A MISSOURI LAWYER'S
FEBRUARY 10, 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 February 10, 2006.
Last Sunday, like most of you, I watched the SuperBowl half time show, (Susan
... actually watched the game) .... I watched the commercials, (damn ... the
Budweiser commercials were good!!! The FedEx commercial was good too ... the
others, were so - so, and some not worth the time to watch ... I guess Beer and
getting it delivered, rules) , and the Rolling
Stones ... I have this vision of SuperBowl 50, (ten years from now), ...
the Rolling Stones ... on walkers, Mick, again singing "Dummy Up",
(perhaps, somehow, even more fitting, then). <sigh> .... guess I'm old
enough to remember their better days. I have always known there are
"seasons" in life: Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter ... perhaps, there
is a 5th season: the "Rolling Stones". ... at least the
"Grateful Dead", Jerry Garcia,
walked off stage and checked into retirement gracefully, (once, Jerry passed, I
guess they recognized, there could NEVER be another Grateful
Dead.) ... I hope the "Stones" will walk off stage as well ....
before another embarrassing performance. There is a lesson to be learned. The
lesson is simple. Each and every one of us, has a moment in "the
light" ... a moment when the light of recognition shines on us, for some,
that light is bad ... an accounting, (ask the ENRON folks) ... and for others,
the light is a brief celebration/recognition of an achievement /worth, as a
human being. Then, when the light fades, we quietly return to the lime light,
savoring the memories. That too, is part of the "seasons" in a life.
As for the "SuperBowl". it doesn't matter, in spite of all the
hoopla, money spent, excitement ... it remains a game, (except for the players,
with their multi-million dollar contracts ... and the folks that create
Budweiser commercials :)
A Dear Lady Friend posted on the SFIG this week: " ... The young man is about to be discharged from the Marines and came to Joplin to look for a place to live near his kids and to make plans for his future. He came by my office and we talked about lots of things. I asked about Iraq, was it bad? "Yes. I have dreams", he said. He spoke as though he was disconnected from himself. Friendly, pleasant, lots of smiles that didn't reach his eyes. I doubt that this young man is the same boy who signed up for the service 4 years ago. He is diagnosed with PTSD, takes antidepressants, has a little anger problem, he says. My generation went to Viet Nam. My friends came back different, too. They, too, would only say, "It was bad." My friends still have bad dreams. My heart hurts for my new client. When he left my office, I hugged him and thanked him for what he had done. He just smiled slightly and said, "It's my job." I'm afraid he doesn't realize yet what his "job" has truly cost him." ... as a response, I posted ... <SIGH> .... I Thank YOU, my Dear Lady Friend, for thanking him. [You and I remember a time, when returning troops were not thanked ... quite to the contrary.] I close each Ramblings with a prayer for the safe, (and soon), return of our men and women in uniform, for a reason: coming "home" isn't just about physically returning to our America. He's not home yet ... and he knows and accepts it ... and also, that there is a cost for "doing his job", he knows and is learning how to accept that as well. He, like many of our men and women in uniform, after each "conflict", is working on the process of paying that price. He is a hero. 30 years from now, he will be honored, respected and envied, by those who question him now, (there will be those proudly marching in a Veterans Day Parade ... and those watching) . This, if nothing else, history teaches. Believe what you will about "this" war ... but know, the persons fighting it ARE heros ... and deserve our respect, admiration and assistance, returning to "civilian modalities". They will ... in spite of a lack of support by our government. It just takes time. Knowing what I know now, even with all the stuff I went through, were I young enough, I would enlist. The "he is much older than his years", is not necessarily a bad thing ... it is a "personal growth" thing. There are some lessons in life which can not be learned any other way and there is NO closeness, like between "brothers in arms". This has always been and remains, a "brotherhood" like no other. There is a different appreciation for life, after having come close to losing it ... or taking it.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Army issues 'rules' for wars of the heart . "They are the Pentagon's new "rules of engagement" -- the diamond ring kind. U.S. Army chaplains are trying to teach troops how to pick the right spouse, through a program called "How to Avoid Marrying a Jerk." The matchmaking advice comes as military family life is being stressed by two wars. Defense Department records show more than 56,000 in the Army -- active, National Guard and Reserve -- have divorced since the campaign in Afghanistan started in 2001. " Share with me, why our government feels a need to teach our troops, how to choose a "spouse"? How about they focus on providing services for deployed or returning troops and their families? Perhaps they should provide/write a "Military Marriage Maintenance Manual"? Perhaps they should stop under-funding the Veterans Administration? Under-funding benefits for the heros of our prior "conflicts", ("conflicts" because our Congress has not declared "War" since 1941). We have Korean and Vietnam Veterans in homeless shelters ... and we have Gulf War I veterans living in their cars. We have National Guard and Reservists, losing their cars and homes, because they could not make the payments, while deployed. We have wounded heros, pushed through rehabilitation, cut loose, before they are ready, before they can cope with their injuries, cope with civilian life. Instead of teaching "How to Avoid Marrying a Jerk" ... how about providing military families the services and resources necessary, to avoid these marriages failing?
