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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Rand Paul "Circles the Wagons"


When you were young did anyone recite following idiom to you?
"Discretion is the better part of valor."


Discretion is the better part of valour.  (British & Australian literary
also Discretion is the better part of valor. (American & Australian literary)

"Something that you say which means that it is better to be careful and think before you act than it is to be brave and take risks." 
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If a person attempts to pass himself or herself off as something they truly are not; their ruse always backfires. 

Over the course of the past week, freshman senator from Kentucky and aspiring GOP presidential candidate Rand Paul has undergone a bit of a transformation. The senator may have transformed himself from one who exhibits unusual prickliness and moments of zaniness (only surpassed by his father, Ron Paul,)  to a figurative "circle the wagons" shallow man singing "Happy trails to you."  

Paul's troubles appear as tottering and loose ethics accompanied by what could be a very shallow personal values base. His problems with plagiarism via his own hands or from the minds and hands of his staff have resulted in a cataloging of speeches and writings that could serve as  prime material for a short novel. And, the story continues.

Most who visit the TPI are aware of the developing plagiarism reports focused on Rand Paul, but for sake of clarity we are re-posting reported infringements on intellectual property unbecoming of a US senator.

MSNBC Rachel Maddow Show
Rand Paul Plagiarized Speech From Wikipedia, Rachel Maddow Says
The Huffington Post  |  By 
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Did Rand Paul plagiarize his speech from Wikipedia? It sure seems that way, as Rachel Maddow pointed out on Monday. 


BuzzFeed has extensively reported on Paul's communication subterfuge. We find it interesting Paul has not lashed out at BuzzFeed as he has Rachel Maddow. "The better part of valor....", If we go about life with the highest levels of ethics and values, mitigates the prospect of lashing out at reporting media would be at the level of nil. 

Paul's verbiage lifted from Wikipedia , as reported by Maddow, pales in comparison to that lifted for Heritage Foundation and The Cato Institute (both Koch funded conservative organizations) publications.  Both organizations have indicated they see "no problems" with Paul's use of their material in the manner it is promulgated the public. Of course not!

We cannot help but wonder if the organizations would have felt same if any Democrat from Congress had extracted, used and fail to properly attribute intellectual property.



Three Pages Of Rand Paul’s Book Were Plagiarized From Think Tanks








Three Pages Of Rand Paul’s Book Were Plagiarized From Think Tanks



While unfortunate, BuzzFeed has published more case of plagiarism from the Paul team.











Two segments from Rachel Maddow that clearly point to the fallacy of Paul's acts and his response to obviously cases of plagiarism (maybe not perpetrated by Paul himself).

Short snippet as a teaser 1:43 minutes

"John Wilkes Booth was right!"  "I celebrate John Wilkes Booth's birthday...!"  

The comments are not attributable to Rand Paul, but the comments show a clear mindset of a person who has been a close Paul adviser.  

Paul should have followed the idiom above...."The better part of valor."  His "duel" comment against Maddow was crass, self-revealing and narcissistic. 

The plagiarism charges continues. Maddow finished her reporting and analysis after the tease 6:35 minutes (a must see).


Paul's Circled Wagons (Andrew Kaczynski, BuzzFeed)

Rand Paul Speech Transcripts Disappearing From His Website

 Image not from Buzzfeed (image source linked via clinking image)

Speech On Rand Paul’s Website Quietly Updated To Include Footnotes

The senator blamed plagiarism charges on “hacks and haters.” He goes "Machiavellian", while actively circling the wagon against further scrutiny.

We are admittedly biased against the Senator from Kentucky for many reasons, but our biased mindset now has an element of astonishment regarding Paul's responses to ethics infractions, he alleges he did not commit. 

There are ways out of such predicaments. Yet, Paul opts for cavalier.

" Discretion is the better part of valor."


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