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NOT JUST TRUMP

“…You know, I’m automatically attracted to gullible–I just start manipulating them.  It’s like a magnet.  Just manipulate.  I don’t even wait.  And when you’re a politician, they let you do it.  You can do anything.”

“…Grab ’em by the balls.  You can do anything…”

Not Just Trump

HISTORY, CIVICS, AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY PENSACOLA’S FIVE-FLAGS DISPLAYS

HISTORY, CIVICS, AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY PART 1

HISTORY, CIVICS, AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY PART 2

HISTORY, CIVICS, AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY PART 3

DRUNKEN POST #46

“He descended into hell…”

Dressed in this monkey suit, it appears that I have one last task before I can get to the next universe.

“Good morning, brothers and sisters!  Welcome to the Mega-Baptist Church of Pensacola, Florida–the Buckle of the Bible Belt!  Jesus saves!  And God bless America!”

I went the way of Attila the Hun.  My brother’s marker–which is right beside mine–reads, “Music is eternal”–but mine does not read, “God is unlimited,” and I am really pissed off!

“Yes, Jesus saves–and God bless America, brothers and sisters!  Now…Who is that soiled beast?  Get him outta here!”

You get the hell out of the way, you “Howdy Doody”, “Alfred E. Neuman” motherfucker–and take your mindless religious, nationalistic bullshit with you.

Yes, I am quite soiled, ladies and gentlemen of this lost congregation.  And I really don’t want to be here.  But it appears that our Creator has one last task in mind for me, before I can leave this Digital-Age hell.

And I am not Jesus, though I descend into this Digital-Age hell–a part of the Apostles’ Creed that the United Methodists delete because it is unpleasant–the Apostles’ Creed with which you Baptists are totally unfamiliar–and which is definitely included in the Catechism of the Catholics, whom you Baptists so readily dismiss as “unchristian”.

If you want a point of reference for this intrusion–which I am sure will ruin your shallow Sunday, click on this link:

http://www.warprayer.org

Not now, you fucking idiots–later!

You worry so much about a devil–but the Devil is in your goddamned smartphone! You think you would recognize Satan–think again!  Satan (or the Antichrist, if you will) would not appear to you in any recognizable form.  No, he would appear as something so benign as your smartphone–and especially the social media–Facebook and Twitter–with which you spend most of your time on your smartphone.

So put those fucking smartphones away–and don’t even begin to use the “taking the Lord’s name in vain” label on me–having no understanding of that commandment from the Old Testament.  For you claim that the Bible is the all-inspired, infallible Word of God–yet you don’t read it.  And you claim that Jesus was the incarnation of God on earth–yet you don’t follow him.

How dare you!

Now here are the scriptures for today:

“Think not that I am come to send peace on earth:  I came not to send peace, but a sword.  For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.  He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me:  and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.  And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.”

Matthew 10:34-38

Are you uncomfortable yet?

“And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are:  for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men.  Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.  But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.”

Matthew 6:5-6

Are you uncomfortable yet?

“And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts:  for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.”

Luke 16:15

Are you uncomfortable yet?

“And he spake this parable unto certain which trusteth in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:  Two men went up into the Temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.  The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.  I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.  And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.  I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other:  for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.”

Luke 18:9-14

Are you uncomfortable yet?

“Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.  They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man:  how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?  Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.  And the servant abideth not in the house for ever:  but the Son abideth ever. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.  I know that ye are Abraham’s seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.  I speak that which I have seen with my Father:  and ye do that which ye have seen with your father.  They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father.  Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham.  But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God:  this did not Abraham.  Ye do the deeds of your father.  Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.  Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me:  for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. Why do ye not understand my speech?  even because ye cannot hear my word. Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do.  He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him.  When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own:  for he is a liar, and the father of it.  And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.  Which of you convinceth me of sin?  And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? He that is of God heareth God’s words:  ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.  Then answered the Jews, and said unto him, Say we not well that thou art a Samaritan, and hast a devil?  Jesus answered, I have not a devil; but I honour my Father, and ye do dishonour me.  And I seek not mine own glory: there is one that seeketh and judgeth.  Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.  Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil.  Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death.  Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead?  and the prophets are dead:  whom makest thou thyself?  Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God:  Yet ye have not known him; but I know him:  and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you:  but I know him, and keep his saying.  Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day:  and he saw it, and was glad.  Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. Then took they up stones to cast at him:  but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.”

