My review of the Big Finish Companion Chronicles story Fear of the Daleks is now available at Amazon.com here.

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This is from the first season of the series and didn’t include any interviews. A shame as they would have been quite enjoyable.

I picked up this copy from the used section at Mike’s comics. Not a bad choice to get a few big finish cd’s below full retail.

While our president’s policies manage to continue to tank the stock markets and erode confidence, Rush Limbaugh demonstrates how to generate income for a business:

Fox News and CNN each aired Limbaugh’s keynote speech to the CPAC Saturday afternoon. It was the biggest draw all weekend on cable news.

• From 4:46pm-6:20pmET Fox News averaged 511,000 A25-54 demo viewers and 2.22M Total Viewers. The network peaked at 6pm with 602,000/2.73M. FNC also produced an hour Sunday night at 9pmET with speech highlights which drew 454,000/1.66M. It was Sunday’s most-watched cable news hour.

It wasn’t known by Rush the CNN was going to carry the speech but they hit the jackpot too:

• CNN added another 222,000 demo viewers and 932,000 Total Viewers for their Limbaugh coverage from 4:47pm – 6:12pm.

And they have continued running with the story as well, it was a wise move for them.

And what about MSNBC, you know the network that only shows one 50 second clip over and over?

• MSNBC stayed with their documentary programming which, from 4pm-7pm, averaged 163,000 demo viewers and 374,000 Total Viewers.

After all what profiteth a network if it gains views for a day but angers it’s niche market? It also explains why Letterman goes on the attack but still hasn’t managed to come up with any joke critical of Obama.

P.S. If you don’t understand the line above then you need to read this post.

Score one for the publishers:

“Amazon realized the magnitude of the contractual problem,” Aiken said Monday morning. “Many of the author’s publishing contracts give publishers the right to publish e-books, but only without enhancing audio. A reasonable reading of those contracts shows that publishers didn’t have the authority to sell e-books for use in a Kindle device with audio enhancement.”

An Amazon spokesman denied being pushed into Friday’s decision. As for whether contractual issues played a part, the spokesman repeated what the company said Friday: “Kindle 2’s experimental text-to-speech feature is legal.”

Aiken began criticizing Amazon soon after the Kindle 2’s debut last month. He argued that the retailer was violating the author’s copyright and was cutting them out of a potentially new and lucrative market.

On Friday, Amazon announced it would reconfigure the Kindle 2’s systems to allow publishers to disable the text-to-speech function for titles of their choosing. However, the retailer made it clear in the announcement that it believed text-to-speech did not violate copyright.

Amazon may be the big fish in the pool but they don’t own the lake.

David Plotz blogged the entire bible and wrote a book on the experience. This column describes what he discovered:

Maybe it doesn’t make sense for most of us to read the whole Bible. After all, there are so many difficult, repellent, confusing, and boring passages. Why not skip them and cherry-pick the best bits? After spending a year with the good book, I’ve become a full-on Bible thumper. Everyone should read it—all of it! In fact, the less you believe, the more you should read.

He notices how much of our language and culture comes from it:

You can’t get through a chapter of the Bible, even in the most obscure book, without encountering a phrase, a name, a character, or an idea that has come down to us 3,000 years later. The Bible is the first source of everything from the smallest plot twists (the dummy David’s wife places in the bed to fool assassins) to the most fundamental ideas about morality (the Levitical prohibition of homosexuality that still shapes our politics, for example) to our grandest notions of law and justice. It was a joyful shock to me when I opened the Book of Amos and read the words that crowned Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

Just as an exercise, I thought for a few minutes about the cultural markers in Daniel, a late, short, and not hugely important book. What footprints has it left on our world? First, Daniel is thrown in the “lions’ den” and King Belshazzar sees “the writing on the wall.” These are two metaphors we can’t live without. The “fiery furnace” that Daniel’s friends are tossed into is the inspiration for the Fiery Furnaces, a band I listen to. The king rolls a stone in front of the lions’ den, sealing in a holy man who won’t stay sealed—foreshadowing the stone rolled in front of the tomb of Jesus. Daniel inspired the novel The Book of Daniel and the TV show The Book of Daniel. It’s even a touchstone for one of my favorite good-bad movies, A Knight’s Tale. That movie’s villain belittles hero Heath Ledger by declaring, “You have been weighed, you have been measured, and you have been found wanting”—which is what the writing on the wall told Belshazzar.

When you read the whole thing you find that it hasn’t helped his faith, mostly because he finds himself not wanting to believe in the God he finds but he does find that to have a solid base in the history of the west, you need to know what the Bible says.

And of course if you are a person of faith, you can’t understand that faith without scripture. It is scripture and tradition. We need to know both.

Mark Steyn puts his finger on Steele’s problem:

in all the Rush-bashing, I was more disturbed by Michael Steele’s wretched performance. His initial reaction – that Rush’s show is “incendiary” and “ugly” – revealed:

a) that he never listens to it;

b) that he takes his cues from the mainstream media, for whom Rush is invariably “angry”. They don’t listen either. Rush is a lot of things, but “angry” isn’t one of them

Does this mean that we have selected an “affirmative action” candidate? Steyn’s conclusion:

In two brief soundbites, Mr Steele has managed to suggest to his own party base that he has a lazy disposition that reflexively shares the liberal biases, and to allow the wider world to portray him as a craven squish. This is not encouraging. At the very minimum, he does not appear ready for primetime.

This is a large mistake but not yet a fatal one, it remains to be seen if Steele can learn from the mistake or not.

…when it comes to wasteful spending McCain is certainly a leader:

“If it seems like I’m angry, it’s because I am,” McCain said, taking the White House to task for treating the bill as leftover business — and not subject to the full measure of earmark reform promised by candidate Obama.

