Luminous

If you’re anything like me, the monotony of the DC party scene can get a bit old.  And because of that, this Sunday Abby, Danelle, and the Culture Shock crew have something you will enjoy – Luminous, the Coolerless Cooler Cruise.

What is a coolerless cooler cruise you ask?  Well, it’s what you get nine months after a cooler fete and a boat cruise have a one night stand.  Keeping it simple, you bring whatever you want to drink (in a plastic bottle) and we supply the ice, chaser, beer, rum punch shots, food, and of course the vibes!

And what’s better than one theme?  Two themes!  If you haven’t picked up on it from the title, neon/glow-in-the-dark is the secondary theme for Luminous.  We recommend that everyone pull out their hottest outfits that will illuminate under black light.

If you’ve attended Twilight in the past, you have an idea of what to expect.  It’s honestly a great excuse to come out the house on a Sunday and pump on a boat for a few hours without breaking the bank. I say intimate because the capacity for the boat is around 125 people (hence the reason it’s coolerless).  And I say without breaking the bank because entry on the boat is only $55.

This Sunday June 23rd is when we light up the Potomac.  Boarding is at 6:30 p.m. and the boat pulls off from the Alexandria City Marina (Cameron & Union Streets, Alexandria, VA) at 7:00 p.m., returning at 10:00 p.m.

If you’re interested, link me for admission to the boat, and do it fast!  Due to the limited boat capacity, this is a first come PAID, first serve kind of event so requests to hold tickets will be respectfully declined!  And trust me, you DO NOT want to miss Luminous!

See you on the boat!

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The New Pull Out Method

For those of you who have been impatiently waiting for me to write a blog post, I’ve finally been inspired!  And even better, I promise it’ll be short because I actually have work to do.

Anyway, one of my homegirls sent me a New York Times article and it evoked so much thought that I wanted to share it and get people’s opinions.  Originally I was just gonna share it on Facebook, but when I realized that I couldn’t limit my thoughts on it to less than two paragraphs, I figured I’d just throw it up on The Warped Reality.

So the article is called Is Forced Fatherhood Fair?  (What a title right?)  And as cynical as it may appear, its author, Laurie Shrage, did a good job of expressing her point of view and supporting it with plain ole logic.  In short it advocates for lessening the responsibilities unplanned pregnancies place on males.  If you haven’t already done so, you should take a read to understand the context.

Before we move on, lemme make it clear that I neither support nor disclaim the views stated in the article.  I simply thought her argument was well developed and worthy of some discussion.  Now that I’ve taken my riot gear off we’ve gotten that out of the way…

Though it caught me totally off-guard and then sent me on a million different tangents, I’m only going to focus on one of them: how I think this would affect the way America treats sex if this were to actually turn into some kind of legislation.  And to clarify what I mean by “America”, I’m referring to the following:

  • Men;
  • Women; and
  • Corporations

I’ll start with women since chivalry isn’t dead my view on how it would affect them is a bit more “complex” than the other two.  Disclaimer: the women I’m referring to in the following section don’t include those who got pregnant within marriage or as a result of rape.

Women
I can’t help but think that this type of legislation would force women to make more strategic sex-related choices.  Ranging from ideal to not-so-ideal, those choices would be one or a combination of the following:

  1. Sexual partners;
  2. Birth control;
  3. Morning after pill; and/or
  4. Abortion

Now ladies, before you start throwing shit at the computer screen and comparing me to Todd Akin, lemme explain myself…

Thanks to the phenomenon known as casual sex, it doesn’t seem that a shitload of thought goes into choosing a sexual partner these days.  Shiiiiiiiiiit, you can even lump in significant others in a lot of cases.  Why?  Because kids people these days aren’t looking at relationships with a telescope, they’re looking at them with a kaleidoscope.  With all the shit going on in people’s lives, most can barely plan for next month, let alone the next 18 years.  I didn’t do any statistical analysis, but I think it’s safe to say that a large number of unplanned and unwanted pregnancies stem from just that – poor choices.

