JANUARY 20, 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

  02-22-02  03-30-02  04-05-02
  04-21-02  04-27-02  05-01-02
  05-03-02  05-10-02  05-17-02
  05-31-02  06-21-02  06-26-02
  06-29-02  07-04-02  07-05-02
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  09-13-02  09-20-02  09-27-02
  10-04-02  10-11-02  10-18-02
  10-25-02  11-01-02  11-08-02
  11-15-02  11-22-02  11-29-02
  12-06-02  12-13-02  12-20-02

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  08-22-03  08-29-03  09-05-03
  09-12-03  09-19-03  09-26-03
  10-03-03  10-10-03  10-17-03
  10-24-03  10-31-03  11-07-03
  11-14-03  11-21-03  11-28-03
  12-05-03  12-12-03  12-19-03

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  09-03-04  09-10-04  09-17-04
  09-24-04  10-01-04  10-08-04
  10-15-04  10-22-04  10-29-04
  11-05-04  10-12-04  11-19-04
  11-26-04  12-03-04  12-10-04
  12-17-04  12-24-04  12-30-04
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  01-28-05  02-04-05  02-11-05
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  07-15-05  07-22-05  07-29-05
  08-05-05  08-12-05  08-19-05
  08-26-05  09-02-05  09-09-05
  09-16-05  09-23-05  09-30-05
  10-07-05  10-14-05  10-21-05
  10-28-05  11-04-05  11-11-05
  11-18-05  11-25-05  12-02-05
  12-09-05  12-16-05  12-23-05
  01-06-06  01-13-06  01-20-06
Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of January 20, 2006. So share with me why Bar Complaints should be immune from a libel/slander/defamation action, should they prove to be unwarranted? Filed in bad faith? Shouldn't we be able to recover the cost of defending them? If not ... why? Why can everyone else file a libel, slander or an "abuse of process" action or seek some other recourse ... but we can't? I understand the argument, that imposing liability might have a "chilling effect" on Bar complaints ... but why would imposing responsibility for malicious, unfounded complaints do so? Don't we beat ourselves up enough already? Do we really have that many more miscreants in our profession, than other professions have in theirs?

SAN JOSE, California (AP) -- Feds seek Google records in porn probe. " The Bush administration, seeking to revive an on-line pornography law struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court, has subpoenaed Google Inc. for details on what its users have been looking for through its popular search engine. Google has refused to comply with the subpoena, issued last year, for a broad range of material from its databases, including a request for 1 million random Web addresses and records of all Google searches from any one-week period, lawyers for the U.S. Justice Department said in papers filed Wednesday in federal court in San Jose." Our Justice Department can issue a blanket subpoena for "1 million random Web addresses and records of all Google searches from any one-week period"? Under what authority? Didn't our Supreme Court affirm an injunction, enjoining the enforcement of COPA, (Child Online Protection Act (COPA), 47 U.S. C. 231)? Obviously, I should have no problem with this .... we need to have our Department of Justice have unfettered power, to protect our children, don't we? The ends justify the means, don't they. Ultimately, if we have nothing to hide, we have nothing to fear. Right? Isn't that the argument? After all, the "Right to Privacy" is only a "penumbra right", (from a case, Griswold v Connecticut, which became the legal backbone of Roe v Wade), but not specifically contained in our Constitution? The brainchild of that wild activist Judge, "Wild Bill" a/k/a "The Lone Ranger", Justice William O. Douglas, (you know, the leading advocate of individual rights against the government, in the history of our Supreme Court, that staunch defender of the 1st Amendment and the most dissenting Judge in the history of our Supreme Court?) But those of us who have nothing to hide ... don't have anything to be worried about, do we? After all, the Department of Justice is charged with enforcing our laws, isn't it? But then, so is our President ... (who authorized illegal wiretaps). [Note ... would it surprise you to learn that WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Justice Department has issued a detailed legal justification for President Bush's decision to order the National Security Agency's controversial domestic surveillance program.] Today's Kansas City Star, (and CNN), reported that AOL and Yahoo cooperated ... and MSN declined to comment, but did issue a statement, that it cooperates with governments worldwide, (like helping China limit access to the Internet). Am I the only one who finds this administration's "the ends justify the means" attitude troubling? ... <scratching my head, while deleting "Penis Enlargement, cut rate OEM Software, and Nigerian Fraud, Spam> .... Share with me ... just what could/can our Department of Justice do with "1 million random Web addresses"? I can only conclude, some pilgrim at "Justice" is too damn lazy to do the research, to find their own smut.

BBC NEWS -- Iran on nuclear collision course. "There is a strange-looking building alongside the headquarters of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organisation, in its spacious compound in north-central Tehran ... But this is, in fact, the Tehran Nuclear Research Reactor - and there is nothing particularly secret about it ... The reactor was the first foundation-stone in Iran's nuclear programme. It was constructed back in the 1950s. By now, you have probably guessed who built it. That is right - the Americans. They even gave the Iranians some highly-enriched uranium to experiment with as well." .... and .... Der Spiegel -- Mullahs Up the Ante in Nuclear Poker. "European negotiations with Iran have reached a dead-end and the country's apparent pursuit of nuclear weapons may soon come before the UN Security Council. But what options does the West really have? Oil sanctions? Military strikes? Neither is very likely." WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Lawmakers stress gravity of nuclear standoff, push sanctions. "U.S. lawmakers say there must be major and immediate diplomatic action on Iran's nuclear activities, and that the option of military action cannot be taken off the table. "This is the most grave situation that we have faced since the end of the Cold War, absent the whole war on terror," Sen. John McCain told CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday "The Iranians showed their face when their president came to the U.N. and advocated the eradication of the state of Israel from the earth," said the Arizona Republican." Some believe Armageddon will be fought in the Near East. The final battle between good and evil. They may be right. [Footnote: TEHRAN, Iran (CNN) -- Iran 'moves financial holdings'. " Amid the threat of possible U.N. economic sanctions, Iran announced Friday it is transferring its foreign exchange accounts out of U.S. and European banks, according to the semi-official Fars news agency. Ibrahim Sheibani, the head of Iran's Central Bank, said the Islamic state will transfer all of its foreign accounts related to its oil income to Southeast Asian banks, according to the conservative news agency." Share with me ... wouldn't ineffective "sanctions", increase the likelihood of a preemptive military strike?]

