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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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Well…maybe not see exactly… With new lenses in both eyes, I should actually be able to use both at once instead of only one or the other. I’m I was so myopic that after the first lens replacement my eyes … Continue reading
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I’m off to an eye appointment preparatory to Monday’s appointment to get the second eyeball sculpted. Back when I’m back. Until then, please remember to never, never do this:
He said it. I believe it. That settles it. All you doubters better shut up now, or don’t blame me when you end up against the wall.
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