Dan Chmielewski

Rudy Guiliani’s Ego Trip Requirements

  Remember the story last year about VP Dick Cheney’s travel requests? (Big Dick wants every TV in the hotel tuned to Fox News of course.)But the Veep is a piker compared to the travel demands of OC Presidential hopeful and thrice-married/twice chated Rudy Guiliani. Check out Hizzonor’s list of demands here.  With all my…

A Reality Check for the Right Wing

I was reading Jon Fleischman’s column over on the Flash Report (I read Jon so you don’t have to), when this sentence, for a column critical of a Democratic appointment, struck me. Given that liberals control the State Senate (you know the type, the ones who believe that if someone is a criminal, it is because…

Be True to Your School

The principals in the case of the autistic child at Canyon View Elementary came out to press this week with their respective sides of the story. For those not tracking this story, the parents of a severely autistic 7-year old boy was about to file a lawsuit against the district because they felt the need…

Romantic Irvine

It was just a few years after I moved to the OC that then-Irvine Mayor Christina Shea had launched this initiative to make Irvine a more romantic city.  She started a task force to come up with recommendations on ways Irvine could be more romantic.  Here’s an Irvine World News story about the group’s progress…

Dinosaur Farts?

I’m back from a very successful trip to San Francisco with a smattering of musings: 1. Voters in San Francisco don’t care about the Mayor’s affair; the only question that no one seemed to have an answer about was whether it was a one time event on an on-going thing; I haven’t read the coverage…

That’s *Senator* Al Franken to You

OK, so it’s not OC, but this is great news.  Before you dismiss Al Franken, the man knows his issues and has context behind a number of incidents that have happened over the past six years.  His wit will cut Norm Coleman like a surgeon.  And unlike Sen. Coleman, Franken has made frequent trips to…