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(   Seven-year-old Montana boy born missing three fingers feels self-conscious about it, but he's told it doesn't mean a thing by a special visitor to class: Montana Senator Jon Tester, who's also missing three fingers   ( ) divider line
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2012-12-09 01:59:42 AM  
5 votes:
Give that kid a guitar
2012-12-08 09:11:20 PM  
3 votes:
Yay, a story that doesn't make me feel depressed.
2012-12-09 01:56:25 AM  
2 votes:
image from the attack ad that showed Tester having 5 fingers on his left hand

The idea of asking the senator to come talk with the first-grader began with an advertisement during the recent political season that poked fun of an apparently doctored photo that showed Tester with fingers on his right hand.

The school's secretary, Janelle Hansen, had recently moved to Montana from Seattle and didn't know that Tester was missing fingers until she saw that advertisement.

She did know that Ethan was having a bit of hard time adjusting to his new class.

"The lightbulb went off and after talking to his teacher, I decided to see if we could get this going," she said.

Hansen sent an email to Tester's office and received a positive response. Initially, it appeared like it might be a few weeks before the senator would be nearby, but things changed and the appointment was made for Friday morning.

So a stupid attack ad led a secretary to figure out how to get a hold of the Senator and give the kid a freaking awesome day. So, hey, *one* positive thing about crappy attack ads and Photoshop!
2012-12-09 12:57:27 AM  
2 votes:

GAT_00: quatchi: Wait, when did Montana get a cool Senator?

I keed. Props to JT.

Tester's a bit of a character.

I've heard the name here and there but I confess I don't know too much about him so I just wikied him.

He had previously served as the president of the Montana Senate and worked as a music teacher and farmer.

Farmer to Music teacher and now Senator and a cool one to boot? Respect.

His election as President marked a transition for Montana Democrats as they moved into the majority leadership of the Senate for the first time in more than a decade. Term limits prohibited Tester from running for State Senate for a third consecutive term. While serving as Senate president, Tester supported increased funding for public education and cutting taxes for small business owners and the working poor. He also worked to make health insurance more affordable and require public utilities to use more renewable energy

I like him already.
2012-12-08 11:57:57 PM  
2 votes:
That's a great story and I am glad it was greened so we could see it.

We should remember though, the boy was born a freak while the Senator was born a normal who had an unfortunate accident.
2012-12-09 03:53:16 AM  
1 vote:
Plus 1, submitter. The look on the mom's face is, uh, genuine...every once in awhile Fark counterbalances the usual snark and political ravings with a story that is actually a pleasure to read.
2012-12-09 02:50:24 AM  
1 vote:
♫♪ Some folk'll never lose a toe, but then again some folk'll, like Cletus the slack jaw yokel. ♫♪
2012-12-09 02:33:24 AM  
1 vote:

2012-12-09 02:29:09 AM  
1 vote:
2012-12-09 02:01:15 AM  
1 vote:
The mere mention of losing three fingers in a meat grinder is enough to fuel my nightmares for a long time to come.

2012-12-09 01:58:43 AM  
1 vote:

RoyBatty: That's a great story and I am glad it was greened so we could see it.

We should remember though, the boy was born a freak while the Senator was born a normal who had an unfortunate accident.
2012-12-08 11:55:35 PM  
1 vote:
I'm usually a pretty negative person, but the look on his mother's face in the background says it all about a mother's love for her son.
2012-12-08 11:44:31 PM  
1 vote:
Wait, when did Montana get a cool Senator?

I keed. Props to JT.
2012-12-08 10:16:54 PM  
1 vote:

2012-12-08 10:12:37 PM  
1 vote:
Are we sure he's seven years old? He may have held up all of his fingers and said "This many."

/I don't always go to Hell, but when I do, I travel business class.
2012-12-08 08:55:57 PM  
1 vote:
Good job Senator!
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