The Death of Free Speech


Let’s first consider the First Amendment of the Constitution:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Let us further consider a quote from the noted French philosopher François-Marie Arouet (also known as Voltaire):

“I disapprove of what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it.”

Over the past few months, we have witnessed the greatest opposition to the freedom of Americans to speak their minds that I can remember.  Vocal and violent protests to conservative speakers on college campuses only demonstrates the fear that the Progressive Left has for the rational and confrontational opposition to their point of view.

The fact that college and university campuses have “safe spaces” for their sensitive snowflake social justice warriors is a far cry from the purpose of higher level education to turn out well rounded, well-educated graduates.  Indeed, they are turning out mental and emotional cripples incapable of listening to and evaluating different points of view.  This trend of graduating emotionally mental midgets can be blamed directly upon the staff and administration of these colleges and universities, and indirectly, are violating the First Amendment of the Constitution.

“Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech” applies to any college or university accepting Federal funding.  As Congress approves funding for education (including colleges and universities) and cannot by law restrict speech, colleges and universities, by extension, cannot oppose the expression of ideas that may not be inline with their staff or administration viewpoints.  Accepting funding from a government source implies that that entity is now an agent of the government, and must accept the same responsibilities and restrictions that the government has.  (I know that businesses that accept government contracts/funding must conform to governmental regulations, and I see no reason for colleges and universities to be treated any differently.  My Google-fu is weak today, but I am aware of cases that were successful in proving that if government funding is present, then that person or entity receiving the funds could be considered acting on the behalf of the government, i.e., as an agent of the government.)

The Progressive Left has encouraged protests against hate speech, racist speech, anti-Islamic speech, anti-LGBT speech, anti-XYZ speech, etc.  Almost any speech is anti-something and must be protested against (although I have yet to see any of these same groups protest against speech that defames the Christian belief).  And yet, who determines what is offensive?  Therein lies the slippery slope that we, as a society and country, have been sliding headlong into – the political correctness trap.  From a 2013 post:

Here’s the problem with political correctness – the standard of what is politically correct is subject to what someone finds objectionable to their race, religion, and/or belief system. In other words, there are no absolute standards or limits to what these people would find objectionable.  Where this could eventually lead is a suppression of our ability to voice our opinions for fear of being publically attacked, and potentially charged with a hate crime.  Freedom of speech now becomes a casualty of “political correctness” and “hate crime” laws.

Dr. Ben Carson stated it best in his now famous speech at the National Prayer Breakfast:

“And one last thing about political correctness, which I think is a horrible thing, by the way. I’m very, very come — compassionate, and I’m not never out to offend anyone. But PC is dangerous. Because, you see, this country one of the founding principles was freedom of thought and freedom of expression. and it muffles people. It puts a muzzle on them. And at the same time, keeps people from discussing important issues while the fabric of this society is being changed. And we cannot fall for that trick. And what we need to do is start talking about things, talking about things that are important.”

The First Amendment does not define what is or is not hate speech, nor should Congress define it as well with the laws it passes.  However, Congress has passed laws defining certain crimes singled out as being “hate crimes” when in fact all crime is hateful against society – the circumstances behind that crime may be heinous, but should be dealt with within the criminal code without regard to whether the victim or criminal is black, white, straight, gay, etc.  That by itself is discriminatory.

However, if one were to listen to former Democratic Chairman and Presidential Candidate Howard Dean –

“Hate speech is not protected by the First Amendment.” – Tweet from Howard Dean

– It becomes clear that certain people do not understand the Constitution and the principles that this country was founded upon.  For instance, if all hate speech (and by extension, hateful thoughts) were banned, think about the following groups and activities that would be outlawed and banned because someone, somewhere would be offended by their opinions and activities:

  • The KKK
  • Black Lives Matter
  • Blue Lives Matter
  • All Lives Matter
  • NAACP
  • All Christian Churches and denominations
  • All Muslim mosques and denominations
  • All other religions and denominations
  • Everyone with skin color (or lack thereof)
  • Everyone that is of Asian, African, European, etc. descent.
  • Everyone who is a different sexual orientation than themselves
  • Everyone who hates (or likes) cats
  • Everyone who likes (or hates) dogs
  • Everyone who hates (or likes) animals
  • Everyone who hates eating liver, asparagus, cauliflower, etc.
  • Everyone who likes bacon
  • Whoever doesn’t believe (or does) believe that Global Warming/Cooling/Climate Change is real and settled science
  • Put your favorite hate group / thought here…

A bit ridiculous, right?  And that is exactly the point!!

