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Does Michele Bachmann Have a Crony Problem Too?
Pajamas Media ^ | 9-16-2011 | Bryan Preston

Posted on 09/16/2011 4:22:40 PM PDT by smoothsailing

Does Michele Bachmann Have a Crony Problem Too?

Bryan Preston

September 16, 2011

Something about Michele Bachmann’s video has been bugging me (and Matt Lewis too) ever since I posted it earlier today. Aside from the irresponsible lunacy of issuing a blanket opposition to “any governor or president who mandates a family’s healthcare choices and violates the rights of parents on these issues” and scaremongering about a vaccine known to be safe, there’s a word she should use in the video but never does. See if you can spot it:

“Whether its Obamacare or Perrycare I oppose any governor or president who mandates a family’s healthcare choices and violates the rights of parents on these issues – especially if the decision-making process occurs behind closed doors, bypassing legislative action, and favors campaign contributors over families.”

Which GOP candidate has had his state-run health care program linked with ObamaCare? Not Perry, since Texas doesn’t have anything like ObamaCare. No, that would be Mitt Romney. But Bachmann doesn’t use “RomneyCare.” Why? Has she allowed herself to become a stalking horse for Romney? If so, on what grounds?

And then there’s the crony capitalist problem. Bachmann has taken a lot of money from pharma companies. One company stands out.

Meanwhile, Bachman has taken somewhere north of $140,000 from pharmaceutical companies. Those donors include Abbott Labs, Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca, Novartis, Eli Lilly and Bayer. Yet, not a dollar of all that pharma money, from such a wide range of the world’s largest drugmakers, came from Merck. Might Bachmann be going after Merck on behalf of that company’s competitors who also happen to be Bachmann donors?

Why bold GlaxoSmithKline? Because they make the only other viable HPV vaccine on the market, Cervarix.

If it’s fair to levy the “crony capitalism” charge at Perry, then it’s fair to levy the exact same charge at Bachmann, especially after her attacks on Perry.

For the record, I know the “crony capitalism” charge doesn’t apply to Perry and I don’t believe it applies to Bachmann. The stalking horse possibility is definitely in play, though.


TOPICS: Extended News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bachmann; bachmann4romney; captaingardasil; cronycapitalism; gardasil; obamacare; perry; romney; romneycare
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1 posted on 09/16/2011 4:22:42 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Probably. Im sure if one were so inclined, they could find direct links from a contributor to a policy that benefits them in every politician’s career.


2 posted on 09/16/2011 4:25:11 PM PDT by Raider Sam (They're on our left, right, front, and back. They aint gettin away this time!)
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To: Raider Sam
Go to wiki and look at her business practices.

Why is this "hardly Presidential" woman running?? It's almost like watching an SNL skit on Palin.

3 posted on 09/16/2011 4:33:22 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Raider Sam

I think you’re right. Our political system as it is structured today makes it almost a given.


4 posted on 09/16/2011 4:37:28 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

I’m already sick of this word. Socialism is the evil facing us right now. To focus on campaign finance reform in the face of the Obama socialist wrecking ball is to be as stupid as... John McCain!


5 posted on 09/16/2011 4:39:30 PM PDT by samtheman (Palin. In your heart you know she's right.)
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To: shield

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6 posted on 09/16/2011 4:39:36 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

I don’t think Michelle is ready for prime time yet. I have cringed at her CSPAN rantings as silly petty episodes of emotionalism. She must move beyond this. I wish she’d have stayed focused on the 105+billion mandated in the ObamaCare bill that need to be repealed or defunded. SHe is wasting her energies in this, trying to say she can be as good as Sarah Palin, but looking like a blundering fool. I like Bachmann. Really. However, she’s not ready for this, but was doing a very good job of keeping the ObamaCare issues front and forward so that people were aware. I wish she’d drop out of this and get back to work. I think she’d do more good, for now, as a US Congresswoman that she is.


