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21st Century ‘Yellow Peril?’

Posted by Paul J. Noto on 01/13/2012

About the author: Paul J. Noto studied political science and history at Washington College, received a JD from Western New England College School of Law and earned a master’s degree in history from Iona College. An attorney and historian, Noto was a former mayor and legislator. He is the author of the new book At the Crossroads of Justice: My Lai and Son Thang -- American Atrocities in Vietnam, and resides in Mamaroneck, NY.

The recent announcement by the U.S. Army that several officers and enlisted men were being charged in the death of Private Danny Chen illustrates the problems that can occur when there is a breakdown in command discipline in a military unit. Poor leadership and a tolerance of racism toward Asians created an environment that failed Private Chen and the U.S. Army.

According to relatives, Chen’s fellow soldiers harassed him by taunting him with ethnic slurs and one time pulled him out of bed and dragged him across the floor; they forced him to crawl on the ground while they pelted him with rocks and called him names. They then ordered him to do pull-ups with a mouthful of water — while forbidding him from spitting it out. Not long after that he was found dead in a guard tower, from what the military said was “an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.” All this while Private Chen was serving his country in a forward outpost in Afghanistan. Military prosecutors have charged Chen’s tormentors with an array of charges ranging from manslaughter to negligent homicide.

This is not the first case of hazing of Asian-American soldiers by military personnel. In October, 2011, several Marines were ordered court-martialed for their roles in the death of an Asian-American marine, Lance Corporal Harry Lew, from California, who killed himself in April in Afghanistan after being subjected to what military prosecutors said was hazing.


Perry unwinds at the shooting range

Perry unwinds at the shooting range
January 13, 2012 3:34 PM
By Rebecca Kaplan

RIDGELAND, S.C. - Running for president is a grueling business. There are early alarms for morning TV shows, late night fundraising calls and a full day of events in between. Candidates need an outlet for relaxation to help keep them focused.

For Rick Perry, that outlet could be found at the Palmetto State Armory here, where he made a late-morning stop to fire off a few (extremely accurate) rounds at a target.

After spending about 15 minutes in the range, Perry showed off his target to reporters with the holes closely clustered in the head and chest. He fired two guns, a 9-mm Ruger SR-9 and an AR-15 manufactured by the Palmetto State Armory.


Was he picturing one of his opponents? The world will never know. When reporter Jay Root from the Texas Tribune asked whose face was on the target in his mind, Perry simply responded, "not you."


Palmetto State Armory - Ring a bell? It should! They sold the AR-15 "You Lie" lower reciever:

S.C. Company Sells Engraved “You Lie” Component For AR-15 Rifle
by Corey Hutchins, January 11th, 2011 04:07pm

A South Carolina gun and accessories company is selling semi-automatic rifle components inscribed with “You lie” – a tribute to the infamous words of 2nd District Republican Congressman Joe Wilson when he shouted at President Barack Obama during a congressional speech about national health care reform in the fall of 2009.

“Palmetto State Armory would like to honor our esteemed congressman Joe Wilson with the release of our new ‘You Lie’ AR-15 lower receiver,” reads a portion of the company’s website.

The product “is neither endorsed nor affiliated with Joe Wilson or his campaign,” according to a line of text at the bottom of the page. A picture of Wilson holding a rifle and standing in the company's gun shop appears on the same page. The company offers the components, marked “MULTI to accommodate most builds,” for $99.95 apiece.

“Only 999 of these will be produced, get yours before they are gone!” the website reads.


As Rachel Maddow would say, sometimes it pays to be a complete and utter politics news junkie nerd...

Gangs are not the only evil

Friends and family gather at the home of El Camino High soccer player Francisco Rodriguez, 17, who was shot and killed Wednesday evening. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times / January 12, 2012)

Edwin Johns Jr. was a hard-working college student gunned down a block from home. He didn't deserve to die, but really, what kid does?
By Sandy Banks
January 14, 2012

She's a mother and a high school teacher. She works in South Los Angeles but lives in a different neighborhood, one that affords her family the luxury of an arms-length relationship with crime.

So Jill Norton was stunned when she heard that a former student at Jefferson High — a "sweet and innocent kid" who played on the football team, worked at a grocery store and graduated early to enroll in college — had been shot to death on Jan. 2.

She was even more surprised when her daily search of the newspaper failed to turn up a mention of Edwin Johns Jr. or the shooting that took his life.

"I found nothing about him," Norton wrote to me. "Instead I found the article celebrating low crime rates, with a brief mention toward the end that 168 deaths were gang-related [last] year."

More: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0114-banks-20120114,0,3798502.column?page=1

Story on Francisco Rodriguez who is also discussed in this column: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-student-killed-20120113,0,710569.story

LATimes Homicide Report: http://projects.latimes.com/homicide/blog/page/1/

Smiley J Bang via Facebook

This is a trenchant article on how our perceptions of violence in urban areas are skewed by police reporting to minimize our perception of the degree of suffering that occurs.

