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Texas Govenor Perry tosses away an Apple iPhone at Motorola Moto X facility

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Texas Govenor Perry tosses away an Apple iPhone at Motorola Moto X facility
Texas Governor Perry is about to toss his Apple iPhone

Texas Governor Perry is about to toss his Apple iPhone

The decision by Google's wholly owned Motorola subsidiary to open a new plant in Texas has been a boon to the area. 2000 new jobs in the Fort Worth area were created and these are jobs in the high tech industry. During a recent tour of the plant,  Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside explained why his company isn't upset about paying more for labor. Woodside believes that the productivity of the plant can be improved, which will save money as will changes to the design of the phone. And Motorola is lucky that the factory is in the middle of a shipping hub which allows the company to offer quick turnaround times on new orders.

"It does cost a little bit more to make the product here, but not so much more that it changes the overall economics. And we think over time we’ll recoup that investment, because we’ll be able to improve the productivity of the plant much faster, and also improve our designs much faster."-Dennis Woodside, CEO, Motorola

The most dramatic part of the tour involved the CEO of...Texas. Governor Rick Perry was on hand, along with Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, for a tour of the facility. Perry did something that will endear him to legions of Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry owners. After being told by Woodside that he was getting a Motorola Moto X phone of his own, the Governor tossed his iPhone onto the floor. Perry might not get the Apple vote for the next election, but if the area near the plant has an economic reversal, he will win the hearts of many more voters in the region.

source:   Engadget

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posted on 12 Sep 2013, 13:54 17

1. Doakie (Posts: 2004; Member since: 06 May 2009)

Heh. Can I vote for him as the Governor of Washington state? We always get crap politicians...

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 14:14 10

5. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)

Yeah because his presidential run was so impressive. The dude is an imbecile.

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 14:24 15

12. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)

Not to be confused with an iMbecile - he gets my vote in 2016 (if Hillary doesn't run).

Finally people are wising up to Apple.

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 14:39 5

20. Dr.Tom (Posts: 46; Member since: 11 May 2013)

Hope Hillary does run cause I think she is smarter than Bill and would make a great President. Not to mention she has been in the real power circles for more than 12 years, now. As for poor Gov. Perry, he was truly embarrassed in the Primary, and he reminded me of a male version of the Imbecile from Alaska, you know, I dont even want say her name! I hope she will just fade into the past. She is soo Dumb it hurts when I laugh. She adds new meaning to the term IMBECILE. Trust me, as a physician, I know.

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 15:41 1

43. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)

And, not only can she see Russia from
her back yard but, she has an iPhone too. Can you say iMaverick??

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 16:21 1

47. glentomas123 (Posts: 70; Member since: 01 Jun 2011)

WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE! You mean that dim light of a Secretary of State? Good lord! You probably think Biden and Pelosi are bright as well. Lol! Libs sure are nutty.

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 17:06 2

54. wrm2013 (Posts: 203; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)

You hope Hilary runs....... I guess because Obama has done such a great job you wish he could run for a third term as well. You Obama sheep are scary ignorant as to what he actually does as compared to what he says. He hates what america is and stands for, it's well documented. He also has never had a job in his life. He's a complete failure.

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 17:53 2

56. ahhxd717 (Posts: 332; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)

You're the only person who sounds "scary ignorant". Just repeating political slander and BS. Never had a job?? Wasn't he a senator? I guess I can understand not liking him, but you just sound extreme.

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 20:02 2

61. willard12 (Posts: 1678; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)

"He never had a job," other than lawyer at Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Galland in Chicago and Law Professor at University of Chicago. So, what do you do? Other than listening to other people report so you can decide. "He hates America." You do realize this article is about a man who called for his state to secede from the US, right.

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 20:52 1

62. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)

Hey, you need to be kinder to imbeciles.

Somebody has to be the imbecile; be thankful it wasn't you but instead it was someone who could see Russia from her backyard.

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 10:19

72. miket247 (Posts: 81; Member since: 16 Apr 2013)

Good One! Russia from her backyard....Thats funny! They should make another movie about all the Dumb things she has said......or Who's Nailin' Pailin 2! But Tammy Faye did her Best....period!