John 8:31-59

Are you uncomfortable yet?

“And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:  Neither shall they say, Lo here!  or, lo there!  for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.”

Luke 17:20-21

Are you uncomfortable yet?

“And it came to pass that he went through the corn fields on the sabbath day; and his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears of corn.  And the Pharisees said unto him, Behold, why do they on the sabbath day that which is not lawful? And he said unto them, Have ye never read what David did, when he had need, and was an hungred, he, and they that were with him?  How he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and did eat the shewbread, which is not lawful to eat but for the priests, and gave also to them which were with him?  And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:  Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.”

Mark 2:23-28

Are you uncomfortable yet?

“And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?  And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good?  there is none good but one, that is, God.”

Mark 10:17-18

Are you uncomfortable yet?

“And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?  He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou?  And he answering said, thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.  And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right:  this do, and thou shalt live.  But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?  And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.  And by chance there came down a certain priest that way:  and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.  And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.  But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was:  and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.  And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.  Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?  And he said, He that shewed mercy on him.  Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.  Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village:  and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.  And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word.  But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone?  bid her therefore that she help me.  And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:  But one thing is needful:  and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”

Luke 10:25-42

Are you uncomfortable yet?

“And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.”

Matthew 21:12-13

Are you uncomfortable yet?

“And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?  which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?  And some of them that stood by, when they heard it, said, Behold, he calleth Elias.”

Mark 15:34-35

Are you uncomfortable yet?

Are you uncomfortable yet?

Then get uncomfortable!

Get out of this megachurch, and out of your pretentious clothing–and go home! Smash your smartphones to pieces–and love one another again!

Stop hating Muslims for following their sacred scriptures–and start following yours!

Stop supporting ungodly bastards like Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton–and start taking responsibility for the godliness of your own community!

Stop raising and praising the Bible as the all-inspired, infallible Word of God–and start reading it!

And stop boasting about your belief in Jesus as the incarnation of God on earth–and start following Jesus, in word and deed!

Do this as oft as ye shall do it–and let me ascend into the next universe knowing I have made a positive difference in this one.

AUTISTIC SPECTRUM DISORDER SYMPTOMS INDUCED BY MOBILE DEVICE USAGE

In 2007, I was diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder, by my psychiatrist.

I had never heard of that before.

I spoke with my therapist about it.

He said my psychiatrist could be right–and related the basic symptoms of autistic spectrum disorder.

My personality fit the symptoms quite well.

Like obsessive-compulsive disorder, which I also had, this autistic spectrum disorder wasn’t all bad.  It had some features that could actually be channeled in a positive manner.

But the most negative symptom of this disorder was great difficulty empathizing with other people.  Not sympathizing–empathizing, putting myself in another person’s shoes.

This manifested itself in my one-on-one conversation.  I had no trouble at all speaking alone in front of a large group of people–I’d discovered a talent for public speaking in high school.

But I had great difficulty speaking with anyone one-on-one–especially if I knew that person well.

I tended to dominate every conversation.

And I began working on that immediately.

As a result, my conversational skills improved greatly.

But I have always had great difficulty empathizing with others–not sympathizing–empathizing.

And my ability to empathize has improved tremendously ever since I was diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder.  I have much more improvement to make–but at least I’m on my way.

Yet here’s the catch: As I take account of my difficulty empathizing with others, I also notice others’ difficulty empathizing–with me, or anyone else.

It is said that everyone is mentally ill, to some extent–that those labeled with specific psychiatric disorders are only those who have more than their fair share of symptoms of specific psychiatric disorders.

And this is quite right.

