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Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 11:37 AM PST

Not this time.

by Rian Fike

A lot of things are different now.  12 years have passed, and I still have regrets.  I live in Miami, and I can still remember my ballot being driven to Tallahassee on live television for the recount.  I know firsthand how much damage a few hundred lost votes can do to our country.  It was partially my fault.  In 2000 I was lazy and I did nothing to support the Democratic candidate.

Not this time.

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Tue Oct 18, 2011 at 04:44 AM PDT

Stay hungry for the future.

by Rian Fike

As a teacher in Miami's public schools I have seen the slow destruction of humanity up close and in person.  Each year a new crop of eager young minds gets less and less able to think for themselves.  Successive generations become more like sheep and less like people.  It makes me angry, and it makes me work that much harder. It does not make me want to quit, there is too much at stake.

I stay hungry for the future.

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I am a public school teacher, and I spend all my energy giving everything I have to improve the lives of my students.  Today Herman Cain told me that it is my fault that I am not rich.  He is correct.

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Sun Aug 07, 2011 at 04:43 AM PDT

This is my dream, I need your help.

by Rian Fike

Hello Kossacks, it has been a while.  I needed a way to stay sane living in the state of Rick Scott, and everything came together for me to build the project I have always dreamed about.  I need your help.

My wife and I created a card game about six years ago.  We love playing cards with each other, with family, with friends, and with our students.  Cards demand community, unlike computers.  Playing cards at a table connects people together.

We have always wanted to maintain control over our game so we could instill this sense of community and make sure the message was never lost.  This summer we discovered Kickstarter.  

We created a Kickstarter project page for our game, and we would deeply appreciate any support you could give us there.

Follow me over the break for the whole story.

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Heya Kossacks, how's it hangin'?  I am wallowing in bliss, as usual.  No matter what goes on around me, my arrow points straight up.  Even when the media is steady trying to drag me down.

The Miami Herald published my letter to the editor last week.  That's what made me write a diary for the first time in a long time.

Yes, the letter is about the Miami Heat basketball team.  Yes, I think we can all relate.

Follow me over this beautiful fold for all the details.

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That is an actual screenshot from the upcoming NBA Jam video game by EA Sports. I blogged it yesterday on my gush site, but I want to bring it over to Kossack turf so we can wallow in it.

Sarah Palin is hilarious in the game. She has a beehive haircut and a helicopter dunk that is just awesome. She also makes some pretty funny faces in the photos. It’s just good, clean fun. We even made logos for the Republicans and Democrats, where the donkey is this bad-ass donkey with a Mohawk, and the Republicans have this cool elephant. It’s just this perfect storm for us and we couldn’t be happier to include all of these characters in the game.

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Wed Oct 06, 2010 at 07:16 AM PDT

As goes Florida...

by Rian Fike

We need your help down here in the Sunshine State. With redistricting on the horizon and a scary monster running for Governor on the Republican ticket, one race in November will change the future forever - for better or worse.

Yesterday Alex Sink took off the gloves. Now she needs some support to match the additional $1.1 million dollar check that Rick Scott wrote himself after he promised to stop trying to buy the election from his own bank account.

40% of Florida voters will vote for the guy with the (R) by his name, even though he pleaded the fifth 75 times and still refuses to explain why he allowed his own company to commit Medicare fraud to the tune of $1.7 billion.

Help us with the 60% in November. Support Alex Sink for Governor of Florida.

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Whew. This is a relief.

Slow ticket sales have bumped Sarah Palin's appearance next week in Jacksonville to a smaller venue.

"An Evening of Hope with Sarah Palin" was moved from the 2,936-seat Moran Theatre to the 609-seat Terry Theatre. Both theaters are part of the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts.

The event is a fundraiser for Heroic Media, a faith-based non-profit group that helps women facing unexpected pregnancy. It is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26.

Mark Nelson, Florida director for Heroic Media, said the event was moved to the Terry Theatre because there weren't enough tickets sold to hold it in the larger Moran.

"We would rather have a packed theater than a theater that's not so packed," Nelson said.

On top of that, it was just announced that the Miami stop on the Sarah Palin Tour has been "postponed due to a scheduling conflict".

Word.

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I met Shepard Fairey last year during the Primary Flight street art celebration in dowtown Miami. He is the artist who got most famous during the 2008 Presidential election for creating the "Hope" poster of Barack Obama. He is a very intelligent and sensitive dude, and today on Huffington Post he drew up a picture of sanity in the midst of unfounded panic.

Let me state as simply as I can my views on President Obama. I support President Obama. I believe he is an intelligent, compassionate person, with many good policy ideas. If Obama runs for reelection in 2012, I will support him.

I realize he is trying to do the best that he can given the obstructionist, "just say no to anything," opposition he faces from the Republicans in Congress.

And for the record, I have not lost "Hope," in President Obama, even if the change he ran upon is not coming as quickly many of us thought or hoped it might.

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The soles of our shoes are wearing thin, but we cannot help but crack a grin.

Alex Sink is getting closer to becoming the next Governor of Florida with each number we dial and each handshake we make. Her opponent is one of the most crooked candidates that the GOP has ever rolled out in the Sunshine State, and the more we learn about him the less popular he becomes. Nate Silver bumped our chances up to 63.8% last week, and that just made us hit the grass roots harder.

What did the GOP do in response? They sent in their heavy hitter.

Bobby Jindal to the rescue!!!

Not. Very. Scary.

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Fri Sep 10, 2010 at 08:27 PM PDT

A poem for 9/11.

by Rian Fike

I love Muslims, I love Jews.

I love Buddhists, and Hindus.

I love Christians. And atheists too.

Whatever you are, I love you.

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Wed Aug 25, 2010 at 11:10 AM PDT

The Most Important Race in November.

by Rian Fike

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The twinkle in those eyes must belong to the next Governor of Florida. The most important race in November needs your help. Please help us elect Alex Sink. Not only is she a candidate that shares our values and promises to make real education a priority, but her opponent is batcrap crazy and so dirty that I have an actual quote from Redstate to use against him:

Rick Scott is either corrupt or incompetent. Judging by his well run campaign, I am inclined to believe that it is the former. As Conservatives we should demand something more from our leaders. We would be eviscerating someone with Mr. Scott’s record if he was from the left.

I have been voting for 23 years, and have only missed one special election for some obscure charter changes. In those 23 years I have never voted Democrat but come November I will be going with Sink. Scott either turned a blind eye to malfeasance in his company or openly encouraged it, how can we have him run the state? It is shameful.

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