And yes, children are truly a blessing, but they can also be the bane of your existence sometimes feel like a huge burden if you’re not mature enough to care for them the way they need to be.  And that’s when there are two active parents in the picture, let’s not talk about when there’s only one.

Matter of fact, let’s…

There are a shitload of single family homes headed by single mothers and a lot of these aren’t receiving the necessary support to raise a child. I’m not talking about financial support, because for the most part the court systems in America have processes in place to ensure that fathers pay for the kid(s).  I’m specifically talking about being there to help raise the little rugrats.  I’ve heard too many sob stories of people who got a little careless one night and by the time baby appeared, “daddy” had already vanished.

Now, I’m not going to sit here and make it seem like it’s a woman’s fault that her child’s father isn’t present, but ultimately it’s her fault the ball’s in her court.  What I mean by that is better choices in sexual partners lessen the odds of ending up with a deadbeat baby daddy.  And better choices have less to do with the kind of job he has and more to do with his values and morals, especially when it comes to being a good father.

I’ve heard the testimonies about men changing their ways once they found out they were going to be fathers.  And though that may be true in some situations, I’m still willing to bet a DOLLAR that those cases are in the minority. The fact of the matter is that most deadbeat assholes will show their true colors…and most women will try their hardest to ignore the neon signs.  It still blows my mind that there are women who still think that the way to keep a man is by having his kid.  Sorry boo-boo, the best way to keep a man is actually finding one who doesn’t want to leave in the first place (that’s a topic for another blog post though).

That said, unless women start to take notes from Girls Are Fcuk’n Dumb, the best way to truly decrease the odds of having a kid with someone you don’t particularly want to is the pull out method to not have sex until marriage…and that has about the same odds as the Redskins winning a Super Bowl in the near future.  Clearly it’s possible, but let’s be real here.  Because of that, I also believe that the use of contraceptives (birth control, morning after pill, and abortion) will increase greatly.

Men
This type of legislation would make things a hell of a lot simpler for men – and I’ll be honest and say that the average American asshole male would become exponentially more reckless.  Why?  Because Boys Are Fcuk’n Dumb Too!  Generally speaking, we’re already stupid as hell when it comes to sex.  This would just give us the ultimate cut card.  I could just foresee a lot of conversations going something like this…

  • Woman: Babe, I’m pregnant
  • Man: I’m not ready to be a father.  Ain’t nobody got time for that
  • Woman: You weren’t saying that when you were knee deep in these cheeks we were making love
  • Man: You’re right! Good thing the [insert name of bill] bill is on my side.  I don’t want a kid.  Sooooo, deuces!  But since you’re already pregnant, wanna get one last one in for the road?

Not saying it’s right or even that I agree with it, but it would be the reality we live in.  Shit, if this was legislation when I found out I was going to be a father, I may have had a debate with my morals and values.

Corporations
Pharmaceutical and Condom Corporations would be all over this.  Why?  Because America is the epitome of capitalism.  On one hand, they’re probably already hiring top shot lobbyists to actualize this into a bill.  On the other, their Research and Development budgets to produce better forms of birth control and emergency contraceptives would be insane.  Long story short, they would be making money hand over fist.  Kinda like “Big Tobacco.”

In closing, the thoughts from this article solidified my view that every sexual partner is a potential co-parent.  A “good time tonight” can turn into having two additional people in your life [for the rest of it].  I may bicker with my little guy’s mom from time to time, but when everything is said and done, we both agree that that little boy is our main focus and I’m grateful for that.

Anyway, Happy Fathers’ Day, especially to all the women who have to fill in for dead beat dads #LowBlow!

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(Mix) Everybody Loves Kris 4 Promo Mixes

So It’s finally beginning to feel like how spring summer is supposed to!  And that means we’re getting closer to booty shorts and miniskirts DJ Majestic’s annual birthday bash – Everybody Loves Kris (ELK).  Saturday, May 18 will mark the the fourth year this young trailblazer has been hosting this signature event – “With a Touch of Red.”

