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Saturday, May 27, 2006

It's Time!

It's time for me to leave my blogspot home for my new home. Dagney's Rant has enjoyed success at this site, but I hope you will come to visit me at the new and improved Dagney's Rant. If you have me bookmarked, please make the change. Also, if you have me linked from your page, please change the link url. From now on, I'm at www.dagneysrant.com Come on over and see me sometime!

// posted by DagneyT @ 6:34 AM

Friday, May 26, 2006

Memorial Day - A Day To NOT Forget

As we head off into the long weekend, I hope we all remember who it is this holiday remembers; the brave men and women who gave us the freedom to take off to the lake, or the beach, or the park, to party and enjoy family and friends. Please try to find time this weekend to reflect on what this poet had to say about this day;

"Let's pass on to our children
And to those who never knew
What these soldiers died for
It's the least we can do

Let's not forget their families
Great pain they had to bear
Losing a son, father or husband
They need to know we still care

No matter which war was fought
On the day that they died
I stand here looking at these flags
Filled with American pride."

Find more inspiration here.

// posted by DagneyT @ 1:19 PM

Thursday, May 25, 2006

I Know What's Up!

At least I'll bet I do! Got up this morning, and saw two conflicting headlines on
Drudge this morning. One that says Dennis Hastert is under investigation, and one that says he isn't under investigation. I'm not the only one wanting to understand what is going on; Michelle Malkin has a whole roundup of other bloggers and sources.

So what's going on in our capital? It all boils down to the perpetual leaks from administration insiders who are still holdovers from the Clinton era. They are bound and determined to hinder, stifle, or in any way allow the Bush administration policies to be carried out by congress! It's obviously working, as I pointed out in
my last post.

It's like our entire GOP leadership is operating as though they were shell shocked. It reminds me of a Penn State vs. Florida game many years ago. Penn State coach Joe Paterno's game plan consisted of hitting Florida QB Vinnie Testaverde so many times that he was basically afraid to throw the ball accurately, and ditto on the vicious hitting of all of the receivers, until the entire Florida offense was totally shell shocked. Penn State won the game.

// posted by DagneyT @ 6:31 AM

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Open Letter to Hastert, Boehner, Frist, et al

Gentlemen, I do not believe you know how your shrill complaints sound to the rest of America.

"Hastert raised concerns that the FBI’s unannounced seizure of congressional documents during a raid of Jefferson’s Rayburn office Saturday night violated the separation of powers between the two branches of government as they are defined by the Constitution.

“The Speaker spoke candidly with the president about the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s raid over the weekend,” Hastert spokesman Ron Bonjean said yesterday in confirming his boss’s remarks."

"Separation of powers" you are complaining about, Mr. Hastert? Explain to me what it was all about when you demanded that VP Cheney turn over documents, etc., of meetings he had with energy experts held during discussions about the administration's energy policy direction? Where were the power separations then?

Y'all sound like you think you are above the law. The FBI can obtain search and seizure orders on my house, but not on congressional offices? If laws are broken, I don't care who you are, you are not above it! Why not save your indignation for the crooks in your midst? You folks in the GOP disgust me! The donks have been on this "culture of corruption" crap for months! Instead of pointing out the obvious, you're bitching at the President!

Get on with closing our borders and fixing our tax system, and let law enforcement do what they do!

// posted by DagneyT @ 1:19 PM

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Parental Warning!

Michelle Malkin has a cautionary vent for parents. Listen to her vent here. Hollywierdos are doing it again, and this time it's on our kids!

// posted by DagneyT @ 1:01 PM

Monday, May 22, 2006

Why Are We Surprised?

If you don't check The Drudge Report daily, as I do, you probably have not heard about the story Drudge had posted first thing this morning alleging that Democrat operatives were sent by The Screamer, Howard Dean to work against Ray Nagin's mayoral campaign. You can be guaranteed that you will not hear about it on any of the mainstream media news programs. Apparently the DNC does check out Drudge, because he has taken down the original post after their denial that Democrat operatives were actively working against Mayor Nagin's re-election in New Orleans. Can't have their black constituents finding out about their history, can they?

The story did remind me of some research I did recently. I get a slew of requests for political donations. If the request comes from a candidate or group with which I'm not familiar, I research them to learn if they are legit. That's how I came across this "Open Letter" to the Democrat Party. History reasserts itself.

"An Open Letter to the Democratic Party
By Lt. Colonel Frances Rice,U.S. Army Retired:

Contributor to the LHI

"We, African American citizens of the United States, declare and assert:

Whereas in the early 1600's 20 African men and women were landed in Virginia from a Dutch ship as slaves and from that tiny seed grew the poisoned fruit of plantation slavery which shaped the course of American development,

Whereas reconciliation and healing always begin with an apology and an effort to repay those who have been wronged,

Whereas the Democratic Party has never apologized for their horrific atrocities and racist practices committed against African Americans during the past two hundred years, nor for the residual impact that those atrocities and practices and current soft bigotry of low expectations are having on us today,

Whereas the Democratic Party fought to expand slavery and, after the Civil War, established Jim Crow Laws, Black Codes and other repressive legislation that were designed to disenfranchise African Americans,

Whereas the Ku Klux Klan was the terrorist arm of the Democratic Party, and their primary goal was to intimidate and terrorize African American voters, Republicans who moved South to protect African Americans and any other whites who supported them,

Whereas, according to leading historians (both black and white), the horrific atrocities committed against African Americans during slavery and Reconstruction were financed, sponsored, and promoted by the Democratic Party and their Ku Klux Klan supporters,

Whereas from 1870 to 1930, in an effort to deny African Americans their civil rights and to keep African Americans from voting Republican, thousands of African Americans were shot, beaten, lynched, mutilated, and burned to death by Ku Klux Klan terrorists from the Democratic Party,

Whereas Democratic Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry Truman rejected anti-lynching laws and efforts to establish a permanent Civil Rights Commission,

