Why I can’t link to your site anymore: Informed Comment –or– Hello, my name is Fuckface McFuckstie but you can call me Vile E. de Baste

Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Juan “in a million” Cole—now I’m guilty of vile debasements, but it was worth it—often gets the goods and does nice reporting. Why I tune in. But Christ!–

I want to say something about Barack Hussein Obama’s name. It is a name to be proud of. It is an American name. It is a blessed name. It is a heroic name, as heroic and American in its own way as the name of General Omar Nelson Bradley or the name of Benjamin Franklin. And denigrating that name is a form of racial and religious bigotry of the most vile and debased sort. It is a prejudice against names deriving from Semitic languages! Barack Hussein Obama, Omar Bradley, Benjamin Franklin and other Semitically Named American Heroes

In just one paragraph, so much untreated sewage.

American names look like Sacagawea, Goyaałé, Thašųka Witko, and sometimes things like Free Dominguez and Moon Unit Zappa. Barack Hussein Obama is a Muslim + Kenyan name. You don’t have to pretend it’s American to treat it like any other name. Things are not rendered better or more acceptable just because of that ever more slippery adjective. Getting on the contrary bandwagon is why Bush has power. You, Juan Cole, are building up the power of the next version of George Bush.

Names cannot be heroic. What horrible treatment of language. How many orphans did his name pull from a burning bus? His name is blesséd? Who the fuck blessed him? God? Or do you think he is blessed because he was lucky enough to be born on US soil instead of Kenyan dirt?

Being proud of a name you were given is the same thing as being proud of your kidneys or toenails. Pride in something you didn’t do is the real root of all Evil. Let’s say for example pride in your race. Oh, you disagree. Well, all right. I’ll give white pride a try. I mean we won’t be a majority much longer so I guess it’s my last chance to follow your advice.

Making fun of names is not the most vile and debased denigration. On the contrary, it’s the most obvious and childish. And like many things obvious and childish, it can be a lot of fun. Anyone who thinks Mssr Cole has a point needs to realize that if you ever in your life made fun of anyone named Danny, Mike, Abe, Sarah, Ruth, Hannah, or half the names in Christendom, you too are a filthy anti-semite!1

1 And we all know what that means.

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