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Rockin’ For the Vets!

Today we learned about an organization that’s raising awareness to the plight of our veterans. Did you know that 22 ex-service members commit suicide every day? It’s a fact and Wretched Few wants to do something about it.
Wretched Few is based in Lake Wales. They started up last year and are registered with the State of Florida as a non-profit corporation. Their purpose is to educate veterans about suicide and mental health awareness.  Visit their web site and listen to today’s Clip of the Day to see what great work these guys are doing.

Evil Genius or Just a Jerk?

You decide. Is it something you’d even consider? I think most people wouldn’t do it, but I also think there’s a number of people out there that would try it. A guy in the Washington D.C. area went to an Outback Steakhouse alone on Valentine’s Day and pretended his date stood him up to see if he could get a free meal.  And since he live tweeted the whole thing, we know that it WORKED.  Someone felt bad for him and bought him a steak dinner. But then the guilt set in…

New Show Segment

And now for a brand new segment on Mayhem in the AM entitled; “Christopher is a Horrible Boyfriend.” Here’s Christopher out to eat dinner with his girlfriend:

And that was the first installment of the new Mayhem segment; “Christopher is a Horrible Boyfriend.”

 

Blew It

I was going through some old files and I found some poetry I’d written. This one particular piece seems to fit my recent mood so I thought I’d share it with you. It’s called “Blew It.”

A gentle breeze brushes against the edge of your conscience
You relish the warm wind on your maddening mind
A song of revolution wafts through the air
Like a butterfly bent on passionate pollination
You rise on the breeze of beatitudes
Caught between remembrances and forgotten falsehoods
As a changing wind billows through your brain
While you lean against a rail of random wrongdoings
A blast of bold brashness takes you beyond your wildest illusions
Where gods and goddesses yield before your mounting mistral
Flutter beneath your brilliant countenance

An imaginary gale of good providence whisks you away to your distorted destination
But a fierce and howling tempest violently blows heart and soul
Further from your collapsing kingdom
The prevalent wind wounds your will

Blusterous broken bubbles
Devour defective dreams

 

The Feud To End All Feuds

If I were to talk about music feuds, I can guess a few that would come to mind. Tupac vs Biggie. Paul vs Yoko. Mariah vs…well, everybody. But I bring to you now THE feud to end all feuds: Smash Mouth vs The Smashing Pumpkins. It’s a hulk of a feud (get it? Because of all the smash…never mind).

So Smashing Pumpkins front man Billy Corgan recently did a Q&A session on Instagram and got around to talking about a missed opportunity involving the band being chosen to have a song of theirs for the ending credits of the animated film Shrek. Now, unless you’ve lived under a rock the last two decades or aren’t into overrated animated film franchises, you know that Shrek BEGINS and ENDS with songs from Smash Mouth. They are the Alpha and Omega. So you can imagine this claim from Corgan didn’t sit well with The Mouth.

Smash Mouth posted a statement to their Twitter account that included the following quote, ” If it feeds Billy’s ego to think they we’re [sic] first let him think that.”

Gauntlet thrown.

What do you think is going to happen next? My money is on Smash Mouth. We know they have no qualms with taking the back streets. Their world is on fire and they actually like it! They will reign down on the Pumpkins with all the years, and we know that once the years start coming, THEY DON’T STOP COMING.

Thomas Payne

Our latest addition to the Mayhem in the AM Hall of Fame is British actor Tom Payne!! He stars on AMC’s “The Walking Dead” as the character everyone calls Jesus. With the Season 8 midseason premiere looming, we caught up with Tom to see what’s happening. Spoiler Alert!! If you’re not caught up with the show, you may learn something from this chat that will change your world. Otherwise, please listen to Len and Tom talk about everything from long-dead philosophers to home ownership to the rhythm of accents! Really!!

What? Again?

We can say that we live in an unprecedented time. The tragic school shooting yesterday in Broward County is just another example of someone who fell through the cracks of society and decided shooting innocent people would fix it. The media is saying it’s the 18th school shooting this year. That’s a stretch. Most of the incidents they’re including in this statistic don’t even start to approach the level of what happened here. A couple of them were suicides and in another, a 3rd grader pulled the trigger on an officer’s gun (no one was hurt.) Is it accurate to say those are school shootings?  I guess, technically, if they happened at a school. But the exaggeration by the media grabs your attention, doesn’t it?

I have to say this before I go on. I don’t have the answer. I’m not some all-seeing guru who can fix the ills of society. I’m just like you. I’m living in it. That being said, I feel like there were lots of warning signs surrounding the shooter that no one seemingly did anything about. Social media postings with guns, threats of violence and other anti-social behavior should’ve raised a red flag for someone close to this guy. Reports say the shooter wasn’t allowed to bring a backpack on campus because of previous threats to other students. So the school knew there was a problem. Was law enforcement ever involved? I don’t know.

I’m wondering if this tragedy could’ve been prevented. Maybe. The gun used was legally purchased by the shooter. Should he have been allowed to buy a gun? Probably not, but he did. Maybe a closer look by someone in his life could’ve led to counseling or maybe even hospitalization. Once again, I don’t know. But if someone close to him had shown even an iota of concern based on his social media and problems with social interaction, maybe he feels like someone cares and he doesn’t go off the deep end.

It’s all speculation on my part and it doesn’t change what happened. 17 people are dead and a dozen others are injured. It’s a sad time in America. I don’t know how to fix it.

There is something you CAN do. Give your child an extra hug before you send them off to school.

 

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