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2017-12-25 10:01 by Karl Denninger
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A Christmas Thought
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First, any politician who spouts anything about Christmas in a religious context needs to be the recipient of a pile of horse**** in a gift box.  Oh wait, someone already did that with our Treasury Secretary.  It's a good start; long live the First Amendment.

Thus my first Christmas wish is that the rest of the political class get enough of these that they have to be delivered by front-end loaders.  And asteroids.

My second is that the people of this nation wake up from their toper, but I know better.  After all one need merely see "what matters" this time of year on display in every town in the country to figure that out.  Amish excepted, of course.  Speaking of which I have a special Christmas wish for Wood County, WI: May everyone in the county government get an asteroid down their chimney of sufficient size to level their house.  

I could write a little treatise as I have in prior years about how Christmas actually wound up in December -- but nobody cared in those years and won't today either.

So therefore, enjoy the day.  I won't ruin it for 'ya, but I hope you don't mind if I crack a smile at the Grump Tree I was given this year (and yes, it will look nice when planted in my yard in another week or so) as it seems rather appropriate to me.

Merry Christmas

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Merry Xmas!

Peace on earth.
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Merry Christmas Karl.

And thank you.
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Regarding the Amish thing, teaching road signs makes sense.

At my last job, we bought our shipping pallets from an Amish company. The highlight of the Christmas season for us was not the Christmas party, but when the owner would come by (driven by an employee; not in a buggy) with cookies his wife had made. Delicious.

Merry Christmas, Karl and readership!
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If you can't be bothered to slow down enough not to hit someone in a horse-drawn buggy then get the **** off the road.

County and other not-restricted-access roads already have plenty of other reasons for people to pay attention. Enforcing the requirement for a reflective triangle on the back marking it as a non-motorized, unlit vehicle is reasonable.

Incidentally driver licenses are unconstitutional (and yes, they were ruled that way in an actual court case 100ish years ago) but nobody cares, and nobody chases the issue.

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The box of horse**** is a great way to protest against the politicians and the central bankers.

If it will not get one into legal trouble, then citizen of every country should send a box of horse**** every week to their bunch of politicians and central bankers till they do the right thing.

Karl, would you say that would be entirely legal?
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In Lancaster County, PA, the county next to mine (and where the pallet company was), they also had lights on the buggies. I don't know whether it was a requirement, or common sense on their part. The restriction is on being connected to the grid, so there is no religious proscription of batteries to power those lights.

Requiring insurance and seat belts? I fail to see what damage the buggies could do, and given the limited mass of the buggies, I cannot see the seat belts doing any good in a crash.
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If it will not get one into legal trouble, then citizen of every country should send a box of horse**** every week to their bunch of politicians and central bankers till they do the right thing.

Karl, would you say that would be entirely legal?

I have a very hard time figuring out what law you'd be breaking by sending someone a box of horse****. It's non-hazardous; there's no law against being NASTY.

Indeed there's a place on the net called "****senders" which, as you might imagine..... smiley

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Governments all over bend over backwards far enough to suck their own Eric Holders for bicycle riders.
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Site is working well off the Pi3 and new wireless keyboard (pretty much my only new toy). Will get to play with HomeDaemon when I get settled in my new location in a few days. smiley
Thanks for not ruining it for people that don't know.;)
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Merry Christmas, Karl. I appreciate all that you do. Thanks.
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Here is an interesting story: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/12/22/las....

I have searched a bit, can't corroborate, but there are stories that say "the FBI is getting closer to the motive" and such. But, if I don;t know something, I cannot reasonably say it will take me until October to let you know it. Would welcome your thoughts.

Completely off-topic.
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smiley

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Last time I got the laughing cat, it was "Great Granaries of Giza". I hope it's for a good reason this time, too. ;-)
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Thanks for all you do Karl. I know you don't think it's making any difference and ultimately the effort may be whizzing into a windstorm but you have woken up many, many people.

Merry Christmas
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Karl: A serious question for you in my melancholy christmas (and dinner) afterglow. I'm not trying to be rude, mind you, it's something I've wondered for quite some time.

You've gotten quite disgusted with everything (or more accurately, a whole lot of people,) and probably feel your efforts on this site and elsewhere have been futile. This is the impression I have, though I know it may not be 100% accurate, I assume it's close enough. Because of this, you're ready to wash your hands of it. A perfectly understandable impulse.

I'm sure you'd be ecstatic if all the fraud was eliminated from our country and we went back to the constitution being meaningful. I have to guess you'd carry on quite happily even if there was a strong push made in that direction. You'd probably be reasonably content to carry on if there were signs that a push might be on the horizon.

The way I see it, you expend effort to improve people's lives. Directly, indirectly or even allowing people both the chance and the ability to improve their own lives.

And now my question:

How many lives saved (or greatly improved directly due to you) do you feel is the dividing line between your work being worth the effort or not? Obviously, the number is less than "everyone." Equally obviously, it's a number quite a bit higher than one.

It's probably not actually a number that's quantifiable, more feeling than hard fact, or possibly even a continuum, so don't think I'm looking for a number. It's not a question that would be comfortable to answer so I'm not even really sure I'm looking for an answer, the importance of the answer may be more in your own mind than to anybody else.

Please know that a number of lives I am directly acquainted with have changed for the better (in pretty major ways) due to your work here. Thank you.

I truly hope you get at least some of what you hope for in the coming year - we'd all be better off for it.

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Regarding that "gift" for the Treasury Secretary: Was it on fire? Let's hope so.
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The only issue I ever had with Amish are the horseshoe nails that come off the horseshoes. I got a doubled flat tires one day due to them.

I've had worse problems with dumbasses on construction crews in conventional trucks losing 10" round bastard files, nails, and bolts. The tires became instantly worthless after hitting some of those items.

PA can be pretty dark in places and the curves around those mountains treacherous. The lights I've seen are not much more powerful than the ones found on bicycles. Not much in guiding your path but it might help prevent some other dumbass from running you down. Going downhill can sometimes be a challenge to keep control of the buggy. It is sometimes too much for the horse to handle under a heavy load. Many Amish get out as pedestrians to help walk the horse and buggy up or down. The men's essentially all black clothing only adds to their danger in such situations.


Ever seen an Amish drag race ? smiley


When you treasury secretary's name sounds similar to minutia a box manure is a very appropriate gift for Christmas -lol.




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