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He used to be Warren Wilhelm Jr. From Wikipedia:

He eventually adopted his mother’s family name of de Blasio because his father was “largely absent,” and he wanted to embrace his Italian heritage. In 1983, he changed his legal name to Warren de Blasio-Wilhelm, which he described in April 2012: “I started by putting the name into my diploma, and then I hyphenated it legally when I finished NYU, and then, more and more, I realized that was the right identity.” By the time he appeared on the public stage in 1990, he was using the name Bill de Blasio, as he is called “Bill” or “Billy” in his personal life. He petitioned to officially change his name to Bill de Blasio in December 2001, after the discrepancy was noted during an election.

 
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  1. Jefferson says:

    It’s not Transethnic if Bill has some Italian DNA in him.

    Bradley Cooper and Sean Penn both have Italian blood pumping through their hearts despite not having Italian last names because they got it from their mother’s side only.

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  2. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    I’m not sure if his situation qualifies as “trans”, since his father was absent, his mother’s side is Italian-American, and Italian-American identity and culture are strong in the New York area. And even if his father had been present, Italian-American culture and identity are more predominant in the New York area than German-American culture and identity.

    If he had changed his name to Bill O’Blasio or something and adopted an Irish American identity, then that would have been transethnic.

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    • Replies: @t
    Like John (Kohn) Kerry
    , @Autochthon

    [H]is father was absent, his mother’s side is Italian-American, and Italian-American identity and culture are strong in the New York area. And even if his father had been present, Italian-American culture and identity are more predominant....
     
    So (speaking of airline food): What's the deal with Barry Dunham (Soetoro?)?

    OR

    ...And, analogously, that's why we all know the most recent past president as Barry Dunham!

    (Choose your own punchline.)
    , @hhsiii
    Nonsense. The first change was when he was 22. It was a political decision.

    Still a lot of Germans in New York. They just don't make a big deal about it.
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  3. syonredux says:

    Well, he is at least half-Italian……And most people who are 50/50 in terms of ancestry end up emphasizing one half over the other….I know that I don’t define myself as Jewish.

    By the time he appeared on the public stage in 1990, he was using the name Bill de Blasio, as he is called “Bill” or “Billy” in his personal life. He petitioned to officially change his name to Bill de Blasio in December 2001, after the discrepancy was noted during an election.

    This is what I’m curious about.Why the shift from “Warren” to “Bill?” Is Warren too posh?

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    • Replies: @JohnnyD
    @syonredux,
    My guess is that "Bill" was trying to appeal to workers. Now that the left has abandoned the working class, de Blasio might change his first name again.
    , @Jefferson
    "Well, he is at least half-Italian……And most people who are 50/50 in terms of ancestry end up emphasizing one half over the other….I know that I don’t define myself as Jewish."

    Yeah you strongly identify with your English ancestry over your Jewish ancestry. Do you root for England during the World Cup?
    , @kihowi
    Bill de Blasio sounds like a typical American politicians name, like LaGuardia. I felt like I had seen it all my life the first time I read it.

    Names are really important. Nominative determinism and all that. It's a politician's job to feel those things.

    It's like the fake president that George Costanza came up with: Artemus M. Falkmore, which sounds more real than the real ones.
    , @Harry Baldwin
    Maybe he didn't want any subliminal connection to Warren Harding.
    , @Anonymous
    Bill DeBlasio is certainly a much better name for a politician in NYC.

    I suspect - given his politics - that he would prefer to be as non-white as possible. While DeBlasio is European, at least his name won't conger up any bad NAZI vibes

    A 'Warren Wilhelm' is somebody who's Grampa may well have been up to no good... a 'Billy DeBlasio' is somebody who Grampa makes a terrific sauce using tomatoes from his backyard garden.
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  4. Devinicus says:

    The problem with Nkechi Amare Diallo (no deadnaming!) being “transracial” was never because she was ostensibly changing her race in general. It was because she was violating the specific demands of “blackness”. If the former Rachel Dolezal moved from white to East Asian, for example, nobody would have cared.

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    • Replies: @Daniel Chieh
    Surprisingly true now that you mention it. I know at least two popular YouTube white female celebrities that made makeup videos akin to "how to look half-Asian" and who used such styling, but there's been no great outcry or outrage about it.
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  5. JohnnyD says:
    @syonredux
    Well, he is at least half-Italian......And most people who are 50/50 in terms of ancestry end up emphasizing one half over the other....I know that I don't define myself as Jewish.

    By the time he appeared on the public stage in 1990, he was using the name Bill de Blasio, as he is called “Bill” or “Billy” in his personal life. He petitioned to officially change his name to Bill de Blasio in December 2001, after the discrepancy was noted during an election.
     
    This is what I'm curious about.Why the shift from "Warren" to "Bill?" Is Warren too posh?

    ,
    My guess is that “Bill” was trying to appeal to workers. Now that the left has abandoned the working class, de Blasio might change his first name again.

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    • Replies: @Thomas O. Meehan
    I can only agree. Perhaps Tyrone de Blasio would be more appropriate, considering the drift of his party.
    , @George
    NYC ethnic reasoning:

    De Blasio ends in a vowel, appeals to Italians and Catholics.
    Herr Wilhelm sounds like someone who worked at Auschwitz.

    De Blasio is married to a black woman.
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  6. J1234 says:

    Bad move, from a progressive image standpoint. There were probably more Italian slave owners (over a thousand years of Roman rule) than there were barbaric Southern slave owners.

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    J1234, Today's lesson...Slavery only counts if it happened on this continent, in this country, by whites owning Africans.
    , @The True and Original David
    "Warren Wilhelm Jr." sounds like a villain in Philip Roth's The Plot against America. Not a good name for a pol in Jew York City.

    Fred Trump was similarly savvy: observe how the Founders of Morality never seem to tire of screeching "Drumpf." Donald for a time even tried passing for Swiss.
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  7. dearieme says:

    Warren Wilhelm Jr. “Warren”: does that mean he’s really Cherokee?

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  8. Jefferson says:
    @syonredux
    Well, he is at least half-Italian......And most people who are 50/50 in terms of ancestry end up emphasizing one half over the other....I know that I don't define myself as Jewish.

