Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on February 13, 2014 by Allahpundit

What can you even say at this point? Here is a man who, as a lame duck president, is openly vowing to thwart, ignore, and bypass Congress whenever possible. Here is a man whose administration has made more than two dozen on-the-fly changes to a law duly passed by Congress, without offering even the faintest sniff of a compelling legal justification for some of the most brazen alterations. Here is a man who asked for new lawyers when he didn’t like his team’s legal analysis regarding the limits of his power in unilateral foreign interventions. Here is a man who ordered an executive action for which he’d explicitly stated he didn’t possess the authority 15 months earlier. This is a man who leftist law professor Jonathan Turley describes as “the president that Richard Nixon always wanted to be.”

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President Obama has worked for years to convince the American people that congressional Republicans are unworthy of his consideration and beneath the dignity of presidential compromise. But the newest Fox News poll tells us that whatever voters think of the Republicans in Congress, they overwhelmingly want Obama to do his job and work with his rivals to govern. Obama’s increasing insistence on using executive orders to legislate, re-writing some existing laws and simply ignoring others, got failing grades across the board. Some 74 percent of the registered voters surveyed said the president using executive orders to get around Congress is not how things are supposed to work in our republic. That includes 54 percent of Democrats. Even when asked to set aside their views on how the government is supposed to work, by a wide margin (60 percent to 37 percent) voters still disapproved.

Why does Obama persist in flouting or dictating laws when voters are opposed to the practice? Some have posited that it is a result of Obama’s famously insular nature. But what National Journal’s Ron Fournier has called Obama’s “white flag syndrome” does have its upside. The president has kept his foundering health law lurching forward by using executive orders to delay particularly damaging or disruptive components and done so without having to alienate the liberal base that launched him into the White House and continues to fund his hugely expensive grass-roots and community organizing efforts. Democrats in the poll approved of Obama’s constitutional circumventions by a 66-31 percent margin.

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Employers generally get to decide, within the broad latitude of the law, how to run their businesses. The IRS has never had the power to demand a sworn explanation for decisions about manpower or staffing levels.

This arbitrary expansion of IRS power creates an ugly precedent. There exists no authority for it anywhere in Obamacare. Congress has never granted such authority. But then, Congress also didn’t create authority for the arbitrary Obamacare deadline-change that supposedly justifies it.

Each executive power-grab creates a precedent for another. Obama isn’t just making up the rules as he goes, he’s also making up new rules that govern how the other made-up new rules apply.

At this point, it probably would not have mattered even if members of Congress had read Obamacare. It isn’t actually a written law – it becomes the law whenever Obama decides, and with whatever changes he chooses.

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Congress long ago ceded too much authority to the regulatory apparatus of the administrative state, but this is different. This isn’t the executive branch writing rules to fill in the details of vague legislation—say, the 1,000-page Volcker Rule arrived at years after the passage of the Dodd-Frank banking “reforms.” This is the executive branch affirmatively re-writing law…

What the administration is doing now is unilaterally changing a law four years after its passage to try to delay its economic and political pain past a congressional election…

Why did anyone sit down and bother to write this stuff in the bill? Just think of all the lawyering and negotiating that went into the provisions of the employer mandate—the careful definition of terms, the precisely calculated fines—only to be cast aside with a dismissive wave of the hand from on high…

What makes the president’s cavalier treatment of the legislature’s handiwork in this instance so remarkable is that Congress did his bidding. It passed the law he desperately wanted. Yet he still treats it as a series of suggestions and little more.

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Ted Cruz – living in AP’s head!

PolAgnostic on February 13, 2014 at 10:41 PM

Death of a Republic.

trigon on February 13, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Let me know when the GOPe “leadership” resigns in disgrace … maybe there is somebody besides Cruz & Pul willing to “stick it” to the SCOAMF.

PolAgnostic on February 13, 2014 at 10:44 PM

PolAgnostic on February 13, 2014 at 10:41 PM

Nice Bish.

