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Democratic senator cites PTSD
in apparent thesis plagiarism

Fox News, by Staff

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Posted By:StormCnter, 7/24/2014 10:49:45 AM

A Montana senator who is running for re-election suggested Wednesday that medication he took for post-traumatic stress disorder after service in Iraq may have been responsible for apparently plagiarized passages in his thesis. Montana Sen. John Walsh´s thesis, which was written to earn a master´s degree from the U.S. Army War College, contains unattributed passages taken word-for-word from previously published papers. The Democrat also said he was dealing with the stress of a fellow veteran´s recent suicide. Walsh said he made an unintentional mistake and did not intend to plagiarize. "I don´t want to blame my mistake on PTSD, but I do want to

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: mitzi, 7/24/2014 10:54:46 AM     (No. 9938098)

Walsh said he made an unintentional mistake and did not intend to plagiarize

One unattributed quote is an unintentional mistake.

A thesis that´s a compilation of many unattributed quotes is plagiarism.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Susannah, 7/24/2014 10:57:38 AM     (No. 9938105)

He probably had "researchers" (i.e., ghosts) assemble the thesis for him, and didn´t realize that the passages they gave him were direct quotes. Either way, he didn´t write it.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: pessimist, 7/24/2014 11:01:50 AM     (No. 9938119)

WIth reference to the excellent comment offered by No. 1 - there´s an old military expression I´ll paraphrase, which deals with misfortunes surrounding a solider --

"First time, ´tough luck, soldier.´

"Second time, looks suspicious.

"Third time -- ENEMY ACTION."

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Reply 4 - Posted by: periwinkel, 7/24/2014 11:11:41 AM     (No. 9938137)

#2 At the War College there are no researchers, helpers, or ghosts. The men do all their own work; it is a matter of honor and they pride themselves on their writing skills. 20th century honor and skills are among the lost points of pride in the present-day civilian world...and in some cases in the military world, too.

When Walsh (D) was on active duty honor was still important among most soldiers. Obama had not had a chance to corrupt so many.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: LittleHoodedMonk, 7/24/2014 11:15:13 AM     (No. 9938142)

It´s really possible that he BOUGHT the thesis. Sounds better, but would definitely open a can of worms on his other papers.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Pilot222, 7/24/2014 11:19:34 AM     (No. 9938146)

Yes,right! I was not speeding officer.
The dog ate my homework.
I was not copying,I was staring into space.
Honest to God Hun, I never met her.
I was late dear because I got a flat tire, you get the picture

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Susannah, 7/24/2014 11:19:51 AM     (No. 9938147)

Well, #4, then he plagiarized all on his very own. Where´s the honor in that? Either way, he didn´t write it himself. The questionable passages are proof of that.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Avanti1, 7/24/2014 11:21:45 AM     (No. 9938153)

Where is Walsh´s sense of accountability and acceptance of responsibility?

Who would want to have a Senator who avoids accountability for his own actions and refuses to take responsibility?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: mitzi, 7/24/2014 11:23:05 AM     (No. 9938156)

Well, we are now aware he´s an authentic democrat. He shows three of the signs.

1. Plagiarism
2. Not his fault
3. Blame the pills

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Reply 10 - Posted by: grampus, 7/24/2014 11:28:46 AM     (No. 9938164)

Duty, Honor, Country. He may rightfully claimn the first and third. The second? No way. What a weasel.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 7/24/2014 11:38:52 AM     (No. 9938181)

It´s #67 in the Democrat Book of Excuses....

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Reply 12 - Posted by: MamaElephant, 7/24/2014 11:41:46 AM     (No. 9938187)

#7 I think #4 is just concerned that not all officers and USAWC grads should be tarred with the same brush. My husband is among that group, and I can assure you that he wrote his own thesis and cited his sources. Selection to the USAWC is restricted to the top fraction of Army officers (approx. 10%). They should conduct themselves honorably no matter who the CinC is, and this individual did not.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: TunnelRat, 7/24/2014 11:43:15 AM     (No. 9938188)

I´ve got PTSD from combat in Viet Nam. I don´t plagiarize.

My son has PTSD from combat in Iraq. He doesn´t plagiarize.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: snapper451, 7/24/2014 11:46:03 AM     (No. 9938193)

Now that he has been caught, he is a victim. Typical liberal!

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Reply 15 - Posted by: kennedylaw, 7/24/2014 11:49:10 AM     (No. 9938197)

He should have stuck with the reliable Democrat standby: It´s Bush´s fault.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: belwhatter, 7/24/2014 11:49:42 AM     (No. 9938201)

M y opinion of democrats does not bear repeating here.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 7/24/2014 11:51:29 AM     (No. 9938205)

Yeah, when I had PTSD (supposedly still have it) I ran red lights, shot out stop signs, drank like a loon and was in a bar fight every Tuesday when I picked up my unemployment check. Cops come around, "What´s up with this mayem you keep doing?" I just told ´em, "PTSD, Man!"...they´d leave with "Oh! Sorry, we didn´t know. Go on then."

Yeah. That PTSD makes ya just crazy. You do all sorts of stuff.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Observer177, 7/24/2014 11:54:29 AM     (No. 9938211)

No matter what kind of scheisse they pull, they´ve always got an excuse, its never their fault.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: harleynyc, 7/24/2014 12:13:36 PM     (No. 9938240)

Hillary was saving that excuse. Afterall, she did imagine ducking for cover once.


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Reply 20 - Posted by: TexasHillCountry, 7/24/2014 12:49:46 PM     (No. 9938296)

REAL soldiers/sailors/airmen/marines do not make excuses. They take responsibility and the requisite consequences. I am d----d sick and tired of these weenies that want to trade on a military career but have no sense of honor and shame. I know of too many who served honorably and had their careers cut short by injuries or by the actions of feckless kissers and climbers. (Think of 1LT Dike in "Band of Brothers".)

Full disclosure: Regular Army, Vietnam, 1967, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Purple Heart for GSW that ended my military career.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: antiquegolf, 7/24/2014 1:41:56 PM     (No. 9938368)

Since bad behavior rarely happens in isolation, the odds are that this plagiarist is fundamentally dishonest. So, GOP opposition research should be able to dig up more dirt on walsh. If he is buried early with a double digit deficit, Republicans may be able to shift resources to other races.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: johnwayne, 7/24/2014 3:05:06 PM     (No. 9938500)

The effective range of an excuse is zero meters.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: mickturn, 7/24/2014 3:59:59 PM     (No. 9938586)

Yea, his version of PTSD: Plagiaris Totalis Stupidous Disorder

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Reply 24 - Posted by: snakeoil, 7/24/2014 4:17:04 PM     (No. 9938621)

Wonder if the length of his thesis was Fourscore and Seven. I you are caught cheating at a military academy you are expelled. But after you´ve got your degree there nothing than can be done. If he loses the election he will be the next head of the VA.

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