Berkley California weird
Can there be any doubt about the fact California is the place which comes to mind immediately when one thinks of "weird?"
From the lunatic fringe in Hollywood to the pure Communist members of Congress elected to represent the people, it’s classic weird.
After all, one California representative, Ron Dellums, actually turned his office over to Daniel Ortega’s men as a base of U.S. operations.
California gave us Nancy Pelosi – thanks San Francisco, home of weird – who actually believes unemployment creates jobs and unemployment benefits are the quickest way to stimulate the economy.
When Tea Party-backed candidates were scoring major victories during the November elections, Californians actually elected former "Governor Moonbeam" Jerry Brown, to the office once again.
Oh, and don’t forget, they returned uber-liberal Barbara Boxer to the Senate as well.
Perhaps no other city bespeaks weird as does Berkley, home of the University of California – Berkley.
It certainly takes the cake since the city council votes the most notoriously left-wing positions and un-American stances possible.
If the American people take one side of an issue you can rest assured the Berkley city council will be 180 degrees out of phase.
In such a vein they are now considering a resolution to honor the Army private first class who was arrested for supplying classified military information to WikiLeaks.
Can one city get any weirder?
According to at least one report, the Berkley city council’s proposed resolution states, "the imprisoned Army private suspected of providing WikiLeaks with its most significant U.S. releases should be released from prison and praised for his courage in bringing truth to the American people and the people of the world."
Bob Meola, author of the resolution, told the San Francisco Chronicle, "If he did what he’s accused of doing, he’s a patriot and should get a medal.
"I think the war criminals should be the ones prosecuted, not the whistle blowers." Meola is a member of the city’s Peace and Justice Commission, which advises the city council and school board on peace and social justice issues. The commission passed the resolution by a vote of 7-3.
"It will be up for a city council vote on Dec. 14.
"I doubt there are many other cities around with a Peace and Justice Commission.
According to FoxNews.com, Pfc. Bradley Manning is "accused of leaking a video that depicted an Army helicopter attack that left 11 people dead in Baghdad and is widely suspected of leaking thousands of secret cables to WikiLeaks."
According to Manning’s friends he felt isolated in the Army because of his homosexuality and its "don’t ask, don’t tell" policy.
He complained about being ordered to fetch coffee (I thought that was a Pfc.’s job) and was "desperate for acceptance."
Manning had been twice reprimanded, once for assaulting a fellow soldier, and had been demoted from Specialist to Private First Class.
When I was in the military homosexuals were known security risks and as such did not have access to classified material.
Ryan Gallucci, a spokesman for AMVETS, which represents roughly 180,000 veterans, was one critic of the proposed resolution.
He urged the Berkley city council to "be wise" and vote down the measure supporting Manning.
"AMVETS believes it would be appalling to commend someone like Bradley Manning, who has betrayed his country and disgraced the uniform," Gallucci wrote to FoxNews.com.
He said Berkley lawmakers should be "ashamed" that the proposal has even surfaced.
There it is, folks. Even though the extent of the evidence against Pfc. Manning isn’t known and he hasn’t been tried or convicted, that doesn’t stop those Berkley weirdoes from considering a resolution that declares him a hero.
It is just impossible to figure out how one city could be so out-of-sync with the rest of the world. But, it is in California, after all.
As a postscript, after this piece was completed I heard on the radio that the Berkley city council voted to postpone consideration of this resolution until later.
That doesn’t void the fact they even considered it to begin with, but at this point they refused to kill it. More to come.