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Question for the Panel…

Should I bother with this thing? I’ve seen it on a number of sites I visit, but don’t really grok why it would be better than what I already got.

The Cult of the Messiah [Updated]

Another entry in the “You can’t make this shit up” file:

Emily Nordling has never met a Muslim, at least not to her knowledge. But this spring, Ms. Nordling, a 19-year-old student from Fort Thomas, Ky., gave herself a new middle name on Facebook.com, mimicking her boyfriend and shocking her father.

“Emily Hussein Nordling,” her entry now reads.

Obama Supporters Take His Middle Name as Their Own – NYTimes.com

This little dippy ditz has to offer up my favorite ‘reasoning’ for making this stupendously asinine gesture:

“My name is such a vanilla, white-girl American name,” said Ashley Holmes of Indianapolis, who changed her name online “to show how little meaning ‘Hussein’ really has.”

Way to go! You self hating Wonderbread Emo!

Toots? If ‘Hussein’ has so “little meaning” (a concept I’m pretty sure some would dispute, since, for one thing, it was the name of Mohammed’s grandson, so your imprecation could get a fatwa dropped on your empty little vanilla head), then why the hell did you feel compelled to make, what you seem to believe to be (and you’d be right) an absolutely meaningless modification to your personal nomenclature?

And if you really believe in this frivolous bit of social protest (or whatever you consider this gesture to be), why not go whole hog and do it in the real world, where you’d have to actually live with it….

Like the tramp stamp you likely have riding above the crack of your ass.

UPDATE: I’m not being snarky when I call these nutjobs members of a cult. RWN, commenting on the same NYT story, offers a handy definition:

What is a cult? Steven Ala Hassan came up with his own BITE Model (I usually do not like to rely on Wikipedia, due to the reliable information in many articles, but, this one is pretty good, based on real information. You can also find the deep dive information at Hassan’s webpage)

1. Behavior Control
2. Information Control
3. Thought Control
4. Emotional Control

And via Jeff Jarvis at Buzzmachine, we hear about Google seeming to be (once again) treating their “Do no evil” mantra as does Barry when it comes to anything he claimed to have believed last week.

If the motive proves true, it would dovetail nicely with the above listed Number Two:

A bunch of anti-Obama blogs were apparently shut down on Google’s Blogspot as suspected spam. They say that Obama fans reported them as spam to get rid of them. I have no idea what the truth is. The fear online has been that false information could be spread. It’s another fear that speech can be silenced.

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