Saturday, August 22, 2009

Worth a thousand words

Look at all my order confirmations!

More fun from my SPAM file:

The leverage of the public option (or Fox & Friends should shut the fuck up)

Previously on the Rebel Agenda (here) some blonde people talked about how, if the government ran health care (you know, like the VA and Medicare) it would go badly, like the Post Office. Where the price of stamps totally doubled (since 1991, which it hadn't, but who lets facts get in the way of your talking points).

So stamps went up about 50% over 17 years. And private insurance premiums? How'd they do.

Well, the Commonwealth Fund (who, granted, is trying to work to insure all Americans, and probably wouldn't have made a point out of this if the news had been less compelling) released these findings in a new study (here):

Private insurance premiums for employer-sponsored coverage will rise by 94 percent by 2010, on top of the 119 percent increase since 1999, according to the Commonwealth Fund report. The increases in premiums from 1999 to 2008 were four times greater than the rise in family incomes, even prior to the current recession.

"These findings are merely the shocking state of premiums, not even including a concurrent jump in out-of-pocket costs for deductibles, co-pays, and other fees. It's no wonder that medical bills now are the leading factor in 62 percent of bankruptcies, and half of American families are rationing medical care because they can't afford it," noted Deborah Burger, RN, co-president of the 86,000-member California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee.


I will take the 50%-ish increase in the price of stamps. Fox & Friends can pay these rates. And kiss my ass.

By the way, I didn't want to start a blog so I could complain about the health care system and the debate around it. But OMFG the folks who are rallying to the defense of the status quo, AKA THE INSURANCE AGENCIES are just killing me. Seriously.

I heart this headline

Suspicious FedEx package contains live snakes

Flashback song: "The Only Living Boy in New York"

Simon & Garfunkel released this in 1970, on Bridge Over Troubled Waters, and is featured in the movie Garden State from 5 years ago.



It is not possible for me to find the Coolies cover from Dig (the "all Paul" album, with covers of Paul Simon songs, plus one by Paul Anka), sorry.

Everything but the Girl covered it for their 1992 Covers EP (released in the US on the Acoustic LP). I hadn't seen the video for this until today, and is it just me, or does Ben Watt look a lot like Thomas Beattie, the pregnant dude from Bend, OR?



Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine (or USM) paid tribute to the song as well in 1992 with "The Only Living Boy in New Cross" which is excellent in its own way. "The good, the bad, the average and unique..."

Happy birthday Kristen Wiig

Wiig has been slowly and steadily become my favorite among the cast. She's as versatile as Jan Hooks, and I guess as under-appreciated. Here are a couple clips.



Happy birthday Cindy Williams

It was long after knowing her from Laverne & Shirley that I saw Cindy Williams in The Conversation, Francis Ford Coppola's 1974 thriller about a surveillance expert caught up in a murder. It's a classic 70's "anti-hero" movie and seeing Williams in such a creepy milieu makes it all the more powerful. Gene Hackman I expect to see in the darkness like that, but not Williams.

Love this trailer, by the way. The voice over guy sounds like the one from the porno trailers. Or so I've been told...

Happy birthday Valerie Harper

Song of the day: "No One Sleeps When I'm Awake"

The Sounds.

Person of the day: Cathy L. Hazelwood

Cathy is general counsel for South Carolina's Ethics Commission. (Oh, and BTW, some fucking idiot in SC got my winning Powerball number the other day--1 ticket, $260 million--that was mine muthafuckas... rude).

Anyway, South Carolina, my FAVORITE governor's state: Mark Sanford. You know, the adultering Christian hypocrite. It seems Mark took a lot of flights on private planes and didn't report these in direct violation of state ethics laws.

Sanford's lawyers are suggesting that these planes' owners are all friends of Sanford's, and they'd totally have let him fly even if he wasn't governor (I know how we can test that theory...). This ending is too good not to reprint directly (here):

But Hazelwood, the state ethics official, is having none of those excuses, which she assigns to “the lame pile."

"He's got a growing list in the lame pile,” she adds.

Putting a face on microfinance

In 2006 the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded for efforts to "create economic and social development from below." The technique is called microfinance or microcredit. And while I thought I had a vague notion of what it is/how it works, this excerpt from a NY Times book review of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide puts a human face on the concept (the whole thing is here).


