Other Nobel recipients far more deserving

Willard S. Boyle, George E. Smith, Thomas A. Steitz, Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Carol W. Greider, Jack W. Szostak, and Barack Obama.  Recognize any of these names?  All seven are Americans but, aside from the last name listed, few people other than relatives, friends and colleagues would recognize the names of the six other men and women. 

Boyle and Smith shared in the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physics; Steitz received one-third of the Chemistry award; and Blackburn, Greider and Szostak split this year’s prestigious award in Medicine.  Still, the only person likely to be recognized by the average American as a 2009 Nobel laureate is President Obama. This, despite the fact that the research and professional accomplishments by the other six awardees will positively affect the lives of virtually every American citizen, far more than will the actions taken by Obama that secured for him the Nobel honor.

Headlines encircled the globe in October heralding Obama’s selection as the 2009 Peace Prize recipient.  However, the shallow justification for the Nobel committee’s decision forced even the president to note in his December 10th acceptance that, his “accomplishments are slight” and that his selection therefore generated “considerable controversy.”  The Nobel committee itself seemed to anticipate its decision would be met with some degree of skepticism, if not derision, when it declared Obama the winner not for having yet done anything, but simply because he represented “hope for a better future” and possessed an as-yet unrealized “vision” for peace. 

On the other hand, the awards received by Obama’s fellow Americans Boyle, Smith, Steitz, Blackburn, Greider and Szostak, were based on much more than “hope” and “vision.”  Each one of these men and women of science and medicine – and their co-winners from China, Great Britain, and Israel – was recognized for his or her years of hard work and extensive research in their chosen fields.  The importance and tangible benefits of their pioneering work could hardly be overstated.

Thomas Steitz’s work in chemistry centers on principles that, while decidedly esoteric for the non-chemist layperson, actually may dramatically and positively affect us all.  Specifically, Steitz employed x-ray crystallography imaging techniques to more precisely determine the atomic structure of crystalline substances.  When this technique is applied to certain bacteria and antibodies, Steitz’s work transcends the theoretical and enters the very real world of designing new and potentially life-saving antibiotics.

The work for which recipients Willard Boyle and George E. Smith received their physics award extends back to the late 1960s.  Their pioneering efforts involving imaging semiconductors laid the foundation for the recent explosion in digital imaging that has revolutionized photography and telecommunications.  While few Americans know what a “charge-coupled device” is, without it, innumerable devices from hand-held digital recorders to the giant Hubble space telescope currently mapping the cosmos would not have been possible.

In the field of medicine, the three recipients of this year’s Nobel Prize all hail from the US.  Elizabeth Blackburn, Carol Greider and Jack Szostak have been laboring since the early 1980s to unravel the mysteries of cell genomes — elusive micro structures that hold the keys to a vast array of molecular biology endeavors.  The work of these three medical researchers has added greatly to understanding the mysteries of DNA, and to the development of ways to therapeutically target diseases. 

Barack Obama may in the future — during or following his tenure as president — accomplish great things for the cause of world peace.  The Nobel committee apparently believes he already has. However, without detracting from Obama’s great potential in this regard, it would have been nice if someone, somewhere – perhaps even the president himself in his acceptance speech – had noted these other honorees who already have accomplished so much of real substance to improve the lives of all Americans.

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Hard Right Hook

December 23rd, 2009
10:37 am

Algonquin J. Calhoun

December 21st, 2009
7:12 pm
obama won the award because he is completely opposite Bush and Cheney and their neanderthal policies. The world celebrates the fact that those two war mongers are gone and that we have a president who seeks peace. Obama deserved the award and I applaud his selection!

So, did FDR and Harry S. seek “peace?” How about JFK and LBJ?

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

December 24th, 2009
1:48 pm

JFK sought peace (NSAM263) and righteousness (EO11,110): that’s why the Roman Anti-Christ’s “Fifth Column” (lately helped Bush and Cheney to commit 9/11 by an element of Netanyahu’s PNAC faction of false Jews from the State of Israel) assassinated him to send 58,000 of us to die shedding the innocent blood of millions in S.E. Asia.

Happy Winter Solstice – Thank G-d the sun is now coming back.

Death for Treason

Hard Right Hook

December 24th, 2009
2:24 pm

If JFK sought peace, why did he & his CIA escalate Viet Nam?

Bush & Cheney “committed” 9/11? You need serious help. And heavy sedation.

