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Guardians of Common Sense

@Eva Since you've always posted a huge amount of fantastic content, I'm only too happy to supply something hopefully interesting in return. *ehem*

This is a rudis. A rudis was a wooden sword traditionally given to Roman gladiators if they managed to earn their freedom. This particular rudis is a prop from the TV series "Spartacus: Gods Of The Arena". In the TV series, it was given to the …More
@Eva Since you've always posted a huge amount of fantastic content, I'm only too happy to supply something hopefully interesting in return. *ehem*

This is a rudis. A rudis was a wooden sword traditionally given to Roman gladiators if they managed to earn their freedom. This particular rudis is a prop from the TV series "Spartacus: Gods Of The Arena". In the TV series, it was given to the gladiator Gannicus after he won his freedom through an especially impressive series of victories in the arena.

As it turns out, the inscription on the prop was carefully researched but, in spite of that, still managed to include one notable error. As near as I can tell, the inscription consists of a list of the gladiators Gannicus defeated. Some of the names have a Greek symbol after them which looks like a zero incl. a diagonal line that goes through it. It's the Greek letter "Theta" and stands for "Thanatos" == Death. Most likely those are gladiators Gannicus killed in combat.

That symbol often appears next to dead gladiators on mosaics. Witness the unfortunate "RODAN" and "ASTIVUS" whose deaths were immortalized in the Roman Villa Borghese some time in the 4th century AD. The other names on the rudis without that symbol after their name were defeated too but probably survived the event.

"MAP TAP EITH E+" in the third line up there is where the prop manufacturer dropped the ball. They took it straight from this mosaic:

Just one problem... The provenance is good. It's a floor mosaic from what archeologists call "the house of gladiators" on Kourion, Cyprus.

..and that is also where the problem arises. "MAP TAP EITH E+" in the third line isn't Latin. It's ancient Greek. That letter in the middle of the word is not a "T", it's a Greek "Gamma". It appears notably in the abbreviated title for "Archangel Gabriel" on the icon for Our Lady Of Perpetual Help. The infant Christ looks at the Archangel Gabriel who, in this depiction is wearing a brownish maroon robe. Archangel Gabriel's Gamma appears at the end.

So technically, the Greek Gamma should be a proper "G" in Latin. Likewise, the last letter is not an "E", it's obviously a greek "S" (final form). In Greek the letters read: MARGAREITIS.

It's an ancient male form of "Margret". In Latin (and in Greek) the female form would be "MARGARETA"; the male form is thus "MARGAREITIS". So that's the name of the Greek gladiator on the mosaic. It also shows the prop manufacturers "know no Greek" as the ancient Romans used to derisively say.

Since the Spartacus TV show popularized the concept, some people are trying to invent "a new tradition" of giving a rudis to retiring American military personnel. There's a huge problem with this. Gladiators were slaves and considered little better than animals in the Roman world. They were slaughtered for public amusement in such numbers, the carnage became immortalized in the phrase "a Roman holiday".

Modern military personnel are volunteers. They choose to defend their country. There is no comparison between a free man's choice and a slave's bondage.

This "new tradition" is one of the tackiest, most historically ignorant things American military culture has seen in a long, long time. Truly, it's the sort of macho anachronistic stupidity that, sorry to say, has rightly earned us the title Murricans and the amused contempt of the rest of the world.

The worst irony is that even the ancient Romans had more sense. When a Roman legionary retired and was honorably discharged, he was given a bronze plaque, a "diploma" almost identical to modern recognition plaques given in professional circles between grown-ups, not little boys in grown men's bodies who don't know their history and probably wouldn't care even if they did. A plaque is dignified but a rudis is just sooo macho, eh?

As a post-script, my concern for scandal compels me to write this. 1.) Do not watch any of the Starz Spartacus TV series. 2.) Do not allow your children, even if they're "grown up" to watch it. 3.) Strenuously discourage other Catholics from watching it as well or allowing their children to do so.

The entire series is positively dripping with full male and female frontal nudity, simulated intercourse of every possible variety, rape, sexual torture, and so on. If all that wasn't enough, like so much of modern television it also depicts homosexuality as "normal" and positive.
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ECCLESIA DEI COMMISSION STATED ON JANUARY 18, 2003 THAT THE FAITHFUL FULFILL THEIR SUNDAY …

Actually, it doesn't become "moot"and "moot" isn't used that way @Ave Crux Once again, you're trying to legitimize a group who are not at all in full communion with Rome and The Catholic Church.

Can't have it both ways, dear heart. If the SSPX wants to disobey the Pope and continues to defy him in on-going practice, then at least they should be honest about it. Honest, eh? ;-) Don't preten…More
Actually, it doesn't become "moot"and "moot" isn't used that way @Ave Crux Once again, you're trying to legitimize a group who are not at all in full communion with Rome and The Catholic Church.

Can't have it both ways, dear heart. If the SSPX wants to disobey the Pope and continues to defy him in on-going practice, then at least they should be honest about it. Honest, eh? ;-) Don't pretend otherwise.

