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Soldier in Uniform Campaigns on National TV for GOP Presidential Candidate Rep. Ron Paul
Tuesday, January 3, 2012 | Kristinn

Posted on 01/03/2012 8:40:52 PM PST by kristinn

A serviceman identified as U.S. Army Corporal Jesse Thorsen campaigned in uniform tonight for Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) at Paul's Iowa presidential campaign headquarters.

Thorsen was called on stage by Paul to address the crowd during Paul's speech marking his third place finish in the Iowa caucuses. Thorsen endorsed Paul on stage while in uniform.

Earlier in the evening, Thorsen did a live interview in uniform with CNN's Dana Bash. The interview was cut short as the feed froze. However, in the brief time on air, Thorsen spoke of his support for Paul and gave his opinion on U.S. military policy and said that Iran was Israel's problem, not that of the U.S.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Iowa
KEYWORDS: apaulling; apaulogia; apaulogists; jessethorsen; rino; ronpaul; stolenvalor; ucmj
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To: JohnKinAK
I saw it too- and heard Ron Paul invite him on stage when he was “conceding.”
This may be the same guy who was in uniform at the Paul veteran's event in Iowa last week, and was critical of national policy to the media.
He said he had been in the Army for ten years- and he's only a cpl? My son was an E-3 when he finished his advanced training.
Something isn't right- he may be a fake.If not, he should be court martialed.
GG
51 posted on 01/03/2012 9:44:44 PM PST by Goldwater Girl
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To: NavyCanDo
If he is actually not a service member, are there penalties for wearing the uniform and pretending to be??
52 posted on 01/03/2012 9:50:25 PM PST by annieokie
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To: kristinn; mnehring
If he served anywhere, it sure appears to have been time in jail.

Kristinn, from your link above, I grabbed this screen image:



Mnehring, from your link, I grabbed this screen image.




53 posted on 01/03/2012 9:56:58 PM PST by bd476
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To: bd476; mnehring
If he served anywhere, it sure appears to have been time in jail.

Kristinn, from your link above, I grabbed this screen image:

Click on the link marked Record Removal. The arrest was either sealed or expunged.

54 posted on 01/03/2012 10:10:00 PM PST by Calvinist_Dark_Lord ((I have come here to kick @$$ and chew bubblegum...and I'm all outta bubblegum! ~Roddy Piper))
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To: bd476; kristinn

Eyes are wider apart on the CNN caption, and the mugshot shows someone who’s nostrils are more flared. Plus no neck tat.........though the mugshot could pre-date the tattoo. A reporter or someone needs to ask this guy for military ID. What military base is in Iowa??? What does Paul camp know about this guy? More questions than answers right now. My gut tells me he’s a poser, you can buy a uniform and a haircut just about anywhere.


55 posted on 01/03/2012 10:10:27 PM PST by JohnKinAK
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To: bd476

He was arrested in 2006? That would have been during the time of his claimed service and would not have gone over well.


56 posted on 01/03/2012 10:11:13 PM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (*Philosophy lesson 117-22b: Anyone who demands to be respected is undeserving of it.*)
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To: kristinn

Criminy! Even HuffPo knows its wrong to politic in uniform!
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/03/jesse-thorsen-ron-paul-iowa-2012-military-uniform_n_1182578.html?ref=tw


57 posted on 01/03/2012 10:14:28 PM PST by Goldwater Girl
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To: Goldwater Girl; JohnKinAK

Thanks!


58 posted on 01/03/2012 10:27:27 PM PST by kristinn (Dump the Chump in 2012)
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To: mnehring; kristinn

Thorson states in his CNN interview that he is 28yo which matches up with your mug shot information.


59 posted on 01/03/2012 10:34:37 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (Obama's War on Prosperity is killing me)
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To: mnehring

What is it with Liberals, and impersonating people for political gain?

There are SO many instances of this.

Like “Gay Girl From Damascus”, the persecuted hero of the Arab Spring, actually being a 38 yr old male Prof at a small college in Georgia.


60 posted on 01/03/2012 10:46:12 PM PST by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: VeniVidiVici; mnehring; kristinn
According to this web site Iowa Military there are only 443 active duty military in Iowa. If he's the guy from Florida only stationed Iowa then did he change his residency to Iowa? Is this also a case of voter fraud?
61 posted on 01/03/2012 10:52:05 PM PST by JohnKinAK
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To: volunbeer

As a draftee in WWII I was made clearly and forcefully aware that there was to be no politicking when wearing any G.I. clothing. I do suspect that many taboos then are accepted as ‘rights’ in the modern military.


62 posted on 01/03/2012 10:54:16 PM PST by noinfringers2
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To: JohnKinAK; kristinn
It is possible that there are two men named Jesse Thorsen born in the same year. Yet I still think that the one in uniform looks very much like the guy in the mug shot. The guy in the mug shot appears to have broken his nose shortly before the mug shot was taken.

Here's a close up screen grab from Kristinn's link.




