10 Facts You Might Not Know About Pillsbury

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This is from Mental Floss.


Offering everything from cake mix to crescent rolls to pizza crust, Pillsbury has been a household name since the 1950s, though the company is much, much older.


By Pillsbury [public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Six years after graduating from Dartmouth, Charles Pillsbury moved to Minneapolis. Working in his uncle’s flour mill, Pillsbury realized that he could make the flour milling process more efficient by using steel rollers rather than buhr stones to mill the grain into flour. In 1872, he convinced his uncle and his father to join his company, which he called Charles A. Pillsbury & Co. Within 10 years, business had boomed, and Pillsbury’s mill was the largest in the world. The company was sold and diversified a couple of times, but after Charles Pillsbury died in 1899, leadership and management positions stayed within the family through his son, Charles S. Pillsbury, and grandson Phillip.


Theodora Smallfield won $50,000 in the first Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest in 1949. Smallfieldwrapped a tea towel around the dough to make her “No-Knead Water-Rising Twists.” The first contest was a big deal–Eleanor Roosevelt handed out the awards at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria hotel. The contest happened every year until 1976, when its frequency changed to once every two years. Fast-forward to the most recent Bake-Off contest in 2014, when Virginia’s Beth Royals won $1 million for her recipe for Peanutty Pie Crust Clusters.


In 1965, the Leo Burnett advertising agency in Chicago came up with the Pillsbury Doughboy character for an advertising campaign for the company’s refrigerated dough (the ad agency had previously come up with Pillsbury’s catchy jingle). Creative director Rudy Perz named the character Poppin’ Fresh to convey the dough’s freshness.


With his chubby white body and trademarked “Hoo Hoo!” giggle, Poppin’ Fresh is animmediately recognizable brand mascot who has starred in more than 600 different Pillsbury commercials since 1965. When they first began shooting ads with him, the stop-motion animation required five bodies and 15 different heads—a 30-second television spot required 720 photographs, or 24 pictures per second.


In 1955, Pillsbury released boxes of brownie mix and frosting mix, which appealed to amateur home cooks who could use the packaged mixes to save time and hassle in the kitchen. In 1964, Pillsbury started selling cans of spreadable (wet) frosting as well as Funny Face Drink Mix, meant to compete with Kool-Aid’s powdered drink mixes. Unfortunately, a couple of the names and packaging of the powdered drink mix—with flavors such as Loud-Mouth Lime, Goofy Grape, and Rootin’ Tootin’ Raspberry—were highly offense, but Pillsbury eventually renamed Chinese Cherry to Choo-Choo Cherry and Injun Orange to Jolly Olly Orange.


In 1966, Pillsbury introduced a powdered drink mix called Moo Juice, which made a milkshake when you added milk to it and shook. Moo Juice came in chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate malt, but it reportedly made a watery milkshake that didn’t taste as good as other powdered dessert drinks on the market. By 1970, Pillsbury stopped producing and selling Moo Juice.


In the 1960s, Pillsbury’s food scientist Dr. Howard Bauman developed edible cubes for astronauts to eat in space. In 1962, astronaut Scott Carpenter became the first person to eat solid food in space when ate these small cubes of figs, chocolate, dates, and high-protein cereals aboard the Aurora 7. In the 1970s and 1980s, Pillsbury marketed space food sticks for the non-astronaut public. They sold them as a fun snack that provided energy in the form of carbohydrates and protein, and the sticks came in flavors such as chocolate, peanut butter, mint, orange, and caramel.


In 1967, the Pillsbury Company acquired the then-13-year-old Burger King chain for $18 million, and in 1983, it bought premium ice cream brand Häagen-Dazs directly from Reuben Mattus, the company’s founder. But after a series of acquisitions—most recently, General Mills acquired Pillsbury in 2000—Pillsbury no longer exercises direct control as the parent company over either Burger King or Häagen-Dazs.


In the early 1970s, Pillsbury introduced a Poppin’ Fresh doll. The doll became so popular that Poppin’ Fresh’s entire family also became dolls. According to his backstory, his family consisted of a wife, Poppie Fresh (also called the Pillsbury Doughgirl), their kids Popper and Bun Bun, his dog Flapjack and cat Biscuit, as well as grandparents Granmommer and Granpopper, and an uncle Rollie. In a 1991 commercial for Pillsbury crescent rolls, Poppin’ Fresh’s unnamed mother appears, but we only see her arms as she serves him the rolls. Collectors still buy and sell Pillsbury dolls today.


