Dan Chmielewski

A Note from Frank Barbaro

All the attacks on our Constitution, our Bill of Rights and our civil liberties by the Bush administration are reprehensible. The attack on the principal of habeas corpus stands out as particularly alarming because of its fundamental place in the constellation of civil liberties in our nation. Senate Amendment 2022, also known as the Specter-Leahy…

Watching Too Much O’Reilly

Mike Spence over at the Flash Report is someone I actually enjoy reading.  He usually sticks to the facts without dipping into name-calling.  Until yesterday’s post about “Jet Blue and Useful Idiots.”  Mike writes: The YearlyKos Convention is a collection of leftwing kooks and spoon benders that represent the real crazy part of the Democratic…

Senate is Open All Night

Got this via Dr. Dean at DNC.  Senator Reid is right on this one.  Let them filibuster.  It’s going to be a long night for the U.S. Senate. Senate Republicans are threatening to filibuster a bill by Senators Levin and Reed that would require President Bush to begin troop withdrawal within 120 days, with most…

AB 43 Passes the State Senate

State Rep. Mark Leno’s bill, AB 43, that would effectively permit marriages between two consenting adults, has passed the state Senate and now awaits the governor’s signature. The LA Times had a terrific front page story in Monday’s edition that described a gay couple, one American and one Australian, denied the opportunity to obtain a…

Conservative Quasi-Media Bias

I was reading Jon Fleischman’s Flash Report post on Rep. Doolittle’s clarified comments regardig the Iraq War. You can read them here. Jon’s lead goes like this: Because it is sometimes hard to discern what any Republican says about things when viewed through the filter of the main stream (liberal) media, here is some information…

Defining Themselves

I’m told Irvine City Council member and State Assembly candidate Steven Choi was at the launch party Saturday for the Great Park Balloon.  He was passing out contribution envelopes for his race for Tod Spitzer’s soon to be vacated seat and is probably a longshot for the race based on the funds raised by some of…

Great Park Balloon Launch for Saturday

I got a peek of the Big Orange balloon this afternoon and it looks spectacular. I reminds me of the first time I saw the Goodyear Blimp parked off the 405. I welcome the sight of the balloon as it means we are another step closer to a park and not an international airport. My…