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FReeper Canteen ~ Happy Valentine's Day ~ 14 FEB 2012
Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | laurenmarlowe

Posted on 02/13/2012 6:13:07 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska

~The FReeper Canteen Presents~

Happy Valentine's Day!

Here's some lovely roses for everyone!

And chocolate for all!

110 million roses, the majority red, will be sold and delivered within a three-day time period.

About 1 billion Valentine's Day cards are exchanged each year. That's the largest seasonal card-sending occasion of the year, next to Christmas.

More than 50 percent of cards are sold the week of the holiday, with the largest and most elaborate Valentine cards sold 48 hours before February 14.

Conversation Hearts: In 1866, candy manufacturer NECCO made the first "Conversation Hearts" — then called "Motto Hearts." According to NECCO, eight billion of these little candies are sold between January 1 and February 14.

 More than 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold for Valentine's Day.

The Italian city of Verona, where Shakespeare's lovers Romeo and Juliet lived, receives about 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet every Valentine's Day.

Teachers will receive the most Valentine's Day cards, followed by children, mothers, wives, and then, sweethearts. Children ages 6 to 10 exchange more than 650 million Valentine's cards with teachers, classmates, and family members.

Luciano Pavarotti ~ Nessum Dorma!

ABBA ~ Take A Chance On Me

Alabama ~ Love In The First Degree

Andrea Bocelli ~ Besame Mucho

Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes ~ The Time Of My Life

James Ingram ~ Love You

Holly Valance ~ Kiss Kiss

Sasha & Shawna ~ Per Te

Norah Jones ~ Come Away With Me

The London Symphony Orchestra ~ The First Ever I Saw Your Face

FR CANTEEN MISSION STATEMENT~Showing support and boosting the morale of our military and our allies military and the family members of the above. Honoring those who have served before. 

Please remember: The Canteen is a place to honor and entertain our troops. The Canteen is family friendly. Let's have fun!

We pray for your continued strength, to be strong in the face of adversity.

We pray for your safety, that you will return to your families and friends soon.

We pray that your hope, courage, and dignity remain unbroken, so that you may show others the way.

God Bless You All ~ Today, Tomorrow and Always



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KEYWORDS: canteen; military; troopsupport; valentines
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To: AZamericonnie

An AZ heart for you, Connie!

41 posted on 02/13/2012 7:29:32 PM PST by LUV W (Unleash the American People!!)
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To: AZamericonnie
You too sweet lady. xxx


42 posted on 02/13/2012 7:29:42 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Beautiful thread, Kathy.


43 posted on 02/13/2012 7:30:06 PM PST by MEG33 (Support Free Republic Today!)
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To: AZamericonnie; txradioguy; Kathy in Alaska; All

Thank You Troops




My Heart
Is With All Who Serve Our Country

Happy Valentine's Day To The Canteen
*HUGS*

44 posted on 02/13/2012 7:33:48 PM PST by MEG33 (Support Free Republic Today!)
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To: ConorMacNessa
Nite, Conor! (((hugs)))..and...


Happy Valentine's Day! :)

45 posted on 02/13/2012 7:34:48 PM PST by LUV W (Unleash the American People!!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Just got back from a Tea Party meeting where I presided in my role as co-president. We had a fine preparation on “prepping” by a consultant who occasionally works with FEMA and is a member of our Tea Party. Good show! Now I know what to buy before the fertilizer hits the ventilator.


46 posted on 02/13/2012 7:42:23 PM PST by Publius
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To: BIGLOOK

Happy Valentine's from
Yellow Rose!
@-->-->--

47 posted on 02/13/2012 7:46:09 PM PST by LUV W (Unleash the American People!!)
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To: ConorMacNessa
God Bless you good, Mac. Good night and rest well. Thanks for helping honor our troops, past and present. Thank you for your service to our country.


48 posted on 02/13/2012 7:53:45 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska
Almost fifty posts and not one mention of the historical basis of this auspicious holiday

On the morning of Thursday, February 14, 1929, St. Valentine's Day, five members of the North Side Gang, plus gang collaborators Reinhardt H. Schwimmer and John May, were lined up against the rear inside wall of the garage at 2122 North Clark Street, in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago's North Side, and executed. The murders were committed by gangsters allegedly hired from outside the city by the Al Capone mob so they would not be recognized by their victims.

Two of the shooters were dressed as uniformed police officers, while the others wore suits, ties, overcoats and hats, according to witnesses who saw the “police” leading the other men at gunpoint out of the garage after the shooting. John May's German Shepherd, Highball, who was leashed to a truck, began howling and barking, attracting the attention of two women who operated boarding houses across the street. One of them, Mrs. Landesman, sensed that something was dreadfully wrong and sent one of her roomers to the garage to see what was upsetting the dog. The man ran out, sickened at the sight. Frank Gusenberg was still alive after the killers left the scene and was rushed to the hospital shortly after police arrived at the scene. When the doctors had Gusenberg stabilized, police tried to question him but when asked who shot him, he replied “Nobody shot me”, despite having sustained fourteen bullet wounds. It is believed that the St. Valentine's Day Massacre resulted from a plan devised by members of the Capone gang to eliminate George ‘Bugs’ Moran due to the rivalry between the two gangs.

