In the News

In the News

DEADBEAT NATION: FIRST EPISODE Creeping deadbeatism has become such a national phenomenon, it deserves its own segment. In this episode, a Pennsylvania school district causes an uproar when it demands overdue payment of more than $22,000 for student breakfasts and lunches that were eaten, yet the parents never paid. The district is threatening to put the kids of deadbeat families into foster care and to feed them nothing but peanut butter and jelly sandwiches if they don't pay up. They're calling it "lunch shaming". Can you imagine? Offering taxpayer-subsidized low-cost hot meals on credit to deadbeat parents and then actually expecting them to pay for what their kids have eaten? The nerve!

Click here for the CNN story that originally set Tom off.

Should parents have to pay their deliquent school meal bills? Tell Tom:


THE DEATH OF TYLER SKAGGS It's so sad when an apparently healthy 27-year-old in the prime of his life dies all alone in a faraway hotel room. But now that all the tributes and the combined no-hitter and the numerical coincidences are through, Tom takes a look at the possibilities which no one seems to want to consider.

Here is the Lee Goodwin column Tom read aloud on this episode.

Here's a London Daily Mail piece on the death of Tyler Skaggs.

Police, LA Angels Blast Santa Monica Observer Report That Pitcher Tyler Skaggs Died Of Opioid Abuse

The Santa Monica Observer explains why they scrubbed the column they had published speculating on the death of Tyler Skaggs.

Agree or disagree? Be heard:


FEMALE SOCCER PLAYERS AND THEIR FANS WANT THEM TO GET "EQUAL PAY" US women won the 2019 World Cup. Men did not. And now women across America are demanding that women players get paid commensurate with what men get. Do they deserve it?  Tom gets away from all the emotional screeching and sorts out the numbers.

Here are some of the materials Tom read to prepare for this episode: 

Should male or female athletes be paid more? Tom wants to know:


SHOULD TAXPAYERS PAY FOR COLLEGE OR PAY OFF OUR COLLEGE LOANS? Every Democratic Presidential candidate has an opinion about this controversial issue. And so does Tom!

Here are the articles Tom used to prepare for this episode:

How do you feel about this issue? Tell Tom now:


DID TWITTER FOUNDER JACK DORSEY BUY HIS 23-YEAR-OLD MODEL GIRLFRIEND A HOUSE? Looks that way! Is it good for you to be buying things or paying bills for fuck buddies or girlfriends or wives? Many of you sent this story to Tom wondering what he would think. You were right to wonder. 

Here is the story from 50 Cent's website, including photos.

This is (purportedly) the house that Twitter founder and CEO Jack Dorsey (purportedly) bought for his model girlfriend.

Do you believe in buying things like houses or cars for your girl? How about paying for her rent, her groceries or her mobile phone? Tell Tom why:


ONCE AGAIN, GILLETTE TELLS ITS CUSTOMERS WHAT TO THINK It's one thing when a brand uses advertising to tell you to buy their products and why. But how do you feel when brands tell you how you should think and act? Once again, the marketing chief of Gillette thinks it's the job of conglomerates to take stands, even if they fly in the face of what customers who buy their products already think. Is this a good idea?

Take a look at the video Tom discusses in this episode.

Here is a story about the Gillette transgender video and the reaction to it.

Here is a story that includes comments from Gillette's North American brand director Pankaj Bhalla.

What do you think? Tell Tom right away:


POOR THELMA SMITH After 30 years at the same address, 102-year-old Thelma Smith is being told to vacate her apartment because the landlord's daughter, a recent law school graduate, needs a place to live. Is that right? It's perfectly legal, but is the landlord doing the wrong thing to this sweet old lady?

Take a look at this story about 102-year-old Thelma Smith from CBS News.

Here's a story from the Los Angeles Times about the eviction of Thelma Smith that lays it all out.

Click here for another story from the Los Angeles Times about what social media are saying.

What do you think? Tell Tom right now:


CHRISTIAN MAJOR LEAGUE BALLPLAYER BOOTS HIS CHRISTIAN POP STAR WIFE ALLEGING "INAPPROPRIATE MARITAL CONDUCT" Chicago Cubs second baseman Ben Zobrist filed for divorce from his Christian pop star wife Julianna Zobrist contending that his wife "has been guilty of inappropriate marital conduct which renders further cohabitation impossible," which, we guess, means that he claims that she's been screwing around while Ben has been out there earning a massive paycheck, telling everyone what great Christians they are, and how you should be one too.  What does this teach us about marriage, "love" and religion? Here, Tom sets everything straight!

Click here for the video Tom talks about.

In this episode, Tom refers to this article about the Zobrists' pending divorce.

In this piece, Ben Zobrist refers to himself as a "missionary to baseball" before we all found out what was really going on at his house.

Click here to see how you can hire Julianna Zobrist to lecture your group about how "to express the joy and freedom of knowing that Christ gives them the strength to be bold, fearless, and confidently vulnerable knowing that you don’t have to measure up to what others think of you but rather, knowing your true strength can shine because of who you are in Christ." That is, when she isn't busy being accused of "inappropriate marital conduct".




ALL THE REASONS YOU SHOULDN'T "MENTOR" WOMEN AT WORK The people who would hate this episode will never hear it here behind the paywall. But YOU will love it. Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg completely disagrees with Tom!  Here's practical advice women will hate for men trying to navigate the #MeToo era. It's all here!

Here is the main article to which Tom refers in this episode.

Here are the results of a survey Sheryl Sandberg commissioned detailing men's reluctance to meet alone with, mentor, or travel with the women who work with them.

Of course you have opinions about this topic. Let's hear 'em:


SEX STRIKE? Alyssa Milano has called for women to withhold sex following the passage of Georgia's so-called "heartbeat" bill, further tightening restrictions on abortion which was signed by Governor Brian Kemp on Tuesday, May 7th. The bill is scheduled to come into effect on January 1, 2020. Do you agree with this method of protest? Tom lays out his position.

Here's an article Tom used to prepare for this episode.

What's your opinion? Tom wants to know: