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Page 2 POST-GAZETrE, MARCH 14, 2014 Stirpe Nostra by Prof. Edmund Turiello A weekly column highlighting some of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry.., our lineage., our roots. TH Caesar became a consul (chief magistrate) in 59 A.D. and shortly thereafter en- tered into a coalition with Pompey (an army general) and with Crassus (a wealthy real estate dealer). This coalition became known as the First Triumvirate and its ties were further strength- ened by the marriage of Caesar's daughter Julia to Pompey. The jealous Pompey soon attempted to check the increasing power of Julius through much political in- trigue. He succeeded in obtaining a decree from the Senate that Caesar should disband his army by a certain date or be consid- ered a public enemy. With the strength and speed char- acteristics of all his earlier military campaigns, Caesar assembled his legions which were still in Cisalpine Gaul, crossed the River Rubicon and within three months was master of all of Italy. Caesar then set out for Spain where he soon dis- persed the forces of Pompey and then later defeated Pompey's superior army in Greece by his excellent generalship and courage. E FIRST TRIUMVIRATE Pompey fled to Egypt where he was soon murdered by unknown assassins. Caesar arrived in Egypt in time to settle a disturbance known as the Alexandrine War and then placed Cleopatra on the throne. Later he proceeded to Pontus (city on the Black Sea} which at that time was called Cappadocia and ruled by forces opposed to Rome. He defeated Pharnaces and this is when he sent his famous dispatch to Rome, "Veni, vidi, vici," I came, I saw, I conquered. Caesar then returned to Rome where his supremacy was no longer disputed.. During the ensuing months he exercised the full scope of his civil administra- tion. All of his projects were characterized by the highest order of statesman- ship. Meanwhile, Crassus the third member of the Triumvirate became very wealthy through his asso- ciation with Caesar. He also trained a group of slaves as firefighters. Fires of suspi- cious origin would often occur in very desirable pieces of property. Crassus usually appeared on the scene very quickly to offer sympathy to the grieving landlord and also to offer a pittance for the purchase of the burning property. If the offer was refused, then the firefighters usually milled around to hamper all fire- fighting efforts. If the offer was accepted, then the fire was quickly extinguished and the property repaired. Older structures standing on valu- able land were usually per- mitted to completely burn down and Crassus would then bring in a team of trained builders who had a good income producing struc- ture on the site in record time. He was then hand- somely rewarded for his sym- pathy and capital outlay. It was said that his fame spread faster than his flame. Crassus was captured while leading an army against the Parthians, and because he had such a great love for wealth, they put him to death by pouring molten gold down his throat. This was known as getting your teeth filled the hard way. NEXT ISSUE: Imperator Julius Caesar Dan Ryan on the Way to the State House Soon by Sal Giarratani Dan Ryan (center) with Brown Jug owners Chery and Michael Matriako. Chery, by the way, is a Visconti from the North End. The Brown Jug is now 25 years old and later this summer will be celebrating its fourth anniversary at its plaza site. Dan Ryan's campaign for great victory, almost 2-I, the Second Suffolk House over his two opponents seat ended up being a in the March 4 a Special Pri- f INCOME TAX PREPARATION l Financial Services 1 Professional Tax Consultant 1 Personal & Business Year Round Service ]M.P. & Co. 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The place was packed with many Chelsea folks, in- cluding members of the Chelsea Fire Department and a number of Chelsea politicians, including Chel- sea School Committeeman Carios Rodriguez, who is also my friend. Also present that night was another election win- ner, RoseLee Vincent, who finished first in the 16 th Suffolk District fight. She won the mostly Chelsea/ Revere seat by a 2-1 margin and will face Republican Todd Taylor in the April I st final election. Res Publica by David Tntmbull One Party Rule in Massachusetts With President Barack Obama's approval rating at 41%, the lowest ever, and the latest polling showing a majority of Americans favoring Republican control of congress, this November's election looks to be a good one for Republicans nationally. Add to that the latest news from Tampa, in what many considered a referendum on Obamacare, there was a special election in Florida Tuesday to fill a vacancy in the U.S. House of Representatives -- R6publican David Jolly defeated Democrat Alex Sink. Jolly, considered the underdog throughout the race, campaigned for repeal of Obamacare, and that was enough to assure a GOP victory. What will the ll4th Congress which convenes on Janu- ary 3, 2015, bring us? An increased Republican majority in the House? Certainly. Currently there are 233 Republicans and 199 Democrats. More Republicans in the Senate? Certainly. Currently 45 out of the 100 senators are Repub- lican. A Republican majority in the Senate? Possible. Republicans need a net gain of six seats. The good news for Republicans is that many of the seats that up for election this year (every two years one-third of the senators are up for election) are in states that are somewhat more favor- able to Republicans than to Democrats. Yes, 2014 will be a good year for Republicans nationally. So what about here in Massachusetts? Is Boston Magazine correct in its headline "There's Little Hope for Republican Gains in Massachusetts?" The article is by former Boston Phoenix reporter David Bernstein, one of the best observers of Bay State politics and, his own liberal views notwith- standing, one of the few members of the mainstream media in Massachusetts who actually pays attention to, and reports on, the state of the GOP. Why is the outlook so poor for the Republican Party in Massachusetts? The answer is simple. Years -- nay, decades -- of the party establishment fighting fairly and unfairly against the party activists has left a shell of a party with no substance. There's a good donor base that pays the bills, keeps the party office open, and finances the high profile races. But behind that, there is not much of a politi- cal party. Most legislative seats go uncontested, and what candidates the party has for the legislature are, mostly inexperience, under-funded, and unsupported by the party which directs all resources toward a few favored candidates. It is difficult to say what, if anything, the Massachusetts Republican Party stands for. One might think that the Party Platform (from which I quoted last week) would be a guide. However, Kristen Hughes, chairman of the Massachusetts Republican Party, was quoted in the online edition of the Springfield Republican newspaper as bashing her own party's platform. Candidates Charlie Baker and Richard Tisei, often cited as the GOP's rising stars are both actively opposed to the party platform adopted by the State Committee. The Republican establishment is solidly behind Baker who, again, is running for Govemor, a race he lost in 2010, and behind Tisei, who is, again, running for the congressional seat he failed to win 2012. Yeah, Baker and Tisei, what a great idea, because, what? They that worked so well in the past. Resign yourself to more years of one-party rule in Massachusetts. ASp..g Jti,00g Nunzio DiMarca Productions presents A Spring Fling with Enzo Amara on Saturday, March 22, 2014 from 7:00- 11:00 pm at the Methuen Sons of Italy, 459 Merrimack Street, Methuen, MA. Come and enjoy good food, good friends and some great music. Nunzio is a retired language teacher, radio show host, function organizer, and poet extraordinaire. Enzo is a former radio show host, former teacher, past- president of Sicilia Mondo, member of Augusta Boston Club, composer/songwriter, and fantastic singerl For more information or to purchase tickets, call 978-552-9615 or email: martha:]oe@comcast.net. Boston Marathon and BAA 5K Fundraiser Eat, drink and have fun at the 2014 Boston Marathon and BAA 5K Fundraiser. Enjoy a casual afternoon of light fair and spirits at Prezza, 24 Fleet Street, Boston on Sunday, March 30% from 2:00- 5:00 pm. Donations will support Roseann Sdoia, 4/15 survivor. Please make all checks payable to Roseann Sdoia Recovery Fund. Host and Runner: Sabrina Dello Russo (Boston Marathon) and Alissa Passacantilli (BAA 5K) Thank you to Prezza and 90+ Cellars for their hospitality.