Cruz and Perry Dissed By Texas GOP Chair

Well will you looky here, according to Burnt Orange Report:

The Chairman of the Texas Republican Party Steve Munisteri has decided to leave his post and join Senator Rand Paul’s presidential bid calling him one of the, “most intelligent, well-read, well-informed, and rational thinkers” he has ever encountered. This is a heavy blow to Governor Perry, whom Munisteri backed in 2012, and Senator Ted Cruz who are both thought to be mounting campaigns of their own.

Isn’t that a kick in the pants.

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Friday Feminism – Good Cop/Bad Cop & LGBTQ

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Graham and his mother. Photo Credit: Graham Gentles Memorial Facebook Page

Graham and his mother. Photo Credit: Graham Gentles Memorial Facebook Page (Click to enlarge)

 Mom Sues Target For “Walk Of Shame” That She Believes Made Her Son Kill Himself – “The walk of shame is a Target policy to purposely cause shame, embarrassment and emotional distress to any Target employee who is suspected of stealing from Target. The policy consists of employees being arrested and paraded in handcuffs through the Target store in full view of co-workers and customers.”  Graham’s mother claims that her son was forced to endure this “walk of shame” in handcuffs, despite the fact that he had not stolen anything. This is a heartbreaking story showing the worst face of big business run amok.

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Democratic Apostates, Remember the DINOs!

OK, yeah, I’m on my high horse again, riding the ‘Dems’ who betray the platform, our values and just piss me off!

Earlier today, the Senate voted, to waste the taxpayer’s time and money for 35 permanent JOBS on the Keystone XL! Betrayal, angers me beyond any rational articulation. So, I hope readers remember the DINO members who voted with the ‘crazy’ for a paycheck and satisfy Lobbyist’s I.O.U. s:

dino keystone xl pipeline

As sited by the New York Times pressure is bipartisan pressure is mounting. The country, water resources nourishing the heartland are relying on the President Obama standing by the American people. Citizens forget senators on both sides have the resources to relocate their family, as do their friends if the pipeline ‘twists right’ and pollute countless aquifers. Pipelines consistently fail, leaving communities stranded without WATER. Last week, several communities in Montana were affected by 193-mile pipeline owned and managed by the Bridger Pipeline Co.. The company spilled 1,200 barrels of crude oil or about 50,000 gallons — into the Yellowstone River, much of the accident due to the company ignoring basic maintenance.

Our party is destined to fail if representative believe voters accept and even welcome ‘conservative lite’….Like many on the ‘left’, I’m sick of it!

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What the Heck? Disrespectful, undermining Dems….Again.

Why, why do Democrats always seek to undermine our values or disrespect President Obama? The party is riding a high, especially POTUS delivered an amazing…

boom“I know cause I won both of them”.  Referring to the 2008 & 2012 Presidential elections, Mr. Obama’s put a GOP knuckle-dragger heckling and cheering the end of political career. Nevertheless, the predictable Dem ‘no-no’ of refusing to capitalize or revel in the substance of 2015’s State of the Union address.

First up is Senator Bob Menendez (D) – NJ, embroiled in lingering resentment over the Administration extending the ‘Olive Branch’ to the Cuban people. And yes, the senior Senator from the ‘Garden State’ is the child of Cuban immigrants, so much personal anger is directed at the cessation of 50 year embargo. People died, lost their lives, everything in the revolution and I won’t pretend to comprehend the level of trauma or animus directed at the Castro Regime. What I do understand is the Cuban refugees, their descendants in the US aren’t suffering the deprivation in the quality of life their countrymen & women who the left behind on the island. The refugees lost the right of indefinite martyrdom and isolation once they fled the island. Mr. Menendez doesn’t stop attacking the White House’s on Cuban foreign policy, but he leaps to criticizing conversations with Iran as talking points originating from Tehran. Maybe the White House is practicing ole’ fashioned common sense, “keep your friends close, and your enemies closer”. The US enhances safeguarding global security against atomic annihilation by embracing a more prudent strategy of garnering international inspector’s access to Iran’s nuclear facility instead of ‘guessing’ the status in their development. Although the Senator is also smarting over losing his Senate Foreign Affairs Committee Chairmanship to a self-serving incompetent like Bob Corker  (R) – SC, I’m guessing the sensible flip of re-establishing diplomacy with Cuba, the ‘cray-cray’ party dominating Congress, is probably more than Menendez or any rational, thinking person could endure.

