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Nobel Peace Prize Called 'Left-wing Charade'

By    |   Sunday, 18 October 2009 10:01 PM EDT

Headlines (Scroll down for complete stories):
1. Nobel Peace Prize Called 'Left-wing Charade'
2. Media Dismiss Obama-Ayers Book Link
3. Gore Cuts Off Questioner on Warming
4. Obama's War on Fox News Could Backfire
5. Steve Forbes to Speak at Newsmax Dinner
6. Hillary Firmly Rules Out White House Bid
7. We Heard: Sarah Palin, Norm Coleman


1. Nobel Peace Prize Called 'Left-wing Charade'

The Nobel Peace Prize has become "worthless" and should be overshadowed by an award named for a man who truly did achieve peace — Ronald Reagan, according to former White House official Jeffrey Lord.

Writing in The American Spectator after Barack Obama became the latest recipient of the Nobel, Lord observes: "The decision to give the award to Obama was made by a group of Norwegian parliamentarians dominated by socialists."

The prize "has become essentially worthless, a charade for left-wing Norwegian politicians to award like-minded liberals and liberalism under the guise that the award in some objective fashion determines an individual's contributions to peace," writes Lord, who was a political director in the Reagan administration.

"It's easy to cite the current story. Obama today, Al Gore yesterday, Jimmy Carter the day before that. . . Reagan? Thatcher? Pope John Paul II? George W. Bush? Of course not.

"It's time for the Reagan Peace Prize. Actually, it's past time."

Lord cites a number of Nobel recipients whose efforts at promoting peace ultimately resulted in failure, beginning in 1919 with U.S. President Woodrow Wilson. He was honored for his work on the disastrous Treaty of Versailles ending World War I and the League of Nations, which Lord described as "an embarrassing failure."

"The hard cold facts of history illustrate that the peace through strength policies initiated by President Reagan were a success," says Lord, now a journalist and author whose works have appeared in publications including The Wall Street Journal and National Review.

"His belief in the importance of human freedom, in directly opposing tyranny and protecting liberty, combined with the maintenance and, when needed, projection of a strong military, ended the Cold War and the 'evil empire' that was the Soviet Union.

"Reagan's strategy freed millions of East Europeans enslaved since the end of the Second World War, which in turn was brought on by the inexcusably wrong-headed, naive if well-intentioned policies of one Nobel Peace Prize winner after another."

Recipients of the Reagan Prize would be chosen by a panel of conservative Americans drawn from the worlds of politics, journalism, entrepreneurship and entertainment. And it would be presented in Berlin, a "symbol of Reagan's successes: the destruction of the Berlin Wall, the fall of the Soviet Union that built it, and the Cold War that made that Wall and all it stood for possible," Lord writes.

As for who might win the award, Lord suggests likely candidates would be "the three Iranian dissidents known only by their initials in current news reports, all identified as being sentenced to death for protesting Iran's rigged elections."

Lord concludes: "It's time to award real prestige to those who achieve real peace. It's time for the Reagan Prize."

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2. Media Dismiss Obama-Ayers Book Link

Media sources were quick to downplay a blogger's report that former Weather Underground radical Bill Ayers had admitted writing Barack Obama's memoir "Dreams From My Father."

But those same sources have been much quieter about an assertion by best-selling author Christopher Andersen that terrorist bomber Ayers gave Obama substantial help in writing the book.

On Oct. 6, blogger Anne Leary wrote on the Backyard Conservative Web site that she had encountered Ayers at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and snapped his photo. She disclosed that, after she identified herself as a conservative blogger, Ayers stunned her by confirming earlier reports that he was involved in writing Obama's 1995 book. She wrote:

"Then, unprompted he said — I wrote 'Dreams From My Father.' I said, oh, so you admit it. He said, Michelle asked me to. . . He went on to say, and if you can prove it, we can split the royalties. . . I said I believe you probably heavily edited it. He said, I wrote it."

News sources on the Internet and elsewhere quickly picked up on Leary's report, many of them expressing skepticism.

The Hill, a respected Washington, D.C.-based newspaper, sought to put the controversy to rest, stating simply: "Ayers is joking, of course."

The Hill referred to a report by the National Journal, which disclosed that, when questioned about the authorship of Obama's book, Ayers said:

"Here's what I'm going to say. This is my quote. Be sure to write it down. 'Yes, I wrote "Dreams From My Father." I ghostwrote the whole thing. I met with the president three or four times, and then I wrote the entire book. And now I would like the royalties.'"

The Hill stated: "The most likely scenario is that Ayers is simply amused by the endless theories surrounding his relationship (or lack thereof) with Obama and has decided to stoke the fire for fun."

But that article in The Hill does not refer to the claim in Andersen's best-seller "Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage" that Ayers did indeed help Obama write the book.