KCB on February 13, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Evening All…

CoffeeLover on February 13, 2014 at 10:45 PM

obama has signed less executive orders than Reagan or Bush!

Lanceman on February 13, 2014 at 10:45 PM

ALERT Equality marches forward in VA: Federal judge declares state’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional. Issues stay pending appeal.

— Mark Herring (@AGMarkHerring) February 14, 2014

Judge Arenda Wright Allen–Obama appointee

That makes three pro-equality rulings from Obama nominees in Ohio, Utah and now Virginia.
So with the SC not hearing this due to standing, Virginia should be all clear for marriage equality.

Virginia is for (all) lovers

Might_Is_Right on February 13, 2014 at 10:45 PM

And here I thought it would be 2nd amendment QOTD.

nobar on February 13, 2014 at 10:46 PM

Quotes of the day

…Ruin the day!

KOOLAID2 on February 13, 2014 at 10:46 PM

Lanceman on February 13, 2014 at 10:45 PM

He’s got a pen and he ain’t afraid to use it.

mizflame98 on February 13, 2014 at 10:46 PM

Evening All…

CoffeeLover on February 13, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Hi CL. All was banned.

SparkPlug on February 13, 2014 at 10:47 PM

FASCIST! TRAITOR!

I have a dream… That Obama has to escape the United States on a plane, FLEEING to France for sanctuary like Polanski had to.

ConstantineXI on February 13, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Ann Coulter said it nicely yesterday on Hannity… something to the effect of members of Congress apparently think there’s a clause in the Constitution that says one shouldn’t or can’t impeach a black president.

dpduq on February 13, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Lying liar lies. Pretty sure he had his fingers crossed when he took the oath of office.

But this is the Chicago Way, and more generally, the liberal/progressive way. Proclaim the official version of reality, then ignore all the evidence to the contrary, not matter how blatantly obvious, and marginalize anyone who notices the discrepancy as either evil of stupid.

novaculus on February 13, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Pul … Freudian slip?

Paul The Younger

PolAgnostic on February 13, 2014 at 10:47 PM

It got up to 52 here today…

OmahaConservative on February 13, 2014 at 10:47 PM

obama has signed less executive orders than Reagan or Bush!

Lanceman on February 13, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Weren’t they in office longer than 5.5 years?

kcewa on February 13, 2014 at 10:48 PM

He’s got a pen and he ain’t afraid to use it.

mizflame98 on February 13, 2014 at 10:46 PM

You all didn’t seem to mind Bush breaking the law any time it suited his fancy. And don’t think we’ve forgotten those illegal wars he got us into.

Lanceman on February 13, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Hi CL. All was banned.

SparkPlug on February 13, 2014 at 10:47 PM


About time
– I couldn’t stand that sumbeeach!

PolAgnostic on February 13, 2014 at 10:49 PM

OmahaConservative on February 13, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Darn. I was hoping he would set himself on fire.

SparkPlug on February 13, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Report: OJ Simpson on hunger strike in effort to end his life

OmahaConservative on February 13, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Will he drink Juice?

kcewa on February 13, 2014 at 10:50 PM

GREAT EVENING here at the Hawkdriver Compound.

We entertained someone who was semi-famous. Don’t ask me who. I would hate to ruin their reputation by association.

This part: Here is a man whose administration has made more than two dozen on-the-fly changes to a law duly passed by Congress, without offering even the faintest sniff of a compelling legal justification for some of the most brazen alterations.

He didn’t need to tell you why. Smart voters, unlike progressives, understand delaying implementation of his pooch of a law helps to reelect those who helped pass it, with those who think it’s still good law.

