About Praetori

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For the first two centuries of its existence the Praetorian Guard was a greatly positive force within the Roman state. During this time it mostly removed (or allowed the removal of) cruel, weak, and unpopular emperors while supporting just, strong, and popular ones. By protecting these leaders, thereby extending their reigns, the Guard helped to give the empire a much-needed source of stability that contributed to the period known as the Pax Romana.

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We are Praetori, a blog with a thoughtful approach to things. What things? Arts. Current events. Politics. History. Family. Faith. All else. We accept written contributions from all over.

Who We Are:

  • xPraetorius: this is our catch-all ID. Someone who wishes to post as xPraetorius must submit his(*) posts to the entire think tank for review.
  • yPraetorius: a woman
  • zPraetorius: a man
  • aPraetorius: a man
  • bPraetorius: a man with an impressive résumé in the sports world. bPraetorius has had a noteworthy career in baseball and, after his playing days were over, in sports announcing and commentary. However, “b” writes about anything. He has appeared in these pages mostly as “xPraetorius” to this point.
  • cPraetorius: a man

(If a writer has no comment after his name, then he has chosen to remain completely anonymous.)

What We Write About:

We write about anything. However, we try to keep our writing topical; relevant to contemporary events. If we write, for example, about history, we try to relate it to life today.

Our thoughtful approach usually leads us in a “conservative” direction, as good thinking nearly always does. We pull no punches. We try to be plainspoken. The truth is the truth is the truth. Some truths are hard for some to read, but we will not shy away from being controversial.

The United States of America, the greatest country in the history of the world, is at a crucial juncture in its existence. It is being run by a bunch of warmed-over 60’s hippy retreads whose “ideas” — really just empty words wrapped around the hunger for power — have been discredited for decades.

These earnest hippies can  be vicious. They frequently retaliate, constantly proving the thesis that too much power in the hands of central government is a really bad thing.

To protect the anonymity of the authors, we, the owners of this blog, do no writing ourselves. We simply collect what our stable of authors write for us, and pass it along via this blog.

Please peruse our posts, there to the right, under the “Recent Posts” heading. Use the search box to locate posts pertaining to your interest(s). We cover a lot of ground here, so don’t be afraid to search out any topic whatsoever. Chances are one of us has had something to say that will come from a perspective you won’t see “out there.”

You Can Write For Us:

If you wish to submit essays, articles or other pieces of interest to the Praetorian Writers’ Group, you may. You even may use the “xPraetorius” pen name if you wish to preserve your anonymity perfectly.

Please understand that if you choose to use “xPraetorius” as your byline, then we will assume that you wish to speak for the think tank as a whole, and will need to review your proposed content before approving it for publication.

If your content meets our rather exacting standards, we may invite you to join our stable of contributors. Such an invitation, however, will not be automatic upon acceptance of your first, or even your second or third submission. We evaluate each writer on his own merits.

If we do invite you to join us, you may then write for us in one of three ways: (1) completely anonymously, using the “x” pen name, (2) semi-anonymously, using a Praetori pen name, or (3) openly as yourself.

Please note: If you do decide to submit content to The Praetorian Writers’ Group, your content will be seen at the highest levels of power in the world. Please bear this in mind and choose your words carefully.

(*) – Please see our style guide for word usage.

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12 thoughts on “About Praetori

  1. You are quite the bitter, unhappy man. xPraetorius, for someone that prides himself on his intelligence, you aren’t very good at hiding your true identity–ARTHUR SEERY!

    1. First, who the heck is Arthur Seery?

      Second: as you should have surmised, xPraetorius is an amalgam. y, z, a, b and cPraetorius are individuals. x writes under one name, but publishes the work of others as well under his name.

      Here’s the way it works. If a writer wishes to publish an essay, but wants an extra level of anonymity, he will ask to publish his work under the x name.

      x does, however, do all the editing for the think tank. If you’d been reading, you’d have been aware of all this.

      So, nice try, skip…however, it might have been better if you’d at LEAST guessed someone I’d heard of!

      One quick thing: you will NEVER identify either me or the writers in this think tank, until we decide to reveal who we are.

      However, I can give you some hints. x is a man. y is a woman. a, b, c and d are all men.

      We all come from very different backgrounds, but one of us is a VERY prominent citizen, with continuing responsibilities in very high places. It is for this reason that he or she wishes to remain anonymous.

      As for the other writers of The Praetorian Writers’ Group, they all wish to maintain their anonymity for various reasons. Trust me; you’ll never find out who they are unless they want you to. 🙂

      One more thing…before your not-even-close guess, you fell into the usual trap: telling me all about myself without knowing a thing about me, or even who I am.

