Madison Tea Party Round-Up

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James Pethokoukis at Reuters:

Sarah Palin rides to the sound of the guns….

In the last few months, political professionals and insiders have been writing off the former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential candidate, convinced she won’t run for the GOP nomination in 2012 or ever. Then again, even those GOPers who are running can hardly compete with the MSM’s weird, all-consuming fascination with The Donald.

But all it took was one powerful, pugnacious and presidential speech — just 15 minutes long — for Palin to again make herself completely relevant to the current political and policy battles raging across America.

She waded forcefully into the state’s white-hot battle over government union power, giving her full-throated support to Gov. Scott Walker: “These are the front lines in the battle of the future for our country. A pension is a promise that must be kept. Scott Walker understands this. He understands that states must be solvent to keep their promises. He’s not trying to hurt union members. Hey folks, he’s trying to save your jobs.”

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Will she run? Even many of those close to Team Palin have no idea. Palin herself may not have made a decision and may not feel she needs to until the autumn. But as it stands, she arguably represents the purest expression out there of Tea Party passion and free-market populist rejection of Washington’s bipartisan crony capitalism. If she ran, her high-wattage appearance in Madison shows just how dangerous her candidacy would be to a field of solid but stolid opponents.

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So MSM, keep obsessing over the shiny new Trump toy if you must. But better keep an eye on a certain sharpshooting, grizzly mama. She’s back.

Big Government:

If Sarah Palin’s not running for president, what a terrible waste that would be of the single best stump speech I’ve heard since, well, Palin’s ’08 convention speech, which just happened to be the single most electrifying political moment of my adult life….

Surrounded by an obnoxiously hostile, astro-turfed, pro-union crowd that tried and failed to drown out her message with obnoxiously hostile astro-turfed noise, the former Alaskan Governor took the fight directly to the growing pile of Obama’s failures in the most effective way we’ve heard yet from a potential GOP challenger.

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You see what else she did there? Exactly what she did as a reform-minded governor in Alaska. She called the GOP Establishment out for everything they’re doing wrong, appealed to reasonable rank-and-file union members disgusted by their leadership, and reaffirmed her own proud union credentials…. How can someone so “dumb” be so right about everything?

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On this day, Tea Party tax-day, Sarah Palin walked into the heart of this nation’s battle, stared down a gallery of Leftist union goons with poise and grace, and articulated our message as well as anyone ever could. Let’s hope this is just the beginning.

 

Big Hollywood again.

Doug Powers:

“Mr. President, game on!” Did we just witness the birth of not only a campaign, but its first slogan as well?

CBS News reported it as – “Hundreds of pro-union labor supporters are surrounding smaller groups of tea party members waiting for former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to appear outside the Wisconsin Capitol.” 

Really? Because that’s not what I see.  ht/Gateway Pundit

PajamasMedia:

The woman was on fire!

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Her battle cry made me realize what has been steadily sucking the oxygen out of the conservative movement since our big November win — a win that should have us still sallying forth in victory, but instead has left us demoralized and confused. We have no real leaders.

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What we heard in Wisconsin came closer by miles to Agincourt than anything yet heard from the lukewarm Establishment Republicans. Palin is a leader who can energize the conservative base.

What conservative wants to follow the electoral dictates of the media pundits, whether liberal or conservative? Who wants to listen any more to Romney or Huckleboy? Boring. Uninspiring. And you just know in your heart that once they got to Washington, they’d pull a Boehner on us — backing down at just the critical moment when a battle is what’s needed. They care too much whether people like them. They just don’t have the fire.

Seeing Palin take the fight to Obama recharged my batteries, gave me hope, made me ready for more…. It’s a sad sight to behold: cringing men, afraid to stand up for what’s right.

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I had high hopes for Boehner. Now he depresses me…. It’s as if after winning the battle, the troops saw their older leaders wave the white flag….

