Monthly Archives: September 2014

Top 5 Things You Do Not Say to Harry Potter Fans

Contributor: Rick McGimpsey

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1. The Harry Potter series of books and movies are unwholesome, immoral travesties pretending to be children’s fiction that advocate witchcraft, rebellion, and demonises good wholesome family values.

2. I hate movies where the best actors are not playing the main characters. Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint are terrible and are overshadowed by the greats like Alan Rickman, Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, etc. 

3. Is it just me or does the scene in Deathly Hallows where the Order of the Phoenix uses polyjuice potion to all look like Harry makes no sense? Why all look like Harry, the guy Voldemort wants dead? Why not disguise themselves as other people which would make more sense?

4. I would rather read what Rita Skeeter has to say than the nonsense that is crapped out by the Quibbler! I don’t care what anyone says, Dumbledore was a terrible human being who in his lust for power murdered his sister and destroyed his family! He can never make up for that!

5. I hate Harry Potter. It’s responsible for the sudden surge in childish YA garbage like Twilight, Hunger Games, and the like. 

Disclaimer: The statements made above are for purposes of satire only and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the writer.

Next Monday: Top 5 Things You Do Not Say to Stephen King Fans

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It’s Been Awhile

I haven’t really written anything on here in awhile, so I just figured I would give it a go and see where it takes me. Over the past year and a half maybe two years, I have had many triumphs in my life. And far to many sudden smacks in the back of the head. To where I have been truly confused as to where it’s all leading, and where I am going in my life personally. I wish I knew, but I think that’s impossible to gauge, even at the bright age of 28 years old. I still don’t know, I know what I want to do with my life, and the career part of it makes perfect sense. But everything else is just kind of one big ball of confusion, and I am not really sure where all of this is going to lead me. I don’t know if I’ll have the love that I know deep down that I deserve.

Maybe that’s just a fairy tale that many try to convince themselves is real? I don’t want to sound pessimistic, and that truly isn’t my intention in writing this. I just want to know why, why I can’t have the things that other people have? Is it a character flaw of some kind? It is something I don’t do, that so many other people have some how mastered over their lives? I want to let people in, the desire is there and it always really has been. But what is it that makes people abuse me like they do? And I am not speaking on this in a physical sense, I say this more as a neglect. I don’t ever feel like people care enough to be around me. Relationships, Friendships, and such has always been a struggle. And yet, it hasn’t pushed me to have a complex. It has more or less made me understand that I value myself and what I have to offer more then even I realize.

I didn’t want to say these things, and you won’t be hearing me mention any names. Because I respect people and myself way to much to subject people to such harsh criticism. But then, I ask myself, would that be the best approach to take in all of this? Would putting people’s names in lights exposing this folly be the right thing to do? I suppose maybe temporarily it might, but that’s not the kind of person I am, and I don’t think it’ll ever be me. I sit in my chamber of filth and continue to be the martyr that I know I always have been. And sadly, that is something that is probably never going to change about me. I will always be a doormat for people’s punishment, it is the one thing that I can do better then anyone else on the planet. Is that me beating myself up? No, I tend to believe it’s just me admitting what I am to you all and myself.

I just hope you all understand, and accept yourselves for who you know you are. And that it doesn’t matter what people think, you just have to keep doing what’s best for you. I can’t be anyone else, and to be perfectly honest, I don’t believe for a second I have ever tried to be. But, to quote a famous Rapper that I know I could very well get flack for. “I used to have someone at 3 am that I could call, now it just rings and I don’t get nothing at all” But hey, that’s a burden I bare I suppose right? I don’t feel appreciated by half the people in my life anymore. But then again, maybe if I keep fighting for it I will finally get past all the shit that found myself always drowning in? I’m hurt, I am isolated and it’s more painful then anything I could experience physically. But I’m a fighter, and that is something that’s never changed about me as well.

And I am damn proud to say that it never will, you don’t have to have fought in a War to know what it feels like to be blown away by the gunfire of life. Because sometimes, that can be worse then anything you could experience in the physical world of hurt and pain. I find myself at this point just rambling on, maybe I should stop? But if I did, I may not come back from this. I just thought I would get that off my chest, and as always I hope it helps you if you’re going through something similar. Just know, that maybe it seems hard now and completely impossible to bare. But the light is always on the other side, and good things do come to those who keep fighting.

