Today In Responsible Gun Ownership: Restaurant Edition

I’ve picked on gun nuttery in other states, it’s the Gret Stet of Louisiana’s turn: Walk into many stores, restaurant or workplaces nowadays, and you see the signs reading “No weapons allowed.” But a popular local restaurant is bucking that trend by not only encouraging people to show off their guns, but offering a discount to those who do. It’s the Friday lunch crowd at Bergeron’s with fried catfish, the top seller. Owner Kevin Cox says 500 people come through the Port Allen restaurant daily. So about two weeks ago, he started a new promotion to help some of his customers … Continue reading Today In Responsible Gun Ownership: Restaurant Edition

Is Scott Walker the new George W. Bush?

A uniter, not a divider!   “What do Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Florida, New Mexico, and Nevada all have in common?” he said to me after the Dairy Breakfast. “Those are all battleground states that Barack Obama won in 2012—and they also have Republican governors. So why are state Republican leaders connecting with voters in a way that the national party isn’t?” Walker repeated his litany of self-assigned virtues: He and his fellow GOP governors were plainspoken optimists who made the rounds. “Not that any Republican is necessarily going to win the majority among women, younger voters, or ethnic … Continue reading Is Scott Walker the new George W. Bush?

John Ashcroft, Kids

Democracy is not a “core value:” [super annoying auto-play video at Daily Caller link] Former Attorney General John Ashcroft threw a core principle of Bush-era foreign policy under the bus Tuesday night, when he said that democracy is not the core American value, liberty is. Speaking to a packed house at the first night of the inaugural In Defense of Christians summit in Washington, D.C., Ashcroft said that “I sometimes think that in the U.S. we have misplaced our core values,” particularly when it comes to foreign policy. “We seem to think democracy is the ultimate value… It’s not the ultimate … Continue reading John Ashcroft, Kids

It’s the stories, stupid

Will Bunch gets it:  In the last window of the last day, I attended a session by three journalists from Chicago’s public radio station WBEZ, about their two-year-old project called Curious City. The project aims to empower citizens of the Windy City — by not only offering to answer their questions, but by including the information-seekers in the reporting process and getting others in the community involved along the way. The project has uncovered real news — discovering that the city was trying to abandon a valuable firefighter-safety program, for example — but also tried to get to the bottom of weird smells … Continue reading It’s the stories, stupid

Boardwalk Empire Thread: Cuanto?

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Things are not going well for Nucky Thompson. One attempt has already been made on his life and there will be more to come. He’s merely rich instead of super-rich after making “legitimate” investments in the stock market. One woman close to him exits his life while another one returns but it’s uncertain for how long. The deal with Joe Kennedy appears to be off but not before the original wolf of wall street flirts with Margaret, offers her oysters and a ride home to New York. I’m pretty sure that ride was a double entendre…

After the break we’ll move on to my weekly random, discursive and sporadically relevant comments:

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Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – how can we miss you if you won’t go away edition

Good morning, constant readers – today we’re going to start with the more recent, and work our way back down the timeline of stuff I haven’t covered yet. Unifying theme?

Don’t go away mad – just go away!

At Lake Mary gun show, Zimmerman details what life is like
The Orlando Sentinel ^ | September 20, 2014 | Caitlin Dineen

Posted on 9‎/‎21‎/‎2014‎ ‎2‎:‎58‎:‎37‎ ‎PM by 2ndDivisionVet

ith a smile on his face, George Zimmerman spent Saturday afternoon posing for photos, sharing hugs and shaking hands with gun enthusiasts at a firearms expo in Lake Mary..

“It’s so odd to me,” said Zimmerman, about the celebrity treatment he receives in public. “[But] it is appreciated.”

In his first interview with the Orlando Sentinel, Zimmerman described life after his acquittal last year in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The former Neighborhood Watch volunteer shot the unarmed black teen in Sanford on Feb. 26, 2012.

Now life for the 30-year-old is completely different.

He’s always moving.

He’s in debt.

And he’s constantly receiving death threats.

“I just try to be smart where I go,” said Zimmerman, who described the gun show at Gander Mountain Academy as a “friendly” event that didn’t warrant extra protection.

