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Thu Sep 13, 2018, 01:57 PM

Willie Nelson fans furious over announcement that he'll headline a rally for Beto O'Rourke.

Willie Nelson fans are upset with the singer over the news that he’s not only supporting a Democratic Senate contender, but is headlining a rally in Texas for him.

Nelson, whose public political views typically lean more liberal, announced on his Facebook page that he’ll be headlining the Turn Out For Texas rally for candidate Beto O’Rourke, who is currently running against Sen. Ted Cruz.

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Despite clearly being in favor of the Democratic candidate, Nelson’s fans were taken aback by the news that he’s supporting a candidate whose politics they don’t agree with.

“If that’s true im done after 45 years with the Red Headed Stranger ,by [sic] Willy,” one user commented on the Facebook announcement.

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2018/09/13/willie-nelson-fans-furious-over-announcement-that-hell-headline-rally-for-democratic-candidate-beto-orourke.html


I find it hard to believe that anyone who is a fan of Willie's would be surprised to find out that he supports liberal causes. He's never tried to hide his views in the past.

Go Willie!

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 01:59 PM

1. Yeah, well, look at the source for that story. nt

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Response to cyclonefence (Reply #1)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 02:08 PM

15. They found (i.e., fabricated the existence of) the one Willie fan who...

didn't know about his progressive politics.

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Response to blitzen (Reply #15)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 02:26 PM

25. Precisely

and that is just about all there is to that entire story.

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Response to cyclonefence (Reply #1)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 03:21 PM

54. smells like propaganda

Faux News indeed

Just another irony, where Trump accuses the mainstream media of being fake news while of course he watches Fox News, the father of fake news, and thinks its real.

That orange mobster has to go.

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Response to cyclonefence (Reply #1)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 03:32 PM

59. ding ding ding

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Response to cyclonefence (Reply #1)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 04:43 PM

84. Not all of his fans

Go Beto!

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Response to cyclonefence (Reply #1)

Sun Sep 16, 2018, 01:43 PM

149. Can't really call yourself a fan if you didn't know Willie's politics

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 02:01 PM

2. At 85, he's been recording for 60 years: he can survive a few grumpy wingnuts

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Response to struggle4progress (Reply #2)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 04:53 PM

91. Read up on Willie. Man, that guy has had a career. nt

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 02:01 PM

3. Willie Nelson is pretty liberal and so are his fans.

fake new (Murdoch) at it again with their trolls (many are Russians)

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Response to Iliyah (Reply #3)

Sun Sep 16, 2018, 01:44 PM

150. For this thread

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 02:04 PM

4. Well it is

a Faux News report ....

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 02:04 PM

5. How fucking stupid are these people?!..... ( he asked rhetorically....) nt

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Response to Guy Whitey Corngood (Reply #5)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 02:42 PM

39. Remember Cons, liebruhls say don't inhale burning Willie Nelson LP/CD fumes because science. . . nt

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Response to Bernardo de La Paz (Reply #39)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 01:44 AM

124. But when mixed with burning Nike fumes...

WHAT A FANTASTIC HIGH! to

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Response to VOX (Reply #124)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 11:33 AM

140. Don't forget the fumes from

all those Ford trucks they have to torch now. Bless their little pea picking hearts!!

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Response to Rural_Progressive (Reply #140)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 01:47 PM

144. So much to burn, so little time.

The toxic smoke hasn’t yet cleared from the Dixie Chicks Flame Fest and Tractor Pull Back in ‘03.
https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/71953/protesters-destroy-dixie-chicks-cds
Protesters Destroy Dixie Chicks CDs
Billboard | 03/17/2003
Using a 33,000-pound tractor to obliterate compact discs and other items, a few hundred protesters in Bossier City, La., referring to themselves as backers of U.S. President George Bush...
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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 02:05 PM

6. Those aren't fans. They're professional cry babies.

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Response to Solly Mack (Reply #6)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 02:07 PM

13. Exactly!

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Response to Hassin Bin Sober (Reply #13)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 02:42 PM

40. They have a sad on command.

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Response to Solly Mack (Reply #40)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 02:46 PM

44. They probably had to look him up to see if he was the mouse cartoon from the 1920s

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Response to Solly Mack (Reply #6)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 02:39 PM

35. Crisis actors. . . . nt

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Response to Bernardo de La Paz (Reply #35)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 02:42 PM

38. There's a difference? :)

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 02:05 PM

7. This is absolutely HILARIOUS

Go Willie!!!


