Promises, and the other side of the coin..

According to Webster: prom·ise, 1.a. A declaration assuring that one will or will not do something; a vow. b. Something promised. 2. Indication of something favorable to come; expectation: 3. Indication of future excellence or success:

Keeping Webster’s words in mind, when you voted for Barack Obama because he promised America a free lunch, ..consider what you promised him?

Unless of course you are a liberal ideologue in the image of Barack Obama who doesn’t understand that a coin has two sides.

Barack Obama promised America a healthcare system “available” to everyone.

According to Webster: a·vail·a·ble, 1. Present and ready for use; at hand; accessible:

Question: Utilizing either your “Formal Education” or your “Common Sense” capacity for understanding time and space, is a law that takes effect in the year 2014, (two years after Barack Obama will “hopefully” be residing back in Chicago,) Currently “Ready for use; at hand; and accessible?”

Barack Obama’s health care is currently, “ready for use; at hand; and accessible.”

Question: why is that?

Answer: Because when America voted for Barack Obama because he promised America a free lunch, as Democrats have been doing for 235 years, America made Barack Obama promises.

In fact, America made Barack Obama more promises than Barack Obama made America.

Let’s examine that; ..here’s where we get to the other side of that coin I was telling you about.

When America elects a President, or any election “hired” individual for that matter, the “electorate,” i.e., ..theoretically, intellectually capable, responsible, voting men and women, knowingly or unknowingly promise to provide the individual, man or woman, a “pension” and a “retirement benefit” well beyond the reach of more than 90% of the men and women casting their votes.

According to Webster: e·lec·tor·ate, 1. A body of qualified voters.

During a President’s Term of Service, he or she, is provided with amenities to include living rent free in the Nation’s Capital, i.e., the White House. He or she, is provided with a professional staff, to include a White House Chief of Staff, currently William Daley, a “Cabinet,” which currently under Barack Obama consists of; “Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of the Treasury, Timothy Geithner, Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, Attorney General, Eric Holder, Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Commerce, Gary Locke, Secretary of Labor, Hilda Solis, Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sibelius, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Shaun Donovan, Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood, Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu, Secretary of Education, Ame Duncan, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, and then the list moves into the Vice President, Joe Biden and a medley of other White House personnel.

The President of United States is also provided with a domestic staff, and transportation in the form of “Lemo One,” a GMC top-kick based Cadillac, Marine One, which currently consists a choice between a HMX-1 “Nighthawk” and a larger VH-3D Sea King, or the newer, smaller VH-60N “WhiteHawk,” and last, albeit by no stretch of anyone’s imagination, least. The President is provided with an aircraft that all America identifies as Air Force One.

Trivia information, for those of you who may enjoy trivia?

According to “General Services Administration” data , the number of limousines in the federal fleet increased from 238 in fiscal 2008, the last year of the George W. Bush administration, to 412 in 2010. Much of the 73 percent increase —111 of the 174 additional limos — took place in fiscal 2009, more than eight months of which corresponded with Obama’s first year in office.

Presidential Retirement Benefits…

Presidential retirement benefits were non-existent until the enactment of the Former Presidents Act (FPA) in 1958. Since then, Presidential retirement benefits have included a lifetime annual pension, staff and office allowances, travel expenses, Secret Service protection and more.

Pension

Former Presidents are offered a taxable lifetime pension equal to the annual rate of basic pay for the heads of executive branch departments, like the Cabinet Secretaries. This amount is set annually by Congress and is currently (in 2009) $193,400 per year. The pension starts the minute the President officially leaves office at noon on Inauguration Day. Widows of former Presidents are provided with a $20,000 annual lifetime pension and mailing privileges, unless they choose to waive their right to the pension.

In 1974, the Justice Department ruled that Presidents who resign from office before their official terms of office expire are entitled to the same lifetime pension and benefits extended to other former Presidents. However, Presidents who are removed from office due to “impeachment” forfeit all benefits.

Transition Expenses

For the first 7 months, beginning one month before the January 20 inauguration, former Presidents get transition funding the help them transition back into private life. Granted under the Presidential Transition Act, the funds can be used for office space, staff compensation, communications services, and printing and postage associated with the transition. The amount provided is determined by Congress.

Staff and Office Allowances

Six months after a President leaves office, he or she gets funds for an office staff. During the first 30 months after the leaving office, the former President gets a maximum of $150,000 per year for this purpose. Thereafter, the Former Presidents Act stipulates that the aggregate rates of staff compensation for a former President cannot exceed $96,000 annually. Any additional staff costs must be paid for personally by the former President.

Former Presidents are compensated for office space and office supplies at any location in the United States. Funds for former Presidents’ office space and equipment are authorized annually by Congress as part of the budget for the General Services Administration (GSA).

Travel Expenses

Under a law enacted in 1968, the GSA makes funds available to former Presidents and no more than two of his or her staff members for travel and related expenses. To be compensated, the travel must be related to the former President’s status as an official representative of the United States government. In other words, travel for pleasure is not compensated. The GSA determines all appropriate costs for travel.

Secret Service Protection

Former Presidents who entered office before January 1, 1997 and their spouses get Secret Service protection for life, unless they choose to decline it. Surviving spouses of former Presidents get secret service protection until they remarry. (18 U.S.C. 3056 – Powers, authorities, and duties of United States Secret Service.)

Former Presidents who entered office after January 1, 1997 and their spouses get Secret Service protection for a maximum of 10 years. A spouse’s 10-year protection ends upon divorce, remarriage, or the death of the former President. In the event of the death of a serving President, the spouse gets Secret Service protection for one year. In addition, the Secretary of Homeland Security can authorize temporary protection at any time. (18 U.S.C. 3056)

Protection for a former President’s children is available to them until the age of 16 or for a period not to exceed 10 years, whichever occurs first. (18 U.S.C. 3056)

In addition, the Presidential Threat Protection Act of 2000, granted the Secret Service additional authority to investigate threats against former Presidents and their families.

The Secret Service also provides protective services to the Vice President, (or other individuals next in order of succession to the Office of the President), the President-elect and Vice President-elect, and the immediate families of the those individuals.

