General Discussion, Sunday, November 19, 2017

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  1. Lucille says:


    Romans 15:13 in the New International Version: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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  2. MaryfromMarin says:

    Shadows of things to come…

    Islamists Barge Into French Monastery During Prayers, Demand Nuns Convert To Islam

    http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/11/18/islamists-barge-french-monastery-prayers-tell-nuns-convert-islam/

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    • Lucille says:

      Matthew 5:11-12 Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition

      Blessed are ye when they shall revile you, and persecute you, and speak all that is evil against you, untruly, for my sake:
      Be glad and rejoice, for your reward is very great in heaven. For so they persecuted the prophets that were before you.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Small blessings…they didn’t kill anyone.

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      • MaryfromMarin says:

        That is also to come. But remember:

        “The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church.”
        (Tertullian, Apologeticus, ch. 50).

        Always remembering that “the church” and “the Church” are not one and the same. They may overlap, but they are not exactly the same.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      Hm. What do they say, “A harbinger of things to come?” At least, it does look like a few Frenchmen are starting to stand up and speak out. “Last week over a hundred French conservative politicians interrupted the street prayers by singing the French national anthem and getting into minor physical confrontations with the Muslim worshippers.”

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    • lovely says:

      Given the past history of Muslim savagery barging into a church like that should have gotten them shot on the spot.

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  3. Lucille says:

    When I first started listening to this non-traditional rendition of HOW GREAT THOU ART by a young man I’d never heard of–Jadon Lavik, it seemed strange. But by the end I found it very touching…

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  4. nyetneetot says:

    Mornin’ stella! (Smiter of those that ought to be smote) 😎 🍸 (Long Island Iced Tea)
    Mornin’ WeeWeed! (Master Mixologist Extrodinare) 😎 🍸 (Old Fashioned)
    Mornin’ Menagerie! 😎 |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| (Jack Daniels – Single Barrel )
    Mornin’ Ad rem! (Queen Felis catus) 🐱 🍸 (Flaming Lamborghini)
    Mornin’ Sharon! 😎 🍸 🍸 (earthquake)
    Mornin’ ytz4mee! 😎 🍸 (cosmopolitan)
    Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (white wine and perrier)
    Mornin’ partyzantski! πŸ™‚ |_| (Tom Collins)
    Mornin’ texan59! πŸ™‚ |_| (Black & Tan)
    Mornin’ ZurichMike! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (fuzzy navel)
    Mornin’ Col.(R) Ken! (hand salute) πŸ™‚ |_| (Boilermaker)
    Mornin’ czarina33! (aka czarina) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Lynchburg Lemonade)
    Mornin’ czarowniczy! πŸ™‚ |_| (Wild Turkey Rare Breed)
    Mornin’ letjusticeprevail2014! πŸ™‚ |_| (Irish Car Bomb)
    Mornin’ Patriot1783-ctdar! (aka “ctdar”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (grasshopper)
    Mornin’ tessa50! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (flaming volcano)
    Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (sidecar)
    Mornin’ varsityward! πŸ™‚ |_| (Godfather)
    Mornin’ MaryfromMarin! πŸ˜€ |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| (Mortlach)
    Mornin’ Wooly Covfefe! (aka “Wooly Phlox” aka “taqiyyologist”) πŸ™‚ |_| (Roy Rogers)
    Mornin’ Howie! (aka “doodahdaze”) πŸ™‚ |_| (Classic Daiquiri)
    Mornin’ TwoLaine! πŸ™‚ |_| (Gin & Tonic)
    Mornin’ Sha! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Lemon Drop)
    Mornin’ BigMamaTEA! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Harvey Wallbanger)
    Mornin’ cetera5! (aka “Cetera”) πŸ™‚ |_| (Blackberry wine)
    Mornin’ The Tundra PA! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Gentleman Jack Whiskey Sling)
    Mornin’ lovely! πŸ™‚ |_| (Backdraft)
    Mornin’ michellc! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Salty dog)
    Mornin’ auscitizenmom! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Kiss on the Lips)
    Mornin’ Margaret-Ann! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (White Russian)
    Mornin’ Auntie Lib! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Tom and Jerry)
    Mornin’ holly100! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Jack & Coke)
    Mornin’ Pam! πŸ™‚ (Not even water)
    Mornin’ Ms.Tee! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Mojito)
    Mornin’ koolkosherkitchen! πŸ™‚ 🍸 🍸 (Cuba Libre)
    Mornin’ ImpeachEmAll πŸ™‚ |_| (Flaming Dr. Pepper)
    Mornin’ Monroe! πŸ™‚ |_| (Stinger)
    Mornin’ Les! πŸ™‚ |_| (Rusty Nail)
    Mornin’ shiloh1973! πŸ™‚ |_| (Jack Daniels)
    Mornin’ TexasRanger! πŸ™‚ |_| (Whiskey Smash)
    Mornin’ Ziiggii! πŸ™‚ |_| (B52)
    Mornin’ oldiadguy! πŸ™‚ |_| (Rum & Coke)
    Mornin’ smiley! (“stuck in spambucket”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Spanish coffee)
    Mornin’ derk! (β€œStellars”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Kamikaze)
    Mornin’ Jacqueline Taylor Robson πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Shirley Temple)
    Mornin’ facebkwallflower! πŸ™‚ |_| (Night Train Express)
    Mornin’ Ms. Cindy! (aka “Ms Cynlynn” aka “ms cynlynn”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1970 ducru beaucaillou)
    Mornin’ sandandsea2015! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1961 ChΓ’teau Montrose)
    Mornin’ amwick! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Blue motorcycle)
    Mornin’ hocuspocus13! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1970 Chateau Latour)
    Mornin’ Sloth1963! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1971 Moulin Touchais)
    Mornin’ MTeresa! (Ex-lurker) πŸ™‚ |_| (Albanian Raki Moskat)
    Mornin’ Rhea Salacia Volans! πŸ™‚ |_| (Hot Buttered Rum)
    Mornin’ joshua! πŸ™‚ |_| (Mudslide)
    Mornin’ John Denney! πŸ™‚ |_| (RumChata)
    Mornin’ litenmaus! πŸ™‚ |_| (Stolichnaya elit, no ice)
    Mornin’ kinthenorthwest! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (A Lonely Island Lost in the Middle of a Foggy Sea)
    Mornin’ TwoLaine! πŸ™‚ |_| (Smoking Bishop)
    Mornin’ patternpuzzler! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Old Lady)
    Mornin’ SenatssekretΓ€r FREISTAAT DANZIG! πŸ™‚ |_| (Red Russian)
    Mornin’ G-d&Country! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Blind Russian)
    Mornin’ Gary! πŸ™‚ |_| (Yuengling)
    Mornin’ valeriecurren! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Flaming Sambuca)
    Mornin’ Lucille! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Peach Schnapps)
    Mornin’ Lburg! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Lburg lemonade)
    Mornin’ davidhuntpe! πŸ™‚ |_| (Baileys Irish Cream on the rocks)
    Mornin’ skipper1961! πŸ™‚ |_| (Brompton’s Cocktail – No cherry, no umbrella, no plastic monkey)
    Mornin’ mightyconservative! πŸ™‚ |_| (Benjamin Franklin’s clarified milk punch)
    Mornin’ whiners and complainers! πŸ˜› (No drink for you!)
    Mornin’ to people posting that I missed. 😳
    Mornin’ to all you lurkers! πŸ˜•

    Also just in case someday; mornin’ to Elvis Chupacabra, F.D.R. in Hell and sundance! :mrgreen:

    Breakfast!

    NEW and IMPROVED breakfast with extra bacon for ZurichMike!