Limiting the ideas and opinions that people can express demeans us all, and limits our individual ability to grow as a person.  Yes, we do reserve the right to agree or disagree with the opinions expressed (and even to walk out & not listen to the speaker), but we do not have the right to prevent them from speaking or assault the person for expressing themselves.  Yet, this is exactly what happened to conservative speakers that were engaged to speak at college campuses in California.

The excuses given have been that the speakers “trigger” violent activities, promotes hate speech, is a racist, and a host of other charges.  But when it really gets down to it, it is not the speakers that are the problem, but the protestors.  By inhibiting the free speech that the protestors supposedly support, the protestors have revealed themselves not only as being hypocrites, but as being more intolerant than they have accused the speakers to be.

More is the pity…

Professor Glenn Reynolds had this in an opinion piece in USA Today:

In First Amendment law, the term “hate speech” is meaningless. All speech is equally protected whether it’s hateful or cheerful. It doesn’t matter if it’s racist, sexist or in poor taste, unless speech falls into a few very narrow categories — like “true threats,” which have to address a specific individual, or “incitement,” which must constitute an immediate and intentional encouragement to imminent lawless action — it’s protected.

The term “hate speech” was invented by people who don’t like that freedom, and who want to give the — completely false — impression that there’s a kind of speech that the First Amendment doesn’t protect because it’s hateful. What they mean by “hateful,” it seems, is really just that it’s speech they don’t agree with. Some even try to argue that since hearing disagreeable ideas is unpleasant, expressing those ideas is somehow an act of “violence.”

There are two problems with that argument. The first is that it’s idiotic: That’s never been the law, nor could it be if we give any value to free expression, because there’s no idea that somebody doesn’t disagree with. The second is that the argument is usually made by people who spend a lot of time expressing disagreeable ideas themselves, without, apparently, the least thought that if their own rules about disagreeable speech held sway, they’d probably be locked up first. (As Twitter wag IowaHawk has offered: “I’ll let you ban hate speech when you let me define it. Deal?”)

We have the First Amendment for a reason – for the freedom of expression, whether by our acts of Faith or speech, to disseminate those thoughts by talk or print, and to openly assemble to give a speech to voice those opinions, whether they are critical of the government or not.  For thugs to protest this right of others to speak while keeping it only for themselves shows that they, not the speakers, are the real Fascists.

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More Uncivil War


Watching the WAH! Party* (formerly the Democratic Party) over the past few weeks has led me to the conclusion that these people are under the delusion that they believe that they should be the only political party in the United States.  The amount of arrogance of these people in their quest for political power is almost unbelievable in its scope as it is in the levels of duplicity and deceit.  For example:

WAH! Party member Senator Schumer believes that precedence should only be to his Party’s advantage and no others.  He is demanding that his fellow Party members filibuster, obstruct, and vote against one of the most qualified Supreme Court nominees I have seen in some time.  He is also demanding that 60 votes are required to approve the appointment of Judge Neil Gorsuch.  My response would be this:

Senator Schumer, I dare you and your fellow WAH! Party members mount a real filibuster and get up in front of the American people & speak as to why this most qualified person should not be elevated to the highest court of the land.  I want you to explain plainly the reasons for your obstructionism to the due process and precedence that you yourself championed when your power held both Houses of Congress and the White House.  Last, acknowledge that 60 votes are not needed for consent as two current Justices (Justice Alito with 58 votes, Justice Thomas with 52) were approved with less than the 60 votes you state are necessary.  After exposing yourself and your party as being crying, whining children, please remove yourselves to your designated safe space and let the adults vote.

