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Time to Bring a Gun to the Fight

“You wanna know how to get Capone?  They pull a knife, you pull a gun.  He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue.  That’s the Chicago way!  And that’s how you get Capone.  Now do you want to do that?  Are you ready to do that?”
~Officer Jim Malone to Eliot Ness in The Untouchables (1987)

By Alden L. Benton

Dennis Prager once said, “There are two parties: The dangerous party and the stupid party.  I belong to the stupid party.”  So do I.  Of course, he was referring to the Republican Party. 

However, now is not the time to remain stupid.  Now is the time to get smart.  As conservatives, we work with logic supported by facts and a firm belief in the rule of law and the law of the land (the Constitution).

Our adversaries of the secular-progressive left do not share these principles.  They do not argue with logic and reason.  They do not respect the rule of law.  All of these things are nothing to them but obstacles to their agenda, an agenda of total servitude for the rest of us.  They argue with invective, trite clichés, and a litany of pre-rehearsed Pablum.  They are totally devoid of reason, and worse, of common sense.

It is time we stop trying to reason with the secular-progressive left.  It is futile.  It is time to fight them and destroy their warped, enslaving ideology.

For at least the next four years, we have the power: control of all three branches of the federal government.  It is time we use that power to marginalize the left and relegate them, and their putrid Godless dehumanizing ideology, to the ash can of history.

Karl Marx and Frederick Engels first introduced the fantasies the left holds dear in the mid-1800’s and ever since then those ideas have failed time after time.  The utopian fantasies of a perfect world fail in practice — every time. 

To see the truth of the abject failure of socialism/communism, an inconvenient truth the Left desperately wants to hide, one needs to look no further than North Korea or Venezuela.

If you don’t want to be a slave on the Left’s plantation, now is the time to act.

We are engaged in a war, a war we cannot afford to lose.  It is not a war of violence, at least not yet, rather it is a war over who controls the destiny of our nation and of our society.  In this war, we cannot be pacifists ­­­— we must fight.

We must refuse to play their childish game.  Refuse to be silent.  Refuse to be shouted down.  Refuse to cave to their tantrums and overt threats of violence.

Refuse to adhere to the tyranny of political correctness.  Adhere to verifiable, indisputable facts.  Speak the truth and say what needs to be said.  The insanity of the so-called principles of the left pale and collapse in the face of the truth.  Debunk their claims and refuse their relativism and see them cower and hide like the churlish children they are.

Enough! 

Right turn only.

“Government is not a solution to our problem, government is the problem.  Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.  Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it.  If it keeps moving, regulate it.  If it stops moving, subsidize it.  The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much.”

~Ronald Reagan


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Disturbing

By Alden L. Benton 

“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace.  We ask not your counsels or arms.  Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you.  May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”
~Samuel Adams, speech at the Philadelphia State House, August 1, 1776

 Two articles published today have disturbing implications for our future safety and freedom as defined in the founding documents.

 First, is an article from Godfather Politics that reports a United States Army training program identifies Evangelical Christians, Catholics, Mormons, and Orthodox Jews as terrorists on the same level as Hamas, al-Qaida, and the Klu Klux Klan.

The training was part of the Army Reserve Equal Opportunity program. The slide that listed examples of “religious extremism” put Evangelical Christianity as the first entry and included the Jewish Defense League, Catholicism and even “Islamophobia” alongside the Muslim Brotherhood, Sunni Muslims and Hamas, according to Ted Cronn, the articles author.

I find this offensive and disturbing.  That an official course of the United States military, no matter  who authored it, would make such an accusation is chilling and its existence makes one wonder just how secure our God-given rights specified by the Constitution really are in this age of intolerance.

However, what this atrocity sheds light upon is how deathly afraid the president and his slobbering sycophants are of grass-roots America.  The strength of our faith and our foundation in right and moral thinking are indeed a danger to the immoral, lewd, and lascivious who populate the political Left and are in direct conflict with their vacuous, non-beliefs. 

This is why “they” want your guns.  This is why “they” want to educate your children; and why “they” want to take away your right to speak, worship, and associate with whom you please. 

“It is in the interest of a tyrant to keep his people poor, so that they may not be able to afford the cost of protecting themselves by arms and be so occupied with their daily tasks that they have no time for rebellion.”  ~Aristotle

The second article that disturbs me comes from Freedom OutpostIn this article, Tim Brown reports that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has sent an email to U.S. Border Patrol Agents stating that due to budget cuts and a shortage of ammunition they “will not be issued any new proficiency ammunition for next quarter.”

