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2014-04-21 12:36:29 AM  
Oh, good, the GOP's "model US company" is one that is most famous for:

1. Outsourcing
2. Using slave labor
3. Literally poisoning workers to death and providing no medical care (not even first aid)
4. Having conditions so bad that the company installed netting around the building to deal with all the suicide-jumpers

Yeah... good luck selling us that as an ideal standard, buddy.
 
2014-04-21 12:39:55 AM  

one of Ripley's Bad Guys: FTA: "In a call for free markets and open platforms, Alexander argued that government should be more like Apple, Inc. - working to give private citizens the means "to create a happier, safer, more prosperous life."

umm... those words...


Politicians love word salad.
 
2014-04-21 12:50:01 AM  

Jim_Callahan: Oh, good, the GOP's "model US company" is one that is most famous for:

1. Outsourcing
2. Using slave labor
3. Literally poisoning workers to death and providing no medical care (not even first aid)
4. Having conditions so bad that the company installed netting around the building to deal with all the suicide-jumpers

Yeah... good luck selling us that as an ideal standard, buddy.


Wait... who's imitating who in that scenario?
 
2014-04-21 12:53:45 AM  
LAMAR!
 
2014-04-21 01:00:47 AM  
I wouldn't vote for the iPhone Party. Manipulative pricks think they can convince us with catch-phrases and shiny comparisons....

Now, if they were the Pivoting Head Ultra Extreme Vibrating Aloe Strip Razor Party, they'd have me.
 
2014-04-21 01:03:29 AM  
What the hell am I reading?

/on my iPhone
 
2014-04-21 01:06:31 AM  

DrBenway: Jim_Callahan: Oh, good, the GOP's "model US company" is one that is most famous for:

1. Outsourcing
2. Using slave labor
3. Literally poisoning workers to death and providing no medical care (not even first aid)
4. Having conditions so bad that the company installed netting around the building to deal with all the suicide-jumpers

Yeah... good luck selling us that as an ideal standard, buddy.

Wait... who's imitating who in that scenario?


I will admit, American Fruit did it first.  So it does fit with the GOP's "nuke the economy back to the gilded age" theme.  I'm just saying that this isn't the most subtle/tricky example they could have picked to conceal that from the voters, since even low-info voters frequently know about Foxconn (not by name but as "that time Apple used slave labor and killed a bunch of employees").

// Well, technically the industrial British Empire did it first, but American Fruit is the archetype in US history terms.
 
2014-04-21 01:07:17 AM  
Heh. Even happier with my brand new S4 now.
 
2014-04-21 01:08:04 AM  
what i'm hearing is wouldn't it be great if our government was providing us real time data on you as it's main focus.

really classy GOP
 
2014-04-21 01:14:48 AM  
This has been part of the standard campaign manual consultants use for several years now. When Karen Handel (of Susan G. Komen vs Planned Parenthood fame) was running for governor of Georgia, her emails were tagged with 'Sent from my iphone'. Someone bothered to look at the email headers and discovered the emails were coming from a Windows machine using Outlook. They were manually adding the iphone signature to try to make her look hip. Hopefully now when the marketing intern is sending out the email written by a campaign consultant in the candidate's name, they either use an actual iphone or spoof the header.
 
2014-04-21 01:27:13 AM  
media.salon.com

Keep farking that chicken.
 
2014-04-21 01:28:35 AM  

EngineerAU: This has been part of the standard campaign manual consultants use for several years now. When Karen Handel (of Susan G. Komen vs Planned Parenthood fame) was running for governor of Georgia, her emails were tagged with 'Sent from my iphone'. Someone bothered to look at the email headers and discovered the emails were coming from a Windows machine using Outlook. They were manually adding the iphone signature to try to make her look hip. Hopefully now when the marketing intern is sending out the email written by a campaign consultant in the candidate's name, they either use an actual iphone or spoof the header.


Like I said before, the GOP is comically patronizing.
 
2014-04-21 02:04:07 AM  

Lackofname: The party that fights to return to the 1950s socially and the early 1900s economically wants to be the party of the most sophisticated handheld tech in generations?

Pardon me while I guffaw.

The GOP is the rotary phone party.


Rotary phone is giving them credit.  They are the party of Lily Tomlin being the operator.
 
