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Nero Fiddled While Rome Burned
Tuesday August 30th 2005, 7:37 pm
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President Bush plays a guitar presented to him by Country Singer Mark Wills, right, backstage following his visit to Naval Base Coronado, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2005. Bush visited the base to deliver remarks on V-J Commemoration Day. (AP Photo/ABC News, Martha Raddatz)

Nero Fiddled as Rome Burned

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Maybe it’s because it was New Orleans, a sin city; like he didn’t care because they deserved it or something. Or maybe because he’s dancing over the new high price of oil for him and all his financiers. I can’t decide which would be better for him. (nice pic!)

Comment by Danny Boyle 08.30.05 @ 10:00 pm

you know i had the same feeling tonight as i finally braved the cable news channels. i was looking at what was happening and wondering why it wasn’t being over run with NG troops and military aid. i saw bridges and heard them saying they could not get to the areas that were having problems because bridges were out and i thought – why doesnt the army corps of engineers lay a combat bridge. then it dawned on me – are we that thinly spread in terms of our NG resources – is that much of our ability to act in this way over seas in Iraq? I would love to find out about how our invovlement in Iraq has impacted our government’s ability to respond. Good catch Hyper!

Comment by andrei hedstrom 08.31.05 @ 9:19 pm

there are only 10 thousand Louisiana National Guard available. 3500 of them are going to New orleans. The rest are coming from surrounding states. This is a disaster of biblical proportions, and should be swarmed with military/guard assets. Instead, those assets are squandered in some shithole slum in Iraq.

Comment by hyperlexic 08.31.05 @ 10:01 pm

stupid war. Its weird how history repeats itself. Most Iraqi “insurgents” just seem to want US/UK troops out of the country. Just like the US civil war 200 odd years ago all they want is to be in charge of their own country. Methinks the American Empire will not last as long as the Roman. F*cking black gold and all it’s peddlers. I hate them!

Comment by triplejay 09.04.05 @ 5:02 pm


So true. The whole “if you don’t learn from history you will repeat it” thing really rings true in the face of so much carelessness on the part of US leadership. People have not been truly introduced or have not truly learned about empires and how they have ALL FALLEN eventually. As even an amateur student of history, I am certain that the USA will not last in its current state. At best we may have a chance to peacefully evolve into something better – at worst we may collapse into ruin with culture and resources and all the lessons learned or lost scatter into the pages of history books.

To base worth on gold or on black gold is such a futureless outlook.

Comment by andrei hedstrom 09.04.05 @ 10:07 pm

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