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ANN COULTER: WILLIAM F. BUCKLEY: R.I.P., ENFANT TERRIBLE
AnnCoulter.Com ^ | Feb 27, 2008 | Ann Coulter

Posted on 02/27/2008 3:25:28 PM PST by Syncro

WILLIAM F. BUCKLEY: R.I.P., ENFANT TERRIBLE
February 27, 2008


William F. Buckley was the original enfant terrible.

As with Ronald Reagan, everyone prefers to remember great men when they weren't being great, but later, when they were being admired. Having changed the world, there came a point when Buckley no longer needed to shock it.

But to call Buckley an "enfant terrible" and then to recall only his days as a grandee is like calling a liberal actress "courageous." Back in the day, Buckley truly was courageous. I prefer to remember the Buckley who scandalized to the bien-pensant.

Other tributes will contain the obvious quotes about demanding a recount if he won the New York mayoral election and trusting the first 100 names in the Boston telephone book more than the Harvard faculty. I shall revel in the "terrible" aspects of the enfant terrible.

Buckley's first book, "God and Man at Yale," was met with the usual thoughtful critiques of anyone who challenges the liberal establishment. Frank Ashburn wrote in the Saturday Review: "The book is one which has the glow and appeal of a fiery cross on a hillside at night. There will undoubtedly be robed figures who gather to it, but the hoods will not be academic. They will cover the face."

The president of Yale sent alumni thousands of copies of McGeorge Bundy's review of the book from the Atlantic Monthly calling Buckley a "twisted and ignorant young man." Other reviews bordered on the hyperbolic. One critic simply burst into tears, then transcribed his entire crying jag word for word.

Buckley's next book, "McCarthy and His Enemies," written with L. Brent Bozell, proved that normal people didn't have to wait for the Venona Papers to be declassified to see that the Democratic Party was collaborating with fascists. The book -- and the left's reaction thereto -- demonstrated that liberals could tolerate a communist sympathizer, but never a Joe McCarthy sympathizer.

Relevant to Republicans' predicament today, National Review did not endorse a candidate for president in 1956, correctly concluding that Dwight Eisenhower was not a conservative, however great a military leader he had been. In his defense, Ike never demanded that camps housing enemy detainees be closed down.

Nor would National Review endorse liberal Republican Richard Nixon, waiting until 1964 to enthusiastically support a candidate for president who had no hope of winning. Barry Goldwater, though given the right things to say -- often by Buckley or Bozell, who wrote Goldwater's "Conscience of a Conservative" -- was not particularly bright.

But the Goldwater candidacy, Buckley believed, would provide "the well-planted seeds of hope," eventually fulfilled by Ronald Reagan. Goldwater was sort of the army ant on whose body Reagan walked to greatness. Thanks, Barry. When later challenged on Reagan's intellectual stature, Buckley said: "Of course, he will always tend to reach first for an anecdote. But then, so does the New Testament."

With liberal Republicans still bothering everyone even after Reagan, Buckley went all out against liberal Republican Sen. Lowell P. Weicker Jr. When Democrat Joe Lieberman challenged Weicker for the Senate in 1988, National Review ran an article subtly titled: "Does Lowell Weicker Make You Sick?"

Buckley started a political action committee to support Lieberman, explaining, "We want to pass the word that it's OK to vote for the other guy or stay at home." The good thing about Lieberman, Buckley said, was that he "doesn't have the tendency of appalling you every time he opens his mouth."

That same year, when the radical chic composer Leonard Bernstein complained about the smearing of the word "liberal," Buckley replied: "Lenny does not realize that one of the reasons the 'L' word is discredited is that it was handled by such as Leonard Bernstein." The composer was so unnerved by this remark that, just to cheer himself up, he invited several extra Black Panthers to his next cocktail party.

