A MISSOURI LAWYER'S
JANUARY 13, 2006
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.
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Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of January 13, 2006.
Today is Friday the 13th.
"The Scandinavian's believed that the number 13 was unlucky due to the
mythological 12 demigods being joined by a 13th, an evil one, who brought
misfortune upon humans. It was also said that Christ was crucified on Friday
and the number of guests at the party of the Last Supper was 13, with the 13th
guest being Judas, the traitor " We will have two "Friday the
13th's" this year, (the other is in October). Kinda wanted to stay home
today but was not able to do so. Made a commitment to have lunch with the folks
supplying my Billboards.
I don't suffer from a fear of the number thirteen (triskaidekaphobia) or a fear
of Friday the 13th (paraskevidekatriaphobia) but there are folks who do. There
may be a valid basis for the fear. In a study released in the British
Medical Journal in 1993: "The risk of hospital admission as a
result of a transport accident may be increased by as much as 52% ." I
suppose we all believe in some superstitions to a degree, after all, isn't a
superstition by definition, "An irrational belief that an object,
action, or circumstance not logically related to a course of events influences
its outcome." Isn't wearing red to a Chiefs game, a superstition? http://www.oldsuperstitions.com/,
is a Website that has a comprehensive list of superstitions, for example, some
card superstitions: Unlucky to sit cross-legged when playing cards, (so go to
the bathroom before you start the game). Playing cards with a dog in room
causes disputes, (no doubt the reason Pat R doesn't bring her Yorkies to the
boats!!). The luckiest seat is the one which faces the door; the most unlucky
is that which has its back to the fire-place, (really hard to concentrate if
your butt catches fire). Or "Horse" superstitions: Horse brasses were
used to protect horses from witches, (what the hell are "horse
brasses"?). White horses - ill fortune, (don't you wonder if black horses
know that?). Inhaling a horses breath - cure for whooping cough, (so is death).
Eating a hair from a horse's forelock - cure for worms, ( ...
<shuddering> ..... so is stomach flu). I was going to include
"Creation Science" ... as one of the superstitions ... but what's the
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Poll: Iraq won't be governing itself soon. "Americans overwhelmingly lack confidence that Iraq will have a stable government in place within the next year, and more than half say that the war has not been worth its cost ... " Well ... DUH!! It took 5 years for the allies to stabilize/reconstruct Germany and Japan after WW II ... and almost 10 years in South Korea. But, we will stay the course in Iraq. We have to. On May 3, 2003 our President, on an Aircraft Carrier, declared the war in Iraq won. It wasn't ... but, we are getting there. There is no viable alternative. This war , in terms of life lost, is no way near as costly, as the wars we have fought in the past. The most costly war in our history, is the Civil War, with 498,332 killed, 364,511 Union troops and 133,821 Confederate Troops, (124,583 per year .... 91,127 Union and 33,455 Confederate). In World War I, we lost 116,516 persons in two years, with 204,000 wounded, (58,258 per year). In the 5 years of combat in World War II, we lost 405,399 persons with 671,846 wounded, (81,080 per year). During the Korean War, we lost 36,516 persons with 103,284 wounded, (12,172 per year). During the Vietnam War, 1965 - 1971, we lost 55,803 persons, (1,863 in 1965, 6,144 in 1966, 11,153 in 1967, 16,589 in 1968, 11,614 in 1969, 6,083 in 1970 and 2,357 in 1971), an average of 7,972 per year with 21,900 wounded, ( total wounded, 153,303). Interesting statistics: in 2003 in Iraq, we suffered 486 killed and 2,409 wounded. In 2004, we suffered 848 killed, 7,989 wounded and in 2005, 846 killed and 5,557 wounded. If you were wounded in WW I, you had a 36.3% chance of dying from your wounds .... in WW II, 37.6% ... in Korea, 26.1% ... in Vietnam, 26.6% ... and in Iraq, 12%. Put in another context, according to CDC Statistics, in 2002, here in our America, there were 44,065 motor vehicle traffic deaths, 30,242 firearm deaths, 26,435 poisoning deaths, 17,116 fall deaths, 12,791 suffocation deaths and between 44,000 - 98,000 PER YEAR, medical malpractice deaths. So how much is a life worth? I guess it depends on who is setting the importance/value, doesn't it? Share with me ... why does a life lost in Iraq, have more news value, than a life lost to medical malpractice, a motor vehicle accident, firearms, poisoning, suffocation or suicide? Isn't all life sacred? Isn't the passing of any life, news worthy? In the same vein, share with me why we expend such energy/money arguing about "right to life" ... when there are so many more persons, in being, who desperately need help, assistance .... and will not get it?
LONDON, England (Reuters) -- Study: Ants can teach each other. "British researchers said on Wednesday they had uncovered the first proof of teaching in non-human animals -- ants showing each other the way to food ... The ants studied over two years by scientists from Bristol University used a technique known as tandem running -- one ant led another ant from the nest to a food source." Not really surprising, when you consider honey bees using an elaborate dance to guide hive mates to blooming flowers. We've known that for years ... so how is the ant study "first proof"? Just where do these "researchers" get their funding? From the makers of "Raid"?
BBC NEWS -- Taiwan breeds green-glowing pigs. "Scientists in Taiwan say they have bred three pigs that glow in the dark. They claim that while other researchers have bred partly fluorescent pigs, theirs are the only pigs in the world which are green through and through. The pigs are transgenic, created by adding genetic material from jellyfish into a normal pig embryo." Why in the world would you breed pigs that glow in the dark? Is there really that much of a market for "glow-in-the-dark pork"? Instead of eating by candlelight, your pork chop self illuminates? I suppose it might get glowing reviews.
