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(The Raw Story)   Santorum: "People 20 years ago couldn't conceive of a cell phone." Zack Morris unavailable for comment   (rawstory.com ) divider line
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2012-03-02 08:35:13 PM  
*cough*Star Trek*cough*
 
2012-03-02 08:45:10 PM  
The story's lead paragraph is funnier than the headline.

Nothing against you, subby>, but it's just farking hilarious.

/and scary that he's a serious candidate
 
2012-03-02 08:45:45 PM  
AIIEEEEEEEE MY TAGS
 
2012-03-02 08:53:09 PM  
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2012-03-02 09:05:30 PM  
Oh, look... Another subject Santorum is completely ignorant about.
 
2012-03-02 09:09:06 PM  
OBAMA 57 STATES!!! OBAMA 57 STATES!!!

/Whew!
 
2012-03-02 09:09:26 PM  
To be fair, 20 years is a long time ago and it's hard to remember what did or didn't exist.
 
2012-03-02 09:10:28 PM  
According to the nonprofit research institute SRI International, over 10 million Americans had cell phones by 1992.

zing!
 
2012-03-02 09:10:35 PM  
I had a cell phone in 1994.

/using my smartphone so I'm getting a kick, etc.
 
2012-03-02 09:11:08 PM  
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Hello? Rick? You're a dumbass.
 
2012-03-02 09:11:18 PM  

GoodyearPimp: To be fair, 20 years is a long time ago and it's hard to remember what did or didn't exist.


I've stil, got that giant motorola flip phone somwhere, as proof.
 
2012-03-02 09:11:24 PM  
Santorum hits another one out of the ballpark. I don't know where we would be without his wisdom guiding our political process.
 
2012-03-02 09:11:40 PM  
I would say that he's right in that if you told someone twenty years ago they'd carry a computer around in their pocket which would let them do everything from making video phone calls to watching the Simpsons to accessing virtually any bit of information in the public realm, they'd think you're crazy.

I'd also say in respons to "Let me assure you if the government had taken over the technology sector of our economy 25 years ago, no one would ever have heard of a cell phone. "

That we can do all of this because the government essentially invented the internet. Without the government-funded DARPA, without the research at public universities, we wouldn't have the internet to do all this.
 
2012-03-02 09:11:42 PM  
20 years ago? Like there's anyone left alive from back then.
 
2012-03-02 09:12:55 PM  
 
2012-03-02 09:12:57 PM  
Hey Santorum:

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Do you like Huey Lewis and the News?
 
2012-03-02 09:13:09 PM  
We couldn't conceive of the idea because of the government-mandated mind condoms.
 
2012-03-02 09:13:13 PM  
Remember "car phones"? They were so cool for about 4 years.
 
2012-03-02 09:13:45 PM  
FTA: they are commonplace because Americans "recognize the rights God has given every person."

That is right people, cell phones are a gift from God.
 
2012-03-02 09:15:13 PM  
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2012-03-02 09:15:13 PM  
FTA :: if the government had taken over the technology sector of our economy 25 years ago, no one would ever have heard of a cell phone

And if the church had taken over the technology sector of our government, like Frothy McAsswipe here wants to happen, we'd be where exactly? tin cans and string?
 
2012-03-02 09:15:52 PM  

Muta: FTA: they are commonplace because Americans "recognize the rights God has given every person."

That is right people, cell phones are a gift from God.


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2012-03-02 09:16:47 PM  

Muta: FTA: they are commonplace because Americans "recognize the rights God has given every person."

That is right people, cell phones are a gift from God.


But you have to pay full price if you don't sign up for the 2-year Christianity plan
 
2012-03-02 09:16:55 PM  
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2012-03-02 09:18:37 PM  
farking electricity! Woulda thunk? Thank you, electric Jesus!
 
2012-03-02 09:19:05 PM  
The 'cell phones are a gift from God, not scientists and engineers' is really the lead of the story.

But, yeah. 20 years ago, Rick Santorum was a US Representative for a rather spread-out district, and had been a lawyer/lobbyist for several years before that. I find it hard to imagine that he didn't have a bag/car phone.
 
2012-03-02 09:19:05 PM  
Hell, even in the 50s they were pretty close in guessing where the technology could go...

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2012-03-02 09:19:14 PM  
I think it's great that this advertisement was placed right next to his lunacy:

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2012-03-02 09:19:37 PM  
never thought you'd be pining for the intellectual heft and stolid policy pronouncements of Sarah Palin, did you?
 
2012-03-02 09:19:54 PM  
Really, Republicans? Really??
 
2012-03-02 09:21:16 PM  
Holy shiat that article is like one giant list of "how many different things can one man be wrong about".

The first commercial cell network was in Japan, not the U.S. The U.S. didn't launch one until four years later and several other countries between us and Japan beat us to it as well. We aren't even the leader in modern high speed networks. Again, that's Japan who launched the first 3G network what.... a decade ago now?

