Wednesday, March 26, 2008


Hitting the Big Time

Over the past few days, Maysville has had more high visibility activity than it usually does in a year.

Last Saturday, as previously posted, the local high school, Mason County High School, won the Kentucky high school basketball championship.

Monday George Clooney premiered his new movie "Leatherheads" at Washington Opera House in downtown Maysville.

Not to be outdone, the "notorious prevaricator," Bill Clinton, showed up on Tuesday and gave a campaign speech for Hillary at the "Field House," i.e. the high school's gymnasium that seats over 8,000.

Maysville had big days in the past but I doubt if there's been so much activity is such a short period of time.

Sunday, March 23, 2008


Big Kid

Today is the day my youngest son became officially bigger than me. My youngest son, who will be 15 next week, and I met my older son at a restaurant for an Easter lunch today. The youngest and I waited in the parking lot. My older son arrived, parked his car and walked towards us. His first words were, "He's taller than you now."

I'm 6' 3" or so. I've shrunk an little over the years. At one point I measured 6' 3.5" in my bare feet. My youngest son and I are about the same weight, 235 lbs. Since he's a well muscled football player, I'm happy with his size and he's still got some growing to do. I'm looking forward to watching him perform on the football field for his remaining three years of high school and maybe beyond. BTW - his GPA is 3.9 and on the way to eat today he told me how easy physics is for him. He says he wants to be a physicist.

Not only do I feel smaller, I feel dumber. :-)

Saturday, March 22, 2008


Mason County High School Wins Kentucky State Basketball Championship!!

Just a few minutes ago, my son's high school, the Mason County Royals, won the Kentucky state basketball championship over a very tough Holmes High School, 57-48. This is the second time in 6 years Mason County has won the championship. That team included University of Tennessee standout, Chris Lofton.

In Kentucky the basketball championship is between all schools. The schools are not divided by class as in football. There is only one champion. Not bad for a medium size, rural school.

University of Kentucky signee, Darius Miller led the way for the Royals scoring 24 points. This is a great group of hard working kids and coaches. Their achievement is well deserved. Congratulations, guys!!

My son made his contribution by playing baritone horn in the pep band. His next goal is to bring a state championship to Mason County in football.

Go Royals!!


The Only Endorsement I Need

Endorsements mean next to nothing to me. For me there is no such thing as a good endorsement unless God came down from the heavens to give His blessing. The only impact endorsements may have on me is if the person endorsing a candidate is reprehensible enough and close enough to the candidate that I begin to question the candidate.

The MSM's obsession with with the recent Bill Richardson endorsement of Barack middle name Obama amuses me. Essentially the left-wing MSM ran numerous promos for Barack middle name Obama when showing the endorsement announcement.

But, there is one endorsement that matters.
Beer drinkers appear more likely to vote for Sen. John McCain in November,...

Friday, March 21, 2008


Very Sad

The Anchoress posted about Obama, Psychic duality & the churches. I barely got two paragraphs into the post when I read this.
As a young woman working in New York City, I watched a lovely, brilliant middle-aged black woman struggle to maintain her dignity and forbearance when she was told, by a youngish white woman who seemed to love her, that she - the white woman - could not invite the black woman to her wedding reception because she’d been told by family members that they would not attend the wedding if the black woman came.

The black woman bowed her head at her desk, as though she’d been dealt a blow to her solar plexus, and she breathed deeply, and when she raised her head, she said, “someday, we will get past this, but not today.” She meant “we” as a nation, but also “we” as people living and working together.
Some people reading my posts may get the wrong idea of my views on racism. Racism is totally unacceptable to me. I simply think that some who protest racism make unfair, false accusations that harm the cause of stopping racism more than help it.

If this had been my wedding the black woman would have been invited and embraced by myself. Screw the bigoted family members. People who know me personally know beyond any doubt this is what I'd do.

When still married, my wife would get angry at me because I would give her father a hard time for occasional bigoted comments he made. I never accused him of racism. I would simply point out the unfairness of his statements and that they weren't based on fact.

She was pissed when I refused to join the local private country club. Membership was by invitation only. I asked if they had any black members and the answer was "No." I was aware of several black professionals in the small town that could easily afford membership. I refused to join. They may have black members now. I don't know.

