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In Which We Travel from North Korea to Iran to the Senate Floor

March 7th, 2013 - 10:32 am

Kim Jong “Trey” Un is threatening to launch a preemptive nuclear strike on the United States. This from the country whose rockets can deliver a payload of a single Juicy Fruit stick a distance of feet. That is, when they don’t fail spectacularly shortly after launch. His most compact nuke fits snugly into a cave.

So, good luck with that, Kimmie Baby.

Did President Obama somehow bring on all the bluster? Nope. This is much more (everything, really) about North Korean domestic politics, such as it is, than about anything the administration has or hasn’t said or done. Besides, I didn’t go in for the whole “Why Do They Hate Us?” meme after 9/11, and I’m certainly not going to get into now. Crazy Nork dictators are crazy Nork dictators. We’ve had that lesson drilled into use since 1950.

The thought does occur that Kim is acting as a stalking horse for Iran. He waves around his sort-of-real nuclear arsenal while Iran watches for the American response — and revs up a few more cyclotrons. It’s certainly possible, but I don’t know that even Crazy Kim III is capable of stirring up enough stuff for Iran to learn anything about us they don’t already know. Besides, it’s pretty clear that we won’t be going to war against Iran no matter what.

The “won’t be going to war” is the good news. The “no matter what” is the bad news. Because that part does broadcast American weakness, to enemies much more effective and dangerous than the Mad Mullahs.

Then you notice that we have an administration (and a Democratic Senate) unwilling to do much to disarm Iran, but willing to do plenty to disarm American citizens. And you have to ask yourself, “What the hell message does that send to the world?” The Newtown shooter might just have been the ultimate stealth stalking horse — if that’s not an oxymoron.

I suppose the message, if any, is this: America’s elites are now just like any other country’s elites. That is, jealous of their own prerogatives and spiteful of the people’s unalienable rights. I realize that nowhere does the Constitution recognize a right to not get blown up sitting in a café by a remote-control Hellfire missile, but surely there must be a penumbra around there somewhere to cover that.

Which brings us to Rand Paul and his stellar filibuster performance on Wednesday. If you want an argument against filibuster reform, you won’t find a better one than the 12-plus-hour demonstration put on by the young senator from Kentucky. As I tweeted yesterday, I’ve been watching politics for 33 of my almost 44 years, and rarely have I been inspired by a politician like I was yesterday. Ronald Reagan had moments like that. George W. Bush had exactly one, standing on the rubble that had once been the Twin Towers. But they were moments, speeches. Paul stood there for half a day, defending America’s founding ideals, and defending your right not to get blown up by bureaucratic fiat.

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Rand impressed me too.

He seems to have grasped the most critical positive thoughts from his father’s mind, and ditched “teh crazy”.

I hope he keeps it up!

And that’s kind of an American success story too.

We won't get things quite right, but hopefully our kids will learn from us, and keep moving the world toward the ultimate goals of freedom and equality.

I’ve resigned myself to the fact that this isn’t a struggle that can be resolved in a lifetime or two. It’s going to take centuries.
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there was the feeling yesterday of witnessing something truly historic as opposed to the styrofoam-columned 'historic' events staged by our very own Dear Leader.
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...and, of course, not a peep about sen. paul's important speech on the nightly news.
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" there must be a penumbra around there somewhere to cover that." Well done!
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It occurs to me that a person fillibustering can quite accurately called a "constipant". I can't think of any way that "constipant" would be an inappropriate word in this context.

Senator Rand "Kaopectate" Paul, stopping what needs stopping since 2013.
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Steve:

Just a tip for better snarkiness:

"Kim" is the family name, and "Jong Un" is the given name. It's better to think of "Jong Un" as the first name, and is used as such, rather than "Jong", or Kim.

In Korean, the dimunitive, cute friends' name would be "Jong Un-ee".

In normal conversation in public, he'd be called "Jong Un-shi". Well, if he were a normal person, anyway. As it is, they probably call him "Kim, ma ma gak kessonun", which is pretty much how you'd talk to God, if he were visiting Seoul.

So, if you're going to make fun of him, you'll want to call him "Jong Un-ee", which is what his father (Kim Jong Il) or grandfather (Kim Il Sung) would have called him as a child. Or his lover would call him in a moment of intimacy.

Yes, it's quite insulting for a grown man to be called that publicly by a stranger. His wife would get a stern look, his children would get a public beating, and you and I would be immediately shot by his bodyguards.

Unless we were unlucky, whereupon we'd get a lesson in what Korea means by regular and intense capital punishment. (Decapitation vs bisection at the belly button).

Incidentally, as you've personally and publicly insulted 김정은 by calling him "Kimmie Baby", North Korea is now a suicide trip for you. (Remember, "Glorious Leader" executed one of his own generals for getting too drunk in his grief at Kim Jong-Il's death. By chaining him to a post and launching a mortar round. Just think about that for a while...)
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Rand impressed me too.

He seems to have grasped the most critical positive thoughts from his father’s mind, and ditched “teh crazy”.

I hope he keeps it up!

And that’s kind of an American success story too.

We won't get things quite right, but hopefully our kids will learn from us, and keep moving the world toward the ultimate goals of freedom and equality.

I’ve resigned myself to the fact that this isn’t a struggle that can be resolved in a lifetime or two. It’s going to take centuries.
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A lifetime or two unless there is a *successful* revolution against DC's nonsense, whether Republican or Democrat. Most revolutions are not successful. They start with a lot of grand ideas, but go off on strange tangents before they are done. That, among other reasons, is why I would rather take the slow approach.

Many conservative are more or less libertarian. We like some of Ron Paul's ideas, but then he keeps talking and he ends up on strange tangents that make us question his sanity. His son seems to have avoided his father's 'eccentricities'.
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A child dictator is probably more dangerous, as are young venomous snakes- they don't know how to 'dose'. So, preparations are in order. With Obama in charge and the likes of Big Sis and Kerry doing defense against foreign and domestic enemies, we ain't prepared. Incompetence has never been on parade as it has been with this administration. Benghazi may be coming to a neighborhood near you.

Would have been nice if Rodman and slipped a GPS locator in Un's pocket during his farewell hug.
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We'll be laughing at ole Kim when he loads on of his nukes on a container ship and takes out someone's harbor with it.

All that aside, I suspect they're really the stalking horse for China and Russia - Iran and the Norks I mean.
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Iran and North Korea rattle their sabres while Obama sabre's his rattle.

Weakness is an aphrodisiac for 72 Virgin Hunters and apparently for Dennis Rodman's new husband and the rest of the Pyongyan Gang.

Pipsqueaking aside, it isn't good to let someone threaten you with nuclear weapons. If we want to know why, ask Israel. Oh, wait. We don't give a hoot about Israel and Hagel, Brennan, Robert Malley, Michele Obama and John Kerry can tell you why.
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