The Anti-Bush Peace Prize and the Thunder Awards

9 Nov

I like the President, I really do, but the Nobel prize for peace? I always thought that the Nobel awards were for accomplishments. I don’t mean that in a pejorative way, but an honest way. The man hasn’t even been President for a year what could he possibly have done?

The answer is, in my opinion, that he’s not President Bush. I came to this conclusion after reading a little about the anti-Bush sentiment amongst the Norwegian committee members after the unilateral invasion of Iraq. When the 2002 prize went to former president Jimmy Carter, the committee head at the time, Gunnar Berge, called it– “a kick in the legs” to the US administration over its preparations to invade Iraq.

I don’t want to sound fox newish here, but it really does seem that the committee is rewarding a shift in foreign policy rather than any real successes. Not to say that the Obama Doctrine won’t yield success and potentially won’t make significant diplomatic gains internationally…but it hasn’t yet.

What is further illustrates to me is that the Nobel prize while incredibly prestrigous…isn’t exactly the hallmark of credibility. In 1895  Alfred Nobel stipulated that the peace prize should go to, “the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between the nations and the abolition or reduction of standing armies and the formation and spreading of peace congresses.” A few of the last Nobel Peace laureate haven’t really met that standard, most notably former VP Al Gore, and the President certainly hasn’t met that this year.

Either way this is sure to outrage conservatives and befuddle moderate onlookers. especially, when George Mitchell, the President’s envoy to the Middle East and broker of the Northern Ireland peace accords, is sitting there drawing attention to his actual accomplishments in diplomacy and peace, especially in contrast to the President’s. It just seems a little strange, especially after considering the political bias of the committee…not to Democrats or Republicans, but to a broader liberal ideology…as there countries politics espouse.

Thunder Awards

Winner of the Week: William Kamkwamba, this kid built a windmill to power his Malawi village. This is a country where magic is still trusted more than science, and he built a windmill after reading a book and without google. The google thing is relevant after watching his daily show interview, which he posted on his book website: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.

In the meantime this is a video about this kid and his unreal level of intuitive drive and led him to a pretty amazing feet.


Loser of the Week: SouthLAnd, the NBC cop drama got canceled this week. I find this incredibly humorous, without having ever seen the show. It just seems to me that NBC doesn’t know how to create new drama’s, obviously they have Law and Order and it’s infinite incarnations, but they’ve been losing their quality dramas over the past several years…ie ER (thank god),  The West Wing and when L&O was good and original. But they can’t seem to come up with anything new. Kings was a ballsy move and an interesting concept…but way to involved and unique for the mainstream TV viewing audience, but it got axed less than a full season in; at least SouthLAnd got a full season in the can before getting canned.

Movie for the Weekend: I know that Couples Retreat is coming out this weekend, and I’m going to go see it, but I’m kind of excited for An Education. Starring Carey Mulligan, Peter Sarsgaard, Alfred Molina , it’s a Nick Hornby script so at very least it’s going to be well written. Anyway, I’m going to put an appeal out there for those who might be looking for a film to accompany the movie.


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