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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’ve had two behind-the-cabin projects hanging fire for the past few days and it was definitely time to get back to them. I’m shortening the chicken yard and repurposing it into a dog kennel. Used up my last sack of … Continue reading
We got an early rainstorm yesterday afternoon, after which Laddie and I went over the ridge to check on the new chicks in Ian’s Cave. Laddie finds his new environment fascinating: So many things to see, to smell, to herd. … Continue reading
Laddie had a kind of anxious first night, eager to be reassured when I started going vertical around five this morning. We went right outside and watered some trees together and that seemed to settle him down a bit. Then … Continue reading
We’ve been running around all day – and in fact I’m running out the door right now. Pix… Laddie insists on checking out every pile of junk behind every outbuilding and I still don’t know if he’s at all snake-averse, … Continue reading
But well into the evening, so I just set them up in Landlady’s house and bid them adieu. We’ll do the tour and dog hand-off tomorrow.
First, the Laddie thing is moved up to today. These guys really are driving through. So stay tuned. Yesterday while going to collect the game camera from its apparently completely sterile location, I learned another way the wash had screwed … Continue reading
A coordinated banning of a conspiracy monger means, of course, that there’s a huge conspiracy out there!
Yup. Censorship PURGE points to imminent false flag violence before mid-term elections… bigger than 9/11? (Natural News) For the last two months, I’ve been warning about the rising risk of a major false flag attack taking place before the mid-term … Continue reading
They’re on their way this morning. ETA Tuesday evening, I think more likely Wednesday morning. The neighborhood is putting out the welcome mat: There have been three offers of lodging including Landlady’s house which is what we’re going to do. … Continue reading
While I was in the big town 50 miles away the other day to visit the (shudder) DMV, I also bought a real new dog bed. Yeah, with a tear in my eye, too. What that thing cost, if Laddie … Continue reading
I just put this thing up! And I’ve already had to repair it twice. You think there may be something wrong with my construction plan? One thing’s for sure – the flash flood overwhelmed that whole area. Probably due to … Continue reading
So yesterday morning I told Landlady’s sad tale of trying to visit her desert place at the height of Monsoon. It’s an old tired joke that she always brings bad weather with her, but I must admit this was a … Continue reading
Okay, look: You could almost say the Department of Motor Vehicles is what drove me to become a hermit in the desert. It’s not literally true, but the DMV symbolizes everything I find intolerable about life in “civilization.” Sweartagod I … Continue reading
Yesterday was a perfectly pleasant day, aside from being hot, right up to virtually the moment Landlady arrived. It hasn’t rained at all in almost a week but yesterday I sat out on the porch in the late afternoon and … Continue reading
This morning’s main task was shortening what used to be the Fortress of Attitude into Li’l Gitmo. …you may recall that was the morning’s main task day before yesterday, too. And it will be Sunday’s morning main task. Tomorrow and … Continue reading
Last fall a neighbor asked me to haul off a perfectly good propane barbecue. Beginning this Spring I started learning how to use the thing to grill meat, something I was never quite enough of a suburbanite to gain any … Continue reading
Didn’t mean to leave it a week before returning. It’s the busy season, brush trimming isn’t part of the routine yet and I’m fitting it in among other jobs. This time I upped the power level a bit… With the … Continue reading
If you were a state governor and found yourself with the power to arbitrarily outlaw any little thing you wanted, what would you choose? Apparently this is the situation New York Governor Andrew Cuomo finds himself in. I don’t know … Continue reading
Today’s project was supposed to be converting the Lair’s chicken yard into a more practical dog kennel. Seemed simple enough. Finish cleaning out the deep litter. Take the top off the coop, take the coop off those tall pedestals, turn … Continue reading
…not a lot going on right now. I do have a new project planned, that will take a few hours and substantially change the yard’s profile. If I can get off my ass, finish breakfast and put some pants on. … Continue reading
…and your main path to and from your cabin as well, I suppose… is that, in the very nature of it being a riverbed, it isn’t always dry. Just kind of marking the event. Last night the wash ran for … Continue reading