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  • Kenya names its babies 'Air Force One Obama'

    07/25/2015 8:15:32 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 40 replies
    AFP ^ | Jul 25, 2015
    Now, a batch of Kenyan newborn babies will be called 'Air Force One Obama' in honour of US President Barack Obama's visit to the country -- with some mothers evidently hoping their offspring will be future high-flyers. Already there are numerous young Barack Obamas living in Kogelo, the president's ancestral village, but soon after Obama touched down on Friday night two mothers in the western city of Kisumu took the unusual decision to name their sons after the president's jet, Air Force One. "I have decided to call my baby Air Force One Barack Obama so that we can all...
  • Gender-neutral baby names are all the rage for 2015

    06/23/2015 10:11:08 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 47 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | June 23, 2015 | Kristin Toussaint
    Last year’s most popular baby names were Benjamin and Emma, but this year the top boy and girl names could actually be the same. 2015 is looking like the year of the gender-neutral baby names, according to a midyear report by BabyCenter.com. Currently, names like Amari, Karter, Phoenix, Quinn and Reese have been making the largest leaps in popularity. “As usual, baby names are reflecting a larger cultural shift,” says BabyCenter’s Global Editor in Chief Linda Murray. “Millennials are an open-minded and accepting group, and they don’t want their children to feel pressured to conform to stereotypes that might be...
  • Dear Mona, What’s The Most Common Name In America?

    03/09/2015 7:42:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    FIVETHIRTYEIGHT ^ | 03/09/2015 | By MONA CHALABI and ANDREW FLOWERS
    Well, this is a real head-scratcher — not least because if you want a list of the first and last names of Americans, you'd better have either a lot of time and money or work for the NSA. Unfortunately, I don’t fit either description, so I’m going to try to piece together two separate databases — one for first names and one for surnames. But as I’ll explain, those data sets can’t be stitched together so easily. If they could, we’d be able to say that “John Smith” is the third most common full name in America, but in reality...
  • America Loves Catholicism: As Seen in Place Names Everywhere

    11/22/2014 4:39:13 PM PST · by Salvation · 158 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | Nov, 21, 2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    America Loves Catholicism: As Seen in Place Names Everywhere By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe video below boasts, “America loves Italy” and features a Fiat car driving through American towns with Italian names.If that is the case then America loves Catholicism even more, since thousands of towns and places are named for Catholic saints, themes, and objects. Consider the following:In California: San Diego, San Miguel, San Francisco, San Bernadino, San Clemente, San Luis Obispo, San Jose, San Rafael, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Los Angeles (aka Nuestra Senora de los Angeles de la Porciuncula), Santa Cruz, Santa Clarita, Sacramento, San...
  • Never mind Mohammed, the main naming trend of 2014 is one of de-Christianisation

    12/02/2014 3:16:08 PM PST · by NYer · 13 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | December 2, 2014 | Ed West
    William and George both appear in the top twenty of most popular boys names in the UK in 2014 (PA) European-wide Christian names were a product of ChristendomsIt seems to be a solid British tradition now: the annual debate about whether Mohammed is now the most popular boy’s name in Britain, or whether it’s Oliver.The issue comes down to whether one counts all spelling variations as one name, in which case Mohammed/Mohammad/Muhammed etc would be number one; or, as others argue, Oliver and Ollie would therefore be added together to take first place.The difference, however, is that Mohammed/Mohammad are variations...
  • SURVEY: WOMEN DON'T NEED TO TAKE THEIR HUSBANDS' LAST NAME

    10/21/2014 5:01:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 77 replies
    YOUGOV ^ | 10/21/2014 | by Peter Moore
    Most people believe that it is up to the woman getting married whether she takes her husband's last name or not - but that kids should generally get their father's name The wedding of Amal Alamuddin to George Clooney in Venice has been one of the most talked about events of 2014. Amal, who is a prominent human rights lawyer in the UK, caused a certain amount of controversy due to her decision to take Clooney's last name as her own. Furthermore, unlike many women with professional careers, she will also professionally be known as 'Amal Clooney' instead of 'Amal...
  • Here Are The Most Conservative And Liberal Names In America

