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Korean shopkeepers in LA sue black activist

August 30th, 2006 . by Matt

LA riots
California Market owner Richard Rhee returns fire at looters approaching his market in Koreatown, Los Angeles on the second day of the Los Angeles Riots.

A Korean grocers organisation in LA has sued a black activist for saying that Korean shopkeepers sold blacks “stale bread and bad meat and wilted vegetables”.

LOS ANGELES – A Korean grocers’ group sued former U.N. ambassador Andrew Young for libel for claiming that they and other market owners “ripped off” blacks.

The suit, filed last week in Los Angeles County Superior Court, also names the Wal-Mart store chain and seeks at least $7.5 million in damages.

The former Atlanta mayor resigned as head of a Wal-Mart advocacy group on Aug. 18 amid controversy over comments he made to the weekly, black-owned Los Angeles Sentinel.

In an interview, Young said that Wal-Mart competition had forced smaller, “mom-and-pop” stores out of his neighborhood.

“But you see, those are the people who have been overcharging us, selling us stale bread and bad meat and wilted vegetables,” Young said. “And they sold out and moved to Florida. I think they’ve ripped off our communities enough. First it was Jews, then it was Koreans and now it’s Arabs; very few black people own these stores.”

He apologized later.

The libel suit was filed by the California Korean American Grocery Retailer Association.

“Most members are very upset,” said Gene Park, the association’s secretary and owner of a liquor store in Los Angeles. “There is no evidence that members sold those kinds of spoiled items. … If people think we charge higher prices or sell bad food, they won’t come in anymore.”

Korean shopkeepers were also major targets of rioters during the 1992 LA riots. Did ideas like this contribute to it? I dont know if Korean shopkeepers are charging more or not, but if they do, is it not fair compensation for doing business in a dangerous area? If I find a shops prices are too high, I simply shop elsewhere. I dont really see what the problem is here. Maybe someone can tell me.

Occidentalism nominated for best Korea blog

August 29th, 2006 . by Matt

blog awards

Occidentalism has been nominated for best Korea blog in the Asia Blog Awards. Of course, Occidentalism is one of many that are being nominated, as you can see below.

blog awards

Of course, voting for yourself just isn’t sporting, so I will be voting for Jodi from the Asiapages, who is very deserving of winning an award. If you think that Occidentalism is a worthwhile blog, go ahead and vote for it. Darin, Gerry and myself appreciate just being nominated, however.

Killer tough love

August 27th, 2006 . by Matt

Family members and friends

The son of a couple in New Zealand was charged for ‘stealing’ his mothers car. The couple encouraged the judge to have their son sent to jail to teach him a lesson about “breaking the law as an adult” (the son was 17, a legal minor). From www.stuff.co.nz

A violent gang member with a string of convictions is suspected of killing teenager Liam Ashley, who was strangled to death in a prison van cage.

The parents of 17-year-old Liam thought some time behind bars might teach their youngest son to take responsibility for his actions. But he never made it to the prison cells.

Liam was fatally assaulted on Thursday afternoon in the Chubb security van that was transporting him between North Shore District Court and Auckland Central Remand Prison.

Liam was facing a charge of unlawfully taking his mother’s car – his parents encouraged the court to remand him in custody.

Liam was transported in a van with 13 other prisoners. The van was divided into four separate compartments and the teenager was in a compartment with two other men.

The Sunday Star-Times understands one of the men is a known violent gang member with about 80 convictions.

The 25-year-old is understood to be a King Cobra member with convictions including firearms offences, escaping police custody and aggravated robbery.

A Corrections Department source told the Star-Times that at the man’s last court appearance, for aggravated robbery and wounding with intent, he had to be accompanied by four armed guards because of a history of violence and unpredictability.

When the van arrived at Auckland remand prison, Liam was unconscious and not breathing.

The Star-Times understands the markings on Liam’s neck suggest he was strangled with handcuffs.

Ambulance officers resuscitated him but the brain damage was so severe he was placed on life support in Auckland Hospital.

His family made the heartbreaking decision to turn the life support system off on Friday morning.

‘Tough love’ is something a family does in extreme circumstances, and it never should involve leaving a family member to the state. Any interaction with the prison system is bound to make the situation worse.

