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Meet Apple's New Boss, The Most Powerful Gay Man in Silicon Valley
Gawker.com ^ | Jan 20, 2011 | Ryan Tate

Posted on 01/21/2011 1:38:33 PM PST by Leroy S. Mort

It looks increasingly like Steve Jobs' reign at Apple is over. If the CEO doesn't return from his third, indefinite medical leave, COO Tim Cook will succeed him, marking a new era not only for Apple but for gay progress.

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Cook, a famously quiet and collected person, will find his backstory, both personal and professional, the topic of increasing interest and discussion in the tech community. That new attention is a good thing for a man with a reputation as fearsomely good as Cook's. Cook's rise to his position—he is one of the most powerful corporate executives in the world, to say nothing of being the most powerful gay person in tech by a mile—is also a tribute to his skill and work ethic on the one hand, and to the utterly unconventional and unconventionally empowering people skills of Jobs on the other.

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One tech executive who has spoken to multiple Apple management veterans about Cook was told executives there would support Cook if he publicly acknowledged his orientation, and even would encourage him to do so as he steps up his leadership role, but that they also had concerns about whether his coming out would impact the perception of the Apple brand.

Okay. I don't care who you are. That's funny right there.

1 posted on 01/21/2011 1:38:35 PM PST by Leroy S. Mort
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To: Leroy S. Mort
Our ‘conservative’ Apple ping list FReepers will LOVE this dude.

He's ‘APPLE.’

Go APPLE!

Applesauce is dangerous for the mind...

(Don't trust dentists)...

2 posted on 01/21/2011 1:42:15 PM PST by Leo Farnsworth (I'm not really Leo Farnsworth.)
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To: Leroy S. Mort
Rush is gonna have a shiite fit.
3 posted on 01/21/2011 1:42:26 PM PST by kbennkc (For those who have fought for it freedom has a flavor the protected will never know .F Trp 8th Cav)
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To: Leo Farnsworth

Let’s get the fruit right. He’s a peach!


4 posted on 01/21/2011 1:45:42 PM PST by SgtHooper (We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.)
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To: Leroy S. Mort

Aren’t all uber-geeks basically gay anyway? Or at least asexual.


5 posted on 01/21/2011 1:46:05 PM PST by montag813 (http://www.facebook.com/StandWithArizona)
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To: Leroy S. Mort

Golly jee fellas! Sorta sends a whole new meaning about “Virus” protection!........(swish, swish)


6 posted on 01/21/2011 1:48:41 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (Patriotic by Proxy! (Cause I'm a nutcase and it's someone Else's' fault!....))
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To: Leroy S. Mort

7 posted on 01/21/2011 1:49:42 PM PST by Uncle Miltie (0bamanomics: Punish Success, Reward Failure. Destroying America is the point.)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP
Golly jee fellas! Sorta sends a whole new meaning about “Virus” protection!........(swish, swish)

I'm expecting a lot more plug-ins...

8 posted on 01/21/2011 1:50:22 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter (I am proclaiming 2011 as the year of ME!)
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To: kbennkc
Rush is gonna have a shiite fit.

You mean the same Rush that had Elton John play at his (most recent) wedding?

9 posted on 01/21/2011 1:51:58 PM PST by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: Leroy S. Mort

I could care less what his orientation is/was. Can he run the company? Can he lead the development of new products? Can he manage the finances? If I was a shareholder or employee, that’s all I would be concerned about.


10 posted on 01/21/2011 1:53:03 PM PST by SueRae (I can see November 2012 from my HOUSE!!!!!!!!)
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To: Leroy S. Mort
Fabulous!.....
11 posted on 01/21/2011 1:56:22 PM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: SgtHooper
Let’s get the fruit right. He’s a peach!

Just a bit of trivia. One of Apple's early competitors was the Franklin Peach. ;-)

12 posted on 01/21/2011 1:57:05 PM PST by Rightwing Conspiratr1
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To: gov_bean_ counter

True!

As well as a few “gadgets” that vibrate!


