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Why Democrats Are Going Down

Bookmark and Share    President Obama rose to power on a wave of enthusiasm and popularity that was based on a vision for America that would transform us from being a war weary, economically troubled nation, into one that would be an economic powerhouse at peace with the world and ready to provide a chicken in every pot and car in every garage.

Problem is that almost two years later, the economy has worsened, unemployment has risen, the world is far from being a more peaceful place and his attempts to put a chicken in every pot with socialist style healthcare and a car in every garage with Cash-For-Clunkers have fallen short of living up to the promise that many saw in candidate Obama.

President Obama’s plan for delivering hope and change was based on nothing but one single approach……spending. The President’s answer to everything has simply been to spend. His answer to high unemployment was to spend little more than $250,000 per new job created……temporary and unsustainable jobs. Jobs that don’t even pay an eighth of the amount it cost taxpayers to create. His answer to saving the environment from carbon emissions was to spend money by giving Americans thousands of dollars for cars that were in many cases only worth hundreds of dollars. His answer to making healthcare more affordable was to have the federal government take control of it at a cost that is now projected to be well over a trillion dollars with an additional $10 to $20 billion in administrative costs to implement Obamacare over the next ten years and with $105 billion over the same 10 year period for Congress to fund discretionary programs in the overhaul.

In the meantime, his promise to get unemployment below a still staggering 8.0% has failed to materialize, the American auto industry is still struggling along with banks, and big and small businesses alike. And through it all, the only concrete results of the Obama Administration to date is a quadrupling of the national debt and a richer and happier China that owns most of our debt.

And while the Chinese celebrate and develop a new generation of fighters that could make our aircraft carriers and battleships obsolete, President Obama has done nothing to keep us safe from nuclear proliferation in the Mid East and on the Korean Peninsula. But he did scrap our promised non-offensive missile defense shield in Europe before the Polish Prime Minister was killed in a plane crash. That new window of opportunity for potential threats to fly through, certainly did not make the world safer for us, our allies or our interests, but so long as it is what the Russians and Iranian’s wanted, who cares right? I mean after all, didn’t President Obama promise to make our enemies in the world love us? How’s that been going for us? Have you noticed the friendlier tone of the explosives that terrorists are using these days or the warm and fuzzy feel good tone of Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad?

With consumer confidence at one of its lowest points in years, unemployment is at it highest since the 80’s, Wall Street is bouncing up and down in uncontrollable spasms of brief glimpses of optimism and long durations of fear, and the world is at greater risk from the nuclear ambitions and muscle flexing of North Korea and Iran, it is no wonder why the President’s base, his ardent liberal followers and cheerleaders, are jumping ship and even taking shots at him. After nearly year two years of an aggressive “Blame Bush” policy, and no credit of his own to lay claim to, Democrats are finding it necessary to not just run from the Obama agenda and its creators but they are beginning to have to show voters that they are opposing their President. Smart move when you consider that last year, all of the candidates that President Obama campaigned for, from Virginia to New Jersey and even Massachusetts, lost…..big time.

The situation is an extremely sad one for Americans. For all the freshness and change that Americans saw in then Senator Obama in 2008, in 2010 he is about as fresh as rotten eggs and for all his reforms, there is so little actual change that it  has left an already cynical electorate feeling duped and even more cynical than they were before.

Include also the fact that despite being our first multi-racial President, racial tensions are on the rise with groups like the New Black Panthers threatening to kill white babies and the NAACP crying racism for every single disagreement on any single issue. The Obama Administration has even inspired tens of millions Americans into activism in the cause of political revolution, one that the left tries to write off as a race based revolution.

At the moment President Obama’s presidency is exemplified by the BP oil disaster in the Gulf. His Administration seems like a broken pipe that has money flowing out of it uncontrollably while he sits and waits for something to happen that will fix the deficit, the out of control unemployment rate and shrinking economy. It seems that much like the way he handled the Gulf oil disaster, he is handling everything else, from the economy, to foreign affairs, all the same way……helplessly,  much like Jimmy Carter in the late 70’s when Iran took Americans Hostage for 444 days.

