- The Washington Times - Friday, August 12, 2005

Nobles: Mike Wagers, the cabdriver who helped bring down a pair of suspected murderers.

The Hyattes’ flight from the law began Tuesday, when Jennifer Hyatte sprung her husband, George, from a Tennessee prison. After fatally wounding a corrections officer, the couple fled north, eluding capture by switching cars and changing their appearance. They must have gotten desperate, however, because in Kentucky they paid Mr. Wagers $200 to drive them all the way to Columbus, Ohio — a journey of about 115 miles.

Rightly suspicious from the start, but also wisely compliant, Mr. Wagers did as he was told, even checking the Hyattes in under his name at a Columbus motel. According to the Associated Press, Mr. Wagers said the fugitives had told him they were on their way to an Amway convention. “Amway people are all about Amway, and when they didn’t try any conversation further about it, that’s when I pretty much thought, ‘Well, they’re not with Amway; they’re doing something else.’ ”

After returning home Wednesday night, Mr. Wagers called the police. It was all over for the Hyattes when U.S. Marshals surrounded the motel and took them into custody. The couple face charges of first-degree murder in the killing of Wayne “Cotton” Morgan, a 28-year corrections veteran and father of two.

For knowing what true Amway people are like, Mr. Wagers is the Noble of the week.

Knaves: Harry Belafonte, who should just go back to singing.

Mr. Belafonte, the famous calypso-singer-turned-political-pundit, doesn’t think too highly of blacks in the Bush administration. He once compared former Secretary of State Colin Powell to a house slave. He was at it again earlier this week in Atlanta at a party commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This time he referred to blacks in the administration as “black tyrants,” and later added that “Hitler had a lot of Jews high up in the hierarchy of the Third Reich.” “Color,” he said, “does not necessarily denote quality, content or value.”

Mr. Belafonte is certainly entitled to his own opinions, but not his own facts. Indeed, it was news to a lot of people that Hitler was promoting Jews — that is, when he wasn’t killing them. Mr. Belafonte says that he based his assertion on “Hitler’s Jewish Soldiers,” a book by history professor Bryan Mark Rigg.

Well, Mr. Rigg spoke to Jennifer Harper of The Washington Times recently, and he says that Mr. Belafonte should stop misrepresenting what he wrote. “Belafonte continues to distort history,” he said. “My book shows that a number of people of partial Jewish ancestry served in the German military, but they did not even consider themselves Jews. Moreover, the vast majority of them were drafted — they were forced to serve Hitler … Belafonte should take the trouble to read the books he cites, before claiming they support him.”

For shoddy research, Mr. Belafonte is the Knave of the week.

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