And to Senator McConnell – enough with the tap-dancing.  Change or amend the rules to approve the nomination and move on with the other business of the Senate.  The WAH! Party has not proven that they will play fair or keep their word in the past, and there is no reason to believe that they will now.  To accentuate this last point, the rant of the newly elected WAH! Party Chair Tom Perez against your party and the President is telling.

The flap about Russian hacking into the election and supposed collusion with then Candidate Trump’s campaign is another issue.  To those accusers – produce and release hard evidence with source references now to the American People via all news agencies.  In you cannot, then STHU because you are no longer relevant.  This crap with unsubstantiated accusations is not productive, especially since the former Democratic Presidential nominee has been shown to have violated multiple Federal laws and has not been prosecuted (yet?), and has made multiple deals with the Russians for personal gain.

Last, the ruckus over illegal aliens and sanctuary cities is absolutely insane.  WAH! Party controlled cities are declaring that the rights of illegal aliens (lawbreakers) supersede those of legal citizens.  The Mayors who declare such nonsense are breaking their oaths (and multiple Federal laws) to the people that elected them in the first place, and putting their citizens in danger (see New DHS Report Reveals Sanctuary Cities Are Releasing Violent Criminal Aliens by Leah Barkouskis).

To the Republicans – the WAH! Party has declared war upon you and the American People that elected you to represent them.  What is your response?


* WAH! Party stands for Whiners And Hypocrites, of which the Democratic Party has become.

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What’s Next?


This past week, the Republicans found that talk was cheap compared to the actions that they needed to take to repeal and replace the monstrosity known as ObamaCare.  The solution that they came up with fell far short of what was expected of them.

One would think that it would be easy to simply repeal the existing law and set everything back to the way it was before the Democrats inflicted this POS legislation upon the American people.  But it’s not that easy.

The problem is that ObamaCare has become an entitlement that some people depend upon at the expense of hurting far more people.  The result is a program that is failing (it was designed to, by the way) – insurance companies fleeing the exchanges with those that remain charging higher and higher premiums with deductibles that people ultimately cannot afford.

The bad news is that the Republican’s replacement to ObamaCare failed to get the necessary votes in the House to pass the Bill to the Senate where, in my opinion, it would have been shot down in flames with all its flaws exposed.  The worse news is that ObamaCare is still law, and it is going downhill fast.

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The bigger question is who’s going to be hurt most by this failure.  I will guarantee that it won’t be the insurance companies or the politicians – the insurance companies have been playing both sides where they would come out winners (remember the section in ObamaCare that guarantees for the Government to cover any losses by the insurance companies?), and the politicians have their own health plan (they quietly repealed the section of the ObamaCare law that mandated that they would be on the same plan as the rest of us).  So once again, the American taxpayer will bear the costs of this insanity.

I found a commentator by the name of Dan Carlin who takes a neutral political view of the situations in the world.  His take on health care finances, the healthcare industry, and the politics behind it are eye-opening and interesting.  While I do not agree with everything he says, he does make a compelling case for an alternative healthcare system in his latest audio “Common Sense 314 – Unhealthy Numbers.”  His show notes point to a resource that has graphs that show that our healthcare system is sick, and probably headed for financial collapse.  For example:

Squires OECD Exhibit 01

To sum up the audio and the show notes, Americans spend the highest amount for healthcare insurance and health care, but receive lower benefits from that health care.  Where does that help anyone in the long term?

Regardless, the passage of ObamaCare was to force the health care insurance industry into a single payer system – the government – with the health insurers as their surrogates.  The end result is that the American taxpayer would pay not only for the program in taxes, but fees to the insurance companies in amounts greater than if the politicians had stayed out of it.

The solution, in my opinion, is to 1) repeal the Affordable Care Act (aka ObamaCare) in it’s entirety, 2) provide a financial safety net for those who have paid voluntarily into an optional program that would not be used for any other purpose except health care (something that Social Security was originally set up to be), 3) enact laws that will allow insurance companies to compete across state lines with the usual protections against price fixing/gouging and monopolies, 4) establish tax-free health savings accounts similar to Roth IRAs, and 5) remove any governmental management of health care from the private sector (we all can see how well government management works in the healthcare industry with the Veteran’s Administration).

