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AMAZIAN OF THE WEEK! Iraq War Veteran And Marathoner Mervin Roxas

March 22nd, 2010 | 2 comments | Posted by Jen

Name: Mervin Roxas

Age: 27

Hails from: The Philippines and Orange County, CA

Occupation: Ex-Marine, Purple Heart recipient, student

LA Times writer Steve Lopez specializes in hard-luck stories–it was a series of Lopez’s columns that inspired The Soloist–and his recent profile of ex-Marine Mervin Roxas is no different in that regard. Only this hard-luck story is one in which you don’t just have to be a bystander.

Roxas, pronounced “Rojas,” was born in the Philippines but immigrated to California with his family at age 13. After the September 11th attacks, he enlisted in the Marines and served two tours in Iraq before a Humvee that he was riding in near the Syrian border was blown up by an IED, killing three of his fellow Marines and costing Roxas his entire left arm and part of his shoulder. In the six years since he suffered this devastating injury at age 21, Roxas has been rebuilding his life. On Sunday, he ran the LA Marathon in under 6 hours to raise money for U.S. VETS, an organization that takes care of homeless veterans (and incidentally, the same charity Shia LaBeouf ran for).

And that’s where you come in. Even though Roxas has completed the marathon, you can still donate to his cause. Click here to help the more than 130,000 homeless veterans in America.

[LA Times: An ex-marine can run for us]

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Goodbye Panda

December 4th, 2009 | 1 comment | Posted by Diana

Tai Shan, the panda Americans have watched with awe since his 2005 birth at the National Zoo in Washington D.C., is going home. On loan from China, Tai Shan was allowed to stay at the Zoo for two and a half years longer than originally agreed upon–but now he must head to his native soil to enter into the main breeding program at the Beifengxia base in Sichuan.

Saying "baibai" to Tai Shan

Baibai, Tai Shan

Sad, but neccesary. Let’s just hope that China doesn’t call in any of our other debts. [quivers]

[AFP: Tough To Bear -Washington Loses Panda Cub To China]


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BABEWATCH: Ashwin Madia

September 2nd, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Name: Ashwin “Ash” Madia

Age: 30

Occupation: Congressional candidate & Iraq War veteran

Hails from: Minnesota

Why He’s a Babe: What’s really hot in Minnesota right now? Ashwin Madia, that’s what. The former Marine Corps Captain is currently running for Congress in the 3rd District of Minnesota. Born in Boston to immigrant parents from Mumbai, Ash grew up in the Land of 10,000 Lakes before going to NYU Law School and serving in Iraq. And you know we love a man in uniform. We also love that he’s a former Republican who’s realized the error of his ways. And the fact that when he talks about patriotism, he gets all Clint Eastwood-squinty, like he’s going to kick your ass. Also, Ash hearts the gays (and LGBT rights), and so do we! So, yeah, basically he’s our dream boyfriend. Er, we mean, candidate.


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March 7th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Michelle Malkin has always reminded me one of those yappy little dogs that has suffered the sad, ugly, unfortunate fate of too much inbreeding. The constant, annoying bark but noticeable lack of bite. The oddly shrunken, slightly fucktarded face. Then there’s that thing where a person is forced to apologize for any kind of associasian: (“It’s my girlfriend’s dog” functions quite like “She’s not the same kind of Asian as me”). There’s also the simple fact that she’s a bitch. And that I think she belongs in a crate.

Because of this, I’ve always kinda assumed that Malkin had a soft spot for little dogs. So I was shocked to see the manner in which she has contested the legitimacy of the infamous YouTube video that depicts a U.S. Marine throwing the puppy off of a cliff, that has been making waves all week. “Disturbing whether the dog is real or fake, dead or alive? Yes,” she writes on her blog. “A hanging offense? No.”

Ever the queen of non sequitur, she proceeds to qualify a theory that the video was faked with the intent to reinforce… soldier hate?

[The] clip is a useful cultural Rorschach test. Those who buy into the soldier-as-monster narrative are up in arms–demanding that the soldiers be hunted down and shot. Just look at the comments section in the YouTube thread.

You’ll find that many academes refer to YouTube comments for citeable research. They’re so factually accurate that we don’t even allow them on DISGRASIAN. But that’s besides the point.

Listen, my cousin is a Marine captain currently serving his time in Iraq–I don’t resent him for this incident. The issue with this horrendous video is not anti-troop sentiment. We support our troops. We are freaked about PTSD. We are horrified that we are destroying our boys’ souls with a war that we shouldn’t have started.

Our bottom line is that the video sickens us. And whether the puppy was dead or alive before it was thrown, or whether worked up YouTube junkies who hate their jobs are misspelling comments about wishing the soldier would rot in hell, none of it is nearly as important as that.

But we’ve got to hand it to Malkin for, as always, missing the point.


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DISGRASIAN OF THE WEAK! Tyrone Luther Hadnott

February 22nd, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

The U.S. Military held a “Day of Reflection” for troops in Japan today, to emphasize professionalism and core military values in light of allegations that two U.S. servicemen have committed sexual assaults on the island of Okinawa. The “Day” comes amidst a flurry of new accusations that 38-year-old marine Tyrone Luther Hadnott raped a 14-year-old Japanese girl earlier this week.

Collective reports around the globe state that Hadnott vehemently denies raping the girl, though he admits to forcing her down and kissing her.

Here’s the thing. We’d be glad to know that Hadnott had the wherewithal to avoid violating the poor victim’s privates, but that’s burying the headline: SHE’S A 14-YEAR OLD GIRL, AND FORCING ROMANTIC ADVANCES ON HER IS WRONG. This shit isn’t just disgraceful, it’s downright despicable.

Thanks, Chris.

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