Skip to comments.R.I.P. Sen. Inouye, Hero of the 442nd (Hero of Immense Proportions)
Posted on 12/17/2012 6:19:58 PM PST by indianrightwinger
We have just learned that Senator Daniel Inouye (D., Hawaii) has passed away at 88. Whatever else the president pro tempore of the Senate was, he was a Nazi-socking badass of a G.I.:
In the fall of 1944, Inouyes unit was shifted to the French Vosges Mountains and spent two of the bloodiest weeks of the war rescuing a Texas Battalion surrounded by German forces. The rescue of The Lost Battalion is listed in the U.S. Army annals as one of the most significant military battles of the century. Inouye lost ten pounds, became a platoon leader and won the Bronze Star and a battlefield commission as a Second Lieutenant.
Back in Italy, the 442nd was assaulting a heavily defended hill in the closing months of the war when Lieutenant Inouye was hit in his abdomen by a bullet which came out his back, barely missing his spine. He continued to lead the platoon and advanced alone against a machine gun nest which had his men pinned down. He tossed two hand grenades with devastating effect before his right arm was shattered by a German rifle grenade at close range. Inouye threw his last grenade with his left hand, attacked with a submachine gun and was finally knocked down the hill by a bullet in the leg.
Dan Inouye spent 20 months in Army hospitals after losing his right arm. On May 27, 1947, he was honorably discharged and returned home as a Captain with a Distinguished Service Cross (the second highest award for military valor), Bronze Star, Purple Heart with cluster and 12 other medals and citations.
1970ish hairstylist then 17, covered up by the dem’s establishment, Fairly well scrubbed now. But older political junkies will remember, last looked only one political ad left referencing the rape, in the victims own voice.
He was a great soldier, but after the war something happened that was not good. He became a democrat and laid the foundation for today’s liberal fascism which now is destroying the USA.
I thought that a hairdresser accused him of reaching under her skirt and groping her, not raping her.
For a long time I thought that. But I'm not so sure. I think it would just be the same pass-a-law-turn-the-real-lawmaking-over-to-executive-bureaucracy that we have now. Squared.
The problem, as I have heard it framed, is not the elected representatives; it is the horde of bureaucrats who provide the support staff for all the reps’ offices. They are not replaced when a rep is, they stay on (and on and on and...). Constantly getting fledgling reps into office would actually compound the problem as the staff would basically steamroll them by building legislation that the rep could never understand, yet would be pressed to put into law.
Now, requiring that the staff go with the rep could have merit. Yes, constant turnover of staff would mean less cunning and insider-knowledge to build trojan horse legislation, and a higher amount of honest folks in each office; it would also mean less efficiency and therefore would stem the tide of legislation, as it would take longer to produce readable bills. However, it would also make it much harder to build the occasional actually-needed bills in a way that makes sure they are properly written, and could result in overturning useful legislation on technicalities by private activists who know how to game the court system. Plus, neophyte lawmakers would be even more at the mercy of a potentially-packed Supreme Court or activist Executive Branch.
The Burrocrats can not do anything the law they work under does not allow them to do. Yeah I know, this does not seems to stop the EPA, but even they could be reined in if Congress would do so.
Sen. Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii) denied new allegations of sexual harassment made by nine women who telephoned a state lawmaker, most without giving their names.
The allegations follow public accusations against Inouye, 68, last month by his former hair stylist, Lenore Kwock, who said Inouye sexually assaulted her 17 years ago.
Kwock called Inouye's behavior both a sexual "attack" and a sexual "assualt." The only thing I rememeber at the time was the phrase "sexual assault." I don't recall any further details. [She also claimed he repeatedly sexually "harassed" her over a period of years; again with few details of what constituted the harassment.]
Her name is Lenore Kwock.
From his obit in the Star Advertiser:
Inouye's closest re-election challenge came in 1992 when his Republican opponent, state Sen. Rick Reed of Maui, obtained a tape recording of Inouye's longtime hairstylist, Lenore Kwock, claiming Inouye had pressured her into sex in 1975 and later sexually harassed her. Reed was criticized by Kwock and the leaders of his own party for going public with the steamy allegations in campaign advertisements. Inouye denied the claims and won re-election with 54 percent of the vote, the lowest victory margin of his career.
More from the New York Times, 1992: here.
Gee we have honor threads now that don’t allow other comments?
I didn’t know that.
I imagine 99% of us could be guilty of some level of sexual harassment at some point, unless queer.
You--"I imagine 99% of us could be guilty of some level of sexual harassment at some point, unless queer."
Why be so dismissive of her claims of sexual assault, and what do you mean "us", leave me out of your disgusting claim.
How sweet..... GoodBuddie.
Reread my post commenting on #5. Do you not agree the poster of 5 is FOS.
regarding “The original accuser had alleged sexual assault and ongoing harassment over a period of years”, clearly the hairdresser was complicit in not terminating services to the Senator immediately.
Not the most honorable post ever made. You should be ashamed.
They are both alleged rapists.
Truly a hero. However, he was originally awarded the Distinguished Service medal for his actions in Italy during WW2.
It was upgraded to a Medal of Honor by Bill Clinton in the 90’s.
Too bad, you seem to have issues with women, and not getting facts straight.
That is weak, little sister.