Full tilt Bozo

Or, that’s what I thought anyway. I suspected that the Democrats would load up, rifles and hip waders, to question Judge Barrett. Instead, what we’re seeing now was once modeled by Jesus. Tis a strange year, 2020.

The Democrats can not come against Judge Barrett because she’s 1. a woman 2. a mother and 3. has two adopted black children. If they say anything against her, they are going to offend even their own constituents. How can they hate her (oh, sorry, Pelosi said she doesn’t hate anyone) for being a practicing Roman Catholic? Pelosi herself is “Roman Catholic”, as is Joe Biden (he tells us). I suspect the difference is Barrett is devout and the others are Chrinos, or RoCainos (either Christian in name only or Roman Catholic in name only). If they come out against her, they will be lifted by their own petard.

So – the Jewish religious leaders and followers were questioning Jesus. As usual. They asked some question and Jesus said, “Before I answer, let me ask you a question: the baptism by John – was it of man or was it of God. The leaders talked among themselves and decided they were in a no-win situation. If they said ‘of man’, the crowd would riot and if they said of God, they would be supporting Jesus. No win scenario. (Jessica has an excellent post on All Along the Watchtower in regard to this conversation between Jesus and the religious leaders – wander over and give it a read!)

And that’s where the Democrats find themselves now. If they say she’s no good, they will prove they do not support women (of course we know they only support ‘certain women’), if they say she’s ok, then they will be seen as supporting President Trump’s decision (shock and horror!!!) No win scenario. They know it. The stance they are taking is that they will not ‘legitimize’ the process. When did they ever? Be that as it may, it’s a long time between now and confirmation for Judge Barrett. I feel badly for her family and I have to admire her – takes a lot of guts to stand up before the Democrats. I understand kevlar helps.

Pretty clever, that Jesus guy. He was in no way full tilt Bozo.



This is interesting. When I get a like or comment from someone I’m not familiar with, I like to check who gave it to me if I have time. Sometimes it is people who I basically agree with, sometimes they simply are seeing some issue the same as I do. This happened on my post The UK Report this week when I got a ‘like’ from Elizabeth Ann Johnson-Murphree who blogs at The Last Chapter.

That’s one of the things I like about WordPress, they do a pretty good job of promoting us to each other. That is perhaps not completely fair, since I have no idea how she got here. I do know she is a published author and poet, and that’s even neater, and something I admire. She also a BLM supporter in Wisconsin which I find a lot less admirable. As they say YMMV.

In any case, her post entitled New GOP COVID Relief Bill Doesn’t Include More Stimulus Checks, Cuts Extra Unemployment Pay In Half…#230 includes a list of the top 50 lobbying companies along with what they spend. She has bolded the one she thinks are questionable. Here’s the list

Client 2016 2015
U.S. Chamber of Commerce $103,950,000 $84,730,000
National Association of Realtors $64,821,111 $37,788,407
Blue Cross Blue Shield $25,006,109 $23,702,049
American Hospital Association $20,970,809 $20,687,935
Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America $19,730,000 $18,920,000
American Medical Association $19,410,000 $21,930,000
Boeing $17,020,000 $21,921,000
National Association of Broadcasters $16,438,000 $17,400,000
AT&T $16,370,000 $16,370,000
Business Roundtable $15,700,000 $19,250,000
Alphabet $15,430,000 $16,660,000
Comcast $14,330,000 $15,680,000
Southern Co. $13,900,000 $12,860,000
Dow Chemical $13,635,982 $10,820,000
Lockheed Martin $13,615,811 $13,954,053
NCTA – The Internet and Telephone Assoc. $13,420,000 $14,120,000
FedEx $12,541,000 $12,405,835
Northrop Grumman $12,050,000 $11,020,000
Exxon Mobil $11,840,000 $11,980,000
Amazon $11,354,000 $9,435,000
CTIA $10,970,000 $10,150,000
General Dynamics $10,739,944 $10,259,890
Verizon Communications $10,080,000 $11,430,000
Altria Group $10,060,000 $9,630,000
Amgen $9,860,000 $10,525,000
Koch Industries $9,840,000 $10,830,000
American Bankers Association $9,831,000 $12,690,000
Pfizer $9,750,000 $9,417,650
Prudential Financial $9,400,000 $7,962,500
Biotechnology Innovation Organization $9,230,000 $8,350,000
United Technologies $9,165,000 $11,470,000
American Chemistry Council $9,020,000 $10,050,000
Royal Dutch Shell $8,990,000 $8,700,000
AARP $8,710,000 $7,559,000
Microsoft $8,710,000 $8,490,000
Facebook $8,692,000 $9,850,000
Edison Electric Institute $8,620,000 $8,350,000
Oracle $8,620,000 $8,470,000
General Motors $8,500,000 $9,120,000
National Association of Manufacturers $8,490,014 $16,950,000
National Amusements (CBS & Viacom) $8,441,000 $7,980,000
T-Mobile $8,089,900 $6,127,000
Bayer $7,990,000 $7,730,000
Coca-Cola $7,930,000 $8,670,000
American Airlines $7,870,000 $6,600,000
United Parcel Service $7,767,848 $8,155,856
Chevron $7,470,000 $7,200,000
Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers $7,452,500 $7,640,000
Securities Industry & Financial Market Assoc.  