Everyone in the world has symptoms of clinical depression at times, bipolar disorder at times, obsessive-compulsive disorder at times–and even schizophrenia at times.

And yes, everyone in the world has symptoms of autistic spectrum disorder at times.

But the inability to empathize with others–the tendency to be in one’s own little world so much that he or she is completely oblivious to the needs of others–I see this symptom increasing in almost everyone around me.

And it seems to have one cause–cellular technology.

As mentioned, I made the decision–years ago–not to get a mobile device.

And every day, as I see the damage mobile device usage is doing to the relationships among my fellow human beings, I get more relieved that I still have no mobile device.

Not only is everyone oblivious to the needs and feelings of everyone else when using a mobile device (cellphone, iphone, smartphone)–everyone who uses a mobile device at all is becoming oblivious to the needs and feelings of everyone else even when not using a mobile device.

Mobile device usage is zoning people out of their environments–turning them into virtual zombies.

Mobile device users are remaining in mobile-device mode all the time.

They see me approaching in my truck, and it doesn’t even occur to them to step out of the way.  They see others approaching in their vehicles, and it doesn’t even occur to them to step out of the way.

They hold up traffic in their own vehicles, as if they are the only drivers on the road.

They break in line in front of others, not even realizing what they’re doing.

They bump into others, with no “excuse me”s.

They fail to acknowledge anyone even taking a chair beside them.

The list is endless–mobile device users no longer have any manners–even when they’re not using their Digital-Age pacifiers.

They have no consideration, not only for the feelings of others, but for the lives of others.

Simply put, they are becoming more and more like the little machines they use–insensitive, inconsiderate, and inhuman.

And today–on my fiftieth birthday–I have noticed this more than ever before.

This mindless addiction to mobile devices is destroying our relationships with one another–all over the world.

We have got to get human again.

And the only way to get human again is to get rid of our mobile devices–our Digital-Age pacifiers–and start noticing our fellow human beings again.

There is a bumper sticker I see all the time in the Greater Pensacola area:

“STAND UP FOR AMERICA–BE AMERICAN!”

What simplistic, meaningless, nationalistic bullshit.

How about this, instead:

STAND UP FOR HUMANITY–BE HUMAN!

HELL, I EVEN MISS JIMMY!

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I saw this bumper sticker on another pickup truck a while back–I wasn’t quite old enough to miss either of the above.

Lyndon B. Johnson was President when I was born–he was the worst U.S. president during my lifetime, and possibly of all time.

“LBJ, LBJ, HOW MANY KIDS DID YOU KILL TODAY?”

He deserved that–in fact, he deserved far more than that.

I’m convinced he even arranged John F. Kennedy’s assassination, though of course I can’t prove it.

The last good president of the United States was Gerald Ford–not because of what he did, but because of what he didn’t do.  President Ford just did his job–he didn’t abuse his power, and leave this country in worse shape when he left office than when he took it.

Every U.S. president since Jimmy Carter has abused his power, and left this country in worse shape when he left office than when he took it.

That said,

I MISS RON.

HELL, I EVEN MISS JIMMY!

IT’S NOT SUPPOSED TO BE ABOUT RACE–SO WHY IS IT?

[This was originally posted February 22, 2016]

What if Colin Powell were President of the United States, instead of Barack Obama?

Would White liberals be so focused on the President’s race if Colin Powell were our first Black president?

Would White liberals be so disrespectfully condescending toward Black Americans if Colin Powell were President of the United States?

It’s not supposed to be about race–so why is it?

I have never seen such disrespectfully condescending behavior toward Black Americans by White Americans as I’ve seen since 2008.

Since 2008, To Kill a Mockingbird has been touted as the greatest work of American literature–and given such a disproportionate amount of praise and attention that one would think no other novel had ever been written.

To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel centering on injustice toward a Black American by White Americans.  And it was written by a White woman.  And it is not surprising to me at all that this disproportionate amount of praise of To Kill a Mockingbird is coming from Whites.

The term “African American” is as inaccurate for Black Americans as the term “European American” is for White Americans.