Zimmerman said he carries a semi-automatic handgun for added safety.

“It’s part of life,” said Zimmerman, whose Twitter feed is a constant barrage of death threats. “It’s unfortunately necessary right now.”(continued)

1 posted on 9‎/‎21‎/‎2014‎ ‎2‎:‎58‎:‎37‎ ‎PM by 2ndDivisionVet



Stand-your-ground Georgie still has his supporters:

To: 2ndDivisionVet

I wish I would have known about the gun show! I live right down the road and would have loved to meet George.

2 posted on 9‎/‎21‎/‎2014‎ ‎3‎:‎05‎:‎21‎ ‎PM by spacejunkie2001

But mostly, even the Freeperati, who were once his unstinting champions, have had a bellyfull.
To: 2ndDivisionVet
George, we all supported you so please, please go away and start a new life.We’re tired of defending you and all the alleged indiscretions you’ve been accused of………..
3 posted on 9‎/‎21‎/‎2014‎ ‎3‎:‎10‎:‎16‎ ‎PM by Hot Tabasco (Don’t harsh my buzz homie……)
To: 2ndDivisionVet

This guy is a loser. Anyone who would shake his hand as if he were a hero is a fool.

5 posted on ‎9‎/‎21‎/‎2014‎ ‎3‎:‎17‎:‎20‎ ‎PM by Benito Cereno

2ndDivisionVet, however,  is having none of that:
To: Benito Cereno

Please explain your thoughts.

6 posted on 9‎/‎21‎/‎2014‎ ‎3‎:‎18‎:‎37‎ ‎PM by 2ndDivisionVet (The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.)


To: 2ndDivisionVet

He is not a CCW hero. He was a cowboy, a rent a cop wannabe who got a big head and a puffed up chest when he strapped on his gun. Was the shoot justified? Yes. But his conduct after his exoneration indicate that he is not just a meek and mild citizen who just happened to be jumped by a bad guy.

29 posted on 9‎/‎21‎/‎2014‎ ‎3‎:‎37‎:‎16‎ ‎PM by Benito Cereno

Sounds reasonable.
To: HiTech RedNeck
I wonder how many Freepers under this kind of pressure (the orchestrated hate of half of black America) could keep their noses cleaner. I certainly could! Shall we start with Zimmerman’s previously scheduled boxing match with rapper DMX?Yea, that’s certainly an avenue to getting on with one’s life and maintaining a low profile, isn’t it?
37 posted on ‎9‎/‎21‎/‎2014‎ ‎3‎:‎43‎:‎27‎ ‎PM by Hot Tabasco (Don’t harsh my buzz homie……)
To: HiTech RedNeck

This guy could have moved to North Dakota, gotten a good paying job, started fresh, and have been happy and safe.

Instead he’s still haunting Lake Mary signing autographs.

He has a screw loose.

21 posted on 9‎/‎21‎/‎2014‎ ‎3‎:‎30‎:‎11‎ ‎PM by Rome2000

And. of course, the post of the thread!
To: 2ndDivisionVet
since no one, including you, will hire him for any job?What a strawman argument……..but I’ll go one better, WHY DON’T YOU OFFER HIM EMPLOYMENT? Since you appear to be his guardian angel and defender on this site, the very least YOU could do is hire him………..Well?
57 posted on ‎9‎/‎21‎/‎2014‎ ‎4‎:‎02‎:‎25‎ ‎PM by Hot Tabasco (Don’t harsh my buzz homie……)
The rest, as they say, is silence.
More fallen heroes after the jump..

