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Sean Allen, 33, track coach for Mayo High, and Eric Aeschlimann, 30, youth sports coordinator for Community Ed.

Fahrenheit 9/11p Sean Allen, 33, track coach for Mayo High, and Eric Aeschlimann, 30, youth sports coordinator for Community Ed.

Fahrenheit 9/11

Sean: Michael Moore.

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Eric: Controversial.

Sean: I was thinking of "Fahrenheit 451" and the author who was upset about that, the book, isn't that Ray Bradbury?

Politicians

Eric: Dishonest.

Sean: Public servants. I'm thinking Iraq, that new guy (Iraq's interim prime minister, Iyad) Allawi.

Eric: Those (interim) guys are great; they're putting their lives on the line. They're in it for the right reasons.

Sean: I hope.

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Eric: The magazine.

Sean: I was thinking the same thing, the magazine. Or "Spin City."

Eric: I never watched that.

Sean: I never saw it either, but Michael J. Fox, I like him, he's a good guy.

Eric: His wife seems cool.

Sean: I'm not a big fan of her. Sarah Jessica Parker.

Eric: No, no, no. Not her. She's the one he dated on the show. (Tracy Pollan)

Prisoner abuse

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Eric: It goes both ways.

Sean: Scandal and embarrassment.

North Korea

Sean: Nuclear weapons. Proliferation.

Eric: I don't know what to think. Maybe the danger of threat is a little overrated, but maybe not.

Sean: People are starving.

Eric: Why don't we oust him?

Sean: I'm not going to be associated with that comment. Oust? I don't think we should oust anybody.

Eric: I agree. But if we pick one over the other; he's more dangerous.

Cold War

Sean: Ronald Reagan.

Eric: Over.

Terrorists

Eric: Evil.

Sean: Evildoers. You're either with us or with terrorists. (Grins.) That's my favorite quote.

Eric: Is that a George W.?

Sean: Yeah.

Eric: Yeah, that's really intelligent.

Sean: Yeah, nothing like bringing people together.

Gun rights

Sean: NRA. What's that guy's name?

Eric: Charleton Heston. "Bowling for Columbine" should be seen by everybody.

Violence in America

Eric: It's getting worse. Too much intolerance of people.

Sean: It's all extremism. Too much extremism.

Eric: People aren't calm, everything has to be done right now, my way or the highway. There's no, 'You can do what you want,' it's all about you have to be on one side of the fence or the other.

Sean: Something you learn working with kids is you have to be in the middle ground. You can't be extreme, nobody will buy it.

Eric: And you have to have a reason, too.

-- Andrea Faiad

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