Berkeley, land of happy T-shirts

At a pro-Obama event in Berkeley a few days ago, I spotted these two T-shirts:


Here’s a woman showing her love for Fallujah, the one-time Al Qaeda stronghold in Iraq. And if you think she’s showing her support for the new democratic pacified Fallujah, dream on. I’m quite sure the shirt is a souvenir from 2004, when siding with the “insurgents” in Fallujah against American troops was de rigeuer in Berkeley.


Here she is paying a visit to the “Department of Peace” booth set up by some Obama supporters.


A couple minutes later, leaving the event, I ran into this guy with his “Defend Oakland” shirt featuring a machine gun. And no, he’s not talking about defending it from criminals — he’s talking about defending it from the police. The slogan and the concept are left over from the Black Panther era.

72 Responses to “Berkeley, land of happy T-shirts”

  1. 1Thanos on Nov 3, 2008 at 7:08 pm:

    Maybe he’ll sign up for that “Civilian Defense Force” Barack is proposing.

  2. 2JeremyR on Nov 3, 2008 at 7:19 pm:

    From the look of his tats, I’d hazzard he is not elligible to carry weapons. Maybe their fry cook?

  3. 3The Last Registered Democrat on Nov 3, 2008 at 7:51 pm:

    I used to teach in Oakland–in a Catholic school. I wouldn’t have minded if our pious and responsible crossing guards had been given a few of those. (Sorry, couldn’t resist the image of Mary Theresa Nguyen and Latisha Jenae Jones, crossing guards extraordinaire, hunkered down with their AKs behind some sandbags in their plaid skirts.)

    Lemme tell ya, Oakland can use some defending. But probably not from that dude.

  4. 4The Last Registered Democrat on Nov 3, 2008 at 7:52 pm:

    Sorry, BY that dude.

  5. 5DangerousNate on Nov 3, 2008 at 8:16 pm:

    I pity them…

  6. 6Ken on Nov 3, 2008 at 8:42 pm:

    Ah, this is the kind of Zombietime report I have come to love. Gald to have it back.

    But, Zomb, if Obama wins and all the ultra-left morons stop attending demos…then what will you shoot?

  7. 7zombie on Nov 3, 2008 at 10:26 pm:

    6 Ken: ” if Obama wins and all the ultra-left morons stop attending demos…then what will you shoot?”

    Good question. I’ve been pondering that for months, actually.

    If the political landscape changes, then zombietime will have to change with it.

    As of this moment, I do not know, because I don’t know what the future will bring.

    Electoral politics will be over for the next three years. Probably more of a focus on the culture wars.

  8. 8James on Nov 3, 2008 at 11:33 pm:

    6 Ken: “if Obama wins and all the ultra-left morons stop attending demos…then what will you shoot?”

    Are you nuts? The number of bonkers left wing demos will increase exponentially in the result of an Obama presidency.

    Obama has declared the pie “up for grabs” and so the country will quickly turn into an all-out war of pressure groups fighting each other for slices. Expect to see left wing protest marches colliding in the streets and fighting each other to the death.

    Seriously though, an Obama presidency will do nothing but embolden and encourage the looniest of the left to rise up and proclaim that “the time is now.” They’ll see Obama as someone who gives them a serious chance of having all of their most absurd ideas come to fruition. Before you know it, colleges will be taking the female menstrual cycle into account when marking exams and wage levels will be fixed at levels inversely proportional to the effort expended.

    I’ll be a disaster.

  9. 9James on Nov 3, 2008 at 11:35 pm:

    I forgot to add: It’ll be a disaster, too. The “I’ll be a disaster” still stands. I’ll be writing to Richard freaking Simmons for advice before the year’s out.

  10. 10James on Nov 3, 2008 at 11:43 pm:

    By the way, isn’t it time we started throwing red paint over these t-shirt wearing morons the same way lefties do to people who wear fur? I swear if I see one more bearded hipster wearing a Soviet Union t-shirt here in New York I’m gonna start carrying a can of paint around with me. It’s about time these sons of bitches were doused with the symbolic blood of the victims of communism and Islamism.

  11. 11CalBear84 on Nov 4, 2008 at 12:16 am:

    There is nothing new under the sun…
    It’s cool to be a Commie again.
    Retch.

  12. 12Ken on Nov 4, 2008 at 12:40 am:

    “Before you know it, colleges will be taking the female menstrual cycle into account when marking exams and wage levels will be fixed at levels inversely proportional to the effort expended”

    The levels of paranoia and alarmism that have infected this election on both sides make me happy that I’m watching it unfold from overseas. Grow up, people. Obama will be the same as every other Democrat before him.

  13. 13DangerousNate on Nov 4, 2008 at 8:08 am:

    “Obama will be the same as every other Democrat before him.”

    I only hope your right.

  14. 14Smokin' Hamster on Nov 4, 2008 at 8:54 am:

    Defund Berkeley

  15. 15Jonathan King on Nov 4, 2008 at 9:11 am:

    I’d forgotten about you wingnuts for the past few months … lovely to see you again! Take it from this whackjob Berkeley lefty (and U.S. taxpayer unwillingly supporting the wars you love so much): there’s little for the likes of us in an Obama presidency. He’s a centrist hegemonist only slightly to the left of McCain, so don’t be misled by all the sentimental booshwah you’ll continue to hear once he slaughters the GOP today: the business of America, which is the forced acceptance of our world dominance by those either on our payroll or powerless to oppose us, will go on as usual. Enjoy!

  16. 16Purple Harold on Nov 4, 2008 at 9:14 am:

    My son has been attending grad school in San Francisco, and living in Berkeley. He will be leaving for good at Thanksgiving. I am very thankful.

  17. 17Notazombie on Nov 4, 2008 at 1:48 pm:

    What does anybody know of Fallujah?
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=WoYADmA_gb0

  18. 18Dave Surls on Nov 4, 2008 at 5:51 pm:

    “Take it from this whackjob Berkeley lefty (and U.S. taxpayer unwillingly supporting the wars you love so much):”

    Good. For once the right gets to steal money from the left to pay for something the lefties don’t want. It gets tedious having it be the other way all the time.

  19. 19ugh on Nov 7, 2008 at 2:33 am:

    I think Defend Oakland comes from a take on the Defend Brooklyn shirts that were popular at the start of the gentrification boom in Williamsburg. It was more an expression of transplants during the 90′s expressing snobishness to later transplants then anything. Perhaps they were copying a Black Panther slogan, but I doubt they had that much depth.

  20. 20HGI on Dec 30, 2008 at 8:45 am:

    Defend Oakland…… It’s all fun and games until the rounds start flying and his little friends start dying…. Somehow I see this young man cowing in a corner shitting himself and shaking in fear if it came to having to defend oakland from the police or anyone else for that matter….. it’s one thing to run around with an Ak47 on your shirt acting tough….. But another to have that same gun pointed at you with 7.62 x 39 goodness wizzing by you head.

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    My son has been attending grad school in San Francisco, and living in Berkeley. He will be leaving for good at Thanksgiving. I am very thankful.

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