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When The Trump Surrogate (National Spokesperson) Is Incompetent

In . Trump national spokesperson, CNN, GOP 2016, RNC, Trump campaign, Trumpism, Wolf Blitzer, Your GOP on August 2, 2016 at 11:10 PM

American Hero
Humayun Khan (Soldier)

Capt. Humayun Khan, 27, died in 2004 after a vehicle packed with an improvised explosive device drove into the gate of his compound while he was inspecting soldiers on guard duty. New York Daily News
BornSeptember 9, 1976, United Arab Emirates
DiedJune 8, 2004, Baqubah, Iraq


You know the story of Mr. Khan and the story of his father and mo0ther since the Democratic Party Convention. We won’t spend minutes on video patriarch Khan’s initial convention speech and the many subsequent appearances on every cable network in America.  In some cases, he has appeared on multiple days with increasingly dire messages regarding Donald Trump. All video is readily locatable via a simple Google search.

The purpose of this piece is to highlight the utter ridiculousness of the Trump campaign. Well, you say we do that rather consistently of late. Of course, but today we are going to focus on the campaign’s flagship cable news talking head (predominate a CNN booking talking head): Katrina Pierson. We are focusing on Pierson because she seems to embody the most incompetent of all Trump campaign staff.  
Pierson’s background is that of a Texas Tea Party operative who obviously also has a reputation of “running her mouth.” She also has a background in the archives of the Texas criminal system for (1997). Shoplifting while accompanied by her young son. Thus, judgment was, and is not, a trait that we can comfortably assign to Pierson. Moreover, her penchant for literally spewing random inane and incoherent statements shines another light on Trump’s chief national spokesperson.

As a spokesperson person fails miserably.  Granted, Pierson operates well within the campaigns and the GOP behind the scenes strategies in working to recover every verbal ball Trump dumps on his supporters. Yet, she often also fails to fully understand the intricacies and nuances imbued in  (daily) “circle the wagons around Trump” strategies. Example.  It is obvious to any who follows news or current events must now know the GOP/RNC and Trump campaign had decided to respond to any questions about the Khan family with deflective remarks about President Obama and his former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  Strategy is strategy and it is critical to any political campaign. We should wonder why the campaign would advance a motor-mouth campaign spokesperson who doesn’t understand the deep basis for the strategy? 

If the strategy is to blame Obama and Clinton for the Kahn family death while serving our nation, failing to loop timing into the strategy is only possible via the less competent of surrogates. Pierson is certainly a less competent national campaign spokesperson.

On CNN’s The Situation Room, Wolf Blitzer seemed to question Pierson into a confused knot and yes, her incompetence and a lack of knowledge failed in closing the surrogate loop. She flat out stated the Obama’s and Hillary Clinton “rules of engagement” changes led to the death of Captain Khan. Problem? Well, watch the segment and then I will share the problem if you do not already recognize her inept surrogacy.\

“But surely you can understand the confusion, considering how Donald Trump never voted for the Iraq War, Hillary Clinton did,” Pierson said. “Then she didn’t support the troops to have what they need. It was under Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton that changed the rules of engagements that probably cost his life! So I don’t understand why it’s so hard to understand why Donald Trump was confused.”
There is a very obvious problem with this, of course: Khan was killed by a car bomb all the way back in 2004. During that time, Clinton was a senator for New York and Obama wasn’t even a senator yet.

The brief bio at the top of this pages lists Captain Khan death as having taken place in 2004.  If you are into there yet, I ask you to think about when Senator Barack Obama won election as the nation’s 44th President and when  he appointed Hillary Hillary Clinton as his Secretary of State.  Does the year 2008 and 2009 come to mind?


CNN Broadcast Their Chief Racist (No Host Intervention)

In Black People Are 'Prone To Criminality', CNN, former NYC cop, Harry Houck, Marc Lamont Hill, STOP & FRISK on July 12, 2016 at 11:01 AM

CNN has again entertained their conservative viewers with the most racists media contributor allowed on US airways. Harry Houck, former NYC cop, has well surpassed Pat Buchanan is an overt racist who should be denied opportunity to spew unqualified data to support his racism. We have captured and posted the CNN segment below. As you listen to Houck, try to retain the thought he quotes data which may have been influenced by “Stop and Frisk” policies which target blacks and Latinos. 