This email was sent after DHS purchased enough ammunition to support taking over a moderately sized country — more than 250 million rounds in their last purchase — for as yet undisclosed purposes.

According to the article, the local chapter 2554 of the National Border Patrol Council asks, “We get a 32% pay cut, even though Congress gave CBP enough money to cover salaries, and now we can’t even maintain proficiency with our service weapons to defend ourselves in the field…..Why is there an ammunition shortage?  Why can’t Border Patrol agents get enough ammunition to maintain proficiency, especially at a time of increased cross-border smuggling and illegal activity?  Where is all this ammunition going?”

This is serious national security threat as well when your border agents are not properly armed. However, it is a logical extension from an administration who has already admonished them to not fire their weapons, but run, hide and throw things. 

I guess the DHS would rather use the ammunition on those they consider real terrorists, like Christians, Jews, and Mormons, rather than waste it on drug smugglers, human traffickers, and other violent criminals coming across our borders.

 “Today, we need a nation of Minutemen, citizens who are not only prepared to take arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as the basic purpose of their daily life and who are willing to consciously work and sacrifice for that freedom.” ~John F. Kennedy


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New Strength and Vision for the Fight Ahead

We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”  ~Abraham Lincoln

By Alden L. Benton

Writing a quality blog on a regular basis is a lot of work.  I constantly read email, news articles, and commentary.  This is not only physically and mentally tiring, it is challenging emotionally and spiritually as well.

I am a positive person by nature.  I try to find the good in the people and events I encounter every day.  However, as I read and think about the path our country is traveling it is not only difficult to keep a positive mind, it becomes difficult to steer away from anger and depression as I constantly read about the latest stupidity or power grab perpetrated by someone who is supposed to be serving us.

My words have been absent from this space for three weeks not because there is nothing to write about, but rather because I found it necessary to rest my mind and to contemplate the roots of my positivism and the historic events of both the founding of our nation and the events of Holy Week.

In both of these events, I find an overriding theme of positivism, of hope, of looking forward to, and creating something better.  This is the strength of a Christian and the strength of a patriot.

Yes, it matters what the forces aligned against freedom do, but it matters more what we do in opposing them.  We cannot allow ourselves to be dragged down into the mud of hopelessness and despair by their words and deeds.  Rather, we must remain secure in our knowledge that the principles we hold, the principles upon which our nation was founded, are right and good.

We cannot compromise.  We must win, but we must win the battle of ideas — of what is truly right for this country — and we cannot do this with negativism.  We cannot ignore the negatives and the naysayers; we must address and confront them with great conviction and strength. 

It often appears that the forces of darkness and evil have all the power, all of the tools.  This is their tactic: to try control the discussion by controlling the tools and the definitions of words and the “truth” of events.  To counter this, we must be diligent and knowledgeable.  Truth is constant, but in our society, it is very difficult to dig out. 

Is the God-given freedom to live one’s life as they choose worth fighting for?  Is securing the blessings of liberty and a free society for generations to come worth the price of diligence and knowledge?

I have found the answer to these questions through tireless reading, positive thinking, and faith in God.  I will not let the forces aligned against me win without a fight.  And it is here, through my words, that I will continue that fight, promoting the great ideas of liberty and freedom that drove our founders, and still drive Americans today.

My path is clear and my voice will no longer be silent.

What I am suggesting is that each of us turn from the negativism that permeates our society and look for the remarkable good among those with whom we associate, that we speak of one another’s virtues more than we speak of one another’s faults, that optimism replace pessimism, that our faith exceed our fears.  When I was a young man and was prone to speak critically, my father would say: “Cynics do not contribute, skeptics do not create, doubters do not achieve.”  ~Gordon B. Hinckley


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A Christmas Wish 2012

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In a confused and chaotic world filled with violence and evil let us never forget, no matter what our individual faith, the message of peace and love that represents Christmas.

To all of my readers around the world, I wish you peace, love, and tranquility.  Above all, I wish you the liberty and freedom to celebrate this day as your faith or conscience demands.

Merry Christmas
~Alden Benton

Change We Can’t Live With

By Alden L. Benton

In the 2008 campaign candidate Obama promised us hope and to fundamentally change America. 

It is as plain as day to everyone, except the automatons on the far left, that the fundamental changes Obama has initiated are destructive and have brought despair rather than hope to an increasing number of Americans.

