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Tony and Tacky
December 3, 2004

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


Tyrone Willingham Just Win, Baby
Notre Dame football coach Tyrone Willingham was widely praised for teaching his athletes about integrity and the importance of academics, but got fired anyway. The college athletic director said Notre Dame fired Willingham in the third year of a five-year contract because "we have to get back to the elite." He meant elite football team, explains Daniel Henninger, who awards the school a tacky. "Notre Dame's football players have a graduation rate of 78 percent," says Henninger. "What they're trying to do is compete with schools in Division 1 that on average have a 55 percent graduation rate. The only way they can do that is if they lower the hurdle for their football players. If Notre Dame, of all places, does that, it does make clear the old saying, 'Just win, baby.' It's a bad message for Notre Dame."

Terrorist T.V. Bombing wreckage
Hezbollah, the group that brought us the bombing of the marine barracks in Beirut, dozens of terrorist attacks and unbridled anti-Semitism, is being considered for a broadcast license in France. Bret Stephens gives a very big tacky to the French for their ludicrous debate about whether to air Hezbollah TV. "It's like giving Al Qaeda a television license," says Stephens. "I think it's also no surprise that a country that runs the most pro-Arab foreign policy in all of the Western world is also the place where Jewish citizens are afraid to walk the streets for fear of being knifed," adds Stephens.

Fathi Eljahmi A Democrat Left Behind
Claudia Rosett reminds us that in the headlong rush to embrace Libya's Moammar Gadhafi as a reformed terrorist, we're allowing him to trample on the rights and freedoms of his people, including a man named Fathi Eljahmi, who has been brave enough to push for free speech and democracy in Libya. "When you encourage democrats living under the world's worst tyrannies to speak up, you'd better be there for them when they answer the call," says Rosett. Last March in Tripoli, Fathi Eljahmi spoke up for freedom in Libya, and was praised by President Bush. He was arrested for this right afterward by Gadhafi. "I have to say a tacky for Mr. Bush who has gone on courting Gadhafi, but has uttered not a word in support of Fathi Eljahmi since then," says Rosett. "That might be a good policy for France, that this is America, and we should leave no democrat behind."