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April 13, 2013

Today in bus drivers beating up passengers: Lincoln, NE, bus driver Troy Fischer, 43, has been fired after video surfaced of Fischer attacking a passenger on his bus, throwing him out of the vehicle in the process. He called his supervisor to ask how he should handle the difficult passenger, but was told to call police to deal with him. Instead, he took matters into his own hands. “I put him off the bus,” Fischer said to his supervisor immediately after the attack. “It wasn’t pretty.”

13:49 // 1 year ago
December 13, 2012
breakingnews:


‘Lincoln’ leads Golden Globe movie nominations with 7 bids
AP: Civil War drama “Lincoln” leads the Golden Globes with 7 nominations, including best drama and best director, along with acting honors for Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones.
“Argo,” “Django Unchained,” “Life of Pi,” and “Zero Dark Thirty” are also nominated in the drama category.
Nominees for best musical or comedy are: “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” “Les Miserables,” “Moonrise Kingdom,” “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,” and “Silver Linings Playbook.”
Photo: Daniel Day-Lewis portrays Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln.’ (Dreamworks via Reuters)


"Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" sounds like the name of a really good backpacker-rap mixtape, but no, it’s actually about salmon fishing in the Yemen. Somewhat of a surprise nod, but “Moonrise Kingdom” (or “Silver Linings Playbook”) should beat it easily. (BTW: Worth noting that Bill Murray got a nod for “Hyde Park on Hudson,” so DDL doesn’t hold a monopoly on the presidential beat.)

breakingnews:

‘Lincoln’ leads Golden Globe movie nominations with 7 bids

AP: Civil War drama “Lincoln” leads the Golden Globes with 7 nominations, including best drama and best director, along with acting honors for Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones.

“Argo,” “Django Unchained,” “Life of Pi,” and “Zero Dark Thirty” are also nominated in the drama category.

Nominees for best musical or comedy are: “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” “Les Miserables,” “Moonrise Kingdom,” “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,” and “Silver Linings Playbook.”

Photo: Daniel Day-Lewis portrays Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln.’ (Dreamworks via Reuters)

"Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" sounds like the name of a really good backpacker-rap mixtape, but no, it’s actually about salmon fishing in the Yemen. Somewhat of a surprise nod, but “Moonrise Kingdom” (or “Silver Linings Playbook”) should beat it easily. (BTW: Worth noting that Bill Murray got a nod for “Hyde Park on Hudson,” so DDL doesn’t hold a monopoly on the presidential beat.)

9:18 // 1 year ago
November 28, 2012
theweekmagazine:

In 1860, an 11-year-old girl wrote to Abe Lincoln, suggesting he grow a beard. He not only responded, he obliged.
“Hon A B Lincoln…
Dear Sir
My father has just home from the fair and brought home your picture and Mr. Hamlin’s. I am a little girl only 11 years old, but want you should be President of the United States very much so I hope you wont think me very bold to write to such a great man as you are. Have you any little girls about as large as I am if so give them my love and tell her to write to me if you cannot answer this letter. I have got 4 brothers and part of them will vote for you any way and if you let your whiskers grow I will try and get the rest of them to vote for you you would look a great deal better for your face is so thin. All the ladies like whiskers and they would tease their husbands to vote for you and then you would be President. My father is going to vote for you and if I was a man I would vote for you to but I will try to get every one to vote for you that I can I think that rail fence around your picture makes it look very pretty I have got a little baby sister she is nine weeks old and is just as cunning as can be. When you direct your letter direct to Grace Bedell Westfield Chautauqua County New York. 
I must not write any more answer this letter right off Good bye
Grace Bedell”
Lincoln responded a few days later: 
“Miss Grace Bedell
My dear little Miss 
Your very agreeable letter of the 15th is received — I regret the necessity of saying I have no daughters — I have three sons — one seventeen, one nine, and one seven years of age — They, with their mother, constitute my whole family — As to the whiskers, having never worn any, do you not think people would call it a piece of silly affectation if I were to begin it now? 
Your very sincere well wisher,
A. Lincoln”
While he made no promises about the beard to Bedell, he stopped shaving and allowed the beard to grow not long after their exchange and was elected as the 16th president of the United States a few weeks later. On his inaugural train ride from Illinois to Washington, D.C., the president-elect stopped in Bedell’s hometown of Westfield, N.Y., and asked to meet her.

