No, NH Rep Douglas Ley (D-Jaffrey), you aren't the "arbiter" of the First Amendment, either! - Granite Grok

No, NH Rep Douglas Ley (D-Jaffrey), you aren’t the “arbiter” of the First Amendment, either!

“Don’t wear the Button!  Don’t wear the beads”

Funny, the last time I was there, I didn’t see a rack in the NH House cloakroom labeled “Hang your First Amendment Rights here.”  Yet, we just saw another backhanded Democrat call for “civility” among the NH House members (by NH Rep Douglas Levy:Anti-Constitutionalist, Anti -First Amendment Democrat) turn into exactly that. 

That’s what they do – make the appearance of holding the Higher Moral Ground (“Civility! We must have Civility!”) and then turn around and do EXACTLY what the Left is “projecting” that the Right is doing.

Hey, Rep Ley – you DO know why the “No Hitting” button (see above image) has been seen around the NH State House lately, right?  Yeah, thank your very own NH Rep Katherine “You want to SHOOT me, dontcha!” Rogers, convicted of actually assaulting Grokster and Women’s Defense League of NH Legislative Director Susan Olsen.

SideNote: there’s more coming on this as well – stay tuned! It seems to be the fact that perhaps the House Democrats ALL ought to be wearing the No Hitting button to remind themselves that physical violence should never be used (they keep forgetting about that). But I digress.

“Don’t wear the Button!  Don’t wear the beads”.  No, sir, just because one becomes an elected official it doesn’t mean that someone can no longer express their feelings and their standings.  It doesn’t mean that they can’t wear lapel pins, beads, pins or anything else.  Code of ethics have been used to silence dissent, Political Correctness is used all the time to hush the other side.  I dryly note that he didn’t mention at ALL how Shannon Watts of Moms Demand Actions slimed his “fellow members” on the Internet.

Sure, I use that oft stated stupidity that the Left uses as well: “Silence is complicity!”. And doesn’t the Left automatically believe in and place on others the idea of Collective Guilt – ‘fess up, Rep. Levy – you’re guilty as sin for the actions of your fellow Democrat Katherine Rogers for assaulting a civilian simply because of your monoculture worldview and ideology.  On your knees and beg forgiveness of the WLDNH – both you and Rogers (although you might need to help her up afterwards – that would be the civil thing to do, right?)

No, the upshot of the disarray he caused (even among his own members) was yet another exercise in diminishment of the power and the reach of Free Speech. HIS side has free reign – and ours does not.  THEY alone hold the Moral High Ground and therefore can be the “arbiter” of others’ speech, actions, and thoughts.

We who just want Government to leave us along in the onslaught of the social engineering that the NH Democrats are forcing upon us this session with the absolute flood of bills that reduce our freedom of choice, that pre-determine how we are to act and speak, that is remaking traditional New Hampshire and American values out from underneath us to become just a vassal state of Progressive billionaires funding this

Sidenote: yet, for all their whining about getting money out of politics, they are the beneficiaries of it all flowing in from out of State.

action.  Diversity of thought, of lifestyles, of actions?  Nah – their diversity is only skin deep and color (racists, ain’t they?) and not the content of someone’s character, what is in their heart, nor the results of their actions, and their thoughts.

No, that part about the beads and the buttons was a thinly veiled threat, even if couched in smooth, silky, and politically correct terms, of we whose thoughts, characters, speech, and actions are rooted not just in the Letter of our Constitutions but the Spirit of them both as well.

The message from Ley, whether he realizes it or not, was the opposite of civility.  He sent a message “don’t defy us” when he said “Don’t wear the Button!  Don’t wear the beads”. You Democrats failed to dismiss a convicted assaulter from your midst – in the hearings, I saw the exact opposite: smack a Conservative and be the recipient of the Democrat Love and deference. Actions speak louder than words.

That’s why I refuse to comply.  Go ahead – Molon Labe:

 

Here’s the transcript:

