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In Memoriam Steve Jobs

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:04 am - October 6, 2011.
Filed under: Entrepreneurs,Freedom,Great Americans,Great Men

In my closet, I keep every computer (save one*) I have ever owned.  They are all Macs.  From when, in 1990, I bought my first Apple product, a Mac Classic until earlier this year when I upgraded to a desktop iMac, I have loved the products of the company Steve Jobs invented.

He created things we didn’t know we needed and made them indispensable to our lives.

Michelle Malkin called him, “A creative genius. American original. Entrepreneur extraordinaire. His vision transcended politics. His success showcased the power of the free market and individual initiative.

He didn’t need a federal stimulus money or even a government loan guarantee.  He built his business the hard way, the American way, imagining a product, then, set about making his imagination a reality.  That process took a lot of determination and effort.  As John Hinderaker put it

It is difficult for those of us who don’t achieve greatness–pretty much everyone–to understand how hard those who do become great have to work. Jobs worked harder than most of us could ever imagine, and in the end, he did it for us. I, for one, am grateful.

As am I.  My Macs have held up well over the past decades, with glitches to be sure, but they crashed far less often than did my friends’ PCs.

Steve Jobs was a great man, a great American, a great innovator, a great entrepreneur.  In providing new products, Kevin D. Williamson contends, he improved our lives and, in many ways, embodied the spirit of capitalism.  He gave us

. . . better computers, better telephones, better music players, etc. In a lot of cases, he gave them better jobs, too. Did he do it because he was a nice guy, or because he was greedy, or because he was a maniacally single-minded competitor who got up every morning possessed by an unspeakable rage to strangle his rivals? The beauty of capitalism — the beauty of the iPhone world as opposed to the world of politics — is that that question does not matter one little bit. Whatever drove Jobs, it drove him to create superior products, better stuff at better prices.

I am grateful for whatever it was that drove Steve Jobs.  On his products, I have written a novel, numerous screenplays, outlined all my law school courses, crafted my papers for graduate school and composed my dissertation.  And more, so much more.

A giant has fallen, a man who has really changed our lives — and our culture.

*with great reluctance, I loaned my Powerbook G3 to a then-left-leaning lesbian as she was in a need of a computer and I had just upgraded, but even in helping a good friend, I still felt a certain separation anxiety.  Even if I would never again use that computer.

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  1. Wozniak built the hardware, but Jobs had the vision. He’s why 1984 wasn’t like ’1984′.

    Comment by Blair Ivey — October 6, 2011 @ 3:34 am - October 6, 2011

  2. RIP.

    Comment by Richard Bell — October 6, 2011 @ 4:44 am - October 6, 2011

  3. “Whatever drove Jobs, it drove him to create superior products, better stuff at better prices.”

    No, not that part. This is the argument for everyone to STFU about US jobs being outsourced to China. China delivered this stuff at these prices and nobody else. If the US produced these, you’d be choosing to buy an iPhone or a car, but not both.

    Comment by Geoff — October 6, 2011 @ 5:08 am - October 6, 2011

  4. His funeral will be closed-coffine because opening it would void the warranty.

    Comment by V the K — October 6, 2011 @ 8:12 am - October 6, 2011

  5. Legend has it that Jobs would challenge an employee who was caught on the elevator with him by asking what the employee was working on. The answer had better be captivating and enthusiastic or ……

    Whether this is urban legend or not, it is how a great leader, motivator, task master works. Jobs was always reaching beyond his grasp and we are all the beneficiaries of his drive and enthusiasm.

    While punks on wall street scream about greed, it is Jobs who proves how generous the mega wealthy entrepreneur really is. We do not pay much for the exciting world Jobs helped to create.

    He is dead at 56 and all his money and fame could not save him. But his legacy far outweighs his fame and fortune. As they used to say in the old west, he died with his boots on.

    Comment by Heliotrope — October 6, 2011 @ 9:09 am - October 6, 2011

  6. The man that takes his ideas and places them in the marketplace does more to benefit his fellow man than all the good wishes, government mandates and Occupations of Wall Street could ever dream of.

    Comment by DelusionaL Bill — October 6, 2011 @ 9:51 am - October 6, 2011

  7. And, of course, Steve Jobs would never have succeeded if the Government hadn’t provided him with hundreds of millions of dollars in start-up capital so he could build his vision.

    Oh, wait, that didn’t happen, did it?

    Comment by V the K — October 6, 2011 @ 10:04 am - October 6, 2011

  8. Gee, what a shock, the Westboro Baptist Attention Whores will be pricketing the funeral.

    http://biggovernment.com/mikeflynn/2011/10/05/westboro-church-announces-protest-of-steve-jobs-funeral-on-the-iphone/

    Yes, I deliberately said pricketing.

