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


Why Communism Could Never Work-


Viking Pundit offers a quick anecdote on Halloween and Communism:

Tonight I sat on my front porch with a large bowl full of candy. When kids came, I extended the bowl and they usually took one, maybe two pieces. Then, before we sat down for dinner, I filled the bowl to the top and placed a sign: "take one." Midway through dinner, the bowl was empty; this was repeated ten minutes later. Basically more candy was taken in 20 minutes than in the previous (supervised) two hours.

From each, according to his abilities; to each, according to his candy cravings.


Blame France-


By Dawn's Early Light blog explains that India and Brazil should be irritated with the Europeans, not the Americans, for farm subsidies:

The European Union, by French veto power, is the stumbling block in making major agriculture trade reform. This apparent arrogance directly impacts Brazilian and Indian farmers and should be a good reminder of where French interests lie: with Chirac's short-term best interests. France's actions are like a spoiled child who has been indulged for far too long. The US, Eastern European farming nations, Brazil and India, along with the African nations, should continue to apply pressure on France to reform its farm policies and rightfully link other issues of international relations to produce change.

Free trade is, by definition, a multi-lateral act, essentially requiring unanimous and simultaneous dropping of barriers. It's interesting that, yet again, France is the unilateral spoiler in an important global economic reform.


Unhinged Liberals-


Michelle Malkin has written a book (Unhinged: Exposing Liberals Gone Wild) that I will be picking up ASAP (you can buy it by clicking here), chronicling the outrageousness of liberals:

The views of unhinged liberals are no longer relegated to the private remarks of a few Democrat politicians or the bloviations of a few fringe figures on the far Left. The syndrome is far more pervasive, intense, and sanctimoniously self-delusional than anything on the Right.

And she's absolutely correct. Sure, both sides have bad apples at nearly every level, but the brazen viciousness from the left has gotten way out of hand in recent years.


Borking Alito-


Ace of Spades HQ blog tells those with visions of borking Samuel Alito "thanks for trying," but it's not going to fly:

If liberals are going to contend that how they read the constitution is all but inevitable -- simply reading the words and putting them into action -- then the American public can say, "Well, if all of this interpretation so unavoidably flows from simply reading the Constitution, why can't a well-qualified and intellectually-capable judge of a conservative bent do just as good a job as Ruth Ginsberg?" That is, if, as liberals claim, Constitutional interpretation allows for precious little political shenanigans -- which they claim when they say the Constitution commands this or that -- then there's little harm of letting a conservative, well-qualified judge with a long appellate history interpret it. After all, isn't the Constitution terribly clear about the right to abortion, for example?

Alito, like John Roberts, was a pick that reasonable people will have quite a difficult time opposing. If Democrats want to make this a party-line vote, they'll merely be exposing themselves as an entire party of unreasonable individuals.


Gifts Of Life-


Quid Nimis explains her support for the Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) Gifts of Life program:

I want my money to go to the needy, not to line the pockets of charity functionaries and bureaucrats. I do not give to the International Red Cross or to any UN-based charity like UNICEF. I also rule out the Heifer Project, whose concept is very similar to parts of the ERD campaign described above. My objection to HP is entirely subjective: their catalogue is full to the brim of cloying pictures of Hollywood stars hugging little animals and endorsing the this charity. The first red flag is that they have a glossy, highly produced catalogue that they send out in a mass mailing. The second, for me, is the trendiness appeal ("Look, all of these cool celebrities are giving to this charity!"). My scepticism hits stratospheric levels when I note which stars are adorning the pages, hugging baby goats and bunnies: Ted Danson, Mary Steenbergen, Ed Asner, Susan Sarandon, et al. It looks like a Who's Who of Hollywood's Outspoken Leftist Has-Been Club.

A nice post, and something to remember when disaster strikes. Some of the better charities and relief organizations out there have no advertisements, no celebrity endorsements, and no prominent league-sponsored promotions during the NFL or MLB.


Lincoln Chafee, Worst Republican Senator-


Ankle Biting Pundits notes that, once again, Lincoln Chafee has hurt the Republican Party and the American people while siding with Democrats to kill legislation to streamline the building of new refineries:

There he is folks, Lincoln Chafee a profile in courage.