GO BETO!!!

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 02:05 PM

8. All I want to know is, "Will Beto bring his axe?".

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 02:06 PM

9. Um, the sample size of this is a few idiots on facebook?

n/t

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 02:06 PM

10. Willie could care less. And most probably aren't fans.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 02:07 PM

11. The poor snowflakes!

Are they triggered? Do they need to retreat to their safe spaces? How dreadful for them! Maybe they need to go back and watch old episodes of Walker Texas Ranger or old Jon Voight movies to feel better.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 02:07 PM

12. Are they protesting by setting their reefer on fire? NT

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Reply #12)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 04:27 PM

75. haha....well done....

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Reply #12)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 04:40 PM

81. Thank you for making me laugh

First time today.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Reply #12)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 07:30 PM

109. I'll admit to setting reefer on fire from time to time, but not in protest.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 02:07 PM

14. wow, that comment section

anyone doubting there are at least 2 USAs can go read the bottom half of that foxnews web page. there will be no reconciliation with the coalition of butthurt stupid known as the GOP. they are lost to us.

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Response to 0rganism (Reply #14)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 03:25 PM

56. To be fair, at least half are probably Russian trolls.

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Response to yardwork (Reply #56)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 04:30 PM

76. that is quite fair

unfortunately we
1. don't know which half are the trolls
2. don't know if the remainder are a representative sample of the GOP

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Response to 0rganism (Reply #14)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 05:35 PM

100. agreed. Reconciliation is impossible. There can be no middle ground found with evil.

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Response to 0rganism (Reply #14)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 01:47 AM

125. It never ceases to amaze.

Cons befoul comment sections web-wide. They love posting their toxic “opinions” on any site that has feedback.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 02:10 PM

16. Fox news calls it a backlash. Serioiusly doubt that many of fans aren't already on the left

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 02:14 PM

17. 'Nelson's fans'

...would say no such thing.

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Response to bigtree (Reply #17)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 02:52 PM

47. Yep. It's not like he has ever hidden his political leanings.

These so-called "fans" were never his fans.

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Response to bigtree (Reply #17)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 05:49 PM

102. Oh completely agree! shitty r-wing trolling. Highly doubt it will bother Willie or change his mind

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 02:16 PM

18. Well they can" Dixie Chick" Willie

Good luck with that.

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Response to mainstreetonce (Reply #18)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 10:56 PM

117. I don't think Willie's going to give a shit !!

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 02:17 PM

19. I think the right believes they own country music

They don’t.

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Response to ismnotwasm (Reply #19)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 02:21 PM

23. Just like they believe they own the flag and patriotism.

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Response to ismnotwasm (Reply #19)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 02:26 PM

24. The "give me that it's mine!" party at work.

They want everything that's not theirs.

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Response to ismnotwasm (Reply #19)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 02:43 PM

42. It wouldn't surprise me if the majority of country music stars

were liberal. Musicians (and artists in general) tend to be left-leaning in their views.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 02:18 PM

20. Willie's son Lukas, rhyming "Fox News" with "twisted spews" and "skewed views"...




this part starts around 1:25

I'm gonna die for Fox News
For skewed views
And twisted spews


By the way, Lukas is an incredible artist and world-class guitarist; he and his band double as Neil Young's touring band.

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Response to blitzen (Reply #20)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 02:46 PM

43. Lukas Nelson is awesome. I would love to see his band live at some point.

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Response to Initech (Reply #43)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 02:51 PM

46. I saw them open for Willie a few years back...

and more recently saw Willie with Lukas playing lead guitar. My son will be seeing them at Farm Aid in Hartford next week! Lukas's most recent album is unbelievably good--I think he has the makings of a legend.

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Response to Initech (Reply #43)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 04:45 PM

89. Yep for sure

I saw Willie a little while back but have not seen Lukas and TPOTR. But they are on my watch list for if they ever come around here.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 02:19 PM

21. I'll bet that rally will be so crowded, it will set a record.

Drumpf will be fuming at the numbers and call them fake.

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Response to Croney (Reply #21)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 02:49 PM

45. I'll be there if it all possible

The Dixie Chicks should come too

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Response to Sucha NastyWoman (Reply #45)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 05:00 PM

94. I could drive to Texas to see the Dixie Chicks

Willie Nelson is, of course, a legend. The last time I saw him in concert was at least a decade ago with Merle Haggard and Ray Price. I can't say I was too impressed with Willie's singing, but then I never was. I still enjoyed myself.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 02:19 PM

22. ffs poor little snowflakes are just plumb ignorant as well

how on earth would they not know his views, after all this time?

