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Now how about a report about how many Dems already knew about the CIA’s interrogation techniques?

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:35

**Written by Doug Powers

Dianne Feinstein should call for another in-depth study: How many Democrats already knew about the things they’re acting shocked about in the Senate’s “torture report”?

The man who oversaw the controversial CIA interrogation program said Sunday that Rep. Nancy Pelosi was “fully aware,” of the methods used against militants, while former Vice President Dick Cheney continued to defend the program and reiterated that the U.S. “stopped short of torture.”

Both men said the techniques used — including waterboarding — had been approved by Bush administration lawyers and did not cross the legal line.

Jose Rodriguez, former director of the CIA’s National Clandestine Service, said on “Fox News Sunday” that Pelosi “knew every one of our enhanced interrogations,” including sleep deprivation as well as slapping and pushing prisoners.

Pelosi wasn’t the only Dem fully informed, according to Rodriquez:

“These people were fully aware of all of the techniques that were given to us and approved by the Office of Legal Counsel at Justice,” Rodriguez continued, saying that neither Nancy Pelosi nor other Democrats — with the exception of then–California congresswoman Jane Harman — “ever objected to the techniques at all.”

Not only that, but…

Rodriguez alleged that some lawmakers, such as Democratic West Virginia senator Jay Rockefeller, actually pushed the CIA to be even harsher. “All of these people knew exactly what we were doing,” he said.

Hmm:

The CIA helps keep our nation safe and strong. Torture does not. We must learn from our mistakes and never repeat them. #ReadTheReport

— Jay Rockefeller (@SenRockefeller) December 14, 2014

Maybe that’s why he’s retiring.

**Written by Doug Powers

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If you like your Slurpee, you can keep your Slurpee: Obamacare ads coming to 7-Eleven receipts

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:35

**Written by Doug Powers

Obamacare ads are coming not just to 7-Eleven receipts, but other stores accepting the same payment service:

ObamaCare ads will now appear on 7-Eleven receipts at more than 7,000 stores nationwide as government health officials expand their outreach in the second year of healthcare sign-ups.

Information about ObamaCare sign-ups will appear on the bottom of receipts for anyone using a mobile payment company called PayNearMe, which allows bank-less customers to pay in stores like 7-Eleven and Family Dollar.

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell announced the new partnership with the tech start-up PayNearMe on Thursday at a store in Washington, D.C.

Before you wash down those two chili cheesedogs with a six pack of Heineken Dark, consider your options in advance:

Visiting @7eleven or using @PayNearMe services to pay bills? Take a look at your receipt for a #GetCovered reminder! pic.twitter.com/6068xYuQx0

— Sylvia Burwell (@SecBurwell) December 11, 2014

How long before you can get a voter registration with your Big Gulp?

(h/t IOTW Report)

**Written by Doug Powers

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The cop-hating cult of Larry Davis

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:35

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The cop-hating cult of Larry Davis
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2014

In Manhattan’s Union Square last week, a protester wielded a menacing sign. It didn’t make the front page of any newspaper. You didn’t see it on cable news. An appalled bystander sent me a photo of the marcher and his inciteful placard, but didn’t want to be identified in any way.
You’ll know why in a moment.

“Justice Please,” the top line of the poster read. “Before we see a lot of new Larry Davis[es],” the message threatened. “1986 6 cops killed,” the banner ended ominously. It was underlined in red marker for bloody emphasis.

“Larry Davis” is quite the faddish battle cry among young minority agitators these days. Enraged tweets about the Ferguson and Eric Garner cases over the past several weeks have heralded Davis as a “street legend” and “hero.” Chicago-based actor Demarco Monroe vowed on Twitter that if police “[c]ome at me on that gun pointing s–t, please believe the LARRY DAVIS gon (sic) come outta me.”

Nova Sankofa, a Philadelphia-area “social activist” and “active philanthropist” advised his followers and fellow grievance-mongers: “You’ve got to be able to ride on the cops like Larry Davis.”

For those outside of New York City who are not steeped in the social justice movement’s racially charged vigilantism against the police, and for those who may have forgotten, let me tell you about this homicidal “hero.”

Larry Davis, known as “Loco Larry” on the streets of the Bronx, had racked up a mile-long rap sheet by age 20. The black rapper-turned-drug dealer boasted arrests or convictions for petty larceny, resisting arrest, violating probation, possession of stolen property and burglary. He led violent turf wars against other crack kingpins. In the fall of 1986, police suspected him in the execution of four rivals.