R.I.P. Edwin Johns Jr. and Francisco Rodriguez.

Toons: Persian Perversion, Vulture Parasite, The Politics of Envy and More. - 1/13/12

By Kirk Walters, Toledo Blade - 1/13/2012

By Rick McKee, The Augusta Chronicle - 1/13/2012

By Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune - 1/13/2012

By Jimmy Margulies, The Record of Hackensack, NJ - 1/13/2012

By Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News - 1/13/2012

By Dave Granlund, Politicalcartoons.com - 1/13/2012

By John Cole, The Scranton Times-Tribune - 1/13/2012

By Dave Granlund, Politicalcartoons.com - 1/13/2012

By Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News - 1/13/2012

By Bill Day, Cagle Cartoons - 1/13/2012

By J.D. Crowe, Mobile Register - 1/13/2012

By Paul Zanetti, Australia - 1/13/2012

By Christo Komarnitski, Bulgaria - 1/13/2012

By Stuart Carlson, January 13, 2012

By Ted Rall, January 13, 2012

By Ben Sargent, January 13, 2012

By Tom Toles, January 13, 2012

By Don Wright, January 12, 2012

By Jim Morin, January 15, 2012

Note: All previous editions can be found in my journal. Have a good weekend!

Toons: It's a Sweater Vest, Believe it Myself, Twinkie Shelf Life and More. - 1/12/12

By Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune - 1/12/2012 - "Sanitized War"

By Daryl Cagle, MSNBC.com - 1/12/2012

By Joe Heller, Green Bay Press-Gazette - 1/12/2012

By Daryl Cagle, MSNBC.com - 1/12/2012

By Taylor Jones, Politicalcartoons.com - 1/12/2012

By Chris Weyant, The Hill - 1/12/2012

By Rob Tornoe, PoliticalCartoons.com - 1/12/2012 12:00:00 AM - The Stop Online Piracy Act ( SOPA)

By Tony Auth, January 12, 2012 - "Drone War"

By Matt Davies, January 12, 2012

By Walt Handelsman, January 12, 2012

By Drew Sheneman, January 12, 2012

Note: All previous editions are available in my journal.

Jon Stewart v. Jim DeMint - The Daily Show - 1/11/12

I give this interview two thumbs up. Did you catch this interview? What did you think? I've transcribed some of the wonderful quotes from Jon as best as I could. I hope you enjoy. It's good to laugh.

Part 1: http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-january-11-2012/jim-demint-pt--1
Part 2: http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-january-11-2012/jim-demint-pt--2

From Part 1 - Jon Stewart: "The thing that confuses me about this, with all the terrible strangling of regulation, why have the wealthy done so better than the rest of the country, if the regulations are so bad to the job creators." - "When is it going to trickle down?" - "If we eliminate the Bush Tax Cuts and the Alternative Minimum Tax the Debt will be gone by 2026" - "I feel like my believing that I want government better not government gone doesn't make me a Communist." - "The rich are not burdened in this country."- "I don't understand this idea that any intervention from the government to provide a minor social safety net is a freedom-hating Communist-loving plot." - "Is this when we arm wrestle?"

From Part 2 - Jon Stewart: "There is no question regulation could be done better, but the idea that I hear from one side of the country is that corporations can somehow manage better...I don't want to go back to the 1900s." "You say we may not be a country anymore" - "The sense I get from the book is you believe that the Democrats don't have an interest in helping the poor, they have an interest in creating a dependent underclass, that is purely accepting their largesse in return for votes, you ascribe to them motivations that are incredibly Machiavellian and incredibly pernicious" -

"It seems to me part of what's holding us back from having that discussion is the type of rhetoric that comes through some of these more politicized plans that puts the side that puts the has a disagreement with you on the defensive about not just their motivations, but about their love of this country, and their patriotism, and that is toxin that is that once injected into that pool is very difficult to remove." - "If people understood what made this country great, I think one of the things that made this country great is that nobody got here by themselves." "Capitalism is a wonderful system but there is no question that there is collateral damage...There is a reason why unions arose, and why regulation arose" - "South Carolina vs. Michigan is never going to be the same as China."

Do you think Jon was prepared for DeMint?

