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(USA Today)   Brian Smith was a long time lurker here at Fark. He died in Habaniyah, Iraq on July 2nd, 2004. On July 14, 2006, he became a father   (usatoday.com) divider line 497
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2007-02-12 04:28:22 PM  
MisterRPG: So how much does the guy who harvests sperm from dead soldiers get paid? That has to be a crappy job.

It can be, what wuth "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and all that
 
2007-02-12 04:29:02 PM  
That's really farkin' low to call his son a bastard.

wouldn't that just be a fact?

They were no longer married because he died, technically the son is a bastard. Sorry just the facts mam
 
2007-02-12 04:29:44 PM  
Later cat.
Keep it flyin'
 
2007-02-12 04:30:12 PM  
aren't turkey basters a wonderful invention?
 
2007-02-12 04:30:22 PM  
How he do that?

/DNRTFA
 
2007-02-12 04:30:48 PM  
HA! [guy] HA!


kuaq is
A DUMBASS!!!
 
2007-02-12 04:30:48 PM  
His kid's got the same birthday as me, I'm sure he'll be a winner.
 
2007-02-12 04:30:56 PM  
To this day, I don't understand the logic behind farkers who comment without reading the article. Do you all realize how utterly stupid this makes you appear?

'Yeah, I didn't bother to learn what the hell I'm talking about, but here's my educated opinion anyway.'

Would you walk into a meeting at work that you knew nothing about and just start tossing out opinions as you saw fit?

Are the non-readers just convinced that their wit is so very awesome and all-powerful that they are funny and relevant no matter what they say, in any context?

Asshats.

And RIP Brian.
 
2007-02-12 04:31:27 PM  
That's really farkin' low to call his son a bastard.

wouldn't that just be a fact?


I guess, but then so is "water is wet". Not a lot of people typing that out for no reason...
 
2007-02-12 04:31:28 PM  
You think when I die in a violent animal attack (as I've seen in many dreams), I'll make it on the front page?

BTW: I have no military service, but I did work at a toll booth for 3 months.
 
2007-02-12 04:31:45 PM  
Paedophile_Deluxe: I have a piece of Brian with me every day now."

Damn, that's a little creepy. It's sad that the guy died, but yeah...


Seconded, NTTAWW what she did.

/RIP Brian
//wishes the troops could come home
 
2007-02-12 04:31:50 PM  
I'm certainly no psychologist, but the wife seems... not so right in the head.
She's 41, nearing menopause and her husband dies in combat, which understandably is a terrible experience.

Her quotes:

"I've had some lousy luck in my life"

"I have a piece of Brian with me every day now."


This coupled with the fact that the husband had been dead for a few months when she decided to take his sperm. It all just seems so creepy.

RIP Brian
 
2007-02-12 04:32:09 PM  
I heard that Zsa Zsa Gabor's 59 year old husband is laying claim to the child.
 
2007-02-12 04:32:40 PM  
Well, I hope this guy RsIP.

But, that's kinda creepy. The mama aint gonna have trouble letting go of the kid either, right?
 
2007-02-12 04:32:52 PM  
Would you walk into a meeting at work that you knew nothing about and just start tossing out opinions as you saw fit?


My boss does that all the time. He is still my boss and even farther up the chain since I got here. Me? I'm too busy on Fark to care about getting that promo...

/I'm so cool I don't have a tv
 
2007-02-12 04:33:29 PM  
airsupport
'Yeah, I didn't bother to learn what the hell I'm talking about, but here's my educated opinion anyway.'

But wait, there's more! That's the norm offline too. There's a clever Churchhill quote somewhere about how talking to the average citizen will sway you against Democracy.
 
2007-02-12 04:33:42 PM  
Great, add another welfare queen to the rolls..
 
2007-02-12 04:33:42 PM  
30-year-old 2nd Lieutenant? Was he prior enlisted or did he enlist after 9/11?

Hope the boy does well.
 
2007-02-12 04:33:47 PM  
No, I didn't.

/that's my name too.
//and I bet my brother just shiited a brick.
 
2007-02-12 04:33:48 PM  
pixistick

I'm a bastard and I really getting a kick out of some of these replies
Pixistick Winz teh thread...
 
2007-02-12 04:34:20 PM  
From TFA:
The couple had met at the University of Texas, where he was a student, she was a dormitory supervisor and both were members of a historical re-enactment group that specialized in pre-17th-century culture. They met one night when group members gathered to watch Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Quoted just in case anyone doubts he was a Farker...
 
2007-02-12 04:34:35 PM  
B-b-but the child won't be raised by both a mother and a father! And he wasn't conceived by heterosexual sex in the missionary position! And he might be a drain on taxpayers!

/"traditional family values" folks, this is your brain on a conundrum
//wishes the best for mother and baby
 
2007-02-12 04:34:52 PM  
I just thought I'd come in here to say that water is wet. Thanks.
 
2007-02-12 04:35:21 PM  
RedfordRenegade

but I did work at a toll booth for 3 months.

fark that job.

/rip
 
2007-02-12 04:35:31 PM  
Phil McKraken: Brian Smith was a first class guy, my best man and my best friend for 13 years.

Condolences. I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. That must be a hard burden to bear.
 
2007-02-12 04:35:50 PM  
Phil McKraken: Brian Smith was a first class guy, my best man and my best friend for 13 years.

Sorry for the loss of a good friend.

/RIP Brian
 
2007-02-12 04:36:11 PM  
MisterRPG: But wait, there's more! That's the norm offline too. There's a clever Churchhill quote somewhere about how talking to the average citizen will sway you against Democracy.

"The best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter."

Too true, unfortunately. The sooner we invent benevolent superintelligent computers to govern us, the better.
 
2007-02-12 04:36:13 PM  
StrikitRich: 30-year-old 2nd Lieutenant? Was he prior enlisted or did he enlist after 9/11?

Brian joined about 4 months after 9/11, if memory serves me. He already had a law degree, so the put him into OCS.
 
2007-02-12 04:36:18 PM  
serious question:

Will the child be eligible for VA benefits afforded to children of military members killed in action?
 
hlx
2007-02-12 04:36:43 PM  
To to think Dick Cheney got a deferment for going to Vietnam because his wife had just given birth (it was his 5th defermet)
 
2007-02-12 04:36:51 PM  
It's amazing the things you find when you clean out your refrigerator, huh?
 
2007-02-12 04:36:59 PM  
RedfordRenegade

but I did work at a toll booth for 3 months.

man, im sorry for the repeat post, but god damn man, a farking toll booth?
 
2007-02-12 04:37:07 PM  
Phil McKraken

Sorry for your loss, bro. It sounds like Brian was a great guy to have known. Good that he has a son to carry on his name and memory.

/pay no attention to hippie basement-dwelling farkers who can't bring themselves to say something positive about a man who made the ultimate sacrifice for us.
 
2007-02-12 04:37:08 PM  
kuaq: Why? Getting your wife pregnant then going off to war. Way to be responsible.

DIAF.
 
2007-02-12 04:37:24 PM  
Phil...

That you Animosity or Barron?
 
2007-02-12 04:37:34 PM  
Aren't turkey basters a wonderful invention?
 
2007-02-12 04:38:02 PM  
Cowboy Spencer: Phil McKraken: Brian Smith was a first class guy, my best man and my best friend for 13 years.

Condolences. I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. That must be a hard burden to bear.


sinistermonk: Phil McKraken: Brian Smith was a first class guy, my best man and my best friend for 13 years.

Sorry for the loss of a good friend.

/RIP Brian


Thanks, guys. It was hard for the first year or so. I appreciate any thoughts. More importantly, let's remember the folks over there still, and their families.
 
2007-02-12 04:38:12 PM  
bas·tard /ˈbæstərd/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[bas-terd] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation
-noun
1.a person born of unmarried parents; an illegitimate child.


His parents were married. He was born after his father died. I don't think bastard is correct.

The fact that he was conceived thru artificial means after his father died doesn't really fit the definition of bastard.

/and you're an asshat for even bringing it up, IMO
 
2007-02-12 04:38:13 PM  
"Once you meet that little fellow," she says of her only grandchild, "you will think that there have been gobs of angels all over the place. He's absolutely the most adorable child."

IMO, not the best choice of words when speaking of a child conceived from frozen sperm. But maybe I'm just twisted.
 
2007-02-12 04:38:22 PM  
Phil McKraken

What was the pickle incident?

Also I love that you guys were the Rainbow Warriors. I bet all the homophobic 12 year olds weren't quite sure what to make of that.
 
2007-02-12 04:38:28 PM  
There is something inherrently disturbing about this. It's not that he died, for which I sincerely am heartfelt... But something about the mother using the child to help her cope is disturbing.

What is the point of passing on your genetic material if you can't pass on the knowledge and experience you've gained? That's the true tragedy here. The child will never know his father. The Father will enver know his child. The only one here that this is a "positive" for is the mother, and since she needed this child so badly, I can only assume that she is less than "stable".

This could end poorly.


Maybe I'm wrong

/yes, i understand that men die prior to the birth of their children from time to time
//that doesn't mean that you should bring a child into this world KNOWING that to be the case...
 
2007-02-12 04:38:41 PM  
Darwin demands a recount.
 
2007-02-12 04:39:12 PM  
img.fark.com would've been a more appropriate tag for this story.

Don't get me wrong, Brian's still a img.fark.com
 
2007-02-12 04:39:19 PM  
Will the child be eligible for VA benefits afforded to children of military members killed in action?

Not an expert, no surprise there but...

I think he would. If he is named on the birth certificate as the father.
 
2007-02-12 04:39:20 PM  
Phil McKraken: More importantly, let's remember the folks over there still, and their families.

Absolutely ... I hope they all come home soon. They've been away far too long.
 
2007-02-12 04:39:21 PM  
Bad Housekeeping: Aren't turkey basters a wonderful invention?

That's actually a joke Brian loved.
 
2007-02-12 04:39:25 PM  
...was shot by a sniper in Iraq...

I bet he didn't see that coming

/"Ticket to hell please"
//"Return?"
///"One way will be fine... make it a window"
 
2007-02-12 04:39:56 PM  
img.fark.com is the tag I submitted it with.
 
2007-02-12 04:40:17 PM  
Like, whoah, I'm bloody psychic!
 
2007-02-12 04:40:18 PM  
God-is-a-Taco: This coupled with the fact that the husband had been dead for a few months when she decided to take his sperm. It all just seems so creepy.

RIP Brian


The fact that she didn't do it right away makes me believe she is even less creepy. Hopefully she thought about it for some time and made a decision as a family (with his parents, etc)

But in all seriousness. If a soldier makes a sperm donation prior to heading off to war, he wants a child even if he doesn't come home.

/R.I.P.
 
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