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The one, the only

THE ONE, THE ONLY, UNIVERSAL POST

06/21/18

Charles Krauthammer, conservative commentator and Pulitzer Prize winner, dead at 68

Charles Krauthammer, a longtime Fox News contributor, Pulitzer Prize winner, Harvard-trained psychiatrist and best-selling author who came to be known as the dean of conservative commentators, died Thursday. He was 68.

His death had been expected after he wrote a heartbreaking letter to colleagues, friends and viewers on June 8 that said in part “I have been uncharacteristically silent these past ten months. I had thought that silence would soon be coming to an end, but I’m afraid I must tell you now that fate has decided on a different course for me…

“Recent tests have revealed that the cancer has returned. There was no sign of it as recently as a month ago, which means it is aggressive and spreading rapidly. My doctors tell me their best estimate is that I have only a few weeks left to live. This is the final verdict. My fight is over.” The letter continued, “I leave this life with no regrets. It was a wonderful life—full and complete with the great loves and great endeavors that make it worth living.”

In recent years, Krauthammer was best known for his nightly appearance as a panelist on Fox News’ “Special Report with Bret Baier” and as a commentator on various Fox news shows.

Following the news of the death of his “good friend,” Baier posted on Twitter, “I am sure you will be owning the panel discussion in heaven as well. And we’ll make sure your wise words and thoughts - your legacy - will live on here.”

Aww, that’s sad. I really liked listening to this guy. He was really smart and very forthright. He had a lot of common sense.


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Another day of almost no blogging. Um, not sorry; I’m out there earning money. So as much as I’d like to sit around and whack the keyboard all day, it’s better for me to put in as many hours as I can while I can. About another week for this project. We’ve got her aunt’s wedding on Sunday, and I’ve got to locate and install a modern 4’ troffer ( ceiling light fixture for a dropped ceiling ), which I’ll probably do next week. And when thoseprojects are done, I can start painting balcony railings. Ooh boy, ladder work. My fav.



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06/20/18

Ouch. We got burned at Summer League. Lost out to some newbies, 0-7. Heck, we gave them 203 pins for handicap. They’re raw beginners so there’s only one way for them to go: up. And lane conditions tonight were just dreadful. It was like they laid down a Christmas pattern on purpose, then waxed the approaches. With the high humidity, it was like bowling through porridge, and then completely dry on the back end. So if you didn’t go flying on the approach, then your ball slowed right down, and then hooked like mad at the far end. But only if you were out, far out, to the sides. Go anywhere down the middle, or try to play across the lane for spares, and just about nothing happened. So it totally favored the straight ball sliders; bowlers so new they don’t even yet roll the ball, just skid it down the lane.

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Are you ready for another layer in the never-ending BS Cake called Investigative Justice In DC? Sound and fury, endless press hysteria pro and con, millions wasted on investigations, and NOTHING WILL EVER HAPPEN. Other than one more watered down, whitewashed report.

Obama’s Fast And Furious Documents Come Out. Finally

Operation Fast and Furious featured Obama’s DOJ aiding and abetting gun smuggling into Mexico, which sent at least 2,000 firearms into the country. It was an operation, run under the leadership of the Justice Department, directly operated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

When the operation came to light after a number of leaks from people who could no longer sit by and watch the terrible and ineffective practice continue, the response from the Obama administration, one of the least transparent administrations in history, was to stonewall investigators.

AG Holder refused to turn over documents concerning who actually approved the program. In fact, according to Amanda Gonzalez, a spokeswoman for the House Oversight Committee, the committee fought for six years for additional documents about the program.

Finally, on Monday, they received approval to see the documents they had been looking for years, in a settlement with the new Donald Trump DOJ.

Isn’t this what Holder was found in contempt for? Dude, comply. You are NOT above the law. No matter who is President. You get 30 days to hand over the paperwork. No docs, then slap him with contempt and march his tail to jail. 2 weeks. Now another 30 days to hand over the docs. No docs then? Take him out and shoot him. Right in front of Congress, State, and DOJ. Then seize every asset, every document, every everything. Turn his family out on the street. Tough shit. You want to work at the highest levels of government? Then you pledge your life, liberty, fortune, and sacred honor. Just like those dead white guys who signed the Declaration. That’s the deal. And it gets enforced. Ignore and flaunt the rules at your peril. I’ve had my fill of this happy horse crap.


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There are many lingering questions about the program, and why it was ever allowed to exist in the first place.
I am so sick of this. Every damn day there’s another fat handful of crime stories. Rape, murder, robbery. All committed by the same element. Doesn’t matter if they have tons of money, or came from money, or have no money. Damnation, I do not want to believe that it’s in their very nature, but it’s really hard to think otherwise.

•   Low money, low education TNB: Shoots Statesville, NC cop in the back. For no reason at all.


•   Big money, college grad in theory: Former NFL Player Kellen Winslow Jr. Allegedly Kidnapped and Raped Multiple Women.


•   From big money, college grad in theory: Three-time Super Bowl winner Erik Williams’ son charged with double-murder.


And those are just the ones in the top headlines. I didn’t bother to try to look them up.

But to be fair, the muzzies aren’t far behind: UK: Man with three wives ‘beat and raped woman’ while studying PhD .


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06/19/18

Guess That Gun Control Stuff Really Works. NOT.
Feds Seize 553 Guns From Felon’s Houses In Cali

Authorities have seized more than 550 guns at two Southern California homes and made one arrest after getting a tip that a convicted felon was storing an arsenal.

Sixty-year-old Manuel Fernandez was arrested last week after Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies and state and federal investigators raided his Agua Dulce home.

