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Old 02-02-07, 11:29 PM
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Rush Limbaugh nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

http://news.yahoo.com/s/usnw/2007020...el_peace_prize
Landmark Legal Foundation Nominates Rush Limbaugh for 2007 Nobel Peace Prize

Thu Feb 1, 1:27 PM ET

To: RADIO-TELEVISION EDITORS

Contact: Eric Christensen of Landmark Legal Foundation, +1-703-554-6100, +1-703-554-6119 (fax), [email protected]

LEESBURG, Va., Feb. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Landmark Legal Foundation today nominated nationally syndicated radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh for the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

Limbaugh, whose daily radio show is heard by more than 20 million people on more than 600 radio stations in the United States and around the world, was nominated for the prestigious award for his "nearly two decades of tireless efforts to promote liberty, equality and opportunity for all humankind, regardless of race, creed, economic stratum or national origin. These are the only real cornerstones of just and lasting peace throughout the world," said Landmark President Mark R. Levin.

"Rush Limbaugh is the foremost advocate for freedom and democracy in the world today," explained Levin. "Everyday he gives voice to the values of democratic governance, individual opportunity and the just, equal application of the rule of law -- and it is fitting that the Nobel Committee recognize the power of these ideals to build a truly peaceful world for future generations."

The Nobel Peace Prize, which is given by a committee of the Norwegian Storting (the Norwegian Parliament), was created by inventor Alfred Nobel in his will in 1896 to be given to the individual or organization 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 of peace congresses." The first Nobel Peace Prize was awarded in 1901 to Henry Dunant and Frederic Passy.

Should Limbaugh become the 2007 Nobel Laureate for Peace, he will receive the Nobel Peace Prize medal and a cash award of $10 million Norwegian Kroner (approximately $1.6 million). The prize would be presented at a ceremony in the Oslo City Hall presided over by King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway on December 10, 2007, the anniversary of Alfred Nobel's death. As the 2007 Nobel Laureate for Peace, Limbaugh would deliver the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize Lecture at that ceremony.

Founded in 1976, Landmark Legal Foundation is the leading conservative public interest law firm in the United States. Rush Limbaugh serves as an unpaid member of Landmark's Board of Advisors.
February 1, 2007 Professor Ole Danbolt Mjos Chairman, Norwegian Nobel Institute Henrik Ibsens Gate 51 NO-0255 Oslo, Norway Dear Dr. Mjos:

Landmark Legal Foundation herewith submits the name of Rush Limbaugh as an unsolicited nomination for the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

We are offering this nomination for Mr. Limbaugh's nearly two decades of tireless efforts to promote liberty, equality and opportunity for all mankind, regardless of race, creed, economic stratum or national origin. We fervently believe that these are the only real cornerstones of just and lasting peace throughout the world.

Rush Limbaugh is a nationally syndicated radio talk show host in the United States and one of the most popular broadcasters in the world. His daily radio show is heard on more than 600 radio stations in the United States and around the world. For 18 years he has used his show to become the foremost advocate for freedom and democracy in the world today. Everyday he gives voice to the values of democratic governance, individual opportunity and the just, equal application of the rule of law -- and it is fitting the Nobel Committee recognize the power of these ideals to build a truly peaceful world for future generations.

Thank you for your thoughtful and serious consideration of this nomination. Should you require additional information, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Sincerely, Mark R. Levin President SOURCE Landmark Legal Foundation
Doubt he'll win, but it's still pretty sweet.
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Old 02-03-07, 12:14 AM
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This is as silly as the Al Gore nomination.

But then, greats such as Yasser Arafat, Henry Kissinger and the North Vietnam dude actually won them.