    Comment by V the K — October 6, 2011 @ 10:21 am - October 6, 2011

  9. I wonder if this eulogy will mention that Steve Jobs was a staunch liberal, and Democratic donor to presidential campaigns of President Clinton and President Obama. You may be a fan of Steve Jobs, but to be fair, he wasn’t a fan or supporter of your politics.

    In addition, Jobs was friends with many liberal Hollywood celebrities and was married to his wife by a Buddhist monk. A Buddhist monk? That’s blasphemy & “un-American” to most American conservatives right there.

    Hey, the commentators on Fox News & Michelle Malkin’s blog condemned Jobs as a “lefty” and “leftist” so I’m not the only one who noticed your omission.

    Comment by James — October 6, 2011 @ 10:27 am - October 6, 2011

  10. James — you may be an uncouth boor, but Dan is not.

    Comment by V the K — October 6, 2011 @ 10:35 am - October 6, 2011

  11. . A Buddhist monk? That’s blasphemy & “un-American” to most American conservatives right there.

    Can you provide evidence of that, James, or is your diaper rash just too painful to allow you the use of your hands?

    Hey, the commentators on Fox News & Michelle Malkin’s blog condemned Jobs as a “lefty” and “leftist” so I’m not the only one who noticed your omission.

    Why is it that you seem to be the only one interested in his politics? Clearly, the infantile petulance is strong in with this one.

    Comment by Eric Olsen — October 6, 2011 @ 10:36 am - October 6, 2011

  12. Your time is limited..don’t waste it living someone else’s life. ~Steve Jobs

    Comment by rusty — October 6, 2011 @ 10:55 am - October 6, 2011

  13. Clearly, the infantile petulance is strong in with this one.

    When Cheney goes to his reward, watch James and the rest of the left go bananas.

    Comment by V the K — October 6, 2011 @ 10:56 am - October 6, 2011

  14. James,

    Steve Jobs’ biological father was a Muslim who got his biological mother pregnant out of wedlock. The mother gave birth to Steve Jobs and put him up for adoption and he was adopted and raised by the Jobs family. In 1955, abortion was illegal and dangerous.

    Perhaps, if we were to dwell purely on politics here, we could assume that if the 50′s were the 70′s Steve Jobs would have been aborted. That is the kind of snark you are bringing here.

    I understand that Jobs had some human frailty episodes. Why does that not surprise me? He was human. Were we consumed with his politics, we could play your game. “He was great, but …. (snark) …. (snark) …. (snark).”

    You come here implying that conservatives can not praise what is good in a man if the man is not pure in every conceivable litmus test. That is typical, mindless liberal mental diarrhea.

    The important note is that when you liberals parade that false standard, it is totally self-serving because you are so prone to lying, cheating and misappropriation that you can not even pretend to be honorable.

    It must gall you to see those you despise honor those whom you claim as your own simply as a means of some redemption by association.

    Comment by Heliotrope — October 6, 2011 @ 11:01 am - October 6, 2011

  15. @Eric Olsen — Because I’m not the only one interested in his politics — others have mentioned it as well.

    Furthermore, you are “whitewashing” Steve Jobs’ history by only glorifying the parts of his life that you deem admirable (that he was a “great American”, an entrepreneur, didn’t “need federal stimulus money, businessman, job-creator, etc), while ignoring that he was a Democrat, held socially liberal views, pro-gay views, and donated money & supported President Obama.

    Comment by James — October 6, 2011 @ 11:02 am - October 6, 2011

  16. James:

    The Anchoress started her eulogy with this:

    What a piece of work is a man! How noble in
    Reason! how infinite in faculties! in form and moving
    how express and admirable! In action how like an Angel!
    in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the
    world! the paragon of animals! and yet to me, what is
    this quintessence of dust? — Hamlet, Act II, Scene II

    Figure it out. If you can.

    Comment by Heliotrope — October 6, 2011 @ 11:04 am - October 6, 2011

  17. Okay, I have to say it..cuz it is kinda neat the iphone 4S…for Steve.

    Comment by Burninghiram — October 6, 2011 @ 11:04 am - October 6, 2011

  18. Perhaps “uncouth boor” was too kind.

    Is there any occasion at which a lefty will not rant about his politics? Funerals? Weddings? Bar Mitzvahs? a Bris?

    I’m really glad we’re not like those people.

    Comment by V the K — October 6, 2011 @ 11:05 am - October 6, 2011

  19. @Heliotrope,

    Actually, no. I think Steve Jobs was a great man. But he was no conservative, and was no Republican by any stretch of the imagination. If you are a conservative and want to praise him for his achievements, that’s great. But I don’t see the problem in praising someone while disagreeing with their politics. You could say, “While we disagreed with his politics, he was definitely a great American, entrepreneur, etc. etc”

    I do see a problem in using Steve Jobs to defend “capitalism” and mentioning that he “never used federal stimulus money”, while ignoring the fact that he was a Democrat who supported President Obama.

