- Wishing everyone a joyous and safe Christmas and Happy New Year!
Daily Commentary – Thursday, December 25, 2014 Download
THANKS BARACK OBAMA …
Welcome to Obama’s 2014 Thanksgiving for America. As reported at CNS News, nearly one in five U.S. households will celebrate Thanksgiving on food stamps this year, according to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture on participation in the Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program. Don’t worry though, the Obama’s wont go without, let them eat
They don’t call him the Food Stamp president for nothing. But then again, he likes a government dependent class of people.
As of this August, according to the most recent data released by USDA, there were 22,729,389 households on food stamps. That equaled 19.75 percent of 115,048,000 households in the country at that time.
In each of the two previous fiscal years, the percentage of American households on food stamps in the average was near 20 percent, hitting 19.4 percent in 2012, 20.4 percent in 2013.
As of August, according to the Department of Agriculture, there were 46,484,828 individuals in the food stamp program.
MAY ALL OF YOU HAVE A VERY HAPPY THANKSGIVING …
Please remember today, as you spend time today with family, friends and loved ones while feasting on turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, cranberry and pumpkin pie and maybe watching some traditional turkey day football, please take the time to think about what you are thankful for and give thanks to your blessings. We all have something to be thankful for, sometimes we just all too soon forget. As President Ronald Reagan said on Thanksgiving Day 1986, “Perhaps no custom reveals our character as a Nation so clearly as our celebration of Thanksgiving Day. Rooted deeply in our Judeo-Christian heritage, the practice of offering thanksgiving underscores our unshakable belief in God as the foundation of our Nation and our firm reliance upon Him from Whom all blessings flow.”
Thanks to all at Scared Monkeys who make it happen!
By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.
Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and—Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:”
Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favor, able interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted; for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.
And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally, to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.
Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.
Since our current president was in China and too busy to lay a wreath at The Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetary, maybe a prayer from a true Commander in Chief is required. The following is a prayer from President Ronald Wilson Reagan.
- To honor members of the armed forces in Canada, I leave you with this.
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22 year old Chelsea Bruck has been missing since late Saturday – early Sunday morning, October 25-26, 2014 in Frenchtown Township, Michigan. Chelsea Bruck was last seen Saturday night/Sunday morning at a Halloween party on Post Road in Newport that she attended with co-workers and got a ride with there with them as she does not have a driver’s license. Bruck was last seen wearing a “Poison Ivy” costume. The missing girl’s sister, Kassandra, said there could have been as many as 800 people in attendance at the Halloween party where Chelsea was last seen. She was first reported missing Monday morning.
FACEBOOK: Help Find Chelsea Bruck.
Chelsea Bruck’s family hasn’t heard from her since Saturday night when she left for a Halloween Party on Post Road in Frenchtown Township.
Bruck was last seen wearing a “Poison Ivy” costume consisting of black pants and a leaf-covered top.
“The big concern is she doesn’t drive. Friends left and we don’t know how she got home, who she was left with, what time she left. Her friends had her phone, had her bag, so she doesn’t have that for us to contact her. But she obviously hasn’t borrowed anyone else’s phone to post on her Facebook or to call,” Leannda Bruck said.
Family members and police have been searching by foot, ATV and by air throughout the area.
Late Tuesday afternoon, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office released a composite sketch of a man they want to talk to about Bruck’s disappearance. Investigators said a witness reported seeing Bruck around 3 a.m. Sunday with the man.
He is described as white with medium length dark hair, a thin mustache, and had facial hair. He was wearing a plain black hooded sweatshirt with no visible logo and black framed eyeglasses.
A close family friend tells NBC24 that they and authorities plan to pursue new leads Wednesday as tips have started to come in regarding Chelsea Bruck’s disappearance.
On Tuesday afternoon, hundreds of tips were submitted after a sketch was released of a man seen by a witness with the 22-year-old at a Halloween party in Newport on Saturday night.
The Maybee, Michigan native was seen with him heading towards a location where vehicles from the party were parked. The witness reported seeing the pair, in the area around Post Road, at around 3:00 a.m. Sunday.
Bruck is not believed to have been seen or heard from by anyone else since that time and was reported missing on Monday.