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recognizes representative Ley Thank You 00:09
mr. speaker 00:10
and thank you colleagues for granting 00:12
this request for unanimous consent I 00:14
come to the podium here with some degree 00:18
of reluctance and with a heavy heart in 00:21
a way this is my seventh year as a 00:24
member of the New Hampshire House and I 00:27
won’t lie I’ve been you know by being 00:29
given repeated opportunities to serve in 00:31
this body to serve the citizens of this 00:34
great state is something that I take 00:36
great pride in as I think we all do yes 00:39
I am proud to serve here I am proud to 00:41
tell people that I am a legislator I am 00:44
proud to tell people that I am a member 00:46
of the New Hampshire House but there 00:49
have been recent events that are causing 00:51
me at times to question that pride to 00:53
question and ponder what it is we may be 00:55
becoming and and as for that reason I 00:57
asked to speak for years I and many 01:00
colleagues on both sides of the aisle 01:03
have bragged in a way about how we 01:04
differ from Washington DC 01:06
here we are civil here we can disagree 01:10
but still communicate here we can still 01:13
find ground every now and then to come 01:15
to bipartisan agreement and we’ve done 01:17
that repeatedly we all want to do what 01:20
is best for the citizens of New 01:21
Hampshire and while we may disagree and 01:24
we made and we do dispute on how to do 01:27
that we do not question or impugn the 01:29
motives of our colleagues these may be 01:32
the old and sort of traditional rules by 01:35
which decorum is maintained but while we 01:38
live in a society today that is 01:40
experiencing rapid flux and change 01:41
perhaps I would suggest we ought to 01:43
pause to remember that not everything 01:46
that is old and traditional should be 01:48
discarded we ought to keep these rules 01:50
in mind and sadly there have been times 01:53
recently where we seem to be slipping 01:55
away from these praiseworthy 01:56
notions and ideals we just had today 02:00
someone possibly a member I don’t know 02:02
shouting coward at a member whose 02:04
foreign policy views differed from his 02:06
own I don’t know 02:08
it was a member in informal 02:11
conversations on the House floor 02:13
we have apparently had a member you know 02:15
accusing another who served in the US 02:17
military that you’re an embarrassment to 02:19
the service as if as if any individual 02:21
is the arbiter of what a veteran must 02:23
stand for okay we apparently had another 02:27
informal comment made to a member 02:29
telling him you know and I I it’s not a 02:31
quote it’s a paraphrase you know go back 02:33
to Massachusetts with all the other 02:35
communists you know these are comments 02:37
they’re not on the record okay they’re 02:39
informal but is this really what we 02:41
stand for is this what we’ve become does 02:44
this in any way serve the cause of 02:46
civility and basic decorum and mutual 02:49
respect 02:49
I don’t think so you know we’ve also had 02:52
a member pursuing another from the 02:54
parking ramp to the State House 02:56
aggressively insisting that the member 02:58
discuss an issue even though the member 03:00
kept saying I don’t want to talk about 03:01
that now look no means no all right we 03:05
have members wearing you know we’ve had 03:06
the whole thing about paraphernalia okay 03:08
in hearings and things like that I’m not 03:10
going to get into that but just remember 03:12
you know if we take actions actions have 03:14
consequences and we need to recognize 03:17
that and we need to accept that you need 03:18
to own those okay look I’m not here to 03:23
chastise any particular caucus neither 03:25
caucus if you take the long view is 03:27
blameless if you take the historical 03:31
view but if we truly intend to serve the 03:34
citizens of New Hampshire we need to 03:38
take a moment and think before we act we 03:41
need to think before we speak if you 03:44
don’t want epithets and her full remarks 03:47
made at your expense don’t do it to 03:50
others if you would not want to be 03:52
verbally harassed don’t do it to others 03:55
if you don’t want others publicly 03:57
displaying their beliefs on an issue in 03:59
a hearing or on the floor where 04:01
impartiality is supposed to be the order 04:03
of the day don’t wear the button don’t 04:08
wear the beads 04:12

and then the rest – I didn’t bother to reformat the floor fight.

