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Federal Government Strips "God" From the Washington Monument
American Family Association ^ | 10/29/2007

Posted on 10/29/2007 9:40:55 PM PDT by dvan

The National Park Service, a branch of the federal government, has joined the Veterans Administration in establishing anti-Christian bigotry as public policy. The NPS has censored “God” from a key display of America's Christian heritage in Washington.

The reference is an engraving of "Laus Deo," which is Latin for "Praise be to God," on the east side of the 100-ounce aluminum cap atop of the Washington Monument.

Since the actual inscription on the cap is unviewable atop the 555-foot stone column, the NPS created a replica which is on display in the white-colored obelisk of marble, granite and sandstone.

Now “God” has been removed from the plaque containing information about the Washington Monument. In 2000 the plaque read:

APEX OF THE MONUMENT Reproduction The builders searched for an appropriate metal for the apex that would not tarnish and would act as a lightning rod. They chose one of the rarest metals of the time, aluminum. The casting was inscribed with the phrase, Laus Deo, (Praise be to God).

The NPS censored the last sentence from the latest plaque, which now reads:

CAP OF THE MONUMENT Reproduction The builders searched for appropriate metal for the cap that would not tarnish and would act as a lightning rod. They chose one of the rarest metals of the time – aluminum.

In addition, the replica of the cap which is in the monument has been positioned so close to the wall that the wording “Laus Deo” cannot be read. Prior to the censorship by the NPS, the replica wording could be read.

It was the third time in just the past few weeks that an agency of the federal government has banned the use of “God.” First was the Architect of the Capitol banning religious references when issuing flag certificates. That ruling was later rescinded. Next came the Veterans Administration censoring religious references in the script used to describe each fold of the flag at 125 national cemeteries. That censoring came after only one person complained.

Because of the NPS censorship, children and other visitors to the monument now have no way to know that the words, 'Laus Deo,' ('Praise be to God'), are inscribed on the original cap atop the monument! This censoring of God will help establish anti-Christian bigotry into federal law.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: afa; antichristian; antigod; brainwashing; christianity; culturewars; freedom; indoctrination; nationalparkservice; nps; pc; politicalcorrectness; stuckonstupid
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The termites are at it again easting the supports from beneath our Constitution.
1 posted on 10/29/2007 9:40:57 PM PDT by dvan
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To: dvan

So much for preservation...


2 posted on 10/29/2007 9:43:17 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: dvan

Denying the legitimate history of our nation again.

These idiots should read Washington’s Farewell Address.

It won’t be much longer until God pulls his protection from this nation. Maybe it’s already happening.


3 posted on 10/29/2007 9:44:29 PM PDT by dadgum
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To: dvan

You’d think we’d have learned by now - the only one’s allowed to “praise God” will say it thus: “Praise Allah”


4 posted on 10/29/2007 9:47:16 PM PDT by maine-iac7 ("...but you can't fool all of the people all of the time" LINCOLN)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; KlueLass; ...

First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his country.


5 posted on 10/29/2007 9:50:14 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Monday, October 22, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: dadgum

Sad but true, thusly Is 3.3 in my tagline.

They have no shame do they? Accuracy is subourned for an atheist agenda.


6 posted on 10/29/2007 9:51:08 PM PDT by padre35 (Conservative in Exile/ No more miller brewing products, pass it on/Isaiah 3.3)
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To: dvan

Is there any doubt that our government has basicly forsaken not only God, but the rest of us as well?

No wonder respect for our government is at an all time low. They don’t respect us and they don’t respect our beliefs.

Those folks do not recognize that anyone in the universe trumps their power.

The day will come... it will come.


7 posted on 10/29/2007 9:52:15 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (We yen to be numba one. We find Crintons to be vewy good people. Worth every penny.)
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To: dvan

They can remove those words from paper and stone...but He aint gone, no, He aint gone.


8 posted on 10/29/2007 9:55:09 PM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: dvan
We are going to have these things happen until the 60s communists who inhabit all the nooks and crannies of the infrastructure of our society die out.
9 posted on 10/29/2007 9:55:16 PM PDT by A6M3
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To: dvan

There are no words; except when they meet their maker; I believe they will all believe.


10 posted on 10/29/2007 9:56:48 PM PDT by freekitty ((May the eagles long fly our beautiful and free American sky.))
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To: dvan

Aluminum is commodity...something for which there is demand. G-d isn’t apparently.


