Why, that makes me want to take my AK and…Okay, actually it doesn’t. Did piss me off a bit, though.
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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 abandoned the city and most of my stuff, 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 read about that. Such shit! So glad I didn’t hesitate to say, “I am NOT Charlie Hebdo” when all that crap went down. I resist bad mouthing the French generally, but this sort of thing makes that far more difficult.
Always remember, the French were the only nation in WW2 that voluntarily rounded up its Jews for the Germans. At Dunkirk over one hundred thousand French soldiers were evacuated by the British leaving tens of thousands of British troops behind to become POWs. Only 3000 joined the free French army the rest went back to live happily under German rule. They are more likely to become Nazis than any Texan.
Baise toi Charlie!
I’m a spot skeptical of your take and numbers. Got a good source?
Anyway, I think the French get part of the attitude from being neighbor to those English and German tribes. They got high tide with Napoleon but lost it.
I’m happy they where around to help after Saratoga.
And, if some silly among them can induce Americans to see they have more in common than not, I hold out that that is a good thing.
I’ve spent almost three months traveling the northwest. This is an awesome place. Mostly good people doing the best they know how. Positive good attitudes mostly I think. We should maybe keep that building spirit and leave the aspiring wreckers behind in the dust of going forth.
Kinda makes you wish ISIS got a few more of the editorial staff, dont it?
Paris. Ille de la Cite. Southeastern tip. Mémorial des Martyrs de la Déportation. A haunting reminder of all the Jews taken from Paris in the war. Sadly, for reasons not usually articulated, it is often not open to the public anymore.
I wonder if anyone actually read the article – I haven’t, btw.. Most American blogs and magazines only mention the cover and they are the kind of media that does not have any investigative skills at all (which means basically all media).
Since the idea of the storm as a karmic retribution for the Trump election is quite popular in Europe (well, among the European left, but we don’t have anything else anymore), it might actually be a parody of that. They are a satire magazine after all and it is a position worthy to be made fun of.
That European satire magazines tend towards provocative and tasteless covers is nothing new, for example German mag Titanic has one showing homeless people, prostitution and people doing drugs under the headline “After bomb alarm: Frankfurt finally getting back to normal”. That’s par for the course.