This line goes against all modern logic regarding political grooming: "All the ladies like whiskers and they would tease their husbands to vote for you and then you would be President." But you know what? If a presidential candidate grew a beard, I would vote for him.

theweekmagazine:

In 1860, an 11-year-old girl wrote to Abe Lincoln, suggesting he grow a beard. He not only responded, he obliged.

“Hon A B Lincoln…

Dear Sir

My father has just home from the fair and brought home your picture and Mr. Hamlin’s. I am a little girl only 11 years old, but want you should be President of the United States very much so I hope you wont think me very bold to write to such a great man as you are. Have you any little girls about as large as I am if so give them my love and tell her to write to me if you cannot answer this letter. I have got 4 brothers and part of them will vote for you any way and if you let your whiskers grow I will try and get the rest of them to vote for you you would look a great deal better for your face is so thin. All the ladies like whiskers and they would tease their husbands to vote for you and then you would be President. My father is going to vote for you and if I was a man I would vote for you to but I will try to get every one to vote for you that I can I think that rail fence around your picture makes it look very pretty I have got a little baby sister she is nine weeks old and is just as cunning as can be. When you direct your letter direct to Grace Bedell Westfield Chautauqua County New York. 

I must not write any more answer this letter right off Good bye

Grace Bedell”

Lincoln responded a few days later: 

“Miss Grace Bedell

My dear little Miss 

Your very agreeable letter of the 15th is received — I regret the necessity of saying I have no daughters — I have three sons — one seventeen, one nine, and one seven years of age — They, with their mother, constitute my whole family — As to the whiskers, having never worn any, do you not think people would call it a piece of silly affectation if I were to begin it now? 

Your very sincere well wisher,

A. Lincoln”

While he made no promises about the beard to Bedell, he stopped shaving and allowed the beard to grow not long after their exchange and was elected as the 16th president of the United States a few weeks later. On his inaugural train ride from Illinois to Washington, D.C., the president-elect stopped in Bedell’s hometown of Westfield, N.Y., and asked to meet her.

This line goes against all modern logic regarding political grooming: "All the ladies like whiskers and they would tease their husbands to vote for you and then you would be President." But you know what? If a presidential candidate grew a beard, I would vote for him.

(Source: theweek.com, via thedailyfeed)

11:19 // 1 year ago
May 12, 2012
To me, it shows how little society really cares about people with mental health issues. She does have a very tender heart … but anything she says is certifiably schizophrenic … she’s not some crazy conservative.
Ogallala, Neb. resident Patrick Svoboda • Discussing his sister Jane’s recent viral video, in which she said a number of disjointed things during a Lincoln City Council meeting, mostly about homosexuality. Many saw it as hate speech: The truth is that Jane Svoboda has schizophrenia, and is legally listed as under protection by the state of Nebraska. Her brother Patrick is her conservator. Jane is listed as a registered lobbyist at the state capitol and regularly testifies at Lincoln City Council meetings. A lot of people posted this last night; including us. It’s worth noting the full story. (thanks Emily Ingram)
13:45 // 2 years ago
May 11, 2012

daveholmes:

From a hearing in Lincoln, NE regarding an LGBT anti-discrimination ordinance. Thanks to Towleroad for putting this up.

EDIT: This woman has schizophrenia. Please read our update on this post. The original comment has been removed in light of this new information.

17:02 // 2 years ago
March 23, 2011
22:02 // 3 years ago