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 02:28 PM

26. What, all 10 of his right-wing fans? Fuck them.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 02:28 PM

27. I still listen to Meatloaf and Alice Cooper

So they can chill out

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 02:29 PM

28. Hey Fox News: Keep your hands off my Willie! n/t

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Response to blitzen (Reply #28)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 12:54 PM

142. Good one. n/t

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 02:30 PM

29. Bullshit. Willies fans know his views and his fans are mostly of the same mind.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 02:31 PM

30. I'd bet Willies' true fans are just fine with this.

It's the repugs who are drug users who have never gotten Willie just like him because he's country and smokes pot. I doubt Willie gives a shit if they like this or not, he does what he feels is the right thing, regardless. Go Willie, indeed!!

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 02:32 PM

31. Looks like the Russian troll they found on Facebook doesn't know how to spell Willie...

who is that "Willy"? Willy Brandt?

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 02:33 PM

32. What a crock of faux outrage from faux news

I seriously doubt any real fan of Willie is shocked by his political views and willingness to support Beto. Willie has been extremely vocal about his beliefs throughout his career...wonder if these same fans would be shocked to learn that Willie smoked a joint on the roof of the White House!

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 02:34 PM

33. Fox fkg news!?

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Response to Fullduplexxx (Reply #33)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 03:34 PM

61. Commentary on Faux articles isn't necessarily promoting their views.

Just as the people who use a non-direct link to avoid giving click-tracebacks and extra Google ratings aren't promoting crackpot but somewhat amusing/relevant threads/articles on particularly nasty sites aren't necessarily promoting the ideas expressed, but showing their existence and mocking.

If we said all RW material wrote about here was promoting their talking points, every person mocking a Drumph tweetstorm would get PPRed in a hurry.

Fox, while not necessarily a "trustworthy news source", isn't being posted for its factual nature here but mocking their slant on an obvious liberal like Willie suddenly "surprising" fans by this decision. And their Google rankings won't be affected by direct links, nor will site operators be aware of clicks from DU and know a thread is being discussed, so a non-direct link will make no difference.

I am posting this in response to you because you questioned the source, and am not attempting to suggest you were implying more than poor choice in news sources. But there's been obvious confusion about this issue in the past, and it sometimes continues.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 02:36 PM

34. Apparently, they missed this

Willie is a pot-smoking hippie, too!


<iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe>

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 02:40 PM

36. Yeah, like Willie really cares what they think

If these people were really such huge fans of Willie Nelson, they'd know that he never did give a damn what people thought. If they stop listening to his music, it won't affect him one bit.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 02:40 PM

37. I'm a fan

And am quite pleased.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 02:43 PM

41. Anybody who's been paying the least bit of attention knows Willie's politics dating

back to Farm Aid. Jeez. Buy a clue, people.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 02:52 PM

48. They aren't very good Willie fans then

Willie Nelson has been liberal an unashamed of it for decades.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 02:54 PM

49. All of the Willie Nelson fans I know

are hippie liberal types!

Willie will do just fine without those losers.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 02:56 PM

50. Oh, no!

They won't burn Willy, will they?

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 02:57 PM

51. "45 years" a fan, my fat ass.

If you were a fan for that long, you'd know he spells his name "Willie", and not "Willy." Somebody is full of shit, as are the rest of the outraged. They never were fans to begin with.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 03:04 PM

52. Apparently they've never read or heard an interview of their idol.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 03:13 PM

53. Manufactured news

brought to you by Fox News.

I'm betting 99% of his fans had/have no clue about this concert and could care less.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 03:23 PM

55. Not to be outdone, Ted Cruz will reunite with his Mime buddies

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 03:27 PM

57. Are they trying to scare Willie? Really? Lol.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 03:31 PM

58. Imagine picking Cruz over Willie

You have to be a real sideshow geek.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 03:33 PM

60. I personally would not ever post anything from fox fake news. nt

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Response to elmac (Reply #60)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 03:35 PM

63. See post 61. Nt

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Response to elmac (Reply #60)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 03:46 PM

66. I considered the source, but I thought the fact that some "fans" were upset that Willie

would support a Democrat was rather amusing.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 03:34 PM

62. Willie won't give a shit.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 03:39 PM

64. Not this'n!

This'n is ecstatic! Go Willie!

