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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Just remember, even your worst days only have twenty-four hours

— 10 word story (via eteriese)

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Pro-democracy demonstrators hold up their mobile phones during a protest near the Hong Kong government headquarters on September 29, 2014. (Dale de la Rey/AFP/Getty Images)
Portrait of a Rabari hazel eyed girl in Dwarka, Gujarat, India (x)

C’est plus facile de crever d’overdose dans les chiottes que de réussir sa vie.

— Henry Rollins

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The far away, the very far, the farthest, I have found only in my own blood.

Antonio Porchia, from Voices

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Is it splendid, or stupid, to take life seriously?

— Gustave Flaubert

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Vietnam Veterans Against the War, c. 1970
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.