Richard Rider

Richard Rider
San Diego, California, USA
August 24
San Diego Tax Fighters
Biography of Richard Rider (Updated July, 2011) San Diego, CA 92131 E-mail: * AGE: 66 * EDUCATION: B.A. Economics, University of North Carolina, 1968 * MILITARY SERVICE: Commander, Supply Corps, U. S. Naval Reserve, retired after 26 years (four years active, the rest in the reserve). ** OCCUPATION: Retired stockbroker and financial planner. Lifetime member of the International Association of Financial Planners. Former business owner. * AFFILIATION: • Chairman, San Diego Tax Fighters • National Taxpayers Union • Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association • San Diego County Taxpayers Association * POLITICAL ACTIVITIES: • Successfully sued the county of San Diego (Rider vs. County of San Diego) to force a rollback of an illegal 1/2-cent jails sales tax, a precedent that saved California taxpayers over fourteen billion dollars, including $3.5 billion for San Diego taxpayers. • Actively supported a variety of tax-cutting ballot initiatives including Proposition 13. Has written ballot arguments against numerous county and state tax increase initiatives. • County co-chair of both California term limit initiatives (Prop 140 and Prop 164). • Libertarian Party candidate for governor in 1994. • Candidate for the 3rd District County Supervisor in 1992 (third place among six candidates with about 20% of the vote). • 1993 – appointed to (and then elected chair of) the San Diego County Social Services Advisory Board. • 1996 – appointed as a Commissioner on the California Constitution Revision Commission by state Assembly Speaker Kurt Pringle. • Has been involved in legal actions against City of San Diego to force a public vote on issuing bonds for Qualcomm stadium expansion, convention center, baseball ballpark and other projects. • 2005 – Unsuccessful candidate for Mayor of San Diego, though his reform ideas have since taken hold. • 2007 – Columnist for NORTH COUNTY TIMES and SAN DIEGO DAILY TRANSCRIPT • 2009 - The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association's "California Tax Fighter of the Year" * FAMILY: Married. Wife, Diane, is a retired public high school teacher. Two sons, ages 32 and 27.

MARCH 10, 2010 4:56PM

Tech corner: Ditch DVD movie previews easily

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Occasionally I switch topics entirely away from politics.  Not often.  But here's an invaluable tech hint to give you the extra time to read my blog.

Anyone who watches DVD movies knows the agony of wading through the movie trailers.  But you don't have to.  There are several conventional ways to try to bypass the FBI notices, trailers, etc., though sometimes the DVD folks have countermeasures to defeat your efforts.

I've found a really simple "skip" option that seems to work on just about everyone's DVD.   I got the hint from CNet's video:

Unfortunately, their hint didn't work on my DVD -- but it led me to my own solution.

Their skip process is easy.  With the annoying item playing, on the DVD remote hit "stop, stop, play."  Presto!  The real movie starts.

For me, that didn't work. But I found that "stop, stop, STOP, play" worked like a charm on my DVD remote.

 Carpe diem!  Or at least, carpe remote. 

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