Sen. Rand Paul may have plagiarized his speech in support of Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli, Rachel Maddow reported Monday.
In the speech, Paul made references to the 90s science fiction film Gattaca, which features a dystopian world where eugenics is practiced. He compared that world to the current one as an attack to pro-choice advocates.
But, as Maddow pointed out, some of his metaphors are shockingly close to Wikipedia’s summary of the movie.
In Paul’s speech, he wrote that “in the not-too-distant future, eugenics is common and DNA plays a primary role in determining your social class."
The Wikipedia page describes the plot as in the “not-too-distant future liberal eugenics is common and DNA plays a primary role in determining social class.”
In a second passage, Paul quotes nearly word for word from the Wikipedia page when he says that "due to frequent screenings, Vincent faces genetic discrimination and prejudice.”
“The only way to achieve his dream of being an astronaut,” Paul continued, “is he has to become what's called a "borrowed ladder."
Maddow quipped that it was strange for someone seeking presidenial election to plagiarize from Wikipedia.
An Arkansas senator told audience members at a Faith2Action banquet in Columbus, Ohio, that he does not actually serve the people that elected him — he serves God. Sen. Jason Rapert is the lawmaker behind Arkansas’ ban on abortion at 12 weeks. His remarks were captured on video.
“It’s more important to do what is right by God than it is to please those that would rather have me talk about pro-life but not really do much about pro-life," Rapert said. "Here’s only one vote that matters and that’s when I stand before the Lord at the judgment seat.”
He went on to suggest that the people who protested Texas’ new abortion restrictions at the state Capitol are demons from hell, Salon reported.
“I’ve never had a glimpse of Hell or heard a real demon, but I believe that must be what they sound like," he said. "It’s spiritual warfare.”
A video of Rapert's speech is below:
Queen Elizabeth gives a number of speeches each year and they are usually well-received. It turns out that one of her most powerful speeches is one that she never gave.
New documents show she had a speech prepared in 1983 to rally the country in case of total nuclear Armageddon — what would have theoretically been World War III. Her overall message in the speech, which was recently released, is that Britain needs to keep calm and carry on.
An excerpt from the speech is below:
Now this madness of war is once more spreading through the world and our brave country must again prepare itself to survive against great odds. The dangers facing us today are greater by far than at any time in our long history. The enemy is the deadly power of abused technology.
Whatever terrors lie in wait for us all, the qualities that have helped to keep our freedom intact twice already during this sad century will once more be our strength. My message therefore to you is simple. Help those who cannot help themselves, give comfort to the lonely and the homeless and let your family become the focus of hope and life to those who need it.
The speech would have lasted about 10 minutes. According to documents that were released with the speech, a nuclear attack would have killed 33 million British citizens. More than one million would have died in London alone, ABC News reported.
“The documents that we released are really the nation’s memory,” said Mark Dunton of the National Archives. “History has no final draft. There are new revelations — and perhaps more still to come.”
According to Dunton, it is possible that the queen never even saw the speech. Whoever wrote it certainly had to take a lot of factors into consideration.
“They thought themselves into this situation with a deadly realism,” Dunton said. “It’s such a bleak and grim scenario. It makes you think what it would be like to be in such a scenario. [But it also] tries to give some hope to British people by expressing the desire for continuity, despite what might be on the horizon — nuclear Armageddon. It’s trying to offer some hope. The hope of continuance.”
Former President Bill Clinton was in Israel on Monday to help kick off the celebration of Israeli President Shimon Peres' 90th birthday. During Clinton’s speech at the Peres Academic Center in Rehovot, he did not pull any punches.
“No matter how many settlers you put out there [in the West Bank], the Palestinians are having more babies than the Israelis as a whole,” Clinton said during his address. “You’ve got an existential question to answer.”
Clinton indicated that he sided with Peres’ view of the best way to make peace with Palestinians and that reconciliation was very important.