Officials Monday say the searchers found 432 rifles and handguns, then returned later and found 91 more hidden weapons.

Finally, 30 guns were seized at another home believed linked to an associate of Fernandez who hasn’t returned to the home.

“Detectives also seized computers, cellphones, and hard drives from the residence believed to be involved in the illicit purchase of firearms by the suspect,” the sheriff’s department said in its release.

Fernandez was booked on suspicion of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition and illegally possessing an assault rifle and large-capacity magazines.

But he was only a collector, not an illegal arms merchant. Just a hobby. A hobby any felon could do, right??

Laws? We don need no steenkin laws!!


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06/18/18

Once again, WELL NO KIDDING.

FBI To Investigate San Juan Mayor For Corruption

The mayor of Puerto Rico who shot to international fame after criticizing President Trump for not doing enough to help Hurricane Maria victims is being investigated by the FBI on corruption charges, according to multiple news outlets.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz and her administration are under fire for allegedly obstructing critical supplies from reaching victims of the category-4 hurricane that leveled much of the tiny U.S. territory nearly nine months ago.

The FBI reportedly launched the investigation following a February lawsuit filed by Yadira Molina, the former director of procurement. Molina claims she was retaliated against for reporting “alleged irregular acts” to the local comptroller.

“On February 21, Molina sued the city council after reporting alleged acts of corruption in the shopping division in the town hall under the administration of Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz Soto,” according to El Vocero de Puerto Rico.

The report says Molina claims she was punished for reporting on the allegedly rigged system and that she was blocked from her right “to report wrongdoing in her capacity as a private citizen, not as a public employee.”

Shortly after Cruz became mayor, Molina claims a supply company was granted “preferred supplier” status which paid them more than three times what regular suppliers made. She also alleges that other city officials engaged in a corrupt scheme to steer business the preferred supplier’s way.

Concerns about Cruz are not new. There has been a growing backlash from frustrated residents who say they feel forgotten and say the mayor’s personal political ambitions are coming at the expense of the very people she’s supposed to be representing.

For example, at a time when residents needed food, water and shelter, Cruz hired extra photographers to follow her around post-storm.

What’s with you Feebie foot draggers? This should have been done 8 months ago. It’s not like you’re out there catching real terrorists or stopping real crimes or anything. Buncha political showboaters. It’s not like they’ll ever file any actual charges. Just your daily poli-theater.


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TNB:  Can’t see the forest for the trees black walnuts for the shrubbery

Trenton Arts Fair Mass Shooting: NJ governor sees guns, not shooter’s early prison release, as the problem

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy responded to Sunday’s deadly shooting at a Trenton arts festival by calling for new controls on guns. But a suspect’s gang membership—and early release from prison after Murphy took office—may have been bigger factors in an incident that left one person dead and 22 wounded.

Meanwhile, Murphy—a first-term Democrat in his first elected office—supports shorter sentences for offenders and cuts in prisoner rehabilitation programs.

Officials have two people in custody after a shooting at an arts festival in New Jersey; Bryan Llenas shares latest details.

The suspect, identified as Tahaji Wells, 33, opened fire before 3 a.m. at the Art All Night festival in New Jersey’s capital city, in what appears to have been a gang-related dispute. Wells was reportedly killed by police, and 17 of the 22 people injured reportedly suffered gunshot wounds.

A second suspect, identified as Amir Armstrong, 23, remained hospitalized in stable condition and was facing a weapons charge, while a third suspect was in critical condition.

Less than 24 hours after the gunfire, Murphy—a former Goldman Sachs banker who served as President Barack Obama’s ambassador to Germany—began calling for gun control without addressing the other circumstances involved in the crime.

“It’s yet another reminder of the senseless gun violence, even having signed six stringent gun laws last week,” Murphy said at a news conference Sunday following a service at Trenton’s Galilee Baptist Church.

There was a big shooting yesterday in Trenton.  22 people were shot and 1 killed when a fight broke out at late at night at a 24 hour art exhibit. So you know who the perps were, right away: 22 shot, only 1 killed. Smells like TNB, because dem homies can’t shoot for shit. And gosh, one was a gang banger. No kidding. But he shouldn’t have been released from jail so early! Well, duh. And he shouldn’t have had a gun, period. Double duh. So let’s blame the justice system, let’s blame the guns (guns was NJ governor “Red” Murphy’s excuse yesterday too). But let’s NEVER blame the 8,500lb gorilla in the room: black people. Specifically, those who have chosen to have no self control, no respect for anyone or anything, chosen to be extremely violent, to overreact to everything, and to destroy the world a piece at a time just from their very presence. Niggers. Ferals. In this case, two black izzys. Tahaji? Amir? give me a break. Prison converted urban towel heads, with that ghettotastic “we wuz kangs” thing going ( Amir = emir = king ). Gosh, does that make me a raycis?? Maybe so, if being a realist and being forthright is a big PC faux pas these days. Which it is. But it’s the truth, no matter how hard people want to hide it. And not all the candlelight vigils, midnight basketball programs, increased social spending, government handouts, or freight trains full of money thrown at the school systems are going to change a thing. Because being a feral is a decision, and each and everyone of these animals has made that decision by their own free will.

But it turns out that Wells had been released from prison in February, despite receiving an 18-year state prison sentence in 2004 on an aggravated manslaughter conviction in the shooting death of a 22-year-old man, NJ.com reported.

And in 2010, while still in prison, Wells was sentenced to six additional years after pleading guilty to a second-degree racketeering charge. He reportedly helped a gang leader run the group from inside prison.

