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November 14, 2007
By: Kevin Drum

REGRETS....This might be the greatest excuse ever for not making it to a friend's marriage ceremony:

Former Vice President Al Gore, a senior adviser at Google, told the Chronicle he has been invited to the wedding but will not be able to make it because he will be picking up the Nobel Peace Prize at a ceremony in Oslo, Norway.

The happy groom is Google co-founder Larry Page. Gore is on the board of directors a senior advisor at Google.

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Terrific.

He can pick up the Nobel Peace Prize from those Quislings - literally - who rolled over for the Nazis thereby permitting the greatest war in world history; this while they condemn George W. Bush and the Republican Party (who actually have read a history book) for refusing to let it happen again by stopping Hussein in his WMD-pursuing (verified) tracks.

TOH

Posted by: The Objective Historian on November 14, 2007 at 11:36 PM | PERMALINK

Will he make it to the reception? There's free food.

Posted by: Matt Stevens on November 14, 2007 at 11:37 PM | PERMALINK

this while they condemn George W. Bush and the Republican Party (who actually have read a history book)

They've read *A* history book? You underestimate them, my friend. I'm sure that GWB and GOP have, collectively, read nearly two history books. Or maybe part of one book, and part of the Clif notes for another one, which is nearly as good as reading two. And they once saw a historical movie, but they were too drunk at the time to remember much of it so I'm not sure how much that counts.

Posted by: bob on November 14, 2007 at 11:48 PM | PERMALINK

But did the future Mrs. Page sign a pre-nup?

Posted by: lux on November 14, 2007 at 11:50 PM | PERMALINK

Send some chafing dishes--whatever those are.

Posted by: Anon on November 14, 2007 at 11:51 PM | PERMALINK

Tits On Horseback--

Norway permitted World War II. I don't even know what to say. Is your message in some sort of code?

Posted by: calling all toasters on November 14, 2007 at 11:52 PM | PERMALINK

Send some chafing dishes--whatever those are.

They're the ones covered in talcum powder.

Posted by: calling all toasters on November 14, 2007 at 11:53 PM | PERMALINK

Gore's on Apple's board, but not Google's.

http://www.google.com/corporate/execs.html

Posted by: Nat on November 15, 2007 at 12:24 AM | PERMALINK

calling all toasters. no surprise here. There is no connection between his/her self-appointed title and any actual knowledge or facts.

The fuckwit lives in some self-made "reality" and the condition is terminal.

Posted by: notthere on November 15, 2007 at 12:26 AM | PERMALINK
The fuckwit lives in some self-made "reality" and the condition is terminal. Posted by: notthere

If only it was terminal, after a long hiatus TOH is back. Frankly I wish he would crawl back under the rock he's been under until recently.

Posted by: Dr. Morpheus on November 15, 2007 at 12:53 AM | PERMALINK

Seeing the effluvia from the first poster above I am reminded to ask the posters here as to whatever happened to the one of the other idiots, tbrosz? Perhaps the two can talk to each other.

Posted by: gregor on November 15, 2007 at 1:40 AM | PERMALINK

I actually am unable to attend one of my friend's wedding over the holidays, mainly because I'm hankering off to Ireland with the groom's ex-girlfriend. I wonder if it would be safer to use the "I'm-off-to-Norway-to-accept-the-Nobel-Peace-prize" excuse instead. I suppose I'll have to tell him that I'm part of that other-committee-that-he-hasn't-heard-of co-winner.

Posted by: msmackle on November 15, 2007 at 2:08 AM | PERMALINK

Surely than we should go to war with Norway and the Nobel Peace Prize Committee! The Objective Historian has kindly theorized that *** THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE *** supports terrorism.

Posted by: An Anonymous American Patriot on November 15, 2007 at 5:53 AM | PERMALINK

I have to wonder, are conservatives already promoting some alternate-reality substitute to the Nobel Peace Prize? You know they're really serious when they start promoting their own little right-wing version of something.

Posted by: sweaty guy on November 15, 2007 at 6:52 AM | PERMALINK

I will never forgive the courts, the MSM and the right-wing noise machine for taking 8 years of Al Gore as president away from us. Ever. The stark comparison of how Shrubs handled the collective might and power of our great country, and how Gore would have, is enough to make me cry. We have shown our shallowness by allowing a vain stupid peacock of a man to trump a great thinker and greater visionary.
The most horrible hypocrisy of our time has been from the Christian right. Remember all those bumper-stickers saying WWJD? He would have supported a man who loved peace and would administrate justly and fairly. He would not have endorsed a regime of death and intolerance. Even for god, that's a no-brainer.
I hope we find a way to turn ourselves around before it's too late and we consign our children to a Kubrikian Hell.