    Blueberry Scones

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    • Beautiful breakfast, Nyet! Thank you and good morning.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      I think I will go for the bacon, eggs, and bicuits, and maybe a little gravy, too. Mornin’ Nyet, everyone. πŸ™‚

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    • Lburg says:

      Good Morning and Thank You, Nyet for the lovely Sunday breakfast. Good morning, Stellars. Here’s hoping it’s a great day for us all.

      β€œHow you can sit there, calmly eating muffins when we are in this horrible trouble, I can’t make out. You seem to me to be perfectly heartless.”

      “Well, I can’t eat muffins in an agitated manner. The butter would probably get on my cuffs. One should always eat muffins quite calmly. It is the only way to eat them.”

      “I say it’s perfectly heartless your eating muffins at all, under the circumstances.” ~ Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

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    • lovely says:

      Good morning Nyet πŸ™‚ .

      Offerings for the Missus.

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      • nyetneetot says:

        Mrs. N has been buying halva imported from Greece for the last year, so we don’t need to let her know I ate the offering you provided. In fact we don’t even need to let her know there was an offering at all. Yes, I think that’s for the best.
        Thank you for the chocolate. I think I’ve seen those in some of the Russian deli’s in the Seattle area. Looking at the label it’s the Ukrainian company Roshen. I like their booze filled chocolate “beans”.

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        • lovely says:

          They are from a Russian store in Milwaukee simply named “Russian Gifts” the first time I was in there a man maybe in his fifties spoke some English. There was an older gentleman with him who I assume is his dad, the last time I was there it was the older gentleman and his wife were the only two there neither of them spoke English, I don’t speak Russian so I just bought chocolates.

          They have really sweet fresh butter.

          My daughter wants a Russian hand painted box for Christmas unfortunately I can’t remember which one she liked the best πŸ™ƒ.

          Mums the word about the chocolate and wafers but they are really, yummy!

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    • Col(R)Ken says:

      Nye!!!!!!! Blueberry Scones!!!!!!! Thank you….thank you…..

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    • Lucille says:

      Another perfect spread, Nyet. May I just eat all day, please?

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  5. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ kids!

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  6. WeeWeed says:

    Stolen from next door. πŸ˜‰

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  7. auscitizenmom says:

    I know the name of a General who needs to be fired……………..immediately. I saw this on FOX and FRIENDS this morning. Air Force General John Hyton says he would refuse an “illegal” order to strike NK with a nuke.

    https://www.fxncc.com/general-says-he-would-refuse-trumps-nuclear-order/195162/

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    • stella says:

      I watched the video on another site. I don’t think that’s what he said, exactly. He said he would resist an illegal order, yes. I wouldn’t want our military to follow an illegal order. What if it were Obama or Hillary? Watch and decide.

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      • auscitizenmom says:

        You’re right. I didn’t see the video. I just heard what they said he said. Fake news. 😑

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Here’s my take: as a 4-star general he should have thought ahead and never even brought up the hypothetical scenario of his CinC giving him an illegalorder. Bad wording and he should have known better.
        Had I have been in uniform and said what he did I’d have had my career and my ass handed to me before first formation the next day. Bad choice of wording, General, ya shoulda knowed betterer.

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    • stella says:

      The fxncc post says that the general “said that if President Trump ordered a nuclear attack that he disagreed with he would refuse.” He didn’t say that at all.

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  8. derk says:

    Morning Stella, and all,
    Clear, cool, and beautiful up here in the north state, 38 now, with rain coming back in tomorrow morning. Get ready.
    Love the picture this morning, reminded me of the road in Forrest Gump, and of course, “Country Roads” by John Denver.
    Looks like I headed back south to the Bay Area this evening. Couple of things being done with my mom tomorrow, think I’ll go and be there with a couple of brothers for a day or two. Maybe through Thanksgiving.
    So, instead of John Denver, a little Rebecdca St. James:

    This whole album is so good, alphabetically this song is first on my music thingy, hear it now and then. The past few days, it is really appreciated, and often put on repeat.
    Have a great day out there in this Stellar land!