So despite two lengthy sentences that should have left Wells serving time behind bars into the 2020s, he was back on the streets and able to commit Sunday’s crime.

Murphy has decried the sentencing and incarceration of people throughout his campaign and time in office as part of his criminal justice reform agenda, which includes a review of sentencing laws in the state.

Maybe a swift and certain application of the death penalty would have been the better answer. He’s already a killer, a thug, and a gang member. So let him out 10 years early? No, I don’t think so. Bring back the gas chamber. Immediate review of the trial; if there weren’t any obvious judicial improprieties, and if there was any prohibited exculpatory evidence, then throw the switch. Ok, I’ll be fair: 1 year in jail waiting period just in case some magic evidence shows up and a retrial becomes necessary. But if not, then smoke him. No appeals, since it was already determined that fair play went on in the courtroom. Done. And think of how much money it would save the taxpayers.


LINK to the original story about the shooting.


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Where Is Drew These Days??

1) Burnt out on the news again. After the weak kneed IG report released the other day, I just threw my hands up. Not even tempest in a teapot. Expect nothing to happen, ever. This was pretty much my last straw. I’m exhausted by the whole endless do-nothing thing. I would have thrown these crooks and traitors into jail 14 months ago.It will never, ever happen.

2) Between the party ( done ), the wedding ( this coming weekend ), and my jobs, I just haven’t made much time for it. Make hay while the sun doesn’t shine - I’ve got a lot of outdoor work to do, and I’d rather do it before it gets really really hot.

3) I’ve installed a video game on my Android phone and have been playing it. It’s not that challenging or graphic, but I’ve haven’t had a computer game to play in ages, except for FreeCell. It’a not that I feel I’m owed, it’s just that I’ve run out of books to read at the shack and that free radio I got a few months back died after just a couple weeks. And it’s so boring up there, even worse now that school is out.


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Acts of malignant desperation?

Manafort: Life In Prison If He Doesn’t Flip On Trump

Former Watergate prosecutor Nick Akerman said on Friday that Paul Manafort may never again “see the outside of a jail cell” after his house arrest arrangement was revoked on Friday.

President Trump’s former campaign chairman appeared in court after special counsel Robert Mueller asked a judge to revoke his pretrial release conditions, accusing him of attempting to tamper with potential witnesses.

During the hearing, the judge revoked Manafort’s bail and ordered him to jail. 

Former Watergate prosecutor Nick Akerman said on Friday that Paul Manafort may never again “see the outside of a jail cell” after his house arrest arrangement was revoked on Friday.

President Trump’s former campaign chairman appeared in court after special counsel Robert Mueller asked a judge to revoke his pretrial release conditions, accusing him of attempting to tamper with potential witnesses.

During the hearing, the judge revoked Manafort’s bail and ordered him to jail.

“Just to put this in historical perspective, what broke the Watergate case was when James McCord got a 25-year sentence,” Akerman said when asked about the hearing while appearing on MSNBC’s “Velshi & Ruhle.” “He was one of the Watergate burglars. He got a 25-year sentence. He was sitting in jail because that’s what made him crack and cooperate.”

But Akerman noted that Manafort, who is 69 years old, could soon be facing life in jail.

“And here it could be even worse,” Akerman said. “It could be the beginning of a life sentence. Paul Manafort, if he does not cooperate, may never ever see the outside of a jail cell.”

Mueller filed a superseding indictment against Manafort earlier, accusing him of obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice.

Manafort is scheduled to go to trial in September over charges including tax evasion, bank fraud, money laundering and failing to register as a foreign agent with the Justice Department.

Manafort has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

This is the guy whose house was raided in the middle of the night to seize documents, even when he was happily cooperating with the government investigators. Pretty damn heavy handed bullshit IMO. Buncha Stasi. And this is what passes for justice? If Manafort is found innocent, or even guilty to a very minor degree, then the thugs involved in this ought to be penalized. Seriously, this jack-booted 3AM stuff has to stop, and the only way to make that happen is to punish the daylights out of the perpetrators. Because, WTH, passing a law against it (something like the Fifth Amendment?) isn’t going to do any good. Some folks are above the law. Which is in itself unconstitutional, but who’s counting?


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06/15/18

No blogging from me for a couple of days now. I got a lot of varnishing done the past 2 days, made a bunch of extra money, and accidentally terrorized my first snowflake. The boy, a whole year out of high school, whom I had seen and sometimes talked to a bit at the bus stop for 2 years, panicked when he saw me outside his unit wielding a fully automatic high capacity assault paint brush. Holy cats. Leaped back behind the storm door, slammed it closed and threw the deadbolt and then the deadbolt. I called out that I work there and that all the hand rails were getting a coat of varnish. “mm, Ok” he says from behind the sidelight window. Probably had to go have a juice box in his safe room and then get some counseling. Good grief.

So tomorrow is the Big Event, the party. She’s been going nuts about it for weeks now, probably putting in more planning and effort than it took to invade Normandy on D-day. Double good grief. Guess I’d better try on all the new clothes I had to buy, and get them through the wash in the morning.
It’s pretty much a given that this will eat up my entire day, from early morning laundry and ironing to driving an hour to get out there, an hour back, and then who knows how many hours of being at the restaurant. Too much. Nobody ever put 1/50th that much effort into any party ever thrown for me. Come to think of it, the last party thrown for me was my 9th birthday I think. Which had to be canceled because I got sick?


