Las Vegas Hatch Chile Tortilla Soup

This recipe is inspired by trips to Las Vegas, but not the ‘Sin City’ of Nevada.

What happened–and what we ate– in Las Vegas, New Mexico is too good just to stay there. On the last couple of road trips through the ‘Land of Enchantment’ we stopped off at the Hillcrest Restaurant (1106 Grand Ave, Las Vegas, New Mexico, 87701) to enjoy breakfast and/or lunch in their Flamingo Room in the rear. It’s like a refreshing step back in time with a touch of elegance but at reasonable prices.

We especially love their tasty griddle breakfasts made with green chilis grown in the fertile Hatch Valley south of the area, but some locals tell us they come back for the pancakes. Because the weather is changing to cooler seasons, here is a good tortilla soup made with hatch chiles.

 

Tortilla soup is traditionally zesty throughout Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, but the use of fresh Hatch Chiles takes the flavor and spice to a new level!

Hatch Chile Tortilla Soup

Cook time:30min 

Prep time:15min 

Total time:45min

Servings:8-10

Ingredients

Hatch Chile Tortilla Soup

Tortilla soup is traditionally zesty, but the addition of fresh Hatch Chiles takes the flavor and spice to a new level!

With soup season just around the corner, you’ll want to add this delicious dish to your recipe repertoire.

Hatch Chile Tortilla Soup

Hatch Chile Tortilla Soup

Cook time:30 min

Prep time:15min

Total time:45min 


Servings:8-10

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 sweet onion, diced small
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 2 carrots, ends trimmed, chopped
  • 2 ribs celery, ends trimmed, chopped
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast, chopped
  • 1 cup red chile sauce
  • 1 28 oz. can stewed tomatoes
  • 2 green Hatch Chiles, roasted, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, stemmed, seeded and diced
  • 8 cups chicken stock or broth
  • 1 3 oz. package dry roasted sweet corn
  • 2 tsp. dried Mexican oregano
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 lime
  • Shredded cheese, for garnish
  • Ripe avocado, for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil and caramelize the onion.
  2. Add the garlic, carrots and celery and cook for 3 minutes.
  3. Add the chicken and stir in the chile sauce.
  4. Add the tomatoes followed by the Hatch Chiles, bell pepper, chicken stock, corn, oregano, cumin, chili powder. Gently stir and bring to a boil, then simmer for 30 minutes.
  5. Stir in the juice from the lime.
  6. To serve, ladle the soup into separate bowls and garnish with fresh fried tortilla strips (optional), cheese and avocado.
Hatch Tortilla Soup

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Within two years of being in the White House part time, Joe Biden has imported a new illegal population larger than 13 states and Washington D.C. combined.

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US Marshal Service to Drastically Reduce Illegal Aliens Holding Times for ICE

The Biden Administration, under the indirect direction of Barack Obama operatives, continue to undermine the security of American citizens with their latest law enforcement antic.

Not to be confused with county sheriffs throughout America, we have learned that the U.S. Marshal (USMS) Service is reportedly drafting a new policy significantly limiting the service’s ability to hold illegal aliens awaiting pickup by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Under this plan, U.S. Marshals would not be allowed to hold aliens for ICE on the authority of an immigration warrant or detainer under the new policy.

Under President Donald Trump:

🔹In 2018, ICE issued 177,147 illegal alien detainers.

🔹In 2019, 165,487 detainers were issued.

🔹In 2020, 122,233 detainers were issued.

Under the Biden Regime:

🔹ICE has refused to publish the number of detainers issued in 2021.

Under this new plan being developed, once the alien is processed, they must be released by the Marshal Service, even if ICE has asked for the alien to be detained.

The Washington Times reports that while the policy is still in the “draft” phase, at least one jurisdiction in Florida has already implemented it as a pilot program. A memo sent to Marshals in Fort Lauderdale this summer read:

Per our management staff, effective immediately, we will NOT house a prisoner based solely on an administrative immigration detainer.

We will relay the reason that the inmate is being released from USMS custody and that the USMS cannot hold the subject beyond the standard out-processing time, nor may we transport the subject for DHS.

The memo did mention the USMS’s ability to provide ICE with “a reasonable amount” of notice that they will be forced to release a criminal illegal alien. Still, considering the immigration enforcement hurdles put in place by the Biden Administration, it is unclear how quickly ICE will be able to act when notified.

ICE officers have expressed concern over the policy’s impact on immigration enforcement; however, some officers said a bigger worry is that such policies would be expanded to other federal law enforcement agencies, such as the Federal Bureau of Prisons, which detains and turns over to ICE even more aliens than the USMS.

The Washington Times states that the U.S. Marshals Service HQ confirmed that it is drafting a new policy.

“The proposed updates incorporate language clarifying the agency’s long-standing practice of not holding prisoners beyond a judicial order. The USMS is not authorized to hold prisoners beyond a judicial order requiring their release or the expiration of a sentence imposed,” the service said.

The service didn’t disclose what prompted the draft policy but said it considered the update a confirmation of current practices.

“No changes have been made to the policy limiting cooperation with ICE or any law enforcement entity,” the service said.

In addition to Fort Lauderdale, the U.S. Marshals have followed a similar sanctuary-style policy in the nation’s capital for nearly two years. This change followed a Federal Judge’s ruling that the USMS does not hold independent powers to enforce immigration laws but must carry out federal courts’ orders.

Because ICE is not part of the court system, and detainers are not issued under any court’s oversight – the judge ruled that Marshals “cannot justify holding an immigrant based on a detainer.” The court’s ruling was limited to the city limits of the District of Columbia.

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Are Mega Windmills Really Awesome as Big Environment Proclaims?

A two-megawatt windmill is made up of 260 tons of steel that required 300 tons of iron ore and 170 tons of coking coal, all mined, transported and produced by hydrocarbons.

It holds 700 gallons of oil and hydraulic fluid, and just as a car, these need to be replaced every 9 months.

People might fall for the idea that we can merrily run on sunshine and breezes alone, but with a few trillion dollars worth of mythical mega-batteries providing backup for a few minutes, it could spin until it falls apart over and over again and never generate as much energy as was invested in building it.

In fact installing the foundation of a single offshore turbine can consume 18,857 barrels of marine fuel during construction, according to calculations published by Forbes.

Offshore wind farms often have over 100 wind turbines, meaning that building them requires almost 2 million barrels of fuel just to power the ships involved in construction.

“You can’t even construct or operate offshore wind turbines without oil,” Chris Warren, a spokesman for the free-market Institute for Energy Research, explains. “For decades, we have been told that wind, solar, and other so-called ‘green’ sources are the future, and yet these sources remain expensive, intermittent, and unreliable despite government mandates and subsidies. Offshore wind in particular remains one of the most expensive sources of electricity that exists.”

Consider the life cycle of a wind turbine:

🔹giant diesel powered mining trucks and machines dig deep into the earth for iron ore

🔹fossil-fueled ships take the ore to a facility that will use fossil fuels to crush it and permeate it with petro-chemicals to extract the metal from the ore

🔹This metal will be taken in a diesel truck or locomotive to a smelter which runs exclusively on fossil fuels 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year for the 12 to 20 years they may last

🔹There are over 8,000 parts to a wind turbine which are delivered over global supply chains via petroleum-fueled ships, rail, air, and trucks to the assembly factory.

🔹There are 435 million miles of asphalted roads in the world. Wind turbines and solar panels and their raw materials depend on these roads, and the energy to build and maintain them. Roads are how the diesel cement trucks arrive at the wind turbine site to pour many tons of concrete while other diesel trucks carry segments of the wind turbine to the site and workers arrive in gas or diesel vehicles to assemble it.