Obama, along with his cadre of crooks, cronies, and communists, have shredded the Constitution and the principles embedded in the Declaration of Independence.  If his policies are extended to their logical end, we will live not in the great republic that is the United States of America, but in a totalitarian state where there are no rights except those that the mastermind grants at his pleasure.  And, like all tyrants throughout human history, the rights granted can be rescinded at any time, without warning or due process.

All hail King Obama I.  B. Hussein Obama is no better than King George III.  In case you don’t remember your American History lessons, we fought a war to free ourselves from far less tyranny than we suffer now — The American Revolution.

Every day I receive dozens of emails and scan reams of web pages.  Every day I read of more corruption, more deceit, and ever-increasing onslaughts on, and atrocities perpetrated against, our civil liberties, Constitutional limitations on the power of government, and the rule of law.

While Obama and the crackpots and dunderheads in Congress are easy targets, and indeed we must usher in a regime change, we must also seek and destroy all vestiges of statism.

Statism is the foundation of the political Left.  The fundamental principle of statism is that humans cannot be trusted to run their own lives and that all human and civil rights are derived not from God, but from government and those who control it.  Statism is the antithesis of liberty and freedom.

Statism is also contrary to the principle of the rule of law as instead of the certainty and inherent fairness and equality of an equal application of the law; statism is capricious and subject to the whims of the beloved leader.

Our freedom is based upon the rule of law, individual rights, and limited government; all of which are outlined in, and guaranteed by, the Constitution.  The statists, led by Obama and his fellow travelers, are hell bent on destroying these basic principles.

It is in the anti-human, anti-liberty, anti-freedom godless principles of statism where the ultimate danger to our continued existence as a free, powerful, and prosperous nation lies.

If the United States fails to remain the last best hope for freedom, the rest of the globe will follow into the abyss of an economic, and social, dark ages from which it may never again escape.

The decisions we make in November will not only chart the course for the United States, but perhaps for the future of the human race. 

Choose wisely and pray to God that enough of our fellow citizens make the right choice for the choice is simple: freedom and prosperity or slavery.

“Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival.”
~Winston Churchill


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It All Began Today

By Alden L. Benton

April 19, 1775, is a date all Americans should honor and remember.  It is a day second in importance only to July 4.  It is the day the American Revolution began.

Tension between the American colonists and the British had been rising for years.  The British occupied Boston, Massachusetts.

General Thomas Gage, the military governor of Massachusetts received orders to disarm the colonial militias and arrest key colonial leaders.  The day before the battle, Gage scouted the area around Concord, Massachusetts, suspecting the militia’s cache of supplies was hidden there.

However, Gage’s scouting party alerted the Patriots of their intentions.  Patriot leaders such as Samuel Adams and John Hancock left the area for the safety of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  That night, Patriot leader Dr. Joseph Warren sent William Dawes and Paul Revere to alert the militia that the British were headed to Lexington and Concord.  Most of the supplies at Concord were moved elsewhere.  In the morning, the British sent 700 men to Lexington.

The Patriot militia mustered on the Lexington town green with orders not to fire unless fired upon.  At sunrise, the British arrived.  Their commander ordered the militia to disperse and lay down their arms.  The militia began to disperse, but kept their weapons.

A shot rang out.  The battle began.  The British charged forward and drove the militia from the green.  Musket smoke filled the green.  When the some cleared, eight militiamen were dead and ten wounded.  One British soldier was injured.

The British moved on toward their original objective: Concord.

The militia in Concord took up a defensive position on a hill across the North Bridge while the British force searched the town for the colonials’ munitions cache.  While the British searched for munitions, militia from surrounding towns was reinforcing the Concord militia.

The British found little munitions, but disable three cannons.

The colonial militia, now 400 strong, advanced towards the bridge and engaged the British.  The militiamen fired across the river, forcing the British back into the town.  The British commander did not engage the militia and readied his men for the march back to Boston.

As the British marched back towards Boston, the militia attacked.  The first attack was at Meriam’s Corner, about a mile from Concord.  This was followed by another attack at Brooks Hill, and by a third at the “Bloody Angle.”

At the “Bloody Angle,” more than 200 militiamen fired on the British from behind trees and fences on both sides of the road, catching the British in crossfire.  As the British neared Lexington, the Lexington militia ambushed them.  When they finally reached Lexington, the battered British troops were reinforced, and continued their march to Boston.

The Massachusetts militia suffered 50 killed, 39 wounded, and five missing that day.  The British forces lost 73 dead, 173 wounded, and 26 missing.

This is our heritage.  This is the American spirit.  This is the history of this great land and its people.