When an NYPD unit descended on Davis’s flat for questioning, the hoodlum came out with guns blazing. “I’ll shoot them first. I want to die,” he reportedly bragged to family members.

Davis shot six officers; two sustained grave injuries. Contrary to popular legend (echoed by the Union Square sign displayed last week), the officers all survived. Officer John O’Hara lost an eye. Emergency Service Unit cop Mary Buckley, 40, took shotgun blasts to the face. “Mary was a mess,” her doctor recounted at the time. “Her face was mutilated. The pellets had knocked out her front teeth; her upper jaw was shot away. Your heart went out to her.” After reconstructive surgery, she returned to duty as a police sniper.

Davis escaped out an unguarded window. He led police on a 17-day, five-city manhunt. Desperate, he sought refuge in a Bronx housing project, where he took a mother and her two young children hostage as he conducted marathon negotiations with law enforcement. When he finally surrendered, many residents cheered him as the ultimate “symbol of resistance.” His radical left-wing lawyers William Kunstler and convicted terror helper Lynne Stewart played a minority-dominated jury like a fiddle – stoking racial resentment and asserting police corruption without evidence.

The panel acquitted Davis on attempted murder of the officers, but he was convicted on weapons charges. He was ultimately imprisoned on separate murder charges involving another drug crime. In 2008, after reinventing himself as “Adam Abdul Hakeem,” he was stabbed to death by another inmate at Shawangunk Correctional Facility in upstate New York.

Larry Davis used children as human shields. He talked a big game about martyring himself for The Cause, but turned yellow when push came to shove. Revered by the post-Ferguson generation’s wanna-be revolutionary hipsters, this gutless wonder shot a female officer in the face.

Former Democratic New York City Mayor Ed Koch minced no words: “Those people are fools and they are giving heroic status to a criminal.” This was no righteous crusader. “He was a killer, and he shot six cops,” Koch said after Davis’s death. “You shouldn’t take pride in the execution of anybody illegally, but I believe that there is a special oil pot in hell for him.”

Today, fear and political correctness reign on the streets. Few truth-tellers in public office will call out the cop-hating cultists seeking racially driven retribution. Social justice mobsters sucker punch cops in New York while “peaceniks” cheer. Police officers have been attacked with hatchets, knives, and bottles from the Big Apple and Canon City, Colorado. In Oakland, “F–k the pigs” has been a constant refrain. In St. Louis County: “Pigs in a blanket, fry ‘em like bacon.” And in Denver, dedicated police officer John Adsit remains in critical condition after being mowed down by a vehicle while escorting Ferguson protesters last week. Witnesses reportedly applauded and the ongoing investigation of the driver has been characterized as “complex.”

President Obama this week condemned the “deeply rooted” racism of police officers. But what of the deeply rooted racism and violent hatred of those who glorify America’s Mumia Abu Jamals, Christopher Dorners and Larry Davises?

Silence is complicity.

Elizabeth Warren was against government shutdowns before she was for them

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:35

**Written by Doug Powers

Last year, Elizabeth Warren referred to some in the GOP as the “Anarchy Gang” for bringing the government to the point of a shutdown:

Warren telling GOPers last year that “this democracy has already rejected your views” is an overdose of retro-irony considering the results of last month’s election. But anyway, fast forward to this week:

Congressional Democrats objected on Wednesday to controversial financial and political campaign provisions tucked into a $1.1 trillion U.S. spending bill, keeping the risk of a government shutdown alive.

The complaints from House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats clouded the chances for passage of the funding bill as a midnight Thursday deadline drew near.
[…]
Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren, a staunch advocate for tougher regulation of Wall Street, called for Democrats to withhold support from the bill due to the derivatives provision, which would effectively strike down a portion of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law enacted in the wake of a financial crisis fueled partly by complex mortgage derivatives.

Shutdowns are now … whatever the socialist hypocrite opposite of “anarchy” is:

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What’s Cherokee for “flip-flop”?

In the unlikely event of another shutdown I can’t wait to see how the MSM will still manage to pin it on Ted Cruz.

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Sebelius: Obamacare is working so well it should probably be renamed

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:35

**Written by Doug Powers

“I think we may need to call it something in the future different, but it is working,” Sebelius said at POLITICO’s “Lessons from Leaders” event.

Sebelius, who resigned in April following the botched roll out of President Barack Obama’s signature health law, said that current issues involving the Affordable Care Act have to do with its commonly used name.

