Ass of the Week Award – Mayor Jean Quan of Oakland
Well, we're consistent. Now the first two Ass of the Week awards have been given to Mayors for their responses to the Occupy (Insert Geographic Name Here) movement.
And let me tell you, with the Republican candidates in full swing and making asses of themselves without our help it was awful hard not to choose them or Trump as this week's ass but, after careful consideration, Mayor Quan is really, really deserving of the honor.
Mayor Quan epitomizes all that is distasteful in the world of politics. Two facedness (ok, that's probably not a real word), bullying, abuse of power, and a complete failure to appreciate what this country is really all about.
After the first police crackdown on the Occupy Oakland protesters Quan wrote a statement on her Facebook page praising the police. I would like to tell you that you can read the statement here but, unfortuantely, since the world expressed their outrage at the tear gas, flash grenades, and rubber bullets, as well as the fact that the police are responsible for a protester who is a Gulf War vet now being in the hospital in critical care, Mayor Quan snatched the statement down.
Instead, she now says she supports the movement. You can read the "oops I better take a different position" statement here.
We didn't start this blog to be gentle. It is time for these assholes to understand that people and mad and, rather than using tactics that didn't work during the civil rights era, perhaps they should listen to the grievances and either join in or just acknowledge that the people have a right to be pissed.
Hopefully the Oakland PD gets their ass sued off again, just as they did back in 1983 when the police used the same tactics and ended up having to pay an award of $2 million to 58 demonstrators who were abused. And folks…that's not enough money.
So, a big fart sound toward Oakland where their Ass of the Week can bray all she wants in an attempt to alleviate some of the political damage but she needs to remember, it's not just her statement that made her an ASS, it's the fact that the police did this under her watch.
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