PHILADELPHIA (JSC) — When I first started doing JSC Radio nearly 2½ years ago, I often pictured the podcast — which was, essentially, an extension of this blog — to be a sounding board for not just me, but for interesting and compelling people. In the 90+ shows I’ve done, counting the “Best of” shows and special episodes, I have had a number of great conversations. Ranging from the early episodes where I interviewed Jenee Darden, Lara Witt, and Adrienne Lawrence to the two appearances by Jazmine Duke (including Ep. 61.5, where she and her dad made a tandem appearance) to my interview with the dynamic Renee Washington. This show has been a slow burn and a slow build but every episode is worth it.
That brings me to Episode 80. The 80th Episode of JSC Radio morphed from being a milestone episode (every 5 shows is a damn milestone) to being my favorite overall episode of this show since I started doing it in 2016. I’m a competitive dude. I’m constantly trying to improve upon things and get better, and I felt a lot of that played a role in how well this turned out. But that podcast was nothing without those two dynamic women.
PHILADELPHIA (JSC) — What’s Good Y’all. I hope I remember how to do this.
To say that 2018 has been a god-damned adventure is putting it mildly. It’s been one of the weirdest years of my nearly 39 years of life. I can say — without question — I have had more “WTF” moments (both good and bad) than one man should have as an adult. It’s been nuts. I’ve also noticed that it’s been three months since I posted anything on this page. I even fell behind on posting updates on JSC Radio! That’s how wild, stressful, and weird that 2018 has been. Some of this, you guys know about, and I won’t rehash it here. A lot of it you don’t so I’ll explain here.
If you haven’t noticed, this post is going to be very unfiltered and uncensored. At this point, if you’re jarred by a few dirty words, you can leave now. I sincerely no longer care at this point. Either you like me or you don’t but you’re reading one way or the other. Continue reading Where the hell have I been in 2018?
PHILADELPHIA (JSC) — The 70th Episode of the People’s Podcast is here and, it’s our Anniversary! Yep. It’s been Two Years since this podcast made its inauspicious debut and ever since that day, it’s grown by leaps and bounds…all while never really having a true single focus. It’s not a sports podcast. It’s not an entertainment podcast. It’s not a political podcast. It’s simply a damn podcast and it’s been a blast for the first two years.
That brings us to Episode 70. Seventy! SETENTA! It is the official end of the “Second Season” of the show and I figure I would take it home by going at all the overly woke soldiers out there who have taken to yelling “cultural appropriation” in the same way that you’re not supposed to yell “fire” in a crowded room. The latest victim is Bruno Mars.
This week, along with me showing love and giving thanks to all of you who have supported this damn show, I also go in on the ridiculous idea that a half Filipino/half Puerto Rican dude who grew up in 1990s Los Angeles is somehow both “stealing from black culture” and succeeding at the expense of Black artists — this asinine and simple-minded idea that “they don’t like black music when it comes from black people” as if this is still the 1960s and most of the top stars in music over the last 40 years haven’t been black. There is such a thing as being too damn woke for your own good.
PHILADELPHIA (JSC) — So, it happened. Again. But are we really shocked? On Valentine’s Day, less than six months after the horrific massacre in Las Vegas, the third worst school shooting in American history — and the third major US school shooting of the decade — occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. There were 17 deaths, a majority of them being kids. It exceeded the horrid death toll at Columbine High School in 1999, but fell short of the massacres at Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook. That there is even a ranking is galling.
This is the third episode that will address a horrific mass shooting — Episode 11 was the first. Episode 52 was the second. This one, however, is infuriating for a different reason. Unlike Las Vegas, which was a gross display of abuse of this country’s insane ability to stockpile guns, or Orlando — which was used by conservatives as an excuse to target Muslim Americans rather than address guns, this shooting was a combination of our worst fears: lax gun laws, incompetent law enforcement, incompetent leadership on all levels, and the disgusting world that is 2018’s American social media.
A 19-year-old dude with a history of violent, racist behavior was able to walk into a school with an AR-15 and slaughter a baseball team’s worth of kids. There was armed security there — and it turns out they actually ran and hid while the shooting occurred — Plus, in what has become sadly typical, a number of scumbags are accusing the surving kids of being “crisis actors” and claiming that they are being “paid” to protest. WTF, dude!?
