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Jill Kelley for secretary of state
Orange County Register [CA], by Mark Steyn

Original Article

Posted By:supersid, 11/23/2012 9:07:32 PM

Let us turn from the post-Thanksgiving scenes of inflamed mobs clubbing each other to the ground for a discounted television set to the comparatively placid boulevards of the Middle East. In Cairo, no sooner had Hillary Clinton´s plane cleared Egyptian air space then Mohammed Morsi issued one-man constitutional amendments declaring himself and his Muslim Brotherhood buddies free from judicial oversight and announced that his predecessor, Hosni Mubarak, would be retried for all the stuff he was acquitted of in the previous trial.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: dman, 11/23/2012 9:25:40 PM     (No. 9031169)

Steyn at his best.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Grant Hodges, 11/23/2012 10:08:45 PM     (No. 9031209)

yep


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Reply 3 - Posted by: KTWO, 11/23/2012 10:20:44 PM     (No. 9031215)

And Broadwell gets the new position ´Secretary For Military Affairs´.



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Reply 4 - Posted by: secondtimelucky, 11/23/2012 10:34:52 PM     (No. 9031224)

FTA:
it seems a fitting comment on America´s longest unwon war that the last two U.S. commanders exit in a Benny Hill finale, trousers round their ankles, pursued to speeded-up chase music by bunny-boiling mistresses, stalker socialites, identical twins and Bubba the Love Sponge.

I love this man. To read him - to listen to him - I just love this man...

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Reply 5 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 11/23/2012 11:14:32 PM     (No. 9031240)

Not only did they waste tax dollars, but partied on donations meant for cancer patients.

When does a person that sends 20,000 to 30,000 emails have time to work ? Would you say his mind wasn´t on the job ?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Pythagoras, 11/24/2012 1:38:58 AM     (No. 9031304)

Must read. Classic Steyn.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: kanphil, 11/24/2012 1:58:28 AM     (No. 9031312)

Somehow, Mark Steyn is able to make something funny out of a most unfunny situation.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter, 11/24/2012 3:38:09 AM     (No. 9031357)

I concluded less than halfway through the piece that this one just might be Steyn´s all-time best. Glad to see that others would tend to agree.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: steveW, 11/24/2012 4:09:21 AM     (No. 9031366)

The smell test, yes. In the current Democrat administration one wonders what smell, exactly, it is they´re testing. And if failing that smell test isn´t the fastest road to promotion...

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Reply 10 - Posted by: pineledger, 11/24/2012 5:44:36 AM     (No. 9031384)

Mark Steyn´s finest hour. Please make a must-read?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Judith, 11/24/2012 6:08:45 AM     (No. 9031402)

The dictator, morsi, is in trouble so he stages the kabuki theater of trying mubarak.
Wonder when obama tries this?

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Rather Read, 11/24/2012 6:36:23 AM     (No. 9031420)

This is one of the funniest things I have ever read and sadly it is all too true.


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Reply 13 - Posted by: planetgeo, 11/24/2012 6:58:20 AM     (No. 9031435)

While I´m a big fan of Steyn, and this is classic Steyn at his best, the state of our country and the world is so corrupt and the actions of world leaders so insane that this piece hardly leaves me laughing. In fact the humor seems to barely match the absurdity of the reality to which it alludes. And when the reality is almost as outrageous as the humor, the result is sadness inducing and depressing.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: LAW428, 11/24/2012 7:37:08 AM     (No. 9031464)

No one turns a phrase better than Mark Steyn. This is a great choice for a "Must Read."

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Reply 15 - Posted by: nonsense, 11/24/2012 7:57:47 AM     (No. 9031491)

Our world in America is truly upside down. Although Steyn is perhaps the only one who can make it seem like a comic tragedy and find the absurd humor in our lives as citizens of Ameritopia.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: AnnaS, 11/24/2012 8:15:27 AM     (No. 9031517)

And this is what the majority of our countrymen/women want running every last aspect of our lives!

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Rinktum, 11/24/2012 8:18:40 AM     (No. 9031520)

FTA: "As for Afghanistan, it seems a fitting comment on America´s longest unwon war that the last two U.S. commanders exit in a Benny Hill finale, trousers round their ankles, pursued to speeded-up chase music by bunny-boiling mistresses, stalker socialites, identical twins and Bubba the Love Sponge"

I laughed out loud and woke up the dog and then laughter turned to sorrow as I realized the lack of respect for this country these two generals have. They speak of honor but have none and their lack of judgment is monumental. The Generals and their paramours have grabbed the brass ring of "entitlement". This time the benefits being sexual, but the mindset is the same. I deserve this and will worry about the consequences tomorrow.