7 posted on 09/16/2011 4:42:12 PM PDT by Shery (in APO Land)
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8 posted on 09/16/2011 4:42:53 PM PDT by shield (Rev 2:9 Woe unto those who say they are Judahites and are not, but are of the syna GOG ue of Satan.)
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To: samtheman; All

I agree we need to focus on one issue and that is the economy..


9 posted on 09/16/2011 4:44:01 PM PDT by KevinDavis (What has Ron Paul done in Congress??)
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To: smoothsailing

It’s a non-issue. She is going nowhere fast. No executive experience and too screechy.


10 posted on 09/16/2011 4:44:12 PM PDT by Semper911 (When you want to rob Peter to pay Paul, you'll always have the support of Paul.)
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To: smoothsailing

I am so tired of politicians telling half truths. She has diminished herself in my eyes. My son says she reminds him of his ex who got her way every time by saying “the Lord told me to do this.” He said “how could I argue with God?” That is until he caught her having an affair with a lawyer in their hometown. Caution needs to be used in taking what Michele says.


11 posted on 09/16/2011 4:44:52 PM PDT by native texan (Hard work, faith, thrift and one more word..."honesty")
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To: smoothsailing

She has a Susie problem. Every time Bachmann opens her mouth I get a flashback of annoying Susie from the first season of Survivor. How can America put up with that voice for 4 years. But it could be a good torture method for the terrorist. Stick them in a room and making them listen to her give a lecture on Obamacare. Make her the terrorist czar.


12 posted on 09/16/2011 4:45:00 PM PDT by jerseyrocks
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To: smoothsailing

I’ve been saying it all along. If you want to eliminate a lot of crony capitalism, just eliminate corporate taxes and most of the regulation.

The taxes and regulation provide nothing but incentive to pay off politicians. John Stossel makes a good case when talking about Microsoft. Before the government went after them on the anti trust thing, they paid nothing in lobbying. Today they spend $100 million per year.


13 posted on 09/16/2011 4:45:50 PM PDT by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a Permenant Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: smoothsailing
If it’s fair to levy the “crony capitalism” charge at Perry, then it’s fair to levy the exact same charge at Bachmann, especially after her attacks on Perry.

I would ask the author of this blog the following:

Did any of Rep. Bachmann's aides become a lobbyist for any of the corporations you listed?

Did Rep. Bachmann advocate for GlaxoSmithKline's vaccine Cervarix to be a mandated vaccination for young girls?

Can you point to any instance where Rep. Bachmann provided a benefit to the corporations you listed?

How many of the corporations you listed also contributed to Gov. Perry's campaigns?

What connections do you have to the Perry campaign?

Are you a contributor?

14 posted on 09/16/2011 4:48:23 PM PDT by Palmetto Patriot (How much better off would we be if these bastards would just leave us alone?)
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To: cripplecreek
If you want to eliminate a lot of crony capitalism, just eliminate corporate taxes and most of the regulation.

You are correct. Another tactic to minimize corruption is to comply with Constitutional limits. Private welfare or education spending, for example, aren't authorized in the Constitution.

15 posted on 09/16/2011 4:54:10 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: cripplecreek

How’s it going, CC?


16 posted on 09/16/2011 4:57:39 PM PDT by Palmetto Patriot (How much better off would we be if these bastards would just leave us alone?)
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To: smoothsailing

She’s yesterday’s news.


17 posted on 09/16/2011 5:01:58 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Palmetto Patriot

Crappy, winter is coming like a runaway freight train.


18 posted on 09/16/2011 5:02:25 PM PDT by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a Permenant Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: Sacajaweau
Go to wiki and look at her business practices.

I'll stay largely out of this fray. But I do question if Wikipedia (presuming that's what you meant by "wiki") is considered a credible source here on Free Republic. I'm aware that it's not on the list of verboten links but don't most Freepers dismiss what's written there as being biased toward the left?

19 posted on 09/16/2011 5:03:12 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: cripplecreek

Got colder here today, too.

