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I'm Nick and I've worked in Radio for 16 years. I've always been a thinker and lately my passion for writing has grown stronger than ever. I hope you enjoy my thoughts.

Cher Loyd with Nick Russo


Cher Loyd is a British Pop sensation. She stopped by the KTFM studios for a chat about life, love, tattoos, music, bullying and a bunch of other random things. Check it out!


Feed The Machine or Feed The People?

Last night was the first time we saw 4 candidates on stage and you’d think that since an hour is divisible by 4…they all would have had equal time to speak. On the contrary, most of the time was spent focused on back and forth banter between Santorum, Romney and Gingrich. On the subject of Healthcare reform and Abortion, after the banter had calmed, the host would try to change the subject and begin with Paul on the next question but Paul demanded to be a part of the previous conversation. Paul touted his time as a OBGYN for 30 years and his expertise in medical matters shined through. Whereas, Romney, Santorum and Gingrich had purely political ideas without any real solutions.

The Republican nomination is a race between 3 men who have bought into a concept of Washington D.C. that requires an individual to ‘pick a team’ and support that team at any cost. Essentially, we’re watching three of the highest paid teams versus the lowest paid team and in this instance, the lowest paid team is taking the other three to school. It’s clear when you watch the debates that the three die hard Republicans are pandering to their comrades with whom they adjust policy to create wealth for one another. The only candidate who can say he’s never been a lobbyist or been paid by a lobbyist is Ron Paul.

One wishes they could explain some of Gingrich, Romney and Santorum’s plans by listening to them answer questions but due to their extremely political answers and unbelievable promises, one can easily get lost. When the four were asked if it was really possible to overturn, what they referred to as Obamacare, 3 of the 4 promised immediate action and one of them told the truth. There is no magic wand that lets the President walk-in to office and overturn a major policy, however, listening to Romney, Santorum and Gingrich speak you would think there was a magic wand. Ron Paul said that technically it is possible but steps have to be taken to get to that point. He gave a list of sensible solutions, as a Representative from Texas and a doctor of 30 years, he knows what has changed the climate of Healthcare for better and for worse.

The “pick a team” method in Washington has allowed for behaviors that are loyal to the team and players rather than being loyal to the people Washington is meant to represent. Somewhere over the last 25 years our country has been hijacked by politicians who manipulate high power for financial gain. Romney, Gingrich and Santorum are prime examples of the product that 25 years of “pick a team” mentalities have created. Ron Paul represents the person who hasn’t ever picked a team because he/she didn’t really “get” politics. The reason my generation has never “gotten it” is because that’s precisely what Washington wanted to happen. They knew by limiting who knew about the inner circle the more fortified the inner circle became. The more complicated they made the inner circle’s workings the more difficult it would be for an outsider to gain access to overall ideals and ultimately, financial support.

The “pick a team” method is similar to the way kids in Texas were raised to pick either UT or A&M…now you hear chatter about Texas Tech…15 years ago that was unheard of…..it’s my assumption that perhaps the 3rd team has finally gained enough support and “political know-how” to get the job done and show Washington that the team they’ve underestimated the whole time was…the people.

Power to the people has never been so necessary. As our economy wallows and our policymakers have become corrupt, the only people who can save the project our founding fathers started so long ago…are the American People. If we don’t do it through voting, one day, we’ll be doing it through war.



My Dad

Today is my dad’s 60th birthday. According to genetics he’s my step dad but since he’s been the father figure in my life since I was 3 he has fulfilled the father role beyond expectations. I can only hope that I’ll be as good of a Dad as he is to me. Because of him I understand the power of an education, respect, honesty and the importance of a strong work ethic.

I think the challenge of being a step dad is one of the greatest ever. The reward has to be within yourself; the child will never have the genetic composition as the step dad and that creates a temperamental scenario. The step dad has to rule over the child version of another man. My step dad had the courage to take on this challenge and without him and his influence I can’t guarantee I’d be where I am today. Without his guidance and support my life would have been dramatically different.

Thank you Dolph for everything you’ve ever done for me. You always said, “I want you to have what i never had.” just by being my dad you’ve done that. You’ve exceeded your expectations ten fold and I won’t let you down. Happy birthday.

