This week, TJ and The Tux consider “Stereotypes, Values and Decency” through the lens of the anniversary of Malcolm X’s death with three notable names in recent days: Jeremy Lin, Rick Santorum and Whitney Houston.
Jeremy Lin answered questions this week to the national media about prejudice, while ESPN pulled it’s “Chink in the Armor” headline. The headline that followed the Knicks first loss after eight games with Lin as the starting point guard.
As we look at racism in America once again, this time through the Asian American lens, Lin is seen as one who instantly changed the “urban hoops culture” according to Sean Gregory in his Time magazine piece. No longer are Asians perceived as just hard workers on the court, who will lose in the end.
TJ shared his own personal stereotype story of his “cheap Jew dilemma” after having dropped a quarter on a restaurant floor in Little Italy this past week. Did he pick it up?
Will stereotypes ever become legally policeable on the courts and fields of American sports or will politically incorrect statements continue to be seen as tricks for getting an edge against your opponent? In the English Premier League John Terry, captain of England’s national soccer team and the powerful club Chelsea, faces a criminal charge over accusations that he made a racial slur during an October match, apparently becoming the first player to be prosecuted for remarks said on the field.
As for values, has America always been a country that talks freedom but attacks those who don’t share core Christian values? Rick Santorum is on the “hot seat” for his 2008 comment that Satan is coming for America. Is Santorum wrong? After all, we are a hedonist Kardashianistic collection of party going wannabe royalty, arent we?
Decency was hard to find throughout the Whitney Houston funeral drama. What kind of people where in her life? Items from the funeral and life were placed on ebay days after her death. Someone sold The National Enquirer casket flicks. Itunes price gouged for her songs.
Anything to make a buck we guess…
Looks like Archbishop Timothy Dolan didn’t have to go to Rome to be elevated to a Cardinal, Pope LINnocent VI is right here in NYC.
One week ago, The New York Knicks were 8 and 15 and sinking fast. Their coach, Mike D’Antoni was on the hot seat for failing to win gems despite having two All-Stars on the team’s roster. Some think that the only reason he still has a job is that the Super Bowl Champ New York Giants distracted the rabid media for the last month.
Desperate to find a court leader, D’Antoni turned to Jeremy Lin, the last player on his bench. Lin is a point guard from the perennial basketball powerhouse Harvard University, and has already been cut by two teams during his first two seasons in the NBA.
Since Lin was given his chance to start, the Knicks have been on a seven game winning streak. Lin was named the NBA’s Eastern Conference Player of the Week, and he became the first player in NBA history to post at least 20 points and 7 assists
in each of his first four starts. Lin’s late game heroics made him an international phenomenon from New York to the Bay Area to Tiawan. Media buzz, both social and traditional, has catapulted this 23 year old, who only weeks ago was sleeping on his brother’s coach in the LES, into the potential savior of the New York Knicks.
This all coming during a battle between the MSG network and Time Warner Cable that has blacked out games at home for a lot of fans in the Tri-State area. While MSG stock has skyrocketed and the NBA tries frantically to produce Lin merchandise to meet the demands. This week on Shock and Awesome we asked ourselves, can this poor kid survive?
TJ and The Tux spoke with long time college coach “Turnaround” Tom Penders
about “Linsanity”, Coach D’Antoni (Pender’s dear friend), and more.
Former New York Yankee Kevin Maas
also joined the show to share his own experience of exploding onto the New York sports scene and becoming the heir apparent to Donnie Baseball
. Maas has the MLB record for the fewest at bats (72) to hit 10 home runs when he did it in 1991. This prompted the New York media in all their wisdom to make realistic comparisons of him with Babe Ruth. Maas provided some insight as to what Lin may be facing as the drama continues to unfold at Madison Square Garden.
Tiki Barber sure hit the nail on the head when he once said that Eli Manning was not a true leader and was incapable of leading the Giants. Now that Manning has a second ring in four years the spotlight has turned to the Patriots and their newfound “Super Bowl Bridesmaid” role.
TJ and The Tux spoke with Pats Superfan Paul “Fitzy” Fitzgerald about the tabloid sagas that have engulfed the City of Boston: Gisele Gate, Gronk dancing like Don Cornelius on a high Ankle Sprain, The Welker/ Butterfingers stunt as well as the new internet fad called Bradying.
Tux then gives the finger back to MIA and her cheap halftime ploy.
Republicans talk all the time about not wanting government in our lives. Why is it ok then that the Catholic Church wants to impose its own rules about contraception?
