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Emil Guillermo: Defending the Philly Take-outs! Chinese owners discriminated against, says Councilman David Oh

After home invasions robberies in their store/residences in Philadelphia, Chinese take-out owners are banding together and sometimes even arming themselves to fight discrimination.

David Oh said there is a real potential for violence between the Asian and African American communities, in my podcast interview with him.

But he’s hoping for a way to find a peaceful resolution by bringing the communities together.

Listen to the new Podcast.

Oh speaks around 30:00 in.

Also more on David Dao/United; Trump’s 100th day; and the 25th Anniversary of the LA Riots–from the Korean American perspective on “Emil Amok’s Takeout”

Emil Guillermo: More on the Dao Drag, and United’s Fail; Emil Amok’s Takeout Podcast with the news conference; and a contrary anti-Dao view

Hey, flagellants! Have a good Friday? Did you take your tetanus shot before you got your nails done? (Hey,WWJD?)

In the meantime, before we all resurrect shortly, more on that Dao drag.

People are beginning to take the contrary stand on the David Dao drag story.Essentially, it’s that the airlines have some right to subjugate you based on whether you wish to ride in a flying tube at 34,000 feet going at a faster rate than you could driving a Toyota Prius. You want to fly, you buy the communal agreement. Buckle up and fly. And obey the nice flight attendants. Or else.

The contract is the “great equalizer,” I’m told. We’re all up there whether in first class or coach. You give up rights to fly. That’s the not-so-nice “Mile High Club” where you get effed, but not in the nice way.

Sounds plausibly hardass, and it no doubt will be United’s position to point to the fine print of the “contract” attached to the ticket.

But even at 34,000 feet, you don’t throw common courtesy and respect and dignity out the window.

It’s rarified air up in the clouds. But you don’t lose your humanity. Not for the price of flight.

For more: Go to the blog at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund.

And click on the link to get the podcast, Emil Amok’s Takeout.

Hear the attorney for Dr.Dao, Tom Demetrio speak at the news conference. Also hear Crystal Pepper, Dao’s daughter.

Or get it right here on the link below.

And if you doubt what you first saw, here’s a collection of the original videos from the Daily Mail:

Emil Guillermo: United CEO Munoz saw the light, but not soon enough. Apology comes too late.

After that shriek from an Asian American airline passenger heard round the world, methinks United needs to bleed a little more.

When it perpetrated a violent act that caused an innocent passenger to shed blood, United crossed a very serious line.

It declared war on the American consumer.

I was riled that it was an Asian American. But in this de-racinated corporate world, we’re divided into just two camps:
the business and the consumer. And the consumers have united against United. It’s behavior shows a callous disregard
for the people who have kept them in business.

If you didn’t see the apology, here is the statement of United CEO Oscar Munoz:

“The truly horrific event that occurred on this flight has elicited many responses from all of us: outrage, anger, disappointment. I share all of those sentiments, and one above all: my deepest apologies for what happened.Like you, I continue to be disturbed by what happened on this flight and I deeply apologize to the customer forcibly removed and to all the customers aboard. No one should ever be mistreated this way. I want you to know that we take full responsibility and we will work to make it right.”

Munoz plays the right notes. It just lacks a little soul.

Consider his memo prior to the apology when Munoz praised his employees and seemed to blame the victim, calling the passenger “disruptive and belligerent.”

If you see my post at http://www.amok.com, you know I thought that was a little odd.

In fact, when I heard it, in conjunction with news reports about the passenger, Dr.David Dao, I figured this was the set up for a lawsuit.

It may still be. But I think Dr. Dao can extract a little more for the pain and suffering he experienced at the hands of United, and witnessed by millions throughout the world.

Free advice to United: Keep the apologies coming. The shrieks of Dr. Dao have shattered public trust in your brand. It will take a lot more than a statement to restore.

Check back for new Emil Amok’s Takeout on this story here:

Emil Guillermo: New Amok podcast, “Emil Amok’s Takeout,” on the kidnapping claims of the forgotten people of the Japanese Internment during WWII, Japanese from Latin America

You can call it “The Other Roundup.”
Art Shibayama will tell you exactly what it meant to him and why all Americans need to be ashamed.

Shibayama was just a 12-year-old boy in Lima,Peru. A Peruvian citizen.
His whole family was taken by the U.S. government and incarcerated in America.

If you don’t know about the Japanese Latin American part of the World War II internment story, you’re not alone.

When Executive Order 9066 cleared the way for the round-up of Japanese and Japanese Americans in the U.S. at the start of World War II, a different kind  of roundup was taking place in Latin America, especially Peru.

The U.S. government was taking Latin American citizens of Japanese descent, what the victims call kidnappings. Those taken were of all ages, and often, whole families were rounded-up. They were placed on U.S. ships and took a long boat ride to America.  They lived in camps like one set up in Crystal City, Texas.

Art Shibayama says they were kidnapped to provide the U.S. a supply of pawns to trade for U.S. GIs held by the Japanese.

His story on my podcast, “Emil Amok’s Takeout.”

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Emil Guillermo: Trump Failure on Obamacare a Victory for the People

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Repeal and Replace?

Not the Donald, though maybe that will come in time, sooner than we think.

But today’s failure is epic.

Turns out you can say no to the Donald.

The president who was seeking to take away health care from 24 million people just couldn’t get the deal done.

The man who prides himself in being the master negotiator couldn’t  get the majority of Congress to commit what I call “medically-assisted political suicide.”

And in the end, even the president had to realize it was better to cut his losses and pull the bill before a vote.

Immediately, he started to blame the Democrats. But for what?

For making sure that millions stay insured with essential health care they need?

“Let Obamacare explode,” Trump said from the White House after the aborted vote.

Fact is, Obamacare is not exploding. No doubt there  are problems with ACA, but mostly it’s due to the insurance and drug companies that want to assure profitability rather than people’s health. That’s one area that needs fixing. Under a more universal broad pool, with the largest possible number of insureds who can spread the risks of health care, Obamacare would work better.  That would be an emulation of Medicare, a single-payer plan. That’s the answer to many of the problems with ACA.

Republicans don’t like to admit that Obamacare was a compromise to begin with. And now it’s working like a compromise, with some people upset, and many happy they finally have some coverage.

But how do you control costs? Or streamline it?

The replacement, Trumpcare, wouldn’t have done any of that.

It would have cut off care and insureds and  decimated everything, It would have left the country in a bigger health care mess than you can imagine.

It’s a costly lesson for Trump who is learning that you can’t run the country like a business.

Profit and dollars aren’t  everything.

You have to care about the people.

In the end, it was their voices as happy Obamacare consumers that mattered the most.

 

Emil Guillermo: How to listen to Emil Amok’s Takeout, the PODCAST

As Donald Trump likes to point out, Emil Amok’s Takeout is up to Episode 5!

That’s 5 fingers of goodness so far.

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