Turbine being loaded in China for ship transportation.

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Here are more considerations not usually revealed in corporate media, Big Energy, Big Environment and the Biden White House:

🔹Windmills require petroleum every single step of their life cycle. If they can’t replicate themselves using wind turbine generated electricity, they are not sustainable

🔹Not enough dispatchable power, such as natural gas or hydropower, to balance wind intermittency and unreliability.

🔹Wind blows seasonally, so for much of the year there isn’t adequate wind.

🔹The role of an electrical grid is to keep the supply of power steady and predictable. Wind does the opposite, at some point of penetration, it may become impossible to keep the grid from crashing.

🔹Windmills can’t be built without huge subsidies and tax breaks.

🔹The best wind is too high to capture.

🔹Wide-scale US wind power could cause significant global warming. A Harvard study raises questions about just how much wind should be part of a climate solution.

🔹Wind is only strong enough to justify windmills in a few limited regions.

🔹Wind blows the strongest when customer demand is generally the weakest.

🔹Wind Power surges harm industrial customers.

🔹Windmills take up too much space

🔹Wind turbines break down too often.

🔹Large-scale wind energy slows down winds and reduces turbine efficiencies.

🔹Offshore windmills battered by waves, wind, ice, corrosion, are a true hazard to ships and ecosystems.

🔹Offshore wind farms are susceptible to hurricane destruction.

🔹The costs of lightning damage are extremely high.

🔹Turbines increase the cost of farming.

🔹Wind turbines are already going out of business and fewer are being built in Europe

🔹Germany has been spending more for much longer than other nations, and Energiewiende is a huge failure

🔹The quality of wind resources is location specific, with the best locations often found far from the load center where the transmission grid already exists.

🔹Dead bugs, birds and salt reduce wind power generation by 20 to 30%.

🔹Wind turbines are so much more expensive to decommission than construct, they are so often not even recycled. Here is one of hundreds of graveyards:

🔹Decommissioning wind turbines costs as much as $500,000 per wind turbine

🔹Transmission lines need to be much longer than for traditional plants, and are likely to spark firestorms causing billions in damage.

🔹Wind turbines threaten biodiversity in hundreds of protected, key biodiverse and wilderness areas

🔹Operations and Maintenance (O&M) costs are extremely high.

🔹Increasingly high insurance costs from hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes, defective equipment, untrained personnel and more.

🔹Blades need to be de-iced with helicopters in the winter.

🔹When oil prices rise, the cost of building and maintaining wind turbines rises.

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Majority of Americans Say Our Military Should Focus on Protecting U.S.

If New World Order (NWO) and World Economic Forum (WEF) disciples George Soros, David Rubenstein, Barack Obama and Joe Biden even cared, they would be wise to note that:

🔹60 percent of American voters now favor a proposal for the U.S. military to focus exclusively on the mission of protecting the U.S.

🔹The majority of voters want the U.S. military to continue with leading global alliances, but should no longer be used for nation-building and other purposes.

🔹25% strongly favor the proposal.

The Scott Rasmussen national survey in July 2022 also revealed that only 7% significantly oppose the proposal, 22% marginally oppose, and 18% are not sure.

The survey also discovered that:

🔹41% of Americans believe it is possible to slow the growth of military spending without putting national security at risk.

🔹Only 33% believe it is not possible, and 26% are not sure.

The survey of 1,200 registered voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen on July 6-8, 2022. The margin of sampling error for the full sample was +/- 2.8 percentage points.

Most Americans now believe military should further enhance border security and protect citizens against the cartels, illegal aliens and foreign terrorists invading the U.S.

The survey did not ask about the CIA, DOD or other areas besides the “military” being involved.

There were no questions regarding U.S. involvement in other foreign elections.

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Quotes From the American Old West

“I think it was the distinguishing trait of Wyatt Earp, the leader of the Earp brothers, that more than any man I have ever known, he was devoid of physical fear. He feared the opinion of no one but himself and his self-respect was his creed.”— W. B. “Bat” Masterson

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“I wish I could find words to express the trueness, the bravery, the hardihood, the sense of honor, the loyalty to their trust and to each other of the old trail hands.”— Charles Goodnight


“My father had seen in a flash that they were all gunmen, so he told me to stand still, although we were right in a possible line of fire. If near a gun-fight and the weapons are wielded by amateurs, run for your life; if professionals are handling the trigger, stand still — they know where they are shooting.”― William S. Hart

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“The past is sufficient to show that bushwhackers have been arrested… charged with bank robbery, and they most all have been mobbed without trials… I have lived as a respectable citizen and obeyed the laws of the United States to the best of my knowledge.” — Jesse James in a letter to a frontier editor

“Wild Bill was a strange character, add to this figure a costume blending the immaculate neatness of the dandy with the extravagant taste and style of a frontiersman, you have Wild Bill, the most famous scout on the Plains.”  – General George Custer

“I am aware that my name has been connected with all the bank robberies in the country; but positively I had nothing to do with any one of them. I look upon my life since the war as a blank, and will never say anything to make it appear otherwise.” – Cole Younger

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Wild Black Bear Sightings Increasing in Texas

Recent sightings of black bears in the western parts of the Texas Hill Country could indicate the dry hot conditions in the Lone Star State are causing wildlife to venture into wider migration patterns.

From April through June, rare bear sightings have occurred near Carta Valley, Barksdale, Camp Wood, west of Ingram, south of Tarpley, Asherton, Alpine, Fort Davis and Mount Livermore.

On June 20th, a black bear was sighted swimming near the shoreline of Lake Amistad.

In the past year, bears have also been observed not only on the lake, but near Fort Stockton, north of Laredo, and in nearby regions.

While no one is sure how many bears currently live in Texas, experts agree that wildfires in Mexico, as well as drought conditions in other regions, have likely caused bears to migrate to new areas, including many parts of Texas.

Michael Janis, Trans-Pecos district leader for Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPWD), said dry conditions are likely sending bears looking for food. Breeding season also moved bears around.

The conservation efforts in bordering states over the last 20 years have also led to bears crossing back into Texas, especially during the summer mating season, according to TPWD.

Most of these animals wandering further into Texas are young, transient males in search of food and other bears. Males have much larger home ranges than females, and sub-adults can travel many miles to set up a new one.

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To those not aware of bears, some people become quite alarmed when they hear about sightings. However, out of approximately 36,000 people in the U.S. who are bitten annually by wildlife, black bears rank 5th behind rodents, venomous snakes, skunks, and foxes respectively.

In West Texas where Big Bend National Park (BBNP) has had more than 6,592 bear/human encounters since 1950, only 2.5 percent of those encounters were classified as aggressive interactions. Most of those occurred when the bear made contact with property containing human food. There has never been a black bear attack recorded in BBNP.

When Border Patrol agents discovered a young black bear in a tree in north Laredo last July, it likely came from Mexico, noted Eric Garza, wildlife biologist with TPWD.

Not long after,  residents of SpinTech – Myers Ranch caught a strange image on a game camera. Maybe it was an overgrown wild hog, but most believe it was a bear:

TPWD is recording more road kills of black bears between Laredo and Zapata over the decade. Garza notes they were likely males dispersing from Mexico also.

“Zapata itself probably hasn’t seen any historic sightings simply because of the lake. It’s hard for them to swim across the lake, especially when it’s up,” said Garza. “This particular animal probably came across where the water is a lot lower. Not where it’s a lake but where it’s still a river.”

