What the Dixie Chicks said …

For the record, the Dixie Chicks were banned from country music stations — and from the country music genre in general — because 10 years ago, lead singer Natalie Maines dared to tell an audience in London that “we don’t want this war, this violence, and we’re ashamed that the president of the United States is from Texas.”

That’s all it took, here in the land of the free and home of the brave.

UPDATE: Here’s a comprehensive, well-written piece in Texas Monthly outlining the Chicks’ rise and fall, and where they are now. A taste:

“The short answer to what happened is known in band lore as the Incident. In March 2003, on the brink of the Iraq war, Natalie told a London audience that the Chicks were ashamed that George W. Bush was from Texas. Prior to that moment, they looked like surefire enshrinees to the Country Music Hall of Fame, poised, perhaps, to become the biggest act in the genre’s history. In barely five years, their first three records had sold 28 million copies. Their then-current album, Home, had sold 6 million in six months. But in the ten years since Natalie spoke those words, none of those records has sold even one million more copies, and the Dixie Chicks as an entity scarcely exists. How could an impromptu bit of between-song banter cause so much damage? And why did millions of fans never forgive them?

The fact is, none of it was nearly that simple.”

– Jay Bookman

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GW

March 20th, 2013
11:45 am

southpaw

March 20th, 2013
11:50 am

Who banned them? The government? Don’t think so. How DARE the radio station owners and listening audience of that day not foresee all these years into the future!

Doggone/GA

March 20th, 2013
11:52 am

“How DARE the radio station owners and listening audience of that day not foresee all these years into the future!”

That’s right, those stations and owners had the right to be critical. I hope you and your compatriots remember that the next time someone is critical of what YOU say.

USinUK ... no longer a rainy Friday, but still mildly cranky

March 20th, 2013
11:53 am

southpaw – if people don’t want to buy their music, they have that right.

for radio stations to pillory them the way they did is downright McCarthy-esque

Logical Dude

March 20th, 2013
11:53 am

And they still sold millions of albums.

Goodbye Earl!

USinUK ... no longer a rainy Friday, but still mildly cranky

March 20th, 2013
11:57 am

still a kickin song, some 10+ years later

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQlHpT_-IV4

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 20th, 2013
11:57 am

How DARE the radio station owners and listening audience of that day not foresee all these years into the future!

It’s not the future that they refused to see, it was the present.

Again — some of us could see through these lies:

The smoking gun is the mushroom cloud.
We will be greeted as liberators.

Not our fault that you couldn’t, sport.

Soothsayer

March 20th, 2013
11:58 am

Well, you can take the girls out of the country, but you can’t take the country . . . wait! how does that go again?

Matt321

March 20th, 2013
11:58 am

@southpaw – Clear Channel communications, one of the largest radio companies in the country, was behind a lot of it. Interestingly, they also were big supporters of the Bush administration, which in turn made sure that Clear Channel’s monopolistic practices would not be impeded by silly things like regulations. You scratch my back, I scratch yours, kind of thing.

That idiot Toby Keith also did his part to attack the Dixie Chicks. Keith displayed a photo with Maines’s head cropped onto the body of Saddam Hussein at concerts.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 20th, 2013
12:00 pm

FREEDOM FRIES!

getalife

March 20th, 2013
12:00 pm

Thank you Jay for stating the facts on the Iraq disaster.

Many of the pundits and talking heads that got it dead wrong are still acting like they have credibility but they do not.

Erwin's cat

March 20th, 2013
12:02 pm

Personally, I have know interests in the political views of entertainers just because they have a microphone in front of them…even if I agree with them, that’s not why I support them and would prefer not to have them force their political opinions and views on me because I bought a concert ticket to hear their music of watch their show

td

March 20th, 2013
12:02 pm

If I am not mistaken those “bans” were voluntary by each company and were a product of a total cry from the country musics audience to do so. You leftest tried to ban Rush and his ratings increased and revenues are higher now then ever. The difference is that the Dixie Chicks forgot the feelings of the audience that buttered their bread.

Also, most of the outrage from the country music audience is not what she said but where she chose to run her mouth at (Sort of like Jane Fonda).

