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Tony and Tacky
May 27, 2005

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


John McCain I'm Late! I'm Late!
Arizona Senator John McCain set a tad tacky deadline for the Senate filibuster deal, says John Fund. "When John McCain showed up at the press conference announcing the filibuster deal, his cell phone rang and he had to go to the premiere of a new film based on his Vietnam War heroism FAITH OF MY FATHERS which airs on Memorial Day. Ever since then, Oren Hatch and other Republican senators have been ribbing him mercilessly because he actually mentioned the film twice during the press conference announcing the filibuster deal. We have taken the line between politics, Hollywood and heroism and blurred it completely now."

You Are What You Read Bestseller graphic
A tony for America's reading preferences, or at least some of them, says Jason Riley. "The current Best Seller List boasts titles by Goldie Hawn, Brooke Shields and Jane Fonda" says Riley. "I think it's understandable that this sort of celebrity worship makes people uncomfortable. But I think there's another way of looking at it. Some of the other books are about globalization, economics, even how the brain makes snap decisions. So, even though there are a lot of people out there who are very concerned about how many people Jane Fonda slept with simultaneously, there are also a lot of people out there interested in what the new global marketplace will do for the job situation in the U.S. and I think we call all take some comfort in that."

Paris Hilton Bentley's Hot, Paris Not
In the latest Carl's Jr. television ad, Paris Hilton sizzles more than the spicy BBQ burger she holds in her hand, but never eats. A tacky for the inevitable endless painful debates to come about what's appropriate for network television, a la Janet Jackson and the Super Bowl, says Kimberely Strassel. "Already the Parents Television Council is working on a petition to have the FCC look at this." What's more, she adds, the commercial may not resonate with parents. "Fundamentally Carl's Jr., which did the commercial, is a family restaurant and to the extent that mommies who are the parents of these kids are going to be wondering if they really want Tommy and Jimmy to be thinking about Paris Hilton every time he eats a hamburger. You have to wonder if they are still going to be going there to eat."