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Opening Arguments

Panic in the streets

The loonies in Berkely apparently aren't the only ones who have Marine problems:

The Toledo Blade reports that Toledo Mayor Carty Finkbeiner ordered the Marines out Friday as their buses were arriving for a three-day training mission in the city, where they have periodically trained since 2004.

The 200 Marines, based in Grand Rapids, Mich., had planned to participate in urban patrol exercises in downtown streets and a vacant building, according to the Blade, which reports that past exercises have included mock gun fights, ambushes and the firing of blank ammunition to simulate urban combat.

Finkbeiner said that would be alarming.

"The mayor asked them to leave because they frighten people," Brian Schwartz, the mayor's spokesman, told the newspaper. "He did not want them practicing and drilling in a highly visible area."

Awww. Ams poor wittle Buckeyes a skeeert? Can't strong, manly mayor kiss it and make it all better?


tim zank
Tue, 02/12/2008 - 10:08am

I read about this the other day and sent the mayor an e-mail (apparently along with a few million others) asking if he had lost his mind. His police force had everything under control, planned out and scheduled and this yutz took upon himself to turn them away. He has a relatively long history of being "stuck on stupid".