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What's the matter with Toledo and Berkeley? Update: DeMint takes Semper Fi bill to Senate floor; blocked by Bingaman

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By Michelle Malkin  •  February 14, 2008 11:16 AM

Scroll down for updates…11:32am…Sen. Jim DeMint is on the Senate floor offering the Semper Fi bill (cutting off Berkeley earmarks) as an amendment to the Indian Health Care bill. He’s circumventing the Senate’s secret hold and trying to force a vote before we recess this weekend…Update: Democrat Sen. Jeff Bingaman just blocked Semper Fi…Register your opinion with his office at (202) 224-1792…

Actually, Toledo gets some kudos for offering a straightforward apology to the Marines after the city’s jerk mayor ordered them to leave because they might “frighten people.”

Check out the Toledo Blade’s photo gallery of the pro-troops rally in front of the Toledo City Hall here.

Berkeley and its enablers, on the other hand, remains an unrepentant disgrace. Cinammon Stillwell spotlights bad Berkeley police behavior.

The NRSC has a new vid out:

The Cal Patriot has a follow-up report and video of Berkeley High School moonbats–the next generation of troop-haters:

Meantime, a West Virginia city council has passed a resolution condemning Berkeley and calling on its representatives to support Jim DeMint’s Semper Fi act cutting off earmarks to the Marine-trashing town:

The Delbarton City Council is ready to go to war with Berkeley, Cal.

Apparently the Berkeley City Council told the Marine Recruiting office to get out of its downtown office. The city officials also voted to give the protest group “Code Pink parking space outside of the recruitment office and urged them to impede, passively or actively, the work of the Marine Corps. recruiters.”

Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates agrees with the decision. Bates is quoted as saying that the Marines “don’t belong in Berkeley.

Delbarton councilman Albert Totten is appalled by this decision and asked the city council Monday to pass a resolution to send a letter to West Virginia Senators John Rockefeller and Robert Byrd urging them to back the Semper Fi Act of 2008.

This bill would rescind over $2 million in hidden earmarks for Berkeley in the 2008 Omnibus Appropriations Bill and transfer the funds to the Marine Corps.

It was introduced by U.S. Senators Jim [DeMint](R-South Carolina), Saxby Chambliss (R-Georgia), Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-Oklahoma), John Cornyn (R-Texas), James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) and David Vitter (R-Louisiana).

“I have no problem with anyone against the war but I have a real problem with what Berkeley did,” said Totten. “If every city council said the armed forces can’t recruit here, we would be in a heap of trouble.”