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  • N.J. town erupts after council votes to rename Kennedy Center as the Obama Center

    08/11/2014 11:10:44 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 96 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 8-11-14 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    The governing body of one New Jersey town voted in favor of renaming the local Kennedy Center after the current White House head — and calling it the Barack Obama Center — and some residents aren’t exactly happy. Philly.com reported that the renaming came at the request of Willingboro Township Mayor Jacqueline Jennings, after she recalled how the black population in the region reacted with excitement at the campaign and election of Mr. Obama. “I think that people have a sense of pride about him,” she told Philly.com. “We had so many new people register to vote, people who had...
  • Kit Carson Park in New Mexico renamed over American Indian concerns

    06/13/2014 4:01:04 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 78 replies
    Fox ^ | 6/13/2014
    A northern New Mexico town council has voted to change the name of Kit Carson Park over concerns by critics that the famed scout and explorer was cruel to American Indians. The Taos Town Council passed a resolution Tuesday to rename the downtown park Red Willow following a presentation from activists, the Albuquerque Journal reports. Council member Fritz Hahn said one American Indian activist felt uncomfortable in the park, which is named after someone who egregiously hurt her people. "We have got to heal the wreckage of the past, and Kit Carson is part of that," Hahn said Carson, who...
  • Urban streets named for MLK still struggle

    01/19/2014 12:22:12 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 73 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 19, 2014 12:41 PM EST | Alan Scher Zagier
    A walk down the 6-mile city street named for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. yields plenty of images that would surely unsettle the civil rights leader: shuttered storefronts, open-air drug markets and a glut of pawn shops, quickie check-cashing providers and liquor stores.The urban decay along Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in St. Louis can be found in other major American cities, from Houston and Milwaukee to the nation’s capital. “It’s a national problem,” said Melvin White, a 46-year-old postal worker in St. Louis and founder of a 3-year-old nonprofit group that is trying to restore King’s legacy...
  • Forrest High: Board begins name-change process

    11/09/2013 11:46:28 AM PST · by shortstop · 46 replies
    Florida Times Union ^ | 11/09/13 | Denise Smith Amos
    Duval County School Board members voted unanimously Friday to start the process that likely would remove the name Nathan B. Forrest from one of its high schools. All seven board members voted to formally accept the written request of District 5 board member Constance Hall to begin the name-change procedure.
  • Florida school board votes to remove name of Confederate general

    11/10/2013 3:53:09 AM PST · by South40 · 30 replies
    Yahoo News (Reuters) ^ | 11/9/2013 | Susan Cooper Eastman
    JACKSONVILLE, Florida (Reuters) - A north Florida school board has voted unanimously to change the name of a local high school honoring a Confederate general who made a fortune as a slave trader and was linked to the Ku Klux Klan. "It's time to move forward with the renaming of Nathan B. Forrest High ... it's time to really put it to bed," said School Board member Constance Hall, who asked the Board to finally begin the process of changing the name on Friday. Hall and the board's other African American member were joined in the 7-0 vote by four...
  • Black Conspiracy Theory 101: Did A U.S. Congresswoman Call For Hurricanes To Be Named Blacks?

    09/20/2013 6:50:23 AM PDT · by TexGrill · 62 replies
    NewsOne ^ | 09/16/2013 | Ruth Manuel-Logan
    Why are U.S. hurricanes given names? Names are actually given to tropical storms but if they reach a sustained wind speed of 74 miles per hour, then they are deemed hurricanes. These types of destructive storms are given monikers because naming them makes it much easier for meteorologists, researchers, emergency response workers, ship captains, and citizens to communicate about specific hurricanes in a clear manner. So after decades of hurricane and storm names, did a Black Congresswoman demand that African-American names be included? ... In July 2003, Sheila Jackson Lee (pictured), a Democratic member of Congress who represents the 18th...
  • 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.....
  • Black Activist Urges Schools to Change Names from White Segregationist President

    10/05/2012 4:09:16 PM PDT · by rkoliver · 50 replies
    Black Activist Urges Schools to Change Names from White Segregationist President FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact Ted Hayes 424-222-6010 ted@tedhayes.us LOS ANGELES – Ted Hayes, homeless activist and host of the weekly radio talk show America’s Black Shield on WNJC 1360-AM in Philadelphia (www.wnjc1360.com ), is calling for for the School Districts of Portsmouth, Virginia and Peoria, Illinois to change the names of the Woodrow Wilson High School and the Woodrow Wilson Primary School, respectively, from a white segregationist U.S. president to a name that will honor a figure in the civil rights struggle for Descendants of Chattel Slaves (African Americans)....
  • After complaint, Miss. man allowed to change name