11 posted on 10/29/2007 9:57:03 PM PDT by endthematrix (He was shouting 'Allah!' but I didn't hear that. It just sounded like a lot of crap to me.)
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To: DoughtyOne
Sorry Charlie. That day won’t happen. The sheep that populate this country will tolerate any evil, just as long as the TV is working.
12 posted on 10/29/2007 9:58:30 PM PDT by Comus (10%er and proud of it.)
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To: dvan

Who thinks they have the power to do this without the peoples’ knowledge?


13 posted on 10/29/2007 9:58:54 PM PDT by freekitty ((May the eagles long fly our beautiful and free American sky.))
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To: A6M3
Unfortunately, there are 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and a new wave of commie newbies among us.
14 posted on 10/29/2007 9:59:23 PM PDT by endthematrix (He was shouting 'Allah!' but I didn't hear that. It just sounded like a lot of crap to me.)
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To: Comus

They didn’t remove our name from the description, and hide it as best they could.

The One whose name they did will see to it.


15 posted on 10/29/2007 10:01:24 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (We yen to be numba one. We find Crintons to be vewy good people. Worth every penny.)
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To: dvan
The termites are at it again easting the supports from beneath our Constitution.

      The buck stops in the Oval Office.

16 posted on 10/29/2007 10:08:14 PM PDT by Celtman (It's never right to do wrong to do right.)
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To: dadgum
Welcome to Free Republic! I agree with your thoughts, my friend. Those who deny God, He will deny.

"We make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the United States in Thy holy protection; that Thou wilt incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government; and entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another and for their fellow citizens of the United States at large. And finally that Thou wilt most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and pacific temper of mind which were the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed religion, and without a humble imitation of whose example in these things we can never hope to be a happy nation. Grant our supplication, we beseech Thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen." ~George Washington

17 posted on 10/29/2007 10:14:20 PM PDT by My hearts in London - Everett (Heaven: preregistration is required!)
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To: dvan
Ben Stein:

Billy Graham's daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her "How could God let something like this happen?" (regarding Katrina) Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response. She said, "I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are,but for years we've been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives. &nb sp;And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?"

May the Bright Lights of Political Correctness that have stripped away more of our heritage, meet the end they deserve.

18 posted on 10/29/2007 10:19:44 PM PDT by yoe ( NO THIRD TERM FOR THE CLINTON'S!!!)
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To: DoughtyOne

Marx and Stalin are down in hell egging them on from there.


19 posted on 10/29/2007 10:20:14 PM PDT by kitkat (I refuse to let the DUers chase me off FR.)
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To: Celtman

***The buck stops in the Oval Office.***

No, the buck stops with the Supreme Court. Vote for a Republican in 2008.


20 posted on 10/29/2007 10:22:13 PM PDT by kitkat (I refuse to let the DUers chase me off FR.)
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To: Army Air Corps

See what happens when you elect liberals like Hillary Clinton.President Bush wpuld NEVER allow that to..
Oh,forget it.


21 posted on 10/29/2007 10:22:25 PM PDT by Riverman94610
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To: kitkat

Probably so...


22 posted on 10/29/2007 10:24:32 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (We yen to be numba one. We find Crintons to be vewy good people. Worth every penny.)
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To: dvan

Way to go, Bush! sarc/


23 posted on 10/29/2007 10:25:51 PM PDT by BnBlFlag (Deo Vindice/Semper Fidelis "Ya gotta saddle up your boys; Ya gotta draw a hard line")
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To: Riverman94610

***See what happens when you elect liberals like Hillary Clinton.President Bush wpuld NEVER allow that to..
Oh,forget it.***

Who said the President allowed it? Did you think he can ignore the Supreme Court? Get another conservative on the Supreme Court by voting Republican in 2008. And pray that the Christians take this to the Supreme Court. And win!


24 posted on 10/29/2007 10:29:26 PM PDT by kitkat (I refuse to let the DUers chase me off FR.)
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To: BnBlFlag

***Way to go, Bush! sarc/***

Sure, Bush did it. He has absolute, totalitarian power over the whole country. He MAKES the laws. Guess you never heard of Congress.


25 posted on 10/29/2007 10:34:03 PM PDT by kitkat (I refuse to let the DUers chase me off FR.)
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To: dvan
The afa.org link doesn't work. I found this:
www.afa.net
26 posted on 10/29/2007 10:35:16 PM PDT by Gene Eric
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To: dvan

See also:

Now, God banished from Washington Monument

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1916666/posts


27 posted on 10/29/2007 10:37:19 PM PDT by SteveH (First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.)
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To: kitkat

I was TRYING to be sarcastic.
My point is that no matter who is elected we seem to continue on the same path of eradication of traditional values.
Did having Reagan as President slow down the abortion mills?Or stop the PC mania in the schools?


