Manchin and Sinema deserve some credit but they are more pragmatists than moderates

  • They want to get reelected and their states are not blue
  • While they show common sense they are not likely the nation’s salvation

Democrat Senators Manchin’s and Sinema’s refusal to support the level of spending and some other aspects to the Biden-Pelosi-Schumer-Bernie-AOC  $3.5 trillion plus “reconciliation bill” are undeniably causing the left much frustration, and in the process serving to at least expose the Democrat Party for its economic recklessness.

The Democrat leadership and the party’s radical base very much want all that is in the bill, and more, but after all the fury against Manchin and Sinema they are  in control of writing the specifics of the bill and while they will settle for less because of Manchin and Sinema they will still be able to start the reset of America. Manchin and Sinema are no heroes as they  continue to caucus with Democrats and thereby empower Schumer  and ultimately Pelosi and Biden and AOC giving them the power to work around and through their reticence.

After Manchin and Sinema compromise, and they likely will,  the Marxists will nevertheless still be in a position to implement the beginnings of radical programs building dependency and positioning themselves in future elections as the bulwark to prevent evil Republicans from taking away programs such as your “free” child care , your “free” college, clean water and air . . . you get the drift.

Unless at least one of them drops out of the Democrat party and caucuses with the Republicans this in the scheme of things is mostly theater, a sub-plot for their personal reelection, — an improvised scene the Demons don’t like — but as long as they have control of both houses of congress and the presidency the Demons are still in a position to determine the denouement.

Still if there is a heavenly prospect in the two senators sincerity it would be if implementation is delayed enough (every month counts) AND Republicans remain unified in delay and opposition. Every month counts and Pelosi has announced the next vote for the end of this new month. If Republicans hold together the republic will be that much closer to turning Democrats out in the midterms and in a position to rescind or delay some  future authorizations as much as possible until the 2024 presidential election.

Because Dem leadership and their allies really do want to start the ball rolling on the great reset they are very upset with Manchin and Sinema as the compromise those two  are in a position to force lends exposure and delay which is harmful short and long-term to the Marxist cause.  However they also know even with less money the programs subverting America can still proceed.

That is the  problem tragedy because if Republicans are short of a veto proof majority  in at least one house after the midterms the Democrats though in a minority will still be in a strong position to defend against any effort to subvert Biden by overcoming a veto.

Senator Manchin has set his reconciliation figure at 1.5 trillion. Who thinks he will not compromise to at least $1.99 trillion and let most of the Marxist inspired programs move forward?  He says he will also insist on the Hyde amendment.  Will he?  The Demon leadership may even give him that for now.  But understand well that there are no moderates in the Democrat Party when all are responsible for empowering the Marxist takeover.  There are only a few pragmatists toward their own reelection.  For the sake of the country one of them needs to bolt the Demon party now.    R Mall

Here’s What Joe Manchin’s Statement Against $3.5T ‘Build Back Better’ Plan Really Means

By J.D. Rucker • Sep. 29, 2021

Senator Joe Manchin may be the deciding vote in the most massive legislation our nation has ever seen, and judging by his latest statement it appears he’s siding, at least in part, with fiscal responsibility rather than Modern Monetary Theory. I’ll explain what his statement really means, but let’s read it all first:

Every Member of Congress has a solemn duty to vote for what they believe is best for the country and the American people, not their party. Respectfully, as I have said for months, I can’t support $3.5 trillion more in spending when we have already spent $5.4 trillion since last March. At some point, all of us, regardless of party must ask the simple question – how much is enough?

What I have made clear to the President and Democratic leaders is that spending trillions more on new and expanded government programs, when we can’t even pay for the essential social programs, like Social Security and Medicare, is the definition of fiscal insanity. Suggesting that spending trillions more will not have an impact on inflation ignores the everyday reality that America’s families continue pay an unavoidable inflation tax. Proposing a historic expansion of social programs while ignoring the fact we are not in a recession and that millions of jobs remain open will only feed a dysfunction that could weaken our economic recovery. This is the shared reality we all now face, and it is this reality that must shape the future decisions that we, as elected leaders, must make.

