Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize, Relevant Books.

President Barack Obama has been named this year's recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.

In a surprising, if not stunning, announcement, President Barack Obama has been awarded this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.

The conferring of the prize comes just nine months into his tenure as president and is particularly noteworthy because he assumed office just two weeks before the February 1 deadline.

In its statement, the committee cited Obama’s role in creating a new climate in international relations, referring to his multilateral approach in tackling some of the world’s most pressing problems: reducing the world stock of nuclear arms, easing American conflicts with Muslim nations and strengthening the U.S. role in combating climate change.

To date, while Obama has acknowledged the importance of these issues, his actions on them have yet to yield much specific results.

While it’s been nearly impossible to live in the United States, and even the world, and not know about Obama, here are some books that people interested in either him or other prize winners might find interesting:

Dreams From My Father: This is the bestselling memoir Obama wrote about his childhood and coming of age.  According to a recent book about the Obamas’ marriage, Bill Ayers assisted with the writing.

The Audacity of Hope: This is more of a political primer that Obama wrote in advance of his ultimately successful presidential run.  He advocates the same type of nonpartisan tone the committee mentioned in its conferring the award on him.

Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage, by Christopher Andersen.  This recent book traces the relationship between Obama and the woman he calls the rock of the family.

Social Change 2.0, by David Gershon.  Someone who has worked to mobilize large numbers of people for social change during the past 30 years, Gershon writes toward the end of the book how Obama repeatedly throughout the campaign articulated a vision that united rather than divided.  He gives Obama’s speech about race in Philadelphia as an example.

Tomorrow is Another Country, by Allister Sparks.  This book by veteran journalist Sparks gives the back story on the negotiations between the African National Congress and the National Party in South Africa that culminated first in Nelson Mandela’s 1990 release from prison, and later in the country’s first free and democratic elections in April 1994. Mandela and F.W. de Klerk shared the 1993 prize.

Vietnam, by Stanley Karnow.  This thorough work may cast doubt on the Nobel committee’s 1973 conferral of the prize on Henry Kissinger, whose role in the secret war in Cambodia more than undid any diplomatic moves he made toward peace.

Unbowed, A Memoir, by Wangari Maathai. This well written memoir depicts the remarkable life of Maathai, who in 2004 became the first black woman from Africa ever to win the prize. Maathai braved threats to her life and led a movement dedicated to the empowerment of women and the planting of literally millions of trees.  While telling her story, her work also discusses much of Kenyan colonial history.

I, Rigoberta Menchu, by Rigoberta Menchu. The claims of the 1982 winner Menchu have been shown to not be completely true, and some supporters say that the book illustrates a larger truth by showing the oppressive conditions under which many people in Guatemala, especially its indigenous population, endured.

87 responses to “Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize, Relevant Books.

  1. I can’t help but feel this is simply more evidence of America’s hero worship-tinged love affair with Obama. Now, don’t mark me down as a Republican — I voted for Obama; I believe he is a motivated, well-meaning, intelligent and capable leader. But he’s been in office less than a year. We’ve barely had time to see how his sweeping propositions will shake out. To me, it just feels like this is too much too soon.

    M. Carter @ the Movies
    http://mcarteratthemovies.wordpress.com/

    • jeffkellylowenstein3

      Thanks, Meredith, and I hear you about the shortness of Obama’s tenure. I would disagree with you just slightly about this being evidence of America’s love affair with Obama, as the committee is based in Europe.

      Thanks again for commenting, and I look forward to checking out your blog!

      Jeff

  2. Surprising, stunning, shocking, insulting, outrageous… I could go on.

    If anyone can help me understand why Obama deserves this accolade, I’d be really happy.

    Joe

    • jeffkellylowenstein3

      Thanks, Joe, for your comment. I know quite a few people feel the same way as you do. I’m obviously not on the committee, and it seems that the granting of the prize, at least to some degree, had to do both with repudiating the foreign policy of the Bush years and as a nudge to help make Obama’s sweeping vision come true. This has happened before with the Nobel Prize-Willy Brandt and the pair of John Hume and David Trimble come to mind, and we’ll see what happens.

      Let me know what you think, and thanks again!

      Jeff

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  4. Obama has definitely done a lot in “creating a new climate in international relations.” However, i think that by conferring the nobel peace prize on him later in his presidency, after he has proven himself by actually carrying out his promises, will make the award more justified. We have to remember that the US Army answers to him and that the US is still at war.
    But oh well, it’s done. If anything, I hope it puts pressure on Obama to come up (and act on) concrete measures towards peace.

    • jeffkellylowenstein3

      Thanks for your comment, and I like your point. We’ll see what actually happens with Obama and his moves toward peace. I know that for Dr. King the recognition meant that he truly started thinking about peace and nonviolence globally.

      Jeff

  5. While I think that Obama is a very fine president, it is utterly inappropriate for him to receive the Nobel Piece Prize while he is conducting a war in Afghanistan!

    Harleigh Kyson Jr.

    • jeffkellylowenstein3

      Thanks for your comment. You make a good point, and the committee also gave the Nobel Peace Prize to Henry Kissinger, among others, who were still engaged in war games.

      Jeff

  6. I’m saddened by the poison that’s being spewed again by the right. Will America ever show it’s best face and work together ever again to fix the problems it faces?

    • jeffkellylowenstein3

      Thanks for your comment. I hear you about the vitriolic rhetoric from the right. We are certainly a divided nation, and I hope we come together!