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This year, ELK will be hosted at Lima Restaurant, Bar & Lounge located at 1401 K Street, NW Washington, DC.  From 2-7 p.m., you will party to the sounds of DJ Ablaze, DJ Hazzard, Blueprint Sound’s Jason Steele, and Radioactive’s Hypa Hoppa straight out of Trinidad.  There will also be a special live performance by GBM Productions’ Nutron singing soca hits like Bubblin’, Wining Pose, and Professional.

Now, if you’ve been to ELK 1, 2, and/or 3, you know it encompasses nothing less than pure vibes!  If you haven’t, you’ve been living a very unfulfilled life for the last 3 years don’t worry, I’ve got you covered.  This year, to get people in true ELK mode, Majestic asked for me to put together two 20-minute promotional mixes.  The first includes 19 of the hottest soca hits featured in Trinidad carnival 2013.  The second is a non-stop Top 40 mix.  It takes you on a musical cab ride journey with 18 of the hottest Pop, Electronic Dance Music, and Hip-Hop records currently in rotation.

If you want to check them out, “listen to them” here & here and lemme know what you think!  And as usual, feel free to share it.

And Dancehall Lovers, not to worry, we haven’t forgotten about you.  Majestic is brewing up another promo mix for you.

Everybody Loves Kris 4 Soca Promo Track List:

01. Differentology (SMJ Road Mix) – Bunji Garlin
02. (Dragon Berry Riddim) Contest – Lil Rick
03. (Dragon Berry Riddim) Boost Har Up – Konshens
04. Call My Name – Destra
05. (Project 5 Riddim) – Feter – Benjai
06. (Project 5 Riddim) Wining Queen – Denise Belfon
07. (Project 5 Riddim) Life Of The Party – Machel Montano
08. Possessed (DJ Wasim Percussion Road Mix) – Machel Montano & Kerwin Dubois feat. Ladysmith Mambazo
09. Thief A Wine – Kes The Band
10. We Liming – Shal Marshall & Super Jigga TC
11. Partier – 5Star Akil
12. Bubblin – Nutron
13. (Spanish Fly Riddim) A Little Wine – Patrice Roberts
14. (Island Mas Riddim) No Getaway – Blaxx
15. (Island Mas Riddim) We Doing This Owah
16. 25-8 – Lyrikal
17. The FOG – Machel Montano
18. No Lie – Machel Montano HD vs. Mad Men Productions
19. (Soca Future Riddim) Leh Go (36Zero Tolerance Edit) – Blaxx

Everybody Loves Kris 4 Top 40 Promo Track List:

01. Scream & Shout – Will.I.Am feat. Britney Spears
02. Don’t Wake Me Up – Chris Brown
03. Beauty And A Beat – Justin Bieber feat. Nicki Minaj
04. Die Young – Ke$ha
05. Feel This Moment – Pitbull feat. Christina Aguilera
06. Don’t You Worry Child (Extended Mix) – Swedish House Mafia
07. Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself) – Ne-Yo
08. Let Me Love You (remix) – Ne-Yo feat. French Montana
09. Pour It Up – Rihanna
10. Love Me (Kush & Alcohol) – Lil Wayne feat. Drake & Future
11. No Worries – Lil Wayne feat. Detail
12. Bugatti – Ace Hood feat. Future & Rick Ross
13. Females Welcomed – Trinidad Jame$
14. Believe It – Meek Mill feat. Rick Ross
15. Started From The Bottom – Drake
16. Thrift Shop – Macklemore
17. R.I.P – Young Jeezy feat. 2 Chainz
18. Fuckin’ Problem – A$AP Rocky feat. Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar

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(Mix) 2013 Carnival Sampler

Happy Friday soca lovers!  I’ve got a little gift for you in the form of a new mix.  If you liked the 50 minute 2013 Carnival Sampler (Preview) I released about 3 weeks ago, then you’re bound to I hope you like this one too.

