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Frist Disbands Senate Intel Committee Over Memogate
NewsMax ^ | 11/8/03 | Limbacher

Posted on 11/08/2003 8:29:55 AM PST by Tumbleweed_Connection

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist has temporarily disbanded the Senate Intelligence Committee until committee Democrats reveal the identity of the author of a memo outlining a their plan to politicize intelligence data in a bid undermine President Bush's reelection.

"The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has been harmed by a blatant partisan attack," the Tennessee Republican said in a floor speech yesterday, concluding that the memo had rendered the committee "incapable of meeting its responsibilities to the United States Senate and to the American people."

"Those responsible for this memo appear to be more focused on winning the White House than they are on winning the war against terror," Frist complained before adding, "There will be no more pulling along and no more useful collaboration on partisan schemes."

Committee Chairman Pat Roberts echoed Frist's decision to shut his committee down, saying, "Unless and until this reprehensible attack plan and strategy to derail the committee's important work is properly addressed, I am afraid that it will be impossible to return to business as usual in the committee."

A committee meeting scheduled for yesterday was canceled, and none has been scheduled for next week, a senior committee staff member told the Washington Post.

Frist also demanded that Democrats implicated in the Memogate scandal deliver "a personal apology" to Sen. Roberts.

Though retiring Georgia Democratic Sen. Zell Miller has called the memo, first leaked to radio host Sean Hannity on Tuesday, "perhaps treasonous," other Democrats circled the wagons on Friday.

Nevada Sen. Harry Reid complained on the Senate floor that the memo had been "pilfered" by Republicans then leaked to the media, saying that act was just as offensive as anything revealed by the controversial document.



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KEYWORDS: 2004memo; catholiclist; frist; intelcommittee; memogate; senate
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To: Geezerette
I vaguely remember reading something like this after the war in Iraq was underway when our guys were sifting thru boxes and drawers of documents.

Hey, Geeze! Nice to see you again!

Your reference above was ANOTHER incident that I also remember, but it disappeared from the radar from some reason. IIRC, it happened very early in the invasion (April?). I think I even saw a photo of a room full of files strewn everywhere. Please ping me if you ever run across a follow-up on that, and I'll do the same.

201 posted on 11/08/2003 4:42:06 PM PST by Nita Nupress
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To: William Tell
Nita Nupress said: "...Watergate was never about national security."

I disagree here.

I think you're absolutely correct. And that's also proof positive that I'm not really old enough to remember Watergate. (wink, wink!) :-)

202 posted on 11/08/2003 4:47:39 PM PST by Nita Nupress
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To: wny
No, next week they're going to have the 30 hour mini-true filibuster to use as a pulpit to denounce dim obstructionism. I'd hate to go out on a limb and call this strategery, but it's starting to look like it.
203 posted on 11/08/2003 5:18:20 PM PST by johnb838 (What about MY right to free speech?)
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To: walden
Let's FREEP Frist and let him know we appreciate this couragous move!!!!!!!!
204 posted on 11/08/2003 5:19:31 PM PST by pollywog (Psalm 121;1 I Lift mine eyes to the hills from whence cometh my help.)
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To: Ecliptic
Interesting that Kennedy was down in Texas being suckered by 41 while all this was coming down.
205 posted on 11/08/2003 5:22:29 PM PST by johnb838 (What about MY right to free speech?)
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To: MattAMiller
It's certainly unseemly for the Dems to be explicity using their seats on the Intel commitee for partisan purposes. But the best way to counteract that is to demand a fair and complete investigation, no?

A fair investigation, yes. But be wary of a fishing expedition. Questionable leads can be followed to expose things that can be exploited politically.

