John R. Cobarruvias’ column questioning the state of today’s Republican Party really hits home in today’s America ("What has happened to the Republican Party?" The Daily News, July 8).

I’m confounded by Trump’s steadfast supporters — like so many increasingly gullible lemmings determined to follow their orange-haired pink dude  right off failure’s cliff.

Thank God we have Joe Biden. I hope he’s going to win in November.

We’re going to need his comforting hand in charge to pat us on our butts and assure us that all is well in America after all.

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Jack Cross

orange-haired pink dude - I'm confused is that racism or is racism just confined to one race. Not arguing just asking. I have heard a lot of comments about the "Orange Man" Is that Ok and "Red Skin" life is getting tough, soo we'll have to replace the masks and wrap ourselves in bubble rap.

Jack Cross

I asked is "orange man" OK and ""Red Skin" bad

Carlos Ponce

Mike Allison, today is July 16, not April 1.

James Woodall

To every one who has commnted so far, I am LMAO. This is good stuff![beam]

James Woodall

Just waking up. I hope someday to write a comment with proper spelling and punctuation. Until then, I am still trying to pull my contacts off my eyes and start my day. Under the circumstances, I hope everyone has a good day! [beam]

Robert Braeking

Mike,

You speak the truth when you say you are confounded. Here are some facts about your candidate Joe, who is equally confounded.

Taxes: Increase Capital Gains Tax, Increase Corporate tax, Increase individual taxes

2nd Amendment: Institute buy back program, National gun registry (that way he will know where to go to confiscate your weapons)

Economy: Raise minimum wage to $15/hr (why not $100/hour?), Mandatory Paid Family leave, Reparations

Energy: End new oil and gas leases on federal land and end offshore drilling, Tax carbon emissions.

Marijuana: Decriminalize-let states decide, Scrap past pot convictions

These are just a few. Go to:https://www.politico.com/2020-election/candidates-views-on-the-issues/joe-biden/ for the rest. If you support this lunacy I can understand your being confounded.

Bailey Jones

I'm sold!

PD Hyatt

For the people who think that they love Biden, just look south to Venezuela and see what our country will look like under his leadership. But if you really want to know what our nation will look like under Biden watch and see who his VP is going to be for that is who will be in charge IF Biden were to some how win this next election. What this next election is really all about is Freedom or Tyranny. We will continue to live as free individuals if Trump wins and we will live under a tyrannical government if Biden wins....

Bailey Jones

Let's see -

specious logic - check

straw man argument - check

fear mongering - check

Yep - looks like a Trump supporter.

Ted Gillis

I’m hoping Susan Rice!

One of the smartest gals out there.

(I know that was a little sexist. Showing my age)

Carlos Ponce

Susan Rice - the spokeperson who went on television and lied about Benghazi. If that's your choice, fine.

Gary Scoggin

Versus Donald Trump. The man who goes on television and lies about everything.

Carlos Ponce

A little earl in the morning for Liberal kool aid.

Mike Zeller

I never see a list of Trump accomplishments and what he has planned for a second term(lol). I wonder why? [smile]

Carlos Ponce

Because Mike relies on Leftist news sources who don't want Liberals to know.

https://wsau.com/blogs/ben-armstrong-blog/20344/full-list-of-president-trumps-accomplishments/

Gary Miller

Mike> Trump accomplishments are never listed on the news (?) outlets you watch. Turn off CNN to learn something.

Ted Gillis

She did not lie Carlos, she repeated the information in the State Department intelligence brief. The State Department had not yet confirmed officially that the attack was coordinated and not related to the video. I love how you have the nerve to parrot a debunked right wing talking point.

And by the way weren’t Fox, ABC, NBC, and CNN still showing images of spontaneous protests in front of US embassies in Cario, Beruit, and other Middle East cities that same day? Sure she and others may have been getting differing reports from other sources, but not all were confirmed or vetted (does that sound familiar?)

The only liars were the republicans like Lindsey Graham, Trey Gowdy, Darrel Issa and those good offs, repeating some convoluted script about stand downs and other nonsense. Don’t be one of those.

And might I end with “What difference does it make?”

Gary Miller

Ted> She kept lying about Bengahzi a week after it had been properly identified.