When Arthur Schlesinger Jr. objected to his words being used as a jacket-flap endorsement on one of Buckley's books in 1963, Buckley replied by telegram:

"MY OFFICE HAS COPY OF ORIGINAL TAPE. TELL ARTHUR THAT'LL TEACH HIM TO USE UNCTION IN POLITICAL DEBATE BUT NOT TO TAKE IT SO HARD: NO ONE BELIEVES ANYTHING HE SAYS ANYWAY."

In a famous exchange with Gore Vidal in 1968, Vidal said to Buckley: "As far as I am concerned, the only crypto Nazi I can think of is yourself."

Buckley replied: "Now listen, you queer. Stop calling me a crypto Nazi, or I'll sock you in your goddamn face and you'll stay plastered."

Years later, in 1985, Buckley said of the incident: "We both acted irresponsibly. I'm not a Nazi, but he is, I suppose, a fag."

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1 posted on 02/27/2008 3:25:31 PM PST by Syncro
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To: Syncro

“We both acted irresponsibly. I’m not a Nazi, but he is, I suppose, a fag.”

ROFL!

Rest in peace Mr. Buckley.


2 posted on 02/27/2008 3:28:00 PM PST by JHBowden (Give peace a chance! Kill Terrorists!)
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To: Syncro

I had the “Does Lowell Weicker Make You Sick” sticker on my 1974 Dodge Dart. On election day, I drove people to the polls for the Republican Party.

(The unhappy ending is that Weicker came back and ruined the state as a third party governor)


3 posted on 02/27/2008 3:33:04 PM PST by Dr. Sivana (Not a newbie, I just wanted a new screen name.)
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To: Syncro
William F. Buckley was the original enfant terrible.

L'enfant terrible (Terrible child) (also spelled enfant terrible) is a French term for a child who is terrifyingly candid by saying embarrassing things to adults, especially parents. The Webster's Dictionary also defines a L'Enfant terrible as a usually successful person who is strikingly unorthodox, innovative, or avant-garde.

I thought I knew (and I did) what L'enfant terrible meant. But I looked it up.

Ironic that Ann knows what L'enfant terrible means. Since her picture is in the dictionary next the the definition.

4 posted on 02/27/2008 3:33:53 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (John McCain. 2008ís version of Bob Dole.)
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To: JHBowden; All
Buckley started a political action committee to support Lieberman, explaining, "We want to pass the word that it's OK to vote for the other guy or stay at home."
The good thing about Lieberman, Buckley said, was that he "doesn't have the tendency of appalling you every time he opens his mouth."
Some good quotes in this piece. The one above is quite fitting for the situation of the coming election.

The passing of one of the greatest. RIP Mr. Buckley

5 posted on 02/27/2008 3:35:32 PM PST by Syncro
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To: Responsibility2nd

LOL BUMP


6 posted on 02/27/2008 3:36:25 PM PST by Syncro
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To: Syncro

Levin just played that exchange with Vidal. Too bad Bill didn’t deck him. And did I catch through the crosstalk that WFB was Infantry?


7 posted on 02/27/2008 3:38:58 PM PST by NonValueAdded (Who Would Montgomery Brewster Choose?)
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To: Responsibility2nd

People haven’t grown less civil, just ridiculously hyper-sensitive.


8 posted on 02/27/2008 3:39:03 PM PST by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light..... Isaiah 5:20)
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To: Syncro

“When asked if he had “referred to Jesse Jackson as an ignoramus,” Buckley said, “If I didn’t, I should have.”

LOL!


9 posted on 02/27/2008 3:41:16 PM PST by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: RonDog; jellybean; IMissPresidentReagan; Donald Rumsfeld Fan; knews_hound; Rummyfan

Coulter William F. Buckley eulogy ping.


10 posted on 02/27/2008 3:41:50 PM PST by Syncro
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To: Syncro
Leave it to Ann Coulter to write the definitive eulogy. God bless WFB Jr.
11 posted on 02/27/2008 3:43:46 PM PST by fhayek
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To: Halgr

ping!


