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Hypocrisy part of politics; just needs to be covert

Ever since I was a small boy growing up in a small town in western Nebraska, I knew what I wanted to be when I got older. Other kids wanted to be astronauts, doctors or professional athletes, but all I wanted to do was become a hypocritical politician. I also wanted to move west and represent California's 32nd Congressional District in the House of Representatives.I dreamt of bashing the president and opposing party, blaming everyone but me and my party for the country's problems and then eloquently stating that being a scapegoat is wrong.

Polluted people support filthy show

I turned on the tube the other day to catch the start of my favorite television show: Jerry Springer. For some reason, the volume was too low to hear the words, but I could very easily imagine what was being said. "Today, on Jerry Springer: Watch as we throw a bunch of people with ridiculous problems in a room together, provide an extremely annoying catalyst and watch them verbally, and possibly physically, assault each other." Now that, my friends, is entertainment.

Volunteering worth time

What's more rewarding than money? Some people will say nothing, but others, including many TCU students, will say volunteering. No, volunteers don't get paid, but there are many aspects of volunteering that make it more appealing than a job that pays.Students can find various volunteer opportunities virtually anywhere - including on campus. KinderFrogs and Starpoint schools provide on-campus opportunities for students to get involved with incredible people. Many students, including myself, have discovered the joy and rewards of being involved in these programs.

Incriminating pictures do not belong on Facebook

Imagine for a moment you are sitting in your dorm, apartment, house or whatever type of residence you may live in, and there is an ominous knock at the door. If you're like me, you don't get up from the bed, the couch or your desk; you just yell "Come in!"In walks a campus police officer who hands you a ticket and tells you that you have received an alcohol violation for having alcohol in your dorm room. You say, "Huh? But officer, there is no alcohol in this room."

South Dakota’s abortion ban gives mother’s rights to government

Last Monday, South Dakota passed legislation banning virtually all abortions in the state, and, according to an Associated Press article published earlier this week in the Skiff, "setting up a court fight aimed at challenging the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion." This decision is better known as Roe v. Wade, one of the most controversial Supreme Court rulings of all time.The South Dakota bill would make it a felony, punishable by up to five years in prison, for doctors or others to perform an abortion unless it was necessary to save the mother's life.

Pass/no credit deadline date set too early

Besides being the day before Valentine's Day, Feb. 13 was also the last day for students to elect the pass/no credit option for their classes. In many cases however, students hadn't received test grades in their classes yet, something that can be very important in determining whether to change a graded class to a pass/no credit class.In my case, only one of my five classes had a test before the deadline. I had grades in my other classes before the 13th (quizzes, etc.), but these grades were not of much consequence.

Safety checks lack consistency

About two weeks ago, I walked into my dorm room to find three guys walking around the room. Although I was not close friends with any of them, they were all acquaintances, and I knew what was happening. It was one of the random safety checks that happen throughout the school year.I knew that I had nothing to hide, so I wasn't really worried. But by the time it was over, I had emptied a bag full of quarters on my desk, as well as demonstrated that a decorative pipe on a shelf had indeed not been used. As I thought, I didn't have anything to hide, but I was sweating for a minute.

President’s Day reminder to respect, honor leaders

With everyone coming down off a Valentine's Day high, why don't we stop talking about sappy love songs and romantic dinners and start talking about a holiday that actually matters: President's Day. Some of you are probably thinking, "Who cares? Our president is a moron." Others might be thinking, "Good idea, we need to recognize our wonderful president."I will not side with either of these opinions, because I'm not here to back or bash Bush. I have my own opinion about the man, but we're talking about President's Day, not W Day.

Commercials reaching excessive cost

How much can $26 million buy in today's world? Well, it could buy a really big house, a lot of fast cars or a number of other items. In the case of Anheuser-Busch, $26 million can buy a few commercials during the Super Bowl.I know a million bucks isn't worth what it once was, but $26 million on advertising for one game? I think it's a little steep, even for a multibillion-dollar corporation. It only goes to show that Super Bowl advertising has gotten to the point where it's as much of an attraction as the actual game.

Casino benefits outweigh problems

Ding ding ding, jackpot. This is something that casino-goers wish to hear every time they walk through the doors of a casino. It's also a sound some states have heard after legalizing casino gambling.Certain states, including Oklahoma and Louisiana, where casino gambling is legal, have increased revenue for improvements in education and other state-funded programs. There have always been arguments for and against the idea of legalization of casino gambling.

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