A non-bound show host would have requested more about the data Houck spewed. A real journalist (VS a host from a popular and elitists NYC family)  would have asked not only about the genesis of the data, they would have referenced the data with “stop & frisk” as a dark cloud over NYC police enforcement. By default and due to a lack of journalistic acumen Chris Cuomo facilitated Houck’s racism.


“In New York City alone, blacks are 23 percent [of the population],” he said. “They make up 75 percent of all shootings, 70 percent of all robberies, 60 percent of all violent crimes. White only 3 percent. That is why there are more blacks in jail than there are whites.” 
After some back and forth, CNN commentator and former HuffPost Live host Marc Lamont Hill weighed in, “Harry just went on national TV and said black people are prone to criminality.” 
“Well, they are.” Houck said. 
“You think black people are prone to criminality?” Hill asked. “You don’t mean to say that. I’m going to give you a chance to correct [yourself]. You don’t mean that black people are prone to criminality.” 
“The statistics here show this,” Houck fired back, pointing at his sheet of statistics. “What does this say?”

Houck has a history with CNN that seems to unfold when CNN needs an arch conservative (apparent racist) for comment.  In October 2015, we published this piece with Houck rationalizing cop abuse.  CNN found another opportunity to expose its conservative audience to Houck in December 2015. In February of this year, Houck was again booked on a CNN segment as the lone voice of that portion of the white America which feeds off social regressivism: Beyonce tour

Crooks & Liars also published a piece with a bit more detail with a closing remark which is the bottom-line on Houck. He should be closed out of US media. He is without question a racist and he is the product of a corrupt law enforce community which for decades abused minorities. Houck was again allowed on CNN to spew data without any qualifying of the data as being that of a police dept. which target black and Latino men.

CNN’s Harry Houck Claims Black People Are ‘Prone To Criminality’

CNN started the day with a feverish argument, thanks largely to their guest, the inflammatory ex-police officer, Harry Houck. Marc LaMont Hill, a regular pundit, a professor at Moorhouse College and reasonable person whenever Houck appears on CNN, first clarifies the problem. HILL: I think we have to reject the ninety-nine percent of cops are good…


The Daily GOP Ignominious: Trumps’ "You’re Fired" Campaign Manager (Quick Hit)

In CNN, Lewandowski, Trump, Trup elitism, Your GOP on June 27, 2016 at 11:23 AM

…..and new CNN employee.  What you are about to see and hear, if you have time, is the classic exhibition of Trump elitism accompanied by overt indifference to American citizens. Most US citizens can not afford travel to Britain (Europe) yet the new CNN employee rationalizes Trump’;s ignorant comments on BREXIT as follows.

Trump shame

Trump Surrogacy When Not Allowed To Speak Or Incompetent?

In CNN, Healy Baumgardner Donald Trump's senior press representative, Kim Jong Un on May 21, 2016 at 1:12 PM

…Or both….

A Senior press person who obviously has her job for reason other than competency. Remember, these people go the the Withe House with a Trump win this fall.

Twitter Ruthlessly Mocks Trump Spokeswoman: ‘It’s Like A SNL Skit!’

CNN viewers slammed Donald Trump’s senior press representative, Healy Baumgardner, on Wednesday for a robotic interview that was instantly compared to a skit on Saturday Night Live. During a segment about Trump’s pledge to speak with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un, CNN host Carol Costello asked Baumgardner what the candidate meant when he praised the…


Special Post: Democrat Party Ignominious Weekend In Vegas

In Andrea Mitchell, Chris Matthews, CNN, DEM Weekend embarrassment, Democrat Party Nevada Conference, Rachel Maddow, Wassermann-Schultz on May 18, 2016 at 4:39 PM

Let’s take a run (video run) through last weekend’s Nevada Democrat Conference Circus. Ugly behavior was the color of the day last Saturday. It is amazing only a few months back we saw similar from the emergence of Donald Trump, and as we look further back, think about Ron Paul’s supporters and their disruptions of events.
The Saturday event included uncommon levels of public exhibitions of childishness, physical altercations, shouted down speakers, and very child-like chaulking of the Democrat Party office building wall. Moreover, a leading state party officials, Democratic State Party Chairwoman Roberta Lange, has received physical threats.