Ron Paul’s Victory

Ron Paul is in a unique situation, especially, when compared to his competitors. The politicians in  Washington D.C. have always viewed Ron Paul as ignorable. A small voice as a representative from Texas who’s words feel on deaf ears. His constituents consider him crazy or out of touch and belittle his character according to their assumptions.  Ron Paul was deemed crazy by his fellow politicians in Washington because he went against their schemes to make more money. Our government has become a business and the employees are the politicians. Ron Paul may very well have been the only person truly representing the people in Washington.

Thus far, he has persevered through the ridicule and the financial challenges of running for President. The media completely rules out Ron Paul of any opportunity and are quick to ignore his success to praise someone they favor with less success. The situation has become comical because as much of a power as the media holds…the people who are voting don’t believe the media anymore. The media has been shifted, twisted, bought, and paid for by big business and Americans who are paying attention have noticed. Washington hasn’t been bought through the exchange of money, perse. It has been bought via attorneys, who work to protect a business, who are friends with judges and/or politicians. Feel free to re read the previous sentence while substituting attorney with: doctor, accountant, insurance broker or stock broker. Through these people come favors and through favors we see biased reporting. The news comes from reporters who gather information from sources. It just so happens that the sources are biased, as well.

At this point Ron Pauls’ biggest victory has been the awakening of a huge audience that had remained passive because they trusted in the good will of it’s government and are now realizing they have been fooled. Our good will has been manipulated. We are being misused and misinformed for the sake of money and greed. Ron Paul still has a huge climb but he has a strong foothold. With stamina and funding he could very well win the Republican nomination. I see Ron Paul’s emergence as fate for the American People. The majority has stayed true to the mindset put forth by our ancestors. The average American is proud and willing to work hard, be smart, be responsible, treat people right and be themself. We were taught songs and taught that freedom was the key to our country. It’s a free country. We can do what we want, when we want and how we want. If Ron Paul doesn’t win we’ll be closer to changing the words of the Pledge of Allegiance to “…with some liberty and justice for the rich.”

Cheating Now and Cheating Then

Thanks to the Internet and the proliferation of mass communication we have been confronted with an epidemic of epic proportions. This is no longer a society where cheating in your relationship is shunned. It’s not acceptable by any means yet it’s consequence shrinks in comparison to that of 30 years ago. Along with the shrinking consequence comes the fast lane to cheating; the Internet. 30 years ago a person had to live a secret life to carry on am affair. They had to schedule, plot, sneak and plan around their daily life and I imagine the mental strain of so much planning was enough to deter most cheaters.

Now, dash forward to the new age of technology we are living with and you’ll find new avenues that have never existed until recently that allow for a speedy trip in and out of the land of infidelity. Mental and physical cheating happens on the regular and the Internet is the gateway. You an create an online encounter that creates satisfaction or you can make plans, invisible to your companion, to squeeze in some romance on the way home. Men have never had access to so many women and women have never had so many advances by men. Both are like kids in candy stores and true fidelity and monogamy is challenged whether you welcome it or not. You have to make the conscious decision to believe that cheating is wrong and prohibit yourself. The surrounding factors no longer help you make the right decision; in fact, they work against you.

I think people want to be faithful but because of the relaxed standards set by parents, celebrities and peers, more people are inclined to find infidelity as a minuscule problem. Perhaps the severity is relative to your environment but everyone has access to the tools of infidelity.

Media Favoritism

It’s aggravating for a staunch Ron Paul supporter to watch national news coverage that won’t report fairly. One could compare the aggravation to that experienced by a person cheering on their team that blames the referees for their team losing. However, behind everything we see there is an underlying cause. The referees might have had a bad day that causes them to miss calls that ultimately change the outcome of the game. Using the same logic to assess the media brings forward the question: what is happening with the media that causes them to neglect information that could benefit their viewer?

Through my life in media I’ve come to notice that people owe other people favors in business. It’s an unspoken and unwritten law of association. One guy keeps his opinions trimmed to benefit (or keep from harming) another guy’s business and/or integrity. It happens daily and those not in the business realm never see these things happen.

