Dennis Rodman has outdone himself, something that didn’t seem possible. The NBA Hall of Famer (who, by the way, disgraces the Hall of Fame) has loudly declared murderous North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un his “best friend,” and he and a team of former NBA players recently traveled to the communist country for what he called “basketball diplomacy.”
Before the game, Rodman actually sang happy birthday and then bowed to the dictator, the man who had his uncle executed last month and has threatened nuclear and missile attacks against South Korea and the United States.
Just when Rodman seemed to have hit an all-time low, he also suggested in an interview that an American missionary jailed in North Korea, Kenneth Bae, deserved his fate. Rodman later apologized for his comments during a rambling interview, claiming he had been drinking at the time.
It’s too bad there are no referees in diplomacy. Rodman would have fouled out long ago.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor doesn’t wear dentures. Whew … the world has been dying to know.
According to the Washington Post, while appearing at a sold-out event Wednesday night sponsored by the Smithsonian Associates, the judge was really asked, “Do you wear dentures?” It may be no surprise that the odd question came from a dental hygienist.
Sotomayor wasn’t offended. She had a long story about meeting a dentist at a function held by a mutual friend who helped the judge with her now-famous winning smile (sans dentures).
The judge wasn’t taking any questions about cases in front of the court. But at least she cleared up the important stuff.
We’ve long known that many members of Congress are better off than their constituents, but now we have an idea how much better.
For the first time in history, more than half the members of Congress are millionaires. The information comes from a new analysis of personal financial disclosure data by the Center for Responsive Politics.
Of 534 current members of Congress, at least 268 had a net worth of $1 million or more in 2012, according to disclosures filed by all members of Congress and candidates.
The median net worth for lawmakers in the House and Senate was $1,008,767, which is up 4.4 percent.
There’s nothing wrong with being rich – after all, getting ahead is the American dream. But it may explain some of the disconnect certain members display when it comes to issues like unemployment insurance and food stamps.
As the notoriously insensitive phrase goes, “Let them eat cake.” That is, if they can stretch the ever-dwindling food stamp benefits to afford it.