The other foreign policy swipe Democrats enjoined with the GOP, was extending an invitation to Prime Minister Netanhayu – Israel, to speak before Congress absent diplomatic protocols of channeling the address through the Administration…. an end run around the President of the United States. Bad protocol and politics seem to be Benjamin’s calling card these days. Following the Unity March in Paris, by attended by World Leaders, including Mr. Netanhayu, he pronounced French Jews should return home in light of the  atmosphere of terror and insecurity. I think a message conveying mass emigration from France only emboldens anti-Semitic fervor to attain a foothold within European society. A message of solidarity from Israel, committed to guaranteeing affinity in recognizing the inalienable rights of the Jewish Diaspora to live anywhere, is more altruistic.

wtf r 2dems doing

Which brings me to this picture taken last week: At first glance, it appears to be an asshole gathering, but facing this portrait, on the left end,  Independent Angus King – OR, who caucuses with the ‘Dems’ and Senator Joe Donnelly (D) – IN stand shoulder-shoulder with the GOP. As a Senator, you may not agree with the Administration but subverting the President’s efforts in this manner is derisive to the country.

I’ve commented upon this common democratic political tact executed in situations of dissent from party tenets. And believe it is our ability to form coalitions across differences makes us stronger, but not directly challenging the office of the Executive Branch. Democrats have sufficient opposition contending with conservatives and their purposeful incapacity to tell the truth, on anything. Massaging the facts, data, voters disdain the practice but most liberals, progressives are tolerant of the minor distortion or massaging of the truth, it’s politics, representatives are politicians. When Democrats stand with consolidate with Republican propaganda, they’re proliferating falsehoods and themselves become LIARS. Unlike the electorate, conservative, the ‘left’ is realistic, rational and insistent upon facts, data in representing truth.

I disagree with the President on many issues he has adopted during his Administration, i.e. immigration and healthcare should have been pushed through together in 2008, ACA single payer only, NSA monitoring program, drones, Bush tax breaks, and especially the conciliatory approach to GOP leadership (I wanted the Obama, who lowered the “BOOM” in January’s State of the Union), but I get it. As Commander & Chief, President Obama’s preeminent fidelity is to the common good of ALL Americans. However, when conservatives flaunt their ignominy for Mr. Obama by subverting US foreign policies, or curry favor with a foreign leader for political turmoil, they’ve directed their ire and offense at the American people. Not only have they betrayed the office of the Presidency, but American citizens. He is our voice, our representative in front of the world, not Congress. Boehner, McConnell consistently puppet the fraud America mandated their super majority by conveniently omitting gerrymandering and voter suppression, without either deceit, neither would been able to cheat their path majority leaders. And when Senators like King and Donnelly ally with McCain and Graham’s perfidious maneuvers  or echo conservative’s contemptuous tone like Menendez, your flip mocks voters and the Democratic party.

The 44th President maybe labeled a lame duck, but this man’s character contradicts and increasingly confounds the term. He is emerging as wild card and the American public has his back again…many of us always did. A caution to career politicians, the public remembers the ugly, and particularly possesses a taste for ‘the rotten’ during Presidential cycles. And even when the voter’s memories fade, the internet is an invaluable reminder of the positions or betrayals by our representatives scheming in our name.

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Remembering the Crew of Challenger

challengerTwenty nine years ago today, America watched with excitement as the first civilian joined a NASA crew to head into space; the civilian was a teacher named Christa McAuliffe, the NASA craft was the Challenger. I remember being in the car when the news of the disaster came over the radio; Challenger had exploded. First there was disbelief, then tears.

