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Breaking: Buh Bye Benny Johnson from BuzzFeed - Plagiarism Doesn't Pay


Breaking this morning, early, early, early this morning … popular online news and whimsy site, BuzzFeed (you may know the tattooed John Stanton the best), has let a longtime writer/editor go for the chic white collar crime dispensing with a lot of bad apple bloggers: plagiarism. Benny Johnson had his last byline … there.

Big bowl of wrong.

Benny Johnson's credibility should have been suspect from his resumè of shame, he wrote/edited for both Breitbart and Glenn Beck?!?

There's 'yer sign.



From a slightly and understandably smug piece over at HuffPo, a few juicy yet truly insulting and kinda' disgusting details. Johnson didn't borrow a phrase or two … BuzzFeed had to correct then annotate and re-publish, with the formal Plagiarism Confession, Acknowledgement and Apology article that every 'paper' lives in fear of, more than 40 of his pieces for them.

Ben Smith did the mea culpa.

Smith apologized, adding, "We are deeply embarrassed and sorry to have misled you. Benny’s editors -- I, Katherine Miller, John Stanton, Shani Hilton, and McKay Coppins -- bear real responsibility."

The plagiarism charges first surfaced after a pair of Twitter users began pointing out examples where Johnson appeared to have copied or reworded text from the work of others. Gawker then wrote about the allegations, bringing them to the attention of a much wider audience.


Benny Benny Benny ... honestly? You did 523 posts at BuzzFeed (prolific you have down, but then it goes a lot quicker when you cheat and don't actually write, the graphics go in surprisingly quickly), and had to have 41 of them pulled and whitewashed? That's an average of 1 out of 12, Dude.

You had best hie thee to Fvx Nation toot sweet, before they re-sign La Palin for a new Putin Watch section in their faux global edition.


Each article had to get the Scarlet P. You can go to each article and see what journalists are trained to avoid, the evidence of whole passages lifted, in multiples, in over 40 of Johnson's posts.


This post has been corrected to properly source quotes and phrasing that was copied from The New Yorker and Reid’s autobiography.
BuzzFeed takes its responsibility to readers very seriously, and plagiarism is a major breach of that responsibility. Please read our apology to readers here. JULY 26, 2014, 1:05 a.m.

The list of links to his 41 plagiarized posts was sickening. Whether it was laziness or stupidity, this fellow deserved the firing.

Let's hope he's slightly more careful at Fvx Noise, we think they only tolerate plagiarism in 25% of their content.




Issa Sings Flip Flop Solo In Bonus-Minor


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Ever defiant, but also ever evolving, Rep. Darrell Issa can add flip-flopper to his resume of skills -- maybe next to arson and car theft.

The chairman of the United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has never seen the wrong side of an issue where he couldn't find some Democrat or plot to blame and waste our government money investigating. When you think about it, what does he really know about costs and spending anyway? He's one of the three richest members of Congress -- and there's a lot of scratch in that group. His money is important to him. Government money isn't.

Okay, maybe he didn't get rich without being a good businessman. He must have some special business acumen -- after all, he knew exactly when it was time to strike some "Jewish Lightning" to raze his businesses, Quantum Enterprises and Steal Stopper, literally.  


Issa appeared to prepare for that fire by increasing the fire insurance policy by 462% three weeks previously, and by removing computer equipment holding accounting and customer information, preventing authorities from seizing it. But what a lucky guy to have removed all the plans and private documents a day before the fire struck from the very building that would burn down.

So if Issa's got that knack of timing, bless him. But where was that timing over the past five years? It's only this past week that he's done a complete turn around on criminals, criminal activity and corporate bonuses. Oh, and whose bonuses is he calling into question? Why none other than the IRS. How about that?

Thanks to the fine people over at Huffington Post, we have this little video to see Issa flipping around like a freshly landed tuna on the deck of a fishing boat. It's actually fun to watch. Hope you will.


Tar Heels To Tar Babies


repulsiveThere's little attempt by the Republican party to hide their bigotry in North Carolina. At one time they were considered inspired. Now they're heading to become expired. They've quickly gone from impulsive to repulsive. If this ever was more evident than this video, I haven't seen it -- yet. But I am talking about the GOP/Tea Party.


Aasif Mandvi sat down with Don Yelton, a North Carolinian precinct captain who apparently missed the "don't be racist" memo. In the interview, he copped to loving portrayals of President Obama as a witch doctor, claimed that one of his best friends is black, and even used both the phrase "lazy blacks" and the N-word while defending the state's voter ID laws.

UPDATE: Don Yelton, the man who made racially insensitive comments on Wednesday's "Daily Show," has resigned his position as a GOP precinct captain upon the request of the North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Claude Pope. Mr. Pope denounced his statements as "completely inappropriate and highly offensive." Pope also clarified that contrary to "The Daily Show's" identification, Yelton is not in fact a member of the NCGOP Executive Committee.


Pure Sex


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Okay, it was only a matter of time for sudden urge to meet instant gratification.

Let's say you're out and about, feeling you want to do the "nasty" and you don't have time for your regular booty call. Or say you're traveling and want to make your visit something special, but you don't want to waste all that time with small talk, barroom chatter or even face rejection. Your urges have been answered with a new, proposed App which is in the works.

It's called Pure. This upcoming 'membership only' app promotes themselves as "the quick and safe way to find sex right now." If you visit their site, you'll find they advertise, "Get exactly what you want," "focus on sex," "straight to the point," "Leave no trace."

How can you beat that?

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So, you may be wondering how all this is going to work. Well, quite simply if you believe their claims to HuffPo:

Once you're a member and you decide you'd like to hook up, you submit a request. You say if you're looking for a man or a woman, and if you can host or travel. The app then presents you with some optional matches. Your photos are only visible to your matches, and no nudity is allowed on your profile photos. If you like a match, you choose him or her. If you both choose each other, you get connected.

Pure lets you find and meet up with someone to hook up while communicating very little, if you like. Just send pictures, say whether you're willing to travel or host, meet up, and do the deed. No chit-chat, no confusion, no time "wasted."

That sure seems easy enough -- at least on the surface. But do people, especially straight women, really want anonymous sex?  Isn't safety an issue here?

This was brought up with Cindy Gallup who runs a quasi-similar hook-up site called Make Love, Not Porn. Her conjecture is interesting:

"If I'm going to have sex with a stranger, I need to know that this is not a complete and total weirdo, that he's not going to rape and mutilate me," said Gallop. "Women need to know more about the stranger they're going to have sex with."

But it seems the people developing Pure have already considered that and gave it some serious thought.

"The idea that women are better protected with someone whom she already knows is proven wrong with the level of domestic violence," Sidorenko (creator of Pure app) told HuffPost in an email in response to Gallop's comments. "Historically, females have been most often victimized by someone they knew."

Somehow I find this all a bit shady, unseemly and dirty. I guess if others feel that way, this is bound to be a huge success. Move over Grinder, Tinder and Adult Friends Finder, there's a new kid coming to town. And he's got you in his/her sites.

I asked for permission and became a beta tester for a day. They had me list what I was looking for in a one night stand. I put down that I was a man, looking for a hot woman, meet at her place. I was looking for someone good at small talk, interested in politics and was wild in bed. I pressed send and instantly, look whose picture came up -- I guess they still have a few kinks to work out:

Michele Bachmann

Now I wouldn't "tease" you with all of this if I didn't have Pure app's official video. It should answer any further questions you may have about the purposefulness of the app. You  might want to watch it privately, though. You're bound to draw a crowd around your computer if you view it at work.