BOUQUET to 16-year-old Emily Lopatofsky of Scottsdale, Tempe mini-market owner David Maples and two of his customers for combining to thwart an attempted carjacking at Apache Food and Fuel’s gasoline pumps Tuesday night.
Police said that when suspect Christopher Swick, 36, of Tempe got into Lopatofsky’s car and demanded she start it, she screamed. This got the attention of Maples and his two unidentified customers, who followed the fleeing Swick into nearby bushes, flushed him out and tackled him.
Police later arrested Swick on suspicion of attempted kidnapping and robbery. Lopatofsky and her three helpers are to be commended for taking cool, brave, decisive action that resulted in an arrest rather than a potential tragedy.
BRICK to Hamilton College of Clinton, N.Y., for inviting radical activist Ward Churchill to sit on a Feb. 3 panel discussion on "Limits of Dissent." Churchill achieved notoriety the day after 9/11 with an essay asserting the atrocity was justified and praising the "gallant sacrifices" of the terrorist fiends who perpetrated it.
And another BRICK to the University of Colorado at Boulder, which employs this extremist knothead as an "ethnic studies" instructor.
BRICK to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the self-styled "Sheikh and Commander of Slaughterers" who beheaded several captives in Iraq and released videotapes of their murders, for stating on an audiotape posted to a radical Islamic Web site that "We have declared a bitter war against democracy and all those who seek to enact it." Zarqawi also fumed that "Democracy is also based on the right to choose your religion," which is "against the rule of God."