Occupy Oakland — October 22, 2011

Today we ask the question: Is Occupy Oakland as bad as they say?

Find out for yourself in my latest report:

OCCUPY OAKLAND: Encampment, Rally and March, October 22, 2011

(Cross-posted at PajamasMedia.)

Sample photo, to pique your interest:

Remember Lovelle Mixon, the serial rapist, child molester and murderer who single-handedly committed one of the worst mass killings of police officers in American history? Yeah, that guy. Well, the anti-police sentiment at Occupy Oakland is so intense that they regard Lovelle Mixon as a hero!! Whatever other crimes he may have committed, if he offed some pigs, then all is forgiven. Fuck the Po-lice! Power to the people!

42 Responses to “Occupy Oakland — October 22, 2011”

  1. 1Ben on Oct 24, 2011 at 11:20 pm:

    “… and as we approached the inner city the thump of the drum circle grew louder and deeper. And as we spent our day’s work, the constant drumming went on, and continued through the night. It was annoying at first, and it became more and more unbearable with each throbbing beat. The madness of marxist religious fervor perforated my eardrums with relentless pulsation. Finally I cried out, “Why Can’t They STOP This Drumming?!?!?”

    My companion only turned to me, holding her gaze for a moment, and just said, “bass solo.”

  2. 2Outbreakzone on Oct 25, 2011 at 4:55 am:

  3. 3FedUpOaklander on Oct 25, 2011 at 9:03 am:

    Too bad your camera battery quit, the “direct action” at the center of evil, aka the Chase Branch on Lakeshore Ave., showed this movement’s true colors like nothing else. Josh Wolf has a video of Saturday’s shenanigans showing about 2 dozen masked “occupiers” (some holding black flags aloft) stream into the bank and start tossing deposit slips all over the place while drums and dancing ensue. Then they leave as one or two well-meaning occupiers try to clean up the mess the others made. Completely pointless, and just goes to show they are intent on nothing so much as intimidating and interfering with others’ daily lives. This movement mostly wants to “fuck shit up” and evade any personal responsibility.

    As for me, I was awoken at 5 this morning by the sound of choppers over my Lake Merrit apartment, and I woke up with a big smile because I knew that meant the occupiers were being chased out. I’m exhausted but I enjoyed watching the skies buzz with helicopters while I sipped by morning coffee, satisfied that for once something was going right in Oakland today!

  4. 4zombie on Oct 25, 2011 at 9:32 am:


    See the updates to the article: I now have the video of the bank invasion, and various bulletins from last night about the upcoming dismantlement, and then finally a link about how the camp was cleared out.

  5. 5Braden Lynch on Oct 25, 2011 at 9:57 am:

    Hmm…and they wonder why they have trouble getting meaningful jobs. Yes, those jobs that provide “a living wage” and things like “free healthcare” to boot. If their dreams came true and capitalism was smashed and replaced with communism or anarchy, I suspect that they would be the first to starve to death, or end up against a bloody wall. Their veiled or outright threats of violence marginalize them. Their dress, demeanor, tactics, and “goals” show they are wacky.

    Sorry, but I look at these pictures and do not see them as the 99% that they claim that they are. Rather, I see them as the reverse. They are the 1% of societies’ lazy, drug-addicted, sexuality-fixated, bigoted, neer-do-well, toxic-citizen crazies that your parents warned you to stay away from. It’s great that we live in a free country where they can speak so freely, but it’s also great that we can point out how ridiculous, hypocritical, and impractical their ideas and approaches are.

  6. 6Curlywolf on Oct 25, 2011 at 10:53 am:

    The picture of the anarchists gathering at the front of the march, with the painted book covers? The oh so ‘proud’ of their movement morons forgot one. The Anarchists Cookbook.
    I’m shocked! shocked to you hear? well okay not really.
    Regarding the 3 people with the sign for the ISO? That one guy looks like a bearded lady.

    These people make me nuts. Uhmmm…MORE nuts.