Medical Expenses

Former Presidents and their spouses, widows, and minor children are entitled to treatment in military hospitals. Former Presidents and their dependants also have the option of enrolling in private health insurance plans at their own expense.

State Funerals

Former Presidents are traditionally granted State funerals with military honors. Details of the funeral are based on the wishes of the former President’s family.  (Source, About.com)

Editorial: Although I respect the Office of the President of the United Statesas much as any American citizen, I cannot in good conscience testify that I respect the individual currently holding the office as I am a fiscal conservative that believes in personal responsibility, and Government responsibility. A commodity, “at least in my considered opinion,” that is sorely lacking in the Obama administration. Ideology may serve those with their heads in a cloud?

Albeit, for the rank-and-file, gainfully employed, taxpaying, “common sense” American citizen with a mortgage and children to put through college, liberal ideology is about as useful as an umbrella in a hurricane.

According to Webster: i·de·ol·o·gy, 1. The body of ideas reflecting the social needs and aspirations of an individual, a group, a class, or a culture. 2. A set of doctrines or beliefs that form the basis of a political, economic, or other system.

Barack Obama is an idealist…

According to Webster: i·de·al·ist, 1. One whose conduct is influenced by ideals that often conflict with practical considerations. 2. One who is unrealistic and impractical; a visionary.

I am a pragmatist…

According to Webster: prag·ma·tism, 1. A movement consisting of varying but associated theories, and distinguished by the doctrine that the meaning of an idea or a proposition lies in its observable practical consequences. 2. A practical, matter-of-fact way of approaching or assessing situations or of solving problems.

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

Crusader Rabbit…

Pedagogy..

According to Webster: ped·a·go·gy, 1. The art or profession of teaching. 2. Preparatory training or instruction. (See Pedagogue.)

According to Webster: ped·a·gogue, 1. A schoolteacher; an educator. 2. One who instructs in a pedantic or dogmatic manner.

With the interest of pedagogy in mind, I borrowed today’s offering from “Frosty Wooldridge,” at; http://www.rense.com 

How Much Further
Into This Nightmare?

By Frosty Wooldridge
1-22-7

 When Do We Say “Uncle,” and Get A Life?

Are we hypnotized, or mesmerized? Can an entire civilization possess a death wish? Can Americans, by our own apathy, encourage their own destruction? Can American citizens be that stupid? Are our leaders that corrupt? Can Americans be that disinterested as the core of their values rots like fish in three-day-old garbage? Look around fellow Americans. You’ve got Muslims swearing-in on the Koran in the United States Congress. That book stands diametrically opposed to the U. S. Constitution. Those who follow the Koran expect to kill Jewish and Christian nations. The Koran states it emphatically. Islamists expect to wipe Christians off the face of the earth! It’s the prime directive of those who follow the Koran to “convert or kill all non-believers.” And, yet the people of Minnesota elected a man who follows a religion bent on destroying Western humanity.

Are You Ready ­for Sharia Law Governing in the U. S. A.?

If all 535 candidates for Congress were Muslims, and became U. S. Senators and House members– they would dismantle our Constitution in a heartbeat and install Sharia Law. How stupid are we as a nation? How naïve? How bankrupt in our apathy toward Islam and its prime directive?

Additionally, how stupid our apathy toward massive legal and illegal immigration! How far will we allow our nation into this nightmare?

“To Serve Man”

Forty years ago, a movie narrated by Rod Serling, “To Serve Man” starred Lloyd Bochner and Susan Cummings. It depicted an alien space craft landing on earth. The head alien gave the people of earth a book. With a special beam, all diseases vanished. Crops grew in abundance. Humans grew fat and happy. Soon, the aliens gave humans free trips back to their home planet. The aliens gave humans a choice to stay on the new planet. Flights left daily. Amazingly, no one returned to earth — except more space ships for transport. Where did they go, and what did they do? Near the end of the movie, Susan Cummings ran up to Bochner with a horrifying look on her face. “What’s the problem?” Bochner asked. “This book,” she said, “To Serve Man, well, our best experts have deciphered it.” “What did they learn?” Bochner asked. Susan Cummings burst into tears, “It’s a cook book!”

There are other provocative movies. Have you seen the current movie, “Children of Men?” Brace yourself and do that ­ then sit somewhere in silence, and think about the consequences.

Believe It, or Not ­ We Are Responsible For the Nightmare

We Can Choose To Stop It ­ If not now, When?

How far do Americans want to continue into this horror movie with a cast of millions of consequences including illegal aliens, violent Muslims landing in our country daily and an annual $700 billion trade deficit? Do you like watching diseases like TB, hepatitis and leprosy imported? Do you find it exciting to watch MS-13 gangs expanding all over our country? What about hospitals bankrupting, prisons exploding and education degraded to the Tower of Babel? Is it fun to watch your neighbors lose their jobs to outsourcing, offshoring and insourcing?

On top of that, our own Congress may insanely pass SB 2611, by Kennedy and McCain, which will legalize up to 30 million illegals and jump legal immigration one hundred percent annually ­ to two million per year. This legislation increases by tens of thousands work visas that take jobs from Americans — and continues chain migration and anchor babies without pause.

And still, the American public stands like a bunch of sheep in a pasture waiting to be slaughtered. In 2007, Americans remain as stupid and naïve as the humans in “To Serve Man.” Our nation adds 100 million people in 33 years with 70 million of them poorly-educated immigrants from Third World countries. Yet, the American public stands like a deer in the headlights. Road-kill!

“The Master Plan” ­ by Bush and Our Congress

President Bush writes a book titled: “THE MASTER PLAN: They Do the Jobs Americans Won’t Do.” After you decipher his book, here’s what it’s costing you:

1. $11 billion to $22 billion spent on welfare to illegal aliens each year.

2. $2.2 billion dollars a year spent on food assistance programs such as food stamps, WIC, and free school lunches for illegal aliens.

3. $2.5 billion dollars a year spent on Medicaid for illegal aliens.

4. $12 billion dollars a year spent on primary and secondary school education for children here illegally.

