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Gun-Packing Santa Draws Fire
kcra.com ^ | Dec. 9, 2010

Posted on 12/09/2010 7:29:08 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY

TURLOCK, Calif. -- A painted plywood cut-out of Santa with a cowboy hat and a gun on his belt is causing quite a stir in Turlock.

”I tried to get the image out of my head all day long and I could not, because Santa is made for love, bringing families together, not carrying weapons,” Monica Sliva said.

The Santa is one of many displays that line Tracy’s Christmas Tree Lot on Monte Vista Avenue.

Sliva confronted the workers at the tree lot to ask them to take the gun-toting Santa display down because she said it sends the wrong message to children.

“It portrays to the kids that it’s OK for Santa to be carrying a gun and therefore it’s OK for them to be carrying a gun,” Sliva said.

Tree lot workers said they have been using the cowboy Santa display for 20 years and have never had a compliant until Sliva asked them to take it down.

“I think it’s pretty crazy, to tell you the truth,” Bobby Vierra said. “I mean, we're just trying to sell trees out here.”

When commotion over the display caused traffic to back up, workers covered the gun on Santa's belt. The display was then temporarily taken down.

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1 posted on 12/09/2010 7:29:10 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Idiots!


2 posted on 12/09/2010 7:31:48 PM PST by rapture-me
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To: Free ThinkerNY

John Wayne as Santa....works for me!!


3 posted on 12/09/2010 7:34:18 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Completely appropriate for that part of Cali.

Liberal lady needs to get a life.


4 posted on 12/09/2010 7:36:19 PM PST by MWS (De duobus malis, minus est semper eligendum. - Thomas a Kempis)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
because Santa is made for love, bringing families together, not carrying weapons,” Monica Sliva said.

Then build your own love Santa with hearts and stuff. Free Speech, Monica.

5 posted on 12/09/2010 7:36:29 PM PST by BAW (Joy to the World.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Sliva confronted the workers at the tree lot to ask them to take the gun-toting Santa display down because she said it sends the wrong message to children.

Uh... how about: "No. Go away."

6 posted on 12/09/2010 7:37:17 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I’d have told her some places she could go to find her tree.

She has one “H” of a lot of nerve to be creating some sort of nuisance of herself over the matter to have caused commotion over the display that backed up traffic, and they had to take it down.

Tantrum tactics are key to Leftist’s getting their way. They should be hauled off to padded cells rather than succumbing to their will.


7 posted on 12/09/2010 7:41:36 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Wow, someone needs to get a life.

This woman sounds like someone that is perpetually offended by something, anything -- just as long as she maintains some level of outrage.

8 posted on 12/09/2010 7:42:25 PM PST by justlurking (The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good WOMAN (Sgt. Kimberly Munley) with a gun)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Somebody has to protect children from Grinch


9 posted on 12/09/2010 7:43:03 PM PST by OldNavyVet (One trillion days, at 365 days per year, is 2,739,726,027 years ... almost 3 billion years)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Given the location I don’t see a problem!!!


10 posted on 12/09/2010 7:50:49 PM PST by SoldierDad (`)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

TURLOCK, Calif

As in “Turlock Turkeys”?


11 posted on 12/09/2010 7:50:52 PM PST by captain cynic
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Who is going to be the first to tell her Santa isn’t real?


12 posted on 12/09/2010 7:53:33 PM PST by IrishCatholic (No local Communist or Socialist Party Chapter? Join the Democrats, it's the same thing!)
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To: Ramius

should have told the witch hell ho


13 posted on 12/09/2010 7:55:40 PM PST by markman46 (engage brain before using keyboard!!!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

She was throwing a hissy fit and the traffic stopped to watch her!


14 posted on 12/09/2010 8:00:38 PM PST by cavador ("Self determination is not a malfunction"!(Harkness;Fallout 3 Rivet City 2077))
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To: potlatch

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Dingbat!

I have got a fine vintage Colt .44-40 in a stout gunrig hanging a few feet from me -

Santa has a right not to be sled-jacked!

I will loan Santa my big Colt hogleg on Christmas Eve - but he will have to use his own bigger cartridge belt!

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15 posted on 12/09/2010 8:01:48 PM PST by devolve (. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0ponzi 9.8% . . . . . . . . . . . . . .)
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To: devolve

Political Correctness gone wild, do those people ever ‘smile’?