    Comment by James — October 6, 2011 @ 11:07 am - October 6, 2011

  20. Furthermore, you are “whitewashing” Steve Jobs’ history by only glorifying the parts of his life that you deem admirable (that he was a “great American”, an entrepreneur, didn’t “need federal stimulus money, businessman, job-creator, etc), while ignoring that he was a Democrat, held socially liberal views, pro-gay views, and donated money & supported President Obama.

    Who gives a flying f*ck about the politics of the deceased, you insipid twat? The full measure of his life’s work will probably not be known for decades, perhaps centuries.

    But you’d rather we piss and moan about which candidates he gave a few thousand bucks to.

    Typical Democrat nonsense.

    Comment by Eric Olsen — October 6, 2011 @ 11:10 am - October 6, 2011

  21. I do see a problem in using Steve Jobs to defend “capitalism” and mentioning that he “never used federal stimulus money”, while ignoring the fact that he was a Democrat who supported President Obama.

    If you “see a problem” with that, then perhaps you’re on the wrong blog, sir.

    Comment by Eric Olsen — October 6, 2011 @ 11:11 am - October 6, 2011

  22. I do see a problem in using Steve Jobs to defend “capitalism” and mentioning that he “never used federal stimulus money”

    Mainly because you despise capitalism, and it’s really inconvenient to the “Occupy Wall Street” narrative your party is pushing at the moment to point out that a businessman did more to change the world for the better than a community organizer.

    Comment by V the K — October 6, 2011 @ 11:18 am - October 6, 2011

  23. Mainly because you despise capitalism, and it’s really inconvenient to the “Occupy Wall Street” narrative your party is pushing at the moment to point out that a businessman did more to change the world for the better than a community organizer.

    That’s actually a good point, V.

    Take it a step further, and James here gives you empirical evidence that the left is far more concerned with what you believe, then what you can accomplish. Very telling, yes?

    Comment by Eric Olsen — October 6, 2011 @ 11:22 am - October 6, 2011

  24. And if we’re really playing James’s silly games, Steve Jobs was a hypocritical Obama Party member, given how he violated darn near everything on the progressive and Obama Party platform.

    Isn’t that funny? James is one of those pathetic Obamabots who screams about corporations being evil and having their “boot on the neck”, about companies sending manufacturing jobs overseas, about executives making large political donations, and the like — but he is sitting here trying to claim Steve Jobs as his.

    Steve Jobs demonstrates that it is perfectly possible for a person to succeed and create fabulous amounts of wealth and value in the American system, James. In short, he demonstrates, as Herman Cain pointed out yesterday, that the reason you are poor has nothing to do with “the man” keeping you down and everything to do with your being a whiny, petulant, lazy, spoiled child.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — October 6, 2011 @ 11:25 am - October 6, 2011

  25. It is very telling. The left cares about what you believe, the right cares about what you do. That is a huge fundamental difference between the two.

    The real misfortunate part isn’t that Steve Job was a man with acute business acumen and liberal political beliefs, it’s that there are so few (no?) liberal politicians who believe in the capitalist system.

    Comment by V the K — October 6, 2011 @ 11:26 am - October 6, 2011

  26. Good golly. Maybe Steve Jobs was a liberal, Democrat, free market capitalist. How confusing for James. That must endlessly annoy the Obamunists and his ideologue lemming herd.

    I admire the work Bill and Whatshername Gates have done with their money to benefit the children of third world nations. It is down-right Judeo-Christian of them. That must irk the daylights out of the Obmunists, as well.

    Think of the jobs Jobs has created. He is the very model of venture capitalism. Strange he didn’t insist that all his little contraptions had to be solar powered, isn’t it? After all, it is the sentiment that counts, not whether the dumb thing actually works.

    Comment by Heliotrope — October 6, 2011 @ 11:29 am - October 6, 2011

  27. And now for the throat:

    James, you and your fellow Obamabots and “progressives” insist that executives, especially ones that make literally billions of dollars in wealth, build large and powerful corporations, manufacture products overseas, have large profit margins, and make tremendous amounts of money for investors are selfish, evil, greedy, grasping thieves and criminals.

    All of which Steve Jobs did.

    And here you are sniveling and calling him a “great man”.

    You could not demonstrate any better what a complete and total hypocrite you are.

    You make it blatantly obvious that your only concern is whether or not someone donates to the Obama Party, and if they do that, you don’t give a damn what they do.