    09/26/2012 11:40:16 AM PDT · by WKB · 65 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 09\26\2012 | HOLBROOK MOHR Associated Press
    A Mississippi man has taken his wife's last name after the ACLU complained he was told by state officials that he would need a court order to do so because it was not traditional.
  • (Democrat Congressman) Filner Calls for Navy to Name Ship for Harvey Milk

    04/25/2012 9:59:49 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 67 replies
    Fox 5 San Diego ^ | April 24, 2012 | Tony Perry
    Filner calls for Navy to name ship for Harvey Milk SAN DIEGO - Rep. Bob Filner has called on the Navy to name a ship after slain gay rights pioneer Harvey Milk, who served as a Navy officer in the early 1950s. In a letter to Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Filner said naming a ship after Milk "would be a great tribute to Milk's support for equality and in keeping with effort(s) to promote equality in our military after the recent repeal of the 'don't ask, don't tell' policy." Milk served as a diving officer...
  • Congressman Prefers Fallen Marine as Name on Navy Cargo Vessel

    05/18/2011 11:26:19 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 39 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 18, 2011 | Stephan Clark
    The Navy's weighing a decision to name a cargo ship now under construction after labor activist Cesar Chavez has drawn sharp criticism from one veteran lawmaker who says that a military war hero should receive the honor instead. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, said he understands the Navy's desire to honor Hispanic leaders, but the Navy may want to skip the politically divisive names and opt for an outstanding service member. "If this decision were about recognizing the Hispanic community's contribution to our nation, many other names come to mind, including Marine Corps Sergeant Rafael...
  • Mmm, mmm, mmm: NJ shuts down Barack Obama Elementary School

    03/17/2011 11:36:14 AM PDT · by mojito · 90 replies
    MichelleMalkin.com ^ | 3/17/2011 | Michelle Malkin
    How fitting that a school named after our profligate, post-achievement president is shutting down thanks to fiscal mismanagement and non-achievement. R.I.P., Barack Obama Elementary School (hat tip: reader Peter): "The state fiscal monitor who oversees financial operations in the school district Thursday morning ordered the closing of the Barack H. Obama Elementary School as of July 1." .... Peter adds: “Asbury Park’s school system was taken over by the state of New Jersey a few years back (along with those of other underachieving municipalities) for gross managerial incompetence...
  • Name This School -- LET'S WIN ONE FOR THE GIPPER! (School Bd. to vote on Reagan Elementary name)

    02/28/2011 7:52:29 PM PST · by ReagansRaiders · 3 replies
    Virginia Virtucon ^ | 2/28/11 | Riley
    This Wed., March 2, the Prince William County School Board will be voting on what to name the new elementary school opening Fall 2011 on Linton Hall Road.  The naming committee came up with the lame name of "Piney Branch Elementary School" -- Ronald Reagan didn't even make the top 18 suggestions of the committee despite it having strong supporters.  I first suggested that name early last October and encouraged people to submit it to the naming committee by the Dec. 1 deadline.  Following is the message that I sent to the naming committee: Since the new elementary school on...
  • The U.S. Navy's Name Game (a new ship named after Pennsylvania congressman John Murtha?)

    01/12/2011 9:44:24 AM PST · by Libloather · 49 replies
    Time ^ | 1/09/11 | Mark Thompson
    The U.S. Navy's Name GamePosted by Mark Thompson Sunday January 9, 2011 at 8:30 pm Prospective parents battling over the names of their unborn kids have nothing on the U.S. Navy, which is in the middle of a spat over the wisdom of naming a new ship for the late Pennsylvania congressman John Murtha. In fact, it has kicked off a bigger battle over just who, or what, should be honored with their names on the great gray hulls of the nation's warships. "It comes down to two points," says military historian James Caiella. "Who and what we are as...
  • Looking for a name? The annual most popular baby name report is out

