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Page 2 POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 11,2011 byero,. d undWu,ie,o Publica "-'----'~ ~ by David Trumbull ~'' A weekly column highlighting some __ ~ of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry.., our lineage.., our roots. TOGETHER WE CAN (Put Americans Back to Work) CALIGULA THE BUTCHER Wild beasts were used during many of the gladiato- rial shows and had to be fed cattle meat to keep them alive while in captivity. There was a time when cattle meat became expen- sive so Caligula's crafty mind devised a system whereby he would go to the prison camps and make ran- dom selections of prisoners to be devoured. Many men of honorable rank who uttered the slightest criticism of his actions were seized and dis- figured with branding irons. Some were forced to work in the mines or on the public roads and others were fed to the wild beasts. Incredible as it may sound, we are told that many of these unfortu- nate individuals were shut up in small animal cages and forced to move around on all fours before being fed to the beasts. People did not have to com- mit a crime in order to be punished. Some of this punishment was handed out to persons who would not swear by the genius of Caligula. He .forced some parents to attend the execu- tion of their sons and he actually invited one pair of parents to dine with him immediately after an execu- tion, just as a friendly gesture. Those readers who are squeamish should not read this next paragraph, but if you insist, he had the manager of his gladiatorial shows beaten with chains in his presence for several days in succession, and didn't have him killed until all were disgusted from the stench of the man's putre- fied brain. A husky and handsome young man named Colos- seros was a spectator in the amphitheater. Without prov- ocation, Caligula ordered the man to be dragged from his seat and led into the arena where he was forced to fight one gladiator and then a second. He was victorious in both of these contests, so he was then dressed in rags, bound, and led through the streets for all of the women to view. Later, this handsome but unfortunate Colosseros was put to death because he was more desirable to women than the emperor. At different times Caligula is reported to have caused the death, not only of his grandfather, but most of his other relatives as well. Such indignities and annoyances were heaped upon his grand- mother that it is reported to have caused her death. There are others who claim that she was poisoned. He paid her no honor at death but instead watched her burning pyre from his dining room. He had his brother put to death without warning or provocation, and harassed his father-in- law to the point where the elder Silanus slit his own throat. All of the relatives who helped this man to the throne were rewarded for their kinship and faithful service by a bloody death. With friends like this, who needs enemies? Caligula seemed to be obsessed with the power of his office which permitted him to inflict bodily harm, torture and even death upon others. Decapitation was his special pleasure. At one time he is reported to have said "I wish that all of Rome had but one head, then I could lop it off with one blow." He was unmerciful in his killings. Whenever possible it was by numerous slight wounds first. His standing order was "Strike so that he may feel that he is dying." NEXT ISSUE: Caligula the Sexologist SHERIFF ANDREA J. CABRAL Named to List of 50 Most Powerful Women in Boston Suffolk County Sheriff Andrea J. Cabral was re- cently named among the 50 Most Powerful Women in Boston by Boston Magazine. Listed in the February 2011 edition of Boston Maga- zine, Sheriff Cabral shares the honor with local lumi- naries from a wide spectrum that includes politics, social justice, media, real estate, business and finance, sci- ence, sports, the arts, labor, Boston Food Bank; Meg Vaillancourt, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Boston Red Sox, Executive Director, Red Sox Foundation; Therese Murray, Chairman, Global Corporate Practice and President, Massachusetts Senate; Carol Meyrowitz, President/CEO, TJX Compa- nies; Barbara Lynch, Chef & Restauranteur; Barbara Lee, Philanthropist and Last week, as part of the series ',Made in America," ABC's "World News with Diane Sawyer" took on the challenge of trying to fill three rooms in a home entirely with 100% American-made products. Economists say that if ev- ery one of us spent an extra $3.33 on U.S.-made goods every year, it would create nearly 10,000 new jobs in this country. A list of made-in-America products found or submitted to ABC World News is on their website at http:// abcnews.go.com/WN/page?id=12896382. At least two mem- bers of the. National Textile Association, where I get my paycheck, are on the list. They are: Celia Rachel a divi- sion of Fab Industries (http://www.shopceliarachel.com/) and Pendleton Woolen Mills (http://www.pendleton-usa.com/). As the numbers in the first paragraph show, supporting American manufacturing by buying American-made prod- ucts would do much to put Americans back to work and build our national economy. Kudos to ABC World News for tracking down American-made products and putting out a list. I plan to consult it. We also need to change policies in Washington. American policy for 20 years or more has been to maxi- mize imports and pay for them with credit. We import oil from the Near and Middle-East rather than drill our own abundant supplies. We have some of the largest tracks of fertile land, yet we import food from sources so dubious that many of us do not consume raw vegetables unless we can ascertain their origin. And as for manufacturing --just go into the major retailers and try to find something -- any- thing -- made in the U.S.A. Sadly for American workers, President Obama shows no interest in a course correction. On March 1st the President released his 2011 Trade Policy Agenda calling for more job-killing free trade agree- ments. To the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Mexico and Canada, and the agreements we already have in place with 15 other nations, Mr. Obama seeks to add free trade agreements with seven more: Brunei Darussalam (an intolerant Islamic monarchy), Colombia (where labor leaders are routinely murdered with impunity), Malaysia, New Zealand, Panama, South Korea, and Vietnam (a repressive communist regime). 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