Wednesday, May 4, 2011

BlisterShield Giveaway; Bogus MLK Quote; Star Wars Day

2Toms recently sent us some BlisterShield to try out and also give away. Laima has completed her review and is giving away a bag of BlisterShield through May 9th. Head over to Women's Endurance Gear, follow and leave a comment to enter. 


Patrick of The Road had a very moving and thoughtful post yesterday, Nine Years, Seven Months, Twenty Days, about the events of 9/11 and the recent death of Osama bin Laden. In the comments, I responded by repeating a purported MLK quote that I thought summed up the confusion I was feeling about not celebrating this enemy's death:

"I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that."
- Martin Luther King, Jr

It turns out that the quote was actually not MLK's, but rather a creation of Penn Jillette, who cobbled together some of MLK's words and added some finishing touches to make it complete. It was one of the most retweeted quotes yesterday and, as I mentioned, I wasn't immune to participating. Having learned that it was, indeed, not a true quote, I thought about whether it made any difference. Personally, I don't really care whether Penn or MLK actually should get credit, but I do like to cite sources as often as possible.

I still don't celebrate OBL's death, don't see a reason to reflect his hate back upon him. I understand others' reactions and do not condemn anyone for feeling the way they do. His death to me just kindles a small spark of hope that it will make a difference. Somehow I doubt it.

To lighten the mood....



  1. May the fourth be with YOU, too!! Have a great day!

    I can't wait to wake up my son today with that phrase. He's going to love it!!

  2. Munchkin said he's going to dress up as a Star Wars dude in honor of Star Wars Day.

  3. Yay for Star Wars day! This is huge in my house.

  4. Star Wars Day...awesome...
    I like that quote anyway...

  5. much honor and integrity, have you
    (my best YODA attempt)

    regardless of the quote's writer, I do have to agree--

  6. Kovas!!! Thank you so much for posting the MLK quote. I have been feeling those sentiments so much lately and have been feeling in the minority. I am really disturbed by the partying in the streets over the death of another, whoever it might be. Ok, done with my ranting.

    Heading over to Laima's post.

  7. Your post reminded me of a quote my cousin posted on Facebook. Proverbs 24:17 "Do not rejoice when your enemy falls; when they stumble do not let your heart rejoice". Not always easy to live by, but I think good to aspire to.

    My 7 year old LOVES SW. He has a closet full of costumes.

  8. I appreciate you saying where the quote came from, but really like it either way.
    I knew this was an exciting day, but Star Wars day makes it even better!

  9. I'm not really celebrating either. I think it's a great boost for the nation in general though - closure/morale.

    Unfortunately we were not only fighting Osama. We are fighting terrorists. This is not over just because they got Osama.

  10. nice thoughts. and i agree completely. though i am happy he is not here on earth, i don't feel the need to celebrate in the streets and such. besides, in so many ways, i feel as though we've kicked over an ant pile.

    May the fourth be with you!!

  11. Great point about OBL. I "think" I feel similarly, but I can't articulate it that clearly.

  12. The question you have to ask yourself is would have Obi Wan put down his light saber down for Bin Laden? Doubtful. He would have taken him out and escaped with everyone else on the Millenium Falcon.

  13. Hey Kovas. I also have been mixed up/ambivalent about it - I have this feeling of being glad he isn't going to be a problem anymore, but I have a really hard time celebrating death, even of someone who I see as evil.

    The other thing is, I feel like Al-Qaeda now has a martyr, and that really scares me - I fear there is going to be even more hatred heading our way.


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