Wednesday, June 07, 2006

The iPod Was Not Developed by Baptists in Waco, Texas

Garrison Keillor:
"People who want to take a swing at San Francisco should think twice. Yes, the Irish coffee at Fisherman's Wharf is overpriced, and the bus tour of Haight-Ashbury is disappointing (Where are the hippies?), but the Bay Area is the cradle of the computer and software industry, which continues to create jobs for our children. The iPod was not developed by Baptists in Waco, Texas. There may be a reason for this. Creative people thrive in a climate of openness and tolerance, since some great ideas start out sounding ridiculous. Creativity is a key to economic progress. Authoritarianism is stifling. I don't believe that Mr. Hewlett and Mr. Packard were gay, but what's important is: In San Francisco, it doesn't matter so much. When the cultural Sturmbannfuhrers try to marshal everyone into straight lines, it has consequences for the economic future of this country.

Meanwhile, the Current Occupant goes on impersonating a president. Somewhere in the quiet, leafy recesses of the Bush family, somebody is thinking, "Wrong son. Should've tried the smart one." Five years in office and he doesn't have a grip on it yet. You stand him up next to British Prime Minister Tony Blair at a news conference and the comparison is not kind to Our Guy. Historians are starting to place him at or near the bottom of the list. And one of the basic assumptions of American culture is falling apart: the competence of Republicans."

17 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"the bus tour of Haight-Ashbury is disappointing (Where are the hippies?)"

Keillor probably still thinks hippies are alive and well and passing out flowers in SF.

It's true that iPod was not created in Waco by Baptists. But how does he account for Al Gore's invention of the Internet? And really, does it matter whether Hewlett and Packard were gay or straight? So why the reference?

6/07/2006 10:06 PM  
Anonymous the duke said...

And . . . trust me on this one . . . if you can figure out how to make a billion dollars (like Hewlett & Packard), Waco can be a way tolerant place. It is, come to think of it, vastly more tolerant of divergent political or religious views than is SF.

Keillor, of course, tolerates all political and religious views that agree with his own. Everyone else is a dumb hick.

Anyone care to debate that?

6/07/2006 10:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"But how does he account for Al Gore's invention of the Internet?"

Ha ha, that's funny, yes. So long as you know all those jokes are based on a Big Lie and a prolonged theme of charachter assasination on Al.

6/08/2006 2:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes. Gore really told a big lie but is anyone surprised?

6/08/2006 7:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, Gore didn't lie, you tool. What he said was "Back when I helped create the Internet". Congress created the Internet, funded the backbones and all that. And Gore was the point man.

Do you _ever_ have an honest point?

6/08/2006 7:16 AM  
Anonymous Devil's Advocate said...

Looks like the trolls are up early today...


Indeed, creativity thrives in an open, tolerant, environment. Creativity is always stiffled by rigid thinking -- or ideology that passes for thinking --.

The last time I looked, crationism was not being promoted in biology classes in the Bay Area, but in places like Kansas, or Texas, where religious rigidity passes as rigorous thinking.

Creativity does not thrive among communities of Neanderthals.

6/08/2006 7:36 AM  
Anonymous sarabeth said...

"Creativity does not thrive among communities of Neanderthals."

Except for the Ann Coulter kind?

6/08/2006 8:26 AM  
Anonymous the duke said...

"Crationism," or the theory that all life on earth arose from seeds planted by an alien race (delivered in a cardboard box, often mistakenly referred to as a "crate," hence the popular term), was widely rejected by mainstream biologists when its proponents were unable to provide evidence of this original box.

As for Neanderthals, I'm surprised that those of our ancestors (or ancestral uncles) who chose that lifestyle continue to be treated so negatively. This is blatant descentism, the psychopathic prejudice suggesting some inherent superiority of one's own line of genetic descent. Who is to say that slime mold is not the pinnacle of evolution? Not I.

6/08/2006 10:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Al Gore:"During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet. I took the initiative in moving forward a whole range of initiatives that have proven to be important to our country's economic growth and environmental protection, improvements in our educational system."

Idiot right wing dittoheads still can't get the quote straight. Ask anyone who was active in the inception of the Internet who championed it it Congress: Al Gore.

Right wing losers who are so stupid that they can't be bothered to do any research of their own (see: O'Really's Malmedy Massacre comments) should stick to their jobs in the elite 101st Fighting Keyboard Division.

6/08/2006 1:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gore padding his resume with the claim he helped create the internet with vague references about his "initiatives" is a joke. He will probably next claim he invented the Ipod, because of his consulting role with Apple.

Since you have done your research, show me the initiative that Gore claims he initiated.

6/08/2006 3:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gore also helped invent the cell phone, LCD widescreen TV, and illegal fundraising techniques..

RT

6/08/2006 4:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Typical Repugs....
take a quote out of context and keep lying about for 10 freaking years.

6/09/2006 1:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gore taking credit for creating the internet because he "pushed some iniatives" (show us the initiatives) is like someone saying they helped create the automobile because they bought stock in the company...

Funny how those who really were involved in the creation of the internet never mention Gore's name..

More Liberal fantasy..

RT

6/09/2006 1:50 PM  
Anonymous the duke said...

Good work: NOW we're getting someplace:

"You're a jerk."
"No, YOU'RE an idiot!"
"NO. You've been calling me an idiot forever. You can't keep doing it."
"Yes I can."
"NO YOU CAN'T!!"
"Liar!"
"Double Dog Liar!!!"

You guys are starting to sound like Harry Reid or Tom DeLay.

6/09/2006 4:26 PM  
Anonymous Anthony Duval said...

So Mr. Anonymous, who signs his quote RT, you really don't know much about the Internet do you? You say "Funny how those who really were involved in the creation of the internet never mention Gore's name.." Apparantly without realizing what Vinton Cerf had to say. You do know who Mr. Cerf is don't you? And you have some sort of clue about DARAPA and ARPA I hope. If you didn't you should click on the links, because now that Mr. Cerf's credentials are established we will look at what he had to say about Mr. Gore and his involvement with the Internet? just click here I'll wait while you go read.
Isn't that amazing the very people credited with being the Father's of the Internet say that Al Gore was perfectly accurate when he said he took the initiative to help create the Internet. You can stop now with your silliness. You have been proven wrong please slink away and lie no more.

6/09/2006 10:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

According to Cerf in the article, Gore originally said "he took the initiative in creating the Internet."

This statement clearly gives the impression that Gore was the person who created the internet, which is a padding of the truth.

What Gore actually did was use his office as a politician to support the use and growth of the internet in government. To imply he created the internet is a big stretch, however, a very good play on words for Gore politically at the time..

Thanks for looking it up..

6/10/2006 2:51 AM  
Anonymous Harty said...

ROTFLMFAO -
Gore said this, Gore said that...

The hippies in SF are all gone...

Hewlwtt and Packard were not gay...

Waco is "vastly more tolerant of divergent political or religious views than is SF"... what the fuck are you talkin' bout? Trust you on this one? I think not!

ROTLMFAO - and the world is only 6,000 years old and still flat, no doubt.

Well, have a nice day waiting for the rapture to rupture palywal...I'll be in SF, passing out flowers!

Harty :~)

6/12/2006 5:12 PM  

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