5. $17 billion dollars a year spent for education for the American-born children of illegal aliens, known as anchor babies.

6. $3 million dollars a day spent to incarcerate illegal aliens.

7. 29 percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens.

8. $90 billion dollars a year spent on illegal aliens for welfare & social services by the American taxpayers.

9. $200 billion Dollars a year in lost-suppressed American wages caused by the illegal aliens.

10. Illegal aliens in the United States have a crime rate that’s two and a half times that of citizen-taxpayer Americans. Their children make a huge additional crime problem in the United States.

11. During the year of 2005, there were 4 to 10 million illegal aliens that crossed our Southern Border. In addition, as many as 19,500 illegal aliens arrived from terrorist countries. Millions of pounds of drugs, cocaine, meth, heroine and marijuana, crossed into the U. S. from the Southern border.

12. In 2006 illegal aliens sent home $45 billion in remittances back to their countries of origin. Obfuscation may have hidden $35 Billion more.

13. “The Dark Side of Illegal Immigration: Nearly One Million Sex Crimes Committed by Illegal Immigrants in the United States.”

14. Every day (average), 12 Americans are murdered by an illegal alien. Another 13 Americans are killed by uninsured drunk illegal aliens, and Eight American Children are victims of a sex crime committed by an illegal alien each day! Local cops, acting in error, sometimes “forget” to annotate nationality on reports. The numbers may be worse.

15. Today, criminal aliens account for over 29 percent of prisoners in Federal Bureau of Prisons facilities and a higher share of all federal prison inmates. These prisoners represent the fastest growing segment of the federal prison population.

Incarceration of criminal aliens cost an estimated $624 million to state prisons (1999) and $891 million to federal prisons (2002), according to the most recent available figure from the U. S. DOJ Bureau of Justice Statistics.

16. “Illegal Aliens and American Medicine,” “Many illegal aliens harbor fatal diseases that American Medicine fought and vanquished long ago, such as drug-resistant tuberculosis, malaria, leprosy, plague, polio, dengue and Chagas disease.” The Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons.

17. In 2002, HIV/AIDS was the third leading cause of death among Hispanic men aged 35 to 44 and the fourth leading cause of death among Hispanic women in the same age group. Most Hispanic men were exposed to HIV through sexual contact with other men. Source (U. S. CDC):

18. If enacted, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act (CIRA, S. 2611) would be the most dramatic change in immigration law in 80 years, granting Amnesty to 30 million illegal immigrants, and allowing an estimated 100-203 million persons to legally immigrate to the U. S. over the next 20-40 years ­ a number equal to fully two-thirds of the current population of the United States.

19. U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) today unveiled an impact analysis that shows the Senate immigration bill ­ should it become law ­ would permit up to 217.1 million new legal immigrants into the United States over the next 20 years, a number equal to more than 70 percent of the total current population.

20. The number of illegal immigrants in the United States is at least 20 million, and may be as many as 30 million people, more than triple the official nine million people estimated by the Census Bureau. 03 Jan 2005.

21. Cases of Leprosy on the Rise In The U. S., The New York Times. “While there were some 900 recorded cases in the United States 40 years ago, today more than 7,000 people have leprosy.” Leprosy is an airborne virus; it can also be spread by touching and coughing.

Are you sickened by this movie? This nation needs a 10 year moratorium on all immigration. We need to stop this invasion of our nation and destruction of our future.

Dear reader, I don’t know what it’s going to take for you to mobilize yourself, your spouse, your kids, your community, your state, your local-county-state-national politicians — and your country- but it’s well past time to push the “eject-button” to get out of this nightmare. It matters little what your race, creed or color – as an American citizen, you and your children will become victims of this “Human Katrina” flooding into our country. This column exposes the ingredients for our destruction; it’s a cookbook of us boiling our culture, language and civilization to death.

Sources for all 21 points:

1. http://www.fairus.org/site/PageServer?pagename=iic_immigrationissuecenters7fd8

2. http://www.cis.org/articles/2004/fiscalexec.html

3. http://www.cis.org/articles/2004/fiscalexec.html

4. http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html

5. http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html

6. http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html

7. http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html

8. http://premium.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0610/29/ldt.01.html

9. http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html

10. http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0606/12/ldt.01.html

11. http://www.house.gov/mccaul/pdf/Investigaions-Border-Report.pdf

12. http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/news/nation/15795654.htm?source=rss&channel=cctimes_nation

13. http://www.drdsk.com/articles.html

14. http://www.house.gov/apps/list/hearing/ia05_king/col_20060505_bite.html

14. http://www.fairus.org/site/PageServer?pagename=iic_immigrationissuecenters0b9c

15. http://www.jpands.org/jpands1001.htm

16. http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/resources/factsheets/hispanic.htm

17. http://www.heritage.org/Research/Immigration/wm1076.cfm

18. http://sessions.senate.gov/pressapp/record.cfm?id=255553&&

19. http://www.bearstearns.com/bscportal/pdfs/underground.pdf

20. http://www.stevequayle.com/News.alert/03_Disease/030226.leprosy.in.US.html

21. http://jscms.jrn.columbia.edu/cns/2005-03-15/whitford-americanleprosy

http://www.libertypost.org/cgi-bin/readart.cgi?ArtNum=78621

 Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

Crusader Rabbit…

Debt crisis..

According to Webster: debt, 1. Something owed, such as money, goods, or services. 2.a. An obligation or liability to pay or render something to someone else. b. The condition of owing:

According to Webster: cri·sis, 1.a. A crucial or decisive point or situation; a turning point. b. An unstable condition, as in political, social, or economic affairs, involving an impending abrupt or decisive change.

While campaigning for the 2008 election, Barack Obama promised Americans “change.” A fundamental change.

According to Webster: fun·da·men·tal, 1.a. Of or relating to the foundation or base; elementary: b. Forming or serving as an essential component of a system or structure; central: c. Of great significance or entailing major change:

According to Webster: de·ci·sive, 1. Having the power to decide; conclusive. 2. Characterized by decision and firmness; resolute. 3. Beyond doubt; unmistakable:

Question: “In your considered opinion, with gasoline prices once again soaring upward towards four dollars a gallon and America’s National debt increasing by $1 million a minute, do you believe that the change Barack Obama has delivered is beneficial to you and to America?”

