Dan Chmielewski

The Daily Palin: Media Double Standard

(quick Sarah, wrap that old fish in paper and call it “change”) The LA Times’ Tim Rutten had a terrific column yesterday about the double standard being applied by McCain’s PR people when it comes to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. My favorite parts: McCain’s campaign manager, Rick Davis, deserved full marks for chutzpah, for example, when…

9/11 Seven Years Later. Are We Safer Today?

In a word.  No. Bin Laden is still at large in spite of a multi-million dollar reward and John McCain’s claim that he’ll follow Bin Laden to the Gates of Hell is short on specifics, especially if Bin Laden is still in Pakistan. Al Qaeda, though weaker, is still a large terrorist organization.  The Taliban…

A No on Prop 8 Push by the Episcopal Church

I caught this on the evening news last night and provided this post from an LA Times sotry about it.  But church leaders California’s six most senior Episcopal bishops unanimously declared their opposition to Proposition 8, a ballot measure that cals for a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage that’s on the statewide November ballot. The…

Sex, Drugs and Oil: Bush Interior Department Scandal Brings New Definition of “Drill Baby, Drill”

This scandal highlights yet another appalling lack of accountability and arrogance from the Bush Administration.  An inspector of the US Interior Department reports serious wrongdoing by a dozen current and former employees of the Minerals Management Service, an agency which collects about $10 billion in royalties annually and is one of the federal government’s largest sources…

The Silly Season of Politics

What ever happened to a discussion about issues in the presidential campaign?  Do we have to wait for the debates? The McCain camp has said this election is not about issues?  Well, what’s it about really?  BusinessWeek just came out and reported that Barack Obama’s tax plan provides more money in the pocket of the…

Troopergate Scandal: Judge Warned Pallin

Newsweek is reporting that a judge warned Sarah Pallin and her family not to disparage her sister’s soon-to-be-ex-husband in the divorce and child custoday case.  Court records obtained by NEWSWEEK show that during the course of divorce hearings three years ago, Judge John Suddock heard testimony from an official of the Alaska State Troopers’ union…