Sunday, February 07, 2016

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Sat. February 6, 2016 The writer’s lunch. #amwriting

Sat. February 6, 2016 The writer's lunch. #amwriting When the going gets tough, the tough get Macaroni and Cheese. It rules.

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Mark Liberman: Patchwriting - June 13, 2014 Language Log

Mark Liberman: Patchwriting - June 13, 2014 Language Log

Retrieved February 4, 2016 as a result of a discussion on Facebook among a number of writers about an article on Poynter: “Is it original? An editor’s guide to identifying plagiarism:” http://www.poynter.org/2014/is-it-original-an-editors-guide-to-identifying-plagiarism/269273/

I could have sworn that I heard the term, “patchwriting” many-many years ago, but Mark Liberman has traced it back to 1993…

According to Mr. Liberman, in a June 13, 2014 article, “Patchwriting,” published on the website, “Language Log,” “patchwriting has been around for a while.” Find the article here: http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=12963

Mr. Liberman reports the origin of the term, “seems to be in Rebecca Moore Howard, ‘A plagiarism pentimento", [sic] Journal of teaching writing 1993…”

Now I do not know what I am talking about but that has never stopped me in the past. Mr. Liberman’s piece is a fascinating read for those of us who celebrate being OCD and getting lost in the weeds over such matters.

I especially appreciated the comments in which one commenter waxed poetically about Immanuel Kant’s use of language from the King James Version of the New Testament and whether or not Kant should have added quotation marks. No mention of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, but Mark Twain, Monty Python, and Shakespeare did post cameo appearances.



“Christopher Ketcham ("The Troubling Case of Chris Hedges: Pulitzer winner. Lefty hero. Plagiarist.", TNR 6/12/2014) documents several cases of sentences and even paragraphs copied verbatim, as well as other cases of "patchwriting": [sic] June 13, 2014 @ 10:37 am · Filed by Mark Liberman under Language and the media
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Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Erase the Truth

“The problem with introspection is that it has no end.” ― Philip K. Dick http://kevindayhoffart.blogspot.com/2016/02/the-problem-with-introspection-is-that.html

“This, to me, is the ultimately heroic trait of ordinary people; they say no to the tyrant and they calmly take the consequences of this resistance.” ― Philip K. Dick
I was looking for www.erasethetruth.com.

Actually I had hoped it was another movie adapted from the work of Philip K. Dick....

Then again, it could have been the website for a certain candidate for mayor... Although I cannot mention her name because of my contract with the Baltimore Sun. Oh, well - gee, never mind. Nothing to see here folks, just move along. Onward through the day.

Okay, moving right along…. Let’s see… In the words of Mr. Dick, “My schedule for today lists a six-hour self-accusatory depression.” ― Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? http://kevindayhoff.blogspot.com/2013/04/erase-truth.html

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Updated Feb. 3, 2016 to remove all the dead links and added some additional material – just saying. What a pain.

The Bureau: XCOM Declassified 'Erase The Truth' Trailer
Published on Aug 14, 2013
The Bureau: XCOM Declassified (formerly XCOM) is an upcoming video game in the X-COM series, currently in development by 2K Marin to be released by 2K Games for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. XCOM, in development since 2006, was unveiled as a first-person shooter in June 2010 and since then it has been repeatedly delayed and changed. In April 2013, the game was rebranded as The Bureau: XCOM

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The roads are slippery and in some cases they are still snow covered. Be safe out there #snowday #Westminster #CarrollCounty #WestminsterFireCo

Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016 15:28 CT: INJ PERSON/BLS RT 31 / UNIONTOWN RD BOX: 0332 DUE: X37 dispatched for a Sledding accident on McDaniel College sledding hill Transported to Carroll priority three – minor non-life threatening injuries.

15:27 CT: PEDESTRIAN STRUCK SHEETZ @304 E MAIN ST BOX: 0333 DUE: X37 E31 Transported to Carroll priority three – minor non-life threatening injuries

The roads are slippery and in some cases they are still snow covered. The road conditions and increased calls are straining emergency response. Be safe out there. #snowday #Westminster #CarrollCounty #WestminsterFireCo

People keep going to this home looking for their lost phones — and nobody knows why

People keep going to this home looking for their lost phones — and nobody knows why People keep going to this home looking for their lost phones — and nobody knows why http://kevindayhoff.blogspot.com/2016/01/people-keep-going-to-this-home-looking.html
If your lost cellphone says it’s at this house, it isn’t


Christina Lee and Michael Saba live in an Atlanta house where several strangers come accusing them of having stolen their phones. Strangely, the phones are never there, and it's because missing-phone apps are mysteriously routing to this home. (Jhaan Elker/The Washington Post)

For months now, angry strangers have been showing up at Christina Lee and Michael Saba's front door with a curious demand: "Give me back my stolen phone!"

