2nd bird flu outbreak in Seoul

from AP

South Korean officials said Monday they have killed all poultry in Seoul, the capital, to curb the spread of bird flu following a new outbreak of the disease in the city.

The Seoul government said the slaughter was necessary to contain the disease. It said it will now focus on preventing live poultry from being brought into the capital.

The slaughter began Sunday night, hours after authorities confirmed Seoul’s second outbreak of bird flu in less than a week. …

Two additional outbreaks of H5N1 were reported Sunday in poultry farms in Busan and Ansung. It was the first time the virus has been found in Busan, the country’s second largest city.

They were the 27th and 28th confirmed outbreaks of H5N1.

Israel says Syria nuke base was target of raid

Another story involving Korea ……
From Telegraph UK

Israel has admitted for the first time that an air strike in Syria last year was aimed at a nuclear facility built with assistance from North Korea.

The Japanese daily newspaper Asahi Shimbun cited sources at the Japanese foreign ministry for its report of a meeting between Ehud Olmert, the prime minister of Israel, and Yasuo Fukuda, his Japanese opposite number.

Mr Olmert is reported to have admitted that Israel carried out the bombing last September and that the target was a nuclear-related facility built using technical assistance from Pyongyang.



Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid.

Tastes like chicken?

Bosintang. Ever heard of it?

Well, it’s Dog Soup. Big item in Korea. Now, I’m not talking about the North Koreans, living on a starvation diet in Li’l Kim’s workers paradise. No, this is prosperous South Korea. Now get this….

The Seoul city government is seeking to classify man’s best friend as livestock in order to set food safety standards for South Korean lovers of dogmeat, officials say.

Somewhere between two and four million dogs are estimated to be consumed in South Korea every year, but the slaughtering and processing is carried out in dirty environments and poses a risks to diners’ health, they said.

Since dogs are not currently classed as livestock there are no hygiene regulations on their slaughter, officials said.   source

Now that your appetitites are whetted, here’s a nice recipe for bosintang

You will need:
dogmeat-photos.jpg100g of boiled dog meat, 500g of gravy, 20g of green onion, 10g of a leek, 10g of perilla leaves, 100g of taro stalk soaked in water. And, for the sauce, 8g of salt, 2g of mashed garlic, 3g of perilla, 2g of red pepper, 2g of mashed ginger, a little amount of pepper.

After boiling the dog meat with gravy and stalk of taro for some time, boil again after putting vegetables and other ingredients into it. Before eating, sprinkle pepper on it and put into an earthen bowl. The stalk of taro is to be kept in cold water one or two days to get rid of its smell and taste.

Yum, Yum…………Not.

I can’t help it. I think I would have to be near death from starvation before I would eat a dog. Call me closed-minded.

Woof woof.

N Korea`s reactor produced plutonium, not power

U.N. inspectors have verified that North Korea has shut down four more nuclear facilities beyond its sole working reactor, the chief of the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency said Wednesday.

This is welcome news. Especially in light of this report from Zee news…

Seoul, July 15: North Korea’s Yongbyon reactor was ostensibly built to generate electricity but is reportedly not connected to any power lines.

Instead, experts say, it has produced enough plutonium from its fuel rods for possibly up to a dozen nuclear weapons over its 20-year history.

The US State Department said yesterday it had been told that the reactor and other facilities at Yongbyon had been shut down, as part of a six-nation nuclear disarmament deal agreed in February.

UN nuclear inspectors and a first shipment of fuel oil, promised in return for the shutdown, arrived in the communist state earlier in the day.

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Norcoms shut down reactor

From Reuters, via Breitbart…

norcoms.jpgNorth Korea has told the United States it has shut down its Yongbyon nuclear facilities, the State Department said on Saturday.

“We welcome this development and look forward to the verification and monitoring of this shutdown by the International Atomic Energy Agency team that has arrived in” North Korea, said spokesman Sean McCormack.

North Korea said last week it would consider suspending the operation of its nuclear facilities as soon as it received the first shipment of oil from South Korea under the February 13 aid-for-disarmament deal.

A South Korean tanker carrying 6,200 metric tons of fuel oil arrived early on Saturday at the port of Sonbong on North Korea’s northeastern coast, the Unification Ministry in Seoul said.

North Korea has previously “committed to declaring all its nuclear programs and disabling all its existing nuclear facilities.”

This is a very promising first step.

