Ex "Tokyo Rose" Suspect Dies, Having Been Born 50 Years Too Soon

Iva Toguri D’Aquino, known better to those familiar with World War II as the woman who was convicted and later pardoned of being “Tokyo Rose,” died Tuesday at the age of 90.

In 1949, she became the seventh person to be convicted of treason in American history. Here’s her mugshot:

Doubts about her possible role as “Tokyo Rose” later surfaced and President Ford pardoned her in 1977.

Ford’s “pardon” stamp sure did stay busy in his short two years, didn’t it?

At any rate, D’Aquino was a U.S. citizen and UCLA grad who was visiting Japan when the war broke out, and got stuck there. She ended up working on “Zero Hour,” a Japanese propaganda radio show that allied prisoners of war were forced to help operate. After that, it gets fuzzy as to exactly what her role was.

From most accounts, “Tokyo Rose” was a name used by American GI’s which was applied to any of well over a dozen women who broadcast on Tokyo radio — a composite of many different people — none of which actually went by the name “Tokyo Rose.” D’Aquino was one of those broadcasters, and she went under the name “Orphan Ann.”

Looking back at D’Aquino’s story, and sideways at the present political and sociological climate, one can see how much we’ve changed as a nation. What the woman once convicted of being “Tokyo Rose” did pales in comparison to what so many U.S. citizens, members of Congress included, do and say every day as far as subverting the United States goes, and yet the latter are often praised as practicing a “higher form of patriotism.”

There are still those who believe that Iva Toguri D’Aquino’s part in Tokyo radio during World War II was deserving of prison for treason, even though she may not have taken part altogether willingly. For now, only one thing’s for sure: Had she been facing similar charges in 2006, at this moment she’d be flanked by ACLU attorneys, Danny Glover and Sean Penn would be protesting on her behalf, Dick Durbin would be demanding hourly Red Cross reports to make sure she was being properly treated, and she’d be making a fortune signing books after her appearance on Oprah.

The real tragedy for D’Aquino was that she was born 50 years too soon.

The United States sure has changed — eh, flyboy?

Coming up on the next edition of “Born 50 years too soon”: Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, progressive practitioners and distributors of global nuclear fairness.

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Ex “Tokyo Rose” Suspect Dies, Having Been Born 50 Years Too Soon

Iva Toguri D’Aquino, known better to those familiar with World War II as the woman who was convicted and later pardoned of being “Tokyo Rose,” died Tuesday at the age of 90.

In 1949, she became the seventh person to be convicted of treason in American history. Here’s her mugshot:

Doubts about her possible role as “Tokyo Rose” later surfaced and President Ford pardoned her in 1977.

Ford’s “pardon” stamp sure did stay busy in his short two years, didn’t it?

At any rate, D’Aquino was a U.S. citizen and UCLA grad who was visiting Japan when the war broke out, and got stuck there. She ended up working on “Zero Hour,” a Japanese propaganda radio show that allied prisoners of war were forced to help operate. After that, it gets fuzzy as to exactly what her role was.

From most accounts, “Tokyo Rose” was a name used by American GI’s which was applied to any of well over a dozen women who broadcast on Tokyo radio — a composite of many different people — none of which actually went by the name “Tokyo Rose.” D’Aquino was one of those broadcasters, and she went under the name “Orphan Ann.”

Looking back at D’Aquino’s story, and sideways at the present political and sociological climate, one can see how much we’ve changed as a nation. What the woman once convicted of being “Tokyo Rose” did pales in comparison to what so many U.S. citizens, members of Congress included, do and say every day as far as subverting the United States goes, and yet the latter are often praised as practicing a “higher form of patriotism.”

There are still those who believe that Iva Toguri D’Aquino’s part in Tokyo radio during World War II was deserving of prison for treason, even though she may not have taken part altogether willingly. For now, only one thing’s for sure: Had she been facing similar charges in 2006, at this moment she’d be flanked by ACLU attorneys, Danny Glover and Sean Penn would be protesting on her behalf, Dick Durbin would be demanding hourly Red Cross reports to make sure she was being properly treated, and she’d be making a fortune signing books after her appearance on Oprah.