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the house will be an honor
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the member will be seen will be removed
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from the chamber the house will be in
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order
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we are still in session the procedure is
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the member has stood in objected to the
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remembers remarks and has withdrawn his
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consent unanimous consent that is a
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question for the house now to decide the
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require has been requested the unanimous
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consent be denied that is a motion now
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before the house shall yeah if the most
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intuitive motion as all motions are the
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question now before the house is shall
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the member now be allowed to continue I
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will put that question to the body and I
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will repeat the question one more time
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so everybody is clear the question
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before the house is shall the member
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continue with his unanimous consent if
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the division is be call foreign division
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is order this will be a division vote
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members will take this seat will have a
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division vote I don’t read lips you’re
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going to come down use the microphone if
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you want me to hear you I can’t I can’t
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I have trouble hearing anyway order of
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course it is this is unanimous consent
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how can we have a majority vote on it
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would seem to be if one person objects
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them it’s no longer unanimous that’s not
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the attention it’s after the party
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whether the remember continues or not
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remember
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what is represent SciTech is requested a
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roll call is that significantly
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sufficiently say it is seconded this
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will be a roll call vote
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[Music]
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you have a parliamentary inquiry then
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you have her you gotta make it from the
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well mr. Speaker I have a real inquiry
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and that I’m confused about it when we
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talk about unanimous consent we you we
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usually do that prior to someone
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speaking someone gets up at objects then
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we take a vote I didn’t think that
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procedurally you could do that in the
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middle of a speech
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sure so could that be clarified for me
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please yes any time that a member in the
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party objects to somebody’s unanimous
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consent they can object is
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representative haunted and now we’re in
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the procedure for the body to determine
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whether that person should proceed with
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the unanimous consent an art about
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sorrow yes mr. speaker this is a sad day
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yeah that we’re counseled by a somebody
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from the other side and I know we’re
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going to go to a vote but member will
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suspension and I ask you to subsist not
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if well let’s get to the questions you
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can’t I’d make a speech about what the
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person did it didn’t do the owner of
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this house a few years ago one member
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spoke against a representative that
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could not speak and it ended everything
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no vote no nothing and we went we you
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know we respect the house and it was
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gonna be a question mark representative
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Baldassare waiting for us why are we
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going to a vote when one person
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requested it stopped was against it
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warned that member from before that dude
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went to one from the other party
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everything stopped why are we going to a
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vote the vote is in order
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representative allow review of a
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question for the chair yes we stated
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career here this won’t make a comment to
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that yeah I know this similar situation
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took place hmm the Honorable Karen
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wodsworth offered a different point of
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view at that time yeah when the Jill win
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happened to be me objected to the
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gentleman continuing to speak since it’s
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unanimous consent and unanimous consent
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was withdrawn
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there’s no need for a vote unanimous
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consensus withdrawn period on the
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recommendation of our Clerk and with the
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concurrence of the previous Clerk if the
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clerk wants to
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instead of me repeating what the clerk
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is telling me I want everybody to have a
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clear picture of what’s happening and
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I’ll recognize you in a minute and they
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thank you
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but I want the clerk to explain to me
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what he’s explaining to me at a sidebar
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because I think the whole house should
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to hear it and I want everybody to clear
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what we’re voting on and why we’re
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voting and so I I recognized the clerk
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to explain why sure Thank You mr.
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speaker this is just a point of
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historical clarification this has come
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up about three times in the past ten
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years one time when the vote was not put
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there was a there was an acting speaker
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at the rostrum it was the former member
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from Hopkinton the Speaker of the House
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at the time the Honorable Terry norelli
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from Portsmouth on a subsequent day when
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asked about the question was
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specifically stated that she vote should
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have happened fast forward a couple of
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years later the situation the member
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from Londonderry raised there was a vote
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put by represent alady from Concord
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objected to the gentleman’s from
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Rochester situation so that is the
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correct situation a vote is correct
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represent of wolf you had a question I
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didn’t want him editing me to cut you
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off I wanted the collector explain that
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Thank You mr. speaker and I accept being
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cut off it’s a motion to adjourn in
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order a motion to adjourn would be in
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order then to maintain the decorum of
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this house and so we can all walk out
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together I move we adjourn at this time
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[Applause]
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Senate bills yeah
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I thank the member for his motion and I
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understand exactly why he made it but
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there is a negative downside to the
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motion that was made as you a lot of you
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know we received messages on a daily
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basis here in the body and many of you
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been asked you to sit with two another
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member to accept member messages from
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the Senate and from others if we do
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adjourn that ability to receive the
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messages which we are doing now on a
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daily basis would have to cease and and
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for that reason I just want to make
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people aware of the negative
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consequences of the members from
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Newbery’s motion Thank You mr. speaker
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for the parliamentary straightening me
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out
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could I ask the clerk then would a
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motion to recess be in order does that
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take a precedence now no we don’t have a
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president and you find me one that does
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take precedence I think he’s looking
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right now
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I don’t have Mason’s with me yeah oh hi
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as you know we have a motion before us
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right now a high emotion than the motion
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before us that we are going to vote
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don’t do that
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as I was saying we have a motion before
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us now to take a vote on a higher motion
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would be the table and that would end
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the proceedings and then we could go
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home at that point mm-hmm I just want to
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make it right mister no I know I
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realized represent wolf what you’re
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doing and I do greatly appreciate your
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efforts what I’m saying if a if a motion
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the table were made that would end the
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members ability to speak and then I
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would be given the last motion of the
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day which would adjourn us until the
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call of the chair mr. Clerk yeah I’m
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looking at both of you I’m looking for
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two words tonight okay then I withdraw
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my motion and I make a motion to table
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where was that my the representative
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from Newberry I won’t call you by your
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name the representative of Newberry
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makes a motion to the table the question
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before the house is the motion to table
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represented Weber has requested a roll
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call was that significantly seconded it
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is significantly seconded this will be a
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roll call vote members will take their
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seats
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the house will be in order
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members will kindly take their seats the
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question before the house is the motion
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to table if you’re in favor of that
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motion you’ll press the green button if
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you oppose you’ll press the red button
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voting stations will be open for 30
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seconds
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members should all be in their seats not
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mentioning any names representing
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champion
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some of all members President had an
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opportunity to vote the house will
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attend to the state of the vote with 152
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members voting yay and 160 voting nay
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the motion to table is defeated the
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question now before the house is on the
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motion to the house will be in order as
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a members go for pizza
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ladies a member rice inquiry is a chair
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there’s the pending motion debatable
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what’s that as the pending motion
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debatable I would think not it would be
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like a motion to it emotion at the table
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or anything else so it would not be to
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not be a debatable motion yeah that’s
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what the one I was addressing
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okay this is are you all ready for the
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let me repeat the are you all ready for
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the question and members should be in
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their seats
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Reverend Smith has requested a division
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valve this
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your stations have been turned off will
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you please turn them back on again
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representative Smith has requested a
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division bulb this will be a division
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but yet
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oh the member from Salem you did it’s
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been a while up now but you did rekt if
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you’d ask for a roll call this will be a
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roll call vote
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yeah members will take their seats and
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we’ll have a roll call members will come
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in who were out in the ante room
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[Music]
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well no that’s alright yes what is the
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mr. speaker what’s the number that we
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need 2/3 2/3 for what if if there aren’t
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enough people here
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no thirds we’re fine yet dance of the
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members questioning to conduct
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businesses on a right as we normally do
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we have to be above 267 we have fallen
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below 267 and as a member knows then
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when we fall below that number we need a
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two-thirds vote to pass anything through
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fall below 200 then we can’t do anything
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but you’re right we are in needing a
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two-thirds majority to pass on this
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question
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yeah and representative Smith yeah I’ll
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just repeat the question yeah the
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question before the house is Sheldon
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member continue under unanimous consent
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the chair recognizes the member from
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Charlestown representative Smith for
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parliamentary inquiry Thank You mr.
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speaker if I know that you are the
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nonpartisan leader of this house and if
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I find it ironic that any partisan
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leader of this house is the one making
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an admonition to the body then would I
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vote against the pending motion the
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question before the house is the motion
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sheldon member continue the chair
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recognizes representative reid for
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parliamentary inquiry Thank You mr.
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speaker mr. speaker if I know that the
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member who was previously speaking did
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not make any derogatory remarks to
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anyone but was acting out of a heartfelt
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need to have this house come together
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and if I know that in recent months and
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years we’ve become very polarized and
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we’ve sincerely done damage to each
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other and hurt each other and have
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caused good-faith policymaking to become
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almost impossible and mr. speaker if I
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know that I as a Democrat have very very
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dear friends in this body who are
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Republicans and that friendship was only
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made possible when we listened to each
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other listen to what was hurting each
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other and gave each other a chance to
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talk what I now will allow the member to
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continue the house would be an honor the
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question before the house is the motion
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shall the member be allowed to continue
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if you’re in favor you’ll press the
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green button if you’re opposed you’ll
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vote press the red button voting
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stations will be open for thirty Seconds
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thanks Tim
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a problem you’re all set have all
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members present had an opportunity to
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vote the house will be attentive to the
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state of the vote with you enter 10 yay
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in 54 nay the motion carries with the
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truth by the necessary two-thirds vote
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the member may continue