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 06:29

70. johnbftl (Posts: 281; Member since: 09 Jun 2012)

If you're really a physician I'm pretty sure that last thing you would want is Hillary in office. She would make an absolute horrible president. She couldn't even hold down Secretary of State. Being in power circles means nothing. She has no concept of how to conduct foreign policy. Aside from that, as a “physician" one would think you'd be mighty pissed about all that money you've been losing with that whole Affordable Healthcare Act. Every actual physician I know is losing money like there's a hole in their pocket. Physician's Assistants are making about the same as M.D.s and have zero legal liability. No need to pay for high malpractice insurance premiums. You think she's going to step in and repeal that law? She'll just make it worse.

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 14:57

31. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2112; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)

True, though I can't vote - not a US citizen.

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 15:07

35. the_best (Posts: 139; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)

you could Always vote in your own country, or for class president if your not 18.

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 16:26 1

49. a_merryman (Posts: 749; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)

Not every country is democratic, regrettably.

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 16:16

46. glentomas123 (Posts: 70; Member since: 01 Jun 2011)

Sounds like you voted for hope and change. How's that working out?

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 15:00 4

33. Hammerfest (Posts: 383; Member since: 12 May 2012)

umm... despite my hate for Apples walled garden, as someone who lives in Texas... I would only wish him as Governor on my WORST of enemy's...

So effing horrible, and despite all the scandals, enough company’s employees are bought off already leading to his continued stay in place (that and the innumerable amount of idiots here in Texas!)...

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 16:22 1

48. glentomas123 (Posts: 70; Member since: 01 Jun 2011)

Can I trade him for Jerry Brown here in defunk Cali?

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 18:15

57. HouTexan (Posts: 439; Member since: 08 Jan 2012)

Hey, I'm not an idiot! Lol

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 18:20 1

58. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2183; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)

He is a moron who runs a crony state and uses the Bible as the official state literature. He was too stupid to do well at Texas A&M, and he was G.W. Bush's hand-picked successor. He has helped increase the poor and working poor in the state, he has helped destroy the American dream in Texas with unregulated insurance companies that see us paying the highest average homeowner premiums in the nation, and he and his lackeys have gutted the education system so that they can give tax breaks to friends and companies who are not required by contract to stay and create jobs. Governor Goodhair can throw all the phones he wants, because he has never received a single vote from me. He needs to crawl back under his Evangelical rock and shut up.

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 15:23 1

39. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

he's a scumbag overall, but this little manuever gets him a thumbs up in my book. And not just because of the switch to Android, but because its 'muri

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 13:57 3

2. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10456; Member since: 14 May 2012)

I mean if he doesn't want his iPhone, give it to me. I'll sell it on Craigslist and make $250. :)

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 14:02 5

3. Haridenberg (Posts: 27; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)

You know, Apple... That's the glove slap in the tech world.
You gotta do something!

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 14:03 8

4. verbalize (Posts: 123; Member since: 03 May 2013)

It's nice to see made in America . It's sad that most Americans don't care about made in America products. All I'm saying by not buying American is only hurting ourselves and our children. So keep buying your Toyotas, Samsung TV, and asin products. But stop crying that the work you do is in the service Industry. You did it to yourself.

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 14:18 3

7. -Hellfire- (Posts: 9; Member since: 14 Jul 2013)

Toyota has a significant presence in the U.S. manufacturing sector.

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 14:26 2

13. Dr.Tom (Posts: 46; Member since: 11 May 2013)

+1 Toyota and Honda, etc... got tired of paying duties and wanted protection with the dollar/yen relationship, so they came here and we all benefit from it!

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 14:28 1

17. verbalize (Posts: 123; Member since: 03 May 2013)

But where does most of Toyotas Money go? It goes back to Japan!!

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 14:57 3

30. -Hellfire- (Posts: 9; Member since: 14 Jul 2013)

What does that have to do with jobs in the States? These companies are paying salaries to every-day Americans, they help provide these people with various benefits, and more than likely pay huge amounts of taxes.

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 15:01 5

34. jdoee100 (Posts: 334; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)

It goes back to Japan, however, money will come back to US in the form of US employee salaries, ads, investment, etc. Where do you think Toyota's hundreds of millions of dollars of investment in US factories went? It went to US contractors, manufacturers, infrastructure, and regional development. The money does not stay in one place, rather it goes back and forth between countries, thus global economy.

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 18:37 1

60. verbalize (Posts: 123; Member since: 03 May 2013)

That's a drop in a bucket in money for Toyota... Do you think a company that gets government support from day one is doing this for the US benefit ? Really? It's cheaper for them to ship the parts to this country and assemble them. Yes, this gives a few jobs but its for greed not that they want to give us employment.

