Monday, September 3, 2012

Labor Day

Labor Day is one of my favorite holidays. A day off from work that comes with no obligations whatsoever. It is just an extra day off, the working man's holiday. And what could the working man want more from life than a three day weekend? With no obligations except to kick back and relax? No in-laws to visit, no shopping that needs to be done, no cards and candy, nothing much to attend. Just a day off hanging out and relaxing. It is the one holiday out of the year that is completely appropriate to the topic it celebrates. Not all of them really are.

The Looney Views News Never Fails To Delight

You may recall from an article we posted here last week (click here) that Hail Hamilton's column on "The Green Thing" appeared to be mostly swiped from the writings of somebody else. The term we used at the time was "misappropriated," mostly because The Tattler is far too polite a place to ever use a word like plagiarism. But that is pretty much what it appeared to be.

Before my post on this matter went up I sent a courtesy e-mail to Susan Henderson pointing out Hail 's inappropriate use of a piece of writing that wasn't actually his, and the reply that I received did show that she was concerned about this. Here is how Susan replied:

"Thanks for the information. I did find it on the internet after reading your email and will note that in next week's paper. Good to know are such a committed reader! :)"

That was on August 26, smiley face and all. As most know, a lot can occur in the course of a week. And apparently something did happen at the headquarters of Sierra Madre's adjudicated newspaper, because what finally did make the paper was not quite in the spirit of Susan's initial response to the news.

Here is what was said:

"Editor's note: Last week's column about the conversation with the young cashier by Hail inadvertently failed to include the following: 'This story was found on the Internet but was worthy of sharing with you.'"

The Looney Views News might not be much in the way of a news source, mostly because it doesn't really try to be one. But as a comedy resource it isn't too bad. You know, in a kind of Green Acres - Hooterville sort of a way.

Anyway, enjoy your Labor Day. Work resumes on Tuesday, of course. But we can get back to that later.

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22 comments:

  1. Proofreaders of the world unite! Fire in the hills.

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  2. Hardly a typo! A typo is a transposed number or a missing digit, an incorrectly spelled word. Omitting credit for an appropriated article is, well, it's plagerism. I now doubt anything Hail Hamilton writes is his own.

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    1. The best clue in deciding whether Hail has written a particular column is if it makes sense or not. If it does then he didn't write it. Obviously he wrote this week's column.

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  3. According to the Editor of the Mountain Views News it was the column that neglected to credit the Internet, which absolves anyone involved with the paper of any guilt whatsoever. Hopefully the column was spoken to and we will not see a repeat of this unfortunate occurrence.

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  4. I thought Susan had minored in journalism when she got her law degree from Berkley! Guess she missed class on plagerism.

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  5. Welcome back, Tattler! Life is now complete and back on track for a politically re-charged fall leading up to the election - local of course. John Crawford, we missed you.

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  6. How did the word "Ralphs" get into the story worth repeating? Susan, you are an idiot.

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  7. I challenge Susan to print this in her "paper"

    This rather brilliantly cuts thru all the political doublespeak we get.
    It puts it into a much better perspective.

    Lesson # 1:

    * U.S. Tax revenue: $2,170,000,000,000
    * Fed budget: $3,820,000,000,000
    * New debt: $ 1,650,000,000,000
    * National debt: $14,271,000,000,000
    * Recent budget cuts: $ 38,500,000,000

    Let's now remove 8 zeros and pretend it's a household budget:

    * Annual family income: $21,700
    * Money the family spent: $38,200
    * New debt on the credit card: $16,500
    * Outstanding balance on the credit card: $142,710
    * Total budget cuts so far: $3.85

    Got It ?????

    OK now Lesson # 2: Here's another way to look at the Debt Ceiling:

    Let's say, You come home from work and find there has been a sewer
    backup in your neighborhood....and your home has sewage all the way up
    to your ceilings.

    What do you think you should do ......

    Raise the ceilings, or pump out the crap?

    Your choice is coming Nov. 2012.

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    1. Cute. Naive, but cute.

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  8. This is an easy one; obviously get a government subsidy to cover the cost of raising the roof. Bart Doyle can recommend some builders who are experienced in the area of green high rise transit oriented sewage retention systems.

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  9. I just want to know where you all get a copy of this "paper." I can never find one.

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  10. If you venture downtown it can be found stacked in front of liquor stores and realty offices.

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  11. Be sure to pick up a few extra copies. There's always more room in the recycle bin.

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  12. The more copies you take, the more she can boast of high circulation. If they all stay in the racks, then the circulation will go down.

    If Susan reads any authentic newspaper she would know how to make a correction. CORRECTION: Last week's column written by Hale Hamilton was taken from the internet and written by _____________. (who ever wrote the article.)

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  13. Call on me! Call on me! I have a question... if Susan order the number of copies printed, her family delivers the printed paper to the outlets, and takes away the left behind copies, who in fact is doing the counting? I believe you to be wrong. Leaving copies in the rack will not accomplish anything. Taking all the copies will not accomplish anything. The number of copies ordered from the printer is the figure on which circulation is based.

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  14. How could Susan put out a paper this week? Half her staff and their groupies are at Burning Man getting wacked and naked.

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    1. Is that the place where certain people in the canyon, go to a nudist colony every year out in the desert?
      The same two people who slandered MacGillivray for Mosca and Moran?
      These are very bad people.

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    2. Charlie and Kim are very bad people....riiiiiggghhhtt!

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  15. The number of copies Henderson Poole Carpenter whatever prints is a number shrouded in mystery. She will not allow anyone to know. The speculation I heard was that she had something on the printer she uses that keeps him quiet too.

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  16. Does she PAY this printer, or is he in line with all the other victims?

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    1. No pay, no papers. Unlike the other victims it's cash on the barrelhead.

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    2. You sure about that 1:31?

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