What you are about to see is well outside the realm of rational and it seems to indicate a deep level of dangerous childishness.


Mediaite and many additional social media sources, as well as all television new outlets, have published or broadcast regarding the breakdown of civility. Mediaite’s piece is important because it includes cogent and poignant comments from CNN’s nascent CNN political director David Chalian

Real Clear Politics ran a piece focused on the actions of a Sander’s campaign official who spoke openly about defying the Democrat party process.

Well, when your boss goes here what is a campaign official to do?

If you have been ion a space capsule, or if you so hate current event news you avoid any television network which might show video of last weekend’s political discord, you should check out the following MSNBC segment. Andre Mithcell interviewed the fell 500 shy of seating available delegates seats.

Democratic State Party Chairwoman Roberta Lange

Andrea Mitchell and Nevada Party Chair Lange

Lange also sat for an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews.  The segment is ten minutes plus in duration; worthy of skipping through the various pundit opinions. 


NV Dem Chair speaks out about threats, violence

Nevada Democratic Party Chair Roberta Lange talks to Chris Matthews and Joy Reid about Saturday’s convention that escalated into chaos.

Rachel Maddow  hosted the final MSNBC segment which  included a Las Vegas print media progressive writer and a Sander’s supporter (who claimed innocence on all matters this past weekend).

While I often criticize the DNC Chair, Debbie Wassermann-Schultz, she has addressed the weekend embarrassment.  I actually think there is no good answer for what took place in Las Vegas.
The Slot published an intriguing piece regarding their calls to people who actually took part in the Democrat Saturday Night WWE event.


US Media And Its Shameful Role In Shaping Politics (Not Fox News)

In Bernie Sanders, CNN,, Jeff Zeleny on April 17, 2016 at 1:37 PM

If you continue to believe that the US, as a nation, has great and informative news coverage, you should place a bet WWE wrestling is not fake.  The WWE entertains people in a manner similar to that of current cable news managers. producers, and hosts. 

How many times have you heard CNN’s over-the-top, “Go after?” When did US politics become the domain of the “bully metaphor?” When did the words “debate performance” or debate strategy die-off and morph into war-like figurative prose aimed at garnering ratings? Within the contents of my point which network leads the pack in wide-eyed host scripts focused on alarming its viewers; by far CNN. From Carol Costello’s frowning early morning stumbling through daily segments to Smerconish’s (weekend) overt nudging for the GOP. From Wolf Blitzer’s outright “The sky is falling” mealy eyed deliver through Brooke Baldwins ever-present leg shots and battle analogies, the network has osmosed into a daily town-caller of freight, fear and “Oh my God” reporting. 

I may have actually caught the tail-end of a segment in which Smerconish stated he had registered as a Republican: Linked here. The CNN and talk radio host’s reason for the public declaration of his political loyalty isn’t a relevant point. The fact he clearly did so on international television is the salient point. If the life-long conservative (republican) moved to his self-proclaimed Independent status for a few years and has now oozed back to the GOP, his status as a news host should be questioned. Of course, all networks have hosts who are so obvious in their ideology it wrecks; but most do not perform on-air declarations. All MSNBC evening host are expected to vote Democrat, but I will wager you will not hear either say they are a registered Democrat.  Fox News…? Well, no need to comment on the GOP’s communication division. 
Let’s stay focused on CNN amidst its nascent, yet clear, mission to move Right. Do you recall when CNN actually ran commercials about its “neutral” Or “balanced” positions regarding news reporting? What you are about to read and she from Mediaite lays bare the level to which CNN has gone right-wing rogue.

Watch CNN Reporter Feed Bernie Sanders Attack Lines Against Hillary

by Tommy Christopher | 1:41 pm, April 15th, 2016

One of the standout moments at Thursday night’s Democratic presidential debate was when independent Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidateBernie Sanders was unable to name a single decision that Hillary Clinton has made that was influenced by campaign contributions. The exchange cut against the Sanders campaign’s central argument against Hillary, that she can’t be trusted to take on corporate interests because she takes large campaign contributions.
In a most unusual move, right after Thursday night’s debate, CNN reporter Jeff Zeleny literally fed Bernie Sanders an attack line to use against Hillary in case the subject ever comes up again:

Zeleny: Did you forget to mention the bankruptcy bill tonight, when you were asked by Dana Bash to point out some examples of things where she voted, was that intentional, or was that…

Sanders: That’s a point that Elizabeth Warren made. 

