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April 8, 2005

“We can strike without warning.” For those of you ready to enroll in Jon Carroll’s Unitarian Jihad: the Unitarian Jihad Name Generator. Reload until satisfied.

(Signed, Brother Pepper Spray of Compassion.) [09:21 PM]

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Lucy Kemnitzer ::: (view all by) ::: April 08, 2005, 10:30 PM:

Didn't I already say Jon Carroll is the greatest?

Lucy Kemnitzer ::: (view all by) ::: April 08, 2005, 10:31 PM:

And by the way, I'm Sister Numchuku of Loving Kindness.

claire ::: (view all by) ::: April 08, 2005, 10:40 PM:

Sister Machine Gun of Enlightened Compassion.

Yep. That'll work for me.

Where do I sign up?

Casey Leichter ::: (view all by) ::: April 08, 2005, 10:41 PM:

Ooh! I'm Sister Claymore of Compassion. It's so...alliterative!

Larry Brennan ::: (view all by) ::: April 08, 2005, 10:41 PM:

Brother Atom Bomb of Courteous Debate thanks you for bringing this movement to a greater audience.

julia ::: (view all by) ::: April 08, 2005, 10:59 PM:

Sister (holy, presumably) Hand Grenade of Forgiveness.

Andrew Willett ::: (view all by) ::: April 08, 2005, 11:03 PM:

I couldn't sign up fast enough. Viva la revolucion!

Yours in mild-mannered fervor,
Brother Spikey Mace of Loving Kindness

Lis Riba ::: (view all by) ::: April 08, 2005, 11:45 PM:

Just call me Sister Garrote of Courteous Debate

Stefan Jones ::: (view all by) ::: April 08, 2005, 11:54 PM:

Brother Howitzer of Courteous Debate, at your service.

Madeleine Robins ::: (view all by) ::: April 09, 2005, 12:11 AM:

Sister Shotgun of Desirable Mindfulness, c'est moi.

I've been sending that column to everyone I know--particularly all the UUs (including the minister at my church in NYC). I feel so, like, revolutionary.

Suzanne M ::: (view all by) ::: April 09, 2005, 01:45 AM:

I am now Sister Garrote of Compassion. My, doesn't that conjure beautiful mental images?

Everyone I know is getting this link from me. Oh yes. Everyone. (I may be too easily entertained.)

Josh ::: (view all by) ::: April 09, 2005, 03:02 AM:

Schism! The First Reformed Unitarian Jihad Name Generator can be found at http://www.elsewhere.org/cgi-bin/jihad

Randolph Fritz ::: (view all by) ::: April 09, 2005, 03:25 AM:

Sister/Brother Sword of Desirable Mindfulness

or perhaps

Brother/Sister Chain Gun of Loving Humanitarianism

David Goldfarb ::: (view all by) ::: April 09, 2005, 03:33 AM:

I initially got "Brother Cattle Prod of Moderation", which didn't quite do it for me, so I appealed to the naming committee...it came back with "Brother Sword of Mild Reason" which I like much better.

julia ::: (view all by) ::: April 09, 2005, 04:08 AM:

oh, wait - in reformed terms, I'm Sister Shining Shotgun of Unassuming Wisdom

Oh, decisions, decisions...

Jill Smith ::: (view all by) ::: April 09, 2005, 06:29 AM:

Sister Howitzer of Desirable Mindfulness/Sister Shining Boomerang of Charity (Reformed) at your service...

Bill Blum ::: (view all by) ::: April 09, 2005, 07:30 AM:

Brother Claymore of Forgiveness...

I like it.

Rob Tomshany ::: (view all by) ::: April 09, 2005, 10:15 AM:

Thanks for providing the link, from Brother Numchuku of Forgiveness.

(And thanks to Josh for the other link, from Brother Flame of Moderation.)

TomB ::: (view all by) ::: April 09, 2005, 10:54 AM:

It's interesting how everyone except Randolph has modified their name. Why? Aren't we all Sister/Brothers?

