Donald Douglas highlights Dennis Rodman and his trip to North Korea, where, of course, he played useful idiot
from Jonathan Kay, at the National Post, “A look inside the monstrous North Korean gulag system that Dennis Rodman will never see“:
Dennis Rodman — former basketball player, pro wrestler, cross-dresser, boyfriend to Madonna, B-movie performer and reality-show star — is man who will play to any audience. That apparently includes North Korea’s government, the world’s last truly totalitarian regime.
This week, Rodman was in Pyongyang shooting hoops with local teenagers, and providing state media with propaganda fodder as he made the tour of communist shrines. It is all part of a vaguely defined “basketball diplomacy” TV project, and Rodman is Tweeting the usual bromides expected of celebrities out of their depth, such as “Looking forward to sitting down with [leader] Kim Jong Un. I love the people of North Korea.”
Rodman’s ignorant inanities (another Tweet declared “Maybe I’ll run into the Gangnam Style dude while I’m here”) are especially insulting to victims of North Korea’s gulags — whom Rodman will never meet or see, and whose very existence is denied by the North Korean regime. Just this week, as Rodman was being led around by his North Korean hosts, a new satellite-imagery analysis released by the Committee of Human Rights in North Korea showed that the regime is expanding its gulag network dramatically, even as it struggles to ward off another round of mass national starvation.
The term “gulag” is thrown around liberally in the post-Soviet era to describe any sort of remote prison facility. But the North Korean gulags are the real Siberian-styled deal: sprawling work camps where political prisoners spend years being tortured and worked to death. Only a few dozen former gulag prisoners have made it out of the country, and it is only thanks to their eyewitness reports that we know anything about life in these medieval prison camps.
Communist nations have done this to many idiots, so Rodman is not alone. He is just too stupid to realize he is being used. Soert of reminds you of Obama voters doesn’t it? Or people like Donna Brazille, who is supposed to be an expert on matters political. Sadly, Brazille, a BIG supporter of Obamacare, is shocked that her insurance premiums are, well, kinda high. Liberals are naive, and easily led astray it seems. See what feeling and emoting your way through life gets you? It gets you addicted to false promises from the Democratic Party. False promises that hurt, rather than help you.
And, if you ever fail to please your Liberal masters? Well, just ask Bob Woodward how that works out
Yesterday’s big story was the release of Bob Woodward’s email communication with Gene Sperling, the top White House advisor who allegedly threatened Woodward if he continued to challenge the administration on the sequester. It turns out that there’s plenty of room of debate on the nature of the “threat,” but the real story isn’t this or that statement about “you will regret this,” but the fanatic response of the administration’s defenders among the mainstream press corps. It’s like a palace guard, and is truly bizarre. I won’t link epic asshole John Cook at Gawker, but that’s his clown Photoshop, via Memeorandum. But here’s Excitable Andy, FWIW, “Bob Woodward, Demonstrable Liar.” And see Michael Stickings’ perfect encapsulation of partisan hackery in his attack on Woodward’s alleged partisan hackery, “The shameless hackery of Bob Woodward.”
Yes, the Left says they care about people, until people cross them, or dare to think for themselves.