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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

09 Dec 2012 01:46 AM   |   10579 clicks   |   HelenaIR.com
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feckingmorons    [TotalFark]  
Good job Senator!

08 Dec 2012 08:55 PM
Relatively Obscure    [TotalFark]  
Yay, a story that doesn't make me feel depressed.

08 Dec 2012 09:11 PM
puffy999     
That is awesome.

08 Dec 2012 10:00 PM
Snarfangel    [TotalFark]  
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.

08 Dec 2012 10:12 PM
puffy999     
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08 Dec 2012 10:16 PM
MaudlinMutantMollusk    [TotalFark]  
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08 Dec 2012 11:25 PM
quatchi    [TotalFark]  
Wait, when did Montana get a cool Senator?

I keed. Props to JT.

08 Dec 2012 11:44 PM
criscodisco    [TotalFark]  
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.

08 Dec 2012 11:55 PM
dethmagnetic     

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She's cute.
And terrifying.

08 Dec 2012 11:57 PM
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.

08 Dec 2012 11:57 PM
Spad31    [TotalFark]  
Nicely done.

09 Dec 2012 12:11 AM
GAT_00     

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

I keed. Props to JT.


Tester's a bit of a character.

09 Dec 2012 12:23 AM
Lionel Mandrake    [TotalFark]  
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Born that way? Kid got off easy, eh Gov'?

09 Dec 2012 12:33 AM
quatchi    [TotalFark]  

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.

09 Dec 2012 12:57 AM
Apos     
Handy advice, Senator Tester!

09 Dec 2012 01:15 AM
dickfreckle     
My best friend is missing a hand. The entire hand, mind you. She can do everything you and I do. The only time she ever needed my help was holding a dustpan while she swept it in. Badass girl, this one.

I'm a huge fan of people born or torn up, and yet manage to make the rest of us look like morans. I thought I had it bad being deaf in one ear.

09 Dec 2012 01:23 AM
DKinMN     

dickfreckle: My best friend is missing a hand. The entire hand, mind you. She can do everything you and I do. The only time she ever needed my help was holding a dustpan while she swept it in. Badass girl, this one.

I'm a huge fan of people born or torn up, and yet manage to make the rest of us look like morans. I thought I had it bad being deaf in one ear.


[insert several awesome jokes about things that she can't do, despite your claim that she can do everything]

/like give two guys HJs at the same time
//not that I personally would do that

09 Dec 2012 01:50 AM
Amos Quito     
FTA: "The 7-year-old knows firsthand the challenges of being different."

Oh, clever AND classy.

09 Dec 2012 01:52 AM
thisiszombocom     
Only two fingers? Imagine all the shocking things he's missing out on

/ girls lOve a finger in thebutt

09 Dec 2012 01:52 AM
StreetlightInTheGhetto     
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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!

09 Dec 2012 01:56 AM
Quantum Apostrophe     

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.


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09 Dec 2012 01:58 AM
Snapper Carr     
Give that kid a guitar

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09 Dec 2012 01:59 AM
ModernLuddite     
The mere mention of losing three fingers in a meat grinder is enough to fuel my nightmares for a long time to come.

*shudder*

09 Dec 2012 02:01 AM
Munchkin City Coroner     
"The lightbulb went off and after talking to his teacher, I decided to see if we could get this going," she said.

THAT'S WHAT...oh...

09 Dec 2012 02:02 AM
quatchi    [TotalFark]  

ModernLuddite: The mere mention of losing three fingers in a meat grinder is enough to fuel my nightmares for a long time to come.

*shudder*


For extra nightmare fuel... when he was nine years old.

/I'm not helping am I?

09 Dec 2012 02:08 AM
quatchi    [TotalFark]  

StreetlightInTheGhetto: 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!


The Law of Unintended consequences works both ways for good *and* ill. 

