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21Jun/110

Further, clarifying, information regarding the plagiarism incident

This was originally posted on Michigan Taxes on the 14th of December, 2009 before the election. I have subsequently brought it over here. This was in response to the initial article after I was threatened with legal action (which was bullshit by the way, and they never did anything).


I previously wrote an article describing how Virginia Bernero, the daughter of Lansing mayor and potential gubernatorial candidate Virg Bernero, was responsible for plagiarism on a geology class group project. I indicated that as a result, everyone in her group, of which a friend of mine was a member, received a zero grade.

We'll just say for now that the post attracted the attention of those on the lookout for this sort of thing.

Accusations were made via comments to the original article, and otherwise, that this wasn't the case and I engaged in defamatory activity.

I've never been one to post information known to be false. Ever. I gleaned the initial information in passing from my buddy and subsequently wrote the article. Since then, I've gone back and talked with him to get further information.

When I did so, I also recorded it so the story could be known verbatim from his point of view.

Before we get to the recordings, I would like to mention one bit of clarifying information. Jerrett mentioned that he didn't pass along the URL directly with the information that he shot off to Ms. Bernero. The sources were indicated indirectly in a works cited document. As such, he concedes that he may have been able to prevent the problem in the first place.

However, as you'll hear in the recordings, it seems as though Ms. Bernero may have known the information wasn't in Jerrett's own words when she indicates that the reason the professor wants to talk to them after class was because of plagiarism.

In addition, you may also notice some inconsistencies with how the case was handled by the professor.

As promised, here is the recording of Jerrett, with myself asking the occasional clarifying question or making an occasional statement. Also included is a recording of the letter Jerrett received regarding the plagiarism in the project.

Jerrett Interview
Jerrett Letter

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21Jun/110

Virg Bernero’s progeny busted for plagiarism, sinks the ship

This was originally posted on Michigan Taxes on the 3rd of December, 2009 before the election. I have subsequently brought it over here.


As it happens to turn out, Virginia Bernero, the daughter of Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, is in my Geology 100 class.

One of the things we had to do in this class was make a poster about a national park that we were assigned.

Well, turns out a buddy of mine from another class I'm in was in her group. He had emailed her information regarding the park direct from a website and included the link. The idea was that she would take a look at the information and use it accordingly, but not by snaking the information verbatim.

Well guess what she did? Word for word, baby. The prof found out, and everyone got a zero. From when I last talked, it sounded like she was sticking with giving everyone a zero and won't be changing it. This is despite the fact that the other members of the group weren't responsible for the plagiarism.

It's almost scary the analogy that would happen if Virg became governor.

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28Mar/110

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20Mar/110

Can’t beat someone in a defamation suit because they told the truth…

... then just get a jury to side with you for "tortious interference".

Moore sued Hoff in June 2009 for at least $50,000. The suit focused on five allegedly biased and defamatory statements on Hoff's blog. Moore's attorney argued that Hoff should be responsible for comments others made on his website because Hoff had created a "defamation zone."

Moore, after being fired by the Jordan Area Community Council in January 2009, was hired at the U of M's Urban Research and Outreach/Engagement Center to study mortgage foreclosures. When Hoff found out, he wrote a post accusing Moore of being involved in a "high-profile fraudulent mortgage," one of several that resulted in a 16-year prison sentence for former real estate agent Larry Maxwell. Moore was not charged in the Maxwell case.

Hoff said he told the truth and had documentation.

District Judge Denise Reilly threw out four of the five statements, saying they were either opinion or the comments of others on the blog. With respect to the remaining statement, the jury agreed with Clark's claim that Hoff had committed "tortious interference" by meddling with Moore's employment. Clark pointed out to the jury that Hoff, in a later blog post, took partial credit for Moore's firing.

What?

But wait, it gets even better!

Don Allen was originally named as a co-defendant because he sent a letter to the U of M urging Moore's termination, then copied the letter to Hoff's blog. Before the case went to trial, he settled with Moore and testified against Hoff. Allen, who operates his own blog, "The Independent Business News Network," applauded the verdict.

