"I swear to God that if these people didn't have hating Castro as a cause in life, they would have no life at all. Relax, compadres. Fidel is going to keel over one day very soon and you can all go back to that island and live the lives you so desperately miss. Do me one favor... take Alex Pinelas with you when you go." — Rick (formerly of SotP), So May It Secretly Begin blog, August 29, 2003.
Before launching Stuck on the Palmetto, Rick had another blog called, ironically, So May It Secretly Begin: Random Thoughts and Musings from a Left-Leaning Independent, which lasted 2 1/2 years (longer than SotP) and reached nearly 3000 (longer) posts. He did not disable this blog when he abandoned it as he did SotP. In fact, two years after it closed in 2005, its archives are still available on the internet, though it is surely as self-incriminating as regards dates and times as the late SotP. Perhaps Rick thinks that his old blog is forgotten, which is actually a logical conclusion, since it was pretty worthless: too much Rick, indeed, all-Rick all the time. Besides being an early log of Rick's extracurricular blogging on the department's time, its only value is that it contains the seed of his anti-Cuban obsession, which would later grow to monstrous dimensions at SotP and, like a poisonous weed, choke all other political discussion.
For those who have the stomach to sample the "early" Rick, So May It Secretly Begin can still be accessed at: