Plagiarism

6ED022BF-F49F-4731-84D3-1EBE76217FA7“Did you finish your homework yet?” Josh’s mother asked him.

Yeah, I’m wrapping it up. I just need to pull another snippet or two from Google and copy and paste them into my term paper,” Josh said.

“Wait, Josh,” his mother said. “You can’t just copy and paste snippets from the internet to write your paper. That’s plagiarism.”

Semantics, Mom,” Josh said. “You call it plagiarism and I call it research and leveraging.”

“It’s not just semantics,” she said. “You’re being jejune if you think you can get away with plagiarism.”

“Jejune? What’s that mean?”

“You’re so smart, Google it,” his mother said.

Josh tapped his keyboard and looked at the screen. “Okay,” he said. “Naive, simplistic.”

Exactly, and you’re being naive if you think that copying portions of your term paper directly from articles on the internet won’t be tagged as plagiarism,” she said. “There are software programs available to your professors to catch that sort of thing. You should be grateful to me for stopping you from doing something that could get you kicked out of college.”

“Thanks, Mom, but I’m going to play the odds,” Josh said. “I don’t think they’ll bother running some plagiarism program on my paper.”

“But, Josh, have you no scruples? Don’t you want to reach the full apex of your potential?” his mother asked. “Are you really going to pass someone else’s academic work as your own? Have you no shame?”

“Oh come on, Mom, now you’re being jejune.” Josh countered. “Besides, I plan to go into politics after college and you know that politicians these days have no scruples. And no shame, either.”


Written for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (homework), Weekly Prompt (snippet), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (semantics), Your Daily Word Prompt (jejune), Ragtag Daily Prompt (grateful), and Word of the Day Challenge (apex).

One-Liner Thursday — Mazie Barr the Door

90A0CA11-BB85-44ED-AAF4-6D04FE62BE84I know that I usually post one-line quotes on Wednesday in response to Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt. But yesterday, at the televised Senate Judiciary Committee hearing involving Attorney General (and Trump ass-kisser William Barr), Democratic Senator from Hawaii, Mazie Hirono, said this to Barr:

“Mr. Barr, now the American people know you’re no different than Rudy Giuliani or Kellyanne Conway or any of the other people who sacrificed their once-decent reputations for the grifter and liar who sits in the Oval Office.”

Oh Mazie, you go, girl!

But she didn’t stop there. She went on to say:

“But now we know more about your deep involvement and trying to cover up for Donald Trump. Being attorney general of the United States is a sacred trust. You have betrayed that trust. America deserves better. You should resign.”

Oh snap!

Unfortunately, the President believes that he is a dictator who is above the law and who can do whatever he wants to do — legal, ethical, moral, or otherwise. And the Attorney General of the United States, along with the Republicans in Congress, are his enablers. Barr isn’t going to resign, Republicans are not going to suddenly develop spines and scruples, and Trump isn’t going away anytime soon.

Sad.

It’s So Over

8185EF7E-7A87-44AF-94C2-ED3ADC809E04There is a reason that I don’t trust you anymore.

The infatuation I once felt for you has dissipated.

You have no scruples, no conscience, no morals.

And you lie with an incredible flare.

You’ve made it clear to me that I’m the last thing you ever really cared about.

All you care about is you.

I gave you my heart and you ripped it right out of my chest.

So now I’m walking away.

There’s nothing left of me to give to you.

It’s so over.


Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (reason), Word of the Day Challenge (trust), Your Daily Word Prompt (infatuation), Ragtag Daily Prompt (flare).