The Cry Baby is on sabbatical ....

Monday, April 18, 2011

Video: Fox News anchor speechless after seeing Romanian dancing politician

It's not often you see an anchor on Fox News at a loss for words. Perhaps after you watch this video you'll feel the same way. This Romanian politician shows off his dance moves on national TV, much to the chagrin of fellow party members and other politicians. Frankly, it leaves me speechless as well.

Video: Jesse Jackson Jr. blames iPad for killing jobs

Jesse Jackson Jr., the U.S. Representative for Illinois's 2nd congressional district and admitted iPad owner, made a bizarre presentation to the House of Representitives. Jackson claimed the iPad was “probably responsible for eliminating thousands of American jobs.” Not only that, but he continued on to link it to the bankrupcy of Border's Books and the future demise of the textbook industry. Huhhh???

"A few short weeks ago I came to the House floor after having purchased an iPad and said that I happened to believe, Mr. Speaker, that at some point in time this new device, which is now probably responsible for eliminating thousands of American jobs. Now Borders is closing stores because, why do you need to go to Borders anymore? Why do you need to go to Barnes & Noble? Buy an iPad and download your newspaper, download your book, download your magazine."

Let's put this in perspective. The printed paper products, whether books, newspapers or magazines are basically on a slow road to extinction, but just how fast is anyone's guess. Is this a bad thing? All technological changes create job displacement. Modernization in factory production cost many, many jobs, yet are there any among us that would like to go back to the good old pre-technology days and live without modern technology, such as electricity, medicine, clean water and safe food? I suppose there are a few out there, and certainly the Taliban would cast a vote in that direction, but most of us enjoy the longer lifespans and relative comfort that modern technology has brought us.

Interactive graphic of the civil war battles and deaths

Attention civil war buffs. Have look at this interactive map by the Washington Post and watch as the civil war grows as do the casualties. The war resulted in the deaths of 620,000 soldiers and an undetermined number of civilians. Many believe the war was caused by opposing beliefs regarding slavery, but the truth is that economic and state's rights issues topped the list. Click on the graphic to go to the interactive version.