This is the essence of America that Obama and the Left sneer at, and spit upon. This is the heritage Obama and the Left want to “fundamentally transform.” 

This is the history they continue to revise in order to fit it to their warped idea of the truth. This is not the history they teach our children.

The men at Lexington and Concord, outnumbered and outgunned, took on the most powerful nation on earth that day in 1775, more than a year before the Declaration of Independence was signed.  Fifty of them made the ultimate sacrifice.

That is courage; the courage of men and women who loved Liberty more than life. This is the America that we must reclaim and preserve.

It starts by eliminating the Leftists from all levels of our government on November 6.

“It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter.  Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace — but there is no peace.  The war is actually begun!  The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms!  Our brethren are already in the field!  Why stand we here idle?  What is it that gentlemen wish?  What would they have?  Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?  Forbid it, Almighty God!  I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”

~Patrick Henry, Second Virginia Convention, March 23, 1775


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America’s Great Uncivil War of the 21st Century

“Freedom had been hunted round the globe; reason was considered as rebellion; and the slavery of fear had made men afraid to think.  But such is the irresistible nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing.”
~Thomas Paine, Rights of Man, 1791

By Alden L. Benton

In 1863, Abraham Lincoln spoke these now famous words as he dedicated the cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania:

“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.  Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and dedicated, can long endure….we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
~Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address, 1863

That “great civil war” ended, but we are now engaged in another civil war.  This war is not between states, but between those who want to live free and those who would enslave them.

This war is between conservatives and statists. 

Conservatives, simply stated, believe in the principles set forth in the Declaration of Independence and in the limited government established by the United States Constitution.  This assures our personal liberty and prosperity.  It is the foundation of ordered liberty.  It is a system that allows us, as individuals, the right to live, work, speak, and worship as we choose without interference from any power below God.

The statists are the polar opposite.  They deny God and the rights of man.  They have anointed themselves as our keepers, and as our betters.  They do not seek liberty, they seek control.  They dream of a Utopia where everyone is equal, but are ruled by a sovereign, a sovereign group, or a mastermind.  They seek to “improve” mankind by controlling us.  They strive to make everyone equal.  However, the only way we can become equal is to become equally poor, so they control, regulate, and destroy until people become helpless and dependent upon them. 

 This schism is best illustrated through three quotes: The first from the Declaration of Independence, and the second two from Karl Marx.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.—That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, —That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
~United States Declaration of Independence, 1776

“For the bureaucrat, the world is a mere object to be manipulated by him.” ~Karl Marx
“From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.” ~Karl Marx

This is why this year’s election is critical.  The statists, whether they call themselves liberals, progressives, or Democrats, have been in power for 100 years.  Because of their failed and corrupt policies, we are burdened with massive debt, ever-increasing taxes, ever-expanding government, and diminishing personal freedom.

The current president, and his cadre of cronies, crooks, and communists, is hell-bent on destroying the America we know.  It is time we reverse America’s decline and throw all of the bums out.

America cannot move forward as long as the statists are in the driver’s seat.  They regulate, spend, and spend some more while they divide us through the façade of class warfare, whether it is by race, economics, or education.  In the name of economic, social, or environmental “justice,” they seek to force equal outcomes/results while destroying equal opportunity. We cannot survive any more of their lies, falsifications, fabrications, revisionism, and arrogance.

In this election, from the local school boards and state legislatures, to Congress and the president, we must rid ourselves of their influence and relegate them, and their treasonous disregard for the founding principles, to history’s compost heap to rot into something more useful — manure. That is environmental justice.

We must ask ourselves two monumentally important questions.  Our future, the future of our children and grandchildren, and the future of America rests upon our answers, and our actions.

Which side are you on in this, our second civil war?  Do you want to live in a society governed by the principles of the Declaration of Independence or one governed by those of Marx?

The answers are as clear as they were 150 years ago: freedom or slavery.

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.  We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream.  It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”
 ~Ronald Reagan, 40th President of the United States


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Is Obama Readying for War on Americans?

“Government is not reason; it is not eloquence.  It is force.  And force, like fire, is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” ~George Washington

By Alden L. Benton

In a March 28, 2012 article, Business Insider reports that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have contracted with munitions manufacturer ATK for 450 million rounds of high performance .40 caliber rounds.

 “The high performance HST bullets are designed for law enforcement and ATK says they offer ‘optimum penetration for terminal performance.’

“This refers to the bullet’s hollow-point tip that passes through barriers and expands for a bigger impact without the rest of the bullet getting warped out of shape: ‘this bullet holds its jacket in the toughest conditions,’” according to the article.