In a 2011 Starr County encounter, Garza notes the bear became habituated to residents, picking up scraps of food and eating out of trash cans. In those instances the bears need to be trapped and relocated away from humans, pet food and trash.

“The first thing we need to know is any conflicts between black bears and people can be avoided very, very easily,” Garza explained. “And the easiest way to avoid any conflicts is to make sure and not leave trash out for bears to get into, and really any wildlife to get into. Don’t leave pet food out. Bring that in and secure it. Don’t leave small livestock animals like rabbits or poultry.”

Late 2021 and early 2022, TPWD biologists were monitoring multiple black bear sightings near the North Double Diamond community south of Alpine.

It is believed the bear may displaying behavior typical of hyperphagia (excessive or extreme hunger). Reports suggested that the bear were attracted to and searching for easily accessible food sources (i.e. pet food, wildlife feeders, livestock feed, etc.). 

In June, 2021, Big Bend National Park camper Valerie King took photos of a black bear in the Basin Campground:

TPWD indicates anyone encountering a black bear in a camping area should immediately deploy aversive conditioning by creating loud noises (shout, handclap, air horns, car alarm, sirens, or bang pots and pans) to startle the bear. Once the bear leaves, report the encounter to your District Biologist or TPWD Game Warden.

It is critical that the Department is able to monitor any on-going situations with full extent of known black bear encounters. 

In the 1800s, black bear lived through every ecosystem in Texas but has long been hunted down and migrated away from settlements and eventually, cities. In 2009, a black bear that wandered onto a Mernard County (Central Texas) cattle ranch was the first ever confirmed in this century in that part of the state, according to Capt. Alan Teague, a TPWD game warden.

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A Liberty County judge reputedly slaughtered 200 bears in the late 19th century, a pursuit that earned Lewis Hightower the handle “the Bear-Hunting Judge,” according to the Handbook of Texas Online.

“I practice law for recreation,” Hightower would say, “and hunt bear for a livin’.”

By the 1950s, black bears were eradicated from Texas, experts say.

The state made bear hunting illegal in 1983. That decade, they began crossing from northern Mexico into the southern reaches of West Texas.

For the past 20 years, a small population has bred there, mostly in the region’s rugged mountains. Today, some biologists believe there may be as many as 100.

But bears in Texas recently have been on the move, staging an unprecedented return to regions such as the Edwards Plateau, Piney Woods and South Texas Plains, according to Nathan Garner, another TPWD biologist.

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Texas lists the black bear as threatened. The penalty for shooting one is a Class C misdemeanor and a fine of $500, plus a civil restitution of $11,907.50.

One of the most bizzare encounters was in 2017, when a black bear was sighted in a neighborhood between New Braunfels and Spring Branch. The alleged black bear, weighing as much as 350 lbs., ran in front of a vehicle in the early morning hours.

According to TPWD, there were 61 Black Bear sightings in 14 counties in 2018-2019. State mammologist Jonah Evans said sightings tend to increase in the fall because the bears are foraging food and trying “fatten up” before hibernating for the winter.

Transient bears from New Mexico are also occasionally reported in the Panhandle counties of Dallam, Hartley and Oldham, according to TPWD district leader Brad Simpson.

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The communities south of Alpine, Texas are on a Neighborhood Bear Watch. (courtesy: Texas Parks and Wildlife – Trans-Pecos Wildlife District)

A study published in The Journal of Wildlife Management documents 63 people killed in 59 incidents by non-captive black bears between 1900-2009.

Of special note is this quote:

“We judged that the bear involved acted as a predator in 88 percent of fatal incidents. Adult or subadult male bears were involved in 92 percent of fatal predatory incidents, reflecting biological and behavioral differences between male and female bears. That most fatal black bear attacks were predatory and were carried out by one bear shows that females with young are not the most dangerous black bears.”

🔹Black bears mate during the months of June and July. This might account for some of the sightings in the Texas Hill Country, as bears travel to find a mate during the summer months.

🔹State biologists believe that female black bears in Texas hibernate while males do not.

🔹The young are born in January or February, while the mother is “hibernating.” She normally gives birth to two-to-three cubs every two years.

LOUISIANA MIGRATION

🔹Louisiana Black Bear sightings have been increasing in recent years so it’s possible they are making a comeback in Eastern Texas too.

🔹Louisiana is home to the Louisiana Black Bear, a subspecies of of the American Black Bear. There’s an estimated 750-1000 bears living in the state, but they can also be found in the neighboring states of Texas, Mississippi, and possibly even Southern Arkansas.

🔹Aside from the Louisiana Bear, both the Mexican Black Bear and the New Mexico Black Bear are found in western Texas in low numbers and are also on the state endangered species list.

2018-2021 sightings

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NEW MEXICO MIGRATION

🔹The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish estimates that there are approximately 5,000-6,000 Black Bears living in all 14.6 million forested acres of New Mexico. There have been strict hunting regulations in place since 1927 in the state to help control the population of Black Bears in the state.

🔹In the early 20th century Grizzly Bears were common in the state, but now only the American Black Bear remain. They are also the state animal of New Mexico.

ARKANSAS MIGRATION

🔹Black Bears in Arkansas thrive in three places; the Ozark Highlands area, the Ouachita National Forest, and the lower White River basin. Pre-settlement there was thought to be over 50,000 bears in Arkansas, but dwindled down to just 50 bears in the 1930s. Thanks to conservation efforts and the importation of Black Bears from other areas, Arkansas is believed to have over 5,000 Black Bears now.

CAN INJURE WHEN PROVOKED

“The Black Bear is a stocky, large animal, one of the largest mammals in North America. Adults reach a length of 5 to 6 feet, height at the shoulder of 2 to 3 feet, and weigh 200-300 pounds,” notes information from Texas Park and Wildlife Department. “Although called a ‘black’ bear, colors can range from black to the occasional cinnamon brown. Front claws are generally longer than hind claws. The fur is long and coarse. Although appealing and generally harmless, Black Bears can injure humans when provoked and should be treated with caution.”

At least two subspecies of Black Bear are thought to occur in Texas: the Mexican Black Bear and the New Mexico Black Bear. Both are found in West Texas in desert scrub or woodland habitats within scattered mountain ranges, predominantly the Chisos and Guadalupe Mountains. Both subspecies are state-listed as endangered in Texas.

Colleen Olfenbuttel, the Wildlife Commission’s black bear and furbearer biologist, offers some advice about how to co-exist with black bears.

“Most bears that wander into a residential area will quickly retreat to their natural habitat, particularly if no food source is around,” Olfenbuttel said. “Bears have adapted to living near people; now it’s up to us to adapt to living near bears.”

BearWise has six Basics the public can use to prevent potential conflicts and live responsibly with bears:

• Never feed or approach a bear. Bears will defend themselves if a person gets too close, so don’t risk your safety and theirs.

• Secure food, garbage and recycling. Place trash outside as late as possible on the morning of trash pick-up — not the night before.

• Remove bird feeders when bears are active. Birdseed, other grains and hummingbird feeders have high calorie content making them very attractive to bears.

• Never leave pet food outdoors.

• Clean and store grills.

• Alert neighbors to bear activity.

“While these young bears (usually May-August), typically males, may appear to be wandering aimlessly around, they are not necessarily lost,” Olfenbuttel said. “Most are simply exploring their new surroundings and will move on, particularly if they are left alone and there is no food around.”

Unlike brown bears, black bears are omnivorous creatures that rarely pose a threat to humans, pets, or livestock. Like any large mammal, however, humans must take steps to be aware and coexist with black bears.

Black bears diet is very much like a raccoon’s.

🔹Up to 80 percent of their diet is plant matter, and they often scavenge the rest from carcasses of dead animals.

