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First female general to lead Parris Island Marine base says women can handle combat
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Posted on 03/16/2013 4:40:49 PM PDT by Morgana

PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. — The first female Marine Corps general in charge of its tough-as-nails basic training site on Parris Island says she’s confident women in the Corps will be able to handle combat.

Brig. Gen. Loretta Reynolds says the Pentagon’s lifting of the combat exclusion against women earlier this year means commanders will be able to “just use the talent that they have. Just use it where they need it. That’s awesome.”

Reynolds was the first woman to command a Marine base in a combat zone when she was put in charge of Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan in 2010. As head of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force’s headquarters group, she oversaw the base in Helmand province that grew to house 20,000 Marines.

She also commanded a communications battalion in Iraq from 2004 to 2005 in battle-scarred Fallujah.

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1 posted on 03/16/2013 4:40:49 PM PDT by Morgana
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To: Morgana

PC appointee, wonder how she feels knowing that she really never got there for her grades or knowledge but because she;s a PC affirmative action appointee.

Maybe it;s me but I like to know when I get something then it;s because I earned it and as for women in combat, PLEASE.

Been there done that and no woman can carry over a 100 pound for days , march miles and fight and then have to pick a guy up with her own 100 pounds.

Hell most men can;t and I know Israel and Britain has tried this and it never worked.

Women on submarines and on ships is not even working and yet these dopes think women should now serve in combat on the gorund

FRIGGING IDIOTS


2 posted on 03/16/2013 4:44:02 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: Morgana

yes she was in command but not on the ground, BIG DIFFERENCE


3 posted on 03/16/2013 4:44:46 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: Morgana

Of course women can “handle combat”. I can “handle” playing point guard in the NBA, I would be terrible at it, my team would lose every game, but I could “handle” it. What does “handle combat” even mean? The left couldn’t do any of this garbage without a compliant media. Barf.


4 posted on 03/16/2013 4:47:31 PM PDT by cdcdawg
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To: Morgana
Wait until they get fragged for not carrying their weight.

Not implying that will happen, just suggesting that it might.

5 posted on 03/16/2013 4:48:16 PM PDT by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: Morgana

Oh, good gravy.


6 posted on 03/16/2013 4:48:23 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("Another Catholic Pope! It must be some kind of conspiracy!" ~Homer_J_Simpson)
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To: Morgana

A world gone crazy.


7 posted on 03/16/2013 4:49:04 PM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Morgana
What’d we expect her to say? You don't make flag rank without being political. If we only allowed world-class female athletes to go into combat occupations, they'd still be inferior to the typical male soldier or Marine that chooses that career path, I guarantee you. We are different, PERIOD.
8 posted on 03/16/2013 4:49:18 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: Morgana; posterchild; ColdOne; navymom1; Pat4ever; RIghtwardHo; Reaganite Republican; ...
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9 posted on 03/16/2013 4:49:21 PM PDT by narses
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To: elkfersupper

We will see how this goes but I’m betting it’s not too hard to make some predictions based on common sense.


10 posted on 03/16/2013 4:50:04 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: Morgana

no offense but i would not feel much respect for a female military leader.

especially if i thought they didn’t get there on work/merit.


11 posted on 03/16/2013 4:50:24 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Morgana

New drill routines are already being implemented....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2jgrGtiYHE


12 posted on 03/16/2013 4:53:43 PM PDT by wonkowasright (Wonko from outside the asylum)
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To: Morgana

Total B.S. My wife is seriously one of the best female athletes alive and one of the few women I have known that could do it.

If the standards were not lowered in any way, I estimate that maybe 3 out 100 servicewomen could do this. Of those 3, 2 would be physically broken before the end of a four year stint in the infantry. Sorry, women’s bodies are just not designed to carry 100 lbs of gear on long marches and jump out planes with said gear.


13 posted on 03/16/2013 4:54:39 PM PDT by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: Morgana

Another politically correct appointee, she got the job because of her politics and not her abilities I guess


14 posted on 03/16/2013 4:57:03 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Morgana

Just being a WWII Army infantryman makes me ask why her direct fire combat experience wasn’t mentioned.


15 posted on 03/16/2013 4:57:06 PM PDT by noinfringers2
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To: Morgana

I don’t see any problem if they start out young....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9BSLm53Qnc


16 posted on 03/16/2013 5:00:57 PM PDT by HerrBlucher (Praise to the Lord the Almighty the King of Creation)
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To: Morgana
4th Battalion. Toughest on the Island.