Charles Douglas

I shutter everytime I imagine JOE BIDEN sitting at a table with world leaders with the savvy, & cut-throat mentality of someone like XI JING of China, and Vladimir Putin of Russia! I intended to lay it on thick, but what I listed here is more than enough In describing what kind of leader Joe Biden would be.

Bailey Jones

I shutter everytime I imagine Donald Trump sitting at a table with world leaders with the savvy, & cut-throat mentality of someone like XI JING of China, and Vladimir Putin of Russia! I intended to lay it on thick, but what I listed here is more than enough In describing what kind of leader Donald Trump has been. [tongue]

Emile Pope

He shutters? Then it's curtains for him. Perhaps he should f stop. Get the picture?

Joshua Moore

I'd rather have my head chopped off by an ISIS executioner than ever support anyone in the pinko party.

Gary Scoggin

What’s a pinko?

Bailey Jones

I've been to a plinko party before.

Carlos Ponce

Pinko is a pejorative coined in 1925 in the United States to describe a person regarded as being sympathetic to communism, though not necessarily a Communist Party member. It has since come to be used to describe anyone perceived to have leftist or socialist sympathies. Wiki

Bailey Jones

"Well you may not know it but this man's a spy

He's an undercover agent for the FBI

And he's been sent down here to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan

He was still bent over holdin' on to his knee

But everyone else was lookin' and listenin' to me

And I laid it on thicker and heavier as I went

I said would you beleive this man has gone as far

As tearin' Wallace stickers off the bumpers of cars

And he voted for George McGovern for president

Well he's a friend of them long-haired hippie type pinko fags

I betcha he's even got a Commie flag

Tacked up on the wall inside of his garage

He's a snake in the grass I tell ya guys

He may look dumb but that's just a disguise

He's a mastermind in the ways of espionage

They all started lookin' real suspicious at him

And he jumped up an' said jes' wait a minute Jim

You know he's lyin' I've been livin' here all of my life

I'm a faithful follower of Brother John Burch

And I belong to the Antioch Baptist Church

And I ain't even got a garage you can call home and ask my wife"

- Uneasy Rider, The Charlie Daniels Band (before conversion therapy)

Carlos Ponce

Bailey, didn't you vote for George McGovern for president in 1972?

Bailey Jones

McGovern, Carlos? I would have if I could have. That was a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Emile Pope

McGovern was a war hero...

Gary Miller

Gary S. A pinko is a little liberal and a lot communest.

Jim Forsythe

Join PINKO party and celebrate with the unmistakable Hello Kitty style and live a night of glam and pure fun with us!

Charles Douglas

Ahhhhha, Mr. Moore I like that one. This is what I enjoy honest opinions and feelings with some fun. I take posters at their word too! Like there was a poster on this forum, ( still here )...who said about 3

three months ago,..... that IF TRUMP WON IN NOVEMBER, he would donate one hundred dollars to each poster ....who posted on that thread up to the time he posted his remarks! I memorialized his post of coarse, because I was one of those eligible to receive his donation! I will send mine to Nicaragua, to help dig water wells! I,...I can't wait to get that one hundred dollars! I will have to check my records because it's been a few months. Lolo. Hey I'm standing on that man's word!

Gary Scoggin

So, I guess we all need to vote for Donald Trump so we can score our Benjamin? At least there’s finally a defensible reason.

Charles Douglas

I agree OG! In times like these ..either Franklin's or Jefferson's ...make no difference! Thank you for amplifying that fact! When you have those two in your pockets in abundance, you won't have to worry about hunger, lack, poverty, being able to send your toddlers and children to good schools! You won't have to worry about living in a scummy, unsafe neighborhood! When you have Franklin's, Jeffersons, Washington's, and Lincolns in your pockets or bank accounts, you can even buy a house in OG GARY SCOGGIN'S Neighborhood! [wink]

Charles Douglas

Now! I got one of those targeted to go Trump in November, now I still have Mr. Jones I need to convert! ( It is a slow process ). This is a teachable moment to be sure! Persistence, diligence, and determination, are the order of the day..for success! They never fail!

Paula Flinn

So bribery works if you are down to your last Jefferson or Washington! Good to know how desperate some people are! $100 payday, but Medicare gets slashed, The ACA is a distant memory, and SS gets robbed, all within the next 4 years. Public schools get less federal money, not more. Plus, we’re all sick from the lack of regulations to ensure clean air & clean water. What a trade!

