US IN TWO YEARS TOPS  11:21 pm January 27, 2009

Iceland, The Country, Basically Gives Up

by Jim Newell

We last heard of “Iceland” in the fall during those first exciting weeks of the Global Great Depression, when our proudly “interconnected” global economy did what it ultimately was designed to do: self-implode all at once. Since most/all of Iceland’s prosperity in the last decade was derived from a burgeoning financial sector, all of its banks immediately defaulted and were nationalized; the government raised interests rates to 18% or so to secure a do-or-die loan from the evil IMF, leading other European countries to call them losers and de-friend them, and voila: welcome to the THIRD WORLD, Iceland! Hope you remembered to pack a lunch! This was the backdrop for this week’s developments, in which every government official got cancer and resigned, and then the government *itself* resigned, and now they’re just going to let some lesbian run everything.

Everyone in Iceland hated the Prime Minister, this “Geir Haarde,” who led the Independence party, which is like Iceland’s version of the Republican party that ruined everything. (By European standards, this would make them slightly to the right of, say, Paul Krugman). Icelanders lost all of their money in the fall and have been throwing eggs at his limousine ever since. No one ever said these people were kind.

Fortunately for Haarde, Jesus gave him an excuse to finally quit last week: throat cancer. Hooray! On Friday he announced that he would resign because of this godsend terrible cancer, and new elections would be held in May.

Haarde’s Independence party is in an alliance with Iceland’s second largest party, the Social Democrats, so hey, maybe for these next few months their leader — who’s also the Foreign Minister — could pick up the some of the workload, until the elections? Oh, nevermind, because she also has cancer. Small world!

So the Prime Minister has cancer… Foreign Minister has cancer… well maybe they have some Domestic or Economic Minister to run things for a few months? Ahhhh, here we go: a Commerce Minister! He can be pretend leader for a little while!

Or… he could just pussy out.

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) – Iceland’s commerce minister quit Sunday citing the pressures of the nation’s economic collapse, as the country’s political leaders failed to agree on how to lead country out of its financial crisis.

Crap crap crap! OK, OK, uhh… really scraping the bottom of the barrel here but… maybe this commerce pussy had a deputy, or a second-in-command, or some other mid-level government executive??

… [He] also fired the head of the Iceland’s financial supervisory authority.

Screw it. Time for the Hobo Jungle!

The “President” of Iceland accepted this hilarious declaration of failure and let the Social Democrats lead the effort to create a new government with the help of a group of angry hippies called the “Left-Greens.”

Obviously, the gays will now run everything.

Foreign Minister and chairwoman of the Social Democrats Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir proposed that Sigurdardóttir replace Geir H. Haarde, chairman of the Independence Party, as prime minister yesterday, Fréttabladid reports.

Sigurdardóttir said the idea had only been discussed with her yesterday morning.

If Sigurdardóttir does become prime minister, she will be the first woman to serve as prime minister in the country’s history and also the first openly gay prime minister in the world.

And all it took for the gays to reach this special moment in history was for literally every straight person in Iceland to turn down the job.

Iceland’s center-left party to lead new government [AP]

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El Pinche January 27, 2009 at 11:25 pm

bjork’s a lesbian!??? also is this info from conservapedia?!

spacewolf January 27, 2009 at 11:27 pm

didn’t our government give up about six years ago?

villageatrois January 27, 2009 at 11:31 pm

UK is only minutes behind Iceland in declaring bankruptcy. But do they have enough lesbians to run a Depression government?

Well, maybe, if they count Irish folksingers. But is it really that desperate?

kingofnothing January 27, 2009 at 11:34 pm

Iceland is populated?

Capitol Hillbilly January 27, 2009 at 11:34 pm

ok from now on, nobody should be allowed to say the words “prosperity” and “financial sector” in the same sentence. kinda like “nest” and “egg.”

chascates January 27, 2009 at 11:36 pm

Watch for Cheney to take over and run his evil empire from there. These people are doomed. DOOMED!

sweetcandy January 27, 2009 at 11:38 pm


I didn’t know governments could do that. Just give up like that.

Oh well, that’s one for the gay community.

FamilyLost January 27, 2009 at 11:40 pm

I wonder how they feel about a confident Serbian man helping them out? We might have one to spare soon…

Serolf Divad January 27, 2009 at 11:41 pm

Can’t they just go back to being Vikings and pillage nearby nations for jewel encrusted bronze goblets and bear pelts?

