MAY 19, 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
  05-03-02  05-10-02  05-17-02
  05-31-02  06-21-02  06-26-02
  06-29-02  07-04-02  07-05-02
  07-12-02  08-02-02  08-10-02
  08-21-02  08-23-02  08-30-02
  09-06-02  09-11-02  09-11-02F
  09-13-02  09-20-02  09-27-02
  10-04-02  10-11-02  10-18-02
  10-25-02  11-01-02  11-08-02
  11-15-02  11-22-02  11-29-02
  12-06-02  12-13-02  12-20-02

  01-03-03  01-10-03  01-10-03R
  01-17-03  01-24-03  01-31-03
  02-07-03  02-14-03  02-21-03
  02-28-03  03-07-03  03-14-03
  03-21-03  03-28-03  04-04-03
  04-11-03  04-18-03  04-25-03
  05-02-03  05-09-03  05-16-03
  05-23-03  05-30-03  06-06-03
  06-20-03  06-27-03  07-04-03
  07-11-03  07-18-03  07-25-03
  08-01-03  08-08-03  08-15-03
  08-22-03  08-29-03  09-05-03
  09-12-03  09-19-03  09-26-03
  10-03-03  10-10-03  10-17-03
  10-24-03  10-31-03  11-07-03
  11-14-03  11-21-03  11-28-03
  12-05-03  12-12-03  12-19-03

  01-02-04  01-09-04  01-16-04
  01-23-04  01-30-04  02-06-04
  02-13-04  02-20-04  02-27-04
  03-05-04  03-12-04  03-19-04
  03-29-04  04-02-04  04-09-04
  04-16-04  04-23-04  04-30-04
  05-07-04  05-14-04  05-21-04
  05-28-04  06-11-04  06-18-04
  06-25-04  07-09-04  07-16-04
  07-23-04  07-30-04  08-06-04
  08-13-04  08-20-04  08-27-04
  09-03-04  09-10-04  09-17-04
  09-24-04  10-01-04  10-08-04
  10-15-04  10-22-04  10-29-04
  11-05-04  10-12-04  11-19-04
  11-26-04  12-03-04  12-10-04
  12-17-04  12-24-04  12-30-04
  01-07-05  01-14-05  01-21-05
  01-28-05  02-04-05  02-11-05
  02-18-05  02-25-05  03-04-05
  03-11-05  03-18-05  03-25-05
  04-02-05  04-08-05  04-15-05
  04-22-05  04-29-05  05-06-05
  05-13-05  05-20-05  05-27-05
  06-03-05  06-12-05  06-17-05
  06-24-05  07-01-05  07-08-05
  07-15-05  07-22-05  07-29-05
  08-05-05  08-12-05  08-19-05
  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
  11-18-05  11-25-05  12-02-05
  12-09-05  12-16-05  12-23-05
  01-06-06  01-13-06  01-20-06
  01-27-06  02-03-06  02-10-06
  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
  04-21-06  04-28-06  05-05-06
  05-12-06  05-19-06
Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of May 19, 2006. Last Sunday was "Mothers Day". In years past, I would send Susan flowers on Mother's Day, signed "To Mom. From Justy and Belle" ... her babies/children. They were. In the last Ramblings, I shared, "Perhaps God took Justy and Belle early because there are two other little Yorkies, out there, that really, really, really need to be rescued". Today, Susan is on the road to Tulsa, Oklahoma, (left at 6:00 A.M. this morning) ... to pick up "Holly", a little 2.5 pound, 3 year old Yorkie, who suffered a stroke during a c-section, (she is fine ... just "forgetful" ... no doubt something we have in common!! :) ... she needs attention ... she needs love ... she needs a home ... she needs a "Family". Because we now have room at Ft Timmerman ... she will become "Holly" Timmerman, one of Susan's furry babies. I continue to believe there is purpose in life, over time some things become understandable .... some things just work out.  And yet, some things remain painfully incomprehensible.  The penalty for becoming aware, (sapient), remains ... becoming aware ... "aware", an appreciation, for the things ... you are unaware of.  The human dilemma, isn't it?

