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President Obama’s Exceptionally Productive Week

NoneOriginally posted at American Thinker

In the midst of America grappling with the reality that veterans are safer on the battlefield than on a VA hospital waiting list, on Memorial Day, Barack Obama, lover of all things military, flew to Kabul to surprise our U.S. servicemen and women.

After Obama arrived at the troop rally at Bagram air base, Afghani President Hamid Karzai, who in 2008 pinned a medal on George W. Bush’s chest at the presidential palace in Kabul, sent word that because it was such short notice he would not be meeting with the U.S. president.

Looking spiffy in a brown bomber jacket festooned with American flags, the guy who effectively barred veterans from entering the WWII Memorial during the sequester promised the troops that their well-being was of the utmost concern: “We’re going to stay strong by taking care of our wounded warriors and our veterans. Because helping our wounded warriors and veterans heal isn’t just a promise, it’s a sacred obligation.”

To announce the impromptu drop-in, a press aide with the Obama administration — with exactly the level of competence you would expect — somehow forgot to remove the name of the top CIA operative in Afghanistan from the list of attendees provided to the media, putting the station chief’s life at risk.

So while Obama dazzled our servicemen and women with his awesomeness, his administration simultaneously ‘damaged intelligence operations’ and identified the person working undercover to thwart the Taliban’s plans to resume training al Qaeda.

A few days later Obama shared his vision to withdraw all 9,800 troops from Afghanistan and get those guys and gals home and onto a VA waiting list by the end of 2014, as well as by 2016 drawing down every service member remaining in the soon-to-be Taliban-repossessed country.

And if that weren’t enough action for one week, without notifying Congress and eager to get a soldier with a shady past released, the Obama administration suddenly thought it was a great time to make a ‘share the wealth’ exchange. America got back U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, rumored to have spent five years teaching the Taliban bomb-making techniques and infantry tactics, and the Taliban got back five senior leaders from Guantanamo Bay.

Meanwhile, Iranian/American pastor Saeed Abedini sits in an Iranian prison where he’s being intermittently beaten for wanting to establish a Christian orphanage and Marine Reservist Andrew Tahmooressi remains shackled to a bed in Mexico after making a wrong turn into Tijuana with lawful guns in his truck.

Clearly, in Barack Obama’s “sacred obligation” economy, when it comes to exchanging prisoners, the value of Bowe Bergdahl outweighs the value of two men falsely imprisoned, one a Christian pastor, father, and husband, the other a dedicated veteran of two tours of duty in Afghanistan.

Barack Obama has not yet called Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to appeal for Tahmooressi’s release. That’s likely because the president has been so focused on freeing Taliban terrorists and bringing home a purported Taliban sympathizer that he just can’t spare the time.

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard P. McKeon (R-CA) and ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee James M. Inhofe (R-OK) issued a joint statement pointing out that because of the 5-for-1 trade-off, “Our terrorist adversaries now have a strong incentive to capture Americans. That incentive will put our forces in Afghanistan and around the world at even greater risk.”

Oh well!

Then, to add still more intrigue to the week of exciting events, Robert Bergdahl, Bowe’s dad, who enjoys passing along pro-Taliban anti-American “invader” tweets for Taliban spokesperson Abdulqahar Balkhi and whose Twitter feed is an odd mix of anti-American and anti-war sentiments, Bible verses, strange quotes, and hippie-dippy tree-hugging weirdness, took it upon himself to celebrate his son’s release by sending a Tweet to the spokesman for his son’s captors.

The Tweet read: “@ABalkhi I am still working to free all Guantanamo prisoners. God will repay for the death of every Afghan child, Ameen [sic].” The Tweet was quickly deleted, but not before being captured on the Twitchy feed.

Bergdahl the elder’s correspondence with the Taliban’s spokesperson certainly coincides with Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s alleged sentiments prior to his ‘capture.’ According to emails quoted in Rolling Stone magazine, Bowe told his parents he was “ashamed to even be American,” and that he was disgusted with the U.S. mission in Afghanistan and with the Army.

And all this drama happened the very same week Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki stepped down and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney decided to pass the baton to a more energetic lackey.

So there goes Obama, breaking the law — again — by refusing to give Congress the required 30-day notice before rescuing the soldier son of a man who appears to be Taliban-sympathetic — a soldier son who said, “The horror that is America is disgusting” and dreamt of walking to Pakistan.

To wrap up this extremely productive week, Barack Obama managed to see to it that America-hating Bowe Bergdahl was exchanged for some of the most dangerous Taliban commanders in U.S. custody. Thanks to the president, the Gitmo Five are now free to make their way west, where they can board a Greyhound bus from Mexico to Arizona, illegally join the U.S. military, or even make history next September 11th.

President Obama’s Exceptionally Productive Week

obama-sweatingOriginally posted at American Thinker

In the midst of America grappling with the reality that veterans are safer on the battlefield than on a VA hospital waiting list, on Memorial Day, Barack Obama, lover of all things military, flew to Kabul to surprise our U.S. servicemen and women.

After Obama arrived at the troop rally at Bagram air base, Afghani President Hamid Karzai, who in 2008 pinned a medal on George W. Bush’s chest at the presidential palace in Kabul, sent word that because it was such short notice he would not be meeting with the U.S. president.

Looking spiffy in a brown bomber jacket festooned with American flags, the guy who effectively barred veterans from entering the WWII Memorial during the sequester promised the troops that their well-being was of the utmost concern:  “We’re going to stay strong by taking care of our wounded warriors and our veterans. Because helping our wounded warriors and veterans heal isn’t just a promise, it’s a sacred obligation.”

To announce the impromptu drop-in, a press aide with the Obama administration — with exactly the level of competence you would expect — somehow forgot to remove the name of the top CIA operative in Afghanistan from the list of attendees provided to the media, putting the station chief’s life at risk.

So while Obama dazzled our servicemen and women with his awesomeness, his administration simultaneously ‘damaged intelligence operations’ and identified the person working undercover to thwart the Taliban’s plans to resume training al Qaeda.

A few days later Obama shared his vision to withdraw all 9,800 troops from Afghanistan and get those guys and gals home and onto a VA waiting list by the end of 2014, as well as by 2016 drawing down every service member remaining in the soon-to-be Taliban-repossessed country.

