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Sometimes half an ass wins the race

Big bad bully blogs behave belligerently, bringing ‘brook blogging. As you may know, we half-assedly staked out TMQ for probing the goldmine that is Gregg Easterbrook’s brain.

We still are able to bring you this, from Wednesday’s afterbirth from Tuesday’s column:

TMQ has noted before that defenses run by the tastefully named Gregg Williams perform better when Williams resists the urge to call lots of blitzes. Now, as pointed out by Ben Domenech of Leesburg, Va.,, Washington Times sportswriter Ryan O’Halloran has the chapter and verse.

No way. Could it be this Ben Domenech?

Come on, fellows, imagine the conspiracy of ultimate hackery that could resort! I wonder about Easterbrook’s other correspondents.

Chocolate™ Cookie Take 5 CROSSFIRE

Seeing how Marq thinks he can come over to Three B lobbing comment bombs and not signing in and peeing in the shower and what not, oh wait who was that? Jedmunds? No, he hates peeing in the shower (note how I just preemptively hijacked the comments thread).

Host: The point of order today is the alleged apostasy that is the Chocolate Cookie Take 5. This bar, containing a chocolate cookie replacing the usual pretzel, peanut butter, peanuts (counts as a separate ingredient), chocolate, and caramel, will be discussed by our panel today.*

Continue reading ‘Chocolate™ Cookie Take 5 CROSSFIRE’

IMPORTANT NEWSFLASH or LIFE LESSON LEARNED or DIFFERENT BY DEGREES WATCH

It is true. It is a terrible truth. I predict that in the comments to this post DA will provide us with links to what I will now describe to you as a sinister plan forty years in the planning and implementation. (I also predict that Parrotline will play a borderline game of equivalency construction using the example of Chappaquidick and Laura Bush and GWB’s DUI). That plan has been so sophisticated and convoluted that the entire liberal internet community has be consumed by the coiling snake, unawares, the coiling snake representing the plan of which I speak (for our slower readers already being digested by the plan snake).

The creation of a bold equivalency is now complete. Plagiarism is bad we now know that. Therefore all plagiarism is equally bad, and all perpertartors must be shunned equally, unless they be youthfully exuberant. Do you see where this trap leads? To our doom.

You see someone that lifts a line or borrows something in a speech, someone who is not a writer or conversely a historian who has performed mountains of research and volumes of their own scholarship who slips either in attribution or mixes up their notes in a work that has hundreds if not thousands of footnotes or other references- these scoundrels are the very same as someone living a double life, someone that lied to the world, their friends, their family in a serial fashion, someone who in essence lied and stole for a living. Since there is no room in our damning argument of the evils of plagiarism for degree, scope, intent, length of coverup, forcefulness of denial, we have created an airtight coffin for so many of our heroes. Trapped, our lives are slowly snuffed out. With our last gasping, breaths we detect a celebratory whiff of mozzarella and pepperoni and cacaphony of celebratory “heh, indeeds. ROTLMAO.”

But how does the other side escape this rhetorical logic trap? Their trump card is well played. Youthful exuberance.

How could we forget that Clif has more. AssParrot ca-caws here.  ALSO, BASS-O-MATIC throws down the gauntlet to PP and AP for a NEW CONTEST!!!!!!!!!!!

Cases in points, our last sad pile on, read by no one.

First you can find all our scathing, insensitive, odious and loathsome Ben Domenech coverage here.

Second, we’d like to illustrate:

No worries, Ben. (nt) By: trevino
Ben By: Mike D in SC
I do not know you personally, but I wish that I did. We all make mistakes, especially in the second half of our first score of years. In my own case, it took Navy boot camp at age 20 (more than half my life ago) to get me to start behaving like a responsible adult.It takes a great deal of courage and character to stand up in a public forum and admit your mistakes, and to ask forgiveness. It is the most difficult, and yet the best course of action. You have done the right thing with this post. And this is where the healing begins.

Learn and grow from your errors. And please, continue to post here. You are surrounded by friends here, the ones who know you personally, and the ones, like me, who only know you through our online interactions. These are the people to whom you can turn for support.

As I commented to your father in another thread, you are a valuable asset to this site. Were RedState to lose your talents, it would be that much poorer for it.

