Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Tuesday's show: New polls shows black support for Trump is up plus other stories

We will look at a new poll that shows support for President Trump going up among blacks .......was Senator Durbin's cynical response related to that?.....we remember the start of the First Gulf War 1991.......the Shah left Iran 1979......we remember Dizzy Dean.....Mickey Mantle & Whitey Ford went into the Hall of Fame 1974.............plus other stories..........

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Tuesday's video: A word about the race card and President Trump

A new poll shows that black support for President Trump is up....my guess is that the US economy has a lot to do with this......3% GDP growth is better than “hope and change” speeches....

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The media may be digging their own ‘s-hole’!

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We are now in day four or five of the “s-hole” crisis. I can’t wait for Day 220, like what we used to watch on Nightline during the Iran hostage crisis.
Thankfully, I am not stuck in any airport and forced to watch a certain network do the s-hole shuffle 24/7.
The media’s reaction to the “s-hole” episode can be divided into two groups:
1. Some journalists immediately went to the race card – i.e., Donald Trump is a racist, as we’ve been saying all along.
2. He does not have the temperament, as we’ve been warning you all along. 
It did not occur to any journalist to ask two simple questions:
1. Did he really say it?  Two senators say he did not.
2. What were Senator Durbin’s motives?  Why would a U.S. senator come out of a private meeting and say something like that?  Did he not take into account the damage such a statement would inflict on the country?  Is it all about being anti-Trump?
And then Congressman John Lewis, who is supposed to be immune from any criticism because he was a civil rights activist, calls President Trump a racist.  Why didn’t someone challenge such an irresponsible assertion?
Well, all of this is having a rough impact on the media’s credibility, as we see in this post:
About 2 in 3 American adults say fabricated news stories cause a great deal of confusion about the basic facts of current affairs, according to a Pew Research Center report last month. 
The survey found that Republicans and Democrats are about equally likely to say that “fake news” leaves Americans deeply confused about current events. 
Despite the concern, more than 8 in 10 feel very or somewhat confident that they can recognize news that is fabricated, the survey found.
As we watch another day of more s-hole panels, it may be worthwhile to remind them to stop digging when you are in an s-hole.
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Money can not buy love but money can buy Jesse Jackson!

April 2006: Vicente Padilla, 3 pitches, 3 home runs!

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How many games have I watched over the years? Quite a few, probably a lot of games. Yet, I have never seen a pitcher give up 3 home runs in 3 consecutive pitches.

Back in 2006, Vicente Padilla had a 4-2 lead after 5 innings. He was pitching great.

First pitch, Swisher hits it out.

Next pitch, Frank Thomas hit a long fly ball to left field.

Third pitch, Milton Bradley hits a line drive to the right field seats.

I have never seen anything like it. I recall many years ago that 6 Twins hit consecutive home runs.

It was a strange day for Vicente Padilla. I don't think that he will forget the moment. 

1961: The Bay of Pigs

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My life changed on April 17, 1961.  It was the Bay of Pigs invasion. Without question, this invasion was the biggest political event of my childhood.

Over the years, both sides have argued about the invasion. The Kennedy apologists blame the CIA. Cuban-Americans blame Kennedy.

On this one, Kennedy let us down. He inspired us during the 1960 election. It was Kennedy who delivered the tough anti-Castro speeches during the debates and the election.     In fact:
"By the time Kennedy took office in January 1961, he had already made serious commitments to the Cuban exiles, promising to oppose communism at every opportunity, and supporting the overthrow of Castro. 
During the campaign, Kennedy had repeatedly accused Eisenhower of not doing enough about Castro.
The Bay of Pigs made the missile crisis possible. It projected the image that Kennedy was weak and indecisive. It probably forced Kennedy to overreact in Vietnam.

Many brave Cubans died at the Bay of Pigs. Castro put thousands in prison because they supported the invasion. Many were executed or spent years in some of the world's worst political prisons.

Let's remember the heroes of Brigade 2506. They were Cubans determined to fight for their country.