I turned off the AC and opened the windows.

(Forgive me, please. I am prone to gloating!)

My best to you, bud!


20 posted on 09/16/2011 5:07:06 PM PDT by Palmetto Patriot (How much better off would we be if these bastards would just leave us alone?)
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To: Palmetto Patriot

Unseasonably cold here. It got down into the 30s the last two nights but its warming back up over the next couple of days.


21 posted on 09/16/2011 5:09:31 PM PDT by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a Permenant Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: cripplecreek
...but its warming back up over the next couple of days.

You guys must be on Al Gore's schedule.

22 posted on 09/16/2011 5:16:11 PM PDT by Palmetto Patriot (How much better off would we be if these bastards would just leave us alone?)
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To: smoothsailing

Personally, I think the biggest crony capitalism we see going on right now is Michele Bachmann giving political “contributions” to Mitt Romney in exchange for a VP or other slot in what-she-seems-to-believe-will-be a Mitt Romney presidency.


23 posted on 09/16/2011 5:21:43 PM PDT by casinva (Maybe it's time to have some provocative language. (PERRY / CAIN 2012)
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To: samtheman
I’m already sick of this word. Socialism is the evil facing us right now. To focus on campaign finance reform in the face of the Obama socialist wrecking ball is to be as stupid as... John McCain!

I know, and I agree. It was Palin and now Bachmann who injected this in to the campaign and now we're faced with it.

There's no such thing as "Crony Capitalism"

24 posted on 09/16/2011 5:22:39 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: Palmetto Patriot

This pot calling the kettle balck is hard to take ain’t it?

Quit ya damn crying, ever since Perry announced Bachnuts and Palinnuts and paulnutz has bashed to no end, no mercy.

Whether Michele did the dirty with the pharmas is not half the problem of her impulsiveness, which could be “Biblical” deadly in Oval Office.

It sure looks like she’s peddling for the Mutt VP slot, at least she’s smart enough to know she won’t be #1 on any ticket.


25 posted on 09/16/2011 5:24:19 PM PDT by dusttoyou ("Progressives" and ronpaulnutz are wee-weeing all over themselves, Foc nobama)
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To: smoothsailing

Well she DID work for Jimmuh Caaata at one point!


26 posted on 09/16/2011 5:24:41 PM PDT by Bigun ("The most fearsome words in the English language are I'm from the government and I'm here to help!")
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To: casinva

Yeah, her and Pawlenty both. sad.


27 posted on 09/16/2011 5:25:38 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

We’re not faced with it if we reject it. I reject it. It’s bull sh*t. I’m fighting socialism, not working for campaign finance reform.


28 posted on 09/16/2011 5:30:54 PM PDT by samtheman (Palin. In your heart you know she's right.)
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To: Palmetto Patriot
I would also ask Gov. Perry, and all who are supporting him on this thread:

In November of 2009, when Rep. Bachmann called for the Tea Party to rally in Washington against Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and the passage of Obamacare, when the only power we had was the power of our presence and our voices,

Where the He11 were You?

29 posted on 09/16/2011 5:37:37 PM PDT by Palmetto Patriot (How much better off would we be if these bastards would just leave us alone?)
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To: Palmetto Patriot

The crusading pioneer of 12 year old girl’s took money from a company that produces and sales the same mental retardation producing vaccine. Moral high ground, I think not.

And just so happens to be a competitor of the one company that didn’t donate to her campaign. Hey, if she can toss out wild accussation with no substantiation then we can all speculate about her motives and if she was bought off to go after one of their competitors. That does seem to be all some Freepers care about these days. Not proof certainly...just association is enough to indict.


30 posted on 09/16/2011 5:37:48 PM PDT by Soul Seeker (I will work every day to make Washington, D.C., as inconsequential in your lives as I can - Perry)
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To: Palmetto Patriot

I was on the beach in Palmetto. And you?


