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View Diary: Paul Ryan's brown bag lunch story wasn't entirely untrue. Just the part that mattered. (197 comments)

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  •  I don't buy it (0+ / 0-)

    And I'm not sold on the brown paper bag story being plagiarized, either.

    Look, could he have stolen that line?  Sure.  But there are lots of common ideas.  Belly full, spirit empty - that's not exactly a unique idea that could have only come from a Star Trek episode.  I know I've heard variations of that exact same expression.

    The brown paper bag story isn't exactly a slam dunk, either.  When I was a kid, I wanted a brown paper bag too.  Because  I got the school lunch.  A brown paper bag meant Lunchables and Hi-C.   Does recounting that story mean I'm plagiarizing some book I've never read or heard of until now?

    There's lots of stuff we can hit Ryan with.  This is small ball, and in the end, who cares?

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