    By the time he appeared on the public stage in 1990, he was using the name Bill de Blasio, as he is called “Bill” or “Billy” in his personal life. He petitioned to officially change his name to Bill de Blasio in December 2001, after the discrepancy was noted during an election.
     
    This is what I'm curious about.Why the shift from "Warren" to "Bill?" Is Warren too posh?

    “Well, he is at least half-Italian……And most people who are 50/50 in terms of ancestry end up emphasizing one half over the other….I know that I don’t define myself as Jewish.”

    Yeah you strongly identify with your English ancestry over your Jewish ancestry. Do you root for England during the World Cup?

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  9. His entire life is positioning to be a cummunity organiza -politician. He was in a jewish black borough in a irish italian jew black puerto rican town, He got rid of the german names adopted itallian names and married a black and became a communist jew that picked coffee in central america. He would suck cock if it got him votes

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    I have a hunch one wouldn't even need to offer him votes
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  10. This is a lame post and argument. Identifying with an active mother and maternal ethnicity over an absentee father is quite normal and reasonable.

    The trans-racial argument is clever and pokes holes in the ridiculousness of the left. This dilutes that.

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  11. kihowi says:
    @syonredux
    Well, he is at least half-Italian......And most people who are 50/50 in terms of ancestry end up emphasizing one half over the other....I know that I don't define myself as Jewish.

    By the time he appeared on the public stage in 1990, he was using the name Bill de Blasio, as he is called “Bill” or “Billy” in his personal life. He petitioned to officially change his name to Bill de Blasio in December 2001, after the discrepancy was noted during an election.
     
    This is what I'm curious about.Why the shift from "Warren" to "Bill?" Is Warren too posh?

    Bill de Blasio sounds like a typical American politicians name, like LaGuardia. I felt like I had seen it all my life the first time I read it.

    Names are really important. Nominative determinism and all that. It’s a politician’s job to feel those things.

    It’s like the fake president that George Costanza came up with: Artemus M. Falkmore, which sounds more real than the real ones.

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  12. whorefinder says: • Website

    Billy The Commie deserves a good violent overthrow by the Sandinistas working for him. Would be fitting.

    Funny how no one talks about his wife being a loud-and-proud lesbian. Dang holders of the megaphone….

    Trivia: the last two mayors of New York were both born in the Greater Boston area. Both Billy the Commie and The Little Tyrant Mike BloombergNews.

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  13. OT, but it’s time for Marvel Comics to dissolve its customer base and install another:

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-hollywood/2017/05/15/marvel-comics-cancels-african-american-hero-book-exec-said-minority-comics-dont-sell/

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    You're late to the party. You've got to get up pretty early to beat the Sailerman:

    http://www.unz.com/isteve/marvel-cancels-ta-nehisi-coates-comic-book-after-two-issues/
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  14. More interesting to me is why all these fatherless boys go into politics and act out their own psychodramas on the rest of us. Men like Leslie Lynch King, Jr., William J. Blythe III, and Barry Sotero–to name just three recent POTUSes.

    I understand the shame of having an absent, scoundrel father, and yet there is a shameless, crusading reaction prevalent among politicians like de Blasio-Wilhelm.

    More social stigma attached to and pressure against deadbeat dads would do wonders for our polity.

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    • Replies: @Hibernian
    The original John D. Rockefeller had an absent scoundrel father. He consolidated the oil industry and made it more efficient, and, of course, kept massive monopoly profits for himself. I'd say he was socially useful, but the point could be debated.
    , @middle aged vet .. .
    That was kind of unfair, but well said! my theory is that, except for the sort of really weird kid who wants to grow up to be a 4 star general (which is unfair to Eisenhower and Grant and the five or six unsuccessful 4 stars who ran for president or almost ran for president, but still) , becoming president - or even becoming a powerful Senator - is a 2 generation deal. You absolutely have to be helped along and be accepted as a potentially useful puppet by people who know your parents, or you have to have parents who set you up with a huge running start in business (governmental business or monopoly business, typically - Truman the haberdasher and Reagan the motion picture actor being the only exceptions I can think of) ... you can't just wake up one day and non-ironically say "I have ordinary parents with no connections but I still want to be president". We live in a semi-aristocracy, and it is not all that semi-, to be blunt.
    , @Alden
    Meh. Maybe it's because so many kids are raised by divorced single Mothers nowadays that some are bound to go into politics.
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  15. @candid_observer
    OT, but it's time for Marvel Comics to dissolve its customer base and install another:

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-hollywood/2017/05/15/marvel-comics-cancels-african-american-hero-book-exec-said-minority-comics-dont-sell/

    You’re late to the party. You’ve got to get up pretty early to beat the Sailerman:

    http://www.unz.com/isteve/marvel-cancels-ta-nehisi-coates-comic-book-after-two-issues/

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    Red sties and blight: Sailer's delight.
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  16. Oh no says:

    What about Mike Tirico claiming he isn’t black? Is this an analogous claim to DeBlasio’s? Maybe we need the continuum of identity found in brazil or Puerto Rico.

    http://www.barstoolsports.com/newyork/hold-the-phone-mike-tirico-isnt-black/

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    • Replies: @BB753
    The simplest explanation is a non-parental event, as they now call cuckolding. Perhaps his mother was too friendly with some Black man, and that's the reason Tirico's parents split up when he was 4 years old.
    , @Jefferson
    "What about Mike Tirico claiming he isn’t black?"

    Mike Tirico is descendant from the Moors who came to Sicily and did so much bleeping with the Sicilians - True Romance.
    , @Triumph104
    I will have to add Mike Tirico to my list of people with visible African ancestry who grew up believing that they were fully white.

    Sarah Valentine, Princeton PhD in Russian Literature LINK
    Lacey Schwartz, filmmaker/Harvard Law School graduate LINK
    David Paladino, actor LINK LINK

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  17. @syonredux
    Well, he is at least half-Italian......And most people who are 50/50 in terms of ancestry end up emphasizing one half over the other....I know that I don't define myself as Jewish.

