June 18, 2010

"Finally, Mississippi and Alabama get a room!"

Ha.

And: "Panhandle Alert." The epidemic spreads.

There's nothing Wisconsin-related in those New Yorker cartoons about state maps. I remember seeing a hand-drawn cartoon in that State Street liquor store window that used to be full of funny signs. It had a map of Wisconsin and writing that said something like: "The Upper Pennisula! WTF? Did we lose a war or something?" That was many years ago. It still makes me laugh. I mean look at the map:



That is ours, baby. It's like that mitten is reaching up there an yanking off our manhood. And speaking of manhood, I think, if we had that peninsula that is rightfully ours, the politics of Wisconsin might shift from Mommy Party to Daddy Party.

73 comments:

El Pollo Real said...

Althouse wrote: And speaking of manhood, I think, if we had that peninsula that is rightfully ours, the politics of Wisconsin might shift from Mommy Party to Daddy Party.

Hardly

GMay said...
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Christopher said...

The U.P. is ours and THAT IS THE WAY IT SHOULD BE!!!!

Original Mike said...

""The Upper Pennisula! WTF? Did we lose a war or something?""

As a matter of fact, yes we did. And we weren't even a participant.

garage mahal said...

Except the Daddy Party is really just the Crazy Uncle Party.

GMay said...

About that Mommy Party-Daddy party link:

ASDR

LarsPorsena said...

"Except the Daddy Party is really just the Crazy Uncle Party."

..and the 'Mommy' party is the 'Mommy Dearest' party.

AllenS said...

Wisconsin needs to acquire the UP and then give Illinois, Madison and Milwaukee and all points south. Green Bay needs to be the capital of Wisconsin.

Big Mike said...

How did Michigan wind up with the Upper Pennisula?

They lost the coin toss.

d-day said...

The "Ha." link should go to image 3 in the slideshow linked to re: "get a room"

Ann Althouse said...

Link fixed now.

rhhardin said...

It's from L paenae, almost.

Britannia est insula. Italia non est insula. Italia paenae est insula. Italia est paeninsula.

garage mahal said...

I remember growing there was talk of No. Wisc and the U.P. seceding and forming a new state, calling it Ontonagon.

Would be kind of like the Conch Republic in the FL Keys. It would sell T Shirts, but that's about it.

Class factotum said...

Wisconsin needs to acquire the UP and then give Illinois, Madison and Milwaukee and all points south.

Hey. It's bad enough to live in Wisconsin (for the winters! for the winters!*). Don't make me part of Illinois and add political insult to ice.

* And the nanny stateness.

Steven said...

Actually, Michigan got the Upper Peninsula for losing a war.

Lake Michigan's southernmost point was the reference point for the statute that set the northern border of Ohio. However, this was mis-surveyed, and a contradictory definition was put into the Ohio constitution in 1802. Michigan was then specifically defined with the older southern boundary in 1805.

The Michigan Territory and the State of Ohio both pressed their claims to the area in 1835-1836, calling up the militia and sending them out to secure the strip. Contact was never made between the forces, but Andrew Jackson imposed a settlement that gave victory to Ohio. Michigan was compensated with the western three-fourths of the Upper Peninsula (the eastern bit having already been part of the Michigan territory).

Pastafarian said...

Althouse, if that's Wisconsin's wang, then I guess you're saying that Wisconsin is tea-bagging Michigan.

Personally, I consider Michigan's lower peninsula to be Ohio's hat.

AllenS said...

Ok, good point Class factotum. Parts of Milwaukee like the baseball stadium, Harley Davidson and the breweries could stay in the New and Improved Wisconsin. As far as Madison, we'll keep the Badgers football stadium, hockey rink and basketball court. Everything else, feh.

Tibore said...

"That is ours, baby. It's like that mitten is reaching up there an yanking off our manhood."

Oy... years of looking at maps and I've never thought about it that way before. Now, after the professor's comment, I'll never be able to not think of that.

Ron said...

Clearly Wisconsin -- and its lawprofbloggeress -- has peninsula envy!

Original Mike said...

