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!!
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.
What Happened to 2017?
We’ve been commenting recently about how fast 2017 has flown by. That may or may not be the case for you but did you know you’ve worked a months worth of time this year for free? Apparently this is on of those sad but true facts of life in America. Also, not necessarily sad but true, Len isn’t a grandfather yet. Could that be changing soon? Maybe. Check it out in today’s Clip of the Day!!
We prep for the show every day and map out each hour, down to each segment. We hope we’re filling the show with content that you’ll enjoy. Every now and then, something shows up in the prep that hits the proverbial nail on the head. We play a comedy bit from our radio prep service called “One Minute Inside a Woman’s Head.” Today’s edition struck us as having many of the qualities that Talonda has shown over her time with us. Check it out!
During one of the segments of The Sports Hour today, we talked about how scary it was to be a fan of our respective sports teams over the past weekend. Neal Duncan from Central Florida Sports Marketing was here and between his Seminoles and my Gators and Bulls and our Bucs, it turned out to be scarier than anything Hollywood could cook up. The horror…. the horror….
Totally Geeked Out!!
There’s a new trailer for the next Star Wars movie, “The Last Jedi.”
What do you think?
We are a nation divided. Is this horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas the event that we need to bring us together? Why does it take tragedy to unite us? (i.e. 9-11-2001)
I fear we’ve gone past the point of unity. I fear what I’m going to see on social media in the next few days. People have already posted inaccurate information. Deliberate hoaxes. I don’t understand to what end people feel the need to do this. Stop. Just stop!
Will the United States become like other countries in the world where you may die from riding the bus or going to the mall for some shopping? We’re creeping toward that end.
I titled this post What’s Next? because I hope someone knows. I don’t. I’m just sad and angry and hope with all of my heart that we can come together and bridge the divide that exists in 2017 between Americans. And stop killing each other!!
Going to the Birds!
Dr. Bruce Anderson from Florida Southern College is the Mayhem in the AM political analyst.
This semester, Dr. Bruce is joining us on Wednesday mornings.
Today when the good Dr. was here, somehow we started talking about birds and politics were the furthest thing from the conversation.
Dr. Bruce is always a good sport and his quick wit is always welcome on the show!
FEMA Calls in to Mayhem!
We were doing our Thursday morning show, talking about weird holidays, trying to get back to some form of normalcy when out of the blue, Lynn Kimbrough from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) called in!! We’re grateful that Lynn was able to share information with Mayhem listeners about how to get help with their Hurricane Irma recovery if needed. You can listen to the chat here:
Remember. When you see this:
You treat it like a four-way stop. I’ve seen many people not following this important rule of the road in the wake of Hurricane Irma and the massive power outages. I’ve even twice now seen the result of not treating a disabled traffic signal as a four-way stop, car crashes. Please treat disabled traffic signals as a four-way stop. Thank you.