Since the beginning of this reconciliation debate, I have been consistent in my belief that any expansion of social programs must be targeted to those in need, not expanded beyond what is fiscally possible. Our tax code should be reformed to fix the flaws of the 2017 tax bill and ensure everyone pays their fair share but it should not weaken our global competitiveness or the ability of millions of small businesses to compete with the Amazons of the world. Overall, the amount we spend now must be balanced with what we need and can afford – not designed to reengineer the social and economic fabric of this nation or vengefully tax for the sake of wishful spending.

In August, I recommended we take a strategic pause to provide time to develop the right policies and to continue to monitor how the pandemic and economic factors are affecting our nation’s fiscal situation before we spend more. Throughout September, I have made it clear to all those who would listen the need to means test any new social programs so that we are helping those who need it the most, not spend for the sake of spending.

While I am hopeful that common ground can be found that would result in another historic investment in our nation, I cannot – and will not – support trillions in spending or an all or nothing approach that ignores the brutal fiscal reality our nation faces. There is a better way and I believe we can find it if we are willing to continue to negotiate in good faith.

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If there is one final lesson that will continue to guide me in this difficult debate ahead it is this: America is a great nation but great nations throughout history have been weakened by careless spending and bad policies. Now, more than ever, we must work together to avoid these fatal mistakes so that we may fulfill our greatest responsibility as elected leaders and pass on a better America to the next generation.

The left has tried to frame his dissent as him being bought by corporate interests. This is the standard gaslighting; corporate interests have no role in Manchin’s decision. But those on the right who think he’s being a good pseudo-Republican are wrong about him as well. He’s not saying he doesn’t support spending massive amounts of money. He just isn’t willing to spend $3.5 trillion.

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Lest we forget (and it’s easy to do considering the amount that has been spent over the last year and a half), even $1 trillion is a massive amount of money. Democrats and even some Republicans have attempted to downplay the economic impact of the unsustainable spending that has taken place and will continue to take place, but the reality is we’re talking about an undeniable paradigm shift in DC’s arithmetic. It wasn’t too long ago when the left was complaining about President Trump’s “massive” $20 billion plan to build the border wall. What they’re discussing now is 175 times higher than what they used to call “massive.”

Manchin knows there is tons of pork stuffed into this plan. He knows cuts can be made to get it under $2 trillion and have the same basic impact. As the man in the middle, that’s what he’s pushing for. The end result will still be bad, and we cannot dismiss that. Some on the right claim he’s saving America, but this will still end up being a damaging shot to the gut.

What we are seeing today is the embrace by everyone on the left and far too many on the right of Modern Monetary Theory. The short description of the failed fiscal policy is that a government essentially prints money to cover whatever it wants to buy. This is the pathway to economic ruin, especially for a nation like the United States. Once MMT takes hold, the dollar will be abandoned as both the world reserve currency and the preferred payment for oil. When the dollar is no longer a necessary part of the world economic system, our debt will absolutely crush us. It will be the end of the United States of America.

For Manchin to help delay our death sentence and mitigate some of the damages to prolong the economy while it’s on life support is good, but it doesn’t solve the problem. We need to drastically reduce spending and get people back to work instead of incentivizing them to stay home.

Kudos to Manchin for slowing the locomotive, but our future depends on stopping it altogether. Whether it’s $3.5T, $2T, or even $1T, it will be too much for our current economic state to handle.

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Biden has stage presence afterall

We all saw the film clip of President Biden roll up his sleeve and bravely take a Covid ‘booster’ …right there on the grounds of the White Houe… in front of a window with a view of the beautiful White House landscape.

But, we later found out… “Joey’s Jab” was administered in a room, on a ‘movie set’ in which the “view” was painted on the “window” and back lit.

Just as fake as the surroundings in this ‘photo op’ are, why would we conclude that Joe Biden actually got a booster shot?

Mr. Biden has, in the short period he has been in the presidency , already established his ‘legacy’ as the most dishonest, distrusted, most lying chief executive in the nation’s history.

