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Mar
12

forget st patrick, it’s tien le’s day

How did I miss this until now? :oops:

Hope you’re having a perfect day, Tien Le!

****

Chat away, everyone


200 Responses to “forget st patrick, it’s tien le’s day”


  1. 1 GGail
    March 17, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Happy St. Paddy’s Day

    Happy Birthday Tien Le

  2. March 17, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Happy Birthday!! Wishing you many, many more!

  3. 5 GGail
    March 17, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Chipsticks – once again, you’ve outdid yourself today :-)

  4. 6 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    March 17, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    Happy Birthday Tien Le!!

    And ….

    #PRESSON

  5. 7 LunarSea
    March 17, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Happy B-day Tien Le.

    @JoanShaw-You and your husband are in my thoughts. Stay strong. It will get better!

  6. March 17, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    ~~~***HAPPY BIRTHDAY TIEN LE!***~~~
    HOPE YOU ARE HAVING A WONDERFUL DAY.

  7. March 17, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    HELP!!
    Does anyone still have the link to Game Change???

    GoBrooklyn? Anyone??

  8. March 17, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    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.

    {{{{{{Joan}}}}}}

  9. 35 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    March 17, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Happy birhtday Tien Le!!!

  10. 36 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    March 17, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    @JoanShaw your husband & you are in my thoughts.

  11. 38 defytheodds
    March 17, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    “Sometimes you just got to give yourself what you wish someone else would give you.” -Dr Phil

    Happy B’day Tien Le!

    • 40 utaustinliberal
      March 17, 2012 at 9:48 pm

      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.

    • 42 Eveingeorgia
      March 17, 2012 at 9:58 pm

      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.

      • March 17, 2012 at 10:05 pm

        I understand completely Eve, this story just leaves you consumed with rage and sadness. It’s so depressing.

        • 44 Eveingeorgia
          March 17, 2012 at 10:10 pm

          Multiple-racial, multiple-cultural!?! I tried, Lord knows, I tried. :)

          • 45 GGail
            March 17, 2012 at 10:17 pm

            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.

          • 46 aquagranny911
            March 17, 2012 at 10:54 pm

            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!

      • 47 Brit
        March 17, 2012 at 10:15 pm

        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.

    • 48 isonprize
      March 17, 2012 at 10:12 pm

      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!!!

    • 49 anniebella
      March 17, 2012 at 10:17 pm

      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.

  12. 55 isonprize
    March 17, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Happy Birthday, Tien Le,

    Celebrate “Stevie” style!!!

  13. 56 defytheodds
    March 17, 2012 at 9:43 pm
  14. 61 jackiegrumbacher
    March 17, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    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.

  15. 63 GGail
    March 17, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    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.

  16. 64 japa21
    March 17, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    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.

    • 65 vcprezofan2
      March 17, 2012 at 10:21 pm

      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. ;)

    • March 17, 2012 at 10:34 pm

      hey Japa – June 21 is also my eldest son’s birthday.. first day of summer, I’ll remember your day for sure~

    • March 17, 2012 at 10:37 pm

      Thanks, japa21…I’ll get right on that many more thing.

    • 68 hopefruit2
      March 17, 2012 at 10:52 pm

      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…

  17. 72 Judith Fardig
    March 17, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    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!!

    • March 17, 2012 at 10:38 pm

      OOOOoooo, Marvelous. Thank you so much. That’s great news.

      • 74 vcprezofan2
        March 17, 2012 at 11:22 pm

        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.

  18. 75 EDP4BHO
    March 17, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Happy big 60 Tien Le. Shall join you this year into that golden age. Be blessed :-D

  19. 76 defytheodds
    March 17, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    photo/1

  20. 83 Eveingeorgia
    March 17, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    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.

    • 84 jackiegrumbacher
      March 17, 2012 at 10:11 pm

      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.

    • March 17, 2012 at 10:40 pm

      Self-confidence in life is one of the greatest gifts we can achieve in life. Thanks, Eveingeorgia.

    • 86 Pamela
      March 17, 2012 at 11:09 pm

      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!

    • 88 Dudette
      March 18, 2012 at 2:09 am

      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!

  21. 89 mtmarilyn
    March 17, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Happy Birthday, Tien Le. Hope you have a very special day!

  22. 91 pinkbunny92
    March 17, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Hope you had a fantastic day today !! :-D

  23. 93 Tally
    March 17, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

  24. 95 bjw2
    March 17, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    Happy Birhday Tien.

    Oh yeah, the Orange man wants to get in on this.

  25. 101 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    March 17, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    #PRESSON

  26. 112 anniebella
    March 17, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    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.

    • 113 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      March 17, 2012 at 10:32 pm

      Assure you, anniebella, none of us are going to allow this to go away until justice is done.

      #PRESSON

    • 115 globalcitizenlinda
      March 17, 2012 at 10:37 pm

      why didn’t he wait for the police to come like the dispatcher said?? it would have been a very different story

      • 116 aquagranny911
        March 17, 2012 at 11:03 pm

        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.

        • 117 anniebella
          March 17, 2012 at 11:30 pm

          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.

  27. 118 whatisworking
    March 17, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Great articles sent from creolechild

    Romney’s Fox News Blitz (CHART)

    http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/03/romney-fox-news-interviews-chart.php

  28. March 17, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Hope you had a wonderful Birthday and a great weekend Tien Le :-) Hi Chipsticks, Mr Healy and Mr Hayes!!!!

  29. 120 desertflower
    March 17, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    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

    http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/2012/03/17/video-how-does-forcing-women-to-have-ultrasounds-create-jobs/

  30. 123 vcprezofan2
    March 17, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Willard has ‘cut short his planned weekend in Puerto Rico to hit the trail in Illinois’ according to CBC news

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2012/03/17/us-republican-race.html?cmp=rss

    • 124 globalcitizenlinda
      March 17, 2012 at 10:39 pm

      i wish willard could loose Illinois to Lil Father Ricky – that would be funny

      • 125 aquagranny911
        March 17, 2012 at 11:12 pm

        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.

