VALENTINE’S DAY…..YESTERDAY AND TODAY

Happy Valentine’s Day!

A day of love and affection.

Not in its beginnings.

There are several beginnings. The one most accepted has dark origins. Typical of ancient Rome. Fun and games were enjoyed.

Valentine’s Day had a predecessor. The Feast of Lupercalia. An annual event. February 13-15. In modern vernacular, men hit on women. By actually hitting them.

The men first sacrificed goats and dogs. The men bare assed. Young women were lined up bare assed. The men hit the women with the hides of the goats and dogs slain.

The young women willing participants.

The men and young women drunk during these activities.

The purpose of the beatings were to make the young women fertile.

Following the beatings, the names of the ladies were thrown in a jar. The men picked. The woman selected was then coupled with the man for the rest of the festival. Sometimes longer if the match worked out.

Several centuries later in the third century A.D, two religious men named Valentine lived. One in Rome, the other somewhere else in Italy. Emperor Claudius had them both executed. Each on February 14, but in different years.

The two Valentines were eventually canonized. Resulting in two St. Valentines.

The image of the earlier pagan Lupercalia was cleaned up by naming February 14 St. Valentine’s Day.

Note that Christmas had a similar beginning. A pagan festival involving sex, gluttony and drunkenness. Saturnalia. A 5-7 day event in December. “Throw off the toga” the cry of the event.

The Catholic Church wanted the pagans to join the Church. They offered a deal. Join us and you can continue to celebrate your pagan ways. A marriage occurred.

Eventually, Christmas became Christmas as we know it.

Spent yesterday afternoon preparing for tonight’s podcast. Tuesday Talk with Key West Lou. Nine my time. A quick half hour show. www.blogtalkradio.com/key-west-lou.

Topics include Yale and its Calhoun College, Trump’s enhancing public safety executive order, the immigrants of today the Jews of yesterday, Trump and Miller telling lies when they claim people came from Massachusetts to New Hampshire to vote, Trump’s war on drugs reversing present thought, Greeks want to stop teaching Greek history, a federal pot law intended to negate State laws permitting marijuana use, Orville dam, and more.

Stopped at Key West Bite to watch Syracuse/Louisville last night.

Bite a sports bar. I was the only one watching a game. Bite may not make it.

Syracuse lost in overtime to #7 Louisville 76-72. A good game. Syracuse down 14 in the first half. Came back and played basket for basket thereafter. Game could have gone either way.

The Michael Flynn in the news is the same Michael Flynn who tweeted stories that Hillary Clinton was involved in pedophilia. That Hillary was part of an operation compelling children to have Satanic sex in a Washington pizza shop.

Flynn may have been a great general. He was a sick man otherwise. The country is better off without him.

The Go Live video I am doing is 12 days old. The viewer numbers has risen significantly. I am pleased so many like and are following it.

Those of you who do enjoy it on Facebook, please press SHARE so more might be exposed to my ramblings.

Enjoy your day!

 

CHRISTMAS CAROLS

‘Tis the season to be jolly…..

My KONK Life column this week is An American Christmas. I went all the way back to Christmas’ beginnings in pagan Rome and traced its development to modern day America.

Christmas in Roman days was not as it is today. It involved all type of debauchery, rapes, killings, etc. An example is caroling.

Today groups dressed go home to home singing Silent Night and the like. In pagan days thousands of years ago, it involved naked people dancing around stone circles. In addition to going house to house. The frivolity included rape and other sexual abuses.

Since I had gotten my column out saturday, yesterday was basically a free day. The one exception was working with Sloan in the morning for an hour. With nothing to do, I did nothing. Laid around in a lazy fashion.

The Miss Universe contest. What a screw up! The winner was Miss Philippine. By mistake, it was announced that it was Miss Columbia. After Miss Columbia had been crowned, the mistake was revealed.

I suspect Miss Columbia will reap benefit from the mistake. Being second in this instance might be more beneficial that having come in first.

Sadness follows Jimmy Carter in his later years. Carter recently disclosed he has a terminal cancer. Last week, his 28 year old grandson Jeremy died.

Key West’s proposed Truman Waterfront Park has taken 15 years to reach the ground breaking ceremony which took place last week. A black cloud seems to hang over the project.

The groundbreaking is an indication things are ready to move forward. The first stages.

The City Commission has a new member. Richard Payne. A retired Florida Judge. An excellent jurist.

Why Payne wanted to get back into politics at the ground level by running for Commissioner, I do not understand. There comes a time to sit back, relax and enjoy.

Payne appears to screw things up. First, he did not appoint the Planning Board member who had served for years. He wanted to appoint his own. Technically, Payne had the power to do so. Not a popular move, however.

Now comes the Truman Waterfront ground breaking. Payne announces that the waterfront would make an excellent place to locate a Key West-Havana ferry service. He was aware there was an agreement with the federal government that donated the land to Key West that use of the water area itself was forbidden.

Payne suggested no problem. He was going to go over the paper work to see if the government was guilty of any breaches.

I can see another 15 years going by before anything further is done with the Truman Waterfront.

Payne should drop the issue. It is not feasible from a time perspective. I am sure other problems will reveal themselves if Payne’s move is continued.

Syracuse/Montana State tomorrow night at 7. The game is televised in Key West on ESP3. ESP3 is Comcast channel 7.

It took me a while to figure out. Hope it is helpful to some.

Enjoy your day!