Out: Gulf of Mexico. In: Gulf of America

posted at 10:25 am on February 10, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

People like to blame Mexico for all sorts of things. Drug trafficking, gastrointestinal disorders, stealing our jobs… and now, stealing our international bodies of water. Or at least that seems to be the opinion of one Mississippi Democrat, a Mr. Steve Holland by name, and he’s not going to take it any more. In fact, he’s introduced legislation to rename the Gulf of Mexico to something more… American.

If a Mississippi lawmaker gets his way, the Gulf of Mexico will become the “Gulf of America.”

Mississippi State Rep. Steve Holland, a Democrat, has introduced a bill calling for the part of the Gulf of Mexico that is bordered by Mississippi to be renamed the “Gulf of America.”

The measure, known as HB 150 and introduced to the state House Marine Resources Committee, says the body of water will have its new name beginning July 1.

The predictable and immediate response was not to call this idea stupid. Perish the thought! Why do that when we can call it… (say it with me…) racist.

The proposed name change has drawn criticism from various groups, including a Latino GOP organization known as Café Con Leche, which sent Holland a letter demanding that he withdraw the bill and calling HB 150 anti-Mexican.

“If this bill passes the legislature and is signed into law, perhaps it is time to rename the Mississippi River,” wrote Bob Quasius, Café Con Leche’s president, in the letter. “After all, sharing a name with a state that wants to rewrite maps out of disdain for Mexicans would be a disgrace to the rest of the nation.”

I’m not entirely sure where one state legislature comes up with the power to start renaming international bodies of water, but I still find this idea really exciting. Imagine the possibilities! In a tit for tat move, Mexico could rename the Gulf of California. (Take a look at the map… the Gulf of California doesn’t even touch California. It’s entirely bounded by Mexico.) And for those of you who never really trusted out neighbors to the north, we could rename Lake Huron to something like… Lake Ted Nugent. (Suck it, Canada!)

The opportunities are nearly endless.


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The Iranians are demanding we call it the Persian Gulf. In a spirit of accommodation the Obama Administration is considering the request.

Smedley on February 10, 2012 at 11:17 AM

I don’t know if you were referring to it, but there has been a decent amount of tension in the middle east between the arabs and the iranians over calling it the Persian gulf or the Arabian Gulf. Personally, I think we should all call it The Primitive Scumbag Gulf and kill two birds with one stone.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 10, 2012 at 11:19 AM

gulf of demento

Dr. Demento on February 10, 2012 at 11:23 AM

You forgot the classic: Koreans wanted to rename Sea of Japan for a long time. Even got some encyclopedias to cave.

novakyu on February 10, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Gulf of Sharks with Laser Beams Attached to their Heads

DHChron on February 10, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Little background on Rep. Holland…he is a douche, I mean democrat. He owns a funeral home; has been in the MS State Legislature for over 28 years, and has declared, right after our State wide elections last Nov., that he won’t seek office again. Which is a good thing for the State, because, as I stated before…he is a douche, I mean democrat. Our State House for the first time since Reconstruction turned Conservative (that’s over 144 years), and Rep. Holland is now an antiquated douche, I meant Democrat.

He supposedly made the comment as a joke; this from a man that has no sense of humor…trust me!

D.O.A.Voter on February 10, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Kind of like John Kerry!!

Bitter Clinger on February 10, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Gulf of Debt.

NoDonkey on February 10, 2012 at 11:33 AM

One of the evil Republicans should send up a bill attempting to have Mississippi Democrat, Mr. Steve Holland’s seat renamed “A$$holeville”

VegasRick on February 10, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Café Con Leche

I literally LOLed at this one.

ernesto on February 10, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Thank you to, someone, whomever mentioned the “Gulf of California”.
Mess’kans call it the Sea of Cortez.
(they must be proud of the genocidal maniac)

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on February 10, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Things must be pretty good in Mississippi if the government there doesn’t have anything better to do with its time than waste it on nonsense like this.

AZCoyote on February 10, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Jazz, I agree that this is the dumbest, pettiest idea ever but you’re wrong about a very simple fact.

The gulf of California certainly does touch California. California is actually the entire peninsula that extends southward. You’ve heard the name “Baja”. That’s short for “Baja California” which means “Lower California.” Our national border splits California in half. Remember all of this was Spanish territory once upon a time.

eaglephin on February 10, 2012 at 11:43 AM

I’m waiting for the good citizens of California to vote to rename their state El Northe Mexico and remove all barriers between the portions of their country.

The large Latino population thinks it’s time to take back what is rightfully theirs and the liberals would love to show their political correctness by supporting the poor down-trodden masses.