      Jeff

  7. oh, jolly joy happy happy

  8. I support Barack Obama as our president, but I don’t understand why he received this. He hasn’t done anything to deserve it. Right now, his ideas of global unity and what-not are only dreams hyped by his place in history. In a little over three years when his term is over, we’ll see if he’s lived up to his Peace Prize, but for now, this makes no sense. I’m sure there are others who deserved it more.

  9. Thanks for reminding us about the Ayers connection. I wish people would wake up and see what’s going on. But, I’m afraid they won’t until it’s too late.

    Let’s hope I’m wrong.

    http://www.donthetrucker.com

  10. I think Nobel prize to Obama is a great move.
    Please see my take on this topic at my blog,
    http://www.danappiah007.wordpress.com

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  12. Obama is being honored for his statesmanship. We certainly have been without leadership in this category for a looooong time.

    Personally, I feel he is aligned with Power and not force. It looks as though we’ll observe some breakthrough’s and some rising of consciousness in the USA in the very future.

    The rest of the world seems to understand.

    To understand the difference between Power and force, read David R Hawkins – Power Vs Force.

  13. I was totally surprised by this announcement! Obama’s cool and all, but…isn’t it a tad bit early to award him the Nobel?

  14. As you noted, the Nobel Committee awarded the peace prize to Henry Kissinger, who came close to being arrested for war crimes on a trip he made to the United Kingdom quite a bit later on.

    The Nobel Committee also awarded the Peace Prize to Yasser Arafat. Later on, I am quite sure, they came to regret this.

    Harleigh Kyson Jr.

    • jeffkellylowenstein3

      Thanks for the link and thoughtful comments! I appreciate your continuing to the dialogue and will add these as their own post!

      Jeff

  15. Here is a news story from the Voice of America on the decision of the Nobel Committee to give the 1909 Peace Prize to Obama:

    In Washington, Barack Obama reacted to the decision of the Nobel Committee to award him the Nobel Peace expressing his “surprise” and “profound humility”.

    “I do not consider this award as recognition of works that I have done, the American president said, “but I accept it as a call to action.”

    The Nobel committee’s decision is a surprise, even for the White House, where the political adviser to Barack Obama, David Axelrod, said he was “shocked” and pointed out that Barack Obama was not a candidate for the Nobel Prize.

    Barack Obama is the fourth U.S. president to receive the Nobel Prize for Peace, but each of his predecessors had concrete results to evaluate.

    The latest one, Jimmy Carter, had forged the peace accords at Camp David in 1978 between Egypt and Israel.

    In 1919, Woodrow Wilson had been hailed by the Nobel because he founded the League of Nations, the forerunner of the United Nations.

    In 1906, Theodore Roosevelt had received the Nobel Peace Prize for having negotiated the peace agreement between Japan and Russia the previous year.

    In its statement, the Nobel committee explains that Barack Obama has created a “new climate” in the international arena and made “extraordinary efforts to strengthen diplomacy and cooperation among the peoples of the world.”

    After reading this, I have come to the conclusion that the Nobel Committee wanted to praise Obama for, among other things, taking a measured stance in the removal of Zelaya from the presidency of Nicaragua.

    They also wanted to demonstrate that the international community holds him in very high regard with the hope that the prestige of the award will strengthen his political position at home.

    They also did this in awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to Martin Luther King.

    These were both good moves, while the moves to award the Peace Prize to Kissinger and Arafat turned out to be utterly stupid as history went on. (I guess this only proves that in trying to influence the course of history for the better, you win some and you lose some!)

    I want to repeat that I myself hold Obama in very high regard. He is obviously very intelligent and has a good grasp of domestic and foreign affairs and political processes both at home and abroad. With a little luck, he may eventually turn out to be one of our greatest presidents!

    (I am also ecstatically happy that I have lived long enough to see an African American occupy the presidency! I really hope that eventually Obama reaches the rank of Franklin Roosevelt!)

    Harleigh Kyson Jr.

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  17. Let me start by stressing the point….

    Obama was Nominated for the this award while he was in office only 2 week’s.

    What if any accomplishments did he do in 2 week’s that made him worthy of nomination????

    2 WEEKS..people come on it doesn’t matter if you agree or disagree with him getting the Nobel, you have to agree that the nomination was somehow set up.

    Getting the nomination next time around, I might see that,but being nominated on Speech’s about Hope, World peace, and disarming the weapons of mass destruction?

    Isn’t there many people out there that give Great Speech’s of World Peace, and Hope for Unity of all Nation’s?

    Most speech’s that a President gives are written by someone else, I mean they carry the meaning the president want’s conveyed but they are not his words.

    Too much…Too early….and in my opinion not worthy at this time.
    However in the future he might be a great candidate for the Nobel…but at this time…I THINK NOT

    • jeffkellylowenstein3

      Hey, Chris,

      Thanks for your comment. You make a series of important points, although I have heard that Obama is more involved in writing his own speeches than many other people. Your main point, though, about the nomination and the “Too much … too early … and in my opinion not worthy at this time.” is well taken.