2014-04-21 02:27:07 AM  

Mrtraveler01: I always love it when the GOP tries to go after younger voters because of how comically patronizing it always turns out to be. The Democrats are better able to fake interest for whatever reason. The GOP going after younger voters reminds me of those parents who try to act cool by talking in the lingo that the kids these days are talking.


And they really think they aren't.  They're so entrenched in their culture of projection and deflection that they honestly think that "The Liberals" are just faking it too, that no one in their right mind would actually think or act or do anything "not Republican" unless they were being fooled, cajoled, and seduced into it by profit-and-power seeking tricksters.  They can't admit they stand for nothing but greed, so they choose to believe no one else stands for anything.

Side note: I know someone who works at an Apple store now, and the stories of the number of old people who come in and cannot thumb-type, HATE the new technology, hate the mobile devices.
 
2014-04-21 02:52:07 AM  
Does the GOP have anyone in their employ under the age of 104?
 
2014-04-21 02:54:16 AM  

Summoner101: GOPs idea of becoming more hip:


That flash has gold fringe on it, therefore maritime admiralty birthday cake argle-bargle.
 
2014-04-21 02:57:29 AM  
Once again, the GOP knows nothing about technology. They complain about too much regulation, but everyone (else) knows that you MUST DO EVERYTHING THE APPLE WAY. No choice. No freedom. That's why Android users are worth1/4 of an iPhone user. Iphone users pay four times as much for apps and such as Android users.

/Galaxy Note 3 here.
 
2014-04-21 02:59:36 AM  
"Republicans want to enable and empower you. We want to be the iPhone party."

Enable and empower.. the opposite of what Republicans have done for decades.
 
2014-04-21 03:27:39 AM  
ReaganPhones?
 
2014-04-21 03:29:38 AM  
If the GOP switches over to iPhones, I'll go back to a rotary-dial landline just to stay as far away from them as possible.
 
2014-04-21 03:42:34 AM  
*runs around in a circle screaming because of the b*tching about Obamaphones and now they wanna try this stupid pseudo trendy bullshiat*

*inadvertently goes awry from sheer pisseroo-disorientation, phases through N-space, and slams headfirst into the White House bathroom door nearest the Oval Office for the 863rd time*


In Washington DC, it is 3 AM. A phone rings.


/closer to 4 AM but artistic license, y'all
 
2014-04-21 04:30:40 AM  
The iPhone...so...the party of old people?  Way to play against type, GOP.
 
2014-04-21 04:44:08 AM  
images.dailytech.com

iPhones are assembled in factories with conditions so bad, they need Suicide Nets.

Of course the GOP see this as America's future.  Just keep telling you unions are bad, and the rich need a tax break.
 
2014-04-21 05:02:22 AM  

Alphax: "Republicans want to enable and empower you. We want to be the iPhone party."

Enable and empower.. the opposite of what Republicans have done for decades.


You just have to realize, Republicans have something a little different in mind when they mean "empower."

img.fark.net
 
2014-04-21 05:30:24 AM  

Fuggin Bizzy: Does the GOP have anyone in their employ under the age of 104?


This is the chairman of The Young Republicans.

i.ytimg.com
 
2014-04-21 05:39:49 AM  
WHY?

WHY DOES THAT FACE NOT SURPRISE ME
 
2014-04-21 05:43:52 AM  

medic2731: Lackofname: The party that fights to return to the 1950s socially and the early 1900s economically wants to be the party of the most sophisticated handheld tech in generations?

Pardon me while I guffaw.

The GOP is the rotary phone party.

Rotary phone is giving them credit.  They are the party of Lily Tomlin being the operator.


Two cans and a piece of string party.
 
2014-04-21 05:45:19 AM  

NeverDrunk23: medic2731: Lackofname: The party that fights to return to the 1950s socially and the early 1900s economically wants to be the party of the most sophisticated handheld tech in generations?

Pardon me while I guffaw.

The GOP is the rotary phone party.

Rotary phone is giving them credit.  They are the party of Lily Tomlin being the operator.

Two cans and a piece of string party.


smoke signals, cause fark the environment!
 
2014-04-21 06:19:25 AM  
FTFA: In a call for free markets and open platforms, Alexander argued that government should be more like Apple, Inc. - working to give private citizens the means "to create a happier, safer, more prosperous life."

Of course this is Republican speak for cutting funding for public schools, gutting public infrastructure, denying access to healthcare, and eliminating food assistance for anyone facing hard times; or people struggling to make ends meet on the poverty wages paid by the "job creators". Apparently kicking a person when they are down is defined as "opportunity" to the GOP.

