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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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The setting moon was magnificent this very clear morning but apparently you need actual camera equipment to do it justice. Can’t see any surface features with the otherwise excellent phone camera. Easier to sleep now that I can close off … Continue reading
…(sigh) may be more difficult this year. But at least the federal government isn’t actively promoting arguments about socialized medicine, so there’s that. I’m in the happy situation in which only those family members I really like (yes, there are … Continue reading
Looks like I’ll get it back on Monday with the steering and suspension repaired at least. I’m less confident about the engine – I believe there’s something wrong with the fuel system along the lines of an injector leaking down … Continue reading
…just before the world goes red and then black… …that maybe this “antifa’ shit was a bad idea and you’re not cut out to be a street fightin’ man after all.
Best pictures of a bull elk I’ve seen so far! Click to achieve full embiggenation.
I’m pretty sure these whackos are being serious. It’s a 30-minute video and I don’t claim to have watched it to the end, so possibly there’s an “April Fool!” stuck in there somewhere. But it’s November, and they really appear … Continue reading
Hey, remember that ever-so-measured tweet from the congressvermin who thinks gun grabbers have the edge because they control the government that controls the nukes? Well, he’s in trouble now. Correia’s on the job. The confiscators don’t live on base. They … Continue reading
I may have mentioned from time to time some of the disadvantages of locating outside the smallest, most apparently pointless, most obviously dying little town you ever encountered in the course of a long life. Among these disadvantages is the … Continue reading
I just can’t find them anywhere… I wonder where they all went?
Thank the gods I never yielded to the temptation to own one of those evil AR15 things… Make mine a nice peaceful peasant’s AK. They never whisper “Kill! Kill!” in their owners’ ears. On the other hand I know several … Continue reading
In the summer I bake in the morning because it’s too damned hot to bake in the afternoon. In the winter I bake in the morning because it helps heat the damned cabin in the – morning.
Everybody knows that. I blame Trump and his Russian puppetmasters.
The congressman who wants to run for president? I think our current president has a new rival in the race to see who can be the most boorish. Okay, that’s the sort of nonsense you can read 50 times a … Continue reading
I think we’re finally getting happy with each other. Laddie seems to see me primarily as his source of food, cookies, cushiony surfaces, perimeter security, absence of thunder and access to walkies, while his essential function is to promote an … Continue reading
What we learn about Dumbledore’s sexuality in ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ (SPOILERS) Thank you! When I woke this morning I merely didn’t care whether I ever saw the Fantastic Beasts sequel. Now I have an opinion.
…In the same sense that you might say “you gotta love mice” because it’s so much fun to find ways to drown them… David Hogg Compares Shootings To Shark Attacks. There’s Just One Problem. Imagine saying the only way to … Continue reading
😀 Why not stay ahead of events? What Happened 2 will explore all the reasons Hillary Clinton lost the 2020 race, from Russian hackers and ignorant bigots to extraterrestrials and global warming.
…put it in the barn where mice have been eating the peanut butter out of the traps. Then just as I was settling down for the evening I thought, “Joel, you idiot. You should have left the water out of … Continue reading
I’m starting to like this. Took a couple of hours to do it but I recorded a genuine 50o indoor/outdoor temperature ratio this morning. A shirtsleeve cabin when it’s in the teens outdoors! That started out unattainable, then became achievable … Continue reading