Anyway, the Los Angeles Times has the full story in today's paper:
The devoted threw a party fit for a prince: There were dancers, singers and synchronized swimmers, not to mention unnamed foreign dignitaries -- all celebrating the birthday today of Kim Jong Il, North Korea's glorious "Dear Leader."
In Pyongyang, state-run media lauded a national hero "praised by mankind as the most outstanding political elder and the peerlessly brilliant commander of the present era."
Outside the isolationist state, though, the take on Kim's milestone was a bit less breathless as analysts questioned his physical and mental health following a suspected stroke in 2008.
In a South Korean journal article published this month, a senior analyst wrote that many North Korean officials do not expect Kim to live longer than another five years.
And at left is a pic of the Bouffanted One with what former President Roh Moo-hyun got him that year. We're told KJI used it often.
Actually, that's not the picture I'd like to leave you with, because in fact, whenever I think of Kim Jong-il having a birthday, I can't help but think of this post directly from the Beloved Leader's blog (or this one), the picture from which I have conveniently placed just below this paragraph.
the many presents he apparently gets:
And what post on Kim Jong-il getting a year older would be complete without a trip into last August, so let's dip our toes in the "Kim Jong-il death pool." There's still time to play. Sadly.
More birthday (death) wishes here and here.