    By the time he appeared on the public stage in 1990, he was using the name Bill de Blasio, as he is called “Bill” or “Billy” in his personal life. He petitioned to officially change his name to Bill de Blasio in December 2001, after the discrepancy was noted during an election.
     
    This is what I'm curious about.Why the shift from "Warren" to "Bill?" Is Warren too posh?

    Maybe he didn’t want any subliminal connection to Warren Harding.

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  18. Tipsy says:
    @Percy Gryce
    You're late to the party. You've got to get up pretty early to beat the Sailerman:

    http://www.unz.com/isteve/marvel-cancels-ta-nehisi-coates-comic-book-after-two-issues/

    Red sties and blight: Sailer’s delight.

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  19. @Devinicus
    The problem with Nkechi Amare Diallo (no deadnaming!) being "transracial" was never because she was ostensibly changing her race in general. It was because she was violating the specific demands of "blackness". If the former Rachel Dolezal moved from white to East Asian, for example, nobody would have cared.

    Surprisingly true now that you mention it. I know at least two popular YouTube white female celebrities that made makeup videos akin to “how to look half-Asian” and who used such styling, but there’s been no great outcry or outrage about it.

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  20. “At 40, every man has the name he deserves.”

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  21. t says:
    @Anonymous
    I'm not sure if his situation qualifies as "trans", since his father was absent, his mother's side is Italian-American, and Italian-American identity and culture are strong in the New York area. And even if his father had been present, Italian-American culture and identity are more predominant in the New York area than German-American culture and identity.

    If he had changed his name to Bill O'Blasio or something and adopted an Irish American identity, then that would have been transethnic.

    Like John (Kohn) Kerry

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    This is Christian film criticism. Goo.

    http://www.alissawilkinson.com/

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  23. Bugg says:

    More tran stuff; Wilhelm married and had 2 children with a black woman who prior to said marriage was a very public lesbian.If a conservative had so “converted” a lesbian to the straight team, would be the end of the world. Has not merited a single peep from the usual chorus in the MSM.

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  24. Hibernian says:
    @Percy Gryce
    More interesting to me is why all these fatherless boys go into politics and act out their own psychodramas on the rest of us. Men like Leslie Lynch King, Jr., William J. Blythe III, and Barry Sotero--to name just three recent POTUSes.

    I understand the shame of having an absent, scoundrel father, and yet there is a shameless, crusading reaction prevalent among politicians like de Blasio-Wilhelm.

    More social stigma attached to and pressure against deadbeat dads would do wonders for our polity.

    The original John D. Rockefeller had an absent scoundrel father. He consolidated the oil industry and made it more efficient, and, of course, kept massive monopoly profits for himself. I’d say he was socially useful, but the point could be debated.

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    • Replies: @Percy Gryce
    He also invented the private foundation, the heart of modern philanthropy.

    So, yes, socially useful, but debatably so.
    , @Alden
    I thought the original John's father died when he was young? Oh well, the evil he and his foundation did lives on.

    The Rockefeller Foundation, not their front women was the man behind the curtain that invented feminism.

    The motive was simple, get all those married women into the work force and increase the number of workers so as to lower wages for everyone. It also increased the GNP as every family needed 2 cars, more expensive processed food, day care etc. Governmrnt loved feminism because they could raise property taxes.

    It was those foundations that were behind all the destructive movements.
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  25. BB753 says:
    @Oh no
    What about Mike Tirico claiming he isn't black? Is this an analogous claim to DeBlasio's? Maybe we need the continuum of identity found in brazil or Puerto Rico.

    http://www.barstoolsports.com/newyork/hold-the-phone-mike-tirico-isnt-black/

    The simplest explanation is a non-parental event, as they now call cuckolding. Perhaps his mother was too friendly with some Black man, and that’s the reason Tirico’s parents split up when he was 4 years old.

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  26. Although I get your point, and DeBlasio’s name change as a likely act of political expediency leaves a bad taste in my mouth, I don’t scoff at the very American appetite and cultural permittance for reinventing oneself.

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  27. @Anonymous
    I'm not sure if his situation qualifies as "trans", since his father was absent, his mother's side is Italian-American, and Italian-American identity and culture are strong in the New York area. And even if his father had been present, Italian-American culture and identity are more predominant in the New York area than German-American culture and identity.

    If he had changed his name to Bill O'Blasio or something and adopted an Irish American identity, then that would have been transethnic.

    [H]is father was absent, his mother’s side is Italian-American, and Italian-American identity and culture are strong in the New York area. And even if his father had been present, Italian-American culture and identity are more predominant….

    So (speaking of airline food): What’s the deal with Barry Dunham (Soetoro?)?

    OR

    …And, analogously, that’s why we all know the most recent past president as Barry Dunham!

    (Choose your own punchline.)

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  28. Jefferson says:
    @Oh no
    What about Mike Tirico claiming he isn't black? Is this an analogous claim to DeBlasio's? Maybe we need the continuum of identity found in brazil or Puerto Rico.

    http://www.barstoolsports.com/newyork/hold-the-phone-mike-tirico-isnt-black/

    “What about Mike Tirico claiming he isn’t black?”

    Mike Tirico is descendant from the Moors who came to Sicily and did so much bleeping with the Sicilians – True Romance.

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  29. Is Mayor de Blasio Transethnic?

    You’ve got an extra “n” in there.

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  30. @JohnnyD
    @syonredux,
    My guess is that "Bill" was trying to appeal to workers. Now that the left has abandoned the working class, de Blasio might change his first name again.

    I can only agree. Perhaps Tyrone de Blasio would be more appropriate, considering the drift of his party.

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  31. hhsiii says:
    @Anonymous
    I'm not sure if his situation qualifies as "trans", since his father was absent, his mother's side is Italian-American, and Italian-American identity and culture are strong in the New York area. And even if his father had been present, Italian-American culture and identity are more predominant in the New York area than German-American culture and identity.

    If he had changed his name to Bill O'Blasio or something and adopted an Irish American identity, then that would have been transethnic.

    Nonsense. The first change was when he was 22. It was a political decision.

    Still a lot of Germans in New York. They just don’t make a big deal about it.