And if that weren’t enough action for one week, without notifying Congress and eager to get a soldier with a shady past released, the Obama administration suddenly thought it was a great time to make a ‘share the wealth’ exchange. America got back  U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, rumored to have spent five years teaching the Taliban bomb-making techniques and infantry tactics, and the Taliban got back five senior leaders from Guantanamo Bay.

Meanwhile, Iranian/American pastor Saeed Abedini sits in an Iranian prison where he’s being intermittently beaten for wanting to establish a Christian orphanage and Marine Reservist Andrew Tahmooressi remains shackled to a bed in Mexico after making a wrong turn into Tijuana with lawful guns in his truck.

Clearly, in Barack Obama’s “sacred obligation” economy, when it comes to exchanging prisoners, the value of Bowe Bergdahl outweighs the value of two men falsely imprisoned, one a Christian pastor, father, and husband, the other a dedicated veteran of two tours of duty in Afghanistan.

Barack Obama has not yet called Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to appeal for Tahmooressi’s release. That’s likely because the president has been so focused on freeing Taliban terrorists and bringing home a purported Taliban sympathizer that he just can’t spare the time.

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard P. McKeon (R-CA) and ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee James M. Inhofe (R-OK) issued a joint statement pointing out that because of the 5-for-1 trade-off, “Our terrorist adversaries now have a strong incentive to capture Americans. That incentive will put our forces in Afghanistan and around the world at even greater risk.”

Oh well!

Then, to add still more intrigue to the week of exciting events, Robert Bergdahl, Bowe’s dad, who enjoys passing along pro-Taliban anti-American “invader” tweets for Taliban spokesperson Abdulqahar Balkhi and whose Twitter feed is an odd mix of anti-American and anti-war sentiments, Bible verses, strange quotes, and hippie-dippy tree-hugging weirdness, took it upon himself to celebrate his son’s release by sending a Tweet to the spokesman for his son’s captors.  

The Tweet read: “@ABalkhi I am still working to free all Guantanamo prisoners. God will repay for the death of every Afghan child, Ameen [sic].” The Tweet was quickly deleted, but not before being captured on the Twitchy feed.

Bergdahl the elder’s correspondence with the Taliban’s spokesperson certainly coincides with Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s alleged sentiments prior to his ‘capture.’ According to emails quoted in Rolling Stone magazine, Bowe told his parents he was “ashamed to even be American,” and that he was disgusted with the U.S. mission in Afghanistan and with the Army.

And all this drama happened the very same week Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki stepped down and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney decided to pass the baton to a more energetic lackey.

So there goes Obama, breaking the law — again — by refusing to give Congress the required 30-day notice before rescuing the soldier son of a man who appears to be Taliban-sympathetic — a soldier son who said, “The horror that is America is disgusting” and dreamt of walking to Pakistan.

To wrap up this extremely productive week, Barack Obama managed to see to it that America-hating Bowe Bergdahl was exchanged for some of the most dangerous Taliban commanders in U.S. custody. Thanks to the president, the Gitmo Five are now free to make their way west, where they can board a Greyhound bus from Mexico to Arizona, illegally join the U.S. military, or even make history next September 11th.

The Worldwide ‘War on Women’

Originally posted at American Thinker

American women have now been esteemed to such a level that for taking a stand against religious liberty and becoming the nation’s contraceptive cover girl, Sandra Fluke is actually being considered as TIME magazine’s Person of the Year.

Women who commiserate with Sandra likely view themselves as also suffering the hammers of hell here in the misogynist war zone called America.  After all, American women have withstood the abuse and pain of living thus far without the benefit of free contraceptives.  Now, however, equipped with newfound fame and with the re-election of Barack Obama signifying a battle won, maybe Ms. Fluke can now branch out and become an international spokesperson on how women around the world can stand strong in the face of male-imposed tyranny.

Who better than Sandra to represent injustices such as a 15-year-old girl being beheaded by a male cousin over a rejected marriage proposal?

Here in America, while girls of Mexican-American descent picked out dresses for a festive quinceañera, in the Imam Sahib district of Kunduz province, 15-year-old Gisa was out gathering water by the river when she was ambushed by close male cousin Sadeq, who proceeded to saw off her head with a knife.

Gisa’s father refused to allow his daughter to marry because of her tender age.  So, instead of a wedding dress and a wedding, the girl’s headless body was returned to her family, wrapped in a sheet and dressed for a funeral.

With that in mind, Sandra Fluke did do a bang-up job on Capitol Hill advancing awareness of the war on women by schooling the Catholic hierarchy on polycystic ovary syndrome.  So why not fly Sandra out to Khanabad to give a similar speech to Afghani men about the discriminatory display of hostility exhibited when one separates the head of a young girl from her body?

After she celebrates the rampant practice of female feticide, Sandra can then turn her attention toward injustices like beheading, stoning, genital mutilation, rape, and splashing acid in the faces of Afghani girls.  Then the war-on-women/endometriosis expert can pack her copy of TIME magazine and a fresh supply of free contraceptives and fly off to Michoacán, Mexico.

After all, it was in Michoacán that former mayor of Tiqicheo Maria Santos Gorrostieta’s half-nude, mutilated body was recently found dumped in a rural field.

Maria stood up to drug cartels over marijuana and heroin in the same way Ms. Fluke stood up to the patriarchal Catholic Church over the right to NuvaRings and FemCaps.  One difference, though — Sandra Fluke became a liberal hero, while Maria was kidnapped, tortured, and then executed.

America has Sandra Fluke working on behalf of free contraceptives for all, and Mexico had Maria Santos Gorrostieta, who died defying a drug-driven turf war.  Unlike America’s gutsy Sandra Fluke, Maria didn’t live long enough to have the opportunity to solicit free birth control in front of Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives.  Instead, what this lovely young woman did do was spend her short life working selflessly on behalf of the region’s poor.

Before her death, the mayor had already suffered and survived many gunshot wounds at the hands of drug cartels.  Even Maria’s husband, the town’s former mayor José Sánchez Chávez, was killed in one ambush.  In a subsequent attack, gunmen opened fire again on Santos Gorrostieta, leaving her scarred, maimed, and in need of acolostomy bag.

When Gorrostieta left office, her security detail was withdrawn.  Then, like Gisa’s cousins, the former mayor’s vengeful stalkers lay in wait to seek the retribution that had formerly evaded them.

Eight days after Gorrostieta pleaded that the life of her daughter be spared, farm workers found the woman’s battered corpse on the side of the road.  What happened at the hands of the quasi-religious drug cartel La Familia Michoacana during the previous week, no one knows for sure.  Still, it’s reassuring to know that there’s someone like Sandra Fluke out there, who can, having endured gender oppression at the hands of male clergy at Georgetown University Law Center, empathize with Maria’s pain.

Maria Santos once said, “Despite my own safety and that of my family, what occupies my mind is my responsibility toward my people, the children, the women, the elderly and the men who break their souls every day without rest to find a piece of bread for their children.”

Prior to her throat being slit, little Gisa’s last words were probably a cry for help for someone to save her life.  Sandra Fluke, on the other hand, is celebrated for furthering the fabricated, self-absorbed point that “[Paul] Ryan’s abortion position kills women.”

It is a shame that in some circles, women having to pay for their own birth control or abortion elicits a greater outcry than females being victimized by multiple assassination attempts or decapitation by a close relative.

In the end, for her part in the “war on women” Fluke did get a gig at the DNC Convention and will get her beloved contraceptives for free and, unlike young Gisa and Maria Santos Gorrostieta, will also likely achieve fame on the cover of TIME magazine.

Suffice it to say that while women suffer and die all around the world, in America, liberal “ladies” represented by the likes of political prop Sandra Fluke come across like a bunch of whining ingrates who defame the memory of martyrs like Maria Santos Gorrostieta and innocents like Gisa — two victims of the world’s real war on women.

General Obama’s Military Gaffe Machine

Normally, it’s kind to be sympathetic toward a person when they slip up – it happens. One should always extend mercy toward gaffe-prone people because making a public error is an uncomfortable, adrenaline-producing event for anyone to endure.

However, Obama visiting the 10th Mountain Division and confusing a deceased war hero with a living Medal of Honor winner is inexcusable, especially because Barack Obama fancies himself more qualified to direct a war than the General he appointed.

For that type of attitude, when it comes to matters of warfare the President deserves no pity for mixing up the deceased Jared Monti with a very much alive Sal Guinta when making the following comment:

First time I saw 10th Mountain Division, you guys were in southern Iraq. When I went back to visit Afghanistan, you guys were the first ones there. I had the great honor of seeing some of you because a comrade of yours, Jared Monti, was the first person who I was able to award the Medal of Honor to who actually came back and wasn’t receiving it posthumously.

It wasn’t Jared Monti but Staff Sergeant (SSG) Sal Guinta of the 173rd Airborne, who fought in both Iraq and Afghanistan, who was informed that he would be given the award at the White House by the President, who personally thanked the soldier for “his service and extraordinary bravery in battle.”

If placing a Medal of Honor around the neck of the only living recipient of the award isn’t enough to make you remember his name, what is?

Worse still, if hugging the grieving parents of a soldier who came home from Afghanistan in a flag-draped coffin doesn’t make you commit to memory the name of Sergeant First Class (SFC) Jared Monti, what exactly does it take?

Evidently, bestowing upon Monti a posthumous medal didn’t impress Barack Obama enough to have the man’s name burned into his consciousness, which indicates that maybe it would be best if the President reconsiders directing a war.

Yet, Barack Obama telling soldiers that he presented the Medal of Honor to a living Jared Monti, who’s been deceased since 2006, isn’t all for naught.  The error provides a service to the nation by reestablishing a few important points for those still caught up in Obama fever.

First, it once again confirms that if it’s not written on the Teleprompter Barack Obama is clueless, and second, for those who thought otherwise, it proves to the skeptical that we’re dealing with a man who is disengaged, distant, cold and robotic; when Obama speaks, what comes out of his mouth oftentimes doesn’t come from his heart.

Either that or the present Commander-in-Chief is incapable of focusing long enough to remember the names of the men and women who died in the war whose direction he’s decided to usurp. It almost seems impossible that a person could actually read such a touching speech about a dead soldier’s life, values, and death, and then forget his name.

In all fairness, President did a stand up thing and apologized to the father of the deceased soldier, which Jared Monti’s father accepted.  However, an apology doesn’t address the original blunder. If the President can’t keep living and dead war heroes straight, it could get tricky transitioning out of the war Jared Monti fought and died in without incidences of further confusion.

The intricate synchronization of troop withdrawal, Afghani national security force assessment, and keeping track of the political pulse of America may be too much without the help of the Pentagon for a guy traveling to “57 states” to raise millions for reelection.  It is likely to be difficult for the President to accomplish the singular purpose of breathing life into a disillusioned base at the same time he’s concentrating on doing the exact opposite of what seasoned military professionals advise.

The Medal of Honor mix-up proves that aspiring military tactician Barack Obama should rethink rejecting the advice of the Pentagon and refrain from drawing down more troops from Afghanistan than recommended at this time, a course of action Obama planned to execute “despite warnings from his military commanders,” most of whom maintain that “recent security gains are fragile.”

Thus, if Barack Obama decides to stand firm and refuse the counsel of knowledgeable and experienced commanding officers and insist on using a war for political purposes, the future holds the potential to be as humiliating for the President as his shocking inability to recall whether those he decorated at a Medal of Honor ceremony are dead or alive.

America’s Anti-Animus President

The past few months have been quite a season of hope and change for America’s gay community. Barack Obama has a new openly gay social secretary, Jeremy Bernard, marriage is no longer narrowly defined as being between a man and a woman, and in the Middle East, when not dodging mortar fire the troops on the battlefield will now be mandated to participate in gay sensitivity training sessions.

Couple that with Sundance Film Festival indie lesbian family/sperm donor-Dad favorite “The Kids are Alright” being nominated for four academy awards, and not since “Brokeback Mountain” has Queer Nation risen to such heights in America.

The President of the United States, who first opposed gay marriage, then prayerfully “grappled” with the concept, finally agreed with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science’s choice of a potential Oscar winner and reversed his puritanical view on same-sex nuptials.

Barack Obama, on an extended sabbatical from teaching constitutional law, sided with Massachusetts Federal District Judge Joseph Tauro that DOMA, the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, is unconstitutional and discriminatory.

In an effort to undermine the God-ordained one-man/one-woman institution and further deconstruct the fabric of American society, Obama felt inclined to cross the great divide and side with Carson Kressley. In doing so, Barack personally laid the axe to the root of traditional marriage and time-honored convention.

Speaking on behalf of the President, Attorney General Eric Holder said that between 2008 and 2011 America’s nouveau-centrist President has “concluded that the administration cannot defend the federal law that defines marriage as only between a man and a woman.”  According to Holder, President Obama had an epiphany and realized:

[T]he congressional debate during passage of the Defense of Marriage Act ‘contains numerous expressions reflecting moral disapproval of gays and lesbians and their intimate and family relationships – precisely the kind of stereotype-based thinking and animus the (Constitution’s) Equal Protection Clause is designed to guard against.

In the run-up to the 2012 election the decision to redefine marriage appears to be Barack’s attempt at buttressing the liberal base, a move some conservative pundits believe is an “inexplicable political error.” Yet, Barack has survived many such miscalculations. Does anyone remember the decision to have Khalid Sheikh Mohammed tried in a U.S. civilian court?

Thus, to reinforce a recent shift to the center, Barack Obama yielded to the romantic notions of 2% of the population, disregarded the consensus of the 98% who supply the societal glue that holds the nation together and, in the form of a policy change sent a belated wedding card to Mrs. and Mrs. Ellen and Portia DeGeneres.

A President who put his hand on the Bible and swore to uphold the Constitution now feels he has the authority to decide what is and what is not constitutional. This is a problem because now, any American who clings to the outmoded idea that marriage has distinct gender roles, or who disapproves of the gay/lesbian lifestyle based on moral or religious convictions is “guilty” of what the President calls “stereotype-based thinking and animus.”

Weakening the sanctity of marriage obviously wasn’t enough iconoclasm for Barack the Centrist. About the same time that Obama gave new Dads Anderson Cooper and Ben Maisani the go-ahead to tie the knot, he also issued an edict that Pentagon officials waste no time in launching an “extensive force-wide program to ease the process of integrating open homosexuals into the ranks, including into close-knit fighting units.”

In other words American combat forces in Afghanistan, in between fending off Taliban attackers “armed with AK-47s, rocket-propelled grenades, mortars and explosives vests,” must now spend time in a war zone learning how to agreeably share a foxhole with Nathan Lane.

Army Command Sgt. Maj. Marvin Hill, the top enlisted man in Afghanistan and an outspoken proponent of ending the ban on gays serving openly in the military, said that “the sessions on respecting gays’ rights will go right down to the forward operating bases, where troops fight Taliban militants.”  According to the Sgt. Major, the plan is to “execute that training right …on the battlefield.” No unit will be exempted.

Even though 37 US soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan in less than two months and despite his enthusiasm about bisexual recruits Sgt. Hill seems unsure whether touchy-feely get-along-with-a-gay sessions will distract combat forces, which would put the lives of fighting men and women in danger. Referring to gay sensitivity sessions in a war zone, Hill said “We hope that it will have little impact on … combat and security operations.”

While “hope” continues to “spring eternal,” Elaine Donnelly, head of the Center for Military Readiness, said “it is ridiculous to train combat Army soldiers and Marines as they engage in daily combat with tenacious insurgents.”

Likely to be accused of animus-filled insubordination and lack of proper prioritization techniques, Ms. Donnelly said: “It’s absurd because the military has more important things to think about in that dangerous part of the world. For the administration to say this is more important …shows flawed priorities at best. It is ridiculous.”

Word to the wise, Ms. Donnelly – Sgt. Hill has issued a severe warning: “If there are people who cannot deal with the change, then they’re going to have to do what’s best for their troops and best for the organization and best for the military service and exit the military service, so that we can move forward – if that’s the way that we have to go.”

So there you have it.  Barack Obama’s idea of “Hope and change” rears its head again. On the military front, personnel on the battlefield hope that searching for IEDS with RuPaul has “little impact on their combat and security operations.” And change means that in the heat of battle, exhibiting sensitivity to gay soldiers takes precedence over staying alive, and determines whether a soldier will be forced to leave the military or not.

On the domestic front, Barry delivered hope to gay America by changing his mind on both traditional marriage and the sexual orientation of his social secretary. In Barack’s mind, he has brought true hope and lasting change by identifying the constitutional error in the “prejudicial, spiteful” and “malevolently ill-willed” thinking that traditionalists exhibit by rejecting same sex marriage.

Barack Obama’s revitalized pro-gay agenda, be it on the bloody battlefield of Afghanistan or in wedding chapels across the nation, introduces a new level of concern about a nation who puts gay politics before the security of combat troops and the time-honored institution of traditional marriage.  While gay America mistakenly believes “The Kids are Alright,” the remainder of the nation wonders whether the country will ever recover from the damage done by a misguided President’s progressive vision for America.

Pleasing the Prophet

In an effort to reach out to the Muslim world, Obama shocked the nation by expressing the opinion that America, despite the fact that 76% of the population identifies with Christianity, is not a Judeo – Christian nation, but actually is “one of the largest Muslim countries in the world.”

Obama also said that the United States, as well as other portions of the Western hemisphere, has a responsibility to “educate [themselves] more effectively on Islam.” Barack acknowledged that during the education process the inevitability of “tensions between cultures” would arise, but the President vowed to work together with Islam around the world to avoid divisions rooted in differing thinking from one culture to the next.

For a nation accustomed to resolving issues from a Judeo-Christian standpoint, “inevitable tensions between cultures” can’t help but arise when education includes understanding the diversity of Muslim methods for handling disobedience to Koranic law.

Take for example Afghani Taliban fighters who like to play God, and when they do, they are “no respecter of persons.” Taliban insurgents are devoted to stoning, hanging, and shooting people with AK-47’s regardless of age, gender, innocence, or guilt.

Recently, after the brutal execution of a young couple accused of infidelity, clarity was gained when Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid described the philosophy of Islamic justice with the following statement: “Anyone who knows about Islam knows that stoning is in the Koran, and that it is Islamic law. There are people who call it inhuman – but in doing so they insult the Prophet. They want to bring foreign thinking to this country.”

