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Democrats Thought it was Improper to Filibuster Judicial Nominees
May 19, 2005 | FR Researchers

Posted on 05/19/2005 8:17:55 AM PDT by Peach

Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Delaware) March 19, 1997: “But I also respectfully suggest that everyone who is nominated is entitled to have a shot, to have a hearing and to have a shot to be heard on the floor and have a vote on the floor.”

Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Illinois)September 28, 1998: “We should meet our responsibility. I think that responsibility requires us to act in a timely fashion on nominees sent before us. ... Vote the person up or down.”

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) September 11, 1997: “Let’s bring their nominations up, debate them if necessary, and vote them up or down.”

Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Massachusetts)February 3, 1998: “We owe it to Americans across the country to give these nominees a vote. If our Republican colleagues don’t like them, vote against them. But give them a vote.”

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) May 10, 2000: “The Founding Fathers certainly intended that the Senate advise as to judicial nominations, i.e., consider, debate, and vote up or down. They surely did not intend that the Senate, for partisan or factional reasons, would remain silent and simply refuse to give any advice or consider and vote at all.”

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) 5/14/97 : “It is not the role of the Senate to obstruct the process and prevent numbers of highly qualified nominees from even being given the opportunity for a vote on the Senate floor.”

Sen. Tom Daschle (D-SD): “I find it simply baffling that a Senator would vote against even voting on a judicial nomination.” (Congressional Record, 10/5/99)

Sen. Tom Daschle (D-SD): “Hispanic or non-Hispanic, African American or non-African American, woman or man, it is wrong not to have a vote on the Senate floor.” (Congressional Record, 10/28/99)

Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND): “My expectation is that we’re not going to hold up judicial nominations. …You will not see us do what was done to us in recent years in the Senate with judicial nominations.” (Fox News’ “Special Report With Brit Hume,” 6/4/01)

Richard Durbin (D-IL) "If, after 150 days languishing on the Executive Calendar that name has not been called for a vote, it should be. Vote the person up or down." (Cong. Rec., 9/28/98, S11021)

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA): “Let’s bring their nominations up, debate them if necessary, and vote them up or down.” (Congressional Record, 9/11/97)

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA): “It is our job to confirm these judges. If we don’t like them, we can vote against them.” (Congressional Record, 9/16/99)

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA): “Our institutional integrity requires an up-or-down vote.” (Congressional Record, 10/4/99)

Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA): “[The filibuster process] is used … as blackmail for one Senator to get his or her way on something that they could not rightfully win through the normal processes.” (Congressional Record, 1/4/95)

Tom Harkin (D-IA) "Have the guts to come out and vote up or down….And once and for all, put behind us this filibuster procedure on nominations." (Cong. Rec., 6/22/95, S8861)

Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA): “I urge the Republican leadership to take the steps necessary to allow the full Senate to vote up or down on these important nominations.” (Congressional Record, 9/11/00)

Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA): “We owe it to Americans across the country to give these nominees a vote. If our Republican colleagues don’t like them, vote against them. But give them a vote.” (Congressional Record, 2/3/98)

Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA): “It is true that some Senators have voiced concerns about these nominations. But that should not prevent a roll call vote which gives every Senator the opportunity to vote ‘yes’ or ‘no.’ ... Parties with cases, waiting to be heard by the federal courts deserve a decision by the Senate.” (Congressional Record, 9/21/99)

Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI): “These nominees, who have to put their lives on hold waiting for us to act, deserve an ‘up or down’ vote.” (Congressional Record, 9/21/99)

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT): “I hope we … will accept our responsibility and vote people up or vote them down. … If we want to vote against them, vote against them.” (Congressional Record, 10/22/97)

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT): “Now, every Senator can vote against any nominee. … But it is the responsibility of the U.S. Senate to at least bring them to a vote.” (Congressional Record, 10/22/97)

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT): “ "I have stated over and over again … that I would object and fight against any filibuster on a judge, whether it is somebody I opposed or supported …” (Congressional Record, 6/18/98)

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT): “[E]arlier this year … I noted how improper it would be to filibuster a judicial nomination.” (Congressional Record, 10/14/98)

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT): “[I]f the person is otherwise qualified, he or she gets the vote. … Vote them up, vote them down.” (Congressional Record, 9/21/99)

Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV): “[W]e should have up-or-down votes in the committee and on the floor.” (CNN’s “Evans, Novak, Hunt & Shields,” 6/9/01)

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY): “[W]e are charged with voting on the nominees. The Constitution does not say if the Congress is controlled by a different party than the President there shall be no judges chosen.” (Congressional Record, 3/7/00)

Carl Levin (D-MI) "If a bipartisan majority of the U.S. Senate is prepared to vote to confirm the President's appointment, that vote should occur." (Cong. Rec., 6/21/95, S8806)


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To: Peach

"...I didn't do the research; other freepers did.

We should call the offending Senators and remind them of their OWN words!..."

Better yet, fax or e-mail this compilation to EVERY one that is quoted. Stick it to 'em! Great list, Peach.


101 posted on 05/19/2005 11:34:56 AM PDT by NCC-1701 (AN ACTIVIST JUDICIARY IS A CULT!!!!! IT MUST BE ERADICATED FROM THE FACE OF THE EARTH.)
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To: Peach

Great research, Peach! I guess we shouldn't be surprised by the hypocrisy of the Dems, but you would think that they would have SOME disquiet when they look themselves in the mirror. Guess not. :(


102 posted on 05/19/2005 11:36:18 AM PDT by alwaysconservative (Maybe Newsweek should run everything past Matt Drudge [for accuracy]. -Ann Coulter)
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To: alwaysconservative

I didn't do the research; it's a compilation of freeper research and we need to put it to good use!


103 posted on 05/19/2005 11:37:25 AM PDT by Peach
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To: Peach

Bookmark bump!


104 posted on 05/19/2005 11:39:33 AM PDT by FourtySeven (47)
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To: Peach

But you know how to pull it together to have it make sense in our "compressed" world; that is a terrific service! Many thanks!


105 posted on 05/19/2005 11:40:38 AM PDT by alwaysconservative (Maybe Newsweek should run everything past Matt Drudge [for accuracy]. -Ann Coulter)
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To: OXENinFLA

Good job!


106 posted on 05/19/2005 11:40:44 AM PDT by FourtySeven (47)
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To: Peach; OXENinFLA
I'm going to post what I did yesterday on this, but I'm in no way taking credit for the original research.  All I did was take OXENinFLA's list, do a little fact-checking to ensure accuracy, and then rearrange them in date order.


LIVE SENATE THREAD: "Nuclear Wednesday" for judicial nominations: C-span 2 - 9:30 am EST ^
  Posted by Nita Nupress to OXENinFLA; Sacajaweau; LisaFab; Dont_Tread_On_Me_888; fml
On News/Activism ^ 05/18/2005 10:30:43 AM CDT · 847 of 3,044 ^

Thanks for that great list! And I'm with Don't Tread On Me; this should be on a big poster board down on the floor as a background for the camera. At the very least, they could put up a website so the TV viewer could go read them.

Here are the Democrat Senators' quotes in date order.  Just out of curiosity, I spot-checked the accuracy of approximately 1/3rd of them, especially the entries that give only a date but provide no actual source (such as the Congressional Record). 

For those entries with no specific source given, I found that these are the actual verbal statements of the Senators on the Senate floor.  These Senators' quotes have been used repeatedly on various TV news shows (CNN, MSNBC, etc.) and newspapers over the years.

While I didn't search long enough to track down those original statements in the actual Congressional Record, I have no doubt someone could track them down if they were so inclined. 

DATE ORDER:

1995:

1997:

1998:

1999:

2000:

2001:

 



107 posted on 05/19/2005 11:41:21 AM PDT by Nita Nupress
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To: Nita Nupress

Thanks for putting those in order!!


