- The Washington Times - Friday, September 1, 2006

Nobles: The Little League team in Columbus, Ga., for keeping the Little League World Series Championship trophy in the United States.

It hasn’t been done since 1983, when Marietta, Ga., Little Leaguers followed their peers from Kirkland, Wash., to give the United States back-to-back titles with different teams. The Long Beach, Calif., team won back-to-back titles in 1992-93. This time the sluggers from Columbus beat the kids from Kawaguchi City, Japan, 2-1 Monday. Last year’s winners were from Ewa Beach, Hawaii, which beat Willemstad, Curacao.

And this year’s victory came down in fine fashion. Cody Walker hit a two-run homer off Japanese ace Go Matsumoto for the U.S. team’s only scoring inning, as pitcher Kyle Carter struck out 11 batters to ensure the win. As the Associated Press noted, Kyle is the only pitcher in Little League World Series history to win four games. “His curve ball was right on,” remarked the Japanese coach. With the crowd chanting “USA, USA,” the players scooped up handfuls of diamond dirt and placed them in plastic bags as keepsakes.

“This has been real fun,” said Kyle, showing that this week’s Nobles — rather, Champions — know what it’s all about.

Knaves: Paul Hackett, for sinking to that old standby, the Nazi analogy, during a debate.

On Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor” the other night, guest host John Kasich invited Iraq war veteran and former Democratic candidate Paul Hackett to debate Dan Senor, the former spokesman for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq. As these things often do on cable news, when the discussion turned to the Iraq war, things got rather heated.

Asked to respond to a comment by Mr. Senor, Mr. Hackett called his fellow guest “Herr Senor.” Mr. Kasich, visibly confused, asked Mr. Hackett what he meant. “I’m talking about your guest, little Unterfuerher of Propaganda, Mr. Senor there who’s an apologist for the failings of the CPA,” he said.

At this point, Mr. Senor had every right to employ the William F. Buckley Jr. response to being called a Nazi (“Stop calling me a crypto-Nazi or I’ll sock you… and you’ll stay plastered”). He didn’t. As a Jew whose mother survived the Holocaust, Mr. Senor probably doesn’t feel the need to defend himself from knaves like Mr. Hackett who think Nazi references are the epitome of wit.

Of course, it’s doubtful anyone would have objected had Mother Senor socked Mr. Hackett, this week’s Knave.

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