Entering the Fourth Quarter, President Obama Is at the Top of His Game – Senator Tom Coburn, a Friend and True Leader

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The Fourth Quarter, Obama Is At The Top Of His Game
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President Obama talks on the phone from the Oval Office with Alan Gross, 
who was en route to the United States from Cuba,  Dec. 17, 2014
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by Gene Lyons 

The National Memo – December 24, 2014

President Obama’s strongest detractors have never decided if he’s a tyrant or a weakling. Right up to the 2014 midterm elections, Republicans scorned his fecklessness and inability to lead.

The Ebola virus (remember Ebola?) was going to kill us all; ISIS militants were about to conquer the entire Middle East. Bare-chested Russian strongman Vladimir Putin had swallowed up Crimea and menaced Eastern Ukraine, while sissy Obama maundered about economic sanctions with the equally lame European Union.

Much was made of an April press conference where the president defended what the Washington Post described as his “dogged, incremental” approach to foreign affairs.

He said the big thing was to avoid errors.

“You hit singles, you hit doubles; every once in a while we may be able to hit a home run,” Obama said.“But we steadily advance the interests of the American people and our partnership with folks around the world.”

Editorial page writers less savvy than their sports page colleagues generally missed the point of the metaphor. See, in baseball nobody can hit a three-run shot without a couple of singles or doubles hitters first getting on base.

The important thing is not to pop up by chasing pitches out of the strike zone. Obama was talking about patience, not manliness.

As usual, Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, memorably dubbed the GOP “foreign policy Tweedledee and Tweedledum” by the LA Times David Horsey, called for something more robust without saying exactly what it should be. A good thing, as fighting the Russians in their own backyard has been the downfall of military geniuses for centuries.

Needless to say, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) concurred. But hold that thought.

GOP celebrities competed to express their admiration for the Russian strongman. Rudy Giuliani thought it was really cool that Putin needn’t trouble himself overmuch with democratic debate:

“Putin decides what he wants to do, and he does it in half a day. Right? He decided he had to go to their parliament, he went to their parliament, he got permission in fifteen minutes,” Guiliani told Fox News. “That’s what you call a leader.”

No, that’s what you call a dictator.

Meanwhile, the inimitable Sarah Palin could apparently see Putin’s firm pectoral muscles from her front porch. She sexualized the whole thing, pretty much all she’s got.

“Obama, the perception of him and his ‘potency’ across the world is one of such weakness,” Palin said. “People are looking at Putin as one who wrestles bears and drills for oil. They look at our president as one who wears mom jeans and equivocates and bloviates.”

Never mind that the United States has become the world’s number-one oil producer on Obama’s watch.

Maybe you can guess where I’m going. Only eight months later, and Russia’s economy is on the point of collapse — due partly to sanctions imposed by the Obama administration and the feckless Europeans. The decisive Russian strongman let his bare chest write a check that his virile posterior suddenly can’t cash.

Putin himself blames Western sanctions for only 25 percent of Russia’s economic woes, attributing the rest to the worldwide fall in oil prices caused partly by vastly increased U.S. production. In his recent press conference, Putin wasn’t exactly singing “Kumbaya,” but neither was he expressing belligerence.

“Russia has toned down its talk on the Ukraine crisis in the past month,” reports the New York Times,“and some of its most incendiary language, like ‘junta’ and ‘Novorossiya,’ a blanket term used for the separatist territories, is no longer used on state-run television news.”

Now may be the time for the guy in the “mom jeans” to let Putin know quietly that the U.S. has no wish to impinge upon Russia militarily, and that mutually beneficial understandings are possible. Because while it’s amusing to mock the GOP’s unrequited romance with Putin, a Russia in chaos isn’t in our best interest or anybody else’s.

Meanwhile, President Obama has switched sports metaphors. “My presidency is entering the fourth quarter,” he said last week. “Interesting things happen in the fourth quarter.”

Judging by the weeks since the midterms, could end up qualifying as the political understatement of the year. Recognizing Cuba was merely the most dramatic in a series of decisive actions by the White House. Could Obama end up actually deserving that Nobel Peace Prize the Norwegians foolishly awarded him in 2009?

Regarding Cuba, the Cold War ended in 1991, and with it any need to treat the island nation as a mortal enemy. Listening to Cuban-American politicians like Sen. Marco Rubio complain reminded me of hearing my grandfather venting endlessly about British mistreatment of Ireland — a country he’d never visited.

