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Sheriff blames Arizona's bigotry
St. Petersburg Times ^ | January 9, 2011 | PAULINE ARRILLAGA, AP

Posted on 01/09/2011 3:52:25 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

Look at the link to see that headline (along with picture) on the front page of the St. Pete Times. Screen save it if you can. This is the title when you go to the story:

"AZ shooting targets US congresswoman, kills 6"

"....The sheriff blamed the vitriolic political rhetoric that has consumed the country, much of it occurring in Arizona.

Giffords expressed similar concern, even before the shooting. In an interview after her office was vandalized, she referred to the animosity against her by conservatives, including Sarah Palin's decision to list Giffords' seat as one of the top "targets" in the midterm elections.

"For example, we're on Sarah Palin's targeted list, but the thing is, that the way that she has it depicted has the crosshairs of a gun sight over our district. When people do that, they have to realize that there are consequences to that action," Giffords said in an interview with MSNBC.

In the hours after the shooting, Palin issued a statement in which she expressed her "sincere condolences" to the family of Giffords and the other victims.

During his campaign effort to unseat Giffords in November, Republican challenger Jesse Kelly held fundraisers where he urged supporters to help remove Giffords from office by joining him to shoot a fully loaded M-16 rifle. Kelly is a former Marine who served in Iraq and was pictured ...

"I don't see the connection," between the fundraisers featuring weapons and Saturday's shooting, said John Ellinwood, Kelly's spokesman. "I don't know this person, we cannot find any records that he was associated with the campaign in any way. I just don't see the connection.

"Arizona is a state where people are firearms owners - this was just a deranged individual."...

(Excerpt) Read more at tampabay.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: arizona; gabriellegiffords; giffords; griffords; jaredloughner; loughner; reichstagfire
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1 posted on 01/09/2011 3:52:28 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The left will use this to expand the police state and weaken the 2nd Amendment.

Be vigilant!


2 posted on 01/09/2011 3:54:36 AM PST by Lessthantolerant (The State is diametrically opposed to our search for a better living.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The MSM can go to hell...this was another leftist, and I’m fed up with their incessant lies (and no, that doesn’t mean I’m going to blow something up or shoot someone...that’s the type of actions liberals take and I’m no liberal).


3 posted on 01/09/2011 3:55:46 AM PST by highlander_UW (Education is too important to abdicate control of it to the government)
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To: Lessthantolerant
Good information about the “map” as well as the Democrat “target” map over here: The unseemly rush to blame Sarah Palin, the Tea Party and Republicans for murder in Arizona
4 posted on 01/09/2011 3:55:58 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife (Allhttp://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2122429/posts)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I wonder if this guy was referring to the Aztlan and Reconquista Mexican KKK nonsense taught in Tuscon schools....the abject Mestizo-Racism just recently stopped by the state of AZ?

Naw....knowing these liberals...probably not that racism. Only white, gringo, anglo can be racists....


5 posted on 01/09/2011 3:59:32 AM PST by UCFRoadWarrior (Whenever something is "Global"...it means its bad for America)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

“shoot a fully loaded M-16 rifle. Kelly is a former Marine who served in Iraq and was pictured ...”

Let’s see, a fully loaded 20 rd mag would be the same as a
2/3 loaded 30 rd mag.........


6 posted on 01/09/2011 4:01:19 AM PST by CrazyIvan (What's "My Struggle" in Kenyan?)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Who is going to blame this shooting on global warming?


7 posted on 01/09/2011 4:03:09 AM PST by monocle
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Don’t be surprised if this does not happen again this time aimed at a Tea Partier or Repubulican.

These leftist are quite insane.


8 posted on 01/09/2011 4:03:29 AM PST by Lessthantolerant (The State is diametrically opposed to our search for a better living.)
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To: highlander_UW

DITTOS


9 posted on 01/09/2011 4:04:29 AM PST by DeaconRed (Everything IS Broken. . . . MSM won't report it. . . . The community organizer can't fix it.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The State is bigoted against members of Congress?


10 posted on 01/09/2011 4:09:04 AM PST by popdonnelly (Democrats = authoritarian socialists)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Oh nooooooooooooooooooooow I get it. This is Sarah Palin’s fault because she used the word target in her endorsement of Jesse Kelly. Now why didn't I think of that? It makes perfect sense ( if you are an insane liberal desperate to steal back our government).
11 posted on 01/09/2011 4:11:42 AM PST by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Yeeeess... Yeeeesssss...

Never mind a left-cook is responsible for the bloodshed, never mind...

It always prove all those who owns and carry guns are evil people.

It always show the “right” of the politic spectrum is evil...