Somewhere Paul Ryan (remember him ?) is chuckling!

Carlos Ponce

"but Medicare gets slashed" FALSE

" The ACA is a distant memory" Not soon enough.

"SS gets robbed" Has been robbed since it was initiated.

"Public schools get less federal money, not more." No Constitutional authority to give them any Federal money.

"Plus, we’re all sick from the lack of regulations to ensure clean air & clean water." Roll back to the pre-Obama levels. Are you saying we we had dirty air and water during Bill Clinton's tenure and almost all of Obama's?

Charles Douglas

And ...grandmother in the proverbial wheelchair was screaming when the nasty conservatives pushed her off the cliff Right? Lolo. By the way I bribed nobody, and I was not the one who offered 100 dollars to about 10-15 people in a debate on this forum if Trump won. You should get your allegations right! I and others on the thread did not ask the one offering the 100 dollars what his politics were, I assumed he was Progressive! I thought it was funny and had fun with it. Now as far as being down to my last Benjamin or Jefferson, I have not been in that kind of quagmire since decades ago when I quit voting Progressive. God gets great credit and props for that! No doubt about it! Lastly, my personal opinions of Paul Ryan is he was and still is a member of the SWAMP, and a RINO of the highest order who hates Trump! I was glad when he decided to quit being a destructive force and returned home in obscurity! Lolo.

Gary Miller

Biden's defeat is worth a lot more than $100. He wants $1,000's more in taxes. Millions more is jobs killed, and Billions more in lost freedoms.

Paula Flinn

https://earthjustice.org/blog/2019-october/what-the-trump-administration-is-doing-to-your-water

Paula Flinn

https://www.npr.org/2020/01/23/798809951/trump-administration-is-rolling-back-obama-era-protections-for-smaller-waterways

Paula Flinn

“The bulk of the rollbacks identified by the (NY) Times have been carried out by the Environmental Protection Agency, which repealed and replaced the Obama-era emissions rules for power plants and vehicles; weakened protections for more than half the nation's wetlands; and withdrew the legal justification for restricting mercury emissions from power plants.

At the same time, the Interior Department has worked to open up more land for oil and gas leasing by cutting back protected areas and limiting wildlife protections.“

“Over the past three years, we have fulfilled President Trump’s promises to provide certainty for states, tribes, and local governments,” a spokeswoman for the E.P.A. said in a statement to The Times, adding that the agency was “delivering on President Trump’s commitment to return the agency to its core mission: Providing cleaner air, water and land to the American people.”

“But environmental and legal groups said the rollbacks have not served that mission. Ms. Vizcarra, who has tracked environmental rollbacks for Harvard since 2018, said the agency under Mr. Trump has often limited its own power to regulate environmental harm, especially when it comes to climate change.“

Paula Flinn

“All told, the Trump administration’s environmental rollbacks could significantly increase greenhouse gas emissions and lead to thousands of extra deaths from poor air quality each year, according to energy and legal analysts.“. nytimes.com

#45 is not making America great. We should have the cleanest air & the cleanest water. The relaxing of environmental regulations is assuring that the US is going backwards in health and “greatness.”

Carlos Ponce

"earthjustice"? They have bias, Paula.

Carlos Ponce

Your NPR article restates the overreach by the Obama administration and now the regulation of these waters goes back to the states where it belongs. 37 states including Texas filed a lawsuit to counter Obama's overreach.

Carlos Ponce

“All told, the Trump administration’s environmental rollbacks could significantly increase greenhouse gas emissions and lead to thousands of extra deaths from poor air quality each year, according to energy and legal analysts.“. nytimes.com

Pure speculation based on conjecture only. Sounds like the same gibberish that said Galveston would be under water by the year 2000. Paula, are you swimming or holding your breath?

Gary Scoggin

I'm not a President Trump fan (as you've probably come to realize) but I have to correct misinformation when I see it. I've been a career environmental professional for a long, long time and I have some informed opinions of the Trump-era environmental regulatory rollbacks.