In general, I love other cultures, especially their food. Sharing food is one of the best ways to commune with others of any culture.

I'll admit to a racial bias. I'm more likely to hold a door open for a black person. I'm more likely to offer a black person a ride. I make an extra effort to speak to black people with whom I only have a passing acquaintance. And, I firmly believe that all people of all ethnic backgrounds should have an equal opportunity in school, the work place and every other aspect of life.

I'm not claiming that I never fail to do the right thing. Many times I struggle. But I continue to work and build my strength. If you have trouble finding the strength to do what is right, I recommend you read How Could You Do That?!: The Abdication of Character, Courage, and Conscience by Laura Schlessinger. It won't make your life easier but it'll make it better.

Whenever I hear a story like the one above, I feel a pain in my heart. How can you look in the mirror knowing that you put the evil wishes of someone above what is right and hurt a good person in the process?


Obama's Abomination

Due to several trips to the doctor lately to get my heart checked out, I've not had the time to blog this week. After a stress test, a Myoview stress test and an angiogram, it turns out my heart's in great shape. In the words of the cardiologist, at the age of 56, I have "the heart of a 10 year old." More on that in another post.

Reading the various analysis and reactions to Barack middle name Obama's speech on race provided amusement over the past 5 days. While many effused over Barack middle name Obama's eloquence, the speech fell short.

Obama created more new questions than he answered. I still find it remarkable Obama sat for 20 years and listened to the message of hate spewed by his pastor. 20 years is the key ingredient. I saw on the news today where someone provided a picture of Bill Clinton in which Rev. Wright was present.

So what? Presidents have their pictures made with thousands of people. But, they don't sit and listen to hate speech for 20 years. They don't donate thousands of dollars to support the person spewing the hate speech.

I'm not excited that John McCain accepted John Hagee's endorsement. But, again, John McCain hasn't listened to John Hagee's "milder than Wright" crap for 20 years.

The most comical and sad part of it all is the stuff Barack middle name Obama said about his white honky grandmother during and after the speech. His "typical white person" comment demonstrates just how little Barack middle name Obama really understands about ameliorating the tensions between the races.

Some how, Barack middle name Obama believes he knows more about what it is to be white than he does. "You don't know what it's like to be black." is a favorite catch of some blacks, especially a few that call into the radio talk shows I listen to. Yet, they always, like Barack middle name Obama, know what it is like to be white.

As far as Barack middle name Obama's grandmother's worries about walking down the street, statistically she is more likely to be attacked by a black person than a white. I've noted before that in my nearly 9 years of walking around downtown Cincinnati during lunch, I've had a few blacks behave hostilely toward me and no one else. I've also mentioned that the friendliest people I've met on the street were blacks and there's more of them than the hostile ones.

For Barack middle name Obama to dredge up this image is unfortunate. He holds his personal ignorance out there for all to see. His own attitudes and beliefs interfere with racial progress. Perhaps after listening to Rev. Wright for 20 years, Barack middle name Obama thought he was being kind to whites.

Silly, stupid, ridiculous comments about Obama's speech:

Mirror on America blog: For me, the moment that I began to cry was this:

The moment you start to cry over a political speech, you are certifiably insane. Obama is trying to win the presidency. Like 90% of those in politics, he will say almost anything to win a majority of votes. If there is any place one needs deep seated cynicism, it's when listening to politicians.

Bonnie Erbe on CNN Newsroom:

Well, I would like to say, everybody views the race issue through very different lenses. I do not believe, for example, that white men have a right to tell me from my perspective what is sexist and what is not sexist. And I don't believe, as a white American, that I have a right to tell African-Americans what is racist and what isn't.

So anything a black person says is racist, I must accept? Anything that a woman says is sexist, I must accept? Sorry, don't buy that lack of logic. We must discuss. We must have a dialogue. I'm not willing to give up my autonomy and freedom to some race hustler. Of course, Erbe is a leftie and as such her powers of logic are quite limited.