I do wonder if those who nominated Gore and Limbaugh are eligible to make such nominations. I haven't really looked into it but here are the requirements for who can nominate (and they apparently must be invited to be eligible to nominate, which makes the "unsolicited" nomination for Rush suspect; don't know about the one for Gore):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nobel_Prize

* Members of national assemblies and governments of states;
* Members of international courts;
* University rectors;
* Professors of social sciences, history, philosophy, law and theology;
* Directors of peace research institutes and foreign policy institutes;
* Peace Prize laureates and/or board members of organisations that have been awarded the Peace Prize;
* Active and former members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee;
* Former advisers appointed by the Norwegian Nobel Institute.

I remember when that crazy doctor who said he could cure Terri Schiavo claimed to have been nominated for the Nobel Prize in Medicine but it turned out the legislator who "nominated" him was not eligible to do so.

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Old 02-03-07, 12:18 AM
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A conservative organization sent in an unsolicited nomination. Guess what? I could do the same for my local dog catcher and it would have as much credibility as this nomination.
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Old 02-03-07, 12:23 AM
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Anyone watch tonight's Law and Order? The lady who was ranting about liberals in that episode has a better chance of winning than Rush.
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If he wins then it's a pretty good sign that WWIII is about to break out.
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Hows the nomination process work? Can DVDTalk fill out whatever application and nominate someone? I say movielib for his global warming research (more balanced than Al Gore) or kvrdave for his work curtailing stray animal populations
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Old 02-03-07, 03:20 AM
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So, to summarize, the Landmark Legal Foundation, self-described as "the leading conservative public interest law firm in the United States" made an unsolicited nomination of Rush Limbaugh (who serves as an unpaid member of Landmark's Board of Advisors) for the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.


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Doubt he'll win, but it's still pretty sweet.
Yeah, if by "sweet" you mean absolutely meaningless.
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Old 02-03-07, 08:22 AM
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To compare the Gore nomination with the Limbaugh nomination is silly.

You can make a case for Gore. You can't for Limbaugh.
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Originally Posted by classicman2
To compare the Gore nomination with the Limbaugh nomination is silly.

You can make a case for Gore. You can't for Limbaugh.
Maybe you can make a case for Gore. I certainly can't. There are people who think they can make a case for Rush. I certainly can't.
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I can.

Whether you like it or not, there is a sizeable portion of the scientific community that agrees with Gore. There is a sizeable (somewhat less) portion of the scientific community that doesn't agree with Gore.

You choose to agree with those that agree with your position - kind of like you choose to agree with the economists who agree with your position.
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Originally Posted by classicman2
I can.

Whether you like it or not, there is a sizeable portion of the scientific community that agrees with Gore. There is a sizeable (somewhat less) portion of the scientific community that doesn't agree with Gore.
Gore goes way beyond even most of the alarmist scientific community (except maybe the Hansenian fringe). When there's as good a chance as there is that following his policies could cost trillions of dollars for almost no positive results and ensure third world countries to many more decades of slow or no economic growth I'd say one should think long and hard about his qualifications.

At least Rush thinks about the consequences of drastic mandatory cuts in the use of fossil fuels. Of course, that is hardly enough to qualify him either but Gore's policies are totally irresponsible given the present state of knowledge.
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You will agree that most of the scientific opinion doesn't agree with what you believe, don't you?
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Originally Posted by movielib
Gore goes way beyond even most of the alarmist scientific community (except maybe the Hansenian fringe). When there's as good a chance as there is that following his policies could cost trillions of dollars for almost no positive results and ensure third world countries to many more decades of slow or no economic growth I'd say one should think long and hard about his qualifications.

At least Rush thinks about the consequences of drastic mandatory cuts in the use of fossil fuels. Of course, that is hardly enough to qualify him either but Gore's policies are totally irresponsible given the present state of knowledge.
I seriously doubt that GE and Alcoa would press for the govt for regulations if there were "almost no positive results." Giant corporate behemoths don't press for things that would hurt their business. I also like how you qualify with "almost" where "almost" could mean rescuing mankind from imminent disaster.
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Old 02-03-07, 10:40 AM
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Well, CRM114, you can take solace in knowing that you won't be around when that disaster comes.
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Imminent disaster. Sounds like someone has watched The Day After Tomorrow too many times.

