How did I miss this until now?
Hope you’re having a perfect day, Tien Le!
Chat away, everyone
Happy St. Paddy’s Day
Happy Birthday Tien Le
Winner! GGail, you’re so fast everyone has trouble keeping up with you …. even these guys:
Ain’t you the clever one!
Happy Birthday!! Wishing you many, many more!
Chipsticks – once again, you’ve outdid yourself today
Happy Birthday Tien Le!!
USA – Let's FOCUS > @ClearChannel has $12B in debt due in 2016. FORECLOSE the #RushSlum – thepeoplesview.net/2012/03/free-m… #TurnOffRush TY #YesWeCan— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) March 18, 2012
Happy B-day Tien Le.
@JoanShaw-You and your husband are in my thoughts. Stay strong. It will get better!
~~~***HAPPY BIRTHDAY TIEN LE!***~~~
HOPE YOU ARE HAVING A WONDERFUL DAY.
Does anyone still have the link to Game Change???
THANK YOU Bobfr!
Remember to reload if the pic starts to get choppy. You might also have to press pause right at the beginning to allow the video to upload on the site.
If by the time you get this the video link is dead, try reloading or try another link here: http://watchseries.eu/episode/game_change_s1_e1-152783.html
AWWWW, Chips. Blush. Thank you, sweetie. I got me a cupcake from da Prez! I am having an exquisite day. I went to the Casino and won enough money to pay for my meal with some left over (very fun) and had chocolate mousse cake, then came here to see all the wonderful festivities. Thank you to everyone for all your well wishes.
Here’s a Birthday gift for you, Tien Le
Can never get enough!!!
Thanks for the tweet, pinkbunny! Me happy.
very nice video! we need to promote it. O’bama/Biden 2012
So so much fun! Thx, Bobfr.
Happy to bring a bit of joy to you on your birthday, Tien Le!!
Happy Birthday again Tien Le. Glad to hear you had a wonderful birthday combined with a fantastic St. Paddy’s Day.
Did the happy birthday girl see my earlier DM?
I did!!!! I haven’t been on Tweet Deck today, and I don’t know how else to respond to DMs. Thank you so much, VC. Smilin’.
Happy Birthday Tien Le.
Happy Birthday….enjoy your special day :O)
I case you missed it earlier…Happy Birthday!!! Big hugs….and psst: It’s the new 30 Glad you had a great day.
I saw it, thank you, desertflower: best sense of humor ever! You tickle me.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TIEN LE!!!
Happy Birthday Tien Le!
*~*~Happy Birthday, Tien Le~*~*
I loves me some ascii. Thanks, dear.
Oh! Thank you, Dakota.
Happy birhtday Tien Le!!!
@JoanShaw your husband & you are in my thoughts.
Second that, dear Joan
“Sometimes you just got to give yourself what you wish someone else would give you.” -Dr Phil
Happy B’day Tien Le!
Sorry if this was posted before, Charles Blow on the murder of Trayvon Martin:
The whole incident just breaks hearts doesn’t it Chips. It’s all so topsy turvy with so many feelings. I sincerely hope that truth will finally prevail, justice is handed down fairly and everyone find some measure of comfort despite the horror in our midsts.
it is heartbreaking I just felt sick by the end of it.
I did not want to read this, Chips because I knew it would hurt. it did, and I hate it that this still the reality for my sons and grandsons, and millions of African-American parents of sons and grandsons.
I guess that’s why coming to this site means so much; it gives me a different perspective. I know that this is a multiple-racial, multiple-cultural site. Because of that, I can hang on to a little hope for my children’s future. That ‘s the comfort I get from this site.
Just wanted you to know that. Thanks.
I understand completely Eve, this story just leaves you consumed with rage and sadness. It’s so depressing.
Multiple-racial, multiple-cultural!?! I tried, Lord knows, I tried.
That’s ok eve. We heard your heart, not your fingers.
This pain is shared by many of us – you are not alone.
This family is not alone either. We must send up our prayers that the truth will prevail – for everyone’s sake.