Whereas the Democratic party has used racist demagoguery to deceive African Americans about the history of the Republican Party that:

(a) started as the anti-slavery party in 1854,

(b) fought to free African Americans from slavery,

(c) designed Reconstruction, a ten-year period of unprecedented political power for African Americans,

(d) passed the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments to the U. S. Constitution granting African Americans freedom, citizenship, and the right to vote,

(e) passed the Civil Rights Acts of 1866 and 1875 granting African Americans protection from the Black Codes and prohibiting racial discrimination in public accommodations,

(f) passed the Civil Rights Act of 1957 and the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1965 granting African Americans protection from the Jim Crow laws,

(g) established Affirmative Action programs to help African Americans proper with Republican President Richard Nixon's 1969 Philadelphia Plan that set the first goals and timetables and his 1972 Equal Employment Opportunity Act that made Affirmative Action Programs the law of our nation, and

(h) never sponsored or launched a program, passed laws, or engaged in practices that resulted in the death of millions of African Americans, Whereas Brown vs. the Board of Education of Topeka (a 1954 decision by Chief Justice Earl Warren who was appointed by Republican President Dwight Eisenhower) was a landmark civil rights case that was designed to overturn the racist practices that were established by the Democratic Party,

Whereas after Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt received the vote of African Americans, he banned African American newspapers from the military shortly after taking office because he was convinced the newspapers were communists,

Whereas Democratic President John F. Kennedy voted against the 1957 Civil Rights Law, opposed the 1963 March on Washington by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and was later criticized by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for ignoring civil rights issues.

Whereas Democratic President John F. Kennedy authorized the FBI (supervised by his brother, Attorney General Robert Kennedy) to investigate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on suspicion of being a communist,

Whereas Democratic Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia, a former member of the Ku Klux Klan, made a 14-hour filibuster speech in the Senate in June 1964 in an unsuccessful effort to block passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and was heralded in April 2004 by Democratic Senator Christopher Dodd as a senator who would have been a great leader during the Civil War,

Whereas when the 1964 Civil Rights Act came up for vote, Senator Al Gore, Sr. and the rest of the Southern Democrats voted against the bill,

Whereas in the House of Representatives only 61 percent of the Democrats voted for the 1964 Civil Rights Act as compared to 80 percent of Republicans, and in the Senate only 69 percent of the Democrats voted for the 1964 Civil Rights Act, compared to 82 percent of the Republicans,

Whereas Democratic President Bill Clinton sent troops to Europe to protect the citizens of Bosnia and Kosovo while allowing an estimated 800,000 black Rwandans to be massacred in Africa, vetoed the welfare reform law twice before signing it, and refused to comply with a court order to have shipping companies develop an Affirmative Action Plan,

Whereas Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore created harmful racial division when he falsely claimed that the 2000 presidential election was "stolen" from him and that African Americans in Florida were disenfranchised, even though a second recount of Florida votes by the "Miami Herald" and a consortium of major news organizations confirmed that he lost the election, and a ruling by the U.S. Civil Rights Commission declared that African Americans were not denied the right to vote,

Whereas the Democratic Party's soft bigotry of low expectations and social promotions have consigned African Americans to economic bondage and created a culture of dependency on government social programs,

Whereas the Democratic Party's use of deception and fear to block welfare reform, the faith-based initiative and school choice that would help African Americans prosper is consistent with the Democratic Party's heritage of racism that included sanctioning of slavery and kukluxery, a perversion of moral sentiment among leaders of the Democratic Party whose racist legacy bode ill until this generation of African Americans,

Now, therefore, for the above and other documented atrocities and accumulated wrongs inflicted upon African Americans, we demand a formal written apology and other appropriate remuneration from the leadership of the Democratic party."

So why should we be surprised that they would work against Nagin's re-election, despite what they say? Thank you, Frances Rice, Chairman of Black Republican PAC. The check is in the mail.

// posted by DagneyT @ 1:25 PM

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Edification vs. Lack Thereof

My earlier post was a great example of how learning about history can be edifying. Watching this video is an example of what happens when we do not teach history. On the other hand, at Michael Yon's, this post should teach us the value of parental training. It produces heroes. I'm not sure if it is sad, or perhaps the Hand of God that we have this phenomenon.

"So I became what's now commonly known as a "9/11 Republican." Living in a time of war, disenchanted with the left and disappointed with the obstructionism and lack of vision of the Democratic Party, I threw in my hat with the only party that seemed to be offering solutions, rather than simply tearing away at our country. I went from voting for Ralph Nader in 2000 to proudly casting my ballot for George W. Bush in 2004. This doesn't necessarily mean that I agree with Bush on every issue, but there is enough common ground to support his party overall. In the wake of this political transformation, I discovered that I was not alone. It turned out that there are other 9/11 Republicans out there, both in the Bay Area and beyond, and they have been coming out of the woodwork.

Like many a political convert, I took it on myself to openly oppose the politics of those with which I once shared world views. Beyond writing, I put myself on the front lines of this ideological battle by taking part in counterprotests at the antiwar rallies leading up to the war in Iraq. This turned out to be a further wake-up call, because it was there that I encountered more intolerance than ever before in my life. Holding pro-Iraq-liberation signs and American flags, I was spat on, called names, intimidated, threatened, attacked, cursed and, on a good day, simply argued with. It was clear that any deviation from the prevailing leftist groupthink of the Bay Area was considered a threat to be eliminated as quickly as possible. "


I rather feel that it's His Hand. I feel like the soulmate of this poster, except that my journey began years before 9/11.

// posted by DagneyT @ 1:39 PM
Time to Share

My uncle the professor shared the following with the family. In an age where education does not include much in the way of historical perspective, I thought this would be great to share, not to mention informative:

"The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be.

Here are some facts about the 1500's:

Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and still smelled pretty good by June. However, they were starting to smell, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married. [I wonder if this is why Greek Orthodox churches use incense during services?]

Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children Last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying, "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water."

Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and off the roof. Hence the saying "It's raining cats and dogs."