  18. BS 4 BlackSUN AS

    joe said : If anyone can help me understand why Obama deserves this accolade, I’d be really happy.

    all u ve got to do joe is:
    1. learn babybon mystery,
    2. symbolism of numbers,
    3. understand the US flag showing in its back was the war flag ( gold surrounded),
    4.get your head out of your ass to figure out the speech started with a lie so that brothers listening around the world pay attention and listen carefully (not like a “KID”). but all speeches anyway…

    then you will know what it was all about.
    but believe me, you betta don’t know…
    however if you want, you must study to understand.
    i give you key-words and it is all i can do.
    it starts with:

    WAKE UP/ MORNING/ DADDY/ 2 BIRTHDAY / 3 COMING UP / GOOD TO HAVE KIDS TO KEEP OUR PERPECTIVE /

    then a bunch of terrible news for me and some friends of mine (but anyway… i don t bother you )

    and comes an other keyword. you might figure out this one:
    I’M COMMANDER IN CHIEF / go it? ok good
    RESPONSIBLE FOR ENDING A WAR (without telling which war and so here i’m telling you that you have no idea in the world of what the guy is talking about here – just let me tell you 3 years ago you did not even know is name, so be confident he s not talking about iraq or if you call it canaan i might say yes but you are not wondering then… ).

    let me open the brotherhood dictionary for one word that you use everyday( it was the intention anyway… ):
    kid (n.)
    c.1200, “the young of a goat,” from O.N. kið “young goat,” from P.Gmc. *kiðjom (cf. Ger. kitz).

    Extended meaning of “child” is all your problem. i’m giving you the truth. if you are able to understand malia and sacha never came to him in the morning to say this words you will understand. if you believe 2 young girls pronounced this sentences the way the guy spoke, or if you believe the PSD of the USA would make a speech of this importance to the world quoting teenagers, no one can do nothing to show you nothing. (maybe you can at least figure out that the guy himself have a concentration problem reading the speech written for him at this moment, even he is a professional. this maybe you might be able to see to understand what i say)

    by the way the sun wakes up in the morning, and the FATHER is also call dad…

    may i say that Symbol of the compass is 3 or in other words 3 like TRI tri like TRINITY, in other words 3 the number of the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity.
    or you prefer do believe that impossible story of a teenager coming after the second one to say hooooooo there s 3 days coming up?
    poor man, you are fucker up, and it is all your fault.

    enjoy dollar, sew , drugs rock n roll and basket ball. keep going

    good night man.

    good morning ra

    BY THE WAY WHO KNOWS WHAT IS NOBEL PRICE INDDED AND WHO DID IT FOR WHAT REASONS? haa yes of course….

    • jeffkellylowenstein3

      Hey, BS 4 Black SUN AS,

      Thanks for taking time to write such a lengthy and creative comment. I am glad, too, that you directly answered a previous comment that you disagreed with because I hope to foster dialogue about issues through the blog. At the same time, I would ask to refrain from telling other readers to “get your head out of your ass.” This is not the kind of respectful conversation I want to have on the blog. I have not taken the phrase out because I also believe in not censoring people, but will say that I will be far more hesitant to approve a comment with similar language toward another reader in the future.

      Thanks again, and please keep the conversation going. You obviously have a lot of valuable things to say.

      Jeff

  19. My sense is that this awarded Nobel Peace Prize is simply an immediate vote against the reign of George Bush. And a message to Obama plus the entire world of hope in his potential to create real change. This award indicates an incredible sense of faith in Obama’s ability to issue a call to action, which is exactly what he did. Change happens and how sweet it is.

    • jeffkellylowenstein3

      Thanks, Karolina, for your comment. I look forward to checking out your blog. I agree with you that there was a sense of repudiation of the “Bush doctrine” in giving the award to Obama, and agree with you also that the committee gave the award in part as a nudge forward. We’ll see how much change happens!

      Thanks again.

      Jeff

  20. He needs to put it on a necklace! Obama sounded astounded when he made the acceptance speech. Giving the money up for charity – too bad because bankrolls are really hot this summer.

    http://futurefashionnow.wordpress.com/

    • jeffkellylowenstein3

      Thanks, Phillip, for your post. You certainly have an original idea!

      Good luck with your blog. I look forward to checking it out.

      Jeff

  21. “I must ask why this prize is awarded to a movement which is beleaguered and committed to unrelenting struggle; to a movement which has not won the very peace and brotherhood which is the essence of the Nobel Prize…I accept this award today wi…th an abiding faith in America and an audacious faith in the future of mankind.” MLK

    There were many who believed that Martin Luther King was not deserving of the honor, especially since African American men, women and children were still being hosed down and murdered in American streets, simply for being black.

    However, the “tone” that was set in the nation with Martin Luther King’s speeches and non-violent philosophy helped inspire American sentiment against immoral behaviors designed to destroy a people.

    • jeffkellylowenstein3

      Thanks, Valerie, for both of your comments. I understand the focus of your points and agree with you both about the difference between MLK and President Obama and the impact of Dr. King’s speeches and philosophy. I will say that I did sense in the committee’s statement a repudiation of the Bush years of foreign policy.

      Thanks again, and please keep the conversation going!

      Jeff

  22. Please do not misunderstand my previous post, I am NOT comparing the President with MLK. I am only speaking to possible philosophies of the nominating committee.

    I also disagree with many who suggest that this award may have been awarded simply because he was “not-Bush.” Had Hilary won the presidency, I seriously doubt that she would have been awarded this honor, especially considering her I’ll blow Iran into oblivion rants.

