Dan Chmielewski


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Edgardo Reynoso Loses Defamation Suit in Court

Back on May 30th during the primary season, the former manager of Hoa Van Tran’s failed campaign for County Supervisor Edgardo Reynoso, filed a lawsuit against former campaign workers Misha Houser and Courtney Rychel for defamation.  The Liberal OC was barranged with complaints, attacks and challenges to report updates to the case from pro-Hoa Van…

Sarah Palin’s Wasilla Church Pushes Conference to Try and Convert Gays and Lesbians to Straight Fundamentalists

I am not making this up. Sarah Palin’s Wasilla Bible Church, where the Alaska governor has been a frequent worshipper since 2002, is promoting a Focus on the Family conference to pray for the “conversion” of gays to hetereosexuality and fundamentalist Christianity.  Palin’s religious views are in line with FoF as she is hardcore pro-life, opposing exceptions for…

The Daily Palin: Media Double Standard

(quick Sarah, wrap that old fish in paper and call it “change”) The LA Times’ Tim Rutten had a terrific column yesterday about the double standard being applied by McCain’s PR people when it comes to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. My favorite parts: McCain’s campaign manager, Rick Davis, deserved full marks for chutzpah, for example, when…

9/11 Seven Years Later. Are We Safer Today?

In a word.  No. Bin Laden is still at large in spite of a multi-million dollar reward and John McCain’s claim that he’ll follow Bin Laden to the Gates of Hell is short on specifics, especially if Bin Laden is still in Pakistan. Al Qaeda, though weaker, is still a large terrorist organization.  The Taliban…

A No on Prop 8 Push by the Episcopal Church

I caught this on the evening news last night and provided this post from an LA Times sotry about it.  But church leaders California’s six most senior Episcopal bishops unanimously declared their opposition to Proposition 8, a ballot measure that cals for a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage that’s on the statewide November ballot. The…

Sex, Drugs and Oil: Bush Interior Department Scandal Brings New Definition of “Drill Baby, Drill”

This scandal highlights yet another appalling lack of accountability and arrogance from the Bush Administration.  An inspector of the US Interior Department reports serious wrongdoing by a dozen current and former employees of the Minerals Management Service, an agency which collects about $10 billion in royalties annually and is one of the federal government’s largest sources…