Okay, the post title is kind of lazy (that is, not completely descriptive), but lovers of alliteration can see why I chose it.
Just read an interesting article by Professor Juan Cole, who is a Middle East expert and fluent in Arabic.
He writes about the ado made of Barack Obama's middle name, Hussein, what it actually means and how he got it. He also compares this family name to other names of Semitic origin in America. It's an interesting article, and I encourage you to read it, especially if you are an entomology geek.
And at some point I will post something that doesn't relate to Barack Obama. At some point.