    05/08/2010 2:09:02 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 85 replies · 1,741+ views
    northjersey.com ^ | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Scoot over, Emma. Isabella is the new top baby name for girls. Jacob is the most popular baby name for boys, continuing an 11-year run at the top, the Social Security Administration said Friday. Emma's reign was much shorter, lasting just a year before slipping to No. 2.
  • Navy transport vessel named in honor of late U.S. Representative John P. Murtha

    04/23/2010 11:43:25 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 65 replies · 807+ views
    wiredupdate.com ^ | April 23rd, 2010
    WASHINGTON, D.C. (BNO NEWS) – U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus on Friday announced the selection of the USS John P. Murtha as the name of the 10th San Antonio class Amphibious Transport Dock ship, honoring the late U.S. Representative. Murtha served a distinguished 37 years in the Marine Corps and received the Bronze Star with Combat “V”, two purple hearts, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry for his service in the Vietnam War, retiring as a colonel in 1990.
  • Proposal to Name Philadelphia Naval Shipyard after John Murtha

    03/05/2010 7:57:14 AM PST · by Starman417 · 21 replies · 572+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 03-04-10 | Skye
    Philadelphia democrats have proposed naming the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard after the disgraced and deceased John Murtha. I. Kid. You. Not. The same John Murtha who worked closely with anti war groups in developing a 'slow bleed' strategy in order to undermine the ability of our troops to successfully engage terrorists in Iraq. The same John Murtha that accused the now exonerated Haditha Marines of murder and war crimes: [VIDEO AT SITE] Murtha has an airport named after him, let that be. It would be more meaningful to name the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard after one of Philly's fallen soldiers. This is...
  • Calif.'s Negrohead Mountain renamed for pioneer

    02/21/2010 5:58:17 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 40 replies · 6,161+ views
    hosted ^ | Feb 21
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A peak previously known as Negrohead Mountain in Southern California's Santa Monica range was officially renamed Saturday in honor of a black pioneer who settled the area in the 19th Century. The 2,031-foot mountain near Malibu, the highest peak in the area, became Ballard Mountain after John Ballard, a blacksmith and former slave who bought land on the mountain in 1880. The name originally contained a vulgar racial slur that even appeared on federal maps, but it was changed to "negro" in the 1960s.
  • Century-Old Slur Erased From Santa Monica Mountains Maps

    02/21/2010 2:58:33 PM PST · by Steelfish · 76 replies · 2,064+ views
    LATimes ^ | February 21, 2010
    Century-Old Slur Erased From Santa Monica Mountains Maps February 20, 2010 A century-old slur was erased Saturday as authorities ceremoniously renamed a Santa Monica Mountains peak to commemorate a black pioneer who established a homestead at its base in 1880. What had long been designated on "Negrohead Mountain" on official maps is now "Ballard Mountain" in honor of John Ballard, who worked as a blacksmith and firewood vendor from his 160 acres in the Seminole Springs area. About 25 of Ballard’s descendants were among a crowd of 90 who watched as a plaque bearing the settler’s name was unveiled near...
  • Organizers of proposed Obama school on Island will need new name

    12/15/2009 7:00:51 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 31 replies · 900+ views
    silive.com ^ | Dec.15, 2009 | Amy Padnani
    STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Organizers of a proposed charter school named after the president have rescinded the honor after the Obama Administration informed them of a long-standing White House policy disallowing the use of the president's name while he is in office. The group designing the Barack Obama Community Charter School also learned a state law prohibits naming institutions for a living person without his or her permission. The new name for the proposed K-8 is the Staten Island Community Charter School. One of the organizers, Lorna Harris of Silver Lake, said committee members are disappointed about having to change...
  • Trendy Baby Names a Sign of Group Think?

    12/04/2009 3:27:34 PM PST · by TruthHound · 296 replies · 4,343+ views
    Trendy Baby Names a Sign of Group Think? The Latest Trends in Baby Names May Annoy People in Adulthood By LAUREN COX Dec. 4, 2009— In the future, names like Dick, Jane and Mary may sound exotic to the ears of the little Emmas, Ethans and Madisons who are just starting kindergarten now. Since the 1960s, whole sets of names seem to rise and then burst in popularity bubbles faster than the stock market. Many parents are surprised to find out that the seemingly unique name they picked for their child is shared by what seems like half the kindergarten...
  • 'Barack' Not Catching on as a Baby Name

