What’s in a Name?

So, here’s the scoop, kids. Glenn Beck was jawing with his radio sidekick, Pat Gray (apparently, one dumbshit per show is not enough) about the prez, Barack Obama, daring to use his name. Not Glenn Beck’s name, Barack Obama was using his own name, Barack Obama. 😯 Well, kids, I found out something quite interesting about Glenn Beck on teh Google that you simply have to read!

It’s this, from the sidebar:

Children   Mary, Hannah (from first marriage); Raphe, Cheyenne (from second marriage)

Stay with me kids, and I’ll ‘splain.

Original DVD cover

This is also from teh Google:



Raphe has several different meanings in science. Pronounced Template:IPA-re RAY-fee (from Greek ραφή “suture”), it is most commonly used when describing diatoms, seeds, and animal anatomy.

In the field of anatomy, the term refers to a union of continuous ridge of biological tissue. There are several different significant raphes:

  • The perineal raphe extends from the anus, through the mid-line of the scrotum (scrotal raphe) and upwards through the ventral mid-line aspect of the penis (penile raphe).

So Barack Obama should take advice from someone who named his son after an ass/ball seam.


Glenn Beck has been known to bristle at the suggestion that he might have a problem when it comes to issues of race. His incredulity is matched only by his crippling lack of self-awareness — he seems to think that a reasoned discussion of race includes calling the first black president a “slavemaster” and a “racist” who is scheming to enact “reparations.”

But I’m feeling charitable today, so I’ll offer Beck a bit of advice. If you really are that upset at people constantly accusing you of being, let’s say, insensitive when it comes to race, don’t say things like this, as you did on the radio earlier this morning:

    BECK: He chose to use his name, Barack, for a reason. To identify, not with America — you don’t take the name Barack to identify with America. You take the name Barack to identify with what? Your heritage? The heritage, maybe, of your father in Kenya, who is a radical? Really? Searching for something to give him any kind of meaning, just as he was searching later in life for religion.

OK, let’s break down the problematic parts of this, just so there isn’t any room for confusion. First, the suggestion that certain names, such as the African name Barack, are un-American. Second, the idea that Obama, in embracing his African name, was doing so at the expense of his American identity, as if the two are mutually exclusive (someone relevant to this discussion once talked about the “the hope of a skinny kid with a funny name who believes that America has a place for him, too”). And third, the implication that Obama’s father’s Kenyan roots are linked to his “radical”-ness.


UPDATE: Not that Beck would ever trust the president’s words over his own ill-informed armchair psychoanalyzing, but Obama told Newsweek in 2008 why he chose to start going by “Barack” after transferring to Columbia University: “It was not some assertion of my African roots … not a racial assertion. It was much more of an assertion that I was coming of age. An assertion of being comfortable with the fact that I was different and that I didn’t need to try to fit in in a certain way.”


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22 responses to “What’s in a Name?

  1. writechic

    Another hit from Universal Laughingstock!

    The *mocos are a thing of beauty.

    *Spanish for snot and boogers. 🙂

  2. ‘he seems to think that a reasoned discussion of race includes calling the first black president a “slavemaster” and a “racist” who is scheming to enact “reparations.”’

    Hey, Blech, turn off your projector. That’s one nasty film of your mind that you’re showing!

    • he sneezed, and what was left of his tiny little brain wound up on his microphone.

      • jeb

        Actually, if brains were dynamite, Blech wouldn’t have enough to blow his nose.

        • jeb!!! where ya been?

          so glad you’re back. already, you made me spit iced tea all over my keyboard. 😆

          • jeb

            Oh, I’ve been around. I know I don’t get to the Raisin as much as I should. I mean too but lately it’s mostly just drive-by’s. But here you all were having such a high level discussion today and bam! I tapped right into my jr. high schooler.

            Hope there was lemon in that iced tea so your keyboard has that lemony fresh smell.

            • just wanted to let you know that your absence is always noted.

              alas, i don’t like lemon in my tea, iced or not, so my keyboard just smells like keyboard. luckily, i use artificial sweetener and not sugar, so at least it’s not sticky. 😉

  3. So, Pres. Obama isn’t allowed to go by his own name, now, because that’s trying to appeal to his Kenyan heritage rather than his American-ness?

    Why not just openly admit that you regard blacks as second-class citizens, Beck? Seriously!

    This coming after I just saw Tancredo’s speech at the tea convention saying that people who can’t speak English elected Pres. Obama.

    They’re not even being clever about the race-baiting anymore (not that Tancredo ever was).

  4. Oh … that’s quite a picture, there, too. I spend all day with two kiddos in diapers and nearly gagged when I looked at it.

    And the snot was gross, too. ; – )

    • i know you hate the emoticons, wken, but 😆 😆 😆

      that’s hilarious!

      as to tancredo and the teabaggers, why don’t they just wear their white sheets? i’m sure some of the people there might not fit into that category, but i didn’t hear any booing. if that’s how they feel, and they are so convinced that they’re right, then come out of the linen closet, and put on those sheets!

  5. spazBeck remarks are pretty laughable from someone who worships some one named Rush. Is that short for Rusha? “..Searching later in life for religion”!!! This from someone who put on magic panties so he could get nookie from his girlfriend. A high price to pay indeed. The big baggerdo started sans prayer, no pledge, the flag seemed to be elsewhere. Loved the black stage to give atmosphere of Tancredo speaking from pit of hell. Should have red flames behind him. Good thing the conversation didn’t get to football. What a hatchet job the would do on Knute Rockne.

    • i don’t care who he worships or if he wears magic underwear, a man who names his son after an anal/scrotal ridge has no business telling other people what to call themselves. 🙄

  6. this guy gets paid millions – to be the biggest idiot in america. and he has kids — the poster child for birth control

  7. Fabulous. Not only your picture, but your deconstruction of Beck’s nasty little message.

    Well done!

  8. p.s. Where did you get that mucus??

    • thank you for liking the pic, but i can’t take credit for deconstructing blechhh’s nastiness. that was all simon maloy at media matters. i was rather proud, though, to have discovered that glennie named his son after a biological ridge. i guess that makes the kid a junior, since he was named something that refers to an asshole. 😆

      the snot? i was wondering if anyone would ask. this sweet little girl was gracious enough to allow me to borrow a cup of hers.