A MISSOURI LAWYER'S
FEBRUARY 11, 2005
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Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of February
11, 2005. In Great Britain this week, permission
was granted for, "Professor Ian
Wilmut of the Roslin Institute
in Edinburgh and a team from King's
College, London ... to clone embryos to study motor neuron disease."
by Britain's "Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority" (HFEA).
While here, in our America: "In an
opinion issued Friday, Cook County Judge Jeffrey Lawrence said "a
pre-embryo is a 'human being' ... whether or not it is implanted in its
mother's womb." He said the couple is as entitled to seek
compensation [in a wrongful death action] as any parents whose
child has been killed." And here in Missouri, in Jefferson City,
our enlightened ones: "Rep. Jim
Lembke, R-Mehlville, and Sen. Matt
Bartle, R-Lee's Summit, are seeking co-sponsors
for bills that would criminalize a form of stem cell research. They say it
is an unethical and immoral form of human cloning." In
California: "Moving fast on an initiative that
approved on Nov. 2, the 27-member committee aims to encourage research
into controversial stem cell techniques to explore potential cures for 700
diseases and debilitating conditions. These include spinal cord injuries,
diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and Lou Gehrig's
disease." I ask again: where do you think embryonic
stem cells come from? They are harvested from in
vitro fertilized embryos discarded by fertility
clinics, (with the consent of the egg and sperm donors ... generally
after a successful embryonic implant and the resultant birth of a child).
What hypocrisy to rally against abortion clinics and embryonic stem cell
research while remaining SILENT about the practice of good, God
fearing couples, contributing eggs and sperm for in vitro
fertilization ... so they can have a child created in their image,
(instead of adopting one of the many unwanted, unloved children, whose
mother elected not to have an abortion). Share with me: where
is the moral outrage when these in vitro fertilized embryos are
discarded? ... share with me ... why does
"discarded" or "harvested" sound so much better than
"killed"? .... <whispering> ... so
... just what is the difference between an in vitro fertilized
embryo and one naturally fertilized? Why is it Ok to kill one but
not the other?
In science news this week: "Worms squirming on a fishhook feel no pain -- nor do lobsters and crabs cooked in boiling water, a scientific study funded by the Norwegian government has found." Apparently the Norwegian government was revamping it's animal protection laws and was considering banning the use of earthworms as bait. The author of the study, Professor Wenche Farstad, noted: "it seems to be only reflex curling when put on the hook ... They might sense something, but it is not painful and does not compromise their well-being." So ... being impaled on a hook does not compromise their well-being? Kind of makes you wonder how Norwegians operationally define "well-being", doesn't it?
In other science news: "Israeli scientists have developed a test that can objectively determine the level of a person's sexual desire. In the past, sex researchers have relied mostly on questionnaires and interviews to find out the extent of a person's sexual interest and attraction. The new test, on the other hand, records people's brain waves as the subjects are exposed to erotic video clips, with brain wave response indicating level of sexual interest." Who said life on a kibbutz is boring? It is my understanding the Boy Scouts of America and the Vatican have expressed an interest in it's potential .... <whispering> ... so did certain Christian Fundamentalist Groups ... but only to weed out Cartoonophiliacs. "Creation Science" folks have blown it off as being just more junk science, (like Relativity and Thermodynamics, et. al.). And Phill Kline, Kansas's Attorney General .... er .... well .... had no comment: he is too busy advocating putting stickers in science books used in Kansas, warning that "evolution is a theory not fact". You know, just like the one a Federal Judge in Atlanta, Georgia, held unconstitutional on January 14, 2005. Kind of confirms what I have suspected for some time: the chief law enforcement officer for the State of Kansas .... was voted into office by "the [mental] little people". (Wonder if he is familiar with Federal Preemption).