I’m sure there are other ideas on this subject, but I already know that the politicians are ill equipped to handle any financial decisions.  Otherwise, how in the Hell could our country be trillions of dollars in debt, and needing loans from other countries to keep afloat?

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Driving Off The Cliff


Do the Republicans have a fricking political death wish?

This past week, the Republicans have put forth their initial proposed replacement (not repeal) of the Affordable Care Act (aka ObamaCare) titled the American Health Care Act, or AHCA.  The critics have called the AHCA a number of names including ObamaCare Lite and ObamaCare 2.0.  Representative Thomas Massie (R-KY) stated:

“It’s a stinking pile of garbage. …It’s not a Republican, conservative bill. …One thing that I’ve maintained is that this bill was written with the help of the insurance companies, just like Obamacare. That’s why it looks so similar.“

From the articles that I’ve read so far, the AHCA is a tweak to the existing law, keeping the popular parts, dumping the unpopular parts (mostly), but keeping the government firmly in charge.  And by the way, it appears that you would be required to buy insurance by law.  Fix it

A far cry from the “repeal and replace” campaign promises of the Republican Party.  One begins to wonder why, and that brings back something that I wrote over a decade ago:

In case any of you didn’t know, a typical politician’s primary job is not to serve the people who elected him. His primary job is to get himself (or herself) elected or re-elected. Second is to reward all those contributors that gave $$ to help him get elected. Third is to get as many perks & benefits as he can while he is in office. Last on the list is the common person like you & I.

And here we go again – that vicious circle where We The People vote professional politicians into office based on their promises only to get screwed again.  To continue with the same post:

What happens is that anything that the politician has promised, said they would do, or otherwise look into during the campaign is promptly forgotten, and we, as the stupid idiots that we are, forget right along with them. That is, until the next time re-election comes up… Then it’s the “other party’s” fault for putting up roadblocks, vetoes, filibusters, yadda, yadda, yadda as to why they couldn’t fulfill their promises.

Does this dance routine sound familiar?  But the voters have woken up, and if the Republicans continue the politics as usual routine, they could find themselves in the same condition as the Democratic Party, and We The People might just find ourselves with a vengeful Democratic Congress back in power.

Here’s the problem – government entitlements like ObamaCare are rarely (never) repealed in their entirety.  There are certain groups that depend on the entitlements, and they are usually 1) very vocal about their support, 2) the Media makes it their “human interest story” about the government abusing their power (!) by taking away their civil rights (!!) to such a program, and 3) the Media putting the politicians trying to curb the entitlement through the 9th circle of Hell for even thinking to reduce government entitlements.

I’ve read somewhere that politicians, as a whole, are some of the most risk adverse people on the planet.  And it’s true – they will go to almost any length to avoid controversy that they cannot control or benefit from.  This is exactly what is happening here.  They want to keep the entitlements for the minority while trying to appease the majority with legal smoke and mirrors – a difficult balancing act that isn’t going to go too far with an awake electorate.

Arthur Schaper at Townhall.com has an interesting take on what should be done:

…repeal the whole damn Obamacare monstrosity, and let the free market make us healthy…

Don’t just repeal Obamacare, but repeal all the stupid rules pushed by government and corporate interests to enrich themselves while impoverishing everyone else. And about more policy-oriented discussions …

Let’s repeal the nasty notion that health care is a “right” which the government must provide. It’s not working in Canada, the United Kingdom, or Sweden. Bernie Sanders is a spoiled regressive from Vermont. He should try getting health care in Canada, where he can pull a number of hope that he wins a locale’s once-a-month lottery to see a family doctor. The animals get better care than human beings.

Don’t just repeal the Obamacare monster. Remove all the decades-old layers of government regulation. During World War II, FDR imposed age controls, so employers offered health insurance to compete for jobs. Now Americans expect third parties (including the government) to bear the burden)

Arbitrary caps on medical students, guild-system quotas on medical professionals, and arbitrary licensure laws are not helping. The government that wants to keep us healthy is making us sicker.

When Medicare arrived, more people ended up spending other people’s money for less healthcare.

