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Pyongyang Announces Leader Is Married

 

SEOUL—North Korea revealed Wednesday that new dictator Kim Jong Eun is married, ending curiosity in and out of the country about the identity of a woman seen in photos with him the past two weeks and drawing another contrast with the leadership style of his father.

State-run media in reports late Wednesday of his visit to an amusement park mentioned in almost off-handed manner that his wife accompanied him—and her name is Ri Sol Ju.

The news represented a significant departure for North Korea’s media, which never showed Mr. Kim’s father, Kim Jong Il, with a spouse and rarely showed his grandfather, Kim Il Sung, with one.

Both elder Kims had more than one wife and several consorts. Kim Il Sung’s first wife, who died when Kim Jong Il was a young child, is held up in North Korean propaganda as a heroic soldier who fought Japanese colonialists as her husband did.

Kim Jong Eun, believed to have been born in either 1983 or 1984, faces the challenge of legitimizing his power in a culture that traditionally places great value on seniority by age. “The most compelling narrative is that they’re trying to make him seem adult, responsible—and overcome negative perceptions about his young age,” said Gordon Flake, a Korea watcher and executive director of the Mansfield Foundation in Washington. “It also plays into the narrative that he’s trying to do things differently.”

Like his father and grandfather who ruled before him, the younger Mr. Kim has maintained and, via border crackdowns, sharpened the isolation of North Koreans from the rest of the world.

He has also continued a belligerent diplomacy with the U.S., South Korea and Japan, which are harshly criticized on a daily basis in the North Korean media. North Korea even broke a tentative agreement for U.S. aid by staging a long-range missile test that Washington and others considered provocative.

But Kim Jong Eun has also appeared in public to be more gregarious than his father, smiling, shaking hands and even hugging people. He has also given a long speech publicly, something his father never did.

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland on Wednesday extended what amounted to a rare word of praise for the North’s dictator. “We would always wish any kind of newlyweds, you know, well as they embark,” she said, adding the U.S. remained hopeful Mr. Kim will do more to help his impoverished people.

The North’s state media did little to call attention to the news about Ms. Ri, despite the curiosity her appearance has caused in the North and elsewhere in recent weeks. It buried the detail in a staid report about the couple’s visit to an amusement park.

“An opening ceremony took place with splendor on Wednesday. Kim Jong Eun and his wife Ri Sol Ju were present at the ceremony,” said the report, first carried on North Korean radio and TV and later transmitted by its state news agency.

“All the participants enthusiastically welcomed them, loudly shouting ‘Hurrah!'” it added.

Reports early on Wednesday of the amusement park visit by Mr. Kim didn’t mention Ms. Ri, nor did her name appear in caption information with the pictures distributed by the agency.

It’s unknown when the couple married, though some North Korea watchers in South Korea believe it was in 2009.

She emerged about six months after Kim Jong Eun took power following the Dec. 17 death of his father. The transition appeared smooth until last week when North Korea announced the stripping of titles from its top military officer, appointed a successor to that officer, and then conferred a higher military rank on Mr. Kim.

North Korea staged a military ceremony and dance to celebrate those changes, but the actions suggested a purge-like dismissal and possible tension between Mr. Kim and the military.

Speculation about Ms. Ri started when she was photographed sitting next to Mr. Kim at a July 6 concert that drew attention because it featured contemporary rock music and dancers in imitation Walt Disney Co. characters like Mickey Mouse.

South Korean intelligence officials and outside analysts speculated the woman might be Mr. Kim’s wife; his younger sister Kim Yo Chong; or a North Korean rock singer named Hyon Song Wol, who reportedly directed the concert. Later, analysts used previous pictures of Ms. Hyon to rule her out. And with each new appearance—at a memorial event and at visits to nurseries and schools—analysts grew more certain that she was Mr. Kim’s wife.

Following the release of her name Wednesday night, a new round of speculation began as reporters and analysts spotted YouTube videos of a North Korean singer named Ri Sol Ju. It wasn’t immediately clear, however, whether the woman in the video is the same as Mr. Kim’s wife.

And let’s not forget about America’s bitch.

 

Sarah Palin To Campaign With Ted Cruz in Texas

 

Sarah Palin is getting back on the campaign trail. She’ll hit the road this Friday at an evening rally for Ted Cruz, Texas candidate for the U.S. Senate, at the Woodlands,  north of Houston, his campaign and a Palin friend confirmed for ABC News.

Palin appeared at an Americans for Prosperity rally earlier this month in Michigan, but she hasn’t been out and about recently in support of candidates she has backed. During the 2010 midterms, she went on tour with the Tea Party Express, making stops throughout the country on behalf of Tea Party candidates.

And it’s not just Palin. South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint will also be on hand for the 6 p.m. rally. Glenn Beck will be featured at another rally Thursday at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas and Rick Santorum will be campaigning with Cruz over the weekend, although the details are still being worked out.