Editorial: Not being a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law school, I readily admit that my formal education is so far below Barack Obama’s that it would probably take a competent backhoe operator six days to dig a hole deep enough to measure the difference. However, with that said, and depending solely on my God-given common sense, I would like to state that, at least in my opinion, that Barack Obama has not only surpassed Jimmy Carter as the “Worst President” in the history of America by a margin so large, that again, in my humble, albeit “common sense” opinion, it could only be viewed from a platform such as the International Space Station.

“Our Government at work.”

Steven A. Camarota is Director of Research at the Center for Immigration Studies in Washington, D.C. He holds a master’s degree in political science from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in public policy analysis from the University of Virginia. Dr. Camarota often testifies before Congress and has published widely on the political and economic effects of immigration on the United States. His articles on the impact of immigration have appeared in both academic publications and the popular press including Social Science Quarterly, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Campaigns and Elections, and The Public Interest. His most recent work published by the Center for Immigration Studies includes: Immigration in a Time of Recession: An Examination of Trends Since 2000; Where Immigrants Live: An Examination of State Residency of the Foreign-Born; Back Where We Started: An Examination of Trends in Immigrant Welfare Use Since Welfare Reform; and The Open Door: How Militant Islamic Terrorists Entered and Remained in the United States, 1993-2001.

Executive Summary

This study is one of the first to estimate the total impact of illegal immigration on the federal budget. Most previous studies have focused on the state and local level and have examined only costs or tax payments, but not both. Based on Census Bureau data, this study finds that, when all taxes paid (direct and indirect) and all costs are considered, illegal households created a net fiscal deficit at the federal level of more than $10 billion in 2002. We also estimate that, if there was an amnesty for illegal aliens, the net fiscal deficit would grow to nearly $29 billion.

Among the findings:

  Households headed by illegal aliens imposed more than $26.3 billion in costs on the federal government in 2002 and paid only $16 billion in taxes, creating a net fiscal deficit of almost $10.4 billion, or $2,700 per illegal household.

  Among the largest costs are Medicaid ($2.5 billion); treatment for the uninsured ($2.2 billion); food assistance programs such as food stamps, WIC, and free school lunches ($1.9 billion); the federal prison and court systems ($1.6 billion); and federal aid to schools ($1.4 billion).

  With nearly two-thirds of illegal aliens lacking a high school degree, the primary reason they create a fiscal deficit is their low education levels and resulting low incomes and tax payments, not their legal status or heavy use of most social services.

  On average, the costs that illegal households impose on federal coffers are less than half that of other households, but their tax payments are only one-fourth that of other households.

  Many of the costs associated with illegals are due to their American-born children, who are awarded U. S. citizenship at birth. Thus, greater efforts at barring illegals from federal programs will not reduce costs because their citizen children can continue to access them.

  If illegal aliens were given amnesty and began to pay taxes and use services like households headed by legal immigrants with the same education levels, the estimated annual net fiscal deficit would increase from $2,700 per household to nearly $7,700, for a total net cost of $29 billion.

  Costs increase dramatically because unskilled immigrants with legal status — what most illegal aliens would become — can access government programs, but still tend to make very modest tax payments.

  Although legalization would increase average tax payments by 77 percent, average costs would rise by 118 percent.

  The fact that legal immigrants with few years of schooling are a large fiscal drain does not mean that legal immigrants overall are a net drain — many legal immigrants are highly skilled.

  The vast majority of illegals hold jobs. Thus the fiscal deficit they create for the federal government is not the result of an unwillingness to work.

  The results of this study are consistent with a 1997 study by the National Research Council, which also found that immigrants’ “education” level is a key determinant of their fiscal impact.

According to Webster: ed·u·ca·tion, 1. An instructive or enlightening experience.

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.

The United States Department of Education, also referred to as ED or the ED for (the) Education Department, is a Cabinet-level department of the United States government. Created by the Department of Education Organization Act (Public Law 96-88) and signed into law by President Jimmy Carter on October 17, 1979, it began operating on May 16, 1980. The Department of Education Organization Act divided the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare into the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services. The Department of Education is administered by the United States Secretary of Education. It is by far the smallest Cabinet-level department, with about “5,000 employees.” The agency’s official acronym is ED (and not DOE, which refers to the United States Department of Energy). It is also often abbreviated informally as DoED.

ESTABLISHMENT

A previous Department of Education was created in 1867 but soon was demoted to an Office in 1868. As an agency not represented in the president’s cabinet, it quickly became a relatively minor bureau in the Department of the Interior. In 1939, the bureau was transferred to the Federal Security Agency, where it was renamed the Office of Education. In 1953, the Federal Security Agency was upgraded to cabinet-level status as the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. Upgrading Education to cabinet level status a century later in 1979 was controversial and opposed by many in the Republican Party, who saw the department as unconstitutional, arguing that the Constitution doesn’t mention education, and deemed it an unnecessary and illegal federal bureaucratic intrusion into local affairs. However many liberals and Democrats see the department as constitutional under the Commerce Clause, and that the funding role of the Department is constitutional under the Taxing and Spending Clause. On March 23, 2007, President George W. Bush signed into law H.R. 584, which designates the ED Headquarters building as the Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Building.

FUNCTIONS

The primary functions of the Department of Education are to “establish policy” for, “administer and coordinate” most “federal assistance” to education, “collect data” on U.S. schools, and to “enforce federal educational laws” regarding “privacy and civil rights.” The Department of Education “does not establish” schools or colleges. (Source Wikipedia)

Reality check: In the world common sense, the U. S. Department of Education is simply no more than an “entity” to “consume” U. S. tax dollars, providing benefits to no one beyond those employed by the Department of Education.

According to Webster: en·ti·ty, 1. Something that exists as a particular and discrete unit: 2. The fact of existence; being. 3. The existence of something considered apart from its properties.

