Video: Rep. Tammy Duckworth slams witness over shady veterans disability claim

posted at 8:01 pm on June 26, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

I do not care what you think of Rep. Tammy Duckworth’s politics. Please watch all of this. It takes a moment to get going, but she incisively, fairly calmly, and with more authentically hard-earned moral authority than most of us can imagine, eviscerates a guy claiming a high-school football injury as a way to get preferred treatment meant for wounded vets in government contracting.

Castillo, president and CEO of an IT company called Strong Castle, reported a foot injury he sustained in 1984 at the U.S Military Academy Preparatory School, according to a report released by the committee. He was honorably discharged in his first year at the school, and later went on to play football at the University of San Diego as quarterback and linebacker.

Seeking to acquire a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business credential–designed by the Small Business Administration to help veterans apply for federal contracts–he listed his injury as his qualification. After reporting ongoing pain and treatment for his foot, Castillo was granted a 30% disability rating by the Department of Veterans Affairs, with the highest rating for injuries below the knee being 40%.

The really harsh part? When she points out that her devastating arm injury rates as a 20-percent disability.

Castillo had come under the suspicion of the House Oversight Committee for his involvement in yet another instance of IRS incompetence and malfeasance with our money. He seems to have gotten a $500 million IT contract thanks to shady claims, outright deceptions, and a close relationship with IRS brass. Castillo’s case also brings into question the very nature of the federal government’s set-aside programs for contractors, which in the past have incentivized setting up veterans, women, and minorities as “straw owners” to get contracts, and haven’t been subject to great oversight. Even worse, it seems, despite his obvious exaggeration of his injury and his service, he actually did qualify for a set-aside. Setting aside one’s philosophy on set-asides, I think we can all agree the most worthy among such programs are the ones that seek to help those who have been willing to give all in the service of this country. Because the federal government is inherently clumsy, sloppy, unaccountable, and often corrupt, we are unable to deliver on promises even to those to whom we owe most.


The vets program wasn’t the only one Castillo took advantage of:

Strong Castle was more devious still in seeking contracts through the government’s Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) program, intended to create jobs in economically distressed areas. To qualify, the report says, Castillo opened an office in Washington, D.C.’s Chinatown and declared it Strong Castle’s principal location, even though he continued to work out of an office in a wealthy Virginia suburb. Rather than hire poor neighborhood residents, Strong Castle hired students at nearby Catholic University—who helped the company meet HUBZone requirements, even though the school’s annual tuition exceeds $36,000, according to the report.

Of course, if you really want to cheat to win government contracts, there’s nothing better than having a friend on the inside: The report says that Castillo’s decade-long friendship with IRS Deputy Director Greg Roseman was crucial to Strong Castle’s success winning contracts. Roseman invoked the Fifth Amendment in declining to answer questions during the hearing.

In studying the IRS’ practices in awarding contracts, which are meant to benefit poor areas, small businesses, and veterans, the House Oversight Committee found it’s not doing any of the above. But it’s all good. I’m sure a bunch of people sprained their arms patting themselves on the back for all the “good” they were doing. Who cares if it doesn’t actually work? This is the federal government! Mission accomplished. Thanks to the bipartisan duo of Rep. Darrell Issa and Rep. Duckworth for naming and shaming on this issue.

Oh, and in case you’re keeping score at home folks, there’s news of yet another lavish million-dollar conference for IRS employees in Atlanta in 2008, where they dressed up as Olympic athletes. With the booze, porn, and elaborate costumes, the IRS is pretty much just a super well-funded swingers club whose dues come from you. Congrats!


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I do not care what you think of Rep. Tammy Duckworth’s politics.

Well, sorry, MKH, I DO care since Duckworth is the Congressional Rep in the district I live in. And note that I said “the” and not “my” Rep. I don’t argue with what she did here, it’s admirable. But unfortunately this isn’t her MO in her other Congressional dealings because she’s so in deep with the disgusting Chicago/Illinois DEMOCRAT corruptocracy that bought her the election this hardly comes close in making up for all the other things like this that she lets go the other way and can’t or won’t stand up to because she’s making under the table deals with the vile politicians in Illannoy.

stukinIL4now on June 27, 2013 at 9:51 AM

If Castillo had used some other underhanded fraudulent method to grab the big dough contract, would she have been as firm in her attack or would she have asked any questions besides good morning, sir, how are you today. It seems the left only gets excited when the problem hits home personally, then they get what we see and have been saying about big govt, big programs and corruption. – Kissmygrits on June 27, 2013 at 9:37 AM

We don’t currently know. All we can do watch and wait to she if she becomes a watchdog of government waste and corruption.