Liam’s uncle, Brett Ashley, said the family was devastated.

“Liam was offered bail but at his court hearing his family decided the best course of action was to entrust Liam to the New Zealand justice system and let him experience first- hand the serious effects of breaking the law as an adult.

“Liam was going through the process, being put through the system to get back on track and during that process he has ended up dead.”

The system does not ‘cure’ anyone. You cannot just process a human being through ‘the system’, and expect a good result.

Liam’s parents, Ian and Lorraine Ashley, met police yesterday. The family issued a statement saying they wanted the Corrections Department to explain why Liam was allowed to die in the care of the justice system.

The system does not ‘care’. The fundament of the system is a monopoly on violence, and the prison system is the epitome of that. What on earth did they expect? Boys town?

The New Zealand Herald made it clear that it was the parents, not the police, that decided to press charges, and then to not bail him out.

Yesterday, Liam’s parents Ian and Lorraine Ashley, confirmed it was their decision to press criminal charges against their son after he took their vehicle without permission.

Liam had been offered bail on the theft charge, but his parents decided he should spend some time behind bars and experience “the serious effects of breaking the law”.

In any encounter with the authorities, like the police or correctional system, your first priority is to survive the encounter. In a way, it might be that this boy was lucky. Actually entering the prison system, he may have been the victim of homosexual rape regularly, which so many young men suffer in the prison system. All this for the non-crime of ‘stealing’ his mothers car (which I am assuming he brought back). Yes, he was being a naughty boy, possibly delinquent in doing that, but you do not deliberately put your flesh and blood through a violent system in the hope that at the end they will ‘reform’. The parents will no doubt be looking to blame the state for this, but I think they have even more responsibility than the state. The state is what it is – it cannot be otherwise, but the parents job is to protect their son.

A tragedy, really.

Lies, Half-truths, & Dokdo Video, Maps 1

August 25th, 2006 . by Gerry-Bevers

The Korean map posted below is called Cheonggudo. It was made in 1834 by a Korean named Kim Jeong-ho. It is the largest of Korea’s old maps still in existence. It is 8.7 meters tall and 4.62 meters wide.


The map is made up of hundreds of individual sheets of ruled paper panels. It is twenty-two panels wide and twenty-nine panels high.

Cheonggudo 2

The height of each panel represents a unit measure of 100 ri, and the width represents a unit measure of seventy ri. That means that the map represents measures of about 3,000 ri from north to south and about 1,500 ri from east to west. One ri is normally quoted as being 0.4 kilometers, but there seem to be shorter measures, as well.

Cheonggudo 3

The scale of the map is about 1/216,000th of actual size.

Cheonggudo 4

Each panel has a 10-segment rule for the height and a 7-segment rule for the width. Each segment represents a distance of ten ri.

Cheonggudo 5

Two panels are used to represent Ulleungdo.

Jeonggudo 6

On the small island next to Ulleungdo are written the Chinese characters 于山 (Usan). The scale of the map shows that Usan (Usando) is about 10 ri, offshore of Ulleungdo. That would be about four kilometers. By the way, the text below Usan reads as follows:

“In the 11th year of Yeongjo (1735), Gangwon Provincial Governor Jo Choi-su reported to the king, ‘A survey of Ulleungdo has found that the land is wide and fertile, and there are signs that people have lived there. Also, to its west is Usando, which is also wide and spacious.’ The so-called “west” character is different on this map, where (Usando) is to the east.”

Cheonggudo 7

Koreans claim that Usan (Usando) was the old name for present-day “Dokdo” (Liancourt Rocks), but the Japanese claim that it was Jukdo, which is a small island less than four kilometers off the east coast of Ulleungdo. Since “Dokdo” is ninety-two kilometers southeast of Ulleungdo, it seems obvious that Usan (Usando) was not “Dokdo.” In fact, it looks like the Japanese claim that it was Ulleungdo’s neighboring island of Jukdo (Chukdo) is correct.

Modern Ulleungdo

You can see Jukdo (Chukdo) off the east coast of Ulleungdo on the modern map posted above.