Posted by: Aaron on November 15, 2007 at 7:12 AM | PERMALINK

Would that excuse work for getting one out of the Texas Air National Guard?

Posted by: Rula Lenska on November 15, 2007 at 7:24 AM | PERMALINK

Didn't Norway's resistance prevent the Krauts from getting that heavy water, thereby preventing them from beating us to the A-bomb?

Posted by: Rula Lenska on November 15, 2007 at 7:30 AM | PERMALINK

Speaking up in a small way for Norway -- the resistance there was largely supplied by fishing boats that would cross the freezing water from North Atlantic islands that the Germans hadn't occupied. (The islands could be supplied safely by submarine, but trying to run subs up to the actual coast of Norway would have been suicide.)

Cuz this was life and death for the Norwegian resistance fighters, the boats would go out in weather that even North Atlantic fishermen wouldn't ordinarily risk. On one of these trips, a captain's crew understandably huddled against the cold -- and a couple members died of hypothermia, cuz shivering wasn't enough.

On the NEXT trip, that captain went down into the bilge, unscrewed the seacock so the ocean began to flow in, and THREW THE PIECE OVERBOARD. "Bail, you bastards..."

And they all survived cuz the constant activity kept 'em warm, so they kept delivering arms, ammunition and medicine to the resistance.

TOH oughta be ashamed.

Posted by: theAmericanist on November 15, 2007 at 7:38 AM | PERMALINK

"I have to wonder, are conservatives already promoting some alternate-reality substitute to the Nobel Peace Prize?"

That would be awesome. This year's Dick Cheney Peace Prize could be awarded to Islam Karimov.

Posted by: reino on November 15, 2007 at 8:05 AM | PERMALINK

BUSH

Posted by: Al on November 15, 2007 at 8:50 AM | PERMALINK

I like this new, succinct Al. Keep it up, buddy! If you can get briefer still, just go for it!

Posted by: sweaty guy on November 15, 2007 at 8:59 AM | PERMALINK

whatever happened to the one of the other idiots, tbrosz?

Tom has rebranded himself as "Hacksaw". New name, same obtuse bullshit.

Posted by: MeLoseBrain? on November 15, 2007 at 9:03 AM | PERMALINK

And reino, I have to concur with the nomination of Islam Karimov for the right-wing peace prize. His dogged devotion to Peace Through Order has gone unnoticed for far too long by the liberal elites in their little igloos up in Oslo.

I suggest the Dick Cheney Peace Award be a golden fist, with whatever the Latin is for "I MUST BREAK YOU" ornately inscribed underneath. Just imagine the excited banter we'll see over at The Corner each year as conservatives speculate who'll get a fisty this year!

Posted by: sweaty guy on November 15, 2007 at 9:25 AM | PERMALINK

Not to muscle in here, because sweaty guy and reino are doing a superb job (the "fisty" in particular rocks), but I would suggest that the Dick Cheney Peace Prize instead be called the Dick Cheney Security Through Strength Prize. "Peace" is a squishy kumbaya concept supported only by dirty fucking hippies, effete metro dwellers and others who don't understand the world we live in today.

Posted by: shortstop on November 15, 2007 at 9:49 AM | PERMALINK

What Aaron at 7:12 said. Doubled.

Posted by: thersites on November 15, 2007 at 10:24 AM | PERMALINK

TOH at 11:36PM

Exhibit A that an unhinged wingnut's head really can explode.

Posted by: ckelly on November 15, 2007 at 12:10 PM | PERMALINK

to: The Objective Historian
My family survived though the war in Norway and suffered numerous losses. My father had first hand experience of throwing a potato at a German convey at age 5 and getting re soundly beaten for it. I have tons of family stories of resistance and fighting. As with any country there are people who will turn traitor, but in the end we lined Quisling up and shot him. ...go read some more history before you post something like that.

Posted by: survivin in tejas on November 15, 2007 at 12:13 PM | PERMALINK

Carter's Peace Prize address was sharply critical of W. Bush. I will be very interested to hear if Gore's Peace Prize address will be. My guess is Gore will not mention W. Bush or the occupation of Iraq. I hope I am wrong, but he seems to be more interested in increasing his wealth, which is fine if he remains outside of politics.

Posted by: Brojo on November 15, 2007 at 3:40 PM | PERMALINK
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