……..and Merry Christmas to you, moonbat.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

December 24th, 2009
3:28 pm

Here’s the link to a free copy of the proof of Bush’s and Cheney’s 9/11 treason. Your not reading it doesn’t, per se, make you a traitor, it just means you’re at the very least a faux-man/faux-American: http://files.meetup.com/275335/The%20New%20Pearl%20Harbor.pdf.

Happy Winter Solstice, Moron.

Hard Right Hook

December 25th, 2009
2:25 pm

“Here’s the link to a free copy of the proof of Bush’s and Cheney’s 9/11 treason.”

Proof? The book cites Bill Maher as a source. No bias there, huh?

Who told you to question my patriotism, MoveOn.org? I’m no less a patriot for not believing this sophistry than you are for advocating it. You would probably respond by saying the “book proves it.” The book proves nothing, and that some people will waste time on anything.

There will always be “cases” like you running around; what’s important is for the sane majority of us to identify you and make sure your taking your medications. It’s a good thing you can hide behind the 1st Amendment, right?

It’s only a winter solstice in the northern hemisphere. It’s Christmas all over the world.

Hard Right Hook

December 25th, 2009
2:31 pm

By the way………… exegesis means “the critical explanation OR interpretation or a text. When I want you interpretation or some whacked out looney lefty “text,” I’ll ask for it.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

December 26th, 2009
3:43 am

The single reference to “Bill Maher” in Professor Griffin’s work, from Richard Falk’s Foreword of “The New Pearl Harbor”:

But there are troubling forces at work that block our access to the truth about 9/11. Ever since 9/11 the mainstream media have worked hand- in-glove with the government in orchestrating a mood of patriotic fervour making any expressions of doubts about the official leadership of the country tantamount to disloyalty. Media personalities, such as Bill Maher, who questioned, even casually, the official narrative were given pink slips, sidelined, and silenced, sending a chilling message of intimidation to anyone tempted to voice dissident opinions. Waving the American flag became a substitute for critical and independent thought, and slogans such as “United We Stand” were used as blankets to smother whatever critical impulses existed. This thought- stopping equation of patriotism with unquestioning acceptance of the present administrations policies has played into the hands of those presidential advisors who have seen 9/11 not as a national tragedy but in the phrase used by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld during a TV interview with Jim Lehrer on the second anniversary of the attacks “a blessing in disguise.”

From wikipedia on Richard Falk (”an American professor emeritus of international law at Princeton University”): “In 2004, Falk wrote a preface to David Ray Griffin’s book – the download in question – The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions About the Bush Administration and 9/11, which maintains that the George W. Bush administration was complicit in the September 11 attacks.[46] In that preface he argued: “There have been questions raised here and there and allegations of official complicity made almost from the day of the attacks, especially in Europe, but no one until Griffin has had the patience, the fortitude, the courage, and the intelligence to put the pieces together in a single coherent account.” Falk called for an official commission to further study these issues, including the role neoconservatives may have played in the attacks.[17] He also signed a statement released by the organization 9/11 Truth in 2004 that calls for a new investigation into the September 11 attacks. Falk confirmed his support for the statement in 2009.”

Babylon shall fall just as quickly and precipitously as your pope was dropped by the young Swiss lady at the Vatican. You’re nothing but a jesuitical casuist in service to the Roman Anti-Christ’s “global” interests. Just as your co-religionists promote illegal immigration to take over America, your promotion of ignorance of Knight of Malta-grandson Bush’s 9/11 treason is but another necessary “prong” in Satan’s need to destroy American Exceptionalism.

The New Secular Order or the Old Sectarian Order of king and pope. Your sympathy is clear.

My only concern is G-d’s righteousness in America, where our Winter Solstice occurred just the other day. You, hiding in your anonymity, are devoid of American patriotism, and are in fact guilty of Treason or Misprision of Treason because Bush and Cheney did commit 9/11, as Professor Griffin’s work so sedulously proves.

Annuit Coeptis – Divided allegiance is no allegiance to America’s Creed: There is but One Creator G-d – America’s Guide and Protector.

Hard Right Hook

December 26th, 2009
8:52 am

Put the needles away & get some help. And see my remark of 12/25/09 at 2:31 PM.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

December 26th, 2009
9:32 am

You’re a moron and a traitor.

