FEBRUARY 3, 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. 


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In Memoriam:
September 11, 2001

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Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of February 3, 2006. Watched the "State of the Union" speech on Tuesday night. Bla, Bla, Bla ... the Democratic response was worse. Both made me "heartsick".  Sorry.  I sure didn't see/hear my views, my values, represented by either party.  Nor did I hear any solutions to the problems facing our America.  I have to admit, that I see very little difference between mainstream Democrats and mainstream Republicans. But, I also see horrendous, divisive, differences, at State and National levels, between the fringe elements of both parties. (I don't understand the rancor there, any more than I can understand the rancor between my brothers and sisters on the SFIG, when they "discuss" political issues.) These fringe elements are currently running our America. Sadly, doesn't that mean, mainstream America, you and I, remain unrepresented, disenfranchised? Did you vote in the last election? I want to be part of a society, dedicated to the simple freedoms contained in our Bill of Rights, including a strict line between "Church" and "State" ... I want to celebrate my right to privacy .... and I want my elected representatives to adhere to the simple premise, that NO PERSON IS ABOVE THE LAW! ... (including our President). Like the vast majority of mainstream Americans, I fully support social programs that emphasize, empower, paradigms for self help. Isn't there a difference between "compassion" and "enabling"? Before we open our wallets to help the "needy", perhaps that need should not have been self inflicted, (Dude, you had a choice ... you made it ... live with the consequences ... it is not societies obligation to rescue you from your stupidity). For the past 100 years, as a society, we have enacted legislation to protect/insure the stupid from themselves .... from the consequences of their poor choices. As a society, we subsidize the consequences of their bad choices. Don't we now label poor choices, an illness: the folks choosing to snort Meth are "sick", they are "addicted". When the drug ravages their body, (and it does), they can apply for and get Supplemental Security Income, ( SSI, even though they have not earned enough credit for Social Security Disability ... because they have been too busy snorting Meth).  Haven't you heard that folks who killed their neighbor did so, because they had a bad childhood, were socially deprived? All, somehow, seek to vindicate, excuse their behavior because we , as a society, failed them. We, as a society, are at fault. Share with me ... where is that line between "compassion" and "enabling", again? ... <smiling> ... aren't we, as a society, perhaps, interfering with "natural selection"? Aren't folks who make really stupid life choices, supposed to die off before they are able to breed? Take a look around. Today, it sure does not look like they do.

CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) -- Study busts pregnant and happy myth. "Pregnant women who stop taking antidepressants run a high risk of slipping back into depression, a study found, busting the myth that the surge of hormones during pregnancy keeps mothers-to-be happy and glowing." " Happy" and "Glowing"? Ok. Let's put that in perspective. You are on antidepressants .... because ... ? You then go off antidepressants and strap the equivalent of a bowling ball to your gut and walk around for 9 months ... looking forward to going into labor, (I have been told, it feels like passing a large kidney stone). For me, a male, the "Glowing" they would be referring to ... is the cold sweat I break out in ... just thinking about such an ordeal. [Footnote: when I read this paragraph to my father, earlier this evening ... he responded, "Women see things differently. Your mother said to tell you ... giving birth to you, your brother and sisters was well worth it!!!" ]

MIAMI, Florida (Reuters) -- Cell phone sex -- dial P for porn? "Cell-phone pornography is a fast-growing business that analysts expect will generate about $2 billion in global revenue by 2009 ... U.S. sales of erotica or porn distributed via cell phones were estimated at no more than about $30 million last year ... Leading American cellular carriers have been reluctant to jump onto the bandwagon, however, fearing a backlash from the conservatives and the religious right if they provide U.S. consumers easy access to hand-held X-rated theater.." So ... who is spending the other 1.7 billion on cell phone porn?    MAINICHI NEWS (Japan) -- Masturbation can be dangerous -- and I'm not pulling your leg, Dr. Kitamura says. "My (32-year-old) husband has so little interest in sex, you could say he doesn't care about it at all," a 30-year-old woman wrote to me. "But, he really loves masturbating. I'm not that keen on sex, myself, so in a way it's good, but I'm still worried." .... Sex among the Japanese, according to a global survey, ranks lowest in the world at just 45 occasions on average per year." The Japanese engage in the marital appurtenances only 3 - 4 times a month? How come there are so many Japanese? And , yes, there actually is such a survey! It is funded by the DUREX Corporation and was conducted in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004: and for the 2005 survey, "More than 317,000 people from 41 countries took part in the world’s largest ever survey on sexual attitudes and behavior. The research confirmed that Greece is officially the sexiest country with the Greeks having sex 138 times a year - well above the global average of 103. Croatia (134) and Serbia and Montenegro (128) come a close second and third." [United States is 113, or 9 -10 times a month]