Gingrich the father of Anna Nicole’s Baby? — Fox News Alert

Update #4: “I told you so!”

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) – Larry Birkhead is the father of Anna Nicole Smith’s baby, according to DNA tests, and the late reality TV star’s former boyfriend emerged from a court hearing Tuesday to proclaim that his daughter would soon be home.

Update #3: “The nude photospread at the link on the first Update will prove without a doubt the fact that I am speaking truth to power.” Blogger Nuke Gingrich’s latest comments come amid charges that his “denial” of being Anna Nicole’s Baby-daddy is in fact a cynical attempt to drive up traffic at his award-winning website. “That’s just ridiculous. There is no evidence to support those charges. I cannot imagine anyone using poor Anna Nicole like that. This photospread is proof positive that I am not the father of Danielynn. Do you see me in any of those photos? I rest my case”

Update #2: “Just give me what I want, and I’ll go away.” Right Wing Blogger Nuke Gingrich has reportedly changed his mind….”I want the house in the Bahamas.”

Update: Planck’s constant has a flicker photospread of anna nicole (sans clothing) in his sidebar. [Welcome WordPress Blog of the day — thank you readers. ]


Conservative blogger Nuke Gingrich came forward today and announced that he is not the father of Anna Nicole’s baby, Danielynn Hope.

“There is absolutely no truth to the rumor”, Nuke said, “And I have no idea how the rumor started. As a matter of fact, I didn’t even know it was a rumor.”

annanic.jpgAs the looming custody battle heated up, “ Smith’s mother flew to the Bahamas on Saturday to check on the child, but the big question — the identity of the baby’s father — will be decided in a courtroom.” Source

384433538_64963497cc1.jpgNukegingrich, known for his insightful news and comment, and his dry sense of humor, wondered aloud how such a rumor could get started. “Well, after n2l got two straight Top 50 Blog of the day posts, I guess I uhmm, somebody figured they had better do something to attract the search engine bots, this being such a hot story and the cable news networks are all Nicole all the time.”

Thinking about excercise is good for you? Works for me!

N. Korea: 120 Prisoners Escape From Gulag

I ran across this translated post by blogger TigerLikesRooster from the Daily NK.
Since I don’t read or speak Korean, I am grateful that this blogger shared such a compelling story from behind the barbwired worker’s paradise of North Korea.


120 prisoners escaped en masse from ‘Camp No. 16’ at Hwasung, N. Hamkyong Province, which is a labor camp for political prisoners. This is an extraordinary event which prompted N. Korean authorities to mobilize State Security Dept., Public Security Ministry (police), and military to hunt down escapes, according to multiple sources inside N. Korea.

Inside sources from Chongjin, N. Hamkyong Province, revealed on Feb. 1 and Feb. 5, “On Dec. 20 of last year, 120 prisoners from a camp at Hwasung County escaped, leading to high alert at State Security Dept. and police. Currently, many extra checkpoints are set up in N. Hamkyong Province, checking travel pass for vehicles and travelers.”

N. Korean labor camps for prisoners are ringed with layers of obstacles, and residents in surrounding villages are drilled to their head to report any escapees and escapees face brutal punishment, all of which make escape nearly impossible. It is quite unusual to have mass escape like this.

One source said, “An acquaintance, who is a security official at provincial security dept., told me that political prisoners jumped from Hwasung camp. The escapees are said to number over 120.”

The sources said that there was significant outside help. Escapees used large steel saw provided from outside to cut (barbed) wire fences, and neutralized camp guards with clubs.

They said, “The outsiders not only provided steel saw but also escape get-away vehicle(s.) Most of escapees are those who once attempted to go to S. Korea from China, but (got caught) and repatriated to N. Korea, and sent to the camp.

According to those who were once in such a camp, N. Korea’s camp for political prisoners are different from an ordinary prison. It is located in the remote mountain area, and resembles like a village. Its area is as large as a few villages put together. To prevent escape, it is surrounded with wire fences at 2~3 meter high. There are guard towers and guards are on watch for 24 hours.

In addition to guards, there are ‘search squads’ around a camp, and people in its neighborhood are given awards for turning in escapees.

The escape was successful this time because escapees were able to quickly get out of the camp’s vicinity using get-away vehicle(s) along with other outside help.

21 escapees were said to be caught during house-to-house search afterwards.


Li’l Kim can’t be too happy about this.

By the way, I never did figure out what the heck that was on the back of Li’l Kim’s head.

