Addressing gun violence one bumper-sticker solution at a time

But would banning ice cream sales result in a reduction in the number of rapes? Almost certainly not. Why? Because the correlation does not demonstrate the causation. Looked at another way, they have a shared cause, but there is no correlation. The cause in both cases is hotter temperatures. That is, rape is more likely to occur in warmer months, just as ice cream sales shoot up during the hot summer season. Banning the sale of ice cream to reduce rape makes about as much sense as banning guns to reduce violence.

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune

Published Tuesday, February 27, 2013

Most anyone who has taken a statistics class has heard the example of the incidence of rape rising when sales of ice cream increase. Does that mean rape is more likely to occur as ice cream sales rise? The evidence says yes.

But would banning ice cream sales result in a reduction in the number of rapes? Almost certainly not. Why? Because the correlation does not demonstrate the causation. Looked at another way, they have a shared cause, but there is no correlation. The cause in both cases is hotter temperatures. That is, rape is more likely to occur in warmer months, just as ice cream sales shoot up during the hot summer season. Banning the sale of ice cream to reduce rape makes about as much sense as banning guns to reduce violence.

We get bombarded with stats, figures and polling data every day. Much of this, particularly the polling data, is next to useless. But it doesn’t stop the media from fixating on often-times meaningless numbers to tell a story. Real facts and figures are harder to explain, thus the preferred use of polling numbers.

But hard facts don’t lie. According to the FBI, in 2011 there were 8,583 firearm-related Continue reading “Addressing gun violence one bumper-sticker solution at a time”

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”

A child’s innocent light shines

Following the horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, like many parents, I thought about my own kids and the pain those children’s families must be going through.

Nothing can bring their little ones back, or ease the pain of trying to understand why this happened.

In thinking about this horrendous event, I recalled how late last year my daughter Casey, (who was only 7 years old at the time) wrote a song called “Let My Light Shine.”

Casey wrote the song which professes her view of God and expresses the generally optimistic nature and innocence all children have.

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune

Published Thursday, December 20, 2012

Following the horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, like many parents, I thought about my own kids and the pain those children’s families must be going through.

Nothing can bring their little ones back, or ease the pain of trying to understand why this happened.

In thinking about this horrendous event, I recalled how late last year my daughter Casey, (who was only 7 years old at the time) Continue reading “A child’s innocent light shines”

In the basement with Rick Scott

Scott: I don’t like the media. Bunch of sissy journalists! They’ve never run a business and don’t know how to do anything but write words. Let’s cut funding for journalism schools. Florida is the best place in the entire world, and I’m the governor of that place in the world. Why don’t they ever write that?

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune

Published Saturday, September 29, 2012

Political Satire

At his beachfront mansion in Naples, the doorbell rings as Gov. Rick Scott anxiously awaits the arrival of his top political adviser. A servant opens the door as Scott stands in the foyer.

Scott: You’re seven minutes late. You’ve got to learn to be on time. Let’s go down to the basement and plan my re-election strategy.

Adviser: Your house on the beach has a basement?

Scott: Bunker, really. It’s where I keep all my firearms in preparation for civil unrest, and it’s where I have secret cabinet meetings. We had to dig up a bunch of sea turtle nests in the middle of the night before the enviro whackos realized they were there, or I would’ve never gotten the permits to build this place.

Adviser: Really?

Scott: Yes. Now forget about that. How, uh, am I, uh, going to get re-elected?

Adviser: The easy answer is: Continue reading “In the basement with Rick Scott”

‘I-GAG’ issues threaten GOP hopes

With the second night of the RNC now behind us, the party awaits Mitt Romney’s acceptance of his nomination tonight. So far, the GOP’s efforts to stay on script have been flawlessly executed.

But on the floor, at the protest zone and beyond, problems swirl for the Republican brand.

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune

Published Wednesday, August 30, 2012

With the second night of the RNC now behind us, the party awaits Mitt Romney’s acceptance of his nomination tonight. So far, the GOP’s efforts to stay on script have been flawlessly executed.

But on the floor, at the protest zone and beyond, problems swirl for the Republican brand.

On Tuesday night in Ybor City, the Republican group GOProud — a national organization of gay and straight Americans seeking to promote freedom by supporting free markets, limited government and a respect for individual rights — held a well-attended party at a nightclub.

Conservative anti-tax leader Grover Norquist was among the political celebrities in attendance.

The GOProud event was not endorsed by the RNC, and there were not any official Romney representatives present at the event — held on the same day the Republican Party platform called for a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union between one man and one woman.

The party’s problems with gays, Continue reading “‘I-GAG’ issues threaten GOP hopes”

Bunting gets “Hammered”

In Pasco County, incumbent RPOF state committeeman Bill Bunting faces Steve Simon. The race is getting far more media attention than one of these down-ballot party positions normally receive due to an unlikely occurrence.

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune

Published Wednesday, August 8, 2012

With so many high-profile contested races on the GOP primary ballot, local Republicans may have a hard time figuring out whom to vote for in the lower-profile races that generally don’t get much money or media attention.

Among those, way down on the ballot, Republicans in every Florida county have the opportunity to vote for two state committee members who will represent their county in the Republican Party of Florida. The position carries no government authority and is unpaid.

If your ballot is similar to mine, the state committee position may be on the back page of the ballot, and if you don’t know to look for it, you might miss it.

The position of state committeeman is important in as much as Continue reading “Bunting gets “Hammered””

The GOP’s flavor of the month

Conservatives complain of the squishy moderates in the party and yearn for the next Ronald Reagan. They conveniently forget that in reality Reagan was a union leader, he signed pro-choice abortion legislation, he raised taxes many times, and he tripled the size of the national debt and the overall size of the federal government.

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune

Published March 3, 2012

Mitt Romney appears once again to be on his way to securing the GOP nomination for president.

I have to admit I am not crazy about how Romney seems as hollow as an ice cream cone.

Romney has been criticized for being a flip-flopper on nearly every social issue you can imagine, being the first to pass Obamacare and taking a government bailout to “save” the Utah Olympic games. Mitt isn’t exactly what you would call a Barry Goldwater conservative.

Romney’s perception as being a Continue reading “The GOP’s flavor of the month”