206 posted on 11/08/2003 5:25:06 PM PST by NutCrackerBoy (son of a ...)
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To: demkicker; jmstein7; Judith Anne
Looks like we are getting somewhere!
207 posted on 11/08/2003 5:29:33 PM PST by cardinal4 (Hillary and Clark rhymes with Ft Marcy park...)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
BTTT!!!
208 posted on 11/08/2003 5:35:47 PM PST by PGalt
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To: All
Let's all tell HIM what we think.!! Encouragment works wonders!!

http://frist.senate.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction

209 posted on 11/08/2003 5:38:03 PM PST by pollywog (Psalm 121;1 I Lift mine eyes to the hills from whence cometh my help.)
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To: Joe Boucher
First time I've heard Frist has a set of nads. Thought he was cut from the same cloth as Lott. A male cheerleader

He doesn't have balls....and he is Lott II....this will all be dead, eulogized, buried and forgotten by Monday.

210 posted on 11/08/2003 5:41:55 PM PST by ErnBatavia (Santa Ana wind and fire season runs thru late November..we're just beginning)
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham
Memo to Frist:

"Dear Dr. Frist:

I want to congratulate you for your action in suspending the Senate Intelligence Committee. Many of us conservatives have been hoping and praying for strong action against un-american activities in the government. The notion of collegiality in the Senate is history now -- has been ever since the Clintons took over. This is a street fight and I'm glad to see you showing up armed.

Best wishes for the battles ahead, and remember -- the Americans who love this country are behind you all the way."
211 posted on 11/08/2003 5:42:15 PM PST by johnb838 (What about MY right to free speech?)
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To: Chad Fairbanks
"... What the...???? Ok, who smuggled a Porta-spine into the Senate for Frist to use? Huh? Come on, 'fess up..."

Actually, I think they might manufacture those things at the former Richards Medical Company - now part of Medtronic - here in Memphis, TN. Their products include all kinds of spinal repair tools, implements, implants, etc. Maybe The Senate Majority Leader/Doctor took a 200 mile detour past here on his last trip home and got a little help....
212 posted on 11/08/2003 5:44:50 PM PST by MainFrame65
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To: MainFrame65
Do they make pairs of small round steel prosthetics with self-containted testosterone pumps as well?
213 posted on 11/08/2003 5:49:03 PM PST by AndyJackson
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection; GatorGirl; maryz; *Catholic_list; afraidfortherepublic; Antoninus; ...
Ping.
215 posted on 11/08/2003 5:52:46 PM PST by narses ("The do-it-yourself Mass is ended. Go in peace" Francis Cardinal Arinze of Nigeria)
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To: TexasCajun; All
Nah, he's just taking advice from Newt who floated this 48 hours earlier. Those "back-bencher" skills are still Newt's best!
216 posted on 11/08/2003 5:53:55 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: walden
Frist has a SPINE!!!

I guess this is why people call him "The Iron Frist"

217 posted on 11/08/2003 5:57:29 PM PST by xm177e2 (Stalinists, Maoists, Ba'athists, Pacifists: Why are they always on the same side?)
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To: xm177e2
Bump for later
218 posted on 11/08/2003 5:59:05 PM PST by UB355
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To: billhilly
""Bill Frist shows some cojones, for once."

Well....at least one more....

219 posted on 11/08/2003 6:00:40 PM PST by spokeshave (Cancel the San Jose Merc and the one way truck to Nevada)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
FRIST GROWS 'NADS; WOMEN, MINORITIES TO SUFFER MOST
220 posted on 11/08/2003 6:01:00 PM PST by clintonh8r (This isn't rocket surgery, people.)
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To: skinkinthegrass
It would have been glorious to have witnessed the unfolding with Rush hitting it three hours a day! Sean is carrying the water pretty darn well, but there's nothing like el Rushbo to pin the tale on the donkeys, if you know what I mean. [Rush was fond of opining that something important always happens when he's away from the golden microphone. well, this is hugh, the imp-flop-cations enormous, with series repercussions, if we play it right.
221 posted on 11/08/2003 6:02:42 PM PST by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote life support for others.)
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To: section9
I would never contradict the Major, but wasn't Barbara Olson's Screen name BKO.
222 posted on 11/08/2003 6:03:08 PM PST by dinasour
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To: Nita Nupress
I wonder if the development of a collective Republican spine has anything to do with that cache of intell documents found in Iraq the other day? You know, the documents that supposedly name the actual names of people being bought off by SH...

