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2012-03-02 09:57:00 PM  

heap: never thought you'd be pining for the intellectual heft and stolid policy pronouncements of Sarah Palin, did you?


I was going to say no to this, that I still prefer Rick to Palin . . . and then I hesitated.

I'm no longer sure.
 
2012-03-02 09:57:02 PM  

mod3072: Santorum is a bloviating pile of human excrement, but getting all bent out of shape because he said that people couldn't imagine a cell phone 20 years ago is as retarded as getting a hard-on because Obama once said something about 57 states. Yes, they existed 20 years ago, but they were hardly commonplace. Hell, in the late 80's, just having a cordless phone in your home was pretty damn amazing. Our house had one telephone, conveniently located in the dining room and with a 12 inch cord tethering it to the wall. The idea of nearly every person in the country having a cell phone and having a huge nationwide network where you can use a phone everywhere in the country except in my living room (seriously, f*ck you Verizon) was nearly unimaginable, and that's to say nothing of today's smart phones. The part about cell phones somehow being related to rights that God gave us or something is way more retarded than the whole "20 years ago" part.

Then again, I get the feeling that most of the people who comment on Fark were still in diapers 20 years ago (if they were even born), so it probably does seem a lot sillier to someone who grew up never knowing a world where every human being didn't have an electronic ball and chain on them at all times. Now get the fark off of my goddamn lawn!!


The 20 years ago part doesn't bug me all that much. What bugs me is the idea that he doesn't thing humanity progressed at all for 2000 years until the U-S-A existed.
 
2012-03-02 09:57:13 PM  

Satanic_Hamster: While I know he's an idiot, I'm not sure what his point is exactly. Is he implying that Obama is planning to take over the technology industry or something?


Solyndra socialism arugula Muslim Obamacare.
 
2012-03-02 09:58:14 PM  

Bill_Wick's_Friend: At least when he talks he speaks in full, crafted, intelligent sentences.


FTA: "Because what we would be doing is we would be making sure everybody had pagers and allocated them equivalently across everybody."

Brilliant.
 
2012-03-02 09:58:15 PM  
We'll, I'm 40.

I went to a very expensive private university, and yes... Many of my classmates had one.

I didn't because they were too expensive. My drug dealer had a beeper though.
 
2012-03-02 09:58:19 PM  

NeoCortex42: The 20 years ago part doesn't bug me all that much. What bugs me is the idea that he doesn't thing humanity progressed at all for 2000 years until the U-S-A existed.


Well to be fair, for 2,000 years there WAS a distinct lack of country singers and crying American eagles.
 
2012-03-02 09:59:24 PM  

The All-Powerful Atheismo: NeoCortex42: The 20 years ago part doesn't bug me all that much. What bugs me is the idea that he doesn't thing humanity progressed at all for 2000 years until the U-S-A existed.

Well to be fair, for 2,000 years there WAS a distinct lack of country singers and crying American eagles.


Not to mention howling-wolf-moon t-shirts. It's a wonder we survived at all!
 
2012-03-02 09:59:53 PM  

stoli n coke: You know, statistically, this guy should have accidentally said something correct by now.


He's not a broken clock - more like a few hours (centuries) off.
 
2012-03-02 10:00:01 PM  

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2012-03-02 10:00:17 PM  

The Bunyip: [s17.postimage.org image 180x136]

Deny Everything


"Innocent!
Until I'm proven guilty...

Deny Everything.
Deny Everything."

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2012-03-02 10:01:39 PM  
I've had a cell phone since 1991, Mr. Frothy, which is 21 years ago. But I'm a godless heathen, so it doesn't count, I guess.
 
2012-03-02 10:02:44 PM  

enry: stoli n coke: You know, statistically, this guy should have accidentally said something correct by now.

He's not a broken clock - more like a few hours (centuries) off.


He's like a broken sundial. Never right because the pointy thing fell off.
 
2012-03-02 10:03:46 PM  

mod3072: Santorum is a bloviating pile of human excrement, but getting all bent out of shape because he said that people couldn't imagine a cell phone 20 years ago is as retarded as getting a hard-on because Obama once said something about 57 states. Yes, they existed 20 years ago, but they were hardly commonplace.


So what? That's a common thing with new inventions. They are expensive at first, then a glut of supply brings them down. Remember 14 years ago, when a DVD player could run nearly 500 bucks. Now, you can get a Blu-Ray for 100.

The first models plant the seed of interest, then the addition of new supply drives the price down to where more people can afford them.
 
2012-03-02 10:05:53 PM  
he's a crazy lady
 
2012-03-02 10:06:38 PM  

Cyberluddite: I've had a cell phone since 1991, Mr. Frothy, which is 21 years ago. But I'm a godless heathen, so it doesn't count, I guess.


Yep... This is just around when they started to become more common...

I'm old and atheist though so the devil is making me misremember.
 
2012-03-02 10:06:49 PM  

heinekenftw: I was going to say no to this, that I still prefer Rick to Palin . . . and then I hesitated.

