Noble: Retired New York City policeman Donald Young, for his extraordinary work in training Iraqi security forces.
On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Donald Young was working street crime in Midtown Manhattan when planes struck the World Trade Center. He spent the day rescuing al Qaeda’s victims and getting people out of the area. Over the months that followed, he helped sift debris from the Twin Towers. Mr. Young retired from the force in 2002, and today works as a security contractor in Iraq, where he gives basic law enforcement training of Iraqi military police in Muqdadiya, a city of approximately 300,000. Although he had other opportunities available to him in the United States, Mr. Young went to Iraq as a security specialist attached to the Army. Clearly no fan of political correctness, he shows Iraqi police recruits photographic images of the horror at Ground Zero to explain the importance of fighting terrorists in their own country.
“If I can help one soldier get home sooner, get home safe — no matter how goofy that sounds — then it’s been worthwhile,” he told Richard Tomkins of The Washington Times. For working on the front lines in Iraq, Donald Young is Noble of the Week.
Knave: Comedian Sandra Bernhard, for her hateful, racist, foul-mouthed tirade against Sarah Palin.
When it comes to getting down in the gutter, few “entertainers” are the equal of Miss Bernhard. During an appearance at the D. C. Jewish Community Center, Miss Bernhard warned Mrs. Palin not to come into Manhattan lest she be gang-raped by blacks. Her rant was laced with racist and profane remarks.
Almost as shameful as the Bernhard rant itself was the deferential, almost sychophantic treatment her “humor” received from some in the mainstream media like Peter Marks, a staff writer for The Washington Post. In reviewing Miss. Bernhard’s performance, Mr. Marks quoted her as stating that if Mrs. Palin were to come to Manhattan, “I’ll tear her apart like a Wise natural kosher chicken.” According to Mr. Marks, the audience’s “explosive” laughter in response to this line “derives as much from the sneering vehemence of her delivery as from the idea of the evangelical Christian candidate as kosher poultry.” Isn’t that funny?
For proving herself again to be the boor everyone knows her to be, Sandra Bernhard is the Knave of the Week.