The drug dealers would welcome eliminating those nasty border crossing posts that slow down their deliveries.

They would remain, in name, part of the United States in order to receive aid from the few remaining tax-paying suckers in the U.S.

Within one year 90% of the population of the mother country would be enrolled in their welfare paradise.

See what that that Mississippi moron has started.

Alferd Packer on February 10, 2012 at 11:46 AM

The Atlantic Artic Antartica America(n) Ocean. Obama likes unilateral EO by decree so much, heck, just declare America owns all body of water.

Anybody uses any one of these waters, will have to pay US taxes.

There! Deficit, what deficit?

Sir Napsalot on February 10, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Maybe municipalities could get in on this too.

Atlantic Miami Ocean
Chesapeake Anapolis Bay
Puget Spokane Sound
SF Sacramento Bay
Humboldt Arcata Bay
Lake Tahoe Reno
Sacramento Redding River
Pacific Honolulu Ocean

…the permutations are endless

davisbr on February 10, 2012 at 11:49 AM

First of all, they can only affect what we call it, not Mexico or anyone else. Secondly, it is pointless. Third, it would be confusing for people for about 50-100 years.

It is not racist though. “America” is not white it is all races. “Mexico” is almost entirely hispanic.

jeffn21 on February 10, 2012 at 11:49 AM

the Post-American Gulf

- Fareed Zakaria

DHChron on February 10, 2012 at 11:49 AM

the Post-American Gulf

- Fareed Zakaria

DHChron on February 10, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Very good!

Alferd Packer on February 10, 2012 at 11:54 AM

I want to change the name of my state to California, can I do it?

Fleuries on February 10, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Yes.

Move.

davisbr on February 10, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Wouldn’t that be the Gulf of some of the Southern States of America. Say, doesn’t Dingy Harry resemble an undertaker. Where do the dems find these people.

Kissmygrits on February 10, 2012 at 12:02 PM

I want to change the name of my state to California, can I do it?

Fleuries on February 10, 2012 at 10:57 AM
Yes.

Move.

davisbr on February 10, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Wow! davisbr you are good.

Alferd Packer on February 10, 2012 at 12:03 PM

This is the administrations attempt to get Hispanics focused on something besides reproductive Obamacare mandates.

PleaseFlyOver on February 10, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Why not sell the naming rights and make some money off of it? Gulf of Walmart maybe.

Crusty on February 10, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Yes.

Move.

davisbr on February 10, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Nice snark :)

Bunsin2 on February 10, 2012 at 12:22 PM

If this is the garbage that congress introduces then they should be fired. Quit wasting your time and my hard earned money and do something productive.

tommer74 on February 10, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Why not sell the naming rights and make some money off of it? Gulf of Walmart maybe.

Crusty on February 10, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Of course we would have to do what all the stadiums do and have names for the floor as well.

“Thanks for comming to the gulf of Wal-Mart we are now passing over the BP sands and soon will be entering the Target coral reefs…”

Bunsin2 on February 10, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Guffaw de Democrat.

zenron on February 10, 2012 at 12:29 PM

I prefer “The Gulf of Homeland Security” or “The Gulf of 9-11″. Has a nice ring to it, and could be used to justify taking even more of our freedoms away. Let’s do it.

contrarian on February 10, 2012 at 12:30 PM

The large Latino population thinks it’s time to take back what is rightfully theirs

I think there’s a fundamental misunderstanding of Latinos among conservatives. They came here to escape the problems in their home countries, not replicate them. The liberal welfare state is not a creation of Hispanics. Ironically it’s a creation of wealthy whites.

We need a solid conservative message to win Hispanics and we will win them. Immigration is NOT the main issue to most Hispanics that are already here. Opportunity is and we are supposed to be the party of opportunity. #fail

eaglephin on February 10, 2012 at 12:35 PM

I think it’s time to rename “M-I-crooked letter-crooked letter-I
Crooked letter-crooked letter-I humpback-humpback-I,” to “State of Idgets.”

moonsbreath on February 10, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Gulf of Chinese Oil.

TexasDan on February 10, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Well, since stupid libs like to push the bullchit argument that everyone living in North America, Central America, and South America are all “Americans”…….sure, let’s rename it Gulf of America.

Going by their logic, that’s what is really is.

Dominion on February 10, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Dovetails nicely with the Union of America when Canada, Mexico, and the USoA try the an Euro-style union.

davidk on February 10, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Gulf of Sibelius?

