In the wake of the Mike Barnicle-Boston Globe joke-stealing flap - let the record show that nothing in this space has ever been plagiarized from George Carlin. Actually, I'm a George Pataki man myself.

- All Barnicle had to do was wait 50 years and, under the copyright laws, George Carlin's material would be in the public domain. Meanwhile, Barnicle might consider teaming up to do a column with Sen. Joe Biden.- We remember when Sen. Biden's presidential hopes were ended when he was caught plagiarizing. He should have chosen adultery, which, of course, is no impediment to the office. So far.

- The jokes from Milton Berle's old TV show are now in the public domain - but we don't know whom Berle stole them from.

Los Angeles Times Syndicate