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Thursday, January 19, 2006

Open Thread for Thursday

On this day in 1977, President Gerald R. Ford pardons “Tokyo Rose.” Although the nickname originally referred to several Japanese women who broadcast Axis propaganda over the radio to Allied troops during World War II, it eventually became synonymous with a Japanese-American woman named Iva Toguri. On the orders of the Japanese government, Toguri and other women broadcast sentimental American music and phony announcements regarding U.S. troop losses in a vain attempt to destroy the morale of Allied soldiers.

An American citizen born in Los Angeles, Toguri was in Japan at the time the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. She graduated from UCLA in 1940 and hoped to become a doctor, but when an elderly aunt living in Japan became ill, Toguri’s family sent Toguri to take care of her. She left the United States in July 1941 carrying an identification card, but no passport. When rumblings of war between Japan and the U.S. reached a crescendo later that year, she tried to return to the U.S. but was denied because she did not have proof of citizenship.

(Source: The History Channel)

11 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Who's going to win Huizar's school board seat?

January 19, 2006 7:30 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

She was the Jane Fonda of her generation...

January 19, 2006 7:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Christoher Arellano

January 19, 2006 8:54 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Who's going to use the District 2 school board seat as a launching pad to something that pays better... next.

"Why Johnny can't read the McDonald's training manual"

January 19, 2006 8:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Average new house in L.A. = $600K-$700K

Average hourly wage for a new job in L.A. economy $6-$7.

This is what's known as the urban version of a "Perfect Storm."

January 19, 2006 8:58 AM  

Blogger Archie Bunker said:

I still can't believe that Klutz Gerald Ford pardoned that Commi-Jap Tokyo Rose.

January 19, 2006 11:32 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I heard Arellano received the endorsement of UTLA and Juan Gabriel.

January 19, 2006 12:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Menudo endorsed him too. Was he a former member?

January 19, 2006 12:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I heard Monica was endorsed by Layne Bryant and Liz Taylor, but Jared the Subway guy refused to endorse her (no surpise there).

January 19, 2006 8:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I THINK ARELLANO WAS A MEMBER OF MENUDO...BTW YOU DO KNOW WHAT MENUDO STANDS FOR......MEN-U-DO

January 23, 2006 10:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Tokyo Rose, or Toguri should have never done that IF she was a US czn. How in the world did anyone know she was from the US without any passport????? I say to hell with her and semper fi. Too many of our "boys" went to that war and never came back.

January 23, 2006 10:07 PM  

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