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Kim Jong Il body on Display

North Korea displayed the body of ruler Kim Jong Il in a glass coffin surrounded by red flowers Tuesday, and his young heir was one of the first to pay respects.

As the country mourned for a second day with high-level visits to Kim’s body at a memorial palace and public gatherings of weeping citizens, state media fed a budding personality cult around his youngest known son and anointed heir, Kim Jong Un, hailing him as a “lighthouse of hope.”

Kim’s body was wrapped in red cloth and surrounded by blossoms of his namesake flowers, red “kimjongilia.” As solemn music played, Kim Jong Un — believed to be in his late 20s — entered the hall to view his father’s bier, surrounded by military honor guards.

“We will change today’s sorrow into strength and courage and work harder for a powerful and prosperous nation, as our general wanted, under the leadership of the new General Kim Jong Un,” U Son Hui, a Pyongyang resident, told The Associated Press.

The announcement Monday of Kim’s death over the weekend raised acute concerns in the region over the possibility of a power struggle between the untested son and rivals, in a country pursuing nuclear weapons and known for its unpredictability and secrecy. But there have been no signs of unrest or discord in Pyongyang’s somber streets.
With the country in an 11-day period of official mourning, flags were flown at half-staff at all military units, factories, businesses, farms and public buildings.

Kim Jong Il, 69, died of a massive heart attack on Saturday caused by overwork and stress, according to the North’s media. The state funeral for Kim is set for Dec. 28 in Pyongyang, to be followed by a national memorial service the next day, according to the North’s state media. North Korean officials say they will not invite foreign delegations and will allow no entertainment during the mourning period.

Regular Hamas vs Ultra Hamas & Syrian Scud Accident

Abdel Latif MoussaJund Ansar Allah, an Al Qaeda-inspired Gaza-based ultra radical terrorist organization calling for strict Islamic law in the strip, has been pretty upset with Hamas lately for honoring a 7-month ceasefire with Israel, so they did the most logical thing: They tried to launch a coup and declare a Muslim emirate in Gaza two days ago and got themselves all killed.

A gun battle ensued around a Mosque, the Jund people blew themselves up with the ever popular suicide vest (really in style these days in the Strip), and their leader Abdel Latif Moussa blew himself up later in his home.

While these people don’t exactly fit the adage “The enemy of my enemy is my friend,” at least they’ve been causing Hamas some trouble. And really, I’d much prefer an enemy who hates ceasefires like these guys who REALLY fight to the death over a group like Hamas, because at least with these diehards you can actually finish a war until one side wins and the other actually loses.

Taher a-Nunu, a Hamas government spokesman, said Jund Ansar Allah was responsible for a spate of bombings against coffee shops, hair salons, Internet cafes and restaurants over the past few years. I wonder where they got the idea to do such things.

Moussa was a physician employed in the Health ministry of the PA, which is funded by basically everyone in the world looking to pour money into the hands of these kinds of people in an attempt to Promote the Peace Process. Better luck next time with the promoting, as they say.

The confrontation started when Moussa and about 100 of his followers, in truly gutsy style, suddenly declared that they were taking over Gaza with Moussa at the head, so Hamas got a bit miffed and started shooting. Among the dead were 6 Hamas policemen, as well as Muhammad al-Shamali, Hamas military commander in the south of the Strip who was involved in the kidnapping of Gilad Shalit. May he enjoy his 72 virgins.

In other news concerning enemies of Israel blowing themselves up, it has been reported that 20 Syrians were killed and over 60 were injured in a failed Scud missile test carried out back in May by the dynamic trio Syria, Iran, and North Korea, best of buds. One of two missiles being tested went off course and landed in the middle of a marketplace near the Syrian-Turkish border.

Reported by Kyodo News, the exploded area was closed off to the public, who were then told that there was a mysterious gas explosion.

Well, of sorts, sure.

Birds of a feather?

What do Ahmadinejad, Kim Jong Il, and Daffy Duck have in common?

mahmoud ahmadinejadThings seem to be getting a bit “interesting” in places like Pyongyang North Korea and Teheran Iran. Both of these countries now have run-away nuclear arms programs, and in North Korea, the situation has reached the boiling point with the test of a 20 kiloton nuclear device, followed by the test launching of at least 7 missiles. Now, the scene in that region may be ready to explode with Pyongyang saying that its neighbor South Korea will be in a “state of war” with North Korea if it tries to intercept any North Korean vessel on suspicion of carrying weapons of mass destruction.

kim jong ilNorth Korea’s fearless leader, Kim Jong Il, seems to have retreated back to his secluded residence to eat lobster (his favorite food) and watch Warner Brothers Looney Tunes cartoons. Looney Tunes, especially ones with Daffy Duck, the Road Runner, and Sargasso Sam, are said to be Kim’s favorite pass time, outside of raunchy sex orgies which he may be getting too old or too demented to participate in. And he may also have to cut down or even forgo the lobster and other rich foods that 95% of his countrymen can only dream about.

So that leaves Daffy Duck and Co. as his only pastime – and possibly his only friends.

daffy duckWhere this ties in with that other nuclear wannabe about 2,500 miles southwest of North Korea is not so difficult to figure out, as the guy sitting in the President’s Chair in Teheran has probably received most of his country’s nuclear technology and even equipment directly from his friend, Kim. Whether Mahmoud also likes Daffy Duck is not certain at this time; but we can bet that he has some interesting “diversions” of his own. Now that Pyongyang has heated things up quite a bit in his neighborhood, nuclear test and all, Ahmadinejad may see this act as a ‘window of opportunity’ to perhaps set off a big “fire cracker” himself. After all, if Kim and Daffy Duck can do it, why can’t Mahmoud?

Both of these scenes are being watched very closely by both the USA and Israel, with Israel having the most to loose if an Iranian IBM comes flying toward Tel Aviv with a bomb like Whylie Coyote might use to get even with his road runner nemesis, Beep Beep. What’s going to happen next is not quite certain, but we can all wonder whether American President Barack Obama will do more than just make condemnations, and whether anything will be done to prevent any of these leaders, from carrying out an act which up to now has been nothing more than intense saber rattling.

If the situation does get out of hand, and nobody stands up to either of these two guys, then there’s going to a something coming down that’s a lot more serious than Daffy Duck and Sargasso Sam. We’re afraid there’s going to be un-leashing of the Tasmanian Devil!

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