Dateline: Somewhere in East Texas, December 10, 2009 The AP, UPI, and Rooters (Arkansas’ state newspaper, not the better known Reuters somewhere over there in the UK) have just learned — on this momentous day when President Barrack Obama is set to receive his Nobel Peace Prize — that Gene Strother (pronunciation unknown), a popular blogger in Texas, has made the bold claim that he favors “peace on earth, goodwill toward men.”
Learning of Strother’s assertion, the Nobel Peace Prize committee convened in an emergency meeting in Stephenville, Texas (Stockholm’s hotels were already booked by a group committed to heating the planet enough for Climategate to go away) to discuss the blogger’s candidacy and get their votes in before the frigid weather makes travel too inconvenient.
After the unprecedented meeting, one source said, “This is a great, great man. He has done so much to bring peace and hope to our world. We can hardly wait until next year to confer upon him this great honor.”
The source, who insisted on anonymity, added that he believed that this candidate had done every bit as much to deserve the prize as President Barrack Obama.
“Obama said he thought peace was good,” our super-secret source said. “Well, so does Mr. Strother. In fact, he went so far as to say he thought it was ‘really good,’ which, frankly, in my mind, makes him an even worthier recipient.”
The news of Strother’s peaceful desires has spread like a virus across the Internet, warming hearts and causing many eyes to tear up. (We do not believe, as some suggest, the teary eyes are due to any sort of allergens in the air.) People are repeating the phrase, “Peace on earth, goodwill toward men,” and sometimes adding a Christmas carol or two for effect.
We were unable to reach Mr. Strother for comment, but did talk with his brother/agent, Don, who gave the following statement: “Yeah. No one can reach that jerk when he is in east Texas. T-Mobile’s coverage just sucks out there.”
Regarding Strother’s selection for the Nobel, Don stated, “Yeah. He’s pretty peaceful most of the time. We are all so very proud of him and his accomplishments. How much did you say the prize money was?”