13 posted on 01/21/2011 2:02:44 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (Patriotic by Proxy! (Cause I'm a nutcase and it's someone Else's' fault!....))
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To: Leroy S. Mort

14 posted on 01/21/2011 2:06:54 PM PST by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: Leroy S. Mort

I read the article and it looks like the man hasn’t ever admitted to being gay.


15 posted on 01/21/2011 2:07:16 PM PST by abner (I have no tagline, therefore no identity.)
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To: Yo-Yo

(Is the /sarc tag really necessary)
Yep.


16 posted on 01/21/2011 2:08:02 PM PST by kbennkc (For those who have fought for it freedom has a flavor the protected will never know .F Trp 8th Cav)
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To: Leroy S. Mort

Gay, shmay; if the guy can do the job, let him do it.


17 posted on 01/21/2011 2:11:13 PM PST by Grut
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To: Grut

>>Gay, shmay; if the guy can do the job, let him do it.

I doubt Jim Rob would agree....


18 posted on 01/21/2011 2:15:29 PM PST by halfright (My presidents picture is in the dictionary, next to the word, "rectum".)
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To: Grut

Seems like that’s the gist of the article.


19 posted on 01/21/2011 2:16:17 PM PST by Leroy S. Mort
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To: kbennkc
Elton John Sings at Rush Limbaugh's 4th Wedding

Talk about an odd couple: conservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh and outspoken gay civil-union advocate Elton John.

But, according to a News Corporation (which owns Fox News) wire report, the Rocket Man, 63, serenaded the 400 guests into the wee hours Saturday night to celebrate the marriage of Limbaugh, 59, to Kathryn Rogers, 33, in the Ponce de Leon ballroom of Florida's fabled Breakers hotel in Palm Beach. Sir Elton's fee: $1 million, the report notes.

No sarc tag on this one...

20 posted on 01/21/2011 2:18:21 PM PST by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: Leroy S. Mort

Says he likes Asian guys, too. Hu knew?


21 posted on 01/21/2011 2:18:50 PM PST by Leroy S. Mort
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To: montag813
Aren’t all uber-geeks basically gay anyway? Or at least asexual.

My son-in-law isn't. I know a few others that aren't. Of course, I know a few that are, too.

22 posted on 01/21/2011 2:21:05 PM PST by Hoffer Rand (There ARE two Americas: "God's children" and the tax payers)
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To: abner

While I believe that sodomy is an abomination to our Creator, I do not condemn people for their sexual orientation. There is no fault in being tempted, but fault in following the temptation.

I do not think it is anyone’s business to pry into another’s sexual preferences. Whether this fellow is gay or not is really none of out business, and if he is smart, he would state exactly that.

What was it Jesus said about not throwing the first stone? He said “go and sin no more, and told the rest of us to stfu, and mind our own sins.


23 posted on 01/21/2011 2:21:10 PM PST by jacquej
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To: halfright

it only matters that the directors of APPL agree.
thats who he works for.


24 posted on 01/21/2011 2:22:42 PM PST by rahbert
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To: halfright

So?


25 posted on 01/21/2011 2:24:07 PM PST by WatchOutForSnakes
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To: Hoffer Rand

I have been VERY happily married to one of those “uber-geeks” for almost 45 years.

Back when he was courting me, (1965) some of his competitors for my hand tried that to beat him out.

I knew the difference between a quiet thoughtful man who didn’t care for the bar scene, topless night clubs, and stag films, and chest-thumpers who competed regularly to out-bawdy each other, with barefoot and pregnant jokes!

I thank God for whispering “ignore these fools” every day.


26 posted on 01/21/2011 2:25:13 PM PST by jacquej
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To: Yo-Yo

Very cool to hear Rush speak of it. I don’t care what he was paid, he does not need the dough, and almost certainly has no idea how much he has. It was at once gracious of Sir Elton, and I imagine very satifying for him, to perform where nothing mattered but his art. Are we thread jacking? done


27 posted on 01/21/2011 2:26:46 PM PST by kbennkc (For those who have fought for it freedom has a flavor the protected will never know .F Trp 8th Cav)
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To: jacquej

Yep.


