Bad Nick is the alter ego of Nick Russell, the relatively mild mannered publisher of the Gypsy Journal RV travel newspaper and the author of a half dozen or so travel books. Before that, he spent his career publishing small town newspapers, and loved stepping on the toes of the local politicians who got caught with their hand in the cookie jar, or under the wrong skirt.
But alas, that Nick Russell married a good woman who got him housebroken, and he has mellowed with age. He’s hardly any fun at all any more. Sometimes he’s downright boring. These days he may go months on end without anybody threatening to punch him in the nose. What fun is that?
Still, as they say, you can take the boy out of the trailer park, but you can’t take the trailer park out of the boy. There is still a spark of life burning in the rabble rouser he used to be, and thus Bad Nick was born. Bad Nick is a lot more fun than the other guy, who we shall call That Other Nick (TON) from now on to avoid confusion.
Bad Nick’s bulls&#$ tolerance level is pretty low, and stupidity offends him. And there is just so damn much of it going around today! Sometimes he just has to vent, and this is where it happens.
Bad Nick has no political agenda, because in a lifetime of covering everything from local town council races to national elections, That Other Nick learned that it’s all one big game, played by egomaniacs and control freaks who don’t give a tinker’s damn for the voters or the promises they made to them once they take office.
Bad Nick refuses to wear a label, because he prefers to think for himself, instead of letting someone else do his thinking for him. He is neither a Democrat nor a Republican, a Conservative nor a Liberal. He is pro-gun and pro-choice. He loves his country, but thinks most of the people running it are either corrupt or inept, and often both.
Bad Nick is a patriot and gets misty eyed when he sees Old Glory waving in the breeze. He supports our troops, but he has seen war up close and personal, and he hates it. He knows there are times when we have to fight, but he thinks the old men in Washington are too quick to send young men into danger for the wrong reasons.
Bad Nick hates bigots of any flavor, but he’s not a hypocrite. He will laugh at a good joke like anyone else, and he will never be politically correct. He welcomes those who come to America in search of a better life, as long as they do so legally. On the other hand, he considers illegal aliens intruders in his home, and he wants them sent back where they belong.
Bad Nick doesn’t care if you are white or black, gay or straight, which ticket you vote on, or how you choose to worship. What you do behind closed doors is none of his business. He takes a live and let live attitude, and believes that each of us has the right to make an ass of ourselves in whatever way makes us happy.
But Bad Nick is no pushover. He believes that your rights end where his begin. Step over that line and he’ll let you know it real quick.
Bad Nick is an optimist. He believes he’ll live forever, because Heaven doesn’t want him and Hell’s afraid he’ll take over. He thinks most of us take ourselves much too seriously, and a sense of humor will get us over most of the things life throws at us.
Mark Twain once said “The duty of the press is to print the truth and raise hell.” Bad Nick thinks that’s a good obligation to take on. He won’t make you any promises, except for three; he’ll make you laugh sometimes, he’ll make you think sometimes, and sooner or later he’s going to say something that will piss you off. If he can accomplish all three, he’s done his job.
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