Fiddling While Rome Burns

Was watching the movie Quo Vadis on TCM today. The movie is a historical fiction that takes place amidst the backdrop of the great fire of Rome under the emperor Nero. So I got to reading up on the actual events.

For those unfamiliar with the history, the historian Tacitus, who was but a boy at the time of the fire, tells us the great fire was covertly set by Nero.

His reason? The Roman Senate refused to let him tear down a large portion of Rome to construct what Nero believed would be his enduring monument, a complex to be called Neropolis.

As Tacitus told it, Nero not only made zero effort to stop the flames… he actually watched and played an instrument while Rome burned. Violent gangs of thugs prevented many citizens from escaping to safety. Many died.

Whether Nero really authorized the fire is not proven fact, but it is known that he immediately set forth building his long-wanted but until then denied complex atop the ruins where the inferno had ravaged the city.

That said Tacitus tells us that in the wake of the fire, the people blamed Nero. Clearly Nero needed someone besides himself to be blamed, so he blamed it on a growing but unpopular religious sect known as Christians.

He commenced to have them publicly crucified, slaughtered in the arena by lions, used as torches to light his feasts, and generally exterminated. It was during this hysteria the disciple Peter and the apostle Paul were arrested and executed.

There is of course no reason to believe the thousands he had tortured and killed had anything whatsoever to do with the flames.  But hey,  they were unpopular, they bucked the prevalent idiology. They were different. Religious zealots. Bottom line,  very convenient scapegoats.

Besides,  Nero was suddenly generously spending Rome’s money giving wine and grain to the Roman public, and the Christians were not.

I’m not going to try to draw your conclusions for you. I’m just going to point out once again that those who are ignorant of history are doomed to repeat it, and the tactics and strategies of tyrants don’t necessarily change much with time.

Be careful out there.

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In this corner: the Lightweight – Joseph Biden

Representative Paul Ryan

The Dems got their wish: Paul Ryan is the VP Candidate
They think that is GOOD news. He’s the guy that wrote what they’ve dubbed “The Romney Budget”.

Heck their work is already part done, since they’ve already pre-demonized him as the fellow that wants to throw wheelchair-bound senior citizens off a cliff. Saves time, the campaign of Mr “I came to DC to be the first post partisan president” can just recycle existing sleaze ads to degrade Ryan.

The Bad News for Dems – Paul Ryan Gets to Debate Biden
Ohhhh sheeeit. That’d be Mr Gaffe… Joe “Big F*cking Deal” Biden. The guy that says whatever comes to his head, and that apparently could be almost ANYthing.

— Joe “Do you know the Web site number?” Biden.

— Joe the guy who told (wheelchair-bound) Missouri State Sen. Chuck Graham to “stand up.

— Joe the one that’s run multiple times for commander-in-chief, but doesn’t know the difference between brigade and battalion.

— Joe the guy that turned a softball friendly interview with into crisis by telling Katie Couric…

“When the stock market crashed, Franklin D. Roosevelt got on the television and didn’t just talk about the, you know, the princes of greed. He said, ‘Look, here’s what happened,” he said.

The guy has only been serving in Federal office for 4 decades, so we can hardly hold him to knowing 8th grade history. Herbert Hoover — not Roosevelt was president in 1929, and television had not been invented. Other than that, spot on. Joe.

Vice President Joseph Biden

A little background on Biden
The first time I can recall hearing about Biden was in the 1980’s. It wasn’t good. He was one of the first to assist in helping turn the advise and consent role of the Senate into “let me just tell you how to do your job” in the Bork Senate Confirmation hearings. Bork was nominated by Reagan as a Supreme Court Justice, and he was turned down, not because he was unqualified, but because the Democratic majority didn’t like the fact that he was a strict constitutionalist. It forever changed the way such hearings work.

He was also the wannabe tough taskmaster in the Iran-Contra hearings during the Reagan administration who was thoroughly and hilariously schooled by a young unknown US Marine Corps Colonel named Ollie North. The hearings were worth paying for… the hard charging Marine made the posturing Senator look like a bumbling idiot. [Granted that isnt hard, but North did it REALLY well.]

But the Kicker – Biden’s Plagiarism
The one that sticks in mind was Biden’s run for the ’88 Democratic Presidential nomination… which he had to walk away from when one of his Democrat opponents discovered he had a lifelong history of plagiarism and blew the whistle.

The first known instance was when he was almost thrown out of law school for plagiarism. Biden later claimed he’d been exonerated… but it turned out he considered admitting guilt and throwing himself on the mercy of the school with a promise not to do it again was the same as being “totally exonerated”. [Darn those pesky definitions.]

Then there were revelations he’d borrowed parts of speeches, some larger than other, from Hubert Humphrey, Robert Kennedy, and British Labour politician Neil Kinnock. In the case of Kinnock, Biden basically borrowed a speech, and on at least one occasion used it without attribution… borrowing not only the words, but Kinnocks life.