Michael Cera landed his first gig with a speaking part when he created a giant cookie-dough monster in this ’90s commercial. Although she didn’t have lines, little Kirsten Dunst was all giggles and bouncy curls in her 1980s ad for microwaveable scalloped potatoes. And a pre-Brady Bunch Maureen McCormick sang a little ditty with Poppin’ Fresh in a 1960s commercial (see #4), while a young Drew Barrymore was also cheered up by Pillsbury’s chocolate chip cookies after getting caught in the rain.

Concealed Carrier Saves Cop Swarmed By “Unarmed” Youths

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This is from Bearing Arms.

This armed citizen beyond any doubt saved this officers live.

These feral ghetto rats would have seriously injured of possible killed this officer.

An Upper Darby police officer who waded into a crowd of high school students to break up a fight was mobbed by the crowd, and only the actions of a concealed carrier kept this from going very, very bad.

An officer who broke up a fight between two teen boys that had attracted a large crowd at that location was holding one of the combatants at bay when the teen’s opponent attacked the officer, Chitwood said.

“As he breaks up the fight, he takes one kid and then the other jumps [on] him. Now he’s fighting two of them and he’s calling for an assist officer at the same time,” Chitwood said. “There’s a crowd of 40 or 50 kids watching the fight, and they all move in towards the officer.”

That’s when the good Samaritan, who lives on the block, came out of his house with a gun in his hand and told the teens to get away from the cop, Chitwood said.

“He had the gun in his hand, but he didn’t point it at the kids, he just told them to back off,” Chitwood said. “If this guy didn’t come out and come to the aid of the officer, this officer would have had significant problems.”

The 35-year-old gun owner, who has a concealed-carry permit, kept the group of teens at bay until responding officers arrived, Chitwood said.

Not only did the officer who tried to break up the fight suffer significant hand injuries, Chitwood said, but an officer who responded to the request for backup also suffered a major injury to a leg when he was kicked by one of the teens in the fight.

Sadly, young thugs around the nation, egged on by the behavior of the Obama White House, the Justice Department, and Black Lives Matter, feel that they can get away with attacking the police, and have the expectation that they will be able to get away with it.

These mobs expect police officers intimidated by the “Ferguson Effect” to hold their fire and take a beating. They think they can get away with acting like savages.

Concealed carriers and lawful gun owners are a wild card in the mix. Criminals don’t know how a concealed carrier will respond, and they are intimidated by the uncertainty of what a citizen may do.

Law-abiding citizens with arms are increasingly stepping up to defend law enforcement officers from criminals.

Sadly, we can probably expect more of this as the Obama Administration continues to attack law enforcement and excuse the actions of criminals.

As a side note, I’d like to express my gratitude for the Upper Darby Police officers for maintaining their composure as they were being swarmed and attacked by this mob. It certainly sounds as if they were being very close to needing to use deadly force to keep from getting beaten to death.

10 ways Abraham Lincoln remains in our daily lives

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This is from the  National Constitution Center.

Liberals would like to erase Abraham Lincoln from the pages of history.

Abraham Lincoln, the man, was a national figure for a little less than a decade in his lifetime. But Lincoln, the legend, is a daily part of most American’s lives as a figure represented in currency, pop culture and our geography.

lincolnobjectsIf you think about it, how many times on a daily basis do you see Lincoln’s image, hear his name or see his name on everything from schools to roads to buildings?

Here is a look at 10 different areas where Abraham Lincoln remains with us as an icon.

1. The Lincoln Cent. The Victor David Brenner image of President Lincoln has been featured on the penny since 1909.  It replaced the “Indian Head” design that appeared from 1859-1909. Estimates vary on how many cent coins are in circulation today, with numbers ranging from 140 billion to more than 200 billion.

2. The Lincoln Five Dollar Bill. The first Federal Reserve Note with Lincoln’s likeness was issued in 1914. The Fed says the average $5 bill lasts in circulation for about five years. There are about $11 billion worth of $5 bills in circulation today.

3. Businesses named after Lincoln. We really don’t know how many there are. There’s Lincoln Financial Group for starters, and there are banks and insurance companies named for Lincoln, and stores and other retail businesses. Look around your town to see how many Lincolns you have in business.

4. Cars. The Lincoln Motor Company was founded in 1917 as a luxury car maker by Henry Leland, and it was acquired by Ford five years later. Lincoln limousines were also used by many modern Presidents, starting with Franklin Roosevelt and ending with George H.W. Bush.

5. Towns. A few years ago, PBS did a nice map that showed about three dozen towns and cities named after Abraham Lincoln. You’ll notice on the map that no towns in the South are named for the 16th President. Any town or county in that region called Lincoln was named after Benjamin Lincoln, a general from the Revolutionary War era.

6. Toys. The classic Lincoln Log toy set dates back to 1916, when they were invented by Frank Lloyd Wright’s son, John Lloyd Wright. The classic edition was for a frontier cabin, but modern Lincoln Logs come in different configurations – but they are still made from wood.