In 1992, the United States spent more per student on primary and secondary education (in constant U. S. dollars) than did all of the other G-7 countries. However, U. S. per student spending on higher education ($7,097) was in the mid-range of the G-7 countries (source, the National Center for Education Statistics)

Wake up America, we’re, i.e., “We the People” are feeding a herd of 5,000 dead horses.

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

Crusader Rabbit…

Wealth v poverty..

According to Webster: wealth, 1. An abundance of valuable material possessions or resources; riches. 2. The state of being rich; affluence. 3. A great amount.

The faces of wealth…

 

 According to Webster: pov·er·ty, 1. The state of being poor; lack of the means of providing material needs or comforts. 2. Deficiency in amount;

 The faces of poverty…

The face of the nation…

 Brothers in bankrupting America…

 

 

Conservative and pragmatic…

 ..understands family, and understands America.

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

  

Crusader Rabbit…

Entitlement v Welfare..

According to Webster: en·ti“tle·ment, 1. To give a name or title to. 2. To furnish with a right or claim to something:

According to Webster: wel·fare, 1. Health, happiness, and good fortune; well-being. 2. Prosperity. 3. Financial or other aid provided, especially by the government, to people in need.

As words are literally the foundation for every social relationship ever established by man, i.e., Homo sapiens, I am elated this morning to critique Webster’s offerings for “Entitlement” and “Welfare.”

According to Webster: right, 1. Conforming with or conformable to justice, law, or morality: 2. In accordance with fact, reason, or truth; correct: 3. Fitting, proper, or appropriate: 4. Most favorable, desirable, or convenient: 5. In or into a satisfactory state or condition:

SYNONYMS: right, privilege, prerogative, perquisite, birthright. These nouns apply to something, such as a power or possession, to which one has an established claim. Right refers to a legally, morally, or traditionally just claim:

According to Webster: claim, 1. To demand or ask for as one’s own or one’s due; assert one’s right to: 2. To take in a violent manner as if by right: 3. To state to be true, especially when open to question; assert or maintain: 4. To deserve or call for; require:

SYNONYMS: claim, pretense, pretension, title. The central meaning shared by these nouns is “a legitimate or asserted right to demand something as one’s rightful due”:

Reality check..

In the United States, Social Security refers to the federal “Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance” (OASDI) program. (Source Wikipedia)

Social Security is a social insurance program that is funded through dedicated payroll taxes called Federal Insurance Contributions Act tax (FICA). Tax deposits are formally entrusted to the Federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance Trust Fund, the Federal Disability Insurance Trust Fund, the Federal Hospital Insurance Trust Fund, or the Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Fund. (Source Wikipedia)

According to Webster: trust fund, Property, especially money and securities, held or settled in trust.

According to Webster: trust, 1. Firm reliance on the integrity, ability, or character of a person or thing.

SYNONYMS: trust, faith, confidence, reliance, dependence. These nouns denote a feeling of certainty that a person or thing will not fail.

Conformable to “law justice or morality,”

According to Webster: law, 1. A rule of conduct or procedure established by custom, agreement, or authority. 2.a. The body of rules and principles governing the affairs of a community and enforced by a political authority; a legal system:

According to Webster: jus·tice, 1. The quality of being just; fairness. 2. The principle of moral rightness; equity. 3. Conformity to moral rightness in action or attitude; righteousness. 4. The upholding of what is just, especially fair treatment and due reward in accordance with honor, standards, or law. 4. Conformity to truth, fact, or sound reason:

According to Webster: mo·ral·i·ty, 1. The quality of being in accord with standards of right or good conduct. 2. A system of ideas of right and wrong conduct:

According to Webster: good, 1. Being positive or desirable in nature.

Reality check..

In my humble offering yesterday, I stated my opinion that I believe, as millions of others, that our government and our employees in Washington D. C. are corrupt.

According to Webster: cor·rupt, 1. Marked by immorality and perversion; depraved. 2. Venal; dishonest:

According to Webster: cor·rup·tion, 1. The act or process of corrupting. b. The state of being corrupt. 2. Decay; rot.

I received an e-mail yesterday from one of my oldest friends on the planet, or more correctly, an editorial composition, i.e., “a forward” expounding the authors disdain for Barack Obama and other hypothetically, i.e., “supposed” college-educated men and women who don’t seem to have a clue concerning the actual and correct definitions of the words and language that flow from their mouths on a daily basis.

According to Webster: flow, To move or run smoothly with unbroken continuity.

..continuing, the editorial composition, i.e., “forward.” I received from my old friend that makes his home in the politically conscious state of New Hampshire, was offered, as are most forwards, with a request, or a challenge to send it on to anyone and everyone on the recipients mailing list. Accordingly, being that my mortgage payment and my cupboard are dependent on my Social Security check, I gladly honor “Robert’s” request and accept his challenge one better, by offering my services today, i.e., “Blog” in his effort to inform every man, woman and child dependent on Social Security for their livelihood, and to educate America’s entire population to the reality that Robert and I currently, and unfortunately understand all too well.

In closing, and excerpt from Robert’s editorial composition:

I thought I was the only one that was scratching my head over my Social Security being called an ‘entitlement!’ I am entitled to it! I paid into it all my life. But to have it coupled in the same category with Welfare and other hand outs which are not earned by the recipients is insulting!!

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

Crusader Rabbit…

Revolution v Revelation..

According to Webster: rev·o·lu·tion,  The overthrow of one government and its replacement with another.

According to Webster: rev·e·la·tion,  The act of revealing or disclosing.

It is my “Revelation,” i.e., ..my act of revealing and disclosing that after extensive and diligent research into Barack Obama’s life, ideology and track record, “it is my considered opinion” that America in its 235 years of existence has never been at a lower point in the eyes of the world.

Accordingly, it is my suggestion to the portion of America’s population that still adheres to the principles of good and evil, i.e., “right and wrong,” as opposed to “right and left.”