    10/17/2014 8:48:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | 10/17/2014 | Katherine Miller
    The most conservative and liberal names in America are Doyle and Natasha. Crowdpac, a nonpartisan group, focuses on how money and policy work in politics. The group scores all donors who have made two or more campaign contributions since 1980. Using that algorithm — and a cut-off of names with at least 1,000 donations made to avoid unusual names and outliers — Crowdpac built a tool to show how conservative or liberal first names are. You can enter your name in this tool here. (For example, “Katherine” is moderately liberal and people with this name are “less likely to contribute...
  • Why so many Koreans are called Kim

    10/13/2014 7:15:13 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 49 replies
    economist ^ | 9-8-2014
    A SOUTH KOREAN saying claims that a stone thrown from the top of Mount Namsan, in the centre of the capital Seoul, is bound to hit a person with the surname Kim or Lee. One in every five South Koreans is a Kim—in a population of just over 50m. And from the current president, Park Geun-hye, to rapper PSY (born Park Jae-sang), almost one in ten is a Park. Taken together, these three surnames account for almost half of those in use in South Korea today. Neighbouring China has around 100 surnames in common usage; Japan may have as many...
  • The Politics of Giving Your Child a Black Name

    09/15/2014 3:34:00 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 132 replies
    Politic365 ^ | December 30, 2011 | Jeneba Ghatt
    Yesterday, New York City Department of Health revealed that the number one name Black parents applied to their baby girls was Madison, a name historically and traditionally given by White parents. By contrast, the number one boy name was Jayden, often considered a typical “Black name.” The juxtaposition of the contrast is striking. It is no hidden secret that many Blacks in America for decades have struggled with the decision of whether to name their children a traditional African or African American name. The decision is based on how much they want to give away the race of their children...
  • They’re Dropping Like Middle Initials

    07/12/2014 10:53:55 PM PDT · by jocon307 · 30 replies
    In 1991, I was preparing to publish my first book, about a year I spent teaching junior high school in Japan. Stephen Birmingham, the author of “Our Crowd” and an acquaintance of my parents, offered to give me a blurb but recommended one change: that I drop the middle initial from my name on the cover. As a 26-year-old, baby-faced writer, I was eager to appear older and more sophisticated, so I ignored him. I’ve regretted it ever since. I thought of that incident this spring when the actress Ann B. Davis from “The Brady Bunch” died at 88. Her...
  • Obama on Republicans: "They Don't Do Anything Except Block Me And Call Me Names"

    06/27/2014 7:11:47 PM PDT · by Nachum · 87 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 6/27/14 | Truth Revolt
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  • Blackhawks name hasn't been as controversial as Redskins

    06/20/2014 7:10:32 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 41 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | June 18, 2014 | John Keilman
    The Chicago Blackhawks declined to comment about the Washington Redskins’ loss of trademark protection Wednesday, but an expert said there’s little reason to believe the hockey team’s name and Indian head logo could face similar jeopardy. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office found in a 2-to-1 decision that trademarks covering the Redskins’ name and associated symbols disparaged American Indians, and thus must be canceled under federal law. The team vowed to appeal, noting it had won a similar legal case a decade ago.
  • Here's The Fascinating Origin Of Almost Every Jewish Last Name

    06/18/2014 11:04:47 AM PDT · by blam · 40 replies
    BI - Slate ^ | 6-18-2014 | Bennett Muraskin
    Bennett MuraskinJan. 8, 2014 Richard Andree's 1881 map of the Jews of Central Europe. Ashkenazic Jews were among the last Europeans to take family names. Some German-speaking Jews took last names as early as the 17th century, but the overwhelming majority of Jews lived in Eastern Europe and did not take last names until compelled to do so. The process began in the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1787 and ended in Czarist Russia in 1844. In attempting to build modern nation-states, the authorities insisted that Jews take last names so that they could be taxed, drafted, and educated (in that order...
  • The Most Popular Baby Names Are ...

