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We call it "Classiness, All Around Us."


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


Agenda Journalism-


Angry in the Great White North blog explains the difference between organized and staged:

There's a difference.

Yes, there is.

And if you saw the "staged" flood scene on The Today Show, you know that the media manipulates and manufactures stories. Thusly, where do they get off complaining the president-- any president-- is "staging" an event?


Fiscal Responsibility-


Ankle Biting Pundits notes that Republicans in Congress might be wising up on spending:

This move towards fiscal sanity is long overdue, but we're going to hold off popping the champagne cords for a few reasons. First, it doesn't appear the cuts hit the real problem - growth in entitlements like Social Security and Medicare.

Exactly. It's nice to see someone who understands this. Trimming the fat is admirable, but it's not everything.


Dozens More-


The NoSpeedBumps blog notes that the Millions More Movement has missed the point in a big way:

The sad thing is that there are few black leaders standing up and saying what needs to be done. There are none in Congress that I know of. Instead, they demand more of the same – more welfare, not less.

I was watching a little late night C-SPAN a couple nights ago, and the leader of the Congressional Black Caucus perpetuated the claim that the Bush administration somehow does not care for African-Americans. He was asked for solutions to problems, and the answer was always a vague "more funding."


Presidential Approval-


Don Surber offers up the headline of the week, and this tidbit:

You conservatives who don't trust the president's judgment have forgotten who appointed Brown, Ownen, et al, to the federal judiciary. He hung tough for four years while Republicans in the Senate sat on their hands. This demand for a battle royale overlooks the fundamental fact: The president would stand alone.

Go for the headline, stay for the sensical rant.




The California Conservative offers a bit of wisdom on what to look for in 2008:

...if the war is still raging and Hilary - among others - is perceived as not having stood up to the Bush Administration, it does leave an opening for a Howard Dean or Dennis Kucinich to fire up the liberal troops.

It could be McCarthy-Humphrey all over again.

In 2003 and 2004, the mantra of Democrats was "U-N-I-T-Y." Anything, anything, anything to beat that dastardly Bush. In 2008, with no President Bush to rally against, you better believe that the increasingly angry and vocal far left will demand Armageddon against the more reasonable liberals and moderates in the party. For all the chatter about a conservative crack-up, the Democrats are a mess of divergent and disagreeable interests.


White Supremacists & Black Gangsters-


Michelle Malkin is right on top of the senseless rioting in Ohio, and the remarkably inaccurate reporting on it:

Pat yourselves on the back, Toledo rioters/looters/gangsters. You probably stoked more racism than the idiotic white supremacists could have ever dreamed of spreading--and you made their inconsequential demonstration of hatred a smashing success. Literally.

How many people are there in the American Nazi Party?

A few dozen? A few thousand?

I'll never understand people who pay these weirdoes any respect, as if they are some relevant force in America. Why legitimize these goons?

The real answer, sadly, is that the gangsters may have merely used the Nazi rally as an excuse to behave abominably.


Terrorist Letters-


The recently redesigned The Nose On Your Face blog submits a bit of satire, lampooning a fake intercepted phone conversation of our terrorist enemies:

Zawahiri: Most unfortunate. How is your disguise working?

Bin Laden: Quite well. Apparently 7 foot tall Elvis's are not at all unusual in this town.

On a more serious note, if that now-infamous intercepted letter was real, the terrorists are hurting, bigtime.


That Incessant CIA Leak Story-


Rightwing Nuthouse offers a nice explanation of the boring and arcane story that is the "Plame/Wilson/Miller/Rove" story:

As Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald readies his indictments against probable targets Lewis I. “Scooter” Libby and Karl Rove, the unfortunate truth is that any criminal proceedings against these or other current and former White House officials will validate the partisan political tactics used by the CIA to undermine the Bush Administration’s case for war.

This was not a case of a faction at the CIA resisting White House blame shifting. It was not a case of “setting the record straight” or “protecting the integrity” of the CIA. It was a case of naked, power politics played out at the highest levels of government as a small, partisan group of CIA analysts and operatives sought, through the use of selected leaking of cherry-picked information to friendly reporters, to influence the Presidential election of 2004.

It is rather ironic that this administration has been known for a frustrating (for journalists) zero tolerance policy on leaks to the media, AND that this administration has been such a frequent victim of leaks perpetrated by left-wing career government bureaucrats, yet this silly investigation threatens to be "the 2nd term scandal" that plagues every administration.

Of course, there could be a surprise in store from Patrick Fitzgerald.


The Environmental Movement-


Darius, at File It Under, explains just what we mean when we say the Democrats are a cobbled together coalition of diverging and sometimes-overlapping special interest groups:

You see, one of their Windmill farms was constructed outdoors, and since their are birds outdoors, some birds occasionally fly into the windmills and get shredded. This has brought war between the Animal Rights Moonbats and the Green Energy Moonbats, and has forced a compromise. The Green Energy Moonbats have agreed to only allow half of their windmills to run at once, so that only half of the birds might get shredded. Make sense? I didn't think so either.

Even the environmental movement itself, almost unanimously left-wing, splinters on issue after issue. The environmental narrative, after a while, becomes utterly incoherent and impossible to follow.


All the news that's fit to print-


Half A Pica Distance offers some evidence of a hurting medium, print newspaper:

As long as people want to hold an advertising circular in their hands, as long as people want to get those coupons in their Wednesday and Sunday papers, there will be a newspaper. So, what has been the anathema of many news room editors is their salvation. Without a public demand for these ads, there would be no newspaper (at least, not much longer).

Very interesting. A newspaper subscription, for increasing numbers of people, is just not worth it. For some others who do still subscribe, it may just be for the movie listings, coupons, or wedding/engagement announcements. The average American can get better hard news, editorials, and even sports, all online for free. Without having to keep track of that recycling bin.


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Last Week's Classiness Certification from WILLisms.com:

*September 27, 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 · 18 October 2005 10:32 AM


Tom of bizzy blog lives 5 to 7 miles from where the rioting was! Bizzy blog has a great perspective that you should read!...Yikes!

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at October 18, 2005 12:07 PM

Hey! Thanks man.

Posted by: Cullen at October 18, 2005 02:09 PM