7. Schools. Many educational institutions across the country have Lincoln has part of their name, starting with Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, California and Missouri, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In Illinois, 89 public schools have Lincoln in their name.

8. Movies and TV. Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” is the longest in a series of films about Abraham Lincoln that started in 1908. Walter Huston, Henry Fonda, Raymond Massey, and Daniel Day-Lewis have all taken turns portraying Lincoln in different situations.

9. Books. Lincoln’s life and presidency remains an unending source of book materials, from scholarly analyses to the popular “Killing Lincoln” from Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. Amazon.com has more than 40,000 books related to Abraham Lincoln for sale and more than 3,000 biographies.

10. Monuments. Two truly iconic American monuments feature the 16thPresident. The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. was designed by Henry Bacon and opened in 1922. The Memorial’s site has become historic in itself, as the location of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech. Abraham Lincoln is also one of four Presidents featured in the Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota. Lincoln’s Tomb is located in Springfield, Illinois.


How Abraham Lincoln lost his birthday holiday

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This is from the National Constitution Center.

I say give Old Abe his birthday back as a holiday.

It’s Abraham Lincoln’s 207th birthday today, but you wouldn’t know it by watching the number of states that observe the day as a paid holiday.

Lincoln_MemorialCurrently, the Lincoln holiday is celebrated unofficially nationwide, as part of what many states call Presidents Day, which falls on Monday, February 15 this year. Just a handful of states celebrate the actual Lincoln birthday on its date.

And technically, the federal Presidents Day commemorates George Washington’s observed birthday: There is no national holiday called Presidents Day.

The third Monday in February is the date designated for the federal Washington’s Birthday holiday under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1971.

So on February 12, Lincoln’s real birthday, there are few celebrations on a state level, along with a ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. There is also a wreath ceremony at Lincoln’s birthplace in Kentucky.

Lincoln really was born in a one-room log cabin, on Sinking Spring Farm near present-day Hodgenville, Kentucky. (The original cabin was destroyed by the time of Lincoln’s death in 1865.)

There were efforts right after Lincoln’s death to get this birthday recognized as a holiday, but there has never been a federal Lincoln-birthday holiday.

By 1890, Lincoln’s birthday was observed as a paid holiday in 10 states. According to one blog that tracks the holiday, in 1940 24 states and the District Of Columbia observed Lincoln’s Birthday.

Now, after the Uniform Monday Holiday Act was passed in 1971 and states moved toward considering the federal Washington-birthday holiday as Presidents Day, there are just a handful of states that honor Lincoln directly. The states that currently have Lincoln-birthday holidays on February 12 include Illinois (Lincoln’s adopted home state), California, Connecticut, Missouri, and New York.

There have been several attempts in Congress to get Lincoln his own national holiday, but none have succeeded. Now, more states celebrate Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) than Lincoln’s birthday. In fact, 18 states, not including Indiana, have days off for state employees for Black Friday. Another 10 states give their employees the day off for Good Friday, and five states recognize December 26 as a holiday.

Only 10 states include language in their holiday laws that include Lincoln’s birthday as part of what is called Presidents Day or another name for that holiday on the third Monday in February.

And although it may seem odd that Indiana, and also New Mexico, honor Lincoln on the day after Thanksgiving, it was President Lincoln who issued the proclamation in 1863 that officially set the precedent for America’s national day of Thanksgiving.

WATCH: Ted Cruz CRUSHES Smart Aleck Moderator, Leaves Her Speechless on Live TV

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This is from Conservative Tribune. 

Martha Rats Ass  is a Democrat attack dog.

During Saturday night’s Republican debate in New Hampshire, ABC’s liberal host and co-moderator Martha Raddatz attempted to hit Texas Sen. Ted Cruz with a “gotcha” question, but he was prepared for it and quickly shut her down.

The topic of the question posed to Cruz was what he would do about a nuclear-armed North Korea if he were president, as the rogue communist nation had test-fired a long-range ballistic missile shortly before the debate began.

Cruz began his answer by noting that North Korea only acquired their nuclear weapons after forging a deal with the Clinton administration in the 1990s, pointing out that some of the very same people involved in that deal were also involved in President Barack Obama’s recent nuclear deal with Iran.

He then proceeded to explain how the U.S. should work toward increasing and improving our missile defense program and deploy such anti-missile technologies with our allies in the region, such as South Korea and Japan.

He also explained the dangers posed by a North Korean nuclear missile as well as their stated plan to detonate a nuclear-armed satellite over the U.S. to cause an EMP, or electro-magnetic pulse that could knock out most of our nation’s vulnerable electrical grid.