There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence. The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying "dirt poor."

The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on the floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until when you opened the door it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entranceway. Hence the saying a "thresh hold."

(Getting quite an education, aren't you?)

In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while. Hence the rhyme "Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old."

Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man could "bring home the bacon." They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and "chew the fat."

Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning death. [Beethoven, for instance, died of lead poisoning.] This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.

Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or "upper crust." Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up. Hence the custom of holding a "wake."

England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a "bone-house" and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive. So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the "graveyard shift") to listen for the bell; thus, someone could be "saved by the bell" or was considered a "dead ringer."

Now, who said history is not interesting?

// posted by DagneyT @ 6:26 AM

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Am I Confused?

I watch Fox News. I see Mort Kandrake and Fred Barnes. Have you ever wondered who, between the two, is a conservative? Just asking, 'cause I'm not convinced.

// posted by DagneyT @ 4:33 PM

Friday, May 19, 2006

Ever Wonder.....?

Have you ever wondered what is the typical American politician's top priority? I think we need to ask ourselves what we think their top priority needs to be. In my case, it's quite simple. Security for our country. Once you've answered that question to your personal satisfaction, then ask yourself what you see as the top priority of your congressman, or your senators? It's fairly simple to learn what they "say" by going to their website. Then you might want to look at what they have voted on, vs. what they've said on the website or in their press releases, or if you live in Arizona, Connecticut, Vermont, etc., what they've said the last time someone pointed camera in their direction.

Let's use Senator Patrick Leahy as an example. [Hat Tip: News Max' Carl Limbacher]

"In 1994 Sen. Pat "Leaky" Leahy co-wrote a law that forced telecommunications carriers to build convenient wiretap features into their networks enabling the kind of telephone records collection now at the heart of the controversy over the National Security Agency's terrorist surveillance operation.

In recent days Leahy has called the NSA's actions troubling and potentially illegal - saying they show that the Bush administration is treating Americans like terrorists.

"'The secret collection of phone call records of tens of millions of Americans?" he exclaimed after USA Today blew the lid off the program last week. "Are you telling me that tens of millions of Americans are involved with al-Qaeda?"

But according to the Rutland Herald, Leahy was singing a different tune 12 years ago, when he was pushing the Senate to pass his bill, the Communication Assistance for Law Enforcement Act "

Now if, like me, your number one concern is the security of our country, then you have to ask yourself what is Senator Leahy's number one priority? Is it Democrat power? He'd say it's our security. I think not! [Hat Tip to Limbacher again!]

"Senator Patrick Leahy is coming to the aid of Al-Qaeda again. This time the democrat senator from Vermont wants the National Security Agency (NSA) to provide suspected terrorists with a privacy statement that gives them the opportunity to "opt-out" of the NSA's telephone data gathering operation.

"Why can't the NSA be like some internet websites that let you 'opt out' of permitting them to share information they collect about you with their partners", said Leahy. "I'm OK with Internet websites that secretly gather information about Americans Internet usage but this NSA crap has got to stop", Leahy added. "

I should never be surprised by the hypocrisy of the Donks, but it continues to amaze me! I feel so very fortunate to live in a state, and a congressional district, where our representatives are committed to our safety...too bad the rest of the Senate disagreed with my Senator Cornyn. It's fairly easy to see who is up for re-election, Senatorially, and who is not. The Donks up for re-election are keeping low profiles, while the ones who are not are the ones speaking out in front of every TV camera focused in their direction.

// posted by DagneyT @ 11:08 AM

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Classic Movies & Today's Hollyweirdos

With all of the hoopla about The DaVinci movie notwithstanding, I got caught up in a movie I'd never seen, while awating the Spurs playoff game. Bette Davis' The Old Maid came on tonight, and I cannot remember having seen it as a child. Lately I've become jaded about anything "old", or for that matter, new, from Hollyweirdos. Most of the old stuff I've seen recently, have bored me silly. I admit to my jaded sense of high tech. This film, however, grabbed me from the git-go! Despite the start of Spurs playoffs, I had to see the film to the bitter end.

What I learned is that today's Hollyweirdos have absolutely nothing in common with the innovative, creative founders of the movie kingdom that we all grew up with...unless you're only in your 20's, in which case you've been born into the era of brain-dead films. If you want to understand what I am talking about, research Bette Davis, Cary Grant, Kathyrn Hepburn, Clark Gable, Glenn Ford, John Wayne, and so many, many others of that era.

What we get today are remakes or sequels, or half-baked attempts of best-sellers, and worse, "statements" from the left! I can't thank Ted Turner for much, but I can thank him for TCM. Thanks, Ted.

// posted by DagneyT @ 6:42 PM
You GO, Girl!

If an alligator came into my house I'd shoot him too!

"The alligator was only 3 feet long, but Candy Frey wasn't taking any chances. When the reptile came into the lanai of her home east of Bradenton Saturday and attacked her golden retriever, Frey went and got her gun.

After Frey and her daughter managed to push the gator out of the lanai through the dog door, she blasted away at it four times.

"I was running on so much adrenaline," the 48-year-old former U.S. Marine aviation technician told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. "I just freaked out and shot him _ boom, boom, boom, boom."

A neighbor called deputies and the state sent a wildlife officer to investigate.
The alligator barely bled from gunshots to the neck and shoulder, Frey said, and wildlife officer put it back in the lake.


The deputy gave Frey a warning citation for hunting without a license. "

I don't care how doggone big he is, he's dead! That goes for anyone or anything who comes into my house uninvited! That they gave her a warning citation is just ridiculous!

// posted by DagneyT @ 2:49 PM

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Disappointed, Not Surprised

Like many, if not most Americans, what I was hoping the President would say last night was "We're going to build a wall along the entire border." Yet I knew he would not. Having read Karen Hughes' book, "Ten Minutes From Normal" I knew that the President had said, when Governor of Texas, "Family values do not stop at the Rio Grande." President Bush is more consistent in his pronouncements, beliefs, etc. than any man I know.

