Karl H. Timmerman M.A.J.D. © 2004
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A MISSOURI LAWYER'S
FRIDAY NIGHT RAMBLINGS
Missouri Solo and Small Firm Internet Group
JANUARY 23, 2004
The "Ramblings" are a series of emails sent, for the most part, on Friday night, to the Missouri Solo and Small Firm Internet Group, ("the List"), listserve. "The List" is a "support" group, a virtual "family", comprised of Missouri Solo and Small Firm Lawyers. It is not affiliated with the Missouri Bar Association: "the List" is self governing and self moderating. Compiled here are the Ramblings for 2002 - 2003. They contain my random thoughts and observations on current events and my life as a Solo Lawyer. They are the Ramblings of a small town, (Holden, population 2,700), Missouri, country lawyer.
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Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of January 23, 2004. You know, on Tuesday, I listened to my President speak ... "State of the Union Address", I listened to the Democratic response. Neither has a clue. Why don't they? They did not address issues important to me: like, will SAM's have more low carb diet foods? New recipes for deviled eggs? Pushing a tax credit for losing weight? On the evening news on Wednesday, "... obesity is costing us $75 billion dollars a year: $175.00 for every tax payer in the United States" ...... to pay the medical expenses for those of us who are porkyboys. Absent a medical excuse, how about a $175.00 tax credit for getting your BMI to "overweight" from "obese" ...... a $1,000.00 tax credit if you get your BMI to "normal"? How about .... if you are more than 20 pounds overweight, you get hit with a value added "Fat Tax" ... an additional $175.00 per year .... or ..... if you are more than 30 pounds overweight, (without a medical excuse), you lose any right to medicare/medicaid coverage? No proposal to take care of tobacco/alcohol related health care costs, like requiring each smoker/drinker to present an ID card when purchasing, (at cost), tobacco products at the State run "Tobacco/Liquor Store", (course, to get the ID card, you have to waive all rights to medicare/medicaid). How about a call for personal responsibility and personal accountability? Instead, stuff about "preserving marriage". Sorry, my marriage doesn't need preserving .... <smiling> .... since I've dropped 29 pounds, I can run as fast as Susan ... hehehe .... does alot to preserve my marriage!! :) Wonder if same sex marriages, (unions), have the same failure rate as "traditional" marriages, (60%)? Most traditional marriages are based on "lust", (since most of us don't figure out the difference between "love" and "lust" until we hit our 40's): most same sex marriages are based on "love" and the "struggle" to have them recognized. Same sex marriages require a fight, a struggle to accomplish/perfect. Much more of a joint commitment. Why wouldn't they be more likely to be successful? And my personal favorite, "A government run health care system is the wrong prescription. By keeping costs under control, expanding access ... we will preserve the system of private medicine that makes America's health care the best in the world." My America's health care is the best in the world ... er ... for those that can afford it. Sadly, way too many can't. We spend more per capita for health care, than any other nation on this earth. So why does my America NOT have the lowest morality rate in the world? Think about it. 'Nuff said.
Diabetes kills an inch at a time. "Diabetes can cause serious health complications including heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, and lower-extremity amputations. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States." The first two leading causes of death for folks 45 -65? Cancer and Heart Disease. (The greatest risk factor for the number 2 killer, Heart Disease, of folks 45 -65, is being obese). There are two types of diabetes, Type 1, (juvenile onset: accounts for 10%) and Type II, (adult onset: accounts for 90%). Here in Missouri, there has been a 150% increase in the disease, diabetes, since 1994, (from 194 per 1,000 to 291 per thousand). The greatest increase is in folks 45 - 64. The greatest risk factor for the number 7 killer, Diabetes, of folks 45 -65, is being obese. So share with me .... WHY ARE YOU OVERWEIGHT!!!! If Mrs. Timmerman's little boy, (me), can go from 242 pounds to 213 pounds, from a size 48 "Portly" to a size 44 "Regular" .... so can you!!!! Go to "My Diet" webpage and print out the directions. It is a low carb, low fat way of eating. It is easy to follow because it has no strict rules. Need moral support, encouragement, tips, recipes .... help? Click "subscribe" and I will add you to a Listserve I set up today as a support group, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clarabell Hornblower and Captain Kangaroo, (Bob Keeshan), died today. I can remember watching the show. From 1955 until 1993, he taught our children as Captain Kangaroo, (with the help of Mr. Green Jeans, Hugh "Lumpy" Brannum, (he died on April 22, 1987)). With the help of Mr. Moose and Mr. Bunny Rabbit, as my dear friend David L, pointed out .... he taught us what it was to be a "good guy". I didn't know Bob Keeshan was a Marine in WW II, (enlisted just before his 18th birthday). Even so, from all reports, he was a "kind and gentle man". Seems, each day that goes by, we are reminded of the great contributions made by others: a guide on how to live a life worth living, while living ours. Just look around you. Perhaps the highest tribute that can be given .... is to be remembered as a "kind and gentle man". Certainly something to strive for because being "kind and gentle" would require inner peace and inner peace is only possible if you have learned to subdue your passions. From my experience, a "kind and gentle" person will have a greater positive impact on those around him/her than an "obnoxious and aggressive" person. Isn't that the basis for "playing nice" :) 'Nuff said.
Saw a disturbing video this week: the face of modern war, (it is graphic .... you may not wish to view it). Last week in Iraq, three persons were transporting RPG's, (Rocket Propelled Grenades). Three persons, at night, during a curfew, in a war zone, on a road where some of our men have been killed, (by roadside bombs and ambushed by folks with RPG's) ... this road is actively patrolled by Apache gunships, (with a 30mm chain gun). The Apache has a two man crew, no way to take prisoners. How much force is necessary? Suppose you kill two .... and wound one? Do you finish him off? I had mixed feelings watching the video: I have mixed feelings wondering what I would do. What would you do?
Sitting here watching the evening news and editing these Ramblings. Was 57 degrees here today ... geez, 57 degrees on January 23rd!! The weatherman is projecting "freezing rain" tomorrow night. hehehe ... typical Missouri weather. Better stock up on groceries. On the news, Rover, (our Mars probe), is trying to reboot: it's getting the "blue screen" of death, (didn't know Microsoft was involved in the project). <smiling> ....... course, if NASA had used Windows XP as the operating system, some hacker would be bringing Rover back to life, as we speak!! On the news: the 101st Airborne coming home in May, along with 123,000 of our men and women in uniform, to be replaced by 110,000 others. My little "Borg" is adjusting to her insulin pump, tweaking the dose levels and getting used to being hooked up ..... hehehe ... and those wondering, "Borg" can be quite "loving". More important, she can manage her blood sugar, much more effectively. I wonder how many others would benefit, could they afford one: "By keeping costs under control, expanding access ... we will preserve the system of private medicine that makes America's health care the best in the world." Yeah, right. By the Grace of God, we have the means to afford a "pump": far too many can't. All is well at Ft Timmerman tonight .... <taking a sip of BBB> .... the "Damn Yorkies", "Damn Cats" .... and Daisy are all at Susan's feet .... they love her as much as I do. She may pet them on the head, (hmmmm .... come to think of it ..... she does that to me too!) ..... but I will drift off to sleep, after saying a prayer, holding the most wonderful partner a man can have. A prayer for the safe return of our men and women in uniform, (Please, please, please, God ... let them all come home safe and soon!!), a prayer for our America, Susan and I .... and you. Prayer works. 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.
A Warm Brotherly Hug
Karl (the dumb ole country lawyer from Holden, Missouri).
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