Dan Chmielewski

The High Cost of Being a Gay Couple

In the ongoing debate over Gay Marriage, the argument is usually based in battle between “morality” and “equality.” Let’s add some economics to the equation. The NY Times has a story in today’s edition that examines the high  cost gay couples face compared with straight couples based on day to day living  From the story:…

United We Stand?

The New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman offers this fascinating column asking what happened to civilty when it comes to respect for the office of the President. Our leaders, even the president, can no longer utter the word “we” with a straight face. There is no more “we” in American politics at a time when…

Major Miltary Publication calls for the end of “Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell”; Offers No Major Evidence Why Gays and Lesbians Shouldn’t Serve in Armed Forces

I have been accused on this blog — by a certain conservative Assemblyman now running for the US Senate — that I don’t understand military ethos because I’ve never served.  This despite the fact I grew up in a city with a major Air Force base and had many “base brats” as friends, but I…

Solorio Birthday Party a Big Success

Chris Prevatt and I both attended the birthday party fundraiser tonight for Assemblyman Jose Solorio tonight in Santa Ana. I’d say there were at least 200 people there to wish the Assemblyman and his family well.  Just about every important community leader from Santa Ana was there.  We’ll post pictures as soon as we can. …

Political Action Figures

I saw this ditty on Wonkette about a new Michelle Bachman action figure being created by a company called Herobuilders (wondering, of course, when the John Campbell inaction figure would be created).  This picture below, courtesy of Talking Points Memo.  But I had to wonder, what other action figures did they have.  Check it out. …