Former First Lady of Florida Collins dies at 98

The Associated Press has reported that Former First Lady of Florida Mary Call Darby Collins has died after a long illness. She was 98. Collins was the widow of Gov. LeRoy Collins, who served from 1955 to 1961, and great granddaughter of Richard Keith Call, who served two terms as Florida’s territorial governor in the 1830s and 1840s. She died Sunday.

Collins lived in a house next to the governor’s mansion that Call built in the 1820s. She was active in historic preservation projects.

Gov. Charlie Crist said, “She offered both support and advice during some of the most turbulent times in our state’s history. Not only was she the descendant of prominent Floridians, she became a community leader herself, both before and after she became so well known as Florida’s First Lady.” — Associated Press

Several years ago while I was working on the campaign of Admiral LeRoy Collins, the admiral asked me to go to Tallahassee with him. The reason? He told me he wanted me to meet his mother. At the time, I thought this was a little odd, and the trip to Tallahassee required that I give up a whole Sunday with my family to go meet the elderly mother of Admiral Collins.

As soon as I arrived at Mrs. Collins’ home (it’s really more of an estate located right next to the Florida Governor’s mansion), I was pleased I had made the trip. At 95 years old I found her to be charming, enlightening, entertaining, and extremely witty.

The loss of Mrs. Collins won’t be felt by many outside of her family and friends. But her passing is a tremendous loss to the people of Florida for the history she lived and represented, and the service and good deeds she and her family have long provided to our state.

My thoughts and prayers are with the Collins family.

Chris Ingram

Damn the deficit:

Double-digit. That hyphenated adjective has been used most often recently to describe October’s 10.2 percent unemployment rate. But it can also be used to describe the federal budget deficit as a percentage of the gross domestic product. That precise number is not yet known, but it may turn out to have a more dire effect on our national life than October’s unemployment rate.

Full speed ahead on health care

By: Michael Barone

Double-digit. That hyphenated adjective has been used most often recently to describe October’s 10.2 percent unemployment rate. But it can also be used to describe the federal budget deficit as a percentage of the gross domestic product. That precise number is not yet known, but it may turn out to have a more dire effect on our national life than October’s unemployment rate.

In the fiscal year just ended, federal spending was nearly 25 percent of GDP while federal revenues slipped below 15 percent because of the financial crisis and recession. We have not seen a budget deficit of this magnitude since World War II, which surely was a greater challenge than recent economic troubles. Continue reading “Damn the deficit:”

Obamacare is coming to a Doctor’s Office near you

As regular readers of my column have noticed, I haven’t written much about Obamalism and his plans for so-called healthcare reform in quite a while. The reason for this is two-fold. 1). I’ve been having way too much fun picking on Chuckles the Clown, aka, Florida Governor Charlie Crist. He has provided so much good material, I couldn’t resist. Besides, when I write about Chucky boy, the hits on the site go through the roof. 2). I don’t like to write about stuff I don’t know a whole lot about, and since (like most of the 535 members of Congress who are voting on the measure) I have not read the 1,000 plus page bill I’ve taken a pass.

Get ready for the efficiency of the Post Office and the compassion of the I.R.S.

By Chris Ingram

As regular readers of my column have noticed, I haven’t written much about Obamalism and his plans for so-called healthcare reform in quite a while. The reason for this is two-fold. 1). I’ve been having way too much fun picking on Chuckles the Clown, aka, Florida Governor Charlie Crist. He has provided so much good material, I couldn’t resist. Besides, when I write about Chucky boy, the hits on the site go through the roof. 2). I don’t like to write about stuff I don’t know a whole lot about, and since (like most of the 535 members of Congress who are voting on the measure) I have not read the 1,000 plus page bill I’ve taken a pass.

So while I’m no expert on healthcare I offer the following thoughts.

1) If you like the speed of service at the post office window and the compassion you receive from the I.R.S., you’ll love government mandated healthcare. Continue reading “Obamacare is coming to a Doctor’s Office near you”

A view from the Left

I’m quite open about my support of gay marriage. I sincerely believe all Americans should have the right to humiliate themselves on the Divorce Court Show. Everyone in this great country should have equal opportunity to appear on daytime trash TV. However, when I was asked on Facebook to sign a petition protesting Obama’s decision to have Rick Warren do the invocation at the inauguration, I wasn’t into it.

I.V.’s resident comedian takes a look at all things Obama from a lefty comedian’s standpoint

By Debra M. Cole

I’ve heard a lot of complaints from my gay and lesbian friends in conversations and on the web about the Obama administration being slow to act on LGBT issues. The emotions range from mild disappointment to outrage.  They’re upset that he hasn’t repealed the “don’t ask don’t tell policy of our military.” They were angry that he kept quiet when California voted on Prop 8 and when Maine rejected gay marriage at the ballot box. And even though he extended health benefits for same sex couples who are federal employees. That was considered a small step and perhaps just a gesture.

I’m quite open about my support of gay marriage. I sincerely believe all Americans should have the right to humiliate themselves on the Divorce Court Show. Everyone in this great country should have equal opportunity to appear on daytime trash TV. However, when I was asked on Facebook to sign a petition protesting Obama’s decision to have Rick Warren do the invocation at the inauguration, I wasn’t into it. Continue reading “A view from the Left”

Saxby Chambliss: Washington’s Best Pimp

Frequent readers of my column will recall that earlier this year I chastised Georgia U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss for endorsing Charlie Crist. I have known Saxby for a long time and have always admired him. But like most people who come to Washington with good intentions, he has turned into a typical politician who speaks out of both sides of his mouth and is only concerned with getting re-elected — as opposed to doing right.

Watch your wallet, there is no shame or respect for the truth from this DC dirt-bag

By Chris Ingram

Frequent readers of my column will recall that earlier this year I chastised Georgia U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss for endorsing Charlie Crist. I have known Saxby for a long time and have always admired him. But like most people who come to Washington with good intentions, he has turned into a typical politician who speaks out of both sides of his mouth and is only concerned with getting re-elected — as opposed to doing right.

In my column/open letter to Saxby I reminded him of the following:

“Charlie Crist fully embraced President Obama’s reckless and fiscally unsound “stimulus” plan… [he] went down to Ft. Myers, Florida earlier this year… with Obama where they hugged and kissed and America’s children got screwed. For that reason alone, I question your judgment and commitment to conservative values for having recently endorsed such a fraud of a candidate in Charlie Crist.”

Well guess what? Chambliss now has the audacity to send out a fundraising letter attacking Obama for you guessed it, the $787 billion stimulus package! Continue reading “Saxby Chambliss: Washington’s Best Pimp”