The Mysterious Mr. Cunningham

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Over at an Ohio campaign rally for John McCain, we just saw something that could set the tone for the general election. Talk radio host Bill Cunningham warmed up the crowd by repeatedly emphasizing Obama's middle name, "Hussein."

Hussein is Obama's middle name, but talk show host Bill Cunningham used it three times as he addressed the crowd before the likely Republican nominee's appearance.

"Now we have a hack, Chicago-style Daley politician who is picturing himself as change. When he gets done with you, all you're going to have in your pocket is change," Cunningham said as the audience roared.

The time will come, Cunningham added, when the media will "peel the bark off Barack Hussein Obama" and tell the truth about his relationship with indicted fundraiser Antoin "Tony" Rezko and how Obama got "sweetheart deals" in Chicago.

MSNBC asked the campaign about Cunningham and they pleaded dumb: They invite local radio hosts onstage all the time! They couldn't have known that Cunningham's shtick is… well, it's calling Obama "Barack Hussein Obama," hitting that middle name like a slow-moving whack-a-mole.

[A]fter the so-called "white voters" in Iowa and New Hampshire weighed in heavily, especially in Iowa, for Barack Hussein Obama and then in New Hampshire, Hillary kind of made a little bit of a comeback. There has been a conscious effort by Bubba Clinton to smear and to slime Barack Hussein Obama on the race issue… The Clintons know what they are doing, and I'm afraid Barack Hussein Obama does not.

This is what Cunningham says on TV. On the radio he sheds the "I'm jes' sayin' his name" pretention and calls Obama "Barack Mohammad Hussein Obama." And prior to this he's gotten well known in southwestern Ohio for hurling dung at Democrats. In 2006 he and Jerome Corsi (of "Swift Boat" fame) pushed the rumor that now-Gov. Ted Strickland was a closeted gay who took his "boy toy" on a trip to Italy. Cunningham and Corsi convinced Republican candidate Ken Blackwell to try and attack Strickland on that front, and it was hilarious.

What I take away from today's story, though, is this:

McCain apologized three separate times for Cunningham's remarks. He said he takes "responsibility" for him being here but says he has no idea who chose him and says he doesn't know him and didn't hear the comments when they were uttered but was told about them before he came on stage.

Yes, conservative talk radio has patched up relations with McCain temporarily over the NYT story. But George W. Bush seemed a bit more comfortable with letting allies lob grenades than McCain does. So did Mitt Romney, and so, probably, would have Fred Thompson. I wonder how much trouble McCain will have keeping the activist right in line if he keeps blubbering and apologizing when they say what they want to say. I just don't get the feeling it's a well-oiled machine; I think McCain will keep caving on this stuff.

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  1. If you think the swift boating is bad now, my friends, you aint seen nothing yet.

  2. It’s an OBAMA Nation.
    He is sort of black and therefor can not be made fun of.

  3. There has been a conscious effort by Bubba Clinton to smear and to slime Barack Hussein Obama on the race issue

    …is quite possibly the funniest line of the campaign to date.

  4. They’re not attacking him on race, per se. You can’t hate on blacks anymore. But its still kosher to hate on Muslims and “foreigners”, which is what they will try to paint Obama as.

  5. I’ll bet $5 Commenter Bucks that Fox News starts using his middle name the second Hilary is officially out.

    Any takers?

  6. Funny, I don’t seem to remember MSNBC objecting over Keith Olbermann’s repeated references to George Felix Allen. Don’t seem to remember this site getting to upset over it either.

  7. Talk radio host

    i.e. dipshit.
    But are they allowed to say Hillary Rodham Clinton?

  8. Don’t seem to remember this site getting to upset over it either.

    I, like millions of proud Americans, spend my weeknights not watching Olbermann. So I missed that. But is it 100% clear he’s hating on Allen’s Jewishness? He could have just been saying “Felix! What a nerd! And this asshole wears cowboy boots and chews tobacco?”

  9. Funny, I don’t seem to remember MSNBC objecting over Keith Olbermann’s repeated references to George Felix Allen.

    B, that was funny because George Allen tried to paint himself as some all-American, southern fried redneck from the Real World of Virginia, when in reality his mother was not only French, but also Jewish (which he denied and then admitted)

    His background didn’t exactly mesh well with his fabricated public persona.

  10. Gee, B, and with all the horrible racism that Romans face in our society! *rolls eyes* Yes, that’s totally the same thing.

    Cesar,

    They’re not attacking him on race, per se

    Per se! Per se!

    I guess it evens out. You can’t call Arabs “anti-semitic,” because Arabs are Semites, too. But then, you can attack them (and those with Arab-derived names) with impunity, as “Arab isn’t a race.”

    It’s like ethno-semiotic karma. It all evens out in the end.

  11. Felix is a Roman name. It’s Latin for “happy.”

    Sulla, who preceded Ceasar, was called “Felix Sulla” – Happy Sulla.

    I don’t get the Jewish thing. Was the neat freak on the Odd Couple supposed to be Jewish?

  12. Joe-

    Its OK to be racist against people with Koranic names in the minds of many people. Way more acceptable than racism against blacks is now. By Far.

  13. I don’t get it. Is there something sacred about his middle name that should discourage us from saying it? Barack Hussein Obama, that is his name right? It’s hateful to call someone by their given name now?

  14. If I were running a smear campaign against the Illinois senator, I’d refer to him simply as Obama bin Laden and keep wondering, sotto voce, why he hadn’t been arrested yet.

  15. Cesar,

    If it was OK, this meathead wouldn’t pretend “I was just saying his name.”

    I suspect that it’s only OK to attack people with Arab names in the same circles where it’s still OK to attack people for being black.

  16. Funny, I don’t seem to remember MSNBC objecting over Keith Olbermann’s repeated references to George Felix Allen. Don’t seem to remember this site getting to upset over it either.

    I’d rather have Michael J. Fox shave my pubes with a strait razor than watch Olberman’s show…

  17. It’s hateful to call someone by their given name now?

    No. Which is why the GOP swift boaters will do it with impunity.

    Its not bad (again per se) to keep saying his middle name, but it does happen to go well with the meme of him being a Muslim Manchurian candidate, doesn’t it? Republicans will say it with a nudge and a wink the whole campaign.

  18. Shane,

    You’re not fooling anyone.

  19. George Herbert Walker Bush — the man born with a silver foot in his mouth

    Hillary Rodham Clinton — cookies anyone

    W — nuff said

    Barak Hussein Obama — not really an american is he

    I plan to burn another vote on the LP. At least I get to ignore election (as hard as that will be).

  20. So here’s a pretty good rule of thumb; when you get an email that sounds like right-wing talk radio, and it makes points that are the same as those being made by right-wing talk radio, it probably originated with right-wingers. Even if they pretend it didn’t.

  21. Can anyone please point me to where the Swift Boat guys attacks on Kerry were thoroughly debunked? Because the word “swiftboating” has now come to mean any kind of unfounded smear, and I don’t think that fits.

