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14 Things I won’t apologize for. And neither should you!

Just as a forewarning, this article is primarily directed toward men. I recently read an article that highlighted 20 things women feel they should no longer be obligated to apologize for. On this list were some very logical topics like menstruation, pooping, number of sexual partners, etc. However, the general tone of the article struck me as feminist bullshit. Women will all line up to agree with the topics highlighted in the article and then turn around and criticize a man for doing his manly things. Talk about a hypocritical double standard… So, to lash out with my own brand of passive aggressive “haterism,” here’s my list of things men should not have to apologize for:

  • Not putting down the toilet seat – This one actually really bothers me. How difficult is it to lower a seat before you sit on it? As men, we do it every time we take a dump. Just because you sit for both bodily functions doesn’t give you the right to dictate that we lower it after peeing just to convenience you. Sorry, I’m not sorry. We raise it to pee and lower it to shit. You can lower it for both.
  • Not being clean shaven – There’s something to be said about having a rough beard. Some guys don’t like it, whereas others like myself, find it empowering. Plus, beards grow out from a shave very quickly.
  • Working too much – Believe it or not, I’ve had multiple girlfriends who insisted that I put my career ahead of them. Now, seeing as I didn’t marry any of them, there may be some merit to their claims. That aside, in today’s world you have to work your ass off if you want to have anything; especially when in a relationship (I don’t care who you are, relationships will cost you out the ass; being single is so much cheaper).
  • Being hairy – It’s freaking genetics. Sorry we can’t all be male model, 6-pack abs and hairless. But we have hair. On most guys, it’s everywhere; our heads, faces, arms, legs, backs, asses, etc… we are hairy. And before you get grossed out, there’s a difference in being hairy and unhygienic.real-men-have-chest-hair
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  • Not being a bodybuilder – Obviously, we should all do what we can to live a healthy life. However, for some its simply not feasible to devote our lives to proper diet and working out 6 hours a day 7 days a week. With this comes one of my favorite double standard sayings: A guy will fuck a fat girl, but a girl won’t fuck a fat guy.
  • Not always understanding a woman’s emotions – it’s been scientifically proven that men and women have different chemical and hormone levels. This causes us to think differently. This is why we don’t breakdown in tears during The Notebook. (or even have the desire to watch said film.) Pile on top of that the fact that most men have been groomed since birth to be tough and brush it off, well… we just don’t get it.
  • Wanting to hang with the guys – Humans are a social creature; we need social interaction. And based on the differences highlighted in the last bullet point, we need some time with people who think like ourselves; aka, our buddies.
  • Scratching – it’s an issue of comfort. I can see how this can be difficult for women to understand considering they’ll suffer through a day in the most uncomfortable clothing ever invented just because they think they look good. Men, on the other hand, we don’t care about our appearance nearly as much as women. This is why the majority of us have no problem taking the time for a good scratch in public.
  • Eating meat – I could go into detail about how it’s a primal instinct and it satisfies our inner predator… In all reality, it’s just damn delicious.Eating-meat-makes-men-look-more-masculine
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  • Not asking for directions – Stereotypical though it may be, I hate stopping to ask for direction. 9 times out of 10 I walk away twice as confused as I used to be because some half deaf old guy at the gas station gave this for directions: “Well, go up about 2 and a half miles to where the old pig barn was ‘fore it burnt down in ’72. Hang a right ‘til ya see the old McHenry place and then a left at the rusted out tractor… or did the county haul that off?” Yeah, I’d rather google it and figure it out on my own.
  • Not wanting commitment – Yet another of my personal “flaws.” I am a very career driven individual. Because of that, I’m not about to let ANYONE hold me back from becoming the best I can be. However, if you’re not a career driven person, there’s nothing wrong with not wanting to make a commitment to someone else.
  • Not returning phone calls – as a general rule, I hate talking on the phone in the first place. Couple that with how busy I am and how little regard I have for my cell phone, I’m likely to leave it on the table at Denny’s. If you need to get ahold of me that bad, keep calling. Don’t depend on me to call you back.
  • Speaking our mind – Men are generally straight forward. Ask what’s wrong, and if something is, we’ll tell you. By the flip side of that coin, if we have an opinion on something that we think should be heard, we’re going to voice it. Whether it be that your friend is a nosey bitch or that the waiter has been to every table but yours 5 times in the last 10 minutes.
  • Being a man – in today’s feminism driven world, and with the “war on women,” (I say that with as much sarcasm as I can muster inside my head) it’s nothing for people to have the mentality of “you’re a man, you’re privileged. You should bend at the knee to make things easier for women, minorities, etc.” Now I will agree that there should be equality for everyone- male, female, black, white, green or purple. But there’s a difference between delivering equality and demanding that those who’ve “had the power” in the past start getting less. Yes, I’m a white man. But I’ve also worked damn hard for what I have, and I will not apologize for what I am in the process of getting what I’ve worked for. Just as no black person should apologize for being black and no woman should apologize for being a woman.

