ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

TL 4-1 ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

On April 1, 1970, President Richard Nixon signed legislation that officially banned cigarette ads on TV and radio.

That’s particularly interesting because Nixon himself smoked a pipe.  I have to wonder if the legislation was enforced as part of the lobbyist groups or intense pressure from public health advocates.

Have the number of cigarette smokers declined since the ads went away?  I could not find any evidence that it has.  Today we fight the e-cigarette battle, which is arguably a more serious problem.

It was brought to light that there’s a link between cigarette smoking and terminal cancer, heart disease and a shortened life span as early as 1939!  By the late 1950’s there were laws in place prohibiting the sale of cigarettes to minors.  In 1964, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) agreed that advertisers should warn the public of the health hazards of smoking.  The surgeon general of the U.S. released an official report that linked cigarette smoking to low birth weight in 1969.  Eventually, Congress yielded to pressure from the public health sector and signed the Cigarette Smoking Act, which required manufacturers of cigarettes to place warning labels on their products.  Those labels are all too familiar to us today – they say “Cigarette Smoking May be Hazardous to Your Health”.

I was born in 1961, so I remember the cigarette ads on television.  They made smoking look so cool – and if you smoked, it made you tough.  I remember the Marlboro man, the Camel, the liberated women who smoked Virginia Slims, and Lucky Strike.  Tobacco companies took up most of the air space on television in 1969.  I was a kid, and yeah, I paid attention!

Public health officials and consumers wanted stronger warning labels on tobacco products and the ads banned from TV and radio.  Of course, the cigarette manufacturers defended the industry and their right to advertise, but there was growing evidence that nicotine was addictive and cigarette smoking caused cancer.

In 1962, Kennedy became the first president to sponsor studies on smoking and public health.

As we know, the tobacco companies lost the regulatory battle over TV and radio.  The last televised cigarette ad ran at 11:50 p.m. during The Johnny Carson Show on January 1, 1971.

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Did you see that?  You have choices – you can have complete control.  Yeah, right! 

Several presidents enjoyed smoking.  In fact, Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Madison and Jackson owned tobacco plantations and used it in the form of snuff or smoked cigars.

Other Presidential cigarette smokers include Taft, Harding, Franklin Roosevelt, Hoover and Eisenhower.  Adams, Coolidge, Nixon and Ford smoked pipes.  I was surprised to learn that even Carter engaged in the time-honored after-dinner cigar-smoking ritual at many state functions.  Presidents Grant, Teddy Roosevelt and Clinton (Bill, not Hil) also smoked the cigar after dinner.

In the early 1970’s, I was listening to a song written and sung by Gary S. Paxton called “There Goes a Cigar Smoking a Man”.  Yeah, I’m really old – I’m tellin’ ya!

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Kennedy enjoyed cigars and had his press secretary buy as many Cuban cigars as possible before he strengthened a trade embargo against Cuba in 1961.

McKinley preferred to chew his tobacco, as did Taylor.  Spittoons were strategically placed throughout the White House during his tenure.  He claimed he could hit his mark from 12 feet!

Lest we leave the first ladies out, some of them used snuff, as smoking was considered most unladylike until well into the 20th century.  Dolley Madison, Rachel Jackson and Margaret Taylor all used snuff.  Eleanor Roosevelt, Mamie Eisenhower, Jackie Kennedy, Betty Ford, Nancy Reagan and Laura Bush all smoked cigarettes at one time, but had quit by the time their husbands became president.

In 1978, after Willie Nelson performed for President Carter, it’s said he snuck up to the roof and smoked what he called a big fat Austin torpedo – which is marijuana.

I know it’s April Fool’s Day, but this ain’t no joke!

“Willie Weed,” from the newly formed company Willie’s Reserve, will hit dispensary shelves in Colorado and Washington, where legalization of recreational marijuana has created a booming industry, the Associated Press reports. Nelson said he would partner with growers in both states.

So…  did it help to take the ads off TV and radio?  Well, do we need to put more anti-marijuana PSA’s on TV and radio instead???   That surely wouldn’t do any good in Colorado or Washington now, would it?