FTFA: He also pointed to legislation proposed by Republicans as examples of the "iPhone government," including pushing for more school vouchers and giving states more control of their Medicaid programs.

Yep, exactly what I said it meant. When you think about it, this is a very inefficient use of funds. It prevents the pooling funds and increasing the buying power of public schools and the Medicaid system; making them have to create redundant services as well as purchase equipment/supplies at a premium rather than wholesale prices.

FTFA: Alexander referenced the Dodd-Frank law as a Democrat counter-example, saying it makes "community bankers spend more time filling out forms than... making loans." The sweeping financial reform bill was signed into law in 2010 and meant to strengthen consumer protection, rein in complex financial products, and head off future bank bailouts; critics call it more harmful red tape.

Of course these laws were put in place because loans were way too easy to get. Companies like Taylor, Bean & Whitaker were able to take multiple loans/mortgages out on properties then sell the loans to larger banks/financial entities like Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and Colonial Bank. Taylor, Bean & Whitaker even created a second company which would package these fraudulent loans into mortgage backed securities which they also sold. All of this was enabled by lack of paper work required due to lax regulations.

The popular Republican talking point for the financial collapse was that stupid people bought mortgages they couldn't afford, quit paying. went into default, and brought the banking sector down. That the poor bankers were the victim of the evil government making them loan money to people who aren't independently wealthy. The truth is many people who lost their homes were dutifully paying their mortgage, it's just they had no idea their lender had multiple mortgages & loans backed by the property taken out and/or outright sold the property multiple times. It was easier to foreclose than to weed out who owned what and who paid what.

Here is a summary of what happened: Link

It seems Republicans feel that this time, unlike the previous financial collapses, we can trust the financial sector to "regulate" themselves. This might work in a fantasy land of rainbows and unicorns where everyone is honest, but in truth they are empowering those who which to commit fraud.
 
2014-04-21 06:23:22 AM  
This might work in a fantasy land of rainbows and unicorns where everyone is honest, but in truth they are empowering those who which want to commit fraud.

FTFM
 
2014-04-21 06:23:25 AM  

12349876: I see it.

Constantly trying to reinvent itself while making very few changes.  The iPhone and Republican Party.


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Great_Milenko: Considering the "freedom" you get with an android device is illusionary


How is that, exactly?
 
2014-04-21 06:32:37 AM  
In a call for free markets and open platforms, Alexander argued that government should be more like Apple, Inc.

img.4plebs.org

BWAAAAAAHAHAAHAHAHA!!
 
2014-04-21 06:39:53 AM  
i61.tinypic.com
 
2014-04-21 06:47:25 AM  

Kittypie070: WHY?

WHY DOES THAT FACE NOT SURPRISE ME


It's not at all unusual for the leadership of a Young Whatever group to not actually be that young, organizing things at a national level is something of a full-time job, not something the baseline members (undergrads and high-school students) really have time for.

The president of the Young Democrats of America is in her mid-30s too, and while their page doesn't list birthdates or anything one committeeman's blurb mentions participating in a senate campaign in 1988.  Even if he was just a tween handing out leaflets or something that still puts him in his 40s now.
 
2014-04-21 07:19:42 AM  
Wow they were right!

It wasn't their message but how they were presenting it... It's all so clear now, they just want to empower us by giving tax breaks to corporations and the top 1% while killing anything that even remotely helps the average person.... I think I'm going to go switch parties now.

On a more serious and sad note is the way they keep tring to expand their parties political tent to include younger people without understanding that their "welcome to the party" committee essentially tells the few that do join, that they aren't conservative enough and to get the hell out... But still please vote republican potato.
 
2014-04-21 07:36:52 AM  

MisterTweak: Alexander argued that government should be more like Apple, Inc. - working to give private citizens the means "to create a happier, safer, more prosperous life."


We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all persons are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Security, and the Pursuit of Happiness. --That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted above Men, deriving their powers just from the consent of the job creators.

/I love how he accidentally subverts "we the people" into "you the people and us the government"
//And abandons liberty for security
///Those are the things I love.
 
2014-04-21 07:42:47 AM  

Jim_Callahan: Kittypie070: WHY?

WHY DOES THAT FACE NOT SURPRISE ME

It's not at all unusual for the leadership of a Young Whatever group to not actually be that young, organizing things at a national level is something of a full-time job, not something the baseline members (undergrads and high-school students) really have time for.