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Originally Posted by CRM114
I seriously doubt that GE and Alcoa would press for the govt for regulations if there were "almost no positive results." Giant corporate behemoths don't press for things that would hurt their business. I also like how you qualify with "almost" where "almost" could mean rescuing mankind from imminent disaster.
Yes, let's argue the same points all over again. By almost no results I mean the amount of mitigation of warming. And we have hashed over why some corporations would lend support for measures which may not be good overall because they might profit from them (brokerage firms from carbon trading) or simply to get a PR edge on the competition if the public appears to be buying the hype. In any event, I'm not going to get sucked into this same cycle all over again.

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Originally Posted by Red Dog
Imminent disaster. Sounds like someone has watched The Day After Tomorrow one too many times.
That's why I used the word "could." I don't follow the issue at all - all I know is that GE and like 15 other huge American multinationals have asked the government to regulate greenhouse gases. And I never saw The Day After Tomorrow.
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Why not get sucked in? Afterall, you've been sucked in to the garbage that Ayn Rand spouted.
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Originally Posted by classicman2
You will agree that most of the scientific opinion doesn't agree with what you believe, don't you?
I've never denied it. I've also not behaved as the alarmist side has (Gore is an especially egregious example of this) in falsely claiming the opposition is much tinier than it really is or only says what they say because they are being paid off.

I also haven't called for "Nuremburg-type" trials or demanded they be thrown out of their professional associations for their beliefs.

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Originally Posted by movielib
Yes, let's argue the same points all over again. By almost no results I mean the amount of mitigation of warming. And we have hashed over why some corporations would lend support for measures which may not be good overall because they might profit from them (brokerage firms from carbon trading) or simply to get a PR edge on the competition of the public appears to be buying the hype. In any event, I'm not going to get sucked into this same cycle all over again.
You have no cycle from me. I don't participate in the Global Warming thread - I only ever posted one article. So if "all over again" means a second time, my apologies.

I found it very telling that all of those multinationals stepped forward. Its like Vegas oddsmakers - they don't put their neck on the line unless they know something. And make no mistake, the PR gained by stepping out must be more than their calculated losses if they were regulated.
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I found it very telling that all of those multinationals stepped forward. Its like Vegas oddsmakers - they don't put their neck on the line unless they know something. And make no mistake, the PR gained by stepping out must be more than their calculated losses if they were regulated.

Well if they are like Vegas oddsmakers, given the way bookmakers make money (off the vig - not because they know something), then "putting one's neck on the line" means they are trying to make money both ways, which it sounds like what movielib has been describing.
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And make no mistake, the PR gained by stepping out must be more than their calculated losses if they were regulated.
I don't disagree. I am far more suspicious of business than I think you usually give me credit for. I do not expect most businesses to be principled defenders of the free market. Take Wal-Mart which supports minimum wage laws when they are already paying way above the minimum but knows some of its competitors will find it harder to meet a higher minimum than it is for them. Many large businesses use regulation to their advantage against their smaller competitors who have a more difficult time complying with regulations.
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Gore was nominated for the jointly Nobel Peace Prize by Conservative Member of the Norwegian Parliament named Boerge Brende, Socialist Left Party Member of the Norwegian Parliament Heidi Soerensen, and Canadian Inuit activist Sheila Watt-Cloutier. The fact that his nominators were members of Norway's parliament gives the nomination a little more heft that the Limbaugh nomination, and the fact that they are political rivals gives it even more heft. But the fact remains that getting nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize is relatively meaningless given the fact that it's so easy to nominate people.
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This is as silly as the Al Gore nomination.
Is it sillier than the Tookie Williams nomination/
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Rush Limbaugh hatefull rants might be a problem tho

Or attacks on "libearal" judges, or everyone who thinks differently, or foreign maid that couldn't get him the oxi he desired....
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