May 28, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 35 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
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:
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!
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):
Emails We Didn’t Read
"Subject: Statement by the President on the Passing of Donna Summer.”
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