Besides, the kids probably wish they could have a Cowboy outfit with play guns - like in the ‘olden days’!

Laughing at you, if you loaned Santa your Colt, you would want to ‘ride along’, lol


16 posted on 12/09/2010 8:10:57 PM PST by potlatch ( Life must be lived forward but can only be seen looking backward. - Soren Kierkegaard)
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To: rapture-me

He’ll shoot his eye out!


17 posted on 12/09/2010 8:29:43 PM PST by CrazyIvan (What's "My Struggle" in Kenyan?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Futurama's Santa
18 posted on 12/09/2010 8:34:50 PM PST by mylife (Opinions ~ $1 Half Baked ~ 50c)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Turlock is home to a California State University and is, like so much of that formerly fine state, eaten up with liberal filth. I loathe those people so.


19 posted on 12/09/2010 8:35:03 PM PST by LouAvul
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To: potlatch
do those people ever ‘smile’?

No.

They can't.

The Botox has permanently squeezed and puffed their mouth into an ugly, hateful rictus that is only fit for screaming.

20 posted on 12/09/2010 8:35:37 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (Made in America, by proud American citizens, in 1946.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Publicity-seeking idiot.

I recently got an email at work concerning a local toy drive. I was considering donating, until a follow-up email stated that there were to be "no toy guns, swords, nor other toys that promote violence." I promptly deleted both emails.

And I live in Texas, not California!

21 posted on 12/09/2010 8:39:08 PM PST by susannah59
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To: potlatch

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No - I do not want to “ride shotgun”!

But I will need a bond and a huge cash deposit from Santa -

He did not get that red nose from ginger ale!

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22 posted on 12/09/2010 8:42:44 PM PST by devolve (. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0ponzi 9.8% . . . . . . . . . . . . . .)
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To: ApplegateRanch
I think I've run into some of them before!


23 posted on 12/09/2010 8:44:07 PM PST by potlatch ( Life must be lived forward but can only be seen looking backward. - Soren Kierkegaard)
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To: devolve
[He did not get that red nose from ginger ale!]

Lol, I think you're confusing Santa with Rudolf the red nosed reindeer!! LOL But, her antlers would make a good place to hang that gun.

those reindeer are female I'm told!

24 posted on 12/09/2010 8:47:49 PM PST by potlatch ( Life must be lived forward but can only be seen looking backward. - Soren Kierkegaard)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

surely Monica Silva is here in the US legally!


25 posted on 12/09/2010 8:48:57 PM PST by MissDairyGoodnessVT ( JC Webster's fav words: "the boiling pits of sewage" roflmao)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

26 posted on 12/09/2010 9:06:48 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: OldNavyVet
Yeah...

ANOTHER GRINCH

Now Grinches hate Christmas, it’s always been plain,
And this year a Grinch showed up again!
To steal Christmas this time, he tried another way
To steal all the presents---AND Santa’s sleigh!
He climbed on a roof, behind a chimney hunkered down,
Ready to get on the sleigh with one bound.
Then late in the night he heard the sound
From way up in the sky it was coming down.
Sleigh-bells tinkling and a reindeer snort
Gave notice that the time was growing short!
The sleigh came down and landed so close
That a reindeer gagged (Grinches really smell gross!)
The Grinch held a big club to whop Santa with,
To knock the old guy off, and take the sleigh and the gifts!
He leaped into the air, on the sleigh to land—
And Santa turned around, raising his hand.
Blued steel gleamed in the dim starlight,
And three muzzle flashes lit up the night.
Two shots to the chest and one to the head,
And that darned ol’ Grinch was lying there dead!
His plan to steal Christmas had gone down in defeat,
‘Cause this year Santa was packing heat!

27 posted on 12/09/2010 9:16:57 PM PST by Aarchaeus (V)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Good grief. I hate liberals’ “feelings.” I wish they’d shove those feelings “where the sun don’t shine.”


28 posted on 12/09/2010 9:20:25 PM PST by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Tree lot workers said they have been using the cowboy Santa display for 20 years and have never had a compliant until Sliva asked them to take it down.

“I think it’s pretty crazy, to tell you the truth,” Bobby Vierra said. “I mean, we're just trying to sell trees out here.”

It's a crazy new world out there, not the America we grew up in.