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06/13/18

Very strange night at summer bowling league. I did well in the first game, when it was warm and very humid outside. Then the temperature started dropping as some cool dry air moved in. The lanes turned to glue. We won the first game handily, and took the second one by a bit, so that we were up 63 pins total at that point. Then the other team started bowling great, while we went right down the tubes. They took the third game, and took wood by 10. So we split the night 4-3. We are in first place, after 2 whole weeks, big deal, and were playing the 2nd place team who was down by 4. Now they’re down by 5. Hope we have some sun tomorrow so I can solar bake my ball to get some of the oil out. Dammit, I couldn’t make the ball do a thing tonight, though I was not alone in that. Lane conditions just went to heck, and everybody was leaving awful splits and throwing gutter balls. And here I thought that HVAC was supposed to maintain stable temperature and humidity levels. Not.


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Looks like I have to race the raindrops this morning with the railing varnishing project. So no time to blog right now, got to get out there ASAP.

90 minutes later ... And the rain wins! Still, I managed to get the Wet Varnish signs off of 6 of them, put a final coat on 2 more, and sanded down a third one and got the first coat on it. An hour is an hour, and that pays for lunch.


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06/12/18

… and never is heard, a discouraging an encouraging word ...

and the MSM sucks all day

President Trump’s historic summit with Kim Jong Un could be the first step to the Hermit Kingdom dismantling its country’s nuclear program – but Bitter Bettys throughout the mainstream media found ways to slam the event.

CNN global affairs analyst Max Boot chalked up the meeting as something that “any previous president could have done,” while MSNBC regular Jon Meacham claimed “just because something hasn’t happened before, doesn’t mean it’s historic.”

Trump left Singapore after the two leaders signed a document stating Pyongyang would work toward “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.” But CNN and MSNBC decided to harp on things like the food that was served and flag placement.

CNN took a break from its usual habit of criticizing the president for consuming too much soda and fast food to allege that the summit’s menu was too upscale. Samantha Vinograd, the network’s national security analyst, proclaimed that the United States legitimized Kim by releasing the details of the food served during a working lunch. Vinograd said the menu puts Kim on “equal footing with other world leaders, which is what he wants,” before downplaying the working lunch as “perfunctory.”

“If [White House Press Secretary] Sarah Sanders is in the room… they are not diving into the kind of classified details that are going to lead to the substance,” Vinograd said.

“CNN Tonight” host Don Lemon made sure to add that the meal served to Kim and Trump sounded “very expensive.”

Political analyst Jonathan Wachtel, who was in-studio to cover the summit for CNN, then essentially stated that Trump and Kim should not have been served a decent meal.

I guess these folks all had sour grapes for lunch.  Know what would be ripe? For President Trump to quote back movie lines from the Left’s latest hero, garbage mouth Robert De Niro, from the Untouchables: “Is that all you got? You got nuttin’!”


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The world turned upside down. And inside out.

Iran To Kim: Don’t Trust Trump

Iran warned North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday against trusting U.S. President Donald Trump, saying he could cancel their denuclearization agreement within hours.

Tehran cited its own experience in offering the advice to Kim a month after Washington withdrew from a similar deal with Iran.

Trump and Kim pledged at a meeting in Singapore on Tuesday to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula while Washington committed to provide security guarantees for its old enemy.

“We don’t know what type of person the North Korean leader is negotiating with. It is not clear that he would not cancel the agreement before returning home,” Iranian government spokesman Mohammad Bagher Nobakht was quoted as saying by IRNA new agency.

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President Donald Trump said Tuesday he believes North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will move immediately on steps toward denuclearization and that the process is moving rapidly, according to an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity.

“I just think that we are now going to start the process of denuclearization of North Korea. I believe that he’s going back and will start it virtually immediately,” Trump said in excerpts of the interview broadcast on Fox after the U.S.-North Korea summit in Singapore. “And he’s already indicated that.”

“It’s a process and it’s really moving rapidly,” he added.

An emotional [ retired NBA great Dennis ] Rodman blasted Obama for ignoring his attempts to broker a dialogue between him and Kim Jong Un, who had asked Rodman to relay a message to the former president five years ago. “Obama didn’t even give me the time of day,” Rodman recalled. “He just brushed me off.”

In contrast, Rodman said President Trump called him recently through a secretary to tell him he’s very proud of him for his efforts. (Note to liberal media: The president you repeatedly called “racist” is being praised by a black man for brokering peace between two Asian countries that have been at war for 70 years.)

Rodman has visited North Korea several times at the request of Kim Jong Un, a huge basketball fan who reveres the former Chicago Bull. Those visits spawned an unlikely friendship between the diminutive dictator and the 6-foot-7 retired power forward.

Rodman called the historic North Korea-U.S. summit in Singapore this week a hopeful start to fostering world peace through North Korea’s denuclearization.

“We don’t need a miracle, but we need the doors to be open so we can start fresh,” Rodman said. “Donald Trump should take a lot of credit for this. He went out of the box and made this happen.”

Already, the mainstream media is trying to marginalize President Trump’s achievements with the North Korea summit. But make no mistake: We have just witnessed history in the making.


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This smells like a con. “Human rights” groups putting the muscle on Italy and Malta, to take in more hordes of illiterate unskilled North African islamics.

UN: Malta Must Take “Stranded” Immigrants

Italy: GFY, Send Them To Spain or France

Fwance: Italy is unfaaaair, we’re triggered!!!

Spain Al Andalus: We Surrendered To The Moors 16 Years Ago. Send Them To Us.

The UN refugee agency on Monday called on Italy and Malta to immediately allow a boat carrying hundreds of migrants to dock, describing the situation as “an urgent humanitarian imperative.”

