Thursday, October 27, 2011

Andrew sums up the Republcan field

In one clever paragraph, Andrew Sullivan has perfectly summarized the Republican field,
My own take on this is that Cain is a great performer - he makes a living as a motivational speaker, after all - and the rest of the field is hobbled by one glaring problem respectively, while Cain isn't. Perry is simply too dumb and lazy to be president. Romney too transparently opportunist for a purist party. Paul is disqualified because of foreign policy. Bachmann is a programmed bonkers-bot. Santorum is a frothy substance whose views of the world are frozen in place sometime around 1986. Gingrich is an asshole who could never win the presidency, and even those who like his permanent smirk/snarl understand that. Huntsman might as well be Al Sharpton, because of his views on climate change, gays and because of his working for Satan. No wonder Cain has a shot, given the debates. He is likable and brilliant at simple, effective presentation. He has the skills of an actor, and a roguish shamelessness that reminds me a little of Clinton. Even though you know he's a total charlatan, you still kinda like the guy.
It's funny because it's true.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Romney calls out Perry and Jeffress

Romney deserves credit for calling out Perry and Jefress over Jefress' Value Voter's summit when Jeffress called the LDS church a cult. Perry has a long history of being way too cozy with every bigoted and racist wackadoodle paster south of the Mason Dixon line (here's a primer). It's notable that Romney apparently has no problems with Perry's friends who are racists or bigots except for anti-Morman bigotry, which would make for a good t0pic for an enterprising journalist to ask Mitt about. And FYI, not surprisingly LDS church isn't the only faith with which Jeffress has issue. For fun, someone should ask Jeffress about Roman Catholicism.

But the bigger problem Romney faces in this confrontation is that Dr. Robert Jeffress isn't just any wackadoodle bigoted pastor, He's the current President of the 16,000,000 member Southern Baptist Convention. "Progressive" is not a word that one would use to describe the Southern Baptist Convention-- It wasn't until 1995 that they repudiated slavery, support for which was a founding principle of the organization. One would think that such a repudiation would be an easy thing 130 years after the Civil War, but it turns out many of it's members were not at all happy with the move. And when Jefress called the LDS church a cult, he was in fact simple stating the current position of the Southern Baptist Convention he leads.

So, when Romney confronts Perry demanding he repudiate Jeffress, he's indirectly asking Perry to repudiate the Southern Baptist Convention -- and in so doing, Romney is repudiating the Southern Baptist Convention.

Can Romney realistically hope to win the White House without the Southern Baptists?

(Posted from Rome, Italy)

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Remembering Steve Jobs


I'll be honest with you, I always had the impression Steve Jobs was an asshole. I also always thought he was a genius. He and Steve Wozniak changed the way we view the world. Companies like IBM and Xerox were experimenting with desktop computers, but it was Jobs and Wozniak and their start-up company Apple that had the vision to bring consumer computers into our homes and on our desks and in doing so, transformed our lives. I know this sounds like hyperbole, but it's true. Just imagine for a moment how different your daily life would be without a computer.

Brian Lam was the editorial director of Gizmodo in April, 2010, when they had the good fortune to obtain a prototype copy of the iPhone 4, and showed it to the world. The ensuing imbroglio between Gizmodo and Apple got pretty ugly.

Brian has now left Gizmodo and is writing his own blog. In a very warm and sweet post today, Brian remembers Steve Jobs and shares some regrets of his own following the iPhone 4 story.
I was on sabbatical when Jason got his hands on the iPhone prototype. An hour after the story went live, the phone rang and the number was from Apple HQ. I figured it was someone from the PR team. It was not.

"Hi, this is Steve. I really want my phone back."

He wasn't demanding. He was asking. And he was charming and he was funny...

"I appreciate you had your fun with our phone and I'm not mad at you, I'm mad at the sales guy who lost it. But we need the phone back because we can't let it fall into the wrong hands."

I thought, maybe its already in the wrong hands?

He continued, "There are two ways we can do this. I can send someone to pick up the phone–"
Me: "I don't have it"

"–But you know someone who does…or we can send someone with legal papers, and I don't want to do that."

He was giving us an easy way out. I told him I had to talk to my dudes. Before he hung up, he asked me, "What do you think of it?"

I said, "It's beautiful."
There's much more and it's well worth the read.