Our government, the United States government, is corrupt. Which of course, “is not” something that just popped up out from under a rock since yesterday. America’s corruption has been brewing and festering for a hundred years. Of course since I’m not quite 100 years old, I’ll restrict my comments to the last 50 or so? My adult years. I celebrated my 21st birthday in December, 1962. Accordingly, the first Presidential election I voted in was the 1964 election between Lynden B. Johnson and Barry Goldwater. Although Lyndon Johnson was my boss at the time, or more correctly, my commander-in-chief, as I had been drafted into the United States Army in March of 1964, I did not vote for Lyndon Johnson. I didn’t actually care for Barry Goldwater, however due to the fact that I had registered Republican, (believing adamantly in less taxes and smaller government) I voted the party line and went down with the ship.

In 1968, I regrouped with the party and voted for Richard M. Nixon and enjoyed redemption.

Richard Nixon, although at a disadvantage from being demonized byAmerica’s liberal press, accomplished what few American presidents can lay claim to; “Nixon ended a war.” Nixon saved countless American lives.

In ‘72, I stuck with Nixon, which of course didn’t go well as the celebrated thin-skinned revenge driven liberal media ultimately brought him down. Which of course, “at least in my opinion,” would not have occurred had Richard Nixon been a Democrat. Not because the idealistic liberal media does not negatively pursue Democrats, but rather because Democrats in general are not ethical or honorable enough to resign their positions for the good of the country. Democrats, “once again in my opinion,” are individuals without honor or ethics.

At which point I take license, and a moment, to remind those of you who still have a grasp of common sense and sanity, that the democratic ilk, i.e., Congress persons and Senators that we presently employ in Washington D.C., specifically, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi under the auspices of Barack Obama unceremoniously rammed an inexplicable health-care bill down America’s throat with impunity.

In ’76, the downtrodden and self acclaimed disenfranchised, “the free lunch bunch,” grouped up and passed the ball back to the Democrats and we, “We the People,” the rank-and-file, working class breadwinners, i.e., taxpayers, found ourselves represented by a Georgia peanut farmer who readily decided that I and thousands of my North American Rockwell, (B-1 Bomber) coworkers got to participate in the unemployment lines just before Christmas.

Jimmy Carter, although interesting and productive for cartoonist and comedians, didn’t really provide a whole lot for the people who paid his rent and provided him with the

 

big blue-and-white airplane.

 

Which of course is now at the beckon call of another Democrat, who has beckoned it more than any three previous presidents on record. It would seem that B.H.O. really enjoys flying.

Which of course isn’t a bad thing, except for the fact that the American taxpayers are paying for his fuel to fly anywhere and everywhare, when for the most part, few of us can afford fuel for our automobiles to get to the grocery store.

So what I’m thinking that America needs in the White House, is an individual, although it is my understanding that “she” also enjoys flying, when she was Governor of Alaska, she was principled and pragmatic enough not to burden her constituents with such an aggrandizement.

 According to Webster: prin·ci·pled, Based on, marked by, or manifesting principle:

According to Webster: prag·mat·ic, 1. Dealing or concerned with facts or actual occurrences; practical.

According to Webster: prac·ti·cal, 1. Of, relating to, governed by, or acquired through practice or action, rather than theory, speculation, or ideals:

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

Crusader Rabbit…

An Idea..

According to Webster: i·de·a, 1. Something, such as a thought or conception, that potentially or actually exists in the mind as a product of mental activity. 2. An opinion, a conviction, or a principle: 3. A plan, scheme, or method. 4. The gist of a specific situation; significance: 5. A notion; a fancy.

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SYNONYMS: idea, thought, notion, concept, conception. These nouns refer to what is formed or represented in the mind as the product of mental activity. “Idea” has the widest range: “Thought” is applied to what is distinctively intellectual and thus especially to what is produced by contemplation and reasoning as distinguished from mere perceiving, feeling, or willing: “Notion” often refers to a vague, general, or even fanciful idea: “Concept” and conception are applied to mental formulations on a broad scale:

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Thought..

According to Webster: thought, 1. Past tense and past participle of think. –thought,  1. The act or process of thinking; cogitation. 2. A product of thinking. 3. The faculty of thinking or reasoning. 4. The intellectual activity or production of a particular time or group:

Notion..

According to Webster: no·tion,  A belief or opinion. 2. A mental image or representation; an idea or conception. 3. A fanciful impulse; a whim.

Concept..

According to Webster: con·cept, 1. A general idea derived or inferred from specific instances or occurrences. 2. Something formed in the mind; a thought or notion.

Now then using the faculties provided either via nature, nurture, or education, consider this…

If the individuals, that we, “We the People,” the taxpaying citizens of America, hire to work for us, either via election, or appointment, “do not” understand the value of the number “One point three Billion,” then it is our responsibility, “We the People” regardless of political affiliation, to dismiss our present employees and replace them with individuals, i.e., men and women, that “do,” understand the value of the number, ”One point three Billion.”

Recently in the news it was reported by every major network and cable news outlet, that we, “We the People,” no longer hold a share in the Chrysler Corporation. It was further reported, and quite matter-of-factly, that we, “We the People,” have only come up short $1.3 billion from our original bailout investment. Which again, judging by the tone of the announcement, both by the White House, individuals in Congress, and the major media outlets, $1.3 billion is an “acceptable loss.”

According to Webster: ac·cept·a·ble, 1. Worthy of being accepted. 2. Adequate to satisfy a need, requirement, or standard; satisfactory.

According to Webster: loss, 1. The act or an instance of losing:

Accordingly, “at least in my opinion,” if $1.3 billion has such little significance in the functional operation of the United States Government, then I would suggest, that Barack Obama and his free lunch coherts set aside the task of raising the debt ceiling, gathered in a well lighted room and write a check to every man woman and child counted in the 2010 census for the sum $4,169,620.15. which would be an equal portion of 1.3 Billion Dollars.

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

Crusader Rabbit…

Stupid is, as stupid does..

According to Webster: stu·pid, 1. Slow to learn or understand; obtuse. 2. Lacking or marked by a lack of intelligence. 3. In a stupor; stupefied. 4. In a dazed or stunned state. 5. Pointless; worthless:

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SYNONYMS: stupid, slow, dumb, dull, obtuse, dense. These adjectives mean lacking or marked by a lack of intellectual acuity. Stupid, the most inclusive, means wanting in intelligence: Slow and dumb imply chronic sluggishness of perception, reaction, or understanding: Dull suggests a lack of keenness of intellect: Obtuse implies a lack of quickness, sensitivity, or perceptiveness: Dense suggests impenetrability of mind:

Make no mistake, Barack Obama is a dedicated left wing, liberal, idealist.