    But you will call people who do the same thing and dare to give money to anyone or any cause other than the Obama Party selfish, evil, greedy, grasping thieves and criminals.

    You are a petty, pathetic, unprincipled, lying thug. Just like your Barack Obama, just like your Harry Reid, just like your Nancy Pelosi, and just like your fellow hatemonger Fred Phelps.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — October 6, 2011 @ 11:30 am - October 6, 2011

  28. Kevin Williamson at The Corner:

    Jobs was sometimes criticized for not being a philanthropist along the lines of Bill Gates. Take this article, for example:

    Last year the founder of the Stanford Social Innovation Review called Apple one of “America’s Least Philanthropic Companies.” Jobs had terminated all of Apple’s long-standing corporate philanthropy programs within weeks after returning to Apple in 1997, citing the need to cut costs until profitability rebounded. But the programs have never been restored.

    CNN, being CNN, misses the point. Mr. Jobs’s contribution to the world is Apple and its products, along with Pixar and his other enterprises, his 338 patented inventions — his work — not some Steve Jobs Memorial Foundation for Giving Stuff to Poor People in Exotic Lands and Making Me Feel Good About Myself. Because he already did that: He gave them better computers, better telephones, better music players, etc. In a lot of cases, he gave them better jobs, too. Did he do it because he was a nice guy, or because he was greedy, or because he was a maniacally single-minded competitor who got up every morning possessed by an unspeakable rage to strangle his rivals? The beauty of capitalism — the beauty of the iPhone world as opposed to the world of politics — is that that question does not matter one little bit. Whatever drove Jobs, it drove him to create superior products, better stuff at better prices. Profits are not deductions from the sum of the public good, but the real measure of the social value a firm creates. Those who talk about the horror of putting profits over people make no sense at all. The phrase is without intellectual content. Perhaps you do not think that Apple, or Goldman Sachs, or a professional sports enterprise, or an internet pornographer actually creates much social value; but markets are very democratic — everybody gets to decide for himself what he values. That is not the final answer to every question, because economic answers can only satisfy economic questions. But the range of questions requiring economic answers is very broad.

    Pretty much destroys James’ the progressive tantrum.

    Comment by Eric Olsen — October 6, 2011 @ 11:31 am - October 6, 2011

  29. The left cares about what you believe, the right cares about what you do.

    Add “and what you are” to the left, and you have nailed it, V the K and Eric.

    Steve Jobs — and the bulk of Silicon Valley, for that matter — have figured out that it matters not what you actually do as long as you mouth the right words and give to the right Obama Party members.

    And that’s why James and his leftist ilk are dangerous. Their entire economic mindset revolves around doing business, managing finances, and extending credit based, not on the performance, business acumen, or activity of the company, but on their checklist of racial, gender, sexual orientation, and political statements.

    Hit all four as Solyndra did, and the Barack Obama Party and “progressives” will give you unlimited taxpayer funds, no strings attached, to buy whatever you want, no explanation required.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — October 6, 2011 @ 11:35 am - October 6, 2011

  30. How predictable, most people come here to remember a great man. The lefties come out of the woodwork to throw dirt on us – because we choose to see what was great about the man, not dwell on his faults.
    These lovely commenters should go join the Westboro crowd – they share the same level ov hate.

    Comment by Leah — October 6, 2011 @ 11:36 am - October 6, 2011

  31. Eric criticized the notion of the left being “far more concerned with what you believe,” yet, a good chunk of the posts on Gay Patriot are generated by what a leftie believes. Am I mistaken?

    Comment by Cinesnatch — October 6, 2011 @ 11:48 am - October 6, 2011

  32. Am I mistaken?

    Perhaps not, but Steve Jobs didn’t co-opt 1/6th of the US economy, sell guns to Mexican narco-terrorists that were used to kill more than 200 people, increase the size and scope of government, etc etc etc.

    He also never believed “that at some point, [he'd] made enough money.” :-)

    Comment by Eric Olsen — October 6, 2011 @ 11:57 am - October 6, 2011

  33. I count 20 posts on the front page of this blog, only one of which (on the difference between Left and Right Grassroots Movements) seems to touch on what the left believes as its major subject.

    Comment by V the K — October 6, 2011 @ 12:04 pm - October 6, 2011

  34. Well, then, if I’m not mistaken, wouldn’t it make more sense for a site like GP to be focused on the entrepreneurial spirit, perhaps showcasing gay men and women who pull themselves up by their bootstraps and lead by example and/or create jobs? If capitalism is great, than why not spend more time shedding more light in a productive, inspirational direction?