    05/09/2014 11:45:29 AM PDT · by windcliff · 55 replies
    CNN ^ | 5-9-14 | Emanuella Grinberg
    (CNN) -- Michael and Jacob, your reign has ended. In 2013, for the first time since 1960, a new name unseated Michael or Jacob as the most popular for newborn boys. That's according to the Social Security Administration, which releases the list of most popular baby names each year. American parents want unique baby names The new king's name? Noah.
  • 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. …
  • IRS lawyer says scandal was overseen by D.C., names names

    07/17/2013 8:16:48 PM PDT · by Nachum · 58 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 7/17/13 | Patrick Howley
    Top IRS officials in Washington, D.C. planned and oversaw the agency’s improper targeting of conservative groups, according to the 72-year old retiring IRS lawyer who will testify Thursday before the House Oversight Committee. Retiring IRS lawyer Carter C. Hull implicated the IRS Chief Counsel’s office, headed by Obama appointee William J. Wilkins, and Lois Lerner, the embattled head of the IRS’ exempt organizations office, in the IRS targeting scandal and made clear that the targeting started in Washington, according to leaked interviews that Hull granted to the Oversight Committee in advance of Thursday’s hearing. Treasury Inspector General J. Russell George...
  • Baby names reveal parents' political ideology

    06/07/2013 4:13:47 PM PDT · by workerbee · 110 replies
    Fox ^ | 6/7/13 | Stephanie Pappas
    * * * * The sounds of liberal and conservative names varied, too. For both boys and girls, liberals tended to pick more feminine-sounding choices, such as Liam, Ely and Leila names that include lots of L sounds and soft-A endings, including popular choices Ella and Sophia. Conservatives, on the other hand, tend to pick names with more masculine-sounding Ks, Bs, Ds and Ts, such as Kurt. A couple of famous national political families demonstrate that pattern, Oliver said: The liberal Obamas named their daughters Sasha and Malia, both names heavy on As and Ls, whereas the conservative Palin family...
  • Today we gave names to Gosnell’s abortion victims. Why was this important?

    05/10/2013 10:21:59 PM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    Life News ^ | Fr. Frank Pavone
    News Print Article | Email Friend | Reprint Permissions Today we gave names to Gosnell’s abortion victims. Why was this important? by Fr. Frank Pavone Thu May 09, 2013 11:30 EST Comments () Tags: abortion, kermit gosnell This is the Memorial Basket where we placed the certificates with the names of the babies on our Altar in our chapel at Priests for Life. May 9, 2013 (PriestsforLife) - The trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell is about much more than the man himself. In a painful way, it brings America face to face with abortion, which, as the defense argued, is...
  • 26 U.S. Navy Ship Naming Controversies

    04/23/2013 12:01:44 PM PDT · by Saint X · 26 replies
    U.S. Naval Institute ^ | 4/23/2013 | U.S. Naval Insitute
    In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the U.S. Navy had no formal procedure for naming ships. It wasn’t until 1819 that Congress passed an act stating “all of the ships, of the Navy of the United States, now building, or hereafter to be built, shall be named by the Secretary of the Navy.” The secretary has fulfilled this role ever since, even though the passage expressly assigning authority for designating ship names was omitted when the U.S. Code was revised in 1925. In addition to recommendations from Congress and the president, the secretary traditionally has been guided by...
  • Who, What, Why: Why do some countries regulate baby names?

    02/04/2013 8:01:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 77 replies
    BBC ^ | 02/04/2013
    A 15-year-old Icelandic girl has won the right to keep her first name, despite it being "unapproved" by the state. Why do some countries restrict baby names? Parents-to-be often find it hard enough to find a name they both like, let alone one the state might also be in favour of. Bjork Eidsdottir had no idea when, in naming her newborn girl Blaer 15 years ago, she was breaking the law. In the eyes of the authorities Blaer, which means "light breeze", was a male name and therefore not approved. It meant that for her entire childhood, Blaer was known...
  • On Strange Names and the Curse of Individualism