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SMV: Zappa Sunday

I thought I’d do something this different and feature 3 short videos either about or featuring the late, great Frank Zappa. First, a History Detectives segment about a mysterious collage that was allegedly tied to Zappa. No spoilers from me, I’ll let Gwen Wright tell the story: Here’s a Zoot Allures era appearance by FZ on the Mike Douglas Show of all places: Finally, please sign in and watch Frank as the mystery guest on What’s My Line: Continue reading SMV: Zappa Sunday

Then there’s something wrong with your reporting, pal

Love me some Bourdain, but come on:  CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker’s office, on the fifth floor of the Time Warner Center in New York, is an unexpectedly modest rectangle adjacent to the airy newsroom, with only a bank of TV screens mounted on one wall suggesting that this man runs the world’s most recognizable TV-news operation. When Zucker took over CNN in January 2013, nobody knew how he was planning to remake the network–including Bourdain, whose show was in production but hadn’t yet aired. Zucker might have killed it right then, but instead he gave it a prime Sunday-night time … Continue reading Then there’s something wrong with your reporting, pal

2014 Colorado Weed Rush?

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The Gret Stet of Louisiana has some *really* stupid Congresscritters:

Fleming’s comments came during a speech at the Values Voter Summit on Friday.

Fleming said that the social experiment of Colorado allowing recreational pot sales has not “brought an avalanche of revenue.” Instead, Fleming said, it’s caused an increase in “the number of homeless people” moving to Colorado.

In the same speech Fleming argued that marijuana is not, in fact, harmless by saying that marijuana contains qualities that are “four times more potent than tobacco, which is known to cause” cancer.

Fleming is also one of three, count ’em three, Gret Stet House members who are doctors. They’re all throwback physicians, fewer young doctors are Republicans because of that party’s loathing of science. Why is that the House docs are some of the stupidest/craziest members of Congress?

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Tweet Of The Day: Quasi NOLA Edition

You’re probably asking yourself what the hell is Quasi NOLA? It’s a mysterious man or woman of considerable wit who tweets about New Orleans. Quasi NOLA does not engage with the hoi polloi and remains a riddle wrapped in an enigma shrouded in mystery or something like that. It’s kind of like the King of Comus only without the pervy mask and tights. And Comus was never this amusing or clever. I think Quasi is even sober, which rules out several contenders… On to the tweet of the week. It was actually launched on September 20 as I was suffering through the … Continue reading Tweet Of The Day: Quasi NOLA Edition

It’s not about you…

I spent half my day trying to wrap my head around why the Bill Simmons situation bugged me as much as it did. Of course A and Adrastos hit on a ton of points I planned to make, so it was time to cut what I had and start over again. Simmons started his career as an anti-establishment guy and later became part of the establishment. He ripped the shit out of incompetent GMs and coaches as well as lazy and petulant athletes from the safety of a website that about six people read. Eventually, he gained enough views to … Continue reading It’s not about you…

‘a certified liar’

Okay, so if Roger Goodell isn’t a liar, who the fuck is?  Roger Goodell is the sports world’s villain du jour, but until the NFL’s elevator of investigation reaches the top — or ESPN delivers a smoking gun that proves the NFL viewed the Ray Rice video tape — the commissioner is not a certified liar. And Bill Simmons has no license to call him one without more justification than “I’m just saying it.” Well, he has the justification of your own fucking reporting, but other than that, sure. See, this is the same milquetoast Little Debbie horseshit that leads … Continue reading ‘a certified liar’

Dumb Things Happen In Dallas

One of my favorite things about Slate is the weekly Ken Jennings news trivia quiz. I usually do quite well and, on occasion, can be as good a guesser as Ken. I often learn news of the weird type things while taking the quiz. That’s how I heard about this tasteless, tacky, and other T words promo campaign from a tour company in the Big D: A Dallas tour company drew criticism after an image of one of its buses featuring a controversial design floated around on social media. Dallas City Tours’ design consisted of a photo of former president John F. Kennedy … Continue reading Dumb Things Happen In Dallas

He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Bro

I like Bill Simmons. I like his writing. I like Grantland. He’s a funny dude. But his suspension by ESPN doesn’t have me storming the Bastille or climbing the ramparts. The twitterati are assembling with their version of torches and pitchforks, a hashtag: #FreeBillSimmons. I agree that ESPN is hypocritical for putting their very own bro into the deep freeze for 3 weeks for saying the same shit that others on the network have said about Roger Goodell. Keith Olbermann and Bob Ley, come on down. I agree that Roger Goodell is lying like a rug and should be ousted, BUT even a … Continue reading He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Bro

The Internet ‘has created a new reality’

