Dan Chmielewski


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Blago names an Obama Senate Seat Successor; will Reid seat him?

Embattled Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich has named a successor to Barack Obama’s Illinois Senate seat.  Blago’s choice is former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris,, calling Burris a “wise and distinguished senior statesman” with “unquestioned integrity.”   And someone who raised a lot of money for the Governor. The US Senate can choose if it will seat Burris;…

Name Bristol Palin’s Baby: AN UPDATE — Baby Tripp is Here

 An Update: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/12/29/bristol-palin-baby-son-tr_n_154081.html The Baby’s name is Tripp; Uncle Track and Uncle Trigg are downright pleased about the name! +++++++++++++++++++++ If the McCain campaign timeline is right, Bristol Palin, daughter of GOP VP candidate and Alaska governor Sarah Palin, should be popping out that kid anytime now. Of course, it’s a happy ocassion for the…

Irvine Benefits from Progressive Leadership

In a recent OC Watchdog column, the City of Irvine is not quite in the financial dire straights that Christina Shea and Steven Choi (or Stephen Smith of the dead-in-the-water Irvine Tattler) would have you believe. Some excerpts: Irvine, unlike the U.S. government, is sitting on a pretty pot of money that promises to allow…

Conservatives Blame Republicans for Woes

Over the weekend in the OC Register’s Letters pages and in today’s Los Angeles Times local/California section are two distinct pieces that try to set a bottom or a baseline for conservative politics in California and nationally. The first is a extraordinarily long Letter to the Editor in the Register by Fritz Mehrtens of Irvine. …

Did she or didn’t she?

HT to Colin Stewart at the OC Register for this little story about Ann Coulter. The question is quite simple: did Ann have some work done? Given the OC’s rich history and experience with Plastic Surgery and the fact that Ann is closer to 50 than 40, did the conservative queen of mean recently undergo…

What are the Top News Stories of the Year?

Just after Christmas every year, the Associated Press releases a list of the top news stories of the year. For 2008, the election of President-elect Barack Obama, the candidacies of Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin, the faltering economy, the war in Iraq, the conflict in Georgia, all strike me as good candidates for the global/national…

Merry Christmas!

I don’t know about you, fellow liberal, but my email box is overflowing with notes from right wingers wishing me a Merry Christmas as thought a leftist somehow doesn’t celebrate the season. For me, I enjoy the anticipation of Christmas Eve almost better than Christmas Day itself.  One of my great joys is the delight…