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  • Two influential TV announcers say they won't use 'Redskins' name on NFL telecasts

    08/19/2014 4:03:14 PM PDT · by mykroar · 80 replies
    WJLA ^ | 8/19/2014 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Two influential NFL voices - including CBS lead analyst Phil Simms, who will handle Washington's Week 4 game - said Monday they likely won't use the term "Redskins" when discussing the franchise. "My very first thought is it will be Washington the whole game," Simms told The Associated Press on Monday. Simms will work the Thursday night package the network acquired this season and will have Giants-Redskins on Sept. 25. He isn't taking sides in the debate over whether Washington's nickname is offensive or racist. But he says he is sensitive to the complaints about the name,...
  • New York Won’t Name Street After Cop to Avoid Offending Muslims

    04/21/2014 3:50:13 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 23 replies
    FrontPageMag ^ | 04/21/2014 | by Daniel Greenfield
    --snip-- A plan to honor a Harlem cop killed by Nation of Islam radicals is drowning under a flood of racial tensions created more than four decades ago, but no one wants to throw it a lifeline — not even the NYPD’s new top cop. Police Commissioner Bill Bratton is distancing himself from the controversial push to get the street in front of the 28th Precinct renamed in honor of Officer Phillip Cardillo, who was shot and killed inside a mosque run by Louis Farrakhan in 1972 — noting that the community should make the final decision.
  • Is your name now ‘banned’ in Saudi Arabia?

    03/15/2014 9:44:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 15 March 2014
    Saudi Arabia’s interior ministry has banned 50 names they argue contradict the culture or religion of the Kingdom, according to reports by local media. Parents in the Kingdom will reportedly no longer be able to call their children by names such as Linda, Alice, Elaine or Binyamin (Arabic for Benjamin) after the civil affairs department at the ministry issued a list of the prohibited names. Binyamin is believed in Islam to be the son of Prophet Jacob, but is also the name of the current Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. …
  • Football Player Jake Butt Tackles Name-Haters Head On

    09/23/2013 6:22:24 PM PDT · by Dysart · 24 replies
    Mashable ^ | 9-23-2013 | Sam Laird
    Jake Butt is over 6 feet tall and 237 pounds of pure muscle. He's a freshman playing a key role for a top-20 football team in the Michigan Wolverines. And he's got a very bright future to look forward to after choosing to play for the Wolverines over a host of national programs, including Stanford and UCLA. But his last name is also Butt. To make matters worse, he plays the tight-end position — making him, yes, a tight end named Butt. SEE ALSO: This Massive News Fail Is a Real Boner This has, in the immature world of college...
  • Judge rules Tennessee parents can name baby ‘Messiah’

    09/18/2013 2:32:26 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 39 replies
    NEWPORT, Tenn.— A Tennessee judge said parents can name their 8-month-old baby “Messiah,” overturning the decision of another judge who thought the name was blasphemous. At a paternity hearing last month, child support magistrate Lu Ann Ballew was asked to decide Messiah Deshawn Martin’s surname. Ballew ended up changing the baby’s first name as well, saying that “Messiah” was a title reserved for Jesus Christ.....
  • Maria Sharapova planning name change to promote sweets

    08/19/2013 9:28:55 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 19 replies
    CBSSports.com ^ | August 19, 2013 | Evan Hilbert
    Tennis star Maria Sharapova has reportedly set in motion a plan to change her last name to Sugarpova for the duration of the U.S. Open. The Russian opened a candy company by that name and is said to have sunk half a million dollars into it. According to several reports, Sharapova has approached the Florida Supreme Court about the possibility of changing her name.
  • You can help name newly discovered planets, if you follow the rules

    08/16/2013 10:55:42 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 15 replies
    The Verge ^ | 8/15/13 | Nathan Olivarez-Giles
    For decades, the names given to newly discovered planets have almost always failed to live up to the excitement these celestial finds represent. (Take for example forgettable monikers such as CFBDSIR2149, HD 189733b, 55 Cancri e, and Kepler-69c.) The organization that oversee's the naming of new planets, the International Astronomical Union (IAU), knows that these titles are the opposite of cool and catchy. And thankfully, something is being done about it — the IAU is moving away from leaving selective working groups to name planets and opening up the process to the public. Unsurprisingly, there are a few rules that...
  • Hillary Botches Civil Rights Hero's Name "Medgar Evans."

