Dan Chmielewski

Plame was Covert

The debate over the commutation of I. Lewis Libby continues to be a heated topic with my Irvine neighbors.  The central point being that “Plame wasn’t a covert operative.”  This was a position Matt Cunningham took in the comments section of OC Blog the day of the commutation’s announcement (followed of course by a rip…

The Man of Steel or Steal?

Fomer California Party Chair Shawn Steel has an interesting post on Flash Report today defending embattled Republican Congressman Jerry Lewis.Democrats will do anything to get and maintain power. After all, Lenin wasn’t too good a revolutionary.  His specialty, once he took power, was to create a ruthless system for permanent power at any cost. Democrats hope to…

Who Knew a Prius Could Do 100 MPH?

In case you haven’t heard, Al Gore III was arrested in Orange County early Wednesday morning doing 100 MPH in a Prius.  Law enforcement got a whiff of the illegal version of Chuck DeVore’s favorite plant, and discovered a small amount of marijuana and a variety of prescription drugs without a prescription attached.  Gore was…

A Pledge of Allegiance History

There are a number of right wing websites publishing odes to the Pledge of Allegiance on this July 4th Holiday. While many people know that Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner, few know who wrote the Pledge. It was Francis Bellamy; he is buried in my hometown of Rome, NY and while not…

Recall the Governor?

Over at the Pro-Criminal Flash Report. Jon Fleischman is bemoaning yet another non-Republican appointment by Gov. Schwartzenegger. With profound disappointment in this Governor, now entering the first full year of his re-election and the state in the same sort of financial crunch it was under Gray Davis, I have to wonder why Jon and other…

Bush’s comments

From the White House    STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT The United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit today rejected Lewis Libby’s request to remain free on bail while pursuing his appeals for the serious convictions of perjury and obstruction of justice.  As a result, Mr. Libby will be required to turn himself over to…

So Much for Restoring Honor and Integrity to the White House

I found this AP story that reference a quote from Bush from the 2000 campaign; a promise to restore  “Honor and Integrity in the White House.” With the actions today of commuting Scooter Libby’s sentence, I guess not. Republicans will bring up President Clinton’s pardon of Marc Rich; let them.  Rich’s lawyer was Scooter Libby. But at…