"So long as man remains free he strives for nothing so incessantly and so painfully as to find someone to worship."
Dostoevsky from "The Brother's Karamazov"


Bubye favorite black pants...and composting!!!

Left: This one is for you mom! I finally threw away my favorite black pants that have been repaired and re-repaired by you many, many times...

Right: And my roommate and I have started composting! We were just using a bucket, but it quickly got nasty so I got some compostable bags from the hotel which helps keep things much cleaner.


Dumb April Fool's Day

uggh. I don't like it. Here's just a small sampling of the things that I was "fooled" by:

1. Email from Wildlands Restoration Volunteers (WLRV):
Dear Kaleena,

Thank you for registering for the facelift project at the Flat Irons.
It's going to be an exciting project for rapellers, obsessive cleaners and those who just love to hang off the side of cliffs!

We'll be working with several agencies to clean up, scrape off and put the shine on the Flatirons for the first time since they were constructed in the 1930s.
(I really like working with this organization so I emailed them saying, "i'm confused. I didn't register for any event...can you please help me sort this out?" Uggh.)

2. Best Funeral Ever:

Original Post: Best Funeral Ever

(I saw this one at about 11 PM on March 31, so I definitely was not yet tuned into April Fool's Day yet. I was really pissed off and was one of the first people to write an angry comment about how disappointed I was with this distasteful prank. Uggh.)

3. My poor mother called me all concerned about google's pank. (She's new to the gmail world and doesn't know yet that google has a history of 04/01 hoaxes (Gmail Autopilot)

So really, I hate April Fool's Day because I'm very gullible (maybe trusting is a better word?) BUT, I've decided my favorites are the ones that are just funny and obviously fake:

1. Touchless iCar

2. Evidence of extraterrestrial intelligence found

3. Eco Vehicle

(The funnies were all shared by Matt, Thanks Matt!!)

Young NonChristians Reach 40%

"A recent study by the Barna Group, a Christian research association, found that 40% percent of 16- to 29-year-olds identify as nonChristian. The survey found that only 16% of young nonChristians have a "good impression" of Christianity. Most nonChristian youths surveyed believe that Christianity is judgmental (87%), hypocritical (85%), old-fashioned (78%) and too involved in politics (75%). Only 3% of 16- to 29-year-old nonChristians express favorable views of evangelicals.

Even half of young churchgoers said they perceive Christianity to be judgmental, hypocritical, and too political."
(From Freethought Today, November 2007)

I wonder what the numbers would be today!!


Academic Question

While I was writing a paper last year I came across this:

Regarding D'Souza:

Here is the quote from the debate I watched: (He has also used this same line in other articles)
"Martin Luther King once said that ultimately every man must write with his own hand the charter of his emancipation proclamation."
When I asked him (D'Souza) what the citation was, here is the response I received:
"It's cited in my book The End of Racism. But I don't have the book at hand so I must request that you look it up. If you don't want to purchase the book it's available in most libraries."
So I found is book from the library and the actually quote says the following (I think he is rephrasing from the pink part.)

End of Racism, page 198
"We must not let the fact that we are victims of injustice lull us into abrogating responsibility for our own lives. We must not use our oppression as an excuse for mediocrity and laziness. Our crime rate is far too high. Our level of cleanliness is frequently far too low. We are too often loud and boisterous, and spend far too much on drink. By improving our standards here and now, we will go a long way toward breaking down the arguments of the segregationist...The Negro will only be free when he reaches down to the inner depths of his own being and signs with the pen and ink of assertive manhood his own proclamation." (Cited in Washington, ed., A Testament of Hope, pp. 212, 246, 489-90)

page 212
page 246
page 489

So, then I look at the citation for this quote from A Testament of Hope, and I highlighted which parts of the quotation came from the different pages.

Isn't this wrong? Like, really, really wrong to pick and choose and lump together as if it was intended to be one quotation?