The failures of President Obama and his inability to live up to the messianic image and expectations that his presidential campaign created, now puts him and his Party in dire straights. But that fault is not President Obama’s alone. All of the most controversial issues of the past year and a half were settled along strictly partisan lines. And to achieve these Party lines votes, the American people saw a process led by Democrats that illustrated all that we despise about politics. They saw legislators bribe each other with pork barrel, deficit spending and back room deals that cut out the loyal opposition from having any legitimate input. They saw attempts to escape responsibility for passage of controversial legislation by trying to simply “deem” bills passed,  rather than actually having a recorded vote. Voters saw Democrats pass legislation along partisan lines without even reading the bills they voted on.

The last year and a half has been ugly indeed. Marred with blunders, indecision, and scandals and through it all, Democrats stood quietly by and accepted it. They followed their leader and held the Party line. Unfortunately for them though, that line is attached to sinking fortunes.

As the midterm elections approach, Democrats are about to implode and our President is about to encounter one of the most embarrassing elections since Walter Mondale walked away with a win in only one state against Ronald Reagan in 1984.

This is because, as I said, Democrats have tied their fortunes to the President and now they find that it is too late to cut the cord and distance themselves from him. And the reasons for the die being cast by President Obama are simple.

He has failed to inspire us. His speeches are dull and preaching what seems to be a professorial elitism of a distant philosophy that is detached from reality. He has lost our faith and trust as exemplified in recent polls conducted by your more pro-Obama media outlets and by the dramatic number of people who feel our government is headed in the wrong direction. His handling of the Gulf oil disaster has shown him to be indecisive and his constant blaming of all that he fails to succeed at on George Bush has people believing that President Obama is unwilling to take responsibility for his own presidency. This has all helped create a lack of confidence in the leadership being provided by him and his Party.

On foreign affairs and national security, President Obama has done nothing but apologize for America and back down to our adversaries as demonstrated in the case with a missile defense system in Poland that was meant to  insure our allies security in the face of possible Russian aggression, and a lack of an aggressive stand against the nuclear ambitions of Iran and North Korea. Then there was the stand in support of Hugo Chavez’s ousted Marxists friend in Honduras, who was constitutionally removed from office, and the returning of the bust of the highly respected hero, Winston Churchill, to the British.  All of these recorded instances help to create the impression that America’s foreign policy is upside down and bass ackwards. The Obama foreign affairs policy of appeasement and strategic blunders has actually weakened America’s standing in the world and has been uninspiring at home and abroad.

All of this has had nothing but a demoralizing effect on America and our allies. Over 18 months into the Obama presidency and Americans not only know that they are no better now than they were before he took office.  Instead  they understand that with a bigger government, a quadrupled debt, a stagnant economy and enemies emboldened by our timidity, we are in fact much worse off than we were 18 months ago.

Americans can be patient people. They are willing to give our leaders a chance, but we begin to lose our patience when we see that we are taking three or four steps back for every one step forward that we might be taking. And that is exactly where we are at now, with little more than ten weeks to go before the midterm elections.

And it should be noted that with only that much time to go before November, time is not on the side of the Democrats.

The typical bulk of all campaigning takes place between Labor Day and Election Day. In this election cycle, Labor Day comes late, September 6th. And Election day falls on November 2nd, the first rather than the second week of November . That makes for the shortest possible general election cycle their could be . That in turn means that even if Democrats can begin to turn their fortunes around, they will have little time to catch up to, and then surpass Republicans, who have the wind behind their backs.

This seemingly insignificant amount of time that the traditional campaign season will lack, can make all the difference in an election. As University of Virginia Professor and political pundit par excellence notes, in 1968, if Hubert Humphrey had just one more week in that condensed election cycle, it is more than likely that he would have caught up to and passed Richard Nixon.

So all things considered, the future is not looking good for liberalism and its Democratic home in America. But considering all the reasons why, it is quite understandable.

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Ronald Reagan’s Birthday; Will We Ever Again Have The Right Person At The Right Time?

Bookmark and Share    Today is the 99th birthday of President Ronald Reagan.