If you feel the need for a hiatus, then by all means, take the time you need. We will await patiently for your return. But Ben, please do return. We need your intelligent, insightful, and talented voice in our struggle to make America a better place.

“Universal” coverage means compulsory coverage, just with prettier political spin. – Thomas Sowell

As far as I’m concerned… By: realamerican
there’s no apology necessary.  But it speaks incredibly well of you that you would offer one, regardless.  Good luck, and you’ll be in my prayers.

In no particular order, we shall tackle this swatch of Red State wallpaper samples.

Also Mike D with the masterplan (oooh, God Damn!), who the **** uses the term “score” for two decades anymore, other that pretentious, overwrought chumpsticks?  I’m disappointed a lo and an ere were not used too.  Also, don’t you really mean “the fourth quarter of our first score”? That’s getting sloppy.

Second, thank goodness realamerican is gonna fire up the broadband to C. J.C. to intercede for our fallen hero.  I can only imagine the laudry list going back to Watergate co-conspirators.
Third, that trevino, love that guy.  Just don’t move while I call Munchwagon Control for a tranq dart filled with Thorazine.  Explain to me why people always used to talk about him being reasonable, besides the lonely fact that he’s not this cockmuffin?
Moral of the story “personal responsibility” is for suckers, crackheads, and unwed mothers.  “Youthful indiscretion” is for the Gee-Dee Poster Boy of Patriarchy.

Future excuses for Ben crimes:

Flaming cross on neighbor’s lawn: campfire for smores/someone pissed on a cross once and that was called art, also mind your incivil partisan discourse!

Huge unsupported plagiarized smears: freedom of expression/responsible speculation, they didn’t like me anyway so that is a motive for obscure and improbable crimes, also somebody in a 500 comment thread at Eschaton (probably a RedState troll) called me a motherf*cker, which I will then restate as being accused of having a sexual realtionship with my mother.

Massive, steaming piles of crap shoveled constantly upon the heads of Americans: speaking truth to power.

And in our last word on matter, please see von at Obsidian Wings giving an example of sheer and complete partisanship.  His complete and total blinders to Domenech’s actual actions define partisanship.  Von thinks he needs to defend Ben as a conservative, but he’s not he’s defending Ben as a partisan, and his devil’s advocacy in the matter takes the hostess snack cake out of our shocked and slackened jaws.

IT IS LABELED ALLEGORY

But that won’t stop the crazies from being normal.  Which is crazy.  And they are not gonna like this one.  Hint: Click on PIMP.
The Kid Done PIMP.  Spread the WORD.

Prepare to have your tiny heart melted into a million pieces

I am proud of you son. By: DougD
Love, Dad.

Oh, WE ARE VERKLEMPT- Do you see Parrotline or Sadly, No! bringing you this emotional bathwater? I THINK NOT COBAGS!@

UPDATE!  That’s Ben’s dad, supposedly, giving him some fatherly love for taking a break from his website, BEFORE the pseudo admission of guilt. BUT after telling a bunch of lies and accusing others of totally bad behavior.

OK, Ben, the Unceasing River of Bullsh*t is Up To Your Neck

Let’s get PJ O’Rourke’s comment on your story. See Ben D. says that PJ said he could rip off the piece, and he also says that a mysterious unnamed editor at his college paper mysteriously inserted all the extra copy into his movie reviews. OK, then Ben: NAME THE EDITOR. Let me guess: Theyre N. Dantooine is the name of the editor. Let’s see if we can get his or her take on the matter.

Here is the cobag of the week: (in his own words)

Red America Ends

Red America, my new blog at washingtonpost.com, has been under attack since its launch. It is a conservative blog on a mainstream media site, so many of the attacks were expected. If one bothers to read it, I believe it stands as a welcome addition to the opinion debate.The hate mail that I have received since the launch of this blog has been overwhelmingly profane and violent. My family has been threatened; my friends have been deluged; my phone has been prank called. The most recent email that showed up while writing this post talked about how the author would like to hack off my head, and wishes my mother had aborted me.

But in the course of accusing me of racism, homophobia, bigotry, and even (on one extensive Atrios thread) of having a sexual relationship with my mother, the leftists shifted their accusations to ones of plagiarism. You can find the major examples here: I link to this source only because I believe it’s the only place that hasn’t yet written about how they’d like to rape my sister.

I know that charges of plagiarism are serious. While I am not a journalist, I have, myself, written more than one thing that has been plagiarized in the past. But these charges have also served to create an atmosphere where no matter what is said on my Red America blog, leftists will focus on things with my byline from when I was a teenager.

I can rebut several of the alleged incidents here. The most recent accusation, is that I stole a music review from Crosswalk and passed it off at National Review Online. In fact, I wrote both lists myself; I was one of Crosswalk’s music review contributors at the time.

The Left has also accused me of foisting Sen. Frist quotes and some descriptive material from the Washington Post for a New York Press article on the Capitol Shooter. But the quotes I used were either properly credited or came from Sen. Frist’s press conference, which I attended along with many other reporters. So it is no surprise that we had similar quotes or similar descriptions of the same event. I have reams of notes and interviews about the events of that day. I also went over the entire piece step by step with NYPress editors to ensure that it was unquestionably solid before it ran.

Virtually every other alleged instance of plagiarism that I’ve seen comes from a single semester’s worth of pieces that were printed under my name at my college paper, The Flat Hat, when I was 17.

In one instance, I have been accused me of passing off P.J. O’Rourke’s writing as my own in a column for the paper. But the truth is that I had met P.J. at a Republican event and asked his permission to do a college-specific version of his classic piece on partying. He granted permission, the piece was cleared with my editors at the paper, and it ran as inspired by O’Rourke’s original.

My critics have also accused me of plagiarism in multiple movie reviews for the college paper. I once caught an editor at the paper inserting a line from The New Yorker (which I read) into my copy and protested. When that editor was promoted, I resigned. Before that, insertions had been routinely made in my copy, which I did not question. I did not even at that time read the publications from which I am now alleged to have lifted material. When these insertions were made, I assumed, like most disgruntled writers would, that they were unnecessary but legitimate editorial additions.

But all these specifics are beside the point. Considering that all of this happened almost eight years ago, and that there are no files or notes that I’ve kept from that brief stint, it is simply my word against the liberal blogosphere on these examples. It becomes a matter of who you believe. [or we could just find the person that supposedly did the dastardly deeds -Pinko Punko]
The truth is, a more responsible teenager would’ve nipped this sort of thing in the bud. A less sloppy writer would have made sure that material copied from other places never made it into a published piece, and never necessitated apologies or explanations that will do nothing to stop the critics. I was wrong not to do so.

But I do have one other collegiate example that might be to the point. When I was a junior in college, I wrote an article about liberal protests against Henry Kissinger’s visit to our campus. The leftists featured in the piece tried to get me kicked out of school. They mounted a six-month campaign against me. They posted fliers about me on campus. They sent me reams of hate mail. Ultimately, they were unsuccessful – the Honor Council completely cleared my name and the article as the truth. The events of the past 72 hours seem like a rerun of that experience.

The truth is, no conservative could write for the Post without being subject to the gauntlet of the liberal attack machine. There is no question in my mind that any RedState contributor writing for this blog would have found leftists delving through his high school yearbooks and grade school book reports in an effort to discredit and defame him. And if you too were a sloppy teenage writer, your errors or the errors of others would’ve been exploded.

I have a great many friends who are willing to stand and defend me on this. I appreciate their support. I have enormous respect for Jim Brady and the vision he has at WPNI. But while the folks at washingtonpost.com understand my position and are convinced by my arguments on many of these issues, they also feel that the firestorm here will only serve to damage us all, and that there is no way this blog can continue without being permanently tagged to this firestorm. Therefore, I have resigned this position with washingtonpost.com.

This is a shame. As you all know, I am a conservative, but not a partisan – I believe had this blog been allowed to continue, it would have been a significant addition to the Post’s site. The Post showed bravery by including a conservative voice, and I hope they continue to seek that balance.

While my blog was only alive for a week, it did have one result that was encouraging. If the change of heart described here continues, it will all have been worth it.

To my friends: thank you for your support. To my enemies: I take enormous solace in the fact that you spent this week bashing me, instead of America.

