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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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Yesterday afternoon was overcast and rainy and I spent most of it in a chair with a book. Tried to log on once and couldn’t get a connection, and wouldn’t have had anything much constructive to do with it if … Continue reading
#12, the hen who had a chunk eaten out of her by the Araucanas earlier in the summer, got a Jeep ride last night around nine. Physically she healed up pretty fast, scarring over the awful hole in her side … Continue reading
…well… “The president walked quietly into the cafeteria of the school, tieless but wearing a blue jacket,” read the latest White House press pool report. “Eric Schultz accompanied him. Obama stepped to a podium and delivered his remarks, then turned … Continue reading
Annually, there’s a big problem at Hacienda Del J&H as the manure pile gets out of hand. Last summer I hauled it away with Ian’s tractor, but I couldn’t promise to do that this time due to reliability issues. How … Continue reading
Well played, Mr. Perry.
Yeah. Needs work. From here. I got a kick out of a comment: That’s the new Federal “Saturn” two-stage ammo, which — when the first stage fires — leaves the barrel in time for the second stage to ignite. Terminal … Continue reading
I’m sitting in my cabin watching it rain. It’s tapering off now, but a few minutes ago it was really raining. What’s odd is that that’s all it was doing. No thunder, no great flashes of lightning striking the ridgelines, … Continue reading
Not that he needs my sympathy or anything. But Keith was old-school, for all that he was also a great innovator, and one thing about him that always got on my nerves is that he saw absolutely nothing wrong with … Continue reading
Caretaker. Security guard. Gamekeeper. Now I’m the sexton. Got an email from Landlady yesterday evening. One of the original cats, who’s been living in the city, has finally found it in her geriatric heart to croak. All the original animals … Continue reading
Cleaning mud off my boots the other day, I noticed that I’d managed to wear right through the bottom of the left one… Shouldn’t have come as such a surprise. This is my left foot… Looks fine, except this is … Continue reading
I didn’t know Ian had posted this on Youtube. Found it while I was looking for the video where he and Karl re-enacted the Battle of Little Big Horn at their monthly 2-gun match. This is from the first time … Continue reading
Ian and his friend Karl often do “spy vs. spy” comparisons of historical weapon systems at their club’s monthly 2-gun match. The results can be entertaining as well as educational. This month it’s No4 MkI (T) Enfield sniper with a … Continue reading
There is no truth to the rumor that Ted Nugent was seen drinking champagne from Andrew Cuomo’s shoe…
…a rumor I just now started. Please feel free to pass it on. Of course, companies have every right to donate to whomever they want, so too we have the right to spend our money with whomever we want. And … Continue reading
After I’d returned from town yesterday afternoon I had a flurry of things that needed to be done quickly lest Uncle Murphy spank. Locally the weather was absolutely beautiful.Rather than hide under the cabin as is his usual practice on … Continue reading
Some excellent perspective on the crisis du jour. Here’s Claire at JPFO with “Oh, the Things We Choose Not to See… Small Missouri police forces — who reportedly “couldn’t afford” cameras on their uniforms and couldn’t get around to installing … Continue reading
Things have been a little lean lately. Not bad lean, just lean to where keeping up with necessities is a thing to be constantly watched. It’s easy to let yourself slide on the things you’d previously stocked up on, and … Continue reading
Seems like “police militarization” is the phrase of the week thanks to that unpleasantness in Missouri. Ran it through Startpage this morning and got over 25K hits for the past week alone. What some have been crying in the wilderness … Continue reading
When am I going to learn? I go through this every few years. I get interested in some forum with what seems an amiable atmosphere. The topic might be guns, or prepping, or outdoor living, or something else that interests … Continue reading
The goal for Claire’s roof fund has been exceeded. Don’t let that stop you from kicking in, though. Total price is more than that, and it’s gonna run for a little while more.
Yes, “FOIA Denial Officer” Is a Real Job Title in the “Most Transparent Administration in History” H/T