What concerns me more is the Senate weenies' ideas of what need to be done about the border. They refused to allow a vote on Kyl-Cornyn, and they voted down the Isakson bill 55 to 40! The only we hope we have is in the House.

With the midterm elections coming up, we can choose to express our frustration with our government officials in any number of ways. We can choose to sit at home on the day we should be at the polls. That's irresponsible, unpatriotic, and will get us NO WHERE! Or we can vote for the other party.

In my case, that would be the donks. My problem with that? ROFLMBO....if you don't know what that means, e-mail me @ dagneyt-at-satx-dot-rr-com, and I'll explain. In the meantime, I just have to ask: What ideas do the donks have in the way of ideas on immigration? Any solutions coming from Dirty Harry? What choices do we really have? They have no suggestion, they have only criticisms. There is only one choice, vote Republican.

// posted by DagneyT @ 3:29 PM

Monday, May 15, 2006

Loads To Say

It's half time at the Spurs playoff...so now is not the time for me to comment on this, but this is not a good sign that Tony Snow is making any difference at all in the lack of communication ability of this White House! We'll talk about this tomorrow. (sigh)

// posted by DagneyT @ 8:10 PM
Reserving Comments, Except For Rove

I tried to link to Michelle Malkin's points and predictions this morning, just about four minutes after it was published (according to my homepage RSS link). Blogger kept losing the bulk of my comments, so I finally gave up. I hope she's wrong, but I'll reserve judgement until I hear the speech tonight.

As soon as I have time, this week hopefully, I will be starting to post on Dagney's Rant, which my techno-genius daughter-in-law has up and ready for me to use. Unfortunately, for right now, I have neither the time nor the patience to get it going, especially when I feel the need to rant. I'll let you know as soon as I do.

For this afternoon, though, I am trying to reserve my comments on the President's plan for the illegal immigration/border problem. I doubt that is what he'll call it, but that's what it is. I do have to comment on Karl Rove's return to the headlines, however. Rumor has it, that is the left-leaning moonbat blogs are predicting that Rove is going to be indicted (Sorry, the Kos will not get a link here!). They really should hold their breath until that comes about....we could do with less wingnuts. Meantime, Mr. Rove does have some points to make that require my commenting;

"ROVE: Look, we're in a sour time. I readily admit it. I mean, being in the middle of a war where people turn on their television sets and see brave men and women dying is not something that makes people happy and optimistic and upbeat. [Note from me; that's not what is causing the problem, Mr. Rove.]

But I'm absolutely confident that -- I heard this same kind of language about the 2004 elections in roughly the March, April, May, June period of June 2004. We're going to be just fine in the fall elections.

And we're going to be fine because we stand for things that are important. [Me note: Like fiscal conservatism? Like border control to secure the nation?]

We stand for strong natural defense abroad and complete victory in the war on terrorism which involves victory in Iraq." [Me note: Defense abroad? How about starting at home?]

You know, Karl, I can agree that we do stand for strong national defense...those of us who are conservatives, that is, but is that what we're going to hear from the President tonight? Closing the borders, that's what we need to hear.

We need to hear that the GOP, the President included, will not continue to spend like drunken sailors.

We need to know that the tax cuts that created the phenomenal growth we're experiencing, are going to be made permanent.

We need to know that the GOP is going to get serious about ending the death taxes, so that families will not keep losing their family ranches, farms and businesses because they can't afford to pay the taxes.

We need to know the GOP is actually going to grow a spine and tackle the mess that is Social Security. We need to know that our children and grandchildren can have the same ability to self-direct some of the money they're putting into this failing program, just as the federal employees can do now.

As soon as the present leadership starts acting like they are CONSERVATIVE, which is how they got to power to begin with, and not a bunch of Republacrats, I'll agree with your assessment, Mr. Rove. Maybe your new job will allow you to take the largest bat you can find, and beat them about the head and shoulders until they remember that BEING CONSERVATIVE is what got them there.

// posted by DagneyT @ 2:32 PM

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Can You Say "Backlash"?

They just don't learn do they? MSM just cannot understand that Americans are more aware that we are at war, than they are...and their buddies on the left remain clueless as well! So go ahead and break stories that are rehatches of months old stories (the NSA phone surveillance leak originally hit the NYT December 18, 2005), in hopes that the President and his CIA Director appointee will be hurt by it.

"A Newsweek survey released on Sunday, however, found that the president's approval numbers had improved markedly, with 35 percent saying he was doing a good job.

Newsweek polled 1,007 adults on May 11 and 12 and asked specifically about the NSA's phone record collection program, which USA Today's first reported on Thursday, May 11.

An ABC/Washington Post poll taken in the immediate aftermath of the USA Today report found overwhelming support for the anti-terror program, with 63 percent of those surveyed saying they supported the records gathering operation. 44 percent said they "strongly" endorsed it, while just 35 percent were opposed to the operation.

65 percent of those surveyed told ABC/Post pollsters that it was more important to investigate potential terrorist threats "even if it intrudes on privacy."

It should be interesting to see how this plays out in the upcoming confirmation hearings for General Hayden. Will their miscalculations continue to dog them? My guess is the backlash will lash back during the hearings!

// posted by DagneyT @ 3:57 PM

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Good News, Bad News

There are a couple of stories in the news that suggest living in Texas could be somewhat dangerous. This one suggests we should not sleep with the windows open!

"A Texas teenager who was bitten by a bat while he slept in his home has died of rabies, the Houston hospital that treated him said in a statement.

Zachary Jones, 16, died on Friday, a week after he became ill from the bat bite he received about a month before."

This one, on the other hand, is so utterly bizarre that it defies credibility, in fact when I showed the story to my husband, he asked "Is this for real?"

"These people will have like beads of sweat but it's black, black and tarry," said Ginger Savely, a nurse practioner in Austin who treats a majority of these patients.

Patients get lesions that never heal.


"Sometimes little black specks that come out of the lesions and sometimes little fibers," said Stephanie Bailey, Morgellons patient.

