Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Top 10 Conservative Web Sites

No, this isn't a bonus edition of Democratic Underground's Top 10 Conservative Idiots, but it is still entertaining in its own way.

This list is from Intellectual Conservative, a site that bills itself #100 on its own list of top conservative web sites. Included in the list is an interesting name, one bandied about on this site from time to time: FoxNews.com. Yep, "the most trusted name in news," the network of "we report, you decide," the self-anointed "fair and balanced" network is NUMBER 2--of top Conservative web sites.

The list presented on the site is a "top 100," but I'll limit it here to the Top 10:


Top 100 Conservative Political Websites of 2007
  1. Drudge Report – 951
  2. Fox News - 599
  3. Wall Street Journal – 1,043
  4. New York Post – 1,778
  5. WorldNetDaily – 4,605
  6. NewsMax – 5,334
  7. Boston Herald – 6,684
  8. Free Republic – 7,114
  9. Town Hall – 7,915
  10. U.S. News and World Report - 8,694

See the rest, and the methodology at: IntellectualConservative.com

New Fox Attacks Video: The FOX is Wrong

This is the latest video from FOX Attacks, a group dedicated to righting the wrongs presented by FOX "News." I know it is very easy to disbelieve the dire global warming predictions, but FOX goes one step further, and actively tries to discredit global warming scientists. Often (of course) disingenuously.

If this video does nothing else, it lists in detail exactly who has concluded that humans are causing global warming, and what it is they're really saying about it. Take notes!

Voter Fraud: 2004 Ohio Votes Tossed Out

Voter fraud. It's one of the more serious transgressions against a citizen's rights. Both Democrats and Republicans claim to be against it. But they don't both hold the same view of what "voter fraud" is.

Republicans tend to think that voter fraud is the registering of people (illegal aliens, felons, dead people) who shouldn't be allowed to vote. This may happen, but I don't think any wide-spread case has ever even been close to being proven in recent years. Certainly it shouldn't be allowed, but I'm not sure anybody could declaritively say that it has swayed an election.

Democrats tend to think that voter fraud constitutes a deliberate plan to disenfranchise voters, by way of caging lists, placement of inadequate or nonworking machines, phony phone calls, misleading pamphleting, and vote flipping. Some of these things have been proven. Don't believe me?

Start your homework here:

Often times, even when large-scale voter fraud is suspected, steps are taken (apply sinister motives or not) that prevent a definitive conclusion from ever being drawn. Read on. . .


In Violation of Federal Law, Ohio's 2004 Presidential Election Records Are Destroyed or Missing

In 56 of Ohio's 88 counties, ballots and election records from 2004 have been "accidentally" destroyed, despite a federal order to preserve them -- it was crucial evidence which would have revealed whether the election was stolen.

Two-thirds of Ohio counties have destroyed or lost their 2004 presidential ballots and related election records, according to letters from county election officials to the Ohio Secretary of State, Jennifer Brunner.

The lost records violate Ohio law, which states federal election records must be kept for 22 months after Election Day, and a U.S. District Court order issued last September that the 2004 ballots be preserved while the court hears a civil rights lawsuit alleging voter suppression of African-American voters in Columbus. . .

Read more at: AlterNet.org

Two Opposable Thumbs Up to Velvet Revolution

Posted by Stupid Monkey Planet

These guys are doing important work. Defending our rights. Good on 'em.

Justice Roberts: Needs Better Spokesmen

Photo from Stupid Monkey Planet, via HuffingtonPost

Not much time to post, just this to say: the two sources for this article are George W. Bush, and Tony Snow. Forgive me, but these sources alone are somewhat lacking in credibility. Beyond that, doesn't this read like "George Bush calling his employee, John Roberts?" That's how it sounds to me. And that ticks me off.

Read all about it: Chief Justice Roberts says he's fine after seizure

Guilty Pleasures: Laverne & Shirley

As a child of the 70s, I was of the perfect age to experience an explosion of silliness on TV, ranging from the superhero shows like The Bionic Woman, and Wonder Woman, to the "jiggle" shows, Three's Company and Charlie's Angels, to my favorite, Laverne & Shirley.

I was not quite 10 when the phenomenally successful Happy Days spun off this unsung gem, and I was hooked from the first episode. Mom, previously worried about my fascination with record players, soon started to worry about my new addiction to ABC TV, which was experiencing a boom in the ratings. I could name every time slot, every theme song, and every star. She soon imposed strict "after 7, only two hours, and only if your chores and homework are done" rules.

I managed. Laverne & Shirley never got any respect from reviewers or the Emmys, but it got viewers in droves. That is why it surprises me that the show is getting something of a short-shrift on DVD from Paramount. Only two seasons have been released so far, and those two were released years apart. Allegedly, season three will be available in September. Meanwhile, you can get the lamest of lame series (What's Happening!! and What's Happening Now!!) in their entirety. Criminal.

Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams were truly inspired in their timing, physical comedy and chemistry. David L. Lander and Michael McKean were just as inspired, and quite demented--even subversive--as Lenny and Squiggy. And, sigh, Eddie Mekka as Carmine. Great fun all around. I can't wait for season three.

Here's the famous opening credit sequence. Just try not to sing along. . .

And, because the Other Half wouldn't have it any other way, a clip from the 2nd Season episode, "Guinea Pigs," where Laverne & Shirley have participated in a scientific expirement in order to get enough money to go to a society function. Laverne was in a sleep deprivation test, and Shirley in a food deprivation test. Genius.

Chief Justice Roberts or Linda Blair?

You see, this is what I was talking about. It starts sounding--after initial candy-coating--worse and worse. Next, we'll hear that his head spun around, and he vomited on a priest. . .


St. George Ambulance responded to a call at about 2 p.m. Monday of a man who had fallen 5 to 10 feet and landed on a dock, hitting the back of his head. The patient was ashen and was foaming at the mouth.

Read more at: MaineCoastNow.com

Psychoanalyzing The Commander Guy

Dr. Justin Franks, author of Bush on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the President, has had two more years to analyze (admittedly from afar) the mental state of George W. Bush. And it is more than a little bit scary. If you like scary stories, read on. . .


What follows is a collaborative Frank-VIPS effort, with the psychological insights volunteered by Dr. Frank, who shares the imperative we feel to draw on all disciplines to assess what courses of action President George W. Bush is likely to decide upon in reacting to reverse after reverse in the coming months.