If you need a recounting of all the lies and misleading statements the “Scranton Scrapper” has made, or you believe his remarks about our border, the Afghanistan debacle, his superb handling of the economy, his claimed status as a “moderate”, then I have the humble home in which ‘Corn Pop’ was born and raised.

I will sell it to you for a “steal”, and, one day that property will pay off big time as the home of the first bad guy who suffered humiliation and physical punishment from Rowdy Joey Robinette!   dlh

Related comments and some satire from social media and elsewhere:

I’ve never seen a intramuscular injection administered in a flexed arm….

Joe is a resident of Shady Acres old folks home for Alzheimers treatment and can’t be in the White House, so they brought the White House to him. And if he stays calm, he can have an ice cream afterwards.

Why is it staged like this? Kind of like a movie..weird

They lie and mislead for no good reason – just to do so

 COVID theater at its finest

he is probably getting his B12 shot and Alzheimer’s medication

I KNEW IT. It’s only a farcical, fictional comedy being filmed on location in DC.

Whew,for a moment I thought it was the actual destruction of the US. You almost got me Hollywood

Taxpayer money at work. Why have a photo op in the WH, when you can build a set. They are literally mental.

Gaslighting and not caring they look ridiculous

This is the high school play of your nightmares

I’m surprised it wasn’t a Pfizer back drop

It’s really the perfect visual for this presidency.

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Meet Senator Grassley’s good friend BIF

You remember the bipartisan infrastructure bill, a.k.a. “BIF”* as in Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework, the parliamentary planned stalking horse for the even more gargantuan $3.2 trillion “reconciliation” bill (as in reconciling America to Marxism).

It is still not passed, no thanks to Chuck Grassley but we suspect it will along with a reduced reconciliation bill to a traffic bearing amount of say $1.99 trillion (so it is not quite “trillions” to suit Manchin) on the low end, to say $2.8 trillion which may be the magic number for enough skittish other Democrats. The $3.2 was a high hurdle but likely set high to allow for face-saving compromise to more assuradly achieve basically all they need to implement their Marxist programs including daycare, free college, the big green reset, etc. even if reduced.

Pelosi says Biden’s infrastructure bill can’t wait for social safety net bill.

‘We Aren’t Bluffing’: Progressives Hold the Line as Pelosi Moves Ahead With Bipartisan Bill

Our Senator Chuck Grassley was one of 16 or so Republicans who championed BIF in the  Senate, enthusiastically we might add, thumbing his nose at the great majority of his Republican colleagues who opposed the bill for what it portends.  Grassley’s rationalization included that his vote was appropriate out of a commitment to regular order but especially some goodies for Iowa (that would come in due course anyway). But hey one needs to be identified as the guy that brings home the pork. Unfortunately for Iowa the pork is seriously tainted (and in more ways than just this).  Call it “trickonus”

Oh Yes, There’s a Tax Hike That Will Clobber Rural Americans in This Infrastructure Bill.

*Biff was the main antagonist/bully character in the Back to the Future movies

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Milley has much to answer for

Seems a very similar scenario appeared in V’pac some days ago. Anybody notice if Hanson’s name was in the byline?        dlh

To understand Milley’s gambit, imagine Admiral Ernest King, soon to be chief of naval operations, sometime in November 1941 secretly contacting Japanese Imperial Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, to warn him and the Japanese high command that Admiral King felt President Roosevelt was both too trigger happy for a Pacific war and was also increasingly infirm and unsteady.

And thus, King would step forward to promise Admiral Yamamoto and the Japanese military grandees that if he felt there was any possible aggressive or peremptory presidential order against Japan, King would tip him off first.

Note that critical contemporaries had complained both that Roosevelt was pining for a pretext for war with Japan and that his closed circle had hidden many of his serious health challenges from the public—and note also that the chances that a President Roosevelt or Trump would have ever staged a preemptive attack on a belligerent neutral were—absolutely zero.

This devastating critique of Milley and more at latest Hanson article at  American Greatness.