One thing is for sure – in the small Afghan village of Dashte Archi in Kunduz, Afghanistan, “foreign thinking” was nowhere to be found when two mullahs convicted and stoned Siddqa, a woman not yet 20 years old, for the crime of fleeing a prearranged marriage and allegedly committing adultery. “Officials said that Siddqa had run away after being sold … for $9,000 against her will. She ran away to be with Khayyam, who was already married and had two children…the pair eloped to Pakistan.”

Although it is an alien concept to those living in a largely Judeo-Christian culture, women in Afghanistan are denied the right to pick a mate and oftentimes girls as young as 13 are sold into marriages with men old enough to be their grandfather.

It’s likely Siddqa was a victim of child marriage, which makes one wonder why she and her lover Khayyam believed “the false promise” that if they returned home from Pakistan, they would not face punishment. The couple, after arriving in Kunduz in the dead of night, was “dragged” by Taliban fighters from their family homes and brought before a “kangaroo court …[and]…executed.”

From a Judeo-Christian perspective, one would think Siddqa’s first mistake was agreeing to submit to an arranged marriage. Whether living in the East or the West, most would concur that Siddqa’s second error was running off to Pakistan with someone else’s husband and then being naïve enough to return home, trusting that the same group who force pre-pubescent girls to marry old men would suddenly extend mercy toward an adulteress.

Although hoping to avoid cultural tension, in a nation whose sensibilities are rooted in Judeo-Christian principles, doing so would be virtually impossible when struggling to comprehend what motivates hundreds of male villagers to wait patiently while two mullahs sentence a young woman to death.

In Kunduz, the wait was short and the verdict swiftly handed down. Siddqa was immediately prepared for execution, lowered into in a four-foot hole in the ground and covered from head to toe in a blue burqua that restricted both her ability to move and see. The bloodthirsty group milled around, anticipating the signal to step forward and exact justice by pitching large rocks at her head as she “desperately [tried] to crawl free.”

Despite being bombarded with stones, Siddqa somehow managed to wriggle free from the waist-high hole in the sand, “covered with blood –but miraculously still alive.” Broken, bloody, and bruised, the condemned woman collapsed only to have an insurgent uphold the Taliban’s interpretation of the Koran and make short work of a young life by shooting her “three times in the head with an AK-47 as a frenzied crowd of men shouted ‘Allahu Akbar.’”

Presented with the harsh cultural alternative, “foreign thinking” Americans likely prefer Jesus’ method of handling a similar group of stone throwers and the forgiving words that followed: “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” To which an ancient Siddqa replied, “No one, Lord.”  After which an adulteress was released with an admonition, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”

Unfortunately, the outcome in Kunduz was not a merciful one. After Siddqa’s death, accused male offender Khayyam was “marched in front of the crowd with his hands tied behind his back…blindfolded with his own tunic.”  In a fruitless effort to shield his body from pain prior to, and in anticipation of, a hailstorm of bone-shattering rocks, the young man “crouche[d] down close to the ground.” Stooped on his haunches, Khayyam could be “heard sobbing before eventually falling silent.”

After both victims “slumped to the floor,” 7,500 miles from what Barack Obama considers “one of the largest Muslim countries in the world,” a whipped-up mob in Afghanistan, in an effort to ensure the Prophet remained shielded from insult, continued to rain stones down on two lifeless bodies.

Thus, a delicate question arises for Obama concerning varied interpretations of the Koran that include inhumane forms of justice pleasing to the Prophet. As the President attempts to engage the Islamic world in an ongoing friendly dialogue and welcomes Muslims to America from every corner of the world:  How does a leader avoid stirring “inevitable cultural tension” without accepting the “foreign thinking” of large segments of the Muslim world?

Snips and Snails in Sarwan Qala – American Thinker – June 12, 2010

Originally posted at American Thinker

“What are little boys made of? Snips and snails, and puppy dogs tails.”  That 19th century nursery rhyme fills the reader with visions of dirty faces, backwards baseball caps, toothless grins and pockets loaded down with snips, snails and tails. The poem encapsulates the immense source of pleasure a little boy can bring to the world just by being a boy.

Fresh out of first grade, seven-year-olds can tell time, are beginning to read, can perform a respectable somersault and are more aware of the world around them.  In America, boys are fitted with helmets before learning to ride a two-wheeler, love to go to the batting range to practice hitting sliders and are expert at playing Animal Crossing on Nintendo DS.

Seven-year-old boys may act tough, but are known to fret and can be fearful especially at night. According to child development experts, boys of seven are “often afraid of the dark [and] a flashlight by the bed is a great comfort.” Around that age, little boys “like to be tucked in,” read a story and still “take a favorite toy to bed.”

With that in mind, one can only imagine the terror a small boy experienced after being “abducted from the village of Heratiyan” in the Sarwan Qala area of Afghanistan. Coddled in a womb of safety, American children couldn’t even fathom the frenzied horror of being held against their will and then publicly executed at the hands of Taliban soldiers.

A favorite toy for boys in the seven-year-old age group is the Ultimate Spy Watch.  Youngsters can pretend to “keep intruders and other spies in the dark about missions and secrets, while decoding messages and keeping a careful watch on enemies.”  Tragically, the little boy kidnapped from a remote village by Taliban militants wasn’t wearing a spy watch or playing pretend when accused of being a mole, tried by a mock tribunal and “found guilty of working for the government.”

Probably still sweaty from playing tag on a dusty Afghan playground the tyke, unsure of what was wrong, was dragged kicking and screaming to a neighboring village to stand trial for the crime of colluding with President Hamid Karzai’s government.

The biggest worry American boys struggle with is the decision over what color fluorescent lacrosse socks to wear and whether or not to get a buzz cut for the summer.  The level of fear gripping the heart and mind of any person being held captive by Taliban soldiers, let alone seven-year-old child, is hard to envision and even more excruciating to comprehend.

Confused and terrified did the child weep hysterically for his mother?  Pushed forward by the butt of a gun, where was he held?  How long did the frail frame of a child quiver in fright before the trial took place?

Was the boy beaten, kicked and abused by turbaned Taliban soldiers cursing in Pashto through yards of black fabric? Face swollen and muddied from dirt and tears, did the child drift and doze curled up in the corner of a mud-walled room, on a grimy floor littered with empty shell casings?