    Kerry’s gonna sign his Form 180 and prove them all to be liars, Real Soon Now.

  22. Joe,
    The whole Felix thing (btw, means ‘lucky’ not ‘happy’), wasn’t to puncture his all American image as much as to paint him as a scary jew. Frankly, that part of the campaign against him was nothing less than creepy.
    If McCain supporters try and hang Saddam Hussein around Obama’s neck, it’ll be creepy too.

  23. WTF? Are the posts routed throu Florida?

  24. Frankly, that part of the campaign against him was nothing less than creepy.

    It was a bit I suppose, but Allen topped the creep meter by trying to paint Jim Webb as a kiddie porn writer.

  25. Doesn’t EVERY candidate get their middle name used when they get this far?

  26. Votes are counted not weighed. So Joe’s vote is offset by some dirtbag who hates Muslims.
    And John’s is offset by some Islamofascist symp who hates all things American. And since votes are counted and not weighed, each side trys to pile up as many as possible using whatever deceitful tactics work. And no I don’t have a solution other than to personally try not to dishonestly attack the politicians whose views I don’t approve.

  27. Can anyone please point me to where the Swift Boat guys attacks on Kerry were thoroughly debunked?

    I don’t recall any that were conclusively refuted. I do recall a number that the evidence wasn’t terribly strong. And I do recall some that held up pretty well, to the point where Kerry had to back down on a few things that had supposedly been seared into his memory.

    Yeah, we’re all waiting on him to release his records. And to produce that hat.

  28. Who cares? his name sounds muslim and foreign because it is muslim and foreign, and most americans have a problem with muslim foreigners and with “Hussein” in particular. get over it. Obama cultists have such thin skin. “OMG, they’re saying his name! The nerve!”

  29. I’ll tell you who cares, people who are too PC sensitive and people who judge a book by it’s cover. If you’re not one or the other this is a really dumb issue. Hussein, see i said it. Hussein, oh, there i go again.

  30. Muslim, foreign, cult…

    Here we go!

  31. I don’t get it. Is there something sacred about his middle name that should discourage us from saying it? Barack Hussein Obama, that is his name right? It’s hateful to call someone by their given name now?

    Hopefully you’re just trolling, but here it goes:

    Our brains often associate words with various emotions. Two of these emotions are hate and fear. Assholes repeatedly use these words to evoke those feelings in citizens and associate them with people and ideas that they do not like (Such as me using the word asshole to refer to assholes). Obama was unfortunate enough to have a middle and last name that remind people of bad things.

    I fully expect Fox News to start calling him Barack Hussein Obama pretty soon. The next step will be to have commentators and captions accidently say “Barack Hussein Osama” every once and a while as well. I wouldn’t be suprised if I hear the occasional “…Bin Laden, err, I mean Obama…” either.

  32. “It was a bit I suppose, but Allen topped the creep meter by trying to paint Jim Webb as a kiddie porn writer.”

    No disagreement here.

  33. Peder,

    Felix means happy, not lucky. I just confirmed it in Random House. All the “felicitious/felicity” derivations list “felix” as “happy.”

    The whole Felix thing (btw, means ‘lucky’ not ‘happy’), wasn’t to puncture his all American image as much as to paint him as a scary jew. That’s a nice unfounded accusation, but it’s nonsense.

    The Webb campaign was trying to “paint” Allen as a cracker-assed redneck right wing hillbilly, with a Confederate flag on his lapel and a history of calling people “niggers.” “Trying to paint him as a scary Jew” would have completely undermined this effort.

    As opposed to what the Right is trying to do with Obama, which actually is to paint him as Soft on Muslims and Terrorists, and anti-American.

  34. This type of dirty campaigning is what prevents me from running for public office.

  35. Joe, Allen wanted to paint himself as a cracker-assed redneck wearing a Confederate flag lapel pin.

    In reality he was a SoCal carpetbagger with a French mother pretending to be a cracker-assed southern redneck wearing a Confederate flag lapel pin. His middle name re-enforced that meme.

  36. Thank you for confirming that you will be deliberately dishonest with us, Shane, if it suits your political purposes. But we already knew that.

  37. I had to look up John McCain’s middle name. Who else? It’s Sidney, BTW.

  38. ” Because the word “swiftboating” has now come to mean any kind of unfounded smear, and I don’t think that fits.”

    Well that’s what liberals WANT it to mean.

    That doesn’t mean that it does.

  39. To me, “Swift boating” means turning an opponents greatest strength into their greatest weakness.

    With Obama, a lot of people like his unique biography. The Republicans are determined to turn this into a weakness. That, is swift boating.

  40. Jimmy Hitler Oswald | February 26, 2008, 3:30pm | #

    This type of dirty campaigning is what prevents me from running for public office.

    Yeah, that Kimmel associative thingee has got to be an albatross.

  41. Cesar,

    Joe, Allen wanted to paint himself as a cracker-assed redneck wearing a Confederate flag lapel pin.

    Yes, he did. It’s funny, and probably very indicative of what’s going on in Virginia politically, that BOTH SIDES tried to work the “Allen is a redneck” line, with the Democrats concentrating on racism and other unappealing aspects, and the Republicans concentrating on their “Red America is Real America” line of argument.

    Yes, the Democrats focused on the “phoney, California” bit, but that’s because it drew attention to the fact that Allen’s “redneckness” is not about the “pride in my upbringing” side of the image, but just a sympathy for the anti-civil-rights politics that the Confederate flag represented when Allen was a youth.

  42. John Sidney McCain III
    Ronald Ernest Paul

  43. Oh jeez. Bill Cunningham. That guy has been around SW Ohio for decades. Always a little too twitchy and weird to make it to the Big Time.

    Unusually fixated on teh gays, even for a winger. I’m surprised he hasn’t gotten caught blowing truckers somewhere.

  44. Ernest.

    That’s the most apt middle name I’ve ever seen.

  45. Joe it still helps to be a redneck in Virginia politics.

    Unfortunately for Allen, Webb is an even bigger redneck–and a pretty authentic one.

  46. Does it make it better or worse that he is Barack Hussein Obama, Jr.

  47. Thank you for confirming that you will be deliberately dishonest with us, Shane, if it suits your political purposes. But we already knew that.

    explain please. I don’t have a problem with his name, i’m not saying anything that isn’t true, and as long as that is his name we all have a right to call him by it. whatever some ignorant or bigoted person might infer from the man’s name depends on that ignorant or bigoted person. I’m not responsble for that person’s prejudices, his name is Barack Hussein Obama and until he changes it to something else i see no problem with calling him that, do you? Do you have an issue with people named “Hussein” or just the people named “Hussein” who run for office, or maybe just the people who call the people named “Hussein”.. well… “Hussein”?

  48. “To me, “Swift boating” means turning an opponents greatest strength into their greatest weakness.”