Good news for humanity this week: North Korea announced it had nuclear weapons. Kim Jong Il, North Korea's "peerless leader", has served his country well, (2.5 million of his faithful subjects died of starvation between 1995 and 1999, only Mao and Stalin did a better job: Sadam didn't even come close), while he has amassed some funds in his 401K, (an estimated 4 billion dollars, Sadam did better in this department). There is a strong incentive for N. Korean folks not to protest mandatory military service: like the "peerless leader", folks in the military, unlike the general population, get to eat on a regular basis. North Korea has an annual 5.2 billion dollar military budget: quite remarkable when you consider it's annual per capita GDP is $1,300.00. North Korea has also developed the Taepodong, a missile with a range of up to 4,971 miles, (bet the folks on the west coast feel really good about that), capable of delivering chemical and biological weapons, (and I suppose, now, nuclear weapons). Does the phrase "Nuclear Blackmail" mean anything to you? Didn't North Korea try the same thing in 1993? Didn't then President Clinton, try to buy them off .... succumb to the blackmail? (Click HERE for an analysis of the payoff). So, how do you deal with it? Well ... how about nothing? How about we pull our troops out of South Korea, like the current generation of South Koreans want us to do, (although ... their parents remember). No more free food .... no more free oil ... no more US foreign aid. Track all outbound shipments, (their merchant marine consists of 205 vessels) and confiscate any contraband. Signal that ANY attack on ANY neighbor, (other than the Chinese ... they can take care of themselves) ... will result in converting North Korea into a slightly radioactive, (after a view years), parking lot for South Korea. Course, we won't do that, (we are busy in other places): we will wait, with the Europeans, for the UN to come up with a solution. [As an aside, we better stockpile Kia and Hyundai parts, just in case ... sooner or later ... it will come to a head.]
Another of our greats passed away today: Arthur Miller. His most famous work: the 1949's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "Death of a Salesman". A man of courage and principle: he refused to cooperate with the House Committee on Un-American Activities during the McCarthy era, (and 1953 wrote "The Crucible," a play about the Salem witch trials ... a thinly veiled view of his experiences with the committee). A 1956 marriage to movie star Marilyn Monroe ended in divorce 5 years later. In 1962 he married Inge Morath, (a gifted photographer); they were together for 40 years, until her death in 2002. When asked about his writing in a 1996 interview, he replied: "It is what I do ... It is my art. I am better at it than I ever was. And I will do it as long as I can. When you reach a certain age you can slough off what is unnecessary and concentrate on what is?" Perhaps a lesson worth noting: "slough off the unnecessary stuff as soon as you can ... so you CAN concentrate on what is".
Sitting here editing these Ramblings after looking Inge Morath's work, (check out her work at the above "photographer" link: what a gifted photog!!). Karl Dickhaus shared that 32 of you send a check, ($700.00 total), to help defray the travel costs of the soldier he represented pro bono: Thank you!!! But another $1,300.00 is needed. For those of you who haven't chimed in with a contribution: care to send a $25.00 check to Karl D and support one of our men in uniform? Susan got her blood work back this week: the insulin pump is a God send!! Her Hemoglobin A1C is 6% :) !!! On the evening news: Iran and North Korea and nuclear weapons. Everyone is nervous. They should be. So who worries you more: a dwarf nut case in North Korea or Fundamentalist Islamic Nut cases in Iran? Other news, UN peace keepers sexually abusing the folks they have been sworn to protect. Trading food for sex. In a part of the world where 1 in 5 folks have AIDs ... the UN is obviously not sending the best and brightest. One of the peacekeepers was French: he took photographs ... like I said ... not the best and the brightest, (he is being prosecuted :) And, Microsoft and Pfizer have joined forces to fight online SPAM, peddling fake Viagra ... <smiling> ... this news could be a separate Ramblings ... think of the innuendos :) !! All is well at Ft Timmerman: I thank God for Susan's good bloodwork. My daughter and I are chatting, I am slowly becoming a part of her life, (she is such a delightful person .... and I say that not because this apple didn't fall far from the tree!!). Hold the person you love very close tonight: you are not guaranteed a tomorrow together, "slough off the unnecessary stuff as soon as you can ... so you CAN concentrate on what is" .... and .... would you join me in a prayer/sending of good wishes, for our men and women in uniform ... <whispering> .... Please, Please, Please, God .... let them come home safe and soon. Be and sleep well knowing 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 from Holden, Missouri)
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