John the Libertarian on February 10, 2012 at 12:52 PM

well, someone has to enlighten the benighted masses.

sesquipedalian on February 10, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Cool! Let us know when they get here.

soundingboard on February 10, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Considering the Gulf was named when Mexico was a Spanish territory and our Gulf states weren’t even in existance then, I’m gonna stick with the Gulf of Mexico today, tomorrow and forever. And any attempt to rename it would be highly idiotic.

Imagine the Black Sea renamed the Crimean Sea; mass confusion over 1. where’s the Black Sea, 2. What’s Crimea and 3. Why are we renaming. Rewriting or renaming never works out for the better….

timbok on February 10, 2012 at 1:07 PM

What are we, Saudi Arabia? The Saudis call the Persian Gulf the Arabian Gulf. Back when we had military bases in the Kingdom, military personnel had to be careful to refer to the body of water that the entire rest of the world called the “Persian Gulf” as the “Arabian Gulf.”

I think we should rename the GOM and then harass Mexico, Canada, the UK, and Japan to call it the GOA.

J.E. Dyer on February 10, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Gulf of Debt.

NoDonkey on February 10, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Sea of Debt is more like it!

Boats48 on February 10, 2012 at 1:11 PM

a guy named Holland living in Mississippi wants to rename the Gulf of Mexico to Gulf of America…makes sense he’s a democratical

DanMan on February 10, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Out: Gulf of Mexico. In: Gulf of America

Update: Gulf of Obama.

Can you imagine all the things they are going to try to name after Obama when he is finally out of office?

albill on February 10, 2012 at 1:18 PM

I say we give a name that’s a made up word like some companies give themselfs. You know, like Gulfurrance, or Precisiogulf, or Gulfrizon.

Akzed on February 10, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Dude, we’ve got bills to pay.

Gulf of Pepsi.

pedestrian on February 10, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Gulf of TEXAS!!!!!!
Gulf of No Drilling.
Gulf of Big Shrimpin

smorrow66 on February 10, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Heck, while we’re at it, let’s just carve the liberals away from us and be done with them for pete’s sake. Lose the blue states and carve up the country into 3 pieces:

1. Largely Blue New England states, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and DC: Make it one liberal country and call it “Atlantica”. (Sorry New Hampshire, you’re surrounded.) Oh, take Fairfax and Arlington counties and the Cities of Alexandria and Falls Church while you’re at it.

2. Largely Blue Left Coast States Washington, Oregon, California, and Hawaii: Make it another liberal country and call it “Pacifica”.

3. Carve out a portion of the largely Blue Middle and make another country called “Minnesconsinois”.

4. Take the Rest and make it one Big Red Country and call it “Alaska and Centralia”. I’d move there. (Sorry New Mexico, you’re surrounded.)

Prediction: The first 3 become third world countries as their liberal policies drown them in debt they can never repay. The fourth challenges China (in due time) for the economic powerhouse of the world due to free market conservative policies and becomes the world’s shining city on a hill all over again.

Anybody wanna pick the likely capital of each of the 4 countries?

Yiwen on February 10, 2012 at 1:39 PM

D.O.A.Voter on February 10, 2012 at 11:16 AM

D.O.A.Voter, you’re my hero.

You’re like, the ONLY Mississippian I’ve ever met (and I know quite a few) who uses the word “douche” on a regular basis.

Every thought a’ livin’ in Noo Yawk?
They LOVE that word up there!

Yiwen on February 10, 2012 at 1:47 PM

well, someone has to enlighten the benighted masses.

sesquipedalian on February 10, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Do you know anyone capable of going that?

Or are you just hoping for change?

Solaratov on February 10, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Maybe municipalities could get in on this too.
…the permutations are endless

davisbr on February 10, 2012 at 11:49 AM

You left off:

Lake Michigan Obama

Though I wouldn’t put it past the Chicagobamabots renaming it next year after he’s expelled from his prezuhduncy.

stukinIL4now on February 10, 2012 at 1:59 PM

I don’t know if you were referring to it, but there has been a decent amount of tension in the middle east between the arabs and the iranians over calling it the Persian gulf or the Arabian Gulf. Personally, I think we should all call it The Primitive Scumbag Gulf and kill two birds with one stone.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 10, 2012 at 11:19 AM

I traveled to the east coast of Saudi Arabia (Dhahran) and the island of Bahrain on business in August 2010, and English-language maps in both places call the body of water between Saudi Arabia and Iran the Gulf of Arabia.

Interestingly enough, the French name for the English Channel doesn’t mention anything about England. In French, it’s called “La Manche”, which means “The Sleeve”.

Gee, I wonder when Fidel will start calling the 90 miles separating him from Key West the Straits of Cuba. He’s already drilling for oil there!

