Archive for March 1, 2009

Big Finish 8th Doctor Trailer

Posted: March 1, 2009 by datechguy in doctor who
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You’ve heard me talk about the Big Finish Doctor Who adventures many times. Well the 8th doctor will be returning for a full 8 adventure season of adventures starting this month:

More details and how to order here, or if you want to order from the US, try Mikes Comics in Worcester here:

…and a warning to Republicans

Posted: March 1, 2009 by datechguy in opinion/news

One point concerning my last post that needs to be proclaimed loudly.

The War not withstanding our fellow republicans showed very little conservative fiscal restraint. Not withstanding what some people think we are a forgiving crowd and will give the party another chance, but if they take a second chance and again act like drunken sailors with the treasury we conservatives will find another place for our votes.

A dangerous wish for the left

Posted: March 1, 2009 by datechguy in opinion/news
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All over the net we see the left celebrating the idea that Rush Limbaugh has a higher profile:


White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel charged Sunday that conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh is “the voice and the intellectual force and energy behind the Republican Party.”

Emanuel, speaking in deliberately soothing tones, told anchor Bob Schieffer on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that Limbaugh has been up front about “praying for failure” by President Obama.

Washington Monthly

It’s a strategy with all kinds of appeal. Limbaugh is not exactly a respected public figure (drug-addled shock-jock who’s actively rooting for America’s decline), but Republicans continue to hold him in high regard. With that in mind, Democrats and Limbaugh, oddly enough, have the same goal: convince the general public that he’s the ostensible head of the Republican Party.

Greg Sargent:

Top Democratic operatives are planning a stepped up campaign to promote Rush Limbaugh as the public face of the GOP — an effort that will include recruiting Dem governors to make this case on talk shows, getting elected officials to pen Op eds arguing it, and running more ads pushing it, a senior Democratic operative says.

Key leadership staff in the House and Senate, and in all the political committees, have been encouraged by senior Dem operatives to push this message wherever possible, the operative says.

“I’m encouraging everybody to go out and say this,” Paul Begala, the well-known Dem strategist, just told me by phone. “I’m hot for this. Let’s get this out every way we can.”

All this talk is foolish. Combine the Democratic party’s efforts with CNN’s decision to broadcast the entire Rush Broadcast adds up to a lot of people who will actually be exposed to not the caricature of Rush Limbaugh that the media creates but the actual person with actual ideas and belief and the ability to articulate them (Andrew Sullivan not withstanding).

Since Rush also very leery of phony ambush journalism he is able to deliver a tight message when he appears as a guest on various shows.

As our democratic friends seem to have forgotten 1994 lets point out that a person doesn’t become the most popular radio host in history and remain so for two decades without being able to communicate. CNN’s attempt to turn the speech into something it wasn’t isn’t effective when people have actually seen it.

Combine his skills with the likely result of the Obama policies and I suspect we will see conservatives with a lot more seats in 2010 and maybe even a different result in 2012.

The most expensive .99 cent songs ever

Posted: March 1, 2009 by datechguy in tech
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Slashdot reports that our modern blackberry president has the same issues that a lot of other p2p users do:

A company that monitors peer-to-peer file-sharing networks has discovered a potentially serious security breach involving President Barack Obama’s helicopter, NBC affiliate WPXI in Pittsburgh reported Saturday.

Employees of Tiversa, a Cranberry Township, Pa.-based security company that specializes in peer-to-peer technology, reportedly found engineering and communications information about Marine One at an IP address in Tehran, Iran.

Bob Boback, CEO of Tiversa, told WPXI-TV: “We found a file containing entire blueprints and avionics package for Marine One, which is the president’s helicopter.”

And how did they manage to get it? One guess:

Someone from the company most likely downloaded a file-sharing program, typically used to exchange music, not realizing the potential problems, Boback said.

“When downloading one of these file-sharing programs, you are effectively allowing others around the world to access your hard drive,” Boback said.

I’ve been arguing for years that saving .99 cents on a song is a lot less expensive than the risks you take.