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Hooker Gets Approval to Stay on South Dakota Street!

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Via the Rapid City Journal:

The council devoted less than a minute to the matter as it unanimously voted to keep Hooker Street, instead of changing it to something else. Hooker Street is named after a Civil War general on the Union side, Gen. Joseph Hooker. Other parallel Whitewood streets also are named after Union generals.

A local citizens group asked the council in November to consider a change, saying the name has negative connotations of its alternative definition of a prostitute, a woman who earns income by performing sexual favors.

Councilman Wily Friedel said a resident who lives on Hooker Street asked that the name stay the same because of the expense and trouble that would go along with changing her physical address.

The "local citizen's group" is of course a Jeebusite nut whose faith is so weak that it can be disturbed by a street sign.

I am gratified to note that the one person with a genuine interest in the matter, in the sense of right-to-have-an-opinion, is (1) a woman, (2) possessed, we may guess, of inner peace and sense of humor, and (3) a practical nature, as see the reason she gave for opposing the change of the name of the street she lives on.

Hooker, we should note, was not a particularly good general (google "Chancellorsville" for details) and not a very nice person either, having gone to court (in California before the war) to argue that he should not have to pay up on a gambling IOU of $500 because gambling was illegal in California of the time.

But we do not have to stick up for the individual to stick up for the right of towns to name streets for historical figures, even if it does give twitches to the delicate sensibilities of godbotherers.

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Submitted by intranets on

True story about some environmental nutzo went to try and demand Fishkill change it's name. It sent the wrong message about treatment of fish or something.. I could maybe see making this mistake if, say, the city was near a fishing area. It does border a river, but come on...

Maybe the surrounding cities names should have tipped them off that maybe there was another explanation for the origins of the city name. (Peekskill, Wallkill, Plattekill, etc.)

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Live From Congress: The Skull Fucking Bill Of 2007

..."Community-oriented, faith-based programs to stop our children from skullfucking before they get started...

MJS posted this one awhile back, and for some reason, I've always remembered it...

We. Are. Going. To. Die. We must restore hope in the world. We must bring forth a new way of living that can sustain the world. Or else it is not just us who will die but everyone. What have we got to lose? Go forth and Fight!—Xan

Submitted by [Please enter a... (not verified) on

I could maybe see making this mistake if, say, the city was near a fishing area. It does border a river, but come on…

"near a fishing area" Uh, Fishkill NY, and "the area" (Catskills...area, surrounding counties...etc) is some of the most famous (legendary) trout waters in the world. But still, the changing the name thing was utterly moronic.

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