  23. BS 4 BlackSUN AS

    with all respect, i said that you have no idea what the words mean. obama is not talking you . he is talking to me and other brothers. focus on all i said, open you mind, see the pictures, and like i said before : STUDY.
    just imagine for one second that everything you know is wrong. or let s say that the definition of words and terms and symbols was purposely perverted for you since ages. ( ages means ages ! not 5 10 50 years)
    if you do understand that ” PSD of the USA do not make a speech of this importance to the world quoting teenagers” if you notice he s reading and it is not what happened as well he himself is surprise, finally that no way 1 young girl can show up and the first ‘ quote” and in the second after a second young girl shows up and make the second statement. this can no happen in you life with you children, so have no doubt it is impossible if you work as president very very very busy of a very very very large corporation . you are not spending your time taking your coffee with your children before you go out for press conference… just think of it please.

    then study for the flag behind is, it is you flag and you better know what flag is and what is the significance.

    and so, finally , i repeat again:
    MORNING SUN RISING/ just like the very symbol of YES WE CAN
    DADDY/ AKA GOD THE FATHER
    2 BIRTHDAY / WHO?
    3 COMING UP / the third person of the Trinity.
    GOOD TO HAVE ANIMALS TO KEEP OUR PERPECTIVE /

    i cannot make it more clear that to repeat over and over what he said. because it is you who don’t want to understand. as a matter of fact it is clear and easy.

    and once again: what do yo know about NOBEL?
    who did this ? same brothers, study i said i guess..

    here is the answer given by Harleigh Kyson Jr.:

    Nobel Committee awarded the peace prize to Henry Kissinger, who came close to being arrested for war crimes on a trip he made to the United Kingdom quite a bit later on.

    The Nobel Committee also awarded the Peace Prize to Yasser Arafat.

    CAN YOU SEE?
    YOU HAVE EYES BUT…..

    now if you want more you can contact me, but it s gonna 40 hours of initiation at least for you to learn the language and see where you are and what your life is…but you can obviously do it by yourself. books are available since hundreds of years. a profane can understand without the help of any brotherhood.

    alicia keys “another way to die lyrics”
    you saw james bond and you liked it? ok
    50 x the same story! SUN, and someone behind the scene. 50 times OMG!
    no you know that KEY means KEY? ok

    here is the song (i don t why this one, just a sample, it could be 1000 others):
    Giving solace to the one
    That will never see
    The sunshine
    Another inch of your life
    Sacrificed
    For your brother
    In the nick of time
    Another dirty money,
    Heaven sent honey
    Turning on a dime
    Someone that you think
    That you can trust is just
    Another way to die

    so you see the sun, brother and sacrifices…KID???
    welcome to wonderland so.
    key means KEYWORDS.
    WOLFGANG( do i have to ? WOLF GANG) AMADEUS (lovegod) mozART. known by you at the age of? at the age of ? of 3 THREE YES.
    have you saw a 3 years old playing music man???? so do you see what KEY means???
    still believe the presidents of USA and others are talking to you????
    SHAKESPEARE BRITneySPEAR haaaaaaaaaaaaaaa brit from brit-ish ( traduced “contract , agreement”)
    KEYWORDS?
    now you pay respect if i talk about SHAKE and not if i talk about about BRITney? hummmmmm the spear hit your very brain and soul i assume yes. wonderful job THEY did.

    Speculation about Shakespeare Authorship?Around 150 years after Shakespeare’s death, doubts began to emerge about the authorship of the works attributed to him.

    SO WHAT.
    WAKE UPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP KIDS

    Someone that you think
    That you can trust is just
    Another way to die
    Another tricky little gun
    Giving solace to the one
    That will never see
    The sunshine
    Another inch of your life
    Sacrificed
    For your brother
    In the nick of time
    Another dirty money,
    Heaven sent honey
    Turning on a dime

    A door left open
    A woman walking by
    A drop in the water
    A look in the eye
    A phone on the table
    A man on your side
    Someone that you think
    That you can
    Trust is just
    Another way to die

    Wo-oh-oh-oh-oh-oah!
    Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh!
    Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh!
    Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh!

    last post.
    bye from paris, the city of light.

    and in case: I M NOT TALKING ABOUT PUPPET OBAMA. I M TALKING TO YOU AND SAY IT AGAIN: STUDY and WAKE UP.
    the speech is the most terrible ever!

    • jeffkellylowenstein3

      What a great comment! I couldn’t agree with you more about my need to study and learn more. While I’m not sure I understand everything that you have written, I do appreciate your taking the time to share your thoughts with me and other readers.

      How are things in Paris?

      Thanks again for taking the time to make multiple comments.

      Jeff

  24. BS 4 BlackSUN AS

    Good morning. Well, this is not how I expected to wake up this morning. After I received the news, Malia walked in and said, “Daddy, you won the Nobel Peace Prize, and it is Bo’s birthday!” And then Sasha added, “Plus, we have a three-day weekend coming up.” So it’s good to have kids to keep things in perspective.

    things are going bad in paris like elsewhere if only you could read my friend. it s worst that in my worst nightmares. i repeat again, stop to believe that you know. just imagien you knwo nothing, and Redo. these are not my thoughts, this is what is guiding your so call ‘life” spoken in you very eyes. before you know all of mistery babylon aka as the ancient religion, you will have no idea in the world what these people are saying and doing. believe me or not but the KID ( young of a goat) is you. literally they see you as a young animal. i’m not kidding. they believe they are and call themselves gods and the animals don’t understand( because they don’t want to stay under and look at the basis, the foundation). but the more i say the more confused you ll be and will reject the evidence. so just study, if you don’t what i can tell you. if you are not a KID, within 100 hours ( so depending on you a few days or weeks or months) you will know every single word spoken by puppet obama ( and i just hope he is a puppet, but i m convinced he is) the real farao don’t show up on stage, never. but he is back! period

    “Well, this is not how I expected to wake up this morning ” = The morning star , the light of the world, the sun, jesus christ, the son of god, lucifer, etc etc woke up an other way today. VERY SPECIAL DAY. UNUSUAL. now is it good or bad, i don’t know, but it is a special day today.

