Sunday, August 26, 2012

Hail Hamilton's Unfortunate Misappropriation In This Week's Mountain Views News

Hail Hamilton, as I am certain many regular Tattler readers are aware, gave one of the nastier speeches ever delivered in this town. Which is saying a lot. The occasion was the 2010 City Council Reorganization, and as the biggest mouth from the ugly mob attending the seating of the so-called "Civility Council" that fateful evening, Hail spun one of the most bizarre screeds ever heard in Council Chambers. If you have yet to witness Hail's walk on the wild side, you can link to it on the Neuroblast Films site by clicking here.

Hamilton was later widely condemned for this little speech, even by those whose favor he was trying so hard to obtain. Later he published an apology of sorts in the Mountain Views News, but even there he showed some confusion over all of the criticism. After all, he didn't say anything that hadn't been quietly passed around by the Civility Slate and its supporters during the election campaign. The residue of which, by the way, is our current Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem. Perhaps the most inept and unqualified this City has ever seen, which is also saying a lot.

But so much for the memories. In this week's Mountain Views News, on its op-ed page to be exact, regular columnist Hamilton published something that at first pass seems pretty good. Entitled "We Didn't Have The 'Green Thing' Back Then," it details quite eloquently some of the generational biases and foibles shown in today's heated discussions over what it means to be "Green." With, in this case, the older generation coming off quite favorably. Especially when compared with some examples of the ham-handed hypocrisies evident in the youthful hubris shown by certain segments of Greenie crowd.

As a matter of fact, it appears to be one of the best columns Hail Hamilton has ever written for that paper. Which is where the problem lies. Even though he published this piece under his own name, and under the column's usual masthead, Hail did not write it. Instead he took it from somewhere else and claimed it for his own.

The first instance of "The 'Green' Thing" column that I can find was published in a New Left kind of publication out of Columbus OH called The Free Press. Their quaint motto being "Speaking Truth To Power Since 1970." The author of the Free Press piece is a Denny Roberge, and his column was committed to print on August 8, 2011. Or more than a year before Hail Hamilton laid his claim to it. You can verify this by clicking here.

Sometime after that date this word stack went viral. Many other publications picked up on the piece, and it also became the stuff of widely circulated e-mails and Facebook postings. I received a copy in an e-mail at work, which is why I recognized the misappropriation when I saw it in the MVN.

If you go to Google and type in the title of Hail's filched column, you will witness page after page of references and links to this piece of writing. It is quite obvious that Hail Hamilton did not write it.

Yet another low for our adjudicated weekly, the Mountain Views News. There have been so many.

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56 comments:

  1. Finally, Hail writes a good column. And you, Mr. Whippersnapper, go and dump on him. Thanks. A. Lot.

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    1. Hail plagiarizations show impeccable taste.

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  2. Wait a minute, somebody other then the editor of the "Looney Views" is stealing and lieing about it! Iam shocked.....

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  3. That Hail guy is very scary. I don't like being around him as some alarm in me goes off and I want to flee the area. I can't explain it but I'm just glad the police are around in city hall when he speaks, I bet you that guy owns a gun or two.

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    1. Yes, 7:55 I feel the same way! I really think this man may be psychotic.
      It is also very troubling that this man teaches at a public school, I believe? I think he does.
      Susan Henderson would publish such stuff, she has zero integrity, that is very well known here.

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  4. Time and again we have been shamed by this paper. Yet still City Hall continues to prop it up. So what is the lesson our children should take away from this? That it is OK to plagiarize?

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  5. Crawford, you are such a nitpicker. Hail's article is clearly original. He changed "store" to "Ralphs." That's good original writing, and you know it. Now, if had said "Albertsons," he would deserve a Pulitzer Prize. Why don't you lighten up and learn how to call a unit a suite.




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  6. Hail, your article is both both good and original. Unfortunately the part that is good is not original and the part that is original is not good. (Yeah I made that up--don't go looking for it on the internet.)

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    1. Very good, 8:23. I knew you did not make this up! LOL

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  7. 1,000,844 hits. Wonder how many hits Elizabeth Wistar's site is up to?

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    1. The last time I saw Elizabeth she was face down in the mud at the 4th of July Chamber of Commerce beer garden. I asked her exactly how many hits her blog had received to date, and I am pretty sure she said 43 million.

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    2. Did you attempt to pick her up out of the mud,8:46?
      Oh, I suppose it wasn't necessary, after all, she lives in DIRT.

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    3. She seemed at peace there. Even her glitter looked shinier than usual.

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  8. Hail's rant at the council meeting ranks right up there with Nancy's "We'll take you out" fantasy, and Buchanan's defense of the Cumquat. Eloquent and civil people, to be sure.

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    1. I think it's so funny that someone like Hail Hamilton can be so very uncivil while he is busy calling someone else uncivil. There is a major disconnect there. Maybe this is why he needs to steal articles from others.

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    2. Hail needs to steal the material of others because he doesn't have original ideas and cannot write very well.

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    3. I hated hearing that speech again, because he spits venom, and that's what the Dirts and the Downtown Investment Club people do when they are upset. They are full of such anger, and they project it on others. Calling the slow growth preservationists an angry mob and that sort of thing is nothing more than a projection.

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    4. In that video Hamilton literally shakes with rage.

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  9. Re Denny Roberge's article:

    Eloquently wry? Yes. An appeal to nostalgia? Absolutely. A truthful rendition of the differences between generations? Hardly.