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    hhsiii:

    Not many Germans left in NYC proper. All the German ethnic neighborhoods have either been gentrified (Yorkville) or ethnically cleansed (Ridgewood).

    The only white ethnic neighborhoods left are Italian - they have a well-deserved reputation for being the last to go under!
    , @syonredux

    For much of the 19th and 20th centuries, Yorkville was a middle- to working-class neighborhood, inhabited by many people of Czech, Slovak, Irish, Polish, German, Hungarian, and Lebanese descent. The area was a mostly German enclave, though.[11] The neighborhood became more affluent.[12]
    From 1880, Yorkville became a destination for German-born immigrants. However, by the 1900s, many German residents moved to Yorkville and other neighborhoods from "Kleindeutschland" (Little Germany) on the Lower East Side after the General Slocum disaster on June 15, 1904. The ship caught fire in the East River just off the shores of Yorkville, leading family members to move closer to the site of the incident.[13] Most of the passengers on the ship were German.[14][15] In addition, the general trend towards moving to the suburbs reduced the German population in Manhattan; by 1930, most German New Yorkers lived in Queens.
    On 86th Street, in the central portion of Yorkville, there were many German shops, restaurants and bakeries. Yorkville became the melting pot of populations arriving from various regions of the Prussian-dominated German Empire and its colonies, where many cultures spoke German. In the 1930s, the neighborhood was the home base of Fritz Julius Kuhn's German American Bund, the most notorious pro-Nazi group in 1930s America, which led to spontaneous protests by other residents.[16] Yorkville was a haven for refugees from fascist Germany in the 1940s, and from refugees from communist regimes in the 1950s and 1960s. The neighborhood is the site of the annual Steuben Parade, a large German-American celebration.[17]
     
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yorkville,_Manhattan

    Robert Ferdinand Wagner I (June 8, 1877 – May 4, 1953) was an American politician. He was a Democratic U.S. Senator from New York from 1927 to 1949. Working closely in the state legislature with fellow New York City Democrat Al Smith, Wagner embraced reform in the 1910s and 1920s, especially to the benefit of their core constituency, the working class. They built a coalition for these reforms that embraced unions, social workers, some businessmen, and numerous middle-class activists and civic reform organizations across the state.[3] As Senator, Wagner was a leader of the New Deal Coalition putting special emphasis on supporting the labor movement. He sponsored three major laws: the National Labor Relations Act of 1935, the Social Security Act of 1935, and the Public Housing Act of 1937.[4] His son, Robert F. Wagner, Jr. was mayor of New York from 1954 through 1965.

     


    He was born in Nastätten, then in the Province Hesse-Nassau, Kingdom of Prussia, German Empire (now in Rhein-Lahn-Kreis, Rhineland-Palatinate, Federal Republic of Germany), and immigrated with his parents to the United States in 1885.[2] His family settled in New York City's Yorkville neighborhood, and Wagner attended the public schools. His father was a janitor. He graduated from the College of the City of New York (now named City College) in 1898 where he was a brother of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity and from New York Law School in 1900. He was admitted to the bar in 1900. He was raised as a Lutheran, but he became a Methodist in his college years and taught Sunday school; he converted to Roman Catholicism in 1946
     
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  32. I met him once when he was doing a electronics recycling thing in my neighborhood. We had an old VCR, and it was the day they were supposed to pick them up, so I went out when the truck came by at 8 AM or so on a Sunday, and he was there in the back of the truck, taking everything people dropped off, even taller seeming because he was up in the bed of the truck and I was standing behind it.

    “Hi, I’m Bill de Blasio,” he said.
    “Ah, the famed man!” I said. He was my city councilman, I knew that.
    He shook my hand and took my old VCR and checked it off on a clipboard. He seemed like a nice enough guy.

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  33. William de Blasio sounds pretty Shakespearean to me, like a character out of The Comedy of Errors as the origins of the name probably come from the Greek word for ‘bowlegged’.

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  34. “I started by putting the name into my diploma, and then I hyphenated it legally when I finished NYU, and then, more and more, I realized that was the right identity.”

    It seems that surname hyphenating has become the punctuation of resentment.

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    "My name shall be ... De-Blasio."
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  35. George says:
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    @syonredux,
    My guess is that "Bill" was trying to appeal to workers. Now that the left has abandoned the working class, de Blasio might change his first name again.

    NYC ethnic reasoning:

    De Blasio ends in a vowel, appeals to Italians and Catholics.
    Herr Wilhelm sounds like someone who worked at Auschwitz.

    De Blasio is married to a black woman.

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  36. Peterike says:

    DumbBlasio is a great American story. Even a complete idiot can become Mayor of our greatest city!

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  37. Dan Hayes says:
    @hhsiii
    Nonsense. The first change was when he was 22. It was a political decision.

    Still a lot of Germans in New York. They just don't make a big deal about it.

    hhsiii:

    Not many Germans left in NYC proper. All the German ethnic neighborhoods have either been gentrified (Yorkville) or ethnically cleansed (Ridgewood).

    The only white ethnic neighborhoods left are Italian – they have a well-deserved reputation for being the last to go under!

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  38. syonredux says:
    @hhsiii
    Nonsense. The first change was when he was 22. It was a political decision.

    Still a lot of Germans in New York. They just don't make a big deal about it.

