January 11, 2006


Kim Jong II disappears in China amid financial woes (Andreas Landwehr, Jan 11, 2006, Asia-Pacific Features)

North Korean leader Kim Jong II has disappeared in China. His luxurious special train which reportedly crossed the border into China Tuesday morning at Dandong was nowhere to be found Wednesday.

'We really would like to know where he is, but we simply don't have a clue,' said a South Korean military attache, who added he felt he was left in the lurch by his own intelligence services.

Although the train was seen travelling in the direction of Beijing by officials at two railway stations, Kim did not show up in the Chinese capital, sparking a torrent of speculation.

Hey, if you were a billionaire wouldn't you too run away from it all on your own train?

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 11, 2006 4:58 PM

Either that, or the PRC finally got tired of his shenanigans, and we'll find him fitted for cement shoes at the bottom of the Yangtze.

Posted by: Just John at January 11, 2006 5:13 PM

If you were a Chinese autocrat tiring of Kim's antics, wouldn't you have taken this moment to "disappear" him & his train?

Posted by: Timothy at January 11, 2006 5:14 PM

nah, kim probably just felt like driving the train himself, and went off on a little excursion.

Posted by: toe at January 11, 2006 5:19 PM

OJ and Kim taking the train to nowhere.

Posted by: jdkelly at January 11, 2006 5:42 PM

Wasn't there a movie like this?

Posted by: sharon at January 11, 2006 5:55 PM

Just put out a several cases of good Scotch and a couple of blonde hookers and the little guy will show up.

Posted by: pchuck at January 11, 2006 5:57 PM

Oh the tears that will be shed in the Judd basement if anything happened to that train. "Kill the dictator by all means, but keep your hands off that steel beauty!"

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at January 11, 2006 6:26 PM

It's why God gave us the neutron bomb....

Posted by: oj at January 11, 2006 6:41 PM

For some reason, I'm trying to picture Kim on board this while barreling through the countryside.

Posted by: John at January 11, 2006 7:00 PM

He's hiding in Bahrain with Michael Jackson.

Posted by: Carter at January 11, 2006 7:15 PM

He took the train to Bahrain? That's insane! It now seems plain he has no brain.

Posted by: Mike Morley at January 11, 2006 7:19 PM

You guys trust a story from a place that can't even spell his name correctly?

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at January 11, 2006 8:28 PM


Picture this:


Posted by: oj at January 11, 2006 8:34 PM

On the other hand, given North Korea's average level of technology, and Kim's love of good-looking young women,this more likely would be the type of train the Dear Leader was traveling on.

Posted by: John at January 11, 2006 9:44 PM

The disrespect shown here for one of the world's greatest golfers is appalling!


Posted by: darryl at January 12, 2006 12:56 AM

Maybe he got an invitation to Hogwarts.

Posted by: RC at January 12, 2006 3:02 AM

"Beijing, we're coming in!"


Posted by: Gideon at January 12, 2006 4:43 AM

Uh, nobody thought of this?


Posted by: joe shropshire at January 12, 2006 12:24 PM

Sharon: It was an "I Spy" episode. It turned out some impoverished peasants had captured the train, dismantled it, and used the parts to patch their huts, beat into pots and pans, etc. Robert Culp and Bill Cosby got a good laugh out of it and filed a report.

I hope that's what happened to the Dear Leader.

Posted by: Bob Hawkins at January 12, 2006 12:39 PM
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