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(ABC)   Navy veteran commemorates all 2,200 military members who died in Afghanistan by writing their names on a wall. Fark: He does it completely from memory   (abcnews.go.com) divider line 82
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2013-03-03 07:38:44 AM
I have no words.

Thank you, Ron.
 
2013-03-03 08:07:08 AM
Mother fark can we please stop with the auto-start videos?
 
2013-03-03 08:32:49 AM
Okay, we know how many vets it takes, but how many congressmen does it take to remember one?

/I am not saying I know all those folks, but I didn't send them either.
//Good job, Ron
 
2013-03-03 10:41:57 AM
He also has a memory training program to sell you. The remarkable thing is the length of the memory chain, but if you get him out of sequence I bet he'd be lost.

/Repeat
 
2013-03-03 10:47:37 AM
I bet he gets his underwear from K-Mart. K-Mart.
 
2013-03-03 10:47:43 AM
I bet he's a very good driver.
 
2013-03-03 10:50:05 AM
I bet he makes up at least one third of the names.
 
2013-03-03 10:50:29 AM

Whiskey Pete: I bet he gets his underwear from K-Mart. K-Mart.


I'm probably missing a joke, but there aren't any K-Mart's in the DFW metroplex.
 
2013-03-03 10:52:12 AM

wildcardjack: Whiskey Pete: I bet he gets his underwear from K-Mart. K-Mart.

I'm probably missing a joke, but there aren't any K-Mart's in the DFW metroplex.


Rainman. DUH!!!!!
 
2013-03-03 10:52:28 AM

wildcardjack: I'm probably missing a joke


Without a doubt.
 
2013-03-03 10:52:37 AM

wildcardjack: Whiskey Pete: I bet he gets his underwear from K-Mart. K-Mart.

I'm probably missing a joke, but there aren't any K-Mart's in the DFW metroplex.


Wapner is on..
 
2013-03-03 10:52:48 AM
Hope this serves as a constant reminder to those in power who think war is always the best option. It won't of course, but we can dream can't we?
 
2013-03-03 10:53:39 AM
Should have invaded Pakistan instead. That`s where OBL was anyway...

/my bad Pakistan isn`t on the route of an oil pipeline from the Caspian sea to Russia.
 
2013-03-03 10:53:59 AM
I don't get why this is a big deal.  Nice thought, but hero, god that word has lost its meaning.
 
2013-03-03 10:55:23 AM
I went to see him do this last week. It was pretty amazing. If he comes to your town, please do take the time to stop by and talk to him.
 
2013-03-03 10:57:39 AM
That's nothing. I once killed a raccoon with a stick.
 
2013-03-03 10:58:18 AM
About as useful as a prayer.
 
2013-03-03 10:59:10 AM
Memory champ aye, as said in story.  A thoughtful (yes you may cringe at this) thing to do. Good on 'im.
 
2013-03-03 11:02:08 AM
Almost 2-dozen posts in and no "tater salad" jokes? (At least that I didn't miss.)

I'm disappointed in the amount of respect in this thread.
 
2013-03-03 11:02:13 AM
Let's commemorate all the Afghan civilians they've butchered too. Oh wait, there's too many of them and we don't care anyway.

Let the military-fellating commence.
 
2013-03-03 11:03:36 AM

lack of warmth: Okay, we know how many vets it takes, but how many congressmen does it take to remember one?


We have 535 Congressmen, 435 Representatives and 100 Senators (Excluding nonvoting delegates from non-State territories).

So, I'm thinking the answer is at least 536 apparently.
 
2013-03-03 11:03:53 AM
Approves:

3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-03-03 11:06:01 AM

Whiskey Pete: That's nothing. I once killed a raccoon with a stick.


Pffftttt. Who hasn't done that?
 
2013-03-03 11:07:51 AM
was he hitting his head on the wall as well (smoking pot?)
 
2013-03-03 11:12:49 AM

kevin5lynn: About as useful as a prayer.


I'm not religious, but I do think that remembering the dead in thought and deed is useful to living people. It helps us set useful priorities and apply lessons learned to our lives. May not always help us improve the world, but I'm all for everyone trying.
 
2013-03-03 11:13:56 AM
Paper is for wimps.

paul.pastor2pastor.org.au
 
2013-03-03 11:16:14 AM

wildcardjack: He also has a memory training program to sell you. The remarkable thing is the length of the memory chain, but if you get him out of sequence I bet he'd be lost.


Some memory training program, they mention in the article the method he uses, and how it's been around for centuries. They go into a short explanation, but I'm sure there's plenty info online about it. But I wonder if you could get him lost. Since the names are associated with places, and he used his Ft Worth area, he can probably look at the last few names written and pick up right where he left off. All he has to do is remember which direction he's walking in. The benefit of the method is that you don't remember a sequence, you just have to know where you are and where you can go from there. You're not memorizing 1, 2, 3, 4, etc., you're memorizing what's in your doorway as you walk into your house, what's in your closet as you hang your coat, what's in your living room as you head to the kitchen. You can still know what's in the kitchen even if you skip the living room, you can always walk back there later on. Still, being able to associate that much is nothing short of remarkable.
 
2013-03-03 11:17:28 AM
Neat
 
2013-03-03 11:18:15 AM

VaportrailFilms: Paper is for wimps.

[paul.pastor2pastor.org.au image 250x281]


vegemite is for wimps
 
2013-03-03 11:18:55 AM

Cymbal: Hope this serves as a constant reminder to those in power who think war is always the best option. It won't of course, but we can dream can't we?


That was my thought too. The wall(s) he did is/are a powerful message, but I don't think the people who need to see them the most are even bothering.

(Did I mention I really farking hate wars?)
 
2013-03-03 11:21:25 AM
This is a nice gesture and so is the Vietnam memorial but my uncle who died in 1969 over there probably would have preferred to have lived the past 45 years of his life rather than dying violently at 19 years of age in a foreign land for no good reason.

//never forget
 
2013-03-03 11:22:05 AM

dready zim: Should have invaded Pakistan instead. That`s where OBL was anyway...

/my bad Pakistan isn`t on the route of an oil pipeline from the Caspian sea to Russia.


I'm pretty sure he was still in Afghanistan the day we started rolling in.
 
2013-03-03 11:23:08 AM
The memory feat is impressive
I think that his choice of subject matter is a touching personal choice.
I don't think that a memorial to Enduring Freedom should be a wall.
The name alone makes me anti walls.  Perhaps an arch or gateway...  Maybe a Plinth.
 
2013-03-03 11:23:54 AM
This was about as helpful as putting one of those magnetic ribbons on the back of your SUV.
 
2013-03-03 11:24:36 AM

NewportBarGuy: I have no words.

Thank you, Ron.


/Indeed.  You do the dead justice by memorizing their names and putting them down at a time when most kids, let alone teenagers and adults couldn't name one.

raises a glass

Salute'
 
2013-03-03 11:26:57 AM
I'm impressed by his memory.
 
2013-03-03 11:27:53 AM

Rich Cream: This is a nice gesture and so is the Vietnam memorial but my uncle who died in 1969 over there probably would have preferred to have lived the past 45 years of his life rather than dying violently at 19 years of age in a foreign land for no good reason.

//never forget


There were several million South Vietnamese who thought it was a good reason. I happen to be friends with a few of them.
 
2013-03-03 11:30:49 AM

wildcardjack: He also has a memory training program to sell you. The remarkable thing is the length of the memory chain, but if you get him out of sequence I bet he'd be lost.

/Repeat


I had a music teacher in middle school who used to give us 100 question true or false quizzes. When we graded them, we exchanged quizzes and graded each others scores with him calling out, "1: True, 2: True, 3: False, etc..." from memory. It was always great fun to raise your hand at the end and ask him to repeat #84. His freaking eyes would vibrate as he closed them and dug around in his mind until he got to that one. But we never caught him giving a wrong answer.
 
2013-03-03 11:33:43 AM
I'm impressed.
 
2013-03-03 11:37:50 AM

GoldSpider: wildcardjack: I'm probably missing a joke

Without a doubt.


Definitely.
 
2013-03-03 11:39:15 AM

leevis: Rich Cream: This is a nice gesture and so is the Vietnam memorial but my uncle who died in 1969 over there probably would have preferred to have lived the past 45 years of his life rather than dying violently at 19 years of age in a foreign land for no good reason.

//never forget

There were several million South Vietnamese who thought it was a good reason. I happen to be friends with a few of them.



Well I'm glad they're alive and able to enjoy the life my uncle provided them.

/or whatever
 
2013-03-03 11:42:37 AM
leevis:There were several million South Vietnamese who thought it was a good reason. I happen to be friends with a few of them.

Didn't we/they lose that war anyway, stupid ass?
 
2013-03-03 11:43:09 AM
How about just get the troops back home? Any commander-in-chiefs listening, who promised to do this when campaigning and who never back up their word?
 
2013-03-03 11:44:03 AM
And President Community Organizer sends a computer generated letter.  Amiright or amiright?
 
2013-03-03 11:48:51 AM
leevis:  There were several million South Vietnamese who thought it was a good reason. I happen to be friends with a few of them.

Sounds sorta like the equivalent of "Some of my best friends are black".
 
2013-03-03 11:56:56 AM
As exciting as Bill Bradley memorizing the NY phonebook,  Possibly interesting, but to what functional purpose?
 
2013-03-03 11:59:19 AM

Rich Cream: leevis:There were several million South Vietnamese who thought it was a good reason. I happen to be friends with a few of them.

Didn't we/they lose that war anyway, stupid ass?



Are you saying they should have just rolled over as soon as North Vietnam invaded? Just because they lost doesn't mean they weren't worth fighting for.

jedikinkoid: leevis:  There were several million South Vietnamese who thought it was a good reason. I happen to be friends with a few of them.

Sounds sorta like the equivalent of "Some of my best friends are black".



It's actually more along the lines of "I have friends who lost most of their family in Vietnamese concentration camps in the '70s".

You're a douchebag.
 
2013-03-03 12:00:58 PM
Hero? I don't think so, Tim.
 
2013-03-03 12:07:27 PM

leevis: Rich Cream: leevis:There were several million South Vietnamese who thought it was a good reason. I happen to be friends with a few of them.

Didn't we/they lose that war anyway, stupid ass?


Are you saying they should have just rolled over as soon as North Vietnam invaded? Just because they lost doesn't mean they weren't worth fighting for.

jedikinkoid: leevis:  There were several million South Vietnamese who thought it was a good reason. I happen to be friends with a few of them.

Sounds sorta like the equivalent of "Some of my best friends are black".


It's actually more along the lines of "I have friends who lost most of their family in Vietnamese concentration camps in the '70s".

You're a douchebag.


If I remember history correctly, there was supposed to be a nation-wide election that never took place concerning reunification.
 
2013-03-03 12:13:02 PM
leevis:
jedikinkoid: leevis:  There were several million South Vietnamese who thought it was a good reason. I happen to be friends with a few of them.

Sounds sorta like the equivalent of "Some of my best friends are black".


It's actually more along the lines of "I have friends who lost most of their family in Vietnamese concentration camps in the '70s".

You're a douchebag.


Better a douchebag than a twit who uses "friends" as talking points to try to score imaginary Internet Victories, in this case  against those who don't share your opinion about the futility of killing people to make them agree with you.
 
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