ManchuCandidate January 27, 2009 at 11:41 pm

Who the Icelanders really want the head of the asshole who was their PM who initiated this mess, their Greenspan if you will, and is currently their Top Banker.

ManchuCandidate January 27, 2009 at 11:42 pm

How do you say Hobo Beans in Danish(?)

SayItWithWookies January 27, 2009 at 11:45 pm

Twenty years after the death of Communism, laissez-faire capitalism has finally stumbled upon a way to turn a pristine corner of the world into a dismal slum. This is what you can do when you really believe in an idea.

barrysislamicrepublic January 27, 2009 at 11:45 pm

Is the gay Icelandic Woman the new Half-Kenyan American Male?

Darehead January 27, 2009 at 11:46 pm

If Sigurdardóttir does become prime minister, I’m glad we won’t have Bush around to mispronunciate her name.

Aurelio January 27, 2009 at 11:46 pm

Well, that’s what I always say: If white people can’t do it, turn it over to the gays!

NebraskashireGentry January 27, 2009 at 11:47 pm

from my extensive knowledge of foreign affairs (having once nearly finished a game of “Risk”) I know that Iceland, like Middle East and historic Kamchatka, is at the center of it all.

situated at the crossroads of the North Atlantic, it’s necessary to any plans for world domination.

so how could this have happened? either too few vied for this strategic linchpin. or too many.

Neon Trotsky January 27, 2009 at 11:51 pm

Oh well for banking and finance in Iceland. And what did they base their economy on before that? Fishing. I see. Well, enjoy your hobo beans in fish soup with a side of fish paste, Iceland!

Aurelio January 27, 2009 at 11:52 pm

[re=230254]NebraskashireGentry[/re]: I think Iceland’s plan for world domination has been scrapped.

PsycGirl January 27, 2009 at 11:54 pm

[re=230254]NebraskashireGentry[/re]: “and historic Kamchatka,” which Sarah Palin can see from her house. She’s keeping an eye on it so we can focus on the Iceland etc. Also.

WadISay January 27, 2009 at 11:55 pm

Speaking of Reykjavik, what’s the capitol of Iceland? (The correct answer is, $1.98)

Neon Trotsky January 27, 2009 at 11:57 pm

[re=230254]NebraskashireGentry[/re]: Well, if things keep going badly, Icelanders can just walk along those dotted lines to get to Great Britain, Scandinavia, or Greenland…

SayItWithWookies January 27, 2009 at 11:59 pm

[re=230255]Neon Trotsky[/re]: Which they would be totally fine with, except that the cod fishery has collapsed. So for the next four years or so it’s lichen soup with a side of famine.

Darehead January 27, 2009 at 11:59 pm

They can start a prison business for the terrorists. Try swimming your way out of Iceland Elian Gonzales! Not willing to talk, Abdul? How ’bout a little iceboarding?

NebraskashireGentry January 28, 2009 at 12:03 am

[re=230256]Aurelio[/re]: such a critical loss to Blue means Red (who until now held only Greenland, Scandinavia, Siam and Egypt) has an opportunity to secure some contiguous territories and gain a bit of momentum.

yes, it’s terrible for the inhabitants of Iceland. they must learn to live under the rule of their new, conveniently color-coded, overlords. but this is a game of world domination; local populations aren’t really a consideration.

elcapitan January 28, 2009 at 12:04 am

[re=230254]NebraskashireGentry[/re]: Quebec kept handing Iceland a beatdown via Greenland.

NebraskashireGentry January 28, 2009 at 12:08 am

[re=230269]elcapitan[/re]: with so many battalions stationed in Eastern United States and Ontario to replenish Quebec’s ranks after each unlucky roll of the dice, it was only a matter of time…

DangerousLiberal January 28, 2009 at 12:09 am

Also: Iceland has about 300,000 people, or about as many people, and lesbians, as Minneapolis. Except Iceland has better weather, and hot springs, and stout ponies. And people who will have to return to eating fish and living in sod houses. Anyway, if Minneapolis were about to go broke, would it get this much coverage? St. Paul, on the other hand….