 

 

– Cameron Blevins

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The Current State of Comic Book TV

With the growing popularity of comic book culture, one of the greatest benefits is the huge amount of comic book related television shows. I guess you could say that that they’ve been around for a long time, dating back to the George Reeves “Superman” show. But it’s only been very recently that they have really hit their stride and become a huge part of popular culture.

As far as modern comic book TV goes, I suppose you have to start with “The Walking Dead.” The show was not really so much recognized for the source material as it was for the popularization of zombie culture. But for any true fans of the genre, it was the first of the modern hit comic book TV shows.

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Admittedly, the quality of the show has been a roller coaster ride. The production value and storytelling have gone downhill after season one. But that’s understandable to a degree. AMC had no way of knowing that the show was going to be the phenomenon it became. And they wrestled a lot of control away from Frank Darabont before and during the first half of the second season. Glen Mazzara never treated the characters with the respect that they deserved, and he seemed to be more concerned about leaving his own personal stamp on the show than he was about producing quality television. As a result, the quality of the show dipped dramatically, and several important characters were wasted.

The show has somewhat regained its stride under the watch of Scott Gimple, but again, Gimple seems to be more concerned about imprinting his personal style than he is about telling a cohesive story. We are getting more developed characters, but it seems that any amount of character development for smaller roles immediately leads to the death of said character. The story tends to drag for episodes at a time and then explode into a single, action filled episode. This often leaves the audience feeling cold, and knowing that they are in store for several boring weeks of “The Walking Dead” before the story comes to a head again.

That being said, “The Walking Dead” does have some of the more popular characters in television today. Rick Grimes, Daryl Dixon, and Michonne have become pop culture icons. The show has also thrived in the portrayal of some truly memorable villains like Shane, The Governor, and Gareth. And of course, there’s everyone’s favorite anti-hero, Merle Dixon.

But again, “The Walking Dead” is considered to be more of a zombie show than a comic book show. “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” and “Arrow” were the first two of the modern shows to really embrace the traditional comic book culture. Both shows have entertainment value in their own rights, but the quality and themes vary greatly.

I guess I should start with AoS, because it had less overall impact. It definitely pandered more toward fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe than to the traditional comic book fan. The show failed greatly early on with the 90’s “Monster of the Week” format. This format worked for shows like “The X-Files” and “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” because it made sense to the story. And both shows were still able to use that format to create a slow burn to a big payoff. That’s not to say that AoS did not have a big payoff, but it seemed to come out of nowhere, rather than being a result of a season’s worth of build-up.

The acting is solid, if unspectacular. The always charming Clark Gregg really carried the show during season one. The supporting cast was fairly weak, even bordering on unlikable in a lot of cases. This seems to have been somewhat rectified in season 2, but the show is still too uneven and inconsistent to enjoy regularly.

“Arrow” on the other hand has delivered on a fairly consistent basis. The acting started off rough, and some of the actors have never improved. But that’s not unexpected from a CW show. The dark, gritty feel of the show often feels too much like a rip-off of Chris Nolan’s Batman universe. But again, that’s not entirely unexpected.

