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the latest news on the racist war against against Asians.  the latest victim former U.S Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, born in Taiwan, immigrated to the U.S with her family.

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A Super PAC set up to oppose Sen. Mitch McConnell’s re-election bid has liberals in hot water over the already boiling Kentucky mid-term campaign after the group that it walked a fine line with “some Tweets there that shouldn’t be there.” Those tweets were perceived as obliquely racist — and homophobic — enough to chime through the halls of the Capitol and even get potential candidate Ashley Judd to speak up.

Since February 14, an upstart Super PAC called Progress Kentucky has tried to implicate McConnell and his wife, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, with shipping jobs overseas to China through her family ties (many since deleted or un-Retweeted):

 

 

 

 

 

In conflicting interviews with Louisville’s public radio station on Tuesday afternoon, Progress Kentucky spokesman Curtis Morrison initially denied that any of the tweets referenced McConnel’s wife, then eventually copped that some were inappropriate. “It’s a fine line, and that is not our overall message. We’ve got some Tweets there that shouldn’t be there and I’ll make sure they come down. We don’t want to cross that line,” Morrison later told WFPL. “We’re not after anybody because they are an immigrant, but I think it’s fair to question whether or not there’s a conflict of interest.” After Morrison spoke with the station, the tweets stayed up on Progressive Kentucky’s Twitter feed for most of the afternoon until the story was picked up by Buzzfeed and the Washington Post. Only since then, and the accompanying social media backlash, have (some of) the tweets been removed.

So, it’s one thing to suggest the the Senate Minority Leader has divided loyalties because of his wife — that’s the stuff of House of Cards, maybe, but hardly with any evidence here. But then there’s the implied race angle… which is as backwards as it is repulsive. Chao was born in the United States to Taiwanese immigrants. China and Taiwan are not the same country. This is basic stuff you learn in the second grade: all Asians are not the same. To make matters worse, Buzzfeed’s John Stanton caught two tweets the group put up (briefly) Tuesday afternoon asking, “Is [Mitch McConnell] a gay-bashing gay senator?” The tweet linked to a news release accusing McConnell of being a closeted homosexual.

Republicans are calling on top Democratic leadership to denounce the group: “This is disgusting and must be condemned immediately by top Democrats across the board,” National Republican Senatorial Committee spokesperson Brad Dayspring told the Washington Post‘s Aaron Blake, before calling on Jim Messina, Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Sen. Chuck Schumer, and Sen. Harry Reid, among others, to distance themselves from the group. “It is unconscionable that anyone would use blatant race-baiting for political again. Progress Kentucky should be ashamed of themselves,” McConnell spokesperson Jesse Benton told BuzzFeed. It remains unclear just how linked Progress Kentucky actually is to any of those Washington notables — according to NPR’s The Two-Way, Federal Election Commission records have the group filing papers to start in December 2012, thought the FEC is pushing them to disclose their receipts.

Liberal Super PACs went on offense against conservative candidates in trouble for racial comments during the 2012 election cycle — most prominently Pete Hoekstra in Michigan — but now the most hyper-charged campaign of the early 2014 midterm talk has seen the script half-flipped, with the left being cast as the infighters, or at least scrambling to contain a Twitter fire in yet another sign that midterm Super PAC stuff will get weird. Karl Rove is already deep in the weeds on this one, and McConnell’s campaign is preemptively attacking Ashley Judd, who is at least thinking about running and is definitely under scrutiny herself today. One sign Judd may be throwing her name in the Senate campaign? She took to Twitter to distance herself from Progressive Kentucky late Tuesday afternoon

 

 

update:

Progress Kentucky Apologizes to Mitch McConnell’s Wife Over ‘Chinese’ Twitter Messages

 

 

 

 

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commentary by Tommy Sotomayor

 

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a case of the yellow peril stereotype

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Wen Ho Lee (1939- ), an American physicist who worked on nuclear weapons at Los Alamos, was accused in 1999 of being a spy for China. Even though the government had no proof, they kept him in solitary confinement for 278 days. The New York Times assumed his guilt and printed his name before he was even charged.

The government in trying to prove his guilt :

  • Carried out 1,000 interviews worldwide.
  • Tried to trick him into giving secrets to a (fake) Chinese military official.
  • Searched the county dump from end to end.
  • Searched his house and those of his family.
  • Searched all the computers he used.
  • Questioned him over 20 times.
  • Gave him a lie detector test. When he passed, the FBI told him he failed to shake him into signing a confession. He refused.

Lee spent over a million dollars to defend himself in court against the government.

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TORONTO – Palestinian terrorists on intermittent hunger strikes in Israeli prisons were hailed as heroes at a sparsely attended protest Saturday across from the Israeli consulate.

The protest, which had a slow start and at its height consisted of only 40 people, was organized by Palestine House and the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid in support of on-again, off-again hunger strikers Samer Issawi, Jafar Ezzedine, Tareq Qa’adan and Ayman Sharawna. The four reportedly decided to go hungry to raise awareness that they were being held on “administrative detention” in Israeli prisons. Two of the men have also stopped taking their vitamins, according to a handout provided by protest organizers.

Speakers and signs at the protest referred to the four men as political prisoners; not one mentioned the terrorism for which two of the men had been convicted or the alleged membership of the other two in a terrorist organization. One teenaged boy held up a sign describing Issawi as a “hero.”