Sometimes, families will show up; other times, it's groups of friends or a random person with a police officer in tow, according to Fusion. Despite using different service providers, everyone who bangs on their door has been led to the suburban Atlanta home by a phone-tracking app.

The problem — as the couple desperately tries to explain visitors — is that the missing phones aren't at the house and never have been.

They are not, in fact, thieves. Saba is an engineer; Lee is a journalist.

The pair doesn't understand why exactly, but both Android and iPhone users on various networks are being directed to their house by phone-tracking apps.
Once the awkward situation is explained, most lost-phone-seekers are understanding. But the couple told Fusion that a smaller number of people who place absolute faith in their tracking technology are convinced that the couple is lying, provoking potentially volatile conflicts.

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On several occasions, Fusion reports, the problem has led to serious misunderstandings, such as an incident in which the couple briefly became suspects in a missing persons case:

In June, the police came looking for a teenage girl whose parents reported her missing. The police made Lee and Saba sit outside for more than an hour while the police decided whether they should get a warrant to search the house for the girl’s phone, and presumably, the girl. When Saba asked if he could go back inside to use the bathroom, the police wouldn’t let him.

“Your house is a crime scene and you two are persons of interest,” the officer said, according to Saba.

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Comptroller Franchot Halts Returns from Baltimore Businesses amid Pattern of Questionable Filings

Comptroller Franchot Halts Returns from Baltimore Businesses amid Pattern of Questionable Filings

-Effective Immediately Pending Investigation of Several Liberty Tax Franchises-

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (January 27, 2016) – Comptroller Peter Franchot today announced that his office would suspend processing electronic tax returns from several Liberty Tax Service franchise locations in the Baltimore metropolitan area due to a high volume of questionable returns received.

The businesses, which have been sent written notice of the action, are located at: 2400 E Monument St., Baltimore; 7730 Wise Ave., Dundalk; 1742 W North Ave., Baltimore; 2401 Liberty Heights Ave., Baltimore; 1808 Pennsylvania Ave., Baltimore; 3308 Greenmount Ave., Baltimore; and 503 W Lexington St., Baltimore.

Comptroller Franchot, pursuant to the recently signed IRS Security Memorandum of Understanding ("MOU"), has shared this information with other tax agencies. The Comptroller’s Office also has advised the Office of the Attorney General and the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation of the decision, so that they can take any additional appropriate actions.

The suspicious characteristics detected on the tax returns prompting the determination included:

*Business income reported when taxpayers did not own a business.

*Refund amounts requested much higher than previous year tax returns.

*Inflated and/or undocumented business expenses.

*Dependents claimed when taxpayer did not provide required 50 percent support or care.

*Inflated wages and withholding information.


Taxpayers should carefully review their returns for these issues and should be suspicious if a preparer: deducts fees from the taxpayer’s refund to be deposited into the tax preparer’s account; does not sign the tax return; or fails to include the Preparer Taxpayer Identification number "P-TIN" on the return. If taxpayers suspect fraud, they are asked to immediately report the issue to the Comptroller's Office by calling 1-800-MD-TAXES (1-800-638-2937) or 410-260-7980 in Central Maryland or by emailing TAXHELP@comp.state.md.us.
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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Thoughtful nonpartisan commentary on the current 2016 presidential election.

Thoughtful nonpartisan commentary on the current 2016 presidential election.

It increasingly appears that we have a choice between several  unpleasant alternatives - We have a choice between bad and worse.

Best thoughtful non-partisan description I have heard yet about the circular firing squad that is the current state of affairs in both the Democratic and Republican presidential races… "Good gets better, bad gets worse."

Tues., Jan. 26, 2016 - The calls for service just keep coming at the Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Co. No. 1:

Tues., Jan. 26, 2016 - The calls for service just keep coming at the Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Co. No. 1:  15:53 CT:VC RESCUE CHAPEL RD / RT 27  BOX:0302 DUE:X37 E31 E102 RS9

Monday, January 25, 2016

Jan. 24, 2016 on our way to the Westminster Fire Dept. we took a few snow pictures of Westminster City Hall.

Jan. 24, 2016 on our way to the Westminster Fire Dept. we took a few snow pictures of Westminster City Hall – Emerald Hill. Since 1842 the home of founding father J.K. Longwell has stood a silent stoic sentry guarding Westminster against the vagaries of the weather and the test of time.

On Sunday evening Jan. 24, 2016, Caroline and I stopped by the Westminster Fire Department

On Sunday evening Jan. 24, 2016, Caroline and I stopped by the Westminster Fire Department to see if there was anything we could do to lend a hand. #Blizzard2016 #snowday #firefighter

Sunday, January 24, 2016

When the going gets tough, the tough get #chocolate. #Blizzard2016 #snowday.

