Posting History for Rian Fike
|Not this time.
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.
|Stay hungry for the future.
As a teacher in Miami's public schools I have ...
|Herman Cain is right, it is my fault.
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.
|This is my dream, I need your help.
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 ...
|The Culture of Hate has its eyes set on Miami.
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.
|Politics and Pop Culture: Obama dunks in Sarah Palin's face.
That is an actual screenshot from the upcoming NBA Jam video game by EA Sports.
|As goes Florida...
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 ...
|Sarah Palin can't sell tickets anymore, is NOT coming to Miami!
Whew. This is a relief. Slow ticket sales have bumped Sarah Palin's appearance next ...
|Shepard Fairey has not lost hope, and neither have I.
I met Shepard Fairey last year during the Primary ...
|The Sorry (Sunshine) State of the GOP.
The soles of our shoes are wearing thin, but we cannot help but crack a grin. Alex Sink is ...
|A poem for 9/11.
I love Muslims, I love Jews. I love Buddhists, and Hindus. I love Christians. And atheists too. Whatever you are, I love you.
|The Most Important Race in November.
The twinkle in those eyes must belong to the next Governor of Florida. The most important race in ...
|I just voted, and I feel much better.
Just left the booth after bubbling all over Alex Sink and Kendrick Meek. I wish I could have voted for Barack Obama again, but 2012 will be here soon enough!
|Anatomy of a thrilling GOP disaster.
The past month has been a watershed moment in Florida politics, and the ripples will be tubular in November. Democracy was triumphant, and the Democratic Party gained a whole heap of new strength. ...
|SB6: The Aftermath.||Rian Fike||04/19/2010||27||11||-||72|
|Grass Roots Victorious! SB6 Defeated!
I will let Alex Sink, the next Governor of Florida, explain our situation. From Huffington Post.
|This is getting crazy good: Tea Party supports Florida teachers, Newt Gingrich does not.
The Newt Gingrich part is obvious. He cut and pasted a letter about SB6 today ...
|Diary of a Mad Art Teacher.
I am exhausted. This is the most sustained anger I have ever felt in my life, and it has lasted three and a half weeks. We are well past the ...
|How many times do I have to tell you? UPDATED.
From ABC News. "A pot of gold at the end of ...
|Kill the imagination, control the child.
They want the minds of our children. They want to drive out creativity and replace it with conformity. They want to numb the imagination of future generations of Americans so they can ...
|Sickout. Florida Teachers take it to the next level.
240,000 teachers. 32 kids per class. What happens if all the teachers call in sick on the same day? Miami-Dade schools officials are preparing for widespread teacher absences on ...
|Ignoring the will of the people vs. Answering the call.
Democracy hurts. We have spent the last three weeks in an intense struggle against a closed-minded Republican State Congress that is funded by Jeb Bush and bent on destruction. They railroaded a ...
|Florida's Teachers have become a force.
Just in case you still had doubts, wait until you see what's happening down here in the Sunshine State. Florida Republicans thought they were just going to steamroll us wimpy little teachers into ...
|If Jeb Bush can do it, why can't I?
I am just a teacher. I vote, I blog, and I Facebook, but I have no money to support the political causes that I fight for. And I ...
|Things are looking bleak, but we will NEVER give up on the children.
I love my job. Today was the first day back to school after Spring Break. I had a wonderful day teaching. In addition to my traditional Fine Arts curriculum, I am working on a Fellowship with the ...
|Hope is still alive.
If you have been following my diaries this week, you have seen what happens when people join together and speak truth to power. I gave up my ...
|The Florida Teachers Movement is getting stronger every day.
Our movement shows no signs of stopping. We are gaining momentum and resolve with each passing day. We have garnered national attention and local support. The oppressive state legislature is ...
|I got a letter from a life-long Conservative Christian Republican.
Hello all, I hope the glorious Saturday is treating you well. I would like to share a letter with you today, something I just got in my email box. It is a direct response to the Jeb Bush/Charlie ...
|The fight for education: It's everybody's business.
Valerie Strauss from the Washington Post : Even if you don’t live ...
|The Next Governor of Florida.