2druk2phluq January 28, 2009 at 12:09 am

When Bjork was with The Sugarcubes they put on some fantastic and outlandish sadomasochistic fetish shows. They were very ahead of their time. The only thing shocking about what I just learned from Jim is that Bjork was not made queen of Iceland for life. Maybe there was too much jealousy from Sigur Ros. If I had known there was an opening I would have applied to be their scapegoat, as long as they kept quiet about the guhyay uffstay.

CuntryFirst January 28, 2009 at 12:14 am

Who names their country Iceland anyway? Hopefully after the struggle for power is over, they will come up with a more creative name. May I suggest FrozenWaterLand?

Darehead January 28, 2009 at 12:14 am

[re=230275]DangerousLiberal[/re]: Well, the bridge broke in Minneapolis. So, yes. What’s a St. Paul?

cal January 28, 2009 at 12:23 am

[re=230277]CuntryFirst[/re]: Greenland already took a stab at creative naming. Sales of summer vacation homes have been disappointing.

tunamelt January 28, 2009 at 12:30 am

History! In! The! Making!

Mr Blifil January 28, 2009 at 12:33 am

What about the possibility of family-themed luge parks? For the tourism. Or the feeding of former finance ministers to polar bears at every local soccer stadium, daily?

Bearbloke January 28, 2009 at 12:40 am

Woe unto Iceland! This is EXACTLY what happens when a sinful nation turns its back on Traditional Religion and Family Values – turns its back on Odin and the Gods who created and sustained them… REPENT! REPENT YE GENERATION OF MONOTHEISTS!! RAGNARÖK IS NIGH!…

shortsshortsshorts January 28, 2009 at 12:54 am

[re=230276]2druk2phluq[/re]: But Bjork is an argument against Iceland.

shortsshortsshorts January 28, 2009 at 1:09 am

Iceland is suffering! Let’s divert more funding from Alaska. They can see Russia. They are too close.

[re=230276]2druk2phluq[/re]: Also. I like Bjork, also.

jbd January 28, 2009 at 1:11 am

[re=230289]shortsshortsshorts[/re]: Not once it gets names “Bjorkistan”, the capital of which will be “Bjorkville”. As the only person vaguely related to Bjorkistan with a pronounceable name, Matthew Barney will be named King for Eternity.

jbd January 28, 2009 at 1:11 am

[re=230293]shortsshortsshorts[/re]: Rumor has it they can also see Canada City, and we just can’t have that.

jarais January 28, 2009 at 1:18 am

The real Icelandic stabilization plan consists of Bjork slamming bankers’ heads against the pavement. And then feeding them to her swan dress. All of this plus the works of Goldie and Tricky playing at a soulbreaking volume.

jarais January 28, 2009 at 1:22 am

[re=230295]jbd[/re]: Icelandic television networks? All Cremaster Cycle All the Time.

shortsshortsshorts January 28, 2009 at 1:33 am

[re=230298]jarais[/re]: Goldie is just fine, other than his desire to destroy Iceland. He was held as an informant, until Ron Paul disclosed the truth.

El Pinche January 28, 2009 at 1:35 am

[re=230298]jarais[/re]: and everything directed by Chris Cunningham.
Yes, the plan is beautiful.

grevillea January 28, 2009 at 1:36 am

This is an uncharacteristically serious, detailed post. Is this your thesis, Jim?

comradepaulson January 28, 2009 at 1:43 am

They have Bjork to comfort their lesbians during these bleak hobo times. All we have is Moby.

memzilla January 28, 2009 at 1:47 am


schvitzatura January 28, 2009 at 1:52 am

Magnús Örn Scheving (aka Sportacus 10) for Iceland’s PM…national salvation through sports candy and compulsory activity!

Vinna frjáls!

Vanity Smurf January 28, 2009 at 2:02 am

This is very clever of the Vikings. Now all the gays will travel to Iceland for a long weekend and pump their hard currency into the economy. Icelandic circuit party to commence soon.

facehead January 28, 2009 at 2:04 am

The lack of a Bjork reference shows great withstraint.

Gratz Jim.

InsidiousTuna January 28, 2009 at 2:05 am

This is incredible.

villageatrois January 28, 2009 at 2:12 am

If it were a real crisis, ABBA would come over.

jaba the slut January 28, 2009 at 3:43 am

Well, it serves them right for creating all those half man/animal beasts and letting them roam around the island like that.

