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Marip Piperni And The GOP End To Racism!

In Mario Piperni, racism, RNC, Rosa Parks, Trayvon Martin on December 3, 2013 at 3:55 PM

Re-blog from Mario Piperni Dot Com.

Rosa Parks, Racism and The Modern GOP

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Glad to see the RNC being called out on their idiotic Rosa Parks tweet for their suggestion that racism has ended.

03-12-2013 3-54-33 PM

Oh, okay.

Nothing to be shocked or surprised at here. It’s business as usual for a political party whose very existence is based on being able to attract America’s entire lot of racists and bigots. As was clear during the Trayvon Martin uproar, the GOP operates on the premise that racism is a thing of the past…or, at the very least, this is what they’d like their mindless sheep to believe is true. If there’s no racism to speak of in America, then every bigoted racist move they pull (e.g. voter ID laws that target black Americans, Confederate flags at Tea Party rallies, birtherism…) can’t be racism, can it now? Pure bullshit, of course, as Ron Rosenbaum explains in a 2012 Slate piece.

I’m not saying all Republicans are racist. I’m saying that as a party, ever since Goldwater and Nixon concocted the benighted, openly racist “Southern Strategy” in the ’60s, the Republican Party has profited from overt and covert racism.
The Southern Strategy was designed to capitalize on Southern white resentment of court-enforced busing to end school desegregation, of the 1964 Civil Rights Act’s prohibition of discrimination in interstate commerce, of enforcement of the 1965 Voting Rights Act to prevent historically racist Southern counties and states from discriminating against blacks who sought to exercise their right to vote where once they’d been effectively barred. By playing on these issues, Nixon and other Republicans of this era won many traditionally Democratic votes in the South. Later, GOP opposition to affirmative action, race-based hiring “quotas” and all other methods of compensating for the debilitating legacy of slavery, Jim Crow and segregation fed into what was one of the momentous shifts, a total turnaround in just more than a decade (1970 to 1984) from a solidly Democratic South to a solidly Republican one.
Which is how the RNC tweet like the one above came to be.
The first truth is that this staffer, whoever it was, in all likelihood made this slip for a reason. She or he has been schooled to believe that racism did end, and that all present-day discussion of the problem is just whining from society’s takers. We might call this a central tenet of the right, although the word tenet dignifies it too much. It’s more like a fact-free conviction, held by people who are never capable of imagining walking a hundred yards, let alone a mile, in another person’s shoes.
Whoever this tweeter was, s/he has been hearing the refrain since the day s/he got into the game. Yes, there was racism, and it was wrong. But racism, she’d have been tutored to believe, was a Democratic problem (check that; a Democrat problem, her tutors would undoubtedly have said). She’d have heard all about how it was really Republican Sen. Everett Dirksen who passed the civil-rights bill (which is like saying the Serbs defeated the Nazis—they were on the right side, but they hardly carried the heavy artillery). She’d have been instructed to repeat “Party of Lincoln!” at the necessary intervals, and she’d have been coached in the phony, euphemistic language that Republicans use to acknowledge certain past sins but to press forward, sunnily noting that all of that is “behind us.”
[…] It’s amazing that it’s been six decades since Rosa Parks did what she did, and there hasn’t been one prominent national Republican leader who has said simply: “We were wrong. We, the white people of the South, the evangelicals, George Wallace’s famous beauticians and firemen, the beating heart of today’s GOP—we were wrong.” I’d like to see that tweet come out of the RNC, but I’m not holding my breath.
You want something else not to hold your breath hoping it’ll ever happen?
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Bob Dylan said:
This country is just too fucked up about color. … People at each other’s throats because they are of a different color. It’s the height of insanity, and it will hold any nation back—or any neighborhood back. … It’s a country founded on the backs of slaves. … If slavery had been given up in a more peaceful way, America would be far ahead today.
Yes: “A country founded on the backs of slaves.” And a party cravenly unashamed to base its existence on the backs of slaveholder states. Journalists, start telling the truth about the GOP.


The Rosa Parks and bus diagram images are works of the U.S. federal government and therefore in the public domain.

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Richard Cohen: Bigot, Racist Or Poor Writer? [We can assume he is not a poor writer!]

In Barack Obama, General Mills, Kevin Phillips, Lee Atwater, Richard Cohen, Ronald Reagan, Ryan Grim, Sarah Palin, Trayvon Martin on November 13, 2013 at 8:46 PM

I have read images such as those posted below are offensive to one nationally know writer. 

  Michael Murray and Alyson West with their daughter, Alexandra. The Atlanta couple has created the popular Tumblr, in response to the hate stemming from a recent Cheerios ad. Jenn and Meadow of New York City.Gabriel, Dana and Beth of Atlanta. Richard, Kieran and Kamakshi of Rockville, Md.

The original Cheerios commercial that sparked a string of racist backlash for featuring an interracial couple with a biracial child.
Seriously, did you see anything about the images and video above that would make you “gag?”  

Allow a bit of sarcastic reality. 

The developers of the Cheerios commercial should be commended, the General Mills Vice President who refused to take-down the commercial once it hit media markets and took flak, should receive accolades.  You should know the innocent and carefully crafted 30 spot was developed to avoid any just about all opportunity to come across as offensive even to the nation’s bigots and racist.  

Of specific note, the black male is comfortable in another room well away from his white wife. There is no bedroom scene, no shred partial nudity, no touching (even innocent touching), certainly no kissing or even an embrace! Ah, the creativity from the highly compensated ad agency. Yes, we are aware the commercial was developed to depict family life, so some of my points above were actually flip (but relevant overall). Cheerios did not evade the ultimate American taboo for some Americans by avoiding the interracial family with white/black parents. A couple of well known companies (one surface coating products and one insurance company) developed interracial couples with the black female/Asian male coupling. Those commercials received no noticeable angst among the nations racists. Cheerios (General Mills) caught hell from a moderate number of racist because they took their coupling to the more common (generally accepted) coupling of white/black interracial couples. 
For some, race in America is more an issue than national security. 

Apparently, one well published writer for the Washington Post finds the following image repulsive (my word). He even went beyond race in his fiery screed;  he attacked the newly elected New York mayor’s wife!

We realize there are millions in the United States who would not hesitate to join Richard Cohen in his state of “gagging repulsion,” but we wonder about his brash openness. Most racist (or the more intelligent racist) continue to mask their deprived social and psychological state. The majority of racists no longer use the Ante-Bellum/Jim Crow garb more commonly associated with overt racist. They lurk on the internet or they attend events generally reserved for conservatives or republicans. It is rarity to find a nationally known writer for a national publication come out of his closet, and he is doing it more frequently. 


Cohen’s remarks published in the Washington Post. Gawker’s Hamilton Nolan. 

Mr. Cohen’s column today centers on the prospects that various Republican contenders for the 2016 presidential nomination may have in the Iowa caucus. Iowa, Cohen notes, is a conservative state, which may pose a challenge for Republicans perceived as moderate.
Then, out of nowhere, comes this paragraph, which we have bolded for ease of reading:
Today’s GOP is not racist, as Harry Belafonte alleged about the tea party, but it is deeply troubled — about the expansion of government, about immigration, about secularism, about the mainstreaming of what used to be the avant-garde. People with conventional views must repress a gag reflex when considering the mayor-elect of New York — a white man married to a black woman and with two biracial children. (Should I mention that Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, used to be a lesbian?) This family represents the cultural changes that have enveloped parts — but not all — of America. To cultural conservatives, this doesn’t look like their country at all.
I… I… think, perhaps, that even in the most generous of interpretations, that could have been… more clearly stated?
Cohen has verged on revealing a deep hatred of African-Americans in the past and very much equally public. The following is an excerpt from a Cohen article related to the murder of Trayvon Martin. Another shameful example of his twisted mind and keyboarding skills follows via Gawker:

Not every columnist would look at the death of an unarmed 17-year-old black kid, shot after he was racially profiled, as an occasion to write a column about how all black teenagers deserve to be racially profiled. But the Washington Post‘s Richard Cohen is a very special columnist. The killing of Trayvon Martin, Cohen writes, is
a quintessentially American tragedy — the death of a young man understandably suspected because he was black and tragically dead for the same reason.

I noticed while researching this piece, some writers refuse to label Cohen’s acts as they are: unadulterated racism without questions. Let’s define “racism” against the more commonly used (and softer) word: bigot.



 noun \ˈbi-gət\
: a person who strongly and unfairly dislikes other people, ideas, etc. : a bigoted person; especially : a person who hates or refuses to accept the members of a particular group (such as a racial or religious group)


 noun \ˈrā-ˌsi-zəm also –ˌshi-\

: poor treatment of or violence against people because 
of their race
: the belief that some races of people are better than 
Full Definition of RACISM

:  a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race
:  racial prejudice or discrimination

Huffington Post’s Ryan Grim and Katherine Fung published a piece earlier today reporting Cohen’s aversion to being called a racist. The piece reads like a Cohen crafted satire. (Of course, Cohen does not write satire). He indicates he was speaking from a perspective of the Tea Party. Cohen made the assertion (or claim) and immediately indicated all Tea Partiers are not racist as some are black. Surely, Cohen has writing skills commensurate with use of writing constructs that could have avoided what he claims as some sort of metaphorical writing.

We have posted a short deck from the HuffPo piece. The full article almost reads like a Sarah Palin interview: convoluted, irrational and strikingly weak deflection. The authors of the piece performed admirably in reporting the utterances of a writer who I feel got caught hanging his robe and hood in the closet.

Huff Po

Richard Cohen says that his latest piece was not intended to be and shouldn’t be read as racist. 
“The word racist is truly hurtful,” he told The Huffington Post on Tuesday. “It’s not who I am. It’s not who I ever was. It’s just not fair. It’s just not right.” 
The Washington Post columnist came under fire on Tuesday for writing that “people with conventional views must repress a gag reflex when considering the mayor-elect of New York — a white man married to a black woman and with two biracial children.” He insisted that he was expressing the views of some people within the Tea Party and not his own. 
“I didn’t write one line, I wrote a column,” Cohen said. “The column is about Tea Party extremism and I was not expressing my views, I was expressing the views of what I think some people in the Tea Party held.”

Well, Cohen speaks! As I read the excerpt I could think of nothing beyond the posted words related the killing of Trayvon Martin. After thinking even more about his comments related to Martins killing, I do not wish to read his article. The Daily Beast published about Cohen’s deflection, here.

While I remain committed to my belief that the nation’s “It is OK to be a bigot” emanates from Kevin Phillips, Lee Atwater and Ronald Reagan, it is amazing the manifestation of overt racism since Barack Obama assumed the presidency.  I make no pretense to know Cohens ethni/relgious background, nor do I have insight into his DNA.  However, I have a suspicions. Of all writers he should be cognizant of the horrors of racism. He writes about the hurt in being called a racist. Well, I find Mr. Cohen is not very self-observant or personally reflective.  

Quick Hit: The Florida Legal System Fed This Monster

In George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin, Trayvon Martin killing on September 6, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Laura Ingraham Out Paces Limbaugh With A Gunshot Audio Effect! Gun Shot!

In Beck, Ingraham, Laura Ingraham, Limbaugh, Obama Administration, PolitiFacts, Tim Wise, Trayvon Martin on August 27, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Queen of the Right-wing demagogues plays gunshot sound over audio tape! A shooting sound!

OK, we are not into the daily ravings of right-wing talk radio. In fact, all AM radio hosted shows have converted to conservative dogma, as it sells.  Liberals and progressives plus “high information” Independents do not need daily doses of dogma filled hatred of the Obama Administration. When we have concerns we do not hesitate to air the concerns in forums known for a much higher use of cognitive process, backed with data and without over-the-top angst and Draconian exhibitions.   If you look close, you might find the AM radio demographics are perfect for GOP and conservative income streams (revenue and host contracts).  “High information” people get information from other sources and they do not have that ‘clinging need’ to reinforce horrid paradigms on a daily basis.

Horrid paradigms? As is the case with most Right-wing demagogues a good portion of their programs this week have been devoted to disparaging remarks about the 50th Anniversary March on Washington DC (over this past weekend.)

“Oh, do we have fodder for our sycophants on Monday.”  Laura Ingraham was classic in delivery of her “red meat.” She actually go out ahead of the king Right-wing demagogue: Limbaugh.