Parental discretion advised. The outlook is not only somber but potentially violent -- and includes all manner of threats born of George W. Bush's mental state (as well as the unusual relationship he has with his vice president). Things are going to hell in a hand basket for this administration, and Bush/Cheney have shown a willingness to act in extra-Constitutional ways, as they see fit. While Bush and his advisers make a fetish of it, he is nonetheless commander in chief of the armed forces and the question becomes how he might feel justified in using them and is there still any restraining force -- any checks on the increasing power of the executive in our three-branch government.

We have a president whose psychological makeup inclines him to do as he pleases. Because Congress has been cowed, and the judiciary stacked with loyalists, he has gotten away with it -- so far. But the polls show growing discontent among the people, especially over the war in Iraq. Congress, too, is starting to challenge the executive, as it should -- but slowly, slower than it should. The way things are moving, there is infinite opportunity to diddle and dodge -- in effect conducting business pretty much as usual over the next 18 months.

Read more, if you dare, at: HuffingtonPost.com

Monday, July 30, 2007

Chief Justice Roberts Hospitalized

Photo from source, HuffingtonPost.com

Why is it that when a prominent political figure--in the US or out--has some sort of health issue, they candy-coat it? At least at first, they try to make like "no big deal, he stubbed his toe."

When Cheney had his chest opened up this week, and had his pacemaker removed, his heart shocked, and a new pacemaker implanted, the news made it sound like a tetanus shot. Bush gets his innards scraped? Hey, look! He's riding his bike right afterwards. Fred Thompson was diagnosed with cancer? Cancer schmancer!

When I first heard about Roberts' condition on the news, they said he'd fallen down at his home, and was at the hospital for observation. It would seem they left something out. . .


Chief Justice Roberts Suffers Seizure

WASHINGTON — Chief Justice John Roberts suffered a seizure at his summer home in Maine on Monday, causing a fall that resulted in minor scrapes, Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said.

He will remain in a hospital in Maine overnight.

"It's my understanding he's fully recovered, said Christopher Burke, a spokesman for Penobscot Bay Medical Center, where Roberts was taken.

Roberts, 52, was taken by ambulance to the medical center, where he underwent a "thorough neurological evaluation, which revealed no cause for concern," Arberg said in a statement.

Roberts had a similar episode in 1993, she said.

Doctors called Monday's incident "a benign idiopathic seizure," Arberg said. The White House described the January 1993 episode as an "isolated, idiosyncratic seizure." Both descriptions indicate that doctors could not determine the seizure's cause or link it to another medical condition. For example, doctors would have quickly ruled out simple explanations such as dehydration or low blood sugar.

Read more at: huffingtonpost.com

Strike That Last Post! Cheney Loves Alberto!

The very next thing I clicked on after writing that post, no joke.

Cheney defends embattled US attorney general


Cheney, asked in an interview with CBS radio whether Gonzales should keep his job, replied: "I do. I'm a big fan of Al's."

Read all about it at: RawStory.com

Gonzogate: Nobody Loves Alberto

How bad is it, when you go on the White House's favorite "News" channel, you have one of the most prominent neo-cons on, and you still can't get any support for Alberto Gonzales? Republicans were even asked to come to his defense, and, well, "Bueller? Bueller?" Nope, not even Ben Stein.

Watch this clip of FOX "News" Sunday to see what I mean:

Technical Difficulties: Another Update

If there is a downturn in posting at Greenlee Gazette this week, please don't take that to indicate a loss of interest in the blog. We're still experiencing outages in our broadband service today. After my fifth trip through the automated queue at COX, I have a technician scheduled for a Friday visit.

Hopefully, my sporadic outages will be during the day, while I'm at work. It's holding on right now, so I'm crossing my fingers. Please stand by.

Lesbian Gangs: Wasn't It Always Just a Matter of Time?

Posted by NevadaJoe

Dear Readers,

I am so sorry I haven't had the time to post lately, but with the alarming spike in our crime rate due to lesbian gangs I barely have time for anything other than protecting our big gay household. Seriously, there are very few thing more frightening to a gay man than a big butch lesbian gang member so you must understand our fright.

Sadly, our trusted friend Bill O'Reilly tried to warn us about these big dykes but I refused to listen. Now I know better, from now on it is FOX "News" for me. That's right, I am going to turn my brain off and FOX "News" on. With Uncle Bill looking out for me, how can I go wrong?

Now, I hope the rest of you will turn to FOX too. Come on, it's the "right" thing to do.


Sunday Night Recap

Feeling a bit of writer's block this evening, which is part of the reason for a shorter list of posts today. Thanks to Stupid Monkey Planet for pinch hitting, by the way.

The computer woes have continued. After seeing The Simpsons Movie, I braved the über-mega Fry's store, and picked up a heavy-duty data ready coaxial splitter and cable. I installed them, and everything seemed peachy.

But I've had three outages already this evening. Considering the fact that I've replaced everything between the cable and the computer (to the tune of $150), it almost has to be the cable company's problem. So, at some point, I'm going to have to slog through the COX automated helper-lady thing again (sigh).

I swear, if they tell me I just can't have a TV and a computer in the same room, I'm going to scream.

Anyway, tomorrow a new week begins. To quote ABBA, another row of early mornings in an almost never-ending stream. Who knows, maybe my mood will improve? See you tomorrow.

Top 10 Conservative Idiots: July 30, 2007

Another stellar list!

Washington keeps providing the material, and DU never comes up short on their list. I just wonder how they narrow it down to 10.

Check it out at: DemocraticUnderground.com

Sunday, July 29, 2007

At the Movies: A Whole Lot of Stupid

Before going into to the theater to see The Simpsons Movie, my companions and I noticed the "wall of lame" coming attractions: Alvin and the Chipmunks (in rapper poses), Daddy Day Camp (apparently with Cuba Gooding, Jr. replacing Eddie Murphy) and Rush Hour 3 (because so much was left unsaid in the first two). Ugh. None of us thought we'd even want to see them on video later.

Once we went in, we were treated to an extended commercial for NBC, the typical "lets all go to the lobby"-type theater shorts, and then. . .the trailers. Yes, previews for those same movies, and a few others, almost uniformly lame. Even the movie that looked the best, The Nanny Diaries, had a lame-o trailer.