28 posted on 01/21/2011 2:28:12 PM PST by abner (I have no tagline, therefore no identity.)
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To: Leroy S. Mort
I'm sure this news will devastate Apple iPad, iPod and iPhone sales and every one of the 100 million iPhones that have already been sold will be tossed in the ocean by their angry owners.
29 posted on 01/21/2011 2:41:54 PM PST by trumandogz
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To: jacquej

I, reluctantly, read this “piece of crap” of a post, wondering why anyone would bother to post it in the first place! I am not homosexual and can assure you that I will never be. However, I am perplexed that among the 2 to 3 per cent of the population who are homosexual, there are those who would think that I’m, remotely, interested in another’s homosexuality, whatever his station in life!


30 posted on 01/21/2011 2:50:06 PM PST by old school
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To: trumandogz

That’s why I found the quote in my first post so damned funny. Anyone who’s virulently anti-gay most likely wasn’t buying Apple anyway.


31 posted on 01/21/2011 2:53:43 PM PST by Leroy S. Mort
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To: SueRae

I am a shareholder and use Apple. Let’s put it this way. If he is being outted without his permission that I don’t give a dang because it should never have been mentioned. But if he is going to be out and proud due to his wanting to advance gay rights and such than I won’t be happy and will have to reevaluated the stock....however I can never go back to HP....lol.


32 posted on 01/21/2011 3:13:20 PM PST by napscoordinator
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To: Leroy S. Mort

This is the first I’ve ever heard about him being gay. In fact, I don’t see him having admitted to being gay, or any evidence for it. Apparently being a bachelor in his 40s and a fitness nut makes him gay. If that’s true, a lot of the guys I know are must be gay and I never knew it.


33 posted on 01/21/2011 3:13:29 PM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: Uncle Miltie

34 posted on 01/21/2011 3:15:20 PM PST by KC_Lion (Lord help our Armed Service members that they not become pawns in Hussein's quest to destroy America)
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To: Leroy S. Mort

Has anyone else, other than me, ever wondered what Jobs is really stricken with? Is this guy a close, intimate friend of Jobs’? Just wondering.

Not that any of that matters in the long run. If the guy can run the company successfully then more power to him (so to speak).


35 posted on 01/21/2011 3:17:59 PM PST by mark3681
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To: mark3681
Pancreatic Cancer. He had a Liver transplant about 2 years ago.
36 posted on 01/21/2011 3:21:18 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (Patriotic by Proxy! (Cause I'm a nutcase and it's someone Else's' fault!....))
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To: SueRae
> I could care less what his orientation is/was. Can he run the company? Can he lead the development of new products? Can he manage the finances? If I was a shareholder or employee, that’s all I would be concerned about.

That's because you're sensible.

Shareholders and employees are welcome to evaluate their options based on whatever basis they want -- it's a free country. One would like to think they do it on the basis of business performance. However, we all know that people make business decisions based on very non-business criteria, all the time.

There are probably FReepers who have Apple stock and have been enjoying great returns, who nonetheless would consider bailing on the basis of a rumor about the CEO's sexual orientation. Entirely their right to do so.

Not having any Apple stock, I am untroubled by such thoughts.

37 posted on 01/21/2011 3:35:34 PM PST by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: antiRepublicrat
> This is the first I’ve ever heard about him being gay. In fact, I don’t see him having admitted to being gay, or any evidence for it. Apparently being a bachelor in his 40s and a fitness nut makes him gay. If that’s true, a lot of the guys I know are must be gay and I never knew it.

Heh, ya never know.

I'm not going to give this rumor any credence until Cook makes a statement himself (if he does, which I doubt). IMO it is his personal business. His job is to run Apple competently, which he apparently does.

I was married in my 40's, and have spent less than 20 hours in a gym in my life. Lucky me, I guess that was a close call.

38 posted on 01/21/2011 3:42:19 PM PST by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: dayglored

AMEN! I have an I-Pad that is Wonderful! Steve has done Wonders with APPLE for years! I wish I owned hundreds of thousands of shares just a few short years ago, let along over the the decades! if Steve puts his entire Trust in Cook, then thats good enough for me!