    Comment by Cinesnatch — October 6, 2011 @ 12:13 pm - October 6, 2011

  35. @NDT,

    The mindset of your ilk (& yourself) is that “America is a Christian nation,” “Marriage is only between one man & one woman, “Homosexuality is a sin,” “We need a crusade against those Muslims at home or abroad,” “Support the troops BUT not the gay ones,” “People who are poor are poor only because they’re lazy and stupid,” “We need to pass a ‘don’t say gay’ bill, and “We need to support abstinence education.”

    Hit all eight, and the Republican Party and “conservatives” will give you unlimited taxpayer funds, no strings attached, to buy whatever you want, no explanation required.

    Comment by James — October 6, 2011 @ 12:15 pm - October 6, 2011

  36. Hit all eight, and the Republican Party and “conservatives” will give you unlimited taxpayer funds, no strings attached, to buy whatever you want, no explanation required.

    And just what corporation is the Republican Theocratic Solyndra?

    Comment by V the K — October 6, 2011 @ 12:17 pm - October 6, 2011

  37. Actually, I didn’t know Steve Jobs politics nor are they even relevant to this post. I admire many people and know that a good number of those folks have political views different from or even at odds with my own. I will continue to consider him a great man even after learning that he was a Democrat.

    I don’t just a man by his political views. That they differ from my own doesn’t lessen his accomplishment in his particular field of endeavor.

    Mr. Jobs’s political views don’t change the fact that he created his business through pluck, determination, and hard work — without government support.

    For the record, I do find it fascinating (and indeed ironic) that many Silicon Valley types favor the Democratic Party, even though that is the party of greater federal regulation and corporate favoritism (directing government money to favored industries and enterprises) while their companies in Silicon Valley succeeded in the free market, according to capitalist principles.

    If the GOP could understand why these entrepreneurs and innovators favor the Democratic Party and address their concerns, they’d go a long way to taking back California and building a permanent majority.

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — October 6, 2011 @ 12:19 pm - October 6, 2011

  38. Well, then, if I’m not mistaken, wouldn’t it make more sense for a site like GP to be focused on the entrepreneurial spirit, perhaps showcasing gay men and women who pull themselves up by their bootstraps and lead by example and/or create jobs? If capitalism is great, than why not spend more time shedding more light in a productive, inspirational direction?

    Love to! As soon as we divest ourselves of elected officials who enact legislation designed to punish those who succeed in order to earn the admiration of those who don’t.

    Resist we much!

    Comment by Eric Olsen — October 6, 2011 @ 12:21 pm - October 6, 2011

  39. And therein lies the difference, James.

    We have provided your own quotes and solid, tangible examples that demonstrate your hypocrisy. I produced links to your fellow progressives and to your Obama Party leadership demonstrating how you demonize the very things and people that you are attempting to praise Steve Jobs for based solely on their political affiliation.

    You scream and rant and rail, but there are no links, no examples, no tangible evidence in your statement.

    All you are making obvious is how much you are ruled by your bigotry and prejudices. Furthermore, you’re being hilariously manipulated; we know that, given enough prodding, lefties like yourself will demonstrate how you smear and attack Republicans for doing exactly that which you praise in liberals.

    Hypocrites are invariably captured by their own arguments, James, and you are a hypocrite.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — October 6, 2011 @ 12:22 pm - October 6, 2011

  40. For the record, I do find it fascinating (and indeed ironic) that many Silicon Valley types favor the Democratic Party, even though that is the party of greater federal regulation and corporate favoritism (directing government money to favored industries and enterprises) while their companies in Silicon Valley succeeded in the free market, according to capitalist principles.

    Capitalism is like water; it is able to change, flow, and take advantage of any opening. :)

    California is an Obama Party state, and Silicon Valley is in the hotbed of it – the Bay Area. What people like Steve Jobs have realized is that, for a small cover charge and public lip service to certain views, you can essentially do whatever you want behind the scenes and people like James and his fellow “progressives” will leave you alone. Indeed, you can set up the irony of James and his fellow “progressives” ranting about evil corporations, outsourced jobs, and overpaid executives on the devices built in China at maximum margin that you sold them. :)

    Most of the corporate leaders I know in Silicon Valley see liberals and the Obama Party as a large and not very bright child. Give them a shiny ball and some change, and you will have a free hand.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — October 6, 2011 @ 12:29 pm - October 6, 2011

  41. As soon as we divest ourselves of elected officials who enact legislation designed to punish those who succeed in order to earn the admiration of those who don’t.

    Pardon me, Eric, but, do you not sound like a leftie when you say something like this? Lefties are criticized for waiting around, demanding that the government take care of their problems, rather than going out and making things happen for themselves. The government isn’t punishing me on my path to success. Maybe it will eventually. I dunno. Let’s see how successful I become. Tell me YOUR experience. That’s what I want to know. How is the government punishing you (or people close to you). Hearing stuff about how Obama made another misstep step doesn’t provide any practical import. Hearing stuff about how other flesh and blood PEOPLE’s (meaning YOU or people YOU know) capitalistic efforts are being thwarted by his policies is far more valuable, educational and significant.