“I’m like President Peres," Clinton said. "I don’t see any alternative to a Palestinian state ... You’re going to have to share the future. Paint a picture in your mind of the future you want to have and take the logical steps to achieve it.”
He also suggested that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would be better off if he did not focus on worst-case-scenario planning.
“Things are going to hell in a handbasket all around you,” Clinton said. “[But] your neighbors are still your neighbors.” He added that there’s little chance for the future “if all you do is prepare for the worst and don’t work for the best … You have a better chance if you are driven by a vision of peace and reconciliation.”
The main birthday celebration for Peres will be held Tuesday, Y Net News reported.
A video of his speech is below:
During a speech at the United States Defense Department's National Defense University, President Barack Obama said that the U.S. is not at war with Islam even though extremists use that claim to justify their violence against the West.
"Most, though not all, of the terrorism we faced is fueled by a common ideology -- a belief by some extremists that Islam is in conflict with the United States and the West, and that violence against Western targets, including civilians, is justified in pursuit of a larger cause," the president said.
"Of course, this ideology is based on a lie, for the United States is not at war with Islam. And this ideology is rejected by the vast majority of Muslims, who are the most frequent victims of terrorist attacks."
Obama said the U.S. response to terrorism cannot depend just on the military or law enforcement, Upi.com reported.
"[The best way] to prevent violent extremism inspired by violent jihadists is to work with the Muslim-American community -- which has consistently rejected terrorism -- to identify signs of radicalization and partner with law enforcement when an individual is drifting towards violence."
The president noted that Muslims are a fundamental part America.
"In fact, the success of American Muslims and our determination to guard against any encroachments on their civil liberties is the ultimate rebuke to those who say that we're at war with Islam," Obama said.
“Neither I, nor any president, can promise the total defeat of terror.What we can do — what we must do — is dismantle networks that pose a direct danger, and make it less likely for new groups to gain a foothold, all while maintaining the freedoms and ideals that we defend.”
Donald Trump delivered a speech to a half-empty room of supporters at the CPAC conference on Friday morning. The empty room is not entirely Trump’s fault, as his 8:45 a.m. speech was the first of the day.
In his speech, Trump spoke on the countries current financial issues as well as the need for improved political leadership in America.
"We're run by either very foolish or very stupid people," he said during his speech. "What's going on in this country is unbelievable. Our country is a total mess, a total and complete mess, and what we need is leadership."
The polarizing businessman went on to make controversial statements on how America should go about recovering some of the money spent on the War in Iraq.
“When I heard that we were first going to Iraq, some very smart people told me we're actually going for the oil, and I said, 'Alright, I get that, there's nothing else, I get it,'" Trump said. "We didn't take the oil. And then when I said, we spent $1.5 trillion, we should take that -- you know, they have the second-largest oil reserves in the world after Saudi Arabia, so $1.5 trillion is nothing ... we should take it and pay ourselves back."
Trump also criticized Karl Rove’s super PAC American Crossroads for its failure to elect any of the candidates it backed for the 2012 elections.
"When you spend $400 million and it's a failure, and you don't have one victory, you know there's something seriously, seriously wrong," he said.
The speech is being criticized as self-aggrandizing by some. Trump spent a large portion of the speech talking about his personal business accomplishments and projects, while dismissing his critics.
“I'm continually criticized by total lightweights all over the place," he said. "It's unbelievable. When you see these guys on television, they can't buy a clean shirt, and they're saying 'Donald Trump, he's nothing.” Trump added that Mitt Romney should have touted his own business accomplishments more aggressively during the 2012 campaign.
“Republicans and Mitt, and I told him this, didn't talk enough about the things he did, the great things," Trump said. "They were in the defensive instead of taking that offense."
Trump added that another problem with America is a lack of communication between leaders. “That’s the problem with the country,” he told CPAC. "That’s a small thing, but that’s the problem with the country.... You don’t hear from people.”
Trump’s speech drew a mediocre response from the crowd. Many in attendance have said the speech was overly-critical of current GOP leadership.