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Palin and her ‘North Korean allies’ 25, November 2010

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Presumed future Presidential candidate Sarah Palin has made another whopper. In discussing the situation on the Korean Peninsula after aiming some really rather exceedingly poor jabs at Obama she stated that America must obviously stand with “our North Korean allies.” She had to be corrected by the radio host.

Really and truly what is this woman like? She simply and honestly comes across as stupid and sadly I think that this is a reasonable reflection of her intellect. I don’t mean this overly pejoratively but quite literally as in she is not very intelligent. The thought of her as President Palin is just plain terrifying. And what a ‘President Palin’ would say about the American electorate doesn’t bear thinking about.


Hitchens on North Korea 20, February 2010

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Here the never dull Christoper Hitchens concludes a book review of The Cleanest Race: How North Koreans See Themselves and Why It Matters for Slate Magazine. A touch dramatic, perhaps, but a fascinating idea nonetheless.

Here are the two most shattering facts about North Korea. First, when viewed by satellite photography at night, it is an area of unrelieved darkness. Barely a scintilla of light is visible even in the capital city. (See this famous photograph.) Second, a North Korean is on average six inches shorter than a South Korean. You may care to imagine how much surplus value has been wrung out of such a slave, and for how long, in order to feed and sustain the militarized crime family that completely owns both the country and its people.

But this is what proves Myers right. Unlike previous racist dictatorships, the North Korean one has actually succeeded in producing a sort of new species. Starving and stunted dwarves, living in the dark, kept in perpetual ignorance and fear, brainwashed into the hatred of others, regimented and coerced and inculcated with a death cult: This horror show is in our future, and is so ghastly that our own darling leaders dare not face it and can only peep through their fingers at what is coming.