Merry Christmas

Have a Happy Hanukkah, Wonderful Winter Solstice, thrilling Kwanzaa, Festive Festivus, glorious Gurnenthar’s Ascendance, or whatever holiday you celebrate.

From the Antiplanner dogs, Smokey & Buffy.


12 thoughts on “Merry Christmas

  1. C. P. Zilliacus

    Looks like the canine members of the family were enjoying the holiday season when you snapped that image.

    Perhaps the cold weather agrees with them, given the coats that they wear?

  2. metrosucks

    Merry Christmas to Randal and Antiplanner readers. I’m more of a cat person, but those are some very handsome canines. Looks like you shot the picture somewhere around Santiam Pass?

  3. Scott

    Should I be offended for a mention of a religion or any holiday?
    Hell no!
    (am an atheist, but have no distaste for religion, differing from regular portrayal & the ? Dem voting pattern)

    This pretend sensitivity is ridiculous & partly has to do w/critical theory, cultural Marxism, & PC (incorrect & inaccurate) to destroy morality & the fabric of society.

    Karl Marx & Frederic Engels thought their goals to be achieved by revolution.
    Since then, other “intellectuals” thought of evolution in changing ideals, using propaganda & sneaky indoctrination. Antonio Gramsci & Max Horkheimer were instrumental in that.

    Shame that many (politicians & retailers) fall for this farce, giving credence to anti-US, anti-freedom agendas.

    The 51% of those voting (disregarding numerous cases of fraud) got their Santa Claus in the redistributive dictator. Although many of them are neither welfare recipients nor in favor of tyranny, but clueless & hopeful. The 5-year great recession will definitely get worse. Correcting for only a 1-2%/year error in the CPI would officially reclassify the recession as ongoing. Real growth in GDP doesn’t take into account population increases, which was about 0.93%, but was 0.75% last year.

  4. msetty

    I guess poor Scott got a lump of coal this year for Christmas.

    If a 21st Century Dickens ever writes a 21st Century A Christmas Carol, poor Scott would be a prime candidate as a model for the Scrooge role.

    Hey, numbnuts, A Christmas Carol was written in the early 1840’s, e.g., long before “socialism” was widely known and several years before Marx released The Communist Manifesto. And Charles Dickens was a very successful independent entrepreneur who also rightly highly critical of the extreme poverty and class stratification generated by early British industrialism.

  5. Frank

    Don’t bash Scrooge; his austerity was great for the environment!

    Being called “Scrooge” in an era of over consumption of cheap imports purchased on credit is quite a compliment.

    Dickens was absolutely wrong about Scrooge as an employer. If Cratchit’s skills were worth more than 15 shillings weekly, an employer would pay it. Since none did, Cratchit must’ve been worth exactly what he earned. If he was worth more, but did nothing to seek higher-paying employment, the blame rests squarely with Cratchit. During the early phase of the Industrial Revolution, when business creation boomed, there must have been many employment opportunities for a competent bookkeeper. Dickens’ portrayal highlights his economic sophistry.

  6. msetty

    Guess you got a lump of coal in your stocking, too, Scott.

    For the record, you totally misread Dickens and greatly overestimate the veracity or honesty of early capitalists in England. This was an era when the death penalty was applied to numerous “economic” crimes, among other outrages such as extensive child labor. Your kind of “analysis” is why I take few things spouted by libertarians, Randians and those of similar beliefs seriously at all.

  7. Frank

    Typical msetty. Can’t refute economic analysis, so resorts to unsubstantiated sweeping generalizations*, red herrings (child labor**), ridicule (lump of coal statement), and guilt-by-association dismissals. I’m sorry you’re stuck on a huge ranch in Napa county, but that’s not an excuse to be a dick.

