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


Yemeni Freedom-


The Armies of Liberation blog points out that the Yemeni government is harrassing Abdulkarim al-Khaiwani, Yemen’s most prominent democracy advocate and reformer:

...the Yemeni government is targeting al-Khaiwani again: taking the paper, the building, the party, leveling false charges, trashing him in the official media, and there’s more death threats.

Freedom is on the march in the Middle East. The tyrants and terrorists know it. Thus, they are giving it their all, trying to halt the progress so desperately needed in the Middle East. They will fail.


The Electoral-Based Community-


Patrick Ruffini is a proud member of the electoral-based community.

Sign me up.

Elections ought to matter. I am officially a proud member.

It's not rubbing it in. It's not being a sore winner. It's just a subtle reminder to those both inside and outside Washington that elections ought to have consequences.


Cuban Justice and Liberty-


Babalu Blog points out some of Fidel Castro's thuggery against Cubans asserting basic political rights:

My heart goes out to the dissidents at that protest. If today's events are an indication of what they are up against, then not only do they have their work cut out for them, but they have some major brass ones.

The clock is ticking. When Castro finally expires, the Cuban political situation could get ugly-- but it may take a little ugly to see a free Cuba.


The Incessant Anti-Bush Soap Opera-


The Right Place blog offers a humorous take on the media's coverage of President Bush:

I keep thinking I'm watching a very, very bad tv series entitled "Get Bush!" that just drones on and on and on with no end in sight.

And it's getting tedious. This political season has been particularly frustrating, given the clear mandate the GOP received in the 2004. One would have thought the incessant drumbeat of "get Bush" would have dulled a bit following the unequivocal rejection by the American people.


Scandalous not-so-scandalous scandals-


The Astute Blogger takes us through the anthology of Bush scandals that were eventually debunked:

We should also always remember one of the most annoying and non-productive characteristics of the folks that make these Left-wing smears: even after they've been disproved, the Left-wing talking heads still repeat them over and over and over again.

It is truly amazing how many times the media errs on the side of smearing Bush. And how many times these scandals and scandalettes, after countless breathless media pronunciations of "guilt," turn up absolutely nothing in the end. The real scandal in the Rove/Plame/Wilson/CIA/Cooper saga is the media coverage.


Akbar Ganji-


The Daily Demarche blog notes the plight of Iranian dissident Akbar Ganji:

...the next time you hear someone say that "freedom isn't free" think of Akbar Ganji, and tell that person about him. Make sure that person knows that the bumper sticker slogan is still true, and that for much of the world it is an intensely current fact of life. And when you are confronted with someone who decries the Guantanomo prison, and the war in Iraq, remind them that our battles are with people like those who have imprisoned Ganji. Make sure they understand that we live in a society where a reporter can invent a story about the flushing of a Koran down the toilet and people die half the world away. Ganji lives in a world where he dares to speak the truth and faces the possibility of paying for it with his life.

Well said.


Dick Durbin, Discredited-


Say Anything blog notes that apparently Dick Durbin was even more full of it than we ever previously thought:

In short, because the investigation found no evidence to disprove the allegations in the email read by Durbin the accusations should stand. Because, apparently in the mind of Durbin and his ilk, the burden of proof is on the accused and not the accusers.

Durbin really ought to be ashamed of himself for this entire sorry episode.


Teaching Unions-


The Louisiana Libertarian examines the ridiculousness coming out of the recent National Education Association (NEA) meeting:

...if you read the New Business Items or NBIs which is the new agenda for the NEA, you'll find that these government school indoctrinators were more interested in promoting a far-left wing agenda than in teaching Johnny to read. The most offensive items to liberty can be placed into two categories: the stupid and the horrendous.

It's an eye-opener. Breaking up the NEA's lockdown on public education ought to be a priority for any serious long-term education reform effort.


Selective, Disproportionate Outrage-


Don Surber wonders why there is no outrage about horrific events in Afghanistan:

We are not dealing with an insurgency, a religion or a movement. We are dealing with anarchists who would sacrifice civilization itself for power.

We are in a war on terror. Let's never forget the soulless savagery of the terrorists we face. We must also stand with Karzai and stand together to finish the job in Afghanistan.


Buyers' Remorse-


Pardon My English notes that more Democrats than Republicans are wishing they could take their 2004 votes back:

...more Democrats who likely voted for Kerry were unhappy (16.73%) with their vote than Republicans who likely voted for Bush were unhappy (6.23%) with theirs--that's nearly a 3:1 ratio (2.68 to be exact).

