Bill Spaulding

Pick and Choose

Sometimes I just don’t understand conservatives. Wednesday the Senate Homeland Security Committee held a hearing to consider legislation that would prohibit people on the terrorist no-fly list from buying firearms. South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham said he thought the bill goes “too far.” Maine’s Susan Collins said that though she doesn’t like the idea of suspected…

FinReg – Financial Regulation – Reform

Yesterday while listening to NPR, I heard someone explain in terms clearer than I’d heard to date what it means to have rules in place for how Wall Street, the investment banks, depository banks, and all the others operate. There’s no such thing as a truly and fully “free market” — the absence of regulation.…

Dianne Feinstein Endorses Gavin Newsom

Today the Newsom for California campaign announced that Sen. Dianne Feinstein has endorsed Gavin Newsom’s big to become the next California Lieutenant Governor. Congratulations, Mayor Newsom. The full press release follows. GAVIN NEWSOM ANNOUNCES ENDORSEMENT OF SENATOR DIANNE FEINSTEIN Two-term Mayor of San Francisco Newsom endorsed for LG today by California’s Senior Senator Dianne Feinstein…

State Legislative Leaders Announce Reform Package

Maybe something good is happening in Sacramento. Well, it is possible. Stranger things have happened; this is, after all, California. Much of this is what people have been asking for. Much of it is common sense. Much of it is likely to stir up a hornet’s nest. It will be interesting to see how much…

Rick Warren does not want $1 million by midnight!

That’s right! Warren does not want his followers to donate $1 million by midnight tonight — he only wants $900,000. Whew! Warren himself probably can’t afford to donate, since he supposedly takes no salary as preacher-in-chief at Saddleback Church. (What he gets instead is a six-figure “housing expense,” which is not subject to income tax!…

2009, Bye-bye

From the good folks at JibJab, a recap of 2009. To some we reluctantly say farewell; To others we say good riddance. You’ve seen the preview, now watch the video…

Sock Puppets

MoveOn.org is an organization I like and dislike. That’s a long story and irrelevant to this post. This ad they’ve just put out, however, raises sock puppetry to a whole new level and is worth a look.