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Here we go again – too little interest in local elections

  • School Board race in Davenport needs to be shaken up –
  • End process of not foxes but voracious wolves “guarding” the chicken coop — teachers unions
  • Those who school your children, rule the world
  • Be very concerned about Marxist  policies being injected into curricula in loco parentis and in defiance of state directives
  • Local school boards  need to govern, protect children from culture rot
  • Don’t allow School districts to spend your tax dollars to employ teachers who defy state education policy to teach doctrine that goes against your values
  • Potential for organized effort on behalf of write-in candidates to carry the day

First a glimpse at local municipal election prospects — not good particularly in Davenport

Looking at the Scott County Auditor candidate listing on the Election Central web portal we see less than vibrant interest again for local municipal seats. Many races are unopposed.

The city of Davenport primary Election Day is October 5th. There is only one race with interest sufficient for a primary — 7th Ward which is the vacated seat of new County Auditor Kerri Tompkins.  See summary comments below.

Davenport has a non-partisan council and mayoral election,  as in candidates do not run as Republican or Democrat. That is not a good government practice as candidates too often come to the process without a discernible platform or philosophy honed by useful party processes or an identification that is easily transmitted to voters who need something to go on.

Nothing prevents the candidates from advertising a party affiliation but for some naive reason few ever do. The Republican Party in lieu of an official return to partisan city elections (ended several decades ago) ought to foster candidates, proceed to vet them via precinct committee meeting and endorse those meeting appropriate criteria. Democrats are not shy about involving themselves officially, sub-rosa and  through proxies and Republicans need to be aggressive in doing so.   More detail and observation on the mayoral race in Davenport in another post.

They teach your children

As regards school board races there is more apparent interest (the flavor unknown without surveys to help discern) in the better performing districts Bettendorf, Pleasant Valley and North Scott. Theirs are vibrant by comparison to the Davenport Community School District (DCSD), an ongoing underperforming district.

School board interest may be a phenomenon of people voting with their feet –  moving or now voting with open enrollment for higher performing school districts and due to the disastrous fall in Iowa performance, once a leader in the nation, the move to private and charter schools and home schooling.  The flight from public schools and perhaps interest not so ironically aggravated  by school boards  that insist on unhealthy mask mandates.

Perhaps exemplifying this is Bettendorf which is not pursuing mask mandates   and Davenport which has imposed them — the latter a five to two decision by the way.

There are three spots open for the Bettendorf School District and seven people running.  Davenport also has three spots open but only four people running. It is the level of interest that impresses us apart from any philosophies being pursued.  We wish we had a more of a read on the latter.

There is hope for Davenport Schools if people get behind a write-in effort for a slate of candidates now afoot. Given the usual turn-out for school board races a successful effort is quite possible.  More on that in a coming post.

In the meantime a protest of DCSD policy will be held this evening at the DCSD building Main and Locust. We plan to attend.

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The Marxist Left & Pope’s (we repeat ourselves) One World Government Phraseology

  • “An Ever Wider We” (as in no stated limits) no nation states /culture to protect
  • Plenty of context to contend the bumper sticker portends open borders and one-world government
  • And, Francis, who needs walls?…like around the Vatican
  • Fealty or at least aprreciation for this Pope? Sure when he stands for protecting the faith against confusion and protecting Christian culture from the implications and  imposition of one world government 
  • One world government inhibits religious freedoms

Did You Know the Pope Has Declared 2021 as the year of “Towards An Ever Wider We”?

(Could also be called the “Year of ‘Who Needs Borders’?”)

“In the letter, the groups said they were particularly disheartened by Mr. Biden‘s comments at a town hall in July when he said migrants “should not come.”The letter comes just ahead of the Catholic Church’s World Day for Migrants and Refugees, which is Sunday. The pope has labeled this year’s celebration “Towards an Ever Wider We.”
A coalition of 164 Catholic groups sent a letter to President Biden on Thursday telling him his border policies violate the tenets of his own faith and urged him to embrace Pope Francis’ teachings.