“Native American” is quite accurate because–though the Native Americans have not always been here–their ancestors arrived tens of thousands of years before ours did.

But though the ancestors of Black Americans could accurately be called “African Americans”, their descendants cannot.  Just as though the ancestors of White Americans could accurately be called “European Americans”, their descendants cannot.

And the interesting thing is that the term “African American” seems almost exclusively used by White Americans.  Most Black Americans don’t call themselves “African Americans”.

Could it be that the term “African American” was invented by disrespectfully condescending White Americans?

Even Black History Month–why is there a month set aside for the history of a group of Americans based solely on race?

Why not have a History Month for Americans of all races and ethnicities, instead?

I think disrespectfully condescending Whites came up with the idea of “Black History Month” too.

Even those who called for this cultural genocide against the American South were almost exclusively White.  And the politician, Nikki Haley, who abused her authority as Governor of South Carolina, in starting this cultural genocide against the American South, was White.  And the mayor of Pensacola, Ashton Hayward, who brought this cultural genocide against the American South to Pensacola, was White. And even the little band of little-tin-gods who demanded that the Escambia County Commission uphold Mayor Ashton Hayward’s act of cultural genocide was almost exclusively White–led by Dianne Krumel–a White woman.

I cannot speak for my fellow Americans who are Black–Americans of African descent.  Because I’m a White American of European descent.

But I cannot help but wonder:

If I were a Black American–an American of African descent–how would I feel about all these Whites condescending toward me simply because of my race?

Bigotry is not always apparent and direct–sometimes it is disguised as well-meaning sympathy.

Yet this “well-meaning sympathy”–this disrespectfully condescending treatment of Black Americans by White Americans–is still bigotry.

And frankly, I’m sick of it–it’s disgustingly self-righteous and hypocritical.

When I see a Black person, I see a person.  I couldn’t care less that his or her race is different from mine.  I don’t think less of him or her because he or she is Black–but I also don’t pretend to think more of him or her because he or she is Black. Because that kind of shallow, pretentious behavior is not only disrespectful–it’s just bigotry.

Race really doesn’t matter to me.

And if race really doesn’t matter to you, why don’t you stop pretending that it does?

A BIZARRE KIND OF BARGAINING REVISITED

A flag is a piece of cloth that says something.  It is a piece of cloth that speaks.

The Confederate Battle Flag (the Southern Cross) says, “This is the Confederate side of the battlefield.” And that is all it was designed to say.

The First Confederate Flag (the Stars and Bars), the Second Confederate Flag (the Stainless Banner), and the Third Confederate Flag (the Bloodstained Banner) say, “This is the Confederate States of America.” And that is all they were designed to say.

Because the Confederate Flag (all four designs) is a piece of cloth that says something, a piece of cloth that speaks, it is representative of speech itself.  Thus an infringement on the Confederate Flag is an infringement on our right to freedom of speech.

Dylann Roof abused our right to keep and bear arms, and murdered nine people. Yet the Confederate Flag has been censored–as if the Confederate Flag is to blame for this mass shooting.

Because our right to keep and bear arms was abused, our right to freedom of speech has been infringed.

Islam is a religion.

Because Islam is a religion, it is representative of religion itself.  Thus an infringement on Islam is an infringement on our right to freedom of religion.

Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik abused our right to keep and bear arms, and murdered fourteen people.  Yet Islam has been scrutinized–as if Islam is to blame for this mass shooting.  Muslims–adherents of Islam–have been ostracized, persecuted, and (in some cases) murdered.

Because our right to keep and bear arms was abused, our right to freedom of religion has been infringed.

“So what?” you say.  “The Confederate Flag is not my flag–an infringement on it is not an infringement on my right to freedom of speech.”

Guess what–your flag will be next.

“So what?” you say.  “Islam is not my religion–an infringement on it is not an infringement on my right to freedom of religion.”

Guess what–your religion will be next.

A bizarre kind of bargaining is going on here.

Americans are saying, “You can infringe on our right to freedom of speech, as long as you don’t even question our right to keep and bear arms.”