Get more pure politics at ABC News.com/Politics and a lighter take on the news at OTUSNews.com

This Friday begins the final weekend before the Texas Republican Senate runoff. Tuesday, Cruz faces off against Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst for the seat being vacated by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson. Dewhurst, a former solicitor general of Texas, is backed by Gov. Rick Perry and was once considered a shoe-in until Palin and other conservative favorites got involved in the race.

Cruz’s communications director James Bernsen said they expect large crowds at both the events in Dallas and Houston. Bernsen told ABC News that after Palin’s endorsement before the May 31 primary they received between 900 and 1,000 online donations almost immediately. A huge boon to their campaign.

The former Alaska governor has a stellar GOP primary endorsement record so far this cycle. She backed Orrin Hatch in his Senate primary in Utah, Richard Mourdock in his primary against Dick Lugar in Indiana, and helped Deb Fischer with her surprise victory in Nebraska. She still has not formally endorsed Mitt Romney nor joined him on the campaign trail.

The Texas senate race is the most expensive in the country so far this cycle, with more than $37 million spent so far. Dewhurst spent $11 million of his own money alone.

 

And last but not least, Romney!

 

Mitt Romney in NBC interview: ‘I don’t happen to believe that America needs new gun laws’

 

Mitt Romney, responding to the deadly shooting rampage in Aurora, Colo., asserted Wednesday that the United States does not need stricter gun laws, saying they could not have stopped the killing of a dozen people by a lone gunman at a movie theater.

“I don’t happen to believe that America needs new gun laws,” Romney said in an interview with NBC News, which was filmed in London on the first day of the candidate’s weeklong trip to Europe and Israel. “A lot of what this young man did was clearly against the law. But the fact that it was against the law did not prevent it from happening.

In 2004, when he was governor of Massachusetts, Romney signed a state ban on assault weapons — such as the AR-15 allegedly used by accused shooter James Holmes — shortly before a federal ban on the guns expired.

“These guns are not made for recreation or self-defense,” Romney said at the time. “They are instruments of destruction with the sole purpose of hunting down and killing people.”

Asked by interviewer Brian Williams whether he stood by those words, Romney deflected.

“Well, I actually signed a piece of legislation, as you described, that banned assault weapons in our state. It was a continuation of prior legislation, and it was backed both by the Second Amendment advocates, like myself, and those that wanted to restrict gun rights because it was a compromise. Both sides got some things improved in the laws as they existed.”

“And I happen to think that with regards to the Aurora, Colo. disaster,” Romney continued, “we’re wise to continue the time of memorial and think of comforting the people affected, and the political implications, legal implications, are something which will be sorted out down the road.”

Romney joined the National Rifle Association in 2006 and has sought the organization’s support by casting himself as a better protector of the Second Amendment than President Obama.

Williams prodded Romney on another past statement: “I don’t line up with the NRA,” Romney said during an unsuccessful bid for the US Senate in 1994.

“Well, on every single issue, there are differences between myself and the NRA,” Romney said Wednesday. “On many issues we share a common commitment to the Second Amendment and the right of people to bear arms, but I’m sure from time to time there’ll be issues where they and I might part — I don’t have one for you right now — but their agenda is not entirely identical with my own.”

Romney flew to London on Tuesday, after addressing the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention in Reno, Nev.

In that speech, Romney criticized President Obama’s foreign policy record, saying Obama “has given trust where it is not earned, insult where it is not deserved and apology where it is not due.”

On the eve of his foreign tour, Romney said he wanted to speak his mind in Reno because he “wouldn’t venture into another country to question American foreign policy.”

But the ceasefire did not last long. Late Tuesday, London’s Daily Telegraph quoted an anonymous Romney adviser as saying “We are part of an Anglo-Saxon heritage, and [Romney] feels that the special relationship [between the US and Britain] is special. The White House didn’t fully appreciate the shared history we have.”

Early Wednesday, Romney campaign spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg quickly rejected the Anglo-Saxon remark, which the Telegraph said “may prompt accusations of racial insensitivity.”

“If anyone said that, they weren’t reflecting the views of Governor Romney or anyone inside the campaign,” Henneberg said.

Obama adviser David Axelrod called the remark “stunningly offensive” on Twitter, and Vice President Joe Biden ripped the comment as a “disturbing start to a trip designed to demonstrate Governor Romney’s readiness to represent the United States on the world’s stage.”

In the NBC interview, Romney said he is “generally not enthusiastic about adopting the comments of people who are unnamed.”

“I’m not sure who this person is,” Romney said. “But I can tell you that we have a very special relationship between the United States and Great Britain — it goes back to our very beginnings — cultural and historical. But I also believe the president understands that. So I don’t agree with whoever that adviser might be but do agree that we have a very common bond between ourselves and Great Britain.”