Lionel Hutz Esq. January 28, 2009 at 3:48 am

Laugh all you want, but just wait until the day that a horde of Icelanders come down from the North and take over the East Coast.

You will come to cry out for the return of Dick Cheney to protect you, but you will only get his cold laugh from his mountain redoubt in the West.

Lionel Hutz Esq. January 28, 2009 at 3:50 am

The scary thing is that Sarah Palin is right now thinking that she didn’t know the field outside her kitchen window was a country, and that she should have mentioned that she can see it much better than she can see Russia.

Lionel Hutz Esq. January 28, 2009 at 3:52 am

In the end, I’m pretty sure this is all because Bjork wore that swawn dress to the Oscars (R)(TM)(C).

jbd January 28, 2009 at 3:53 am

[re=230326]jaba the slut[/re]: Umm. I thought the only one was Bjork. And they exported her?

(And I should add that, like others, I also like Bjork, also. Her Volta stop at Red Rocks totally rocked my sox off and whatnot.)

jbd January 28, 2009 at 3:54 am

[re=230328]Lionel Hutz Esq.[/re]: I have faith that the great province of Newfoundland will protect us, simply because they have nothing else to do these days. Just not worried.

regisgoat January 28, 2009 at 4:46 am

[re=230299]jarais[/re]: You’ve hit the nail on the head. Put those 300,000 to work as extras in Matthew Barney’s next 12-hour long video.

Bruno January 28, 2009 at 5:41 am

These Icelandic Hobos are still too frivolous. Throwing eggs? That’s more expensive than Hobo beans.

Can someone tell me when they kill all the chickens for food, then I can show up with a stack of crisp $1 bills and get laid and eat caviar for a month, like Russia in the early 90s?

Bruno January 28, 2009 at 5:48 am

This is the perfect opportunity for all of the Real Americans to leave America and set up a new idealistic world forged on their own ideals. Rush/Rove – why don’t you get right on this – how hard could it be to overthrow a lesbian government? I’m sure you guys still have the connections to arrange to have what’s left of the government flown off to a secret Romanian waterboarding prison.

Pop Socket January 28, 2009 at 6:38 am

Time to bring back the PMILF feature, even if Sólrún Gísladóttir wouldn’t reciprocate. It just makes me want her more.

Cape Clod January 28, 2009 at 6:57 am

Isn’t ‘Left-Green Party’ somewhat redundant? Or is there a ‘Middle-Green Party’ and this is a radical offshoot? Do they hold party conventions in a yurt, or something?

Numbat Dundee January 28, 2009 at 6:58 am

We in Australia have launched a pre-emptive strike. We have a lesbian Chinese minister for climate change. Her name is Penny Wong and she’s very popular with the folks. If anything should happen to our glorious leader Tintin, she’s ready to take up the reins and reign.
You Septics should try something like this. Is nice.
Maybe the Canadians can lend you a lesbian Inuit to standby in case hopey is kidnapped by aliens or burned at the stake by crazed pumas.

4tehlulz January 28, 2009 at 7:19 am

Bjork should just buy Iceland and declare herself queen; since she’s the only one left with any money, she should be able to get a good price for it.

BigBrainOnBrad January 28, 2009 at 7:30 am

This financial crisis isn’t that big of a deal. All they need to do is start a PR campaign to popularize the Iceladic delicacy Hákarl (fermented rotten shark meat). Once fat Americans start scarfing up huge amounts of the rotted ammonia-reeking fish at their Superbowl parties Iceland will once again be the rich, powerful nation it was always meant to be.

Hákarl Hot Pocket, anyone? Yummo!

Colander January 28, 2009 at 7:36 am

Ok, the stench of Icelandic desperation has made it so that I feel kinda of petty complaining about Rick “donkey-dick lips” Warren or whatever. It could be worse, y’all. I’l be listening to Medulla in solidarity with my brothers and sisters of Icelandia.

AngryBlakGuy January 28, 2009 at 7:44 am

…why do they all have Klingon names?!

AngryBlakGuy January 28, 2009 at 7:48 am

…well I wish Iceland good luck on their new “Butt-Sex” based economy! And I would like to suggest they rename their currency the “fister”.

Numbat Dundee January 28, 2009 at 7:50 am

[re=230359]AngryBlakGuy[/re]: Because they burned Njal?