Americans are saying, “You can infringe on our right to freedom of religion, as long as you don’t even question our right to keep and bear arms.”

Our right to keep and bear arms is as important as every other right guaranteed us in our Bill of Rights.

But if we lose our right to freedom of speech, our right to freedom of religion, and every other right guaranteed us in our Bill of Rights–by overzealously guarding our right to keep and bear arms, and leaving every other right wide open to infringement–what good will our right to keep and bear arms be to us?

Let me add that these largely Republican politicians who are committing this cultural genocide against their Southern constituents are not acting in a conservative manner at all.  

In the last fifty years, the Republican Party–traditionally the more progressive or liberal party–has become the more conservative party–while the Democratic Party–traditionally the more conservative party–has become the more progressive or liberal party.  In short, these two political parties have switched platforms.

Conservatism involves more than just keeping the status quo. Conservatism involves approaching change cautiously and thoughtfully. Making rash decisions, acting on impulse, is not conservative at all.  The conservative considers all possible consequences of a change before making it.  The conservative doesn’t rush, but takes all the time he or she needs to weigh the pros and cons of any change.

By this definition, George W. Bush’s decision to send troops to Iraq before the campaign in Afghanistan had been completed was not conservative at all.  His father’s decision to send troops to Iraq only after its military had invaded Kuwait–and not while the U.S. military was engaged in another campaign–may not have been the best decision.  But at least it was a conservative decision.

Republican Governor Nikki Haley–who started this cultural genocide of the American South–was not conservative at all, in what she did.  The conservative decision would have been to remove the Confederate Battle Flag from South Carolina’s capitol building in Columbia–because no flag should fly above a state capitol building except that state’s flag and the current federal government’s flag–then stop there.

But she didn’t stop there–she moved on to remove all Confederate flags from historical flags displays and Confederate memorials too.  This wasn’t conservative at all–this was just irrational.  And Republican governors, county commissioners, and mayors all over the Southern United States followed Nikki Haley’s cue–removing Confederate flags, not from state capitol buildings or local government buildings–but from historical flags displays, Confederate memorials, and Confederate cemeteries.  And now the destruction of Confederate memorials has begun, in New Orleans–and will likewise spread all over the Southern United States–unless of course the constituents of these largely Republican politicians start resisting this cultural genocide.

These largely Republican politicians are no more conservative than Nikki Haley–and are just as irrational.

The fact is that by failing to uphold the principles of conservatism that it has claimed to champion for the last fifty years–by engaging in this cultural genocide of the American South through largely Republican governors, county commissioners, and mayors–the Republican Party has betrayed the trust of its loyal Southern base.

Let me also add that it does no good to guard against federal-government infringement of our rights as U.S. citizens, if we allow our state and local governments to infringe on these same rights.

Our federal government has been infringing on our rights for a very long time–and it is well that we guard against further infringement, and hold it accountable for current infringement.

Yet this trend of targeting red herrings to dodge the issue of gun regulation is not being carried out by our federal government at all–but by our state and local governments.

It is our state and local governments that are indirectly infringing on our right to freedom of speech by censoring Confederate flags and destroying Confederate memorials.

And it is our state and local governments that are indirectly infringing on our right to freedom of religion by passing laws to keep Syrian refugees out of their jurisdictions simply because they are Muslim.

Our right to keep and bear arms is as important as every other right guaranteed us in our Bill of Rights.

But if we lose our right to freedom of speech, our right to freedom of religion, and every other right guaranteed us in our Bill of Rights–by overzealously guarding our right to keep and bear arms, and leaving every other right wide open to infringement–what good will our right to keep and bear arms be to us?

Likewise, our federal government is as potentially dangerous to every right guaranteed us in our Bill of Rights as our state and local governments are.

But if we lose our right to freedom of speech, our right to freedom of religion, and every other right guaranteed us in our Bill of Rights–by overzealously guarding against infringement of these rights by our federal government, and leaving them wide open to infringement by our state and local governments–what difference will it make?


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