According to Webster: ded·i·cat·ed, 1. Wholly committed to a particular course of thought or action; devoted:

According to Webster: left wing, 1. The liberal or radical faction of a group.

According to Webster: lib·er·al, 1.a. Not limited to or by established, traditional, orthodox, or authoritarian attitudes, views, or dogmas; b. Of, relating to, or characteristic of liberalism.

According to Webster i·de·al·ist, 1. One whose conduct is influenced by ideals that often conflict with practical considerations. 2. One who is unrealistic and impractical; a visionary. 3. An adherent of any system of philosophical idealism.

If you see yourself as disenfranchised and you are looking to Barack Obama for help, think about this; “You are paying his rent, he is not paying yours!”

It’s good to be King, I’ll be back tomorrow

 

Crusader Rabbit…

C.O.I., the sequel..

According to Webster: conflict of interest, n., pl. conflicts of interest. A conflict between the private interests and the public obligations of a person in an official position.

A conflict of interest (COI) occurs when an individual or organization is involved in multiple interests, one of which could possibly corrupt the motivation for an act in the other. A conflict of interest can only exist if a person or testimony is entrusted with some impartiality; a modicum of trust is necessary to create it. The presence of a conflict of interest is independent from the execution of impropriety. Therefore, a conflict of interest can be discovered and voluntarily defused before any corruption occurs. (Source Wikipedia)

Conflicts of interest related to the practice of law

Judicial disqualification, also referred to as recusal, refers to the act of abstaining from participation in an official action such as a “legal proceeding” due to a conflict of interest of the presiding court official or “administrative officer.” Applicable statutes or canons of “ethics” may provide standards for recusal in a given proceeding or matter. Providing that the judge or presiding officer must be free from disabling conflicts of interest makes the fairness of the proceedings less likely to be questioned.

Recusal, “refers to the act of abstaining from participation in a official action such as a legal proceeding.”

Legal proceeding:  (law) the institution of a sequence of steps by which legal judgments are invoked. (Source, the freedictionary.com)

Administrative official – an official of a bureaucracy. (Source, thefreedictionary.com)

Editorial: In my considered opinion, Barack Obama being the current President of the United States, unquestionably and unequivocally qualifies as “an official of a bureaucracy.”

“Beer summit: Professor, officer have cordial chat with President Barack Obama

Article By Peter Wallsten and Mike Dorning Tribune Newspapers July 31, 2009

WASHINGTON..

A national furor over race relations paused Thursday as President Barack Obama, in a shady spot on the White House lawn near the Rose Garden, sat down for beers with a black Harvard professor and the white police officer who arrested him two weeks ago.

For the two men who raised mugs of beer with the president — both of whom wore suits and ties and sat stiffly in what was meant to be a casual moment — the discussion of race and policing will go on.

The arresting officer, Sgt. James Crowley of the Cambridge, Mass., police, said afterward that he had already discussed racial issues with the professor, African-American studies scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr., and that the two had set plans to talk further.

But for Obama, the most anticipated happy hour in recent memory may be little more than a timeout in a debate over racial profiling and other racially charged issues.

Obama helped escalate the national debate by saying the Cambridge police had “acted stupidly” in arresting the black professor on disorderly conduct charges at the scholar’s home

Charges against Gates were later dropped, but whether Gates had been arrested July 16 because he was black has since spawned a national debate.

Obama has tried gradually over the past week to ease the controversy, most notably by saying he regretted his choice of words and setting up what became known as a “beer summit.”

The get-together Thursday had been described by the White House as a “teachable moment.”

A small group of camera people and reporters was permitted to witness the meeting only for about 30 seconds and from about 50 feet away, showing Obama, in shirt sleeves, seated at an oval able with the now-famous adversaries.

Gates and Crowley appeared to talk seriously, and at one point, Obama laughed heartily.

Joining the three was Vice President Joe Biden, also in shirt sleeves.

Crowley said later that no apologies were exchanged between him and Gates. The police sergeant called the discussion Thursday “cordial and productive” but declined to offer specifics.

Gates struck a calming tone in a statement to the Web site The Root.

“The national conversation over the past week about my arrest has been rowdy, not to say tumultuous and unruly,” he said. “But … there’s reason to hope that many people have emerged with greater sympathy for the daily perils of policing, on the one hand, and for the genuine fears about racial profiling, on the other hand.”

In a written statement, Obama said he was thankful to Gates and Crowley for “joining me at the White House this evening for a friendly, thoughtful conversation.”

“Even before we sat down for the beer, I learned that the two gentlemen spent some time together listening to one another, which is a testament to them,” Obama said. “I am hopeful that all of us are able to draw this positive lesson from this episode.”

Obama has suffered in the public eye since he criticized the Cambridge police during a televised, prime-time news conference.

A new survey by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center found that, overall, 41 percent of Americans disapproved of Obama’s handling of the situation, while fewer than 3 in 10 approved.

Pew also found that Obama’s job approval rating sank last week among whites as the Gates episode played out. His approval rating fell from 53 percent last Wednesday and Thursday to 46 percent by last weekend.

pwallsten@tribune.com

After President Barack Obama, Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., Cambridge, Mass., Police Sgt. James Crowley and Vice President Joe Biden met for a frosty mug of beer on a Rose Garden patio, Crowley made a few comments to the news media. He said:

–He and Gates would meet again, with the place and drink (not beer, but perhaps “Kool-Aid or iced tea” so as not to send the wrong signal) to be determined.

–“I think what you had today was two gentlemen agreeing to disagree on a particular issue.”

–He and Gates first met Thursday during private tours of the White House; they then continued their tours “two families together.” (Source — Associated Press, Tribune Newspapers staff)

Question: Was president Obama’s comment, saying the Cambridge police officer Sgt. James Crowley, “acted stupidly” a disrespectful affront to Sgt. James Crowley and the entire Cambridge police force?

