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  • Train nearly takes out U.S. Senator [Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn) during speech on train safety]

    04/19/2014 10:27:24 PM PDT · by grundle · 23 replies
    YouTube ^ | April 19, 2014
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ircHCzcg3WY
  • VIDEO: Senator nearly hit by train at press conference (While STUPIDLY Standing on Yellow Line)

    04/19/2014 9:29:11 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 38 replies
    WTNH.Com ^ | April 18, 2014 | WTNH.com Staff
    MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – Was it something I said?U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal might have been thinking just that after a near brush with death during a press conference Friday at the Milford Metro-North station.Just as Milford Mayor Ben Blake started to say, “safety, as you know, is paramount,” a train came whooshing by the platform, inches from the senator who had his back turned and was partly standing on the yellow line.The press conference was called after Blumenthal slammed Metro-North Railroad for collecting $552,000 in fines over the past decade for safety violations and defects.
  • Democratic Senator Tells GM Car Owners to Stop Driving Immediately

    04/01/2014 1:29:18 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 22 replies
    April 1, 2014 3:54 PM Democratic Senator Tells GM Car Owners to Stop Driving Immediately By Jim Geraghty A reader sends this in and quips, “Blumenthal to Michigan: Drop Dead!” CBS Connecticut: “Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal is among those calling for GM to make a stronger statement and tell owners to stop driving their cars immediately. Blumenthal believes GM made a decision to hide the defect of ignition switches.” Considering the risk from the switches, Blumenthal’s advice isn’t the most outlandish conclusion in the world. If an owner of one of the recalled cars wants to drive it at all,...
  • Two members of Congress subpoenaed in nursing homes' fight with SEIU

    02/26/2014 9:14:53 AM PST · by george76 · 10 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | FEBRUARY 26, 2014 | Tim Mak
    U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., have been pulled into a lawsuit between two local chapters of the Service Employees International Union, which represent health care workers, and nursing homes. At issue is whether a campaign to pressure the management of the nursing homes during labor disputes crossed the line into extortion. ... both lawmakers are now in the uncomfortable situation of being deposed by lawyers representing the nursing homes and are forced to provide a wide array of documents relating to their interactions with the SEIU. The subpoenas, obtained by the Washington Examiner, require them...
  • GOP Senator Apologizes for McCain Tantrum at Syrian Christian Leader Meeting

    02/05/2014 11:58:26 AM PST · by jazusamo · 63 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | February 5, 2014
    Hell-bent on arming opposition forces in Syria—despite strong evidence that they’re run by Islamic terrorists—John McCain displayed behavior unbecoming of a United States Senator during a recent meeting with Syrian Christian leaders touring Capitol Hill. The delegation of Syrian clergy came to Washington to raise awareness among lawmakers of the growing crisis among the region’s minority Christian community. Christians make up about 10% of the Syrian population and they are being targeted and ruthlessly murdered by radical elements of the rebel forces, according to the visiting church officials. They say the media and human rights groups in the west have...
  • Blumenthal Calls on UPS to Issue Refunds For Delayed Packages

    12/27/2013 8:03:31 AM PST · by Biggirl · 72 replies
    Capital Watch ^ | December 27, 2013 | Daniela Altimari
    Former Attorney General and current U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal is calling on United Parcel Service to issue refunds to customers whose gifts did not arrive in time for Christmas. “I am disappointed to learn that so many consumers in Connecticut and across the country made purchases this holiday season expecting their gifts to arrive in time for Christmas, but instead were left empty-handed,” the Democratic senator from Connecticut said in a press release.
  • Sen. Blumenthal: Tea Party's 'hostage taking' hurts everyone

    10/17/2013 7:58:06 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 19 replies
    necn.com ^ | October 17, 2013 | Brian Burnell
    With the federal government open once again and the debt ceiling raised, we can all sit back an relax, right? Not necessarily. Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal told the Connecticut Broadcasters Association the strategy of Tea Party Republicans, forcing the shutdown, can not be tolerated. "And I'm hopeful that there's been a lesson that hostage-taking tactics won't work, they damage everyone," said Blumenthal. "There are no winners. The big losers have been the American people." The problem is Congress has simply kicked this can down the road. This could all happen again in January and February, though Blumenthal hopes not. "The...
  • NRA tactics erode post-Newtown support for gun-control measures

    04/06/2013 9:57:48 AM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 36 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Apr. 5, 2013 | Tom Hamburger
    Sen Mark Begich declared a “sea change” in the politics of gun control immediately after the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., telling his local newspaper that he would not hesitate to buck the powerful National Rifle Association. Over the past two weeks, while Congress has been in recess, Begich said he was approached repeatedly by constituents who echoed NRA views, telling him not to, in his words, “mess with our gun rights” or “ban anything.” The NRA’s recent successes on Capitol Hill — as well as a string of victories in state legislatures across the country — demonstrate the effectiveness...
  • MSNBC Showcases Democratic Senator Trying to Silence NRA with Cease and Desist Letter

    03/26/2013 2:11:57 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Newsbusters.org ^ | March 26, 2013 | Ken Shepherd
    The liberal media's push for gun control has long included the tactic of attempting to shame the National Rifle Association (NRA) and other gun rights activists into silence. That tactic was once again deployed by MSNBC's Thomas Roberts this morning in his interview with liberal Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal (Conn.), who is calling on the nation's oldest civil rights organization to cease and desist robocalls to phone numbers in the Newtown, Connecticut, area. At no point in the softball interview, however, was it mentioned that some Newtown parents like Mark Mattioli and Bill Stevens have testified in opposition to fresh...
  • Congress looks into New England power outages

    04/26/2012 6:27:12 PM PDT · by matt04 · 16 replies
    Although lawmakers wanted information on what is wrong with New England's aging electric power grid, they heard from a Connecticut utility Thursday about what that utility is doing right. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said he called for the hearing because of the electricity outages in New England last year caused by bad weather and an emerging pattern in the United States of more frequent and stronger storms. "We know that there will be another storm that will knock down our power lines," Bingaman said. Introduced by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., to...
  • Dems Warn Of ‘Grave Damage’ To SCOTUS If ‘Obamacare’ Is Struck Down

    03/29/2012 1:50:01 PM PDT · by Sybeck1 · 260 replies
    TPM ^ | 3/28/2012 | sahil kapul
    A handful of Senate Democrats sought to assure doubtful liberals that the Supreme Court justices aren’t ready to strike down their crowning achievement, standing before cameras and mics Wednesday in front of the court. One warned that doing so would ruin the court’s credibility. “This court would not only have to stretch, it would have to abandon and completely overrule a lot of modern precedent, which would do grave damage to this court, in its credibility and power,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D), a former attorney general of Connecticut. “The court commands no armies, it has no money; it depends...
  • Lieberman to Iran: Negotiate or expect strike

    02/25/2012 6:57:31 PM PST · by nuconvert · 28 replies
    Greenwich Time ^ | February 25, 2012
    Sen. Joe Lieberman is leading a congressional move to push U.S. policy toward a more belligerent stance against Iran by urging President Obama to take action to "prevent the Iranian government from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability." The key policy change would shift the U.S. objective from preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons to that of preventing Iran from having the "capability" to make the weapons. The resolution is sponsored by Lieberman, Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Bob Casey, D-Pa., and signed onto by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and 28 other senators.
  • Senate Dem seeks federal funding for diapers

    11/02/2011 3:41:17 PM PDT · by freespirited · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/2/11 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) on Tuesday introduced legislation that would allow federal block grants that states now use to subsidize child-care services to also allow for the purchase of diapers and "diapering supplies." The bill, S. 1778, would amend the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990 to allow diapers and related supplies to be bought with grant money provided to states. Under current law, the money is meant to subsidize child-care services to parents who are entering the labor force or are in job training and education programs. It also helps subsidize child-care services for certain eligible...
  • The 18 Senators Who Approve Breaking The Internet To Protect Hollywood

