Three Ponies and You’re Out!

by John Holbo on September 8, 2008

“[T]he court made no distinction between what needs were reasonable, given the age of the children, and what simply amounted to a ‘fourth pony,'” wrote Parker, who was joined by Judges Rudy Coleman and Thomas Lyons.


It’s good to know that this old post has had so much influence on the legal community.

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Related topic for discussion: Tolstoy’s classic pious fable, “How Many Ponies Does A Man Need?”



SJ 09.08.08 at 10:29 am

You can tell that something is really, really, big when its influence reaches back in time to affect events 8 years previously.


jholbo 09.08.08 at 12:05 pm

I know. I know. (I was being modest. But thanks for pointing that out, SJ.)


David in NY 09.08.08 at 2:23 pm

Didn’t the “pony” post get some award (or come clost to one) for “best blog post ever?” Anyway, regardless of the actual origin of the concept, it’s the first extended application of the “pony” concept to current politics (to which it so often applies), no?


John Holbo 09.08.08 at 2:45 pm

It was a damn fine post, whether or not the court recognizes it.


Chris Ashley 09.08.08 at 3:12 pm

You’re not the only prophet here, Holbo. It seems the court has uncovered, not only one of the subjects of Kanye West’s hit single “Gold Digger”, but West’s predictive powers. You could indeed “see [Strahan] on TV any given Sunday” at the time it was recorded, but it was over two years until he “won the Super Bowl and drove off in a Hyundai”.


Melissa 09.09.08 at 3:15 am

Did you catch the following sentence? “…trial judge’s saddling of Strahan.”
I’m waiting for “harness the whatever,” “reign in the X, Y, Z” & ” spur him on.”

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