Ingraham not only took cheap shots at the gathering, she used march speaker topics for ‘dog whistles’ to her festering throngs.  It took her about one minute into the embedded video below to take the killing of Trayvon Martin to right-wing dogma about killings in the black community. She mentioned statistics. Statistics exist that show the murder rates are not much different from murder in white communities. Let’s face the bottom-line issue. We interact within our own ethnic groups far more than other ethnic groups. If there are going to be murders, it will take place predominantly intra-ethnic group. “Black-on-black Crime!”

Twenty-three (23) seconds of pure truism on “black on black” from someone not of the black community: Tim Wise, diversity consultant, author, educator and “One who GETS IT.”


The Ingraham Show.  The  following audio tape is eight (8) plus minutes long. I skipped through the Ingraham ‘ditto head’ remarks.  I have too much respect for my psyche, my grey matter and I have contempt for ‘low information’ people who rail about positions each day. The audio segment is eight minutes long. Can you imagine sitting listening to AM radio for the full run-time of shows like Limbaugh, Hannity, Ingraham, Savage, Beck and others? Ingraham’s gunshot antics hit at approximately the 4:40 minute mark as Lewis’s comments are cut short.

Now. for a bit of background as to how propagandist like Ingraham gather their sustenance as feed for their throngs of ravenous listeners.
The linked Politifacts piece is a bit long, but full of relevant information for people who consider themselves “high information.”  We will not use any article text to save your reading time and space in this piece. You have to check out the Truth-O-Meter on this one.
The Truth-O-Meter Says: 

“In the 513 days between Trayvon dying, and today’s verdict, 11,106 African-Americans have been murdered by other African-Americans.”

Tweets on Sunday, July 14th, 2013 in tweets

A look at statistics on black-on-black murders

Linked article Read more after the coming break

We do not in any way challenging there is far too much killing in communities, the black community in particular. We take major exception to right-wing fear mongering and pro George Zimmermannism via use of flawed or skewered statistics.   If we are not a fully-integrated society, the relevance of the references to killings in the black community seem to accompany ‘motive based messaging.” 
Your Black World Dot Net published a piece this morning that encapsulates the many aspects of the truth related to “Black on Black” Crime. Chenelle A. Jones, Ph.D., Ohio Dominican University, wrote the piece. (NOTE: We realize many have disdain for long reads, but ‘high information” people will read such works on an intermittent basis until done. So, we take the risk of thoroughness and delving deep)
Article excerpts

Excerpt One. There is no question that crime within the Black community is an issue.  However, there is a need to discuss and deconstruct this notion of “Black-on-Black Crime”.  The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) notes that most crime is intra-racial.  Statistics show that 84% of White victims are killed by Whites and 93% of Black victims are killed by Blacks (BJS, 2011).

Excerpt Two. So to argue that the intra-racial phenomenon of crime victimization is unique to the Black community is to demonstrate an inaccurate assessment of historical and contemporary crime and victimization trends.  Furthermore, to acknowledge the existence of “Black-on-Black” crime without equally acknowledging the existence of “White-on-White” crime is to perpetuate a myth of inherent black criminality, and Blacks are not inherently criminal.

Excerpt Three.The final issue with the “Black-on-Black Crime” argument involves the disparate treatment of Black and White offenders in the criminal justice system.  Whites represent a majority of the American population and are responsible for 54% of murders involving an intimate partner, 59% of murders involving a family member, 55% of murders involving infants, 56% of murders involving elders, 54% of s*x related murders, 53% of gang related murders, 70% of workplace related murders, 55% of arson related murders, 80% of poison related murders, and 53% of murders involving multiple victims (BJS, 2011).  Blacks comprise 13% of the population and are responsible for 59% of felony murders, 65% of drug murders, 50% of murders involving an argument, 56% of gun homicides, and 54% of murders with multiple offenders (BJS, 2011).

We will not comment additionally about the Ingraham cheap shot for her listeners. The gunshot sound effect speaks volumes about the GOP and its propagandist. they know how to play to GOP supporters. Ingraham piece linked.

Right-wing Affinity For And Antagonism Regarding Race (VIDEO)

In Fox News, Lawrence O'Donnell, Limbaugh on July 24, 2013 at 11:43 AM

If you don’t have a few spare minutes don’t stay on this post. It is an important post with a few video segments to illustrate a few points.The right reacts to President Obama’s press conference comments with typical drivel and sprinklings of racism.
“American Exceptionalism.” Now, factor this person in with what you will see and hear should you view the racist demagogues in this piece.

Right-wing ideology leaders took the president’s very calculated and civil discussion of the Trayvon Martin murdered and race in the United States as an invitation to speak.  President Obama conceded early in his press conference that there was little to nothing the Feds could do in filing Civil Rights charges against Martin’s murderer, thus sending a message to the black community. He also gave the Right and conservative America a few bones to placate their increasing insatiable avidity regarding the black community.  

The president went on to very calmly and civilly speak about life in America for some who are not white. He spoke specifically about the experience of just about all black males at one time or another in their lives.  His words were heartfelt, honest and to the point. I recall an episode in my life while serving in the US military all the black airmen in my squadron were called to a meeting. The squadron Captain told us we could not attend the squadron Christmas Party. Not one of us had been home to visit loved ones after basic training and celebration the holiday was written off for us. We were given the “Invisible Negro” treatment. 

Obama also spoke about the need for more social work among African-Americans in the black community. He never once spoke about discrimination in hiring and promotion. He did not speak pay inequity for minority and women. He actually did not speak with specificity about black incarceration.  The Right will talk about incarceration from the standpoint that black perpetrate more crime. People who are learned, informed and unencumbered by bigotry and bias know that incarceration numbers also has to do with unfair judicial systems and judges who have biases against minorities.  The press conference address was fair and balanced while delivering messages to all segments of the public. 

You have to know Right-wing ratings mongers could not allow such civility to transpire without feeding their ‘blood thirsty” and very biased viewers.  Let’s face facts, anyone who still listens to Limbaugh has to be a bigot as a minimum and probably a racist (at heart). His listener may also be inclined towards misogyny (hatred and abuse of women). If women viewers find his misogyny entertaining, they are factually misogynist in their worship of the demagogue. Existentially, the listener would have to possess the mindset of a “dittohead.” 

