Saturday, October 10, 2009

Ridiculousnessness and the AOTW

(Yes, the AOTW post is up early.  But as I'm going to leave it up through Monday, and I wrote it on Friday after the news broke (covered below), timeliness compels me

First (and this is a small complaint), a note about economic numbers and economic forecasting.

I'm listening to the radio, and a blurb comes on.  It sounds like this:  "Unemployment rose unexpectedly...," or "consumer prices fell unexpectedly...."  I can't even remember what the blurb was about.

But whoever is doing the forecasting, fix your model or get a real damned job.  You suck at it.  The economic indicators change, and they're ALWAYS unexpected by you assclowns.  The damned 5-day weather forecast is more accurate than your dumb asses.

It's damned ridiculous.

And speaking of ridiculous:

Algore (and every other recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize) is Asshat of the Week!

I know you're all scratching your heads on this one, based on the fact that President Obama won the prize on Friday.  I decided to use the former VP and manmade global warming hysteria (MMGWH) champion as my poster child because I recall his winning, and it provides great contrast.

Let's look at Algore. Did he deserve his prize?  It's debatable.   Is this more of a political award than an award based solely on merits?  Yep.  But did he do something significant in his pushing of MMGWH?  YES HE DID!

I may disagree in massive ways with his agenda, but the simple fact is that he pushed it and was successful in shifting the debate his way.

Compare that with Obama's achievements:


Let me state it bluntly (and bolded and with caps):  WHAT THE FUCK HAS HE FUCKING ACTUALLY FUCKING DONE TO HAVE FUCKING EARNED THE FUCKING PRIZE?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

Two particular points on this:

First, they're giving Obama the award based on his potential, not on anything he's done.  If they had given him the award in a couple years, then I'd still probably disagree, but it would have been on whether his actions merited it.  But at least he'd have something under his belt.

Second, timing is everything.  The nominees have to be turned in on February 1.  The first day of February.  Obama was sworn in less than two weeks before that.  His accomplishments were getting elected.  Since then, he's made speeches, but hasn't produced any damned thing, for good or bad.  Plenty of people get nominated for this.  Rush Limbaugh got nominated, even.  The role of the committee is to weed out the deadweight and pick the person who has some accomplishments (usually liberal).

Now I'm not going to give Obama the AOTW for this.  After all, it's a feather in his cap.  It may also be a consolation prize for losing the Olympics and getting made fun of on Saturday Night Live (for his lack of accomplishments).   Why would he deserve it for accomplishing something (by accomplishing nothing).  Fuck, even he admitted he didn't deserve the fucking thing (listening to him say it).

Maybe he can leverage this POS award into something useful.  I can hope, can't I?  But I doubt it though.

So in the end, an award I considered a liberal award (for accomplishments) just became a dick sucking tool for Obama worshippers.  And it makes anyone who won the award for any actual accomplishment look like an asshat.


Shaw Kenawe said...

Just to add a note of reality in your otherwise very imaginative rant, I checked over at Politifact, a non-partisan organization that is actually tracking all the promises Mr. Obama made during his campaign to see how many he has kept; how many are in the works; how many are stalled by Congress; how many he's had to compromise on; and how many he's broken; and lastly how many more he has to go.

You can find the actual facts, not hysterics there.

As for Mr. Obama's progress internationally, which may have influenced the people who awarded Mr. Obama the Nobel Peace Prize, PolitiFact has reported this for Mr. Obama's progress in that arena:

There may be lots of hope, as the committee notes. But on our Obameter, which rates the progress of Obama's promises, most of Obama's significant promises on international relations are still rated In the Works.

The most notable Promise Kept was his pledge to Give a speech at a major Islamic forum in the first 100 days of his administration, Promise No. 178. Obama told the Turkish parliament in April that the United States is not at war with Islam. In June, he gave a notable speech in Cairo where he called for a "new beginning" between the U.S. and the Islamic world. We also gave him a Promise Kept for promise No. 125, Direct military leaders to end the war in Iraq.

