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Fatwa for tennis star who wears short skirts (Religion Of Peace update)
The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | September 9, 2005 | Peter Foster

Posted on 09/10/2005 1:09:38 PM PDT by Stoat

Fatwa for tennis star who wears short skirts
By Peter Foster in New Delhi
(Filed: 10/09/2005)

India's leading female tennis player has been subjected to a fatwa by a Muslim cleric for wearing short skirts and revealing tops on the international tennis circuit.

Sania Mirza
Sania Mirza comes from a devout Muslim family

Sania Mirza, 18, who became the first Indian woman to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam at the US Open last week, is hugely popular in India.

The fatwa - in effect, a demand that she cover up - was issued by a senior cleric of the Sunni Ulema Board, a little-known group. Similar fatwas have been issued against Mirza, who comes from a devout Muslim family, but none has ever gained popular support among India's 130 million Muslims.

"The dress she wears on the tennis courts…leaves nothing to the imagination," Haseeb-ul-hasan Siddiqui told The Hindustan Times. "She will undoubtedly be a corrupting influence."

He said she should follow the example of Iranian women who wore long tunics and headscarves to play in the Asian Badminton Championships.



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Fatwa Support pours in for Sania HindustanTimes.com

 

Should Sania play in salwar kameez?

HindustanTimes.com

New Delhi, September 9, 2005
 

The dress code of 18-year-old Hyderabadi girl has stirred a hornet's nest after a Muslim cleric went public saying it violated the tenets of Islam.

According to him Islam does not permit a woman to wear skirts, shorts and sleeveless tops - a dress so commonly associated with tennis.

We, here at HindustanTimes.com are flooded with responses from our readers, majority of them defending Sania and her dress code. "Sania, you are doing a good job over there, just ignore all these talks and keep going," says Deepa, a surfer from Chennai.

Taking pride in Sania's achievements, George Mathew from Dubai writes, "She is wearing better dress than many of the female tennis players on the court. She is beautiful that is why she is getting more attention than others. For heaven' sake leave her alone and let her continue to do the best in the coming days." Another surfer from the US who preferred anonymity says, "Extremists and associated institutions like this force talents to migrate from India and find safe haven in countries like Unites States."

Expressing shock, Nanduri from Werribee, Australia writes, "Sania is an Indian and is Muslim by birth, and not by her own choice. She represents India and not the Muslim group of such self-centred religious leaders. India should ban such leaders from making such rubbish statements."

"Sania goes to the field to play the match and not to portray her religion. And one does not become a Muslim by growing beard and by wearing a veil," says Ambrin, another reader from Dubai. Avnish from the US flashes a cogent argument, "Indonesia has 90 per cent population, which is Muslim and most ladies wear skirts above the knees?"

But there are other views as well, Javed, from Toronto says, "Why can't a woman wear a long sleeve shirt and sports pants and play tennis if men can do it? Nadal wears pants that go below his knee. Why can't Sania wear pants that go all the way to her ankles?" he argues.

Taking a broader perspective on the subject Badri Raina from New Delhi says,  "The very fact that Sania is out there playing suggests that she has the correct perspective on history; from the time of the first organised human societies, residual notions have sought to make targets of select individuals and events to attempt continued survival in the face of the knowledge that they are on the way out."

"Sania is likely to prove to be an icon that hastens the demise of such attempts. History may often zigzag; it never quite recedes to the Dark Age. So, carry on, Sania; you may be fated to cause momentous and needed transformations where more organised endeavours succeed far too slowly. The intelligence of the future fights on your side," he adds with a word of encouragement.

Questioning the very rights of clerics, Raksha from Chicago raises her voice, "Doesn't Islamic scholarship have issues like violence, suicide bombing of innocents, poverty, injustice that they are preoccupied about short or long clothes of a girl who brings athletic credit and glory to India and the Muslims."

"This is ridiculous. Now an aspiring sportsperson will need to play tennis (or any other game) in burqa (veil)," asks Raghav from Edison, USA.

