December 10, 2012

At the Restoration-In-Progress Café...


... you don't have to rest in peace. Talk about what you want.

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Hagar said...

Restoratin = Take out of production?

No leftover feed for the cranes?

MadisonMan said...

More likely no leftovers for turkeys. I see them in that field a lot more than I see cranes.

Malta1565 said...

What is being restored?

MadisonMan said...

Prairie, I think.

MadisonMan said...

The EU wins the Peace Prize.


Simon said...

It may be time for Althouse to add a "Kagan is like Scalia" tag.

AllenS said...

Restoration - In - Progress means Taking - Tillable - Land - Out - Of - Production.

A hundred and some years ago, early settlers worked very hard for a long time removing tree stumps and rocks to make that land productive so they could feed their families. We are going in the wrong direction.

Ann Althouse said...

Here's a PDF map of the area. It's all about dogs, frisbees, and respecting the long-gone mound-builders.

AllenS said...

HA! I was correct.

Chip Ahoy said...

Restored to wetlands.

For you see, wetlands serve important purposes of water purification, flood control, and soil erosion management.

Additionally, the UN has identified wetlands as the most threatened of all types of ecosystems.

They are also the most biologically diverse. You may think of them sort of as Nature's sponge. But not really because then you'd need a giant hand to come and squeeze the sponge and flick the bits into a giant garbage can then stick the sponge into a giant dishwasher to disinfect it so the analogy falls apart fairly quickly. Screw it, copy these coordinates into your Google Earth

43° 1' 37" N, 89° 20' 42" W

and it will zip you right above the park and you can see the wetlands and the lake and wonder for yourself, why would they put a road right on the edge of the wetland and the lake? Like to live dangerously innit.

edutcher said...

Notice since the "election" (how many here thought Dictator Zero would find an excuse to call it off?), the trolls are on a big, "Resistance is futile, you will be assimilated", kick?

PS I see Kate is still having problems.

This is what almost killed The Blonde during her pregnancy.

Next time somebody wants to take a shot at the Royals, keep this in mind.

bagoh20 said...

That picture would be a great one to visualize the Democrat rallying cry: "Forward!"

Lem said...

That PDF is a sketch.

The scale bar should have the word approximate underneath.

Aridog said...

Yee f'ing Gawd...Disc Golf?! Is there no land that isn't eventually to be used for golf, of one kind or another?

That use alone removes any "environmental" aspect of the project.

I did note that the dog park portion has two sections, one for doggie dogs and one for *punt* dogs. :-))

I'll admit, a dog park is better than wide open parks that allow dogs...better socialization occurs when handlers are present versus "railroad dog packs" or coyotes or random run away, or dumped, strays...all of which can be encountered in the closest legal park to me...Rouge Park in Detroit. Noted, however, is the fact that as coyote population increases the rail road feral dogs decrease in number to zero....the coyotes are adopting wolf pack behaviors in park areas evidently.

Aridog said...

My problem when I encounter "dumped strays" is that I feel obligated to try to rescue them and my van is equipped to do so, with a x-large kennel crate and open space for two more dogs (mine).

It isn't hard to tell a long time feral dog from a recently dumped in January after the cute X-mas puppy grows large and isn't fun anymore, etc. The comedy is me trying to get the rescue in the crate while restraining my dogs outside the van until the new comer is in the crate. I consider any such effort when I don't get bitten by somebody a success. Q-tips, peroxide and iodine cure those issues arising from less than success.

Aridog said...

Afterthought...considering AllenS's comment...why is building a "disc golf" course considered "restoration" as the sign says?

Some ancient natives have one around their burial mound or something?

Lem said...

If you zoom in on Chips coordinates you will see that the project was well on its way at the time of the latest 2012 satellite image.

That usually means dissenting voices had their chance and their concerns, if any, were voted on.

Toad Trend said...

No restoration is complete without cart paths and a club house - what the heck!

Toad Trend said...