  7. 7Curlywolf on Oct 25, 2011 at 10:54 am:

    BTW…why does this remind me of the “Hippie” South Park episode, only worse?

  8. 8Scott on Oct 25, 2011 at 5:01 pm:

    I wonder why these OWS people are bound and determined to repeat stupidity from the past? Altimont, anyone? Drug use, homicide, rape, unsanitary conditions, topped with a blatant disregard for those around them. Kinda like a poster or two on this comments section…they cannot get an idea across without conjugating 15 different expletives (as though it gets their point across more forcefully). OWS people demonstrate that they are ill-equipped to understand or know reality with their open hypocrisy, and become enraged if you challenge them about it. America weeps.

  9. 9Curlywolf on Oct 25, 2011 at 6:23 pm:

    Scott…my daddy was a sailor..they don’t know nothing about cussing. :)

  10. 10JustVic on Oct 26, 2011 at 9:34 am:

    Lunacy begets lunacy. but it’s fun to watch.

  11. 11Mr. Weiner on Oct 26, 2011 at 10:31 am:

    Substance-free Situationist spectacle street drama.

    Nothing more.

    Which is too bad, because this nation really does need coherent action and vision right now. The banks are so flush with cash they’re staggering under its weight…but won’t lend it out to businesses that create productivity. Infrastructure imploding–it’s the megabillion-dollar inheritance each and every one of us got from the WWII generation–but becoming the first generation to fix it since then isn’t considered revolutionary.

    I loved “occuposers.”

  12. 12Scott on Oct 26, 2011 at 3:44 pm:

    Mr. Weiner: I respectfully disagree with your proclaimation that the banks are so flush with cash they are staggering under its weight…case and point: Bank of America’s immense mortgage liability from Countrywide AND pending litigation that will (probably) cost them tens of billions when the trial lawyers work it through the judicial system. They wouldn’t need to liquidate 40,000 jobs if they had enough payroll to accomodate.

    Put you are right, the OWS people are posers. Some are even paid by ACORN, Obambie’s favority community organization!

  13. 13Doctor Jeff on Oct 27, 2011 at 12:39 pm:

    Thanks for another journalistic essay into the reality of the “occupy’ movement! Starting to miss this vintage Zombie reporting! Excellent insight into the latest reincarnation of left wing protesters out in the greater San Francisco bay area.

  14. 14Luigi on Oct 27, 2011 at 6:44 pm:

    I hope she made lotsa spaghetti.

  15. 15Mario on Oct 27, 2011 at 6:45 pm:

    Aha! Here’s the problem, too many toasters.You know what they say… all toasters, toast toast!

  16. 16Ken on Oct 28, 2011 at 10:13 am:

  17. 17Thomas Aquinas on Oct 28, 2011 at 2:47 pm:

    someone, someday, is gonna finally come and wash away all this scum down the gutter

  18. 18Ganon on Oct 28, 2011 at 2:51 pm:

    How dare you bring light into my lair! YOU MUST DIE!!!

  19. 19Marbran on Oct 28, 2011 at 10:25 pm:

    Man…too much to comment on.

    I’ll start with your quote: “Except…well, it’s really really hard to pedal day and night to keep the computer running, so the media center is in reality powered by an extension cord.”

    I spit my Chardonnay on my screen when I read that one. It also got my $13 Cohiba wet. They are actually using the power grid? Turn off the electricity. They’ll die of disease soon enough.

    Sadly, all joking aside, death is exactly what they’d like to see of those who disagree with them. Sounds like ideological apostasy to me. No wonder the Left give Islam a pass.


  20. 20Historian on Oct 28, 2011 at 10:49 pm:

    A determined group of resistance fighters emerged in Poland during the German occupation of WWII. When the Germans were in retreat, Stalin got word to the resistance, “Rise Up!”, providing assurance that Russian troops would soon arrive to support them. But the assistance never came. Instead, nearly all of the resistance fighters were murdered by German soldiers, and only later did the Russians move in. Those most likely to foment resistance during the subsequent Russian occupation had been eliminated.

