By Marc Campos

King, 22% & 39%, Brokeback, Tears, Words, Names

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. I still remember the resistance we faced when we pushed for national and state holidays honoring Dr. King. I still think it is BS that folks in D.C. don't have U.S. Senators or real members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

More bad news for The Hammer. According to a Chron poll in Texas' 22nd Congressional District, if the elections were held today, The Hammer would get 22% of the vote in the general and 39% in the GOP primary - awwww! I bet a lot of local leaders will begin to distance themselves from the fella. Maybe the local TV stations that were scared to run the anti-Hammer ads will now let them run. In fact, I think it is time to stop calling him The Hammer - he is not in a position to hammer anyone. Let's call him The Screwed-driver.

"Brokeback Mountain" is a great movie - period. Great love story, also sad. My friend had to borrow my hankie, I also teared up. Don't be surprised if it racks up Golden Globes and Oscars. Learned a new phrase watching the flick - "high altitude f___."

After the movie we had a discussion about tearjerker movies - my friend mentioned "Steel Magnolias" and "Terms of Endearment", I offered up "Old Yeller", "Without A Trace", and "Notting Hill" - loved the line "I'm also just girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her."

A Dallas area African American teacher is conducting an awareness campaign in the African American community on the issue of getting folks to stop using the N-word. That's a good thing. Have you ever wondered why African Americans can use the N-word and nobody really raises a ruckus, but if a non African American uses the word all hell breaks loose? Same thing in the Latino (Mexican American) community. We can call each other the M-word, but we don't want non-Latinos using the word. That's kind of chicken s___.

According to the Social Security Administration, the most popular names in the USA in 2004 were Jacob and Emily. Commentary's first name comes in at #335. I'm right behind Darren and just before Brayan - huh? I get beat by names like Axel and Zander. I guess I can handle that. If you want to know how your name rates, check out http://www.ssa.gov/OACT/babynames/.

January 16, 2006 9:00AM

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