    06/07/2011 3:22:34 AM PDT · by JerseyHighlander · 30 replies
    techdirt.com ^ | 05/26/2011
    The 18 Senators Who Approve Breaking The Internet To Protect Hollywood from the not-cool dept Last fall, we noted that the Senate Judiciary Committee had unanimously voted to approve COICA, a bill for censoring the internet as a favor to the entertainment industry. Thankfully, Senator Ron Wyden stepped up and blocked COICA from progressing. This year, COICA has been replaced by the PROTECT IP Act, which fixes some of the problems of COICA, but introduces significant other problems as well. A wide cross section of people who actually understand technology and innovation have come out against PROTECT IP as written...
  • Senator urges FDA to ban menthol-flavored cigarettes

    04/20/2011 6:19:54 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 49 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | April 19, 2011 | Josiah Ryan
    Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) is calling on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban menthol-flavored cigarettes. In a letter addressed Monday to the FDA, Blumenthal said the agency should ban menthol cigarettes because they encourage young people to smoke. “The dangers of menthol tobacco products in general, and to our youth in particular, are highly concerning, and provide abundant grounds for FDA to develop a plan that will result in the removal of menthol from tobacco products to protect public health,” Blumenthal wrote in the letter, addressed to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg. Blumenthal is seeking a ban identical to...
  • Blumenthal camp aids group’s attack on McMahon (working with Planned Parenthood)

    10/23/2010 10:21:14 AM PDT · by raybbr · 12 replies
    Midddletownpress.com ^ | 10-23-2010 | Ed Stannard
    Staff members for state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal’s U.S. Senate campaign assisted Planned Parenthood when the agency asked for photos of women wrestlers in order to launch an attack on Linda McMahon, the campaign confirmed Friday. McMahon’s campaign accused Blumenthal’s of cooperating with the women’s health organization in election activities. While nonprofit and for-profit groups can spend money on campaigns, a result of the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, they are not allowed to coordinate efforts on paid political advertisements. Earlier this week, the state Democratic Party filed a complaint with the FEC charging coordinated...
  • There's a Reason They Call Him 'Dick'

    10/13/2010 6:57:24 PM PDT · by Mr. K · 21 replies
    Human Events ^ | 10/13/2010 | ANN COULTER
    If the Bush administration ever treated terrorism suspects the way Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal treats law-abiding citizens and small businesses, even conservatives would have blanched. This activist, interventionist Democrat -- like his identical, slightly less oily twin, Eliot Spitzer -- decided at age 5 he was going to be a U.S. senator and then the first Jewish president. And he doesn't care how many lives he has to destroy to get there. Currently, Blumenthal is running for the U.S. Senate against Linda McMahon in Connecticut. He must be stopped. Even his ideological ally, The New York Times, thinks he...
  • Poll: Dead heat in Conn. Senate

    09/28/2010 5:58:31 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies
    Politico ^ | September 28, 2010 | Shira Toeplitz
    Republican Linda McMahon and Democrat Richard Blumenthal are virtually tied in the Connecticut Senate race, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday. McMahon trails Blumenthal, 46 percent to 49 percent — a 3-point difference that is within the poll’s margin of error. Only 4 percent of voters surveyed reported they were still undecided. Blumenthal was considered a shoo-in for the open Connecticut Senate race earlier this year because of his high marks from voters as the state’s five-term attorney general. Blumenthal still has a high approval rating — 68 percent in the poll — but he is quickly losing...
  • The Connecticut-Country-Club Crackup

    09/24/2010 6:45:40 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies
    NY Times ^ | September 23, 2010 | MATT BAI
    You could spend your life around political campaigns and never see a celebration quite like the one Linda McMahon held last month after Connecticut Republicans made her their Senate candidate in a three-way primary. McMahon is the fabulously wealthy founder (along with her high-school sweetheart and husband, Vince) of World Wrestling Entertainment, a company the McMahons transformed into a sort of Disney for the age of postindustrial American... --snip-- As recently as 1982, Democrats in Connecticut made up 40 percent of the electorate, with Republicans making up about 27 percent and unaffiliated voters another third. By 2010, Democrats actually slipped...
  • Connecticut Senate: A Slow, Steady Move to Toss Up [Charlie Cook says race tossup]

