Following up on my posting on Tuesday about the crisis at the oak grove tree-sit:

Despite the seeming finality of the previous day’s “assault” by U.C. Berkeley on the occupied oak grove near Memorial Stadium, the standoff continued for a second day, as most of the sitters had managed to avoid capture. I swung by late on Wednesday, June 18, to see how things had progressed.


The crowd was definitely larger — word of the ongoing battle had percolated throughout the Professional Protester Community, and all the regulars came out. The atmosphere was simultaneously festive and desperate.


The sitters had constructed an insanely perilous aerie towering far above the highest branches. It was occupied by a protester with the too-perfect name Dumpster Muffin (yes, her name really is Dumpster Muffin), who would go into convulsions whenever one of the dismantlement-minded arborists neared her outpost. She’d screech and scream and shake the platform violently, forcing her opponents (who were dangling from a cable attached to a crane) to back off, fearing she’d martyr herself by plummeting to the ground rather than be captured. Using this technique repeatedly, Dumpster Muffin (seen here warily eyeing the crane in the distance) successfully defended her perch, to cheers from supporters down below.

Local TV station NBC11 captured video of Dumpster Muffin shaking her platform and screaming, with two different cameras — a zoom lens from the ground and another in their news helicopter.


At various points in the afternoon, other protesters would clamber up the Tinker-Toy-like support beams to check on Dumpster’s well-being.


A police helicopter hovered overhead, menacingly.

Late in the afternoon it was announced that a judge had temporarily halted construction on the site, causing great jubilation in the crowd. But not too long after, the University’s lawyers also declared the ruling to be a victory for their side, so as usual everything was left in confusion.


Meanwhile, some styrofoam phrenologists had abandoned their research project on the street below.

37 Responses to “U.C. Berkeley Oak Grove Crisis, Day 2: Dumpster Muffin Defends Her Perch”

  1. 1Ziggy on Jun 19, 2008 at 8:11 pm:

    Does she have a sister named “Meadow” ?????

  2. 2Kalifornia Kafir on Jun 19, 2008 at 8:47 pm:

    Funny, Dumpster Muffin resembles my neighbor’s 2-year-old in full tantrum mode. The only thing missing is holding her breath until her face turns blue. Although that may yet happen. Hope you were there today to snap pictures of the UCPD Chief of Police–hanging from a crane–trying to reason with Little Miss Muffin.

  3. 3Cynthia on Jun 19, 2008 at 9:02 pm:

    Can’t they just inject herbicides into the trees and kill them off? What would be the point of staying in dead trees?

  4. 4Grumpy Old Man on Jun 19, 2008 at 9:13 pm:

    Good use for a pellet gun.

    And why haven’t they sealed the area off so these maniacs can’t climb the tree?

  5. 5jdubya on Jun 19, 2008 at 9:35 pm:

    These people smell, have no money, and are a nuisance. What will probably happen is that there will be some “decision” made, stating that the trees can stay…then the California drought hits! Oh…the Humanity!!! The trees all suddenly go up in a puff of smoke due to some stupid slag (I don’t call the Hippies, because even the Hippies of the 1960′s did have a better grade/highschool education, like knowing the state names, countries, math…) drops his crackpipe or joint onto the dry leaves. As a memorial…the school BUILDS A STADIUM!
    Maybe they should just cut the tree down with this idiot on board. It would make a nice youtube video. I do need something to laugh at.

  6. 6ProtestShooter on Jun 19, 2008 at 10:27 pm:

    I have more pictures and video of the ‘lil charmer here http://www.protestshooter.com/20080618MoreBerkeleyOaks/ if anybody’s interestsed.

  7. 7Scott on Jun 20, 2008 at 12:43 am:

    It will rain.

    She will catch penumonia.

    She will sneeze and fall off the tree, landing on a police officer.

    She will survive, but kill the officer.

    She will sue the police force for causing bodily harm and failing to protect her safety. And also oil companies for causing global warming that made it rain.

  8. 8super trooper on Jun 20, 2008 at 3:31 am:

    Two words for the Police………Tranquilizer Dart!

  9. 9yochanan on Jun 20, 2008 at 3:43 am:

    jump b”’h jump

    were is a good wood pecker?

  10. 10NJAviator on Jun 20, 2008 at 5:12 am:

    Where’s a chain saw when you need one….

  11. 11Mike on Jun 20, 2008 at 5:27 am:

    The ultimate solution? FIRE ANTS It’ll be HILARIOUS!

  12. 12Rob on Jun 20, 2008 at 6:00 am:

    Just start chopping. What a fool.

  13. 13Takekaze on Jun 20, 2008 at 7:48 am:

    Hmmm… Sick Al Gore at them. Those trees! Those poor trees! These people are responsible for global warming!

    Beavers, yep, beavers. Though, I really love the idea with the fire ants.

  14. 14redc1c4 on Jun 20, 2008 at 8:15 am:

    dear Scott:

    it’s California, and it’s June…… ain’t gonna rain for a few months, maybe longer (we’re in another drought).

    i vote for a couple of loops of det cord and some C4. %-)

  15. 15Kevin on Jun 20, 2008 at 8:25 am:

    If we dig deep enough, this is probably Bush’s fault.

  16. 16shunha7878 on Jun 20, 2008 at 8:32 am:

    I agree with Cynthia, kill the trees. All they have to do is cut the bark all the way around and the the tree will die soon after.

  17. 17sanddog on Jun 20, 2008 at 9:40 am:

    Firehose.

