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In no particular order, WILLisms.com presents classiness from the blogosphere:


Faith-Based Groups-


Ankle Biting Pundits notes that some on the left are angry about faith-based organizations receiving reimbursements from the government to help cover their costs in responding to Katrina:

It's people like Barry Lynn who are making it damn near impossible for the Democrat party to convince people they are on the side of religious people, and are not reactionary secularists who scream bloody murder at the mere mention of religion.

There's a good reason why the public does not trust liberals on these issues. Some Americans certainly fear or distrust the "religious right." But far more Americans are worried about radical secularists and their anti-religion agenda.




Am I A Pundit Now? blog makes the case for permanent military bases in Iraq:

Far from being the neocon imperialist nightmare envisioned by the overly-imaginative Left, permanent bases in Iraq will be tangible evidence of our continued commitment to a free and prosperous Iraq, and don't let the symbolic value of that for Iraqis and all the peoples of the region be underestimated either.

And it's not about projecting American empire. It's about protecting liberty. When Iraq is a free, independent, and prosperous nation, it will be a formidable and strategically-located ally in the spread of liberty in the world.


Fake Ashamed Republican-


Wizbang blog notes that an self-proclaimed Republican individual, protesting, and promoted by the media, is no Republican at all:

The San Francisco Chronicle has fallen for this guy's act on more than one occasion, which should hardly come as a surprise.

It is still hard to believe. But it does fit the "Republican voters are disgruntled" narrative the media are pushing today.


Vicious Racists-


Michelle Malkin points out that the Bush=Hitler thing is sooo 2004. This year's analogy is Bull Connor:

Sadly, so-called civil rights leaders abandoned the high road for cheap demagoguery years ago.

The good news is that few people really buy into these sorts of ridiculous comparisons. In fact, the sum of these turns off most reasonable and genuinely on-the-fence types of voters, to the extent there are any left.


Krugman, Disrobed-


Don Luskin annihilates the absurdity of left-wing columnist Paul Krugman:

With Paul Krugman's lies exposed by the Times' own "public editor," with TimesSelect hiding his columns behind a wall of fees, and with the Times Company faltering financially, one thing is for sure. The opinions of America's looniest liberal pundit are worth exactly what his online readers have been paying for them all these years -- nothing. Even Times loyalists, it seems, would rather have a few martinis, instead.

Krugman: increasingly marginal. But still influential among the media establishment.




Rightwing Nuthouse notes that Hillary Clinton is eschewing months of hard work cultivating a moderate image:

Indeed, Clinton has been caught in a trap that every Democrat since 1972 has found themselves. In order to get nominated for the office of President, a Democrat must be liberal enough to energize the base of the party so that primary voters will come out in the dead of winter in Iowa and New Hampshire to support their candidacy and lefty donors will open their pocketbooks to supply enough funds to buy the TV time necessary to have a viable candidacy. But once nominated, the putative candidate then must scramble toward the middle of the political spectrum in order to woo the independents necessary to win the Presidency.

Hillary has no chance in the general election in 2008. I hope, however, that she is the nominee.


Louisiana's Clean Slate-


The Louisiana Libertarian has some thoughts on evacuating Louisiana, as well as the failure of local leadership:

...in order to get better leadership, we must change the political culture of this state. Since the election of Huey Long to Louisiana's governorship in the 1920s, Louisianians have been conditioned to rely on government for everything....

To do this, we must change the political climate of the state and move it to a more fiscally conservative/libertarian persuasion. Unfortunately, that will have to be in a forthcoming essay.

In every disaster, there is room for opportunity. The people of Louisiana have an opportunity to start over. Unfortunately, it's difficult to see the kinds of changes that need to happen, happening.


Forbes 400-


Asymmetrical Information points out, despite some weird reporting in the establishment media, just how mobile wealth really is in America:

I had to look elsewhere to discover that there were 33 new members this year, for a turnover of 8.25% in one year, and that Google's founders were shaking up the list. Instead of providing stagnation statistics, however, Munk simply marks her ennui with the astounding observation that the richest people in the U.S. are, apparently, filthy rich. It's all so...dreary and repetitive!

Far more self-made fortunes today than before.
Far fewer inherited fortunes than before.
More immigrants than before.
More without a college degree.
Fewer with Harvard or Yale diplomas.

The American Dream is more accessible than ever.


Global Warming-


TMH's Bacon Bits blog takes on bad science and bad journalism:

Bad journalism was on display in the reporting of Disaster Katrina, as it will continue to be with regard to Iraq, judicial appointments, and other touch-button issues in which liberals have an axe to grind. Does bad journalism — not only the Blair/Rather variety, but the subtle brand we see every day — ever really get corrected?

Journalism is decaying today. But out of that decay may arise something new.


Weakest crowd ever-


Silent Running notes that recent Sheehan-driven anti-war protests fell ridiculously short:

So, 100,000? 300,000? 500,000? This motley assortment of clowns and buffoons didn’t come anywhere close to the size of any of those crowds.

These lame protests garner an inordinate amount of media coverage. But, honestly, that's not such a bad thing. The more America sees of these weirdoes, the less they like their ideas.


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Last Week's Classiness Certification from WILLisms.com:

*September 20, 2005.

WILLisms.com offers a weekly classiness roundup as a weekly feature, every Tuesday, with 10 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 · 27 September 2005 02:55 PM


Hillary and her buddies who are voting against John Roberts are so pathetic! John Roberts is like the Rock Star of attorneys!...Hillary is obviously envious of John Roberts and his good standing in the world of attorneys! He is outstanding! If he is not worth voting for no one will be good enough!...

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at September 27, 2005 05:31 PM

Is it really true that Hillary has agreed to meet with Cindy Sheehan?... If so they should be quite a match! Don't you think???

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at September 27, 2005 08:24 PM

This is a great blog. I agree with Zsa Zsa, John Roberts is the "rock star" of attorneys. I believe America is ready for a woman President. Just not Hillary Clinton. Too much baggage and still clinging to the White House drapes.

Posted by: Dale M. at September 28, 2005 02:03 PM

Dale, I'm not sure about the woman President idea. I used to think that we might be, but I have a feeling that a certain crying Louisiana govenror may have set that back a few years. I agree that a Hillary nomination would be great for Republicans though. Couple the general "woman President" angle and the Clinton mudtrail and the rightwing should have a field day. And if Guliani runs, New York may be in play.

Posted by: Rob B. at September 28, 2005 02:52 PM

Classy? Practically boilerplate conservative pseudo-sophisticated echo chamber, is more like it.

Posted by: Ahistoricality at September 29, 2005 05:38 AM