More comments (but absolutely no parodies) on the Nobel Peace Prize
continues the comments thread that started here
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Re “Is Parody Dead?”, it’s not your fault. It’s the fault of the Nobel Committees for creating a surreal environment where, it seems, anything is possible.
I have to admit that when I read the news of Obama’s Nobel at 6:30 this morning, I triple-checked the official sources before telling my roommate. It really had the air of a hoax.
Although I originally thought President Obama must have won the Nobel Peace prize because he was the 10th caller, as Ben W. noted, it turns out the Committee was simply acting in a prophetic mode—Obama won for what he may do. Well, I want my Nobel Prizes, too!
Medicine: I may discover a cure for every disease known and unknown to man.
Chemistry: I may discover how to turn water into oil.
Physics: I may discover how to repeal the law of gravity at will.
Economics: I may discover an economic system that allows everyone to loaf around and magically have all the material wealth they want—no effort required.
Peace: I may discover a way to turn Islam into a Religion of Peace.
Literature: I may write a book about all my Nobel prizes, so stirring that just touching the cover makes one weep.
On another note, if I were Obama’s speechwriter I would be seriously perturbed that he received a million dollar prize for reading my words from a teleprompter.
From: Philip M. in England:
Subject: Is parody dead?
A VFR reader e mails LA.
VFR reader: ‘Ello, I wish to register a complaint.
LA: We’re closin’ for lunch.
VFR reader: Never mind that, my lad. I wish to complain about this parody what I read not half an hour ago on this very site.
LA: Oh yes, the, uh, the Quintus Pfuffnick …What’s,uh…What’s wrong with it?
VFR reader: I’ll tell you what’s wrong with it, my lad. ‘E’s dead, that’s what’s wrong with it!
LA: No, no, ‘e’s uh,…he’s resting.
VFR reader: Look, matey, I know a dead parody when I see one, and I’m looking at one right now.
LA: No no he’s not dead, he’s, he’s restin’! Remarkable sketch, the Quintus Pfuffnick , idn’it, ay? Beautiful irony!
VFR reader: The irony don’t enter into it. It’s stone dead.
LA: Nononono, no, no! ‘E’s resting!
VFR reader: All right then, if he’s restin’, I’ll wake him up! (bangs on monitor) ‘Ello, Mister Quintus Pfuffnick ! I’ve got a lovely fresh Nobel Prize for you if you show…
(LA changes the font)
LA: There, he moved!
VFR reader: No, he didn’t, that was you changing the font!
LA: I never!!
VFR reader: Yes, you did!
LA: I never, never did anything…
VFR reader: (yelling and hitting the monitor repeatedly) ‘ELLO QUINTUS!!!!! Testing! Testing! Testing! Testing! This is your nine o’clock alarm call!
VFR reader: Now that’s what I call a dead parody.
LA: No, no…..No, ‘e’s stunned!
VFR reader: STUNNED?!?
LA: Yeah! You stunned him, just as he was wakin’ up! stun easily, major.
VFR reader: Um…now look…now look, mate, I’ve definitely ‘ad enough of this. That parody is definitely deceased, and when I viewed it not ‘alf an hour ago, you assured me that its total lack of movement was due to it bein’ tired and shagged after being forwarded to other blogs.
LA: Well, he’s…he’s, ah…it’s set in Norway, where they give out Nobel prizes…he’s probably pining for the fjords.
VFR reader: PININ’ for the FJORDS?!?!?!? What kind of talk is that?, look, why did the joke fall flat on its back the moment I re-read it?
LA: The Quintus Pfuffnick prefers keepin’ on it’s back! Remarkable joke, id’nit, squire? Lovely wordplay!
It was only a matter of time before the Nobel Committee eventually awarded Obama the Peace Prize. The only question is why now rather than later. Following precedent would require the committee to wait for Obama to reach some sham agreement with Iran or North Korea, for example—one they would promptly proceed to thumb their noses at or one that lacked teeth to begin with. But these days America’s enemies are feeling their oats and may well not see the need for even cosmetic compromise. Hence, there might not even be the fig-leaf agreement to provide the usual pretext for the award.
If such an agreement were reached, however, it would be even more embarrassing for the Nobel Committee. After all, good liberals that they are, they would feel required to split the prize between Obama and Ahmadinejad or Kim Jong-Il! That would make them the butt of even more mockery than they’re being subjected to now. So they did the only thing they could do: awarded him the peace prize preemptively, as it were.
That’s an original theory. It makes as much sense as anything.
Clark Coleman writes:
From Gary Bauer today:
Where’s The Civility?
During the summer town hall meetings on health care, the White House repeatedly called for civility in the debate. This morning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” broadcast the host, Joe Scarborough, was criticizing the decision to award Barack Obama with the Nobel Peace Prize. Unexpectedly, Scarborough’s producer interrupted him saying that a senior official in the White House had emailed her saying that Joe should “Stop being an a**h**e.” I think it’s time for the White House to heed some of its own advice.
Michael S. writes:
“But really, is there any mere Nobel prize that could be adequate to the ineffable sublimity of the One? A new prize is needed, transcending all others. Or else a committee of all nations should meet and declare Obama to be the god-king of humanity.”
I propose … the Nobel Ontology Prize, just for manifesting fullness of being.
Randy B. writes:
The world is starting to ring in with adverse opinions, contrary to the so-called overall approval.
Jake Jacobsen writes:
I’m not saying I think this is true but am I the only one who felt a shiver down his spine seeing this news and thought of the Anti-Christ?
Again, not saying this is so but if you believe in the Bible there will be an Anti-Christ and this is the sort of thing that will herald him.
You’re right, it’s event that’s right out of one of those novels based on the Book of Revelation, in which some Antichrist humanitarian is reaching for global power. But the thing is, there are so many events like that in our time, with Antichrist type figures and sinister moves toward global government. There may be a single, actual Antichrist, but there are also many minor Antichrists, since the Antichrist is an archetype. Think of President Clinton, who, like something right out of Revelation 13, received a deadly political wound (in the Monica Lewinsky scandal), and recovered from it, and people were amazed and bowed down to him, and so were corrupted:
And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
Also, when the open borders fanatic John McCain came back from political death and became the front runner for the GOP nomination in January 2008 I compared him to the beast who had been healed of his deadly wound.
And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
Charles T. writes:
Has Obama ever turned down any type of ego-booster? His decision will be interesting.
David B. writes:
I read your comment that Obama could rescue himself from looking ridiculous if he turns down the Prize. Obama probably can’t win in this. He will be something of a laughing stock if he does turn it down. The whole thing is ridiculous or laughable, take your choice, whether he accepts or turns it down.
First, Obama makes a highly-publicized trip to Copenhagen and gets embarrassed. Then he gets awarded the Nobel Peace prize and has to turn it down?
I recall in 1979 reading a column by Alan Drury, of all people. It was about the time of Jimmy Carter’s Malaise Speech. Drury asked about Carter, “Is this spinning little man really the President of the United States?”
These two incidents make Obama look like Drury’s “spinning litttle man.”
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