    12/08/2012 12:50:55 PM PST · by NYer · 171 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | December 7, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Living and working the African American Catholic Community I have been subject to some time with names that are often unpronounceable. It is a controversial practice even in the Black community for parents to name their children all sorts of crazy, made-up names that are often intentionally misspelled.DeQuanna, Sharkeisha, LaDarrius, Shamyra, Marketta, Shontella, LaRochelle, Shandrika, Charmonique, Myosha, LaKeisha, DeQuan, Rhondella, Raviona, Rominthia, Tomika, LaVenia, Trishela, LaTasha, ABCDE, Tyeisha, Mootron, Knoshon, Keyshawn, Tarquisha, Q’J'Q’Sha, Laquintas, Jamarcus, JoNathans, et al.I trip over this especially at Baptisms when I am supposed to solemnly pronounce the name of the child. Even after the irritated...
  • 100 Most Popular Names of 2011

    05/14/2012 9:15:18 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 72 replies
    A lot of weight rides on the name you choose for your kid. And every year when the Social Security office releases the data on the most popular baby names, parents get upset. As a Michele who faced the extreme popularity of my name way back when, I'm here to tell you that if your child's name is on this list, it's going to be just fine. In fact, take pride in knowing your baby name choice won't be ridiculed.
  • Twitter Indian Names for Elizabeth Warran: #ElizabethWarrenIndianNames

    04/30/2012 8:30:56 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Twitter ^ | 4/30/12 | Nachum
    Some of the Indian Names for Elizabeth Warren.... Hiataxa Mooch-A-Hontas Occupy TeaPee Communist Red Hawk A Girl Named Sioux Taxes With Abandon Princess Lunarbat Dances with Commies Dances With Ward Churchill Leftist Buffalo Affordable MedicineMan Act spend your wompum Running Her Mouth Off Sitting Bull-Hockey
  • Women Are Still Being Judged for Not Taking Their Husbands' Last Names

    02/24/2012 3:44:35 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 144 replies · 1+ views
    Right now in the most of the developed world, it could be argued, women are considered about as "equal" to men as they have ever been. And yet, countering any "We've come a long way, baby"-type sentiment you might cheer about (intelligence in a woman is now considered by men to be more important than being pleasant and a good housekeeper; France is doing away with the term "mademoiselle"), there are deep, abiding problems that we're still working through. Some, like birth control access, are matters of health and freedom, while others are more "semantic," though no less problematic.
  • 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...
  • Judge rules for Walker campaign in case against state election officials (NO Bugs Bunny!)

    01/05/2012 3:41:51 PM PST · by milwguy · 65 replies
    jsonline ^ | 01/05/2012 | tom tolan
    judge ruled Thursday that the state Government Accountability Board needs to take more aggressive action to vet recall signatures that are expected to be submitted in two weeks against Gov. Scott Walker and other Republican office holders. The ruling by Waukesha County Circuit Judge J. Mac Davis came in a case filed Dec. 15 by Walker's campaign committee and Stephan Thompson, executive director of the state Republican Party, asking Davis to order the accountability board to seek out and eliminate duplicate and fictitious signatures and illegible addresses in recall petitions. Davis, who refused to enter injunctions in the case, based...
  • New Hampshire Supreme Court Upholds Pension Right-to-Know Ruling

    11/07/2011 12:40:46 PM PST · by Stayfree · 7 replies
    Lawyers & Lawsuits ^ | Nov. 4, 2011 | Greg McDonald
    The New Hampshire Supreme Court has ordered that the names of public-pension recipients be disclosed, ruling that the public has a right to know the amount of their retirement-benefit payments. The Union Leader had sought to have the names of the 500 highest-paid recipients publicly disclosed by New the Hampshire Retirement System in early 2010 when the state legislature was considering making changes to the state pension fund.
  • Ghost of the Dambusters dog

    11/01/2011 5:56:36 PM PDT · by Charlespg · 22 replies
    Mail online ^ | 2nd November 2011 | Katherine Faulkner
    He was the loyal companion of the Dambusters hero whose extraordinary bravery captured the nation. Now ghost hunters believe the spectre of Nigger the dog, the Dambusters mascot, is still faithfully guarding his master's old quarters. Ghost enthusiasts are convinced that the ghosts of both Wing Commander Guy Gibson and his chocolate–coloured Labrador still haunt the remote Lincolnshire airfield from which the audacious raid was launched.
  • NYPD checking up on Muslims who change their names