      I can tell you for sure — because I know me better than anyone, in fact, I’m rather attached to me — I am not Arthur Seery, whoever that is. Furthermore, I’m FAR from a bitter, unhappy man. To the contrary, actually. Since I’m THE definitive source for ANY and ALL information as to who, how and what I am, if you were to argue with me, you would reveal yourself to be kind of a dummy.

      Let’s make at least ONE thing clear, skip…I’LL tell YOU what I feel and think and whether I’m happy or not. NOT the other way around. Got it? And, by the way, I’ll extend to you the same courtesy. Good…glad we got THAT out of the way.

      Well, as it turns out I DO know a LOT about you, skipturner… you pretend to hide behind a WordPress page, but I know who you are. You’re a sad, strange, little man (Nothing like a Buzz Lightyear quote!), your thinking is fuzzy, dim and disjointed, and your speaking is odd. People cringe when you start to say something, because they’re never sure what embarrassing thing will issue forth next.

      That’s right, skipturner, you ARE Joe Biden!

      (See how silly ME telling YOU all about YOU sounds?)

      Best,

      — x

  2. Hi,
    I have been reading your blog for more than couple of months now and have learned a lot. It is really good and you are maintaining it very well. I would like to submit my post on your blog (as guest post) with my website link. Please let me know if you are accepting guest posts for free of cost and I’m ready to discuss my contents with you, I promise you with unique, quality and 100% plagiarism free content. I am looking forward to get your reply.
    Thank You,
    Tanya Schenck

  3. Hi. Tanya! First, thank you for your kind words.

    Next – we’d be delighted to review your post for submission as a guest blogger. Please read the rules for submitting content, and we ask only that you adhere to those rules.

    You are free to write about any topic under the sun, and you are free to express yourself nearly completely freely (again, subject only to the constraints discussed in the rules).

    Let’s talk about the rest of any arrangements privately via e-mail. I’m at ag.player@yahoo.com

    Best,

    — x

  4. Hi, Karina! I’m very much appreciating your very, very uplifting messages. You focus so strongly, yet so tenderly and lovingly, on Jesus in your life, that I marvel, and am moved.

    It is I who should thank you … and so, I do. 🙂

    Best,

    — x

  5. Hello xPraetorius,

    I didn’t come here to troll or antagonize. I want to come over and apologize for all the derogatory things I’ve said to you or about you. I am indeed sorry.

    However, I will not and can not apologize for my views and opinions. If that makes me a liberal to you and thus, someone inferior, in some ways, to your conservative values, so be it. (After all, you write so much about how you detest the left.) I won’t change a thing about how I think or what I feel.

    But I still wonder why you feel that strongly about why the left is wrong and immoral when it comes to virtually everything and why you feel like the world is against straight white Christian males. But that’s a topic for another day.

    I have opened my blog to you, and you’re free to visit and comment provided that you adhere to one simple request. You are not to be condescending to my views when you disagree with them. That means you can not call them silly, nitwitty, stupid or the like. Just because you disagree doesn’t give you or anyone the right to condemn them with childish words.

    All I ask is that you be respectable to what I say and to what other commenters say. You cannot be disrespectful towards us, we fire back on your level and then claim how you’re a victim. Neither I nor my readers will tolerate that attitude, and I’m sure you don’t either on your blog or in real life.

    Yes, you’re free to come, but comment to us like we’re adults and not as lost children you’re trying to get rid of. All we want is respect, and namecalling and condescension does not show respect no matter how much you think otherwise. It’s a lesson we were taught when we were young, and I want you to own up to that lesson. You really don’t want you or your views to be called stupid or silly. So, why do you think it’s alright to do that to others whom you disagree with?

    I’m being nice, but I’m also putting my foot down. Please show decorum in my blog. That’s all I ask.

    Thank you.

  6. Hi, BW! Well, well… great post! Let’s take a look at it point-by-point.

    You said:

    Hello xPraetorius,

    My response:

    Hi, BW!

    You said:

    I didn’t come here to troll or antagonize. I want to come over and apologize for all the derogatory things I’ve said to you or about you. I am indeed sorry.

    My response:

    Wow! Apology accepted! That is a very courageous thing for you to say. Very, very courageous, mature and intelligent, and I commend you for it. If you don’t mind, I’ll post something about this act itself. You are, indeed, one of the very few whom I’ve encountered with your beliefs, to do or say those things. It’s so surprising, that I wondered whether your blog had been hacked, and someone played a trick on you! Just kidding! (But that did happen to us here once!)

    You said:

    However, I will not and can not apologize for my views and opinions. If that makes me a liberal to you and thus, someone inferior, in some ways, to your conservative values, so be it. (After all, you write so much about how you detest the left.) I won’t change a thing about how I think or what I feel.