    09/16/2010 12:17:28 PM PDT · by Uncledave · 11 replies
    COok ^ | 9/16/2010 | Cook
    Connecticut Senate: A Slow, Steady Move to Toss Up September 16, 2010 The contest between Democratic Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon has been gradually closing over the past few months, and is now in single digits, according to some polls. A Quinnipiac University poll (September 8-12 of 875 likely voters) gave Blumenthal a six-point lead over McMahon, 51 percent to 45 percent. They were statistically tied among independents, with Blumenthal taking 47 percent to 46 percent for McMahon, and among men where McMahon had a one-point advantage, 48 percent to 47 percent. Blumenthal...
  • Simmons will again face McMahon in Conn. Senate GOP primary

    07/29/2010 8:07:42 AM PDT · by Qbert · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/28/2010 | Sean J. Miller and Shane D'Aprile
    Less than two weeks before the Aug. 10 Republican primary, the Senate campaign of former Rep. Rob Simmons (R-Conn.) is back on. After calling himself a candidate for Senate in a debate with businessman Peter Schiff Tuesday night, Simmons sent an e-mail to supporters Wednesday that left little doubt he still harbors hopes of defeating Republican Linda McMahon, who was endorsed by the state GOP. “Today, our state and nation still face the daunting challenges which led me to enter the race for U.S. Senate 18 months ago,” Simmons wrote in the e-mail message to supporters. He continued: “Republicans need...
  • Rob Simmons (Connecticut, GOP) Jumping Back In Senate Race?

    07/16/2010 8:16:57 AM PDT · by Qbert · 11 replies · 2+ views
    Courant.com ^ | 7/14/2010 | Rick Green
    The former CIA operative and member of the House of Representatives tells me it's looking more and more like he will revive his dormant campaign for Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate. "I haven't made any final decisions,'' Simmons told me Wednesday afternoon. "I'm getting a lot of phone calls from people. Six weeks ago the convention was over and I was very disappointed. My staff was despondent. My family was stunned." "I've been sitting on it now. People do come up to me say gosh I wish you were still in." Simmons has $1 million in the bank. He says he's...
  • Chris Dodd to step aside

    01/05/2010 9:10:39 PM PST · by bd476 · 79 replies · 2,784+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Posted at 11:41 PM ET, 01/ 5/2010 | Chris Cilliza
    Embattled Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd (D) has scheduled a press conference at his home in Connecticut Wednesday at which he is expected to announce he will not seek re-election, according to sources familiar with his plans. Dodd's retirement comes after months of speculation about his political future, and amid faltering polling numbers and a growing sense among the Democratic establishment that he could not win a sixth term. It also comes less than 24 hours after Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) announced he would not seek re-election. State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is widely expected to step into the void...
  • New NRSC Ad Goes After Blumenthal “In Vietnam” Lie; Features MSNBC’s Chris Matthews – Video

    05/26/2010 6:25:11 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 12 replies · 370+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | May 26, 2010 | Brian
    Here is a great new ad put out by the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) which goes after Democrat Richard Blumenthal for his lying about having served “in Vietnam.” Last week, the New York Times broke the story that Blumenthal actually never served “in Vietnam.” This ad associates Blumenthal with a long line of politicians who have had ethics problems, like Elliot Spitzer, Charlie Rangel, Rod Blagojevich, and others. It also features MSNBC’s Chris Matthews criticizing Blumenthal, and saying he could never support him. Blumenthal is running for the U.S. Senate in Connecticut.
  • Richard Blumenthal Apologizes for Exaggerating Military Service

