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  •  Latin - The die is cast n/t (4+ / 0-)
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    Puddytat, gizmo59, Aunt Pat, arizonablue

    I'm a Vietnam Era vet. I'm also an Erma Bombeck Era vet. When cussing me out and calling me names please indicate which vet you would like to respond to your world changing thoughts.

    by Just Bob on Sun Feb 02, 2014 at 07:34:50 PM PST

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    •  Thanks! (2+ / 0-)
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      Not sure I'm a believer in all that destiny and fate stuff.

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Sun Feb 02, 2014 at 07:36:51 PM PST

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      •  It isn't destiny (3+ / 0-)
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        It's more the inevitability given prior events.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/...

        Alea iacta est (English: "The die has been cast") is a Latin phrase attributed by Suetonius (as iacta alea est [ˈjakta ˈaːlea est]) to Julius Caesar on January 10, 49 BC as he led his army across the River Rubicon in Northern Italy. With this step, he entered Italy at the head of his army in defiance of the Senate and began his long civil war against Pompey and the Optimates. The phrase is still used today in Italy (Italian: "Il dado è tratto") to mean that events have passed a point of no return, that something inevitably will happen.
        Crossing the Rubicon - burning your bridges.
        Let us go where the omens of the Gods and the crimes of our enemies summon us! THE DIE IS NOW CAST! Julius Caesar
        You're free to read anything you wish into that. For myself, I think the path ahead is clear.

        I'm a Vietnam Era vet. I'm also an Erma Bombeck Era vet. When cussing me out and calling me names please indicate which vet you would like to respond to your world changing thoughts.

        by Just Bob on Sun Feb 02, 2014 at 07:51:26 PM PST

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        •  by odd coincidence, i immediately (4+ / 0-)
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          recognized the Latin, only because earlier today i encountered it while reading the French Lieutenant's Woman. Fowles doesn't favor us with a translation -- but one or two sentences later the speaker refers to the Rubicon, and i was thus able to infer the meaning.

          To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

          by UntimelyRippd on Sun Feb 02, 2014 at 08:22:03 PM PST

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