We are all Hussein!

June 30, 2008

Are we going to have to put up with four years of this kind of nonsensical wide-eyed innocence?

Ms. Nordling, a 19-year-old student from Fort Thomas, Ky., gave herself a new middle name on Facebook.com, mimicking her boyfriend and shocking her father.

Emily Hussein Nordling,” her entry now reads.

With her decision, she joined a growing band of supporters of Senator Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, who are expressing solidarity with him by informally adopting his middle name.

[. . .]

Mr. Obama is a Christian, not a Muslim. Hussein is a family name inherited from a Kenyan father he barely knew, who was born a Muslim and died an atheist. But the name has become a political liability. Some critics on cable television talk shows dwell on it, while others, on blogs or in e-mail messages, use it to falsely assert that Mr. Obama is a Muslim or, more fantastically, a terrorist.

“I am sick of Republicans pronouncing Barack Obama’s name like it was some sort of cuss word,” Mr. Strabone wrote in a manifesto titled “We Are All Hussein” that he posted on his own blog and on dailykos.com.

[. . .]

“My name is such a vanilla, white-girl American name,” said Ashley Holmes of Indianapolis, who changed her name online “to show how little meaning ‘Hussein’ really has.”

Of course, they aren’t really changing their names; that would be too much of a hassle. This is all just pretend. Think of it as a bumper sticker or a campaign button.


7 Responses to “We are all Hussein!”

  1. Mike J Says:

    Leo, you are a chickenhawk. Sign up for the war, or my statement remains.

    Do you have children? Until you encourage them to join the Army, your opinions make you a hypocrite.

    Enjoy your cognitive dissonance and live in the big city of Fort Wayne.

  2. Doug Says:

    It’s a cool move because it helps to sensitize people to the issue. It might help to engage other people’s critical thought processes when they hear the Fox News or talk radio crowd emphasize Sen. Obama’s middle name. Why are they calling him “Hussein?” Oh, right, they don’t want to call him a terrorist Muslim directly because that’s obviously not true. But, they’d like to have voters think of him as a terrorist Muslim anyway.

  3. Harl Delos Says:

    Of course, they aren’t really changing their names; that would be too much of a hassle.

    Actually, they are changing their names. It’s no hassle at all. According to the common law, you change your name simply by using a new one. And you can change your name back at any time, simply by using the original one again.

    Walk into the social security office, toss your card down on the counter, and ask to have it replaced with one that has a different name. They don’t ask to see a marriage license, they just do it.

    When you move from one state to another, the new state wants the old driver’s license – but you can put down your new name on the driver’s license, and nobody blinks an eye.

    Marion Morrison, Archibald Leach, and Roy Scherer all did this without benefit of a court; it was a little more involved for Leslie King, but that’s because an adoption at the same time was involved. That’s why you don’t know these folks by the names on their birth certificates, but by their perfectly legal names of John Wayne, Cary Grant, Rock Hudson, and Gerald Ford.

  4. gadfly Says:

    We could call Barack Hussein Obama names like Franklin Delano Roosevelt, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Dwight David Eisenhower, Richard Morehouse Nixon, George Herbert Walker Bush, or Ronald Wilson Reagan. Obviously we do not because none of these names belong to Barry.

    The leftist Democrats need to either get a life …or hire a good onomastician.

  5. Harl Delos Says:

    or hire a good onomastician

    Wow. A $3 word from gadfly.


    And if you knew what that word meant a week ago (rather than thinking it had something to do with John Lennon’s widow’s breasts), double kudos!

  6. gadfly Says:

    Harl …

    Honesty is the best policy. You had to look up the meaning, now didn’t you?

    By your own admission, you research posts of interest before responding …and I got you on the hook and reeled you in. It was worth my time on Google. 🙂

  7. Harl Delos Says:

    Yes, I had to look up the meaning. I thought I was making that clear from my post. Actually, I thought it had something in common with both onanism and mastitis, rather than having any connection to Yoko Ono, but no matter; I like it when people teach me strange and wonderful new things, and I already granted you kudos.

    By saying that you spent some time on Google, it sounds like you’re claiming single kudos, not double kudos, but they are still kudos, none the same. My hat’s off to you!

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