I wonder if we were the only ones who noticed the sameness of these trailers. They start with an announcer, and no soundtrack, then a classic song starts to play: "Whoa! I feel good. . ." or "What you want, baby I got it. . ." or "She drives me crazy. . ." While the song plays, we get a montage of "funny" scenes, then the music stops (with a screech of tires, or a phonograph needle scratch), and somebody gets hit in the nuts. Or Cuba Gooding, Jr. says something "funny" that is wayyy below his talent level. Then, cue another classic song, run another montage, let the announcer finish. And then someone else gets hit in the nuts.

I suppose it's an effective way to sell crap, but man. Hollywood needs an injection of fresh ideas. Oh, and what does it say about a sequel when even Eddie Murphy won't appear in it?

The Simpsons Movie: A Review

Loved it. Looovvved it!

The very first Simpsons short aired on FOX's The Tracey Ullman Show on my 21st birthday. I was watching that night, and I've been a rabid fan ever since. In fact, I believe a shared love of all things Simpson probably was key to keeping my relationship with The Other Half going in the early months. After all, when you can each complete the other's every thought with a Simpsons quote, you're obviously meant to be together right?

So after their inauspicious start on a critically lauded but largely ignored variety show, and 18 seasons of their own show (over 400 episodes so far), The Simpsons Movie is finally here. Was it worth the wait? In my best Comic Book Guy voice: Best. Movie. Ever.

OK, that may be overstating it, but it was one of the best TV to movie adaptations, right up there with South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut. Maybe better, because this one can be enjoyed by a much larger audience. It's also our first chance to see the Simpson family in wide-screen--a very wide screen! Some people may wish their favorite characters were in it a little more (Patty, Selma, Apu), and there wasn't a way to get Lionel Hutz or Troy McClure in there (sniff), RIP Phil Hartman. Most do appear at least briefly, though, and I wouldn't be surprised if Mr. Hartman's characters are somewhere in the mob scenes.

In short, they managed to pull it off. The Simpsons Movie is a laugh a minute (several, actually), and probably will require repeated viewings to capture all of the gags. It plays like an especially good (and especially long) episode of the series, but with more grand backgrounds and artistic effects. The movie format also allowed them to go a little further with language, gestures, and yes, brief nudity. Jokes about sexuality, religion, and a doofus President (Arnold Schwarzenegger subbing for W) are also especially pointed, and appreciated.

I saw the film at The Orleans here in Vegas, and I was surprised by the light crowd (for all of the movies)--I'm not sure what that's about. But even so, with only a smattering of people in our theater, the laughter was raucous. It was an unsual feeling to watch The Simpsons with a laugh track!

Stay tuned, I'm going to try to get the Stupid Monkey to write a review as well. I'm sure he'll agree with my review, which is: Highly Recommended

Meanwhile, check this out the boffo box office: HuffingtonPost.com

Smart Egyptian Monkey Prosthetics

Posted by Stupid Monkey Planet

I just thought this was cool. Some of the times we monkeys can be smart. Just not enough of the times.

The prosthetic toe in the Cairo Museum. Credit: Jacky Finch

Egyptian Monkey Cleverness...

Stupid Monkeys & H2O

Posted by Stupid Monkey Planet

Aquafina (a product of PepsiCo) to reveal it's ingredients... TAP WATER. Rich ain't it.

Never fear, Coke will be next. Will it be Dasani? Nestle Springs? Oh gosh, it's just so intriguing...

And these guys thought the cocaine upset people... now they've just offended Biff & Buffy Monkey & their upturned nostril drinking style...

Pepsi & Coke I can't help but applaud your efforts in taking advantage of these Stupid Monkeys riddling the planet. Sell 'em tap water for 1500% more than they would pay at home. After all, you've made it more convenient for them now. They no longer have to go thru the trouble of walking to the kitchen, retrieving a glass from the cupboard & filling up said glass with fine municipal tap water, from their own kitchen sink mind you. Now it is a simple as grabbing a couple of dollars, hopping in your SUV & taking a trek up to the closest convenience store (again with the convenience), and look there it is... and it is cold! Hallelujah! Thanks!
Stupid Fuhkeeng Monkeys...

CBS has the story... We serve only the finest in tap water...

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Bill Maher: The Decider

I really miss Bill Maher's HBO show, Real Time with Bill Maher when it goes on hiatus, so I was thrilled to see this new special. Maher is, along with Jon Stewart one of the only people letting the truth squeak through on television these days.

This is the first of eight parts, so if you like this, go to YouTube to see the rest. WARNING: Foul language, Bush bashing, and hilarity ahead.

Draft College Republicans: Generation Chickenhawk


Republicans: The People Don't Need to Know

Photo of Senator Patrick Leahy (D) - from Wikipedia.com

Nice. Could these guys be any more transparent? They're protecting a corrupt administration. The only way to prevent public revolt is to keep their activities secret.


Republicans blocking Freedom of Information Act bill, Judiciary Chairman says

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) issued a Friday afternoon statement criticizing Republican colleagues for holding up an open government bill that seeks to reform the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and end delays in government compliance with requests for information.

"The Republican obstructionism continues in the Senate and the latest casualty is Americans’ access to their government," Senator Leahy said. "I am deeply disappointed that Republicans continue to block attempts to pass the Openness Promotes Effectiveness in our National Government Act” (“OPEN Government Act”).

Read more at: RawStory.com

Media Matters: Journalism Then and Now

Media Matters has a great piece up, comparing the press of the Nixon era to the one we have now. This is a common theme in many of the books I've read recently (The Republican Noise Machine by David Brock, Armed Madhouse by Greg Palast, Screwed by Thom Hartmann, The Assault on Reason by Al Gore, and more). Curiously, however, whenever the news media is mentioned elsewhere, it is almost always couched in the red-herring "left-wing media bias."
Where are the Woodwards and Bernsteins of today? Read on.


When the Monica Lewinsky story broke, the Times and the Post -- like nearly every other news outlet in the country -- dedicated extraordinary resources to covering it. The day after the story broke, the Times and the Post ran a combined total of 19 articles about it, five of them on the front page. Twenty-eight reporters combined to write more than 20,000 words about a "scandal" that boiled down to whether the president told the truth about a consensual relationship that was ruled immaterial to a civil lawsuit that was thrown out of court for being entirely without merit. That's 28 reporters and 20,000 words -- at just two newspapers in just one day.

