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Indentured Servant?

May 28, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 35 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
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Pointing to the cousin turns out to have been a heap big mistake by the Warren campaign. Five recipes in Pow Wow Chow were credited to “Elizabeth Warren—Cherokee.” Last Friday, Howie Carr reported that at least a couple of them appear to have been plagiarized, almost word for word, from a 1979 article by Pierre Franey, distributed by the New York Times News Service (“Cold Omelets with Crab Meat” and “Crab with Tomato Mayonnaise Dressing”).

Truly, you can’t make it up. The Scrapbook is indebted for many of these piquant details to the indispensable Legal Insurrection blog by William A. Jacobson, an associate clinical professor at Cornell Law School. We highly recommend his blog, which has been all over this story, to aficionados of the most self-destructive Senate campaign in living memory.


Bureaucratese in Our Time

As a taxpayer in Arlington, Va., a one-party liberal fiefdom, The Scrapbook can assure you that the era of austerity has yet to arrive in bedroom communities surrounding Washington, D.C.

To wit, we are in receipt of an email update from the Arlington County department of parks and recreation, alerting “stakeholders” (i.e., neighbors) of progress on a modest park that is about to be improved to the tune of $1.46 million—small beans by Arlington standards, believe it or not. The money is not the noteworthy  part of this missive, though. What is really striking is, rather, the exuberant, even extravagant bureaucratese:

This project will use many sustainable building practices to develop a multi-faceted urban park with a plaza, open lawn, demonstration garden, and community canine area, among other amenities. The new urban park will not only has [sic] a wide array of functionality for our diverse community but also will use design applications that are at the forefront of sustainability practices such as permeable paving surfaces, alternative energy, recycled storm water for use throughout the park, and recycled materials in its construction.

Multi-faceted? Wide array of functionality? “Canine,” instead of dog? The Scrapbook supposes that if you’re not pinching pennies, it shouldn’t be surprising that you’re not skimping on the syllables, either. Have a great weekend, you stakeholder, you!

Communism Today

Letters to the editor of the British tabloid the Morning Star (about the politics of which, all you need to know is that the paper was founded as the Daily Worker):

I often wonder why so many of its readers find the Morning Star so exasperating. Despite its condemnation of zionists it yet finds space to include an item in its daily quiz about Israel’s national bird.

Is the Star not aware there’s a cultural boycott going on?

And then, despite its condemnation of the Bahrain Grand Prix and rightly so, it then goes on to tell us who won.

For goodness sake comrades, get your act together.

George Abendstern


The Morning Star has always been the newspaper you could rely on to support the cause of the Palestinians, so why of all the birds in the world did you choose the Israeli national bird to include in your quiz?

Maybe you don’t support the methods chosen by the International Solidarity Movement of BDS [boycott, divestment, sanctions] to assist the Palestinians in their struggle for freedom and justice—a demand that came from them originally.

This includes any reference to their wildlife.

Linda Clair



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