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FEBRUARY 13, 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 - 2004.  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 February 13, 2004.  Some truths are so simple  .. they are easy to miss.  Daisy just sits at my feet ... every once in awhile, she will raise her head and look at me ... pleading for a simple touch, for a pat and a "good dog".  A simple stroke .... just a show of affirmation/affection. I forget she is a "person", with her own personality, a being, one of God's creations, her care entrusted to me. After all, she is just a dog.  Puppy Shark Life Lesson:  "It is the recognition and appreciation of the little things in life, the things you most take for granted, that make your life worth living." Think about it!! And while you are at it  ....  when was the last time ... you took a moment ... took your Lady/Man to the side and looked into her/his eyes ... and said "I love and appreciate you"?   There are those among us, who would do anything, anything, if they could just do so one more time.  Don't blow the opportunity.

The wearing of religious symbols has been
banned in all French schools  this week, (aimed at Muslim girls who wear  head scarfs called a hijab).  It will also outlaw the wearing of religious symbols like yarmulkes, veils and "large crosses".  Don't you just love the French? I know of no other people who need "culture police" to enforce their "culture".   So, how do you define a "religious symbol"  .... so you can ban it?  A google search yields 881,000 "hits". I think the French will be very busy for awhile.   As a practical matter, anything can be used as a religious symbol, (geez .... there's a bunch of them!!!). As an aside, researching these Ramblings, ran across the website for a Fundamentalist Christian Nudist Community  in Florida.  "As evidenced by Adam and Eve, we believe that when God's children are in a right relationship to Him they will be naked and unashamed and that through Jesus Christ's sacrifice we have been restored to a right relationship to God."  Due to circumcision  there are few male Jewish nudists, (does ... <shuddering> .... sunburn ring a bell?) .... found no links to Muslim Nudists or Hindu Nudists.   As for the French war on religious symbols in  their schools .... share with me any war the French have ever won. (BTW:  they exploded their first Atom Bomb 34 years ago today).

In the
last Ramblings, I shared with you my concern over Avian Flu A[H5N1].  There are now 27 confirmed human infections, with 20 being fatal, (that's a 74% kill rate).  Earlier this week, Delaware confirmed two cases of Avian Flu A [H7N2] and today, New Jersey confirmed 4 cases of A [H7N2].  In birds,  "Infection causes a wide spectrum of symptoms in birds, ranging from mild illness to a highly contagious and rapidly fatal disease resulting in severe epidemics. The latter is known as 'highly pathogenic avian influenza”. This form is characterized by sudden onset, severe illness, and rapid death, with a mortality that can approach 100%."  A [H7N2]  and A [H5N1] are classified by CDC as "highly pathogenic" because within 6 months to a year they mutate.  The first reported case of A [H5N1] was reported on December 12, 2003:   we are two months into this outbreak and it is still spreading.  Be worried.

Interesting "Associated Press" article in the Kansas City Star today:  "
Software firm battles "secret sin of Christians".  Seems 18% of the folks that call themselves born-again Christians visit Internet porn-sites.  Worse yet, 50% of responding pastors reported viewing pornography in the preceding year.  "Online pornography consumption is a growing concern among clergy. Almost one of every seven calls received on the Focus on the Family Pastoral Care Line is regarding Internet pornography. Some pastors are just dabbling, others are headed towards addiction, and some are crying for help as they try to break free from the addiction." Porn Addiction?  When did looking at "smut" change from being a "choice",  to being an "addiction"? Why is there such a trend to shift "personal responsibility",  blame the consequences of decisions and/or behaviors on some type of  psycho/medical disorder?  "NetAccountability", a Christian software firm has developed software, (sold 5,000 subscriptions @ $49.00 per year) that allows a spouse "to monitor the Web sites" visited by their partners.  (The company is also sponsoring billboards in Dallas, Texas with the message, "Her gift for Valentines?  Stop looking at Porn").    Does anyone believe spying on your spouse is a valid basis for a really good secure marital relationship?   ....  (any one remember "trust" and  "respect"  being the foundations of a successful marriage?)   (Scratching his head)  .......   Don't you wonder how many of those subscriptions were sold to the folks at that Christian Nudist Colony?   'Nuff said.

I discussed "same sex marriages" in the
June 27, 2003  and August 8, 2003 Ramblings. 'Nuff said.

Editing these Ramblings while sipping on some BBB.  I was commissioned to do a "formal" portrait of one of the retiring judges in Clay county today.  I love shooting "
portraits",  they are always a challenge.  Later this year, I will shoot the portraits of the Clay county Bar.  Digital photography is a passion for me.   hehehe .... nice that it more than pays for itself :)   Tomorrow is Valentines Day.  A day to stop and think about our significant others.  For me ... that is Susan.  She is my partner and lover.  She is my best friend.  She is my staunchest supporter and my greatest but most gentle critic. She is my world. No man could have a better person to share life with.  She is one of God's "tender mercies" to me.  Geez .... I love this woman!!!  I know some of our men and women in uniform will also celebrate Valentines Day way from the persons they most love.  My heart goes out to them:  I thank them and am grateful for their sacrifice. We have more casualties in Iraq. Most not mortal.  Some not physical.  Some who have witnessed war, have been de-humanized and trying to live/deal with that.  Some who have been called on to do things  they would never do. Kill, to preserve, what they thought at the time ... was life  .. and wasn't  ... killed innocents. That is the real face of war.  Tonight, curled up next to my Lady ... as I drift of to sleep, they will be in my prayers:  (Oh God ... please, please, please ... let them come home soon and safe)  .... as will my America, Susan and I ....  and you.  Be and sleep well ... knowing the best there is, is on watch, away from their loved ones, in harms way ....  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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