    08/12/2013 8:17:56 PM PDT · by Nachum · 25 replies
    weekly standard ^ | 8/13/13 | MICHAEL WARREN
    Hillary Clinton, speaking at the American Bar Association's annual meeting in San Francisco Monday night, botched the name of civil rights icon Medgar Evers. The former secretary of state and first lady was recounting the story of one of her mentors, lawyer John Doar. "In 1963, in Jackson, Mississippi, John stepped between angry protesters and armed police to prevent a potential massacre after the murder of Medgar Evans," said Clinton, who was referring to Medgar Evers, a civil rights activist who was murdered while walking into his home on June 12, 1963. Watch the video below:
  • What if everyone changed their name to John Smith or Jane Smith?

    07/11/2013 6:28:21 PM PDT · by NowApproachingMidnight · 29 replies
    7/11/13 | self
    I just had a thought. What if we had a National Name Change day, and all men changed their name to John Smith, and all women changed their name to Jane Smith? That would really mess up some gov databases, wouldn't it?
  • Snowden: Hong Kong Says US Got Name Wrong

    06/26/2013 5:02:06 PM PDT · by granada
    Sky news UK ^ | UK, Wednesday 26 June 2013 | By Sky News US Team
    FARMVILLE, Va. (WTVR)—The drive-thru itself was an innovative concept, but at this one, it’s unlikely you can order any fries or a shake. Carl Eggleston of Farmville believes in innovation when it comes to his funeral business. After 30 years in the business, he’s seen some changes and he’s tried to be one who keeps up with the times and needs of families. Next month he’ll have cameras installed in the chapel, so services can be viewed online for family out-of-state.
  • Obama Calls Tornado Ravaged Okla. Town By Wrong Name

    05/29/2013 7:27:19 AM PDT · by Nachum · 51 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 05/29/13
    President Obama in Asbury Park, NJ on Tuesday: "So, Jersey, you’ve still got a long road ahead, but when you look out on this beach -- this beautiful beach here, even in the rain, it looks good. You look out over the horizon, you can count on the fact that you won’t be alone. Your fellow citizens will be there for you -- just like we’ll be there for folks in Breezy Point and Staten Island -- (applause) -- and obviously, we’re going to be there for the folks in Monroe [sic], Oklahoma, after the devastation of last week. (Applause.)...
  • The IRS Just Canceled Its Softball Game This Week With a GOP Senator’s Staff — And Wait Until You

    05/17/2013 12:49:32 AM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 5/16/13 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    They’re not playing ball. The IRS softball team has canceled their Friday game with Sen. John Cornyn’s staff, amid the still-evolving scandal of targeting conservative organizations. The game has not been rescheduled. By the way, the IRS’s team name? “The Cheetahs.” Cornyn (R-Texas) posted the cancellation announcement on Facebook Thursday morning:
  • Jorge Mario Bergoglio elected pope, takes Francis as name

    03/13/2013 1:46:00 PM PDT · by Cronos · 19 replies
    Times of India ^ | 13 Mar 2013 | AP
    <p>Argentine Jorge Bergoglio was elected pope on Wednesday and chose the papal name Francis, becoming first pontiff from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium.</p> <p>A stunned-looking Bergoglio shyly waved to the crowd of tens of thousands of people who gathered in St. Peter's Square, marveling that the cardinals had had to look to "the end of the earth" to find a bishop of Rome.</p>
  • Obama Uses Newtown, Slams 'Name Calling' In Inaugural Address

    01/21/2013 10:45:25 AM PST · by Nachum · 53 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/21/13 | staff
    PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Our journey is not complete until all of our children from the streets of Detroit to hills of Appalachia, to the twi-plains of Newtown know they're cared for and cherished and always safe from harm. That is our generation's task, to make these words, these rights, these values of life and liberty in the pursuit of happiness real for every American. Being true to our founding documents does not require us to agree on every contour of life. It does not mean that we all define liberty in exactly the same way, or follow the same, precise...
  • Visit Uwingu, name an exoplanet

