JANUARY 6, 2006

These are the Ramblings of a small town, (Holden, population 2,700), Missouri, country lawyer. They contain my random thoughts and observations on current events and my life and experiences in the Solo Practice of law.
Compiled here are the Ramblings for 2002 - 2005.

I have decided to finish my legal career serving the citizens of Johnson County, Missouri as their Associate Circuit Judge.  I ask for your support. 


Archived Prior Ramblings

In Memoriam:
September 11, 2001

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  11-18-05  11-25-05  12-02-05
  12-09-05  12-16-05  12-23-05
Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of January 6, 2006. On Tuesday, I offered one of my campaign refrigerator magnets to a lawyer I have known for years, an old acquaintance. I shared with him, I had decided to run for Associate Circuit Judge. He handed the magnet back, declining to accept it ... while sharing, he favored my opponent, "Just to let you know where I stand". I called him later to offer an apology, lest my offer of the refrigerator magnet offended him. And to offer, that I certainly respect his right to vote for whom he chooses. To date, he has not called back. I don't understand why. I guess, I have a long way to go: developing a thicker skin is an obvious necessity. I wish I could take a pill and grow one ... but I can't ... there is no pill. Nor am I willing to change, compromise who I am and what I believe, to win an election, (no matter how much "good", change, I could effectuate .... to hold otherwise, is to believe the ends justify the means. Something I can not do.) What is it about the democratic process that divides? Share with me ... why should running for "office" subject you and your family to personal attacks? Sure explains why caring, honorable persons have a hard time running for office ... there is a saying that "cream" rises to the top ... but then .... so do turds.

Speaking of turds: WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Poll: Half believe Congress is dirty. "About half of U.S. adults believe most members of Congress are corrupt, a poll released Tuesday suggests. According to a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll, 49 percent of respondents said most members of Congress are corrupt. Although 46 percent of respondents said most aren't, the margin of sampling error -- plus or minus 4.5 percent -- makes it clear that the perception of congressional politicians is largely negative." ... Well .... DUH!!! .... WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Lobbyist admits to kickbacks, fraud. "Former high-powered lobbyist Jack Abramoff pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy, fraud and tax evasion charges, agreeing to cooperate in a federal corruption probe in Washington ... A source close to the inquiry said investigators are looking at about half a dozen members of Congress. Another source, a senior government official, told CNN the probe involves about two dozen lawmakers and staffers." ... and like a child caught with his/her fingers in the cookie jar ... the response ... WASHINGTON (AP) -- Bush, congressmen to donate Abramoff contributions. "President Bush, former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and his successor Roy Blunt on Wednesday joined the list of officials shedding political donations from Jack Abramoff, the once - powerful lobbyist who has agreed to testify in a political corruption investigation." ... and yesterday: WASHINGTON (AP) " ... in all, three dozen lawmakers -- three-fourths of them Republicans -- have announced plans this week to return donations, mostly funds that came from Abramoff or Indian tribes he represented. Among the Democrats is Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York." and in the news today .... WASHINGTON (AP) -- "A campaign fundraising group for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has agreed to a $35,000 fine for underreporting thousands of dollars spent on a lavish Hollywood fundraiser in 2000, the man who bankrolled the event said." The vast majority of us have suspected that there may be some new form of "disorder", affecting many ... but finally, clearly, defined and secularized, by my Dear Friend Robert Pennell, (no doubt expounding on a sermon preached on June 6, 2004, by Charles Rush) ... "Integrity Deficit Disorder". Seems to be a political pandemic. [Note: Running for "Office" myself, I recognize the importance of raising funds to pay for the campaign. That is a political reality. There has to be an ethical line in the sand between soliciting funds for a campaign and accepting funds to guarantee an outcome in pending legislation/court cases. There is. There is no excuse for accepting "favors/gifts", like trips/tickets to the "Super Bowl", vacations, jobs for family and friends, using campaign funds to guarantee a loan for your new house, the list goes on, ad nauseam. Perhaps the development of a "thick skin" also causes a callous to form around a persons sense of integrity .... guess, I will have to remain "thin skinned" .... and have my feelings hurt.]

