MARCH 17, 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

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Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of March 17, 2006. We have a two party system, (although there are a bunch of "fringe" political parties). Picture the political spectrum as a bell shaped curve, with conservatives, (Republicans), on one side ... and liberals, (Democrats), on the other. Aren't the 5%'ers on each side, running our country? So where does that leave the remaining 90% of us? I wonder ... is there really that much of a difference between mainstream Republicans and mainstream Democrats? Don't mainstream Republicans hold some Democratic, (Liberal), beliefs and mainstream Democrats hold some Republican, (conservative), beliefs? Where is the dividing line. Don't 90% of us all want the same thing .... just have different perspectives on the best way to get there? I have always been politically independent, a Libertarian, Democrat or Republican, as a function of any given issue, (meaning, after looking at a candidate's position on the issues, their reputation for honesty and integrity, I vote for whom I think will best serve.) Isn't that the way it is supposed to work? So share with me ... when did that change? How did the 5%'ers gain power? Was it while we were silent, didn't vote, too busy just leading our lives, oblivious ... just too busy to give a damn and be counted? Do you really believe there is a viable excuse? THERE ISN'T! ... <ask the Germans surviving 1933 Germany> ... Look at your spouse, look at your babies/children ... and picture their world, 20 years from now, created by the 5%'ers making the decisions, now. Will they enjoy the "rights, privileges and immunities", the "civil liberties" we have now? Or did we give them up, in the name of "security"? I remain politically mainstream. My core values remain the same. I continue to believe organized labor remains vital to protect the interests of "working" folks. I continue to believe corporate America needs less governmental regulation to turn a profit for shareholders, (many of which, are working folks) ... while holding corporate rapists accountable. Out-sourcing ... remains a form of economic slavery: a means to make quick profits, for CEO's to report, to make shareholders happy ... but in the long term, a disaster. Who will have the funds to buy these out-sourced products when all the well paying jobs are gone? Perhaps not being a 5%'er, makes un-electable for any office ... but then I'm not smart enough to talk out of both sides of my mouth. Read my prior Ramblings (they are available on-line) ... they share what I believe and who I am ... <chuckling> ... so, would the 20 or 30 folks who read these Ramblings, (think about the issues raised), have the power to make a change? It's a start, isn't it?

BBC NEWS -- Quality test for Zimbabwe tampons. "Zimbabwe's government says sanitary towels donated during an international appeal must be quality tested before any duty exemption will be considered. The economic crisis has led to a desperate shortage of tampons and pads and many women cannot afford them ... With an 80% unemployment rate and a minimum monthly wage of $21, a packet of 10 sanitary towels costing $5 is beyond the reach of most Zimbabwean women ... "Women have resorted to using newspapers, tissue papers and those in rural areas are using leaves and the bark of trees," she said.." A quality test is necessary, when women are using "tissue paper", "newspaper", "leaves" and the "bark of trees"? Being male, I really have no clue but just how would a tampon fail a quality control test?

San Francisco --- Single moms unite around common sperm donor. " ... But here is a relatively new connection: a group of 11 sharp, educated and independent women brought together on the Internet by one man's sperm. Not one of them has met the donor -- his identity is kept secret by Fairfax Cryobank in Virginia. Known only as donor 401, he has fathered all of their children -- 11 so far, and Leann Mischel, 41, a Pennsylvania college professor, has a second child by way of his sperm on the way." I guess these children are half brothers and sisters ... so I guess it makes sense that they should get together and keep in touch. No to be indelicate .... but ... I'm curious: just how do they "harvest" the sperm? Is there a machine .... or is it done manually?

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Miss Deaf Texas struck by train, killed. "The reigning Miss Deaf Texas died after being struck by a train, officials said. Tara Rose McAvoy, 18, was walking Monday near railroad tracks when she was struck by a Union Pacific train, authorities said. A witness told Austin television station KTBC the train sounded its horn right up until the accident occurred. [update] "Deaf beauty contest winner Tara McAvoy was walking along the railroad tracks from her Austin, Texas, home to her mother's workplace, text-messaging family and friends, when a train struck her". Tragic. What was she thinking? Isn't a deaf person walking on railroad tracks, about the same as a blind person jogging on I 70?

PARIS, France (AP) -- Violent French protests: 300 held. "Police detained some 300 people around France after nationwide student marches against a new labor law turned violent, as street cleaners cleared away torched cars Friday and the government braced for more protests ... The students' anger focuses on a new form of job contract championed by Villepin that will allow employers to fire young workers within their first two years in a job without giving a reason." What a novel idea: an employer can fire you for any reason? Gasp!!! Der Spiegel reports: "Two weeks into the violent protests, the rage of French students shows no signs of subsiding. How angry are they? So angry that they're even carrying protest banners written in English in the anglophobic Republique. "Villepin: Give Up, in France You Are not the King!" and "We Shall Never Surrender!" Can you believe that" The French protesters are carrying protest banners written in English!!! This must be a major social uprising!!!   Next thing you know ... they'll start drinking beer!

New York --- Scientists sound off on bird flu. "One virologist has three months worth of food stockpiled and says it's only a matter of time before the virus mutates to humans Dr. Robert Webster, a virologist at New York's St Jude's Children's Hospital, is one of the few bird flu experts confident enough to answer the key question: Will the avian flu switch from a terrible hazard for the world's birds and become a real threat to humans ? He says it's "about even odds at this time for the virus to learn how to transmit human to human ... Webster says, "I personally believe it will happen and make personal preparations." Dr. Webster has stored three months of food and water at his home to prepare for an outbreak . He says, "Society just can't accept the idea that 50 percent of the population could die. And I think we have to face that possibility. I'm sorry if I'm making people a little frightened, but I feel it's my role." ... and .... BEERSHEBA, Israel (Reuters) -- Bird flu: 3 in Israel hospital. "Israel detected its first cases of H5N1 bird flu on Friday, saying the virus had killed thousands of turkeys and chicken on two farms, and hospitalized three people suspected of being infected." The Avian Flu is expanding, it WILL hit here ... hope you have your 90 day stash set up.

Sitting here editing the Ramblings, a little later than usual. Susan and I just got back from St Patricks, (we volunteered to help out at the annual St. Patricks Corn Beef and Cabbage Dinner). Watched complete families come together and was reminded of the Larson Family, Gregg, Mary and Chase, (put faces to your prayers ... I took their "Family Portrait" last summer, (posted with Gregg's permission.)) Once again our little virtual "Family" joined together to support one of our own, Gregg and his family. Are you beginning to understand why the SFIG is so important? Why it means so much to me? Tonight, Susan and I will hold each other and be thankful for our time together. There is only so much of it. We will join in prayer for Gregg and his family, you and our men and women in uniform, (care to join us?) .... Please, Please, Please, God ... let them come home safe and soon. Be and sleep well, many of our troops will not sleep well tonight because they are on watch. 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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Karl H. Timmerman M.A. J.D. 2006
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