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Favorite Baseball Team:
Favorite Beverage and Consumption Freq:
Bourbon, neat Weihenstephaner, especially the hefeweizen
Distilled to a single phrase, I believe in a government that protects the rights of its constituents. Defining these rights and assigning relative values when rights come into conflict is a sticky subject. My positions on particular issues are built up from basic principles, but the result is an array of positions that don't fall neatly within any mainstream political philosophy. I suppose the best way to describe me in the context of today's political environment is an anti-abortion libertarian who believes in efficient taxation and the use of government power to correct market failures/inefficiencies (I define these pretty strictly). I participate on the PBR to learn and to refine my own arguments, so I tend to gravitate toward topics where my opinion will not be shared by the majority. Since the board leans to the right, that means I spend much more time arguing for the liberal side than for the conservative side. When I talk politics with my progressive-leaning sister and brother-in-law, the opposite is true. On the whole, I identify much more strongly with the GOP. I've been a Republican since the day I turned 18, and I am a fairly active advocate for the GOP, particularly in statewide and national elections.
I believe in some form of God (e.g., a first cause), mostly because I drive myself crazy if I keep asking "Why?" After years of this Quixotic pursuit, I surmised that somewhere along the line, I would reach the final answer, "Because...God." I think Jesus was, in the words of Eddie Izzard, pretty relaxed and groovy. That's how I like to imagine God. I'd like to say that I model my life after Jesus, but the results to this point don't even nearly resemble his life. I've read the directions; I'm just really bad at following them.
Favorite Quote from an ND Coach:
"Twenty years from now, you're going to get laid off your job, the bank's going to refuse to extend the mortgage on your home, your car will break down on the way home, and when you finally get home, your four children will tell you your wife just ran off with a drummer." - Lou Holtz
What else do you want us all to know:
I sail. I'm a sailor. I sail. AHOY!