Regards,

Ben

Emphasis of all the best lines and cobaggery, unapologetically ours. Thanks for taking one for America, munchstick. I’m sure America appreciates you accepting the big titty twister on her behalf. Much more effective than getting a limb blown off for America, because then America would still have to suffer the titty twister.
I would also like to take this special time we have together to say that while I have seen instances where Ben has been called a racist, homophobe and bigot I have not observed one instance of anyone claiming they want to “rape his sister.” Obviously, any statement of that sort is outrageous beyond question. However, we have the typical red herring of a complete denial of substantive criticism. Ben makes his living on the internet, and he makes his living being controversial. If he didn’t do the crime, why did he resign? I know the usual not wanting to be dragged through the blah blah blah anymore and the mystery editor blah blah.

Of course Ben’s story is less than plausible, but I would sertainly eat a huge crow sandwich if it were true. I hope the Post follows up in due course, as they have claimed they would. I also hope Ben’s college paper, The Flat Hat does their own reporting on the matter as well. In fact, The Flat Hat has found one instance of a typographical error in a byline where what was supposed to by “compiled by” was listed as “by”, so one rip is off the table.

I’ll add that if everything Ben says happens to be true, these things would still amount to a massive lack of judgement, and as far as we are concerned, the drama hounds at Red State may continue to eat it.

UPDATE!!!!!!!!!!!

HOLY LOAFWICH BATMAN:

Ben’s nemesis editor Theyre. N. Dantooine must have worked at the NRO too. Thanks, Atrioni, for the link, see you at the Playboy mansion later for our The Left meeting!

DOUBLE PLUS UPDATE!!!!!!!!!

Shorther Ben: I plagiarized myself.

“I can rebut several of the alleged incidents here. The most recent accusation, is that I stole a music review from Crosswalk and passed it off at National Review Online. In fact, I wrote both lists myself; I was one of Crosswalk’s music review contributors at the time.”

This suggests he has no idea what plagiarism even means. What’s written for Crosswalk stays at Crosswalk.

Charles Bird Does The Right Thing

and sharpens the shiv. Ben is gonna get ganked in the yard by the high-mindeds, the ones that know the troube they are in.

Charles Bird is a 100% big time boobmuffin, but he is sane enough to know that his credibility is at risk (regardless of what you thnk his credibility is to begin with) over this episode.

3Bulls! Resigns

UPDATE  ALL Ben materials and related cobaggery found here.

In the past 24 hours, we learned of allegations that Ben Domenech 3Bulls! plagiarized material that appeared under his byline in various publications prior to washingtonpost.com 3Bulls! contracting with him to write a blog that launched Tuesday.

An investigation into these allegations was ongoing, and in the interim, Domenech Bulls! has resigned, effective immediately.

When we hired DomenechBulls!, we were not aware of any allegations that he had plagiarized any of his past writings. In any cases where allegations such as these are made, we will continue to investigate those charges thoroughly in order to maintain our journalistic integrity.

Plagiarism is perhaps the most serious offense that a writer can commit or be accused of. Washingtonpost.com Blog.3bulls.net will do everything in its power to verify that its news and opinion content is sourced completely and accurately at all times.

We appreciate the speed and thoroughness with which our readers and media outlets surfaced these allegations. Despite the turn this has taken, we believe this event, among other things, testifies to the positive and powerful role that the Internet can play in the the practice of journalism.

We also remain committed to representing a broad spectrum of ideas and ideologies in our Opinions area.

Jim Brady
Executive Editor, washingtonpost.com blog.3bulls.net

(I can do it too, PP!)

Who it Injured

Apart from the fact that plagiarism is, you know, unethical and greater persons who were journalists than Terrapene carolina have had their careers ended and knocked down, it is important to remember that this wasn’t a victimless crime. Terrapene caolina’s plagiarism allowed him to do a lot mo’ better (in some ways) work for the student newspaper than his peers, which is possibly what led to his receiving a regular column at the paper. From what I’ve seen, his column was mostly immature whining with writing of a much lower grade than the critics and others he lifted from (I haven’t yet found any examples of plagiarism in that piece). But he outcompeted at least one of his peers to get the slot.

Thanks