Real Music Thursday: DMX

Mocha Pikachu is having the damnedest time lately.   It’s a stressful time at the office and I feel incredibly overwhelmed and underappreciated.  I look calm on the outside, but inside…SERENITY NOW!

So today’s Real Music Thursday is about the man that makes music to let you get the stress out: DMX.  Darkman X.  Earl!

Almost any of his songs will do, but Party Up! is the one that gets me going.   Don’t be fooled by the jolliness of the name.  Party Up! has some hard ass lyrics.  Just look at the chorus:

Y’all gon’ make me lose my mind up in HERE, up in here
Y’all gon’ make me go all out up in here, up in here
Y’all gon’ make me act a FOOL up in HERE, up in here
Y’all gon’ make me lose my cool up in here, up in here

I defy you to not blast this song and while running around the house acting like you’re on stage at concert.

I’ve played this song twice today.  I feel better already.  Enjoy and SERENITY NOW!

What the hell, Virginia?: 2013 Gubernatorial Race

My fellow Virginians, real talk, where in the blue hell do the Democrats and the Republicans find their candidates?

In the Blue (D) corner, we have Terry McAuliffe.  This is his second attempt to claim Virginia’s top job. He has an endorsement from Senator Mark Warner; who was Virginia’s last decent governor. He’s never held office but he was the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee. He’s a Clintonite and that’s problematic for me.  Currently, he is leading in the polls, but he should have a victory and a concession speech written.

In the Red (R) corner, we have Ken “the Cooch” Cuccinelli.  He’s our current Attorney General. For all of his small government talk, he’s ultra-conservative on social issues and not afraid to push legislature that supports his worldview.  Plus, his running mate has to be certifiable. All of that takes away from a man whom appears to least have the potential to be a half-way decent administrator.

Virginia governor’s race: Where they stand on the issues.

So are the big “two” choices if you will.  Neither of them are doing it for me.

Economically, they both seem the same to me.  To even have a chance in Virginia, you’d had damn well better be business-friendly.  The Virginia business lobbies are not a game.  Also both seem long on ideas and short on details.  For a state race, I need to see PowerPoint presentations and concrete data when you have that much money backing you.

They’ve both have horrible, negative ads. I’m so sick of politicians telling me what their opponents can’t do instead of telling me what they can do.   They just had a debate and Cuccinelli was arrogant and McAuliffe was smarmy.

Socially, Terry is your standard liberal.  He’s very equal rights for minorities, women, and LGBT communities.  Ken is ultra-conservative and some of his ideals seem rooted in a quaint 1940s motif rather than the 2000s reality.

Ethically, to quote the great Clay Davis “I’ll take any motherfucker’s money if he givin’ it away.”  Both are slimier than snail shit.

Seriously?  This is the best that the two largest political parties has to offer the Virginia citizenry.  We’re the birthplace of Presidents, dammit.  Why can’t y’all find some decent damn people to run for office? I wouldn’t trust most of the candidates that they find to run a pie shop, let alone the whole damn state.  McAuliffe just got buck with a lobby group because they didn’t endorse him.  I have a terrible feeling that if he could get away with it, Cuccinelli would have a state funded Stasi checking to make sure that straight couples had missionary only sex.

I’m so tired of voting for the lesser of two evils.  I want to see viable candidates out there.  Right now, when I vote, I think to myself “whose fuck-ups will do the least amount of damage while in office?”  What kind of political life is that?

And once again, the Powers that Be ignore or exclude Third Party Candidates.  Last year, Larry King on MHz Networks did a Third Party Presidential Debate.   While writing this rant, I saw that there is a Libertarian Candidate named Robert Sarvis running and he’s getting no shine except from dedicated followers and Independents. I’ll check him out and see what he’s talking about.

America’s Other Undeclared War: The War against the Poor

On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to cut $40 billion from the already overburdened Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) more commonly known as food stamps.

They got money for wars, but can’t feed the poor…

With the current state of the U.S. economy, more Americans than ever are relying on government assistance to survive.  Some of these Americans are hopelessly unemployed or underemployed.   The New York Times just had an article about New Yorkers working two or more jobs and still living in homeless shelters.

I’m tryin’ to make a dollar out of fifteen cents…

So let’s review:

  • U.S. economy is shot to hell.  There is almost no manufacturing base due to corporate greed and political shortsightedness.  The majority of jobs are services-based and are few and far between.
  • Basic living expenses have far outpaced basic wages for the past 30 years.
  • Some Americans needs government assistance programs for survival.

Now would be the worst time to pick SNAP for program cuts.   There is a lot of fluff in the Federal Budget that can take a hit better than this program.

In the 2012 documentary The House I Live In, David Simon, creator of the series The Wire, said “the War of Drugs is a holocaust in slow motion.”  Although the basic premise of documentary starts off about the failed War on Drugs, it soon turned into an examination of how the war unfairly targets and hurts the poorest of Americans.  Since, they can’t codify poverty itself as a crime, they make actions associated with poverty a criminal action. 

