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The Carnival Of Classiness.

We call it "Classiness, All Around Us."

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In no particular order, WILLisms.com presents classiness from the blogosphere (now with 50% more classy!):

1.

Chernobyl-

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Michael J. Totten (via Damian Penny) wants to go:

There’s nothing quite like marveling in person at the epic-sized wreckage wrought by totalitarian goverments.

Apparently the famous "KIDDofSPEED" site was a hoax, so it's neat to see people poking around Chernobyl.

2.

Breast-feeding hubbub-

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Quid Nimis blog spots the shockingly self-centered comments of Rosie O'Donnell.

Michelle Malkin is also all over the breast-feeding brouhaha. I know some people REALLY hate moms to nurse in public, and there are probably women out there who could be a little more discreet about it, but unlike, say, cigarette smoking, you can be in relatively close proximity with a breast-feeder without necessarily being encumbered or bothered by it. Just look away.


3.

Louis Farrakhan teaching sensitivity training-

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Atlas Shrugs blog takes note that the story has a just conclusion.

4.

Guantanamo Bay, Cuba-

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The Right Thinking Girl blog has an exclusive interview with a Gitmo interrogator:

RTG: Is Gitmo necessary to the security of America?

Smith: Absolutely. There can be no question about the relevance of Gitmo. It’s saved American lives.

An interesting and informative read on the situation.

5.

Batman Begins-

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The Bad Hair blog (via GOP bloggers) believes that Batman is, in all likelihood, a Republican.

Can you even imagine a real-life crime-fighting superhero left-winger? Does not compute.



6.

Terri Schiavo-

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Dean Esmay rips people who pounced on the release of the autopsy report for their Schiavo Triumphalism:

The girl's dead now. What more can be said? I figured it was over. But a few weeks later I got a nasty piece of hate-trackback spammage swearing at me and calling me every name in the book because I'd sided with Terri's parents and siblings. Bizarrely, the writer criticized me for falling silent about her case after her death-by-dehydration. I thought, "Wow, that's bizarre. She's dead. What am I supposed to do? Write daily screeds demanding that they bring her back? The people who wanted her dead got their wish. I hope they were right."

A sad situation indeed.



7.

1940s History-

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Soldier's Angel blog believes America is forgetting its history:

Here we sit in the year 2005, more than 60 years since WWII, and there are few left to remember America as it was then. History books can give us dates, places, battles and names, but it does not remind us of the spirit of our country at the time. The passion, fire and patriotism has been forgotten as those of us too young to have been there raise a new generation of children who will not even benefit from our grandparent's memories. We have forgotten, we have not chosen to remember, and we lose something precious as we move on.

A fascinating collection of 1940s Americana.

8.

Poland's Twin Leaders-

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Arthur Chrenkoff notes that twin brothers, Lech and Jaroslaw Kaczynski may be the next Prime Minister and President, respectively, of Poland, explaining the two are:

...both conservatives, anti-corruption anti-government waste crusaders, and staunch supporters of the US alliance (as well as Poland's involvement in Iraq).

Poland has been a great ally of the U.S., and it is nice to see that America can likely count on Poland for some time to come.


9.

The Bush Doctrine-

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Gateway Pundit notes how Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is actually promoting the President's freedom agenda, this time in Egypt:

"For 60 years, my country, the United States, pursued stability at the expense of democracy in this region, here in the Middle East, and we achieved neither," Rice said. "Now, we are taking a different course. We are supporting the democratic aspirations of all people."

Condi actually concurs with, and articulates, President Bush's freedom philosophy in her role as Secretary of State. What a refreshing and novel concept.


10.

The Union Movement-

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Powerline blogs explores how long-term AFL-CIO leader John Sweeney may split the union movement:

At one time, a schism of this magnitude within organized labor would have been a major news story. The press' ho-hum reaction to the threatened split is perhaps a reflection of how far the influence and importance of organized labor has fallen.

...and still in free-fall mode.



11.

24, Indian-Style-

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GOP and the City blog looks at a new Indian television program's eerie similarities to Fox's 24:

Zee-TV should also be free to produce a TV show based on a group of friends who live in a hip section of New Delhi. One works in a coffee shop, one is a Bollywood actor, another works in a museum, and one works at job where no one knows what he does. The group spends their time talking about dating, work, and a naked man who lives across the way.

Some Indians love American culture, others hate it. India's television networks ripping off American show ideas is probably a good sign in the grand scheme of things. We need India as a close ally to check the rise of China.


12.