This is one of the good ones. ^_^

09 Dec 2012 02:11 AM
Wrencher     
Thumbs up!

09 Dec 2012 02:11 AM
tjsands1118     
Cool, HIGH TWO, bro.

09 Dec 2012 02:13 AM
Mr. Ekshun     
Kid's gonna have trouble when they start learning about base 8.

09 Dec 2012 02:13 AM
God-is-a-Taco     

DKinMN:
/like give two guys HJs at the same time
//not that I personally would do that


You haven't lived

09 Dec 2012 02:13 AM
RoyBatty     

Quantum Apostrophe: 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.

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The wiki synopsis of that is interesting, and for a novel written in the 50s, seems intriguingly coherent with today.

09 Dec 2012 02:13 AM
L.D. Ablo    [TotalFark]  

ModernLuddite: The mere mention of losing three fingers in a meat grinder is enough to fuel my nightmares for a long time to come.

*shudder*


I once worked at a PI law firm.

One of the clients lost most of her hand in an industrial grinder. We had pictures of, well, everything. Those still haunt me.

You hear about the huge settlements and wins for people who are injured. Yes, some get the big seven figure payments.

But it's never worth it. Never, ever. Nope. The people who get the big money are utterly farked up for life.

The biggest settlement I saw was for a teenage girl who was burned over 70% of her body from an exploding propane tank. She got $2 million. But what the poor thing went through and will have to deal with for the rest of her life isn't worth it. Not even close.

09 Dec 2012 02:14 AM
My Bologna Has A Maiden Name     
Tester? Damn near shocked her!

/but couldn't quite... 

09 Dec 2012 02:17 AM
starlost     
My best friend is missing a hand. The entire hand, mind you. She can do everything you and I do. The only time she ever needed my help was holding a dustpan while she swept it in. Badass girl, this one.
I'm a huge fan of people born or torn up, and yet manage to make the rest of us look like morans. I thought I had it bad being deaf in one ear.

give her a 99 cent hand held can opener and a can of beans and see what happens.
she could have held the dust pan in place around her wrist with a strong elastic cord she could have put on herself.

09 Dec 2012 02:17 AM
ladyfortuna     
Slightly disappointed I'm the leader on this: Dad??


L.D. Ablo: ModernLuddite: The mere mention of losing three fingers in a meat grinder is enough to fuel my nightmares for a long time to come.

*shudder*

I once worked at a PI law firm.

One of the clients lost most of her hand in an industrial grinder. We had pictures of, well, everything. Those still haunt me.

You hear about the huge settlements and wins for people who are injured. Yes, some get the big seven figure payments.

But it's never worth it. Never, ever. Nope. The people who get the big money are utterly farked up for life.

The biggest settlement I saw was for a teenage girl who was burned over 70% of her body from an exploding propane tank. She got $2 million. But what the poor thing went through and will have to deal with for the rest of her life isn't worth it. Not even close.


I'm not sure if my NCOIC really believed me, but when he asked why I didn't want to learn any of the mechanic stuff like most of my unit, I cited the 8 years of piano and violin I'd learned, plus all the typing I did both in and out of the military. I like my fingers where they are, and damn if I'm going to risk them unless it's the digits or my (or someone else's) life.

09 Dec 2012 02:21 AM
Britney Spear's Speculum     
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MONTANA PHONE

09 Dec 2012 02:29 AM
GungFu     
Never too young to be a metal-head.


Whooo.....\m/.....The Ace of Spades.....\m/.....The Ace of Spades!

09 Dec 2012 02:31 AM
Oznog     

L.D. Ablo: ModernLuddite: The mere mention of losing three fingers in a meat grinder is enough to fuel my nightmares for a long time to come.

*shudder*

I once worked at a PI law firm.

One of the clients lost most of her hand in an industrial grinder. We had pictures of, well, everything. Those still haunt me.

You hear about the huge settlements and wins for people who are injured. Yes, some get the big seven figure payments.

But it's never worth it. Never, ever. Nope. The people who get the big money are utterly farked up for life.

The biggest settlement I saw was for a teenage girl who was burned over 70% of her body from an exploding propane tank. She got $2 million. But what the poor thing went through and will have to deal with for the rest of her life isn't worth it. Not even close.


Well it's not like my fingers are made of meat (NSFW) or anything.

09 Dec 2012 02:32 AM
Oznog     
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Nevermind.

09 Dec 2012 02:33 AM
SpinStopper    [TotalFark]  
Makes me proud that I (mostly) grew up in Montana ;)

09 Dec 2012 02:34 AM
phrawgh     

Snapper Carr: Give that kid a guitar

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Would like a word...

09 Dec 2012 02:36 AM
DVOM     

ladyfortuna: I'm not sure if my NCOIC really believed me, but when he asked why I didn't want to learn any of the mechanic stuff like most of my unit, I cited the 8 years of piano and violin I'd learned, plus all the typing I did both in and out of the military. I like my fingers where they are, and damn if I'm going to risk them unless it's the digits or my (or someone else's) life.


I was an auto mechanic for 20 yrs and I don't remember ever seeing a mechanic with less than all of their fingers.

09 Dec 2012 02:37 AM
ladyfortuna     

DVOM: ladyfortuna: I'm not sure if my NCOIC really believed me, but when he asked why I didn't want to learn any of the mechanic stuff like most of my unit, I cited the 8 years of piano and violin I'd learned, plus all the typing I did both in and out of the military. I like my fingers where they are, and damn if I'm going to risk them unless it's the digits or my (or someone else's) life.

I was an auto mechanic for 20 yrs and I don't remember ever seeing a mechanic with less than all of their fingers.


I dated two mechanics, the bruises, scraped off skin, and general lack of mobility was reason enough to be concerned. You can't deny the *possibility* of losing fingers in that job.

09 Dec 2012 02:44 AM
The Southern Dandy     
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09 Dec 2012 02:50 AM
cc_rider    [TotalFark]  
Wait a minute, is subby trying to tell us that a congressperson who is not facing an election, actually did something useful, and downright...nice? I think I'm going to have to check some other sources to make sure this isn't fake "news".

/Just kidding, good on him.

09 Dec 2012 02:59 AM
fanbladesaresharp     

starlost: My best friend is missing a hand. The entire hand, mind you. She can do everything you and I do. The only time she ever needed my help was holding a dustpan while she swept it in. Badass girl, this one.
I'm a huge fan of people born or torn up, and yet manage to make the rest of us look like morans. I thought I had it bad being deaf in one ear.

give her a 99 cent hand held can opener and a can of beans and see what happens.
she could have held the dust pan in place around her wrist with a strong elastic cord she could have put on herself.


My GFs 11 yr old was born with only a thumb on one hand, and dammit if that kid can't destroy people on madden 11 on Xbox. He manages.

09 Dec 2012 03:02 AM
the_chief     
I was born without three penises.

09 Dec 2012 03:18 AM
SpaceBison     

starlost: My best friend is missing a hand. The entire hand, mind you. She can do everything you and I do. The only time she ever needed my help was holding a dustpan while she swept it in. Badass girl, this one.
I'm a huge fan of people born or torn up, and yet manage to make the rest of us look like morans. I thought I had it bad being deaf in one ear.

give her a 99 cent hand held can opener and a can of beans and see what happens.
she could have held the dust pan in place around her wrist with a strong elastic cord she could have put on herself.


Yeah but the handjobs she gives gotta be just a tad below par though, right?

09 Dec 2012 03:27 AM
HBK     
"And that's what I learned in shop class."

09 Dec 2012 03:31 AM
Prof. Frink     

Mr. Ekshun: Kid's gonna have trouble when they start learning about base 8.


Only if they make him keep his pants on.

09 Dec 2012 03:46 AM
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