MARCH 31, 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 31, 2006. Wasn't there a time, when every person carried a knife/sword/gun for personal protection or to kill their evening meal? A time when persons could not rely on the "State/Police" to protect them nor the availability of a meat department at their local Hyvee? So, when the 2nd Amendment was incorporated into our Constitution, were the Founding Fathers thinking about armed militias ... or folks retaining the right to be armed, in order to band together and revolt against tyranny, (remember the 1st Amendment: "the right of the people peaceably to assemble"), or protect themselves or kill their evening meal? Not a political observation, as much as a practical one. "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.", 2nd Amendment. So how many armories did the States maintain then? Weren't the militias comprised of individual "citizen soldiers", who owned and brought their weapons with them, for muster? I see no arguments about a citizen's right to own a weapon, be it knife, sword or firearm. Isn't the argument about "regulating" where and under what circumstances, a weapon may be carried? Missouri and Kansas finally have "concealed carry", after how many votes? how many battles? and how much money spent, fighting for or against it? The net result? Millions spent for a very, very small number of Missouri citizens, (and if Kansans follow suit), a very small number of Kansans, will have the LEGAL option, the right, to carry a concealed weapon. Never mind that criminals "concealed carried" all along. Contrary to the predictions, there was no rush to arm. There were no gun battles in the streets of St Louis or Kansas City and from what I could find ... there was no increase in violent crime, nor was there a significant decrease. So share with me ... were the million spent worth it?

On another note, "militias"? ... Was it really in the Founding Father's minds to have National Guard Troops federalized, to serve outside the continental United States? in Afghanistan? ... or Iraq? Did a mediation on Tuesday ... Dad was/remains a Missouri National Guard, MP, (Military Police), just returned from a tour of duty, in Baghdad. He opined how inadequately he was trained for this duty, compared to the regular army folks he served with. He also opined ... he is well trained NOW, (he learned alot on his first deployment ... on the job training ... most important, he made it home). He shared, he will be deployed again, in a few months. We compared notes about military service in the late 60's and now ... and I thanked him, for serving our America ... he seemed embarrassed that I was thanking him. In my mind, he is a hero ... perhaps, the old vets are his. The fact remains, we have citizen solderers in the field ... under trained and using "regular" army castoff equipment. They are deployed on the front lines, doing a job our "regular" military , should be doing ... they are forced, back door draftees, drafted to fulfill this need ... because our Federal Government did not/has not, allocated the necessary Federal military resources to fulfill our America's commitments/obligations using our standing military. A political decision, made by 5%'ers in order to stay in power. Have you considered that it is manifestly unfair to have so many backdoor draftees, bare the brunt, make the sacrifices of this "war on terror", while the rest of us sacrifice nothing? There needs to be a change. We need to make it. Not a Republican issue ... nor a Democrat issue. This is a 90%'er issue. As an example, Johnson County, Missouri has 48,000 citizens ... a little over 3,500 voted in the last primary. Got news: folks of a common mind, with a common goal, organized for the candidate pushing their agenda, at the primary level, (consider that it only took 1,700 votes to carry that agenda). The net result? You and I, in October, a week or so before the general election, finally taking the time to look at the candidates ... and wondering why we have to chose between the lessor of two evils.