108 posted on 05/19/2005 11:42:55 AM PDT by Peach
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To: alwaysconservative

You are more than welcome :-)


109 posted on 05/19/2005 11:43:18 AM PDT by Peach
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To: Peach

This info would be great in a commercial, even better if it had soundbites...


110 posted on 05/19/2005 11:56:15 AM PDT by wolicy_ponk
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To: Peach
Filibuster Flip-Flops
111 posted on 05/19/2005 12:03:23 PM PDT by Polybius
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To: Peach

I hate to sound like a wet blanket, but if the dems were arguing in such force against judicial filibusters, doesn't that imply that the Republicans at the time were either using them, or for them?


112 posted on 05/19/2005 12:03:57 PM PDT by Chiapet (Chthulu for President: Why vote for a lesser evil?)
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To: Peach

OH MY!

Whoever did the research, what a masterful job! All neatly packaged in one site too!

Thanks!


113 posted on 05/19/2005 12:04:13 PM PDT by ZOTnot (Nov 3: 'I WILL NOT gloat'; 'I WILL NOT gloat'; 'I WILL NOT gloat': [4 MORE YEARS!])
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To: Peach

Peach,oxeninfla

Thanks a lot, I needed this list.


114 posted on 05/19/2005 12:08:48 PM PDT by melancholy (There are no columnists in the MSM, only fifth columnists.)
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To: Peach

I really hope that our voters keep in mind the RINOS that are trying to compromise OUR principles, and vote them out in the next election cycles.


115 posted on 05/19/2005 12:08:53 PM PDT by trubluolyguy ("Sure dolphins are friendly and smart, friendly and smart on rye bread with mayo")
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To: Peach
New Democrat chant:

Count every vote!
Count every vote!
Except in the Senate!
Count every vote!

116 posted on 05/19/2005 12:12:42 PM PDT by eddie willers
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To: Peach

Good job, Peach! I cant wait to examples of your work cited in the MSM. Any day now the NYT will start printing these quotes. Followed quickly by CNN and the Wash Post, these quotes will be in the mainstream, and all of the people will see the DEMs for what they are! Any day now. Maybe next week. Next month.....?


117 posted on 05/19/2005 12:19:33 PM PDT by cardinal4 (Newly Discovered breed of Cephalopod - Billius Fristus)
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To: dandiegirl

Frist, and every other Republican that takes the floor should repeat some of these quotes. And place them on big poster boards so the sheeple will understand.


118 posted on 05/19/2005 12:25:32 PM PDT by USNA74
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To: Peach

very impressive peach!


119 posted on 05/19/2005 1:03:14 PM PDT by votelife (Elect a filibuster proof majority, 60 conservative US Senators!)
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To: dandiegirl
Frist needs to read every quote on the floor of the Senate and expose fortify the publics feeling of these hypocrites for everyone to see.

Great statement dandiegirl and I didn't mean to take away it's meaning, just to augment my attitude into it.

I hope you don't mind.

EG

120 posted on 05/19/2005 1:23:54 PM PDT by EGPWS
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To: Peach
You got posted on NRO!

A reader passes along these golden oldies from Sen. Kennedy and Sen. Boxer.

Here is a link to a Freeper list of Dem quotes on voting for Judicial nominees.

A couple of examples: Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA): “We owe it to Americans
across the country to give these nominees a vote. If our Republican colleagues don’t like them, vote against them. But give them a vote.” (Congressional
Record, 2/3/98)

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) 5/14/97 : “It is not the role of the Senate to obstruct the process and prevent numbers of highly qualified nominees from even being given the opportunity for a vote on the Senate floor.”

http://www.nationalreview.com/benchmemos/benchmemos.asp

121 posted on 05/19/2005 1:32:58 PM PDT by hipaatwo (When you're in trouble you want all your friends around you...preferably armed!)
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To: Peach

bump


122 posted on 05/19/2005 1:39:22 PM PDT by lowbridge
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To: Peach
Did ya notice that you're list is quoted on NRO's "Memo From the Bench" blog?

