Category Archives: UC Berkeley

Yoo Hoo: Pelosi Knew Too

Walking down Bancroft Avenue today, I noticed this flyer posted on a newspaper box:

yoo_demo_outreach_flier

The following flyer deserves to be its companion:

FIRE

UPDATED 5-15-09

Panetta to CIA Employees: We told Pelosi the truth
, Politico.com

Taunted by the GOP, Nancy Pelosi throws a punch-at the CIA, Slate Magazine

EXTRA READING:

Pelosi says she learned of waterboarding in 2003
, Breitbart.com

Why Didn’t Pelosi Act?, RedState.com

Why don’t the Democrats dump Pelosi?
, HotAir.com

List Says Top Democrats Were Briefed on Interrogations, New York Times

Top Pelosi Aide Learned of Waterboarding in 2003, Washington Post

Aide told Pelosi waterboarding had been used, CNN.com

Congress and Waterboarding, WSJ.com

Security Before Politics, Washington Post

Democrats surprised to discover CIA plays politics with intelligence, HotAir.com

Omission Watch: ABC, CBS and NBC Ignore Pelosi’s Torture Hypocrisy, Newsbusters.com

Madame Speaker, Have You No Decency?, Pajamas Media

Pelosi Roasted by Waterboarding Revelations, Pajamas Media

Waffle House, The Daily Show

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California Budget Farce: We Report, You Decide

ITEM #1

Calif. tax refunds to be delayed starting Feb. 1
refunds, student aid, social services and mental health programs. A severe drop in revenue has left the state’s main bank account depleted. The state had been relying on borrowing from special funds and Wall Street investors; those options are no longer available.l

ITEM #2

The University of California regents voted Wednesday to cut freshman enrollment by 6 percent, slashing 2,300 spots as the UC system grapples with expected cuts in state funding.

[snip}

Regents in favor said the cuts were necessary to maintain quality.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s budget proposal calls for cutting $131 million from the UC system by June 2010 and eliminating a planned budget increase of $210 million for 2009-10

UCLA and UC Berkeley will not be affected by Wednesday’s decision and enrollment at UC Merced will continue to grow. Enrollment at the university system’s other six campuses will be reduced.

ITEM #3

Subject: January 20th Inauguration event
From: “Robert J. Birgeneau, Chancellor” <CALmessages@berkeley.edu>
Date: Mon, January 12, 2009 6:15 pm
To: “Academic Senate Faculty, Staff, All Academic Titles, Other Members of the Campus Community, Students,” <CALmessages@berkeley.edu>
Priority: Normal

TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE BERKELEY CAMPUS COMMUNITY:

I invite you to join UC Berkeley students, faculty and staff and members of our
local community at a public viewing of the inauguration of President Barack H. Obama
on Tuesday, January 20, 2009, in Sproul Plaza.  A large screen will be installed at
the main entrance to Sproul Hall, and proceedings from Washington, D.C. will be
broadcast beginning at 7:30 am.  The Presidential Oath of Office will be
administered by 9:00 am (noon EST), with the inaugural address following.  Note that
the proceedings are outdoors and will be held rain or shine.  The University's
formal program will begin at 8:15 a.m.

[snip]

Spring instruction begins on January 20th and we will not be cancelling morning
classes; however, some instructors, for academic reasons, may opt to bring their
class to this event. Campus supervisors have discretion to grant two hours of
administrative leave to staff to attend this event, as work demands permit.  Please
print out this message for those members of your staff who do not use computers.

I look forward to joining you all at this historic event.

Chancellor Robert J. Birgeneau

The State of California is out of money. The State of California will be paying its bills with IOUs. The State of California will be reducing the University of California’s budget and cutting enrollment.

But, UC Berkeley will be paying its staff to sit on their arses for several non-productive hours to watch the inauguration of The One, The Messiah, Lord Barack Obama.

This is both an opportunity for our campus community to share in a momentous historic occasion for our country and a time to rededicate ourselves to public service – a primary mission of our university.

Now that’s real Public Service for you… a bloated bureaucracy wasting tax payer money on political pomp and circumstance.

EXTRA READING:
California goes bust: Tax refunds to be delayed, HotAir.com
California’s Budget Crisis Solved, RedCounty.com
What if California Could File Bankruptcy?, Fox & Hounds Daily.com

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Filed under Barack Obama, Bureaucracy, California, Government Waste, UC Berkeley

Berkeley Tree Sitters: The Final Frontier

The difficulty with this conversation is that it’s very different from most of the ones I’ve had of late. Which, as I explained, have mostly been with trees.
Douglas Adams, Brainy Quotes

Taken on my lunch break, with a disposable Kodak camera…

Last MorningThe Last Morning
Inquire within... for an immediate pink slip

Inquire within... for an immediate pink slip

Media Sideshow... every news outlet in the Bay Area was on hand

Media side show... every news outlet in the Bay Area was on hand

Ruh-roh... scaffolding

Ruh-roh... scaffolding

Dumpster Muffin... I'm ready for my close-up Mr. DeMille

Dumpster Muffin

Black Lady & Incense Bowl

Black Lady & Incense Bowl

Here comes the scaffolding

Here comes the scaffolding

The First Arrest

The First Arrest

Supporters' Camp, remains on Piedmont

Supporters Camp, still remains on Piedmont

Au revoir, until the next protest. Back to work…

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