12 posted on 02/27/2008 3:44:28 PM PST by nicmarlo (A vote for McRino is a false mandate for McShamnesty)
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To: Syncro

GO Ann - R.I.P. Mr. Buckley you served our nation well.


13 posted on 02/27/2008 3:44:55 PM PST by Just mythoughts (Isa.3:4 And I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them.)
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To: Syncro

We love our ANN!


14 posted on 02/27/2008 3:46:29 PM PST by buffyt ('It's Not the People Who Vote that Count; It's the People Who Count the Votes' ~ Stalin)
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To: Syncro

Next time the scaredy-cats take after Ann Colter because her outrageous comments will “hurt the conservative cause”, we can remind them of the younger William F. Buckley.


15 posted on 02/27/2008 3:47:41 PM PST by donna ("We can create Kingdom on earth" - Barack Hussein Obama)
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To: Syncro
I thought that this part of the quote was rather apropos:

Buckley started a political action committee to support Lieberman, explaining, "We want to pass the word that it's OK to vote for the other guy or stay at home." The good thing about Lieberman, Buckley said, was that he "doesn't have the tendency of appalling you every time he opens his mouth."

I'm not exactly planning to stay at home, but I'm not voting for McCain.

16 posted on 02/27/2008 3:49:05 PM PST by Eva (Benedict Arnold was a war hero, too.)
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To: Syncro

Just last night in talking politics with my college age daughter (a Conservative), I told her that my major
political influences when I was a teen were William F. Buckley and Barry Goldwater.

Strange that the news of his passing would meet me this morning.

Today on my drive back to my house in NJ from NH home, I recalled how I used to watch “Firing Line” back in the mid 60’s on channel 13. Saving up my money to subscribe to National Review. Then joining the Conservative Book Club! Most of the books I got back then were by WFB.

Like any great intellect, he will only be truly appreciated decades after his passing, however, I was blessed that I came across him early in my life.


17 posted on 02/27/2008 3:49:30 PM PST by FMBass ("Now that I'm sober I watch a lot of news"- Garofalo from Coulter's "Treason")
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To: buffyt

DITTO!

18 posted on 02/27/2008 3:50:28 PM PST by jaz.357 (When you throw mud, you lose ground.)
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To: NonValueAdded

2nd Lieutenant, US Army.


19 posted on 02/27/2008 3:54:04 PM PST by ArtyFO (I love to smoke cigars when I adjust artillery fire at the moonbat loonery.)
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To: Syncro; jellybean; carlo3b; stanz; gakrak; massfreeper; hosepipe; Donald Rumsfeld Fan; ...
Thanks for the Ping Syncro.

Pinging the Coulter List.



On or off, FReepmail or ping me.

Cheers,

knewshound

http://www.knewshound.blogspot.com/
20 posted on 02/27/2008 3:57:01 PM PST by knews_hound (I drive a Hybrid. It burns both gas AND rubber.)
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To: jaz.357
Ditto................ Ditto



Ditto................ Ditto

21 posted on 02/27/2008 3:59:02 PM PST by Syncro
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To: Syncro
The president of Yale sent alumni thousands of copies of McGeorge Bundy's review of the book from the Atlantic Monthly calling Buckley a "twisted and ignorant young man." Other reviews bordered on the hyperbolic. One critic simply burst into tears, then transcribed his entire crying jag word for word.

The hard Left hasn't changed a bit - they are just able to get away with calling themselves "Democrats" these days, and hold many more responsible offices than they were allowed to back then.

22 posted on 02/27/2008 4:00:33 PM PST by Mr. Jeeves ("Wise men don't need to debate; men who need to debate are not wise." -- Tao Te Ching)
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To: knews_hound
YW, thanks for pinging your list!

The Man

23 posted on 02/27/2008 4:00:55 PM PST by Syncro
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To: NonValueAdded
IIRC WFB, Jr. was commissioned a 2nd Lt. USA, in the Spring of 1945. Never saw action in WWII and was discharged soon after. He wrote admiringly of the veteran soldiers who were in his OCS class as mustangs.