This week is a monologue on Parkland, gun control, the corrupt union that is the NRA and the GOP, and when will this country take finally take responsibility for what it has wrought with its strident love of firearms — and whether that will happen with this clownish president at the helm.
PHILADELPHIA (JSC) — This was one of the toughest shows I’ve done.
As anyone who even halfway knows me understands, there aren’t too many things I love more than Michigan State University. I have done a multitude of shows and segments on my Alma Mater, including Episode 40 last spring (where I first talked about Nassar), and moving into Episode 55 this past Fall. I have zero qualms about taking the school to task just like have no issue taking a sledgehammer to the City of Detroit — you want the best for those you love and have no problem getting on their ass to make them get that point. But this Larry Nassar situation is an entirely different animal.
Regardless of what the MSU Board of Trustees or a few moronic so-called Spartans will tell you, this is every bit the disgusting scandal that was Jerry Sandusky at Penn State or the institutional failure that was Baylor University covering up and enabling years of physical and sexual violence against women by members of the Football program. In many ways, it’s worse because Michigan State University saw the shit storms that engulfed Waco and State College, but they seem intent on simply beating their heads against the same damn wall even as Larry Nassar plead guilty.
The basis for most of this week’s show is this stellar piece by Kim Kozlowski in last Thursday’s Detroit News where it outlined how more than a dozen people — 14 to be exact — were told of Nassar’s deviant behavior and how the reactions ranged from repeatedly dismissing it as “medial treatment” to total ignorance by police and the administration to intimidation by gymnastics coach Kathie Klages.
This was emotional for me because I listened to the countless victim statements that graphically lay out what Nassar did, how he managed to manipulate parents and coaches and doctors into believing what he was doing was “medical treatment” and how he got assists due the aforementioned negligence of MSU and the enabling by coaches like Klages that let him prey on these girls for nearly 25 years. Michigan State University needs to own this travesty.
This show will be graphic. There will be strong language. I will be angry. And if you have a problem with me coming after a University that I still financially support as a 15-year Alumnus…you can sit and spin.
Here’s Episode 62. It dropped on Friday. I finally have the words today.
Coming up on Episode No. 62 of JSC Radio:
Lou Anna Simon must pay the price for this happening on her watch.
How was Nassar able to get so many people to go along with his deviant behavior
Why this is no different — in fact, possibly worse — than Penn State and Baylor.
Kathie Klages is as much of a scourge as Nassar.
The MSU Board of Trustees also get the buckle for their continued support of Simon.
How could 14 people (at least) not do something
Where does Michigan State University go from here?
Also, wanna shout out the homie Ossim Jones, recommended by the Good Doctor himself. Be sure to hit up his page on Soundcloud to check out what he’s bringing.
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Until Next Time, That’s The Way It Is. Monday, January 22, 2018.
Take Care, God Bless, Always Dare to Be Different, and G.O.M.A.B. Σ
PHILADELPHIA (JSC) — Good Friday morning, Everyone! It’s been a while… a long while…since I brought you the JSC Words of Wisdom, a.k.a. #JSCWOW. Too damn long in fact. So I’m back at it with my first one of the new year and it’s time I hit y’all with a new mantra you can take into 2018 and beyond.
It’s about a thing called Hope. It’s a great thing to have. It’s a nice thing to do. But it cannot be the only card you have in your hand. Go figure that this phrase was inspired by, of all things: The Detroit Lions!
PHILADELPHIA (JSC) — So, it happened again. But, deep in your heart, you knew it would, right? On Monday morning, many of us woke up to our news alerts having gone crazy overnight (or, in my case, in real time) of the horrific massacre in Las Vegas.
This isn’t even the first episode that will address a horrific mass shooting — Episode 11 was the first. This one, however, is infuriating for a different reason. A man was able to stockpile weapons, kill more people than died on one of the hijacked flights on Sept. 11, 2001, rack up a number of casualties that rivals that of the Oklahoma City bombing, and then kill himself before facing consequences. Yet, this still doesn’t seem to be enough to force any sort of change.
This week, a monologue on Las Vegas, gun control, and when will this country take responsibility for what it has wrought with its strident love of firearms.