Hugs ♥ Kiddo. As a “multiple-racial, multiple-cultural” person, I understood you exactly. We will STAND! We WILL make it better because our young people are depending on us. NO RETREAT! NO SURRENDER!
As AA women, with an AA brother I understand everything you wrote. My brother when he was a teenager got “checked out” by the police while walking home, eventhough he was not doing anything, but walking home.
I still can’t read it. I can’t listen to the 911 tape. I. JUST. CAN’T. Some of ya’ll know that I have a teenage son. I just ache for the mother, and father of that child. Even from what I’ve heard, I don’t even know how his mother can form a sentence, let alone keep it together enough to ask for FBI intervention.
We have come so far, but we have so much further to go in this country. SO MUCH FURTHER!!!
I am dam tired of things like this happening to our young black boys. Zimmerman might want to claim it was self defense, but if he had done what the police told him to, that boy would still be alive. No he wanted to play detective and follow the boy. If it was a black man who shot a white kid, the black man would have been arrested. I have no confidence in the police department. Rev. Al said he was not going to let this go, he was going to get to the truth. I hope so. Because it seem our kids may not be beaten and hung anymore, but they are gun down. What ashame.
@TheRevAl Thank You Rev. Al for bringing the voice of millions into this tragedy, 'injustice anywhere is threat to justice everywhere,'MLK— A.L. Jones (@laidybug45) March 17, 2012
Rev. Al Sharpton to hold a support rally to call for justice in the Trayvon Martin case:
Thursday, March 22
First Shiloh Baptist Church
Sanford, FL 32771
@TheRevAl I am the President for the Omega Graduate Chapter in the Orlando area. If you need anything hit us at OrlandoQues.com— Russell Drake (@russelldrake) March 17, 2012
Thanks defytheodds for bringing us the 411.
Another little piece of information adding to the confused picture we have so far
Happy Birthday, Tien Le,
Celebrate “Stevie” style!!!
A Must Read RT @thinkprogress: Why everyone should know about Trayvon Martin: thkpr.gs/xkbdxc #trayvon2012 (via @CharlesMBlow)”— Jeff Sun Tzu (@JeffersonObama) March 18, 2012
@theonlyadult you're late. We have and we will— (@rolandsmartin) March 18, 2012
@rolandsmartin Very well. You should know better than most what's going to happen if PBO say anything. Remember the Gates comment?— BWD (@theonlyadult) March 18, 2012
Good for BWD!
Stay on ‘em.
thanks for the advocacy BWD, TZU, Defytheodds and others. press on!
Tien le—Happy Birthday. It’s late in the day now, but I hope you had a terrific day with all your wishes coming true. This is a great time of year to be born when all the world starts smiling with flowers.
Aww, Jackie, thank you so much. I’m so lucky to be part of this magnificent family.
Joan K. Shaw, I left you my heartfelt prayer for Alan’s recovery on the “Rise & Shine” thread, but, if you’re still reading, I want you to know that you and your husband and your family will be on my prayer list every night. God will take care of you.
Happy birthday Tien Le and many more. I can’t wait until June 21 to see what Chips has for me. See Chips I am giving you plenty of warning.
Japa, that’s too much warning! She’s bound to forget. This is the Chips who used to forget the weekly ‘It’s Friday’ video. Maybe I’ll remind her come June as it’s 4 days before my son’s birthday.
hey Japa – June 21 is also my eldest son’s birthday.. first day of summer, I’ll remember your day for sure~
Thanks, japa21…I’ll get right on that many more thing.
June 21st is the longest day of the year – which means more time for japa to gaze at “birthday treat” pics of FLOTUS and Dr. Biden…more time spent on the naughty mat…etc…
I think I am beginning to develop the wrong type of reputation around here. I better clean up my act.
LOL! Reputation? Nah…you’re still a distant 36th or 37th compared to many others who shall remain nameless for now.
