November 6th, 2002

The honorable senator from tennessee

I was watching Law and Order tonight. I am a big fan of the show. It is a simple story formula with inventive and amazingly talented writers. The cast has for years been made up of an ensamble that had lots of talent. This year is no exception. They have added the Honorable senator from Tennesse, Fred Thompson. If you cant remember him think of movies like Die Hard 2, Hunt for Red October, and In the Line of Fire. He is also one of the few politicians today I respect for having actuall intergrity.

Here is what the senate bio on him says concerning the reason I respect him

Senator Thompson grew up in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. He received his undergraduate degree in philosophy and political science from Memphis State University in 1964 and his law degree from Vanderbilt University in 1967, working his way through school. Two years after law school, Thompson was named an Assistant United States Attorney and at the age of 30 was appointed Minority Counsel to the Senate Watergate Committee, where he served in 1973 and 1974.

In 1977 Thompson took on the case of a Tennessee Parole Board chairman fired under suspicious circumstances. Thompson's work helped to expose a cash-for-clemency scheme that ultimately toppled the governor. The scandal became the subject of a best-selling book and later a film, Marie, in which Thompson portrayed himself. He went on to appear in 18 motion pictures, including In the Line of Fire, Die Hard II and The Hunt for Red October.

Prior to his election to the U.S. Senate, Fred Thompson maintained law offices in Nashville and Washington and served as Special Counsel to both the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. He is also the author of the Watergate memoir At That Point in Time.

Okay that said I have to say I often disagree with the man.
I can respect a man and disagree whole heartedly. But my favorite thing about him as an actor is that he plays a good example of an intelligent southerner. So often we see so many protrayals of men from the south being red necks or inbred hillbillies. Some of us grew up in the south and are happy about it. It is nice to see the stereotype shot down once in a while..

One last thing about this guy.
he was once quoted as saying" After six years in the US senate, i long for the sincerity I felt in Hollywood."

that about sums up my opinion of poltics these days.

TechNoir
Radical moderate monarchist