    My response:

    I’d never ask you to apologize for your views or opinions. Your views and opinions do make you a leftist, but a leftist is not someone inferior. Just to be clear, I don’t believe that anyone on earth is inferior to me. A tiny quibble: we select our values because we view them to be superior to other values that we then reject. It’s okay to believe that one’s values are superior to others’. Not only is it okay, it’s inevitable. I don’t detest the Left, I detest leftism. It’s a big distinction. I have good friends who are leftists. I still hate their leftism. They hate my Conservatism. We should always be willing to change how we think and feel… that’s part of getting older, more mature, wiser and more educated.

    You said:

    But I still wonder why you feel that strongly about why the left is wrong and immoral when it comes to virtually everything and why you feel like the world is against straight white Christian males. But that’s a topic for another day.

    My response:

    That would require a long response. I might point you to our blog, but that would be an inadequate response, and you’ve indicated that you want that to be for another day, so I’ll respect those wishes. I am prepared, however, to give you that long response.

    You said:

    I have opened my blog to you, and you’re free to visit and comment provided that you adhere to one simple request. You are not to be condescending to my views when you disagree with them. That means you can not call them silly, nitwitty, stupid or the like. Just because you disagree doesn’t give you or anyone the right to condemn them with childish words.

    My response:

    Ummmmmmm… okay. However, what would you like me to call beliefs that are stupid? I mean that sincerely. There are such beliefs, you know. If I were to say something patently stupid to you like, “black people are inferior,” would you feel that you should respond respectfully to that? Even if I were to say it respectfully and politely? Of course not. To say that is to say something plainly stupid, so I’d never say it. ‘Sides, I’m black, so I don’t believe it. The point is that I can consider someone’s views to be idiotic, and him to be not an idiot. As I also said a moment ago, I have some leftist friends with patently idiotic views. I still like them, and I like to hang around with them.

    You said:

    All I ask is that you be respectable to what I say and to what other commenters say. You cannot be disrespectful towards us, we fire back on your level and then claim how you’re a victim. Neither I nor my readers will tolerate that attitude, and I’m sure you don’t either on your blog or in real life.

    My response:

    It’s a complicated thing. If you go all the way back to the beginning of our interactions, you’ll see that I came in and challenged you, and from the get go your various friends started in. I was a racist, a liar, a psychopath, and so on… And I had never attacked anyone. What they wrote, yes, I went after that, but them… never. The point: I don’t care if they attack me, and I don’t dislike anyone. Nor do I need anyone to pull their punches with me. I don’t need Herneith to pull back, or to clean up her potty mouth, or to elevate her discourse. After all, people like her make it easy for me. I’d suggest that you should tell them to be respectful, and not to call people names. I think it was “diaryofanegress” who out in the open hoped for a “solar assassination” that would wipe out more than a billion white people. She didn’t seem to think that her genocidal impulses were at all questionable things. However, if they’re going to hand me that kind of ammunition, I’d think that you’d want to bring them around to rational discourse.

    You said:

    Yes, you’re free to come, but comment to us like we’re adults and not as lost children you’re trying to get rid of. All we want is respect, and namecalling and condescension does not show respect no matter how much you think otherwise. It’s a lesson we were taught when we were young, and I want you to own up to that lesson. You really don’t want you or your views to be called stupid or silly. So, why do you think it’s alright to do that to others whom you disagree with?

    My response:

    Thanks for the invitation. I accept. I absolutely will respond to anyone as if they’re an adult. I respect you as a person. Completely. And I like you. I’ve said that numerous times. I don’t, however, respect many of your beliefs. The point: that should be okay with you just as the fact that you don’t respect my views — you think they’re wrong — is perfectly fine with me. And, if you allow me to, I’ll defend my views, just as I’d hope you’d defend your views. Furthermore, if you prove me wrong, or if you offer compelling evidence that contradicts my views, I’ll immediately admit it. I’ve said it lots of times: I don’t give the tiniest hang whether I “win” or not, I want to learn. That’s it. The point: I learn from every interaction, and your friends and you have taught me a lot. I don’t mean that with any hostility at all, I promise. Everything in life teaches us something. What I’ve been saying to you is that you get to choose what you want me to learn, and you’ve often chosen to teach me some disagreeable things.

    You said:

    I’m being nice, but I’m also putting my foot down. Please show decorum in my blog. That’s all I ask.

    Thank you.

    My response:

    Okay. Yes, you are being nice. Very nice. Do you at least grant me permission to respond in kind to the lurid accusations that are going to come at me from your friends? Some of your friends, for example, accused me of being a white man, and more… What do you give me permission to do in that case?

    Best,

    — x

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