SC.Charlie on June 27, 2013 at 9:57 AM

You betta WERQ Ms. Duckworth. Yes ma’am!

libfreeordie on June 27, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Why does it take a Democrat to expose this man’s fraud. Why haven’t honorable Republicans stepped forward to put this man through the ringer? Stop whining because a Democrat is doing what should be done.

SC.Charlie on June 27, 2013 at 9:24 AM

Because the moment a Republican does this, Duckworth & the rest of her lib cohorts along with MSM would castrate them for weeks, if not years in each election cycle the said Republican is involved in.

Conservative4Ever on June 27, 2013 at 10:37 AM

I agree with her sentiments. Disability abuse is rampant. Individuals game the system all the time and embellish their injuries for disability payments.

ted c on June 27, 2013 at 10:46 AM

I have meet Ms. Duckworth, and she is more than a poster person.

She does her dressing down in the most perfect military manner I ever saw in 25 years active duty 3 years in Vietnam.

She uses her arm for the arm 20%, I waited for her to get to her missing legs.

I too am have acquired possible disabilities that I am waiting to file for. But, the actions were classified that I have to wait for the classifications to removed.

Therefore, her decision was proper and her admonishment was on target (no manner her party affiliation).

MSGTAS on June 27, 2013 at 10:50 AM

MSGTAS on June 27, 2013 at 10:50 AM

Something wrong with your post.
Disability rating has NOTHING to do with the classification level of the action where the injury might have occurred.

dentarthurdent on June 27, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Linh_My on June 27, 2013 at 2:32 AM

You should try to avoid commenting about things that you nothing about.

Go look up the web sites of one or more of the service academies and see what’s involved in the application, nomination, and appointment process.

dentarthurdent on June 27, 2013 at 11:25 AM

While I love the dressing-down I’m sympathetic to many here who aren’t as impressed as we might be with her performance.

Democrats have a history of very vocally supporting vets for purely political reasons, while it’s nice to see after a while we get tired of being so used.

Also, she is very indignant about a subject that touches her and her peers but is happy to support the killing of millions of unborn babies every year. I could give her the same kind of speech about abortion that she gave this loser about vet benefits, the only difference is that I don’t have the authority to force her to sit there and quietly take it.

29Victor on June 27, 2013 at 11:58 AM

You should try to avoid commenting about things that you nothing about.

dentarthurdent on June 27, 2013 at 11:25 AM

An attitude like that would turn Hot Air into a wasteland man!

29Victor on June 27, 2013 at 12:00 PM

The man has no honor.

GeeWhiz on June 27, 2013 at 12:16 PM

She served, was wounded and honorably discharged: excellent (sorry about the wound! Really!)

From the posts I understand she’s a Democratic libtard hack: not good.

Verbally raped a scumbag for trying to game the system: excellent (I do hope charges are filed against him)

I applaud what she did and hope she’ll do more like it.
Would I vote for her if I was in her district: No.
From Libtards this is the exception.

Bubba Redneck on June 27, 2013 at 12:38 AM

Thread winner! signed; right wing wacko gun nut…and disabled vet with a lot of old timer friends along with some young friends who are waiting in the metaphorical line at the VA for their claims to be resolved.

norm1111 on June 27, 2013 at 12:35 PM

An attitude like that would turn Hot Air into a wasteland man!

29Victor on June 27, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Well, it would eliminate pretty much all commentary from the libtard trolls.

