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Ok, so there's not really much that will make me post about politics. But DAMNIT.

HIGH POINT, N.C. (AP) - A congressman who heads a homeland security subcommittee said on a radio call-in program that he agreed with the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.

Rep. Howard Coble, R-N.C., made the remark Tuesday on WKZL-FM when a caller suggested Arabs in the United States should be confined. Another congressman who was interned as a child criticized Coble for the comment, as did advocacy groups.

Coble, chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security, said he didn't agree with the caller but did agree with President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who established the internment camps.

``We were at war. They (Japanese-Americans) were an endangered species,'' Coble said. ``For many of these Japanese-Americans, it wasn't safe for them to be on the street.''

Like most Arab-Americans today, Coble said, most Japanese-Americans during World War II were not America's enemies.

Still, Coble said, Roosevelt had to consider the nation's security.

``Some probably were intent on doing harm to us,'' he said, ``just as some of these Arab-Americans are probably intent on doing harm to us.''

Rep. Mike Honda, D-Calif., a Japanese-American who spent his early childhood with his family in an internment camp during World War II, said he spoke with Coble on Wednesday to learn more about his views.

``I'm disappointed that he really doesn't understand the impact of what he said,'' Honda said. ``With his leadership position in Congress, that kind of lack of understanding can lead people down the wrong path.''

The Japanese American Citizens League asked Coble to apologize and said he should be removed from his committee chairmanship.

``We are flabbergasted that a man who supports racial profiling and ethnic scapegoating'' chairs the subcommittee, the group's national executive director, John Tateishi, said in a statement Wednesday.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations demanded that Coble explain his remarks. Spokesman Ibrahim Hooper said the comments were ``particularly disturbing.''

In 1988, President Reagan signed a bill authorizing reparations of $20,000 for each surviving camp veteran.

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And again, my answer to this is:

We should lock up all white males because history shows that some percentage of them will become serial killers or wife beaters.

We should lock up all white females because history shows that some percentage of them will become shoplifters or conduct credit card fraud.


And if this gets any further, I will write politicians letters explaining in detail that those two make as much sense.

I may just go with 'all males' because much more violent crime is committed by males.
If it makes you feel any better, this isn't really politics, despite the fact that it involves a politician. It falls under the heading "standard humanoid stupidity". (Politics is a subset of SHS, admittedly, but I think you can safely tag this for the larger category.)