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A little helpful advice for Dennis Rodman

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  • Former NBA player Dennis Rodman talks with the media at the Pyongyang Airport in Pyongyang before leaving North Korea last Friday. Rodman called leader Kim Jong Un an "awesome guy".

    Former NBA player Dennis Rodman talks with the media at the Pyongyang Airport in Pyongyang before leaving North Korea last Friday. Rodman called leader Kim Jong Un an "awesome guy".
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In Dennis Rodman's world, his recent visit to North Korea was a success -- he got plenty of publicity and portrayed North Korea in a positive light.

You heard what I said, it was a positive look at North Korea, and with some media it seemed to work.

While I am not ready to consider Dennis Rodman a "Hanoi Jane," it still wasn't his best move. For the uninformed, there is a famous photo of Jane Fonda ("Hanoi Jane") pictured on a tank with soldiers from North Vietnam, which turned many Americans off to her forever.

Now North Korea is still considered a threat to our allies, South Korea and Japan, so with Dennis Rodman saying what a great guy that leader Kim Jong Un is, it makes us question his thinking process.

Rodman is telling people the young leader took over a situation that wasn't his making, and he is a 28-year-old kid.

Dennis, he's a kid that's in charge, so you can't use that as an excuse.

Reportedly, Rodman will return to North Korea.

Will President Obama have put a call in to Kim Jong Un by then? I doubt it, but Obama could write a note Dennis could deliver. It would go something like this:

Dear fearless leader, Here are a few simple solutions I would suggest to improve conditions in your country: 1.) Free the thousands in your prisons for speaking out against the government. 2.) Feed the millions of people living in poverty under your family's rule. 3.) Free the innocent people and children sent to work camps. 4.) Stop threatening war. Please act soon. Sincerely, President Obama.

Listen, I know Dennis means well. He's a really great guy, but doesn't he realize he served as a flamboyant pawn?

Gee, I can't wait for his next visit. Who knows, he may go to Iran. I don't know, but if he does I suspect Rodman will tell us the Iranians just want peace and love with the old red, white and blue.

I'm sure Dennis ate and drank with the "fearless leader" and they were surrounded by a few beautiful women. After all, life has always been one big party for the "Worm," just not for the rest of North Korea's people.

IHSA playoffs:

The East Suburban Catholic Conference is well represented with five schools going into the sectionals round of the IHSA playoffs for boys basketball.

Benet Academy in Lisle squares off against Neuqua Valley in Bolingbrook; the Saint Viator Lions take on Zion Benton at Waukegan; Notre Dame College Prep meets New Trier at Glenbrook North; and Marian Catholic plays Joliet West at Thornton; and Carmel plays Lakes at Antioch.

Good luck to everyone in the playoffs as they move on! For a complete schedule, visit

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