LIVs.

hawkdriver on February 13, 2014 at 10:50 PM

CoffeeLover on February 13, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Hi, CL!! :-D

Newtie and the Beauty on February 13, 2014 at 10:50 PM

It got up to 52 here today…

OmahaConservative on February 13, 2014 at 10:47 PM

.
40 F and more snow tomorrow

PolAgnostic on February 13, 2014 at 10:51 PM

PolAgnostic on February 13, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Yep. He thought he was some kind of existential qualifier. I liked “some” much better who left Hot Air due to a #SomeCott

SparkPlug on February 13, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Weren’t they in office longer than 5.5 years?

kcewa on February 13, 2014 at 10:48 PM

That collapse that baby Bush caused? obama has done an exemplary job of bringing us out of recession! But you obstructionist republicans stand in his way at every turn! All because you don’t think a black man should sit as president!

Lanceman on February 13, 2014 at 10:51 PM

OmahaConservative on February 13, 2014 at 10:49 PM

All I have to say about that

Newtie and the Beauty on February 13, 2014 at 10:52 PM

hawkdriver on February 13, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Who was it? (:

SparkPlug on February 13, 2014 at 10:53 PM

That collapse that baby Bush caused? obama has done an exemplary job of bringing us out of recession! But you obstructionist republicans stand in his way at every turn! All because you don’t think a black man should sit as president!

Lanceman on February 13, 2014 at 10:51 PM

heh :)

kcewa on February 13, 2014 at 10:53 PM

OmahaConservative on February 13, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Hit 71 here.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 13, 2014 at 10:54 PM

It got up to 52 here today…

OmahaConservative on February 13, 2014 at 10:47 PM

We didn’t break freezing as predicted, although upper 20s for 2 days in a row is a heat wave. Back to lower 20s tomorrow. The long-awaited break in the arctic pattern is pushed back until next week. At least they’re not predicting more snow. Yet.

novaculus on February 13, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Hi CL. All was banned.

SparkPlug on February 13, 2014 at 10:47 PM

I never will understand HotGas’ banning policies.

nobar on February 13, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Report: OJ Simpson on hunger strike in effort to end his life

OmahaConservative on February 13, 2014 at 10:49 PM

.
Attention wh0re … walk out into the yard alone calling the skinheads names and it will all be over in 5 minutes, OJ

PolAgnostic on February 13, 2014 at 10:55 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on February 13, 2014 at 10:54 PM

Perfect weather for a bunny suit. Coz wants to wrestle you on Pay per view. You could make a fortune.

SparkPlug on February 13, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Report: OJ Simpson on hunger strike in effort to end his life

OmahaConservative on February 13, 2014 at 10:49 PM

We wish him the best of luck.

Doc Holliday on February 13, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Lanceman on February 13, 2014 at 10:51 PM

…shouldn’t you be sharing what you’re drinking or smoking………..this is all very selfish of you!

KOOLAID2 on February 13, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Hit 71 here.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 13, 2014 at 10:54 PM

And you, little twerp, you just wait until we make Texas blue. It’s coming. the young in this country our tired of republicans telling them they cant do something all while supporting the super rich with tax cuts!

Lanceman on February 13, 2014 at 10:56 PM

SparkPlug on February 13, 2014 at 10:47 PM

I read that too fast and thought u typed ALT. phew

CoffeeLover on February 13, 2014 at 10:57 PM

SparkPlug on February 13, 2014 at 10:47 PM

I never will understand HotGas’ banning policies.

nobar on February 13, 2014 at 10:55 PM

People that question the banning policies are the first to go.

I think the banning polices are very fair and equitable, the ban hammer strikes judiciously and with great compassion and mercy.

SparkPlug on February 13, 2014 at 10:57 PM

hawkdriver on February 13, 2014 at 10:57 PM

Initials TN.

SparkPlug on February 13, 2014 at 10:57 PM

hawkdriver on February 13, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Who was it? (:

SparkPlug on February 13, 2014 at 10:53 PM

He had his own hunting show and is a motivational speaker. That’s all I can say. What a cool dude and awesome wife though.

hawkdriver on February 13, 2014 at 10:57 PM

haha. I guessed it before the clue. I rock.