Perhaps I should have been more specific myself.
I don’t have any problem with people having their opinions about anything, but I do get irritated when people state things as fact that are completely wrong – especially in an area where I have some factual knowledge and experience – like the Academy application process.

dentarthurdent on June 27, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Doctors have too much power in this country. It’s amazing that a doctor’s opinion can get someone this level of advantage in business over other people.

blink on June 27, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Combination of doctors and government bureaucrats.
As someone else stated, if certain VA doctors hear the right words that they want to hear, you can get VA disability for almost anything. I know people who have gotten as much as 40% for hemorrhoids, while I only have 20% for a restructured wrist with a steel plate, screws and wires holding it together, and arthritis in the thumb associated with it.
Once you have ANY type of VA disability, the government contracting label as a “service-disabled veteran owned small business” is automatic – and will allow you to get all kinds of government contracts.

dentarthurdent on June 27, 2013 at 1:20 PM

That’s why editors are the top schlubs in a newsroom.

Capitalist Hog on June 26, 2013 at 10:01 PM

And why pompous asses who somehow can’t be bothered to learn the proper usage of their own language sit around talking about trailer parks and toothless grins and Olive Garden.

ddrintn on June 27, 2013 at 1:25 PM

The man has no honor.
GeeWhiz on June 27, 2013 at 12:16 PM

He makes up for it in gall.

whatcat on June 27, 2013 at 1:47 PM

Linh_My on June 27, 2013 at 2:32 AM

You should try to avoid commenting about things that you nothing about.

Go look up the web sites of one or more of the service academies and see what’s involved in the application, nomination, and appointment process.

dentarthurdent on June 27, 2013 at 11:25 AM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Service_academies#Admissions

“Congressional nominations[edit]
Applicants to all service academies, except the United States Coast Guard Academy, are required to obtain a nomination to the schools. Nominations may be made by Congressional Representatives, Senators, the Vice President and the President. Applicants to the Coast Guard Academy compete in a direct nationwide competitive process that has no by-state quotas.”

Getting into a service academy is a complex process that has changed over the years. The point is that with few exceptions, you go to your Congress critter and ask to be nominated.

retired 19k30

Linh_My on June 27, 2013 at 2:00 PM

It is a little more complicated. No one “applies” for admission to a Service Academy. They are appointed by Congressmen and Senators or by the Army or because their parent was awarded the Medal of Honor.

The “Prep School” is intended for Enlisted Soldiers, who by their outstanding service were recommended by the Army for West Point, but lack education. Congressional appointments are mostly by competitive exam and should not need the prep school. The guy was too stupid to pass the regular competitive exam and used political pull to get an appointment. Then he got hurt in a foot ball game and got the VA to send him a check every month.

Linh_My on June 27, 2013 at 2:32 AM

Excuse me…I “applied” for admission to the United States Air Force Academy. It was quite an application process, easily double that of any other college to which I applied. Additionally, I had to prepare separate application packages for my Senators and Congressman to “apply” to be considered for their nominations. I also had a Presidential nomination because my father had died due to his service in Vietnam. When I sent in my “application” package, I specifically requested that if I didn’t make the cut, I wanted to attend USAFA Prep School. I eventually received my appointment to USAFA with my Congressman’s nomination.

Only about half of Prep School students are prior enlisted. The other half are recruited athletes who can’t make the academic standards. There is no ‘entrance exam’ to the Academies…everything is judged by your high school/Prep School record and SAT score. I was an exception…I had the academic chops for an appointment, but didn’t play sports in school. They allowed me to go to the Prep School to beef up my physical profile…probably because I demonstrated the motivation to attend by offering up an extra year to eventually attend USAFA.

Unlike the actual Academies, everyone who attends the Prep Schools actually enlists in their respective service. I was a legitimate Reserve Airman, and got regular promotions consistent with my time of service. When I graduated and received my appointment, I was discharged and received a DD Form 214 with the details of my enlisted service. Cadets/Midshipmen who go directly to the Academy from high school do not receive this. Their term of service begins at graduation and no credit is given for the four years spent at the Academy, other than a single longevity ribbon. The one year of enlisted time for the Prep School does count for Date of Entry, pay and allowances, and seniority.

If Castillo was discharged from USMA Prep due to his injury, I’m sorry to inform everyone that it is a legitimate disability and what Duckworth did was an out of line penis-measuring contest.

