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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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Came on quite suddenly in the late afternoon. As of elevenish when I finally stumbled off to bed I could see to read again and my head didn’t hurt too badly, but I was still having these distracting little hallucinations … Continue reading
Doesn’t everybody have one? h/t to Landlady.
People are already having fun with Hillary’s misbegotten Progresso-H logo, to the point that it has spawned an entire typeface. Go thou and enjoy.
…and we haven’t had a more wintery day since early February! I intended to spend this blustery day, which might possibly crawl its sorry ass up into the low fifties by mid-afternoon, cocooned in the Lair reading a good book. … Continue reading
Allllmost. Keep trying, guys.
A couple of months ago I fit him – and the Lair – with a longer cable. Since then you can practically follow his route through the yard by the things around which he’s wound it. LB was so obviously … Continue reading
Which is odd…usually if they get sick they fade fast, but this has gone on for three or four days. I’ll come into the chicken house and find this one, #2, the smallest of the bunch, squeezed between the water … Continue reading
It’s Spring, which means it’s windy. About ten days ago, in the middle of a major windstorm, my satellite connection went all to bits. It’s an old story: Click a link, go make a sandwich. Come back later to see … Continue reading
Disclaimer: Of course we know that everything, including moderation, can be taken to extremes. It’s perfectly well known that some people take healthy concerns so far that they virtually become diseases. So I’m not suggesting that this doesn’t really happen, … Continue reading
That was in 1840, and in fact I believe Hillary may have been just barely old enough to intern on his campaign. So maybe this is where she got the idea. Harrison didn’t have a Youtube video, but he did … Continue reading
I mean, personally I think we’d all be better off without them. Can you think of a single instance in which the supposed cure is not worse than the described disease? But people are conditioned to believe western civilization would … Continue reading
Sometime in ’04 or ’05, Landlady and T planted a whole bunch of fruit trees. Most promptly died. One apple tree managed to survive, though never to fruit, despite being sheared of its foliage year after year by cattle and … Continue reading
I’m not the recoil junky I was when I was young, but I like to think that even at my most heedless period I’d have at least paused to consider possible consequences before agreeing to go along with the joke. … Continue reading
My brother sent me some stuff, including a bunch of canned meat and a certain item in keeping with the increasingly Spam-related nature of our poor long-suffering blog… …and to my surprise I found they actually did taste rather like … Continue reading
That’s a packrat nest! Or perhaps more accurately a whole series of them, raked together after I pulled up the floor of the old woodshed yesterday. I killed well over a dozen rats in this area over the winter, since … Continue reading
Last time Ian was up we spent quite a lot of time shooting footage for a promotional video I’ve really wanted to see involving Ian’s Vickers gun and a trick rifle target. And it came out BEAUTIFULLY! Go watch it, … Continue reading
Those cattle guys keep spending money on this new water station, but so far haven’t actually added cattle. The only animals I’ve seen are a few up near the county road where they always are, miles away. But here they’ve … Continue reading
One thing I’ve known all along is that when I got around to siding the cabin, the hoop shed I’ve used for firewood would have to go. Too close to the wall to work around. This is what’s left with … Continue reading
Univ. of Michigan cancels ‘American Sniper’ screening: ‘Made students feel unsafe’ A scheduled movie screening of “American Sniper” at the University of Michigan was abruptly cancelled Tuesday after nearly 300 students and others complained the film perpetuates “negative and misleading … Continue reading