That relentless wall-to-wall coverage continued unabated for more than a year.

Fast-forward a few years. We have a president who has lied to the country in order to take it to war against a nation that didn't attack us, created a network of secret prisons, embraced torture, held people without trial or access to lawyers or even being charged with anything, used the government to spy on its own citizens, used "signing statements" to declare that he will not follow the very laws he is signing, and presided over an administration that is routinely described as "lawless" and that generally behaves as though the United States Congress has no more authority than the Ridgemont High School student council. Among other transgressions against the truth, the law, the Constitution, and human dignity. [snip]

So, given what the occupants of the nation's most influential newsrooms clearly know -- what they have said and written before -- shouldn't the media be devoting greater coverage to the basic matter of whether or not we still live in a nation of laws?

Read more at: MediaMatters.org

Free Republic: Freepers are Delusional Idiots

FreeRepublic.com, if you don't already know, is a hard-right-wing website, devoted to all things conservative. It is one of the most popular right-wing blogs, and maybe one of the most popular blogs, period. Tony Snow was once a prominent member.

While I'm all about diversity, and respect contrary opinions, these folks wander off into the wilderness of delusion with such regularity, I felt it was time to expose some of the craziness that goes on over there.

Yeah, I know, it is easy to pick on the "anonymous" comments of any blog. But FreeRepublic is not like that. You must be registered to post there, and then you must live up to some strict regulations for your posts to even remain. So, these posts represent the views of the site, after censorship. See what you think.

Regarding Congress' subpoena of Karl Rove:
Democrats. Doing the work real Americans won’t do. Subverting their country.

Comparing death in Iraq to traffic accidents in the US:
There are SIX MILLION people in Baghdad! 40 attacks a day on average, and very few 100% successful...though the MSM reports each attack as a “failure” for the USA. *Rolleyes* Out of SIX MILLION PEOPLE! Aarrgghhh! America loses about 140 people PER DAY in traffic accidents alone! Perspective, People! Perspective. :) The liberal ‘nattering neighbobs of negativity’ really DO want us to lose this one.

On the left-wing's attitude toward internet predators:
And the sickest part is that this doesn't offend the left at all.

On the LGBT Democratic Presidential debate:
The Party Of Abnormal Americans. Seriously this is what we've come to: Democrats pandering for the pervert, pederast and cross-dresser vote. It makes me glad my beloved mother and father aren't around to witness this degenerate spirit of one of our major political parties. This is a mega-barf and I'm not tuning in.

On Darth Cheney:
We are truely lucky to have a man of his caliber as VP. I’m a big fan of Dick Cheney!

This is only a very quick cut-and-paste of comments from random postings over the last couple of days. I didn't have to cherry-pick to find these nuggets. So, next time you hear Bill O'Reilly yakking about how crazy liberal bloggers are, remember what else is out there.

My Day: Broadband Nightmare

Oh, my brain. I started this day with the intention of getting a few blog posts up, maybe some housework, some reading, maybe a nap. But oh, no.

I've had several internet interruptions over the last day or so, and finally, it wouldn't come on at all. So, I called my friendly neighborhood COX technician. Now, I have nothing but nice things to say about their service, as they are unfailingly polite and helpful. After negotiating their (rather amazing) robotic help menus, I finally needed to talk to a human. That human informed me that my modem had reset itself something like 200 times, and then gave up the ghost shortly after noon. She suggested I buy a new cable modem, and actually suggested I save some money by buying my own at the store. I thought that was good advice, as I paid $100 for the last one from the cable company. Big mistake.

I quickly found a modem at Wal-Mart (Sam's didn't have it, Fry's is a nightmare, and Best Buy is miles away). $65 after tax, and I was out the door. It was virtually identical to the old modem, so I just switched out the plugs, and turned it on. Of course, it wasn't that simple, so another COX tech (after wading through the compu-bot menus) helped me get it running, but only directly, and not through my router. After hanging up, I turned on the router, and nothing worked. Another call to COX, another conversation with the android.

When I finally got a technician, he turned out to be the only COX person I've ever talked to who was not courteous, not helpful, and terrible on the phone. He would not, could not help me with my router. So, I called D-Link, and they would only help me if I paid them. And my router was obsolete and unsupported.

Back to Wal-Mart to purchase a router. Another $65 after tax, and I was on my way. The instructions tell you not to load the CD until you hook up the router, but not to hook up the router until you load the CD. My brain is burning. Anyway, I figured it out, ran the install, and it first would not detect anything. After powering everything down and back up, I got it to go all the way through the install routine, but it could not detect the internet. So, I called up Belkin, and got the friendliest and most unintelligible man in India tell me it was COX's fault.

Back to COX, back through the menu. We finally determined that the splitter that splits the coaxial cable to the TV had burned out. What an amazing (and slightly unbelievable) coincidence. I refuse to hook up the old modem to see if it was actually OK, and the $2.99 splitter was the problem all along. I'd like to think not, and I'm pretty sure it isn't the case, since the new modem worked fine earlier, when it was first hooked up.

Anyway, everything is now working (after 6 hours), and running much faster, so I'm leaving it all the hell alone. And I'm not doing the dishes or any other chores now. I've worked hard enough today.

Political Cartoons: Ultimate Truth-tellers

Image from source, BobGeiger.com

BobGeiger.com does a weekly round-up of political cartoons, and I think it's worth notice. He really has an eye for the good stuff from around the country on a given week. Here is one example. Please go to BobGeiger.com to see the rest, and bookmark it!

Nothing is Private: DHS Data-mines Travelers

In the past, it was very easy to deride privacy advocates as alarmist, tin-foil-hatters. But, look at this, and tell me that this is the United States of America that we all learned about in school. Tell me this squares with what the founders set out to form.

Yes, this particular article deals with those people traveling from Europe to the United States, but remember, that would include you and me if we go there on a round-trip ticket. And do you really think that they only do this with foreign travel? That this isn't part of a larger data-mining program? And do you trust this administration to use this information only "where the life of a data subject or of others could be imperiled or seriously impaired?"

It's disgusting, it's wrong, and I dearly hope our next President starts dismantling some of these gross violations of people's rights.