Saima signed up with the Kashf Foundation, a Pakistani microfinance organization that lends tiny amounts of money to poor women to start businesses. Kashf is typical of microfinance institutions, in that it lends almost exclusively to women, in groups of 25. The women guarantee one another’s debts and meet every two weeks to make payments and discuss a social issue, like family planning or schooling for girls. A Pakistani woman is often forbidden to leave the house without her husband’s permission, but husbands tolerate these meetings because the women return with cash and investment ideas.

Saima took out a $65 loan and used the money to buy beads and cloth, which she transformed into beautiful embroidery that she then sold to merchants in the markets of Lahore. She used the profit to buy more beads and cloth, and soon she had an embroidery business and was earning a solid income — the only one in her household to do so. Saima took her elder daughter back from the aunt and began paying off her husband’s debt.

When merchants requested more embroidery than Saima could produce, she paid neighbors to assist her. Eventually 30 families were working for her, and she put her husband to work as well — “under my direction,” she explained with a twinkle in her eye. Saima became the tycoon of the neighborhood, and she was able to pay off her husband’s entire debt, keep her daughters in school, renovate the house, connect running water and buy a television.

“Now everyone comes to me to borrow money, the same ones who used to criticize me,” Saima said, beaming in satisfaction. “And the children of those who used to criticize me now come to my house to watch TV.”

Oh, snap du juor

On her relief at discovering the identity of the anonymous blogger behind Skanks in NYC

"...it was not someone I respected."--Liskula Cohen (#1 skanky superstar per the Skanks in NYC)


It's a fun story, kinda, made all the more fun by the NY Post's sober coverage (here); I wonder how Strunk & White prefers the plural of 'ho.

Folks seem a little taken aback that the blogger was, gasp, a female. I guess, historically, women never insult other women (can't think of an instance myself, but I'm sure there's one... Dynasty?). Or maybe blogging itself is just for geeky dudes, whatev.

Credit where credit's due, upon finding out the identity, Cohen dropped the associated $3 million defamation lawsuit: "This is about forgiveness," Cohen said. "It adds nothing to my life to hurt hers. I wish her happiness." That is one classy (alleged) skank (please don't sue).

The British National Health Service

Which, as we all know, had Stephen Hawking executed years ago based on the findings of their death panels.

Wait, what?

Oh, never mind...

Anyway, a nice piece at Salon here.

I was initially skeptical about the NHS. I’d grown up comfortably in suburban New Jersey; good private healthcare was always immediately available through my father’s insurance. When my English wife became pregnant soon after we settled in London, I was alarmed by the idea of having our first child born in a system I had been told was underfunded, overstressed and inefficient. After all, healthcare in the UK was free. How good could it be? Friends and relatives back in the States were spending thousands to have children. If you get what you pay for, I was about to get a whole lot of nothing.

Happy birthday Tori Amos

Another "Total Eclipse of the Heart" cover, for good measure.

Happy birthday Dorothy Parker

Friday, August 21, 2009

Lunch with Sophie

This is my new friend Sophie.



We had a swanky lunch at a place called Urban Farmer.





The food was good, but the company was better.

Song of the day: "(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To"

New music by Weezer.

Happy birthday Joe Strummer

Raise a toast to St. Joe Strummer
I think he might've been our only decent teacher

Happy birthday Carrie-Ann Moss

I just found out my dad's never seen Memento. Need to fix that...

Happy birthday Loretta Devine

Happy birthday Jeff Stryker

Happy birthday Kenny Rogers

Happy birthday Kim Cattrall

Happy birthday Peter Weir

From Fearless, a woefully under-appreciated movie.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Another note on District 9

The awards blog I frequent (here) says the Academy (as in the Oscars Academy) had a screening for District 9 over the weekend that was full. The movie received the longest applause of any movie over the last few years (according to Variety).

So yeah, one of the 10 best pic nominees, it's sounding like.

Stewie wants his Emmy

Notes on District 9

My "notes on" stuff isn't meant to be a full review, but more tracking awards prospects for a given movie, or a retrospective look at awards "should have beens."

