Ted Stevens Takes the Stand

18 10 2008

 

Ted Stevens took the stand.  He was reminded by Judge Emmett Sullivan that he didn’t have to take the stand, but Stevens said, it was “an honor and a duty.”  Well, it wasn’t a duty (the whole point of not having to do it), but he did it anyway.  After extensive questioning by his own defense team, who asked about his life and times, and great moments in his political career, it was the prosecution’s turn.

Ted tried to convince the  jury that either:

a) he had no idea what was going on because his wife handles everything “inside the teepee”

b) he knew what was going on, but had no power to stop being gifted against his will

c) Lies, I tell you!  It’s all lies!

Baited with rapid-fire challenges to his integrity, honesty and credibility, Stevens mainly answered “yes” or “no” before a jury that will soon be judging him, and keeping to his story that he didn’t believe he received any gifts from the oil-field service company Veco or its chairman, Bill Allen.

Earlier Friday, questioned by his own attorney, Stevens dismissed earlier testimony from Allen that the senator once acknowledged owing the Veco boss money for the work. He called what Allen said in court “an absolute lie.”

By late Friday afternoon, jurors had gotten a taste of the testy 84-year-old senator, who once called himself “the meanest man in town.”

“Aren’t these e-mails really what you’re doing, you’re covering your bottom?” asked Brenda Morris, the lead Justice Department prosecutor on his case, asking Stevens about how he handled a 2004 press inquiry into who paid for his renovations. The question referred back to the most memorable line of the trial, when Allen testified Oct. 1 that Stevens was just “covering his ass” in asking for invoices he had no intention of paying.

“My bottom wasn’t bare,” Stevens snapped back at Morris.

If the jury, like me, was taken off-guard with an unexpected and unwanted mental image of Ted Stevens’ “bottom”, it can’t be good for the senior Senator.

The growing number of odd gifts, with Stevens explanation in parentheses has grown to include a metal staircase (ugly, didn’t want), giant black furniture (ugly, didn’t want, had cigarette burns), a Viking gas grill (fire hazard), and a massage chair (just borrowed it for seven years…wasn’t really a ‘gift’), and Christmas tree lights (didn’t want the fancy rope lights put up, wanted the ones in the garage that he bought second-hand).

Stevens bristled at times during the cross-examination, having to wait for a question before he could reply. Sometimes the judge intervened. Stevens showed his disdain for Morris’ questions by occasionally responding with inquiries of his own.

“I think you better rephrase your question, your question is tautological,” he lectured Morris in response to a question about renovations to his deck.

And for a brief moment, Stevens and Morris traded roles.

Morris said he knew he was getting gifts when he sought a bill.

“If it’s a gift, why did I ask for a bill?” said Stevens, redirecting the question to Morris.

“To cover your butt,” she replied.

“That wasn’t fair, ma’am,” Stevens said.

Dennis Zaki of The Alaska Report who was at the trial, drops tantalizing clues that the testimony and attitude of Catherine Stevens, and Ted himself, didn’t go over well with the jury.  Check the Alaska Report later today for Dennis’ update….but he says “Ted’s toast!”


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18 10 2008
Deb

testing- AKM am I going to spam folder?

18 10 2008
nswfm

I hope HE and Palin are toast!

18 10 2008
you'rekidding,right? aka Slap Spear Hussein Palin

Here’s hoping for another Democratic seat on the March to 60…bye, Uncle Ted.

18 10 2008
Deb

test am I here yet?

18 10 2008
Jane

Sen. Ted Stevens should just retire and get it over with. Sorry to read the Begich doens’t agrre about the whales endangered wither. Expensive to expand?? yes, but the whales need to be saved to. Is there another route to expand??

18 10 2008
TexanJane

I heard on NPR this morning that Stevens’s wife did well yesterday.

I swear, this jackass is gonna go free, fer sure.

18 10 2008
Jane

Sorry, My spelling was horrible on the above comment- Why don’t I proof read?? Haste DOES make waste.

18 10 2008
Lacy Lady

Hope Alaska gets rid of him–and Palin is impeached before the election.
If not, she may stick her butt in his Senate spot. YIKESSSSSSSS!

18 10 2008
marksmyword aka Barrel McRaven Palin

Lacy Lady, Palin as a US senator would be a nightmare. Can you imagine her on the Senate floor?

I just want both of them to go away and allow the good folks up in Alaska to put competent people in office,

18 10 2008
pamela

AKM, in the arena of Alaskan political corruption, Ted Stevens just seems sad and pathetic – someone who once really did do great things for your state, but should have retired as a statesman, oh, 6 years ago or so.

Hope Begich wins – maybe he’ll rethink his positions on the environment if there’s a new and lively progressive movement sweeping through Alaska.

But on a brighter note, the picture of the Missouri rally on the other thread is truly awesome – not to mention the donations to Tinklenberg in response to Bachmann’s McCarthyesque rant. I’ll still be nervous until the polls close, but this IS a good day.

18 10 2008
Forty Watt Hussein

It may not have gone over well with the jury, but as reported through the lens of AKM it’s very entertaining, as always. The “bare bottom” interlude cries out for a cartoon. Anyone among us gifted in that way?

18 10 2008
BigPete

Stevens’ Bottom may not have been been bare…but soon it’s going to be pretty sore!

18 10 2008
pamela

TexanJane, I could swear I heard on NPR yesterday that Catherine Stevens didn’t do well at all. Must have been a different reporter.

18 10 2008
DrChill

I hope people who use Stumbleupon give Mudflats a thumbs up.
Its much deserved.

I think Stevens has survived this long by being wily and covering his backside.
I wonder what the jury will think.
Someone posted that an Alaskan Governor can not appoint him/herself to a vacant senate seat. Good to know, unless she steps down and has her next in line appoint her. And who would that be ?

Who is next in line to McCain’s VP choice?

18 10 2008
nswfm

On a happier note, check this out about the rally in MO:
http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2008/10/18/obama-rally-draws-100000-in-missouri/

My first thought was WOW! I hope they turn out like this on election day!.

I’m thinking some of that red meat Palin stuff has really pissed off people, as though the rest of us are Un-American! That photo is a giant “Screw You” to the Republican tactics.

18 10 2008
nswfm

Yeah, I thought the questions talked about on NPR (Nina Totenberg reporter) were along the lines of “You are a partner in a law firm, making $500,000 a year and you couldn’t pay someone to take the furniture to the dump?????” from the prosecutor.

18 10 2008
yvonne in Pennsylvania

everyone,
Read the following. . .

Try to separate the REAL John McCain for the MYTHICAL John McCain,I got this in my e- mail, evidently since someone is sending out KKK flyers in people’s newspapers,so the vets are sending this,www.christianparty.net/mccain.htm,

St Louis ,had a 1000,000 people at the rally, and Palin is in Lancaster Pa saying BO, was mad because the plumber interupted his photo op,hahahahhaahahahha
Like he needs aphoto op lol,anyway check this sight out,John MCain needs to be very careful here,thre are alot of vets and people out there that don’t believe his POW stuff,the vidieo are astonding to listen to

18 10 2008
yvonne in Pennsylvania

Where did my post go?

18 10 2008
yvonne in Pennsylvania

well, here it is again,
Someone is sending KKK flyers in peoples newspapers,and Palin is here in Pa making the stupidist statements,
Anyway go to this site http://www.christisnparty.net/mccain.htm
I got this link in my e-mail
I guess the vets are mad,anyway its a good site

18 10 2008
Marty Hussein McGrumpy Finger Quoter

I have a take on Stevens trial.

He’s probably pondering his future in prison for the next 20 years, which would be a life sentence. So, how about this scenario..?

He goes to proscecutors and says “I’ll give you Palin”. She got more gifts than me and has been doing far more nefarious things as Gov than i’ve done. I’ll give you the proof in exchange for me resigning from Congress, promising not to run for public office again and will pay back all disputes costs.

Think about it. There’s no real upside to putting an old man in prison, and if he rats out Barbie, then the country gets a free pass with her gone from potential office, and there is no chance for mcgrumpy. Makes the Dems on the prosecution team happy as he’s giving them a bigger fish than himself and they get rid of him permanently from public office..

Sounds like a win-win to me. It could happen.. !

18 10 2008
Marty Hussein McGrumpy Finger Quoter

ohoh.. the Amber Alert was cancelled for the kidnaped child, Cole Puffenberger.. lets hope they didn’t find a body.

My prayers go out to his family.

18 10 2008
Marty Hussein McGrumpy Finger Quoter

McGrumpy is in my backyard.. Woulda liked to go and heckle.. decided i’m too old for prison stripes..

I am embarrassed for my state, but there are dolts in every state in the country.

18 10 2008
Vlad the I'm HUSSEIN Palin

http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/columnists/story.html?id=e72c8819-81eb-46a0-81c9-0d1f07499c28&k=69327

Very interesting article re the National Womens Voters Congress meeting last week and their views on Palin. They certainly didn’t mince words!!

18 10 2008
pamela

@Marty,

LOL. You need to write political thrillers (after you finish your contract w/ SNL of course🙂 ) But I think the best part of this whole trial (other than hopefully resulting in a Begich win, of course) is that it’s a republican justice department going after Stevens, right? When the early reports were all about how badly the prosecution handled the case, I admit I thought maybe they were trying to lose on purpose, but I think they’ve redeemed themselves.

18 10 2008
Deb

will try again to post….just saw this from ActBlue Tinklenberg donations now up to $183,441. Unbelievable response!

18 10 2008
Marty Hussein McGrumpy Finger Quoter

ahhh.. nice and quiet.. turned off the sound to mcgrumpy’s rally. I can’t stomach listening to him any longer.

Pamela, thanks for the nice comment..🙂 I actually started writing a novel about 10 years ago, decided it was horrid and stopped. but maybe time to do a new one wih all the stuff.. Based in Alaska, with Cara Maylin as the lead protagonist?
🙂

18 10 2008
upnorth minnesota hose Hussein hotrod

AKM, you rock! as usual. My favorite line in your post — “If the jury, like me, was taken off-guard with an unexpected and unwanted mental image of Ted Stevens’ “bottom”, it can’t be good for the senior Senator”. OOh. yucky.
And I’m with Marty on the encouraging the old guy to throw Palin under the bus. He’d be doing his state a great service and could perhaps salvage some “legacy” as they say.

hHh

18 10 2008
Lock Pepper Palin

Sarah’s going to go off in the sunset making big money on eyeglass commercials–hide and watch–she and Piper will do mother/daughter gigs for Lenscrafters. Meanwhile, America will move into a golden age of prosperity with Obama/Biden at the helm and a democratic congress. Peace prospers in the next decade of the 21st century!

Isn’t that a lovely vision? I don’t mind SaPa and PiPa as eyeglass models…they could help boost the economy.

Obama/Biden for president–Sarah and Piper for Lenscrafters models–John McCain for…um, well…AARP ambassador or lobbiest or sumpin’? Any ideas?

18 10 2008
Marty Hussein McGrumpy Finger Quoter

It’s funny watching mcgrumpy with no sound.. i can hear what he’s saying.

And some dude with a press camera taking photos righr over his shoulder was funny.. oops he’s gone.

I look at the crowds at his rally and compare them to obama rally’s and i’ve figured out out.

There is clearly a defective chromosome in repugnants. it’s sort of like the slightly off look children born from incestuous relationships look like. The eyes that don’t focus, the look that just isn’t quite right.

I think it’s time to call for a national study of why people vote for who they vote for from a genetic research standpoint and see if it’s a genetic trait. Seriously.. this would explain a lot.

18 10 2008
Joan aka Timber Challange Palin

This off topic, but I just heard (on Fox News radio, no less!) that there are 100,000 people at Obama’s St. Louis rally! BIG woo-hoo!! That’s even bigger than most football games – I am proud of my Missouri!!

See, we are not all red-neck hillbillies down here!!

GO OBAMA/BIDEN!!!

18 10 2008
West Virginian aka Halter Grasshopper Palin

Way to go Missouri! The picture of the rally made my day!

Obama/Biden 08

18 10 2008
Marty Hussein McGrumpy Finger Quoter

It’s funny.. the background crowd is clearly not really into it.. some dope with a bricklayers for mcccain was fussing around with his 50’s era handle bar mustache, the kids who are bored, and pretending to be hacing fun, some fat guy with a VFW hat and the lack of a single.. wait for it.. black person in the crowd.

McCain clearly and completely has managed to alienate an entire race of people in this country. how many blacks/hispanics/asians/and other non-Caucasians are voting for McCain?? My bet is those numbers are microscopic.

Most of the background crowd is just sitting stonefaced..!

I gotta love my fellow virginians.. even mccain rooters are bored with him.

18 10 2008
upnorth minnesota hose Hussein hotrod

Reposting this pic and story for those who haven’t seen it. Daily Kos also has a story up on this amazing Obama rally of over 100,000 in Missouri.

http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2008/10/18/obama-rally-draws-100000-in-missouri/

hHh

18 10 2008
pamela

Hey, Joan, this site has some recent Missouri polls http://www.electoral-vote.com/evp2008/Pres/Graphs/missouri.html and they look blue to me. I was skeptical, but after seeing pictures of that crowd, I’m beginning to believe. Heard your governor is in some trouble, too – so maybe Missouri really will turn blue this time?

18 10 2008
caligrl Hussein wolves eat Palin

Marty Hussein McGrumpy Finger Quoter (11:14:19) :

I have a take on Stevens trial.

He’s probably pondering his future in prison for the next 20 years, which would be a life sentence. So, how about this scenario..?

He goes to prosecutors and says “I’ll give you Palin”. She got more gifts than me and has been doing far more nefarious things as Gov than i’ve done. I’ll give you the proof in exchange for me resigning from Congress, promising not to run for public office again and will pay back all disputes costs.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Marty sounds like a good scenario! And yes you simply must write a book! We all here at AKM would buy it and make it a best seller! 😀

18 10 2008
karion

Not directly related to Stevens, but after reading the amazing Chicago Tribune endorsement of Obama (first time the paper ever endorsed a Democrat), I became curious as to how many papers had endorsed Obama and how many had endorsed McCain.

The answer? 62-18 is the current score. That is, Obama leads newspaper editorial endorsements by a factor of 3: 62-18.

I am convinced that the Alaska Daily News is going to endorse Obama. It may be wishful thinking, and probably is, but I am still hopeful. I don’t know when they are going to publish their endorsement.

18 10 2008
pamela

upnorth,

What are your thoughts on Franken? I read somewhere that the 3rd party candidate was coming on strong.

PS…are you any where near the boundary waters canoe area? Spent 2 mostly rainy but beautiful weeks there 25 years ago.

18 10 2008
Pacificnwgal

Regarding the article in the Vancouver Sun… scarey as hell! But, accurate observations of course. It comes down to what I have always said… people vote on very gut, superficial reasons (i.e. appearance, how someone talks, flirting). This is what Palin does. She flirts with people. She is coy as with Biden (can I call you Joe?). And people do not listen enough. This is why we have to keep going after people like her, or she will win, and that would be a disaster for the country. Yes, I agree that more women in leadership positions are good, but not bad women. Many women show their competitive nasty sides in leadership positions in stead of calm, steady, rational thinking. And I think that Hillary would have been the VP pick if Obama didn’t show up on the scene. Interesting timing.

Another person I have a real problem with is Michele Bachmann (R) from Minnesota and her stepford wife smile. She defends Palin up and down in the most ridiculous ways. Read the recent article link in the Huff Post on how she calls Obama anti-American. McCarthyism all over again. She is in a close race with Tinklenberg for the House. He needs to win, and I hope he does. Anyone know people in Minnesota.. email them with this info.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/10/17/gop-rep-channels-mccarthy_n_135735.html

18 10 2008
pamela

Marty,

Off topic, but since you’re in Virginia, you may be interested to know that according to the McCain campaign, Northern Virginia isn’t the real Virginia. http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2008/10/mccain-adviser.html I guess McCain expects to do well in the “real” Virgina. Would that be like the pro-America part of Virginia😉

18 10 2008
BigPete

AKM….that might have been your funniest Post ever! The more often I re-read it, the longer it takes me to get through it!…….We will miss Ted.

18 10 2008
Marty Hussein McGrumpy Finger Quoter

Karion, it was sorta funny.. I looked at the list of newspapers who support mcgrumpy and noticed other than the NY Post, hahaha, mcgrumpy hasn’t got anyone with a substantial circulation.

What was even more shocking was the DC Examiner for Mcgrumpy. Why is it funny? Well, DC votes dem about 98% of the time. A right wing newspaper in a liberal town. How funny is that? And a testiment to how a true democracy works, even if the regugnants would prefer it wasn’t an open society.

18 10 2008
pamela

Marty,

Off topic, but since you’re in Virginia, you may be interested to know that according to the McCain campaign, Northern Virginia isn’t the real Virginia. http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2008/10/mccain-adviser.html

I guess McCain expects to do well in the “real” Virgina. Would that be like the pro-America part of Virginia?

(oops – apologies if this posts more than once – looks like I lost a post)

18 10 2008
caligrl Hussein wolves eat Palin

OK, here’s a scary on for y’all, about SWWNBN

“Palin’s Choice: Eugenics and the CNP” with the Collins Brothers
http://threshingfloor.onevoicemm.net/weblog/?p=1186

I hope what Marty says is true, that would be great if Stevens “told” on her😀
(see how I blended this into the thread)😀

18 10 2008
pamela

Marty,

Off topic, but since you’re in Virginia, you may be interested to know that according to the McCain campaign, Northern Virginia isn’t the real Virginia.

I guess McCain expects to do well in the “real” Virgina. Would that be like the pro-America part of Virginia?

http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/

(oops – apologies if this posts more than once – looks like I lost a post)

18 10 2008
Kurt

I thought I saw something about Colin Powell standing up for Stevens. Is that true? And if so, why in hell would he?

18 10 2008
Marty Hussein McGrumpy Finger Quoter

Cali , you know if teddy knows, and his lawyers see defeat sitting at the door, and he’s going away for the rest of his life, he’d have to offer something enough to make the Feds willing to say ok, go home.

And Failin is a prime target. With her rediculous policies in Alaska, her personal (State of Alaska ) bank account she uses for her own causes and if the Housegate thing is true, Teddy would know it since the same people who did his house are rumored to be the ones who built hers, i think they’d love it.

Is it too late to affect the election? Don’t know, but this trial has been going on a while with it’s many delays, and you can bet he’s been stashing info for years now just in case he needs it to save his bare bottom..!
🙂

18 10 2008
karion

Marty, I noticed that, too. I recognized three or four papers in the McCain column.

Also, in terms of circulation, it is 8 million to 1.7. Quite the gulf.

18 10 2008
Uncle Joe Mccarthy

there is already a palin in congress…her name is michelle bachman

a woman who believes that god called her to run for congress

a woman who claims to have had 23 foster children in her home at one time

a woman who is so enamored by bush that she wouldnt let go of him until he gave her a kiss

one palin in congress is enough

18 10 2008
Marty Hussein McGrumpy Finger Quoter

One palin in congress is one too many..

18 10 2008
Marty (VA) Hussein McGrumpy Finger Quoter

hmm.. just thought of something.. everyone add the state your from to your tag line?? would be interesting to see where everyone’s from..

18 10 2008
Marty (VA) Hussein McGrumpy Finger Quoter

damn.. heard some mcgrumpy bs.. so question for smart people..

does mcgrumpy ever, i mean EVER actually state any real policy or does he simply re-run the same tired lines without ever saying anything?

18 10 2008
janetshusb

Here’s something I don’t understand. Why is a Republican Department of Justice, a DOJ that has defended the most egregious actions of its party members, suddenly going after Stevens a loyal Republican, with a not very strong case of corruption, who is a buddy of Cheney’s. And since this about Alaskan politics how is it connected to oil. Something doesn’t add up right.

18 10 2008
timmmahhhh

I don’t know enough about Stevens to really comment but hope justice is served. To his credit at least he was willing to testify and take accountability unlike your chicken s*it governor Ms. Falin.

Here is some real news, two endoresments:

The Chicago Tribune has NEVER endorsed a Democrat until this year, and they compare Obama to Lincoln!:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/chi-chicago-tribune-endorsement,0,1371034.story

And Esquire magazine, which has never endorsed a candidate in its 75-year history but felt compelled to this year:
http://www.esquire.com/features/esquire-endorsements-2008/esquire-endorses-barack-obama?click=pp

And I love their subtitle: “We thought this election would be a serious fight over the future of this country, but only one candidate showed up.”

18 10 2008
Marty (VA) Hussein McGrumpy Finger Quoter

And I love their subtitle: “We thought this election would be a serious fight over the future of this country, but only one candidate showed up.”

that line is perfect.. ! i love it..

18 10 2008
eajphd Molten Contra Palin

“My bottom wasn’t bare,” Stevens snapped back at Morris. In other words, I’ve got my ass covered. Maybe Marty’s right, but on the other hand maybe he has well known prison recreational activities in mind. Sorry AKM, your reference to “an unexpected and unwanted mental image of Ted Stevens” brought that to mind.

In regard to Begich, a very different mental image comes to mind. When Senator William Fulbright ran for Congress for the first time he tacitly endorsed segregation, by the end of his career he was playing a major role in advancing civil rights. In the interim, he was the principal proponent for establishing the United Nations and the Fulbright Scholarship program. Let’s see what Senator Begich can do in a Congress that has higher goals than Ted Stevens Congress.

18 10 2008
Bea

Marty said:
“I gotta love my fellow virginians.. even mccain rooters are bored with him.”

____

They were all excited b/c they got there early and so could stand on the stage with Bible Spice, but now they realize it means they have to stay up there while Grampa Simpson yells at clouds for 30 minutes.

Love from a fellow VA’ian (who lives in the Nancy Fluffernutter-designated “REAL” part of the Commonwealth where there are OBAMA stickers/signs/volunteers EVERYWHERE!)

18 10 2008
Deb in Colordo aka previously just Deb

just changed my tagline to add Colorado…have been tring to post here, but it looks like my posts have been shuffled off to spamland…..

18 10 2008
ira2

On the note of Bachmann, her email addy that’s been posted on other threads isn’t working anymore (the info@michelebachmann one). Does anyone have an email addy for her that’s current?

18 10 2008
Deb in Colorado (previously just Deb)

still testing to see if my posts work😦

18 10 2008
Shikago aka Chief Hussein Shikago

Joan aka Timber Challange Palin (11:28:37) :

I am proud of my Missouri!!

See, we are not all red-neck hillbillies down here!!
– – – – –

Joan, I have been through Missouri many times, and never really considered the folks there as hillbillies. Here is my proof…

My very unscientific culture poll.
I drove from Chicago to Washington D.C. January & again in April. Yes, through some red neck places but it not the bible belt.
Number of -XXX Porno -This Exit- billboards = 1

I drove from Chicago to the Space Coast in Florida last October.
Through the bible belt states of Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia…
Number of -XXX Porno -This Exit- billboards = 79

Chicago to the Twin Cities in MN
Number of -XXX Porno -This Exit- billboards = 0

The only billboards in Missouri I ever saw were for Merrimac Caverns!!!
LOL…
nuff-said

18 10 2008
ira2

Stevens must be out of his mind. Does he really believe that his idea of defense is anything other than ridiculous?? How come his lawyers aren’t cringing with embarrassment??

18 10 2008
Anonymous

test post-

18 10 2008
Lisa

I’ve heard that the crowd tonight in KC could even be bigger. Gates were to open at 4:00 pm. People started arriving this am. Missouri is turning in a big way! I watned to go but still unable to walk for 2 more weeks😦 There in spirit:)

18 10 2008
BigPete

@ira2

The Frau Bachmann address was working as recently as this morn…..her next address will be TOP SECRET no doubt.

18 10 2008
Deb

am I back yet?

18 10 2008
Deb

at ACTBLUE Tinklenberg is now up to $195,762

18 10 2008
ira2

Shikago aka Chief Hussein Shikago (12:17:41) :

[…]
I drove from Chicago to the Space Coast in Florida last October.
Through the bible belt states of Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia…
Number of -XXX Porno -This Exit- billboards = 79
[…]

That’s because Bible Belt people know that they’re “only human”, but they’re saved and Jesus loves them anyway no matter what they do. I had a neighbor like that in AZ.
The other kind of people, the ones who don’t wallow comfortably in blanket forgiveness, are responsible for their own actions and therefore can’t afford to go wild a-sinning every which way.

18 10 2008
judi hussein that one Obama

The Bachmann address worked for me around noontime//Hopefully we have clogged up her inbox. What an evil woman!

18 10 2008
Shikago aka Chief Hussein Shikago

Posted again, for the belugas…

Humane Society Legislative Fund of America

“we’ve never before endorsed a presidential candidate… Standing on the sidelines is no longer an option for us.

I’m proud to announce today that the HSLF board of directors — which is comprised of both Democrats and Republicans — has voted unanimously to endorse Barack Obama for President.

…Palin engineered a campaign of shooting predators from airplanes and helicopters…

Please spread the word, and tell friends and family members that an honest assessment of the records of the two presidential tickets leads to the inescapable conclusion that Obama-Biden is the choice for humane-minded voters.

https://community.hsus.org/humane/notice-description.tcl?newsletter_id=27497157

18 10 2008
Shikago aka Chief Hussein Shikago

ira2 (12:30:02) :

I agree. . .

18 10 2008
Bea

Check this out, Mudpuppies:
24 hours ago, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann announced that all those who disagree with her are “Anti-American.” Since then, the outpouring of support for my campaign has been extraordinary. Since Congresswoman Bachmann’s outrageous remarks, my campaign has raised $438,346.57, and we’re working to reach $500,000 by 5 p.m. today.

Congresswoman Bachmann’s extreme ideology divides people, but her comments on MSNBC’s Hardball have united all of those who believe that I will jump start the ecomomy on Main Street by creating jobs and rebuilding our infrastructure. As a Minister and Mayor, I brought people together. I believe that we build by addition, not division. I want to thank you all. It is now clear that we have the momentum to win and I ask for your financial support. I will keep everyone posted.

Thank you,

El Tinklenberg

http://www.tinklenberg08.com

_____

Attention Michele B and other GOP hate-mongers,

DO NOT mess with the good citizens of America! We have internet connections and we aren’t afraid to use them.

18 10 2008
Marty (VA) Hussein McGrumpy Finger Quoter

From my dem son.. he’s votin obama.. Thanks David.. These are a blast.. the 3rd one is just awesome.. save it for last..

http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1832245

http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1826283

http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1829481

18 10 2008
ira2

BigPete (12:25:15) :

@ira2

The Frau Bachmann address was working as recently as this morn…..her next address will be TOP SECRET no doubt.

and

judi hussein that one Obama (12:30:03) :

The Bachmann address worked for me around noontime//Hopefully we have clogged up her inbox. What an evil woman!

Thanks! I tried again just a minute ago and the mail went through this time :o) Kewl. This is what I sent:

Dear Ms. Bachmann,

I would like to express my appreciation for your unprecedented support for a democratic Minnesota. What was a small speech for you turned into a giant leap forward for Mr. Tinklenberg. In response to your words, I, too, just proudly added my small donation to the mindboggling flood of financial support for Mr. Tinklenberg.

Please keep talking, Ms. Bachmann. It brings out the best in us who revile you for your words and it’s paving Mr. Tinklenberg’s path to Washington and a better future for state and country.

Regards,

(name)

18 10 2008
Augie

Marty Hussein,
I have to agree that there is something in the eyes of these brainwashed repubs. It’s like they’re empty, at least until someone gets their anger and hatred all stirred up. This video has been posted before but it provides a perfect example of the difference between dems and repubs. It’s hard to get through the first couple of minutes. They are so filled with hate. But when the music starts and it switches to the Obama folks, look closely at those faces, especially the children. What you see there is HOPE. And I have to tell you, it fills my heart with joy.

18 10 2008
ira2

Bea (12:33:22) :

[…]

Attention Michele B and other GOP hate-mongers,

DO NOT mess with the good citizens of America! We have internet connections and we aren’t afraid to use them.

LOVE IT!!!!

18 10 2008
Kurt

Thanks for ignoring me. I guess it’s true what they say about Alaskans…

18 10 2008
Marty (VA) Hussein McGrumpy Finger Quoter

Awww kurt, we’re not ignoring you.. we didn’t see what you said.. if it was rude it would have been sent to spam.. try again.

18 10 2008
Meat Notgay Hussein

Come on Kurt, we are not all Alaskans here. Colin will likely make up for his past transgressions by endorsing Obama tomorrow.

18 10 2008
upnorth minnesota hose Hussein hotrod

Sorry Kurt— didn’t mean to be rude. we had talked about the colin powell/stevens thing a few threads back; that’s no excuse for not responding. if your a friend, welcome!

hHh

18 10 2008
judi hussein that one Obama

@ira2 (12:43:01) :

Good one Ira. I sent her a similiar one though not nearly as eloquent.. She has to be pissed realizing how much money we are all sending her opponent..Well, she sowed and she will reap!
Wasn’t it Sinclair Lewis who said “when fascism comes it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross”? And as Ghandi said. “I like your Christ. I don’t like your Christians. Your Christians are nothing like your Christ.”
A persons actions and words are very telling. So Ms Bachmann, profess to being a Christian and great American-I don’t believe you!

18 10 2008
Hick Town in W PA

3rd District PA (my district) …. currently held by Phil English who isn’t the worst Republican BUT … is now losing to Kathy DahlKemper, Democrat, of Erie. Yippee! I ran into my Republican lawyer cousin this afternoon who said he was voting for her because he found English’s scurrilous attacks against her irrelevant and distasteful. Impugning another candidate’s patriotism and whether they are “American” is offensive. He thinks the Republicans need awhile in the woodshed for stupidity.

18 10 2008
Marty (VA) Hussein McGrumpy Finger Quoter

The latest from the Tinklenberg tote board, TELL US ED..

4,752 Supporters
Raised $201,132

All this in 24 hours.. Americans hate hatred.. Just amazing

18 10 2008
Dee

Did you all see the lovely pictures of the 100,000 people who showed up in Missouri to hear our next president Barack Obama speak? I just cannot entertain the thought that he isn’t going to win this election. Mr. Crankypants and his ice queen wife occupying the WH is just too awful a scenerio for me to envision. Volunteer wherever you can in the next few weeks. I’m going to be a greeter on election day outside of my polling place.

