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July 29, 2005



PAUL GIGOT: Winners and losers, picks and pans. Tony or Tacky, our way of calling attention to the best and the worst of the week.

One piece of good health news this week is that child immunization levels have reached new highs, despite some emotional opposition. Kim, who gets the Tony?

KIM STRASSEL: This is a tony to all of America's parents that are behind this number that we reached -- 81 percent vaccination rates. 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 who have been trying to scare parents out of vaccinating their kids. They've argued that vaccines are behind all kinds of other illnesses, in particular autism, and while all kinds of health groups have investigated this and said it's just not true these people have got a lot of play in the media. 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.

PAUL GIGOT: Alright, spoken as a new parent yourself. Alright, thanks Kim.

Apparently tired of apologizing for her vividly remembered opposition to the Vietnam War, Jane Fonda changed the focus during one of her book selling appearances, announcing that she's planning a cross country bus tour to oppose continued U.S. military operations in Iraq. Bret?

BRET STEPHENS: On a bus fueled by vegetable oil which is what I sometimes think fuels Jane Fonda's brain. Look, I sort of debated whether or not to give a Tacky to Jane Fonda because it's too easy and then I read her book and I realized that her whole problem is that she's too easy. Jane Fonda spent the last 20 years of her life essentially apologizing for her starring role in 1972's great film Hanoi Jane. You thought that she would finally have realized the error of her ways, but maybe 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.

PAUL GIGOT: At least she's staying in the United States this time and not traveling to Iraq. Thanks Bret.

And finally, Steve Moore has been combing through the big new energy bill which passed Congress this week and he's found a government intrusion that may unite sweets lovers across the political spectrum. Steve?

STEVE MOORE: Paul, if there's anything worse than a toilet that won't flush it's a freezer that won't freeze. Now you may recall 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 in our home we have a bootleg toilet from Canada. Well, 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.

But not only that, 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, Paul, that only Jimmy Carter would love. Unfortunately, George Bush is going to sign it in the next two weeks. It deserves to be flushed.

PAUL GIGOT: The good news, Steve, Congress is going on vacation. Don't come back. Thanks Steve.

That's it for this edition of THE JOURNAL EDITORIAL REPORT. Thank you from all of us. We'll be back next week and we hope you'll join us then.