James Brady and that awful day that President Reagan was shot

Who doesn't remember the moment when we learned that President Reagan was shot?  I was in Mexico City and got a phone call from my mother saying that President Reagan was shot. I quickly tuned in The Voice of America on short wave and got some of the latest details.
One of those early details was that James Brady, President Reagan’s first Press Secretary, had been fatally wounded. 
Brady was a very popular guy and got along well with the media.
A few years later,  James Brady died at age 73:
“On March 30, 1981, Mr. Brady had originally asked one of his aides to go with the president on a routine assignment to address a gathering of the AFL-CIO at the Hilton Hotel on Connecticut Avenue NW in Washington. Mr. Brady changed his mind at the last minute and joined Reagan.   
After speaking to the union delegates, Reagan and his party made their way out of the hotel and were walking to the presidential limousine when they were fired on about 2:30 p.m. The shooter was John W. Hinckley Jr., a young man who said he hoped the assassination would impress the actress Jodie Foster. 
Outside the Hilton, bystanders, police officers and Secret Service agents wrestled Hinckley to the ground and arrested him. He got off six shots from the .22-caliber Rohm RG-14 revolver, which he had bought at a pawn shop in Dallas for $29.  
Mr. Brady, the first person hit, was struck above the left eye. Reagan was hit by a bullet that ricocheted off the limousine. Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy and Washington police officer Thomas Delahanty were also injured. Brady, Reagan and McCarthy were taken to George Washington University Hospital. Delahanty was taken to Washington Hospital Center, which is now known as MedStar Washington Hospital Center.”
Later, Brady and his wife became active in the gun control movement:
“Nearly 10 years to the day after he was nearly killed by Hinckley, Reagan himself joined the fray, announcing his support for the Brady bill in an op-ed piece in the New York Times.
President Bill Clinton signed the bill into law in 1993.”
We don’t know whether the Brady Bill worked or not. The jury is still out on all of this gun control legislation.  I still do not believe that gun control is the answer. 
However, this is about remembering the man, a good man who was literally in the wrong place at the wrong time. His  life was never the same after the terrible shooting that almost took his life.
RIP James Brady….and thanks for your loyalty to President Reagan.
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The Castro brothers and their millions of dollars

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They tell us that Fulgencio Batista overthrew an elected president and governed a strongman.   In fact, he did.  Yet, he was a little leaguer compared to Castro.  In short, Batista never made the Forbes Top 10, or top 100 or Top Anything of rich dictators.

At this point, it does not matter whether the Castro brothers are worth US$ 1 million or US$ 100 million.    It does not matter either whethere they are the 10th or 20th or 30th richest people in the world.   Let's just say that they are wealthy men.  Let's also say that they did not earn it by working hard or improving anyone's life.

The Castro empire was built on making deals with opportunistic investors and by trading property confiscated years ago.

Batista had money.  The Castro family owns the whole island!

Despite his riches, the Castro regime continues to enjoy a privileged position with the international left.

Despite terrible political prisons, the regune continues to get accolades from Sean Penn and others.

Despite the lack of a free press, they continue to be treated like a "senior statesmen" by many other leaders.

It's time for everyone to call Raul Castro what he is.  Color this man a dictator and stop all of the pretense.

May 2006: The end of "7th heaven"

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For years, our family had watched "7th heaven" on Monday nights.

I liked the show because it was family oriented and did not mock fathers.   Modern TV is silly and anti-father.  It makes fathers look silly, such as "The Simpsons".

The series' last show was a mixed bag. I liked the bit about the twins but Simon's wedding was silly.  I have a hard time believing that you can call off a wedding and still have a nice dance and party afterwards.

Great series but silly ending. On second thought, "7th Heaven" should have ended 2 or 3 years ago!

May 2006: Barry hit # 715th

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In one generation, we have seen two men pass Babe Ruth's fabled 714 home runs. To be honest, I did not think that it would be possible to catch the Babe. How can some average 35 homers over 20 years?

Aaron did it. And now Bonds has done it.

We also saw Pete Rose pass Ty Cobb's 4191 hits. Again, how can some average 200 hits over 20 years. Rose did it from 1963-85. I did not think that anyone would ever come close to Cobb either.

We also saw Nolan Ryan throw 7 no-hitters. He passed Sandy Koufax who had 4. Ryan had his 5th in 1981 and then his 6th in 1990, or 9 years later!   His 7th was in 1991.

So what's the next record to fall?

Let me say for sure that no one will break DiMaggio's 56 game hitting streak.  Pete Rose had 44 and Paul Molitor had 39.

So congratulations to Barry Bonds.

May 2006: Lloyd Bentsen was a good man

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Looking at the archives from May 2006, we are reminded that former Senator Lloyd Bentsen died at age 85.   Like many of his generation, he served in World War II and came home to go into business and politics.