    05/24/2010 8:55:38 AM PDT · by kristinn · 23 replies · 704+ views
    CBS News ^ | Monday, May 24, 2010 | Stephanie Condon
    Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, a Democratic candidate for the Senate, has apologized for exaggerating his history of military service. "At times when I have sought to honor veterans, I have not been as clear or precise as I should have been about my service in the Marine Corps Reserves,'' Blumenthal said in a statement e-mailed to the Hartford Courant late Sunday. "I have firmly and clearly expressed regret and taken responsibility for my words." "I have made mistakes and I am sorry. I truly regret offending anyone,'' Blumenthal added. "I will always champion the cause of Connecticut's and our...
  • Seething Scarborough Hits Harwood's Blumenthal Backing

    05/24/2010 5:19:47 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 23 replies · 1,208+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Joe Scarborough was on fire this morning, his ire trained on twin targets: Dick Blumenthal, and the New York Times' John Harwood, who casually dismissed the candidate's lies about having served in Vietnam as just a case of getting "a little carried away." At one point, Scarborough claimed he wasn't calling Blumenthal a "scumbag"—but it sure sounded like it . . . View video here.
  • Blumenthal (D) Let The Media Print His "Misstatements" Many Times Without Ever Correcting Them

    05/23/2010 12:55:56 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 4 replies · 197+ views
    5/23/2010 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    And it would seem that he did that on purpose for political advantage. The political backbreaker for Richard Blumenthal in this is two-fold: He cannot just chalk this off as being mere "misstatements" concerning him serving in Vietnam as he apparently let the media print his "misstatements" many, many times and he apparently never tried to correct them. Secondly, Blumenthal didn't mistate, he mislead - the word which must be used over and over again concerning his actions. Mislead. Mislead. Buts Dems are already using the old playbook of 'policy trumps behavior.' They are already saying that Blumenthal has done...
  • Blumenthal Awarded with Purple Heart, Green Clovers, and Blue Diamonds (satire)

    05/22/2010 12:14:41 PM PDT · by SvenWaring · 7 replies · 205+ views
    Dotpenn.com ^ | 5-22-2010 | Sven Waring
    Connecticut Attorney General and last year's Dance with the Stars winner, Sir Richard Blumenthal was awarded the prestigious Purple Heart with Green Clovers and Blue Diamonds. Blumenthal won the award during combat maneuvers years ago against Leprechauns. Often called, "The Forgotten War," Blumenthal and thousands of other delusional politicians were caught up in a overseas contingency operation against the Wee People. "I left a lot of fine men--brothers--back there on those faire fields," Blumenthal said. "I don't think I ever came back. At least a part of me is back there. Could you cue up that Billy Joel song. What...
  • Richard Blumenthal's "Rolling Blunder" -- It's Apocalypse Now for a Politician

    05/20/2010 7:18:13 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 47 replies · 1,044+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | May 21, 2010 | Editorial
    Connecticut's Democratic Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is taking heavy fire for a series of statements he made over several years in which he either explicitly or implicitly claimed to be a Vietnam veteran, when in fact he is not. His defense is that he misspoke - using the word "in" instead of "during" the war, according to a spokesman. ... The scandal doesn't depend on what the meaning of the word "in" is.... Mr. Blumenthal's foibles may not be as egregious as Iowa Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin's references to mythical combat air patrols over Vietnam, or the phantom sniper fire...
  • The Taranto Principle Vindicated Again

    05/20/2010 4:23:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies · 769+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | May 20, 2010 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- The exposure of Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal as a hoaxster boasting of a nonexistent record of service in the Vietnam War is a splendid example of what is known as the Taranto Principle. Someday the Taranto Principle will be taught in all the journalism schools, assuming one or two survive the present detumescence of journalism. Formulated by the inimitable Wall Street Journal editorialist James Taranto, the principle posits that when the liberal mainstream press indulges a liberal politician's deceits or fails to hold the politician accountable for his misbehavior, it encourages the politician to ascend to a...
  • Vietnam POW endorses Blumenthal opponent in Conn. Senate race

