Last night’s carousing flooded today’s Youtube channels with blurry, pixelated videos of student mobs engaged in acts of flag-waving, slogan-chanting, generally euphoric tomfoolery. People popped bottles of bubbly! Hung from rafters! Scrambled atop AC Transit buses and rode down the streets, beaming and waving to their friends! A little bird tells us that the pervasive mood of ecstatic joy also induced many students to rip off their clothes. We approve. Naturally, it was all on YouTube by the next day.

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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.

One day ahead of Halloween and four ahead of the biggest, bestest, most exciting election ever, celebrators are hanging up effigies of Sarah Palin and Barack Obama–literally. In Los Angeles, a homeowner who trussed up a mannequin of Palin in a noose had to take the effigy down after people mobbed his house and erected large sheets to block out the sight. It’s no surprise that flaunting that kind of political statement is liable to get you variously protested, abused, cursed at and surreptitiously peed upon, but this guy not only endured all of the above. He also got paid a visit by the U.S. Secret Service.

That’s pretty intense, but effigies of Obama have turned up repeatedly too, and they’re nastier by a yard and a half. read more »

obamaThey both think Obama is the man. Hammering another nail into Hillary’s coffin, Berkeley professor Robert Reich posted an announcement formally endorsing Obama on his blog yesterday night.

Forty years of friendship and a stint as the Clintons’ secretary of labor isn’t something to sneeze at, and at first Reich was dead set against leaping into the endorsements fracas with a proclamation for either/or. But then Hillary went and made those terrible, horrible, no good, very bad videos targetting Obama after he slipped and said that Pennsylvanians are bitter and cling to guns last week. Reich took Hillary’s tactics to be

the nadir of mean-spirited, negative politics. And also of the politics of distraction, of gotcha politics. It’s the worst of all worlds. … It’s old politics at its worst — and old Republican politics, not even old Democratic politics. It’s just so deeply cynical.

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