Congrats!

123 posted on 05/19/2005 1:41:17 PM PDT by aBootes
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To: aBootes
Apologies to all:

"you're" should be "your"

124 posted on 05/19/2005 1:42:15 PM PDT by aBootes
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To: aBootes

I don't know if anyone's mentioned it yet, but you can high-light the list, right click and Copy, open Word and Paste, save in My Documents, and send as attachment.


125 posted on 05/19/2005 2:02:20 PM PDT by Dweefus (Liberals just don't get it...)
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To: aBootes

Hey, thanks for telling me! I didn't do the research but just started a thread with the research that other freepers did.


126 posted on 05/19/2005 2:05:03 PM PDT by Peach
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To: hipaatwo

Thanks for letting me know!


127 posted on 05/19/2005 2:05:29 PM PDT by Peach
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To: Peach

This isn't rocket science..... if the dems gum up the works the American people will get pissed at the party in charge (republicans) and they will lose seats. The same thing happened in 1994 when Newt promised action... and the dems lost the majority.

They probably could care less about judges.... they want their power back. They are bitchin about everything !!!!!


128 posted on 05/19/2005 2:09:47 PM PDT by mike_9958
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To: Peach

Excellent info - I'll ping a few FRiends here...


129 posted on 05/19/2005 2:54:04 PM PDT by nutmeg ("We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." - Hillary Clinton 6/28/04)
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To: StarFan; Dutchy; alisasny; BobFromNJ; BUNNY2003; Cacique; Clemenza; Coleus; cyborg; DKNY; ...
ping!

Please FReepmail me if you want on or off my ‘miscellaneous’ ping list.

130 posted on 05/19/2005 2:54:53 PM PDT by nutmeg ("We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." - Hillary Clinton 6/28/04)
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To: Howlin; holdonnow; NautiNurse; doug from upland

ping!


131 posted on 05/19/2005 2:55:21 PM PDT by nutmeg ("We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." - Hillary Clinton 6/28/04)
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To: Peach

Looks like both sides are being hypocritical here.


132 posted on 05/19/2005 2:57:56 PM PDT by jsbankston
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To: Thoro

Yeah. Don't hold your breath.


133 posted on 05/19/2005 3:01:57 PM PDT by CDB
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To: Peach

Bookmarked...


134 posted on 05/19/2005 3:08:27 PM PDT by LowOiL ("I am neither . I am a Christocrat" -Benjamin Rush)
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To: cweese

Keep making them squirm. Maybe eventually they'll squirm right off the left-wing hook (once it gets too much for them to bear being shown the hypocrisy over & over & over).


135 posted on 05/19/2005 3:34:37 PM PDT by I_like_good_things_too
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To: OXENinFLA; Peach
BMUP!
Its a great compilation of dim quotes - little did they know how their quotes would come back and bite them in the butt!

The more people that see these quotes the better! ;-)

136 posted on 05/19/2005 3:39:12 PM PDT by Tunehead54 (What's this for ? ;-)
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*Bump and Bookmark*

Thanks!


137 posted on 05/19/2005 4:02:54 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Peach
That was then, this is now.

Great post!

But wait a minute; I thought this didn't go on before Bush II. What were all of these quotes in reference to?

138 posted on 05/19/2005 4:25:31 PM PDT by yooper (If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there......)
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To: Peach

Not to throw too much cold water on the list but as the enemy will surely point out if true, are they any Republicans of note on record during this period, fighting for the filibuster? If not, this is golden. If so, the MSM will just show how hypocritical both sides are and call it a draw.


139 posted on 05/19/2005 4:26:02 PM PDT by thecanuck
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To: edwinland

I think Richard Burr of North Carolina compiled this.