🔹In many circumstances, they will hunt for insects and worms for the “meat based” part of their diet.

🔹They have been known to kill larger mammals and even livestock. This is occurs mostly during late spring and early summer, when bears become active after hibernating, and juveniles “leave home.” This is when food requirements are high, and bears will find the most nutritious food they can.

🔹If there is a lack of fruits, berries, and other plant matter, they may feed on other animals. 

Signs of black bears 

If you suspect bears in your area, pay careful attention to signs such as, tracks, scat, and territorial markings on trees. Although you may not see the animal, the evidence of their presence is usually clear. Take pictures of suspected bear sign using a ruler or other standard item for scale and send them to your local biologist for interpretation. 

Bear tracks stand out and are unlike any other you might encounter. Bears use their teeth and claws to mark trees or other surfaces to mark territory.

Black Bears of East Texas. Photos provided by the East Texas Black Bear Task Force.
Black Bears of East Texas. Photos provided by the East Texas Black Bear Task Force.Hardin County News

BEAR ENCOUNTERS

If you encounter a bear, TPWD offers this advice:

  • If a bear regularly visits your deer stand, scare it with rocks, a slingshot or air horn.
  • If you encounter a bear at close range, talk in a calm manner while backing away slowly. Do not make direct eye contact
  • Do not run. Running can trigger a bear’s chase instinct.
  • Stand your ground and raise your arms if a bear approaches you, making yourself appear larger. Yell at the bear to scare it off.
  • Fight back aggressively with anything available if attacked. Let bears know that you are not an easy prey. Do not play dead.

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List of George Soros Owned District Attorneys

Chances are, if you live in any large city in America, George Soros owns your District Attorney. This is why DAs obediently satisfy their Sugar Daddy Soros’ plan to keep liberal demonstrators, drug gang members, Jussie Smollett type celebrities, and local corrupt politicians out of jail.

A growing trail of violent crime is sweeping across America with an ample percentage coming from illegal aliens and invaders. However, countless murders, robberies, assaults and property destruction are the result of “woke” district attorneys who run their offices with little to no accountability, limited prosecutorial experience, a propensity for crime, and a trend of unfairly prosecuting political adversaries.

At the state level, far-left radical beneficiaries of the George Soros “Secretary of State Project,” the American non-profit, progressive 527 political action committee, focused on electing “reform-minded progressive” Secretaries of State in battleground states. These offices typically oversee the election process in their state–thus, the 2020 election fiasco. The Project is funded by Soros and members of the Democracy Alliance. 

The original intent in 2006 was to protect Obama by having control of secretary of state offices in five key states — Iowa, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico and Ohio. The initiative expanded and is a major reason President Trump is not in the White House today.

Among some of the Secretary of State offices who benefited by this Soros group are Michigan’s Jocelyn BensonColorado’s Jenna Griswold, Arizona’s Katie Hobbs, and Pennsylvania’s Katherine Bookvar.

On the local level, violent crimes and election fraud against Americans continue to surge due to district attorneys and state attorneys funded by Soros and his affiliated foundations. Cities that have been specifically targeted by this progressive approach include Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Phoenix, St. Louis, New York, Baltimore, Albuquerque, Orlando, and more.

Some of the counties include Contra Coasta, California; Orange and Osceola, Florida; Ulster, New York; Bexar, Dallas, Fort Bend and Harris, Texas; Loudain and Northfolk, Virginia.

Since 2016, when Soros first began to back the campaigns of district attorneys there has been some $30 million in funding tracked from Soros through a personal network of political action committees (PACs) formed specifically to back radical, left-wing DA candidates.

George Soros District Attorneys, Commonwealth Attorneys and Circuit Attorneys

Here is list by state and jurisdiction of every DA identified by the Capital Research Center (CRC) as receiving Soros funding, and some notable details about each. Some of the commentary comes from CRC observations.

California

Diana Becton—Contra Costa County, California. Backed by $275,000 from Soros in 2018, Becton became the first woman and first African American elected to serve as DA for Contra Costa County. She is also one of the first in the position to have zero prior experience as a prosecutor. During Becton’s first years in office four Contra Costa cities made the list of the top 100 most dangerous cities in California in 2018, and both violent crime and property crime increased by several percent during 2019.

George Gascon—Los Angeles County, California. Soros has spent a combined $6 million on California DA races, much of it wasted on failed candidates, but almost half was spent on the successful campaign of George Gascon for Los Angles DA. Soros was the largest spender in the race, and Gascon won easily.

Since the election, his implementation of left-wing policies led to a crime wave that has become the stuff of legend. Homicide rates soaredorganized shoplifting sprees ravaged the city, trains were stopped and ransacked by mobs of looters. Under Gascon’s watch the city of Los Angles has rapidly become a national disgrace.

Florida

Monique Worrell—Ninth Judicial Circuit (Orange and Osceola County), Florida. Monique Worrell is the second Soros candidate to become state attorney for Orange and Osceola County. Her predecessor, Aramis Ayala, was a “long-shot candidate” elected in 2016 with the help of more than $1.3 million in spending by the Florida Safety and Justice PAC. Ayala immediately earned a reputation for her activist approach, which led to her removal from multiple high-profile murder cases by two different Republican governors. During Ayala’s tenure, violent crime increased dramatically, with murders increasing by 26 percent during 2020.

After Ayala left office to run for Congress, Worrell filled her shoes, with $1 million from Soros’s Democracy PAC surging into the race at the last minute to help her claim victory against her moderate opponent in 2020.

Georgia

Darius Pattillo—Henry County, Georgia. Receiving just under $150,000 from Soros through the Georgia Safety and Justice PAC, Patello was elected in 2016 and has remained the most unremarkable Soros-backed DA elected to date. In fact, Soros’s funding of Patello nearly went unreported, possibly because Patello does not seem to share the radical views of his fellow Soros DAs.

Illinois

Kim Foxx—Cook County (Chicago), Illinois. Probably the most famous Soros-backed DA, Foxx was boosted into office with the help of $2 million in Soros cash. Foxx has most recently been in the news for potential ethics violations in her 2019 decision to drop charges against Jussie Smollet for his infamous hate crime hoax. (Smollett was recently convicted on the same charges.) Foxx has also made headlines for presiding over Chicago’s largest spike in homicides in more than 30 years while her office dropped charges against 30 percent of felony defendants during 2020.

Louisiana

James Stewart—Caddo Parish, Louisiana. Probably the least well-known and least radical Soros-funded DA, James Stewart was elected as the DA of Caddo Parish, Louisiana, in 2015 with the help of more than $930,000 in funding from Soros. Stewart has enacted few radical reforms since his election, potentially a disappointing result for Soros. His opponents at the time worried that his progressive views on criminal justice would be “detrimental to the safety of Caddo Parish.”

Mississippi

Scott Colom—Circuit Court District Sixteen, Mississippi. Another of the lesser-known Soros-funded Das, Colom quietly received over $926,000 in funding from Soros to help unseat a long-time incumbent in 2015. Colom oversees  District 16 in Mississippi, which includes Lowndes, Oktibbeha, Clay, and Noxubee Counties. Colom was recently recommended by Rep. Bernie Thompson (D-MS) for a position as a judge for the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Mississippi. Meanwhile, violent crime, specifically gun violence, remains a serious and growing problem for cities and counties in the 16th Circuit, a problem that Colom has been accused of doing little to combat.

