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19 Nov 17:17

Virginia mayor says Japanese-American concentration camps were a good idea. George Takei's response is perfect.

by Mark Frauenfelder


David Bowers, the mayor of Roanoke, Virginia, recently praised the concentration camps that the US built during World War II to imprison Japanese American adults and children. And, according to Bowers' logic, that's why we can't allow Syrian refugees to be resettled in his town.

George Takei has something to say about it. From his Facebook post:

Earlier today, the mayor of Roanoke, Virginia, Mr. David A. Bowers, in the attached letter, joined several state governors in ordering that Syrian refugees not receive any government assistance, or be relocated to their jurisdiction. Apart from the lack of legal authority to do so (under the Refugee Act of 1980, only the President has authority to accept or deny refugees), his resort to fear-based tactics, and his galling lack of compassion for people fleeing these same terrorists, Mayor Bowers made the following startling statement:

“I’m reminded that Franklin D. Roosevelt felt compelled to sequester Japanese foreign nationals after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and it appears that the threat of harm to America from Isis now is just as real and serious as that from our enemies then.”

Mayor Bowers, there are a few key points of history you seem to have missed:

1) The internment (not a "sequester") was not of Japanese "foreign nationals," but of Japanese Americans, two-thirds of whom were U.S. citizens. I was one of them, and my family and I spent 4 years in prison camps because we happened to look like the people who bombed Pearl Harbor. It is my life’s mission to never let such a thing happen again in America.

2) There never was any proven incident of espionage or sabotage from the suspected “enemies” then, just as there has been no act of terrorism from any of the 1,854 Syrian refugees the U.S. already has accepted. We were judged based on who we looked like, and that is about as un-American as it gets.

3) If you are attempting to compare the actual threat of harm from the 120,000 of us who were interned then to the Syrian situation now, the simple answer is this: There was no threat. We loved America. We were decent, honest, hard-working folks. Tens of thousands of lives were ruined, over nothing.

Mayor Bowers, one of the reasons I am telling our story on Broadway eight times a week in Allegiance is because of people like you. You who hold a position of authority and power, but you demonstrably have failed to learn the most basic of American civics or history lessons. So Mayor Bowers, I am officially inviting you to come see our show, as my personal guest. Perhaps you, too, will come away with more compassion and understanding.

-- George Takei

19 Nov 14:00

This Little Boy's Letter to the Troops is Heartfelt and Doesn't F*ck Around


Pretty much sums it up nicely though.

19 Nov 18:00

When This Young Boy Called Out Wanting to Report on NASA's Next Rocket Launch and NASA Responded

facebook cute Human of New York posts gets response from NASA

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Tagged: nasa , jobs , reporter , parenting , facebook , win
16 Nov 20:01

Pizza Hut Delivery Guy Comforts Customer After She Takes A Spill

by Mary Beth Quirk

(Adam A. Koch)
When you’re home alone, perhaps the thought has crossed your mind: “What happens if I hurt myself and no one is here to help me?” In the case of one Pizza Hut customer in Arizona who fell while waiting for her order, help came in the form of a pizza delivery man.

The 69-year-old woman lives with her daughter and son-in-law, who had gone out for dinner last week, reports the Apache Junction/Gold Canyon News. She was reaching for her purse to fetch payment for her Pizza Hut order when she caught her toe on a drop cloth and fell to her floor, landing on her face.

“I tried to relax but I landed on my chest or nose. This is a very hard tile floor,” she says. “There was blood everywhere. I was in a lot of pain. I knew I was hurt.”

She called her daughter, but didn’t want to call an ambulance because she was worried her insurance wouldn’t cover it. Despite her pain, she crawled over to the screen door to unlock it for the delivery man. When he arrived, he offered to wait with her, she said.

“I was crying the whole time,” she recalled. “Trevor offered to put the wings in the fridge and get me water. He sat next to me and was very calm. He told me he plays softball and knows what it’s like to get hurt.”

Her daughter called and the delivery man answered, explaining who he was and saying he wouldn’t leave the woman by herself.