Sunday, March 16, 2008


Affirmative Action - Concisely and Precisely

During my college career, one professor was fond using the phrase "concisely and precisely." John Rosenberg at Discriminations accomplishes this when he sums up the paradox of affirmative action quite well.
I find it interesting that those who support racial preferences most vociferously also deny most vociferously any suggestion that anyone actually received something of value because of his or her race. They describe as racist the demand for colorblind equality, but they also describe as racist any suggestion that any individual’s success or failure can be attributed to the preferential treatment extended or not extended to that individual’s racial or ethnic group. Finally, they describe as racist any suggestion that the practice of racial preference calls into question the earned accomplishments of members of preferred groups.


Is This Where America Is Headed?

"Living on a Thin Line," by The Kinks, was written 1984, the same year as the title of George Orwell's famous, prophetic book, "1984." Was the song just a prophetic. Watch the video and you be the judge.

Thanks to Ramblings of a Misguided Blonde for jogging my memory about this.

Saturday, March 15, 2008


Why Did Obama Sit and Listen To Hate Speech For Twenty Years?

Listen to Barack middle name Obama's pastor and hear the message of Jeremiah Wright. I've read that 90% of verbal communication is not what is said but the way it is said. The way Jeremiah Wright delivers his words does not sound like someone working for unification between the races.

I have to wonder why Barack middle name Obama, who has stated he disagrees with some of Jeremiah Wright's statements, continued to attend this church for twenty years. The message, at least at times, is very different than what Obama claims to believe. I and others I know have switched/quit churches for much less.

When you sit and listen to these messages for twenty years. When you, apparently, financially support a church that preaches these messages. You support these messages. I just wonder more and more who Barack middle name Obama really is.

Saw this at Slate via Instapundit.
If it offends you I condemn it!

"All of the statements that have been the subject of controversy are ones that I vehemently condemn." --Barack Obama

This seems to be the General Rule of Obama--if it's going to damage him, he condemns it! And rejects and denounces. Vehemently! The Rule would seem to apply to all past and future controversial statements--his campaign could get that sentence printed up on little laminated cards and hand them out to reporters, or include them after the statements of all Obama surrogates, like those fine-print 'void where prohibited' waivers. "Condemned if controversial."
What do you believe? 20 years of financial and personal support for these messages or a few moments of denial in order to win the presidency?

Barack Obama has attended Wright's sermons for over twenty years. By his own admission, Obama consults with Wright before making any "bold political decisions." Obama calls Wright his "spiritual advisor." He calls Wright one of his prime mentors. Obama got the title of his book, "The Audacity of Hope," from a Wright sermon of the same name. He says that Wright was extremely important in shaping his life and his views. Obama and his wife were married by Rev. Wright. Reverend Wright baptized Obama's daughters. Barack Obama donated over $20,000 to Wright's church in 2006. He continues attending services in Wright's church.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008


Obama Makes False Accusations About Lou Dobbs and Illegal Immigration

While the media belatedly goes bonkers over Geraldine Ferraro's comments, Barack middle name Obama, in order to win a few more votes, reverses his stance on uniting us. Rather, he uses the tried and true Democratic tactic of class warfare. From the transcripts of Lou Dobbs on CNN.
SEN. BARACK OBAMA (D-IL), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: So when I hear Rush Limbaugh or you know Lou Dobbs or some of these people talking about how we need to send them all back, we're not going to send them all back.

WIAN: Apparently Senator Obama is not aware that LOU DOBBS TONIGHT has never advocated mass deportations.
OBAMA: When I hear Rush Limbaugh or you know Lou Dobbs or some of these people talking about how we need to send them all back. We're not going to send them all back. First of all, this is a country of immigrants. Second of all, as a practical matter, we would end up having to use all of our law enforcement resources to round people up, detain them, separate families. It's not a realistic solution. We're not going to be able to solve the problem if we're just shouting about it like Lou Dobbs and folks on television.
Casey Wian sets the record straight.
Perhaps he's worried about that going forward. But it sure seems that by distorting the record of people like you, people like Rush Limbaugh, who we were unable to contact today. But we did see some of the statements that he's made in the past about illegal immigration and he also has never, that we could find, called for mass deportations of people. So you really got to wonder what's going through Senator Obama's head here, Lou.
Video HERE.

Lefties love to distort the record because the truth doesn't serve them well. Who is Barack middle name going to represent as president? Citizens of this country or non-citizens? Is allowing millions of illegal immigrants into this country going to help the middle class the Democrats pretend to care about?

