victor steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Tue May 18 23:49:58 UTC 2010

This is what in the diplomatic business is called a "disproportionate
response". I was not criticizing your answer, I simply specified the
narrow issue that I was raising in response to criticism from another
post that was confirmed in your post. I have no problem with you
holding an opinion on the subject nor was I criticizing your
statement's validity nor did I state that expressing this opinion was
inappropriate, but I was pointing out that it does not answer the
question that *I* was trying to raise with my original post.

Since "the query from the list" actually came from *me*, I believe, I
know what that query was about. So, actually, yes, you were responding
to me via the list.

As I said before, I have no interest in discussing Blumenthal's
*political* motivations. I have my own opinion on the subject but do
not believe it has any relevance to this list. But the question was
about use and non-use of a particular expression. As far as your
comment concerned that particular expression, I thank you for your


On Tue, May 18, 2010 at 7:20 PM, David A. Daniel <dad at> wrote:
>>I don't care about Blumenthal's likely
>>or unlikely political motivations--this is quite irrelevant to what I
> Wow, such arrogance! Here's the thing: I don't care what you don't care
> about. I answered as I chose to answer, and it was to the point. Further, I
> wasn't even answering you; I was answering a query from the list. Get some
> manners, boy, then come back for a conversation.
> VS-)
> On Tue, May 18, 2010 at 4:38 PM, David A. Daniel <dad at> wrote:
>> As a guy who was in the Marine Corps Reserve, Blumenthal knows full well
>> that he is not entitled to say that he was "in Vietnam". Someone who had
> not
>> been in the service(s) at all might make this mistake ("Yeah, my uncle was
>> in Vietnam", or the like) but not someone who was. He just flat out lied,
>> and has probably been lying, waffling and shuffling about his military
>> service for his whole political life.
>> DAD

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