Please stop letting people off the hook [Playboy link]:  Why do websites of otherwise trustworthy news organizations stoop to such lows? Because journalism’s digital business model, which forces outlets to compete for the same ad space with the most irresponsible websites on the internet, has created a new reality. Journalists, without the time or wherewithal to carry out a bare minimum of investigation under an unprecedentedly short news cycle, are forced to chase viral clicks and the pennies they bring, posting stories engineered toward “virality” to court their new social-media kingmakers. Once, credibility was the linchpin of journalism. Today, as … Continue reading The Internet ‘has created a new reality’

Don’t Mess With Mo

Republican candidates are forever trying to prove they’re real people and that Democrats are “not one of us” and, even worse, second generation politicians. Cory Gardner in Colorado is the latest with this deceptively pleasant attack on Senator Mark Udall: Notice that Gardner’s father is a tractor dealer. He’s clearly not a prole. The ad is an effective one.  It’s real point is not that Mark Udall is a nice guy, but that he’s a CAREER POLITICIAN. Run in terror. In the pre-Wallace/Carter/Reagan days, we called people like the Udalls PUBLIC SERVANTS. Mr. Udall was not amused: “This race should be about … Continue reading Don’t Mess With Mo

Mitt’s Zombie Idea That Just Won’t Go Away

From Album 5 I swear, with the wingnuts, this isn’t a bug, but a feature, a central tenet and article of faith. Trying to reason on this point is useless because they’re not relying on rational thought. And that’s not the only issue on which they’ve left logic in the dust…come to think of it, a distinct lack of reason is pretty much their SOP on everything. Continue reading Mitt’s Zombie Idea That Just Won’t Go Away

Pulp Fiction Thursday: Wall Of Death

It’s time for another excursion into the world of the sideshow. It may not be fictional but it’s pulpy as hell . I’ve long been fascinated with carnies, sideshows, and the odd array of rides and acts they put on. The wall of death is one of the weirder sideshow phenomena. Here’s a brief description of the WOD via ye olde Wikipedia: The Wall of Death, motordrome, silodrome or Well of Death (aka “Maut ka Kuaa“, India) is a carnival sideshow featuring a silo- or barrel-shaped wooden cylinder, ranging from 20 to 36 feet (6.1 to 11.0 m) in diameter, inside of which … Continue reading Pulp Fiction Thursday: Wall Of Death

Malaka Of The Week: Jonathan Hoenig

I originally planed to “honor” Roger Goodell this week but I’m burnt out writing about that po-faced bastard. He’s guilty of egregious and persistent malakatude but I decided to write about somebody else this week. Jonathan Hoenig is a Fox News regular and founder of the Capitalist Pig hedge fund, which is almost bad enough to qualify for the crown of thorns in and of itself. But he said something really ignorant on teevee and that is why he’s malaka of the week: “We should have been profiling on September 12, 2001. The last war this country won, we put Japanese Americans in … Continue reading Malaka Of The Week: Jonathan Hoenig

Album Cover Art Wednesday: Evolution

At the risk of confusing Bobby Jindal, I believe in Evolution or at least the Hollies LP by that name. In 1967, every rock band did 2 things; they paid a visit to the psychedeli and/or released a concept album. Evolution was the Hollies turn at bat, and both the music and the cover are pretty darn good or as the kids said back then groovy, baby.

Here’s what little I was able to find out about the cover:

The cover shown [on Wikipedia] is the US/Canadian cover, which used the same Karl Ferris photograph but differed from the UK cover by dispensing with The Fool’s overall cover design. Instead, the US Canadian cover put The Hollies’ name on the cover in more conventional psychedelic-influenced lettering, placed the album title on the cover in a normal font, and then overlaid a paisley-patterned image to be more consistent with US visions of psychedelia.