BBC NEWS --- China is ushering in the Year of the Dog. "Until recently, few Chinese regarded the animals as pets and many viewed them just something to eat .... "I stood frozen to the spot as right in front of me a man used a wire noose to drag a dog howling and writhing from an overcrowded cage. In one swift movement he pulled out a huge knife and plunged it into the dog's chest. Blood spurted everywhere, including all over the other terrified dogs still crammed into the cage below. Next to me, entirely unperturbed, stood a respectable looking Chinese gentleman, merrily discussing with the dog butcher which bits of the animal tasted best."" When I first read this article, it filled me with rage ... and compassion for the terrified dogs, huddled in the corner of that cage. How incredibly cruel. A different culture .. and meat is meat, isn't it? Why is killing a dog to eat, different from killing a hog: both are intelligent animals, aren't they? I guess it just is. While in Hong Kong, (Der Spiegel) --- Heavy Petting in Hong Kong. "Cafes offering dogs and cats for guests to stroke are proving a hit in densely populated Hong Kong where people don't have enough room to keep their own pets and where the frenetic pace of everyday life leaves humans in dire need of creature comfort." Hong Kong is so densely populated, with apartments so small, there is no room to keep pets ... "Yeung comes from an old established Hong Kong family. Her parents were born here, her father was a bus driver until he took early retirement, she has two brothers, also grown up, but they all still live together in a two-bedroom, 56-square-meter apartment. Yeung says things are much better than they used to be. When she was a child, her family of five had 17 square meters of space to live in, then 30. "Now it's relatively wonderful," she says." I can not picture a family of five living in an apartment as small as 17 square meters ... that is less than 9 feet by 18 feet! Certainly explains the results in the DUREX Sex Survey, showing that the Chinese only have sex 78 times a year.

ROME, Italy (Reuters) -- Berlusconi: No sex until election. "Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is famous for his ambitious promises, but he is unlikely to be called to task if he breaks his latest pledge: not to have sex before the April 9 general election ... The twice-married Berlusconi, 69, prides himself on his physical fitness, and after a facelift and a hair transplant he looks younger now than he did when he swept to power in 2001." Nice to see politics are the same the world over: no politician can screw you until they get elected.

VIENNA (International Herald Tribune) -- Military may be linked to Iran nuclear project. "The International Atomic Energy Agency says it has evidence that suggests links between Iran's ostensibly peaceful nuclear program and its military work on high explosives and missiles. A four-page report from the agency refers to a secretive Iranian entity called the "Green Salt Project," which worked on uranium processing, high explosives and a missile warhead design. The combination suggests a "military-nuclear dimension," the report said, that if true would undercut Iran's claims that its nuclear program is solely aimed at producing electrical power." So, even being in possession of evidence that Iran is actively seeking, trying it's best to build a nuclear weapon, what does the IAEA do?   VIENNA, Austria (CNN) -- IAEA delays vote on reporting Iran. "The U.N.'s nuclear watchdog has delayed a vote on whether to report Iran to the U.N. Security Council over the Islamic state's atomic program."   ...   and   ....   BERLIN, Germany (AP) -- German spy charges 'on Iran arms'. "Federal prosecutors said Friday they have charged two Germans with spying and violating German export laws in a case media reports have said involves delivering weapons technology to Iran ... the technology was intended for Iran, to be used in its Shahab, or Shooting Star, medium-range missile program that can carry a nuclear warhead and reach Israel and various U.S. military bases in the region." Yup. Iran's nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, and I also have some really good land for sale in Florida and the check is in the mail.

Sitting here editing these Ramblings and checking links. On the evening news, over 1,200 Egyptian folks lost at sea while Muslims are on a rampage about some political cartoons published in Europe and 6 Southern Baptist Churches burned in Alabama. And ABC's " Person of the Week", "Maj. Michael Jason and his team from the 4th Infantry Division evacuated ABC News' Bob Woodruff and Doug Vogt from the danger zone just minutes after the roadside bombing in Iraq." To see the modesty, the "we were only doing our job" attitude of these warriors, made my heart swell with pride. These men and women in uniform, represent, mainstream America ... just quietly doing their job for God, Country and Family. Isn't that attitude ... the quiet, just rolling up your sleeves and getting the job done, what makes our America, our America. Contrast that with the self serving, arrogant attitude displayed by some of our elected representatives ... I know these wastes of skin NEED Susan and I's prayers more than our men and women in uniform ... my shortcoming, no doubt, but it sure feels better to pray for our hero's ... than our embarrassments.

Tonight, as I go to sleep, I will thank God for His greatest gift to me, (as I always do) ... my Susan, I will also pray that our elected representatives be granted humility and wisdom ... and I will say a prayer dear to my heart ... a prayer for the safe return of our men and women in uniform, (true hero's), ... care to join me? <whispering> .... 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, (and that sure as hell isn't our elected representatives!! They are too busy carving out their little political fiefdoms.) 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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