Let's Not Forget Sen. Byrd's Negative Legacy

As the encomia mount like rotting, fly-buzzed piles of the pork-barrel spending he so systematically shoveled back to his West Virginia home, let's not forget the late Sen. Robert Byrd's most undeniable legacy: Undermining Confirming belief in politicians as little more than self-serving glad-handers on the hunt for more and more taxpayer money for their constituents.

Here's his colleague Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), last seen killing a DC school voucher program that helped poor minority kids, laying on the baloney like Oscar Mayer after chugging a case of Red Bull:

"No one in the history of the Senate could match Byrd's thunderous oratory; his sense of history; his determination to teach every President the limits of his power and his lifelong passion to fight for West Virginia, Durbin said.

"Daniel Webster, set another chair at Heaven's table, Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia has arrived.”

The cheap shot against Byrd is that he was back in the day an Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan and writing letters as late as 1946 that "The Klan is needed today as never before and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia and in every state in the nation." I consider it a cheap shot because he did apologize for and disown his participation in the group. Better late than never, I suppose, even if it does make you wonder about all those politicians of his generation, even ones from the Deep South, who never felt a need to recruit for the KKK and never prattled on about "white niggers" like some back-country Norman Mailer.

But it's Byrd's status as the Babe Ruth of pork-barrel spending and taxpayer-funded narcissism that is his real legacy and the one we should never forget or forgive. Here lies a man who pushed his home state to build a statue of him in defiance of a rule that such honorees be dead for 50 years.

Back in 2006, Citizens Against Government Waste called Byrd the "Emperor Palpatine of Pork" and gave him their lifetime achievement award, writing

In his over forty-eight years (!) in the United States Senate, Senator Byrd has achieved a pork record that is second to none. From the Robert C. Byrd Expressway to the Robert C. Byrd Freeway; the Robert C. Byrd Institute to the Robert C. Byrd Federal Building (both of them), Senator Byrd has truly left his mark on West Virginia --- and the federal budget. (And let us not overlook the proposed Robert C. Byrd rooms in the U.S. Capitol.) It would be appropriate to erect some kind of monument to his century-spanning resume --- except that he already did so himself.

He was like Radar O'Reilly in the early episodes of the TV show M*A*S*H, slowly shipping home the entire federal government piece by piece to his Mountain Mama.

It always happens that press corps and political opponents go mushy at the moment of death - even the execrable Sen. Strom Thurmond received a ton of unearned praise as he was finally being lowered into the ground. But in weak-kneed moments, it's all the more important to remember negative legacies. Byrd was famous for carrying a Constitution with him at all times. In some cases, he even used it to argue against things like the Iraq War. But mostly it was cover for an expansionist vision of government and you wouldn't catch him invoking limitations to the commerce clause if he wanted the spending or power attached. Even his supposed dedication to limiting executive power seemed to be mostly an argument for increased Senatorial power.

Characters like Rep. Jack Murtha (D-Penn.), another recently deceased pork-barrel prodigy, and Byrd might have been larger than life but they worked to corrode any integrity voters and critics of government might find in legislators. We're grown-ups here in America and we're supposed to be able to take care of ourselves with a minimum of paternalistic help. For the times and places and people who really do need outside help, it fouls the nest when it is administered by folks such as Byrd because it becomes impossible to know if this is a legitimate exercise of state power and assistance or just one more bank job pulled under the cover of often-impenetrable Latinate rhetoric.

In an age of untrammeled government spending and power grabs (an era that started long before the current administration) and with folks like Byrd, Ted Kennedy, and Ted Stevens either dead or otherwise out of office, it's worth remembering we need less characters in Congress and more character in legislators who go about faithfully executing the duties of a limited-government system.

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  • Suki||

    Babe Ruth of pork-barrel spending

    Nick is braver than Penn & Teller about pissing off muslims.

  • -||

    "Daniel Webster, set another chair at Heaven's table

    Right next to the weeping Statue of Liberty.

  • The Libertarian Guy||

    Byrd is dead.

    Finally.

    It's about fucking time.

    Good riddance.

  • qwerty||

    Make sure nobody pulls the wooden stake out of his chest. I've heard they can come back.

