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Oh wow...I am writing a paper that is in part about Niccolo Machiavelli. While looking up some info a few minutes ago for a brief biographical sketch of his life, I find out that today is his birthday. What a coincidence!
This must a sign! He wants to be your Patron. St. Niccolo, pray for us!
LOL. :p
I don't care what anyone says, I love Machiavelli.  Unfortunately, the fact that The Prince was most likely satire is above most people, so he is just seen as some callous guy who inspired every dictatorship from Caligula to Mugabe.
Wait... What? He came way after Caligula.

I have a feeling I missed your point. Don't worry though, I have a fresh cup of coffee so it can only go up from here.
Just finished cup #2!

I used Caligula because Augustus is regularly considered a decent chap, and Tiberius, if you can get past the odd sexual bits in Suetonius doesn't appear to have been too awful as long as you weren't rich and on his [poop]-list.  So Caligula was really one of the first really really super naughty emperors.  I used the gross anachronism to stress my contempt for people who take The Prince as the defining writing of Machiavelli and don't read up (at least the Wikipedia article) on his life.  There are only two motives for why he wrote The Prince in the way he did.  Either A) he has a MASSIVE change of heart, or B) he was mocking the family who ruined his republic and tortured him.
I don't give a    about your apologetics. But know that your use of rhetoric wasn't lost on everyone.

Now you know how I feel all the time.

 

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I start a new temp job tomorrow. Hope this one goes for a while. Thanks be to God for this opportunity.  :-*
Wow, that's great Biro!  Please keep us posted on how you're doing!  
 

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You know that you are Orthodox if you think that Vlad the Impaler was a hero who was only keeping out those dirty Muslims.
 

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Does anyone know much about Greek-Albanian food?  My husband and I went to a Greek restaurant run by Greek-Albanians from Albania.  The food was very very good and you could tell the chef knew his/her way around a kitchen. But, the lemon was so incredibly strong ( in the soup, on the potatoes, in the stuffed grape leaves) that I really can't go back there, unfortunately, unless I get up the nerve to ask if they can tone down the lemon.  Is this how Albanian food is supposed to be? I've been to many Greek restaurants around Tarpon Springs, plus my grandmother would make stuffed grape leaves with leaves given to her by the Greek neighbors, so I know how the food is supposed to taste.  This was over-the-top lemon that was way too acidic, I felt.  They had yogurt, too, for dessert with lemon and honey and it was the best yogurt I have ever eaten, it was very thick and tart, so maybe Albanians like tart, tangy food?  (They had 2 restaurants, but had to close one, and I hope this one stays open. )
 

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You know that you are Orthodox if you think that Vlad the Impaler was a hero who was only keeping out those dirty Muslims.
No . . .

You are Romanian if you think Vlad the Impaler was the most just and kind ruler to ever grace the earth and bemoan his passing.
 

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I drink coffee exclusively until about 4 PM, at which point I switch to Red Bull. Oddly, I get less and less coherent. Where am I again?
lol...you really need to lay off the energy drinks sister ;) it's a vicious cycle!
That is, unfortunately, not even the worst of my health-damaging habits.  :-\
 

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biro said:
I start a new temp job tomorrow. Hope this one goes for a while. Thanks be to God for this opportunity.  :-*
Yay, biro! I'll pray that all goes well for you.  :)
 

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orthonorm said:
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You know that you are Orthodox if you think that Vlad the Impaler was a hero who was only keeping out those dirty Muslims.
No . . .

You are Romanian if you think Vlad the Impaler was the most just and kind ruler to ever grace the earth and bemoan his passing.
He may have been...Most bad stories you hear about him were fabricated by western powers that wanted to scapegoat him for everything going on in his region since they failed to do anything.
 

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JamesR said:
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You know that you are Orthodox if you think that Vlad the Impaler was a hero who was only keeping out those dirty Muslims.
No . . .

You are Romanian if you think Vlad the Impaler was the most just and kind ruler to ever grace the earth and bemoan his passing.
He may have been...Most bad stories you hear about him were fabricated by western powers that wanted to scapegoat him for everything going on in his region since they failed to do anything.
Vlad the Impaler... impaling people with love and kindness since 1448. 
 

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ZealousZeal said:
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You know that you are Orthodox if you think that Vlad the Impaler was a hero who was only keeping out those dirty Muslims.
No . . .

You are Romanian if you think Vlad the Impaler was the most just and kind ruler to ever grace the earth and bemoan his passing.
He may have been...Most bad stories you hear about him were fabricated by western powers that wanted to scapegoat him for everything going on in his region since they failed to do anything.
Vlad the Impaler... impaling people with love and kindness since 1448. 
Some people just have an 'impalin' look about them'.
 

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vamrat said:
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You know that you are Orthodox if you think that Vlad the Impaler was a hero who was only keeping out those dirty Muslims.
No . . .

You are Romanian if you think Vlad the Impaler was the most just and kind ruler to ever grace the earth and bemoan his passing.
He may have been...Most bad stories you hear about him were fabricated by western powers that wanted to scapegoat him for everything going on in his region since they failed to do anything.
Vlad the Impaler... impaling people with love and kindness since 1448. 
Some people just have an 'impalin' look about them'.
You've either got it or you don't.
 