Speaking of restoration-in-progress, I just finished wiping down my 2 file cabinets in my office.

My dog had a poop party in there sometime during the day.

2 file cabinets and a computer bag, along with the carpet, were 'spatter-painted' by my dog with his ass.

The unholy trifecta was complete after he moon-walked his way out, on the carpet, leaving an impressive 1" wide shit smear about 2 feet long.

Of course, I stepped in it before I knew what had happened.


Aridog said...

Toad Trend ...The unholy trifecta was complete after he moon-walked his way out, on the carpet, leaving an impressive 1" wide shit smear about 2 feet long...

I am really very sorry, but....Bwahahahaha :-))

Sounds like he had a tummy ache and blew down his tubes.

Toad Trend said...


Yeah, seeing the humor in it is cathartic for both the owner and observer. I take no offense.

EMD said...

Apropos of nothing:

COSTELLO: I want to talk about the unemployment rate in America.

ABBOTT: Good Subject. Terrible Times. It's 8%.

COSTELLO: That many people are out of work?

ABBOTT: No, that's 16%.

COSTELLO: You just said 8%.

ABBOTT: 8% unemployed.

COSTELLO: Right 8% out of work.

ABBOTT: No, that's 16%.

COSTELLO: Okay, so it's 16% unemployed.

ABBOTT: No, that's 8%...

COSTELLO: WAIT A MINUTE! ... Is it 8% or 16%?

ABBOTT: 8% are unemployed. 16% are out of work.

COSTELLO: IF you are out of work you are unemployed.

ABBOTT: No, you can't count the "Out of Work" as the unemployed. You have to look for work to be unemployed.


ABBOTT: No, you miss my point.

COSTELLO: What point?

ABBOTT: Someone who doesn't look for work, can't be counted with those who look for work. It wouldn't be fair.

COSTELLO: To whom?

ABBOTT: The unemployed.

COSTELLO: But they are ALL out of work.

ABBOTT: No, the unemployed are actively looking for work. Those who are out of work stopped looking. They gave up. And, if you give up, you are no longer in the ranks of the unemployed.

COSTELLO: So if you're off the unemployment rolls, that would count as less unemployment?

ABBOTT: Unemployment would go down. Absolutely!

COSTELLO: The unemployment just goes down because you don't look for work?

ABBOTT: Absolutely it goes down. That's how you get to 8%. Otherwise it would be 16%. You don't want to read about 16% unemployment, do ya?

COSTELLO: That would be frightening.

ABBOTT: Absolutely.

COSTELLO: Wait, I got a question for you. That means there are two ways to bring down the unemployment number?

ABBOTT: Two ways is correct.

COSTELLO: Unemployment can go down if someone gets a job?

ABBOTT: Correct.

COSTELLO: And unemployment can also go down if you stop looking for a job?

ABBOTT: Bingo.

COSTELLO: So there are two ways to bring unemployment down, and the easier of the two is to just stop looking for work.

ABBOTT: Now you're thinking like an economist.

COSTELLO: I don't even know what the hell I just said!

ABBOTT: Now you're thinking like a politician.

bagoh20 said...

Well done, EMD, but racist.

Clyde said...

MadisonMan said...
The EU wins the Peace Prize.


Next year, in Jerusalem. Well, maybe EAST Jerusalem. How could the Nobel committee overlook the peace-loving Palestinians? It's a travesty, I tells ya, a travesty.

AllenS said...

Aridog said...
Afterthought...considering AllenS's comment...why is building a "disc golf" course considered "restoration" as the sign says?

Right you are my friend. Nothing says respecting the long-gone mound-builders, like a nice dog and frisbees park.

Where's Ward Churchill and Elizabeth Warren in all of this?

Ann Althouse said...

The area you're looking at in the photo is within the large dog loop, and nothing kept the dogs from running in there. If you look closely, you see the only fence is in front of the trees. To the right, it's private land on the other side of the fence, and where it turns the corner in the middle, that's the "disc golf" course, which is respectfully designed around the "effigy" mound.

wyo sis said...

