Monday, February 18, 2008


Just when they had us somewhat believing that there is no central command, no tinfoil hub that spews out marching orders. Brian Fraley and Owen Robinson apparently got their signals crossed as they posted, independently of each other, and one day apart, the same piece word-for-word regarding Barack Obama's new website.

I was reading through Barrack Obama’s website to see his policy positions. He’s been touting lately that he has detailed policy positions posted on his website. He doesn’t really. He says things like he’ll create a “living wage” but fails to say what that would be. Anyway, there’s plenty to pick on, but this one made me laugh out loud.

Expand Flexible Work Arrangements: Barack Obama will address this concern by creating a program to inform businesses about the benefits of flexible work schedules for productivity and establishing positive workplaces; helping businesses create flexible work opportunities; and increasing federal incentives for telecommuting.

Really? I see companies every day trying to figure out how to offer flexible work schedules, enable home workers, and the like. It allows companies to access a wider labor pool. Most private companies get this issue and are doing everything they can do, within the confines of the needs of the business, to attract and retain good employees even if they can’t work a traditional work schedule. Meanwhile, Obama wants to spend our money to have the federal government teach private businesses how to do this? Maybe the federal government should learn something from private businesses instead of the other way around.

Thanks, guys. We believe you. You were just channeling each other. Actually, what was that you wrote, Owen, about the blind leading the ....

Can you both say "Dishonest"?

h/t Seth Zlotocha


  1. I can. But my liberal accent makes it sound like "plagiarism."

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  3. You're right, Brian. It is more ironic than dishonest that both of you would post the same thing and make it look like something you wrote. Yep, thanks for clarifying, Brian.

    Previous comment removed because of a spelling mistake. It does matter.

  4. Dishonest?


    To use someone else's words?

    But...we're allies, so it's ok, right?

    Hence, the irony.

  5. On a more positive note, only one of them spelled 'Barack' wrong.

  6. I don't know much more about the Obama/Patrick issue, only what I've read, but I do know that without attribution or some sort of explanation, you're just as guilty.

    Though now that I come to think of it, if Owen truly wrote his piece (not beamed to him), then you have done him a disservice. Unless, of course, the two of you were in on this deception together.

  7. Brian-

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but this isn't the first time something like this happened to you, is it?

  8. "...if Owen truly wrote his piece (not beamed to him)"

    If? IF!?!? Who else could write such eloquent and insightful drivel?

  9. Jokes based on plagiarism? Where'd they get that idea?

    "Who else could write such eloquent and insightful drivel?" Boots and Kittens?

    Just words, they're just words, and then there's just words.