If you don’t think this is funny, you don’t have a brain

Since becoming a mother, I’ve learned that making friends with cool parents can be a challenge. There are neurotic helicopter parents who will dial 911 if the kid gets a bruise. Bringing attention to the threat du jour is their sole purpose after reproduction. Top ten favorites include recalled cribs, food allergies, and which roller coaster could decapitate a child. They make you long for the days when parents casually dropped off kids at the county fair knowing full well that toothless alcoholic carnies operated the Ferris wheel.

Language, Rhetoric, Semantics-It’s All Noise to Me in the Fight for the GOP

By Debra Cole

(Editor’s note: when I was a Kool-aid drinking Republican back in high school and college, I probably would have hated Debra Cole. Today, the rose colored glasses are off, and I think she is hysterical. I hope I.V. readers will enjoy her latest rant. It will make you think and laugh — and there is lots of truth to it — Chris Ingram)

Since becoming a mother, I’ve learned that making friends with cool parents can be a challenge. There are neurotic helicopter parents who will dial 911 if the kid gets a bruise.  Bringing attention to the threat du jour is their sole purpose after reproduction. Top ten favorites include recalled cribs, food allergies, and which roller coaster could decapitate a child. They make you long for the days when parents casually dropped off kids at the county fair knowing full well that toothless alcoholic carnies operated the Ferris wheel.

Then there are the parents that can’t talk about anything but Continue reading “If you don’t think this is funny, you don’t have a brain”

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”

Shameless losers

Gingrich would like voters to forget he’s a philandering hypocrite, a “histobbyist” and the ultimate Washington insider, with the ethics violations, record fines and enemies to prove it.

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune

Published February 8, 2012

Just like his pal former speaker of the U.S. House Newt Gingrich, ex-congressman and former Florida attorney general Bill McCollum wants voters to forget a few things.

Gingrich would like voters to forget he’s a philandering hypocrite, a “histobbyist” and the ultimate Washington insider, with the ethics violations, record fines and enemies to prove it.

For his part, McCollum would like voters to forget about the fiasco that was his service as a Clinton impeachment manager. As one of the managers, McCollum proved his mastery of the law couldn’t get a grand jury of 12 Orthodox Jews to indict a ham sandwich.

McCollum would also like voters to forget that Continue reading “Shameless losers”

Newt the narcissist

In his career Newt Gingrich has demonstrated brilliance, while at the same time frequent shades of immaturity, lack of self-awareness, and reality — among others. I came across some website (click here) that lists several personality disorders that are similar to Gingrich’s personality. I can’t tell who wrote this website or why they wrote it, or who they plan to vote for for president, but it’s on the Internet, so it must be true.

By Chris Ingram

Newt the narcissist. Or, he’s no different than a 6 year old.

In his career Newt Gingrich has demonstrated brilliance, while at the same time frequent shades of immaturity, lack of self-awareness, and reality — among other traits. I came across some website (click here) that lists several personality disorders that are similar to Gingrich’s personality. I can’t tell who wrote this website or why they wrote it, or who they plan to vote for for president, but it’s on the Internet, so it must be true.

The site has several interesting links with the following titles: What is a personality disorder? | Narcissistic Personality Disorder How to recognize a narcissist | Traits discussed | (and best of all), “Now We Are Six.”

The “Now We Are Six” link is particularly relevant to Newt. In this article, the author (who somewhere in the disorganized website says he/she isn’t a doctor or therapist) lists several traits and characteristics of a six-year-old and how those are similar to an adult with a narcissitic personality disorder, or, are like Newt.

Note that I am not a doctor, and I never so much as even ever played one on TV, but watching Mr. Gingrich from afar, you have to wonder what’s going on inside the space in between his hairy ears. Just consider the traits and characteristics of a narcissist, and how similar they are to a 6 yr. old – or to Newt. Take them for what they are worth — they’re listed on some dubious website but they didn’t come with any anti-Newt liberal media bias as far as I can tell. That my friends comes from me. Well, all but the liberal part.

Here is the list as referenced from the book of the name Now we are six: Continue reading “Newt the narcissist”

5 things Newt would rather Florida voters forget

Just recently I made up my mind to vote for Mitt Romney for president. In assessing the rather weak field of GOP candidates, I believe Romney is the only one who has the experience, temperament, steady hand, and enough appeal to independents and swing voters to beat Barack Obama.

Don’t bet on Newt if beating Obama is the goal

By Chris Ingram

Just recently I made up my mind to vote for Mitt Romney for president. In assessing the rather weak field of GOP candidates, I believe Romney is the only one who has the experience, temperament, steady hand, and enough appeal to independents and swing voters to beat Barack Obama.

Newt Gingrich’s potential jackpot victory in Florida on Tuesday will only come at the behest of conservative Republican voters who don’t like Romney. Gingrich is betting they will leave their conscience at the door and forget about all the things they claim they value (morality, smaller government, no amnesty for illegals), roll the dice and vote for him. It’s an election strategy most Vegas odds-makers called a long-shot just weeks ago.

Newt Gingrich with Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson (left). Adelson and his wife have contributed over $10 million to a Super PAC benefitting Gingrich.

But Newt’s silver tongue, intellect, and remarkable recollection of history have served him well.

He’s wagering voters’ memories aren’t as remarkable as his own.

Gingrich would rather voters forget about Continue reading “5 things Newt would rather Florida voters forget”

Will Ron Paul upset the apple cart?

Republican or Democrat, you can’t argue with the fact that our politicians in Washington are failing the American people.

The other day the GOP finally caved to the realization that playing politics with middle-class tax relief was a losing proposition.

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune

Published January 1, 2012

Republican or Democrat, you can’t argue with the fact that our politicians in Washington are failing the American people.

The other day the GOP finally caved to the realization that playing politics with middle-class tax relief was a losing proposition.

Meanwhile, the Democrats and President Obama play politics with our nation’s energy dependence (or lack thereof) by denying the application of an oil company to build an oil pipeline from Alberta, Canada, to refineries in Texas.

Both parties are complicit in excessive government spending, a complicated tax code that benefits special interests, and a complete lack of responsibility about the staggering national debt — currently at $15 trillion. To understand how bad the debt situation is consider this: You would have to spend $1 million a day for the next 2,739 years to blow through a trillion dollars. Now multiply by 15.

The only thing the two parties generally agree on (albeit behind closed doors) is Continue reading “Will Ron Paul upset the apple cart?”

Gifts For The GOP Field

When choosing gifts to give those you care about this holiday season, it’s always best to ask the experts! That’s why FLDemocracy asked some of Florida’s best pundits, professors, and pols for help in picking out the perfect gifts for the candidates ahead of our Jan. 31 primary.

As published on www.FlDemocracy2012.com 

When choosing gifts to give those you care about this holiday season, it’s always best to ask the experts! That’s why FLDemocracy asked some of Florida’s best pundits, professors, and pols for help in picking out the perfect gifts for the candidates ahead of our Jan. 31 primary.

Their suggestions were thoughtful (so nice of Chris Ingram to think of Gary Johnson), hilarious (Thanks, Mark Foley) and perfectly gift-wrapped (Sid Dinerstein composed a candidate-carol).  In honor of the holiday season, here’s what our selection of experts would give the field: Continue reading “Gifts For The GOP Field”