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Where is Skip Cheatham?

Community, Culture, General

September 23, 2010


by Shawn

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I’ve been digging to find out what’s going on at K104 since we haven’t been hearing Skip Cheatham’s voice on The Playground recently.  I think I know what happened, I just don’t know why.  I’ll try to reach out to Skip, but from experience with other former K104 hosts, they don’t talk much on the matter.

What is Politics?

General, Politics

September 20, 2010


by Shawn

by Lyman King • View Original Post and Comments

Politics, by definition, is to be shrewd or prudent in practical matters; tactful; diplomatic. A simple definition, yet not really known, or understood, by the average person.

It’s time to transform the landscape of understanding for both Gen X’rs and Millennials. We have to learn to become independent thinkers when it comes to politics the same way that we have in our careers. Instead we’ve let the media, also known as the story teller, rob us of the joy that we felt when electing our current president. Long gone is the village griot who had our best interest at heart and in walks the beast called modern day media. Everyone has an agenda.

“The story teller is the most powerful person in the world. We base our lives on what the story teller says whether it be print, radio, or television. My mother taught me as a young man to be careful who you listen to and to what they are saying. The story teller is clever and masterful and has already decided exactly what he or she wants you to think and believe. The story teller has the power to make one feel good or bad, appear strong or weak, confident or defeated.”

I nominate the introduction of a new education based movement in this country called Politicking 101. It’s time to educate ourselves. This is a plausible platform to play your role alongside thousands of others so that we can reignite the fire that blazed a trail in 2008. Get out there and attend the next city council meeting or find out what’s on the agenda for the next general session at your state capital. What a failure we are as a generation if we have no substance to support all of the hard work that we put into bringing this historical achievement to life. November 2010 will be the next major milestone in this never ending saga. It’s really time for us to re-evolve into a culture of substance. Making small practical changes today will help us start trending towards greater change in the coming years. The idea here is not to paint a picture of despair but to begin creating a path to empowerment. Looking for Change? Create It.

People don’t make bad decisions on purpose. Bad decisions are made from bad information or lack of information.

*Definition of politics sourced from

Is Oak Cliff Getting Real?

Community, Culture, General

September 20, 2010

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by Shawn

by Michael Counter, Jr. • View Original Post and Comments

Some housewives think so.

Dallas’s NBC-DFW website posted a picture almost two weeks ago about the 80′s television show Dallas shooting a pilot and possibly returning to TV via the TNT network. Entitled “Overblown Texas Stereotypes to Return to TV,” writer Bruce Felps ends the piece with “No word yet on whether or not the show will be filmed in Dallas. It’s TV, who needs authenticity?”.

And this isn’t really about the possibility of the show returning, but rather the notion of stereotypes and Dallas.

In checking my Facebook last week, after clicking my way through likes and comments and suggestions, I saw this:

(click here for a better look)

Taking its name from the Bravo cable broadcasting network’s most popular “The Real Housewives” franchise, the Real Housewives of Oak Cliff Facebook tagline is “Real housewives of Orange County need to get real and spend the day in Oak Cliff!”

Felps’ concern for old Dallas stereotypes returning to the mainstream is warranted. However, while we are concerned with fictional characters re-emerging to cast poor shadows on Dallas, how about the ignorance that over six thousand Dallas citizens are supporting on Facebook?

Are the racially insensitive and homophobic comments listed in on page keeping it ‘real’? If so, Felps and Dallas at large has bigger problems on its hands besides worrying about TNT’s new pilot.

And don’t worry, there is a page for The Real Housewives of Dallas County as well. Something tells me that there are plenty of Dallas housewives that care not to identify themselves with either of these options.

Chief Brown at Press Conference

Community, General, Politics

September 15, 2010


by Shawn

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I thought Chief David Brown was very good today at the press conference as DPD released video of what can only be termed as police officers beating a suspect.  He made it clear that the actions of the officers caught on tape, and those who would suppress evidence, would not be tolerated.

One officer has already been terminated as a result of his actions at a probation hearing today and Chief Brown has already reached out to the DA’s office suggesting criminal charges.  There just wasn’t much room for questions after today.  I thought it was interesting though that the ball got rolling based on an anonymous tip within the department.

The Green Product I Can’t Live Without!