    Comment by Cinesnatch — October 6, 2011 @ 12:32 pm - October 6, 2011

  42. Most of the corporate leaders I know in Silicon Valley see liberals and the Obama Party as a large and not very bright child.

    NDT>> s this to be revered or condemned?

    Comment by Cinesnatch — October 6, 2011 @ 12:35 pm - October 6, 2011

  43. Because if it’s to be revered, then you support shipping jobs out of the U.S. for cheaper goods, no?

    Comment by Cinesnatch — October 6, 2011 @ 12:38 pm - October 6, 2011

  44. Pardon me, Eric, but, do you not sound like a leftie when you say something like this?

    LOL!!!!!!

    Hearing stuff about how other flesh and blood PEOPLE’s (meaning YOU or people YOU know) capitalistic efforts are being thwarted by his policies is far more valuable, educational and significant.

    Are you joking? Are you not paying attention? Perhaps you should spend less time doing movie reviews, my friend.

    You do great work, and your love of film is beyond question. However, you are either insane or willfully obtuse.

    Besides, why should I spend the next two weeks outlining the SCOAMF’s destructive incompetence when Powerline has put it all on video?

    Comment by Eric Olsen — October 6, 2011 @ 12:41 pm - October 6, 2011

  45. How is the government punishing you (or people close to you).

    Every time I go to the gas pump, I am punished by Obama’s anti-drilling energy policies.

    My food costs more, because Obama and his ilk are diverting corn to make ethanol, and depriving farmers in California of water for their crops.

    My electricity costs are set to “necessarily skyrocket” because of EPA mandates.

    The cost of my health care premiums are going up, too. Thanks ObamaCare.

    And all the people who are out of work because Obama has over-regulated business and threatened them with higher taxes, they’re being punished.

    Have I mentioned my share of the national debt?

    Comment by V the K — October 6, 2011 @ 12:43 pm - October 6, 2011

  46. Because if it’s to be revered, then you support shipping jobs out of the U.S. for cheaper goods, no?

    Absolutely. Next question?

    Comment by Eric Olsen — October 6, 2011 @ 12:44 pm - October 6, 2011

  47. Thank you for answering NDT’s question, Eric. You made me realize he probably would have had a longer answer which would have included references to Obamabots. Anyway, you aren’t the first person to call me willfully obtuse on this site, but, thanks for the complement on my blog, anyway. Still, I revert back to my original suggestion that every once in a while GAY Patriot might consider in-depth posts/interviews highlighting gay men and women who run with the capitalistic spirit. Thanks.

    Comment by Cinesnatch — October 6, 2011 @ 12:51 pm - October 6, 2011

  48. Thank you for answering NDT’s question, Eric

    No problem, but in all fairness, I didn’t actually say you were willfully obtuse – I just kinda hinted at it. :-)

    And, thanks for commenting here, Cinesnatch. Sincerely.

    Comment by Eric Olsen — October 6, 2011 @ 12:54 pm - October 6, 2011

  49. Because if it’s to be revered, then you support shipping jobs out of the U.S. for cheaper goods, no?

    Better question, Cinesnatch; why is the United States so uncompetitive in producing goods in these areas?

    What is amusing to me about liberals is that they whine one second about conservation of resources, and then turn around and demand that items be produced in the fashion most wasteful of resources.

    What I also don’t get is why, for all their complaining about the poor, liberals adamantly oppose the very mechanism that has made it possible for even the poorest persons in the United States to be able to purchase goods and services that were completely out of their price reach barely a decade ago.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — October 6, 2011 @ 1:00 pm - October 6, 2011

  50. What I don’t get is why North Dallas Thirty, for all his complaining about the “Obama party” and “gay sex liberals” and “homosexual sex,” chooses to make his home in the “Obama party state” of California, much less in San Francisco, where he is surrounded by “Obamabots” 85% of whom voted for President Obama and support “gay sex marriage.”

    Comment by James — October 6, 2011 @ 1:37 pm - October 6, 2011

  51. @Dan,

    A lot of innovators, entrepreneurs, and business leaders in Silicon Valley (computer/internet/IT industry) tend to be socially liberal. Even if they support or agree with fiscal conservatism, they don’t buy into the social & religious conservative & anti-gay posturing that is required for all Republican leaders.

    And due to the Relgious Right’s stronghold on the GOP (American Family Assoc., Family Research Council, Values Voters Coalition, church groups leading “get out the vote” efforts to ban same-sex marriage, etc) — that won’t be changing anytime soon.