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Reply 18 - Posted by: LZK, 11/24/2012 8:21:31 AM     (No. 9031526)

Sounds like a democratic idea. They seem to draw from the bottom of the heap....

LZK

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Reply 19 - Posted by: pianogirl88, 11/24/2012 8:22:56 AM     (No. 9031528)

For those of you who enjoy listening to Mark Steyn, he will fill in for Rush on Monday at noon EST.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: artlover, 11/24/2012 8:52:43 AM     (No. 9031589)

Who cares who gets to be Sec. of STate. The whole regiem is so messed up, one more or 20 more gekes are not going to make a difference. Our country is as bad as Egypt. Obama wants to be a dictator just like Morsi and I think he will suceed. We have no say anymore. We are outnumbered by the "takers" of this country.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Holeymoses, 11/24/2012 9:07:38 AM     (No. 9031610)

One can only hope the parties involved are reading this.
Perhaps the only way to get through the next four years is to mock our way through the muck.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: JLoophole, 11/24/2012 9:09:31 AM     (No. 9031618)

I love listening to Mark Steyn, but even more I love reading him. This is one of his very best.

The sad thing is, the whole situation is so absurd on its face, that all Mark had to do is tell the story....but no one does it better, or puts these people in the clown spotlight like he does.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: EnsignO´Toole, 11/24/2012 9:10:40 AM     (No. 9031623)

Agree with all above posters who vote this as Steyn´s best. However, #13 expressed what I feel deep down: "the reality is almost as outrageous as the humor, the result is sadness inducing and depressing."

When looking back over the administrations on which I exercised my vote - 1960 being the first - I think America has had some very strange characters around each Administration. However, none of the previous Administrations, can hold a candle to the people Obama has chosen as leaders or their hangers on. Of course, all those people are just a reflection of Obama himself - think Valerie Jarrett.



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Reply 24 - Posted by: Adam, 11/24/2012 9:12:19 AM     (No. 9031626)

poster #1 is correct. This is Steyn at his best and his best is excellent indeed.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Rusino, 11/24/2012 9:19:23 AM     (No. 9031642)

I have always thought Steyn was good. Today I believe he is a Genious!

Truth and Humor and Pathos perfectly blended!

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Reply 26 - Posted by: EnsignO´Toole, 11/24/2012 9:22:18 AM     (No. 9031650)

Oops #23 I must be half asleep! I´m not that old! I didn´t vote in the 1960 election because I wasn´t old enough! I was quite engaged, though, in that election. My next door neighbor (a year younger than I) was pro JFK and I was pro Nixon. She really rubbed it in when Nixon lost. I cast my first presidential vote for Barry Goldwater in 1964.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: catfur27, 11/24/2012 9:22:35 AM     (No. 9031651)

..if being an"honorary ambassador" to CENTCOM gets kelley diplomatic immunity..I wonder if being captain of my basketball team 30 years ago will get me a military pension??

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Spunk, 11/24/2012 9:24:30 AM     (No. 9031656)

If only Steyn had ghosted that model´s autobiography, it would have been the first in its genre worth reading.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: saurkrut, 11/24/2012 9:35:09 AM     (No. 9031672)

Steyn at his absolute best. A very gifted writer.

As for the generals, they appear to be the type of leaders(?) the administration wants.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: franq, 11/24/2012 9:40:12 AM     (No. 9031681)

"...longest unwon war..." Indeed. Where are the hippie protesters? Whither Hanoi Jane? Folk singers? Anyone. Anyone...

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 11/24/2012 9:54:36 AM     (No. 9031700)

It has been my contention that this country no longer has any intelligence, if you get my drift. So why do we still need a director for it?

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Reply 32 - Posted by: PatAZ, 11/24/2012 10:13:52 AM     (No. 9031734)

As all have said before me, this is Mark Steyn at his finest. I absolutely love him. Forwarded it to several friends.

#26: I´m with you. Voted my first time for Barry Goldwater in 1964. Weren´t many Republicans in the Democratic stronghold of Miami, FL back then.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Eheu Fugaces, 11/24/2012 10:26:50 AM     (No. 9031750)

The Great Steyn at his most mordant! We cannot but rejoice in his barbecueing of General Allen -- Allen who deployed social-climber-on-steroids Kelley as his personal diplomatic representative, acting on behalf of his aggrieved Muslim friends. Kelley for Secretary of State, why not? Actually she would be a notch or two above either Hillary or the worthless Susan Rice.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: a man over thirty, 11/24/2012 10:29:15 AM     (No. 9031756)

My local rag is full of Krugmans and Dowds and Friedmans and Reichs and local lefties, but all they´d have to do to achieve editorial objectivity would be to run Mark Steyn´s weekly column and that rag would instantly become balanced (if not tilt rightward.)
Best polemicist on the planet!

