Karl H. Timmerman M.A.J.D. 2004
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APRIL 2, 2004

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 - 2004. 
Archived Prior
In Memorium:
September 11, 2001
Greets and Huggers.  Posted the evening of April 2, 2004.  I have come home.  Had an insight on Wednesday ... after a conversation with my dear friend Gregg Larson and reading my dear friend Ernest Henning's post:  "Our perceptions certainly impact our lives more than the truth, because our actions are based upon our perceptions. . . we can only hope for a close proximity between the two ......" and while thinking about a post to the SFIG:  truth versus reality and perception/context.  I must be "learning challenged".  Didn't see what so many of you have seen all along:  the appointment of "committees" to improve/monitor the SFIG, the power of our Bar or the chairman of any committee, to make a change in this house,  is non existent.  In spite of my perception to the contrary, the truth is that this group, this "family" of lawyers, this SFIG, can not be, is not, subject to imposed regulations, except those, we, as individuals, on an individual basis, self impose. There is and remains no way to enforce any rules against an individual dissenting member.  There is no way to silence an individual dissenting voice.  There is no way to force participation in a forms bank. That is the underlying truth, that is the underlying reality:  "committees" don't matter.  What does matter, the truth, the reality, and now my perception is that some on the SFIG do not view themselves as "family" but there are those of us, the "old" members and the vast majority, who do.  It is time to get back to being and nurturing our sense of  "family", sharing our lives and views  and debate the issues of our time..   It is time to add new faces to the "SFIG Family Album", it is time for "the Ramblings" to return to their origins, it is time for the ad hoc "flower fund" to once again send flowers, (flowers were sent to Pat L and Lee M from the "SFIG Family").  It is time for me, Poppa Browning and the many who have chosen to remain silent or who have left, to return to this, "our house", our SFIG.  To return to the hallmark greeting between members of this group:  "A Warm Brotherly Hug".   'Nuff said.

Last Saturday evening, had a "Meet the Candidates" session, (I'm running for "City Council" in Holden  .... yes  ..... as a
Libertarian).  Representative David Pearce   was there, gave a nice speech about the importance of getting involved. A really nice guy, honorable man, I would vote for him, except .... for some reason, he bought into "Tort Deform", (although ... he did vote for "conceal carry").  He did share with me "tort deform" was a "party" issue ..... "conceal carry" was a "conscience" issue.  David, (again, a really good guy), is a Republican.  So share with me why not allowing a jury, twelve ordinary citizens, to  adequately and reasonably compensate the victims of medical malpractice, (which is in fact the basis, the core of "tort deform")  ....  is a "party issue" and "conceal carry" is a matter of "conscience"? We have a two party system, the "Republican Party" and the "Democratic Party".  Why is it that conservative Democrats sound just like conservative Republicans? Why is it liberal, (whatever that means) Republicans sound just like liberal Democrats? For some reason. they both spawn "worker bees", (volunteers  getting out and gathering others to vote).  Libertarians and "Greens" don't:  :  the "worker bees" ARE the candidates.

According to
ABC News, "Ecstasy", (MDNA), has joined marijuana, cocaine   and heroin  as one of the four most widely used illegal drugs in my America.  Concurrent with this news, CNN reported on the announcement by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, (MAPS), that MAPS will fund a 5 million dollar, 5-year Clinical Plan to make MDMA into a prescription medicine for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, (PTSD).  Interesting folks, MAPS:  "...  a membership-based non-profit research and educational organization. We assist scientists to design, fund, obtain approval for and report on studies into the risks and benefits of MDMA, psychedelic drugs and marijuana." "Ecstasy" is an interesting drug, you should not take it if you are on anti-depressants, (MAOIs).  It is a strong stimulant, increasing heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, dehydrates you and it also blocks erections.  Shouldn't use it in conjunction with Viagra, , if you have heart or kidney problems, high blood pressure and/or suffer from hypoglycemia.  Says alot about our current generation of recreational druggies doesn't it?  The druggies of my generation smoked dope, (some claim they didn't inhale), to "Make Love ... Not War", (some now pop Viagra and high blood pressure meds and can't remember what "is" means)  ....  this generation of druggies pop "ecstasy" to increase their heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature and block erections so they can "cuddle" ........  <shaking his head>  .....   boy .... are they in for a bummer old age, with only memories of "cuddling" to draw on!!

Had a former client call me this week and share that he and his partner had "married", (same sex).  They know it will not be recognized except by their friends.  For them, that is enough ... for now.   I wished them well, of course.  Was sitting here earlier thinking about their joy and listening to Paul Stooky's,(of
Peter, Paul and Mary) sing the "Wedding Song",

He is now to be among you at the calling of your hearts
Rest assured this troubador is acting on His part.
The union of your spirits, here, has caused Him to remain
For whenever two or more of you are gathered in His name
There is Love.  There is Love.

"Oh the marriage of your spirits here has caused Him to remain
For whenever two or more of you are gathered in His name
There is Love. There is Love."

Isn't "marriage" in it's purist form, the union of spirits?

Sitting here editing these Ramblings, sipping some BBB, and trying hard to get the mental image of  mutilated Americans on TV this week, out of my mind.  My heart goes out to their families, (even though they were "mercenaries" .... troops there for the money)  and I worry ....  I worry that as this war goes on and more repressive measures are needed and used by our men and women in uniform, our friends and neighbors in uniform, to protect themselves, the repressive measures may be seen as "baby killing",  resulting in our returning troops being called "baby killers".  I worry.  Why are so many of our men and women in uniform, in harms way, National Guard and Reserve troops.  President Reagan, re-armed my America  ....  what happened?  Could it be, that in the 90's, our elected representatives stood down our military, cost cutting, in order to provide more social programs?  Greater benefits?  More governmental "free" stuff?  Don't know.  But do know this .... watched some of our men and women in uniform come home safely to their families and civilian life,  this week.  Susan and I said a prayer of thanks .... then prayed for the safe return of the troops in harms way ...  while watching replacements ship out.  All is well at Ft. Timmerman:  Susan and the damn cats and damn Yorkies live here  :)   I pray all is well in the Fort you call home, a Fort because the best there is, is on duty guarding it.  Be and sleep well.  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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