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Stephen Amell has transformed from a shaky actor into a bona fide leading man over the course of the three seasons. He has benefited greatly from some very strong supporting performances over the years. First and foremost, Paul Blackthorne has been phenomenal from day one as Quinten Lance. David Ramsey as John Diggle has been the perfect counterpart to Oliver Queen. And John Barrowman as Malcom Merlyn and Manu Bennett as Slade Wilson have played some of the better TV villains in recent memory.

You can’t talk about “Arrow” without talking about its spin-off show, “The Flash.” I was as surprised as anyone with the strong performance that Grant Gustin turned in as Barry Allen. Unlike “Arrow” and “Agents of SHIELD,” “The Flash” seems to truly embrace the source material. It helps that The Flash has one of the richest rogues galleries to draw from. But it’s also nice to see a comic book show that isn’t embarrassed by its comic book roots.

“The Flash” is able to balance campy, lighthearted humor with action and gravity. It obviously has the melodrama that’s essential to CW programming, but it also is packed with some fairly badass action. Again, the acting can be fairly rough at times. But it’s also only in its first season. “Arrow” didn’t really hit its stride until the second season. AoS still hasn’t hit a consistent stride. Out of all of the established shows, “The Flash” may have the most overall potential.

And that brings us to the piece of serialized perfection that is “Daredevil.” The quality of the show is definitely helped by the freedom provided by being broadcast on Netflix. They are able to go places that no other show has been able to touch. The bigger budget allowed for a very high production value. And no other comic book show has shown as much respect for the source material.

The acting has been extremely solid overall. Charlie Cox had an absolutely star-making turn as Matt Murdock. He would definitely not be out of place on the same screen as Robert Downey Jr. The supporting cast was strong, and even spectacular in some cases. Vincent D’Onofrio pretty much stole the show as Wilson Fisk. His performance was every bit as strong as Cox’s. He was able to bring a menacing presence to the screen along with a surprisingly human vulnerability. He portrayed a larger than life character with all of the grace and nuance required and then some. If not for Tom Hiddleston’s iconic turn as Loki, D’Onofrio’s Kingpin would reign supreme among Marvel Cinematic Universe villains.

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That brings me to the dark horse of the genre, “Constantine.” This show is nipping right at the heels of “Daredevil” as being the best of the lot. Unfortunately, it just lacked commercial appeal and may end after just one season. This would be a “Firefly” level tragedy. The character development was amazing. The acting was solid across the board. And the storytelling was top notch.

But for every “Daredevil” there have been duds like “Gotham” and “Agent Carter.” Both shows have some entertainment value. Robin Lord Taylor has been a bright spot in “Gotham.” His portrayal of Oswald Cobblepot has been nothing short of show-stealing. He has been so good, that I can’t help but think that he deserves better than the material he has been given. And Hayley Atwell was again strong in her turn as Peggy Carter. Unfortunately, the producers and writers seemed to forget who Peggy Carter was.

Overall, given the steady rise in quality of comic book TV shows, the future looks bright. With future Marvel properties “AKA Jessica Jones,” “Luke Cage,” “Iron Fist,” and “The Defenders” already slated to be released over the next few years, another spin-off show from the “Arrow” universe, and the returns of many of the existing shows; we can be assured of plenty of comic book related entertainment on the small screen for at least the next several years.

The success of “Daredevil” has proven that street-level heroes can thrive on television with more of a serialized format. So we could potentially see heroes like The Punisher, Cloak and Dagger, and Moon Knight hit the small screen in the future. This will only serve to bolster the already strong roster in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If these shows are successful, and the acting is strong enough, they could potentially build future movie franchises from these shows.

And even though DC has chosen to separate their TV properties from their cinematic universe, it gives fans something to gravitate towards in between Hollywood blockbusters. And it gives lesser known heroes like The Atom, Black Canary, and Arsenal a chance to shine.

So, long story short, it’s a great time to be a comic book nerd.