"As far as Madison, we'll keep the Badgers football stadium, hockey rink and basketball court. Everything else, feh."

How about my house, Allen? Can it stay, or are you voting me off the island?

AllenS said...

Mike,

You'll have to ask for a variance. It can be done.

Bushman of the Kohlrabi said...

Would be kind of like the Conch Republic in the FL Keys. It would sell T Shirts, but that's about it.


I have one word for you. Pasties!

Original Mike said...

Allen - Will I have to put up those big "Welcome to Wisconsin" signs on each of my four property lines? (Not that that's a deal breaker.)

AllenS said...

If you're a Packers fan, you'll be grandfathered in.

edutcher said...

Ann Althouse said...

It's like that mitten is reaching up there an yanking off our manhood.

Yanking off can be construed in several ways.

garage mahal said...

Except the Daddy Party is really just the Crazy Uncle Party.

No, the Daddy Party is just fine. The Mommy Party is really the Crazy Uncle In Drag Party.

Original Mike said...

Given that I've been a Packers fan since the 60's, "grandfathered" is an apt term.

El Pollo Real said...

Garage Mahal wrote: Would be kind of like the Conch Republic in the FL Keys.

Silly Gasrage, didn't Trooper teach you how to spell that word right?

Chris said...

Steven - the way I heard it, the dispute was over Toledo. Ohio got Toledo and Michigan was compensated with the UP. Talk about winning by losing....

mRed said...

Steve, "Contact was never made between the forces, but Andrew Jackson imposed a settlement that gave victory to Ohio."

Actually, we lost.

Lem said...

That is a strange border between Michigan and Wisconsin.

garage mahal said...


Silly Gasrage, didn't Trooper teach you how to spell that word right?


I didn't need Trooper, or you for that matter, to know how to spell it properly. Which I did . Now say you're sorry.

Steven said...

Chris:

Toledo was in the disputed zone, yes. But it wasn't just the city, it was a whole strip of land from Indiana to Lake Erie.

AC245 said...

Except the Daddy Party is really just the Crazy Uncle Party.

Excluding the only sane Republican, Pat Buchanan, with his Jew-hating rhetoric, of course.

Buchanan's the kind of Daddy that garage can really get behind.

Titus said...

I had a dream last night.

Althouse came to my parents lake home and became fast friends with my mom. I was there and Althouse and I interacted briefly, looking at each other like we knew I was the commenter Titus on her blog. It was never mentioned though because no one else even knew about her blog in my family. There were many little Pekingnese's at my parents home that would run around at our feet.

Next, my family was invited to Althouse's home which was on the other side of the lake from my families. We looked out through Althouses homes picture windows and thought we saw humpback whales swimming but once they got closer we realized they were huge rats. The huge rats then looked at us in the windows of Althouse's picture window. Meade was in the kitchen cooking.

There was a sense of doom in the air.

The side streets by Althouse's house had been infested with Mexican gangs. The Mexican gangs were scary.

We had to run from the gangs.

Then the streets started ripping apart and it was getting very dark.

We all ended up hiding in a house where there were black women who wore traditional black dresses with big hair. They could not see us unless through a mirror of if we had shoes one. Althouse and I hid in a bathtub but they could see our reflection in the mirror. We closed the shower curtain so they could not see our reflection. But they were reaching through the air trying to get us. Then the walls started crumbling around us, the lights went out and we all disappeared.

garage mahal said...

Not everybody can say they have their very own personal stalker on Althouse like I do with AC245. I never had a chlamydia infection before, but I bet this is just what it feels like.

A.W. said...

sorry new yorker comics generally suck. you go through about a thousand that are boring and not funny, and not interesting, to find one that... well. its not funny, but insightful.

Lem said...

OT..

I think Senator Menendez (one of my senators, here in NJ) is having an extramarital affair with a woman other than his wife..

I have nothing concrete yet.. just a feeling based on something I saw and dint make sense until now.

El Pollo Real said...

Garage Mahal wrote: Now say you're sorry.

I'm sorry I called you "gasrage".

It was a typo.

Lem said...

It looks like Crack and Instapundit have kissed and made up ;)

Titus said...

