Monday, April 23, 2018

Cancel these Olympics! An Oral History of all that is awful with the Games Part 2: The 21st Century

Part 2 of 2: Every four years, some city with a bankruptcy wish hosts a Summer Olympics, usually successfully! Every four years, somebody says it’ll fail or won’t be ready in time and should be boycotted, postponed, cancelled or moved. Click here to read Part 1. Written by Kyle Magin This summer, the Zika virus and impending collapse of Brazil’s political system...

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...

The five pillars of white privilege enjoyed by author Mitch Albom

This fucking guy...I might have to become the first person ever to burn Tuesdays with Morrie. By Andrew J. Pridgen Mitch Albom, author of children’s books for adults and surreptitious Trump supporter, is a fuckhead. Sorry, I know that sentence was terse and not very nice, but it is in words he’d understand. Albom quizzically weighed in on the growing number of New...

The necessity of Congress playing baseball today

“The one constant through all the years has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it's a part of our past. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could...

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...

A bad Winter Games for the U.S. a barometer of where we are as a nation

We were shitty in Pyeongchang because we’ve allowed ourselves to become a shitty country. Unless there are big political and cultural changes afoot, don’t expect the news to get better in the years to come. By Andrew J. Pridgen The good news is a world-record amount of fucking went on in Pyeongchang South Korea over the last two weeks, 110,000...

The NFL Does Not Make A World Class City

You could argue that San Diego will be just fine without the NFL. We’ve done that. Now we’re gonna do it again. Written by Kyle Magin “Do we want to be a world-class city, or just a small town?” - Fred Maas, San Diego Chargers Special Adviser. Maas, a wealthy Republican consultant and San Diego developer, utters that sentence at the...

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...

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,...

Why Meryl Streep’s Golden Globes Speech Ought to be Studied and Emulated Over and Over and Over

Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose. By Andrew J. Pridgen Meryl Streep should not have had to use her Golden Globes Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement acceptance speech as a battle cry. It should have been a long and lugubrious list of tipsy thank yous to her husband,...