You know, if a person is stoned out of their mind and gets behind the wheel to drive, what are the chances that they will get where they’re going without severely injuring or killing another driver???  It will be interesting to see if the statistics increase.  God help the folks in Colorado and Washington.  Party on.  I guess maybe Willie will make enough money to pay his taxes – or maybe he’ll be too danged stoned to realize he missed the tax deadline.  It literally makes me sick to hear that man sing a gospel song.  Imagine how God must feel.  Shame on Willie Nelson – selling pot to line his pockets.  This surely won’t end well.  Jus’ sayin’…  😦

 

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MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY

TL MARTIN LUTHER KING JR DAYPUTTING HOLES IN THE DARKNESSRegardless of the divisiveness in our country, we are to shine with the kindness, joy, hope, love and caring nature of our Lord, Savior and Master, Christ Jesus.  MLK QUOTE (3)

Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin, and desire nothing but God, and I care not a straw whether they be clergymen or laymen; such alone will shake the gates of hell and set up the kingdom of heaven on Earth.  – John Wesley

At the risk of repeating myself…  GOD LOVES YOU!  It doesn’t end there…  He wants us to love one another as well.  That’s where, sadly, it gets tricky – and I’m not even sure why.  If we profess to have the Holy Spirit of God living inside us, it should be a piece of cake to love our brother, right?  :-/

We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

We can show love to others – but it takes a lot of prayer beforehand.  Let’s get on our knees and pray today for the necessary tools so that we can show mutual respect for one another!  Once we’ve asked God to help us, let’s rise and be bigger!  I want to rise about petty behavior, don’t you?

LET'S RISE AND BE BIGGER

FORGIVENESSLove, forgiveness, showing interest in others in a genuine manner – that’s the blessing I want from God today!  I will ask Him to give me the gift of real compassion for all people.

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.  – Mahatma Gandhi

I want to exercise honest sympathy and true empathy in life.  Think of the sacrifice Christ made for all of us – then think of the way He wants us to live.  Let’s be the best representatives for Christ we can possibly be in 2016.LOVEThere is such darkness in our country – and in our world.  Let’s humbly ask God through Jesus for LIGHT and LOVE which pokes holes in the darkness.

Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.  –  Paul Boese

There is hope for America!  If we each commit to a life of forgiveness and peace, wrapped up in God’s love and grace, He will guide us to a brighter place and help us to share this country in unity.  It’s my prayer that the words of Dr. King will resonate throughout the United States, especially at this crucial time in history.  May God Bless America!  🙂

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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7-23 LET'S EXAMINE HISTORY

The night is almost gone, and the day is near.  Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.  – Romans 13:2

On this day in 1967, one of the worst riots in U.S. history broke out on 12th Street in the heart of Detroit’s predominantly African-American inner city.  It began in the early morning hours and lasted four days.

It was only stopped after 7,000 National Guard and U.S. Army troops were involved.  The death toll came to 43 and 342 were injured.  Nearly 1,400 buildings were burned.  The 12th Street Riot was the worst U.S. riot in 100 years, occurring during a period of numerous riots in America.

The National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, appointed by President Johnson, identified more than 150 riots or major disorders between 1965 and 1968.  In 1967 alone, 83 people died and 1,800 were injured.  Property valued at more than $100 million was damaged, looted, or destroyed.

America, we must study our history, not so we can repeat it, but so we can find a better way of solving problems.  Rioting, senseless death, injuries, destruction is not the way to solve problems.  Let’s look at the late 1960’s and see how that ended.  Do we really want the 2000’s to be a carbon copy?  Have we not learned anything from our sad history?

God’s way is to pray and obey.  If we look at God’s Word, we see that we are to lean fully on Him for guidance and be obedient to His Word.  Nowhere in the Bible does it condone violence or rioting, destruction and hate.

When will we learn that drawing racial lines and causing division are methods that get us nowhere?  It accomplishes exactly nothing and leaves people dead in the streets!  What about that is right?  God cries at these times.

I cry too when I see the division is evident once again.  As a child of the 1960’s, it’s apparent to me that history is beginning to repeat itself, and it makes my heart sink.  Let’s come together and pray for America because frankly, with God’s help, we can be better than that!  Now that we’ve examined what happened in the 1960’s.  Let’s not allow history to repeat itself.  🙂