    That is how Communism works. The most ardent activists and rebel rousers are put to use for the cause, and then summarily destroyed as soon as their utility is no longer of any use, to prevent them from leading any uprise against the new tyranny that follows. When I look at these young people, I can’t help but see them as potential pawns in a future political gambit.

  21. 21Kun on Oct 29, 2011 at 3:04 pm:

    @Historian, “The most ardent activists and rebel rousers are put to use for the cause,”

    What, you mean avowed anti-communists (which was what the Armia Krajowa was comprised of)? Not like those who initiated the uprising in Warsaw were communists. The Polish communists were tagging along with Soviet forces.

    Ian Grey in his biography of Stalin notes that, “After advancing some 450 miles in five weeks, Rokossovsky’s troops were fatigued and his front was suffering from the problems of overextended supply lines. At this time, moreover, the Germans in front of Warsaw were reinforced by three panzer divisions, rushed up from the south. In the first three weeks of August they delivered a counterattack, halting the Russian attempts to advance from their bridgeheads over the Vistula. Nearly six months were to pass before the Russians were ready to launch a major offensive from these positions.

    Rokossovsky’s advance to the outskirts of Praga, the suburb of Warsaw on the opposite bank of the broad Vistula, made liberation seem at hand. Already on July 24, however, General T. Bor-Komorowski, commanding the Armya Krajowa (AK), the Polish underground army in Warsaw, had decided to order an uprising before the Red Army could reach the city. He was fanatically anti-Russian. He was determined that the Poles should liberate their own city and prepare the way for the London government to take power, excluding the Polish communists. For these reasons and also from stubborn pride he avoided all contact with Rokossovsky and the Russian High Command, refusing even to consider co-ordinating action with the Red Army.

    The people of Warsaw were, however, expecting Rokossovsky’s forces to cross the river and come to their aid. Moscow radio had broadcast on July 29 the usual appeal, sent to occupied territories, for the people to rise against the enemy as the Russians approached. They were bewildered when no Russian crossing was attempted and the Russian guns fell silent….

    Stalin considered the uprising ill timed and misconceived. He was opposed to co-operation with Bor-Komorowski and the AK, whose hatred of Russians was well known.”

    Geoffrey Roberts in his book “Stalin’s Wars” also notes that, “On 8 August Zhukov and Rokossovskii submitted to Stalin a detailed plan for the capture of Warsaw… They estimated that the operation could begin on 25 August. The go-ahead was given by Stalin, but enemy counter-action in the Warsaw area meant that it was mid-September before the Soviets were ready for another major assault on the city… as previously, the Red Army’s efforts to cross the Vistula in force and advance on Warsaw made little headway in the face of strong German opposition. In early October the Soviet attack was finally called off and the Red Army did not resume offensive operations against Warsaw until January 1945.”

    I know this has nothing to do with the subject of this blog, but you shouldn’t be promoting incorrect stories.

  22. 22Jay Coen on Oct 29, 2011 at 8:48 pm:

    In short, today’s communists will be the fodder that serve fries to my grandchildren.

  23. 23Guy Average on Oct 29, 2011 at 9:40 pm:

    I knew that I would see the inside of #occupy if I went to Zombie.

    Thanks Zombie!

  24. 24Mr. Hanky on Oct 30, 2011 at 12:32 am:

    Reagan was a commie. I know this because his secret gay lover Gorbachev told me he said he was while they were having hardcore buttsex.

  25. 25Bill on Oct 31, 2011 at 7:51 am:

    This site’s great. I’ve been checking it out ever since it covered the “Breasts Not Bombs” march in Berkeley. Hilarious. One suggestion, though—a bit more space between the pics so that it’s clearer as to which picture belongs with which caption. Yes, I’m just that challenged and just that obsessive.