In sum: Ebola never happened, ISIS is in retreat, the cost of gasoline’s way down, and the U.S. economy grew by a remarkable 5 percent last quarter.

Entering the fourth quarter, Obama’s at the top of his game.

December 21, 2014
The retiring Oklahoma Republican bids farewell to the Senate and talks to Lesley Stahl about President Obama, his personal friend and political foe.
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Senator Tom Coburn: A Proud Contrarian – 12 min. Video

​That Tom Coburn is close to Barack Obama is seen as a betrayal by many of his fellow Republicans, but he doesn’t care.
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“My relationship with Barack Obama isn’t based on my political philosophy or his.”  ~~Senator Tom Coburn

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Tom Coburn, you are a true leader, thank you!
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A Sparkling Evening for the 2014 Kennedy Center Honorees – Airs Tuesday, Dec., 30, 2014 – 9:00pm – White House First-ever 3D Ornament Challenge

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President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama 
arrive at the reception for the 2014 Kennedy Center Honorees  
First Lady Michelle Obama wowed and sparkled in a Monique Lhuiller gown as she and President Barack Obama arrived at the reception for the 37th annual Kennedy Center Honorees.
Mrs. Obama’s sparking blush embroidered column gown is part of the designer’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection. The gown featured an illusion tulle skirt and sweetheart neckline.that made for a real life Fairytale. 
A Fairytale Evening – Tue., Dec. 30th
You will find the Bios of the five Kennedy Center Honorees and a video of President Obama’s remarks at the White House reception on December 7, 2014
Further down you will find the first-ever White House 3D Ornament Challenge along with the bio of Antar Gamble Hall, creator of the stunning 3D ornament pictured below.
THE 37TH ANNUAL KENNEDY CENTER HONORS will broadcast Tuesday,  Dec. 30th (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network

President Obama applauds the 2014 honorees after delivers remarks at 
the Kennedy Center Honors reception in the East Room of the 
White House.  Honorees, left singer Al Green, actor, filmmaker 
Tom Hanks, ballerina Patricia McBride, singer-songwriter Sting and 
comedienne Lily Tomlin.
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The 44 stars featured around the ornament pay homage to the 
44 presidents which have led this great nation
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Happy New Year!
Camille
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More Light, Wisdom and Gifts for You before the end of 2014