Obama was faced with a deadline to submit his manuscript, and his wife, Michelle, suggested that he seek help from his "friend and Hyde Park [Chicago] neighbor Bill Ayers," according to Andersen.

"Everyone knew they were friends and that they worked on various projects together. It was no secret," Andersen writes.

Andersen, who has written best-sellers about the Kennedys, the Bushes, and other notables, said Obama gave Ayers tapes of interviews he conducted with many of his relatives, along with his partial manuscript and notes. He wrote:

"In the end, Ayers' contribution to Barack's 'Dreams From my Father' would be significant — so much so that the book's language, oddly specific references, literary devices, and themes would bear a jarring similarity to Ayers' own writing."

Many in the media did review Andersen's book but failed to note his assertion regarding Ayers.

The Los Angeles Times, for instance, focused on Andersen's claim that Michelle was jealous of Barack's relationship with a female campaign worker.

USA Today highlighted the disclosure that Michelle pushed Barack to nominate Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court.

And CBS zeroed in on Andersen's claim that Barack's political ambitions nearly caused the Obamas to split up.

"The more accurate the reporting on a story that unnerves the Democrats, the more likely the major media are to block it," wrote columnist Jack Cashill, who also has maintained that Ayers helped Obama write the book.

"There is no more stunning example of this than the reporting on Christopher Andersen's new best seller, 'Barack and Michelle: The Portrait of an American Marriage.' Very nearly every major news outlet in the English-speaking world felt compelled to review the book," Cashill wrote on the American Thinker Web site. "Yet not a single reviewer, as far as I could tell, dared mention the book's most newsworthy revelation, namely that Bill Ayers substantially aided Barack Obama in the writing of his ballyhooed 1995 memoir, 'Dreams From My Father.'"

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3. Gore Cuts Off Questioner on Warming

Al Gore expressed optimism that Congress will pass a bill limiting carbon emissions, but he refused to deal with a question regarding alleged errors in his climate change documentary "An Inconvenient Truth."

"We're very close to the political tipping point," Gore said at the Society of Environmental Journalists' annual conference in Madison, Wis.

"I am optimistic. I think there has been a very powerful recognition, not only in this country, but in many countries, that there is a linkage between the climate crisis and the economic crisis and the national security crisis that is in part derivative of the world's ridiculous over-dependence on carbon-based fuels."

The former vice president said he expects the Senate to pass the carbon emissions reduction bill before a United Nations conference on climate change in Copenhagen, Denmark, in December, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.

After his address, Gore fielded several questions from journalists, including one from Ireland's Phelim McAleer, who asked Gore about nine errors a British court identified in his 2006 documentary.

Gore answered that the court's ruling supported showing his film in British schools. And when McAleer tried to discuss the matter further, the moderators cut off his microphone.

McAleer was referring to a 2007 court case brought by a school official who opposed the British government's plan to show Gore's film in secondary schools.

The judge ruled that the film could be shown in schools, although he noted that Gore's views were not supported by the government and identified nine points in the film as troubling:

  • Gore said the disappearance of snow on Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa was expressly attributable to human-induced climate change. The judge said the consensus is that the link could not be established.
  • Gore referred to a study showing that polar bears had drowned while "swimming long distances to find the ice." The judge said: "The only scientific study that either side before me can find is one which indicates that four polar bears have recently been found drowned because of a storm."
  • The drying up of Lake Chad in Africa was used as an example of global warming. The judge said: "It is apparently considered to be more likely to result from. . . population increase, over-grazing and regional climate variability."
  • The film claimed that low-lying inhabited Pacific atolls "are being inundated because of anthropogenic global warming," but there was no evidence of any evacuation occurring.
  • It spoke of global warming "shutting down the ocean conveyor" — the process by which the Gulf Stream is carried over the North Atlantic to western Europe. The judge said that, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, it was "very unlikely" that the conveyor would shut down in the future, though it might slow down.
  • Gore asserted that two graphs, one plotting a rise in carbon dioxide levels and the other the rise in temperature over a period of 650,000 years, showed "an exact fit." The judge said although scientists agreed there was a connection, "the two graphs do not establish what Mr. Gore asserts."
  • Gore ascribed Hurricane Katrina to global warming, but there was "insufficient evidence to show that," according to the judge.
  • The film said that coral reefs all over the world were bleaching because of global warming and other factors. The judge said separating the impacts of stresses due to climate change from other stresses, such as over-fishing and pollution, was difficult.

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4. Obama's War on Fox News Could Backfire

The Obama administration's recent declaration of war on Fox News could backfire and be seen as an "admission of weakness," according to an opinion piece in New York magazine.

White House communications director Anita Dunn fired a volley at the network when she declared: "We're going to treat them the way we would treat an opponent," The New York Times reported on Oct. 11.

"As they are undertaking a war against Barack Obama and the White House, we don't need to pretend that this is the way legitimate news organizations behave."

