Gee, was it really only January when the NY Times wrote about Venezuela's crazy foreign-inspired naming tradition as a sign of populist empowerment after centuries of classist oppression by the ruling elites?
And now for no apparent, compelling reason, the government of Hugo Chavez, the increasingly belligerent fascist-in-a-Che-shirt, is proposing to restrict parents to a list of 100 government-approved names. 100!
“I need to know how they would define those 100 names,” said Jhonny Owee Milano Rodríguez, a congressman representing Cojedes State. “For example, why not 120? This seems arbitrary to me.”Ya think? Still even better is the reassurance that, "The measure would not be retroactive."
Related: the NYT mentions novelist Roberto Ocheto, who railed against Venezuela's "unnatural" naming traditions in a 2000 article for La Nacional. It's tough to autotranslate the whole thing without mucking up the names, though, so bring your Spanish game. [robertoecheto.blogspot.com]