Most people remember Lloyd Bentsen because of the 1988 VP debates. ("I knew John Kennedy, and you are no John Kennedy")

Great line. It will be around forever.

In Texas, Bentsen was known as a good Senator and the last of the old Democrats.  

They don't make Democrats like Bentsen anymore.  

June 2006: Paul McCartney turned 64

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"When I'm sixty four" is from the Sgt. Pepper's LP.   It is the second track on Side 2 of the LP format.   It follows George Harrison's "Within you, without you", which I never understood.  Frankly, it's hard to listen to 5 minutes of George and his sitar.

On June 2006, Paul turned 64.

I remember listening to the song and joking with my brother about Paul being 64 someday. 

Get the album and sing along:
When I get older, losing my hair, many years from now,Will you still be sending me a Valentine,birthday greetings, bottle of wine?
If I'd been out 'till quarter to three,would you lock the door?Will you still need me, will you still feed me,When I'm sixty-four?
You'll be older, too. Aaah, and if you say the word, I could stay with you.
I could be handy, mending a fuse, when your lights have gone.You can knit a sweater by the fireside, sunday mornings, go for a ride.
Doing the garden, digging the weeds, who could ask for more?Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I'm sixty four?
Every summer we can rent a cottage in the Isle of Wight if it's not to dear.
We shall scrimp and save.
Ah, grandchildren on your knee, Vera, Chuck, and Dave.
Send me a postcard, drop me a line stating point of view.Indicate precisely what you mean to say, yours sincerely wasting away.Give me your answer, fill in a form, mine forever more.
Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I'm sixty four?

by John Lennon/Paul McCartney

1974: Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford selected to the Hall of Fame

Two great Yankees were selected to the Hall of Fame on this day in 1974.

Mickey Mantle was one of the great power hitters in history:   .298 career batting average, 536 HR and 1,509 RBI.   He was also a 3-time MVP and played in 12 World Series.   He had a career .421 On Base Average.

Whitey Ford was one of the best leftanders in major league history:  236 wins, 156 complete games and a 2.75 career ERA.   He played in 11 World Series and won 10 games.

Mantle and Ford were part of the great Yankee teams that dominated baseball from 1949-64.   They were great teammates and it was great to see them go into the Hall of Fame together.

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1979: Iran and the day that the Shah left

Iran was in the news for much of 1978 but everything hit the fan in 1979. 

First, the Shah fled and US diplomats were taken hostage later in the year.

We recall today the day that the Shah fled:
"The shah traveled to several countries before entering the United States in October 1979 for medical treatment of his cancer. In Tehran, Islamic militants responded on November 4 by storming the U.S. embassy and taking the staff hostage. With the approval of Khomeini, the militants demanded the return of the shah to Iran to stand trial for his crimes. The United States refused to negotiate, and 52 American hostages were held for 444 days. Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi died in Egypt in July 1980."
The Shah's departure was quite a blow for the US and our interests in the region.   

He was our ally in the region.  He wasn't perfect but did not invade his neighbors or start wars.  

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1991: The First Gulf War

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On this day in 1991, the First Gulf War began.   

It all started when Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in August 1990.    The US, and UN, demanded Iraq's withdrawal but it did not happen.   My guess is that Hussein did not expect that President Bush would send ground troops and kick him out.

In the end, it was a smashing victory and Kuwait was liberated.   

Unfortunately, President Bush lost his re-election in 1992 and President Clinton did not confront Iraq and their constant violations of UN resolutions.   So we had to go back in March 2003.

We remember Dizzy Dean (1910-1974)

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Dizzy Dean was born in Lucas, Arkansas on this day in 1910.      He died in 1974.

Dizzy broke with the Cardinals in 1930 and joined the starting rotation in 1932 winning 18 games with a 3.30 ERA.    

During seven seasons with St. Louis, Dizzy Dean was one of the greatest pitchers of his era:  134 wins, 2.99 ERA, 141 complete games and he also saved 31 games.   

Dean was the NL MVP in 1934 when he won 30 games.  He came in second in 1935 & 1936. 

Due to an injury in 1937, Dean won only 16 games before retiring in 1941.    

Dizzy Dean was elected to The Hall of Fame in 1953.    

Dizzy's Cardinals were also known as "The Gashouse gang" in the 1930's:

March 2006: George Mason before basketball

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George Mason University was the story of March Madness 2006.  They started as a # 11 seed and became the talk of the country.  

