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Rand Paul Adding Footnotes So People "Leave Me the Hell Alone"

Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/05/rand-paul-footnotes_n_4219957.html?ref=topbar
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) gave an interview to The New York Times to announce that he was "restructuring" his office -- but not firing anyone -- after plagiarism allegations that surfaced last week continued to mount on Monday.

"What we are going to do from here forward, if it will make people leave me the hell alone, is we’re going to do them like college papers," he said Tuesday. "We’re going to try to put out footnotes. We’re going to have them available. If people want to request the footnoted version, we’re going to have it available."

However, Paul's problems went beyond citing sources. The website BuzzFeed on Monday found that parts of a Paul op-ed in the Washington Times were copied nearly word-for-word from an op-ed written by Dan Stewart of The Week.

Wrote Stewart:

At least 20 states, both red and blue, have reformed their mandatory sentencing laws in some way, and Congress is considering a bipartisan bill that would do the same for federal crimes.

Wrote Paul:

At least 20 states, both red and blue, have reformed their mandatory-sentencing laws in some way, and Congress is considering a bipartisan bill that would do the same for federal crimes.

Wrote Stewart:

He will be 72 by the time he is released, and his three young children will have grown up without him. “Matt,” who turned out to have a long history of drug offenses, was more fortunate -- he received a reduced sentence of just 18 months after informing on Horner, and is now free.

Wrote Paul:

John will be 72 years old by the time he is released, and his three young children will have grown up without him. The informant, who had a long history of drug offenses, was more fortunate -- he received a reduced sentence of just 18 months, and is now free.

Even with a citation, the passage would still constitute plagiarism since Paul used the author's words, instead of paraphrasing them.

In addition to the drug-sentencing op-ed, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow said last week that Paul had borrowed much of a speech supporting Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli from the Wikipedia page for the 1997 film "Gattaca."

When asked about the plagiarism accusations, Paul struck a defiant tone. "And like I say, if, you know, if dueling were legal in Kentucky, if they keep it up, you know, it would be a duel challenge. But I can't do that, because I can't hold office in Kentucky then," he said Sunday on ABC's "This Week." In an interview with the television network Fusion, he blamed "haters" for the accusations.

Paul is mulling a presidential bid for 2016. Plagiarism accusations sunk the 1988 presidential campaign of then-Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.).

Unexpected Friends

Link: http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/2vWuRg/:6uqrZwde:qWR2J5q-/www.womens9.com/view/10434/Unexpected+Friends/

A bear, a tiger and a lion. They’re dangerous predators, but they’re friends. The reason they do not attack each other or consider the other as rivals, is that they were brought up together.

Free throw fail

Poll: Over 4/10 Americans still think blackface is acceptable

Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/31/blackface-poll_n_4182928.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular

More than four in 10 Americans believe it's acceptable to wear blackface makeup on Halloween, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll.

According to the new poll, 43 percent of Americans think it's acceptable for a white person to wear blackface in order to appear as a black person on Halloween, while only 37 percent think it's unacceptable. And respondents were almost equally divided on whether it's acceptable to dress specifically as an ethnic stereotype on Halloween. Forty percent said it's acceptable and 41 percent said it's unacceptable.
Blackface was frequently used in stage and later film productions in the 19th and well into the 20th century for heavily stereotyped portrayals of black characters by both white and black actors.

Among white respondents to the new poll, 46 percent said it's acceptable to wear blackface on Halloween, while 44 percent said it was acceptable to dress as an ethnic stereotype.

Black respondents disagreed. By a 68 percent to 21 percent margin, most said it was unacceptable for a white person to wear blackface to dress up as a black person on Halloween, while by a 76 percent to 17 percent most said it's unacceptable to dress up as a racial or ethnic stereotype.

The poll also found a political divide in Americans' views on blackface. By a 59 percent to 27 percent margin, most Republicans said that they thought wearing black face is acceptable, while by a 53 percent to 30 percent margin, most Democrats said it is unacceptable. A 43 percent to 33 percent plurality of independents said they believed wearing blackface on Halloween is acceptable.

The results come on the heels of several instances of blackface that have attracted media attention, including actress Julianne Hough, who dressed as Crazy Eyes from "Orange Is The New Black," an Italian fashion designer who donned blackface at an African-themed party, and a pair who chose to dress as Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman for a Halloween party.

Still, the poll showed signs of progress on the issue. Younger respondents were less likely than older respondents to say that wearing blackface or dressing as a racial or ethnic stereotype is acceptable, with a 41 percent to 31 percent plurality of Americans under 30 saying that blackface is unacceptable.

Police & K9 Gang Attack of Underaged Gambler Conner Castellani (surveillance)

"Neighborhood Watch" (Pokemon edition)


Link: http://www.mediaite.com/online/herman-cain-sexual-harassment-charges-were-orchestrated-by-the-devil/

In an interview this week with RealClearReligion, Herman Cain claims that the sexual harassment allegations that derailed his 2012 presidential campaign were the work of Satan.

The former Godfather’s Pizza CEO said that rebutting the allegations that he sexually harassed at least four women while leading the National Restaurant Association would have been a “huge” time-consuming “distraction” from a campaign he repeatedly claimed was solely about “the issues.” He likened running a presidential campaign to “drinking from a fire hose” and asserted that his accusers are “liars.”

Cain told RCR that the first accuser’s charges were sent to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and were dismissed. Another accuser, represented by celebrity attorney Gloria Allred, has yet to provide an affidavit. And the most well-known accuser, Ginger White, was found guilty of libel in an unrelated case around the same time Cain ended his campaign.

As a result, Cain told the publication that he believes he knows who was behind the accusations that effectively prevented him from reaching the White House: the Devil.

“It made me realize that there was a bigger force than right,” he said, pointing a finger at the media for “not doing their due diligence.”

Is the T-Party like the KKK...or not?

Found this video here. Share what you think. As for me, it came as no surprise that this women resorted to false equivalence and refused to denounce that type of rhetoric from the 'Baggers.

Coulter 'Proud of Republicans' for 'magnificent, run beautifully' gov't shutdown

Link: http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/heather/coulter-proud-republicans-magnificent-run

Never mind the $24 billion dollars that the government shutdown cost our economy, Ann Coulter and her hate filled buddy over at ClusteFox, Sean Hannity, want us to believe that the Republican brinksmanship taking our country to the edge of default went just wonderfully and is something to be proud of: Ann Coulter Gushes Over ‘Magnificent, Run Beautifully’ Government Shutdown:

The Republican-orchestrated government shutdown just put their public approval ratings in the toilet. But Ann Coulter seemed to be on the Ted Cruz wavelength as she painted the stunt as a smashing success on Hannity tonight.

Coulter told the ever-admiring Sean Hannity:

This is why I think the shutdown was so magnificent, run beautifully. I’m so proud of these Republicans. And that is because they have branded the party as the anti-Obamacare party.

As if they hadn't already been branded as such before the shutdown.

These millionaire pundits might think this is some sort of a game where the real damage done to people's lives and livelihoods don't matter much, but I doubt most of the public shares their view of the harm that was done to the country due to Republicans' brinksmanship, pure spite and their desire to lash out due to their overwhelming hatred of President Obama. The only thing "beautiful" about any of this might be the fact that we finally see some of these wingnuts drummed out of office because they over reached.

...Yeah, the shutdown was so beautifully ran that less than 20% of Americans approve of it.

Former Republican TX Judge Carlo Key switches parties

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