It's not the first time such proof linking Western politicans and Saddam has surfaced out of Iraq. A prominent British politician was linked to documents that said he received L375,000 per year from the Iraqi government to "represent" their issues in Britian.

Labour MP George Galloway faces further Iraq claims

223 posted on 11/08/2003 6:04:29 PM PST by jriemer (We are a Republic not a Democracy)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
out-freepin-standing
224 posted on 11/08/2003 6:14:07 PM PST by cdrw (Freedom and responsibility are inseparable)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Nevada Sen. Harry Reid complained on the Senate floor that the memo had been "pilfered" by Republicans then leaked to the media, saying that act was just as offensive as anything revealed by the controversial document

It wasn't .. Hannity has already hinted it was a Democrat that gave it to him

But hey, For argument sake .. if it was .. It still does not excuse the ABUSE of power by Democrats with our intelligence secrects and our nations national security

The Democrats are playing games with OUR LIVES!!

Please read the Rules Senator Reid !!

RULES OF THE SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE

225 posted on 11/08/2003 6:15:34 PM PST by Mo1 (http://www.favewavs.com/wavs/cartoons/spdemocrats.wav)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
And the repubs have caused the dems to whine some more......Frist asked the dems to remain in session to discuss authorization bills........and they are actually going to engage in a filibuster against the dems.........LOLOL.....oh the whining and gnashing of the teeth.........whine whine whine.
226 posted on 11/08/2003 6:21:13 PM PST by OldFriend (DEMS INHABIT A PARALLEL UNIVERSE)
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To: johnb838
Dubya was waiting until all urgent legislation was voted on and signed.......then.....KABOOM.....filibuster!!!!

Oh we of little faith!!!!

227 posted on 11/08/2003 6:22:24 PM PST by OldFriend (DEMS INHABIT A PARALLEL UNIVERSE)
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To: ErnBatavia
It was the phone calls......from across the country.......demanding a tough stance by the republicans.......they heard from ALL of us!!!

Keep calling toll free to the US Capitol.....they'll connect you.......1-877-762-8762

228 posted on 11/08/2003 6:23:40 PM PST by OldFriend (DEMS INHABIT A PARALLEL UNIVERSE)
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To: ladyinred; ValerieUSA
The Memo dissed Roberts by saying
how the Dems would use him - play
upon his bipartisan spirit - to
get him to investigate as much as
possible. Then dump on him for too
little probing because he's trying
to "protect Bush". Apology would
be asked for their contempt of him
& their dishonesty.

ALSO, Dems must admit who was in
on the Memo, and they all must
disavow it.

Or the Intel Committee is DOWN!!!
229 posted on 11/08/2003 6:26:05 PM PST by txrangerette
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To: MHGinTN; JohnHuang2; MeeknMing; shaggy eel
<< Are you perhaps under-estimating the number of dumbed-down democrat blind partisanship voters? >>

Please God that I am not. And that our Attorney-General's curent FBI-conducted campaign to rid our nation of every last criminal alien and other felonious and fraudulent "voter" will prove to have had real teeth and real force!

<< Those poor suckers cannot and will not see what is before the nation and the world proving democrat party treacherous sedition! Any voting block that will robotically support a political party because that party promises it the rite of infanticide should not be underestimated for its destructiveness to a Republic. If it will empower the "DemocRATS" for their promises of continued infanticide, it will sacrifice anything to serve its ghouls. >>

And we will continue to both repudiate its evil and to oppose its every individual supporter to the maximum extent permitted us by Our Beloved FRaternal Republic's restored Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights!