HARRISBURG, Pa (AP) - Seizing property for religious school ruled unconstitutional. "A city agency violated the separation of church and state when it seized a woman's home to help a religious group build a private school in a blighted Philadelphia neighborhood, a state appeals court ruled Monday. In a 4-3 ruling, the Commonwealth Court said the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority should not have condemned Mary Smith's property in North Philadelphia in 2003 so that the Hope Partnership for Education could build a middle school. The court said the seizure by eminent domain ran afoul of a clause in the U.S. Constitution that keeps Congress from establishing religion or preventing its free exercise." Let's put this case into perspective. Your house is next to a Baptist Church. Your City Council believes your house is not on par with other houses in your neighborhood. It is "blighted" .... (Oh ... and most members of your City Council belong to this church). Your house is condemned, (never mind, that your family has owned this house, this land, for 4 generations, but because it is "blighted", you get 20 cents on the dollar, for what it is worth), the house is condemned and is demolished ... and awarded to the Church, (with tax credits), so the Church can build a Daycare Center, ( for Church members.) The State using "condemnation", for the benefit of private parties, is wrong. Even assuming a societal benefit, given, the greedy, evil side of human nature, the potential abuse of this process, is not worth the potential benefit. These "activist" judges, did their job ... and did it well.
Tehran Municipality (CNN) -- Paper to run 'Holocaust cartoons'. "An Iranian newspaper says it is going to hold a competition for cartoons on the Holocaust to test whether the West will apply the same principles of freedom of expression to the Nazi genocide against Jews as it did to the caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed." Interesting mindset ... equating cartoons about the murder of over 4 million people ... with caricatures/cartoons about Mohammed. Isn't irreverence, satire and poking fun a means many use to deal with and make light of the human condition? Over the years, I've heard my share of "Jesus Jokes", Some were pretty offensive, not funny to me ... but, I must admit, some made me chuckle. None made me want to attack embassies, boycott a nation or attack persons of a different religion.
"Jesus and Moses were strolling by the Red Sea, when Moses nudged Jesus and said, "Psst. Hey, Jesus, I've still got it." Moses turned towards the Red Sea and lifted his staff on high. The angels began to sing, the gentle sea breeze turned into a raging gale, and the waters of the Red Sea were parted. Moses lowered his arms and, with a smug grin on his face, turned back to face Jesus.
Jesus scoffed. "Moses, my boy," said the Messiah, "I have still got it." And with a flourish of his robes, Jesus stepped onto the waters of the Red Sea and began to stride across without so much as a ripple. But to Moses' amazement, halfway across the water, Jesus suddenly began to sink. He splashed into the water and began to choke and flounder as the waves tossed him around. Moses grumbled at Jesus' sillyness and parted the water once more. Moses helped Jesus back to shore, as the Saviour hacked up salt water.
When they had finally reached shore, Moses slapped a consoling hand on Jesus' shoulder and said, "Don't worry about it, Lord. Last time you tried it, you didn't have holes in your feet.""
Take a look around you. Look at what we, as a species, do to eachother, our environment and ourselves, (all the while, professing to be created in His Image). Don't you have to reach the conclusion, that God must have one hell of a sense of humor ... or ... wouldn't He be whispering to some pilgrim about building an Ark ... again? My point being, the God Jews worship, the God Muslims worship and the God Christians worship, are one in the same. Share with me ... how, while worshiping the same God, we can justify killing each other ... in His name? Over cartoons??? Share with me ... the human frailty/shortcoming that makes us follow "leaders" who encourage us to commit the most horrendous crimes, acts of unbelievable cruelty, against others ... also created in His image .... and to do so, in His name?