    11/08/2012 1:44:57 PM PST · by Red Badger · 8 replies
    Phys.org ^ | 11-08-2012 | Staff
    Astronomers have now discovered over 1,000 planets orbiting other stars, and right now these exoplanets all have boring, license-plate-like names, such as HD85512 and GJ 436 instead of endearing, "real" planet names that might offer hints of what that world could be like. And recall the recent extrapolation of how many habitable planets might be in the Milky Way? A team using the ESO's HARP's spectrograph determined there might be upwards of 160 billion worlds out there for us to find, and perhaps eventually name. How might we come up with that many names? Uwingu, a startup company that is...
  • VPs mention of Presidential candidates by name

    10/11/2012 8:19:25 PM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 6 replies
    11 October 2012 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    One particular aspect of the debate caught my attention other than the arguments over issues. How many times did each candidate mention by name the Presidential candidate with whom he is running?
  • It’s Obama’s Turn To Release Some Documents

    09/25/2012 11:55:53 AM PDT · by opentalk · 28 replies
    CBS local ^ | September 25, 2012 | Scott Paulson
    Last Friday, GOP presidential challenger Mitt Romney disclosed his tax returns and health records. In particular, the release of the tax information was a pleasant surprise –released without pre-announcement or fanfare. Romney gave information that dates back to 1990 which ought to close Harry Reid’s mouth for a time .....–it would be absolutely wonderful if the “right” would get such a disclosed-documentary surprise from President Barack Obama. ...What are Americans on the “left” afraid of learning about Obama? Simple curiosity would demand that Obama’s academic records be released –let alone really wanting to know about the past of the man...
  • Nebraska man changes name to Tyrannorsaurus Rex

    05/08/2012 6:19:33 PM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 8, 2012 | ?
    A 23-year-old Nebraska man walked into a court room in York County Monday afternoon as Tyler Gold -- and walked out as Tyrannosaurus Rex, the York News-Times reported. Gold said he wanted to change his name “because the (T-Rex designation) is cooler,” according to an official filing he made with court. “Also, as an entrepreneur, name recognition is important and the new name is more recognizable.” Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2012/05/08/nebraska-man-changes-name-to-tyrannosaurus-rex/?test=latestnews#ixzz1uKaMm6fn
  • MILITARY: Navy naming ships after trio of local military heroes

    02/15/2012 12:14:22 PM PST · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    NC Times ^ | February 15, 2012 | Mark Walker
    The U.S. Navy announced Wednesday morning that it has named one of its new ships after Marine Sgt. Rafael Peralta, a San Diego native who died a hero in Iraq in 2004. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced the move, saying a new guided-missile destroyer will be named the USS Rafael Peralta. A Pentagon statement said Mabus named that ship and two other new destroyers after Navy and Marine Corps heroes whose actions occurred during different conflicts but "were united in their uncommon valor." Peralta was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross after using his body to shield fellow Marines from an...
  • "Circumcision and Name Both Say 'Savior'" (Sermon on Luke 2:21)

    12/31/2011 7:23:44 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 8 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 1, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Circumcision and Name Both Say ‘Savior’” (Luke 2:21)Today is New Year’s Day, a day for looking forward to the year that lies ahead. It’s a day for plans and goals and New Year’s resolutions. “This is the year, finally, when I will get my weight under control, or when I will start exercising more regularly, or when I start being more faithful in my daily devotions.” All well and good. These can be good goals to have. January 1, 2012. This is also a day when we begin a new chapter in the life of our church. How is this...
  • Law Would Prevent Parents From Giving Kids 'Weird Names'

    12/31/2011 2:00:16 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 81 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 31/12/11 | David Lev
    A new law proposed by MK Zvulun Orlev (Bayit Yehudi), who is chairman of the Knesset Children's Rights Committee, would prevent parents from giving their children “weird” or strange names that other children were likely to make fun of. The law would forbid parents from naming their children with names that “hurt their welfare or their feelings.” The law, to be presented Sunday for the approval of the Ministerial Law Committee, would establish a “public names committee” which would include experts such as social workers, psychologists, and educators, that would confer with the relevant government ministries on “unacceptable” names that...
  • Tweet your mother’s name to show love and pride for her

    11/04/2011 9:37:06 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 11 replies
    Arab News ^ | October 31st 2011 | RIMA AL-MUKHTAR
    JEDDAH: Saudi tweeters have created a hashtag called IsmOmi (Arabic for “my mother’s name”) in an attempt to break a longstanding taboo that prevents Saudi men from mentioning the name of their mothers. The hashtag enables them to say their mother’s name and allows them to bypass a critical society. Hashtags are created by adding # to a “tweet” on Twitter. They are terms invented to add to tweets on a given subject and build a community of tweets or build toward a “trending topic.” Saudi tweeters see this as a way to express their love and gratitude for their...
  • Adolf Hitler in Custody Battle

