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(Newser)   Runner Michael Bowen completed a special mile yesterday-he has now run one for each of the more than 58,000 US vets who didn't come home from the Vietnam War   (newser.com) divider line 47
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2013-09-21 12:24:56 PM
Michael Bowen also plays Uncle Jack on Breaking bad.
 
2013-09-21 01:40:30 PM
Out standing.
 
2013-09-21 01:43:49 PM

shanrick: Michael Bowen also plays Uncle Jack on Breaking bad.


In other news, there may be more than one "Michael Bowen" in the United States of America.
 
2013-09-21 03:57:43 PM
Well, that seems helpful.
 
2013-09-21 03:58:25 PM
Isn't that special.
 
2013-09-21 03:59:46 PM
That, is a long farking way. At my measly ~20 miles per week that would take around 54 years.
 
2013-09-21 04:01:38 PM
And he's doing 9/11 next...with three knee surgeries under the belt you think he'd have gone with Benghazi.
 
2013-09-21 04:01:49 PM
I bet they're very appreciative.
 
2013-09-21 04:02:49 PM

Rashnu: And he's doing 9/11 next...with three knee surgeries under the belt you think he'd have gone with Benghazi.


Nah, he'll just get one more knee surgery.
 
2013-09-21 04:02:57 PM

Rashnu: And he's doing 9/11 next...with three knee surgeries under the belt you think he'd have gone with Benghazi.


Heh, I was about to say Grenada.
 
2013-09-21 04:05:24 PM
"Didn't come home" is a horrible euphemism.
 
2013-09-21 04:09:50 PM

Cyclometh: Well, that seems helpful.


Precisely. I've farted once for every starving child. I'm a hero.
 
2013-09-21 04:16:22 PM
oh, boy. another "hero" and why?
/maybe if he ran to Vietnam, and brought the 58k back home.
 
2013-09-21 04:16:31 PM
Vets come home.
 
2013-09-21 04:16:37 PM
Well thats nice.  are you going to start running for the 1,484 deaths the butcher of Baghdad Obama has caused?
 
2013-09-21 04:19:29 PM

toejam: Cyclometh: Well, that seems helpful.

Precisely. I've farted once for every starving child. I'm a hero.


Do NOT light a match!
 
2013-09-21 04:26:06 PM
So he's run "some unknown number of miles greater than 58,000?"  How will he know that he's finished running one mile for all of them, if he doesn't know how many there were?

Unattainable goal is unattainable.
 
2013-09-21 04:26:10 PM
His name is Michael Bowen, and he came here to  run party.
 
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2013-09-21 04:27:59 PM

Pocket Ninja: shanrick: Michael Bowen also plays Uncle Jack on Breaking bad.

In other news, there may be more than one "Michael Bowen" in the United States of America.


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2013-09-21 04:28:51 PM

uber humper: That, is a long farking way. At my measly ~20 miles per week that would take around 54 years.


Considering it's been 50 years since the last U.S. troops left, he's probably doing about 21-22 miles per week if he started around the end of U.S. involvement.

http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/vietnam/timeline.htm

/20 miles per week isn't measly
 
2013-09-21 04:31:23 PM

Ryker's Peninsula: "Didn't come home" is a horrible euphemism.


The public wouldn't support many more wars if they worded it in the way of: "Private First Class Tomlison, wounded in his leg from a Vietcong bayonet strike was limping away to promised safety, close to making it out of the treeline when a bomber flight overhead dropped napalm on the forest meant for the soldiers chasing him. Bob never had a chance. Listening to his agonizing screams, and watching his quickly burning carcass, the Huey crew solemnly lifted off and left his charred corpse in the edge of the field. Tomlison's wife was spared no gruesome detail, screaming out at the soldiers in anger at the news they brought home to her. Tomlison's wife was later committed, always screaming in the hospital "MY HUSBAND IS STILL ALIVE, THE ARMY IS HIDING HIM FROM ME!!"
 
2013-09-21 04:38:41 PM

DarkSoulNoHope: Ryker's Peninsula: "Didn't come home" is a horrible euphemism.