Heading up to Brattleboro Vermont this weekend with the Indian husband.

Brattleboro is totally fab.

We are staying at an artist loft in the city.

Why don't you have a lake home Althouse?

Titus said...

My dad has a lake home on Lake Delton and a hunting lodge on the Chippewa River in Bruce, Wisconsin.

He calls the Chippewa River "The Mighty Chipper".

I did a guy in Eau Claire once. And another in Appleton.

AC245 said...

I'm sorry I called you "gasrage".

What a hilariously accurate descriptive of the person whose name you intended to type, El Pollo.

Much like Hoosier Daddy's "Crater" typo from a few days ago.

Hagar said...

I just want to vent.

Contrary to several headlines, the Coast Guard did not sideline the barges due to a lack of lifesaver vests on board. According to the articles below the headlines, they did it because they had not been able to contact the builder of the boats, presumably to arrange a time for inspection.
(The situation being what it is, I would think they could just have gone down to the pier and asked the captains for permission to come aboard. Lifesaving equipment would be the business of the owners, not the builders, so I do not understand that either.)

Rep. Barton apologized for his remarks at the hearing because Boehner threatened to pull his committee assignment if he didn't; not because he was ashamed of them. He was, as he stated, ashamed of the Administration's tactics in this matter.

This sort of thing seems to happen all the time anymore. Aren't these on-line news-blogs, or whatever they call themselves, supposed to employ editors with some English language skills to screen these things before they are posted?

Titus said...

In the hunting lodge their are stuffed dear heads, pheasants, partridge, bear heads and 1960's playboy calendars hanging all over the place. Some of them are huge-the posters that is.

There is also a huge stack of playboys by the recliner.

You have to pump the water from a pump in the lodge. A wood burning stove and an outdoor toilet.

The lodge sleeps like 20 which was about the number that used to go up there. Now it is just my dad and his brother. One of the guys who hunted with them had a heartache when he was like 50 in the Blue Hills and died. His two sons were with him when it happened. He was like the healthiest man too. Weird.

Titus said...

"Dear Heads".

Titus said...

Vermont is supposed to be all liberal and gay but I have never seen one gay when up there. The state doesn't have one gay bar and many of the people look kind of backwards.

Except the ones from NYC and Boston who have second homes and are fab.

The natives though, not so fab. And talk about a white state. Seriously, I haven't seen one person of color up there. My husband who is brown sticks out.

The Green Mountains are most delish though. So beautiful.

El Pollo Real said...

Titus, your Dad's lodge sounds like it's right out of the days when men were men.

garage mahal said...

El Pollo
How did you think "Conch" was supposed to be spelled?

Lem said...

Carla Bruni comes to Samantha Cameron's aid .

Cowboy Obama would have killed "the sucka".

El Pollo Real said...

El Pollo
How did you think "Conch" was supposed to be spelled?


Leave me ALONE!

Chris said...

Steven:

I believe you, but you've gotta admit it makes a better story my way.

Ben (The Tiger in Exile) said...

Would've gone for Bush in '04...

Tyrone Slothrop said...

And Baja California is attached to California. It should be ours. We don't even care if it is baja.

c3 said...

Isn't Bart Stupak from the UP?

c3 said...

I grew up in New York State

Horse's head (imagine someone waking up and screaming "Ahh...ahhh..AHHH" louder and louder as they see the blood)

Moved to Illinois

"How far along are you?"


Then to Colorado

"Open it. open it! See what you got!


Now live in Az

Alright, who sat on my package!?"

Lawgiver said...

I never had a chlamydia infection before, but I bet this is just what it feels like.

It's not the same. Having a stalker is more like having scabies or crabs.

Michael Hasenstab said...

Madison, sheesh. Stalin's daughter lives there.

Just another commie in the 'hood.

David said...

Isn't it the Daddy Party and the Sugar Daddy Party?

Ralph L said...

My husband who is brown sticks out.
He's just happy to be with you.

Titus said...

I wish you could all join us at "The Artist's Loft" in Brattleboro, Vermont this weekend.

Go google it.