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  9. stella says:

    Country Music Hall of Famer Mel Tillis dead at 85

    http://www.wcnc.com/news/nation-world/country-music-hall-of-famer-mel-tillis-dead-at-85/493031356

    Country Music Hall of Famer, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee and Grand Ole Opry member Mel Tillis died early Sunday morning at the Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Florida, according to his publicist Don Murry Grubbs.

    The singer, songwriter, comedian and businessman, whose genuine warmth and down-home humor drew countless fans, was 85 years old. In his six-decade career, he recorded over 60 albums, notched three dozen Top 10 singles and wrote several hit songs that are now regarded as classics…

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  10. czarowniczy says:

    Oh crap, word must be out. I went outside to do some work and there was a buzzard sitting on the roof. Isn’t all that unusual but the older I get the more uneasy it makes me.

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  11. stella says:

    A Fair Hearing by a Jury of His Pervs

    http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2017/11/a_fair_hearing_by_a_jury_of_his_pervs.html#.WhFV3gTd-WA.facebook

    … While attention is focused on the kind of things of great interest only to viewers of daytime television, strapped to hospital beds and unable to reach a remote to turn it off, some important things are happening.

    The House has passed a tax cut bill, which is heading to the Senate, where I hope the harassment training won’t cut into their work time, as it apparently has the U.S. Navy’s operations.

    Senator Chuck Grassley has announced he’s going ahead with a confirmation hearing for David Stras, a nominee for the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, ignoring Al Franken’s blue slip effort to stop the confirmation hearing, and will as well hold a confirmation hearing for Kyle Duncan for the 5th Circuit, despite his home state senator John Kennedy β€˜s blue slip. Former senator Harry Reid undid a slew of Senate traditions, and his party paved the way for the new majority to follow his lead. Senatorial courtesy, which once allowed a home state senator to block a nominee from his own state, seems to be a dying tradition.

    Rumors are strong that Justice Anthony Kennedy is about to resign from the Supreme Court and the White House has announced five new additions to the slate of potential nominees to fill that slot:

    The White House on Friday announced the addition of five new names to President Trump’s list of potential Supreme Court nominees…

    Two of the latest candidates, Judge Amy Coney Barrett and Judge Kevin C. Newsom, were both nominated to their current positions by Trump in May, according to the White House.

    Barret serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit and Newsom serves on U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, the statement said. The White House announced both nominations in May.

    Also on the list are Justice Britt C. Grant of the Supreme Court of Georgia, Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and Justice Patrick Wyrick of the Supreme Court of Oklahoma.

    The update comes amid ongoing rumors that Justice Anthony Kennedy, 81, who has served on the court for more than 20 years, is considering retirement.

    Probably the most important development this week is the effective end of the CFPB (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau), a power grab by Democrats led by Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, which gives a single director who can only be fired for cause by the president (a structure designed to operate outside Congressional or executive control) power to regulate mortgages, credit cards, and retirement and pension investments — in sum, all consumer financial transactions. Warren originally wanted to run this outfit, but when it was clear she’d never get Congressional approval, Richard Cordray became the one-man credit czar. Last October the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled that placing so much power in a single commissioner not answerable to the president was unconstitutional.

    The Obama Administration sought en banc review by the entire Circuit Court Panel. In March, the new administration reversed the government’s position. The entire panel heard the case in May. While the decision in that case is still pending, Cordray this week resigned, and the president appointed in his place OMB chief Mike Mulvaney as interim head. Mulvaney strongly opposed the creation of this bureau. The President thus has now put in place someone who can be counted on to undo the Democrats’ machinations to control all our financial transactions by the fiat of a single man. By their own hands, they created a situation they are powerless to undo — just as by tarring Judge Moore with suspect accusations they open themselves to the same treatment.