You’re probably asking yourself “why does he sound worried about us liking this mix?”  I’ll tell you why.  I was up until about 5:30 a.m. recording this shit for you all.  I must’ve started over about 12 times.  Eventually I just said fcuk it, it’s not like you have to pay for this shit…lol!  Seriously though, I’m listening to it now and I don’t remember half of these mixes, but it’s sounding good so far.

Anyway, enough with the unnecessary banter.  I introduce you to my 2013 Carnival Sampler.  It’s a collection of 137 Soca releases all wrapped into a non-stop 2 hour and 36 minute mix.  And can you believe there’s still a decent amount music that I didn’t bother to put on it?  Shout out to 1st Klase, GBM, Mad Men, Millbeatz, Precision, Rama, and all the rest of producers that contributed to this spectacular carnival season.

If you want to check it out, “listen to it” here & lemme know what you think!  And as usual, feel free to share it.

Track List

001. Live Yuh Life (Like Yuh Playing Mas) – Kes The Band feat. David Rudder
002. (Dark Horse Riddim) Over The Hills – Bunji Garlin
003. (Slo Wine Riddim) Real Love – Kes The Band
004. (Slo Wine Riddim) Bubble Like She – Lil Rick
005. Plenty Gyal – Kimba Sorzano
006. (Asti Riddim) Rumors – Yankey Boy
007. (Asti Riddim) Leave We Alone – Sir Skarz & Snypah
008. (Asti Riddim) Jouvert Morning – Ace & Lyrikal
009. Stop Sign (Jouvert Mix) – Konshens
010. Good Oye – Bunji Garlin
011. (The Movie Riddim) GBM Movie – Nutron
012. (The Movie Riddim) Gyal Overload – Super Jigga TC
013. (The Movie Riddim) Enjoy Life – Shal Marshall
014. Iron Man – Dev
015. Bubble (M.Marfan Road Mix) – Iwer George
016. (False Teeth Riddim) I Ok – Kes The Band
017. (False Teeth Riddim) Fete – Konshens
018. (False Teeth Riddim) When Ah Gone – Kerwin Du Bois
019. (False Teeth Riddim) Hard Wine – Bunji Garlin
020. (Body Ride Riddim) Life Of The Party – Nebula 868
021. (Body Ride Riddim) Workout – Shal Marshall
022. (Body Ride Riddim) Look Good – JW & Blaze
023. (Body Ride Riddim) Winin’ Pose – Nutron
024. The Canvas – Bunji Garlin
025. Anything Ah Want (Single) (Private Ryan Remix) – Chucky Gordon
026. (Lord Kitchener Riddim) I Like Muhself – Lil Rick
027. (Lord Kitchener Riddim) Jonesing Again – Lil Rick
028. (Dragon Berry Riddim) Contest – Lil Rick
029. (Dragon Berry Riddim) Crank – Peter Ram
030. (Dragon Berry Riddim) – Boost Har Up – Konshens
031. Wine Back (Precision Road Mix) – K. Rich
032. Call My Name – Destra Garcia
033. Cya Fail Me – Tian Winter
034. (Island Mas Riddim) Pushing It – Edwin Yearwood
035. (Island Mas Riddim) Gals Want More Iron – Alison Hinds
036. (Island Mas Riddim) We Doing This Owah – Faye Ann Lyons
037. (Island Mas Riddim) No Getaway – Blaxx
038. No Getaway (Scratch Master Road Mix) – Blaxx
039. Differentology – Bunji Garlin
040. Differentology (M.Marfan Jouvert Road Mix) – Bunji Garlin
041. Bubblin – Nutron
042. Thief A Wine – Kes The Band
043. Stranger – Farmer Nappy
044. (Phantom Riddim) Manager – Nadia Batson
045. (Phantom Riddim) Tobago Love – Shurwayne Winchester
046. (Phantom Riddim) Stages – Bunji Garlin
047. (Banjo Power Riddim) – Baddy – Alison Hinds
048. (Banjo Power Riddim) – Love Me Carnival – Problem Child feat. Patrice Roberts
049. Play D Mas – Shal Marshall
050. (Project 5 Riddim) Feter – Benjai
051. (Project 5 Riddim) Permission Granted – Patrice Roberts
052. (Project 5 Riddim) If You Want To – Michelle X
053. (Project 5 Riddim) Life Of The Party – Machel Montano
054. (Project 5 Riddim) Wining Queen – Denise Belfon
055. Bootcamp – Super Jigga TC
056. Whole Day (Puncheon) – Sean Caruth & Devon Matthews
