George Dubbya Bush Waterboarded!


By the former First Lady, Laura Bush:


Nominated by his daughter, NBC news correspondent Jenna Bush Hager, and golfer Rory McIlroy, the former PotUS has himself nominated another former PotUS: Bill Clinton (who could probably use the cold shower- *ba dum bump*).

I don’t hold it against current PotUS Barack Obama for declining the ALS ice bucket challenge, to write a check instead (and it doesn’t matter if it is written out for “only” $100- part of the “rule” of the challenge).

I have mixed feelings about the Challenge. While it is bringing in money and awareness, and while I don’t begrudge my friends their fun in social media, the curmudgeon in me does get annoyed with the viral and coercive nature of it all- and the cynic in me, the slacktivism of some who probably are doing it out of all-about-me-narcissism and still don’t really know much more about Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis than they did before. And then there’s also funding cannibalism. As the LATimes article notes:

Is the ice bucket challenge the best way to decide where to put your charitable donations? No.
Despite the ice bucket challenge, ALS is not our leading health concern
The ice bucket challenge may be diverting needed dollars from worthier causes

I suppose I just hate viral memes and jumping on bandwagons that everyone wants to be a part of. But that just makes me a curmudgeon. It’s good that people are able to connect, have fun, contribute to awareness and raise money for at least one worthy charity.

Just don’t anyone call me out to take the challenge! I will never forgive you!

Incidentally, take a look at the putrid hatred in the comments here. Just towel off, BDSers!

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's wife, Heidi, also helped her husband take the challenge for charity.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s wife, Heidi, also helped her husband take the challenge for charity.


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This is going around BIG TIME here in Utah.
You get the challenge, write a check, get iced, and then challenge someone else.
A whole lot of icings are being shown on local news each day.

Honestly, I think the challenge wastes a resource that we in the southwestern states sorely need. On those grounds I will refuse that challenge if offered. Lake Mead is far to low to waste water for such nonsense. Instead I say, give a little more to the charity of your choice. Better yet, be filmed donating food to a local food bank, entertaining seniors in rest homes or children in hospitals, giving to the homeless.