We should rally around a woman who has proven herself able to rise above the insults, slander, and bullying, a woman who has stayed consistently on message and whose values are the same as ours. A woman who has the courage and charisma to rally the troops to go through the fire with her.

I never thought until I saw her speech yesterday that she could win. As PJM’s PalinTracker, I review hundreds of articles, columns, and video clips each month — mostly slander and unspeakable garbage. Just as you would never expect a victim dragged by a rope on the back of a pickup truck to survive, no matter how much I admired her, I was doubtful whether Palin — or any human being — could ever recover from the Propaganda Press’s misogynist drumbeat and lethal lies, not to mention the constant demeaning by RINO men.

But with yesterday’s speech, and with the lack of male leadership in the Republican Party, I’m ready to become a believer again.

JSOnline:

The former Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential nominee spoke outside the Capitol to a tea party rally and to drum-beating protesters, who were whipped by sleet and near-freezing temperatures nearly one month into spring.

Capitol Police said one arrest was made.

In a lighter moment, one man who spoke before Palin’s keynote speech proposed to a woman from the stage and said she accepted.

ABC actually gave a fair report.

Dan Riehl:

Wherever the current battle is, that’s very often where you can find Palin. One of the first requirements for leadership is to show up out front. No one will ever accuse Palin of not doing that. Doing so also has an interesting side benefit for any would be leader. When you lead, people tend to follow and support you, even if not at first.

Mediaite:

She returned to the spotlight today at a Tea Party rally in Wisconsin with more fire and brimstone than the Fox News commentator had given her followers in quite a while. While Palin had a few words for the President and his “solar shingles,” today was all about proving that she didn’t fear the GOP establishment and would accept no compromises.

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She then went after the Republicans, with whom she was not-at-all pleased. “Yeah, I’ll take on the Republican establishment,” she admitted as the crowd roared. “What more can they say about us?” She went through an exhaustive explanation of how Congressional compromise works, highlighting how the number of federal funds to spend dwindled as the compromise occurred over time, thanks to “politics as usual and accounting gimmicks.” She derisively challenged Republicans to “fight like a girl” and suggested they learn how to legislate from a local hockey team.

Most of the coverage was surprisingly fair, except for the CBS article. The absolute funniest headline out of this whole thing was from PoliticsUSA (which I will not be linking): “Palin bombs in Wisconsin as only 6,500 attend Tea Party Rally.”

Washington Times:

Sarah Palin gave a rip-roaring speech in Wisconsin on Saturday that excoriated President Obama’s deficit spending and took swipes at Republicans inside the Beltway for going along to get along.

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The former Alaska governor’s pep talk reminds why she would be a formidable candidate. Not only did she hammer away at the substance of today’s economic and moral crises, she was exciting…. Sounding like a candidate, Mrs. Palin told the Madison, Wis., crowd, “The 2012 elections begin here.”

It’s too early to know how the Alaskan would fare on the campaign trail, but it’s time to put to rest the simplistic wave of the hand that many use to condescendingly dismiss Mrs. Palin – that is, that she’s unelectable. We’re talking about a public office that has been occupied by Jimmy Carter and Barry Obama, after all. Given the right circumstances, almost anyone can get elected, and Mrs. Palin’s charisma, authentic “woman of the people” quality and common-sense, family-oriented conservatism could get her a lot of the way there. Continued economic malaise will make it hard for Mr. Obama to hoodwink voters to give him another term, which should benefit any GOP nominee.

Daily Caller:

She was feisty. She was bold. And she was gutsy. At a Tea Party rally in Madison, Wis., on Saturday, Sarah Palin pulled no punches….

Palin expressed strong support for common-sense conservatives in Madison and a positive message for America as we look forward to the next presidential election: “Madison, you defended that 2010 electoral mandate. You are heroes. You are patriots. And when the history of this Tea Party movement is written, what you accomplished here will not be forgotten. Your historic stand brought down the curtain on the last election, and the 2012 election begins here. We will take the courage and the integrity that you showed all of America. We will take it and we will win back our country … We will fight for America. And it starts here in Madison, Wisconsin. It starts here! It starts now! … Mr. President, game on!”