Tien Le – hope you had the best birthday yet! I think I got the template for wallet-sized cards of PBO accomplishments from you via this site. Anyway, I’ve been printing them out on bright blue paper and handing them out like hotcakes. Thanks!!
OOOOoooo, Marvelous. Thank you so much. That’s great news.
Maybe tomorrow or whenever you can (after your birthday ) you can share the card-sized info again? A couple of people have recently shared how they’ve used the cards, and we’ve had ‘new’ people join us since you originally presented the info.
Happy big 60 Tien Le. Shall join you this year into that golden age. Be blessed
Democrats claim to find early copy of GOP platform: http://t.co/NleWaThQ— Roger Simon (@politicoroger) March 18, 2012
This needs to be on a T-shirt.
you’re right purple this would make an awesome t-shirt!
THIS! That’s a COUPLE Tshirt phrases I’ve seen today. This is the other one I want…
Yes! I tweeted this earlier – this would be a good one too DF!
Additions to this list:
CHILDREN SHOULD WORK AS JANITORS
YES! + infinity. Now I really want it as a t-shirt with that addition!
Happy 60th Tien Le. The sixties are not bad at all. For one thing you don’t worry about the things you once worried about. Somehow I feel so much freer, liberated, self-confident. I hope the same for you.
Eve, with so many of us here, I think we need a 60 plus club. As long as your heart is young and your head keeps working that’s all that matters.
Self-confidence in life is one of the greatest gifts we can achieve in life. Thanks, Eveingeorgia.
Count me in here, am just 61 now, I didn’t know life could be so wonderful! At this age, I think we are still young enough to enjoy the life force in us, but our life experience has brought out our wisdom and our ability to stay focussed in the present. Plus our kids are grown and flown, which can bring great freedom and joy!
I ran across this lil gem set to Musiq and it is beautiful and sounds good too :O)
Love this lexusv!
Tien, I truly hope this birthday was so so beautiful and may the many to follow bring you great joy and laughter!
Happy Birthday, Tien Le. Hope you have a very special day!
@tienle47 HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! http://t.co/2r6M1VOa— HSC for Obama 2012 (@pinkbunny70) March 18, 2012
Hope you had a fantastic day today !!
SWOON!!! I had an amazing day. Everyone here has been so generous and thoughtful. We are the best people ever.
Hey, pretty lady. Thanks so much.
Happy Birhday Tien.
Oh yeah, the Orange man wants to get in on this.
LOL…Is that Boehner singing or just a mock up? because I can totally picture his drunk behind doing that.
Yes GB, that is truely him singing, And yes, he does sound like he’s one drink away from falling off a bar stool.
OMG! Who was he singing to? do you know?
Tthat does sound like boner!
LOL….that’s too funny.
@davidaxelrod @Messina2012 It is no longer the Republican Party aka GOP. It is the PKN, the Party of Koch & Norquist. Please take note. TY.— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) March 18, 2012
Let’s get the messaging crystal clear everyone. We must deny any legitimacy to what was the Party of Lincoln since, from Reagan on, the proponents of that party have destroyed it, totally.
@Pfeiffer44 @BarackObama It is no longer the Republican Party aka GOP. It is the PKN, the Party of Koch & Norquist. Please take note. TY.— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) March 18, 2012
@TheRevAl @lawrence @EdShow It is no longer the Republican Party aka GOP. It is the PKN, the Party of Koch & Norquist. Please take note. TY.— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) March 18, 2012
@whitehouse @PressSec It is no longer the Republican Party aka GOP. It is the PKN, the Party of Koch & Norquist. Please take note. TY #OBAMA— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) March 18, 2012
BTW, I sorta like the ‘ring’ of ‘PKN’ … rather evocative of North Korea and all that communist stuff
Thank you Alice!!!
