News item No. 1: On November 23, 2010, North Korean artillery bombards the small South Korean island of Yeonpyeong, which lies in the Yellow Sea, just south of the maritime border between the two Koreas. Two South Korean soldiers are killed, two civilian islanders die and dozens are wounded. South Korea and its allies, including the more than 30,000 U.S. troops on the Korean Peninsula, go on high alert. The perennially weak United Nations issues one of it's trademark stern finger-waggings; the United States - which had scheduled naval exercises headed by the U.S.S. George Washington carrier task force - warns the North Koreans; China gets its hackles up over increased activity in its region; and South Korea wrings its hands and tells its northern brethren that it will not tolerate another 150 such offenses. In short, the insanity that is North Korea has once again brought the area to the brink of war.
News item No. 2: President Barack Obama, knee-deep in meetings focused on handling/diffusing the current crisis on the Korean Peninsula, was injured yesterday during a pick-up basketball game. Obama received 12 stitches in his lower lip after being elbowed during a basketball game with friends and family members. [There has been no confirmation concerning the Nobel Peace Prize Committee meeting today to discuss awarding the president another Nobel for his efforts to stem confrontations - "at great, personal price" on basketball courts everywhere."]
(h/t: Taking Exception-"Hope & Change" original art...)