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Tony and Tacky
July 29, 2005

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

Jane Fonda Why Not A Soup Kitchen?
Jane Fonda has announced that she's planning a cross-country bus tour to oppose continued U.S. military operations in Iraq. "Jane Fonda spent the last 20 years of her life essentially apologizing for her starring role in 1972's great film Hanoi Jane," says Bret Stephens. "You thought that she would finally have realized the error of her ways, but hey, her memoir is a bomb, her movie is a bomb, so it's goodbye Hanoi Jane and Hello Baghdad Jane. It's too bad to see it again."

Healthy Choice nurse preparing to immunize child
Child immunization levels have reached new highs, despite some emotional opposition. A tony to all of America's parents that are behind the 81 percent vaccination rate, says Kim Strassel. "It's an all-time high for the country and it means millions of kids are going to be protected from polio, pertussis and other deadly diseases. What makes this all the more amazing is that it happened at a time when there are a number of very small, but vocal groups that have been trying to scare parents out of vaccinating their kids. They've argued that vaccines are behind all kinds of illnesses, in particular autism. So, all the more credit to the parents for sorting fact from fiction and sort of standing up and doing what we know is one of the most important things they can for their kids."

Congress No More Freezer Burn
If there's anything worse than a toilet that won't flush it's a freezer that won't freeze, says Stephen Moore. "About 10 years ago, Congress passed regulations on toilets because to regulate water flow you have to flush three or four times. That's the reason we have a bootleg toilet from Canada in our home. Unfortunately we're going to have to do that now with refrigerators and freezers because this new bill regulates the energy intake in the freezers. That means get ready for soupy ice cream and dripping popsicles. I made just a short list of some of the other home appliances that are being regulated by this bill. It includes ceiling fans, battery chargers, clothes washers, electric lamps and the bill even regulates the air pressure in your car tires. This is an energy bill that only Jimmy Carter would love. Unfortunately, George Bush is going to sign it in the next two weeks. It deserves to be flushed."