“Ask anybody. It’s fun. It’s hard and you stand on green, green grass and it’s just you and the ball and there ain’t nobody to beat up on but yourself. Just like Mr. Newnan keeps hittin’ himself with the golf club when he gets angry. He’s broken his toe three times on account of it. It’s the only game I know that you can call a penalty on yourself, if you’re honest, which most people are. There just ain’t no other game like it.” -- Hardy Greaves, "The Legend of Bagger Vance"
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Rick Robinson has spent thirty years in politics and law, including a stint on Capitol Hill as Legislative Director/Chief Counsel to then-Congressman Jim Bunning (R-KY). He has been active in all levels of politics, from advising candidates on the national level to walking door-to-door in city council races. He ran for the United States Congress in 1998.
Rick’s first book, The Maximum Contribution, was named a “Finalist” in the 2008 Next Generation Indie Books Awards in the genre of political fiction. It also won an Honorable Mention at the 2008 Hollywood Book Festival. Sniper Bid, was released on Election Day 2009 and opened on Amazon’s Top Seller list at #46 of political fiction. Sniper Bid earned 5 national awards: Finalist USA Book News Best Books of 2009; Finalist Best Indie Novel Next Generation Indie Books Awards; Runner-up at the 2009 Nashville Book Festival; Honorable Mentions at the 2008 New England Book Festival and the 2009 Hollywood Book Festival. Throughout 2009 both books appeared on Amazon’s Top Seller List on the same day.
Rick’s third offering, Manifest Destiny, was released in the spring of 2010. It was named Best Fiction at the Paris Book Festival, a Finalist for Best Fiction in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Best Fiction at the New York Book Festival, a Finalist as Best Thriller in the Indie Excellence Awards, and won Honorable mention in the Beach Book Festival, the Hollywood Book Festival and the San Francisco Book Festival.
A graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Rick currently practices law in Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky with the law firm of Graydon Head & Ritchey LLP. Rick, and his wife Linda, live in Ft. Mitchell with their three children, Josh, Zach and MacKenzie.
Someday in the not-too-distant future, a music writer will author a coffee table book entitled August, 2013, remembering this moment in time as pivotal in the history of pop culture. Glossy pictures of a misunderstood female performer will adorn slick pages filled with lofty praise in tribute to the shift she caused in the paradigm of performance art.
“Happiness is the Iowa State Fair.”
Every year, Merriam-Webster adds new words to its Collegiate Dictionary. These terms can have unique origins. Some words are added via scientific discoveries or breakthroughs. For instance, last year a new chemical element – copernicum – was added to the dictionary.
In late-1979, a bunch of heavily armed commies crossed the Russian border into Afghanistan. President Jimmy Carter was royally pissed that the Soviets were getting involved in fighting a civil war – especially when the insurgent Mujahideen got all their military training from Carter’s CIA operatives in Pakistan.
Act III, Scene I
Over two decades ago, an Ohio man bludgeoned his wife to death with a banjo (two banjos to be specific --- he broke the first one). According to the Cox News Service report, neighbors were shocked. Other than playing “Fox on the Run” over and over again while attempting to sing all three parts of the harmony by himself, the man seemed normal.
Declaring the “world has become so negative,” this week former Major League Baseball star Barry Bonds said he will be “very sad” if he does not make it into baseball’s Hall of Fame when the new inductees are announced in January. It's interesting that he would claim that the world is "negative," considering how many people think he would have tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) during the final few years of his career.
Walter Mondale once said that the only reason we have elections is to confirm the accuracy of polls.
Last week, business took me to two bordering states with drastically different perspectives on the upcoming presidential election. The contrast was stark.
It happens each election cycle: some politician makes a comment so stupid that the fallout essentially ends his campaign, whether he drops out or not. These disastrous quotes generally go way beyond Dan Quayle’s spelling abilities, Al Gore inventing the Internet or Joe Biden, well, being Joe Biden. The quotes that cut the electorate to the core are those that force a “WTF” to pop into voters’ minds every time they see the numbskull on television or read about him in the newspaper.
Silly season in presidential politics usually doesn’t begin until Labor Day. Stupid actions by candidates (and the reporters who cover them) are typically reserved for a time after seersucker suits and linen pants are tucked away.
In the winter of 1972-73, Larry Womack hated his job as an insurance salesman so badly that he spent most of his evenings teaching himself sculpture.
John Edwards and Roger Clemens are jerks.
I had just landed in the Big Apple this weekend when I saw a commercial on an airport television that caught my eye.
While covering Kentucky’s primary for a local media outlet last night, I was given the assignment of covering the victory party for “Uncommitted.”
The Americans press is all atwitter over the fact that a bunch of United States Secret Service agents and soldiers apparently engaged the services of hookers in a country where prostitution is legal.
This week, JCPenney introduced Ellen DeGeneres as its new company spokesperson. One Million Moms, an anti-gay activist organization, immediately jumped to the defense of self-righteous homophobes everywhere and called upon JCPenney to ax Ellen from the campaign because she is a lesbian. JCPenney responded by saying they were sticking by their decision to hire her.
It’s not a stretch to say that many people my age (read: old) are interested in politics today because of the late Pat Paulsen.