“He was so calm and relaxed. I thought, here’s this stranger in my house,” her daughter said. “He could have done anything. But he stayed next to her on the couch. I was so thankful.”

When the woman’s daughter and son-in-law got home, the Pizza Hut worker helped them get her in the car to take her to the hospital. As it turns out, she’d broken her humeral neck at her shoulder and arm joint.

In the end, the delivery guy refused to take the tip she offered him.

“It’s the human thing to do. I just happened to be there,” he said.

Special delivery: Pizza Hut driver comforts customer in distress [Apache Junction/Gold Canyon News]

16 Nov 21:00

Spot On

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Yes yes YES!

16 Nov 14:00

This New Single Father Found a Support Group of Dads On Facebook and His Appreciation is Heartwarming


If I knew any single ladies I'd be all "here's a good one!"

12 Nov 16:00

Read This Heartwarming Tribute Aziz Ansari Wrote About His Father


If you have not binged this show yet, go do it now. The episode Parents is terrific!

13 Nov 14:30


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10 Nov 16:00

James Corden Helped Alanis Morissette Update Her 'Ironic' Lyrics to 2015


Oh this is cute as buttons!

29 Oct 17:00

Hillary Clinton Totally Nailed Watching the GOP Debates With a Single Gif


— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 29, 2015

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30 Oct 17:00

The Perfect Florida Costume This Year

Decided to be Zola's story for my job's Florida themed Halloween party. #Zola

— TAY (@nyctaylor) October 29, 2015

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29 Oct 13:00

Twitter Backlash of The Day: Woman in Britain Are Outraged Tampons Have a 'Luxury Tax'


What?!? How do you even protest this IRL? Stand there with blood running down your legs?

Members of the British Parliament voted 305 to 287 this week against removing a luxury tax on tampons and women's sanitary items.

Apparently, the government considers feminine products "non-essential, luxury" items.

Outraged women took to Twitter to protest the "tampon tax" and show off just how luxurious their tampons really are.

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22 Oct 15:00

This Mother Sent an Open Thank You Tweet to a Local Teen That Showed Her Daughter How to Skateboard

24 Oct 16:34

'Sherlock' special will ring in 2016 on PBS

by Rick Porter
The "Sherlock" special will air on Jan. 1 in both the U.K. and the U.S.
23 Oct 15:00

It Only Took a Little Flour to Bring Out What We Always Knew Was the Truth

funny halloween cats It Only Took a Little Flour to Bring Out What We Always Knew Was the Truth

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Tagged: halloween , Cats , funny , image
18 Oct 17:00

The Bridge Is Down, Go! Go! Go!


Kelly, was this video in your presentation?

19 Oct 16:00

Kidnapped Puppy is Adopted by the Police Officer Who Saved Him

cute rescue dogs Kidnapped Puppy is Adopted by the Police Officer Who Saved Him

It was this officer's job to track down the people who kidnapped a puppy from a florida shelter. She managed to find the puppy and put the kidnappers in jail and that's when she fell in love. 

Now this adorable face has a happy home. 

Submitted by: (via The Dodo)

Tagged: news , puppy , cute , rescue
14 Oct 17:00

Owned by Takei

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Oh myyy yass!

12 Oct 16:00

Snapchat of the Day: Random Woman Breaks Into House, Passes Out And Poops Everywhere

This one really stinks.

UFC star Urijah Faber had a very eventful party after a woman stormed into his house, locked herself in his bathroom and pooped everywhere.

Faber was entertaining guests at his Sacramento home where he captured the entire event on Snapchat. The police eventually showed up and escorted the very stinky woman away.

If there was one good thing from this tale, it was this: Faber made some new friends.

Submitted by: (via Urijah Faber )

Tagged: snapchat , poop , FAIL , ufc , funny
08 Oct 17:00

Instagram of the Day: Take the Most Depressing Tour of the World's Bleakest Places from Your Phone

Sadtopographies is the sad tour of the world's most depressing places.

It's a dismal world after all.

A new Instagram account called sadtopographies, shares the most depressing place names possible.

"Somewhere to go, when you're feeling low," the description reads.

Mostly though, they're just funny.