Back in 1980, Ronald Reagan took a nation that was held hostage by Islamic extremists, an economy racked with double digit inflation and double digit unemployment, and brought it back from the brink of collapse. With misery indexes, inflation, stagflation, a shrinking economy, a tattered military and the “days of malaise” brought about by a liberal President and liberal controlled Congress, Ronald Reagan took the reigns of power and in a few short years, turned it all around.

The Reagan presidency lifted our will and spirit, he brought about a rebirth in the entrepreneurial spirit, grew the economy, rebuilt our military, stood up to our enemies, and looked the Russians in the eye and made them blink. His stewardship of our nation spurred on the tearing down of the Berlin Wall, the reunification of Germany, the collapse of the Soviet Union, the lifting of the communist cloud that hung over Eastern Europe and won the Cold War.

At home he stood up against overregulation and unions that held us hostage to their demands. He made us confident and made being an American something to boast about again.

Today as we try to spend our way out of a depressed economy, create unsustainable employment opportunities, grow the size of government by inventing new positions for unaccountable and unelected Czars and try to have the federal government control every aspect of our lives, we are experiencing a return to the days of malaise.

As I have indicated in the past, the presidency of Barack Obama is the second coming of the Carter Administration…..or in this case, the second term of President Jimmy Carter.

While Jimmy Obama or Barack Carter does all that Ronald Reagan had to once save us from, today, on Reagan’s 99th birthday, we can’t help but ask ourselves who will save us from repeating history and from reinventing the misery index? Who will stop the hemorrhaging of trillions of dollars into unsustainable government programs and government jobs? Today we ask ourselves, who will be the next right person to come along at the right time and restore our nation to that shining city on the hill that Ronald Reagan so gloriously spoke about?

Though not perfect, Ronald Reagan was that person in the 80’s, but who will it be in the second decade of the 21st century.?

Ronald Reagan was one of a kind and so one should not try to remodel themselves or morph themselves into Ronald Reagan. He was right for his time. But we are in new times. We confront new challenges and to deal with them we must have contemporary leaders who face our contemporary problems. So although we should not try to seek out a second Reagan, the next generation of American leaders will still benefit greatly by heeding some of the lessons that Reagan taught us and applying them to today‘s problems .

He made us understand that we can never back down from challenges and that we can’t just go along to get a long. He made hundreds of millions realize that you can’t make the poor rich by making the rich poor and he taught us that our nation’s strength lies not in its government but in its people.

If the next generation of American leaders holds true to those lessons, one of them will emerge as the right person at the right time to lead us and bring us back from the Barack Carter brink that we are teetering on.

Thank you President Reagan and Happy Birthday.

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Maneuvering Through Minnesota Politics

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Bookmark and Share   Democrats are maneuvering their way to a filibuster proof majority in the U.S. Senate.

Despite ballot counting irregularities that are still being reviewed by the Minnesota courts, liberal Democrat Al Franken maintains a slim plurality of votes over moderate Republican incumbent Senator Norm Coleman.

The process that afforded Franken this lead is quite questionable and it is why the results continue to be reviewed by the courts.

Although initial returns had Coleman leading Franken, many of the votes which turned things around were found days after the election and some of them were even counted twice.

In one case involving a heavily democratic precinct, 100 votes were discovered days after the election. They were all for Al Franken and according to the time stamp of the voting machine, they were all cast on November 3rd.

The election was held on November 4th.

Most recently, attorneys for Senator Norm Coleman were trying to insure that a few thousand contested ballots were allowed to be included in the vote tally.

For innocuous reasons these ballots were not included in subsequent counts. One blind man who signed his name on the wrong line appeared in court and swore to the fact that he did sign the ballot, that he voted for Norm Coleman and that he wanted his vote to be counted.

Just a few days ago, a three judge panel finally rejected the thought of counting these ballots.

But Coleman’s attorneys have also been arguing the fact that the recount process must accept one set of standards for the entire state. One disturbing part of the recount process has been the fact that less stringent standards were being applied to the counting of ballots in heavily Democratic districts than in Republican districts. Such a random application of standards allowed the same absentee ballot that had a signature in the wrong place to be counted for Franken but not for Coleman. It is a similar argument that was debated during the presidential election crisis of 2000.