Iran's election-

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California Yankee (via Instapundit) explores the text-messaging phenomenon in Iran, and how people are trying to circumvent the regime's media crackdown:

...technology is making it more difficult for the Iranian government to control the country's presidential election. Authorities are threatening to prosecute text messagers who insult the candidates.

Tehran mayor Mahmood Ahmadinejad has become the butt of a series of less than flattering jokes and allegations...

Today, text messages; tomorrow, a new regime.

13.

The Do-Nothing Congress-

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Jayson of PoliPundit notes that, despite all the talk of a stalled agenda, the Republicans have gotten quite a lot done over the past 150 days:

Elections matter.

Everything else is background noise.

... if the GOP can pick up a few seats in 2006, the free enterprise agenda will have a bit of additional forward inertia. Let's do it.

14.

Robert Byrd, KKK alumnus-

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Ankle Biting Pundits examines how the "Exalted Cyclops" Robert Byrd got his political jumpstart in the Ku Klux Klan:

... in 1946 he wrote to the then Kleagle "The Klan is needed today as never before, and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia", at a time when he said he had "lost interest in the Klan". He makes no mention of it in the book.

Byrd's is vulnerable for his run in 2006. He needs to go.



15.

Small business hearts Social Security reform-

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Andrew Roth of the Social Security Choice blog notes that, contrary to the claims of Senators Kerry (D-MA) and Dorgan (D-ND), small businesses have the most to lose without reform, as well as the most to gain with personal accounts. Apparently the two never talked to the nation's largest small business advocacy group, the National Federation of Independent Business, which released this data:

- Small business understands the financial problems of the Social Security system and that inaction now could mean a hefty payroll tax increase for them in the future. As far back as 1998, our research shows that at least 90 percent of our members view the problem as very serious (60 percent) or somewhat serious (32 percent),

- A March 2005 NFIB member survey shows that 71 percent believe Social Security should be reformed to allow individuals to invest in personal retirement accounts

It was highly unfortunate that the GOP did not field a strong candidate against Dorgan in 2004. Gotta work on that.


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Last Week's Classiness Certification from WILLisms.com:

*June 14, 2005.

WILLisms.com offers a weekly classiness roundup as a weekly feature, every Tuesday, with 15 blog posts deemed classy. The criteria for submissions: incisive original analysis, quirky topics nobody else is covering, fantastic graphics, or other posts that took a lot of work. We love to spread the word on upcoming blogs, being that WILLisms.com also fits that description. If you would like to nominate a post on your blog or another blog for inclusion, email us at WILLisms@gmail.com. Write "Classy Nomination" in the subject. You can also utilize this page to make your submissions. The deadline is each Monday at 11:59 PM Central Time.

Classy.

Posted by Will Franklin · 21 June 2005 01:45 PM

Comments

Testing, 1. 2. 3.

Posted by: Will Franklin at June 21, 2005 03:14 PM

Will, do you get your Classy stuff from submissions only or do you do some hunting on your own?

Posted by: Hoodlumman at June 21, 2005 04:27 PM

A little of both.

Posted by: Will Franklin at June 21, 2005 04:29 PM

Thanks for the link, good hunting.

Posted by: The Man at June 21, 2005 06:50 PM

Thank you Will!
And congratulations on a very classy blog.

Posted by: Fausta at June 22, 2005 06:05 AM

When was Kid of Speed shown to be a hoax? And by who?

That comment sent me looking, and I'll I've found is a cut-and-pasted message from someone purporting to be a Ukrainian in the know, that was sent to a mailing list and posted on a blog.

Given my tendency to take anything I read in the blogosphere with a grain of salt, I'm going to wait until more is put forward to refute Elena's claims. I mean, I'll gladly err on the side of romance when the stakes are so low.

I've seen any number of people asking for more information to refute her story, but nothing more than the one message is offered.

Cheers.

Posted by: Alan Gutierrez at June 27, 2005 09:45 AM

When was Kid of Speed shown to be a hoax? And by who?

That comment sent me looking, and I'll I've found is a cut-and-pasted message from someone purporting to be a Ukrainian in the know, that was sent to a mailing list and posted on a blog.

Given my tendency to take anything I read in the blogosphere with a grain of salt, I'm going to wait until more is put forward to refute Elena's claims. I mean, I'll gladly err on the side of romance when the stakes are so low.

I've seen any number of people asking for more information to refute her story, but nothing more than the one message is offered.

Cheers.

Posted by: Alan Gutierrez at June 27, 2005 09:46 AM

Sorry for the double post.

Posted by: Alan Gutierrez at June 27, 2005 09:46 AM