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Proud resident of zip code 94611. Biologist. Patent guy. Lefty, but not a Bolshevik.
I appreciate Kriss Worthington for putting this item on the agenda. It brings grotesque practices such as those described to the fore, and creates political pressure that may eventually be effective.
Sorry, but it's Mr. Gammon who is out of whack. His thesis is incomprehensible. Let's simplify things. Maybe in his next column he could talk about how he would be thinking if the windows of his house were broken by these so-called protesters, exercising their rights. And just out of curiosity, let's pretend that he suddenly became the mayor. What would his policy look like?
It seems like the Express doesn't understand that their audience is already liberal and progressive in every way. They can't be outflanked from the left. They don't believe that protesters in Oakland are being repressed, that the first amendment is being trampled on. Sorry, this rhetoric is out of touch and presumptuous. The Express is headed toward irrelevancy in the political arena.
Sorry, but this is a ridiculous commentary from the generally sensible Mr. Gammon. As everyone knows, we have an indigenous population that likes to riot for sport. This represents an assault on everyone else, and advances no cause, since it's not motivated by cause. The first amendment and every opportunity to protest are well and thriving in Oakland. Nobody's rights have been trampled on. There is no collective punishment. Thank you, Libby Schaaf, for providing leadership. Mr. Gammon, consider what you might be saying if your store was trashed by the indigenous population that I mentioned. You're the one who just failed a test.
If “Fruitvale Station” is a defense for Oscar Grant, and if this movie review is a defense of the movie, then both defenses fail utterly. If you’re going to humanize Oscar Grant, that’s fine. But Coogler’s commentary on Johannes Mehserle completely undermines his moral persuasiveness in humanizing Grant.
Although desperately sought I’m sure, not any single anecdote about Mehserle ever emerged that showed him to be anything less than human, even though was “from Germany” and “lived in Sonoma”. He also was a young man, finding his way. Much of the take home from the trial was that BART training in the use of a Taser, and in handling both a Taser and a gun, was grossly inadequate. There was not a single iota of evidence supporting the contention that Mehserle’s actions were murderous. Nothing contradicted his version in which discharging of his weapon was accidental, and that he had intended to pull the Taser instead. These are the reasons that the jury acquitted him.
As for young toughs of any color “skylarking” on BART and then (surprise!) fighting, this is an assault on the public that cannot be tolerated. I cannot imagine a single person who would not want the police to wade into this situation and settle it. Mistakes are always made in battle. These consequences of the battle remain attached to those who created the situation.
Thanks to Robert Gammon for keeping track of all this, a true journalistic service. I disagree with Rob Gendreau's characterization of Gammon's reporting as an example of guilt by association. The presence of right wing support is never mere happenstance.
If the decision was based on not wanting to set a precedent, and that was the intention from the outset .... one might ask why the Dept. of Interior went to the trouble of running a study on the impact the oyster farm has on the bay.
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