Get rid of it.

The tort-lawyer lobby is kicking taxpayers’ butts. Time to discourage punitive damage awards? Restore the Common Law provisions which forced lawsuit losers to pay back the winning party’s attorney’s fees?

Sounds like a winner to me.  Hope the Republicans are listening…

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Uncivil War


The WAH! Partytm’s (formerly known as the Democratic Party) mandate (Whining And Hypocrisy) was on full display this past week, especially at Tuesday’s address to Congress by President Trump.  For instance –

  • Not standing for the widow of a slain Navy SEAL.
  • Booing during calls to put aside trivial politics
  • Sitting stone-faced during statements that America needs to become great again
  • Grumbling about the need to secure the borders for the security of the nation

Tuesday’s address was seen even by the Liberal MSM as the moment that Trump “…became President of the United States…” – [van Jones, CNN]  But the attacks against President Trump and his administration have continued.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself (under pressure) from any investigations and cases concerning the 2016 election in reaction to the news release that he met with the Russian ambassador twice last year, but did not state this fact during his confirmation hearing.  Considering that several Democratic Senators and Representatives met with the Russian ambassador during the 2016 election year, and that the Russian ambassador sat with the Democrats during Tuesday’s speech, seems to have no bearing upon calls for the AG’s resignation.  In the spirit of disclosure, here is a partial list of Democrats that met with the Russian ambassador last year:

  • Senior Obama advisor John Holdren
  • Senator Claire McCaskill
  • Senator Sheldon Whitehouse
  • Former Senator Mary Landrieu
  • Senator Amy Klobuchar
  • Senator Dianne Feinstein
  • Senator Jack Reed
  • Senator Bob Casey
  • Senator Maria Cantwell
  • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi
  • Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer

The smell of hypocrisy runs strong with these Congresscritters…

Then there was the contingent of white-clad Congress women that stated that “they were honoring the suffragettes of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries while indicating their ongoing commitment to women’s rights issues.”  The issues that these women of the WAH! Partytm include equal pay for women (something that the WAH! Partytm has been talking about for years) and “reproductive freedom” (aka abortion on demand).  Considering that the Trump Administration is seriously considering withdrawing funding from the abortion provider Planned Parenthood, such a reaction is almost predictable.  Also consider that many of these same people profess being of the Christian faith, and support abortion in all it’s horrific forms is not only the greatest hypocrisy, but blasphemous as well.

Of course, the opposition to the failing Obamacare repeal and replacement continues by the WAH! Partytm .

The WAH! Partytm is still upset that their “chosen one” lost the election, depriving them of the power to grow the government, and further take this country down the path of their ideal country of where equal outcomes equates to equal misery managed by an all-powerful, all omnipotent government with them in charge.  Their reaction is best summed up by the following graphic:

sore losers

The WAH! Partytm and the Republicans are in a war with each other, and it’s a vicious one.  An excellent article by Patricia McCarthy does a nice job of summing up the uncivil war between the two parties.

Folks, fasten your seat belts – it’s going to be a bumpy 8 years (yes, I’m predicting at this point in time that Trump will be reelected if he doesn’t self-destruct in the meantime).

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Random Rants and Comments


Every now and then, there comes a point in time where there is just too much to comment on in detail, and too little time in which to do it.  With that in mind…


My wife had the TV on yesterday and had the DNC convention on.  With my head under a sink fixing a leak, I believe I heard first that Acting Chairperson Donna “Gave the Questions to Felonia Von Pantsuit” Brazil call for a motion to suspend the rules to allow a verbal vote.  Then after Tom Perez was elected, he called for a suspension of the normal rules to all for his rival Keith Ellison to be nominated for the new position of Deputy Chair.

Is it just me, but are the Democrat Party elites continuing to bend the rules to suit their own needs?  Let’s ask Bernie how he got screwed over, or the independent Democrats that were ignored by the corporate-driven DNC.


Just in case we have forgotten how tolerant and inclusive the past Democratic Party was:

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If the acceptance speech of the newly elected DNC chair is any indication of what is in store for the American people, then sit down and hang tight because there will be more demonstrations, protests, and obstruction coming.


