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Tuesday, August 03, 2004

From today's New York Times: "Much of the information that led the authorities to raise the terror alert at several large financial institutions in the New York City and Washington areas was three or four years old, intelligence and law enforcement officials said on Monday. They reported that they had not yet found concrete evidence that a terrorist plot or preparatory surveillance operations were still under way."

Which brings me back to "The Village": I think the movie will be remembered more for its timely themes. We're in our own Village, complete with monsters who lurk on the fringes waiting to get us when we drop our guard. Or so the Bush administration would have us believe. More reports have indicated that this intelligence (is this really the right word for this kind of misinformation? How about specurumor?) was obtained LAST MONTH. Any time the public needs a jolt (i.e., more bad news about the economy or Iraq, or a rise in the polls for Kerry), the warning flags go up.

My goal these days is to get a reasonable answer, from pro-Bush people I know, to the following: "Halliburton is currently being investigated for fraud and price gouging which has cost the country millions of dollars, and auditors have revealed that the company lost over $16 million in government property in Iraq due to mismanagement. Last week, the administration awarded another $500 million contract to Halliburton despite this. Are you OK with this, and don't forget that Cheney is currently being paid on a $33.7 million retirement package that Halliburton gave him when he stepped down as that company's CEO." Go to www.halliburtonwatch.org for more on this. Oh yeah - the company is also being investigated for it's business dealings with Iran. Yes, THAT Iran. So like I said, if anyone can explain this to me, please do.

On to more important things. The Springboks dropped their first two Tri-Nations games, the heartbreaking try-at-the-fulltime-whistle loss to New Zealand, and this past Saturday's defeat at the hands of the mediocre Australia side. I've become a huge rugby fan over the past few months; indeed, my goal is to play for the Old Aztecs RFC this fall, and I've been hitting the weight room with that in mind. Backtrack a couple of months ago - I decided that at the ripe old age of 35, I needed a new hobby. Surfing had lost its grip on me - I find that it's much more fun to wake up at 6 on weekends and play with Lucas than load up the truck with board, wetsuit, etc. and drive up and down the coast looking for waves (which haven't been there all summer - really one of the flattest I can remember). Not to get all soft, but as a working parent you can never have enough time with your kid, and the ocean ain't going anywhere anytime soon. Anyhow, I went out to try my hand at touch rugby with the Old Aztecs team - they do this twice a week during the summer. Did well my first practice, twisted the hell out my knee the second and have been gimpy since. The regular season practices start in mid-October, and I'll be ready to go by then. A 35 year old dad, playing a sport that most people quit in their late twenties. Jesus.

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