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 03:40 PM

65. There are many country music performers who have been liberal. Johnny Cash, Dixie Chicks.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 03:53 PM

67. I feel sorry for them.

they're almost down to the guy who married a 13 year and poohed his pants to get out of serving his country. Slim picken's there RWNJ's

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 03:55 PM

68. In related news, fans are shocked to learn that Nelson has smoked weed.

And that hurricanes can be wet. Tremendously so.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 03:57 PM

69. "I'll never smoke with weed Willie again!"

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Response to struggle4progress (Reply #69)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 04:07 PM

70. Great video

I just love that love song to Willie.

It is truly entertaining and genuine.

Let Cruz pick a fight with Willie Nelson in Texas. Please.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 04:10 PM

71. Probably a Russian troll-hacker.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 04:26 PM

72. Willie is either left or left leaning. Doesn't EVERYONE know that? Legalize pot, do biofuel...

socially liberal, environmental. He was one of the first to convert his tour bus to run on biofuel.

I wouldn't think Willie is worried about losing fans, but we'll see. I think that anyone who loves Willie will continue to love Willie.

It's not like he is going on an anti-Trump tour.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 04:26 PM

73. His real fans know him to be the liberal that he is.

The rest are too stupid to know they are that stupid.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 04:26 PM

74. Those aren't real fans, they are not listening!






I don't see how you can "listen" to an artist and completely miss what he's saying. Willie does not make many political statements but when he does, real fans listen.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 04:32 PM

77. Protest! Burn your pot!

Sheesh. Just breath deeply around the edges.
Then, go out (if you've replaced the Nike sneakers you burned in last week's protest with some other shoes) and buy more and burn that too.
That'll show Willie.

You really can't make up the stuff these idiots do.
REGISTER and VOTE!

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 04:34 PM

78. Give Willy sh*t in Texas and he'll go to Maui where he is idolized

He is an institution and a God at Charley's Bar in Paia.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 04:36 PM

79. Well guess what...

I've never been a huge country fan but I can appreciate his unique style/voice. I'm going to iTunes right now and purchase me some Willie Nelson.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 04:37 PM

80. Heh.

This is good.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 04:40 PM

82. Willie doesn't cater to very many people that won't....

smoke a joint and drink a Lonestar with him.......

Cruz does not fit that profile and is also a batshit crazy repug.......

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 04:41 PM

83. I'm not a fan of country music, but I just liked Willie's FB page on the basis of this post. n/t

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Response to Different Drummer (Reply #83)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 04:58 PM

93. Willie does great music.

I am no fan of country music, but I love his music.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 04:43 PM

85. Just wait til those "long time fans" find out that Willie...


has long, braided hair and smokes reefer.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 04:44 PM

86. One more reason to Love Willie

A Texas legend, he can transcend all. I have loved his singing since way back when his hair was brown.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 04:44 PM

87. I really don't care how the Trumpians feel, Do you? nt

Willie Nelson

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 04:45 PM

88. Morons.

Why the hell would they not expect a well known liberal public figure to support a Democratic candidate?

Idiots.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 04:51 PM

90. Why?

Willie has been out as a liberal for years. He even performed at a democratic event.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 04:53 PM

92. These so called fans couldn't name three Willie Nelson songs.




They are hard core rethugs who wouldn't know a country music tune if they tripped over it.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 05:02 PM

95. Kicked and recommended.

Thanks for the thread Arkansas Granny.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 05:06 PM

96. The bots strike again!

Looks to me like the Twitter bots are out raging in full force. Twitter needs to eliminate them.

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Response to h2ebits (Reply #96)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 12:17 AM

121. +1

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 05:11 PM

97. I'm with Willie Nelson!

I think he, like Nike, can withstand the deplorable outrage.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 05:17 PM

98. Willie has more talent on his little finger than all the trolls together.

Willie gets a headbang !

