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10-13-2008, 09:06 AM
Can anybody help me?

I cannot find a good translation of Maureen Dowd's latin piece:

Bellum Gallium

Manes Julii Caesaris paucis diebus aderant — “O, most bloody sight!” — cum Ioannes McCainus, mavericus et veteranus captivusque Belli Francoindosinini, et Sara Palina, barracuda borealis, qui sneerare amant Baracum Obamam causa oratorii, pillorant ut demagogi veri, Africanum-Americanum senatorem Terrae Lincolni, ad Republicanas rallias.

Rabidi subcanes candidati, pretendant “no orator as Brutis is,” ut “stir men’s blood” et disturbant mentes populi ad “a sudden flood of mutiny,” ut Wilhelmus Shakespearus scripsit.

Cum Quirites Americani ad rallias Republicanas audiunt nomen Baraci Husseini Obamae, clamant “Mortem!” “Amator terroris!” “Socialiste!” “Bomba Obamam!” “Obama est Arabus!” “Caput excidi!” tempus sit rabble-rouseribus desistere “Smear Talk Express,” ut Stephanus Colbertus dixit. Obama demonatus est tamquam Musulmanus-Manchurianus candidatus — civis “collo-cerviciliaris” ad ralliam Floridianam Palinae exhabet mascum Obamae ut Luciferis.

Obama non queretur high-tech lynching. Sed secreto-serventes agentes nervosissmi sunt.

Vix quisque audivit nomen “Palinae” ante lunibus paucis. Surgivit ex suo tanning bed ad silvas in Terram Eskimorum, rogans quis sit traitorosus, ominosus, scurrilosus, periculosus amator LXs terroris criminalisque Chicagoani? Tu betchus!

“Caeca ambitio Obamana,” novum rumorem Palina McCainusque dixit. “Cum utilis, Obama laborat cum amatore terroris Wilhelmo Ayro. Cum putatus, perjuravit.” McCainianus bossus maximus Francus Keatinx vocat Obamam, “plebeium,” et ut iuvenum snifferendum cocaini minimi (“a little blow.”)

Cum Primus Dudus, spousus Palinanus, culpari attemptaret “Centurionem-Gate,” judices Terrae Santae Elvorumque castigat gubernatricem Palinam de abusu auctoritatis per familiam revengendum.

Tamen Sara et Ioannes bury Obama, not praise him. Maverici, ut capiunt auxilium de friga-domina, hench-femina, Cynthia McCaina Birrabaronessa, (quae culpat Obamam periculandi suum filum in Babylonia), brazen-iter distractant mentes populares de minimissimis IV 0 I K.ibus, deminutione “Motorum Omnium,” et Depressione Magna II.0. Omnes de Georgio Busio Secundo colossale goofballo. “V” (because there’s no W. in Latin) etiam duxit per disastrum ad gymnasium.

Gubernatrix (prope Russia) Palina, spectans candidaciam MMXII, post multam educationem cum Kissingro et post multam parodiam de Sabbatis Nocte Vivo atque de Tina Feia, ferociter vituperat Obamam, ut supralupocidit (aerial shooting of wolves) in Hyperborea.

Vilmingtoni, in Ohionem, McCain’s Mean Girl (Ferox Puella) defendit se gladiatricem politicam esse: “Pauci dicant, O Jupiter, te negativam esse. Non, negativa non sum, sed verissima.” Talk about lipsticka in porcam! Quasi Leeus Atwater de oppugnatione Busii Primi ad Dukakem: “non negativus, sed comparativus.”


10-13-2008, 09:27 AM
Did you try an online translator?

There's a mix of Latin and English. That may be a problem for translators.

Or apply your knowledge of other Latin languages to get the idea...