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  12. ImpeachEmAll says:

    Dumbass of the Century

    award is a no-brainer. πŸ˜‰

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    • ImpeachEmAll says:

      Hillary is doing
      her best for the
      nomination… πŸ˜‰

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    • ImpeachEmAll says:

      Ingrates will be ingrates…

      They never appreciate
      a helping hand and the
      old man would be yelling
      “racists”; if Trump had
      let his bratty son rot in
      China; as a participation
      trophy for his disrespect
      of China and the USA. πŸ˜‰

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  13. lovely says:

    For anyone who has 13 minutes and 34 seconds to spare this is a beautiful children’s book by Oscar Wilde.

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  14. ImpeachEmAll says:

    Oscar Levant doing his thing… πŸ˜‰

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  15. stella says:

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  16. Lucille says:

    An “Antiques Roadshow UK” episode I viewed recently was held at the Derby Roundhouse–a day locomotive works where they repaired trains in the past. It’s the oldest such facility anywhere in the world, having been built in 1839.

    A woman brought in a portrait of her father (a Mr. Wright), along with some WWII memorabilia from the time he was an NCO interned at POW camp Stalag 383 which was in Bavaria.

    Another British soldier/commando named Terry Frost (later to become a famous abstract artist – see http://www.artnet.com/artists/sir-terry-frost/) was also captured and sent to Stalag 383. He used his time learning to paint and painted the prisoners’ portraits in return for their providing him with their rough, canvas-like pillowcases to use.

    Apparently this particular stalag was not one of the more overtly cruel or oppressive in their use of camp labor. And after a while Mr. Wright decided along with other volunteers to set up a educational system for the men in order to help them use their time productively. In essence, he became the headmaster of a school for 2000 out of the 3000 British and Allied prisoners at the camp.

    Along with the portrait, Mr. Wright’s daughter showed a document from January 1945 created and signed by all the “instructors” at the school and commending Mr. Wright for his diligence and dedication in teaching the incarcerated men.

    The woman didn’t say whether her father had kept in touch with any of his “students” or Mr. Frost. But her father’s unusual story is one of such determination and “overcoming” that I’m sure none of the men incarcerated with him ever forgot that experience in the midst of imprisonment.

    In another time when our earthly societies seem so full of negativity and turmoil, it’s wonderful to be reminded how many resilient, imaginative and remarkable people there have been and still are gracing our world.

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    • stella says:

      Thanks Lucille! That’s an interesting and uplifting story.

      Liked by 1 person

    • czarina33 says:

      You provide so many pieces of fine information & history! What an interesting life you have lived if it included them!

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    • Lucille says:

      Since something once placed on the Internet lasts forever, I wanted to correct two misstatements. I just went back and re-watched the excerpt from the AR episode and found that the “student body” of the school was 3,000 out of 5,000 prisoners; and the commendation from the other “instructors” was written in June 1944. Yes, it’s nitpicky but it is also annoying when my memory fails. Senior moments! LOL!

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  17. auscitizenmom says:

    lilbirdee12’s prayer:

    Our Heavenly Father, Your children come to you tonight to ask for healing and peace throughout our country so that we may return to being One Nation Under God. Guide us to be leaders in Your Kingdom, spreading Your Love and Salvation to all. Forgive us our sins and deliver us from evil.

    Lord, we ask for a blanket of protection over all our troops and law enforcement who serve to defend and protect us. Bless our representatives with the strength and wisdom they need to achieve the path You have chosen for us.

    Please place Your Guardian Angels of Protection around Donald Trump and Mike Pence and their families as they seek to lead America back to You.

    Grant us patience, Lord, as the evil ones try to anger us and cause us to fall.
    Spread blessings over Israel and Netanyahu.

    We humbly ask that You please comfort those who are grieving and in pain.
    Thank you Father, for Your Love and the gift of Life.

    And, Lord, we pray for all the people who have been affected by the earthquakes and hurricanes.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

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