Dan Chmielewski

Giving Meaning to the Season

Since its Christmas, I’ve saving some uncharitable comments about some of the articles in the new issue of Red County for next week.  But today, I’d like to introduce you to my friend Doug.  He will soon leave for Africa to spend a month working with children and refugees as part of an outreach program…

State of Denial

  For some on the Conservative Right, denial is a river in Egypt.  Case in point, Jon Fleischman’s FlashReport commentary for Thursday, December 14, 2006.   The topic was good appointments the Governor has made (hint, they’re Republicans) and bad appointments the Governor has made (you guessed it ..Democrats, and say the word the same way…

Isn’t It Ironic?

from National Public Radio….. Thie company is based in Riverside with offices in Anaheim and Oceanside, and elsewhere in California.   All Things Considered, December 14, 2006 · A fence-building company in Southern California agrees to pay nearly $5 million in fines for hiring illegal immigrants. Two executives from the company may also serve jail…

The New Term at Irvine City Hall

Enjoyed visiting the gang at Irvine City Hall for tonight’s swearing in ceremony; of course, nothing has changed so it won’t be long before the council meetings move to something more like “swearing at.” What I am amazed by were the number of people who work at city hall who read this site. I’m not…

Rep. Miller — That’s the Ticket

The Los Angeles Times has a fabulous page 1 profile of Congressman Gary Miller,, a Republican who represents portions of Orange County.  Please read it here. The article by ace reporter Bill Heisel documents a number of examples of abuse of power and at times to get Rolling Stones tickets.  Now that the Democrats are…

YouTube Girl Goes After Bill O’Reilly

[ev type="youtube" data="k8x14cLGh5o"][/ev] Heard about this video of Stephanie Miller’s show. It’s funny. Bill O’Reilly took it seriously and had a child advocate on to suggest this was child abuse. For the guy who wrote a behavor book for kids that came out the same time he settled a sexual harrassment lawsuit strikes me as…

The Last Day of the 109th Congress

Today marks what should be the last day of the 109th Congress as members have some unfinished business before adjourning.  I shed no tears for Senators Allen and Santorum or Rep. Katherine Harris as thyey  pack up their offices to go home.  With the conservative outcry over the Iraq Study Group’s recommendations comes this reminder…