The most important video you will ever watch

As the NSA and IRS scandals unfold, and as Obama-care makes the insurance companies richer, and the hard-working people who actually work and pay taxes poorer — so the Obama government can make more people dependent on government and thereby get Democrats reelected — I believe you will be as appalled as I am at the America we live in today. But take your partisan stripes off. As Barry Richards shows, the attack on individual freedoms is not limited to one party or the other. Both parties seek greater power by oppressing the Constitutional freedoms of every American regardless of race, creed, socioeconomic status, or religion.

By Chris Ingram

If you care about the Constitution, personal liberties and individual freedom, and are bothered by the fact that your government thinks it is okay for them to spy on you, listen to your phone calls and catalog your electronic activities, you must watch this video.

The video is of Barry Richard.  Richard is an attorney in Florida, who has been named “One of the 100 Most Influential Attorneys in America” by the National Law Journal. 

Additionally, his capabilities in the area of government and election law are illustrated by the broad, non-partisan nature of his representation. Most notably, a registered Democrat, he represented Continue reading “The most important video you will ever watch”

Fit to vote? Take this elections and politics quiz

What if you had to pass a knowledge quiz in order to have the right to vote? Some say it’s not a bad idea because there are a lot of people who have no idea about how our government or politics really work. Would you pass the test? Here are 10 questions to see if you’re a knowledgeable and qualified voter.

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune

Published Saturday, October 27, 2012

What if you had to pass a knowledge quiz in order to have the right to vote? Some say it’s not a bad idea because there are a lot of people who have no idea about how our government or politics really work. Would you pass the test? Here are 10 questions to see if you’re a knowledgeable and qualified voter.

1. True or false: The only thing more boring than last Monday night’s debate is Continue reading “Fit to vote? Take this elections and politics quiz”

Newsroom Insider: Hating on Chelsea Clinton

I found myself recalling that formative experience from my time as a cub reporter last night as I pondered the announcement that NBC had hired former first daughter Chelsea Clinton as a special news correspondent. It’s the latest hiring of a child from a prominent political family in the contracting news industry. The field I’ve devoted my life to never seems to run out of room for them, even as thousands of veteran reporters are being kicked to the curb.

Silver spoon lands plum job in shrinking news industry without paying dues

(Editor’s note: The following was submitted by my friend Victor Epstein, a veteran newspaper reporter. Victor, like a lot of professional journalists is out of a job due to the economy and the newspaper industry still trying to figure out how to make money in the age of Twitter and The Daily Show. His column focuses on how ridiculous it is that Chelsea Clinton was recently hired by NBC News — and his (understandable) frustrations. But the column doesn’t stop there. It gives an insightful first-person account of what it is like to be a journalist with real world accounts about covering the news. Those examples demonstrate how being a “real journalist” translates into better reporting and story telling. The column is longer than what we normally publish here, but if you’re interested in the news and journalism as I am, you wont be able to stop reading it.  — Chris Ingram, Publisher, Irreverent View)

By Victor Epstein

A pair of headlights cut through the darkness behind me on a two-lane road outside Claxton, Ga., one night in 1994. They closed swiftly on my pickup before matching my speed at about 200 yards.

That almost never happens on country roads. Cars either pass you or you pass them. They don’t race toward you before trailing  from a fixed distance. So, I slowed down to protect the identity of my source – a black high school student who had been warned to stop dating a white classmate in a town plagued by institutionalized racism.

The mystery car drew closer each time I downshifted, before matching my speed. We drove along in this manner for a stretch at 150 yards, then 100, then 50. We were separated by less than 10 feet by the time I brought my pickup to a complete halt.

The vehicle now visible in my rear-view mirror was a Claxton police cruiser. Continue reading “Newsroom Insider: Hating on Chelsea Clinton”

Irreverent View handicaps the likely GOP presidential candidates

With 2010 elections now well behind us, jockeying for the Republican nomination for president begins in earnest. GOP control of Congress and the White House will largely hinge upon how well Republicans manage their new majority in the House, and how successful they are at conveying to the American public that with the Democrats still in charge of the Senate and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, their hands are pretty much tied.

Expect a bruising campaign season. And brace yourself. It has already started.