WASHINGTON Army Bans the Use of Privately Purchased Body Armor. "Soldiers will no longer be allowed to wear body armor that was not issued by the military, Army officials said Thursday. The order was prompted by concern that soldiers or their families were buying inadequate or untested armor from private companies, including the Dragon Skin gear made by Fresno-based Pinnacle Armor Inc., the Army officials said. "We're very concerned that people are spending their hard-earned money on something that doesn't provide the level of protection that the Army requires people to wear. So they're, frankly, wasting their money on substandard stuff," said Col. Thomas Spoehr, director of materiel for the Army." Doesn't that beg the question ... why would any of our troops buy body armor ... if they had sufficient army supplied body armor to wear? I wonder if Col. Spoehr, sitting in his office at the Pentagon, is familiar with .... "The Peter Principal"? I'm certainly no expert on body armor, but the Dragon Skin armor system seems pretty effective to me. It's stats are impressive, when mobility is an absolute necessity. So why this: Army Orders Soldiers to Shed Dragon Skin or Lose SGLI Death Benefits. "Two deploying soldiers and a concerned mother reported Friday afternoon that the U.S. Army appears to be singling out soldiers who have purchased Pinnacle's Dragon Skin Body Armor for special treatment. The soldiers, who are currently staging for combat operations from a secret location, reported that their commander told them if they were wearing Pinnacle Dragon Skin and were killed their beneficiaries might not receive the death benefits from their $400,000 SGLI life insurance policies." Perhaps an example of what is want to happen when "desk jockeys", (whose only risk is getting hemorrhoids from sitting behind their respective desks), get to make decisions for those in harms way. The only difference between civilian bureaucrats and military bureaucrats remains ... lives are more likely to be lost by the latter. 'Nuff said.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- 'Let the prisoners pick the fruits'. "House conservatives criticized President Bush, accused the Senate of fouling the air, said prisoners rather than illegal farm workers should pick America's crops and denounced the use of Mexican flags by protesters Thursday in a vehement attack on legislation to liberalize U.S. immigration laws. "I say let the prisoners pick the fruits," said Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of California, one of more than a dozen Republicans who took turns condemning a Senate bill that offers an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants an opportunity for citizenship." Well, I suppose, if being an illegal alien is criminalized, (as proposed), the large corporate farms in California will have free labor ... instead of having to pay undocumented workers. I don't have an answer. Should we grant citizenship to folks who brake into our America? Of course not. Criminalizing the break in is not an answer either, (where would you incarcerate 11 million people?). There has to be a middle ground ... perhaps a "guest worker" card is the answer ... perhaps not. Makes you wonder though, doesn't it ... if our America is such a horrible Nation/place ... why are all these folks willing to risk their lives to get here?

Kosugi, Japan -- Accident insurance covers fetuses. "The Supreme Court ruled that fetuses are covered under a voluntary car insurance policy, upholding an order for an insurer to pay for an unborn baby's injuries caused by a traffic accident. The ruling Tuesday concluded that a fetus is a member of the family and entitled to coverage under the policy. Thus, the top court upheld a lower court's order for Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co. to pay about 140 million yen to the parents of the baby." Well ... I'm curious: if a fetus is a member of the family ... a person .... how do you get them out of the room, when you and your Lady wish to engage in the marital appurtenances? <whispering> .... or, are you .... <ewwwwwww .... you pervert!!!> ... doing "it" in front of your child(ren)?

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Oxygen-starved fish looking for ladies. "Scientists call the growing oxygen-starved patches of world waterways "dead zones." That also could describe the not-so-swinging mating scene for some of the fish that live there ... When oxygen is reduced, newly born male zebrafish outnumber females 3-to-1, and the precious few females have testosterone levels about twice as high as normal, ... Having too many males "is not a good strategy for survival," said Alan Lewitus, who manages the dead zone program for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration." From a male standpoint, nor is having a female with twice the normal levels of testosterone! The researchers also noted increased levels of homophobia in zebrafish ... (as an after thought, perhaps decreased oxygen levels to the brain, could also explain the "Rev. Phelps Effect").

BRUSSELS, Belgium (Reuters) -- Chirac defends linguistic walkout. "President Jacques Chirac said on Friday he had been so shocked to hear a fellow Frenchman speak English at a European Union summit the previous day that he had felt compelled to leave the room ... Chirac, flanked by his foreign and finance ministers, quit the summit chamber on Thursday when Ernest-Antoine Seilliere, head of a European business lobby, switched from French to English during a speech to EU leaders ... English, French and German are the working languages of the 25-nation bloc, which has no single official language. All 20 languages of the member states are used at summits, ministerial meetings and in the European Parliament." Perhaps, this is why the protestors in France are carrying signs ... printed in English. Obviously, they hope Mr. Chirac will just walk out? I can understand their concerns: if I was in danger of loosing a 35 hour work week, was guaranteed 5 weeks of vacation each year, recieve health care at no cost and were almost impossible to get rid of as an employee ... if I thought it would help, I would be carrying protest signs in ... <shudder> .... French!

