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Hey, Vermont, Boulder, and Berkeley! You made the list!

Sometimes a person (or a group of people, on behalf of a city or state) says or does something so stupid and/or classless that I tell myself, "You are never going to get a dime of my money." This has happened so many times lately that I decided to make a list, lest I forget some idiotic statement or action and end up sending money in a direction where I don't want it to go. So here goes.


At first I thought it was just one city that voted to impeach Bush and Cheney, but apparently city after city in Vermont voted to do so. F**ing morons.

Ever since we moved to the East Coast, I have wanted to go up to Vermont in the Fall to see the leaves. Well, there are a bunch of other states that have pretty red leaves in October. I will give them my money instead of the bozos in Vermont.


More f***ing morons talking about impeaching the President.

I have only been to Colorado once and I wasn't terribly impressed. And since I hate to be cold, it isn't on the top of my boy-I-can't-wait-to-go-there list. But my adorable niece, Tracie, and her new hubby moved to Denver, so it is not inconceivable that I could find myself in Boulder someday, itching to spend some money. And THAT is why I need this list -- to remind me why we shouldn't go there, even if we are in the vicinity visiting family.


Even though our friend, Robert Gaustad, owns a great restaurant in that city (Bobby G's Pizzeria), I won't be spending a dime within the borders of Berkeley after the stunt they pulled regarding our Marines:

In a move reminiscent of Berkeley's 1960s antiwar protests, the City Council ignited a national firestorm last month by issuing a strongly worded declaration that blasted military recruiting techniques and labeled the Marine Corps as "uninvited and unwelcome intruders." One council member said U.S. troops were responsible for "horrible karma," and Mayor Tom Bates offered to help the Marines evacuate.

The return fire was swift. Several Republican senators sponsored a bill to reroute $2.3 million in federal funding from Berkeley to the Marines. In the last 10 days, city officials have received 26,000 e-mails, mostly from irate people who called the declaration irresponsible. Several council members have received death threats.

Many critics said that although they were opposed to the war in Iraq, they believed the council had crossed the line, going beyond protesting the nation's foreign policy to demonizing men and women in uniform.

"The e-mails are running 15 to 1 in favor of the Marines," said Councilman Gordon Wozniak, one of the dissenters in the 6-3 vote on the declaration. "They've run the gamut from being very thoughtful to dismissing Berkeley citizens as liberal scum."

In recent days, Berkeley officials have backpedaled and Bates issued a public apology. Tonight, the council will consider a motion to remove the criticism about recruiting and express the community's support for U.S. troops fighting abroad.

Even if said motion to "undo" the damage is passed, it is too little, too late as far as I'm concerned. It's clear what the majority of them think of our military. So no money for you guys either!!

Johnny Mathis - The Essential Johnny Mathis - Too Much, Too Little, Too Late ... is currently playing: Too Much, Too Little, Too Late from the album The Essential Johnny Mathis by Johnny Mathis.