10-13-2008, 09:50 AM
I tried the online translators first:

War Hen Spirits of the dead Julii Caesaris few days aderant — “O most bloody sight! ” — when Ioannes McCainus mavericus and veteranus prisoner In time of war Francoindosinini , and Sara Palina barracuda borealis , quae sneerare being loved Baracum Obamam case at law oratorically pillorant when demagogi veri Africanum Americanum of senatorial Earth Lincolni , to Republicanas rallias. Raging subcanes openly pretendant “no orator standard unit of money Brutis is,” when “stir men’s blood” and disturbant mind the people to “a sudden flood of mutiny,” when Wilhelmus Shakespearus to write. When A scream Americani to rallias Republicanas they hear name Baraci Husseini Obamae , secretly “Mortem! ” “Amator fright! ” “Socialiste! ” “Bomba Obamam! ” “Obama is Arabus! ” “Caput to take out! ” time he is rabble rouseribus to desist from “Smear Talk Express,” when Stephanus Colbertus dixit. Obama demonatus is as Musulmanus Manchurianus candidatus — citizen “collo cerviciliaris” to ralliam Floridianam Palinae to exhaust mascum Obamae when Luciferis. Obama not queretur high tech lynching. But secreto serventes agentes nervosissmi are. Scarcely each one he heard name “Palinae” before lunibus few. Surgivit out of to stitch tanning bed to woods upon Earth Eskimorum rogans anyone he is traitorosus ominosus scurrilosus , hazardous amator LXs fright criminalisque Chicagoani? You betchus! “Caeca desire for power Obamana,” novel hearsay Palina McCainusque dixit. “Cum useful Obama to sink when amatore fright Wilhelmo Ayro. When pruner McCainianus bossus large Franks Keatinx vocat Obamam “plebeium,” and when youthful snifferendum cocaini in the least degree “a letter blow.”) When Chief For a long while spousus Palinanus , fault attemptaret “Centurionem Gate,” trial Earth St. James Elvorumque punishment gubernatricem Palinam about abusu authority very family revengendum. Nothwithstanding Sara and Ioannes bury Obama not praise him. Maverici , when they take aid about feeble - lady hench - woman Cynthia McCaina Birrabaronessa , ( which fault Obamam periculandi its filum upon Babylonia brazen - road to pull apart mind devastation about minimissimis IV I deminutione “Motorum Omnium,” and Depressione Magna II.0. Omnes about Agricultural Busio Accordingly colossale goofballo. “V” because warm springs to swim W. upon Latin ) as yet duxit very disastrum to gymnasium. Direction ( near Russia Palina spectans candidaciam MMXII , after long educationem when Kissingro and after long parodiam about Sabbath By night To live and about Tina Feia , with spirit vituperat Obamam , when supralupocidit aerial shooting of wolves ) upon Hyperborea. Vilmingtoni , upon Ohionem McCain’s Mean Girl ( spirited Girl ) to support himself gladiatricem politicam to be : “Pauci dicant O Jupiter , you negativam to be. Not negativa not to be , but Talk about lipsticka upon porcam! As if Leeus Atwater about oppugnatione Busii First to Dukakem : “non negativus , but comparativus.”

10-13-2008, 10:05 AM
What a disaster! That tells you how much this technology can do. I would say... give it up!

10-13-2008, 02:43 PM
Online translators delenda est!

10-13-2008, 04:40 PM
Online translators delenda est!

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Good one!

10-13-2008, 06:31 PM
For other Latin-impaired people like me:


10-14-2008, 07:56 AM
I love Google:



Shades of Julius Caesar. "Oh, most bloody sight!" John McCain, maverick, veteran and Indochine prisoner of war, together with Sara Palin -- the boreal barricuda -- love to mock Barack Obama for his oratory skills. But at Republican rallies they have attacked the African-American senator from the Land of Lincoln like true demagogues.

The candidates, attack-dogs themselves, pretend that they are not the orator "that Brutus is", as they "stir men’s hot blood" and as Shakespeare wrote, rouse the minds of the people into "a mutiny."

American citizens at Republican rallies hear the name of Barack Hussein Obama, and shout out "Death," "Terrorist," "Communist," "Obama is an Arab!" and "Off with his head!." It’s time for the mob to stop the "Smear Talk Express," as Stephen Colbert has called it. Obama is demonized as an Islamo-Manchurian candidate at a Florida Palin rally which held up a mask of Obama as the devil.