/s/ Sister/Brother Hand Grenade of Looking at All Sides of the Question

Feòrag ::: (view all by) ::: April 09, 2005, 03:19 PM:

I think I'm keeping the name I got from the First Reformed Unitarian Jihad: Sister Joyous Whip of Temperance

elise ::: (view all by) ::: April 09, 2005, 03:25 PM:


Sister Pepper Spray of Compassion / Sister Inspired Pointy Implement of Reasoned Grace

Mary Kay ::: (view all by) ::: April 09, 2005, 03:38 PM:

I still think Flaming Sword of Moderation (from Carroll's original article) beats all the ones either generator gave me and I hereby declare myself Sister Flaming Sword of Moderation. (though the reformed generator's Baseball Bat of Harmony came close)


Mary Kay ::: (view all by) ::: April 09, 2005, 03:39 PM:

Oh, and did anyone send Jon Carroll either of those URLs?


Marilee ::: (view all by) ::: April 09, 2005, 04:08 PM:

Sister Howitzer of Desirable Mindfulness. I thnk Jill is better at mindfulness than I am. Let's look at the reformed: Sister Flaming Chakram of Reasoned Moderation. Ah, much better.

Mary Aileen Buss ::: (view all by) ::: April 09, 2005, 07:56 PM:

Sister Claymore of Lovingkindness, here.

Bruce Arthurs ::: (view all by) ::: April 09, 2005, 08:33 PM:

I think I prefer the Wu-Name Generator (via Accordion Guy's blog).

When I entered "Bruce Arthurs" there, my resulting Wu-name was Erratic Menace.

When I entered my wife's name, Hilde, the result was "Tough Leader". And when I used her formal name, M.R. Hildebrand, the result was "Friendly Artist".

I find this unnervingly appropriate, for both of us.

Linkmeister ::: (view all by) ::: April 10, 2005, 02:11 AM:

Brother Inspired Fist of Mild Harmony. "Mild" Harmony? You is or you ain't, ain't ya?

Steve Bates ::: (view all by) ::: April 10, 2005, 02:22 AM:

Do the UU thing: choose your own name. View the page source; all the possibilities are visible there.

- Brother Hand Grenade of Courteous Debate, a real-life UU who is laughing his assassin off at the moment... except for the quip about coffee after the revolution: among UU's, coffee is a serious matter, not something to be mocked!

Lois Aleta Fundis ::: (view all by) ::: April 10, 2005, 04:07 AM:

Sister Machine Gun of Patience

Sounds just right for someone who was once diagnosed as passive-aggressive.

Kimberly ::: (view all by) ::: April 10, 2005, 10:51 AM:

Sister Broadsword of Reasoned Discussion.

Perfect. Much to the chagrin of my superiors at times.

I would love to start using my new name as a title and appending it to my signature in letters. "Please advise us immediately if the above-stated recitals do not comport with your understanding of the Court's Order. If we do not hear from you by Friday, we will be forced to address our concerns to a superior at your firm, or, if absolutely necessary, to the Judge. We are determined, if we cannot come to a balanced resolution, to use our powers of persuasion to obtain a conference to schedule a meeting, which will be geared toward achieving a consensus. Sincerely, Kimberly, aka Sister Broadsword of Reasoned Discussion."

Ha! Sign me up and brew up the coffee.

Kimberly ::: (view all by) ::: April 10, 2005, 11:01 AM:

Ooh! My reformed name is good too. Sister Straight Razor of Compassion.

Satisfies my (according-to-my-spouse delusional) view of myself as "edgy."

Richard Brandt ::: (view all by) ::: April 10, 2005, 01:55 PM:

There are those who call me...Brother Rail Gun of Compassion.

Ken MacLeod ::: (view all by) ::: April 10, 2005, 02:47 PM:

Brother Claymore of Mild Reason, reporting for duty. Well, reporting for possibly worthwhile activities.

