Archive for August, 2011


So I was watching CNN a few minutes ago when I came across this video. Last Saturday, a couple dozen kids walked into a convenient store in Montgomery County, Maryland at 1:47 a.m. These overgrown BeBe’s Kids proceeded to grab candy, drinks and other items from the store’s shelves and walked off without paying for it.

I wish I could say that I’m shocked, but I’m not. First of all, what kind of parent doesn’t know where their teenager is at damn near two o’clock in the morning? There’s just no excuse for that.

What did catch my eye was the use of the term, “Flash Mob.”  Basically, it’s a large group of people, usually connected via social networking sites, in a public place to do something silly and then haul ass. Apparently police in Philadelphia and other major cities have been dealing with it for a while, but this is the first time authorities have had this type of activity was caught on tape.

Call it what you want, I think it’s a damn shame that even if parents don’t know where their children are, they haven’t instilled enough of a sense of right and wrong for them to know that behavior like this is unacceptable. My grandmother used to say there was something very different about kids born after 1990…I used to think this was just talk, but the older I get I see she was right. But I think what’s changed most about children in the last 20 years is their parents.

Of course, there are the parents that just don’t give a damn. These apathetic-types have always been around, but seem to be increasing in numbers. Then there are those who neglect their children in the pursuit of a better life for them. Parents spend so much time working to give their children the things that their parents  that they were denied as children, they deny them the things that they were given-ideas like work ethic and a sense of concern for the world outside themselves.

Moral of the story: RAISE YOUR KIDS!



Being a reader and a writer  (not to mention a communications major) I take words very seriously.  With that being said, there are certain words and/or phrases that make me cringe every time I hear them. I’m all for the First Amendment, but I would not be upset at all if these words were permanently erased from pop culture language. These words make me re-think the term “Freedom of Speech.”

1 . Haters

Etymology: Late ’90s.

Usage: I love my haters.

Diagnosis: This should have died ten years ago. You aren’t doing anything with your life! What is there to “hate” on?

2. Conversate

Etymology: Mid-’90s.

Usage: Aye, girl. Let me get you number so we can conversate and get to know each other.

Diagnosis: Don’t get me wrong, I love Pac, but this ain’t no kinda English (Pun intended).

3. Swagg

Etymology: Mid-2000s

Usage: You can’t touch my swagg.

Diagnosis:  Gets my vote for the most overused slang phrase of 2008-09. When 65 year-old sports announcers are using the word, it’s time to put it to rest!  I think this one is slowly dying out.

4. Deuces

Etymology: Late-2000s

Example: He said he ain’t wanna be with me anymore, so I told that n*99a, deuces.

Diagnosis: This one is a recent addition to the list, but it’s moving up rather fast. This one seems too dismissive to me, which just might be the point. Remember the good old days, when people just said “peace?”

5. Gucci

Etymology: Late-2000s

Example: Nah, I’m Gucci.

Diagnosis: How was this phrase ever cool?

Remaking a classic is a tough task at best, and most of the time it’s better left as an idea. And in my book, few things are more “classical” than the 1980s cartoon series, Thundercats. The original series debuted the same year I did (1985) and has retained a cult-like following for over 25 years, despite only lasting two full seasons.

In my opinion, it is the greatest action cartoon ever.  A group of half-cat, half-human superheros are forced from their imploding home planet and find there way to an earth-like planet (aptly named “Third Earth”). Led by a young ruler with a knack for getting himself into trouble they attempt to exist in peace while battling a host of formidable villains.

I vaguely remember seeing the reruns of the original series as a kid and my parents renting the seminal “Thundercats-Ho” set on VHS. Many 20-somethings may remember that Cartoon Network also picked the show up in syndication in the late 1990s. My brothers and I watched the show faithfully and were crushed when the network later stopped broadcasting it.

When I found out a few weeks ago that the series was being remade, I was anxious to see the results. After watching on the premiere, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. The animation speaks for itself. The characters generally stay true to the original, but not so much that they look outdated. And the storyline on the premier was superb. It even included the reappearance of my favorite villain from the original, Grune The Destroyer. I can’t wait for next week’s episode.