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Steve Jobs Dead at 56

5 Oct

Legendary Apple co-founder and technological innovator Steve Jobs has passed away at the age of 56. He had waged a public battle against pancreatic cancer for the better part of a decade.

Jobs was a visionary who fundamentally changed the way people interact. The iPod, iPad and iPhone are just a couple of his inventions.

The company’s Board of Directors posted a short message online. “Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.”

A statement from the Jobs family said tech visionary passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family. “In his public life, Steve was known as a visionary; in his private life, he cherished his family. We are thankful to the many people who have shared their wishes and prayers during the last year of Steve’s illness; a website will be provided for those who wish to offer tributes and memories. We are grateful for the support and kindness of those who share our feelings for Steve. We know many of you will mourn with us, and we ask that you respect our privacy during our time of grief.”

Tributes poured in from around the world, including the White House. “Michelle and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs. Steve was among the greatest of American innovators – brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it… The world has lost a visionary.”

Microsoft c0-founder Bill Gates offered his condolences to the family and paid tribute to his longtime rival. “The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come. For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it’s been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely.”

Google CEO and co-founder Larry Page said Jobs’ focus on the user experience influenced him as he launched the world’s greatest search engine. “I am very, very sad to hear the news about Steve. He was a great man with incredible achievements and amazing brilliance. He always seemed to be able to say in very few words what you actually should have been thinking before you thought it.”

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg wrote a short statement on his wall. “Steve, thank you for being a mentor and a friend. Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world. I will miss you.”

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo paid tribute in a tweet. “Once in a rare while, somebody comes along who doesnt just raise the bar, they create an entirely new standard of measurement.”

Speaker of the House John Boehner used Twitter as well. “Steve Jobs changed the world for the better w/ his innovations & genius. R.I.P.”

Here’s a collection of celebrity reaction to the sad news.

Lastly, for those people who have not seen it, here’s Jobs addressing Stanford University in 2005. His speech is moving and well-worth a look.

R.I.P. Steve. You truly changed our world.

Hank Williams Jr. Suspended Over Controversial Obama Comments

3 Oct

Perhaps because he’s considering a Senate run from Tennessee in 2012, Hank Williams Jr. appeared on “Fox and Friends” Monday morning and promptly talked those Senate hopes away.

Williams came out swinging, claiming he disliked all of the Republican contenders in the presidential race and calling the much-hyped “golf summit” between President Barack Obama and Speaker of the House John Boehner “one of the greatest political mistakes ever.” He also called Obama and Vice President Joe Biden “the enemies.”

Then, he went even further off the deep end. “That would be like Hitler playing golf with Netanyahu. Not hardly. In the shape this country is in?” The whole appearance was bizarre and Williams seemed off.

ESPN reacted quickly to Williams’ comments by pulling his opening sketch from tonight’s Monday Night Football game. According to a statement by the network,

While Hank Williams, Jr. is not an ESPN employee, we recognize that he is closely linked to our company through the open to Monday Night Football.  We are extremely disappointed with his comments, and as a result we have decided to pull the open from tonight’s telecast.

After the scale of his damaging comments became clear, Williams issued his own statement.

“Some of us have strong opinions and are often misunderstood. My analogy was extreme – but it was to make a point. I was simply trying to explain how stupid it seemed to me – how ludicrous that pairing was.  They’re polar opposites and it made no sense.  They don’t see eye-to-eye and never will. I have always respected the office of the President.”

“Every time the media brings up the tea party it’s painted as racist and extremists – but there’s never a backlash – no  outrage to those comparisons…  Working class people are hurting – and it doesn’t seem like anybody cares. When both sides are high-fiving it on the ninth hole when everybody else is without a job – it makes a whole lot of us angry.  Something has to change. The policies have to change.”

Often times when people say the Tea Party is racist, it’s because they say racist things. Comparing Obama and Hitler has no legitimacy at all and doesn’t serve any purpose in our political discourse.  See Hank Williams Jr.’s comments below:


Dan Choi Will Reenlist in Military

20 Sep

Outspoken gay rights champion and former infantry officer Dan Choi plans to reenlist in the army following Tuesday’s official repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, a policy which forbade openly gay people from serving in the armed forces.

“Going back to the military will be a vindication,” Choi said. “[I’m] going back because I fought to go back. The seriousness of our claims was not just political theatre – it was really drawn from our lives. I sacrificed so much so I could go back.

Choi was a former army lieutenant who served in Iraq between 2006-7 and came out publicly on Rachel Maddow‘s  show in 2009. He has made an appointment to speak with a recruiter later this week, but isn’t sure what role he would serve if accepted back into the armed forces.

The federal policy officially ended on September 20. In one of the more dramatic moments, a soldier called his father in Alabama to tell him about his sexuality. The video appeared on YouTube:



David Weprin Dancing

9 Sep

If you’re running for political office, you should never dance. Unless you’re Barack Obama and really good at busting a move. David Weprin is not Barack Obama. He’s running for disgraced Congressman Anthony Weiner‘s seat in the heavily Democratic 9th district of New York. And he’s losing to Republican Bob Turner by six points, as the race enters its final days! This was supposed to be a slam dunk and Weprin’s blowing it (stupid TV ads aren’t helping his case). Then, video of Weprin dancing appeared online today. The kiss of death! It’s bad, really bad.

Politicians have had this happen before. It hasn’t been pretty. Here are some of the worst.

1. Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen (D)

2. Vice President-elect Al Gore (D)

3. President George W. Bush (R)

4. President Barack Obama (D): Snoop Dogg is always a bad idea for politicians.

5. Russian Prime Minister Boris Yeltsin

6. DC Mayor Vince Gray (D) and others: Mayor for life Marion Barry looks like he just came from baseball practice.

7. Ex-DC Mayor Marion Barry (D):

8. Al Sharpton (D): 

9. Iraqi Dictator Saddam Hussein: 

10. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ): 

Bonus: Oregon Legislature (Yes, this bipartisan effort “rick rolls” the legislative process )

Bonus: Australian Representative Mary Jo Fisher

President Obama Has Had a Rough UK Visit

26 May

For the past couple of days, President Obama has been touring Ireland and England and meeting with leaders. His trip, however, has been filled with embarrassing moments, gaffes and strange photo opportunities. What has he been up to? Take a look.

1) His Limo Gets Stuck: As Obama was leaving the US Embassy to give a speech in Dublin, his limousine (nicknamed “The Beast”) became stuck on an elevated curb. Secret Service agents obscured the limo from public sight while they worked to free the tires.

2) He Inexplicably Writes the Wrong Year: Obama got a tour of Westminster Abbey and lay a wreath on the Grave of the Unknown Warrior. He signed the guestbook on his way out with the words “It is a great privilege to commemorate our common heritage, and common sacrifice.” Then, he signed the date “24 May 2008.” Yeah, not the correct year.

3) Ping Pong Politics: Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron decided to play ping pong against two students. They looked ridiculous, and Obama looked bad. Not as bad as bowling though. Still, why would you allow for this photo opportunity that allows pictures like this to be taken.

4) He Flubs Toast to Queen: The royal family honored President Obama with a royal dinner, but he flubbed the toast and spoke over the national anthem. Oops. See more here.

5) He Meets Jedward: The Irish twins performed their hit song for the President of the United States, who apparently liked their hair.

6) He Randomly Talks to Random Person on Phone: What would you do if your daughter handed you the phone and President Obama was on the other line? That happened to one mother today.