Apparently, I was drawn to the original cover. I’ve never thought of myself as an originalist. I hope Scalia doesn’t get any ideas. I have, however, been called a fool, but never The Fool who were the design collective who, uh, designed the LP package. Here’s the cover:


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I look forward to seeing the raises his reporters all get

This is because of me and the Internet, right?  Peter Liguori, CEO of Tribune Media Co., made $8.7 million last year,according to a filing Monday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. His compensation included a $1.5 million salary, a $1.8 million bonus, $4.2 million in stock and $1.2 million in option awards. The filing said: “Through Mr. Liguori’s stewardship, we have achieved strong performance results, even while navigating the aftermath of bankruptcy emergence. Mr. Liguori’s contributions in 2013 included strategic input and oversight of all activities associated with: consummation of the acquisition of Local TV; the startup of Tribune Studios, Tribune Digital … Continue reading I look forward to seeing the raises his reporters all get

Today In Responsible Gun Ownership

Another moron with a gun did something stupid. Because 2nd Amendment: A 5-year-old’s birthday party took a grisly turn on Saturday after her family’s dog escaped from the yard and was shot by an armed pedestrian. Emily Martinez recalls hearing a gunshot after her dog Clifford jumped a fence during her daughter’s party, The Denver Post reported. The family poured into the street and found a stranger, apparently walking his own dog, standing over the family pet, still brandishing a gun. According to neighbors and guests at the party, the man who shot the dog was shouting that he was within … Continue reading Today In Responsible Gun Ownership

Quote Of The Day: Edwin Edwards Edition

I rarely watch CNN any more. With the exception of Jake Tapper, I can’t stand their anchors, hosts or whatever. Do I really want my breaking news delivered by Wolf Blitzer, the worst contestant in Jeopardy history? Hell no, I don’t want to make Brad Rutter or Ken Jennings cry. Anyway, Charlie Pierce informs us that CNN did a pretty good report about my former Governor’s candidacy for Congress. More importantly, Edwin did what he does best and fired off an instant classic one-liner: “I may be old and rancid butter, but I’m on your side of the bread.” I don’t share … Continue reading Quote Of The Day: Edwin Edwards Edition

‘for the most part that stopped the plagiarism’

Except it didn’t:  Mainstream media ignored blogs, occasionally stole from, then adopted the format wholesale. Today, the blog format — short, pithy posts focused on a single subject, published irregularly — has been widely adopted by the mainstream media. The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and The Washington Post all make extensive use of blogs — many of which are excellent. But it was not always that way. In the early days, mainstream journalists were comfortable “borrowing” freely from blogs without attribution — not so much as a quote or a link to the original piece. An … Continue reading ‘for the most part that stopped the plagiarism’

Boardwalk Empire Thread: Say It Ain’t So, Joe


I must admit to finding the 7 year jump from season-4 to season-5 somewhat disconcerting. That’s a lot of plot water under the bridge. My understanding is that HBO and the producers of Boardwalk Empire agreed to wrap it up after 5 seasons. So it goes. It has made for a bit of extra exposition but what’s a little exposure among friends. It was obviously best to end a series about bootleggers with the repeal of the dread Volstead Act. That’s where we find ourselves. Cheers, bottoms up.

What Jesus Said focuses primarily on some of the core, original characters, which is always a good thing. I did, however, miss Al Capone’s demonic laugh and the weird glint in the artist formerly known as Agent Van Weirdo’s eyes. My  random, discursive and sporadically amusing comments will commence after the break.

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Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – Aw, shoot (vol II) edition

Good morning, campers!

It looks like the Freeperati have a new thing-that-is-bad to hang on us libtards:

UPDATE: One Trooper Killed In Shooting At State Police Barracks
WNEP ^ | 9/13/14 | Amanda Kelley

Posted on 9‎/‎13‎/‎2014‎ ‎2‎:‎55‎:‎14‎ ‎AM by Tamzee

BLOOMING GROVE TOWNSHIP — One Pennsylvania State Police trooper is dead and another is injured following a shooting at a barracks in Pike County.

State police have confirmed there was a shooting late Friday night at the Blooming Grove barracks.

Authorities confirm on trooper is dead and another was wounded.

Their names have not been released.

It happened along Route 402 in Blooming Grove Township.

Investigators said it happened Friday night as the two troopers were changing shifts. They were shot outside the barracks by a shooter or shooters.

Troopers say no one is in custody and a massive manhunt is under way, with police from Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey involved in the search.