Regards,

TS

24 posted on 02/27/2008 4:02:25 PM PST by The Shrew (www.ToSetTheRecordStraight.com/www.swiftvets.com/www.wintersoldier.com-The Truth Shall Set YOU Free!)
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To: Syncro

Great column. Unusual for an obituary, but fitting.


25 posted on 02/27/2008 4:03:57 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Syncro

I got a short note back from him about a piece I wrote on abortion (Supermarket Morality). He said I’d probably be pilloried rather than praised, but it still had to be said.


26 posted on 02/27/2008 4:05:04 PM PST by aruanan
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To: Syncro

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27 posted on 02/27/2008 4:05:57 PM PST by Peelod (I do renounce Hillary! and all her pomps and works.)
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To: Syncro

Even as a young moderate to liberal (as was the fashion, alas), I never missed Firing Line. Mr. Buckley was provoking, thoughtful and articulate and he made you WORK to find a reason to disagree with him, or the facts to support it. I became a real conservative when I realized I could do neither.


28 posted on 02/27/2008 4:09:28 PM PST by Right Cal Gal (Abraham Lincoln would have let Berkeley leave the Union without a fight)
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To: JHBowden

That is a great line. This is one of Ann’s best pieces. William F Buckley will long be remembered. RIP, courageous warrior.


29 posted on 02/27/2008 4:11:24 PM PST by MBB1984
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To: donna
Next time the scaredy-cats take after Ann Colter because her outrageous comments will “hurt the conservative cause”, we can remind them of the younger William F. Buckley.

Yes exactly. That's what I meant when I said people haven't grown less civil, just hyper-sensitive. It's our perception that has changed, and not for the better.

30 posted on 02/27/2008 4:11:42 PM PST by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light..... Isaiah 5:20)
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To: penelopesire
“When asked if he had “referred to Jesse Jackson as an ignoramus,” Buckley said, “If I didn’t, I should have.”

I like this thread. It's shaping up to be the online WFB wake.

31 posted on 02/27/2008 4:12:49 PM PST by NeoCaveman (El Conservo Tribe, tribal name "Avoids Fort Marcy Park")
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To: Syncro

When asked if he had "referred to Jesse Jackson as an ignoramus," Buckley said, "If I didn't, I should have."

_____________________________________________________________________

I remember reading a hilarious letter from William F. Buckley years ago. He and Pat were vacationing in Switzerland. Guess who called his chateau and invited himself over?

Yes. I am not joking.

Anyway, Ted and his girlfriend show up, and Bill and Pat have to order out food to feed him after Ted proceeds to drink half the bar. Then, Teddy asks to borrow the car to drive his girlfriend home.

Buckley said was somewhat worried, but comforted myself with the fact that there were no bridges between my chateau and Ted Kennedy's hotel in that part of Switzerland."

32 posted on 02/27/2008 4:13:08 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot

“Then, Teddy asks to borrow the car to drive his girlfriend home.

Buckley said was somewhat worried, but comforted myself with the fact that there were no bridges between my chateau and Ted Kennedy’s hotel in that part of Switzerland.”

That is classic!!


33 posted on 02/27/2008 4:20:35 PM PST by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: Syncro

btt


34 posted on 02/27/2008 4:21:15 PM PST by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: Syncro

My favorite Buckley quote was back in the 60’s when Buckley was asked once why Robert F. Kennedy avoided going on his television show. Buckley replied, “Why does the meat avoid the grinder?”


35 posted on 02/27/2008 4:26:20 PM PST by IndyTiger
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To: nicmarlo

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1977305/posts?page=50#50

Mr Buckley will not be forgotten.

His words will ring in the hearts of real conservatives until the Lord Returns


36 posted on 02/27/2008 4:27:28 PM PST by Halgr (Once a Marine, always a Marine - Semper Fi)
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To: SkyPilot

Is that a picture of a human? It looks part armadillo.


