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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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…since – I’m sorry, ML, but “Laddie” is just a dumb name for a dog. Hell, why not “Rover?” Or “Rex?” He answers to Laddie so that’ll probably stay, but in my heart I’m going to call him Torso Boy. … Continue reading
I’m still having email issues, but I just got off the telephone with the service guy who did the work and he says he’s been done transferring files and database for some time. So we’re back! I…guess… Since personal computers … Continue reading
We went on our regular Monday morning water run, only to find a sign on the food store door saying the water machine was out of order. Bother! That meant Plan B… …the vending machine outside the convenience store. 35 … Continue reading
Oh, I love that phrase – especially on the morning of what promises to be a quite rainy Sunday. Yesterday Landlady and I spent several hours cleaning out Ian’s powershed, preparatory to mounting a door. I hauled two full wheelbarrows … Continue reading
Today’s big project is cleaning out Ian’s powershed prior to fitting it with a door… It’s been that way since we built it in 2009 and you can imagine the rat situation. It contains the power system but we also … Continue reading
A couple of Generous Readers, emphatically including Big Brother, seem to fear I’m going to starve! All this is from BB: I’ve got snackies to last me the month – or until 3PM today if I left it out, so … Continue reading
Yesterday I took the big cage out of the chickenhouse. I left it in there with the door propped mostly closed so the pullets could get to their own chick food without being hassled by hens, lest the hens eat … Continue reading
…if you’re a #resistance prog who got caught doxxing republican senators, that is. If you’re a republican nominee for the Nine Nazgul, fergetaboutit. You dirty pedophile. Cosko’s defense attorney, Brian Stolarz, told Fox News his client acted alone. “We all … Continue reading
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Early last night at the cattle watering station… And then two and a half hours later this big boy showed up briefly… I knew they were around – I even know they come around the watering station because of the … Continue reading
I’d forgotten all about that, never having been more than peripherally aware of it to begin with. But I got a phone call from a neighbor around 10, asking if I’d gotten this FEMA “emergency alert” text. I said no, … Continue reading
This “break in a new dog” thing is requiring more adjustment than expected. I did not see this coming… This happened yesterday evening, and it gave me a real pang. What am I to say about a dog that doesn’t … Continue reading
And raining, and raining. All night long. Some tropical storm over Mexico, says the Jeep’s radio. Insert nonsensical rant about illegal aliens.
I really don’t know how people in rainy places put up with it. It’s barely even raining raining. Just dripping. Once in a while it’ll briefly rouse itself to work up a light rain, then slump back to dripping. It’s … Continue reading
Sorry, not much going on around here today. Went to town for the Monday morning water run, during which nothing much exciting happened. Earlier Laddie and I went for what by recent standards was a pretty long walk in the … Continue reading
“Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.” -Proverbs 17:28 -or- “It is better to close your mouth and be thought a fool than to … Continue reading