(h/t FR)

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Li’l Kim and the Giant Rabbit

giantwabbit.jpgDiplomats and escaped dissidents talk of a vain, paranoid, cognac-guzzling hypochondriac.

He is said to wear platform shoes and wear a bouffant hairstyle in order to appear taller than his 5 feet 3 inches.

And now, Li’l Kim has discovered a way to beef up, err, I mean increase meat production in North Korea.

Giant Rabbits.
Gee, it’s all so clear to me now. How did I miss this?

A German pensioner who won a prize and worldwide fame for breeding his country’s largest rabbit — Robert, a 10.5kg (23lb) bruiser the size of a dog — has been offered an unusual opportunity to exploit his talents overseas.
Karl Szmolinsky has been given a contract by North Korea to supply giant rabbits to help to boost meat production in the reclusive Communist country, which is suffering severe food shortages. The only problem is that such huge rabbits consume vast quantities of food themselves as they grow.


Mr Szmolinsky, from Eberswalde, in the east of Germany, was contacted by the North Korean Embassy in Berlin in October after Robert attracted press coverage. “They want to boost meat production. They’ve arranged for me to go to Pyongyang in April to advise them on setting up a breeding farm,” Mr Szmolinsky, who is 68 next month, told The Times.

source: Times UK

Japanese pol calls WWII A-bombing “inexcusable crime”

Shoichi Nakagawa, a senior Liberal Democratic Party politician has called the U.S. atomic bombing of Japan in 1945 a crime and inexcusable.Nakagawa, policy chief of the ruling LDP, made the comments after visiting the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, a ruling party official said.The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, would only paraphrase Nakagawa’s comments late Sunday, but Kyodo News agency and a newspaper quoted him directly.”The U.S. decision to drop such a thing was truly unforgivable on humanitarian grounds,” the reports quoted Nakagawa as saying. “Dropping an atomic bomb is a crime.” link

nagasaki.jpgSixty-one years ago, President Truman made a decision which brought to an end the most brutal war in the history of mankind. The decision saved the lives of tens of thousands of Allied servicemen, as well as the many thousands of Japanese civilians were were prepared to fight to the death to defend their home islands.The fact that some sixty years later, a Japanese politician makes this kind of statement is no great surprise. It is no different than many leftist hand-wringers in the U.S. have made over the past decade, and should be taken with the same degree of seriousness. Given the choice of either extending the war for months or years in an expensive conventional struggle, or ending it with a nuclear strike, Truman rightly chose the latter. There will be no hand-wringing or second guessing from me. He was right. And, given the same options today, it would still be the right decision. Iran and North Korea would do well to pay attention to history.

The Gathering Storm

Just got a ping from Freeper bitt. The full text of Rick Santorum’s speech, “The Gathering Storm” had been posted from a primary document at National Review Online.

There are two types of people in America, and it’s not Left or Right, Liberal or Conservative, Republican or Democrat. With regards to the critical issue of National Securty, it is simply this: There are those who get it, and there are those who don’t get it. I don’t blame Democrats for being weak on National Security. They don’t get it. They really don’t. The responsibility is with those of us who do get it, to not allow this issue to be neglected. Even now, as mid term elections just over a week away, the attention of a large part of the electorate is caught up in the distraction-of-the-day news cycle.

I’m tired of Mike Fox, Mark Foley, polls, negative news stories, and anything that allows us to become distracted, discouraged, and apathetic. Santorum’s speech brings a sharp focus on the true threat facing our country. I had intended to excerpt a few paragraphs, but excerpts just don’t do it justice. If you truly “get it” on National Security, then you need to take a few minutes and READ IT ALL.

It’s that good.

(hat tip: Free Republic)

Li’l Kim Zots UN

Our favorite British comic artist, vimto, is back with another edition of Herbie. He’ll be out of pocket for a few days on a London business trip. Watch out for the Ramadan yobs, vimto. Take care that you do not swear at them and bruise their pious ego. See you when you return!

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Stealth Spam

We all get spam in our e-mail. I’m convinced of it. Regardless of the filter, there will be the determined spammer who manages to get their message through.

Some of it is just plain strange. Like, the one that comes from some Chinese-sounding person, and the message is nothing but characters and numbers. Or the ones that ask for your assistance in settling the gozillion dollar estate of some Iraqi family whose pater was murdered by Saddam.