31 posted on 09/16/2011 5:40:16 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Palmetto Patriot

You mean the rally she called after Glenn beck’s rally to advance her own political power? Yes, I remember it well and I hated when she did that. The Tea Party was supposed to be apolitical and detached from Washington. The very last thing it needed was her co-opting it for her own advancement and making it seem like a Republican astroturfed movement which the movement at that time was fighting in the press.


32 posted on 09/16/2011 5:42:12 PM PDT by Soul Seeker (I will work every day to make Washington, D.C., as inconsequential in your lives as I can - Perry)
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To: jerseyrocks
But it could be a good torture method for the terrorist.

"The Enhanced Bachmann Technique". :)

33 posted on 09/16/2011 5:44:06 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Maybe Michele isn’t cooked long enough yet, but Perry? Why he has cooked too long.

Michele has never attempted to force her will on the people. Perry cannot make that statement.


34 posted on 09/16/2011 5:44:41 PM PDT by dforest
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To: dusttoyou
Ain't nobody cry'n here, Perrynut.

See post 29.

Where the fork were you?

(Sorry for the typo.)

35 posted on 09/16/2011 5:46:20 PM PDT by Palmetto Patriot (How much better off would we be if these bastards would just leave us alone?)
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To: re_nortex
But I do question if Wikipedia (presuming that's what you meant by "wiki") is considered a credible source here on Free Republic.

Note that even left-leaning academics will not accept Wikipedia as a primary source. They typically note that is is a good place to start to find more primary sources, but is no substitute for good old-fashioned personal research.

36 posted on 09/16/2011 5:47:39 PM PDT by RochesterFan
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To: smoothsailing

She has a mouth diarrhea/not electable problem.


37 posted on 09/16/2011 5:54:20 PM PDT by Force of Truth (Intelligence and virtue are preferable in a candidate, but I'd much rather he or she be chinchy.)
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To: Revolting cat!
I was on the beach in Palmetto.

Uh Huh. Anything else you want to say?

38 posted on 09/16/2011 5:56:09 PM PDT by Palmetto Patriot (How much better off would we be if these bastards would just leave us alone?)
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To: Palmetto Patriot

“I would ask the author of this blog the following:”

The author’s name is Bryan Preston and you should be able to get your questions to him at the link below...

http://pajamasmedia.com/contact-us/


39 posted on 09/16/2011 5:56:59 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: Palmetto Patriot
Anything else you want to say?

Palmetto, Italia.

40 posted on 09/16/2011 5:59:40 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: cripplecreek
I’ve been saying it all along. If you want to eliminate a lot of crony capitalism, just eliminate corporate taxes and most of the regulation.

That makes too much sense to ever happen.

Cain's 9-9-9 plan institutes a flat 9% corporate tax. That would help.

41 posted on 09/16/2011 6:10:28 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Will racist demagogue Andre Carson be censured by the House?)
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To: Soul Seeker
The crusading pioneer of 12 year old girl’s took money from a company that produces and sales the same mental retardation producing vaccine. Moral high ground, I think not.

Unlike the Governor of Texas, she did not mandate, without the approval of the People's representatives, or the parents of these children, the injection of a vaccine into any young girl, after being lobbied by a former aide, who was then an agent of the company which produced that vaccine, and which stood to profit by her actions.

How can you possibly defend Governor Perry's actions in this matter?

42 posted on 09/16/2011 6:14:56 PM PDT by Palmetto Patriot (How much better off would we be if these bastards would just leave us alone?)
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To: Revolting cat!
Palmetto, Italia.

You talkin' to me?

43 posted on 09/16/2011 6:18:30 PM PDT by Palmetto Patriot (How much better off would we be if these bastards would just leave us alone?)
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To: smoothsailing; Soul Seeker
Meanwhile, Bachman has taken somewhere north of $140,000 from pharmaceutical companies. Those donors include... GlaxoSmithKline

MINNESOTTA 2007
Tax-Payer Funded Gardisil Vaccines, Merck & Co., Inc

From: HPV Vaccine: Report to the Minnesota Legislature 2007

The Minnesota immunization program is completely federally financed and receives no state funding.

