- The Washington Times - Friday, May 5, 2006

Nobles: U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema, for silencing Zacarias Moussaoui with the cold, hard truth.

There never was much method in Moussaoui’s flamboyant and vicious madness, aside from his visceral hatred for America. Like a child’s, his outbursts in the courtroom lacked logical consistency, tried to have it both ways and cried out to be exposed for the deranged mutterings they were. But the decorum of the criminal case doesn’t permit that, and so Moussaoui carried on — that is, until Judge Brinkema was finally allowed to stop him.

Addressing Moussaoui’s contention earlier that America had “lost” at the sentencing hearing, she said, “You will spend the rest of your life in a supermaximum security facility. In terms of winners and losers, it’s quite clear who won and who lost.”

“That was my choice,” he said, again trying to have it both ways. To which Judge Brinkema responded, “It was hardly your choice.”

Moussaoui’s choice, which he made clear at the end of the trial, was to martyr himself. Or, as Judge Brinkema put it, “to die in a great big bang of glory” that now will never come. Instead, she said, “you will die with a whimper.”

Typically, Moussaoui tried to get the last word, but Judge Brinkema cut him off. “You will never again get a chance to speak, and that is an appropriate and fair ending.” Indeed.

For telling it like it is, Judge Brinkema is the Noble of the week.

Knaves: The Los Angeles Times and Paramount Pictures, for a particularly idiotic promotion scheme.

As if having Tom Cruise dancing on top of limos isn’t enough, the brain trust at the Los Angeles Times and Paramount Pictures thought the new Cruise caper, “Mission: Impossible III,” could use a bit more hype.

As CNSNews.com reported, last week the paper concealed audio players in 4,500 randomly selected newspaper boxes around Los Angeles, which, when opened, played the “Mission: Impossible” theme song. Aside from Mr. Cruise’s mug on the side of the boxes, readers were given no warning about the promo.

So it was only a matter of time until an alert reader would wonder why red, white and black wires were sticking out of his neighborhood newspaper box. The good citizen did the right thing and called the authorities, who arrived post haste with a bomb unit. After an initial inspection failed to determine whether the box was rigged, the bomb squad blew it up.

Authorities were also called on to inspect a box at a veterans’ hospital in West Los Angeles, where as many as 300 people had to be evacuated, including 50 patients.

It’s comforting to know Americans are well aware of the world we live in. Too bad the same can’t be said of Hollywood or the L.A. Times.

For scaring their readers and viewers, the L.A. Times and Paramount Pictures are the Knaves of the week.

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