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,,, ..... ,0 ..... ...... 0 Page 2 POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 18, 2011 Stirp_00 by Prof. Edmund Turiello Nostra of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry.., our lineage.., our roots. ADDIO SPORCACClON To this day, the Isle of Capri boasts of the Villas of Tiberius, but not too much is said about those unfor- tunate souls who, after en- during long and agonizing tortures, were cast headlong from high cliffs into the sea. This was all done before the eyes of Tiberius while a band of soldiers waited below for the bodies to surface and then broke their bones with boathooks and oars to pre- vent any breath of life from remaining in them. Probably the most fiendish and perverted of his tortures is the-ohe that he devised himself. This consisted in tricking some men into load- ing themselves with enor- mous quantities of wine and then suddenly ordering that their privates be tied to pre- vent passage of their urine while being tortured in other ways. No person accused of even the most minor offense was spared from torment and death. Those who. wished to die were forced to live and those who committed sui- cide were said to have given the emperor the "slip." One man who begged for a speedy death was told by Tiberius, "I have not yet become your friend." An. ancient custom considered it to be a sign of irreverence to strangle maidens, therefore, young girls condemned to death were first violated by the executioner and then strangled._ In his physical make-up Tiberius was quite large and had a strong frame. His stature was above the aver- age with broad shoulders and chest, and he was well proportioned from head to foot. His left hand was so powerful that he could bore through a fresh sound apple with his finger or he could break the head of a young man with just a flip. He" was in excellent health for most of his political life and never needed the aid or advice of a physician. Not unlike other emperors, IRe was scared shirtless of lightning and even wore a laurel wreath during storms because it was believed that lightning never struck that plant. Tiberius died on March 16, in the year 37 A.D. in his villa at Lucullus, in the sev- enty-eighth year of his life after 23 years of reign. Some think that Gaius (Caligula) gave him a slow and wast- ing poison, while others claim he was smothered with a pillow. According to E still another writer, he was Conscious of his approach- ing death and took off his ring as if to give it someone. He put the ring back on his finger and clenched his hand as he lay motionless for a long time. He called for his attendants, and after receiv- ing no response, he got out of bed. His strength failed as he tried to walk and fell dead. At the first news of his death, many people ran about the city shouting "Tiberius to the Tiber," while others prayed to their gods to provide him no ever- lasting home except among the damned. Added to the memory of his former cru- elty was a later senatorial edict that the execution of all condemned should be put off for i0 days after con- viction. The punishment of one group of prisoners fell due on the day when news was received about Tiberius. The unfortunate who were condemned begged the pub- lic for protection but in the absence of Caligula, no one dared act contrary to the law and the execution was car- ried out, thus the cruelty of Tiberius lasted even after his death. NEXT ISSUE: Caligula * GOP Insists on Budget Cuts (Conhnued from Page 1) accept a monstrously mas- sive tax increase that will completely transform the U.S. economy from a free- market system to a govern- ment-run, command-and- control model. Obama is proposing to spend 25 percent of GDP this year. Even during World War It, we didn't spend that much of GDP. The federal deficit represents more than i0 percent of GDP. That's a record as well. The public is in an uproar about this, and just elected Republicans in a massive wave all across the nation try to put a stop to it. Yet Obama continues to propose this kind of spend- ing, and projects it for the rest of the decade. Why would he do this? Even he can't believe the nation can sustain deficits this size for that long. And he has to realize the pol- itical environment is not favorable to his continued runaway spending. But if he just keeps up the spending, with no end in sight, while his media helpers carp about "poor women and chil- dren" and so forth, maybe, just maybe, the public will become convinced that this spending -- not to mention all the stuff he puts under the "winning the future" cat- egory -- really is essential. And they'll get behind the tax increases that Obama, congressional Democrats and the media really believe are the key to the future. That's why, if anyone pro- poses to cut a budget that is $1.65 trillion in deficit, they must just be trying to please the tea party, or "show how it's done," or mock the presi- dent. It can't be because, oh, say, the federal government is spending too much money INCOME TAX PREPARATION Financial Services Professional Tax Consultant Personal & Business Year Round Service M.P. & Co. TAX & FINANCIAL SERVICES GRACE PREVITE MAGOON, EA 617-569-0175 146 Maverick Street, East Boston, MA 02128 ESTABLISHED IN 1938 e-mail: and that's going to lead to big-time trouble for the country. Nah. That's substance. The AP and the rest of the legacy media don't deal in that. Reprinted with permission from NorthStar National Rapino Memorial Home 9 Chelsea St., East Boston 617-567-1380 Kirby-Rapino Memorial Home 917 Bennington St. East Boston 617-569-0305 Dino C. Manca Funeral Director A Family Service Affiliate of AFFS/Service Corp. Infl 206 Winter St. Fall River MA 02720 508-676-2454 For information about ad/ertising in Res Publica by David TrumbuU Getting It Off Your Chest It is said that Ronald Reagan always put on his suit-coat and would never step foot in the Oval Office of the White House in his shirtsleeves, such was his re- spect for the office of the Presidency of the United States. In 1840 much of the city of Washington was shocked by the installation, in the Capi- tol Rotunda, of a sculpture of George Washington, bare to the waist in the manner of a classical Greek statue of Zeus, by Boston artist Horatio Greenough (1805- 1852).. "The man does not live, and never did live, who saw Washington without his shirt!" said Virginia Con- gressman Henry A. Wise (1806-1876). And Boston's leading architect, Charles Bulfinch (1763-1844), said the work of art made the Father of Our Country look like he was "entering or leaving a bath." The outcry was such that the statue was moved outdoors and -- neglected for several years. It is now in the Smithsonian National Museum of Ameri- can History. Earlier this month New York Congressman Christo- pher Lee resigned after press reports that the married man had posted a shirtless of himself in response to a per- sonal advertise- ment on Craigs- list. Meanwhile, freshman Tennessee Congresswoman Julia Hurley credits her previous job at Hooters res- taurant for her success. Well, I guess they both just wanted to put the "party" back in Republican Party. As the ancient, Roman statesman M.T. Cicero said "0 tempora o mores," which translates roughly to "where are we going and what are we doing in this hand- basket?" As always, be sure to turn to the pages of the Post-Gazette to stay abreast of the news. David Trumbull" is the chairman of the Boston Ward Three Republican Committee. 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