Friday, November 24, 2017

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...

The media will have to learn to relish its new role: Enemy of the State

The incoming administration is taking away the James S. Brady press briefing room. My guess is it will become a Trump-branded Chipotle. By Andrew J. Pridgen If it wasn’t clear before last week’s fake press conference filled with fake reporters, a fake peanut gallery cheering fake cheers and a fake stack of papers to garnish the fake answers, soon-to-be president Donald...

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...

Why I’m looking into getting cryogenically frozen as a safe alternative to living on this planet for the next four years

Also, I hope there’s something to come back to when I wake up. By Andrew J. Pridgen Nobody has any idea what just happened. Usually when we see things for the first time, some barrier-breaking moment live that remains indelible in our psyche and a part of the conversation forever after, it is something positive: Michael Jordan’s dunk from the free...

Trump is pissed off that #GoldenShowers is a thing. But now we know the truth, that he’d much rather be pissed on

The president-elect becomes the living embodiment of the last few drips after you zip up. By Andrew J. Pridgen Not so many years ago, I defended the scandalized Tiger Woods’ right to have his personal matters kept private. Woods, before injuries and mental deterioration took him out of golf’s conversation, was his generation’s greatest athlete and ambassador. A stormy night in...

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,...

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...

Is Twitter REALLY how we’re going to discuss the most important things over the next four years?

Trump's tweet show should make everyone fear for their lives and the sanctity of this country during his presidency. By Andrew J. Pridgen I joined Twitter in 2009, an early(ish) adopter. I thought it was a fun aside but something to easily tire of, like Farmville. Little did I know it would become a monster. But that’s what happens to a...