An apology to my readers

As frequent readers of this column know are aware, there is no love lost between me and Michael Ciftci who is a third-rate candidate for Tampa City Council. Ciftci you will recall disparaged my reputation when he made defamatory remarks about me in the media.

By Chris Ingram

As frequent readers of this column know, there is no love lost between me and Michael Ciftci  —  a candidate for Tampa City Council. Ciftci you will recall Continue reading “An apology to my readers”

Irreverent View endorses Bob Buckhorn for Tampa Mayor

Bob is a fiscal conservative. He understands how bureaucracy, over-regulation, and taxation negatively impact small businesses, economic growth and entrepreneurism. Bob will work to cut-red tape and make City Hall and the city’s assorted bureaucracies more friendly and efficient.

Buckhorn is competent, practical, and has vision and temperment to be an effective mayor

By Chris Ingram

Early voting in Tampa’s municipal elections commences next week. City elections for Mayor and City Council conclude on Tuesday, March 1.

In the race for Tampa Mayor, all of the candidates have resumes of experienced public servants, and quite frankly, none of them would likely harm or embarrass the city if elected so long as there are no “panty raids” or race riots.

That said, in the race for Tampa Mayor I support Bob Buckhorn for Mayor.

Photo: Bob Buckhorn and his girls.

Here is why I like Bob: Continue reading “Irreverent View endorses Bob Buckhorn for Tampa Mayor”

Journalists should disclose union affiliation when writing about labor unions

Journalism is an industry rife with internal ethical oversights and the routine assignment of union reporters to labor stories without disclosing their own ties to organized labor is one of the most problematic.

Disclosure needed when reporting conflicts exist

By Victor Epstein

Journalism is an industry rife with internal ethical oversights and the routine assignment of union reporters to labor stories without disclosing their own ties to organized labor is one of the most problematic.

Photo: Wisconsin union members protest. CBS News photo

This practice flies in the face of other journalistic standards, like those requiring both sources and reporters to disclose their stock holdings when covering financial stories that could change the value of those investments.

How is union affiliation any different? The answer is simple. Continue reading “Journalists should disclose union affiliation when writing about labor unions”

The Water Cooler: Jim Norman’s interest in photos of farm animals

Reports out of Tallahassee indicate state Senator Jim Norman (R) has filed a bill to make it a first-degree felony to take a photograph of a farm or farm animal without the farm owner’s permission.

The Water Cooler is a snapshot of some of the things people are talking about

By Chris Ingram

Only in Florida…

Jim Norman wants felony charges if you take pictures of a cow.

Caption: Norman's moo-ronic bill.

Reports out of Tallahassee indicate state Senator Jim Norman (R) has filed a bill to make it a first-degree felony to take a photograph of a farm or farm animal without the farm owner’s permission.

Now I don’t know about you, but I haven’t ever heard a single person mention taking pictures of Elsie the cow being a problem. Nor have I read any media reports about this being a cause for concern.  And I certainly doubt it’s of such a grand problem that it warrants a first-degree felony charge, though maybe if picture of said cow was  Continue reading “The Water Cooler: Jim Norman’s interest in photos of farm animals”

You won’t read this on Saintwhoever’s blog

Don’t get me wrong folks, I think Hillsborough County Commissioner Victor Crist is a total goober. He’s the kind of unaccountable, say-anything, career politician that is ruining our great country.

Crist has a heart for Hart and dumps Ciftci

How Michael Ciftci (pictured) may react to the news.

By Chris Ingram

Don’t get me wrong folks, I think Hillsborough County Commissioner Victor Crist is a total goober. He’s the kind of unaccountable, say-anything, career politician that is ruining our great country. Afterall, he’s the guy who sponsored the boondoggle Continue reading “You won’t read this on Saintwhoever’s blog”

Lacking facts, go on attack, but beware of e-mail evidence

Creative Loafing has a new story up today about Michael Ciftci (aka: Squirrel Poop) taking issue with the St. Pete Times report on Sunday.

Don’t take my word for who has credibility here, read the Creative Loafing story for yourself, and you be the judge!

Squirrel Poop gets in pi**ing match with St. Pete Times

Creative Loafing has a new story up today about Michael Ciftci (aka: Squirrel Poop) taking issue with the St. Pete Times’ report on Sunday about Ciftci’s work with his “green” nonprofit.

Don’t take my word for who has credibility here, read the Creative Loafing story for yourself, and you be the judge!

Here is the C.L. report:

Michael Ciftci reacts to St. Pete Times story — and the Times responds back

On Sunday the St. Petersburg Times wrote a blistering story on District 3 Tampa City Council candidate Michael Ciftci and his group, United for a Sustainable America (UFSA), which received $100,000 in state funds to build 50 homes in Haiti and create 150 jobs — half to go to Floridians.

The story by Times reporter Jack Nicas details how Ciftci “overhauled” the proposal a month after the $100,000 was allotted, shifting expenses so that $13,000 would go to “each of three green business summits” and “$12,000 each to Ciftci and three USFA colleagues.”  Continue reading “Lacking facts, go on attack, but beware of e-mail evidence”

Ingram calls for Grand Jury investigation of Ciftci and UFSA

Earlier today I wrote Hillsborough County State Attorney Mark Ober asking him to consider convening a grand jury to investigate potential criminal behavior of Michael Ciftci and his “green” energy nonprofit group United for a Sustainable America, its employees, and board.

$100,000 in state funds to build homes in Haiti has resulted in only 140 light bulbs as “aid” to Haitians (that’s $714.28 per bulb)

By Chris Ingram

Earlier today I wrote Hillsborough County State Attorney Mark Ober asking him to consider convening a grand jury to investigate potential criminal behavior of Michael Ciftci and his “green” energy nonprofit group United for a Sustainable America, its employees, and board.

The text of the letter to Ober follows:

February 22, 2011

Honorable Mark Ober
Hillsborough County State Attorney
419 N. Pierce Street
Tampa, Florida 33602

Dear Mr. Ober:

After reading a thorough investigative report about Michael Ciftci and United for a Sustainable America (UFSA) in the St. Petersburg Times by Jack Nicas in the February 20, 2011 edition of the paper, I am extremely concerned about the potential for fraud and Continue reading “Ingram calls for Grand Jury investigation of Ciftci and UFSA”