POLITICIAN, n. An eel in the fundamental mud upon which the superstructure of organized society is reared. When he wriggles he mistakes the agitation of his tail for the trembling of the edifice. As compared with the statesman, he suffers the disadvantage of being alive.
- Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary
Friday, August 24, 2012
Major General Ross, where are you now that America needs you?
Two hundred years ago on this date, British forces commanded by Gen. Ross burned the public buildings of Washington D.C. Showing impeccable manners and breeding, all the city's private buildings were spared.