Saturday, July 08, 2006

Columbine Documents make me sick

Here's my opinion.

Here's the CNN news article.

Audio Blogging Introduction

Audacity is the program I am using to edit the voice recording.

My First Attempt at Audio Blogging.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Positions at The Crimson White

I just wanted to use this Web log as a forum to try and recruit more people to participate at The Crimson White.

I am extending the deadline for applications for our reporter positions until this Thursday at midnight. I will be conducting interviews this upcoming Friday, April 14 for those positions.

I am also looking for more people to apply for featured column positions at the paper. Basically, the only criteria that I place on this position is that you be able to produce one column each week. (Well, you do need to include samples of writing with your application There will be applications for this position available Monday morning on the second floor of the Office of Student Media.

Be sure to sign up for an interview time on the bulletin board.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Editor of the Crimson White

I thought this would be as good a place as any to break the news that I have been named editor for the Crimson White for the 2006-07 school year.

You are going to see some major changes coming to the paper to get us back to the goal of reporting on what students really want. More information to follow.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Prayer and Pressure

Abdul Rahman, the Christian on trial in Afghanistan because he converted from Islam, will go free soon. The Afghan court has dismissed all the charges against Rahman.

But prayers for this man should not end because he is in almost as much danger now as he was when the court wanted him dead. Islamic clerics have called for Rahman's death as soon as he is released from prison.

Rahman converted 16 years ago while working as a medical aid worker for an international Christian group, according to ABC News. He was arrested last month after police discovered him with a Bible.

Please continue to pray for him.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

A brother is in trouble

All those who read my blog who are Christians need to pray for Abdul Rahman right now.

Rahman, is on trial in Afghanistan for converting to Christianity from Islam, which is a crime punishable by death in the newly "freed" country.

Even after the American military removed the Taliban from power, the new constitution for the country is based on Sharia (or Islamic) law. In several Islamic countries, part of Sharia law dictates that anyone who converts from Islam to another religion must be killed.

As the story above states, the Afghan government is trying to get out of this media spotlight by dismissing the case on the premise that Rahman is crazy. So, in reality, they are saying that anyone who would dare become a Christian is crazy.

This raises questions about whether we have helped create a new, truly democratic country or just another country the wheels and deals in oppression.

Please, please raise this man up in prayer. Once you have lifted him up in prayer, take the time to write your Senators right now. Tell them to do everything in their power to save this man's life.

If you live in Alabama, Sen. Richard Shelby's e-mail address is senator@shelby.senate.gov, and Sen. Jeff Sessions' e-mail address is http://www.sessions.senate.gov/email/contact.cfm. Please contact them both on Rahman's behalf. I did.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

I wish others would stand up like her.

Here is a video of a really cool lady, Wafa Sultan, risking danger to talk on Arab television about the need for reforms in the Middle East.

Just as the World Net Daily editorial proclaims, Sultan, a psychologist in the United States, has put her life on the line to speak on Al-Jazeera television.

Here's the video from Memri TV.

"The clash we are witnessing around the world is not a clash of religions, or a clash of civilizations," she says in the video. "It is a clash between two opposites, between two eras. It is a clash between a mentality that belongs to the Middle Ages and another mentality that belongs to the 21st century."

While it has only been estimated that 10 percent of the Muslim world actually holds to the Wahabbist view of Islam (i.e. suicide bomber mentality). Out of more than 1 billion Muslims, that means 900 million of aren't supposed to believe in this.

Somehow, they have got to stand up to the 100 million who do. Wafa stood up. How many others will do the same.

Friday, February 17, 2006

The Fakeness of Business

You know, I've never really been the type of person to want to wake up every morning to don a suit and tie for work. I've never been one for flashy shows of wealth (probably because I'm not wealthy) or other things that business does on a daily basis.

The reason: I think about 90 percent of all this stuff is fake anyway. It's so fake. For example, we go to job fairs wearing our suits and ties, combed hair and charismatic smile. We walk up, making sure to firmly shake the person's hand.

And, what do we do then. We make out with all the sugary sweetness talk about how great their organization is and how much enthusiasm we have about wanting to work and all this other crap.

Sometimes, I just want to go up to a potential employer and say, "You know what. I really just want a job. I'd like to make enough money to live a comfortable lifestyle. Let's just cut out all the small talk and the pleasantries, so we can be real with each other. I know you don't want to be at the job fair, and I don't want to have to wear a fake smile for you. So, why don't you just tell me whether I actually have a shot at getting a job with your company, and then I can stop wasting your time.

I'm not being bitter at the whole thing, but I just think that there's so much fakeness that goes on in business that it makes me want to barf. I want to be the same person I am at home. I don't want to be any different. And I won't be. I'm going to be myself.

That's all I can be.

Questions about USA Today

I have some questions about how important being named to the USA Today All American Team is. Now, don't get me wrong because I think it is a great honor, and many of the people that are named to the team are great people and have contributed to improve the University.

But, the question I have is how important are the rankings to other schools. For example, the University boasts that it has more people named to the team than any other university in the country. But, does Harvard actually care about how many people are named to the team? I don't know in all honesty.

I'm not taking away at all of the honor that these people deserve. I would love to be a USA Today All American. I'm just wondering how important these types of things are in the long run.

From the University's standpoint, I guess this can be used as a recruitment tool to help get more and better students to the University. That's always a plus. So, I guess these rankings do help us. I just think we may need to keep some of this in perspective.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Confusion

I may be stirring the waters a little bit here, but I'm not exactly sure I understand what all the hype is behind Vice President Cheney shooting his friend in the face.

Frankly, the vice president is under no obligation to tell anyone anything about this. They didn't even have to release a statement if they didn't want to. So, why all the fuss about the length of time it took for the information to be made public?

I just don't understand.

My happy song lyric of the day

"And I am the moon / with no light of my own / Still you have made me to shine / And as I glow in this cold dark night / I know I can’t be a light unless I turn my face to you"--Sara Groves


Monday, January 30, 2006

This makes me smile

You know, I really get a kick out of moments where I know that people from the Tuscaloosa News are reading the CW for story ideas. (I'm not saying that it doens't go the other way around as well.) But, it's interesting to think that the city paper is getting ideas from our paper. That's pretty sweet.

Compare for yourself:

CW story on SGA political parties (Jan. 11).

Tuscaloosa story on SGA political parties (Jan. 30)

Thursday, January 26, 2006

ASCR rally


Well, I covered a rally yesterday, hosted by the Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform, that called on legislators to approve bills that would put a resolution on ballots in November to have a constitutional convention.

Here's the story. And here's a photo I took.

Quick note: The quilt behind Bill Gardini has names of people on it who want constitutional reform. It also has words like "fair taxes" and "equality" on them.