18 10 2008
Michele

judi hussein that one Obama (12:54:25) :,

It was Gandhi and he also said, when asked what he thought about Western civilization, “I think it would be a good idea.” We certainly aren’t very civilized around election time, that’s for sure.

18 10 2008
caligrl Hussein wolves eat Palin

Marty Hussein McGrumpy Finger Quoter (12:00:25) :

Cali , you know if teddy knows, and his lawyers see defeat sitting at the door, and he’s going away for the rest of his life, he’d have to offer something enough to make the Feds willing to say ok, go home.

And Failin is a prime target. With her rediculous policies in Alaska, her personal (State of Alaska ) bank account she uses for her own causes and if the Housegate thing is true, Teddy would know it since the same people who did his house are rumored to be the ones who built hers, i think they’d love it.

Is it too late to affect the election? Don’t know, but this trial has been going on a while with it’s many delays, and you can bet he’s been stashing info for years now just in case he needs it to save his bare bottom..!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Marty!
I would love to see that little surprise greet failin after all Stevens is pretty old, if he steps down from senate that will be punishment for him, but failin…she has done so much more than stevens!!! I’m sure we are not even away yet! The Dems on Dem. underground were very,very happen to have the/links and seen the Wasilla project and will pass around, also gave links to AKM blog!😀

18 10 2008
Lock Pepper in Honolulu

I wrote a very clever post about Sarah Palin going down in history as a Lenscrafters model and it didn’t get posted…
Wha happen?

Prayers for the missing boy on Amber Alert. Prayers for Caylee…how could ANYONE hurt a beautiful 3 year old like that? I’d have taken her!

18 10 2008
judi hussein that one Obama

@Michele (12:58:41)
Ghandi is right, civilization would be a very good Idea and we have so far to travel to get there. But YES WE CAN get there one step at a time. We can’t turn back now, not with so much to do….Barack Obama is such a good man and such an inspiration!

18 10 2008
Trini

Check out the slide show from the St.Lo Rally:
http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/10/18/12630/064/131/634471

I think you’ll have to scroll down. What these photos show is history in the making. With Obama speaking before 100,000 people and the backdrop of the Dred Scott building, America has come full circle. While corrected technically by the 13th and 14th amendments, Barack has brought it around in spirit and reality. Wow. I’m so glad that this is happening in my lifetime! It gives me chills. What a message. McCain, you are SO out of your league!

18 10 2008
Vlad the I'm HUSSEIN Palin

Fascism will come wrapped in a flag and carrying a Bible. ~ Sinclair Lewis 1935

18 10 2008
Vlad the I'm HUSSEIN Palin

“And for Frau Michele Bachmann Goebbels:

“Patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels.” – Samuel Johnson

18 10 2008
InJuneau aka Wrangler Tractor That One Hussein

@DrChill (11:03:30) :

No senate vacancy appointments anymore. We did away with that law the same year “we” elected Lisa on her own (in 2004, after Frank appointed her to his vacant seat in 2002). I’ve posted about it on previous threads, but that’s the essence of it. Regardless of how the vacancy happens, now we have to have an election (within 60 days I think…) to fill it. Same thing with the House seat, though I think that’s been the rule for that for much longer…

18 10 2008
judi hussein that one Obama

Vlad the I’m HUSSEIN Palin (13:05:04) :

Fascism will come wrapped in a flag and carrying a Bible. ~ Sinclair Lewis 1935
…That’s right, thanks for the correction.

18 10 2008
Lock Pepper in Honolulu

“I guess it’s true what they say about Alaskans…”
I guess I don’t understand, Kurt…what do they say about Alaskans? I find the blue ones quite delightful. Now those that lean red are just pretty typical of other american repugs…

Welcome to mudflats, though–we are a warm and fun community. I still say–when’s the convention? November 4th? PARTAY!

18 10 2008
InJuneau aka Wrangler Tractor That One Hussein

@Vlad the I’m HUSSEIN Palin (13:05:04) :

Did you SEE the photo of SWWNBN in the Newsweek a couple of weeks ago?!?!

18 10 2008
Vlad the I'm HUSSEIN Palin

This one is interesting, given today’s economic scenario:

“If the American people ever allow the banks to control issuance of their currency, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers occupied.”

Thomas Jefferson

18 10 2008
Vlad the I'm HUSSEIN Palin

@ Injuneau – No, I didn’t see the Newsweek picture. Please tell me she wasn’t wrapped in a flag and carrying a bible! Lol

18 10 2008
Forty Watt Hussein

Bea this is wonderful news.

All day yesterday I was struggling with the dilemma of whether it was morally justifiable to leave the USA should McCain win. Against: I am an immigrant. I love this country and it has been very good to me, my children and grandchildren. Pro leaving: I’m not young and I’ve been at this fighting for justice thing for nearly 50 years. It would be nice just to be put out to pasture and tend my garden.

Then we heard Bachman on CM. When she finally stopped, my husband said: “That’s it. If they win, we’re out of here.”

But habit dies hard so I sent money to her opponent, wrote an email expressing horror, signed the petition for her censure. And now this overwhelming outpouring of disgust together with the very pragmatic actions of countless wonderful folks, who are the reason that, as alluring as the pasture may seem, it’s not the answer. If I left now, I’d feel I was letting you all down.

Ever onwards, ever upwards!

18 10 2008
Marty (VA) Hussein McGrumpy Finger Quoter

Aubrey you’re right.. it was very touching and shows the true differences between ugliness and hope.

The title, Hate and Hope are exactly accurate. It’s what this country has become, those on one side who scream vile, ugly lies and spew more hatred, with the other side that smiles and shows joy and happiness and hope. Missing from mccain rallies, blacks, asians, hispanics, swedes, germans, and others all smile and hope for the future.

McCain simply appeals to people who’d make Adolf Hitler proud.

18 10 2008
eajphd Molten Contra Palin

Ted Stevens’ claims about the invoices seem to be part of a general embrace of truthiness that’s played out in this election. Sarah claimed to have visited Iraq – simply by going to the Kuwait border. Now we see she had a precedent in this type of thing from Cindy McCain.

‘Asked if she was ever in Rwanda, as Mrs. McCain has stated many times, a campaign spokesman, Jill Hazelbaker, said “she was driven to the Zaire/Rwanda border in order to assess the conditions of the refugees entering the country.”’