BBC NEWS -- Canada seal cull gets under way. "Canada's annual seal hunt has begun, amid international appeals for an end to the controversial cull. Up to 325,000 young harp seal pups could be killed in the coming weeks." So share with me ... is this killing necessary to sustain life ... the rule most hunters operate under? You kill ... and eat the prey ... or is it to allow some person to wear a skin that "looks nice". Leather is a by-product from a domesticated animal, harvested for meat. Personally, I find it offensive to kill, so you can hang what you have killed, on your wall, (I have no problem making a "trophy" out of something you can not eat: like horns or hoofs). From there, on the issues of how food animals are killed or raised, honorable people can differ. For example: Veal, "Generally used to describe the meat from a young calf from one to three months old whose delicately textured flesh is firm and creamy white with a pale grayish-pink tinge. Veal calves are not allowed to eat grains or grasses (as this causes their flesh to darken), and their movements are restricted throughout their short lives. Veal is often cooked in a way that compensates for its lack of natural fat, otherwise it is easy to overcook and dry out." ... two ... different ... views. I don't eat veal.

LONDON, England --- Mice cells mimic embryonic stem cells. "German scientists said on Friday they had isolated sperm-producing stem cells that have similar properties to embryonic stem cells from adult mice. If the same type of cells in humans show similar qualities the researchers believe they could be used in stem cell research which would remove the ethical dilemma associated with stem cells derived from human embryos ... "These isolated spermatogonial stem cells respond to culture conditions and acquire embryonic stem cell properties," Interesting research, but not a viable solution to the "stem cell" dilemma ... . frankly, it just takes too long to harvest enough mouse sperm, (not to mention, having to train someone to do so ... although, I imagine, there is an 11 million person pool of undocumented workers who would be willing to give it a try, to remain here, in our America).

Sitting here editing these Ramblings, sipping on some "Port" and watching the evening news. We had severe thunderstorms last night ... did some damage in Sedalia. This morning, when I went out to get the paper, I noticed that the storm had ripped down the American Flag, from the pole in front of Holden's Library, (right behind Ft Timmerman). It lay, this crumpled bunch of red, white and blue cloth, on the grass. I noticed several cars drive by ... no one stopped. I thought to myself ... this is the flag that proudly waves above the temporary homes of our men and women in uniform, around the world, wherever they are deployed ... it is the symbol of the price paid for freedom ... and remains, a symbol, of what they are willing to pay. I went back inside and called our Police Chief ... I could not properly fold a flag, with the honor it deserves, this size, by myself. He was there in a matter of minutes, (the Police Station is right around the corner) .... together, we folded the flag ... with respect., (Susan took the picture.) For some, it is just a piece of brightly colored cloth ... for Susan, our Police Chief, (a retired Marine) and I ... it is a piece of cloth, that contains within it's 7 red strips, (red, for hardiness and valor), 6 white stripes, (white, for purity and innocence) and its blue border, (signifying vigilance, perseverance & justice.) and 50 stars, (for the 50 States) ... a reminder of the sacrifices made by generations of Americans ... sacrifices that will allow you and I, this evening, to hold the persons we live for and pray to the God we worship, (or not), in a manner we want, without fear. As I do at the close of each Ramblings, may I invite you to send a prayer/good wishes, for the safe return of our men and women in uniform? <whispering> .... Please, Please, Please, God ... let them come home safe and soon! Be and sleep well, perhaps, next time you pass our Flag, take a moment and think about, (and in your heart thank, those who keep it flying). 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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