If there was any doubt about the political leanings of the SF Chronicle, it was right there front and center on its website.
The top story: "San Quentin Inmate Newspaper Fills Need To Know" by Michael Taylor.
Underneath it: "More Than 20,000 Mourn Slain Oakland Police."
I watched most of the 3-hour service on our local news stations, most of whom carried most of the service commercial-free. KRON4 - usually one of the most news-conscious stations - bizarrely cut away to regular programming right in the middle of the service. KTVU and KGO did carry the service in its entirety.
Governor Schwarzenegger and a bunch of other Democrats gave nice lip-service to the law-enforcement community, though there is little reason to think anything will change in this era of "change." Oakland Mayoral seat-warmer Ron Dellums did not speak (he was asked by some of the families not to), and that paragon of law-and-order Barbara Lee wasn't let anywhere near the mic.
The Oakland PD did a wonderful job organizing the event, and the love and brotherhood of the department was very touching. I gained a new respect for the Oakland PD and I'm feeling the beginnings of something resembling respect for the city of Oakland - at least for its people. The government is still a fucking Socialist mess, and until that changes there's little chance for real change in Oakland.
But the outpouring of sympathy across the Bay Area has a lot to do with the fact that people are simply fed up with a society that coddles criminals.
We have been taught - some of us our whole lives - to believe that cops are bad and laws are made to oppress us. The brainwashing has been very successful; the Bay Area is now a criminal's paradise... with police departments underfunded and understaffed and liberal dickwads screaming about the injustice of a system that dares try to protect law abiding, decent people from evil sub-human scum.