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RIP - Sen. Fred Thompson

  1. Nov 1, 2015 #1


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    Former Sen. Fred Thompson, had TV and film roles, dead at 73
    http://news.yahoo.com/former-sen-fred-thompson-had-tv-film-roles-231012877.html [Broken]

    Fred Thompson, a folksy former Republican U.S. senator from Tennessee who appeared in feature films and television including a role on "Law & Order," died Sunday losing a battle to recurring of lymphoma.

    Peace be upon him.
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    Great actor too. I liked his performance in The Hunt for Red October.
  4. Nov 5, 2015 #3


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    Two memorable episodes in Thompson's poltical tenure endeared me to him.

    First was the Ruby Ridge ATF investigation in his Senate committee, where government agents accidentally shot and killed the wife and child of an illegal gun suspect in Idaho. The ATF spent much effort justifying their particular tactics on the day, when Thompson finally loudly reminded the ATF that it was not supposed to be involved at all in such a case, that theyre mandate was the like of larger illegal gun smugling operations and not, as Thompson said, some single guy "under a shade tree" with a hacksaw, which was the purview of the local sheriff.

    Second was Thompson's performance in the 2008 GOP primary debates. Media personalities in debates had taken up the ridiculous habit of polling the candidates on issues by show of hands which for some reason candidates had gone along with. In response to such a query on stage, Thompson replied "I'm not doing any hand shows". Pressed by the moderator, he requested a minute to explain his position, was refused, and stated that then he would do no show of hands. The incident immediately ended the practice, to the applause of many other candidates and the audience, thanks entirely to his lone action.
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