63 posted on 01/03/2012 11:01:50 PM PST by bd476
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To: JohnKinAK
Better (another) mug shot pic


64 posted on 01/03/2012 11:14:42 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (Obama's War on Prosperity is killing me)
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To: MrEdd

Right-—when I was in (WW2 period) military stayed out, at least publicly, from politics——who cares if a soldier, saileor, marine,air force or coast guard likes some politico? -—he evidently likes the spotlight and enjoys being used by a politician for his own ends (hope he got paid well for the gig)-—don’t get me started on my opinions about the big brouhaha made up about todays military (who are all volunteers and chose their line of work)


65 posted on 01/03/2012 11:17:41 PM PST by cmomm44
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To: mnehring

I’m thinking that you are right on this guy.


66 posted on 01/03/2012 11:17:53 PM PST by ansel12
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear
Harmless Teddy Bear wrote: "He was arrested in 2006? That would have been during the time of his claimed service and would not have gone over well."

If it's the same guy who was charged with probation violation, burglary of a dwelling, grand theft of a "fire..." (firearm?) and illegal possession of "bugl..." then his claimed ten years active duty service but today his rank is only Corporal makes more sense.


67 posted on 01/03/2012 11:18:36 PM PST by bd476
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To: bd476
He would have been tossed out on his ear.

The US Army does not take kindly to solders who commit felonies.

68 posted on 01/03/2012 11:24:33 PM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (*Philosophy lesson 117-22b: Anyone who demands to be respected is undeserving of it.*)
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To: VeniVidiVici
Arrest record for mug shot in #64.


69 posted on 01/03/2012 11:28:01 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (Obama's War on Prosperity is killing me)
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To: cmomm44; noinfringers2

I think it’s great you WWII vets are still in the thick of the fight, here on FR defending our country from enemies foreign and domestic. :-)


71 posted on 01/03/2012 11:47:41 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (Obama's War on Prosperity is killing me)
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To: noinfringers2

Thank you for your service. As an Officer a little more recently I can say without a doubt that most of my younger troops did not give much thought to politics beyond strong opinions. They paid even less attention to “ethics” rules that would govern political campaigning.

I think the Congressman took advantage of this foolish young man. The Congressman should definitely know better and know what his publicity stunt would cost the kid.

I expected my troops to make mistakes but I was expected to know better. I would expect no less from a long term Congressman. Just my .02.


72 posted on 01/04/2012 12:46:04 AM PST by volunbeer (Keep the dope, we'll make the change in 2012!)
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To: MrEdd

Bet no one asked or told in your day, either. This is the all new, politically correct Army.


73 posted on 01/04/2012 12:49:56 AM PST by EDINVA
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To: volunbeer
This. I don’t expect a Corporal to know all the ethics rules that govern government employees. I do expect a Congressman to know this is wrong.

Given the amount of training the Army requires us to attend every quarter, there is no excuse for this guy not to know that politicking in uniform is not allowed. This would have been covered in ethics training, which is an annual requirement, and would certainly cover the do's and don'ts of political activity during election season.

74 posted on 01/04/2012 3:25:23 AM PST by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: volunbeer
This. I don’t expect a Corporal to know all the ethics rules that govern government employees. I do expect a Congressman to know this is wrong.

Given the amount of training the Army requires us to attend every quarter, there is no excuse for this guy not to know that politicking in uniform is not allowed. This would have been covered in ethics training, which is an annual requirement, and would certainly cover the do's and don'ts of political activity during election season.

75 posted on 01/04/2012 3:25:34 AM PST by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: Theoria
Whoa. If he’s active duty, that could be a problem. My recollection is that its illegal to be in uniform to support a candidate while on active service.

It is illegal, if it is true. When though, has the truth gotten in the way of the Cut and Run and his band of surrender monkeys spin? Paul will just say "the UCMJ is unconstitutional, and I am the only person who is qualified to determine the constitutionality of any law."
76 posted on 01/04/2012 3:47:53 AM PST by John D
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To: EDINVA

You would have been facing a reduction in rank at a minimum for this, and not only was this tought in bootcamp, it was part of the practical knowledge on which troops were annually tested.


77 posted on 01/04/2012 5:56:21 AM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: thefactor
Actually, if he’s been in for 10 years and he’s a CPL, his career never really started.

I was wondering something like that about Appeasement Paul. He was in the Air Force for 5 years and did not receive even one promotion. I do not know how long a person can remain in the Air Force as a captain without being promoted. I doubt if it is much more than five years. I wonder if he was forced out.
78 posted on 01/04/2012 12:22:23 PM PST by rideharddiefast
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To: rideharddiefast
“Actually, if he’s been in for 10 years and he’s a CPL, his career never really started.”

I'd also like to know what his MOS is? There are very few corporals in the US Army. The vast majority of E4’s in the army are private eagle class, IE spec 4’s.

79 posted on 01/04/2012 4:31:43 PM PST by HenpeckedCon (What pi$$es me off the most is that POS commie will get a State Funeral!)
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To: rideharddiefast

He has a fan page on facebook now. I posted his mugshot on the page. 5 minutes later the pic was down and the page is now private.


80 posted on 01/04/2012 10:51:20 PM PST by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: Goldwater Girl

Let us not forget, that in addition to this guy’s illegal and Anti-American activities, Rep. RON PAUL is guilty of aiding and abetting. As a former Officer, he knows better. As an officer of the United States of America, he is guilty of viloating the Hatch act and others. He should be impeached!


81 posted on 01/05/2012 11:35:03 AM PST by papasmurf (I pledge to vote (R). How 'bout you?)
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