Since Usan (Usando) was obviously not present-day “Dokdo” (Liancourt), that means Korea has no historical maps or documents to show that she even knew about Liancourt Rocks before the Japanese incorporated them in 1905. Korean claims on Liancourt Rocks (Dokdo) are based on lies and half-truths, which means Korea is illegally occupying Japanese territory.

You can find more discussion on the topic of “Dokdo or Takeshima?” here.

By the way, “Opp” provided the overlay and animation for the 7th map. You can find more of his work here and here.

Japanese Translation Provided by Kaneganese

















韓国人は于山(于山島)が今日の“独島” (Liancourt Rocks)の古称だと主張しますが、日本人はそれは竹嶼のことだといいます。竹嶼は鬱陵島の沖東に4km弱の位置にある小さな島です。“独島” は、鬱陵島南東92kmの沖にあるので、于山(于山島)が“独島” では無いことは明らかです。実際、日本人が主張するように、鬱陵島の周囲にある竹嶼である、と言うほうが正しいと思われます。



于山(于山島)は明らかに今日の“独島” (Liancourt Rocks)ではないので、韓国側には“独島” を描いた歴史的地図が無いどころか、日本がその国土に竹島を編入した1905年以前に、この島のことを知っていたことを示す記録さえ無い、ということになるのです。ゆえに、韓国の“Liancourt Rocks” (独島)に対する領有権の主張は、嘘と、半分の真実に基づいているわけで、とりもなおさず、それは韓国が日本の領土を違法に占領し続けている、ということになるのです。



Links to More Posts on Takeshima/Dokdo (With Japanese translations)

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Part 1

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Part 2

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Part 3

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Part 4

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Part 4 Supplement

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Part 5

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Part 6

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Part 7

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Part 8

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Part 9

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Part 10

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Part 11

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Maps 1

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Maps 2

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Maps 2 Supplement

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Maps 3

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Maps 4

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Maps 5

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Maps 6

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Maps 7

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Maps 8

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Maps 9

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Maps 10

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Maps 11

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Maps 12

Great post from the Metropolitician

August 24th, 2006 . by Matt

The Metropolitician has a great post about the Korean Teachers’ union and the current hysteria about English teachers having sex with Korean girls.

A taster –

All I have to say is – thank God I’m not an English teacher. I’m not saying this because I think the job itself is bad. I’m just saying that Korean society – in the media, on the news, at the water cooler – seems to have a new badguy. I think I’d rather introduce myself these days as the old “bad guy” – the American GI – than say I’m “an English teacher from Canada.” Now, that’s saying a lot.

And –

3) Delink the unrelated issues of A) teachers who have illegal sexual relations with underage students, B) teachers who have inappropriate (but legal) sexual relations with adult students, and C) adult foreigners who have sexual relations with adult Koreans who are not even their students (wild Hongdae parties or stupid foreigners who go on TV and say they slept with 2,000 women are just sensationalist and ridiculous stories). If you separate A, B, and C, you’ll quickly realize that what the newspapers are talking about is mostly B and C, but are trying to make it SEEM like there is a lot of A going on, when in fact, I haven’t heard of any cases of A involving foreign teachers at all.

It is a little long but well worth it. Go and read it for yourself.

Disgrace – Koreans send home Taiwanese kids baseball team

August 24th, 2006 . by Matt

victory stolen by Korea
One of the Taiwanese kids that had victory stolen from him because Koreans could not handle being beaten by foreigners

A Taiwanese Kids baseball team that was invited to play in Korea proved to be too strong for the Korean teams, so the Korean organisers decided to snatch what was a likely victory from the hands of the Taiwanese kids team, and forbade them from playing in the final 4. From ETtoday News







Native speaker assisted translation –

The kids from Taizhong Lixing Private School baseball team was invited by the organisers of a kids baseball tournament in Korea and went to Korea, and overcame barriers to get into the top 8. After the the Koreans said that only Koreans will be allowed to win, and they were not allowed to play anymore. The reason the Korean side gave was that “victory is reserved for a Korean team”. They returned to Taiwan despondent.

The Taiwanese team played very well in Korea the earlier this month, they beat the other team in the first round finishing early with a stunning victory of 20:0, making everyone surprised. They finally got into top 8, but nobody believed that korea would stop them to keep playing when it really looked like they could win.