Patients say that's the worst symptom — strange fibers that pop out of your skin in different colors.

"He'd have attacks and fibers would come out of his hands and fingers, white, black and sometimes red. Very, very painful," said Lisa Wilson, whose son Travis had Morgellon's disease.

While all of this is going on, it feels like bugs are crawling under your skin. So far more than 100 cases of Morgellons disease have been reported in South Texas. "


For this story, I have one request: CONTROL THE DADGUM BORDERS! South Texas...border control....catch my drift? And while you're at it, track the reemergence of tuberculosis in America.

I guess it could be worse, right? We could be living in Florida!

"Her body was found by construction workers after she didn't return from a jog the previous night.

"It is my professional opinion that the alligator attacked the woman while she was on land," said Dr. Joshua Perper, Broward County's medical examiner. "She died of traumatic injuries sustained by an alligator attack, a mixture of blood loss and shock, and in my opinion died very fast."

Perper ruled out drowning because little water was found in her stomach and lungs, according to on story on The Miami Herald's Web site. "

While we're over-reacting to these stories, maybe we should look at how the MSM may be reacting to the Pandemic Alerts! Are they all they're cracked up to be?

"Health officials are pleased and excited. "In Thailand and Vietnam, we've had the most fabulous success stories," said Dr. David Nabarro, chief pandemic flu coordinator for the United Nations.

Vietnam, which has had almost half of the human cases of A(H5N1) flu in the world, has not seen a single case in humans or a single outbreak in poultry this year. Thailand, the second-hardest-hit nation until Indonesia recently passed it, has not had a human case in nearly a year or one in poultry in six months.

Encouraging signs have also come from China, though they are harder to interpret.


These are the second positive signals that officials have seen recently in their struggle to prevent avian flu from igniting a human pandemic. Confounding expectations, birds making the spring migration north from Africa have not carried the
virus into Europe. "


My suggestion? Let's be selective about what we read, believe, and react to, shall we people?

// posted by DagneyT @ 3:39 PM

Friday, May 12, 2006

Why Isn't It News?

While the media is screaming wall to wall about phone-y stuff, and legislators are wasting their time on the same topic, which is a NON-topic, we're missing a really important story! Al Qaeda is becoming disheartened in Iraq, did you know that?

"At the same time, the Americans and the Government were able to absorb our painful blows, sustain them, compensate their losses with new replacements, and follow strategic plans which allowed them in the past few years to take control of Baghdad as well as other areas one after the other. That is why every year is worse than the previous year as far as the Mujahidin's control and influence over Baghdad.

5. The role that the Islamic party and the Islamic Scholars Committee play in numbing the Sunni people through the media is a dangerous role. It has been proven from the course of the events that the American investment in the Party and the Committee were not in vain. In spite of the gravity of the events, they were able to calm down the Sunni people, justify the enemy deeds, and give the enemy the opportunity to do more work without any recourse and supervision. This situation stemmed from two matters: First, their media power is presented by their special radio and TV stations as the sole Sunni information source, coupled with our weak media which is confined mainly to the Internet, without a flyer or newspaper to present these events. Second, in the course of their control of the majority of the speakers at mosques who convert right into wrong and wrong into right, and present Islam in a sinful manner and sins in a Muslim manner. At the same time we did not have any positive impact or benefits from our operations. " [Hat Tip: Bennett Mornings]

Why isn't every news wire telling about this letter? I don't get it! What I do get, is that our military is kicking al Qaeda's BUTT!

"9. (Salah): The current commander of Northern al-Karkh (Abu-Huda) is very concerned because of his deteriorating security situation caused by being pursued by the Americans, since they have his picture and voice print. Therefore, his movement is very restricted and he is unable to do anything here. We should remove him from Baghdad to a location where he can work easier; otherwise he is closer to become totally ineffective. I know nothing about his past military experience or organizational skills.

10. (Salah): Northern al-Karkh groups are estimated at 40 mujahid, so is the Southern Karkh. They could double that number if necessary. Al-Rassafah groups in general is estimated at 30 mujahidin as I was informed by the commander of al-Rassafah. These are very small numbers compared to the tens of thousands of the enemy troops. How can we increase these numbers? "

I couldn't be more proud! Huzzah, Troops! Keep up the great work!

// posted by DagneyT @ 5:21 AM

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Finally!

I have pleaded, wheedled, demanded and generally whined about the White House's lack of public relations expertise! They have allowed issue, after issue, after issue to get a ton of refutable and ridiculous coverage so far from the truth, until the President and Cheney have to hit the airwaves to try to recover from the PR mess! It seems that they have finally found a spokesman who will counter these drive-by shootings (Thanks, Rush) from the media before they get out of hand.

“The New York Times continues to ignore America’s economic progress,” blared the headline of an e-mail sent to reporters Wednesday by the White House press office.

Minutes earlier, another e-mail blasted CBS News, which has had an unusually rocky relationship with the White House since 2004, when CBS aired what turned out to be forged documents in a failed effort to question the president’s military service.

“CBS News misleadingly reports that only 8 million seniors have signed up for Medicare prescription drug coverage,” Wednesday’s missive said. “But 37 million seniors have coverage.” On Tuesday, the White House railed against “USA Today’s misleading Medicare story.”

“USA Today claims ‘poor, often minority’ Medicare beneficiaries are not enrolling in Medicare drug coverage,” the press office complained. “But by April, more than 70 percent of eligible African Americans, more than 70 percent of eligible Hispanics, and more than 75 percent of eligible Asian Americans are enrolled or have retiree drug coverage.”

White House sources said Snow, who started on the job Monday and has yet to give his first public press briefing, is determined to aggressively counter what the administration considers unfair assertions in both news and editorials about Bush. At the same time, he is eager to make the notoriously secretive administration more accessible to the press."

Yip Yip YAHOO! Go Tony! Go Tony! Go Tony! Go Tony! Go Tony! Go Tony! Go Tony! Go Tony! Go Tony!

