James Woods Goes Off on Obama via Twitter

By: Friday October 11, 2013 5:45 am

Raaaaaage! Actor James Woods has been blowing a Twitter-gasket over Obama, the Affordable Care Act and the government shutdown. He is mad! Uh oh, he is super pissed! And he went all Godwin pretty quickly.


RIP: Seamus Heaney, Irish Poet, Nobel Laureate

By: Saturday August 31, 2013 5:20 pm

Nobel Laureate and Irish poet Seamus Heaney, whose work affected and influence generations, has died at age 74. Heaney, born in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland, is considered the greatest Irish poet since Yeats. He also was someone I knew as brother-in-law of one of my oldest friends, so the loss hits on a personal level. He and his wife, Marie herself the author of several books including Over Nine Waves, A Book of Irish Legends, lived in Sandymount, Co. Dublin, in a house with gardens overflowing with plants and flowers.

The Betrayal of the Nobel Peace Prize

By: Sunday February 5, 2012 9:30 am

Alfred Nobel’s will, written in 1895, left funding for a prize to be awarded to “the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.”

The first such prize, awarded in 1901, went to Jean Henry Dunant and Frédéric Passy, two men who held and promoted peace congresses, two peace activists, two men who were not elected officials. Nor were they war makers.

Liberian Women Won the Nobel Peace Prize for Occupying Liberia

By: Monday November 21, 2011 8:00 am

Leymah Gbowee is a Liberian activist and recipient of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. Do you know why she received the Nobel Peace Prize? She led a protest movement against civil war and human rights abuses, and she and her fellow activists sat down in a soccer field near the Presidential palace in Monrovia and refused to move until they secured a meeting with the President, Charles Taylor.

China Outraged By Dissident’s Nobel Peace Prize Victory

By: Friday October 8, 2010 4:40 pm

To say that China’s reaction to one of its countrymen winning the Nobel Peace Prize was less than celebratory would be an understatement. After all, he does sit in a jail 300 miles outside of Beijing.

The Significance of Parrots, or Why Paul Krugman Won a Nobel Prize

By: Saturday October 2, 2010 9:00 am

Next Monday is when the Nobel committee begins to announce the various 2010 prizes. The candidates are carefully vetted, but there must be something that gives one person that little something extra that sets them above their colleagues. A recent blogpost by Paul Krugman suggests just what that something extra might be.

Contemplation of Drone Strikes in Quetta Belies Obama’s Claim of Just War

By: Monday December 14, 2009 4:30 pm

Once again, the United States is rattling a saber about killing people in Quetta, despite all the inevitable civilian death and mass outrage. Such a move would show the shallowness of the “just war” talk in President Obama’s disgraceful Nobel paean to Mars. Quetta is a city of 850,000 people, which is somewhere between the [...]

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