What Was DAAP Thinking?

With the ASUC elections over, students can finally walk through campus without being hassled by persistent campaigners looking to preach their party’s agenda to anyone willing to listen. While every student group has a right to be heard, one party’s agenda defies logical sense and threatens UC Berkeley’s status as a prestigious university. The Defend…

Leland Yee Continues Attempt to Strip UC Autonomy

Last May, three California senators authored bill SCA21, a proposed constitutional amendment that would give state legislators more control over the UC system. Currently, the state legislature has no administrative power over the decisions made by the UC Regents. This is in contrast to the CSU’s, which possess less autonomy and are subject to the…

The Minuteman: Crossing the Conservative Wires

1. Thursday: Mock Deportation Protest On April 29, Berkeley students, gagged and tied, protested Arizona’s recent immigration law. The law, which requires police to detain and question anyone in suspected of illegal immigration status. While the law essentially just enforces existing Federal law, it has sparked national controversy surrounding threats to civil liberties including national…

Why Marijuana Freedom Is Good Fiscal Policy

This November, Californians will decide whether or not to become the first state to go against federal drugs laws and legalize recreational use of marijuana for adults over the age of 21. Practical people of all ideological stripes will raise valid arguments for and against the ballot initiative, which proposes the taxation and regulation of…

Obama Picks Convenient Time to Lift Oil Drilling Ban

Two years after supporters of Alaskan and coastal oil drilling responded to peaking gas prices with the mantra, “drill, baby, drill”, Obama finally got the message – that opening up US oil resources would be necessary to help the country pull out of its weak economy and into stronger growth. Obama’s proposal would open up…

Upcoming California Ballot Initiatives: Propositions 13-17

Californians will vote on five ballot measures in the June 8 primary election, four of which have already created a significant amount of controversy. Proposition 14 would create an open primary system for state elections, Proposition 15 would establish public financing for secretary of state elections, Proposition 16 would require a two thirds vote before…

Coulter in Canada

Ann Coulter is widely known for her strong opinions and controversial sense of humor. Coulter’s rhetoric often provokes strong reactions, particularly from the Left and the politically correct. Fortunately, the United States Constitution guarantees her the right to free speech under the First Amendment. Our strong tradition of protecting liberty leads American audiences to tolerate…

The California Patriot’s Best of Berkeley 2010

1. Best Blockade of Sather Gate The Black Student Union’s “Blackout” in response to the UCSD “Compton Cookout” controversy. 2. Best Failed Initiative Professor Lakoff’s failed “anti-two-thirds” requirement “for democracy.” 3. Best Party on Campus Does this even need explanation? Are we not all compatriots? As always, the Berkeley College Republicans is the best party…