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Sunday, 23 December 2012
Egypt Adopts a Sharia Constitution- Americans Can Prevent it from Happening Here

Egyptian Constitution Referendum vote counting

Source: Reuters

The inevitable occurred in the second round of the Constitutional referendum – two thirds of Egyptians voting approved the adoption of a Muslim Brotherhood and Salafist revision of the 1971 Constitution.  Egypt, as Andy Bostom noted in an American Thinker piece, has “quenched its thirst for Sharia”:

. . . on December 15, 2012, Hesham Darwish, from Cairo's Hadayeq al-Qobba district, summarized the views of those who planned to vote "yes," and affirm the charter:

People are thirsty for Sharia. [emphasis added] We do not support the president for who he is, but rather for the Islamic project he promises.

Saturday, during the second round of voting, Hesham Darwish's mindset held sway overwhelmingly in two Upper Egypt governorates on both sides of the Nile. Eighty-three percent . . .  voted "yes" in Minya approximately 150 miles south of Cairo on the western bank of the Nile River, which flows north through the city), while in Qena, situated on the east bank of the Nile, some 300 miles south of Cairo, 84.7% affirmed the charter, according to unofficial final tallies published by Al-Ahram.

When pooled with the first round of voting, a total of 64.0% including 67.5% of Egyptian expatriates, approved Egypt's recently drafted, more Sharia-compliant constitution.

 Within hours of the announcement, the Islamic Republic of Iran offered its congratulations.  What passes for the opposition in Egypt has cried foul claiming voting irregularities.  Official Washington is preoccupied with diverseness on a possible fiscal cliff scenario that might occur early in 2013 and what to do to about containing future mass murders like the one that has dimmed the lights of Christmas in Newtown, Connecticut.

The ghosts of Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al Banna and al Qaeda ideologue Sayyid Qtub now stalk this ancient land.  Their followers may  begin a massive sectarian assault on the civil and human rights of  Christian Copts, the descendents of  the original Egyptians and founders of one of the earliest branches of Christendom. Others affected by the referendum results include women, gays and apostates.  Thus completing the task of Islamic Jihad cleansing the last vestiges of infidels from this conquered land.  Egypt under Sharia  would thus become the largest Sunni Supremacist Islamic Republic in the Muslim Arab world.   Not unlike the Taliban in Afghanistan who destroyed ancient Buddhist statues, the archeological vestiges of Ancient Egypt, be they the pyramids in Giza or Temples in Luxor, could be destroyed. This may occur notwithstanding the wails of protests from UNESCO in Paris.  Soon enough the desert could swallow up what was once a cradle of civilization in the ancient world.

Thus, the prediction of the Muslim Brotherhood that the Jeffersonian model of democracy would expire has eventuated: one election, one man, and one time.  

The Bush and Obama Administrations played their part in the  referendum results.  The Bush Administration sought free elections in what passed for the Palestinian territories. The lead to the election of the first Muslim Brotherhood parliament in Gaza in 2006 giving Hamas control that virtually defenestrated the PLO-Fatah there in 2007.  President Obama’s June 2009 Muslim outreach speech at Cairo University emboldened the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafists to seize control from the secularists in the February 2011 rebellion.  That lead to the removal of former strongman Hosni Mubarak. In the run up to the Egyptian parliamentary elections that followed in October- November 2011, both the Congressionally-chartered Democrat and Republican International Institutes conducted training of Muslim Brotherhood candidates.

 The decades long quest for control of Egypt by the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafists culminated in the Presidential victory of Mohammed Morsi of the Freedom and Justice party in June 2012.  Morsi then proceeded to cleanse Egypt’s military leadership.  Morsi’s November 2012 dictatorial seizure of power from the country’s independent judiciary was capped by this referendum approving a constitution  drafted by the dominant Muslim Brotherhood and Salafist members of the constitutional assembly.  Thus, a secular dictatorship in Egypt has morphed into a theocratic Islamic dictatorship.  Lest we forget Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood founder al Banna was an acolyte of Herr Hitler.

Morsi’s  Sharia achievement in less than six months is breathtaking.

Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood head, Mohammed Badie, commented in a Voice of America  account “the first time in Egyptian history that a constitution was approved by popular vote. When Egyptians speak, everyone else shuts up.” The Egyptian opposition in the National Salvation Front cried foul requesting investigation of irregularities.  Fouad Ajani of the Stanford University   Hoover Institution opined: “the ballot is not infallible, but it's better than the alternatives.”  He also blamed Egypt's liberals and secular activists for “the disarray in their own ranks.” He characterized Egypt as racked by “cultural dualism reflected in the referendum.”   He observed “countries don't live in constitutions.” The old constitution, “offered no protection against tyranny.”

Americans should take no comfort that our Constitution is a bulwark against stealth Sharia taking root in our legal system. One only has to look at the Istanbul Process Second Round held at the US State Department in December 2011 sponsored by outgoing Secretary of State Clinton and the recent Third Round in London December 2012 that purported to “combat religious intolerance”. That is a euphemism for adoption of Blasphemy codes sought by the 57 member Organization of Islamic Cooperation abetted by the March 2011 UN Human Rights Council Resolution 16/18.  Nina Shea, a US International Religious Freedom Commission member, commented in a December 2012 NRO-The Corner op- ed, “America Again Submits to the Istanbul Process” :

. . . the point of the Istanbul Process is for the governments of the developed West to give an accounting to the governments of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Pakistan, Qatar, and other key Muslim states on measures taken to stop American and other Western citizens from disparaging Islam.

In a July 26, 2012 hearing, Arizona US Representative Trent Franks demanded answers from Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, Thomas E. Perez about whether the Obama Administration was suborning Constitutional guarantees of free speech to criticize religion.   Watch this You Tube video of the exchange between Franks and Perez at those hearings. A Daily Caller article, “DoJ official refuses to denounce demands for Saudi-style blasphemy law,” noted:

Tom Perez, the progressive who runs the Justice Department’s civil rights office, refused to answer the questions posed by Franks.

“Will you tell us… that this administration’s Department of Justice will never entertain or advance a proposal that criminalizes speech against any religion?” Frank asked four times.

Perez refused to answer, saying “it is a hard question, in the sense that when you make threats against someone.” Perez then suggested he would respond to draft legislation from the committee, but again refused to answer Frank’s question about free speech rights.

Franks’ questions were prompted by an October 2011 Daily Caller report, which described a D.C. meeting between Perez and hardcore Islamists, including Mohamed Magid, the Sudan-born, Saudi-trained head of the Islamic Society of North America.

At the end of the public meeting, Perez called for more meetings with the Islamists, even though he had watched while Magid called for legal punishment of people who criticize Islamic texts that call for violence against non-Muslims and for the subordination of women to men.

Here is what Americans can do to stop Assistant US Attorney General Perez and other advocates of adoption of OIC Blasphemy Codes here.    We can get behind the movement to pass the American Law for American Courts (ALAC) state legislation that has been enacted in Rep. Franks’ home state of Arizona, as well as in Louisiana, Tennessee and Kansas. The 2012 Republican Convention adopted an anti-Sharia ALAC plank sponsored by Kansas Secretary of State, Kris Kobach.  The American Public Policy Alliance website contains background information on the model law developed by David Yerushalmi, Esq. The website notes the purpose of ALAC:

ALAC was crafted to protect American citizens’ constitutional rights against the infiltration and incursion of foreign laws and foreign legal doctrines, especially Islamic Shariah Law.

We need to make a New Year’s resolution to form a grass roots movement to enact ALAC in as many states as possible.  Here in Florida, we nearly achieved that in the 2012 legislative session in Tallahassee, when the ALAC legislation, which passed the House resoundingly, failed to be brought up for a final vote by outgoing Florida Senate President, Mike Haridopolos. Incoming Senate President Don Gaetz had indicated his support for ALAC in the last session. The objective in the 2013  session will be to seek Senator Gaetz’s and  Florida House Speaker, Will  Weatherford’s commitment  to  press for passage of  ALAC.  We need to enlist Floridians and others to meet with State Senators and Representatives seeking their support informing  them that  Florida’s legal system needs the protections of ALAC to stop insinuation of Sharia and  bolster Constitutional First Amendment Free Speech guarantees.