BBC NEWS -- 'God' faces name-change deadline. "A US man who signs himself "God" has been told to use his real name by 14 February - or lose his driving licence. Pennsylvania's Department of Transportation told Paul Sewell, 40, he must surrender his licence if he cannot provide proper identification ... Sewell, a bond enforcement agent, said he used the name as people often cried "Oh God" when he tracked them down. "Whenever I go to arrest somebody, they say, 'Oh, God, give me another chance. Oh, God, let me go. I'll turn myself in tomorrow'," Sewell said." I had a comment, but I must admit, it was not as good as Mr. Sewells'.
BBC NEWS -- Infertility link in iceman's DNA. "Oetzi, the prehistoric man frozen in a glacier for 5,300 years, could have been infertile, a new study suggests. Genetic research, published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, also confirms that his roots probably lie in Central Europe ... "One would have to investigate whether there was an awareness of male infertility in this ancient society; and if so, whether the lack of a family or clan could represent a kind of social weakness." Well, DUH! Of course infertility is a social weakness: would "Oetzi" have frozen to death on a glazier, if his children were out looking for him? I doubt very much, that a bunch of prehistoric men would have sat around and talked about their lack of fertility, (I don't see men doing that now!). I can however picture prehistoric women pointing and laughing. I doubt they even commented about their women ... they probably just hopped on any available, who were not a member of their immediate family. [Note: that does not apply to Arkansas prehistoric men.]. To the best of my knowledge, we haven't found any Viagra or Cialis ads on cave walls ... yet.
Avian Flu --- "Investigations revealed that no fewer than 200 birds have so far died in Lagos state markets in the last few days with the highest recorded only last Monday where about 70 birds were reported to have died in Ojuwoye market in Mushin area of the state ... The above comments strongly suggest that the H5N1 in northern Nigeria has spread to its southern coastal city of Lagos (see map). The spread to the coast would move H5N1 into the East Atlantic Flyway, which is used by migratory birds in Western Europe and North America. Infection of these birds with H5N1 would allow for migration to these new areas in the spring." H5N1 has now spread over the Far East, Near East, China, Eastern Europe and now Africa. (I shared in prior Ramblings, my belief H5N1 would hit our America during the 2006 spring flu season ... I still believe it will. I pray I am wrong). The only good news: we have developed the technology to create a recombinant vaccine, (effective against H5N1), within 30 days and manufacture a meaningful amount within an additional 60 - 90 days. "Recombinant vaccines are created by utilizing bacteria or yeast to produce large quantities of a single viral or bacterial protein. This protein is then purified and injected into the patient, and the patient's immune system makes antibodies to the disease agent's protein ... Advantages of the recombinant vaccine technology are that there is virtually no chance of the host becoming ill from the agent, since it is just a single protein, not the organism itself. " In prior Ramblings, I suggested you stock up on Tamiflu, (the only known anti-viral effective against H5N1) ... so how many of you did so? In prior Ramblings, I suggested you stock enough food, medicine and necessities for a 90 day quarantine. How many of you have done so. Please, if you haven't, do so NOW.
Sitting here sipping on some Cream Sherry, watching the evening news and editing these Ramblings. I read an article this morning, about the funeral of three fallen heros, which raised two issues, that have been tormenting me all day: "What are we doing as a people and a nation to deserve the service and sacrifice of such men and women? [The three servicemen who lost their lives.] We are entering our fifth year in a declared war against global terror, but our leaders ask no sacrifice of the 99 percent of Americans who are protected by the 1 percent. They and we leave the sacrifices to those like the three soldiers, and their widows, and their children." What ARE we doing as a people and a nation, that makes persons willing to lay down their lives for us and it? Share with me, can we really claim to be exporting democracy and our notions of freedom to other nations and cultures, while dismantling them here, at home? ... and ... as our President calls for budget cuts, while proposing a deficit spending budget .... WHY is he not asking us to sacrifice? We are a great people ... historically, we have been willing to step up to the bar and pay for our drinks. What would you be willing to do to ensure that our men and women in uniform, have viable VA benefits? That the widows/widowers and/or the children of our fallen men and women, have the financial resources they need, to make a new life ... after the loss of their husband, wife or mom or dad? Susan and I would be willing to sacrifice ... would you? Tonight, as I go to sleep, being able to hold the love of my life ... I will say a prayer of thanks for the privilege of doing so. I will also say a prayer 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, perhaps, while falling asleep, take a moment and think about what you/we as a people and nation can do, to deserve the sacrifices being made by our men and women in uniform. Freedom is not free ... there are folks making payments on our behalf, as you read this. Keep in mind, the best there is, is on watch, so you can think about these issues, safe in your bed. 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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