AxmxZ January 28, 2009 at 7:50 am

Given that there are only about 200 times as many Icelanders as there are people living in my BUILDING, if my husband and I visit them this summer, we’ll probably keep their whole economy afloat with our dollars. That is, if there is still an Iceland, an Icelandic economy, and dollars.

NebraskashireGentry January 28, 2009 at 8:22 am

[re=230287]Bearbloke[/re]: nice.

Rush January 28, 2009 at 8:23 am

If you unclinch your fist, we’ll stop buying Bjork’s music.

slavojzizek January 28, 2009 at 8:25 am

Her stimulus plan will include big dollars for golf, auto repair, and folk singing. And a long term investment to promote the world’s first fashionable clothing line for lesbians.

gjdodger January 28, 2009 at 8:27 am

I guess they were all despondent over the death of their National Hero, Bobby Fischer.

hockeymom January 28, 2009 at 8:27 am

Here’s what I learned about Iceland from my son’s 2nd grade report.

The country was named “Iceland” to make it seem nasty and cold and discourage other folks from moving there. The country is really quite beautiful. Greenland, on the other hand, actually IS nasty and cold…so haha all you people who booked a trip to Greenland based on its name. The Vikings fooled you.

Cape Clod January 28, 2009 at 8:36 am

Is the Icelandic Silly Party going to be part of the new coalition?

bitchincamaro January 28, 2009 at 8:45 am

[re=230370]hockeymom[/re]: My wife lived there as a kid. Here’s what I learned:

1. Everybody is always drunk
2. Everybody drives a Range Rover
3. Women sunbathe in their skivvies in public parks
4. Public baths everywhere

cal January 28, 2009 at 8:46 am

[re=230340]Bruno[/re]: Here’s the plan: all Paultards will immediately relocate to Iceland, lead a rEVOLution and create an island uotpia called Paulistan. Of course, Dr. Paul will be installed as benevolent dictator and Emperor for Life.

Rush January 28, 2009 at 8:46 am

Actually, my father is from Iceland and my mother from Cuba. Would that make me an “icecube”?

Jean Hotman, Marquis de Villers-St-Paul January 28, 2009 at 8:47 am

There was once a suggestion that – as the population of Iceland is relatively small – they could just move to mainland (either Europe or America) and rent their former home island for tourists and religious sects as Hell on Earth.

AngryBlakGuy January 28, 2009 at 8:49 am

[re=230374]bitchincamaro[/re]: …ummmmmmm, was that suppose to be “discouraging”?

bitchincamaro January 28, 2009 at 8:52 am

[re=230379]AngryBlakGuy[/re]: I’m all about silver linings today!

Cape Clod January 28, 2009 at 8:54 am

[re=230374]bitchincamaro[/re]: It sounds like Cambridge, MA.

Dashboard_Buddha January 28, 2009 at 9:05 am

RE: The picture. Iceland must be having a rough time if they have to bring their inflatable love dolls to the rallies.

TJBeck January 28, 2009 at 9:17 am

Lets see:
Remote volcanic island…check.
No government…check.
Hordes of eerily-similar-looking unemployed minions desperate for leadership…check.
Strategic location within missile range of major world capitals…check.

I think we’re looking at a Bond villain in the very near future.

Maybe me!

Probably Cheney.

loquaciousmusic January 28, 2009 at 9:20 am

Iceland: no trees, and now, apparently, no money.

(Really! The tree thing is freaky! But that Sugarcubes song? That’s the shit.)

Monsieur Grumpe January 28, 2009 at 9:32 am

Is Dutch close enough?

De bonen van de zwerver.

Terry January 28, 2009 at 9:33 am

Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir

That’s not a name two people outside of Iceland are likely to have.

Bless their hearts, the Icelanders are going back to eating nothing but cod. Wait, the cod population has sort of kind of failed. I guess they’re stuck with that shark meat that they bury on the beach for a few months to break down the toxins in it and make it semi-edible. That, or as a previous commenter suggested, they will have to go back to pillaging. The monastaries of Ireland and Scotland are currently boarding up their doors and windows and putting out “Go away, you stole everything centuries ago!” signs.

Monsieur Grumpe January 28, 2009 at 9:35 am

Do you think they would like our Governor Timmy Pawlenty? After all, we’re only 5 billion in the hole.

