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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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You kids today. Why, when I was your age we had these things called stores. And we had to travel to the stores on our own dime, they never came to us. Except for the Sears catalog, which had its … Continue reading
This morning I gave up on what I had thought would be a promising location for the game camera, only to learn upon reviewing the mem card that somebody had in fact briefly wandered through.
It’s simple! It’s fun! It’s gear-intensive! It’s the one place Chuck and Nancy will never look.
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This guy brings (what I would certainly hope would prove to be) quietus to that lame bumper sticker sentiment… Does that mean that this brilliant liberal wants… – women to be banned from entering school and college campuses? – women … Continue reading
You know what a one-legged man looks forward to? Yeah – his other leg going lame on him. Sweartagod it’s true. Day before yesterday my right knee – which is no virgin, it’s had two surgeries and a bad accident … Continue reading
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…I like to think a friend would think enough of me to tell me to shut up and sit down while an ounce of dignity remains. By that standard, I must conclude that Shannon Watts has no friends. The Ruger … Continue reading
I spent most of yesterday huddling inside, waiting out a windstorm. When I passed the driveway signs this morning I found the Dog sign lying full-length on the ground. I think the wind just finished knocking it down after an … Continue reading
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So a few days ago I asked a question about something called an Amazon Dash button… …do these things do what I think they do? Do you buy these for $5 each, one for every regularly expended commodity, and then … Continue reading
I don’t do slogan t-shirts. But I did when I was younger, and wouldn’t have been ashamed to be seen in this one…
The Pink AK had its very brief moment in the sun a long time ago. Ian and I painted one up and presented it to Landlady as a joke… …and she hated it. It has spent the intervening years in … Continue reading
Tomorrow’s supposed to be gorgeous. Today I’ll settle for much milder than yesterday. Mid-fifties in the shade makes it shirtsleeve weather in the sun, of which today there’s lots. Wanted to work on filling in the sewer pipe trench. I’m … Continue reading
The forecast (the same one that promised no snow yesterday, as the snowstorm began to taper off) says our cold snap should be ending today. Just in time for that new thermostat to fix my one complaint about the bedroom’s … Continue reading
Sometimes I think song is the key to memory. Presented for your consideration… I swear I don’t even understand why this song was ever a hit. In fact Guess Who only had one song I still consider worth listening to, … Continue reading