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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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…these past few days, as in his life with stick-in-the-mud ol’ Daddy he has grown to expect his routine to remain more or less dependable. Then when Crazy Daddy showed up and started doing terrible things to LB’s Lair, culminating … Continue reading
Ah, late monsoon weather. I’d have sworn it was going to rain and drip all afternoon. But the rain stopped and by 2 the sky was clearing. By 3 there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. Which is good, because … Continue reading
Well, the weather didn’t cooperate. You’d ask why that matters, since the tiles are being set indoors – and whatever other flaws the Secret Lair may incorporate, the roof does not leak. Yeah, I wondered the same thing, until I … Continue reading
Having left my broken camera’s mem card at Ian’s, I rummaged around in the drawer for another this morning but it doesn’t now contain any pictures so I guess – surprise! – I made a mistake. While scraping thinset I’d … Continue reading
Just tell him, “Buddy, the first thing we have to move today is you.” and then do that, and then throw his bed out of the cabin, and then shuffle all the furniture around, and then start doing something bad … Continue reading
I’m spending very little time online, this will probably continue for…well, until October. Because bandwidth limits somehow become more stringent when you’ve got 4 gig than when you’ve got 750 meg. I dunno: This modern logic, it escapes me. Also … Continue reading
It seems, thanks to Big Brother who thought to go look, that my emails are going out just fine: They’re just landing in spam folders thanks to the joelsgulch.com tag. Pee pee. Ca ca. Other expressions of disgust and dissatisfaction … Continue reading
It’s a cool and cloudy September day, which would have been perfect for cutting wood. Really wish I hadn’t blown myself out doing it yesterday in the sun. Be that as it may I did, so I scheduled today for … Continue reading
I’m beginning to suspect I have an email problem. Since switching email addresses I have sent emails and received emails, but I have never received a response to an email. This makes me suspect there’s a setting I left unswitched. … Continue reading
Ladies and Gentlemen, Senator Harry (excuse me, I landed on my head) Reid: “It’s hard to believe in America today an FBI terror suspect not allowed to fly on an airplane can walk into a gun story in Las Vegas, … Continue reading
So today I went from this… To this… And of course this… And I still didn’t make it to the top. But I’m not going to worry about it for a while. Maybe I’ll get a wild hair and cut … Continue reading
Busy day today, just how busy I’m not yet sure but I’m currently obsessing over a pile of old splintered wood. Plus there’s a trip to town I probably ought to make even though I don’t want to, and I’m … Continue reading
It’s September 17 and according to this really cool hotspot I’ve been using for the past two weeks… …I’ve somehow used up 3 gigs of my 4-gig monthly bandwidth limit. I don’t really see how that can be, since the … Continue reading
When this area was bought up by some real estate people and laid out as residential plots, they bulldozed a bunch of halfhearted roads here and there. Those that were never used have pretty much gone back to young versions … Continue reading
No, seriously. They said that. Also, keeping chickens in the house is generally a bad idea. This may actually be a historic day. Normally when I reference the CDC it’s for the purpose of ridiculing the CDC. In this case … Continue reading
Missed it by that much. If I’d cut everything I had ready to cut, I think I’d have made it. I love the hardwood pallets. They’re the only source of hardwood I’ve found for burning, and that lovely hard dense … Continue reading
Cut up most of the pallets I cut apart yesterday, which made for a good couple of days. I didn’t really intend to work on firewood this week, planning rather to get the floor tiling behind me. But with Ghost … Continue reading