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ZealousZeal said:
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You know that you are Orthodox if you think that Vlad the Impaler was a hero who was only keeping out those dirty Muslims.
No . . .

You are Romanian if you think Vlad the Impaler was the most just and kind ruler to ever grace the earth and bemoan his passing.
He may have been...Most bad stories you hear about him were fabricated by western powers that wanted to scapegoat him for everything going on in his region since they failed to do anything.
Vlad the Impaler... impaling people with love and kindness since 1448. 
ooh ooh! can we get that on a bumper sticker??  ;D
 

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ZealousZeal said:
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You know that you are Orthodox if you think that Vlad the Impaler was a hero who was only keeping out those dirty Muslims.
No . . .

You are Romanian if you think Vlad the Impaler was the most just and kind ruler to ever grace the earth and bemoan his passing.
He may have been...Most bad stories you hear about him were fabricated by western powers that wanted to scapegoat him for everything going on in his region since they failed to do anything.
Vlad the Impaler... impaling people with love and kindness since 1448. 
He mostly just impaled Ottomans to keep them from invading.
 

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JamesR said:
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You know that you are Orthodox if you think that Vlad the Impaler was a hero who was only keeping out those dirty Muslims.
No . . .

You are Romanian if you think Vlad the Impaler was the most just and kind ruler to ever grace the earth and bemoan his passing.
He may have been...Most bad stories you hear about him were fabricated by western powers that wanted to scapegoat him for everything going on in his region since they failed to do anything.
Vlad the Impaler... impaling people with love and kindness since 1448. 
He mostly just impaled Ottomans to keep them from invading.
I'm having a really hard time imagining a scenario wherein impaling another human being is an appropriate response.
 

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ZealousZeal said:
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You know that you are Orthodox if you think that Vlad the Impaler was a hero who was only keeping out those dirty Muslims.
No . . .

You are Romanian if you think Vlad the Impaler was the most just and kind ruler to ever grace the earth and bemoan his passing.
He may have been...Most bad stories you hear about him were fabricated by western powers that wanted to scapegoat him for everything going on in his region since they failed to do anything.
Vlad the Impaler... impaling people with love and kindness since 1448. 
He mostly just impaled Ottomans to keep them from invading.
I'm having a really hard time imagining a scenario wherein impaling another human being is an appropriate response.
Exitus acta probat.  There have been cases of people with a figurative stick up their butt invading their neighbors.  A literal stick...never.
 

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vamrat said:
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You know that you are Orthodox if you think that Vlad the Impaler was a hero who was only keeping out those dirty Muslims.
No . . .

You are Romanian if you think Vlad the Impaler was the most just and kind ruler to ever grace the earth and bemoan his passing.
He may have been...Most bad stories you hear about him were fabricated by western powers that wanted to scapegoat him for everything going on in his region since they failed to do anything.
Vlad the Impaler... impaling people with love and kindness since 1448. 
He mostly just impaled Ottomans to keep them from invading.
I'm having a really hard time imagining a scenario wherein impaling another human being is an appropriate response.
Exitus acta probat.  There have been cases of people with a figurative stick up their butt invading their neighbors.  A literal stick...never.
How Machiavellan of you!  ;)
 

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JamesR said:
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You know that you are Orthodox if you think that Vlad the Impaler was a hero who was only keeping out those dirty Muslims.
No . . .

You are Romanian if you think Vlad the Impaler was the most just and kind ruler to ever grace the earth and bemoan his passing.
He may have been...Most bad stories you hear about him were fabricated by western powers that wanted to scapegoat him for everything going on in his region since they failed to do anything.
Vlad the Impaler... impaling people with love and kindness since 1448. 
He mostly just impaled Ottomans to keep them from invading.
That's not what Romanians say. He kept the gypsies from stealing children and Romanian riff-riff from stealing respectable folks' goats.

You could place a chest of gold in the middle of the village and no one would look at it much less touch it.

augustin needs to weigh in here. He definitely knows the truth.
 

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vamrat said:
ZealousZeal said:
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ZealousZeal said:
JamesR said:
orthonorm said:
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You know that you are Orthodox if you think that Vlad the Impaler was a hero who was only keeping out those dirty Muslims.
No . . .

You are Romanian if you think Vlad the Impaler was the most just and kind ruler to ever grace the earth and bemoan his passing.
He may have been...Most bad stories you hear about him were fabricated by western powers that wanted to scapegoat him for everything going on in his region since they failed to do anything.
Vlad the Impaler... impaling people with love and kindness since 1448. 
He mostly just impaled Ottomans to keep them from invading.
I'm having a really hard time imagining a scenario wherein impaling another human being is an appropriate response.
Exitus acta probat.  There have been cases of people with a figurative stick up their butt invading their neighbors.  A literal stick...never.
Not been to the East Village much have you? Don't get distracted by gay-friendly Chelsea or the West Village or Hell's Kitchen, when you want unfriendly-gay, the East Village is your spot.
 
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