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The ALS Association received $8.6 million in donations Tuesday as proceeds from the ice bucket challenge continued to pour in at record rates. The association has begun posting daily tallies from the fundraiser on its website, stating on Wednesday that since July 29 it had raised $31.5 million. That's an $8.6 million jump over the previous day's tally, and more than 16 times the amount it had received over the same period last year.

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President George W. Bush accepted the challenge from his daughter Jenna Bush Hager.

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The DR is in desperate need of a little levity.

The ice bucket challenge is a really cool thing and the linked video is pretty funny.

#1 | Posted by JeffJ at 2014-08-20 10:09 PM | Reply | Flag:

too small payback for waterboarding

#2 | Posted by truthhurts at 2014-08-20 11:13 PM | Reply | Flag:

Someone needs to get Dick Cheney to do it. Warm that old codger up.

#3 | Posted by jpw at 2014-08-21 02:14 AM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

You KNOW it's a stupid thing to do when even Dubya is doing it.

#4 | Posted by LarryMohr at 2014-08-21 03:10 AM | Reply | Flag:

Big pharma does not devote anything serious to ALS research since there are not enough patients to make it profitable for them.

Best healthcare in the world!

#5 | Posted by 726 at 2014-08-21 07:48 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

You KNOW it's a stupid thing to do when even Dubya is doing it.

#4 | POSTED BY LARRYMOHR

Raising money and awareness for ALS is a stupid thing to do?

#6 | Posted by JeffJ at 2014-08-21 08:23 AM | Reply | Flag:

"The DR is in desperate need of a little levity"

Is it?

lev•i•ty
noun ˈle-və-tē
: a lack of seriousness
: an amusing quality

: excessive or unseemly frivolity

: lack of steadiness

Freudian moment?

#7 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2014-08-21 09:07 AM | Reply | Flag:

Raising money and awareness for ALS is a stupid thing to do?

Posted by JeffJ at 2014-08-21 08:23 AM | Reply

No Sir but pouring or have it poured on you a bucket of Ice Water is.

#8 | Posted by LarryMohr at 2014-08-21 09:12 AM | Reply | Flag:

No Sir but pouring or have it poured on you a bucket of Ice Water is.

#7 | POSTED BY LARRYMOHR

But it's that gimmick that is what is fueling the awareness and the money.

#9 | Posted by JeffJ at 2014-08-21 09:14 AM | Reply | Flag:

My kids have done multiple water bucket challenges and posted them.

I'm glad it's turned out to be part of such an increased awareness that's generated so much money.

#10 | Posted by eberly at 2014-08-21 09:19 AM | Reply | Flag:

Hey maybe I'm just a cranky old bastard that could be why I don't get it.

#11 | Posted by LarryMohr at 2014-08-21 09:26 AM | Reply | Flag:

Good for him. No amount of publicity for this cause is too much.

#13 | Posted by kanrei at 2014-08-21 09:30 AM | Reply | Flag:

"But it's that gimmick"

One thing is for sure; Hollywood and todays fake "conservatives" sure do love their meaningless "Gimmicks" and empty platitudes.

As if participating in a "gimmick" is equitable to doing something, and posting a narcissistic video means you care.

#14 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2014-08-21 10:17 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

As if participating in a "gimmick" is equitable to doing something

WE are talking about it which we otherwise would not be AKA spreading the awareness of it, so participating in a "gimmick" does do something.

#16 | Posted by kanrei at 2014-08-21 10:20 AM | Reply | Flag:

One thing is for sure; Hollywood and todays fake "conservatives" sure do love their meaningless "Gimmicks" and empty platitudes.

As if participating in a "gimmick" is equitable to doing something, and posting a narcissistic video means you care.

Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2014-08-21 10:17 AM | Reply

I give you Ronald Wilson Reagan. For he was BOTH.

#17 | Posted by LarryMohr at 2014-08-21 10:23 AM | Reply | Flag:

"WE are talking about it"

Actually I didn't learn this was about "ALS" until yesterday.
However, I have been seeing these asinine videos for almost a month.

So obviously "we" aren't "really" talking about it very effectively.

Anyway, I just looked this up and it's sort of telling:

"A common stipulation is that nominated people have 24 hours to comply or forfeit by way of a charitable financial donation"

So in other words, pouring water over your head is a way to get out of actually doing something tangible while still maintain the facade of "caring".

#20 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2014-08-21 10:40 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Actually I didn't learn this was about "ALS" until yesterday.
However, I have been seeing these asinine videos for almost a month.
So obviously "we" aren't "really" talking about it very effectively.

Because you somehow missed a detail EVERYONE ELSE KNOWS as it is called the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, means only you are misinformed.

#21 | Posted by kanrei at 2014-08-21 10:41 AM | Reply | Flag:

while still maintain the facade of "caring".

#19 | POSTED BY CHIEFTUTMOSES AT 2014-08-21 10:40 AM

Sort of sums up all your objections: the facade of caring.

#22 | Posted by kanrei at 2014-08-21 10:42 AM | Reply | Flag:

"Actually I didn't learn this was about "ALS" until yesterday.
However, I have been seeing these asinine videos for almost a month."

Gee, I didn't know anything about it until Sunday and immediately learned it was about ALS. Maybe that's because I have real relationships with real people in my life, unlike you.

How can you be so retarded to watch those videos for a month and not know what it was about? [...]

#23 | Posted by eberly at 2014-08-21 10:43 AM | Reply | Flag:

"He's so pathetic and such a partisan hack that he has to attack someone for raising money for a charity"

Pouring water on your head isn't "money", fool.

The act of pouring water on your head is so you don't have to actually give money to anyone. Posting videos of you doing nothing is not "charity" either, its rationalized narcissism [...]

#24 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2014-08-21 10:44 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

cocosam has probably been cashing checks his whole life from fundraisers......but has no idea how they work. Figures.

Stay angry and frustrated, redneckchiefcoco.....but when you get ALS, I'm sure you'll have your hand out.....like always.

#25 | Posted by eberly at 2014-08-21 10:46 AM | Reply | Flag:

The challenge has been a trending topic across social media for weeks, and as a result, has raised nearly $22.9 million for ALS in the last three weeks alone.

Someone who is cranky didn't read the story it seems.

#26 | Posted by kanrei at 2014-08-21 10:47 AM | Reply | Flag:

"Sort of sums up all your objections"

I don't object.
You can do meaningless acts all you want --- just don't expect me to consider your meaningless act a form of "charity" or a substitute for actually getting involved in real peoples lives

#27 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2014-08-21 10:48 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Geez did I start all of this?????

#28 | Posted by LarryMohr at 2014-08-21 10:49 AM | Reply | Flag:

You don't object? Really?

One thing is for sure; Hollywood and todays fake "conservatives" sure do love their meaningless "Gimmicks" and empty platitudes.
As if participating in a "gimmick" is equitable to doing something, and posting a narcissistic video means you care.

#13 | POSTED BY CHIEFTUTMOSES AT 2014-08-21 10:17 AM |

That wasn't you?

I don't blame you for not reading your own posts. An idea I intend to follow in this thread from this point on.

#29 | Posted by kanrei at 2014-08-21 10:50 AM | Reply | Flag:

Geez did I start all of this?????

#27 | POSTED BY LARRYMOHR AT 2014-08-21 10:49 AM |

No. Some people have an irrational reaction to anything Dubya is attached too. Doesn't matter what it is.

#30 | Posted by kanrei at 2014-08-21 10:52 AM | Reply | Flag:

I agree with Chief here. This is another Twit/Facebook "look at me doing something to save the world" gone viral. who cares about vanity? you and your idiot facebook friends.

Its about as stupid as chewing pink bubblegum to stop breast cancer.

Here's a thought. Is some disease research meaningful to you? then quietly volunteer or donate without blowing a fog horn about it.

#32 | Posted by DeadSpin at 2014-08-21 10:58 AM | Reply | Flag:

poor kids with cancer...nobody's ice bucketing them. what about gout awareness? where's the love?

#33 | Posted by DeadSpin at 2014-08-21 11:01 AM | Reply | Flag:

Is some disease research meaningful to you? then quietly volunteer or donate without blowing a fog horn about it.

POSTED BY DEADSPIN AT 2014-08-21 10:58 AM

If I quietly volunteer, I am doing nothing to raise awareness. I am not "blowing my fog horn about it," I am spreading the message.

The challenge has been a trending topic across social media for weeks, and as a result, has raised nearly $22.9 million for ALS in the last three weeks alone.

That is what this is about, irrational hate of Dubya aside.

#34 | Posted by kanrei at 2014-08-21 11:02 AM | Reply | Flag:

"Some people have an irrational reaction to anything Dubya is attached too"

Dubai Dubya? Not so much. Could care less about this irrelevant snot nose. But don't tell me his and others pouring water on their heads is the equivalent of actually doing something meaningful or reflects a level of care.

#35 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2014-08-21 11:04 AM | Reply | Flag:

"But don't tell me his and others pouring water on their heads is the equivalent of actually doing something meaningful or reflects a level of care."

well, they took a 2 minute time out from their Maine vacation to do this. They had to walk outside of the 8,000 square foot house they're staying and pull out their cell phones and get a bucket of water.

Huge sacrifice. All for you, redneck.

You should worship them. It's more than I would do for you.....

#36 | Posted by eberly at 2014-08-21 11:11 AM | Reply | Flag:

#33 | Posted by kanrei

I'm aware. are you saying you were unaware of ALS prior to this? Are millions of people waking up out of a slumber to suddenly become aware the world is riddled with disease? and now, by golly, they're gonna tackle this issue once and for all?

no, they could care less. they'll move on to the next guzzle vodka/set yourself on fire challange next week. all the while capturing it on camera so they hopefully get their 15 seconds of fame.

...or a least a "OMG!!" from their twitbook friends.

#37 | Posted by DeadSpin at 2014-08-21 11:22 AM | Reply | Flag:

Are millions of people waking up out of a slumber to suddenly become aware the world is riddled with disease?

Once again: The challenge has been a trending topic across social media for weeks, and as a result, has raised nearly $22.9 million for ALS in the last three weeks alone.

If you don't like this, don't do it. Complaining about it makes you appear as a curmudgeon who just hates to hate.

It isn't harming anyone and has raised $22.9 million IN THE LAST 3 WEEKS ALONE.

#38 | Posted by kanrei at 2014-08-21 11:25 AM | Reply | Flag:

Basically, human nature and the realities of life tends to block our awareness of things that don't directly affect us.

I was aware of rectal cancer prior to my getting it, but it wasn't a reality to my life.

Actions like this or putting a ribbon on your car, wearing a bracelet, etc remind people and may inspire them to act. May not. It doesn't hurt and does help; even if alittle.

#40 | Posted by kanrei at 2014-08-21 11:29 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

#38

who was that in the video?

#41 | Posted by eberly at 2014-08-21 11:31 AM | Reply | Flag:

I'm sorry Jeff.

#42 | Posted by LarryMohr at 2014-08-21 11:34 AM | Reply | Flag:

It isn't harming anyone and has raised $22.9 million IN THE LAST 3 WEEKS ALONE.

#37 | Posted by kanrei

it perpetuates the myth that pouring ice, jumping off balconies, or chewing pink bubble gum fights disease.

"...for every taco sold, we'll donate to ------ research" is a sales promo. "watch me act silly for acne awareness" is a selfie promo. neither one advances anything but sales and selfies.

no matter how many ribbon magnets you have on you refridgerator.

#43 | Posted by DeadSpin at 2014-08-21 11:35 AM | Reply | Flag:

"it perpetuates the myth that pouring ice, jumping off balconies, or chewing pink bubble gum fights disease."

no it doesn't. my 6 year old doesn't even know what ALS is and was just funning around. It's all fun and games for him.

Who thinks pouring water on themselves fights disease, other than perhaps a small child?

#44 | Posted by eberly at 2014-08-21 11:37 AM | Reply | Flag:

I'm sorry for what you've gone through, kanrei. I've lost over a dozen close family to cancer.

#45 | Posted by DeadSpin at 2014-08-21 11:38 AM | Reply | Flag:

Let's talk awareness for a moment. I wear a blue bracelet and have a blue ribbon on my car. These are rectal colon cancer awareness items. I have been asked about my bracelets and, while the person who asked me did know rectal cancer existed, they didn't know that, at 40, you could have stage 3 cancer. Most people don't think of it as a possibility until after 50 which is why colostomies are not really pushed on the young. Had I waited to 50, I would be dead.

Is my bracelet curing cancer? No. Is it making people aware of cancer? No, they know cancer exists. Is it helping me to inform them? Yes.

This bucket challenge hasn't cured ALS, but has brought it $22.9 million in the last 3 weeks that can help find a cure.

#46 | Posted by kanrei at 2014-08-21 11:44 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

NW post, K.

It also gives people a chance to see other people like W, and soon Bubba, doused with ice water. It's big in the NFL, too.

#47 | Posted by Corky at 2014-08-21 11:47 AM | Reply | Flag:

This bucket challenge hasn't cured ALS, but has brought it $22.9 million in the last 3 weeks that can help find a cure.

----

No, it hasn't. It's brought in more than that. :o)

Washington, D.C. (August 20, 2014) -- As of Wednesday, August 20, The ALS Association has received $31.5 million in donations compared to $1.9 million during the same time period last year (July 29 to August 20). These donations have come from existing donors and 637,527 new donors to The Association

www.alsa.org

#48 | Posted by Pirate at 2014-08-21 12:05 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

I have read there is a fear that funds will dry up for other organizations due to this "Challenge.". ALS is a rare disease that affects far fewer people than Cancer.

Why not make the bucket challenge open to any organization, not just ALS.

#49 | Posted by Prolix247 at 2014-08-21 12:21 PM | Reply | Flag:

#48 Because a guy with ALS came up with the idea to raise awareness. Now you are free to come up with something for whatever disease you have.

#50 | Posted by Dalton at 2014-08-21 12:27 PM | Reply | Flag:

Kick a field goal for toe fungus!

#51 | Posted by DeadSpin at 2014-08-21 12:29 PM | Reply | Flag:

ALS is a rare disease that affects far fewer people than Cancer.

Which is why it needs the awareness raised.

#52 | Posted by kanrei at 2014-08-21 12:30 PM | Reply | Flag:

Lou Gehrig died of ALS.

#53 | Posted by JeffJ at 2014-08-21 12:31 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Lou Gehrig died of ALS."

yup, in 1941, (as if we didn't know)

so did Mao Zedong

do you know when your time machine is coming back to this century?

#55 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2014-08-21 01:02 PM | Reply | Flag:

"So what if many people go through with the challenge AND donate money to the charity"

did you?

#56 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2014-08-21 01:03 PM | Reply | Flag:

To some, Bush or Obama could cure cancer and make everyone rich and that still wouldn't be enough simply because it was Bush or Obama doing it.

#58 | Posted by kanrei at 2014-08-21 01:21 PM | Reply | Flag:

did you?

#55 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2014-08-21 01:03 PM | Reply | Flag:

I've done neither. But, unlike you, I haven't tried to crap on those who have.

What do my personal actions have to do with you being ridiculously wrong about this campaign and then trying brush off the undeniable fact that it has raised millions of dollars that will be used to fight ALS?

#59 | Posted by Sully at 2014-08-21 01:30 PM | Reply | Flag:

I challange you guys to leave a garden hose running all night into the gutter to raise awareness for syphilis.

...and buy a yellowish-green ribbon.

#60 | Posted by DeadSpin at 2014-08-21 01:31 PM | Reply | Flag:

Oh that's what you people call the ice-bucket challenge? Where I'm from we take a steel bucket of ice water and swing it into the back of your head, then kick you in the ------- and steal your wallet. We play it gansta up in here.

#61 | Posted by visitor_ at 2014-08-21 01:35 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Why not make the bucket challenge open to any organization, not just ALS."

we have had traditionally had an annual fundraiser at my kid's school. The proceeds were always going to go into the "general fund".

Recently I challenged that and said that we need to earmark the funds (or at least some of it) for specific projects. Examples would be new basketball goals, new scoreboard/pressbox, new computers, etc....

make it specific, advertise and promote these objectives. Giving people specific goals for the funds will spark more effort. This was my argument (and the same argument made by fundraising experts, BTW)

the event (which is 25 years old and flattened out in proceeds) doubled in 2 years by doing it this way.

just my 2 cents.....

#62 | Posted by eberly at 2014-08-21 01:40 PM | Reply | Flag:

Giving people specific goals for the funds will spark more effort.

It also lets them know the money they donate goes to that goal.

If I donate money for a new scoreboard and we get a new scoreboard, I am more likely do donate money the next time I am asked.

#64 | Posted by kanrei at 2014-08-21 01:43 PM | Reply | Flag:

You really know how to rain on a parade, Tut. A goofy idea goes viral around the world and inspires 600,000 people to donate $30 million in a few weeks towards fighting a fatal disease, and you're bending over backwards trying to find reasons to slam the idea.

For the 30,000 people in the U.S. who have ALS and the many thousands of others around the world afflicted with this terrible disease, I applaud the Ice Bucket Challenge.

Trying to find a reason to hate a new and popular appeal to charity is sad. If you have better ideas for how to achieve good works go do them. You're not achieving anything by standing in the way of this effort except to make yourself look small.

#65 | Posted by rcade at 2014-08-21 02:08 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

#64

He's just crying because this thread featured GWB. Honestly, I doubt even chief would be complaining about this if not for the presence of GWB and his family.

#66 | Posted by eberly at 2014-08-21 02:13 PM | Reply | Flag:

Here's a thought. Is some disease research meaningful to you? then quietly volunteer or donate without blowing a fog horn about it.

Here's a thought: If people manage to raise millions fighting a disease by spreading awareness around the world in a novel way, don't be the contrarian sourpuss who finds a dumb reason to be against the idea.

My dad has VHL. It's a serious genetic disease that doesn't get enough research money. I just got back from Dallas where he had major surgery for a second time to remove a VHL tumor from his spine. If I could come up with something like the Ice Bucket Challenge to get people to give millions to VHL research, I'd be ecstatic -- and so would all the other families affected by it.

#67 | Posted by rcade at 2014-08-21 02:14 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Good for President Bush and all the participants.

Yet here is a concern. If we haven't progressed diddlie squat since Lou Gehrig, maybe there's just nothing out there to find. Cancer and heart disease are still the 2 biggest killers and me money would probably be better spent investing in treating patients with those illnesses.

#68 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2014-08-21 03:01 PM | Reply | Flag:

Out of all the social fads to raise awareness for charities, this one is not only raising awareness but a ton of cash.

Better then sharing a picture on facebook and doing nothing else.

#69 | Posted by Pirate at 2014-08-21 03:04 PM | Reply | Flag:

Yet here is a concern. If we haven't progressed diddlie squat since Lou Gehrig, maybe there's just nothing out there to find. Cancer and heart disease are still the 2 biggest killers and me money would probably be better spent investing in treating patients with those illnesses.

Posted by CrisisStills at 2014-08-21 03:01 PM | Reply

I have a hunch that there are cures available but they won't see the light of day because fund raising is BIG business.

#70 | Posted by LarryMohr at 2014-08-21 03:05 PM | Reply | Flag:

Cancer and heart disease are still the 2 biggest killers and me money would probably be better spent investing in treating patients with those illnesses.

So to hell with everybody else who has less common illnesses that might be cured through research that donations could fund?

#71 | Posted by rcade at 2014-08-21 03:24 PM | Reply | Flag:

Here's the origin of it. Good video by ESPN.

espn.go.com

#72 | Posted by Pirate at 2014-08-22 10:27 AM | Reply | Flag:

Rcade, you are correct and point taken. Everyone should be getting their share of funding. I was only pointing out that such a high profile and extremely successful campaign is funding a what is essential very low profile disease.

#73 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2014-08-22 12:57 PM | Reply | Flag:

Dumya should be doused with white phosphorus to bring attention to the cancer babies that he's responsible for in Fallujah.

#74 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2014-08-23 02:33 AM | Reply | Flag:

How much has the Fire Challenge raised?

#75 | Posted by aescal at 2014-08-23 04:22 AM | Reply | Flag:

Only about 25% of that money goes to research and those folks have never applied for a drug patent. Your money is paying gigantic executive salaries, mostly. Buyer beware.

#76 | Posted by ducandy at 2014-08-23 02:47 PM | Reply | Flag:

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