APRIL 14, 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
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  10-25-02  11-01-02  11-08-02
  11-15-02  11-22-02  11-29-02
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  11-14-03  11-21-03  11-28-03
  12-05-03  12-12-03  12-19-03

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  09-24-04  10-01-04  10-08-04
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  11-05-04  10-12-04  11-19-04
  11-26-04  12-03-04  12-10-04
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  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
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  02-17-06  02-24-06  03-03-06
  03-10-06  03-17-06  03-24-06
  03-31-06  04-07-06  04-14-06
Greets and huggers. Posted the evening of April 14, 2006. Our immigration policy is out of control. 11 million "un-documented" workers, (the politically correct way to say ... 11 million "illegal aliens")? How did that happen? Didn't President Reagan pardon 2 million "illegal aliens" in 1986? So now we have 11 million more? Doesn't seem like pardoning folks is a solution, since it appears to only encourage others to sneak in. And they are here doing jobs Americans won't do? Where did that come from? This is not about poor folks coming to our America, walking through a desert, risking death ... to work hard, doing jobs Americans don't want to do ... but, about employers, seeking, soliciting, cheap labor. There are NO jobs Americans will not do ... there are, however, jobs, Americans can NOT afford to do and support their families, here. Do you really believe $8.00 an hour is sufficient to support a family, here in our America, ($16,640)? It is, however, if you are only here to work, camped out ... and what you earn is sent home to places where per capita yearly income is $10,100, (Mexico), $5,100, (El Salvador), $3,900, (Ecuador), $2,700, (Bolivia), $2,500, (Honduras) .... [as an interesting aside, Bermuda has the worlds highest per capita income: $69,900] ... making "illegal immigration" a felony would accomplish what? Wouldn't a better solution be, to make the hiring of an illegal alien a felony? Wouldn't a better solution be, to make the hiring of an "un-documented" work force cost prohibitive? Wasn't that what was supposed to happen after President Reagan pardoned 2 million "un-documented workers" in 1986?

In the what were they thinking category ... BOSTON, Massachusetts (Reuters) -- 'Brokeback' screening lands prison officer in hot water. "A Massachusetts correctional officer is being disciplined for showing the gay cowboy movie "Brokeback Mountain" to inmates at the state's largest prison because his boss determined that the film includes content inappropriate for a prison setting." Gee ... showing a movie about a homosexual love affair in a prison setting might be inappropriate? Why would anyone think that? ... <whispering> .... two men, spending every night, for years, in a small confined space ....

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Viruses 'trained' to build tiny batteries. "Researchers trying to make tiny machines have turned to the power of nature, engineering a virus to attract metals and then using it to build minute wires for microscopic batteries. The resulting nanowires can be used in minuscule lithium ion battery electrodes, which in turn would be used to power very small machines, the researchers report in Friday's issue of the journal Science." So ... just where would you plug in the battery charger?

ATLANTA, Georgia (AP) -- Air travelers eyed in mumps outbreak. "Two infected airline passengers may have helped spread Iowa's mumps epidemic to six other Midwestern states, health officials said Wednesday, the latest example of how quickly disease can spread through air travel ... The mumps epidemic is the nation's first in 20 years. Health officials say 515 suspected cases have been reported in Iowa, and the disease also has been seen in six neighboring states, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention." Mumps is an airborne vial infection ... just like the Flu. Although not life threatening, this outbreak should serve as a wake up call on how quickly a virus can spread. Ostensibly, it is a European strain, carried here by a couple visiting from Europe, against which, our vaccinations are ineffective ... and reported today: (CNN) -- Mumps outbreak now in 8 states. "Federal health officials said Friday they are looking into whether air travel is spreading mumps through the Midwest. In addition to Iowa, which has seen an epidemic of more than 600 suspected cases since December, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention spokesman, other states reporting cases are Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska and Wisconsin. The agency has not yet released the name of the eighth Midwestern state." On the evening news ... the mumps has made it to Kansas City, (a worker at City Hall). If you were in KC's City Hall April 7-11 ... you should check yourself for symptoms. Let's suppose this was the Flu virus ... just how long do you suppose it would be, before quarantines were put in place? Got your quarantine stash set up?