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Palin’s Madison speech reminds us of some important things. She’s not in the least bit afraid of a tough crowd. She’ll hold members of her party accountable if they don’t keep their word. She is passionate about the Tea Party movement and isn’t about to abandon her conservative principles in order to fit in with what’s cool in D.C. And she is one tough cookie.

Third Age:

Sarah Palin delivered a forceful speech in Wisconsin on Thursday that has many people convinced that she will be announcing a run for president in 2012….

Her chief quote, and the one that has commenters convinced that Palin will be running, was “Mr. President, game on,” which elicited a roar from the crowd.

Palin’s official announcement will likely not be until fall.

The Anchoress:

Gotta say it — Sarah Palin doesn’t use teleprompters, she doesn’t use Orwellian double-speak that is so preposterous even Jon Stewart has to call it out; she is not contemptuous of her audience, as the president increasingly appears to be, she has enough wit to grab a phrase and have fun with it, (“so yeah, we’re here, we’re clear, get used to it!“) and, most importantly, the former Governor of Alaska is coherent.

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Put Sarah Palin’s speech next to Barack’s Obama’s, and forget about their policies for a second; just watch and listen. Which one do you believe? Who is transparent and clear and who is obfuscating and duplicitous? Who is natural, and who is affected? Who spends more time saying “I” and “Me” and who says “Us” and “We”?

The Daily Page:

Conservative radio host James T. Harris emceed the rally, filling the brief intervals between speakers with exhortations and quips. One example: “Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to Illinois!” Other speakers included Wall Street Journal columnist John Fund, Americans for Prosperity Wisconsin director Matt Seaholm, and conservative radio personalities Tony Katz and Vicki McKenna….

Palin spoke relatively briefly on the situation in Wisconsin, focusing instead on the President Obama and federal budget policies. “The only thing that trillion dollar travesty stimulated was a debt crisis, and a tea party!” she declared.

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As the tea partiers dispersed, one man shook his head, saying with a smile, “She’s still perfect.” Another responded, “Well, I know where my vote’s going.”

Andrew Breitbart followed up on his introduction speech:

This morning, I made my way from Jacksonville to Atlanta to Memphis to Chicago and then on to the icy Wisconsin war zone. The temperature hovered around freezing as I arrived in Madison. Bitter cold rain gave way to snow but that didn’t stop thousands of Wisconsinites from coming out to make a stand and hear from a number of great speakers including the woman I was privileged to introduce, Sarah Palin.

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The TV cameras showing the speech caught little of this phalanx of thugs that we had to walk through. Middle fingers flew and the trendy talking point insult of “Koch Suckers!” was everywhere. Sarah Palin was called names that made me wonder if Bill Maher was writing for this mob. Apparently, women-hating sexual mockery is acceptable if directed at the right, even if that woman’s children are present.

The Wisconsin Tea Party supporters made it all worthwhile. These are men and women who have braved a battle and come through victorious not by bullying but by being part of the silent majority willing to support tough-minded, adult decision making. The message from speaker after speaker was that Wisconsin’s example of not being intimidated by the bankrupt tactics of the left is something that all Americans need to hear.

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The shouting from those trying to disrupt the Tea Party intensified. Inarticulate shouting becomes their last weapon as their policies crumble. I thought of the hypocritical calls for civility amidst the dishonestly cynical opportunism of blaming Sarah Palin who shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. I thought of the smug entitlement of government workers demanding to keep their gold and benefits packages while the nation tightens its belt. I thought of the business owners and politicians being bullied in an official capacity by the unions and then actually threatened by zealots who took the union policies to their only logical conclusion.

I’m proud of what I said. I told the sanctimonious shouters promoting class warfare to go to hell.