And … to be sure we inform the appropriate folk
@MittRomney The Party of Lincolin is dead thanks to Palin, McCain, Boehner, Cantor – You represent the Party of Koch & Norquist; the PKN.— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) March 18, 2012
@SenJohnMcCain with Palin you killed the Party of Lincoln. You are now the Party of Koch & Norquist (PKN). GOP, history. PKN, soon to be.— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) March 18, 2012
@SpearkerBoehner @EricCantor You killed the Party of Lincoln. You are now the Party of Koch & Norquist (PKN). GOP, history. PKN, soon to be.— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) March 18, 2012
Bobfr, tellin’ it like it is, you can count on it! Rock their world, Bobfr!
Thank you Pamela!!!
Yes We Can …. DO More Together!
Totally appreciate all your RTs, Alice!!!
Let’s Get It Done
Bobfr, you mind works in scary ways – I LOVE IT!!!!
Bo … Gail
Now I just saw on my local news where two women has come forward and said that Zimmerman killing Trayson Martin was not self defense. They said they heard the boy pleading for his life, The women also said they call the police department four times and they didn’t hear anything from them. I don’t want people to give up on this. Fight till Trayon Martin’s family find out the truth. Zimmerman need to have his sorry ass in jail.
Assure you, anniebella, none of us are going to allow this to go away until justice is done.
Thank you Bobfr.
why didn’t he wait for the police to come like the dispatcher said?? it would have been a very different story
Because he was a self-appointed “gunslinger” wannabe cop who had an ‘in’ with the police. We really need to deal with the gun laws in this country before more of this happens.
Here’s why Zimmerman didn’t listen to the dispatcher, he said that these assholes always get away. So he was determine that black asshole wasn’t going to get away, not this time. So he kept following Trayon, and I imagine Trayon was wondering what was going on? Who was this man following him? He could have been afraid. And the way the police have handle this whole thing makes me mad.
Great articles sent from creolechild
Romney’s Fox News Blitz (CHART)
Hope you had a wonderful Birthday and a great weekend Tien Le Hi Chipsticks, Mr Healy and Mr Hayes!!!!
If you didn’t watch Rachel last night, this segment about all the insane GOP New Rules for Women and their reproductive rights, brought to us by “small govt” lovers. MUST SEE
this was great DF. I emailed this to my friend in Chicago and tweeted to my OFA
Thanks, alice. She really nailed this one
Willard has ‘cut short his planned weekend in Puerto Rico to hit the trail in Illinois’ according to CBC news
i wish willard could loose Illinois to Lil Father Ricky – that would be funny
That could happen. From what I have read most Repubs there are rural ultra conservatives. Urban Repubs may hold their noses & vote for Romney but that may not be enough if a lot stay at home. I would be doing my Snoop dance if he lost there or even if it was real close.
This is Willard’s fear it seems, so he’s hurrying there to help halt his falling poll numbers. He sure is hopping back and forth and spending a lot to acquire top dog position in the GOP.
Ha! “top dog” as in dog on top of the car, right?
Watch out for brown liquid falling from above.
Oh, so what? Who really cares about Myth?
Pamela, don’t you care about ‘fair and balanced’ reporting? We report on PBO’s plans and movements = we report on Willard’s plans and movements.
Oh, well, sure, sure I do!
Yeah, sure you do.
Happy Birthday Tien Le! Enjoy your cupcake from PBO!
Totally yummy. Made a wish and everything. Thanks.
Thank you, Jackie 4 Obama. You are an inspiration.
I am 62, which is the new 40. I am happier than I have been in a long time.
NBC News: Prominent Supporters of Iranian Terror Group Under Investigation
wow that one was so convoluted I hardly understood it.
Catholic bishops pressured Komen over Planned Parenthood
Al-Senussi, Libya’s ex-spy chief wanted by ICC, arrested in Mauritania
What Happens If the Individual Mandate Is Struck Down?
Senate GOP Presents Bill Ending Traditional Medicare, Putting Seniors Into Private Plans
A Rebuttal To Stupid Republicans Who Believe Obama Halted Domestic Oil Production
tweeted yez Linda – thanks
Chips, did I miss the comments made by the serial liar willard that : “you can’t put a windmill (or solar panel?) on top of the car ” said in response to PBO’s speech that we have to focus on alternative energy as a long-term strategy. If a video exists of this, it would make a good reminder that of course mitt would know what goes on top of a car! maybe it has already been mentioned
This was already mentioned and was a bit of a joke on Colbert.