Obama does not complain about this high-tech lynching. But secret service agents appear rather nervous.

Hardly anyone had even heard the name "Palin" a few months ago. She arose from her tanning bed deep in the Forest Land of Eskimos and asked who this traitorous, ominous, scurrilous, dangerous Hippie lover of the 60’s terror and the Chicago mob was. You betcha!

"Obama's blind ambition" runs this new story by Palin and McCain. When it’s useful, Obama works with "terrorist" William Ayers. When he’s asked about it, "he lies." McCain party boss, Frank Keating, calls Obama a guy from the hood and notes that as a young man he sniffed a little blow.

When the First Dude, Palin’s spouse, tried to attack Trooper-Gate, the judges of the Land of Santa Klaus and the Elves, in revenge pursuit, punished Governor Palin for her "abuse of power."

But Sara and John have come to bury Obama, not to praise him and brazenly distract our minds. The mavericks, with the help of their ice-maiden henchwoman, Cynthia McCain, Baroness de Beer, who believes Obama is endangering her son in Iraq.

10-14-2008, 10:24 AM
I love Google:



How do you say it in English: Persist and you'll triumph? (Persiste y triunfarás!)

10-14-2008, 10:52 AM
Does this make me "anal retentive" or "obsessive-compulsive"? :)

10-14-2008, 12:54 PM

Can I use this as a rationalization?

10-14-2008, 01:12 PM
Does this make me "anal retentive" or "obsessive-compulsive"? :)

Insufficient data to make a determination... On the other hand, physicians, in general, are well known for having those kinds of traits...

10-15-2008, 10:34 AM
I love Google:


Hey, nice job. Thanks for posting. She really does make a good point about the danger of inciting the mob. The entire right wing noise machine is currently engaged in an effort to (1) paint Obama as a dangerous enemy, and (2) convince Americans that the election is about to be stolen.

Their goal is to delegitimize the election — unless they win.

If Obama is elected, there is going to be a substantial portion of the electorate that believes Obama stole the election and has a secret agenda to impose a radical agenda. (Depending on the wingnut, the "secret agenda" could be anything from socialism to Islamofascism.)

I don't know if anyone here spends any time reading comments on YouTube, or watching the videos posted there by wingnuts, but there is all kinds of paranoid talk out there, with people now talking about the need to take gun training and buy lots of ammo to prepare for life under an Obama administration.

It's going to be an ugly 4 years. Last time this happened, in the 1990s, the right-wing militias and anti-government conspiracy types were directly encouraged by the Republican Party, pundits like Rush Limbaugh and G. Gordon Liddy, mainstream news outlets like the Wall Street Journal, and even the most conservative elected Republicans, like "Militia-friendly Helen Chenoweth (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/10/03/AR2006100301565.html)."

I don't hear many people talking about this, but it's something I followed closely during the 1990s. I live in Mid-Michigan, where militia activity is rampant, and I witnessed the insanity in my own community during the 1990s. I have no doubt we are going to experience a second wave -- bigger than the first -- if Obama wins the election.

10-15-2008, 02:06 PM
Talking about wingnuts:


Beginning with Mark Chryson and a character named Steve Stoll, who’s known around Wasilla as “Black Helicopter Steve,” because he’s rumored to have buried several high-powered automatic weapons in his front yard in expectation of the federal government ushering in the new world order, these characters are very paranoid, conspiratorial people who loathe the federal government and believe that the federal government is responsible for all the ills that have befallen their state. That’s why they—you know, that the Alaskan Independence Party was founded.


10-15-2008, 05:06 PM
Too bad with the militias!

In New Jersey we don't have those kinds of problems. We are all a big Family. Well, or two, but we have it all worked out already... and we support Obama!

10-21-2008, 05:52 PM

How do you say it in English: Persist and you'll triumph? (Persiste y triunfarás!)

The usual idiom is more commonly "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again."