Who Is This Ad Council? Living in a Tethered World. Ray Nagin Indicted!


-Who is this "ad council"?

I've heard lots of "commercials" that would give us all lectures and after an announcer would declare that this message was brought to us by the Ad council.

The "public service messages" are a bit arcane. Some narrator or another announces that you should talk to your kids about a)sex, b)AIDS c)drugs d)texting…..

…..and on and on.

OF COURSE WE SHOULD TALK TO OUR KIDS! Who the hell are these people lecturing us on what our common sense tells us plain and clear?

Well, the Ad Council is a quasi-government agency that is a sort of public relations outlet for various gubmint bureaucracies.

It has its use, for sure. Smokey the Bear was an Ad Council product. The crying Indian, kind of stupid but still seen as clever...also by the Ad Council.
From the AdCouncil web site:

Effecting Positive Social Change

The Ad Council is a private, non-profit organization that marshals volunteer talent from the advertising and communications industries, the facilities of the media, and the resources of the business and non-profit communities to deliver critical messages to the American public. The Ad Council produces, distributes and promotes public service campaigns on behalf of non-profit organizations and government agencies in issue areas such as improving the quality of life for children, preventive health, education, community well being and strengthening families.

The Ad Council has endeavored to improve the lives of all Americans since first creating the category of public service advertising in 1942. Ad Council icons and slogans are woven into the very fabric of American culture. From our earliest efforts including "Loose Lips Sink Ships" and Smokey Bear's "Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires," to the iconic “Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk” and of course, "A Mind is a Terrible Thing To Waste" - Ad Council PSAs have been raising awareness, inspiring action and saving lives for more than 70 years.


Our mission is to identify a select number of significant public issues and stimulate action on those issues through communications programs that make a measurable difference in our society.

To that end, the Ad Council marshals volunteer talent from the advertising and communications industries, the facilities of the media, and the resources of the business and non-profit communities to create awareness, foster understanding and motivate action.

But like anything else once started as a good idea, the lying liberals get a hold of it and next thing you know we got lectures on what time our kids should go to bed, how to talk to them, how to prevent disease, what to do first thing every morning, what to do and how to live all the day long then what to do at days end.

How on earth did we get along with the gubmint to tell us how to live?

What you bet every politico what's ever had a brother-in-law has a favored relative working for the Ad Council?

I'm just sayin'.


Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin Indicted for Bribery. Who Could Have Guessed?

Gotta love New Orleans and gotta love the Democrats.

Hurricane Katrina caused so much damage to New Orleans NOT because of the hurricane force winds and rains. No. Hurricane Katrina roared in to a city that is, first of all, under sea level, and second, the levees didn't hold back the sea.

Even though, write this down, millions was given to Louisiana to fix the levees.

Enter Ray Nagin.

He was the Mayor of New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hit. He and La Governor Kathleen Blanco did a lousy job of evacuating its citizens. Nagin is famous for allowing the city's school buses to sit unused to eventually be destroyed by flood waters. This while NO citizens sat in the Superdome, unable to leave the danger for lack of transportation.

Somehow they managed to blame it all on Dubya Bush when all Bush did was act like a President should during an national emergency. He stayed out of the way of the emergency workers and he didn't put on a side show like Christie and Obama.

Now we hear that Nagin's under indictment, charged with taking over $160,000 in bribe money.

Well George Dubya never defended himself. I suppose he thought he was noble or some silliness.

He did us no favors.

Way I figger, Dubya was the one bribing Ray Nagin.

That's the ticket! Nagin didn't wanna do it but Dubya made him!


Living in a Tethered World

It's no use pretending.

We live in a "tethered" world and if you want sense and order in your lives, get used to it, carefully consider your situation, plan the easiest method of conquering the issues, and get on with it.

I have a Kindle, two portable computers, a cell phone, a former cell phone now turned portable movie camera, an MP3 player a GPS and a blue-tooth cell hookup device that all require charging and/or computer upgrades to properly function.


First thing, consider those chargeable items that you use most often. THESE are the items that you want to have plugged in charge cords at the ready at most of the places in your surround where you most use the device.

I use my Kindle often while sitting in my reclining chair or sitting at my kitchen "command center". I have set up two charge cords at those areas and when I move near them I just plug them in whether the battery needs it or not. One of those places is where the Kindle will sit all night, charger on.

I have taken all my charge cords for cell phones, blue tooth devices, yada, yada, and clipped them together with push clothespins. Oh yeah, you must label these many cords, go on, take a couple of minutes, do it once and for all. The easiest way to label such cords is by using one of those clip-on type closures used for bread and bun wrappers off the supermarket shelves. They're usually square with a notch cut out of one side that allows it to slip over the cord with little effort. They also can be written on with a Flair pen or magic marker.

My cell phone, which I don't use in the course of a day as much as I do the Kindle, does need regular re-charge on a daily basis. Since I use my bedroom twice a day, I have a charger cord set up and ready to accept my cell phone.

As for all the other items, depending on usage they need charger less frequently than my other items. BUT these items do need charging and the easiest way to remember to charge everything that they are on power so low they are un-usable when most needed, is to have a once a week time, the same every week, written in your "to-do" list if it exists.

GPS units, while maybe not used so often, DO need to be charged once in a while. Seems they need power to wake up and check the time out of the clouds or some such.

Don't forget the car, but of course. Many gadgets are used in cars and, God bless America, there are plenty of device adapters that allow our gadgets to work off of our car lighter receptacles. Make sure that devices left in the car all the time too get charged once a week.

Best to use a routine day that has one traveling somewhere that auto gadgets may be retrieved for charging then replaced after the charge. I bring everything in the night of my choir practice and set them up to charge. Next day they all go back to their proper place, including the auto if that be the case.

Hey, it's a routine that with a little forethought can be adapted to personal circumstances. And it's way better than the hassle of not having a charge when one is needed, or having to constantly sit and ponder when was the last charge and can my precious device make to the next one?

I'm jus' sayin'.



I'm a bit of a sucker for brand new and innovate "inventions". Some of them are cool; too many don't do as promised.

You gotta love the latest thing with those "as seen on TV" gadgets.

They tell you "only $14.99 and today we have a special offer".

We will send you TWO neater-than-neat gadgets for the price of only one. Just pay additional shipping and handling."

Understand here that this "shipping and handling" is almost the cost of an additional item had they been ordered separate.

So TWO of the gadgets offered, on special sale today, would cost $14.99 plus $8.99 shipping and handling. This brings the price of two neat gadgets to $23.98 which is about the total cost had the thing been offered at a modest, more accurate price, with modest shipping and handling.

It's a scam of sorts, in other words.

Further, guess what? You CAN'T just buy one and avoid the "two for one" scam. CAN'T DO IT!

The order will default to 2 if you manually plug in one.

Why can't they be honest?

Ending with smile

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