- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 11, 2003

Noble: Albert Einstein, for brilliance that illuminates space and shines across time.
The massive admiration for Einstein's ability has not dimmed over the decades since his passing, but it may have become just a bit bent. A good thing, too, since otherwise, some of his theories may have never been verified.
Specifically, researchers announced this week that they had verified Einstein's prediction of the speed at which gravity propagates. Using a rare alignment of the planet Jupiter with a distant quasar and a radical, essentially earth-sized observatory, the scientists were able to determine (within a 20 percent margin of error) that gravity travels, not instantaneously as Isaac Newton thought, nor incrementally, as Wile E. Coyote (and other cartoon characters) fall, but rather at the speed of light.
This finding probably won't affect many of our day-to-day activities things fell fine before Newton discovered gravity and things are falling fine now, judging by the coffee cascade on the desk. Still, it's worth remembering that Einstein made many of his bold predictions before anyone had the ability to verify them even without desks swamped with Starbucks. It took Sir Arthur Eddington four years to prove Einstein's posit that gravity bent light rays by a small amount. It's taken rather longer for his prediction of the speed of gravity to be similarly borne out.
Ultimately, the continuing confirmations of Einstein's works represents the continuing confirmation of his words: "Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom." Or perhaps not see below.
Knave: Michael Moore, for his despicable assault on America's icons of the war against terrorism, the heroes of Flight 93.

We may never know who, or how many, they saved there high above America aboard a hijacked airliner on September 11. But we will always remember what they did there. We can never forget the heroics of Jeremy Glick, Edward Felt, Mark Bingham, Todd Beamer and the rest of passengers, who died while attempting to wrest control of the plane from their captors.
Just don't tell sulfurous showman Michael Moore, to whom they were not just stupid white men, but rather cowards. In the account of columnist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown in London's Independent, Mr. Moore "went into a rant about how the passengers were scaredy-cats because they were mostly white. If the passengers had included black men, he claimed, those killers, with their puny bodies and unimpressive small knives, would have been crushed by the dudes."
Mr. Moore fancies himself a a humorist, but his rant at a London club was at best repugnant at worst, racist. There's no justification for such an outrageous and unpatriotic outburst. One would think Mr. Moore might show a crumb or two of gratitude towards his native land after all, he's amassed a fortune estimated at $20 million from his freedom to attack American institutions and icons.
Instead, he's used his cinematographic pulpit to bluster, bully and bludgeon. His next project is a diatribe on America's patriotism since September 11 titled "Fahrenheit 9-11: The Temperature At Which Freedom Burns." Stay tuned with a flamethrower.

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