ROME, Italy (Reuters) -- Survey: Italians more guilty about food than infidelity. "Most Italians feel more guilty about overeating than they do about cheating on their partners, a survey has found, suggesting that people in Casanova's native land care more about staying slim than staying faithful. ... Sexual infidelity came at the bottom of the list of the magazine's "seven deadly sins" -- behind neglecting friends and family, failing at work and not looking after one's physique." In light of the fact that "divorce" has only been a legal reality in Italy since 1970, (affirmed by a public referendum in 1974), with a 5 year "separation period", (reduced to 3 in 1987), not much of a surprise, is it? As human beings, don't we have the ability to rationalize our misbehaviors? Human frailty remains human frailty, doesn't it?
BOSTON, Massachusetts (AP) -- 'Stop Snitching' logo banned from courthouses. "A top Massachusetts judge has banned clothing bearing the phrase "Stop Snitching" and outlawed camera phones in the state's courthouses in an effort to counter a rising climate of witness intimidation. The move by Robert A. Mulligan, chief justice for administration and management of the state's court system, follows a year in which the city recorded a 10-year high for homicides." Ok. Banning camera phones makes sense, I suppose. But don't defendants have a right to know who will testify against them? Share with me ... how would banning a "Stop Snitching" logo on a t-shirt reduce the homicide rate? Wouldn't it reduce the conviction rate? .... <whispering> ... isn't that superstitious?
BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) -- Carry a condom, Colombian town tells men, proposal to fight AIDS angers local Catholic priest. "A western Colombian town has angered the influential Catholic Church with a novel scheme to cut AIDS infections, threatening males over age 14 with fines if they fail to carry a condom. Young men in the community, most of whom start having sex at about age 15, according to a poll, should carry condoms just as they have to carry identification cards, Tulua town councilman William Pena told El Tiempo newspaper." How about a compromise? Have the identification card printed on a condom? Think of the possibilities .... if its a picture ID ... it would put a face to the name, (men for some strange reason, name their penises ... probably because they would feel uncomfortable holding a stranger).
LOS ANGELES, California (Reuters) -- Levi Strauss debuts iPod-ready jeans. "Call it the 21st Century watch pocket. Denim giant Levi Strauss said Tuesday it had designed jeans compatible with the iPod music player, featuring a joystick in the watch pocket to operate the device. The Levi's RedWire DLX Jeans for men and women, which will be available this fall, also have a built-in docking cradle for the iPod and retractable headphones. " It's nice to know Levi Strauss will make "pocket pool" viable for the iPod generation ... fashionable, even. I wonder if they will have a "dress left" and a "dress right" version, (for the retractable headphones), for men's jeans? I sure hope they don't have the docking cradle/station in the rear.
BBC News --- Pressure mounts on defiant Iran. "Western powers suspect Iran's nuclear ambitions are not peaceful. Western powers have stepped up their warnings that Iran's resumption of nuclear research will probably result in referral to the UN Security Council." President Bush declared today, "Iran with a nuclear weapon poses a grave threat to the world." So a "referral to the UN Security Counsel" will do what? Result in sanctions? Aren't sanctions already in place? Given the statements of Iran's President and the Mullahs about Israel ... share with me ... do you really think that Israel will wait for Iran to build a nuclear weapon? What does Israel have to lose, if they preemptively nuke Iran?
Pravda -- Condoleezza Rice's anti-Russian stance based on sexual problems. "The US Secretary of State released a coarse anti-Russian statement. This is because she is a single woman who has no children. Condoleezza Rice, the US Secretary of State, openly criticized the Russian government in connection with the gas conflict with Ukraine. Ms. Rice used quite a trivial technique of psychological pressure, which is mostly practiced in the field of education." Geez .... I love Russian political analysis. Wonder what they think about Hillary Clinton? ... and ... Pravda -- Nuclear industry to put Russia on top of the world. "The global economic system may collapse when the planet runs out of hydrocarbon resources Russia's leadership in the energy field should become the nation's strategy in foreign policy. This role was defined by President Vladimir Putin on the eve of Russia's presidency in the Group of Eight." "Russia's leadership in the energy field?" The only field that comes to my mind, is the radioactive wasteland around Chernobyl.
Sitting here editing these Ramblings and checking links, while listening to the evening news and thinking about some of the posts in the "What are the qualities that make a good judge?" thread on the SFIG. The answers were what one would expect from lawyers: know and apply the law in a fair, impartial manner to the facts after cutting the wheat from the chaff. I would add "humility" ... and .... "compassion", "empathy" and "respect" for the parties, ("respect" for the parties in the sense that even given good or bad behaviors, they remain fellow human beings with inherent frailties). I know I would have a long way to go ... to be a good judge. All I can promise, is my best effort.
Susan is in her office playing with her "Wishblade". She is working on a page in a "scrapbook". "Scrapbooking" and making "cards" remains her passion. At some point, we will get together and work on "cards" together ... me doing the graphics and Susan doing the cards. Bet they would be outstanding! Her "babies", "Justy" and "Belle", are laying in their beds watching her. I pop in and out ... just to give her a hug ... and whisper a quiet "Thank You, God", for being able to do so. I know, I have the best partner, friend and lover a man can have. As I normally do, tonight, I will say a prayer/wish for 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, count your blessings and take a moment to think about the sacrifices being made, by your fellow Americans, so you can do so. If my post offends, I apologize, that is not my intent. Hopefully these Ramblings made you think and made you smile. If so, they were worth the time to write. As always ...
A Warm Brotherly Hug
Karl (the dumb ole country lawyer, from Holden, Missouri)
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