057. Come For Dat – Kes The Band
058. Indian Gyal – Drupatee & Machel Montano
059. Prescription – Ravi B
060. Friends For The Night – K.I.
061. Fete Of The Year – Kerwin Du Bois
062. Possessed – Machel Montano & Kerwin Du Bois feat. Ladysmith Black Mambazo
063. 25-8 – Lyrikal
064. Fix It (Rededge Freestyle) – Bunji Garlin
065. Savage – Bunji Garlin
066. Partier – 5Star Akil
067. The FOG – Machel Montano
068. We Liming – Shal Marshall & Super Jigga TC
069. (Spanish Fly Riddim) A Little Wine – Patrice Roberts
070. (Spanish Fly Riddim) Life Of The Party – Problem Child
071. Drop De Bumpa – Scrilla
072. Hit & Run – T-Rock
073. Wickedest Wine – Shal Marshall
074. (Soca Salsa Riddim) Bam Bam – Olatunji Yearwood
075. (Soca Salsa Riddim) Jiggle De Ting – M1 (Menace)
076. (Drummer Boy Riddim) Drummer Boy – M1 (Menace)
077. (Single Barrel Riddim) Fete Hard – Nebula 868
078. (Single Barrel Riddim) Wassyness – Destra
079. (Single Barrel Riddim) Rum & Soca – Kes The Band
080. (Single Barrel Riddim) Hold Meh Liquor – Blaxx
081. Represent (remix) (One Love Anthem) – Machel Montano & Freetown
082. We Not Stopping – Shurwayne Winchester
083. (Moombahton Riddim) Brace Pon It – Mr. Vegas
084. (Moombahton Riddim) Leh We Go – Skinny Fabulous
085. (Moombahton Riddim) Over Yuh Head – Bunji Garlin
086. (Moombahton Riddim) Socializing – Kes The Band
087. Shake De Ground – Zan
088. (Popso Kings Riddim) We Want Drinkz – King Bubba feat. Lil Rick
089. She Ready – Machel Montano
090. (Soca Future Riddim) Jump Up Ting – Iwer George
091. (Soca Future Riddim) Whistle & Horn – Cassi
092. (Soca Future Riddim) Wah Do – Olatunji Yearwood
093. (Soca Future Riddim) Leh Go – Blaxx
094. (PM1 Riddim) Hands On The Ground – Devon Matthews
095. (PM1 Riddim) Never See Cum See – Jadel
096. (PM1 Riddim) Juk – Lil Bitts
097. (PM1 Riddim) Tremble – Benjai
098. (Swing Riddim) Naughty Wine – Screws
099. (Swing Riddim) Stick Shift – Krystal Khayne
100. (Swing Riddim) Roll That Bumper – Ambi feat. Ricky T
101. (Swing Riddim) Oh Mama – JW & Blaze
102. Eruption (Music Chest Road Mix) – Erphann Alves
103. No Lie – Machel Montano vs. Mad Men Productions
104. (Caveman Riddim) Doh Mind (My Business) – Machel Montano
105. (Caveman Riddim) Backazz – Kerwin Du Bois
106. (Caveman Riddim) Waistline Energy – Lil Rick
107. (Caveman Riddim) Cyah Bother We – Lil Rick feat. Benjai
108. (Magaroze Riddim) A.T.A.O Engoma – Benjai
109. (Magaroze Riddim) Your Body Working – Kes The Band
110. Do Yuh Thing – Super Jigga TC
111. Disgustin – Kes The Band & Kerwin Du Bois
112. Wake It Up – Terri Lyons
113. Fantastic Friday (SMJ Road Mix) – Super Blue
114. Unfinished Business – Iwer George
115. De Stage Open – Faye Ann Lyons
116. Timing It – JW & Blaze
117. In Charge – Blaxx
118. Raise De Dust – Lil Bitts
119. Eff – Faye Ann Lyons
120. Rum Please (remix) – Fya Empress & Faye Ann Lyons
121. Start It Up (758 Hyper Road Mix) – Devon Matthews
122. (Smoked Food Riddim) Psycho – Lavaman
123. (Smoked Food Riddim) Monster – Skinny Fabulous
124. (Smoked Food Riddim) Monstrosity – Skinny Fabulous & Machel Montano
125. (Soufriere Riddim) Carry On – Destra
126. Vikings Coming (Artica Version) – Bunji Garlin
127. (Muddy Jab Riddim) Bad Like We (remix) – Tallpress feat. Bunji Garlin
128. (Muddy Jab Riddim) Gyal Alone – Lavaman
129. (Intercol Riddim) Yuh Role – Kerwin Du Bois
130. (Intercol Riddim) Doh Tell Mi – Nadia Batson
131. (Intercol Riddim) Journey Continues – Bunji Garlin
132. (Intercol Riddim) Energy high – Machel Montano
133. Witch Doctor – Machel Montano
134. Formula – Faye Ann Lyons
135. Trinidadian – Kes The Band
136. Float – Machel Montano
137. Cha-Os – Swappi