  • guy in the back row||

    Is the statue pointing at the marble slab concealing the escape route from West Virginia?

  • Brett||

    RIP, Kleagle.

  • ||

    Nope. I don't buy his apology*. Anyone who did is a gullible fool. He was thiry goddam years old and still supporting the Klan, hardly an act of youthful indiscretion. This was after black Americans heroically died like flies on the beaches of Anzio in a minor war that Byrd somehow managed to avoid military service.

    In 1944, Byrd wrote to segregationist Mississippi Senator Theodore Bilbo:

    “I shall never fight in the armed forces with a Negro by my side... Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds.

    Fuck Rovbert C. Byrd. If I ever get the chance to piss on his grave, I will.

    * I don't buy apologies from Blagojevich, Spitzer or Kwame either.

  • ||

    * I don't buy apologies from Blagojevich, Spitzer or Kwame either.

    It is tough being perfect, I guess.

  • Dan T.'s porn||

    (jizz jizz...lickspittle)

  • ||

    I know Dan. It is so hard not joining racial supremacist groups and avoiding the urge to refuse to serve or work with people of different races.

    Robert Byrd was a racist disgusting pig. He should have been run out of public life decades ago.

  • Mike M.||

    He has always been one of the best pieces of evidence that if you're a democrat and seen as being sufficiently liberal, the "mainstream" press will allow you to get away with virtually anything.

  • ||

    Not for a perfect asshole like you, Dan.

  • ||

    Remember, when Ron Paul brings money into his district, it's not "pork" it's "a federal tax refund".

  • ||

    Don't be his porn.

  • West Texas Boy||

    Dan, go find a building, a park, a bridge - ANYTHING in Ron Paul's district that is named after him, in honor of his bringing home said bacon, then we can talk about what exactly is the difference between the two.

  • ||

    Ron Paul got 3 times more pork last year than Marxist Sheila Jackson-Lee of Houston. nuff said, can't condem pork and not the Paulnut

  • ||

    Sure I can. Because Paul voted against each and every one of those pork-laden bills.

  • ||

    oh, okay so voting against bills load with Paulnut Pork which the Paulnut knows will pass anyway, thus making him one of the biggest porkers in Congress is ok

  • ||

    Sounds like you're jealous you didn't get some Dan jizz.

  • ||

    At risk of being his porn-

    Dan T., you are such a troll douchenugget. What the fuck would you condemn? So, if a republican made those comments, execrable as they are, you would condemn it, but a FUCKING democrat makes them and when they are condemned -along with the apologies of other despicable and loathsome dems- you naturally jump to the fore with a limp-dicked defense of "Tough being perfect, I guess". What does that even mean? You defend outright racists, Children's Hospital extortionists and sex fiends AS LONG AS THEY ARE DEMS? What kind of credibility do you have other than as a faggot asshole liberal troll who is utterly partisan and not particularly bright? You have no grasp of economics or ethics and, apparently, no job. Which I would expect of a liberal... keep eatin' dat guv'ment cheese, Dan!

  • James B.||

    Only senator to have voted against both Black Supreme Court nominees.

  • ||

    Yes, but remember the second one wasn't a real black person.

  • Max||

    Geez, people can change their minds. Weigel did. At least, we think he did.

  • Old Man With Candy||

    "Undermined?" I'd think the opposite- he CONFIRMED the belief on politicians as little more than self serving blah blah.

    And I think you meant "fewer characters," not "less characters." Channeling my Inner Editor.

  • Old Man With Candy||

    in, not on. I need to channel my Inner Typist.

  • SWDWtLHJ||

    joe's Law of teh internets still perfectly predicts mistakes long after he's left.

    "Someone Who Doesn't Want to Lose His Job" - damn this character limit on names anyway.

  • Max||

    Speaking of negative legacies, is Weigel still on staff?

  • Any Liberal||

    We're grown-ups here in America and we're supposed to be able to take care of ourselves with a minimum of paternalistic help.

    Wait, what?

  • Jeffersonian||

    Surreal, ain't it?

  • Warty||

    "Daniel Webster, set another chair at Heaven's table, Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia has arrived.”