    For much of the 19th and 20th centuries, Yorkville was a middle- to working-class neighborhood, inhabited by many people of Czech, Slovak, Irish, Polish, German, Hungarian, and Lebanese descent. The area was a mostly German enclave, though.[11] The neighborhood became more affluent.[12]
    From 1880, Yorkville became a destination for German-born immigrants. However, by the 1900s, many German residents moved to Yorkville and other neighborhoods from “Kleindeutschland” (Little Germany) on the Lower East Side after the General Slocum disaster on June 15, 1904. The ship caught fire in the East River just off the shores of Yorkville, leading family members to move closer to the site of the incident.[13] Most of the passengers on the ship were German.[14][15] In addition, the general trend towards moving to the suburbs reduced the German population in Manhattan; by 1930, most German New Yorkers lived in Queens.
    On 86th Street, in the central portion of Yorkville, there were many German shops, restaurants and bakeries. Yorkville became the melting pot of populations arriving from various regions of the Prussian-dominated German Empire and its colonies, where many cultures spoke German. In the 1930s, the neighborhood was the home base of Fritz Julius Kuhn’s German American Bund, the most notorious pro-Nazi group in 1930s America, which led to spontaneous protests by other residents.[16] Yorkville was a haven for refugees from fascist Germany in the 1940s, and from refugees from communist regimes in the 1950s and 1960s. The neighborhood is the site of the annual Steuben Parade, a large German-American celebration.[17]

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yorkville,_Manhattan

    Robert Ferdinand Wagner I (June 8, 1877 – May 4, 1953) was an American politician. He was a Democratic U.S. Senator from New York from 1927 to 1949. Working closely in the state legislature with fellow New York City Democrat Al Smith, Wagner embraced reform in the 1910s and 1920s, especially to the benefit of their core constituency, the working class. They built a coalition for these reforms that embraced unions, social workers, some businessmen, and numerous middle-class activists and civic reform organizations across the state.[3] As Senator, Wagner was a leader of the New Deal Coalition putting special emphasis on supporting the labor movement. He sponsored three major laws: the National Labor Relations Act of 1935, the Social Security Act of 1935, and the Public Housing Act of 1937.[4] His son, Robert F. Wagner, Jr. was mayor of New York from 1954 through 1965.

    He was born in Nastätten, then in the Province Hesse-Nassau, Kingdom of Prussia, German Empire (now in Rhein-Lahn-Kreis, Rhineland-Palatinate, Federal Republic of Germany), and immigrated with his parents to the United States in 1885.[2] His family settled in New York City’s Yorkville neighborhood, and Wagner attended the public schools. His father was a janitor. He graduated from the College of the City of New York (now named City College) in 1898 where he was a brother of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity and from New York Law School in 1900. He was admitted to the bar in 1900. He was raised as a Lutheran, but he became a Methodist in his college years and taught Sunday school; he converted to Roman Catholicism in 1946

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_F._Wagner

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  39. @J1234
    Bad move, from a progressive image standpoint. There were probably more Italian slave owners (over a thousand years of Roman rule) than there were barbaric Southern slave owners.

    J1234, Today’s lesson…Slavery only counts if it happened on this continent, in this country, by whites owning Africans.

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    You're right. I keep forgetting.
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  40. Trelane says:

    According to the Social Security Administration, the name “Caitlyn” and all variants of it plunged 500+ spots in popularity last year with fewer than 1-in-1,000 parents now giving their daughter that name. The name “Hillary” also fell out of the top 1000 girl’s name a few years ago. Another girl’s name that has become unpopular is “Ellen” for some reason

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  41. DaveA says:

    I don’t know if this was intentional, but the whole trans-movement is a brilliant forelash to the progressive movement. If, as progressives claim, sex, race, and ethnicity are mere social constructs with no basis in objective reality, why can’t I, who look like a white man, identify as a black lesbian Hispanic Muslim woman if I want to? It would certainly help my employer achieve more diversity without hiring unproductive chair-warmers.

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  42. slumber_j says:

    What has always seemed to me the obvious political motivation behind his name change is that Jews form a large, rich and powerful ethnic group in New York City. Jews tend not to be very fond of Germans.

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  43. @Oh no
    What about Mike Tirico claiming he isn't black? Is this an analogous claim to DeBlasio's? Maybe we need the continuum of identity found in brazil or Puerto Rico.

    http://www.barstoolsports.com/newyork/hold-the-phone-mike-tirico-isnt-black/

    I will have to add Mike Tirico to my list of people with visible African ancestry who grew up believing that they were fully white.

    Sarah Valentine, Princeton PhD in Russian Literature LINK
    Lacey Schwartz, filmmaker/Harvard Law School graduate LINK
    David Paladino, actor LINK LINK

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  44. J1234 says:
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    J1234, Today's lesson...Slavery only counts if it happened on this continent, in this country, by whites owning Africans.

    Slavery only counts if it happened on this continent, in this country, by whites owning Africans.

    You’re right. I keep forgetting.

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    J1234, you took that like a man. Now straighten the desks and clean the blackboard and off you go.
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  45. @Percy Gryce
    More interesting to me is why all these fatherless boys go into politics and act out their own psychodramas on the rest of us. Men like Leslie Lynch King, Jr., William J. Blythe III, and Barry Sotero--to name just three recent POTUSes.

    I understand the shame of having an absent, scoundrel father, and yet there is a shameless, crusading reaction prevalent among politicians like de Blasio-Wilhelm.

    More social stigma attached to and pressure against deadbeat dads would do wonders for our polity.

    That was kind of unfair, but well said! my theory is that, except for the sort of really weird kid who wants to grow up to be a 4 star general (which is unfair to Eisenhower and Grant and the five or six unsuccessful 4 stars who ran for president or almost ran for president, but still) , becoming president – or even becoming a powerful Senator – is a 2 generation deal. You absolutely have to be helped along and be accepted as a potentially useful puppet by people who know your parents, or you have to have parents who set you up with a huge running start in business (governmental business or monopoly business, typically – Truman the haberdasher and Reagan the motion picture actor being the only exceptions I can think of) … you can’t just wake up one day and non-ironically say “I have ordinary parents with no connections but I still want to be president”. We live in a semi-aristocracy, and it is not all that semi-, to be blunt.

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    Clearly, Clinton and a few others were not helped by their actual biological parents all that much, but I will stick to my 2 generation minimum theory - I should, of course, have used the phrase "older relatives" to cover Clinton's case and a couple other similarly sad cases in recent history ....
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  46. An emerging side effect of World War T is that Wikipedia articles on sex-changed people now retcon the new gender onto events before the operation. As more such articles appear it will get more annoying.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Manual_of_Style#Gender_identity

    Revisionist history is thus an official policy of the People’s Encyclopedia.

    Infogalactic OTOH refers to Bruce Jenner as a man even after the sex change.

    http://infogalactic.com/info/Caitlyn_Jenner

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    Infogalactic OTOH refers to Bruce Jenner as a man even after the sex change.

