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Rice is going bowling…

November 25, 2006

for the first time in 45 years!!! Today’s win over SMU clinches a bowl game for Rice. It also broke our little streak of having one point games at Rice Stadium. Now we just have to wait and see which bowl we’re headed to. I’m really hoping for the Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth because it’s closer and I think that a lot more of our fans will come to a game in Fort Worth over New Orleans or Birmingham (especially over Christmas break).

On a side note, I can’t believe that I’m actually into football now. Well, college football at least. I actually watched an entire episode of Sports Center. This is very strange for me since I’ve always hated watching football. However, I’m still a much bigger basketball fan than I think I’ll ever be a football fan. Growing up when the Rockets were good made me love basketball. Growing up with the Oilers sucking made me hate football. It’s amazing what a winning season of Rice football can do.

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The Last I Will Say About the Election

November 15, 2006

I’ve talked to a lot of people about the recent election and most of them seem surprised by my responses. I am very happy with the outcome of this election. I normally identify more with Republicans because I am a conservative (leaning little ‘l’ libertarian). However, in recent years the Republicans have lost touch with what they are supposed to be. They were supposed to be the party of smalll government. What happened to the Contract with America?

This time I was rooting for the Democrats. Since they won, the Republicans will be forced to make some changes if they want to have the slightest shot at winning the Presidential election in 2008 and win back their seats. They will have to back off of the borrow-and-spend mentality that has become so prevalent in the party. It’s really sad when Democratic candidates are bashing Republicans for increased spending during election season. I’m all for tax cuts and budget cuts, but the latter must come with the former. The amount of debt that this country has is absolutely outrageous! This is the reason I supported Charlie Stenholm back in 2004. He said (paraphrased because it’s been a couple of years) that he would rather be a tax-and-spend Democrat than a borrow-and-spend Republican. Granted, I think there are areas where we could significantly reduce the budget, but for everything else we need a way to pay for it. Not later, but now.

The Republicans under Bush have expanded the government like there were no consequences. Well, guess what? There are. You just lost your majority in both the House and Senate. In the next two years, the Republicans will have to distinguish themselves from the Democrats as the party of small government again to survive and I’m really looking forward to it.

Here are a couple of notes to everyone expecting the apocolypse with the Democrats having a majority in both houses: 1) they don’t have a super-majority in the Senate, which is needed to pass legislation or overrule a veto 2) nothing that is that major will actually become law because Bush can (and probably will) veto anything outrageous.

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Jump for Joy

April 3, 2006

So I got the greatest news tonight… Tom Delay is resigning!!! He is making the announcement tomorrow that he will be stepping down and withdrawing from the fall election. This makes me so amazingly happy! This is a slap in the face to many who tried to defend Delay to me, and it is incredibly gratifying. Well everyone, may the race begin for Delay’s seat!

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EOL RRF

April 1, 2006

So Beer Bike is over. I’m sunburned and have a few welts from water balloons, but overall it was fun. However, I think that Lovett contributed to the nationwide increase in profanities today. Check out this article. I really think Lovett is at least partly responsible.

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My Two Cents on the Abortion Debate

March 20, 2006

So I guess this is a great place to finally chime in with my opinion of the South Dakota abortion ban.  Most people think I am pro-life and to an extent, I guess I am.  I don’t think abortion should be a form of birth control or for those that are just being irresponsible.  However, in cases of rape, incest, or the mother’s life being in danger I am for a woman having the option of terminating the pregnancy should she want to.  I don’t know what polarized camp this puts me in.  I disagree with most of the “pro-choice” groups in that they advocate it more as a woman’s right to decide if she wants to put up with a pregnancy.  I’m sure this is not the belief of some of their members, but that is the message they tend to send out.  These reasons are never well defended, except in very selfish terms (in most cases).  However, I adamantly disagree with so many pro-life groups too.  As stated before, I believe in exceptions and I also very much agree with contraception, including EC.  EC is not an abortofacient since it prevents implantation and thus the woman was never pregnant.  Despite claims that life begins at conception, pregnancy does not begin until implantation.  Eggs often are fertilized and do not implant, thus pregnancy begins at implantation.  So where do I fall?

I believe that until people are more educated and take responsibility for their actions, abortion will occur and will be necessary in some cases.  I have yet to figure out why conservative groups so adamantly disagree with comprehensive sex education.  It’s not as if they are going to teach your kids to have sex.  Studies have shown that abstinence pledges do not work for a large majority of people.  They may delay sex, but they are more likely to engage in risky behaviors and not use condoms or oral contraceptives.  Abstinence will not work for everyone and so we need the education for those that will have sex.  Plus, everyone will (hopefully) have sex at some point in his or her life.  Birth control is not just something single people use.  Comprehensive sex ed may help prevent the pregnancies in the first place, thus preventing the abortions.  

The South Dakota abortion ban does not allow for abortions in cases or rape or incest and I believe that these are two exceptions that should always be allowed for.  I don’t think that this ban will do anything except punish the poor.  South Dakota currently has one abortion provider in the entire state.  There are ~ 770,000 people in SD, the median household income is less than $36,000 per year, and over 13% of people are living below the poverty line.  Abortions are already difficult for low-income women to get since the location of the abortion and the costs are prohibitive.  If the ban goes into effect, only those who can afford to leave the state will be able to receive abortions.  The number of abortions in SD may drop, but artificially since people will leave the state to get them.  

So there’s my opinion.  What do you think?