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Republican Assemblyman Guy Houston "cannot stand by and do nothing while the City of Berkeley declares war on the United States Marine Corps."

So he's prepared to charge them 3.3 million dollars for exercising their rights, from state money intended for roads. This money is in addition to over 2 million in federal funds Senator Jim DeMint is threatening to withhold that we saw just last week.

It's like a swear jar. Criticize the government or fail to support the troops and they get more money to fund the war. But it sure makes you curious about one of Houston's opinions:

"One of the most important duties of government is to ensure that we are prepared for the unexpected. Natural disasters, emergencies, and terrorist attacks are realities and possibilities that we must be ready for."

Right... by withholding funds for our roads. We're ready for anything now.
I'm all confused. I thought we sent the troops to Iraq to defend our rights, like the right to free speech. I think we should bring them back to defend us from Senator Jim DeMint, who is bravely defending the budget from three Berkeley activists who chained themselves to the downtown Berkeley Marine recruiting office. From the San Francisco Chronicle:

DeMint began drafting legislation Friday to cut $2.1 million in federal funding to Berkeley in a current congressional budget bill and transfer the money to the Marine Corps. The funding would include $750,000 for prospective ferry service, $87,000 for the Berkeley Unified School District nutrition education fund and $243,000 for the Chez Panisse Foundation, which promotes nutritional awareness in school lunch programs.

There is no right to speech, if they can punish your community for exercising it.