Travelers Face Greater Use of Personal Data
Pact Covers Passengers Flying From Europe to U.S.

Washington Post Staff Writers
Friday, July 27, 2007

The United States and the European Union have agreed to expand a security program that shares personal data about millions of U.S.-bound airline passengers a year, potentially including information about a person's race, ethnicity, religion and health.

Under the agreement, airlines flying from Europe to the United States are required to provide data related to these matters to U.S. authorities if it exists in their reservation systems. The deal allows Washington to retain and use it only "where the life of a data subject or of others could be imperiled or seriously impaired," such as in a counterterrorism investigation.

According to the deal, the information that can be used in such exceptional circumstances includes "racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, trade union membership" and data about an individual's health, traveling partners and sexual orientation.

Yep, you read that right: sexual orientation. For WHAT possible "security" purpose?

Read on, it gets worse: WashingtonPost.com

Two News Choppers Crash During Car Chase

It's rather amazing that this sort of thing hasn't happened before now. "Be there now" has always been a news motto, but somebody has got to be looking up during these things, right? Anyway, sad but inevitible I guess.

TSA "Dry Runs" Were Bogus

This keeps happening. We hear ominous reports of terrorist activity: Be afraid, be very afraid! Then, days later, a little more below the radar, we learn that it was all overblown. And yet, the bogus alerts sometimes return in George W. Bush's, Tony Snow's and Sean Hannity's talking points, as though they were never disproven.

This "Boy Who Cried Wolf" stuff is going to get us into trouble one of these days. How are we to trust our government or media when they finally do issue an urgent, legitimate threat?


CNN: TSA knew 'dry run' terror alerts were bogus

The Transportation Security Agency's national security bulletin issued was based on bogus examples that were combined to give the impression of ominous terrorist plotting, CNN reports.

"That bulletin for law enforcement eyes only told of suspicious items recently found in passenger's bags at airport checkpoints, warned that they may signify dry runs for terrorist attacks," CNN's Brian Todd reported Friday afternoon. "Well it turns out none of that is true."

Todd highlights the case of Sara Weiss, who was detained in San Diego after two ice packs covered in tape were found in her baggage. Weiss, who works for a faith-based organization, also was carrying a survey about Muslim Americans, which CNN says also raised law enforcement provisions.

"The FBI now says there were valid explanations for all four incidents in that bulletin, and a US government official says no charges will be brought in any of these cases," Todd reported.

Read more at: RawStory.com

FOX Attacks Bloggers

And of course they do it in their famously one-sided fashion. Take a look

Mad Magazine Loves George W. Bush

Image from source, BuzzFlash.com

MAD Magazine thrives on the ridiculous, so is it any wonder that the George W. Bush Administration provides them with the best political satire in a generation?


BuzzFlash.com's Review (excerpt)

From the Portland Oregon Mercury Review:"George W. Bush might be the worst thing to happen to America, but he's been the best thing to happen to MAD Magazine. MAD's been around for over 50 years, but the last time I remember it being funny was when I was 12. (And it's probably a good idea to take even that with a grain of salt—that was back when I thought Adam Sandler was the funniest man on the planet.) Settling into a lazy, familiar routine of spoofing blockbusters and regurgitating Spy vs. Spy, MAD ceased having any relevance or bite long ago.

That is, until George W. Bush got elected. Sure, MAD has made fun of previous presidents, but never before has a president offered so much to parody and mock—and never before has MAD gone after one with as much angry vehemence and surprisingly sharp wit. Sure, everyone from The Daily Show to The Onion has benefited from Bush's [f*-ups], but MAD's topped them all with intensity and nerve; some of the funniest, meanest comedy to result from Bush's presidency has been hidden in a magazine that no one reads anymore.

Read more at: BuzzFlash.com

Once More With Feeling: Buffy Once More

I said I wasn't done with the musical episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "Once More With Feeling," and I meant it. Using my purloined knowledge of 4-way YouTube posting (hat tip to Towleroad.com), here are four more reasons this episodes rocked. And I don't feel guilty for posting such basic frivolity. I really don't. Enjoy.

12/26/07 UPDATE: Sorry folks, but is wont to happen with these clips, FOX has apparently pulled the video. I fail to see why, as all these YouTube clips do is keep interest going in their projects, and raise the profile of their properties. My site has made a whopping 81 cents since it debuted, and I can't even cash that out. I am not putting a dent in Rupert Murdoch's profits.

Greg Palast on the 2008 Vote: The Fix is In

I'm way overdue in posting another link to GregPalast.com. Palast is one of the only American investigative journalists living today, and he lives in Britain! Check him out, you will likely be shocked.


Palast on PBS’ NOW‘The Fix is in’ for
Published July 27th, 2007 in
Tonight (Friday July 27):

Catch Greg Palast on PBS’ top current affairs program.

‘NOW’ furthers the story Palast first busted open for Britain’s BBC Newsnight, the scheme to attack voters of color - the ‘Blue’ ones.

For Bill Moyers’ capable successor, David Brancaccio, Palast lays out the latest evidence never before televised.

Reporter Palast for BBC interviewing fired US Attorney David Iglesias in New York. Both appear on the PBS broadcast. (photo: J. Soohen)

Check it out at GregPalast.com

Hate Crimes Legislation, My Take

Photo from source, chron.com

There are those who think that hate crime laws are unnecessary, and that if current laws are enforced, then that is enough. They might have a point, if there weren't already hate crime laws on the books. Women, minorities and religions are already protected. No, the issue now is adding sexuality and gender identification to the hate crime statues.

Since there is no good reason to prevent such a thing, the argument is turned around to hate crime laws=thought crime laws. This is nonsense. You cannot be prosecuted for what you think, only what you do. And if it can be proven that you commit a crime for no other reason than your hatred for a class of people, the hate crime statues kick in.

Not allowing sexual orientation or gender identity to be included in these laws amounts to an ironic set of "special rights" for those who are included.

The inspiration for this post is a depressing story in the news that hits close to home. I've never experienced the scenario in the story, but it is very easy to envision, sadly. Please read on.


Murder suspect says he was doing God's work
Cypress man is being held in the June death of flight attendant

Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle

A Cypress man charged in the death of a Southwest Airlines flight attendant said Saturday that he was doing God's work when he went to a Montrose-area bar last month, hunting for a gay man to kill.

