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Like any good conservative event, CPAC 2013 kicked off with a WAR PANEL featuring Rep. Louie Gohmert, noted WAR ENTHUSIAST. To the highlights:

  1. Louie Gohmert describes seeing a dude wearing glasses. Says the guy looked “somewhat liberal” thanks to the specs. That’s right, corrected vision isn’t for freedom-lovers! See things with your all-American beer belly, not with your eyes!

  2. Gohmert condemns the United States for withdrawing from Vietnam, because we totally could have won that war: “Vietnam was winnable, but people in Washington decided we would not win it.” 

  3. Speaking about the Northern Alliance in Afghanistan: “I know they’re Muslims, but they’re our friends.” Rebranding at work!

This has been Deep Thoughts With Louie Gohmert, CPAC 2013 edition.

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I am even more mortified to learn that this idiot is an Aggie.

In contrast to the largely Japanese and Chinese origins of Asian Americans in the first half of the century, today Asian Americans are highly diverse in their national origins. Asian Indians, Koreans, and Filipinos, for example, are among the fastest growing segments of the Asian American population. There has also been a general shift away from the largely working-class origins of the late nineteenth - early twentieth century Asian immigrants.

While there is considerable socio-economic diversity within the Asian American population today, it is also the case that many post-1965 Asian immigrants come from professional, white-collar and highly educated backgrounds. The middle-class background of many Asian immigrants in conjunction with the phenomenal growth and success of some Asian economies, has lent support and credence to the popular image of Asians as a “model minority”: a group that is culturally programmed for economic success.

The middle-class image does not, however, do justice to the realities of the socio-economic diversity within the new Asian immigrant stream. In fact, many analysts characterize the Asian American population today as polarized, consisting of two sharply disparate socio-economic segments. In contrast to those admitted in the 1970s, recent Asian immigrants have been less select and more diverse in their socioeconomic origins.

Further contributing to a movement away from a purely middle-class profile is the entry since the mid-1970s of refugees from Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos whose levels of education and training are, on average, lower than that of the other post-1965 Asian immigrant groups. Thus, while economic polarization is apparent within Asian ethnic groups, it is also one that can coincide with ethnic boundaries. In other words, there are important differences in the socioeconomic profiles of Asian-origin groups. For example, the income levels and poverty rates for Vietnamese Americans contrast sharply and negatively with those of Japanese or Filipino Americans.

Nazli Kibria, The Contested Meanings of “Asian American” (via pedagogyoftheoppressed)

We’re not all the same.

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With such ridiculously offensive generalizations that I was just like


But then he had the audacity to defend himself and was all


So I realized there’s no explanation other than


Preach, George. Preach.


Fed up with Brinkley’s bullshit? Send his syndicators, Tribune Media Services, a message that it’s time to pull him from the “American Voices” column. All he does is run his mouth about the column quoted above.


Fed up with Brinkley’s bullshit? Send his syndicators, Tribune Media Services, a message that it’s time to pull him from the “American Voices” column. All he does is run his mouth about the column quoted above.


Joel Brinkley is the Hearst Visiting Professional in Residence, part of the communications department at Stanford University. He recently published an article in the Chicago Tribune, “Despite increasing prosperity, Vietnam’s appetites remain unique,” in which he alleges that “Vietnam has always been an aggressive country” and that this is a result of their diets, particularly dog meat. This is just one of the slanderous “theories” stated in the article, which generally perpetuates a post-colonial paternalistic attitude towards the Vietnamese people.

You can read some corrections to his assertions here: and here:

A professor this ignorant has no place at Stanford, or any institution of higher education. His leaps in logic are poor journalism, and most tragically, he is creating an unsafe environment for people of Vietnamese heritage at Stanford and beyond.

Brinkley should publicly apologize, and in a highly-visible way, defer to actual experts on Viet Nam to correct his lies. If he fails to do so, it is only right that Stanford remove him from his position.

Please also sign this petition, asking for him to have the decency to resign:

Dangerous ignorance and racism have no place in Stanford’s mission, ” to promote the public welfare by exercising an influence in behalf of humanity and civilization, teaching the blessings of liberty regulated by law, and inculcating love and reverence for the great principles of government as derived from the inalienable rights of man to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Thank you for your support.


June 26, 1966. In Jackson, Mississippi, a civil rights march culminates in a rally in front of the state capitol: but the past few weeks has shown how dramatically things have changed since a similar rally on the steps of the Alabama capitol last year. This march began on June 5 in Memphis when James Meredith set out for Jackson accompanied by a few companions, 15 law officers (including 2 from the FBI), and members of the press. Meredith was shot three times from a 16-gauge shotgun on the very next day, June 6.