    Malia = Malia or Mallia (Greek: Μάλια)
    History: The palace of Malia, dating from the Middle Bronze Age, was destroyed by an earthquake during the Late Bronze Age;
    The palace was later rebuilt toward the end of the Late Bronze Age.
    Also here is a strange carved stone called a kernos stone (It has 24 round depressions around the edge.

    “and it is Bo’s birthday”
    encyclopaedia: BO tree
    common name for a fig tree, Ficus religiosa (“sacred fig”), of India, also known as bodhi tree, pipal, or peepul. Buddha is said to have received his Enlightenment (bodhi) while sitting under a bo tree at Buddh Gaya, India, and the bo tree is therefore sacred.
    Enlightenment = SUN AGAIN. STUDY
    BABYLON MYSTERIES AGAIN

    BIRTHDAY i don t have to help i guess do I?

    “And then Sasha added”
    sasha AKA alexander

    “Plus, we have a three-day weekend coming up.”
    Numbers Symbolism and Properties: 3 three

    Number representing the Holy Trinity, it is also the number of the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity. Furthermore, the number 3 being associated to the triangle by its geometrical form, the Holy Spirit is also linked to the triangle and with reason: the clairvoyant Ann-Catherine Emmerick perceived the Holy Spirit as the Eye of God in the center of a triangle.

    Number of the man because this one is composed of a body, a soul and a spirit. According to the Book of rites (Li-ji) the man, intermediary between the sky and the earth, also corresponds to the number three.

    Symbol of the compass.

    Perfect number according to Chinese.

    A favorable number associated to the childbirth and to the birth.

    Sacred number of the woman in the Mayas.

    For the Egyptians, 3 is the number of the cosmos that comprises three elements: sky, earth and “duat” (zone surrounding the intermediate worlds between the earth and celestial spirits).

    General

    Jesus receives the baptism of John the Baptist at 3 o’clock in the afternoon, he dies on April 3 at 3 o’clock in the afternoon (and by 3 times will be repeated the earthquake which will follow his death), and resuscitates 3 days after to 3 o’clock in the morning.

    On the image of the Holy Shroud on which is represented the Holy Face of Jesus, on his face, we see to appear a casting of blood in form of “3”. This mark is the testimony that the Very Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, have participated perfectly in the Holy Sacrifice of the Very Holy Victim.

    The three divine principles: light, heat and life.

    According to visions’ of Maria Valtorta, God would have created originally three perfect beings: Adam, Eve and Mary.

    The three great ecstasies of the Virgin Mary during her life: at the moment of the conception, the birth of Jesus and during her Assumption, according to visions’ of Maria Valtorta. Always according to her, the Virgin Mary entered an ecstatic sleep during three days before her Assumption.

    The three statuses of the Virgin Mary: Mother, girl and wife.

    The Virgin Mary was three years old when her parents brought her to Jerusalem to receive in the Temple the blessings of the priests.

    The Rosary of the Virgin Mary corresponds to the recitation of three rosaries.

    The trip of the Holy Family in Egypt lasted three years.

    The three phases of evolution by which the soul passes: the creation, the new creation and the perfection, according to the teaching of Jesus in visions of Maria Valtorta. In the Celtic religion, it is question also of the three cycles of the soul representing its stages of evolution: Anouf, material cycle; Abred, cycle of expiation; and Gwynfid, cycle of felicity.

    The three worlds or “clothes” of the Father: “I have”, “I am”, “I become”.

    By three times the Christ will come on the Earth, according to visions of Maria Valtorta.

    According to the book “Document of Damas” from the writings of the library of Qumran, three types of traps are tended by Satan to catch Israel: the lust, the richness and the profanation of the sanctuary.

    The inscription “Jesus the Nazarene, the king of Jews” on the cross of Jesus would have been written in three different languages.

    At the age of three, saint Joseph received from God the perfect use of the reason, an infused science, a sublime prayer and growing virtues, according to visions’ of Mary Agreda.

    The three porticoes of the Saint Peter basilica, in Rome, which are respectively dedicated to the three saints: Peter, John, James. That of right-hand side (by entering) dedicated to saint James, is called “the door of gold”. The tradition wants that the Pope opens solemnly this door every 25 years – 1925, 1950, 1975, 2000…

    In the Koran, chapter III verse 36, it is written: “Zechariah tells: Lord, gives me a sign as guarantees your promise. Here is the sign, answered the angel: during three days you will speak to the men only by signs”.

    The number three is used often in the Greek mythology. They had 3 residences – sky, earth, hell -, 3 graces – Aglae, Euphrosine, Thalie -, 3 judges of hell – Minos, Eaque, Rhadamante -, 3 furies – Alecto, Megere, Tesiphone -, 3 park – Clotho, Lechesis, Atropos -, 3 Gorgones – Meduse, Euryale, Stheno -, 3 heads of the dog Cerbere, etc.

    The three types of universe: matter, astral (mental or soul) and spirit.

    The three virtues which accompanied the goddess Venus: Games, Graces and the laughs.

    The three acts of the existence: the Birth, the Life and the Death.

    According to the Cabal, the man would be composed of three souls: Nefesh, Rouah and Neshamah. The universe that the Cabal call Aziluth is shared in three worlds: Asiah, Jezibah and Briah, which are parallel with these three divisions of the man.

    The three levels of comprehension of a sacred text: literary, symbolic (or allegorical) and esoteric.

    The three sacred sounds: the A, the M and the N, and the three sacred currents: the sacred current of the life, the sacred current of the sound and the sacred current of the light.