When the going gets tough, the tough get #chocolate. #Blizzard2016 #snowday. It takes a great deal of energy to watch Caroline shovel snow. She's wonderful

Police, fire departments prepare for upcoming snowstorm By Heather Mongilio Carroll County Times Jan. 21, 2016


Police, fire departments prepare for upcoming snowstorm By Heather Mongilio Carroll County Times Jan. 21, 2016 http://kevindayhoffwestgov-net.blogspot.com/2016/01/police-fire-departments-prepare-for.html






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Area closings and delays for this weekend.

Record amount of snow might descend on the Carroll County area today into the weekend, but the Manchester Volunteer Fire Department isn't backing down from the winter challenge.

"We're ready. Bring it on," said Richard Dell, a spokesman for the fire department.

Like other Carroll fire companies, the department has been preparing for the snow, checking its equipment and preparing its station to house firefighters, emergency medical technicians and paramedics who will weather the storm at the station in order to make sure there will be staff available to cover emergencies. The upcoming storm, dubbed Jonas, could bring 18 to 24 inches of snow by the time it stops, according to the National Weather Service.

"We're here to take care of the people in our community, and we'll do that," Dell said.

Many of the departments are equipped with snow chains and four-wheel-drive vehicles. The Manchester department's ambulances are all four-wheel drive, and the company also has two four-wheel-drive utility vehicles, Dell said.

Fire and police departments also work with the county to make sure the roads they need to use are clear, Westminster Volunteer Fire Department spokesman Kevin Dayhoff said.

"The relationships that we have with the city and the county are invaluable," Dayhoff said.













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Maryland State Police: Caution Urged As Snow Storm Moves In January 20, 2016 http://news.maryland.gov/msp/2016/01/20/caution-urged-as-snow-storm-moves-in/ (Pikesville, MD) – Maryland State Police are urging drivers to use caution and think twice before heading out this weekend due to the potential snow storm. http://kevindayhoff.blogspot.com/2016/01/maryland-snowmageddon-snowpocalypse.html


Mary Morris - “Snow” an Adele "Hello" Parody (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO) http://kevindayhoffart.blogspot.com/2016/01/mary-morris-snow-adele-hello-parody.html

Post Offices Close Early Due to Winter Storm Jonas January 22, 2016 http://kevindayhoffwestgov-net.blogspot.com/2016/01/post-offices-close-early-due-to-winter.html


Snowtastrophe - These days big government cannot get anything right. Friday, Jan. 22, 2015 Kevin Dayhoff http://kevindayhoff.blogspot.com/2016/01/snowtastrophe-these-days-big-government.html

Update: All services at Grace Lutheran Church in Westminster cancelled for this weekend http://kevindayhoffwestgov-net.blogspot.com/2016/01/grace-lutheran-westminster-sat-eve-and.html

1:33 pm, Saturday, January 22, 2015

At 1:33 this afternoon, it was announced that all services have been cancelled for this weekend. Which is good because everybody needs to stay home and stay off the roads. Just saying.


Snowtastrophe - These days big government cannot get anything right.

Friday, Jan. 22, 2015 Kevin Dayhoff http://kbetrue.livejournal.com/468852.html

Saturday afternoon, Jan. 22, 2016 4:45 pm: “…Really - everyone ought to stay off the roads unless you are a first responder. I've been doing this stuff for 45 years and I have a heavy 4-wheel drive truck and even I have just stayed home. This stuff is for the young responders... Some days I feel my age. Some days I know my age.”



Pulling the car out of the snow. An April 2004 cautionary tale video in my collection about a couple of fellas helping someone who got his car stuck in the snow… Wait for it… Wait for it…. https://www.facebook.com/kevindayhoff/videos/10206886842303160/?l=7977495684484721477

State of Emergency Declared for Carroll County - Westminster, Saturday, January 23, 2016 8:00 a.m. http://kevindayhoffwestgov-net.blogspot.com/2016/01/state-of-emergency-declared-for-carroll.html




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Marylanders Urged to Continue to Stay Off Roads, Prepare for Power Outages http://kevindayhoff.blogspot.com/2016/01/marylanders-urged-to-continue-to-stay.html

January 23, 2016



MARYLANDERS URGED TO CONTINUE TO STAY OFF ROADS TO HELP PLOWING CREWS, PREPARE FOR POSSIBLE POWER OUTAGES

MEMA CONTINUES TO COORDINATE RESOURCES, ASSIST LOCAL JURISDICTIONS

REISTERSTOWN, Md. (January 23, 2016) — Snow continues to fall throughout Maryland and wind gusts have picked up in some areas of the state. The Maryland Emergency Management Agency urges residents to stay off the roads so highway crews can continue plowing operations.

Governor Hogan Closes I-70 and I-270 to Safely Clear the Interstates of Snow


January 23, 2016 

Motorists Encouraged to Stay Off All Roads

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