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(SFGate)   Five-year-old Miles is a "sunny, positive little boy" who is fighting a battle against leukemia. Thanks to the Make-A-Wish foundation San Francisco will transform into Gotham City for a day and Miles will be Batman   (blog.sfgate.com) divider line 51
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2013-11-02 09:23:24 AM  
Lucky bastard.
 
2013-11-02 09:24:43 AM  
The awesome is making it mighty dusty in here
 
2013-11-02 09:28:40 AM  
Will he say "I AM THE GOSH-DARN BATMAN!"
 
2013-11-02 09:31:45 AM  
I just hope they alerted SFPD in advance so there are no unpleasant surprises.
 
2013-11-02 09:32:01 AM  
Another victim of Obamacare.
 
2013-11-02 09:34:29 AM  
That's awesome.

Keep fighting, little Bat-buddy!
 
2013-11-02 09:35:35 AM  
They're going to shoot his parents dead in front of him?

I suppose that would take his mind off the leukemia.
 
2013-11-02 09:43:11 AM  
He will be Smiley after this.
 
2013-11-02 09:45:00 AM  
Aw damn. Who's cuttin' onions?
 
2013-11-02 09:46:09 AM  
Make a Wish is awesome.  They built a huge playground in our backyard for my 4 year old son before he died.  He got to drive the tractor they were using.  That was a great day in a short life because people I dont know cared.  I cant thank them enough.
 
2013-11-02 09:54:15 AM  

You'd turn it off when I was halfway across: They're going to shoot his parents dead in front of him?

I suppose that would take his mind off the leukemia.


Everything from the handle to the comment made me lol

+1
 
2013-11-02 09:54:29 AM  
Hope the Joker doesn't show up.
 
2013-11-02 09:55:19 AM  
bigsteve3000

Very cool. I am sorry for your loss.
 
2013-11-02 10:01:16 AM  

foo monkey: Lucky bastard.


I know, right?

/thought that, too.
//felt ashamed half a sec later
 
2013-11-02 10:02:30 AM  
Totally awesome.

but maybe..
i428.photobucket.com
 
2013-11-02 10:08:15 AM  

doglover: Who's cuttin' onions


I get the reference, but that first thing I thought of was "passing gas", "breaking wind", etc.
 
2013-11-02 10:09:32 AM  

bigsteve3OOO: Make a Wish is awesome.  They built a huge playground in our backyard for my 4 year old son before he died.  He got to drive the tractor they were using.  That was a great day in a short life because people I dont know cared.  I cant thank them enough.


Damn, it's... it's getting even dustier in here.

So sorry for your loss.  No parent should have to endure the loss of their child, especially one so young.

I have the sudden urge to go wake my kids up and give them a hug.
 
2013-11-02 10:09:58 AM  
 
2013-11-02 10:12:19 AM  

Snarfangel: Will he say "I AM THE GOSH-DARN BATMAN!"


Oh man that would be awesome.
 
2013-11-02 10:13:16 AM  
That.is.phenominal
 
2013-11-02 10:13:39 AM  

You'd turn it off when I was halfway across: They're going to shoot his parents dead in front of him?

I suppose that would take his mind off the leukemia.


came here to make a murdered parents joke... glad to see it's been covered.
 
2013-11-02 10:24:39 AM  

bigsteve3OOO: Make a Wish is awesome.  They built a huge playground in our backyard for my 4 year old son before he died.  He got to drive the tractor they were using.  That was a great day in a short life because people I dont know cared.  I cant thank them enough.


It got real dusty in here all the sudden.
 
2013-11-02 11:28:46 AM  
It's sad that he has both leukemia and HIV.

:(
 
2013-11-02 11:36:55 AM  
Seriously though, I can't imagine what it is like not to believe in an afterlife.
What I say to people when offering my condolences (which oddly enough I was doing yesterday) is "May God bring you together in paradise".

I hope my small prayer would
-remind people that we all die but hopefully will meet again
-be better people to reach paradise
-do good things 'on behalf' of the deceased to help them reach paradise (if not kids. Kids get a free pass of course)


/open to discussions
 
2013-11-02 11:41:41 AM  
since no one else said it

He's the hero the city deserves.
 