    In the case of Kerry, his supposed Vietnam “war hero” status was never his greatest strength to begin with – seeing as how he had been undercutting it himself for years with his stunts like throwing his medals away (or rather pretendeing to throw them away) at a war protest, etc.

  49. No, Felix means “lucky”.

    Or, more precisely, “fortunate”.

    So maybe it means “happy” in the Henry V sense of “we happy few” which really means “we lucky few”. Or in the sense of a “happy coincidence”.

    Sulla Felix wasn’t Sulla the Happy, he was Sulla the Lucky.

  50. Cesar | February 26, 2008, 3:40pm | #

    Joe it still helps to be a redneck in Virginia politics.

    Then why did the Macaca thing sink him?

  51. Fluffy, pick up a dictionary. Or, go to dictionary.com.

  52. Joe, redneck != racist. I’m surprised you didn’t get that before.

  53. ethno-semiotic karma

    Thanks to joe for my next band’s name.

  54. Does it make it better or worse that he is Barack Hussein Obama, Jr.

    Jr.? Junior!?!?

    Are you implying something? How dare you sir! those kind of politics are not appreciated at all!

  55. Shane,

    “Hussein” may be Muslim, but it’s not foreign.

    There are plenty of native-born Americans named Hussein.

    “Smith” is just as foreign a name to these shores as “Hussein”.

  56. OMG! Sidney?!! I had no idea that McCain was Bahamian!

  57. OK, Shane, I’ll explain.

    First you wrote: I don’t get it. Is there something sacred about his middle name that should discourage us from saying it? Barack Hussein Obama, that is his name right? as if you were confused about why anyone could object to repeatedly pounding away at his middle name, and then you wrote:
    his name sounds muslim and foreign because it is muslim and foreign, and most americans have a problem with muslim foreigners and with “Hussein” in particular.

    It was really, really obvious that you were dishonestly playing dumb, and admitted it as soon as I called you on it.

  58. I have it under excellent authority that Obama masticates multiple times a day. I’ve also heard that he knows several thespians.

  59. If you dudes think saying “Hussein” a lot is as nasty as it’s gonna get, you might want to get the popcorn and just wait for the next thing, from either side.

  60. http://arts.cuhk.edu.hk/Lexis/Latin/

    Pick up a Latin dictionary, joe, not an English thesaurus.

    Felix means:

    “lucky, fortunate, happy.”

    But the secondary definition of “happy” clearly means in the senses I described above, which is why it’s the root for felicity and not for contentment.

  61. I have it under excellent authority that Obama masticates multiple times a day. I’ve also heard that he knows several thespians.

    If anyone says anything about his epidermis showing, I’m out.

  62. He matriculated at least twice!

  63. Fluffy, pick up a dictionary. Or, go to dictionary.com.

    joe, that is an English dictionary, not a Latin dictionary. When words get adopted they can change meaning somewhat.

    In Latin, felix means lucky.

  64. “Smith” is just as foreign a name to these shores as “Hussein”.

    You got me there, maybe i should have clarified. “Smith” while being initially foreign to these shores, is fairly common among it’s current native inhabitants, while “Hussein” though just as foriegn is not, being mostly common outside of our borders. seems a technicality but still, if a man were to tell me his name is Ogunda Mbaken it wouldn’t be outlandish for an average english/spanish speaking american native to assume that the man and/or his name might have a greater probabilty of originating from a foreign land than being of native origins. Culturally it’s foreign.

  65. Fluffy, once again, pick up a dictionary. “Felix” – defined as “happy” is the root of “felicitious” and “felicity.”

    I’m looking at it right now. The 1990 Random House dictionary, p 489, “feedbag to fella.”

    Happy. Right there in black white.

  66. I seem to remember Dondero coming in here and using the same way to refer to Obama as well. How much of a nuckle-dragging politico to stoop to that level of discourse? Wait, what the hell am I talking about?! This is America!

  67. On felix:
    http://www.archives.nd.edu/cgi-bin/lookup.pl?stem=felix&ending=

    felix -icis [fruitful , fertile]. Transf., [of good omen, favorable, bringing good luck; fortunate, lucky, successful]; Felix, [the Lucky One, surname of Sulla]. Adv. feliciter, [fruitfully; auspiciously, favorably; luckily, successfully].

    I would say that the latin term felix translates to lucky.

  68. In Latin, felix means lucky.

    In Latin, felix means happy as well as lucky.

    That’s why it’s the root word – from the Latin meaning “happy” for felicitic, felicitate, felicitation, felicitious, and felicity. All of which are derived from the Latin “felix,” all of which list “felix” as “happy,” and all of which refer to happiness.

    You want to say it also means “lucky?” OK. It also means lucky.

  69. It was really, really obvious that you were dishonestly playing dumb, and admitted it as soon as I called you on it.

    I understood why they say his middle name, i don’t understand why you would object to them saying his middle name.

  70. When I went to the republican caucus here at the beginning of the month, one guy got up to speak and tell us all what’s at stake. He mentioned the thought of “Hussein Osama” as president and said that’s why he’d support whatever nominee came out of the GOP.

    That’s why someone would object to his middle name being said by his warmongering opponent, shane.

  71. Not to interfere in all of this quibblocity, but here’s the Latin definitions from a Latin dictionary:

    felix -icis [fruitful, fertile]. Transf., [of good omen, favorable, bringing good luck; fortunate, lucky, successful]; Felix, [the Lucky One, surname of Sulla]. Adv. feliciter, [fruitfully; auspiciously, favorably; luckily, successfully].

    felicitas -atis f. [happiness , good fortune, success]; personif., [Good Fortune as a goddess].

  72. If Obama is smart he’ll turn “Hussein” into an affectionate nick-name. That would totally disarm the issue.

  73. Barrack “Hussein the Brain” Obama?

  74. joe, that is an English dictionary, not a Latin dictionary.

    …and Felix in the name George Felix Allen is an English-language name.

    And what’s more, the English dictionaries I have list derivations, which include “felic, happy” next to each and every one of the words derived from “felix.”

  75. so let me get this right:

    There’s nothing wrong with the name “Hussein”, there’s nothing wrong with calling a man “Hussein” if that is his name, but your fear is that if a prejudiced and bigoted person heard it enough it would discourage them from voting for the man named “Hussein”?

    I still think it’s dumb, anyone who is so prejudiced and bigoted that they will refuse to vote for a man simply because his name is “Hussein” most likely wasn’t going to vote for a black man named “Barack” or “Hussein” or “Obama” in the first place, right?

  76. i don’t understand why you would object to them saying his middle name.

    Well, you see, deliberately playing on racism for your political purposes is frowned on in decent society.

    Which you also know. Which is why you felt the need to pretend not to understand why people would object as you attempted to play on people’s prejudices for your political purposes.

  77. And I’m going back to “you’re not fooling anyone, Shane.”

    Do you actually think there is anybody reading this who doesn’t understand what you’re doing?

