Scharf as a Tack

Hi. I'm Rob.

I live in Washington, DC and publish a few occasionally intelligent thoughts about a variety of topics on my blog at Feel free to ask me things.

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Yves Saint-Laurant & Salvador Dalí.

Bartlet: Did you know that two thousand years ago a Roman citizen could walk across the face of the known world free of the fear of molestation? He could walk across the Earth unharmed, cloaked only in the protection of the words civis Romanus -- I am a Roman citizen. So great was the retribution of Rome, universally understood as certain, should any harm befall even one of its citizens. Where was Morris's protection, or anybody else on that airplane? Where was the retribution for the families, and where is the warning to the rest of the world that Americans shall walk this Earth unharmed, lest the clenched fist of the most mighty military force in the history of mankind comes crashing down on your house?! In other words, Leo, what the hell are we doing here?!
McGarry: We are behaving the way a superpower ought to behave.
Bartlet: Well our behavior has produced some crappy results; in fact I'm not a hundred per cent sure it hasn't induced it.
McGarry: What are you talking about?
Bartlet: I'm talking about two hundred and eighty-six American marines in Beirut, I'm talking about Somalia, I'm talking about Nairobi-
McGarry: And you think ratcheting up the body count's gonna act as a deterrent?
Bartlet: You're damn right I-
McGarry: Oh, then you are just as stupid as these guys who think capital punishment is going to be a deterrent for drug kingpins. As if drug kingpins didn't live their day to day lives under the possibility of execution, and their executions are a lot less dainty than ours and tend to take place without the bother and expense of due process. So, my friend, if you want to start using American military strength as the arm of the Lord, you can do that. We're the only superpower left. You can conquer the world, like Charlemagne! But you better be prepared to kill everyone. And you better start with me, because I will raise up an army against you and I will beat you.


Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five
Toronto, Canada

The greatest threat to freedom is the absence of criticism.

Wole Soyinka

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Super Lua by Alessandra.A, Florianópolis, SC, BRASIL
Michael K. Williams, 2013 (Christian Weber)

Teddy Roosevelt on the campaign trail in Boston in 1912.

That’s right, Scotland could actually secede… I didn’t even know they had slaves.

— Stephen Colbert

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