Saturday, August 18, 2018


Daniel Ruth, Times columnist

Daniel Ruth, Times columnist

Daniel Ruth has been scribbling away for four decades as a reporter, film critic, television critic and columnist for the Tampa Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Tampa Bay Times. He also has worked as a radio talk show host as well as an adjunct professor for the University of South Florida, the University of Tampa and Columbia College in Chicago. Daniel is a Peter Lisagor Award recipient for his columns in Chicago and has been honored by the Pinellas County Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union with the Irene Miller Vigilance In Journalism Award.

Brian Sebring, left, is accused of shooting and wounding Alex Stephens, right, after a political dispute on Facebook. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]

Daniel Ruth: Angry words, Facebook and a handgun add up to a recipe for violence

Todayís lesson will address: How to make an imbecile cocktail. Ingredients: One part Facebook. One part firearm. And one heaping dash of stupid. Mix well. Serve. Call your lawyer.It might well be a toss up as to what was the most dangerous...
Published: 08/15/18

Ruth: Knocking Alex Jones off social media is not censorship

Thereís an old saying. Just because youíre paranoid doesnít mean people arenít plotting against you.And that brings us to Alex Jones. He has been reigning over Infowars for nearly 20 years, spewing one conspiracy theory after another across a...
Published: 08/11/18
Updated: 08/16/18
Jared Vidovic, right, with daughter Kalani and others show their support for his wife, firefighter Tanja Vidovic, as she faces an investigative hearing at Tampa Fire Rescue headquarters. [ANASTASIA DAWSON   |  

Daniel Ruth: Did wronged female firefighter assume Tampa Fire would change its good old boy ways? Perish the thought.

Letís be honest. The latest travails of the much beleaguered Tampa firefighter Tanja Vidovic are largely of her own making. Cruel, perhaps. But true.You might recall it was Vidovic who waged a long, bitter legal battle in federal court with...
Published: 08/08/18
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Cody Wilson holds what the pistol completely made on a 3-D-printer at his home in Austin, Texas.

Ruth: The danger of cranking out guns by 3-D printer

This was probably inevitable.In manís ongoing pursuit to make it easier to kill each another, it was only a matter of time before technology would emerge to efficiently crank out guns by way of a 3-D printer. Now thereís the perfect...
Published: 08/06/18
Updated: 08/09/18
One unintended benefit for Tampa when the Buccaneers take the field: It's easier to play a round of golf around town. [LUIS SANTANA   |   Times]

Daniel Ruth: Well, at least you can count on Jameis Winston not to take a knee

At last, my favorite time of year has arrived ó the start of football season. Oh, happy, happy, joy, joy.Donít get me wrong. I really donít give a ratís patootie about the National Football League and especially the Tampa Bay Buccaneers,...
Updated one month ago

Ruth: How Putnamís trip to Governorís Mansion veered off course

This wasnít supposed to happen to the fair-haired heir not so apparent.Adam Putnam, the fresh-faced Opie of Florida politics, who has led a charmed life on the hustings, had to figure all he had to do was announce his intention to become...
Updated one month ago
Times (2007)
What does the Trump administration have against animals such as this Florida panther cub?

Ruth: The Trump administrationís assault on the Endangered Species Act

Itís not entirely an idle question. Do you have the nagging suspicion if a massive oil reserve was discovered in northern Virginia, before you could say "ExxonMobil" there would be a huge (and we mean huuuuge) derrick pumping away at Arlington...
Updated one month ago
The future is in doubt for a group foster home in Lake Magdalene that Hillsborough County has operated for decades. [BRONTE WITTPENN   |   Times]

Daniel Ruth: Itís all about the children, right? Unless it starts to cost money

It is an article of bad faith that in the public arena, politicians love to crow as to how much they love the children. The children are our future. Everything is for the children. And it is all a huge steaming pile of balderdash.Oh,...
Updated one month ago
In 2005, Hulk Hogan, who was then 51, fires up the crowd between matches during WrestleMania 21 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. (CHRIS CARLSON  |  AP)

Dan Ruth: Hulk Hogan and the Boys & Girls Clubs are curious bedfellows

F. Scott Fitzgerald was wrong. There are indeed second acts in life, even if it involves going from being a walking geek show to being welcomed back into the steroid-inflated bosom of the fake wrestling world.
Updated one month ago

Ruth: Is Rick Scottís blind trust that blind?

This is about to get very complicated and financially eye-rolling. But weíre dealing with Florida politics, Florida money and Floridaís bizarre approach to holding its public officials accountable.Or put another way, Tony Sopranoís New Jersey...
Updated one month ago