Catholics should go to Catholic churches on Sunday. Better a modernist Catholic church and a Novus Ordo service than a schismatic "whatever", no matter how pretty and traditional it is inside.
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Why Most People Will Die After SHTF

Who else suspects prepper dude is the kind of guy who will start eating other people the moment his prep-supplies run a bit low?
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ECCLESIA DEI COMMISSION STATED ON JANUARY 18, 2003 THAT THE FAITHFUL FULFILL THEIR SUNDAY …

In an emergency, Catholics can also fulfill their Sunday obligation at an Orthodox church. The Orthodox are still in schismatics, though. ;-)
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The man who died without seeing a woman (1938)

He was the latter not the former @Defeat Modernism You don't even know the basics of your own faith so don't criticize anyone else's. Go be an uneducated judgemental moron somewhere else, eh?
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Luz - This Crucial Time – Countdown to the Kingdom

Oh goody... GTV's daily bogus seer posts. :P
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An Autistic Mental Breakdown Doesn't Excuse Shooting a 13-Year-Old

Superb rebuttal @Ave Crux When you're right, you're right. My initial reaction was to be grateful the police did the shooting rather than Joe Home-Owner.

They wear body-cams and those, as in this instance, are saving people's careers. Joe Home-Owner who finds a violent nut-case in his back yard at night waving something that looks like a gun, doesn't have that protection. Joe would get …More
Superb rebuttal @Ave Crux When you're right, you're right. My initial reaction was to be grateful the police did the shooting rather than Joe Home-Owner.

They wear body-cams and those, as in this instance, are saving people's careers. Joe Home-Owner who finds a violent nut-case in his back yard at night waving something that looks like a gun, doesn't have that protection. Joe would get crucified for "shooting an unarmed boy" -shades of Trayvon Martin.
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An Autistic Mental Breakdown Doesn't Excuse Shooting a 13-Year-Old

Ironically enough, even CNN contradicts Father's position on the issue.

"Officers respond that they have to treat the situation as if he does possibly have a gun."

"The videos show officers approach the house and then begin chasing the boy, at one point breaking through a wooden fence. Cameron is seen walking slowly while ignoring demands to get on the ground."


So the real cause of this …More
Ironically enough, even CNN contradicts Father's position on the issue.

"Officers respond that they have to treat the situation as if he does possibly have a gun."

"The videos show officers approach the house and then begin chasing the boy, at one point breaking through a wooden fence. Cameron is seen walking slowly while ignoring demands to get on the ground."


So the real cause of this tragic shooting is this young man's mother.

She called the police demanding an "intervention".
She told the police that her son was violent.
She told the police her son might be armed.

The police had proceed from her claims. Then her son ignores repeated demands to get on the ground. Law enforcement's response to a suspect who is potentially armed and who is disobeying them is fairly standard. Officer safety (and the safety of the public in general) takes priority over that of a violent suspect or emotionally disturbed person.
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DON'T be so rigid Bergolio,

...implying the man himself isn't a caricature already. ;-)
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No Vaccination? No Salvation!

Since Father didn't specify which vaccination, and most have been vaccinated as children, we can all go to his parish in good conscience. :D

What he wrote and what he meant are not the same and since interpreting meaning is more prone to error, the safest course is to follow what he explicitly wrote.
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Jennifer - Like Boxcars – Countdown to the Kingdom

Another bogus seer giving bogus messages from a bogus "jesus". Would you wager a year's ban on these "boxcars"?
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Hatun Tash Stabbed at Speakers' Corner. Christian evangelist Hatun Tash was stabbed today at Speake…

...because London's "ban on knives" obviously works as well as the EU's "ban on guns".
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The Ostracism of the Old Liturgy Must End at Last! By Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger

"Suspect' and 'guilty of' are two different things." I see we have another legalist knockin' down some of the rhetorical grand-standing that goes on around here. Good. :)
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The Ostracism of the Old Liturgy Must End at Last! By Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger

You're not qualified to accuse others of being "heretics", not as The Catholic Church uses the term.
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Dr. Astrid Stuckelberger – You’re Being Chipped

No I'm not. ;-)
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Homosex Monsignor: Father Altman's Punisher Suddenly Suffers Fit of "Mercy"

"no facts in truth about Jeff's behavior" Implying the telemetry data from his phone isn't true. "Jeff" hasn't sued his accusers for libel, either. That's also true. "I am prayerful and eager to hear the truth in all of this"... implying you haven't already.
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Homosex Monsignor: Father Altman's Punisher Suddenly Suffers Fit of "Mercy"

:D Now that, ladies and gentlemen, is a text-book field-goal. :D
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Guardians of Common Sense

Anyone else whose first mental image was this?
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Guardians of Common Sense

No, his Papal name is Francis. The saint already allowed one talking mule, he can easily allow another. ;-)
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Cardinal Burke warns about 'apostasy,' 'scandal' in Catholic Church

Cardinal Burke should consider losing a few pounds. Obesity is cruel to men his age as Pope Francis himself is learning.