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Todd Palin among 13 subpoenaed in 'Troopergate'
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Posted on 09/12/2008 12:53:54 PM PDT by Chet 99

Todd Palin among 13 subpoenaed in 'Troopergate'

Daily News and wire reports

(09/12/08 11:50:02)

The state Senate Judiciary Committee voted 3-2 today to subpoena 13 people -- including the husband of Gov. Sarah Palin -- in an investigation of whether Palin abused her power in trying to get her former brother-in-law fired. -snip-

The Senate committees granted the request. Voting for were Sens. Charlie Huggins, R-Wasilla, and two Anchorage Democrats, Hollis French and Bill Wielechowski.

Voting no were Sens. Lesil McGuire, R-Anchorage, and Gene Therriault, R-North Pole.

Branchflower said he wants to interview Palin herself but did not ask for a subpoena for her.

(Excerpt) Read more at adn.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Alaska
KEYWORDS: hollisfrench; leo; mccainpalin; palinfamily; palinrecord; toddpalin; troopergate; wasilla; witchhunt
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1 posted on 09/12/2008 12:53:54 PM PDT by Chet 99
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To: Chet 99

The trooper in question drank in his cruiser and tasered a 13 year old boy. And he’s going for wrongful dismissal?


2 posted on 09/12/2008 12:55:28 PM PDT by timsbella (Mark Steyn for Prime Minister of Canada! (Steve's won my vote in the meantime))
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To: timsbella

THE BOY WAS 10


3 posted on 09/12/2008 12:57:15 PM PDT by stickandpucknut (Go Dallas Stars 2009 Stanley Cup Champs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: Chet 99

what is great about all of this..

Is “Troopergate” doesnt have any legs! I have noticed the MSM has been backing off of it bigtime...


4 posted on 09/12/2008 12:57:47 PM PDT by housedeep
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To: Chet 99

5 posted on 09/12/2008 12:57:47 PM PDT by dubie
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To: timsbella
The trooper in question also threatened to kill Mrs. Palin’s sister and father.
6 posted on 09/12/2008 12:58:38 PM PDT by alice_in_bubbaland (Obamamaniacs idiot's one and all !)
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To: timsbella

Yeah, and I also heard she had a boy from Ecuador cut her grass, 12 years ago and didn’t check to see if he was LEGAL or Illegal. AND...and..it WAS true that she used a government computer to send a personal email. We’ve got a case....building. Wouldn’t surprise me if she is a REAL Hockey Mom, she probably even wrote a check with NSF. Needs looking into. Might disqualify her from being VP candidate.


7 posted on 09/12/2008 12:58:57 PM PDT by rovenstinez
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To: stickandpucknut

Mea culpa, I must have read the reporter from the 57th state.


8 posted on 09/12/2008 12:59:01 PM PDT by timsbella (Mark Steyn for Prime Minister of Canada! (Steve's won my vote in the meantime))
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To: Chet 99

The Republican voting yes :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4KzXQOMFZA


9 posted on 09/12/2008 1:00:18 PM PDT by Chet 99 (http://www.mccainpalinvictory2008.com/)
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To: alice_in_bubbaland

These people are desperate and have stooped to the lowest level to show what a ding-bat party that the demorcatic party has become. Even Hillary should be jumping ship at this point.


10 posted on 09/12/2008 1:00:48 PM PDT by JFC (The libs fear us Republicans.. wait until JUDGEMENT DAY!!)
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To: Chet 99

Hollis French hasn’t recused himself? How unethical is that? When will he be investigated.


11 posted on 09/12/2008 1:01:35 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (don't worry, they only want to take water out of the other guy's side of the bucket.)
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To: Chet 99

The trooper never lost her job, this is about the troopers supervisor, who Palin claims was directed to make changes in how he was running things and refused so she fired him.

Not over the trooper but over him not following her directions to do things differently.


