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POST: South Korean Satellite Launch Signals Warming Relations AND Why Barney Frank Rocks

August 19, 2009

So I couldn’t decide which story to write about today, so, hell, I’ll just write about both.

First, a let’s take a little time out to speculate about today’s delayed launch of the South Korean rocket, supposedly holding a satellite in tow. Most news sources are pegging this as what it seems to be, a glitch that caused the rocket launch to be delayed just eight minutes before it’s scheduled take-off. Yesterday at the State Department, Spokesman Ian Kelly told reporters that this launch, eerily similar in stated purpose to the North Korean “satellite” launch a few months ago, is no cause for concern due to the “very open, transparent way” in which South Korea’s space program has taken shape.

The rocket, in a file photo from April of this year, is a formidable sight.

The rocket, in a file photo from April of this year, is a formidable sight.

The North Koreans, on the other hand, are “under a number of U.N. Security Council sanctions relating to their ballistic missile program, and the U.N. Security Council called on them to suspend all activities relating to the missile program.” In brief, I completely agree, but should we take the “glitch” at face value, or should we speculate that North Korea’s recent publicly stated outrage that the South wasn’t being questioned for its launch has caused the South to delay the program – a political glitch, you might say. 🙂

The other story, that I just have to put in for the pure joy that it brought me last night, is Congressman Barney Frank‘s (D-Mass) unabashed and, finally, total rejection of the Nazi characterization that is being put forth by birthers, deathers, and all the other crazies that are showing up at town hall meetings across the country. In response to the question “Why are you supporting this Nazi policy?” Rep. Frank responds, “On what planet do you spend most of your time?” Characterizing her, and others’ use of Nazi symbols in the health care debate “vile, contemptible nonsense,” he called attention to his own Jewish heritage and ended with, “Ma’am, trying to have a conversation with you would be like arguing with a dining room table.”

I absolutely love it. Just another proof (if the below picture isn’t enough) that he is still a cool cucumber. For the video, here‘s is the link to the Huffington Post article on the same subject.

[UPDATE: Bill Richardson on MSNBC made the claim that the South Korea satellite launch delay (or ‘cancellation’ as they said) was a tip of the hat to North Korea’s warming relations with the South, especially in the wake of former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung’s death and the North’s decision to send a team to his funeral in homage. Interesting. I guess it was more than just a glitch. Also see this blog for further speculation.]

Gravely voice, steely demeanor.

Gravely voice, steely demeanor.

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