September 11, 2010


by Shawn

Image: Sinya on Lone Man Creek, Texas

by Cherie White • View Original Post and Comments

I know the summer traveling season is over, but for those of you who may take a trip this fall, consider glamping. Nope, I didn’t misspell the word. Glamping is camping without “roughing it” and was born out of the safari experience. Glamping adds bling to camping by introducing gourmet food, wine, and five-star-hotel-quality slumber to your wilderness experience. Accommodations range from ordinary camping tents outfitted with mattresses and luxury linens to canvas cottages decked out like condos. Featherbeds, dressers, couches, Oriental rugs, tables, chairs, and even heating and cooling elements are all fair game. (Source:

There are several glamping sites around the world, but of course, I had to find an eco-friendly one. Lucky for me, I found one just a few short hours away from Dallas. Sinya on Lone Man Creek is one such glamping site that sits atop a ridge in the hill country just outside of Austin, Texas. Lodges include eco-friendly bed linen and towels, twice-filtered well water, outdoor shower, and a low-water composting toilet.

For more information on this eco-friendly lodge and others around the globe, click here.

1st Day of Class

Community, Education, General

September 9, 2010


by Shawn

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Today we have four students in class.  We have three sophomores and one senior in the course.  Our class is meeting in the Zale Faculty Annex.

Herb of the Week-Parsley


September 9, 2010


by Shawn

by Cherie White • View Original Post and Comments

Most of us see this herb on top of omelets at our favorite brunch spot on Sunday mornings. And we usually toss it to the side and out it goes to the garbage with the rest of the discarded food scraps. But parsley isn’t just for decoration. Parsley has many health benefits such as expelling worms, relieving gas, stimulating the normal activity of the digestive system and freshening breath. It is believed to help almost every internal organ including the bladder, kidneys, liver, lungs, stomach and thyroid gland. Its healing claims include improving bed-wetting, fluid retention, halitosis, high blood pressure, indigestion, obesity and prostate disorders. Some people have so much faith in parsley that men have rubbed the herb on their scalps to cure baldness. Don’t try this at home.

Lastly, this clover-shaped plant packs more vitamin C than oranges when it comes to weight. Parsley comes in several different varieties from curly to Italian to flat leaf and can be bought fresh in just about all supermarkets. It’s great tossed in a salad or juiced with apples for a sweet and healthy tonic.

For more info on parsley, click here.

Nutrients: calcium, folate, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc, vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, C and E

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These statements are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

It’s Labor Day…and No One Knows What That Means


September 5, 2010


by Shawn

by Michael Counter, Jr. • View Original Post and Comments

Let’s just be real for a moment. No one knows why we celebrate Labor Day. Unlike Martin Luther King’s birthday and Christmas, the history and people associated with Labor Day are hardly ever discussed. Thus, I will give you a rundown of what Labor Day means.

1. You cannot wear white after Labor Day. That’s right. Labor Day is the official marker of fall fashion trends. Actually, this was advice for the northern states in America who usually have a few impending inches of snow. In theory, wearing white in the north during the snowing season would camouflage a person and make it hard for people to find you in the event that you were lost, leaving you to freeze on the side of the road. Dallas needs not to worry. Our snow does not show up until after Christmas. So, again, we observe Labor Day for fashion and safety.

2. It’s time to partaaay! You cannot forget the various barbecues and lawn parties planned. Or if you don’t want to smell like charcoal and freshly-cut grass, you can always check out local get-togethers like the Jazz fest at The Amsterdam Bar or enjoy being a Jump Off at Murphy’s. Either way, Labor Day is about parties.

3. You’re not working. That’s right. The world stops for this one day that no one knows about. It’s not as magical as anything Harry Potter has seen, but it is amazing to see how everybody remembers not to go to work, even though no one knows why we need not to go. Various excited emails and frantic text messages have haunted me all weekend, making sure that I did not go to work on Labor Day. This three-day weekend is to be honored by not working. I assume it’s akin to the Sabbath, but we still work on Sunday, so Labor Day must be extra special.

And there you have it. Labor Day is about celebrating the color white and not going to work.

Foursquare in Business

General, Technology

September 4, 2010


by Shawn

The Green Product I can’t live without


September 3, 2010


by Shawn

by Cherie White • View Original Post and Comments

Ok. I’ll start by saying this is probably the weirdest green product I’ve ever seen and takes recycling/composting/green living to a whole new level. And I can’t say that I can’t live without this product, but I think it’s interesting, to say the least. For the ultimate sentimental treehugger, you can have your ashes pressed into vinyl after you’ve made your transition. For about $2,500, you can include with your ashes some of your favorite tunes or even your voice for your loved ones to remember you. Wow.

For more information on this product, click here.