April 13, 2008

Never Underestimate a Democratic Politician’s Ability to Grow the Acronymy (in This Case, BOOHOO)

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 2:36 pm

Gosh, this has been fun.

The original naming exercise for Barack Obama merely involved adding “Obambi” to his full name.

“Obambi,” for those who don’t know, is a nickname Chicago-area reporters hung on Obama a while ago. Maureen Dowd of the New York Times began using it in late 2006.

“Obambi” apparently had some legs, so to speak; Chicago Tribune reporter John Kass noted in late December 2006 that “Another (name) gaining national currency is the cloying, cutesy-pie “Obambi,” casting Illinois’ favorite son as a political fawn.” (link no longer available; article found in ProQuest library database).

It worked for me, and BHOO was born (Barack Hussein “Obambi” Obama).

Those who don’t like it should first ask “revered” lib MoDo why it’s okay that she has referred to “Obambi” seven additional times since the one I cited above, including two different times just over a month ago. Let me know what she says, K?

I continue to use the candidate’s middle name, as previously explained, based on his encouragement of the idea.

It wasn’t long before there was ample opportunity to expand Obama’s acronymized name. The Boy Candidate put forth the idea of going into Pakistan to get Osama Bin Laden even without that country’s permission. The press would call this an “invasion” if the idea were proposed by a non-Democrat.

(Mini-update, April 14: Note to those who want to play the race card on “Boy Candidate” — it’s a play on R. Emmett Tyrell’s characterization of Bill Clinton as “The Boy President.”)

He also regaled us with the benefits of his having led “a life of living overseas, having family overseas, being able to see the world through the eyes of people outside our borders.” But, as Newsweek pointed out (link no longer available), his “life overseas” consisted of “just four years as a kid.”

Thus did BHOO beget BOOHOO (Barack O-bomba Overseas Hussein “Obambi” Obama).

I thought that would be the end of it.

But, as the post title says, “Never Underestimate a Democratic Politician’s Ability to Grow the Acronymy.”

The candidate soon to be formerly known as BOOHOO has proven himself objectively unfit during the previous few weeks by refusing to renounce his supposedly-former, but still-at-the-web site pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright of the Trinity United Church of Christ (TUCC); refusing to renounce the Black Liberation Supremacist Theology promulgated by Wright and his co-pastors; and insisting that he, his wife, and his young daughters will continue to attend TUCC (see Update at link), even though the supposedly-new pastor Otis Moss III is not expected to be any different in substance from his supposed predecessor.

His associations with the likes of the Rev. Wright, Rev. James Meeks, and others led me to this inescapable conclusion last week:

A person who is without the judgment to run away from this garbage ….. as fast as he (and his family!) can, but instead hangs around for 20 years (just stop it already with the plausible deniability arguments), is …… objectively unfit for the nation’s highest office and all that holding it entails.

To complete the new acronymy, “Coddler of Haters” (i.e., the Reverends, the New Black Panthers, Bill Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn, Iran-Ahmadinejad, and perhaps not-yet discovered others) fits.

(Given his treatment of his “typical white person” grandmother, and his remarks about small-town Pennsylvanians and other “Midwesterners” [!], “Cracker Hater” was under consideration, but, sadly, the Acronym Committee, whose slogan is “It’s the Acronymy, Stupid!,” eliminated it as too narrow in the given circumstances.)

So from this point forward, Mr. Obama will be the presidential candidate I refer to as BOOHOO-OUCH (Barack O-bomba Overseas HusseinObambi“ Obama, Objectively Unfit Coddler of Haters).

That’s enough inflation in the acronymy for now.


UPDATE: As a sign of respect, let’s make it “Mr. BOOHOO-OUCH.”

TILTPAT-BIDHAT4 (041308, Morning)

Filed under: TILTpatBIDHAT — Tom @ 11:34 am

“Things I‘d Like To Post About Today; But I Don’t Have Any Time ‘4‘”:

  • In the New York Times Friday — Katie Couric a “virtual lame duck”? Cherish the imagery.
  • In the Washington Post Sunday (on Page A06, while putting this near-puffery on Page A01; the New York Times at least had the sense to put the story on Page 1, above the fold; bold is mine) — “‘Bitter’ Is a Hard Pill For Obama to Swallow; He Stands by Sentiment as Clinton Pounces.” Keep digging, guy.
  • Best comment yesterday on the presidential candidate I refer to as BOOHOO (Barack O-bomba Overseas Hussein “Obambi” Obama), from “in_awe” at Hot Air (last paragraph): “For all the mocking of George Bush we have endured for the past 7 years, Obama speaking extemporaneously is no better. It is getting tiresome to have his defenders always explaining to us nimrods how nuanced he meant to be, but somehow it all just came out wrong when he said it. Face it: he is a racist, elitist, socialist who views typical white people with contempt. Not great credentials for a Presidential candidate.” I’ll wager that George Bush also knows that Pennsylvania isn’t in the Midwest, where “Mr. Brilliant” Obama placed it.
  • Did you know there was a Democratic caucus do-over (ahead-of-time HT to WaPo’s “The Fix” blog) in one Nevada county on Saturday? Obama may have gained one delegate. The reason for the do-over: “Clark County Democrats’ first convention ended in disaster after an unexpectedly big turnout overwhelmed organizers. The Democratic National Committee ordered the county party to try again or face penalties.”
  • Objectively Unfit Mitt RomneyCare update: “Costs Soar for Mass. Health Care Law”

Positivity: Cancer survivors describe a medical miracle

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:47 am

From Georgetown, in DC, and points elsewhere:

Article Launched: 04/02/2008 01:51:41 AM PDT

Is a diagnosis of inoperable lung cancer a death sentence?

Oscar Reynolds, 80, would say no.

He’s among the cancer patients who are cancer-free following treatments by the CyberKnife at Georgetown University Hospital.

Georgetown was the second hospital to use the CyberKnife, a revolutionary tool that shoots radiation into tumors with laser-like accuracy, killing cancer cells. It was one of the stops on a Washington, D.C., tour arranged by the Association of Health Care Journalists.

The CyberKnife was invented by John Adler, a Stanford University professor of neurosurgery and radiation oncology. He founded Accuray, a company in Sunnyvale that got approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment in 2001.

The cost of the CyberKnife today? About $4 million.

According to Accuray, more than 40,000 patients have been treated by 126 CyberKnife systems in the Americas, Europe and Asia. The closest to Santa Cruz is at Stanford Hospital, which has treated more than 3,500 patients.

The Georgetown doctors say 87 percent of their patients have survived two years.

Initially, they purchased the CyberKnife to treat the brain, neck and spine, but Dr. Gregory Gagnon, who heads Georgetown’s CyberKnife program, said it’s now being used more for cancers of the lung, pancreas and prostate.

Seeing the treatment and hearing patients describe it was fascinating.

“You don’t feel a thing,” said Phyllis McDonald, 88, who had lung cancer. “By the third treatment, I went to sleep.”

Jenness Krywonos, 33, found Dr. Gagnon on the Internet after undergoing surgery for a tumor that put her in a wheelchair. She underwent the CyberKnife in 2004.

Seeing her today, sharing her story, it’s hard to imagine her being unable to walk.

Will the CyberKnife wipe out cancer for a lifetime? The technology is still too new to tell. …..

Go here for the rest of the story.