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(Mix) 2013 Carnival Sampler (Preview)

Calling all Soca lovers!  If you’ve been supporting me (musically) over the years, you may have grown to expect my carnival mixes leading up to “The Greatest Show on Earth.”  One of those mixes is my Carnival Sampler.

Last night, while doing a little juggling, I decided to press record and put together a little preview of what to expect when I decide to put together the full mix!  So, I introduce you to my 2013 Carnival Sampler (Preview).  It’s a collection of 49 Soca releases all wrapped into a non-stop 50 minute mix.

If you want to check it out, “listen to it” here & lemme know what you think!  And as usual, feel free to share it.

Track List

01. (Body Ride Riddim) Workout – Shal Marshall
02. (Body Ride Riddim) Look Good – JW & Blaze
03. (Body Ride Riddim) Winin’ Pose – Nutron
04. Bubble – Iwer
05. (False Teeth Riddim) I Ok – Kes The Band
06. (False Teeth Riddim) Fete – Konshens
07. (False Teeth Riddim) When Ah Gone – Kerwin Du Bois
08. (False Teeth Riddim) Hard Wine – Bunji Garlin
09. Differentology – Bunji Garlin
10. (Lord Kitchener) I Like Muhself – Lil Rick
11. Wine Back (Precision Road Mix) – K. Rich
12. Call My Name – Destra Garcia
13. Thief A Wine – Kes The Band
14. (Dragon Berry Riddim) Contest – Lil Rick
15. (Dragon Berry Riddim) Boost Har Up – Konshens
16. (Island Mas Riddim) No Getaway – Blaxx
17. (Island Mas Riddim) We Doing This Owah – Faye Ann Lyons
18. Fete of D Year – Kerwin Du Bois
19. Indian Gyal – Drupatee & Machel Montano HD
20. (Project 5 Riddim) Feter – Benjai
21. (Project 5 Riddim) Life Of The Party – Machel Montano HD
22. (Project 5 Riddim) Winning Queen – Denise Belfon
23. (Spanish Fly Riddim) A Little Wine – Patrice Roberts
24. (Spanish Fly Riddim) Life of The Party – Problem Child
25. 25-8 – Lyrikal
26. Partier – 5Star Akil
27. The FOG – Machel Montano HD
28. (Moombahton Riddim) Over Yuh Head – Bunji Garlin
29. (Moombahton Riddim) Brace Pon It – Mr. Vegas
30. (Moombahton Riddim) Leh We Go – Skinny Fabulous
31. (Moombahton Riddim) Socializing – Kes The Band
32. Prescription – Ravi B
33. She Ready – Machel Montano HD
34. No Lie – Machel Montano HD vs. Mad Men Productions
35. (Caveman Riddim) Doh Mind (My Business) – Machel Montano HD
36. (Caveman Riddim) Backazz – Kerwin Du Bois
37. (Caveman Riddim) Waistline Energy – Lil Rick
38. (Caveman Riddim) Cyah Bother We – Lil Rick feat. Benjai
39. (Magaroze Riddim) A.T.A.O Engoma – Benjai
40. (Magaroze Riddim) Your Body Working – Kes The Band
41. Disgustin – Kes The Band & Kerwin Du Bois
42. Fantastic Friday – Super Blue
43. In Charge – Blaxx
44. (Smoked Food Riddim) Monster – Skinny Fabulous
45. (Smoked Food Riddim) Monstrosity – Skinny Fabulous & Machel Montano HD
46. Cha-Os – Swappi
47. De Stage Open – Faye Ann Lyons
48. Formula – Faye Ann Lyons
49. Witch Doctor (Horning Intro) – Machel Montano HD

