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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

This Day in History

Let's take a moment and ponder what this Valentine's Day is really about.

From HistoryChannel.com:
1929 The St. Valentine's Day Massacre

Three men dressed as police officers enter gangster Bugs Moran's headquarters on North Clark Street in Chicago, line seven of Moran's henchmen against a wall, and shoot them to death. The St. Valentine's Day Massacre, as it is now called, was the culmination of a gang war between arch rivals Al Capone and Bugs Moran.

How did we get from a mob hit to sending roses to our honeys?

5 comments:

Miss Sassy said...

This isn't the REASON we celebrate Vday... or as I like to call it "glad I don't have a VD day"... its just an event that happened.

Are you just prepping your leap in logic speak for Easter, Mister??

Way back in the day they thought the first unwed person a singleton met on Valentine's morn would be their spouse... Got any introductions to make??
Ah, well... maybe next year.

Pooke said...

Actually, the very first Valentine's Day Massacre occurred when said male valentine spent the evening watching college basketball, leaving said female valentine spending her evening commenting on faceless internet people's blogs.

Not that I know anything about that.

(Okay, he is under the weather, so he gets a raincheck for VD, er, something like that).

Anonymous said...

Or, I'm crazy.

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curmudgeon said...

sassy,
I know, but it seems more than a coincidence...

pooke,
Thank him for me. I'm glad you visited. :)

mark,
Like that needs to be pointed out.

curmudgeon said...

Addendum:
By the way, I learnt yesterday that Valentines dates back to the Roman empire. St. Valentine helped people get married in secret, back when men were told they couldn't marry, or for that matter, stay home with their families.
There are nations to conquer, dammit! We need soldiers!