I'm no longer sure.


now picture the eventual candidate that will make you look back fondly on the days of rick santorum's erudite proclamations.

we all know it's going to happen.

if we're getting into our rick santorum telephone wayback machine, if you'd asked somebody 6 years ago if George W Bush was a rational, pragmatic and elegant political candidate...well, now ask those questions as comparisons with him against what's waving the freak flag currently.

it's tardles all the way down.
 
2012-03-02 10:06:58 PM  

scanman61: mathmatix:

That's not a phone, it's a prick.

PRC-77 to be specific.


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2012-03-02 10:07:11 PM  

The All-Powerful Atheismo: enry: stoli n coke: You know, statistically, this guy should have accidentally said something correct by now.

He's not a broken clock - more like a few hours (centuries) off.

He's like a broken sundial. Never right because the pointy thing fell off.


I'm pretty sure he was done making babies anyway.
 
2012-03-02 10:08:06 PM  

mod3072: Santorum is a bloviating pile of human excrement, but getting all bent out of shape because he said that people couldn't imagine a cell phone 20 years ago is as retarded as getting a hard-on because Obama once said something about 57 states.


This wasn't misspeaking. He literally said that people couldn't even conceive of cell phones 20 years ago, and then went on to suggest that they came from God and that nobody's standard of living advanced at all for the previous 2000 years.

But I guess they're totally the same thing.
 
2012-03-02 10:08:31 PM  
Wow, that dude is industrial strength ignorant. Shockingly, mind-numbingly ignorant. Not worthy of a response ignorant. Ashamed that there are people in this country that would vote for that idiot ignorant. Wow.
 
2012-03-02 10:08:33 PM  

NeoCortex42: mod3072: Santorum is a bloviating pile of human excrement, but getting all bent out of shape because he said that people couldn't imagine a cell phone 20 years ago is as retarded as getting a hard-on because Obama once said something about 57 states. Yes, they existed 20 years ago, but they were hardly commonplace. Hell, in the late 80's, just having a cordless phone in your home was pretty damn amazing. Our house had one telephone, conveniently located in the dining room and with a 12 inch cord tethering it to the wall. The idea of nearly every person in the country having a cell phone and having a huge nationwide network where you can use a phone everywhere in the country except in my living room (seriously, f*ck you Verizon) was nearly unimaginable, and that's to say nothing of today's smart phones. The part about cell phones somehow being related to rights that God gave us or something is way more retarded than the whole "20 years ago" part.

Then again, I get the feeling that most of the people who comment on Fark were still in diapers 20 years ago (if they were even born), so it probably does seem a lot sillier to someone who grew up never knowing a world where every human being didn't have an electronic ball and chain on them at all times. Now get the fark off of my goddamn lawn!!

The 20 years ago part doesn't bug me all that much. What bugs me is the idea that he doesn't thing humanity progressed at all for 2000 years until the U-S-A existed.


To be honest, his actual statement was about life expectancy, not life in general. Not that it changes it that much, but just so we're bashing him for the right things.
 
2012-03-02 10:08:50 PM  

stoli n coke: mod3072: Santorum is a bloviating pile of human excrement, but getting all bent out of shape because he said that people couldn't imagine a cell phone 20 years ago is as retarded as getting a hard-on because Obama once said something about 57 states. Yes, they existed 20 years ago, but they were hardly commonplace.

So what? That's a common thing with new inventions. They are expensive at first, then a glut of supply brings them down. Remember 14 years ago, when a DVD player could run nearly 500 bucks. Now, you can get a Blu-Ray for 100.

The first models plant the seed of interest, then the addition of new supply drives the price down to where more people can afford them.


Exactly right. Even though I couldn't afford one at the time, this was what everyone assumed would happen.
 
2012-03-02 10:10:14 PM  

The All-Powerful Atheismo: 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.


Uh, he said "by definition." Reading comprehension fail.
 
2012-03-02 10:10:22 PM  

DarwiOdrade: The All-Powerful Atheismo: enry: stoli n coke: You know, statistically, this guy should have accidentally said something correct by now.

He's not a broken clock - more like a few hours (centuries) off.

He's like a broken sundial. Never right because the pointy thing fell off.

I'm pretty sure he was done making babies anyway.


jimfairthorne.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-03-02 10:11:13 PM  
The first "brick" phones were sold in the late 70's. The 1G phone network was developed then.

Car phones were first developed in 1946. We've been developing and improving upon mobile phone communication since twelve years before Santorum was born. Text messaging started roughly 20 years ago.
 
2012-03-02 10:11:55 PM  
If you are chosen by God, only your opponents are capable of telling lies.
 
2012-03-02 10:12:10 PM  
 
2012-03-02 10:12:59 PM  

The Banana Thug: The All-Powerful Atheismo: 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.

Uh, he said "by definition." Reading comprehension fail.


By definition that would be the median, not the average.

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2012-03-02 10:13:16 PM  

I don't want to scare anyone here, but in 20 years time having a 60 inch television will not be only for the rich.


DON'T PANIC
 
2012-03-02 10:14:07 PM  

mathmatix: scanman61: mathmatix:

That's not a phone, it's a prick.

PRC-77 to be specific.


