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Page 2 POST-GAZETTE, MAY 13,2011 Stirpe Nostra Aweeklycolumnhighlightingsome of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry.., our lineage.., our roots. CLAUDIUS, A Claudius appeared very majestic and dignified when he was sitting or standing still, but his weak legs removed that dignity when he walked. When angry he would develop disgusting foam in the corners of his mouth and his nose would drip. He had a moder- ate stammer and his head was shaky at all times. He appeared to be in good health with the exception of an occasional stomach pain. There is no doubt in the minds of historians that Claudius was poisoned, but when it was done and by whom is disputed. Some say that he was poisoned by his taster Halotus while ban- queting with some priests. Others claim it was done by his wife Agrippina who served the drug mixed with mushrooms, one report tells of his excruciating pain all night and his death before dawn. Others say he vom- ited the entire contents of his overstuffed stomach and was given a second dose of poison mixed with some gruel. He died on October 13, 54 A.D. at the age of 64 in the fourteenth year of his reign. His death was kept a secret until all arrange- ments were made for, his successor to assume com- mand. He was buried with regal ceremony and enrolled among the gods along with his predecessors. Once again we come to the subject of omens concerning famous leaders. In the case of Claudius it is claimed that the first omen predicting, his death was the appear- ance of a comet shortly be- fore he, expired. His father's tomb was struck by lightning and many magistrates died during the year of his death. He made many appoint- ments to public office but for some unexplained reason their term in office was never scheduled to last beyond the month in which he died. Lastly, it is said that when sitting on the tribunal he declared several times that he had reached the end of his career. In retrospect it appears that he was scholarly, an antiquarian, and one of the few people in Rome at that time who could read Summation Etruscan. His major claims to fame are 'said to be the final conquest of, Britain in 43 A.D. thereby accomplish- ing what Julius Caesar failed to do, and also his great public works in Rome. He made Mauritania a Roman province, his armies fought successfully against the Ger- mans and magnificently in victories against the British. He completed the Anio Novus, the longest of all of the aqueducts-about sixty miles in length with some of the supporting arches over one hundred feet high. He constructed a harbor at Ostia, including a great tower or lighthouse to guide the course of ships at night. He distributed money to the people on many occasions and gave splendid theatrical and gladiatorial shows for the public. Considering all of the sto- ries about Claudius and his accomplishments, one fact. must be accepted as true beyond any reasonable doubt ... there was never a short- age of gas during his term of office. NEXT ISSUE: Nero Michael Flaherty Announces Candidacy for Boston City Council at Large Former City Councilor and 2009 mayoral candidate Michael F. Flaherty an- nounced that he is a candi- date for Boston City Council at Large in 2011. Flaherty was an at large councilor from 2000 to 2010. He did not seek re-election to the coun- cil in 2009, instead choosing to give up his seat and chal- lenge Mayor Thomas M. Menino. "From the time I first worked on a political cam- paign, to the time I first ran for office, up until this very day, it has always been my desire to serve the public," Flaherty said. "I greatly en- joyed my time on the Boston City Council and believe I made a positive contribution to the city." An ultimately unsuccess- ful campaign for mayor in 2009 only heightened and sharpened his desire to continue in public office, Flaherty said. "But the deci- sion to run again for an of- rice I held for ten years was not made lightly. The de- mands of a citywide cam- paign and time away from my family were factors I had to overcome in deciding to run. But, thanks to the strong support of my family, and the urgings of hundreds of friends and supporters in every neighborhood of the city who have been encour- aging me to run, I make this decision with confidence and "It's all about the Service" EMAR Board of Directors Si Parla Italiano Short Sales Specialists we represent Sellers, Buyers, Renters & Landlords We have qualified agents for all your needs. 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Gradually, however, you come to realize that this situation is unhealthy for the city, its finances and its future." "I truly love this city and miss serving the needs and concerns of its residents. It pains me that we continue to fail to combat at the core the spikes in gun violence and youth violent crime," Flaherty continued. "Overall statistics swing back and forth, but certain parts of our city have become shoot- ing galleries. Residents of neighborhoods where violent crime is an almost daily Occurrence deserve better Res Publica by David TrumbuU Pakistan Has Some 'Splainin' To Do On May 3 rd Congressman Ted Poe (R, Texa s) introduced the Pakistan Foreign Aid Accountability Act. This legis- lation will prohibit any foreign aid from being sent to Pakistan until it can demonstrate that it had no knowledge of Osama Bin Laden's whereabouts. This legislation would require the State Department to certify to Congress that Pakistan was not providing a sanctuary for the world's most wanted terrorist. "Pakistan has a lot of explaining to do. It seems unimagin- able that Osama Bin Laden was living 1,000 yards away from a military base in a million dollar mansion built especially for him and no one in the Pakistani government knew about it. I don't buy it," said Representative Poe. "Congress has already appropriated 83 billion to Pakistan for this year. Unless the State Department can certify to Congress that Pakistan was not harboring America's num- ber one enemy, Pakistan should not receive one more cent of American aid. This is exactly why we need to re-evaluate the foreign aid that we send to countries that do not have America's best interest in mind." Senator Rand Paul (Republican, Kentucky} in a May 3 rd article in Politico was quoted as saying, "I don't think we can borrow money from China and give it to anybody; i don't think that makes any sense." Bay State Republican Senator Scott Brown has reminded us we still have a job to complete in that part of the world. On May 2 "e, Senator Brown issued this statement: "As a Lieutenant Colonel in the Massachusetts Army Na- tional Guard, I have service obligations that I fulfill each year. Following in the tradition of other lawmakers who have completed their military service requirements overseas, this year I have requested to conduct my annual training in Af- ghanistan. Doing so will help me to better understand our ongoing mission in that country, and provide me first-hand experience for my duties on the Senate Armed Services, Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs committees." Godspeed, Senator Brown. And may God Bless the United States of America. 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