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Reply 35 - Posted by: hamrman, 11/24/2012 11:01:24 AM     (No. 9031795)

It would probably fly better than Susan Rice!

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Reply 36 - Posted by: dragonlearner, 11/24/2012 11:04:42 AM     (No. 9031802)

I feel the same as #13 and #15. Now I know how Rome fell. I never thought it would come to this but this morning I´m actually researching what it would take to off the grid.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: fire_mission, 11/24/2012 11:05:52 AM     (No. 9031804)

kakistocracy (plural kakistocracies)
1.Government under the control of a nation´s worst or least-qualified citizens.


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Reply 38 - Posted by: earlybird, 11/24/2012 11:24:59 AM     (No. 9031843)

No one turns a phrase like Steyn. And he can sum up a situation in one sentence like this:

In the Gaza "peace agreement" signed last week, they flew in Hillary Clinton to give the impression that she had something to do with it, where as, in reality, she was entirely peripheral to the deal.

"...entirely peripheral..." Splendid.

Glad to see this as a Must Read.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: GoodGrief, 11/24/2012 11:37:11 AM     (No. 9031858)

The United States Navy would not currently have its quickly movable and versatile carrier task forces had it not been for the "Revolt of the Admirals." This occurred in April 1949, during the tumult of reorganization of the War Department into the Department of Defense, when Louis A. Johnson, the brand new Secretary of Defense, cancelled the funding of the super carrier program and replaced it with the super-bomber program of the U.S. Air Force.

A group of admirals and important civilians resigned in protest of this action and convinced congress to change Johnson´s mind.

An overlook of the current crop of three and four star military, wet and dry, doesn´t seem to reveal the type of person to put his country first and career second when push comes to shove;


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Reply 40 - Posted by: mitzi, 11/24/2012 11:54:58 AM     (No. 9031887)

Jill Kelley might actually be a better choice than Susan Rice.

I really don´t picture Jill ever falling on her sword or being thrown under a bus.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: coldoc, 11/24/2012 12:19:04 PM     (No. 9031920)

Petraeus sure looks like a bonehead. This is the caliber of people running the country. No wonder we are in the shape we are in.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: peterfleming, 11/24/2012 12:43:54 PM     (No. 9031963)

Mark Steyn sets the pace. Mark´s article is an outright gift to us, his writings acting as a perfect model for future news obscuro, ALL of it to be written in mocking exaggeration. Think of these monarchial fools, we call them leaders, see them as the Marx Brothers running up and down government halls and in and out of endless doors. It´s all a non explicable comedy act. The only way for a reporter to stick with the truth is to slap a cream pie in the face of Obama, puglosi, Boehner, Cantor, Reid, laughing Joe. They all play comedy straight and we slap them facially with pies and stumbling down pratfalls. Mark shows us perhaps the best way to deal with these privileged criminals to make outright fun of them. Mel Brooks did it with SPRINGTIME FOR HITLER. We have a vote giving festival with Holder standing by the border handing out voting passes as he invites the illiterates through the Golden Giveaway Gates. 47 billion food stamp abusers, receive “One Vote For Obama” stamps. We show the signs pointing dorectly to WELFARE. Actually showing Moochel’s giant staff, on their half billion dollar weekend trips.
Steyn´s pacesetting example has the tone of craziness needed in these impossible times. Mark see it so clearly. It’s all a charade, it’s all farce, and we are the simpleton fall guy



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Reply 43 - Posted by: planetgeo, 11/24/2012 12:46:52 PM     (No. 9031969)

#37, great find on "kakistocracy." Certainly explains the ascendancy of the Congressional Black Kakis.

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Reply 44 - Posted by: Italiano, 11/24/2012 12:51:36 PM     (No. 9031976)

With a few exceptions, the world, along with American liberals, has long been looking forward to a post-America World Order, or whatever you want to call it, a time when America has lost it´s influence and/or ability to shape events. They´re seeing the first stages of it now.

They aren´t going to like it very much.

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Reply 45 - Posted by: janylou, 11/24/2012 1:02:32 PM     (No. 9031989)

Many a truth is spoken in jest. Stern does it so well!

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Reply 46 - Posted by: St. Pitbull, 11/24/2012 1:03:30 PM     (No. 9031992)

Broadwell and Ireland should both be given medals - for meritoriously serving under the generals - and on top, as required. It should be noted that they also fended off many rear attacks, only surrendering when ordered.

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Reply 47 - Posted by: suncitypro, 11/24/2012 1:25:32 PM     (No. 9032017)

Mark Steyn seems to be able to get to the "bottom" of the issues in such simple and amusing terms. It´s a disgrace that the MSM can´t do this or better yet will not do this.

