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Tony and Tacky
June 24, 2005

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


flag-burning Better to Ignore Them
This week Congress considered whether to pass an amendment to the Constitution banning flag-burning. "Burning the American flag is obnoxious and I think wrong," says Jason Riley. "But whether everything that's obnoxious or wrong should be declared illegal, let alone unconstitutional, is another matter entirely. I think this is something of a tacky on the part of Congress, especially since you would think they have other, more important things to get done, such as Social Security, tax reform, immigration reform. Look at it this way, where do you stop once you start protecting symbols like the flag?"

Something I Said? Dick Durbin
Senator Dick Durbin managed to make everyone angry this week with his opinions on the treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo, and then with his so-called apology. You call that an apology, asks Daniel Henninger. "This is the guy who said that Guantanamo reminded him of the Nazis, the Soviet Gulag, Pol Pot and other unnamed atrocities," says Henninger. "I don't like the speech police, but let's look at Senator Durbin's apology. He says, 'I'm sorry if anything that I said caused any offense. I'm also sorry if anything I said in any way cast a negative light and some may believe that my remarks ...' There must be something these politicians get injected with when they come to Washington that makes it impossible for them to simply say, 'I made a mistake. I was over the line. I apologize.' And try to be a stand-up guy."

Pacman Dot Eaters to Cop Killers
Happy Birthday, Pacman, says Stephen Moore. "Twenty-five years ago we became Nintendo Nation. Now, it's GameBoy and GameBox and Xbox and all of these things that have become addictive, not just for boys now but for girls as well. We've come a long way culturally from wonderful Pacman -- we all put those quarters in those video machines -- to today. If you look at the games that are being sold, they are things like Cop Killer and Grand Theft Auto. I think our culture needs to step back and maybe say some of these video games have gone too far."