  78. I have it on good authority that Felix was a cat, so you are calling that Roman dude Sulla a pussy.

  79. Now, sixstring, it well known that Felix was a wonderful, wonderful cat.

  80. I thought felix was Latin for “cat”.

  81. To be sure, “Felix” as an agnomen did, in fact, mean “lucky”. Whether that holds today is another question. Similarly, “Africanus”, which meant “dude who kicked ass in ‘Africa'”, is problematic today, since “Africa” only referred to Mediterranean Africa back then, not the whole continent.

  82. RC Dean, a liar. Who’d have thunk it?

    http://www.nysun.com/article/15790

  83. Whenever he gets in a fix,
    He reaches into his bag of tricks!

  84. And I’m going back to “you’re not fooling anyone, Shane.”

    If you thought so, you wouldn’t feel the need to say so. Maybe the issue comes too close to your own personal bigotry?
    I have no problem voting for Barack Hussein Obama and if it was my name i’d be proud to bear it, it’d be all over my campaign.

    Like i said, who cares, chances are that anyone who refuses to vote for a “Hussein”, is not going to vote for an “Obama” or a “Barack” either.

    A man should be proud of his name.

    The fact that he seems to take offense at people calling him by his name really makes me question whether he has the thick skin it takes to lead the free world. I was leaning toward voting for Barack Hussein Obama, but i don’t know that i will now that i know how insecure the man and his followers are.

  85. I always thought anytime you did the three names thing, you’re trying to make it sound sinister – regardless of the name itself.
    Because it’s the same construction as:

    John Wilkes Booth
    James Earl Ray
    Lee Harvey Oswald
    John Hinckley Junior
    etc.

  86. joe | February 26, 2008, 3:30pm | #
    Peder,

    Felix means happy, not lucky. I just confirmed it in Random House. All the “felicitious/felicity” derivations list “felix” as “happy.”

    Fluffy | February 26, 2008, 3:47pm | #
    http://arts.cuhk.edu.hk/Lexis/Latin/

    Pick up a Latin dictionary, joe, not an English thesaurus.

    Felix means:

    “lucky, fortunate, happy.”

    But the secondary definition of “happy” clearly means in the senses I described above, which is why it’s the root for felicity and not for contentment.

    Sometimes you are a slow learner joe – you tend to insist you are always right, (and sometimes you are) but this time you are not. It can mean, or suggest happy, but it is not a confirmed it is only a probable.

    Felix felicis: Latin for fortunate, lucky, but also the biological name for a cat. Felix is the nominative singular, and felicis is the genitive singular. (The way I see it cats may be happy, but that is because they are lucky – i.e. nine lives, etc.)

    Felix was sometimes used as a kind of nickname by the Romans, eg the dictator Sully was known as “Felix” (around 100 BC) because he was believed to be lucky. Gradually it began to be given to boys as a name, often because it was thought that it might bring them good luck. It was especially popular among the early Christians.

    # FELIS: Medieval English form of Latin Felix, meaning “lucky.”
    # FELIU: Catalan form of Latin Felix, meaning “lucky.”
    # F?LIX: French form of Latin Felix, meaning “lucky.”
    # FELIX: Latin name meaning “lucky.”
    # FELICE: Italian form of Latin Felix, meaning “lucky.”
    # FELICIANO: Italian, Portuguese and Spanish form of Roman Felicianus, meaning “lucky.”
    # FELICIANUS: Roman name derived from Latin Felix, meaning “lucky.”
    # FELICIEN: French form of Roman Felicianus, meaning “lucky.”
    # FELICITE (F?licit?): French form of Latin Felix, meaning “lucky.”
    # FELICJAN: Polish form of Latin Felix, meaning “lucky.”
    # FELIKS: Polish and Russian form of Latin Felix, meaning “lucky.”

    joe | February 26, 2008, 3:58pm | #
    In Latin, felix means lucky.

    In Latin, felix means happy as well as lucky.

    That’s why it’s the root word – from the Latin meaning “happy” for felicitic, felicitate, felicitation, felicitious, and felicity. All of which are derived from the Latin “felix,” all of which list “felix” as “happy,” and all of which refer to happiness.

    except those that don’t re above…

    You want to say it also means “lucky?” OK. It also means lucky.

    I don’t get the sense that it “also” means lucky, it just plain means lucky – and lucky people tend to be happy… so luck results in happiness, not luck equals happiness. Anyway, thanks joe, for grudgingly allowing that it could “also” mean lucky, yet continuing to insist you are right no matter what… it is what is expected of you.

    Here’s what you said at 4:05 pm. Take note of the word “derive”. Nobody’s saying it ain’t a derivation, just that it ain’t the meaning like you stated at 3:30 pm

    And what’s more, the English dictionaries I have list derivations, which include “felic, happy” next to each and every one of the words derived from “felix.”

    Happy. Right there in black white. “.. derived…”

  87. Cunningham sounds like half the Ron Paul “supporters” on the internet.

    You know
    ” Don’t vote for CFR Barak Hussein Osama, the militant Muslim whose wife “is CFR” He wants to merge the CFR with the IRS and Trilateral commission. And Hussein Obama ( who is a coke snorting gay male prostitute) supports the Amero with a deadline of 2010. The Texas Trans Corrdor NAFTA Highway will allow Hussein Obama and his racist churches to smuggle millions of illegal Muslims from Mexico to Canada. He and his uncle Dick Cheney will then take on their lizard form and swallow your children. Ron Paul. ROn Paul. Ron Paul. Ron Paul will be the next president because john McCain is a foreigner. He will be denied the nomination. Huckabee is a gay CFR socialist who works for The new republic and hangs out with Dave Weigel. Once this news breaks he will drop and pledge all his delegates to Ron Paul. It will be ROn Paul our only hope against Hussein Obama!”

  88. Shane,

    Your point would be valid if those who use Obama’s full name do so likewise consistently with McCain. They of course do not, which makes Joe’s point.

    You would have an argument if Barack Hussein Obama consistently referred to himself that way. He does not.

  89. Richard Dean Anderson

    MacGyver–you don’t get much more sinister than that.

  90. Tbone-

    Is the name “McCain” Scottish or Irish?

  91. A man should be proud of his name.

    Easy for you to say, Shane.

  92. Franklin Delano Roosevelt

    *shudders*

  93. Shane,

    It’s Scottish.

  94. >Because it’s the same construction as:

    >John Wilkes Booth
    >James Earl Ray
    >Lee Harvey Oswald
    >John Hinckley Junior
    >etc.

    And leave us not forget John David Stutts, the man who killed Buckwheat.

  95. And leave us not forget John David Stutts, the man who killed Buckwheat.

    He will always be amembah’d.

  96. It’s Scottish.

    damn, now who do i vote for?

  97. Bhh | February 26, 2008, 3:38pm | #
    Unusually fixated on teh gays, even for a winger. I’m surprised he hasn’t gotten caught blowing truckers somewhere.”

    He, umm, aksed me to keep it a secret. shhh

  98. “I take responsibility, but it wasn’t my fault”.

