MARCH 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 - 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. 


Archived Prior Ramblings

In Memoriam:
September 11, 2001

  02-22-02  03-30-02  04-05-02
  04-21-02  04-27-02  05-01-02
  05-03-02  05-10-02  05-17-02
  05-31-02  06-21-02  06-26-02
  06-29-02  07-04-02  07-05-02
  07-12-02  08-02-02  08-10-02
  08-21-02  08-23-02  08-30-02
  09-06-02  09-11-02  09-11-02F
  09-13-02  09-20-02  09-27-02
  10-04-02  10-11-02  10-18-02
  10-25-02  11-01-02  11-08-02
  11-15-02  11-22-02  11-29-02
  12-06-02  12-13-02  12-20-02

  01-03-03  01-10-03  01-10-03R
  01-17-03  01-24-03  01-31-03
  02-07-03  02-14-03  02-21-03
  02-28-03  03-07-03  03-14-03
  03-21-03  03-28-03  04-04-03
  04-11-03  04-18-03  04-25-03
  05-02-03  05-09-03  05-16-03
  05-23-03  05-30-03  06-06-03
  06-20-03  06-27-03  07-04-03
  07-11-03  07-18-03  07-25-03
  08-01-03  08-08-03  08-15-03
  08-22-03  08-29-03  09-05-03
  09-12-03  09-19-03  09-26-03
  10-03-03  10-10-03  10-17-03
  10-24-03  10-31-03  11-07-03
  11-14-03  11-21-03  11-28-03
  12-05-03  12-12-03  12-19-03

  01-02-04  01-09-04  01-16-04
  01-23-04  01-30-04  02-06-04
  02-13-04  02-20-04  02-27-04
  03-05-04  03-12-04  03-19-04
  03-29-04  04-02-04  04-09-04
  04-16-04  04-23-04  04-30-04
  05-07-04  05-14-04  05-21-04
  05-28-04  06-11-04  06-18-04
  06-25-04  07-09-04  07-16-04
  07-23-04  07-30-04  08-06-04
  08-13-04  08-20-04  08-27-04
  09-03-04  09-10-04  09-17-04
  09-24-04  10-01-04  10-08-04
  10-15-04  10-22-04  10-29-04
  11-05-04  10-12-04  11-19-04
  11-26-04  12-03-04  12-10-04
  12-17-04  12-24-04  12-30-04
  01-07-05  01-14-05  01-21-05
  01-28-05  02-04-05  02-11-05
  02-18-05  02-25-05  03-04-05
  03-11-05  03-18-05  03-25-05
  04-02-05  04-08-05  04-15-05
  04-22-05  04-29-05  05-06-05
  05-13-05  05-20-05  05-27-05
  06-03-05  06-12-05  06-17-05
  06-24-05  07-01-05  07-08-05
  07-15-05  07-22-05  07-29-05
  08-05-05  08-12-05  08-19-05
  08-26-05  09-02-05  09-09-05
  09-16-05  09-23-05  09-30-05
  10-07-05  10-14-05  10-21-05
  10-28-05  11-04-05  11-11-05
  11-18-05  11-25-05  12-02-05
  12-09-05  12-16-05  12-23-05
  01-06-06  01-13-06  01-20-06
  01-27-06  02-03-06  02-10-06
  02-17-06  02-24-06  03-03-06
Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of March 3, 2006. I'm new to "Politics". Not my element. An entirely different world/zeitgeist, for me. On Monday Night ... Susan, Roy Sturgis, (my campaign "Treasurer"), and I, attended "Lincoln Day" ... a gathering sponsored by our local Republican Party, to kick off the upcoming election campaigns. Do Democrats, Libertarians or other parties have a similar event? No doubt!  In all cases, some really nice folks getting together and "visiting" about furthering the "goals" of their respective party. All, quite sincere in the belief ... that THEIR party has the solution, to make our America a better place. They work hard, (these "worker bees" of our political system). to get "their" candidates elected to the Executive and Legislative branches, where their representatives can further the policy goals of their respective constituents. Had a chance to think about a judges' role in the process. Our Judicial Branch exists to enforce the contract you and I have with the elected components of our government ... a contract which limits what our elected representative may and may not do in our collective names, (keep in mind, the "Will of the People" consists of 51% of the 20% of Americans, who vote). This contract is called ... "The Constitution". A judge's constituents are not the persons who elect/appoint him/her ... but the laws of our land.   A judges most important constituent is the "Bill of Rights" contained in our Constitution. To do his/her job, a judge must be politically independent, not subject to the views or platforms of any party nor the shifting "Will of the People" ... a judge is subject to and serves "the law", it is not his nor her place, to make it.

And in other judicial news: SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (AP) -- Judge with 3 wives kicked off bench. "A small-town judge with three wives was ordered removed from the bench by the Utah Supreme Court on Friday. The court unanimously agreed with the findings of the state's Judicial Conduct Commission, which recommended the removal of Judge Walter Steed for violating the state's bigamy law. Steed has served for 25 years on the Justice Court in the polygamist community of Hildale in southern Utah, where he ruled on misdemeanor crimes such as drunken driving and domestic violence cases." .... hmmm ... I guess with 3 wives, he would sure have special insights on "domestic violence" issues, (like 3 wives beating the crap out of him). I must admit, I have to admire the guy. How do you keep 3 wives "happy"? Compared to males, Lady Persons are very high maintenance! Unlike males, you can't just park them on the couch, in front of the TV and throw them a beer and a bag of chips to keep them happy.

