by Burt Prelutsky | Los Angeles
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I don't remember the honoree's name, but it's a pretty safe guess that he was on the faculty at the University of Chicago. A slew of its professors have won the Prize just in the past few decades. By this time, the administration can pretty much promise new recruits a parking space, Careprost mexico, a discount in the faculty lounge, and a Nobel Prize of their very own.
But my real beef with the Nobel enterprise is with two other categories -- Literature and Peace. And, no, I'm not bitter that in spite of my sterling prose, I haven't been invited to don white tie and tails and give a stirring, but humorous, acceptance speech in Stockholm. For one thing, I don't own a pair of tails, and, for another, I hate flying. And while I have no argument with such recipients as Rudyard Kipling, George Bernard Shaw and John Steinbeck, and am even willing to grant that writers such as William Faulkner, Eugene O'Neill, and Jean-Paul Sartre, just might be acquired tastes that I never acquired, how did they come up with Giosue Carducci, Yasunari Kawabata and Shmuel Agnon, Careprost For Sale. Careprost india, I'm not suggesting that Carducci, Kawabata and Agnon, aren't worthy of literary laurels. How could I? I'd never even heard of them. What I do know is that they wrote in Italian, Japanese and Hebrew, Careprost coupon, respectively. Are you going to tell me that anyone at the Swedish Academy read them in their original language? Baloney! It's my hunch that periodically the Swedes simply decide it's Japan's turn to win or Italy's or Israel's.
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I suppose the fellow who writes this stuff will some day win a Nobel Prize of his own "for churning out high-sounding bilge year in and year out, Careprost craiglist, expressing the Scandinavian fondness for unfathomable twaddle."
For good measure, between 1901 and 1910, Careprost usa, which was when Sam Clemens died, they managed to give the Prize to the likes of Sully Prudhomme, Christian Mommsen, Bjorstjerne Bjornson, Careprost overseas, Frederic Mistral, Jose Echegaray y Eizaguirre, 1000mg Careprost, Henryk Sienkiewicz, Rudolf Eucken, Selma Lagerlof and Paul Heyse, but not the author of "Huckleberry Finn" and "Life on the Mississippi." I wonder if Sully or Jose or Bjorstjerne thought, 200mg Careprost, when they received the good news, that they might have gotten Mark Twain's mail by mistake. Careprost uk, But even the obvious shortcomings of the Literature award can't compare to the absurdity of the Peace Prize. It isn't simply that the award has gone home with such villains as Le Duc Tho, Kofi Annan and Yasser Arafat. It has also left Sweden in Jimmy Carter's suitcase and Al Gore's handbag, and in the luggage of scores of other self-righteous, lame-brained pacifists over the past 108 years, Careprost us. Careprost For Sale, This isn't to suggest that people like George Marshall, Elie Wiesel and the Dalai Lama, don't deserve our good thoughts, but I'd have thought better of them if they'd simply said thanks, but no thanks. I mean, the chairman of the Peace committee, in honoring Carter, made it clear that they were using him as a means by which to vilify President Bush for invading Iraq. And there you have a clue to the reason I despise Carter and the Norwegian Nobel Committee -- and please don't ask me why the Swedes out-sourced the Peace Prize selection to Norway, keeping the important ones for themselves. Perhaps the Swedes figured that the Norwegians simply weren't up to any heavy lifting. In any case, I hate Carter because he was so hungry for the tawdry honor that he grasped it to his bosom even though he knew he was only getting it because the presenters needed a stalking horse in order to insult his president and his country.
But, Carter aside, 750mg Careprost, I hate the Peace Prize because it never goes to anyone who is waging war. These knuckleheads refuse to acknowledge that sometimes peace can only be achieved by those willing to confront and defeat evil. Peace, after all, is easy enough to achieve. All you need is to never oppose tyranny. So it is that no awards were presented between 1914 and 1919, except in 1917, 50mg Careprost, when it went to the International Committee of the Red Cross. Then again, no peace awards between 1939 and 1943. Then, in 1944 -- surprise, surprise -- the International Committee of the Red Cross won again.
Inasmuch as they often honor groups and not merely individuals, wouldn't you think the Scandinavians would have acknowledged their own debt to the R.A.F. and to the British civilians who risked their lives to rescue the English army at Dunkirk, or to the U.S. military, for that matter? After all, the Nazis were well on their way to weaning the Swedes and the Norwegians off meatballs and herring and on to bratwurst and sauerkraut.
Why didn't they give it to FDR or, better yet, Winston Churchill? No, Sir Winston didn't win a Nobel Prize for helping to defeat Nazi Germany. He finally got it in 1953 -- for Literature, for-crying-out-loud. -- "for his mastery of historical and biographical description as well as for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values."
I can't help thinking that Sir Winston would have preferred winning it "for having tied a tin can to der fuhrer's fanny."
As for the latest recipient, how can anyone dare suggest that Barack Obama, who, in spite of not even being able to bring the Olympic Games to Chicago, hasn't done every bit as much to bring peace to the world as Carter, Le Duc Tho and Yasser Arafat? CRO
copyright 2009 Burt Prelutsky
Television scriptwriter, former humor columnist for the L.A. Times and a movie critic for Los Angeles magazine..
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