Marine imposter busted

from the Denver Post

rick duncan strandlofRick Strandlof, executive director of the Colorado Veterans Alliance and the man most colleagues knew as Rick Duncan, was front and center during the 2008 political campaigns in Colorado. He spoke at a Barack Obama veterans rally in front of the Capitol in July, co-hosted several events with then- congressional candidate Jared Polis and attacked Republican Senate candidate Bob Schaffer in a TV ad paid for by the national group Votevets.org.

And the mostly Democratic candidates he supported — looking for credibility on veterans issues and the war — lapped it up appreciatively.

Only one problem:  Duncan was a complete phony.  His real name is Rick Strandlof, and  was exposed by two members of  the CVA, who became suspicious of inconsistencies in his story… –>source

Strandlof, 31, who invented the name Duncan and claimed he was a former Marine captain and 1997 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, never served in the military and falsely claimed that he was in the Pentagon during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the group said…He often spoke vividly of being in the Pentagon on Sept. 11 when a hijacked airliner was crashed into the building. “The duality of that day, the good and the bad that I saw that day, are forever etched in my mind and in my memory,” he told KOAA television …

“I was involved in an IED explosion that killed four Marines,” he said. “I have a plate roughly the size of a, like, cup and saucer on this portion of my skull.” … Strandlof also claims to have had a hip replacement and to have “had a finger blown off.” Strandlof often spoke of his mistreatment by Defense Department officials, saying they dragged their feet on giving him a disability retirement.

That sounds very much like another war “hero”, whose wartime memories were just seared — seared in his memory, doesn’t it?

Here is the video of Strandlof in a Jared Polis for Congress ad…
Strandlof is in the center, and identifies himself as Captain Rick Duncan, USMC (ret), served 3 tours in Iraq.

update: more at NYT

Leftist-islamic convergence: BHO takes next step

CHICAGO — In a bid to get more Muslim Americans working in the Obama administration, a book with resumes of 45 of the nation’s most qualified — Ivy League grads, Fortune 500 executives and public servants, all carefully vetted — has been submitted to the White House.

The effort, driven by community leaders and others, including U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., was bumped up two weeks because White House officials heard about the venture, said J. Saleh Williams, program coordinator for the Congressional Muslim Staffers Association, who sifted through more than 300 names.

“It was mostly under the radar,” Williams said. “We thought it would put (the president) in a precarious position. We didn’t know how closely he wanted to appear to be working with the Muslim American community.” source

I wonder how closely Obama has worked with this organization.

A quick check of the CMSA website reveals prominent links to CAIR, and ISNA, both of whom were named as “unindicted co-conspirator” in a plot to fund the terrorist group Hamas in the Holy Land Foundation trial.

Now that the story is out, I’m sure that yet another dubious association of the president will be explained away by the lapdog media. But, before this story joins the rest in the memory rat-hole, just ask yourselves this question: What if George W. Bush had worked closely with Christian leaders to obtain a pre-vetted list of Evangelical Christians for the sole purpose of making political appointments? The charges of “theocracy” and “separation of Church and state” would make your ears hurt.

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