“Obamacare, no question, has a very bad brand that has been driven intentionally by a lot of misinformation and a lot of paid advertising,” Sebelius said.

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Harry Reid, bitter? Nah!

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:35

**Written by Doug Powers

The schadenfreude of the week:

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They had me at “Harry Reid’s exit interview”:

Outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid blasted Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell, his soon-to-be successor, and other Republicans, vowing Democrats will wage “a new battle” with the GOP when the Senate reconvenes on Jan. 6.

“Is there enough they can do to help Wall Street? I don’t think so. Big banks? I don’t think so,” Reid told the New York Times in an exit interview published Wednesday. “That’s where the new battle is going to be.”

The 75-year-old Nevada Democrat said Republicans are at odds with Americans when it comes to environmental protection laws.

“They want to eviscerate Clean Air, Clean Water, EPA,” Reid said.
[…]
Reid said he plans to run for reelection in 2016, when some of his Senate colleagues — including Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio — may be running for the Republican presidential nomination.

When asked by the Times whether any of them could become president, Reid replied: “Of what?”

This was the best part:

“I’m happy to work with them,” Reid said of his GOP counterparts. “But I’m not going to throw middle-class America overboard.”

You don’t have to throw middle-class America overboard, Harry — you already did it. At this point it’s a rescue mission. But don’t take it from me:

**Written by Doug Powers

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Idiocracy U.: College president apologizes for saying ‘all lives matter’

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:35

**Written by Doug Powers

No wonder The Onion is reportedly up for sale — there’s just no way to compete with real life anymore:

The president of prestigious Smith College is red-faced and apologetic Tuesday for telling students on the Northampton, Mass., campus that “all lives matter.”

Kathleen McCartney wrote the phrase in the subject line of an e-mail to students at the school, whose alumni include feminists Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan, former First Lady Nancy Reagan and celebrity chef Julia Child. McCartney was attempting to show support for students protesting racially charged grand jury decisions in which police in Missouri and New York were not charged in the deaths of unarmed black men.
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But she soon received backlash from students for her phrasing. They were offended that she did not stick with the slogan “black lives matter.”

The Daily Hampshire Gazette, which first covered the story, quoted one Smith sophomore, Cecelia Lim, as saying, “it felt like she was invalidating the experience of black lives.”

In response to student backlash, McCartney apologized in another campus-wide email Friday, saying she had made a mistake “despite my best intentions.”

Way to challenge those young minds and prepare them for the real world by not backing down from a slightly different point of view! Or maybe she was also concerned that those words could come back to haunt her if the subject of abortion comes up at the next faculty meeting.

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Trey Gowdy

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:35

**Written by Doug Powers

There was a post earlier about today’s Gruber hearing, but this one deserves a separate post.

Rep. Trey Gowdy’s grilling of Jonathan Gruber was a political interpretation of an anesthesia-free colonoscopy with a rose bush.

Video from C-Span:

So Gruber’s latest excuse is “I was just trying to sound smart!” As David Limbaugh pointed out, he still thinks everybody’s stupid.

I noticed at least one Republican on the committee referring to what Gruber said in those videos as “lies.” That’s a bad approach. Gruber didn’t lie in those videos — he was telling the dirty truth about Obamacare when he was paid to gin up support among state governments. To say that he lied isolates the problem to just Gruber instead of what the videos really expose, which is the systemic deception required to ram through the Affordable Care Act.

Back to Gowdy — this was how his questioning looked from Gruber’s point of view:

The view from Jonathan Gruber's seat during Trey Gowdy's questioning: pic.twitter.com/32EAiQ0jLs

— Doug Powers (@ThePowersThatBe) December 9, 2014

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Open thread: Jonathan Gruber testifies before House committee, stupid voters

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:35

**Written by Doug Powers

Jonathan Gruber and CMS Director Marilyn Tavenner, the top Medicare official, are testifying in front of the House Oversight Committee. How bad is it going to be? The ranking Democrat, Elijah Cummings, is not at the hearing. It’s going to be that bad.

Gruber is so toxic that the HHS asked that Tavenner not be seated next to him. I think that request went kind of like this:

From the look of things, the HHS request wasn’t granted, but you could build a small house in the space Tavenner’s carved out between her and Gruber:

Tavenner's getting as far from Gruber's as she can get without being in another room. pic.twitter.com/AUOtbdZoJE

— Doug Powers (@ThePowersThatBe) December 9, 2014

To watch the hearing online, Right Scoop has a couple of live streams here.