Yes I snark.

Parris Island, class of '89.

17 posted on 03/16/2013 5:01:14 PM PDT by real saxophonist (You can't take the sky from me)
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To: Morgana

This retired Colonel of Marines could not disagree more.
I wonder how many patrols this female flag rank officer went on with the men?
I have no edge with them having the training necessary to manage and defend their area but to put women on point...not so sure.


18 posted on 03/16/2013 5:01:19 PM PDT by celtic gal
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To: Morgana

She really think they could have taken and held Iwo Jima?

Or a dozen other islands?

How about Omaha Beach! Films of young women being blown apart would have caused an outrage in the US.


19 posted on 03/16/2013 5:04:02 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (CLICK my name. See the murals before they are painted over! POTEET THEATER in OKC!)
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To: Morgana

Put her in a ring with the male rookie who graduated at the bottom of his Basic training class and lets see who walks out.


20 posted on 03/16/2013 5:05:05 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Morgana

Anyone who tells me this gets the same response: OK, then form an all-woman brigade. Let’s create a unit to test the theory by making sure that there are no men to carry the burdens for the women.


21 posted on 03/16/2013 5:05:21 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: real saxophonist

notice how she has not been on the ground in combat, big dfference being in command in a safe zone than marching for days carrying over a 100 pound, and thenhaving to fight and what happens when she is on her period, maybe gets pregnant, can she carry 100 pound and then carry a 200 pound guy who has bene shot, course not

This woman is there because she is a lefty idiot and I have ahd officers in charge of me where I had no respect for as they had no clue what they were doing .

That;s why I have respect for the NCO’s who has been there for years when I first joined not the new officer with a chip on his shoulder .

Lives are at risk and now we have cross dressers, homosexuals and women., nah nothing could go wrong/

The other week I talked to a tanky soldeir who said he was in the PX just after don;t ask was overtunred in Afghanistan and said his officer came in wearing a dress.
Right away the guys all lost respect and moral went out the door.
The officer was a flamer turd poker who now is on their facres and making perverted comments and they can;t do anything and thta is why he and others are leaving


22 posted on 03/16/2013 5:06:01 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: 3Fingas

They would just forbid packs above a certain weight. Or force everyone into vehicles no matter how it would affect the mission.


23 posted on 03/16/2013 5:06:08 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Obama's vision - No Job is a Good Job)
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To: elkfersupper
"Wait until they get fragged for not carrying their weight."

You KNOW there will be a lot less fragging, than Fluking, with women in "combat" areas.

24 posted on 03/16/2013 5:12:54 PM PDT by traditional1 (Amerika.....Providing public housing for the Mulatto Messiah)
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To: traditional1

Probably, but that only adds complications.


25 posted on 03/16/2013 5:15:34 PM PDT by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: Morgana
“I’m not ashamed to tell you I can’t do a pull-up yet, but I’m working on it!” the 48-year-old Reynolds said with a laugh.

Goodnight Chesty Puller, wherever you are
26 posted on 03/16/2013 5:16:07 PM PDT by stylin19a (obama - Fredo smart)
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To: Morgana

Appointed because her political ideals aligned with Obastard’s. She will try to twist the military into a perverted social experiment club.


27 posted on 03/16/2013 5:29:49 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (There is no requirement to show need in order to exercise your rights.)
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To: Morgana
Just the title to this article indicates the current level of stupidity in our military. Fish rots from the head down. Sorry, had to say it.
28 posted on 03/16/2013 5:30:13 PM PDT by Lockbar (Quality Factory Loaded Ammunition ------- The New Gold)
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To: Morgana

Sure women can handle combat. Just like they could handle being a lineman in the NFL. I can only hope that other nations militaries catch the PC disease. If they don’t we are dead.


29 posted on 03/16/2013 5:41:30 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: Morgana
"First female general to lead Parris Island Marine base says women can handle combat"

That's an interesting statement in light of the fact that Congress just renewed the VAWA. So let me make sure I understand our societal leaders. A woman can handle the violence and horror of the battlefield. But that same woman needs special protection at home if a man yells at her. Hey, makes sense to someone I guess.

30 posted on 03/16/2013 5:42:26 PM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: Morgana

“The first female Marine Corps general in charge of its tough-as-nails basic training site on Parris Island says she’s confident women in the Corps will be able to handle combat.”

Well, hey, good luck with that.


31 posted on 03/16/2013 5:44:04 PM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: Morgana

I have long maintained that it was wrong to allow females to matriculate at our military academies — something that, IIRC — began in the 1970s during VietNam.