A local white man was arrested at the scene, and Meredith was rushed back to Memphis for emergency surgery. On June 7 civil rights leaders from diverse groups including Dr. Martin Luther King and Rev. Hosea Williams (Southern Christian Leadership Conference), Stokely Carmichael and Willie Ricks (Student Nonviolent Coordination Committee) and Floyd McKissisk (Congress of Racial Equality) vowed to continue the “Meredith March Against Fear.” 

Nearly 10,000 black Mississippians participated in the march, and organizers registered 4,000 new voters. Marchers were attacked with tear gas, and some were arrested, including Stokely Carmichael on June 16 in Greenwood. Here is Taylor Branch’s account what Carmichael said to the crowd of 600 upon his release: 

“‘This is the twenty-seventh time I have been arrested,’ he began, ‘and I ain’t going to jail no more!’ He said Negroes should stay home from Vietnam and fight for black power in Greenwood. ‘We want black power!’ he shouted five times, jabbing his finger downward in the air….The crowd shouted ‘Black power!’ Willie Ricks sprang up to help lead thunderous round of call and response. ‘What do you want?’ ‘Black power!’”

On June 26, marchers reached the capitol. By now the divisions between the civil rights groups had become obvious to all, and the new call for “Black Power” was picked up by the media and relayed to the nation. 

Taylor Branch, At Canaan’s Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-1968, New York: Simon and Schuster, 2006, p. 486. Some great info and images on the Civil Rights Veterans web site and via Stanford.  


From left, Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, President Obama, Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen and Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah join hands for a group photo at the 4th ASEAN-US meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Nov. 19, 2012


Spring 1966. As Vietnam takes up more of the President’s time, it also is beginning to occupy more of the national consciousness. By the spring of 1966 we are beginning to see the beginning of dissent from a broadening sector of the population, and with it increased divisions between those who do, like the protester pictured above, and those who do not, support the President on Vietnam. 

Photo above is from Penn State Special Collections, via Flickr Commons. 

Hey, it’s people like Mitt Romney!


Between the years of 2001 and 2005, the Chinese police said that they rescued approximately 1,800 human trafficking victims on the Vietnam border.  The women that returned home were ousted as social outcasts by family and had no where to go.Vang Thi Mai, a brave social advocate living in Hop Tien, Vietnam, started a textile company to help provide victims of human trafficking with jobs.  This slide show in the New York Times depicts the campaign Vietnamese advocates like Mai have launched over the past few years and their successes, and how local civilians can make a difference in the lives of trafficking victims.

As a combat veteran of two tours in Vietnam with twenty-two years of service as a Republican member of the U.S. House and Senate, I endorse President Barack Obama for a second term as our Commander-in-Chief. Candidates publicly praise our service members, veterans and their families, but President Obama supports them in word and deed, anywhere and every time.


Even longtime gay-rights activists are stunned by the Justice Ministry’s proposal to include same-sex couples in its overhaul of the country’s marriage law. No one knows what form it will take or whether it will survive long enough to be debated before the National Assembly next year, but supporters say the fact that it’s even being considered is a victory in a region where simply being gay can result in jail sentences or whippings with a rattan cane.

"I think everyone is surprised," said Vien Tanjung, an Indonesian gay-rights activist. "Even if it’s not successful it’s already making history. For me, personally, I think it’s going to go through."

Vietnam seems an unlikely champion of gay-rights issues. It is routinely lambasted by the international community over its dismal human rights record, often locking up political dissidents who call for democracy or religious freedom. Up until just a few years ago, homosexuality was labeled as a “social evil” alongside drug addiction and prostitution.

And Vietnam’s gay community itself was once so underground that few groups or meeting places existed. It was taboo to even talk about the issue.

But over the past five years, that’s slowly started to change. Vietnam’s state-run media, unable to write about politically sensitive topics or openly criticize the one-party government, have embraced the chance to explore gay issues. They have run lengthy newspaper stories and television broadcasts, including one live special that won a top award.

Immigration from Asia wasn’t always this smooth, and for many years the federal government, often prodded by politicians from the West Coast, tried to keep Asians out. By 1870, Chinese workers accounted for 20% of California’s labor force; the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 cut Chinese immigration from 39,500 that year to just 10 people in 1887.

