Dan Chmielewski

The Fire Near Me

I live just south of Portola Parkway; the intersection of Culver and Portola is closed and the firefighters have beaten back a bed of flame that threatened homes at the 261 and Portola Parkway.  All about 2 miles from my driveway.  With several more hours of daylight available today and Santa Ana winds being forecast…

Rep. Pete Stark Speaks Truth to Power

In comments on the House Floor before the SCHIP override failed, California Congressman Pete Stark spoke truth to power and sent Republicans into a frenzy of mock outrage.  Here’s what Pete had to say: First of all, I’m just amazed they can’t figure out, the Republicans are worried we can’t pay for insuring an additional…

SCHIP Override Vote Falls 16 Short in the House

The House vote to override the president’s veto of the SCHIP Program was 273 to 156; 16 votes short of an override.  This is a problem that has supportof 72 percent of Americans. Please contact Rep. Calvert, Campbell, Issa, Royce and Rohrabacher and ask them why they hate poor sick kids so much. The cost…

What do Dennis Kuncinich and Fred Thompson Have in Common?

While he’s not headlining Friday night’s Truman Dinner for the OCDP, Presidential candidate Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) will be in Anaheim with keynote speaker Senator John Edwards.  Of course, if either of these men get the nomination of the party, they have my support.  But it occurs to men that Rep. Kucinich and former Tennesee Senator…

From Speaker Pelosi: Choices Matter

Meeting America’s Real Priorities – Choices Matter While pushing for hundreds of billions in spending for Iraq, President Bush continues to reiterate his opposition to Democratic efforts to focus on America’s real priorities. Over the last six years, President Bush and his allies in Congress turned a record surplus into a record deficit.  The President…

“Phony Soldiers” or 12 Who Don’t Get Military Ethos?

As State Rep. Chuck DeVore reminds me, I’ve never served in the military and I just don’t get military ethos. Yet as I review vast titles of newspapers and magazines daily, I keep coming across columns like this one in today’s Washington Post.  No doubt, Rush Limbaugh would call these writers “phony soldiers” and Chuck…

SCHIP Debate: The Right Attacks Children

I watched a segment on MSNBC last night where 12-year-old Graeme Frost’s parents were interviewed by Keith Olbermann.  Frost, an accident victim and CHIP beneficiary, gave the Democratic response to the president’s weekly radio address.  His appearance launched a massive attack by right wing bloggers with some smears traced back to Senator Mitch McConnell’s office.