    08/28/2009 1:42:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 63 replies · 2,814+ views
    UPI ^ | 8/28/09
    The females of the first family made the list of the 1,000 most popular baby names, says a new report, but the president did not. Michelle, the first lady's name, and those of her daughters, Sasha and Malia, appeared on the list released Wednesday by the Social Security Administration, The New York Times reports. Sasha, at 353rd, hasn't changed much in rank in the past few years. Malia jumped to 345th most popular baby name last year from 400th in 2007, while Michelle dropped from 94th to 103rd. Other names proved popular because of their association with celebrities. Hillary jumped...
  • 'Barack' not catching on as a baby name

    08/27/2009 8:00:32 PM PDT · by FromLori · 65 replies · 1,575+ views
    Red Orbit ^ | 8/26/09
    The females of the first family made the list of the 1,000 most popular baby names, says a new report, but the president did not. Michelle, the first lady's name, and those of her daughters, Sasha and Malia, appeared on the list released Wednesday by the Social Security Administration, The New York Times reports. Sasha, at 353rd, hasn't changed much in rank in the past few years. Malia jumped to 345th most popular baby name last year from 400th in 2007, while Michelle dropped from 94th to 103rd. Other names proved popular because of their association with celebrities. Hillary jumped...
  • County Might Name Upper Marlboro School After Obama

    06/25/2009 5:26:46 AM PDT · by steve-b · 20 replies · 637+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 6/25/09 | Nelson Hernandez
    President Obama's name would grace a new Prince George's County elementary school a few miles from the White House under a proposal scheduled for a vote tonight, barely five months after he took office. If the Prince George's Board of Education approves the plan, Barack Obama Elementary School would be the first in the Washington region named after the president. The school is under construction outside the Capital Beltway in Upper Marlboro and is slated for completion by year's end. The school would not be the first in the country named after Obama. The Hempstead Union Free School District in...
  • St. Paul elementary school to get Obama name

    05/20/2009 5:10:24 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 23 replies · 1,420+ views
    StarTribune ^ | 5/19/09 | Emily Johns
    The St. Paul school board voted 5-1 Tuesday night to rename one of the district's elementary schools "Barack and Michelle Obama Service Learning Elementary." The vote came after board members received intense feedback about the proposed change -- most of it negative -- from community members. Students, staff and community members at Webster Magnet Elementary voted earlier this month to change the school's name. Webster is in its first year of a service learning program, and the school wanted a new name to reflect the shift in focus. "We talk about, so often, that what we do is for the...
  • Your tax dollars at work: CA Public Elementary School touts left-wing political activism for kids

    05/08/2009 4:24:18 PM PDT · by counterpunch · 23 replies · 1,817+ views
    César Chávez Elementary School Mission Statement ^ | 11/14/00 | César Chávez Elementary School
    César Chávez Elementary School 825 Shotwell Street San Francisco, CA. 94110 Voice/TTY (415) 695-5765 Fax (415) 695-5843 Email: sch603@muse.sfusd.edu Silent Language of the Soul (©1990), mural by Juana Alicia & Susan Cervantes, welcomes diversity in our school. Full image (500 K) Si Se Puede (©1996) mural by Susan Cervantes, keeps César Chávez' s struggle for justice and dignity alive. Full image (340K) Our Mission Statement César Chávez School is a community of life-long learners, achievers and activists who support self determination. We incorporate and integrate academic skills, leadership development, and cultural awareness that is relative to the reality of our...
  • Orlando May Name Road After President Obama

    05/05/2009 6:05:27 AM PDT · by inflorida · 62 replies · 1,187+ views
    WFTV ^ | May 5, 2009
    ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. -- The City of Orlando is looking to get a new road in honor of the President. The city wants to rename South Mission Road, near Conroy, "Barack Obama Parkway."However, the road is only one tenth of a mile long.
  • St. Paul elementary school is officially changing its name to "Barack and Michelle Obama Service....

    05/01/2009 12:16:54 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 29 replies · 1,141+ views
    StarTribune ^ | 5/1/09 | Emily Johns
    A St. Paul elementary school is officially changing its name to "Barack and Michelle Obama Service Learning Elementary," pending approval of the school board. Webster Magnet Elementary is piloting a service learning program this year that the school board is supposed to officially approve later this month. The school wanted a new name to reflect its new focus, so it put the Obama name and "Webster Service Learning Elementary" on the ballot for the school community. Ballots were cast on Thursday by students, staff, and community members, and when they were counted this morning, the Obama name came out on...
  • Why Should ANY School Be Named After Obama?

