Monday, February 19, 2018

Time for our legal system to step up and bury the Bundys

It’s time the rest of us start insisting upon our public property rights By Kyle Magin No matter where you live in America, you’ve got a bigass back yard. You may not be able to see it from your gridded neighborhood in Houston or light-rail stop in Seattle (on days when Rainier is clouded) but it’s there. The Bureau of Land...

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...

My hometown is having a difficult time letting prep football go. It shouldn’t.

Novato High School is in the process of dropping its football program. Some alums are confused and concerned... but they’re trading on nostalgia, not facts. By Andrew J. Pridgen To try to understand Novato, California is to try to understand any small town experiencing growing pains as it attempts to transition into this century. The mostly white (76 percent), mostly...

The challenge of raising a child in the age of Trump

...Also known as trying not to be crippled by the futility of simply not knowing what's coming next. By Andrew J. Pridgen This morning my little boy inched to the edge of the three-meter diving board and stared down at his swim teacher treading water below. He looked at me, then glanced back down at the water. He paused, backed up...

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...

What OKC fans were really saying when they chanted ‘Cupcake’ at Kevin Durant

Dog whistle racism was heard loud and clear far beyond the confines of Chesapeake Energy Arena Saturday night. By Andrew J. Pridgen I wasn’t the only one offended watching Saturday night’s NBA marquee match-up as the Golden State Warriors visited enemy territory in Oklahoma City. My phone buzzed to low battery life with texts that read “Are you watching this?”, “What’s...

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...

Cancel these Olympics! An Oral History of all that is awful with the Games Part I: The 20th Century

Part 1 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. Written by Kyle Magin This summer, the Zika virus and impending collapse of Brazil’s political system are conspiring to join previous...

The private equity firm that owns Squaw Valley-Alpine Meadows is a hyper-local example of how America is being rotted out from the inside

Winning by losing and showing no care or concern for the end user (skiers and riders) while doing so. By Andrew J. Pridgen A couple weeks ago, the marketing office at Squaw Valley came up with a strange and context-free Instagram rant about silencing the “trolls and haters” on their “corner” of the internet. By way of background, the post was...

Good is now the minority in this country

Now What? By Andrew J. Pridgen Disbelief, sadness and shame. The world no longer sees us as a beacon of hope but as a threat. Hatred has won and we will pay for this in ways we cannot fathom today. America, for the first time in your 240-year history, you have created the planet's biggest threat from within. New York Times...