BBC, News --- Media death toll 'worst' in 2005. "Last year was the worst on record for the number of journalists and support staff killed in the line of duty, media watchdogs in Europe and the US say.   For the third year, Iraq was the most dangerous country for the media, with more journalists killed there since 2003 than in the entire Vietnam war." We take a free press for granted .... but in may parts of the world ... it is not. Last year, 63 reporters and media assistants were killed while more than 1,300 were attacked, threatened and over 800 were arrested. Here in our America ... last October 28, 2005 ... WASHINGTON (CNN) -- New York Times reporter jailed. "A federal judge ordered New York Times reporter Judith Miller jailed for contempt of court Wednesday for refusing to testify to a grand jury investigating the leak of a CIA operative's name. She was taken into custody immediately." Currently, the New York Times is under investigation for reporting our President authorized warrantless domestic surveillance, in violation of our 4th Amendment. What is the role of a free press? Report the facts and only the facts? The ability to report truth/facts about our society and what those we have placed in a position of power to do, only protects/informs you and I. That is not to say our "press" has reported the facts and only the facts. Some "spin" the facts, not an outright bias, but they view the facts, based on assumptions. A damn good reason for you to become a knowledgeable "news" consumer. The Internet gives you that option. Take it or not .... <whispering> ... should you like the links for the sites I read on a daily basis ... feel free to email me.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) -- 23 dogs killed by toxic dog food . "Contaminated dog food which was sold in 23 states killed nearly two dozen dogs and sickened 18 more, the Food and Drug Administration said Friday. The deaths and illnesses sparked an FDA investigation into the pet food made by the Diamond Pet Food Company at its Gaston, South Carolina, manufacturing plant. The FDA said so far 23 animal deaths have been linked to the pet food." How many persons did it kill? Sadly, there are many Americans who eat dog and cat food because they have nothing else to eat. <whispering> ... Susan buys "canned" food for her "furry children" ... and I have to admit ... it looks and smells damn good. If I did not know it came out of a "pet food can" ... I would damn well eat it!! Course, why not? Think about it. On a biological level, what separates you, me and our dogs and cats, (other than species specific behavior ... and all that God awful butt sniffing? : ) Although, when it comes to Susan ... Lordy ... she stinks GOOD!! Hmmm ... no further comment! :)

Der Spiegel -- Is Washington Planning a Military Strike? "Recent reports in the German media suggest that the United States may be preparing its allies for an imminent military strike against facilities that are part of Iran's suspected clandestine nuclear weapons program ... German diplomats began speaking of the prospect two years ago -- long before the Bush administration decided to give the European Union more time to convince Iran to abandon its ambitions, or at the very least put its civilian nuclear program under international controls. But the growing likelihood of the military option is back in the headlines in Germany thanks to a slew of stories that have run in the national media here over the holidays." ... and ... TEHRAN, Iran (CNN) -- Iran to resume more nuclear work. "Iran will restart its nuclear research program to put idle atomic researchers back to work, the deputy head of the Iran Atomic Energy Organization said Tuesday on state-run television ... Iran's hard-line conservative government insists it has the right to restart nuclear facilities and enrich uranium for the production of nuclear energy, despite fears by some other nations -- including the United States -- that Tehran's true goal is to produce nuclear weapons." Now, why would anyone worry about Iran developing nuclear weapons? ... VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran trawls Europe for nuclear technology: report. "Iran has been combing Europe and ex-Soviet states for materials and expertise of potential use in making atom bombs, says a leaked intelligence report casting doubt on diplomacy to ease a crisis over Tehran's nuclear drive. The intelligence assessment suggested the black market in nuclear technology remained strong and elusive despite the 2004 downfall of Pakistani nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan, who ran an international atomic smuggling network." TEHRAN 14 Dec. (IPS) "One of Iranís most influential ruling cleric called Friday on the Muslim states to use nuclear weapon against Israel, assuring them that while such an attack would annihilate Israel, it would cost them "damages only". And on ABC News on Wednesday night ... http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?id=1465237 (Iran's current President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, believes in the re-appearance of the 12th Imam, within the next 2 years, triggering the end of the world.) While yesterday, " Iran's delegation to the International Atomic Energy Agency abruptly left Vienna Thursday without attending a meeting in which delegation members were to explain the reasons behind Tehran's planned resumption of its nuclear program, IAEA spokeswoman Melissa Fleming said." So share with me ... don't you wonder what the military planners in Israel, (a known, admitted, nuclear power), are discussing? Do you really think they will wait to see if Iran plans a peaceful use for it's plutonium enrichment program? The "12th Imam" may damn well return in the next two years. Course an Avian Flu pandemic may make the issue moot.

