Watch out for the politically correct police — they’re on the warpath

The New England Patriots have perhaps the most racially insensitive name in all of professional sports. The origin of the team name is based on those who fought the British crown and gave America its independence. If you’re to believe today’s history books (as written by the PCP), these were bad men who were mostly white, wealthy and slave-holders who used mob violence to get their way.

By Chris Ingram

Almost as predictably as the decennial census, every decade or so the politically correct police (PCP) aim their sights on the Washington Redskins, for what they view as the team’s racist name.

Although the intended meaning of an individual’s usage of a word, and how it is interpreted by those who hear it is subjective, Smithsonian Institution senior linguist Ives Goddard has concluded that the term “redskin” was first used by Native Americans in the 18th century to distinguish themselves from whites.

Former Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke said, “I admire the Redskins name. I think it stands for bravery, courage, and a stalwart spirit, and I see no reason why we shouldn’t continue to use it.”

Daniel Snyder, who is the current owner of the National Football League team, has said he will never change the name because “what it means is tradition, what it means is competitiveness, what it means is honor.” Adding, “It is not meant to be derogatory.”

But facts about the origins of the word, or the intent of owners current or past, are not relevant to the PCP.

But why should they stop there?

Verlin Deer In Water

In an effort to help them with their efforts to make the world as politically correct as possible, I have compiled the following short list of other team names that should be changed. Like the Redskins team name controversy, these are based on ignorance of facts and renaming any of the following would do nothing to actually make the world a better place.

This being Tampa, we should start with the Buccaneers. A Buccaneer, of course, is akin to a pirate. Pirates rape, rob and plunder. These are bad people, and they are extremely dangerous and threatening. The Bucs should rename the “pro-violence” name they have and change it to one that would more adequately reflect the team when it is on the field. I suggest the Tampa Bay Continue reading “Watch out for the politically correct police — they’re on the warpath”

Earth to Rush Limbaugh: IRS refuses to prosecute fraudulent tax-return scammers

(Tampa, Fla.) — You may have never heard of “Green dot prepaid debit cards” but they are commonly used by scammers to receive fraudulent IRS refunds, authorities say.

Service won’t prosectute unless theft is over $50K — but will fight honest taxpayers over $100.00

Irreverent View EXCLUSIVE By Chris Ingram

(Tampa, Fla.) — You may have never heard of “Green dot prepaid debit cards,” but they are commonly used by scammers to receive fraudulent IRS refunds, authorities say.

This week the Tampa Tribune  and the St. Pete Times reported on one such scammer.

On Friday (9/2), Bay-area  law enforcement will be holding a press conference about the problem.

The real issue with this scam is not that scammers are stealing money and the identities of innocent victims as the Tribune and Times reported. No, the real crime is our own government. Specifically the IRS.

Here’s how the scam works – and why the IRS is the real problem: Continue reading “Earth to Rush Limbaugh: IRS refuses to prosecute fraudulent tax-return scammers”

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”

Does the G.O.P. Wear a Thinking Cap or a Dunce Cap?

It’s easy to see why conservatives are frustrated. Maybe that’s why they threw tea bags at the White House instead of discussing a platform on taxation. But this kind of erratic, pundit-driven development simply doesn’t work. Over the next five weeks, Congress stands poised to tackle climate change, health care, and a Supreme Court nomination. The minority won’t technically win any of these fights, so they really only have one viable option: go back to the drafting table and start working. (Either that or start a betting ring on who’ll go crazy next.)

Actually, what the party needs are fewer spotlights and more desk lamps

By Kelsey Stapler

There are some who believe those in high office should be held to a higher standard. Given recent events, however, Republican voters might just settle for officials to stay within the margins of polite society. Conservatives’ resignation (or worse, denial) in the face of political falling stars threatens to become the GOP’s next biggest problem.

Of course, politicians are human. They screw up, have affairs, quit their jobs early, and fly to Argentina just like the rest of us. But the bizarre antics of Ensign, Sanford, Palin, and others are also vintage examples of image trumping intelligence. Continue reading “Does the G.O.P. Wear a Thinking Cap or a Dunce Cap?”

Rush is Wrong

Defense of Fed-ex is misguided

By Chuck Muth

Folks claiming that talk-show host Rush Limbaugh speaks for conservatives are off the mark.  Rush speaks TO conservatives, not FOR them.  And he speaks to them in their own language, which is why he has such a gigantic listening audience.  And because he has such a gigantic listening audience of conservatives, it is especially important for other conservatives to step forward and set the record straight on those rare occasions when Rush gets one wrong.

So it is with Limbaugh’s recent criticism of a bill which would change the way FedEx Express receives special treatment under the nation’s labor laws.  Claims by FedEx to the contrary, this bill isn’t a “bailout” for UPS so much as it’s an elimination of a corporate welfare subsidy for FedEx.  But first, let me stipulate two points: Continue reading “Rush is Wrong”

McCain gets the Gold!

In picking Sarah Palin, John McCain has shown he has faith in the future, the hope, and the opportunity for America and its future generations.

GOP nominee’s pick is the best since Kennedy picked LBJ – but for totally different reasons

By Chris Ingram
 
Slap me silly and call me stupid, but John McCain is on his way to being the 44th President of the United States of America.

Six months ago when Rush Limbaugh and Laura Ingraham were trashing McCain and arguing he is unelectable and “not conservative enough,” it was hard for even the most diehard McCain supporters like me to believe he had a chance of getting elected. Continue reading “McCain gets the Gold!”

Post-Implosion Politics

As far as “allowing the Republican Party to implode,” wake up and smell the coffee – it imploded years ago. The GOP imploded when Tom DeLay and his henchmen took over the House of Representatives.

McCain may not be perfect, but a maverick is exactly what the GOP needs now

By Chris Ingram

Shortly after it became obvious Senator John McCain was going to get the Republican nomination for President of the United States, self-proclaimed “conservatives” and blow-hards like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Anne Coulter, and Laura Ingraham began to trash McCain, pronounce he wasn’t conservative, and say they wouldn’t vote for him. I guess I forgot these people own the term “conservative.” Continue reading “Post-Implosion Politics”