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 08:55

71. -Hellfire- (Posts: 9; Member since: 14 Jul 2013)

Since when did corporations become charities?

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 14:19

8. ThePro (Posts: 26; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

Doesn't Toyota make cars in the US?

Plus, are there even any american tvs?

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 14:51 4

28. SellPhones82 (Posts: 569; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)

Yes, Toyota and Honda both assemble cars in the States. There is a huge Honda plant just outside Indianapolis that makes Civics and maybe one of the Acura models too. Then you look at a Ford window sticker and it was assembled in Mexico...
RCA is the only American TV company I can think of and not even sure they still make TV's.
Wonder how many jobs Apple could bring to the States if they followed what Google in doing. iProducts would probably double in price so that they can keep the same profit margin.

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 16:52

51. StanleyG88 (Posts: 231; Member since: 15 Mar 2012)

RCA is owned by the French

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 14:59 4

32. roldefol (Posts: 4242; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes & BMW SUVs, Volkswagens... they all started making cars in the US of A because it was financially beneficial for them. The very concept of "Buy American" has to be thrown out because the whole industry is globalized. So I have no problem buying a Honda when the factories are in Ohio.

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 14:21 10

10. roldefol (Posts: 4242; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

I'm just as happy to see a phone assembled in the US, but you have to understand that this is a global economy and the US cannot live and buy in a vacuum. Clothing, toys, electronics... very little has been made in the USA within my lifetime. That's because it's not affordable to make everything here. So I commend Motorola for making it work.

Don't get me started on foreign cars though. Most of the Asian cars are assembled right here in the USA. I don't care where the CEO lives, if the line workers are American, it may as well be American.

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 14:27 1

15. Whateverman (Posts: 3262; Member since: 17 May 2009)

I get what you're saying here, and for the most part I agree. But this isn't the fault of the American consumer, its the American corporations that drag down their own brands.

American companies make products designed to break so that every customer is a repeat customer. I have a 1999 Honda CRV that runs circles around every "American car"in my neighborhood. While everyone else is buying new starters, transmissions, and had gadgets, I'm still driving around with 99% of original parts. Honda and Toyota make cars to last and most of them ARE made in America. So if Motorola can keep serving up qualify products like this (with Beyer specs next time) I'm on board. Until then, my Note 2 will be my constant companion. And I hope hp will either bring Palm back or sell or to another American company, we coups really use the jobs.

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 22:04 1

66. Jimstar (Posts: 259; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)

You know if you're talking about "Planned obsolescense", that went out the window ages ago. The big 3 have been turning very reliable vehicles for decades now.
And Let me guess you're comparing your CRV's reliability to much older vehicles that have been poorly maintained?

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 22:25

68. Whateverman (Posts: 3262; Member since: 17 May 2009)

I hope you're right about the planned obsolescence, only time will tell. But as for the comparison, I'm comparing my truck to old and newer model cars. I can't say how these cars are maintained, but I don't a lot of 99's or even 2009's in as good of shape as mine. I have friends with Chevys and Fords with unexplainable and apparently unix able malfunctions. My very first car, a 1994 Plymouth Duster, last me all of 3 years before I needed a new seat, transmission, and windshield wiper motor. But I've had 3 Hondas that haven't cost me nearly as much in repairs. I'm sure they have a few lemons out there too, but they seem to be very rare.

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 14:28

16. tedkord (Posts: 11659; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

Toyota builds more cars in the US than Ford (or at least did as of a few years ago)

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 16:59

52. StanleyG88 (Posts: 231; Member since: 15 Mar 2012)

Half the top 10 cars with the most USA made parts for 2013 are from Japan.

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 14:57 2

29. artealis (Posts: 98; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)

iphone ipad ipod are made in china. you will hurt china economy if you dont buy apple products

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 15:29 6

41. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

I'm glad Motorola made a good choice bringing manufacturering jobs here in the U.S. Wish other companies would do the same.

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 18:24

59. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2183; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)

Wow, are you that clueless? Toyota, Honda, and Nissan build more cars in the U.S. than Ford, Chevy, or Dodge. Most of the Big Three's production happens in Mexico and Canada.

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 21:50 1

64. Jimstar (Posts: 259; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)

That's actually not true.
Ford, GM, and Chrysler all have more facilities in the US than the competition. Hell GM and Ford individually each have more car producing facilities than Honda and Toyota have plants of any kind in the US...put together.

