Dan Chmielewski

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…

Ronald Reagan on Gay Rights

With the coming debate over the proposed amendment to the California Constitution defining marriage as between one man and one woman, I give you a California Icon in the battle for equal rights for Gays and Lesbians — Ronald Wilson Reagan. Photo of Rep. David Dreier with President Reagan from the Village Voice The Gipper was…

The Army We Have…

Two sobering investigative reports in the nation’s leading newsweeklies this week.  Time Magazine reports our soldiers in Iraq have turned to anti-depressents to help their cope with this war without end. Newsweek reports soliders faced with the prospect of returning to Iraq are instead suffering from self-inflicted wounds.