 

Thanks for playing along…

 

– Ron George

TWITTER: @ronsense64
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Sportsmaggedon Booze Lineup

From “Sportsmaggedon,” to “Sportstacular Saturday,” next weekend is being touted as one of the best lineups in the history of sports.

From the Mayweather-Pacquiao “Fight of the Century,” to the Derby’s “Greatest 2 Minutes in Sports,” to NHL & NBA playoff action, there’s no lack of on-court excitement. But wait – there’s more. Chelsea is set to square off against Manchester City or Tottenham for their fourth straight title, the Yankees and the Bo Sox will do battle and the NFL draft will turn college stars into guaranteed millionaires.

Whew.

With that much action on the tube, the only thing sports fans will need more than an extra set of eyeballs is a wide arrange of cocktails to keep them cheering all weekend along. Whether they’re taking a shot to celebrate a boxing TKO, sipping on a rum cocktail to relax after a stressful finish or enjoying a little whisky as the ponies cross the line, drinks will definitely be in order.

To give our readers some modern options for all of the above, please see below for drink recommendations featuring new products and old favorites alike.


Up for taking the fourth quarter shot?

With your focus glued on the action, let’s keep your drink options simple yet delicious. Peligroso Silver Tequila is made from 100% Blue Weber Agave and not only a full body tequila, but full of adventure. With Cinco de Mayo around the corner, you can try this is the no-hassle celebration method: The Peli Rita Back Shot.

 

The Peli Rita Back Shot

1oz. chilled Peligroso® Silver tequila in a shot glass

1oz. chilled margarita mix in a shot glass (mix = .5 oz orange liquer, .5 oz fresh lime juice)

Take the shot of Peligroso® Silver Tequila. Follow with the shot of fresh margarita mix.

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Need a little post game relaxation?

Sports are full of crazy finishes – that’s what makes them great.  But after a buzzer beater, back stretch takeover or penalty shootout, a cold rum drink is perfect for a little post game R&R.

 

The Loconut

1.5 oz. Captain Morgan Coconut Rum

Pineapple juice to top

Build in a tall glass combining all ingredients over ice.  Top with a grapefruit slice for an extra tropical feel!

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Celebrating a hard fought victory?

While our favorite athletes may be popping locker room champagne or sipping juleps this weekend, there’s no better way to celebrate a victory from the comfort of our own homes than with a whisky fit for a king.  So check out this Regal rift for an easy-to-mix Saturday sip.

 

Crownberry Apple

1.5oz. Crown Royal Regal Apple

4oz. Cranberry Juice

Serve in a rocks glass over ice and garnish with apple wedge.

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– Zack Nobinger

znobinger@taylorstrategy.com
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TWITTER: @taylorstrategy

 

My best Opponent

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I can with my magic wand, do alchemy in my world.

Manifesting all wishes that my mind conceives.

I can fly over unknown skies, sit and listen to the waves from a bench in a beautiful village forgotten in the minds of their own people.

I can go to the heights from a train that glides through beautiful mountain landscapes where fairies live and goblins hide their treasures, at the end of a beautiful rainbow that is drawn in the distance.

Listening to fabulous medieval stories while I walk the streets made of stone which are leading to a castle that was inhabited by a king who ruled a magical kingdom.

To which resigned for love, feeling privileged to wake up every day in the city was once just a dream I dared to dream.

But thoughtful doubt on my mind, influenced by external forces, blocking the natural energy that flows like ten thousand suns, generating days of darkness and confusion.

I must concede that my best opponent is the image reflected in the mirror, which aims to establish battles whose banner is fear.

And the best defense is the logic.

Which uses pretending to weaken the power that resides in me.

The power that drives me to pursue my true destiny.

 

– Liseet Mata

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What is the John Buccigross challenge?

You’ve probably noticed people on Twitter using the John Buccigross overtime challenge. I’m ashamed personally to not have had any idea as to what the hell that was. As much as I thought I was in the know when it came to all things NHL, I just found out what it was and its absolutely the greatest thing on twitter.

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Give whoever credit who thought of this but here is how it works and before I show you, I must warn- its addicting.