James on June 27, 2013 at 2:15 PM

Linh_My on June 27, 2013 at 2:00 PM

What you said was this:

It is a little more complicated. No one “applies” for admission to a Service Academy. They are appointed by Congressmen and Senators or by the Army or because their parent was awarded the Medal of Honor.
The “Prep School” is intended for Enlisted Soldiers, who by their outstanding service were recommended by the Army for West Point, but lack education. Congressional appointments are mostly by competitive exam and should not need the prep school. The guy was too stupid to pass the regular competitive exam and used political pull to get an appointment. Then he got hurt in a foot ball game and got the VA to send him a check every month.

Linh_My on June 27, 2013 at 2:32 AM

Which is not accurate.
You do have to apply – both to the Academy and send applications for nomination to your congressmen, or possibly the President or VP (depending on your eligibility. There is a special category for descendents of Medal of Honor recipients. If you get a nomination, and each congressman can nominate up to 10 per academy per year, but not all of them can get in, THEN your file goes to the Academy selection board to get an appointment. It does NOT require “political pull” to get in – it may get you the nomination, but not necessarily the appointment.
The prep schools (and there are also private prep schools) are for prior or current enlisted service members who may need to catch up on academics, or for recruited athletes who need help academically. And not everyone who goes to a prep school gets into an Academy either – it’s not automatic.

I went through this process myself and I spent several years working at the USAF Academy managing a contract supporting the Dean of Faculty (who happens to be a classmate).
USAF Academy, 1983

dentarthurdent on June 27, 2013 at 2:31 PM

It is a little more complicated. No one “applies” for admission to a Service Academy. They are appointed by Congressmen and Senators or by the Army or because their parent was awarded the Medal of Honor.

The “Prep School” is intended for Enlisted Soldiers, who by their outstanding service were recommended by the Army for West Point, but lack education. Congressional appointments are mostly by competitive exam and should not need the prep school. The guy was too stupid to pass the regular competitive exam and used political pull to get an appointment. Then he got hurt in a foot ball game and got the VA to send him a check every month.

Linh_My on June 27, 2013 at 2:32 AM

Excuse me…I “applied” for admission to the United States Air Force Academy. It was quite an application process, easily double that of any other college to which I applied. Additionally, I had to prepare separate application packages for my Senators and Congressman to “apply” to be considered for their nominations. I also had a Presidential nomination because my father had died due to his service in Vietnam. When I sent in my “application” package, I specifically requested that if I didn’t make the cut, I wanted to attend USAFA Prep School. I eventually received my appointment to USAFA with my Congressman’s nomination.

Only about half of Prep School students are prior enlisted. The other half are recruited athletes who can’t make the academic standards. There is no ‘entrance exam’ to the Academies…everything is judged by your high school/Prep School record and SAT score. I was an unusual case…I had the academic chops for an appointment, but didn’t play sports in school. They allowed me to go to the Prep School to beef up my physical profile…probably because I demonstrated the motivation to attend by offering up an extra year to eventually attend USAFA.

Everyone who attends a Prep School actually enlists in their respective service. I was a Reserve Airman, received normal promotions, pay and benefits commensurate with my time or service. When I graduated from USAFA Prep and received my appointment, I was discharged from my enlistment and received a DD Form 214 with the details of my service. Those who enter the Academies directly from high school do not receive this. Their term of service begins at graduation, and the only benefit they receive from their Academy time is a single longevity ribbon. Prep School time is used to calculate the newly-commisioned officer’s time of service and other information.

When Castillo was discharged, his military medical records for the time of his enlistment as denoted by his DD-214 reflected his injury. I’m sorry to inform everyone that his disability is legitimate, and what Duckworth did was only an inappropriate phallus-measuring contest.

James on June 27, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Dang moderation hold….

James on June 27, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Dang moderation hold….

James on June 27, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Yup.
Nice post though. Good summary – and some points I didn’t get into.

What year?

dentarthurdent on June 27, 2013 at 2:35 PM

When Castillo was discharged, his military medical records for the time of his enlistment as denoted by his DD-214 reflected his injury. I’m sorry to inform everyone that his disability is legitimate, and what Duckworth did was only an inappropriate phallus-measuring contest.

