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13 February 2006 @ 03:02 am
A phrase . . .  

As is my usual practice I’ve been lightly keeping up with the news lately, even though it tends to depress me. So when the Roman emperor Nero was mentioned in a book I’m currently reading (Wanderings: Chaim Potok’s History of the Jews), the following phrase crossed my mind:

Dubya fiddled while New Orleans drowned.


Current Mood: pessimisticpessimistic
Peter Hentgesjbru on February 13th, 2006 04:30 pm (UTC)
More appropriate than, perhaps, you realize. During the debacle one of his photo-ops was to receive a guitar from a country singer.
wcolsher on February 13th, 2006 05:56 pm (UTC)
And then...
Probably in the very next chapter but...

Of course after the fire, Nero took over a big chunk of land at the east end of the Forum Romanum for his Golden House and a pleasant little lake.

Later, Vespasian, looking for a better use for the space, filled in the lake and began contruction on the Flavian Amphitheatre in 70, the treasury being full due to the sack of Jerusalem. Vespasian died in 79 and construction was completed by Titus who of course had been nominally in charge of the war against the Jews.

The Arch of Titus, located at the east end of the Forum, and built after his death by Domitian, has scenes of from Titus' Triumphal Procession showing, for example, the Menorah from the temple being carried up the Via Sacra.

Any potential parallels between artificial lakes and land re-use are left as an exercise for the student
gomeza on February 13th, 2006 09:20 pm (UTC)
oops, illegal character, lemme try that again.
Apparently, a LOT of people in the gummint were fiddling while Nola drowned. >_<

I keep hearing my more actively liberal friends cheerleading about how the s__t is going to hit the fan any day now, and there's going to be this glorious backlash against this crazy administration, and halcyon days will be here again, etc.

Meanwhile, the feces continue ti evade the rotating airfoil, the backlash remains invisible, and I need a bigger dose of Halcyon™.