East Texas Arson Task Force Releases Sketches

TYLER, Texas — Robert Champion, Special Agent in Charge of the Dallas Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, released three composite sketches of individuals that investigators would like to identify and interview in relation to the some of the church arsons that have occurred in the Henderson, Smith and Van Zandt Counties since Jan. 1.

Law enforcement is soliciting the help of the public, said Champion. Anyone that can identify the individuals in the composite sketches is encouraged to call us and assist with the investigation.

Several tip lines have been established to receive calls around the clock: 1 (888) ATF-FIRE (888-283-3473); (903) 675-0061 and (903) 675-0062. ATF has offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

This investigation is being conducted by ATF, Texas Department of Public Safety, Athens Fire Marshal’s Office, Henderson County Fire Marshal’s Office, Smith County Fire Marshal’s Office, Tyler Fire Marshal’s Office and the Van Zandt County Fire Marshal’s Office.

Just Looking at Cigarettes Makes You Sick?

I’m not an anti-smoking crusader, so don’t take this the wrong way.  I am an advertising junkie and, as such, had to share two images from a Brazilian anti-smoking effort.  I discovered them at BestAdsOnTV.com:

Brazil Anti-Smoking AD #1 Brazil Anti-Smoking Ad #2

In case you’re wondering, the white text against the black background reads as follows:  CIGARETTES: JUST LOOKING AT THEM MAKES YOU SICK.

‘Mobile Phones More Dangerous Than Smoking’

The headline for this post caught my attention this morning — not for any obvious reason, mind you — when it appeared above an article published by the Independent.

The headline made me think about the way Paul Marcarelli, the 30-something actor from New York City who plays the lead role in the Verizon Wireless “Can you hear me now?” advertisements, might one day be remembered by historians.

You see, Marcarelli is fast becoming an iconic advertising figure for a company whose products are suspected of causing cancer in the people who use them. If, God forbid, he ever finds himself in a life-and-death battle with brain cancer, people will undoubtedly compare him to Wayne McLaren and David McLean, the actors who appeared in Marlboro Man advertisements 50 years ago. Both died of lung cancer, presumably due to the harmful effects of tobacco.

Don’t get me wrong; I’m not hoping that Marcarelli will face such a crisis. If, however, he does, most will be quick to blame his brain cancer on cell phone usage — whether or not he ever used a cell phone in real life.

Here’s to hoping and praying that the scientists who study cell phone radiation are wrong when they draw connections between handset radiation and cancer. Marcarelli deserves his place in the museum of advertising icons for better reasons.

Letter to Tobacco Giant Smacks of Liberal Hypocrisy

“…nothing more than a veiled attempt to sell more cigarettes to girls and young women.”

That’s how American Legacy Foundation and 45 other groups described R.J. Reynolds‘ marketing of its Camel No. 9 cigarettes in a letter to the tobacco giant dated Aug. 14. Surprisingly, the name, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, was listed as a co-signer of the letter.

Why would Planned Parenthood‘s involvement in the anti-tobacco effort surprise me? I’m not surprised by the fact that the world’s largest pro-abortion organization is involved in an anti-tobacco effort. Rather, I’m stunned that the group has — to borrow a phrase from Barack Obama‘s bookshelf — the audacity to pretend to share an interest in the welfare of girls and young women.

The abortions arranged by Planned Parenthood cause girls and young women a kind of immediate and long-lasting pain that I suspect makes the pain of tobacco-related terminal lung cancer pale in comparison. For Planned Parenthood to pretend to be concerned about the welfare of the same people upon whom they inflict so much pain, well, that strikes me as a bit hypocritical to say the least.

Hat tip to AdRants.

UPDATE: If you found this article interesting and/or worthwhile, take a look at this similar post by the Common Sense Conservative.