Happy Birthday … Smokey Bear Turns 70 Years Old, “Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires.”

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!

 

Happy birthday, Smokey Bear! Forest firefighting symbol turns 70.

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

CBS NEWS:

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.

Missing California Firefighter Michael Herdman Found Dead One Mile Away From Where He was Last Seen Alive (Update: Coroner Rules Death Accidental)

36 year old Michael Herdman has been found dead about 3/4 of a  mile away and 1200 feet up from where he was last seen alive in in Los Padres National Forest. Herdman’s body was found. Herdman’s body was discovered at 10 a.m. Friday by a pilot flying overhead and they called in searchers to that area. The body lay over terrain and was partially covered by brush. Through dental records a positive ID was made but it is not yet been determined what caused the firefighters death.  Herdman was last seen Friday, June 13 on a cliff above the Sespe River in rugged terrain of the Los Padres National Forest.

Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said there was was no sign of foul play. Michael Herdman is survived by his wife and daughter.

Michael Herdman

A California firefighter who went missing two weeks ago during a camping trip after he ran after his dog has been found dead among rugged terrain in Los Padres National Forest, authorities said Friday.

Michael Herdman, 36, ran after his black lab, Duke, the night of June 13 while he was barefoot and wearing just a T-shirt and shorts.

The wayward pooch was found Saturday in a parking lot where his owner had parked his car — about 12 miles from where Herdman and buddy Taylor Byars, 27, had set up camp along a river bottom in woods outside the city of Fillmore.

The partially covered body was spotted by a helicopter and eventually recovered. Authorities are unsure if he fell or how exactly Herdman died.

Press Conference for deceased Michael Herdman

UPDATE I: Coroner says Missing Arcadia firefighter Mike Herdman died instantly in a cliff-side fall.

Arcadia Firefighter Mike Herdman died instantly after falling from a cliff in the Sespe Wilderness of the Los Padres National Forest, according to the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office.

“The injuries were significant enough that when the fall occurred it caused immediate death,” said Armando Chavez, chief deputy medical examiner. “He’d fallen off the edge of a mountain or a cliff.”

36 Year Old Off-Duty Arcadia Firefighter Michael Herdman Missing Since 6/13/14 While Hiking in Mountains North of Filmore in Ventura County, CA (Update: Dog Matching the Mkie’s Dog Duke Description was Spotted Wednesday)(Update: Mike Herdman’s Dog Duke Found Safe)

36 year old off-duty  Arcadia firefighter Michael Herdman went missing Friday night, June 13, 2014 while hiking in the rugged mountains of Ventura county in the Sespe Wilderness area north of Filmore, California. According to Capt. Mike Franke of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, Herdman took off after the dog on Friday while he was hiking with a friend to Tar Creek Trail Head, which is off a dirt road in the Topatopa Mountains. Herdman was barefoot and wearing only shorts and a T-shirt when he was last seen by his friend, Taylor Byars. Herdman also had no food and no water with him.

 Michael Herdman

Missing Michael Herdman - click on pic to watch KCAL 9 VIDEO

UPDATE I: The Search continues for missing Michael Herdman:

Michael Herdman, 36, and fellow firefighter/paramedic Taylor Byars hiked to Tar Creek Trail and set up camp along the Sespe Creek on Friday evening when Herdman’s dog ran away.

Herdman, who was barefoot and wearing shorts and a T-shirt, along with Byars, ran after the dog.

A short time later, the two men became separated, authorities said.

Byars searched for Herdman for nearly two days before he made his way out of the wilderness and reported his friend missing Sunday evening.

Deputies said it took a long time for Byars to report what happened because the camp was so far out.

Investigators said there are no signs of foul play.

Byars made his way back to the campsite, but Herdman, a seven-year firefighter veteran, and his dog, Duke, never returned.

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Map – screen grab from KCAL video above

UPDATE II: Missing California Firefighter’s Backpack, Footprints Found.

Rescuers scouring a rugged corner of California hoping to find missing firefighter have found the man’s backpack and footprints leading away from his camp.

Mike Herdman, 34, an avid outdoorsman, was on a weekend camping trip in the Los Padres National Forest with his buddy, fellow firefighter Taylor Byars. Byars told authorities he last saw his friend on Friday chasing after his dog Duke, which had run into a creek.

“We found his backpack. We found footprints in the directions that he was last seen going. So we are starting from there and working our way out methodically, rock by rock and bush by bush,” Buschow said.

UPDATE III: Dog Matching Pet’s Description Seen.

As efforts continued to locate a firefighter who went missing after chasing after his dog during a backpacking trip in the Los Padres National Forest, a canine matching the pet’s description was spotted Wednesday.

The sighting of the dog by search teams offered hope that Michael Herdman, a seven-year veteran of the Arcardia Fire Department, was alive in the mountain about Fillmore.

“We are all expecting to see Mike come over the hill behind us and be surprised to see us all here,” said family friend Mike MacGregor.

UPDATE IV: Helicopter in Search for Missing Firefighter Grounded by Private Drone Interference.

Civilian searchers with good intentions were arriving to aid the professional effort to find Mike Herdman, 36, but were ill prepared for the wilderness,  Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Eric Buschow said.