George Moran was the boss of the long-established North Side Gang, formerly headed up by Dion O’Banion, who was murdered by four gunmen five years earlier in his flower shop on North State Street. Everyone who had taken command of the North Siders since O’Banion’s rule had been murdered, supposedly by various members or associates of the Capone organization. This massacre was allegedly planned by the Capone mob in retaliation for an unsuccessful attempt by Frank Gusenberg and his brother Peter to murder Jack McGurn earlier in the year and for the North Side Gang's complicity in the murders of Pasqualino “Patsy” Lolordo and Antonio “The Scourge” Lombardo – both had been presidents of the Unione Siciliane, the local Mafia, and close associates of Capone. Bugs Moran's muscling in on a Capone-run dog track in the Chicago suburbs, his takeover of several Capone-owned saloons that he insisted were in his territory, and the general rivalry between Moran and Capone for complete control of the lucrative Chicago bootlegging business were probable contributing factors to this incident.

The plan was to lure Bugs Moran to the SMC Cartage warehouse on North Clark Street. Contrary to common belief, this plan did not intend to eliminate the entire North Side gang – just Moran, and perhaps two or three of his lieutenants. It is usually assumed that they were lured to the garage with the promise of a stolen, cut-rate shipment of whiskey, supplied by Detroit's Purple Gang, also associates of Capone's. However, some recent studies dispute this, although there seems to have been hardly any other good reason for so many of the North Siders to be there. One of these theories states that all of the victims (with the exception of John May) were dressed in their best clothes, which would not have been suitable for unloading a large shipment of whiskey crates and driving it away – even though this is how they, and other gangsters, were usually dressed at the time. The Gusenberg brothers were also supposed to drive two empty trucks to Detroit that day to pick up two loads of stolen Canadian whiskey.

On St. Valentine's Day, most of the Moran gang had already arrived at the warehouse by approximately 10:30 AM. However, Moran himself was not there, having left his Parkway Hotel apartment late. As Moran and one of his men, Ted Newberry, approached the rear of the warehouse from a side street they saw the police car pull up. They immediately turned and retraced their steps, going to a nearby coffee shop. On the way, they ran into another gang member, Henry Gusenberg, and warned him away from the place. A fourth gang member, Willie Marks, was also on his way to the garage when he spotted the police car. Ducking into a doorway, he jotted down the license number before leaving the neighborhood.

Capone's lookouts likely mistook one of Moran's men for Moran himself – probably Albert Weinshank, who was the same height and build. That morning the physical similarity between the two men was enhanced by their dress: both happened to be wearing the same color overcoats and hats. Witnesses outside the garage saw a Cadillac sedan pull to a stop in front of the garage. Four men, two dressed in police uniform, emerged and walked inside. The two fake police officers, carrying shotguns, entered the rear portion of the garage and found members of Moran's gang and two gang collaborators, Reinhart Schwimmer and John May, who was fixing one of the trucks.

The two “police officers” then signaled to the pair in civilian clothes who had accompanied them. Two of the killers opened fire with Thompson sub-machine guns, one containing a 20-round box magazine and the other a 50-round drum. They were efficient, spraying their victims left and right, even continuing to fire after all seven had hit the floor. The seven men were ripped apart in the volley, and two shotgun blasts afterward all but obliterated the faces of John May and James Clark, according to the coroner's report.

49 posted on 02/13/2012 7:55:13 PM PST by Cowman (How can the IRS seize property without a warrant if the 4th amendment still stands?)
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To: LUV W
Aloha West Texas Rose!

What does @-->-->-- mean? I'm PC literate but not exactly PC savvy to PC pidgin.


(Was warned once to never give a gal a yellow rose on Valentine's Day.....only red roses will do. But there must be an exception somewhere for Texas gals.)


50 posted on 02/13/2012 7:57:41 PM PST by BIGLOOK (Keelhaul Congress!)
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To: BIGLOOK

It’s always a good thing to give a Texas gal yellow roses!

and @—>—>— is a rose! LOL! Kinda! :)


51 posted on 02/13/2012 8:00:17 PM PST by LUV W (Unleash the American People!!)
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To: BIGLOOK
Aloha, Hawaii...((HUGS))...sun today? Has your computer continued to behave since it's fix?

It is sleeting here...temp hovering around freezing. Had to use the wipers all the way home.


52 posted on 02/13/2012 8:05:30 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska
Aloha again Night Owl! ((HUGS))

Yep....the fix is in, until the next time. If I had a dollar for every glitch I've had, I'd own IBM. (Hell, I'd settle for a nickel a glitch.)

Keep driving safely.....sleet is tricky.
53 posted on 02/13/2012 8:15:02 PM PST by BIGLOOK (Keelhaul Congress!)
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To: LUV W

Awww.....a desert heart from Sedona. Good times Luvie.... Good times.


54 posted on 02/13/2012 8:16:30 PM PST by AZamericonnie
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To: SandRat; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
Thank you Sandy and Brian. Happy Valentine's Day, Sweethearts.


55 posted on 02/13/2012 8:19:24 PM PST by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: Cowman

Good evening, Cowman...we were waiting for your post with the historical basis of Valentine’s Day.

Thanks for sharing. That is quite a story.


56 posted on 02/13/2012 8:22:33 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Happy Valentine’s Day, y’all!


57 posted on 02/13/2012 9:01:19 PM PST by bgill (Romney & Obama are both ineligible. A non-NBC GOP prez shuts down all ?s on Obama's admin)
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To: HopeandGlory
Thanks, Nana Hope, for today's Pledge…((HUGS)).
Thanks, AfghanMan and Penguin Girl, for your service to America.

Happy Valentine's Day.


58 posted on 02/13/2012 9:20:11 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: BIGLOOK

Beautiful roses, Hawaii...thank you.


59 posted on 02/13/2012 9:42:14 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: bgill
Welcome, bgill, and Happy Valentine's Day to you as well.


60 posted on 02/13/2012 9:50:59 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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