    05/20/2010 3:48:22 AM PDT · by Scanian · 5 replies · 402+ views
    NY Post ^ | May 19, 2010 | SUSAN DAVIS, WSJ
    Decorated Vietnam prisoner of war Orson Swindle Wednesday endorsed Republican Rob Simmons in the Connecticut Senate race. The support comes at an opportune time -- just two days after the New York Times reported that leading Democratic candidate Attorney General Richard Blumenthal had wrongly said he had served in Vietnam. Swindle was Federal Trade Commissioner (FTC) from 1997 to 2005 and he also served the Reagan administration. He retired from the Marine Corp as a Lieutenant Colonel. In a statement, Swindle praised Simmons as “my fellow Vietnam Veteran” and offered a sharp critique of Blumenthal that recalled his own days...
  • Blumenthal's Vets

    05/19/2010 10:33:16 PM PDT · by Brugmansian · 12 replies · 774+ views
    The Hartford Courant ^ | May 19, 2010 | Daniela Altirmari
    One of those who stood with the AG has already drawn scrutiny. Elliott Storm of Milford. Conservative veterans groups and bloggers claim that Storm is a poser who invented a record of heroism . . . Phil Vasington, president of Leathernecks Connecticut MC, a group of Marines who also happen to be motorcycle enthusiasts, was annoyed when he spotted a newspaper photo of one of his members at the press conference wearing the club's official regalia. "We're a non-political organization,'' Vasington said this morning. "We're not taking a stance on the issue." But when a member wearing the group's vest...
  • Blumenthal told truth on same day he fibbed

    05/19/2010 9:10:48 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 31 replies · 821+ views
    Blumenthal told truth on same day he fibbed Now this sheds a bit more light on the Richard Blumenthal mess. The Associated Press has now obtained a longer version of the 2008 video that surfaced yesterday showing Blumenthal making a speech and fibbing about his military service, leading to a huge forestorm. In the same speech, he also describes his service accurately, saying he served in the Marine Corps "during the Vietnam era." In other words, he got it right before he misrepresented it:
  • Chris Matthews: Dem Richard Blumenthal is Either a "Liar" or "He's Got a Mental Problem" - Video

    05/19/2010 4:41:31 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 32 replies · 699+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | May 19, 2010 | Brian
    Here is video of Rob Simmons, GOP Candidate for the U.S. Senate in Connecticut, on "Hardball" where he told Chris Matthews that Richard Blumenthal "should apologize" for misrepresenting his military service by saying he served "in Vietnam" when he did not. Chris Matthews then said there are "two possibilities" as to why Blumenthal would say he was in Vietnam when he never was: Either he is a "liar," or "he's got a mental problem of some different kind, or psychological disorder we're not familiar with." Rob Simmons said "I think he didn't misspeak - he misled. He didn't misspeak, he...
  • The Marine Impostor Blumenthal Joins The Parade Of Those Disgracing America

    05/19/2010 2:04:00 PM PDT · by TLittlefella · 18 replies · 501+ views
    “Trust but verify” is perhaps the greatest words ever spoken, for it is inherent in the human being to shortcut the truth in favor of personal gain. Since the dark ages of time the temptations of evil have overshadowed our ability to act civilized. It started in America when we lied and drove the American Indians into the dust and stole all their land. Centuries later, we as a society condone and participate in the evil workings of mankind. But now we have gone a bridge too far, we have finally crapped in our own mess kit so bad that...
  • Blumenthal Press Conference Features Vietnam Veteran Accused Of Embellishing His Own Record

    05/19/2010 1:50:42 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 6 replies · 643+ views
    http://radioviceonline.com/ ^ | May 19, 2010 | Jim Vicevich
    Blogger Doug Ross and William Jacobson at Legal Insurrection think they’ve spotted a “poser” at the Blumenthal press conference. For those of you who are not familiar with the term, it applies to the thousands of people who claim either Vietnam war status or medals they did not earn. The man in question is standing just behind Bluemnthal to the right (Blumenthal’s left). Ross writes:
  • Blumenthal Walks On Backs of Those Who Served In Vietnam (Oliver North)