In America seven-year-olds spooked by the dark can depend on Moon in My Room to ease boyish fears.  In Afghanistan, the first grader likely spent the night twitching and sobbing.  In the morning, roused from fitful slumber, tousled hair and rubbing eyes swollen shut the drowsy child was probably shoved roughly toward a sun-drenched, open-air court jammed with chanting terrorists adorned in bullet belts and armed with AK-47 assault rifles.

How did it feel for a kid, whose only cheers should be those heard from the side lines of a sporting event, to see an angry crowd screaming in support of garroting him from the branch of a tree?  What words filled his little ears, as he was condemned to die?  Did the boy even understand what was happening or was he searching desperately for the face of his parents in the mob?

Reports said, “The child was publicly hanged in the Taliban stronghold of Helmand province.”  Did soldiers put the cord around his slender neck and drag him to his death? Did they blindfold him or torture him with the noose before choking off his young life?

A typical seven-year-old boy is about sixty pounds; before strangling him to death did Taliban soldiers consider his weight?  Were skinny, underdeveloped legs that should be kicking a soccer ball around a field allowed to thrash uncontrollably until the last breath of life was gone from his tiny body?

This nameless child was not the first to be hung for spying for government and NATO-led troops in Afghanistan and rest assured the little lad won’t be the last. Taliban insurgents have “vowed to intensify activities this year.”

While carefree boys climbed trees and skinned knees all over the United State of America, thousands of miles away in Afghanistan Taliban insurgents fulfilled a solemn pledge by, “hanging up the [lifeless] body of the child on a tree.”

President Hamid Karzai reacted to the execution expressing something barbaric savages apparently are unaware of,  “A seven-year-old boy cannot be a spy.  A seven-year-old boy cannot be anything but a seven-year-old boy, and therefore hanging or shooting to kill a seven-year-old boy…is a crime against humanity.”

Boys can be boys everywhere except Sarwan Qala where, prior to committing crimes against humanity militants dutifully empty any remnant of snips and snails from the pockets of all seven-year-old boys slated to be put to death by the Taliban.

Duty, Honor and Other Countries – American Thinker – May 26, 2010

Originally posted at American Thinker

Imagine — graduating from an influential military academy. Graduation Day comes, and America’s finest are forced to respectfully endure oratory drivel, spoken by a left-wing radical loosely disguised as a president.

That is exactly what West Point cadets were subjected to at the 2010 commencement address delivered by Barack Obama. Elite American soldiers/scholars were informed by the Commander-in-Chief that defending America is now on par with the advancement of Obama’s unique vision for “international order.”

The president said,

You have pushed yourself through the agony of Beast Barracks; the weeks of training in rain and mud; and, I am told, more inspections and drills than perhaps any class before you. Along the way, I’m sure you faced moments when you asked yourself: “What am I doing here?”

Based on the cadets’ lackluster response to the keynote speaker, the question should have been posed to Obama: “No, what are you doing here?”

Barack’s commencement address gave graduates an opportunity to put into practice the class motto: “Loyal ‘Til the End.” Respectful cadets exemplified patriotic deference to the office of the president despite the person possessing the title.

Imagine enduring years of grueling study and training to then hear that military performance will be measured not only by grit and commitment, but also by understanding, “cultures, traditions and languages in the places where you serve.”

Obama’s global vision motto should be “Duty, Honor, and Other Countries.”

In addition to advancing international order, President Obama looked out over a sea of gray-suited graduates and, true to form, inserted into the discussion gender politics. Obama lauded “Liz Betterbed and Alex Rosenberg” as the first female cadets in West Point history to earn the top two awards. In a military dedicated to identification as a whole, Obama verbally divided the singular assembly into sexual groupings.

Obama used the speech to carry on with the unrelenting chastisement of Bush, couching disdain in war talk:

For many years, our focus was on Iraq. Year after year, our troops faced a set of challenges there that were as daunting as they were complex.  A lesser Army might have seen its spirit broken. But the American military is more resilient than that … As we end the war in Iraq, we are pressing forward in Afghanistan[.]

President Obama neither accepts blame nor gives credit, so he offered Bush no thanks. Instead, he proposed “political solutions” to dealing with terrorist insurgencies here and abroad. No wonder the cadets clapped as if being elbowed by a commanding officer.

Armed with “a strategy of national renewal and global leadership,” Obama spoke of a “horizon” ahead filled with “peace and prosperity” in a world filled with butterflies, rainbows, and the likes of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Kim Jong-il, and various and sundry despots, tyrants, and control freaks.

Soldiers graduating from West Point were exhorted to lift their vision toward “national renewal,” better defined as Obama-induced state-run destruction.

Speaking of damage, Barack highlighted the “era of economic transformation and individual empowerment; of ancient hatreds and new dangers; of emerging powers and global challenges.” The president didn’t disappoint; he remembered to remind cadets that “too many of our institutions have acted irresponsibly.” Is this the reason why Obama is transforming the economy by undermining individual empowerment, stirring up hatred, coddling emerging dictatorial powers, and focusing on global versus national challenges?

Renowned historian Barack Obama reminded cadets, “At no time in human history has a nation of diminished economic vitality maintained its military and political primacy.” This raises the question: Why is the president doing everything in his power to undermine the economic vitality of America?

Obama’s statement that “America’s armed forces, [though] adapting to changing times,” are “efforts [that] must be complemented,” indicated renewed presidential interest in a civilian security force “just as powerful and just as strong” as the U.S. military.

In a world replete with cross-currents of noncooperation, Barack laid out plans to resolve the challenges of our generation by placing America in currents of nonexistent international cooperation.

Does Barack Obama expect West Point cadets to accept the premise that nuclear weapons and materials will be stopped and secured by some sort of global solidarity effort? Is the American military also supposed to accept terrorists intent on blowing up innocent people in Times Square, or, God forbid, will gunning down soldiers on a military base be discouraged by some ethereal new world order?

In addition to an ad for global citizenry, the West Point 2010 graduation became another platform for Barack Hussein Soetoro Obama to rally on behalf of Islam. Is West Point’s military graduation really an appropriate setting to advocate for better treatment of Muslims?

At any rate, President Obama told cadets, “We see it in al-Qaeda’s gross distortion of Islam, their disrespect for human life, and their attempts to prey upon fear, and hatred, and prejudice. … Extremists want a war between America and Islam, but Muslims are a part of our national life, including those who serve in our Army.”

