Thursday, December 14, 2017

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The holiday's roots are in the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia, a fertility celebration commemorated annually on February 15. Pope Gelasius I recast this pagan festival as a Christian feast day circa 496, declaring February 14 to be St. Valentine's Day.

 

Five weeks in the new year and Nebraska's soil moisture is normal. If soil moisture stays normal, any additional precipitation that doesn't run off will recharge ground water, raising the water table - that will be great news. Click HERE for the national NOAA Climate Prediction site and HERE for the Omaha site.Just a point to ponder - although earth is a water planet, only 0.0078% of that water is available to sustain plant, animal and human life. For details, click HERE for the US Geological Survey Water School

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Nebraska is much better off than a lot of other states - Click here to see

First quarter is at 0146 (1:46 AM) on Monday, February 15th.

Date Sunrise Sunset Sun hours Days until spring
Wed, Feb 10 07:26 AM 05:54 PM 10:28 39
Thu, Feb 11 07:25 AM 05:55 PM 10:30 38
Fri, Feb 12 07:24 AM 05:56 PM 10:32 37
Sat, Feb 13 07:23 AM 05:57 PM 10:34 36
Sun, Feb 14 07:22 AM 05:58 PM 10:36 35
Mon, Feb 15 07:20 AM 06:00 PM 10:40 34
Tue, Feb 16 07:19 AM 06:01 PM 10:42 33

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During this week in history - with a little humor thrown in.

If you want  the funny, go to Bizarre Holidays

For the serious go to History Net

February 10th, 1846 - Led by religious leader Brigham Young, the first Mormons begin a long westward exodus from Nauvoo, Il., to Utah.

1966 - Protester David J. Miller is convicted of burning his draft card. He was arrested by the FBI, convicted and sentenced to 2 years in prison.

David Miller's Memoir

February 10th is Umbrella day and, this year, Ash Wednesday.

"You educate a man, you educate a man. You educate a woman, you educate a generation." - Brigham Young

"I am not going to give my prepared speech. I am going to let this action speak for itself. I know that you people across the street really know what is happening in Vietnam. I am opposed to the draft and the war in Vietnam." - David J. Miller, just before lighting his draft card.

February 11th, 1936 - The Reich arrests 150 Catholic youth leaders in Berlin.

1990 - South African political leader Nelson Mandela is released from prison in Paarl, South Africa, after serving more than 27 years of a life sentence.
February 11th is Don't Cry Over Spilt Milk, Make a Friend, National Inventors and White T-Shirt day.
Your vision is not limited by what your eye can see, but by what your mind can imagine.
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Your vision is not limited by what your eye can see, but by what your mind can imagine.
Read more at: http://www.azquotes.com/quote/658557
Your vision is not limited by what your eye can see, but by what your mind can imagine.
Read more at: http://www.azquotes.com/quote/658557

"I am now as before a Catholic and will always remain so." - Adolf Hitler

"As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn't leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I'd still be in prison." - Nelson Mandela

 February 12th, 1924 - George Gershwin’s groundbreaking symphonic jazz composition Rhapsody in Blue premieres with Gershwin himself playing the piano with Paul Whiteman’s orchestra. Click Here to listen to the Royal Philharmonic version.

1999 - The U.S. Senate fails to pass two articles of impeachment against President Clinton. He had been accused of perjury and obstruction of justice by the House of Representatives.

  February 12th is Plum Pudding day and Abraham Lincoln's birthday.

"Life is a lot like jazz, it's best when you improvise." - George Gershwin

"It depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is. If the--if he--if 'is' means is and never has been, that is not--that is one thing. If it means there is none, that was a completely true statement..." - Bill Clinton

February 13th, 1689 - British Parliament adopts the Bill of Rights.

1866 - Jesse James holds up his first bank.

1951 - At the Chipyong-ni, in Korea, U.N. troops contain the Chinese forces’ offensive in a two-day battle.

February 13th is Get a Different Name day.

"The freedom of speech, and debates or proceedings in Parliament, ought not to be impeached or questioned in any court or place out of Parliament" - English Bill of Rights Quotes

"My pistols, however, I always kept by me." - Jesse James

"I shall speak briefly of the Twenty-third United States Infantry Regiment, Colonel Paul L. Freeman commanding, [and] with the French Battalion… Isolated far in advance of the general battle line, completely surrounded in near-zero weather, they repelled repeated assaults by day and night by vastly superior numbers of Chinese. They were finally relieved… I want to say that these American fighting men, with their French comrades-in-arms, measured up in every way to the battle conduct of the finest troops America and France have produced throughout their national existence." - General Matthew Ridgway

“It was a massacre. I saw no one shooting at troops. If anybody had been, I would have seen it. I saw only the Army shooting. The British Army should hang its head in shame after today’s disgusting violence. They shot indiscriminately and everywhere around them without any provocation. I was administering the last rites to a boy about 15 who had been shot by soldiers in Rossville Street.” - See more at: http://alphahistory.com/northernireland/northern-ireland-quotations/#sthash.bQH6euFp.dpuf
February 14th, 1920 - The League of Women Voters is formed in Chicago in celebration of the imminent ratification of the 19th Amendment that gave women the right to vote.
1929 - Chicago gang war between Al Capone and George “Bugs” Moran culminates with several Moran confederates being gunned down in the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.
1957 - The Georgia state senate outlaws interracial athletics.
1989 - Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini charges that Salman Rushdie’s novel, The Satanic Verses, is blasphemous and issues an edict (fatwa) calling on Muslims to kill Rushdie.
February 14th is Ferris Wheel, National Organ Donor, and Valentine's day.
"There are whole precincts of voters in this country whose united intelligence does not equal that of one representative American woman." - Carrie Chapman Catt
"When Negroes and whites meet on the athletic fields on a basis of complete equality, it is only natural that this sense of equality is translated into the daily living of these people." - Georgia State Senator Leon Butts At least he called blacks people.
"Our nation has become a model for all countries." - Ayatollah Khomeini
February 15th, 1898 - The U.S. battleship Maine blows up in Havana Harbor, killing 268 sailors and bringing hordes of Western cowboys and gunfighters rushing to enlist in the Spanish-American War.
1961 - Eighteen members of the U.S. figure skating team are lost in an airplane crash in Belgium. NY Daily News article
February 15th  is Candelmas (Julian Calendar), National Gum Drop, Presidents' (because it's the third Monday) and Singles Awareness day.
"Once the United States is in Cuba, who will drive it out?" - Jose Marti
"Who knows why?" - Marilyn Meeker, who did not fly due to a broken bone in her foot.
February 16th, 1952 - The FBI arrests 10 members of the Ku Klux Klan in North Carolina. Carter-Klan site
1959 - Fidel Castro takes the oath as Cuban premier in Havana.
"There are different Klans ­­ just like there are different fraternities in college." - David Duke
“The ever more sophisticated weapons piling up in the arsenals of the wealthiest and the mightiest can kill the illiterate, the ill, the poor and the hungry, but they cannot kill ignorance, illness, poverty or hunger.” - Fidel Castro
February 16th is Do a Grouch a Favor day.
"I love any excuse to come to New York - when it's not February." - K.A. Applegate
"No matter how bad your day seems, just remember that someone out there has to clean the bathroom at Taco Bell." - Anonymous
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Quote of the week - "The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one." - George Bernard Shaw

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