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From the Scrapbook.

Feb 7, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 20 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
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Joining Richard “I Served in Vietnam” Blumenthal and Hillary “Sniper Fire” Clinton in beyond-the-pale résumé embellishment is Chicago mayoral candidate Carol Moseley Braun. The erstwhile U.S. senator and 2004 Democratic presidential candidate was on a Chicago radio show on January 12 when she listed among her qualifications for office her “advanced degrees from Harvard.”

Moseley Braun, a former American ambassador to New Zealand, never earned any degrees from Harvard. She did, in fact, graduate from the University of Illinois at Chicago and earned a law degree from the University of Chicago.

According to the Harvard Crimson, however, Moseley Braun’s only connection to Harvard was as a visiting fellow to the school’s Institute of Politics in 2007, a post described on its website as a “short-term fellowship [that] periodically brings distinguished veterans of public life to Harvard for a short stay.” The Moseley Braun campaign later said its candidate “misspoke.”

Gil Meche, Class Act

The Scrapbook has a new hero. Kansas City Royals pitcher Gil Meche has announced his retirement, despite being in the fourth year of a five-year contract that would have paid him an additional $12 million. But the 32-year-old pitcher wasn’t satisfied with his own performance (he went 0-5 in nine starts for the last place Royals in 2010 last year).

“When I signed my contract, my main goal was to earn it,” Meche told the New York Times last week. “Once I started to realize I wasn’t earning my money, I felt bad. I was making a crazy amount of money for not even pitching. Honestly, I didn’t feel like I deserved it. I didn’t want to have those feelings again.”

No reaction yet from the MLB Players Association. Though we can’t imagine that union or any other will be happy to hear about someone who felt bad for making a crazy amount of money while not working.

Annals of Academe

An important new scientific finding, as reported by the University of Texas at Austin: 

Men are more than twice as likely to continue dating a girlfriend who has cheated on them with another woman than one who has cheated with another man, according to new research from a University of Texas at Austin psychologist. Women show the opposite pattern. They are more likely to continue dating a man who has had a heterosexual affair than one who has had a homosexual affair. The study, published last month in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, provides new insight .  .  .

Of the provision of new insights, there is no end.

Sentences We Didn’t Finish

"The president won’t give his annual State of the Union address until later tonight, but in an important way, the speech has already worked. For the past week or so, news report after news report has dutifully relayed .  .  .” (Ezra Klein,, January 25).

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