Going back to work, one regulation at a time

This ill-conceived attempt to help curve Florida’s dismal employment numbers wrongly assumes several things and ignores other more important considerations. In essence, this bill is a politician’s attempt to heal a heart attack victim by placing a Band-Aid on another patient’s broken toe. One can only assume this is being done because said politician has no idea how to heal the heart attack victim.

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune

Published Wednesday, January 31, 2013

“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy.” — Ernest Benn, British author

Apparently having given up completely on the idea of individual freedom, free markets and fewer government regulations, the Republican-dominated Florida Legislature is considering a bill (SB 100) sponsored by Rep. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, that would prohibit employers from considering a prospective employee’s credit report as a part of the hiring process.

This ill-conceived attempt to help curve Florida’s dismal employment numbers wrongly assumes several things and ignores other more important considerations. In essence, this bill is a politician’s attempt to heal a heart attack victim by placing a Band-Aid on another patient’s broken toe. One can only assume this is being done because said politician has no idea how to heal the heart attack victim.

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Florida politics interview

Chris Ingram interviewed by Dan Maduri on AM 820 Tampa. Topics: Jim Greer trial, Rick Scott’s reelection, Charlie Crist and what’s wrong with the GOP

Chris Ingram interviewed by Dan Maduri on AM 820 Tampa

Topics: Jim Greer trial, Rick Scott’s reelection, Charlie Crist and what’s wrong with the GOP

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Gasparilla 2013

By Chris Ingram

My wife Amy and I lost our Gasparilla virginity yesterday. Neither of us being fans of big drunken crowds had since avoided the festivities on Bayshore like the plague. Last year we were invited to attend Mayor Buckhorn’s tent but couldn’t go. Invited again this year, we left the kids with friends and made our way down to Bayshore to attend the annual event. We had a good time people watching. Some photos of the festivities are shown below. Gasparilla wasn’t on our “bucket list” but at least we can now say we’ve done it.

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Bill Clinton’s hooker problem

Thanks to my friend Larry for passing this along this amusing tale (joke).

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Bill Clinton started jogging near his home in Chappaqua.
But on each run he happened to jog past a hooker standing on the same Street corner, day after day.
With some apprehension he would brace himself as he approached her for what was most certainly to follow.

“Fifty dollars!” she would cry out from the curb.

“No, Five dollars!” fired back Clinton.

This ritual between Bill and the hooker continued for days. Continue reading “Bill Clinton’s hooker problem”

Recollections of a childhood tragedy

Days before, a friend had suggested acupuncture. To my surprise much relief came immediately upon the first visit. But the doc warned me it wasn’t over and I needed to come back. I get Julia dressed and ready for her mother’s morning out program. I groan as I put her in the car seat that is so littered with bits of toddler snacks, I’m afraid it will sprout like a Chia Pet if it doesn’t get cleaned soon. There’s just too much to do! I drop off my daughter and head to the doc’s office. I am hurting and ready to give that Chinaman a piece of my mind.

Getting some relief from Snow White and accupuncture

By Debra Cole

It’s Thursday evening and my daughter wants to watch Snow White for the 17th time. I do what she wants and cuddle with her on the couch. I look at the screen and wonder, why do all the evil witches in Disney movies look like drag queens? Someone at Disney must have been a cross dresser. I try to enjoy the time but my back is hurting. The next morning, the pain is more intense. I feel like the old woman who poisons Snow White with the apple. She’s the one with warts on her nose and osteoporosis.  Ugh! This is worse than labor! I struggle to get out of bed and conclude I should have had a baby in my 20s. Forget emotional maturity, this kid is killing me.

Days before, a friend had suggested acupuncture.  To my surprise much relief came immediately upon the first visit.  But the doc warned me it wasn’t over and I needed to come back.  I get Julia dressed and ready for her mother’s morning out program. I groan as I put her in the car seat that is so littered with bits of toddler snacks, I’m afraid it will sprout like a Chia Pet if it doesn’t get cleaned soon. There’s just too much to do!  I drop off my daughter and head to the doc’s office. I am hurting and ready to give that Chinaman a piece of my mind.

Photo: Debra Cole

He tells me to calm down and gets out the needles. He says there’s nothing really wrong with my back. It’s just sore because I overreact to everything. He tells me I can’t function in fight or flight mode anymore. That’s easy for him to say. I’m self-employed and divorced. And I’m co-parenting a toddler with a man who is “difficult” on his best day. Continue reading “Recollections of a childhood tragedy”