Toons: Courage Citizen, Pimple Paul, Young Mitt Learns Firing is Real Fun and More. 1/11/12

By Larry Wright, The Detroit News - 1/11/2012

By Kirk Walters, Toledo Blade - 1/11/2012

By Jimmy Margulies, The Record of Hackensack, NJ - 1/11/2012

By Parker, Florida Today - 1/11/2012

By Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune - 1/11/2012

By Joe Heller, Green Bay Press-Gazette - 1/11/2012

By Randall Enos, Cagle Cartoons - 1/11/2012

By John Cole, The Scranton Times-Tribune - 1/11/2012

By Bill Day, Cagle Cartoons - 1/11/2012

By David Fitzsimmons, The Arizona Star - 1/11/2012

By Mike Keefe, Cagle Cartoons - 1/11/2012

By Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune - 1/11/2012

By Randy Bish, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - 1/11/2012

By Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE - 1/11/2012

By Hajo de Reijger, The Netherlands - 1/11/2012 - "Syrian Warpaint"

By Pat Oliphant, January 11, 2012

By Steve Benson, January 11, 2012

By Walt Handelsman, January 11, 2012

By Mike Luckovich, January 11, 2012

By Don Wright, January 11, 2012

By Jim Morin, January 12, 2012

By Ted Rall, January 11, 2012 - Rall obviously wants a challenger from the Left.

Note: All previous editions available in my journal.

Toons: Super Pac Rats, Dog on Man, The Pope Speaks and More. - 1/10/12

By Nate Beeler, The Washington Examiner - 1/10/2012

By RJ Matson, The St. Louis Post Dispatch - 1/10/2012

By Jimmy Margulies, The Record of Hackensack, NJ - 1/10/2012

By Bob Englehart, The Hartford Courant - 1/10/2012

By David Fitzsimmons, The Arizona Star - 1/10/2012

By Dave Granlund, Politicalcartoons.com - 1/10/2012

By Milt Priggee, www.miltpriggee.com - 1/10/2012

By Cardow, The Ottawa Citizen - 1/10/2012

By Tony Auth, January 11, 2012

By Matt Davies, January 10, 2012 - photobucket - woops - you get the idea

By Chan Lowe, January 10, 2012

By Ted Rall, January 11, 2012

By Ben Sargent, January 11, 2012

By Drew Sheneman, January 11, 2012

By Tom Toles, January 11, 2012

By Dan Wasserman, January 10, 2012

By Don Wright, January 10, 2012

By Jim Morin, January 11, 2012

Note: All previous editions are available in my journal. Late post tonight, new forums and groups

Toons: Pious Baloney, Bookends, Junk in the Trunk and More. - 1/9/12

By Joe Heller, Green Bay Press-Gazette - 1/9/2012

By Nate Beeler, The Washington Examiner - 1/9/2012

By Parker, Florida Today - 1/9/2012

By Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune - 1/9/2012

By John Darkow, Columbia Daily Tribune, Missouri - 1/9/2012

By Steve Greenberg, Freelance, Los Angeles - 1/8/2012

By David Fitzsimmons, The Arizona Star - 1/8/2012

By Taylor Jones, Politicalcartoons.com - 1/8/2012

By Wolverton, Cagle Cartoons - 1/7/2012

By Taylor Jones, Politicalcartoons.com - 1/7/2012

By Osama Hajjaj, Abu Mahjoob Creative Productions - 1/9/2012

By Emad Hajjaj, Jordan - 1/9/2012

By Tony Auth, January 10, 2012

By Clay Bennett, January 09, 2012

By Steve Benson, January 08, 2012

By Matt Davies, January 09, 2012

By Mike Luckovich, January 08, 2012

By Ted Rall, January 09, 2012

By Steve Sack, January 09, 2012

By Tom Toles, January 10, 2012

By Don Wright, January 09, 2012

In Poland, unburying a nation’s Jewish past

Holocaust remembrance advocates plastered images of Polish Jews on buildings in Warsaw that were part of the Jewish ghetto before World War II wiped them out. Adam Galicia / msnbc.com

By Don Snyder, NBC News

WARSAW – Zuzanna Radzik wants Polish children to know that almost every Polish town and village was part of the Holocaust.

There were about 3.5 million Jews in Poland before World War II, making up 10 percent of the overall Polish population. And some pre-war Polish towns Jews comprised as much as 70 percent of the residents.

But although Polish children learn about the Holocaust in school, many believe the killing was confined to death camps like Auschwitz and Treblinka.


“We bring history to children in towns and villages who have never met a Jew or seen a synagogue,” Radzik said. “When we show them where the ghetto was in their town and that Jews were killed there, it all becomes real.”


My grandparents are from Plock (pronounced [pwɔt​͡sk]) , west of Warsaw on the Vistula, they both went back after the war and found nothing left. In 1939, my grandmother was 17 and my grandfather 19, they knew each other, but had not spoken since my grandfather refused to lend her and a friend his rowboat; he wanted to take her out on the river.

My grandmother's sister survived, and two of my grandfather's second cousins; he lost four older sisters, no one else from either family survived the war. There are only 20,000 or so Jews left in Poland today.

This is a link to excerpts of a 1967 history of the Jews of Plock: http://www.jewishgen.org/Yizkor/Plock/Plock.html


Plock was 25% Jewish before the war and one of the most centralized Jewish populations in Poland.

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