The article continues stating that Business Insider has learned that DHS and ICE are also looking to buy 175 million rounds of .223 caliber rifle ammunition.

To what purpose is DHS/ICE going to use this amount of ammunition?  The fighting in both Iraq and Afghanistan consumed approximately 1.8 billion rounds a year actively fighting well-armed foes with more than 100,000 troops at the peak of both wars.  The more than half-billion rounds ordered by DHS/ICE are enough to fight a war.

Who will that war be fought with?  The chilling answer is that it may be you and me.  You know who they are after; it’s those angry folks who cling to their religion and their guns, and those so-called domestic terrorists — the T.E.A. Party and the N.R.A. — and anyone who has the audacity to yearn to live free.

In a Washington Times commentary, Jeffery T. Kuhner warns of a sweeping government power grab.  According to Kuhner,

 “On March 16, the White House released an executive order, ‘National Defense Resources Preparedness.’  The document is stunning in its audacity and a flagrant violation of the Constitution.  It states that, in case of a war or national emergency, the federal government has the authority to take over almost every aspect of American society.  Food, livestock, farming equipment, manufacturing, industry, energy, transportation, hospitals, health care facilities, water resources, defense and construction — all of it could fall under the full control of Mr. Obama.  The order empowers the president to dispense these vast resources as he sees fit during a national crisis….

“…In short, the order gives Mr. Obama the ability to impose martial law.  He now possesses the potential powers of a dictator.  The order is a direct assault on individual liberties, private property rights and the rule of law.  It is blatantly unconstitutional.  The executive branch is arrogating responsibilities precluded by the Constitution without even asking the permission of Congress.  The order gives Mr. Obama a blank check to erect a centralized authoritarian state.  This is a law one would expect to find in Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela or Vladimir Putin’s Russia.”

The text of this executive order, released by the White House on March 16, 2012, can be found here

Incidentally, the White House Office of the Press Secretary released the text of this executive order marked “For Immediate Release.”  Despite the importance of this order, I have found no evidence that any of the Left Stream Media bothered to even mention it, let alone analyze its content and impact.  But they don’t care, so it just doesn’t matter.

The raison d’être, or reason for existing, of the Left is power.  Their one and only goal is to establish the supremacy of government and enslave the rest of us.  This is diametrically opposed to the traditional American view of limited government and individual liberty.

Because of the Left’s incessant thirst for complete control and their dismissal of the Constitution and its limitations on government power (except when it fits their plans), questions about the timing of this executive power grab must be posed, for this new “army,” armed with lethal force, is not answerable to anyone but Obama.

If ObamaCare is ruled unconstitutional, will Obama ignore the Supreme Court’s ruling and use force to bend us to his will? 

When Obama loses the election in November, will Obama use his new personal army (DHS/ICE) to ignore both the Constitution and the will of the people to stay in power? 

Or will Obama use this unconstitutional “army” to disarm America?

“The president does not — and should not – have the authority to subordinate the entire private economy to the government, especially without the consent of Congress and the American people.  It is national socialism masquerading as military security,” according to Kuhner.

There is a glimmer of hope.  In my post on August 25, 2011, I wrote about a little known law that enables Congress to rein in the president’s power manifested in Executive Orders.

The Congressional Review Act (Public Law PL 104-121) allows Congress to review EVERY regulation and, through a joint resolution, overrule them.  The law, passed in 1996 as part of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996, spells out the review and override procedures.

As with any bill, the president has veto power, but Congress can override his veto.  For the text of the CRA, go here.

Executive orders pose a different challenge.

Congress cannot simply vote to override an executive order.  They can, however, draft and pass legislation cancelling or changing the order.  Legislation to override an executive order is subject to the same rules, including veto and veto override, as any other bill.

This is an election year.  One-third of the Senate and the entire House of Representatives is up for election.  This is the time when We, the people have the most power. 

We must pressure Congress and threaten them with removal with relentless and ongoing pressure.  They must muster some spine; yes, even some Democrats have a little spine, to reclaim their Constitutional legislative power and use the CRA to stop Obama’s power grab.

It will take bi-partisan support to muster the two-thirds vote required in each house to override the president’s inevitable veto of such a bill, but we must demand that they act.  They must act now and in our interest.  No more, no less.

Despite the odds, we must act as the freedom and liberty of each and every American, and those yet to be born, is in peril.  The future of America depends on what we do in 2012.

“We, the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow men who pervert the Constitution.” ~Abraham Lincoln


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