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NY Times: Colleague Says Blumenthal Claims Grew in Time
NY Times ^ | Published: May 18, 2010 | By MICHAEL BARBARO and DAVID M. HALBFINGER

Posted on 05/19/2010 6:21:19 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

Christopher Shays of Connecticut found it puzzling: over time, his friend Attorney General Richard Blumenthal kept revising how he talked about his military service during the Vietnam War.

Mr. Shays, a conscientious objector who avoided the Vietnam War, has his own theory about Mr. Blumenthal’s evolving descriptions of his service: “I think that it was a way that he quickly bonded with people I am sure he admired and respected.”

When Paul Kingman, a Navy veteran who lost feeling in his feet after chemotherapy, called Mr. Blumenthal’s office in 2007, he was trying to get a hearing for disability payments from the Social Security Administration. So it came as a surprise when Mr. Blumenthal himself got on the line.

“He’s a nice guy; he was cordial,” Mr. Kingman, 50, said from his home in Naugatuck. “Busy people like him, with all the rest going on in the state, I was surprised he’d have time for little old me.”

A week after his conversation with Mr. Blumenthal, Mr. Kingman learned that his hearing, which he had been trying to get for nearly four years, had been scheduled.

“I don’t know who he talked to, but next thing you know, I had a hearing,” said Mr. Kingman, who at the time was living on $200 a month and food stamps. “He stood up for me.”

Cecelia Louis had a similar story: after five years trying to obtain health care from the Connecticut Veterans Affairs Department for her 78-year-old husband, a Korean War veteran, she reached out to the attorney general’s office, which resolved the issue in a matter of weeks.

“He realizes, especially now with all the veterans coming home with great needs, how important this is,” she said.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Connecticut
KEYWORDS: blumenthal; christophershays; claims; colleague; grew; military; richardblumenthal; service; shays; time; vietnam; vietnamwar

1 posted on 05/19/2010 6:21:19 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Christopher Shays of Connecticut says he thought his friend's lies were ok, just trying to get close to his constituents.
2 posted on 05/19/2010 6:28:20 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Mr. Shays, a conscientious objector who avoided the Vietnam War, has his own theory about Mr. Blumenthal’s evolving descriptions of his service: “I think that it was a way that he quickly bonded with people I am sure he admired and respected.”

That'd be like wanting to quickly bond with the Lakers by saying you played for them in the '70s.

Try again, Chris.

3 posted on 05/19/2010 6:33:34 AM PDT by ScottinVA (RIP to the country I love...)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

is the NYT starting to spin Blumenthal’s lies as lies in the service of a greater good? They’ve done it before. You could practically see contempt dripping of the NYT pages when they suggested any lie Clinton told was OK to defend against that “trailer trash”, “right wing tool” Paula Jones. To them, lies don’t matter as long as you support the correct agenda.


4 posted on 05/19/2010 6:35:09 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
It is called STOLEN VALOR and should be prosecutable.
I was in the US Navy in the early 1960s and did not serve in Vietnam. My younger brother was a US Marine who DID serve in Vietnam. I think he would shoot me if I claimed to have been there.
Maybe Mr Blumenthal should meet my brother.
5 posted on 05/19/2010 6:37:37 AM PDT by Tupelo
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To: TexasCajun

One word: POSER!

My husband was off the coast of Nam on the USS Midway, pulling the last ones out. That little piper cub with a Vietnamese pilot and his family aboard which landed on the USS Midway is in the Pensacola Naval Museum.

Hubby cannot claim, nor would he, service in Vietnam as he was never on land.

Yet this POSER does.

Retired Senior Chief’s wife.


6 posted on 05/19/2010 6:38:29 AM PDT by GailA (obamacare paid for by cuts & taxes on most vulnerable Veterans, retired Military, disabled & Seniors)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
I watched a Blumenthal press conference on this subject and I was relieved to hear that he didn't lie about his Viet Nam service ..... he misspoke about it.
7 posted on 05/19/2010 6:41:19 AM PDT by layman (Card Carrying Infidel)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

This article and story is a cheap shot.

Blumenthal DID serve in the Marines during the VietNam era.

He served as an attorney and as such was exposed to back sprains while sitting in his leather chair and also vicious paper cuts as he thumbed through various legal briefs.

Enough it enough. Give the man a break!


8 posted on 05/19/2010 6:43:20 AM PDT by AlanD
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

“There is a lot of anecdotal evidence of this phenomenon of exaggerating military service by people who feel nostalgic because they missed their war,”

Nostalgic? WHF does this mean? Nostalgic? Nostalgic because they missed the war? I have no idea if this POS had any draft deferrments or not, but would any of you care to make a few side bets?
Their elitism could not be bothered by something the little people could take care of. Does clintoon come to mind? Gutless pieces of shit not worthy of being called an American. Nor worthy of being called a man.