Beaufort Observer:

We’ll also make a prediction here and now. Sarah Palin will run for the Republican nomination and if she does not do well through the South Carolina primary then she will become the “kingmaker” in the Republican race. Regardless of the specific outcome and the role Palin plays in it, we dare you to watch this video and not believe she will be a key player in the 2012 selection of who will be elected president.

Front Page Magazine:

Sarah Palin stepped back into the spotlight on Saturday with a fiery, anti-establishment speech delivered in Madison, Wisconsin. With Donald Trump and Michelle Bachmann dominating much of the speculation about potential Republican presidential candidates over the last few weeks, Palin has been lying rather low. While the former governor of Alaska has yet to decide whether she’s going to run or not, her defiant speech this weekend suggests that she at least wants to keep her name in the discussion until she figures out whether to toss her hat in the ring.

Choosing the Dairy State to take shots at the administration and middle-of-the-road Republicans was a shrewd move.

Investor’s Business Daily:

Sarah Palin hit it out of the park in a speech this past weekend in Wisconsin. She dazzled because, of all things, she reached out to her opponents. When was the last time we saw that coming out of the White House?

Amazingly, Palin’s words offered common ground between Tea Party taxpayers and public employee union members, who’ve until now been at odds with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s attempt to balance the state budget.

“What I have to say today I say it to our good patriotic brothers and sisters who are in unions … a pension is a promise that must be kept. Now, your Governor Scott Walker understands this. He understands that states must be solvent in order to keep their promise. And that’s what he’s trying to do. He’s not trying to hurt union members. Hey, folks, he’s trying to save your jobs and your pensions!”

In short, she came to save, not to cut, and in the finest example of bipartisan bridge-building since President Reagan made allies of blue-collar workers, she reached out to the very people whose hirelings tried to drown her speech out with obscenities.

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Palin’s speech ultimately wasn’t for Wisconsin. It was for YouTube and the nation watching it.

Now that you’ve heard everyone else say what they thought of it, you can watch it for yourself.
 

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Breitbart’s introduction and Palin’s speech, via PalinTV:

 

Governor Palin posted the transcript on her Facebook page:

Hello, Madison, Wisconsin! You look good. I feel like I’m at home. This is beautiful. Madison, I am proud to get to be with you today. Madison, these are the frontlines in the battle for the future of our country. This is where the line has been drawn in the sand. And I am proud to stand with you today in solidarity.

I am here today as a patriot, as a taxpayer, as a former union member, and as the wife of a union member. What I have to say today I say it to our good patriotic brothers and sisters who are in unions. I say this, too, proudly standing here as the daughter of a family full of school teachers. My parents, my grandparents, aunt, cousins, brother, sister – so many of these good folks are living on teachers’ pensions, having worked or are still working in education.

A pension is a promise that must be kept. Now, your Governor Scott Walker understands this. He understands that states must be solvent in order to keep their promises. And that’s what he’s trying to do. He’s not trying to hurt union members. Hey, folks, he’s trying to save your jobs and your pensions! But unfortunately some of your union bosses don’t understand this, and they don’t care if union members have to be laid off. No, they want to protect their own power, and if that means forcing a governor to lay off union workers, then so be it; they’ve proven that is fine with them. But that’s not real solidarity! Real solidarity means coming together for the common good. This Tea Party movement is real solidarity!

Well, I am in Madison today because this is where real courage and real integrity can be found. Courage is your governor and your legislators standing strong in the face of death threats and thug tactics. Courage is you all standing strong with them! You saw the forces aligned against fiscal reform. You saw the obstruction and the destruction. You saw these violent rent-a-mobs trash your capital and vandalize businesses.

Madison, you held your ground. Your governor did the right thing. And you won. Your beautiful state won. And you know what – people still have their jobs because of it! That’s courage. And that’s integrity. And that’s something that’s sorely missing in the Beltway today.

