Karl H. Timmerman M.A.J.D. 2004
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APRIL 9, 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. 
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In Memorium:
September 11, 2001
Greets and Huggers.  Posted the evening of  April 9, 2004.  Today is "Good Friday".  The beginning, of THE BEGINNING, for those of us who believe in the Christ.  Earlier this week, on Monday, our Jewish brothers and sisters celebrated "Passover", the "Seder", the fulfillment of God's promise: an exertion of God's power.  Thought it interesting that Peter Jennings, ABC News, had a 3 hour special,  on Monday evening, about "Jesus and Paul, the Word and the Witness", the spread of Christianity".  Didn't see any special coverage about Passover.  On Tuesday evening, my dear friend David Lurie and I read the Passover Haggadah together, (talking on the phone, I wanted to hear/learn the words in Hebrew while reading them on the Haggadah webpage).  The story, 3,000 years old, the message, 3,000 years old and every bit as relevant today: "The struggle for freedom, for the elusive rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of justice, is a constant one. In every age, some new freedom is won and established, adding to the advancement of human happiness and security. Yet each age creates more Pharaohs and more enslavements, requiring new liberations. The victory over the first Pharaoh in Egypt was but the beginning, a foreshadowing of all the emancipations that were to follow, and which will yet follow in the days to come. Mitzrayim means the narrow place--the place that squeezes the life out of a human soul and body. We are all still enslaved in Mitzrayim, because we are all still struggling to be free. We are duty bound to retell and expand upon the story of our Exodus from Mitzrayim to remind us to work for the time when all the Pharaohs of the world will be vanquished, when right will conquer might, when God alone will rule, and all peoples will enjoy peace and freedom"... ... <sigh> ...  moved me to tears.  3,000 years ago, folks like you and I, enshrined in a religious ritual, what you and I seek today and what our founding fathers sought to enshrine, "We hold these truths to be self evident, that all Men are created equal and endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights and that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."  What moved me to tears, was the realization that righteous people have been struggling for over 3,000 years, against those that oppress.  Seems strange to me, that quality of human nature, that divides us into those that are compelled to "give" and those that are compelled to "take".  An honorable person doesn't prey on his neighbors .... he prays FOR them.   "Prey" versus "Pray".  Think about it.

Watched the evening news all week ... so many battles raging in Iraq.   So many lives lost.  We are in a global war. Not against some Nation, another "super power", but against a religious belief structure. Here at home, against fundamentalist Christians bombing abortion clinics. In your heart, how can you justify that? Killing ... for what? Does a new life/soul really begin when two cells unite? If,  after two weeks, those cells spontaneously abort ... were they male or female?  Does that "soul" go to heaven or hell?  No question there is a separate "something" when these cells unite.  But is it "life"? Is it "viable"?  Isn't this a question of "faith/belief" ... not "fact".  Elsewhere, some folks have a "belief", (willing to strap explosives on their person, walk into a place, full of you's and I's, and blow themselves up ... taking you and I with them to gain access to paradise), that killing innocents is justifiable in the name of "Allah/God".  A familiar scenario in Israel, nutcases, strapping bombs on children. Modern warfare has changed, evolved,  sick as it is, from the killing of soldiers, combatants, to the killing of innocents. Trying to make sense of it. For those we fight against, the purpose for taking life, going to war, is not what we have fought against in the past, (except perhaps the "
Crusades" ).  This war is not about resources, not about productive realestate, not about oil, not about "stuff". Not about invade and conquer. It is about conversion. It is about religious subjugation ... it is about forcing you and I, (in the name of God/Allah), to convert to another's belief structure.  It is about religious leaders, in the name of God/Allah seeking power so they can "save our souls".  "Prey", not "Pray".  Horrifies me, that, this war is a religious war. A war we can not win without changing THEIR belief structure or killing THEM.  Where is the distinction, what is the difference, between us? 

Last week, in the Ramblings I wrote: "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." This week, after being fired upon from a Mosque, our troops ordered an airstrike on a wall surrounding the Mosque compound.  Guess they were tired of  watching their buddies get shot.  Someone on the SFIG posted: "is it just me, or is anyone else bothered by our country bombing a mosque?" Things are defined by their use. A fork becomes a fork, when it is used as a fork.  A "hospital" is a hospital when it is used as a hospital.  A storefront becomes a "church", when it is used as a "church".  When a church/mosque is used as a base camp for soldiers/militants trying to kill our men and women in uniform ... it becomes a base camp.  So ... to answer the question:  as an old soldier, (knowing what it feels like to do anything to protect and defend the guy standing next to you), why blow out a wall?   In my opinion, call in '52's and turn the whole place to dust.  Does that answer the question?  This is a religious war.  Religious leaders preying on their fellow human beings, calling on their followers to kill others in the name of God:  should they be allowed to use their "church" as a safe haven?  The war in Iraq has now turned into what our troops initially expected:  what they trained for.  Taking out remaining Sadam loyalists and eradicating (that means killing), Islamic extremists. 'Nuff said.

This week marked the opening of the
baseball season ...   <chuckling>  ...  so  .... Baseball is THE American pastime ....  an American sport ...  so .... share with me ... hehehe ...  how many Baseball players speak English as their native tongue??  :)

Sitting here watching the evening news, editing these Ramblings, our male Yorkie, "
Max", (Glutious Maximus Floor Pisserus) ... is laying at my feet ... <taking a sip of BBB> ...  a year after Sadam's statue fell, the offensive in Fallujah is on again and a convoy was attacked outside Baghdad airport:  2 of our troops are missing.  My dear friend Phillip Boyd wrote today:  "Let me tell you something as someone who served as a Marine in Desert Storm...armed conflict sucks.  It's scary, not glorious.  It's stressful, not fun.  And it sure as hell blows when there are bullets and bombs flying against you from your own side." True, only those who have never been to war, glorify war.  All the more reason to stand behind and support our men and women in uniform and recognize their sacrifice.  All is well at Ft Timmerman ... Susan, (my little Borg), is tweaking her insulin pump:  this week we found out her hemoglobin A1c, (long term blood sugar levels), is below 7. We will spend tomorrow working in the garden, (cleaning out Winter's trash).  Will plant cucumbers and tomatoes again. Tonight, as I drift off to sleep holding the best partner a man can have, I will pray that God watch over our men and women in uniform and you, Susan and I.  Be and sleep well ... the best there is, is on watch so you can.  If my post offends .... I apologize, that is not my intent.

A Warm Happy Easter Hug!
Karl (the dumb ole Libertarian Councilman and lawyer from Holden, Missouri)

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