    Comment by James — October 6, 2011 @ 1:46 pm - October 6, 2011

  52. …the social & religious conservative & anti-gay posturing that is required for all Republican leaders.

    And liberals wonder why we mock them for being lock-step, narrow-minded lemmings.

    If they thought last November sucked, they’re gonna totally lose their sh*t next year. :-D

    Comment by Eric Olsen — October 6, 2011 @ 2:02 pm - October 6, 2011

  53. 50.What I don’t get is why North Dallas Thirty, for all his complaining about the “Obama party” and “gay sex liberals” and “homosexual sex,” chooses to make his home in the “Obama party state” of California, much less in San Francisco, where he is surrounded by “Obamabots” 85% of whom voted for President Obama and support “gay sex marriage.”

    For an individual like yourself, James, who makes decisions based solely on political affiliation and sexual orientation, this would be completely incomprehensible and irrational.

    But then again, differential calculus is incomprehensible and irrational to people who have no interest or experience in mathematics; that does not, however, mean that it actually is incomprehensible and irrational.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — October 6, 2011 @ 4:08 pm - October 6, 2011

  54. I never care much for Mac computers, but the iPod is one of my treasured possessions. The hours of entertainment, educational lectures, etc. that I’ve had from using it makes me very very grateful for what Jobs did in producing it. Thanks, Steve, job well done. RIP.

    Comment by JohnAGJ — October 6, 2011 @ 4:14 pm - October 6, 2011

  55. MSDNC used the occasion of Steve Jobs’s death to bash Sarah Palin. Ain’t that classy?

    Comment by V the K — October 6, 2011 @ 6:39 pm - October 6, 2011

  56. Never cared much for Mac – IMO overpriced for its capabilities and not friendly to any user who wanted to get beyond the front end and play around a bit – but you have to admire the man and what he created.

    Steve Jobs is basically one of those people who built a better mousetrap, and the US (actually the entire Western world) needs more people like him.

    James, on the other hand – well, seems to me that if he gets his head any further up his arse, he’ll soon have a splendid view of the back of his own teeth.

    Comment by perturbed — October 6, 2011 @ 7:38 pm - October 6, 2011

  57. James, what I don’t get, is when you ask him a simple question, such as “why did you move to San Francisco, a town you obviously don’t like”, he can’t just answer with something like “I got a cool / better job” or ” my other half lives there and he can’t move” and instead turns it into an attack on the person asking the question.

    I also don’t get why he thinks it’s not an obvious ploy that, when you ask a question, that instead of simply answering the question, he asks another question of you then harps on you for not answering his question when he didn’t answer the first one.

    (Hint, if you answer mine, I’ll be glad to answer yours)

    Comment by Sonicfrog — October 6, 2011 @ 9:01 pm - October 6, 2011

  58. I wonder if this eulogy will mention that Steve Jobs was a staunch liberal, and Democratic donor to presidential campaigns of President Clinton and President Obama. You may be a fan of Steve Jobs, but to be fair, he wasn’t a fan or supporter of your politics.

    Who cares?

    Comment by Naamloos — October 6, 2011 @ 9:11 pm - October 6, 2011

  59. Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do. – Apple Inc.

    Comment by rusty — October 6, 2011 @ 10:27 pm - October 6, 2011

  60. I’d have more respect for the man if he, like so many of his ilk, didn’t pander to the Left Wing. Even the Left Wing should be suspicious of so many multi-billionaires screaming for higher taxes and more government regulation. Something is just a bit off with that. Jobs, Soros, Turner, Buffet, nearly all the techies from the creators of google to yahoo. Hard to admire men who want to piss on the very system that allowed so much liberty and wealth.

    Comment by Mario — October 6, 2011 @ 11:42 pm - October 6, 2011

  61. Is there any occasion at which a lefty will not rant about his politics? Funerals? Weddings? Bar Mitzvahs? a Bris?

    See the Wellstone or Coretta Scott King memorial services.

    perhaps showcasing gay men and women who pull themselves up by their bootstraps and lead by example and/or create jobs?

    Why subdivide into members of different groups? Would it be anymore inspirational than AMERICANS who lead by example and/or create jobs? Why the desire to divide people?

    85% of whom voted for President Obama and support “gay sex marriage.”

    Take a good look at that sentence. Makes the first half there seem like a dumbass idea, in retrospect, doesn’t it? Or maybe their opinions are evolving.

    Comment by TGC — October 7, 2011 @ 4:25 am - October 7, 2011

  62. Take a good look at that sentence. Makes the first half there seem like a dumbass idea, in retrospect, doesn’t it? Or maybe their opinions are evolving.