The list of Obama's promises we've rated In the Works, though, is much longer.

A few that we've rated In the Works:

• Promise No. 195, Seek verifiable reductions in nuclear stockpiles. Obama has pursued negotiations with the Russians for reducing nuclear weapons.

• Promise No. 196, Extend monitoring and verification provisions of the START I Treaty. Treaty negotiations are ongoing.

• Promise No. 128, Launch robust diplomatic effort with Iraq and its neighbors. Diplomatic efforts are ongoing; we're waiting to measure their vigor.

• Promise No. 455, Work with the United Nations on climate change. Lots of talk, but we're waiting for concrete action.

• Promise No. 170, Double U.S. spending on foreign aid to $50 Billion a year by 2012. We'll see whether Congress approves the budgets for this.

But not all of Obama's international efforts have met with positive progress. We've rated two promises Stalled that affect how the world sees the U.S., both having to do with the treatment of terrorism suspects.

We found that Promise No. 177, Close the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center, is meeting with opposition from Congress. We found that No. 178, Develop an alternative to President Bush's Military Commissions Act, is Stalled because Obama has backtracked from developing an alternative to military tribunals to adjudicate detainees.

The Nobel Prize committee said it awarded its prize to stimulate "international policy and those attitudes for which Obama is now the world's leading spokesman." Obama has just over three years to make good on his campaign promises. We'll be watching to see if Obama's ideas result in measurable results.

Patrick M said...

Shaw: If he was up for the Nobel Peace prize in 2012, or 2011, or even 2010, this would be relevant.

But this is a hand job by a star-struck committee. You know it, I know it, Obama knows it, the whole damn world knows it.

Hell, I can hear the Saturday Night Live Skit in my head:

Obama, seated at his Oval Office desk: Last week, when I sat here and enumerated my complete lack of accomplishments, I had no idea that I, your president, would win the NOBEL PEACE PRIZE!!!

(Obama stands, holding the prize, Queen's "We are the Champions" plays for three seconds, then stops. Obama stands there for a couple more seconds, then sits down quickly in the silence.)

Obama: Well, anyway, I'm not exactl sure why I won this award, but gee, it's shiny. So to all of my critics who have been pointing to my paper thin record, EAT MY NOBEL!!!

(At this point, Obama looks confused. He comes around the desk and begins talking to his teleprompter)

Obama: Eat my Nobel? That's the best you could come up with? (looks inquisitively) Wait, you're not my teleprompter!

(camera follows the cables to another room where George W Bush is sitting, laughing as he types furiously. He turns to the camera, smiling.)

Bush: Live from New York....

Long story short, the timing turns this from the usual disdain half the population has for a political prize to more damn joke material.

Especially when the Politifact title is "Obama's Nobel Prize: More hope than change". It sounds like the campaign lovefest it is.

Anonymous said...

The rest of the world community wants nothing more than a weak, contrite America. And Obama is more than willing to give it to them.
Obama has killed any chance of peace there now. What a dangerous and arrogant fool he is.
Obama is a smug, smirking con man. Nothing more

TRUTH 101 said...

President Bush promised a humble foreign policy and failed to deliver. President Obama changed the tone and the way the world responds to us from his first day. And although I may agree that it was perhaps premature to award President Obama the Peace Prize, I would think we all would cheer a fellow American for taking the money. Sure he's giving it to charity but think of the opportunities this brings. Go Capitalism!

Patrick M said...

Prof L: I think you're giving Obama too much "credit" here. After all, he did get a peace prize. That's all. Nothing else really. Well, that and speeches.

101: Yeah, if I were Obama, I'd take the award and donate the cash (assuming I had the money of Obmama). That's why he doesn't get AOTW.

The Wordsmith said...

