Scott Olsen, the 24-year old ex-Marine who was injured in the Oakland protests this week is about to have brain surgery. I found this out from an article in Boing Boing, of all places, which quoted The Guardian. I see that President Obama is saying the usual banalities, that he understands the frustration of the Occupy movement, while stressing the need to uphold the law. What the hell?!
These protestors are unarmed, peaceful, and mostly completely law-abiding, with the exceptions being things like marching in the street instead of staying on the sidewalk, or, say, sleeping in a park. No one is burning cars or throwing molotov cocktails like they have in Italy, for chrissake. Meanwhile the police are showing up in riot gear, using pepper spray and teargas liberally and offensively.
And why is The Guardian, a BRITISH paper, the most thorough and updated source for information about protests happening in our own country??
Meanwhile, Michael Moore is heading to Oakland now to “stand with the Occupy Oakland against the out-of-control police.”