As for State Rep. Holland of Mississippi, he should be content that the great river that borders 10 States of the Union was named after his state. The border of Mississippi with the Mississippi River is a lot longer than its coast on the Gulf of Mexico America whatever.

Steve Z on February 10, 2012 at 2:01 PM

**UPDATE**

The Democrat legislator that wrote this bill, Rep. Steve Holland, has already released a statement claiming that this entire bill is a “joke”… and he is just ‘tickled’ at all the outrageous outrage he has generated:

State Rep. Steve Holland, a populist Democrat known for over-the-top gestures, said he was tickled that his provocation had rocketed across the Internet.

Holland says the measure is meant to mock other bills that would crack down on illegal immigration. At least six such bills have already been assigned for committee consideration in the state’s current legislative session, and more could be on the way.

“It seems the people of Mississippi have elected a majority group to govern that wants to slam all minorities and especially Hispanic,” Holland said, adding that he thought such legislation is “un-Christian“.

FlatFoot on February 10, 2012 at 2:06 PM

This is like when Arabs object to the name Persian Gulf. Stupid indeed.

Tzetzes on February 10, 2012 at 2:11 PM

… this entire bill is a “joke”… and he is just ‘tickled’ at all the outrageous outrage he has generated

FlatFoot on February 10, 2012 at 2:06 PM

He gets PAID to have such tickles, you know.

Sir Napsalot on February 10, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Can you imagine all the things they are going to try to name after Obama when he is finally out of office?

albill on February 10, 2012 at 1:18 PM

What makes you think he’s ever gonna willingly leave office?
Some of us fully expect a coup d’etat either next January or 5 Januaries from now.

Then our military will have a serious decision to make.

Yiwen on February 10, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Can you imagine all the things they are going to try to name after Obama when he is finally out of office?

albill on February 10, 2012 at 1:18 PM

“The Industry-Free Gulf of Mexico.” “The Obama-Buffet Railway Line.”

Tzetzes on February 10, 2012 at 2:36 PM

sesquipedalian on February 10, 2012 at 11:05 AM

No, all it does is highlight the ‘Gulf of Absurdity’ that exists where your brain should be.

The fact that you think this is an appropriate way to address something you disagree with is only indicative of your immature mental capacity and not the targets you’re focused on.

So much for the adults being in charge.

StompUDead on February 10, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Simply amazing what politicians with nothing better to do can dream up in order to justify their existence.

We have more pressing problems right now. We don’t need this kind of adolescent drama.

crosspatch on February 10, 2012 at 2:48 PM

I see someone beat me to it, but call it what you want, when we re-form the Republic, we’ll call the adjacent waters The Gulf of Texas.

Over50 on February 10, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Can we change Obama’s name to Jimmy Carter, Jr.?

Colony14 on February 10, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Chuckles3 on February 10, 2012 at 10:32 AM

That is AWESOME!!!

cptacek on February 10, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Mexico can call that gulf whatever they want. Who cares what Mexico calls anything? Most of Mexico is illiterate, anyway.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 10, 2012 at 11:11 AM

burn

cptacek on February 10, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Gulf of Trigon.

I deserve this.

trigon on February 10, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Can you imagine all the things they are going to try to name after Obama when he is finally out of office?

albill on February 10, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Several waste treatment plants and a sh!tload of latrines.

Moose Drool on February 10, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Let’s make it cool, like Madonna, Sting, Prince or Cher.

Just

Gulf

Wallythedog on February 10, 2012 at 5:42 PM

In terms of names of bodies of water, the Gulf of Mexico is up there with Gulf of Aden; The Bering Strait; Strait of Gibraltar; and the Mediterranean Sea as my favorite names. C’mon, don’t change this…

The Nerve on February 10, 2012 at 6:17 PM

It the FN Gulf of Texas and always has been.

esnap on February 10, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Jazz:

Stop, please stop……writing on Hotair.

Does it feel like you’re stealing every time you get a pay check?

It should.

wickedcurveball on February 10, 2012 at 8:49 PM

If we’re basing it on who gets to drill for oil there, might as well leave it “Gulf of Mexico”

… or ask Brazil if they want in on this.

The Schaef on February 10, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Wait a minute,

All these years, the libs have been shrieking at me that it’s ignorant to understand the term “American” to refer exclusively to “US Americans.” I’m sure they would welcome this change in the interest of diversity, since the gulf would be named in reference to all “Americans”.

vermin on February 11, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Shouln’t Mississippi State Rep. Steve Holland lead by example? Mississippi State Rep. Steve America sounds more ‘merican to me!

clghitis on February 13, 2012 at 9:07 AM

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