26.12.06

Tattoo parlor makes mark in resort town

They pay a lot more rent for a lot less space, but Jack Eldredge and Alyssa Tippetts couldn't be happier with their tattoo shop's new home. They ski in the mornings, take breaks in a hotel hot tub and gaze out at a "more friendly" environment. Not that their journey from a 1,800-square-foot setup in an Orem strip mall to a 300-square-foot nook in Park City's Treasure Mountain Inn didn't have some bumps. But now that they have arrived and business at Park City Ink is promising, they see the wisdom in the move. "One of those blessings in disguise type of things, I guess," Tippetts says. Six months ago, neither Tippetts nor Eldredge would have guessed they would be closing up their bustling shop on Orem's State Street for a cozy spot at the top of Park City's historic Main Street. Then Noah Webster Academy - a K-6 school chartered for 525 students and developed by legislators Jim Ferrin, R-Orem, and Mike Morley, R-Spanish Fork - announced plans to rebuild the old Storehouse Market behind their Orem shop. Eldredge and Tippetts grew unsettled. Not only did they think having a school next to a tattoo and piercing parlor was inappropriate, but they also knew county regulations prohibited such shops within 600 feet of a school. And these two buildings were even closer. They shared a fence.

(m o r e)

21.12.06

9.9.06

Bong Hits 4 Jesus

Former Whitewater special counsel Kenneth Starr petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to take up Alaska's "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" case, a dispute involving a high school student, a banner and a tough school policy.

Yes - the Monica Lewinsky Ken Starr.

Joseph Frederick, then a senior, was off school property when he hoisted the banner but was suspended for violating the school's policy of promoting illegal substances at a school-sanctioned event.

Fredrick sued the school but lost in federal district court. However, a three-member panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the lower court order and said school officials violated Fredrick's free speech rights.

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"The principal's actions were so outrageous, basically leaving school grounds and punishing a student for a message that is not damaging to the school," said his attorney, Doug Mertz.

Now Starr is trying to take the case to the Supreme Court. Unbelievable.

3.9.06

First they ignore you . . .

First they ignore you,
.then they ridicule you,
..then they fight you,
...then you win.

-- Mahatma Gandhi

30.8.06

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26.8.06

Bush says: ?Iraq Had ?Nothing? To Do With 9/11?

Karl Rove and Dick Cheney are not happy campers today that?s for sure. He admits he was wrong about WMD?s in Iraq and now this.

QUESTION: A lot of the consequences you mentioned for pulling out seem like maybe they never would have been there if we hadn?t gone in. How do you square all of that?

BUSH: I square it because imagine a world in which you had Saddam Hussein, who had the capacity to make a weapon of mass destruction, who was paying suiciders to kill innocent life, who had relations with Zarqawi.

You know, I?ve heard this theory about, you know, everything was just fine until we arrived [in Iraq] and ? you know, the stir-up-the-hornet?s- nest theory. It just doesn?t hold water, as far as I?m concerned.

The terrorists attacked us and killed 3,000 of our citizens before we started the freedom agenda in the Middle East. They were ?

QUESTION: What did Iraqi have to do with that?
BUSH: What did Iraq have to do with what?

QUESTION: The attacks upon the World Trade Center.

BUSH: Nothing. . . . .Except for it?s part of ? and nobody?s ever suggested in this administration that Saddam Hussein ordered the attack. Iraq was a ? Iraq ? the lesson of September the 11th is: Take threats before they fully materialize,

I seem to remember Dick Cheny, Condi and Bush trying link Iraq to 9/11 way back when:

Russert: Do you still believe there is no evidence that Iraq was involved in September 11?

CHENEY: Well, what we now have that?s developed since you and I last talked, Tim, of course, was that report that?s been pretty well confirmed, that he did go to Prague and he did meet with a senior official of the Iraqi intelligence service in Czechoslovakia last April, several months before the attack

Martini Republic: So, to sum up, we had to invade Iraq because Saddam didn?t have any WMDs and didn?t have any connection to 9/11. And his handlers reportedly cannot understand why his approval ratings remain in the toilet.

19.8.06

Wanna be an illegal alien?

The Honorable Paul S. Sarbanes
309 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington DC, 20510

Dear Senator Sarbanes,

As a native Marylander and excellent customer of the Internal Revenue Service, I am writing to ask for your assistance. I have contacted the Immigration and Naturalization Service in an effort to determine the process for becoming an illegal alien and they referred me to you.

My reasons for wishing to change my status from U.S. Citizen to illegal alien stem from the bill which was recently passed by the Senate and for which you voted. If my understanding of this bill?s provisions is accurate, as an illegal alien who has been in the United States for five years, what I need to do to become a citizen is to pay a $2,000 fine and income taxes for three of the last five years.

I know a good deal when I see one and I am anxious to get the process started before everyone figures it out. Simply put, those of us who have been here legally have had to pay taxes every year so I?m excited about the prospect of avoiding two years of taxes in return for paying a $2,000 fine.

Is there any way that I can apply to be illegal retroactively? This would yield an excellent result for me and my family because we paid heavy taxes in 2004 and 2005.

Another benefit in gaining illegal status would be that my daughter would receive preferential treatment relative to her law school applications.

If you would provide me with an outline of the process to become illegal (retroactively if possible) and copies of the necessary forms, I would be most appreciative. Thank you for your assistance.

Your Loyal Constituent,
Pete McGlaughlin