Saturday, September 16, 2006

Hello, Clio, get me rewrite!

In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge, over the impassioned and prescient warnings of his ambassador to Japan, opportunistically signed the egregious Immigration Act, or National Origins Act, which in essence stigmatized the Japanese as an inferior race. The result was to infuriate Japan and bolster the power of the nationalists.

From a review of Joshua Hammer's Yokohama Burning by Jacob Heilbrunn, New York Times Book Review, September 17, 2006

Ha! "The Road to Pearl Harbor," Part 1: Distracted by his torrid affair with Theda Bara (Megan Mullally), Calvin "Silents Cal" Coolidge (Bill Paxton) signs the Immigration Act without reading it. Cut to: Stock footage of smoke billowing from USS Arizona.

Get the Mickey Mouse network on the phone.


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