While the MSM, Obama's staff and, maybe, Obama himself wail and gnash their teeth over Geraldine Ferraro's statements, Obama continues to play the destructive race game to gather votes. Like nearly every politician today, he cares more about himself than anything else. Even Obama's wife says so.
"What I notice about men, all men, is that their order is me, my family, God is in there somewhere, but me is first...
Since her primary experience with men is Barack, it's fair to say he's a "me first" person.

Saturday, March 08, 2008


Still Snowing But Not A Blizzard, Yet

This 200 plus year old cabin is about a quarter mile down the road from my house.

Beginning yesterday at around 10:00 AM, snow has been falling nearly continuously. Forecasters are predicting an end to the snowfall late this afternoon. The storm hasn't been classified a blizzard yet because wind speeds haven't reached 35 mph. The is possible later today.

Areas west and north of Maysville received higher accumulations. When I left Cincinnati yesterday around 3:00 PM, Cincinnati had 4-6 inches already. When I arrived in Maysville, there was about an inch. This could turn out to be the heaviest snowfall since 22 inches fell on Maysville in 1994.

More pictures HERE.

Friday, March 07, 2008


Open Letter to My Congresswoman, Jean Schmidt

Writing for this blog, I regularly discuss bias against males in schools, colleges, government, courts and other institutions. DrHelen posted today on how gender feminist want to start Title IX entitlements to science education although "Women now earn 57 percent of bachelors degrees and 59 percent of masters degrees. According to the Survey of Earned Doctorates, 2006 was the fifth year in a row in which the majority of research Ph.D.’s awarded to U.S. citizens went to women."

In the mean time, boys and young men are being short changed and their lives squandered in an effort to lift up those already on top. I decided to contact my Congresswoman, Jean Schmidt. Below is what I wrote her. I encourage everyone who reads this post to write their Congressperson and/or Senator. Links for your Senators or Congressperson are on the left side of this page below the blog roll. Our children deserve better.
Over the past few years, it has, time and again, come to my attention that males are under represented in colleges, law schools, and medical schools across the country. Males drop out of high school at a much higher rate than females.

As the father of two girls and two boys, I believe it is past time to pay more attention to the fate of boys and young men in our country. Now, I've learned that some, such as Debra Rolison want to apply Title IX to science education. While such efforts to bring equal opportunity to women are laudable, boys and men are being ignored and left behind.

Not only is this grossly unfair to the boys and men of our country, we are squandering the precious human resources they offer our nation. Please initiate action to re-franchise our boys and men in our society.

Thank you.


Blizzard Warning!!

Blizzard Warning
Originally uploaded by born_a_vol
I believe this is a first for me. Having grown up in the Knoxville, TN blizzards were something that happened far away that we watched in the news. On the Weather Channel they're talking about up t 15 inches of snow in places.

Hopefully, it'll be fun more than dangerous.

The screen shot is from 9:25 PM today.



Originally uploaded by born_a_vol
Driving home, very slowly, in the snow today, I had my son snap this picture. This place apparently exists in relative obscurity. I'd never heard of it except for driving by it a couple of months ago.

I wonder what would happen if it was named "Darkies."

Thursday, March 06, 2008


Why Do So Many Lefties Hate Home Schooling?

Volunteer Voters linked to a post where "homeschooling has been ruled illegal by a California appellate court."
“Parents do not have a constitutional right to home school their children,” wrote Justice H. Walter Croskey in a Feb. 28 opinion signed by the two other members of the district court.
The first comment to this at Volunteer Voters was from LeftWingCracker.
My problem with the home-schoolers is that while one parent is required to have a degree, it does NOT have to be the teaching parent, which is disturbing.

Not only that, how are children going to be exposed to other children WHO MAY NOT BE LIKE THEM? The best thing that ever happened to me was being bussed to a mostly-black Junior high school in Memphis; it changed the way I view people, and for the better.

All one ANYTHING is not necessarily to the good.
Considering the wonderful job our "qualified" teachers have been doing to educate our children, I'm not too concerned about the educational level of the home schooling parent.
In a 2003 study conducted by UNICEF that took the averages from five different international education studies, the researchers ranked the United States No. 18 out of 24 nations in terms of the relative effectiveness of its educational system.

