Exposing The Hussein Meme

June 29, 2009 at 6:20 AM (Uncategorized)

A meme has emerged on the web related to the way many people write about President Obama. The president frequently is referred to as Barack Hussein Obama. In most of these cases, it is written by someone who does not like the president or his politics.

Common usage is to refer to a president as President [first name] [last name] or simply as President [last name]. A president’s middle name usually is not used, except in formal writing. The name is used sarcastically, as part of the Hussein meme.

The purpose of the meme is to draw attention to the president’s middle name, which is of Arabic origin. By emphasizing President Obama’s Arabic middle name, the author is taking a low-brow verbal jab at him. It is meant to insult the president without saying anything objectionable.

In doing this, the author expresses their own personal prejudice against Arabs and possibly Muslims. There can be no other explanation for harboring the belief that pointing out that a person’s middle name is Arabic is an insult.

The Hussein meme is annoying, childish and it displays an unacceptable racial and religious intolerance. It needs to stop.

I have noticed that the way in which the meme is used can be an accurate indicator of the level of animosity felt towards the president by the author. With that in mind, I present you with Rooker’s Hussein Law.
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American Media #Fails

June 14, 2009 at 12:22 AM (Uncategorized)

Major American media outlets dropped the ball Saturday in reporting the news about events inside Iran. Very little information about the violent protests and fraudulent election results there was available anywhere in the American media for most of the day.

Yes, it’s the weekend and much of the “talent” is gone, but this really is inexcusable. These people all have pagers and cellphones which should start ringing when something like this happens.

The Associated Press did have one excellent article about the violence. Beyond that, very little news was to be found.

Where was the television coverage? Headline News, all day long, kept repeating the same 30-second blurb about Ahmadinejad being declared the winner, with Mousavi accusing the government of vote-rigging.

And that’s about it.
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Tehran is on fire

June 13, 2009 at 5:09 PM (Uncategorized)

The capital of Iran is burning. The Iranian people are angry as hell and have taken to the streets in widespread protest of Friday’s election results.

Rioting in Tehran

Rioting in Tehran

I am watching history unfold as it happens. Well, I’m reading about it anyway. I can’t seem to find very much about it on American television. People are writing and ranting about it in enormous numbers on Twitter.

The situation in a nutshell: the government of the incumbent president of Iran announced that he won Friday’s election with 62% of the vote. The problem with that is that nobody is buying it.
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Twenty Years Later

June 4, 2009 at 7:01 PM (Uncategorized)

COURAGE

Noun

Definition:
Mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty

Example:

Photo taken by Jeff Widener, Associated Press

Photo taken by Jeff Widener, Associated Press

If I am ever faced with a life or death situation, I hope I prove to be half as courageous as the young man in this picture.

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Pwned on IRC

June 4, 2009 at 6:02 PM (Uncategorized)

[17:55:13] [Rooker] The bible rocks.
[17:55:39] [Rooker] where else can you literally kill a city with fire?
[17:55:52] [Rooker] just because you fucking can. God is hardcore
[17:55:56] [+bitreider] sim city.
[17:56:08] [Rooker] ok, bitreider wins :(

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Today’s Blawg Meme

June 1, 2009 at 2:55 AM (Uncategorized)

For some reason, my girlfriend is not amused by this:

64%

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