a bad carpenter blames his tools

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a bad carpenter blames his tools

If someone performs a job or task poorly or unsuccessfully, they will usually lay the blame on the quality of their equipment, or other such external factors, rather than take responsibility for their own failure. The football player blamed the overinflated ball for costing his team the game, but as they say, a bad carpenter always blames his tools.
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I had a confidence inside that when the day came, I would have the best day of my life, and I did,'' Carpenter said.
I guess they didn't think I was good enough to play,'' the 31-year-old Carpenter said.
Carpenter McMillan and others, however, say that impeachment has little to do with GOP leaders' dislike of her, and she has vocally criticized party leaders for failing to support female candidates.
I really didn't feel nervous at all,'' Carpenter said Friday morning.
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Picasso had been deported in the past,'' Carpenter said.
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In fact, Carpenter said, his son might have been treated more rigidly because of his relationship to the sheriff.
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Ventura County Sheriff Larry Carpenter held firm Monday to his six-year stance that the department is not responsible for investigating major crimes at the Ventura Youth Correctional Facility.
Joe and Pat Carpenter, both 85, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with their son, Fred Carpenter of Westlake Village, at a quiet dinner at their home in Burbank.