Which include, unless there are contradicting words in it in invisible ink -- and secret from us these two hundred odd years -- the Declaration's authority that "when a long Train of Abuses and Usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a Design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is [Our] Right, it is [Our] Duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for [Our] future Security."

That time, I hazard to offer, draws nigh!

Be strong -- B A

Bump/Ping
230 posted on 11/08/2003 6:27:43 PM PST by Brian Allen ( Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Well... this is a positive sign, but there is still plenty of time for the GOP to spontaneously capitulate. I won't believe they are serious until whoever is responsible for the memo is tried, convicted, and sentenced. After all, it was only a few years ago the Senate gave a sitting President a pass to lie under oath in court, even after the precedent-setting impeachment.

So yes, I still believe the GOP is capable of failing to act appropriately to the seriousness of the transgression. Not only capable, but given the history, and statements from the likes of Sen. Hatch, likely.
231 posted on 11/08/2003 6:29:54 PM PST by thoughtomator ("A republic, if you can keep it.")
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To: jmstein7
Looking at that list of Democrat suspects, my money is on Durbin as having the most to do with it!
232 posted on 11/08/2003 6:32:47 PM PST by Froggie
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection

233 posted on 11/08/2003 6:32:50 PM PST by InvisibleChurch (Like sittin' on pins and needles, things fall apart, it's scientific.)
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To: Mo1
"Please read the Rules Senator Reid !!"

Before he was a senator, Harry Reid was gaming commisioner of Nevada. Does that about say it all?
234 posted on 11/08/2003 6:33:39 PM PST by billhilly (If you're lurking here from DU, I trust this post will make you sick)
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To: OldFriend
BINGO...we have a winner....

"Dubya was waiting until all urgent legislation was voted on and signed.......then.....KABOOM.....filibuster!!!! "

Consider....

1. Passes big military spending bill this week.

2. Passes health and education bill and the GOP PUNISHES THE DEMS for voting against it by TAKING 180M of RAT PORK OUT of the spending.

3. Frist announces the 30 hour debate on judicial nominees.

This is going to GRIND THE RATS into the dirt they came from.

235 posted on 11/08/2003 6:34:55 PM PST by spokeshave (Cancel the San Jose Merc and the one way truck to Nevada)
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To: All
For the record: it could not have been John Edwards who authored The Memo. Why?

(1) His vocabulary isn't big enough to have penned some of those words;
(2) He hasn't been in the office long enough over the past 18 months -- i.e., once he got a whiff of running for President, I think he forgot where Capitol Hill was;
(3) He bright enough to dream this up (i.e., he was on the Intelligence Committee simply because he thought it was a training course); and
(4) No DEM Presidential candidate -- yes, even The Breck Girl from North Carolina -- would be so stupid as to risk the POSSIBILITY of having such a memo get traced back to him.

236 posted on 11/08/2003 6:35:29 PM PST by alancarp (With all of that sweeping under the rug, it's a wonder how DEMs can walk on their lumpy carpets.)
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To: ValerieUSA
Forget the personal apology to Roberts, this isn't personal - it is TREASON against America.

TREASON is an anagram of SENATOR, after all.

237 posted on 11/08/2003 6:40:35 PM PST by TrappedInLiberalHell (I met Dr. Heisenberg once, but I can't remember when or where.)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Good on him, now the Justice Dept. needs to get in on the action and raise the specter of possible charges of treason.
238 posted on 11/08/2003 6:41:35 PM PST by MissAmericanPie
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To: LasVegasMac
MAC IT IS TIME TO RALLEY TOGETHER AND REMOVE THIS CLOWN. BUT FIRST WE NEED SOMEONE TO RUN AGAINST HIM. I WILL BE THE FIRST TO HAVE A "LETS GET RID OF HARRY" SIGN IN MY YARD

239 posted on 11/08/2003 6:41:40 PM PST by bgierhart (I stand behind my President)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Neuticles. Frist just had them installed. He takes them out every night, though.
240 posted on 11/08/2003 6:43:16 PM PST by DoctorMichael (Thats my story, and I'm sticking to it.)
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To: Publius6961
Oh yeah.

