Lawnmowers against terror: Ever innovative, the state of Texas seems to have pioneered a new terror-fighting strategy--lawnmower drag races. Either that or they're grossly misspending their federally allocated anti-terror funds. According to a state auditor's report, some of the $600 million in funds has been misspent: some emergency money was used to buy a trailer to haul lawnmowers to the races; other funds went to buy communication devices from a company owned by one of the county's commissioners; still others haven't been tracked down yet. Could this confusion be a microcosm of problems on a national scale? Maybe; finding that oversight of Homeland Security is a fractured affair, recent hearings revealed that homeland security officials report to 88 congressional committees and subcommittees (instead of just one consolidated committee, as recommended by the 9/11 Commission).

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