Any game that goes to Overtime in the NHL, Twitter users can tweet Buccigross two players that they think will score the goal that wins the game. One on each team. If they select that player, Buccigross Retweets them usually all the time. If thousands pick the player its harder to get the RT. What is becoming a cult fad is picking less likely players in order to get the RT.

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Notice my picks above.

I picked Scott Wilson of Pittsburgh, I know who is that really? and Tanner Glass who played less than 10 minutes in the first 30. He might not have had a chance to see the ice- let alone score the winning goal. But I still picked him anyway. It’s all part of the fun. Unfortunately, the Pittsburgh Penguins lost the New York Rangers as soon as I typed this.

Then these girls cheered me up. Thanks Bucci!

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I almost forgot to finish my article on account of the girls.

Sometimes if you win, Buccigross makes an appearance at a random place.

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Notice the picture of him with the hockey team.

Good fun. Plus all the merchandise he sells is for charity!

 

– Josh King

Twitter: @joshk65
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Mint Julep Recipes from Renowned Bartenders Across the Nation

Hey dudes –

Although Mint Juleps can be enjoyed year round, arguably the best time to savor this delicious cocktail is leading up to and throughout Derby weekend!

To help you prepare for race day celebrations, Bulleit Frontier Whiskey has been working with some of the top mixologists in the nation to develop recipes inspired by different regions of the country.

  • Representing the Southeast, Charlotte-based mixologist Bob Peters created “The Queen’s Julep” cocktail as every Carolinians go-to cocktail on May 2nd
  • Dubbed as “King Cocktail”, Dale DeGroff knows a thing or two about making cocktails as he’s pioneered many new mixology trends over the past 25 years
  • Chicago mixologist Adam Seger created “Windy City Julep” cocktail including ingredients made in the Chicago area

Whether you are hosting a viewing party or stopping by your favorite spot to watch the fastest two minutes in sports, these three recipes are unique and flavorful.


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The Queen’s Julep
Recipe by Punch Room Head Mixologist Bob Peters

Ingredients:
1.33 oz. Bulleit Bourbon
0.5 oz. simple syrup
0.5 oz. Fernet Branca Menta
8 fresh mint leaves, muddled

Preparation: Muddle mint leaves in a shaker. Pour Bulleit Bourbon, simple syrup and Fernet Branca Menta into shaker with ice and shake. Double strain and pour over crushed ice in a julep cup. Garnish with fresh mint sprig.

 

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Northeast

Modern Mint Julep
Recipe adapted by King Cocktail Dale DeGroff

Ingredients:
1.33 oz. Bulleit Bourbon
0.75 oz. simple syrup or 1 tsp. sugar
4 fresh mint leaves and a sprig of mint (use tender, young sprigs which last longer and look better)

Preparation: Prepare some very cold, very dry powdered ice by crushing chunks of ice inside a canvas ice bag. Bruise the mint leaves in the bottom of a julep cup with simple syrup or sugar. Add ice to the three quarter mark and add half of the bourbon. Stir to chill the julep cup. Top off with more powdered ice and the remaining bourbon. Continue to stir until the outside of the cup begins to freeze. Garnish with the mint sprig and set aside to rest while the julep cup freezes over on the outside. Pick up carefully to imbibe.

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Midwest

Windy City Julep
Recipe by Renowned Chicago Bartender, Adam Seger

Ingredients:
1.33 oz. Bulleit Bourbon
6 oz. chilled Chicago Green River Pre-Prohibition Soda
Generous bouquet of slapped fresh mint

Preparation: Fill a julep cup with ice cubes to chill. Fill a clean towel with ice and smash the crap out of it to crush the ice. Discard the ice cubes from the cup and fill with the crushed ice. Fill cup 3/4 full with Chilled Chicago Green River Pre-Prohibition Soda. Top with Bulleit Bourbon and a generous bouquet of slapped mint. The carbonation will naturally rise since the bourbon is heavier and the drink will naturally mix. Cut your straw short so you smell the mint. (Optionally add a splash of maple syrup if you prefer your julep sweeter.)

