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Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

On second thought

By Jay Evensen, Deseret News

Published: Mon, Aug. 25 6:20 a.m. MDT

 In this image from video posted on Facebook, courtesy of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, former President George W. Bush participates in the ice bucket challenge with the help of his wife, Laura Bush, in Kennebunkport, Maine.

In this image from video posted on Facebook, courtesy of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, former President George W. Bush participates in the ice bucket challenge with the help of his wife, Laura Bush, in Kennebunkport, Maine.

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President Obama got Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to resign recently. The normally stubborn Maliki reportedly gave in rather than accept Obama’s ice-bucket challenge.

Suddenly, kids, grown-ups and leaders all over America are dumping ice on their heads to raise awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. This is how people in the First World feel good about themselves. People in Third World countries, meanwhile, would just like a glass of water, at any temperature.

Former President George W. Bush even recorded himself being doused, then challenged former President Bill Clinton. Frankly, the time to throw ice water on Clinton was about 16 years ago.

Football coaches reportedly are happy to take the challenge. It feels just like winning a game, except ice water isn’t as sticky as a cooler full of Gatorade.

Historians can now argue over whether Babe Ruth would have dumped ice water on himself to support Lou Gehrig.

A Travis County grand jury in Texas has indicted Gov. Rick Perry for using his constitutional veto power. That has Republicans in Washington looking for ways to throw President Obama in jail for signing certain bills.

Perry vetoed the budget of the Public Integrity Unit, reportedly to pressure District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg to resign. Lehmberg had been convicted of drunken driving. The indictment said Perry did this “with intent to harm” Lehmberg, which apparently is not the same as Lehmberg’s potential harm to anyone in front of her headlights.

Lehmberg’s blood alcohol level was measured at .239 percent, which meant she couldn’t wander out of no-smoking areas without becoming a fire risk. Apparently this is OK because you have to lose touch with reality to get into politics in Texas.

For safety reasons, Yankee Stadium officials now make fans pass through metal detectors as they enter the stadium, after which they are free to drink beer and buy souvenir wooden bats from the team store.

If this catches on at other stadiums, it will be interesting to see if the Texas Rangers make Gov. Rick Perry relinquish his veto powers at the gate, just in case Rosemary Lehmberg is at the concession stand.

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1. one vote
Salt Lake City, UT,
Aug. 25, 2014

Your saying he had a lot of integrity to put financial pressure on the integrity unit? Someone should have had our Governor veto funding for the AG office right after the last election.

2. patriot
Cedar Hills, UT,
Aug. 25, 2014

ALS is a killer and anything that increases the awareness and even makes possible more research dollars is worth the effort. If dumping a bucket of ice on someones head gets the job done then go for it. I actually think this sort of lite-hearted approach is great and brings all people together (left right and independent) to fight the common enemy of ALS. I think if someone in your family was fighting this terrible disease you would welcome any and all efforts to fund research.

3. Jamescmeyer
Midwest City, USA, OK,
Aug. 25, 2014

I haven't read one of these in a while, thank you for sharing it.

As for ALS, doing something silly for a good cause doesn't make it not silly. I don't need to see people get doused with ice water to be encouraged to do something about it.