Jody Owens—Hinds County, Mississippi. Aided by a $500,000 contribution from Soros’s Mississippi Justice and Public Safety PAC, Owens was elected in 2019 after running on a platform that promised reform and “alternatives to incarceration.” Owens brought controversy with him to the DA’s office. In 2019, Owens was accused of sexually harassing his female colleagues while working at the Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization with a well-documented proclivity for enabling and ignoring sexual harassment in the workplace.

Owens has also recently brought highly questionable murder charges against two police officers. The charges were dismissed with prejudice for lack of evidence that officers “caused any injury” to the alleged victim. Under Owens, Jackson has become one of the deadliest cities in the nation, and in 2021 the city saw over 150 homicides (98 murders per 100,000 residents), an all-time high.

Missouri

Kim Gardner—St. Louis, Missouri. One of the most famous and polarizing Soros-backed DAs, Kim Gardner has served as the circuit attorney of crime-ridden St. Louis since 2017 and has repeatedly used her office to prosecute conservatives while allowing criminals to walk free.

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In 2018, Gardner launched a bogus criminal investigation against Missouri’s Republican governor, which led to a special investigation into her office that found probable cause that Gardner engaged in professional misconduct by hiring a private investigator who has since been charged with perjury and evidence tampering. Gardner was also the lead attorney in the absurd prosecution of Mark McCloskey, but was removed from the case by a judge who wrote “the Circuit Attorney’s conduct raises the appearance that she initiated a criminal prosecution for political purposes.”

Gardner was caught lying about police officers who pulled her over for driving without headlights at night, has admitted to campaign finance violations, and has badly mishandled murder cases. The year after Gardner’s election, St. Louis became the murder capital of the nation, but this did not stop Soros from contributing $116,000 to aid her reelection in 2020. In early 2021, St. Louis became one of the deadliest cities in the world.

New Mexico

Raul Torrez—Bernalillo County (Albuquerque), New Mexico. Although his ties to Soros are less well known and his ideas are slightly less radical, Albuquerque’s DA also got his start from $107,000 in Soros cash that boosted his unopposed campaign in 2016. As of mid-November, Albuquerque had experienced 102 homicides in 2021, the highest number ever recorded, compared to the 67 reported at the same time last year.

Meanwhile, Torrez is busy campaigning for New Mexico Attorney General. Soros’s money is likely to make an appearance in that upcoming race as well.

New York

Alvin Bragg—Manhattan, New York. One of Soros’s newest DA’s, Bragg was elected in 2021 as the DA of Manhattan, largely thanks to approximately $1.1 million given by Soros that year to groups supporting Bragg. Even though Bragg has barely been in office, his tenure is already shaping up as a disaster. After Bragg released a memo stating that his office would not be seeking prison sentences for crimes such as armed robbery, drug dealing, and burglary, more than nine prosecutors in Manhattan quit. Interestingly, one area where Bragg is not expected to be overly lenient is an investigation into President Donald Trump’s business practices, which Bragg conveniently took over after assuming office.

David Clegg—Ulster County, New York. Soros cash to the tune of at least $184,000 was used to push Ulster County DA David Clegg across the finish line in his 2019 election, but it was also the source of a major controversy at the time. In an embarrassing guffaw, the New York Justice and Public Safety PAC paid for mailers that featured Clegg shaking hands with a prominent criminal and left-wing activist. Under Clegg, gun crimes and shootings have surged dramatically, and high profile cases have been badly mishandled, including a murder case in which the suspect was released because Clegg’s office failed to file an indictment on time.

Pennsylvania

Larry Krasner—Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Among the most famous Soros-backed DAs, Krasner has been supported by more than $2 million from Soros funneled through the Pennsylvania Justice and Public Safety PAC and the Philadelphia Justice and Public Safety PAC. Krasner was reelected in 2021 with the help of a $259,000 contribution from Soros. Under Krasner’s watch, crime rates have soared, and in 2021, Philadelphia became the murder capital of the United States with the highest per capita homicide rate of the country’s 10 largest cities.

Jack Stollsteimer—Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Lesser known but also well financed by Soros, Stollsteimer was the first Democratic DA ever elected in Delaware County, boosted by roughly $100,000 in ads paid for by Soros during 2019. While still undoubtedly a progressive, Stollsteimer is much less radical than Krasner and has not been openly hostile to police. He did, however, recently feud with police over the graphic details of a report on a rape in broad daylight on a train with many witnesses, none of whom tried to intervene. During Stollsteimer’s first year in office, homicides in Delaware County increased 127 percent, though many attribute this to the county’s proximity to Philadelphia.

Texas

Joe Gonzalez—Bexar County (San Antonio), Texas. George Soros has even dared to mess with Texas. Joe Gonzalez is one of Soros’s favorite DAs, receiving nearly $1 million in backing from the billionaire during his 2018 campaign, upsetting incumbent Democrat Nico LaHood in the primary. Just as in Dallas, violent crime reportedly increased by 15 percent in San Antonio under Gonzalez, while convictions dropped by 17 percent.

John Creuzot—Dallas County, Texas. Backed by an estimated $236,000 from Soros, Creuzot became the DA of Dallas County in 2018 and immediately moved forward with a plethora of radical reform policies, including decriminalizing theft under $750, criminal trespass, and drug possession. During his first year in office crime reportedly increased by 15 percent while total convictions dropped by 30 percent. Most recently, Creuzot failed to get a conviction in straightforward case against Billy Chemirmir, a Kenyan immigrant charged with murdering and robbing 18 elderly women in assisted living facilities. He was found with his alleged victims’ personal papers and jewelry in his possession at the time of his arrest.

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Brian Middleton—Fort Bend County, Texas. Although it went unnoticed and unreported by the media, Soros played a major role in the 2019 campaign of Fort Bend County DA Brian Middleton, spending nearly $200,000 on advertising in support of his campaign. Middleton has been extremely moderate as far as Soros-backed candidates go, and as a result Fort Bend County has not seen a dramatic spike in crime.

Kim Ogg—Harris County (Houston), Texas. In 2016, Kim Ogg became the state’s first Soros-backed DA after Soros spent more than $600,000 on the race. As one of the first reform DA’s backed by Soros, Ogg is also one of the most moderate. She has stopped prosecuting marijuana offenses, but often seeks high cash bail, causing her to be ostracized by many progressives and apparently Soros.

José Garza—Travis County (Austin), Texas. In 2020, Garza was elected as Austin’s DA with the aid of more than $400,000 in ads paid for by the Texas Justice and Public Safety PAC, one of Soros’s private PACs that has received roughly $3.6 million from the billionaire since its creation in 2018. Since assuming office, Garza has developed a reputation for letting violent offenders go free on little to no bail.

In 2020, Garza released hundreds of inmates from jail over COVID-19 protocols, even though only six people in Austin at the time were known to have COVID-19. In 2021, Garza released a man with eight prior felony convictions after he was caught toting a gun in a meth-fueled car chase with police. After his release with an ankle monitor, the man allegedly went on a crime spree committing 10 armed robberies. Since Garza was elected, police budgets have been slashed, and Austin has experienced skyrocketing crime rates and a record number of homicides.

Virginia

Parisa Dehghani-Tafti—Arlington County and City of Falls Church, Virginia. Backed by over $600,000 from the Justice and Public Safety PAC, one of George Soros’s many personal PACs, Dehghani-Tafti won her 2019 election by toppling a moderate Democratic incumbent and has been a center of controversy ever since. Dehghani-Tafti, along with several other Soros-backed DAs in Virginia, is facing a recall petition after crimes like felony aggravated assault rose 40 percent during her first year in office.