12 posted on 09/12/2008 1:01:50 PM PDT by stockpirate (Be a maverick, support McCain/Palin 2008- SarahBaracuda)
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To: Chet 99

More on Huggins, the Republican voting yes... He’s an oil company stooge.

http://www.adn.com/189/story/287371.html


13 posted on 09/12/2008 1:03:55 PM PDT by Chet 99 (http://www.mccainpalinvictory2008.com/)
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To: Chet 99

This is fun. I wonder if they will find out anything that is not already here:
http://www.floppingaces.net/2008/08/29/palins-troopergate-beating-msm-distortions-to-the-truth/


14 posted on 09/12/2008 1:04:03 PM PDT by RobRoy (This is comical)
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To: timsbella
Wrong, she did not fire the trooper, she fired the state's public safety officer.

The Alaska Public Safety Officer is an “At will” position and can be removed from his position at any time by the Governor.

This is a non issue but as you can see the media has already launched so much disinformation that it's going to be hard to sort out before election day

McCain Palin needs to go around the media. Although I'm loving how hard the McCain team is hitting back at the media. It's refreshing to see.

15 posted on 09/12/2008 1:04:56 PM PDT by rlferny
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To: Chet 99

Alaskan FReepers need to be on this...let us in the lower 48 what we can do to help.


16 posted on 09/12/2008 1:05:07 PM PDT by rrrod
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To: Chet 99

Ex commisioner Monegan was fired by Governor Palin and seeks to drag her name through the mud. Democrats believe him. Who would have imagined?


17 posted on 09/12/2008 1:05:12 PM PDT by Bertram3
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To: timsbella
The trooper in question drank in his cruiser and tasered a 13 year old boy. And he’s going for wrongful dismissal?

The trooper was not the one dismissed. He's still employed as a trooper (he just got a 10-day suspension that was later reduced to 5-day). The person who is claiming that he was dismissed wrongly is the Public Safety commissioner, who the governor had every right to dismiss for any reason. He served at her pleasure.
18 posted on 09/12/2008 1:06:00 PM PDT by AaronInCarolina
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To: stockpirate; All

But she did ask for an investigation if she abused her powers, but, doesn’t she have the right to do so??


19 posted on 09/12/2008 1:06:32 PM PDT by KevinDavis (McCain/Palin 08 Palin/Jindal 12)
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To: housedeep
Is “Troopergate” doesnt have any legs! I have noticed the MSM has been backing off of it bigtime...

It's worse than than. The trooper already admitted he tasered the boy, it was posted on FR yesterday. He claimed that the boy 'wanted to know what it was like', but he's the only one claiming that angle.

The problem for the media is that America couldn't give a millimeter's worth of damn for smacking down an abusive cop. At this point, even if there *was* undue command influence, most of America would support it in this context, and it would actually *benefit* Palin.

Secretly, or not so secretly, the vast majority of the U.S. is happy to ignore rules and regulations that protect dirt bag government officials, and are overjoyed when the government punishes bad apples. It's 'Dirty Harry' style vigilante justice, but in this context, it plays directly into Palin's 'frontier justice and clean government' storyline.

That reason, and that reason alone, is why the media is backing off of it. Because it could benefit Palin.

20 posted on 09/12/2008 1:07:00 PM PDT by Steel Wolf ("We have your test results, Mr Obama. You have ...Sarahnoia. 2 months, tops, and you're a goner....")
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To: Chet 99

This may be to John and Sarahs advantage....If the news picks up with this and it is looking like a Witch hunt against the PALINS it will just solidify the base....

EVERY TIME WE TAKE THE NEWS DAY...IT LOOKS BRIGHTER AND BRIGHTER FOR JOHN AND SARAH!!!!!

NOT TO WORRY THEY HAVE GREAT LAWYERS GOING OVER FOR THE PALINS......IT WILL BE A DISTRACTION.