Anytime, anywhere asshole.


9 posted on 05/19/2010 6:53:00 AM PDT by Rannug ("When you make peaceful protest impossible, you make violent protest inevitable." JFK)
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To: Tupelo

Thank your brother for his service, and thank you for your refreshing attitude. “Pain is temporary. Pride is forever.”


10 posted on 05/19/2010 6:55:15 AM PDT by Rannug ("When you make peaceful protest impossible, you make violent protest inevitable." JFK)
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To: GailA

In my opinion, if you served on a ship off the coast of Vietnam during the Vietnam War, you did serve in Vietnam


11 posted on 05/19/2010 6:56:34 AM PDT by Republican Extremist
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To: AlanD

Those were bamboo pungee sticks that caused Bluminthal’s vicious paper cuts


12 posted on 05/19/2010 7:01:59 AM PDT by STD (Theocratic system of governance which is not to be questioned;)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I have to wonder at the motivation of this socialist PR mechanism in this endeavor.

Why did the NY Times write this story? I bet there is a good story behind that decision.


13 posted on 05/19/2010 7:01:59 AM PDT by myself6
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To: Republican Extremist

Not according to the government.

He was also off the coast of Cuba during the Missile Crisis.


14 posted on 05/19/2010 7:10:50 AM PDT by GailA (obamacare paid for by cuts & taxes on most vulnerable Veterans, retired Military, disabled & Seniors)
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To: ScottinVA
That'd be like wanting to quickly bond with the Lakers...

Or, wanting to quickly bond with the tech-savvy younger generation by claiming to have invented the internet.

15 posted on 05/19/2010 7:19:27 AM PDT by laotzu
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To: myself6
Why did the NY Times write this story?

Get the story out there now and water it down before the 'Rat primary in August.

16 posted on 05/19/2010 7:24:37 AM PDT by submarinerswife (Obama, the Fresh Prince of Bill Ayers)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
This is part of a pattern that I've observed too often for it to be mere coincidence - namely, an example of a Democrat coming to believe his/her own lies over time.

Just one of many examples over the years was the lie that the Bush administration "outed" Valerie Plame in order to retaliate against her husband, Joseph Wilson, for telling the truth about Saddam Hussein's attempts to buy uranium. The lie was invented by a (Democrat) journalist despite the fact that (on its face) it made no sense, picked up and endlessly repeated as a talking point by legions of Democrat talking heads and politicos, and is still fervently believed by them and their fellow travelers even though no evidence to support that lie has ever surfaced, and to the contrary, the outing was revealed to have been done by Richard Armitage and not by Dick Cheney or his staff.

The lies just never seem to die for Democrats...

17 posted on 05/19/2010 7:41:32 AM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: GailA
Hubby cannot claim, nor would he, service in Vietnam as he was never on land.

John Kerry had no problem with that. It is seared in his mind! Maybe that is why Blumenthal tried it. Kerry made it look easy, until his shipmates outed him.

18 posted on 05/19/2010 9:45:20 AM PDT by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all that needs to be done needs to be done by the government)
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To: AlanD

Those paper cuts can be painful if not treated right away. Had he consulted John Kerry he could have probably finagled a way to get a Purple Heart out of it. Maybe even a Silver Star.


19 posted on 05/19/2010 9:47:54 AM PDT by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all that needs to be done needs to be done by the government)
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To: Mind-numbed Robot

True! dems think they can get away with murder...teddy did.


20 posted on 05/19/2010 9:54:01 AM PDT by GailA (obamacare paid for by cuts & taxes on most vulnerable Veterans, retired Military, disabled & Seniors)
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To: Rannug
I have no idea if this POS had any draft deferrments or not, but would any of you care to make a few side bets?

From what I've read here, he had 5 deferments from '65-'70.

“We have learned something important since the days that I served in Vietnam,” Blumenthal said to a group gathered in Norwalk in March 2008. But Blumehthal according to the Times, obtained five military deferments from 1965 to 1970 and took steps to avoid going to war.

“In 1970, with his last deferment in jeopardy, he enlisted in the Marine Reserve, landing a coveted spot in a unit in Washington, D.C., which virtually guaranteed that he would not be sent to Vietnam. The unit conducted part-time drills and other exercises and focused on local projects, like fixing a campground and organizing a Toys for Tots drive,” The Times report says.

From this thread: (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2515629/posts)

21 posted on 05/19/2010 10:58:02 AM PDT by tsmith130
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To: AlanD
Enough it enough. Give the man a break!

Maybe you should STHU.

22 posted on 05/20/2010 5:37:06 PM PDT by vox_freedom (America is being tested as never before in its history. May God help us.)
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