The Nobel Peace Pries just lost whatever remaining credibility it had. Obama has placed world peace in extreme danger. Obama’s rhetorical style of international diplomacy has only encouraged Iran and North Korea in their nuclear intents and Russia to continually demand concessions from the United States without giving anything in return. Obama turned a cold shoulder to the people of Iran and in exchange Iran is now blaming the United States for organizing the demonstrations. He supports an ousted dictator in Honduras and calls the Honduras constitutional process “unconstitutional”- apparently because he fancies that a world government for which he advocates has already replaced sovereign governments. Obama snubs the former friends of the United States including the Dali Ramah- a proponent of human rights, as he cozies up to brutal dictators and appoints anti- American radicals to his shadow government.

The Nobel Peace Prize would be a laughing stock were it not such a tragedy. It belongs in the ranks of established organizations that use previously developed reputations as an image front to hide the fact that they have been highjacked by radicals who are diametrically opposed to the views of it’s founders upon which the former reputation of the organizations rest. We can no longer trust any entity based on past impressions. Apparently The “Nobel Peace Prize” now defines peace according to the dictates of the oppressors of human freedom. They are a disgrace. It is not Obama’s fraudulent diplomacy that is honored but the Nobel Peace Price, which has lost all honor.

Satyavati devi dasi said...

Oh please.. all this melodrama.

He was nominated in February, but they didn't vote until OCTOBER. And in that time, a paradigm shift had occurred in the way the US does business.

For the first time in possibly ever we are making an effort to talk to people instead of just point guns at them.

Patrick M said...

Wordsmith: I'm thinking we rename it "The Nobel Attendance Award."

That's about the prestige it has.

Saty: A paradigm consists of scripted speeches?!?!?!?!

You realize I'm just laughing at you....

Beth said...

But he couldn't have been voted for in October if his name wasn't nominated in February, so tell me again what he did in like 9 days in office to deserve the nomination?

Satyavati devi dasi said...

If there was a nomination deadline in February, it wouldn't have surprised me one bit if someone had just wanted to nominate him to get him on the playing field.

If he hadn't won, I don't think anyone would have known anything at all about it.

So you get him into the mix, and then see what happens over the intervening time. If you don't feel there's anything to vote on, you don't vote. But at least the opportunity is there.

It doesn't seem all that odd to me, really.

Beth said...

In that case, I am going to nominate myself next year, you know, put myself in the mix, at least the opportunity is there.

I mean why not nominate everyone in the whole world, just in case they give a bunch of speeches that talk about what they think should happen in the world?

That's not odd, really.

W.E. NEWCOMB said...

Will some one please tell Shaw Kenawe that Berack Obama weaken America with this farce of an award..
"Hope" for who? For people that want America to admit it's a bad, evil country, that apologizes for not asking Europe's permission before acting to do what's right? Yeah, Obama is their guy. Not a surprise. They love when America shows weakness.
Are you are gonna spin right off this planet. Any idiot with a shred of common sense can see he does not "deserve" this.
What's next, is the President going to win the Cy Young award for throwing out the first pitch in this year's World Series? Why stop at the Nobel Peace Prize. Why not an MTV Music Award? Give him a Lifetime Achievement award from the Moose Lodge, a Fickle Finger of Fate, the National League Most Valuable Player, Good Housekeeping's Father of the Year, make him Miss Subways, etc. The sky's the limit with this guy. Not since The Sopranos Finale has such confusion reigned in America.

Toad734 said...

Now I will say that hatred of America around the world has declined since Obama came into office but it really has more to do with him not being Bush than it has anything to do with what he has done. Actually, Bush is probably more deserving of the prize since he is no longer in politics...that alone will save thousands of lives.

Otherwise, this shit makes no sense.If Obama had actually ended the wars we are in that would be one thing...Why didn't they just give him a couple years and give it to him then...if indeed he ends up being any different than Bush which, besides gays in the military, he hasn't shown me he is.