  99. And if it’s not Scottish, it’s crap.

  100. David Lee Roth
    Sarah Jessica Parker
    James Earl Jones
    Richard Milhous Nixon
    John Wayne Gacy
    Bachman Turner Overdrive

    I think it’s pretty clear that being publically known with a middle name can have its advantages to differentiate from common names. I personally know 4 Kevin Smiths, none of whom are famous and need to differentiate themselves from each other, but would do so if they are looking to have their name remembered like an actor, singer or politician would want. Barack Obama is unusual enough, and moreover the candidate does not refer to himself in that fashion, so those that do, though technically correct, clearly have an agenda for guilt by association.

  101. I thought “Mc” was Irish and “Mac” was Scottish.

    And the media use three names for killers so we don’t confuse John Gacy, your neighborhood Amway rep, with the scary clown suit murderer.

  102. Don’t forget Bill S. Preston, Esq., and Ted “Theodore” Logan.

  103. From Media Matters:

    “CUNNINGHAM: Sean, it’s always good to be with a man like you.”

    That is all.

  104. highnumber,

    No, that’s not true at all. Ask Ewan McGregor.

    Tbone,

    Yeah, if McCain adopts that slogan, he has my vote.

  105. I thought “Mc” was Irish and “Mac” was Scottish.

    Gaelic: “ap” became “map” became “mac” became “mc”

    The only thing that mac/mc tells you is when those fucking englishmen made the gaels write it down in english 😉

  106. kinnath,

    Aye, the one thing we can all agree on–fuckin’ English.

  107. ProGLib,
    I can’t ask him. We’re not speaking.

    So, kinnath, that explains why often “Mac” is Scottish and “Mc” is Irish, but not always.
    Are there any Irish “Mac’s”?

  108. Re: felix = lucky or happy

    Sorry I brought it up.

  109. Reason? I didn’t realize you were lefties…hmm….

    Why are you anti big government free traders giving cover to candidates who are the opposite of your values?

  110. Joe will never admit he’s wrong.
    And that doesn’t make for a very felicitous experience here at reason.

  111. Doing online research for my family name, I saw it spelled both ways as late as the 19th century in Irish records. Can’t say exactly when my family settled on Mc, but it probably ocurred when my ancester stepped off the boat in the US in the late 1800’s.

  112. Now, joe, perhaps you can thrill us with an etymological discussion of the word “agape,” and how it originally meant “affectionate approval of the gods” until its modern usage as “love,” in the broadest sense.
    Please footnote and include discussion of the word’s subtle differences with “philia” and “eros.”
    Or just STFU and admit you’re wrong. You’re a bull-headed, stubborn fuck most of the time. Give us all a rest.
    And don’t fuck with me. I speak Greek, bitch.

  113. Na pas sto diallo, joe.

  114. So, did anyone bother to type “happy” into Latin translator?

    I don’t think any of the Mighty Joe Hunters should.

    It wouldn’t make you very gauisus, gauisu, felix felicis, fortunatus

  115. So, did anyone bother to type “happy” into Latin translator?

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!
    Yes, online translators are sooooooooooooooo reliable.
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHA!!!!

  116. Pender,

    Sorry I brought it up.

    Don’t be. There are a number of regulars who have a hard-on for me, and are so desperately eager to prove me wrong on something, anything, that any subject that yields even the slightest possibly of doing so generates this sort of silliness.

  117. Feliz Navidad
    Feliz Navidad
    Feliz Navidad

    Prospero Anno y felicidad.

    I wanna wish you a lucky Christmas!!!!

  118. joe,
    You made your argument. It was shite (spoken in Irish brogue). You’re wrong. Move on to your next abomination, please.

  119. Joe, did you know “prospero” doesn’t mean prosperous?
    Don’t fuck with me. I also speak Spanish, bitch.

  120. What if you type “Eristic” into wikipedia?

  121. it just plain means lucky

    No, dimwit, it doesn’t. The guy who brought it up admits it doesn’t. The translators don’t say that. The dictionaries don’t say that.

    Look, it’s time to get this through your non-name-using skull:

    joe = roadrunner

    you = coyote

    It’s going to keep happening like this, with you thinking you’ve got and then being shown up, whenever you try to pull this crap.

    So, keep it up. I find it felicitious.

  122. Joe, your best bet about five posts ago would have been just to say that the shades of meaning of the word “happy” led you wrong, and let it go.

    Because the only reason the word “happy” comes up is because, as dictionary.com points out, the word “happy” itself means:

    1. delighted, pleased, or glad, as over a particular thing: to be happy to see a person.
    2. characterized by or indicative of pleasure, contentment, or joy: a happy mood; a happy frame of mind.
    3. favored by fortune; fortunate or lucky: a happy, fruitful land.
    4. apt or felicitous, as actions, utterances, or ideas.
    5. obsessed by or quick to use the item indicated (usually used in combination): a trigger-happy gangster. Everybody is gadget-happy these days.

    So, sure, “felix” means “happy” – but only at such times as “happy” is employed in the subordinate, alternate sense of “lucky”. “Felix” does not mean “delighted, pleased, or glad”, so it does not mean “happy” in the sense you thought it did. You may as well try to point to #4 and argue that “felix” means “apt”.

  123. Doesn’t anybody remember that in 1988, Dan Rather insisted on referring to then-VP candidate Dan Quayle as “J. Danforth Quayle”? It generated a few complaints from the right, I recall. This is an exact equivalent–an attempt to score political points by referring to a political opponent by something other than their preferred name.

  124. What if you type “Eristic” into wikipedia?

    You’d probably get the example of people who won’t admit that “felix” translates into both “lucky” and “happy” because they took a position in an argument and won’t back down.

    I think “mule-headed” or “stubborn” would be a better term, but that’s what’s so great about English.

  125. Fluffy,

    A. You haven’t shown that.

    B. “Felix” comes up as a translation for “happy.”

    Just walk it back: felix also means happy in Latin. I don’t see why you need to be so stubborn about it; all the sources list it that way.

  126. Deseo que cerrara jose su boca.

  127. http://www.babynames.com/name/FELIX

    The meaning of the name Felix is Happy And Prosperous
    The origin of the name Felix is Latin

  128. joe | February 26, 2008, 3:04pm | #

    Felix is a Roman name. It’s Latin for “happy.”

    Felix. Roman name? Check. Means “happy?” Check.

    Fucking deal people. It doesn’t matter if it also means “lucky.”

  129. What’s great about babynames dot com is that, if you want to find the derivation of a name, you can enter it into a search feature, or you can just scroll through each letter alphabetically.

