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Tony and Tacky
September 9, 2005

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

The New Orleans Saints Saints Go Marching Out
New Orleans football team the Saints may permanently relocate to another city due to low game attendance says the owner, Tom Benson. Tacky timing says Stephen Moore. "I wonder why they don't attend the games in New Orleans? This is a team that has had one of the most woeful records in the history of the NFL. They have had many one-win seasons. My feeling is, if they put a winning team on the field people will go back. The NFL has put up no objections to this, despite the fact that they always talk about how civic-minded they are with respect to things like United Way. I give my tacky to Tom Benson and the NFL, not just for fleeing New Orleans but for putting such a woeful football team on the field."

The $10,000 Question New Orleans

"We all certainly want New Orleans to rise again," says Daniel Henninger. "But the question is whether it will be able to do it with 10,0000 tacky politicians hanging on its back? This weekend we are commemorating the anniversary of September 11th, and most of that will be done at Ground Zero in lower Manhattan. What’s down there? A great big hole in the ground. Nothing has risen from it. Louisiana has a very similar culture to New York’s, and the question is whether the politicians down there will finally step up to the plate and do something on behalf of the public good rather than their own good."


Shakespeare in Afghanistan Turning Mortal for Thy Love

The British Counsel is sponsoring a production of Shakespeare's LOVE'S LABORS LOST in Kabul, Afghanistan. The play, which has been adapted to the local language, offers hope of a cultural rebirth in the capital, says Kim Strassel. "There was a time when Kabul was a center of art and culture," says Strassel. "That all changed during the war there, and particularly under the Taliban, which not only banned theater but, as everyone remembers, blew up those famous statues in Bamiyan Province. So it is truly something to know that, 27 long years later, Shakespeare has returned to Afghanistan. It has been a phenomenal success, playing to packed crowds, and it may even go out on the road.  A tony to all the people in the production, the people who attended, but most of all, to the forces who liberated Afghanistan and allowed us to have Shakespeare there again in the first place."