McCain/Palin 08

LETS START A PETITION TO ASK RANGEL TO STEP DOWN....WHY ISNT THIS IN THE NEWS.....CHAIRMAN RANGEL STEP DOWN


21 posted on 09/12/2008 1:07:03 PM PDT by Texas4ever (SIT DOWN JUNIOR :))
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To: Chet 99

Here’s some more:

www.notwrightforamerica.com


22 posted on 09/12/2008 1:07:56 PM PDT by RobRoy (This is comical)
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To: Chet 99

Out of curiosity, was it necessary to issue subpoenas? Were each of these people asked to appear before the committe? Or were they issued because they knew it would make national news and make it look like Palin was stonewalling?


23 posted on 09/12/2008 1:08:46 PM PDT by Jackson57
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To: Jackson57; All

I think it was the latter..


24 posted on 09/12/2008 1:10:57 PM PDT by KevinDavis (McCain/Palin 08 Palin/Jindal 12)
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To: rovenstinez

Lawns in Alaska? Who knew?


25 posted on 09/12/2008 1:11:41 PM PDT by LottieDah (Democrats and liberals never fail to disappoint.)
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To: Texas4ever
This may be to John and Sarahs advantage....If the news picks up with this and it is looking like a Witch hunt against the PALINS it will just solidify the base....

The Dems will settle for persuading the Jello-minded "undecideds". I think that they realize that the Republican base is solidly behind the McCain-Palin ticket.

26 posted on 09/12/2008 1:13:19 PM PDT by Tallguy ("The sh- t's chess, it ain't checkers!" -- Alonzo (Denzel Washington) in "Training Day")
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To: Chet 99

I do wish the Watergate building had been named the Waterfraud.


27 posted on 09/12/2008 1:13:47 PM PDT by Rinnwald (On our side? Six hundred million screaming Chinamen)
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To: rlferny

I still remember the media not raising a whisper over Clinton firing the US attorneys, but it was suddenly a big deal when Bush fired a few of them.


28 posted on 09/12/2008 1:16:29 PM PDT by Luke21
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To: Chet 99
Not good news. It doesn't matter the outcome. Just the word "Troopergate" will do the job the RATs need for the next two months.
29 posted on 09/12/2008 1:18:17 PM PDT by CatOwner
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To: Tallguy

Behind every Jello minded undecided is a Republican!


30 posted on 09/12/2008 1:19:27 PM PDT by Texas4ever (SIT DOWN JUNIOR :))
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To: Chet 99

This is going to backfire on the libs.


31 posted on 09/12/2008 1:21:41 PM PDT by Signalman
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To: Chet 99
Bogus "Troopergate": Meet the so-called Investigators:

The man overseeing the “investigation,” Sen. Hollis French, is the bald guy near the back (fifth from left, by the Obama ‘08 posters). Any doubts about this hack’s objectivity yet?

Well, it gets better. Last week, for obvious reasons, Rep. John Coghill asked the Alaska Legislative Council to remove French from the probe. Coghill’s request was rejected:

On Monday, the head of the Legislative Council turned down his request. Democratic Sen. Kim Elton responded that he is sure that partisan politics can be kept out of the probe.

You know what’s coming, right? Senator Elton is also in the picture. He’s the tall bearded guy on the far left (ahem) of the photo. His Alaska State Legislature web page can be found here.

So, there it is. The guy overseeing the troopergate ”investigation” and the man charged with keeping him honest are both proud Obama partisans. If ever there was a put up job, folks, this is it.

(hat tip to Catron)

32 posted on 09/12/2008 1:22:48 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember (When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness.)
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To: Chet 99

I am coming to the conclusion that the leftist propaganda media have gone so far over the top in their attacks on Governor Palin that outside the fever swamps of the left no one is giving any credence to their tripe. It is rapidly coming to the point where the lefist media could run a story about the Governor participating in human sacrifice complete with pictures and the testimony of half the state of Alaska and no one would believe them.

The “boy who cried wolf” effect is developing very rapidly.


33 posted on 09/12/2008 1:24:56 PM PDT by scory
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To: rlferny
Wrong, she did not fire the trooper, she fired the state's public safety officer.

