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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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It’s one of those awful cold windy days where the only shelter is indoors but the wind is swirling around so much that the stovepipe can’t make up its mind if air should be going up or down. Fire don’t … Continue reading
Regular commenter MJR sent me a couple of presents yesterday. I never really considered whether TUAK needs a logo, but do appreciate the thought.
Once upon a time, my neighbor H moved up here intending to raise horses. Among the things she arranged for that make her yard different from yours and mine, she put in a lovely rustic-as-hell hitching post made of rough … Continue reading
“It’s a sign of how dull my life has become,” I said to J, “That breaking in this new shit fork may be the high point of my day.” Actually it’s a typical busy Friday: Right now I’m waiting for … Continue reading
Seems there was another coyote attack in NH a few days ago, and this time the dog stood and delivered. The woman involved in the Monday morning attack didn’t want to be identified. Her 4-year-old dog, Mac, has too many … Continue reading
So said L as we strapped a big horse-feeding tub on top of a pickup-load of plywood, roofing, wood pellets and long tools. I said, “Well, we sort of are.” I saw the greatest thing this morning, just as the … Continue reading
I have to leave early for hardware and glaucoma meds, and may not be back for quite a while. Given the topic of yesterday’s last post, I didn’t want anybody getting the idea I was now residing in the colons … Continue reading
That was very unusual. I just got a personal visit from D&L, who said they couldn’t raise me on my phone, wanting to know if Little Bear was all right. Seems they got a call from another neighbor who lives … Continue reading
Okay, so the gunblogoverse is getting its jollies LOLing on the new, weird Taurus Curve.And while I hereby cheerfully join the chorus of people saying they’d have no use for this gun – ever, under any circumstances – I don’t … Continue reading
I have said before that I have an older brother who is to me, in terms of intelligence, as Stephen Hawking is to Little Bear. We don’t correspond much because he had the misfortune of being born the only social … Continue reading
One thing I’ve noticed about the coverage of that European comet probe? Somebody always has to mention that the comet is moving at the time of the rendezvous. I suppose the writer thinks the scientists did it that way for … Continue reading
I seem to be getting over my chimney fire phobia. I put in this new woodstove 23 months ago, and for two winters I feared really cranking it up which made it hard to keep lit at all. As everybody … Continue reading
Or something. I don’t actually know where that saying originated. I thought I’d read it in Gates of Fire which has a bunch of paraphrases from Herodotus (the source of our old favorite Molon Labe)but that isn’t one of them … Continue reading
And part would want to dance on their grave. When was the last time you saw any Colt in a gunshop cabinet for less than four figures? Colt could default on bond repayments Elsewhere there’s a link to a WSJ … Continue reading
…and maybe so do you. So here’s the QoD, from the Lord of Hate: If I land a space ship going millions of miles an hour on a rock going millions of miles an hour, y’all are lucky if I … Continue reading
I found your weather. You wanna come get it, and then keep it penned up better next time?
I need to cut that old recliner up and haul it off to J’s Dumpster, but there’s no rush. The Dumpster’s full at the moment, and the day is cold and windy. Ghost doesn’t think there’s any rush, either… …’cause … Continue reading
Day got so busy, and I came home so tuckered out, that it only just now occurred to me that the one chore I forgot to do is to check the trap I set in the powershed. Yesterday it was … Continue reading
Oy, what a day. Fridays are shaping up to just naturally be extra-busy for a while, but that also seems to be the day when the phone rings. I’m still not finished running around because I’ve got to go see … Continue reading