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August 26, 2005



Next subject -- winners and losers, picks and pans. Tony or Tacky, our way of calling attention to the best and the worst of the week. 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. Rob?

ROB POLLOCK: Well, 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. Now, 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. And now, we have a French newspaper called L'Equipe, and unfortunately, also the director of the Tour de France, alleging that Armstrong "fooled the world" because he was on performance enhancing drugs.

How have they reached this conclusion? Based on tests of 6-year old urine samples. Now, look -- it wouldn't surprise me to find out that Armstrong or any other athlete has used performance-enhancing drugs. But 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. So I'd give a "tacky" to L'Equipe and to the director of the Tour de France for undermining France's already questionable reputation for sportsmanship.

PAUL GIGOT: Okay, thanks, Rob. Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones started their new American tour this week. At age 62, you'd think he would know better, but one of his new songs, not heard here, is called "Sweet Neocon." It appears to call President Bush a liar and hypocrite, all of which creates problems for Stones fan Dan Henninger. Dan?

DAN HENNINGER: Yes, I am a very big Rolling Stones fan. 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. Now, I realize that not everyone would agree. A group that has spent its life singing about satisfaction and Brown Sugar that now turns to politics might be a setup up in some minds -- I don't agree.

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." Well, 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.

PAUL GIGOT: Okay, Dan, that's what you get for being a Stones fan way back when. 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.