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Bits & Pieces -- July 22

The Russian's Are Coming!

The Russian's Are Here!

The Russian's Are Gone!

Does anyone remember the movie, "The Russian's are Coming!, The Russian's are Coming!"? It was a comedy starring Brian Keith, Alan Arkin, Eva Marie Saint, Carl Reiner and Jonathan Winters among others. The story was about a Russian submarine that ran aground off New England. The soldiers go into the small resort town to find a boat and cause a panic and the residents go into a tizzy.

They even form a small militia with retired veterans. The story ends with one the Russian soldiers saving a small boy from the roof of a church. That is the story in a nut shell. The Russians had no intent to harm anyone, but it caused quite a stir in the community.

Last week it was reported that 11 Russians spies were rounded up and sent back to Russia. It seems they were living among the people in this community in a patient scheme to penetrate what one coded message called American "policy making circles". They have been watched for 10 years. That's right, 10 years!! Ok, I don't know how you can find out much by living in with people that go to work everyday, take their kids to Little League games, piano lessons etc. Most of the policy making in our country is on the news every night, sometimes stretched to the max, but nonetheless, reported to the masses. As for learning government secrets, what does the average citizen know? You can barely get into a government building anymore without being checked at the door. I even had to take a drink of my water when I was in Washington D.C. in front of a guard before I could enter the building.

Maybe the spies were watching how we make vodka out of corn, such as they do in the Benson ethanol plant. I'm sure it wasn't how we make cookies as there are more than a million cookbooks out there that I'm sure some organization would be happy to sell. Most books are available in our public libraries, you could read books and materials to your heart's content on any subject.

And they were exchanged for four American spies. What are we doing spying on Russia? I know you couldn't get into Russian government buildings. You would be caught and spend the rest of your days in Siberia. I'm not sure if it was the same set-up for them in Russia as in the U.S., living in the neighborhood, but you have to wonder what they were spying on.

One of the Russian spies was a beautiful woman, so what does that have to do with the story? Sounds like something a man would write.

Well, whatever the reason they were here, they are gone now. I guess I would worry more about spies from other countries who want to blow up our buildings and airplanes!

Have a good day and go out and meet your neighbors, they maybe someone interesting!