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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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A machine gun magazine is a terrible thing to massacre, and I’m against it. BTW, CNN considers it polite to practice reading your lines until you can speak them as if not reading. On a more serious note is “comprehensive … Continue reading
I think they all have great futures in the intelligence industry, or possibly the Pentagon.
CNN says so, and they’re experts. My god, it’s all so simple now. What a fool I’ve been! Of course only mass murderers can carry guns in schools. This is humiliating. Why didn’t I see it before? It’s impossible for … Continue reading
And got me off my ass to install that new thermostat. Hopefully this will fix the only complaint I have with the space heater, which is that I never really know what the bedroom temperature will turn out to be … Continue reading
Is when Dad “empties” a peanut butter jar. Bliss out, LB.
Look, kids, I’m sure you’re all heartfelt and sincere and all about your wish that that crazy bastard hadn’t had that rifle. Honestly I might have been too in your position, though even at your age I wouldn’t have fallen … Continue reading
For a few years now Big Brother has been sending me monthly care packages that usually include an envelope of green paper. These pieces of paper can be used in exchange for certain essential commodities, did you know that? I … Continue reading
…that from now on until next winter, the nights will be warmer. I set the bedroom thermostat wrong – again – and spent the wee hours in that miserable half-shivering fugue state where you’re too cold to fully go to … Continue reading
Early this morning, apropos of nothing whatsoever, I happened to go to the Amazon page on the smartphone. And Creepy Amazon Cookiebot naturally tried to upsell me a bunch of poorly-selected shit “inspired by your browsing history.” Honestly, Amazon does … Continue reading
This morning LB and I drove Landlady and Dharma out to the cattlegate leading to the county road, where she parked her car yesterday before the snow all melted and turned to impassible mud. The ride was uneventful in a … Continue reading
Just last week, Congress was calling on Tide to change the design of the Pods so teenagers would stop eating them. This week, teenagers should determine gun policy.
Muslims burn piles of Pampers nappies and call for a ban because cartoon cat’s whiskers printed on them ‘look like the Arabic spelling of Mohammed’ What can I even add to that?
Landlady had the same thought as me, only she had it first. So she texted me that she’d just gotten back from driving her car up the hill, and we back-and-forthed as to whether we should ferry it to the … Continue reading
I swear it was supposed to be cold, clear and dry all weekend. The forecast has been dependable lately. But nooooo… Normally snow would be kind of welcome, really, in spite of the resulting mud. It’s been a very dry … Continue reading
Landlady’s been on the road and came to the Gulch unexpectedly on her way back to the city. Care packages!
I did not know that Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School did have an armed police “resource officer” present at the time. And he stood out in the parking lot and called in the incident*. But it’s your fault and mine … Continue reading
Yesterday I moved the game camera to a view of the wash. This morning at seven AM, this happened… I do believe that’s an extremely curious bobcat, but couldn’t swear to it in court. 😀
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