James on June 27, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Good point.
My main concern with this guy is about his relationship with a government person who may have helped steer contracts his way – that would be illegal. And if he has won $500 million in IRS contracts, I doubt his company still qualifies as a “small business” – which means he should no longer be able to get any set-aside contracts. Competitive bid only once you’re out of the small business category – whether you’re SDVOSB, 8a (minority owned), or woman owned..

I’m not quite so concerned about his disability rating or him having a company with SDVOSB status – except with the ways the bureaucracy can be manipulated, especially by people with “connections”.

dentarthurdent on June 27, 2013 at 2:53 PM

I’m sorry to inform everyone that his disability is legitimate, and what Duckworth did was only an inappropriate phallus-measuring contest.
James on June 27, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Since Castillo has no phallus to measure, it’s no wonder Duckworth won the contest. Now, had it been a leg-measuring contest he would have the edge since she left most of hers in Iraq due to a RPG.

whatcat on June 27, 2013 at 2:55 PM

I “applied” for admission to the United States Air Force Academy.
>
>If Castillo was discharged from USMA Prep due to his injury, I’m sorry to inform everyone that it is a legitimate disability and what Duckworth did was an out of line penis-measuring contest.

James on June 27, 2013 at 2:15 PM

As someone who “applied,” got nominated and accepted, you obviously know a lot more about the subject than a retired E-6.

The circumstances under which Castillois left USMA Prep is the big question. My 8y 11m active duty started in 1965 and after a several year break I enlisted in the National Guard and transfered to USAR Retired in 1995. By the time that I retired, sports injuries as a legitimate disability were coming under question, at least in the reserve components.

“… what Duckworth did was an out of line penis-measuring contest.” FYI, Kabuki theatre is a much better term as this is, to a large extent, what government has become. As someone who has actually watched Kabuki theatre in Shibuya, IF Ms Duckworth was treating us to Kabuki, she was magnificent.

Linh_My on June 27, 2013 at 3:14 PM

his disability is legitimate, and what Duckworth did was only an inappropriate phallus-measuring contest.

James on June 27, 2013 at 2:31 PM

She was definitely appealing to her own Absolute Moral Authority. Appeal to Authority, of course, is a common logical fallac-y. Cotton Hill-esque.

Christien on June 27, 2013 at 4:05 PM

She was definitely appealing to her own Absolute Moral Authority. Appeal to Authority, of course, is a common logical fallac-y. Cotton Hill-esque.
Christien on June 27, 2013 at 4:05 PM

You might have a point – to smack down a shameless scam artist like Castillo you don’t need to invoke moral authority.

whatcat on June 27, 2013 at 4:31 PM

You might have a point – to smack down a shameless scam artist like Castillo you don’t need to invoke moral authority.

whatcat on June 27, 2013 at 4:31 PM

I don’t have a problem with investigating this guy for wrong-doing, but in my view that would be primarily due to his using an IRS “friend” to get contracts.

If he has a VA disability rating (and I’m open for discussion of whether his is valid or not – but James made some good points) then I have no issue with his SDVOSB company status.
The government has set up the system to favor minorities (especially “Native Americans”, and even more so Alaska Natives), women, HUBZone (i.e. ghetto) based companies, and more recently disabled veterans. As a result, I know many white males who have set up their companies with their wife as the 51% owner (on paper only), or with a minority partner as the 51% owner (often on paper only) to game the system. For a long time, it has been almost the only way a white male can possibly build a company if you’re dependent on government contracts – as with military contracting.

I expect next up will be the gay company preference in government contracts – making it that much harder for a straight white male to build a legitimate business.

dentarthurdent on June 27, 2013 at 4:48 PM

If he has a VA disability rating (and I’m open for discussion of whether his is valid or not – but James made some good points) then I have no issue with his SDVOSB company status.
dentarthurdent on June 27, 2013 at 4:48 PM

I’m thinkin’ that when a college QB rushes for 70 yards and one touchdown after sustaining such horrific combat wounds a hurt foot during high school sports and manages to bilk the IRS out of half a billion bucks – yeah, that’s indeed subject to discussion.

