September 22nd, 2004

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Walking update

Tonight was walk no. 6. For the third day in a row, I managed to cover a little more than a mile and a half. I probably could have walked two miles if I pushed, but I want to make sure this change in behavior is well-rooted less I revert to being a couch potato.

My long-term goal is five miles a day, every day. I settled on that number because while indulging one of my many vices — perusing advice columns — I stumbled across information on the 10,000 Steps Program. 10,000 steps, if you haven't made the connection, is the approximate equivalent of walking five miles.

Had today been the first day of Spring rather than Fall, I think it's likely that I'd be able to handle a five mile walk before Summer reached its end. As I not only hate cold weather but loathe walking through slush and snow, I'll be well-pleased if I manage to stick with the program, let alone reach five miles before warmer weather returns.
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    sleepy sleepy
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Perplexed again

I found an article in today's paper reporting that Yusuf Islam (the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens) will be deported Wednesday after being denied entry to the US. Homeland Security Department spokesman Dennis Murphy said Islam was "denied admission to the United States on national security grounds." The reason for the denial? "Multiple intelligence sources in recent weeks indicated the peace activist may have associations with potential terrorists."

Islam is a peace activist, for Pete's sake! So what if he has associations with potential — Potential! — terrorists? Could it be that he's trying to engage in dialogue with these people, to perhaps convince them not to engage in terrorists acts?

Does this mean that anyone who attempts to mediate a peaceful solution to the "War on Terror" is threat to national security? And, reading between the lines, does this mean the only solution acceptable to our government is defeat of all known and potential terrorists through military action?
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    Wolfstone: Davies Last Reel