My So Called Life - The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Embrace life -- both the sweet days and the bitter...embrace the joy and the sadness...the successes and the defeats -- for all of these things, both good and bad, have made you who you are.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

What I Am Reading Now - A Pair Of Great Books!

Two wonderful books I am reading right now! Max Lucado is an amazing Christian author who used to pastor a church out of San Antonio, TX. Charles and Francis Hunter put into words the experiences of a pastor out of Idaho in Angels on Assignment. Definitely enjoyed both immensely!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

This Song Makes Me So Happy - Enjoy It

Thanks Brett Cajun for having this song in the background on your little puppy video.

I hear this song, and it just makes me thankful for those times I am with someone and I don't want it to end....

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Britney vs Beyonce vs Pink

Watch this video

Who do you think has the better voice?

Monday, September 17, 2007

OJ Simpson - If He Did It?

Do we need the word IF at the beginning of that sentence? Do we need the question mark at the end? Simply take both of those out: He Did It!

The man who so eloquently stated after being found not guilty that he would keep searching for the killer and stated that he truly loved the mother of his children, has now given the world what it so desperately wanted....the truth.

Ask anyone connected to this book...it is a CONFESSION...the initial editor Judith Regan knew it...hell even the guy who co-authored the book with OJ and helped OJ put it down into words admits that it was put forth as a confession.

Let's just think about this logically...you are tried and accused of brutally murdering your ex-wife, the mother of your children along with a male friend of hers....you say that you are innocent, you say you will keep looking for the killer, you say that you truly loved her...

And so....to set the perfect example for your kids, to honor the memory of your former wife and mother of your children, to honor the family of Ron Goldman, her friend who was murdered, to uphold the statements you made about never resting until the true killer was found...what do you do:

Of course you write a book about how you WOULD have killed them, had you actually done it. That is the tasteful thing to do right? The is the right thing do is it not? That is the best way to honor their memories right?

Are you kidding me? I mean come on...

I know back at the time of the trial, the entire spectacle became white vs black, and that is truly sad. It is true that African American men are many times stereotyped when a crime is committed...yes they are many times pre-judged poorly in the media, by the justice system itself...yes it is true.

But that does not mean that every time a black man is tried he is innocent. Sometimes despite being black, he IS guilty! And I truly believe this is the case with OJ...

Does anyone doubt that now??? Why on earth would you agree to write such a book. I mean come on...if he truly loved his wife, truly loved his kids, truly wanted to find the "killer" and honor their memories, how could he even think about actually committing the murders himself... You would think he couldn't stomach the idea...but oh he could....he has had 13 years to get used to the idea inside of his own mind that he killed 2 innocent people...so why not write the book...

I wonder if the scene outside the book stores today will be the same as it was outside courthouses back when the verdict was read.....

Whites on one side of the street shocked in disbelief that a murderer was set free. Blacks on the other side jumping up and down, shouting for joy, that one of their homegrown heroes was found innocent. Sadly I fear it will be more like this:

Whites, Blacks, Asians, Hispanic, blue, purple, every color and race standing in line to buy the next copy of "If I Did It: The Confession of the Killer"...feeding the ego of a man who has already taken two lives and now is trying to kill their memories by flaunting how he did it and how he got away with it...I don't care who has the rights to this book or where the money goes from it...the fact the words made it to paper and are being distributed as entertainment sickens me...

Such a sad testament to what our society has become...

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Kathy, Oh Kathy - Why Did You Insult Jesus?

Kathy Griffin recently came to Atlanta, GA in August to perform at the Fox Theater. I was given two tickets to see her for my birthday by some good friends that I work with. Her set at the Fox was definitely worth it. She made me laugh harder than I can remember, and I had a great evening watching her. She is very up front and in your face and that is what I like about her.

I also watch her show on Bravo called My Life On The D-List...which is a reality TV show giving us a look into her life. I loved that show and never missed a chance to watch it.

After watching Kathy on TV, seeing her stand up shows, and seeing her in person, it is very easy to draw at least on conclusion about Kathy Griffin:

She does not like religion in the slightest bit!

She speaks of being raised Catholic and in her own words "She is a fallen Catholic who fell so far she woke up in Beijing."

Now I respect everyone's right to say what they want, when they want, how they want, etc. I believe strongly in the ideal of "Free Speech", and I would never want to limit that in anyway b/c I feel that the liberty and freedom to say what we want contributes to our individuality we have in this country. So I do not mind that Kathy consistently speaks negatively about religion or of the church that she grew up in, etc.

But for me personally this latest attack naming Jesus by name just went overboard. I am not saying that she does not have the right to say what she wants...she does! But for me, it was a definite turning point in how I viewed her.

Why is it so easy in our society to bash, attack, and degrade the name of Jesus. I could not imagine Kathy Griffin ever getting up there and saying anything like that about Muhammad! Now perhaps she had horrible, terrible experiences in her church growing up. And it does not shock me that she is not a fan of religion. She has the right to say what she wants, and I have the right to react to whatever she says.....

When accepting an award at the Emmys, what is the motivation to tell Jesus to suck it? Perhaps she is offended when people walk up there and thank God and thank Jesus...perhaps she was trying to shock everyone...perhaps she was just trying to be funny and make a headline...

Hmmm.....

I am not trying to judge Kathy at all. I think her stand up comedy is hilarious and I will always defend her right to say and believe whatever she wants. But on the other side of the argument, I have the right to not agree with her. I really like her comedy, but I will always love Jesus more...

I am a gay man which would naturally lead people to think I support Kathy Griffin because she tends to be somewhat of an icon in our community. But as she eloquently ended one of her stand up shows one time,

"Not after today..."

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Have You Ever Missed Someone So Much It Hurt - Such Sadness

There is one person I have missed so much...so much that I can barely handle it...