While I would take the poll results with a grain of salt, it does show what should be intuitive: that the Democrats' continued strategy of attack attack attack without any actual counter-agenda is not winning anyone over.




Cafe Hayek blog ruminates on the childish bullying of tyrants the world over:

Children as we understand them are uncivilized only temporarily. Parents and families civilize them; there’s hope for children. There’s no hope that bastards such as Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro, Robert Mugabe will ever grow up. They’re big and murderous and will be that way for as long as they breathe.

It's time to put these babies to bed.


The Iraqi Constitution-


Publius Pundit examines the text of the upcoming Iraqi Constitution:

If nothing else, it is a refreshing reminder of why America is encouraging and aiding in the expansion of freedom and democracy around the world. Iraq is on that path and there’s no stopping it.

Spreading liberty is America's charge. Fulfilling our nation's noble calling is not anything new, but it is certainly something we must rededicate ourselves to in the face of adversity. Ultimately, the mission in Iraq-- defeating the terrorists and establishing a free society-- is becoming a reality, piece by piece.




Pamela of Jackson's Junction believes we need to rethink our fast anf loose definition of hero:

Unfortunately, our modern definition of "hero" has been corrupted to include all manner of people who do not warrant the title. The athlete who just set a new sports record isn't a hero. Nor is the "daring" movie star or even the adventurer out to be the first solo climber to scale Mt. Everest. They may be brave -- but they don't meet the definition of a hero, for whatever they achieve benefits only "self." Real heroes are selfless.




Stop the ACLU blog notes that the group wants to legalize child pornography distribution:

Is the ACLU completely retarded? I would love to think there was some kind of saving grace for an organization that says it is about protecting civil liberties, but with positions like this…which you KNOW are against the will of the people, I don’t know if there is.

Child porn is not a civil liberty.


The Worst UT Graduate Ever-


Lifelike Pundits blog looks at the idiocy of Paul Begala's "they want to kill us" comments:

If calling Republicans the equivalent of murderers is part of winning the war on ideas, then it's no wonder the Democrats are on the losing side. As usual, they have no compunction about saying truly vile things regarding their political opponents....

When politicians start pulling from the latrine for their public commentary, it's just a hop, skip and jump away from getting their actions from the same rank location.

The Democrats have finally declared moral bankruptcy.

Begala is the embodiment of everything that is bad in politics. Begala-- and people like him-- are a key contributing factor to America's cynicism with politics today.


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Last Week's Classiness Certification from WILLisms.com:

*July 12, 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.


Posted by Will Franklin · 19 July 2005 01:49 PM


Thank you, I am honored.

Posted by: Jay at July 19, 2005 02:46 PM

Well, Begala did get defeated by a cartoon character in his election for UT Student Government President.

Posted by: Ian Pittman at July 19, 2005 03:50 PM

Sen. Sick Dick Durbin should resign!...He should be ashamed...But ... He Pelosi, Dean,Uncle Teddy, Hillary and the rest of the far Left will stop at nothing to bring down the GOP! They don't care if it is a lie! Just as long as they can spread their trash! After all they learned from the best! Just look at our former Impeached President...(Bill I never had sexual relations with that girl Clinton) These people have NO shame! If they did they would go somewhere and stop playing politics! Hillary is the wife of this man! Yet she has the nerve to spout off about how immoral video games are for children! When parents every where had to explain what oral sex was to the children of the world! Now thanks to Bill Clinton elementary school oral sex is supposedly the thing to do!...Shame? It is not in their vocabulary and certainly not in their souls!...

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at July 19, 2005 04:39 PM

That Anthology of fake Bush Scandals by Astute Blogger is outstanding.

Posted by: Hoodlumman at July 19, 2005 05:36 PM

Thanks very much I hope to be seeing you at the carnival of the revolutions. I tried to it this week but I must have done the form wrong, so Ill jsut email the host direclty form now on. Love that one too.

Posted by: jane at July 19, 2005 05:45 PM

God bless Akbar Ganji..Those ayatollah's are a bunch of control freaks! ... I hope he doesn't have to die!...

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at July 19, 2005 08:54 PM

This collection of Classiest is truly one of the best so far! The ACLU???? What are they thinking? Hello!****ACLU must stand for not" A CLUE"! The Astute Blogger is great!**** Dick the sick Durbin should retire as soon as possible!*** ETC. Thanks WILLisms.

Posted by: Cindy T. at July 20, 2005 06:17 AM

Excellent. He he...

Posted by: M. Burns at July 20, 2005 07:47 AM

Paul Begala is a nut job.

Posted by: Dale W. at July 20, 2005 08:13 AM


Posted by: Seth at July 22, 2005 08:07 AM