Some 629 people, including pregnant women and scores of children, were saved by SOS Mediterranean Saturday and are stuck aboard the French NGO’s ship Aquarius, which is currently between Malta and Sicily waiting for a secure port.
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Malta on Sunday reiterated its refusal to accept the ship, ignoring calls from Rome.

Italy prepared to send hundreds of migrants to Spain in a small naval convoy on Tuesday after shutting its own ports to them, as France accused the new Italian government of cynicism and irresponsibility.

The French rebuke highlights the tensions within the European Union over how to tackle a years-old migration crisis, with Italy’s anti-establishment coalition promising to tear up much-discredited asylum rules.

Some 629 migrants, including 11 children and seven pregnant women, have been afloat in the central Mediterranean aboard the Aquarius rescue ship since Sunday, when both Italy and Malta refused to let them dock.

Spain unexpectedly offered on Monday to take in the group of mainly sub-Saharan Africans, who were picked up off the Libyan coast over the weekend. But the Aquarius is heavily overcrowded, making the four-day trip to Spain particularly perilous.
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French President Emmanuel Macron denounced the block on the Aquarius, saying under international law Italy should have taken the migrants in.

“There is a degree of cynicism and irresponsibility in the Italian government’s behavior with regards to his dramatic humanitarian situation,” government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux quoted Macron as telling his cabinet.
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Italy has taken in more than 640,000 mainly African migrants over the past five years. Other EU states have largely ignored pleas by Rome to persuade them to take some of the newcomers and share the cost of their care, heightening anti-European and anti-migrant sentiment in the Italy.

Matteo Salvini, Italy’s new interior minister and head of the far-right League, has said his move this week is aimed at forcing other European states to help pick up the strain.

This is an invasion. Period. Not necessarily a military one, or a religious one, but an invasion nonetheless. The schwoogs are taking over Europe. NO. Golly, your country in Africa sucks rocks? Fix it yourselves, on your own dime. Want to watch the dark tide stop overnight? Every country in the EU should cancel afro-jizzlam immigrant benefits immediately. You don’t even get water, much less fancy housing and free cars.


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Naughty Naughty Germans. Again!!

Mercedes Benz: The Next “Dieselgate”

Daimler’s diesel nightmare continues. After the manufacturer was ordered by Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) to recall the Mercedes Vito examples powered by a 1.6-liter diesel engine, it is now reported KBA has discovered no less than five defeat devices in Daimler engines.

The information comes from Bild am Sonntag newspaper and was brought to our attention by Automotive News. The report claims that, during KBA’s investigation, five “illegal switch-off devices” have been discovered in the bulk of the automaker’s Euro 6 diesel motors, encompassing at least one million vehicles in total. A spokesman for Daimler was not willing to discuss the report.
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KBA believes Daimler’s Euro 6 diesels are emitting polluting gases in excess of what the regulations say and the exhaust systems of those cars are featuring manipulating control software. The firm’s compression ignition engines use urea nitrate liquids to naturalize nitrogen oxide emissions in exhaust fumes.

Mercedes-Benz is currently recalling the 1.6-liter diesel Vito models in Germany to tweak their software and update the vans’ emission control systems. However, the company is appealing against KBA’s decision as it doesn’t want the authority to classify the software as illegal. Another recall for diesel-powered C-Class and G-Class models now seems inevitable, and it could affect more than 600,000 cars.

Dailmer is also facing a hefty fine from the German Transport Ministry. If found guilty for using illegal software, the manufacturer will have pay about $5,835 fine per car. With more than 750,000 affected vehicles so far, doing the math means the brand with the three-pointed star logo will be fined at least $4.4 billion.

I’d really like to see the emissions specs these vehicles are held to, and what the standards were 5, 10, 20 years ago. Are they completely unrealistic? Are they some kind of Obama / Greenie / peace, love, and granola statist hippie fantasy? Come on, MB is already using an emissions system with boiled horse piss urea injection, and the refineries have been making the fuel with much lower sulphur content.  Not to mention all the precision computer controls and turbos and stuff. It can’t be made much better than this. But somehow it isn’t good enough?

OTOH, I’m thinking that this whole thing might be a major shakedown against successful capitalist industries. VW/Audi was making perfectly fine diesel cars that people loved, and look how many billions they got fined for. Still, it was wrong for them to cheat. But if the standards were impossible to meet at any kind of reasonable price, and they couldn’t renegotiate them, then what choice did they have? Standards put in place by an anti-diesel government are designed not to ensure cleaner air, but to shut the industry down. Kind of like Clinton’s AWB; this is not a new tune for the Leftists to sing.


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06/11/18

Pregnant men, raincoat with 6 sleeves, and worse: Fashion has lost it’s mind

An imagined male pregnancy, flower necklaces and melting ice caps were some of the more striking images at London Men’s Fashion Week, which wrapped up on Monday.

Chinese designer Xander Zhou’s collection featured a male model with a fake bump on show, wearing jeans and a white t-shirt reading “New World Baby”.

“We’re prepared to welcome a future of male pregnancy,” the designer said in an Instagram post.

Zhou’s show also featured one of the more improbable-looking designs of all the collections—an elaborate raincoat with six sleeves arranged in a star formation.
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Edward Crutchley’s collection was inspired by “contemporary mythology” featuring prints by French artist Lucien Murat of a post-apocalyptic world of deformed creatures.

The collection also had a strong Japanese theme, including a partnership with a kimono printing company from Kyoto.

