Monday, August 18, 2014

Well, It's Better Than Swallowing Cinnamon

Okay, a bit of a downer.  But, it's Monday...

    Israel continues its battles in Gaza, the World Health Organization says deaths due to Ebola have reached 1,145, the terrorist group ISIS systematically beheads children in Iraq, pro-Russian rebels shoot down a fighter jet near Luhansk, Boko Haram abducts dozens of boys in northeast Nigeria, North Korea threatens a merciless pre-emptive strike on U.S. and South Korea war games,  the streets of France swarm with violent pro-Hamas protesters, Saudi woman sentenced to 50 lashes for calling "morality police" liars, and so on.

Meanwhile, in the United States....

Hey, just doing our part.
Don't worry, there's plenty of violence in Missouri, though.
And, have you seen the southern border?

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  1. This ice bucket challenge is freakin' everywhere! No place is safe anymore. I'm hoping these people are actually donating the money they promised. I saw a lady yesterday do the challenge and then donate it to a completely different charity that deals with a disease her dad was suffering from. But, the sentiment is good as long as the money goes somewhere charitable.

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    1. The sentiment is good, for sure. I found out yesterday that, if you do the challenge, you're supposed to give $10 to ALS (instead of $100 if you don't). So, that's a good thing because it raises awareness. But, I really wonder how many people are NOT giving money when they do it and just are going along with a silly trendy thing. I just grieve for the world.

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    2. So, of course I bitch on here about the challenge and my brother just challenged me because he's out in cold Colorado and I'm basking at the beach. haha!

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  2. Lots of craziness going on in the world right now...

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    1. It really makes me sad. To repeat an oft-quoted quote: Why CAN'T we all just get along?

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  3. I suppose whatever gets people to be charitable is good. I still have mixed feelings about the whole "$100 or 10 if you dump a bucket of water on your head" given how people who could easily donate $100 are donating ten for the publicity. I also hope people are actually donating. I didn't think there would be people who would do the challenge and then not donate. For a brief minute there I forgot how people could be.

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    1. I'm with you. I've been told donations are up. So, if this is the reason why, all the power to them.

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  4. Probably more of a chance of finding brain cells in the bucket then any of them, still goes to charity though I guess, even if a lot of those are a crock too.

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    1. At first, I thought that if you DO the challenge, you don't have to give anything. Then, someone told me you have to give $10. I really hope everyone does so, rather than just participating in "Trend of the Week."

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  5. I didn't know about this trend. It does look more appealing than the stuff you listed.

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    1. Yeah...it may be silly...okay, it is...but wouldn't it be great if that was our biggest problem?

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  6. It does get harder and harder to stay positive. I've stopped watching the evening news but I still see what's happening on my computer. I fear for our future.

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    1. I seriously don't know whether I'm just being a cranky old man or the world is just more frikkin' nuts than it used to be. There have been times (very, very, very few) when, after I read an obituary for some old dude, I think, "Good for him. He got out of here before everything went to crap."
      I fear for my children. I really do.

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  7. Here in the tropics some of us might consider dumping buckets of ice water on our heads too. Not for charity, mind you? Because it gets hot. Really. Hot.

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    1. As Adam alludes to below, try it in January. Then, we'll talk.

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  8. I know how you feel, my friend. As is apparent by my next post. But, after a good rant, I find I feel much better. Unfriending a liberal on FB helped, too.

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    1. I try not to go off on rants, but I really don't like silly trendiness.

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  9. is it any coincidence that the ice water challenge is so very popular in summer?

    though it is too popular, I'm getting a little tired of hearing about it.

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    1. You've given me a PERFECT line for Facebook!

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  10. I'm not dumping a bucket of water on myself. I jumped in the pool at Willy Dunne Wooters' recently and got water up my nose. Haven't I suffered enough? The police should shoot me to put me out of their misery.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Far be it from me to say that I am above doing anything silly (have you seen my toilet picture?), but I'm not doing it just because everyone else is. It's a good cause, though.

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  11. I prefer to see people laughing and doing stupid/fun things rather than killing each other. But I could never do the ice-water challenge - I couldn't cope with the subsequent bad-hair day!!

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    1. Yeah, wouldn't it be fantastic if ice water on the head was the most violent thing we could witness?

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  12. My daughter did it, and admittedly she didn't donate as she understood it to be a "dump or donate". It is popular amongst her friends as a trendy thing to do. The good thing is she found out what ALS is, she didn't really know about it before. I went on the ALS website and found out that donations have now passed 15.6 million compared to 1.8 million during the same time period (July 29 - August 18) last year. So, whether everyone gives or not, I think the "trendiness" has obviously helped them. I can applaud that.

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    1. My daughter did it, as well, as did many of her friends. When I asked her if she planned on donating $10 for accepting the challenge, she said, "Oh, where do I send it?"
      My fear is whacky trendiness without paying up.
      But, it's obviously raised a lot of money, so that's great.

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  13. Many times I've said, "Go soak your head." Now people are really doing it. LOL

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  14. I tried a different approach. A bucket of ice and a margarita glass. 4 cubes of ice from bucket into glass, fill with Margarita blend, drink. Repeat until bucket of ice is empty and then u try and figure out whdkk dklkrj dnkolkn jwnlkjjk87651..............

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    1. And then you send your wallet to...somewhere.

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  15. One of my daughter's classmates lost his mother to ALS about 5 years ago. Sad way to go.
    Wouldn't it be more philanthropic to give the charity money instead of making a video to say "Look at me, I am doing this for charity."? It's nice to give money, but they are also making sure everyone knows how great they are and somehow I feel they are missing the point.

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    1. I'm starting to "see the light." It still makes me think that this is a silly ass trend, but it is for a good cause....
      Maybe I shouldn't be such a grump all the time.

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    2. It's supposed to be about awareness for ALS and I do wonder how many people really know what it is. And I know several people that are doing the challenge instead of donating.

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  16. Good thing the chimp in your next post doesn't issue a challenge of his own...

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