    The three degrees of the druidic priesthood: soothsayer, poet and druid.

    Three Yasatas are appointed to the judgement of dead in the Persia: Mithra representing the light, Craosha, the tradition, and Rashnu, the justice.

    The paradise of Avesta is divided into three areas: Humata, area of the good thoughts, Hukhta, area of good words, and Huvarishta, area of the good deeds.

    The three esoteric sexes: the male, the female and the androgyne.

    The Sinai mount has three summits, of which the highest culminates with the saint Catherine monastery.

    The three primary colors (blue, yellow and red) with which it is possible to obtain all the colors.

    The three is a triangular number because three points laid out randomly form naturally a triangle.

    The three keys of the Music: sol, F, and C.

    “So it’s — it’s good to have YOUNF OF GOATS to keep things in perspective.” = all our salves to do the things we need .
    this one you don’t believe it, you don’t connect with it you don t want; ok, so ask yourself: WHAT IS MONEY. AND DON T STOP DIGGING UNTIL YOU FIND OUT PLEASE.

    ciao

    • jeffkellylowenstein3

      Thanks for this comment, too. I appreciate your sharing what is happening in Paris. You have a creative way of expressing yourself and I appreciate your spending some of that expression with the readers and me.

      Jeff

  25. Well, I think it’s depends if the President Obama could or not negotiate the peace agreement between Israel and Palestine.
    Your President is capable, sensitive, intelligent and a world leader so I’m agree a priori.
    By the way the President forget our Latinoamerica, he must come here, I’m living in Chile and I’m Pro-American, and maybe the way to stop the influence of Chavez here is a great commercial agreement between the USA and each country in South America, except the dictatorships, Cuba, Venezuela.

    • jeffkellylowenstein3

      Thanks, Alejandro, for your comment. I agree with you that It would be great if Obama could negotiate a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.

      My wife and I have wanted to go to Chile for a long time. I did not realize that Chavez’s influence is strong in your country and look forward to learning more about that from you. I also look forward to checking out your blog.

      Jeff

  26. BS 4 BlackSUN AS

    and let show you what NOBEL is kid:
    The Nobel Prize (Swedish: Nobelpriset) is a Sweden-based international monetary prize. The award was established by the 1895 will and estate of Swedish chemist and inventor Alfred Nobel.

    Alfred Bernhard Nobel (help·info) (Stockholm, Sweden, 21 October 1833 – Sanremo, Italy, 10 December 1896) was a Swedish chemist, engineer, innovator, armaments manufacturer and the inventor of dynamite. He owned Bofors, a major armaments manufacturer, which he had redirected from its previous role as an iron and steel mill. In his last will, he used his enormous fortune to institute the Nobel Prizes.

    HE IS AN ARM DEALER OK?
    BILLIONAIRE ARM DEALER IN THE BROTHERHOOD. not at all what you think and were ready to bit when i said get your head out of your a** and wake uppppppppp

    suprise surprise KID…. the world is not what you think it is? each word and term you have a problem?
    now go and check :

    Dynamite Nobel AG is a German chemical and weapons company whose headquarters was based in Troisdorf. It was founded in 1865 by Alfred Nobel.

    as well its main corp
    http://www.bofors.se/

    and pay attentiont to SAAB logo since it seems you missed OBAMA’ rising SUN logo.
    do you see the serpent dragon, in a circle (sun) with a 3 ( ho 3 again) headed crown ( you master) on red and blue (matrix quote ” “You take the blue pill, the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.”)

    now you see what NOBEL IS??????? young PADAWAN

    surprise surprise

    STUDY I SAID NOPE?

    now a little help on words again after sasha bo and malia?

    dictionary again kid:
    barrack Look up barrack at Dictionary.com
    1686, “temporary hut for soldiers during a siege,” from Fr. barraque, from Sp. barraca (1249) “soldier’s tent,” lit. “cabin, hut,” perhaps from barro “clay, mud,” which is probably of Celt-Iberian origin. Meaning “permanent building for housing troops” (usually in plural) is attested from 1697.

    “permanent building for housing troops”

    hussein = sayyid Look up sayyid at Dictionary.com
    Muslim title of honor, applied to descendants of Hussein, Muhammad’s grandson, 1788, from Arabic sayyid, lit. “lord, chief.”

    LORD?????

    hum

    DO I REINTRODUCE THE SPEECH SO:
    LORD SAY: WELL TODAY THE SUN (god sun) IS SPECIAL. THE SUN SAID: GOD you won the brotherhood prize and so it is the SUN birthday. and then, THE SUN added: the holy spirit is coming up. good we have our animals slaves to keep thing in perspective.

    now paris goes to sleep, because i tired of saying: STUDY KID if you want to be the MAN you are in fact

    • jeffkellylowenstein3

      Thanks for your latest comment. I did know some of the information you shared and appreciate the other elements you wrote.

      Do you blog? If so, I’d like to get the Url. If not, I hope you start as I would read it!