Steve Descano—Fairfax County, Virginia. Steve Descano, who is also facing a recall petition, was elected in 2019 and has endorsed a progressive platform typical of the left-wing DA faction. Descano has made it his office’s official policy not to prosecute more than 20 different crimes including shoplifting for goods under $1,000, prostitution, and indecent exposure. Descano’s initial campaign benefitted from approximately $600,000 from Soros.

Buta Biberaj—Loudoun County, Virginia. As Loudoun County District Attorney, Buta Biberaj has championed an anti-incarceration approach to the job, but made headlines for personally seeking jail time for Scott Smith, a father who was arrested for misdemeanor disorderly conduct at a Loudoun County School Board meeting while protesting the School Board’s cover-up of his 14-year-old daughter’s rape by a transgender boy in a school bathroom. Smith’s defense attorneys reported that it was “completely unheard of” for a DA to personally handle a misdemeanor, much less to pursue jail time, court-ordered anger management, and a hefty fine. Biberaj’s campaign in 2019 was boosted by over $650,000 in Soros cash, and she is now facing a recall petition.

Ramin Fatehi—Norfolk County, Virginia. One of the latest additions to Soros’s collection of rogue prosecutors, Ramin Fatehi was one of very few Democrats to win a Virginia election in 2021, largely thanks to about $220,000 in funding from Soros. Fatehi has yet to make a name for himself as DA, but he ran on the typical progressive platform of promising to abolish cash bail and decriminalize marijuana possession.

Using the same playbook successfully followed in Hungary, Greece, Britain, and a dozen other countries, Soros-funded groups were behind anti-Trump mobs that blocked streets, set fires, injured police officers, and destroyed property the day after his 2017 national election. As expected, they turned up the volume in 2020.

Fantasies of Being a God

An alarming trait of George Soros comes from many interviews over the years when he admitted he has a fascination and fantasy of being “a god.”

“I admit that I have always harbored an exaggerated view of self-importance — to put it bluntly, I fancied myself as some kind of god,” he wrote as far back as 1987.

“It is a sort of disease when you consider yourself some kind of god, the creator of everything, but I feel comfortable about it now since I began to live it out,” he revealed to The Independent in 1993.

On British television he bragged, “Next to my fantasies about being God, I also have very strong fantasies of being mad.”

In 2002, Soros was convicted by a French court of insider trading, but his political power became so great it didn’t matter. His mode of operation was to buy out judges, prosecutors and local leaders. The same greed successfully worked on national politicians and administrations too.

Soros and his Open Society Foundations (OSF) is a major funder  illegal immigration into Europe and now America.

Leaked documents from Soros’ OSF show that the organization’s goal behind funding the Black Lives Matter movement is ultimately to federalize America’s police forces.

A Wikileaks release revealed that Soros’ far-left group, “Demos,” main goal is to ensure “the complete globalization of America’s culture in order to balkanize and effectively destroy the very nature of what it means to be an American. 

This is by the same playbook Soros groups have used very effectively throughout Europe.

This goal includes the implementation of two specific United Nation agendas to “eradicate National sovereignty to the United Nations in favor of a globally controlled centralized government, which includes the diaphanous agenda of climate change.”

In his own words, documented on video, Soros said his paid groups are “transforming the public narrative” to elevate the values of community and racial equity, which is really just a “gentler way of alluding to the elimination of US free speech and America’s individual 1st amendment rights, a thing that has already been augmented in Europe.”

 In the Soros funded Demos document is the playbook being used by liberal governors and mayors throughout America. It entitled “Police Reform: How to Take Advantage of the Crisis of the Moment and Drive Long-Term Institutional Change in Police-Community Practice.”

Soros is so powerful that, through then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, United States taxpayers spent $9 millions on the Soros-backed campaign to take over Albania politics in 2016.

Documents secured by the political watchdog Judicial Watch, using the American Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), revealed American funds were into a ‘Justice for All’ campaign to reform the judicial system in Albania in 2016. The campaign was run by Soros’s East West Management Institute. 

“The Obama administration quietly spent at least $9 million in US taxpayers’ dollars in direct collusion with left-wing billionaire George Soros’s backing of a socialist government in Albania,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton stated.

Soros is a billionaire and “shouldn’t be receiving taxpayer support to advance his radical left agenda to undermine freedom here at home and abroad,” Fitton added.

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The same game plan is in action as used in Greece a decade ago, London eight years ago and Bahrain three years ago. Soros’ “non-profit” American groups promote abortion, euthanasia, overpopulation, atheism,  homosexuality, same-sex marriage,  feminism, and transgenderism.

In 2019, using his now tried and truly perfected playbook, game plans mean his owned politician slaves use taxpayer money to “destabilize” countries as they did in 2019 with the democratic government of the Balkan nation of Macedonia, north of Greece.

“The cash flows through the State Department and the famously corrupt U.S. Agency of International Development (USAID), which is charged with providing global economic, development and humanitarian assistance,” Judical Watch reported.  

The group obtained FOIA records revealing President Obama’s U.S. ambassador to Macedonia, Jess L. Baily, “has worked behind the scenes with Soros’ Open Society Foundation to funnel large sums of American dollars for the cause.”

During Obama’s presidency, Judicial Watch proved the White House Administration secured pipelines through the southern border to get more illegal immigrants into the U.S.

In one instance, per the Soros plan, immigrants were being smuggled in from Somalia and other African nations.

Testimony and records reveal Homeland Security officials were busing them into strategic locations across the country to deliberately change vulnerable populations. Read that as taxpayer monies funding future voters for Soros funded causes. 

Democracy Alliance has steered more than $500 million in funding to progressive organizations and infrastructure since its founding in 2005.

Each member secretly contributes at least $200,000 annually to Soros groups like Media Matters for America, American Civil Liberties Union, and the Center for Popular Democracy, along with dozens of other left-wing organizations.

Soros’s lobbying group, the Open Society Policy Center, hosted a session called “After Kavanaugh,” to strategies for future judicial nomination fights. Pelosi and mainstream media puppets are actively taking orders and preparing propaganda for the upcoming Supreme Court vacancy due to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s death. 

“The fight over the Kavanaugh nomination saw unprecedented grassroots activity to defeat an unpopular and damaged nominee,” the leaked Soros agenda explains. “But as we now know, it was insufficient. With a 6-3 conservative majority on the Supreme Court, how should we prepare for the next vacancy, and what will be needed to bring a similar sense of urgency to the lower federal courts and the state courts?”

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Democrats, Biden Border Crisis Designed to Destroy US National Security

Crime across the United States continues to soar as Joe Biden acts like the COVID-19 virus is smart enough to realize when to turn itself off at the southern border or on in an airplane.

The Biden Border Crisis is flagrantly designed to go against the first duty of a real American president–the national security of the United States.

🔹Border Agents apprehended almost one quarter of a million (221,303) illegal aliens in the month of March, 2022.

🔹This is a 28% increase from the 173,277 illegals apprehended in March 2021. Biden, who is in the White House (when he is not in Delaware) due to massive election and voting fraud, has yet to visit the Border.

🔹Because of President Donald J. Trump’s historical immigration policies, by March 2020 the number of Border apprehensions was 34,460.

Following the Barack Obama-George Soros plan, puppet Biden, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, and the CDC  intend to end Title 42 at the border.

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Former acting ICE director Tom Homan notes the hypocrisy from Biden and Mayorkas who continuously criticize the Trump administration for “inhumane methods” of border security with little regard for America’s health and safety. Homan revealed that more migrants have died because of Biden’s policies and neglect. He cites the opioid crisis and the record numbers in the amounts of fentanyl coming across the border.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott caused a stir within liberal media and the Biden Administration last week by:

🔹beginning the busing of illegal immigrants caught in Texas to Washington DC,

🔹implementing the inspection of every single commercial vehicle at ports of entry to combat human trafficking and drug cartels.