    03/29/2009 6:17:47 AM PDT · by AJ in NYC · 22 replies · 901+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | 3/29/2009 | Jerry McConnell
    Are these signs of the times or advance notices of adulation gone amok? At least two schools in these United States have, or are seriously considering, changing their names from the already established to one consisting of the name of Barack Obama. There are other schools around the country where the proposition have broached without any action to date, but two schools, one located in Portland, Oregon as reported online by KGW.com and one in Hempstead, NY reported by education-world.com are a reality. Short of catastrophically destroying the economy of this country and all its infrastructural landmarks, what has Barack...
  • Oakland middle school to be renamed for Obama

    03/27/2009 1:32:34 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 52 replies · 1,207+ views
    The Oakland school board has voted to change the name of a small school to Barack Obama Academy, reportedly the first middle school in the country to adopt the name of the nation's 44th president. While Obama has been in office fewer than 100 days, the 35 students at the former Alternative Learning Community public school persuaded the board Tuesday to make what they said was a historic change. -snip- The school, which opened in 2007, enrolls primarily African American and low-income students. Many of the students have had poor grades, lax attendance and suspensions in the past.
  • A Troubling Trend: Dog Owners Naming Their Pets After Dictators

    03/26/2009 3:48:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 47 replies · 985+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Lindsay Barnett
    SNIP The Top Dogs project is a database of L.A. dog registrations that was launched by The Times last year, and we're quite convinced that we could spend hours examining it without ever getting bored. It's chock-full of fascinating, if trivial, insights -- for instance, the most common name-and-breed combination in L.A. is a chihuahua named Princess (there are more than 1,200 of them). A pit bull was more likely to be named Rocky (there are more than 300 of those), and a chow chow like Stewart's was often named for its ursine resemblance (more than 1,000 of them were...
  • Opa-Locka Renames Street After Barack Obama (Florida City Worships Obama)

    02/17/2009 3:54:59 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 36 replies · 1,139+ views
    How fitting is it that on the day Americans take time to reflect on the past presidents of the United States the City of Opa-Locka will honor our current leader. During a ceremony Monday a section of Perviz Avenue was renamed President Barack Obama Avenue making the city the first in the nation to name a street after the current president.
  • Re-naming America Obamaville

    01/04/2009 5:42:20 PM PST · by GSP.FAN · 43 replies · 878+ views
    Economist ^ | Dec30 08 | Economist
    DELMAR BOULEVARD is an arterial road running through some of the poorest and richest, and most racially divided, neighbourhoods of St Louis, Missouri. Some city aldermen are now trying to rename the street after Barack Obama before he takes office.
  • Midway Airport in Chicago will be renamed Barack H. Obama International Airport

    12/30/2008 6:46:29 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 112 replies · 3,783+ views
    hillbuzz.wordpress.com ^ | December 30, 2008 | hillbuzz
    Behind the scenes work is already underway to rename Chicago’s Midway Airport after Obama — becoming the Barack H. Obama International Airport. Apparently, there are those in the city, especially on the Olympics Committee, that want this done before October 2009, to give the IOC a little more incentive to award Chicago the 2016 games (despite the fact that here in Chicago it’s already considered a done-deal we’ll get the Olympics, and has been since November 4th). The Obamafication of Chicago begins with renaming Midway…and is partially designed to remind the IOC, in as loud a voice possible, that Chicago’s...
  • Kosovo names street after US President Bush

    12/24/2008 7:34:20 AM PST · by Diocletian · 14 replies · 840+ views
    AFP ^ | December 24, 2008 | staff
    Kosovo decided Wednesday to name a central street of its capital Pristina after outgoing US President George W. Bush for his support of the territory's split from Serbia. Backed unanimously by Kosovo's cabinet, Prime Minister Hashim Thaci said the move was "a sign of the huge state and national respect and appreciation" for the United States' contribution to independence, declared earlier this year. Located in Pristina's downtown area, Bush Street is to be linked to the main thoroughfare named after Mother Teresa, the 1979 Nobel Peace Laureate of Albanian origin. Separately, the government pledged 5,000 euros (7,000 dollars) towards a...
  • Marin County school officials reject plan to rename middle school after Obama