If the Black Lives Matters crowd is so wrapped up in keeping black people alive, then why aren’t they protesting Planned Parenthood?  Planned Parenthood probably kills more black babies in one year than the police and gangbangers could in ten to fifteen years (need to work out the math on this one, but you get the idea).


I understand that the Academy Awards are tonight, which are the latest in a long line of award shows for the entertainment industry’s actors, producers, directors, and who knows what else.  A partial list includes:

  • The Golden Globe Awards
  • The S.A.G. Awards
  • The Emmy Awards
  • The People’s Choice Awards
  • Hollywood Film Awards
  • MTV Movie Awards
  • Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards
  • Critics’ Choice Movie Awards (a.k.a. the Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards)
  • Teen Choice Awards
  • Kid’s Choice Awards
  • People’s Choice Awards (because Teens and Kids don’t count apparently)
  • Independent Spirit Awards
  • American Film Institute Awards
  • BAFTA Film Awards (British, so it doesn’t really count either)
  • Various Critics’ Association Film Awards (19 separate U.S. cities or states listed)
  • Film Festival Awards (five in the U.S. counting Sundance, plus don’t forget Cannes)

And instead of various spoiled, drunk or drugged up actors thanking their fans and the people that really elevated their sorry egos to undeserved heights, these people decide to spend their time making inflammatory political statements, preach what people should do to combat global warming while they use private jets to visit their many mansions around the world, or lament that refugees need spaces to live (but not next to their mansions).

I’ll pass on watching these shows – I have better things to do – like watching paint dry…

Who Cares


Mayors and Governors that claim that their towns and states are sanctuaries for illegal immigrants are violating their oaths to follow the laws of the United States, and their promises to serve the people that elected them.  How does spending tax dollars to support an illegal activity serve the public good?


The media got all up in arms when some of the reporters were not invited to a press conference.  Then someone said this:

Media Brainwashing

Yep – Goebbels would be proud…


There are those that still want open borders and admit all refugees from countries and areas of conflict without any investigation on that person.  With the problems that Europe is having with just this policy, and terrorist organizations stating that they would imbed their “soldiers” in the refugee stream, this graphic from Mike Ramirez says it all:

refugee roulette


Why is it from year to year, especially around election time, that we hear that Social Security is going bankrupt, but never Welfare?


The same goes for election fraud – we only hear the concerns about ineligible or dead people voting around election time.  The time to clean up the voter roles is between elections, not during.

Also, the statement that people cannot get ID’s for elections is 100% BS.  People need valid IDs for opening bank accounts, obtaining a driver’s license (in most states), and collecting Welfare.

Finally, note that India has a population of over 1.25 BILLION people in 2013.  Every single eligible voter has an ID that must be presented when voting, and that absentee voting is not allowed.  Furthermore, I understand that when a person has completed voting, they must put their thumbprint on the voting form with indelible purple ink that cannot be washed off.  This is all done to insure that there is no voter fraud or ballot stuffing.

If a third-world country like India can insure the integrity of their elections, then why can’t a country like the United States use a similar scheme?


Every time that someone makes a statement that offends a Liberal, they start screaming about hate speech.  However, if a Liberal makes a statement that offends someone and they’re called on it, they scream about their rights to free speech.  A tad hypocritical, don’t you think?

Tolerant Liberal

shocked liberals


This past election, the Democrats lost the Electoral College, but won the popular vote.  They’re still throwing hissy fits about it, and quite frankly, are beginning to resemble an extended version of a two-year olds temper tantrum.  May we kindly remind them of the following:

republic vs democracy

This is the genius of the Founder’s vision for this country.  If the tables were turned, they wouldn’t be screaming at all.


NOTICE:  All anti-gun or gun control enthusiasts –

The right of the American People to own arms is just as much a civil right as the right to free speech that you are so fond of using to insult and belittle others.  Kindly remember that the writer Robert Heinlein stated:

“An armed society is a polite society.”

I fully intend on being polite and respectful until the situation demands that I not.


Finally, something just for fun –

Reloaders at the

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