Teacher zhang for the Tainwanese team said that “they were scared we would win, because the winners trophy belongs to their country, so they talked to us, and only allowed us to play until top 4, forbidding us to continue beyond that”.

Not allowing the overseas team to play final round made the Taiwanese coach very angry, and he got into a scuffle with the organisers. However, the complaint still did not work, and kids had to withdraw from the final and leave Korea sad.

This trip to korea, planned to be 20 days, and the personal expense was as high as 30000 Taiwanese dollars for each kid, which was a heavy price for their parents to pay, but they still got this unreasonable treatment from korea.

The kids in the Taiwanese team said “the Koreans are wierd, they dont want to allow us to win, it’s unreasonable”. Having been kicked out of the tournament, all the Taiwanese players got really angry. They said they only want to communicate using their playing skill with the Korean teams. But they will keep playing hard after they get back to Taiwan. They believe there will be one day when they can play with a korean team in an international match, and definitely take victory, and make the Koreans upset.

There is low, and then there is really low. Snatching victory from the hands of foreign kids is a new nadir even by Korean standards.

Quite simply disgusting.

Lies, Half-truths, & Dokdo Video, Part 2

August 23rd, 2006 . by Gerry-Bevers

Koreans have made a propaganda video claiming that Liancourt Rocks (Dokdo) is historically Korean territory and that Japan’s territorial claims on the rocks are illegitimate, but that is simply not true. The video is full of lies, half-truths, and red-herring arguments, which I began pointing out in my first post on the issue here: Lies, Half-truths, & Dokdo Video, Part 1, where you can also watch the video.

In my first post on the issue, I used maps and quotes from Korean historical documents to show that the island Koreans are using to base their claim on Liancourt Rocks (Dokdo) was actually just a neighboring island of Ulleungdo. Korea’s own historical documents say that the island, “Usando,” was a neighboring island of Ulleungdo. They say that it was fertile, had trees and various plant life, and had people living on it. That is proof that Usando could not have been Liancourt Rocks (Dokdo) since Liancourt Rocks is just barren rocks with no trees, soil, or water to support a settlement.

To further emphasize the fact that Usando could not have been Liancourt Rocks (Dokdo), here is a Korean record from the Annals of King Sejo:

April 16, 1457, “Annals of King Sejo,” Vol. 7

First, former Jungchuwon Busa Yu Su-gang, wrote, “I will respectfully tell you what I saw and heard while I was the Gangneung Busa….”

1. “The people in Gangneung said, ‘The islands of Usando and Muleungdo are both suitable for settlements. There are an abundance of products that can be used for many things. There is nothing they do not have, including paper mulberry trees, mulberry, ramie, large bamboo, zither stick, “fish glue” trees, camellia, pine nut trees, pear trees, persimmons, Asiatic sparrow hawks, black sparrow hawks, laver, globefish, octopus, and sea otters.'”

“‘The land is so fertile that it produces ten times more grains than other regions. The distances from north-to-south and east-to-west are both about 50 ri, so people can settle there. The four sides of the island are rugged with cliffs that stand 1,000 gil high, but there are places for boats to anchor. If there is a wind blowing directly out of the west, you can leave Samcheok at between 1:30 and 2:30 a.m. and arrive at the island between 9:30 and 10:30 p.m., but if you use your oars with a light wind, then it will take one day and one night to arrive. If you use your oars with no wind, you can still get there in two days and one night.'”

“I prostrate myself and beg you to establish settlements and choose people to protect them.”

The king ordered the Byeongjo (council) to discuss the matter. The Byeongjo answered as follows:

Article 4: “Establishing settlements on the two islands of Usando and Muleungdo would be difficult because the sea route is dangerous and travel to and from there would be very difficult. Moveover, it would be very difficult to protect them because it is an isolated island.”

“For the above reasons and others, please do not issue an order (to establish settlements). Instead, since there are people from the province who travel to the island and temporarily live there, we request that we wait for calm winds and then send an official there to forcefully evict them. Please tell the inspector for that province to find other places to anchor the military vessels stuck in inlets clogged with sand and move them there.”      

The king followed the advice, but did not forcefully evict the people travelling to and temporarily living on the two islands.

