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Bill Maher Rips Me Off

As Kevin Williamson notes, Bill Maher is borrowing my material. I’ve been using the phrase “spending money like a pimp with a week to live” in regard to Bush and the GOP Congress for years — and  I’m fairly certain I made it up. Kevin points to this recent usage on my part. But Nexis-Lexis says my first — and the first — usage was in 2001 in this old G-File. Every other usage in Nexis, until Maher, is attributed to me as well. I’m not hugely proud of the phrase and I don’t really care much that Maher’s using it — it’s not like every phrase I’ve ever uttered originated with me either — but pointing out Maher’s unoriginality is modestly enjoyable.


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