Happy Easter!

I had this song stuck in my head all day long:

Low in the grave He lay, Jesus my Savior...
(humming b/c I can't remember the rest of the verse)...

UP from the grave He aROOOOOSE (he arose!)
with a mighty triumph o'er his foes,
He arose a victor from the dark domain,
and he lives forever with His saints to reign!
He aROOOOOOOOSE (he arose!),
He aROOOOOOOOOSE (he arose!),
Hallelujah, Christ arose!!

It wouldn't be Easter without that dramatic pause between the verse and chorus, and that crescendo at the beginning of that chorus.

(You can read all the lyrics and hear the tune here.)


Call for advice...

I have to take twelve hours of one language to get my BA. I'm leaning towards taking German, just because I would like to travel in countries in which German is spoken, plus, much of my heritage is German. However, I already know some Spanish (but I'm by no means fluent) and Spanish may be more useful in this country. I've also considered French, just because it's the other main diplomatic language, and it sounds cool and it's strangely intellectual to be able to speak French. (By the way, I'm putting all politics aside as I have this debate with myself!)

What do you all think?


Spring Break projects

Spring Break is rapidly approaching. I have an extra-long break this year, because break starts the Wednesday before Easter (March 23) and we don't have to be back until April 2. Here's a small list of things I'd like to do during my week-and-a-half off:

1. Read a book. (Any suggestions? preferably fiction...)
2. Add some things to/slightly revamp the Young Republicans website.
3. Replace the Blogger template you see surrounding this very post with something original I designed my very own self.
4. Go fishing.
5. Play tennis.
6. Watch many hours of NCAA basketball.
7. Sleep.

I think that may be ambitious enough for now. If I think of anything else, I'll add it to the list.


Mizzou Beats Kansas!

Missouri's Jason Conley gets through Kansas defenders for a layup late in the second half. (G.J. McCarthy photo - Columbia Daily Tribune)

While I have been criticizing MU lately about their behavior during the name change debate, that didn't stop me from jumping for joy when the Tigers beat the (evil) Jayhawks in a 72-68 nailbiter today.

Read the Columbia Daily Tribune's account of the game here.


from The (London) Times...

“All right, but apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, a fresh water system, and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?” - Reg (John Cleese) in Monty Python's Life of Brian

“All right, all right. But apart from liberating 50 million people in Iraq and Afghanistan, undermining dictatorships throughout the Arab world, spreading freedom and self-determination in the broader Middle East and moving the Palestinians and the Israelis towards a real chance of ending their centuries-long war, what have the Americans ever done for us?” - anti-American Europeans and others

Columnist Gerard Baker points out the parallels between the fictional leader of the People's Front of Judea and the sadly non-fictional critics of American foreign policy in this column. Go read the whole thing.

(via Instapundit)


Go Missouri State!

It passed!! Southwest Missouri State University will begin the Fall 2005 semester as Missouri State University! It passed the House today, 120-35! That's enough exlamation points, go read the story in the News-Leader!!