Just like the Army major that perpetrated the bloodbath at Fort Hood?

However, despite the many Nidal Hasan wannabes dwelling among us, Obama believes that “[w]e cannot succumb to division because others try to drive us apart. We are the [USA]. We’ve repaired our union, faced down fascism, and outlasted communism. We have gone through turmoil and come out stronger, and we will do so once more.”

Sounds more like the restitution period America will need to undergo when — or if — Obama ever decides to leave public office.

Obama encouraged the promotion of values worldwide “through fidelity to the rule of law and our Constitution, even when it’s hard,” which is a stunningly disingenuous statement, coming as it does from someone who flouts the rule of law. Governor Jan Brewer’s biggest critic is Barack Obama, who, together with the federal government, resists Arizona’s attempt to enforce immigration law.

Continuing with the address, Obama said, “Where an individual is silenced, we aim to be her voice. Where ideas are suppressed, we provide space for open debate … Where human dignity is denied, America opposes poverty and is a source of opportunity. That is who we are. That is what we do.”

This is the same man who mocks the Tea Party and disparages Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and Fox News. Let’s not forget that Barack also approves of leaving infants born alive after botched abortions to die, void of an iota of human dignity. Obama’s policies promote poverty and deprive opportunity, and thanks to his exceptional leadership, “[t]hat is who we now are. That is what we now do.”

Obama told cadets that they have “a long and hard road” to travel. “You go abroad because your service is fundamental to our security back home. You go abroad as representatives of the values that this country was founded upon,” which seems like a fruitless endeavor because founding values are what Obama’s international order and socialistic agenda are in the process of destroying.

The president finished up by saying, “And when you inevitably face setbacks — when the fighting is fierce or a village elder is fearful; when the end that you are seeking seems uncertain — think back to West Point”…and a speech that presents soldiers with the probing question: “What exactly are we fighting for?”

American Thinker: December 7, 2009 ‘Absolutely!’ Wrong

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Originally posted at American Thinker

Watching reality TV is a guilty pleasure.  It can also be a cultural and political learning experience.  Take for instance, when Jason Mesnick was the lucky man on The Bachelor.  It was during that season that a star was born.  No, not the adorable little Ty Mesnick—it was the word “absolutely.”

On the show, former Dallas Cowboy cheerleader and Bachelorette Melissa Rycroft, incessantly used the word “absolutely.”  Jason would ask her, “Will you accept this rose?” Melissa would reply, “Absolutely.” Jason would grab her hand and ask, “Can I steal you?” Melissa’s response, “Absolutely!”

Melissa said the word absolutely so often that she became known at our house as “The Absolutely Girl!”  After awhile it was obvious that it was absolutely impossible for Melissa to get through a sentence without saying the word absolutely, which became absolutely annoying on many levels.

Yet, in the wider world, if you paid attention it was obvious that “absolutely” had become the new “totally.”   It was the word of the day making its way into the vernacular, replacing old favorites like “I hear ya,” “awesome,” and “dude!”  Everyone from the IT guy at work to the girl behind the deli counter became “absolutely” positive about everything from running a database to putting cream cheese on bagels.

Absolutely is such an emphatic statement that who can argue with it?  The word smacks of surety, self-confidence, assurance and control.  However, in a world where no one is sure whether the future holds nuclear annihilation or whether they’ll be handed a pink slip next week — absolutely, quite frankly, seems inappropriate and out of place.

One has to wonder how something so small and simple can become so pervasive that every question asked is answered with “absolutely.”  It’s a pandemic.   Absolutely has become an H1N1-style national vocabulary emergency where a vaccine is needed to get people to stop or at least stop it from spreading any further.

What is it that makes people mimic other people to the point where they become mindless androids? If it’s so easy to get millions to use a word just by saying it over and over again isn’t it also a simple task to manipulate minds to believe what is false?  That is how politicians work their way into the brain.  They say same thing over and over again until the public accepts a lie in place of the truth.

Take for example the last election where what started as innuendo morphed into full-blown brainwashing. Obama and his minions wormed their way into the America brain.  They “absolutely” used the repetitive method to get into the electorates head to the point that people are now convinced George W. Bush is dumb and Barack Obama is a genius. Indoctrination was in full display on websites like Kid’s IQ Test Center – who realized if you say something, even if you can’t prove it, there is the hope it will absolutely go viral and infect the culture.

Barack Obama’s estimated IQ score range is 130 to 148 and quite possibly higher. However, nowhere on the Internet can anyone locate Obama’s IQ score. His college transcript from Harvard is not available and I cannot locate his college GPA, his SAT score, or his LSAT score, or any other tangible evidence of his IQ score.

Barack Obama is a genius all right! During the election hope and change became buzzwords.  Obama managed to inspire a nation to the point of being absolutely convinced we needed something no one even understood – it was absolutely brilliant! Everyone stormed the cattle car clamoring to get onboard having no idea where they were headed or what to expect upon arrival.

And lets not forget the ever faithful left-wing media using repetition to catapult someone with absolutely no experience whatsoever into the highest office in the land.  Say, “Polly wants a cracker” long enough and before you know it…even Polly thinks she wants a cracker. Now America has elected someone so unqualified that his presence in the position of Commander-in-Chief is as out of place as the word “absolutely” is at the end of a sentence uttered from the newspaper boy when asked if he has change of a dollar.

Nevertheless, the President is smart enough to know the drill.  He has undertaken the herculean effort of mentioning himself thousands of times in speeches. In due time, every question formerly answered with “absolutely” will be henceforth answered with “Obama” whether applicable or not.

This monotonous method has proven so successful America has been transformed into a nation absolutely persuaded. Take for instance the claim that the stimulus worked and jobs were saved.   Pundits repeated the lie as the unemployment rate dropped to its lowest level in 40 years.  Did the stimulus work? Absolutely!

Or, how about the one that the majority of Americans favor the public option– while 87% claim they are happy with what they have?  Huh?  Will we have a public option in a bill by the end of the year? According to the Melissa Rycroft’s in the Democratic Party, absolutely!

