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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 don’t spend a lot of time at NRO because all statists taste the same to me. Having uttered the obligatory exculpation, I’ll go ahead and admit that Kevin Williamson is an excellent writer and something of a guilty pleasure. … Continue reading
But then again maybe this is just workplace violence. Hey, weird things happen. I kinda doubt it, though…Given other things in the recent news, it would be a helluva coincidence if this guy turned out to be a Nordic Baptist … Continue reading
Almost November, and the sun isn’t its usual lethal self.As the shadows lean toward the east I go to collect my laundry, only to find the thicker stuff still sodden. In two more months’ time it will have frozen there, … Continue reading
From Forgotten Weapons, of course, though the Garand would take a lot of forgetting.
I recall somebody saying not long ago that the ebola scare would definitely not be politicized. I don’t recall who said that, or in what universe that person was standing at the time. Because this is ‘Murca, buddy, and we … Continue reading
I’ve mentioned in the past that I don’t come from an especially rich background. Due to the effort of my father, I was born in Detroit and not on a crappy farm somewhere outside Moscow, Michigan. We weren’t poor white … Continue reading
I had a really embarrassing brain fart regarding those arsenic caps I was supposed to have finished last weekend. I did work on them Saturday, but due to some supply deficiencies couldn’t finish. Geiger Counter Guy was away at a … Continue reading
But I’d want one anyway, if I still had a cubicle to decorate. If this is satire, it’s damned funny. If not, it’s…funnier. Far too expensive, though. Six bucks for shipping? Ripoff.
…that detail-cleaning my kitchen is so uncommon I’m actually writing a blog post about it. And that’s all I have to say about that.
When I read elsewhere that Gabby Giffords was on a ‘Protect All Women tour,’ I assumed it was a snarky joke. Who besides cisgender patriarchal white male jerks would ever think all women need protection? Surely at least some of … Continue reading
…to feed the horses. Everybody with a pet knows what a hassle it can be when you need to go out of town and find someone to take care of your animal(s). The bigger the animal and the more elaborate … Continue reading
From Brigid: The difference between paraffin and beeswax in candles turns out to be significant and could even be important to you. Personally I don’t use candles, but if you do you might want to read this.
Okay, now, this is funny. A guy wearing a scary mask and waving a gun around robbed a Cincinnati Kroger. No, that’s not the funny part. In fact that’s kind of deplorable. The funny part is that Moms who Demand … Continue reading
Governments hate encryption*. That’s a truism like ‘a cloudless sky is blue,’ but the feds were traditionally a little more discrete about acting on their hatred before the current police state demanded out loud that we sacrifice ‘a little convenience … Continue reading
You’ve got to give them points for consistency, I suppose. The double-plus goodthinking fathers, mothers and nannies of Washington DC determined long ago that only criminals and cops should have guns, that’s the way they like it, and that’s the … Continue reading
Woke up this morning to a message indicating somebody had dropped $200 into my Paypal account for new tires. That was awfully thoughtful, and much appreciated. Unfortunately the Jeep, being a Jeep, bears tires that originally cost the approximate price … Continue reading
So yesterday, amid my troubles, a paying gig landed in my lap. GC Guy told me just a few days ago that we wouldn’t be making any more arsenic caps for at least a month. This both pleased me, because … Continue reading
Tore an inner sidewall on the crappy spare I’ve been using – that’ll teach me to get tires fixed when I can, because now I’m stranded. What with one thing or another I had a nice five-mile walk through broken … Continue reading