    10/28/2011 12:45:20 PM PDT · by americanophile · 45 replies
    The Inquisitr ^ | 10/28/11 | The Inquisitr
    Adolf Hitler is one of the most evil men to ever walk the face of the planet. He also happens to be a little boy in New Jersey. Adolf Hitler Campbell was taken away from his parents in 2009 because welfare officials said that his name was a form of abuse. And Adolf Hitler isn’t the only strange name in the Campbell family. Heath and Deborah Campbell named their daughter JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell. But is an offensive name reason enough to divide a family? Here’s a news report filmed shortly after Adolf Hitler was taken away from his parents....
  • Panic Mode: Holder's Name Mentioned in New Fast and Furious Recordings

    09/21/2011 4:07:28 PM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Town Hall ^ | 9/21/11 | Katie Pavlich Katie Pavlich
    New secret recordings obtained by CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson show ATF agent Hope MacAllister, who we have not yet heard from throughout this investigation, speaking with Lone Wolf Trading Company owner Andre Howard and expressing concern about ATF whistleblower John Dodson, the ATF agent who exposed the scandal by coming forward with information about Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry's death in March. In the recording, MacAllister and Howard sound panicked, not only about Dodson, but about Senator Charles Grassley and about how Attorney General Eric Holder would respond to exposed scandal. The following audio doesn't prove Eric Holder knew...
  • Name That Party: Blago's Dem Affiliation Left Out of Seven AP Stories

    06/28/2011 8:56:18 AM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | 6/28/11 | Tom Blumer
    Earlier today, a grand jury convicted former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, a Democrat, on 17 of 20 counts of corruption. 11 of of the guilty verdicts related to attempts to profit from the "sale" of the U.S. Senate seat Barack Obama vacated when he became president. At USA Today's On Deadline blog (as of its 5:33 p.m. update), Michael Winter failed to identify Blagojevich or any other politician involved as a Democrat. Neither did the video found at Winter's article. This is not surprising, because the video came from the "see no evil Democrat" Associated Press.
  • To Any Who May Know Andrew Breitbart

    06/23/2011 3:57:05 PM PDT · by RightOnline · 19 replies
    self | 6/23/11 | RightOnline
    To any of my fellow Freepers or lurkers who may personally know Andrew Breitbart, please pass on the following to him. Andrew....love the name of your oranization. RightOnline has noble goals that I support 100%. God bless and Godspeed. I am compelled to add that I am supremely flattered that you chose to name your organization after little ol' me. I mean, I have had this name for nearly 13 years here on Free Republic, so obviously you have been so overwhelmed by the quality of my posts, you deemed it appropriate to memorialize the name. Color me humbled. OK...
  • British PM removes his name from list of Jewish National Fund patrons

    05/28/2011 10:43:39 PM PDT · by Nachum · 46 replies
    haaretz ^ | 5/28/11 | Nir Hasson and Danna Harman
    British Prime Minister David Cameron has removed his name from a list of patrons of the UK branch of the Jewish National Fund - and pro-Palestinian activists have taken credit for the move. Cameron's decision to drop his link with the charity was explained by his office as simply having to do with "time constraints." In an e-mail, Downing Street reiterated the explanation without going into details. "The Prime Minister stepped down from a number of charities - including the JNF," the office wrote. Downing Street declined to comment on the fact that the Stop the JNF Campaign has actively...
  • What Sarah's Name Means

    05/27/2011 10:14:06 AM PDT · by taildragger · 18 replies
    n/a | 05/27/2011 | taildragger
    Here is the link to my original post, yes I think I was the 1st. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2106098/replies?c I have a CPA friend that is a self taught biblical scholar. He believes we grow into the meaning of our names, and always wants to know what you named the baby. So one day (10/15/2008 ) I did what he does and research the meaning of "someones" name :-).This is what I came up with.... Sarah : Princess (in Hebrew)... Louise : Renowned Fighter.... Heath : From the Outer Lands... Palin : Who will serve at the table….. So... She is: The Princess,...
  • Name That Party: AP Stops Tagging Troubled 'Centrist' Wu As a Dem

    02/28/2011 9:25:25 AM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 2/28/11 | Tom Blumer
    Oregon residents and news followers nationwide can be forgiven for shaking their heads over the Associated Press's latest item on the misadventures of Congressman David Wu. All of a sudden he's apparently not a Democrat -- well, at least he's not identified as such by the wire service's Jonathan J. Cooper. (Snip) The theory here is that now that Wu's woes have become a more prominent national story, the AP has decided that the party identification of Wu should came to a halt, lest readers get their minds polluted with the craaaaazy idea that politicians in various forms of trouble
  • The USS John Murtha? How about the USS Robert Miller?