NEW YORK (AP) -- Video games get very, very naughty. " ... Companies are now developing a handful of games -- though calling them that is a stretch -- designed to give players a very different option: making love, not war. In "Naughty America: The Game," set to launch early this summer, players will assume the forms of alluring but cartoonish people who meet, flirt and have sex with other player characters. ... This new crop of adults-only games would combine the player-player interaction of the online games and the graphic sexuality of the single-player games." Sheesh ... talk about "Get a life, Dude!!" ... I didn't know there was even such a thing as a single player, sex oriented, video game!! There are: "Playboy: The Mansion" and "Virtually Jenna", two examples. No doubt, there are others. For you single guys out there ... you may wish to add these to your quarantine stash ... 90 days is a long time.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Gay, lesbian parents to line up for Easter Egg Roll tickets. "Hundreds of gay and lesbian parents hoping to take their families to the annual White House Easter Egg Roll plan to start lining up Friday evening to make sure they get tickets for the Monday event. Thousands of tickets -- an estimated 16,000 last year -- are given away on a first-come-first-served basis beginning at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. ... Some say the gay and lesbian parents are playing politics. "I think it's inappropriate to use a children's event to make a political statement," said Mark D. Tooley of the Institute on Religion and Democracy ... The egg roll has been a Washington tradition since the mid-19th century. Children use spoons to push colored eggs through the grass in a race. Past events have included petting zoos and White House staff members in bunny costumes." Well ... little children, pushing colored eggs through the grass isn't a political statement to me ... perhaps ... a "Freudian" one, though.

BIRMINGHAM, England, (CNN) - Fetuses Called Impervious to Sensation of Pain. "Fetuses are physically incapable of feeling pain until the end of the second trimester, and unlike newborn children have not developed the processes that would allow them to recognize pain as a signal of a harmful encounter, a researcher here asserted. "An absence of pain in the fetus does not resolve the question of whether abortion is morally acceptable or should be legal," wrote Stuart W.G. Derbyshire, Ph.D., a senior psychologist at the University of Birmingham in the April 15 issue of the BMJ, formerly the British Medical Journal. "Nevertheless, proposals to inform women seeking abortions of the potential for pain in fetuses are not supported by evidence." Faith remains faith ... and science remains science.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Omaha school district to split along racial lines. "In a move decried by some as state-sponsored segregation, the Legislature voted Thursday to divide the Omaha school system into three districts -- one mostly black, one predominantly white and one largely Hispanic. Supporters said the plan would give minorities control over their own school board and ensure that their children are not shortchanged in favor of white youngsters." Yes indeed ... wasn't that the argument made for "separate but equal" school systems in the south? What did we call it? Hmmm ... wasn't it called "segregation"? Strange, isn't it ... how we seem to come full circle? The Kansas City School District spent how many millions of dollars "integrating" and in the process losing it's accreditation?

Sitting here editing these Ramblings ... the battery for the Panasonic FX01 is charging. Physically, the camera is smaller than a pack of cigarettes, (easily fitting in a shirt pocket), also smaller and much lighter than my Canon S50. The Leica lens is image stabilized, F2.8 - 5.6, and 28mm - 105mm, 35mm equivalent. This is a no brainer, fully automatic, "point and shoot" camera, ($288.00 delivered). I will shoot some pics later and post them. Susan already loves it!! I spent the day campaigning ... first donuts and coffee at the American Legion Hall in Warrensburg, (met some old warriors, heros ... some from WWII and some from the Korean War ... I was honored to be in their presence) ... then, lunch at Warrensburg's Senior Center. Tomorrow morning, a "Pancake Breakfast" at the VFW in Knob Noster ... then on to a large farm auction, north of Holden. The time spent campaigning is eating into my income producing time ... but I expected that: I knew it would be time consuming. It is also eating into my research time for the Ramblings, (I really miss that ... I hope the quality and credibility of the Ramblings don't suffer). My best friend, lover and partner, Susan ... is right there with me. I don't see how you could run for office, without your partner sharing the load. <whispering> .... have I shared that she is the best thing that ever happened to me? Tonight, when I fall asleep curled around her, smelling her hair and feeling her warmth ... I will say a prayer of thanks for being able to do so, (and remember Gregg, Mary and Chase as well) ... and I will also say a prayer for the safe return of our men and women in uniform, (care to join me?) ... <whispering> ..... Please, Please, Please, Lord, let them come home safe and soon!! Be and sleep well, support SFIG candidates as best you can .... doesn't Family Support Family? ... including our men and women in uniform, members of our American Family, in harms way ... and 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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