Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Land Use Restrictions

A woman from Los Angeles, who was a tree hugger and an anti-hunter, purchased a piece of forestland. There was a large tree on one of the highest points in the tract. She wanted a good view of the natural splendor of her land so she started to climb the big tree. As she neared the top she encountered a spotted owl that attacked her. In her haste to escape, the woman slid down the tree to the ground and got many splinters in her crotch. In considerable pain, she hurried to the nearest doctor. She told him she was an environmentalist and an anti-hunter and how she came to get all the splinters. The doctor listened to her story with great patience and then told her to go into the examining room and he would see if he could help her. She sat and waited three hours before the doctor reappeared. The angry woman demanded, "What took you so long?" He smiled and then told her, "Well, I had to get permits from the Environmental Protection the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management before I could remove old-growth timber from a recreational area. I'm sorry, but they turned me down."


Anonymous said...

First! :P


Casey said...


Benoit said...

Dow drops below 12,000 on Mortgage Woes.


Casey said...

It's all good!™

Rob Dawg said...

I posted long ago that as much as $7 trillion with a T dollars were exposed to evaporation in the asset bubble called US housing. I also poste so very long ago that the risk was so sliced and diced that it was impossible to have investments that were not exposed. Casey isn't the only one. Check out::

This is the legendary oc_renterer site. Today he chronicles a fliptard with 16 properties.

king friday the 13th said...

impossible to have investments that were not exposed.


Pysical precious metals in your possession are except from MBS damage. In fact, these are except from practically anything...

and forget about their value in "monopoly money", they are the only historical store of wealth we have... an ounce of gold has always bought a decent men's suit
from the time of Christ until today.

as tony sez "go heavy"
as nigel sez "go deep"

Rob Dawg said...

I respectfully disagree. There are hlding costs and transaction costs and governmental restrictions that make physical gold less than ideal.

thatotherguy said...

My advice for the coming collapse: invest in iron, brass, and lead.

The Original Kevin™ said...

I prefer guns & ammo...

bemused guy said...

Funny anecdote. Wish I know it back when Daryl Hannah was in that tree. Did she ever prevent the sale of that land so it could become an experimental squatter farm? Always wondered why she didn't just buy & donate the land. Social conciousness PLUS a tax write-off. Sweet.

Stephanie J.™ said...

I think she'd actually need a career to afford the property to buy it and donate it.

Anonymous said...

That joke sucked. Thanks to rampant, unchecked development, Los Angeles, Miami, Seattle, etc. have been rendered just about uninhabitable. The coming era of very expensive gasoline (provided by those patriots at Haliburton) should be quite interesting. Buckle Up.

FlyingMonkeyWarrior said...

fliptard !!!!!!!!!!
LOLOLOLOL Made my day, funnier than a fu@ktard!
You da man dawg.

astrid said...

Oh come on! It's easy enough to make fun of NIMBY anti-developers, no reason to make up stories that also malign the EPA (who probably doesn't even enforce this sort of this) and the medical profession.

Rob Dawg said...

There's enough snark to go around. No one needs be left out. Remember this is the same EPA that forged mountain lion poop to halt a project. Crimson Permanent Assurance takes no prisoners.

America's biggest looser. said...

You're right, both Washington and Oregon are just about uninhabitable. For your own sake stay away! Think of the children.

FlyingMonkeyWarrior said...

True Story; Downtown Orlando, right on one of the "Ritzy Streets" in Downtown on the Lake Front, there are so many (protected species) birds there that the poop will white wash any car, person, or sidewalk in the way. I am not stretching this. So, here is the letter form the PTB and some of the following thread an Orlando City Blog.
I find this stunningly amusing and very sad at the same time.

City Replies to Eola "Fowl Up"
posted by Dave Ballentine on March 12, 2007 5:38:24 PM

I received an email today from Heather Allebaugh, Constituent correspondent, City of Orlando, Office of the Mayor. I've copied it below as I always try to be "Fair and Balanced". I invite anyone to challenge me on things I may have written (ON this blog) and give them ample opportunity to defend their positions on any topic. Ms. Allebaugh is welcome anytime.

Hello Dave,
I am the Public Information Officer for the City of Orlando. I wanted to share some information that was given to me from our Manager at Lake Eola Park Leo Falcon regarding the birds you referenced in your blog this morning. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks!

The City is aware of this issue and has been trying different ideas to solve the problem, with limited success, for over a year now. The birds that nest at the lake are called cormorants, and they are a protected species, which severely limits our ability to interfere with their nesting patterns. As I mentioned, we have tried several approaches to combat the problem, within the constraints of the law as well as respecting the birds’ migratory pattern and life cycle, but have only been partially successful. Let me give you a few examples. We trimmed the trees after the birds had abandoned their nests last season, in order to reduce their nesting sites, but they just moved to another tree. We treated the branches with a product that encourages leaves to grow, expecting it would discourage the birds (who prefer bare branches), but this did not deter them. We placed burlap around the tree branches to discourage birds from landing, but the birds worked around it and still built their nests. We have also thought about the possibility of reducing the fish population at the lake, however that may cause an imbalance in the ecological equilibrium of Lake Eola, which could create even greater problems. We cannot remove the bird island because it was designated a bird sanctuary. Despite these problems, we will continue trying different ideas to reduce the birds’ impact on Lake Eola and its visitors, regardless of this being just for a few months in the year.