First, climate. The Clean Power Plan (CPP) was an Obama-era regulation to substantially reduce GHGs from power production. I personally thought it was a well crafted and more or less cost effective rule. (Full disclosure: I did some consulting and wrote a couple of articles on its implementation.) Its fault lied in its regulatory over-reach. It was a gross extrapolation of a little used provision in the Clean Air Act (sec 111d). This over-reach was was being looked at unfavorably be the Courts. I talked to several knowledgeably environmental attorneys with expertise in these things and they all believed that, the CPP had very little chance of suriving the coming SCOTUS challenge. Like I said, I thought it a well done rule but one that should have been passed by Congress, not ginned up by EPA.

Second,The Waters of the US Rule - (WOTUS) - that tremendously expanded EPA's authortiy over wetlands (and almost everything else) was a terrible over-reach by EPA. It made almost any bit of land that saw a drop of rain subject to EPA jurisdiction. It did this by playing with the term "navigable waters", which have been properly subject to EPA jurisdiction for years. In essence, any bit of land that could concievably run off to a navigable water during an extreme flood became subject to the rule. It was a bad rule and the Administration was right in axing it.

Third, the Mercury and Toxic Substances (MATS) Rule covering power plant emissions, is a little different It's main goal, to reduce mercury emissions from coal fired power plants is a good one. Mercury bio-accumulates and is undoubtably toxic. Since there are not many technology options to reduce mercury from coal firec plants, the alternative is to repower or replace the plant with natural gas. The utilitiy industry had accepted it and was in the process of converting; the coal industry was threatened and lobbied hard for its repeal. The coal industry won on what is undoubtably a political calculation. The missing thing is that in the long term, coal is destined to become a smaller and smaller portion of the energy mix. It is a far inferior fuel to natural gas for a lot of reasons.

I could go on and on but I've said enough.

Gary Scoggin

With regard to "extra death" numbers, never believe them no matter who throws them out. I've peeled back the layers on a lot of these studies and they are by and large worthless. This applies whether they claim zero or a huge number. These studies are so assumption driven that the authors can get whatever answer they desire just by how they design the study.

Gary Scoggin

(Apologies for all the typos in my last two posts. I was in a hurry and didn’t have time to proofread.)

Paula Flinn

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/07/17/congress-urged-reject-hostage-taking-trump-threatens-veto-any-covid-19-bill-doesnt?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=facebook

Carlos Ponce

A payroll tax cut would allow workers to keep more of their wages. I suppose Paula is against this. The Politico article referenced says, "Vice President Mike Pence told House Republicans in a conference call this week that they should be advocating for a payroll tax, according to sources on the call." No threats of a "veto" in the original article from which they get their information. No threats of cutting Social Security nor Medicare. Common Dreams made that up.

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/07/16/trump-payroll-tax-cut-coronavirus-relief-bill-366506

Common Dreams, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, U.S.-based, news website that declares itself as serving the progressive community. WIKI

Paula Flinn

It only makes sense that poor air quality and poor water quality will lead to more illness and death. Many people have asthma or COPD, and do not need a high volume of pollutants in the air. Some people may have lung damage after they recover from the CoVid-19 virus. People are still dying from pollutants in the water table in certain places in the USA. Flint, MI is still struggling with lead in the water. Our water is not that great in Galveston, either, so most of us drink bottled water.

Carlos Ponce

It's the same standards that were there for the Clinton administration, The GW Bush administration and 7+ years of the Obama administration. The changes made by Trump were to remove regulations made during the last months of 2016.

Emile Pope

A payroll tax cut is useless when you don’t have a job. Just another giveaway to the wealthy...

Gary Scoggin

The payroll tax tops out at $137,500 so a cut there doesn’t really help the rich but it does help most wage earners. I think you could make a case for eliminating that limit as it amounts to a real tax reduction for higher paid workers Making our tax system that much more regressive. Maybe raise the income tax rates a corresponding amount at that threshold.

Emile Pope

If you think that a person making 137,000 isn't rich then you are misinformed. Eliminating the payroll tax does nothing but help destroy Social Security which is what the GOP wants.

Gary Scoggin

Emile... according to US Census Bureau data, the mean family income in the Us in 2018 was $63,179. That means half made more, half made less. 27.4% made between $75k and $150k. So, $137,500 is doing well but is by no means rich.