The real tragedy for D’Aquino was that she was born 50 years too soon.

The United States sure has changed — eh, flyboy?

Coming up on the next edition of “Born 50 years too soon”: Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, progressive practitioners and distributors of global nuclear fairness.

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A Former Member of the Clinton Administration Nails It — Hell Frozen Solid

That’s right, a former member of the Clinton administration got something absolutely right. Sure, this is as rare as Paris Hilton successfully completing a New York Times crossword puzzle, but it happens on few and far between occasions.

Kirsten Powers, no relation as far as I know, served as deputy assistant U.S. Trade Representative for public affairs under Bill Clinton — I mean, in his administration — and has a killer op-ed in the American Prospect on the Pope-Islam controversy.

If this insolence keeps up, Kirsten’s going to get a big long bony Bubba finger pointed at her in anger. It won’t last, though. Kirsten’s blog is a sure sign that she’s not jumping Democrat ship any time soon.

Hat tip to the folks at Hot Air for digging up this winner.

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Pliocene Tortoises Driving SUV's and other Global Warming Conundrums

There’s yet another doomsday warning out concerning human created global warming.

I’m no scientist, but this latest panic report contains an assumption that doesn’t seem to make sense.

Here’s how the story begins:

The planet’s temperature has climbed to levels not seen in thousands of years, warming that has begun to affect plants and animals, researchers report in Tuesday’s issue of The National Academy of Sciences.

The Earth has been warming at a rate of 0.36 degree Fahrenheit per decade for the last 30 years, according to the research team led by James Hansen of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York.

Then later…

“This evidence implies that we are getting close to dangerous levels of human-made pollution,” Hansen said in a statement.

James Hansen, for those who are lucky enough to be ignorant of nth-degree meteorology and climatology, is the Chuck Yeager of the global warming theory and even makes Al Gore look like a paper hat clad trainee at “We’re All Gonna Die Burger.”

Anyway, here’s the kicker:

“If further global warming reaches 2 or 3 degrees Celsius, we will likely see changes that make Earth a different planet than the one we know. The last time it was that warm was in the middle Pliocene, about 3 million years ago, when sea level was estimated to have been about 25 meters (80 feet) higher than today,” Hansen said.

First of all, any time I see the word “estimated” in a scientific report, I get curious. If you don’t think it’s a big deal, try using the word on your taxes and see how long you’re allowed to get away with it.

Also, if it was that warm 3 million years ago in the middle of the Pliocene epoch, how then can we automatically conclude that the same global temperatures in Hansen’s doomsday scenario would be cause by human pollution? During the Pliocene, were sharks driving SUV’s, tortoises operating factories spewing smoke into the air, and plankton using aerosol hairspray?

Why does it matter what’s causing the warming? The last thing we need is another power grab and money grub for a bogus reason.

The history of the world is marked with “eras.” There was the Paleoarchian, the Paleoproterozoic, the Mesozoic, the Palaeozoic, etc.

I have a feeling that, thousands of years from now, the slice of the Cenozoic era in which which we’re now living might be referred to in science textbooks as the “Chicken Little epoch.”

 

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Pliocene Tortoises Driving SUV’s and other Global Warming Conundrums

There’s yet another doomsday warning out concerning human created global warming.

I’m no scientist, but this latest panic report contains an assumption that doesn’t seem to make sense.

Here’s how the story begins:

The planet’s temperature has climbed to levels not seen in thousands of years, warming that has begun to affect plants and animals, researchers report in Tuesday’s issue of The National Academy of Sciences.

The Earth has been warming at a rate of 0.36 degree Fahrenheit per decade for the last 30 years, according to the research team led by James Hansen of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York.

Then later…

“This evidence implies that we are getting close to dangerous levels of human-made pollution,” Hansen said in a statement.

James Hansen, for those who are lucky enough to be ignorant of nth-degree meteorology and climatology, is the Chuck Yeager of the global warming theory and even makes Al Gore look like a paper hat clad trainee at “We’re All Gonna Die Burger.”