Posted on 12/23/2012 8:58 PM by Jerry Gordon
Sunday, 23 December 2012
Alleged Uzbek jihad fundraisers face trial in France

I missed this during the week just gone From RFI (Radio France Internationale) English

Ten men, most of them Turkish, went on trial in Paris on Monday, accused of raising funds for the Al Qaida-linked group, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU). They are alleged to have raised 300,000 euros for the group, most of it intended to finance training jihadis in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Prosecutors asked for the network’s alleged leader, Turkish-Dutch national Irfan Demirtas, to be sentenced to 10 years in prison, claiming that he met notorious IMU chief Qari Tahir Yuldashev, who was killed by a US drone in 2009, on several occasions. The group collected funds in mosques and from individuals to whom they showed videos of training camps in Pakistan’s semi-autonomous tribal agencies, the prosecution said.

Of the 300,000 euros collected between 2003 and 2008, 170,000 euros went to finance armed jihad, prosecutor Thomas Fiquet said in his statement to the court.

The network was broken up by a joint operation between police in France, The Netherlands and Germany in 2007.

Posted on 12/23/2012 3:08 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Sunday, 23 December 2012
St Bernard’s Law

Arriving in my hotel in Geneva recently without having had my lunch, I decided to order something from room service, but soon thought better of it: a croque-monsieur cost £30.

I went in search of something cheaper but it was not easy to find. Eventually I found a café and the Tribune, the local newspaper, was on the table. Its headline concerned the distribution to the poor of surplus food from school and hospital canteens.

A charitable organisation was collecting the lamb stew with couscous and beans that was not eaten by children at their school lunch and handing it out in the evening to those most in need. Could it be, then, that there were the hungry even in Geneva where (as the newspaper informed me) building workers averaged £50,000 a year?

I was astonished as I walked down the Rue de Lausanne. I was accosted by a Russian looking for work and a Frenchman with disks in his earlobes asking for his fare back home. Switzerland signed up to the Schengen agreement and now has no right to control who comes into the country. A Genevan by adoption told me that there has since been an explosion of crime, at least by local standards.

One story in the Tribune intrigued me: a local law is to be passed to allow guide dogs into restaurants and cafés. The story was slightly confusing because the head of the association of the blind was reported as saying that no blind person he had spoken to had ever been refused permission to take his dog into a restaurant or café. But the article also claimed that the law was to be changed to prevent dogs having to be left tied up outside restaurants and cafés, from where they were sometimes stolen. And guide dogs cost between £15,000 and £30,000 each.

Who would have thought that such a thing could happen in Switzerland (if, indeed, it ever had happened and was not a purely hypothetical crime dreamed up by the legislators or by the newspaper reporter)? A guide dog might cost £15 or £30,000 to train, but could not possibly be worth such a sum to a thief. The very thought that there are people willing to deprive the blind of their dogs is enough to make you tremble for humanity.

But are there such people even in Geneva, city of humanitarianism on an industrial scale? I don’t suppose I shall ever know.

First published in Salisbury Review.

Posted on 12/23/2012 6:08 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Sunday, 23 December 2012
In Timbuktu, The Remaining Mausoleums Are Destroyed


Tombouctou: derniers mausolées détruits


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Les islamistes armés qui occupent la ville de Tombouctou (nord-ouest du Mali), étaient en train d'y détruire aujourd'hui à coups de pioche les derniers mausolées qui avaient jusqu'alors été épargnés, a annoncé un chef islamiste de la villle, information confirmée par des témoins. "Il ne va pas rester un seul mausolée à Tombouctou, Dieu n'aime pas ca, nous sommes en train de casser tous les mausolées cachés dans les quartiers", a déclaré Abou Dardar, un responsable d'Ansar Dine (Défenseurs de l'islam), groupe islamiste armé qui occupe Tombouctou avec Al Qaïda au Maghreb islamique (Aqmi).