Carlos Ponce

Reducing the payroll tax - It would mean the hard working people of this country would keep more of their money.

In 2010 and 2011 the Obama administration had a payroll tax cut. Many Liberals applauded the idea. Trump proposes a temporary payroll tax cut and now it's bad?[rolleyes]

Emile Pope

That's a bunch of garbage. It only defunds social security.

Carlos Ponce

Is Emile claiming President Obama defunded Social Security with the payroll tax cuts in 2010 and 2011?

Wayne D Holt

How could we have Joe Biden? Joe Biden doesn't even have Joe Biden.

David Smith

Will not supoort a bay sniffer who thinks Arizona is a city

Jim Forsythe

David, you have never been to Arizona City? It's near the junction of Interstate 8 and Interstate10,it's a nice city.

Carlos Ponce

Mark Curtis: Arizona is very much in play in 2020, so we appreciate you taking some time and talk to the people of OUR STATE.

Joe Biden: Oh, you’re an important CITY. You guys are going through hell right now, are ya?

Jim, it's clear host Mark Curtis was NOT talking about Arizona City. And Mark was broadcasting from PHOENIX, not ARIZONA CITY.

Jim Forsythe

Carlos, what is clear is you are trying to make a big deal about a small gaff. If that all you are worried about, I could fill the whole page with Trumps!

What is important is Trumps response to Corrona19, race relations, which at this time he is failing the USA.

What is Trumps Corrona19 national plan?

What is Trumps race relations plan for the USA?

These both deserve a clear plan by the President, so everyone in the USA knows exactly what is going to happen.

I'm talking about a plan, that Trump would be able to look into the camera and say, this will not be easy but these are the steps that are going to be required for us to move forward.

Carlos Ponce

"What is important is Trumps response to Corrona19, race relations, which at this time he is failing the USA."

Response to the Chinese virus is good within the limitations of the office. Big time failure in Blue states under Liberal governors and mayors.

Race relations - good. Lowest unemployment rate for Blacks, Hispanics, etc. since 1969. Under the Trump administration $250 million a year for the nation’s historically Black colleges and universities, along with dozens of other institutions that serve large shares of minority students.

And Trump doesn't confuse his sister with his wife.[rolleyes]

Jim Forsythe

He is the one that has limited his response. Noting is stopping him from coming up with a plan for the whole country and promoting it.

The hotspots now are almost all Republican. Florida, Texas, Arizona ,Oklahoma, Kansas.

Race relations will not improve by throwing money at the problem.

May---While unemployment among white workers fell to 12.4%, unemployment for black workers rose to 16.8%, the highest in more than a decade and particularly crippling because they often have a more fragile safety net to rely on.

Between April and June, the Black unemployment rate went from 16.8 percent to 15.4 percent.

Jim Forsythe

As I said, Trump has done plenty. Why focuse on gaffs. He could not remember that Melania, his wife was standing next to him.

The US President was filmed speaking at a briefing, describing Hurricane Irma's recovery efforts in Fort Myers, Florida when he told reporters about Melania's feelings - as if she was not present.

Within the clip, the 71-year-old said: "I just want to thank everybody, the first responders, on behalf of myself, our vice president."

He continued: "Melania really wanted to be with us. It's really touched her heart what's gone on." The First Lady was standing right next to Trump, but she appeared emotionless as he spoke about her.

Carlos Ponce

"He is the one that has limited his response." The Constitution limited his response. He provided what each governor requested: ventilators, temporary hospitals, got companies to produce more PPE.

Carlos Ponce

Jim posts "he told reporters about Melania's feelings - as if she was not present" . No, Jim. He was giving reasons WHY Melania was present. As He was saying "Melania really wanted to be here" she was nodding in agreement. Didn't you see the actual video or did you just pick this false impression out of some Librag source?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swz2GAXBHh8

You then hear him continue, " I came down to say hello to you folks.... and to you folks [pointing to others]. And the First Lady and myself its an honor to be here. We are now going to tour some of the area."

Jim Forsythe

As far as limited response, he has set the tone with his negative commits about mask, the Doctors in his task force and the Governors, making false claims about Corona19 and saying things like, wait till Summer, it will just go away. He has the military that he can use more than he has.

