Several years ago there was an episode of NCIS where then Director Shepard( Lauren Holly) made a clandestine trip to Moscow in search of information that would either clear her father or help her in capturing ” la grenouille” . During that time she went off the grid as was bluntly called to her attention by good ole Leroy Jethro Gibbs ( Mark Harmon) , once she returned to Washington.
For my purposes, the key element in that scene was the grid to which Gibbs referred. In this case it was not the electric power grid that is somewhat well publicized, but a different kind of grid. Holly’s character was the head of an armed federal agency and as such could not become incommunicado. And in our story she did that very thing.
I was reminded of that upon seeing a segment of the Today Show that dealt with the death of the telephone. The part that I saw interviewed at least two people in the know about such things, one of them from Wired magazine, who opined that the telephone was dead and it was about time. His feelings are most definitely shared by outsidethebeltway.com writer James Joyner. He wrote an article on July 31, 2010 expressing how annoying and terribly intrusive a telephone call actually is. And he made this point that really ties in to the point I am trying to make. The current generation hardly ever makes phone calls because they are in constant lightweight contact, defined as texting, instant messaging , tweeting, etc.
So, its it a good or necessary thing to be in constant contact. to be always on the grid, so to speak? The majority of us do not need to be always available via a tweet or Facebook or hundreds or thousand of daily text messages. I share Mr Joyner’syner that this is,generally speaking, lightweight communication. Surely a part of my inclination is that I am from a generation that has not always been totally wired, but I think/hope it is more than that.
My wife and I have shared many times with one another in a phone call the words that” I just wanted to hear your voice” . We do text, but for us, it will never be an adequate substitute for the voice of the one person who means more to you than any other.
Perhaps, Mr Bell’s invention is on the way out. But from my perspective, I hope that it takes the long way.
As a public service and a continuation of my ongoing campaign to prove exactly how great dogs are, I bring you this story from Moscow.Or, if you will, canis lupus familiaris, the domestic dog. Man’s best friend, indeed. Or as we refer in our family to our departed golden retriever, just “himself”.
The story from Moscow would surely make him proud, not surprised , but proud. Seems that biologist Andrew Poyarkov has studied the habits of stray dogs and has discovered an interesting fact. They seem to have taught themselves to use the subway. Dogs who apparently live outside of town have been catching a ride into town where they have an easier time finding food. At the end of the day, they catch a ride back home. Poyarkov has noticed an almost uncanny ability in the dogs knowing which station and which train and at about what time.
I just love stories like this. They seem to come more from England, but no matter. Oh, the questions that arise. How do they get their tokens, do they have a multiple use pass? And if any of these are true, where do they keep the pass ?
You know, I am assuming this is true since I have read mentions in more than one credible source. But even if it were a hoax, I could care less. It is just a neat story. And remember, our President has Bo, the first dog, who often wanders through Air Force One. Wonder who cleans up after Bo if has an accident? I am guessing Biden. If he isn’t , probably Gibbs or one of the spokespeople. Remember the President used the phrase “wee-weed up” recently. Probably inspired by Bo in action, ya think?
Wonder if they sit or stand, wonder if……… ?
Yes, folks only here in our sorta still great country could we talk about these things in the same post. Jay Leno, President Obama, Russia and Iran. There is unfortunately an obvious and growing connection between items three and four in our list. One slight aside concerning Russia, however. There are reports about the possibility of Russian bombers being based in Cuba and Venezuela. That Hugo Chavez is such a kidder, isn’t he?
Anyway, back to our original train of thought. The White House has confirmed that the president will be appearing on Jay Leno on Thursday of this week, one day after Keith Olbermann( no comment needed) shows up.It is being billed as the first presidential appearance on a talk show since the election. Now, correct me where I’m wrong since I only see excerpts of the show due to its late hour and my ” old” age. There are usually entertainers; comedians, singers, actors etc along with a comedy monologue. Now one must ask, why would the President of the United States choose to appear in such a format?
I don’t know for certain but I have a few ideas. The President has been trying to talk down Iran, so to speak, from proceeding along its merry, nuclear pathway. He even resorted to sending a letter to Russia, asking them to intervene on our behalf. Response from Moscow, Nyet, nyet and double nyet. Or as we might put it, you have got to be kidding. So, here is political genius at work. Obama goes on Leno and pitches his plan to the Iranians( you know that Iranian President Ahmadinejad watches Leno) with the able assistance of the jut-jawed humorist. Brilliant, the Iranians will probably call in during the show, eager to agree.hey, this makes at least as much sense as offering to give up American military bases in central Europe if Russia would help( yes he did do that) mediate.
And for icing on the proverbial yellow cake, there are foreign policy “experts” and journalists who wouldn’t worry too much about Iran getting the bomb.
Shalom, my friends, shalom.
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