Mohamed Alfoul, qui se présente comme un membre d'Aqmi à Tombouctou, a de son côté justifié ces destructions en affirmant que tout ce qui ne relève pas de l'islam, "ce n'est pas bien, l'homme doit vénérer seulement Allah". Les destructions des mausolées de saints musulmans de Tombouctou, ville historique baptisée "la ville aux 333 saints", a été confirmée par des habitants.

La vénération considérée comme "de l'idôlatrie"

"Actuellement, les islamistes sont en train de briser tous les mausolées des quartiers avec des pioches", a dit l'un d'eux. "J'ai vu les islamistes descendre d'une voiture près de la grande mosquée de Tombouctou. Derrière une maison, ils ont cassé un mausolée en criant Allah est grand, Allah est grand", a affirmé un autre témoin. Outre les cimetières et les mosquées, plusieurs ruelles et des habitations privées de la ville abritent également des mausolées, vénérés par la population.

En juillet et en octobre, les islamistes d'Ansar Dine et d'Aqmi, qui considèrent la vénération des saints comme "de l'idolâtrie", avaient suscité un tollé général en détruisant des mausolées en terre dans l'enceinte de la plus grande mosquée de la ville, classée patrimoine mondial en péril. Ils avaient récidivé en détruisant d'autres mausolées en octobre, à la veille d'une réunion internationale à Bamako sur l'envoi d'une force armée au Mali pour les chasser du Nord qu'ils occupent totalement depuis six mois avec un autre groupe islamiste, le Mouvement pour l'unicité et le jihad en Afrique de l'Ouest (Mujao).

Cette fois-ci, les destructions ont été commises trois jours après l'adoption par le Conseil de sécurité de l'ONU d'une résolution autorisant le déploiement, par étapes et sous condition, d'une force internationale pour reconquérir le nord du Mali, au mieux à partir de septembre 2013. Vendredi, les islamistes du Mujao qui occupent Gao (nord-est) y avaient amputé la main de deux voleurs présumés, promettant "bientôt" de nouvelles amputations.

Posted on 12/23/2012 10:17 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 23 December 2012
In Iraq, Sunnis Will Not Acquiesce, And Shi'a Never Yield Their Newly-Acquired Dominance

From FoxNews:

Sunni demonstrators challenge Iraq's Shiite-led government, denounce bodyguards' arrest

December 23, 2012

| Associated Press

Witnesses say thousands of protesters have demonstrated in Iraq's western Sunni heartland following the arrest of bodyguards assigned to the finance minister, who draws support from the area.

The demonstrators Sunday briefly blocked the main highway near the town of Fallujah linking Baghdad with neighboring Jordan and Syria. It's the second time in three days that protesters in Anbar province have flocked to the streets.

The protestors held banners denouncing what they called the "irresponsible practices" of the Shiite-led government against Sunnis and demanded the immediate release of Sunni Finance Minister Rafia al-Issawi's bodyguards.

On Friday, Iraq's Shiite-led government said it had arrested 10 of al-Issawi's bodyguards on terrorism-related charges. This threatens to exacerbate tensions with Iraq's Sunnis, who accuse Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki of targeting and marginalizing them.

Posted on 12/23/2012 10:38 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 23 December 2012
At VOA, Today's Ten Most Read Stories
  1. Pakistani Mob Kills Man Accused Of Burning Koran
  2. Turkey, NATO Allies Agree On Sites For Patriot Batteries
  3. No Love Lost: Afghan Woman Exposes Corrupt Judge's Unusual Offer
  4. Indian Police Clash With Demonstrators Over Gang-Rape Case
  5. Pakistan Minister Buried Amid National Mourning
  6. Iranian Artist's 'Pill Protest' Highlights Harmful Side Effects Of Sanctions
  7. Brahimi In Damascus For Assad Talks
  8. Video German Aid Worker, Abducted In Pakistan, Issues Video Appeal
  9. Russia's Lavrov Says Syria's Chemical Weapons Secure 'For Now'
  10. Podcast: Political Theater With A New Script

Turkey, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Syria, Pakistan, Syria, with just one story on India  -- the world is being reduced to news about Islam, news about Muslims, news about those trying to constrain or contain or opppose Islam. That's not only the Voice of America, but the newspapers, radio, and television of the entire Western world.