    01/15/2011 10:49:30 AM PST · by OldDeckHand · 42 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 01/15/2010 | Caroline May
    Former sailors, soldiers and Marines are expressing outrage at Navy Secretary Ray Mabus’s decision to name a naval warship after recently deceased Pennsylvania Democratic Congressman John Murtha. The opposition is largely a function of Murtha’s actions and comments during his final years. Murtha became known as one of the most vocal opponents of the war in Iraq — despite voting in 2002 for the resolution that authorized the use of force against Saddam Hussein. In 2005 he declared the war unwinnable, and pushed a resolution to get the troops out of the country. “The U.S. cannot accomplish anything further in...
  • Naming a Dog (Vanity)

    09/21/2010 11:09:25 AM PDT · by Joya · 163 replies
    Vanity | 09212010 | Self
    I am trying to think of a good name for a dog, just acquired from the pound. He's been neutered, seems to be a bit less than one year old. He's part blue heeler and part black lab with ears that do not seem to be of either of those two breeds. He's joining the alpha male guard dog and the little mama dog who are both getting up there in years. If anyone has any good suggestions for naming him, I'd appreciate it.
  • The Hate That Openly Speaks Its Name

    09/04/2010 10:46:47 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    powerlineblog ^ | 9/4/10 | John Hinderaker
    One of the most chilling phenomena of our time is the resurgence of anti-Semitism in Europe. The dirty work, the threats and violence that are causing Jews to leave Europe, is carried out more or less exclusively by young Muslim immigrants. But implicit sanction for anti-Semitism comes straight from the top, as top European political, business and social leaders make little effort to hide their contempt for Jews. The most recent case is that of Karel De Gucht, the European trade commissioner. On Thursday he gave an interview to a Belgian radio station, in the course of which he volunteered...
  • Think of a name for the Gay Bar, to be across from Ground Zero Mosque

    08/09/2010 8:59:44 PM PDT · by Nachum · 208 replies
    Nachum ^ | 8/9/10 | Nachum
    The new Gay Bar suggested to be across the street from the new Ground Zero Mosque needs a name! Freepers just want to help. Leave your 'suggestions'... :)
  • NZ judge orders 'odd' name change (9-year-old named 'Talula Does the Hula from Hawaii')

    08/07/2010 12:43:37 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 42 replies
    BBC ^ | 24th July 2010
    A judge in New Zealand made a young girl a ward of court so that she could change the name she hated - Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii. Judge Rob Murfitt said that the name embarrassed the nine-year-old and could expose her to teasing. He attacked a trend of giving children bizarre names, citing several examples. Officials had blocked Sex Fruit, Keenan Got Lucy and Yeah Detroit, he said, but Number 16 Bus Shelter, Violence and Midnight Chardonnay had been allowed. One mother wanted to name her child O.crnia using text language, but was later persuaded to use Oceania,...
  • New Nickname for Democrat Party, if they don't like Socialists how about "Foreign Government Party"

    08/03/2010 9:20:52 PM PDT · by Steelers6 · 22 replies · 159+ views
    vanity | August 3, 2010 | steelers6
    Everything they do is foreign to me, they push for Cordova Mosques next to 9/11. The support Mexico over the State of Arizona, they push for the International Courts and the UN whether it be the LOST Treaty, WTO, or IMF. They think that International Law should be taken into account when deciding Supreme Court cases. They run up $1.5 Trillion of Debt per year to put the Chinese, Japanese, and any other country that can lend any money to us over our Economic future. The Foreign Government Party seems appropriate.
  • No, the Problem Is Not Obama’s Middle Name