That being said, District 9 impressed with its effects. Lots going on, and visually seamless. Or there really are aliens in South Africa.

Either way, it looks cool.

And gross.

And shaky. In a "make it look real" shaky-cam kind of way.

So possible Oscar categories: original screenplay, visual effects, make-up, sound, sound effects editing, and editing.

I will throw cinematography and art direction in as outside chance categories.

And I will add in 3 long-shot categories: best director, best actor for lead Sharlto Copley, and best picture.

Wait, actually since best picture expands to 10 nominations this year, let's move that up to "possible." I think we will end up seeing some interesting contenders there, as a token gesture; and I am hopeful that at some point one of them will win, upsetting common wisdom. But let's see how the first year of 10 nominees plays out first.

I'd be reluctant to slot it as one of the Top 10 of the year, but its been really enthusiastically received (IMDB ranking of #29, so the fan boys are all over it). I'm sure Dark Knight, which was similarly received last year, would have been among a list of 10 best picture nominees (so close last year... so close). And it's making money.

So yeah, look for it there. Of any of the summer movies, it feels like it has the best shot. Or... Star Trek? Funny People? Inglorious Basterds? Up?

Tom DeLay is teh smart

"Will you ask the President to show me his gift certificate — I mean, his — gift certificate — his birth certificate?"--Tom DeLay on Hardball with Chris Matthews


Dear Tom, shut the fuck up.

Go get your own gift certificate. For the brain store. And use it.

Nels in effect

One of the perks of my job is that I get to frolic with a Guide Dog for the Blind (in training) during meetings.

And when I'm bored, he goes back to his trainer.

This is Nels, and he (like the brothers who preceded him) is adorable.

Song of the day: "He's Frank (Slight Return)"

Norman Cook's latest musical persona, BPA (Brighton Port Authority) with vocals by Iggy Pop--who also appears on this song of the day from 2 weeks ago.

LOVE the puppet!

Flashback song: "Come Pet the P.U.S.S.Y."

This viral video makes me think of this track from the fantastic mockumentary Fear of a Black Hat. Play both videos at one--keep the volume turned down on the top, but watch it with the music going.



Happy birthday Robert Plant

Happy birthday Amy Adams

Happy birthday James Masters

Happy birthday Joan Allen

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Bumping this to the top!

Today's song of the day: "When Love Takes Over"

I keep listening to it, and loving it more and more. Don't want it to disappear...

In the words of Clinton "take that Sasha Fierce!"

David Guetta with Kelly Rowland... every summer needs a little dance music.

The best ecards are someecards

Lots of funny shit here.

Do NOT drive in the bus lane, motherfuckers

Not one, but two Portland police officers are on the job, stopping this idiot from committing the heinous crime of not understanding the revised downtown bus mall lanes.

I wonder if guns were drawn.



Here's the thing. The new bus mall is new. And it's confusing. And it's new (yes, I said that twice). More evidence that it's confusing: the SUV in the shadow on the left side of the picture is driving IN THE BUS LANE despite 2 police cars pulling over this dude.

To help things, the Tri-Met bus drivers have been instructed to honk as loudly as they possibly can when a car is in the bus lane. This helps people who are confused. It's a scientific fact!

So instead of trying to improve the signage that helps folks who are driving on the bus mall, or just shutting off the bus mall from car traffic, this is our approach.

Personally I'd like them to get snipers.

Why is it...?

That people who freak out about "death panels" support the death penalty?

Flashback song: "World Destruction"

Perhaps my favorite single of the 80s. John Lydon and Afrika Bambaataa (I actually had to use the Google to figure out how many A's in Bambaataa--it's 5) teamed up for this 1984 track at the height of the Reagan/Thatcher Cold War hysteria.

Right after this came Red Dawn (the movie).

We need more political songs you can dance to at Weekends at 5 in the morning.

In the highly unlikely event I could be (still) out at 5 in the morning.

Maybe if I slept until 4.

Pets (and whores) are huge on Twitter

Just this morning I have 2 new ones following me.

Yeah, mission TOTALLY accomplished

This headline reminds me of something:

Wave of Baghdad blasts kills at least 86


That George W. Bush is a fucking idiot and a war criminal who needs to be held accountable for crimes against humanity.