Kingbee January 28, 2009 at 9:43 am

I recommend that we build a chain of stone towers all along the U.S. coastline. Clearly, the Icelanders have no recourse but to resume pirate raids in their dragon ships again.

mylesfromnowhere January 28, 2009 at 9:45 am

Iceland is about half the population of Alaska. Prime Minister Palin? small step over, don’tch know.

Woodwards Friend January 28, 2009 at 9:45 am

According to Wikipedia, this gal was an air hostess in the 60′s. If this PM gig doesn’t work out she could be a part-time model.

magic titty January 28, 2009 at 9:50 am

Not one Sigur Ros reference in the entire thread.
Shame on you, Wonktards.

Junior January 28, 2009 at 9:52 am

The gays are VERY good for a neighborhood. I’d start buying in Iceland NOW. That’s because of gentrification. And, because your money will not buy anything in several months.

cal January 28, 2009 at 10:04 am

[re=230376]Rush[/re]: Yes.

DangerousLiberal January 28, 2009 at 10:07 am

[re=230278]Darehead[/re]: A St. Paul is a nicer Cleveland Steamer.

queeraselvis v 2.0 January 28, 2009 at 10:12 am

The downfall of Iceland is all NPR’s fault. Of that I’m sure.

actor212 January 28, 2009 at 10:14 am

I thought Bjork Bjork Bjork, the only singer in the world who speaks Swedish Chef, was going to hold a fundraising concert?

actor212 January 28, 2009 at 10:16 am

[re=230307]comradepaulson[/re]: Moby’s a lesbian?

saradc January 28, 2009 at 10:25 am

Get the PUMAs. Sexist naming conventions. All the ladies last names end in “dottir” which means, all the last names are daughter of (dad’s name). I think that’s why most of them go by their middle names as last, or else the phone book is filled with the same couple of last names…

superfecta January 28, 2009 at 10:28 am

I used to visit Iceland a lot before I got to be too poor (although now, perhaps, I can buy it). They have several things going for them that the US cannot hope to match – everyone (except Bjork) there is tall, blond, ludicrously attractive and literate. Who needs an economy when everyone is hot and can read?

donner_froh January 28, 2009 at 10:40 am

[re=230401]loquaciousmusic[/re]: No trees but plenty of rocks.

LetThemEatEuros January 28, 2009 at 10:43 am

[re=230414]Monsieur Grumpe[/re]: Now that I know the Dutch word for “hobo,” my education is complete. Dankuwel. NB: Google translate returns this as “The beans of the stray” which is going to be the name of my band, or perhaps Bjork’s new concert tour.

actor212 January 28, 2009 at 10:50 am

[re=230480]saradc[/re]: Not necessarily. The daughter’s last name is based on the father’s FIRST name, so if my name was Fred Siggurson, my daughter’s name would be something like Sigrid Fredsdottir.

So long as the supply of first names is changing, there are not that many crossovers.

You’ll also note the son’s name in this example ends in “son”. Yup. Same naming convention for the male child too. My son’s name would be something like Roger Fredsson.

superfecta January 28, 2009 at 11:01 am

[re=230480]saradc[/re]: Actually, there is something of a trend to use the mother’s name lately – so Gudrid’s kids might be Snorri Gudrisson and Bjork Gudrisdottir – everyone goes by their first name in the phone book there simply because few people have real surnames.

thefrontpage January 28, 2009 at 11:01 am

Actually, Dick Cheney’s new home is in McLean, Virginia!

Min January 28, 2009 at 11:06 am

Sigurdardóttir’s father must be so proud.

Maybe they could start exporting mail order brides. I’ve read that Icelanders are very pretty.

masterdebater January 28, 2009 at 11:29 am

“This was the backdrop for this week’s developments, in which every government official got cancer and resigned, and then the government *itself* resigned, and now they’re just going to let some lesbian run everything.”

Hot lesbian government action. Sweet!