    I challenge you to produce a more vomitous sentence, SugarFree. I fucking challenge you.

  • ||

    Daniel Webster was a big upholder of the fugitive slave law when he was Secretary of State. Both being racists, I suppose that both him and Webster are having a conversation right now, but it is not in heaven.

  • Warty||

    Remember how the jumping frog of Calaveras County was named after the old cocksucker.

    The narrator continues with a story about a frog, called Dan'l Webster. This might remind the reader of Daniel Webster, a senator who had great responsibility for the slavery law. In the "Jumping Frog" a common, uneducated frog wins against an educated frog and has the conclusion that an ordinary frog is equal to the educated frog with a great name- Dan'l Webster. The senator Webster was educated as well and still the time of the slavery is gone, just as the Western states always wanted to. They fought for the rights to be a State of America although they were not willing to have slavery on their grounds. Back then the law was to have one State with and the next one without slavery, always one after the other. When the West was applying it was the turn of a slavery State and although it was none they were permitted. The conclusion is that people are equal and the winner is not always the civilized and educated one, as the following quotation proves: "I don't see no p'ints about that frog that's any better'n any other frog."
  • ||

    The spastic tremor of Bobby's bloodless hands began to rub Warty's nutsack into a hairless walnut of desire.

  • ||

    Thanks for the visual.

  • Warty||

    I think you lose this one, my old enemy.

  • ||

    I did get "a hairless walnut of desire" into Google, so I think, in the end, we all win.

  • ||

    You maybe...if you swallowed.

  • SWDWtLHJ||

    Is this more of that Vampire porn the kids are talkin' about so much these days?

  • ||

    If anyone is a poster boy for term limits, it's this clown.

    If someone is not continent of urine or stool they sure as hell should not be running the country.

  • Ragin Cajun||

    What about incontinence of the mouth? Could we get rid of Biden?

  • Brett L||

    What? You can't throw away the guy in the Satire who inadvertently speaks truth at inopportune times.

  • ||

    A racist in the Democratic Party? Not possible. I have it on good authority from Janeane Garofalo that all racists belong to either the Republican or Tea Party.

  • Steve Nash Equilibrium||

    Things named after Byrd in West Virginia:

    Robert C. Byrd Academic and Technology Center
    Robert C. Byrd addition to the lodge at Oglebay Park, Wheeling
    Byrd Aerospace Technology Center
    Robert C. Byrd Bridge between Huntington and Chesapeake, Ohio
    Robert C. Byrd Cancer Research Center
    Robert C. Byrd Clinical Addition to the veteran's hospital in Huntington
    Robert C. Byrd Community Center, Pine Grove
    Robert C. Byrd Community Center in the naval station, Sugar Grove
    Robert C. Byrd Drive, from Beckley to Sophia (Byrd's hometown)
    Robert C. Byrd Expressway, U.S. 22 near Weirton
    Robert C. Byrd Federal Building
    Robert C. Byrd Federal Courthouse
    Robert C. Byrd Freeway
    Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope
    Robert C. Byrd Hardwood Technologies Center, near Princeton
    Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center of West Virginia
    Robert C. Byrd High school in Bridgeport
    Robert C. Byrd Highway
    Robert C. Byrd Hilltop Office Complex, Mineral County
    Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarships
    Robert C. Byrd Industrial Park, Hardy County
    Robert C. Byrd Institute in Charleston
    Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing
    Robert C. Byrd Library and Robert C. Byrd Learning Resource Center
    Robert C. Byrd Life Long Learning Center
    Robert C. Byrd Locks and Dam
    Robert C. Byrd National Technology Transfer Center
    Robert C. Byrd Rural Health Center
    Robert C. Byrd Scholastic Recognition Award
    Byrd Science Center, Shepherd University
    Robert C. Byrd Technology Center at Alderson-Broaddus College
    Robert C. Byrd United Technical Center
    Robert C. Byrd Visitor Center at Harpers Ferry National Historic Park

  • ||

    I understand that Hell has just approved funding for the Robert C. Byrd Annex to the Eighth Bolgia.

  • ||

    +10

  • Wind Rider||

    Left one off the list -

    The Robert Byrd Memorial Tombstone.

