The ALS ice bucket challenge has been a tremendous success. In just a few short weeks, the challenge has topped $50 million for the ALS Association and it’s showing no signs of slowing down.
What started out as a grassroots stunt -- believed to be launched by pro golfer Chris Kennedy in Sarasota, Florida, to support his wife’s cousin who has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) -- has morphed into a social media sensation.
Since July 29, the campaign has raised $53 million and collected more than $10 million on one day alone. To put that whopping figure into perspective, the group raised $2.2 million in the same period last year.
Moreover, the movement is one of the most socially positive event I've seen in a while. While there are a lot of divided camps when it comes to politics and other inane issues, this particular cause has united a lot of family, friends and communities. Maybe this type of action and reaction can be spread to other worthwhile causes.
That said, you know I've come up with some political cartoons that I just couldn't resist showing you. They're a bit controversial, but then again, so am I.
Today's targets are Obama (always easy), the Chris Brown-Suge Knight shooting, The federal government's attempt at grabbing more federal lands and the indictment of Texas governor Rick Perry, spawned by his veto of a democratic judge who was arrested for drunken diving.
Perry was indicted Friday by a grand jury on abuse of power charges stemming from his battle to defund a state-funded bureau of anti-corruption investigators.
The suit originated from a standoff between Perry and Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg after she was arrested for drunk driving in April 2013 and subsequently pleaded guilty.
The News As I See It: Disney stock just reached a new high this week of $90.37 a share. That's when you know tickets to Disney World are too expensive — when it's actually cheaper to own part of the company.
PetSmart, the pet supply chain, didn't get quite the same news as Disney. The company may soon be sold to a larger company, or as they told their employees, "Your jobs are going to a farm upstate."
A new study found that having a big wedding boosts your chance of having a good marriage. While having a destination wedding boosts your chance of having friends who hate you.
This Date In History: 1718; New Orleans was founded by French settlers and named after the Duke of Orleans. 1825; Uruguay declared its independence from Brazil. 1875; Matthew Webb became the first person to swim across the English Channel. It took him 21 hours and 45 minutes. 1916; The Department of the Interior created the National Park Service to manage and preserve national parks and monuments for future generations.
1944; Paris was liberated from Nazi occupation by Allied forces. 1984; Author Truman Capote was found dead in Los Angeles. 2001; Singer and actress Aaliyah died in a plane crash in the Bahamas. 2003; NASA launched the infrared Spitzer Space Telescope.
2009; Senator Edward "Ted" Kennedy, a fixture in the Senate for 46 years, dies of brain cancer at the age of 77. Kennedy, who served as a Democratic senator from Massachusetts since 1962, was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor in 2008. 2012; The first human to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong, died after suffering complications from a heart bypass.
Picture Of The Day: ISIS aggression and beheadings, the southern border porous and inviting and Obie plays golf. What a guy!
Printable Things I Never Told You: 1) They say when a man holds a woman's hand before marriage, it's true love. After marriage, however, it is usually in self-defense. 2) Americans and Britons have different ways of saying things. They say "lift", we say "elevator". They say "President", we say "Money wasting narcissist". 3) If you tip the world over on its side, anything and everything that's illegal, loose or useless will land in Los Angeles.
4) Give a man a fish and you'll feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and he'll buy a stupid hat. 5) When I was eight, I saw a picture of myself in one of those strollers for twins. I asked Dad why there were two seats in the stroller. He said I used to have a brother, but he didn't obey.....and that's five !
Today's Horoscope: Leo - August 25th: Remember to chew before you swallow. There is no such word "ecseterar" and it's definitely not abbreviated as ect. The capital of you is your heart - never forget that. Most of your dreams will come true over the coming fortnight, so prepare for wealth, health and happiness, you lucky dog.
Birthdays: My pal Nick - Happy Birthday Bud! 19XX, Allan Pinkerton, detective 1819, Sir Hans Adolf Krebs, biochemist 1900, Leonard Bernstein, American composer, conductor and pianist 1918, George Wallace, Alabama governor 1919, Althea Gibson, tennis player 1927, Sean Connery, actor 1930, Regis Philbin, TV personality 1934, Tim Burton, director 1958.
|Rapper Chris Brown "shot at" and hip hop boss Suge Knight hit - One out of two ain't bad|
The AREA 51 Retirement Home Bar And Grill: Three old men are talking about their aches, pains and bodily dysfunctions. One seventy-five year old man says, "I have this problem. I wake up every morning at seven and it takes me twenty minutes to pee."
An eighty year old man says, "My case is worse. I get up at eight and I sit there and grunt and groan for half an hour before I finally have a bowel movement."
The ninety year old man says, "At seven I pee like a race horse and at eight I shit like a cow." The other men ask, "So what's your problem?" The man replied, "I don't wake up until nine."
A man picked up a girl in a bar and took her home with him. After some preliminary drinks and talk, they got undressed, climbed into bed and started going at it. After a few minutes, the girl started laughing.
The fellow asked her what she found so amusing. She replied, "Your organ, it's a bit on the small side." He replied, "Well, It's not used to playing in cathedrals."
The Hits Just Keep On Coming: The nun teaching Sunday school was speaking to her class one morning and she asked the question, "When you die and go to Heaven, which part of your body goes first?" Suzy raised her hand and said, "I think it's your hands."
The nun said, "Why do you think it's your hands, Suzy?" Suzy replied, "Because when you pray, you hold your hands together in front of you and God just takes your hands first." The nun said, "What a wonderful answer!"
Little Johnny raised his hand and said, "Sister, I think it's your feet." The nun looked at him with a bewildered look on her face and said, "Johnny, why do you think it would be your feet?"
Johnny said, "Well, I walked into Mom and Dad's bedroom the other night. Mom had her legs straight up in the air and she was saying, "Oh God! I'm coming!'" If Dad hadn't pinned her down, we'd have lost her."
A woman realized that her dog could hardly hear so she took it to the veterinarian. He found that the problem was hair in its ears. He cleaned both ears and the dog could hear fine.
The vet then proceeded to tell the lady that if she wanted to keep this from recurring she should go to the store and get some "Nair" hair remover and rub it in the dog's ears once a month.
The woman goes to the drug store and to get some "Nair" hair remover. At the register the druggist tells her, "If you're going to use this under your arms don't use deodorant for a few days." The woman says, "I'm not using it under my arms."
The druggist says, "If you're using it on your legs don't shave for a couple of days." The lady woman says, "I'm not using it on my legs either. If you must know, I'm using it on my schnauzer." The druggist says, "Stay off your bicycle for at least a week."
That's it for today, my little furballs. Remember, the consumption of alcohol is a major factor in dancing like a retard.
More on Wednesday.
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