Dan Chmielewski

Was the New Deal a Failure?

“Obama is re-running the FDR’s attempt to spend our way out of economic downturn. It failed then, and it will fail now. “ — Matt Cunningam, in a comment posted last week on the LiberalOC.com I always have to give credit to people like Matt Cunningham and assemblyman Chuck DeVore; their claims of facts on…

The Irvine Tattler hangs it up

The Irvine Tattler, a web site that offered no ability to correct incorrect information, is going offline on Valentine’s Day. The site, which hadn’t had a new posted since October 29, 2008 (they ran out of gas before election day) slung some of the best mud out there, mostly directly at Todd Gallinger for his…

Monday’s Read: Republicanism Explained

I received a link to this blog and laughed myself silly this morning reading the post “Republicanism Explained.”  The First Draft blog has some salty language, so I’m happy to send you to their site for you to read it yourself.  Some select excerpts below: “So it comes down to this:  Republicanism is an ideology by and…

Cheerleading for Republicans

While Steven Greenhut and I have had a number of discussions about how the OC Register’s editorial positions often do reflect those held by liberals and Democrats, it’s pretty hard to argue against the notion that the Register’s editorial pages are closer to a Republican Party house organ than an independent newspaper.  The Register will…

Griping about money in Irvine elections

Sean Emery has a pretty interesting story in Saturday’s edition of the Irvine World News/OC Post. The story reports that $1.3 million was used for candidates and ballot measures in last November’s election.  Not a shabby number for a city of 200,000 people. The biggest whiners: those candidates who represent the “old” Irvine, the ones…

Facts on the Stimulus Bill

The objections of Senate Republicans to the stimulus package are pretty laughable when you look at some of the facts.  Speaker Pelosi’s office sent the below news release out to counter the Republican noise machine.  Funny, Republicans had no problems spending a half-trillion in Iraq.  CRITICS CONTINUE TO PUSH MISLEADING INFORMATION ABOUT ECONOMIC RECOVERY PLAN…

The Toxic Right Wing Media

I get more magazines to my house than I’d care to admit, but one of my favorites is the Columbia Journalism Review.  The most recent issue contain this exceptional essay on the Toxic and Rabid right wing media.  Given how lefities were browbeat with charges of being unpatriotic by not supporting George W. Bush’s illegal…