Remember, from the beginning, female military academy cadets were NEVER held to the same physical standards as their male counterparts.

It does not take a Ph.D. in physics to see that the one leads to the other (admitting women to our military academies to demands to place women in combat).

The argument has usually been that combat combat restrictions create unfair limitations on female officers’ career advancement.

This is not the argument of enlisted Women Marines or enlisted female soldiers, or enlisted female sailors or airmen.

Nor is it an argument based on either national security needs or a desire to improve our military’s combat effectiveness. (Is this not a red flag to all with a room-temp IQ?)

Rather, this (career-limitation whining) is the argument of spoiled, privileged women permitted to rob able-bodied males of coveted Academy slots, who now want to do the same in combat units.

I have read arguments in this forum of those defending placing women in the Academies. Okay. Now defend this nonsense.

Trust me, the Russians and Chinese are laughing at us for our folly.

I fear we may well be headed for disastrous military defeat. Our enemies care nothing about our social experimentation. They care only about defeating us in battle — something our current leaders appear to be facilitating.

This idiocy is a cancer on our military, and it is now metastasizing.


32 posted on 03/16/2013 5:48:19 PM PDT by man_in_tx (Islam is a Hate Crime. (Blowback: Faithfully farting towards Mecca five times daily!))
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

How about Omaha Beach! Films of young women being blown apart would have caused an outrage in the US.


Ever stop to think that maybe that’s the point.

What better way to ensure we never intervene anywhere, ever again?


33 posted on 03/16/2013 5:49:07 PM PDT by rbg81
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To: Morgana

Selfish. She’s the Rob Portman of the military.


34 posted on 03/16/2013 5:51:43 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Morgana
Just damn.

My only grandson will enter the Marines in June.

I have obliquely objected to his choice, but I do want it to be his decision alone.

Ten years ago I would have been quite happy for him, now I can only hope for the best with great trepidation.

35 posted on 03/16/2013 6:03:00 PM PDT by diogenes ghost
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To: Morgana
feh...
36 posted on 03/16/2013 6:03:43 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Are you kidding? If there were women infantry present, they would have mostly refused to exit the landing craft.


37 posted on 03/16/2013 6:08:51 PM PDT by gatorhead
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To: diogenes ghost

“My only grandson will enter the Marines in June.”

I wish him well. I went through Paris Island in 1951. It will not be easy but it will make him realize what tired and scared neans, sometimes both at the same time. Its an experience he won’t soon forget.
I’m glad I had the opportunity to go through Marine boot camp, I was more glad when it was over than when it was happening.


38 posted on 03/16/2013 6:24:55 PM PDT by depenzz
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To: Bryanw92

Yup, that’s how you know it is all crappola. Looking at the records of all female combat units vs. an all male combat units shouldn’t be too hard to do, in fact it is the obvious thing to do. Yet somehow the folks pushing for this never bring it up. For some reason.

Freegards


39 posted on 03/16/2013 6:33:54 PM PDT by Ransomed
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To: Morgana
Indeed, my first choice for ground combat troops is to select from the one pool of bodies that we know has 40% less upper body strength, weaker bone structure, less stamina, and less of that magic aggression hormone testosterone. Stunningly brilliant idea.
40 posted on 03/16/2013 6:36:52 PM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: Morgana

Once the first womans head is blown off in combat then contant reporting on the media 24/7 for 3 weeks straight expect a significant drop in female recruitment in the military.

Maybe that was the plan all along...


41 posted on 03/16/2013 6:39:18 PM PDT by mowowie
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To: Morgana

Pray for America.


42 posted on 03/16/2013 6:41:03 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Morgana
Brigadier General Loretta E. Reynolds
Commanding General, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island; and Commanding General, Eastern Recruiting Region

 
Brigadier General Loretta E. ReynoldsBrigadier General Lori Reynolds was commissioned in the Marine Corps in May 1986 after graduating from the United States Naval Academy. Upon graduation from the Basic School in 1987, she attended the Basic Communication Officer's Course at Quantico, Va., and was assigned the 2502 MOS.

Her first duty assignment was with Communications Company, Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, CA. Serving initially as communications watch officer at the Base Communication Center, she later returned to the Division Communications Company where she served from May 1988 until August 1990 as Communication Center Platoon Commander, Multichannel Platoon Commander, Operations Officer, and Radio Officer.

