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If you follow me on Twitter, Facebook or know me at all, you know that my wife recently challenged me to only drink water as my beverage for the month of September when I mentioned to her that fellow Twitter friend and blogger, Milan Ford had mentioned doing the same thing. Well it couldn’t have come at a better time.

Apparently, someone recently found a FROG inside their Pepsi can. Glad I’m drinking water! That’s motivation for you. See story here


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I bet Miss California Carrie Prejean thinks that she drew the short straw. I wonder if she replays in her mind how the “luck of the draw” landed her with a situation where she was faced with taking a stand for something that she believed when the contestant right before her only had to answer how she got her nickname. At guess that these thoughts are really of no consequence at this point because what’s done is done. She had to answer the question in a nationally televised pageant about what she believed about gay marriage. And to everyone’s surprise she boldly stated that while she respects people’s right to choose what type of relationship they wanted to be in, she believed that marriage was between a man and a woman. It was an interesting chain of events. Everyone probably thought that it would go over smoothly. I mean, she was from the state of California where anything goes, she was asked the question by gay pageant judge and blogger Perez Hilton. Pageants are where people give “safe” answers. It was all supposed to go so different. But it didn’t.

Immediately after she answered the question all hell broke loose. Perez Hilton went on a rampage both on his blog and I think I even saw him on Larry King. I’m confused about the backlash. If they wanted her to give a certain answer, why didn’t they show her a cue card. Now the latest is what prompted me to write this post today. Somebody has leaked nude pictures of Miss California when she was 17. I saw that news today while watching Headline News today. Caller after caller called into the show calling her a “hypochristian” (a play on the word hypocrite, if you didn’t get it.) The segment was titled, “Can A Nude Model Be A Model Christian”

Here are my quick thoughts:

1. The message of Christianity is forgiveness: Christians aren’t perfect. Just forgiven. Carrie Prejean stated that the pictures were taken when she was a minor. Chances are she may not have even been a Christian then. She said that she made a mistake. As long as she has made it right with God she doesn’t need the approval of anyone else.

2. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone: Yes, it’s important for Christians to be good examples to the unbeliever and I agree that if she was a believer at that time she should have had a higher standard. But the fact of the matter is that we don’t know all the details surrounding that time and neither is it any of our business. All the people that were calling in or have some sort of opinion on the matter, isn’t it nice that your life isn’t on display so that we can see what you have done in the booth, in the back, in the corner and in the dark

3. Attacked for her stand: I absolutely believe that she is being attacked for her stand and I don’t think that’s fair. It doesn’t matter what side of the issue you are on. She should be entitled to her opinion/belief. If she had gotten up there and stated the opposite opinion then there would have been another group upset. I commend her for going against the grain. It seems controversial. But truth is always controversial. (I’m sure a few of you are not going to like that. But I don’t care.)

4. Do I think she should lose her crown: Yes, but not because she posed naked. She should lose her crown because she signed a contract upon entering this pageant that said that she has not taken any inappropriate pictures. And she flat lied. I have a bigger problem with her lack of integrity then her being nude in those pictures.

I could go on. I won’t.

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jordanI’m originally from the Chicago metro area and when this past weekend I got to see the Bulls fight it out against the Celtics (the Bulls lost by the way) it reminded me of the Bulls glory days so much that I got inspired to either go out and shoot hoops or to go on youtube and look at old Michael Jordan clips… I chose the latter.

While watching the clips I noticed how amazing a ball player Michael Jordan was. Second to none. But then I ran across a clip of Mike trying to play baseball. A fish out of water. But once he came back to basketball he was immediately “in his lane.”

Fast forward a few days to today: Today I was watching ABC’s The View and they had guest James Carville on. He’s the guy who was the lead strategist for Bill Clinton’s campaign and now a constant guest on CNN for all things political. After he finished he segment my wife and I commented on how smart he is. I told her, yes he is probably smart but more than being smart he is probably just “in his lane.” He is almost “Jordanesque” when talking politics.

Davidism #15- Find your lane and run in it: Discover that thing that you do that you do almost effortlessly. Once you find that it’ll make you look like a genius. It’s your lane. Anything else you do while you may be good at it you won’t be great at it.

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I went to the inauguration… only I celebrated in Atlanta at Centennial Olympic Park, there was about 5000 people who celebrated this time and although we weren’t in Washington DC the crowd was just as electric. There was a time when the local radio station kept trying to talk and the crowd began to chant “C-N-N, C-N-N” in order for them to be quiet and turn on the sound of CNN on the jumbo screens around the park.

There was freezing temperatures and my wife and I spend a great deal of time huddled up but got to walk around and meet a bunch of people. We were close to the press box so we had our picture taken by many news stations and were interview by several news mediums. So shout out to Ric Mathis from rollingOut magazine; and Timothy Hale from Zuma Press. Here are some of the pictures from our time.

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