140 posted on 05/19/2005 4:26:33 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55 (DON'T FIRE UNTIL YOU SEE THE WHITES OF THE CURTAINS THEY ARE WEARING ON THEIR HEADS !)
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To: Peach

Thank you, thank you very much. [Elvis]


141 posted on 05/19/2005 4:29:00 PM PDT by Doctor Raoul (Support Our Troops, Spit On A Liberal Reporter)
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To: Peach
"As to why OUR party isn't using these quotes EVERY SINGLE time they stand up to speak and sending out e-mails to Republicans across the country and writing letters to the editors is a mystery to me as well."

I would suspect its because it would lend legitimacy to the lib's tactics. From these quotes it is apparent that we did the same thing to Clinton's nominee's. We have been presenting these tactics as new and inappropriate tactics by the libs.

The statistics we should be incessantly presenting are the actual vote and confirmation tallies. Rush has been doing this for the last couple of weeks. Clinton, IIRC, around 90%, and the libs still bitched about it in the above quotes. Dubya, 53%.

There's a good reason these quotes aren't being used by the Pubs; they would be a bit counter-productive as the opposition would have a swift and credible reply: "They did it, so we're doing it."

The so-called nuclear option is the absolute best respose to the situation. I suspect (and hope) that Frist realizes this, and GETS IT OVER WITH. One of the good parts of winning elections is getting to have your own way. Its time we had our own way.

142 posted on 05/19/2005 4:38:48 PM PDT by yooper (If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there......)
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To: Peach
Hey, thanks for sending this out. I only caught the last 3 minutes of this when it led on ABC News.

< j/k >

In all seriousness, this is great.

I am particularly amused at the Dems' new found commitment to original intent of the Founding Fathers (though there is no mention about the filibuster in the Constitution).

Also amusing is their commitment to keeping the filibuster around for when the Republicans are in the minority with a Dem President calling the shots. Either for lack of courage, or whatever, we NEVER used it on a judge before (and Lord knows we had LOTS of time in the Senate minority) so I have little reason to believe we would do so in the future anyway.

143 posted on 05/19/2005 5:21:30 PM PDT by GoBucks2002 (MSM now stands for "Muslim Sympathizing Media." http://yankeered.blog.com)
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To: Peach

Hypocrites! great list!


144 posted on 05/19/2005 5:31:52 PM PDT by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: Peach
Oh, this is rich! Not that surprising, though.
145 posted on 05/19/2005 7:06:38 PM PDT by Termite_Commander (Warning: Cynical Right-winger Ahead)
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To: Peach; All

To what particular situation(s) are these quotes referring? I didn't think the GOP had ever blocked floor votes on judicial nominees when they were in the minority.


146 posted on 05/19/2005 7:07:42 PM PDT by Sloth (I don't post a lot of the threads you read; I make a lot of the threads you read better.)
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To: Chiapet

I hate to sound like a wet blanket, but if the dems were arguing in such force against judicial filibusters, doesn't that imply that the Republicans at the time were either using them, or for them?
______________________________________

Quiet down! (;


147 posted on 05/19/2005 7:53:57 PM PDT by Rumierules
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To: Peach

Peach, thank you for this post. It p*sses me off though that the Bush administration hasn't brought this up. "Banging the drums" for a simple up or down vote while quoting these Senators of yesterday SHOULD surely make headlines. Someone needs to hammer a fist on the podium and state these facts!!!


148 posted on 05/19/2005 8:32:57 PM PDT by demkicker (Warning the GOP Senators: Nuke the filibuster!)
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To: Peach

Actually what this list of quotations could be said to show is that there was once a time when the filibuster saved Republicans from some terrible Democrat justices. We should think carefully before giving up a procedure that might someday save us from a Chief Justice Hillary Clinton.


149 posted on 05/19/2005 10:13:25 PM PDT by Agrarian
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To: Peach

News flash...Democrats are hypocrits!

Great research, thanks.


150 posted on 05/19/2005 10:20:33 PM PDT by PFKEY
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