Because let me tell you what isn’t courageous: It’s politicians promising the American voters that, as we drown in $14.5 trillion debt, that they’re going to cut $100 billion out of this year’s budget. But then they cave on that and they reduce it down to $61 billion after they get elected. Then they get in there and they strike a deal and decide, nah, they will reduce that down to $38 billion. And then after some politics-as-usual and accounting gimmicks, we find out it’s not $38 billion in cuts. You know that $38 billion – we don’t have it; we’re borrowing it. We borrow from foreign countries to give to foreign countries, and that’s insanity. We find out it’s not even $38 billion; it’s less than $1 billion in real cuts. Folks, that $352 million in real cuts – that’s no more than the federal government is going to spend in the time it takes us to hold this rally today! That is not courage; that’s capitulation!

Now, there’s a lesson here for the Beltway politicos, something they need to understand; the lesson comes from here in Madison. So, our lesson is to the GOP establishment first. And yeah, I’ll take on the GOP establishment. What more can they say about us, you know?

So, to the GOP establishment: if you stand on the platform, if you stand by your pledges, we will stand with you. We will fight with you, GOP. We have your back. Together we will win because America will win!

We didn’t elect you just to re-arrange the deck chairs on a sinking Titanic. We didn’t elect you to just stand back and watch Obama re-distribute those deck chairs. What we need is for you to stand up, GOP, and fight. Maybe I should ask some of the Badger women’s hockey team—those champions—maybe I should ask them if we should be suggesting to GOP leaders they need to learn how to fight like a girl!

And speaking of President Obama, I think we ought to pay tribute to him today at this Tax Day Tea Party because really he’s the inspiration for why we’re here today.

That’s right. The Tea Party Movement wouldn’t exist without Barack Obama.

You see, Candidate Obama didn’t have a record while he was in office; but President Obama certainly has a record, and that’s why we’re here. And hey, media, it’s not inciting violence and it’s not hateful rhetoric to call someone out on their record, so that’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to do it to be clear. That’s right: we’re here, we’re clear, get used to it!

Candidate Obama promised to be fiscally responsible. He promised to cut the deficit; but President Obama tripled it!

Candidate Obama promised that fiscal responsibility; but President Obama flushed a trillion dollars down the drain on a useless “stimulus” package and then he bragged about the jobs he “created” in congressional districts that don’t even exist! That’s right; on this, White House, you lie. The only thing that trillion-dollar travesty stimulated was a debt-crisis and a Tea Party!

Now, the left’s irresponsible and radical policies awakened a sleeping America so that we understood finally what it was that we were about to lose. We were about to lose the blessings of liberty and prosperity. They caused the working men and women of this country to get up off their sofas, to come down from the deer stand, get out of the duck blind, and hit the streets, come to the town halls, and finally to the ballot box. And Tea Party Americans won an electoral victory of historic proportions last November. We the people, we rose up and we decisively rejected the left’s big government agenda. We don’t want it. We can’t afford it. And we are unwilling to pay for it.

But what was the president’s reaction to this mandate for fiscal sanity?

Less than 90 days after the election, in his State of the Union address, President Obama told us, nah, the era of big government is here to stay, and we’re going to pay for it whether we want to or not. Instead of reducing spending, they’re going to “Win The Future” by “investing” more of your hard-earned money in some cockamamie harebrained ideas like more solar shingles, more really fast trains – some things that venture capitalists will tell you are non-starters. We’re flat broke, but he thinks these solar shingles and really fast trains will magically save us. So now he’s shouting “all aboard” his bullet train to bankruptcy. “Win The Future”? W.T.F. is about right.

And when Wisconsin’s own Paul Ryan presented a plan for fiscal reform, what was Obama’s response? He demonized the voices of responsibility with class warfare and with fearmongering. And I say personally to our president: Hey, parent to parent, Barack Obama, for shame for you to suggest that the heart of the commonsense conservative movement would do anything to harm our esteemed elders, to harm our children with Down syndrome, to harm those most in need. No, see, in our book, you prioritize appropriately and those who need the help will get the help. The only way we do that is to be wise and prudent and to budget according to the right priorities.

