Liar, Liar, Lips On Fire

Richard Blumenthal, Harvard graduate, Yale Law School graduate, editor of the Yale Law Review, United States Supreme Court clerk, Attorney General of the State of Connecticut, and long-time lawyer told the world today that he regrets a poor choice of words. His statements about serving in Vietnam were taken out of context, he suggested. He really, really, really didn't mean to suggest he served in Vietnam; he only meant to speak truth: he served during Vietnam.

When all else fails blame the prepositions?

You be the judge:

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  • Like Pattis, I have noticed in following this stor...
    Like Pattis, I have noticed in following this story on Blumenthal that the matter really hinges on a preposition. I cannot imagine that anyone's position toward Blumenthal is going to be swayed by his choice of a preposition, whether this was meant to deceive or not. In this clip above, Blumenthal comes on strongly in support for veteran's rights and services for them. There is nothing particularly surprising or commendable about this for a politician. It is the standard political position. All I am seeing so far is how clearly and strongly Blumenthal states his position. Digging the preposition out of all this is something like finding the needle in the haystack. And indeed, ones hoping Blumenthal will be foiled by this are clutching at straws.
    There is however strong and damning grounds for rejecting Blumenthal and opposing his election to the high office because of his record and his decisions as attorney general; which record and decisions have compromised the quality of life in Connecticut and resulted in the same kind of concerns, ominous threats, and disregard of common decency going with the Catholic hierarchies' decades-long cover-ups of the sexual abuses and the fraudulent, hidden practices of the banksters and Wall Streeters. In Blumenthal's case, I am referring to his decision to ignore and acquiesce to clear criminal activity and corruption throughout the state's attorneys system in an effort to act as a protection racket for corporate lawyers at the statewide law firm Pullman and Comley who stole thousands of dollars of medical films of mine meant for an operation on my neck.
    I wrote Richard Blumenthal two or three times (maybe a couple of more) about what was going on. After the few notes from me, Blumenthal had had enough. He wrote me a note telling me he didn't want to hear any more about the matter; and besides, there was nothing he could do about it. This response by Blumenthal put me at grave risk; and indeed I later was the target of threats normally associated with Mexican drug gangs and criminal enterprises. Blumenthal's stated position also put all Connecticut residents at risk because the state's attorneys and corporate lawyers knew that with Blumenthal as attorney general, they were free to act without accountability.
    It is not for a preposition that Blumenthal should not become U.S. Senator for Connecticut, but for his specific failures of responsibility and leadership as attorney general in critical matters, his lack of minimal moral and ethical qualities for such a position of trust, and the encouragement he has given by a mixture of passivity and acquiescence (and possibly participation) to cynicism, crime, and corruption.
    Posted on May 18, 2010 at 3:30 pm by Henry Berry

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