Contributor- Chris Ballenger

(TOO) TOUGH LOVE

Parenting and the use of corporal punishment has been in the news the past week and a half because of the charges the soon to be former Minnesota Vikings running back, Adrian Peterson, caught for going overboard in disciplining his four year old son earlier this year. Until I saw the pictures of the bleeding welts Peterson inflicted on the child I will be honest and say that I blew the hubbub off as a manufactured controversy trying to get in on the Ray Rice spousal abuse scandal. I’m no stranger to parental figures coming at kids with switches, extension cords, and whatever was handy growing up. Those whippings, whuppings, beatings, whatever you call them did hurt at the time but I always looked at that stuff as a part of growing up in the world I was born into.
The stuff with Peterson combined with my current visit down here in Dixie to see my family and friends has brought up the memories of past physical punishments me and nearly everyone else I knew growing up received. I always tell my mom and aunts who did most of the disciplining of my cousins and me that if I knew about child protective services as a kid that they’d still be under the jailhouse for the stripes they put on us. I say jokingly because while the threat of punishment was always present if any of us crossed the definite lines that were set for us as kids I can truly say we weren’t scarred for life from it as some claim is possible when an adult lays hands on a child. Nah, the scars came from growing up in poverty with absent fathers for the most part.

I wasn’t an angel growing up but I wasn’t a quote unquote bad kid either. I knew whenever I drove my mother to wrath that she never whapped me or my brother because she was going through the hard times in her life that came from being a young, single, Black woman raising two knuckleheaded boys on her own. As an adult now, I understand somewhat the sacrifices she made to provide the basics for us as well as the extras like the Atari 2600’s and videogames for Christmas or cable so we could watch Ric Flair and Dusty Rhodes beat each senseless every week on WTBS.

The meanest woman who ever lived...SIKE!!

Cherry and her two roughnecks

So if she popped us for giving her lip or not doing the chores around the house then while I didn’t necessarily like it, I did understand where it came from as a stern reminder to be thankful for what we did have as a family and to never take even the most mundane things for granted. My father, in the wind as always when I was growing up, never hit me but then again he never did much of anything for me outside of providing half my DNA and the greatest extended family in the world IMO.

Bringing that back around to Peterson and his parenting skills, it all comes down to realizing that perfect parenting doesn’t come with an instructional manual. Peterson, while obviously misguided, seems to take his cues on parenting from what he saw and experienced growing up relatively hand to mouth in Palestine, TX. He’s said in enough public statements before and since these child abuse charges that it was that type of childrearing that gave him the focus to reach the highest level of football. Who’s to say he would not have made it to the National Football League if his folks had not beat him with switches and extension cords when he crossed their lines growing up but he seems to think that was just as intrinsic to his success on the field just as much as his God-given speed and strength. If corporal punishment was such an important factor in his success then it’s not too hard to imagine him surmising the same tough love is what’s needed for his kids to succeed in life also.
If he thought that then he’s wrong though. Peterson has also said that he never beats his children with extension cords because he remembers how much that pain hurt when he was hit with them to know that wasn’t the way to go. He also experienced the loss of a child last year when his two year old son was beat to death by the kid’s mother’s boyfriend.

Know better, do better, AP

Know better, do better, AP

One of the truisms I try to live by in life is that if you know better, then you do better. Peterson knows more than most that an adult can kill a child with corporal punishment. If he doesn’t then he needs to be checked on that to become a better father because there’s little doubt to me he loves his kids. He’s definitely an engaged parent as shown by the fact he provides time as well as money for his kids but as always the best intentions can lead to tragic ends if the means are faulty. Hopefully, he’ll learn that sooner than later. Those of us who criticize him and other parents who use corporal punishment as unreconstructed troglodytes need to learn too we should not to judge too harshly lest we be judged the same if we come up short sometimes. There can be a fine line between tough love and abuse and seeing the bruises on his son and the knot on the head of another son that recently came to light, Adrian Peterson needs to get on the right side of that line.