O’Reilly viewers (some probably also Limbaugh listeners) may possess inclination more towards that of the right-wing intellectual. Nonetheless ,O’Reilly delivers messages of racism equal to Limbaugh with a more on-air  anger laced demeanor and a few more multi-syllable words. His message is the very same.

Allow me to introduce a person who so reminds of Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s Third Reich Propaganda Minister. He reminds of the wretched demagogue who via his various media and dedication to Hitler’s vile plans for minorities in Germany.  Bill O’Reilly’s 7:41 minutes racist rant even came across as comparable to a Goebbels speech with far more anger and visual angst. Exhibit I.  In fact, Goebbels was less antagonistic and anger filled than O’Reilly’s racist tirade.

The classic Circa 2013 racial rant replete with data that does not stand up to intelligent scrutiny. In fact, O’Reilly seemed to cherry pick rates to make his point.  According to The Bureau of Justice Statistics (through 2010), he seems to be accurate regarding black homicide rates, but he ignores the total body of criminal offenses from all races.

Take a few minutes and watch how MSNBC’s Chris Hayes addressed O’Reilly’s latest racial rate. 

The Root published a piece on crime in the United States and the fallacy of O’Reilly’s rant exposed. Demagogues and pundits on the Right love the term “Black on Black” crime. Tim Wise, Antiracist Essayist, Author and Educator, spoke eloquently to Melissa Harris-Perry about the business of white perception of the black community regarding crime. He also addressed the ‘mantra’ of black on black crime.

Last evening MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell’s Rewrite was devoted to the Fox News racist as follows. O’Reilly Comment and the O’Donnell Rewrite:

“Trayvon Martin was killed because circumstances got out of control. He was scrutinized by a neighborhood watchman, George Zimmerman, because of the way he looked. Not necessarily his skin color, there is no evidence of that but because he was a stranger to Zimmerman and was dressed in clothing sometimes used by street criminals.”

And, of course the Right has another even more guttural and vile demagogue who contributes equally to the nation’s racial divide. Limbaugh mocks human bondage (slavery) as if a pre-Civil War plantation owner and Mississippi politician during the Lincoln Administration.

Both Limbaugh and O’Reilly chose to take position on the president’s press conference remarks. The both chose to speak from a perspective of ‘white privilege’ with enough entertainment for their viewers leave the broadcast with a smile and a “That’s Right.”  Over the course of my life, I have never heard nor read the word slavery comparable to its use by the GOP and the naiton’s conservatives.  They seem to ave a psychic affinity for the state of human bondage yet they use the word as a whipping stick. Both O’Reilly and Limbaugh thrive off refusal to accept America is not a fair and balanced society They chose to ignore factors that contribute to poverty and bias which impact lives and how people live their lives. 

President Obama Speaks To The Nation And Receives Appreciation From Trayvon Martin’s Parents

In Candy Crowley, CNN, President Obama, The Progressive Influence on July 19, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Last weekend a jury of six Florida state residents returned a verdict of “Not Guilty” in the trial of the killer of an unarmed 17 year old high school student who happened to be African-American.

We at the TPI did not report weekly on the Zimmerman murder trial, as we felt the state judicial system should take its course.  The state judicial system includes decisions to charge offenders, decision to prosecute (or not) those arrested, and actual prosecution with counter alleged offended ‘defense.’  Since, we have written extensively about the case since last weekend, we are moving slow but surely back to normal operations. We are doing so with a curious eye on information leaks related to the case.  We also await decisions on civil charges from the Martin Family and a decision from the DOJ about federal civil rights charges.  We do not feel federal charges will be filed.

Of course, we have awaited reaction from the White House and President Obama.  Why have we awaited such remarks? Basically, we do feel Zimmerman factored race into his confrontation with young Mr. martin. We also have complete contempt for Florida law. We feel those laws have been handed to state legislators by organizations such as The American Legislative Exchange (ALEC). Finally, we know that Jeb Bush signed the Florida “Stand Your Ground” Law into Florida Law.  There is little doubt, armed with knowledge of that law, Zimmerman exited his vehicle (with one in the chamber) to track-down a frightened teen.  Yes, we join millions who are astonished with verdict and disappointed with a Florida legal system that appears to prop-up ‘privilege’ for some and forms of oppression for others.

President’s must lead and the leader must do so regardless of constituency. African-Americans and millions other minorities and non-minorities have awaited comment from Obama.  On the opposite end of the spectrum there is apparently an element (who predominately find the verdict satisfying) who are upset the nation’s top executive spoke out.

Now, if you have a few minutes to listen to the entire Obama conference, it is linked here with full transcript.

Trayvon Martin’s parents respond to President Obama’s remarks.

The Blaze

“We are deeply honored and moved that President Obama took the time to speak publicly and at length about our son, Trayvon. The President’s comments give us great strength at this time. We are thankful for President Obama’s and Michelle’s prayers, and we ask for your prayers as well as we continue to move forward.

We know that the death of our son Trayvon, the trial and the not guilty verdict have been deeply painful and difficult for many people. We know our family has become a conduit for people to talk about race in America and to try and talk about the difficult issues that we need to bring into the light in order to become a better people.
What touches people is that our son, Trayvon Benjamin Martin, could have been their son. President Obama sees himself in Trayvon and identifies with him. This is a beautiful tribute to our boy.
Trayvon’s life was cut short, but we hope that his legacy will make our communities a better place for generations to come. We applaud the President’s call to action to bring communities together to encourage an open and difficult dialogue. Our family is committed to this dialogue through the work of the Trayvon Martin Foundation.
We seek a future when a child can walk down the street and not worry that others see him as dangerous because of the color of his skin or the clothes on his back. We seek a future where our children can grow up and become the people God intended them to be.”

As we close this piece you will find a few links from right-wing news media.  One segment escapes our ability to post or link it for your purview.

I was unable to find a specific response from a call-in to CNN from Ari Fleischer, former Bush Administration spokesperson. Fleischer fulfilled his role as  GOP operative in literally calling the CNN newsroom and using his CNN clout to speak on camera without interruption without prior scrutiny from CNN On-air producers.   The very fact the Fleischer could call into to CNN and get on the a live broadcast within seconds of the end of the press conference speaks volumes about CNN Management and ownership.  The network knows full well Fleischer will find no redeeming qualities in anything President Obama says.  Why give the demagogue a forum? Unless, and of course, CNN management has joined Fox News in advancing conservative dogma well beyond a news model of fair reporting.  