  18. 18Dan on Jun 20, 2008 at 10:01 am:

    Leave the poor girl alone, she’s obviously pining (oaking?) for the ex-boyfriend who gave her the nickname.

  19. 19Fecal McStool on Jun 20, 2008 at 10:17 am:

    I like to talk about stool.

  20. 20Christina on Jun 20, 2008 at 1:05 pm:

    What’s sad is that there’s such a large contingent of citizens who are so mentally ill that they don’t see how bizarre the treesitters are. Old Meadow Muffin there is a danger to herself and others and ought to be on 72-hour lockdown on a pshyc ward.

    I agree with the “kill the trees” approach.

  21. 21Lemon Poppy Seed on Jun 20, 2008 at 5:49 pm:

    Our parents, Blueberry and Banana Nut, always like her way better than me.

  22. 22Stud Muffin on Jun 21, 2008 at 6:26 am:

    They should reverse an axe and rap on the bole of the tree:
    Shave-and-a-hair-cut …. Wait an agonizingly long time and repeat.

    No ‘toon can resist “Shave and a Haircut.”

  23. 23DangerousNate on Jun 21, 2008 at 11:16 pm:

    Couldn’t they just cut the tree down? Or dump a load of birdseed on the house and release a bunch of birds? Or if you’re feeling brave just sedate her?

  24. 24Isha on Jun 22, 2008 at 10:18 pm:

    While catching up on the main site today I noticed that there’s now a zombie blog. “Nifty!” I thought, “This probably speeds up posting short bits of info for zombie and makes their life easier.” Then I ponder, “Does this mean more updates? Maybe zombie’s going to be collaborating with various people and developing a world dominating media empire!”

    So what do I do? I merrily click on the comments section thinking that there could be some interesting discussion about the latest post. Now I’m not sure why I thought such a thing, I’ve been online long enough to know better and that such thoughts are quite naive.

    I think I preferred it when zombie just put up pictures and videos and the fans didn’t have the instant gratification of adding push button inanity. These comments are as childish and insane as the signs the protesters have carried.

    Oh well, zombie, if you read these comments, as always, good job on your photos and reporting, but i think I’ll stick to avoiding the comments section of your blog.

    Ps. looks like you also need to set your spambot catcher settings a wee bit higher.

  25. 25Adam on Jun 23, 2008 at 12:44 pm:

    Why not catapult a few hornets’ nests into the trees? Then, that Dumpster Muffin freak would REALLY start screaming and convulsing.

  26. 26gus on Jun 24, 2008 at 9:43 am:

    Dumbster Muffin is clearly mentally ill. Seriously.
    Most libs are.

  27. 27Rorschach on Jun 24, 2008 at 11:39 am:

    nah, lob a Molotov Cocktail into the tree, Muffins gotta bake!

  28. 28Craig Muller on Jun 28, 2008 at 6:35 am:

    Ah the future of America!

  29. 29ProtestShooter on Jul 2, 2008 at 4:04 pm:

  30. 30Tlergrmn on Jul 5, 2008 at 8:03 pm:

    hi nice site thx man

  31. 31JeremyR on Jul 5, 2008 at 8:09 pm:

    Grind poison Ivy to a pulp, and mix with water and brush killer. Load the cocktail into a heilo and dump it on the fine protesters. The tree dies, they get a long overdue bath, and get a chance to itch for a week or so.

    Another option would be to use a caterpult and lob a few bowling ball sized rocks into the trees.

    Get with the ASPCA, these nuts are illegally baiting squirrels.

  32. 32Tuck Son on Jul 5, 2008 at 9:47 pm:

    Police in any other district, any other state, any other country would never put up with something like this. The problem is you can’t reason with the “tree-sitters” because they were born and raised to think singular, uncompromising thoughts. Even if Berkeley were to plant a thousand more trees to make up for the 44 being cut down (excuse me if the number is incorrect, that’s the number I’ve been reading about), these people would never vacate those trees. It’s almost depressing society has degenerated to the point of “I’m right, you’re never right, if you say otherwise I’ll throw a tantrum”. Both sides of the political spectrum do it, but I’ve realized as of late that the Left is king of this.

    I’ve always disagreed with how Reagan dealt with universities from ’66 to ’70, but honestly I have immense respect for the man to have held the educational system together in California during that time. The police cannot attack these people or do something that will risk their lives obviously, but really, they should be more forceful. For so much time to have passed too makes the police force, the university, and the city look laughable and will only fuel more of these idiotic forms of protest.

  33. 33Mike on Jul 8, 2008 at 7:09 am:

    Just girdle the trees and they’ll die – case closed. It won’t affect their strength to physically support the weight of the nitwits in them but, in a few months, they’ll find themselves perched on top of a dead tree. How fitting! If these miscreants ACTUALLY cared about trees and other such green things, (as I aactually do), they’d be joining people like me to fight against this global warming alarmism SCAM that threatens to deprive all green things of something they need more of to make them grow greener, faster and stronger – CO2. Trees don’t hug energy efficient houses – they hug coal fired power stations and SUV’s …. It’s the truth – deal with it.

  34. 34Jordan on Jul 8, 2008 at 10:47 am:

    What is the reason for all of the negativity towards an act of free speech and expression? Dumpster Muffin and the other sitters love trees and nature. They’re not hurting anyone and its for an environmental cause. Anyone with that much passion to put themselves in extreme zones of discomfort for any cause is a rarity and should be applauded.

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