The public wouldn't support many more wars if they worded it in the way of: "Private First Class Tomlison, wounded in his leg from a Vietcong bayonet strike was limping away to promised safety, close to making it out of the treeline when a bomber flight overhead dropped napalm on the forest meant for the soldiers chasing him. Bob never had a chance. Listening to his agonizing screams, and watching his quickly burning carcass, the Huey crew solemnly lifted off and left his charred corpse in the edge of the field. Tomlison's wife was spared no gruesome detail, screaming out at the soldiers in anger at the news they brought home to her. Tomlison's wife was later committed, always screaming in the hospital "MY HUSBAND IS STILL ALIVE, THE ARMY IS HIDING HIM FROM ME!!"


I've never met a sane sober adult american who supports war.
 
2013-09-21 04:39:45 PM
why?
 
2013-09-21 04:40:14 PM
Wait...are those real miles or Rosie Ruiz miles?
 
2013-09-21 04:41:02 PM
Well, at least they have that going for them.

I suppose this is all fine and well for him, but it doesn't do any of those dead soldiers a single bit of good.  In the meantime, the US is making plays to invade Syria because (gasp!) muslims terrorists are killing other muslims.

Instead of going jogging, he would be better off making sure we don't start another war with a nation that has not attacked us.
 
2013-09-21 04:44:30 PM

KrispyKritter: DarkSoulNoHope: Ryker's Peninsula: "Didn't come home" is a horrible euphemism.

The public wouldn't support many more wars if they worded it in the way of: "Private First Class Tomlison, wounded in his leg from a Vietcong bayonet strike was limping away to promised safety, close to making it out of the treeline when a bomber flight overhead dropped napalm on the forest meant for the soldiers chasing him. Bob never had a chance. Listening to his agonizing screams, and watching his quickly burning carcass, the Huey crew solemnly lifted off and left his charred corpse in the edge of the field. Tomlison's wife was spared no gruesome detail, screaming out at the soldiers in anger at the news they brought home to her. Tomlison's wife was later committed, always screaming in the hospital "MY HUSBAND IS STILL ALIVE, THE ARMY IS HIDING HIM FROM ME!!"

I've never met a sane sober adult american who supports war.


Sadly for us, many people in the asylum are running the government (or are in positions to prevent positive change from their destructive views). Telling us that funding the military-industrial complex to excess and fighting pointless wars is patriotism, while pushing for peaceful solutions is the direction only a "traitorous, bleeding heart liberal" would take.
 
2013-09-21 04:48:30 PM

one-in-the-chamber: oh, boy. another "hero" and why?
/maybe if he ran to Vietnam, and brought the 58k back home.


Hero of the stupid.

/lookin' at you subby
 
2013-09-21 04:51:21 PM

uber humper: That, is a long farking way. At my measly ~20 miles per week that would take around 54 years.


So just run a mile for every 1,000 vets. It will be about as useful. You know, as opposed to actually lobbying for better VA facilities, or asking some real vets what they need.

Right now I'm tallying up shots of Captain Morgan for each breast cancer survivor, visiting strip clubs to honor 9/11 EMT's, and eating bacon cheeseburgers to bring awareness to homelessness. I wish I could do more for our vets, but my bumper already has as many ribbon stickers as it can fit.
 
2013-09-21 04:51:22 PM

JuggleGeek: the US is making plays to invade Syria


No, the US is not making plans to invade Syria.
 
2013-09-21 04:52:05 PM

KrispyKritter: DarkSoulNoHope: Ryker's Peninsula: "Didn't come home" is a horrible euphemism.

The public wouldn't support many more wars if they worded it in the way of: "Private First Class Tomlison, wounded in his leg from a Vietcong bayonet strike was limping away to promised safety, close to making it out of the treeline when a bomber flight overhead dropped napalm on the forest meant for the soldiers chasing him. Bob never had a chance. Listening to his agonizing screams, and watching his quickly burning carcass, the Huey crew solemnly lifted off and left his charred corpse in the edge of the field. Tomlison's wife was spared no gruesome detail, screaming out at the soldiers in anger at the news they brought home to her. Tomlison's wife was later committed, always screaming in the hospital "MY HUSBAND IS STILL ALIVE, THE ARMY IS HIDING HIM FROM ME!!"

I've never met a sane sober adult american who supports war.


There are lots of not very sane Americans.
 
2013-09-21 04:53:14 PM
Farkers never miss a chance to shiat on the military. Most likely has something to do with their own failures in life.
 
2013-09-21 04:54:23 PM
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RIP MICHAEL BOLTON
 
2013-09-21 05:00:30 PM

freak7: Farkers never miss a chance to shiat on the military. Most likely has something to do with their own failures in life.


I don't think this is "shiating on the military". I'm a vet. Many of my friends are vets. Some idiot running a ton of miles doesn't get the VA to move faster processing their TBI claims. This guy's already a runner. He would have run anyway - but he has to wrap his activities in some noble flag, because otherwise when he tells people he's run 58,000 miles, they'll ask "why". Of course, there's always some cretin who'll buy these cheesy gestures and slap on a hero tag.
 
2013-09-21 05:12:35 PM

ZeroPly: uber humper: That, is a long farking way. At my measly ~20 miles per week that would take around 54 years.

So just run a mile for every 1,000 vets. It will be about as useful. You know, as opposed to actually lobbying for better VA facilities, or asking some real vets what they need.

Right now I'm tallying up shots of Captain Morgan for each breast cancer survivor, visiting strip clubs to honor 9/11 EMT's, and eating bacon cheeseburgers to bring awareness to homelessness. I wish I could do more for our vets, but my bumper already has as many ribbon stickers as it can fit.


Maybe you could say a prayer. That'll help.
 
2013-09-21 05:43:57 PM
And he's doing 9/11 next...with three knee surgeries under the belt you think he'd have gone with Benghazi.

Benghazi never happened.
 
2013-09-21 05:44:01 PM
Now go run 400,000 miles for all the NVA and Viet Cong who didn't make it home.

//and they told me war was a numbers game.
 
2013-09-21 05:45:59 PM

ZeroPly: Some idiot running a ton of miles doesn't get the VA to move faster processing their TBI claims.


Yes, doing something to honor fallen soldiers makes one an "idiot". I highly doubt you're a veteran with that disgraceful attitude.
 
2013-09-21 06:10:29 PM
What?!? They didn't come home?
So charter a few dozen planes and get those buggers home. Dang army cutbacks that they can't even get soldiers home. OR did they decide they liked the place and stayed?

/Call it death or go away ya freaking nancy-boy.
//Good on him anyways..........................................................
 
2013-09-21 06:32:19 PM
My dad got a silver and bronze star in Vietnam. He died of Agent Orange poisoning and Hepatitis C which the US government gave him as thanks for his service. Everyone else spit and threw things (feces, rocks, etc.) at him when he came back.

After reading this, I have to say that Michael Bowen is a modern day hero. Let us hope his body is big enough to support that huge heart of his.

My father would be proud.
 
2013-09-21 06:51:12 PM

whackamac: Everyone else spit and threw things (feces, rocks, etc.) at him when he came back


Not taking away from your dad's service and Agent Orange dumped on him.

But nobody was throwing rocks and feces at vets for being vets.
 
2013-09-21 06:58:55 PM

Mr. Holmes: Now go run 400,000 miles for all the NVA and Viet Cong who didn't make it home.

//and they told me war was a numbers game.


It has been listed as high as 1.1 million.  Who knows.

http://www.rjsmith.com/kia_tbl.html
 
2013-09-21 07:16:10 PM
Oh, this again.

As a child of a Korean War veteran, I have to say that the Nam vets seem to have a real sense of entitlement and never seen to stop asking for people to recognize them. You don't hear the Korean War vets going on and on about their service, or receiving mushy tributes like this one. Korean War vets just keep on keeping on, happy enough with Veteran's Day and Memorial Day as a sign of respect for their contribution.

Nobody's saying Nam wasn't bad, but that ALL wars are bad and Nam vets seem to be milking their service in their civilian life like no other war veterans do.

Tributes like the one in TFA seem half-hearted, hamfisted, contrived, and condescending. It's the equivalent of pointing to the sky ("God") when you get a touchdown. It's an empty gesture that gives nothing to the people who sacrificed, and does nothing to prevent future sacrifice. It's mostly to show other people how "aware" you are, whatever the hell good that does.

Want to impress folks? Find ways to PREVENT our kids from having to die to serve the whims of their political leaders. Nobody should have to die for a leader's principals, or a country's national debt, or their god's hate-on for infidels. Nobody should have to be brought up to kill people just because they're on the other side of a political disagreement.

OOH! and look! His next high-profile stunt is to pay tribute to 9/11 victims.

Surprise me, some time. Why not do this sort of thing for the victims of the Titanic disaster, or the poor folks who burned to death in the Hindenberg, or the soldiers who died in the Spanish-American War? Nope... It's always Vietnam and 9/11. Because those are the only two tragic things to ever happen to Americans, apparently.
 
2013-09-21 09:25:39 PM

ZeroCorpse: Oh, this again.


Sounds to me that you never signed on the the dotted line agreeing to do what ever your Country ordered you to do up to, and including, dying for your Country.

Are you a Veteran?
 
2013-09-21 09:28:21 PM

DarkSoulNoHope: KrispyKritter: DarkSoulNoHope: Ryker's Peninsula: "Didn't come home" is a horrible euphemism.

The public wouldn't support many more wars if they worded it in the way of: "Private First Class Tomlison, wounded in his leg from a Vietcong bayonet strike was limping away to promised safety, close to making it out of the treeline when a bomber flight overhead dropped napalm on the forest meant for the soldiers chasing him. Bob never had a chance. Listening to his agonizing screams, and watching his quickly burning carcass, the Huey crew solemnly lifted off and left his charred corpse in the edge of the field. Tomlison's wife was spared no gruesome detail, screaming out at the soldiers in anger at the news they brought home to her. Tomlison's wife was later committed, always screaming in the hospital "MY HUSBAND IS STILL ALIVE, THE ARMY IS HIDING HIM FROM ME!!"

I've never met a sane sober adult american who supports war.

Sadly for us, many people in the asylum are running the government (or are in positions to prevent positive change from their destructive views). Telling us that funding the military-industrial complex to excess and fighting pointless wars is patriotism, while pushing for peaceful solutions is the direction only a "traitorous, bleeding heart liberal" would take.


If you cannot endure the tragedy of fighting war, you will endure the tragedy of losing it.
 
2013-09-21 09:42:45 PM

freak7: I'm a Farker, Most likely has something to do with their my own failures in life.


Here's your cake, and enjoy the Breitbarting.

i.imgur.com
 
2013-09-21 11:08:22 PM

freak7: ZeroPly: Some idiot running a ton of miles doesn't get the VA to move faster processing their TBI claims.

Yes, doing something to honor fallen soldiers makes one an "idiot". I highly doubt you're a veteran with that disgraceful attitude.


Afghanistan 2011-2012, in Kandahar province. This isn't "honoring" fallen soldiers. It's some jackass taking his hobby and trying to make it important.
 
2013-09-22 01:35:40 AM

Enigmamf: DarkSoulNoHope: KrispyKritter: DarkSoulNoHope: Ryker's Peninsula: "Didn't come home" is a horrible euphemism.

The public wouldn't support many more wars if they worded it in the way of: "Private First Class Tomlison, wounded in his leg from a Vietcong bayonet strike was limping away to promised safety, close to making it out of the treeline when a bomber flight overhead dropped napalm on the forest meant for the soldiers chasing him. Bob never had a chance. Listening to his agonizing screams, and watching his quickly burning carcass, the Huey crew solemnly lifted off and left his charred corpse in the edge of the field. Tomlison's wife was spared no gruesome detail, screaming out at the soldiers in anger at the news they brought home to her. Tomlison's wife was later committed, always screaming in the hospital "MY HUSBAND IS STILL ALIVE, THE ARMY IS HIDING HIM FROM ME!!"

I've never met a sane sober adult american who supports war.

Sadly for us, many people in the asylum are running the government (or are in positions to prevent positive change from their destructive views). Telling us that funding the military-industrial complex to excess and fighting pointless wars is patriotism, while pushing for peaceful solutions is the direction only a "traitorous, bleeding heart liberal" would take.

If you cannot endure the tragedy of fighting war, you will endure the tragedy of losing it.


How about this idea instead: Do not start a war over reasons that make a relatively few wealthy at the expense of our fighting men and women. Conservatives always claim to be "Support the Troops," yet they're the first ones to cut the budgets that help the troops once they come home (budget cuts to VA Hospitals, GI Bill, Pension payments, disability).
 
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