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Tony and Tacky
August 26, 2005

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


French newspaper Yesterday's Urine
Lance Armstrong was under attack this week by the French, who say he used performance-enhancing drugs to win the first of his seven Tour De France Championships. "From the country that consumed hundreds of thousands of copies of a book called THE TERRIBLE LIE, alleging that the United States itself staged the 9/11 attacks, we now have the so-called 'Armstrong Lie,' says Rob Pollock. It seems that there are too many French people who haven't quite come to grips with the fact that a Texan, of all people, has been dominating the Tour de France for the past seven years. How have they reached this conclusion? Based on tests of six-year-old urine samples. The fact of the matter is Armstrong has passed hundreds of official tests over the year and for the time being, it seems to me we ought to choose to believe those."

Stick with Schtick, Mick Mick Jagger
Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones started their new American tour this week. One new tune, "Sweet Neocon" appears to call President Bush a liar and hypocrite, all of which creates problems for Stones fan Daniel Henninger. "If the Beatles were the best popular music group of the last 40 years, then I would say that the Rolling Stones, whose first album appeared in 1964, which is kind of a frightening thought, were irrefutably the best rock and roll group of the last 40 years," says Henninger. "Here's a sample of 'Sweet Neocon:'

It's liberty for all
democracy's our style
unless you're against us,
then it's prison without trial.

Maybe Keith Richard's guitar work improves the experience, but somehow I kind of doubt it. The fact is, Mick Jagger is going to live in memory for most of us as Jumping Jack Flash, and Jagger as the preacher man just doesn't work for me."