Additionally, a helicopter that had been used in the search was grounded because a private party had launched a drone into the search area, Buschow said.

“It is absolutely illegal to fly anything back here other than our operation that’s going on now,” he said.

It was not clear how long the helicopter was grounded for.

UPDATE V: Searchers Find Dog of Missing California Firefighter.

Search crews have located the dog of missing California firefighter Mike Herdman more than a week after he went missing in a national forest north of Los Angeles.

Officials said the dog, named Duke, was “exhausted” but in good shape. Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said there was no sign of Herdman and that the search would scale down starting tonight.

Duke_Facebook_Arcadia Fire Department

Duke – Facebook

Update 2:24 p.m.: Search crews find missing firefighter’s dog.

Search crews looking for a missing Arcadia Fire Department say they’ve found the dog he went after when he left his camp ground, shoeless and without his gear. They still haven’t located Herdman himself, however.

The Arcadia Fire Department’s union posted a photo of the dog, named Duke, on their Facebook page Sunday afternoon.

Daily Commentary – Wednesday, March 26, 2014 – I’d Like To Promote a Great Website

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Howard County Police Confirm Shooting at the Columbia Mall in Columbia, MD (Update: 3 People Dead, 5 Hurt) (Update: Victims, Brianna Benlolo & Tyler Johnson) (Update: Police ID Shooter as 19 Year Old Darion Marcus Aguilar)

BREAKING: Shooting has been reported at the Columbia Mall in Columbia, Maryland

The Howard County Fire Department is reporting an active shooter situation at the Mall in Columbia. Both the Howard County police and fire departments are on the scene. The fire department is advising people to avoid the area.

The Howard County Police confirmed that they were responding to a shooting at the mall, but they could not confirm whether anyone had been injured or shots had been fired.

The Mall at Columbia is a “gun free” zone … in other words, an easy target for those who could care less about the laws and look to kill people.


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There has been a shooting incident at the Columbia mall. No additional details yet. Public Information Officer enroute. Will update ASAP.

UPDATE I: Howard County police tweeted:

“There has been a shooting incident at the Columbia mall. No additional details yet. PIO en route. Will update ASAP.” PIO is public information officer.

Howard Count Department of Fire and Rescue spokeswoman Denise Weist told WTOP radio the department received the call at about 11:15 a.m. Saturday. Police and fire officials are on the scene. There are no immediate reports of injuries.

UPDATE II: Howard County Fire & Rescue – Twitter.

Emergency at Columbia Mall reported active shooter, the mall is in lock down and people are asked to avoid the area.

Mall Shooting_Columbia MD

UPDATE III: CNN is reporting that Hoard County Police are confirming that 3 people are dead. … Baltimore Sun also reporting 3 people are dead, one considered shooter.

Authorities Saturday were investigating reports of an active shooter at a shopping mall in Columbia, Maryland.

There was no word on injuries but local scanner reports had authorities requesting multiple mass casualty units.

UPDATE IV: One individual reported deceased near gun and ammo (VIDEO, could be the shooter.

UPDATE V: Mall supposedly Secure, police clearing Mall, there will be a press conference at sear Sears at 1:15 pm ET.

UPDATE VI: Victims of Maryland mall shooting identified.

The suspect, armed with a shotgun, was among the victims at The Mall in Columbia, Howard County Police Chief Bill McMahon said. Police said a fourth victim was being treated for a gunshot wound to the foot. Four other people either suffered from medical conditions or suffered minor injuries such as twisted ankles, he said.

Brianna Benlolo, 21, of College Park, Md., and Tyler Johnson, 25, of Ellicott City, Md., were killed, police said. The identity of the gunman had not been released.

McMahon said the bodies were found in Zumiez, an apparel store catering to skaters, surfers and snowboarders, on the mall’s upper level. Benlolo and Johnson were employees of the store, he said. The shooter’s body was found still laden with ammunition, so McMahon said caution was being used and an identity had not been made.

UPDATE VII: Howard County police 4 p.m. news conference on mall shooting.

UPDATE VIII: Police ID mall shooter as 19 year old Darion Marcus Aguilar.

Darion Marcus Aguilar, a 19-year-old College Park resident, has been identified by police as the assailant in Saturday’s shooting at the Mall in Columbia, which left three people dead, including the shooter.

Although one of the victims, Brianna Benlolo, 21, also lived in College Park, police have not established a connection between Aguilar and the victims, Howard County Police Chief William J. McMahon said at a Sunday morning news conference.

Daily Commentary – Wednesday, October 23, 2013 – Firefighter Who Ran Over and Killed Asiana Airlines Passenger Cleared

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Daily Commentary – Friday, August 16, 2013 – Widow of Arizona Firefighter Denied Lifetime Benefits

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VP Joe Biden Says, Pass the Obama Jobs Bill or There’ll Be More Rapes and Murders

So this is what it has come to from the Obama Administration … how pathetically sick!

