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Hey Berkeley! It’s been a while (kind of) since we last took a stand on a politically contentious issue, alienating ourselves from much of red state/middle America. Is this a bad thing? A good thing? Well, that depends on your opinion, but here’s another stand-taking that might get ugly: Berkeley City Council is now thinking of honoring the man who allegedly leaked the first set of documents.

The Council will vote on Tuesday of next week on “a resolution to honor” Pfc. Bradley Manning, the guy suspected to be behind many of the leaks (including the leak of a video of a US bomb strike on civilians). It was drafted by City Peace and Justice Commissioner Bob Meola who told the AP that Manning should get a medal.

Unsurprisingly, Fox News has already weighed in on the issue with the classy headline “Berkeley Gives America the Middle Finger.” The headline is followed by a picture of a giant flag, in case you didn’t already get the extreme subtlety of their message.

We would wager a good amount of our freedom that this issue is going to get a lot of hackles up on both sides. So how about it, Clog fans? Whaddya think?

Image source: alexcovic under Creative Commons
Berkeley Council weighs honoring accused in WikiLeaks case [Associated Press] via Oakland Tribune


Apparently, there are throngs less protesters at the Marine recruiting center on Shattuck Avenue, proof that Code Pink and The World Can’t Wait: Drive Out the Bush Regime prefer it when multiple cameras are present. [Mercury News]

Cal grad student Larissa Kelly boosts Cal’s academic reputation by winning lots of money on Jeopardy and setting new records for women on the show. Her current cash total is at $179,797, more than the salaries of all history department alumni combined! [Inside BayArea]

Do you have a relative in Modesto who went to your commencement in Zellerbach Hall? If so, there’s a small chance that they’re a tad bit pissed at the lack of flags onstage to honor America and the state of California. Either that, or someone’s just looking for reasons to hate on “Berserkeley.” [Modesto Bee]

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