Posted by Ha ha, a resident of the Meadow Park neighborhood, on Oct 11, 2009 at 9:30 am
When even the local San Jose paper runs a, finally, truthful story by the NYT about how this was a "prize" for hoped for results, as a show of support for the EFFORTS of Barack Obama, well...if you didn't already know that there was virtually no credibility in this prize, you do now.
It was already far tainted in my mind the moment Carter/Arafat got it, when it was clear to the more cynical amongst us that Carter was being used as a dupe by Arafat to build his Father of Terrorism title before dumping Carter and all attempts at "peace". At least in those days is was somewhat remotely excusable because it was the first time we were duped, but by now there is no excuse for anyone with a remote sense of history or reality. The prize awards have done little to change my mind since then, except for the occasional surprise that is right, ( even a broken clock is right 1-2 times per day), like the woman, Ahn is her name? fighting for freedom in Myanmar, and Mother Theresa. ( Though, honestly, I wondered what the heck Mother Theresa had done for actual peace, versus love and health, but I suppose she earned it more than Gore did!!)
This is the first, truly, "warm body" " A for Effort" Nobel Peace prize ever given. I guess it is a step up from the Peace Prizes given for flat out fabricated stories, but a far cry from the few deserved prizes.
On the other hand, you know all you need to know about the Nobel "Peace" prize and the politics of it by knowing that Mahatma Ghandi was nominated 12 times, and never got it. Guess what? He was opposed to "world government" rule, marxism and socialism. Hmm, what a shock.
Back to our esteemed President, he is falling precisely for the straightjacket that was intended by this prize, by saying it is a "call for action", ie now he feels he has no choice but to work against American interests and American sovereignty in order to live up to the award. It will be interesting to see where he donates the money ( first time, ever, he will donate more than 1% of his income to anyone at all, let alone to something NOT political, assuming that is what he does). He will be able to parlay that donation into some political gain, as well as having actually gotten "the prize". Didn't help Gore at all, as they had hoped it would, but I guess hope springs eternal in their little pro-world government breasts.
I guess to those who think there is no body to give it to, stopping the constant slaughter in Iraq of, on average, 70,000 people per year, and getting rid of a major war threat to the Middle East was not sufficient, I guess, for the advancement of "Peace". Figures. Just like bringing down the Berlin Wall without war wasn't a good enough reason to get it. Hey, the last deserving President was Carter, look at all he did to bring more "peace" then and since then to all peoples!! Let's hope this President can can accomplish as much as Reagan and Bush did, and not pull a Carter.
Posted by Ha-ha, a resident of the Meadow Park neighborhood, on Oct 11, 2009 at 9:38 am
Just read the other thread on this subject, and saw it was locked down. Why on earth did you all lock it down? Looked quite civil, and had some factual information debating emotional beliefs, the essence of most of our political debate, it seems.
Was there a spat of evil name calling that sprang up and had to be quashed? Seriously, I am seriously wondering, though of course nobody owes any explanation since this is a privately owned site for which I am very grateful, but I am seriously wondering why it was locked down.
Does anybody know why?