Nobles: The sailors aboard the USS Cole who lost their lives last week while serving their country.
The servicemen and women who died last week came from ordinary cities and towns across the nation, they were of different backgrounds and races, and they were all Americans. They believed in the power of liberty, and they had volunteered to protect it with their lives. While pages of a newspaper are insufficient to memorialize them, they should never be forgotten for who they were or what they represented. Their sacrifice should be an inspiration to all Americans.
They were: Kenneth E. Clodfelter from Mechanicsville, Va.; Richard Costelow from Morrisville, Pa.; Lakeina M. Francis from Woodleaf, N.C.; Timothy L. Guana from Rice, Texas; James Rodrick McDaniels from Norfolk, Va.; Marc Ian Nieto from Fond du Lac, Wis.; Ronald Owens from Vero Beach, Fla; Lakiba Nicole Palmer from San Diego, Calif.; Joshua Parlett from Level, Md.; Patrick Roy from Keddysville, Md.; Kevin Shawn Rux from Portland, N.D.; Ronchester Santiago from Kingsville, Texas; Timothy L. Saunders from Ringgold, Va.; Gary Swenchonis Jr. from Rockport, Texas; Andrew Triplett from Macon, Miss.; and Craig Wibberley, from Willamsport, Md.
Knave: Hillary Rodham Clinton, for her role in the White House Travel Office firings, including the false testimony she later gave denying any involvement.
Earlier this week, Independent Counsel Charles Ray released his final report on Travelgate, which stated, “The overwhelming evidence establishes that she (Mrs. Clinton) played a role in the decision to fire the employees and provided input into that decision. Thus, her statement to the contrary under oath was factually false.”
Mrs. Clinton has repeatedly denied any involvement in the firings, both to the General Accounting Office (GAO) and a congressional committee. Her lawyer, David E. Kendall, a hypocrite to an astonishing degree, has also denied any wrongdoing on the part of Mrs. Clinton, calling the report, “highly unfair and misleading,” and adding, “It is regrettable that the final report could not have been as fair as it was lengthy.”
Billy Dale, the fired director of the Travel Office, said that he was “disappointed” by the ruling, stating, “Everyone, especially Robert Ray, knows Hillary Clinton lied under oath about her role in firing me and my colleagues.” Well, why did Mr. Ray not do anything about it then?