Raddatz seemed to not accept his answer though, asking him if he would have ordered a pre-emptive strike on the North Korean missile before it was launched.

Cruz replied, “At this point I’m not going to speculate on that without the intelligence briefing that any commander in chief would have, knowing exactly what is there.”

Raddatz cut him off though and proceeded to deliver her “gotcha” question, noting that Cruz has talked tough about the situation in the Middle East and insinuating that he hasn’t received intelligence briefings about that, asking again if he would order a preemptive strike on North Korea.

But Cruz quickly shut her up by declaring, “Actually, with respect, I have gotten the intelligence briefings on the Mideast, those have been going on for many years.”

“I haven’t gotten the intelligence briefing tonight on what North Korea is doing because I’m here in New Hampshire, and when you are responding to an immediate incident you need to know the intelligence of what is occurring,” he added.

Cruz went on to explain that what we are seeing happen in North Korea is only a preview of what we will one day see in Iran if Obama’s nuclear deal with them is allowed to stand.

Martha Raddatz thought she could get Ted Cruz with a “gotcha” question regarding North Korea, but he was prepared for it and would not allow her to entrap him.

Even Cruz’s fellow senator and GOP rival Marco Rubio backed him up when he was also pressed by Raddatz about whether he would preemptively strike at the North Koreans to destroy their missiles on the launchpad.

H/T The Right Scoop

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WAIT! Who Is The FBI Leaving Off Its List Of “Extremist Ideologies!?”

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This is from RedState. 

It is no surprise to me that Muslims did not get included on a list of extermeists.

To combat the ability of terror groups to attract teenagers (note: there has only been one variety of terrorist doing this in the United States) the FBI has set up a website to educate teens on terrorism.

More and more, violent extremists are trying to radicalize and recruit our nation’s youth, especially through the Internet and social media.

It’s the FBI’s primary responsibility—working with its many partners—to protect the nation from attacks by violent extremists. One important way to do that is to keep young people—the future of our country—from embracing violent extremist ideologies in the first place.

This website is designed to help do just that. Built by the FBI in consultation with community leaders and other partners, it uses a series of interactive materials to educate teens on the destructive nature of violent extremism and to encourage them to think critically about its messages and goals.

The site emphasizes that by blindly accepting radical ideologies, teens are essentially becoming the “puppets” of violent extremists who simply want them to carry out their destructive mission—which often includes targeting or killing innocent people.

The FBI encourages community groups, families, and high schools across the United States to use this site as part of their educational efforts. All Americans are asked to join the FBI in exposing the seductive nature of violent extremist propaganda and offering positive alternatives to violence.

This is one of the landing pages:

fbi terrorism

Can anyone spot what is missing? Hmmm… The people that have killed the most Americans via terrorism than any other group aren’t mentioned. Those would be the people behind 9/11 and Fort Hood and Chattanooga and Garland and San Bernardino; the people actively recruiting young people to go to Syria to fight for ISIS. The terror front groups like Holy Land Foundation and CAIR and whatever mosque the last Democrat politician visited who encourage young people to become terrorists by both commission and omission.

This is the chuckleheaded nonsense we’ve come to expect of federal law enforcement under the regime of Barack Obama. The cast a veritable cheesecloth net to seine the ocean for the minnows of “abortion extremists” and “militia extremists” and allow the whale of Islamic extremism to swim free.


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Hat Tip FireBird@SHE’S RIGHT.

Jeb Bush was all over Trump during the last two debates about Trump using EMINENT DOMAIN to try to take land from a ‘little old lady’ in New Jersey to use the property as a parking lot at a hotel he was building.  The case went to court, Trump LOST, and he walked away and moved on.  Jeb portrayed Trump as if he had TAKEN THE PROPERTY!  He lied, and he KNEW he was lying because this had been covered weeks earlier.

The eminent domain case in question can be found at the link below.



April, 1991: The Texas Rangers shepherd through the Texas legislature a bill that creates the Arlington Sports Facilities Development Authority (ASFDA), a quasi-governmental entity that is given the power of eminent domain. Shortly after the bill is signed by new governor Ann Richards, 13 acres of private property are seized for the Rangers’ new ballpark, later prompting two lawsuits. The timeline is at the link below:


The Bush family used eminent domain to get land for the Globe Life Park baseball stadium in Arlington, Texas, where the Bush Family in general, and George W. Bush in particular, owned a part of the Texas Rangers.”  Construction was begun on April 2, 1992.


FAST FORWARD:  Seems Jeb, when he was Governor of Florida, also dragged out EMINENT DOMAIN to try to take 160 acres of swampland from an old codger who had been living on it and quietly enjoying it for years so the state could create an Everglades restoration project.  Funny how that slipped Bush’s mind.


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