whatcat on June 27, 2013 at 5:31 PM

I’m thinkin’ that when a college QB rushes for 70 yards and one touchdown after sustaining such horrific combat wounds a hurt foot during high school sports and manages to bilk the IRS out of half a billion bucks – yeah, that’s indeed subject to discussion.

whatcat on June 27, 2013 at 5:31 PM

Exactly the kind of discussion I’m talking about.
I hadn’t seen any details of what he may have done after the prep school – but those are the kind of details that put his claim in question – and are worth looking into.
There are lots of people scamming VA and social security disability right now – and they should all be investigated.

dentarthurdent on June 27, 2013 at 6:01 PM

I’m thinkin’ that when a college QB rushes for 70 yards and one touchdown after sustaining such horrific combat wounds a hurt foot during high school sports and manages to bilk the IRS out of half a billion bucks – yeah, that’s indeed subject to discussion.

whatcat on June 27, 2013 at 5:31 PM

And the IRS guy – Roseman – should be immediately fired for taking the 5th about his dealings with this guy – and be investigated for federal contracting fraud/corruption.

dentarthurdent on June 27, 2013 at 6:08 PM

I hadn’t seen any details of what he may have done after the prep school – but those are the kind of details that put his claim in question – and are worth looking into.
dentarthurdent on June 27, 2013 at 6:01 PM

IRS contractor won up to $500 million in questionable bids

whatcat on June 27, 2013 at 6:25 PM

What year?

dentarthurdent on June 27, 2013 at 2:35 PM

True Blue ’92.

James on June 27, 2013 at 6:34 PM

IRS contractor won up to $500 million in questionable bids

whatcat on June 27, 2013 at 6:25 PM

Yes – that’s the part that I said earlier definitely needs to be investigated. How much of a difference in those contract awards did his IRS Deputy Director buddy Roseman make?

In government contracting, direct non-competitive award contracts to disadvantaged small businesses are capped at $3 million – unless it’s an Alaska Native owned company – then the sky’s the limit. Otherwise, small business set-aside contracts are still compete among qualifying small businesses (see SBA NAICS listings for how that is set up).
$500 million in contracts would put him well above the small business category thresholds – far less depending on the specific type of work (see NAICS codes) – and therefore no longer eligible for small business set-aside contracts.
(FWIW – I’ve been a DoD contractor for 26 years, worked for several woman-owned and minority-owned companies, and I’ve got a good 10+ years experience in business development trying to win contracts.)

There’s a lot of fishy problems with this guy, and his IRS buddy that should be investigated.

dentarthurdent on June 27, 2013 at 6:40 PM

True Blue ’92.

James on June 27, 2013 at 6:34 PM

Alright.
Well, that makes me an old guy then – 83 take a knee – or some such….
;)

dentarthurdent on June 27, 2013 at 6:42 PM

I’m thinkin’ that when a college QB rushes for 70 yards and one touchdown after sustaining such horrific combat wounds a hurt foot during high school sports and manages to bilk the IRS out of half a billion bucks – yeah, that’s indeed subject to discussion.

whatcat on June 27, 2013 at 5:31 PM

It’s just as easy to say that Duckworth shouldn’t qualify as disabled at all because she parlayed her injuries into a quite lucrative and powerful elected position. She’s arguably more successful with her injuries than she would have been without them.

A VA disability rating doesn’t indicate what you should be able to do after serving, it compensates you for what you’ve had done to you while you were serving. Plus, since playing sports was a part of his duty description as a Cadet Candidate, there is no issue with a line-of-duty determination as there might be with someone who injured themselves while playing sports off duty. And for the last time, the Prep Schools are not hight schools, they’re more like junior colleges.

Is Tammy Duckworth going to come harass me about my 50% rating just because I didn’t get blown up to receive it?

James on June 27, 2013 at 7:00 PM

MKH seems to blog less and contribute less serious articles than Ed and AP do. I expected better of her when she joined HotAir. Seems like she often posts stuff like, “hey, check out this inspirational YouTube clip I saw! You guys totally gotta watch it!”