Hope you will be able to find the information on Colbert’s site.
LOL, posted an article on the previous thread regarding how factions of the Romney, Santorum and Paul campss have turned into a three ring circus in Missouri. Well it seems now Its gotten so bad police were called and Paul supporters were arrested.
Police Intervene, Arrest Ron Paul Backers at Missouri Caucus
Police and organizers shut down proceedings at one of Missouri’s largest caucuses today, as Ron Paul supporters feuded with local GOP leaders.
“It’s like the Hatfields and the McCoys around here,” St. Charles County’s former GOP chairman told ABC News, after police arrived on-scene with a helicopter and removed Paul backers.
#TrayvonMartin case has exposed some ppl as monsters…not just Zimmerman but ANY1 who makes excuses 4 a man who kills an unarmed child— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) March 17, 2012
Seriously, my fellow Americans, particulalrly our white brothers and sisters please RAISE your VOICES, PLEASE. #TrayvonMartin— Sophia A. Nelson (@SophiaRedefined) March 17, 2012
The entire police department involved in this case should be fired.
Amen to that Ms. Union. What tells me that Zimmerman was looking for trouble, number one, the police told him not to follow the boy. He did follow him. Number two, Zimmerman said these assholes always get away. So he was determine this asshole wasn’t going to get away, so he kill the boy. And I am just as mad at the police department.
From the Twitterverse, apparently there is a petition being circulated. And Melissa Harris-Perry’s segment on FL right to stand ground law in connection with this tragegy gave me the chills. I’m angry and broken hearted at the same time. Writing my own letter to the DOJ demanding an investigation. ENOUGH!!!
Sign this petition for #TrayvonMartin … Justice will be served. change.org/petitions/pros…— Ashley Hayden (@ashy_bee) March 18, 2012
We examined the #TrayvonMartin killing and Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law. See it here. goo.gl/phteP— Melissa Harris-Perry (@MHarrisPerry) March 17, 2012
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Tien Le. Hope it was delightful.
It truly was, pamelabrown53. Thank you so much.
Obama urges end to US reliance on foreign energy
Happy Birthday Tien Le…many…many…many more
Hope your day was as special as you
Blush. Thanks, kasai…you are a force!
@iamshunbrown so sad but absolutely true shun. such a shame and a waste and no justice to come.— CeeCee (@JustCeeC) March 18, 2012
I probably shouldn't have read this article before going to sleep. Now I'm pissed off. #zimmerman #trayvonmartin miamiherald.com/2012/03/16/v-f…— Mylon P. Medley (@mylonmedley) March 18, 2012
HEADLINE: “Let My People Vote”: David Axelrod To Republicans On Election Engineering
// Barack Obama’s former right-hand man accused Republicans of passing laws to shut out Democrats from voting in the next presidential election. “There’s no doubt that Republican legislatures and governors across this country have made an attempt to try to win the elections in 2012 and 2011 by passing laws that are restrictive, that are meant to discourage participation, particularly by key constituencies that have voted Democratic in the past,” said David Axelrod, former White House official and current senior advisor to the Obama campaign.
“The bottom line is we’re going to have to fight this in every state,” he said, “with every set of rules through organization, through commitment on the part of the campaign but also on individuals to find out exactly what the rules are in their state.” Axelrod and fellow Obama staffer Mitch Stewart then touted GottaRegister, a website started by the Democratic National Committee that helps voters register and navigate their local voting laws.
Republicans claim that it is just a coincidence that these groups targeted by the bill happen to vote consistently for Democrats. But Axelrod didn’t mince words about Republicans’ intentions. “We’re going to thwart this cynical attempt to depress voter turnout,” he said in the video. “The difference between our party and their party is we’d be comfortable if every single American who was qualified to vote did vote. We think that’d be a great thing for this country.”//
It’s been fun – but I’ve got to turn in – very early church day tomorrow.