I have very 23:44
little left democratic wall of us 23:48
democratic institutions are fragile they 23:51
rest upon a bedrock of civility and 23:53
decorum mutual trust and mutual respect 23:57
disagreement is expected and welcomed 24:00
but in the end we are all members of a 24:04
body asked and tasked with doing well 24:08
for all of our citizens 24:10
I implore all members of this body to 24:14
remember this acknowledge the fragility 24:16
of democracy and of the Republican 24:19
institutions that form the framework of 24:22
our civil society at the very least I 24:25
end by asking us all to remember that 24:27
most elemental of ethical guidelines do 24:31
unto others as you would have others do 24:35
unto you thank you 24:39

the house would be an honor yeah 24:44
representative Leigh moves of the house 24:46
stand in recess for the purpose of 24:47
introduction of bills receiving sentient 24:49
messages enroll bill and amendments
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enrolled bill reports are you ready for
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the question
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oh the member is asked for division
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that’s in order members will take their
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seats this will be a division vote
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[Music]
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once again we must ask you to turn on
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your voting stations if your chip a nail
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it’s your own fault
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you ask me
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just make sure your stations are on
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miles will be an otter
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representative lei moves that the house
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Deanna recess for the purpose of
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introduction of bills receiving Senate
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messages and roll bill amendments and
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enrolled bill reports if you’re a favor
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you’ll press the green button if you
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oppose you’ll press the red button
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voting stations will be open for 30
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seconds
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every voter have all members President
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had an opportunity to vote the house the
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house will be in order the house will be
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attended to the state of the vote who
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was this day with 249 yay and 11 nay the
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motion carries
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the house is in recent analysis in
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recess until the call of a junior please
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push your attendance button for mileage
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[Music]