Incensed over the statement, Jude from Toronto adds, "These clerics should go to Dubai and check how the local Muslim girls dress there and see what they do besides dressing skimpy. Sania is a darling with a good upbringing and a player with good habits and good values. So, please just let her play tennis and make India proud."


1 posted on 09/10/2005 1:09:44 PM PDT by Stoat
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Sania Mirza - Biography
 
 

Sania Mirza's Biography

Sania Mirza PictureProfile

Birth Date: 15 Nov 1986
Birth Place: Mumbai, India
Residence: Hydrabad, India
Nationality: INDIA
Height: 5'7 1/2" (1.53m)
Weight: 130 lbs. (59kg)
Plays: Right Handed (Double Handed Backhand)
Favourite Surface: Hard
Coach: C.G.K. Bhupathi
Age Began Tennis: 6
Personal Interests: Swimming, Music
Other Information: Ambition in tennis: To be in the Top 20 of the World.
Favourite player: Steffi Graf

Personal

Sania Mirza (born November 15, 1986, Mumbai, India resides in Hyderabad, India) is a professional female tennis player from India. Coached by her father, Imran Mirza, Sania began playing tennis at age six. She turned professional in 2003. She became the first and only Indian woman to reach the 4th round of a Grand Slam tournament at the 2005 US Open. She is now the highest ranked female tennis player ever from India (She had a rank of 42, her highest ever, by end of August 2005). Her original goal was to enter the top 100 by the end of 2005, but she revised it to entering the top 50 after good performances at the beginning of the year. (She may have also been helped by the fact that she has very few points to defend for this year and thus, it has been an upward journey in rankings.) As of July 2005, she ranked 5th among Asian women. Her year-end rank in 2004 was 206.

"My mother took me to a coach, who initially refused to coach me because I was too small," said Mirza. "After a month, he called my parents to say he'd never seen a player that good at such a young age." [From WTATour interview] She is 5 ft. 7 in. tall.

 

She has earned a large fan following in India as she is one of the very few young women from the country to have done well at the highest levels of sport. In 2005, she was awarded the Arjuna award in tennis for the year 2004. She has defeated two top 10 players, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Nadia Petrova. She is a devout Muslim, who began playing tennis at the age of six.

 

Sania won the Wimbledon Championships Girls' Doubles title in 2003, teaming up with Alisa Kleybanova of Russia. She got a wild card entry to the 2005 Australian Open and created history by becoming the first Indian woman to enter the third round of a Grand Slam tournament. She lost in the 3rd round to eventual champion Serena Williams. On February 12, 2005, she became the first Indian woman to win a WTA singles title defeating Alyona Bondarenko of Ukraine in the Hyderabad Open Finals.

In her Wimbledon Championships debut, Mirza won her first match at the 2005 event, defeating Akiko Morigami of Japan in three very tight sets, 6-3, 3-6, 8-6. However, she was narrowly defeated in the second round by Svetlana Kuznetsova (a player whom she had defeated earlier in the year for her first top ten victory) 4-6, 7-6, 4-6.

 

Watching her performance in Acura Classics, legendary Pancho Segura, Ecuador-born American player who roamed the courts in the 1940s and 50s, felt that Sania's hard-hitting game resembles that of Romanian tennis legend Nastase. Segura said that Sania has a natural way of hitting the ball and she hits it hard. These qualities remind him of Ilie Nastase.

Career Highlights

- 2005 US Open: reaches 4th round by defeating Marion Bartoli of France in straight sets (7-6(4), 6-4); Voted Best Player of the day on the 3rd day for winning her 2nd round match despite bleeding toes.
- 2005 Forest Hills Women's Tennis Classic, New York: reaches her second WTA final but fails to win
- 2005 Acura Classic: upsets Nadia Petrova in 2nd round but loses in the third round to Akiko Morigami of Japan (2-6,6-4,4-6). By beating the 8th-ranked Petrova, she breaks into top 50 in world rankings for the first time ever.