The world is not better off because the US deposed Saddam Hussein.

Iraq is not better off because the US deposed Saddam Hussein.

And Americans are a lot LESS safe because the US deposed Saddam Hussein.

How many Americans died because of Saddam in the 10 years leading up to our invasion? (zero)

How many Americans died because of our invasion? 4,331 as of this morning (4,192 since dumbfuck paraded out in the flight suit with the big "mission accomplished" banner behind him... by the way, that aircraft carrier of service men and women waiting to get home got delayed by six hours so he could get that photo op).

Oh yeah, tens of thousands of Americans injured, and probably hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have been killed, injured, and/or had their lives fucking disrupted.

I hope some country the respects the rule of law brings charges against him, because the US doesn't seem to be doing anything.

Lessons in tact from Stephen T. Colbert

Instead of saying "you're an idiot," try this instead:

"We're getting off track by you being wrong."


I know I will.

Can I make a suggestion?

So a cop in Katy, TX was kidnapped by her ex-boyfriend, also a cop in Katy, TX.

And the cops in Katy, TX can't find them.

So if you see anything, they ask that you call the cops in Katy, TX.

I'm gonna recommend you call anyone BUT the cops in Katy, TX, cause they seem to be a little too deep in this thing.

Maybe call the fire department or the post office. Someone with a little distance.

The high school marching band.

Details here, including a description of the pick-up truck, if you're so inclined.

Quote of the day

"Understanding that guns will not make up for the deep shame you have that your penis, like other human penises, is mostly soft and vulnerable, is the first step to not being a gun nut."--Amanda Macrotte


The whole column is a hoot, here.

(h/t Scott @ Bill in Exile; get well soon Ripley)

My cousin's cousin

The talented Mr. Jimmy Don.

Happy birthday Bill Clinton

Eight years of peace and prosperity. What a horrible legacy. Why couldn't you have gotten us into some needless wars and cut taxes on the ultra wealthy instead?

Happy birthday Matthew Perry

Happy birthday John Stamos

And to your non-existent younger brother Richard who can never hit that high note in "Loving You" (South Park)

Happy birthday Lee Ann Womack

Happy birthday Peter Gallagher

From The Idolmaker, back in like 1981... god I am old.

Song of the day: "When Love Takes Over"

David Guetta with Kelly Rowland... every summer needs a little dance music.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

More of this please

Please!

This is good

"Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, where faces are made of plastic and plastic pays for faces, I worked in the movie business."


A friend vents about the new ending to The Time Traveler's Wife here.

I haven't seen it as it violates the 10-year difference rule (here).

I don't understand why women would even want to vote

The next time you hear "I don't understand why gays would even want to marry" think of that.

It was on this day, back in 1920, that women in the US were given the right to vote based on the passage of the 19th amendment.

I know the "why would they even want to" argument isn't the primary one (it's usually "the bible says one man/one woman" which isn't true--the bible says one man/as many women as he wants... they are just property) but it's definitely one that's been around.

Damn I am grumpy today. It's like 95 here. I'm just not happy in the heat.

Name that crazy

Guess who said this:

"Dirty secret No. 1 in Obamacare is about the government's coming into homes and usurping parental rights over child care and development."


Here's your hint: he's an 80s action star that's actually 5' 4" inches tall, and is so vain about his height that he had 2 sets of doors for his Texas-based television series, so he could walk through a miniaturized one and look imposing.

His name rhymes with Fuck Norris.

I'll give you a minute.

Not sure what kind of party

This gentleman is going to, dressed in a white tux and Mickey Mouse hat, but his day is probably w-a-y more interesting than mine.

On armed protestors at the town halls

I'm probably more in favor of the right to bear arms than one might expect given my "flaming godless liberal" ways. But this quote from Talking Points Memo (here) is a good one.

