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  1. 23 May '10 16:09 / 1 edit
    The Attorney General of Connecticut, Richard Blumenthal, is running to be the next Democratic Senator of Connecticut; he is also, as revealed by the New York Times last night, a liar:

    At a ceremony honoring veterans and senior citizens who sent presents to soldiers overseas, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut rose and spoke of an earlier time in his life.
    “We have learned something important since the days that I served in Vietnam,” Mr. Blumenthal said to the group gathered in Norwalk in March 2008. “And you exemplify it. Whatever we think about the war, whatever we call it — Afghanistan or Iraq — we owe our military men and women unconditional support.”

    There was one problem: Mr. Blumenthal, a Democrat now running for the United States Senate, never served in Vietnam. He obtained at least five military deferments from 1965 to 1970 and took repeated steps that enabled him to avoid going to war, according to records.

    In at least eight newspaper articles published in Connecticut from 2003 to 2009, he is described as having served in Vietnam.
    The New Haven Register on July 20, 2006, described him as “a veteran of the Vietnam War,” and on April 6, 2007, said that the attorney general had “served in the Marines in Vietnam.” On May 26, 2009, The Connecticut Post, a Bridgeport newspaper that is the state’s third-largest daily, described Mr. Blumenthal as “a Vietnam veteran.” The Shelton Weekly reported on May 23, 2008, that Mr. Blumenthal “was met with applause when he spoke about his experience as a Marine sergeant in Vietnam.”

    And the idea that he served in Vietnam has become such an accepted part of his public biography that when a national outlet, Slate magazine, produced a profile of Mr. Blumenthal in 2000, it said he had “enlisted in the Marines rather than duck the Vietnam draft.”

    1.Where is the main stream media on this?
    2.And,are these lies (fabrications) one of the most disgraceful things a public servant can do?


    http://open.salon.com/blog/saturn_smith/2010/05/18/what_blumenthals_lies_say_about_the_media_that_allowed_them
  2. 23 May '10 16:17 / 1 edit
    1. The New York Times published an article on it. I'm sure Fox News will also cover it, if they haven't already.
    2. I would rate corruption and poor policy higher on that list than lying about one's past.
  3. Subscriber FMF
    a.k.a. John W Booth
    23 May '10 16:33 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by utherpendragon
    ...are these lies (fabrications) one of the most disgraceful things a public servant can do?
    Apparently not. At least not in the U.S., it seems. A recent President of yours lied about serving in the Texas Air National Guard and got elected anyway. Many millions of conservative Americans - including a majority of military veterans - were able to put it aside and vote for him regardless. And then there was the whole Swift Boat Veterans For "Truth" thing. Disgrace, fabrication and slander about military service in the U.S. public domain seems very much in the jaundiced eye of the beholder.
  4. 23 May '10 16:37
    I see the talking heads talking about this each day. It seems there are other aberatioins from this fellow as well. I'd probably not vote for him. I wouldn't vote for the GOP rep either. I'd look for a decent socialist.
  5. 24 May '10 13:45
    Joe Scarborough was furious this morning about this. He was turning shades of orange and purple that go beyond Keith Olbermann. And I agree completely. Those people who actually served in Vietnam made tremendous sacrifices. It is absolutely inexcusable for anyone who didn't serve in the war to falsely claim or even cleverly imply that they actively served in this war.
  6. 24 May '10 13:57
    Originally posted by utherpendragon
    The Attorney General of Connecticut, Richard Blumenthal, is running to be the next Democratic Senator of Connecticut; he is also, as revealed by the New York Times last night, a liar:

    At a ceremony honoring veterans and senior citizens who sent presents to soldiers overseas, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut rose and spoke of an ea ...[text shortened]... lon.com/blog/saturn_smith/2010/05/18/what_blumenthals_lies_say_about_the_media_that_allowed_them
    The new York times isn't the main stream media?
  7. 24 May '10 14:05 / 2 edits
    Originally posted by PsychoPawn
    The new York times isn't the main stream media?
    I agree -- the whole reason why everyone is talking about this is because the NY Times put a big article about it on the front page.

    Then again, being that everyone at the NY Times are a bunch a crazy pinkos who are strongly out-of-step with most of America, I suppose it could be argued that the NY Times is most definitely NOT part of the mainstream media
  8. Subscriber AThousandYoung
    Poor Filipov :,(
    24 May '10 17:29
    Originally posted by utherpendragon
    The Attorney General of Connecticut, Richard Blumenthal, is running to be the next Democratic Senator of Connecticut; he is also, as revealed by the New York Times last night, a liar:

    At a ceremony honoring veterans and senior citizens who sent presents to soldiers overseas, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut rose and spoke of an ea ...[text shortened]... lon.com/blog/saturn_smith/2010/05/18/what_blumenthals_lies_say_about_the_media_that_allowed_them
    What an idiot. Why would you lie about something so easily checked?
  9. 24 May '10 18:21
    he probably got used to telling it, when he was too small for people to check him on it.
  10. 24 May '10 18:22
    i think the recent Time issue said that, far from serving in VN, he got five or six deferments. so maybe he's toast at this point.