- 2005 Dubai Tennis Championships: 2nd Round: Upset reigning US Open Champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4, 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals
- 2005 Hyderabad Open singles: Won the tournament defeating Alyona Bondarenko of Ukraine 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 in the final and became the first Indian woman to capture a WTA singles title.
- 2005 Australian Open singles: 3rd round: Became first Indian woman to reach the 3rd round of a Grand Slam tournament.
- 2004 Hyderabad Open doubles: Won the tournament (partnering with Liezel Huber) to become the youngest Indian to win a WTA or ATP tour title and the first Indian woman to capture a WTA tour title.
- 2003 Junior Wimbledon Championships doubles: Won the tournament (partnering with Alisa Kleybanova) to become the youngest Indian and the first Indian woman to win a junior Grand Slam title.


2 posted on 09/10/2005 1:11:53 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Stoat
"The dress she wears on the tennis courts…leaves nothing to the imagination," Haseeb-ul-hasan Siddiqui told The Hindustan Times. "She will undoubtedly be a corrupting influence."

She couldn't possibly as corrupting as you are, Haseeb, you blind lemming.

3 posted on 09/10/2005 1:12:38 PM PDT by TheClintons-STILLAnti-American
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To: Stoat
"The dress she wears on the tennis courts…leaves nothing to the imagination,"

Hey Nimrod - Allah already knows what females look like. He created them. Now if you're worried about them corrupting YOU, then don't look - ya dope!

4 posted on 09/10/2005 1:13:03 PM PDT by Enterprise (When Rats govern they screw up and people die. Then, the Rats want to punch the President.)
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To: Stoat

"Taking a broader perspective on the subject Badri Raina from New Delhi says, "The very fact that Sania is out there playing suggests that she has the correct perspective on history; from the time of the first organised human societies, residual notions have sought to make targets of select individuals and events to attempt continued survival in the face of the knowledge that they are on the way out."

"Sania is likely to prove to be an icon that hastens the demise of such attempts. History may often zigzag; it never quite recedes to the Dark Age. So, carry on, Sania; you may be fated to cause momentous and needed transformations where more organised endeavours succeed far too slowly. The intelligence of the future fights on your side," he adds with a word of encouragement.

Hey Badri, smoke some more Hashish and please write in again!

Guy sounds like me after a few too many beers, when I think I can see the entire scope of history in just one FR thread.


5 posted on 09/10/2005 1:14:10 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: TheClintons-STILLAnti-American
"She couldn't possibly as corrupting as you are, Haseeb, you blind lemming"

But show him a picture of a small boy or a goat, hubba hubba!

6 posted on 09/10/2005 1:14:12 PM PDT by Enterprise (When Rats govern they screw up and people die. Then, the Rats want to punch the President.)
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To: Stoat
The girl looks like a baby fat kid.

Let her live her life without tyranny from people she's never even met, let alone should care about the opinion of.

Slavery can have only limited success in the longterm. Islam will fall when enough people decide to free themselves from its mental shackles.

7 posted on 09/10/2005 1:16:32 PM PDT by TheClintons-STILLAnti-American
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To: Stoat

And if she doesn't abide they'll, what, stone her to death? As if the world's opinion of that religion of pieces isn't low enough.


8 posted on 09/10/2005 1:17:24 PM PDT by mtbopfuyn (Legality does not dictate morality... Lavin)
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To: jocon307

Yes. The handwriting is on the wall. Conservative Muslims are to be extinct within fifty years. They know it. The problem is that some of them want to die rather than face a future in which they are not in total control of women's lives. The question is, how many of us will they take with them?


9 posted on 09/10/2005 1:20:20 PM PDT by kjo
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To: Stoat
These clerics should go to Dubai and check how the local Muslim girls dress there and see what they do besides dressing skimpy.

Note to self: Must visit Dubai.
10 posted on 09/10/2005 1:22:52 PM PDT by July 4th (A vacant lot cancelled out my vote for Bush.)
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To: Stoat
"She will undoubtedly be a corrupting influence".

I'm feeling really corrupted right now.

