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Split decision: ex-Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-CA) gets 8 years 4 months for accepting bribes and public corruption of various sorts.

Federal prosecutors had asked for the maximum sentence of ten years, citing Cunningham's corruption which they argued was unprecedented in its scope and brazenness.

Defense attorneys asked for six years.

According to the AP, it is the longest sentence ever meted out to a member of Congress.

See federal prosecutors sentencing memorandum here.

See the highlights of the memorandum here.

See the crack piece of enterprise reporting by the San Diego Union-Tribune's Marcus Stern, published on June 12th, 2005, which started Duke's vast skein of unbridled corruption unraveling.

See the TPM archive of Randy "Duke" Cunningham reportage-cum-snark here.

Like ink on a paper towel, the stain spreads.

Arch-Cunningham-fraudster Brent Wilkes was tight with the #3 guy at the CIA, Executive Director Kyle "Dusty" Foggo.

Now the CIA Inspector General has opened an investigation into Foggo. Before DCI Porter Goss appointed Foggo #3 at the Agency, Foggo was a "a mid-level procurement supervisor."

So, Foggo's line of work was contracting, procurement, buying stuff for the Agency. Wilkes' line of work was coming up with shoddy products and then corrupting members of Congress and procurement officials to buy his crap.

Hard to imagine why they might want to scrutinize his lifelong personal and professional ties to Brent Wilkes, right?

Peter, Paul & Mary's Peter Yarrow speaks up for clemency for Duke Cunningham in his sentencing today. Apparently they met five years ago and became friends, reaching across the Vietnam-era divide. A weird nugget. But life is weird. Check it out: It's sort of endearing.

TPM Reader DB gives Katherine Harris her due ...

Say what you will about Katherine Harris, but she certainly turned out to be a quick study, don't you think? Only a couple of terms and right in the thick of things!

Good point. But fish to water and all.

Ask not for whom the bell tolls. It tolls for Katherine Harris. That and other news of the day in today's Daily Muck.

After I did the post a couple days ago about my terrible experience with a new Gateway Computer (actually with the computer and the support and pretty much everything else about the experience), I got a number of emails from Mac owners basically saying, 'Switch to Mac. We all live in computer paradise.'

So I thought I'd answer the question on the site.

I must say that from my casual experience, Mac's always seem to work better, be more intelligently designed, have a nicer screen interface and a bunch of other stuff. And honestly, after this most recent experience, for the first time in my life I've seriously considered switching.

So, why haven't I, and, probably, why won't I?

I think it basically comes down to two reasons.

First, I've been using PC-based computers for about 20 years. And over the years, I've invested a serious amount of money in software and various gizmos, all of which are PC-based. That in itself is probably enough to keep me shackled down in the Wintel universe.

Second, I've got a decent amount of know-how invested in PCs. I don't just mean that I'd have to become a computer newbie again. But I can open up my PCs and install things and actually do a certain amount of maintenance on them. Not sure one can do that with a Mac, at least not to the same degree. In the background, I guess there's also that concern about having ones whole computer set-up and data tied to one company.

Third (okay, I said two, but it's my site), I've become very dependent on using a tablet PC for a lot of my note-taking and loose-leaf type record keeping. (If you're a journalist or anyone else who takes a lot of notes or does a lot of research, I seriously recommend checking them out. I couldn't live without one.) And I don't think they exist in the Mac universe.

In any case, those are the basic reasons holding me back. (I know the hardware tends to be more expensive. But I pretty much live my life online. So I don't think the cost in itself, if not too much more, would hold me back.) But I really do sort of secretly wish I could use a Mac because they just seem like they're better machines. So I'd be very curious to hear from readers. Not just Mac users. In fact, not even primarily Mac users. Who I'd really like to hear from are former PC users who've switched to Mac. What have your experiences been? Any major downsides? Either in the final experience or in the transition over -- moving your data over, etc?

Let me know. I'd be much obliged.