Monday, November 2, 2015

Fred Thompson (1942-2015)

___ A Big Ol’ Papa Bear Has Left Us ____

The news was sudden –– caught us unaware.
One never knows. They say, it’s up to God.
Finality is always in the air ––
Reaching out to claim us as we plod ––
Earnestly –– erratic, or dogmatic ––
Dogged –– fearful –– frivolous –– romantic ––
The pious –– the heroic –– the pragmatic ––
Hold on to Life, and try not to feel frantic.
Or lose heart while knowing we are stalked ––
Mercilessly –– from the day that we are born.
Papa Bear was taken while we talked.
Sadly, he won’t see another morn.
Of him now, as we contemplate his loss,
No one should speak unkindly or be cross. 

~ FreeThinke (11/1/15)

In loving memory of Fred Dalton Thompson (1942-2015) 
Truly an American Original.
Rest in peace, Fred. We'll miss you.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3299570/Actor-former-Republican-senator-Fred-Thompson-dies-aged-73.html#ixzz3qI4KGKoi

12 comments:

  1. Nice tribute, FT.

    I always liked Fred Thompson.

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    1. Me too! He had a way about him that made you feel that nothing could go too far wrong if he were anywhere near. An illusion, of course, but a nice one.

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  2. Nice tribute indeed.

    Thompson was a solid man. He would have made a good president. Too bad his campaign was so lackluster.

    I was down in Quito doing comm support when Sens Thompson and McCain came down and met with the Ecuadorean president to try to keep the country from lurching leftward (it failed--they lurched left).

    I figured they would at least come through the the MilGroup and shake hands, but they came down with their game faces on; no gladhanding the troops, although I did talk with Sen McCain on the phone as I patched a call through to DC for him.

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    1. He was taken ill with non-Hodgkinds lymphoma in 2004 –– three years before his abortive campaign for the presidency. I'm sure it had a profound effect on him, even though he tried to pretend it was asymptomatic.

      Funny! I had NO idea he was fully year YOUNGER than I. Really gave me a jolt when the news flashed across the TV screen.

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  3. If Fred had run for President, I'd have supported his campaign with gusto!

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  4. I liked him before his campaign. I kind of lost respect for him during the course of it. I can't quite remember why, though.

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    1. He was taken ill with non-Hodgkinds lymphoma in 2004 –– three years before his abortive campaign for the presidency. I'm sure it had a profound effect on him, even though he tried to pretend it was asymptomatic.

      Think that explains why he seemed to lose his appeal. It would have been better if he had not attempted to run under the circumstances militating against him, but I've never been one to blame a good man for trying, even if he fails.

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    2. I suspect that I still resent his position as an advocate for "reverse mortgages". His advocacy seeks to "normalize" the practice. I find the practice while sometimes necessary, extremely exploitative.

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    3. As you ought to know, Joe, what we do to sustain ourselves is often at odds with our ideals, values, deepest convictions and honest affection.

      Couldn't that be why it is called "filthy lucre?"

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  5. Men like Thomson are the kind of men that should be honored at the White House. Not clock bombers.

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  6. "The Russkies don't take a crap without a plan son!"
    Great actor, great Senator, great conservative, great man.
    He will indeed be missed.

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