Good night Chipsticks, Good night TOD family.
Good night GGail
Found these bumper sticker ideas at BJ:
Some 2012 bumper sticker suggestions:
Honk If My Taxes Support Your Whiny Teabagging Ass
Tea Party: White Whine Party Is More Like It
Tea Parties Are For Little Girls With Imaginary Friends
Eight Years of Insanity, and Now You’re Mad?
I’d Vote For a Republican, But I’m Allergic to Nuts
Am I Liberal, Or Just Well-Educated?
Voting is Like Driving A Car: Choose [ R ] to Move Backward, Choose [D] to Move Forward
My President Killed Osama bin Laden – How ‘bout Yours?
Proud To Be Everything The Right Wing Hates
I like them all desertflower…..and Happy Birthday Tien Le.
This has been so much fun. Thanks, jojo.
Happy Birthday Tien Le. I first became “acquainted” with you on The People’s View, reading your wonderful editorials. Keep up the good work! As to being 60, and the 60+ club…….I do think I’m the oldest one on this blog, 72, and going strong. Yes, the sixties are indeed great…there is a marvelous freedom that comes, but 70 is excellent too! Stay healthy and loving, and life gets better. I do love this blog…..age, race, sex, income…all mean nothing. We are truly equals here, and this is the way life should be.
Your words are so satisfying to read. Thank you, Carolyn. I’m honored to be among so many bright and loving people. The 60s rule…all my best volunteers are 60+.
happy b-day Tien-le.
I am upset @ zimmerman being free to kill another blackman. agree with BWD. PBO cannot do everything himself. Shame on prominent activists for not holding a vigil at the police station.
Joan your husband will be fine. Modern medicine has advanced when it comes to arrthymia’s.
Thank you, zulu.
Happy Birthday, Tien Le…….many many more. 60, you say? Just getting started…….
LDS! Nice to see you. Yes, life looks good this side of 59.
Have tried to catch up, sounds like everyone had a grand day! I see the random posts I made from the jiggy WiFi in the building I work in, some made it through, some didn’t. Best Birthday wishes to Tien Le, and loving thoughts to Joan and her husband. Wore my vintage 2008 O’Bama original teeshirt today, had lots of admiring glances and many hugs! Sweet dreams to all, Chips, you are all that and MORE!
Happy Birthday, Tien. Best wishes to you!!
Oh, thank you, luv. I’ve enjoyed watching your joys and insights on this blog. You are so special.
Watching re-run of Cameron toast to PBO on C-span.
I watched it all. PM Cameron, SoS Clinton, and VP Biden’s remarks at the State Dept. luncheon; state dinner arrivals including PBO and FLOTUS’s welcome of PM Cameron and Mrs. Cameron and the toasts. It was nice to watch it all again.
Good Night, TODville! Thanks for today’s conversation, information and camaraderie. Sweet dreams, everyone!
Carolyn–I’m right behind you at 70. My dear Dad passed a few months ago at age 100. He said he didn’t feel old until I started getting Social Security!
Tomorrow will be my last day on the blog for awhile. I have my Total Knee Replacement surgery on Monday morning at 6am pacific time. Any prayers or positive thoughts for me would be appreciated. Thanks TOD fellow bloggers. Thanks CHIP.
OG, I’m praying for a successful surgery and speedy recovery for you.
They say laughter is the best medicine. Find something fun/funny to read or listen to while you’re healing. It helps. I look forward to hearing about you doing cartwheels again in no time.
And when you feel up to it, pop back here to get some positive energy from your TOD family! We’ll leave the light on for you!
Praying that you have a successful surgery and recovery too.
Hey OG keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. May your surgery and recovery be successful.
praying for you for a very successful surgery and fast recovery. wishing you very strength and good health
I’m sending you positive thoughts, OG.
There shall be much love and support around you tomorrow and everyday OG!
