- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 22, 2004

It’s time for the annual Nobles and Knaves Contest, where you the reader can vote on who deserves the Editorial Board’s highest and lowest acclaim. To vote, e-mail noble@washingtontimes.com, with “Nobles Contest” in the subject line, or fax 202-715-0037. Entrees must be received by Dec. 30. The winners will be announced on Jan. 1. As usual, all entries are subject to review by the benevolent Editorial Board. We remind readers that votes sent en masse with the intention of unfairly weighting contestants will be thrown out.

For Noble of the Year, select three: The Screaming Eagles of the 101st Airborne Division, for a year of distinguished service in Iraq.

The Mars rover, Spirit, and its creators, for a remarkable rollout onto the red planet.

Seema Bhat, for blowing the whistle on the District’s lead problem in the water.

Secretary of State Colin Powell, for a public display of righteous indignation about a slur uttered at a committee hearing.

Mel Gibson, for refusing to dishonor his biological father, and for making a movie honoring his Father.

Luz Cuevas, for finding her daughter alive after investigators said she had died in a fire.

The Hubble Space Telescope, for seeing deeper into space and time than any instrument devised by man.

Brian Lamb, the founder of C-SPAN, which celebrated its 25th anniversary this year.

Alistair Cook, the avuncular host of “Masterpiece Theater” and commentator for the BBC, who died in April.

Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, for confronting a hostage crisis with courage.

Pat Tillman, the 2002 Noble of the Year, who died in Paril while serving in Afghanistan.

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, for standing firm in a hostage crisis.

The Iraqi citizens of Thul Fiqar al Battar, who rose up against renegade cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.

Ella Gunderson, the fussy 11-year-old who asked Nordstrom to change its indecent clothing line.

Chip Beck, for rebuilding the Boy Scouts in Iraq.

The students of Florida’s Okaloosa County School District, for providing school supplies to 300 Iraqi students.

The people who waited hours to pay tribute to President Reagan.

Vice President Dick Cheney, for making the right call on September 11 to shoot down hijacked planes.

Thunder the Labrador, for rescuing 2-year-old Daisy Smith.

Iraqi Judge Raad Juhi, for standing firm in the face of Saddam Hussein’s goons and repeated assassination attempts.

Lance Armstrong, for his sixth Tour de France victory.

Army Staff Sgt. Hilbert Caesar, for choosing to serve his country to become a citizen.

Francis Crick, the co-discoverer of the structure of DNA, who died in August.

The California Supreme Court, for upholding the rule of law in a case on same-sex “marriage.”

Retired Rear Adm. William L. Schacte Jr., for telling the truth about John Kerry’s service in Vietnam.

The police officers, security personnel and the citizens of Boston and New York, who showed both professionalism and calm during the party conventions.

The unnamed, 3-month-old shepherd mix puppy, for saving three siblings from their cruel owner.

The bloggers, for their dogged pursuit of the truth in line with the honored tradition of American journalism.

The citizens of Florida, for enduring a truly horrific hurricane season.

Rodney Dangerfield, the legendary comedian, who died in October.

Sen. John McCain, for telling his friend, John Kerry, when certain campaign tricks go too far.

Sen. John Kerry, for conceding the election when his advisers (and running mate) told him not to.

White House senior political adviser Karl Rove, for pulling off one of the biggest presidential election successes in history.

Curt Schilling, for suffering through injury to deliver Boston a World Series victory.

Lance Cpl. Dimitrios Gavriel, the Wall-Street-analyst-turned-Marine, who was killed in November.

Sgt. Maj. James R. Jordan, the brother of Michael, chose to delay his mandatory retirement to serve with his men in Iraq.

David Brudnoy, the conservative radio host, who died this month.

The Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots Foundation, for trying to give every child a present at Christmas.

For Knave of the Year, select three: David Lee Ellisor, for devising a scam to cheat children last Christmas.

The BBC, for news bias that knows no bounds.

John Kerry, for dishonoring the service of the National Guard, and for saying that President Bush might reinstate the draft.

The three 12-year-old girls whose lies sent an innocent man to jail for eight months.

Sen. Harry Reid, for verbally attacking Judge Laurence Silberman on the floor of the Senate, and for calling Justice Clarence Thomas an “embarrassment.”

Pat Conroy, the erstwhile Michigan principal who planted drugs in a student’s locker.

NHL forward Todd Bertuzzi, for blindsiding Steve Moore in one of the cheapest shots in league history.

Howard Dean, for blaming President Bush for the terrorist bombing in Madrid, and for saying that Mr. Bush exploits the terror threat for political gain.

The Palestinian terrorists who drafted teen-age boys to be suicide bombers.

The National People’s Action (NPA), for protesting at the personal residence of senior White House adviser Karl Rove.

The California 4th District Court of Appeals, for freeing serial molester Edward Harvey Stokes on a technicality.

The D.C. Council, for defeating Mayor Anthony Williams’ genuinely inspired effort to improve the public school system.

Rep. Jim McDermott, who vainly chose to leave out “under God” while he led the House in its daily recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.

Rep. Charles Rangel, for demanding the impeachment of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

The monsters who beheaded three Baltimore children in May.

Sen. Edward Kennedy, for comparing the abuse at Abu Ghraib to Saddam’s torture chambers, and for asking for his own commemorative wing at the University of Virginia.

The grandstanders on the September 11 commission, for exploiting the hearings as their personal showcase.

George Soros, for equating our fighting men and women with the September 11 hijackers.

Those who denigrated the life of President Ronald Reagan, especially cartoonist Ted Rall, who said, “If there is a hell, this guy is in it.”

Matt Starr, for stealing a foul ball from a 4-year-old at a Texas Rangers game.

Al Gore, for calling Internet bloggers “digital brownshirts,” and equating Mr. Bush with King George III.

Former President Jimmy Carter, for exploiting the funeral of a child to give an antiwar diatribe, and for saying that the Revolutionary War was “unnecessary.”

Whoopi Goldberg, for making a number of tasteless puns on Mr. Bush’s name at a Kerry-Edwards fundraiser.

Linda Ronstadt, for denigrating her Christian fans in an interview.

Former New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey, for exploiting his homosexuality to hide charges of his criminality.

The “mainstream” media, for displaying a dishonorable degree of bias throughout the election.

The Kerry campaign, for trying to silence the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth by filing a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission.

Jerry Allen Bradford, for killing three of his shepherd mix puppies with a .38-caliber revolver, only to be shot by one of the survivors (see Nobles).

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, for calling the Iraq war “illegal.”

The Washington Post headline writer who misquoted chief U.S. weapons inspector Charles Duelfer in a front-page story.

Elizabeth Edwards, for alleging that Lynne Cheney, the vice president’s wife, is ashamed of her daughter.

The Wisconsin Citizen Action Fund, for having grade-schoolers participate in partisan politics when they should be in class.

The founders of the Web site SorryEverybody.com, which allows Kerry voters to apologize to the world for Mr. Bush’s re-election.

New York Yankee Jason Giambi, for cheating the game by using steroids.

Comedian Chevy Chase, for some particularly unfunny comments about Mr. Bush at the Kennedy Center.

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