37 posted on 02/27/2008 4:27:41 PM PST by Rennes Templar ( Never underestimate the difficulty of changing false beliefs by facts.)
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To: Syncro
For you kids out there, Norman Mailer was an America-hating drunkard who wrote books.

Ann really has a knack for summing things up in a very few words.

ML/NJ

38 posted on 02/27/2008 4:29:45 PM PST by ml/nj
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To: Halgr

Yes, it will.


39 posted on 02/27/2008 4:30:29 PM PST by nicmarlo (A vote for McRino is a false mandate for McShamnesty)
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To: NeoCaveman
Here is a nice picture of him and Reagan:
40 posted on 02/27/2008 4:31:43 PM PST by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: Responsibility2nd

Thank you much for looking the term up and explaining it.

I love your tag line. Amen to that.


41 posted on 02/27/2008 4:41:21 PM PST by PjhCPA (catchy taglines are boring)
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To: penelopesire
When he ran for Mayor, in 1965, he was a riot. When Lindsay [and nobody could load up the syllables in “John VLIET Lindsay” like WFB] came up with the slogan “He [Lindsay] is fresh, and everyone else is tired”, Buckley ran with it: [Abe] Beame “is short, and everyone else is tall”, and on and on.

One of his position papers called for building a raised bicycle path: “The Buckley Bike way. My finest moment”. The book he wrote about that campaign “The Unmaking of A Mayor” was the funniest political reminiscence I ever read.

42 posted on 02/27/2008 4:44:39 PM PST by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: Syncro

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-3-8eH-xv4&feature=related


43 posted on 02/27/2008 4:45:02 PM PST by mware (Americans in arm chairs doing the job that the media refuses to do.)
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To: Syncro

Rest in peace, Conservative Warrier. God bless you.


44 posted on 02/27/2008 4:45:45 PM PST by GenXFreedomFighter
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Great thread.

Buckley on Firing Line, yes those were the days. He knew how to turn a couple of words into a MIRV that sliced his opponents like a surgeon with a scalpel.


45 posted on 02/27/2008 4:46:32 PM PST by rbmillerjr ("bigger government means constricting freedom"....................RWR)
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To: Syncro
"Buckley replied: "Now listen, you queer. Stop calling me a crypto Nazi, or I'll sock you in your goddamn face and you'll stay plastered."

ROFL!!!!!

46 posted on 02/27/2008 4:51:31 PM PST by KoRn (CTHULHU '08 - I won't settle for a lesser evil any longer!)
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To: The Ghost of FReepers Past

[That’s what I meant when I said people haven’t grown less civil, just hyper-sensitive. It’s our perception that has changed, and not for the better.]

Yes, exactly.


47 posted on 02/27/2008 4:54:18 PM PST by kindred (The GOP is now socialist also and is no different than the left. Fools.)
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To: Syncro
"Buckley replied: "Now listen, you queer. Stop calling me a crypto Nazi, or I'll sock you in your goddamn face and you'll stay plastered."

Mr. Buckley, I hope you are now at rest. We are richer for having known you and sadder now that you have moved to the next life.

48 posted on 02/27/2008 4:55:49 PM PST by Volunteer (Just so you know, I am ashamed the Dixie Chicks make records in Nashville.)
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To: PzLdr

Very funny....We could use that first line to explain Obama Mania...”He is fresh, and everyone else is tired”

LOL


49 posted on 02/27/2008 4:56:24 PM PST by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: Syncro
"Buckley replied: "Now listen, you queer. Stop calling me a crypto Nazi, or I'll sock you in your goddamn face and you'll stay plastered." "

Gosh, I almost forgot that it was Wednesday already.

Ann Coulter rocks.

I simply gotta renew my subscription to National Review tomorrow, even if she don't post there no more.

Thanks for posting this article.

50 posted on 02/27/2008 4:56:28 PM PST by Radix (There are two types of Tag Lines,: Short snappy ones, and the other kind that seem to go on and)
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