USinUK ... no longer a rainy Friday, but still mildly cranky

March 20th, 2013
12:03 pm

“That idiot Toby Keith also did his part to attack the Dixie Chicks. Keith displayed a photo with Maines’s head cropped onto the body of Saddam Hussein at concerts.”

gah. klassy.

TBS

March 20th, 2013
12:03 pm

EC

No doubt……….. Agreed 100%

Scratch It

March 20th, 2013
12:04 pm

So the dunces ruining their careers by making stupid comments are a good thing jay?

Soothsayer

March 20th, 2013
12:05 pm

The RepugNOwecan’ts just can’t figure out why they lost the last two elections.

Hint: George W. Bush, neocons, neoliberals, outsourcing, globalization, etc.

USinUK ... no longer a rainy Friday, but still mildly cranky

March 20th, 2013
12:06 pm

“would prefer not to have them force their political opinions and views on me because I bought a concert ticket to hear their music of watch their show”

agree – it’s one thing if I’m at a benefit concert … then, proselytize til the cows come home … at a regular conference, less preaching, more playing!!!

Katherine Helms Cummings

March 20th, 2013
12:07 pm

I owned a small market radio station playing “light rock” when all this happened. ABC affiliates were told on September 11 to ban playing John Lennon’s “Imagine” (but I got off the satellite feed and played it). When stations banned the Dixie Chicks I kept them in our live show mix. They had other strong pieces like “Earl” on violence against women, and songs that told wonderful stories about supporting soldiers (which is different from criticizing W, Cheney, and Rice, who never spent a day in training or combat).

My husband and I both bought the CD to support The Dixie Chicks.Later we took our daughters to hear them perform in ATL and I got the DVD that documents the tour.

When Springsteen, Crosby Stills, Nash and Young, and other artists raised their voices they weren’t met with the firestorm of criticism that the Dixie Chicks did. The unfair push back they got also reflects the not so subtle mentality from their critics that women shouldn’t speak up when they disagree with war and violence in particular.

I had just listened to this song before work this morning. We need more creative women speaking their minds in strong clear voices.

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

March 20th, 2013
12:07 pm

They had the freedom to say what they said.

The American people (at least a high percentage) had the freedom to do what they did.

What a great country !

getalife

March 20th, 2013
12:07 pm

I feel sorry for the cons that live with blindly supporting a known mistake and disaster to their graves. It must eat at their souls as they try to sleep.

I have no problem sleeping and my soul feels good.

bookman parrot

March 20th, 2013
12:08 pm

crappy effort jay… very lazy effort… so you are saying that owners of industry/company can’t decide to not promote or support someone based on there way of thinking… i’ll run with that next time i’m at work… i’ll tell my boss i plan on doing it my own way no matter what they think or direct me to do

USinUK ... no longer a rainy Friday, but still mildly cranky

March 20th, 2013
12:08 pm

again, Scout – people have the right – radio stations went too far

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

March 20th, 2013
12:08 pm

The “BEAST” is down !

Headline: “Backup presidential limo on its way for Obama in Israel after fuel filling failure”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/20/obama-limousine-jordan-diesel-petrol

Probably just trying to save a little SEQUESTER money ………………….. :o

southpaw

March 20th, 2013
12:08 pm

“remember that the next time someone is critical of what YOU say.”
Every day on the blogs, Doggone. And I doubt I’m the only one who does remember that.

US in UK – So you’re going to decide what the country music stations should play? Get your own station if you want to do that.

Kamchak – who said anything about REFUSING to see the future? As far as seeing through lies, you’ve got my curiosity piqued. Did any of the Dixie Chicks accuse Bush of lying?
“We will be greeted as liberators.” Because of deposing Saddam?

godless heathen - owner of many things he does not need

March 20th, 2013
12:09 pm

Ms. Maines started the scrap with Toby when she criticized his Red, White, and Blue song.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 20th, 2013
12:09 pm

i’ll tell my boss i plan on doing it my own way no matter what they think or direct me to do

Knock yourself out, sport.

No one’s stopping you.