"I believe I'm Elijah, called by God to be a prophet," said 26-year-old Terry Mark Mangum, charged with murder June 11. " ... I believe with all my heart that I was doing the right thing."

Interviewed in the Brazoria County Jail Saturday morning, Mangum said he feels no remorse for killing 46-year-old Kenneth Cummings Jr., whom relatives described as a "loving" son who never forgot a holiday and a devoted uncle who had set up college funds for his niece and nephew. He worked at Southwest for 24 years.

Mangum, who described himself as "definitely not a homosexual," said God called on him to "carry out a code of retribution" by killing a gay man because "sexual perversion" is the "worst sin."

Mangum believed Cummings to be gay.

Read more at: chron.com

And for more opinion on this piece, please read: Pay no attention to the hate crime behind the curtain at AmericaBlog.com

Friday, July 27, 2007

The Simpsons vs. Schoolhouse Rock

I've always wanted to see these two clips together somewhere, and just realized (hat-tip to Politico.com, see post below), I have that power! The genious behind the second clip, from The Simpsons is in its fantastic satire while being educational, and in its use of the original voice of "Bill," Jack Sheldon. If you're like my friend, Lesto, and you've never watched The Simpsons, do yourself a favor and watch the second clip (first one too, for context). You'll finally get what all the fuss is about!

Schoolhouse Rock: I'm Just a Bill

The Simpsons: An Amendment to Be

02/22/08 UPDATE: Yup, they removed it again. But I found this one from a German broadcast! The song is still in English. If you get nuffin', see note at bottom.

02/15/08 UPDATE: I found a working link. If it disappears again, see note below.

12/26/07 UPDATE: Sorry folks, but is wont to happen with these clips, FOX has apparently pulled the video. I fail to see why, as all these YouTube clips do is keep interest going in their projects, and raise the profile of their properties. My site has made a whopping 81 cents since it debuted, and I can't even cash that out. I am not putting a dent in Rupert Murdoch's profits.

1/3 of Simpsons Fans Conservative

Photo from source, Politico.com

So, do we have to admit that some conservatives might have a sense of humor? Maybe they're just hypnotized by the little FOX logo in the corner?


Conservatives learn to say 'ay carumba!'

Nearly one-third of “The Simpsons’” adult audience describe themselves as conservative, according to the Simmons Research National Consumer Study conducted in fall 2006.

Of respondents who had viewed the show in the last week, about 34 percent said they were “any conservative,” compared to about 42 percent of average American adults who’d describe themselves the same way.

Conservative columnists have lauded Homer has a hero, and GOP strategists discovered that the show does well among young Republican male viewers. The experts say it’s because the longest-running sitcom in history paints every political gag with the same brush.

Read more at: Politico.com

Bush Administration Subpoenas. . .Michael Moore?

Now I've heard everything.



This just in from "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," where Michael Moore is a guest this evening:

The Bush administration has subpoenaed Moore over his trip to Cuba with 9/11 rescue workers, which he included in his new documentary film, "Sicko." The press release is in the link below.
- Ken Bazinet


BURBANK-July 26, 2007 – Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Michael Moore announced that the Bush Administration has subpoenaed him in the wake of his recent trip to Cuba on the July 26 episode of NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (Monday-Friday, 11:35 p.m. - 12:37 a.m. ET). "I haven't even told my own family yet." Moore began, "I was just informed when I was back there with Jay that the Bush administration has now issued a subpoena for me."

This comment made me laugh:

Don't worry folks, I'm going to claim executive privilege and refuse to show up.
Posted by: michael moore
July 27, 2007 12:43 PM

Read more at: NYDailyNews.com

Rove Protégé Suppressed Minority Votes in 2004

I like it when they get caught.


Previously undisclosed documents detail how Republican operatives, with the knowledge of several White House officials, engaged in an illegal, racially-motivated effort to suppress tens of thousands of votes during the 2004 presidential campaign in a state where George W. Bush was trailing his Democratic challenger, Senator John Kerry.

The documents also contain details describing how Bush-Cheney 2004 campaign officials, and at least one individual who worked for White House political adviser Karl Rove, planned to stop minorities residing in Cuyahoga County from voting on election day.

The efforts to purge voters from registration rolls was spearheaded by Tim Griffin, a former Republican National Committee opposition researcher. Griffin recently resigned from his post as interim US attorney for Little Rock Arkansas. His predecessor, Bud Cummins, was forced out to make way for Griffin.

Another set of documents, 43 pages of emails, provided to Truthout by the PBS news program "NOW," contains blueprints for a massive effort undertaken by RNC operatives in 2004, to challenge the eligibility of voters expected to support Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry in states such as Nevada, New Mexico, Florida and Pennsylvania.

Read more at: TruthOut.org

President's Star Once Again on the Rise!

OK, I found this sort of hilarious. I just got a gushy letter from the GOP, telling me how President Coo-Coo-Bananas' star is on the rise, while Congress in in the dumps. Check it out:

So, "dutiful Republican" that I am, I clicked through to find this:

No matter which of my browsers I tried (AOL, IE 7, FireFox), it was the same. No data! So, being quite unlike a dutiful Republican, I pursued the matter further. Here's what I found:

Yeah, well that's just stunning news! You have to be pretty hard up for positives when you spin those numbers!

Whoopi Goldberg to Join "The View"

I must make a confession. I have never watched ABC's morning program, The View. I have managed to catch some of the funny clips on YouTube, featuring Rosie O'Donnell and Kathy Griffin, but that's about it.

That said, I think it is amazing news that Whoopi Goldberg is joining the show! Whoopi is one of my favorite Hollywood personalities. She simply killed in "The Color Purple" and "Ghost," and "Jumping Jack Flash" is one of my top 10 80s movies. Her political views are right on my page, and her fearlessness is to be respected (even from the likes of Bill O'Reilly). Not to mention the contortions Bill (and Hannity, and Abrams, and Scarborough, and Tucker will go through).

First up, an [Excerpt]

Friday, Jul 27

Whoopi To View

Mark it down: Whoopi Goldberg will be named the new co-host of The View, FishbowlNY has learned. Sources close to the decision say the announcement could come in a matter of days. The move has been rumored since Rosie's departure in May, while boldfaced names from Paris to Perez have been tossed around as possible replacements. Barbara Walters told FishbowlNY recently at Michael's that a decision would be forthcoming: "We have to decide by the end of the month [July] because we're off in August, so, soon."