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New Year, New Outlook!

Happy New Year bishes!  I know I’m four days late, but better late than never, right especially when it comes to that time of the month!

As I’ve said many times (and will probably say again in the near future), apologies to those of you who faithfully follow my blog and are dissatisfied with my very infrequent posts.    I just don’t have the spare time I used to.

Anyway, this post will be short and to the point with the point being that I’ve got a new outlook for life, not just the new year.  I’ve never been big on New Year’s resolutions, but I had a hella delayed “Aha” moment recently and figured I’d share it.  I’m pretty sure I’m not the only person who’s battled with this, but in case I am, just humor me.

You’re probably asking yourself, what the fcuk is this bama talking about? I’m talking about relationships – family, platonic, not-so-platonic, etc.

Over the years I’ve continuously wondered, and at times tried to control, why certain people were in my life for longer/shorter times than others.  Anytime that conundrum would present itself, my mother would hit me with the adage: “son, people are in your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime.”  Yeah I heard the words, but clearly never actually listened to what she was saying because time after time I’d be fighting to keep people in my life who clearly didn’t want to be there or wonder why others stayed around when I didn’t treat them as well as I could have.

It sometimes seems like the people who are in your life and the amount of time they spend there is all predetermined.  From the folks I literally interact with once or twice a year, but when we speak/hang it’s like we never missed a beat, to those on the flip-side, who I spend time with fairly regularly and enjoy it, but don’t really value it more than a $1 McChicken sandwich at McDonald’s.  Crazy how that works out.

Trust me when I say that my ideology for just about all not-so-positive occurrences I come across is that stressing over shit you have no control over is useless…learn from the situation and keep it moving.  I guess it’s just hard to let someone go when you always thought they’d be around.

All of that is to say that no matter if you are in my life for three days (a reason), three months (a season), or til death do us part (a lifetime), I appreciate you and the time we’ve spent together, no matter how minor!  I hope that you’ll be along for the entire ride, but I totally understand if you have to get off a bit early.

Love you bishes like a fat kid loves the shit that made them fat cake and wish you a better 2013 than your 2012.

Cheers,
Dre

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Who Says You Can’t Buy Friends?

Lemme start by saying that I’ve intentionally kept the humor in this post to a minimum.  So, if you only come here for comic relief you might as well stop reading now.

Anyway, I’m extra elated that Nerve-Wracking Super Tuesday is all over.  Between my incessant switching between CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News and Romney’s misleading early momentum, I was worried that people had just read the title of Why Romney is the Obvious Choice and rolled with it!  To put it simply: election night was overwhelming. And never-ending!

It wasn’t until 11 p.m. that CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News started projecting another four years for the incumbent.  I had to cross out Fox News because the infamous Karl Rove decided to act like a spoiled brat wasn’t convinced that POTUS had won Ohio at that time despite the fact that though the numbers were very close, the outstanding votes were mostly from Democratic areas in Ohio.