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– Brianna Linden

blinden@taylorstrategy.com
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BATTLE OF THE SEXES: WHO’S THE DADDY? (OR MOMMY?)

Who wins when it comes to men vs. women? Which is the better sex overall?

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First of all, we are asking the wrong question. It may seem an obvious conclusion (at least I hope it does!) but this match ends in a draw. Both sexes have their strengths. You may be thinking “well duh!” at this point, and if so then that means I like you. Of course we are equal and should be treated as such. Men and women aren’t so different. It is gender and personality that makes us diverse and unique.

Gender and sex – aren’t they the same thing?

No. Sex is if you are male or female. Gender is how you define yourself, what you identify as – so your sex can be male but your gender female and vice versa. Allow me to explain further.

You were probably assigned your gender from young, before you could even walk or talk, and have the ability to understand and say who you wanted to be, what traits you identified with and if you felt like a boy or girl despite your sex. Baby girls are dressed in pink; boys in blue. As you grow old enough to require stimulation and be able to play with toys, then maybe as a boy you played with Action Men, toy cars or gaming consoles, toys that looked cool and full of adventure. Sound familiar? And little girls are bought Barbies or toy ovens or dolls’ houses. But what if boys want to play with girls’ toys?

If men cry, they are called “puffs” or “girls”. Just the other day I saw a father telling his son to stop crying – he said “why are you being a girl? You’re a man.” This was not said nastily, and was said to comfort the boy, possibly make him laugh. This boy looked like he was two or three years old. Even I laughed and smiled at the sulking boy. But just because a boy cries, or does something classed as feminine does not make him weak, or girly. It doesn’t mean his gender is female either just because he does one thing synonymous with women either. Gender is how you identify yourself, so both your sex and gender is still male even if you don’t like sports and beer and sometimes cry!

Jokes aside, what I’m saying is if you are a boy, but identify more as a female, then that’s OK. If you are a woman who identifies as a male, then that’s OK too! Be proud of whatever gender you want to be. Or maybe you identify as non-binary? (Which means you identify as neither, both, or a mixture of male and female). Whatever your gender, don’t be afraid to be that gender, and just because you like an activity that’s designed for the opposite sex to you doesn’t make you a “big girl”. (And by the way – why is being a girl a bad thing?!)

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However, I understand that it can be difficult to be yourself; there is still pressure on the sexes. Traditional roles and expectations still linger despite being in the twenty-first century. Or do they? Are men still expected to be strong, daring, and the breadwinners within a family? And are women still required to be housewives that raise their children whilst man works and brings food to the table? The answer is no – today is a much better society in terms of gender roles. There are stay at home dads, mothers that work, men who cook and women who do DIY. But there is still pressure and expectations on males and females. For example, women on TV are expected to be sexy and feminine and in some music videos they are hardly wearing anything shaking what their momma gave ‘em! And if men are going to be topless, people want to see a six pack. Sex sells. But it should not matter what you look like or who you want to be!

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Maybe everything I am saying is obvious and you think any opinion that says otherwise is ridiculous. Maybe it depends where you come from, but if a man was to walk down the street wearing women’s clothes and a curly blonde wig, people would notice. People would stare, because it’s deemed as unusual for a boy to wear a dress. But why?

My point overall is that the sexes are equal, and you can be any gender you want to be. If you want to be a boy that wears pink or a girl that wants to wrestle then you go girl! Or boy! Ignore stereotypes, traditional roles, requirements and expectations. Whatever you’re into, your personality, or who you choose to be, does not make you any less of a man or woman. So, gentleman, who’s the daddy? You’re all the daddy!

You can be whoever you want to be regardless of sex. We are all equal and unique. Whoever you are, I hope you are comfortable with who you are as a person – because you should be. Boy or girl, we all deserve respect and not to be treated like we’re odd. So forget everything negative that’s going on around you, and just be who you want to be.

 

– Kathryn Morris

TWITTER: @katmorris20

 

DudeLine Ep. 5

We here at Stuff Dudes Like are always interested in trying new things and taking chances on fresh new ideas.