      Jeff

  27. BS 4 BlackSUN AS

    i don t blog thank you. all u ve got to do is read 3 ( i didn t mean to use symbol in my 3 here) books and you will see. each word i spoke is the reality. and i say it again you have no idea where you are nor who you are kid.
    the sun god’son is rulin you kid since 5000 years and you do no see it. you believe money is real, just as religions, just as many other things and you don’t see it is all the same picture over used again and again; if you could see, you just look at your computer, open your refrigerator, go out in the streets and you will see on any thing:
    a sun
    a piramid
    a square
    a red and blue logo
    a serpent or dragon shape
    and a crown

    on any thing you touch , i repeat, almost ANY THING.
    just go now open you refrigerator and start looking for sun symbol on every brand. a logo is made to identify the owner ok? so look. go and do it now.
    next get out in the streets and look at symbols on banks, cars and everything you ll see
    and remember ; you are looking for:
    pyramids, sun, squares, crowns and serpent.
    now you tell me how many owners you saw considering it a logo is an image , an image is a symbol. is i put a swastika here as my image , most of you are going to raise hell. so i assume the image talks!
    once again do the refrigerator experience and look how many ” product” you “bought” from the same company; saying the SUN is the symbol is of the company.
    i did not say the name of the corp, since as you so; MALIA SASHA MORNING and BO are all the SUN. i mean the very image you ll see somewhere in the brand, telling you we are in talking about one singel BRAND , the one about the brothehood of the SUN/

    ANNUIT COEPTUS ( from L. Juppiter omnipotes, audacibus annue coeptis “All-powerful Jupiter favor (my) daring undertakings,”) =

    FAVOR MY DARING UNDERTAKING. ok?

    i can tell you KID it has been now favored.
    would you please read all I said? you have the full response for JOE.

    and again it just take a few hours for you to be “enlightened ” and know “what permanent building for housing troops LORD ” is saying

    and you betta WAKE UPPPPPPPPPPPPPP

    • jeffkellylowenstein3

      Thanks for this latest comment. I hear you about not blogging now and hope that you consider doing so in the future.

      You’ve got a lot to say!

      Jeff

  28. BS 4 BlackSUN AS

    SWASTIKA being the…. SUN…. again and again and again oups i forgot the point lol. feel free te delete my post and or correct tipo my dear because i know i m no good at typing… 2 fingers style….

    alicia KEYS again;
    Giving solace to the one That will never see The sunshine
    Another inch of your life Sacrificed For your brother In the nick of time
    Another dirty money,Heaven sent honey Turning on a dime
    Someone that you think That you can trust is just Another way to die

    READ LIKE IT IS. PERIOD. ALL ANSWERS IN THERE KIDS. same like the today’ upfront guy in the white house.

    I M DESPERATE TO SEE WHAT THEY DID TO YOU. SO DESPERATE. all around the world m not talking about usa.

    paris is fine and welcomes you by the way… but you know what it is the same that it is where ever you are on anyway… i don’t want to post no more, i did my best, and still it appears to be impossible to understand, i knwo how it is, i dont even know why i tried, but i was so shocked when i heard the news, and i found this page with google, so it is why i posted the light..but…. no way , i know it! just a few hours and you can wake up, but who wants to wake up…

    i can prove it yes, let me say: go now and break you television , radio , micro wave and celular.

    what is your reaction?
    now why you called me crazy as you just saw you ignored each and every word as spoken in the dictionary,
    and then why you said who is this guy giving me order. can ‘t u see the guy who gave your TV gave you the order first??? why you say it s me so?
    i just tell you break it, what is the big deal? did i broke it for you , i did not!
    i m just telling you that if you can prove me wrong on what i exposed, then you are right, but if you can’t prove me wrong, why do you consider i give you an order, i’m telling the order came from the guy who you the television KID. maybe i m right, who knows

    do you know that on google earth i poor lil guy can detect all cocaine fields around the world?
    do you know that every minute there s a military training somewhere that drops a bomb or whatever exercise?
    can you tell me why you still have drugs running in the streets? so??????? i listen

    do you know that in CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY you have CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE ?

    you have eyes , yes i said it before ok , i drop it.

    have a good nape kid.

  29. BS 4 BlackSUN AS

    jeff said;I hear you about not blogging now and hope that you consider doing so in the future.

    my answer is ; where do you want me to blog ? http://wordpress.org/about/logos/ HERE? you noticed i told you DADDY, HUSSEIN, your master is using the very same symbols in all its corporation? sometimes is is the snake? from the ancient brotherhood of the snake ( remember the indian snake? the chinese dragon, the animal who entered the “heaven”, the stuff coming out the pharao ‘ head symbolising wisdom and intellect? the snake

    as well symbolised as the… apple

    now can you see the snake in there? OR DO YOU OFTEN SHAPE YOUR W with a big crap at the end?
    http://wordpress.org/about/logos/

    but the name itself; should have tell you if you uunderstood what i said. worldspress. stop being a Kid please. i do not blog no thank you, what for?

    • jeffkellylowenstein3

      You can blog wherever you want. I am thinking about leaving wordpress myself, but am saying more that you’ve got a lot of valuable energy, information and perspective to share.

  30. Congratulations! Mr. President Obama ! Keep up the good work! Do me a favor for the people out there Stop! Hating

  31. obama did not deserve that.

    (bring on the hate.)

    • jeffkellylowenstein3

      Thanks, Derek, for your comment. I know many people agree with you.

      Good luck with your music production, and thanks again.

      Jeff

  32. i think we need a few more years out of obama before we hand out prizes…assassination threats before he even entered office. i mean come on…

    and thanks so much Jeff

  33. Totally un-earned by Obama at this point. The very next day Iran was threatening to blow the “heart” out of Israel if a single American missile lands within its borders. Go ease conflict with that Muslim nation, don’t forget to show them your award…

    • jeffkellylowenstein3

      Thanks, Nick, for your comment. I hear your sentiment and know that many others feel the same way. We’ll see what happens in the following months and years.

      Jeff

  34. If the President recieved the prize then prepare for more hell to come in the future. If he accept a prize for peace and there is no peace then the prize is a straight up lie. He only fooling himself if he recieved a prize that stand for peace and there no peace anywhere across this globe.