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After Dem election annihilation, CNN panel concerned about fate of GOP

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:35

**Written by Doug Powers

Shorter CNN segment: Democrats got creamed last month — how is this terrible news for the Republicans?

From Newsbusters:

On Sunday, CNN’s Inside Politics spent several minutes hyping the supposed headache Tea Partiers could give GOP leadership despite the Republican Party winning their 54th Senate seat following Saturday’s runoff in Louisiana.

During the discussion, Robert Costa of The Washington Post insisted that Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is trying “to govern responsibly and he wants to set the party up for major gains in ’16. And that started in 2014 by pushing back the Tea Party and it starts now by making sure that all the passions and eagerness in the House don’t overtake the party.”

Rather than push back at the anti-Tea Party sentiments, host John King concluded by throwing some fuel to the fire:

I want to show our viewers a picture that i think they love at the White House and they don’t like if you’re Speaker Boehner or leader McConnell. And that is that picture we had in the open, Ted Cruz standing around with a bunch of Tea Party members, conservatives in the House. This is great for us if you’re political journalists, this is great for us. But how much of this is a real threat to the Republicans getting their act together and doing things –Or how much of it is just a nuisance?

Anything to avoid spending too much time analyzing why there’s a mushroom cloud over DNC headquarters.

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Of course: Movie being made about Barack & Michelle’s first date

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:35

**Written by Doug Powers

This will probably still do great box office from members of the mainstream media, but from a business standpoint it’s being put out a solid six years too late:

EW can confirm that Homegrown Pictures is producing Southside with You, which will tell the story of Barack and Michelle Obama’s first date, which spanned Chicago’s South Side.
[…]
Southside will cover the day Michelle Robinson agreed to go out with a young Barack Obama, who was serving as an associate at Chicago law firm Sidley Austin. Michelle, his younger boss, needed some convincing, but eventually agreed to date him, and the film will follow the date as the two visited Chicago’s Art Institute and went to see Do the Right Thing, among other stops throughout South Side.

Tika Sumpter will play the part of Michelle, while Barack will be portrayed by Valerie Jarrett. The producer is obviously taking accuracy very seriously.

And because we’re on the subject, a reminder that, yes, this is real life:

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Bad

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:35

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The short version:

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Wow, I guess bravely blocking Obama’s true goals by supporting the passage of Obamacare and personally volunteering to construct the Keystone pipeline wasn’t enough for Louisiana voters:

Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy has defeated Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, denying her a fourth term and extending the GOP’s domination of the 2014 midterm elections that put Republicans in charge of Capitol Hill for the final two years of President Barack Obama’s tenure.

With Cassidy’s victory, Republicans will hold 54 seats when the Senate convenes in January, nine more than they have now. Republican victories in two Louisiana House districts Saturday – including the seat Cassidy now holds – ensure at least 246 seats, compared to 188 for Democrats, the largest GOP advantage since the Truman administration after World War II. An Arizona recount leaves one race still outstanding.

As it turned out, saying your state is full of racists and sexists isn’t always a winning strategy.

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Priorities: Obama admin tasks healthcare facilities with focusing more on … climate change

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:05

**Written by Doug Powers

“Welcome to Solyndra Memorial Hospital. We’d like to introduce you to your team of heart surgeons: Al Gore, the U.N. and Dr. Steven Chu — Good luck!”

The White House wants healthcare providers to get serious about bulking up their defenses against climate change.

In a best-practice guide for healthcare providers and policymakers released on Monday, the administration advises them on how to best improve their “climate readiness.”

The guide is one piece of a larger initiative at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched by President Obama last year, and provides information to healthcare facilities on how to prepare of extreme weather events the administration says is tied to climate change.

The guidelines released by the White House on Monday include commitments from leading healthcare providers across the country to bulk up climate resilience at facilities and of operations.

“HHS recognizes climate change as one of the top public health challenges of our time,” the White House said.

Call me crazy, but maybe we should be leery of being cared for in facilities whose operational guidelines are rooted in the belief that people are the problem.

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Hillary Clinton bolsters national security cred: US needs to empathize with and respect its enemies

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 14:35

**Written by Doug Powers

If Hillary Clinton is in the White House when that 3 a.m. phone call comes, and it’s a sworn enemy of the U.S. threatening to destroy the country, hopefully they’ll find comfort in a great big Hillary hug:

The former secretary of State, who is considered a likely 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, made the remarks during a speech Wednesday at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

Touting an approach she calls “smart power,” Clinton urged America to use “every possible tool and partner” to advance peace.

