Supremes 5-4 Vote to Take Private Property
Woody Guthrie wrote: "This land is your land, this land is my land, from California to the New York Island. From the redwood forest, to the gulf-stream waters, this land was made for you and me."
As far as the U.S. Supreme Court and City Councils are concerned, alas, those lyrics are all wet. To the true believers in eminent domain, your land is their land, and all land was made to produce optimal tax revenue.
Debra Saunders, SF Chronicle/Copyright 2005 Creators Syndicate
Advanced Heat Treat's CEO Flies New Plane
Mr. Gary Sharp, founder and CEO of Advanced Heat Treat Corp and our client of 16 years, recently invested in a new single-engine plane for his business.
AHT operates three heat treating service centers: Two in Waterloo, IA and one in Monroe, MI near the Detroit auto industry. Gary is shown here after landing his plane in Monroe.
Mr. Mahmoud Saeed, an AHT employee and expert pilot, serves as Gary's co-pilot and instructor. AHT serves hundreds of customers nationwide with their distinctive expertise with the Ion Nitriding heat treating process.
Ion nitriding is a metallurgy process invented in Germany during the 1920s. It was brought to the USA by the companies which produce the vessels used to contain the metal components in process; like this crankshaft shown here. The process uses ionized nitrogen gas combined with other gases; high voltage is added to strike the glow. That creates a plasma under vacuum pressure. The parts then emit a purple glow, similar to familiar neon signage.
Our agency helped Gary create the registered brand name 'UltraGlow' for his services.
AHT employs around 100 people. Here is the link to their website, which we designed and refined over the past seven years: http://www.ahtweb.com/index.cfm
The Power of a Letter
An old man lived alone in the country. He wanted to dig his potato garden but it was very hard work as the ground was hard. His only son, Fred, who used to help him, was in prison. The old man wrote a letter to his son and described his predicament.
I am feeling pretty bad because it looks like I won't be able to plant my potato garden this year. I'm just getting too old to be digging up a garden plot. If you were here, all my troubles would be over. I know you would dig the plot for me.
A few days later he received a letter from his son.
For heaven's sake, don't dig up that garden! That's where I buried the BODIES.
At 4 am the next morning, FBI agents and local police arrived and dug up the entire area without finding any bodies. They apologized to the old man and left.
That same day the old man received another letter from his son.
Okay, you can plant the potatoes now. That was the best I could do from here.
[Thanks Jim Wood]
Our New Condo:
A few months ago, Mass. Senator Edward M. (Manatee) Kennedy, made a big media event deal out of the first anniversary of the pictures from Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, where no one died. He slammed Bush's administration with all the vehemence he could muster.
It seems only appropriate and fair game, that we should remember how he drowned Mary Jo Kopechne 36 years ago today in 1969. In a telling Profile in Cowardice, he did not report the accident for nine hours, while he tried to construct a cover up story.
Mary Jo never lived to see Senator Kennedy become the bloated manatee in a suit, sitting before microphones, reading words written by others. When asked outright why he wanted to be president by Roger Mudd in a famous television interview, he stumbled and mumbled as all the air went out of his campaign hot air balloon. Even the feckless Jimmy Carter 'whipped his ass.'
Book Royalties Pouring In:
The first month's royalties from my business book, BREAK FREE, are pouring in. Now I'm shopping for a new car like the one shown here. My quandary: How much should I spend for a car from my first royalty check of $23.18? Perhaps I should just fill up the tank all the way for my '94 Ford? Sudden wealth does present problems.
'Hold these, I have to go back for my wife.'
[Thanks Mark Niedert]
Col. Bill Petullo Gets First Eagle
As Col. Billy and I approached our third shots on the par five #5 hole at Byrnes Park this week, I was telling him how I'd wasted a bunch of shots the day before by swinging too quickly on the backswing of my chips and pitchs.
"Just swing back at a count of 1001 ... 1002 ... and that will smooth out these short pitch shots" I told Billy.
Billy swung back smoothly on his 35-yard pitch shot and clipped the ball crisply. It landed on the front of the green then rolled about twenty feet into the hole for his first eagle three of his life. Apparently, he really is trainable. Billy finished the front side with a 38. (His putter turned ice cold on the backside, so he added a 46, for an 84 for the day.)