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

td

March 20th, 2013
12:09 pm

Matt321

March 20th, 2013
11:58 am

“That idiot Toby Keith also did his part to attack the Dixie Chicks. Keith displayed a photo with Maines’s head cropped onto the body of Saddam Hussein at concerts”

Let us tell the whole story. They had been in a verbal battle for years before and TK took advantage of her stupidity. When the DC’s tried to make a comeback into country music Natalie Maines had the gall to show up at the most prestigious country music event of the year wearing a FUTK shirt. That doomed her career.

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

March 20th, 2013
12:09 pm

Radio stations are not part of the government …………… YET !

They are private entities that have the right to express their viewpoints just like the “chicks” did.

Too bad ………. so sad ……….. NOT !

Scratch It

March 20th, 2013
12:10 pm

barking frog

March 20th, 2013
12:10 pm

The ability to criticize a sitting president by any citizen is a
freedom that should be cherished and exercised.

getalife

March 20th, 2013
12:10 pm

scout,

Act like an American and stop attacking our President while he is in the ME.

Got it cons?

Marty Huggins'

March 20th, 2013
12:10 pm

Radio stations and its listeners and those who advertise on such radio stations are free to ban whoever they want for whatever they want.

Everyone is free to say whatever they want (within reason).
But that means people are free to respond however they choose to what you say ( within reason)

What’s the problem?

USinUK ... no longer a rainy Friday, but still mildly cranky

March 20th, 2013
12:11 pm

“US in UK – So you’re going to decide what the country music stations should play?”

ah. no. nor is that what I said.

what I said was that they went too far in their throwing gas on the boycott fire.

getalife

March 20th, 2013
12:11 pm

frog,

Politics ends at waters edge.

They can attack him when he gets back.

Jefferson

March 20th, 2013
12:12 pm

John Lennon scare President Nixon so bad he banned drugs, another Einstein moment.

mt

March 20th, 2013
12:12 pm

She should have had respect for the president, even if she disagreed, or disliked him, she didn’t need to disparage him in another country. Liberals tend to forget how they treated Bush and run him down and now get bent out of shape when something is said about Obama.

Matt321

March 20th, 2013
12:12 pm

@td – if attacking Toby Keith for “Red White and Blue” is wrong, I don’t want to be right. That song was a bunch of militaristic, jingoist hogwash. If any song should have been banned, that was it.

But yes, the Dixie Chicks had the gall to criticize a popular male country artist. Guess that means their career is doomed, because as we all know, women should never criticize men.

Jefferson

March 20th, 2013
12:13 pm

With the Chicks, the truth hurt.

USinUK ... no longer a rainy Friday, but still mildly cranky

March 20th, 2013
12:13 pm

“Radio stations are not part of the government …………… YET !”

part of the government? no.

get free use of airwaves regulated by the government? yes. and, as such, should be held to certain decorum.

Jay

March 20th, 2013
12:13 pm

“Also, most of the outrage from the country music audience is not what she said but where she chose to run her mouth at (Sort of like Jane Fonda).

Right.

Because saying in London that “we’re ashamed the president is from Texas” is like posing with North Vietnamese soldiers in Hanoi.

getalife

March 20th, 2013
12:14 pm

nixon committed treason to blow up a peace deal in Vietnam to once again prove the gop should never ever be in the White House. Period.

iBS Aplenty

March 20th, 2013
12:14 pm

Jane Fonda’s First Rule of Foreign Relations:
When you speak ill of your country (and particulary of Texas), it’s best not to do it on foreign soil.

Ode to the Dixie Chicks
Always remember Jane Fonda’s First Rule of Foreign Relations.

.

Peadawg

March 20th, 2013
12:14 pm

Dixie Chicks have the right to say what they said.

Radio stations, being private businesses, have the right to ban them.

Nothing to see here…move along.

barking frog

March 20th, 2013
12:14 pm

Toby Keith and the Dixie Chicks were both telling the truth,
as they saw it. Face it folks, we’re the ass kickers of the world.
Pick a country, odds are that at some point in time, we kicked
their ass.

Darth Fornicator

March 20th, 2013
12:15 pm

I respect the opinions of The Dixie Chicks on real-world topics such as politics, taxes and/or war as I respect the opinions on those same matters from currently-high drug addicts, left-wing AJC commentators and “journalists,” Carpets of Dalton spokesperson Rachel Maddow, my ex-fiance’s militant mother and jive-talking, fake American citizens reading words written by someone else off a teleprompter.