Fair enough, I agree with her, in fact, I think all of them are questionable. I also agree with her that we should support small and local businesses. Where I do disagree with her is when she states that the President has been bought. He’s made his money (plenty of it and in the private sector), he’s pretty much unbuyable now. The problem is the old one as Will Rogers told us long ago:

We have the best Congress money can buy.

There is nothing about party politics in that nor should there be. Republicans, Democrats all are equally guilty, with very few exceptions.

And that is what we get when the government is involved with things that would be best handled by the private sector on a competitive basis, and that is almost everything the Federal government does, other than enforcing federal law (which overlaps far too much with state law now) and providing for the common defense.

Yes, we need some structure (although until the 30s it was provided mainly by the churches) for those who are down on their luck, disabled one way or another. When I was a child in Indiana it was provided in the last resort by the township, and its goal was to help you get back on your feet, not to make you dependant.

Perhaps that is what we need more than anything, to quit screaming at each other and discuss things rationally.

There’s little wrong with President Trump that more Trump couldn’t solve.

I suspect many of you remember Michael Anton (the author of The Flight 93 Election in 2016. He has a new article out in The Claremont Review of Books, Scott Johnson of PowerLine selected for us to be able to read without a subscription. If you are familiar with CRB these articles tend to be fairly long, and this is no exception. They also tend to be amazingly good, and the is one of the best I’ve read. It’s titled The Case for Trump, and if you think the course we’re on is as wrong as can be, like me, you need to read and understand this. Here is a little bit of it.

Whenever I’m asked—mostly by leftist concern trolls who want to write “Former Trump Official Bashes President”—if I have any criticisms of President Trump, my answer is always the same: there’s little wrong with President Trump that more Trump couldn’t solve. More populism. More nationalism. More patriotism. More law and order. More full-throated advocacy for the neglected American people, for the working class, for the Rust Belt and rural America, for religious believers and law-abiding gun owners. More defense of free speech against tech and corporate censorship and suppression, more support for his voters when they or their interests are viciously attacked. In short, more adherence to the 2016 agenda.

The only way to get more Trump is, literally, to get more Trump. Which means the president being reelected and implementing his core agenda in a second term. But that alone will not be enough. Saving America as a unified, self-governing republic is a long-term—possibly generational—project.

There is simply no other choice if we are to preserve the American republic in anything even resembling what the Founders created, we simply must reelect Trump. And then support him with all of our voices and actions.

The seemingly paradoxical answer is that one side needs to gain and keep—electorally!—the upper hand for a while: specifically, the side that has been getting the short end of the stick for the last generation at least. Its leaders will of course, and of necessity, use their power to benefit their side—their base—but they must also use it to right the ship, to rebalance and benefit the whole.

Reform or Replace

We see immediately, however, that no party representing the interests of the rural, small-town and small-city manufacturing-agricultural population currently exists. The Democrats long ago abandoned “the common man” in favor of their high-low coalition. The Republicans would seem to be the country party—certainly, they get a lot of their votes from such people—but in practice GOP office-holders and donors are just as, if not more, likely to side with the interests of the ruling class and “global capital” over those of their own ostensible base.

What’s needed, then, is a Trumpist political party focused squarely on “old economy”—rural, manufacturing, and blue-collar interests. Which means, in most if not all cases, a party actively opposed to the program of the ruling class. If the Republican Party can become that, all to the good. If it can’t, it should go out of business.

How many times we all, thought and often said this in the last three years. Yeah, my throat is just about worn out from yelling this. What should this party of the people stand for? Heare’s what Mr. Anton thinks.

