Shocking Position of the Day

Via the BBC:  North Korea leader’s eldest son ‘opposes dynasty’

The eldest son of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il says he opposes a dynastic succession that would see his younger half-brother take power.


"Personally, I am against third-generation dynastic succession," Kim Jong-nam was quoted as saying by Japanese TV station Asahi.

I am sure the fact that he fell from favor and was therefore passed over for the position has nothing to do with his position…

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  1. The Japanese reporter likely left out the part where the elder Kim referred to his brother as a “stupidhead”

  2. says:

    This is the kind of fun a country misses out on when they don’t have a royal family.

  3. legion says:

    I’m sure Jeb Bush feels the same way…