I know North Korea is in the Axis of Evil and all, but explain this:

Finnish officials were at a loss to explain an allegation made on Thursday by a U.S. official that North Korea has been caught trying to sell pornography in the small Nordic country…

…U.S. Ambassador to Australia Tom Schieffer made the comments earlier on Thursday to the National Press Club in Canberra, saying North Korea was using a “mafia-like” business model to make up a revenue shortfall when the Soviet Union collapsed in the early 1990s.

“(North Korea has) been caught trying to sell pornography in Finland and prohibited animal products, like rhinoceros horn, in Africa, counterfeiting in Kuwait and trafficking heroin in Australia,” Schieffer said.

Wondering how a nutjob like this could become an ambassador, I went to Schieffer’s State Department Bio. There, I learned that his brother is Bob Schieffer, host of CBS’s Face the Nation. That must explain it–Bob used his media power and influence to get Tom the ambassadorship. Or maybe not; there is another nugget in the bio:

In 1989, he [Tom Schieffer] was an investor in the partnership led by George W. Bush and Edward W. (Rusty) Rose that bought the Texas Rangers Baseball Club.

Now it all makes sense.


P.S. I was tempted to title this either “Porn of Mass Destruction” or “Weapons of Mass Porn”, but I couldn’t decide, so I went with my gut reaction when I read the story: “Huh?”.