Several area roads and highway closed as they are hunting for shooter or shooters, helicopters searching area….
1 posted on 9‎/‎13‎/‎2014‎ ‎2‎:‎55‎:‎15‎ ‎AM by Tamzee
Who – WHO – would do such a thing??
First reply:
To: Tamzee

Another lib… calling it

2 posted on 9‎/‎13‎/‎2014‎ ‎3‎:‎06‎:‎01‎ ‎AM by Viennacon (ILLEGALS ARE VIRAL WEAPONS!!)

Viennacon calls it at 3:06AM – good work, men!
What led you to this conclusion?
To: JennysCool

Remember, the Obamas, Al Sharpton, and Holder have been baying for the blood of cops since Ferguson. Michelle and all the others demands cops die as payback for Brown and the key witnesses in his case, also known as ‘Thug #1’ and ‘Thug #2’

6 posted on 9‎/‎13‎/‎2014‎ ‎3‎:‎22‎:‎55‎ ‎AM by Viennacon (ILLEGALS ARE VIRAL WEAPONS!!)

Any other theories?
To: Viennacon
“Remember, the Obamas, Al Sharpton, and Holder have been baying for the blood of cops since Ferguson. Michelle and all the others demands cops die as payback for Brown and the key witnesses in his case, also known as ‘Thug #1’ and ‘Thug #2’”Yup.And….It looks like they’re trying to get a White guy fired because Ray Rice slugged his GF/wife.
12 posted on 9‎/‎13‎/‎2014‎ ‎4‎:‎18‎:‎08‎ ‎AM by blam (Jeff Sessions For President)
To: caww
There was an apparent ambush shooting tonight outside of Blooming Grove Pennsylvania State Police barracks during a shift changeI wonder if there is a Muzzie involved?
14 posted on 9‎/‎13‎/‎2014‎ ‎4‎:‎54‎:‎29‎ ‎AM by Mark17 (If I have a son, I am going to name him Bill, George, Sue, anything but Barack Hussein Obama)
Would it be irresponsible to speculate?
To: Hulka

Not so strange when cops shoot up unrelated vehicles or act like schutstaffel.
See: hunt for Chris Corner, and any instance where a cop shoots a dog lately.
So you can’t claim the distrust isn’t earned.

58 posted on 9‎/‎13‎/‎2014‎ ‎11‎:‎50‎:‎56‎ ‎AM by Darksheare (Try my coffee! First one’s free….. Even robots will kill for it!)

And by “distrust”, he means “Shoot you dead with a sniper rifle”.
To: RandallFlagg
Cowards prefer soft (disarmed) targets.While I mostly agree with this sentiment, I think too, that you do an injustice when such things are discounted. Look at the Fort Hood shooter. He opened up on an army post. Granted, he probably knew that there would be no guns near his victims, yet he also didn’t know how close the security detail was and who would respond to his attack or how fast they would be. Remember that the muzzies have been slaughtering both infidels and their armies since the 600’s AD. The Crusades, all seven of them, didn’t turn out too well for the Crusaders. Even though much of that can be tacked onto the Crusaders themselves, the mooselimb armies cannot be discounted.
113 posted on 9‎/‎15‎/‎2014‎ ‎11‎:‎01‎:‎31‎ ‎AM by ExSoldier (Stand up and be counted… OR LINE UP AND BE NUMBERED…)
So we’re definitely going with the “mooselimb”, then?
And then:
To: conservative98

Suspect named. Eric Frein


142 posted on 9‎/‎16‎/‎2014‎ ‎1‎:‎50‎:‎41‎ ‎PM by VermiciousKnid (Sic narro nos totus!)

Fortunately, the Freeperati are able to express their horror at one of their own having done such a horrible thing:
To: VermiciousKnid

White guy, survivalist, probably an anarchist/extreme libertarian or a white separatist. A liberal fantasy coming true.

143 posted on 9‎/‎16‎/‎2014‎ ‎2‎:‎07‎:‎07‎ ‎PM by Wallace T.

No, son – your fantasy – our nightmare – coming true.
More after the sight-in.

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