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Never Follow a Lunatic

By baldilocks

Over at Amer­i­can Thinker, Rick Moran com­ments upon the lat­est acts of devo­tion in the bro­mance between for­mer NBA player/​infamous weirdo Den­nis Rod­man and North Korean dic­ta­tor Kim Jong Un. This time, Rod­man has enlisted other for­mer NBA play­ers to join him for an All-​sort-​of-​Star game in a place chock full of prison and labor camps; a place where elec­tric­ity and food are reserved for the nomen­klatura, or what­ever the Korean-​language des­ig­na­tion is for the elite of the Her­mit Kingdom.

Hall of Fame bas­ket­ball player Den­nis Rod­man didn’t much like the ques­tions about his “bas­ket­ball diplo­macy” with North Korea com­ing from CNN host Chris Cuomo. So the for­mer Detroit Pis­tons “bad boy” lit up the screen with a scream­ing tirade directed at Cuomo who only wanted to know if Rod­man would bring up the case of Amer­i­can Ken­neth Bae held for more than a year by the North Kore­ans for his mis­sion­ary work.

From Medi­ate:

Let us know why this man is being held?’ If you can help them, will you take the oppor­tu­nity?” Cuomo asked.

The one thing about pol­i­tics, Ken­neth Bae did one thing. If you under­stand — if you under­stand what Ken­neth Bae did,” Rod­man said with a pause, then added “Do you under­stand what he did? In this country?”

What did he do?” Cuomo said. “You tell me.”

You tell me,” Rod­man shouted. “You tell me. Why is he held captive?”

They haven’t released any charges,” Cuomo said. “They haven’t released any reason.”

I would love to speak on this,” Rod­man said, again wav­ing Smith off.

Go ahead,” Cuomo urged.

Instead, Rod­man went off on Cuomo for the remain­der of the inter­view, scream­ing at him to rec­og­nize the sac­ri­fice being made by his fel­low players.

The video is avail­able at both links.

Here’s the thing: why would any­one expect a guy with demon­stra­ble men­tal issues to care about polit­i­cal pris­on­ers or tyran­nies? And like all too many pro­fes­sional ath­letes – like the other sheep he’s lead­ing – he cares only about being kow­towed to – since retire­ment, not much of that any­more for any of these guys. Enter the bas­ket­ball fan, Kim Jong Un.

So now, in Rodman’s warped mind, Kim is his friend and any­one who has angered his friend is an enemy and must be wrong, moral­ity be damned. It’s gang­ster logic and lunatic rea­son­ing, the two not nec­es­sar­ily being mutu­ally exclusive.

Rick says that Rodman’s men­tal sta­bil­ity is ques­tion­able. No it isn’t. He’s nuts and has been for a long time.

Rodman’s first team was the Detroit Pis­tons, whose coach, the late Chuck Daly, was a sur­ro­gate father to him. Rumor has it that Coach Daly would make sure that his All-​Star defense-​man took his med­ica­tion. But after Daly retired and Rod­man was traded, the lat­ter seemed to come off the spool and, if the rumors about the med­ica­tion are true, there remained no one to keep him account­able in that area. In the years fol­low­ing came the tat­toos, the pierc­ings, the dyed hair, the off-​the-​wall behavior…and the wed­ding dress. (Warn­ing: have eye bleach handy, though he looks strangely…pretty. Strangely, being the oper­a­tive word.)

So we have a for­mer ath­lete with a sus­pected per­son­al­ity dis­or­der lead­ing sev­eral other for­mer ath­letes of equal polit­i­cal igno­rance and arro­gance to a char­ity ben­e­fit in North Korea – prob­a­bly the worst coun­try to ever be caught in either acci­den­tally or on pur­pose. One won­ders if these scar­ily unin­formed and uncar­ing men are being lulled into becom­ing pris­on­ers them­selves. Wouldn’t that be a great pro­pa­ganda coup for the ever more unhinged Kim Jong Un? Or maybe they are being groomed for some­thing even more sinister…

They are pretty hun­gry over there.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. Her first novel,Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2009; the sec­ond edi­tion in 2012. Her new novel, Arlen’s Harem, is due in Jan­u­ary 2014. Help her fund it and help keep her blog alive!

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By baldilocks

Over at American Thinker, Rick Moran comments upon the latest acts of devotion in the bromance between former NBA player/infamous weirdo Dennis Rodman and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. This time, Rodman has enlisted other former NBA players to join him for an All-sort-of-Star game in a place chock full of prison and labor camps; a place where electricity and food are reserved for the nomenklatura, or whatever the Korean-language designation is for the elite of the Hermit Kingdom.

Hall of Fame basketball player Dennis Rodman didn’t much like the questions about his “basketball diplomacy” with North Korea coming from CNN host Chris Cuomo. So the former Detroit Pistons “bad boy” lit up the screen with a screaming tirade directed at Cuomo who only wanted to know if Rodman would bring up the case of American Kenneth Bae held for more than a year by the North Koreans for his missionary work.

From Mediate:

Let us know why this man is being held?’ If you can help them, will you take the opportunity?” Cuomo asked.

“The one thing about politics, Kenneth Bae did one thing. If you understand — if you understand what Kenneth Bae did,” Rodman said with a pause, then added “Do you understand what he did? In this country?”

“What did he do?” Cuomo said. “You tell me.”

“You tell me,” Rodman shouted. “You tell me. Why is he held captive?”

“They haven’t released any charges,” Cuomo said. “They haven’t released any reason.”

“I would love to speak on this,” Rodman said, again waving Smith off.

“Go ahead,” Cuomo urged.

Instead, Rodman went off on Cuomo for the remainder of the interview, screaming at him to recognize the sacrifice being made by his fellow players.

The video is available at both links.

Here’s the thing: why would anyone expect a guy with demonstrable mental issues to care about political prisoners or tyrannies? And like all too many professional athletes–like the other sheep he’s leading–he cares only about being kowtowed to–since retirement, not much of that anymore for any of these guys. Enter the basketball fan, Kim Jong Un.

So now, in Rodman’s warped mind, Kim is his friend and anyone who has angered his friend is an enemy and must be wrong, morality be damned. It’s gangster logic and lunatic reasoning, the two not necessarily being mutually exclusive.

Rick says that Rodman’s mental stability is questionable. No it isn’t. He’s nuts and has been for a long time.

Rodman’s first team was the Detroit Pistons, whose coach, the late Chuck Daly, was a surrogate father to him. Rumor has it that Coach Daly would make sure that his All-Star defense-man took his medication. But after Daly retired and Rodman was traded, the latter seemed to come off the spool and, if the rumors about the medication are true, there remained no one to keep him accountable in that area. In the years following came the tattoos, the piercings, the dyed hair, the off-the-wall behavior…and the wedding dress. (Warning: have eye bleach handy, though he looks strangely…pretty. Strangely, being the operative word.)

So we have a former athlete with a suspected personality disorder leading several other former athletes of equal political ignorance and arrogance to a charity benefit in North Korea–probably the worst country to ever be caught in either accidentally or on purpose. One wonders if these scarily uninformed and uncaring men are being lulled into becoming prisoners themselves. Wouldn’t that be a great propaganda coup for the ever more unhinged Kim Jong Un? Or maybe they are being groomed for something even more sinister…

They are pretty hungry over there.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. Her first novel,Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2009; the second edition in 2012. Her new novel, Arlen’s Harem, is due in January 2014. Help her fund it and help keep her blog alive!

GoFundMe: Arlen’s Harem
GoFundMe: The Kenya Project