Olbermann Reruns

In light of decent news about the situation in Iraq, Gibson runs through some classic highlights from MSNBC’s one-sided, pathetic, sportscaster-duhz-politics show: Countdown with Keith Olbermann.

Vader: Help Me Lay This Blues Down

Verizon Math

Two questions for Verizon:

1) What is the data overage rates for the basic 10MB data package for $29.99?

2) If you get the Core Choice 450 minutes package with unlimited data, what is the data roaming rate in Canada?

[ht: Tim, Consumerist]

Pimp My Stoller

[ht: Matt]

The Dude

El Duderino

This post is long overdue…

No Irony Here

It was on this day in 1864 that Abraham Lincoln was elected to his second term as president of the United States, one of the few elections in world history to be held in the middle of a civil war. Lincoln might have tried to cancel or postpone the election until the war was over, but he said, “If the rebellion could force us to forego, or postpone a national election, it might fairly claim to have already conquered and ruined us.”

The Confederate Army had recently gotten so close to Washington, D.C., that Lincoln himself was able to watch a battle, standing on top of a parapet with field glasses. On July 30, 4,000 Union soldiers were killed in a disastrous attempt to invade Petersburg, Virginia. The army needed 500,000 more soldiers, Lincoln would probably have to call for another draft, and the war debt was becoming unsustainable. On August 23, Lincoln wrote a memo to his cabinet that said, “This morning, and for some days past, it seems exceedingly probable that this Administration will not be re-elected.”

The Democratic Party was running on a platform of ending the war. But this turned out to be a huge mistake when news arrived in early September that the Union Army had captured Atlanta and Mobile. Suddenly, the Democratic Party looked like the party of surrender when Union forces were winning the war. Lincoln carried every state except New Jersey, Delaware, and Kentucky.

Read the back story to this quote…

Friday Icelandic Saga

You didn’t really think I would leave you with something serious on a Friday…