    05/19/2010 12:01:05 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 33 replies · 768+ views
    Fox News ^ | May 19, 2010 | Oliver North
    What Richard Blumenthal has been doing through much of his public career is to walk on the backs of those who really did serve in Vietnam – and falsely build affinity with those who serve today. A hero is a person who puts him or herself at risk for the benefit of others. That certainly characterizes anyone who donned a uniform and went to war, voluntarily put themselves in harm’s way in our armed forces and those who serve or served far from home in difficult or dangerous circumstances. That’s an apt description of those with whom I served in...
  • VFW’s Response to Blumenthal’s Press Conference

    05/19/2010 10:08:11 AM PDT · by chooseascreennamepat · 29 replies · 842+ views
    VFW Home Page ^ | 5/19/2010 | Self
    VFW’s Response to Blumenthal’s Press Conference KANSAS CITY, Mo., May 18, 2010 - Mr. Blumenthal is not a member of the VFW and VFW National By-Laws do not allow any level of the organization to endorse political candidates. VFW national did not sanction and was not, in fact, aware that the press conference was going to be held at a VFW Post. This decision was made at the Post level and the VFW Department of Connecticut issued the following: The following statement is by Richard DiFederico, Department Commander Connecticut VFW: “Those who served in Vietnam or offshore or in neighboring...
  • An Open Letter to Richard Blumenthal, AG of Connecticut

    05/19/2010 8:45:17 AM PDT · by ezfindit · 20 replies · 1,126+ views
    CDS ^ | 5/19/2010 | Thaddeus Wojcik
    Dear Mr. Attorney General: Like yourself, I am a non-combat veteran of the US Armed Forces. I served four years active duty in the United States Army. I served honorably as a “cold warrior” in a tactical intelligence unit near the East German Border in the FRG as an intelligence analyst and Russian translator. I’ve not only listened to the news recently, I’ve focused on what you’ve said, the import (literal and colloquial) of the words, and listened to it in context. Though proud to state what I believe, at times forcefully, I am not prone to histrionics, and believe...
  • Dick Blumenthal saw Vietnam combat - on TV

    05/19/2010 6:54:50 AM PDT · by Boston Blackie · 26 replies · 621+ views
    BostonHerald.com ^ | Howie Carr
    This Dick Blumenthal even looks a little like Eliot Spitzer. And now it turns out, as somebody said yesterday, even Jane Fonda spent more time in Vietnam than he did. We’re talking about Connecticut Atty. Gen. Dick Blumenthal - you can call him “General.” .....
  • Connecticut Senate: Blumenthal Loses Ground, Leads McMahon By Just Three Points

    05/19/2010 6:48:22 AM PDT · by AlanD · 13 replies · 496+ views
    Following a New York Times report that he exaggerated his military record, Democratic Senate hopeful Richard Blumenthal has lost ground in match-ups against all his potential Republican challengers in Connecticut. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Connecticut finds Blumenthal with just a three-point advantage over Linda McMahon, 48% to 45%. Two weeks ago, he led the former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment by 13 percentage points. The New York Times story broke late Monday; the survey was taken Tuesday evening.
  • NY Times: Colleague Says Blumenthal Claims Grew in Time

    05/19/2010 6:21:19 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies · 836+ views
    NY Times ^ | Published: May 18, 2010 | By MICHAEL BARBARO and DAVID M. HALBFINGER
    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...
  • Connecticut Senate: Blumenthal Loses Ground, Leads McMahon By Just Three Points

    05/19/2010 6:15:09 AM PDT · by moose2004 · 17 replies · 634+ views
    rasmussenreports.com ^ | 5/19/10 | Rasmussen Reports
    Following a New York Times report that he exaggerated his military record, Democratic Senate hopeful Richard Blumenthal has lost ground in match-ups against all his potential Republican challengers in Connecticut.
  • Begala (SPIN JOB) On Blumenthal’s Military Record: “Hey,Lots Of Other Times He Told The Truth”

