Who’s up for a Throwback Thursday with Kim Jong Un?

posted at 8:41 pm on April 24, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

I kid, of course. North Korea’s state-run television broadcast the never-before-seen photos on Monday during a military concert held in his honor, and they didn’t do it for all of the warm fuzzies. Scott Bixby explains at the Daily Beast:

At first glance, the photographs appear to prove that the youngest son and successor of the late Kim Jong-il has been groomed for the dictatorship since childhood, a latter-day version of the Roman Emperor Caligula, who earned his epithet (“little soldier’s boots”) after wearing military footwear as a child. The propagandist importance of these photos extends far beyond dynastic education, however. More than just an assertion by the North Korean government that Kim Jong-un has been raised since birth to replace his father as the Supreme Leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the photos are an example of North Korea’s “child cult,” an often ignored aspect of the North’s cultural ideology that informs nearly every aspect of its government.

As presented in B.R. Myers’ The Cleanest Race, North Korea’s cultural and political identity isn’t based on its (dubious) status as “the last bastion of Stalinism.” Rather, North Korea’s self-perception is rooted in a racist ideology of virtue and innocence, with the Korean race standing alone as the world’s “purest” race. As Myers puts it, “The Korean people are too pure blooded, and therefore too virtuous, to survive in this evil world without a great parental leader.”

This, my friends — for me at least — is not easy to watch.

Unbelievable.

And so the relentless propaganda continues as usual — as does the ceaseless saber-rattling.

North Korea has stepped up activity at its main nuclear test site, possibly preparing to carry out a fourth underground blast, South Korea said Tuesday.

The report comes just days before U.S. President Barack Obama is due to arrive in South Korea as part of a visit to several Asian countries.

“We confirm that we have spotted several activities related to the nuclear test in Punggye-ri in North Korea,” the South Korean Defense Ministry said in a statement. It declined to specify what the activities were, saying the information was classified.

The ministry said it had increased its military preparedness since Monday morning and was monitoring around the clock for signs of activity at the Punggye-ri site in a northeastern region of North Korea.

North Korea said last month that it wouldn’t rule “a new form of a nuclear test” to strengthen its nuclear deterrent. Experts have speculated that that could refer to the testing of a uranium bomb.


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Over here..

We have Mickey Mouse…

Electrongod on April 24, 2014 at 8:43 PM

…how about Throw-up Thursday?

KOOLAID2 on April 24, 2014 at 8:44 PM

… the photos are an example of North Korea’s “child cult,” an often ignored aspect of the North’s cultural ideology that informs nearly every aspect of its government.

Over here we call that the Democrat Party …

ShainS on April 24, 2014 at 8:53 PM

But can he score 11 holes in one on his first day golfing?

JetBoy on April 24, 2014 at 8:53 PM

At least they care about their borders, so they have that.

OldEnglish on April 24, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Rather, North Korea’s self-perception is rooted in a racist ideology of virtue and innocence, with the Korean race standing alone as the world’s “purest” race.

Dennis Rodman hardest hit.

Bitter Clinger on April 24, 2014 at 8:56 PM

Rather, North Korea’s self-perception is rooted in a racist ideology of virtue and innocence, with the Korean race standing alone as the world’s “purest” race.

Has Harry Reid come out yet, and demanded that Republicans
Apologize for North Korea’s Racism?

ToddPA on April 24, 2014 at 9:25 PM

I feel nothing but pity for most of the North Korean people, and even a little for Kim, as he will soon join his father and grandfather in Hell.

emory557 on April 24, 2014 at 9:43 PM

Sucks when a growth spurt stops at five.

stuartm80127 on April 24, 2014 at 9:50 PM

Do those people ever have a human moment?

PattyJ on April 24, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Is he wearing diapers, in that photo?

It looks like he might be young enough, in it.

listens2glenn on April 24, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Meh. We’ve seen this same stuff way back in 2008, and then again in 2012. The only difference is that only about half the country were dweebs.

HiJack on April 25, 2014 at 1:15 AM

Palette cleanser:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEaKX9YYHiQ

You know it had to be done.

thejackal on April 25, 2014 at 6:26 AM

As Jack Palance might comment on Little Un, “I’ve had turds bigger than you.” And he’d be correct in both magnitude and material.

Uranium bomb? BFD.
Heck we designed and built one of those that was DELIVERABLE by B29 in 1945.
And it worked just fine.
Appologies to Hiroshima but we as a country had a penchant for waging full scale war in those days, and Japan was the enemy.
Little Kim Jung Un, do you want to be an enemy of the United States of America?
Do you?

Missilengr on April 25, 2014 at 1:59 PM

“The Korean people are too pure blooded, and therefore too virtuous, to survive in this evil world without a great parental leader.”

scary parent to have
lots more evil than the rest of us

greencalliope on April 25, 2014 at 3:32 PM