She later said: "Fox News often operates almost as either the research arm or the communications arm of the Republican Party."

Fox Senior Vice President for News Michael Clemente fired back at what he called the White House’s “attack mentality.”

"Perhaps the energy would be better spent on the critical issues we are worried about,” Clemente said in a statement issued by the network.

The White House's logic "seems to be that there's no point in trying to be fairly portrayed on Fox News," Chris Rovzar observed in New York magazine.

"But there are plenty of negatives to this take-no-prisoner approach. . .

"Recognizing Fox as an enemy worth fighting is an admission of weakness for a president whose appeal has been partly predicated on the promise of unity."

Rovzar also wrote: "Beyond the fact that Fox will use this White House move to boost their ratings (Obama winning the election has always been their golden ticket — they're on track now for their best year ever), it makes it seem as though they're actually wounding the president."

In June, President Obama attacked Fox without mentioning it by name, saying it was devoted entirely to attacking his administration and that its coverage of his actions was entirely negative.

And last month, the president appeared on all the major networks’ Sunday talk shows except for "Fox News Sunday," which the White House called an “ideological outlet."

But Bill Shine, Fox’s senior vice president for programming, told The Times: “Every time they [attack], our ratings go up.”

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5. Steve Forbes to Speak at Newsmax Dinner

Steve Forbes, one of America's foremost financial experts, will be the guest speaker at Newsmax's "Newsmaker" dinner on Monday, Nov. 2, in Palm Beach, Fla.

Forbes is CEO of Forbes Inc., editor of Forbes magazine, and a Fox News contributor. He has been an outspoken critic of President Obama's economic policies and those of the Federal Reserve.

He also has been warning that a weakened dollar will cause great harm to Americans' wealth and investments.

At the dinner, Forbes will offer his take on the current economic situation, the stock market, investments such as real estate and gold, and his predictions about the future. A question-and-answer session with Steve will follow the dinner.

Newsmax will host the dinner with Forbes from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Four Seasons Hotel in Palm Beach.

Guests can register online by Clicking Here Now, or by phone by calling Gina Salzo at (561) 686-1165, ext. 1280.

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6. Hillary Firmly Rules Out White House Bid

For the first time, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton clearly has ruled out another presidential run.

During an interview with NBC's Ann Curry on the "Today" show on Monday, Clinton discussed her role in the Barack Obama administration. Curry suddenly asked: "Will you ever run for president again? Yes or no."

Hillary laughed and said firmly, "No."

Curry: "No?"

Clinton: "No. No. I mean, this is a great job. It is a 24-7 job. And I'm looking forward to retirement at some point."

Hillary's declaration came just days after leading political analyst Dick Morris suggested that Obama could be vulnerable to a challenge from Clinton for the 2012 Democratic presidential nomination.

Appearing on Fox News Channel, Morris told Bill O'Reilly that Obama was elected as a "peace candidate," but the U.S. is still in Guantanamo Bay, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and the president is going to increase troop levels in Afghanistan.

Obama, then, "is vulnerable primarily to a primary from the left," Morris said, "and he's got a Secretary of State who would make a dandy candidate for the left."

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7. We Heard: Sarah Palin, Norm Coleman

THAT Sarah Palin, author of the new book "Going Rogue, An American Life," has sent her birthday wishes to former U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher suggesting that Thatcher was something of a rogue herself.

Thatcher's "life and career serve as a blueprint for overcoming the odds and challenging the 'status quo,'" Palin wrote on her Facebook page on Tuesday, Thatcher's 84th birthday.

"She started life as a grocer's daughter from Grantham and rose to become Prime Minister — all by her own merit and hard work. I cherish the accomplishments of Margaret Thatcher and will always count her as one of my role models."

Palin also wrote that the Conservative Party leader's "push to privatize British industry and lower tax rates led to a substantial economic expansion in the United Kingdom."

THAT former Republican Sen. Norm Coleman, who lost his Minnesota seat in a close race with Al Franken, has joined the Republican Jewish Coalition's Board of Directors.

"We are thrilled to have Norm Coleman join the Board," said RJC Executive Director Matthew Brooks.

"He is an outstanding Republican leader who brings a wealth of experience and insight to the organization. He has long been a good friend of the RJC and we are pleased that he is taking an active role in the RJC's work."

Established in 1985, the RJC is the national grassroots organization of Jewish Republicans, with over 40 chapters around the country and offices in Pennsylvania, New York, Florida, and California.

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Headlines (Scroll down for complete stories):1. Nobel Peace Prize Called 'Left-wing Charade'2. Media Dismiss Obama-Ayers Book Link3. Gore Cuts Off Questioner on Warming4. Obama's War on Fox News Could Backfire5. Steve Forbes to Speak at Newsmax Dinner6. Hillary Firmly Rules...
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