Christopher Raeburn, a specialist in environmentally conscious fashion, used NASA images showing melting ice caps to create a modern and socially engaged collection entitled “REACT NOW”.
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The highly-anticipated show by “Man”—a kind of fashion incubator which has helped many of the current generation of British designers—presented a gender-fluid collection.

Male models wearing evening dresses, mini-skirts or opting to go bare-chested featured heavily.

A heavily-applauded design saw transsexual model Munroe Bergdorf strut the catwalk dressed only in a pair of black boots and a long, torn t-shirt with the words “High concept character”.

Freak show.

What was it P.T. Barnum said? “There’s a sucker born every minute.”


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Good Grief. Tell Me That Suicide Isn’t “Trending”?

Last couple of weeks, designer Kate Spade, chef/adventurer/reporter Anthony Bourdain. Yesterday, actor/musician Jackson Odell, only 20. Today, Bollywood actress Jiah Khan.

Different people, vastly different circumstances. But there sure seems to be a lot of this going on lately.


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06/10/18

You betcha, don’t lose sight that NorK’s Kim Jong Un is one sick sadistic tyrant.

It would be just an awful terrible un-good shame is some Iranian backed terrorists blew him up on the flight home after the conference, as revenge for negotiating with the Great Satan. And we had no idea that they had space lasers!!

Interesting thought: If little Whoa, Fat and his snake-souled sister get the big bug zapper, there is exactly nobody in North Korea ready to take over. There are no Number Twos. Kimmie killed them all.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/21/2018 at 10:26 PM   
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calendar   Friday - August 26, 2016

fair use

Once in a while having a clearer understanding of the Fair Use Doctrine can come in handy.



What it is: LINK 1



Here’s a checklist: LINK 2



Here’s a nice graphical flowchart: LINK 3


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/26/2016 at 04:35 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - August 25, 2016

Finishing Strong

We mopped the floor with our opponents last night, taking all 3 games and a total margin of over 100 pins. They were 2 points ahead of us in the standings, but 6 down from the team ahead of them, so our 7-0 win gave us their slot in the standings but wasn’t enough to bridge the points gap into the top 4. So we finished in 5th, and were rewarded a kingly $40 per person. Sweet. Yup, another 3 weeks and we would have been knocking on 1st place. Still, considering we were dead last by 4 points just 7 weeks ago, I think we came back real strong.

I’ve got a couple of new balls on order; the alley’s summer time discount of 40% off created a better price including drilling than any of the online shops would sell me the same balls for without drilling. Sweet.

Winter league starts in 2 weeks. I’m just going to put those balls aside for a little while, not even have them drilled, until I get my release a bit more squared away. I’ve got to my axis tilt and rotation more where they ought to be. Seems like I can either rev the ball up and throw it straight, or rip threw it on the release and get a totally horizontal axis - ie a spinner. Both can make strikes, but neither will hook much at all, so I’m never going to get the kind of entry angle that a big hook shot gives. And that means consistent strikes with a big safety margin. That’s not me. Not yet.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/25/2016 at 12:50 PM   
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back to school

First day of school today in our county.

Two new kids on the high school bus early in the morning. Neither was on the grade school bus last year, so they either moved here over the summer or else they escaped from parochial schools and are now experiencing public education for the first time. Woo hoo.

An entire zoo full of little squeakers on the grade school bus. I counted 20 but I don’t think all the kids made it in this morning. And it was helicopter parent time. Oh boy, both mommy and daddy showed up to put junior on the bus, and they got there early with babies in tow to give themselves lots of time to record this momentous event. Even the grandparents were there for a couple of the kids. So in a matter of minutes, I went from total isolation to being ring master for a crowd of almost 70 people. And then, once the individual pictures were taken, the group pictures were taken, the parents only pictures for Facebook were taken, the littlest army filled up half a school bus ("Oh look, how cute! She’s reaching up to take that big first step onto the bus. Get her picture, get her picture!!"), and away they went. An exodus of SUVs and minivans ensued, of size and speed that would make Peiper’s UK Travelers proud. And then it was lonely silence again.

Looks like it’s going to be a good day to paint garages. Now until frost actually.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/25/2016 at 12:29 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - August 24, 2016

And now for something completely different..

At Haymarket Park: Trump by a Bobblehead

It was the battle of the bobbleheads.

Five hundred plastic, blue-pantsuit-wearing Hillary Clintons stood on tables across from 500 “Make America Great Again” red hat-wearing Donald Trumps—a stare down, but with plastered smiles on their bobblehead faces. Tuesday night marked the third Bobble Election at Haymarket Park, held in honor of the upcoming presidential election.

Saltdogs’ fans cast their votes by choosing a free bobblehead before settling down for a game. Whichever of the 500 bobbleheads ran out first was the winner.

Charlie Meyer, president and general manager of the Lincoln Saltdogs, said the poll wasn’t about politically dividing baseball fans but having fun and satisfying curiosity: Will Trump or Clinton be the last man or woman standing?

“It’s been a heated race, and I think it will get much more heated once we get closer to November,” Meyer said. “But this is a fun deal.”

Besides entertainment, Meyer said they hoped to raise awareness by reminding people who haven’t registered to vote to go do so.

It’s 6am, home after a long day (night? Gotta love 3rd shift) at work, and I miiiiiight have made that bourbon & Coke a little stronger than anticipated (Wild Turkey 101, was finishing off the bottle)
This story made me smile. 


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Posted by Severa   United States  on 08/24/2016 at 09:58 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - August 20, 2016

Rule 34 Is For Real

Rule 34 is the internet rule that says that some kind of porn exists for everything. Shoes, puppies, blueprints, Swiss cheese, rare books, anything. And if porn doesn’t exist for it, the mere mention that such is the case will cause porn to be created for it.