When Dakota Wheatley came to us with the idea of a late night talk show monologue on a website, we jumped at the idea! So without further adieu… Heeeeeeeeeeeeere’s Dakota!!!

 

 

– Dakota Wheatley

Twitter: @dakotawheatley

FaceBook: dakota.wheatley.73

 

It’s Not About Politics…

No matter where you live, there is a pretty good chance that at some point you have seen this image. It’s the face of a young girl with beautiful yet haunting eyes that captivated and challenged the world. Back in 1984 when the Afghans lived in constant fear of Soviet toys of death Steve McCurry found a pair of eyes as deep as the ocean. He captured thirteen-year old Sharbat Gula’s face with a red scarf draped over her head. Neither McCurry nor Gula knew that the photo of the then unidentified young girl would eventually become famous. This photograph later gave birth to what largely became known as “Afghan Girl.” Her piercing stare simply commanded attention when her face took the cover of National Geographic in 1985. Fame isn’t the sort of thing you can dwell on in a world with no peace so Gula pretty much forgot about it and went on with her life. Steve did too, and the rest of the world. Here’s a recap if your were around and a summary if you weren’t:

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1984
Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is assassinated by two Sikh bodyguards.
Apple introduces the Macintosh personal computer with a graphical user interface.

1985
The wreckage from the Titanic is found.
Oxford University refused to award Margaret Thatcher an honorary degree.
Largest diamond in the world weighed 755.5c, cut down to 545.67c and found in South Africa.

1986
Nintendo introduces the hand-held Game Boy.
‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ is first broadcast nationally.

1987
The world’s population hits 5 billion.
DNA is used in a criminal court case for the first time.
The Simpsons are introduced on The Tracey Ullman Show.

1988
Table Tennis (Ping Pong) became an Olympic Sport.
CDs out-sold vinyl records for the first time.

1989
The fall of the Berlin Wall.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles became an overnight sensation.

1990
Nelson Mandela was freed after 27 years as a political prisoner in South Africa.
The Hubble Space Telescope was launched.

1991
South African parliament overturns apartheid laws.

1992
Bill Clinton is elected president of the United States.
Prince Charles and Lady Diana separate. They divorce four years later.

1993
I was born.
Nokia sends text messages between mobile phones.

1994
South Africa holds first interracial, one-man-one-vote election, Mandela is elected president.
Football star O. J. Simpson is arrested for the killings of his wife and her friend Ronald Goldman.

1995
O. J. Simpson is found not guilty of murdering his wife and friend.
Sony demonstrates a flat screen TV.

1996
British consumers are frightened by an outbreak of Mad Cow Disease.

1998
Bill Clinton is accused of having sex with Monica Lewinsky.
Google introduces their search engine to the Web.
Anti-impotence drug Viagra is introduced to the market.

1999
World population reaches 6 billion.
Tobacco companies admit that their products harm smokers.

2000
The world celebrates the turn of the millennium.
Sydney hosts the Olympic Games.

2001
On September 11, terrorists attack the World Trade Center in New York.
Apple’s iPod becomes the best selling MP3 player in the world.
Wikipedia is launched.

2002
Apple introduces the iMac G4.
The dwarf planet Quaoar is discovered.

2003
Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger is elected as Governor of California.
Dan Brown releases his best-selling novel The Da Vinci Code.
MySpace is launched.

2004
Facebook takes off.
Athens hosts the Olympic Games
Mars Exploration Rovers
Indian Ocean earthquake/tsunami occurred off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia.

2005
Hurricane Katrina destroys much of the Gulf Coast, flooding New Orleans.
YouTube posts its first videos.
USB flash drives replace floppy disks.
Pope John Paul II dies at 84.

2006
Twitter is launched.
Pluto is demoted to “dwarf planet” status.

2007
Apple Computer released the “iPhone. In just over two months, 1 million iPhones were sold.
The seventh, and final, Harry Potter novel released.
Amazon releases the Kindle.

2008
Wall Street experienced the biggest economic disaster since the Great Depression.
O.J Simpson found guilty. Sentenced to 9 years in prison.

