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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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I’m still trying to determine whether to mark the new propane space heater “emergency use only.” It depends entirely on whether I can afford the propane to run it every night, which I’m currently doing just to gauge consumption but … Continue reading
…but, sadly, aren’t… Remember, kids! Never try to play without the instructions! That way lies horror! Rumors and embarrassment! Title IX proceedings!
“I was sad that I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet.” The Last of the Iron Lungs These days her biggest concern is the canvas spiral collar that creates the seal around her neck. … Continue reading
My diet tends to be pretty monotonous – I eat a lot of bread. I could do better, I have a lot of ingredients and access to the Internet. But I’m lazy and in general food isn’t really all that … Continue reading
…but I understand the idea. Do you have a dressy handgun and/or holster you only carry for nice? My handguns are too beat-up to fit the description, but Tam (who wrote the linked article, BTW) once gave me a SERPA … Continue reading
But it does happen. Apparently often enough that Little Bear knows the signs. So this is LB being “helpful” while I get dressed… He could be on his bed in the main room and out of the way. He could … Continue reading
Senator Schumer, I roll my eyes in your general direction. Bring a chart to Thanksgiving dinner to bash GOP tax plan, Schumer says Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told his Twitter followers Tuesday to prepare for tax politics at the … Continue reading
Isn’t it sad that, at the passing of a sixties entertainer who was quite popular when I was young, all I can think to say is, …
“I have no idea what his politics were, and I find that endearing even though his music was insipid like unto the Archies.” RIP, I suppose.
But it was too late. She’d already been diversified. h/t
Uh, This Flat Earther’s Homemade Manned Rocket Launch Does Not Sound Totally Advisable I’ve launched several rockets in the Mojave, and assisted with many more. Great fun. If someone had suggested that I build a big one and climb in … Continue reading
Guys, yesterday’s post was just blathering in lieu of something better to write about, it wasn’t intended as a complaint or a bleg. Appreciate the thought, though. I got the following email from the Gulch’s high-power New York CFO: You … Continue reading
…I’m reduced to showing you a picture of my lunch. To make money you have to spend money – I have another dog-and-horse-feeding gig on the other side of the plateau coming up in two weeks, which means I’ll need … Continue reading
Nineteen degrees outside and falling. Woke at six to a lovely cool bedroom, thermometer says 53 which is perfect sleeping weather without having to pile the blankets a foot high. That new space heater works perfectly. Couldn’t say the same … Continue reading
Should have gone out and taken the picture a few minutes earlier, when the hollow was still completely in shadow. This time of year is the only time you can get that shot, with the cliff on the far side … Continue reading
…is privileged people acting sanctimonious when the rules momentarily become convenient and other privileged people go under the bus. The news has been full of rich’n’famous people dealing with accusations, often decades old, about things they’ve been doing with their … Continue reading
She’s much larger in person, let me tell you. She’s Maya (not actually shown in the photo,) a 12-year-old blind and deaf and really cranky Shih Tzu who has never liked me. Normally she puts up with me after a … Continue reading
Regular readers know I’m addicted to one import from cities far, far away… Trader Joe’s house blend, only whole bean need apply. Normally we keep around three cans in stock here, but with one thing or another we’re down to … Continue reading
Of course the big question, not yet answered, was never “Do I want a space heater with a thermostat?” Duh. Of course I do. I also want a silent VTOL and the power of invisibility, but I can’t have them. … Continue reading