Who was George Mason? Let's find out:

"As a leader of the AntiFederalists, his objections led to the first 10 amendments, which were ratified in 1791.
Mason is relatively unknown among the Founders, but his intellect was renowned as one of the finest in the Colonies. 

Fellow Virginian Edmund Randolph added: "He was behind none of the sons of Virginia in knowledge of her history and interest. At a glance, he saw to the bottom of every proposition which affected her."
James Madison praised Mason as "a powerful reasoner, a profound statesman, and a devoted republican."
They named a university after him.   It is a great university and Mr. Mason was a patriot.

Iran and terror: I saw this movie before!

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Some of us are old enough to remember November 4, 1979. 

On that day, the US embassy in Tehran was overrun by Iranian fanatics. 
The crisis lasted 444 days. It was the last straw for the failed Carter presidency.

The War on Terror did not begin on 9-11.   It began the day that we allowed Iran to hold our diplomats hostage and President Carter did nothing about it!

April 2006: The marches did not work!

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Back in 2006, marchers carried Mexican flags and horrific placards.  A week later, they came back with US flags and white shirts.

Indeed, the second march was more positive.

However, did it work? Did it turn public opinion.

The answer is no.   The first impression hurt the march's efforts.

Respect the flag if you march for immigration reform

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As an immigrant, I am very proud of my Cuban heritage. I share it with my family. It is me. It is my background.

At the same time, I love the US as my adopted country. It opened the door to our family many years ago. It gave us a great opportunity. The US is a wonderful and generous country.

The immigration debate is complicated. However, there is no room for idiots mocking the US flag. 

March 30, 1981 when Pres. Reagan was shot!

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On March 30, 1981, I was having lunch in Mexico City with a British friend. We walked back to my office and the phone rang. It was my mother calling from Dallas. She said that Pres. Reagan had been shot

Reagan nearly died. He was clearly affected by the shooting, physically and emotionally.

Lyn Nofziger died a few years ago.   It was Nofziger who reassured a stunned nation that the President was OK and recovering.

Looking back, we remember some great Reagan lines:

"Honey, I forgot to duck'' (The President's words to the First Lady)

''Please tell me you're Republicans.'' (The President greets the surgeons)

Reagan survived and went on to have two very successful terms.

We love you Rush!

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Rush Limbaugh has been the king of talk radio since the late 1980's. 

 His show came to Dallas in 1992 and he is been on top ever since. As someone said, Rush Limbaugh is the soundtrack of mainstream Americans.

Rush is # 1 again. Keep it up! We love you Rush!

April 2006: Most Hispanics did not march!

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Back in April 2006, we had a big march in Dallas. The police estimate was 300-500,000! That's huge. There were other marches across the country.

What about the larger number that stayed home and did not march? In fact, more Hispanics stayed home than showed up at the march!

According to the Pew Hispanic Center:

"...relatively few Hispanics favor increasing the flow of legal immigration from Latin America" 
Beyond Hispanics, are the marchers winning the argument? I don't think so.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Monday's show: The reaction to President Trump & media plus other stories

We will look back the "s-hole" crisis and calling everyone's a racist over political differences.....we remember Super Bowl I...........plus other stories...

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Monday's video: It’s wrong to call Trump a racist

Why are some Democrats calling President Trump a racist? There’s no evidence of this. On the contrary, Mr. Trump has a long record of donating to causes and people like Jesse Jackson.

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Trump is right about the Dems and DACA

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My experience with immigration reform goes back to 2006-7. I remember the marches, McCain-Kennedy, and other efforts over the years.

You can put me down as someone who was willing to legalize some of these individuals on a work visa basis but never a path to citizenship.  I also wanted them to pay a fine and go through a background check here and in their country of origin.
And now we have DACA.

And yes, President Trump is right.  The Dems want the issue rather than a solution.  This is from Fox:
President Trump on Sunday argued again that Democrats and their demands – not him or fellow Republicans in Congress – have throttled negotiations to provide permanent legal protection for young illegal immigrants [sic; should be "illegal aliens" –ed.] and made clear that any such deal also must end the United States' lottery-immigration program.
"DACA is probably dead because the Democrats don't really want it, they just want to talk and take desperately needed money away from our Military," said Trump, in one of several tweets on the issue of immigration reform and on the related Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program.
The president and Congress are attempting to reach a deal on comprehensive immigration reform as part of a federal spending bill that Congress must pass by Friday to avoid a government shutdown.
Again, I agree with President Trump.

