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muriel_volestrangler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 06:29 PM
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Tony Blair wins 2010 Liberty Medal award for work on peace
Source: The Guardian

Tony Blair, in his inevitable career progression from world leader to elder statesman, picks up another award, this time the 2010 Liberty Medal, a prize given annually by the National Constitution Centre in Philadelphia.

In announcing the $100,000 prize, Philadelphia's mayor Michael Nutter praised Blair's "relentless pursuit of a long-elusive peace in Northern Ireland as British prime minister and his dedication to the Middle East peace process".
...
Blair's peace efforts in the Middle East presumably don't encompass his support for the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. Philadelphia blogger Duncan Black noted: "I guess Tony Blair won this for his success in helping to liberate souls from the earthly existence."

Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/richard-adams-blog/2010...



Indeed, the press release goes on for many paragraphs, without mentioning Iraq in any form. Maybe it should be renamed the Collective Amnesia Medal, or the Basil Fawlty Medal ("whatever you do, don't mention the war!").

I'm so pleased to see that to give Blair a medal for 'liberty', you must be a Nutter, though.
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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 06:31 PM
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1. I think I'm going to puke. nt
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rurallib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 06:39 PM
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2. Ironically ironic
Next: Tony Hayward wins environmental award.
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bongbong Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 06:40 PM
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3. Irony already died
Remember the ancient chestnut "Irony died the day Kissinger got the Nobel Peace Prize."?
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marasinghe Donating Member (754 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 07:10 PM
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7. thanks for the memories.
so tony joins henry in the 'mass murdering elder statesmen with peace prizes' hall of fame.
the award for the chimp in the low expectations category should be coming through any day now.
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valerief Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 07:15 PM
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9. War is peace, after all. nt
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katty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 06:56 PM
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4. surely they jest?!!! WTF?!
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EmeraldCityGrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 06:59 PM
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5. Another attempt to rewrite history. Blair is a murderer and all the medals
in the world won't change that.
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Tempest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 07:09 PM
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6. Another medal that isn't worth a crap

Just like the Medal of Freedom that Bush handed out to war criminals.
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valerief Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 07:14 PM
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8. It must a some kind of joke award, right? nt
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dixiegrrrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 07:17 PM
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10. It was a consolation prize. They wouldn't let him enter the Crufts show
in the poodle group.
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amandabeech Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 11:20 PM
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26. Standard, miniature or toy?
Personally, I think that Tony'd fit right in with the toy group.

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dixiegrrrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 05:12 PM
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43. Agreed.
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PSPS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 07:28 PM
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11. Medals ain't what they used to be. (Obama and his "Nobel peace prize" too.)
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billymayshere Donating Member (71 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 07:36 PM
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12. This is a joke right?
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IcyPeas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 07:39 PM
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13. ummmm, President Obama won the nobel prize for peace...
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ProudDad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 02:03 AM
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28. And Obama used the opportunity
to justify the extension of his shiny new FUCKING WAR...

At least Kissinger had the good taste not to PISS ON THE PRIZE WHILE RECEIVING IT...

:nuke:
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Solly Mack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 07:41 PM
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14. ROFSMAO
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BumRushDaShow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 07:45 PM
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15. WTF is wrong with my city?
:banghead:
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rpannier Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 07:49 PM
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16. Past medal winners include
1997 CNN International

2000 Dr. James Watson and Dr. Francis Crick, co-discoverers of the structure of DNA (joint prize)
Great discovery. But a prize from an organization dedicated to increasing public understanding of the U.S. Constitution and the ideas and values it represents?

2002 Colin Powell, U.S. Secretary of State

2003 Sandra Day O'Connor, Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court

2004 Hamid Karzai, President of Afghanistan

2006 George H.W. Bush and William J. Clinton, former U.S. Presidents (joint prize)

2009 Steven Spielberg
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liberation Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 08:00 PM
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17. Shouldn't organization be even remotely acquainted with the meaning of the achievements
they give medals for?
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ProudDad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 02:04 AM
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29. Hey, 2 out of the 8 ain't that bad...
NOT!
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 05:01 AM
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32. Speilberg must be at least a little embarrassed to be in that group.
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Nihil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 08:35 AM
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37. What an interesting list of "winners"?!
> 2002 Colin Powell, U.S. Secretary of State
> 2003 Sandra Day O'Connor, Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court
> 2004 Hamid Karzai, President of Afghanistan
> 2006 George H.W. Bush and William J. Clinton, former U.S. Presidents (joint prize)

In this respect, Blair fits right in as he is a treacherous, two-faced
murdering SOB who was the primary enabler of G.W.Bush *outside* the USA.

:mad:
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mike_c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 08:05 PM
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18. words fail me....
:puke:
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Lucky Luciano Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 08:33 PM
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19. Since when does The Onion qualify as Latest Breaking News??!! nt
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 05:05 AM
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33. Beat me to it.
My thought was "I didn't realize The Onion was an acceptable source for the LBN forum."
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regnaD kciN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 08:57 PM
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20. In other news, Ted Bundy has won a posthumous award...
...for his landmark efforts in population control.

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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 05:12 AM
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34. I thought you were going to say the Gourmand Award.
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regnaD kciN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 11:01 AM
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40. No -- that went to Jeffery Dahmer
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undeterred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 09:09 PM
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21. I guess there must not have been many to choose from.
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rpannier Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 09:44 PM
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22. Probably like that Discovery Greatest American Ever quiz
bLIAR probably beat out
Limbaugh, Arnold, sarah palin and michael savage
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Mudoria Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 10:23 PM
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23. Ranks up there with the Nobel for Obama
Edited on Wed Jun-30-10 10:23 PM by Mudoria
Undeserved in both cases.
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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 10:24 PM
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24. Calling George Orwell!
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conspirator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 10:26 AM
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39. War is Peace. Amen n/t
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Fool Count Donating Member (878 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 10:36 PM
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25. The biggest injustice is that he did not share it with Saddam Hussein
(posthumously).
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ProudDad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 02:01 AM
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27. First Kissinger, then Obama and now this
Satire is truly, truly dead...
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go west young man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 02:15 AM
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30. Rumor has it that Hitler will posthumously received the Ghandi award for kindness.
And Glenn Beck will be delivering it accompanied by Santa Claus and Jeffrey Dahmer. Mother Theresa is expected to sing "Whoop there it is" during the ceremony.
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go west young man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 02:27 AM
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31. In all seriousness this award was essentially given to Blair by the
Edited on Thu Jul-01-10 02:28 AM by go west young man
Annenberg Foundation who built and run The National Constitution Center. They also came up with factcheck.org whic is incredibly sad and ironic. Considering the amount of philanthropy work they do in the world one would have to ask "what the fuck were they thinking" giving this award to Blair who lied us into a war that cost a half a million or more lives? The Annenberg Foundation should be ashamed.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 05:22 AM
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35. And Obama was on the board of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge. Where's Kevin Bacon in all this?
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 05:25 AM
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36. Sad news; funny thread.
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Demonaut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 08:39 AM
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38. eradicating peace?
if anything he' still in debt to humanity for the Iraq war...just not as much as before
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LeftishBrit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 11:02 AM
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41. How very Orwellian.
Freedom is Slavery. War is Peace.

But a Nutter is still a Nutter!
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Romulox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 11:29 AM
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42. Just like Obama got a "peace prize" and then commenced to SURGE! into Afghanistan.
The Onion is irrelevant because the real headlines are a farce.
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