Florida's teachers are, according to the Washington Post, "in full revolt". The Republican State ...
|Elephants stomp teachers, teachers stomp back.
Last night we framed the narrative for the battle between Florida's ...
|Obama Administration redeemed, Florida Republicans destroyed.
Whew. I have a lot to talk about tonight. Let me summarize. 1. The Obama Administration awarded Race to the Top federal funding to Delaware and Tennessee today, specifically citing the ...
|Fox puts teachers on Ignore, but we WILL be heard. Time for some action.
I would like to start this morning with a big thank you to everyone who tipped, recommended, and commented ...
|We took over Fox News for one day. How will they respond?
Yes, I am exaggerating our "takeover" of Fox News. No, I have never seen anything like this.
|Fox News Swamped: Florida Teachers FIGHT BACK.
Guess what issue is going to decide the FL-Sen race. I bet you are wrong. We are the teachers of Florida, and we are going to make or break this election. Don't believe me? Check out the ...
|TRAGIC UPDATE: The real reason that American Education is failing.
I have been teaching for 27 years in Miami. I have never before seen a study that totally proves the problem with Education in America. Sad to say, even President Obama does not understand this, ...
|"For the first time since I was 18 years old, I am no longer registered as a Republican."
My Facebook friends are a little different. If you have ever watched Big Bang Theory on television, that's us. We revolve around the fantasy realms of trading card games and comic books. One of ...
|The good news about the Obama Education Plan.
Education in America is such a big business, and the student population so massive, that any sort of Federal Plan is going to have different people seeing different things. Here is what I see from ...
|A "quivering bundle" is the "future of the Republican party".
Mark Leibovich has written a fabulous study of the crossroads we stand upon. Florida is once again the epicenter of American ...
|The Quantum Tantra Solution: As Radical As It Gets.
Nick Herbert is the real deal. He wrote one of the seminal books ...
I wear a trading card in my black fedora. It carries a portrait of Longshot, the lucky little alien from Marvel Comics. I use it as a conversation starter, a way to bridge the age gap and relate to ...
|The best things that happened to me in the last decade.
Remember the End of the World that was Y2K? Of course you do, because it didn't. Not only did the world not end, but it kinda thrived. Sure, there were major problems. There are always major ...
|It's a new decade. Do something differently.
As we take our first steps into the Tens decade, it is only natural that we look back on the Ohs that just ended. Personally, on the cusp of becoming a grandfather for the first time, the contrast ...
|Big Bag O' Eye Candy: Pagoda with a Plea Edition.
Good evening, beloved Kossacks. Here's hoping you are having a wonderful last evening before the calendar ...
|Big Bag O' Eye Candy: Best President of My Lifetime Edition.
All I want for Christmas is the best President of the United States of my lifetime. I am pretty sure Barack Obama will still be in office tomorrow, so it will indeed be a very Happy Holiday!
|Big Bag O' Eye Candy: Special Superhero Edition
Hello Kossacks, I hope this Sunday evening is treating you well. In a previous diary I posted a gallery of street art from the walls of our beloved Magic City and it garnered a comment urging me to ...
|Daily Kos has been taken over by the other side.
Before you respond to a hateful comment on this site, please click the name of the user who posted the angry words. Many of these people are wingnuts in sheep's clothing.
|Art Basel legitimizes street art and shows a rebounding economy, with pictures!
Last week was absolutely glorious for art lovers in Miami. Art Basel is the largest contemporary art show in the country, and its success cannot be denied. Street artists from all over ...
|So much to be thankful for, with lots of pictures.
Good morning Daily Kos, Happy Thanksgiving! 2009 is a very good time for me. Two years away from turning 50 and life is grand. I've got an hour until I need to wake the wife and cook green bean ...
|Why I love teaching. (Part Two.)
Yo Daily Kos, whassup? This is the second part of my philosophy of education essay that I must write for the Teacher of the Year finals since I won at my school. The first part can be found on my ...
|Why I love teaching.
