
    2) His shoes are unauthorized.
    3) His ribbons are jacked up. Can’t tell about the left one but the middle looks like a sea service deployment ribbon, and the national defense ribbon is senior to it. He’s got them upside-down.

    Sunglasses are authorized, and a sergeant with this few ribbons and no hashmark is not unheard of. I know a sergeant with under 3 years in (no good cookie, no hashmark).

    But this yahoo is definitely a fake. What a tool.

  62. 62Bodacious on Apr 3, 2008 at 6:21 pm:

    If he were a Sgt without a hashmark he would be one badass marine. It takes a great deal of effort to get Sgt in under 4 years, so much effort that anyone who got Sgt in that amount of time would know what shoes to wear and what order the ribbons would be in.

    Not only that, any my memory might be a little vague, In dress blues ribbons are worn over the right (left as you are facing it) pocket as they are just ribbons. Medals are worn over the left pocket (right as you are facing it). There is a differnce between ribbons and medals. Medals are actualy medals, they hang down over the pocket and have and emblem hanging from it.

  63. 63Bodacious on Apr 3, 2008 at 6:23 pm:

    After a little bit of looking I guess just ribbon verison of medals can be worn, but there should be shooting mdeals, of which the Sgt has none. A sgt doesn’t go UNQ on the rifle range.

  64. 64MARINE on Apr 4, 2008 at 11:15 am:


  65. 65Typical White Person on Apr 5, 2008 at 6:21 am:

    It’s too bad R. Lee Ermey wasn’t there to greet the Code Pink fools. That would have been hilarious.

  66. 66Alfred Washington on Apr 5, 2008 at 7:22 am:

    i think that sign was the real deal he is saying that when he came to berkely he shouldent be judge based on the fact that he is a marine or that what he wanted to say to Code pink the “other” communist

  67. 67Bob's Kid on Apr 5, 2008 at 1:40 pm:

    Man, I never seem to be in Berkeley when these things go down!

  68. 68Ed Mahmoud on Apr 5, 2008 at 2:39 pm:

    But this yahoo is definitely a fake. What a tool.

    I think he was counter-protesting the Code Pinkos, so he may not be a real Marine, but the intentions were good.

    I have been drunk in Berkeley, way back in the 1980s when I lived on a houseboat in Alameda.

  69. 69Ed Mahmoud on Apr 5, 2008 at 2:41 pm:



  70. 70Ed Mahmoud on Apr 5, 2008 at 2:41 pm:

    The first line was in #68 was supposed to be in quotations.

  71. 71DDunleavy on Apr 5, 2008 at 9:15 pm:

    The Marine makes me proud.

  72. 72John Schneider on Apr 6, 2008 at 10:00 am:

    The “Marine” ain’t. He’s just another yahoo with a sign.
    Zombie, I’m amazed at all you’re able to get away with at these “gatherings.” I sincerely hope you haven’t been made as a troublemaker to these idiots. They’re unhinged enough to want to cause you bodily harm.

  73. 73Christina on Apr 8, 2008 at 7:51 pm:

    Okay, I’m slow on the uptake, but given the “Angry Vagina” crowd and “The Vagina Monologues”, is the “Pink” in “Code Pink” what I think it is?

  74. 74Christina on Apr 8, 2008 at 7:53 pm:

    I’d say the “Marine” is a counter-protester pointing out the hypocracy of claiming to be non-judgmental while being so — judgmental.

  75. 75Xpltivdletd on Apr 10, 2008 at 3:42 am:

    FWIW this sort of fake “victory” play was done in the West Virginia Legislature at least once. WV has a pre-emptive gun amendment to the State Constitution, reserving all gun-law authority to the state (rather than to city & county governments). It isn’t new. Some time since “Y2k,” the Legislature went through the theatrics of putting this amendment to a vote, as if this would give somebody a “do-over.” IIRC it passed by a narrow-enough margin the Governor could veto it (which that one did). Oddly, no one has wanted to talk about it since. Democrats have owned this state for nearly 80 years, though some have been more conservative than many “Republicans” elsewhere. I’m guessing the pretend-victory thing is in the Democrat playbook in some form.

    Oh… on a related topic, the Sprinter van owned by “Breasts-Not-Bombs” & commented-on by you–is probably a bit more environmentally friendly than it may appear. Even a stopped clock is {nominally} right for an instant or 2 daily, and Ms Glaser (sp?) got this one right, if her group’s transportation-needs call for that large an interior. Sprinters play to mostly glowing reviews, especially in fuel consumption for vehicles their size. Best regards.

  76. 76bishop joey on Apr 13, 2008 at 11:33 am:

    actually…..the part of ed holmes the ‘landlord’ is being played by mike dingle cuz ed was channeling bishop joey at the 30th annual st stupid’s day parade in SF at the same time……or was that ed holmes….? and dingle was leading the parade…? whatever. ya see one pudgy bald white guy you seen them all. as to the action against the recruiters….i, as a navy vet and berkeley resident, support it. It’s being spun as anti marine/military…for me its anti bushco lies and the recruiters are feeding that lie to the public. If you had a buisness in your town that lied and decieved its customers would’nt it be right to kick them out? Recruiters lie, mine did back in 64. the jingo mind set of these jarheads needs to be mocked. Their sacrifice of life and limb in a bogus cause needs pity. Their return to civilian life needs support. The government that sent them won’t do it. Its up to us. As for the flag waving right wing summer ‘patriots’ bad mouthing berkeley…….sign up for duty or shut the fuck up.

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