Submitted by: (via sadtopographies)

07 Oct 19:30

For the Masses

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06 Oct 17:30

Oddly Satisfying

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My porn.

21 Sep 21:00

Doritos FTW! part 2

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Cheetos too. Jesus would def turn random shit into Cheetos.

24 Oct 13:00

A Simple hack to Charge Your Phone With a 9-Volt Battery

18 Sep 13:00

Making America Crap Again

Making America Crap Again

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16 Sep 17:00

Time to Reevaluate Your Influences

funny memes senior quote and hero bill cosby jared from subway

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Tagged: bill cosby , Awkward , Subway , Jared
16 Sep 19:05

After 53 Years, Series Finale of Univision's 'Sábado Gigante' Airing Live Simultaneously in U.S., Mexico & Chile

by Dani Dixon

You should catch this show before it goes away, it's terrifically bizarre. I watched it a lot in college.

After 53 years, the final episode of Univision Network’s “Sábado Gigante” will get a star-studded send-off in a “giant” celebration truly worthy of its name. The live, three-hour show entitled “Sábado Gigante – ¡Hasta Siempre!” (Giant Saturday – Forever!) will offer viewers an emotion-filled evening celebrating the work of host Mario Kreutzberger, known the world over as Don Francisco, and his entire cast and production team who have made “Sábado Gigante” a Saturday night tradition in millions of Hispanic homes around the world. “
14 Sep 23:00

Dear Kim Davis…

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14 Sep 18:00

Commuting Assistance App Wins Startup Competition

by Heather Mongilio

Startup Monday header

Editor’s Note: Sponsored by Monday Properties and written by, Startup Monday is a weekly column that profiles Arlington-based startups and their founders, plus other local technology happenings. The Ground Floor, Monday’s office space for young companies in Rosslyn, is now open. The Metro-accessible space features a 5,000-square-foot common area that includes a kitchen, lounge area, collaborative meeting spaces, and a stage for formal presentations.

RouteHero (Courtesy of Thomas Woo)An app designed to make commuting easier recently won a tech startup competition hosted at 1776 in Crystal City.

RouteHero, built by Arlington native Thomas Woo, provides traffic and Metro updates based on an user’s route and time of travel.

“It’s a really good opportunity to limit some of the hassle of the commute,” Woo said. “You don’t have to check traffic in the morning. You don’t have to worry if the Metro will be single tracking when you get there. We’ll do the worrying for you.”

People can customize the app to include multiple commuting routes. Each alert comes through a text message, Woo said.

“What my app does is you put in your regular commute, whether it is driving or Metro, and the time you commute and we’ll send you an alert if there is traffic or an accident,” Woo said.

RouteHero app dashboard

Woo developed the app based on his own personal experience with commuting from his home in Falls Church to his previous job, he said. He signed up for Google Now and Metro alerts, but he said the alerts weren’t specific enough. He wanted something that would make his commute easier.

“My app sends you one alert just what you want and just when you need it,” he said.

In addition to the alerts, the app also shows the Metro schedule for the lines the user travels. It could work as a compliment to navigational apps Google Maps or Waze because RouteHero tells users when they should find different routes, and then users can use the other apps to find a new travel path, he said.

RouteHero won the D.C. Startup of the Year Competition held at 1776 Crystal City last Wednesday, Sept. 9, which gave Woo validation that his app was useful for commuters, he said.

“It was a good confirmation that yes, people want a traffic and transit app for their commute,” Woo said.

A Metro alert on RouteHeroRouteHero is currently available for Android phones only, but Woo said he is working on an iOS version of the app, which he tentatively expects to have in the next three to five months.

Woo also plans to expand the app to include other modes of transit, such as Metrobus and Capital Bikeshare, and to be able to run alerts for transit systems outside of the D.C. area, such as the “T” in Boston or the subway in New York City.

The app is currently free and is supported with advertisements, but he may add in-app purchases, Woo said.

“The idea is that if you have more than one route, you’ll have to pay a monthly fee of $1,” he said.

Public transportation alerts would remain free, regardless of how many alerts an user requests, Woo said.

10 Sep 21:00


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