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Tony and Tacky
October 28, 2005

Chicago White Sox The Thrill of Victory
It may be just baseball, and the season is over, but Dan Henninger finds bigger themes in the World Series victory of the Chicago White Sox. "There are all sorts of reasons to give a tony for this one," says Henninger. "How can you not love it? After 88 years the White Sox win. And last year it was the Red Sox after almost 100 years. It reminds me of the old song, 'Fairy tales can come true, it can happen to you.' It gives everyone kind of a reason to hope. Secondly, I couldn't get over the starting lineup for the White Sox. It sounded like these guys had shown up from the South Side neighborhood just down the street from the stadium: Konerko, Pierzynski, Podsednik. I mean, where was Mike Ditka? And finally, every game -- although it was four, zip -- every game was a terrific, fabulous competition. This is really the reason why everyone in this country compulsively watches sports. It brings to mind the old Jim McKay, Wide World of Sports saying, 'It's about the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.' You've just got to love it."

Democracy is Overrated Brent Scowcroft
Brent Scowcroft, who served as national security adviser in the Ford and the first Bush administration, had some harsh criticism for the current Bush policy in Iraq. And James Taranto has some equally critical words for him. "This is a tacky for Brent Scowcroft, who is described as a foreign policy realist -- that is, somebody who believes that America should unsentimentally pursue its own interests and not be distracted by idealistic or humanitarian consideration in foreign policy. In an interview with THE NEW YORKER, he described a conversation he has in 2003 with his successor, now the Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, in which he spoke disdainfully of the democratization of Iraq and of the rejection of autocratic Arab governments. He said, we supported these autocratic Arab governments. 'We've had 50 years of peace.' Here's a partial list of Middle Eastern wars between 1953 and 2003: The Suez War, the Six Day War, the Yom Kippur War, the Iran/Iraq War, the Gulf War, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the subsequent civil war and the US-led war of liberation. And civil wars in Lebanon, Algeria, Yemen and Sudan, twice in Sudan. Not to mention terrorism and 9/11. Fifty years of peace? That doesn't sound very realistic to me."

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And finally, back to baseball. Kind of. A Houston lawyer is suing major league baseball because, she says, the decision to leave the roof open at Minute Maid Park during the World Series in 50-degree weather made some fans sick. "Author Philip Howard talks about the death of reason. That's where our legal system is taking us," says John Fund. "Well it's now infecting the national pastime. Maybe Commissioner Bud Selig did a mistake by having the roof open, insisting on that. But this is surely insane. And this is in a state, Texas, that has had major tort reform. I have to tell you, if anything proves we need more tort reform, it's this case."