Rick Santorum, like Eli Manning, made believers out of non-believers this week with his caucus wins in Missouri, Colorado and Minnesota. But, unlike Eli, is Santorum’s social message the right one for 2012 or would it have worked better in 1955?
As we have been saying for weeks, Super PACs are taking over. Democracy 21founder Frank Wertheimer spoke with TJ and The Tux about the effect this is having on the American political system. Wertheimer said the American system is now one “where super rich people and corporate spenders have far too much influence on the outcome of elections.”
#artistoftheweek is Fun (@ournameisfun). Also, they were the band featured in the Super Bowl XLVI Chevy commercial.
Betting on the Pats to redeem themselves on Sunday from their 2008 loss to the Giants in the Super Bowl? Nick Bogdanovich, Nevada’s Club Cal Neva Sports Book Director, told TJ and The Tux “Revenge is the most overrated intangible used to handicapping sports.” Find out more sports betting secrets and the likelihood Madonna has a Super bowl halftime nipple slip on this weeks Shock and Awesome.
To get a better sense of who may win the big Super Bowl XLVI (that’s 46 for all the kids reading this who can’t spell, write in cursive or decipher roman numerals #allofthem) rematch in Indy between the Giants and Patriots, Shock and Awesome, at the advice of Bogdanovich, opted NOT bet on the predictions of ex-NFL stars who are, according to the Sports Director, terrible at envisioning outcomes. instead, The Derelict Duo looked for inspiration from a classroom of kindergarten sportswriters. Five stacks on The Gints it is!!!
Now that the Florida primary is in behind us Newt Gingrich seems to be driving a car without a rear view mirror or breaks. Mitt Romney will be getting secret service and Newt won’t. Take the hint Newt. Open the driver side door and tuck and roll into the highway ditch before more mudslinging colleagues and exs from the past make this an experience you need the jaws of life to get out of. Mittens, on the other hand, pun intended, needs a code name now. How about “Trebek” for looking like a 60s game show host. Or “The Fortunate Governor’s Son” to echo John Fogerty’s legendary CCR lyrics. TJ and The Tux throw a few ideas around.
The #artistoftheweek is Saint Motel. Tweet them @saintmotel
Few knew this at the time, but TJ and The Tux reported live as the President made his way onto the floor for the State of the Union Tuesday night. Hear the commentary that an entire Nation sadly missed.
Mitt Romney is not “the kindest warmest person we know” the way brainwashed soldiers like Bennet Marco (played by Frank Sinatra) referred to Raymond Shaw in the 60′s classic the Manchurian Candidate. Mitt, according to today’s brainwashed talking heads is “the electable one.” Until South Carolina happened. There, cold water hit the faces of those who saw the race as Mitt’s to lose and Newt Gingrich woke them out of their hypnotic slumber. Gingrich upset Romney in The Gamecock State and is threatening in Florida. Why has Mitt Romney struggled to seal the nomination early, or were expectations set too high to begin with? In reality Romney has only won the state of New Hampshire.
2012 GOP Presidential candidate Buddy Roemer (@buddyroemer
) joined the duo to lay out his six point plan to fight corruption in Washington. Roemer already overcame corruption once when he beat out Edwin Edwards for the governorship of Louisiana, the most politically colorful state in the union. Roemer is “free to lead” as he writes on his website, and told Shock and Awesome why.
Tim Miller Interview: We spoke to Tim Miller (@timodc), Spokesman and National Press secretary for Jon Huntsman, who provided insight for why Huntsman bowed out of the race and how S.C, is do-or-die for every one not named Romney.
Author Jody Sabral:“Changing Borders” author Jody Sabral (@jsabral)wondered if Rick Perry was looking for anything more than the far right’s vote with his ”Turkey’s leaders are Islamic terrorists” barb. She broke down Turkey’s relations with NATO, and its view of the GOP candidates and Obama. As for Perry, he’s out, having thrown his ignorant lot in with Gingrich.
Newt: In South Carolina on Saturday, Newt Gingrich needs a win, or a close second to stay in it. With his characterization of Obama as the “food stamp president,” we wonder; since a job for most doesn’t make ends meet, what’s so bad about a few handouts?
Romney: Is Mitt Romney‘s business experience from the LATE 90′s (when he last exited the private sector) really an advantage? …We can already see Romney sending out the national guard equipped with Palm Pilots, Star-Taks, and Creed CDs skipping in Discman players to build a new workforce.
Bitches: Jay-Z reportedly says he won’t use the word “bitch” in a song anymore because he has a baby girl. Are all the aforementioned bitches now exculpated?
SOPA: We hope all of this information gets to you before SOPA shuts the lights off on our site.
