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Tony and Tacky
July 15, 2005

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

British police What Would Winston Do?
The quick nab by British authorities of suspects in the Underground bombing was a much-needed morale boost for a shaken populace, says Dorothy Rabinowitz. "This of course did not prevent the attacks themselves," she adds. "The British have been notoriously lax in allowing people to take refuge in England who were wanted elsewhere. But Tony Blair has promised to change all of that. His hero Winston Churchill, would never have waited this long. It will be remembered that Winston Churchill threw every fascist agitator into prison at the beginning of the World War II. I think Tony Blair might take that as a model."

Out of the Dungeon Akbar Ganji
Iranian dissident named Akbar Ganji, became the center of an exchange this week between President Bush and the Iranian government. "Mr. Ganji was thrown in prison by the Iranian regime in 2001 for writing a book in which he accused the Iranian government of murdering its critics," says James Taranto. "President Bush this week called on the Iranian government to release Mr. Ganji and to allow him to get medical treatment, and the Iranian government responded in what sounded like old-style Soviet propaganda saying the U.S. has no business lecturing other countries on human rights because of 'widespread discriminations in the U.S. and U.S. minority rights violations.' So a tony to Mr. Ganji for his bravery, and a tony to President Bush for a timely reminder that there are countries in which it really is an act of courage to speak out against your government."

Jack Nicklaus A Class Act
A tony from Kim Strassel for Jack Nicklaus, who played in his final major tournament this week at the famous St. Andrews course in Scotland. He won his first British Open at St. Andrews 35 years ago. "In the history books, Jack Nicklaus probably will go down for his record," says Strassel. This is a guy who won 18 majors, 19 seconds, nine thirds. That alone makes him the most successful golfer of all time. But I'd like to think that the way he'll be remembered by his fans is that he was truly a class act through all those years. This is a guy who on the course was known for his discipline and his charitableness to his fellow players. Off the course, a great family man. We just found out today that he did not make the final cut, but as you can see from the fans who were cheering and so emotional, this doesn't really matter."