Zeleny: But you didn’t make it tonight, you made it before.. 

Sanders: Well, I made a few other points, you can’t make ’em all.

Zeleny: Did you forget to mention the bankruptcy bill tonight, when you were asked by Dana Bash to point out some examples of things where she voted, was that intentional, or was that… 

Sanders: That’s a point that Elizabeth Warren made. 

Zeleny: But you didn’t make it tonight, you made it before.. 

Sanders: Well, I made a few other points, you can’t make ’em all.

Watch Cnn Reporter Feed Bernie Sanders Attack Lines Against Hillary
Zeleny is referring to a 2004 video in which Elizabeth Warren seems to accuse Hillary of switching her vote on a bankruptcy bill because of campaign contributions. Bernie circulated the attack in a campaign memo a few months ago, but then walked back from it in subsequent interviews. Maybe Bernie forgot, or maybe he knew that Hillary Clinton had a ready answer for that charge. I haven’t heard him repeat it since.
What’s unusual, though, is Zeleny weighing in here with an attack line, because he’s a reporter, not a commentator. If he thinks the bankruptcy bill is something that Hillary has to answer for, he should be asking Hillary about it, not feeding it to Bernie without any journalistic pretext. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a reporter chew a candidate’s talking point into a paste and then regurgitate it back into their mouths like a mother sparrow.
Interestingly, it was also Jeff Zeleny who wrote the characterization of the Clinton campaign’s strategy as “disqualify and defeat,” which the Sanders campaign then used as their excuse for Bernie lying and saying Hillary called him unqualified to be president. It seems Zeleny is a handy guy for the Sanders campaign to have around.
Zeleny is new to CNN, His employment came in close proximity to the hiring of former Meet The Press (conservative dance with Karl Rove) Gregory.

If seems CNN is going fullbore in stealing ratings from Fox News. Wonder if the network will pursue a contract with Pat Buchanan should Donald Trump walk wit hthe GOP nomination. Trump will need a solid what nationalist to serve on CNN and CNN would surely benefit with Trumps supporters turning end for doses of Buchanan racism.

Ben Carson Manifests "YOUR GOP"

In Ben Carson, Berman and Boudain, CNN, GOP 2016,, Lewandowski, Your GOP on April 8, 2016 at 10:19 AM

Screen Grab via CNN

I believe there is a “Golden Rule” that reads, “Do unto others as your would have them do unto you.”  I am not certain if that rule has a similar read in the Christian Bible (any version), but the words seem to denote a thought of civility, doing he right thing, and fairness.  

As we move through the current political season, I find it amazing the extent to which politicians are showing utter avoidance of the high-road proverb. The manifestation of towards and acts which would ordinarily garner condemnation from some are being accepted with an eye towards political expedience.

We will skip through the daily manifestation of Donald Trump’s carnival barking with all requisite lies, to an associated incident that recently led to another case of cognitive flatulence from Ben Carson. 

CNN’s Berman and Boudain sat with Ben Carson (via remote camera) for a discussion of the reality of Trump with a particular focus on Trump’s campaign manager’s manhandling a female report, Breitbart’s Michelle fields.

Lewandowski allegedly grabbed Breitbart’s Michelle Fields.

Imagine those bruises on Trump’s wife. How about the same extent of bruising on Ben Carson’s. Let’s drill down a bit. How about such bruises from a manhandling Brownshirt thug shielding a reporter (your wife or daughter) from his Fuehrer. 

Watch as Ben Carson again illustrates his all too frequent tendency to show he is incapable of cogent and relevant thought. A thought is one thing when people such as Carson suffer mental constipation accompanied by oral diarrhea, we should thank the heavens they are not prime candidates to lead the nation.

The world according to the GOP

Personally, I so tire of reading and hearing Republicans tell us what is wrong with American. It seems since the days of Eisenhower, the GOP is the primary wrong in the United States. 

Your GOP, GOP 2016….and your are primed for more.