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Devorah Spilman is sharing the REPLAYS of  21 inspiration entrepreneurs that have created greater holistic and happy lives while expanding their client base to positively influence thousands of people not only in the United States but in multiple countries.
Most have written books and have regular speaking engagements.  Some have have seen their business abundantly grow into million dollar companies by using the power of their personal story to relate to people .
REPLAYS will ONLY be available thur Wednesday, December 31, 2014.  I encourage you select one or two of the people who you relate to or whose story you what to hear out of curiosity or because it’s inspiring about how they overcame adversity after they incorporated their story into their message and business.
Each speaker has a Free Gift to assist you in moving forward or give your vision more clarity in 2015.
To listen to the interviews:  :.  http://www.thepowerofstorysummit.com/thank-you/
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You will find that when you click on the link; you can read each speaker’s“professional” press release Bio.  Each interview is about 45 minutes and don’t forget your Free Gift.  
The “personal stories” are contained in Devorah’s interview with each speaker about how they got to where they are now and how using the Power of Story establishes the “Know, Like and Trust” factor to relate to people better and increase abundance for their clients and their selves in their respective businesses.
I’ve included the list of speaker names below with my take away of each speaker’s often dysfunctional or severely stressful life growing up. Even the few relatively normal lives experienced a tragic event or had an AHA! awareness moment.  This is included so that you can scan and select the interviews you would like to hear first since it’s that busy time of the year and these REPLAYS will be unavailable after December 31, 2014.
Speakers:
1.  Nikkea Devidak
Nikkea negotiated & managed $200 million in Defense contracts at age 22.  Nikkea had an eating disorder,bulimia, collapsed and spent 4 months in hospital before being discharged from the military.
2.  Kathleen Hanagen
Kathleen closed her thriving practice to live a year in the Peruvian Andes because she was pulled by her vision
3.  Diane Crinklin
Diane is a business owner who is openly Gay.  She made a decision to close her business, move across the country with no income and worked one year for Free to learn from another successful mentor.
4.  Constance L. Arnold
Constance was pressure from the African-American community and family to conform and achieve the traditional external rewards of success.  She went bankrupt twice even though she was married to a wealthy husband.
5.  Jeff Sanders
Jeff treated his dog better than himself when it came to his own diet and health. He had an AHA! moment that turned him around with a new resolve.
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6.  Norma T. Hollis
Norma, experienced a severe earache for over a year at the age of 8.  Since no adult could cure her, Norma relied on her intuition to pull her though this very painful crisis.
7.  Krystalya Marie
Krystalya was sexually molested by her father, married two abusive husbands, stabbed by one and was working 80 hour weeks like a slave for a controlling boss  In addition; Krystalya had numerous health problems which included bladder infection, deep vein thrombosis, hyperthyroidism and cancer
8.  Hazel Palache
Hazel’s father was a gambler and a rageaholic and abused her mother.  Hazel;s husband was a rageaholic.  She was divorced after 25 years and started a business after the age of 50 without a degree.
9.  Michelle Bersell
Michelle avoided the business side of her company and became six figures in debt.  A voice started waking her up every morning saying “to write”.
10.  Kris Miller
Kris journeyed across the dessert as a “spiritual hippie”  for 20 years.  Kris later got caught up in “Hollywood Style” life.  She became addicted before crashing.  She turned her life around and now owns a successful financial services business.
Don’t forget your FREE Gift that each speaker has for you.
11. Tracy Repchuck
Tracy became an award winning entrepreneur at the age of 19.  Within a relatively short period of time she master the relatively new computer industry and was one of the first persons to master an internet business. Then her fiance called off their wedding plans and sued Tracy for 50% of their business with her ex-fiance’s new wife. Shortly afterwards another business friend and partner sued her for the other 50%.
12.  Lisa Montanaro
Lisa is an Actress, attorney and professional organizer (systems).  These 3 passions and businesses were in conflict with each other–then she had AHA! moment and she now educates people on how to holistically pursue their top passions instead of being regulated to one career or passion.
13.  Dr. Sheri Hoff
Sheir grew up in a “normal: family until  her brother committed suicide at the age of fifteen.  Sheri struggled with sadness and depression for years before being able to tell her story which has freed her.
14.  Amethyst Wyldfyre
Amethyst came from an alcoholic, abusive co-dependent family.  Amethyst was In therapy since the age of twelve.  She married an abusive husband and had a “Bully”for a business partner.  She was in charge of numerous projects and her young son was sexually abused by someone at the Day Care center.  She collapsed and came across a YOGA instructor who radiated peaceful energy with  saving and transforming her.
15.  Mal Duane
Mal lead “train wreak” of a life of addiction, depression and loss from her teen years for over 25 years. She was on the verge of suicide….”
Don’t forget your FREE Gift that each speaker has for you.
16.  Callie Kares
Callie was shot in her back by her ex-boyfriend who almost murdered her parents.  She was paralyzed and could not walk.  How she overcame to walk again.
17.  Wesley Chapman
Wesley was severely abuse starting at age 1 till age 6.  He became an entrepreneur at age 8 and self-sufficient by age 16.  He was consulting at age 19 with Fortune 500 companies.  A school speech for abused teens changed his life.  He closed his business and founded Human Project. 
18.  Mike Rafati
Mike lead the life his family wanted for him and was successful; however, he spent years confused about what was his real passion.  Now he lives his real passion.
19.  Janine Elias
Janine did not finish high school.  She started a business and her business partner embezzled money.  She could not read and understand the financial statements.
She went back to school and is now a psychologist and has written books.
20.  Colleen Suchecki
Colleen started having repressed sexual abuse panic attacks and massive anxiety to the point where she would not go out of her home. she learned to transform her own healing.
21.  Jayne Rios
Jayne grew up with 5 step fathers.  She was on drugs for 2 years and in jail.  She developed an international video marketing company to be home with her children.
22.  Devorah Spilman, Summit Host
A professional story teller and creator of this storyteller summit; Devorah provides us with a complimentary interactive 90 min.lesson and Q&A session on “How to Start Telling Your Story”.  
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Let Your Light Shine!
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Hi Camille,

I am sending you light, miracles, inspiration and a gift!  (See below) Tonight is the 3rd night of Hanukkah. Each night we light one more candle and we increase the power of light in the face of darkness, both in ourselves and in the world. May it be so for each of you! May this be a time of light and miracles in our lives and in our world! 