Now, our president isn’t leading, he’s punting on this debt crisis. The only future Barack Obama is trying to win is his own re-election! He’s willing to mortgage your children’s future to ensure his own. And that is not the audacity of hope. That’s cynicism!

Piling more debt onto our children and grandchildren is not courage. No, that’s cowardice!

But did you notice when he gave that polarizing speech last week there was a little gem in the speech. Maybe you missed it. But he spoke about the social contract and the “social compact.” Well, Mr. President, the most basic tenet in that social compact is adhering to the consent of the governed. That would be “We the People.” President Obama, you do not have our consent. You didn’t have it in November. And you certainly don’t have it now. You willfully ignored the will of the American people.

You ignored it when you rammed through Obamacare.

You ignored it when you drove up the debt to $14.5 trillion.

You ignored it when you misrepresented your deficit spending.

You ignored it when you proposed massive tax increases on the middle class and our job creators.

You ignored is when you went to bat for government-funded abortions and yet you threw our brave men and women in uniform under the bus, Mr. Commander in Chief.

You ignored it when you got us into a third war for fuzzy and inconsistent reasons, a third war that we cannot afford.

You ignore it when you apologize for America while you bow and kowtow to our enemies, and you snub our allies like Israel.

And you ignore when you manipulate the U.S. oil supply. You cut off oil development here and then you hypocritically praise foreign countries for their drilling.

And when hardworking families are hit with $4 and $5 a gallon gas and your skyrocketing energy and food prices as you set out to fundamentally transform America, you ignore our concerns and you tell us we just better get used to it.

Well, Mr. President, we’re not going to get used to it. Not now. Not ever. You ignored us in 2010. But you cannot ignore us in 2012.

Mr. President, you and your cohorts threw all the hatred and all the violence you could at these good folks in Madison, Wisconsin. But you lost here.

And Madison, you defended the 2010 electoral mandate. You are heroes, you are patriots, and when the history of this Tea Party Movement is written, what you accomplished here will not be forgotten.

Your historic stand brought down the curtain on the last election. And the 2012 election begins here.

We will take the courage and the integrity that you showed all of America. We will take it and we will win back our country!

God has shed His grace on thee, America. We will not squander what we have.

We will fight for America! And it starts here in Madison, Wisconsin!

It starts here! It starts now! What better place than the state that hosts the Super Bowl champs, to call out the liberal left and let them know: Mr. President, game on!

God bless you, Wisconsin, and God bless America!

James T. Harris:

This guy fought back when the unions sent out a letter telling him to display a union support sign in his business or be boycotted. He took the opportunity of this rally to propose to his girlfriend:

This is Vicki McKenna’s full speech. Sorry the audio’s distorted, but this is the only full speech of Vicki I could find:

Again, sorry about the distortion, but Tony Katz gave a good speech as well:

Fox News report:

James T. Harris (the emcee) offered his thoughts on Palin and the whole event the next day. You can see that video here.

My photo sets are here and here.

Other pictures courtesy of the AP, Zimbio, JSOnline, Josiah Cantrall, James T. Harris, Vicki McKenna, LeaderTelegrah, Fox11, and Madison.com, WisPolitics, and Markonf1re –

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Former Alaska Gov. Palin greets the crowd near the podium after delivering her keynote speech Saturday, April 16, 2011 during a rally on by the Tea Party group Americans For Prosperity at the state Capitol in Madison, Wis. MARK HOFFMAN/MHOFFMAN@JOURNALSENTINEL.COM
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  • Tom Richardson

    You’ve put together a great summary for those of us who couldn’t be there in person. No need to apologize for the sound quality on some of the videos. The words came through loud a clear and it gave a sense of what the Progressives were trying to do to drown out FREE SPEECH!!! How interesting that when they run out of rational and logical arguments – which doesn’t take long – they always resort to trying to drown our side out. Like that will make their arguments more valid. Can’t wait to hear Sarah debating the Bamster and wiping the floor with him!

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