Longtime senator from Hawaii Daniel Inouye dead at the age Of 88. Medal of Honor winner. “Inoyue didn’t just throw grenades at the Germans, he threw one after he lost his arm…by prying it out of the hand on his nearly amputated arm.” A man who led from the front. Rest In Peace, Senator.

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ooddballz December 18, 2012 at 10:22 am

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RIP good Sir. SALUTE

StrinaM December 18, 2012 at 10:40 am

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One Bad-Ass Patriot was lost yesterday. RIP, indeed.

Joe December 18, 2012 at 10:38 pm

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I don’t mean to be the asshole here, but I will when a point needs to be made. That point, term limits. Undoubtedly he was a damned fined WW2 patriot, I won’t try to take that honor away from him, it’s a far greater honor than any I’ve ever earned, or will ever earn.

He also voted for Obamacare. I don’t have time to look into his entire record but based on that I’d assume he’s been a loyal progressive Democrat since he first took office (I could be wrong, if anyone wants to take the time to correct that assumption go right ahead, I’ll listen).

I appreciate what he did in WW2, but considering I’ve never heard of this guy until his death and given his almost 50 years in the Senate, I have to assume he’s been part of the problem all those years.

Again, I don’t mean to be an asshole, but I’m a realist. Save what he did in WW2, what did he do in those almost 50 years in the Senate? Did he protect and defend the Constitution in those years? Did he protect and defend individual liberty and limited government? Do you believe people who fight valiantly in a war should have the right to serve 50 years in our government, or do you believe everyone should have a term limit? I’m just throwing those questions out there, since I haven’t heard anyone else do so.

RobertW December 18, 2012 at 10:43 pm

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term limits aye!

also
didn’t he loose the juice?
also also
loomis needs a cowbell ‘cross his face
also also also
term limits aye
(just in case you thot i was innebriated byond kenning

ban all kennedys

StrinaM December 19, 2012 at 6:52 am

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Joe, you speak the truth. Many in Hawaii think he stayed too long. What’s worse, they also recognize that the new Senator who was elected to replace him after he announced his upcoming retirement, will probably “own” the seat for life. That is how Hawaii rolls. They vote in someone even if they are brain dead and on life support. A few years ago, a family of a local rep kept them on life support through the election so they were eligible for reelection. Thus forcing an expensive special election.

poppajoe49 December 19, 2012 at 7:08 am

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That’s just nuts!

Room101 December 22, 2012 at 11:32 pm

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Democrats always let the Germans who actually shot at them and murdered and burned their families in Europe off-the-hook but are gung-ho to hold American-citizens who happened to be born white long after the war fully accountable for the crimes against humanity exhibited by the government of the Third Reich.
To Democrats and so-called ‘liberals’, much credit must be given.
To be born white is to exist as a Hate-Criminal.
Only Whites can be accused of so-called “hate crimes”.

The Democrats have completely discredited all of the pablum MLK once wrote.

poppajoe49 December 23, 2012 at 5:30 am

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I think you could fit in here, but you need to tone things down a bit until we can get a grasp of your positions.
The extreme statements in some of the posts have thrown the regulars off a bit.

RobertW December 23, 2012 at 7:25 am

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trite, naive, or simplistic ideas or writings, intellectual pap? have you read any of MKK jr.’s writings?

deepthinker December 19, 2012 at 4:00 am

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A war hero yes. He deserves our respect for that. As a liberal senator who spent far too many years as a senator I fully agree that there needs to be term limits. That and the Senators need to be selected as it was intended by the founders, by the state legislatures. That way the states had a voice in the legislative process

flashingscotsman December 19, 2012 at 9:55 am

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Same as McCain. A war hero? Yes. A good conservative Senator? Not hardly.

As the war hero that he was, I salute him, just as I will salute Mr. McCain when the time comes.

poppajoe49 December 19, 2012 at 4:51 am

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Joe and deepthinker are correct. Although he was a WWII hero and deserves respect for that, his heroism and patriotism seem to have been somehow derailed, and he was one of the country’s most liberal senators. Maybe he received a head injury in combat? I could never reconcile a military man such as him or Colin Powell, becoming a left winger.

Sidekick December 19, 2012 at 5:50 am

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In the case of Inouye, I wonder if his liberalism was in part due to his being from Hawaii, which has experienced a lot of social strife between the natives, immigrant Asians, and Euros. The neocolonial attitude runs strong there. D’Souza talks about this in “2016″ and “The Roots of Obama’s Rage”. The social justice bent would be the logical outcome.

PsychoDad December 19, 2012 at 1:11 pm

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Yeah, some real wack-jobs have been inflicted on us from Hawaii ;- )

Someone like Inouye though, I think it’s a bit unfair in his case to cast aspersions on his patriotism (poppa). I think in this case we can lay it to his upbringing, as SK suggests, and simply shake our heads and think he really was doing what he thought was best for his country. Which is NOT always the case, of course, with those Hawaiians ;- )

PsychoDad December 19, 2012 at 1:12 pm

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PS – anyone who didn’t catch it elsewhere, Robert Bork has died, too.

MDLION December 19, 2012 at 1:44 pm

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PsychoDad:”Robert Bork”

I read his excellent book “Slouching Towards Gomorrah: Modern Liberalism And American Decline” around the time it came out in 96. What a pity that a man with his towering intellect was kept off the Supreme Court by peons like Kennedy and Biden.