    The dumbassery comes from citing SSM as a reason to vote for President Obama. Either a) They didn’t care what he said or b) They felt, “He’s lying about his stance on SSM. That’s ok, he’d never lie to me…”

    Comment by The_Livewire — October 7, 2011 @ 7:57 am - October 7, 2011

  63. James, what I don’t get, is when you ask him a simple question, such as “why did you move to San Francisco, a town you obviously don’t like”, he can’t just answer with something like “I got a cool / better job” or ” my other half lives there and he can’t move” and instead turns it into an attack on the person asking the question.

    Because James has demonstrated that he’s an ignorant partisan bigot, Sonic.

    Since James is uncivil, there is no reason to be civil towards him. It’s just that simple.

    It’s just like the lying Elizabeth Warren trying to call Scott Brown a whore, then screaming about how abused she was when he threw it back in her face. Liberals want to take potshots at conservatives and they want conservatives to sit there and take it.

    You are sitting here bawling and whining because I swung back when James tried to take a shot at me. Frankly, I no longer care.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — October 7, 2011 @ 3:17 pm - October 7, 2011

  64. Also, sf / NDT: Why reveal any biographical information? It’s not why we’re here. Personal information should be irrelevant.

    James — you may be an uncouth boor

    Indeed.

    Furthermore, you are “whitewashing” Steve Jobs’ history by only glorifying [sic; mentioning?] the parts of his life that you deem admirable

    It’s called generosity, James, and justice (or giving credit where it’s due). You really might want to look into it.

    Is there any occasion at which a lefty will not rant about his politics?

    Well I was at someone’s going-away lunch the other day, and surrounded by 3 lefty colleagues. 2 of them started ranting about their politics and Fox News but, to his credit, the third did not. Whoops, I guess that doesn’t contradict your point.

    Steve Jobs was a great man. But he was no conservative

    SO. WHAT. Neither am I, by some important measures.

    Mr. Jobs’s political views don’t change the fact that he created his business through pluck, determination, and hard work — without government support.

    Jobs was, according to Wozniak, at least partly inspired by _Atlas Shrugged_: http://www.bloomberg.com/video/74391682/#ooid=8xMWJyMjoT9XMTeW4oIZemoYVX1n4cfz

    (around 5:30) INTERVIEWER: Steve, give us some insight into Steve Jobs’s personality and what it is about him that made him so ambitious and so driven to turn Apple around.

    STEVE WOZNIAK: I can only speak to the early days. In the early days, he wanted to have a, you know, a success, and he wanted to be an important person in the world. And he wanted to do it by having a company that was successful and made money. And it sort of like evolved in those directions over time. He didn’t lose that part of his personality.

    (around 8:30) STEVE WOZNIAK: …And he did want to have a successful company, and he had a lot of ideas. He must’ve read some books that really were his guide in life, you know, and I think… Atlas Shrugged might’ve been one of them that he mentioned back then. But they were his guides in life as to how you make a difference in the world. And it starts with a company. You build products and you gotta make your profit, and that allows you to invest the profit and then make better products that make more profit. I would say, how good a company is, it’s fair to measure it by its profitability.

    As V said: Businesspeople and product creators, especially the ones who do NOT take government money, do so much more to change the world for the better than any protestors, or community organizers, or indecent blog twits who carefully pose as nice guys but fail the test (of actually being one) every time. Well maybe the last part is mine, not V’s.

    I do find it fascinating (and indeed ironic) that many Silicon Valley types favor the Democratic Party

    It’s a combination of marketing, guilt and tribalism. The Democrats have marketed themselves, opposite to reality, as forward-thinking. The Silicon Valley person goes, “Well I’m forward thinking! That’s me!” And they are too busy working at their job to look into it further. They also feel guilty for their success and enjoying their work – a guilt that the Democrats manipulate, like an abusive lover would. Finally, there’s the sheer tribalism of the place: by the time 55% of the people at a company believe a thing, 80% feel they ought to. Silicon Valley, despite the fact that it harbors original geniuses like Jobs, tends to be a place where the average person seeks validation from others – from looking into others’ eyes and seeing an impressive reflection of himself.

    The government isn’t punishing me on my path to success.

    Then you are lucky indeed, Cinesnatch… a rarity.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — October 8, 2011 @ 11:32 am - October 8, 2011

  65. BTW, Wozniak really said (in the quote above) that Steve Jobs was motivated by… profit. *The profit motive*. Ad that it’s not a bad thing; it’s a very good thing.

    I couldn’t agree more.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — October 8, 2011 @ 11:47 am - October 8, 2011

  66. Aww, no more James? Being held accountable… “What a pisser.”

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — October 10, 2011 @ 8:57 pm - October 10, 2011

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