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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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Author Archives: Joel
For flooring materials received last autumn, I owe D&L many hours of labor which will be burned off mostly helping D put a veranda all the way around their new house.They’ve spent several-going-on-many years building their wonderful strawbale-and-earthbag extravaganza. Remember … Continue reading
Now this is some chicken stew.After we gorged on roast chicken, Ghost and Little Bear tearfully watched me push the still-meaty carcass into a pressure cooker full of water. Or they would have, if dogs could cry. They’re very good … Continue reading
I’ve converted some things from .pdf to epub, including George Potter’s Symbols Flow. Alas, when I did a search for “free epub readers for Linux” I fell into that twilight zone of “It’s easy! All you have to do is … Continue reading
Guffaw in Az meditates on the circumstance of one’s gear getting that experienced and lived-in look, when you can’t afford to replace it with nicer gear. You can lament it or you can celebrate it. No law says you can’t … Continue reading
Relatively quick trip to the big town about 50 miles away this morning, for my part to order a new pair of glasses and finally put this long-standing vision crisis behind me. A friend sent me $20 as a 60th … Continue reading
One of the fun things about gungrabber propaganda is the mindlessly relentless way they focus on their nemesis and arch-enemy, the vile, cruel and heartless (cover your children’s ears if you’re reading this to them aloud) National Rifle Association. It’s … Continue reading
There are reports that the idiotic Bloomberg poster below is a too-subtle fake. Maybe yes, maybe no. The web site it advertises certainly seems realistically anti-gun. So I dunno. Just saying, might be fake. The world has become a pretty … Continue reading
Here’s Victor Davis Hanson, suggesting that those federal SWAT guys could have more properly found a target much closer to home, had they been inclined to do something right for a change. …we are not threatened by the likes of … Continue reading
Seriously? Fear driven by ignorance is usually unreasoning fear. Not the sort of thing on which common sense laws are built. And these “Everytown” people have certainly wasted no time demonstrating their ignorance. H/T to Thirdpower. BTW, for a beautiful … Continue reading
Shortly after writing that I planned to sit around all day, I got restless and wandered over to Landlady’s place. There’s always something to do if I rouse myself to do it. Right now Landlady’s Big Chickenhouse contains what amounts … Continue reading
Absolutely no motivation to do anything but putter today. Expect no deep thoughts. I’ve got two paying gigs I should be on, but if all goes according to plan neither will progress today. I vant to be alone. Putz in … Continue reading
To those awake to the problem, “militarized cops” aren’t exactly a new topic. But I’m seeing a flurry of more mainstream sources writing on the subject as if they’d only just noticed. Washington Post, of all places: The disturbing messages … Continue reading
So Harry Reid tottered to a microphone, shook his wizened finger and wheezed that what went on in Nevada was “domestic terrorism.” “They’re nothing more than domestic terrorists,” he repeated, because repetition proves it’s true. The fact that it came … Continue reading
Passin’ it on. Looks like Oathkeepers are taking the point here. Which is good, because according to Vanderboegh there’s also a heavy presence of those-you-wish-weren’t-on-your-side.
Up near the county road, miles from here, there’s a big herd of calves running around. Every time I see them they wander farther from the water tanks, looking for grass. This morning it seems I had one in my … Continue reading
Sorry about that – I gather from the traffic numbers, or lack of same, that I wasn’t the only person who couldn’t get on the blog yesterday. TUAK piggybacks off another site, and sometimes I think the provider got the … Continue reading
Don’t worry about Michael Bloomberg. He’s okay. “I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s … Continue reading
Reading National Review and listening to NPR while filing the ignition points on an AK that lacks a serial number…
No, I’ve got nothing to say about it. It just sounded like a cool title. Also, I’ve actually done that. Or…something like that. Because I’m all bipartisan and stuff. Or maybe I’m just a partisan, I forget which. Did I … Continue reading
Or wait… No, my bad. They did the other thing instead.