In the public sector, the cost of Gardasil (the currently licensed quadrivalent HPV vaccine) is $96.75 per dose. Since a woman requires three doses of the vaccine, the total cost per patient in the public sector would be $290.25. In the private sector, the cost is $120.00 per dose or $360 for a complete series. These figures do not include administrative costs.

(snip)

MDH administers the Minnesota Vaccines for Children program (MnVFC), which covers Gardasil for eligible children through 18 years of age.

(snip)

For HPV vaccine, MnVFC focuses on covering routine vaccination at 11-12 years of age and catch-up of 13-18 year olds who are uninsured or underinsured. MnVFC also pays for HPV vaccine for uninsured and underinsured adult women ages 19 to 26 years in public health clinics, which is a temporary catch-up program, and was planning on expanding this to Title X family planning clinics.

(snip)

GlaxoSmithKline has developed another HPV vaccine, Cervavix, and is seeking FDA licensure for women ages 10 through 55 years. It is possible that this product will be available in 2008. This vaccine is called a bivalent vaccine because it only protects against two types of HPV: types 16 and 18. It does not protect against genital warts caused by viruses 6 or 11. As with Gardasil, studies in females show Cervarix to be almost 100 percent effective against HPV types 16 and 18 precancers.

MINNESOTA 2010
Providing Tax-Payer Funded Cervarix, GlaxoSmithKline
Providing Tax-Payer Funded Gardasil, Merck & Co., Inc

From New VISs for Gardasil and Cervarix in MN 2010

New VISs for Gardasil and Cervarix There are now two VISs for HPV: one for Gardasil and one for Cervarix, both dated 3/30/2010.

44 posted on 09/16/2011 6:19:20 PM PDT by casinva (Maybe it's time to have some provocative language. (PERRY / CAIN 2012)
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To: indylindy
Michele has never attempted to force her will on the people. Perry cannot make that statement.

The specific instance of the HPV executive order (the parent article) does not support your assertion. I draw your attention to the so called "opt-out" provision included in the Parents Rights section:

The Department of State Health Services will, in order to protect the right of parents to be the final authority on their children’s health care, modify the current process in order to allow parents to submit a request for a conscientious objection affidavit form via the Internet while maintaining privacy safeguards under current law.

You can find the text of the order here. I wish more of the articles about this provided links to the primary sources...

45 posted on 09/16/2011 6:19:45 PM PDT by RochesterFan
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To: Palmetto Patriot

I can’t stand Bachmann! ( there, I’ve said it )


46 posted on 09/16/2011 6:26:58 PM PDT by mh
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To: smoothsailing

I just read that Michele will be on with Jay Leno tonight.


47 posted on 09/16/2011 6:29:48 PM PDT by dfc1 (I love Sarah!)
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To: casinva
MINNESOTTA 2007

Tax-Payer Funded Gardisil Vaccines, Merck & Co., Inc

From: HPV Vaccine: Report to the Minnesota Legislature 2007

Michele Bachmann was elected to the US House of Representatives in November of 2006. She was no longer a member of the Minnesota Legislature when this matter was introduced.

Got anything else?

48 posted on 09/16/2011 6:31:13 PM PDT by Palmetto Patriot (How much better off would we be if these bastards would just leave us alone?)
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To: dfc1
I just read that Michele will be on with Jay Leno tonight.

Rick Perry had dinner with Donald Trump last night.

49 posted on 09/16/2011 6:34:13 PM PDT by Palmetto Patriot (How much better off would we be if these bastards would just leave us alone?)
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To: samtheman

You’re right, it is BS.

It was boneheaded to focus on it instead of unifying in an attack on Obama.

Gingrich has been saying that all along. Don’t play the media gotcha game.


50 posted on 09/16/2011 6:38:08 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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