She was definitely appealing to her own Absolute Moral Authority. Appeal to Authority, of course, is a common logical fallac-y. Cotton Hill-esque.
Christien on June 27, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Exactly. Color me unimpressed.

bluegill on June 27, 2013 at 7:16 PM

It’s just as easy to say
James on June 27, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Yes – easy to say, but a person would have to be totally steeped in moral equivalence and relativism to actually believe a literal hero is equal to a scamming zero.

whatcat on June 27, 2013 at 8:08 PM

Every government agency has this same kind of crap going on. Ms Duckworth, lets see her go after some of the other scared cows, and abusers. How about going after government fraud and abuse and cronyism? She’s from Chicagoland, let me tell you its a cesspool of corruption around here, and she is one of the enablers.

exceller on June 27, 2013 at 8:35 PM

a literal hero

whatcat on June 27, 2013 at 8:08 PM

Easily impressed, I see. Heroism isn’t getting blown up randomly, losing your aircraft, and getting injured…it’s actions that get missions done against impossible odds. It’s saving the lives of your comrades, not being saved by them. Duckworth isn’t a hero, she made other people into heroes.

James on June 27, 2013 at 9:37 PM

…not familiar with Duckworth but, based on other comments above, it reminds me of the St. Valentines massacre. Scumbags taking out other scumbags. Mmm, popcorn.

Ceteris Paribus on June 27, 2013 at 10:00 PM

a literal hero
whatcat on June 27, 2013 at 8:08 PM

Easily impressed, I see.
James on June 27, 2013 at 9:37 PM

I literally LOLed. I’m not the one who’s in awe some high school kid-future conman who sprained his ankle while playing around. But thanks for the giggle anyway. Cheers!

whatcat on June 27, 2013 at 11:02 PM

A turd is a turd.

You can polish it all you want.

98ZJUSMC on June 27, 2013 at 11:53 PM

I literally LOLed. I’m not the one who’s in awe some high school kid-future conman who sprained his ankle while playing around. But thanks for the giggle anyway. Cheers!

whatcat on June 27, 2013 at 11:02 PM

I have expressed no admiration for Castillo. I merely put Duckworth down in her proper place…right alongside Castillo, as far as disability ratings go. Her rating is no more valid than mine, Castillo’s, or any other veteran’s ratings.

You don’t have to like the facts I have added to this thread about the legitimacy of Castillo’s VA disability rating. You do, however, have to accept them because there is absolutely no room for interpretation unless and until there is a revocation of his rating.

James on June 27, 2013 at 11:58 PM

I literally LOLed. I’m not the one who’s in awe some high school kid-future conman who sprained his ankle while playing around. But thanks for the giggle anyway. Cheers!
whatcat on June 27, 2013 at 11:02 PM

I have expressed no admiration for Castillo. I merely put Duckworth down in her proper place…
James on June 27, 2013 at 11:58 PM

Yeah, I agree – where do those combat vets who have lost life and limb get off anyway?!?!!! You told them off good! It’s not as if they stubbed a toe playing Kick the Can with their friends – you know, something really impressive!

whatcat on June 28, 2013 at 12:33 AM

Yeah, I agree – where do those combat vets who have lost life…

whatcat on June 28, 2013 at 12:33 AM

Well, those that have lost life don’t worry much about their VA ratings, do they? You sure told me off good!

Hey, this selective quoting stuff is fun! You can make an entire strawman with it, then attack what the other guy didn’t actually post!

James on June 28, 2013 at 12:41 AM

It’s always noteworthy to observe a liberal showing some character, since it is so rare.

But the point here is the $500M corruption with the IRS. That he would defraud the VA should be expected, not show-cased.

I am sure he has a long list of criminal infractions, but let’s focus on the systemic corruption of the IRS. It’s not about the willing accomplice, but the officials handing out the favors.

virgo on June 28, 2013 at 1:03 AM

Hey, this selective quoting stuff is fun! You can make an entire strawman with it, then attack what the other guy didn’t actually post!
James on June 28, 2013 at 12:41 AM

Sorry, but you’re offering your opinion on what constitutes combat heroism as a fact. Those who have had friends and family who’ve suffered horrific wounds or who’ve lost their lives in battle would beg to differ with you. I’ve decided to humor your absurd and mockworthy opinion, rather than be angry. More fun and less wrinkles.

whatcat on June 28, 2013 at 1:21 AM

Reading comprehension isn’t your strong suit, is it, whatcat? I offered facts about Castillo’s VA rating only, and stated so in the same sentence. My opinion of heroism, developed by my military service and discussion with other military members who also think getting shot is a matter of being in the wrong place at the wrong time instead of being heroic in any way, was presented in a completely different post.