After making my previous bridge post, I stared at my work and eventually realized there was a girl in the picture. Hiding half the truss, thanks. Fine. If that’s how the game is played, let’s go. I knew of one picture right off the top of my head. I even knew the model’s name. So to the search engines, and I plug in “Ariel bridge”

and what comes back is ...


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Not what I expected, but both awesome and abhorrent in its own right.

Awesome, because what you’re looking at is a bowstring truss bridge, made from both wrought and cast iron (like I just wrote about) and utilizing our old friend the Phoenix Column. This means the bridge is older than I beams, but younger than the Civil War (because after the war the Phoenix Iron Company turned swords into plowshares almost literally and used their cannon building technology to make rigid braced hollow tubing that could be easily assembled on site; ie the Phoenix Column). And this particular bridge is given superb coverage by my fellow bridge hunter Nathan Holth. Awesomer, because it’s a “WIBCO”; a bridge made by the prolific Wrought Iron Bridge Company of Canton, Ohio. The bridge now lives in a park in Mt. Vernon Ohio, so maybe our friend Turtler can go and visit. Google found it for me because the bridge is funded by the Ariel Foundation. Figures, right?

Abhorrent because the bowstring truss is very strong, so it was a total diss to just nail the thing to the side of a walkway - not even a bridge, just a wooden path with railings on pilings!!! - to make it look like a bridge. This little arch could support a steam locomotive, even though it’s 140 years old. Also abhorr - ok, not really abhorrent, just a bit embarrassing, because the pictures I was looking for all came back in the search too; every one of them already stored in the back room here at this blog. Oh the photos are out there galore; I’m just the only one who renamed them to name the subjects.

Here’s what I was looking for ... mildly NSFW, plus a few others similar, because this is a Rule 34 post after all.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/20/2016 at 05:40 PM   
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full countered Pratt pony

Yes, it’s finally time for another bridge post.


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Counters are the diagonal members running in the opposite direction. They help manage shear stress. By using the full set of counters you get a bridge made of “X"s, which is very good at supporting transitional loads ... like when a locomotive drives up one end of the span, across it, and off the other end. This is also the very best reason to use forged steel components, because steel can handle switching from tension to compression, which wood and iron can’t. Wood is always weak in tension, cast iron is weak in tension, and forged iron is weak in compression.

Too cute ... the model’s name is Bailey. Like the Bailey bridge? Maybe she has a sister named Bridge-ette.

Woo hoo!


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/20/2016 at 04:49 PM   
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borderline blues

Buddy Guy blurs the line between rock and the blues. Who cares what you call it? This is dance music, even if you can’t dance. Happy happy happy. Get up and move your big ass ‘round, even if you don’t have one of those either.

I’ve got the CD, which is exceptionally well recorded. Crank up the volume just a bit and it’s like you’re right there.






Just in case you don’t like the blues - there’s got to be one of you, somewhere, right? - check below the fold for a bit of bouncy funk that will also get you up, get you happy, and get you moving. Brought to you by the Lovetone Meatball, or so I’ve been told.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/20/2016 at 04:32 PM   
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under the knife

That does it. The cat is going to get fixed. I can not take it any more.

Dizzy the cat, the mostly blind one, is in heat. Again. Every 4 god damn weeks, I swear. And she’s a very talkative cat to begin with. Which means now I’ve got Opera Cat, doing her full-throated arias all over the house. All day, all night. For days.

Would. You. Please. Shut. The. Flying. Fuck. Up!!!

It doesn’t matter how much she gets petted, or rubbed, or brushed, or played with, or snuggled, or fed. Or anything. A minute later and she’s at it again. 3 in the morning and she jumps up on the bed and starts howling.

Lucky for her she really isn’t trying to get out of the house. Because I might just be too tempted to let her. But more kittens is the last thing we need around here.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/20/2016 at 10:09 AM   
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calendar   Friday - August 19, 2016

thanko yu for not sweating

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Only in Japan!! Or by mail order!!! $42 at Japan Trend Shop

h/t to Stoaty the Weasel


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/19/2016 at 01:04 PM   
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bazinga!

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/19/2016 at 12:54 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - August 18, 2016

Almost Made It

We took 5 last night, going 5-2 against the first place team. Not quite enough to knock them off their throne, but enough to give it a big wobble and leave them vulnerable in the finals next week.

I got to play hero twice, putting myself totally in the zone the last few frames of each game to try and pull out a win. That worked in the first game, where I just fixated on the 2nd arrow and threw 9/ X XXX to finish and put 80 on the board for a fat margin win. Tried as hard as I could in Game 2, rolling X X XX9 to add 89 to our score; not enough for a win, but enough so that we lost small, by only 12 pins or so. It wasn’t really necessary in Game 3 because we were well ahead anyway, but I still did X XX9 just for gits and shiggles. I ended the night with a 557 series, which is about where my bowling ought to be.

Next week ... position round, and the parsing of the money. Money honey, woo hoo. Yeah, like $5 each. Ain’t no money in summer league honey.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/18/2016 at 09:23 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - August 17, 2016

Leaving Home

Well, I know it’s been a while since you’ve heard from me, but now I have an announcement to make. And while I have been drafting posts about both the Iran Ransom and the Olympics (and how politics and cheating go hand in hand), but the big news I have to give is closer to home.

I am still committed to this blog and the Great Cause of our time, but tomorrow- possibly today for you- on August 17th I will be moving halfway across the country. I don’t make it a secret that while I am a man of the right, I have also been a Californian born and raised. And what’s more, someone that has lived on the dread, died-in-the-wool-left Coast itself. My parents came from the Middle of the country decades ago to live here, and I have lived here in this house my entire life.

