01/30 - Fred Korematsu Day

Korematsu

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It's Fred Korematsu Day and I'm gonna cheat a bit by first posting the opening bit from da wiki and highly suggest people read the full article ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Korematsu )

Fred Toyosaburo Korematsu (是松豊三郎, Korematsu Toyosaburo, January 30, 1919 – March 30, 2005) was an American civil rights activist who resisted the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Shortly after the Imperial Japanese Navy launched its attack on Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, which authorized the removal of individuals of Japanese ancestry living on the West Coast from their homes and their mandatory imprisonment in incarceration camps, but Korematsu instead challenged the orders and became a fugitive.

The legality of Roosevelt's order was upheld by the Supreme Court of the United States in Korematsu v. United States (1944).[1] However, Korematsu's conviction for evading internment was overturned four decades later in US District Court, after the disclosure of new evidence challenging its necessity, which had been withheld from the courts by the U.S. government during the war.[2] Eventually, the Korematsu ruling itself was formally condemned seventy-four years later in Trump v. Hawaii, 585 U.S. ___ (2018).[3]

To commemorate his journey as a civil rights activist posthumously, "Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution" was observed for the first time on his 92nd birthday, January 30, 2011, by the state of California, the first such commemoration for an Asian American in the United States. In 2015, Virginia passed legislation to make it the second state to permanently recognize each January 30 as Fred Korematsu Day.[4][5][6]

The Fred T. Korematsu Institute was founded in 2009 to carry on Korematsu's legacy as a civil rights advocate by educating and advocating for civil liberties for all communities.

In the end, this was all an exercise in futility. NDAA 2012 (Public law 112-81) included a clearly unconstitutional provision allowing the government to indefinitely incarcerate anybody and everybody without any due process or habeas corpus. The Supremes have long ago ceded all authority in security or wartime matters to the executive and Congress has likewise ceded the right to start and or declare wars to the executive. Beyond that, we have obviously entered a time of permanent war, with or without the rhetorical cover of the War on Anybody we Choose War on Terra.
(Before anybody hollers Hedges v. Obama, please be aware that it was overturned and the Supremes denied cert.)

Mahatma Ghandi, a promoter of nonviolence and Indian independence was assassinated on this day in 1948. It does not appear that the CIA was involved in any way.

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On this day in history:

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1018 – The Peace of Bautzen.

1287 – King Wareru founded the Hanthawaddy Kingdom, proclaiming independence from the Pagan Kingdom.

1648 -- The Treaty of Munster and Osnabruck between Spain & the Netherlands

1703 -- The Forty-seven Ronin, commanded by Oishi Kuranosuke, avenged the death of their lord.

1790 -- The first specialized lifeboat was tested

1820 -- Edward Bransfield sighted & claimed the discovery of Antarctica.

1826 – The Menai Suspension Bridge opened.

1847 -- Yerba Buena, California, was renamed San Francisco, California

1908 -- Mahatma Gandhi was released from prison by Jan C. Smuts

1930 -- The Politburo of the Soviet Union ordered the extermination of the Kulaks.

1933 -- Adolf Hitler was sworn in as Chancellor of Germany.

1948 -- Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated.

1956 -- Martin Luther King, Jr.'s home was bombed as payback for the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

1960 -- The African National Party was founded in Chad

1968 -- The Tet Offensive was launched

1969 -- The Beatles' last public performance

1972 -- The Bloody Sunday Massacre of marchers by British Paratroopers in Northern Ireland

1982 -- The first computer virus code was written

1995 – Hydroxycarbamide was approved as a preventive treatment for sickle cell disease.

2003 -- The Kingdom of Belgium officially recognized same-sex marriages

2020 – The World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 pandemic to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern

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Some people who were born on this day:

War is the unfolding of miscalculations.

~~ Barbara W. Tuchman

1697 -- Johann Joachim Quantz, flute player and composer
1882 -- Franklin D. Roosevelt, you know, the WPA guy who jailed Fred Korematsu
1911 – Roy Eldridge, jazz trumpet player
1912 -- Barbara W. Tuchman, historian and author
1915 -- John Profumo, see Christine Keeler
1919 -- Fred Korematsu, activist, fugitive, internee, plaintiff
1927 -- Ahmed Abdul-Malik, bassist and oud player
1935 -- Richard Brautigan, author, poet, and fisherman
1935 -- Tubby Hayes, saxophonist and compose
1936 -- Horst Jankowski, German pianist and composer (The Jazz Couriers)
1942 -- Marty Balin, singer, songwriter and guitarist
1944 -- Lynn Harrell, cellist and academic
1951 -- Phil Collins, singer, songwriter, producer, and actor
1956 -- Darko Rundek, singer, songwriter and actor
1959 -- Mark Eitzel, singer, songwriter and guitarist
1959 -- Jody Watley, singer, songwriter and producer

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Some people who died on this day:

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”

~~ Mahatma Gandhi

1836 -- Betsy Ross, seamstress
1838 -- Osceola, Seminole leader
1858 -- Coenraad Jacob Temminck, zoologist and ornithologist
1934 -- Frank Nelson Doubleday, founder of the Doubleday Publishing Company
1948 -- Mahatma Gandhi, lawyer, philosopher, and activist
1948 -- Orville Wright, bicycle maker, engineer, inventor, flyboy
1951 -- Ferdinand Porsche, engineer, founded Porsche, made first electric-gasoline hybrid auto
1958 -- Ernst Heinkel, engineer, founded the Heinkel Aircraft Company
1974 -- Olav Roots, pianist and composer
1980 -- Professor Longhair, singer, songwriter and pianist
1982 -- Lightnin' Hopkins, singer, songwriter and guitarist
1984 -- Luke Kelly, singer and banjo player
2006 -- Coretta Scott King, author and activist
2013 -- Patty Andrews, singer, part of a sister act
2013 -- Ann Rabson, singer, pianist, and guitarist
2014 -- The Mighty Hannibal, singer, songwriter and producer

