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October 21, 2005



PAUL GIGOT: Winners and losers, picks and pans, Tony and Tacky. Our way of calling attention to the best and worst of the week. Barry Bonds still holds the single season homerun record and was paid 22 million dollars last year. This week his personal trainer and the founder of a drug lab called BALCO were given jail time for distributing steroids. Dan, tony or tacky?

DAN HENNINGER: Well, I would call it tacky. I thought it was a big story, but it was pretty much buried in the back of the sports pages. Victor Conti, the head of the drug lab, got four months in prison and Greg Anderson, who is Barry Bonds' trainer, was sentenced to three months in prison. So they committed crimes. What's going on with the record? I mean we've got to put an asterisk after this I would assume.

But my solution to all of this is to simply regard these players as something not quite what they seem to be. They're robots. They're like characters in video games and video games are becoming very realistic and they're very entertaining -- but it's not the real thing and that record is not the real thing.

PAUL GIGOT: That's for sure. Strip him of it, Dan, that's what I say. Maximum penalty. Thanks.

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, who is accused of starving his own people, was invited to speak at a United Nations meeting in Rome this week, and used the occasion to compare President Bush to Hitler. John, I guess we know where you coming from on this one.

JOHN FUND: I think tacky doesn't say it. I think we need a new category -- inexplicable. The U.N. agency that invited him was the U.N. Food and Agriculture Agency. Now, since he is guilty of starving his people, it seems to me that he's not exactly the best expert to give the keynote address to this body. And he didn't just call Bush Hitler, he branded British Prime Minister Tony Blair a terrorist. I have to tell you Robert Mugabe does not belong in polite society and frankly anyone who would invite him to a meeting should also be excluded from that society.

PAUL GIGOT: Well, the United States and Britain do not welcome him into their countries, but of course the U.N. standards are considerably lower.

JOHN FUND: And when in Rome, it's Mugabe.

PAUL GIGOT: Thanks John.

Not all of the relief for hurricane victims came from home -- some of it came from overseas. But now it's been rejected as unfit for America, and it's going to be shipped out. Kim, Tony or Tacky?

KIM STRASSEL: Tacky, and ungrateful, to the U.S. government for the announcement that they are going to not use 330,000 packaged meals that were donated to Katrina victims by Britain. Why, you may ask, are we thumbing our noses at the country who stepped up to the plate first to help us after all this? The answer is America still has a ban on British beef because of mad cow disease.

Now anyone who's followed this knows that whatever the merits originally of a health ban on British beef, it no longer counts. The threat was always overblown and besides the British have changed the way that they do their beef and it's safe now. The only reason we have this is pure trade protection these days. It's an excuse to protect our own farmers from competition.

So anyway, a huge tacky to the government for deciding that they're going to do this.

PAUL GIGOT: Well deserved Kim, thanks. 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.