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Reply 48 - Posted by: Hermoine, 11/24/2012 3:42:59 PM     (No. 9032157)

Favorite part of the article:

The FBI was initially reported to have printed out 20,000 to 30,000 pages of emails and other communications between Gen. John Allen, U.S. commander in Afghanistan, and Jill Kelley of Tampa, one-half of a pair of identical twins dressed like understudies for the CENTCOM mess hall production of "Keeping Up With The Kardashians." Thirty thousand pages! The complete works of Shakespeare come to about three-and-a-half-thousand pages, but American officials can´t even have a sex scandal without getting bogged down in the paperwork.

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Reply 49 - Posted by: ArtieC, 11/24/2012 7:00:26 PM     (No. 9032384)

So Kelley was a "social liaison" to the military. Hmmm. In my day that was called a madam. And I´m with 20. It doesn´t matter much who gets to be SecState. America will be sold down the river anyway. (Is that racist?)

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Reply 50 - Posted by: Tianne, 11/24/2012 7:24:07 PM     (No. 9032407)

The incomparable Mr. Mark Steyn is able (always) to distill the most seemingly complex issues of the moment into pure and coherent commentary that both informs and educates. That he is able to deliver that same commentary with rollicking humor and with distinguished grace is nothing short of phenomenal. How very fortunate we are to have him.

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Reply 51 - Posted by: Petronius, 11/24/2012 8:12:29 PM     (No. 9032434)

I wish we could have Mark Steyn for President.

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Reply 52 - Posted by: danu, 11/25/2012 12:00:35 AM     (No. 9032608)

FTA:*But don´t worry. As America´s Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, assured the House Intelligence Committee at the time of Mubarak´s fall, the Muslim Brotherhood is a "largely secular" organization. The name´s just for show, same as the Episcopal Church.*

Lord. Have. Mercy.

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Reply 53 - Posted by: mominNoCA, 11/25/2012 12:27:12 AM     (No. 9032615)

Brilliant writing as usual! Steyn pegs the situation perfectly - who better to fit the role of SoS than Kelley for our Kardashian Nation?

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Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/18/2014 12:35:28 PM     Post Reply
A group of seven multiracial Washington and Lee University (W&L) students are demanding the school remove all Confederate flags from campus and "acknowledge" General Robert E. Lee´s "dishonorable side." According to the Roanoke Times, "seven multiracial students, calling themselves ´The Committee,´" have also demanded the school "acknowledge and apologize for participating in chattel slavery." They want recognition of "Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the undergraduate campus" and an end to "neo-Confederates" marching across campus "to the Lee Chapel on Lee-Jackson Day." The students say they will "engage in civil disobedience" if their demands are not met by September 1st. They added: "The

Living in the New York Times World
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American Thinker, by J. Paul Masko    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 4/19/2014 7:48:36 AM     Post Reply
I began reading the entirety of the first section of the New York Times at nine years old, and continued that practice, more or less, for decades.(snip) ...the power of reverence, intrinsic to what I call the “cascade” of The Times: the near avalanche-like flow and distribution of information through electronic and print networks: through like-minded network newscasts, magazines, local newspaper s, blogs, daytime talk TV, late-night entertainment, statements at media award ceremonies, the celebrity Twitterverse, etc. The cascade rolls through Saturday Night Live, Jon Stewart, The New Yorker, the mouths of third-grade teachers, Elmo, Madonna and Susan Sarandon …through

´America´s royal baby´: How Chelsea´s first
child could give Hillary Clinton a boost in
the polls if she runs for president in 2016

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Daily Mail (U.K.), by Jessica Jerreat    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/19/2014 7:12:10 PM     Post Reply
For Hillary Clinton, having her own baby grandchild to kiss on the campaign trail, could be one of the biggest boosts to her possible presidential election campaign. Although the former Secretary of State and First Lady has not said if she will run in 2016, the arrival of her first grandchild will soften her image, analysts have said. While Chelsea only revealed her pregnancy on Thursday, supporters of her mother have already started cooing over a possible baby in the White House. With the Clintons having a near-royal status in the U.S., the announcement of a new arrival due this fall has sent

In a Hole, Golf Considers
Digging a Wider One

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New York Times, by Bill Pennington    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/19/2014 10:48:33 AM     Post Reply
GREENSBORO, Ga. — Golf holes the size of pizzas. Soccer balls on the back nine. A mulligan on every hole. These are some of the measures — some would say gimmicks — that golf courses across the country have experimented with to stop people from quitting the game. Golf has always reveled in its standards and rich tradition. But increasingly a victim of its own image and hidebound ways, golf has lost five million players in the last decade, according to the National Golf Foundation, with 20 percent of the existing 25 million golfers apt to quit in the next few years. People under 35 have especially spurned the game, saying it takes too


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