// posted by DagneyT @ 3:07 PM

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Have You Seen Flight 93?

I haven't either...yet! But in case you feel like you cannot handle it, or you're in the school of thought that says "It's too sooooooon..." [whine, whimper], you still need to remember who we are at war against. [Hat Tip: Michelle Malkin]

"Seven suspected Islamic terrorists have confessed to beheading three Christian schoolgirls on Indonesia's Sulawesi Island, police said on Wednesday.

The seven detained suspects confessed under questioning that they planned and carried out the October 29 beheadings in the Sulawesi town of Poso, police chief Lieutenant Colonel Rudi Sufahriadi told The Associated Press."

Pick your poison. Flight 93, or the real world vs. al Qaeda and other Jihadists.

// posted by DagneyT @ 3:45 PM

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

You Too?

Has your e-mail box been loaded up with e-mails such as "Boycott Exxon", or MSN video reports? As many times as I request they check out Snopes, or just to do their own research, they just keep coming! So what's a girl to do? How about, thought I, an e-mail campaign to either tick off a bunch of libs, or get my pals and theirs to do some of their own research.? Here's what I came up with:

"Before you make judgements by listening to MSNBC, or any other MSM, please learn some of the facts;
1) Oil companies profit on a gallon of gas is about 8 cents a gallon.
2) Federal & State taxes amount to 20 cents a gallon. Want to be mad? Tell you Congressman!
3) No refineries have been built in the United States for 30 years.
4) Drilling for oil off our own coasts have been stopped by environmental groups, despite the fact that all of the oil rigs in the gulf never leaked a drop even with all of the hurricanes they've been hit with for the past 2-3 years.
5) Drilling for oil in Alaska has been stopped by the same groups, in spite of the fact that caribou herds have grown since they put in the oil pipelines, rather than being depleted as predicted. In fact, they do their best procreating near the pipeline, due to it's relative heat!
6) The part of Alaska they want to drill in is a no-man's land, desolate and without any flora or fauna to speak of, unlike the pictures they show on MSM (mainstream media) whenever the subject comes up.
7) Due to the short sightedness of our State Department, American companies were forbidden to accept Castro's offer to allow drilling off Cuba. Instead, Cuba went to the Chinese who are going to reap that boom, but without American expertise to prevent spills...where are the environmental groups on that issue?
8) Oil prices are predicated on the futures market. Every time Ahmadinajad (President of Iran) opens his wacko mouth, the market fluctuates. When it was told that he had sent a letter to President Bush on
"diplomacy suggestions", those prices went down. Between Ahmadinajad's mouth, and George Soros' futures market manipulation,{research how his manipulations nearly broke France's market, and why they're still trying to get him! It's part of the reason he came to America} think twice before you blame oil companies.
9) Research ethanol, and learn all of the myriad of reasons that it is not a workable answer to replacing oil consumption...there are LOADS of reasons!
10) If you want to boycott an oil company, try Citgo. It's owned by our buddy Hugo Chavez of Venezuela!

Please, people. Do your homework before you forward stuff like this on to your friends. You're just adding to the misinformation circulating in America! Fight it, don't join it!"


If y'all would like to borrow this in a "Reply to All" response, you're welcome to it. Now that you know that oil price per barrel is likely to rise again, I hope you'll go to the trouble and read the reason from Ahmadinajad's own pen. What you'll find in this ridiculous diatribe is that it sounds nearly identical to all of the talking points our own Democrat leadership spews. Here's a sample,

"Or because of the possibility of the existence of WMDs in one country, it is occupied, around 100,000 people killed, its water sources, agriculture and industry destroyed, close to 180,000 foreign troops put on the ground, sanctity of private homes of citizens broken, and the country pushed back perhaps 50 years. At what price? Hundreds of billions of dollars spent from the treasury of one country and certain other countries and tens of thousands of young men and women -- as occupation troops -- put in harms way, taken away from family and loved ones, their hands stained with the blood of others, subjected to so much psychological pressure that everyday some commit suicide and those returning home suffer depression, become sickly and grapple with all sorts of ailments; while some are killed and their bodies handed to their families.
On the pretext of the existence of WMDs, this great tragedy came to engulf both the peoples of the occupied and the occupying country. Later it was revealed that no WMDs existed to begin with."


Sound familiar? Name any Howard Dean/Nancy Pelosi/Harry Reid talking point, and you'll find it in this letter. This whack-job even uses Jesus Christ to try to make his points, though he knows more about Jesus than does your typical lib, and actually gives him more reverent consideration than do the above lefty examples;

"Can one be a follower of Jesus Christ (Peace Be Upon Him), the great Messenger of God,"

It makes me wonder how many "common sense Democrats" are going to hear the same thing. We know the "hate Bush first Donks" aren't going to notice. At the risk of sounding repetitively pedantic, may I again say; We cannot allow the Donks to be in charge of our national security!

// posted by DagneyT @ 1:43 PM

Monday, May 08, 2006

I Love The Blog World

One of the reasons that I love to blog is the diverse readership, and how their comments add to the discussion. Yesterday's post brought a commenter I doubt has ever visited here before, but the content of the post apparently attracted him/her. Mostly though, I enjoy the aspects and angles commenters bring to the table. One such comment I had on a recent post is an example. With Bill's permission, I am republishing his comment here: [visit him at Centsibility]

"In general, it has been my observations that Americans know little to nothing of the immigration process in their own, or other, countries. This is the natural result of a population that is happy at home, and rarely leaves.

Having lived in Canada for some years in the past, I can say that the procedures there are not altogether unlike those in Mexico. Critical differences abound, however. In Canada, after achieving "landed immigrant" status (roughly on par with having an American "green card"), you are able to do anything a citizen can do, bar two things: you cannot vote, nor can you qualify to receive welfare.