Marty Huggins'

March 20th, 2013
12:15 pm

getalife
March 20th, 2013
12:00 pm

“Thank you Jay for stating the facts on the Iraq disaster.

Many of the pundits and talking heads that got it dead wrong are still acting like they have credibility but they do not.”

And if Hillary runs again? Wins Nomination?
Or does her vote and words not ruin her credibility?

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 20th, 2013
12:16 pm

SHOCKING DETAILS EMERGE FROM PHILLY ABORTION TRIAL…

SNAPPED NECKS OF ‘10 FETUSES’…

drudgey troll spam.

getalife

March 20th, 2013
12:16 pm

Marty,

It did last time she ran and lost.

Peadawg

March 20th, 2013
12:17 pm

USinUK, why are you against freedom or speech? It goes BOTH ways.

(this reminds me of the chick-fil-a/gay marriage debate)

Again…move along.

Darth Fornicator

March 20th, 2013
12:17 pm

I’m ashamed the President of the United States is from Kenya.

barking frog

March 20th, 2013
12:17 pm

getalife
politics never ends.

In the middle

March 20th, 2013
12:17 pm

I completely agree – “The ability to criticize a sitting president by any citizen is a freedom that should be cherished and exercised.”

Tell that to the press. They wouldn’t criticize Obama under any circumstance for any reason, to bad, because that is their job.

thomas heyward Jr

March 20th, 2013
12:17 pm

The anti-war pro civil liberty Madilie Maine looks just as stupid and hypocritical as any other obama supporter.
.
Decent Americans laugh at such transparent fools.
.
lol

Georgia on my mind...

March 20th, 2013
12:18 pm

I don’t listen to much country music but I am “still” a fan of the Dixie Chicks!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dom7VlltBUc&list=PL7FDB6DB10ACAFA6E

ty webb

March 20th, 2013
12:18 pm

I’m just glad Bush happened to be white…just imagine the Dixie Chicks being called “traitors” and “racists”…oh, the horror.

Soothsayer

March 20th, 2013
12:18 pm

“Face it folks, we’re the ass kickers of the world.
Pick a country, odds are that at some point in time, we kicked
their ass.”

Isn’t that precious?

getalife

March 20th, 2013
12:18 pm

frog,

Politics ends at waters edge is an old American tradition.

Darth Fornicator

March 20th, 2013
12:18 pm

I’m ashamed The President of the United States is from Kenya and cheated on his wife (allegedly) with Larry Sinclair.

Finn McCool (the system isn't broken; it's fixed)

March 20th, 2013
12:18 pm

Benghazi!!!!!!

getalife

March 20th, 2013
12:19 pm

“I’m ashamed The President of the United States is from Kenya and cheated on his wife (allegedly) with Larry Sinclair.”

Get lost con.

Jefferson

March 20th, 2013
12:19 pm

You ain’t decent or an American, in my book.

USinUK ... no longer a rainy Friday, but still mildly cranky

March 20th, 2013
12:19 pm

“USinUK, why are you against freedom or speech? It goes BOTH ways”

again, I’m not against the free speech for individuals – people can boycott Disney, Chick-fil-a or whoever they want.

when you have radio stations (hellooooo corporate media) saying that they will not play a particular artist because of something that person said, you should be absolutely chilled by those ramifications.

Oscar

March 20th, 2013
12:20 pm

I thought they quit playing so they could stay home and raise their kids. Two of them anyway

But I never did like the singer. Liked the girl playing the fiddle and her sister. Liked their musice as long as the ainger didn’t sing.

The Thin Guy

March 20th, 2013
12:20 pm

I was ashamed that Jimmy Carter was from Georgia. And still am. I am not ashamed that the parasite ensconced in the White House is from Kenya. I just wished he’d go back. And stay there. If only Kenya had golf courses and teleprompters.

mt

March 20th, 2013
12:20 pm

When Springsteen, Crosby Stills, Nash and Young, and other artists raised their voices they weren’t met with the firestorm of criticism that the Dixie Chicks did

Springsteen and CSN&Y are libs, hence no backlash, Chicks are country, were a lot of their audience
are conservatives.