Only them, the cooks ate the left are good and responsible and carrying people, always them.

12 posted on 01/09/2011 4:12:53 AM PST by Mayr Fortuna
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To: jmaroneps37

This is Sarah Palins fault, because the Democrat need a new Boogie Man, They have worn out “It’s George Bush’s Fault”.

They are scared spitless that Sarah will be President.


13 posted on 01/09/2011 4:29:34 AM PST by Venturer
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To: popdonnelly

No, obviously, they are bigoted against white women and white male judges.

Why would a bigot shoot a white person who apparently was pretty centrist?

THey hate us.They will try to Alinsky us to our death.

WE MUST NOT BACK DOWN, NOT BE INTIMIDATED - NEVER SURRENDER ! The TEA Party had NOTHING to do with this. Zero, zip, nada.


14 posted on 01/09/2011 4:30:27 AM PST by Reagan69 (Let me know when those health insurance premiums go down.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

In the lib/progressive mind - Sarah Palin is to blame for the Arizona shootings just like Americans are to blame for the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

I don’t know if it’s willful ignorance, naivety or an outright attempt to destroy our country. Maybe a combination of the three.

In any case, prepare for increased attacks on our freedoms and rights.


15 posted on 01/09/2011 4:31:36 AM PST by APatientMan
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Meanwhile, pick up any newspaper this morning (Sunday) and see how many inner-city murders took place overnight. Hardly a yawn is elicited from the chattering classes.


16 posted on 01/09/2011 4:34:51 AM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The Sheriff is a full tilt Olbermann fanatic.


17 posted on 01/09/2011 4:39:20 AM PST by screaminsunshine (Surfers Rule)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

How can somebody this mentally deranged be a sheriff? He needs to be shown the door.


18 posted on 01/09/2011 4:42:35 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed, and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Yo, libtards, name one, just one, conservative who has gone on a shooting spree.

They are all libtards, just like you.


19 posted on 01/09/2011 4:45:01 AM PST by CPOSharky
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
It wasnt anything of the sort. Poor Jared ranted about dreaming and the fact that people cant read.
Jared was a nutjob lefty. The shame is how the left is using this event to promote their agenda.
No Tragedy can go to waste. This is the lefts wetdream.
20 posted on 01/09/2011 4:46:12 AM PST by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

One thing we can be sure of. He is not Tea Party. The Lib Media has no doubt spent every resource it has to uncover even a remote Tea Party connection. I imagine it has been a 100% effort. They have not come up with one.


21 posted on 01/09/2011 4:48:41 AM PST by screaminsunshine (Surfers Rule)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Disgraceful comments by a true jackass of a sheriff.


22 posted on 01/09/2011 4:48:50 AM PST by Junior_G (Funny how liberals' love affair with Muslims began on 9/11)
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To: jmaroneps37
I spend a lot of windshield time for my job. And I search around for talk radio programs. I stumbled across some liberal talker, don't know who she was, but she was going on about the "scary words" spoken at the August 2008 townhall meetings, where people were against the 'healthcare' bill.

No examples of violent words were given, just repeating the idea that violent words have been coming from the right. One, this is untrue. Two, they ignore the violence, actual violence from the left. Not 'violent words', but violence.

The liberals/left/Dems/MSM are lying, stinking creeps. I'm sick of them.

23 posted on 01/09/2011 4:55:19 AM PST by Jabba the Nutt (Are they insane, stupid or just evil?)
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To: Junior_G

i was shocked by the sheriff’s political statements - thought sheriffs were apolitical. also am shocked that the murder of a U S judge is getting no play. is it because he was a conservative, mayhaps, and Giffords, for whom prayers are deserved, has a D after her name. just sayin.....


24 posted on 01/09/2011 4:58:18 AM PST by avital2
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
BEHOLD ............ the SHOOTER is now becoming the VICTIM!
25 posted on 01/09/2011 4:58:29 AM PST by Old Badger (I still like Palin as she will take no prisoners and kill the survivors.)
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To: monocle

the sherriff needs to be fired for engaging in politics


26 posted on 01/09/2011 4:59:13 AM PST by 4rcane
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To: abb
Meanwhile, pick up any newspaper this morning (Sunday) and see how many inner-city murders took place overnight. Hardly a yawn is elicited from the chattering classes.

Good point.
27 posted on 01/09/2011 5:01:02 AM PST by MonicaG (God bless our military! Praying and thanking God for you every day. Thank you!)
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To: central_va

Local power buys and supports elected officials and the local media. Their people will be elected. The media will jack up the scumbags and crucify good people. The Sheep just follow their lead.

I saw that happen here. A Sheriff was elected that got tough on the dope pushers and bootleggers. He was made out to be a fool on radio and in the local newspaper. He lost reelection and another good ole boy was put in.