  • We’re the party of good jobs and higher wages—for you. Yes, we’re for economic freedom and (mostly) free markets, but not as ends in themselves, rather because theory and practice alike show that these are the best ways to produce prosperity for all. We’re well aware that the pseudo-prosperity of the last few decades has not been shared but has been gobbled up by those at the top, that you and your families have been left behind and even left out.
  • The animating spirit of our party is to change that, to pursue policies that encourage domestic manufacturing, create jobs, and raise wages. And not just any jobs—not just paper-pushing and burger-flipping jobs—but jobs making real, tangible things that real people want and need. Jobs that—to be blunt—Americans, and especially American men, want to do. That means a shift from a purely information-service-consumer economy to a more balanced economy that respects and honors manufacturing. It means moving away from relying almost completely on imports in favor of making things at home—and a return to selling some of what we make overseas. It means no more dumb trade giveaways or tax and regulatory policies that favor bankers and techies while shafting everyone else. It means protecting American industries and jobs when and where beneficial to American workers.
  • We’re also the party committed to ensuring that your hard-earned wage gains won’t be wiped out by rising health care costs. We’re not going to do that by forcing a government takeover of the system, which would make everything worse for everyone but the superrich, who could always afford to buy the best care (assuming high-quality care could survive a complete government takeover). We’re instead going to use government power to make the private market more affordable for routine doctor visits and ordinary care, and create a public backstop to ensure that, in cases of injury or disease, no person or family need worry about how to pay their medical bills.
  • We’re the party of real “meritocracy,” not the phony kind the ruling class dangles to trick you into thinking our system is fair to you and yours. We’re the party that will neither create nor tolerate any impediments whatsoever in the way of your or your children’s rise. Help will be provided where it’s needed, but fairly, impartially. We will never pit race against race, group against group, citizen against citizen.
  • We’re the party of military strength and foreign policy restraint—the party that will protect our country’s interests while minding our own business. America’s days as the world’s arbiter-intervener of first resort must and will end. As a commercial republic whose prosperity depends in part on buying and selling overseas, America must be able to project strength abroad. But we will do so only where and when we must, to protect our interests, which we will define strictly and narrowly.
  • We’re the party of the common man and woman, the ordinary Joe and Jane, the average American—the party of family, faith, and our shared, cherished American way of life. We’re the party that will defend our common ideas of decency, morality, and citizenship. We’re the party that stands in favor of you living and worshiping the way you always have, the way your sacred scripture says and your ancestors taught you. We stand against silly, destructive fads cooked up on university campuses and in big cities to alter and degrade your way of life—and to insult and belittle you in the process.
  • We’re for “progress,” but the real kind: progress in shared wealth and new technologies that benefit all, not just a small elite; progress in building up the dignity and honor of you and your families; progress in the strength and greatness of our shared country; progress toward a future in which America’s central institutions and power centers care about you and fight for you.

Now that’s a party I would enthusiastically vote for and support, and watch as America makes our miraculous Industrial Revolution in the 19th Century lool like small potatoes. This platform would transform first America and then the world. It’s time. And do read the entire article, it’s about the most uplifting political document you’ll see this year.

Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock,…

When President Trump left for Ohio on Thursday something interesting happened. The White House staff was photographed outside seeing him off. That’s rare almost to the vanishing point. Maybe you saw it, I didn’t. But I pay little attention to raw news, It’s nearly always wrong, so why clutter your mind. Then today I read in Clarice Feldman’s article in American Thinker that the President said this in Cleveland.

I have a lot of enemies. This may be the last time you see me for a while. I have a lot of very rich enemies. They’re not happy with what I’m doing. But I figure we have one chance to do it. No other president is gonna do what I do.

Then on Friday afternoon, the DOJ filed civil forfeiture paperwork on two properties, one in Kentucky and one in Cleveland that were financed by PrivatBank, a Ukrainian private bank widely believed to be involved in money laundering. It’s more complex than that oversimplification, of course.

Then the president flew to the resort he owns in the Hamptons, where many fewer people will have access to him than at the White House.

Interesting isn’t it? I find it so. Clarice says that:

It was through the Latvian branch of PrivatBank that the money from Burisma, the Ukrainian energy company that hired Hunter Biden for a substantial amount of money, seemingly as a bribe to his father, was paid.

[From Brian Cates] The FBI has raided the offices of Optima Management Group in Cleveland and Miami. The company has ties to Privatize Bank that was founded by Ukrainian oligarch Igor Kolomoisky. Kolomoisky also owned Burisma Holdings that hired Devon Archer and Hunter Biden onto the board of directors.

Privat Bank received billions of dollars from the IMF. It is believed that much of the money was laundered and later was embezzled by Kolomoisky. The money was allegedly laundered through shell companies in Cyprus, Belize and the British Virgin Islands. Then much of the money was run through Optima Management Group.

The FBI is very interested in how much money the fund received and where did it go. It has been rumored that Hunter Biden was paid a little over $83,000 a month with laundered funds.

If you are a Democrat, a Deep Stater, or a Conservative, Inc. Republican for that matter this may be the sound of a very big boot coming down with great force. Like the first step in unraveling what many of us have for months been calling a coup. Most of you know the Russian old joke about what you do when you get hold of a loose strand of a pretty woman’s sweater, this is analogous. You’ll have noticed the name of Biden is already deeply involved, there will likely be many more.

