Shall We All Take a Moment From Our Busy Schedules …

… to laugh at North Korea? 

And hey, Kim Jong Un, since you’re interested in missiles, check out this cool video! 

Update: While I’m still busy laughing, our more mature member Mark Wilson has already moved on to the next stage.

Update: I’m still busy laughing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JndmpDm_Zwg

  1. david foster

    ’tis fun to laugh at them, and we do need all the amusement we can get these days, BUT

    …all missile programs have their launch failures. (When the USAF ballistic missile program had several successful launches in a row, the great aerodynamicist Theodore von Karman sent a note to the program’s commander, General Bernard Schriever: “Bennie, you must not be taking enough chances.”)

    Missile defense needs to be taken very seriously.

  2. The Great Adventure!

    Um, Claire.  You do realize that posting that second video has more, um, “arousal factor” on guys than a sexy perfume, don’t you?

  3. Claire Berlinski
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    david foster: Missile defense needs to be taken very seriously. · 8 minutes ago

    I wasn’t arguing that we could just sort of relax about it now or anything. 

  4. david foster

    Great poster!

  5. Claire Berlinski
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    The Great Adventure!: Um, Claire.  You do realize that posting that second video has more, um, “arousal factor” on guys than a sexy perfume, don’t you? · 16 minutes ago

    On guys? I thought that was supposed to be for the ladies!

  6. Valiuth

    Yes their failure to get their rocket up is certainly comical for us, but I doubt the battered wife that is the North Korean people will find it so funny as they will be the ones punished for their leaders further inadequacies. What I am amazed by is that the North Korean media admitted the thing failed. I expect they will quickly blame some American devilry for their rockets failure. 

    Actually what I expect is that in light of this Obama will feel the need to be more conciliatory, and confident on the lack of need for missile defense. 

  7. Pilli

    Lest we laugh too much,  don’t forget what 4 guys in an outboard motorboat can do to a missile frigate.

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  8. John Russell

    Stage separation is the hard part. That’s why Clinton overrode his State Department so the Loral Corp. could clue in the Chinese about its finer points – ostensibly so Loral could launch comms satellites from China – because, hey! If we’re going to downsize our own ICBM inventory somebody’s got to take up the slack.

  9. PJ

    Of course, there’s always the possibility that we (or the Japanese) shot it down, but it’s in nobody’s interest to acknowledge it publicly.

  10. D.B. Little

    That’s all you women do is mock our missile failures isn’t it?

    Oh, no Kim, it’s not your fault. You’re just stressed from work, honey…” then go brunch with your girlfriends and dish.

    Actually we have about as many duds as successes in our own rocket technology and the more complicated the system, the more likely it is to fail. Our cruise missiles are on target killers but they will launch three per target  just in case.

    So, no reason to bad luck our stuff mocking their pathetic guffaw inducing attempts at world domination.

    I know its hard, but we should be better than these limp wristed pantywaists and let them have their fun.

  11. Tommy De Seno
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    I’m sure there is a North Koren rocket scientist who took the time to kiss his family goodbye this morning upon leaving for work.

    Can you imagine how nervouse that guy is when he punches in this morning?

    “Hey Fred – Kim Jong Un wants to see you in his office.  No- no- don’t bother putting your lunch in the fridge…”

  12. Blue Yeti
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    Sure, Dear Leader…

  13. thelonious
    Tommy De Seno: I’m sure there is a North Koren rocket scientist who took the time to kiss his family goodbye this morning upon leaving for work.

    Can you imagine how nervouse that guy is when he punches in this morning?

    “Hey Fred – Kim Jong Un wants to see you in his office.  No- no- don’t bother putting your lunch in the fridge…” · 7 minutes ago

    Two inaccuracies in your post.  Since food is scarce I doubt this scientist could afford the luxury of eating lunch.  I also doubt refrigeration has reached North Korea.  Otherwise your scenerio is plausable.

  14. KC Mulville

    If I had money to invest in stocks … I’d put a couple of bucks into Japanese nuclear and missile defense. Tokyo isn’t going to be very comfortable for the foreseeable future, and they’ll build up some kind of capacity. Maybe some other people are looking to buy some Patriot-style technology.

  15. Mafuta Kizola
    Claire Berlinski, Ed.: … to laugh at North Korea? 

    I can’t help but join this imperial mocking of the Mighty Republic of Korea … I hope they get as much incompetent in the dictatorship and Death camp department soon enough.

  16. dogsbody
    KC Mulville: If I had money to invest in stocks … I’d put a couple of bucks into Japanese nuclear and missile defense.

    Lockheed-Martin is the prime contractor for the AEGIS Combat System on which most of Japan’s ballistic missile defense (BMD) is based.  AEGIS is also the base for our own sea-launched BMD systems, such as the one that shot down USA-193 in 2008.  If you want to invest, I suggest you start there.

    Full disclosure:  I used to work for Lockheed-Martin on the AEGIS program, as a very minor cog.  By the way, when those missiles launch, they make a lot of noise.

  17. Claire Berlinski
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    Can’t help myself, I just love that funky Juche rhythm.

  18. Noesis Noeseos
    Claire Berlinski, Ed.

    The Great Adventure!: Um, Claire.  You do realize that posting that second video has more, um, “arousal factor” on guys than a sexy perfume, don’t you? · 16 minutes ago

    On guys? I thought that was supposed to be for the ladies! · 4 hours ago

    Well, the distinction is more hazy these days than ever before.  (Or, at any rate, since Aristophanes, Ecclesiazusae.)