Thursday, October 6, 2011

Randi Rhodes: Jobs & Tools

Apple founder Steve Jobs has passed away. Steve Jobs made a computer that was affordable to the middle class. Unfortunately, it didn’t last. Oh, the computer lasted… it was the middle class that disappeared. Then, with the iPod, the iPhone, and the iPad, Steve Jobs revolutionized the way we capitalize words. Jobs was one of the first people to become a billionaire, and he may end up being one of the last to become a billionaire by actually producing something. He dropped out of college. Hopefully his success can be an inspiration to a new generation of kids who will not have the money to even consider college. Steve created Apple Computer in his parents’ garage. Today, kids have to live in their parents’ garage.

Herman Cain is hard at work trying to undermine his status as one of the new GOP front-runners. Cain said “If you don’t have a job and you’re not rich, blame yourself.” Herman Cain thinks it’s the fault of the 99 percent that they aren’t one of the 1 percent. Something else might be to blame—like the basic facts of mathematics. Herman says “Don’t blame Wall Street. Don’t blame the big banks.” Funny how rich people like Herman Cain think we all should blame ourselves for not being like Herman Cain. I think we should congratulate ourselves for not being like Herman Cain.

CNN’s Erin Burnett mocked the Wall Street protestors with a piece she called “Seriously?” Seriously, Erin? I have news for you—a lot more people are listening to these protestors than are listening to CNN. And just as Erin Burnett was mocking the Wall Street movement as not serious, the network caption below her was reporting on the coroner’s report for actor Jeff Conaway. It’s easy to see what CNN takes seriously. Talk about mixed messages—the media is saying that these protests have no goal... and that that goal is to overthrow the capitalist system. Either the corporate media don’t understand what is going on with these protests at all, or they understand exactly what is going on—and that’s why they want to make sure you don’t understand it.

Finally, Sarah Palin has announced she won’t be running for president... after figuring out that nobody wanted her to run for president. She had a lot to lose by running—the election, for starters.

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Steve Jobs' iconic commencement address at Stanford on June 12, 2005...

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