For such a caste-conscious nation, the royal wedding planning has been decidedly déclassé, says Bret Stephens, who bestows a tacky to Britain's uppercrustiest bride-and-groom-to-be. Stephen declines to take sides on any of the troubling issues raised by the marriage of Prince Charles to his lover of three decades, Camilla Parker Bowles: infidelity to Princess Diana, the Queen Elizabeth's refusal to attend the civil ceremony, buffet or sit down.
"However, I do think that if there's a point for Britain to have this class-based, class-obsessed society, it's so that the people at the top of that society can show some class. And so far they haven't."
Big box Wal-Mart has yet to open a store in New York City and was defeated in a recent attempt to do so in Rego Park, Queens. This is a shame, says Melanie Kirkpatrick, who gives unions and union-backed politicians involved an emphatic tacky. Those who miss out most are borough residents, she adds. "There are many good reasons to live in this wonderful city, but discount shopping is not one of them," says Kirkpatrick. "If you're going to go buy clothes for the kids or stock up on the kitchen, you don't want to shop on Fifth Avenue. The people who live in Queens are mostly middle class and working class people, very heavily immigrant. They're going to miss out on Wal-Mart's cheap prices, the convenience, and, dare I say, even a good job."
A sad milestone in the 9/11 story this week: forensic scientists said they could do no more to identify the remains of the victims. The attack on the towers was intended as an act of total destruction -- of the building, of the people in it and of an American symbol, says Daniel Henninger. But we would not simply let them turn us into dust floating in the air. "Those scientists, using very sophisticated DNA techniques, have been trying with excruciating effort ever since to match DNA to the families of the victims. In that time, they've identified about 1500 of them. We've come to the point where their act of spiritual and human restoration has come to an end. For that, I think we can just say, 'Thanks a lot.'"