[http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/18/us/politics/18cindy.html?
_r=1&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss&pagewanted=all&oref=slogin]

18 10 2008
ira2

Off topic:

http://www.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/TV/10/18/palin.snl/index.html?eref=rss_topstories

So, Palin is running a VP race on her governor time. Campaigning for herself across the country while Alaska is paying her Alaska governor’s salary. Right?
And now she’s “preparing for her appearance on SNL”. Preparing for her stint on a TV comedy show, while getting supported as potential VP by her campaign followers AND while getting paid her Alaska governor’s salary. Right?

I can’t possibly be the only person who finds this absolutely wrong. Next thing you know, she’ll go to Disneyland for a week as part of her governor’s job and her VP candidate race?? What am I missing here, is there ANY justification for this somewhere, somehow, something that injects at least a micron of sense into it?

18 10 2008
Augie

Marty,
Just happened to think…
I’ve got a family member whose middle name is Adolf. By repub logic, I guess that makes him a Nazi!

18 10 2008
Marty (VA) Hussein McGrumpy Finger Quoter

Excuse me.. i have to sterilize..

if you want to feel dirty.. click this.

http://freerepublic.com/tag/palin/index?tab=activity

18 10 2008
Marty (VA) Hussein McGrumpy Finger Quoter

Oh god.. call McCain.. Augie’s a nazi.. you’re toast..

18 10 2008
Vlad the I'm HUSSEIN Palin

If you can get a copy of this month’s Vanity Fair, check out Editor Graydon Carter’s “Editor’s Letter” on page 68. He nails Palin perfectly. As a teaser:

“Palin is for almost everything that most women I know are against – and she’s against almost everything they’re for. She’s pro gun – including semi-automatic weapons. Pro domestic drilling. And pro indoor tanning, apparently. But she’s anti embryonic-stem-cell research and anti abortion, even in cases of rape or incest. She’s also anti evolution. (And why is it that supporters of the theory of intelligent design are so often the ones who appear to have been most shortchanged in that department?) And she’s against comprehensive sex education for teens – a curious stance for a woman with a pregnant, unwed 17-year-old.”

“And she’s a chief executive who in less than two years as governor has spent more than 300 days away from the office, preferring to work 600 miles from the capital in the town where she lives. (She then billed the state a per diem for those days she worked from home.)…………….This is the woman who’s going to clean up Washington? She sounds like George Bush in drag.”

He eventually ends the article with “The McCain-Palin platform of fewer earmarks, more domestic drilling, an endless war, and the cute Tina Fey thing just isn’t going to cut it. Please don’t make Christopher Buckley’s job any harder.”

18 10 2008
Augie

I won’t go without a fight!

18 10 2008
Marty (VA) Hussein McGrumpy Finger Quoter

It’s funny.. that freerepublic (nazi website) was sort of funny if you actually read some of the posts.

I’d like to think we post stuff that is at least in appearance is truthful and not simply rhetoric. They post the same old recycled bs we’ve been hearing from mccain for weeks now.

Peggy Noonan wrote a scathing article condemning Palin and they just think she lost her mind.. They loved her when she was in their koolaid, but the moment she makes an intelligent opinion WE certainly can see, she’s suddenly an outcast since she can’t be right, it’s impossible.

So, it’s just comical.

18 10 2008
eajphd Molten Contra Palin

“Marty (VA) Hussein McGrumpy Finger Quoter (13:17:45) :
Missing from mccain rallies, blacks, asians, hispanics, swedes, germans, and others all smile and hope for the future.

McCain simply appeals to people who’d make Adolf Hitler proud.”

Marty the Germans did make Hitler proud. t It’s better not to go listing off ethnic groups,,, I’m sure you’ll find people from every ethnic group at Obama rallies. The thing that identifies the McCain supporters isn’t so much their a single ethnicity as their willingness to tolerate and even incite a hatred based on fear of others. We’re better off avoiding getting to cornered into reacting to their ethnicity, because that’s just what they want to justify themselves.

18 10 2008
Marty (VA) Hussein McGrumpy Finger Quoter

eaj, i’m not sure what world you’re from, but the Germans dispised hitler as much as the rest of the world. They were also justifibly terrified of him. He’d kill you, your mom, your sister and baby still unborn for entertainment.

People in Nazi Germany in the 40’s did not like Hitler, not in the slightest. There were many assassination attempts, several getting very close. Yet, those who were caught were killed, their families were killed and anyone who might have known the guy who attempted to kill hitler were killed.

The people of Germany were as much victims of occupation as the rest of Europe, so adding in Germans in that list is fair and accurate.

18 10 2008
InJuneau aka Wrangler Tractor That One Hussein

@Vlad the I’m HUSSEIN Palin (13:09:40) :

Well, she was certainly wrapped in the flag; I do not even want to speculate on what she had with her under there. In our house, we allowed as how the Rs would raise holy you-know-what if there were a similar photo of Obama published anywhere. If you can find old copies of Newsweek at your library or such (and then don’t mind having to sterilize your eyeballs after you view it), it’s in the Sept. 15, 2008, issue (the one with the photo of her with a shotgun over her shoulder and the word “Palin-tol-ogy” on the cover) on page 29. Nearly made me puke, it did!

18 10 2008
pamela

I have to put in a plug for at least some McCain supporters. My parents, in their 80’s, vote republican and while they seem brainwashed at times, they’re not angry. Maybe it’s habit. Maybe it’s the Catholic thing. Maybe they respect McCain’s service to the country and really don’t pay attention to the person he’s morphed into. But NEVER in a million years would they go to a rally and shout obscenities. My hope is that there are more republicans like them, who’ll respect Obama after he is elected and be ready to come together as a country, so we can realize what Barack said in ’04 about there being only one America, neither red nor blue.

18 10 2008
MJC

NEW THREAD ALERT!
NEW THREAD ALERT!
NEW THREAD ALERT!

18 10 2008
Vlad the I'm HUSSEIN Palin

@ Marty (VA) Hussein McGrumpy Finger Quoter – No, a very large segment of the German and Austrian people did indeed idoloze HItler and believed stongly in the Nationalist Socialist movement and believed very strongly in the ‘superiority’ of the Aryan race. Not all, of course, probably much like today’s politics 1/2 did and 1/2 didn’t. Mein Kampf, the book he wrote while in Landsberg prison, was put in every church pulpit (replacing the bible) when he came to power and there was not a lack of ‘good Christians’ who followed it as closely as some today follow the Bible, Torah or Koran. Unfortunately, there is never a shortage of sheeple – never has been and never will be.