    Well, that's because he is according to that great god Science.
    You know, DNA and all that, right?

    OK, wait a minute, I forgot.
    Science is just a giant social construct like reality race and sexuality.

    But not if you are white and heterosexual.
    Then it's to the bone and you deserve to "die white man, die".

    He used to be Warren Wilhelm Jr.

    Come on, Steve. You got a problem with stage names?
    You think anybody wants to use their real name in the political circus/Punch and Judy show that we got on our hands now? As if a pseudonym might not be the most prudent thing in the Untied States of Surveillance we live in now?

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  47. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @syonredux
    Well, he is at least half-Italian......And most people who are 50/50 in terms of ancestry end up emphasizing one half over the other....I know that I don't define myself as Jewish.

    By the time he appeared on the public stage in 1990, he was using the name Bill de Blasio, as he is called “Bill” or “Billy” in his personal life. He petitioned to officially change his name to Bill de Blasio in December 2001, after the discrepancy was noted during an election.
     
    This is what I'm curious about.Why the shift from "Warren" to "Bill?" Is Warren too posh?

    Bill DeBlasio is certainly a much better name for a politician in NYC.

    I suspect – given his politics – that he would prefer to be as non-white as possible. While DeBlasio is European, at least his name won’t conger up any bad NAZI vibes

    A ‘Warren Wilhelm’ is somebody who’s Grampa may well have been up to no good… a ‘Billy DeBlasio’ is somebody who Grampa makes a terrific sauce using tomatoes from his backyard garden.

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    While DeBlasio is European, at least his name won’t conger up any bad NAZI vibes
     
    So you guys never learned European history in school?
    About Italian fascists and their only partially accomplished genocide of local 'barbaric Slavs' (mostly Slovenians, but Croats, too), the 'bugs who have infested the Italian dwelling'? It's true they failed as the slow speed of camp internments meant they would require 50 years, and then they lost the war 2 years later, but still...
    Their Rab camp had a higher mortality for a time than Buchenwald. And the fuckers put Slavs into tents and Jews into houses. Which in our (Slovenian) minds makes them worse than Nazis (Nazis wanted to Germanize 50 percent of Slovenes - they had a similar plan for Czechs and Estonians - which sounds better than Italian plans).

    Would be cool if everyone had the media power the Jews have, wouldn't it?
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  48. @middle aged vet .. .
    That was kind of unfair, but well said! my theory is that, except for the sort of really weird kid who wants to grow up to be a 4 star general (which is unfair to Eisenhower and Grant and the five or six unsuccessful 4 stars who ran for president or almost ran for president, but still) , becoming president - or even becoming a powerful Senator - is a 2 generation deal. You absolutely have to be helped along and be accepted as a potentially useful puppet by people who know your parents, or you have to have parents who set you up with a huge running start in business (governmental business or monopoly business, typically - Truman the haberdasher and Reagan the motion picture actor being the only exceptions I can think of) ... you can't just wake up one day and non-ironically say "I have ordinary parents with no connections but I still want to be president". We live in a semi-aristocracy, and it is not all that semi-, to be blunt.

    Clearly, Clinton and a few others were not helped by their actual biological parents all that much, but I will stick to my 2 generation minimum theory – I should, of course, have used the phrase “older relatives” to cover Clinton’s case and a couple other similarly sad cases in recent history ….

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    Clinton was sponsored by his adoptive father's powerful family the kingmakers of Arkansas the Clintons.

    The Clintons never ran for office but put their candidates into office. They were always looking out for intelligent, charismatic young men they could sponsor. The adoptive father was nothing, but uncle Ray Clinton spotted Bill right away. Here was the perfect candidate right in their own family.
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  49. @Hibernian
    The original John D. Rockefeller had an absent scoundrel father. He consolidated the oil industry and made it more efficient, and, of course, kept massive monopoly profits for himself. I'd say he was socially useful, but the point could be debated.

    He also invented the private foundation, the heart of modern philanthropy.

    So, yes, socially useful, but debatably so.

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  50. MB says: • Website
    @academic gossip
    An emerging side effect of World War T is that Wikipedia articles on sex-changed people now retcon the new gender onto events before the operation. As more such articles appear it will get more annoying.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Manual_of_Style#Gender_identity

    Revisionist history is thus an official policy of the People's Encyclopedia.

    Infogalactic OTOH refers to Bruce Jenner as a man even after the sex change.
    http://infogalactic.com/info/Caitlyn_Jenner

    Infogalactic OTOH refers to Bruce Jenner as a man even after the sex change.

    Well, that’s because he is according to that great god Science.
    You know, DNA and all that, right?

    OK, wait a minute, I forgot.
    Science is just a giant social construct like reality race and sexuality.

    But not if you are white and heterosexual.
    Then it’s to the bone and you deserve to “die white man, die”.

    He used to be Warren Wilhelm Jr.

    Come on, Steve. You got a problem with stage names?
    You think anybody wants to use their real name in the political circus/Punch and Judy show that we got on our hands now? As if a pseudonym might not be the most prudent thing in the Untied States of Surveillance we live in now?

    [Hi, I'm Bob Zimmerman and both my agent and I heartily approve this message.]

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  51. Pericles says:
    @yaqub the mad scientist
    “I started by putting the name into my diploma, and then I hyphenated it legally when I finished NYU, and then, more and more, I realized that was the right identity.”

    It seems that surname hyphenating has become the punctuation of resentment.

    “My name shall be … De-Blasio.”

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  52. Pericles says:
    @slumber_j
    What has always seemed to me the obvious political motivation behind his name change is that Jews form a large, rich and powerful ethnic group in New York City. Jews tend not to be very fond of Germans.

    Surely they’re not racist??

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  53. There is a lot more Wilhelm than de Blasio in goofy, ideologically-crazed Bill.

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  54. Hibbing 911
    Sam: Hey, we good?
    Dean: Aces. Yeah, I love the smell of parchment in the morning.
    Sam: I mean how much lore is even left? We got nothing on the Mark?
    Dean: Right, you think these eggheads with all the crap they amassed over the years would have actually collected something important. Ah, here — ‘He-wolf, She-wolf: A Study in Werewolf Transgenderism,’ six hundred pages, volume one. But, uh, something important, like I don’t know maybe the oldest symbol known to man — ‘that’s not worth our time, it’s not weird enough.’