2009
Barack Obama is sworn in as 44th president of the USA.
The tallest man-made structure in history is completed, Burj Khalifa, Dubai.

2010
Apple debuts the iPad.
First FIFA World Cup held in South Africa.
Luis Suarez bites Otman Bakkal in a soccer match.
2012
The Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II
London hosts the Olympic Games
Nintendo launches the Wii U
The world did not end.

2013
Launch of the PS4 and Xbox One
Nelson Mandela died at the age of 95.
Paralympic Oscar Pistorius arrested over the fatal shooting of model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

2014
Brazil hosts the FIFA World Cup
The 100th anniversary of World War I
Malala Yousafzai co-received the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize for her struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.

2015
Queen Elizabeth II is the longest reigning monarch in British history
Top Gear ends a long road of great car talk.

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Image Credit: National Geographic

It’s thirty years later and this timeline mentions very little of what has happened over the years. Everyone’s perceptions about life underwent a gradual, but solid, transformation. Even Gula’s. In 2002, 17 years later, McCurry met, in person, the same child of war, who is now a wife to Rahmat Gul and a mother to four daughters. The talented McCurry was sure to do a then and now of Gula. The young girl and her struggles and hardships in Afghanistan has become a symbol of strength and beauty. When I saw the second photograph it was difficult to see just how thirty years got lost somewhere between fighting for life and hoping for peace. The second photograph is evidence of the fact that Gula had succumbed to her life circumstances and proved that in the end life wins. But I truly believe that the tragedy that befalls people living in war-ravaged regions are the real winners of life. Every second for them is a gift, for others it’s a privilege

Recently I’ve been so overwhelmed at how time is flying. Some days faster than I’d ever thought possible. But the time I took writing this piece had me wondering about her, Gula. Where she is, what she’s doing, if she thinks about what her life could have been and if she even knew just how much the world has changed. I keep wondering strange things like if she’s ever seen or used a computer, eaten popcorn, watched the Titanic if she knew about the blockbuster, seen the iPhone 6 or an iPad, has she tried an oreo? Apparently, Gula hadn’t the slightest idea she made the cover of a magazine or the fact that her face is plastered all over the Internet.

With regard to time, the truth is we all are not living in the same world. Each and every single human being lives worlds apart from their neighbor. We all just flock on planet earth for the oxygen. The same sun that rises in South Africa rises in Afghanistan too yet, I feel time is moving ridiculously fast and Gula’s life of hardship seems to be taking forever. It’s the anticipation that slows down time. The sadness in those eyes no longer wait for something better. Time is undeniably reliable because time alone reveals all truth. There is an existence of another world in addition to the natural one. Time will take its course and no one can rush it along… Or slow it down.

 

– Naseeha Tayob

TWITTER: @naseehatayob

Richmond Saturday Night Race… as long as it doesn’t rain

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We somehow survived the carnage last week with our lineup and have come back to try and finish what we started last week, a crushing victory. Let’s get to it.

Harvick, Kurt Busch, and Truex. Same as every week, fast and can’t be beat for the money.

Jimmie Johnson slid around his entire qualifying lap, certainly guaranteed to drastically improve upon his 36th starting position. Great speed in final practice

Joey Logano on the pole is always a great choice, as long as his teammate doesn’t hit him.

Dark Horse –  Clint Bowyer, always sneaky good at Richmond and fast in both practices. Big value here.

Caution –  AJ Allmendinger qualified very high in 4th place, a lot of downside risk with his suspect equipment.

Speed on the cheap –  Landon Cassill has had a 10 lap average speed in the top 20 in both practices. He qualified high at 19th which opens him up to downside risk however. Chase Elliott is also a nice cheap option showing speed with great equipment under him. Chase qualified even higher than Landon, both have serious downside risk, but Chase has more potential upside.

 

My ideal lineup:

 

Harvick

Kurt Busch

Martin Truex

Clint Bowyer

Chase Elliott

 

– Adam Dulski

@adamdulski