JANUARY 14, 2005

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.
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Greets and Huggers.  Posted the evening of January 14, 2005.  Seems alot of local school boards are now banning books:  a few regulating what the many have access to. The Blue Springs, Missouri, School Board had Maya Angelou's book of poems. "I know why the caged bird sings" on a proposed "banned" list?  As my Dear Friend Mark Pasewark noted: "In Amerika, as they used to write, there is no more effective way to get kids to read a book than to suggest that it is unsuitable or should be banned.  Do 10-year-old kids want to watch G movies or PG-13 or, even better, R? And at some level all people with curiosity react like that whether 5 or 95."  How true is that?  When my local school board banned J.D. Salinger's "Catcher in the Rye", everyone in my High School class went out searching for it.  We found it of course. Pretty "racy" stuff for it's time: tame by today's standards. As an aside, National Geographic was never banned ... a whole generation of little boys thumbed through the many pictorial essays involving naked native girls, (God knows how many issues I wore the print off of  ... hehehe ... one of the reasons I have a collection of old National Geographic Magazines at Ft. Timmerman now ... brings back memories.  Did I mention I also have every issue on CD-Rom?) What point is there in school boards compiling lists of inappropriate books, when the net effect is to compile a list of stuff for their students to download on their home computers? Wouldn't a better solution be, to allow our teachers, or a committee of teachers, to chose what their students should read, rather than having a school board compile a list of what they should not? Sort of a reference guide for downloading stuff, parents don't want them to look at?

In science news this week, a study from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk "... has found that people who sleep less tend to be fat and experts say it is time to find out if more sleep will fight obesity." ... I have no doubt our government is funding a study. There is an old story about a guy who goes to the doctor and complains about a stabbing pain in his eye, every time he takes a drink of coffee  ....  the doctors notes ... "perhaps if you take the spoon out of the cup, you will get some relief."  Isn't this at the same level?  Give me a break!  If you are not asleep, your body is not in rest mode ... you are burning calories ... which decreases your sugar levels ... a decreased sugar level triggers a hunger response ... so you eat! I wonder how much we will spend to figure how to pull the spoon out of this cup?

In other news: "The idea that chronic constipation is the result of a low-fiber diet may be one of the many myths and misconceptions about the condition, according to a new review of the issue  ...  Defecation is a very private process rarely discussed with the physician but more easily discussed with friends," study author Dr. Stefan A. Muller-Lissner of Humboldt University in Berlin told Reuters Health. "Therefore it is prone to unsubstantiated theories and beliefs derived from subjective impressions and unsystematic observations."  Must be a cultural difference:  Germans sit around and discuss being constipated with their friends and then spread myths about it?  I can honestly say, I have not done so and I'm German.  Have you?  I wish Dr. Stefan A. Muller-Lissner, (what's with the hyphenated name?),  would do a study and determine once and for all, whether males need reading material in the "throne room" ... is constipation linked to the type of reading material available?  Perhaps investigate another myth:   Are males more regular than females? 

Immediately after the Tsunami, " ... a United Nations representative singled out the U.S. among "rich countries" that did not offer enough aid to the stricken region. The New York Times picked up on the theme, calling the Bush administration's initial pledge of $15 million definitely "stingy."  We are, according to a study called "Ranking the Rich,"  ... we come in only 19th out of the 21 developed nations in terms of per-capita government aid to developing countries. However, "... In times of crisis in 2003, we gave about 40 percent of all emergency aid, and for humanitarian aid, we are near the top on a per-capita basis as well, far ahead of, for example, Australia, Japan and Germany, who have lately pledged more than the U.S. has for tsunami relief. Moreover, in 2003, we gave 70 percent of (and generally provided the transport for) all food aid."  Interesting, although my America has now pledged $350 million in aid, private American aid, at this time, is in excess of an additional $200 million.  Not to mention, how many million dollars PER DAY does the aircraft carrier task force on aid duty cost?  Or for that matter, the USN Hope hospital ship or the Amphibious Task Force, on aid duty?  Click HERE to see what our men and women in uniform are doing.  The fact remains, no matter what we do, no matter how much we give ... for some, it will never be enough.  Almost makes you wonder, why we bother.  'Nuff said.

Sitting here editing these Ramblings, sipping on some "Port" and thinking about these two posts to the SFIG today: " ...  it really peeves me that a select few on this list have set themselves up as big brother for the rest of us and decide what can and can't be changed and then complain like somebody just killed their mother when the President of our group wants to set up an oversight committee."  ... and ...  " ... Hmmmnnn, totally unregulated you say, why then have you determined when it is necessary to "remind us" of the rules we have "agreed" to live by?  Why then did you cause such a stink and threaten to resign from the group when an oversight committee was appointed?  Why do you step in and tell people when their behavior has gone beyond the boundaries?  Seems to me you try very hard to regulate the activity on this list ... "  There is NO WAY to regulate the SFIG, short of the Bar shutting it down, (which the Bar will not do). There is no way to sanction inappropriate posts, short of the Bar shutting the SFIG down.  No one, (that I know of), has a secret decoder ring to modify posts, once made, (other than Wayne Greer ... who possibly could change or delete posts ... but I can honestly not see him, or any Bar employee doing so).  The SFIG is self regulating, meaning, ANYONE can post suggestions for change, post complaints about posts, ask for restraint in posting, or, for that matter compose and post a "Nettiquette Haiku", etc. and if the members of the SFIG choose to adopt the suggestion, or follow the "Haiku" ... they will adopt the suggestion or abide by the "Haiku" ... or not. Changes are made by the evolution of suggestions and consensus built, over time, by folks adopting the suggestion.  This is a "family" of EQUALS:  an award winning, nationally renowned  "Listserve" BECAUSE it IS self regulating and governed by consen’’’’ˆģ sus. Given the realities of this Listserve, how could anyone view any attempt on my part, to suggest change, post the "Nettiquette Haiku", (a synopsis of suggestions which have gained consensus over time) or voice an opinion that a given post has "gone beyond the boundaries" be anything but a right I have, as an equal among equals, to post, as a member of this "family"? Makes no sense to me.  I know this to be an undeniable fact:  the SFIG will change over time as suggestions are adopted and people come and go. I pray the "character" ... the sense of "family", that this group has,  remains the same ... Solo and Small Firm lawyers sharing their lives, (even if some don't care about a "family" member's dog having puppies) ... or "family" members chipping in to help with a family reunion for one of it's members. Isn't that what makes this Listserve special?  I will think about these posts, as I hold the most wonderful partner a man can have ... and drift off to sleep.  Be and sleep well, knowing the best there is, is on watch, so you can .... and please, in your prayers/best wishes tonight, remember our men and women in uniform, (Please, Please, Please, God ... let them come home safe and soon). 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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