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From: Sam4/12/2012 8:31:01 PM
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Well, this was pretty predictable. NK has to be the stupidest govt to have ever existed.


North Korea's long range rocket crashes into sea
By Ju-min Park
SEOUL | Thu Apr 12, 2012 8:23pm EDT
reuters.com 


(Reuters) - North Korea's much hyped long-range rocket apparently crashed into the sea a few minutes after launch on Friday, South Korean and other officials said, dealing a blow to the prestige of the reclusive and impoverished state.

Pyongyang had defied international pressure from the United States and others to push ahead with the launch, which even its close ally China had warned against.

According to Japanese broadcaster NHK, citing a defense ministry source in Tokyo, the rocket flew for 120 km (75 miles) and then broke up into four pieces, crashing into waters off the west coast of the Korean peninsula.

South Korea's army said debris had crashed into the sea some 200 km off the western coast of South Korea.

"South Korean and U.S. intelligence understand that North Korea's missile launch failed," a spokesman for the South's defense ministry told reporters at a briefing.

North Korea said it wanted the Unha-3 rocket to put a weather satellite into orbit, although critics believed it was designed to enhance the capacity of North Korea to design a ballistic missile deliver a nuclear warhead capable of hitting the continental United States.

Officials from Japan confirmed the mission had failed, while ABC News cited U.S. officials saying it had failed, although there was no immediate indication of where it fell.

The rocket's flight was set to take it over a sea separating the Korean peninsula, with an eventual launch of a third stage of the rocket in seas near the Philippines that would have put the satellite into orbit.

This will be North Korea's second consecutive failure to get a satellite into orbit, although it claimed success with a 2009 launch. There was no immediate comment on Friday's launch from North Korea's official media.

The Unha-3 rocket took off from a new launch site on the west coast of North Korea, near the Chinese border.

The launch had been timed to coincide with the 100th birthday celebrations of the isolated and impoverished state's founder, Kim Il-sung, and came after a food aid deal with the United States had hinted at an easing of tensions on the world's most militarized border.

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To: neolib who wrote (186978)4/12/2012 8:32:10 PM
From: T L Comiskey
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re.... is it best to shot both parties, just to make sure you get the guilty one?

New Rule..

save the tax payers some money........

Go Rogue........

and shoot yourself also..

after you have cleaned up the mess

<g>

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To: Sam who wrote (186975)4/12/2012 8:46:41 PM
From: neolib
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I think some Dem PAC sponsored ads in the general election featuring Ann Romney riding her expensive horses might be useful. Say something about how hardworking moms need a little relaxation in style...

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To: koan who wrote (186934)4/12/2012 9:05:52 PM
From: freelyhovering
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If you look at McCarthy's claim of 59 communists in the State Department, an increase to 80 shows a very slow rate of growth and nothing to be alarmed about. The growth rate of idiots on the other side of the aisle is alarming and suggests serious interbreeding among the Republicans.

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To: freelyhovering who wrote (186983)4/12/2012 9:24:54 PM
From: koan
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lol

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To: freelyhovering who wrote (186983)4/12/2012 9:26:13 PM
From: epicure
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rofl
that's too funny

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To: koan who wrote (186968)4/12/2012 9:34:32 PM
From: JohnM
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I've just started reading a library copy of Maddow's book. It's quite folksy and very lively. Reads very much like a script for her television show.

The point of the argument of the book is that the country no longer decides to go to war; we've "drifted" to a place in which presidents can decide to do so without checking with the electorate via congressional votes. And she starts with a stunning quote from James Madison (Sam will love that) about the threat that a standing army constitutes for democracy.

I'm much too early in the book to make any serious evaluative comments but it starts exceptionally well.

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To: freelyhovering who wrote (186983)4/12/2012 9:38:11 PM
From: JohnM
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Well done. ;-)

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To: JohnM who wrote (186986)4/12/2012 9:40:10 PM
From: koan
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I am watching her now and she is the right leader. She is taking the fight to the right wing, which is what we must do and she has an army of women to back her play. She is tying the right wing into knots. Our salvation lies with women and I am glad Rachel is exactly the way she is. Agressive without being overbearing and smart without being pedantic.

I wil read her book next.

Am reading a great book now "Shadow of the wind" a real sleeper.

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To: Sam who wrote (186980)4/12/2012 9:48:12 PM
From: Dale Baker
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Maybe NK was aiming for a very, very low orbit.....

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