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 05:30 PM

99. Let 'em Listen to Ted Nugent

He's a right winger Fox darling. He sounds like shit! My favs besides Willie are Lyle Lovett and Ray Wylie Hubbard (Oh that Henhouse! I need to get up and dance around)

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 05:41 PM

101. Acquantaince who is a righty wants to play music with me, I said no and wanted to ask him

does he realize the man he worships, Eric Clapton, wouldnt want him in his concert?

assholes

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Reply #101)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 07:08 PM

106. Maybe he identifies with Clapton's Tory era or when he was very verbally racist in public claiming

England was for white people not immigrants . In fact, his bizarre outburst was one of many rockstar actions that helped spur the Rock Against Racism movement so maybe the coworker is in to that era of his music .
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_Against_Racism

Clapton later apologized and said it was drugs or maybe he said it was the drinking talking...I think he is more libertarian leaning now and gave a concert to raise money for the pro hunting fox faction after it was banned in U.K. when the labor party was able to push the fox hunting ban to law

He was a born again Christian also maybe still is ?
I do not know but a lot of righties are into that so maybe the coworker is a rightie born again and remembers Clapton was, or is also too

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Response to lunasun (Reply #106)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 07:09 PM

107. If Clapton is a righty I will stop playing Cream music in my little band

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Reply #107)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 07:55 PM

110. Hard to know his slant now but he did say in a film interview last year that his old views were

the kind of thinking that led to Brexit and he did not vote for it.
He has come off as more libertarian than RW imo, but other than mentioning Brexit he did not delve into his political opinions , he is a musician foremost.

Hey Elvis Costello was one of the leads in rock against racism movement events then in later years spent a decade in shame for calling James brown and ray Charles n*##@;s !!
Which he then repented many times

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Reply #107)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 01:37 AM

123. Keep playing those Cream classics!

Clapton is mortified by his past behavior. Interestingly, no known audio, film or video exists of the 1976 racist rant in question. It was initially reported in a rock-music periodical, so one has to accept (or not) that every word about this incident is true as written, and nothing was embellished.

However, Clapton himself has owned up to this particular reprehensible behavior. It was during that very dark time that he was ultra-high on heroin, booze and god-knows-what-else. It’s a miracle that he even survived that period. Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, “Blind Owl” Al Wilson, Keith Moon and dozens of other rock icons didn’t survive. Jack Bruce of Cream died in 2014 due to a failed liver transplant— his heroin addiction went on longer than Clapton’s.

Clapton is deeply ashamed and has apologized repeatedly about the 1976 incident while extremely inebriated. In a recent documentary about the musician, “Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars” by the American filmmaker Lili Fini Zanuck, Clapton says he was disgusted at his infamous concert outburst. Clapton said that he accepted it was “shocking and unforgivable”, adding: “I was becoming not only chauvinistic but fascistic too. I was so ashamed of who I was, a kind of semi-racist, which didn’t make sense. Half of my friends were black. I dated black women and I championed black music.”

Critics still bash him, some even saying that his apologies amount to “whitesplaining.” Whatever the case, I think that Clapton is a changed man (the accidental death of his 4-year-old son in 1991 shook him profoundly). My own opinion is that Clapton’s earned forgiveness.

But don’t let this lousy moment spoil your appreciation of the artist. As someone posted above, Elvis Costello had his racist moment, too, as did David Bowie, who said “Hitler was one of the first rock stars,” and used Nazi iconography in his performances.
Nevertheless, we embrace these artists because they’re complex, and their music touches on issues that concern the human condition— and that includes all of us.



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Response to VOX (Reply #123)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 12:56 PM

143. That is a relief. We love playing that song.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 05:54 PM

103. Wait a fucking second

Where was this outrage when Beto jammed with Willie Nelson on stage 3 months ago ?

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Response to gay texan (Reply #103)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 07:17 PM

108. Well Beto was not thought to win back then and now that he is , they are outraged at any support

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he is getting even from long time supporters like Nelson . They played Roll me up and smoke me when I die together !
And it was at Willie's 4th of July Picnic not a random campaign stop
These RWers are not real Nelson fans just drama queens
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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 06:48 PM

104. Fox News on DU ?

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Reply #104)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 11:27 PM

119. See post 61. Nt

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 06:49 PM

105. Don't F*** with Willie, you'll lose. Go Beto!

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 07:57 PM

111. I don't believe Willie Nelson's brand name will suffer one bit.

Beto signs are everywhere in my neighborhood. Only one lonely Cruz sign. Cruz is a loser and a joke.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 08:25 PM

112. They don't deserve Willie

Make them listen to Nugent

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 08:27 PM

113. these are willie fans...

I attended a Leftover Salmon show at Terrapin Crossroads several years ago. I couldn't help but be
put-off by a few random nut-jobs who warned me that "these are Willie fans so watch yourself..."

being in a dead-friendly venue with these attitudes was a bummer.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 08:38 PM

114. wow..i was just gonna say that!