Monroe police are searching for two men in connection to the disappearance of Chelsea Bruck after a Halloween party last week.
Police are searching for the security guards that were hired for the party, shown in the image above, to ask them questions about the party. The men are not suspects in the search, but police want to find out more about what went on during the party.
‘We just know we’re going to find her,’ Kassandra Bruck, 24, told the Daily News of her missing sister, Chelsea Bruck, who vanished from a Halloween bash at a rural property in Monroe County, Michigan early Oct. 25. Her sister was last seen dressed as Poison Ivy at the costume party that swarmed with at least 600 people.
- Always occurring on the second Monday in October, it is an annual Canadian holiday which celebrates the harvest and other blessings of the past year
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17 Year Old Cassidy Charette Killed & 22 Injured During Gauntlet Haunted Night Ride at Harvest Hill Farms in Mechanic Falls, ME
TRAGEDY DURING HALLOWEEN HAYRIDE …
A mechanical failure is being blamed for the fatal crash that killed a teenager and injured many others during a haunted hayride in Mechanic Falls, Maine. 17 year old Cassidy Charette was killed and 22 other were injured Saturday night during the Gauntlet Haunted Night Ride at Harvest Hill Farms in Mechanic Falls, west of Lewiston, Maine. The accident took place when a hay wagon being pulled by a Jeep lost control and careened down a hill, where it struck a tree and overturned.
The Saturday night crash claimed the life of 17-year-old Cassidy Charette of Oakland, Maine, according to the Maine Sate Fire Marshal’s office.
They say that two others were seriously injured. The operator, 54-year-old David Brown of South Paris is being treated at Central Maine Medical Center. A 16-year-old, Connor Garland of Belgrade, was transported to Boston Children’s Hospital for treatment.
Authorities say all 23 people on board were injured. The Fire Marshal says injuries include broken legs, arms, shoulders, and backs.
Many of those injured were treated and released Sunday, but some remain hospitalized.
A teenage girl was killed and 22 others were injured in a hayride crash in Mechanic Falls, Maine, on Saturday night.
At about 11 p.m., the Harvest Hill Farms/Pumpkin Land Facebook group posted:
“Emergency crews are on site and Life Flight was called in to transport those needing urgent care. The accident occurred at the Gauntlet Haunted Night ride, a separate venue from Pumpkin Land, our daytime Family Fall venue. However Pumpkin Land will be closed Sunday while authorities investigate the accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured.”
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.
Thanks Barack, as Americans are squeezed at the pump this 4th of July.
The current national average price of gas is 23 cents per gallon more expensive than it was on the Fourth of July last year, the highest since 2008. Can no one see the parallel and irony that on this 4th of July gas prices will be at a six year high due dependence on foreign oil and the turmoil and unrest in the Middle East and American Independence Day? When will the United States begin an energy policy in this country of “energy” independence, instead of a war on oil, coal and any other form of energy that the Obama administration does not deem “green”?
Gas prices are expected to be at the highest level in six years for the Fourth of July holiday. Yes, the gas prices are set to raise on national independence day.
Regular gasoline peaked at a national average of $3.98 a gallon in early May. The current national average price of gas is 23 cents per gallon more expensive than it was on the Fourth of July last year. The highest was seen in 2008. The highest record was $4.11 a gallon in 2008.
“We’re going to see the highest July 4th prices since 2008, and we probably wouldn’t have, if it weren’t for Iraq,” said Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst at GasBuddy.com. “I certainly would not rule out if something happens near Basra or south of Baghdad, we would see national prices make a pass at $4…but I just don’t see a fuel apocalypse in North America this year.”
“Although gas prices in the Southeast remained relatively stable from last week, it wouldn’t be surprising to see gas prices inch up slightly before the holiday weekend,” said Jessica Brady, AAA spokeswoman with The Auto Club Group. “Even though pump prices are higher than they were this time last year, they are not expected to deter holiday travelers.”
Gas prices used to depreciate in the upcoming weeks of the holiday in previous years, but that’s not the case this summer.
AAA Travel reports the statewide average price of gas is $3.71 for a gallon of regular unleaded. It was $3.48 last year on the Fourth.