Spy Games

On June 27th, 10 individuals belonging to a Russian sleeper cell were arrested in the Northeast. Less than two weeks later they are all on a plane to Vienna, where they will be swapped for four Russians accused of spying for the United States.

Something simply does not smell right here. These agents were tasked with recruiting spies within the United States and infiltrating policy making organizations within the U.S. government. I just cannot believe that in two weeks we gleaned every bit of information they had about their operations in this country and, more important, members of other sleeper cells or the names of U.S. citizens they recruited.
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The Continued Application Of Flaccid Power

Today we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Our president, head of state of the nation responsible for its fall and that of the Communist governments of Eastern Europe and ultimately the USSR, will not be attending. Apparently Communism’s demise, the culmination of an existential struggle between free peoples of the world and those who lived under the iron fist of peoples’ dictatorships, is ancient history and deemed not worthy of a presidential visit.
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The Russians

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A perusal of today’s version of Pravda Online yields some predictably mirthful reading. We read that Russian scientists are using GoogleMaps to find yeti. Yes, I do hold the writers, editors and most serious readers of Pravda Online in contempt, I do have to admire the online publication’s devotions to all things yeti, the Asian cousin of our own beloved Sasquatch.
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Pull My Finger

The quote of the week has to come from our friends at Pravda Online. Vladmir Putin says:

“One may either have gas or may not have gas. Russia has it….I am absolutely responsible for what I am saying.”

Intriguing Pravda headlines for today:

– Woman grows nipple on foot.

– Women ready to kill men for stupid remarks.

– Russian Soldier: Legendary Bravery and Courage (I take it this article doesn’t cover such recent shining examples of Russian military prowess as South Ossetia, Chechnya and Afghanistan).

The Russians

And finally, what week could be ended well without a word from our friends at Pravda Online. The website contains an interesting article (no, not the one about the hellish hairy sea monster washing ashore) about new details in the death of poet Alexander Pushkin. The article goes into previously unknown details about Pushkins death in a duel in 1837. Perhaps the fare was a little too somber for the editors, so they decided to spice up the article a bit. The headline: Russia’s Greatest Poet Alexander Pushkin Can Be Cloned.