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They say that Louis XIV had the inscription Ultima Ratio Regum cast into all the cannon of the French Army. It means "The Ultimate Argument of Kings," and that always struck me as one of the most honest and up-front things any ruler or would-be ruler ever said. "We can dress it up prettier than this, but when it comes down to the unvarnished truth this is what it's about: You'll do as I say or I'll send my goons to kill you."
I thought about that for a long time. If there's an ultimate argument, it seems only logical that there must be an ultimate answer. For years I thought the ultimate answer must be the bullets in my rifle, but it never seemed quite right. I've got bullets - he's got frigging Cannon Balls. I mean, if there were three hundred million rifles throwing bullets at him, then maybe. But we all know that's not going to happen. So if there's an ultimate answer to his ultimate argument, it sure as hell ain't bullets.
It finally came to me - and that's when I left the city, abandoned a goodly percentage of my goods, and gave all that was behind me a good, stiff Randian Shrug.
The ultimate answer to kings is not a bullet, but a belly laugh.
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I will make two immediate proclamations… 1: “Born to Run” is henceforth the new national anthem. 2: Emmylou Harris has to record at least one video in which she acts like she’s having a good time. (Yes, I know she … Continue reading
…and set myself up as President-For-Life, I’m making a new rule: If you can’t read an address, you’re not allowed to play with chainsaws.
…and made myself president-for-life, Internal Security is gonna be looking for some people. Just got M’s truck limping running again. Took over an hour just for the part where we swapped out the superannuated spark plugs. It reminds me why … Continue reading
Photographs don’t lie, do they? Well, maybe sometimes they do. The gist of the story is funnier than my take: Whole Foods made sandwiches for the Guardsmen shipped in by the governor, and caught hell for it on Twitter. I’ve … Continue reading
I, um… Well… Y’know, after I betray the revolution and become president for life, the people who invented Twitter will absolutely be among the first against the wall.
Today over at WRSA I saw a clip of that scene in Casa Blanca where, to drown out a bunch of evil vicious singing Nazis, the band and all the patrons of Rick’s Café Américain break out into La Marseillaise. … Continue reading
After I have betrayed the revolution and set myself up as president-for-life, there’ll be a new rule that all politicians except myself who carefully phrase denials of things they’re clearly doing will go straight to the wall without even a … Continue reading
I am not a nutritionist – and neither is Michelle Obama. And nutritionists seem to keep their heads up their asses pretty consistently anyway. But that doesn’t stop the government from trying to dictate ‘healthy’ eating, one generation after another … Continue reading
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Because sometimes legit comments do end up in there. And yet lately there’s a particular spambot that makes it a pain in the derrière. 52 of the damned things this morning, all in some alien script so they’re not even … Continue reading
Do not watch the following video. I’m serious. I am totally not responsible for any damage that comes to you from watching the following video. You have been warned. After I have betrayed the revolution and set myself up as … Continue reading
Does this guy think he can make 33 percent of the country criminals with a stroke of the pen? I do believe the tally of America’s unintentional criminals is, and has been for a long time, considerably more than 33% … Continue reading
Because this is funny. In fairness to the Obama campaign, I thought the ad was pretty good. But you’ve got to wonder how scary it’s getting at the DNC when even PBS wants out from under you. Also, Big Bird … Continue reading
I’ve been re-reading Victor Koman’s Kings of the High Frontier, so you know the voices in my head that most hate NASA have been dominating the internal dialogues lately, right? And then this morning I read Carl’s post right here, … Continue reading
Landlady said she wants to close Gitmo, and so we closed Gitmo. Tore it right out of the ground, in fact. Well, most of it. As proof that after we’ve betrayed the revolution we’ll be twice the government the old … Continue reading
Oy. After I’ve betrayed the revolution and become president-for-life, I’m gonna outlaw long weekends. Yeah, I know. It sucks, but it’s gotta happen. Why? ‘Cause they’re too much work, that’s why. I knew I was in trouble this morning, as … Continue reading
After I’ve betrayed the revolution and become president-for-life, I’m coming after everybody who ever uttered a declarative sentence involving the phrase “no expectation of privacy.” They’re goin’ to the wall. I know, it’s simplistic and possibly even brutal. But anybody … Continue reading
…if I suggested that the world would be a better, cleaner place if this person and all his sycophants choked to death on cans of caffeinated alcohol? I note that Sch**er adds a nice incongruous touch: Let This Serve as … Continue reading