    • jeffkellylowenstein3

      Thanks, Mohammed, for your comment. I hear you about the prize meaning less if there is no peace, and, to be fair, you could probably say the same thing about many other winners of the prize.

      Jeff

  35. Obama getting the Nobel Peace is great example on the Media machine. Google his first two weeks and you will find that there is nothing to support their decision. It would appear it was based on his campaign promises. I would encourage that everybody keep a unbais view and check the facts. I think Obama has created more divide then peace by opening old wounds. We do need change!!!I leave with these words by Raplh Waldo Emerson.

    “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail”

    • jeffkellylowenstein3

      Thanks, BB, for your comment. I like the idea you propose of Googling the first two weeks, but am less convinced by your assertion that Obama has created more division than peace. Could you tell me more about wha you mean by “opening old wounds?”

      Thanks for ending with the Ralph Waldo Emerson quote.

      Jeff

  36. If I were a member of the Nobel Committee, I’d be hanging my head in shame. What they accomplished was the diminished worth of the “peace prize”, not only by awarding it to Osama Obama, but prior to him, with the award going to Al Bore.

    What a freaking laugh.

    • jeffkellylowenstein3

      Thanks, George, for your comment. I enjoyed checking out Observer-reporter.com. I hear what you are saying and appreciate your sense of humor, even if I don’t agree with all of your opinions.

      Jeff

  37. Obama is dynamic.

  38. Jeff
    I am glad you liked the Emmerson quote. I used it metaphorically to show what real change is without causing insult. I did not do so good with”opening old wounds” but I said it. The latest example of “opening old wounds”would be the “Don’t ask Don’t tell policy(1993 Bill Clinton). With all the issues that we are dealing with is this the time or place to debate such an issue? With Obamas falling poll numbers this seems to me more like party politics. More of the same–sound familiar? I wish Obama the best but I wish people would see through this Media spin and see him for what he really is —A POLITICIAN —nothing more or less and definately not deserving of a Nobel Peace Prize—yet. I leave you with this quote.
    Barack Obama (Press conference May 17,2009)

    “With the magnitude of the challenges we face right now, what we need in Washington are not more political tactics — we need more good ideas. We don’t need more point-scoring — we need more problem-solving”.

  39. Its interesting how America forgets that although we ELECT a commander in chief, we, the PEOPLE are still largely responsible for how our country’s status and evolution turns out. Basically put, we are a democratic society based upon the majority voice of the people. We may criticize how slow he is moving during his 9 month tenure and bitterly sneer at what some tag as his ineffectiveness we have yet to turn that bitter criticism towards ourselves. We are part of the problem of how our country survives or fails. If I can take the time to grouse, I should be able to take the time to follow through with my representatives to ensure that my demographic’s interests get met. This is a system that is fueled by the desires of the people not just in voice but in deed. Voting is just one aspect of how our needs get met in the American system. The rest is and will always be constant lobbying and communication so that our representatives, including our President does not forget what the needs of his people, the American people are.

    As for Obama not being worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize, I agree that remains to be seen. However, it is an indication of how the rest of the world respects him and I wish his own people in the U.S. would do the same. I have seen more respect for President Bush, a man who without shame deceived the American public and effectively stole the presidency; a man who to my eyes didn’t have the tact, grace and intelligence to bring our country to greater heights. Instead his policies have put us in our modern day depression. This was a man who cut and slash the most needed funding to support a war that essentially the majority of American people did not want. Answers were what we wanted but, not a war with no exit plan whatsoever. I can go on about the consistent knee-jerk reactions from the American public who feel Obama is not effective but, that would be a waste of time. Instead, I caution the average Joe to deign to walk a full 9 moons in his shoes and see if they could even fathom the depth and complexity of this individual’s job. We have an obligation to respect the man we actually ELECTED and support him in his efforts to not only restore America to its greatness globally but to also restore the security of its infrastructure. It is VERY easy to grouse and criticize but, less easy to gather all the necessary data to make a more wholistic assessment of the situation. We must each do our part to keep our country and our world stable with liberty and justice for all. Afterall, is this not the rhetoric we’ve been taught in this country since birth? Please, have more intelligence, patience, respect and personal accountability.

    Thank You.

    • jeffkellylowenstein3

      Thanks, Sol Frye, for your thoughtful comment that reminds us about the importance of our participation in our democracy. I appreciate your taking the time to comment in such depth.

      Jeff

  40. BS 4 BlackSUN AS

    what is the etymology of EL ected???? OMG….. what they did to you …

    DEMOCRATIC????
    you mean PLATON 428/427 BC– 348/347 BC? discussing five types of regimes.
    These five regimes progressively degenerate starting with Aristocracy at the top and Tyranny at the bottom. Each regime below aristocracy is worse than the one before.
    # 1 Aristocracy
    # 2 Timocracy
    # 3 Oligarchy
    # 4 Democracy
    # 5 Tyranny

    what is the etymology of EL ected???? OMG….. what they did to you …
    EL ectric
    EL der
    EL evate
    EL ixir
    EL oquence
    EL lipse
    EL even 11 heaven
    EL ement
    EL ude

  41. BS 4 BlackSUN AS

    what the heck EL is kid??? are you gonna wake up one day??? the EL ite is so different that you are? are you gonna break your television one day ? and start to live? will you?

  42. If I recognize horrors in the world, do I also get a Nobel prize?

    Oh wait, I’m not OBAAAMAAALUUUUUV.

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  45. If only more people would hear this..

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