Fleischer’s remarks appear to have caught on-air personality Brooke Baldwin and panel member Candy Crowley by a bit off guard. 

We will seek to locate a video of the call from Fleischer. Rest assured the increasingly political CNN will not provide a archive of the segment.  I ask once more, what Administration did Fleischer serve so dutifully? The answer to the questions should speak to Fleischer’s credibility and place his rhetoric in perspective.

Hannity Radio Show

“Obama connect with Trayvon Martin because he smoked pot and id a little blow.” A man who never uttered one word about George W. Bush’s open exhibition so intoxication.

Fox News Chris Wallace
Fox News’ Chris Wallace: No, Obama Isn’t Stoking Racial Tensions With Trayvon Remarks

"Black Life Means A Little Bit Less Than White Life In America." Toure

In GOP, GOTP on July 16, 2013 at 3:01 PM


We are unable to locate a video segment from yesterday’s The Cycle. Toure closed the hour-long show with a poignant set of comments related to growing concern about disparate treatment of whites and blacks in the United States. His comments are frank and ‘on-point”, and probably was expected to draw criticism from many on the Right. Some on the Right are celebrating the Zimmerman “not guilty” verdict as if the verdict was a re-incarnation opportunity to win the presidency.

ann coulter

Newsbusters immediately went after Toure’s exposition.  They attacked the segment with as much ‘dirt’ as the writer could conjure-up, but it all failed if the reader approached the reading with rational mind.  The writer use  of the label “liberal” was a dead give-way to what was to come. I find it most interesting the writer posted the entirety of Toure’s comments.  The writer also posted a short piece of the Toure video. And I am sure a piece that was not as poignant and hard-hitting  as the actual end of the segment.


Toure and MSNBC’s The Cycle

A transcript of the July 15 segment is below:


TOURE: The night Barack Obama was elected, I held my nine-month-old son and I thought, “Wow. You’re going to grow up in a new world.” The night Trayvon Martin was found guilty in his own killing, I held my now five-year-old son and knew he’s got the same, old demons chasing him, because in this verdict, we are reminded, as if we could have forgotten, the lesser worth of black bodies and the inherent criminality ascribed to them by some in this nation and the killability (ph) of black bodies, by which I mean the ease we can be killed with no legal ramifications. Yes, the prosecution sub-bar.

But this is an old dog-eared narrative about the challenge of getting justice in the an American courtroom, especially in the south, or I should say especially in a stand-your- ground state. In a stand-your-ground states, whites who kill blacks are 354 percent more likely to be found justified to kill than whites who kill whites. Extending the privilege of shooting first out of the home and into the public square may not have been racist in the original intention, but it functions in practice to justify too many killings of blacks. And in this verdict, we are reminded of the challenge of getting justice for a black victim from a nearly all white jury. How it been otherwise when the burden of proving Martin’s innocence was so high, when his parents had to assert his humanity just to get an arrest. That was back when this case bizarrely became a political football divided neatly among the left-right axis with some on the right positing Zimmerman as the victim and predicting race riots would follow a not-guilty verdict. That was based on the idea that blacks are inherently violent, which is why to some it would sound silly to wonder if some whites would have rioted if he Zimmerman had been found guilty. 

I doubt they would have, because there’s not a deep lack of efficacy and a long history of painful injustice but who knows? But the right’s reflective leap to Zimmerman’s side is part of why blacks feel unwelcome on the right and vote predominantly Democratic, just as gun tragedies like this interracial killing as well as the mass of intra-racial killings that plague are community are why blacks support gun control measures at much higher rates than whites do. The way forward, the way to combat this tragedy lies there, in the weeds of gun control and not in the further prosecution of Zimmerman at the federal or civil level. A civil case may heal the family, and they deserve that. But in too many ways, we still live in the same America that Emmett Till lived in, an America where blacks are often judged to be a threat to order and citizens are able to destroy their bodies and be protected by the justice system and the black community is left in pain. And black parents like me are left to teach their sons the lessons my parents taught me about how to survive: Don’t run in public if you don’t have to. Keep your hands out of your pockets if you’re in stores. And if you’re confronted by the police, be pliant. Your ability to mollify white people could be the difference between life and death. Doesn’t have to be this way. But as this case proved, in America, it still is. Martin (Bashir MSNBC host), I know you know what I’m talking about.

End Toure

A very non-threatening teenager (high school junior) whose only mistake that night was not that of his doing. Trayvon Martin did not chose to be born white nor black.  He assumed that if he was doing nothing wrong he had safe passage to the store and back to finish the All-Star Game with his 12 year old future Step-Brother. And, he may have felt safe in what some call the greatest nation on Earth with fair and equal treatment for all. He probably was not at all conscious of a lurking stalker with “one in the chamber” who came across in the 911 call as a sinister detective about to apprehend a harden criminal. He did not have the courtesy of being told ( by the fake cop after the exited his vehicle armed and ready to prove himself.),  “Hey I am with the neighborhood watch and I am just making sure all is OK. Where are you headed.”   No pistol, he stays in the truck.

Can you imagine at 17 years of age being followed by a man with no recognizable or identifiable rationale for following you? 

Footage: CCTV footage shows Trayvon buying Skittles and a soda at a 7/11
Footage: CCTV footage shows Trayvon buying Skittles and a soda at a 7/11
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With conceal carry laws proliferating like weeds and various forms of “stand Your Ground laws in many as thirty states.  It is important to note the data related to ‘stand your ground’ mentioned by Toure was deemed “Questionable” from the Right-wing NewsBusters web site.

The liberal host then cited a questionable study: “In a stand-your-ground states, whites who kill blacks are 354 percent more likely to be found justified to kill than whites who kill whites.”

The data is as solid as granite and was reported by PBS  (and in part posted below) in July 2012. Linked below.  It is sad media on the Right so very much insult the intellect of people who do not subscribe to their propaganda. If I located the source of the data used by Toure it should have taken a competent and much more experienced writers (propagandists) half the time to find same. The NewsBuster’s writer probably has issues with the original study, but I did not see his rational for the word “questionable.”  As we know on the Right the word  “questionable” could very well serve as ‘code’ for readers of the website.  
Let’s take a look at the impact of Stand Your Ground. As you review the following recognize Stand Your Ground is a direct descendant of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

Stand Your Ground graphic.jpg

The writer for NewBusuters chose to strategically avoid seeking the following information. The data does not appear as questionable.

