Tuesday, June 27, 2017

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...

Death of the Press Box’s 16 biggest posts of 2016

It was the worst of times and then times got fucking worse. By Andrew J. Pridgen and Kyle Magin In hindsight we might think about how cute and quaint our complaints of this year really were with no world wars, no internment camps, no jailings of dissenters and not having to say sentences like, “I can’t believe they bombed my Starbucks...

God help us…if we still deserve it

Today is the day a chosen few will voluntarily move to appoint a despot the leader of the free world. How we got here and what to do now. By Andrew J. Pridgen I find this past month that I vacillate between "Well, who knows what will happen, just have to keep moving." And "Oh shit, time to move into...

Electors are you taking notes? There will be an important test on Monday.

A quartet of early morning tweets Thursday once again showcase Trump’s rejection of reality, harmfully fragile ego and inability to form cogent (or grammatically correct) thoughts. By Andrew J. Pridgen In one hour Thursday morning president-elect Donald J. Trump participated in what has seemingly become a daily routine of mercilessly displaying his disqualifying characteristics. He warmed up by attacking the free press,...

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