I would actually have more respect for Chafee if he offered an amendment outlining how he thought the problem could be solved. Such an amendment would include a tax increase on energy, a ban on exploration and raising fuel-economy standards to a point where the average Joe couldn't afford an SUV. At least then there would be a debate in which we could engage him, and win....

Most people who claim to be in the "middle" are really people with no real positions on anything - other than "concern".

The NRSC (National Republican Senatorial Committee) committed a blunder by prominently featuring Lincoln Chafee as an example of a Republican Senator in need of our help. The man is terrible. In another several years, we can only hope that the GOP will have picked off all those Democrats from conservative states. If that happens, the GOP can banish idiots like Lincoln Chafee, rededicate itself to core principles, and watch the fundraising and grassroots support take off.


Sheehan's 18th Minute-


Babalu Blog notes that Cindy Sheehan is going to be teaming up with a certain anti-American pseudo-dictator from Venezuela to protest President Bush:

...Cindy, Hugito and Diego, all together at fidel's behest.

Turns out these three lowlife will be protesting President Bush's arrival in Argentina later this week, just as castro planned.


It's a little bit funny just how much respect this Cindy Sheehan character received over the summer. What a joke she always was. Now, maybe some of her more reasonable defenders will finally see just how ridiculous she is.

Incidentally, one of my favorite t-shirts is this one sent by Babalu (Val) a couple months back.


Schumer & Rosa-


Matt May notes that Chuck Schumer has sunk to new lows, even for him:

It shouldn't be a surprise anymore, yet statements like Sen. Schumer's never cease to amaze and shock, nor does the general behavior of the Democratic Party. They should be ashamed, but that would require a conscience and that seems to have slipped away from this party a long, long time ago.

I happened to catch the statement live on television, and my jaw dropped a little bit. Schumer kept saying "Rosa Parks," over and over, in prepared remarks, asserting that Samuel Alito would use his position to reverse the things Rosa Parks "sat" for.

It was just vile.

And, more importantly, it was just so over the top that it is difficult to imagine anyone actually nodding in agreement.


Jay Tea & Rosa Parks-


Speaking of Rosa Parks, Jay Tea of Wizbang has a thoroughly classy tribute to the woman:

Rosa Parks is not a black icon. She was not the liberator of a race. She was an American legend, and she helped free an entire nation of a toxic system. And as one who stood to inherit some small part of the power structure she helped topple, as one who may have led a life of privilege if it hadn't been for her, I will be eternally grateful.

See, Senator Schumer, this is how you do it.

And Jay Tea makes a great point. It would be unfortunate for Rosa Parks to be treated as an exclusively black hero, compartmentalized into history lessons in the month of February. It would also be unfortunate for Senators like Charles Schumer to continue treating Rosa Parks, and all that she represents, as his own party's property, exploiting her memory for the sake of making a cheap political speech.


The Nuclear Option-


Right Wing Nut House is sick of liberals treating mainstream conservative jurists as enemies of America:

It will be interesting over the next few weeks to watch as liberal special interest groups try and hold Democratic Senators’ feet to the fire on filibustering this nominee. If they wish to make their Senators walk the plank by trying to block someone that anyone with more than a passing interest in current events will be able to see is well qualified to sit on the Supreme Court, let them have at it. The old political axiom “Never get in the way of your opponent when they’re in the process of destroying themselves” should be in effect for next November’s mid terms.

Funny enough, Harry Reid is now predicting that, because of Bush, Democrats are going to take back the United States Senate in 2006.

Yeah, good luck with... all... that.


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Last Week's Classiness Certification from WILLisms.com:

*October 25, 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 · 1 November 2005 12:32 PM


Will, I've long aspired to qualify for this Carnival. I'm proud of a lot of my pieces, but "classy" is not a term that often applies. My thanks for singling this piece of mine out.


Posted by: Jay Tea at November 1, 2005 01:03 PM

I have to get that book!...I am thinking I should get several to give as christmas stocking stuffers! I love Michelle Malkin's art work... Yay! I can hardley wait to see what her book is like!

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at November 1, 2005 03:29 PM