All of these irregularities warrant legal scrutiny. It provides a rationale for Senator Coleman to continue contesting the election and taking advantage of every available avenue of legal recourse.

That means he can appeal some of the more questionable decisions regarding ballot counting procedures and irregularities to the Minnesota State Supreme Court and ultimately the United States Supreme Court.

According to Minnesota state law, no election can be certified until all legal challenges have been exhausted. That means Minnesota is left with only one senator representing them at this point in time. It also means that it could be a few more months before they finally have two senators.

But Democrats are foaming at the mouth to seat Al Franken now.

Their leader, Harry Reid, even thought about how he could find a way to seat Franken without certification by the state of Minnesota.

Now, they are trying to intimidate Senator Coleman into dropping his right to appeal some of the questionable judicial rulings made in this case.

They have come out and essentially told Norm Coleman that if he wins, they will make sure that he suffers. They are trying to convince him that he will be better off losing than winning.

Democrats are planning to drag Coleman through the mud if the election results do not go their way. They promise to bring legal and ethics charges against him. In one instance, since the election has taken place, they claim that a businessman with ties to the oil industry funneled $75,000 to Coleman’s wife.

Last month, Democrat campaign operatives even recruited a politically connected, liberal, former associate of that same businessman to repeat that same allegation in a separate civil court deposition.

On top of that, the partisan Minnesota Democratic-Farm-Labor Party has joined the battle against Coleman by filing charges with the Federal Election Commission claiming that he accepted soft money for his campaign.

But the liberal manipulation doesn’t stop there.

Another liberal front group, that hides their purpose behind a deceiving name, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, has filed charges with the senate ethics committee, claiming that Coleman breaks ethical guidelines by renting an apartment in Washington for $600. a month from a fellow Minnesotan who is a donor to his campaign.

Since the election, Coleman has become the most corrupt political figure in the world.

Since the election, Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has orchestrated a new campaign that would have you believe that Norm Coleman belongs in the same prison cell as New Jersey’s ex governor Jim McGreevey, New York’s ex governor Elliot Spitzer and Illinois’ former Governor Rod Blagojevich.

Some Democrat operatives have come right out and said that Coleman would be better off if he gave up and got out.

This is not democracy in action, this is an episode of the Soprano’s without a scene of the body being cut up in the back room of Satriales butcher shop. It is intimidation.

It is also a part of politics and a shame.

However, innocence has a way of revealing itself, and the trumped up charges created to deter Norm Coleman from contesting the questionable election results will eventually be seen for what they are. Hopefully, Norm Coleman will see this through to the end.

Hopefully, Coleman will continue to challenge the rulings which denied thousands of ballots to be counted.

But if he doesn’t or if he does and the final results do certify comedian Al Franken as the winner, what will Minnesotans be getting?

Apparently they will be getting a liberal extremist with a host of his own ethical breaches and illegal conduct. You see, Obama cabinet officials are not the only ones with an inability and unwillingness to pay taxes. Al Franken failed to pay some of his own.

Before his senate campaign, he neglected to pay the fees on workers compensation and other taxes for employees of his own corporation, called AFI, in 18 different states. But as we all know, cheating on your taxes is becoming a prerequisite for the new administration and the new congressional majority.

Losing the moderate leadership of Norm Coleman in the U.S. Senate would be a shame. Especially to the likes of a radical like Franken. It would also be incentive for Minnesota liberals to continue their despicable political tactics.

These are the same people who tried to defeat Norm Coleman in his first race for the senate by turning the funeral of his opponent into a campaign rally.

These people will sink to any level in their plight for power and they are doing so again. Hopefully their conduct will not be rewarded.

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ARE MINNESOTANS GETTING A LUMP OF COAL FOR CHRISTMAS?

As many call a truce in political negativity for the Christmas holiday, some politicians and political wannabes wont be focusing on Santa or practicing any piety over the birth of Christ.

No,……. I am not talking about atheists.

Whatever they believe or do not believe is their business, not mine, and as long as they do not try to stifle my celebration of the holiday, their not celebrating it doesn’t bother me.

