Dan Chmielewski

White House: Waterboarding is Legal

With all the election news, we’d be remiss not to bring this story to your attention. Waterboarding is torture; it is against the U.S. Army’s regulations to use this tactic when dealing with a captured enemy.  Our president has said, America doesn’t torture. Here’s commentary from Keith Olbermann last November: Daniel Levin should have a…

OK Conservatives, You Can Sit This One Out.

The LA Times’ Dana Parsons has an awesome column in today’s paper; it’s an interview with CRA Vice Chairman Karl Heft. From the column… Heft, who supports Mitt Romney, is a 37-year-old conservative Republican who grew up hearing about and then revering Ronald Reagan. He’s also made a volunteer career out of working for Republican…

241 Toll Road Vote: The “Nays” Have it 8-2

See this story in the LA Times with details. I’ve read blog posts in support of this project claiming that the needs of people should be placed ahead of those of the environment. It’s a shortsighted argument–at what point does ignoring the environment eventually hurt people? Our friend Alex Brant-Zawadzki sent us this message early…

Champion Ducks visit Lame Duck

THE PRESIDENT: Welcome to the White House. We’re glad you’re here. Like, have you noticed a lot of security around here? It’s because the Vice President heard there were some Ducks around. (Laughter and applause.) These Ducks are awfully mighty. It’s such an honor to welcome you. I love welcoming champs to the White House.…

Ironic Jon Fleischman Quote from 2/5/2008

Speaking before the OC Board of Supervisors as a private citizen, Jon Fleischman spoke out against revisions to TINCUP regulations and called Shirley Grindle an “enemy of free speech.” But Jon uttered these words: “If the people in public office are doing wrong things..if they are taking money and inappropriately benefiting the people who gave…

Prop 93: GOP Cuts Off Nose to Spite Face

The Republicans (at least most of them) are cheering the defeat of Prop 93 which would have extended the terms of some legislators temporarily but reduced terms overall. I believe elections are the best term limits available and really had no dog in this hunt. So Speaker Nunez and Senate President Perata will be gone…