🔹worked with Arizona, California, and New Mexico to sign agreements  with Abbott to coordinate on illegal migration.

These four border states expect massive waves of migrants from around the world because of Biden’s rejection of Title 42 in May, 2022. Border Agents, state troopers and other law enforcement will be hit hard at ports of entry, throughout the Rio Grande, deserts and in rural border areas.

“They’re overwhelmed,” stated John Katko (R-NY), who is the ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee. “They’re going to lose complete operational control of the border, if and when that surge happens.”

“Everyone, including Homeland Secretary Mayorkas, understands that a surge is coming after Title 42 is gone,” Katko revealed.

The Biden Administration knows there are too few local or state resources–funds and law enforcement-to maintain border security.

There are not enough resources, either in personnel or funds, for law enforcement to handle the Biden border crisis. Border towns and cities are without enough resources to manage the situation.

Cartels, aware of the booming opportunities handed to them by the destructive forces within the US government, are able to greatly increase human and illegal drug trafficking. Biden has purposefully created a humanitarian crisis.

The Biden Border Crisis is flagrantly designed to go against the first duty of a real American president–the national security of the United States.

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The True Story of Fire Fighting Smokey Bear

He is not Smokey ‘The’ Bear and Other Fun Facts

The start of World War II meant that many firefighters and other able-bodied men were deployed, leaving communities to manage wildfires themselves. .

The head of the Forest Service at that time, Lyle F. Watts, decided to attack the wildfire problem by educating the public about their role in fire prevention. Watts invited the Ad Council to join the Forest Service in this new ad campaign.Watts and team soon realized that they needed a symbol or character to represent their fire prevention campaign. A forest animal would be ideal.

The Disney Studios offered one of their characters to be the “face” of the fire prevention plan. The movie, Bambi, enjoyed widespread popularity at the time, so the deer Bambi represented the original ad campaign—but Disney’s licensing contract lasted just one year.

Seeing an overwhelmingly successful first year, Watts and his team chose a bear to replace Bambi.

Two decades before, on a July morning in 1922, a case of magnesium powder exploded in a warehouse in New York’s Greenwich Village. The resulting fire was devasting and claimed the life of a heroic firefighter named “Smokey” Joe Martin.

On August 9, 1944, the first Smokey Bear poster appeared. The bear was named in honor of “Smokey” Joe, and his first piece of public service artwork depicted the animal in his iconic hat, dousing a fire with a bucket of water.

A historic Smokey the Bear poster

Artist Albert Staehle painted this first Smokey Bear poster.

The ‘50s and ‘60s brought Smokey’s “ABC” campaign. This was a national push to educate the public about wildfire prevention in three easy steps, and it was broadcast to American homes through radio and TV spots.

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It wasn’t long before more posters of Smokey appeared. The bear gained widespread popularity. Soon Smokey Bear was featured on everything from comic books to toys. He was an undisputed success.

A real Smokey Bear

In 1950, a wildfire burned in New Mexico’s Capitan Mountains. Firefighters there found a young bear cub clinging to a tree branch. Firefighters presumed the cub climbed the tree to escape the raging fire. The little bear was alive, but severely burned. Firefighters rescued the cub and aptly named him Smokey.

News of a real Smokey Bear soon spread across the country. When Smokey had sufficiently recovered from his ordeal, he was moved to the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., where he continued to play a role in educating people about fire prevention.

To handle all of his fan mail–up to 13,000 letters a week–the U.S. Postal Service set up his own personal zip code, 20252, for his area in the zoo. The zip code was decommissioned in 1994, but fortunately brought back in honor of Smokey’s 70th birthday.

When the real Smokey Bear died, his body was taken back to the Capitan Mountains for burial in the State Historical Park.

Smokey carried his “only you can prevent forest fires” message into the early 2000s and placed the responsibility on us all to be careful around the campfire. Additionally, the shift in the use of “forest fires” to “wildfires” in Smokey’s messaging is present, as well.

Today, new Public Service Announcements to educate the public on different ways that wildfires are caused, including hot coals, dragging chains, and burning debris. Smokey’s wildfire prevention message was already resonating with audiences—now, they just needed actionable steps to take.

Today’s Smokey Bear

Other Smokey Bear facts

  • The Smokey Bear campaign is the longest-running Public Service Advertisement campaign in U.S. history.
  • In 1953, the Ideal Toy Company made a Smokey Bear doll. Included with the doll was a card that when mailed back gave children an official “Junior Forest Ranger” identification card. Within two years, over half a million kids had applied and received the unofficial honor.

  • Since its development in the 1940s, it’s estimated that the Smokey Bear ad campaign has reduced the number of acres lost to wildfires by 15.6 million annually.
  • Smokey does not have a middle name. (It’s Smokey Bear. Not Smokey “The” Bear.) A song about the forest icon added “The” to his name in order to make the lyrics and melody sync better. 

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Quick Glossary Guide to Drug Cartel Terminology

Helpful information for Americans to understand as illegal immigration grows and cartels infiltrate our cities.

Ajuste de cuentas (m): Settling a score. Getting even. Revenge. alt. ajusticimiento


ATF: Agency of Department of Justice— the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.


Aztecas (los): Barrio Azteca. Narcomenudistas (small drug dealers) and street enforcers working for Juarez cartel. A street gang with strong ties to El Paso and Ciudad Juarez. They are found operating in penitentiaries and the streets of both border cities. They are controlled by La Linea, the armed wing of the Juarez Cartel.


Beltran Leyvas: Brothers and childhood friends of Joaquin El Chapo Guzman. Broke up with El Chapo after the arrest of El Mochomo Beltran Leyva and engaged in a bloody dispute for territory. Relocated to Nuevo Leon in aftermath.

C.T.: Caballeros Templarios


Cartel: Organized crime syndicate or organization, US governmental law enforcement agencies use the term Drug Trafficking Organization or DTO.


Cartel del Poniente: A place of the Sinaloa cartel usually found in Durango and Gomez Palacios


C.D.G.: Cartel Del Golfo or Gulf Drug Cartel


CDN: The Cartel Del Noreste (CDN) is a Mexican criminal organization that is a product of a split from Los Zetas, born as a result of the arrest of its last absolute leader: Omar Treviño Morales, “Z-42.” The current leader is Juan Gerardo “El Huevo” Treviño Morales.


CECJUDE: Centro de Ejecución de las Consecuencias Jurídicas del Delito.


Chapos or Chaparrines: The people of Joaquin Guzmán Loera’s Sinaloa Cartel. Derived from Guzmán’s nick name of “El Chapo.”


Charoliar: Pretending to belong to a cartel and having a lot of inside knowledge of cartel activities.


CNDH: Comisión Nacional de los Derechos Humanos.

C.J.N.G: Cartel De Jalisco Nueva Generacion or Jalisco Cartel New Generation. Mexican cartel based in Jalisco and headed by Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, “El Mencho.”

C.N.G.T.: Cartel New Generation Tijuana, is an allied group with members of CAF and CJNG.  The alliance was created to establish control of Baja and quell the Sinaloa Cartel, after CAF became weakened.

C.O.: Organized crime group


Coddehum: la Comisión de Defensa de los Derechos Humanos (Chihuahua).


Cortar cartuchos: Armatillar. Ready to fire. to cock a weapon.


Cuerno de chivo: AK-47, the preferred weapon of drug cartels. Some (e.g. Roberto Saviano) have claimed that the AK-47 has been used to kill more people than any other weapon. 