28 posted on 01/09/2011 5:02:47 AM PST by seemoAR
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

dems are out of date. They still blame Bush and Palin for everything. Soon they will be blaming Michele Bachmann


29 posted on 01/09/2011 5:02:59 AM PST by plain talk
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
UH OH ............ I better change my tagline!
30 posted on 01/09/2011 5:04:12 AM PST by Old Badger (I still like Palin as she will take no prisoners and ___ the survivors.)
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To: Reagan69

I agree. Give them no quarter. Leftie asshats hate America and hate you.


31 posted on 01/09/2011 5:07:02 AM PST by hal ogen (1st Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
High school classmate Grant Wiens, 22, said Loughner seemed to be "floating through life" and "doing his own thing."

"Sometimes religion was brought up or drugs. He smoked pot, I don't know how regularly. And he wasn't too keen on religion, from what I could tell," Wiens said.

Lynda Sorenson said she took a math class with Loughner last summer at Pima Community College's Northwest campus and told the Arizona Daily Star he was "obviously very disturbed." "He disrupted class frequently with nonsensical outbursts," she said.

In October 2007, Loughner was cited in Pima County for possession of drug paraphernalia, which was dismissed after he completed a diversion program, according to online records.

Apparently the shooter was a pot smoking nut case. A good Democrat?

32 posted on 01/09/2011 5:10:02 AM PST by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink)
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To: hal ogen

stand firm and tall folks!


33 posted on 01/09/2011 5:10:17 AM PST by rrrod (at home in Medellin Colombia)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
"Arizona is a state where people are firearms owners - this was just a deranged individual."...

He was/is deranged alright.

It's now know he's a Pot-Smoking Liberal who liked reading the Communist Manifesto and Mein Kampf (what 22 yo doesn't like reading that?), and he hated the US Government (I wonder what his DU screen name was?)

And the Sheriff is a bonehead. Bigotry had nothing to do with this. But IMHO Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' politics did. For one she was an 'ex-republican' and second, she now describes herself as a 'Blue Dog Democrat' (she's a Dam Conservative Wheezer!.. pass me the Bong.)

Yesterday I did some digging at the ACU website on Rep Giffords rating and votes. Its a very liberal 20, but her voting record on 2009 Bills was 'interesting'. She didn't exactly swallow Obama's and San Fran Nan's Kool-Aid on everything. And the things she voted on along ACU lines 'could possibly' drive a moonbat over the edge (IMO).

#5: Omnibus Appropriations for FY 2009 HR 1105 (Roll Call 86)
'.. it increased government spending by 8.4 percent on top of increases in the “Stimulus” bill. ACU opposed this example of irresponsible omnibus spending. (and so did Giffords)

#9: Elected Office Crimes. HR 1728 (Roll Call 238)
'...bill that watered down an amendment approved in committee to bar ACORN..people who have been convicted of election law violations from access to funds... This version only applies to executives of an organization that have been convicted of a felony. ACU opposed this effort to protect ACORN...(and so did Giffords)

#12: Cash for Clunkers. HR 2751 (Roll Call 314)
'...ACU saw that this program would be as wasteful and ineffective as it turned out to be, and so opposed it. (and so did Giffords)

#22: Estate Tax Repeal. HR 4154 (Roll Call 928)
'...ACU supports permanent repeal of the death tax, and so supported this amendment..(and so did Giffords)

#24: Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). HR 4173 (Roll Call 967) '...The House defeated an attempt to repeal the Troubled Asset Relief Program and lower the national debt limit. ACU supports both these goals...(and so did Giffords)

Now that was only FIVE 'conservative' Votes out of 25 Bills the ACU had a position on in '09.
BUT, five things that are near and dear to the RATS. Like protecting ACORN and their vote fraud, and grabbing Dead Peoples Estate Money.

Could that have been 'enough'?
We certainly now how the DUmmies look at 'Clinton Centrists' and traitorous 'DINOs'.
This 'kid' could have read one too many DUmmie Hate Threads and snapped.

(being a pot-head sure doesn't help either).

34 posted on 01/09/2011 5:12:38 AM PST by Condor51 (Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

This guy’s mother worked for the Parks Dept. What’s her political affiliation? Is she a Liberal? Maybe she didn’t see her son’s rants as far ‘out in Left field’ as the rest of us and didn’t get help for him soon enough?


35 posted on 01/09/2011 5:15:24 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Speaking of the sheriff, if the guy was so concerned about the atmosphere, why not assign a LEO to her during her appearance?

Why was this kid diverted instead of prosecuted when he was in trouble previously with the law?