Frontline via io9 Dot Com

At FRONTLINE’s request, Roman analyzed the pool of 43,500 homicides by race in states with Stand Your Ground laws and those without them. Because he wanted to control for multiple variables — the races of the victim and the shooter, whether they were strangers, whether they involved a firearm and whether the murders were in Stand Your Ground states — Roman used a technique known as regression analysis, which is a statistical tool to analyze the relationship between different pieces of data. 
Using this analysis, Roman found that a greater number of homicides were found justified in Stand Your Ground states in all racial combinations, a result he believes is because those states yielded more killings overall. 
Roman also found that Stand Your Ground laws tend to track the existing racial disparities in homicide convictions across the U.S. — with one significant exception: Whites who kill blacks in Stand Your Ground states are far more likely to be found justified in their killings. In non-Stand Your Ground states, whites are 250 percent more likely to be found justified in killing a black person than a white person who kills another white person; in Stand Your Ground states, that number jumps to 354 percent. 
You can see the breakdown of the killings in the chart below. The figures represent the percentage likelihood that the deaths will be found justifiable compared to white-on-white killings, which was the baseline Roman used for comparison:

Disturbing chart shows rise in “justified killings” of blacks in U.S.
I mentioned “Stand Your Ground” above the graphics.

PR Watch Dot Org

Jury Instructions Included Stand Your Ground 
In 2012, the killing of Trayvon Martin acutely focused attention on Stand Your Ground laws, which give criminal and civil immunity to a person who claims they use deadly force because they allege a reasonable fear of harm. Because of the law, Sanford Police initially declined to arrest Zimmerman because they apparently agreed it was “reasonable” to feel threatened after stalking an unarmed African-American teenager returning from a trip to buy Skittles and iced tea. 
Some have claimed that Stand Your Ground played no role after Zimmerman was eventually arrested — he and his lawyers relied on Florida’s lenient self defense statutes — but the jury instructions invoked the Stand Your Ground protections by stating he had no “duty to retreat” from the situation: 
“If George Zimmerman was not engaged in an unlawful activity and was attacked in any place where he had a right to be, he had no duty to retreat and had the right to stand his ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he reasonably believed that it was necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or another or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony.” 
This language is nearly identical to that in the Florida Stand Your Ground law and the ALEC “model” legislation. We cannot know if the outcome would have been different had the six jurors been instructed differently — but we do know that Stand Your Ground played a role in the case, even after Zimmerman’s arrest.
While we could not find the full Toure segment, we are posting a few segments from MSNBC.  The segments relate to a side of the murder that is not covered by other media. Fox News covers the story from a Zimmerman as victim angle and with a (defensive) moot around gun laws. Laura Ingraham via her radio show openly wonder why the “Hispanic” community did not come-out more for Zimmerman.  She felt free to do so without regard for Latino perception of ‘right or wrong, and with typical non-minority myopic views of the world. Latinos often face the same strife as did young Trayvon Martin. CNN wavers around for exclusives, while employing legal pundits who appeared to sniff two miles of O’Mara/West flatulence while so obviously pulling for the full acquittal of the murderous neighborhood watch guy.   
Thomas Roberts speaks frustration associated with the Zimmerman verdict.  The Roberts segment is catching hell from Right-wing media.  But, like Toure catching hell from right-wing media in this context is a good thing.
From ALEC, through Jeb Bush, through the Florida Governor (and prosecution team), circumstances related to the murder of an innocent black teenager goes into the books as an acquittal. I am not a legal mind, but data indicates, and legal precedence often bares-out, the prospect of future occurrences of similar deaths.  We have all too often heard about the need for a national dialog. I am so weary of those words, upon hearing the words I find myself thinking, “political campaigning.”  The words no longer have substance nor meaning.  There will be no national dialog.  
As indicated on the NewsBusters website after the verdict last Saturday night articles as linked indicate the level of competitiveness associated with this murder.  Fox Crushed MSNBC In Ratings After Sanford Verdict on Saturday Night.
As I read such and hear such, I am seriously reminded of cheering for executions during the GOP primary debates, booing the mention of killing innocents in Iraq, and booing and jeering a gay officer on active duty in the US military.

Toure’s on-camera comments hit the nail dead on its head!

Woman Thanks God For Bullet That Killed Trayvon! (GRAPHIC IMAGES AND GRAPHIC LANGUAGE)

In George w. Bush, TPI on July 15, 2013 at 3:03 PM

What you will read below is no different than what you will see now!

                  Our image analogy relates more to the glee in the Twitter comments below, then the actual Zimmerman Trial. Although we firmly believe young Martin was killed for a reason and part of that reason was, “…because I can.” Of course, we can see the glee in the crowd above; it is no different than the glee posted below.

We at the TPI did not publish regular reports on the Trayvon Martin murder case. We avoided such with preference for observation of the US and the State of Florida legal system. The Florida system, including incompetent prosecution, failed miserably. The US legal system has not come to closure as the suspended investigation into George Zimmerman as a murder of the young teen, might come back to the forefront.  I am not convinced the DOJ will take-on the case.  The DOJ can ill-afford to lose such a case.

The State of Florida has certainly shown its underbelly of “inequality” and has shown why many are now posting about the state as a place of hell.  Let’s face it, the state gave us George W. Bush in 2000 (via his brother, a Republican Attorney General and a conservative SCOTUS). The state adopted “Stand Your Ground legislation as quickly as the ALEC backed laws were handed over to state representatives.  Jeb Bush (another Bush) signed the legislation, and the state has one of the most vile governors in the nation. It should be noted reports are the chief prosecutor from northern Florida, Ms Corey, is in fact a very politically savvy republican.

Maybe, just maybe, the political affiliations of the chief prosecutor contributed to the decision to avoid any mention of race during the trial. The defense certainly did not follow such protocol.  O’Mara use racial framing…. …. been a rash of break-ins in the neighborhood, mostly by young black men.” Zimmerman trial, defense closing arguments, Clip 1 Watch Video (almost ten minutes long but in part very relevant to my point).