(Did those “164 Catholic groups” also tell Biden his “abortion support” violates the tenets of his own faith?).     dlh

The article:

By Stephen Dinan – The Washington Times – Thursday, September 23, 2021
A coalition of 164 Catholic groups sent a letter to President Biden on Thursday telling him his border policies violate the tenets of his own faith and urged him to embrace Pope Francis’ teachings.

The groups blasted the pandemic border expulsion authority, known as Title 42, which the government says gives it the power to immediately turn back illegal immigrants without giving them the chance to make claims for protection in the U.S.

The Trump administration triggered Title 42 in March 2020, and Mr. Biden has kept it in place, enraging his core supporters among the immigrant-rights activists.
“The misuse of Title 42 is a travesty that perpetuates grave harm not only on the migrant community, but upon all of us living in the United States,” the groups said.
They said it treats migrants as “them,” defying Francis’ call to “think no longer in terms of ‘them’ and ‘those,’ but only ‘us.’” The groups also said the logic behind the federal policy is that illegal immigrants are more disease-prone, which they called a “false, hateful, dehumanizing narrative.”

In the letter, the groups said they were particularly disheartened by Mr. Biden‘s comments at a town hall in July when he said migrants “should not come.”The letter comes just ahead of the Catholic Church’s World Day for Migrants and Refugees, which is Sunday. The pope has labeled this year’s celebration “Towards an Ever Wider We.”Mr. Biden is Catholic and regularly attends Mass, though the American church has been engaged in a debate over his fealty to the faith, given his support for abortion rights and his attempt to expand taxpayer funding for the procedure.

Biden is not defying the Pope,  just issuing a toothless response of political necessity.  Both use rhetoric that suggest migration is a universal right THAT “RECEIVING” COUNTRIES CITIZENS HAVE NO SAY IN THE MATTER (other than to agree with open borders).

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Grassley to run again – on that decision thanks for nothing

At 4:00 AM this morning Senator Grassley tweeted his announcement prior to beginning his morning jog. There was some speculation about whether he would run and this conservative held the opinion that the timing was best for the country’s senior senator to retire.  Iowa is in good shape politically to replace him with a younger conservative if they are of a MAGA orientation and then to see that person be reelected.

I welcome a primary that recognizes Grassley’s past contributions to sustaining key elements of conservatism, yeoman work, but no Republican competitor should shrink from a call to the future critiquing Grassley’s performance of late. Grassley has validated the legitimacy of the Biden atrocity without a serious fight, expressed calumnies about events of January 6th, and seriously hazarded the country against the better judgement and foresight of the great majority of his own Republican caucus by essentially advancing a Marxist agenda wrapped up in an infrastructure bill (bad in its own right) setting the stage for a reconciliation bill that puts the country at the mercy of Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema unnecessarily risking the Republic.

Grassley did this in the name of the entry sign to the swamp -“regular order” – as if the denizens in charge abided by it when it did not suit them or as if whatever chess game he thinks he is playing actually has any rules the other side will not circumvent in a heartbeat.  Ironically Chuck did these things, swamp things, beltway things, weak things ultimately hazarding even his own  “bring home the bacon” agenda of ethanol and wind, that is if he has any appreciation of the implications of what he has voted to advance.

A lot is at stake Chuck and you are not all that necessary.

At 88 years old now I do not know what the actuaries say about his completing another six-year term without debillitating major illness or something more permanent.  That said, Chuck Grassley is no doubt one of the most likely late octogenarians to do so intact.  He remains bright and vigorous, far more than Biden ten years his junior.  I will support the Republican victor in a primary because the stakes are that high but I think the future calls for a solid conservative alternative to emerge from the primary as they can beat anyone the Democrats have.

R Mall

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Queens for the day

Sorry, meant memes for the day.  Thanks to TN.

It’s becoming quite the trend at a number of college games

Pudding time Joe

The protest last weekend that Queen Nancy was so worried about was attended more by media, “security” and “undercover” feds.






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Leftist Organ “Fact Checkers” are not devoted to truth . . .

. . . offer only blindered leftist “analysis”


The Washington Post says that President Trump told “30,573 untruths” during his 4-year term.

Apparently The Washington Post has either stopped its tracking of presidential ‘untruths’…or, it believes that Biden has not told an “untruth’ even once during his first 8 months of his presidency.

