UPDATE: Al Gore has indeed won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize along with the IPCC. Now the BIG question will be asked and must be answered soon because of the lateness of the hour and the demanding mechanics of a US Presidential campaign.
RUMOR is rife that Al Gore may win the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize today for his work on Global Warming and the Oscar-winning documentary, An Inconvenient Truth.
Now if only that British judge had not recently ruled his arguments "alarmistic and exaggerated" and were it not for the even more inconvenient timing of the Burmese monks there might not be much of betting line on the Peace Prize this year. If he does win, it could make the Democratic race for a Presidential nomination a little more crowded and interesting. They could even end up splitting the Dems just like the Republicans did in 1912 when Republicans Teddy Roosevelt (the Bullmoose Party) and William Howard Taft (mainstream GOP) lost to Democrat Woodrow Wilson. Given the American public's attitude to George W. Bush, Iraq, and the war on terrorism, on all of which the people are showing signs of predicted battle fatigue, Rudy Giuliani, Fred Thompson, Mitt Romney and John McCain are not gaining much traction in the public opinion polls. At the center of a possible Hillary-Gore dust-up and rivalry would be the saint of the environment, poverty and education shown at left, who really seems to be trying to steal the putative Oscar-winner's thunder on behalf of Hillary with that new multibillion dollar global initiative. National Review Online has a nice roundup of campaign news for POTUS.
FIL-AMs v. ABC Speaking of big bucks, Fil-am lawyers Rodel Rodis and Ted Laguatan are planning to file a 500 million dollar defamation class action law suit against Teri Hatcher and the ABC network for that throwaway line about Filipino doctors and their medical schools. Don't know what the legal prospects are, but they might not be too good, considering the "slur" was arguably motivated by bad publicity over last year's nursing exam leak scandal. The greedy exam review centers and corrupt government regulators are the true culprits in damaging the reputation not only of nurses, but the entire Philippine medical training and education system. But I guess even they don't have the deep pockets ABC and Teri Hatcher have. (Now, if only those Fil-Am lawyers would help get Joc-joc Bolante back here instead of helping him escape the short arm of Philippine law, I'd be a much more appreciative of their own struggles.)
ANOTHER EVIL IMPEACHMENT FARCE has just been perpetrated on the Filipino people by Alibabarroyo and the House of Representathieves using the infamous Davide Impeachment Initiation Rule. MLQ3 has the bloody behind the scenes details on the "vaccination."
Today is Eid'l Fitr, the end of Ramadan but possibly also the beginning of a renewed terrorist campaign by the Abu Sayyaf-MILF-Jemaah Islamiyah, according to the newly appointed chief of the Philippine National Police, Avelino Razon. I like this guy. He's a real law and order sort, unlike that Gen. Ben Muhammad Dolorfino, who doesn't seem to know the difference between law enforcement and diplomacy. Three months after the ambush and beheading of Philippine Marines near Albarka town, Tipo-tipo, Basilan, not a single one of the 130 suspects has even been arrested on the warrants issued by Basilan Judge Leo Principe. In my opinion, the peace processors like Dolorfino, Jesus Dureza and Gen. Rodolfo Garcia have been shielding their "partners in the peace process"--the self-confessed but unrepentant ambushmen of the MILF terrorist organization, in order to preserve them for GMA's coming "peace legacy"-- a Muslim Juridical entity in Mindanao that I've called Bangsamorostan for the use of the black bearded ones in Waziristan.
Well if you think the Supreme Court really messed up by usurping the powers of the Senate in 2001 to try and decide all impeachment cases, and the House with that silly impeachment initiation rule, wait till you see what that brain-dead piece of treason called IPRA will do:
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