The radical differences between Mexican law (as specified in their constitution) and Canadian law, hinges in large part on the matter of real estate. Although in theory it is possible for an American to become a Mexican citizen, the process is beyond arduous, and few are likely ever to complete it. No non-citizen is able to own land in Mexico; instead, long term leases are possible, but property can be confiscated from a non-citizen for almost any (criminal) cause. Participation, or the appearance of same, by any non-citizen in any sort of protest is a serious criminal act, and will result in confiscation of property and summary deportation.And when Mexico deports a person, it's not the toothless process we use in America -- they mean it.

I think one approach to the problem of illegal aliens from Mexico might be to rewrite the treaty between our two countries. The key would be that any rights they wish for Mexicans emigrating to the US they would have to offer equally to Americans immigrating to Mexico. So if Americans cannot own property in Mexico, then Mexicans cannot own property here. Simple parity.

The current situation is intolerable. The reality that one in every ten living Mexicans born in Mexico is now living in the US is more than disturbing. That over half of those are here illegally is ridiculous.

It is absurd that being here illegally is only a misdemeanor. But for those who think that illegals should be treated gently because they're not felons, think again; as soon as they obtain a driver's license, or accept employment illegally, they become felons, and every day that they continue to live here illegally, and to drive and work, they commit new felonies.

Punish the employers who give them jobs. Terminate the medical treatment of illegals for any but acutely life-threatening issues. Cancel in-state tuition for children of illegals. And finally, stop granting citizenship to babies of illegals.

Then offer free transportation back to Mexico. Deportation won't be necessary. When the free lunch disappears, so will the illegals."

Bill's common sense suggestion is one being posited by lots of people across America, in one form or another. What we all agree on is one step; close down the border!

I love this enterprising Texan's method of sending a message to D.C. I saw the young man, and one of his cohorts on Fox News' Fox and Friends recently. She (the cohort) said "If you don't want to send one of our bricks, send your own. It only costs $4.04 parcel post."

"The Send-A-Brick Project was created by concerned citizens to send bricks to Washington encouraging our Congressmen to stand tough on border security.
Each brick sends a message to our Senators and Representatives that we want our borders secured before any other action is taken on illegal immigration.
How Do I Get Involved?
STEP 1:
Get a Brick!
Find one around the house or spend a $1 at a home improvement store.

STEP 2:
Find your Congressmen's mailing address
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. SenateReminder: Your Congressmen have home offices as well, so you can send bricks to both offices.
Please also consider sending bricks to the Senate and House leadership:
Office of Senator Bill Frist509 Hart Senate Office BuildingWashington, DC 20510Office of Speaker Dennis Hastert235 Cannon House Office BuildingWashington, DC 20515-1314
STEP 3:
Write a Message on Your Brick and Include a Letter
It is very important that you include a message on the brick and a signed letter so that the brick is not just discarded."


Pity the poor postmen, but Congressional staffers will be wondering what the dickens do they do with all those bricks? My suggestion? Use them to begin building a wall on our borders!

Then There's The President's Choice for CIA; General Hayden

While we complain about illegal immigration, the President is taking a courageous step in replacing Porter Goss as top dog in the CIA. General Michael Hayden is no "Johnny-Come-Lately" to the CIA or America's security requirements.

"In the wake of alarming intelligence failures leading up to September 11 and the Iraq war, one year ago this month President Bush signed into law the most sweeping intelligence reform bill in more than half a century. That legislation created the new Office of the Director of National Intelligence. When veteran diplomat John Negroponte assumed the job in April, Gen. Michael Hayden became his deputy. A well-respected insider who received his fourth star earlier this year after 36 years in the military, Hayden was most recently the longest-serving director of the National Security Agency, the nation's global eavesdropping operation. He was widely credited with turning around that once troubled agency, and he spoke with U.S. News about the herculean task of reforming the nation's sprawling $44 billion, 15-agency intelligence community."

In reading the rest of this story, which is an interview with the General, I'm inclined to agree with Rush Limbaugh's assessment, i.e., the President is spoiling for a fight! As the donks rub their hands in glee at the opportunity to roast the General in public, the President is confidently standing back and giving them enough rope to hang themselves!

Picture this, Joe Biden goes on & on with one of his famous say-nothing harangues to guarantee face time on camera. Then, as his time is about to run out, he finishes up by asking one of his typically inane questions like "What do you know about protecting our country." [I doubt he'll be that stupid, but you can never tell with him!] That will open the door for the General to succinctly explain the facts about what he and the President have been doing for the past 5+ years to protect Americans.

While, the press is practicing calling Nancy Pelosi "Ms. Speaker" in anticipation of what they perceive to be their landslide come November, the General will be facing cameras during his confirmation hearings. He will be answering all of their questions and very successfully making the case as to why we cannot allow the Democrats to be in charge of our national security.

// posted by DagneyT @ 12:40 PM

Sunday, May 07, 2006

A Powerful Experience

I went to an all day seminar on Saturday. It was conducted by Dr. Randall Price, who has a Ph.D in Middle Eastern Studies (University of Texas), and is currently in charge of an archeological dig at Qumran, in Israel. Qumran is the site of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. There was so much crammed into the day, that I find it difficult to know where to start, except to say that if you ever have an opportunity like this, that you HAVE to take it!

The Dead Sea scrolls have been carbon-dated to 100 - 125 (in many cases) A.D. One item that really caught my attention, is that the original text of Isaiah, for instance, dating back to the first century A.D. was identical, word for word, as the book of Isaiah in the version written nearly 1100 years later before the scrolls were discovered. Qumran was apparently the home of priestly scribes, who memorized and rewrote the Lord's text verbatim. Amazing!

In many of the caves found at Qumran, there are tiny shards of parchment that were, for whatever reason, removed from their protective jars and disintegrated. They present a nightmare jigsaw puzzle for archaeologists. Modern science is in the process of providing a better way of putting these tatters together into a comprehensible manner.

