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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 abandoned the city and most of my stuff, 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 keep saying I’m not going to post on this sort of thing any more. I’m decreasingly inclined to even read about it, and hope for the day when I lose the impulse entirely. It’s a process. But sometimes… Sigh. … Continue reading
My goodness, it’s good to be back in the saddle. Regular readers know I went out of the reloading business almost four years ago when I took a fall and wrecked my (other) shoulder. I wish I could say the … Continue reading
This passive cell signal booster does nothing. It took hours before my notional signal strengthened enough to enable Airdrop so that I could even get this pic on the Official TUAK ‘Pooter. We’ve had some variable weather, I have 3 … Continue reading
Torso Boy has taken it upon himself to protect my blind side from marauding cattle. And let it be said that he’s doing a hell of a job.
It’s kind of a problem for me that you can buy AC and DC lightbulbs with the same socket size and design. Often Chinese-made, they sometimes don’t even have identifying markings which means if you store them carelessly – and … Continue reading
…I keep trying to cheer myself up by phrasing it that way. It hasn’t missed triple digits by much any afternoon for the past week. Nice evening breeze, though.
We have a big black ant here, very industrious, very hostile, and for some reason they like to build their nests on packed-down driveways. They’re not fire ants by any means but their bite – and they do bite – … Continue reading
So said Neighbor D, 15 minutes into trying to straighten out the corral partition in their horse run. We hadn’t anticipated how deeply the sections had sunk into the clay over the years… Which, once we had laboriously dug one … Continue reading
Got it back together yesterday after the Monday morning water run, this time (so far; it fooled me the first time) leak-free. Max temperature with good overhead sun, no glass cover: Capacity at max temperature: …barely one’o’those. Which is just … Continue reading
Normally TB isn’t interested in joining me on the porch in the evening but even his ‘new things are bad’ extremism has limits. So this evening he’s joining me in the breeze, and for the first time seeming to enjoy … Continue reading
Well, I spent this afternoon cooking up some real .44 Magnum loads for the Model 69. And when you shoot at that particular target inside 20 yards or so with 200 gr. lead bullets that have a lot of powder … Continue reading
I’ve been sticking PVC bits together for a fat 40 years in all temperatures, awkward places and positions, and it always works. Say what you will about PVC as plumbing material, it has its faults, but ease of sticking the … Continue reading
I was just about to make lunch and call it an afternoon when it occurred to me that I probably did have the fitting I was lacking – just not in the bag of PVC fittings where it belonged. I … Continue reading
To fend off any questions about why I’m doing it this way, consider that my water heater for most of the past fourteen years has been this… …so I’m not hard to please when it comes to a better source … Continue reading
He was really open for business early this morning. It’s like quarter past five and I haven’t had my coffee yet but I’m wandering around getting dressed – and no sooner do I put the revolver on my belt than … Continue reading
…if you do it early enough. I don’t know anything about quality optics in general, or binoculars in particular. In fact I rarely give the subject much thought, but it came up this morning. I was futzing around in Landlady’s … Continue reading
My new target stand is in a part of the wash farther from my neighbors, where the walls are high and gunfire noise doesn’t carry quite so far. It’s a little higher than the sand so out of danger during … Continue reading
Ian, bless his heart, gave me the gift of a nice metallic target to do with as I will. What I will is a semi-portable target stand I can place way deep in a canyon area of the wash where … Continue reading
Uncle Joel is afraid of heights. Always has been and it’s not easing with age. But some things are simpler than others, and fortunately for me one of those things is working on the new addition’s nice flat roof. Also, … Continue reading