John C Osborn 
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Re: “BART Should Drop $70,000 Fine Against Protesters

If we lived in a world where no one was inconvenienced when others engaged in political activity, then we would still be living in a 19th century cesspool where children toiled in mines, workers made pennies an hour, and non-whites were completely segregated from whites.

Get over yourselves and think about the bigger picture.

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Posted by John C Osborn on 01/30/2015 at 12:31 PM

Re: “BART Should Drop $70,000 Fine Against Protesters

Chanowitz says:

"The BART station shutdown is an inherently problematic and misguided means of protest — it is not an attack on the oppressive system and those that uphold it..."

Clearly Oscar Grant and his family would disagree with you.

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Posted by John C Osborn on 01/30/2015 at 12:17 PM

Re: “At Belly in Uptown Oakland, the California-Korean Burrito Comes North

$12 for a burrito? No thanks.

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Posted by John C Osborn on 09/11/2014 at 4:22 PM

Re: “Pass the Bourbon, Hold the Beef

This review nailed it.

We don't usually go to high-priced places, but my partner and I decided to try this place on my birthday. It was a terrible experience: the server paid little attention to us and when she did, she tried twice to rush us to a bill, the seafood my partner got was overcooked, the rib eye I ordered took an hour-and-a-half to get (medium) and was lukewarm when I got it.

I highly recommend NOT wasting your money here. There are plenty of places in Rockridge that are a far-better investment.

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Posted by John C Osborn on 10/18/2013 at 9:14 AM

Re: “Society Can No Longer Afford to Ignore Climate Change

Reminds me of a little story about Cassandra and how she tried to warn her father that Troy would be attacked by the Greeks. But no one would listen to her, told her she was an alarmist. Trojan Horse...and Troy was burned.

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Posted by John C Osborn on 08/07/2012 at 10:20 AM

Re: “Are Stay-Away Orders Against Occupy Oakland Protesters Constitutional?

The problem here is that you're generalizing a minority of protesters to the whole and assume that the protesters who received these stay-away orders are the same protesters who engage in the behavior you disagree with.

Joanne Warwick, one of the four people arrested on #J28 who was given a stay-away order and mentioned in this suit, was at the back of the march on 9th Street headed toward Laney College before any of the confrontations with police took place. If I remember correctly, she was arrested by police who were marching behind the protesters and pushing them forward, presumably she wasn't moving fast enough. She was not arrested for assault, for throwing rocks, or for vandalism; she was arrested for being in the street.

I would equate that incident to being on par with forgetting to file a permit and then being charged with obstruction; both are generally benign offenses that usually result in a fine. For Warwick, she got a stay-away order.

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Posted by John C Osborn on 03/13/2012 at 11:44 PM

Re: “Are Stay-Away Orders Against Occupy Oakland Protesters Constitutional?

@MarleenLee Her perspective is clearly outlined in her column: these stay-away orders are targeting protesters she identifies as “militant, anti-government, anti-police, and anarchists” who she feels are tearing apart the community fabric of Oakland. Not very content neutral.

Consider this: If there was a DA unfavorable toward the content of your counter-protests, and if one of your members somehow violated the law -- maybe someone forgot to file a sound permit then got arrested for obstruction when they didn't stop using the device -- I'm sure you would agree then that banning them from city council meetings in no way infringes on their constitutional rights?

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Posted by John C Osborn on 03/09/2012 at 3:08 PM

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