"It's unfortunate for all bloggers, but you have to have some sense of responsibility," he said. "You have to attack the issues, not the individuals."

Brilliant! So this guy settles after actually sending a letter to the University of Minnesota, and then has the balls to say that Hoff needs to be responsible? Classy.

I hope like hell Hoff wins on appeal, and that the jury members who ruled in favor of the plaintiff die a painful death while their family watches.

3Mar/110

Monday morning quarterbacks and using that big stick

Ahh yes, as you may or may not know, I got attacked this past Saturday by some douche at a union rally. For those who haven't seen the video, here it is:

As I explained over at Right Michigan, there were tactical reasons for not putting that assclown in his place. I wasn't so concerned with "taking the higher road", but rather the mob that I know would form quite quickly if I threw down.

As I mentioned, I wasn't packing, therefore dealing with a mob more than happy to protect one of their own animals wasn't going to happen. Even if I was, I was the one holding the camera, so video evidence would have been slightly mitigated in the event I found myself needing it to get myself out of the legal sling for drawing down.

Unfortunately, some of the youtube crowd, those who are indeed tea partiers themselves, decided to be Monday morning quarterbacks, declaring that I pussied out. Guess what kids, I just explained why I "pussied out", and monday morning quarter-backing only works when you have ALL the information.

With that said, I personally am not against putting these animals down if they decide to bite. It's gotta be done right though. Do not expect one guy who is carrying a camera to be able to fight back and get away with it very easily - either due to legal or physical reasons.

As I mentioned (if you read my explanation for not fighting back), I wasn't packing, and even if I was, I didn't think I would have a wide enough view to roll into court, tell the prosecutor to piss off (if they actually tried pressing charges), and get away with it.

So then how do we go about putting them in their place? Numbers. I would say that you should essentially travel in a group of three at a minimum. Two people together, one doing stand off shooting. That way, if someone wants to get uppity, you can hand off the camera, and do what you have to do. Then the guy who is doing the stand off taping can get the big picture in case the law decides to take a bite.

Ideally, it'd be nice if I didn't have to be giving my advice on this matter, however, it's pretty clear as of late it's needed. Use your best discretion, but if you have to use the proverbial big stick, use it.

22Feb/110

Issues that affect property rights should only be voted on by property owners

It looks like us Lansing residents are going to have the chance to vote on increasing property taxes.

Great (of course the council could still jam it down our throats w/o a vote), but what about the people that don't own property? Of course they're going to have a vote, but the question is, should they?

I would think not. After all, it's bad enough that votes allow a majority to impose their will on the minority, but even worse that someone who "doesn't have skin in the game" would have the ability to affect its outcome.

Just a thought...

21Jan/111

Maybe I should have done more

One of the things I just love is when some clown on a conservative site starts shooting off his mouth (well, his fingers I guess) at someone who says they are going to vote, or voted for a Libertarian candidate. They usually say one of two things: That they are wasting their vote, or that they're helping the Dem candidate.

During the course of the Gubernatorial race, I, as well as a few others, essentially said "Why vote for Democrat-lite when you can vote for the real thing?". I subsequently voted for Ken Proctor, the LP candidate. It was a combination of "I'm pretty sure Snyder is going to win" and "Even if he doesn't, it probably wasn't going to be much worse".

After the State of the State address, it seems that not only was I right, but that I should have done more. I had the opportunity to do an interview with Ken, but didn't get around to doing it (I was living in Mt. Pleasant at the time). Right Michigan may not be the be-all and end-all of Michigan conservative politics, but I'm sitting here, wondering if putting an interview transcription might have made some kind of a difference.

Indeed, there are some concerns that even I have in regards to how the Libertarians want to handle the issues of defense and immigration, but I think that will be easier than having RINOs and Dem's getting their crap together.

21Jan/110

RRFAAE is back online

Due to an unfortunate case of a RAID array taking a shit, and my dumb ass not having backups, the site went down back in 2009.

But it's back thanks to Liquid Web giving me space as part of my bennies for working here. You should host with them. Yes. And I can support you.

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