–Jason O. Logan

Top 5 Things You Do Not Say to Game of Thrones Fans

Contributor: Rick McGimpsey

WARNING: PROBABLY WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS

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1. Brace yourselves! A lame Lord of the Rings rip-off called A Song of Ice and Fire is coming!

2. George R. R. Martin seriously needs to finish the last two novels. I hope he isn’t going to pull a Robert Jordan and die before he can complete them.

3. The only reason Game of Thrones is popular on HBO is because of the T & A!

4. Ned’s beheading? Meh. Luwin getting speared? Meh. Red Wedding? Meh. Purple Wedding? NOOOO!!! Joffrey! You were the only character I ever loved!

5. You know what? I’m glad Ned died! He deserved it. He was a terrible father and protector. He was so wrapped up in his warped sense of honour that he put his family, friends, and household in danger just to maintain his ego. Good riddance!

Disclaimer: The statements made above are for purposes of satire only and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the writer.

Next Monday: Top 5 Things You Do Not Say to Harry Potter Fans

English Slang – Just a Thought

Tight. Dawg. Baller. Grill. Booty. These are all American English slang words. They were once seen as words used by African Americans or even people in gangs. However, some of these vernacular words are becoming more common place and used by people from all races and backgrounds.  Now what is interesting about this, is that these words are no longer seen as only used by a particular group of people but by a much larger majority.  But the interesting question we have to ask is why do some slang words get absorbed into everyday language?  Because not all words that were used by a particular group of people (African Americans, Latinos, New Yorkers, etc.) become a part of everyday American English.  I for one have heard plenty of people on the street using slang words that I have never heard before.  So it begs the question why do certain vernacular words become integrated into the English language?

Now the reason I ask these questions is because I am an English teacher; I teach English to non-native speakers.  When a non-native speaker here’s a slang word in English and it is not a dictionary word they tend to be confused and uncertain as to how to translate it.  It is quite funny when a student comes across a word like ‘bombed’ and they are uncertain what it means.  The dictionary’s definition of the word ‘bombed’ is: to explode by means of a bomb or explosive; to hurl or drop bombs; to explode a bomb or bombs.  But, the context of what we were reading was using it in a figurative slang way.  The sentence referred to a movie that bombed.  So of course you can see how this would be funny if the student is thinking that the movie had bombs dropped on it.

Using the word bombed as an example doesn’t really give a full depth of what I’m talking about.  Like the words I used at the start of this article, which are more modern than my example word bombed, it is interesting to see how the language changes and develops as slang words are added.  I know that words are brought to the masses by songs, movies, and YouTube videos; but these only account for part of the slang in the English language today.  So how did these slang words manage to become popular all across the country when there was no internet?  I’m talking words like cat, daddy-o, groovy, danno, etc.  Yes, these words are more popular in the fifties and sixties, but they make a point that slang words became popular without the internet.

I’m looking at slang from my students’ point of view; but it makes me curious as to how new slang words come across to people who have never heard them before.  Have you ever been talking to a friend and they use a slang word and you have no idea what it means?  Do you sit there and try to figure it out or do you ask what they meant?  A lot of people tend to just keep quiet and tried to learn or figure out its meaning on their own.  However, this then begs the question why do some slang words become popular.  Is it how they sound?  Is it what they mean?  Or is it merely a means of fitting in?

One more thing about slang that is interesting is that while there are many words that have been added to the English language, a good one is twerking, there is also regional slang.  The slang that say you would hear in New York is very different than the slang if you would hear down south.  And the slang in California is completely different than the slang from say Seattle.  Now while there is regional slang and national slang there is also group slang, which are the words used among friends and/or family.  What is interesting about group slang is that this is usually the beginning of where regional and national slang start.  So think about that the next time you and your friends are speaking in your own a private jargon.

Slang to me as a very interesting topic and I could have made this blog much, much longer; but I didn’t want it to be the length of a thesis paper.  I merely wanted to give readers something to think about, and draw attention to a topic I find very interested.  I’d like to hear about your experiences with slang and what you think of how slang has developed and progressed.

Written by Samantha Cook

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