Patron saints and public service
The Daily Word in Putin, nipple distance, and Bigfoot
There's potentially another Superfund site in Albuquerque.
Caliber's coyote-killing contest cancelled.
Rio Grande Sun's Police Blotter.
Here's one concept for a new bridge across the Seine.
Big Tex burned up after his boots caught fire.
Chinese beauty pageant nipple distance mandate.
Two reasons to visit the Dangerous Minds website: listen to the entire Jim Jones People's Temple LP; learn that original German freaks FAUST are still around and they played a live soundtrack to the last presidential debate....
A Pennsylvania man says a Sasquatch broke the tail lights on his Winnebago.
Putin can do anything. Again.
Watch Einstuerzende Neubauten's Blixa Bargeld make Risotto.
On this day in 1950, Tom Petty was born. Check him out on The Tom Snyder show in 1981.
Rowdy’s Dream Blog #216: A saint who raised money for the poor.
I try to recall the story of a saint who raised money for the poor. I search for the story in the compost pile, but all I can find are small snakes and a Jerusalem cricket.
Yes Dear Part III
I have heard conflicting stories on this Saint Valentine and the events historically associated with the holiday. February 14, 1929 marks one of the bloodiest mob scenes in Chicago. Al Capone had allegedly contracted a hit on a rival gang which killed 7 people. This marked the end of Capone’s gang opposition in Chicago, and also the day his adoring Chicago fans stopped adoring him and just wanted an end to the bootleg wars that plagued the city with violence.
There is also a Father Valentine that is supposed to be one of many Valentines canonized by the Catholic church. Father Valentine went against the Roman Emperor Claudius, who had banned marriage. Valentine would continue to marry young lovers, and was caught, convicted, and sentenced to death. He reportedly fell in love with the jailer’s daughter and on the day he was sentenced to die, he passed her a note that simply said, from your Valentine- I wonder if it had Buzz Lightyear on it? He was sentenced to death and died on February 14.
There is also the idea that Valentine’s Day began as the Lupercalia Pagan festival which occurred around the middle of February. This festival, among other things, consisted of animal sacrifices, and then slapping young maidens with animal skins soaked in blood. Well, nothing says love like bloody goat skin against your back…
Cupid was the Roman God of love and is considered the mascot of this holiday by many. I’m not sure how a 3,000-year-old baby who shoots arrows at people to make them fall in love has become so iconic in the celebration of love, but to each his own I suppose. So blood- red, sacrifice- money spent, and hearts- the animals’? I guess I can see how we got here?
This holiday generates nearly 14 million dollars annually for retailers. 14 million dollars, to say I love you! That’s a lot of money for red plastic buckets, Disney cards telling people they are cute, and Neko candy hearts that continue to encourage children that spelling really doesn’t matter- U R Cute…
Stay Tuned For Part IV
Saints Beat the Colts 31 to 17 in Superbowl XLIV
In case you didn't watch the game, the Colts pulled ahead early with a 10 point lead, but the Saints dominated in the Second Quarter and never stopped, leading with an on-side kick in the Second Half. The Colts made a push with less than two minutes left on the clock, but it was all over when they turned over possession without scoring.
The Daily Word 02.05.10: Paddling Students, Powerball Winner, Toyota is Sorry
Police say they found the remains of a missing man under his garage.
Area man wins $1 million Powerball.
You can still paddle students in this state, and many schools do.
The Gallup mayor has been charged with battery and assault after a fistfight with the Gallup Independent publisher.
The House is ready to vote on a half-cent gross receipts tax increase and 1 percent hike for the richest New Mexicans.
Hey! The unemployment rate dropped!
Toyota is very sorry about the whole brake thing.
The Saints' coach is sleeping just fine.
If there were more female executives, would we have an "iPad"?
Shanghai's cracking down on people wearing pajamas in public.
It's OK to dine alone.