    10/27/2011 6:12:40 AM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 10/26/11 | ADAM GOLDMAN and MATT APUZZO
    NYPD checking up on Muslims who change their namesBy ADAM GOLDMAN and MATT APUZZO AP – 18 hrs ago NEW YORK (AP) — For generations, immigrants have shed their ancestral identities and taken new, Americanized names as they found their place in the melting pot. For Muslims in New York, that rite of assimilation is now seen by police as a possible red flag in the hunt for terrorists. The New York Police Department monitors everyone in the city who changes his or her name, according to interviews and internal police documents obtained by The Associated Press. For those whose...
  • Pentagon to Release Names of Service Members Killed in Chinook Crash

    08/10/2011 11:42:43 AM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/10/11 | Staff
    After a delay of more than two days, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has "decided to follow the law" and release the names, ranks, hometowns and units of those killed in the Aug. 6 Chinook helicopter crash in Afghanistan, Pentagon spokesman Col. Dave Lapan said Wednesday. The names will be released in the next 24 hours. Panetta "never intended not to release the names," Lapan said, explaining that a delay in their release was the result of a request from military commanders in the Special Operations community who wanted to review the policy of releasing names "because of possible (security) implications
  • US officers oppose releasing names of dead troops

    08/09/2011 5:34:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies
    AFP ^ | 8/9/11 | Dan De Luce
    The chief of the secretive US special operations command has lobbied against the release of names of American commandos killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan, officials said Tuesday. Thirty US troops were killed on Friday when their Chinook helicopter was shot out of the sky in a remote Afghan valley, but in a break with Pentagon practice, the identities of the dead service members have not been released. The dead included 22 members of the elite Navy SEAL commandos and three Air Force special operators, and senior officers overseeing the special forces are reluctant to publicly identify the slain...
  • The Most Hated Baby Names in America

    04/29/2011 4:07:30 PM PDT · by decimon · 162 replies
    Live Science ^ | April 28, 2011 | Stephanie Pappas
    When it comes to names, everybody's got an opinion. But while figuring out what names people like is pretty simple -- the U.S. Social Security Administration keeps a list of the most popular baby names each year -- figuring out what people hate is trickier. It turns out that in the case of names, love and hate aren't mutually exclusive. A new informal survey of the most disliked names in America finds that popularity often breeds backlash, as a quick track to baby-name fame seems to also trigger hate for that name. Among the most-hated "trendy" names are Jayden, Brayden,...
  • The 7 Biggest Mistakes Newbie Baby Namers Make

    04/16/2011 11:46:10 PM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 208 replies
    Parent Dish ^ | Apr 7, 2011 | Pamela Satran and Linda Rosenkrantz
    There are few things more thrilling in life than having your first baby. But newbie baby namers are prone to making some mistakes that more experienced name choosers are able to avoid. If you're choosing a baby name for the first time, don't make one of these seven common mistakes: 1. Believing that the names that were popular -- and creative -- when you were a kid still have the same status. Name tastes have changed radically over the last decade or two. Goodbye, Jessica and Josh, hello Layla and Serenity, Landon and Tristan -- all top 100 names. 2....
  • Geithner names insurance director to head new insurance office

    03/17/2011 6:56:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    The HIll ^ | 3/17/11 | Peter Schroeder
    Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has named his department's first director of the new Federal Insurance Office (FIO). Michael McRaith, currently Illinois's insurance director, will be the first person to head the new office, which was created as part of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law. Geithner announced the pick at Thursday's meeting of the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC), a special panel also created by Dodd-Frank that gathers the heads of all major financial regulators to discuss broad issues affecting the financial sector. McRaith's appointment comes after Democrats and Republicans in both the House and Senate had called the administration out...
  • Washington: the 'blackest name' in America

    02/21/2011 8:25:20 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 27 replies
    AP ^ | February 21, 2011 | Jesse Washington
    George Washington's name is inseparable from America, and not only from the nation's history. It identifies countless streets, buildings, mountains, bridges, monuments, cities — and people. In a puzzling twist, most of these people are black. The 2000 U.S. Census counted 163,036 people with the surname Washington. Ninety percent of them were African-American, a far higher black percentage than for any other common name. The story of how Washington became the "blackest name" begins with slavery and takes a sharp turn after the Civil War, when all blacks were allowed the dignity of a surname.
  • The rise and fall of Jennifers

