Dan Chmielewski

What’s the Matter IN Kansas? The State of the Guard

this just came in from Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office: IRAQ & NATIONAL GUARD READINESS: ARE STATES READY TO RESPOND TO EMERGENICES? The war in Iraq has had a serious impact on the National Guard and its ability to protect and assist Americans in times of disaster here at home. On Friday May 4th, a massive…

The French Election: Bill Maher

My conservative friends are hooting over the French elections where the conservative candidate is the winner over a socialist.  Since I know people who won’t buy French products since France decided not to join our holy war in Iraq and the word “French” is something conservatives call you when they want to insult you without…

Round 2 on Iraq

Since the President has vetoed the bill to fund our armed forces in Iraq, Democratic members of the Senate and Congress — with the suport of the American people — are ready for round 2. Senators Clinton and Byrd are proposing a revocation of Congress’ use of force authorization that the President used to attack…

Republican Debate/Fred Thompson’s Much Better Half

A short note on last night’s Republican “debate” at the Reagn Library.  Scariest moment: when by a show of hands, Brownback, Tancredo and Huckabee indicated that the don’t believe in Evolution.  Funniest Post-Debate moment: reading responses from each of the campaigns posted on the Flash Report by Jon Fleischman.  Everyone who submitted “Thoughts on the…

Conason/Wolf on Facism

Naomi Wolf has  new book coming out this September.  Its called “The End of America: A Warning to a Young Patriot.”  In it, she prints descriptions of 10 steps to facism as described by Joe Conason, one of my favortie columnists, taken from the historical context of the Axis in World War II. Conason’s “Big Lies”…

Janet Violates Fundraising Limits

Just wondering how many times “I didn’t understand the law” is going to continue to fly.  See this story in today’s LA Times on Janet Nguyen accepting contributions above the maximum limits.  Much has been written about Janet’s team of advisers, lawyers and consultants.  Janet will have to pay contributions back plus any fines associated with…

The Root Cause ….

In my usual daily news reading, I came across this exceptional editorial in the Chicago Tribune. And its worth reading as there are some points that have a bearing on tonight’s GOP debate from Simi Valley. Read the story here.