June 29, 2008

Blues For Allah

If Jeff Foxworthy ever tires of his redneck shtick and decides to move into political humor, he'll find a trailer park's worth of material in today's New York Times.

Emily Nordling has never met a Muslim, at least not to her knowledge. But this spring, 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.

You might be a cult member if...

The article is careful to point out that this is not being encouraged by the official Obama campaign and is so far limited to individual Baracksheviks (although I can't imagine that a nice writeup in the Newspaper of Record will do anything to discourage its spread.) Still, as Uppity Woman wrote recently, among the factors that sank George McGovern's 1972 campaign were the antics of his youthful supporters. In a word, they scared their elders shitless and drove them over to Richard Nixon's column, from which many never returned.

While Obama now begins his own tack to the right in what is already becoming the most sickening display of appeasement since Neville Chamberlain gift-wrapped the Sudetenland, the idiotic actions of the Facebookers will do nothing to reassure centrist voters. Already troubled that that slander that he might be a secret Muslim, how will the older generation react to the notion that Obama is turning their own kids to the Crescent? Not well, I predict.

Ah well, as Hegal said, we learn from history that we learn nothing from history.

Some said they were inspired by movies, including “Spartacus,” the 1960 epic about a Roman slave whose peers protect him by calling out “I am Spartacus!” to Roman soldiers

Of course, those of us who've seen the movie might recall just how the Romans, with their ever-wry sense of humor, dealt with that particular bit of servile impertinence.

At least there's no actual evidence that Obama is the Antichrist, since the pod people aren't having his name tattooed on their foreheads. (Be sure to shoot me an email when that starts to happen, m'kay?)

Posted by mayor mcsleaze at June 29, 2008 09:23 AM

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