Why did it take so long for LEOs and EMTs to arrive?

If the kid purchased his gun legally was it because his diversions meant he didn't have a record and therefore could legally own a firearm?

Why hold back the pic of the unsub for so long? And what the heck do your lawyers have to do with the decision?!

36 posted on 01/09/2011 5:26:53 AM PST by mewzilla (Hey, Schumer, your Lockerbie report left quite a bit out.)
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To: Lessthantolerant

“The left will use this to expand the police state and weaken the 2nd Amendment.”

I do wish Giffords a speedy and full recovery - part of that recovery I hope for is resisting the inevitable urge to go “Sarah Brady”.


37 posted on 01/09/2011 5:27:48 AM PST by RFEngineer
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
"Arizona is a state where people are firearms owners - this was just a deranged individual."
And it looks like those firearms owners are mostly Republicans, not Democrats, so this guy knew there would be nobody shooting back. (go gun free zones! /sarcasm)
I just don't see this happening at a Republican gathering without more resistance from the crowd.
38 posted on 01/09/2011 5:35:51 AM PST by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: mewzilla
And IIRC, the kid threatened online to kill a cop. If true, why the heck was that ignored?
39 posted on 01/09/2011 5:37:55 AM PST by mewzilla (Hey, Schumer, your Lockerbie report left quite a bit out.)
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To: mewzilla

Why did the kid have a gun at all?

ATF FORM 4473 QUESTION 11 e
ARE YOU AN UNLAWFUL USER OF OR ADDICTED To Marijuana, or any depressant, stimulant or any other controlled substance?


40 posted on 01/09/2011 5:39:32 AM PST by omega4179 (Quem deus vult perdere, dementat prius)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I saw that on TV. What does this have to do with bigotry? Possibly the Sheriff knows something we don’t but why is he drawing sweeping conclusions like that, blaming this on the people of Arizona, based on information that isn’t even public?


41 posted on 01/09/2011 5:41:10 AM PST by Brilliant
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To: central_va

This “sheriff” is an embarrassment. He did not show up to the press conference with a prepared statement, he did not know the name of the FBI agent that was to speak after him, he thought that 5 were killed where numerous reports confirmed previously that there was 6, his comments and statements were not structured and all over the place and finally, he assumes motive and blame when little (if any) is known about the suspect.

INCOMPETENCE is word for this “sheriff”


42 posted on 01/09/2011 5:41:25 AM PST by TMA62 (Al Sharpton - The North Korea of race relations)
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To: omega4179

If the perp never got medical help, there’d be no record of a diagnosis. Makes me wonder what his mother and/or father knew and when he/she knew it.


43 posted on 01/09/2011 5:41:55 AM PST by mewzilla (Hey, Schumer, your Lockerbie report left quite a bit out.)
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To: TMA62

I’ve got another question: Where was the Tuscon PD at the presser? And if the shooting occured in the city limits and it was in the TPD’s jurisdiction, why the heck didn’t the police chief assign a LE presence to Giffords?


44 posted on 01/09/2011 5:45:05 AM PST by mewzilla (Hey, Schumer, your Lockerbie report left quite a bit out.)
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To: mewzilla

Who deleted his myspace and when? it seemed to be after the fact.

Was the person that made the fake facebook “Laughner”
committing some kind of fraud crime?


45 posted on 01/09/2011 5:45:14 AM PST by omega4179 (Quem deus vult perdere, dementat prius)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

IOW the left considers political opponents ENEMIES. They are infuriated at the very thought that someone would be against their ideas and make the disagreement PERSONAL.

The left has caused this ugliness in American society.

I give you Reverend Wright and Bill Ayers as examples of the destructive forces in America.


46 posted on 01/09/2011 5:45:34 AM PST by Carley (PRINTING OPINION, IGNORING THE FACTS......the msm!!!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
sheriff outed himself as a leftist and now must eat those very words... with a big side order of crow! It was one of your karl marx devotees sheriff.... just like you... you anti American pos poofter.

LLS

47 posted on 01/09/2011 5:53:42 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: omega4179
Good questions.

I've got another couple of questions: Was the perp employed? If not, where'd he get the money to buy the gun?

48 posted on 01/09/2011 5:54:30 AM PST by mewzilla (Hey, Schumer, your Lockerbie report left quite a bit out.)
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To: mewzilla

Where’d he keep the gun? At his parents’ house or somewhere else?


49 posted on 01/09/2011 5:56:30 AM PST by mewzilla (Hey, Schumer, your Lockerbie report left quite a bit out.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Randi Rhodes literally called for Bush to be assassinated.


50 posted on 01/09/2011 5:56:53 AM PST by DManA
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