    It’s going to get weirder.

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  55. Zenarchy says:
    @Anonymous
    Bill DeBlasio is certainly a much better name for a politician in NYC.

    I suspect - given his politics - that he would prefer to be as non-white as possible. While DeBlasio is European, at least his name won't conger up any bad NAZI vibes

    A 'Warren Wilhelm' is somebody who's Grampa may well have been up to no good... a 'Billy DeBlasio' is somebody who Grampa makes a terrific sauce using tomatoes from his backyard garden.

    While DeBlasio is European, at least his name won’t conger up any bad NAZI vibes

    So you guys never learned European history in school?
    About Italian fascists and their only partially accomplished genocide of local ‘barbaric Slavs’ (mostly Slovenians, but Croats, too), the ‘bugs who have infested the Italian dwelling’? It’s true they failed as the slow speed of camp internments meant they would require 50 years, and then they lost the war 2 years later, but still…
    Their Rab camp had a higher mortality for a time than Buchenwald. And the fuckers put Slavs into tents and Jews into houses. Which in our (Slovenian) minds makes them worse than Nazis (Nazis wanted to Germanize 50 percent of Slovenes – they had a similar plan for Czechs and Estonians – which sounds better than Italian plans).

    Would be cool if everyone had the media power the Jews have, wouldn’t it?

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  56. @J1234
    Bad move, from a progressive image standpoint. There were probably more Italian slave owners (over a thousand years of Roman rule) than there were barbaric Southern slave owners.

    “Warren Wilhelm Jr.” sounds like a villain in Philip Roth’s The Plot against America. Not a good name for a pol in Jew York City.

    Fred Trump was similarly savvy: observe how the Founders of Morality never seem to tire of screeching “Drumpf.” Donald for a time even tried passing for Swiss.

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  57. Alden says:
    @Percy Gryce
    More interesting to me is why all these fatherless boys go into politics and act out their own psychodramas on the rest of us. Men like Leslie Lynch King, Jr., William J. Blythe III, and Barry Sotero--to name just three recent POTUSes.

    I understand the shame of having an absent, scoundrel father, and yet there is a shameless, crusading reaction prevalent among politicians like de Blasio-Wilhelm.

    More social stigma attached to and pressure against deadbeat dads would do wonders for our polity.

    Meh. Maybe it’s because so many kids are raised by divorced single Mothers nowadays that some are bound to go into politics.

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  58. Alden says:
    @Hibernian
    The original John D. Rockefeller had an absent scoundrel father. He consolidated the oil industry and made it more efficient, and, of course, kept massive monopoly profits for himself. I'd say he was socially useful, but the point could be debated.

    I thought the original John’s father died when he was young? Oh well, the evil he and his foundation did lives on.

    The Rockefeller Foundation, not their front women was the man behind the curtain that invented feminism.

    The motive was simple, get all those married women into the work force and increase the number of workers so as to lower wages for everyone. It also increased the GNP as every family needed 2 cars, more expensive processed food, day care etc. Governmrnt loved feminism because they could raise property taxes.

    It was those foundations that were behind all the destructive movements.

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  59. anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    I guess he didn’t want to conjure up an image of some mustachioed guy bedecked with medals and wearing a spiked helmet, seated on a horse while surveying “die Truppe” marching by.

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  60. Alden says:
    @middle aged vet .. .
    Clearly, Clinton and a few others were not helped by their actual biological parents all that much, but I will stick to my 2 generation minimum theory - I should, of course, have used the phrase "older relatives" to cover Clinton's case and a couple other similarly sad cases in recent history ....

    Clinton was sponsored by his adoptive father’s powerful family the kingmakers of Arkansas the Clintons.

    The Clintons never ran for office but put their candidates into office. They were always looking out for intelligent, charismatic young men they could sponsor. The adoptive father was nothing, but uncle Ray Clinton spotted Bill right away. Here was the perfect candidate right in their own family.

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    Thanks, I forgot the details. Bill Clinton and America would have been so much better off if only he had been satisfied with being locally successful - Arkansas is a great state, why would someone want to try to succeed at the federal level when they can just enjoy succeeding at the Arkansas level? Of course, I guess it is good news for Arkansas that he left for other pastures.
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  61. AndrewR says:
    @Colleen Pater
    His entire life is positioning to be a cummunity organiza -politician. He was in a jewish black borough in a irish italian jew black puerto rican town, He got rid of the german names adopted itallian names and married a black and became a communist jew that picked coffee in central america. He would suck cock if it got him votes

    I have a hunch one wouldn’t even need to offer him votes

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  62. AndrewR says:

    It’s interesting. He and Barack Obama both had deadbeat dads. But Obama chose to identify more with his “African” side than with his WASPy maternal family.

    What would di Blasio have done if he had had a deadbeat dago dad and a loving German maternal family?

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  63. Nah. If it walks like a cuck , and quacks like a cuck, it’s a cuck.

    For a public figure, De Blasio has to hold the record for marrying down. He’s better than avg looking Caucasian, tall, well spoken (even if his political views scream homo). And yet he marries an

    -ugly woman
    -who’s black
    -who’s virulently feminist,
    -who’s “former” lesbian , and…..
    -seems super bitchy.

    “De blasio” should become an alt right verb for marrying down below a guys sexual market value.

    “Hugh Jackman really De Blasioed when he married that really old chick. She looks older than that French dude Macrons wife!”

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    I don't know, I don't envy much Obama's marriage to Michelle.
    , @Jefferson
    "For a public figure, De Blasio has to hold the record for marrying down."

    Gavin McInnes said if you are going to marry outside of your race you don't marry someone who is uglier than you are. You marry someone who is either equal to you in attractiveness or above you in attractiveness.

    The White guys who married Kamala Harris and Zoe Saldana got it right. Bill De Blasio got it wrong.

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  64. @J1234

    Slavery only counts if it happened on this continent, in this country, by whites owning Africans.
     
