- The Washington Times - Friday, February 9, 2007

Nobles: Two taxicab drivers, Vinod Mago and Osman Chowdhury, for returning some very valuable valuables to their owners.

This kind of thing probably happens more often than is reported but for it to happen twice in one week with such large dollar amounts has to be rare. The first occurred in New York, where Mr. Chowdhury returned a black bag that contained 31 diamond rings to its rightful owner. It wasn’t as easy as it sounds. After dropping off the unidentified woman, Mr. Chowdhury had to make a series of phone calls and spend hours tracking her down.

The worst part is that the woman, who said she was a jeweler, had only tipped 30 cents on an $11 fare. The good news is that she gave Mr. Chowdhury a $100 reward, which the driver said covered the fares he had lost while tracking her down. (Maybe next time the woman won’t be so stingy.)

In Seattle, a man left a wallet containing $5,950 in Mr. Mago’s cab after being dropped off at the airport. Mr. Mago only discovered the wallet after his superior called to say that a distraught man was missing his wallet. With his wallet returned, the man reportedly said, “That’s my life savings.” Then why had he been so careless with it? Even stranger, the man said that he planned on buying a new car with the returned money. His life savings on a new car? Mr. Mago was also rewarded $100 for his good deed.

For returning such valuable possessions, Messrs. Mago and Chowdhury are the Nobles of the week.

Knaves: The John Edwards campaign, for a hiring a pair of loudmouth, vulgar and slightly bigoted bloggers.

As anyone who has spent a little time roaming the blogosphere can tell you, not only are there are good blogs and bad blogs, but the bad ones can be very bad indeed. Meet Amanda Marcotte of Pandagon.com and Melissa McEwan of ShakespearesSister.blogspot.com — two far-left bloggers whose writings are regularly strewn with vulgarities and attacks so disgusting they can’t be reprinted here.

Normally, a presidential campaign would stay away from such vitriolic headcases. But not Mr. Edwards, who hired the women as his official campaign bloggers. Of course it didn’t take long for other curious bloggers to dig up the ladies’ previous blog posts. (Thanks, Google.)

The Edwards campaign deliberated for a couple days, then apparently fired the new hires, only to rehire them in the same day. Now that’s presidential. For his part, Mr. Edwards says he believes in giving everyone a “fair shake.” Sure, as if that decision won’t come back to haunt him.

Note to presidential wannabes: It’ll save you a lot of stress if you actually read the bloggers you hire.

For obviously not doing so, the Edwards campaign is the Knave of the week.

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