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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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So Ian told me last evening. He’s in training for some run’n’gun event. I really murderously object to roosters doing their thing at 4:30, but don’t at all mind gunfire at six. I’m already up, or at least awake. Ghost, … Continue reading
What’s going on with Tam’s site? Sigh. And then, depression set in.
Okay, so everybody knows that a few weeks ago Texas governor Rick Perry was indicted for … um … Okay, nobody here remembers what he was indicted for. One side says he was abusing his power, one says he was … Continue reading
I saw a man so determined to trim his high Monsoon weeds that he attached his electric trimmer to a “portable” generator. I saw a man squinting at a laptop while standing on the edge of a cliff. In the … Continue reading
I got laid down yesterday morning with an unexpected migraine. Sudden thing – everything fine, then everything not. Vision closing in, can’t read, didn’t even consider writing. Went to bed early, slept long and deep. We seem to be up … Continue reading
Ian got a good price on his property, it’s said, because everybody else considered it useless. After all, so much of it is dry riverbed you could never build anything on. Why, there’s one 300 yard stretch with absolutely nothing … Continue reading
At least not during Monsoon. Just an awfully pretty day.
Ian over at Forgotten Weapons is doing a whole series of videos on rare and/or oddball guns soon to be available at Rock Island Auctions. And today’s is about one of my all-time favorite WTF pistols, the Colbrini 2.7mm. This … Continue reading
Regular readers know that a few years ago I switched from the beater 1911 I carried for many years to a beater .44 Special revolver. And from that time, the revolver and I have had a roller coaster relationship. Look, … Continue reading
But here’s a song about it.
There must be a special irony hell for people who would pay extra to have a Gadsden flag on their license plate…
But except for that, everything in this article is bullshit. …sadly the flag’s nobility has been stolen. If you say so, Bubba. But here’s mine… H/T to Codrea.
I got nothing. It’s a pretty morning and I’m going outside. Here’s a funny picture.
If by some chance you feel the need to empty a bucket of ice water over your head on video, for whatever reason…
…Don’t set yourself on fire first. Really, it’s almost guaranteed not to enhance the experience. NOTE: NSFW due to language and industry-grade stupidity In my admittedly limited experience with the genre, this is surely the ultimate “hold my Everclear and … Continue reading
Day before yesterday neighbor L said, “You got your seams caulked, Joel? It’s really gonna rain.” It was supposed to start Monday but Monday was kind of a bust. Yesterday the rain apologetically made up for lost time. Didn’t make … Continue reading
Instead they always end up being heart-breaking cons. Wendy McElroy: The Fate of Galt’s Gulch Chile I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – If you want to live free, don’t sit back and wait for somebody else … Continue reading
There’s your problem right there, then. Family upset officers used deadly force against suicidal teen Dig the journalistic neutrality in this one… During the encounter, officers with the Ottawa Police Department and Franklin County Sheriff’s Office were involved in a … Continue reading
Okay, look, I’m not much of a joiner and don’t really have a strong opinion on the JPFO/Gottlieb thing. But…
Whenever Massad Ayoob weighs in on a matter, I always just sort of assume he’s wrong*. So now I hate the SAF, even though I didn’t when I woke up this morning. — *Because cops.
And then even after seeing what you’d wrought, you went ahead and made it public anyway. That’s…really amazingly stupid. I don’t make these things up… H/T to Bear.
As Donald Sensing correctly points out, this is the whole reason we ended up with a gun control movement in the first place. A southern white man could have driven around with a Maxim gun in the back of his … Continue reading