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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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(This went extremely long. Sorry.) Go read Claire’s latest think piece… The role of the Outlaw in the betterment of society I’ve been sitting here contemplating it – Claire’s riffing off another writer who’s riffing off Dylan’s All Along the … Continue reading
“On second thought let’s not go to Camelot. It is a silly place.”
Huh. Looks like before long lots of lucky Americans will be just like me. Obama health plan hit by double-digit premium hikes This is an AP story and the writer is contorting with all his skill and might not to … Continue reading
But a Rhode Island man will probably keep that self-evident fact to himself next time… “To all yoga pant wearers, I struggle with my own physicality as I age,” wrote Alan Sorrentino, 63, in the letter published by the Barrington … Continue reading
I followed this breathless article about advances made by DARPA and a whole bunch of other people who shouldn’t be in the energy business, throwing other people’s money at a breakthrough in the development of a gadget to make those … Continue reading
I cannot go back to one-handed hunting and pecking, and even using a mouse left-handed means abandoning muscle memory set over decades. This morning’s challenge: Dish washing. Should be exciting. And by exciting, I mean painful. Yesterday I swallowed my … Continue reading
MY day, spent being poked, prodded and twisted (prodded in the eyeballs, no less) has yielded nothing but good news, although I left town kind of wishing I’d taken the time to shop for a left-handed holster. First the current … Continue reading
Okay, after a bad day and a worse night I’m actually feeling a little better – at least I dragged my arm to the typing position without actually whimpering. Though it seems I still need the help of the left … Continue reading
Switching from keyboard to mouse is basically impossible; I can lift my right arm with my left arm but the right arm won’t lift itself. Hurts too much to try yard, but it’s like there’s no strength there. Yeah, took … Continue reading
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The babies are growing up. All 13 survivors are apparently female, to the regret of Landlady who was hoping for one accidental cock bird. Things seem to go better, at least with small flocks, on those rare occasions when the … Continue reading
I’m going to try an impossible stunt here on TUAK, just to see if I can. Not only sickened by the subject but sick of it, I’m going to stop talking about the election. I will attempt to finish out … Continue reading
TUAK “Why didn’t you think of that, Joel?” Prize… That’s the only entrance I can identify, and it’s definitely the one the mice were using. I’ll give it a week and check to see if they’ve moved back in; the … Continue reading
Okay, so part of prepping for winter is doing something about the mice I happen to know are living in my summer oven. I have plastic and duct tape to hopefully keep them out through the cold months but first … Continue reading
Yeah, 0kay. I heard bits of this on the radio. But if Claire posted it, I guess that makes it Freedomista Mainstream.
Right. F’ing. Here.
Yow, lady, that must have hurt. Look what came out of the south end of one of my hens… Compared to a more typical one – probably laid by the same bird, given how few are laying right now… Probably … Continue reading
"Pre-Hillary sale. Don't wait! Prices will skyrocket after Crooked Hillary gets in." Vegas armory ad in Adelson News. Wow! And…surrender? pic.twitter.com/c24FWw99L0 — Jon Ralston (@RalstonReports) October 16, 2016
What, did he intone “the science is settled” into a microphone better than anyone else? But now that it turns out he’s only another fame-and-money-grubbing creep like all the others, oopsie, we should stop taking him seriously? Anthony, some of … Continue reading