18 10 2008
Marty (VA) Hussein McGrumpy Finger Quoter

Pamela, it would be nice, but unfortunately, we don’t live in Oz and the Wizard was shot and killed by Failin. She cut off his left hand and field stripped him and left the remnants for the muchkins.

ok.. sorta gross.. but appropriate.

im sure your parents aren’t in the delusional crowd. Perhaps you need to schelp over to their house and give them the facts on how devastating a McFailin ticket will be to America. Ask them how much their retirement has lost, explain to them it’s from the failed Bush policies and mccain will be only doing the same things for the next 4 years, or even worse, he’ll die and failin will be in charge. Tell them she shot wolves from airplanes because it cost money when they killed moose for hunters to kill. Tell them she thinks polar bears can die because they hunt in areas she wants to drill and destroy more of alaska. Tell them Mccain will ruin the remaining years of their lives and if they feel they need hope, there’s only one candidate to vote for.

show then the local paper, where ever you are, there’s gotta be one of them endorsing obama (62-18 at last count).. If you try, there’s got to be something that will convert them.

18 10 2008
Forty Watt Hussein

New thread. Needs action.

18 10 2008
Let'sGetReal for "That One"

I am making calls in Indiana, when does early voting start there? And can voters go to any polling place within their county?

18 10 2008
LaNon

Marty Hussein McGrumpy Finger Quoter (11:14:19) :

He goes to proscecutors and says “I’ll give you Palin”. She got more gifts than me and has been doing far more nefarious things as Gov than i’ve done. I’ll give you the proof in exchange for me resigning from Congress, promising not to run for public office again and will pay back all disputes costs.
———————————————
Yes, Marty a sweet possible scenario.

Palin will be the abominable gift that keeps on giving to Alaska.
It magnifies the microcosm of AK politics which in time will benefit all
Alaskans, as the media and people like us have the opportunity to examine
parts of local politics through a more national lens. Alaskans have the chance to
see their politics as big picture, and the change will occur.

Stevens and Palin will become pariahs in their own place. They may have been able to withstand local criticism but the eyes of the nation will vanquish their callous ways.
Palin and Stevens over time may become the best things to happen to the people and animals of Alaska.

The days of local politics have changed. The Internet is the great leveler and for the simple-minded crooks among elected officials, the gig is up.

Carry on, free people!

18 10 2008
pj

@ Pamela,

I agree with your assessment; not all R’s are like this. After watching Buchmann yesterday I am so glad “my” R, Chuck Hagel (R, NE), is nothing like her. And when I voted for Hagel I was nothing like what you see at JM/SP’s rallies.
I was happy to find links to “Censure” and “Donate” after reading the postings here. I participated on both issues and feel I validated my inner R while allowing my inner D to run rampant!!!🙂

Democracy is great…and our republic is great🙂

18 10 2008
Bobg

If Senator Stevens is innocent I hope that he walks and I will be the first one to apologize for what this trial has put him through (I haven’t sat through the testimony so I can’t comment on his guilt or innocence.) That said, I am so tired of our elected officials using public office for personal gain. I feel that our elected officials should be adequately compensated but those who abuse the office should be imprisoned. (Senators didn’t even receive a salary until 1855; they received a per diem to cover the expenses of their travel.) I would even approve of a life sentence for those attempting to enrich themselves because of their public office. I have worked on campaigns many times and have gotten to know several well-known politicians. The lure of the money floating around Washington can be overpowering. I was friends with a high ranking city politician that was very honest served his people well. A businessman offered him $100,000 to do him a favor and my friend agreed to do the favor. Later in the day he called and rescinded his acceptance. (This was born out by the testimony at the trial.) He was convicted and sentenced to jail. I was in his office and he told me in tears that he had never accepted a penny before. I tend to believe that was true as he was very religious. That destroyed the man. He had been a successful lawyer before he went into office. After he got out of jail he worked for a few years as a maitre d’ in a fine restaurant until he died in his 50’s. Some how we must get a grip on the money that flows so freely in Washington. When a lobbyist spends hundreds of thousands on legislators that money is recouped by raising the prices of the goods that a company makes. It also has an effect on similar businesses. If Pumpit Oil Company gets a favorable law passed because of gifts or cash all oil companies benefit so the relatively minor benefit magnifies. If people knew how much money flows to Washington to influence legislation the public would take to the streets and the Million Man March would look like a house party.

18 10 2008
Whabs, Seattle, WA.

AK “….but he says “Ted’s toast!””

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm. I love Toast.

18 10 2008
THAT ONE TiredMom HUSSEIN

I’m listening to the speech in KC…. I keep hearing JFK, RFK and MLK in the deep recesses of my mind! He makes me cry when I hear him … tears of hope!

18 10 2008
THAT ONE TiredMom HUSSEIN

MUST SEE…. go to: http://perezhilton.com/page/2/

scroll down about seven articles or so…. look for Message to Sarah Palin from the Young Girls of America

perfect! Love it!!! Says it all!

18 10 2008
Vise Peeper Palin AKA That One

The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism–ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. By Franklin D. Roosevelt, president of the United States

19 10 2008
Joan aka Timber Challange Palin

Hey Pamela, sorry about the response lag…I had to be away for awhile and when I returned there were so many additional posts/treads I forgot which one I had written in!🙂

Matt Blunt decided not to contest this time because he knew he couldn’t win! Jay Nxon is going to do a lot for this state and my firends in his campaign say he is doing well…I don’t have any stats to back that up but look at the rallies! Claire McKaskill knew which way the wind was blowing very early in Barack’s campaign. I was in Boonville not long ago, a very tiny rural hamlet just off the Katy Trail where you might expect things to be solid McCain – and all I saw were Obama/Biden signs! So folks don’t need to think that Barack is doing well only in the big cities in this state!

Powell’s endorsement can only help Obama in this so-called “toss-up” state. I really do feel I will be able to be REALLY proud of MO pretty soon!




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