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November 14, 2011

So Occupy Oakland is getting the broom treatment again.  This is not unexpected… apparently all the Democrats on the West Coast called each other to say it was a newsy-enough weekend that they could try to clean stuff out and get buried behind the Eagles’ collapse or something.  I wouldn’t post on it, except for this second news story

Mayor Jean Quan’s chief legal adviser resigned early this morning after what he called a “tragically unnecessary” police raid of the Occupy Oakland camp.

Dan Siegel, a civil rights attorney who was one of the city’s most active and vocal police critics before getting appointed, said the city should have done more to work with campers before sending in police.

So really… the mayor’s office decided to appoint a “vocal police critic” as the chief legal advisor of the city?  Wouldn’t you think that perhaps you’d want someone as an advisor who can actually think through implications on both sides before helping the mayor decide a direction for the city?  Well, I guess that helps show why Oakland has been dithering so long and doing such a wonderful job with the protestors.

As a note, the local Portland affiliates would take every opportunity yesterday to break in on events to show the Portland police standing around while Occupy Portland stood across the street.  At one point, every camera was on one of the protestors who hurt himself in the process of being arrested.  I was in several public places where the TVs were on yesterday.  Notably, I was in a sporting goods store where the news was on during half-time of the football game.  I noticed that hardly anyone was watching the news, but that quite a few people started paying attention when the game came back on.

Updated: I noticed that Hot Air picked up the same thing after I posted.  They might have more details over the day.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. November 14, 2011 3:02 pm

    I can’t help thinking that Oakland pretty much got what it deserves, including the local businesses that are losing business.

    • November 14, 2011 7:43 pm

      I can think like that, but then I also wonder why a city can’t support the taxpaying base before it supports a bunch of whack-jobs who are driving people away from the city itself. I can’t imagine that Oakland will get any positive PR from this.

      And we’re talking about a city that hosts the Raiders… the most I’ve ever been in fear for my life was the time I went to the Black Hole to root for my Bengals… if that didn’t drive me away from Oakland, how bad must Occupy Oakland have been?

    • Lynn Comp permalink*
      November 14, 2011 8:00 pm

      well, they got what they deserved by voting using emotion and guilt instead of logic ….but there’s a lot of “voting in hopes of conjuring more unicorns and rainbows” going on. It’s got to be tempting to demand more pixie dust to take you to Never never land instead of growing up

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