Propaganda

“Does anyone find it odd how the media can use Europe, or Japan for that matter, as either a positive or a negative depending upon which buttons they are wanting to push on the American people?

For example, when they want Americans to meekly accept immigration, they give us these articles about a ‘dying Japan’ or a ‘Europe that can’t get up’. Immigration is presented as a solution, and while Japan accepts none and Europe can’t or won’t assimilate them, good old America just keeps on taking ‘em in, thus our economy is performing better than theirs.

But when the media wants to squash any sentiment against small government, or gun ownership, etc., they paint a picture of a wealthy Japan or EU with their minuscule murder rates, generous national health care systems, workers compensation, unemployment benefits, maternity leaves, etc., etc. Why the streets and infrastructure in those nations are gleaming, modern marvels compared to the crumbling structures in America. If only we’d tax ourselves like those guys.”

Via Luke Ford

The Mystery of Theodore “DJ Theo” Mizuhara

 

Los Angeles in the 90s was an interesting place, it had everything we have now but bigger and better. Their Hip Hop stars were more controversial and their race riots lasted longer and destroyed more businesses. Paradise it was not, but Los Angelenos remember that time fondly. Deep-voiced DJ Theo had a successful radio show on LA’s 92.3 The Beat and the station hit #1 in the ratings multiple times.

LA is known for its large Black population and its large Asian population. The Beat had the slogan “No Color Lines”. Theodore Mizuhara was an American sansei (a third-generation Japanese-American) and his ethnicity was kept a secret for his first year of broadcasting. As a DJ on an Urban Contemporary station, his deep voice led most to assume he was black. The legend goes that his position became untenable once it got out that smooth DJ Theo was an Asian.

I cannot find anything to say that this is either true or untrue. What I do know is that DJ Theo had a massively successful Hip Hop show in a place where, considering all the homegrown talent, listeners tend to be more discerning with that genre. I can find references to him being added to the lineup “quietly” at 93.5 KDAY in Redondo Beach and also, from 2001, at 106.1 KMEL in San Francisco, but that seems to have been short-lived. Since he lost or gave up his show on 92.3 The Beat, DJ Theo has sunk to complete obscurity. Some digging reveals an address on Mulholland Drive, which could mean he still lives among most of his fans.

Dom Kennedy raps “What happen to The Beat? Damn I miss Theo” in 2011 and there are many people asking what happened to DJ Theo on abandoned fora and sites like Yelp. DJ Theo certainly has not been forgotten.