It’s hard to be legit and still pay the rent…

At some point in time, the Powers that Be decided that Poor Americans aren’t worth our consideration. Listen to how they are vilified.  “The poor are lazy.  They make bad decisions.  They’re a drain on our resources.  They aren’t trying.  They need to pull themselves up by their bootstraps.”

What they really saying through word and deed is that Poor Americans are excess Americans.  They don’t need them here and they don’t want them here.   And if they can’t work them to death, or lock them up for petty, non-violent crimes to make a quick buck off them at private prisons, then they can take away their food security.

They pick the worst examples of poor people in America and portray them as the standard of American Poverty to justify their actions to the Middle Class.  Sadly, a lot of the Middle Class falls for it hook, line, and sinker.   Every article about poverty or welfare in America, has some fool commenting about how he saw some welfare recipient buying beer, lobster, and cigarettes with their food stamps at the grocery store.  Bitch, please. They are and always well be people that scam the system.  That doesn’t mean that you punish everyone who legitimately needs the program.  You weed out the scammers, but “That’s too much like right” as my grandma used to say.

I have news for those that disparage the poor.   Unless you are a multi-millionaire, you’re one catastrophic event away from complete financial ruin.   That’s the cold hard financial reality of America.   Anyone in America can be become impoverished.  So while it makes you feel good to haughtily wag your finger remember that there but for the grace of God goes thee.

So you keep believing that poverty is relegated to those “bad people” in the ghettos, barrios, and trailer parks while you assist in dismantling the social safety net.  Come talk me after a stroke of misfortune strikes you hard.

We ain’t meant to survive ‘coz it’s a setup…

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So it has been over a week

Normally, I would be in bed around this time but Vince Gilligan has my blood pressure up with the latest episode of Breaking Bad.  Plus my damaged Eustachian tube is making my ear hurt, so I’m waiting for this Sudafed to work.

So I’ve been in the house for about 8 days now.  It is feeling less weird everyday.  My bedroom and the kitchen are unpacked and I’m slowly getting the rest in order.  I turned the keys into my old apartment and don’t even get me started on the management and how they botched that process.  I still need to buy furniture, but I’m waiting for sales and trying to determine what looks nice.  I’ve been told by various folks that I need a bigger TV, but that can wait.

It’s amazing how your mind can make the change from from one state of being into another state.   I’ve gone from a renter mindset to an owner mindset.  I find myself watching the Home & Garden network…a lot.  I now know what a backsplash is and terms like wainscoting.  I bought a trimmer today at Home Depot and cut my little spot of grass.   I think this week that I will make a spreadsheet of ongoing projects that I want to do around the house.

I really just want to take care of my little property and make it truly my own.

WordPress Family Award Nomination

Well, well, well.  Mocha Pikachu has been nominated for the WordPress Family Award by fellow INTJ lady blogger AnnaSquared.  I’m so new to blogging, so this was a total surprise.  So, thank you very much.

I’ll have to sit and think about how I can pass this award along.

I’m a little late because I was in the process of moving when I was nominated, but I still want you all to check out AnnaSquared’s post “Accept an Award, Save a Life (Part 2).”  AnnaSquared writes about Suicide Prevention Week.   The state of mental health in America is tragic.   I remember when I was a psychology major in college and how my professors would lament the lack of funding for appropriate mental health facilities and counseling as well as the general disdain from the public about said issues.

Closing Time, Part 3

Mocha Pikachu is officially a homeowner!  I closed yesterday and I meant to update the blog, but after going to closing, moving items to the house, and other errands; I passed out on the sofa.

It’s an interesting feeling.   It still feels unreal except for that bounty that I spent at Home Depot yesterday.

I cleaned the bathrooms and the kitchen, so I’m just sitting here with while the handyman goes through and install blinds and curtain rods and other items.  I watched him put up a set of blinds and I knew deep in my soul that I would have jacked that process to hell.   I know my limitations.  Now if you want some homemade cakes, cookies, or pies, I’m your girl.

Verizon was here and I have “innanets” and TV again like grown-ups.   Die Hard is on!!!!   Yippee-ki-yay, motherfuckers!!!

There’s one more trip to Home Depot and then I have to go back to the apartment and pack up the remaining items.  The big move is tomorrow and then I shall finally be moved in.

Now who is coming over to help unpack?

Closing Time, Part 2

“This is the fun move.  This is home.”  ~ Paul, one of my friends.

So closing is only a few days away.    So now comes the most time consuming part: moving.  I’m lucky in that I’m moving to much a larger place than my apartment and I’m a minimalist.

Yesterday, I went to the manliest of places: Home Depot.  I picked out blinds and drooled over the fancy washer and dryers which I don’t need.   Why don’t stacked washer/dryers come in fancy shiny colors? Anyway, I was mostly there for packing supplies and if I really buckle down I should have just about everything packed by tomorrow.

Now I just have to change my address with banks and websites and such.  Boo!   Pick a home warranty company and book the U-Haul truck.

Well back to Netflix, Chinese food, and packing!

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