Someone posted on FR that he (or she) knew Monegan for 25 years, and that he wasn't fired, but transferred to another department. He resigned that position. Which means, he quit. The FR poster does say the trooper should have been fired.

34 posted on 09/12/2008 1:27:14 PM PDT by pray4liberty (Stand up and pray up!)
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To: KevinDavis

Wonder if thought has been given to holding a press conference saying that they’d have been more than willing to meet with the committee and that they didn’t NEED subpoenas to do it? Good time to restate the fact that Gov. Palin herself asked for an independent review.


35 posted on 09/12/2008 1:28:54 PM PDT by Jackson57
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To: Chet 99

The MSM media going after this looks more and more like the socialist, leftist, democrat hacks that they are. I predict more and more people will tune them out, and tune into FoxNews, talk radio, and the internet for their news.

GO SARAH!!!


36 posted on 09/12/2008 1:32:59 PM PDT by Lions Gate
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To: FormerACLUmember

I’ve also found that Stephen Branchflower, the retired DA in charge, is a longtime friend of Monegan.

Can you email that photo to Rush et al?


37 posted on 09/12/2008 1:34:11 PM PDT by snowrip (Liberal? YOU ARE A SOCIALIST WITH NO RATIONAL ARGUMENT.)
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To: Chet 99

Seems like they’re going to subpoena everyone in Alaska...Really grasping at straws her huh!


38 posted on 09/12/2008 1:34:23 PM PDT by o2bfree
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To: Chet 99

From the AP (exerpted):

In two letters released Wednesday, Thomas Van Flein called the investigation “unlawful and unconstitutional” and said the man hired to run it, former prosecutor Stephen Branchflower, has a conflict of interest because he’s a friend of the fired commissioner. Citing “your seemingly biased conduct of the investigation in recent weeks,” he urged Branchflower to stop interviewing witnesses — the second time this month that he’s asked Branchflower to stand down.

The investigation has included setting up a secret tip line to “accept and investigate anonymous rumors and complaints outside the scope” of the inquiry, Van Flein alleged. He also said Branchflower has deposed witnesses without proper notice other attorneys.


39 posted on 09/12/2008 1:38:20 PM PDT by snowrip (Liberal? YOU ARE A SOCIALIST WITH NO RATIONAL ARGUMENT.)
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To: snowrip

Sounds like they’ve been taking lessons from Texas Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle.


40 posted on 09/12/2008 1:42:19 PM PDT by Jackson57
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To: timsbella
"The trooper in question drank in his cruiser and tasered a 13 year old boy. And he’s going for wrongful dismissal?"

No. The trooper was never dismissed. The Commissioner of Public Safety was dismissed by Gov. Palin for non-Troopergate-related reasons. It is the Commissioner who filed the wrongful dismissal complaint. The last thing I knew was that positions of that type are appointed, and the person serves at the pleasure of the Governor. She has the right to fire him or any other appointed individual for whatever reason she chooses.

41 posted on 09/12/2008 1:43:33 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: Chet 99

Good grief...not since the trial of Jesus have we seen such a bunch of rigged witnesses.
Can they possibly know how this is going to blow up in Obama’s face? This is an answer to the prayers of the faithful.


42 posted on 09/12/2008 1:44:18 PM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: rovenstinez
"Wouldn’t surprise me if she is a REAL Hockey Mom..."

I also heard she wouldn't let her son keep his hockey pucks in the freezer.

43 posted on 09/12/2008 1:45:08 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: CatOwner

I’d be willing to bet that if each one of the people who were subpoened responded that they would testify TOMORROW, the committee would respond that they wouldn’t be available until ... oh ... Nov 2 or 3.


44 posted on 09/12/2008 1:47:00 PM PDT by Jackson57
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To: Chet 99

This Obama ah*ole is trying to get a Fitzma perjury trap on First Dude.


45 posted on 09/12/2008 1:48:51 PM PDT by AmericaUnited
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To: Jackson57
"Out of curiosity, was it necessary to issue subpoenas?"