The Democrats do not want to negotiate.  They want what they call a "clean bill."  Unfortunately, they don't have the votes to pass such a clean bill.  It's just a lot of hot air.  The Democrats could not deliver on a "clean bill" back in December 2010, when they had 59 votes in the U.S. Senate.

The Democrat leadership has painted itself into a corner.  The Democrats overpromised, knowing they couldn't deliver.  They were hoping President Trump would crack and accept a deal without border security.

So here we are.  President Trump stuck to his guns, and the ball is with the Pelosi-Schumer team.

Let's them shut down the government, as they promised.  I hope that they inform the incumbent Democrat senators in West Virginia, Indiana, Missouri, North Dakota, and Montana of their plans.

The Democrats have confirmed with their actions what I've suspected for quite some time.  They are not serious about fixing DACA or even working with GOP politicians who are willing to negotiate with them.

So I guess it's adiĆ³s, DACA for now!

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March 2006 and the marches that killed immigration reform

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Back in March 2006, there was a lot of support for immigration reform.  Then came the marches and Mexican flags plus the radicals that killed any chance of legislation.

This is a website with lots of pictures from the march!

Enjoy them!

March 2006: What is Che doing in these marches?

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Back in March 2006, some immigration marches brought Che placards to the demonstrations.

My question back them was simple: What did Che have to do with changing immigration laws in the US?    The answer is nothing!
Sorry. These demonstrations failed to generate sympathy from the US public.   In fact, these demonstrations created even more backlash against illegal immigration.

Stop funding the UN

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Jeb Babbin wrote a great book about the UN back in 2004: "Inside the Asylum: Why the United Nations and Old Europe Are Worse Than You Think".

The UN is bad not much has changed.  It is horrible. The UN has turned into a gallery of anti-US and anti-Israel rants.

The US, and other world democracies, should demand more.

The US has a lot of leverage. Without the US funding, the UN offices would be closed for lack of money to pay rent or utilities.

Frankly, I'm tired of the UN.

My prediction is that Philadelphia will play NE in the Super Bowl. And yes the Patriots will win another one!

My prediction is that Philadelphia will play NE in the Super Bowl. And yes the Patriots will win another one!

Chilly night and thinking of baseball and Opening day

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It's a chilly night so let me look ahead to spring and baseball.

Opening Day should be a national holiday. I'm not suggesting that we shut down the post office and the banks.   It should be a national holiday for baseball fans.

Before working for myself, I would always take a personal day on opening day.   I recall doing this in Baltimore. My boss was also an Oriole fan so he understood that opening day was good for my self esteem and productivity. He would rather have me at the ballpark than sneaking a TV in my office.

My favorite opening day memory is April 7, 1970, the day that baseball returned to Milwaukee. We spent the entire month of March anticipating that the Seattle Pilots would move to Milwaukee.

The Pilots moved a few days before opening day. Within hours, the team printed tickets, a program and got the uniforms ready. I can still recall lining up with my school friends to buy tickets and joining some 37,000 at County Stadium.

Well, winter nights always make you think of opening day, or 90 days down the road.

Opening day in 2006: Great reception for Pres. Bush in Cincinnati

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Ohio's suburbs and rural counties went big for Bush in 2000 and 2004. It was one of the key factors in his election and reelection.

Back in 2006, Pres. Bush threw the first pitch of the Reds' season. It was great and he got a wonderful reception.

It was 20 years ago...........

Chelsea Manning?

A word about DACA from Professor VD Hanson

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We've heard a lot about the "dreamers".   This is what Professor VD Hanson wrote about it:    
Democrats are so focused on the 800,000 Dreamers — less than 10% of the undocumented population — because they’re politically photogenic and for now seen as the easiest group to exempt from efforts to control illegal immigration. 
In blanket fashion, the media consistently report that they are model youth, fulfilling their proverbial “dreams” of finishing college and achieving upward mobility.      
That narrative lacks subtlety, if it’s not outright deceptive. The average age of DACA participants is now 24. 
Few after entering adulthood sought to address their known illegal status. 
Surveys suggest that most are not in school; fewer than 5% have graduated from college. 
Those employed earn a median hourly wage of $15.34, which means they are forced to compete on the lower end of the wage ladder. 
Only about a tenth of 1% of DACA youth serve in the U.S. military — fewer than 900 total.     
Nevertheless, I'm willing to give some them an opportunity to stay in the US but with a few conditions:    No path to citizenship, no chain migration and a clean criminal record.




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