Plates from some African country, some Nepalese figurines, shit from Guam, paintings from some other third world piece of country.

And a fab library.

Also, my Indian UK husband purchased me the traditional INdian shirt and Pajama bottoms. He told me it wasn't sacrelig if I wore them. I asked what about a turban too but he said that would be too much.

As the Boston Globe said, just pick up Quantam Healing and gaze out at the kayakers going by your window on the Connecticut River.

Farmers Market, ARt Galleries, a Food CooP, tons of vegie options..right outside your front door.

Relax, take your shoes off, dip your feet from one of the many nearby covered bridges, cum. Enjoy.

E.M. Davis said...

Boy, the New Yorker kind of sucks.

Titus said...

http://www.theartistsloft.com/graphics/bratview.jpg

Titus said...

Could you imagine living in Miss or Alabama?

Calypso Facto said...

Re: Titus- That dude died of 'heartache'? How much country western have you been listening to?

JAL said...

OK Hagar. Good job. The barges still got sidelined for a day.

But I want to vent and there are no flowers or pretty sunsets to free associate with tonight.

Remember The Recent Presidential Speech?

I had a major problem with the "absolutely safe" descriptor Obama used for off shore drilling.

I wasn't the only one:

Who told Obama drilling is 'absolutely safe'?
By: Byron York
Chief Political Correspondent
June 18, 2010

There was one particularly striking moment in President Obama's widely panned Oval Office speech on the Gulf oil disaster. About midway through his talk, Obama acknowledged that he had approved new offshore drilling a few weeks before the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion on April 20. But Obama said he had done so only "under the assurance that it would be absolutely safe."

Absolutely safe? Even before the Gulf spill, few defenders of offshore drilling would go that far. And when the president announced his drilling plan, on March 31, he said it was "not a decision that I've made lightly" and that he and his advisers had "looked at [it] closely for more than a year." Surely he was told of the possible risks.

"If you can find anything that's absolutely safe, I sure want to find out about it," says Robert Bea, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of California at Berkeley. "There is no engineering system that I am aware of that has zero likelihood of failure."

"We can never be absolutely safe," adds Ken Arnold, an independent consultant to the oil and gas industry. "The only way you can be absolutely certain of being absolutely safe is to shut down all production and all drilling from offshore today."

{snippity snip to end}

Maybe he used the words "absolutely safe" to deflect blame and make himself look a little better in retrospect.

That would be troubling, but not as troubling as the possibility that Obama actually believed his own claim. What would that say about the president many commentators have described as brilliant?


That it's George W Bush's fault becasue he forgot to tell him that many things in this world are not "absolutely safe" -- especially off shore oil drilling.

sykes.1 said...

Original Mike is right. Ohio and Michigan threatened war over Toledo (!!!???), and Michigan got the UP as a consolation prize.

HDHouse said...
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HDHouse said...

The Upper Penisula of MICHIGAN is ours. Cheeseites stay south. Thousand Island Lakes area is as far as you are allowed and like that dimwit from Nevada says, if you don't give us back Superior, we are going to resort to second amendment solutions.

AllenS said...

Mr. House, are you drinking?

HDHouse said...

@allenS

if the cheesewhiz contingent from Wisconsin wants a fight of it over the UP..better know as "OUR P"...well bring it on!

EDH said...

Wisconsin looks like it is just about to put its arm around Michigan after pulling the "yawn and stretch" move at the nickelodeon.

Superdad said...

I grew up within spittin' distance of the UP and have never met as single Yooper that actually wants to be part of Michigan. They don't want to be associated with the Trolls (nickname for Michiganders who live below the Mighty Mac.) They even have there own state fair for Pete's sake. http://www.upstatefair.org/index.asp?sPage=1

The only debate among Yoopers is where to join 'sconsin or go independent.

Personally, I side with creating a new state that includes parts of Northern Wisconsin.

James Dionne said...

Since we're at it, Wisconsin wants our western Lake Superior shoreline back from Minnesota as well. Wisconsin was originally drawn to include the land east of the Mississippi, north to Canada. Those Viking loving bastards took it away claiming they wanted another state with access to the Great Lakes. Screw that.