If under subpoena, doesn't everyone have to be under oath? Maybe they're hoping for a perjury charge from one of her aides.

46 posted on 09/12/2008 1:50:19 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: timsbella; Chet 99
Found this in Juno paper under their blog--a voice from one ["Here are the words of an Anchorage friend of mine who has been close to this case since it happened"]standing up to the Hate Palin group posting everywhere they can on the net:

In 2005 Sarah Palin’s sister filed for divorce from her husband, an Alaska State trooper by the name of Mike Wooten. Mike Wooten was abusive- he tasered his 11 year old stepson, shot a moose illegally was found drunk driving his patrol car– you get the picture. Sarah was then mayor of Wasilla. She had other complaints about Wooten from other citizenry and forwarded them to Walt Moneghan head of the AST. Wooten received like a five day suspension and that was it. Figure that the driving offense is 3 days in jail and a month’s license suspension, the moose is good for 5 years and $2500.0o and anyone else who tasered their kid would be facing serious jail time for child abuse. For some “strange reason” the Palin’s took exception to the way the case was handled. Then Wooten threatened to kill his father-in-law. Resulting action? Nada-Nothing.

Fast forward to 2007. Sarah, now Governor Palin, Asks Walt Moneghan to be the head of Public Safety. This is a post appointed by the governor and the appointee serves at the governors discretion. Mr Moneghan seemed to have trouble following the governors instructions about how she wanted the Troopers run , had nothing to do with Wooten, his continuing refusal to implement what she asked led to her offering him another post because she wanted someone else who would be more of a team player. Understand that Mr Moneghan had the same post in the municipal level under Mark Begich who’s a Democrat. He got rid of Moneghan—because- Mr Moneghan refused to implement the programs Begich asked him to–there is a pattern here.

So Moneghan now claims that he was fired because he wouldn’t fire Wooten. Understand Sarah never fired him– he was offered a lateral transfer and quit in a huff just like he did with Begich. Of course one might wonder why someone would accept a job from a governor who was constantly harassing them for Years and not mention anything for 17 months after accepting the job– but I guess that comes under the heading of Logical–

So now all the malcontents on both sides of the aisle who are smarting from the upheaval in the politics-as-usual-good-old-boy system are out for blood.

Anyone Sarah and her family ever knew, who of their own volition contacted the State Troopers to ask why the Sam Hill this yo-yo, Wooten, was still carrying a gun etc has now become “pressure, undue influence, forced to call because Sarah made them” ad infinitum ad nauseam.

But here in Alaska with our slightly over a half million people in the entire state that is not unusual. If a citizen hears about something they feel is wrong they have no qualms about picking up the phone and calling the person in charge– because Alaska Is a huge state with a small town mentality.

Plus legally it really doesn’t matter why she let him go–since he serves at her pleasure. Spoiled babies who have had their bottoms paddled and sent to their rooms with no supper–that’s a good chunk of the Alaska Legislature”.

http://www.juneaublogger.com/voxbox/?p=309

47 posted on 09/12/2008 1:53:04 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: Chet 99; Trust but Verify; 6323cd; cincinnati65; mpackard; Vor Lady; proudtobeanamerican1; ...

We have rules around here.

If anyone wants on my "Todd Palin is a HUNK! ping list, please let me know.

48 posted on 09/12/2008 1:58:54 PM PDT by Jemian (Nobama - wants to kill babies & raise taxes; Palin - wants to kill taxes & raise babies!)
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To: snowrip
I’ve also found that Stephen Branchflower, the retired DA in charge, is a longtime friend of Monegan. Can you email that photo to Rush et al?

Already done!

49 posted on 09/12/2008 2:08:15 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember (When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness.)
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To: LottieDah
[ Lawns in Alaska? Who knew? ]

20 hours a day sunlight makes grass go NUUUTZ..
Cut it every two days.. unless you let it get long before you cut it in three days..

50 posted on 09/12/2008 2:16:47 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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