    07/09/2010 9:17:29 AM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies · 1+ views
    pajamas media ^ | 7/9/10 | Claudia Rosett
    As part of his public reconciliation with Israel, Obama for the first time in the almost 18 months since he became president just gave an interview to an Israeli TV station (this from the same American president who gave his first interview in office to Al-Arabiya — remember that ?). Speaking Wednesday to Israel’s Channel 2 News, Obama struck a friendly tone. And yet, as if he can’t quite help himself, out comes this astonishingly crude remark. As reported in the New York Times, he was asked about “the anxiety of many Israelis who feel that he does not have...
  • Elena Kagan? Elena Kagan. Most Americans can't say they know the name this morning

    06/28/2010 12:13:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    l.a. times ^ | 6/28/10 | Chip Somodevilla
    This is for the 81% of Americans who don't know who Elena Kagan is. A new C-SPAN poll of 1,512 voters finds far more ignorance about this year's Barack Obama choice for the Supreme Court than last year's of Sonia Sotomayor. Kagan's Senate confirmation hearings start later today before the Judiciary Committee and national TV cameras. Only 19% could name Kagan, who was Obama's solicitor general, less than half the 43% who could name Sotomayor at the start of her confirmation. From a sales point of view, voter ignorance doesn't much matter on this issue, unless you're a senator. And...
  • New Road To Bear President Obama's Name

    06/18/2010 6:43:16 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 70 replies · 957+ views
    cfnews13.com ^ | June 18, 2010 | Dave D’Marko
    ORLANDO -- Is it too soon to name a road after President Barack Obama? A new road being built through Orlando will have his name. Roads in Orlando honor some of our greatest presidents, from Washington to Jefferson and now Obama. On Friday, Orlando leaders made President Barack Obama Parkway the first road under construction in the nation named after our 44th President, and surely one of the few in history to be named after a sitting president in his first term. "I think it’s great if people want to support their presidential candidate, but I think it's a little...
  • Obama to Name Panel to Probe Disaster

    05/18/2010 9:18:59 AM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies · 464+ views
    wsj ^ | 5/18/10 | JARED FAVOLE And STEPHEN POWER
    President Barack Obama will name a special commission to investigate the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, an administration official said Monday. The move follows criticism of the government agency responsible for regulating offshore drilling safety, which Mr. Obama joined last Friday when he denounced the "cozy relationship" between oil companies and federal regulators.
  • Maliyah? More Americans are Naming their Daughters After Malia and Sasha Obama

    05/08/2010 12:13:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies · 1,081+ views
    CBS News ^ | May 7, 2010 | Stephanie Condon
    More Americans are following the lead of President and Michelle Obama when it comes to naming their daughters, the Social Security Administration said Friday. "Maliyah," a version of the name "Malia" that the president and first lady gave their oldest daughter, made the biggest jump in popularity among girls names in 2009, moving 342 spots up to No. 296. The name "Malia" moved up 153 spots to No. 192. Meanwhile, "Sasha," the name of the Obamas' younger daughter, came in at No. 261 - having moved up 101 spots. There was no bounce for the first lady: The name "Michelle"...
  • Navy to name next ship after late Rep. John Murtha

    04/23/2010 7:40:22 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 110 replies · 1,862+ views
    Associated Press ^ | April 23, 2010
    JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- The Navy is naming its next amphibious ship after the late western Pennsylvania congressman John Murtha. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus made the announcement Friday at the Johnstown-Cambria County Airport. Murtha's family and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi were in attendance.
  • How They Voted

    03/21/2010 9:56:58 PM PDT · by boknows · 33 replies · 1,470+ views
    Washington Post ^ | march 21, 2010 | Washington Post
    A look at how members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted
  • What's in an unusual name? More than you might think

    11/18/2009 8:04:04 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 20 replies · 847+ views
    news. ^ | Nov 17,
    – Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes might have thought twice about naming their daughter Suri if they'd known that it means "pickpocket" in Japanese, "turned sour" in French, and "horse mackerels" in Italian. Today Translations, a London-based translation company, is offering parents-to-be -- particularly celebrities -- the chance to check the meaning of prospective baby names in other languages. For 1,000 pounds ($1,678), the company's linguists will carry out a "basic name translation audit" of names, checking their meaning in 100 languages, or more for an additional cost. While open to everyone, the firm said it expects the service to...
  • RI may vote on changing state name over slavery