Anyway, here’s the kicker:

“If further global warming reaches 2 or 3 degrees Celsius, we will likely see changes that make Earth a different planet than the one we know. The last time it was that warm was in the middle Pliocene, about 3 million years ago, when sea level was estimated to have been about 25 meters (80 feet) higher than today,” Hansen said.

First of all, any time I see the word “estimated” in a scientific report, I get curious. If you don’t think it’s a big deal, try using the word on your taxes and see how long you’re allowed to get away with it.

Also, if it was that warm 3 million years ago in the middle of the Pliocene epoch, how then can we automatically conclude that the same global temperatures in Hansen’s doomsday scenario would be cause by human pollution? During the Pliocene, were sharks driving SUV’s, tortoises operating factories spewing smoke into the air, and plankton using aerosol hairspray?

Why does it matter what’s causing the warming? The last thing we need is another power grab and money grub for a bogus reason.

The history of the world is marked with “eras.” There was the Paleoarchian, the Paleoproterozoic, the Mesozoic, the Palaeozoic, etc.

I have a feeling that, thousands of years from now, the slice of the Cenozoic era in which which we’re now living might be referred to in science textbooks as the “Chicken Little epoch.”

 

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Mel Gibson's Slamming of Iraq War Is Nothing Jew… I Mean, New

Not long after Mel Gibson was popped for driving while drunk and had a subsequent bout with highway anti-Semitism, I began to wonder how long it would take for Mel to start to try and shake off the label that some have applied to him as “conservative.”

Since the arrest that did indeed at least partially validate the axiom “like father, like son,” conservatives can’t be too disappointed if Gibson does manage to shake that label, but there’s no doubt that some Hollywood liberals wouldn’t exactly welcome Gibson with open arms, either. Well, maybe they would, but under certain conditions. ::cough money cough::

If you’re a famous Hollywood actor/director and are caught bashing Jews, your career could be about to become the equivalent of the Exxon Valdez. If this happens, it’s time to grab the steering wheel and get away from the rocks as soon as possible.

The news today all abuzz now about Mel Gibson has slammed the war in Iraq. Drudge has it splashed all over his page. I immediately began thinking that my fellow conservative writers and bloggers may recognize this as the beginnings of an appeasement of the left. That may be in the cards, but not this time. The fact is, Gibson’s been against the Iraq war from the start.

Here’s some of what Mel said at a Texas event promoting an upcoming film:

In describing its portrait of a civilization in decline, Gibson said, “The precursors to a civilization that’s going under are the same, time and time again,” drawing parallels between the Mayan civilization on the brink of collapse and America’s present situation. “What’s human sacrifice,” he asked, “if not sending guys off to Iraq for no reason?”

Another sign of a civilization in decline is drunk thespians on the side of the highway blaming all the troubles in the world on those who subscribe to one particular religious philosophy.

In May of this year, two and a half months before his arrest and SS tirade, Gibson spoke of a “fear mongering” Bush administration. A few years ago, Gibson’s film company, Icon Productions, was set to finance Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11” but bowed out.

Moore supporters say Gibson backed out of the project due to pressure from the Bush White House, but Gibson’s very public opinion of the president and the war would lead one to believe that isn’t the case.

So, in fact, a new “left turn” for Mel this is not. Something like that may happen, but this isn’t it. If Gibson starts hanging with Rob Reiner, Sean Penn and Martin Sheen, then we’ll know for sure.

For now, Gibson won’t need to cozy up to liberals any further. Funny, not even two months ago, there were those who were wondering if Mel Gibson’s career was over. Now, his new movie “Apocalypto” may make the cover of both Time and Newsweek, and a whirlwind media tour, and probably more Academy Awards, are in his future.

Gibson’s remarks this summer may have temporarily stunk up Malibu, but what he brings to the table is something that everybody in Hollywood loves the scent of — money. Things will soon be back to normal for Mel Gibson, hard left turn or not.

