Summer?

So it just sort of hit me last night and today that I'm going to be far, far away for the next almost six weeks. Woah. I was telling my mom tonight that its strange having come home a few days ago and entered into "summer mode" (a.k.a. catching up with everyone from back home and just relaxing all the time) and then realizing that in two days I'll be snapped out of it and back in the classroom. Not very conventional.

But then again, this summer doesn't promise to be conventional anyways. Friends will be all around the world at different times in Hawaii, Africa, Vermont, etc. and others will have legit jobs taking up most of their time. Sure there will be the concerts, the boating, the hang outs, but I feel like it's going to be very disjointed overall. After also being slapped in the face a few days ago with the realization that I'm halfway done with college, I'm beginning to think thats how things are going to be in the future. Yikes!

Regardless, summer is summer I guess. Even if its 39 degrees out like it is right now. Time to take a deep breath, catch up with everyone as much as I'll be able to, and realize that two more years of college isn't that bad after all.

Two contemplative blog posts in a row. Now that's a change! Have no fear, though. I'm sure I'll be back to politics in no time.
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Home Sweet Home

Well I'm finally back home! After a surprisingly smooth ride from Washington to Boston last night, I'm back in Scituate.

The first day back home is one of my favorite times. That's the time when I really realize how much I love it here. DC is great- great people, great places, great politics. But, you just can't beat home. I put a ridiculous number of miles on my car (another thing I miss while down in DC) the first few days back. I think I've probably already spent two hours today just driving around town aimlessly, looking at the ocean and realizing how much I've missed it, looking at boats (they're already showing up in the harbor), catching up with my family and neighbors, seeing which houses have sold or are up for sale (anyone want to move in next door to me, btw?), taking a shower without sandals and sleeping in a bed without a plastic, twin mattress. All of this reminds me that, as nice as other parts of the country are, I want to try my hardest to end up back here for my first job after college, even though all the pressure is to go to New York.

Well, there's my thoughts on being home.

And oh ya....Hillary got smoked last night :(. We'll see what happens there soon I guess.
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Marine Mom

This is one of the most touching videos I have ever seen. Unfortunately, you have to scroll down on the right-hand column to the clip titled "Marine Mom Adopts Platoon". It's worth all 3 minutes and 17 seconds. This woman from Rockland, MA, filled with faith and selflessness, is a true American hero. Words can't give justice to her or the story, but briefly, the video from CBS News is about a widowed mother who lost one of her nine children in Iraq last year. This St. Patrick's Day, she used her son's death benefit to host his Marine platoon for the holiday in order to remember him and give these men a break from their daily routine.

May God bless this wonderful woman and her fallen son this Easter and comfort her in her times of grief, questioning, and sorrow.

Happy Easter everyone.
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Reflections on the March for Life

So this year was my second March for Life. It was just as powerful as the first one, just a few degrees warmer thankfully. It's hard to describe the feeling one gets when hearing such a large group of people remain silent and then utter "amen" during the final prayer before the walk. It's hard to explain the feel of so many people solemnly singing God Bless America. Overall, it's pretty hard to explain the walk unless you've been there. And, trust me, a lot of people have been there. The news reports all claim "tens of thousands", while Wikipedia says 100,000-300,000 people were in attendance. 20,000 students fully-packed the Verizon Center hours before the walk for one last mass. All these people, a majority of whom were students, give me hope for the future of the American genocide that claimed 1.2 million lives last year.
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OCC

The 2008 Cardinal O'Connor Conference on Life was a success. The conference ended today with a variety of speakers and activities. We were happy to have over 500 students attend this yaer- a big accomplishment given the chaos surrounding the planning and the fact that the March for Life is on a Tuesday this year. I'm glad it's over as well! One less thing to worry about and one less meeting to attend each week.

Meet at the front gates tomorrow at 11:40 AM to head over to the national mall to protest 35 years of Roe v. Wade at the March for Life.
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Legal Sea Foods

I'm currently sitting in Reagan National Airport waiting for my delayed flight. It's gonna be a while, so I might as well kill some time here.

I just left an hour-plus long dinner conversation at Legal Sea Foods in the airport with four random people. I took the hostess up on her offer to sit at the high-table to avoid waiting a half hour for a private table. I sat down right in the middle of a pretty intense political discussion with clearly smart, powerful people all wearing suits and playing with their BlackBerrys. I was a little nervous to jump in the conversation, sitting there in jeans and a Red Sox hat with my two year old Razr, but couldn't resist (of course).

From what I gathered from the conversation, all four of them were fiscally conservative, socially liberal independents. We talked a lot about taxes and spending, abortion, and political candidates in general. It was interesting hearing the opinions of people who didn't always agree with me (socially or fiscally) and see their thought process in choosing a candidate.

One "former Republican" was a Giuliani fan. But she said she'd probably jump ship to Hillary if he didn't get the nomination (there goes a Republican vote- Rudy's not winning).

Another lady was clearly a Republican fiscally, as she decried the ridiculous spending and debt of the Bush administration and hated the thought of higher taxes. She claimed she was personally pro-life, but didn't want to legislate it. From what I could gather, though, she was voting Democrat (though she said she could live with Romney).

Another guy was a former military man who had worked his way out of poverty. He was adamently against the idea that the poor can't pull themselves up by their bootstraps and hated the fact that his tax money was being spent to aid some people relying solely on the government. He was an ardent supporter of Mike Huckabee's FairTax. He took issue with the fact that men have been deciding abortion laws throughout time. He didn't direclty state his opinion on the matter, but he was clearly pro-abortion. I couldn't decide who he was voting for.

The final guy was an American from somewhere in Europe who graduated from Georgetown but hadn't been in the U.S. for a while so he was a little bit out of the loop. But, he was an extremely educated economist who talked a lot about general tax policies. He hated the idea of the FairTax because it isn't progressive enough for him. And he claimed that the poor are incapable of saving, a point that the other man took offense to. (Though, statistically, America does have a savings rate of -6%).

It was a good conversation. All these people had good reasons for their views. It was nice to see such politically-informed and politically-interested regular people. But its sad to see people jumping ship from the Republican party because of some of the damage this administration has done to the Republican name.
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