2013-11-02 11:52:12 AM  

Resident Muslim: Seriously though, I can't imagine what it is like not to believe in an afterlife.
What I say to people when offering my condolences (which oddly enough I was doing yesterday) is "May God bring you together in paradise".

I hope my small prayer would
-remind people that we all die but hopefully will meet again
-be better people to reach paradise
-do good things 'on behalf' of the deceased to help them reach paradise (if not kids. Kids get a free pass of course)


/open to discussions


Let's not discuss it. Tools from all over come out to have their say and will detract from an otherwise cool article.
 
2013-11-02 11:54:36 AM  

LarryDan43: Another victim of Obamacare.


Oh just shut it.

Every goddamn thread.

It could be about a 100-year-old man rescuing a bus load of nuns that are holding orphaned kids who are holding orphaned puppies who are holding orphaned kittens and ALL of them have cancer of the everything and someone would still OMG LOLZ Obummercare.

Every. Damn. Thread.
 
2013-11-02 11:57:35 AM  
I hope no dude in a Luchadore mask shows up and breaks this kid's back.
 
2013-11-02 11:58:07 AM  
This is really cool.  I wish he bust The Hipster but it looks like Bat Kid won't be near his lair.
 
2013-11-02 12:13:48 PM  

Resident Muslim: Seriously though, I can't imagine what it is like not to believe in an afterlife.
What I say to people when offering my condolences (which oddly enough I was doing yesterday) is "May God bring you together in paradise".

I hope my small prayer would
-remind people that we all die but hopefully will meet again
-be better people to reach paradise
-do good things 'on behalf' of the deceased to help them reach paradise (if not kids. Kids get a free pass of course)


/open to discussions


Salamalikum.  As much as I agree with you, I gotta echo Mystery Vortex.  Not the time or place, otherwise you're going to get all manner of ass hats 'debating' this on a pretty cool thread relating to an awesome story.
 
2013-11-02 12:30:02 PM  

You'd turn it off when I was halfway across: They're going to shoot his parents dead in front of him?

I suppose that would take his mind off the leukemia.


I do not like you anymore for making me laugh at this.
 
2013-11-02 12:33:14 PM  

Resident Muslim: Seriously though, I can't imagine what it is like not to believe in an afterlife.
What I say to people when offering my condolences (which oddly enough I was doing yesterday) is "May God bring you together in paradise".

I hope my small prayer would
-remind people that we all die but hopefully will meet again
-be better people to reach paradise
-do good things 'on behalf' of the deceased to help them reach paradise (if not kids. Kids get a free pass of course)


/open to discussions


I can promise you we all meet again under much better conditions.  Call it heaven or the 4th grade but the crud we endure on Earth has purpose.  Don't ask my how I know.
 
2013-11-02 12:34:01 PM  
Make A Wish is a pretty damn cool group!
As a kid, I called them on behalf of a friend's little sister. Can't remember what she had but it was chronic and caused her to spend most of her childhood in a hospital and/or blown up like the blueberry girl from Willy Wonka do to steroid injections. They sent her, by limo, to a New Kids on the Block concert (it was the 80s), took her back stage and she got to meet all of them.
How FARKing awesome for this kid to be the god damn Batman for a day! The reason he gets to sucks massive balls but good for him and good on all those volunteers!!
 
2013-11-02 12:38:41 PM  
I have a heartbreaking story involving Make-A-Wish:  Some kid request the Grateful Dead play "Ripple," and they did, and I missed the show!!  They never played it, again!!

Weep for me.
 
2013-11-02 12:49:43 PM  

fmk040: Resident Muslim: Seriously though, I can't imagine what it is like not to believe in an afterlife.
What I say to people when offering my condolences (which oddly enough I was doing yesterday) is "May God bring you together in paradise".

I hope my small prayer would
-remind people that we all die but hopefully will meet again
-be better people to reach paradise
-do good things 'on behalf' of the deceased to help them reach paradise (if not kids. Kids get a free pass of course)


/open to discussions

Salamalikum.  As much as I agree with you, I gotta echo Mystery Vortex.  Not the time or place, otherwise you're going to get all manner of ass hats 'debating' this on a pretty cool thread relating to an awesome story.


Wa alaikum isSalam


Point taken. Why so serious?
:)

My sympathies.


/might watch Dark Knight Rises on bluray tonight
 
2013-11-02 01:04:31 PM  
I have stage 4 lymphoma, can I be the Joker?
 
2013-11-02 01:39:52 PM  

Resident Muslim: Seriously though, I can't imagine what it is like not to believe in an afterlife.
What I say to people when offering my condolences (which oddly enough I was doing yesterday) is "May God bring you together in paradise".

I hope my small prayer would
-remind people that we all die but hopefully will meet again
-be better people to reach paradise
-do good things 'on behalf' of the deceased to help them reach paradise (if not kids. Kids get a free pass of course)


/open to discussions


Not believing in an afterlife doesn't really have any impact on my life. Most people who "believe" in an afterlife behave consistently as though they don't actually believe that.
 
2013-11-02 02:07:29 PM  

LavenderWolf: Resident Muslim: Seriously though, I can't imagine what it is like not to believe in an afterlife.
What I say to people when offering my condolences (which oddly enough I was doing yesterday) is "May God bring you together in paradise".

I hope my small prayer would
-remind people that we all die but hopefully will meet again
-be better people to reach paradise
-do good things 'on behalf' of the deceased to help them reach paradise (if not kids. Kids get a free pass of course)


/open to discussions

Not believing in an afterlife doesn't really have any impact on my life. Most people who "believe" in an afterlife behave consistently as though they don't actually believe that.


Sadly true.

And actions speak louder than words.

I try not to be like that, and when I am, I hope God will not embarrass me 'cause I know I'm not perfect.
 
2013-11-02 02:08:24 PM  
Damn that's awesome. I may have to catch a train into the city for the presentation at City Hall.
 
2013-11-02 02:31:49 PM  
I can't read one of these articles without bawling. It hasn't always been that way so I guess I'm just glad I still have a heart.
 
2013-11-02 03:32:45 PM  
I get to be the Assler! That's the archvillain who likes to run up to little cancer patients and knock them in the dirt (hey, this way, I look more like a douche and he kicks double the ass!)!
 
2013-11-02 04:57:01 PM  
Will they find an even younger kid with cancer to be his sidekick?
 
2013-11-02 05:34:44 PM  
I am seriously considering skipping work to be a part of this. It's on a Friday.
 
2013-11-02 08:10:58 PM  

kmoser: I just hope they alerted SFPD in advance so there are no unpleasant surprises.


It's not Boston.

megarian: Every goddamn thread.


Color my paranoid but about a 1/3 of this comes from dark marketing outfits that run armies of sock puppets. Pay them and they'll make sure your issue gets spun.  Another 1/3 are tards repeating the drivel, and the remainder is people thinking they are being sarcastic.
 
2013-11-02 11:00:14 PM  

Resident Muslim: Seriously though, I can't imagine what it is like not to believe in an afterlife.
What I say to people when offering my condolences (which oddly enough I was doing yesterday) is "May God bring you together in paradise".

I hope my small prayer would
-remind people that we all die but hopefully will meet again
-be better people to reach paradise
-do good things 'on behalf' of the deceased to help them reach paradise (if not kids. Kids get a free pass of course)


/open to discussions


If people don't believe in an afterlife, then what you are saying to them is that not only have they lost a child, but because of their beliefs they will never be reunited.  At the very least you are forcing them to think that way.

In effect, you're being an asshole by reminding them that your pretend fairy-tale world offers some comfort they can't take advantage of because they don't share your same beliefs.  I don't care what you hope your prayer provides, given to the wrong person it just causes even worse grief than they are already suffering.  But it's OK, because you consider yourself noble.

I'm fairly religious, but you should know your audience.  I can already tell by your justifications that you have given little thought about the feelings of people who are the receiving end of your prayer, because it's a fantasy most evangelicals believe in.  Whatever your hopes, you have the ability to destroy some people with your "prayer."  Especially if they are going through a difficult time.
 
2013-11-02 11:53:05 PM  
They should let the kid actually fight villains like Deathstroke and Bane.

Bane: I shall break you... Batchild! (does the back breaker move)

Then the kid will have to undergo some morality issues about not killing criminals, remembering his murdered parents, and whether or not that reporter from the local news station is worth his time to batbang as Bruce Wayne.
 
2013-11-03 01:48:18 AM  

Lsherm: Resident Muslim: Seriously though, I can't imagine what it is like not to believe in an afterlife.
What I say to people when offering my condolences (which oddly enough I was doing yesterday) is "May God bring you together in paradise".

I hope my small prayer would
-remind people that we all die but hopefully will meet again
-be better people to reach paradise
-do good things 'on behalf' of the deceased to help them reach paradise (if not kids. Kids get a free pass of course)


/open to discussions

If people don't believe in an afterlife, then what you are saying to them is that not only have they lost a child, but because of their beliefs they will never be reunited.  At the very least you are forcing them to think that way.

In effect, you're being an asshole by reminding them that your pretend fairy-tale world offers some comfort they can't take advantage of because they don't share your same beliefs.  I don't care what you hope your prayer provides, given to the wrong person it just causes even worse grief than they are already suffering.  But it's OK, because you consider yourself noble.

I'm fairly religious, but you should know your audience.  I can already tell by your justifications that you have given little thought about the feelings of people who are the receiving end of your prayer, because it's a fantasy most evangelicals believe in.  Whatever your hopes, you have the ability to destroy some people with your "prayer."  Especially if they are going through a difficult time.


I wrote a long reply that got swallowed up by the internet, so I'll just give the TLDR version.
1 have never said that to a non-religious person
2 I am 'evangelical' in the sense that I would like more people to see the beauty that is Islam. Why wouldn't I share if I felt what I have is useful and to peoples' benefit
3 I HAVE actually put a lot of thought into what to say to people, not least of all in their moment of grief.


I am,however, very interested to hear how a "fairly religious" person like yourself would use a phrase like "your pretend fairy-tale world" and why would you be against spreading religion (correct me on this last point if mistaken, it is just the gist I got from being against most evangelical people)
 
2013-11-03 02:51:14 AM  

Resident Muslim: LavenderWolf: Resident Muslim: Seriously though, I can't imagine what it is like not to believe in an afterlife.
What I say to people when offering my condolences (which oddly enough I was doing yesterday) is "May God bring you together in paradise".

I hope my small prayer would
-remind people that we all die but hopefully will meet again
-be better people to reach paradise
-do good things 'on behalf' of the deceased to help them reach paradise (if not kids. Kids get a free pass of course)


/open to discussions

Not believing in an afterlife doesn't really have any impact on my life. Most people who "believe" in an afterlife behave consistently as though they don't actually believe that.

Sadly true.

And actions speak louder than words.

I try not to be like that, and when I am, I hope God will not embarrass me 'cause I know I'm not perfect.


Nobody's perfect, and people deserve (and even if they don't, should be granted anyways) the wherewithal and leeway to be their imperfect selves. If folks like you are getting that message out of religion, any religion, I support it. Kudos to you, sir.
 
2013-11-03 10:53:02 AM  
I'm sorry, but these charities are a gigantic waste of money, especially when doing something like this.

How about the kids who wish that they weren't homeless?

How about the kids who wish they could just have one decent meal?

How about the kids who wish their mommy or daddy could find a job, or could afford medicine for themselves?

Make A Wish wastes a gigantic amount of money and effort on publicity stunts like this Gotham thing instead of helping out the hundreds of people with the same amount of money and effort who could really use it.

I'm not hating on the kid.  I'm just disgusted that this sort of thing happens at all and that everyone gushes on it instead of condemning it as the gigantic waste it is.
 
2013-11-03 11:06:54 AM  

dietbubba: The awesome is making it mighty dusty in here


My eyes did get a bit water too.
 
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