The salient point is why would the prosecution simply ignore, …. been a rash of break-ins in the neighborhood, mostly by young black men.” as spoken during the closing.  Why not at least a perfunctory “objection”, related to relevance? The comment was delivered as subliminal messaging  to lay the foundation for Zimmerman’s accosting the teenager. The comment in no way should have been used as a foundation of suspicion for Trayvon Martin’s walking home from the convenience store.  It is almost as ridiculous as, “all women should avoid all white males because the majority of serial rapist are white males.”  Or, “all people should be extra cautious of all white males because white males make-up the preponderance of serial killers.” Yet, the prosecution did not object to O’Mara’s use of race as a foundation for what was to come.

As stated in the second link video below, the prosecution team lead (replete with a smiling and giggling demeanor), made a point to overtly state the case was not about race. Do you know any republicans who will admit that race is an ongoing issue in America?  They act as if racism ceased with the Emancipation Proclamation. Yet, the party has members who use race as a central fabric to their political ambitions  (e.g., Gingrich, Santorum, Paul(s), Allen West and numerous behind the scene email forwarders and jokers).   The lead prosecutor overtly stated the case was about profiling. Well, name forms of profiling that occur in the United States beyond racial profiling. 

Now for some personal conjecture. The prospect of Corey’s aversion to admitting the word ‘race’ may have permeated throughout the prosecution’s case. Or, worse yet and “order” to avoid the word vs. a consensus decision. In either case, a shameful decision, quite frankly.
Allow me to share via Commercialized Hip HOP why so many see race at the root of the Martin murder,  and a major problem for millions across the nation.  In addition to all  non-911 call statements from Zimmerman, we know there is an active ebb and flow (national) undercurrent as shown below. While the following is hardcore and guttural, it is the tip of an iceberg that will one day slam up against resistance like a “Titanic of white privilege, and the slam will come with  major vengeance. 

The most hateful and less intelligent will always use the most open and overt exhibitions. Think of the millions who agree with the people in the piece below, but dare not speak their minds openly. Then scroll back up and take another look at the victims imaged at the top of the piece. One victim is a woman!

The Young person below states she wants to thank God for the bullet that killed Trayvon Martin.  I suppose the low-life does not even now that according to Moses and his “top of the mountain” 10 Commandments…… (Number six).

Racism at Its Finest: Woman Thanks God For Bullet That Killed Trayvon

Sarah Taylor tweets that she thanks God for the bullet that killed Trayvon Martin..png

Sarah Taylor
Reported by: Ree
The Trayvon Martin case has shown the world one consistent message: Racism in America is alive and well. Aside from having photos of Trayvon’s lifeless body being mocked and meme’d, bigots have decided to take to Twitter to applaud Zimmerman for killing the unarmed, African-American teen. The comments, laced with the words “n*gger” and “thug,” spewed stereotypical rhetoric about Black men and violence. One of the most flabbergasting Twitter messages was tweeted by @Sarahtw33ts. Sarah Taylor, a Livonia, MI native and a barista at Biggby Coffee, tweeted: “I want to thank god…for that bullet that killed trayvon martin.”
Although Taylor was supported and cheered on by her friends for her bigot remarks, she did become heavily criticized by a handful of people. One man, @michaelatbu, tweeted Taylor’s place of employment. “@BIGGBYCOFFEE she calls herself an employee of yours @sarahtw33ts @YesYoureRacist,” he tweeted. When Taylor isn’t celebrating the death of an unarmed African-American teenager, she spends a wealth of time smoking marijuana. Her Instagram account is filled with photos of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Perhaps because the percentage of White women being racially profiled is virtually nonexistent, she has pride in promoting her love for the illegal drug on social media without fear of being harassed by police officers. Although Taylor’s Twitter account has been deleted since she tweeted her eerie message, her Instagram account ( is still visible and has pictures that matched her Twitter avatar. 
Taylor was joined by a slew of other Twitter users who applauded George Zimmerman for killing a “N*gger” and being found not guilty.
Racist tweets 1Racist Tweets 2

Twitter screenshots per Public Shaming

The exhibition speaks for itself.

The Zimmerman case is the perfect storm of all that is wrong in our nation. The wrong include indifferent and very poor prosecution by state attorneys. I challenge any sane person to make a good case why a high school junior became a civil rights martyr at the hands of a 27 year old “wanna be cop with “one in the chamber” after stalking the young man like an animal? You may be thinking, “well, he would have no reason to follow my kids.” If you went there you are mostly certainly not a black person. 

The prosecution avoided matters of race and contributed greatly to losing a case that clearly showed Zimmerman was in the wrong from the minute he chose young Martin as a (suspect) victim. Once, he left his vehicle he set the stage for all that took place thereafter.

O’Mara and not charged if black

Prosecution disappointed

In many ways the attorney’s for Zimmerman reminded of attorneys depicted in movies about the Jim Crow South. They worked according to their Canons of Professional Ethics and personal beliefs to free the perpetrators of people like those shown in the images above.  And, they were successful for the most part. They were successful without question until the US Government intervened in the late 1950s to mid 1960s. Lynchings became virtually extinct. Yet, we still have executions not in any way backed by law, with perpetrators walking free. In far too many cases the perpetrators are police officers.
“Racism in America is alive and well”
…..and promulgating.

And, I believe a good number of you vote right along with these people with each and every election. If the party on the right was not so willing and inclined to drive racial wedges through our social fabric, people such as those depicted above would remain in the shadows in deep shame.

Trayvon Martin An American Tragedy: Julie Driscoll Laments And The "Old Guy" Exclaims! (VIDEO)

In Uncategorized on July 14, 2013 at 10:13 PM

Re Post from Smoking Hot Politics’ Julie Driscoll (Friend of the TPI). we are also posting a video that is rapidly moving around the internet. We call it the “Old Guy!”


Posted July 14th, 2013 by  
We're sorry, Trayvon

We’re sorry, Trayvon

I would give anything – anything – if I could have bequeathed to Trayvon Martin, on that dark night in Sanford, Florida, the white privilege I’ve enjoyed all my life.