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 09:32 PM

115. It's like they never heard of Willie Nelson or something. (n/t)

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 10:06 PM

116. That is sad. I thought that music could transend boundries.....

especially Wellie Nelson. Charlie Daniels not so much.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 11:23 PM

118. This is ridiculous! I was born and raised in Texas and

Willie Nelson has been a Liberal as long as I've known (of) him. I wonder if this story is COMPLETELY made up. I can't imagine ANYBODY in Texas being surprised and there being a backlash....Give me a break!

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 12:16 AM

120. I wish I still lived in Texas, Granny

I'm trying to be positive about having moved to Clarksville Arkansas, but I really, realllllly wanted to vote for Beto.


You are in NW Ark, aren't you?




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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 12:18 AM

122. You're 100% correct Granny. Willie has never been shy about his political leanings.

Hopefully he'll wake up some sheep and lead them to the polls for Beto.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 01:52 AM

126. Thats funny. Willie campaigned for the liberal candidate for Governor here a few years back.

His concert was the best time I have ever had at a political event, by far. It was swinging.

I'm guessing these people aren't really his fans, and even if they are, those people were never going to vote for Beto anyway. So no loss. Willie has enough money, they aren't going to hurt him.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 01:55 AM

127. Farm Aid, anyone? Willie Nelson's always been a liberal.

Farm Aid’s board of directors:
Willie Nelson
Neil Young
John Mellencamp
Dave Matthews

OMG! All liberals! All four!

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 05:25 AM

128. Let them burn their vinyl and cassettes......

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 06:40 AM

129. Those fans are wrong!

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 07:21 AM

130. I been going to Willie Nelson concerts since 1975

I don't like to admit this cause t don't put any human on a pedestal, but Willie Nelson is a hero to me. He embodies many things I admire, honesty the most. Willie Nelson is an American original.

And a finer liberal Democrat you'll never find.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 07:35 AM

131. They Are Not Having A Good Time Lately

Upset at Nike and Keurig to the point of shooting those expensive products they bought.....and now Willie upsets them. The off the rails righties are insane. That’s what 20+ years of Fox News and right wing radio has created.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 08:45 AM

132. Any Willie Nelson "fan" who is pissed off about this doesn't have a clue about what Nelson has

been singing about all these years.

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Response to Nitram (Reply #132)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 09:38 AM

134. No kidding

This is fake news BS from GOP/Russian trolls.

Love you Willie!

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 09:04 AM

133. Really?!

They're shocked that the guy who headlined a benefit for Dennis Kucinich for President would support another Democrat? How odd!

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 09:49 AM

135. The dude smokes weed...

Surely these idiots know he leans left.

Right on, Willie Nelson. #Beto

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 10:05 AM

136. Hate kills the person that hates. Pretty soon, with every pleasure they have given up,

from good coffee to games of sport to movies they won't watch to clothes they won't wear to songs and singers they won't listen to, they will have nothing left but their own hate.

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Response to appleannie1943 (Reply #136)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 11:02 AM

138. That's what fuels them now. Hate is a powerful drug.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 10:32 AM

137. I was happy to hear this. If Beto wins, it will be great.

I watched a video of one of his speeches and he's very dynamic. If anyone has a chance against Lyin' Ted, it is Beto.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 11:21 AM

139. They can go to hell

If they don't agree with artists and performers taking political stances, they can stop patronizing those artists.
Fortunately for me, I never had to do so since the overwhelming majority of the artists I follow have similar political views to mine.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 11:56 AM

141. To provide a little counterbalance

I was never a big Willie Nelson fan, but on the other hand I'm pleased as hell that he's going to perform for Beto!!

Besides, and fan of Willie's who is disgusted by this can't have been much of a fan to begin with. Willie Nelson never made a huge secret of his political sentiments, after all.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 02:00 PM

145. I will toke to that one!

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And inhale too!

Anything that defeats Ted Cruz is a good thing!

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 02:04 PM

146. The abject stupidity of conservatives never ends - like the Roger Waters "fans" that walked out

of his concerts last year.

You've been listening to Willie (or Roger) for 45 years and you think they're conservative?

Fucking hell, you goddamn moron gumswallowers.

I'll ask (and then answer) an easy question: How fucking ignorant of how to understand language does one have to be to be a conservative? Answer: Dumb enough to vote for Donald and to think Willie Nelson is a conservative.

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Response to Rabrrrrrr (Reply #146)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 02:44 PM

147. Good question and answer.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Sun Sep 16, 2018, 01:40 PM

148. These so-called fans are idiots

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