    Anyway, I think someone (besides Michael Moore) needs to capitalize on these protests. May I suggest turning these Bay Area encampments into tourist destinations? Bus in the visitors to tour the campsite, take pictures of the denizens and be entertained by the drum circles and chanting…all capped off by a nice lunch served up by some of the lovely protest hostesses. Then, off to an afternoon at the SF or Oakland Zoo. Maybe the academically-oriented can do a cultural/anthropological comparison.

  26. 26Liz on Nov 1, 2011 at 8:14 am:

    God Bless Your Post!

    Sharing the link everywhere!

    As someone who works and lives in Oakland I am angry at how these “protestors” are bringing my community down.

  27. 27FedUpOaklander on Nov 3, 2011 at 8:50 am:

    Get timing, getting a feel for the instant favela before the shit hit the fan and this got national coverage. I’ve been taking a few pics of OSF and OO and I have to say, the media are ignoring the alarming messages coming out of them. I saw a picture in front of the Federal Reserve on Market of a guillotine with the caption “In a perfect world bankers would lose their heads if they gamble with our money.” I first saw in on Friday and it was still up on Wednesday. I walked through “General Strike” and saw lots of “Death to Capitalism” signs, including the huge black banner spanning 14th at Broadway, yet in the media the message is portrayed as much more moderate. They a reporting a parallel universe to what I’m seeing every day in Occupy SF (I work on Market St. in the Financial District.)

  28. 28Pauli on Nov 5, 2011 at 2:38 pm:

    “I’m Satanic — and I’ll take bowing down to a spiritual tyrant over an Economic one any day!”

    Now there’s a false dichotomy par excellence.

  29. 29Scott on Nov 7, 2011 at 4:30 pm:

    As these “protests” unwind, we find violent psychopaths in attendence: a 78 year old lady, guilty of nothing but attending a fundraiser that the protestors didn’t like pushed down a flight of stairs in DC; fear and intimidation of a family man with a toddler in his back seat; head lice at Occupy Portland; riots and vandalism at Occupy Oakland (that apparently the completely insulated and spacey Oakland Mayor seemed to think was a “balance” between the protestors’ right to free speech and public safety); rape and theft at Occupy NY; connections to the Nation of Islam in Occupy Atlanta, and even some screwball dangling 75 feet from the water on an unsafe rope ladder thrown over the side of the Tappan Zee bridge. His request after being rescued by authorities in the water? He wanted a pipe so he could get a smoke!!!! What??? These people have nothing left upstairs! Stupid to begin with, they have likely chemically altered the rest of their brain cells such that they cannot tell right from wrong any more. Just why should we take any of them seriously?

  30. 30Eryx on Nov 10, 2011 at 9:16 pm:

    And I can crayon a sign and photograph it laying on some dried grass, and my ability to do so doesn’t support your thesis.

  31. 31Secret Squirrel on Nov 11, 2011 at 4:27 am:


    They are the 99% of what leftists are really like the other 1% of leftists are just hiding what they really are.

  32. 32Secret Squirrel on Nov 11, 2011 at 4:28 am:

    what I wish the occupy movement would turn into:


    I’d pop the popcorn and watch.

  33. 33Bill on Nov 12, 2011 at 6:07 pm:

    Good one, Secret Squirrel.

    However, I’m actually expecting to hear of a cannibalism outbreak at one of these encampments soon…so, my pick would’ve been a shopping mall scene from Dawn of the Dead.

  34. 34Pablo on Nov 13, 2011 at 9:57 pm:


    Thanks Zombie!

  35. 35Matt on Nov 15, 2011 at 10:31 am:

    Hey zombie. Thanks for the pictures! We had a massive rally over here in Alabama as well. A crowd numbering exactly 3 people marched up and down the square attempting to occupy it. It was but just a few hours before police evicted them for not having correct permits. Was hilarious, considering they spammed my University with pamphlets (also not correctly permitted) with recruitment dogma.

    Keep up the good work though. LOVE the picture diares!

  36. 36common_sense on Nov 17, 2011 at 11:26 pm:

    Zombie, this is excellent stuff as always. I have not stopped reading you but have not had the oompf to make a comment in ages but thanks for what you do. Well done, as always.

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