Clarice thinks, and I tend to agree, that this is the first step in all the DOJ investigations that have been going on under Barr. It would appear they are ready to move, and have gotten Trump to move to a safer place to safeguard him. These people are (and have been) a serious threat to the United States and are unlikely to look at Supermax with any sort of detachment.

Well, we’ll see but this could be quite the week. The one where we quit saying #two weeks.

Video Monday, Independence Day

One unimportant problem with the 4th of July is that while we want to make a serious point about why the US is, there is so much partying going on, and we want to share that too. So it always overruns the holiday itself. And so Video Monday makes a comeback.

My navy friends tell me that when a commander boards a ship he is announced by his command, say like “USS Enterprise, arriving”

So this would be “The United States of America, arriving” and dramatically too.

The big news was the President’s speech (and we’ll get there) but South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem gave a barnburner of her own in introducing the President.

Sorry, it’s a Twitter embed, it’s already hard to find. Suppose some people are scared of her? And us?

That quote about the man in the arena is from President Theodore Roosevelt, who knew something about the man in the arena.

Then the Presiden spoke, some are calling his “A time for turning” speech. I disagree, I think he, like a famous Englishwoman, is not for turning.

Of course, there were fireworks, or as John Adams would have it, Illuminations

And then Saturday, on the south lawn of the White house

It starts just before 7 minutes into the video. And if you don’t happen to know that first tune, it’s from the civil war, there are two versions, a Confederate one, and a Union one. This is the Union one.

The Union Irish Brigade was one of the premier battle forces in the Army of the Potomac, but there were many others, for instance, there was the Iron Brigade of the West pretty much destroyed at Gettysburg, who marched into that fracas with the fires and drums playing this

Causing one Southron soldier to comment, “Tain’t no militia, boys, it those Black Hat Boys, ” from the Kossuth hats that were the mark of the Brigade.

That’s the sort of war it took to make all men equal, at least under law. We’re still working towards that “more perfect Union”.

So rally round the Flag, indeed.


A Most Conservative Revolution

pic_giant_070314_AToday we celebrate for the 244th time, something the Founders did not want. Independence. What they wanted was the restoration of their rights as freeborn Englishmen. Our revolution was in direct line of succession from Magna Charta, The English Civil War, and The Glorious Revolution (and its Bill of Rights upon which our own was mostly based).

Washington’s Army was very nearly the Roundhead army of Parliament reincarnate. And it was stood up for the very same reason. The “long train of abuses and usurpations” by the King which Jefferson documented, could have been written by the leaders of the Civil War. Let’s look at that document, shall we?

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

Often we read Jefferson’s prose in the beginning and end of the Declaration and skip the “Bill of Particulars”. We shouldn’t. There written in plain English is the quest of the English Speaking Peoples, for a stable, free, and representative law. It is a quest that hearkens all the way back to Saxon times and continues today.

We must note that this view was one that was very current in the England of 1776 as well. Edmund Burke said this:

We also reason and feel as you do on the invasion of your charters. Because the charters comprehend the essential forms by which you enjoy your liberties, we regard them as most sacred, and by no means to be taken away or altered without process, without examination, and without hearing, as they have lately been.

Charles James Fox said, in a famous speech,

“I say, that the people of England have a right to control the executive power, by the interference of their representatives in this House of parliament.”

And he even took to wearing the Buff and Blue colors of Washington’s army on the floor of Parliament itself.

William Pitt the Elder unsuccessfully attempted to have Parliament offer the Colonies what would be later called Commonwealth status.

So we see that we today celebrate a reluctant Independence but one that the Founders found necessary to maintain their rights, and they have passed on to us the responsibility to maintain them. It is no small responsibility but it is one we must take seriously to be able to hand our freedom down to our posterity.

I’m one of those curmudgeons who don’t think the National Anthem should be messed with but, I happily admit to loving this version. Consistency is overrated!

And finally, I would remind you that of all the anthems of all the nations in the world, only one ends with a question.

Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

How that question is answered is up to us.

One thing that pleases me greatly, is that of NEO’s contributors past and present, two of us are Americans and four are British. A few weeks ago, Britain marked the fourth anniversary of its own Declaration of Independence, in the vote to leave the European Union. Like us, holding out for English rights from an overpowerful German.

In a sort of very pertinent aside, the very fact of the conservativeness of our Revolution is why, I think so many conservative Britons have, in the last four years given our founders a good share of the credit for Brexit. I agree with them, it is the American founders, and the traditions flowing from them, and their basis in British law and tradition, that made Brexit possible, along with the quiet stubbornness of the British where freedom is concerned.

And so,


I would remind both our British friends and we Americans though of that last sentence, which has been the reason it has worked, nothing less is demanded of us.

And for the support of this Declaration,

with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence,

we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

Continue the mission

God Bless America, and God Save the Queen

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