Notice that the record says that both Usando and Muleungdo (Ulleungdo) were suitable for settlements and that the islands had an abundance of plant and animal life, which included various kinds of trees. That means that Usando could not have been Liancourt Rocks because there is no soil for plants and trees, which makes it unsuitable for a settlement. Also, notice that the record again says that it was two days travel time to the two islands, just as the Chinese characters say on the bottom line connecting the two islands to the mainland on this 1710 Korean map. The above record is not unique, but one of many that show that Usando could not have been Liancourt Rocks (Dokdo).

The reason Koreans claim that Usando was Liancourt Rocks (Dokdo) is that without making such a claim, Korea would have no record or map before 1905 showing that she even knew about the rocks, much less claimed them. The problem is that there is nothing mentioned about Usando in Korean historical documents that would even suggest that Usando was Liancourt Rocks (Dokdo).  On the contrary, all the evidence suggest that Usando was a neighboring island of Ulleungdo, most likely Jukdo, which is a small island less than four kilometers off Ulleungdo’s east coast. 
Japanese Translation Provided by Kaneganese


(Gerryの投稿の日本語訳です。)韓国は、”独島” (Liancourt Rocks)が歴史的に韓国の領土であり、日本の竹島(Liancourt Rocks)領有権の主張は、違法である、と主張するプロパガンダビデオを作製しました。しかし、この韓国の主張は、端的に言って正しくありません。このビデオは嘘、欺瞞に満ちた半面の真理、そして人の注意をそらすような実の無い議論に満ち満ちています。私は最初の投稿“ Lies, Half-truths, & Dokdo Video, Part 1”で、こうした点を指摘し始めました。ビデオもその中で視聴できます。        

前回は韓国の歴史文献から地図や引用をもってきて、韓国人が”独島” (Liancourt Rocks)の領有権を主張する際の根拠とする島が、実は単に、鬱陵島に隣接する島に過ぎないことを示しました。“于山島”というその島が、鬱陵島の付属島であるということ、を韓国自身の歴史文献が明らかにしているのです。その文献によると、問題の島はとても肥沃で沢山の木や植物が生えており、人が住んでいる、となっています。これは于山島が”独島” (Liancourt Rocks)では無い確固たる証拠です。Liancourt Rocksは木や土、水などの動植物が生息できる条件が全く無いただの岩で出来た島に過ぎないからです。

さらに于山島が”Liancourt Rocks” (独島)ではありえないことをさらに強調するために、韓国側の記録である世宗実録を紹介したいと思います。

“世祖実録 巻第7 1457年4月16日 (世祖三年丁丑四月
一 江陵の人々は、牛山(于山)と茂陵(武陵)の両島はどちらも村を作り住民を住まわせることが可能です。土地の産物は多様な用途のものがたいそう豊富で、以下のようなものが採れます。こうぞ、苧(麻の一種)、桑、大竹、海竹、魚膠木、冬栢木(椿)、柏、梨、柿、鴉(カラス)、鶻(はやぶさ)、真っ黒な山鳩、海苔、サメ(もしくはアワビ)、蛸、ラッコなどです。’‘その土地は大変肥沃で、他の土地に比べ、10倍の収穫があります。東西、南北の距離はそれぞれ50里ほどで、人が住むことが可能です。四方は険阻な壁のような崖でなっており、1000仭もの高さがありますが、船を停泊できる場所はあります。西風が直接吹きつければ、三陟を丑の刻(午前1:30から2:30の間)に発てば、亥の刻(午後9:30から10:30の間)に着きます。もし微風の中、櫓を使って漕いでいくなら、一昼夜かかるが、無風で櫓を漕いで行けば、二日間かかります。村を設置し、選任した者を守護に付けることを伏せて望むものです。’‘第四条 牛山(于山)と茂陵(武陵)の両島に村を設置することについて、両島は航路が大変危険でまた遠いため、往来が甚だしく困難です。さらに、海中の孤島であることから、村を維持、保護することもまた困難です。そうした事を踏まえ、この件に関して実行することは無いように願います。但し、我が県の人民が両島に流れ着いて住むこともあるため、穏やかな風を待って官吏を派遣し、兵船が出入りできるか海岸を調べることがよいでしょう。王はこれに従った。両島の流民を強制的に召還することは無かった。”

