August 23, 2008

Biden: A Wiki-Wacky VP Pick (UPDATE: Biden 1988 Prez Wiki Worked Over)

Filed under: Scams,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:54 am

Wiki has already said (since modified; see Update below) all there needs to be said about Biden’s problems with the truth during his 1988 presidential campaign (paragraph breaks added by me; bolds are mine):

….. in September 1987, the campaign ran into serious trouble when he was accused of plagiarizing a speech by Neil Kinnock, then-leader of the British Labour Party. Though Biden had correctly credited the original author in all speeches but one, the one where he failed to make mention of the originator was caught on video.

Within days, it was also discovered that, while at Syracuse Law School, Biden had plagiarized a law review article in a class paper he wrote. Biden said the act was inadvertent due to his not knowing the proper rules of citation, and Biden was permitted to retake the course after receiving a grade of F in the course.

Biden also released at the same time the record of his grades as an undergraduate which were C’s and D’s with the exception of two A’s in physical education, one B in a course on English writers and an F in ROTC during his first three semesters. His grades improved later in his undergraduate career but were not exceptional.

Further, when questioned by a New Hampshire resident about his grades in law school Biden had claimed falsely to have graduated in the “top half” of his class, (when he actually graduated 76th in a class of 85) that he had attended on a full scholarship, and had received three degrees. In fact he had received a single B.A. in history and political science and had not received a full scholarship.

Faced with these revelations, Biden withdrew from the nomination race on September 23, 1987, saying his candidacy had been overrun by “the exaggerated shadow” of his mistakes.

Wow. Three whoppers in one answer to one person.

This guy wrote the book on resume enhancement. The very valid “shadow” Biden complained of remains, and is perhaps further exaggerated if there has been no public act of contrition for over 20 years.

He’ll be “write” at home with that “Dreams of My Father” Fabricator and that autobiographical composite creator (discussed here and here)– “The One” I refer to as “Mr. BOOHOO-OUCH” (Barack O-bomba Overseas Hussein “Obambi” Obama – Objectively Unfit Coddler of Haters).

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UPDATE: Oh, I see that Wiki’s busy bees are already at work on Biden’s entry.

The above was obtained from the entry as it existed last night at about 10 PM.

Here’s how that same segment looks now (paragraph breaks added by me; bolds are mine):

….. in September 1987, the campaign ran into serious trouble when he was accused of plagiarizing a speech by Neil Kinnock, then-leader of the British Labour Party. Though Biden had correctly credited the original author in all speeches but one, the one where he failed to make mention of the originator was caught on video.

Within days, it was also discovered that, while a first year law student at Syracuse Law School, Biden had plagiarized a law review article in a class paper he wrote. Though the then-dean of the law school, as well as Biden’s former professor, played down the incident of plagiarism, they did find that Biden drew “chunks of heavy legal prose directly from” the article in question. Biden said the act was inadvertent due to his not knowing the proper rules of citation, and Biden was permitted to retake the course after receiving a grade of F, which was subsequently dropped from his record.

Biden also released his undergraduate grades, which were unexceptional.

Further, when questioned by a New Hampshire resident about his grades in law school Biden had claimed falsely to have graduated in the “top half” of his class, (when he actually graduated 76th in a class of 85) that he had attended on a full scholarship, and had received three degrees. In fact he had received two majors, History and Political Science, and a single B.A., as well as a half scholarship based on financial need.

Faced with these revelations, Biden withdrew from the nomination race on September 23, 1987, saying his candidacy had been overrun by “the exaggerated shadow” of his mistakes.

Among other things, isn’t it amazing how the details of those grades disappeared?

Here are the pictures.

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Quote of the Day: Human Events, December 2005 (also see Update)

RomneyEntry #8 in the publication’s “Top 10 RINOs” list at the time:

8. Gov. Mitt Romney (Mass.)
Has said, “I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country.” Supports civil unions and stringent gun laws. After visiting Houston, he criticized the city’s aesthetics, saying, “This is what happens when you don’t have zoning.”

Among the many noted RINOs at the time Human Events didn’t consider to be as bad as Romney: Ohioans Bob Taft, Mike DeWine, and George Voinovich.

Yet during the campaign, Human Events gave Romney several extended softball interviews. In this one on December 28, 2007, Romney was never asked about civil unions, didn’t challenge his previous support of stringent gun laws, and only asked about whether women who have abortions should be prosecuted — a position no presidential candidate that I know of held.

And there was this powderpuff:

Governor, what’s your reasoning behind saying that questions about your faith are un-American?

What could possibly (po$$ibly?) explain this?

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UPDATE: Related and strangely forgotten – Romney did not participate in a “Values Voter” debate in September 2007 (neither did Rudy Giuliani, Fred Thompson, or John McCain).

Romney’s empty chair was asked the following question:

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Unfortunately, that’s the best answer he could have given, present or absent.

But what about the “pornography” part of the question? Where did that come from?

Well, here (“Romney Criticized for Hotel Pornography”) and here (a Salt Lake City Deseret News editorial, “The nasty taint of porn”).

According to a July 2007 Associated Press article carried in the Washington Post (never disputed by Romney, as far as I can tell):

Romney said his current concern is not about pornography per se, but children unwittingly stumbling upon it on the Internet or television.

Even though this position directly contradicts that of alleged social conservatives, Romney is now getting support from many of them, including some who were criticizing him in the July 2007 AP article (yeah, I’m talking to you, Tony Perkins).

What could possibly (po$$ibly?) explain this?

Positivity: Awards for sea rescue heroes

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:55 am

From the UK:

07:00 – 23-August-2008

WO Paignton teenagers have been awarded the Royal Humane Society award after they saved two girls from drowning.

Sam McMahon, 15, and his pal Joe Richards, 14 leapt into the sea at Preston Sands after they saw two 12-year-old girls being swept into stormy seas by a freak wave. Holly Osborne and Abigail both from Kingskerswell were dragged into the ‘heavy sea with big waves battering the beach’.

Hero, Sam, a pupil at Paignton Community College, said: “I didn’t know we had won the award, I knew we had been nominated for it.”

Sam remembered the day in June when he and Joe plucked the drowning girls from the water as currents prevented the girls from standing up.

“We had been body-boarding and we came out and we saw them in the water and the waves were scary. We didn’t think about it too much we just ran in and got them.”

Joe, a pupil at King Edward VI Community College in Totnes was in Cornwall yesterday, but his dad Keith said: “I am very proud of him, he’s a good lad and he definitely deserves to receive this award, especially as there were a lot of onlookers and the boys decided to get the girls out on their own accord. We are very proud of him.” …..

Go here for the rest of the story.