How? One of the many fascinating discoveries were jars filled with bones of animals. The research reveals that the priest/scribes all ate together in a communal dining room, and the cooks, or priests, in charge of preparing the meal, sealed all of the parts and pieces of the animal consumed in a meal into a pot they'd used for cooking it, and sealed it into storage. They then used the skin of the animal to produce the parchment used for their writings. [Hmmm...did they know we'd come up with DNA recognition?] So, armed with the DNA of the bones, they can match the DNA of the parchment shards, and voila! At least they'll know which shards fit into the same "page".

Another powerful point made by Dr. Price's presentation has to do with prophecy. The Bible is one-third prophecy. He chose 8 random prophecies on the coming of Jesus, from the old and then duplicated/repeated again in the new testament. Then he looked at the mathematical possibility of their being correct, it was determined by (don't ask me the mathematician's name, my note taking ability is extremely rusty!) is 1/10 to the 17th power, which he illustrated as being roughly equivalent to the entire state of Texas being covered six feet deep in stacked silver dollars, with one of them being painted with a red dot. Then a man, blindfolded, reached in amongst them and plucked out the marked silver dollar! Ever wonder why Jesus said "Father, why hast thou forsaken me?" It was said to verify the very same prophetic statement in the Old Testament. I'm not a biblical scholar, but I do have the verses written down for my own further research. This was just one of many examples.

I didn't even get into Dr. Price's take on the WOT, and where we'd be without having invaded Iraq, but I urge you to read his books, among them "The Truth Behind the Headlines, Unholy War" and "Fast Facts on the Middle East Conflict".

Time after time, point after point, fact after fact, what these scientists are finding is that the Bible is a faithful history book! So long story short, having been raised in SoCal to distrust the authenticity of the Bible, this was a day of revelations, and the more I read of what Dr. Price has learned about the Middle East and biblical authenticity, the better I feel that God is in charge! If you've read my blog very much, you know how I feel about my pals in Iraq, so this was a very edifying day.

// posted by DagneyT @ 12:55 PM

Saturday, May 06, 2006

So Much To Say!

I've spent the entire day in a seminar that is still blowing out cobwebs in my brain, so I'm not yet ready to address the content...maybe tomorrow. Sitting here this evening, watching our usual Saturday night news fare, we watched News Watch, of Fox News. The panel discussed what they considered a laughable episode of film confiscated by our military forces, and touted it as a public relations coup "finally" from the administration.

This is proof postive that the American people, and more importantly, the media, has NO CLUE about how the Arabian mind works. While we were revelling in the fact that Zarqawi was not smart enough to know how to work his gun, and saying "look he's wearing American made" tennies, they were saying,

"Look at him, he was so thin when he first came into Iraq and now he looks like a bull! He must be feeding on a sheep everyday. Do you really believe this man lives in the desert??" one remark was "no, he's under American protection, they brought him in a helicopter to the desert to shoot this video then he was flown back to a palace. No idiot can believe that America with all the technology and power cannot spot him" another guy added.

I held myself from responding because I'm tired of explaining things to people like these, and any theory I'd make in contrast with what rumors and conspiracy theories they say would be enough to make me perceived as a collaborator with the Americans."You see that, all his weapons are US made, isn't this enough proof that he's backed by the Americans? Er, by the way they say he's in Yusifiya now, right?"

Now who sounds stupid? Our media for misreading the Iraqi street, IMHO! Zarqawi knows his people, we do NOT! Thank you, Mo, for setting the record straight!

// posted by DagneyT @ 4:23 PM

Friday, May 05, 2006

Feliz Cinco de Mayo

Here in Texas, we revere our Texas history. One of the local radio stations has a "Today In Texas History" segment. Today's memory commemorated a Texan's place in Mexican history;

"MAY 1862 AND A TEXAN HELPS CREATE A MEXICAN HOLIDAY.

THIS WEEK IN TEXAS HISTORY, BROUGHT TO YOU BY THIS STATION AND THE SAVE TEXAS HISTORY PROGRAM OF THE GENERAL LAND OFFICE.

MAY 5, 1862. PUEBLA, NEAR MEXICO CITY. BORN IN TEXAS NEAR GOLIAD IN 1829, GENERAL IGNACIO ZARAGOZA HAS BEEN ORDERED TO DEFEND MEXICO FROM FRENCH INVADERS.

NAPOLEON THE THIRD’S ARMY HAS SEIZED VERACRUZ AND IS ON THE MARCH. OUTNUMBERED AND ILL-EQUIPPED, ZARAGOZA DEFEATS THE FRENCH IN A MONUMENTAL DAYLONG BATTLE.

THE FRENCH GO ON TO SEIZE MEXICO CITY, BUT ZARAGOZA’S BATTLE ON MAY 5TH ALLOWS MEXICO TO SURVIVE.

BY 1867 EMPEROR MAXIMILIAN IS OVERTHROWN AND MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE RESTORED.

A TEXAN SAVED MEXICO ON CINCO DE MAYO, 144 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK IN TEXAS HISTORY. "

You have to love that it was a Texan who added to the fanny kicking the French have been getting for generations. Well, maybe not you, but I do!

Is It Any Wonder?

Castro is Hollywierd's Wonder Boy. We've all heard Danny Glover and Harry Belafonte singing his praises. Ever wonder why? Well, besides the obvious, that he's a Communist socialist. Here's the real reason!

"The Cuban dictator ranked #7 on the Forbes magazine list of wealthy heads-of state, according to a report in the New York Post. The list includes kings, queens, sheiks and dictators.

Castro reportedly makes his fortune by heading a number of state-run companies, but also through alleged kickbacks from missiles, cigars and rum that run through the Communist island nation.

Fidel’s fortune means he’s worth nearly twice as much as England’s Queen Elizabeth II ($500M), but he falls well short of the "billionaire’s club” headed by Abdullan Bin Abdulaziz, King of Saudi Arabia."

Now there's a REAL MAN! He keeps the stupid people where they belong, and takes their money to spend it for them....right? It's all a Hollywierdo could ask for! Or Shrillary, et al.

// posted by DagneyT @ 5:37 PM

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