    12/12/2008 1:07:58 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 758+ views
    AP on Mercury News ^ | 12/12/08 | AP
    A middle school in Marin City will not be renamed after President-elect Barack Obama. Sausalito Marin City School District officials nixed the idea of renaming the Martin Luther King Jr. Academy Thursday after dozens of community members voiced opposition to the idea at a meeting.
  • Tacoma school may be named for Obama

    11/25/2008 4:43:17 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 31 replies · 931+ views
    The News Tribune ^ | November 25, 2008
    TACOMA, Wash. — A new middle school under construction in Tacoma could be named for president-elect Barack Obama. But district policy on school names requires people to be dead at least two years or to have already served a presidential term. Superintendent Art Jarvis asked the school board to alter the policy at the Dec. 11 meeting and put Obama's name in the running.
  • Obama Elementary School (Ugh!)

    11/22/2008 8:46:46 PM PST · by geniocoeden · 5 replies · 435+ views
    Outlawed Conservatism ^ | 11/22/2008 | Geniocoeden
    "...Nobody is asking questions because they voted for an idea. Not Barack Obama’s ideas, but their own ideas. They picked something they really wanted or really needed and decided that Barack Obama could and would do it for them. Barack Obama represents to them a utopian idea that divorces itself from reality. The Barack Obama Elementary School is just a reaffirmation of that charge. He’s done nothing, but we’ve already named a school after him..."
  • Long Island School Renamed After Obama

    11/21/2008 2:27:11 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 58 replies · 1,045+ views
    NBC11 ^ | Fri, Nov 21, 2008
    It was only a matter of time. A New York school has been renamed in honor of President-elect Barack Obama. The former Ludlum Elementary School, in Long Island's Hempstead Union Free School District, was renamed at a school board meeting Thursday -- effective immediately. School officials say most of the 440 students there are black or Hispanic, and Obama's victory is a source of great pride.
  • NY School Is Renamed For Obama (And so it begins...)

    11/21/2008 9:21:51 AM PST · by Dahoser · 80 replies · 2,371+ views
    via WABC Radio Website ^ | November 21, 2008 | The Associated Press
    It was only a matter of time. A New York school has been renamed in honor of President-elect Barack Obama.
  • President Bush lags his predecessors in tributes

    11/16/2008 12:00:24 AM PST · by Kukai · 34 replies · 864+ views
    chron.con ^ | November 15, 2008 | KEN HERMAN
    The first President Bush has an aircraft carrier, an airport in Houston, a turnpike north of Dallas and the George Bush Center for Intelligence (the CIA headquarters in Langley, Va.). Lincoln has a tunnel. Washington has a bridge and a state. Hoover has a dam. Madison has a Square Garden. And Reagan has close to 100 things honoring him, including a ballistic missile test site, a New Hampshire mountain and a bust at an Alabama McDonald's. So far, the current President Bush has an elementary school, a Waco-area road and highways in Ghana and Georgia (the country, not the state)....
  • Portland (Oregon) students want to rename school after Obama

    11/12/2008 6:01:34 PM PST · by llevrok · 29 replies · 546+ views
    PORTLAND -- Students are trying to get a Portland school renamed after President-elect Barack Obama. Portland Public Schools was already in the process of renaming the school currently known as “Clark K-8 at Binnsmead School” and a naming committee is working on a list of suggestions that the public will eventually vote on. But after the November election, some of the students go the idea to throw Obama’s name into the ring. A couple of people have e-mailed the school, suggesting it be named after the new American leader and Willamette Week was even reporting that students at the school...
  • 'Obabies' abound in US maternity wards

    11/11/2008 11:07:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies · 596+ views
    Yahoo! News / AFP ^ | November 12, 2008
    In another sign of America's glee at the election of Barack Obama to the White House, newborns all over the United States are being named after the president-elect. The maternity ward at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, Florida -- a key battleground state in which Obama soundly beat his Republican rival John McCain -- proudly staked claim to bringing the first American baby Obama into the world. "Sanjae Obama Fisher, baby boy, was born at 7:58 pm on election day," around three hours before Obama was declared the winner, a spokeswoman for the hospital said. "Mom and Dad voted early...
  • Barack a hot name for new babies