ObamaGrandmama, you are in the most precious and protected care, The Almighty’s Hands. Prayers coming your way. Be peaceful. ((((Hugs to you OG)))))))HZ
From the National Institutes of Health…
Non-Pharmacological Intervention for Memory Decline
LOL! Ralph, interesting birthday message for Tien! Cold-blooded, but very funny!
Wishing you a very, very, Happy Birthday, Tien Le! I hope it’s still your birthday on the West Coast as I am posting late. I hope you had a wonderful day filled with love from family and friends. I am Still looking forward to reading more of your brilliant and thoughtful posts on TPV. I always learn so much from your articles. It’s people like you who keep me grounded in reality. Again, welcome to the 60′s club. Some of us in your club, god willing, are soon to join the 70′s club.
Hi Nathan…thank you so much for your encouragement and well wishes. I just did finish a post for TPV to consider. It ought to show up soon. I have not forgotten your request from the other day. That will be my next work.
This song has been haunting me for a few days now. Thought I’d share it. Doesn’t it make you wanna sway?
The Incomparable Staple Singers… powerful, timeless!
One Voice Really Can Make A Difference…
Video of Former U.S. Marine Who Objected to TN Photo ID Restriction: ‘I Want People to Get Off Their Ass And Fight This Law’
‘They’re trying to keep us from voting…Somebody’s gotta make a stand…I took an oath to defend all American rights.’ PLUS: Tim Thompson testifies in TN Legislative Subcommitee as repeal of Photo ID law approved…
“I’m shaken up. I mean, I’ve never done anything like this before,” 55-year old former U.S. Marine Tim Thompson said after being turned away from the polling place for refusing to show a Photo ID when attempting to vote on Super Tuesday under a new Tennessee restriction on voting rights passed by Republican lawmakers. Last week, we told you about Thompson and his protest at the same Nashville polling place where he’d voted for years without incident. It was the first state election in TN in which state-issued Photo ID was required in exchange for the right to vote at a polling place.
Though Thompson presented his voter registration card as sent to him by the state, it was not enough under the new law to allow him to vote on a normal ballot. “I’ve used this for 37 years,” the former Lance Corporal is seen on video telling the precinct supervisor at the poll. “This was good enough for my father. This was good enough for my grandfather, and I refuse to show you a picture ID,” he said…[snip]
* * *
But there is now more to the inspiring story, underscoring again how one person standing up for their rights really can make a difference…
On Wednesday, a Subcommittee in the TN Legislature held a hearing on a bill that would repeal the discriminatory law. Thompson was asked to testify at the hearing before four Republicans, three Democrats and one independent (a fifth Republican was not present that day).
After his testimony, the State and Local Government Subcommittee voted in favor of repealing the disenfranchising Photo ID bill! All three Democrats, the Independent and one of the Republicans joined together to vote for repeal. The bill will now move to the full Committee and then, if successful, to the General Assembly for a final vote on passage. It still faces very long odds as the fight is nowhere near finished, according to Thompson — who we interviewed last night on the Mike Malloy Show — but this was a tremendous victory.
You can read more about the hearing at the Knoxville News Sentinel… [see more in the article]
Keep in mind that was just a subcommittee that voted to repeal the Voter ID law. But it’s a step in the right direction.
can you please forward this to people who have a TV show and have been complaining about these new photo id laws : Rev Al, Racheal, Lawrence, Roland Martin etc. I think it is very important to show disinterested Americans that this could happen to anyone of them and not just to poor, elderly and racial minority voters
Bravo to Mr.Thompson.
OFF TO CHURCH THIS MORNIN’…HAVE A BLESSED SUNDAY EVERYONE! PRAY FOR OUR PBO AND REMEMBER THAT GOD IS ALWAYS IN CONTROL!…:)
Sue, Amen to that, he is still in control.
Amen, Sue. I am late catching up, but I wanted to wish Tien Le a very happy birthday. I hope that you day was a fun, joyful, and beautiful one, Tien Le. ((((Hugs)))HZ
Rise and Shine everyone:
Hope you had a wonderful birthday Tien Le.
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