Grand Junction’s Third Annual Colorado West Pride Parade was more impressive than ever this year, with more sponsors and floats than in previous years, and a bigger crowd of spectators on Main Street. The weather was perfect for the event, with a temperature in the 70s, intermittent cloud cover, just a faint breeze and no rain.
In August, 1969 all of the citizens the town of Greenfield, Iowa (pop. 2,100) attempted to quit smoking as a publicity stunt in connection with the on-site filming of the movie Cold Turkey, starring Dick Van Dyke.
In an internal project they code-named “Bird 1,” Philip Morris (PM), the manufacturer of Marlboro cigarettes, surveyed the citizens of Greenfield 8 months after their quit attempt. PM used local Girl Scouts to hand-deliver the questionnaires to citizens to increase the acceptance of the packets. The Girl Scouts were instructed to knock on doors and hand a questionnaire packet to “every person who was 14 years old on Cold Turkey Day.” PM paid five dollars to everyone who completed and returned a survey.
This tobacco industry document is the report containing Philip Morris’ analysis of the success of citizens’ efforts to go “Cold Turkey.” PM’s descriptions are entertaining, highly chauvinistic and of course paint a very dismal picture of quitting smoking:
See a PDF of the confidential internal PM document here.
For the first time in history, secular citizens in Montrose, Colorado turned out to protest the town’s “National Day of Prayer” event.
Each year, Montrose holds a public prayer event to commemorate the “National Day of Prayer.” This year’s event was at 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at Centennial Plaza at South First Street and Uncompahgre Ave. The plaza is adjacent to the Montrose City Hall.
As people gathered in circles to hold hands, bow their heads and pray to a god or gods, secular citizens sat peacefully nearby, holding signs that said,
Do you believe:
A snake talked?
A bit of fruit conferred knowledge?
Disease is caused by demons?
Witches exist among us?
God watches you, even in your bedroom?
Then you don’t have a case for calling Atheists “strange!”
If prayer actually worked, then
NO ONE would die of cancer
POLITICIANS would get wisdom
WORLD PEACE would come
Reason works, magic doesn’t!
There is no GOD in the Constitution. Thank you Washington, Madison, Jefferson and Franklin
The above sign is posted on the Loncheria Rubi, a food truck selling home-made Mexican fare located next to Sprouts Farmers Market on I-70 Business Loop in Grand Junction. It is a refreshing change from the harsher, nastier signs displayed by some other local businesses, like Alida’s on Main Street and NiteLife Billiards on North Ave. (“I Built This Business Kiss My Ass Obama”), in which business owners state their belief that they built their businesses without any assistance from government-funded infrastructure, like roads, ports or bridges, power and drainage systems, or institutions like public schools or universities.