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When Losing Means Winning

Lessons from the Miss USA Pageant; PLUS, Remembering Columbine Ten Years Later and Seller Beware!

by Greg Asimakoupoulos
April 24, 2009

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When Losing Means Winning

When Losing Means Winning
Lessons from the Miss USA Pageant

Two blondes comprised the final two.
North Carolina won,
but not before a Q and A
that left the viewers stunned.
 
Miss Tar Heel had a leg up
on her California clone.
The latter stuck her foot in mouth.
You'd think she would have known
 
that what she had to say about
gay marriage wouldn't fly.
But all the same she spoke her mind,
then watched her chances die.
 
Although she didn't win the crown,
she won my deep respect
for verbalizing godly views
increasingly suspect.
 
Miss USA will have her reign.
Miss California won't.
Do you think she regrets her words?
Perhaps you do. I don't.

Remembering Columbine Ten Years Later
Haunting memories and unrealized dreams

Ten years ago
in a not-so-little town
on the front range of the Rockies,
a room designed for learning
became a tomb for those gunned down.
There were bullets and blood
and a reign of terror
followed by a flood of fear.

Wearing black trench coats
to hide their insecurities,
two boys in men's bodies
lived out the violence
they'd previously caged in their minds.

It was a nightmare that left a nation
blind with rage and grief.
And for those who lost loved ones,
a day without regrets
and lingering sorrow
remains only a dream.

It's the kind of tragedy we never dreamed
would strike in our own backyard.
It's hard to explain how and why,
but we try 'cause we must,
while we simply trust
in a loving God who wept with us
and who remains in complete control.

When bullets fly, children die.
And when hearts break, we feel the ache
and reach out to those left alone
trusting alone in God's Word.
Words that promise
that no one needs to grieve without hope.

Though the slope of life remains slippery,
we are offered stable footing
as we stand at the foot of a bloodied cross
and peer into an empty grave.

Seller Beware!
Want ads with an unwanted outcome

Sellers' warning!
Craig's List killers
lurk online quite out of sight.
If you're peddling massages,
you're at risk both day and night.

Sex-crazed shoppers
(some in med school)
scan their screens at classifieds.
Is Craig's List a mute accomplice
when an advertiser's died?
 
Want ad victims.
Wanted posters.
Want to know what this all means?
Simply that your well-dressed boyfriend
may not be the man he seems.

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elm from 98801 writes:
April 24, 2009
Gay excuse lacks merit! A spoiled sport has a hard time losing gracefully? California entry didn't lose soley because of this one gay question and one gay judge. She lost PERIOD! Why am I fairly certain she did not lose because of this question alone? There were other judges involved not just one. Even if he went back to all his other votes for her and lowered them due to this question that would not have lowered the other judges votes and somehow cause her to lose to the other contestant; a contestant whom I would have chosen in a heartbeat over California with or without the question of gay marriage. California claims she feels she was the real winner. Thinking with that mind set, it would be fair to surmise that a pageant contestant or one seeking public office of the radical Christian Reconstructionist theology of R.J. Rushdoony, a far-right theologian who advocated replacing US Constitution with biblical law, would make a good USA rep. also. “God’s government prevails” over a nation's government was Rushdoony's belief and that either men or nations who failed to obey HIS idea of law should face the death penalty. A type of representation that should make the sane want to run with scissors!

Logic prevails! California entered the contest with full knowlege that winner would be an advocate for ALL Americans and with full knowledge of her religious bias.
Seeking a public office where you must represent all of USA or any portion thereof is no different. Those having religious bias well know they have it. Narrow-minded religious views can not possibly represent or serve the best interest of the whole. And rightly so, have no place in positions requiring fair/unbiased representation of all
Americans. Passage of no mixing of church and state and keeping public schools free of religion covers the same vein and purpose. Protects those not hooked on religious bias from being imposed upon or discriminated against for having a reasoning mind of their own.

Been better for California entry to choose neutrality in place of clinging to some ancient, baseless and far-removed doctrine that doesn't speak to gay marriage. Some still cling to the extrapolation of Genesis 38 and the story of Onan, Tamar and Judah: ~ "Its better to spill your seed in the belly of whore than to spill it on the ground" Way to get arrested in today's world.


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