(Down boy!)

12 posted on 09/10/2005 1:27:35 PM PDT by manwiththehands
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To: July 4th

"Note to self: Must visit Dubai."

LOL!


13 posted on 09/10/2005 1:27:42 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: Enterprise

"...Allah already knows what females look like.."

Since when did a black rock have the ability create a human.


14 posted on 09/10/2005 1:28:20 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned)
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Let's face it, fatwa dude, you're a homo.

For tennis lovers only.

;-)

15 posted on 09/10/2005 1:30:17 PM PDT by dighton
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To: Stoat

Thell them muzzies they can stick that fatwah where the sun don't shine.


16 posted on 09/10/2005 1:38:16 PM PDT by dc-zoo
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To: Stoat

Sandnazi's! That's a good one!


17 posted on 09/10/2005 1:38:24 PM PDT by DoraC (To insist on strength is not war-mongering. It is peace-mongering.)
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To: Enterprise
Visualize wagon trains and pioneer women trudging across the American great plains in searing heat and numbing cold. Now visualize them wearing burkhas.....

Muzzy women are doomed at birth to be willing slaves to a cult of death.

18 posted on 09/10/2005 1:39:30 PM PDT by i.l.e. (Tagline - this space for sale....)
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To: kjo
Yes. The handwriting is on the wall. Conservative Muslims are to be extinct within fifty years.

Really? How many Muslims will that leave? 10.000? Even 'liberal' and 'moderate' Muslims would be considered radical conservatives, if they held the same views, but as a Christian.
19 posted on 09/10/2005 1:40:30 PM PDT by DoraC (To insist on strength is not war-mongering. It is peace-mongering.)
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To: Stoat

Maybe the good imam would be pleased to see her play tennis in a burqa? It would be fun to watch on a hot day.


20 posted on 09/10/2005 1:42:57 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Stoat

Im afraid im going to have to see a few more pics, before I make judgement.


21 posted on 09/10/2005 1:49:06 PM PDT by Husker24
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To: Stoat
I hereby issue this counter-fatwa:

Sania Mizra is one of God's beautiful creature. It would be a mortal sin to cover her up with a burqa -- not to mention what it would do to her tennis career.

Check out a few Google Images.

22 posted on 09/10/2005 1:52:52 PM PDT by AZLiberty (Binary: The Power of Two)
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To: Stoat

Deepa is right. Ignore those guys.


23 posted on 09/10/2005 1:53:27 PM PDT by righttackle44 (The most dangerous weapon in the world is a Marine with his rifle and the American people behind him)
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To: Stoat

It's time for Allah to die.


24 posted on 09/10/2005 1:55:11 PM PDT by Hank Rearden (Never allow anyone who could only get a government job attempt to tell you how to run your life.)
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To: righttackle44

These lunatic militant Islamist A$$holes ---- simply can't stop digging, even after they've reached Hell...

It is doubtful there can be another "religion" on Earth with as many lunatic "clerics" as we've seen in Islam....

Semper Fi


25 posted on 09/10/2005 1:58:45 PM PDT by river rat (You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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"She will undoubtedly be a corrupting influence."

One can only hope. I saw her match against Maria Sharapova, which was entertaining for a number of reasons. Sharapova won easily, but if Mirza can improve her consistency she'll do very well, and I'll be rooting for her knowing that every match she plays enrages these misogynistic savages.

26 posted on 09/10/2005 2:00:18 PM PDT by ThinkDifferent (That's great. What?)
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To: AZLiberty

Hoo! ( Fanning mouth) That piece of Indi Curry is a little HOTTIE. Although I must also salam to my shrine to Gabby. Thanks for the links, AZ.


27 posted on 09/10/2005 2:04:17 PM PDT by clbiel (Hey Islam! Satan's on the line- says he's not giving back your religion without a fight.)
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To: Stoat
She is very beautiful:
28 posted on 09/10/2005 2:09:46 PM PDT by rawhide
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29 posted on 09/10/2005 2:11:06 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: rawhide

That is a gorgeous woman. Screw the sandnazis.


