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Since I can't really write anything coherent, here's part III of at least IV of some stuff you have no need to know but I'm telling you anyway.

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Very, very sick. Up all night throwing up, interspersed with very bad diarrhea. Still have no idea what caused it with one but only one other member of the household sick. Felt much better after each purge and able to move around more easily now with just a headache and some uncomfortability in the midsection. Wasn't feeling up to blogging much today but a little better now. Not putting any subjects in these sentences, though they all have the same understood subject. Not counting subordinate clauses.

Here are three more items you don't have any reason to have to know about me. I have two more installments planned (written, in fact, though I need to find some links for some of them). If anyone thinks this sort of thing is worth continuing or if you have any specific questions, let me know, and I'll see what I can do. At some point self-disclosure becomes non-existent with me if I'm left to my own initiative, so if I'm going to be like some bloggers and share interesting bits of information about myself occasionally I may need prodding. Maybe no one who reads this blog cares, but if you do then go ahead and encourage it in particular ways by feeding me questions to respond to.

I'm supposed to be responding questions for the Blogdom of God blogger interview I'm doing for Army of One, so I should get to that before I do too much more of this.

Grades Are In

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Well, the last set of grades has been turned in. This is the first time I've assigned regular papers instead of dialogues, and it's the highest plagiarism rate I've seen in a couple years, one moderate case and three very serious cases. It's also the most people I've ever failed in a semester (seven).

Normal blogging with what I consider more serious and reflective content will resume shortly. I've got lots of posts planned that I just haven't been able to get to. I'll try to space them out so it's not overkill, and that way I might even have some typed posts that I can put off for when I don't have time to write.

The officials in my country are afraid of President Bush, so they don't persecute Christians as much. Under Clinton it was very bad for us. Many of us were arrested, put in jail, and some were killed. With Clinton, it was very bad. But under President Bush, it has been so much better, so we are praying for him.

This is from a pastor in Uzbekistan, an officially Muslim country that I happen to have been to. It's reported by Admiral Quixote's Roundtable in a post intended for this week's Christian Carnival that didn't make it to the Carnival's host.

What this quote illustrates is that after having been free from Soviet control for a time, the formerly oppressed became the oppressors of all who would threaten the notion that to be Uzbek is to be Muslim (even though many Uzbeks are hardly religious). Evangelical Christians who believe the gospel of Jesus Christ and offer it to all are thus severely persecuted in that land, simply for considering Muslims as possible audiences for their message.

Here is an element of the Bush presidency that I hadn't considered, but it fits with what I understand about how the government officials there operate. They welcomed Americans until they realized how many were Christians who were unafraid to talk about their faith. Then they began to crack down rather quickly once it became clear that they could get away with it without opposition from the American government. I was there around the time this crackdown started. They were deporting foreign Christians at first on the grounds of illegal missionary work, and when the U.S. government said nothing they began to do harsher things, eventually raiding people's apartments, imprisoning church leaders, and much worse things that I'm not willing to talk about in a public forum. The current administration has come down harder on that sort of thing, so this pastor's reaction is understandable. This may not be a sufficient reason for voting for Bush, but it's something Christians who are having trouble deciding should consider.

This post at Baldilocks gave me the idea to share a few things about myself that might be considered curiosities. Perhaps you could think of them as things about me that you might not otherwise have known. I typed up a bunch of these but will probably post them in shorter sets, since they're not brief sentences like Juliette's.

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