Obama and his policies are decimating the economy, the private sector, our standing in the world community and our national security.  The appointment of his czars can be likened to an unadulterated shredding of Constitutional balance of power.  Yet, Obama remains absolutely committed to razing health care, denying troops in Afghanistan reinforcements and making short work of capitalism, free enterprise and democracy.  The Absolute Leader of the Free World is presently the proprietor of political and social pandemonium.  We might as well have the indecisive, befuddled Jason Mesnick in the Oval Office.

When The Bachelor asked Melissa to marry him she was absolutely enthralled and replied, “Absolutely!”  Two weeks later he dumped her.  How could Melissa have missed the fact that Jason was absolutely in love with Molly Malaney?

Even though we are on the precipice of absolute disaster — there are still those unlikely suspects who are absolutely convinced Obama is doing a great job. The truth is Obama’s popularity is dropping, faster than Jason Mesnick jettisoning Melissa from a sordid love triangle.

Miss Rycroft ecstatically accepted the final rose, slipped the ring on her finger and said, “Yes” to a marriage proposal.  The whole time she remained absolutely oblivious to the fact that Jason wasn’t the man she thought he was. Absolute chaos, humiliation and turmoil followed a devastated “Absolutely Girl” for weeks afterward…sort of like a nation that finds out too late that Barack Obama was absolutely the wrong person for the job.

Hurry Up and Wait

Casualty Return Afghanistan

Issuing urgent petitions for change even before the election–crisis, urgency and fear mongering have become a predictable repertoire for Barack Obama.  In an interview with Daniel Schorn of 60 Minutes, candidate Obama expressed his sense of urgency for the country when asked why he was anxious to run, “You know the truth is I’m not…[but] We have a narrow window to solve some of the problems that we face…And so I feel a sense of urgency for the country.” Thus, Obama’s persuasive pleas won him the election.

Gearing up to implement his liberal agenda, and even before his inauguration, Obama warned of the pressing importance for “urgent action” in order to address an economic recovery plan saying, “…now is the time to respond with urgent resolve to put people back to work and get our economy moving again.”

Immediately following the inauguration, Obama feverishly stoked the flames of fear by reminding America that, “We begin this year and this administration in the midst of an unprecedented crisis that calls for unprecedented action.”  The President’s message of necessity was palpable.  He warned, “If we do not act boldly and swiftly, a bad situation could become dramatically worse.”  And, so the stimulus package was passed.

In addition to warning the world of a global threat from climate change as “serious, urgent and growing,” Obama urgently addressed the need for banking and auto industry bailouts.  Proceeding along the trajectory to health care reform, which Obama stressed as “urgent” and “indisputable.” Obama weighted his health care initiative as being a policy, “We cannot wait any longer” to enact.

Three months prior to the 2008 election, in an attack in Kunar Province, Afghanistan 200 insurgents stormed an American outpost in Wanat killing 48 American and 24 Afghan soldiers. Obama responded, calling the situation in Afghanistan “perilous and urgent.”  Underscoring what he believed was the Bush Administration’s failure in that war, Obama issued an imperative, “We must act now to reverse a deteriorating situation.”

Now a little over a year later, in a bloody, “bold daylight strike on two bases on the Pakistani border,” eight Americans and four Afghan security officers were killed.   Curiously, as American soldier’s bodies are being zipped into body bags Obama’s stance on Afghanistan lost the sense of urgency that has become his predictable style.  Instead, while violent insurgents attack our soldiers on the border of Pakistan, Obama has shifted into measured, unhurried contemplation about what to do, void of the usual crisis mode he exhibits when addressing pressing issues like melting ice caps.

Three days following the death of eight American military personnel Obama, dragging his feet on fulfilling General Stanley McChrystal’s request for more boots on the ground in Afghanistan, in his Weekly Address urged Health Reform [as] Urgent for the Economy.  The same Obama, who dropped everything to rush off to Copenhagen, now feels waiting is a noble option as American soldiers die.

Most appointees of the Administration tow the line and preach crisis in support of the President’s agenda. Barack Obama’s war policy was clearly revealed, two days prior to the Pakistani border massacre, when Defense Secretary Robert Gates said that the decision to deploy additional US troops to Afghanistan should not be spur-of-the-moment.  He said, “The decision process should not be rushed…we need to take our time and get this right.” In response, the question Americans should be asking is, not when but where is the sense of “urgency and determination” that Obama expressed for stimulus, banking, autos and jobs and now expresses over health care?

Or, where is the sense of urgency Obama articulated toward Afghanistan when he was not in a position to act upon his words? Wasn’t he the one who said, “We need urgency because the threat from the Taliban and al Qaeda is growing and we must act?”  Why is there no frenetic, hyper urgency apparent when a relaxed, tieless President mugs for the paparazzi after dining with the First Lady two days subsequent to the brutal Wanat ambush?

Shouldn’t someone address the obvious change from instancy to halting contemplation when Robert Gibbs advocates for the President saying, “The president wants to get the policy right…If the policy takes time to get right, then that’s what the president intends to do.”

Rushing through a health care bill he hasn’t read, suddenly Obama wants to take time to ruminate over sending military aid to Afghanistan? It is unsettling to realize that Obama views moving swiftly and with urgency by accepting General McChrystal’s recommendation for an additional 40,000 troops would be a hasty decision.

President Obama pushed back, “… against pressure to make a decision about sending more troops to Afghanistan, saying he will resist any attempt to rush him until he has ‘absolute clarity’ about what the strategy is going to be.” Obama’s new propensity for brooding and contemplative policy decisions does not impress.  Moreover, his postponement of a decision serves to expose blatant contempt for the military, their safety and their efforts to protect this nation. Obama has been dismissive about securing a “victory” in Afghanistan, hence his lack of urgency as the body count climbs.

As a result, his recurring urgency campaigns for things that have little impact, as compared to the security of our soldiers, are being exposed as manipulative exercises in securing a left wing, socialist style agenda.

Obama’s priorities are duly noted not by what he says, but by his uncharacteristic refusal to rush. In turn, a truly urgent message needs to be sent, not from Obama, but from the American people to Obama.   It is imperative for us to let this parvenu president know that as he leisurely sits sipping Cabernet Sauvignon, in the Blue Duck Tavern, a true crisis lies ahead of epic proportions for his political future every time a flag draped coffin is shipped home for burial.

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