TrumpUGs Meet CNN

In . Stephen Miller, CNN, GOP 2016,, Katrina Pierson, Omarosa, Trump pundits, TrumpUGs, Your GOP on March 28, 2016 at 9:39 AM

Donald Trumps campaign surrogates, campaign staff and various and asunder pundits (probably paid off the record…(eg., Roger Stone like characters) are noted for their edginess and questionable civility in on-camera interviews. One such talking head actually wore a  bullet shell necklace during a CNN segment with abortion as a central discussion point.

We recently experienced a CNN segment in which the show host, Don Lemon, cut the mic on another Trump talking-head as she attempted to strategically avoid a question.

Where doesTrump find such people and on what basis are they hired and allowed to represent him on international television shows? 

Yet a Trump campaign official has a history of showing the most ‘edge’ during television interviews: Stephen Miller.  The following words oozed from Miller’s mouth on an Easter Sunday segment.

“You want to talk about women’s issues? Here’s something we should be talking about,” said Stephen Miller. “It is a fact: As a result of uncontrolled migration into this country – you can look this up, it’s a statistic from Equality Now – half a million U.S. girls in this country are at risk of female genital mutilation.”

After the segment embed, we will share the basis of Miller’s lie.

If you find Miller’s performance on yesterday anything shy of disgusting, check out the source information from which Miller drew his lie.

According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report (January 2016), half a million women and girls in the U.S. are at risk because they were born in countries in which female mutilation cultural tradition or the immigrant has parents who were born in those countries.
We offer an excerpt from a piece posted by the Population Bureau Reference.
The Risk of FGM/C in the United States 
In 2013, there were up to 507,000 U.S. women and girls who had undergone FGM/C or were at risk of the procedure, according to PRB’s data analysis. This figure is more than twice the number of women and girls estimated to be at risk in 2000 (228,000).4 The rapid increase in women and girls at risk reflects an increase in immigration to the United States, rather than an increase in the share of women and girls at risk of being cut. The estimated U.S. population at risk of FGM/C is calculated by applying country- and age-specific FGM/C prevalence rates to the number of U.S. women and girls with ties to those countries. A detailed description of PRB’s methods to estimate women and girls at risk of FGM/C is available.

Just three sending countries—Egypt, Ethiopia, and Somalia—accounted for 55 percent of all U.S. women and girls at risk in 2013 (see Table 1)

It goes without saying, Miller’s campaign punditry was not based on a detailed read of the CDC report. I suspect he probably garnered his Easter ammo from a Washington Examiner publication detailed Easter Sunday morning.  The problem with such lies, conservatives do not dig for information. Miller knows, as does he boss know, what they say is considered gospel by those who support them. They also know Americans tend to fold-up their intellect when peppered with the propaganda of fear.

Miller typically Trumperized punditry didn’t stop at female mutilation.  How about his take on the Cruz Trump national campaign of wife background and associated slander?

Mediaite excerpt

A CNN panel this morning went pretty off-the-rails after a senior advisor toDonald Trump dismissed “feigned” outrage over Trump retweeting a nasty attack on Heidi Cruz‘s looks.
Stephen Miller voiced objections to the media getting so worked up about this instead of immigration, but Jake Tapper pointed out, “Mr. Trump is the one who has set this table.”
Miller complained about how D.C. “works itself up into a feigned indignation” over this, but Tapper jumped in to say he doesn’t think “anybody’s feigning anything.”
Former GOP official Doug Heye pounced and expressed some disgust with Miller’s recent CNN interview where––as Heye put it––Miller wanted to “agree to disagree on sexism.” Miller blew up and started shouting, “That is absolutely inappropriate!… You misquoted me, that’s a lie!”  

It is important for all to remember, What you see on the campaign trail has the potential of work in the White Hosue. Do you really want people as delineated in this post working near the OvalOffice?

