Dan Chmielewski

Elect a Mayor, Not a Class President

City elections are not a race for student council; unlike the 2006 race, when upstart John Duong entered just before the bell and Frank Mickadeit’s column on him scared away other Republicans, the two lead candidates for Mayor have made this race a known matchup for several weeks now. Council member Christina Shea will face…

Thanking the Firefighters and Other Observations at Station 27

My daughter’s Brownie Troop 808 out of CanyonView Elementary is a can-do bunch of young ladies that leave me positively optimistic for our country’s future.  The Santiago Fire came within less than a mile of our homes in Irvine’s Northwood Pointe.  The brave firefighters at Station 27 were instrumental in saving our neighborhood. The girls were…

Are you a Progressive?

The Center for American Progress has launched a new education campaign to help individuals understand just what it means to be a progressive (Liberal, Democrat, Lefty, Krommunist, Agranista et al….).  Its done by constrasting what progressives stand for compared to what conservatives stand for.  The videos are fun, but the campaign itself is deadly serious.   …

Pelosi Fact Checks Bush Labor-HHS Veto; Prepares Override Effort

Some commentary on this bill; it had the support of 50 Republicans in Congress.  The president vetoed it claiming there was a lot of pork.  But he also signed a $447 billion defense bill to aid the defense department that was loaded with pork too.  THE FACTS ABOUT THE PRESIDENT’S LABOR-HHS VETO: Veto Leaves More…

June 10, 2008: Sheriff Carona’s Trial Date

So in 8 months time, we’ll have the trial of the century in OC; Peggy Lowe is reporting that the Caronas are being told to stay away from many friends who may be called as witnesses. So how long until the Flash Report opines on the Sheriff, the charges and the trial date? How long…

Army Reiterates Its Ban on Waterboarding

I’ve never served in the miliary, but it seems to me that the Army did the right thing when it had to reiterate its official stance on waterboarding.  They are against it even if so many right wingers are for it.  But I don’t understand ethos, remember? Army reiterates ban on waterboarding By Pamela Hess…