Meanwhile we have a Gay Blade in the White House who is soooooo skinny, anyone would bet he is HIV Positive, his entire past has been erased, he had absolutely no experience except being an ACORN Trainer and 60 Million Morons Voted the Slimeball into the most powerful position in America and the World! And his closest Butler is named “REGGIE LOVE!” You just can’t make this stuff up!!!!!!


39 posted on 01/21/2011 3:55:07 PM PST by True Republican Patriot (May GOD Continue to BLESS Our Greatest President :George W. Bush!!)
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To: jacquej
Good response on #23.
We are all sinners, and corrupted since Adam's fall - and thus carry various sinful tendencies. As long as Mr. Cook isn't shoving his particular affliction on people (i.e., 'Celebrating Sin') - I'll just applaud him for being a good business leader. Pray for him that he seeks the Lord's help to enable him to overcome his affliction - but the second we condemn someone for being a 'sinner' we condemn ourselves.
My only issue is when folks start celebrating their sin as if it were a wonderful thing. We should be helping them to overcome it - not wallow in it.
40 posted on 01/21/2011 3:57:22 PM PST by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: dayglored
I was married in my 40's, and have spent less than 20 hours in a gym in my life. Lucky me, I guess that was a close call.

One more trip to the gym and you'd have been gay. Now we know what causes it! Eliminate homosexuality, shut down the gyms.

41 posted on 01/21/2011 4:00:41 PM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: martin_fierro

Target rich environment ping


42 posted on 01/21/2011 4:01:51 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Jubtabulously We Thrive!)
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To: antiRepublicrat
> One more trip to the gym and you'd have been gay.

Just goes to show, you can't be too careful about this gym stuff. I plan to warn all my buddies who go to the YMCA that they are flirting with deadly danger. For some of them, sadly, it may already be too late -- they are single and in their 40's.

43 posted on 01/21/2011 4:04:42 PM PST by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: True Republican Patriot
> You just can’t make this stuff up!!!!!!

And a good thing that is. Otherwise we'd all be in even more trouble than we already are!

44 posted on 01/21/2011 4:08:00 PM PST by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: napscoordinator
> I am a shareholder and use Apple. Let’s put it this way. If he is being outted without his permission that I don’t give a dang because it should never have been mentioned. But if he is going to be out and proud due to his wanting to advance gay rights and such than I won’t be happy and will have to reevaluated the stock.

I respectfully suggest that before you reevaluate your Apple stock, you evaluate these alleged reports of gayness first. As far as I can tell, they're bogus rumors. If I had Apple stock, and gave it up based on a false rumor about the CEO, I'd be pretty unhappy.

Me, I'd wait until Mr. Cook makes a statement one way or the other, which he might decline to do.

Consider the folks who sold their Apple stock when Jobs announced his time off earlier this week, only to see the stock rise again the next day on the actual business performance of the company. And that was on a real report, not just a rumor!

Of course, what you do with your stock is entirely your own business, not mine. Best of luck!

45 posted on 01/21/2011 4:16:16 PM PST by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

Wait just a minute now! Are you implying that Richard Simmons is gay?


46 posted on 01/21/2011 4:17:06 PM PST by rex regnum insanit (falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus)
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To: Leroy S. Mort

“Cook, a famously quiet and collected person, will find his backstory, both personal and professional, the topic of increasing interest and discussion in the tech community.”

His “backstory”?

Leroy S. Mort —> I like your screen name LOL!


47 posted on 01/21/2011 4:18:03 PM PST by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: Tijeras_Slim; Swordmaker

Woz.

Playing Segway Polo.

48 posted on 01/21/2011 4:24:26 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: halfright
I always find it good practice for someone to speak for themselves.
49 posted on 01/21/2011 6:01:50 PM PST by starlifter (Pullum sapit)
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To: starlifter

Good for Mr. Cook. I can hardly wait for the Mac that blows its own fuses.


50 posted on 01/22/2011 12:35:54 AM PST by MasterGunner01 (To err is human; to forgive is not our policy. -- SEAL Team SIX)
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