The Daily GOP Ignominious: GOP Debate 8

In Ben Carson, CNN, GOP 2016,, Rubio, Ted Cruz, The Daily GOP Ignominious, Tom Foreman, Your GOP on February 7, 2016 at 5:08 PM

I will admit to avoiding the GOP Debate for obvious reasons. After seven of the finger pointing, name calling, “going after”, non-policy charades, I prefer to spend the two plus hours much more productively. Watching the GOP Debates also generates visions of mental horror. Horror regarding the level to which close to half the nation is willing to support, blindly follow and literally vote for members of the GOP. Horror regarding the level of non-issue bantering that hardly meets any definition  of a debate.  Horror regarding the prospect the nation has become consumed with entertainment politics and reality TV Vs. insisting of substantive interactions among people who aspire to lead the nation.  Ultimately, I disdain the horror of the lack of veracity from the debaters collectively and individually: Fact Check dot Org.,  CNN reality Check (must watch), AP Fact Check, Politifact Live Fact Checking.

Time is far too valuable to waste on a debate process that has devolved into increased levels of lies, misrepresentations, and flat-out manipulation.

While I avoided the live circus, I certainly sought highlights of the debate and highlights abound. Snippets and segments were abundant across the internet and to some degree on certain cable news networks.  

Let’s visit a few that take top billing.

While some are excusing Ben Carons debate stage entry lapse as the fault of crowd noise, I disagree. Ben Carson is showing more and more he is out of touch with all things rationale. Even if the crowd noise was at a high decibel level, he should have possessed the wherewithal to know he was placed second in entry placement and should have known to proceed to the stage…well before Rubio, Bush and the equally perplexed Donald Trump. As you will see in the following clip, he even ignored the state handlers exhortation to go proceed tot eh stage.  Carson flubs his entry.
Marcio Rubio finished third in the Iowa Caucuses and promptly seemed to declare himself the eventual GOP 2016 candidate.  His third-place-finish speech was not only akin to then-candidate Obama’s victory 2008 speech, some suspect he plagiarized Obama’s 2008 theme and context.  His Iowa finish set him up for what has been reported copious piling-on and may have contributed to what can be described only as that of a scratched and stuck 1960s LP Album.

Rubio’s obsession with President Obama has finally led to what comes next.

Rubio’s strategy of constant attacks against a president who has actually won two general elections may bode well with big money donors who attend GOP debates, and his rhetoric will surely tingle the innards of the majority who claim US conservatism, but he barks up a dead tree. It seems his barking was lost in his over the top scripting and his memorized debate responses.

I suspect there isn’t a more glaring example of outright political lying and nefarious story-telling than Ted Cruz’s continued blaming CNN for his staff’s subterfuge.

Ben Carson is not the least bit happy with Ted Cruz's excuses for lying about the state of his campaign in Iowa

Cruz responded to a debate host question as follows:

Politifact ran a piece on Cruz and his continued subterfuge.

New! Ted Cruz falsely says @CNN first said Ben Carson was ‘taking a break from campaigning’ 

Watch as CNN’s Tom Foreman adroitly address the matter. Foreman also reminds of the ridiculous tendency of the GOP to fail to realize we live in a time of electronic archiving. There are Americans who do not rely on Fox News, Breitbart, The Daily Caller, Beck and Coulter, for news.

I remind of Carson response to Cruz’s political manipulation: 

BEN CARSON: “The bottom line is, we can see what happened, everybody can see what happened and you can make your own judgment.”

When considering Ted Cruz there is little need for deep contemplative thought on the matter. He via his camp played for Caucuses voters and won in Iowa. 

Conservative Surrogates Argue Over Trump

In Ben Ferguson, CNN, GOP 2016,, Trumpite, Your GOP on January 29, 2016 at 10:21 AM

It is refreshing to know there is, at least, one noted GOP pundit who finds Donald Trump’s behavior far from the level of maturity necessary to serve in the White Hosue.  Ben Ferguson appeared in a CNN segment with the notorious far-right windbag from Texas: Katrina Pierson.

We have posted many pieces on the background and character of Katrina Pierson, so we will not revisit the past.  We will point out the following image from a Raw Story piece that shows a surrogate/spokesperson for a national presidential aspirant who would wear a bullet cartridge necklace on national television. And, she would do such during periods of mass shootings and abundant gun related killings.  While a paid surrogate Pierson’s character again shone through via efforts to Gish Gallop tight news time constraints with Trumpite garbage about running a business.

Ben Ferguson and Katrina Pierson

It is important to remember, key surrogates are given top spots in the White House (in some capacity).  Yet, another reason to scrutinize Trump with far greater detail.

The shame of it all.

For more detail visit the Raw Story

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