Dan Chmielewski

The Land of the (Mostly) Free

It’s official: under Republican rule, the United States has dropped to 35th place on the list of free nations in the world from 22nd in 2005; this according to the Worldwide Governance Indicators Report and last Friday’s TIME Magazine. The report ranks nations by the amount of freedom citizens have to voice opinions, choose their…

Where’s Your Outrage Now Chuck?

Last fall, when Senator John Kerry was delivering a speech for Phil Angelides in Southern California, the good Senator botched a joke.  He left out the word “us” as in “You get US stuck in Iraq.”  It was a dig at George W. Bush’s intelligence but the omission of the word “us” made it sound…

“Leave General Petraeous Alone!”

There’s a hysterical viral video making the rounds of a young eye-liner clad young man called “The Last Brittany Spears Fan” crying into a camera admonishing Ms. Spears critics to “Leave Her Alone.”  You can find it on YouTube or Break.com. But videos like this quickly inspire hysterical knock offs.  Like this one… [ev type=”youtube”…

Dramatic Increase in Support for Democrats by Men and Women in the Military

HT to the CarpetbaggerReport Blog:  Washington Monthly ran a fascinating series of pieces a couple of months ago with the perspectives of active and retired U.S. troops explaining what they’re looking for from Democrats. Most of those featured seemed less than enthralled by the Republican Party — which assumes it “owns” the military vote —…

Petraeus or Betray Us? It’s all in the Question Mark

Earlier this week, MoveOn.org ran a full page ad in the New York Times under the headline “General Petraeous or General Betray Us?” It sent conservatives into mouth-frothing, unmitigating anger.  We had postings here saying MoveOn had accused the general of treason.  OC Blog’s Matt Cunningham, in a post on his site, called Rep. Loretta…

CNN’s Michael Ware Refutes President’s Comments on Iraq

HT to CrooksandLiars.com, a transcript of CNN’s Anderson Cooper interviewing Bagdhad Bureau Chief Michael Ware on the President’s speech last night. BUSH: Today most of Baghdad’s neighborhoods are being patrolled by coalition and Iraqi forces who live among the people they protect. Many schools and markets are reopening. Citizens are coming forward with vital intelligence.…