Ron Paul

Just days after the conservative think-tank National Association of Scholars released a study saying that liberal faculty and political correctness at the University of California has resulted in students receiving a decrepit and biased education, Republican presidential candidate (if we can still realistically call him that) Dr. Ron Paul will be stopping by Zellerbach Auditorium this Thursday, April 5.

Take that NAS!

The study entitled “A Crisis of Competence: The Corrupting Effect of Political Activism in the University of California,” may have been recently quoted by Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum when he outlandishly proclaimed that the universities in the UC system “don’t even teach an American history course.” WHAT THE EFF!?

Dr. Paul, who is possibly the most sane candidate running for the Republican nomination (wow, that really isn’t much of a compliment now is it?), will be hosted by student organizations Students for Liberty (who should really consider retaking their club photo) and Youth for Ron Paul.

The campaign event, which we’ll assume is for 2016 considering he has yet to win a primary, begins at 7 p.m. in Zellerbach Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. Vouchers are available at ronpaulatberkeley.eventbrite.com. Ticket holders are encouraged to arrive by 6:30 or risk losing their seating.

UPDATE: Event moved from Zellerbach to Memorial Glade to accomodate everyone. Vouchers no longer required.

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Report: Leftism at the UC leads to skewed education [Daily Cal]


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As you may or may not have heard, Berkeley’s own law prof Goodwin Liu was nominated by Obama to be the Ninth Circuit appeals court judge (and no, it has nothing to do with Dante, if that’s what you were thinking). The conservatives weren’t too pleased, but as of yesterday, his nomination advanced with 12 Dems in favor and 7 Republicans opposed.

The advancement has done nothing to assuage conservative fears, since Liu is vintage Berkeley. He supports affirmative action and same-sex marriage and he has been “open in expressing these views.”

And to his opponents, this screams ALERT ALERT ACTIVIST JUDGE ON THE LOOSE. Republican senator Jeff Sessions put it this way: “He is not a believer in judicial restraint and the traditional view of a judge. Give me a break.”

The fears don’t stop there, either. They worry that Obama “might later seek to elevate Mr. Liu, 39, to the Supreme Court.” A Berkeley law prof as one of the Supremes? HELL yeah. Hang in there, Goodwin, we’re pulling for Liu!

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Liu nomination advances [New York Times]


An unfortunate chain of historical blunders renders California voters haunted by the following harrowing election narrative: we (unwaveringly) tow the Democratic party line for our legislation, then stick a wildcard Republican to the governorship.

Ethan Rarick, director of the Robert T. Matsui Center for Politics and Public Service at UC Berkeley, seems hellbent on dispelling this myth. Despite our recent track record, Rarick insists that 15 years of consistent partisan preference will lead Jerry Brown’s “back-to-the-future search for his old job” to victory in November 2010.

That is, unless opponents Whitman and Poizner bloat their campaign with those “self-financed air-blitzes” Republicans get off on. Rarick still remains unconvinced, stating that any Democratic candidate in this race will have the advantage of a “septuagenarian moonbeam.”

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Bet on the donkey in this race [LA Times]


During his spiel at last week’s on-campus conference entitled “What Ails California?”, Berkeley alum and former UC regent Bill Bagley spoke of the golden era in our state assembly, a time when most current undergraduates were probably busy teething or learning to ride a two-wheeler or building a California Mission out of sugar cubes—a time devoid of party lines, term limits, and the special interest groups our state legislators have become so codependent on.

A time, presumably, when the public’s dime sufficed to read more »


Quotes from the Field are real quotes overheard by the Clog on and around campus. And if you’ve heard something stupid today, feel free to comment the love.

“Why does everyone look so unattractive? At least put more good-looking people on the mural.”

Two words: Berkeley goggles. You must be a freshman. Worry not, your standards will lower with time. This ain’t no Santa Barbara! We are Berkeley! We’re smart, we’re well-rounded, and we’re hungover from Thursday night! read more »


Pound it, bro!After discovering the latest omen of the world’s coming demise, the Clog encourages Berkeley students to put down their books and enjoy their short-lived time on earth

A group of Bay Area College Republicans finally found something Republicans decided was worth protesting. Friday night, they showed up on the mean streets of San Jose to revolt against none other than–a beer tax. Yeah, we know, right?

The proposal (not yet drafted, by the way) would be designed to sort of, indirectly-ish, combat underage drinking, save the state lots of money on bad things that are related to underage drinking (i.e. car crashes) by taxing beer manufacturers, and in effect, making a six pack o’ brewskies almost $2.00 more expensive. Assembleyman Jim Beall cited studies that showed drinking among college students as a “real health problem.” Gee, well when you put it that way … read more »