  130. Cunningham ALWAYS says William Jefferson Clinton, too. Now drop it!

  131. joe at 3:30 p.m.:
    Felix means happy, not lucky.

    joe at 5:30 p.m.
    It doesn’t matter if it also means “lucky.”

    joe forever:
    bull-headed turd

  132. So here’s what you get when you enter “happy” into the Latin dictionary link Fluffy provided:

    Results for query “happy”:

    felix felicis : lucky, fortunate, happy.
    felix : happy, fortunate.
    fortunatus : fortunate, lucky, happy.
    fortuno : to make happy, to bless, to prosper.
    gauisus : (< gaudeo) rejoicing, joyous, glad, happy.
    infortunatus : unfortunate, unhappy, unlucky.
    nobis : (abl.) us /there’ll be no one as happy as US.

  133. Please, Mr. Kelly, note the order of the words “happy” and “fortunate” that appear next to “felix.”

  134. Oh, Jamie, you forgot 3:58

    joe | February 26, 2008, 3:58pm | #

    In Latin, felix means lucky.

    In Latin, felix means happy as well as lucky.

    That’s why it’s the root word – from the Latin meaning “happy” for felicitic, felicitate, felicitation, felicitious, and felicity. All of which are derived from the Latin “felix,” all of which list “felix” as “happy,” and all of which refer to happiness.

    You want to say it also means “lucky?” OK. It also means lucky.

    See I’m one those people who can’t admit he’s wrong, when I’m not wrong, and is also so bull-headed that I…er…hm, this sentence makes less and less sense the further it goes on.

  135. Barack = “blessed” or “blessing”

    Hussein = “handsome” or “good looking”

    Obama = “leaning” or “bending”(flexible?)

  136. Joe, you are showing a weaselly side which is not very becoming.

    You specifically said “felix means happy, NOT lucky”. [Emphasis mine.]

    That to me is a specification that your claim was that felix meant one of the meanings of the word “happy” which is NOT “lucky”.

    You also advanced the absurd claim that Felix Sulla was “Happy Sulla”. And you started telling people who said it meant “lucky” to get a dictionary.

    Sulla was Sulla the Fortunate, not Sulla the Happy. The Latin word for “happy” in the conventional sense of “glad” or “pleased” was gauisus.

    When people pointed these things out, you hid behind a secondary and somewhat archaic meaning of the word “happy”. And claimed that you were being stalked or persecuted or something. That’s kind of lame. And you continue to structure your answers as “happy” is the primary meaning, “but it also means lucky” – when this is pretty much almost the exact opposite of what is true.

    I would have let it go if it weren’t for the Sulla thing.

  137. Now I must agree that Sulla was “Sulla the Lucky”. joe, are you contending otherwise?

    Aside from the classical usage, I think the name today likely means happy or lucky, depending on your sexual orientation.

  138. Yes, me with my weaselly use of evidence, and the sources other people provide.

    You specifically said “felix means happy, NOT lucky”.

    And then very shortly after that, said that it means happy and lucky.

    And then proceded to demonstrate that point using mulitple sources.

    When people pointed these things out, you hid behind a secondary and somewhat archaic meaning of the word “happy”. It doesn’t appear to be a “secondary or somewhat archaic” meaning. In fact, the link you provided produced “felix” as the second translation of “happy,” defining it as “happy or lucky.” In that order.

    Were you thinking of “felix felicis?” Because that appears to suggest “fortunate” more than “happy.” But, then, we weren’t talking about the definition of “felix felicis.” We were talking about the definition of “felix.”

  139. +10 points to Fluffy
    +5 points to Pro Libertate
    -5 points to joe, though he gets +1 for the effort.

  140. Pro Lib,

    I am no longer sure. I recall seeing it translated as “Happy Sulla” in Will and Ariel Durant’s “Ceasar and Christ” volume of their History of Man series. Lemme google that.

  141. Are you guys seriously arguing about the meaning of the name “Felix”?

    Seriously?

  142. Here we go: google on Will Durant Felix Sulla:

    “Tired of war, power, glory – tired perhaps of men – he surrounded himself with singers, dancers, actors, and actresses. He wrote his Commentqariees, hunted and fished, ate and drank his fill. His men called him Sulla Felix, because he had won every battle, known every pleasure, reached every power, and now lived without fear or regret.”

    I guess that can be read both ways, though it looks like the description of a happy life more than a lucky one.

  143. Uh oh, somebody else who’s pissed off at me thinks I’m losing the debate.

    Funny how that keeps happening.

  144. http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/1/Felix

    The boy’s name Felix \f(e)-lix\ is pronounced FEEL-iks. It is of Latin origin, and its meaning is “happy, fortunate”.

  145. Shane means “willfully ignorant”? “just trolling”? or “likes to fuck with joe”?

    Naw, can’t be the last one, unless half the names here mean that too.

    joe,
    I think this is one of those threads where people are just trying to get a rise out of you. I must be honest – I get why they do that. There is some entertainment value. (In my mind’s eye, at times steam shoots out of your ears.) I can’t tell you just to walk away, but if you have high blood pressure or any other health problems, keep in my mind that any prizes you’ve been promised are purely imaginary.

  146. I wonder where the nameless troll got all of those name-meanings, because I literally cannot find a single source that lists “Felix” as meaning “Lucky” without “Happy.” I’ve found a few that list “Happy” without “Lucky,” but most seem to show both.

    Probably made up. Goes to show you how much you can rely on people who won’t even use the same screen name.

  147. highnumber,

    I do this for fun.

    I don’t think this was about getting a rise out of me. People like Kelly and Episiarch seem to live for “proving” me wrong, and it’s fun to throw it back in their faces.

    It makes me felix.

  148. Since we’re posting google search results don’t forget this. (NSFW)

    Hooray for semi-nude hipster chicks!

  149. Joe, you are being deliberately obtuse. The “secondary or archaic definition” I referred to is the use of the word “happy” in the sense of “a happy coincidence”. Everyone knows what such an expression means, but that is also not the primary or conventional use of the word “happy”.

    But you are relying on the fact that in somewhat obscure usages, “happy” means “fortunate” – and therefore comes up as a possible translation of the word “felix” – to cover for your initial mistake of asserting that “felix” means “happy” in an unequivocal sense.

    I’d happily end this if you simply assert that it was always your intention to focus on the #3 meaning of “happy” from the definition I posted above. I don’t think that was your intention at the time, but there’s really no way to prove it either way and it would neatly end the argument.

  150. I wonder where the nameless troll got all of those name-meanings, because I literally cannot find a single source that lists “Felix” as meaning “Lucky” without “Happy.” I’ve found a few that list “Happy” without “Lucky,” but most seem to show both.

    1. From a Roman cognomen meaning “lucky, successful” in Latin. http://www.behindthename.com/name/felix

    2. the lucky, the successful http://www.aboutnames.ch/HMF.htm

    3.FELIS: Medieval English form of Latin Felix, meaning “lucky.”
    FELIU: Catalan form of Latin Felix, meaning “lucky.”
    F?LIX: French form of Latin Felix, meaning “lucky.”
    FELIX: Latin name meaning “lucky.” http://www.20000-names.com/male_f_names.htm

    -3 points for joe.