IDF Spokesperson Captain Eytan Buchman told CAMERA (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting) that Issawi (aka Isawi) “was convicted of severe crimes, which included five attempts of intentional death.”

Issawi was serving a 26-year sentence when he was released as part of the 2011 Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange and was sentenced recently to eight months for breaching the terms of that release, according to media reports.

Sharawna (aka Sharouna) was also released in the Shalit deal before completing a 38-year prison sentence. He is “a Hamas member…arrested in 2002 for his involvement in multiple attacks…. Sharouna took part in a bombing in Beer Sheva that wounded 18 people, attempted to kidnap an IDF soldier, and was involved in shooting attacks targeting soldiers,” Arutz Sheva reported.

Sharawna was reportedly incarcerated for breaching the terms of his release.

Ezzedine and Qa’adan, members of the terrorist group Islamic Jihad, were arrested and imprisoned during Operation Pillar of Defence, according to Arutz Sheva.

Salim Mansur, vice-president, Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow (MFT), told the Jewish Tribune, “MFT recognizes the difficulties Israeli people are faced with in protecting themselves and we support measures adopted by the Israeli government that are open to scrutiny domestically and by outside agencies. The quickest way to end the violence in the region is for Palestinians and Arabs to end their long-standing opposition to Israel, their anti-Israel and anti-Jewish bigotry, recognize Israel and the Jewish state’s historic rights in Palestine or in parts of the ancient land of Judea and Samaria, and through genuine reconciliation open a better future for Palestinian children.”

 

 

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Franklin Sain, a 42-year-old Colorado Springs man, was arrested last Friday for threatening Colorado lawmaker Rep. Rhonda Fields (D-Aurora) over gun control legislation that she is currently sponsoring and that recently passed in the state House.

Franklin Sain is accused of threatening Fields and her daughter using racial and sexual slurs.

Fields told KOA Radio that she does not know Sain, and said “All I know is the kinds of things that he said were very inappropriate, and they’re alarming, and they were very intimidating.”

“It started last week around the 13th or the 14th,” Fields told KOA. “And then the emails got worse; it started to escalate until it got to a letter that was sent to the Capitol. At first, I was really taken aback by the tone and the language in it, especially the racial overtones – I’ve just never seen something like that before. No one has ever said those things or written those things towards me in the last two-and-a-half years that I’ve been serving the state. So, I was like ‘Wow, this is unbelievable.’ And then they kept coming.”

9News has obtained the arrest affidavit, and now the full scope of threats allegedly left by Sain over a nine day period are viewable. The threat of violence and use of racist language is prevalent throughout the messages, and they messages appear to escalate in tone by the ninth day. Caution: The language used is explicit and extremely offensive.

There are many misspelled words and incorrect grammar usage in the messages, and they appear as written in the affidavit, along with censoring of offensive words.

According to an affidavit, one of the letters alleged to have been written by the Colorado Springs man reads, “Rhonda Fields, mother of [Field’s daughter]. Death to both.” The letter goes on to say “There will be blood! I’m coming for you, N—– B—-.”

In one of the emails, Sain allegedly wrote, “hopefully somebody Gifords [sic] your asses with a gun.”

The following is one of seven emails police say Sain sent to Fields:

“THANKS N—– C—! You really think passing nay more laws will stop gun violence? You and that other N—– OBAMA are living in fantasy land. Chicago and DC have the most strict gun laws in the nation and more people die from gun violence than anywhere. You f—ing c—s are pathetic excuse for civil servants. Hell, n—–s love shooting themselves with GATS, isn’t that what your people call it. What you have done here is creater [sic] criminals out of law abiding citizens, and put yourself out of a job. You politicians have no idea what you are even doing anyway, do you know how long it takes some to change a magazine, less than a second, so what if some with experience decides to flip out and bring their gun in with 5 or so 10 round magazines, they can do the same amount of damage. Limiting magazine sizes is stupididty, [sic] and will not work…”

Then the most unhinged of Sain’s messages also refers to Field’s daughter:

Rhonda Fields, N—– C—, Mother of —–, Death to Both, All N—– Back to Africa, F— you, F— Your Laws, I Keep my 30 Round Magazines, There Will Be Blood!, I’m Coming For You, N—– B—-

Sain told police that he didn’t mean to threaten Fields, and regrets the language he used. He has no prior record, and is the chief operating officer at SofTec Solutions in Englewood, Colorado, where he does consulting work for the government and private organizations

House Speaker Mark Ferrandino and two other Democratic Reps also received similar threatening messages.

Tuesday afternoon, SofTec announced the suspension of Sain via Facebook:

“SofTec Solutions, Inc. has been informed of allegations against our employee, Mr. Frank Sain. We are shocked to learn of these allegations and are taking this matter very seriously. If true, these actions are highly inappropriate and will not be tolerated. Pending SofTec’s investigation into this matter, Mr. Sain has been suspended immediately from further duties at SofTec. SofTec Solutions is a minority-owned, small business and we employ a large diverse workforce. We will absolutely not tolerate any racial, sexual, gender-based slurs or threats of violence by employees.”

The full arrest affidavit is available online here, but caution, as the language is explicit and offensive. Sain is scheduled to appear in court on March 8, 2013.

 

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