Right-wing provocateur Andrew Breitbart and his associates have helped lead the charge against Occupy Oakland, highlighting unflattering local news reports to cast the occupation as a “rat-infested squalor with complaints of vandalism, public urination, sexual harassment, and sex in public.” Breitbart alleged that a female TV newscaster was told by an occupier suspicious of the media that “we shoot white bitches like you around here.” Blogger John Sexton pointed to an Oakland Tribune report of one man putting a substitute teacher in a chokehold and another wielding a large knife who had to be subdued with a board to the head. Others jumped on reports of complaints from the city about a rat problem. Occupy Oakland, Sexton declared, had descended into a real-life “Lord of the Flies.”
While there is truth to many of these reports, the reality of Occupy Oakland is less bleak.
For the past week, Roger has participated in the occupation’s “cop watch,” a leaderless overnight patrol of 10 to 20 walkie-talkie wielding people who work to ensure the camp’s safety by breaking up fights, keeping an eye out for sexual harassment and hard drug use, and–of course–watching for cops. He is recognizable by the helmet he wears and Barack Obama-stickered megaphone he carries … [my emphasis]
“Obama-stickered megaphone.” A Wall Street protester endorsing the Wall Street President.
As a result, Obama has brought in more money from employees of banks, hedge funds and other financial service companies than all of the GOP candidates combined, according to a Washington Post analysis of contribution data.