    *Point of order: It was at the Industrial Revolution’s height that capital punishment was relaxed: “In 1823 the Judgement of Death Act 1823 made the mandatory death penalty discretionary for all crimes except treason and murder. Gradually during the middle of the nineteenth century the number of capital offences was reduced, and by 1861 was down to five. These were murder (suspended 1965, abolished 1969), piracy (1998), arson in a naval dockyard (1971), espionage (1981) and high treason (1998).” Capital punishment began in England in 1707, long before the IR began. In fact one could argue industrialization softened capital punishment that was instituted by lawmakers wanting to frighten potential criminals.

    **There is still child labor occurring, but factories and farms have been replaced by state gulags; parents are required to surrender their children to the state to work 40 hours a week in extremely coercive environments. Children are required to do more work outside of the detention centers for an additional 10 to 20 hours a week. Students work without scheduled breaks that adults get by law. If children are not pleasant and compliant with their work masters’ demands, they are detained during their 20 minute lunch break or for four hours on the weekend. Children face severe punishment for speaking without their work masters’ express permission, getting up from their work stations to stretch, using the restroom without permission, and for questioning their work masters’ orders. If parents refuse to send their children to state indoctrination centers, armed state agents will come to their home and forcibly remove the children. Many children express their disgust with this forced labor and express their desire to be monetarily compensated for working in a productive and non-coercive environment of their own choosing.

  8. Frank

    Educate yourself on child labor in the IR. Just a small but enlightening snippet from the Journal of Economic History.

    “The traditional interpretation neglects other major industries which helped to make the industrial revolution, industries that rarely used child labor. There were no tasks similar to piecing in steel mills or in the rail- road industry. A more balanced view thus reduces the importance of child labor to the success of the industrial revolution.”

    In short, child labor was not “extensive”, despite your pathetic attempt of proof by assertion. The primary industry to employ children was textiles, and children under 10 made up a scant 2% of that workforce.

    You can’t even get details like my name right. You make sweeping generalizations and unsupported dogmatic proclamations based on myth not evidence. You wasted over $10 million of taxpayer funds on a $2 million property, The Carquinez, for Section 8 housing, which–surprise, surprise–finished way over budget and behind schedule, all the while collecting a handsome salary for your pet project.THIS is why YOU can’t be taken seriously.

  9. msetty

    Frank, this quote proves you are totally ignorant of who I am or what I do:

    You wasted over $10 million of taxpayer funds on a $2 million property, The Carquinez, for Section 8 housing, which–surprise, surprise–finished way over budget and behind schedule, all the while collecting a handsome salary for your pet project.THIS is why YOU can’t be taken seriously.

    WHAT THE F—- ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? You’re full of shit. I have had NOTHING whatever to do with ANY housing project in any form anywhere. WHO ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? I have NEVER heard of “The Carquinez” until I Googled it and found was a Bridge Housing project in RICHMOND…well, I have NEVER lived or worked in Richmond. One name I used was “Carquinez Associates” but that was for TRANSPORTATION consulting when I worked in Vallejo, you dim bulb. If you can’t get this sort of basic fact straight, why should anyone trust your “economic analysis” and alleged analytical abilities????

    And your “economic analysis” such as it is is the raving of someone who believes in the sort of economic “philosophies” created by that psychopath Ayn Rand or that near-sociopath Van Mises, e.g., the sort of “philosophy” that 14-year old boys soon outgrow but is still spawned by the assholes who keep buying Rand’s books and poisoning the minds of teenagers by continously sending them out to high schools for the past 50+ years.

  10. msetty

    Frank, of course by pointing out that Rand was a psychopath–consider how she treated those poor fools who made the mistake of getting close to her personally, among her many other major mental health issues–you’ll probably claim that I called YOU a psychopath. NO.

    I just point out that “objectivism” is a “philosophy” created by a psychopath that is favored by many psychopaths, though most believers who get fooled by it while teenagers–and many who remain delusional and believe in it as adults–are just deceived, not mentally ill. Given your tone in this thread, I suspect you’ll have a great deal of difficulty understanding this kind of nuance even though most “reasonable” people won’t.

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