DTO: Drug Trafficking Organization, a term used by the US government.


El Señor de los Cielos: Amado Carrillo Fuentes, the Lord of the Skies who helped consolidate the Juárez cartel. He died in 1997 undergoing plastic surgery in Mexico City (Polanco).


Encajuelados: Victims found in the trunks of cars.


Encintados: Victims found bound and blindfolded with duct tape.


Encobijado: a common way that sicarios dispose of bodies — wrapped in a blanket, rug, or tarpaulin and taped.

Estacas: 3 or more armed persons in a vehicle patrolling their territory. Lookouts.


Familia (also LFM or LF): ‘de Michoacan’. DTO that specializes in synthetic drugs (crystal) and with a religious code. Extremely violent and unpredictable.


FFL: US legal term for federal firearms licensees. Approximately 6700 operate in American Southwest.
Foco: Crystal meth.


Fuero (el): (jurisdicción) jurisdiction (privilegio, derecho) privilege.


GATE, GAFE, GOES: Are acronyms for Special State Police, names vary with states


Gente Nueva (la): Sicarios of the Sinaloa Cartel mostly found in Chihuahua and Sonora. Formed by loyal sicarios to Sinaloa Cartel such as Jose Antonio Torres Marrufo, “El Jaguar and Noel “El Flaco” Salgueiro


Guachicol: oil product stolen from PEMEX and then sold back to business under duress. A practice common in Tamaulipas.


Halcon (los): There are two meanings here. In the border area, “halcones” are lookouts and street level informants (falcons/hawks) who warn the drug cartels about intrusions from other DTO’s, police or army manoeuvers. Halcones are also an elite squad of commandos that have a notorious reputation for violation of civil rights and abuse.

Los halcones monitor drug highways for law enforcement activity


Hormiga (el correo de..): An ant run. Big result of lots of little additions and purchases.


ICESI: Instituto ciudadano de estudios sobre la inseguridad.


IOI: US DOJ-ATF agents investigating gun movement. Industry Operations Investigators.


Jefe de Jefes: Capo de Capos. The name applied to the most prominent drug chief in Mexico. Most frequently is associated with Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo. Popular corrido of Los Tigres del Norte, although Miguel Felix Gallardo denies that the song is about him.


La Última Letra: Los Zetas (Last Letter, “Z”)


Levantón (m): Abduction. Term used in northwest Mexico to describe forced seizure of a person. Most of the time, the “levantado” is never seen alive again. Secuestro is the term used more often to describe kidnapping.


Linces (los): a unit of sicarios employed by “El Viceroy” Vicente Carrilo-Fuentes and the Juárez cartel. May have evolved from “La Linea”. This group is apparently composed of military deserters (like the Zetas) who are well trained, use military ordnance, uniforms and vehicles. The Mexican military argues that this group is responsible for most human right violations in Chihuahua.


Linea (la): The armed wing of the Juarez Cartel.

Los Viagras: Michoacan cartel founded in 2014 by the Sierra Santana brothers.  The first splinter group of Caballeros Templarios.  Alliances are with Cartel Jalisco New Generation headed by El Mencho. Viagras were responsible for the creation of the H3 (Buenavista) the “fake” autodefensa group, headed by “El Americano”.  


Matapolicia (f): bullets of heavy calibre that can penetrate vests. Police killers — ordinance used when attacking police or members of the military.


Matazetas (los): Los Matazetas (Zeta Killers) were created in 2007 by the Cártel del Pacífico headed by Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, “El Mencho” who would emerge to form the powerful Cártel Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG). The Matazetas were rumored to be the armed wing of the Sinaloa Cartel (CDS) to fight Los Zetas in places like Veracruz against Zeta leader Heriberto Lazcano, “El Lazca.” In 2011 Los Matazetas dumped 35 bodies, said to be Zetas, during rush hour in the city of Boca del Rio, Veracruz.


Maña: a local name for cartels in Tamaulipas, most often used to refer to Los Zetas or other sicarios working for Gulf cartel.


Mota (f): marijuana.


Narco: General term for drug trafficker


Narcobloqueo: A barricade in the streets with vehicles that are carjacked to delay the arrival of the police or military.


Narcocorrido: a version of a corrido that deals with a drug theme. Some narcocorridos are commissioned by the drug dealers in order to “sing their praises”, but others share much in common with morality plays because they sing about the negative consequences of drug dealing.


Narcofosa: narco cemetery; body disposal place, usually clandestine and used for a period of time. Have been found in at least 9 Mexican states.


Narcomanta (f): a banner or a poster placed in a prominent location with a message. Most frequently, the messages seem to originate with the drug organizations, but the message may also be aimed at the drug trafficking organizations.


Narco tienditas or picaderos: Businesses where they traffic drugs.


Operation Coronado: The code term for the DEA/FBI/ICE coordinated arrest of La Famila de Michoacana members on Oct. 24 2009.


Pelones (los): sicarios that were originally assembled by the Beltran Leyva brothers for the Sinaloa Federation.


Perico (m): cocaine. A parrot. Nickname based on the idea that it “goes up the nose”.


Pez gordo (m.): big fish, big boss.


PGR: La Procuraduria General de la Republica. The institutional agency of the Mexican Attorney General.


Pista (f): the ‘game’. Literally, ‘the track’ as in racing. Refers to the business at hand.


Plata o Plomo: Silver or lead, the cartel way giving an ultimatum, pick silver (money, pay off, bribe) or lead (bullet).


Plaza (f): Territory, turf. Can also refer to the product being moved or in dispute. A town or city where a plaza boss or cartel cell controls narco activities for a cartel


P.M.:  Military Police


Polizetas: Policemen at the service of the narcos. It originated from Nuevo leon, Tamaulipas region where the police were deeply embedded with the Zetas.


Pozolero: A person within the cartel who has a knowledge of chemistry and disposes bodies.


PROCAMPO: Federal program to provide financial support for farmers and ejiditarios. In reality, it has been a cash-cow for agribusiness and PRI party members. Little of the original program (to provide irrigation etc.) has benefitted the poorest farmers.


Project Gunrunner: US DOJ and ATF plan to disrupt illegal flow of guns from US into Mexico.


Rematar: literally “to re-kill”. the prefix re is used to indicate “once again” when it precedes a verb. rematar is used when a means of execution is especially brutal, and also used to mean “slaughter”, “finish off.”


S.D.R:  Situation at Risk (violence erupted).


P.S.D.R.  Possible situation at risk
Sicario (m): the word used to describe an “assasin” or hitman for the cartels. The word has roots back to Roman times. Sicarios are sometimes young and “throw-away” bodies recruited by the cartels, but can also be well-trained military deserters or police (e.g. Los Zetas).


Sistema SNSP: Sistema Nacional de Seguridad Pública.


SSP: Secretaria de Seguridad Publica.


Straw purchasers: surrogate purchasers of guns— someone who is licensed to purchase a gun but does so on behalf of someone who is not. Cartel sicarios have a system of straw purchasers.

T.C.O.: Transnational Criminal Organization


Tiendita: Excact location where drugs are sold.


UIFA: Unidad de Inspección Fiscal y Aduanera.


WATCHIVATO: Mexican “narco artist” who has produced iconic images of Jesus Malverde.


Wathivato (El): Mexican artist famous for narco images.


Zetas, (los): also known as la Compañía. Paramilitary force formed by Gulf Cartel and now independent. Deserters from Mexican army GAFE unit; highly trained anti-terrorist unit.

Jack is a veteran investigative reporter with reliable sources and extensive experience traveling in Mexico (over 120 times) and the Texas Rio Grande Valley.

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