Toledo Mayor Tells Marines to Take a Hike

On the heels of Berkeley, California telling the Marine recruiters that they were "intruders" in their own country and "unwelcome" in the city, the Mayor of Toledo gave a Marine training unit 24 hours to leave his town:Mayor Carty Finkbeiner on Friday ordered some 200 members of Company A, 1st Battalion, 24th Marines from Grand Rapids, Michigan, out of Toledo just before the unit was supposed to start a weekend of urban warfare training downtown. The mayor’s spokesperson, Brian Schwartz said, “The mayor asked them to leave because they frighten people. He did not want them practicing and drilling in a highly visible area." Toledo police said they knew about the training and had approved the unit’s use of the Madison Building and the Promenade Park area. The training was scheduled to start Friday afternoon and last until Sunday. Police said the unit’s presence would have a minimal impact on the city. Police issued a press release earlier...(Read Full Post)