The Families, Parks, and Recreation Staff pressure washes the area on a regular basis to mitigate the sight and smell.

Heather Allebaugh
Constituent Correspondent
City of Orlando, Office of the Mayor
400 S. Orange Ave, 3rd Floor
Orlando, FL 32802
P: 407-246-3423

[ Hmmmm ! Maybe we could sponsor a Comorant recipe contest ? - First, kill and clean one Cormorant..................... " D.B. ]

Here are some of the comments:

This is a nice warm fuzzy feel good letter from the PTB, but again, shouldn't the HEALTH DEPARTMENT be involved?????? Or am I just causing undue stress with my concernd post?

Washing does not sanitize these potential vectors, imo.


The Bird Flu health concern is really what I am astonished by here.

Bird flu is transmitted to humans via dried bird feces that becomes aerosolized, bird droppings that are dried dusty and floating in the air, in other words. Then the human unknowingly breaths it in.

What a possible fatal "time bomb" for the health and very lives of the people living in the Waverly, eating outside in Sam Snead’s and working in the office buildings downtown.

Isn’t the Orlando Sentinel Building downtown?

When all of these birds drop dead like the ones in Downtown Houston or in the UK Turkey Farm from Avian Flu, it will be to late for the downtown population, imo.

Save the birds? OOOOOO K.


Bird flu does not care if you are a tree hugger or not.

Posted by: Sam | March 12, 2007 at 07:05 PM

Couldn't we just kill all the birds down there. The ducks migrate and could bring the bird flu, the pigeons are just feathered leaches and any other birds might be a waste of time to figure out if they really belong. It seems they all indiscriminately poop where ever they like.

Best method to deal with the bird flu and the migrating birds is to finally open up the entire everglades to the sugar farmers like we should have long time ago. Drain or flood the Everglades properly. That is the last stop for these flocks on their way south. They would have to keep going and die over the open waters (1 solution) or they would reroute to somewhere else (2 solution). Free market enterprise would help us out in this one, win win win the way I see it. Lake Eola is finally bird poop free, Orlando is hopefully immune to Bird Flu and we would have a cheap viable supply of sugar for maybe an alternative fuel source. That should make the treehuggers chill out, even trade for every one.

If they do find an easy kill solution could they move it out to the surrounding areas, much like the mosquito truck. Stinkin bird crap on my door handle of my car kept me late cleaning it off. Took me fifteen minutes, and if I missed a spot on the paint might cost big bucks on a touch paint job.

Posted by: Tim | March 12, 2007 at 08:53 PM


Now THAT is a good response.

Posted by: Deborah Bracknell | March 12, 2007 at 09:34 PM

Now that the sarcasim switch is off (you were being sarcastic I hope), I am not saying KILL the Birds, I am saying, they belong in nature and on the island. The PTB should have NEVER cut down the trees on Bird Island. The bird poop was poluting the lake. Well, that was better than the "solution" of moving the birds to the trees on the Street! They belong on the island; not in the streets where we work and live.
Your not paying attention. One litte spec of a drop here and there, yawn, not really a health problem, but the massive white blanket of the stuff incresases the infestation exponentially. duh.
Oh, and you are not a tree hugger you are a clueless pollyanna.

[Lake Eola, with its feathered constituents, existed fine for decades until the Cormorant invasion extended to the trees along Central Avenue. Even with the island, I remember there may have been a very few stray nests in the oaks but nothing like now. they have gotten out of hand, and something must be done to control them now that their main nesting site on the isloand is gone. A reduction in numbers of this species has absolutely nothing to do with varieties of others birds and thinning of species elsewhere in the best studied interests of both the species and humans has been an accepted practice all over the world. I still think eliminating both excess numbers and nesting sites both need to be done. Trying to paint people who seek equitable solutions to a real health and welfare problem as "nuts" or "bird haters" is simply an attempt to redirect attention away from this problem to distract the focus. "We have a mess here, don't quite know what to do about it, and wish you would just shut up about it and go away and worry about world peace, famine, climate change, AIDS, malaria, the Everglades, mosquito control, fireants or something else until we can sort this out."]

Posted by: Sam | March 12, 2007 at 10:01 PM

I think we would have to use poison to kill all the birds. We would look like the usual Florida yahoos standing around a lake in the middle of a large urban area with guns blasting away at a bunch of birds.