Posted tagged ‘Korea’

Actor Harry Morgan Dies at 96

December 7, 2011

Harry Morgan, who won an Emmy Award playing Col. Sherman T. Potter on “M*A*S*H” died today at his home in Los Angeles. He was 96.

From the New York Times:

On television, he played Officer Bill Gannon with a phlegmatic but light touch to Jack Webb’s always-by-the-book Sgt. Joe Friday in the updated “Dragnet,” from 1967 to 1970. He starred as Pete Porter, a harried husband, in the situation comedy “Pete and Gladys” (1960-62), reprising a role he had played on “December Bride” (1954-59). He was also a regular on “The Richard Boone Show” (1963-64), “Kentucky Jones” (1964-65), “The D.A.” (1971-72), “Hec Ramsey” (1972-74) and “Blacke’s Magic” (1986).

But to many fans he was first and foremost Col. Sherman T. Potter, commander of the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital unit in Korea. With a wry smile, flat voice and sharp humor, Mr. Morgan played Colonel Potter from 1975 to 1983, when “M*A*S*H” went off the air. He replaced McLean Stevenson , who had quit the series, moving into the role on the strength of his performance as a crazed major general in an early episode.

South Korea on Alert After Military Drill

December 20, 2010

After days of worry about possible North Korean aggression over a South Korean military drill, live-fire exercises ended peacefully with no immediate retaliation.

From CNN:

North Korea said over the weekend that the drill could ignite a war and that it would respond militarily to the exercise. On Monday, North Korean military leaders said retaliation wasn’t necessary — but issued a stern warning to South Korea and the United States, according to the state-run Korean Central News Agency.

The North also agreed to a series of actions after former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Bill Richardson urged the country not to respond aggressively.

Those steps include allowing monitors from the International Atomic Energy Agency access to the nation’s uranium enrichment facility; negotiating a deal for a third party, such as South Korea, to buy fresh-fuel rods from North Korea; and discussing the formation of a military commission consisting of representatives from North Korea, South Korea and the United States to monitor and prevent conflicts in the disputed areas of the West Sea, Richardson’s statement said.

South Korea Vows Air Raid if North Korea Attacks

December 3, 2010

South Korea’s new defense minister said his country plans to respond with airstrikes if North Korea attacks the country again.

From CNN:

“We will definitely air raid North Korea,” Kim Kwan-jin said at his confirmation hearing when asked how the South would respond if struck again, according to the official Yonhap News Agency.

Kim was appointed defense minister last week amid growing tensions on the Korean peninsula following an exchange of gunfire between the two sides.

His comments reflect a potential shift in South Korea’s policy toward provocations from the North. Previously, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak warned of severe consequences if the North launched another attack, but declined to name specifics.

North Korea/South Korea on the Brink of War…

November 24, 2010

…this according to the folks in Pyongyang, one day after North Korea shelled the  South Korean island of Yeonpyeong, killing four people.

From CNN:

Pyongyang made the accusation through its state media, referring to a military drill that Seoul holds every year.

“The puppet group dared make an uproar over ‘a provocation’ from someone and cry out for ‘punishment’ like a thief crying ‘Stop the thief!'” the North’s KCNA news agency said.

“The Lee Myung-bak group’s treacherous and anti-reunification acts are intolerable as it vitiated the atmosphere for improving the inter-Korean relations overnight and drove the situation to the brink of war, challenging the desire of all the Koreans,” KCNA said.


Condom Sales Up After South Korea Win

June 13, 2010

I guess you can safely say that the South Korean team “rose to the occasion” in their pool play victory against Greece.

From The Straits Times:

Stores in residential areas also did well as those tuning in at home bought three times the beer and more than twice the number of snacks.

After the game, fans in celebratory mood bought five times more condoms than during the team’s lacklustre 2006 World Cup performance, the paper said.

Michael Jackson: My Thoughts

June 25, 2009

Like him or not, Michael Jackson was a major force in the music industry and pop culture for nearly 50 years.

He was probably one of the main influencers of the musicians who have created their music to, and that we’ve listened to, over the past 30+ years.

Some people in my generation…well I’m already hearing that this is their JFK Assassination moment, or Pearl Harbor, or for those younger, their 9/11. Yes, these events were much larger in scale and importance, but it demonstrates the stature Michael Jackson had. At his peak, you could arguably say that he was the most famous person on the planet and many wouldn’t dispute this. He was “The King of Pop”.

Jackson has been accused of some terrible things and frankly, has been a “freak” for much of the past two decades. And I’ll admit, I didn’t personally care for him, his persona, the things he was accused of doing or his music (after Thriller) but this is a MAJOR news story worldwide.

We’ll see how the media covers this over the next week or two. Eventually, Kim Jong Il, Afghanistan and Iran will be back as the top stories. For now, RIP Michael Jackson.

Your thoughts?

North Korea Threatens to Wipe the United States “Off The Map”

June 24, 2009

Strong words from North Korea today as the country threatened to wipe the United States off the map as the world watches for signs they will launch a series of missiles in the coming days.

Send Team America!!!

From the Associated Press:

Off China’s coast, a U.S. destroyer was tailing a North Korean ship suspected of transporting illicit weapons to Myanmar in what could be the first test of U.N. sanctions passed to punish the nation for an underground nuclear test last month.

The Kang Nam left the North Korean port of Nampo a week ago with the USS John S. McCain close behind. The ship, accused of transporting banned goods in the past, is believed bound for Myanmar, according to South Korean and U.S. officials.

The new U.N. Security Council resolution requires member states to seek permission to inspect suspicious cargo. North Korea has said it would consider interception a declaration of war and on Wednesday accused the U.S. of seeking to provoke another Korean War.

“If the U.S. imperialists start another war, the army and people of Korea will … wipe out the aggressors on the globe once and for all,” the official Korean Central News Agency said.

The warning came on the eve of the 59th anniversary of the start of the three-year Korean War, which ended in a truce in 1953, not a peace treaty, leaving the peninsula in state of war.