    You're right. I keep forgetting.

    J1234, you took that like a man. Now straighten the desks and clean the blackboard and off you go.

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  65. Surprised Steve doesn’t mention the black tradition of the ‘government,’ or ‘government name,’ as separate from one’s street name. Never used in ‘the game,’ often not readily shared, even with friends.

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  66. BB753 says:
    @Captain nascimento
    Nah. If it walks like a cuck , and quacks like a cuck, it's a cuck.

    For a public figure, De Blasio has to hold the record for marrying down. He's better than avg looking Caucasian, tall, well spoken (even if his political views scream homo). And yet he marries an

    -ugly woman
    -who's black
    -who's virulently feminist,
    -who's "former" lesbian , and.....
    -seems super bitchy.

    "De blasio" should become an alt right verb for marrying down below a guys sexual market value.

    "Hugh Jackman really De Blasioed when he married that really old chick. She looks older than that French dude Macrons wife!"

    I don’t know, I don’t envy much Obama’s marriage to Michelle.

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  67. @Alden
    Clinton was sponsored by his adoptive father's powerful family the kingmakers of Arkansas the Clintons.

    The Clintons never ran for office but put their candidates into office. They were always looking out for intelligent, charismatic young men they could sponsor. The adoptive father was nothing, but uncle Ray Clinton spotted Bill right away. Here was the perfect candidate right in their own family.

    Thanks, I forgot the details. Bill Clinton and America would have been so much better off if only he had been satisfied with being locally successful – Arkansas is a great state, why would someone want to try to succeed at the federal level when they can just enjoy succeeding at the Arkansas level? Of course, I guess it is good news for Arkansas that he left for other pastures.

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  68. Ragno says:

    Tall, beefy guys with German -sounding names and no visible marks of Judaism (yarmulkes worn on Jewish holidays, chai necklaces, etc) tend not to do so swimmingly in elections held in New York City. Witness all the former Mayors and governors in this town nicknamed “Dolf” or “Fritz”.

    Anyway, only a Republican or conservative would be publicly confronted with name-change evidence, with an explanation impatiently demanded of them as though they were some sort of criminal. Parlor-pink millenial Communists like “DeBlasio” – particularly with black lesbian wives and Afro-sporting progeny in tow – are practically daring the media to play Russian roulette with their careers by venturing into Forbidden Zones to ask Inappropriate Questions. So far, no takers.

    I foresee him skating into a second term all but unopposed….

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  69. Jefferson says:
    @Captain nascimento
    Nah. If it walks like a cuck , and quacks like a cuck, it's a cuck.

    For a public figure, De Blasio has to hold the record for marrying down. He's better than avg looking Caucasian, tall, well spoken (even if his political views scream homo). And yet he marries an

    -ugly woman
    -who's black
    -who's virulently feminist,
    -who's "former" lesbian , and.....
    -seems super bitchy.

    "De blasio" should become an alt right verb for marrying down below a guys sexual market value.

    "Hugh Jackman really De Blasioed when he married that really old chick. She looks older than that French dude Macrons wife!"

    “For a public figure, De Blasio has to hold the record for marrying down.”

    Gavin McInnes said if you are going to marry outside of your race you don’t marry someone who is uglier than you are. You marry someone who is either equal to you in attractiveness or above you in attractiveness.

    The White guys who married Kamala Harris and Zoe Saldana got it right. Bill De Blasio got it wrong.

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    “De blasio” should become an alt right verb for marrying down below a guys sexual market value.
     
    So that's all marriage is about, "sexual market value"?

    What's love got to do with it?, huh?

    There's plenty that's entirely substantive, serious and legitimate to go after both the current NYC Mayor as well as his wife [1] over. Ditto for both Barack as well as Michelle Obama; Lindsey Graham [2]; and any number of others. Leave the tawdry, the adolescent and the ad hominem to the Cult-Marx/ SJW/ Goodwhite respectables. Let them continue to wallow in such sordidness and frivolity.

    NOTES:
    [1] Unlike her looks or her race, the "former Lesbian" status of Mayor Bill de Blasio's wife is entirely fair game for public discussion. A woman who previously had proudly and unequivocally declared herself a Lesbian is now married to a man whom she claims is the love of her life. As long as both the Mayor and his wife subscribe-to the doctrinal Truth that sexual orientation is innate and immutable and are complicit in stifling and punishing any questioning of said assertion, then we are entitled-to an explanation of the obvious seeming contradiction presented by their own example and we have every right to demand one.

    [2] If Graham is, in fact, a homosexual, then if anything, it would be to his credit that he remains "closeted".
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  70. Dissident says:
    @Jefferson
    "For a public figure, De Blasio has to hold the record for marrying down."

    Gavin McInnes said if you are going to marry outside of your race you don't marry someone who is uglier than you are. You marry someone who is either equal to you in attractiveness or above you in attractiveness.

    The White guys who married Kamala Harris and Zoe Saldana got it right. Bill De Blasio got it wrong.

    “De blasio” should become an alt right verb for marrying down below a guys sexual market value.

    So that’s all marriage is about, “sexual market value”?

    What’s love got to do with it?, huh?

    There’s plenty that’s entirely substantive, serious and legitimate to go after both the current NYC Mayor as well as his wife [1] over. Ditto for both Barack as well as Michelle Obama; Lindsey Graham [2]; and any number of others. Leave the tawdry, the adolescent and the ad hominem to the Cult-Marx/ SJW/ Goodwhite respectables. Let them continue to wallow in such sordidness and frivolity.

    NOTES:
    [1] Unlike her looks or her race, the “former Lesbian” status of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s wife is entirely fair game for public discussion. A woman who previously had proudly and unequivocally declared herself a Lesbian is now married to a man whom she claims is the love of her life. As long as both the Mayor and his wife subscribe-to the doctrinal Truth that sexual orientation is innate and immutable and are complicit in stifling and punishing any questioning of said assertion, then we are entitled-to an explanation of the obvious seeming contradiction presented by their own example and we have every right to demand one.

    [2] If Graham is, in fact, a homosexual, then if anything, it would be to his credit that he remains “closeted”.

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