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Opening Arguments

We are all Hussein!

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.

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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


Mike J
Mon, 06/30/2008 - 11:31am

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.

Mon, 06/30/2008 - 12:02pm

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.

Harl Delos
Mon, 06/30/2008 - 12:52pm

Of course, they aren

Mon, 06/30/2008 - 5:52pm

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.

Harl Delos
Mon, 06/30/2008 - 6:13pm

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!

Mon, 06/30/2008 - 7:53pm

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. :)

Harl Delos
Mon, 06/30/2008 - 11:35pm

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!