Another prominent 2003 study, the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study, shows a steady decline in the performance of American students from grades 4 to 12 in comparison to their peers in other countries.
"In fourth grade, American kids do above average internationally. By eighth grade, they slip a bit, and by 12th-grade, they've slipped a lot," Marsh said. "We're the only country that slides down that much from fourth to 12th grade."
I know only a few home schooled kids, but I'm certain that they all are performing well above the average for public school kids.

Let's not forget The Constitution itself, precisely the 10th amendement: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people." Is the power to force kids into public schools in The Constitution? I can't find it. Choice in education is a right reserved "to the people." Of course, vouchers would solve a lot of this problem.

LeftWingCrackers second point of exposing children "to other children WHO MAY NOT BE LIKE THEM" puts the purpose of schools beyond education. LWC has now moved into the realm of indoctrination. Children MUST be exposed to certain others and taught to interact with them according to our specifications. Typical left wing desire to brainwash the kids which they then vehemently deny.

For another good reason to home school read this post of rape on a school bus. It appears the school systems primary concern is covering their own butts.
...there’s nothing more heartwarming than a bunch of powerful men sitting around watching video of something unpleasant happening to a 14 year old girl and then passing judgment in public about whether they think it was traumatic enough to count as rape.
Yeah, these are the people running you public schools, some places at least.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008



IUPUI (Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis) reprimanded an employee for reading a book about a clash between Notre Dame University and the KKK in 1924, Notre Dame Vs. the Klan: How the Fighting Irish Defeated the Ku Klux Klan by Todd Tucker, a Notre Dame graduate.

A copy of the first letter the employee received can be viewed HERE.
The Affirmative Action Office has completed its investigation of Ms. ------ -------'s allegation that you racially harassed her by repeatedly reading the book, Notre Dame Vs. the Klan: How the Fighting Irish Defeated the Ku Klux Klan by Todd Tucker in the presence of Black employees. In conducting this investigation we interviewed you, ------- ------- and other employees with information relevant to the matter.

Upon review of this matter, we conclude that your conduct constitutes racial harassment...
You can read the entire thing at the link. The complete and utter stupidity of this boggles the intelligent mind. If any thing, the Affirmative Action Office should be glad that this man was reading this book on the evils of the KKK. The worst nightmares concerning political correctness are reinforced. I wonder what would happen if he read Uncle Tom's Cabin during breaks. It has the n-word in it and is about slavery! Horror of horrors!

Unfortunately, the real victim here is any semblance of intelligent action by IUPUI. Ironic for a place purportedly intended to educate. Perhaps, the IUPUI Affirmative Action Office should educate itself a little lot more.

Additionally, a commenter to the news article, SAJE Williams, at further demonstrates the amazing lack of insight some people possess
People of color wouldn't be so sensitive about such things if not for the fact that allegedly "good, upstanding, Christian white folks" fought a running battle against anything approaching equality for African Americans for nigh on a Century AFTER the Civil War and even now stand in support of a "War on Drugs" that results in far more severe punishment for African Americans and members of other minorities than whites.
We'd all be a heck of a lot better off if we stopped thinking of our fellow citizens as a member of a particular group and just accept them as another human being first.
SAJE attacks an entire group of people, "good, upstanding, Christian white folks," and then says we'd be better off if we "we stopped thinking of our fellow citizens as a member of a particular group and just accept them as another human being first." I wonder if SAJE thinks the image in the mirror is him/herself or someone else.

Too much ridiculousness in one event for me.


To the Gates of Hell

The other day I heard this part of this John McCain speech.

The text:
“I'm sure you know there's a guy living somewhere in Afghanistan or Pakistan named Osama bin Laden, and as you know, he gets out a message quite frequently where he recruits, instructs and motivates these evil people,” McCain told his supporters at the iconic Alamo City eatery. “I want to..... look you in the eye today, my friends, and tell you as president of the United States, if I have to follow him to the gates of hell, I will get Osama bin Laden. I'll do it.”
When John McCain says he will follow bin Laden "to the gates of hell," I believe him. He's been there before, in Vietnam.


Hillary Wins By A Mile in My Neck of the Woods

Yesterday I predicted the heavy voter turnout in my area for the primaries was probably good for Hillary. Looks like I was right.
In Adams County, with all 35 precincts reporting, Clinton was named the winner by a count of 2,793 to 812 for Obama.