BBC NEWS -- Canada backs Sikh dagger rights. "Canadian Sikhs should be allowed to wear small daggers central to their faith when they go to school, the country's Supreme Court has ruled. In an 8-0 judgement, the court reversed the ruling of a Montreal school board, which banned Gurbaj Singh Multani from wearing his dagger, known as a kirpan. The kirpan is deemed sacred by Sikhs as a symbol of power and truth. School authorities banned the kirpan in 2001 after an objection by a parent concerned about pupil security." The Kirpan, " ... is the ceremonial dagger carried by Khalsa Sikhs, as a reminder to fight for justice and against oppression." In a related ruling, Canada's Supreme Court found in favor of a sixteen year old Palestinian kid who wanted to wear 2 pounds of C4 plastic explosive to school, to demonstrate his religious conviction. Share with me .... where is the line between sanity and insanity again?

Der Spiegel -- 'Our People Will Never Rest'. "Khaled Mashaal, the exiled political leader of Hamas, discusses the Palestinian people's right to resistance, the struggle against Israel, the future government and how it will shape its relations with Europe and the West.

SPIEGEL: Mr. Mashaal, you are the leader of a terrorist organization. Have you killed any Israelis yourself?

Mashaal: We are a national resistance movement, not a terrorist organization. We have the right to resist the occupation, and now we also have added legitimacy as a result of our election victory. This should serve as the basis for the way the western media treats Hamas. Hamas does not kill; instead, it resists an occupation. There is a difference between killing and resistance."

A difference between killing and resistance? Sending kids, loaded with explosives as suicide bombers to kill innocent civilians is a form of "resistance" and not "killing". Sort of like folks engaged in violent home invasions calling themselves "The Welcome Wagon", isn't it? Interesting mindset. .... <whispering> .... perhaps Mr. Mashaal should load up on Viagra ... I have a feeling he is about to meet 77 virgins.

BBC NEWS , Australia -- Frog 'key to mosquito repellents'. "A bottle-green Australian frog may hold the key to future mosquito repellents, a study says. A University of Adelaide team found the secretions of the dumpy tree frog are effective at warding off mosquitoes ... In the study, mice given the secretions from the dumpy tree frog remained bite-free for around 50 minutes compared to 12 minutes for an untreated group. However, mice given Deet, the chemical that is typically used in commercial mosquito repellents, were protected for up to two hours." Wow ... I can just picture little froggie ranches in the "out back" ... with "frogboys", scraping the secretions off frogs with little spatulas! .... all done to protect our mice from the Nile Virus. Give me a break ... Deet has been used as a cheap, safe, effective, mosquito repellent since 1946. If the Australian Government feels the need to fund obscure research, how about forming and funding a team to find an effective cure for "jock itch"?

Al Jazeera -- Kimchi to help ward off bird flu. "South Korean firm LG Electronics is to start marketing an air conditioner with a filter made using an enzyme from the pungent national dish kimchi that is aimed at protecting against the bird flu virus. Kimchi, typically made from pickled radish or cabbage packed with garlic, ginger and hot peppers, is renowned for its supposed health benefits - as well as its powerful odor." Kimchi is an acquired taste, (like pickled herring). Have you ever smelled Kimchi? I promise you, even if you love Kimchi, you would not want to be in a room, for any length of time, air conditioned by a unit using it!!

Sitting here editing these Ramblings, sipping on some Sherry and listening to the evening news. States in "No Child Left Behind" programs are cooking the books, (lowering their State test criteria to make it appear students are succeeding, when in fact, the scores are nowhere near Federal levels. Your tax dollars at work. Wonder why there is a 27% increase in "home schooling" since 1999?) President Bush is in Pakistan, urging Pakistan to take a more active role in the fight against terrorism. Pakistan is pushing for more 7-11 franchises. In other news, the Pentagon is releasing Guantanamo detainee's names: seems a Federal Judge ordered them to do so. Get a feel yet, why Marbury v. Madison is a landmark case, in the history of our America? (It recognized an independent Judicial Branch). And, (this was reported on the ABC evening news), that there is a resolution pending before our Missouri Legislature:

House Concurrent Resolution No. 13



Whereas, our forefathers of this great nation of the United States recognized a Christian God and used the principles afforded to us by Him as the founding principles of our nation; and

Whereas, as citizens of this great nation, we the majority also wish to exercise our constitutional right to acknowledge our Creator and give thanks for the many gifts provided by Him; and

Whereas, as elected officials we should protect the majority's right to express their religious beliefs while showing respect for those who object; and

Whereas, we wish to continue the wisdom imparted in the Constitution of the United States of America by the founding fathers; and

Whereas, we as elected officials recognize that a Greater Power exists above and beyond the institutions of mankind:

Now, therefore, be it resolved by the members of the House of Representatives of the Ninety-third General Assembly, Second Regular Session, the Senate concurring therein, that we stand with the majority of our constituents and exercise the common sense that voluntary prayer in public schools and religious displays on public property are not a coalition of church and state, but rather the justified recognition of the positive role that Christianity has played in this great nation of ours, the United States of America.

I thank you for taking the time to read these Ramblings. After being elected judge, I will not be able to write them. I will miss doing so. Tonight, I will curl myself around Susan and go to sleep holding the person I love more than life ... and say a prayer of thanks for being able to do so ... and I will also say a prayer for the safe and soon return of our men and women in uniform, (care to join me?) ... <whispering> .... Please, Please, Please, God ... let then come home safe and soon. Be and sleep well, the best there is, is on watch so you can. If this 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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Karl H. Timmerman M.A. J.D. 2006
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