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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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I’ll settle for merely reporting. Pooper! My first thought was to ridicule, but then it occurred to that I’m the last person in the world who should be doing that. I kind of miss that gig.
…just short of making another big change. The Interim Lair, in all its deteriorating glory. Judging from the shadow and the detritus this picture was probably taken sometime late in 2011, shortly before it was abandoned. Just can’t understand why … Continue reading
…because it’s got a satellite dish. No, I didn’t know it made a difference, either. But it turns out satellite dishes are sinful. Iran destroys 100,000 satellite dishes in morality-driven crackdown As part of its widespread ban on illegal devices, … Continue reading
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I did not know this, and it’s rather interesting. Also ew, this is the creepiest thing I’ve read today.
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There’s only danger. “I’m here basically to make sure I don’t become a felon,” Argov said, during a protest outside the Statehouse Thursday evening. In light of her recent actions, Massachusetts fudds are not finding their attorney general’s assurances that … Continue reading
Of course I haven’t gone near an airport since 2009, and didn’t get on a plane that time, so I can afford to just munch popcorn and enjoy the show. Almost Half of All TSA Employees Have Been Cited for … Continue reading
Hey, you know how the terrorists are always saying, “If you don’t have a gun or a bomb, use a car?” Well…
(shrug) Turnabout’s fair. Also, yay Teutonic engineering! Syrian refugee, 21, hacks PREGNANT woman to death with a machete and injures two others before hero BMW driver runs him over, in latest attack to shock Germany
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What’s wrong with this picture? And also, how glaucoma has made Rifleman Joel shoot like a little girl.
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After a setback a couple of weeks ago when we got it hooked up and the pressure regulator leaked, the manufacturer sent her a replacement regulator (and also a replacement for the oven door handle that was bent right out … Continue reading
When you’ve got a big dog who can’t be let off the leash, sometimes you’ve got to stop what you’re doing and go for a walkie. And LB and I were just coming into the yard from the mid-day walkie … Continue reading
This isn’t consumer protection, this is a gangland takeover. Okay: Raise your hand if you’ve ever used the services of Payday Loan. No? That’s because you’re an upstanding, respectable citizen with a decent paycheck and a bank account. I, on … Continue reading
I believe these guys gave us the final word on the whole matter, 20 years ago.