    Finally. Some people haven't waited this long for Alabama-Auburn game tickets.

  • ||

    I would love to see a new Congress adopt a law that removes ALL politicians' names from all buildings etc. and rename them. Start by using the names of everyone from that State that has died in the service of their country, then, if needed, move to Medal of Honor winners on down the medal lists.

    All such persons deserve honors more than politicians like Byrd.

  • ||

    That is a great idea.

  • guy in the back row||

    And it's shovel ready!

  • By God||

    It's all that federal spending that has turned West Virginia into the economic powerhouse it is today!

  • ||

    Thanks. I copied and pasted it (without attribution) at a Dem worshipping site that was falling all over themselves gushing about his moral redemption (learning to not say nigger a whole lot in public is apparently redemption).

  • Butts Wagner||

    God Bless those poor souls who must live with the shame of being graduates of Robert C. Byrd HS

  • Ignorant Slut||

    Economia, Nick? Did you mean encomia, or are you taking Spanish lessons?

  • ||

    Negative legacy!

    Is there a positive one?

  • ||

    No.

  • ||

    Ok, so now he's dead. Does that mean he has to give up his seat? That could be why he was always toting a copy of the constitution. There's nothing in it that says you have to be alive to serve in Congress and I don't think he's much deader now than he's been for the last two decades.

  • ||

    There's nothing in it that says you have to be alive to serve in Congress vote.

  • ||

    He did play a mean fiddle though!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1mCw9yY6z0

  • richard mcenroe||

    Robert Byrd never did a thing in his life that wasn't good for his party and bad for his country.

  • Jeffersonian||

    But mostly it was cover for an expansionist vision of government and you wouldn't catch him invoking limitations to the commerce clause if he wanted the spending or power attached. Even his supposed dedication to limiting executive power seemed to be mostly an argument for increased Senatorial power.

    Exactly so. Byrd never had the slightest qualm in arrogating yet more power to the Central State (witness his vote for Obamacare). His Constitution was, to him, a ticket to rule.

  • ||

    Robert C. Byrd Academic and Technology Center
    Robert C. Byrd addition to the lodge at Oglebay Park, Wheeling
    Byrd Aerospace Technology Center
    Etc

    The perfect example of why nothing, absolutely nothing - buildings, airport, ships - should be named after a living politician. While I'd be happier if nothing was EVER named after someone that was merely a politician, I'd be happy if there were a law stating that no government building/ship/airport, etc could be named after anyone until at least ten years after their death. We will never get rid of hero worship. However, if someone’s gloss survives ten years, then they just might have done something worthwhile enough to get a taxpayer financed whatever named after them.

  • ChrisO||

    I agree with you altogether. However, I would add that things should be named only after truly monumental figures (Washington, Churchill, Lincoln, etc.), and not merely someone who managed to get elected enough times to sit on the Appropriations Committee.

  • The Gobbler||

    They're already naming public school after Obama.

  • ||

    They went and nominated Obama for a Nobel Peace Prize after being president for only 14 days (or something like that). Hell, I had to kill people for years until I got my Nobel!

  • ||

    Winner!

  • ||

    Couldn't have Byrd wrote his history of the Senate without joining the Klan and spending 50 years stealing from everyone else in the Senate? Good can be used to justify bad only when the bad is necessary to produce the good.

  • ||

    Byrd stole from other members of the Senate? Nobody called the cops?

  • ||

    No Dan, he stole from the taxpayers. I forgot the term "while in the Senate".

  • ||

    See below:

    Robert C. Byrd Academic and Technology Center
    Robert C. Byrd addition to the lodge at Oglebay Park, Wheeling
    Byrd Aerospace Technology Center
    Etc

  • ||

    Dan T = douchenugget

  • Eric||

    Because stealing from the peons isn't cause for concern.

  • Coke Zero||

    Death: the ultimate term limit.

  • ||

    Death: the ultimate term limit

    Hey!

  • ||

    We're grown-ups here in America* and we're supposed to be able to take care of ourselves with a minimum of paternalistic help.

    *citation needed

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    The cheap shot against Byrd is that he was back in the day an Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan...

    I wonder which eye was fake.