        • 126 vcprezofan2
          March 17, 2012 at 11:36 pm

          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.

          • 127 Dudette
            March 18, 2012 at 2:14 am

            Ha! “top dog” as in dog on top of the car, right? :-)
            Watch out for brown liquid falling from above.

    • 128 Pamela
      March 17, 2012 at 11:18 pm

      Oh, so what? Who really cares about Myth?

  31. 132 globalcitizenlinda
    March 17, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Happy Birthday Tien Le! Enjoy your cupcake from PBO!

  32. 141 whatisworking
    March 17, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    What Happens If the Individual Mandate Is Struck Down?

    http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2012/03/individual_mandate.html

  33. 142 whatisworking
    March 17, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Senate GOP Presents Bill Ending Traditional Medicare, Putting Seniors Into Private Plans

    http://crooksandliars.com/susie-madrak/killing-two-birds-one-stone-senate-re

  34. 143 whatisworking
    March 17, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    A Rebuttal To Stupid Republicans Who Believe Obama Halted Domestic Oil Production

    http://www.politicususa.com/obama-oil-production/

  35. 145 globalcitizenlinda
    March 17, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    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

  36. 147 bjw2
    March 17, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    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

    (ABC News)

    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.

    http://news.yahoo.com/police-intervene-arrest-ron-paul-backers-missouri-caucus-223928873–abc-news.html

  37. 148 defytheodds
    March 17, 2012 at 10:51 pm
    • 149 defytheodds
      March 17, 2012 at 10:58 pm
    • 150 hopefruit2
      March 17, 2012 at 11:06 pm

      The entire police department involved in this case should be fired.

    • 151 anniebella
      March 17, 2012 at 11:23 pm

      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.

    • 152 purpleshoesla
      March 18, 2012 at 12:21 am

      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!!!

  38. March 17, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Tien Le. Hope it was delightful.

  39. 156 kasai
    March 17, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Happy Birthday Tien Le…many…many…many more

    Hope your day was as special as you :-)

  40. 158 defytheodds
    March 17, 2012 at 11:10 pm
  41. 160 hopefruit2
    March 17, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    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.”//

    http://mykeystrokes.com/2012/03/17/let-my-people-vote-david-axelrod-to-republicans-on-election-engineering/

  42. 161 GGail
    March 17, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    It’s been fun – but I’ve got to turn in – very early church day tomorrow.

    Good night Chipsticks, Good night TOD family.

  43. 163 desertflower
    March 17, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    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

  44. 166 carolyn
    March 17, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    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.

    • March 18, 2012 at 12:13 am

      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+.

  45. March 17, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    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.

  46. 170 LDS
    March 17, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    Happy Birthday, Tien Le…….many many more. 60, you say? Just getting started…….

  47. 172 Pamela
    March 18, 2012 at 12:02 am

    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!

  48. 173 africa
    March 18, 2012 at 12:09 am

    Happy Birthday, Tien. Best wishes to you!!

  49. 175 africa
    March 18, 2012 at 12:20 am

    Watching re-run of Cameron toast to PBO on C-span.

    • 176 utaustinliberal
      March 18, 2012 at 12:30 am

      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.

  50. 177 vcprezofan2
    March 18, 2012 at 12:49 am

    Good Night, TODville! Thanks for today’s conversation, information and camaraderie. Sweet dreams, everyone!

  51. 178 auni
    March 18, 2012 at 1:46 am

    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!

  52. 179 Obama Grandmama
    March 18, 2012 at 2:19 am

    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.

    • 180 Dudette
      March 18, 2012 at 2:43 am

      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!

    • 181 0388jojothecat
      March 18, 2012 at 3:05 am

      Praying that you have a successful surgery and recovery too.

    • 182 utaustinliberal
      March 18, 2012 at 8:03 am

      Hey OG keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. May your surgery and recovery be successful.

    • 183 globalcitizenlinda
      March 18, 2012 at 8:32 am

      praying for you for a very successful surgery and fast recovery. wishing you very strength and good health

    • 184 Don
      March 18, 2012 at 8:50 am

      I’m sending you positive thoughts, OG.

    • 185 Pamela
      March 18, 2012 at 9:49 am

      There shall be much love and support around you tomorrow and everyday OG!

      • March 18, 2012 at 10:09 pm

        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

  53. March 18, 2012 at 2:25 am

    From the National Institutes of Health…
    Non-Pharmacological Intervention for Memory Decline
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3297818/

  54. 189 nathkatun7
    March 18, 2012 at 2:35 am

    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.

    • March 18, 2012 at 3:25 pm

      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.

  55. 191 Dudette
    March 18, 2012 at 3:11 am

    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!

  56. 192 Dudette
    March 18, 2012 at 3:48 am

    One Voice Really Can Make A Difference…
    http://www.bradblog.com/?p=9184

    ———————–
    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]

    • 193 Dudette
      March 18, 2012 at 3:55 am

      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.

    • 194 globalcitizenlinda
      March 18, 2012 at 8:28 am

      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

    • 195 anniebella
      March 18, 2012 at 11:03 am

      Bravo to Mr.Thompson.

  57. 196 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    March 18, 2012 at 6:34 am

    OFF TO CHURCH THIS MORNIN’…HAVE A BLESSED SUNDAY EVERYONE! PRAY FOR OUR PBO AND REMEMBER THAT GOD IS ALWAYS IN CONTROL!…:)

  58. 200 Ann_T
    March 18, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Hope you had a wonderful birthday Tien Le. :)


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