Dan Chmielewski

Gitmo Detainees win a round in the US Supreme Court

While I have no doubt that some of the detainees being held in at the US military facility in Guantanamo Bay deserve to be there, I also believe that holding anyone prisoner for six years without charges and without trial is something our Founding Fathers would recoil at learning. The US Supreme Court, on a…

Inspirational Quote of the Day

Another gem from “What Liberals Believe” edited by William Martin. “America needs to lead by example, rather than by force.” — Bob Burnett, “A Liberal Foreign Policy: Ten Maxims,” Huffington Post March 1, 2007

The Willie Horton-ing of Barack Obama

Floyd Brown is the creator of the infamous Willie Horton ad than sunk the candidacy of Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis in 1988.  The ad portrayed Dukakis as soft on crime even though crime rates plunged in the late 80s as part of the Duke’s Massachusetts Miracle. Floyd Brown is at it again.  This time against…

Inspirational Quote of the Day

I was given a wonderful new book recently: “What Liberals Believe,” a collection of quotes put together by William Martin.  I will try and post some particularly good ones in the days ahead. “Progressives cannot continue to play defense in the battle of ideas…The stakes are too high.” — Senator Edward M. Kennedy, March 10,…

Senator Boxer on The Great Park

Dear Friend:  I recently visited the Orange County Great Park and was pleased to be able to view this development at its beginning stages.  The Great Park is being created from the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station.  The planning process for Great Park had a few delays and detours just after the base…

Sign Up for a Class in Irvine? Shea Has Your Email

In spite of the City’s established Privacy Policy on protecting your email address from unauthorized use, Council Member Christina Shea trumped the City’s Privacy Policy to use a California Public Records request to go around the city’s rules.  Now she has your email address “for a newsletter.” Ten bucks says the database is going to…