SparkPlug on February 13, 2014 at 10:58 PM

That collapse that baby Bush caused? obama has done an exemplary job of bringing us out of recession! But you obstructionist republicans stand in his way at every turn! All because you don’t think a black man should sit as president!

Lanceman on February 13, 2014 at 10:51 PM

That was Ted Cruz that caused the crash that preceded the Obama economic boom.

kcewa on February 13, 2014 at 10:59 PM

The hideous reality proven by Barack Obama from the Presidency is that he doesn’t understand what he’s doing there. He took (swore to) an Oath of Office that he clearly, obviously, doesn’t even recall or if he does, he thinks nothing of violating.

His cavalier use of the Presidency (“I have a pen and I have a phone…I can do whatever I want”) reveals his utter incompetence.

He’s utterly incompetent in the Presidency and his fans are still fawning all over him, encouraging his incompetence.

It’s pitiable overall but specifically as to what Obama is doing with the Presidency, it’s alarming, it’s illegal, it’s unethical, he’s behaving indecently, unprofessionally.

Lourdes on February 13, 2014 at 10:59 PM

I never will understand HotGas’ banning policies.

nobar on February 13, 2014 at 10:55 PM

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All left them no choice – called ALT a whitebread

PolAgnostic on February 13, 2014 at 10:59 PM

Lanceman on February 13, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Are there funny looking pods landing near you?

jazzuscounty on February 13, 2014 at 10:59 PM

I hope twerp sharpens her fangs and sinks her teeth into Ms. Pickle.

But Lanceman would cry.

SparkPlug on February 13, 2014 at 11:00 PM

CoffeeLover on February 13, 2014 at 10:57 PM

We shouldn’t have the same eye doctor, you know ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on February 13, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Listen to Ted Cruz in this interview and ask yourself whether or not he would destroy any Democrat they put up in 2016. The man just gets it.

http://therightscoop.com/ted-cruz-explains-on-mark-levin-show-why-he-filibustered-the-debt-ceiling-vote/

Meat Fighter on February 13, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Belgium is cool!

thuja on February 13, 2014 at 9:05 PM/blockquote>

Either trolling, or you are in fact the monster most people believe you are.

nobar on February 13, 2014 at 9:47 PM

It is rather strange to call me a monster when I’m not the one who voted for this in Belgian. It passed with 86 MPs voting in favor, 44 against, and 12 abstentions. Obviously, the people in Belgium wouldn’t consider me a monster, and so I’m not sure the opinions of what “most people” should concern me on this issue.

thuja on February 13, 2014 at 10:50 PM

From the euthanasia thread…

OmahaConservative on February 13, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Obama..

Kings of kings….

IF only he would act as king…

A pen and a phone…

Not king like..

Electrongod on February 13, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Yeah, you all didn’t say a peep when Bush jr was doing illegal stuff in the whitehouse. Which is funny seeing as he stole the elections. His daddy probably bought them for him.

Lanceman on February 13, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Almost 90° here the next few days. 20 above normal.

It’s frigging hot in the middle of Febuary.

I like global warming.

wolly4321 on February 13, 2014 at 11:02 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on February 13, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Did you do the same thing?

I’m so happy to see Alt has arrived. (Waving Alt…hope you are getting better)

CoffeeLover on February 13, 2014 at 11:02 PM

haha. I guessed it before the clue. I rock.

SparkPlug on February 13, 2014 at 10:58 PM

Really. Here is my throwaway addie, tell me who you think it was. hawkcontractor@gmail.com.