4tehlulz January 28, 2009 at 11:29 am

[re=230439]magic titty[/re]:
see [re=230276]2druk2phluq[/re]:

randomsausage January 28, 2009 at 11:47 am

shit, with all this time on their hands… will probably mean even more tasteful emo-rock coming out of Reykjavik.

qwerty42 January 28, 2009 at 11:47 am

[re=230247]Serolf Divad[/re]: does this mean Iceland has now joined Somalia as a “failed state” and all the people there will get jobs in the growing “piracy” sector? These folks are descended from the Vikings so they may have some experience. This could make transatlantic crossings very exciting. assuming there is enough money left in the world to send a ship across the Atlantic.

frumious_bandersnatch January 28, 2009 at 11:48 am

If only there was some kind of Icelandic Honey Week…

magic titty January 28, 2009 at 11:58 am

[re=230551]4tehlulz[/re]: Ah, thank you.

WhatTheHeck January 28, 2009 at 12:07 pm

At this point, there is no alternative for Iceland but to declare war on the U.S.A. for starting this whole economic melt-down. Then the monies will start flowing into Iceland and Haliburton will rebuild the entire country.

The Mouse that roared.

Baconcat January 28, 2009 at 12:08 pm

They have dansk-style modern houses and furiture. Also hot public baths. If they were to make their own vodka and energy drinks, they could become the world capitol of teh gayz. Problem solved.

AnnieGetYourFun January 28, 2009 at 12:27 pm

“and then the government *itself* resigned, and now they’re just going to let some lesbian run everything”

Huh. That’s actually sort of the story of my life. If by “the government” you mean “my will to live” and by “lesbian” you mean “lesbian”.

randomsausage January 28, 2009 at 12:37 pm

Is she a lipstick lesbian or one of those bull-dykes? This is an important question for our time.

stopmebeforeitypeagain January 28, 2009 at 12:40 pm

Actually, Iceland should sell itself to Ikea, for $12.01. Its citizen-slaves will make “Cheap Attractive Lousy Furniture That You Can’t Put Together”(tm). With names like “Sigurdardóttir” the slaves all sound like Ikea brands anyway.

oldguy January 28, 2009 at 12:57 pm

Yeah. And now just watch the gays mess things up.

Woodwards Friend January 28, 2009 at 1:06 pm

[re=230651]randomsausage[/re]: Really neither according to the pictures. She’s more of the gray-haired art teacher kind of lesbian.

randomsausage January 28, 2009 at 1:12 pm

[re=230687]Woodwards Friend[/re]: the kind that have funky eye-glasses and shop exclusively at Anthropologie?

hockeymom January 28, 2009 at 1:31 pm

[re=230694]randomsausage[/re]: she looks more like a Chico’s gal.

Atheist Nun January 28, 2009 at 1:36 pm

Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir … Fréttabladid …

Iceland’s problems surely must stem from the fact that they employ too many diacritical marks on their letters…

canadasteve January 28, 2009 at 1:39 pm

Well, hot diggity! A lesbian prime minister could get the economy rolling by issuing free Home Depot gift cards!

canadasteve January 28, 2009 at 1:44 pm

Sorry, sorry, sorry. I reread the story, and realized she would be Iceland’s first ‘Lebanese’ prime minster.

Perot le fou January 28, 2009 at 3:08 pm

The Independence Party has won every election for like 50 years. Now they’re running in third place in the polls behind the Social Democrats and Green Left Alliance (an alliance of the Green Party and the former Communist Party). The Green Leftest are right behind the Social Democrats too. They probably won’t win but it’s not totally unpossible.

HipHopOpotamus January 28, 2009 at 4:03 pm

“Icelanders lost all of their money in the fall and have been throwing eggs at his limousine ever since. No one ever said these people were kind.”

I believe anyone who has ever watched the very informative D2: The Mighty Ducks would know that Icelandic people are not good (except for the children – the children will morally triumph over Wolf Stansson aka “society” in the end).

Dean Booth January 28, 2009 at 5:15 pm

Times are so tough, they had to sell some vowels.

estayblahbeedoo January 29, 2009 at 3:46 pm

Iceland, c’mon…move out from under all those power lines!

Babeouf January 29, 2009 at 4:26 pm

Cluck a Duck they just gave up. They are an example to us all. Let the nations of the world slide into the PIT. Strike a blow against the scoundrel cowering behind patriotism. Do nothing.

Kotter January 30, 2009 at 1:54 am

What’s that one European country that isn’t technically in a recession/depression at the moment? Liechtenstein?

Bearbloke January 30, 2009 at 2:57 am

New National Anthem: Björk’s “Hetero Scum”…

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