Her parents were there to witness the liftoff, and I remember watching the news that night, seeing the look on their faces as Challenger exploded above them; you could tell they weren’t sure what had just happened. I can’t imagine what they felt when they could finally process what they had seen.

Ronald Reagan spoke to the country that night, it was perhaps one of his most poignant and beautifully worded addresses to the country, the last paragraph of which many of us recall word for word (my emphasis):

Ladies and Gentlemen, I’d planned to speak to you tonight to report on the state of the Union, but the events of earlier today have led me to change those plans. Today is a day for mourning and remembering. Nancy and I are pained to the core by the tragedy of the shuttle Challenger. We know we share this pain with all of the people of our country. This is truly a national loss.

Nineteen years ago, almost to the day, we lost three astronauts in a terrible accident on the ground. But we’ve never lost an astronaut in flight. We’ve never had a tragedy like this.

And perhaps we’ve forgotten the courage it took for the crew of the shuttle. But they, the Challenger Seven, were aware of the dangers, but overcame them and did their jobs brilliantly. We mourn seven heroes: Michael Smith, Dick Scobee, Judith Resnik, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Gregory Jarvis, and Christa McAuliffe.
We mourn their loss as a nation together.

For the families of the seven, we cannot bear, as you do, the full impact of this tragedy. But we feel the loss, and we’re thinking about you so very much. Your loved ones were daring and brave, and they had that special grace, that special spirit that says, “Give me a challenge, and I’ll meet it with joy.” They had a hunger to explore the universe and discover its truths. They wished to serve, and they did. They served all of us.

We’ve grown used to wonders in this century. It’s hard to dazzle us. But for twenty-five years the United States space program has been doing just that. We’ve grown used to the idea of space, and, perhaps we forget that we’ve only just begun. We’re still pioneers. They, the members of the Challenger crew, were pioneers.

And I want to say something to the schoolchildren of America who were watching the live coverage of the shuttle’s take-off. I know it’s hard to understand, but sometimes painful things like this happen. It’s all part of the process of exploration and discovery. It’s all part of taking a chance and expanding man’s horizons. The future doesn’t belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave. The Challenger crew was pulling us into the future, and we’ll continue to follow them.

I’ve always had great faith in and respect for our space program. And what happened today does nothing to diminish it. We don’t hide our space program. We don’t keep secrets and cover things up. We do it all up front and in public. That’s the way freedom is, and we wouldn’t change it for a minute.

We’ll continue our quest in space. There will be more shuttle flights and more shuttle crews and, yes, more volunteers, more civilians, more teachers in space. Nothing ends here; our hopes and our journeys continue.

I want to add that I wish I could talk to every man and woman who works for NASA, or who worked on this mission and tell them: “Your dedication and professionalism have moved and impressed us for decades. And we know of your anguish. We share it.”

There’s a coincidence today. On this day three hundred and ninety years ago, the great explorer Sir Francis Drake died aboard ship off the coast of Panama. In his lifetime the great frontiers were the oceans, and a historian later said, “He lived by the sea, died on it, and was buried in it.” Well, today, we can say of the Challenger crew: Their dedication was, like Drake’s, complete.

The crew of the space shuttle Challenger honored us by the manner in which they lived their lives. We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved goodbye and “slipped the surly bonds of earth” to “touch the face of God.”

Thank you.

Today we remember the Challenger crew, and the scientific wonder and promise they gave their lives for.

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Gohmert’s Mouth Makes Him An Excellent Presidential Candidate

When the radical right is looking for a president to take America back to the good ol’ days of the 1950s, it seems to me that ol’ Louie Gohmert from Texas is the perfect candidate. Louie speaks on the failed anti-abortion bill cooked-up by the Republican-controlled Congress to appease the religious right (their base):

louiegohmertMost of the conference was 100 percent in favor of the bill that was going to be brought to the floor. Some of us were wishing that there would not be any exceptions because it was going to be 20 weeks — no abortions after 20 weeks — when the evidence is clear those babies feel. But there was an exception put on there that unless there was a case of reported rape — reported to authorities. Well, that became the dividing factor among some of our female members of the House, Republican female members. But some were adamant they didn’t want any exceptions, some were saying, no, we [should] not require it be reported to authorities.

