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06:06 pm: It's been an exciting week
Wednesday saw another member of our department leave, which I didn't hear about till Thursday morning. Wednesday lunchtime was a packed house to hear Maarten K from e-crime address the AIBF on the issues of e-crime in New Zealand and elsewhere. Once again, Chatham House, but very interesting for those who were there. Thursday morning Toastmasters and we heard about the difference between straight and swing music from one member and the fascinating history of the screwdriver from another.
In the evening, it was time to see Shrek 2, opening in NZ that day. What a fine movie it is, comparable with the original movie and more fun than the other movies I've seen lately. Curry followed, which was the middle of a run of three: church men's group at lunchtime and co-workers' lunch on Friday were both curried too.
Diocesan Synod regional conference was most of Saturday, with a quiet evening to follow. Sunday: service in the morning was the Kidzstuff presentation of Xpedition Force, the programme Viv has been leading this term.
After lunch, David went off to archery and I drove round for a while. Never mind about the details. Perhaps I should check my diary more carefully in future.

IT'S TIME TO RE-EVALUATE OUR INVOLVEMENT

Every day there are news reports about more deaths. Every night on TV there are photos of death and destruction. Why are we still there?

We occupied this land, which we had to take by force, but it causes us nothing but trouble. Why are we still there?

Many of our children go there and never come back. Why are we still there? Their government is unstable, and they have sporadic leadership. Why are we still there?

Many of their people are uncivilized. Why are we still there?

The place is subject to natural disasters, from which we are supposed to bail them out. Why are we still there?

There are more than 1000 religious sects, which we do not understand. Why are we still there?

Their folkways, foods, and fads are unfathomable to ordinary Americans. Why are we still there?

We can't even secure the borders. Why are we still there?

They are billions of dollars in debt, and it will cost billions more to rebuild, which we cannot afford. Why are we still there?

It is becoming clear...WE MUST PULL OUT OF CALIFORNIA



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