Ward and Liz are fine with the golf and dog park. they're about as genuinely Native American as the dog park is.

Aridog said...

Althouse said ...

... that's the "disc golf" course, which is respectfully designed around the "effigy" mound.

I know I'm being pedantic...but just HOW does that description amount to a "restoration" (as stated on the sign) of any kind? Restoring what? Ancient native disc golf layouts?

All I see "restored" is a tiny parcel where the mound is...otherwise, mostly a game venue. I have no problems with dog parks and dog runs...the Native Americans did have dogs in fact. I don't recall plastic Frisbees and baskets on sticks.

I admit I don't like the plethora of golf courses, public and private ...they ruin natural areas as much as any factory or mall does. While we still had our remaining horses, the closest natural environment to pasture them in and ride them around was farm country 75 miles out, one way. Then they built a golf course on previous farm land right near our location. So we quit altogether. Equivalent "Local" equine facilities charge $550 per month and up for boarding horses, and there's almost nowhere to actually ride outside the arena. We could neither afford that for three horses, nor would we with the limited area to ride.

As we pay over and/or develop over farmland we are losing a resource, and substituting fake crap in its place. Viva the urban world expansion I guess.

Aridog said...
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Aridog said...

One more time...see if I can defeat my berserk auto-correct...

"pay over" should have been "pave over"

RunnerJeffM said...

Where did Syria get chemical weapons?

So if Syria armed Hamas with long-range rockets to attack Israel from Gaza, did they also rearm their terrorist co-client with Iran, Hezbollah, to attack from Lebanon?

Hey look Republican war on women

garage mahal said...

That looks like a GREAT place for a strip mall with a payday lender store and a Dollar Tree.

Lem said...

Good job EMD.

EMD said...

Good job EMD.

Not original. Got it from a friend on FB. Don't know who wrote it.

EMD said...

That looks like a GREAT place for a strip mall with a payday lender store and a Dollar Tree.

Economic development FTW.

veni vidi vici said...

In other news, I took my 6 year old daughter to Vegas this weekend to attend her first concert, Shania Twain at Caesars Palace. She's been a huge fan since she was about 2, so this was a great bit of excitement for her. Alas, there are certainly far less-wholesome artists/entertainers for little girls to look up to than Shania, whose positive and very sweet message and vibe were in full effect, bolstered by a tasteful "Vegasification" of her live show.

If you have the opportunity to catch one of her appearances there during her just-started 2-year residency at Caesars, you'd be foolish to miss it.


Lawyer Mom said...

Thanks for not saying "restorate." The media's new buzz word is exploitate, and it's damn disorientating.

Laura said...

Athena was born from her father's forehead. Whatever, Zeus. Woof.


Laura said...

Athena was born from her father's forehead. Whatever, Zeus. Woof.


AlanKH said...

Got a constitutional question. Why does PPACA not violate the right to privacy per Griswold v. Connecticut? If the right to privacy protects the right to engage in health-related commercial activity, does it not protect the right to refrain from engaging in health-related commercial activity?

Bob Ellison said...

Would "meggings" qualify a man for the Althousian no-shorts rule?

Joe Schmoe said...

Love this article.

So France jacks up its top tax rate to 75%. Its rich citizens are moving to other countries. Yahoo News, which skews left in a soft-shoe way, thus slants this as a good thing for the real estate market. Rather than focus on the giant elephant staring them in the face, such as how is France going to feed its government beast when many of its biggest benefactors leave the country, they focus on how it's a great time to get a good deal on a French luxury home!

I hope Barry is watching. Taxing the rich more may sound like a good idea, but they won't sit around and idly take it. As a result you'll drive all your seed corn right out of your country.

Simon said...

Alan, for one thing, because the "right to privacy" is so vaporous and amorphous that it is able to protect, or not to protect, absolutely anything five justices agree should or should not be protected. ;)