Video: Celebrating Davis rather than Lincoln?

By Keith Olbermann Anchor
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updated 2/16/2007 10:16:26 AM ET 2007-02-16T15:16:26
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Every night at 8 p.m. on MSNBC, Keith Olbermann awards his daily pick for "Worst Person in the World." Some contenders are lucky — or unlucky —enough to be nominated more than once.

The bronze goes to Ann Biglan of West Yarmouth, Mass., her second appearance this week. First, police say she backed across the highway into a car because she had so much garbage on the seat of her car that it all shifted suddenly and it hit the gas pedal. Now she’s back. Her house has been condemned because it is so full of garbage that her only way out was to crawl through a window. Also, the toilet last worked in 2005. 

The silver goes to the Chicago Cubs and their owners the Tribune Company. In response to escalating player salaries, they say they’re going to put more advertising in their stadium, Wrigley Field. The ads for Under Armor will appear in the ivy-covered outfield walls. So you morons gave that dressed up rotisserie league player Alfonso Soriano $136 million, but the rest of us have to pay for it with ads inside the ivy at Wrigley Field? 

But our winners, the rules committee of the Virginia State House. Today it rejected legislation that would have created a commission to oversee the state’s participation in national commemorations of the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. The committee took testimony from a guy named Robert Lamb from the Sons of Confederate Veterans, who said Lincoln sent armies into Virginia to lay waste to the state, that the state should instead celebrate the birthday of Jefferson Davis, and that anybody who disagreed with him suffered from, "historical myopia and amnesia."

Well, if we’re going to start calling people names, Mr. Lamb, didn’t all that happen because Virginia wanted to leave the United States and maintain slavery — so what if that was treason.  The rules committee of the Virginia State House, today’s Worst Persons in the World.

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