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Some Holidays, Holy Days, Festivals, Feast Days, Days of Recognition, and such:

Fred Korematsu Day
Martyrdom of Mahatma Gandhi-related observances:
Martyrs' Day (India)
School Day of Non-violence and Peace (Spain)
Start of the Season for Nonviolence: January 30-April 4

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Today's Tunes

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The Beatles

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Johann Joachim Quantz

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Roy Eldridge

Ahmed Abdul-Malik

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Tubby Hayes

Horst Jankowski

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Marty Balin

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Lynn Harrell

Phil Collins

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Darko Rundek

Mark Eitzel

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Jody Watley

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Olav Roots

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Professor Longhair

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Lightnin' Hopkins

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Luke Kelly

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Patty Andrews

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Ann Rabson

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The Mighty Hannibal

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Ok, it's an open thread, so it's up to you folks now. So what's on your mind?

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Cross posted from http://caucus99percent.com

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spending 5 days in New Orleans. Walked 20+ miles, listened to live jazz and Zydeco pretty much continuously, took a cooking class to unveil the real secrets of the dark roux, drank more Sazerac than you can shake a stick at, didn't get to bed before 2am any day, and didn't have one single white-flash nightmare. On the topic of your post: we studied the history of Charity Hospital, and marveled once again at the seemingly limitless depths of man's inhumanity to man... And still had a fine time.

Back to reality today, at -5degF. Sigh. I can easily see myself cashing in all my chips and moving down there, to the lap of the bon temps. Might have to buy myself one of those frottoires and take up washboard. I think I could deal with getting vaporized a lot easier, if I had a belly full of fine drink and crawfish etouffe and was playing Zydeco.

And on edit: RIP, Floyd Sneed, drummer of 3 Dog Night. Another one gone...

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Twice bitten, permanently shy.

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@usefewersyllables

Sounds like you had a great time. I'd worry about the storms, and the fact that the whole place is sinking too much to ever move there though. All the same, sorry about your weather.

be well and have a good one

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sounds smart to me. Glad to hear you were able to enjoy the NOLA mambo.

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@QMS

be well and have a good one

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@QMS
of the Daywalkers, and was utterly blown away- we saw them several times while we were there. No, screw that: we *stalked* them while we were there. Best washboard player I've ever seen, bar none... This is from 2013, and he's 10 years better now.

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in law school almost 50 years ago. The professors did not try to sugar coat the absurdity of the decision, especially in light of the absence of any such deprivation of liberty from citizens of German descent. One of them had been a clerk for William Douglas and tried to convey to us the political dimension of the Court's sense of its role in American social order. Like most of my hippie era classmates, I found this rationalization of this case to be repugnant. I still of course regard the interment as a crazy abomination, but I think I understand the rueful point better now. You can't stand in the way of a runaway freight train, just because you wear a robe. It should, but it doesn't matter if the State, in this case FDR, cranked the train up to full throttle and then retreated to the caboose. "Our" democracy has always been a contingent social structure, vulnerable to demagoguery and mass hysteria and, most of all, mass prejudice. The last three years have been a great teacher.

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@fire with fire

on con law, focus on civil rights, at Cal. The prof didn't editorialize much, after all, Berkeley, but enough so everybody got the point if they somehow didn't grok it immediately.

be well and have a good one

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an initial appointment with a new dentist, so my attendance is likely to be a bit spotty. We've got deer running all over the neighborhood at night these days triggeering a cascade of motion detecting spotlights throughout the neighborhood. The east bay has a lot of greenspace and parks and hence a lot of critters, including deer who roam all over the place. It can be entertaining, but too many of them wind up being roadkill on certain stretches of road, though I can't really come up with a workable solution for that, I'm sorry to say.

be well and have a good one

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@enhydra lutris

and wondered if my local takee-outee has any.
Thanks for the history of this rebel.

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90 years ago, when Adolf Hitler was sworn in as Chancellor of Germany.

I'm really not sure what to do with that little tidbit of information.

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@Cassiodorus

Objects in rear view mirror are closer than they look

be well and have a good one

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Hi all, Hey EL! Hope its all good out there!

Fred Korematsu should be a household word. A real hero of the people.

a couple thoughts on some entries above...
1836 -- Betsy Ross, seamstress - Actually I found her work a bit gaudy.

1858 -- Coenraad Jacob Temminck, zoologist and ornithologist - Coenraad has an unbelievable roster of animals that got named after him, birds, fish, mammals, and LOTS of them! Musta been da man!

1847 -- Yerba Buena, California, was renamed San Francisco, California - and in about a hundred years and change the Xerces Blue butterfly was extinct because they removed all of a critical yerba.

1982 -- The first computer virus code was written - So was that Bill Gates' first pre-Microsoft work?

That's all I got...

We are in a 3 day freezing mist maybe ice later event now here.

Hope all are well!

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We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
both - Albert Einstein

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@dystopian

be well and have a good one

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --