HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SMOKEY THE BEAR TURNED 70 ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 8, 2014.
Wow, hard to believe that Smokey the Bear turned 70. Smokey the Bear is probably one of the best and enduring PSA’s put out by the government and the US Department of Forestry. Over the decades Smokey the Bear has had makeovers. Personally, I like the 50′s and 60′s Smokey. What is most interesting is that Smokey’s PSA’s were not originally from the Forestry department, but from the “Wartime Ad Council” instead. Smokey’s job was to warn Americans of the danger of forest fires, not those set by Americans, but by the Japanese. During World War II, Japan launched fire bombing balloons into the jet stream hoping to destroy American natural resources.
Remember … Only You!
The Forest Service unveiled Smokey Bear as a symbol for fire prevention on Aug. 9, 1944. Tidwell said the country averaged about 160,000 wildfires annually in 1944, compared with 60,000 today, a decline he attributes to the Smokey Bear campaign.
Up to 90 percent of U.S. wildfires are caused by humans, according to the National Park Service.
Tidwell said today’s wildfires tend to be larger due to drier, hotter weather. With more people living near forested areas, Smokey’s message is more relevant than ever, he said.
Smokey The Bear Song – 1952
He goes to work in blue jeans and utters only one sentence, but his message is loud and clear – “Only you can prevent wildfires.”
Smokey Bear just turned 70 years old, and his image is getting a reboot, reports CBS News’ Ben Tracy.
“Smokey has had a little work done. His costume has been updated… He’s got a fresh new look,” said Peggy Conlon, president of the Advertising Council, the organization that has overseen Smokey’s iconic image from the beginning.
“Ninety-four percent of Americans recognize Smokey Bear,” she said. “He’s really survived generations. And he’s beloved and everybody remembers his phrase.”
Smokey was created in 1944, one of the first campaigns from the newly created “Wartime Ad Council.” The same folks also coined the phrase, “loose lips sink ships.”
Smokey’s job was to warn Americans of the danger of forest fires — not those set by Americans — but by the Japanese. During World War II, Japan launched fire bombing balloons into the jet stream hoping to destroy American natural resources.
President Barack Obama spent his 51st birthday, doing what else but golfing of course. This is nothing new and unusual, it will be Obama’s 104th round of golf since he became president as Obama played gold at Camp David. I am guessing that those Americans that are apart of the 8.3% and the 17% underemployment were kind of hoping that President Obama was actually going to keep his word that jobs were his number one priority. However, when Obama made fundraiser and golf a grater priority than meeting with his own Jobs Council, Americans probably think its time for change and Barack Obama can spend his next birthday no longer president.
In an email to supporters, Barack Obama warned that his birthday “could be the last one I celebrate as president of the United States, but that’s not up to me — it’s up to you.” Yes it is and its about time this country has a Commander in Chief and someone focused on the economy, not class warfare.
July 4th 2012 … Happy Independence Day
Happy Birthday America, to the greatest nation on Earth, the Home of the Free and the Land of the Brave. However, it is each generations responsibility to maintain the freedoms and liberties that our Founding Fathers bestowed on us with their sacrifices. Remember America, freedom is not free. As you celebrate this 4th of July with family and friends remember also that it is not government, but your Creator that you are endowed with certain unalienable Rights. In a time in which it would appear that more and more Americans accept being dependent upon their government, maybe it is a good time for “We the People” to really understand and realize what others died for our rights to be free.
God Bless the USA – Lee Greenwood
If tomorrow all the things were gone I’d worked for all my life,
And I had to start again with just my children and my wife.
I’d thank my lucky stars to be living here today,
‘Cause the flag still stands for freedom and they can’t take that away.
And I’m proud to be an American where at least I know I’m free.
And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.
And I’d gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today.
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land God bless the U.S.A.
A note to the present day politicians whether they be Democrats, Republicans or Independents … Today “INDEPENDENCE” is to be celebrated, not dependence. The United States of America was founded on liberties and freedoms endowed from their Creator, not by government laws made to silence, enslave and make “WE THE PEOPLE” dependent on others. Do not allow an administration to promise entitlements and forever enslave you to the government. Do not ever forget what made America and Americans exceptional. If you do not stand up and say no and do things for yourself, as stated at Hot Air, we will become a government dependent society just like Europe.
In 1776 “WE THE PEOPLE” fought a War for Independence and against a tyrannical government. Men fought and died to throw off a tyrannical government and sought to put one in place that was of, by and for the American people. I would dare say that our Founding Fathers would cringe to see what their brave efforts have been transformed into today. Never forget America, whether it be with a musket in 1776 or a vote in present day, it is your responsibility to uphold the following words from the Declaration of Independence signed this day in 1776 … “That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government … But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government …” America, do not ever let your voice be silenced and it is your God given right to uphold the values, virtues and liberties that were fought for you 236 years ago. America is worth fighting for, and it is your responsibility to do so.
America the Beautiful – Ray Charles
IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776 – Declaration of Independence
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
Red Skelton’s Pledge of Allegiance
And to the Republic - Republic, a state in which sovereign power is invested in representatives chosen by the people to govern. And government is the people; and it’s from the people to the leaders, not from the leaders to the people.
With Liberty – Which is Freedom; the right of power to live one’s own life, without threats, fear, or some sort of retaliation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
America, Why I Love Her – John Wayne
From Alaska’s cold to the Everglades…from the Rio Grande to Maine…
My heart cries out… my pulse runs fast at the might of her domain.
You ask me why I love her?… I’ve a million reasons why.
My beautiful America… beneath Gods’ wide, wide sky.
Powerline reminds us of the eternal meaning of Independence Day and a tribute to Abraham Lincoln.
GOD BLESS THE USA!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE OREO COOKIE …
Today the Oreo cookie turns 100 years old. Talk about withstanding the test of time. The first Oreo cookie, called the Oreo biscuit, was sold in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1912. The Oreo is the top selling cookie of the 21st Century. Admit it, you twist them open and eat the cream filling before you eat the cookie.
The Oreo Cookie has proved it can withstand the test of time.
The chocolate cookie with cream in the middle has been around since 1912.
Today, Kraft Foods is celebrating the Oreo’s 100th birthday in grand fashion—hosting more than 100 “birthday parties” across a dozen countries, plus games on their website, and you can even buy a package of limited edition “Birthday Cake Oreos” to celebrate the occasion. For $4 on the company’s website, you can also send a friend a coupon for a free package of Oreos.
Check out the nostalgic ads of Oreo over the years at the Daily Mail.
To a great American … HAPPY BIRTHDAY PRESIDENT RONALD WILSON REAGAN.
Ronald Reagan was born on February 6, 1911, he was the 33rd Governor of California from 1967–1975, he became the 40th President of the United States from 1981 – 1989 and would go down as one of the greatest Presidents of the 20th century. Reagan was beloved by many and was a true outsider of “Inside the Beltway” politics. He was just as much an outsider to the country club Republicans as he was Democrats, which is what made him so effective and beloved.
Ronald Reagan reminded us of one important fact that has been obviously lost today by many Republicans and certainly by the current administration, “Government is not the solution to our problems, government is the problem” (VIDEO).
Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall!
May American continue to embrace the legacy of President Reagan, they just don’t make him like this any more even though we would be better off if they did. As stated in the UK telegraph, “Ronald Reagan is remembered almost universally as a man of wit, humility, warmth and optimism”. Let us also not forget patriotism. He made us feel better about ourselves and that we could do anything, never apologizing for what we had done in the past, only that we could make things better for the future. It was not just the words, it was the way the words were communicated to the American people as if he was speaking to each and every one of us personally. There was a belief and trust in the words of Ronald Reagan that allowed the United States to emerge in the 1980′s from the depths of the misery of the 70′s. As stated by the Gateway Pundit, President Reagan knew how to deal with dictators and it was not to appease or bow down to them.
President Ronald Wilson Reagan was simply brilliant. Reagan could be serious, compelling, healing and humorous. The key fact is that he always knew when to have the correct communication tone to the American people, our allies and our enemies. How revered and respected was Ronald Reagan? During his years as President the MSM and Democrats savaged him just like they do the GOP today; however, in order for the MSM to try and rehabilitate Democrat Barack Obama’s presidency, they try to claim he is “Reaganesque”.
President Ronald Reagan – “Evil Empire” Speech”
The wit of Reagan to win the moment, “I am not going to exploit for political purposes myopponents youth and inexperience.”
Reagan diffuses the MSM with a joke that leaves them laughing and speechless …
He healed a Nation following the Space Shuttle Challenger tragedy.
As president, Reagan implemented sweeping new political and economic initiatives. His supply-side economic policies, dubbed “Reaganomics,” advocated reducing tax rates to spur economic growth, controlling the money supply to reduce inflation, deregulation of the economy, and reducing government spending. In his first term he survived an assassination attempt, took a hard line against labor unions, and ordered military actions in Grenada. He was reelected in a landslide in 1984, proclaiming it was “Morning in America.” His second term was primarily marked by foreign matters, such as the ending of the Cold War, the bombing of Libya, and the revelation of the Iran-Contra affair. Publicly describing the Soviet Union as an “evil empire,” he supported anti-Communist movements worldwide and spent his first term forgoing the strategy of détenteby ordering a massive military buildup in an arms race withthe USSR. Reagan negotiated withSovietGeneral Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev, culminating in the INF Treaty and the decrease of both countries’ nuclear arsenals.
Memorable Ronald Reagan quotes:
- Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall!
- The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much.
- You can tell a lot about a fellow’s character by his way of eating jellybeans.
- You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children’s children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done.
- I don’t believe in a government that protects us from ourselves.
- Freedom is one of the deepest and noblest aspirations of the human spirit.
- Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today’s world do not have.
- Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.
- My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you I just signed legislation which outlaws Russia forever. The bombing begins in five minutes.
- One picture is worth 1,000 denials.
- Politics I supposed to be the second-oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.
- Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the democrats believe every day is April 15.
- We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.
- Without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR. PRESIDENT, TO THE GREAT COMMUNICATOR … WE MISS YOU!