28 posted on 10/29/2007 10:39:56 PM PDT by Riverman94610
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To: Riverman94610

***My point is that no matter who is elected we seem to continue on the same path of eradication of traditional values.***

Yes, we do. Thanks to a Supreme Court overloaded with Socialists.

Do I have to say it again? The president doesn’t pass the laws, Congress does and the Supreme Court verifies them.


29 posted on 10/29/2007 10:45:03 PM PDT by kitkat (I refuse to let the DUers chase me off FR.)
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To: kitkat

Right,socialist nominated by Nixon,Reagan and Bush Sr.
This Bush has done better.But the trend continues downward.


30 posted on 10/29/2007 10:48:30 PM PDT by Riverman94610
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To: kitkat

“No, the buck stops with the Supreme Court. Vote for a Republican in 2008.”

I presume you state “Vote for a Republican in 2008” as opposed to sitting out, or 3rd party, or God forbid a democrat?


31 posted on 10/29/2007 10:53:22 PM PDT by truth_seeker
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To: dadgum
Thanks for reminding me of a great speech that I have not read in a long, long time. Many great points in it, but the most important, IMHO, for these perilous days is below.

"I have already intimated to you the danger of parties in the State, with particular reference to the founding of them on geographical discriminations. Let me now take a more comprehensive view, and warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party generally.

This spirit, unfortunately, is inseparable from our nature, having its root in the strongest passions of the human mind. It exists under different shapes in all governments, more or less stifled, controlled, or repressed; but, in those of the popular form, it is seen in its greatest rankness, and is truly their worst enemy.

The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries which result gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of public liberty.

Without looking forward to an extremity of this kind (which nevertheless ought not to be entirely out of sight), the common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.

It serves always to distract the public councils and enfeeble the public administration. It agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection."

It is in this regard that I, currently regard both the major political parties in great contempt. Certainly one more than the other, but only in degrees, nay perhaps minutes or seconds.

32 posted on 10/29/2007 11:05:21 PM PDT by ImpBill ("America ... Where are you now?" --Greg Adams--Brownsville, TX --On the other Front Line)
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To: dvan
not surprising.I visited Appomattox in about 7 years ago and noticed all references to god were ground off all the plaques at the graves and everywhere else the the government could get to
33 posted on 10/29/2007 11:06:07 PM PDT by rednekelmo
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To: dvan

The Christophobes are at it again.


34 posted on 10/29/2007 11:09:14 PM PDT by afnamvet (Duncan Hunter: The consummate conservative. Duncan in '08!)
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To: dvan
First the Park Service is unresponsive about complaints about a plan to build the 93 Memorial into an Islamic crescent, then allows the Vietnam Memorial to be defaced and now wants to erase the true history of the Washington Monument. I’ve said it before, that there’s something real screwy going on at the Park Service and I think it’s coming from the top.
35 posted on 10/29/2007 11:11:31 PM PDT by TheThinker (Bigots come in all shapes and colors.)
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To: dvan

Hey, you elect idiots, you get idiocy...

Obviously we’re on the downside since there’s enough stupid people voting to keep the Washington till filled with loser incumbents, ‘Rats and RINOs both.

I’m so “looking forward” to the next presidential election, where we’ll get to chose someone who sucks, because the alternative will be the antichrist...


36 posted on 10/29/2007 11:13:07 PM PDT by Axenolith (Subduction leads to Orogeny...)
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To: Riverman94610

***This Bush has done better.But the trend continues downward.***

Ah HAH! Somebody around here says Bush has done better. That’s really refreshing. Thank you.


37 posted on 10/29/2007 11:14:42 PM PDT by kitkat (I refuse to let the DUers chase me off FR.)
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To: A6M3

Did you ever happen to have an infestation of roaches just “die out”?


38 posted on 10/29/2007 11:14:49 PM PDT by Axenolith (Subduction leads to Orogeny...)
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To: truth_seeker

***I presume you state “Vote for a Republican in 2008” as opposed to sitting out, or 3rd party, or God forbid a democrat?***

Yes, and then pray, pray, pray that he is really a conservative.


39 posted on 10/29/2007 11:16:48 PM PDT by kitkat (I refuse to let the DUers chase me off FR.)
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To: Axenolith

***I’m so “looking forward” to the next presidential election, where we’ll get to chose someone who sucks, because the alternative will be the antichrist...***

I’ve been around for a long, long time, and have rarely ever voted FOR a candidate but against one. Let’s face it, human nature is human nature, but this country has survived despite it.


40 posted on 10/29/2007 11:23:06 PM PDT by kitkat (I refuse to let the DUers chase me off FR.)
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To: A6M3

Sorry, but these is a whole new generation of them currently running around.