#artistoftheweek is Savoir Adore (@savoiradore)
Talk of the Granite State’s GOP Primary centered around the “Gloves Coming Off” but TJ and The Tux wondered what would happen if instead the clothes came off. Would Romney be in solid gold silk briefs made only from silk worms fed a steady diet of truffled kobe beef and free market principles? Would Newt be caught wearing original 1776 Benjamin Franklin Old Glory unsanitary napkins?
Political Reporter Ryan Grim
of the Huffington Post told Shock and Awesome that Romney’s “I heart firing people” comment will be used as a trident shaped skewing stick by Barack Obama in the general election to simply hold Mitten’s squirmy body in place while he rapidly and repeatedly plunges a bayonet of envy into his shriveled blue blooded heart. After, of course, he cruises to the nomination as Grim feels he will.
, politics and statehouse reporter for the Concord Monitor, who has witnessed all candidates firsthand and observed the NH debates up close, mentioned Buddy Roemer as looking as “presidential” as any currently in the field…That NH’s primary may be remembered as one that solidified Mitt Romney as the front runner. Way to go Captain Obvious!
John Hopwood told us that Mitt Romney was a real good looking guy..Pause No Homo, in a Reaganesque way… Hopwood shared anecdotes beyond, from his experiences at primary town halls in New Hampshire since 1976…
Tim Tebow has shocked the sports world with his Sunday miracles but long time Denver sports radio personality Gil Whitele
y shocked TJ and the Tux when he told them that ”Tebowmania” has surpassed the era of John Elway in terms of maniacal fandom in football crazed Denver. Maybe evangelical prayer mixed with Coor’s Yellow Belly tall boys at altitude has even Jewish snow bunnies
#Artistofthetweek – @littleredband
President Prokhorov? Why not? Aren’t you fed up with the Republican field and with Obama signing our rights away I say we give the Russian national a shot. Oh, you mean in Russia!?! Never. Although we fully approve of this Silvio Berlusconi hopped up on Prostitute Enhancing Drugs. He’s got more broads, planes and pads than the Italian Bunga Bunga Champ and he’s the owner of the NBA’s soon to be Brooklyn Nets. What are his policies you ask? Who cares! His candidacy is simply the Kremlin’s plot to deflect the probes of the foreign press after the streets of Moscow became filled with protesters this week furious at the”rigged elections” that may have helped Czar Putin regain control of the country until 2024.
If you think Prokhorov leading the Kremlin is a zany idea, how about Mitt Romney running the White House? Listen to Mitten’s follow up interviews after his opponents painted as out of touch in the Iowa debate. The Mass Blast from the Past tried to deflect criticism from his 10K bet comment by using cartoonish adjectives to describe rival Newt Gingrich. The slapstick vocab fit for an episode of Batman staring Adam West is only the most recent example of Mitt’s un-electability. We need to win the future, not canonize the past.
Natalia Pelevine from the opposition group Democratic Russia phoned in to provide info from the ground in Moscow and explained the mindset of Russians as they head into their 2012 elections.
#Artistoftheweek is Big Troubles @big_troubles
Programming note: This will be our last live show for the year. We will be releasing a year in review show as well as some artist interviews and show clips so you can get your Shock and Awesome fix over the holidays.
In “The Plan To Newter Gingrich” podcast TJ and The Tux admire Nasty Newt Gingrich’s ability to tie historical anecdotes into his takes on issues. The former speaker of the house is great at public speaking. He can win over the most hostile crowd with his stories of old, and that is the reason he is the newest republican candidate to surge past Mitt Romney in the polls. More importantly though, the derelict duo discuss the inexplicable link that the The Newtster has with controversial NFL star Tim Tebow, quarterback for the Denver Broncos.
Watch out Alex Jones loyalists, on the eve of the 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor we debunk some conspiracy theories this week. As for getting to the bottom of what FDR truly knew prior to Dec 7, 1941 The Tux wonders how people can believe conspiracies about FDR when we are still trying to figure out “what really happened”
with Alec Baldwin aboard an American Airlines flight MONDAY.
“From Russia With Kalashnikovs and Night Sticks.” Riots broke out after election results set the stage for Putin, and his United Russia party, to return to the presidency next March. Many have called the elections a fraud. Speaking of frauds, how about your boy Hot Rod Blagojevich? The ex-governor of Illinois got 14 years this week for trying to sell Obama’s Senate seat in ’08 and he’s still telling the public that he and wife Patti are going to fight, fight, fight the sentencing. Jesus man, you are the second Illinois governor in a row to be sentenced to prison. You missed your opportunity. You should have gotten on a plane and gone awol. With a name like Blago and a track record for corrupt politics you would have been the perfect political operative in the new Putin administration!