In August 1990, she was reassigned to Marine Wing Communications Squadron 18, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Okinawa, Japan, and was the Detachment Alpha Executive Officer and Commanding Officer.

From September 1991 until June 1994, she was a Project Officer at the Marine Corps Systems Command, working primarily on item management, procurement, and research and development for Marine Corps' communications security (COMSEC) systems.

She attended the Command and Control Systems Course, Marine Corps University, Quantico, Virginia, from July 1994 to May 1995 and served as a Candidate Platoon Commander for Charlie Company, Officer Candidate School in Quantico following graduation.

In September 1995, she returned to Camp Pendleton to serve with the Ninth Communication Battalion, 1st Surveillance, Reconnaissance, and Intelligence Group. While there, she served as Assistant Operations Officer and Commanding Officer, Bravo Company.

From June 1997 to June 2000, she commanded Recruiting Station Harrisburg PA, 4th Marine Corps District. She attended the Naval War College from August 2000 until June 2001, and from June 2001 to May 2003, was assigned as Action Officer and Deputy Division Head for Strategic Plans Division, Command, Control, Communications, and Computers (C4) Department, Headquarters Marine Corps, Washington DC.

She assumed command of Ninth Communication Battalion, I MEF on 8 June 2003 and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II to Fallujah, Iraq from February 2004 to March 2005. She was selected to attend the Army War College in Carlisle Pennsylvania and graduated with the Class of 2006.

From 2006 to 2008 she was assigned to the Joint Staff, J6 in Washington D.C. She served as a Desk Officer in Current Operations Division and as a Division Chief.

In March 2009, she assumed command of the I MEF Headquarters Group at Camp Pendleton, CA. She deployed the Group to Camp Leatherneck Afghanistan from March 2010 to March 2011, where the Group supported the efforts of I MEF FWD/Regional Command Southwest in Helmand Province.



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43 posted on 03/16/2013 7:09:52 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro can't pass E-verify)
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To: stylin19a

“Goodnight Chesty Puller, wherever you are”

Chesty Puller is surrounded and he has the SOBs just where he wants ‘em!


44 posted on 03/16/2013 7:11:52 PM PDT by Frank Sheed (The injustice of trendiness is nearly dualistic in its isomorphism.)
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To: Morgana

None of her credentials said she was ever in combat or commanded women in combat. Just hmmmmmm.


45 posted on 03/16/2013 7:23:37 PM PDT by PistolPaknMama
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To: rbg81

All this will come to a screeching halt the first time the Taliban or some other throw-backs capture one our female soldiers. The American public will not be able to stomach it and our forward deployed male troops will be demoralized.


46 posted on 03/16/2013 7:23:41 PM PDT by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: manc

This is nothing but a shame, a disgrace and an insult to all who have suffered and died in battle and earned their place, their rank and their honor.

What a frigging joke but it isn’t funny at all.

From the halls of Montezuma, oh wait, I broke a nail, now on to Tripoli.

Surely the end is near. We are a laughing stock.


47 posted on 03/16/2013 7:25:47 PM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: Enterprise

Outstanding.


48 posted on 03/16/2013 7:32:41 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: man_in_tx

What can I say sir but to agree 100%.

We have been reduced to a comedy but it isn’t funny.

No wonder I weep when I try to sing “God Bless America”.


49 posted on 03/16/2013 7:34:44 PM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: Sequoyah101

was looking ans sked a recruiter and I kid you not.

One pull up for a woman to enter the marines, two pull ups for a man.
To graduate then women do two pulls up and men do 3 pulls up.
The run is in sneakers and I forget the time but it;s something liek a mile in 10 and a half mins which is a joke

Just look at the AD’s, the marines storm the beach and then give out aid
for the Navy they show a woman in a submarine and state near the end that they are equal opportunity and rights.

What the hell storming a beach to give out aid.

then contrast the roayl marines in the UK who ban women in any kid of job, and here is their AD

http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=royal+marines+recruitment+ads&view=detail&mid=A9D8246AB651B4801E74A9D8246AB651B4801E74&first=0&FORM=NVPFVR&qpvt=royal+marines+recruitment+ads

http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=royal+marines+commando+recruitment+ads&view=detail&mid=3D8F44BD6E58FC1D98113D8F44BD6E58FC1D9811&first=0&FORM=NVPFVR

they actually tell the pansies and fairies not to join and say they like pain, and now we have this crap of cross dressing , turd pokers and women who get positions who are based on politics.

so sickening


50 posted on 03/16/2013 7:36:58 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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