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As I type this, here are the big news stories of the day.

1.  Mark McGwire admitted to using steroids at various points in his career including 1998 when he broke Roger Maris’ homerun record.  Did anyone not know?  That was a great summer of baseball.  It may have saved the game plus it provided us with this moment.  I’ve said it before and I will say it here again:  McGwire broke no Major League Baseball rules.  He didn’t take any substances that were banned.  What he did was wrong and unethical, but none of us cared when we gathered around TV sets that whole summer and fall waiting for him to break the record.  Don’t rebuke his records and stats unless you’re willing to quit watching and give back all the happiness you enjoyed watching Mark and Sammy.

2.  Simon Cowell leaving American Idol.  I guess TMZ was right(dude, they’re right alot.  Sleazy, but right) when they approached Randy Jackson the other day and the dude was clueless about it.  Simon IS American Idol.  Mr. Cowell, Ryan Seacrest thanks you.  This is not shocking.  Simon knows that one of the keys to maintaining success is moving on to your next project before the downward spiral occurs.  There goes 4 more jobs under the Obama administration.  Ellen is the only other judge who had a job before the show.  Will it ever end?  But wait…

3.  Sarah Palin has a job now…with Fox News as a contributor.  I don’t see what the big deal is.  People who hated Fox News this morning still hate them and everyone else now has another reason to watch.  I don’t have cable so it doesn’t affect me.

4.  Tobey Macguire and Sam Raimi are off of the Spiderman series.  They had a nice run.  I was hoping they would get a change to redeem Spidey 3, but it looks like the web slinger is getting a reboot.  Some things should be left alone.  Next thing you know they’ll be trying to make us forget about Superman’s son.  Oh NO!

5.  Avatar is fast becoming a real challenger to Titanic for highest grossing movie ever.  I think only half as many people have seen it, it’s just that they’re all paying $15 a ticket for 3D IMAX.  I haven’t seen it, but I’ve only heard great things about it.  We’ll be seeing it in 2D IHOUSE.

6.  NBC is a joke.  I’m gonna miss Leno’s monologue at 10, but they have totally jacked this up.  Once again, TMZ was ahead on this story before everyone.  Who would have thought that our most reliable unbiased news source this decade would be the dude from People’s Court and a bunch of stoners sitting around their cubicles?  That show makes me feel good about my life…that I have one.  Wait a minute…when did I start watching TMZ?  I blame the digital box.

7.  As I type this, David Caruso is arresting Cameron from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off on CSI Miami.

8.  Made some changes to Chase Your Lion dot com.  Let me know what you think.  Big changes in store for this site.  Gonna do a relaunch.  I will let the five of you know…and mom.


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Took my Ipod Touch that had stopped charging by the Apple store on Monday and they replaced it with a new one.  It was quick and painless.  I didn’t have to beg or fuss.  The dude, whose name ironically is Steve for all those who know my latest nickname, was really cool and helpful.  I am having a great customer service month.  So, Kudos to Apple!

With Halloween approaching, here’s a funny video from the Onion that was posted last year.  Note:  this is not a real newscast.

Speaking of fake news, a group emailed some major news organizations claiming to be the US Chamber of Commerce a few days ago. The group stated that the Chamber was going to reverse it’s position on climate change and hold a press conference. Reuters picked up the story and ran with it. The group even held a fake press conference which was interrupted by a real rep from the Chamber. On Fox, they reported the Reuters headline while at the same time calling the Chamber for confirmation. The Chamber denied the news and Fox reported that the Reuters report may be an error. Reporters actually showed up to the fake press conference and were angered when it was interrupted. A quick phone call, email, or fact check would have saved these reporters some major embaressment. I guess I’m posting this because of the news media inability to fact check their sources lately. Just in the past week many news organizations falsely attributed quotes to Rush Limbaugh about slavery and James Earl Ray. The uproar lead to Limbaugh losing his spot on an ownership bid for the St. Louis Rams. We do this a lot in our lives. It’s called gossip. One of the 10 commandments even deals with “bearing false witness.” Without further delay, here’s the video of the fake press conference.

And finally, here’s my favorite “fake” press conference of all time. Louie Giglio back-tracking on Twitter.

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1.  Most people remember Patrick Swayze dancing vs. Chris Farley on Saturday Night Live.  That’s one of my favorite episodes of all time.  From start to finish each sketch was great.  When he and Dana Carvey did the dueling Latin singers’ infomercial.  Please tell me that’s on youtube.  He wasn’t in a lot of movies, but several stand out over time.  I’ve never seen the Outsiders, but now that’s on my to see list.  I still think of Red Dawn when a strange plane flies overhead.

2.  Excuse me Mr. West, but do you know how to tell if an apology is sincere?  If you don’t pull a stunt like that again.  This is not the first time he’s brought an awards show to a stop.  It’s may be hard to spell Kanye, but not D-I-V-A.

3.  What Joe Wilson did was wrong?  Dude, you cannot shout down the President of the United States in the Capital.  Are you serious?  Whether you agree with his sentiment or not, the behavior can’t be excused.  The good thing that has come out of the 2 previously mentioned events is this mashup video.  I’ve heard many on the right come to Wilson’s defense because of the way George W. Bush was treated many times.  2 wrongs don’t make a right.  However, anyone who uses Wilson’s outburst and this weekend’s Tax Reform March on Washington as examples that American civility has reached an all-time low don’t know a lot about American history.  Ever heard of the Burr-Hamilton duel?

4.  The fact is that, at it’s very core, politics is devisive.  Too many times, legislative victory is impossible without compromise and there are some values that must always be uncompromising.  Politics forces you to pick sides.  Independent?  Then you’re on a side.  Politics puts people in categories and voting blocks which somehow seems to go against the concept of all men being created equal.  There will always be a need for policy, but not for the manuvering and back room deals that too often accompany it.  As long as there are politicians and talking heads seeking to divide us into these groups then this will always be a divided country.

5.  Sadly, churches have tended to pick sides in these political battles.  While there a values and principles that we must not waver on we have been to quick to attach our status and stature with one party or the other.  Instead, the church should be about showing people what we have in common.  Mainly, that we’re all lost without a Savior.  Whether you’re rich or poor, black or white, English or Spanish speaking, Yankee or Southerner, prep or redneck, employed or unemployed there is a God sized hole in the soul that can only be filled and satisfied by knowing Jesus as Lord and Savior.

Both men have apologized and seem to be sincere.  Hopefully, Kanye will learn to walk how “Jesus Walks” instead of storming onto and off a stage and Joe Wilson will learn to speak the truth in love instead of shouting, “You Lie!” at the president.

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