#artistoftheweek Purity Ring
Big Daddy Cain
In “Big Daddy Cain” TJ and The Tux get all up in Big Daddy Herman Cain (Pause no homo) by making the bold prediction that Herman Cain will be back to baking slices by the time Fox News wins the War on Christmas. This week we are also predicting that soon Jon “Happy Family” Huntsman will have his sunny day in the GOP polls. The former Utah Governor’s campaign manager Tim Miller (@timodc) spoke with the Derelict Duo about the latter especially how the Huntsman campaign is viewing the race as 50 local state battles instead of 1 big national thing.
After American Airlines went into bankruptcy this week candidates are having to change their travel plans
Vladimir Putin is on his way back to the Russian Presidential office, and to celebrate his three-peat we at Shock and Awesome pondered A) what Pat Riley’s vig will be, and B) what the best political sequels of the last 30 years have been. As usual, with hosts that are “on the spectrum” the conversation quickly deteriorates into a discussion of movie sequels, specifically what modern day sequels of classic moves would look like. Lets just say that we never thought we would get into a heated discussion about McCauley Culkin and Home Alone on Shock and Awesome.
Foreign correspondent Aya Batrawy (@ayaelb) and Wall Street Journal reporter Tamer El-Ghobashy (@tamerELG) both phoned in from the banks of the nile to get us up to speed with the haps in Egypt. It turns out this revolution thing isn’t as easy as just throwing a tyrant out. There is a lot of rebuilding that needs to take place as well.
The #artistoftheweek this week is James & Evander (@jamesandevander)
Mike Bloomberg aka "The Zuccotti Zamboni"
On an all-new Shock and Awesome episode titled “Zucotti Zamboni”, TJ and The Tux take a close look at the week as it’s gone down. When the “Zucotti Zamboni” (better known as Mayor Bloomberg) swooped in for his pre-dawn raid on Zucotti Park on Tuesday, he probably didn’t imagine his strike emboldening the OWS movement. #OccupyWallStreet lawyer Wylie Stecklow helped break down the legalities of the occupation and its abrupt end.
Was Jerry Sandusky serious? His interview with NBC’s Bob Costas included an admittance of showering naked with little boys like he was in a playroom at famed 1970′s NYC Sex club Plato’s Retreat. Even Plato’s Retreat had rules Jerry!!
Did Mexican drug cartel Los Zetas morph into a bank to receive a U.S, bailout? Is it safe to be in nightclubs when New York Giant wide receivers are there? Quick answers are Yes and No. Look for in depth analyses of these issues and much more on this week’s podcast.
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P.S. its Danny Bonaduce and Lloyd’s of London… you’ll understand after your listen.
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In “Cained” TJ and The Tux salute the many figures that were caned in public this week, and you don’t have to travel to Singapore to find them. Most recently, in the CNBC Republican Presidential Debate, Rick Perry channeling Ronald Reagan, had a senior moment that would have made the “ol’ Gipper” proud and all but sealed Rick’s fate to go down as yet another forgettable mentally challenged Aggie. I guess God has another plan for you my son…
The country is looking more and more like Italy each day, jobs are nowhere to be found, and do we get leadership, no, we get press conferences from blondes with bad haircuts secretly trying to audition for an afternoon news anchor spot at Fox News. We get stories about how Nicolas Sarkozy left the mic up while talking shit about Bibi Netanyahu. We get angry mobs rushing to burn Dr. Conrad Murray while the real enablers, The Jackson Clan, sat idly by and enjoyed the photo op.
Meanwhile, Joe Paterno got canned when he should have been caned and we found out through Grand Jury documents that Penn State cares more about recruiting classes than the lives of little boys. Still, the case of a missing DA, who disappeared in 2005 after NOT prosecuting alleged sexual abuser Jerry Sandusky, may be the angle of this enormous modern day Watergate style cover up to keep an eye on.
Greece is still in worse shape than a week old plate of parrot souvlaki. We spoke to two Greeks, Andreas Papadopoulos and Yanni Andreopoulos, about how normal people have been affected by the government’s default.
RIP Smokin Joe Frazier and Heavy D.
#artistoftheweek is Gringo Star. Follow them @Gringo_Star_Atl
Programming note: we are back on East Village Radio as an on-demand podcast. Go to www.eastvillageradio.com for more information and episodes. We want to thank everyone over at EVR and are excited to get the chance to work with them again