  151. Well, I’m not trying to engage in conflict to annoy joe (I think he’s wrong plenty of the time and feel no need to prove it this once 🙂 ); I just recall that Sulla was “the Lucky”. Also, I think the original meaning of felix/felic- was “fortunate”. Although the definition I used above did say “happy” once, I suspect that Fluffy is right that it’s the happy-as-lucky usage, not the happy-as-we-usually-mean-it one.

    Whether George Allen is Lucky or Happy is his business. Maybe he’ll be both if he marches on Rome. It looks to me like the meaning of the name Felix may very well be “happy” today, though I hesitate to rely on the web for such things.

    We need smacky, noted Hit & Run classic language expert, to resolve this question.

  152. Let’s see if we can’t keep this one going:

    Next topic: The use of guns to abort fetuses to be adopted by newly married homosexuals.

  153. . . .certainly, that famed cat, the first to be televised I note parenthetically, was more lucky than happy. I found Felix to be rather morose at times, if not suicidal. Unlike, say, Scratchy, who seems happy when not being mauled in some manner.

  154. But you are relying on the fact that in somewhat obscure usages, “happy” means “fortunate”

    Uh, no, Fluffy. I’m relying on the fact that the dictionaries and translators – even the one you provided – spew up “felix” when one enters “happy.”

    And then define “felix” to mean “happy, fortunate.”

    Did you miss all of those posts I put up, with the links, that demonstrate this?

    Dude, it’s YOUR OWN SOURCE that I used!

  155. If you wish to end this, Fluffy, then just agree that, as the sources keep showing, “felix” meant “happy, fortunate” – both terms, neither one archaic or obscure – in Latin, and that the Latin-derived English name “Felix” means “happy.”

  156. It would appear that the Romans had a better appreciation for the role that plain, dumb luck plays in wordly happiness than do the libertarians.

    😉

  157. How’s this for a compromise:

    It probably means happy, fortunate, lucky, many other similar words.

    I could see it meaning both happy and lucky/fortunate in the context of a person of extreme wealth living a nice happy/fortunate life of luxury.

  158. To unlock the [nonexistent] mystery about Sulla’s cognomen, I would refer everyone to GP Baker’s excellent Sulla the Fortunate, which pretty much settles the issue in its title, but also specifies in Chapter XI, “The Dictatorship of Sulla”, that the dictator requested the title “the Fortunate” from the prostate Senate in order to honor the gods, whose favor to him had brought him extraordinary luck.

    He had been informally called this for years, largely as a result of the fact that his branch of the Cornelian gens had fallen into poverty, but he personally had become wealthy because people who named him in their wills had a knack for suddenly dying out of the blue. He had been called “lucky Sulla” as a sort of ironic joke, the way a dittohead might say Ted Kennedy was “lucky” that night at Chappaquiddick, and Sulla was the type of guy who would take your ironic joke and beat you in the face with it for a few years before he had you proscribed and murdered.

  159. Actually, Fluffy, isn’t it more correct to refer to Sulla’s “Felix” as his agnomen, rather than his cognomen?

    Feel the pedantry flowing through you.

  160. It would appear that the Romans had a better appreciation for the role that plain, dumb luck plays in wordly happiness than do the libertarians.

    Well, I don’t believe in luck, but let’s just say I’m glad I don’t have to wake up and be you.

  161. I literally cannot find a single source that lists “Felix” as meaning “Lucky” without “Happy.

    4. Spanish (F?lix), Portuguese, English, German, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from a medieval personal name (Latin Felix, genitive Felicis, meaning ‘lucky’, ‘fortunate’). This was a relatively common Roman family name, said to have been first adopted as a nickname by Sulla. It was very popular among early Christians and was borne by a large number of early saints.

    http://72.14.205.104/search?q=cache:4ZTHj6MJ4CUJ:www.ancestry.com/facts/Felix-family-history.ashx+%22FELIX%22+NAME+LATIN&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=2&gl=us

    no mention of “happy”, another -1 point for joe.

  162. Uh, no, Fluffy. I’m relying on the fact that the dictionaries and translators – even the one you provided – spew up “felix” when one enters “happy.”

    Clipping now, joe?

    I attempted to educate you regarding the fact that the only reason that happens is because one meaning of the word “happy” is itself “lucky”.

    If the word “happy” has “lucky” as one of its meanings, if you plug it into a translator you will get the Latin word for “lucky” as one of the possibilities. This should not be this difficult for you to understand. You seem to be being led astray by your excessive fondness for using baby name directories as sources.

    If “felix” actually meant “happy” in the way you’re trying to use it, it should also come up if you plug the word “glad” into a translator. And it won’t.

    Touche, Pro Libertate. Touche. Sulla was too late in the Republic for the use of the term “cognomen” to be apt [or happy]. My bad.

  163. Shane,

    George Allen is not Portuguese.

    You don’t get to assign points, but if you did, you’d have to knock a few off for that bit of misdirection.

  164. joe-

    Spanish (F?lix), Portuguese, English, German, and Jewish (Ashkenazic):

    -2 for poor reading skills.

  165. You are pardoned, Fluffius Maximus Reasonensis. Besides, agnomen is really just a subset of cognomen, so it’s not wrong to use the more commonly known term.

  166. Fluffy,

    Clipping now, joe? Nope, I first wrote that the word meant both three entire hours ago.

    joe | February 26, 2008, 3:58pm | #

    In Latin, felix means lucky.

    In Latin, felix means happy as well as lucky.

    That’s why it’s the root word – from the Latin meaning “happy” for felicitic, felicitate, felicitation, felicitious, and felicity. All of which are derived from the Latin “felix,” all of which list “felix” as “happy,” and all of which refer to happiness.

    You want to say it also means “lucky?” OK. It also means lucky.

    I attempted to educate you regarding the fact that the only reason that happens is because one meaning of the word “happy” is itself “lucky”.

    And you seem to be wrong, since “happy” keeps coming up first. Even in your own source. Even if you use self-congratulatory language to describe your assertions.

    If the word “happy” has “lucky” as one of its meanings, if you plug it into a translator you will get the Latin word for “lucky” as one of the possibilities. Yes, but you will not get it FIRST. As your own source demonstrates.

    You seem to be being led astray by your excessive fondness for using baby name directories as sources. You seem to have fallen so deep into the “I’m gonna get joe!” hole that you forgot something: this debate was over a NAME, Fluffy. George Felix Allen. What does the name Felix mean? It means happy. Because, as the Latin dictionaries keep showing, Felix means happy in Latin.

  167. Shane,

    The history of that family’s name isn’t the subject of this debate. This is a discussion of 1) the meaning of George Allen’s middle name and 2) the Latin definition of “Felix.”

  168. Joe-

    so are you dismissing the Sulla reference?