In a stunning amount of irony, Mansonite Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme was released from prison this week, after 34 years in prison. The gun she pointed at President Ford had no bullet in the firing chamber-- unlike Sarah Jane Moore, she never even pulled the trigger or fired. Presumably, these gun nuts showing up for the health care events have their weapons actually loaded. I repeat, Fromme did *34 years in prison.* Where, may I ask, was the Secret Service today? Far be it from me to tell them how to do their job, but letting armed extremists near the President of the United States would appear to not be in their job description. Were the AR-15 guys questioned? Detained? Quite frankly, given the history of political violence in this country, I would think that the operative policy would be to disarm these guys first and ask questions later. The legal standard for determining what is a threat to the President is rather low, as these things go (as I recall, requiring only a threat and an apparent ability to carry it out-- Francisco Duran, while he fired his gun, never got within a hundred yards of President Clinton, who was behind several walls at the time. He's doing 40 years in prison.). What is going on here?


While I don't believe the police need to intervene if the gun remains holstered, the reality is the Bush administration had no problem with keeping folks with anti-war t-shirts way the fuck away from his rallies. So I think it's perfectly reasonable to draw a big 500 yard radius with a "no firearms allowed" sign.

But then "perfectly reasonable" doesn't seem to get me much these days.

Maybe I'll start shouting.

Dear Jessica, see a doctor

This person started following me on Twitter.



That condition doesn't sound normal.

But I wouldn't really know for sure.

The 10 most annoying things about being a time traveler's wife

The full list is funny, so read it here. These are my favorite 2:

4. Separates coffee grounds from other trash and buries them wrapped in plastic sealed with duct tape; won't explain why except by shuddering and saying, "You'll know soon enough."

5. Annoys everyone at Thanksgiving by saying, "Well, that's not how the Pilgrims did it, but I'm sure whatever you think is fine."

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Fox & Friends and math skills

Here we see that the price of stamps has doubled since 1991.


Watch the clip here.

So 2 things:
1. 2 x 29 = 58, not 44... the actual increase is 51%
2. That's a 51% increase over 18 years. The cost of every other fucking thing in the world has increased at rates faster than that. Including (and especially) healthcare. What the fuck?!

Flashback song: "The Morning After"

Watching the Shelley Winters piece made me think of this song. How long since you last heard it?

Happy birthday Shelley Winters

An open letter to Jack White

Take a day off.

Jack has a solo cd coming out.

That is on top of his White Stripes work. And his Raconteurs work. And his Dead Weather work.

And his producing.

And his acting (acting!).

Dude is 34 years old.

Take a day off, you're making me look bad.

Song of the day: "I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance"

This song popped in my head this morning, and even though it's from early last year, I'm gonna use it as song of the day. Bonus: Kate Nash cover! I'll lead with that.



And the original by Black Kids.

90% of U.S. bills have traces of cocaine

So you're all (well, almost all) under arrest.

Those prisons are going to be overcrowded. (Zero tolerance, motherfuckers.)

Details here.

If you see this man, you do not need to call 9-1-1





His name is Robert Zimmerman, but the kids call him "Bob Dylan" and he's mostly harmless (much like Earth).

Unfortunately someone in a New Jersey community didn't recognize him when he was walking (walking? in America? really?) around and looking at houses in a "low income, predominantly minority neighborhood"... so anyway, Bob was out of pot and went looking to score.

Blah blah blah cops came. Cops under the age of 30. Cops who did not know who the fuck Bob Dylan is.

Now, my point isn't that they didn't recognize him. Hell, Vincent Price, Salvador Dali or Bob Dylan? Sure, whatever.

My point is they hadn't heard of Bob Dylan.

So Grammys, an Oscar, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a Pulitzer Prize, a Kennedy Center Honor or not, I'm just as recognizable to the cops of New Jersey as Bob Dylan.

Happy birthday Robert Redford

Happy birthday Edward Norton

Happy birthday Martin Mull

Happy birthday Denis Leary

Happy birthday Madeline Stowe

Monday, August 17, 2009

A 15-year old's pledge of allegiance...

Sigh.

So I get a mass email that, probably, shouldn't have come to me. I try to be respectful, but I really, fundamentally, don't think the Ten Commandments (pick whichever variation you want) needs to be on display in schools or in courthouses (how many commandments are actually illegal? 50%--that might confuse people in on charges for a non-commandment law). And objections to prayer in school are objections to organized prayer in school, not a ban on silent prayer. Go nuts with the silent prayer.

So I get this email with a variation on the pledge of allegiance that underscores the idiocy of not teaching good Muslim values in school. (Wait, what? Oh, you want a different religion's values taught... keep that in mind.)

