Here's my latest comment there:
I have a difficult time envisioning a group of people deciding on a name with someone proposing "The Audacity of Hope" without someone there saying that while it brings to mind Obama's hypocrisy, it just feels wrong to bring him up at all in this case.
The name will get more spin (free publicity?) that will actually be a distraction. To me, it's a lost opportunity to educate people about something they don't already know. Who doesn't know that Obama's a hypocrite? There are some, but who will be swayed by naming the boat "The Audacity of Hope" relative to the "Deir Yassin" or something that will raise an issue in history that the common news follower may very likely have never heard of that could/should shock the complacent/ignorant. Look at how few people know of Mordechai Vanunu. Just think of the mainstream corporate news media having to address the question "Who's Mordechai Vanunu" rather than why "The Audacity of Hope"? I think it's hand down "Mordechai Vanunu," but I don't own the boat.
Oh well, maybe there's too much pride of authorship/naming involved. I don't know. I would hope not, but someone would have to address that internally.
I thought the "Rachel Corrie" was a phenomenal choice. Rachel Corrie still isn't a household name though largely because of the nine dead and some thirty+ more wounded (some say up to 60) on the Mavi Marmara. I wish they would not have fought back. I wish the Movement would have remained 100% non-violent. Then each sailing would have held its own suspense but garnered more momentum on subject (the Gazans/Palestinians versus Zionism) rather than just the issue of whether or not passengers will fight back when the Israelis board and otherwise abuse the totally peaceful from around the world. That is blown now to some measure. I hope it can be regained.
If I had been there, I'd have argued against the name "The Audacity of Hope" for the reasons I've given here.
Prior to that, I had this to say:
I didn't join willingly. I didn't read the URL before clicking: http://apps.facebook.com/causes/causes/503994/ welcome?flow=join
The bit on the end "joined" me to the Cause, even though I clicked simply to take a look.
[I need to update that info. It says thank you for joining, but you may not actually be joined at that point. I found out later that I wasn't. In fact, when I went back and actually stepped through it, there was about a 30 minute delay before the servers were indicating that I had joined. I was already done with an email to the Causes administrator when I clicked on another link for something when the system finally was indicating I had joined some 40 minutes earlier.]
[This one should let you look first. Either that or there's a bug in the software: http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.causes.com%2Fcauses%2F503994%3Fm%3D9e4cc0c7%26recruiter_id%3D13875729&h=51445]
Well, here's my feeling anyway:
Please encourage whomever to change the name of the boat from "THE AUDACITY OF HOPE." I simply do not want to see the boat associated with Barack Obama, whether as a gibe or anything else.
I suggested to the Jewish boat group to name theirs the "Mordechai Vanunu," but I never received a reply. If they won't do it, would the US Gaza Freedom flotilla group please change the name of its first boat from "THE AUDACITY OF HOPE" to the "Mordechai Vanunu"?
Now that's a connection I can support and which actually will raise his issue, which is directly associated with the whole Palestinian issue, in the mainstream media. It will help to educate people about the Zionist atomic bomb(s) and their abuse of Mordechai Vanunu, (with all due respect to Daniel Ellsberg, Julian Assange, Sibel Edmonds, Bradley Manning, and the like) the great but all but forgotten whistleblower of whistleblowers to date.