October 13, 2007
The Nobel Joke
Congrats to the Goracle, for joining communist dictator Mikhail Gorbachev, Muslim terrorist Yasser Arafat, and treasonous dhimmi gadfly Jimmy Carter among the ranks of those so pernicious as to have received the highest honors the caviar-munching Marxists of the liberal elite can bestow. Personally, I'd be less ashamed of a felony conviction than a Nobel Peace prize, but among moonbats, it's quite an accomplishment.
Too bad they don't give out peace prizes to people who actually advance peace. Instead of gasbag global warming hoaxers, it would go to folks like Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy:
A Navy SEAL from Long Island who was killed in combat in Afghanistan will be awarded America's highest military award, the Medal of Honor, the White House announced yesterday.
Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy, of Patchogue [New York], will become the first member of the armed forces to receive the award for combat in Afghanistan and the third for service in the global war on terrorism.
Murphy, who died at age 29, was killed June 28, 2005, while on a reconnaissance mission in enemy territory in northeastern Afghanistan, according to the Navy. Murphy's four-man unit, which he commanded, was searching to provide intelligence on a high-level Taliban leader when they came under attack from Taliban fighters.
Outnumbered by at least four to one, with all four men wounded, Murphy moved out of cover to a position where he could radio for help in an attempt to save his men. While doing so, Murphy was shot in the back, though he was able to finish the radio transmission, the Navy said.
You don't promote peace by flying around on a private jet, giving self-serving speeches about an imaginary crisis that if taken seriously would result in economic devastation. Peace is promoted by those who have the guts to face down the bad guys who disturb it — bad guys like Yasser Arafat and Al Gore.
But at least by having Gore share this explicitly political prize with the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the Norwegian nitwits may have raised some awareness of the kind of political hacks who infest that nefarious pseudo-scientific organization.
Hat tip: Lifelike Pundits, on a tip from Aaron.
Posted by Van Helsing at October 13, 2007 7:51 AM
From the press release: “Al Gore has for a long time been one of the world’s leading environmentalist politicians. … His strong commitment, reflected in political activity, lectures, films and books, has strengthened the struggle against climate change.”
Struggle against climate change? Why not struggle against continental drift while you’re at it? It’s idiotic to believe that the Earth has only one static climate, arroganr and narcissistic to believe that the Earth’s one ideal perfect climate just happened to exist during the youth of the baby boom generation.
Posted by: V the K at October 13, 2007 10:23 AM
More fodder for our cannons... Until the day when Al Gore is finally debunked. Which will lead to even more cannon fodder...
Posted by: Scott at October 13, 2007 10:34 AM
Check out the Soviet-style draft AlGore campaign poster:
Posted by: V the K at October 13, 2007 10:55 AM
From today's Weekend Wall Street Journal:
Not Nobel Winners
October 13, 2007; Page A10
In Olso yesterday, the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize was not awarded to the Burmese monks whose defiance against, and brutalization at the hands of, the country's military junta in recent weeks captured the attention of the Free World.
The prize was also not awarded to Morgan Tsvangirai, Arthur Mutambara and other Zimbabwe opposition leaders who were arrested and in some cases beaten by police earlier this year while protesting peacefully against dictator Robert Mugabe.
Or to Father Nguyen Van Ly, a Catholic priest in Vietnam arrested this year and sentenced to eight years in prison for helping the pro-democracy group Block 8406.
Or to Wajeha al-Huwaider and Fawzia al-Uyyouni, co-founders of the League of Demanders of Women's Right to Drive Cars in Saudi Arabia, who are waging a modest struggle with grand ambitions to secure basic rights for women in that Muslim country.
Or to Colombian President Álvaro Uribe, who has fought tirelessly to end the violence wrought by left-wing terrorists and drug lords in his country.
Or to Garry Kasparov and the several hundred Russians who were arrested in April, and are continually harassed, for resisting President Vladimir Putin's slide toward authoritarian rule.
Or to the people of Iraq, who bravely work to rebuild and reunite their country amid constant threats to themselves and their families from terrorists who deliberately target civilians.
Or to Presidents Viktor Yushchenko and Mikheil Saakashvili who, despite the efforts of the Kremlin to undermine their young states, stayed true to the spirit of the peaceful "color" revolutions they led in Ukraine and Georgia and showed that democracy can put down deep roots in Russia's backyard.
Or to Britain's Tony Blair, Ireland's Bertie Ahern and the voters of Northern Ireland, who in March were able to set aside decades of hatred to establish joint Catholic-Protestant rule in Northern Ireland.
Or to thousands of Chinese bloggers who run the risk of arrest by trying to bring uncensored information to their countrymen.