He has not set up a distribution chain to help get PPE in the right places but required the Governors to fight each other. He could have bought all the PPE possible and then disturbed to the states in need.

He could stay focused on the Corona19 problem, but acts like other things are more important.

You may not see Carlos, but many in the USA do.

The doctor's said do not have gathering of large number of people and what does Trump do, have a rally in Tulsa. Instead of setting the example he does the wrong thing.

Does he say, Governors this is the plan the professionals have come up with and it is a road map to get out of this. If we all follow this, we can reduce the effects of this. No, now we are setting new records. Does he go on TV and say, we are all going to wear mask and this is how I'm going to wear mine until this is over. No, he said it is up to you, which now many are not wearing one because Trump said they do not need one. This is a result of the way he framed it.

Jim Forsythe

"Melania really wanted to be here" to most means, the person is not at the event.

As I said, Trump has many gaffs. This is not an issue that is important.

Corona19 and race relations are much more import, along with other issues.

Carlos Ponce

Trump was following Dr. Fauci's earlier statements about masks, a view shared by other doctors that they would not be effective.

In the GCDN we read on February 4, 2020 "Masks provide no real protection against virus" by Dr. Victor S. Sierpina.

https://www.galvnews.com/health/article_cc6b16ee-6ae7-51b4-8681-421c9b02500b.html

Dr. Victor S. Sierpina is the WD and Laura Nell Nicholson Family Professor of Integrative Medicine and Professor of Family Medicine at UTMB.

Dr. Gulshan Sharma, UTMB, said "Other forms of preparation that people might see in the community, such as buying and wearing protective masks or canceling large group gatherings, would be premature given the current state of the situation" on February 27, 2020 GCDN

https://www.galvnews.com/news/free/article_cc81267e-4bbe-5a71-a1ff-00d56c261673.html

On March 21, 2020 I posted "Harvey Rice posted, 'Dr. Megan Ranney to CNN's John King. 'We need masks TODAY. We are pleading on social media, #GetMePPE, to keep me and my patients safe. The PRESIDENT may say that things are being produced, but they sure as heck are not showing up in my state or in the states of all of my colleagues across the country. We need those masks and gowns NOW.'

Jim, the word 'PRESIDENT' refers to ?????"

https://www.galvnews.com/opinion/guest_columns/article_71977d77-6be2-5fc8-888b-490edb9d26a5.html

Apparently Jim did not bother to see the video with Trump's remarks in Florida after the Hurricane. Any conjecture Trump made comments suggesting Melania was not present is ridiculous.

Jim Forsythe

There is not one thing from stopping Trump from getting in front of the American people and saying, put you mask on and save a life. He could also could say, quit making excuses, wear a mask. He could say, most Americans are wearing a mask but the few that are not are putting all at risk. But at this point in time, he has not.

Dr. Fauci's earlier statements about masks was just that , his earlier statements.

Fauci said US government held off promoting face masks because it knew shortages were so bad that even doctors couldn't get enough

"The better part of valor when you’re out and you can’t maintain that six-foot distance is to wear some type of facial covering. An important point to emphasize though is that should never take away the availability of the masks that are needed for the health care providers who are in real present danger. So this is an addition to the physical separation, not as a substitute for it," he said on Fox & Friends, explaining why the CDC has reversed course on the recommendation for people to cover their faces in public. Fauci said the new recommendation is based on recent data indicating the virus can be spread between people who are simply speaking to each other.

Why are you continuing with the gaffes?

Carlos Ponce

Apparently Jim did not see Trump wearing his President emblem mask months ago nor heard his reply to masks on FOX News Sunday.

"I'm a believer in masks. Masks are good."

And secondly Trump had no gaffe in Florida.

Jim Forsythe

So Trumps example for the American public is, wear a mask one maybe two times, and all should be happy. For mask to work, they have be worn when one is exposed to others. If Trump is such a believer in mask, he should say all must wear one to help make everyone safer, and If we all do not do this one small thing, we have less of a chance of slowing Corona19. Trump also must provide the example by wearing a mask when he is in public.

Anytime that Trump wants air time to say this to the American people, he has that at his ready.

Carlos Ponce

"and all should be happy." I'm happy! [beam]

Ted Gillis

Huh, bay sniffer? Are you saying our former Vice President is touting ocean front property in Arizona?

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