Last couple of days, I’ve gotten a new type of spam. I call it the stealth. You may recognize it…. you open your in box and see that there are 3 messages, but only 2 messages are visible to you. And you have to search for the next unread message, only to find that it is spam. Pretty clever. They’ve found a way to not only get by the spam filter, but also a way to make sure that you look specifically for their piece of mail…bastids

BTW, blogging will be light today, as I am heading out of town on a short business trip. Also, vimto has promised new comics for later today, featuring L’il Kim doing an Elvis impersonation. ROFL. I’ll post them this evening. >>>>nuke

NorKom nukes… Yup, It’s Bush’s Fault

Thanks to the Editorial Page at the Khaleej Times, we now know that Li’l Kim’s nuclear ambitions are totally and completely the fault ofGeorge W. Bush…

That historic speech of his after September 11 events when he warned the world that kerry.gif“you are either with us, or against us” and promised action against the so-called axis of evil — Iraq, Iran and North Korea — must have convinced ‘dear leader’ he should lose no time to build the Bomb. After all, Iraq was invaded because contrary to US claims and Saddam’s own delusions, it did not have any nukes. And you can’t blame Iran — the third member of Bush’s axis of evil — too if it goes nuclear tomorrow. What we therefore desperately need is not another round of nuclear doublespeak but bold and meaningful steps to rid our world of all weapons of mass destruction.

The answer, of course, is total world nuclear disarmament. This is starting to sound like a Kerry campaign commercial, circa 1980. sheesh.

Three Card Western

Amidst the handwringing, finger pointing, and political posturing that has followed in the aftermath of L’il Kim’s most recent attention-seeking ploy remains several cold, hard truths that are conveniently overlooked, if not avoided outright by the opinion shapers of the mass media.

Truth #1. Nothing has changed. The situation on the ground in North Korea is no different today than it was last week. Politically, however, a collective international consensus is emerging that draws attention to L’il Kim in a way that brings him not to center-stage, but to the center of the bulls-eye.

Truth #2. Whether or not the test was a successful detonation, an unsuccessful detonation, or a conventional detonation employed as a ruse, the unwillingness of the US to acknowledge the deed, but rather, to condemn the intent must be driving L’il Kim crazy. This deliberate American strategy allows intelligence to be gathered and observations to be made, keeping an eye on Iranian involvement.

Truth #3. Bush will play the China card, and China will respond. Certainly not because the Chinese want to help the Free World, but rather because of what China fears: a nuclear Japan, and a nuclear Taiwan.

Hang in there, folks. The NKorea situation is not as dire as our panic-stricken friends on the Left would have us believe.

North Korea Unveils New Missile

In the wake of its first nuclear test, North Korea today unveiled its newest and most peanut1.JPGadvanced missile, the Carter-Dong II. Shown here, the missile was named after the “Father of NK nuclear program” who laid the groundwork for the advances in nuclear weaponry.

The country’s official Korean Central News Agency said the missile test will be performed successfully in the near future.

“…This is a historic event that brings happiness to our military and the people,” KCNA said.

Jimmy Carter could not be reached for comment.

Li’l Kim Shumps the Jark

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – North Korea said Monday it has performed its first-ever nuclear weapons test. The country’s official Korean Central News Agency said the test was performed successfully and there was no radioactive leakage from the site.jimmah.jpg“The nuclear test is a historic event that brought happiness to the our military and people,” KCNA said.

Jimmy Carter could not be reached for comment.

Nuke’s News Cycle Nuggets

Two weeks ago, I wrote about the democrat effort to regain control of the news cycle after two very good weeks by the White House, and how that effort started with the Big Dog’s finger waving “meltdown” at the expense of Fox News’ Chris Wallace.
After a break-even effort with the NIE non-story, and the forgotten release of Bob Woodward’s book, the dem spin machine, with the able assistance of Mark Halpern’s ABC News launched a new effort that many critics have described as contrived and dishonest.

The latest episode in this page-turner, described breathlessly by Paula Zahn as “a growing GOP sex scandal” was provided by the LAtimes. An ex-page, who was 21 at the time, admitted to Clintonesque liaisons with Foley. The difference, of course, was that Foley had the decency to resign, which signifies that the non-scandal has run its course, and as usual, the dems have overplayed their hand.

There are serious news stories to evaluate in these ever-serious times. The Republicans would be wise to focus their efforts on their strengths [hint: national security], and leave the fluff to the minority party.


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