What we’re witnessing with the mainstream media’s coverage of the ongoing elections isn’t necessarily a government conspiracy to keep Ron Paul’s name out of a positive light (even though one could make a case for that scenario) it’s more of a bunch of figureheads calling in favors. I’d assume the phone call goes something like this:

Reporter: Hello?

Publicist: Hey it’s John.

Reporter: Hey John what’s going on?

Publicist: My buddy Will is the campaign manager for Bill. They’re really making waves.

Reporter: Really? Give me his number.

In this fictional scenario, the reporter has no real political care but has a business relationship with the publicist. The publicist has the relationship with the manager; who in turn, has the relationship with the candidate. Unfortunately, the favors are against Ron Paul and that is directly related to the fact that Ron Paul stands for the exact opposite of the people like Bill and Bill’s candidate. Bill and Bill’s candidate have been adding to the corrupt management system we call our American Government.

Essentially, it’s an uphill battle. Fortunately, Ron Paul has a ground movement filled with passion and intelligence. Smart, reasonable, realistic voters can see Paul’s importance. Even through the muck of national news coverage the spirit is still alive. Washington saw the power of the people with Barack Obama’s election. They’re about to see the power of truth with Ron Paul’s campaign. The current media coverage isn’t about fairness, equality or news..it’s about favors.

Ron Paul and The New Generation

Whether anyone will admit it to you or not; the average American is broke. Broke, in the sense that, we are not living at the level we did 15 years ago and there’s not much signifying improvement. We, as a country, are at a turning point of historical proportions. We have a government with levels of corruption that would rival some of the worst in History. Their tactics are only unethical if the intense loopholes of law don’t exist. Laws and bi-laws and amendments to laws and sections and so on are being manipulated to create fortunes by the ones who helped create the system. In some cases, the dollar amounts are minimal (tax dollars) and discretionary. And in some cases the dollar amounts are enormous.

These dollars have been stolen from the American people. Americans agreed to pay taxes under the guise that the money will return to us or go toward the government’s good will. Unfortunately, somewhere along the way, the dollar amount got so high that the politicians couldn’t resist their urge to take a few bucks for themselves. Of course they didn’t actually take bills from a pile but they voted for causes and agreements that led to them receiving a check. If they couldn’t vote for more money they became a part of the business that would profit most from the passing of a bill or agreement.

While the above mentioned was happening there was one soft spoken representative from Texas who was paying close attention and voting against many of the changes that were rooted in ill faith. This man was truly doing his job the way Americans expected their politicians to perform. While he was ignored and disregarded due to a fairly minimal amount of power, in comparison to a senator or cabinet member; he did the best he could for the people of his district and patiently waited for his chance to be heard.

That man is Ron Paul and his time is now. The corruption has been going on for too long and has put hundreds of thousands of brave men and women in the line of battle, stolen taxes dollars from it’s people, bailed out and supported big businesses and misled Americans into irreversible debt for personal gain. Ron Paul is pulling back the curtain on the crooks who have orchestrated ‘legal schemes’ to put America’s future at risk. He is a fountain of truth; he could be compared to an informant. He was our inside man that waited for his opportunity to uncover the corruption and save America when we needed it most. He is the President we need.

At this point, putting too much stock into his ability to change anything would be considered a gamble. He has to win an election and then win another election. The first election isn’t even an ‘open vote’ you have to be a registered Republican to cast a vote; consequently, that makes for fewer voters. We can only hope that he’ll somehow manage to shock the world and win the Republican nomination. If he does, we’re going to watch one of the most revealing debates in Modern History. The young charismatic first ever black President of The United States of America Barrack Obama vs The 76 yr old gynecologist who puts America first Ron Paul.

I’m confident to say this election is not about race, it’s about reality. Obama had the majority of the black vote but much more importantly he had the young vote. He had the new generations of Americans who work hard to help keep businesses afloat while making what money we can best find. This new generation, my generation, believed in President Obama but nothing changed like he said it would. Not to undermine him but perhaps the change he wanted to give us and the change we needed were too different ideals. We, the new generation, still want and need the change we were looking for…that change isn’t new policy, it’s new policymakers. Ron Paul is the first step in that direction. He is the the New Generation’s last hope.