Treason, and placing politics over soldiers' lives is no worse than stealing a piece of paper revealing the treason.

Right.

Would this MENSA candidate care to expand on that remark?

Well, this MENSA could-be can only point out that this is the same reaction to someone taping a plot to lie in a court case involving the President. That is worse than the President perjuring himself to beat the rap in a sexual harrassment suit (at least in Democriminal minds).

241 posted on 11/08/2003 6:48:40 PM PST by Lysandru
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To: Mo1
The Oath of Office - United States Senator:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.

Nov. 5, NewsMax.com:  "His comment comes as Hannity, on today’s radio show, said he had been informed by a highly reliable source that despite his disclaimers to the contrary, committee co-chairman Jay Rockefeller, D-W.V., approved the drafting of the memo."

From the memo:  
"We can pull the trigger on an independent investigation at any time-- but we can only do so once. The best time to do so will probably be next year..."

"Intelligence issues are clearly secondary to the public's concern regarding the insurgency in Iraq. Yet, we have an important role to play in the revealing the misleading -- if not flagrantly dishonest methods and motives -- of the senior administration officials who made the case for a unilateral, preemptive war. The approach outline above seems to offer the best prospect for exposing the administration's dubious motives and methods." http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,102258,00.html

242 posted on 11/08/2003 6:49:10 PM PST by alancarp (With all of that sweeping under the rug, it's a wonder how DEMs can walk on their lumpy carpets.)
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To: StriperSniper
Mark Levin? OOhhh, this is gonna be good!
243 posted on 11/08/2003 6:50:45 PM PST by WSGilcrest (brrrrrrrr)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist has temporarily disbanded the Senate Intelligence Committee until committee Democrats reveal the identity of the author of a memo outlining a their plan to politicize intelligence data in a bid undermine President Bush's reelection.

Wow..this is Frist?
Kicking a** and taking names. I love it.

244 posted on 11/08/2003 6:55:50 PM PST by Jorge
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To: demkicker
The networks have squelched this story or given it minimal coverage. Now they have no choice but to give it air time and you know it just kills them.

On television, I've only seen this story covered on Fox News and on "Scarborough Country" on MSNBC so far. Does anyone know if this has been covered on CNN yet?

245 posted on 11/08/2003 6:55:53 PM PST by nutmeg ("The DemocRATic party...has been hijacked by a confederacy of gangsters..." - Pat Caddell, 11/27/00)
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To: WSGilcrest
Mark Levin? OOhhh, this is gonna be good!

Nah, I wish. Sen. Carl Levin.

I guess I should have been more specific since Mark may be involved in this as Hannity's council.

246 posted on 11/08/2003 6:56:13 PM PST by StriperSniper (All this, of course, is simply pious fudge. - H. L. Mencken)
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To: Froggie
Looking at that list of Democrat suspects, my money is on Durbin as having the most to do with it!

His name is certain right up there.
His unapologetic and hostile response to the Republicans over the outing of this memo appears extremely defensive.

247 posted on 11/08/2003 6:59:39 PM PST by Jorge
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To: nutmeg
Does anyone know if this has been covered on CNN yet?

It was discussed a bit on Capital Gang today. I didn't really hear anything much because I had a couple things going at the time.

248 posted on 11/08/2003 7:00:33 PM PST by StriperSniper (All this, of course, is simply pious fudge. - H. L. Mencken)
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To: ErnBatavia
Well aren't we just full of sunshine? </sarcasm>
249 posted on 11/08/2003 7:14:26 PM PST by madison10
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To: AndyJackson
"... Do they make pairs of small round steel prosthetics with self-containted testosterone pumps as well? ..."

Next time I run into one of their guys, I'll make that suggestion....
250 posted on 11/08/2003 7:18:04 PM PST by MainFrame65
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