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Tony and Tacky
August 19, 2005

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

Gifford Miller The Education Candidate
In his campaign to be mayor of New York City, councilman Gifford Miller has promised to address overcrowded classrooms and decrepit facilities in the public school system. Build schools, not stadiums, he says. But, when asked in a debate whether he would send his children to public schools, he said he was undecided. "What struck me about this was the underlying hypocrisy of this entire exchange," says Jason Riley. "Essentially what Miller was defending was his right as a parent to send his child to the best school possible. Yet Miller -- who attended boarding schools and Princeton -- only defends education policies that only allow parents like him to have this choice."

Delicate Operation Jewish settlers
The decision to remove Jewish settlers from the West Bank -- in hopes of making progress toward peace with the Palestinians -- produced wrenching scenes this week as Israeli soldiers were forced to act against their brothers. "A tony for mainly 19-year-old Israeli soldiers who have been called upon to remove Jewish settlers, sometimes almost forcibly," says Bret Stephens. "For the last five years the Israeli army has been treated like Murder Inc. by most of the media. I lived in Israel for three of those years. I saw that the army was in fact a model of restraint in the face of fire. But here they were called upon to perform probably the hardest task that any army can perform, and they did so with a great deal of dignity and patience, and they deserve Israel's respect and they deserve ours."

Phil Mickelson Golf and Grace
Phil Mickelson won the 87th PGA Championship in Springfield, NJ, and then treated fans to a serious autograph session. "He walked over and started signing 261 autographs," says Daniel Henninger. "I recall years ago seeing Willy Nelson do the same thing after a concert in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he walked down into a concrete corridor and signed autographs till there was no one there. You knew something had snapped in professional sports when these guys started sitting down at tables and charging people for their autographs. A lot of the pro athletes had turned themselves into products themselves. I think that's why a lot of them act like jerks. Phil Mickelson was saying something simple. 'Hey guys, give the folks your autograph and thank them for showing up.' Something pretty simple, and pretty admirable."