And it's written by "a 15 year old from Ohio."

Or, if you do a search on it, by "a 15 year old from Arizona."

So either the most insanely unlikely coincidence happened and an identical piece was written by 2 15-year olds (same age!) in 2 different states.

Or someone, at some time, was lying when they sent this shit around/posted this shit online.

Lying.

Isn't that against a rule or a law or something. Or a commandment.

Yeah, I could spend time dealing with the philosophy in it (like, for example, the fact that abstinence-only sex ed doesn't fucking work and leads to more abortions so for fuck sake can we deal with this in a sane way) but I won't.

I'll just ask you to stop forwarding shit from liars.

And breathe.

Government care works, dammit

Okay, so one of the fundamental arguments against health care reform is that the government can't efficiently run a health care program.

But a recent study by the RAND Corporation titled "How the VA Outpaces Other Systems in Delivering Patient Care" (here) calls "bullshit" on that argument.

Not literally, I don't think, but figuratively.

This lovely table (by the way--this is soooo much more clear to me than that pie chart from last week, but apparently I'm the only one who can read these) shows that the VA (a government-run health care program) consistently delivers a higher quality of health care than all other providers, and more efficiently.


Now, by combining multiple other providers into one, it's possible that they could overlook some other more efficient, more effective provider. But generally speaking, these results are really fucking impressive.

And clearly people who think it can't be done by the government need to come up with data to support that argument.

Or shut the fuck up.

Or both. I'm good with both.

If I ever use this phrase in casual conversation

This is where it comes from (Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-long blog).

Image of the day

From a Charlotte News & Observer article on health care reform protests in Raleigh NC (where, I guess, everyone has health insurance and no pre-existing conditions... hooray for Raleigh). You can see it here if you don't believe (it's slide 2).



Get a brain moran!

Amelia: a great trailer meets the 10-year rule

I guess it's been about 5 years, so Hillery Swank is due for another Oscar. Later this year she can be seen as Amelia Earhart in what looks to be a very well crafted movie: Amelia.

The trailer is beautiful, and Swank looks the part.




The problem is this: Richard Gere.

Now I like Richard Gere. I think he's a perfectly likable movie star. (You might note that I didn't call him an actor--he gets grouped with Julia Roberts and Bruce Willis into the "movie star" category... they can all act, at times, but I think they do their thing best in the "movie star" space.)

It's just, well, he's not portraying Hillery Swank's dad.

He's playing her husband, George Putnam.

Amelia Earhart, born 1897
George Putnam, born 1887

Hillery Swank, born 1974
Richard Gere, born 1949

What the fuck? And, no offense Richard (cause I know he'll see this), but it's not like Gere's box office gold. And I'm sure he commands a nice salary. So maybe they should have shopped for an alternative.

Normally my issues around a difference in ages of more than 10 years have to do with studios casting actresses that are too young and not giving work to actresses (cringe) over 30. But here I'm going to advocate for a younger actor.

Earhart disappeared when she was 40, and this covers the years that lead up to the disappearance, so clearly Swank, at age 35, is well cast.

As an alternative to Gere, might I suggest:
Guy Pearce, born 1967
Billy Crudup, born 1968
Joseph Fiennes, born 1970
Patrick Wilson, born 1973
Christian Bale, born 1974
Mark Feuerstein, born 1971
Wes Bentley, born 1978

Long story short: I might have to pass on principle.

Song of the day: "Heads Will Roll"

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Barry on the roof

I ran across an old photo album with this picture.

Since we had to say goodbye to Barry this year, and since we're coming up on the like 16th anniversary of the photo/first time I got to meet him, I thought I'd post this.

Plus, it's not like I need a reason to post pictures of my friends' pets.

Flashback song: "Sunday Girl"

A smarter man would have used this yesterday or would wait until the weekend, but not me.

Here's the original, Blondie 1978 I think.



And here it is in French (same year).

Happy birthday Belinda Carlisle

Happy birthday Sean Penn

Happy birthday Robert DeNiro

And the offers pour in

Important note: she swears to me in the name of our (our?) lord that this is not a scam. Good to know.


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YOURS IN CHRIST.
MRS. SHEGUANN BURRWELL.