Tuesday, September 17, 2013

A Reminder: 11 more votes on Background Checks

Update: With the recent D.C. shooting, here's a reminder that elections have consequences down the road that nobody can foresee.

The Senate rejected background checks amendment, pushed by Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Pat Toomey (R-PA), today by a 54-46 margin.  6 more votes.  That's all that was needed.

I can find 11 votes for the Background Checks Amendment from 11 states where 1 Senator voted yes and 1 Senator voted no.

Monday, September 16, 2013

State House District 12

HD 12 occupies some space between College Station and Waco. Since the 20th Century it's been primarily located in East Texas.  Democrats will probably recognize Jim McReynolds who represented the district from 2003 - 2011.  For one term, Republican James White represented the district from 2011-2013.  After redistricting altered the district, Republican Kyle Kacal became the new representative.



Romney - 62.6%; 32,424
Obama- 36.2%; 18,740

U.S. Senate

Cruz - 61%; 31,093
Sadler - 36.8%; 18,757

Almost heaven...

The state that fits here is West Virginia.  Romney won this district by 26.4% and carried West Virginia by 26.76%.  Cruz won here by 24.2%.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Conservative Govt: Let Police Search for Guns Without Warrant

Obviously this is not a headline from the U.S.  You really think the NRA would let a conservative elected official get away with something like that?

That headline is from Australia.  The centre-right Premier of New South Wales is proposing some new gun laws.  From ABC News (Australia):
New South Wales Premier Barry O'Farrell has proposed new laws which will give police greater powers to search people for guns without a warrant.

The changes are to be introduced to Parliament this week and mean police would not need a warrant to search people who have been banned from owning weapons.

Their cars, homes and outlaw motorcycle gang club houses will also be able to be searched without a warrant.

Mr O'Farrell also plans to increase the prison term for anyone convicted of possessing or supplying guns to try to crack down on crime in Sydney.

The jail term will increase from 10 to 14 years.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

UTSA Football Team Stats

The UTSA football team had its first home game this weekend, so we thought we'd look at some stats.  No not game stats, player stats.  And once again, no not game stats.

Curiosity got us wondering where all these players are from.

As you can see below, most are from Texas:

87% of the current football roster come from Texas.

And what about within Texas?

The largest single city group with multiple players is San Antonio with 18.  The 39% are 36 players who each come from a different city.

So what are the football players studying?

The largest group is Undeclared.  After that it's Multidisciplinary Studies, Exercise Science, Pre-Business, and Kinesiology.  Click on the name for links to those 4 popular degrees.