Dan Chmielewski

Senator Robert Byrd dies

The longest serving member of the United States Senate, Robert Byrd of West Virginia, has died.  See more about the Senator’s career here.  He cast more votes in the United States Senate than any other senator. The video below is from the Associated Press. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gyug7cCWvoo&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

One Final Lesson for the Class of 2010

My son Alex graduated from high school last night.  It marked a moment of satisfaction for my wife and I that our choice to live in Irvine upon moving here 13 years ago was a good one.  We came here simply because we believed Irvine offered the best public school system in Orange County.  It…

Mainstreaming Wingnuttery: Glenn Beck’s new novel

Glenn Beck’s new novel, the one where he had three ghostwriters produce “his” story, is out and “The Overton Window: a Thriller” gets panned by the LA Times.  Bill O’Reilly’s “Those Who Trepass” was made fun of regularly, especially with liberal radio airing excerpts of the author reading the audio book version steamy (if you…

LA Times: Public Employee Unions are not the problem

George Skelton’s column in today’s Los Angele Times shatters some of the myths about the impact of public employees’ unions in California on the annual budget crisis.  Skelton writes: “In truth, California’s budget nightmare stems from a devil’s brew of sins: lack of discipline on both spending and tax-cutting in the past; an outdated and…