From: MediaBistro.com

And, because I just can't help it, the scene that taught me what "Tourette's Syndrome" means: (Warning: Strong lanugage and hilarity ahead)

The Worthlessness of Hannity & Colmes

Photo from Wikipedia.com

I'll say this about FOX "News" so-called debate program: it never fails to come in lower than my expectations. To paraphrase those anti-smoking PSAs, if you've never watched it, don't start. Worse than being offensive, the show is utterly worthless, except as right-wing propaganda for undiscerning viewers.

After a day with all manner of Bush Administration problems, Hannity & Colmes, true to form, managed to dredge up nothing but dreck in their hour of prime-time cable "news." Not finding a way to spin the day's actual news, we get stories about Ward Churchhill (who cares?) and a slew of "stars" from the second "Freedom Concert." That, and the nightly Democrat-bashing, with co-host Alan Colmes providing his minimalist counterpoints.

If you can bear it, try watching this show some evening, immediately after watching Countdown with Keith Olbermann. Even if you don't agree with Olbermann's point of view, can you say honestly that H&C even comes close to being a news program by comparison?

I could never hope to equal the dissection of this program as well as the folks over at Newshounds.us ("We watch FOX, so you don't have to"). So, check this out. And if you like it, keep reading. If you aren't already around to my way of thinking, you will be.

Sean Hannity Complains About “Reckless Rhetoric” Of Political Discourse
Reported by
Ellen - July 27, 2007

Sean Hannity was on his Hanctimonious high horse last night (7/26/07) over what he called the “reckless rhetoric” being used in political debate. “The bickering has turned very, very ugly, downright ugly,” he said. But Hannity didn’t raise any objection when his bullyboy buddy, Mark Levin, accused Democrats of everything but being traitors. With video.

Hannity hosted his portion of Hannity & Colmes from the second of his “Freedom Concerts” where he sat in front of a crowd that seemed to have no people of color. Nearly all the guests that night came from semi-celebs who were at the show.

Predictably, the only harsh rhetoric that bothered Hannity was that which came from Democrats. “I’ve just gotten fed up with the rhetoric from the Democratic Party,” Hannity said to Levin. “What is it about the Democratic Party that they seem to be able to feel they can get away with this continued reckless rhetoric?”

Read more (much more) at: Newshounds.us

Sublime Silliness: Unbearably Cute Edition

All photos from their respective sites

For a break from politics (even if those have themselves been kind of snarky), here are some humorous sites you might like to visit.

Stuff On My Cat
Stuff On My Mutt
My Cat Hates You
Cats That Look Like Hitler (Kitlers)

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Cal Thomas: Turd Sandwich or Giant Douche?

Yesterday, I inelegently called Sean Hannity a "douche." I'd like to add Cal Thomas to that list. It is no coincidence that he is also a regular on FOX "News." Click his name above to learn a little more about why I might use such a pejorative, or read this excerpt from today's USAToday opinion page. I think you'll find the word appropriate, I really do.

It is a "debate" sort of piece, with "Democrat" Bob Beckel (also of FOX, so I guess he'd be the turd sandwich). I seldom watch these guys on TV without also doing something else, so they're easier to ignore. In print, I don't have that option. Cal spews conservative talking points to the exclusion of reason, and Bob offers tepid rebuttal. Ugh. Here is just the first volley in their so-called debate. Click the link at the end for the rest.


Bob: The
movement to impeach Vice President Cheney, and to a lesser extent President Bush, is gaining momentum. It's not limited to Democratic activists, either. An American Research Group poll taken this month found that 54% of Americans favored impeachment of Cheney, including half of Independents. Congressman (and presidential candidate) Dennis Kucinich of Ohio has submitted articles of impeachment, which allege that Cheney "purposely manipulated the intelligence process to deceive the citizens and the Congress" to justify the war against Iraq. Impeachment supporters say Cheney's public claims on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction were knowingly false, as were his assertions that Iraq worked hand-in-hand with al-Qaeda to pull off the 9/11 attacks.

Cal: In case you've forgotten, we are in the midst of a world war. The best way to win that war is for everyone to stop engaging in partisan bickering and one-upmanship and support the effort to stabilize Iraq. I don't for a minute believe the president or vice president had any ulterior motives in this fight. Meanwhile, the most prominent politician calling for Cheney's impeachment is Kucinich. (Unless you count wannabe politicians such as Cindy Sheehan.) That should tell you something. The vice president's chances of being impeached are about the same as Kucinich's chances of becoming president.

Read more at: USAToday.com

Or, if you'd rather be entertained, here is a clip from South Park, showing where I got my colorful phraseology.

Turd Sandwich vs. Giant Douche

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Alexander Hamilton Says... You Stupid Monkeys!

Posted by Stupid Monkey Planet

The Unitary Executive Theory that King Curious George & his cohorts adhere to is just a pile of monkey excrement.
Please have a look at what THE Founding Father had to say about the powers of the Executive Branch.
Hamilton Spells It Out
Credit Yale... yes, that Yale for the info...

Ann Coulter Accidentally Tells the Truth

The great Keith Olbermann declared "Coultergeist" his "Worst Person in the World" tonight, for revealling (probably unwittingly) the truth behind the partisan nature of FOX "News." For all the denials (sometimes by Coulter) of FOX's right-wing bias, her latest column lays bare where their true alliegences lie.


Coulter accidentally tells the truth

Rick Perlstein catches Ann Coulter accidentally telling the truth about the Republican Party’s “news” network.

Ann Coulter’s latest column claims that “New York cabbies’ compliance rate on daily bathing” is less than 48 percent; dilates upon the reporting in the “Treason Times“; and reflects, “Fox News ought to buy a copy of Monday’s Democrat [sic] debate on CNN to play over and over during the general election campaign,” because the only people it could possibly convince to vote for a Democrat are “losers blogging from their mother’s basements.”

Read more at: Crooks and Liars.com

Just for you Stupid Monkey Stewarts or is it Stewards? Whatever...

Posted by Stupid Monkey Planet

In case you missed it... An airplane story... Comair Crash.
Ohhhh... Stewards... uh.. er... I mean Airline Flight Attendants... or should I say Stewardessee...

sTuPiD mONkeYs * Tillman is Back from the dead... again.