The president of the Young Democrats of America is in her mid-30s too, and while their page doesn't list birthdates or anything one committeeman's blurb mentions participating in a senate campaign in 1988.  Even if he was just a tween handing out leaflets or something that still puts him in his 40s now.


Yeah good point there, and I shoulda thought of that aspect. Thanks.

It's just that....the GOP faces are all starting to look like soft, flabby unbaked blobs and NOT because they are white folks.

I just get this dreadful urge to either sock em or motorboat their cheeks.

And mind you I ain't no paragon in the looks department myself. I got the under-eye thing going like DeForest Kelly and I can do a pretty convincing Eddie Olmos Glare.
 
2014-04-21 07:56:31 AM  
Kittypie070,
But it is the context...
 
2014-04-21 07:57:48 AM  

Flying Lasagna Monster: [media.salon.com image 750x500]

Keep farking that chicken.


who's that girl?
 
2014-04-21 08:29:36 AM  

Jim_Callahan: It's not at all unusual for the leadership of a Young Whatever group to not actually be that young, organizing things at a national level is something of a full-time job, not something the baseline members (undergrads and high-school students) really have time for.


And, frankly, not something they would likely be competent for.  Not like you're going to give a 20 year old a multimillion dollar budget and a few dozen employees.
 
2014-04-21 08:37:04 AM  
Which one wants a following of brainwashed techno-serfs?

Trick question, both...
Seriously,  Apple hates it when users understand what is going on,  Republicans hate it when you understand what is going on.   Apple doesn't want you tampering with the machinery, Republicans don't want you tampering with the machinery.  Apple will blame users for their failure, Republicans will blame voters for their failure.  The big difference is style; Apple has it.
 
2014-04-21 09:17:51 AM  

Alphax: "Republicans want to enable and empower you. We want to be the iPhone party."

Enable and empower.. the opposite of what Republicans have done for decades.


Also the opposite of what Apple does, so it fits.
 
2014-04-21 09:18:05 AM  
I swear the people in charge at the GOP seem like the TRIX Rabbit.

GOPTard1: I know, kids like iPhones! We'll be the iPhone party!
GOPTard2: Brilliant!
 
2014-04-21 09:23:23 AM  

HeartBurnKid: Alphax: "Republicans want to enable and empower you. We want to be the iPhone party."

Enable and empower.. the opposite of what Republicans have done for decades.

Also the opposite of what Apple does, so it fits.


Not sure if serious..
 
2014-04-21 09:55:18 AM  

snowshovel: gas giant: Okay.. I'm sure Apple will be just THRILLED by this little endorsement.

Considering that the place where iphone are manufactured is a Republican paradise, I'm sure they are nodding their head in agreement. In fact I'm sure Apple would love to get rid of those pesky minimum wage laws that hamper their small business mentality at the Apple Stores.


You clearly don't know anything about Apple retail stores or manufacturing.  Hey, but don't let that stop you from pulling stuff out of your ass.
 
2014-04-21 11:14:41 AM  

Kittypie070: WHY?

WHY DOES THAT FACE NOT SURPRISE ME


Punch magnet.
 
2014-04-21 11:32:25 AM  
The GOP's idea of youth outreach:

somewhereboy.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-04-21 12:11:00 PM  

physt: snowshovel: gas giant: Okay.. I'm sure Apple will be just THRILLED by this little endorsement.

Considering that the place where iphone are manufactured is a Republican paradise, I'm sure they are nodding their head in agreement. In fact I'm sure Apple would love to get rid of those pesky minimum wage laws that hamper their small business mentality at the Apple Stores.

You clearly don't know anything about Apple retail stores or manufacturing.  Hey, but don't let that stop you from pulling stuff out of your ass.


Apple's factories installed anti-suicide nets.
www.secretsofthefed.com
 
2014-04-21 12:36:23 PM  

dweigert: Kittypie070,
But it is the context...


Quizzical Cat is Quizzical.
 
2014-04-21 01:01:02 PM  

Skarekrough: It's official...even the interns have absolutely nothing to give them.  They're just making things up to get out the door and go home for the weekend.

We've got seven months until election.  You guys need to pull it together.


Their interns are probably college republicans. You can't expect much creativity or "hipness" out of them. If they had those things, they wouldn't be college republicans.
 
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