This, she said, includes “leaving no one on the sidelines, showing respect even for one’s enemies, trying to understand and insofar as psychologically possible, empathize with their perspective and point of view.”

Because that “re-set button” thing with Russia worked out so well.

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Welcome to TotCare: Obama’s preschool takeover

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 23:51

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Welcome to TotCare: Obama’s preschool takeover
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2014

The wheels on the bus go ’round and ’round, just like the endless cycles of big, bad government programs to federalize preschool and daycare.

On Wednesday, the White House Summit on Early Education will unveil nearly $1 billion in new “investments” to “expand access to high-quality early childhood education to every child in America” from “birth and continuing to age 5.” It’s a retread of President Obama’s 2013 State of the Union school-spending plan, which was a repackaging of his 2011 Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge program.

Those Obama initiatives are knockoffs of moldy-old Democratic policy chestnuts, such as former Vice President Al Gore’s push to fund preschool for all 3-year-olds at a cost to taxpayers of at least $50 billion over 10 years, left-wing actor/director Rob Reiner’s “I Am Your Child” campaign for universal preschool and child care, and Hillary Clinton’s various “It Takes a Village” schemes to expand Head Start from womb to work. With age comes fiefdom.

How could anybody be against tax-subsidized Pre-K for all, you say? Let me count the ways.

Every one of these Big Babysitter boondoggles rests on “progressive” junk science. The Obama White House asserts that studies show that for every dollar we invest in early childhood education, we see a rate of return of $7 or more.” Balderdash. This discredited claim rests on results of the tiny Perry Preschool Project in Michigan, run at a cost of $19,000 per child more than a half-century ago, and a similar program in North Carolina called the Abecedarian Early Intervention Project.

As David Armor of the libertarian Cato Institute noted in a thorough review of the scientific literature this fall, the “groups studied were very small, they came from single communities several decades ago, and both programs were far more intensive than the programs being contemplated today.”

More recent research by the Brookings Institution’s Russ Whitehurst found that the vaunted academic benefits of full-time Pre-K in Georgia and Oklahoma “have had, at best, only small impacts on later academic achievement.” In fact, Georgia elementary school students’ test scores are mediocre, and Oklahoma test scores have been on the decline for the past decade. A 2010 Department of Health and Human Services report, which assessed approximately 5,000 3- and 4-year-olds who were randomly assigned to either a control group or a group that had access to the federal Head Start program, concluded that “at the end of kindergarten and first grade … the Head Start children and the control group children were at the same level on many of the measures studied.”

In 2012, government researchers reported “little evidence of systematic differences in children’s elementary school experiences through 3rd grade, between children provided access to Head Start and their counterparts in the control group.” The federal investments in early childhood programs keep ballooning, yet the educational impacts are dubious at best.

Then there’s the alarming encroachment of data miners into the lives of parents and their young children. As I’ve reported previously, Common Core-aligned assessment systems such as Teaching Strategies Gold in Colorado and California’s “Desired Results Developmental Profile” are stockpiling massive amounts of information on preschoolers’ social, emotional, physical, language and cognitive development. The collection of data and accompanying assessment inevitably dictate the content in the classroom. TS Gold, which integrates its results into the vast network of statewide longitudinal data systems, raked in $30 million in federal Race to the Top subsidies in 2012. The latest round of Obama’s “Preschool Development Grants” and “Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership Awards” require applicants to plug into this insatiable data machine, as well as “linking” and “partnering” with a plethora of other government programs.

After attending TS Gold training sessions last year, Cindee Will, principal of the James Irwin Charter Academy in Colorado Springs, calculated that compliance, not including taking and uploading photos of students as required, would soak up at least 16.5 hours of kindergarten class time per week or 640 hours a year of instruction in class. Test administration four times a year for an average of 25 students, she told me, would mean “150 hours per year or 2.5 months: one quarter of our time. And this equation is done with the knowledge that our K program is a half-day program!”

As you might imagine, the administrative and financial burdens on small, privately run part-time preschool programs would be even more onerous. Fatal. And exactly as planned.

Think Obamacare is bad? Well, welcome to TotCare. The goal of the educational central planners, you see, is the elimination of competition. The fact is that the vast majority of Pre-K kids are already happily enrolled in early childhood programs outside of Fed Ed’s clutches. The “problem” isn’t most families’ lack of access to preschool. It’s Washington’s lack of access to your kids for their institutionalized warehousing, data mining and pedagogical propaganda schemes. The Nanny State’s ceaseless quest for control keeps creepily rolling along.

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