B-2 stealth bombers fly over South Korea

The Air Force flew two B-2 stealth bombers from their home-base in Missouri to the Korean Peninsula and then back again to show North Korea one of the many ways the United States has to destroy it if it ever chooses to do so. This isn’t the first time the B-2 has participated in military exercises in Korea, it’s just the first time the Air Force has publicly confirmed it.

It’s important for Kim Jong-un, the whack-a-doodle North Korea dictator who thinks it’s a good idea to threaten to nuke Guam, to understand just how simple it would be for the United States to destroy both him and his godforsaken communist country.

Photo: Shin Young-Keun/Yonhap

North Korea threatens to nuke Guam and Japan over B-52 flights

Reacting to news that the Air Force is flying B-52 bombers over South Korea as part of military exercises taking place in the region, North Korea is ratcheting up the rhetoric directed towards the United States. The following statement was issued by the Supreme Command of the Korean People’s Army and carried by the country’s state-run news agency:

The U.S. should not forget that the Anderson Air Force Base on Guam where the B-52s take off and naval bases in Japan proper and Okinawa where nuclear-powered submarines are launched are within the striking range of the DPRK’s precision strike means.

DPRK is short for Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. It’s what awful little country calls itself.

B-52 bombers flying the friendly skies of South Korea is nothing new. I was stationed on Anderson Air Force Base from 1988 to 1990 and we flew training sorties over South Korea all the time. Perhaps they were just to incompetent back then to realize it. It is after all, North Korea.

I was stationed in the Philippines from 1985 to 1988 and every winter, we would have to deploy to South Korea for six weeks. We lived in tents and had to wear chemical warfare protection suits, flack vests, and helmets. Military strategists deduced that if North Korea ever were to launch a ground invasion into South Korea again, it would happen in the winter. The reason? Because then the rice paddies would all be frozen and not pose a problem for North Korea’s tanks. Considering that the first Korean war began in the month of June, I’m not sure the threat of a winter invasion made a lot of sense.

Statue of Hitler kneeling in prayer placed in former Warsaw Jewish ghetto

Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan created a statue of Adolf Hitler kneeling in prayer and then placed the statue in the middle of a former Jewish ghetto in Warsaw, Poland. The ghetto at one time was the home of 254,000 Jews as they awaited transportation to the Treblinka death camp. To say that some people have a problem with this being placed in such a historically significant site is an understatement.

Can anyone really blame them?

The statue is creepy. The fact that it was placed in a former Warsaw Jewish ghetto just seems unnecessarily rude. Art at times can be provocative, but this just seems more like trolling.

Fareed Zakaria suspended for plagiarism

Time magazine editor-at-large and CNN host Fareed Zakaria has been suspended by both Time and CNN for plagiarism. Time is suspending Zakaria for 30 days. CNN has put no expiration date on his suspension.

Zakaria stole from an essay on gun control written by Jill Lepore, published in The New Yorker on April 23.

Here is a paragraph from Lepore’s original essay:

As Adam Winkler, a constitutional-law scholar at U.C.L.A., demonstrates in a remarkably nuanced new book, “Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America,” firearms have been regulated in the United States from the start. Laws banning the carrying of concealed weapons were passed in Kentucky and Louisiana in 1813, and other states soon followed: Indiana (1820), Tennessee and Virginia (1838), Alabama (1839), and Ohio (1859). Similar laws were passed in Texas, Florida, and Oklahoma. As the governor of Texas explained in 1893, the “mission of the concealed deadly weapon is murder. To check it is the duty of every self-respecting, law-abiding man.

Here is a paragraph from Zakaria’s version published in Time:

Adam Winkler, a professor of constitutional law at UCLA, documents the actual history in Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America. Guns were regulated in the U.S. from the earliest years of the Republic. Laws that banned the carrying of concealed weapons were passed in Kentucky and Louisiana in 1813. Other states soon followed: Indiana in 1820, Tennessee and Virginia in 1838, Alabama in 1839 and Ohio in 1859. Similar laws were passed in Texas, Florida and Oklahoma. As the governor of Texas (Texas!) explained in 1893, the “mission of the concealed deadly weapon is murder. To check it is the duty of every self-respecting, law-abiding man.”

Zakaria essentially took Lepore’s words and rephrased them into something slightly different. A simple, honest mistake this was not. This was hard-core, blatant theft.

How can anyone trust anything produced by Zakaria ever again? He has permanently lost all credibility. If his suspensions don’t become permanent, it will say a lot about the credibility of Time and CNN.

Fareed Zakaria is an awful person.

Photo: Harvard Gazette

5.8 Earthquake shakes the eastern United States

An earthquake (earthquake!) struck the east coast of the United States today. It registered 5.8 on the Richter scale. It was the largest earthquake to hit the east coast in 67 years.

Growing up in southern California, I’m no stranger to earthquakes. I’ve been in some really big ones. With that said, this was the most frightened I’ve ever been in an earthquake. The reason? Because I didn’t think it was an earthquake.

I thought a nuclear weapon had gone off in nearby Washington D.C.

Living only 75 miles from Washington D.C., I’ve often wondered what things would be like here in Hagerstown if and when a nuclear weapon was used in our nation’s capital. When the floor started shaking and I could see the ceiling ripple, the last thing I thought about was an earthquake. An earthquake in Maryland? That’s just silly.

A nuclear weapon going off seemed a lot more plausible, more likely, than an earthquake.

Needless to say, I was pretty relieved to learn it was just a plain old earthquake.