Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Friday, October 9, 2009 8:30 pm

Barack Hussein Obama, Nobel Peaze Prize laureate

Filed under: Aiee! Teh stoopid! It burns! — Lex @ 8:30 pm

This was what was on my radio when it woke me up this morning, and the first thing I thought was: The Onion has a radio show now?

I mean, c’mon, by what possible standard does Obama deserve this, especially inasmuch as nominations were due Feb. 1?

But as I got some more coffee into me, I got to thinking.

First of all, it’s a little late to worry about debasing the currency of glorious human achievement. I mean, when Henry Kissinger and Yasser Arafat get Nobels for peace, Irony, ladies and gentlemen, has well and truly left the building. George W. Bush gave Presidential Medals of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, to Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, a man who, to be kind, has a lot of innocent blood on his hands, as well as to a whole passel of supporters of the illegal invasion of Iraq. (And he refused to give one to J.K. Rowling, although whether it’s because her “Harry Potter” novel series encourages witchcraft or because she lacked the requisite amounts of innocent blood on her hands, I can’t say.) Hell, Watergate/firebombing conspirator Chuck Colson got the Presidential Citizens Medal, the nation’s second-highest civilian award, to mark — wait for it — Human Rights Day.

Heck, in 1976, Starland Vocal Band won the Best New Artist Grammy over Elvis Costello.

So you can argue about qualifications all you want, but, dude, that train left the station years ago.

So I sipped my coffee and got to wondering: Hmm. What is likely to happen as a result of this award?

Will we be an inch closer to world peace? Don’t be silly.

But will Rush Limbaugh’s head explode? Probably. Sean Hannity’s? Yep. Thomas Sowell’s? Indubitably. Cal Thomas? Uh, like, duh. Glenn Beck’s? To the extent that he has a head, yes, although to you and me it’ll look sort of like popping a pimple. Ann Coulter’s? Absolutely. Michelle Malkin’s? Yepperino.

Achieving world peace it ain’t, but causing all that mayhem amid the Axis of Stoopidity will be of unquestionable benefit to humanity, I decided. It’ll even be entertaining. Oh, hell, who are we kidding, it’ll be funny.

And all else being equal, when we’re all laughing, we’re closer to world peace than when we aren’t.

And with that, I finished my coffee and headed off to work … where I read this from my friend Vanessa’s friend Roz: “Yo, Barack, I’ma let you finish, but I just wanted to say that Chinese dissident Wei Jingsheng has had the best effect on peace of all time, yo. Most peaceful dude of all time.”



  1. A Taste Of Honey won the Best New Artist Grammy over Elvis Costello in 1978.

    Comment by John Foyle — Saturday, October 10, 2009 5:41 am @ 5:41 am

  2. SVB won in ’76, per How could EC have been nominated in ’78? That was the year “Armed Forces,” his *third* album, came out, was it not?

    So if Elvis wasn’t nominated until ’78, who besides SVB was nominated in ’76?

    Teh Interwebz is nothing if not helpful: The other nominees were Boston, Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band, The Brothers Johnson and Wild Cherry. ANY ONE of whom deserved to win more than the Starland Vocal Band.

    So I’d like to thank the academy. I’d like to. But clearly it has too much blood on its hands.

    And my larger point stands.

    Comment by Lex — Saturday, October 10, 2009 11:37 am @ 11:37 am

  3. […] : "" } Since my reaction last week to learning that the president had won the Nobel Peace Prize, I have found that, without previously having been aware of it, I have adopted this rule of thumb […]

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  4. Oh man, if Rush’s head exploded it would all be worth it.

    Comment by Liz — Friday, October 16, 2009 11:31 am @ 11:31 am

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