Conflicts of interest generally (unrelated to the practice of law)

“More generally, conflicts of interest can be defined as any situation in which “an individual” or corporation (either private or governmental) “is in a position to exploit” a professional or official capacity in some way for their “personal” or corporate “benefit.”

Question: Is ignoring the will of the majority of American citizens to indulge a personal agenda a conflict of interest?

“Depending upon the law or rules related to a particular organization, the existence of a conflict of interest may not, in and of itself, be evidence of wrongdoing. In fact, for many professionals, it is virtually impossible to avoid having conflicts of interest from time to time. A conflict of interest can, however, become a legal matter for example when an individual tries (and/or succeeds in) influencing the outcome of a decision, for personal benefit. A director or executive of a corporation will be subject to legal liability if a conflict of interest breaches his Duty of Loyalty.”

Question: Does the President of the United States, have a “Duty of Loyalty” to the citizens of the United States?

There often is confusion over these two situations. Someone accused of a conflict of interest may deny that a conflict exists because he/she did not act improperly. In fact, a conflict of interest can exist even if there are no improper acts as a result of it. (One way to understand this is to use the term “conflict of roles”. A person with two roles—an individual who owns stock and is also a government official, for example—may experience situations where those two roles conflict. The conflict can be mitigated—see below—but it still exists. In and of itself, having two roles is not illegal, but the differing roles will certainly provide an incentive for improper acts in some circumstances.)

As an example, in the sphere of business and control, according to the Institute of Internal Auditors:”

Question: Is the President of the United State’s “duty of loyalty,” ..a fiduciary?

According to Webster: fi·du·ci·ar·y, 1.a. Of or relating to a holding of something in trust for another: b. Of, relating to, or being a trustee or trusteeship. c. Held in trust. 2. Of, relating to, or consisting of fiat money. 3. One, such as an agent of a principal or a company director, that stands in a special relation of trust, confidence, or responsibility in certain obligations to others.

Question: As chief executive officer, is the President of the United States responsible to the taxpayers of the United States?

Organizational conflict of interest

An organizational conflict of interest (OCI) may exist in the same way as described above, in the realm of the private sector providing services to the Government, where a corporation provides two types of services to the Government that have conflicting interest or appear objectionable (i.e.: manufacturing parts and then participating on a selection committee comparing parts manufacturers). Corporations may develop simple or complex systems to mitigate the risk or perceived risk of a conflict of interest. These risks are typically evaluated by a governmental office (for example, in a US Government RFP) to determine whether the risks pose a substantial advantage to the private organization over the competition or will decrease the overall competitiveness in the bidding process. (Source Wikipedia)

It was reported in the media yesterday, that we, “We the People,” the American taxpayers, came up over $1 billion short in the sale of the Chrysler Corporation to Fiat.

An acceptable loss? You decide.

However, before you make your decision, maybe you would like to consider the fact that 1 billion dollars divided by 311, 779, 000, “the current population of the United States,” = $3,207,400.11

I don’t know about you, however, if I had $3,207,400. and eleven cents, I could pay off my mortgage, and my credit cards, buy a new automobile, take my wife to Disney World, and buy her a dozen long stemmed red roses every day for the next hundred years and still have money left over…

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

Crusader Rabbit…

Waste and fraud..

Although I don’t actually believe that anyone in America old enough to vote doesn’t understand the meaning of waste and fraud, on the off chance, that I could be wrong…

According to Webster: waste, 1. To use, consume, spend, or expend thoughtlessly or carelessly. 2. To fail to take advantage of or use for profit; lose: 4. To destroy completely.

According to Webster: fraud, 1. A deception deliberately practiced in order to secure unfair or unlawful gain. 2. A piece of trickery; a trick. 3.a. One that defrauds; a cheat.

Question; “How many of you reading this believe that every tax dollar allocated and spent by the government, is spent on something that directly or indirectly benefits the individuals, working, “rank-and-file,” men and women, American citizens who contribute to the U.S. Treasury?

Question; “How has America’s aggression in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya personally enhanced your life?

Question; “How has trade and financial aid to Middle Eastern countries that support terrorism personally enhanced your life?

Question; How do programs that extend American tax dollars to house feed and educate illegal aliens, enhanced your life?

Case in point…

Immigration and Welfare

Although the United States’ welfare rolls are already swollen, every year we import more people who wind up on public assistance: immigrants. Many immigrants are poor; indeed, that is why they come here. The immigrants we admit are much poorer than the native population and are increasing the size of our impoverished population. The share of immigrants below the poverty line (17.8 percent) is much higher than the share of natives that are poor (12.6 percent). As a result of their high rate of poverty, immigrant households are more likely to participate in practically every one of the major means-tested programs. In 2007, immigrant use of welfare programs (32.7 percent) was 69 percent higher than non-immigrants’ use (19.4 percent). Each year, state governments spend an estimated $11 billion to $22 billion to provide welfare to immigrants. Those programs include Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, Child Care and Development Fund, reduced meal programs in school and public housing.

Why Are Immigrants On Welfare?

Some people mistakenly think that immigrants are not eligible for welfare. Several years ago, Congress did attempt to render immigrants ineligible for most forms of welfare. However, subsequent backpedaling by “Congress” and the “Executive branch” has undone most of those reforms. Furthermore, many immigrant families get welfare through the eligibility of their U.S. citizen children. (It is also important to realize that even when immigrants are ineligible for federal welfare programs, the burden of their support is simply shifted over to the state and local welfare agencies.) (Source http://www.fairus.org/site/PageServer?pagename=iic_immigrationissuecenters7fd8 )

Question; “Why should working, “rank-and-file” men and women, American citizens allow Barack Obama and his socialistic cohorts to expand their quest to bankrupt our treasury and place a burden of debt on generations of legal American yet to be born, simply to maintain a good face with their liberal base and illegal aliens?

According to Webster: il·le·gal, 1. Prohibited by law.

Illegal aliens do not have the right to vote, but you do.

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

Crusader Rabbit…

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