記録では、牛山(于山)と茂陵(武陵)の両島はどちらも村を作り住民を住まわせることが可能で、島には豊富な動植物の産物があることが分かります。このことから、于山島がLiancourt Rocksでは有得ないことが分かります。Liancourt Rocksには土が無く植物が生えないため、居住不能だからです。さらに、この両島へは2日かかると記述されていることに注目して下さい。これは、1710年の韓国の古地図〈リンク〉において、2島と本土をつなぐ線の下に併記されていた文とちょうど同じ内容です。この記録自体は、特別なものではありませんが、于山島がLiancourt Rocks (独島)ではありえないことを示している、沢山の証拠の中の一つなのです。

韓国側が于山島がLiancourt Rocks (独島)であるなどと主張するのは、そうでも言わなければ韓国側には1905年以前に領有権を主張したどころか、その島の存在すら知っていたかどうかを示すものは、記録も、地図も存在しないのです。問題は、韓国の歴史文献には、于山島がLiancourt Rocks (独島)であることをにおわせるような文章さえ、何も無いのです。それどころか、全ての証拠が、于山島は、鬱陵島の隣にある島、ほぼ確実に鬱陵島の東沖4km以内に浮かぶ小さな島、竹嶼/竹島(Jukdo)である事を示しているのです。    

Links to More Posts on Takeshima/Dokdo (With Japanese translations)

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Part 1

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Part 2

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Part 3

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Part 4

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Part 4 Supplement

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Part 5

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Part 6

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Part 7

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Part 8

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Part 9

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Part 10

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Part 11

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Maps 1

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Maps 2

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Maps 2 Supplement

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Maps 3

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Maps 4

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Maps 5

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Maps 6

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Maps 7

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Maps 8

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Maps 9

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Maps 10

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Maps 11

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Maps 12

When lesbians attack

August 23rd, 2006 . by Matt

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Pictures of two of the perpetrators

Now that Nora has disappeared after I exposed ‘her’, there is no one around in the Korea related blogosphere to write about lesbian issues. I will make an attempt in true finger chopping wacky Occidentalism style.

Here is a story. A guy in New York tries to pick up a girl, fails, spits on the girl or one of her friends, and is then attacked by a group 7 of lesbians. Story courtesy of Gay.com (standard denial – I am not a regular reader of Gay.com).

Seven lesbians from Newark, N.J., attacked and seriously injured a street vendor in New York’s West Village early Friday after the man grew angry when his advances to one woman were not returned, the New York Daily News reported.

Police said the women whipped Wayne Buckle, 28, with belts; the subject of his attentions, Patreese Johnson, 19, then stabbed him repeatedly with a steak knife, the Daily News said.

I suspect these New York lesbians are a very tough breed (excuse the pun).

One of the women yelled “She’s my girl, and no one hits on my girl!” during the incident, a police source told the paper.

The lesbian that said that is definitely going to a womens prison. I thought the prison system was supposed to be punishment, not a reward.

“He made the mistake of spitting at one of them,” Diego Rodriguez, who works at a nearby newsstand and called 911, told the paper. “They beat him up bad with belts, kicked and punched him.”

Later, at the police station house, where the seven suspects, ranging in age from 18 to 31, were charged with gang assault and criminal possession of a weapon, another woman told the Daily News that Buckle “called us [homophobic slur] and he said he was going to f— us all.”

Said another: “He spit on us and threw a cigarette. This is a hate crime.”

Buckle was recovering at a New York hospital in critical but stable condition.

A “hate crime” indeed. After beating him senseless with belts, and stabbing him repeatedly with a knife, they were arrested a block away from the crime scene, according to WNBC News .That means they ran away from the crime scene – I dont know why the article just does not come out and say it.

The stab victim was interviewed from hospital by the New York Daily News.

An oxygen tube pumping air into his lungs, the 28-year-old man allegedly beaten and stabbed in the West Village by a gang of petite lesbians described the attack yesterday from his hospital bed.

“They hated men,” Wayne Buckle said from the intensive care unit of Saint Vincent’s Hospital Manhattan. “I think it would have been any man and not just me.”