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 21:53

65. zennacko (Posts: 236; Member since: 16 Jun 2013)

People buy cars from Toyota and other foreign brands - like you'd label them - and electronics from Samsung, Sony and others just because:

1. Brand reputation and quality - I heard many stories about Fords, Chevys, Jeeps and other "All American Cars" being pure crap if you don't get them spanking new from the dealership and use them until their warranty expires, or the fearsome 100 k miles, whatever comes first, after that you gotta look for a new one. As for electronics, well, even the almighty american Apple does not manufacture their stuff in the 'Murica anymore. Hell, if it wasn't for something like a DoD request (we all know they must've done that), Lockheed-Martin/Boeing would've moved to China as well, instead of using a plane to bring parts to their 787 dreamliner from many other countries to assemble in the US! This is just capitalism, the best product for the cheaper price and countries with lower labor costs to manufacture always wins

The "You did it to yourself" part comes right back to the 'Murica just because they were greedy enough to make more and more money by outsourcing their things. (And the wars that cost trillions of dollars, but those things the typical americans love, so they won't blame the president who signed them, it'll go straight to the history class as "another day where America stood up for the sake of humanity" -- patriotism! And they'll blame the next president that will find the country almost broke, just because bad things will happen while he's in charge... oh well.)

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 14:18 1

6. DukeX (Posts: 327; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)

Im sure you own something from an asian country. Honesty your comment doesn't even deserve any likes at all.

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 14:19 3

9. Dr.Tom (Posts: 46; Member since: 11 May 2013)

Good for the Governor! He might be a little obtose, based on his performance in the Reb. primaries, but atleast he did the right thing! We need Tech jobs to come back to America! Apple says there American but they do very little in America. Samsung, LG, Sony, Nokia and all the rest, including Apple, make there money off our backs and do nothing to help our econony. I have to give KUDOS to Motorola for being the first to come back here and do it right. As for all the foreigners, Apple included, your phones should be taxed extra because you aren't helping America one bit, but are hurting us in the long run. And those poor paying retail jobs that Apple claims there making, don't count because minimum wage jobs are good for the kids but we need more!

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 14:23

11. rdemon (Posts: 49; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)

Got my vote!

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 14:27 1

14. cncrim (Posts: 823; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)

Lol, Apple will pay California governor tomorrow to toss out his Motorola X at Cupperito campus.

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 14:32 8

18. McLTE (Posts: 821; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

Whether you are an Apple, Android, or WP fan.. you have to applaud Moto's decision to bring phone manufacturing back to the US.

Major Kudo's to them for supporting the US economy. I wish Apple would do the same!

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 14:39

21. verbalize (Posts: 123; Member since: 03 May 2013)

I agree.. But at least most of the Money Goes back into the US economy and not in Japan's.

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 14:41

22. verbalize (Posts: 123; Member since: 03 May 2013)

Sorry.. At least most of Apples money goes back into the US economy.

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 14:44 6

25. bubbadoes (Posts: 961; Member since: 03 May 2012)

Apples pocket in all of their off shore accounts!

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 15:15 6

36. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)

Good chunk of it will never come to the US because it's sitting offshore, avoiding taxes. That and the patent office needs fixed.

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 14:43 2

23. Dr.Tom (Posts: 46; Member since: 11 May 2013)

+1 on that.

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 14:35 1

19. davecann2 (Posts: 460; Member since: 15 Mar 2011)

Lame publicity stunt... As soon has Sept 20th comes he will be getting a new iPhone along with everyone else..lol

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 14:51 2

27. Dr.Tom (Posts: 46; Member since: 11 May 2013)

It was probably a broken phone that he dropped last year. He reminds me of Disney's Goofy, right down to the funny things that he says sometimes. Fumbling, Bumbling, Stumbling his way around. Then again, he might just be that much of an IMBECILE, that he broke the phone before he transfered his data to the MotoX!

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 15:20

38. darkkjedii (Posts: 21216; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Exactly. He's in a moto plant in Texas, and he just happens to be governor. Hmmmmmm lol.

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 14:44 3

24. bubbadoes (Posts: 961; Member since: 03 May 2012)

More good things to come for Apple after a $30 BILLION dollar investor sell-off yesterday after the unveiling of the overly priced $549 iphone 5C and the gold colored iphone 5S..no wonder the governor dumped his iphone. At $549 that's not affordable even in the US--how will emerging markets still be able to pocket one of the 5c's at the price!

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