BBC NEWS -- 'Four mothers' for Europe's Jews. "Almost half of Europe's Jews are descended from just four women who lived 1,000 years ago, a study says. Scientists studied the mitochondrial DNA - passed from mother to daughter - of 11,000 women of Ashkenazi Jewish origin living in 67 countries ... The four women are thought to have lived in the Middle East about 1,000 years ago but they may not have lived anywhere near each other, according to the study published in the American Journal of Human Genetics." Sure is good to know the origins of the first four "Jewish Mother" jokes, isn't it? Valuable knowledge, but hotly contested by "Creation Science" folks .... they believe we are all descended from just one woman. None the less, well worth the cost of collecting DNA samples from 11,000 women, living in 67 countries. Wonder how many "frequent flyer miles", the researchers earned, (and who paid for the research)?

BBC NEWS -- Italians clash on gay 'marriage'. "Thousands of gay rights activists have demonstrated in Rome in support of same-sex unions ... Same-sex civil unions - illegal in Italy - have become an important issue ahead of forthcoming general elections, while conservatives and Catholics are behind efforts to tighten the country's liberal abortion law". You know ... somehow I have a hard time picturing a "Gay" Italian, (Leonardo De Vinci and Michelangelo, not with standing). .... <shuddering> .... I have this vision of "Tramp" and "Lady, sucking down the same strand of spaghetti in "Lady and the Tramp", (ending with a kiss) ... call me a romantic, but in my minds eye, I just can not picture "Tramp" and "Butch" in the same position. But then, that's my sexual orientation.

BBC NEWS -- China map lays claim to Americas. "A map due to be unveiled in Beijing and London next week may lend weight to a theory a Chinese admiral discovered America before Christopher Columbus. The map, which shows North and South America, apparently states that it is a 1763 copy of another map made in 1418." Well, I guess the Chinese are laying a foundation for claiming the United States is a rogue province of China, (like Taiwan). <whispering> .... I wonder if Venezuela is in secret negations with China now ... to turn Mexico and Cuba over to China ... like Great Briton did with Hong Kong?

Al Jazeera -- Catholic fury boosts condom sales. "A family planning group has rattled the cages of some conservative Christians by selling condom-holder key fobs decorated with a detail from Michelangelo's Creation of Adam, but with God handing Adam a condom. The howls of condemnation have done wonders for sales. C J Doyle, of the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts, said: "It's an example of depraved morals and contempt for the sensibility of Catholics everywhere." This received greater press coverage than the American Anti-Flatulation Leagues protest about the graphic depicting Michelangelo's Creation of Adam ... but with God pointing at Adam .... and saying .... "Go ahead ... pull my finger.".

MAINICHI DAILY NEWS [This is a national Japanese Newspaper, with Dr. Kunio Kitamura being the head of the Japan Family Planning Association. He specializes in dealing with issues such as sex, birth control, abortion, puberty worries, sexually transmitted diseases, child-raising (he is a father of five), general gynecology and domestic violence ... can you picture this article in the Kansas City Star??] --- Helping women explore the 'myths' surrounding the female genitalia. "Am I playing with myself too much?" the 22-year-old female university student asked me shortly after complaining about her genitalia. "They're all wrinkly and black. I can't get in the nude, even when my boyfriend asks me to ... Women should take a mirror and have a close look at their genitalia. The first thing that stands out is an organ called the labia minor. This organ's shape or color have shocked countless women -- and men -- through the ages. The labia minor are wrinkly, and can often be black. The labia minor are not symmetrical and they can be thick, or thin." I am forwarding this article to the pilgrim at "Justice" who subpoenaed the records at Google. Should make an interesting read for him, this weekend.

Sitting here editing these Ramblings and checking links, while listening to the evening news. Once again, miners trapped ... in West Virginia, (while our elected representatives wring their hands and point fingers). Keep them in your thoughts, not our elected cretins ... but the minors and their families. In other news, talking heads, trying to justify warrantless searches and a Christian Science Journalist ... kidnapped in Iraq. Every decent soul is pleading for her release. The demand deadline has passed with no word from the kidnappers. My heart goes out to her family. A "special report" about "Google" ... still run by it's founders ... and sure looks like they and the company still have a "social conscience" ... sure evidenced by their stand for civil liberties, while good corporate citizens, like AOL, MSN and Yahoo ... crumpled like a piece of wet toilet paper. It makes me heart sick to see Corporate America focus on short term profits, by reducing worker benefits, long term research and exploiting 3rd world workers to "remain competitive" ... while our elected representatives look like they are on the payroll of these good Corporate Citizens ... they are for sale. As my Dear and much respected Friend Charles Mc noted ... you want a change ... run for office ... but if you can't ... vote! But most important, vote for your candidate by sending his/her campaign money. That's how you make a change!

Tonight, as I go to sleep holding the best partner a man can have, I will say a prayer of thanks for being able to do so, for you .... and for our men and women in uniform, (care to join me?) Please, Please, Please, God ... let them come home safe and soon! Be and sleep well, the best there is, is 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, (running for Judge), from Holden, Missouri)

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