Posted by Stupid Monkey Planet
Stupid Monkey Say (in bad Chinese - Kung Fu accent): "It is easier to fling poo than it is to catch it."
AP: New Details on Tillman's Death

The Bush Hits the Fan

Photo collage from source, HuffingtonPost.com

It's often said that this Congress was elected in November to end the war in Iraq. That's part of it. For me, another big part was two magic words: subpoena power.

Even the most hard-core right-winger would have to admit that during the previous years of the Bush Administration, there was precious little oversight. Congress ceased to be a separate but equal division of government--they were just a rubber stamp for anything the President wanted. When Democrats in the last Congress thought something was awry, they had absolutely no power to do anything about it. They couldn't even hold hearings in the Capitol, unless it was in a friggin' storage room in the basement.

So yes, a big part of the appeal of a Democratic Congress was the return of subpoena power. And that power is finally bearing fruit, or at least the promise of fruit. Tony Snow can rant and rave all he wants, this was overdue, and it is the "people's business."

My hope is that Congress remains steadfast, and builds upon this good start. Don't drop it, don't worry that the public isn't supporting you. Take these things to their conclusions, let the actual crimes and misdeeds be laid open. If you do that, you don't have to worry about public support. Once the string is pulled on this interconnected web of deceit, it will finally unravel, and it will not be difficult to attain that support. End of rant.

For a good rundown of some of what's going on right now, click here: Bush Crisis: Rove Subpoenaed, Senators Want Gonzales Perjury Probe, Contempt Of Congress at HuffingtonPost.com.

Leahy Issues Subpoena for Rove

Photo from DemocraticUnderground.com

I'm at work, so no real time for more than a quick link and picture! All I can say is WOOHOO! Git 'im! This little piggie's goin' to market!

Read more at The Hill: Leahy issues subpoena for Rove

Late Night Kathy Griffin Fix

I've posted this bit before, but the earlier video only contained the first half of it. Someone has posted the whole thing, so I just had to share it. The best bit is toward the end, regarding Matt Lauer and Ann Coulter. Great stuff. Enjoy!

Bill O'Reilly's Site Investigated by Secret Service

Photo of splotchy Bill, dKosopedia.com (appropriately enough)

O'Really? This is rich. O'Reilly has been blasting DailyKos for some time (in addition to Media Matters), primarily using their comments sections as evidence that they are loony far-left "smear sites". As anyone who reads blogs regularly knows, many (including Greenlee Gazette) offer comments sections that are largely unmoderated.

Anybody can post there, and anybody does. Yes, it's possible to moderate the comments, but for huge sites like those, a herculean effort. Anyway, he's comparing Kos to Stalin and Hitler, and generally ripping them as though those comments are indicative of the entire site.

But, guess what? BillOreilly.com also offers a comments section. And unlike DailyKos (or most other sites), O'Reilly requires a credit card for registration before you can post. So these people are NOT anonymous, and guess what else? They're not nice people on loony far-right "smear sites" either! In fact, they're downright despicable, which is why this is happening:


BillOreilly.com Being Investigated by Secret Service

After seeing this post by John Aravosis on AmericaBlog, I was incensed and concerned at the same time. Here is the comment on O'Reilly's blog that crossed the line:

"If Hillary wins, I will be respectful of our leader. If you could read my thoughts, I would be on the SS [Secret Service] watch list. "

So, I did what a responsible person should do when they see something like this on a blog. I called the Secret Service to report it. This comment isn't about politics or defaming Senator Clinton. It outright states a threat to her life. It is unacceptable.

The Secret Service, who does an amazing job protecting their subjects, were very professional. The first person I spoke to transferred me to another person. Initially, she dismissed my comments. But, when I read her the comment and suggested that the person could be easily identified, she took me much more seriously. She called back minutes later, asking me to talk to someone else. That agent took the information and said that he would refer it to their Internet team.

It is a completely different discussion to have when debating the appropriateness of offensive comments. This, however is not a part of that discussion. When the life of anyone is threatened in any part of our corner of the internet, we should take appropriate action.

This article was short, so I've excerpted the whole thing here, but please go to HuffingtonPost.com, and take a gander at the comments going down over there! FYI, the link to AmericaBlog in the excerpt above will show you several more damning comments that the Secret Service will probably take just as seriously.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Sean Hannity & Lou Costello Separated at Birth

My usual online handle is pretty boring: jlgreenlee. Either that, or I just use my full name. But there are many people who are more creative with their signatures, and one that always caught my eye is, "Hannity is Lou Costello" who comments regularly at Newshounds.us. Not only do I generally agree with his/her comments, I agree with the handle! So, I set about combing Yahoo Images for evidence. And I found it:

I guess that makes Alan Colmes Bud Abbott!

FYI, Newshounds.us is a fun blog, that "watches Fox, so you don't have to." Oh, and Hannity is a douche. As far as I know, Lou Costello wasn't. I'm done now.

Animated Ann Coulter

This video is akin to South Park, with a similar sense of humor. I almost didn't post it, until I heard the final line, which is a gem. It's a little long, but has a lot of laughs in it. Warning: given the subject matter, I'm sure you can imagine there are a few four-letter words. Could you satarize Ann Coulter without them?

Obesity Contagious?

Finally, I'm vindicated! It's not my fault I've put on weight, it's my so-called friends! Pass the phone and some chili-cheese fries, I've got some calls to make. . .

Docs Contradict Gonzales Sworn Testimony

A great report from Keith Olbermann on MSNBC's Countdown program this evening, outlines clearly that Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez has committed perjury. Will my fears be borne out? Will they just let him skate?


Docs contradict Gonzales sworn testimony.

The "Gang of Eight", prominent congressional leaders of both parties, were briefed about the President's terrorist surveillance program immediately before it's intended expiration date, documents just exposed reveal.

The documents directly contradict the sworn testimony of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, heightening the questions of his credibility and fueling the rumours of perjury charges.

"A Gonzales spokesman maintained Wednesday that the attorney general stands by his testimony." according to the Associate Press.

More of this story, the complete AP story, and video from MSNBC available at: RawStory.com

UPDATE: More, from Huffington Post: Senators Consider Gonzales Perjury Investigation
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