USA Patriot

March 20th, 2013
12:20 pm

“The “BEAST” is down !” – Guess they were trying to get some black smoke out of the exhaust to let folks know “no leader inside”.

Finn McCool (the system isn't broken; it's fixed)

March 20th, 2013
12:21 pm

I’m ashamed the President is a Socialamisicist Muslim.

Marty Huggins'

March 20th, 2013
12:21 pm

getalife
March 20th, 2013
12:16 pm

I was more asking you, is she “unvotable” for you?

Now I think she did a pretty good job,
But how did you feel that our president would appoint someone by your standards has no credibility to a position like Secretary of State? Golly you must have been ranting and raving!

East Cobb RINO, Inc (LLC)

March 20th, 2013
12:21 pm

The redneck radio stations that refuse to play Dixie Chicks know their listeners.

I have to admit when that came out, I was among those who thought Natalie Maines should be tried and executed for treason. I know better now. She was right – Toby Kieth is wrong. In addition for the quality of country music sucking these days, the redneck pro-war Republican point of view country music represents has me rarely listening to it these days.

Lynnie Gal

March 20th, 2013
12:21 pm

All voices opposing the war were marginalized during that time. You were considered freakish if you didn’t support the US attacking Iraq–after all, Saddam was responsible for 911, right?

In the middle

March 20th, 2013
12:21 pm

It wasn’t just the radio stations. Their fans also turned their backs.. Each of those was an individual decision.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 20th, 2013
12:22 pm

As far as seeing through lies, you’ve got my curiosity piqued.

Was your “curiosity piqued” enough at the time to question whether or not there were indeed smoking guns or mushroom clouds?

Was your “curiosity piqued” enough at the time to question whether or not we would indeed be greeted as liberators?

Or did you, as I suspect, don your pleated skirt and pick up your pom poms and cheerlead this invasion?

Finn McCool (the system isn't broken; it's fixed)

March 20th, 2013
12:22 pm

I am ashamed I forgot to bring the Texas Pete for lunch to put on my greens and grits.

TBS

March 20th, 2013
12:22 pm

“Nothing to see here…move along.”

yet you didn’t move along………

hmmmmmmmmmm

Regnad Kcin

March 20th, 2013
12:22 pm

Well, we’ve got a new sock puppet!

Peadawg

March 20th, 2013
12:22 pm

“you should be absolutely chilled by those ramifications”

I’m not. Again, freedom of speech goes both ways.You wanna boycott CFA? Go ahead. A radio station doesn’t agree with something an artist says and won’t play they’re music? Fine by me.

Peadawg

March 20th, 2013
12:23 pm

I have a new leg humper. YAY!!!!!

splavistic

March 20th, 2013
12:23 pm

I hate country, and I bought their album to show support. Anybody want a used Dixie Chix .mp3 playlist?

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

March 20th, 2013
12:23 pm

Well, I sure am glad we’re off that first topic. I was afraid this bunch was going to form a lynch mob and head out to Texas and then on to S. Dakota and then to California. I ain’t seen so much anger since Billy Bob run out of beer on the 4th of July.

Anyway, I like to listen to the Dixie Chicks. Matter of fact, I like to daydream about being hog-tied and beat by this Natalie Mains or whatever her name is. Just don’t tell the missus.

As for that little misunderstanding we had 10 years or so ago, either we’ve forgive her or she’s forgive us.

Have a good dinner—or lunch as some of you city folks call it—everybody.

moonbat betty

March 20th, 2013
12:23 pm

Dixie Chicks were just another pop country band that typically has a short shelf life anyway.

The timing of the statement and the fact it was said in another country is what tarnished their image to country fans (in my opinion).

I doubt their PR agent would have advised them to do so.

It goes along the lines of keeping family business in the family.

Darth Fornicator

March 20th, 2013
12:24 pm

I’m ashamed the President of the United States is a Marxist.

TBS

March 20th, 2013
12:24 pm

confirmed again…. YAY

as he humps himself

barking frog

March 20th, 2013
12:24 pm

getalife
politics ends at waters edge is an old American myth.
politics never ends is an old American tradition.