Now I am doubling back on the path tread by them, the “Okies”, and the Miner 49ers and moving to Ohio. I have my misgivings about My Grandmother is getting on in years and could use our help, and above all the costs of uprooting from the home of 20~ years and moving halfway across the country to a place I scarcely know are less than the costs of staying. Taxes are high, a criminally insane water policy has all but insured drought will strike again, the “law” tried to abolish concealed carry, and I still remember the times when Bernie’s Brownshirts attacked a Trump Rally down the street while two married Jihadists slaughtered a Christmas Party.

This would be the chance where the jokes about the Far Left Coast would come up. But in all due honesty… I feel they’re mostly out of place for me personally. I am NOT blind to California’s innumerable flaws, chief among them the dual facts that it seems committed to being re-annexed by Mexican drug cartels and the fact that it has helped elect every Leftist president we have been cursed with. But the California I knew was generally good to me on the whole. Even with a hideously corrupt school system and government. The neighborhoods were good, The food’s delicious (especially if you know where to look), the climate’s generally above par (though anybody who thinks it shines all the time has never shivered in 30 degree F weather in the middle of Fall of in Santa Clara). And perhaps most surprisingly… almost everybody I have met- and I mean almost everybody- from school on was friendly or neutral. And hard as it may seem, many people know about my political and philosophical beliefs- including in school- and were accepting of it, sans a few individuals (two or three of whom I am proud to say I helped fire).

So on some level I think a part of me will always belong to here, even long after I leave. It is the land of my childhood and nothing I can do will change that. And I suppose I can see why many people might be drawn in by the warm, fuzzy glow of a Leftist, progressive utopia. After all, my life has largely been a demonstration of its’ better sides (to the extent that oxymoron exists).

But even then the underlying rot crept up from the cracks. That was all too obvious from when one of my (married) math Co-Teachers was arrested and dragged off for shagging a student, probably with the knowledge of the Principal.  Even though his wife also worked on the very campus. But more damning was the bitter, encrusted corruption that lies at the top of the school districts and how my parents had to use their legal skill and positions in the PTA to fight a years long, savage battle with a system run by people who will screw over their students- including the disabled- in order to serve themselves. The fact that I was framed for defusing a situation with a history professor blocking the door and physically threatening me was probably the nadir of it. And I think it mirrors the dozens of ways=- from water infrastructure to sanctuary cities to drugs to forest ires- that this dream fails. How it crumbles when even a handful of people with black hearts, greedy natures, avarice, or simple incompetence get high enough on the food chain, and how no amount of resources, Godly mercy, or well intentioned people are around.

I was just one of the ones lucky or blessed enough to not suffer the full consequences. The brilliant VDH has made a long, long series of posts that show a fuller story. It’s well worth reading, just in case you thought you knew everything about Leftist Lunacy.


So, what next for me? I don’t know. But regardless of what happens I do know I can look forward to one thing. Ohio’s a swing state, and we’re moving in time for voter re-registration for the General Election. Which means for whatever I’ve given up, I will have the chance to do something I really never have done before. Cast a vote in the General Election that might make a non-trivial difference. And ultimately, why else was America founded?

In any event, I look forward to getting back in the swing of things.




Posted by Turtler   United States  on 08/17/2016 at 06:14 AM   
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calendar   Tuesday - August 16, 2016

Bigger Red Is Extra Green

Such an act: Keeping up with the Jones

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Hey, this one’s only red on top and on the bottom. Wait, um, never mind.  red face




Crowley Maritime Corp. took delivery Friday of MT West Virginia, the fourth new Jones Act product tanker built for the company by Philly Shipyard, Inc. (PSI). Crowley will christen the West Virginia on Tuesday at a ceremony at Philly Shipyard.

The LNG-ready West Virginia can be converted for propulsion by liquefied natural gas (LNG), joining sister ships Louisiana, Ohio and Texas, which were received by Crowley in 2015 and 2016 as the first-ever tankers to receive the American Bureau of Shipping’s (ABS) LNG-Ready Level 1 approval.

Like its sister ships, West Virginia is 50,000 dead-weight-tons (dwt) and capable of carrying 330,000 barrels of product. The new tankers are based on a Hyundai Mipo Dockyards (HMD) design that incorporates numerous fuel efficiency features, flexible cargo capability and the latest regulatory requirements. The

vessel is 600 feet long and is capable of carrying crude oil or refined petroleum products, as well as various chemical cargoes. Marathon Petroleum Corporation is the charterer.

If converted to run on LNG, then this ship would have practically no carbon footprint. Well, “no footprint” relative to 600’ cargo ships of 50Kdwt. But aside from a sailboat, that’s as clean and green as it gets.

The Jones Act is a 1920 bit of protectionist legislation properly called The Merchant Marine Act of 1920 that says “keep American shipping American”, from the beginning to the end. It’s all about “cabotage”, a most excellent and rare word, that means the exact opposite of “NIMBY”. It’s total “IMBY”: it wouldn’t surprise me to learn that there’s a paragraph in there requiring the steel used has to be mined and refined here, and any wood grown and worked within our borders. Jones Act, Fuck Yeah!

cabotage:  a requirement that all goods transported by water between U.S. ports be carried on U.S.-flag ships, constructed in the United States, owned by U.S. citizens, and crewed by U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents.

Super Patriot John McCain tried to nullify the Jones Act in 2015.

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/16/2016 at 05:13 PM   
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