Still shaken by Friday’s terrifying assault, Buckle, an independent filmmaker from Queens, said he felt he was the victim of a bias attack.

“It was a hate crime against a straight man by a ton of lesbians,” he said. “This is what the world is coming to.”

Several witnesses and police sources said Buckle sparked the attack by spitting on a 19-year-old lesbian after she rejected his advances outside the IFC movie theater on Sixth Ave. near W. Third St. He also allegedly cursed the woman, Patrice Johnson, using gay slurs.

Johnson and six of her friends – all lesbians from New Jersey – pounced on Buckle at 2 a.m., whipping him with belts before Johnson stabbed him repeatedly in the belly with a 4-inch serrated steak knife, authorities said.

Buckle was bleeding badly after the attack. He suffered multiple stab wounds to his stomach, and his face was bruised.

The seven suspects were arraigned early yesterday on charges of attempted murder, assault and gang assault. They were ordered held on $50,000 cash bail or $150,000 bond.

His eyes swollen, Buckle was hooked up to a respirator yesterday. He denied that he had provoked the attack and insisted he was not homophobic.

“All I said was, ‘Excuse me, how are you doing?’ like a gentleman,” he said. “I thought it was the natural thing to do.”

I dont know. It is hard to tell exactly what happened here, but it looks like the lesbians wanted to escalate the situation because they were clearly willing to use violence. Normal people do not just go out and stab people, even if they suffer considerable provocation. Being spit on is not enough provocation to beat and stab someone so badly they need to go on a respirator, in my opinion. If I were the NY police, I would be looking for a history of altercations with straight men by the perpetrators.

That sure beats anything Kushibo/Nora ever wrote about lesbians!

The Uneasy Sleep

August 19th, 2006 . by Darin

An editorial about Yasukuni and all things relevant by George F. Will on the Washingon Post’s site. HT to Richard of TPD.

Leftist ideology causes South Korea’s regime to cultivate victimhood and resentment of a Japan imagined to have expansionism in its national DNA. The choice by China’s regime is more interesting. Marxism is bankrupt and causes cognitive dissonance as China pursues economic growth by markedly un-Marxist means. So China’s regime, needing a new source of legitimacy, seeks it in memories of resistance to Japanese imperialism.

Actually, most of China’s resistance was by Chiang Kai-shek’s forces, Mao’s enemies. And Mao, to whom there is a sort of secular shrine in Beijing, killed millions more Chinese than even Japan’s brutal occupiers did.

The museum adjacent to Yasukuni says “The Greater East Asian War” began because, when the New Deal failed to banish the Depression, “the only option open to Roosevelt . . . was to use embargoes to force resource-poor Japan into war. The U.S. economy made a complete recovery once the Americans entered the war.” That is disgracefully meretricious — and familiar. For years a small but vocal cadre of Americans — anti-FDR zealots — said approximately that. But neither Koizumi nor Abe includes the museum in his visits to the shrine.

Things are so bad that, speaking about the incessant incursions by Chinese submarines and military aircraft into Japanese sea and air spaces, a senior Japanese official casually made the startling suggestion that China’s regime, like Japan’s regime before the war, does not fully control its military.

The controversy about Yasukuni should not mystify Americans. With their comparatively minor but still acrimonious arguments about displays of Confederate flags, Americans know how contentious the politics of national memory can be, and they understand the problem of honoring war dead without necessarily honoring the cause for which they died.

Emphasis mine.

Protest Photos

August 18th, 2006 . by Darin

UPDATE:  I just got a TV yesterday.  I just saw a news discussion program that mentioned the images shown here below as being a recent and in response to Koizumi’s recent Yasukuni visit.

ORIGINAL: ★厳選!韓国情報★ has a a collection of pictures from demonstrations in Korea I have never seen before. There seems to be no note as to when these were taken, but as I said, I have never seen them before, it’s possible they are new and in response to Koizumi’s most recent Yasukuni visit.

Do keep in mind that not everyone goes completely wild and crazy, protesting in a more accepted form.

See more from the original link.

Also available, Anti-Japanese Photoshoping!

I could be wrong about this, but Bush has never said to Koizumi that he should stop correct?

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