Vice President Joe Biden said in Flint, MI that unless you pass Barack Obama’s jobs bill there will be more rapes and murders. The folks who promised you hope and change are now presenting the American people with nothing more than fear and envy. It really does not get any lower than this type of message. Obama/Biden are unelectable and they will say and do anything to remain in power. They certainly cannot run on their record.

“In 2008, when Flint had 265 sworn officers on their police force, there were 35 murders and 91 rapes in this city,” Biden said. “In 2010, when Flint had only 144 police officers, the murder rate climbed to 65 and rapes–just to pick two categories–climbed to 229. In 2011, you now only have 125 shields. God only knows what the numbers will be this year for Flint if we don’t rectify it.”

HUH? As questioned at PJ Media, “I wonder, is there a demonstrable correlation between economic plight and violent crime?”  Me thinks the Democrats need to get their talking points straight. Wasn’t it Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (NV-D) who previously stated  that men become abusive toward women when they are out of work? One would further suspect that unemployment and terrible economic times would cause more crime as well. Its not that police and firemen don’t have jobs, its the fact that the people don’t have jobs that is causing the crime. Especially when we have a President that participates in class warfare.

Harry Reid then went on to say the following:

“Women don’t have jobs either, but women aren’t abusive, most of the time,” he said.

“Men, when they’re out of work, tend to become abusive,” the majority leader added. “Our domestic crisis shelters in Nevada are jammed.”

One might say that because the Obama administration has preached class warfare and the rich are to blame for the ells of society that they have had a hand in the crime and violence. How about them apples Joe?

September 11, 2001 … Ten Years Later … We Remember the Terror Attacks on America & Our Heroes … WE WILL NEVER FORGET

WE WILL NEVER FORGET … those who forget history, are destined to repeat it.


It has been 10 years since that fateful September morning in 2001 when everything changed. A crystal blue September morning became a second day in American history that would live in infamy. As planes hit the towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, not once (VIDEO), but twice (VIDEO). A  third plane hit the Pentagon in Washington, DC and a fourth plane crashed into a field in Shanksville, PA … we all knew that it would never be the same.

God Bless the men, women, victims and heroes who were lost on 9/11. God Bless the families that had their lives altered forever on that terrible day. Ten years later we celebrate those who died far too soon. All too many children grew up without dads and moms.  So many brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles and grand parents lost.

On 9/11/2001 America changed forever, but make no mistake about it, WE WILL NEVER FORGET. The heroes that were lost that day as fireman, police and rescue workers charged into the Twin Towers trying to save victims not realizing that the building would collapse. God Bless you.

We ask all to honor those lost, hold them in your hearts, but do not ever forget that September morning, 10 years ago today.

Tribute to those lost and the heroes of 9/11

Out of the ashes, death and destruction came a resolve from America and President George W. Bush … GWB at Ground Zero, “the people who knocked these buildings down will here all of us soon”.

Have You Forgotten? The silver lining to that terrible day 10 years ago was the inspiration and resolve of  America. Terrorists thought that bringing down building would break America. All that it accomplished was to awake a sleeping giant and have citizen after citizen sign up to join the military in the Army, Air Force, Marines and Navy. “We the People” became fireman, policeman, paramedics, doctors, nurses and other first responders in honor of those lost.

GOD BLESS OUR FALLEN HEROES OF 9/11 AND THOSE THAT PROTECT OUR FREEDOMS AGAINST TERRORISM … AND GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

Disgraceful … NY City Mayor Bloomberg Defends Banning Clergy & Rescue Workers From 9-11 Anniversary Ceremony

MAYOR BLOOMBERG IS A DISGRACE, THANK GOD MAYOR GIULIANI WAS MAYOR ON THAT TERRIBLE SEPTEMBER MORNING, 10 YEARS AGO.


NY City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is a disgrace and should be ashamed of himself. The NYC mayor defends the banning of clergy and rescue workers from the September 11, ten year anniversary. How can you not allow firefighters, police, paramedics and other first responder to an event like the anniversary of 9/11 when so many of them performed heroic acts and laid down their lives in the process? Bloomberg said it was a matter of there was not enough room. What, the NYC mayor had no problem finding space for politicians who had nothing to do with the terrible September morning. For that matter Mayor Bloomberg, why don’t you give up your place for a fire fighter, it’s not like you had anything to do with that day.

Bloomberg states the reason why clergy not allowed was because of “separation of church and state”. HUH?  What does the anniversary of September 11 have to do with “separation of church and state’? That applies, actually it really doesn’t as its a bunch of fabricated BS, to the government, not a memorial. Why do politicians continue to fail “We the People” with their stupidity.

 

Mayor Bloomberg says that there is a place for prayer. Um, wouldn’t that be at an anniversary of the death of so many Americans and individuals from other countries d that died when the World Trade Center buildings came crashing down at the hands of fanatical Islamic terrorist?  Bloomberg says its a day for the families. Didn’t family members of firefighters, police and other first responder die as well?

As the Gateway Pundit states, isn’t this the same mayor that bent over backwards for the 9-11 mosque? What happened to “separation of church” in that situation Mayor?

Obviously Mayor Bloomberg has forgotten … Don’t you America … Do not ever forget to have room for the heroes of September 11, 2001.

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