Avian Flu keeps on evolving, (a death in Turkey reported on Wednesday) and in the news yesterday, 30 additional infections and an additional death. And today, confirmation that 22 people have tested H5N1 positive and a third death. There WILL be a pandemic, believe it or not ... prepare for it ... or not. The best Avian Flu preparation site I have found is: http://www.prepare-for-bird-flu.com/. Please, please, please, take a moment ... and check it out.

Pravda -- German scientists claim that regular sex makes people smarter. "Everyone is aware that sex is a rather pleasant activity. Scientists as well praise sex and discover more and more healthy advantages of it. Indeed, it is good for the body and soul, incredibly healthy in all aspects. German scientists went even further declaring that regular sex makes people smarter ... The scientist claims that such substances as adrenalin and hydrocortisone (hormone of adrenal gland) are secreted in large quantities during foreplay and sexual intercourse. Together, these substances stimulate the gray matter of the brain, which in turn stimulates intellectual activity." No doubt true ... it's the looking for sex that makes you stupid, (ask any of our "Family" members who defend solicitation clients :) Course getting smarter after finding sex, may be natural selection at work. (After reading Genesis, the exploits of Adam and Eve can not be explained by "Creation Science").

ANTIGUA, Guatemala (Reuters) -- Earliest Mayan writing found beneath pyramid. "Archaeologists excavating a pyramid complex in the Guatemalan jungle have uncovered the earliest example of Mayan writing ever found, 10 bold hieroglyphs painted on plaster and stone. The 2,300-year-old glyphs were excavated last April in San Bartolo and suggest the ancient Maya developed an advanced writing system centuries earlier than previously believed, according to an article published Thursday in the journal Science." Although difficult to decipher because of their age ... some researchers believe they say: "yo quiero taco bell" ... while other researchers believe the glyphs ask the age old question: "donde esta el banyo?" and a third camp believes the glyphs warm against drinking the water.

Just got back from trying a "contempt case" ... sitting here editing these Ramblings, (sipping on some Port) ... and listening to the evening news. Recriminations, (apparently well deserved), about the West Virginia mine disaster. My heart bleeds for the families. "Lou Rawls, whose mellifluous baritone was featured on hits ranging from his own "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine" to Sam Cooke's "Bring It on Home to Me," has died. He was 72. " ... and ... " Katrina Dolphins flown to the Bahamas", (apparently our politicians are laying low ... so lobbyists are maintaining their lobbying skills by practicing on dolphins.) I hate it when I lose a case, (even when the facts are against me and the odds are, my client will go to jail for a period of time ... at least until I can get him work release to run his two companies and a payment plan to repay his almost $30,000.00 arrearage). He was not happy with me ... after all, he didn't go to jail for the other 7 contempt actions filed against him in the past.

Feeling the after-the-holidays doldrums. You spend November looking forward to the time off for Thanksgiving ... then December looking forward to the time off for the Christmas/New Years celebration. There really isn't a holiday coming up in the near future, (for me MLK's Birthday ... really isn't a holiday, per se, no traditional goodies and family traditions). But then, there is much to look forward to: spending 24/7 with the love of my life. Waking up each morning and seeing her face .... and going to sleep each night curled around her, smelling her hair as I go to sleep. Simple things I suppose ... but then, isn't it the simple things that hold the greatest value? Tonight, while smelling her hair, I will say a prayer of thanks for having the ability to do so .... and a payer for the safe return of our men and women in uniform, (care to join me?) .... <whispering> ..... Please, Please, Please, God .... let them come home safe and soon!! Be and sleep well, there are folks out there, on watch, so you can. If my post offends, I apologize ... that is not my intent. As always ...

A Warm Brotherly Hug

Karl (the dumb ole country lawyer from Holden, Missouri)

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