Romney is scheduled to meet Thursday with British officials, including Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, former Prime Minister Tony Blair, Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband, Foreign Secretary William Hague, and Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne.

On Friday, Romney will meet with US Olympic athletes before attending the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games. Romney was chief executive of the committee that organized the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah.

On Sunday, Romney will be in Israel to meet with US Ambassador Dan Shapiro, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Shimon Peres and Palestinian National Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.

In Poland on Monday, Romney will meet with Prime Minister Donald Tusk and former President Lech Walesa.

Tusk criticized Obama in May, after Obama referred to a concentration camp in Nazi-occupied Poland as a “Polish death camp.” Obama apologized through a spokesman, who said the president misspoke, but Tusk called for a “stronger, more pointed” response.

 

Now, let’s talk legit shit. I mean it, legit shit. Stuff you would want to pick up from places like Japan. If you guys love squid girl, Musume, her Volume 3 manga is out for sale.

 

Shinryaku! Ika Musume 3

Shinryaku! Ika Musume is a new comedy shonen manga series created by Michiko Yokote. The heroine is a cute moe-type squid girl named Ika Musume who vows to conquer humanity as revenge for its pollution of the ocean. Her first…
That aside, here’s China’s cosplay.

 

ComicDay 10 Cosplay Pure China Quality

Author: Leon


Cosplay fans have been impressed by the quality of some of the cosplay on display at China’s “ComicDay 10″ event, with the those in attendance giving most international and Japanese cosplayers quite a run for their money.

 

Enjoy the gallery. Moving on…

 

 

Ministry to establish team to battle bullies

 

Education minister Hirofumi Hirano plans to set up an internal team to help schools and boards of education curb bullying.

The initiative was prompted by intense media coverage of a suicide at a junior high school in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, in which bullies allegedly pressured a 13-year-old boy to plunge to his death last October as his pleas for help went ignored.

On an NHK program Sunday, Hirano, minister of education, culture, sports, science and technology, described the envisioned team as “line troops” to work alongside those tasked with directly dealing with bullying.

The team’s duties will be decided after examining the results of a bullying survey to be conducted on elementary and junior high schools nationwide, the minister added.

“The education ministry will enhance its guidance and advising activities so we can demonstrate a strong will not to leave these problems as they are,” Hirano said after the program.

The ministry is considering asking schools and local boards of education to report especially serious cases of bullying so they can be scrutinized by experts.

In the Otsu case, the victim’s parents have sued the city and three of the boy’s classmates for allegedly bullying him into “practicing” his suicide before he actually went through with it.

After a school survey revealed that several students said bullies forced the boy to practice killing himself, Otsu Mayor Naomi Koshi reversed the municipal government’s initial denials that bullying took place and acknowledged that some form of harassment led the boy to kill himself.

His parents argued that schoolteachers failed to properly respond despite knowing their son was being bullied.

 

And our last story.

 

Grapes of wrath: Shopkeeper forced to pay nearly £112,000 compensation to customer who slipped on ‘mushy’ fruit outside his store

A shopkeeper has been ordered to pay nearly £112,000 in damages after a customer slipped on a couple of grapes.

Onkar Singh Gill, 50, was taken to court by 57-year-old Samira Hassan after she broke both her wrists in the 2005 fall.

He insisted that it was ‘a freak accident’ and that there was little, if anything, he could have done to prevent it.

But after a seven-year legal battle, dubbed the Grapes of Wrath, the popular grocer lost an appeal yesterday.

Mr Gill must now pay £111,859 in compensation to Mrs Hassan, who used to be a regular customer.

His son Sandeep, 29, said that the business was insured for accidents but because of a legal loophole they would almost certainly be liable for the full amount.

He said: ‘Sometimes you do wonder whose side the law is actually on.’

Outside the Appeal Court in London Mr Gill was asked to comment on the judge’s ruling. He replied: ‘I wouldn’t waste my breath.’

The court was told that Mrs Hassan was strolling past The Stall shop in Greenford, west London, when she paused to examine the fruit displayed on tables outside.

Although wearing ‘sensible’ shoes she slipped on some ‘mushy’ grapes on the pavement, falling forward and breaking both wrists.

Mrs Hassan, of Greenford, sued Mr Gill, and in September last year a county court judge ordered the grocer to pay damages.

The amount reflected her care costs and the impact her injuries have had on gaining employment.

Mr Gill challenged the ruling in the Appeal Court, insisting that his staff had taken all reasonable steps to ensure that the pavement was kept clear.

His barrister, Kenneth Hamer, said there had been no previous accidents or complaints.

But Lord Justice Lloyd, sitting with Mr Justice Morgan and Sir Stephen Sedley, rejected Mr Gill’s appeal.

Sandeep Gill, the shop’s general manager, said: ‘The amount hurts. It will be a huge dent to us but what hurts most is the judge’s ruling that we may have been careless in our duty to the public.’

 

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