    11/10/2008 4:59:07 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 19 replies · 302+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | November 10, 2008 | Jennifer Lee
    Decontee Williams was so excited by Barack Obama's victory on Tuesday night that she started jumping up and down — and went into labor. Twelve hours later, Barack Jeilah was born at Phoenix Baptist Hospital to Williams and Prince Jeilah. The baby was 8 pounds 9 ounces and had a full head of hair. "I love Barack Obama, and I love the name," said Williams, 31, who came to the United States as a refugee from Liberia in 2003. "In Africa, we call it a blessing. That is a good name." In the last week, Barack, Obama, Michelle, Malia and...
  • Like the Dwights and Lyndons of Old, Baby Baracks All Over

    11/09/2008 7:36:55 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 23 replies · 162+ views
    New York Times ^ | November 9, 2008 | JENNIFER 8. LEE
    Decontee Williams was so excited by Barack Obama’s victory on Tuesday night that she started jumping up and down — and went into labor. Twelve hours later, Barack Jeilah was born at Phoenix Baptist Hospital to Ms. Williams and Prince Jeilah. The baby was 8 pounds 9 ounces and had a full head of hair.
  • Name Games: Origins of Derby Monikers

    04/30/2008 10:06:40 AM PDT · by gate2wire · 3 replies · 178+ views
    http://tcm.bloodhorse.com/article/44920.htm ^ | April 30, 2008 | Claire Novak
    In our quest to discover the origins of names belonging to Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) contenders, we discovered a diamond mine, picked up some basketball lingo, learned Indonesian, and found out "What brown can do for us" (to slightly modify a line from a popular television ad). Here are the stories behind the names of a few runners going into this year’s first Saturday in May. Anak Nakal (Victory Gallop-Misk) is an Indonesian phrase meaning "mischevious child," owner Kassem Masri of Four Roses Thoroughbreds said. "He was a bad boy," Masri said. "But he's not anymore."...
  • A BOY NAMED SUE, AND A THEORY OF NAMES

    03/17/2008 11:00:38 AM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 66 replies · 1,309+ views
    ncpa.org ^ | 031708
    Past studies showed that children with odd names got worse grades and were less popular than other classmates in elementary school. In college they were more likely to flunk out or become "psychoneurotic." Prospective bosses spurned their résumés. And they were overrepresented among emotionally disturbed children and psychiatric patients, says the New York Times. However, recent evidence does not support these ideas, says Michael Sherrod and Matthew Rayback, authors of, "Bad Baby Names." They point out people with names like Ima Nut, Hysteria Johnson, Please Cope, Nice Deal and Wrath Gordon actually enjoy how there names make them stand out....
  • South Dakota Town May Rename Hooker St.

    11/26/2007 2:16:46 PM PST · by SmithL · 27 replies · 88+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 11/26/7
    Whitewood, S.D. (AP) -- If the Rev. David Baer has his way, the Whitewood City Council will change the name of one of the northern Black Hills town's streets. Hooker Street doesn't quite lend itself to a family atmosphere and is offensive to some residents in the town of about 800 people, according to Baer. It's actually named after a Union general from the Civil War, . . .
  • School fails students with name (Blames Nathan Bedford Forrest's name for school's failings)

    09/02/2007 5:40:37 AM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 154 replies · 2,518+ views
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | September 2, 2007 | Shannon J. Owens
    A name is more than a combination of letters. It represents an identity, a belief and, ultimately, a prophecy. So it should be no surprise that Nathan B. Forrest High School in Jacksonville is failing. The school, named for a Confederate army general and prominent Ku Klux Klan participant, is not performing to the academic standard set by the state's educational authorities.
  • Renaming of Virginia and Tennessee streets for Martin Luther King

    07/29/2007 9:52:56 AM PDT · by don-o · 23 replies · 579+ views
    The two Bristols were joined by one boulevard on Saturday when two historic downtown streets were united as one, traversing both states as Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. About 60 Bristolians gathered on the misty, gray morning at Frederick Douglass High School, the only school for blacks in Bristol Virginia until integration in 1965, and marched via Martin Luther King Boulevard to its intersection of State Street, where a ceremony celebrated naming the street after the slain civil rights leader. Another group walked from Vance Middle School on the Tennessee portion of the boulevard. "We come to celebrate and commemorate...