Hard Right Hook

December 26th, 2009
11:07 am

You’ve gleaned a great deal of information from very little input. It’s been my expeience that super-Liberals, that is, those that can forecast the future and know so much that isn’t true, possess a clairivoyant ability not found anywhere else in the universe. I suspect that you have a secret decoder phone so that you can speak with Howard Dean, Bill Ayers and MoveOn.org without anyone knowing, to receieve your daily marching orders.

Being called a moron by a moron really doesn’t bother me; your substance is all a fabrication of your mind and you can’t prove anything you claim. You’re merely tilting at windmills and screaming louder than anyone else; a classic Looney Lefty strategy. See Cindy Sheehan.

So enjoy yourself, moonbat. I’ll be waiting at the front door for the Feds to arrive to arrest me for treason.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

December 26th, 2009
12:36 pm

Americans, by Creed, get their “marching orders” directly from God Almighty. Ever bother reading the Constitution of the State of Georgia? Truth and Justice are required. The book you disdain, though you downloaded it only to find something to jesuitically attempt to dismiss it, is “at tub which sits on its own bottom.” You pretend to be American, and a man, but are neither.

One hopes our “conversation” has spurred one or two, recognizing the logical fallacy you employ, to go on and read “The New Pearl Harbor.” Closer to truth means closer to G-d…and that’s what this life, as an American, and a man, is all about. Learn and grow…or remain the damaged goods your pedophile priest made you.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

December 26th, 2009
12:36 pm

Hard Right Hook

December 26th, 2009
3:52 pm

“Learn and grow…or remain the damaged goods your pedophile priest made you.”

That’s a real low-rent, disgusting remark. It my provide some insight as to why you are what you are.

What makes you think I’m Catholic?

“Americans, by Creed, get their “marching orders” directly from God Almighty.”

Really. What are your orders? To clean up the universe? To squash sect non-believers like me simply because I have the temerity to disagree with you?

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

December 26th, 2009
4:28 pm

Care to deny you were raised Roman Catholic? Why else would Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh have a following. Read America’s whig Founder, Author, and Prophet, Thomas Jefferson, and try to become worthy of the name “American,” if you ever actually pretend to be one. Come out of “Babylon.” You’ll need to depart the “Hard Right,” Rome’s bastion, to do so.

Hard Right Hook

December 26th, 2009
5:00 pm

Not that it has anything at all to do with the original conversation, I can honestly deny & dispute that I was raised a Catholic.

Rush & Glenn have a following because many people agree with what they have to say. That pesky first amendment thing. It’s also why Air America failed; not interesting, so no interest.

I don’t have to pretend I’m an American. I am one, tried & true.

As for Hard Right, it more refers to Marciano’s right hook to the body and has nothing to do with Rome. Or Persia. Or Carthiginia. Or Macedonia. Or the Magyars. Or anybody else.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

December 26th, 2009
6:16 pm

Yours is a foreign, fascist mentality, your quibble on Roman Catholicism notwithstanding.

Americans hold to America’s whig Founders’ ideals. Read them: they are from G-d and unchanging.

The truth, like the Creator, is knowable.

Bush and Cheney committed 9/11 and Professor Griffin’s book, which you attempted to dismiss through dishonesty and logical fallacy, proves it. The link is there and any who read it knows the truth of it.

You are a liar and no man, hence no American, and by all means no Southerner.

Hard Right Hook

December 27th, 2009
7:19 am

Sticks and stones…………………………………

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

December 27th, 2009
9:40 am

One hopes you are but a mis-guided teenager holed up in your mother’s basement, with plenty of time to find maturity and wisdom. If not add “hypocrite” to your name, Moron.

Hard Right Hook

December 27th, 2009
9:44 am

………..may break my bones……………..

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

December 27th, 2009
9:40 pm

Of Bush’s and Cheney’s broken bones: “The ideal lesion produced by judicial hanging, as described by Frederic Wood-Jones in 1913, is traumatic spondylolisthesis of the axis with bilateral fracture through the neural arch and dislocation of the second cervical vertebra on the third.”

G-d willing the same shall be delivered unto all who continue to support their treason of 9/11.

Hard Right Hook

December 28th, 2009
9:36 am

………….but words will never hurt me………………..

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

December 28th, 2009
9:59 am

Your use of “ad hominem” in attempting to divert awareness of the 9/11 treason of the closet-queen draft-dodging son of one of JFK’s assassins, and grandson of Hitler’s banker, shall hurt you more than your know.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

December 28th, 2009
9:59 am

“you” know