In his defense, I’m sure if my Super-PAC model collectively raised more than one billion dollars with  to support the losing candidate, I’d be shitting bricks too I wouldn’t be satisfied with projections either – I’d want final tallies.  Which brings me to the actual point of this post…

This country is full of gamblers! And by “gamblers” I’m referring to the people who complain bitterly about the economy, but played Russian roulette with their hard-earned dollars in this election.  This year alone, thanks to 1) campaign fundraising, 2) the Democratic and Republican National Committees and 3) financial support from independent groups, approximately six billion dollars was collectively spent on the election, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.  Yeah, you didn’t read that wrong:  approximately six billion dollars was spent on the 2012 election.  To put it into perspective, check out this comparison that AVAAZ published on Monday:

Kinda makes you wonder WTF think, doesn’t it?

You’d swear that the economy wasn’t a huge issue on the campaign trail!  #JustSaying

Before I continue, lemme make it clear: this post is not knocking either of the candidates.  What it is knocking is the entire political election process.

In order to successfully run just about anything in this country, you need money.  So, I totally understand the need for it when campaigning to be the leader of the free world.  That said, after reading how much was spent on this year’s election, I was utterly disgusted to say the least.

If I’ve done my math correctly, approximately 2.4 of those six billion dollars was spent on the presidential race.  According to the Center for Responsive Politics, that’s over one billion from candidate fundraising, approximately 924 million from the Democratic and Republican National Committees, and over 450 million from outside groups.

Out of those 2.4 billion dollars, approximately 868 million was spent on advertising with a little over 766 million of that focused on negative advertising according to The Washington Post.  And where were those ads aired?  Mostly in swing states.  Why?  Because presidential candidates need to focus on securing 270 of the available 538 electoral votes and because most (around 35-40) states have either a highly conservative or liberal population, most presidential elections are decided by the swing states.

Below is a snap shot of the country divided by Democratic, Republican, and Battleground or Swing States, courtesy of CNN.

And here is a breakdown of the country divided by electoral votes received by both candidates, also courtesy of CNN.  Note that Florida’s votes still haven’t been tallied, but because Obama received more than the 270 needed electoral votes, their votes won’t affect the outcome.

You’re probably thinking, “This bama has gone on a tangent! What’s the point of this post” because I was thinking the same thing.” My point is that as happy as I am to see that my candidate made it into office, a shitload of money (1) went into getting him there and (2) was wasted trying to prevent him from getting there.  And what’s the end result?  Almost a dead-even split in the number people focused on why they like or dislike POTUS instead of a collective group of Americans focused on working together to move the country forward; the popular vote.

Money Mitt tried to at least concede gracefully…

But in my opinion, (whether you agree or not), his condescending ass could care less about how the next four years go.  Between “…she [Ann, my wife] would’ve been a wonderful first lady…” and “…I so wish that I had been able to fulfill your hopes and lead the country in a different direction, but the nation chose another leader, so Ann and I join with you to earnestly pray for him and for this great nation…” that shit just didn’t seem genuine.   I’d love to be proven wrong though.  So, if he actually finds a way to get his fellow Republicans to work with, instead of against the president’s agenda, I will retract that statement and applaud his efforts in a future blog post.  I ain’t holding my breath though!

Though I fell asleep during I wasn’t really wowed by Obama’s victory speech, I can’t post Romney’s, and not post his.  And before you start shitting on me for that comment, I’m just being honest.  Hands down, he’s one of the best orators I’ve had the opportunity to hear, but compared to past speeches, this one just didn’t do it for me.

That said, I’m honestly looking forward to the next four years.  I hope that the prezzo gets the support needed to make his second term even better than the first because I truly believe we’re on the right path with his leadership.

In celebration of that, we’re partying at Liv for “4 More Years || Re-Election Victory Party” this Saturday, November 10.  Don’t you just love my shameless plug?  LOL!

See you there…

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