With the Chinese excluded, thousands of Japanese, Koreans and Indians replaced them as cheap labor, but public opinion soon turned against these immigrants as well. In 1906 the San Francisco school board ordered the segregation of Japanese students in its public schools. The news sparked riots in Japan, and President Theodore Roosevelt scrambled to make what was called the “Gentleman’s Agreement” by which the Japanese government agreed to stop immigration to the U.S. In 1917 India was added to the “Pacific-Barred Zone” from which no immigrants to the U.S. were allowed, and from 1924 until 1965 Asian immigration into the United States was essentially banned.

The ensuing 37 years of legal immigration are making an impact. In 1965, Asian-Americans accounted for less than 1% of the population; today they are almost at 6% and growing, with the biggest numbers from China, the Philippines and India, followed by Vietnam, Korea and Japan. (Almost one out of four Asian-Americans has roots in either mainland China or Taiwan.)

America’s New Tiger Immigrants

Asians have arrived in record numbers in recent years and are transforming the terms of the debate

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We adopted our only child Noah (Hoang Anh Tuan) in Vietnam in August 2000 when he was 4 months old.  We spent three weeks in Vietnam and it was a great experience to visit his home country.

In February 2008, he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (cancer) and we spent two weeks in the Aflac Cancer Center at Egleston Children’s Hospital in Atlanta, where he received chemotherapy to destroy the cancer cells in his body. With treatment, his cancer was in remission at the end of Noah’s first month of treatment.

Unfortunately, in April 2012, Noah’s leukemia has returned and his doctor told us that the best cure for his leukemia will be for him to receive bone marrow transplant from someone that is Vietnamese or Asian.

Please register online between Tuesday, June19, 2012 through Sunday, July 22, 2012. Just visit: Click on the “Join Now” and replace the existing promo code with promotional code: ‘noahhein’ before submitting your information.  A swab kit will be mailed to you and after you swab the inside of your cheek mail the kit back..

Registration is free.  You can save Noah’s life or the life of another Asian child!  The Asian population in the donor registry is one of the smallest making it hard to find a match if an Asian patient needs a donor.  What if it were your family member, wouldn’t you want the marrow/stem cells to be available if they needed it?  If you are chosen to be a donor then you either donate cells from your blood which is the most common way (like donating platelets or plasma) or the least common way where marrow is retrieved via a needle.  No bones are cut!   The whole process is free, no cost to the donor!  A little discomfort is worth saving the life another! 

For more information please visit or

Romney’s serial denials of past positions have partly shaped his public political persona. He was for gun control measures, now he’s not. He favored climate change action, now he doesn’t. He was a fan of individual health care mandates, now he decries Obamacare. His craven flexibility was perhaps best epitomized when he tried to explain to Kranish and Helman why during the 1994 Senate campaign he had written a letter to the Log Cabin Republicans, a pro-gay rights group, asserting a desire “to establish full equality for America’s gay and lesbian citizens.” He told the reporters, “well, okay, let’s look at that in the context of who it’s being written to.” Romney, in this moment of candor, was inadvertently admitting he was an unapologetic panderer.

That was an exception. Romney tends to reject charges of flip-flopping, as he did in his unsuccessful interview last November with Fox News’ Bret Baier. And this is to be expected. To be a credible candidate, Romney cannot acknowledge his long list of 180s. (Nor can he dwell on his years as governor of Massachusetts, where his signature accomplishment was health care reform that was the basis for Obama’s initiative.) But his refutation of the past extends beyond the politician’s traditional refusal to acknowledge previous positions that have since become inconvenient. He has adopted an overly flexible attitude toward his personal history, showing that he is an unreliable source of information about himself. If he cannot tell his own tale accurately, can he be trusted to tell the nation’s?


The Vietnamese documentary film With or Without Me // Trong Hay Ngoai Tay Em by Swann Dubus and Phuong Thao Tran was approved by the Vietnamese censors for screening in Vietnam after almost a year of deliberations. Following clearance the film was shown this Saturday night on national Vietnamese television. The film is presented by the Medical Committee Netherlands Vietnam in collaboration with KIT.

This week the Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of six key European documentary film festivals supports the film with one week of free streaming to increase audience awareness of the fascinating possibilities of this genre and promote this unique film.

Thi and Trung live in the gorgeous, rice-terraced mountains of Vietnam’s far northwest. Like many young men in this region on the main heroin route from Laos to China, they’re addicts, and they have HIV. Thi wants to kick his habit. Trung just wants to die. “With or Without Me” is an intimate, tragicomic portrayal of two guys strung out at the edge of the map in a Communist country struggling with drug use, and of the wives, family, doctors and friends trying to pull them back from the brink.

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