Hello Daily Kos, how are you all doing on this glorious Sunday evening? I am a bit exhausted and a bit overjoyed. I have been writing for the past few hours, after getting over that "must do this"
|Long-lost Kossack featured in Huffington Post Halloween Costume Gallery.
Hey gang, it's been a long time. Those are our fishy costumes from Halloween 2009.
|THIS is why we need health care reform.
Regina Holliday is fighting for her life. For her children's lives. It is too late for her husband. He ...
|The Most Pathetic Piece of "Journalism" Ever.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Fans to Sarah Palin: Please, post a tidbit on Facebook. A little chirp on Twitter would be nice. It's been five whole days since Palin stepped down as Alaska'...
|Palin Plummets in Polls.
Times like these, with the pathetic publicity being generated by the Birthers and the ignorant politics polluting the Health Care debate, I always get worried about the state of intelligence in ...
|The Real GOP Strategy: Keep fear alive!
Just as torture was not about getting information but about intimidating our foes and exacting false confessions to justify an Iraq-al Qaida link, just as attacking ACORN was not about ...
|Who is your favorite superhero, and how would they get us out of this mess?
Yesterday I stumbled upon a coincidence that cannot be explained, and it involved my favorite superhero. Her name is ...
|Thanks but no thanks.
An article in The Hill has me hoping against hope. Could the American electorate ...
|Sarah Palin blasts Republican Party on Fox News, then loads evil media in boats to fish for praise.
John McCain's biggest mistake is turning her barracuda teeth on the party that made her famous. And she ...
|I like Sarah Palin. I really do.
Sarah Palin Mandala from Full Body ...
|Is Charlie Crist the real leader of the Republican Party?
(Re-posted today, due to recent Republican implosions and a much greater vacuum at the top of their party.) As an Art teacher embroiled in the worst budget crisis of my 25 year ...
|Iran is won, it is only a matter of time.
The first segment of the Rachel Maddow ...
|Ice Skating in Hell: Gingrich and O'Reilly back down.
Wow. I never thought I would see this, especially both on the same day. First Newt in a column on Human Events : My ...
|UPDATED: Bo Obama is appearing in Marvel Comics, and someone is PISSED about it.
Yesterday I blogged the breaking news about Lockjaw and the ...
|Lifting Cuba Travel Restrictions: Family Now, Everyone Soon? UPDATED with call for action.
The announcement just hit Huffington Post . Living in Miami, this is BIG news. WASHINGTON &...
|Silver Linings for the win.
Thanks to plummeting property values and a deeply corrupt local school system, my wife's job was cut in half recently. It will be eliminated next year completely. That dark cloud rained us into a ...
|Charlie Crist: The Real Leader of the GOP?
As an Art teacher embroiled in the worst budget crisis of my 25 year career, Charlie Crist gave a speech yesterday that was sweet music to my ears.
|DC Comics Reveals Obama's Real Identity.
This is from Final Crisis #7 . No wonder he got the Stimulus Plan over the fillibuster:
|President Obama will appear with Spider-Man in Marvel Comics! (UPDATED)
He was born 33 days after me, and we both geek on superheroes. Now he gets to pal around with Peter ...
|Musings from Jury Duty.
I love jury duty. Monday I was called, and we were in the beautiful brand-new Wilkie D. Ferguson ...
|Taking Your Life Into Your Own Hands.
( I am cross-posting this from my blog - with mad thanks to Kossacks ...
|Hating the Hate with Shepard Smith.
Mark Warren has an outstandingly poetic set of quotes ...
|The Last Minute Gift Above All Others.
You have five days left to get this shipped in time for Xmas, while boosting the DNC by 25 bucks in the process.
|Superheroes in Love: Barack and Michelle Save the World!
Something has happened to love. Over the course of history, it has gotten distilled. Sanskrit has 96 words for love; ancient Persian has 80; Greek has 3; and English has only 1. Modern ...
|Get Well cards for Odetta.
I just got a note from Mike Watt with a call for Get Well cards. Odetta is in the ...
|A tale of two personalities.
Barack Obama drew more viewers to 60 Minutes than any episode since 1999. Glenn ...
|Rick Davis admits epic FAIL in National Review.