    You see, while it may be true that the older customer in the checkout line did without the listed modern, energy consuming products at some point in her life, it is also quite likely that her generation created the demand for those energy consuming staples of modern life and indeed supplied the inventors, engineers, and marketing professionals who brought them to us.

    Without regard to where you stand on “green” issues, it is simply disingenuous for anyone to claim that some, as a result of age, are not part of those issues.

    Pre-modern utopias are nothing more than fiction.

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    1. When I received that story in emails, what struck me is that hubris is not the property of any one generation. They both come off as arrogant.

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  10. 4 things you need to believe to be a Wistarian:
    1) Susan and Hail are civil
    2) Nancy Walsh is smart
    3) Joe Mosca is honest
    4) Josh Moran is the kind of man any mother would be happy to see her daughter dating.

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    1. Remember this too,
      all these above dirts were friends of Robert(Bob) Matheson, convicted child pornographer.

      Real nice!

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    2. Good point. Bob Matheson was an outspoken fan of the Civility Slate. Very vocal in his support.

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    3. Matheson is the perfect symbol for the Civility Slate. All nice on the outside, but wicked cruel on the inside.

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  11. Back then, back then....back then women died from having abortions in back rooms, back then blacks had to ride in the back of the bus and use separate entrusted, back then cars spewed emissions that contained lead, back then crops were sprayed with DDT, back then doctors actually encouraged smoking, back then industrial waste was dumped directly into our water system, back then, back then, back then....back then is a moot point, what concerns me is....from here on.

    Hamilton, you are a joke....

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    1. Well said, 10:42. That whole 'greatest generation' nonsense has grown tedious.

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  12. Susan Henderson,
    Will you suspend Hail Hamilton from his column? Even the NY Times suspends plagiarizers.

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    1. Plagiarism is a serious offense in the world of journalism. I don't see what that has to do with Susan's paper, though.

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    2. I can't understand how Hamilton thought he wouldn't get caught.

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    3. Huh 11:43? Henderson is responsible for everything that gets published in that 'paper'. It's done on her watch.

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    4. Hail will take the blame. Susan will accept no responsibility.

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  13. I must agree with your assessment of generational differences. Every generation has it's ideas and behaviors based upon what at the time seemed right and good. But, we all hopefully evolve and grow, and see some of our preconceptions get rethought and we learn where we have been in error..i.e.
    Slavery is wrong, so I don't have one,
    I pay and respect the people who work for me.
    I respect other peoples' property, etc.
    To me, the whole green agenda, is reminicent of other issues that seemed like a good idea at the time. I have learned not to fully embrace this stuff, like tearing down our downtown,only to discover, the Green Thing was not really honest, and was being pushed by the true green agenda of the developer's balance sheets.
    In the fifties, we saw government developers tear down entire neighborhoods to build huge apartment blocks to house(cage) the populous. Only after doing so, the mistake was realized, and many of these areas have either been torn down, or are havens for many of the ills we have now.

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    1. Big business will always first fight movements that seek changes for good if the changes even slightly affect profits, but when a critical mass of consumers demands those changes will either (1) claim to be the original proponent of the changes or (2) employ Madison Ave to maintain the movement's veneer while co-opting and transmogrifying its essence. "Clean coal" anyone?

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  14. Of all the material out there to plagiarize, why that inane rant? Aim high, bro.

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  15. In other news, Camden,NJ, just laid off its entire police force.

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    1. How about Camden issues conceal carry permits to all law-abiding citizens and lets see how it works out?

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  16. Who cares if Hamilton copied another article. There's no law against that unless the original article was copyrighted. Or his employer is paying him and has a policy against it. Hail didnt say he wrote it. He just put his name on it. Maybe unethical if he touts he created it but thats his conscience.

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    1. I think it is called plagiarism, which is widely recognized among people whose knuckles don't quite touch the ground as intellectual property theft. You'd be surprised at how many people get upset about that. Just ask Samsung.

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    2. Hamilton did not identify the source of the writing presented under his name = plagiarism.

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    3. ok its plagiarism so what. What personal gain did Hamilton obtain from doing so. An A on his term paper? the Pulitzer Prize, monetary gain from his employer, fame, loss from the original author? I dont see the big deal in it. Maybe unethical especially if he believes he was the author. There's bigger fish to fry than this one.

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    4. nice set of values you got there CC. Do you download videos and music for free too?

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    5. Maybe what CC means here is that the real fault doesn't lay withHail. Rather it lies with the newspaper's publisher.

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  17. Correct me if I'm wrong, but if it's fixed to a medium it's copyrighted regardless of any formal copyright registration.

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  18. If Tattlers have a personal issue with Hamiltons plagiarism, then they should form a group to connect with the original author and notify them of the crime and advise them to file a suit. Otherwise no harm no foul in my book.

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    1. Your book, does it require crayons?

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    2. I think the "CC" in the poster's ID stands for his drug dosage.

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    3. I think being called out on the Tattler as a plagiarist is sufficient.
      That is, for anyone with a conscience. Which leaves out Henderson and Hamilton.

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  20. Not sure if anyone is aware, but Hail has a book coming out soon. He's calling it The Bible.

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    1. Another work of fiction that is over plagiarized.

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  21. It is good to see individuals like CC taking a bold stand for plagiarism. That is exactly the kind of thing that makes Sierra Madre great.

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  22. Yeah, what's a little plagiarism among friends?

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    1. That's how they work it in this town. If it's not nailed down, it gets stolen.

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    2. Look at it this way. Even Matheson had his apologists.

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    3. As long as you're "civil", it's ok.

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