Charlie Stross ::: (view all by) ::: April 10, 2005, 03:43 PM:

Cough, cough ... BRRRRAAAAAPPP!

Apparently I'm Brother Gatling Gun of Enlightened Compassion.

Xopher ::: (view all by) ::: April 10, 2005, 05:40 PM:

I'm Brother Garotte of Reasoned Discussion.

I think the Garotte of Reasoned Discussion has throttled many a troll in these pages, and I'm proud to be known by such an honorable name.

Claude Muncey ::: (view all by) ::: April 10, 2005, 06:12 PM:

Weil either I am Brother Numchuku of Looking at All Sides of the Question or under the reformed usage Brother Flamethrower of Moderation.

As I am having a hard time discerning which is the fuller embodiment of my inner mystery, it must be the former.

Keith ::: (view all by) ::: April 10, 2005, 08:53 PM:

A gracious bow from Sibling Sabre of Enlightenment.

ajay ::: (view all by) ::: April 11, 2005, 06:38 AM:

I'd join the Unitarian Jihad like a shot (of espresso), but I'm already halfway through Selection for Michael Berube's Red Party Coalition Militia (better known as the Hemp Berets).
The passing-out parade (and never has a ceremony been more appropriately named) is in August. Hope to see you all there.


Sing it, boys!

Mumia buttons on our chests
We’d all fail a urine test
One hundred crowd the hip café
But only three score the Hemp Beret!

Deborah Green ::: (view all by) ::: April 11, 2005, 11:16 AM:

Ooo, I woke up this morning and realized I was Sister Spikey Mace of Love and Mercy. How fun!

Melissa Singer ::: (view all by) ::: April 11, 2005, 02:07 PM:

Sister Broadsword of Moderation

Robin ::: (view all by) ::: April 11, 2005, 03:22 PM:

I'm Sister Jackhammer of Enlightenment. Perfect!

CmdrSue ::: (view all by) ::: April 11, 2005, 06:29 PM:

The Sword of Reasoned Discussion

Temperance ::: (view all by) ::: April 11, 2005, 08:21 PM:

I'm Sister Hand Grenade of Patience but I was already Temperance... but this way, I'm Julia's twin which is good enough for me!

jennie ::: (view all by) ::: April 12, 2005, 02:40 PM:

Sabre of Warm Humanitarianism armed (two of them) for hugging, and prepared for tea.

Epacris ::: (view all by) ::: April 13, 2005, 08:03 AM:

Darn! Can't see any caltrops in the possibilities. Will have to engage in Discussion of Reasonableness.

I haven't been able to find a remark, made somewhere during the earlier days of the Abu Ghraib realisation period, that tnh had been firmly, yet lovingly - as is her way - applying the 4 x 2 of Correction at another site. Not sure if I had the phrase correct. Should it be enshrined as a unique descriptor?

crystal ::: (view all by) ::: April 13, 2005, 08:48 PM:

The Cattle Prod of Enlightenment

Kevin Andrew Murphy ::: (view all by) ::: April 14, 2005, 02:25 PM:

I am proud to be Brother Shuriken of Reasoned Discussion.

Might we appeal to the naming committee to have "chakrum" and "trident" added to the possible names for future siblings?

In Faith (unless others find this objectionable)

Brother Shuriken of Reasoned Discussion

mayakda ::: (view all by) ::: April 14, 2005, 02:59 PM:

I don't like any of the ones I clicked on, so I'm naming myself Sister Bolo of Polite Discourse.

Jodie Z ::: (view all by) ::: April 18, 2005, 09:43 AM:

Well I just read about this Radical Movement in my copy of the UU News (email edition)...

I'm now Sister Baseball Bat of Forgiveness.

It's entirely appropriate since I've become a FAN since marrying my Baseball addicted husband on 9/15/2001. We have attended every type of game from Minor to Major league while on vacations for the past 3 years! Yes, it's a addiction and he's not even a UU! But he's just as rational being Jewish! ;-)