Thursday, March 17, 2016

The Name of the Day...

...belongs to Otto Warmbier, the college student who was sentenced on Wednesday by the North Korean government to 15 years of prison and hard labor.

His last name in German means exactly what you would think it means.

I probably shouldn't make fun of this kid; that sentence sounds pretty extreme. But according to a story in the Times, Bill Richardson (my emphasis):

...a longtime American diplomat and former governor of New Mexico who has visited Pyongyang a number of times ... suggested that the punishment should not necessarily be taken at face value.

“An unfortunate development but a familiar pattern with American detainees,” Mr. Richardson said in an email. “Hopefully a prelude to negotiations that might lead to a release on humanitarian grounds.”

Still, what the hell's that kid doing in North Korea in the first place?

The State Department strongly discourages Americans from traveling to the country...

Whatever happened to spending spring break puking in Fort Lauderdale?

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