Rich Galen

Everyone east of the Blue Ridge Mountains knew that the Executive Privilege question was going to be top-of-mind during Carney's mid-day briefing with the White House press corps. It is astonishing to me that no one said to Carney: "Here's the name of the guy that was killed. You might also mention how much the President values the work and sacrifice all of our border and customs agents."


On the arithmetic front, I went to Wednesday night's baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the Tampa Bay Rays with former NY Timesman Adam Clymer.

I added up the number of hits the Nationals got after the first inning and, in a rarity, got the answer right.


Nevertheless the Nats won 3-2 with Stephen Strasberg going seven full, allowing two runs on five hits and striking out 10.

Wikileaker-in-chief, Julian Assange, is holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London asking for asylum so he can't be extradited to the U.S. for leaking all those classified documents a couple of years ago.

At about the same time a Syrian Air Force pilot flew a MIG-21 to a Jordanian air base asking for, and being granted, asylum.

If Julian Assange can pilot a MIG-21 to Ecuador, I say let him stay.

If not, hang him.

This last item takes my breath away.

NASA has announced that Voyager I will leave the solar system sometime in the next year or two.

Voyager I and its sister ship Voyager II were launched 35 years ago in 1977. Voyager I has traveled some 10 billion miles.

Just to remind you how long ago 1977 really was:

-- Jimmy Carter was inaugurated -- The Food Stamp program began -- Apple Computer and Oracle were incorporated -- Apple II, Commodore PET and TRS-80 computers were introduced. -- Star Wars opened -- The Supremes broke up and the BeeGees released "Saturday Night Fever" -- Elvis Presley and Groucho Marx died -- The last natural case of smallpox was discovered in Africa

Have a good weekend.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at