The odd couple
Politics really does make for strange bedfellows.
Could North Korea, the despotic regime built on the cult of personality, become any weirder?
The answer is a definite yes after a visit to the Hermit Kingdom by the Worm, the nickname given to former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman.
Remember him? He's the guy with the nose rings, the bizarre personality and the penchant for dressing in women's clothing. He was a rebounding machine who helped Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls collect some championship rings.
Last week, Rodman, traveling with a contingent from the Harlem Globetrotters to North Korea, met with dictator Kim Jong Un. That could be true, although it's a better guess that Rodman was sent to North Korea by the CIA to help destabilize this dangerous regime.
News reports indicate that Rodman dined, drank and watched a basketball game with Kim.
"You have a friend for life," he told Kim afterward.
Rodman is described as one of the most high-profile Americans to travel to North Korea and visit Kim since Kim took power in 2011 following the death of his father. What better evidence does one need of North Korea's peculiar standing on the world stage?