Let me assure you if the government had taken over the technology sector of our economy 25 years ago, no one would ever have heard of a cell phone.

The government did get heavily involved early on and it created a lot of problems for portability between markets. And "taken over the technology sector? Really? A vast portion of "the technology sector" we know today exists solely because of the contributions the government made to developing the internet.

In the previous 2,000 years, life did not change

And this... really? Movable type, mechanical clocks and watches, medicine... contributions which mostly originated in Europe, especially in relation to medicine, not the U.S. Hell, even one of the most fundamental game changers in modern history, plumbing, wasn't contributed to the world by the U.S.

What a complete farking idiot this douchenozzle is....
 
2012-03-02 09:22:26 PM  
Just ignoring the cell phone part of his comment, he's saying there were no advances in technology at all in nearly 2000 years and it was only America that allowed technology to develop.

What. The. Fark.

How does anybody take this guy seriously.
 
2012-03-02 09:22:46 PM  
How does this guy walk and breathe at the same time??
 
2012-03-02 09:22:54 PM  

keylock71: Hell, even in the 50s they were pretty close in guessing where the technology could go...

[farm5.static.flickr.com image 371x500]


Going back even further...

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*KZZZHT* F*CK YERSELF YOU BACKWARDS MAN-CHILD. LOVE, DICK.
*KZZZHT* THERE WAS A COMMA IN THERE, YA BUMPKIN.
 
2012-03-02 09:23:39 PM  

Muta: FTA: they are commonplace because Americans "recognize the rights God has given every person."

That is right people, cell phones are a gift from God.


Wow. Anymore want I don't planet to this on live.
 
2012-03-02 09:24:10 PM  
Dick Tracy was talking into a watch phone in 1946. Conceived of and made famous, Rick. 65 years ago.
 
2012-03-02 09:24:35 PM  

NeoCortex42: Just ignoring the cell phone part of his comment, he's saying there were no advances in technology at all in nearly 2000 years and it was only America that allowed technology to develop.

What. The. Fark.

How does anybody take this guy seriously.


Half of the population of the United States is of below-average intelligence, by definition. This guy appeals to maybe 5 - potato% of the overall population.
 
2012-03-02 09:24:46 PM  
Stupid people say dumb shiat all the time.
 
2012-03-02 09:25:26 PM  
Ugh.. Deep down I wanted to believe that maybe it was just a simple number mistake (like the 57 states thing). Happens all the time. Maybe he meant 30, 40, or 50 years ago or something. Makes sense.

Then I read the article and watched the video. I just wanted to punch Santorum. farking bullshiat blind exceptionalism. Why can't he make a simple speech praising America and it's contributions to the world without bullshiatting?
 
2012-03-02 09:25:38 PM  

Kittypie070: How does this guy walk and breathe at the same time??


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"Rollerskates...WHORE."
 
2012-03-02 09:25:39 PM  
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2012-03-02 09:26:07 PM  
*shakes fist*

That's what I get for looking up the year.
 
2012-03-02 09:27:18 PM  
"Let me assure you if the government had taken over the technology sector of our economy 25 years ago, no one would ever have heard of a cell phone. Because what we would be doing is we would be making sure everybody had pagers and allocated them equivalently across everybody."

You know how I know santorum has no idea how either logic or the government works?
 
2012-03-02 09:28:10 PM  
Christ, this guy's thick.
 
2012-03-02 09:28:31 PM  
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2012-03-02 09:29:17 PM  

mathmatix: [img39.imageshack.us image 400x272]


www.iwatchstuff.com

watch out, or i'll point my walkie talkie at you.

that's right. god turns weapons into communications devices, praise Aqua Buddha
 
2012-03-02 09:29:45 PM  

thamike: *KZZZHT* F*CK YERSELF YOU BACKWARDS MAN-CHILD. LOVE, DICK.
*KZZZHT* THERE WAS A COMMA IN THERE, YA BUMPKIN.


Actually, I gotta say, Rick Santorum would be a pretty perfect villain for Dick Tracy to hunt down.

mrpurple: Stupid people say dumb shiat all the time.


Yes, but this particularly stupid person is running for President of the USA. That's a little troubling for a surprisingly large number of people- to wit, everyone on the farking planet.
 
2012-03-02 09:29:46 PM  

DarwiOdrade: The first cellular network in the world was built in 1977 in Chicago and turned on in 1978 (new window)

That's 34 years ago.

TMYK


Try 1946 (new window)

I also have a book published in 1934 that talks about portable radios and the fact that they would be made smaller and lighter and one day it would be possible to have a hand-held radio transceiver that would enable people to have conversations with each other, no matter how far apart.

Was Mr. Santorum home-schooled?
 
2012-03-02 09:29:54 PM  

Mentat: *cough*Star Trek*cough*


*cough* Dick Tracy *cough*
 
2012-03-02 09:30:21 PM  

indylaw: Half of the population of the United States is of below-average intelligence, by definition. This guy appeals to maybe 5 - potato% of the overall population.


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