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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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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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Isn’t it exactly what our would-be masters say they’re protecting us from, when they say “civilians” shouldn’t have guns? But I first saw it at Captain’s Journal*, then had to climb down a rabbit hole to find any actual news … Continue reading
I did it again! Left that damned powershed light on all night. In the days of 2-battery power storage and CFL lighting, this was a serious and possibly even mortal sin. Now it’s rather more venial, probably worth no more … Continue reading
…because this would be hilarious. I got a kick out of this – I do believe the Official TUAK Gamecam came within two bull synapses and a bull neuron of being obliterated. I’ve got like 32 frames of this bull … Continue reading
Conservatives love to go on about how liberals/progressives keep beating the same old rhetorical drums, never noticing how worn their own drumheads have become. Case in point… [#Nevertrump’s] mission is to destroy Trump, reverse the gains made over the past … Continue reading
Okay. When I reach $100 per month, I’ll repair the Jeep’s shock absorbers! Landlady will be very surprised and proud. I can do that. Can’t honestly say I’ll get right on it, not all at once, since the shocks’ll cost … Continue reading
The one specific thing I was a little afraid the wind would do, the wind did. When the wind gets strong across Landlady’s ridgetop, it blows directly against the front door of the Big Chickenhouse. The door is cheap pressboard … Continue reading
When I let LB out at 5:30 there was no light – I could tell it had snowed but not how much or whether it was still snowing. It was still snowing. It is still snowing. Big fluffy bundles of … Continue reading
So yesterday we were promised low fifties temps and damaging wind. We got low fifties temp and damaging wind, even down in the hollow… Afternoon saw me out with my brush saw, clearing a big piece of the juniper grove … Continue reading
Right, I’m just going to turn the Jeep radio right off for the duration, so I don’t need to hear any more admiring paeans to the clueless schoolchildren currently being bussed around to repeat words placed in their little mouths … Continue reading
I set up the game camera next to a well-used cattle trail last week. Turned out to be a mistake in terms of wildlife, but I got hundreds of pictures of cattle placidly strolling back and forth. Including these from … Continue reading
Yesterday actually wasn’t all that bad, but muddy as hell after Thursday and Friday. This afternoon the wind will come up – in fact that’s already started – and it’s supposed to get wet again. Tomorrow is scheduled for cool … Continue reading
These are the four ladies I currently have at the Secret Lair. There are nine more just like them, from the same batch, at the Big Chickenhouse at Landlady’s place. Until Autumn these chickens have been exemplary. They don’t fight, … Continue reading
Really didn’t even want to go to town this weekend. I’ve had all the “town” I want to see for a while, to be honest, and I have enough drinking water for another week. But it’s bad practice not to … Continue reading