Hoo boy, the anticipation of this one has my panties in a wad... The tease is on CNN's ticker.
|Can I ask a little favor?
Hello Kossacks. Please forgive this short diary, but I need a little favor. Michael Murphy , the brilliant artist in Georgia (originally from Ohio like me) will be ...
|Barack Obama is the punk rock president.
(D.Boon & Mike Watt circa 1985. Minutemen = God.) Punk rock has one enduring ethos: Do It Yourself. ...
|Obama Wire Sculpture Video, with bulletin.||Rian Fike||11/09/2008||6||13||-||1|
|President Obama, the Artist.
My formal education was focused on Fine Arts, yet I consider every person an artist. No matter what you do or how you do it, you have your own sense of style. But. If we do not rescue the Arts at ...
|ABC reporting Rahm Emanuel Accepts.
I only see a scroll line on the top of their web page, but it feels like relief to me. Joe Scar-boil was ragging on the Obama team "screwing up their first decision" because of the erroneous ...
|Final run: Which underdog best symbolizes Barack Obama?
Okay gang, this is it. The fourth and final time we run this poll. So far, the totals look like this. Luke Skywalker: 110 votes Neo: 91 votes Frodo: 46 votes David: 31 votes 2003 ...
|Obama for the Arts REMIX!
(Art from ...
|Restore America's Creative Spirit. Vote Obama for the Arts.
It feels rather fitting. Here we are near the finish line, and the biggest reason I have been working so hard for Barack Obama has finally hit the interwebs big time.
|Becoming even more of a loser: Lindsay Graham compares Obama infomercial to torture.
At first blush, this Politico article seems like sweet justice. It is all about the McCain campaign being forced to cancel all ...
|Kid-created Eye Candy for Halloween!
Just in case you need a short break from the seriousness of the final four day push, let me indulge you with some sweets from my art room. Even though we are contractually obligated to keep our ...
|"In this eternal footrace." How blogging has changed politics.
There is a deep well of fascinating philosophy up today inside ...
|You have 90 minutes...
... until I leave for the rally in Sunrise at the Florida Panthers' arena to see Barack Obama in the live section of his 30 minute network spot. What vibes do you think I should send him? What ...
|Joe the Plumber gets slapped down by Fox News.
The McCain campaign really should shut it down. They are embarrassing the whole process. Today they trotted out that loose cannon Joe the Plumber in an official campaign appearance. It backfired so ...
|Rachel Maddow owns the airwaves, while Fox News eats its own.
Rachel is Queen. Every time they count the ratings, she rises. Check this out, over on ...
|Our dream is coming true: They are being annihilated.
The Sunday ...
|Wow. What a day. (Stephen King loves Rachel Maddow, and knows why McCain is losing.)
Strange days have found us, and mine was a whizzer. I had the day off because I got all my grades done for the first marking period and today was a teacher's workday. I took the car in for ...
|Will Ferrell Returns, Tina Fey burns! SNL torches Bush, McCain, and Palin.
The Saturday Night Live Thursday special was just perfect tonight. Huffington has the video!
Jack Cafferty, the man with the largest brass balls on CNN, is in the house . Senator John McCain says when it comes to foreign policy he&...
|Rays win the pennant, Obama rides the wave!
There are some interesting parallels, but like everything else in this election they are twisted ...
|"The Palin Plunge" reminds me of Bikini Island.
Thomas B. Edsall has written an incredibly comprehensive article for Huffington Post. It is titled "...
|Peggy Noonan flips wig, flays McCain and Palin.
This thing just keeps turning inside out, don't it? Peggy Freaking Noonan scored big time today, for the Wall Street Journal.
|"I'm roasting." - Sarah Palin doesn't know early voting started in North Carolina!
I thought I sensed that she was melting. I guess it's due to the heat. ...
|Give Tweety his due: Hardball DESTROYED Palin tonight. (Updated with better pic.)
With Keith and his Special Comment, Chris Matthews looks to have been passed over this evening. Hardball on October 14th was must-see television. Especially when he said this: ...
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