- The Washington Times - Friday, November 3, 2006

Nobles: The soldiers of the 1/34 Brigade Troops Battalion of the Minnesota National Guard, for asking a certain senator for help.

Even if Sen. John Kerry hadn’t botched his “joke” the other day, it’s probably best he stay away from the stand-up stage. The truth of the matter is that Mr. Kerry’s joke, botched or not, just wasn’t funny.

Here’s what is funny, though. Eight U.S. soldiers in Iraq holding up a banner reading: “Halp us Jon Carry — We r stuck hear n Irak.” The picture was swiftly zooming across the Internet and the widely read Drudge Report posted it at the top of the screen. America definitely got the joke, and it was on Mr. Kerry.

And who says laughter isn’t the best remedy? Once the picture had been seen by anyone with a pair of eyes, lo and behold Mr. Kerry issues his real apology. Way to go, Minnesota National Guard.

Humor is hard to do well. The great ones are regarded as comedic geniuses for a reason. Any old hack can flub a bad joke.

For some much needed laughs late in the election season, the troops of the Minnesota National Guard are the Nobles of the Week.

Knaves: Student protesters at Georgetown University, whose thousands of dollars in education have yet to buy a lesson in the First Amendment.

Great minds think alike, apparently. At Columbia University not so long ago, student protesters rushed the stage as Minutemen co-founder Jim Gilchrist delivered a speech. Taking their cue from their Columbia peers, several Georgetown students thought it would be really intelligent to disrupt Minutemen co-founder Chris Simcox’s speech the other night.

So about 10 minutes in, with the usual cast of characters protesting outside, someone pulled the fire alarm (which is against the law in D.C.). The protesters outside cheered. After a 15-minute delay, Mr. Simcox resumed talking.

Students at elite universities like Columbia and Georgetown think of themselves as the future leaders of the country (a scary thought for the rest of us). Some students indeed are, but not the buffoons whose intolerance is matched only by their delinquency.

For their juvenile law-breaking, those Georgetown students are the Knaves of the Week.

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