“Last year’s business?” McCain asked, incredulous. “The president will sign this appropriations bill into law. It is the president’s business. It is the president of the United States’ business. It is the president of the United States’ business to do what he said — stated — when we were in debate seeking the support of the American people — where he said he would work to eliminate earmarks.”

“We need earmark reform and when I’m president, I will go line by line to make sure we’re not spending money unwisely,” McCain said, reading back Obama’s words at a debate last fall. “That’s the quote, the promise of the president of the United States made to the American people in a debate with me in Oxford, Miss. So what is brought to the floor today — 9,000 earmarks.…So much for change.”

He is exactly right and the media’s “rehabilitation” of McCain post election assures that his objections will be covered. Where was this voice during the campaign.

The BBC reports that pc sales are down:

The PC industry will see a decline of nearly 12% in 2009, analysts predict.

It would be only the second period of negative growth in the industry, after a slump of 3.2% in 2002.

With the economy tanking and windows 7 coming why buy now? The BBC also states a relevent fact:

“The PC market is much more mature [as compared to 2002], and the PC is relatively more important to consumers,” Mr Atwal said.

“But nevertheless, it’s still a luxury item, it hasn’t gone all the way that it’s a necessity.

“That means if your PC slows down, doesn’t work well, doesn’t do what you think it should do, you’ll live with it.”

Or you contact DaTechguy to help you out.

The NY Times note another change is how things are done:

The Supreme Court is entering the YouTube era.

The first citation in a petition filed with the court last month, for instance, was not to an affidavit or a legal precedent but rather to a YouTube video link. The video shows what is either appalling police brutality or a measured response to an arrested man’s intransigence — you be the judge.

Such evidence vérité has the potential to unsettle the way appellate judges do their work, according to a new study in The Harvard Law Review. If Supreme Court justices can see for themselves what happened in a case, the study suggests, they may be less inclined to defer to the factual findings of jurors and to the conclusions of lower-court judges.

Like every other change of this nature, when it first happens it is interesting, the time will come with it is the norm, but its worth noting.

The mask is dropping fast

6:06 a.m. I haven’t seen the set so happy since the election of Obama.

6:09 a.m. Joe is making the war point back.

6:12 a.m. Yup look at that lineup coming up, its going to be the bash Rush day again. It would be nice if at least one of the conservatives they talked to on the radio would be allowed on to defend.

6:14 a.m. I conclude that Scarborough is not going to be running statewide in Florida.

6:24 a.m. You know times have changed when pregnancy is celebrated that way, I like it. Very nice maturity dress too.

6:36 a.m. This woman is editor of the Financial times and she is preaching socialism?

6:42 a.m. Mika: “Couldn’t all these bailouts hurt more than not doing it?”

6:44 a.m. Freeland in a few months it won’t be the economy keeping you up at night, but it is worth it.

7:01 a.m. “The woman slut themselves out” Mika’s mom instincts are really solid.

7:24 a.m. For some reason they play Hugley saying he doesn’t want incendiary rhetoric but then compares the republican convention to Nazi Germany, that clip doesn’t make it.

7:27 a.m. Steele proved Limbaugh right. Conservatives will let republicans know when they are their party again.

7:29 a.m. Rush is keeping the conservatives in. The White house is happy. Chuck Todd does say that the Whitehouse might regret it next year.

7:48 a.m. You might need someone to restore confidence but you have to have policies that inspire confidence as well. What good is having great cheerleaders when you are the Detroit Lions?

8:05 a.m. Wow Tina Brown has not mentioned Rush once.

8:09 a.m. They are right Clinton has been a very active Sec of State so far.

8:12 a.m. The cut the deficit in have is insanity, this was said by a NY TIMES REPORTER!

8:12 a.m. Eugene Robinson: “5 years from now we will all be clutching our groins.” Does that mean he wants Obama/America to fail?

8:15 a.m. No wonder the focus is on Limbaugh, when they have to defend the actual Obama policies they can’t.

8:29 a.m. Herbert doesn’t want to talk economy, I wonder why?

8:33 a.m. Auto zone has a profit since of course people are fixing their cars instead of buying new ones.

8:35 a.m Good news people are still flushing their toilets!

8:49 a.m. That duck hunt game looks cool

You know people are complaining about Rush Limbaugh taking the “leadership” of the Republican party David Frum for one:

Rush knows what he is doing. The worse conservatives do, the more important Rush becomes as leader of the ardent remnant. The better conservatives succeed, the more we become a broad national governing coalition, the more Rush will be sidelined.

Yeah the one thing Rush really wants is for conservatives to do bad. What planet is Frum on?

Apparently it is the planet of style not substance; to wit:

On the one side, the president of the United States: soft-spoken and conciliatory, never angry, always invoking the recession and its victims. This president invokes the language of “responsibility,” and in his own life seems to epitomize that ideal: He is physically honed and disciplined, his worst vice an occasional cigarette. He is at the same time an apparently devoted husband and father. Unsurprisingly, women voters trust and admire him.

Listen to this description, nothing concerning what he has actually done, all smoke and mirrors.

Now listen to how he describes Rush:

And for the leader of the Republicans? A man who is aggressive and bombastic, cutting and sarcastic, who dismisses the concerned citizens in network news focus groups as “losers.” With his private plane and his cigars, his history of drug dependency and his personal bulk, not to mention his tangled marital history, Rush is a walking stereotype of self-indulgence

Hey he’s loud , successful, smokes, has faults, and is fat! I guess that means he must be wrong about things.

What nonsense. Leaders lead. Rush is leading because nobody else is willing, who will lead, Romney? HA! Huckabee? Steele? HA!

When someone steps up, and articulates the conservative position with confidence and without fear then Rush will be able to recede into the background. The alternative is cowering and that will not do.