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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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“Little Bear, wanna go for a walky?” No reaction. “Little Bear!” Much louder. He looks up. “We’re going for a walky.” He gives me the side-eye, like he just learned he’s going to the vet to have his claws removed. … Continue reading
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When I was a kid I loved vienna sausage. I’d eat it right out of the can. Of course when I was a kid I’d eat anything right out of the can. Long ago, when I was quite a few … Continue reading
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…and I’m not even the NRA. Hat frickin’ tip.
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I have two cans – a little over three pounds – and that’s the last I’ll ever taste. Every sip is one fewer. But that’s okay. I’m a Stoic. Be of good cheer, I will endure. With quiet dignity…and grace.
1. Rocks grow eagerly and must be regularly pruned.
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One with a backhoe, and one with a scaffold. 😉 Trim painting this morning, before it gets too sun-beaty-downy. That’s a technical term exclusive to desert dwellers. The new trim color is a bit redder than the old, which is … Continue reading