The first cell phone, Motorola DynaTac, enters the Supreme Court nomination drama


There is a surprising new entrant in the current Supreme Court nomination drama around Judge Kavanaugh and the allegations against his 17-year-old self by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford involving drunk frat boy behavior against her at a party circa 1982.

A social media meme in rich circulation (yes, 4Chan is involved, too) claims that Dr Ford's insistence she called a friend on her cell phone after the incident doesn't really hold water. 

You see, the first commercial portable cellular phone, Motorola DynaTac 8000x, was released in 1984, later than the alleged incident took place. Moreover, argue the social media warriors at 4Chan, its $3995 price at launch made it highly unlikely that the then-student was in possession of one.

The first cell phone, Motorola DynaTac, enters the Supreme Court nomination drama

Sounds very logical, until one pours through the letter that Dr Ford sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 22, her opening statements or the hearing she underwent together with Judge Kavanaugh, and finds that not once is a cell phone call circa 1982 mentioned in any of those. 

Still, the misleading meme has gained a life of its own, as is often the case, and is still making the rounds online in various forms, making the Motorola DynaTac great again albeit for a short 15-minutes-of-fame resurrection. For us, it's just a whiff of cell phone nostalgia at this point.

The first cell phone, Motorola DynaTac, enters the Supreme Court nomination drama
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27 Comments

1. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I had the ultra classic slim Motorola in 91. $2 a minute was the starting rate.

4. Panzer

Posts: 277; Member since: May 13, 2016

The plan I had in 96 was the 40 dollars for a half hour of calling. But you got the first minute for free. Then when you got your number you had to make sure you did not have any 1's or 0's so you could make a word to remember peoples phone numbers. Good times

7. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Not bad considering the time. About that time too, NiMH batteries came out to give a boost to the NiCads of the day. Yup the good times for sure!

2. rouyal

Posts: 1564; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Eh, she doesn’t care anymore. She’s got all the liberal suckers GoFundMe money. She’s the type of lying crazy exwoman you get a restraining order. Even if she really said it, I would be the least surprised. All her lying is indelible in the hippocampus.

5. ibap

Posts: 865; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

So you've got an accuser waiting in the wings for you, and this is part of your anticipatory defense?

11. rouyal

Posts: 1564; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

No, just the claimed eye witnesses that say the party never happened.

6. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Funny, she passed a polygraph test and insisted that the FBI investigate her claims, meanwhile, Kavanaugh refused to agree to let the FBI get involved and thus far, their investigations have turned up several occasions where he lied under oath to Congress. This doesn't mean that she's 100% truthful and that he's guilty of what he's being accused of, but it does prove that he's at the very least dishonest to a now criminal degree and that the lies he's been caught in only strengthen Ford's testimony.

10. rouyal

Posts: 1564; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

The polygraph was only 2 vague questions that was paid for by her liberal activist ‘lawyers’. Her ex boyfriend was also stated she coached a friend in the past on how to pass a polygraph. She lied about her fear of flying. She lied about why she put in two doors. She deleted her social media history. She remembers barely any details about the night in question. NOT ONE of the people she said was there stated under oath that they have no idea what she’s talking about, including her best friend. She testified before Congress using a fake innocent baby voice. No one with 2 brain cells believes her story. The only ones who claim they do, just want her story to be believed to block Kavanaugh. Using false allegations to weaponize the #metoo movement is a slap in the face for true victims of rape or abuse. About Kavanaugh and FBI: If your crazy neighbor down the road is telling the neighborhood that you are selling drugs, would you call the DEA to search your home to prove your innocence to everyone? It’s not his job to disprove flimsy allegations.

15. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Polygraph are not even admissible in court. However why would she have to gain by lying? Nothing. What does he have to lose? For starters his wife who may leave him after she finds out he is a rapist and his chance to screw others lore with his biased party affiliation. But you're defending him and questioning her?

20. rouyal

Posts: 1564; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

What does she have to gain? Notoriety. GoFundMe money. Attempt to block a conservative judge (she’s a liberal activist). Nothing in her story can be corroborated, and has more holes than android security.

19. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Choosing not to believe something doesn't mean it's false. Believong something that may not be true, doesn't make it false. However he was asked a simple question and he lied. If you lie about how or what you drink. Then he will lie about anything. That makes him untrustworthy. I only agree about what you said about the Metoo. If something happened years ago and you said nothing, then NEVER say nothing. But Trump is guilty too of the same and he said so from his own mouth. People like Trump including Kav should not hold a position like this. You seem to be a Trump supporter. If you are shame on you.

14. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

She isn't lying. And he is a politician. They all lie

21. rouyal

Posts: 1564; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Prove she isn’t lying. Everyone’s testimonies, including her best friends, and evidence says otherwise. I’ll wait.

8. Landon

Posts: 1232; Member since: May 07, 2015

9. rouyal

Posts: 1564; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Did I say she claimed she did? Learn reading comprehension.

12. Landon

Posts: 1232; Member since: May 07, 2015

You are the perfect example of the Dunning–Kruger effect: when you're too dumb to realize you're dumb.

17. rouyal

Posts: 1564; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

When you’ve lost the argument, fall back to name calling.

23. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

I dont have to prove she is lying or not and neither do you. Women lie just as easy as men. But facts show, there are far fewer women who lie about being assaulted. At this point an time she can't prove anything on her own. But if others come forward who were there testify to the fact, then the truth is established if you like it or not. Stop acting like you k ow the facts. I have no stance either way. What I do say is if something happen s talk about it then. If you wanna. Ring up some crap that happened decades ago when proof is harder to attain, then don't come forward. All these females crying they were ssxuakky assaulted by someone and never called the police or had a guy arrested for it, was either in a questionable situation they regret or didn't get something promised. Like in the case of Cosby. You thi k Cosby ssxuakky assaulted a ugly man like Constrand? Probably not. Doesn't mean it didn't happen. I don't believe many stories that happen under questionable circumstances. Doesn't make them any less true though.

26. rouyal

Posts: 1564; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

“if others come forward who were there testify to the fact” Everyone who she claimed was there, have no idea what she’s talking about (I.E. the event didn’t happen) Don’t look at this accusation with emotions, look at it with facts and logic. When you do, and rewatch her testimony, it’s obvious she’s putting on a show.

22. bearballz

Posts: 32; Member since: Mar 17, 2017

Strange that whenever anything negative is written on this site about the right or the current administration. The trolls just appear out of nowhere, answering questions that nobody asked or giving opinions that nobody cares about.

25. Vega007

Posts: 56; Member since: May 18, 2017

Seriously. Keep funding these windbags, snowflakes. You just keep making yourselves look dumber by the day and just gives me more reason to go vote straight red just for spite.

3. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

It's shocking to what lengths people are willing to go to to try and discredit a sexual assault victim all for the sake of political gain...

13. thedizzle

Posts: 190; Member since: Oct 05, 2017

Welcome to the United States!

16. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

This is why females don't come forward. Because most aren't believed and because they are afraid to be scolded and shamed when they are the victim. And every man that does this, needs hi face punched until knuckles shatter.

18. rouyal

Posts: 1564; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

She’s been discredited by the supposed eye witnesses and other testimonies. Caught in lies. No one sides with her story. Know what that’s called? A lie. No credibility. It’s a shame the low life Democrats are weaponizing a false sexual allegation, at the expense of real abuse and rapes, all for the sake of trying to keep the Supreme Court seat open. Despicable. It’s amazing how uninformed and blinded you and other liberals are to the whole sham, and you actually hoping that she really has been violated, for political obstruction.

24. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

What you're saying is 100% false, how has her story been discredited by witnesses? If anything they've said they do not recall the party as she describes, but they also state that they believe her. Also everyone being interviewed by the FBI are saying that Kavanaugh lied constantly about his drinking while under oath, and it's even come to light that he was recruiting witnesses for accusations before he claimed to have even known about them in open court so there's a massive credibility issue with the guy. And please don't tell me that you're dumb enough to think that a "Devil's Triangle" is a drinking game. The guy is lying through his teeth.

27. rouyal

Posts: 1564; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

The supposed witnesses say they believe her? Your either making up fake news or drinking too much of that CNNHuffpo Koolaid. Someone saying they have no memory, or do not recall, is a polite and professional way of saying she’s lying.

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