    01/13/2011 8:05:07 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 49 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | January 13, 2011 | Jennifer Graham
    OUR WAITRESS was named Jennifer, and at some point between the soup and the salad, she’d eavesdropped on the conversation enough to learn that it is my name, too. "Wow!’’ she chirped. “I never met anyone your age named Jennifer before!’’ The poor child probably never figured out why she got such a lousy tip. Note to wait staff everywhere: It’s never wise to suggest that the person paying the check is somewhat long in the tooth.
  • Pope Benedict XVI calls on parents to use proper Christian names when naming their children

    01/11/2011 2:08:11 PM PST · by NYer · 34 replies
    Mirror ^ | January 11, 2010 | Greig Box-Turnbull
    POPE Benedict XVI has urged parents to use proper Christian names when naming their children.The Pope was believed to be speaking out against the trend of copying obscure celebrity baby names.Several Italian celebrities have fallen foul of religious tradition, most notably Formula One boss Flavio Briatore, whose son is called Falco, meaning Falcon.Christian names are an “indelible sign from the Holy Spirit” that help protect family life, the Pope said.Theologian Gianni Gennari said the Pope was “simply asking for seriousness when it comes to baptism”.
  • Taking names, Napolitano style

    12/21/2010 11:11:51 AM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/21/10 | Doug Hagmann
    Did you see the Washington Post this morning? That was the one sentence e-mail I received yesterday from my DHS contact who alerted me to the DHS/TSA memorandum about the domestic intelligence agency’s creating and maintaining a list of individuals who were determined to be “interfering” with the enhanced airport TSA screening procedures through their objections or “opting out” of such procedures. In my November 23rd report titled DHS making a list, checking it twice, I wrote that the DHS, through the arm of the TSA, under the direction of Napolitano and with the full consent of Obama, was collecting...
  • What Does Your Name Mean?

    12/10/2010 9:41:22 AM PST · by hawkins · 16 replies · 1+ views
    That Christian Website ^ | 12/10/2010 | Travis Main
    Moonbeam, Gandolph, Honey, Melody, John…There are three specific names a man is given in his life. These names will have an effect on him. If he maintains his name and does not change it, a man can affect the aura of his name and what it comes to mean.The first name a man is given is his last name. The name he inherits, his family name. It is said that the best inheritance a person can leave is a good family name. To keep one’s family name untarnished should be the goal of all good sons. To make it stand...
  • 2010's Hot Boy Baby Name Trend

    11/10/2010 6:06:04 PM PST · by ransomnote · 148 replies · 1+ views
    thedailybeast.com ^ | November 9, 2010 | 10:40pm | Pamela Redmond Satran
    Rejecting the top names of the past century, more and more parents are choosing gender-neutral boys' names. SNIP When sportswriter Peter Richmond, author of Badasses, was expecting his first son 25 years ago, he didn’t want to name him Tom, after his father, or Burgess, after his grandfather, and he certainly didn’t want to name the poor kid after himself. Instead, Richmond and his wife wanted to give their son a name that was unmistakably male yet broke rank with all the masculine names that came before it. Robert, William, and John have dominated boy-baby naming since statisticians began keeping...
  • Oliver and Olivier are favourite baby names

    10/27/2010 6:18:25 AM PDT · by Winniesboy · 31 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | October 27th 2010 | Not attributed
    After a 14-year reign, Jack has lost its stranglehold on the title of England and Wales' top name for newborn boys, replaced by Oliver....Jack remained a popular name for boys, ranking second, while Harry came in third... Ruby and Chloe were the second and third most popular names chosen for girls....Mohammed ranked 16th nationally for boys, but was the most popular name in the West Midlands...
  • 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.
  • What in hell kind of name is "Asfunzo"??!!<V>

    10/03/2010 7:24:38 PM PDT · by Bean Counter · 77 replies
    Sunday Night Football | 10/3/10 | Self
    So I just got finished with a second shot of Wild Turkey (the 101 if you must know...the wife decided I deserved it, OK??) and the Halftime show is on for Sunday Night Football. They were introducing a bunch of kids for the NFL Pee Wee League, and I was half paying attention, until they flashed a pair of young black kids' pictures on the screen, both in football uniforms, and one of them was named "Asfunzo". What the hell did that poor kid do to deserve a name like that?? Talk about a qualification for Future Felons of America!...
  • What are some popular baby names? How about “Atheist Evolution”?!?!