We are allowing thisreligion and its primitive and maddened followers, and all its failures, and all their resentments, to preoccupy us, and to force us to engage in taking seriously, and solemnly attempting to discuss or "solve," all thae insoluble problems that Islam's followers cause the non-Muslim world.

Posted on 12/23/2012 10:51 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 23 December 2012
The American Government Heedlessly Contributed To Emptying Iraq Of Christians, So Why Would Anyone Think It Wouldn't Do The Same In Syria?

Syrian Christians flee civil war, say they face a bleak future if Assad regime falls

Fox News  - ‎1 hour ago‎
BEIRUT - With Christmas just days away, 40-year-old Mira begged her parents to flee their hometown of Aleppo, which has become a main battleground in Syria's civil war.
Posted on 12/23/2012 12:45 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 23 December 2012
God Rest ye Merry Gentlemen, let Nothing you Dismay.

To an address in North West London to join friends of March for England in singing Christmas carols outside the new home, (courtesy of the British tax payer) of Abu Qatada. He was moved from his previous rented house last week after his neighbours made him unwelcome and he complained about the carol singing. Within 5 hours of the press announcing his move a team of men from MfE and the Casuals had tracked his new address down by simple but painstaking use of information in the public domain. A visit confirmed that the Qatada family are not only in residence but enjoying the local amenities.

The owners of the house, who inherited when an elderly relative died are furious that they have been lied to about their new tenant; they do not want a notorious jihadist in their property and have instructed the agents to do all intheir power to terminate the contract.

The local church invited the Qatada family to visit for any Christmas service. Plans were made to take the Christmas carols to them. Originally it was going to be this evening but it was decided to bring the meeting forward a few hours at short notice. It's good to be spontaneous sometimes.

As I walked up the street and past the church I could hear the tunes of We wish you a Merry Christmas and the Twelve Days of Christmas. The programme was both secular and traditional. I joined MfE opposite the house and recognised others from the Casuals, EDL, a contingent from Essex and some other groups I am not familiar with. The police had hurredly arranged officers to attend and as I passed they were debating whether or not there were enough singers to merit closing the road. At that point they felt not, but later police cars did divert traffic down a side street. They did not allow anybody from the patriot groups on the same side of the road as the Qatada residence but local people went about their business.

Mince pies were passed round and Oh Come all ye Faithful was sung. The neighbours came out to see what was going on. Some of them were already aware that their new resident was Abu Qatada and they were not impressed. Others had noticed the constant police presence, the unmarked cars watching from every corner, the new and rather sinister looking security cameras on four posts either side of the house. When they were told who was living there they were angry. They object to such a man in their midst. They object to their taxes being used to support him while they struggle with their mortgages. Its a nice house, in a lovely area. Detached, from the look I would say 4 bedrooms, well maintained, handy for church, school and shops.

Some of the neighbours joined the group, below. The sign says Safer Neighbourhood Watch Area. Be aware, Mr Qatada your neighbours are watching you. 


We didn't see any members of the family but when some officials (my guess would be from the Home Office, but that's only my opinion) arrived they were let in.


After an hour the MfE contingent decided that the point had been made and it was time to let the good people of the avenue go about their Sunday afternoon. I believe the other groups started to pack away shortly after. We left the residents discussing a petition to  the council and letters to their MP.

As we approached the tube station we could see police vans - presumably expecting us to arrive later. Like I said, it's good to be spontaneous sometimes.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Mr Qatada -  next year in Amman I hope.

Photographs E Weatherwax and the Casuals Christmas 2012.

Posted on 12/23/2012 3:09 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Sunday, 23 December 2012
In Tunisia, Those Who Take Islam Most To Heart Against Those Who Don't


En Tunisie, les islamistes s'en prennent à l'opposition

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L'ancien ministre, Béji Caïd Essebsi est devenu le chef de file de Nidaa Tounes, une formation politique qui pourrait géner les islamistes lors des prochains rendez-vous électoraux.
L'ancien ministre, Béji Caïd Essebsi est devenu le chef de file de Nidaa Tounes, une formation politique qui pourrait géner les islamistes lors des prochains rendez-vous électoraux. Crédits photo : Magaharebia / FlickR CC2.0

Des militants proches du parti majoritaire Ennahda accusent Nidaa Tounes d'abriter des cadres de l'ancien régime.