Or maybe, The Washington Post DOESN”T CARE how many lies President Biden’s administration tells!

The Fact Checker counted a total of 30,573 false or misleading claims made by President Trump during his White House tenure. Here’s what we learned. (Adriana Usero/The Washington Post)——-From The Washington Post:

January 24, 2021 at 3:00 a.m. EST
When The Washington Post Fact Checker team first started cataloguing President Donald Trump’s false or misleading claims, we recorded 492 suspect claims in the first 100 days of his presidency. On Nov. 2 alone, the day before the 2020 vote, Trump made 503 false or misleading claims as he barnstormed across the country in a desperate effort to win reelection.
This astonishing jump in falsehoods is the story of Trump’s tumultuous reign. By the end of his term, Trump had accumulated 30,573 untruths during his presidency — averaging about 21 erroneous claims a day.
What is especially striking is how the tsunami of untruths kept rising the longer he served as president and became increasingly unmoored from the truth.
Trump averaged about six claims a day in his first year as president, 16 claims day in his second year, 22 claims day in this third year — and 39 claims a day in his final year. Put another way, it took him 27 months to reach 10,000 claims and an additional 14 months to reach 20,000. He then exceeded the 30,000 mark less than five months later.

Biden reign  has been one big lie after another  . . . “no vaccine mandates” . . .  “return to normalcy”  “competency” . . .  better foreign relations  . . . his election.

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O”Biden’s General: Milley’s Russian and China collusion

  • Remember how a year ago an American general meeting with a Russian was somehow a great scandal


General Flynn would’ve gone to prison if Trump had not pardoned him… for a much more innocent contact with the Russian ambassador…and, it was part of Flynn’s job as National Security advisor

From BizpacReview article:

In a meet-up in Helsinki, Finland, today, U.S. Army Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, engaged in what’s being characterized as a confidential, six-hour discussion with his military Russian counterpart.

“It was a productive meeting. When military leaders of great powers communicate, the world is a safer place,” Gen. Milley reportedly remarked after the session.

An prolocutor for critical race theory fan Milley, the latter who has admitted to being an avid reader of the works of Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin, and Mao Zedong, implied that there is nothing to see here.

The article above refers to Milley’s contact with Chinese military leadership and also quotes General Milley as saying in 2015 (bold our emphasis)  that: “China is not an enemy” and that Russia is America’s only true threat”  (ed. note: no doubt due to the Russian flu they sent world-wide).

All of which must have inspired the rumor we heard:

The Chairman was just trying to assure Xi Jin Ping that, even though Trump didn’t like Chinese, Milley himself had no “yellow rage” and he would let China know if US was planning an attack…to give them time to launch a “pre-emptive” strike.

“It’s what friends do”, Milley explained.

“Amen !”, said the devout Joe Biden                                  dlh
From Uk’s Daily Mail:

Biden says he has ‘great confidence’ in Joint Chiefs chairman Milley despite him admitting he DID call China and lectured staff on nukes protocol: Trump’s defense secretary says he ‘did not’ authorize calls and general should resign

  • President Joe Biden said he has ‘great confidence’ in General Mark Milley after he admitted to holding calls with his Chinese counterpart working under Trump
  • Press Secretary Jen Psaki called Milley a ‘patriot’ when defending him
  • She said Biden has ‘complete confidence’ in Milley’s ‘fidelity to our Constitution’
  • Former Acting Pentagon chief said he ‘would never’ authorize the ‘secret’ calls
  • General Mark Milley confirmed the phone calls took place in a Wednesday statement via his spokesman Colonel Dave Butler
  • A new book claims Milley phoned his Chinese counterpart to give reassurances two days after the January 6 Capitol riot
  • Trump accused him of treason and Republicans are demanding he resign
  • The book’s revelations triggered a wave of concern that Milley had violated the chain of command and endangered national security
  • Milley was concerned Trump may take rogue action to stay in office
  • All of the above was detailed in ‘Peril’, an upcoming book about the 2020 presidential election by journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa


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