Mitt Romney’s rash comment during the presidential debate that he would cut funding for PBS seemed a bit ridiculous. What kind of sane person would cut PBS?! Where would this world be without ‘The Joy of Painting’ and ‘Sesame Street’? In a dark place, that’s where.We feel that any of the Muppets would make a better head of state than Mitt, and here’s our proof:

Bert and Ernie

These two. We know right off the bat that they share a dynamic never before seen between a president and his vice. They complement each other bert_ernieso well that they would always make the right decisions. President Bert is a rock: intelligent and warm, he would make a great envoy and a charming negotiator. His impressive bottle cap collection is proof of his attention to detail and ability to relate to his constituents. Ernie represents the epitome of good ideas. As Vice President, he would bring so many good ideas for fixing the economy that “unemployment” would have to be a Word on the Street. Ideas such as national Rubber Duckie day, which would boost nationwide rubber production, and the new Department of Equality, in which Ernie will take away anything Americans are not able to share equally, leading to redistribution. And we know exactly where they stand on gay marriage.

Big Bird

A domineering personality, Big Bird would scare the living bejeezus out of any foreign diplomat. America wants access to the Persian Gulf? Ten big birdminutes with Ahmadinejad, and Big Bird would make the Gulf into our exclusive swimming pool. Big Bird’s biggest strength is his seemingly naive tone and kind personality. Like a sociopath, Big Bird employs Teddy Roosevelt’s international policy of speaking softly and carrying a big beak. No one messes with Big Bird.

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Do you dig democracy and can’t wait to make your voice heard in the November election? Or maybe you are simply entertained by politics?  Whatever your views may be, this election year is one of the most important yet, and what better way to fuel the electoral excitement that to watch the two presidential candidates duke it out in the presence of your peers?!

The ASUC Vote Coalition and the Robert C. Matsui Center for Politics and Public Service are hosting a viewing party for the first presidential debate of this election season, which is  being held at The University of Colorado, Denver and hosted by Jim Lehrer of NewsHour.

DEETS:

When: October 3, 2012

Time: 6 p.m.

Where: 111 Moses Hall on campus

The event is the first of many designed to bring politically active and interested youth together to view and discuss the presidential debates that are taking place within the next few weeks. Come join a multitude of student groups partisan and non-partisan to the event of the election!

Can’t make it to the event? You can still watch (or Tivo) the debates! Catch the livestream here or on such channels as C-SPAN, ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC, as well as all cable news channels including CNN, Fox News and MSNBC among others.

DEMOCRACY 2012

Image source: DonkeyHotey under Creative Commons


268149161_b370a426ed_oIt’s time to ‘fess up, guys. No one actually checks their Facebook invites anymore, do they? We see the notification, get a little bit giddy, and then frown just a little bit when we realize it’s not a “like” on that latest photo we posted of our breakfast cereal a la almond milk and banana slices.

However, sometimes it could just do some good to check the event invites more closely, even if we have to wade through the multiple club meetings and sponsorship spams. In fact, there may be hidden gems such as the Willard Park Clothing Swap buried deep beneath all those frat parties and grilled cheese sales.

Hosted by Ruby Lee and friends TODAY from 5 p.m. to 8p.m. at Willard Park (snuggled in between Regent Avenue, Hillegass Avenue, and Dana Street), the clothing swap is meant to channel the free piles at the co-ops.

Essentially, you just bring a bunch of clothes that you don’t want, have been trying to donate, planned on burning anyway, etc. and let people take what they feel like. The trade-off is that you get to browse other people’s free piles and grab what you want, too! For goods that are more expensive, one-on-one trades are allowed and even encouraged. read more »


P1020741Itching to hop on a plane and see new sights, perhaps while earning a few credits? Well, the Daily Clog checked out the Study Abroad fair held last Friday Sept. 21 and has all the updates you need on such academic adventures.
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tuning fork

Spotted: an enormous tuning fork on Shattuck and Center — only recently did the Clog discover its true purpose. Yep, we thought it was just a mini field goal as well. But has this been the source of all our BART escalator-breaking poop? read more »


mountain lion

Spotted: Mama mountain lion and her babies roaming around the Berkeley hills and instilling fear in the staff of the Berkeley Lab.

This isn’t the first time this year — on July 19, a mountain lion and her cubs (perhaps the same one?) were spotted at the Greek Theater. read more »


orientation

So you learned the Time Warp dance and your classic Cal chants at CalSO, most of which you’ve forgotten at this point — solid. But there’s one thing you’re missing: The Daily Clog. Rather than shamelessly self-plug, we’ll provide you with a guide of a few useful things that they failed to mention to you at orientation. Find them useful, procreate and then thank us later. read more »


Martinez-Exterior

Next Friday starts Cal’s 2012 Move-In/Welcome Week, and for about 400 sophomore and upper-division students that means being the first people to live in the brand new Maximo Martinez Commons Residence Hall. read more »


thing 1:2

Look at all the Berkeley food gossip we’ve noticed in the past few days — it looks like a Thai Noodle I is about to take over where a burnt down Raleigh’s used to be. Whether or not Cafe Med will ever be resurrected on that same corner (Telegraph and Haste) is questionable.

But really Thai Noodle franchise? Is it necessary to have two of your restaurants, albeit with different numbers, on the same street? Oh the choices we’ll have to make when choosing our Thai food. The battle of Thing 1 versus Thing 2 is set to begin. Or in this case, Thai I versus Thai II.

Image source: DrSam under Creative Commons


asian breadplace

Good smells, coming soon

Sheng Kee, notable for its Chinese pastries, will be opening a store on Telegraph Ave. Watch out food trucks, you got some competition coming your way.

Located right on the edge of campus next to The Toaster Oven, Sheng Kee is sure to get everyone fat as hell. They’re also hiring, so if y’all are lookin’ for a job, get on that. Otherwise, be ready for the dessert invasion.

Image source: Lynn Yu, Daily Cal


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