I love the power of metaphor and symbols and light is a powerful one. Ask yourself where do you need more light and see light increasing and growing and shining and illuminating your way. When there is light we can see clearly and a new way opens before us and thus miracles are born. 

It is a wondrous journey and our stories light the way for us and those who come behind us and need our wisdom, guidance and inspiration. When I began my work training people to find and use their stories in business I did not know how deep it would go. What you discover as you honor your true and deep stories is that they guide you and open for you a clear and powerful path that is yours alone to take.

We are each needed here in this world and when we find our true calling and story and let it out miracles happen along the way. And yes it is also a bumpy way. The bumps become our wisdom as we journey towards light. On the way we find our unique voice and vision to make a real and lasting difference in the world as only we each can do in our own way with our own powerful stories.

MY GIFT

On The Power of Story Summit this is what we saw; each one of the experts shared a deep story that shaped them and their journey and led to greater success. SO my gift for you is the summit replays all in one place and all open for you to listen to right now. http://www.thepowerofstorysummit.com/thank-you/ For those of you who have written to me saying how disappointed your are to have missed it here is your chance!  Click on the first interview and begin listening  today! Then click on the free gift and begin manifesting with your story!

With Light and Blessings

Devorah Spilman

Summit Host
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http://www.spilmanstoryselling.com

P.S. Thank you so much to everyone who answered the survey! I love hearing from you!!! I will reveal the results soon. It is not too late to add your voice to the discussion on how and what you need to succeed with your story. Click the link below to go to the survey and see how you feel and what you want to accomplish with your story. You can leave me a comment there too! It helps me help you. Click this link! Thanks!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RWH3V3W

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Is Your Skin beginning to look like a “Flat Tire”?

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Feel Grand a 13-part series hosted by Jane Seymour debut was in October 2014 of which 10 episodes have aired on your National Public Broadcast TV station. I’ve included episodes 9 and 10 below for your viewing below.
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Pain medicine may temporarily reduce symptoms of autoimmune disorders; the top three prevention and/or cures are:  Eating nutritiously, Adequate Sleep and Exercise
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Autoimmune Disorders -aired Dec. 1st – Part 9 (expires Jan. 1st) 
Drs. Jennifer Caudle and Howard R. Smith talk about the different kinds of autoimmune disorders, how they affect both women and men, treatments and the latest research findings
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Skin Care – aired Dec.. 22th – Part 10 (expires Jan. 22th)
Dr. Jeanine Downie discusses the rise in skin cancers,and what you can do to lower your risk as you age.  Dr. Downie has a book titled Beautiful Skin of Color:  A Comprehensive Guide to Asian, Olive, and Dark Skin.
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The conversation on Skin Care is started with a construction worker name Richard who has worked mainly outdoors for years and developed melanoma skin cancer.
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Dr. Jeanine Downie discusses the rise in skin cancers, and what you can do to lower your risk as you age
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Ms. Seymour has acted in 100+ movies and TV shows Jane is the co-founder ofOpen Hearts Foundation,  She has written more than 10 books, designs a line of jewelry and has a collaboration with Aico and Jane Seymour Designs for the interior design of homes.
Jane is is an accomplished artist having displayed her fine art collection in over a dozen exhibitions.  She is the mother of six children which include twins and  two step-children.  She has four grandchildren.
SKIN in the GAME
Jane Seymour has done a marvelous job of protecting her skin.  The two photos below are 30 years apart at age 26 and age 56 and of course, there is that photo of Jane, age 63 on the cover of Closer Magazine confidently posing in a Pink Bikini earlier this year (see the Oct. 31st NCM Blog post below).
The video above on Skin Care explains how to have great looking skin and how to protect it.
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​Jane Seymour, age 56 dance partner 

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Jane Seymour and husband James Keach had twin boys in 1995.  Jane gave birth at age 44 and wrote a book about the journey TWO at a TIME in 2001,
Seymour is a celebrity ambassador for Childhelp, a national non-profit organisation dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect. In 2007, she sponsored a children’s Art Pillow contest as part of the Jane Seymour Collection, with the proceeds going to Childhelp.
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The Happiness Class is the most popular course taught at Harvard University

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Hello Everyone:

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It’s easy to see why Oprah Winfrey’s is a multi-billionaire.  Mogul Winfrey does extensive research, is well prepared and passionate about her guests and their mission.  Oprah brings out little known and insightful facts about her guests. She has interviewed literally thousands of people over the years; therefore, she has heard virtually everything especially pertaining to personal development.
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Oprah is pleasantly surprised and genuinely delighted when she hears and learns from Shawn Achor brand new information with practical implementable steps on How to become Happy and How to increase your Happiness.  This encore full episode which premiered May 25, 2014 with Shawn Achor is an eye opener and wonderful gift.
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Oprah sits down with Shawn Achor, a Harvard-trained researcher and the New York Times best-selling author of Before Happiness and The Happiness Advantage, to discuss the secret of happy people.  As a highly sought-after speaker in the area of positive psychology and happiness, Shawn shares what he believes are actionable steps to help diminish depression, increase joy and create a more positive outlook.
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our potential”. ~~Shawn Achor
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ASK Dr. Politics: Roger Simon’s humorous take on the movie “The Interview”

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Hello Everyone:
Roger Simon is a writer and commentator; the chief political columnist of Politico. He has won more than three dozen first-place awards for journalism, and is the only person to win twice the American Society of Newspaper Editors Distinguished Writing Award for commentary. He has written five books in which Show Time about the 1996 presidential race became a New York Times best-seller.
I love Roger Simon’s political commentaries    Politico.com – Simon Says  His insights “Cut to the Chase”  While the subject matter may be serious in nature; Roger generally sees the irony in most politicians, political and world events; therefore, his editorials are sometimes laced with intelligent witty humor..
Every now and then he writes a political advise column called Ask Dr. Politics which you can imagine is hysterical.  
Below follows his commentary about the movie The Interview and  Kim Jong Un which is from Roger’s most recent Ask Dr. Politics titled: Romney! Cheney! Kim Jong Un! All together again!

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Dear Dr. Politics:  Don’t you think it was sickening that Sony Pictures withdrew its movie about the assassination of the North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un?  Even President Obama said Sony was wrong for caving in to North Korea’s threats.

Reply:  Yeah, but I didn’t see President Obama offering to show the picture in the White House screening room.

Instead, Obama said: “We cannot have a society in which some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship here in the United States.”

But I wonder what that reaction would have been if the North Koreans had made a movie about the assassination of Barack Obama and Sony had agreed to distribute it to U.S. theaters.

Would we have hailed Sony for its courage?  Or would we have gone bonkers and yelled and screamed about how irresponsible that was and picketed any movie theater that dared show it.

Kim Jong Un is a whack job, but that does not necessarily mean we should hail movies about him getting whacked.

American critics have seen the movie, which is titled “The Interview.”

USA Today said: “Far more lame and boring than incendiary, ‘The Interview’ is not very clever, funny or well-made.”

The Wall Street Journal called it “remarkably dismal” and said watching it “is torture from almost start to finish.”

The reviewer then asks the essential question: “So how did such a turkey ever escape the studio lot?  A significant part of the answer lies in the dumbing-down of the audience that began decades ago, when studios discovered that kids would turn out to see almost any piece of junk on any weekend provided the marketing departments did their jobs.”

Yes, it is disturbing that Sony pulled the movie. More disturbing is that Sony ever produced this dreck [trash] in the first place.

But my favorite reaction came from one human rights group that claims it intends to airdrop DVDs of “The Interview” into North Korea by hydrogen balloon so that the Korean masses can see the movie.

But the group better also airdrop DVD players.

And electricity.

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Camille’s Take:
This is definitely a movie I would not have gone to see because even though it’s a comedy; the subject of assassination about the current leader of a country–I find in bad taste. 
I will pay the $5.99 though because “How dare the North Korean government make veiled threats of violence over a movie in the United States!!?”  ~~Camille Mitchell
To watch the movie or just pay (without watching) to make a stand for Freedom of Speech:
It’ll be offered through YouTube MoviesGoogle PlayXbox Video, and a dedicated website SeeTheInterview.com.

The Four Freedoms is a series of four 1943 oil paintings by the American artist Norman Rockwell.The paintings—Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear.  The four freedoms refer to President Franklin D. Roosevelt‘s January 1941 Four Freedoms State of the Union address in which he identified essential human rights that should be universally protected
Merry Christmas!
Camille
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Seasons Greetings!: Fiddler on the Spirit of Christmas

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Seasons Greetings!
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