Normal, Plain and Simple

March 20th, 2013
12:24 pm

Censorship…the American Way! I started buying Dixie Chick CD’s after that and I’m no fan of country music. The “Chicks” were right on.

USinUK ... no longer a rainy Friday, but still mildly cranky

March 20th, 2013
12:24 pm

“Pick a country, odds are that at some point in time, we kicked
their ass”

(cough) viet nam (cough)

Finn McCool (the system isn't broken; it's fixed)

March 20th, 2013
12:24 pm

I still recall the foaming at the mouth from Sean Hannity about what she said. It went on for weeks. Like a rabid dog….but since we don’t put humans with rabies down….

stands for decibels

March 20th, 2013
12:25 pm

TBS

March 20th, 2013
12:25 pm

You do a great job of whining and humping your own leg but I digress

Dunwoody Granny

March 20th, 2013
12:25 pm

WAY off topic, but I think Colorado is an awesome state, since it now allows maryjane and prohibits ammo magazines holding more than 15 rounds!

Y’all feel free to boycott my albums. ;-)

Darth Fornicator

March 20th, 2013
12:25 pm

I’m ashamed The President of the United States is a limp-wristed tool who probably let Larry Sinclair (allegedly) be on top.)

Allegedly…

Oscar

March 20th, 2013
12:26 pm

I don’t think Obama ever lived in Kenya. So how could he go back there.

Jimmie had his faults, that’s for sure. he acomplished some good things. Got that Panama canal and those locks off our hands, for one thing. And then there is . . . well, I’ll get back to you – but I’m sure there is something else.

Still, I like knowing we had a president from Georgia, even if he is not rated in the top ten.

He was better that Ronnie, Nixon and W, At least he didn’t cause the damage they did.

Normal, Plain and Simple

March 20th, 2013
12:26 pm

Now, off topic, I just saw this and thought, “The Russians couldn’t take over Europe in the Cold War, but could they be more successful by doing this? :D

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/20/17384301-cyprus-crisis-deepens-bailout-rejected-banks-may-not-reopen?lite

Peadawg

March 20th, 2013
12:26 pm

Freedom of Speech…the American Way!

St Simons

March 20th, 2013
12:26 pm

freedum fries
duct tape
surrender monkey
un-murkan merka hater
the oil will pay for it
we’ll be greeted as liberators
it’ll be over in 6 mos
it will cost $600mil
4,500 dead kids
half a million dead Iraqis
zero contract oil
no bid contracts
Blackwater
Halliburton
curve ball
Saddam’s ee-vil
yellow cake in Nigeria
outing a CIA agent
paid-for news stories
ban the dixie chicks

look hard at the con bush-lickers
and remember a purty important psychologist from Georgia’s words –
“sociopathy, in short, is the absence of feeling any shame. They
just don’t have that chip.”

Finn McCool (the system isn't broken; it's fixed)

March 20th, 2013
12:27 pm

“Pick a country, odds are that at some point in time, we kicked
their ass”

Yeah, Granada and Panama really challenged our military might. That was kick azz!

td

March 20th, 2013
12:27 pm

Matt321

March 20th, 2013
12:12 pm

@td – if attacking Toby Keith for “Red White and Blue” is wrong, I don’t want to be right. That song was a bunch of militaristic, jingoist hogwash. If any song should have been banned, that was it.

But yes, the Dixie Chicks had the gall to criticize a popular male country artist. Guess that means their career is doomed, because as we all know, women should never criticize men.

Total crap. The vast majority of country music fans are also moral conservatives and they did not approve of the message sent (FYTK) while their children were watching. BTW: most of those objecting the loudest were WOMEN. I personally thought it was funny.

getalife

March 20th, 2013
12:27 pm

Marty,

Intell got punked by “curveball”.

The rest is history.

Darth Fornicator

March 20th, 2013
12:27 pm

I’m ashamed I used to be a subscriber to a “newspaper” so IN THE TANK for lispy, pouty-lipped socialist President every bit as incompetent as his predecessor from Texas.

Peadawg

March 20th, 2013
12:27 pm

“You do a great job of whining and humping your own leg but I digress”

Whining about what?

And also, humping my own leg impossible…I’ve got you for that now. Kamchak may get jealous.