    Lucius Cornelius Sulla born 138 BC died 79 BC, Puteoli [Pozzuoli], near Naples also called Lucius Cornelius Sulla Felix victor in the first full-scale civil war in Roman history (88-82 BC) and subsequently dictator (82-79), who carried out notable constitutional reforms in an attempt to strengthen the Roman Republic during the last century of its existence. In late 82 he assumed the name Felix in belief in his own luck. http://www.britannica.com/eb/article-9070258/Lucius-Cornelius-Sulla#141204.hook

    Someone should have told him it meant “happy”…

  169. Nope, I already said I don’t know.

  170. Well, I don’t believe in luck, but let’s just say I’m glad I don’t have to wake up and be you.

    Whatsamatter, Jamie, touching lady-parts makes you THAT uncomfortable?

    tosser

  171. Barack “Hussein” Obama? Pretty scary! How about General ”Omar ” Bradley? And Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Of Staff! How did we ever survive? This pseudo-controversy neatly illustrates how the right has sunk into complete intellectual poverty, dragging a certain segment of the libertarians with them.

  172. Joe, you continually keep referencing the fact that felix is the Latin root of the word felicity, which is currently used as a synonym for the word “happiness”, but which originally meant “luck”.

    The word felicity does not support your argument, it undermines it.

  173. Actually, Fluffy, I haven’t referenced that in about three hours.

    Since you decided that the origins of English words was, somehow, out of bounds, I agreed to fight on your ground, and use Latin translators and dictionaries.

    All of which keep returning “happy” then “fortunate” as the translation for “felix.”

    What’s the problem here? “Felix” meant happy and fortunate, and the name Felix means happy. If you want to salvage a “win,” congratulate yourself for correcting me, and showing that “felix” means “lucky” as well as “happy.”

  174. Anyway, that three hours bit is a bit of a shock.

    I’m not arguing about this any more. I’ve provided the links and the text that shows it means both, and that’s either good enough or it’s not.

    I’m done.

  175. Joe forfeits. The winners: the rest of the thread and Mr.”Lucky” Sully the Roman Dictator!

    +25 points to Shane
    -15 points to joe
    +2000 points to Felix Sully

  176. This pseudo-controversy neatly illustrates how the right has sunk into complete intellectual poverty,

    Please explain the intellectual pedigree of “hope and “change”, because for some reason it’s lost on me…

  177. Psst…

    You can’t forfeit when you’ve won.

  178. Obama is our Savior. The Obama’s will use this glorious opportunity to educate evil, racist americans – all of us, to bring about change. Let us work together to give someone opppressed like Michelle Obama something to be proud about when it comes to america. Barak can treaty with our muslim brothers and apolgize and right the many wrongs an arrogant america has committed.

  179. psst…

    You can’t win by throwing up your hands and walking away. Doesn’t work in softball, doesn’t in threads, and it doesn’t work in ancient rome. He picked Felix because it reflected on his luck not his happiness, your response to Mr. Sully was “i don’t know”. He wins you lose. scoreboard is broken now anyway.

  180. Sorry to be away so long, but I was lucky/happy to be called away to do some grocery shopping.

    joe | February 26, 2008, 5:31pm | #
    it just plain means lucky

    No, dimwit, it doesn’t. The guy who brought it up admits it doesn’t. The translators don’t say that. The dictionaries don’t say that.

    Look, it’s time to get this through your non-name-using skull:

    I did use a name – I used “quibbilocity” joe – but I’m using a new one now that fits better.

    joe = roadrunner

    you = coyote

    It’s going to keep happening like this, with you thinking you’ve got and then being shown up, whenever you try to pull this crap.

    Hey I like that joe, roadrunner, coyote (you don’t by chance pronounce “coyote” the wrong way do you?) Or how about joe = Bugs Bunny: me = Elmer Fudd

    So, keep it up. I find it felicitious.

    Yah well … I find it fellatious too – and just so you know, I prefer “happy ending”. By the way, I’m feeling felicitous about having you, and this forum, and to do what highnumber mentions below. Do you feel felicitous punk? (sorry couldn’t resist)

    Also, please include me in the half, as that is exactly what my name means.

    highnumber | February 26, 2008, 6:11pm | #
    Shane means “willfully ignorant”? “just trolling”? or “likes to fuck with joe”?

    Naw, can’t be the last one, unless half the names here mean that too.

    joe,
    I think this is one of those threads where people are just trying to get a rise out of you. I must be honest – I get why they do that. There is some entertainment value. (In my mind’s eye, at times steam shoots out of your ears.) I can’t tell you just to walk away, but if you have high blood pressure or any other health problems, keep in my mind that any prizes you’ve been promised are purely imaginary.

    Are there prizes? Never knew there were prizes… If I win one I’ll be so felix!!!

    joe | February 26, 2008, 6:12pm | #
    I wonder where the nameless troll got all of those name-meanings, because I literally cannot find a single source that lists “Felix” as meaning “Lucky” without “Happy.” I’ve found a few that list “Happy” without “Lucky,” but most seem to show both.

    Probably made up. Goes to show you how much you can rely on people who won’t even use the same screen name.

    Most do show both joe, that is exactly the point. And what do you mean “use the same screen name” are you referring to the “joe’s an idiot” screen name that was used a few days ago? Yah that was me, but I noticed that sometimes you actually have something to contribute (didn’t that get mentioned) so I won’t use that one any more. Besides, like I said above, “nameless joe-baiter” is much more accurate.

    And remember when being fellatious, I want to make sure you give me, using your definition, a “felix ending”. Catch ya later.

    joe | February 26, 2008, 8:06pm | #
    Psst…

    You can’t forfeit when you’ve won.

    Pssst…I thought you left. (at 7:36)

    Uh-oh, I just noticed a new thread on gun-control… I guess I’ll meet ya there joe.

  181. Just breaking…

    A second photo of Obama dressed in Muslim clothing has hit the Blogosphere. The first one just looked a bit silly. The second one, looks far more serious.

    Won’t be as easy to explain away as “American politician goes to Africa and wears the local clothing to appease the locals.”

    Little Green Footballs has the photo and is saying that it came from the AP, which apparently sat on it for a year.

  182. I don’t get it. So if the opponent has a name that is going to set the Far Right Fringe into frothing-at-the-mouth-containment-mode it’s ok to use it to keep the zombies in line?

    Seems silly. No one has a part in choosing their birth name.

    And the Far Right should not be a part of the GOP, they are destroying it. That’s a proven fact, just look at the party.

    Can’t they find their way into the light like The Costitution Party or something like that?

  183. Dondero, you can now go masturbate. You really have to focus to cum at the thought of a Guiliani presidency, though.

  184. If people want to go all tu quoque, complaining about the Louisiana Democratic Party’s habit of calling Bobby Jindal by his birth name of “Piyush,” which is still his legal name but not the name he’s gone by since he was four, is a better example. Yeah, it’s his legal name, but you didn’t see people going around talking about “Charles Elson Roemer” instead of Buddy Roemer either.

  185. Just like Lee Harvey Oswald. He’d have been respected more if the media didn’t insist on calling him “Harvey”, like the giant rabbit.

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