It seems like I should have opinions about the topics of the day

It also seems like I should be packing. But I've spent the last few days throwing balls with the dog and reading and drinking coffee, and have been generally detached. Things will pick up again after the 23rd, from Manila. But here are some things that I've noticed in the recent past:

+"Going ghost" in the face of death threats from Islamic radicals.

+Should we call a halt to the game?

+Speaking out?

+The START treaty is out of committee - it should be passed.

+Still rocking out in Iran.

+It appears a coalition will run against Putin; mayoral elections will tell us more.

+Constitutional changes in Turkey signal a shift.

+If I was Palin, I'd keep playing the power behind the throne.