The National Football Championship Disaster

This year’s National Championship game should have been one of the best ever, but the NCAA, in its infinite wisdom, all but guaranteed that wouldn’t be the case. For the first time ever, they moved the championship game to an outdoor stadium on the west coast, Santa Clara, CA (just outside of San Francisco) to be precise. This is the stadium the 49ers play in and is truly hated by NFL players because the drainage and turf on the field are the absolute worse in the NFL when it gets wet. Well guess what, it will begin raining there today through game time Monday and beyond. Temperatures will be in the mid-50s at game time and the field will be a soggy, sloppy mess. To make things even more dicey, they replaced the sod (turf) less than two weeks ago. Here’s my take: It will really come down to who can adjust best to the rainy, sloppy conditions and make the fewest mistakes in the process. The NCAA sure ‘screwed the pooch’ on this venue. Sadly, the biggest support base to turn out for either team will be their bands and cheerleading squads. Because it is on the other side of the country from their fan bases, it is outrageously expensive for travel there, lodging and meals, especially for families with young children in school. My point has been proven by the fact they have reduced the price of all tickets 50% because there are few takers, fans or locals! Having the game in Atlanta would have been a sellout!!!!! Unforgivable! The Tide will show Californians how the game is really meant to be played! I sincerely hope no players are seriously injured because of a nearly unplayable field! Roll Tide! #NCAA #NCAAscrewedthepooch

January 4, 2019

Rick’s Editorial: Division, Whining, Finding Fault, Half-Truths and Lying

We are about to welcome in a new year and with it comes, well, who knows what! One thing is certain, some things will not change and may in fact, become more pronounced. As a nation divided, there are numerous issues facing us and I question if any of them will change for the better in 2019. What I’m presenting is nothing new, but I feel compelled to address a few of the issues for posterity sake. Who knows, someone might put it in a ‘time capsule’ for a future generation to read and grimace, questioning how we could have allowed ourselves to get to this point. Read More »

December 28, 2018

Rick’s Editorial: The Battle to Secure the Border

The idea for the subject of an editorial usually comes to me when I least expect it. Sometimes it comes during a conversation with a friend or acquaintance, from something I see or hear from various sources and sometimes (more often than not) the thought just appears out of nowhere. As troubling as this topic is for our country and considering the relentless discussions and media coverage, today’s topic hit me like a bolt of lightning when I read a news banner on the bottom of the television screen. Daily, we hear/see the term ‘Battle to Secure the Border’ and have come to accept it to mean one thing, when in fact, the very essence of the subject means something quite the opposite (depending on the lens you are looking through).

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December 17, 2018

Rick’s Editorial: What if? No Borders, No Sovereignty and No Truth!

I’m back! After five very exciting months researching, compiling and preparing my family’s history, my work with it is done. And yes, it feels like there is a void in my life now that it has been published and distributed. The last thing on my mind going into this week was to write an editorial, but so much misinformation is being spewed regarding our border, protecting it and our sovereignty, my message is screaming to be put down in writing. Read More »

November 28, 2018

FCC Approves Net Neutrality in Straight Party-Line Vote

FCC Approves Net Neutrality in Straight Party-Line Vote

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In what one Republican called a “monumental shift toward government control of the Internet,” the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday approved a proposal granting the federal government the authority to regulate Internet broadband providers under the same law as public utilities.

The five commissioners voted 3-2 along party lines in favor of the proposal known as net neutrality. The 332-page plan, which has not yet been publicly released, bans broadband providers from blocking, throttling or prioritizing certain Internet pages over others. The FCC has said the proposal will not seek to impose any new taxes or fees.

The three Democrats voiced their support of the measure while the two Republicans dissented. Democrats say they have the authority to impose the new regulations under under Title II of the Federal Communications Act of 1934.

In his remarks, Republican Commissioner Ajit Pai called the plan a “monumental shift toward government control of the Internet” and a “rapid departure” from market-oriented approaches.

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February 26, 2015

Why Germany rejected Greece’s ‘Trojan horse’ offer

The battle of the leaked documents in Europe continues.

The Germans’ reasons for refusing to accept Greece’s offer Thursday has now been leaked.

The German letter says the Greek letter from this morning, offering a compromise, “represents a Trojan horse” which looks to end the current bailout program and acquire bridge financing (which is what the Greeks have been asking for all along).

The letter below is all about semantics. If you look at point two, the Germans are demanding very specific language. They want the Greeks to agree to call the deal an extension of the current program, which the Greeks have continued to maintain that they won’t do.

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February 19, 2015

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