    08/06/2010 7:24:39 AM PDT · by MarianoApologeticus · 13 replies
    True Freethinker ^ | August 5, 2010 AD | Mariano
    This little ditty goes back to 1994 AD. yet, it was brought to mind recently as I thought about how atheists, essentially, define “atheism” as “anti-Christianity,” or “anti-theism” or “anti-…” pick your poison... Moreover, “George Rollason said his daughter's name is the couple's answer to other parents' use of biblical names.” Imagine that; explaining that you chose your child’s name on the bases of shoving it in other people’s faces. Yet, this all seems in keeping with the Rollasons who “have clashed with the school district over angel decorations in the classroom and Bibles in the library.” See what I...
  • Japan names outspoken populist Naoto Kan as new PM

    06/04/2010 5:38:37 AM PDT · by paudio · 3 replies · 550+ views
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 6/4/10 | TOMOKO A. HOSAKA
    Japan's parliament elected outspoken populist Naoto Kan as prime minister Friday, handing the political veteran the immediate task of rallying his party and reclaiming its mandate for change before elections next month. Kan succeeds Yukio Hatoyama, who stepped down Wednesday after squandering the public's high hopes with broken campaign promises, including moving a U.S. Marine base off Okinawa island, and financial scandals.
  • News Organizations Ask Blagojevich Judge to Release Jurors' Names (260 already excused)

    06/02/2010 3:57:15 PM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies · 290+ views
    News Organizations Ask Blagojevich Judge to Release Jurors' NamesAssociated Press Updated: Tuesday, 01 Jun 2010, 5:46 PM CDT Chicago - Five news organizations have asked a federal judge to release the names of the jurors who will be selected in former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's corruption trial. The news organizations said in making their request Tuesday that both the law and tradition call for juror names to be made public and the Blagojevich case should be no exception. Making the request were the Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, The Associated Press, the Illinois Press Association and the Illinois Broadcasters Association....
  • Does your name shape your destiny?

    05/26/2010 3:06:50 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 9 replies · 619+ views
    CNN ^ | May 26, 2010 | Stephanie Chen
    (CNN) -- Wes Moore appeared in his hometown newspaper, The Baltimore Sun, 10 years ago because of his impressive academic achievements. Around the same time, he noticed a story in the paper about a jewelry store robbery in which a police officer and a father of five was killed. He learned one of the convicted killers shared his name. While Wes Moore the Rhodes Scholar would become a combat veteran in Afghanistan and a White House fellow, Wes Moore the convicted felon was sentenced to life in prison. Their correspondence through letters and prison visits led to the release of...
  • Hedge funds lobbyist gives names to Congress: report

    05/17/2010 8:03:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 423+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 5/17/10 | Nick Zieminski
    NEW YORK (Reuters) – A Washington hedge fund lobbying group has given names and contact information about its members to Congressional investigators, the Wall Street journal reported in its online edition on Monday. The Managed Funds Association turned over the information about more than 2,600 members on May 13 under threat of subpoena from the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, the Journal said, citing a letter the hedge-fund lobbying group sent to members.
  • 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"...
  • Site lists 'unfortunate' names of Britons

    02/27/2010 7:08:16 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 59 replies · 991+ views
    upi ^ | Feb. 26, 2010
    LONDON, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- A British parenting Web site said its research uncovered the "Most Unfortunate Names in Britain," including Barb Dwyer, Justin Case and Stan Still. TheBabyWebsite.com said its online research discovered Britons bearing the names Hazel Nutt, Barry Cade, Chris Cross and Paige Turner, The Daily Telegraph reported Friday. "When the parents of some of those people mentioned named their children, many probably didn't even realize the implications at the time," a spokesman for the Web site said. "There must be tremendous embarrassment every time they have to introduce themselves to anyone, especially to a crowd. Even...