Or to scholar and activist Saad Eddin Ibrahim, jailed presidential candidate Ayman Nour and other democracy campaigners in Egypt.
Or, posthumously, to lawmakers Walid Eido, Pierre Gemayel, Antoine Ghanem, Rafik Hariri, George Hawi and Gibran Tueni; journalist Samir Kassir; and other Lebanese citizens who've been assassinated since 2005 for their efforts to free their country from Syrian control.
Or to the Reverend Phillip Buck; Pastor Chun Ki Won and his organization, Durihana; Tim Peters and his Helping Hands Korea; and Liberty in North Korea, who help North Korean refugees escape to safety in free nations.
These men and women put their own lives and livelihoods at risk by working to rid the world of violence and oppression. Let us hope they survive the coming year so that the Nobel Prize Committee might consider them for the 2008 award.
Posted by: Anonymous at October 13, 2007 12:01 PM
The Peace Prize and Literature Prize have been jokes for far too long. Nobel Laureates used to include people like Albert Schweitzer (Peace) or Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Lit), now it's given to the person who can spin the best liberal agenda and promote socialism.
Posted by: Alex at October 13, 2007 1:09 PM
"The Peace Prize and Literature Prize have been jokes for far too long. Nobel Laureates used to include people like Albert Schweitzer (Peace) or Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Lit), now it's given to the person who can spin the best liberal agenda and promote socialism."
Indeed Alex, I don't think I could have put it any better myself.
Also I would love to know what propagandizing global warming has to do with peace?
Just shows how politicized and insignificant the Nobel "peace" prize has become (its possible to win it if you have the right ideology nowadays).
It lost all of its prestige when the likes of Jimmy Carter and Yasser Arafat (and of course the dip shit Gorbachev which I forgot about) have won the Nobel "peace" prize in the past.
Posted by: Ludwig Van Beethoven at October 13, 2007 2:48 PM
Al Gore has been struggling against climate change! Dang, I been strugglin' against gravity
my whole life!
Posted by: mockinbird at October 13, 2007 3:15 PM
You're living up to your name, mockingbird! Keep it up.
This morning, the local Liberal radio host editorialized the Al Gore prize, saying "...it was well deserved for his work in.... um.... uh.... (pause)....um..... ahhhh..... uh....."
Then he FINALLY blurts out "The crisis of 'global warming'."
Was he FORCING himself to say it? Yeah, it's a real "crisis", even the GW advocates say that the temature will only go up a few degrees!
Posted by: KHarn at October 13, 2007 3:52 PM
Kudos to "anon" for publishing that list of notables who go unrecognized.
Posted by: fellowes at October 13, 2007 6:58 PM
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Posted by: White Cane at October 13, 2007 8:06 PM
Guess Gore believes that entropy (change) doesn't exist in the universe, or that if it does, it doesn't apply to the Earth's climate. The Nobels are a joke as Alex rightly pointed out. A booby prize for Socialist scumbags. Big deal.
::makes jerking off motion with hands::
Posted by: Brooklyn Red Leg at October 14, 2007 12:40 AM
this really should not have come as a surprise to anybody - the nobel is not what it once was - it is a "pity prize" for everything left. get used to it. it will never again go to a decent person - i've even heard others more worthy of it are saying they would NEVER think of accepting one now.
Posted by: nanc at October 14, 2007 6:53 AM
My understanding of the Nobel Peace Prize is rather arcane, since I learned of the prize some forty years ago. Short story is, Nobel felt bad about the destructive power of the product he had made. And while saving the lives of thousands upon thousands of working men in the construction industry, felt some nascent guilt through TNT's use as a military tool. Ergo, the Peace Prize.
And again, in some arcane way, I thought the actions should be some way related to reducing violence/war in the world. That being the case, the International Committee of the Red Cross won the Peace prize in 1917. In 1919 President Wilson won the Peace prize. The following year, Leon Bourgeois, President of the League of Nations, won the award.
In 1938, the Nansen International Office for Refugees was awarded the prize. After a lapse of six years, the International Committee of the Red Cross again won the Peace prize. In 1945 Secretary of State Cordell Hull won the prize.
When I reflect upon the humanitarian effort of these men, and the men and women of the Red Cross I am struck dumb by the comparison to Al Gore's opus.
Not one life saved. Not a single pain eased. Not a single deposed tyrant. Not a simple message of peace. Environmental quackery disguised as Evangelical Mission.
And for this a prize is deserved? Wouldn't a better recipient have been the March 14th Movement? Men and women putting their lives on the line for peace?
Shame on AlGore and Shame again on the Noble Committee.
Posted by: OregonGuy at October 14, 2007 1:45 PM