In Brown County, with all 35 precincts reported, Clinton was also the winner, 5,352 to 1,876 for Obama.
I live and vote in Brown County.

Results were more lopsided than I expected. I'm sure that Clinton's showing is at least partially due to a small minority population in both Adams and Brown counties.

Now, I wonder how the general election will go locally. I'm guessing, at this point, it's a toss-up.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008


I Cast My Vote in the Ohio Primary

During the past week or more, I've received a couple of dozen robo-calls leading up to today's Ohio primary. John McCain and Hillary Clinton called me! Barack middle name Obama and his supporters have both called me today! The last time only a few minutes ago. Too bad, I've already voted.

A small irony is that the last call was Americans for Obama, or something like that, telling me anybody can vote in the Democratic primary. The irony is that I already knew that and already voted for Hillary.

My logic is this: Barack middle name Obama has too many unknowns. The NAFTA/Canada thing worries me. His "bomb Iran" remark worries me. I don't like charismatic personalities. Charismatic personalities cause too many people act like idiots. And, Barack middle name Obama has too little experience.

A person's actions are the best predictor of a person's future actions. We haven't seen enough of Barack middle name Obama to dependably predict what his actions most likely be. Politicians will say a lot of things to get votes and Barack middle name Obama is a skilled politician. Thus, I care less about what he says than what he's done. He hasn't done much yet.

Hillary is predictable and dependable. Despite my philosophical differences with her, I don't expect surprises from her. I don't know what to expect from Barack middle name Obama.

All I can say to Barack middle name Obama is become president the old fashioned way, earn it.

Turn out appeared heavy in the little village of Aberdeen where I cast my vote. I usually vote early or in the evening but today I voted late afternoon. Crowds may normally be greater at that time but what I saw was the largest crowd in the voting area I've seen in the 10 years I've lived here. Knowing what I know about the people here, I'm predicting that's good for Hillary.

Saturday, March 01, 2008


The Feminized Barack middle name Obama

The other day DrHelen asked Is Obama Feminized?. She asked this question based on a book, The New Feminized Majority. DrHelen concludes
I think the new feminized majority is just another name for the same old socialist agenda. If so, count me out.
As usual, there is much discussion in the comments. But, also as usual, I got to thinking on what "feminine" and its variants mean. How does a "feminine" person act differently than a non-feminine person? How do we act towards a "feminine" person as opposed to how we act towards a non-feminine person?

The one word that jumped out at me was "protective." Stories of over-protective mothers commonly arise in conversation. Over-protective mothers hold legendary status in literature, movies, TV shows, and so on. Often with the over-protectiveness comes domineering, thus the nanny state analogy. The socialist ideals pushed by Barack middle name Obama and his cohorts the government embodiment of an over-protective, domineering mother.

You won't be allowed to do anything that might harm you. You can't smoke, consume trans fatty acids, ride in a car without a seat belt, eat at a restaurant if you weigh too much, or any other potentially harmful activity (except promiscuous sex).

The other side of the protectiveness is that feminine and non-feminine people feel more protective of feminine people. A phenomena illustrated millions of times throughout history. "Women and children first" is a phrase familiar to everyone in our society. "Boys don't hit girls." "Girls Rule, Boys Drool."

Judging from the events of the last week alone, Barack middle name Obama and his entire apostolate embody the feminized. A little known radio talk show host in Cincinnati uses Barack middle name Obama full name and the apostolate goes berserk. They enter into a protective frenzy worthy of the finest over-protective mother. CNN's John King of the over-protective, biased media, began the hysteria at the perceived threat to Barack middle name Obama. Even Barack middle name Obama's over-protective, domineering marital partner entered the fray.

Funny, Hillary Clinton runs an ad that appeals the protective instinct of parents. But the real over-protective, domineering mommies are Barack middle name Obama and his flock of disciples.

I'm all grown up now. I don't need or want an over-protective, domineering mommy government.

P.S. Oh, the "Girls Rule, Boys Drool" bit? Just to show how acceptable in our society it is to insult a masculine person, even a male child. But you're not supposed to use Barack middle name Obama's middle name, what does that say about being feminized?

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