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by Dave, Birdland,
on Nov 1, 2011
This is perhaps the best response/question I have seen so far regarding the Oakland Mayor and the idiotic protesters in Oakland and elsewhere!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 1, 2011
An Open Letter to the Citizens of Oakland from the
Oakland Police Officers' Association
We represent the 645 police officers who work hard every day to protect the citizens of Oakland. We, too, are the 99% fighting for better working conditions, fair treatment and the ability to provide a living for our children and families. We are severely understaffed with many City beats remaining unprotected by police during the day and evening hours.
As your police officers, we are confused.
On Tuesday, October 25th, we were ordered by Mayor Quan to clear out the encampments at Frank Ogawa Plaza and to keep protesters out of the Plaza. We performed the job that the Mayor's Administration asked us to do, being fully aware that past protests in Oakland have resulted in rioting, violence and destruction of property.
Then, on Wednesday, October 26th, the Mayor allowed protesters back in to camp out at the very place they were evacuated from the day before.
To add to the confusion, the Administration issued a memo on Friday, October 28th to all City workers in support of the "Stop Work" strike scheduled for Wednesday, giving all employees, except for police officers, permission to take the day off.
That's hundreds of City workers encouraged to take off work to participate in the protest against "the establishment." But aren't the Mayor and her Administration part of the establishment they are paying City employees to protest? Is it the City's intention to have City employees on both sides of a skirmish line?
It is all very confusing to us.
Meanwhile, a message has been sent to all police officers: Everyone, including those who have the day off, must show up for work on Wednesday. This is also being paid for by Oakland taxpayers. Last week's events alone cost Oakland taxpayers over $1 million.
The Mayor and her Administration are beefing up police presence for Wednesday's work strike they are encouraging and even "staffing," spending hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars for additional police presence at a time when the Mayor is also asking Oakland residents to vote on an $80 parcel tax to bail out the City's failing finances.
All of these mixed messages are confusing.
We love Oakland and just want to do our jobs to protect Oakland residents. We respectfully ask the citizens of Oakland to join us in demanding that our City officials, including Mayor Quan, make sound decisions and take responsibility for these decisions. Oakland is struggling we need real leaders NOW who will step up and lead not send mixed messages. Thank you for listening.
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Posted by Dave
a resident of Birdland
on Nov 2, 2011 at 11:06 am
Read the following and try to tell me honestly that the protestors have a clue!!!!
Occupy Oakland's Dangerous 'Strike'
A toxic mix of thugs, freeloaders, and spineless politicians
The next stage of the Aimless Occupation of America is upon us: On Wednesday, rabble-rousers in the San Francisco Bay Area will walk off jobs they don't have and encourage everyone else around the country to abandon work to protest high unemployment.
The Occupiers are calling their organized day of inaction a "Mass Day of Action." The Carpenters Local 713, the Service Employees International Union, the United Auto Workers, and the Industrial Workers of the World have all endorsed the "general strike." Longshore workers and their union agitators are rooting for the shutdown of the Port of Oakland. Teachers' unions will push students and educators to play hooky. Their posters urge: "No Work. No School. Occupy Everywhere."
A city suffering from chronic poverty, out-of-control crime, a $76 million budget deficit, and a 15 percent unemployment rate (nearly 50 percent for Oakland's youth) can hardly afford such social-justice follies. But a pushover Democratic mayor and an overwhelmed police force have put what's left of gainfully employed Oakland at the mercy of professional freeloaders and anti-capitalism saboteurs.
Instead of unequivocally condemning efforts to paralyze downtown commerce, Oakland city officials have all expressed sympathy for the protesters. For a brief moment, the city-council president fretted meekly about the city's image after a violent clash between Camp Chaos inhabitants and law-enforcement officers last week. Nevertheless, city leaders or rather, city enablers have informed public employees that they can use vacation or other paid time to ditch their offices and raise their fists in solidarity with the Occupiers.
Instead of targeting local bank-branch managers and private-sector entrepreneurs, the protesters should be camping out at government offices and asking where all the tens of millions of dollars in federal Obama-stimulus funding went over the past two years including $40 million from the Department of Health and Human Services, nearly $30 million from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, $26 million from the Department of Justice, $24 million from the Transportation Department, $15 million from the Department of Education, and $5.3 million from the Environmental Protection Agency.
One local analysis found last year that the Oakland Housing Authority squandered nearly $11 million in federal renovation and clean-up stimulus grants to create a measly 10.7 jobs.
It would all be an amusing object lesson on the impotence of the welfare state, if not for the looming shadow of violence that hangs like stubborn Bay Area fog over the movement. In 2003, a like-minded mob of police-provoking anarchists, antiwar organizers, and progressive activists descended on the Port of Oakland to coordinate a "Day of Action." They hurled concrete, wood, and iron bolts at cops while attempting to block military shipments to soldiers in wartime and then whined about police brutality.
Fast-forward eight years. This week's "Day of Action" is spearheaded by the likes of Oakland rapper Boots Riley, a militant self-declared "Communist" who penned "5 Million Ways To Kill a CEO" ("Toss a dollar in the river and when he jump in / If you find he can swim, put lead boots on him and do it again") and "Lazy Muthaf**kas" ("You ain't never learned to drive or tie your shoe / I got my ear to the street and my eye on you . . . You're a lazy m*********! Lazy m*********!"). After the 9/11 attacks, I reported on Riley's appalling album cover depicting him partying in front of a doctored image of the World Trade Center being blown up.
Like fellow Occupier, 9/11 conspiracy theorist, and Oakland community organizer Van Jones, Riley has long stoked anti-police grievances. In "Pork and Beef," he rapped: "If you got beef with C-O-Ps / Throw a Molotov at the P-I-Gs."
Add to this toxic mix the thugs of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. The planned march on Oakland's port is being billed as an expression of "solidarity with longshore workers in their struggle" against grain importer EGT. In Longview, Wash., wildcat union workers cut train brake lines, smashed windows, dumped grain, and took hostages earlier this fall to protest the company's decision to employ not non-union workers, but workers from a competing shop. A federal judge fined the ILWU $250,000 after it defied a court restraining order. Even Obama's National Labor Relations Board was forced to issue a complaint against the union's "violent and aggressive" actions.
The unapologetic local union president vowed: "It's going to get worse before it gets better." Mark those words.
Michelle Malkin is the author of Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks & Cronies. © 2011 Creators Syndicate, Inc.