29 posted on 12/09/2010 9:35:42 PM PST by Inyo-Mono (Had God not driven man from the Garden of Eden the Sierra Club surely would have.)
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To: potlatch

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.....and eight caribou -

- Whoops!

Make that seven!

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30 posted on 12/09/2010 9:57:27 PM PST by devolve (. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0ponzi 9.8% . . . . . . . . . . . . . .)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
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31 posted on 12/10/2010 5:54:05 AM PST by StrictTime (I used to be disgusted, now I try to be amused.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
“It portrays to the kids that it’s OK for Santa to be carrying a gun and therefore it’s OK for them to be carrying a gun,” Sliva said.

Hey Monica if it wasn't for Santa and and his gun, you'd have the AntiChrist to deal with right now.

Instead: best Christmas ever for the boy in the red poofball hat.

32 posted on 12/10/2010 6:44:26 AM PST by Oztrich Boy (History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce - Karl Marx)
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To: StrictTime

Hmmm... BOFH Santa Claus! From Way back in my past as a BOFH and sysadmin myself this is from newsgrous alt.sysadmin.recovery:

> From: stevet@[deleted] (Steve Thompson)
> Newsgroups: alt.sysadmin.recovery,rec.humor
> Subject: Santa Clause is^H^Hwas coming to town.
> Date: 25 Dec 1995 05:46:39 -0500
>
>
> Some of you may be perplexed about the time you read this message. This
> will be because Santa never made it to your respective abodes, hovels,
> or machine-rooms. It would seem that his trip was cut short in Toronto this
> year.
>
> You see, Santa is dead.
>

For all of it see my FR homepage...


33 posted on 12/10/2010 8:32:56 AM PST by Peet (Leftists think personal liberty is so important it must be carefully rationed.)
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To: devolve

Yes, Sarah did shoot one, didn’t she?


34 posted on 12/11/2010 2:35:59 PM PST by potlatch ( Life must be lived forward but can only be seen looking backward. - Soren Kierkegaard)
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To: potlatch

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Yup -

Sarah Palin can pull the trigger!

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35 posted on 12/11/2010 5:55:01 PM PST by devolve (. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0ponzi 9.8% . . . . . . . . . . . . . .)
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To: devolve

And beat the fish, lol.


36 posted on 12/11/2010 5:59:04 PM PST by potlatch ( Life must be lived forward but can only be seen looking backward. - Soren Kierkegaard)
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37 posted on 12/11/2010 7:15:32 PM PST by devolve (. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0ponzi 9.8% . . . . . . . . . . . . . .)
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To: devolve

Yup, fish or cut bait! Lol, that’s a big one.


38 posted on 12/11/2010 7:30:01 PM PST by potlatch ( Life must be lived forward but can only be seen looking backward. - Soren Kierkegaard)
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To: potlatch

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Obama is a mullet with it’s spine cut out so it will flip around on a outrigger to attract large gamefish

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39 posted on 12/11/2010 7:46:40 PM PST by devolve (. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0ponzi 9.8% . . . . . . . . . . . . . .)
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To: devolve

That sounds soooo - delovely...snicker.


40 posted on 12/11/2010 7:52:03 PM PST by potlatch ( Life must be lived forward but can only be seen looking backward. - Soren Kierkegaard)
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To: potlatch

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We used to catch a lot of big dophin and sailfish using mullet as an active bait -

Smoked sailfish is wonderful!

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41 posted on 12/11/2010 8:15:08 PM PST by devolve (. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0ponzi 9.8% . . . . . . . . . . . . . .)
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To: devolve
Yes, I've heard they are good but haven't eaten any that I recall.

Many moons ago my doctors were a man and wife, GP and Pediatrician for the kids. Anyway, he had a HUGE Sailfish mounted on the office wall. The kids were in awe of it.

42 posted on 12/11/2010 8:20:13 PM PST by potlatch ( Life must be lived forward but can only be seen looking backward. - Soren Kierkegaard)
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To: potlatch

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Sailfish are great gamefish -

We used to sometimes see one jumping on sports fishing shows on TV

But PETA and the PC idiots appear to have put a stop to that

I had a slightly more exciting experience attempting to outlast a large barracuda in a stare-down contest while diving off Hillsbourgh Lighthouse one summer

A bit of advice:

Never wear a shiny wristwatch with a shiny expandable band when diving

“Be the bait” is a lousy motto

.