30 posted on 09/10/2005 2:11:25 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Proud member of the 21st century Christian Crusaders)
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To: rawhide

31 posted on 09/10/2005 2:12:42 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: Stoat

A lot of guys have a fat wa for a short skirt. It's normal.


32 posted on 09/10/2005 2:13:27 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Stoat

It will be a women's uprising that will finally bring down this unholiest of false religions.


33 posted on 09/10/2005 2:13:33 PM PDT by Old Professer (Some infinitives deserve to be split.)
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To: rawhide

Damn!!! I'll take her over Anna Kournakova.


34 posted on 09/10/2005 2:15:17 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: reagan_fanatic
Some other Indian cuties.
35 posted on 09/10/2005 2:20:43 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: Stoat
The fatwa - in effect, a demand that she cover up . . .

Sheesh, when are world leaders going to say, "enough is enough?" Anyone issuing such a fatwa should himself be covered up -- with six feet of dirt.

36 posted on 09/10/2005 2:24:40 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: rawhide

37 posted on 09/10/2005 2:28:38 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: rawhide

38 posted on 09/10/2005 2:32:47 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: Stoat
She also occasionally wears a T-shirt that reads:

You think I'm hot? No sh*t!

More power to her!

39 posted on 09/10/2005 2:35:27 PM PDT by Rummyfan
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To: rawhide

Hot! But she's gonna need to get fitter to break the Top Ten!


40 posted on 09/10/2005 2:36:55 PM PDT by Rummyfan
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To: rawhide
Who's that on the far right?

A billion people, five hundred million women, that means at least a million or two of them have to be beautiful!

41 posted on 09/10/2005 2:38:24 PM PDT by Rummyfan
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To: rawhide

Like I posted on another thread,
there is nothing prettier in woman's dressing than a saree.


42 posted on 09/10/2005 2:40:43 PM PDT by najida (I'm ashamed to share the same chromosomes with Blanco.)
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To: Stoat
Questioning the very rights of clerics, Raksha from Chicago raises her voice, "Doesn't Islamic scholarship have issues like violence, suicide bombing of innocents, poverty, injustice that they are preoccupied about short or long clothes of a girl who brings athletic credit and glory to India and the Muslims."

Truth to power, Raksha!!!!!!

43 posted on 09/10/2005 2:58:06 PM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: Stoat
"She is wearing better dress than many of the female tennis players on the court. ..."

Yep.

Behold the competition...

44 posted on 09/10/2005 4:34:16 PM PDT by TXnMA (Iraq & Afghanistan: Bush's "Bug-Zappers"...)
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To: Rummyfan
Who's that on the far right?

Kareena Kapoor.

45 posted on 09/10/2005 8:06:31 PM PDT by CarrotAndStick (The articles posted by me needn't necessarily reflect my opinion.)
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To: Stoat
Sania Mirza comes from a devout Muslim family...

Obviously not too devout...

46 posted on 09/10/2005 8:08:27 PM PDT by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: i.l.e.

I remember reading an article which depicted the suffereing their women go through in the heat. They damn near suffocate.


47 posted on 09/10/2005 8:12:06 PM PDT by Enterprise (When Rats govern they screw up and people die. Then, the Rats want to punch the President.)
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To: Enterprise
Image hosted by Photobucket.com TENNIS ANYONE?
48 posted on 09/10/2005 8:25:11 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (Understand islam understand evil - read THE LIFE OF MUHAMMAD free pdf see link My Page)
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To: rawhide
Whoa! Those extraordinarily large ballasts on the front of her must give her fits with the sudden stop and go sport of tennis. And all of that bouncing....
49 posted on 09/10/2005 8:25:25 PM PDT by 69ConvertibleFirebird (Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level, then beat you with experience.)
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To: Enterprise

But show him a picture of a small boy or a goat, hubba hubba!

Now that's funny.


50 posted on 09/10/2005 8:27:12 PM PDT by moog
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