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Mel Gibson’s Slamming of Iraq War Is Nothing Jew… I Mean, New

Not long after Mel Gibson was popped for driving while drunk and had a subsequent bout with highway anti-Semitism, I began to wonder how long it would take for Mel to start to try and shake off the label that some have applied to him as “conservative.”

Since the arrest that did indeed at least partially validate the axiom “like father, like son,” conservatives can’t be too disappointed if Gibson does manage to shake that label, but there’s no doubt that some Hollywood liberals wouldn’t exactly welcome Gibson with open arms, either. Well, maybe they would, but under certain conditions. ::cough money cough::

If you’re a famous Hollywood actor/director and are caught bashing Jews, your career could be about to become the equivalent of the Exxon Valdez. If this happens, it’s time to grab the steering wheel and get away from the rocks as soon as possible.

The news today all abuzz now about Mel Gibson has slammed the war in Iraq. Drudge has it splashed all over his page. I immediately began thinking that my fellow conservative writers and bloggers may recognize this as the beginnings of an appeasement of the left. That may be in the cards, but not this time. The fact is, Gibson’s been against the Iraq war from the start.

Here’s some of what Mel said at a Texas event promoting an upcoming film:

In describing its portrait of a civilization in decline, Gibson said, “The precursors to a civilization that’s going under are the same, time and time again,” drawing parallels between the Mayan civilization on the brink of collapse and America’s present situation. “What’s human sacrifice,” he asked, “if not sending guys off to Iraq for no reason?”

Another sign of a civilization in decline is drunk thespians on the side of the highway blaming all the troubles in the world on those who subscribe to one particular religious philosophy.

In May of this year, two and a half months before his arrest and SS tirade, Gibson spoke of a “fear mongering” Bush administration. A few years ago, Gibson’s film company, Icon Productions, was set to finance Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11” but bowed out.

Moore supporters say Gibson backed out of the project due to pressure from the Bush White House, but Gibson’s very public opinion of the president and the war would lead one to believe that isn’t the case.

So, in fact, a new “left turn” for Mel this is not. Something like that may happen, but this isn’t it. If Gibson starts hanging with Rob Reiner, Sean Penn and Martin Sheen, then we’ll know for sure.

For now, Gibson won’t need to cozy up to liberals any further. Funny, not even two months ago, there were those who were wondering if Mel Gibson’s career was over. Now, his new movie “Apocalypto” may make the cover of both Time and Newsweek, and a whirlwind media tour, and probably more Academy Awards, are in his future.

Gibson’s remarks this summer may have temporarily stunk up Malibu, but what he brings to the table is something that everybody in Hollywood loves the scent of — money. Things will soon be back to normal for Mel Gibson, hard left turn or not.

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Monday's Column: Hugo Chavez Insults Bush, Bush Gets Defended By… Democrats?

Today’s column at WorldNetDaily revolves around just how hard I laughed when Hugo Chavez came to New York City and called President Bush a “sick man,” an “alcoholic,” “the devil” and many other things.

No, that wasn’t the funny part. What was chuckle-inducing was when some of Bush’s harshest and most vicious critics in Congress came to his defense.

Why did they ward off a non-domestic W basher? Read “Hugo Chavez gets donkey punched” for the story.

Monday’s Column: Hugo Chavez Insults Bush, Bush Gets Defended By… Democrats?

Today’s column at WorldNetDaily revolves around just how hard I laughed when Hugo Chavez came to New York City and called President Bush a “sick man,” an “alcoholic,” “the devil” and many other things.

No, that wasn’t the funny part. What was chuckle-inducing was when some of Bush’s harshest and most vicious critics in Congress came to his defense.

Why did they ward off a non-domestic W basher? Read “Hugo Chavez gets donkey punched” for the story.

Ich Bin Ein Fabulous: Germany To Have A Gay Chancellor?

Berlin mayor Klaus Wowereit is considered a real possibility to become the next Chancellor of Germany.

This is making news because Wowereit is openly gay and would become the world’s first homosexual leader. Are we sure of this? I always had doubts about Hitler. I mean, the goose-step? Dead giveaway of a “leader” who is also a wannabe Broadway musical director.

The potential for good campaign slogans alone should make this a race to watch.