Almost feeling sorry for Jim Greer

The fact that Jim Greer pleaded guilty Monday to grand theft and money laundering (a fraud charge was dropped), has the Republican Party of Florida and many current and former elected Republicans, as well as former Gov. Charlie Crist (who is now a Democrat) breathing a sigh of relief.

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune

Published Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The fact that Jim Greer pleaded guilty Monday to grand theft and money laundering (a fraud charge was dropped), has the Republican Party of Florida and many current and former elected Republicans, as well as former Gov. Charlie Crist (who is now a Democrat) breathing a sigh of relief.

Whether those officials had anything to worry about or not, we may never know. But they are doubtlessly happy that Greer’s trial — which was bound to have a circus-like atmosphere — will not take place. Had the trial occurred, Greer — the former party chairman whose oversized frame competed with his oversized ego — had promised lots of dirt on a who’s who of Florida politics, including Crist, former Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum, former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux, former Republican Party of Florida Chairman John Thrasher, former Florida House Speaker Dean Cannon, former Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos and House Speaker Will Weatherford.

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Photo: Jim Greer cuts up his RPOF Amex. card.

The subject matter during the trial was certain to include Greer’s claims that party leaders were aware of Continue reading “Almost feeling sorry for Jim Greer”

You’re invited to jail!

Our next Irreverent View lunch will take place on Thursday, June 14 at the Hillsborough County Jail Falkenburg Road facility located at 520 N. Falkenburg Road, Tampa, Florida 33619. The lunch will include remarks from Sheriff David Gee and Colonel Jim Privatera followed by a tour of the facility. A box lunch will be provided by Rigatoni restaurant for $10-$15.

Irreverent View lunch at the Hillsborough County Jail

Our next Irreverent View lunch will take place on Thursday, June 14 at the Hillsborough County Jail Falkenburg Road facility  located at 520 N. Falkenburg Road, Tampa, Florida 33619. The lunch will include remarks from Sheriff David Gee and Colonel Jim Previtera followed by a tour of the facility. A box lunch will be provided by Rigatoni restaurant for $10-$15.

In order to attend this event, you must email me your name as it appears on your driver license or other government issued photo ID and your date of birth. You must bring your photo ID with you on the day of the lunch or your will not be allowed to participate. If you plan to attend, please email me this information before COB on June 11.  Space for the tour is limited, and is available on a first-come first-served basis.

Additional information about the tour:

  1. Parking is at the shell lot at the north end of the complex.
  2. All participants must have picture ID.
  3. Arrive at 11:30. If you are not in line to go through security by 11:45, you will not get in.
  4. The cost for the lunch will be between $10 and $15 and is mandatory. Please bring cash or a check made out to Rigatoni.
  5. Note this is at the Falkenburg Road (not Orient Road) facility.
  6. If you have a warrant for your arrest, bring a toothbrush or bail money.

Florida [still] needs Grady Judd for U.S. Senate

Polk County (Fla.) Sheriff Grady Judd (R) is known to residents of Florida’s I-4 corridor as a no-nonsense law enforcement officer who knows how to identify a problem, take aim at it, and put the bad guys in jail. He’s a lot like Arizona’s Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph Arpaio minus the overdose of Viagra.

Judd is Florida’s version of Sheriff Joseph Arpaio — minus the overdose of Viagra

(This column was originally posted on December 21 of last year. Four months later, the message still applies. When will a serious candidate emerge in the Fla. U.S. Senate race? We’ve got to demand better than the current crop of candidates or we’re doomed with 6 more years of Bill Nelson. Candidate updates in red.)

By Chris Ingram

Polk County (Fla.) Sheriff Grady Judd (R) is known to residents of Florida’s I-4 corridor as a no-nonsense law enforcement officer who knows how to identify a problem, take aim at it, and put the bad guys in jail.  He’s a lot like Arizona’s Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph Arpaio minus the overdose of Viagra.

Photo: Sheriff Grady Judd

Judd’s performance in office in just the last few months includes going after pedophiles, pimps and prostitutes, fake pot, pain clinics, and purse snatchers.

The man knows how to Continue reading “Florida [still] needs Grady Judd for U.S. Senate”

Immigration reform is simple

The immigration law signed by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer a few days ago sent shock waves through a nation divided by the issue of immigration. Now, I must warn you that what you are about to read might shock your conservative sensibilities and cause you to throw things at your screen. Before you label me as a liberal writer of tripe, I urge you to read this to the end and give it some serious consideration.

Go after the businesses who hire illegal workers

By Scott Factor

The immigration law signed by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer a few days ago sent shock waves through a nation divided by the issue of immigration. Now, I must warn you that what you are about to read might shock your conservative sensibilities and cause you to throw things at your screen.  Before you label me as a liberal writer of tripe, I urge you to read this to the end and give it some serious consideration.

As most know, entering this country without proper authorization from the federal government via the Department of Immigration and Naturalization is a felony.  People that enter the United States illegally are felons, law breakers, criminals, scofflaws, bad guys, etc. We should throw them all in jail, Continue reading “Immigration reform is simple”

Waiting for a Good Idea to Emerge

The nation needs inspiration to solve its biggest problems, but the presidential candidates haven’t offered much so far

By Elan Barnehama

The primaries continue to drag on and the election is not for another half a year, but I’m ready to call the race. Without any results having been reported, I can say with complete confidence that we the people have lost. Again.

After all the debates and with what started out as dozens of candidates drawn from our best and brightest political minds, not a single great idea – or even a very good idea – has emerged. I’m still waiting to hear something bold wrapped Continue reading “Waiting for a Good Idea to Emerge”