Tuesday September 02, 2014
March 26th, 2014
Intelligence officers live by a time-honored credo: When in doubt, admit nothing, deny everything, make counter-accusations.
It was in that spirit that Vladimir Putin, the quondam KGB man who rules Russia, addressed his nation and the world Tuesday on the annexation of Crimea.
There don't seem to be any major economic crises underway right this moment, and policymakers in many places are patting themselves on the back. In Europe, for example, they're crowing about Spain's recovery: The country seems set to grow at least twice as fast this year as previously forecast.
Thanks to some strange alignment of the planets, there were two competing, yet remarkably similar, news stories this week. Both involved the disappearance of things that should never get lost: an entire passenger plane and an entire country. But, at this point, both Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and Crimea are still missing -- and may never be found again.
Vladimir Putin's grab of Crimea has exposed the paradoxes in American attitudes toward foreign policy.
Congress has been unusually united in condemning the Russian leader's aggression and calling for his isolation. His belligerent offensive has been denounced by such liberals as Sens. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and by many conservatives, including Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Ron Johnson, R-Wis.
Beats me how new apps like "Secret" and "Whisper" are going to make big money. Presumably, that is the objective of their Silicon Valley creators.
These apps combine social networking with anonymity. "Secret," for example, lets people post anonymous messages to those on their contact list who've also signed on with "Secret."
In reporting the death at 86 the other day of Howard "Bo" Callaway, a former Secretary of the Army in the Nixon and Ford administrations, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution called him "the first superstar" of the Georgia Republican Party. In 1966, he was the first Republican to run for governor since Reconstruction days.
Is it fair to post an online database of names, photos, home addresses and telephone numbers of abortion protesters?
A Maryland-based group, Voice of Choice, did just that: It created an online map of more than 150 protesters across the nation who target doctors and health centers that provide legal abortions, complete with all the personal information it could find on each one.
Here's how John Lennon wrote "Nowhere Man," as he recalled it in an interview that ran just before he was murdered in 1980: After working five hours trying to craft a song, he had nothing to show for it. "Then, 'Nowhere Man' came, words and music, the whole damn thing as I lay down."
Let me go out on a limb: The Malaysian airliner did not get sucked into a black hole, vanish over the Indian Ocean equivalent of the Bermuda Triangle or crash-land on the spooky island from "Lost."