I’m told that they’re still going to bring it [the bill] back, but because there was such division among our Republican females, they pulled the bill that day. And that was extremely unfortunate, and it sent the entirely wrong message.

How do those Republican females expect a good ol’ boy like Louie to raise campaign funds from the religious right when the females are mucking-up serious work by men?

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Romney Thinks Re-branding (Again) Will Help in 2016

Romney Looks to “Re-brand” Himself for 2016… From Which Version?

After an unsuccessful bid for the Senate, one term as Governor of Massachusetts, and two failed campaigns for President, America still has no idea who Mitt Romney is, mainly because Romney doesn’t know himself.

All Things Democrat has a great article archive on Mitt Romney, which includes McCain’s 2008 opposition research report on him; a must read for anyone who wants to know Mitt’s history of “re-branding”.


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Dear Ms. Noonan: Respect is a Two Way Street

In a recent Wall Street Journal article* Peggy Noonan, another Republican operative posing as a journalist writes:

peggy_noonanAfter forgetting to be gracious to the victors of the 2014 election, or even to note there’d been a significant election, he referred to his relations with Congress. “Imagine if we broke out of these tired old patterns. Imagine if we did something different,” he said. “A better politics isn’t one where Democrats abandon their agenda or Republicans simply embrace mine.” It is instead one “where we appeal to each other’s basic decency instead of our basest fears.”

Well, OK, but before this sweet hectoring he had sternly threatened to veto Republican-backed legislation. (CBS News’s Mark Knoller counts nine veto threats since the new Congress was sworn in Jan. 6.) Somehow Mr. Obama’s olive branch always looks like a blunt instrument. He has spent the past six years blaming Republicans when he wasn’t ignoring or dissing them, and despite some nice touches in the speech, his essential disrespect for his political adversaries shone through. *[this article is behind a paywall, but excerpt can be found here]

We’ll get to Ms. Noonan’s “being gracious” hypocrisy in a minute; first, let me remind the lady what a “victor” looks like, via a Bloomberg report from 2013:

President ObamaBarack Obama is the first president in more than five decades to win at least 51 percent of the national popular vote twice…

In 2008, Barack Obama took 52.86% of the popular vote to John McCain’s 45.06%; in 2012, the President was re-elected with 51.01% to Mitt Romney’s 47.15%, despite Karl Rove’s finger-crossing. Those were “significant elections”; those were clear victories, yet this President has dealt with a level of disrespect never seen before in this country’s history; not only personally, but a disrespect of the office itself.

Who can forget Joe Wilson’s atrocious “You lie” outburst at the 2009 SOTU; a lapse in political civility that he attempted to smooth over by pathetically apologizing for his “emotions”.

What about Republicans allowing the birther idiocy to continue unabated for six years, with no high-ranking party member denouncing it or even attempting to set the record straight.

Then there’s Jan Brewer’s disgraceful behavior in 2012.

And the time Congress’ three biggest stooges went to Cairo and undermined the President and the State Department, telling Gen. Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi, who happened to be murdering innocent people after the overthrow of democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi:

“We are here as members of Congress to say, We are with you, and we encourage you.”

Throw in the constant referrals to the President as a Muslim, not only by ignoranthuckanug voters that GOP candidates don’t attempt to correct, but by elected Republicans who know it to not be true. Meanwhile, calls for the President’s death go unanswered  by conservative members of Congress, who choose instead to invite such miscreants to the SOTU, and then jam with them on guitar.

Republicans are to blame. Despite voters having elected Barack Obama not once, but twice, Republicans have never even attempted to work with him. Since agreeing to obstruct all of his efforts on the night of his first inauguration, they have used every available option to hold the country hostage, and deny this President any success, yet he has succeeded without them.

So please Ms. Noonan, don’t deign to lecture this President or those who voted for him on respect. History will be much kinder to President Barack Obama than it will to the conservative Congress that served with him, or the phony “journalists” that did their bidding.