Whatever, dude...at least I know the difference between a phone and a big ass walkie talkie.
 
2012-03-02 10:14:31 PM  
Well Rick, twenty years ago no one could've fathomed that a man who is as jarringly ignorant as you could be a frontrunner to be a candidate for the Presidency of the United States, but here the fark we are.
 
2012-03-02 10:14:47 PM  
Hell... even Clark Kent's boss Perry White had a car phone in "The Adventures of Superman" TV series in the 1950's.

Personally, I liked the cell phone used by Detective Murtaugh (Danny Glover) in 1987's "Lethal Weapon". He had to go up on a highway overpass to get a clear signal, but hey -- it worked.
 
2012-03-02 10:15:20 PM  
Heinlein makes use of personal phones that go everywhere with one in Space Cadet.

This was published way back in 1948.

My math skills aren't the greatest, but I think that's more than 20 years ago...
 
2012-03-02 10:15:24 PM  

Three Crooked Squirrels: Remember "car phones"? They were so cool for about 4 years.


People had car phones back into the 60s. Watch the original Hawaii Five-O and you'll see Jack Lord using one quite often.
 
2012-03-02 10:16:55 PM  

Bungles: DON'T PANIC


That's the first sensible thing anyone's said to me all day.
 
2012-03-02 10:18:21 PM  
I remember calling my mom's (brick) cell phone from the pay phone in the lobby of my high school.

I am 36 years old, so, um, yeah.

Oh, just for bonus: My high school is the school where Santorum's kids would go if they were more into the socialist indoctrination style of public schools, and not taking public tax dollars to mindfark his kids at home instead (new window).
 
2012-03-02 10:19:15 PM  

DarwiOdrade: I'm pretty sure he was done making babies anyway.


Those aren't babies...

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They're cheap knock-off My Buddys.
 
2012-03-02 10:19:58 PM  

Cyberluddite: I've had a cell phone since 1991, Mr. Frothy, which is 21 years ago. But I'm a godless heathen, so it doesn't count, I guess.


Yup...got my first cell phone in '92.

One of 10-million, eh? I was once of the 1%, you bastards!
 
2012-03-02 10:20:11 PM  

scanman61: mathmatix: scanman61: mathmatix:

That's not a phone, it's a prick.

PRC-77 to be specific.

Whatever, dude...at least I know the difference between a phone and a big ass walkie talkie.


Which helps during the carnival rape.
 
2012-03-02 10:23:32 PM  

AcneVulgaris: 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.


Pfft. My dad had one of these:

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2012-03-02 10:23:48 PM  
I stole a cellphone 20 years ago.
 
2012-03-02 10:24:11 PM  
Missed it by that much.
 
2012-03-02 10:25:42 PM  
Don't forget Bill Bixby's Corvette in "The Magician".
 
2012-03-02 10:27:07 PM  

NeoCortex42: The 20 years ago part doesn't bug me all that much. What bugs me is the idea that he doesn't thing humanity progressed at all for 2000 years until the U-S-A existed.


I'd like to point out that the 2,000 year period before the founding of the US includes the (alleged) birth, death, and ascension of Jesus.

Santorum is saying that the birth of Christianity didn't change humanity at all. Maybe he should check his frothy math.
 
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2012-03-02 10:27:20 PM  
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1987.
 
2012-03-02 10:29:11 PM  

The All-Powerful Atheismo: mod3072: Santorum is a bloviating pile of human excrement, but getting all bent out of shape because he said that people couldn't imagine a cell phone 20 years ago is as retarded as getting a hard-on because Obama once said something about 57 states.

This wasn't misspeaking. He literally said that people couldn't even conceive of cell phones 20 years ago, and then went on to suggest that they came from God and that nobody's standard of living advanced at all for the previous 2000 years.

But I guess they're totally the same thing.


I never said they were the same thing. I said that freaking out because he said that people couldn't conceive of cell phones 20 years ago was as retarded as freaking out about Obama's 57 states comment. If he had said 30 years (or even 25), he'd probably be right. Most people probably couldn't conceive of it at that time, even though they actually already existed in one form or another. As for the rest of it, yeah it was pretty stupid. I wasn't trying to white knight the guy.
 
2012-03-02 10:29:37 PM  
Humphrey Bogart in Sabrina (1954)
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2012-03-02 10:29:41 PM  

Fark Me To Tears: Personally, I liked the cell phone used by Detective Murtaugh (Danny Glover) in 1987's "Lethal Weapon". He had to go up on a highway overpass to get a clear signal, but hey -- it worked.


That's the first thing I thought of. When he was talking to the cop shrink about how crazy Riggs is.
 
2012-03-02 10:30:19 PM  

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


They used to be called "radio phones" and have been around in a practical, mass produced form since WW2 at least.
 
2012-03-02 10:31:41 PM  

The All-Powerful Atheismo: Trolljegeren: Mentat: *cough*Star Trek*cough*

*cough* Dick Tracy *cough*

You guys sound sick. I think you need to see a doctor
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Dammit Jim Atheismo, that's an Actor, not a Doctor.
 
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