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Page2 POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 14, 2011 I= by Prof. Edmund Turiello A weekly column highlighting some of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry.., our lineage.., our roots. THE BRUTAL AUGUSTUS Augustus lost his mother in 43 B.C., and his sister Octavia in 9 B.C. He mar- ried Claudia in 43 B.C. but divorced her before they started living together. Three years later (40 B.C.) he married, Scribonia, who had been married twice before. He divorced her be- cause she had a shrewish dispostion. He then took the married and pregnant Livia away from her husband Tiberius and kept her for the rest of his life. He was particularly fond of his two grandsons and became very protective of them. He suffered great heartache when his daugh- ter Julia, and granddaughter also named Julia was found to be guilty of every form of vice and banished them to an island for about five years. He denied them the use of wine and every form of luxury. No male was per- mitted near them without specific permissin from Augustus, and he never re- ferred to them except as his two boils and. his two ulcers. Whenever anyone pleaded for reconciliation with his two Julias he openly called upon the gods to curse the pleader with like wives and daughters. Augustus was never con- sidered to be a legacy-hunter and whenever he was left an inheritance by friends, he either turned it over to that persons' sons at once or if they were minors he waited until they became of age and then gave them the money plus interest. There were times when he was gracious and merciful towards those who made mistakes without evil in- tent. At other times (not very often) he became quite bru- tal. He forced a friend to com- mit suicide because he was convicted of adultery with Roman matrons. He broke the legs of hs secretary for accepting a bribe to reveal the contents of a letter. When his son's tutors com- mitted acts of arrogance and greed he had them thrown into a river with heavy weights around their necks. He vented his anger on even the most distinguished of his captives, and did not even spare them insulting language. One condemmed man who begged humbly for a decent burial was told that the birds would settle his problems. A father and son who begged for their lives were told to cast lots or to play~ mora to decide which would live. He then looked on while the father was executed because he offered to die for his son, and there- upon the son took his own life. NEXT ISSUE: The Hospital Augustus Arizona Shooting Reaction: by David Karki "To every action there is al- ways an equal and opposite reaction." So holds Newton's Third Law of Motion. And the same could well be said of politics, and the polarization that has gripped us in recent" years. This is especially the case in the wake of the horrific shooting of Representative Gabrielle Giffords and a dozen others in Tucson, Arizona. Equal and opposite. To be sure, there is but one perpetrator of and one party responsible for this heinous crime: Jared Lee Loughner, a 22-year-old man who by all evidence available thus far is a complete luna- tic. He was driven by no ideology or agenda, at least not any that any rational person would have a chance of understanding in the slightest; his ramblings on the Internet were so com- pletely incoherent and non- sensical as to be utterly incomprehensible. But that hasn't stopped the far left from doing what they all too often do with any tragedy like this: finding a way to exploit it for political Newton's Third Law f WWW. BOSTON POSTGAZ ETTE.CO M gain, even as they project their behavior onto their opponents. Hence the repetition of President Bill Clinton's slimy attempt to pin blame for the Oklahoma City bomb- ing on Rush Limbaugh and conservative talk radio. And, of course, on Sarah Palin who has replaced President George W. Bush as the far left's boogeyman caricature, the mere mention or appear- ance of which makes them come completely unhinged, and is in their whacked-out minds directly and solely re- sponsible for everything they think wrong in the world. Then there was Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik putting his igno~ rance and stupidity on global display with his first public comments after the shooting: "When you look at unbal- anced people, how they re- spond to the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government. The anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outra- geous. And, unfortunately, Arizona I think has become ALBANO F. PONTE, CEP Financial and Estate Planning Email afponte @ Phone 617-320-0022 MICHAEL F. NOBILE, CPCU ME.DFORD 39 Salem Street Medford, MA 02155 (781) 395-4200 Fax (781) 391-8493 BOSTON 30 Prince Street Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-6766 Fax (617) 523-0078 1 ARLINGTON 148A Massachusetts Avenue Arlington, MA 02474 (781) 646-1200 Fax (781) 646-1148 sort of the capital. We have become the Mecca for preju- dice and bigotry." To say anything like this in the first press conference after a shooting is reckless, irresponsible and poor judg- ment in the extreme. His personal political opinions are not relevant to his job duties and should be kept to himself. I don't know if his is an elected position and if he reports to a supervisor who has the power to disci- pline him, but if there were a way to fire or at least re- assign him, I would do so immediately. Moreover, to the extent that there may be any truth to that, it's only because the federal government has stabbed the citizens of Arizona in the back by fail- ing to seal the border to pro- tect them and siding with a criminal drug-cartel con- trolled Mexican government against them. Anger over that betrayal is understand- able, and hardly evidence of "prejudice and bigotry." (Save perhaps for that which Sheriff Dupnik apparently harbors for some of his constituents; the only un- balanced one with vitriol coming out of his mouth is himself.) This is where Newton's law becomes applicable, I believe. The very things the left decries exist and are stoked up by their very own rhetoric and behavior.. In other words, their, actions create an equal and opposite reaction. To wit: They despise Rush Limbaugh and FOX News, but the market for such media only existed because the mainstream media became so liberally biased. Had they been more respectful and (Continued on Page 15) Publica by David Trumbull Republican State Committee Re-Elects Nassour Massachusetts Republican Party Chairman Jennifer A. Nassour won re-election by more than a 3-to-1 margin at last week's meeting of the Massachusetts Republi- can State _Committee. Nassour ran for her second term as party chairman on a platform of continuing to build the party's grassroots and strengthening get-out- the-vote programs. "I am honored the Massa- chusetts Republican State Committee has expressed its strong support for the progress we have made in my first two years as chair- man and for my continued leadership as we endeavor to further rebuild and strengthen this Grand Ole Party," Nassour said after winning by a vote of 50-16 at the meeting in Newton. "For the first time in a long time, our party entered the November elections with a strong slate of candidates, and when all was said and done, we elected 25 new Republicans and defeated 12 Democratic incumbents. We turn our focus now to help- ing Senator Brown defend the People's Seat and restor- ing. greater two-party bal- ance to Beacon Hill," she said. The Republican State Committee elects a new chairman every two years during the January meeting following a presidential or gubernatorial election. There are 80 seats on the Republican State Commit- tee, a man and woman elected every four years from the 40 state senate districts in Massachusetts. In campaigning for re- election, Nassour outlined her priorities for 2011 and 2012: Electing Republicans: Assist with re-election of Republican incumbents and recruit more challengers to state legislative and con- gressional districts. Fundraising: Continue the robust and strategic fundraising efforts that ben- efit all GOP candidates Get Out The Vote Pro- gram: Change the GOP cul- ture of campaign-driven GOTV efforts to a coordi- nated, statewide GOTV. Build the infrastructure and r!ecruit the expertise to implement. Grassroots Building: Hosting the first-ever MassGOP grassroots confer- ence to train activists and candidates on February 5. Continue to add new town committees and empower both new and existing to be- come more active in recruit- ing members and raising visibility. Coordination of GOP Ticket: Promote greater cooperation among Republi- can campaigns to the ben- efit of all. Voter Registration: In- crease the number of regis- tered Republican voters with the aid of re-energized city a,nd town committees, as well as allied organizations. 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