    05/19/2010 5:45:03 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 10 replies · 405+ views
    http://annem040359.wordpress.com/ ^ | May 19, 2010 | annem040359
    Well everyone, the SPIN JOB has begun on Connecticut’s Attorney General’s (ETERNAL GENERAL) “mispeaking” to the press and the vets on his military record. This comment from Paul Begala will not only, IMHO, go “viral”, but become a “classic” real soon. Keep this in mind come November folks when you step into the voting booth!
  • Begala on Blumenthal: Hey, “lots of other times he told the truth” (video)

    05/19/2010 4:54:30 AM PDT · by nhwingut · 16 replies · 605+ views
    PolitiPage.com ^ | 05/19/10 | kevin kristy
    Paul Begala does some serious spinning...
  • Blumenthal defends service record

    05/19/2010 4:25:33 AM PDT · by RaceBannon · 43 replies · 819+ views
    The New London Day ^ | Updated 05/19/2010 06:45 AM | By Ted Mann
    Blumenthal defends service record By Ted Mann Publication: The Day Published 05/19/2010 12:00 AMUpdated 05/19/2010 06:45 AM Jessica Hill/AP Connecticut Attorney General and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal stands with veterans as he addresses a report that he has misstated his military service during the Vietnam War at a news conference held in West Hartford on Tuesday. Jessica Hill/APMerrick Alpert, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, speaks to the media after Attorney General Richard Blumenthal addressed a report Tuesday in West Hartford that he had misstated his military service during the Vietnam War. of COMMENTS ( 4 ) AG regrets...
  • VFW leader rips Blumenthal

    05/19/2010 4:18:08 AM PDT · by Man50D · 10 replies · 661+ views
    Politico ^ | May 18, 2010 | JAMES HOHMANN
    The commander of Connecticut’s Veterans of Foreign Wars organization blasted Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal Tuesday, referring to his prior statements of service in Vietnam as “outrageous.” “Mr. Blumenthal was considered one of the best friends a veteran could have in Connecticut. It is a true shame that he let a false claim of Vietnam service change that,” said Richard DiFederico, in a statement. “Those who served in uniform during the Vietnam era also deserve our gratitude, which makes Mr. Blumenthal's claim to be something he is not so outrageous.” DiFederico’s statement came after Blumenthal’s dramatic and defiant press conference Tuesday...
  • A Vietnam Veteran Reflects On Blumenthal's Pretend Vietnam Service

    05/19/2010 4:28:48 PM PDT · by joeclarke · 3 replies · 288+ views
    JoeClarke.Net ^ | 05/19/2010 | JoeClarke.Net
    I am always amazed by those who did their best to escape Vietnam, but later wish that they had been part of that war, ne police action. People have privately approached me as if seeking some sort of absolution for their faux Vietnam War service. I, of course, tell them to "go and peace, and sin no more," or, maybe something not quite as biblically dramatic. Yet, I am still puzzled as to why, especially libs, who were very much anti war, and, indeed, tried to lose Vietnam as much as they tried to lose Iraq and Afghanistan, would claim...
  • Cook Political Report: Blumenthal Race Is Now Toss-Up

    05/18/2010 9:22:10 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 59 replies · 980+ views
    By Christopher Keating on May 18, 2010 8:17 PM | Permalink | Comments (4) The Cook Political Report - one of the most highly respected, non-partisan national analyses - is now saying that the U.S. Senate race in Connecticut is a toss-up. The change for the report comes on the day that The New York Times published a front-page story and released a video that shows that Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said that he served in Vietnam when he did not. The change in the rating for the race is a major turnaround from the conventional wisdom, which placed Blumenthal...
  • Colleague Says Blumenthal Claims Grew Gradually

    05/18/2010 8:25:55 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 33 replies · 991+ views
    May 18, 2010 Colleague Says Blumenthal Claims Grew Gradually By MICHAEL BARBARO and DAVID M. HALBFINGER Former Representative 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. At first, in the 1980s, he was humble. He played it down, Mr. Shays recalled, characterizing it as humdrum desk work. Over the last few years, however, more sweeping claims crept into Mr. Blumenthal’s descriptions, he said: that Mr. Blumenthal had served in Vietnam and had felt the sting of an ungrateful nation as...