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Tony and Tacky
October 22, 2004

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


Red Sox fan Prayer: It Can't Hurt
Did the prayers of Red Sox fans bring home the win, or is God on their side? Susan Lee awards the religious followers of the Boston baseball team a tony for taking a position on the enduring debate on the power of intercessory prayer. "Now one side of this debate says God is all-knowing, so we don't have to pray," she explains. "God already knows. The other side says God is all-knowing, but wants to see a little energy from us." With stakes this high, it is clear the Sox fans weren't taking any chances.

Do Unto Others John Kerry film
Dan Henninger offers a "dangerously tacky" award for the participants in the controversy over the film "Stolen Honor: Wounds That Never Heal," a film critical about John Kerry and his Viet Nam War experiences. When Sinclair Broadcasting said it wanted to broadcast the film on its television stations, Democrats threatened a boycott, says Henninger. Normal enough. But, soon it escalated into threats of shareholder law suits and pension withdrawals. "It's like the world of Vladimir Putin," says Henninger. "The next time this happens, the right is going to think about using it against a CBS or a New York Times. Terrible, terrible precedent."

Lady Antonia Fraser and John le Carre Operation Clark County
Concluding that the U.S. presidential elections will have a tremendous impact on the world at large, British newspaper THE GUARDIAN launched a letter campaign targeting undecided voters in Ohio. Author John le Carre implored, "Dear Clark County voter, give us back the America we loved." Lady Antonia Fraser asked, "O duty, why hast thou not the visage of a sweetie or a cutie?" What a misreading of the American psyche, says Dorothy Rabinowitz, who gives a huge, shiny tony to all the Ohioans who rebuffed the meddling Brits. "One reminded them of a certain war that had been fought in 1776 over this kind of interference," she says. "Another one simply told the illustrious British to go back to sipping their tea."