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Tony and Tacky
May 20, 2005

Good taste or bad is revealed in everything we are, do, have. Emily Post


George Galloway Not Very Respectful
British politician George Galloway turned the tables on the Senate committee investigating the Oil-for-Food program when he used his testimony to lambast the U.S. involvement in Iraq. Galloway, a left-wing member of the Respect Party in the British Parliament, called the accusations that he was given oil allocations a smokescreen intended to distract from the fact that the invasion of Iraq was based on a "pack of lies." Tacky for Galloway and tackier for the Senate who let him get away with it, says Jason Riley. "This British politician flies in, ostensibly to talk about his role in this Oil-for-Food scandal, and sits there and berates our politicians, insults our troops, insults our country, and insults our president. These guys just sit there in silence. It seems to me, they had some patriotic duty to respond."

Hefty PC Price Tag Lawrence Summers
Faculty diversity should not be purchased like a new living room set says Daniel Henninger. Harvard's announcement that it intends to spend $50 million to get more women on the faculty is an uncharacteristically tacky move on the university's part, he says. "Harvard's president, Larry Summers, said something untoward about women in science, and now they announce they're going to spend $50 million over 10 years to essentially buy diversity," says Henninger. "I know it's a very liberal place, it's very hard on conservatives, tough on conservative faculty. But by and large they've kept their standards pretty high. What we're looking at here is something like a kind of paint by numbers way of filling out your faculty."

Kentucky theater sign Ike Don't Like Jane
The owner of two Kentucky movie theaters, Ike Boutwell, is refusing to show Jane Fonda's latest film MONSTER-IN-LAW. "I'm sure there are plenty of people out there who would say that there should be some limit on how many years you can punish Hanoi Jane for her terrible behavior 30 years ago," says Strassel. "But I like to think of this more as a free market issue. This man trained pilots in the Viet Nam war and he decided that he does not want to be party to collecting ticket money that's going to go to a studio and ultimately benefit Jane Fonda. In the meantime, if you really want to see this movie -- which the reviews would suggest you wouldn't -- you can go to another theater."