- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 28, 2008

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Noble: New Zealander Austin Bernard Hemmings, a good Samaritan who gave his life to rescue a stranger.

On Thursday night, Mr. Hemmings, 44, a broker manager, assisted a woman who was being assaulted by an armed man near her workplace in downtown Auckland, New Zealand. A married father of three, Mr. Hemmings came to her aid after the woman, who was on a work break, told him she had been attacked and asked him to call the police. He helped the woman flee her assailant, who turned his anger on Mr. Hemmings, stabbing him repeatedly in the chest.

Mr. Hemmings staggered down the street seeking help before collapsing. A banker, a doctor and a construction worker worked desperately to save his life before paramedics arrived. But despite their heroic efforts, Mr. Hemmings died where he collapsed on that Auckland street. Early Friday, police arrested a 45-year-old man in connection with the homicide. The woman Mr. Hemmings saved had broken off a romantic relationship with the suspect earlier in the day. Police say she is devastated over the fact that Mr. Hemmings died while rescuing her. For making the ultimate sacrifice to protect an innocent person, Austin Bernard Hemmings is the Noble of the Week.

Knave: Re. Alcee Hastings, Florida Democrat, for injecting race baiting into the presidential campaign.

In 1989, then-federal Judge Hastings was impeached and removed from the federal bench for taking a $150,000 bribe. But he managed to get himself elected to the House of Representatives a few years later, and last week decided to inject a bit of hate speech into the campaign to win Florida for Sen. Barack Obama. “If Sarah Palin isn’t enough of a reason for you to get over whatever your problem is with Barack Obama,” Mr. Hastings said at an event sponsored by the National Jewish Democratic Council, “then you … better pay attention. Anybody toting guns and stripping moose don’t [sic] care too much about what they do with Jews and blacks.”

For doing his part to drag the presidential campaign into the gutter, Rep. Alcee Hastings is the Knave of the Week.


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