  • ||

    Great and much needed reality check. But you got a little carried away n the opening sentence. The word "little" should be removed. As it stands, this sentence is a compliment to Byrd.

    I'm not impressed with his apology either. Would he have apologized if the political landscape hadn't shifted beneath him? That's the $64,000 question.

  • ||

    Thanks for pretty much calling it how it is. It always bothers me that upon someone's death they make him/her a saint. Pretty sure even death doesn't cleanse you of the fact you were a leader in the KKK.

    He wasn't a good guy, he was a racist, a thief, a self absorbed jerk, why do we now pretend to cry for him?

    I can also only imagine what it says under that statue, I assume "Shine my shoes Boy"

  • ||

    Thanks for pretty much calling it how it is. It always bothers me that upon someone's death they make him/her a saint. Pretty sure even death doesn't cleanse you of the fact you were a leader in the KKK.

    He wasn't a good guy, he was a racist, a thief, a self absorbed jerk, why do we now pretend to cry for him?

    I can also only imagine what it says under that statue, I assume "Shine my shoes Boy"

  • .||

    "Shine my shoes Boy"

    From what I know of the old egomaniac that was his attitude toward nearly everyone, white or black.

  • ||

    Byrd's legacy is that Congress is now a sh*tload of Byrd-brains.

  • miriam||

    Is West Virginia better off for all the governmental largesse? It's my impression that the state is still poorer than dirt.

  • Max||

    Goddammit you cocksuckers, quit ignoring me as I try to bait you into a non sequitur discussion of a topic that was already addressed in a 300+ comment thread last week. You fucking ignorant douchbag ass lickers, QUIT IGNORING ME!

  • The Gobbler||

    What's funny is that as we speak, every black man in hell is standing in line waiting for their turn with him.

  • ||

    Let's not forget Byrd's negative legacy? Not a problem. I am having trouble conjuring up a positive legacy, however.

  • Robert Byrd||

    My only explanation for the entire episode is that I was sorely afflicted with tunnel vision -- a jejune and immature outlook -- seeing only what I wanted to see because I thought the Klan could provide an outlet for my talents and ambitions.

  • ||

    Robert C. Byrd Expressway
    Robert C. Byrd Freeway
    Robert C. Byrd Highway

    Well at least he did one thing good for the country -- he made it a heckuva lot easier for the rest of us to speed right on through that sorry-a$$ excuse of a state.

  • ||

    The "execrable Strom Thurmond" actually looks pretty good next to the former Klansman. Strom was a fascinating mixture of bigotry and basic decency. Though he strongly believed in segregation, he was opposed to violence against the black community. As Governor, he opposed the Klan, and when a black man was lynched by six whites, insisted that they be brought to trial. After the 1964 Civil Rights Act, he shifted gears, becoming the first Southern member of Congress to appoint a black Congressional aide. He voted in favor of a national holiday commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr. (Byrd voted against), and voted for Clarence Thomas. He never used the vile racial epithets that came so easily to the tongues of other segregationists. Because he ran as a Dixiecrat, it's natural to assume that he was the worst of a bad bunch, but he actually comes out better than a good number of his contemporaries.

  • ||

    On the other hand, Byrd, rather courageously, you would have to admit, opposed the Iraq war, which cost far more than all of the pork he ever shoveled to West Virginia.

  • ||

    The only reason Byrd opposed the Iraq War was that it was to free the Sunnis' Shi'ite & Kurdish slaves.

  • ||

    What? When did he articulate this view of the war? Byrd favored the Sunnis over the Kurds? Was this a reflection of his rural Appalachian roots?

    My point is that Mr. Gillespie seems to have more objection to spending money on relatively innocuous pork barrel than on ill-considered wars.

  • ||

    The Sunni insurgents were Iraq's KKK. Byrd was ex-KKK. QED.

  • ||

    Right. So Byrd was drawn to the Sunni because he saw them as oppressors? Or maybe he just feared that the war would accomplish little and would cost a lot of money. BTW, the Kurds already had effective autonomy, due to the no-fly zone--so they were not being oppressed by Saddam in 2003. And according to economist Joseph Stiglitz, the Iraq war will in the end cost us three trillion dollars, which is much more money than Byrd ever laid eyes on, let alone rerouted to West Virginia. And do you know how many people died in the Iraq war? No, and no one knows the exact number, either, but it was quite a few people.