43 posted on 12/11/2010 9:07:47 PM PST by devolve (. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0ponzi 9.8% . . . . . . . . . . . . . .)
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To: devolve

Was that Lighthouse in deep water? It looked set back on the beach. You told me about the barracuda long ago. That would be scary.

I’m heading to bed, worn out.


44 posted on 12/11/2010 9:13:00 PM PST by potlatch ( Life must be lived forward but can only be seen looking backward. - Soren Kierkegaard)
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To: potlatch

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There is a deep channel at Hillsbourgh Inlet - just below the lighthouse

Bud and his buddies used to jump from a small outboard onto rays in the inlet and take a ride

It leads into the Intercoastal Canal - which is full of sharks, barracudas - and after a hurricane - even big gators that got swept out into the Atlantic - even water moccasins -

Not unusual to see a huge gator crossing over AIA from the beach after a hurricane and bad flooding

We sometimes had gators in our flooded pastures many miles inland
Trapped between a big hungry PO’ed Brahma bull and a big hungry PO’ed gator makes for a fun day

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45 posted on 12/11/2010 9:27:40 PM PST by devolve (. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0ponzi 9.8% . . . . . . . . . . . . . .)
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To: devolve

Lol, you had a ‘fun’ time when you were young! My days at Galveston were much more peaceful!


46 posted on 12/12/2010 2:22:07 PM PST by potlatch ( Life must be lived forward but can only be seen looking backward. - Soren Kierkegaard)
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To: potlatch

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Yeah -

“Fun”

LOL!

I recall as I was about to put down a galvanized bucket of mixed grain feed to my older brother’s big Brahma bull in the front pasture -

He suddenly charged me -

I tossed the bucket right in his face

I luckily was able to run backwards and get over a barbed wire fence

“Fun Fun Fun”

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47 posted on 12/12/2010 9:01:25 PM PST by devolve (. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0ponzi 9.8% . . . . . . . . . . . . . .)
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To: devolve

That obviously isn’t the peaceful one you could ride on, lol.


48 posted on 12/12/2010 9:07:00 PM PST by potlatch ( Life must be lived forward but can only be seen looking backward. - Soren Kierkegaard)
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To: potlatch

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LOL!

Noooooo!

My brother’s bull was purchased at a Brahma ranch in Palm Beach County - and my brother trained him for cattle shows - he won at Belle Glade and also was Junior Champion Brahma Bull at the Florida State Fair in Tampa - but he was a nasty killer and would he hook you with a horn in the back in a heartbeat

But the Brahma steer I trained and and was able to ride was bought at my brother’s future FiL’s ranch at 6 months old

- I tied him up back at the farm under cover at back of our feedout corral - giving him water and feed - the young steer proceeded to wrap the rope around me and test his skull on my legs -

Not a “good thing”

So I let the steer taste my steel-toed engineer boots - before he crippled me

The next day that young Brahma steer was as tame and hungry as a Cocker Spaniel you took home from an animal shelter

He soon thought he was a horse as he watched us training and riding quarter horses

He would run to the corral and wait for me to hop on his back and grab one of his big floppy ears - and we would take off and round up the cattle and horses for feeding

He grew into a huge Brahma steer and we sold him at the Davie auction to a rancher named Dewey Hawkins who saw me get on him in the auction pen outside - and bought him for a pet for his grandkids and kept him at his home on South Dixie Highway - he had the free run of Dewey Hawkins fenced in lawn at his ranch

Years later I stopped by there and whistled - He came right over and I climbed right on his back

By then he was much bigger than any Brahma bull you ever saw in a rodeo

Yet he was still gentle and still thought he was a horse!

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Another wild tale from a former teenaged cowboy, gator killer, and shark wrangler!

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49 posted on 12/12/2010 10:08:00 PM PST by devolve (. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0ponzi 9.8% . . . . . . . . . . . . . .)
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To: devolve

You’ve told me much of this before so I was puzzled if it was the same steer. But each time you tell it I learn a little more, lol. I did know and really liked the part about you seeing him years later and that he still recognized you. That’s nice.


50 posted on 12/13/2010 4:56:27 PM PST by potlatch ( Life must be lived forward but can only be seen looking backward. - Soren Kierkegaard)
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