Mrs Hawkdriver, (NHRN) is so excited because a skater from Sendai Japan, the home of her mother just had a 101 something score in ice skating. :-)

hawkdriver on February 13, 2014 at 11:03 PM

All left them no choice – called ALT a whitebread

PolAgnostic on February 13, 2014 at 10:59 PM

Linkie ?

pambi on February 13, 2014 at 11:03 PM

Male, female or 48 other varieties? Now Facebook offers users FIFTY different genders to choose from

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Cisgender Woman
Female to Male
FTM
Gender Fluid
Gender Nonconforming
Gender Questioning
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Male to Female
MTF
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Non-binary
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Transexual Man
Transexual Person
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Two-spirit

kcewa on February 13, 2014 at 11:03 PM

Belgium is loaded with euro-weenies. Ever try to speak Belg? Its not easy.

SparkPlug on February 13, 2014 at 11:03 PM

CoffeeLover on February 13, 2014 at 11:02 PM

I looked twice, cleaned my glasses, then looked again.

Durn specks!

Newtie and the Beauty on February 13, 2014 at 11:04 PM

It got up to 52 here today…

OmahaConservative on February 13, 2014 at 10:47 PM

That beats our high — 51. But it was windy and misty and pretty much a crappy day, weather-wise. Yeah, I work outside much, and it was NOT fun today. North Florida usually doesn’t feel like this unless we get a cold Noreaster off the coast.

Alien on February 13, 2014 at 11:04 PM

But Lanceman would cry.

SparkPlug on February 13, 2014 at 11:00 PM

I know one thing, piclkes is smarter than you cosplayers. Her opinions are well tought out as opposed to you intolerant people hating a black man in the white house.

Lanceman on February 13, 2014 at 11:04 PM

thuja is a sad little ghoul.

“And the bannings will continue, until morale improves.”

22044 on February 13, 2014 at 11:04 PM

Lanceman on February 13, 2014 at 11:04 PM

Is a cosplayer like a piker or more like a slacker?

SparkPlug on February 13, 2014 at 11:04 PM

All left them no choice – called ALT a whitebread

PolAgnostic on February 13, 2014 at 10:59 PM

I guess you could say All is…. /sunglasses toast.

nobar on February 13, 2014 at 11:04 PM

Alien on February 13, 2014 at 11:04 PM

Be thankful you weren’t in Ringgold… ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on February 13, 2014 at 11:05 PM

How is the herpes, ALT?

wolly4321 on February 13, 2014 at 11:05 PM

Cripes. This will go viral.

SparkPlug on February 13, 2014 at 11:05 PM

How is the herpes, ALT?

wolly4321 on February 13, 2014 at 11:05 PM

Time travel makes me psychic again.

SparkPlug on February 13, 2014 at 11:06 PM

kcewa on February 13, 2014 at 11:03 PM

I take it hermaphrodite and neutered would fall under “Other”?

Newtie and the Beauty on February 13, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Gender.. okay,, what is Cis*****

I have no clue.

wolly4321 on February 13, 2014 at 11:07 PM

Is a cosplayer like a piker or more like a slacker?

SparkPlug on February 13, 2014 at 11:04 PM

You laugh all you want, little man. Your kind is going extint like the dinasaurs. We are going to drag this country kicking and screaming into the 21 first century! Like obama said, you can ride in the back.

Lanceman on February 13, 2014 at 11:07 PM

HD, its the “catch scratch fever” dude.

SparkPlug on February 13, 2014 at 11:08 PM

thuja is a sad little ghoul.

“And the bannings will continue, until morale improves.”

22044 on February 13, 2014 at 11:04 PM

Can’t be human. I’m thinking a commenting bot programmed by another serial killer like Gosnell.

slickwillie2001 on February 13, 2014 at 11:09 PM

Mrs Hawkdriver, (NHRN) is so excited because a skater from Sendai Japan, the home of her mother just had a 101 something score in ice skating. :-)

hawkdriver on February 13, 2014 at 11:03 PM

I saw that. Is all that lurching around what passes for figure skating now.

crankyoldlady on February 13, 2014 at 11:09 PM

Winter Sports

jaime on February 13, 2014 at 11:09 PM

How is the herpes, ALT?

wolly4321 on February 13, 2014 at 11:05 PM

I don’t think she has herpes but you can bet she will now have a case of the ass against you for bringing up the subject. :)

cabra viejo on February 13, 2014 at 11:09 PM

I know one thing, piclkes is smarter than you cosplayers. Her opinions are well tought out as opposed to you intolerant people hating a black man in the white house.

