Friday, December 15, 2017

The unflinching realness of Bill Paxton made my life a better place to be

Bill Paxton died Saturday of complications from surgery at age 61. The Fort Worth-Texas native appeared in every man of a certain age’s top five favorite movies including: The Terminator (1984), Weird Science (1985), Aliens (1986), Predator 2 (1990), True Lies (1994), Apollo 13 (1995), Twister (1996), and Titanic (1997). By Andrew J. Pridgen I cannot understate the loss of...

So we’re clear, traditional moderates and conservatives are just as fed up with this bullshit

Republicans have over the last decade been co-opted by a fringe movement and remade themselves into a party of ridiculous piety, insecurity and wealth. They are a danger to the rest of us as long as the rest of us remain silent. That time has ended. How do we know this? Look no further than Utah.  By Andrew J. Pridgen Like the...

The Fading Light of American Optimism

For almost two-and-a-half centuries we have been the country of can-do. Get knocked down? Get right back up and fight. Now our greatest battle is against one of our own. By Andrew J. Pridgen The thing that has struck me most about this new administration and this almost two-week waking nightmare we are currently in the midst of is whatever happened...

Honeymoon from Hell

We went ahead and took the plunge with our abuser and now we must be prepared to be tied up and beaten (and not in a good way) from day 1. By Andrew J. Pridgen This get-to-know America’s newest spouse grace period officially ended as soon as the door shut behind him. The first days of his presidency have...

By the Pussy, For the Pussy!

Inside...the women's march on San Diego. Words and Photos By Bridget Clerkin I lost my friends before I even showed up. The logistical calamity of arriving to the San Diego Women’s March left me initially stranded, stepping straight from my surge-priced Uber into an already fast moving stream of supporters, all flowing to the city’s Civic Center. Attempts to call or text the...

Scared shitless and doing something about it

A brief explanation about how it’s going to go for the next four years By Andrew J. Pridgen Thursday night, my partner and I drove down to LA to see Princess in concert. For those uninitiated, it’s Maya Rudolph (SNL, Bridesmaids...and the best Queen Bey ever) and her bestie from UC Santa Cruz Gretchen Lieberum’s Prince cover band. Yes, they do...

America is standing at the altar about to say ‘I do’ to her abuser

...And nobody seems willing or able to object. By Andrew J. Pridgen Less than two years ago, America started dating an asshole. Nobody really said anything. Some of her friends thought it was kind of funny, that he was kind of funny. Either way, it wouldn’t last. He was loud and obnoxious and said all the wrong things and did all the...

Why all California representatives should boycott the inauguration…and get to work

The U.S. and the rest of the world is looking to the Golden State to stand up to power. That starts Friday Jan. 20. By Andrew J. Pridgen The 2016 presidential election was not a legitimate one. The eventual winner ran on claims that it was rigged against him for the final two months of his campaign. He knew then, as...

When all you have is cruelty

There is only one word to describe the mandate of the incoming administration: "cruel." By Andrew J. Pridgen Donald J. Trump is a cruel human being. He is a cruel husband. He is a cruel father. He is a cruel businessman. And I’m sure were he to have ever opened his cruel heart long enough to have one, he would be...

Farewell, reason

Obama's final speech was celebration, pause and harbinger. Written by Bridget Clerkin Farewell, reason. Farewell, measure. Farewell, you ugly and unpopular and slow plod toward progress. The President’s swan song was a declaration of its times, in turns anxious and strained, beseeching even, but stirring and hopeful; a parent sending his child out into the world, breath held tight and fingers crossed. His...