Liberal activists, Hillary voters, gulfstream IV liberals and their spoiled brats, global warming wackos, hollywood actors, anarchists, etc, etc.....


41 posted on 10/29/2007 11:25:07 PM PDT by Proud_USA_Republican (We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good. - Hillary Clinton)
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To: dvan

They can take God off all the monuments by they cannot take God out of our hearts.


42 posted on 10/30/2007 12:04:18 AM PDT by taxesareforever (Never forget Matt Maupin)
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To: kitkat

“Let’s face it, human nature is human nature, but this country has survived despite it.”

One could probably have found many making this argument in every defunct polity that has lasted a few centuries, even in the year before it completely disintegrated. For example, from Amos 7, we have this interesting exchange:

Amaziah’s Complaint

10 Then Amaziah the priest of Bethel sent to Jeroboam king of Israel, saying, “Amos has conspired against you in the midst of the house of Israel. The land is not able to bear all his words. 11 For thus Amos has said:

‘ Jeroboam shall die by the sword,
And Israel shall surely be led away captive
From their own land.’”

12 Then Amaziah said to Amos:

“ Go, you seer!
Flee to the land of Judah.
There eat bread,
And there prophesy.
13 But never again prophesy at Bethel,
For it is the king’s sanctuary,
And it is the royal residence.”

14 Then Amos answered, and said to Amaziah:

“ I was no prophet,
Nor was I a son of a prophet,
But I was a sheepbreeder
And a tender of sycamore fruit.
15 Then the LORD took me as I followed the flock,
And the LORD said to me,

‘ Go, prophesy to My people Israel.’
16 Now therefore, hear the word of the LORD:
You say, ‘Do not prophesy against Israel,
And do not spout against the house of Isaac.’

17 “Therefore thus says the LORD:

‘ Your wife shall be a harlot in the city;
Your sons and daughters shall fall by the sword;
Your land shall be divided by survey line;
You shall die in a defiled land;
And Israel shall surely be led away captive
From his own land.’”


43 posted on 10/30/2007 12:32:39 AM PDT by Blue_Ridge_Mtn_Geek
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To: A6M3
"We are going to have these things happen until the 60s communists who inhabit all the nooks and crannies of the infrastructure of our society die out."

Wrong...

Those bastards have indoctrinated MILLIONS of vulnerable mush headed American kids, through their near monopoly of the "Public Indoctrination Centers" in the U.S. -- Known as Public Skools and Universities...

Leftists will be around until we drive a stake in their hearts...

44 posted on 10/30/2007 1:52:52 AM PDT by river rat (Semper Fi - You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: dvan

This Administration and this Congress could well be the end of America as we know it.


45 posted on 10/30/2007 2:02:24 AM PDT by Paperdoll ( Vote for Duncan Hunter in the Primaries for America's sake!)
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To: SunkenCiv

Yet again, the small minded “politically correct” rabble try to remove God, all in the name of “separation of church and state.” They’re in for a surprise when they pass on and find out that God removed them from the Book of Life due to their antics.


46 posted on 10/30/2007 4:34:10 AM PDT by Convert from ECUSA (Hunter and Tancredo in '08! La Raza - the PLO of the Western Hemisphere)
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To: dvan

There is no LAW that says we have to do what has been done here. It’s simply a question of who is in charge of the parks department. If the chain of command stops with Bush, then Bush can simply give the order to reverse this. Does the chain of command end with Bush? I don’t know. If it does, will he? Sadly, who knows.


47 posted on 10/30/2007 4:55:37 AM PDT by NurdlyPeon (Thompson / Hunter in 2008)
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To: DoughtyOne
The One whose name they did will see to it.

I'd say the One whose name they try to hide is now the only one who can see it. 

48 posted on 10/30/2007 9:19:44 AM PDT by zeugma (Ubuntu - Linux for human beings)
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To: zeugma

Probably true. Are we certain of the reason why this change was made? Was it to hide the words in question, or was it to make room for other exhibits? Some poor schmuck may have made an innocent mistake I suppose? Are we sure this wasn’t the case?


49 posted on 10/30/2007 10:16:37 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (We yen to be numba one. We find Crintons to be vewy good people. Worth every penny.)
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To: DoughtyOne
Some poor schmuck may have made an innocent mistake I suppose? Are we sure this wasn’t the case?

I'd put a crapload of money against it being an innocent mistake. Funny how such "mistakes" always seem to go against those of us who support conservative positions. You never see articles about "mistakes" that trash liberal "values".

 

50 posted on 10/30/2007 10:41:05 AM PDT by zeugma (Ubuntu - Linux for human beings)
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