If you ask any combat-disabled vet and they’ll tell you: bleeding wasn’t heroic, it was just part of the job. Tammy Duckworth getting shot is not heroic. Scott O’Grady’s book should have been titled Return with Jet. John McCain should have been permanently grounded after he lost his first aircraft and after he lost his second aircraft…although his conduct as a POW was indeed heroic. Third multi-million dollar time’s the charm, I guess.

James on June 28, 2013 at 8:31 AM

As an eight year Army veteran, I think Ms. Duckworth was absolutely right in the way she took the phony to the woodshed. Now fix the system that made it easy for him to abuse it.

JayVee on June 28, 2013 at 8:40 AM

Here, whatcat…you should learn about real heroism:

Pardo’s Push

Lance P. Sijan

John L. Levitow

James on June 28, 2013 at 9:19 AM

You don’t have to like the facts I have added to this thread about the legitimacy of Castillo’s VA disability rating. You do, however, have to accept them because there is absolutely no room for interpretation unless and until there is a revocation of his rating.

James on June 27, 2013 at 11:58 PM

What you overlooked is she stated that he probably broke no laws…she was talking about making a sprained ankle injury playing football as some heroic sacrifice that he made for his country, contrary to many who have made heroic sacrifices,real sacrifices.

She didn’t dispute the facts, she stated that, she is disputed his integrity, and rightly so.

For him to market himself as some hero, when their are “heroes” waiting to be administered to, and he has taken advantage of his privilege is morally corrupt.

Just being on the “right” side of the law, doesn’t mean you are morally right…

right2bright on June 28, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Tammy Duckworth getting shot is not heroic.
James on June 28, 2013 at 8:31 AM

Well, we’re certainly fortunate to have you here to denigrate and disparage the service of combat vets who have lost life and limb in service to their country. Carry on.

whatcat on June 28, 2013 at 12:03 PM

You might have a point

whatcat on June 27, 2013 at 4:31 PM

FIFY

Christien on June 28, 2013 at 1:29 PM

It’s just good to see a parasite getting called out for being a parasite. If only that trend would continue! I noticed, however, that she did not include the American Taxpayer among the parties who had been wronged by this guy.

I suppose it’s too much to hope that a run-of-the-mill welfare mooch would be equally dressed down for their injury to the taxpayer, the economy, and society.

A guy can dream…

weew on June 28, 2013 at 1:42 PM

What you overlooked is she stated that he probably broke no laws…she was talking about making a sprained ankle injury playing football as some heroic sacrifice that he made for his country, contrary to many who have made heroic sacrifices,real sacrifices.

right2bright on June 28, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Castillo made no claim of heroism. He never has.

She didn’t dispute the facts, she stated that, she is disputed his integrity, and rightly so.

His integrity of using his VA disability the way it was intended to be used?

For him to market himself as some hero,

Again, where is this supposed claim of heroism? Did he market Strong Castle as a company led by a hero? No. He marketed Strong Castle as being led by a disabled veteran, which it is.

when their are “heroes” waiting to be administered to, and he has taken advantage of his privilege is morally corrupt.

Wounds are NOT heroic. The military is a dangerous profession. Every service member signs up with the implication of possible death or injury foremost in their minds. Nobody puts on body armor and thinks to themself, ‘I have an absolute expectation that this will never be used. If it is somehow used, that must make me a hero.’ (Well, perhaps Duckworth thought that.) Plenty of military people have a notion to become a hero and do heroic things. Not a single one of them wishes grieveous injury upon themselves or any of their comrades to become one.

Just being on the “right” side of the law, doesn’t mean you are morally right…

Agreed. Neither does falsely inserting claims of heroism into Castillo’s pedigree.

James on June 28, 2013 at 3:21 PM

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