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Rachel, It's not Plagiarism, It's Derivatives



Over the past week or so it's been fun to see Rachel Maddow take on apparent Xeroxer-in-Chief, plagiarizer, the duplicitous, Rand Paul. He's in the middle of "Liftgate", the scandal. It's become evident and reported all over the news that Senator Rand Paul has an apparent Wikipedia addiction and his abundant uncredited usage of their copy as his. Time after time, just like in the song, (Sinatra, not Cindi Lauper), the Kentucky Senator has been proven to have lifted entire passages without referencing or crediting the source.

Now here at TPC, we work under the rule that you can quote, just attribute. It's pretty simple, and this way the point you're making is given some weight. After all, who knows me other than as a television/movie writer-producer-author-humorist. So when I discuss politics, science, culture, or just about anything else, it's valuable to show where that foundational information is coming from.

Of course, if the source is not the most reliable, like a rumor I heard at the grocery store or the barber, you should know that too. Then you can make up your own mind how much weight you want to give my musings. It's really not too tough to prove your points if what you present as facts really are. Generally sourcing is routine. It may take time, but the Internet is pretty handy for that. JAR (Just Ask Rand)

So shame on Rand Paul for not just taking the time and prefacing a point (even lifted word for word) with, "...And according to (fill in the blank)" then making the quote. That's not hard. And it can even boost  your presentation as you've added to your arsenal with the heft of the source -- even if it is Wikipedia. Hey, I admit it -- sometimes that's the quickest reference, especially when you're just looking for a simple definition or historical background on a person. Something like what years did Reagan serve as president? Wikipedia is fine for that.

Well, though this post is about plagiarism, it's not really about the Maddow-Paul feud and maybe even their duel. It's about our Congress and more specifically, the finance laws that are being plagiarized and passed behind our backs.

Yesterday I wrote about the Republicans defunding programs that protect us from illegal financial practices: When You Can't Beat Them, Defund Them 

Now to prosecute a banking institution you need to catch the banks red-handed. To do that you need the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to press charges. They're our watchdogs. They, by statute, have the authority to bring about legal actions on the public's behalf.

See what I did there? I attributed the statement to it's source. Anyway, according to another source, consumer watchdog and commentator, Mansur Gidfar, reports that the Congressional financial market watchdogs, our protectors, have become afflicted with plagiarism of their own.

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Congress seems to be in co-opting other people's writings and passing them off as their own. Sadly in this case, it's the good guys stealing horrible concepts and turning them into law to protect the bad guys. Our financial regulations. Our elected officials are letting the criminals literally draw up the regulations (which of course  favor them) and then passing them -- all while taking money and kickbacks from the B.G.'s. (bad guys)

Rather than blather on about how wrong this is, listen to Mansur. In a few minutes he'll have you pulling out your hair asking why we're worried about Rand Paul who just delivers lifted speeches. While we're fixated on that, we're doing nothing about our congressmen/women who are plagiarizing self-serving regulations from the people they're supposed to be protecting us from. Inadvertently we're becoming victims of the old diversion play.


VIDEO: So a white guy, a black guy, and a pretty blonde try to steal a bike...


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This video is from 2010, but for some reason it's making the rounds again. It's about a social experiment that ABC set up in which actors are filmed by a hidden camera "stealing" a bicycle. Two nearly identically-dressed males who are approximately the same age are up first. One is white, the next is African American.

The white guy doesn't attract all that much attention, but the "blah" guy? That's a different story. He's immediately accused of stealing the bike, because, you know, he's (whispering) black. But of course, racial profiling has nothing to do with it.

Finally we see a young, pretty, blonde actress do her thing. When Mr. Laffy described the video to me last night, my first words were, "And people asked if she needed help, right?"


It would be interesting to see this same experiment done in different settings, environments, cities, states.


VIDEO-- Marco Rubio's "massive heist": "We see what you're doing and it stinks... Stealing the future of 12 million people."


I see you Marco Rubio

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As I watched "Now with Alex Wagner" today, it seemed as if nobody discussing Marco Rubio and immigration reform bothered to watch Chris's show last night. They should have.

Chris Hayes:

...I think Marco Rubio realized that actually the best possible outcome for his own career is to be the guy that gets credit for trying to fix the party's willful outlook with Latinos and gets to go around to all of the Republican donors who desperately want this bill, while also, at the same time, being the guy who stuck the shiv in the deal to please the tea party. That is the heist.

And what's being stolen is the future of 12 million people who have flesh and blood stakes in the outcome of this immigration bill, whose futures depend on a path forward out of the margins and darkness into the daylight of full American citizenship. And while we all pay attention to the IRS star trek videos, Marco Rubio is getting away with this heist and that's not right.

It's not right that Marco Rubio wants to look Latino voters in the eyes and said he did everything he could to change a fundamentally unfair policy while he openly dashes their hopes the minute they look away.

So here's my proposal. Let's make sure he can't have it both ways, because we see what you're doing, Marco Rubio, and it stinks.

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Video Overnight Thread- 2 y/o Bedroom Bandit


Man, I thought it was bad that my bro sleptwalked.