If only Trayvon would have had, that night, what I have.  I could have walked down that street in a hoodie, kicking back, talking on the phone, and as soon as Zimmerman saw my white face, he would have moved on.  I’ve never been randomly stopped because I’m a white female, and he wouldn’t have dared do it that night – my white face, and its attendant privilege, would have stopped him in his tracks.  I could have walked down that Sanford, Florida, street totally unimpeded, and I would have made it to that home and I wouldn’t have been shot and killed.

If only Trayvon would have had, that night, what I have, he wouldn’t have had to feel the thrill of panic when he realized he was being followed.  He would have known – arrogantly, maybe, but as the result of a lifetime of taking white privilege for granted – that he had all the right in the world to be wherever he wanted to be.  Had Trayvon had what I have, he could have confronted Zimmerman in outrage – as I would have – and Zimmerman would had to back down in the face of an authority far greater than even his own.

I live in a diverse, largely urban, community; we share this community with other whites, blacks, Hispanics, Asians.  I’m so accustomed to young black males at my house, walking down the street with friends, playing music, behaving as all young kids do everywhere, that it’s not a blip on my radar.  I live in this community, but I’m separated from it too – I’m white, and I’ll never know the black experience.  Not really, not ever.
Our hearts are sick and sore at the “not guilty” verdict rendered by a largely white female jury; we rage at a faceless society that would allow an unarmed young black man to be shot and killed and not require anyone to be held accountable for it; we realize that it’s never going to make sense to those of us who are, truly, color blind in our dealings with other human beings.  And part of my rage and pain and anguish is because it occurs to me that if only I could have bequeathed to Trayvon Martin what I have, what I take for granted every damn day as “Wendy WASP,” he would be alive today.  If only he could have morphed into me, for ten fateful minutes, he would have turned and gazed at George Zimmerman, and George Zimmerman would have likely driven off into the darkness.
I want to live in a country where young black males don’t have to be me – a white person – simply to survive.

End Julie Driscoll

We are going to end this with a rather brash but apropos video of a guy who held a camera and told George Zimmerman what he feels about the developments since the night Trayvon Martin was stalked and killed.

Zimmerman Team And Conservative America Are Jubilant Over Injustice!

In Ann Coulter, west on July 14, 2013 at 7:49 PM

                        The smallest of images for the worse of justice!


Can you imagine what it is like to win the Super Bowl, the World Series of the NBA Championship?  Well, it appears George Zimmerman attorneys (West and O’Mara) certainly felt the buoyancy of a major victory.  They won a “Not Guilty” verdict for a client who summarily murdered a High School Junior (unarmed and headed home to finish the NBA All-Star Game).

No matter the incompetence of the prosecution. No matter what appeared to be following direct orders to avoid all mention of race; as the defense mentioned race frequently throughout the trial. No matter evidence that Zimmerman stalked the high school junior like unwitting prey. He stalked the young prey like a blood thirsty lion with a 9MM with “one in the chamber”. He did not even have to use inertia to load the pistol.  He was ready for a fight, with one who he knew probably was unarmed.  He spoke with a police officer like a cunning detective ready to lunge on the “suspect”.

“Suspect” he wrote while unrestrained at the police station.  He was never asked nor never sated why he called the high school Junior a “suspect”.  A “suspect” in what regard? 

Suspect for walking in America? 

Suspect for purchasing sweet items to finish the basketball game?  

Suspect because he covered his head from the drizzle with a Hoodie?  

Or, suspect because…..

Audio rendering (excuse 7 second commercial) AUDIO ONLY.

…he did not fit Zimmerman’s perception of what is right.

Is it possible as Zimmerman’s “suspect”, young martin was simply guilty of being in the wrong place when an armed psychopath with intent to do harm happened to run across him while allegedly headed to Target?   The audio appears laced with clear evidence of neurosis, narcissism and possible a degree of schadenfreude

Zimmerman’s Legal team outwitted and incompetence prosecution team and trampled all over any semblance of justice for a high school junior whose life was snuffed out by bad Florida gun and legal system laws, and a system that makes little effort to practice fairness when challenged to be fair. 

The buoyant legal team appeared  shortly after their court case  “Super Bowl” and commented as loosely as having spent an hour in the locker room consuming champagne.   

O’Mara speaks as if a chief propagandist for a regional despot, as he indicates Zimmerman would not have been charged if he had been black.  After the inane assertion, O’Mara makes innuendo about why Zimmerman  was charged with murder. 


While right-wing social media and I am certain Fox News is celebrating the “Not Guilty” verdict, rational people should question O’Mara’s assertion.  The words seem very much from the perspective of one who benefited from various forms of “white privilege” as he chose to show contempt for a thorough investigation of the murder. He speaks resentment while it is a fact his client lied on many occasions (O’Mara admittedly so) and his client went well beyond the parameters of his self appointed duties as a neighborhood watchman.  The lawyer literally exhibited pure contempt for the Martin Family civil rights attorneys who sought the justice of an arrest and trial for the shooting. 

O’Mara also attacked the media.  I must ask, did O’Mara and Zimmerman run to Fox News within days of Zimmerman’s eventual (many months post the murder of Trayvon Martin) arrest?  Of course  some, including me, will argue Fox News an Sean Hannity are not in any way to be construed as the “press” or the “media.” Nonetheless, O’Mara sought the publicity of exposing his lying client. After the trial attacked the media for doing its job, which is typical of the American Right-wing.

O’Mara certainly loves the camera. Yet, he attacked the very professionals who provided opportunity a few days ago for the video linked below.  The segment is over 10:00 minutes long. I am posting it for the few seconds are the 5:05 minute mark. After he refers to Trayvon Martin (not by name) as “the murder victim” he goes on to ramble through hearing himself talk and dazzling the media. Linked

I mentioned above right-wing pure glee with the verdict.  I offer a couple of examples

Ann Coulter Zimmerman tweet

If that is not enough disgust for you,  read a few comments from the following link. The comments are for the most part very civil; unlike comments I have read on other right-wing web sites.

The Free Republic
It certainly appears Zimmerman’s attorney’s and the jubilant Right-wing are having their day.  We assert it is this very same divisiveness and lack of perceptions or reality that contributes to a Tea Party infested House of Representatives, an ill economy, and social divisiveness that is worsening not improving.  And, we lay full credit for all squarely on the GOP and conservative America. 

We are certain in  households numbering in the hundreds of thousands a now familiar conservative refrain blasted across the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean: “USA, USA, USA!”

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