  • Henry||

    But I do agree that it's a bad precedent to have things named after a living politician, especially when they are still in office--reminds of something that happens in third-world dictatorships.

  • ||

    The Kleagle has landed.

  • Denise MacColeman||

    Most of you must be non-Christians to talk this way about the dead.This will be one column I won't frequent.

  • ||

    let's not forget the late Sen. Robert Byrd's most undeniable legacy: Undermining belief in politicians as little more than self-serving glad-handers on the hunt for more and more taxpayer money for their constituents.

    That should be "confirming", not "undermining", Nick.

  • ||

    Tributes for the Late Senator Robert C Byrd are pouring in from all over the world:

    "Another black chapter has been torn from the pages of history.” – Peter MacKay, Deputy Prime Minister of Canada

    "Now he belongs to the pages." – Shri M. Hamid Ansari, Vice President of India

    "He always stood up the little man." – Andrei Klepach, Deputy Minister, Ministry for Economic Development, Russia

  • ||

    Excellent piece. But it's "fewer characters," not "less characters."

  • ||

    Byrd stood up vehemently against the perpetual war advocates in his own party as well as the republicans. He deserves credit for that. He wanted us out - not like that odious snake Nancy Pelosi, who used the issue to get her party elected, then threw our troops to the ninjas.

  • ||

    Byrd was third in line for the presidency. The last three Presidents pro tempore of the Senate were Strom Thurmond, Ted Stevens and Robert Byrd.

    The new one is Daniel Inouye, who is a lot less embarrassing.

  • Brian||

    We're grown-ups here in America and we're supposed to be able to take care of ourselves with a minimum of paternalistic help.

    I would say that this is actually one of the central underlying political arguments of the day - are we "supposed to be able to take care of ourselves with a minimum of paternalistic help" or are we to suckle from the teat of public outlay to the greatest extent possible?

  • ||

    Byrd once said that discretionary spending is the "runt pig" of the federal budget. Unfortunately, all of those runts add up to one big sow. It's time to go back to the concept of "layer cake" federalism so that all the grants-in-aid that make up the big marble cake are banished from the federal budget. And while we're at it, we should repeal all legislation mandating federal government involvement in education.

    On another subject, please note that we "need fewer (not less) legislators..." "Less" is used when you cannot count. Fewer legislators, less pork.

  • ||

    Thank you! What a breath of fresh air!
    I get so tired of the BS about these disgusting low life politicians. Good riddance.

  • ||

    "We're grown-ups here in America and we're supposed to be able to take care of ourselves with a minimum of paternalistic help."

    That's a ridiculous statement, considering mounds of evidence to the contrary. How many billions did we give major corporations because they quagmired themselves and the rest of us in the process? Also, if we ended every entitlement program out there, half of you and your relatives would be in the gutter. Good-bye Medicare (don't break a hip, Grandpa). Good-bye Workers' Compensation (sorry you lost your arm at work, good luck with that new job). Good-bye unemployment benefits (oh, you got laid off...here's a cardboard box, don't get it wet, mkay). Good-bye Veterans' Medical care (thanks for your service, BT-dubs), Good-bye Social Security (hope you saved enough and didn't lose your money in the stock market grandma).

    I know we all like to think our of ourselves as total bad-ass, independent women (Destiny's Child-style), but the fact of the matter is that's not how the world works. And realizing that is what being a 'grown-up' really is, not this hogwash about everyone taking care of themselves. Nobody's an island and hey, maybe one/some of you are, but I'm betting there are several people near and dear to you that you'd be shocked (or not) to know can't really get by without some kind of entitlement program.

    And look, Byrd might not have been a saint but the way you all talk, he was running the streets shooting people at point blank and decapitating babies up until he bit it. I hope none of your parents, grandparents, great-grandparents were racists or homophobic or anti-Semites (of course they weren't), cuz I guess they've been saving Byrd a seat in Hell all these years. Or maybe we should just drag the living ones out into the street and slice open their throats. Get a fucking grip, people. Not everyone's perfect.

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