…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.

Or at least he can melt down when asked about conservatives.

On the same night he was offering the keynote address to the Conservative Political Action Conference, Rush Limbaugh drew criticism from an unlikely source: Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele.

In a little-noticed interview Saturday night, Steele dismissed Limbaugh as an “entertainer” whose show is “incendiary” and “ugly.”

You know I left the democratic party when I perceived that believing Catholics are apparently racist bigoted homophobes who oppress women.

If Mr. Steele thinks that as a conservative who agrees with Rush is not welcome either I’m sure I can find somewhere else to go. And if the RNC site blog is any indication if I do I wouldn’t be lonely at all.

Ask and before your post is done you receive:

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele says he has reached out to Rush Limbaugh to tell him he meant no offense when he referred to the popular conservative radio host as an “entertainer” whose show can be “incendiary.”

“My intent was not to go after Rush – I have enormous respect for Rush Limbaugh,” Steele said in a telephone interview. “I was maybe a little bit inarticulate. … There was no attempt on my part to diminish his voice or his leadership.”

Not really sounding much like a party leader, but its still early and there is time to recover. Watch for the left to pounce with glee. That is the point when we will find out if Steele is a leader or no.

Update: Why was this a big deal? This is from Rush’s statement on the matter:

My parents taught me when I was growing up that you always stood behind people who defended you, you never abandoned people who stood up for you and who defended you against assault. Michael Steele was a candidate for the Senate in Maryland. Michael Steele was on this program, he got airtime on this program to attempt to refute the lies being told about him by Michael J. Fox in those famous ads way back when that were also run against Jim Talent in Missouri. I personally took time to defend Michael Steele and to rip the substance of those ads, had him on the show. I went after Chuck Schumer when Chuck Schumer’s former employee stole Michael Steele’s private credit record information and released it. When I went to Washington a couple years ago for a personal appearance from my station there, WMAL, WMAL arranged for a number of dignitaries to meet me backstage. One of them was Michael Steele, who thanked me very much for coming to his defense. Something’s happened. Now I’m just an entertainer and now I am ugly and my program is incendiary.

Any Sicilian knows you stick by those who stick by you.

Update 2: Hot air is divided. Or at least Allahpundit is.

Now that I have your attention…

I was thinking of this post concerning file sharing and how it has been a pain to persuade people off of these sites. Mostly due to free music and porn.

I can’t tell you how many systems I’ve worked on that were loaded with porn or with explicit icons on the desktop. I’ve actually had to tell explain the risk difference between stuff you will download with limewire or torrents and “good” porn sites that have subscription walls and do not want to infect you because they want you to be paying your $10 or $20 or whatever a month to keep looking.

These are tough economic times as my own job search has shown. With this in mind consider old but very relevant article:

“The contributors, or amateur porn models, they target are between the age of 18 and 24.

“Often struggling students, young single mothers, or just underpaid young women.

“So they come to a site that seemingly offers them an opportunity to make money while expressing themselves as sexual beings in an environment they are told is pro-female and that their creations will be viewed exclusively by members.

Now many of those sites do have subscription walls for their material just like many songs have copy protection and we all know how that works out. Once that file is downloaded by a member and put on a torrent or on a system with any file sharing poof the wall is gone.

Do you remember this exchange from the Magnificent Seven:

Chris: Harry tells me you faced bigger odds during the Travis County war.
O’Reilly: Well, they paid me six hundred dollars for that one.
Vin: He said you got that Selena thing cleared up in less than a month.
O’Reilly: Paid me eight hundred dollars for that one.
Vin: You cost a lot.
O’Reilly: Yeah. That’s right, I cost a lot.
Chris: The offer is twenty dollars.
[O’Reilly keeps chopping wood. Chris and Vin turn to leave.]
O’Reilly: Twenty dollars? Right now, that’s a lot.

Consider this for a moment (content warning):
Continue reading “Ok lets talk porn…”

I guess the Obama administration has painted the side of the barn again and Dissenting Justice has the temerity to notice:

Today, the Obama administration responded to criticism surrounding the earmarks and to demands that he veto the budget unless Congress deletes them. Peter Orszag, the White House Budget Director says that the President will not cause a standoff over earmarks because the anti-earmark movement is now a relic of the past: “This is last year’s business . . . We just need to move on.” White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel (who sponsored several earmarks in the proposed budget) echoed Orszag’s statement that the earmark controversy is “last year’s” issue.

Well the Napoleon Obama administration is only two months old it has proven itself truly Orwellian. I expect to see a lot more of this over the next four years.

The Anchoress’ post missing President Bush is looking better and better.

No Joe today so far, I’m very disappointed, I’d like better than Pat defending Rush this morning. I was looking forward to today.

6:03 a.m.The weatherman tweaks them “You’re not the first show of the day” He likely has been busy.

6:07 a.m. Andy Serwer: “It’s true that its never worked but…” He conveniently forgets that Rush was against Tarp #1 as well.

6:08 a.m. Could Joe be gone so he doesn’t have to comment on Rush and then run in Florida?

6:12 a.m. I wonder if they will touch on anything else Rush said. Mika talks temperament and tone. I guess substance is an optional extra.

6:14 a.m. I notice not a single republican on the list of guests on a day they will talk about Rush.

6:20 a.m. Are we going in a direction where we don’t want to go? asks Mika Serwer agrees that might be the case, Gee what famous public figure suggested that two days ago?

6:32 a.m. More snow angels and I have the times right now.

6:36 a.m. Is it “becoming” a bad word? When has socialism been good?

6:58 a.m. Hey lets make fun of the clean cut kid who defined Conservatism. He must get beaten up etc etc etc. Mika is laughing along on that. They aren’t even trying today.

7:00 a.m. I’ll give it another hour, today this looks like just another MSNBC show. I might not last that long.

7:07 a.m. It would be interesting to see if they are willing to quote any other part of his 80 min speech.

7:09 a.m. It’s all about how dare he says it this way, all about temperament, not about substance. I don’t think I’m going to make it to 7:30.

7:12 a.m. Pat stands alone.

7:15 a.m. Huckabee’s MSBS line is looking pretty solid this morning.

7:17 a.m. I don’t hear Mika talking about her crush on Rush today.

7:28 a.m. And of course with Pat we don’t know Iran is building a bomb.

7:41 a.m. Todd reminds them of 1994, they still won’t touch any other part of his speech.

7:44 a.m. Was this an 80 min or a 60 second speech.

7:53 a.m. Radio is a dying medium? Mika will be pleased to hear that. Tell me who has more ears listening to him Limbaugh or Todd?

8:12 a.m. Hunt is right about one thing, Obama will never get the leeway he is getting now so he is making the most of it.