By Chris Ingram

With 2010 elections now well behind us, jockeying for the Republican nomination for president begins in earnest. GOP control of Congress and the White House will largely hinge upon how well Republicans manage their new majority in the House, and how successful they are at conveying to the American public that with the Democrats still in charge of the Senate and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, their hands are pretty much tied.


Those realities won’t keep a bevy of politicians (and perhaps one or two non-politicians) from entering the race to oust Barack Obama. But a bruising campaign season full of fund raising, list building, town hall meetings, and media interviews will ensue first – long before the GOP crowns its nominee in Tampa in the summer of 2012.

Irreverent View takes a look at the hopefuls

Currently perceived to be “Top Tier” candidates

Sarah Palin – the former Alaska Governor who was selected by John McCain to be his VP nominee for three simple reasons:  she has a nice pair of  Continue reading “Irreverent View handicaps the likely GOP presidential candidates”

The Water Cooler: debt double-talk; Bitner for Chair; Wonderland

In 2006 Senator Barack Obama voted against raising the federal debt ceiling saying we needed to “get serious about fiscal discipline.” At the time of his vote against increasing the debt limit George W. Bush was president. Obama and every Democrat in the U.S. Senate voted against raising the debt ceiling and every Republican voted to increase it.

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

By Chris Ingram  

Washington double-talk about the debt  

In 2006 Senator Barack Obama voted against raising the federal debt ceiling saying we needed to “get serious  about fiscal discipline.” At the time of his vote against increasing the debt limit George W. Bush was president.  Obama and every Democrat in the U.S. Senate voted against raising the debt ceiling and every Republican voted for increasing it.    

 
 
 

What Rush won't tell you: the GOP's double-talk is as bad as Obama's

   Continue reading “The Water Cooler: debt double-talk; Bitner for Chair; Wonderland”

Fla. GOP Chair candidate’s DUI

For the Florida Republican Party, Cox-Roush’s demise doesn’t mean much. She was the lead candidate in a field of second-string Junior Varsity players. Apparently there isn’t a Republican in the state of Florida worth his or her salt who is willing to step up to the plate and help get the party out of the hole it is in.

Mugshot makes Nick Nolte’s look like a prom queen

By Chris Ingram

In what could be the final nail in the coffin of her race for chair of the Republican Party of Florida, it was disclosed yesterday that Hillsborough County Chairwoman Deborah Cox-Roush was arrested for DUI in 2004. According to the St. Petersblog (which appears to have broken the story ahead of the mainstream media which is playing catch up today — along with Irreverent View) Cox-Roush blew a .16 — twice the legal limit according to Florida law. That’s more than just a beer or two.

Deborah Cox-Roush mugshot (photo courtesy Hillsborough County Sheriff)

While drinking and driving is certainly wrong and inappropriate — it shows poor judgment and a reckless disregard for the life of your fellow citizens — it’s almost so common-place you have to wonder if her DUI will be the fatal blow to Cox-Roush’s ladder-climbing. I’ve never had a DUI, but I know lots of people who have — including the pastor at my church and former President George W. Bush.

What is more likely to undo Cox-Roush is the fact that the DUI is just another example of her poor judgment. Take for example the fact that as chairwoman of the Hillsborough GOP, her company has received nearly $100,000 Continue reading “Fla. GOP Chair candidate’s DUI”

Hijacked: the downfall of the G.O.P.

Although I am a registered Republican, I never really considered myself a party-line kind of guy. Party-line people are concerned with the survival of the party, no matter the consequence. Although I realize that this isn’t the ideal situation or approach to political governance, party survival is critical if the party you are trying to preserve is representing your political values in the governing process. However, I consider myself a conservative first, Republican voter second.

How getting reelected trumps real values

By Scott Factor

Although I am a registered Republican, I never really considered myself a party-line kind of guy.  Party-line people are concerned with the survival of the party, no matter the consequence. Although I realize that this isn’t the ideal situation or approach to political governance, party survival is critical if the party you are trying to preserve is representing your political values in the governing process.  However, I consider myself a conservative first, Republican voter second. Continue reading “Hijacked: the downfall of the G.O.P.”