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That is their business, not mine.

I am referring to a group of organized political mobsters who unlike Santa are not stuffing any gifts in any stockings or under Christmas trees. No, these organized criminals are stuffing ballots and playing the role of the Grinch.

Up north, in cold and snowy Minnesota, almost seven weeks after Election Day, Minnesotans are still counting ballots.

Folks in Minnesota are not especially slow or particularly uneducated. They know how to count. Its just that every time Board of Election officials finish counting a district or town, Democrats supporting ultra, leftwing, liberal, lunatic, comedian Al Franken for the United States Senate, keep finding more ballots that election officials seem to have missed. They either misplaced them, or forgot to bring them in the counting room, or just plain didn’t count some machines.

The sudden appearance of this continuous stream of ballots out of nowhere is hindering the process. It’s understandable. I mean after all, once you think you finished tallying up the votes in one district and find out that incumbent Republican Senator Norm Coleman won it by 115 votes, you would assume that it was over in that district.

No not in Minnesota.

In Minnesota just as one district is done and they move on to the next, new ballots from the town that they just completed pop up, out of nowhere. Even more surprising is the fact that all of the votes that mysteriously appear happen to be for Al Franken and it just so happens that the number of newly found Franken votes is just slightly more than the plurality of votes that Coleman previously won by.

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Comedian Turned Liberal Leader, Al Franken

Hmmm……that is really funny, you might even say miraculous. I mean it makes you kind of expect a burning bush to appear and communicate the final vote, which Al Franken will no doubt win.

But day after day, these miracle ballots appear. Most of them, if not all of them are found by Democrat officials. In one case 100 votes on one voting booth in a heavily Democrat town were discovered. All of the 100 votes were for Al Franken and even more odd was the fact that the time stamp on each of the 100 votes  reads November 2nd, 2008.

Election Day was November 4th, 2008.

Whoa,…….. now hold on here. Now its getting spooky.

I mean this is almost as miraculous as the Virgin Mary giving birth.

Maybe this guy Franken really is special. Maybe he is the “chosen one” who will walk on water, split the waters of Lake Michigan and Lake Superior and transform mankind.

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Al Franken

Or maybe this guy Franken is simply as freakish as Frankenstein.

The circumstances surrounding the astonishing finding of votes, that are all for him, is  funny. Much more funny than any of Franken’s offbeat humor and comedic routines.

I can’t wait for Saturday Night Live to do a segment on this situation.

That could be a truly hysterical skit. I could just see SNL cast members portraying blind election board officials counting ballots as liberal Democrat operatives keep passing them the same ballot over and over again and declaring it for Al Franken each time.

SNL scriptwriters could have a field day writing that segment. It would really be funny. Unfortunately the reality of the situation is not funny. It is sad. Sad but true.

Liberal Democrat operatives are stuffing ballots. They are counting illegitimate votes for Al Franken that they would never consider to be legitimate for Norm Coleman if the circumstances were reversed.

But true to form, liberal hypocrisy aboundsantalfrankenforsenatej. Hypocrisy reigns supreme in liberal la la land. These are the people who try to combat discrimination by implementing forms of discrimination.

They are the people who want everyone to pay their fair share, but refuse to pay it themselves.

They sit in private jets writing press releases that denounce some for speeding up global warming by driving an S.U.V. without thinking twice about how much more damaging their flight is than any S.U.V..

Liberalism is rooted in hypocrisy. So it should not surprise anyone to know that Democrats accept a lower standard for themselves than they do for Republicans. Just like Florida in the election fiasco of 2000 when Democrats wanted a higher standard for approving vote counts in some districts than in others. In 2000 they wanted higher standards in counties that Bush won and lower standards in counties that Gore won.

Then they decided that they didn’t want all disputed votes reevaluated and recounted, only some votes.

Let’s face it folks. Democrats are now in control. Total control. From the White House to the U.S house and the senate.

Minnesota Republican Senator Norm Coleman

Minnesota Republican Senator Norm Coleman

If Coleman wins this thing it will really be a miracle.