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Friday Feminism – Abortion & Reproductive Rights & More

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 8 ways the GOP’s State of the Union response was different in Spanish — and why it matters – The initial GOP press release billed the Spanish speech as a “translation,” but it was clear to anyone who listened to both versions that these were two different responses to President Barack Obama’s 2015 State of the Union — tailored to two different audiences.

Abortion & Reproductive Rights  (NEW Section Title!!)

 RELIEF. ANGUISH. CERTAINTY.THE STORY OF MY ABORTION – For all the political clamour surrounding abortion rights, we too rarely hear from the millions of women who have made the decision to end their pregnancy.

 Fertility is not a “disease”! How extremists fundamentally misunderstand contraception – On the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, here’s what a movement with a long, ugly history looks like today

 Activists Petition Tennessee General Assembly to Protect Access to Reproductive Health

 Louisiana Activists Fight Proposed Restrictions on Abortion Providers

 Senator Introduces Four Extreme Bills Attacking Reproductive Rights

 Kansas Lawmaker Plans to Introduce 14-Week Abortion Ban in State Legislature

 Anti-abortion activists mad at House GOP for not voting on legitimate rape

 On the 42nd Anniversary of Roe, Time to Listen to Women Born After It

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The Democratic Hub

democratichubIf you haven’t seen it, you should check out the site The Democratic Hub. Its not your typical webportal. The first thing I noticed was the programming language used – ASP.NET. As a programmer who once worked in Microsoft shops but made the transition to PHP/MySql a decade ago, I was surprised to see a non-corporate website written in ASP.NET. That’s pretty rare. Does that matter to Democrats? Of course not. You’re more likely to be interested in the content and usefulness of the site. Like many political webportals, The Democratic Hub includes both a blog and forum, plus other useful info and features. And that’s where they distinguish themselves from other webportals. At All Things Democrat we’ve added useful information and features over the years. But Democratic Hub takes it to the next level. Or more like 10 more levels. Read all about it below, and then be sure to visit The Democratic Hub.

About Democratic Hub

We are a unique website custom designed for U.S. & International News & Politics which combines member contributed content such as discussion forums & blogs with features designed for specific types of stories such as political scandals. We also have built searchable databases of political information such as members of congress, conservative scandals, quotes or list of events such as an Olympic viewing Schedule. In addition, we hope to be a top authority for all major topics of conversation with a progressive view on poltiics, news, sports & entertainment — An example of this would be our political arguments pages whose goal is to be the top resource for winning a specific progressive argument such as raising the minimum wage.

Discussion Forums
Active & In Depth Discussion Forum. The website is organized into different sections and hierarchies so a post on Michele Bachmann’s beliefs on gay rights and their impact on the elections would appear on the forum page for Michele Bachmann as well as House Republicans, All Republicans in Congress, All Democrats & Republicans in Congress, All Republican Politicians and All Conservatives.Members of Congress
An advanced and sortable list of all Members of Congresss by political party, state, gender, religion, race\ethnicity, age, colleges attended, degress obtained, committees & prior jobs. We also have lists of House & Senate Committees as well as some pretty nifty options such as sorting members of congress by the margin of victory of their last election.Conservative Lies
We are slowly building a database tracking all the most commonly repeated conservative lies as well as individual instancesof each lie spoken.Conservative Scandals & Controversies
Every wrongdoing by Consevatives is tracked in our database and is sortable and searchable. So you could see a list ofConservative Sex Scandals in 2012 or a short list of all Conservative Corruption.Defending Liberals from Manufactured “Scandals”
Along with tracking conservative wrongdoings, we also defend liberals against phony outrage and manufactured scandals. We have a database tracking and helping to debunk manufactured scandals and with plenty of sources exposing the phony outrage.

Obama Accomplishments
We also track good things liberals do such as having a comprehensive list of Obama Administration Accomplishments that also are sortable and organized by various criteria.

Special Events & News
We sometimes have pages and features for specific major events such as a smart, sortable live stream viewing schedule for the 2014 Winter Olympics created to make it easier to watch your favorite U.S. athletes without any spoilers of event results.