La campagne pour les prochaines élections en Tunisie s'annonce rugueuse. Samedi, alors que le principal parti d'opposition, Nidaa Tounes, se réunissait sur l'île de Djerba, plusieurs militants proches du pouvoir islamiste ont envahi l'hôtel où se tenait la réunion. Nidaa Tounes était venu marquer la fin du deuil de l'un de ses cadres. Il y a quarante jours, Lotfi Naguedh, responsable du parti à Tataouine, dans le sud du pays, a été battu à mort, vraisemblablement par des membres du groupe auquel appartiennent les assaillants de Djerba.

Sous la bannière de la Ligue nationale de protection de la révolution (LNPR), cette milice prétend empêcher le retour en politique d'anciens membres du régime de Ben Ali. Une catégorie dans laquelle le LNPR classe à l'évidence Nidaa Tounes, dont le leader, Béji Caïd Essebsi, qui fut premier ministre au lendemain de la révolution, veut ratisser large - jusque dans les rangs du RCD dissous, à l'exception de ceux qui pourraient être poursuivis par la justice.

Samedi, on pouvait lire «Dehors, pourritures!» sur les banderoles massées devant l'hôtel de Djerba. Alors qu'ils étaient assiégés, les cadres et membres du parti ont appelé au secours par SMS. Une avocate défenseur des droits de l'homme, Bochra Belhaj Hmid, a déclaré à l'AFP: «Nous avons contacté les ministres de l'Intérieur et des Droits de l'homme, mais ils refusent d'intervenir.» Dehors, la police est restée en retrait.

Agissements violents

La LNPR, divisée en comités locaux, n'en est pas à son coup d'essai. À Tataouine, le 18 octobre dernier, ses disciples ont manifesté et répondu violemment aux cocktails Molotov envoyés par les membres de Nidaa Tounes qui cherchaient à les repousser. Lotfi Naguedh devint ce jour-là «le premier martyr ­politique de l'après-révolution», selon Nidaa Tounes. Le 4 décembre, c'est à Tunis, devant le siège de l'UGTT, le principal syndicat tunisien, que la Ligue s'est distinguée, en accusant la centrale de rouler pour l'opposition.

De violents heurts, dont les protagonistes se rejettent la responsabilité, ont fait plusieurs blessés dans les rangs de la LNPR comme parmi les sympathisants de l'UGTT, qui commémorait ce jour-là le soixantième anniversaire de l'assassinat de son premier secrétaire général, Farhet Ached. Le syndicat a alors brandi la menace d'une grève générale nationale dans l'espoir d'obtenir la dissolution de la Ligue. Après des heures de négociations avec le gouvernement, l'ouverture d'une commission d'enquête a été promise et la menace de grève, levée.

Malgré les agissements violents auxquels elle est associée, les divers avertissements qui lui ont été adressés et les demandes réitérées de dissolution, la LNPR récidive régulièrement. Et beaucoup la soupçonnent d'agir à la solde d'Ennahda, le parti islamiste majoritaire au pouvoir, ce qui contribuerait à expliquer l'impunité dont elle semble jouir.

Ancien porte-parole d'une instance, aujourd'hui dissoute, qui était censée veiller à la réalisation des objectifs de la révolution, Samir Rabhi estime que les comités de quartiers créés au moment de la chute de Ben Ali n'ont plus de raison d'être depuis la mise en place d'un gouvernement élu. «Ils constituent le bras armé du parti au pouvoir», déplore-t-il. Selon lui, la Ligue cherche surtout à détruire Nidaa Tounes, principal parti aujourd'hui en mesure de battre Ennahda au prochain scrutin. «Ils assurent agir contre les RCDistes en général, mais, lors des élections organisées l'an dernier, les candidats connus pour avoir frayé avec Ben Ali n'ont pas été inquiétés. Depuis que Nidaa Tounes représente une vraie menace pour Ennahda, au contraire, on voit les militants de la ligue commencer à agir.»

Posted on 12/23/2012 6:02 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald

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