The way I see it, even if Minnesota’s liberal Democrat Secretary of State certifies Norm Coleman as the winner, the Democrat led Senate may refuse to seat him. Under senate rules, that is something they can do. It happened as recently as 1974 when in New Hampshire a Republican won a close election and despite certification of that victory, by the state of New Hampshire, the U.S. Senate called for a new election.

Democrats in the House of Representatives did the same thing with a close election in Indiana. Here again the Republican won. The state certified the Republican winner but Democrats refused to seat him. They ordered a recount and the Republican won again but by an even larger margin than before. Democrats still refused to seat the Republican winner. House democrats conducted their own recount, with their own standards and declared the losing democrat, the winner.

This stuff didn’t happen in the “old days”. It happened during the most recent past decades. And liberals haven’t changed very much in that time. If anything their hypocrisy has increased over time.

So it doesn’t look good for Norm Coleman.

Even if a preponderance of legitimate votes for him overcomes a preponderance of illegitimate ballots for Franken, liberal senate leader Harry Reid and his henchmen will probably ignore it and refuse to seat Coleman.

Senate Leader Harry Reid

Senate Leader Harry Reid

It may not get that far anyway. Minnesota liberals are pretty ruthless. They will probably spend Christmas falsifying any piece of paper that isn’t wrapped around a Christmas gift and submit it to blind Board of Election officials who will count it as a vote for Al Franken.

You have to remember that these are the same liberal Democrats who ,six years ago,  did everything they could to prevent Norm Coleman from winning the first time he ran for the Minnesota senate seat.

Back then he was running against incumbent, liberal, firebrand, Paul Wellstone.

Deceased Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone

Deceased Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone

As popular as Wellstone was, the race between him and Coleman was tightening up. Then suddenly in a truly horrific and tragically sad turn of events, while campaigning, the plane carrying Wellstone, one of his sons and a campaign worker crashed and killed them along with the pilot of the plane.

As tragic as it was, Minnesota Democrats pulled out another corpse, Jimmy Carter’s vice stooge and a former landslide-losing, Democrat nominee for President in his own right, Walter Mondale. They asked him to fill the vacancy and become the Democrat nominee for U.S. Senate in Wellstone’s place. He accepted and Democrats held a nationally televised memorial service for the senator.

As sad as the the occasion was, with the body of Senator Wellstone, his son and campaign associate still warm, Minnesota liberals launched Walter Mondale’s campaign to replace Wellstone in a spectacle as raucous and celebratory as the Democrat’s national convention.

Filled with music and cheerleading speeches, the event only lacked the traditional balloon drop.

Walter Mondale

Walter Mondale

The blatant disrespect for Senator Wellstone and the astonishing exploitation of his death actually ended up hurting more than it helped. Even non-activist, left leaning, Minnesota voters were appalled by the political spectacle.

It wound up making history. Up till then, Walter Mondale never lost a statewide election in Minnesota. In fact even when Mondale embarrassed himself and Democrats in his landslide loss for President against Ronald Reagan, Minnesota was the only state in the union to still vote for Mondale.

Well after turning the somber funeral of a sitting senator into a boisterous campaign rally, even Minnesota rejected Walter Mondale.

Liberals in Minnesota are still feeling the sting of that debacle. Walter Mondale won’t even show his face anymore and others are still bitter. That is why you can bank on their not spending this Christmas celebrating. They will spend it stealing. Stealing an election that they were not able to steal six years ago.

This Christmas, Minnesota Democrats have no visions of sugarplums dancing in their heads, they have visions of ballots falling from the heavens. Ballots that are all marked in support of Al Franken.

So tonight, don’t be surprised if Santa is a little late to your house. Democrats will be forcing him to stuff ballots instead of stockings at Minnesota’s State Board of Elections headquarters.

If they are successful, all that the voters of Minnesota will find in their carefully hung stockings tomorrow morning will be a couple of lumps of coal.

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Just before Christmas, there was an honest politician, a kind lawyer and Santa Claus traveling in the elevator of a very posh hotel.

 

Just before the doors opened they all noticed a five dollar bill on the floor.

 

Which one picked it up??

 

 

Santa of course, the other two don’t exist!

 

 

 

 

 

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