Other Topics And Features
We have several other features such as pages that track Elections, Legislation, Conservative Quotes, Common Political Arguments and much more.

Blogs Feature
We also have a Blogging feature that allow members to write & comment on articles in addition to forum posts.

We are continuing to grow and expand the website and hope to be a great resource for liberals, independents and moderates to discuss politics as well as find useful opposition research on Conservative People, Groups & Ideas.

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Paris May Have Legal Precedent to Sue Fox News…GOODY!

french flag in france

Fox News, buoyed by Rupert Murdoch’s millions, regard themselves as immune from liability in the US and internationally. Pursuant to their conservative propaganda machine, Fox’s trolls were not deterred by France’s national grief resulting from the Charlie Hebedo massacre and leaped at the opening to disseminate their xenophobic banter by bolstering their argument on falsehoods and misusing outdated data. Even Murdoch contributed his vitriol of hate against the billions of Islamic believers on twitter. However, unlike our US politicians, their European counterparts labeled network ‘experts’as liars, stupid, ignorant and ultimately unmasking Fox as frauds globally. Gradually, the Network is increasingly reviled as worldwide laughing stock among the international media, activist and rational people.

eiffel twrThe Mayor of Paris has threatened to sue Fox News. In the interim, network clowns have issued a meager platitudes to French and British officials and revealed on air to knowingly propagate the lie of ‘no go zones’. Now the motivation for this apology is unclear, diplomatic pressure from our own State Department, Murdoch’s holdings potential for economic losses in Europe, who knows. US ‘legal eagles” declared a few days ago, France had no case in our courts, and were nondescript on international judiciary or French law, until Wednesday.

In an interview with CNN reporter Christiane Amanpou, Mayor Anne Hidalgo stated clearly, the city of Paris intends to sue Fox News Network and according to judicial analyst under French law, the city has a viable case! The French are less forgiving than American concerning libelous statements, and here is why…….

Under French law, if France can get jurisdiction over Fox, there’s a law from 1881 — believe it or not — that says if you insult the honor of a French body or person, you can sue for defamation. So under the 1881 French law, they might have a case against the Fox network in France.”(1)  Defamation as a violation of criminal law in France in contrast to US statutes, such an offense is civil.


As far as establishing jurisdiction, I wonder if broadcasting in France counts as jurisdiction?…. Sure hope so!!

murdoch & foxOver the past several days, Fox clowns serially apologized on a multitude of their programs, air times, yet continued to procreate the lying reports. Additionally, in a 180 shift, Fox issued an executive statement, “they think the Mayor’s comments regarding a lawsuit are misplaced‘. Fox had better placate the French. A suit would be ruinous to Murdoch and the network.

I do hope the French pursue this suit & prevail. Fox news’ rabid reaction in advancing the ‘right wing’ agenda despite occasions of human grief and their American geopolitical power blinded them to the possibility of intercontinental ridicule, repudiation……worldwide rejection.

It is good to know in these daunting times of unrest, the US can count on our international allies and partners, particularly when conservative terrorists attempt to controvert our democracy.

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What’s Up With SCOTUS?

As you read in Cindy’s post today, the Supreme Court issued a ruling in a religious rights case that I would not have expected from a right-leaning court, a court that has proven it’s more concerned with appeasing RWNJs than doing its job. But did you notice there were four rulings in the past week that appear to have a progressive/liberal slant?

  1. Cindy’s post: Ruling against the state of Arkansas when a prisoner successfully made the case for wearing a beard required by his religion – Islam.
  2. Missouri death row inmate given another chance.
  3. Court rejects challenge by big business on debit swipe fee rules. This was the “Durbin amendment” of Dodd Frank.
  4. Court “allowed lawsuits to move forward against government contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan by declining to hear appeals filed by KBR Inc and Halliburton Co.”

Maybe they’re setting us up for striking down the Affordable Care Act. Like, “here are a few gifts to the left before we yank the rug out from under them”.

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