Tuesday, February 20, 2018

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,...

A Trump presidency: The first 100 days

How bad could it be? By Andrew J. Pridgen Day 3: Follow-up son Eric ODs on “a bunch of blow and other stuff” according to the White House press corps. while watching all five seasons of Ally McBeal in reverse order to see the plot unfold as it was intended (the subtext is Calista Flockhart is a kind of female Dorian...

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...

Donald Trump’s complete inaugural address…with subtitles

Fully annotated. By Donald J. Trump (with Andrew J. Pridgen) Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans and people of the world, thank you. I wanted to say fuck you, but Ivanka suggested I start on a high note. So I’ll save it for farther down. We, the citizens of America are now joined in a...

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...

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...

The Evil has Landed

Why is America being flown by the asshole on the plane? By Andrew J. Pridgen It happened. It happened like how you woke up this morning. You don’t know how you did but you did. We elected, freely elected, the candidate endorsed by the KKK, white supremacists and those who occupy the highest offices in the Kremlin. Congratulations, we are...

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...

America the Miserable

Believe it or not, you make the choice to be unhappy, every day. By Andrew J. Pridgen Are you an unhappy person? Are you? That’s not an accusation, that’s a question. Think about it for a minute. Think about your day yesterday. Did you wake up feeling OK about stuff? Did you clear the sleep out of your eyes, heave a big...

Let’s pause for a moment to clarify what the Republican party has become

The alt-right has borrowed exclusively from the Nazi playbook and the ramifications are just now starting to manifest. By Andrew J. Pridgen You are not the party of Lincoln. No. Not anymore. Not by a long shot. Lincoln’s virtues and values were rooted in the notion that all men are to be given a fair shot and at the same time,...