Notwithstanding what he said in his speech, Biden was NOT the first in his family to attend college, nor to his knowledge descended from coal miners. Yet his introduction suggested the details were about him. In his defense, at no time did he claim to have been born in a log cabin.

And Now He’s a Heartbeat from the Presidency
Biden is well known for being a loose cannon… and comedians have posited that Obama picked him as VP to prove he didn’t really need one. Nonetheless, he’s the guy in the job, which many have suggested might be just insurance for Obama, cause if we don’t like to be led by an inexperienced socialist dilettante… do we really want to trade out for a plagiarizing clown?

The Upcoming VP Debate
Meanwhile, the presumptive GOP Presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, has named his VP pick, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan. Ryan is 42, sharp as a tack, the face of the GOP future. Elected to Congress at the tender age of 28, 14 years later he is the go-to guy for economic issues in the US Congress. He’s athletic, articulate, and basically a formidable intellect who is known for his work ethic. [In other words, he’s the antithesis of Joe Biden.]

But Let’s Be Fair
As we know, the Obama administration says they are all about fairness. Though nobody really explains how “fairness” requires the 50% paying taxes to do more for the 50% that don’t, we’ll go with it. Clearly in a matchup in the English language, Biden is fighting over his weight class in a debate with Ryan. Ryan is the real thing, Biden is a certified poser.

So, as it seems unfair to match Biden against the kid straight up, let’s be fair about it. As it’d be unseemly for Biden to call in a second, let’s just give him a little assistance. Biden gets to have access to a history book, a text on economics, and he gets two do-overs and one chance to phone a friend. Ryan has to do the debate with his microphone turned off and a wounded badger chained to his leg.

YEAH… That oughta just about even it up.

Ladies and Gentlemen, the President of the United States

A Few Words from President Barrack Obama:

Good evening. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur, hope and change! Adipiscing elit, it was the right thing to DO. Again… adipiscing elit, it was the right thing to DO{pause for applause}

Vivamus ultrices pellentesque? YES WE CAN! {pause for standing ovation}

But let me make this perfectly clear… ligula vitae aliquam! Lorem ipsum FORWARD. Dolor sit amet, their partisan actions, consectetur adipiscing elit I personally killed bin Laden while Navy SEALs watched in awe. Fusce eget ante… middle class, leo, ac dignissim massa, compromise.

Make no mistake, sed in erat elementum corporate greed… elit pellentesque previous administration, Tea Party, global warming, lazy do-nothing Congress, ATMs, Joe Biden, fluctuating overseas markets, and the sun was in my eyes.

Hope and change! {Hold for applause… fade to black}

——– {pause for station identification} ——–

And Now, a Personal Message from Vice President Biden:

Ever since the dark days when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor….






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A Media Bridge to Nowhere


You’ve Seen The News

Given the the information… let’s take a test.

QUESTION 1: There are four candidates running, only two slots open. Much has been said about “the bridge to nowhere”. Two of the candidates voted FOR the “bridge to nowhere”… what were their names?

  • A –  John McCain and Sarah Palin
  • B –  Barrack Obama and Joe Biden

Answer: If you picked “A” you’ve been paying close attention to the news. If you picked “B” you’ve been paying attention to the facts.

RELATED FACTS: Obama and Biden both voted FOR the bridge to nowhere. McCain had vocally opposed the bridge, but did not vote. Palin is a governor and they do not vote on Congressional funding bills.  


QUESTION 2: Much has been made about Republican failure to support Louisianna after hurricane Katrina. When Alaska’s “bridge to nowhere” was considered, Republican Tom Coburn offered an amendment with ONE purpose… divert those funds to rebuild bridges in Louisianna damaged by hurricane Katrina.

Which two current candidates voted AGAINST doing that?

  • A – John McCain and Sarah Palin
  • B – Barrack Obama and Joe Biden

ANSWER: If you said “A”, again you’ve seen media coverage, not the facts. The answer is “Obama and Biden“.

RELATED FACTS: Obama and Biden voted AGAINST diverting “bridge to nowhere” funds to bridges destroyed by Katrina. Don’t take my word… see the ROLE CALL VOTE on the Congressional website.


BULLSHIT! No way… If this was true we’d have heard !

Naah, gets buried by a media so in bed with Obama that if he got STDs they’d need a physical. Any negative story on Obama results in newscasters sticking fingers in their ears (or their head somewhere less savory).

Here’s a clip showing part of the story. The full text continues on to detail Bidens own spending skeletons (see link at bottom).


Here’s a link to the above CNN story specifically pointing out the facts… but if it got airtime it disappeared fast. Would this be getting airtime if the players had been McCain and Palin?


If this was widely known information, I wouldnt have seen Obama give a speech today where he got applause by saying…

“if you believe THAT… I’ve got a bridge in Alaska to sell you!”

Yes, he does seem to be selling us a bridge, the very one he and Biden voted for. Sadly, the “watchdog media”  is brokering the deal.

I'm Rob Jones... and I approve this message.
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