Dan Chmielewski


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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…

A Holiday Wish from Michelle Obama

Dan — This holiday season, the grassroots movement you helped build can make a big difference for those in need. I hope you will join me in supporting your favorite charity or contributing to causes that are especially meaningful to me and my family. While many of us will spend the holidays counting our blessings…

Rick Warren addresses Gay Marriage

I received this email from Saddleback Church and it contains a direct video message from Rick Warren. Here’s the link:   Pastor Warren starts by saying the media never gets the story completely right. I wouldn’t say that’s true at all. The media reports that facts that they have at the time. If the story is…

Rick Warren was rear-ended this week

At services at Saddleback Church in Irvine this morning, we watched a video of Rick Warren’s sermon from last night as part of the Christmas at Saddleback celebration. Pastor Warren made light of the recent controversy over his participation in the upcoming inuaguration by recounting a day where he didn’t get much sleep, had the…