    10/27/2009 9:13:22 PM PDT · by Saije · 39 replies · 1,347+ views
    Boston Globe/AP ^ | 10/27/2009 | AP
    Rhode Islanders may get a chance to shorten the state's longest-in-the-nation formal name over its ties to colonial slavery. Officially, Rhode Island is called the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. But the House Judiciary Committee approved a resolution Tuesday that would allow residents to vote next year on whether to drop the words "Providence Plantations" from that name. The issue now heads for a House floor vote. Supporters say "Providence Plantations" conjures painful images of colonial slavery. Rhode Island merchants grew wealthy off the trans-Atlantic slave trade.
  • Hotel owner tells Hispanic workers to change names

    10/26/2009 8:53:44 AM PDT · by greatdefender · 57 replies · 2,196+ views
    AP-Yahoo! ^ | 26 OCT 2009 | MELANIE DABOVICH
    TAOS, N.M. – Larry Whitten marched into this northern New Mexico town in late July on a mission: resurrect a failing hotel. The tough-talking former Marine immediately laid down some new rules. Among them, he forbade the Hispanic workers at the run-down, Southwestern adobe-style hotel from speaking Spanish in his presence (he thought they'd be talking about him), and ordered some to Anglicize their names. No more Martin (Mahr-TEEN). It was plain-old Martin. No more Marcos. Now it would be Mark. Whitten's management style had worked for him as he's turned around other distressed hotels he bought in recent years...
  • President Barack Obama's name spelt wrongly by White House ( Spelled Barak )

    10/15/2009 8:37:38 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 27 replies · 1,361+ views
    Telegraph uk ^ | 09 Jul 2009
    President Barack Obama's name was spelt wrongly in an official release from the White House. Following President Obama's trip to Russia, an official release touting the agreement between the US president and President Dmitry Medvedev over how to craft a follow-up to the START arms reduction treaty was put out. But the White House claimed the document had been signed by one "Barak Obama" - missing the 'c' from his first name. Russian and American negotiators salvaged the summit by agreeing the text of a preliminary deal on nuclear disarmament, deflecting fears that the most important element of Mr Obama's...
  • Teachers Spot Trouble In A Name

    09/08/2009 10:57:56 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 29 replies · 1,355+ views
    BBCNews ^ | September 08, 2009
    Teachers Spot Trouble In A Name Can teachers really predict behaviour from a name? Teachers think they can tell which pupils are likely to play up by looking at their names, a survey suggests. The poll of 3,000 teachers found more than one in three expected pupils with certain names to be more disruptive. Pupils called Callum, Connor, Jack, Chelsea, Courtney and Chardonnay were among some of the ones to watch. The online survey by parenting club Bounty.com found 49% of UK teachers made assumptions about a child when they first looked down the register. But it is not all...
  • WV Senator calls for name change.

    08/26/2009 11:01:41 AM PDT · by Keli Kilohana · 14 replies · 922+ views
    Vanity | 8/26/09 | Keli Kilohana
    West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd called today for Congress to change Barack Obama's middle name from Hussein to Fitzgerald.
  • Arkansas Mom Fails to Sell Baby Naming Rights on eBay for a Fifth Time

    08/25/2009 1:59:20 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 34 replies · 2,508+ views
    Fox News ^ | 08/25/2009 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    An unemployed Arkansas woman — and her unborn son, whose name she tried to auction on eBay — can't seem to catch a break. After five auctions on the Internet marketplace, Lavonne Drummond, 36, saw a winning bid of $6,800 was dashed Tuesday when the winning bidder, a producer at an Internet radio talk show, told the mother of six that he had no intention of paying for the naming rights of her seventh child. "They just apologized," Drummond told FOXNews.com. "They just wanted to help but didn't think they would actually win." Drummond, whose first four auctions were removed...
  • Obama fails to name anti-Semitism envoy

    07/30/2009 2:51:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies · 638+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 7/30/09 | ETGAR LEFKOVITS
    The Obama administration has failed to name an envoy for monitoring and combating anti-Semitism around the world as mandated by US law since the previous ambassador was relieved of his duties at the start of the president's term more than six months ago, officials said Thursday. The failure to name a new envoy for the post raises questions about the importance the new administration attaches to the fight against anti-Semitism, said Rafael Medoff, director of the Washington DC-based David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies. "Foot-dragging on the selection sends a message that anti-Semitism is not of great importance to...