Saturday, August 19, 2017

Sh*t just got real at ESPN

ESPN, a decidedly old-guard institution and barely-hanging-in-there holdover from the early days of cable just dropped pink slips on at least 100 individuals in its front-line talent pool. More to come. By Andrew J. Pridgen The Mouse’s once venerable sports and media juggernaut is now showing its age more than Carrot Top after missing a BOTOX sesh. The Network, which...

Aaron Hernandez’s story is portrayed by NFL-friendly media as the demise and death of a bad seed …the rest of us ought to know better

Hernandez, 27, hung himself in prison this week. The narrative quickly spun to a young man predisposed to hanging with the wrong crowd who paid the ultimate price for his actions. The reality is his brain will be researched — and that will tell a different story. By Andrew J. Pridgen Shock would hardly be the word to use to describe...

A thank you to Trump voters as we arrive on the precipice of oblivion

No, really. THANK YOU. By Andrew J. Pridgen Dear Trump Voter, Thank you all you racists, misogynists, robber barons, opioid addicts, quasi-literates, out-of-the-closet white supremacists, feckless corporate shills, unsympathetic wretches who hide behind the veneer of Christianity, back-burner Boomers, Caucasian males who pretend to work and golf instead, college-educated mavens who try to model their lives after McMansion plantation owner Sandra...

How new North Carolina legislation to penalize public universities and the ACC for supporting LGBTQ rights would backfire against the bigoted lawmakers themselves

New North Carolina legislation threatens to kick North Carolina and NC State out of the ACC if the schools decide to act humanely against anti-LGBTQ law. By Andrew J. Pridgen North Carolina legislators—just happy to be gerrymandered into power in order to more systematically roll back progress, humility, humanity and protections for marginalized individuals they’re allegedly appointed to represent as...

Transactional Treason: A Family Affair

The Trump family is ignoring the rules of governance and what is criminal to bolster their personal financial interests all while accelerating the public's eroding trust in institutions. And you thought your family dinners were exciting.  By Andrew J. Pridgen We all have identifiers. Self-applied labels we place on our lapels. What we stand for. What we believe in: Guns, abortions,...

There is only one option now. Fight.

Only 10 weeks into his tenure and Trump has ensured that the US has gone from global leader in climate change to global denier, pretending his rollbacks—specifically set to boost bottom lines for dying industries...and kill the planet—are creating something besides unmitigable and irreversible havoc. By Justin Broglio Imagine you get sick. At first, it’s just a cough, sore throat, and...

Donald Trump can’t throw a baseball

It’s a small thing, sure. But it’s also a really big small thing. The president refuses to step up and do the one symbolic thing that presidents have done for more than a century. To be a kid again. To stop and hear the crowd’s collective whisper shiver to a roar. To walk inches above the earth in the...

Oakland relieved of the Raiders

The NFL Monday OK’d the Raiders’ move to Vegas. The team will now morph into a 57-year-old divorcee who moves to Clark County to spend his 401k on Eastern Bloc hookers, slots and a burgeoning meth addiction ...only to be found dead a few months later in the jet tub of his Henderson town home. By Andrew J. Pridgen Let...

Why House Democrats’ ultimate troll would be to vote in Trumpcare

If it didn’t mean the certain deaths of millions of Americans, this bill would be the perfect piece of rope for the Trump Administration and the GOP to hang itself by for election cycles to come. By Andrew J. Pridgen The GOP, front-row hecklers for the last eight years, have had seven trips around the sun to come up with...

Trump’s Colin Kaepernick comments on the same day he officially became the first U.S. President to be investigated for aiding a foreign adversary shows how far removed from reality...

Welcome to your fucked republic. By Andrew J. Pridgen Donald Trump apparently doesn’t like quarterbacks who exercise their First Amendment rights. No, wait, scratch that. He doesn’t like black quarterbacks who exercise their First Amendment rights. Whatever Tom Brady says or does, that’s cool. https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/828447350200926212?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.telegraph.co.uk%2Famerican-football%2F2017%2F02%2F06%2Fdonald-trump-tweets-congratulations-supporter-tom-brady-super%2F Free-agent NFL QB Colin Kaepernick, who took a knee during the National Anthem before 49ers games last...

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