Lanceman on February 13, 2014 at 11:04 PM

I may be new here, but something’s wrong. Very wrong.

BTW — Lanceman, have you figured out who I am yet?

Alien on February 13, 2014 at 11:09 PM

AC/DC – Shoot to Thrill (Iron Man 2 Version)

Newtie and the Beauty on February 13, 2014 at 10:43 P

…too many women, too many pills…..

Saw the Back in Black Tour…best song of that show?

The very first one, Hells Bells. The stage was pitch Black,
they brought out a Liberty Bell replica….then started this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1e4wx3wasug

ToddPA on February 13, 2014 at 11:09 PM

HD, its the “catch scratch fever” dude.

SparkPlug on February 13, 2014 at 11:08 PM

You get no props until you send an email and tell me and the Mrs who you think it was.

hawkdriver on February 13, 2014 at 11:10 PM

Lanceman on February 13, 2014 at 11:07 PM

I left out hoser on purpose. But you walked right into the hoser portal. Welcome to hoserland.

SparkPlug on February 13, 2014 at 11:10 PM

Lanceman on February 13, 2014 at 10:56 PM

You do that. *yawn*

annoyinglittletwerp on February 13, 2014 at 11:10 PM

No cat codependent on that gender list? What will youse guys choose now?

Pickle on February 13, 2014 at 11:11 PM

22044 on February 13, 2014 at 11:04 PM

Can’t be human. I’m thinking a commenting bot programmed by another serial killer like Gosnell.

slickwillie2001 on February 13, 2014 at 11:09 PM

No, Thuja is a selfish b!tch who thinks her life is somehow enhanced by some kid not making it to maturity. Selfish, self-centered and cruel.

hawkdriver on February 13, 2014 at 11:12 PM

‘Waltons’ patriarch Ralph Waite dies at 85

Ralph Waite, who played the father in TV’s hit series “The Waltons,” has died. Waite’s manager, Alan Mills, says the actor died midday Thursday in the Palm Springs area. He was 85. Waite was best known for his role as the patriarch in the 1970s series “The Waltons,”

kcewa on February 13, 2014 at 11:12 PM

obama has signed less executive orders than Reagan or Bush!

Lanceman on February 13, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Indeed, but chimpey never said this.

Schadenfreude on February 13, 2014 at 11:12 PM

Lanceman on February 13, 2014 at 10:56 PM

I’ve no interest in changing my gender of FB-but I would very much like to change my species.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 13, 2014 at 11:12 PM

HD, its the “catch scratch fever” dude.

SparkPlug on February 13, 2014 at 11:08 PM

And I missed the cut for serving dinner to the Motor City Madman if that helps.

hawkdriver on February 13, 2014 at 11:13 PM

Ok HD. I sent you an email.

SparkPlug on February 13, 2014 at 11:13 PM

Sorry, but chimpey never said this.

Schadenfreude on February 13, 2014 at 11:13 PM

It was in the 50′s here today. The sky was blue, and there was a strange bright glowing warm object in the sky. Someone told me it’s called the “Sun”.

Doc Holliday on February 13, 2014 at 11:14 PM

Don’t think she has herpes but you can bet she will now have a case of the ass against you for bringing up the subject. :) cabra viejo on February 13, 2014 at 11:09 PM

Ever had chickenpox?

wolly4321 on February 13, 2014 at 11:14 PM

Indeed, but chimpey never said this.

Schadenfreude on February 13, 2014 at 11:12 PM

Nice move, mr 404 page not found.

Lanceman on February 13, 2014 at 11:14 PM

I identify as a Trans-Otaku, but FB is too bigoted to put that up.

nobar on February 13, 2014 at 11:14 PM

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