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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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The National Gun Victims Action Council (NGVAC) is petitioning President Lightbringer to declare a state of emergency, permitting him to use emergency powers to fight the “gun violence epidemic.” I’ll give them credit, there’s no pussyfooting around about how ‘nobody … Continue reading
But that’s not who we are. Left me wondering, ‘well, who the hell does he think we are, exactly?’ I’m going to wash some laundry, and then as soon as the temperature permits carbon dioxide to sublimate back into the … Continue reading
And after all that preaching, too. Maybe I should change my sidebar photo… Just got my saw back from the shop. It’s fine, thanks, no need for concern. Let’s just say that fuel stabilizer doesn’t mean you don’t need to … Continue reading
Obama Sees Need for More US Icebreakers: Former Coast Guard Commandant Maybe they need the icebreakers to open paths through the drowned bodies of all those polar bears that died because there’s no ice?
Funny how for the first fifty years of my life I was only vaguely aware of what that word means. And I associated it with Druidism and similar irrelevancies. But now I’ve got my little free sample of a solar … Continue reading
I happened to be looking at a paper map of the world (kids, ask your parents) and I noticed that Norway – the whole freakin’ country – has this dotted line running through it marked “Arctic Circle.” Even famously gloomy … Continue reading
In early summer when I put up the first of the Lair’s new siding, I also replaced the rear window. It had always been just a set of high, narrow tilting windows for ventilation and light, because I didn’t really … Continue reading
Consider doing it through Claire’s link, right here. Then she gets a cut of the swag, and it’s a painless way to help her out. I write this with a guilty grimace on my face, since I have that link … Continue reading
The weather gets too cold for me to want to wash laundry outdoors. So it piles up, which violates the first rule of hand-washing: Don’t let it pile up. Used to do it in the sink, which was a real … Continue reading
Well, now forget it. For some reason this year there’s been a real emphasis on ‘winning Thanksgiving dinner debates.’ This mostly comes from the lefties, who unaccountably haven’t yet declared Thanksgiving an inappropriate cultural appropriation, or racially insensitive or something, … Continue reading
Older Brother sent me this link with his own heading: Military Weapons Ban! He was just conning me into clicking the link… West Point bans annual pillow fight after dozens injured WEST POINT, N.Y., Nov. 26 (UPI) — United States … Continue reading
Concerning the Macy’s parade… In a tradition that has since been discontinued, at the end of each parade the balloons were released and allowed to drift away in the wind. Anyone who recovered a balloon and returned it to Macy’s … Continue reading
But it says here that two of those Paris terrorists were in fact sent to meet their virgins by non-state shooters. There’s just one little problem with the narrative… French police reported these two unsung heroes are from Columbia and … Continue reading
SpaceX has been trying to get this right for years. Bezos’s group finally nailed one. Welcome, people of earth, to the 1930’s.
Belgian Jews repudiate call for gun ownership Belgian Jewish leaders denounced calls for their governments to issue gun permits to members of their communities this weekend, saying that such efforts could lead to harrowing consequences. Last week, Rabbi Menachem Margolin, … Continue reading
Just hasn’t been a good blogging day. Sure is pretty out, though, and having come in for a sandwich I’m gonna go get some more of that while I can. I’ve been pretty sore lately, with all those twisted joints … Continue reading
Well, then. There’s nothing scary about this at all.
…about cultural appropriation. Or…something. From Landlady: Q. Two Hands Clapping in a Forest: Can you advise me on the correct emoji skin tone to use if, say, using the clapping hands to applaud a friend’s good news announced on social … Continue reading
On the subject of getting old, I’m really rather torn. First hand, every year it becomes more apparent that I’m getting more physically decrepit and one day must die. I’m in complete sympathy with Woody Allen on one point: “I … Continue reading
Every survivor of sexual assault deserves to be heard, believed, and supported. https://t.co/mkD69RHeBL — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 23, 2015 We already know she doesn’t remember any of her own lies. But with that budget, couldn’t she afford to hire … Continue reading