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Scientists: Monkey in a class of its own. "A recently discovered type of African monkey is different enough from others that it needs to be listed in a separate genus, scientists have decided. The monkey, which lives in Tanzania, was first described last year. At that time it was listed in the genus Lophocebus, which includes the mangabey ... It is the first new genus for an African primate in 83 years. The name refers to Mt. Rungwe, where this type of monkey was first seen ... Genus and species are scientific descriptive terms used to classify plants and animals. For example, people are Homo sapiens -- genus Homo, species sapiens. The most general classification is kingdom, followed by phylum, class, order, family, genus, species and subspecies."  Ok? So we are all "Homo's"? ... (Don't tell the Rev. Phelps ... he might start self flagellating to rid himself of this demon!!)   ... and "Sapiens"?   There are "subspecies"? Makes sense to me. Here in Holden, we have two "subspecies": "Homo ... Normalis", identifiable/known for being hardworking, family oriented and only active on the streets between 5:00 A.M. and 7:00 P.M. They comprise about 98% of the indigenous population. The other 2% are a mix ... but most are "Homo ... Scumbagus", (known in some parts of our America, as "Trailer Trash"), identifiable/known for their habitual unemployment, criminal proclivities, drug/alcohol induced stupors, being intellectually handicapped, free breeding and active on the streets between 9:00 P.M. and 4:00 A.M. There are many other "subspecies" as well, like "Homo ... Hispanicus", hard working to a point, they invade neighboring nations in order to do work, others won't ... or "Homo ... Germanicus" ... they seem to be genetically programmed to invade Poland ... or, "Homo ... Islamicus" , these folks are genetically programmed to kill themselves, for access to virgins, (not exactly a "natural selection" success strategy!). And after watching "Dateline" on Wednesday night, "Child Sex Predators On-Line", (a sting run by Dateline, where they entice chat-room lizards to meet up with minors for sex) ... "Homo ... Compu-lecherus", a relatively new "subspecies", subject to blurring the line between reality and the alternate reality of computer enhanced fantasy/game playing ... on-line romances ... and cybersex, (have you noticed a significant increase in dissolutions triggered by folks finding their true "soulmate", on-line?). Share with me ... how culpable is an individual ... for acting on an impulse triggered by an on-line "decoy"? Where is the line between "on-line" fantasy, enticement, and reality?

BLACK JACK, Missouri (AP) -- Town won't let unmarried parents live together. "The City Council has rejected a measure allowing unmarried couples with multiple children to live together, and the mayor said those who fall into that category could soon face eviction. Olivia Shelltrack and Fondrey Loving were denied an occupancy permit after moving into a home in this St. Louis suburb because they have three children and are not married." City of Ladue v. Horn, 720 S.W.2d 745, (E.D. 1986) teaches: "The reviewing courts have upheld their respective ordinances on the ground that maintenance of a traditional family environment constitutes a reasonable basis for excluding uses that may impair the stability of that environment and erode the values associated with traditional family life." So what does "values associated with traditional family life." ... or .... "maintenance of a traditional family environment " ... mean, now-a-days, (with 6 out of 10 marriages ending in divorce and "The proportion of the population made up by married couples with children decreased from 40% in 1970 to 24% in 2000.")? I certainly understand the necessity of "zoning", single vs. multi "family" residential , commercial and industrial, for the public welfare ... but share with me the rational for defining "family" in a "traditional" context that no longer reflects the majority of American households? Wouldn't it make more sense to cap the number of residents, as a function of consanguinity, rather than marriage? Wouldn't that better serve the interests of "freedom of association" and "privacy"?

And to the "love's aftermath" lawyers, (proof that there are two organs in your body that contain no gray matter ... and the heart is one) ... what would be your retainer in this case? LONDON, England (AP) -- McCartney faces expensive divorce. "When he's 64, Paul McCartney may well be on a long and winding road -- through the courts -- in one of Britain's most expensive divorce cases ... The couple did not have a prenuptial agreement ... "It's been suggested that she married me for the money and there is not an ounce of truth in this," McCartney said." McCartney is worth 1.5 BILLION dollars. So how much is 4 years of marriage worth? Have no clue about UK law ... but assuming Missouri Law, an increase of 3 - 5%, per year, in the marital portion of a non-marital estate of 1.5 Billion, is worth, how much? [Rumor has it, Anna Nicole Smith ... will be called as an expert valuation witness.]

NEW YORK (AP) -- DNA study: Human-chimp split was messy. "Humans and chimps diverged from a single ancestral population through a complex process that took 4 million years, according to a new study comparing DNA from the two species ... The researchers hypothesize that an ancestral ape species split into two isolated populations about 10 million years ago, then got back together after a few thousand millennia. At that time the two groups, though somewhat genetically different, would have mated to form a third, hybrid population. That population could have interbred with one or both of its parent populations. Then, at some point after 6.3 million years ago, two distinct lines arose." Only proves that some males of our species have a long history of being dogs ... hump any leg available.

BBC NEWS -- Cambodia's oxen predict drought. "Cambodia's royal soothsayer has declared that a drought will hit the country in the coming year, following a ploughing ceremony in Phnom Penh. Kang Ken bases his predictions on what the royal oxen choose to eat and drink at the annual event in the capital. Last year's pronouncement turned out to be uncannily accurate. The oxen scoffed everything in sight, and Cambodia enjoyed a prolonged rainy season." Rumor has it, only female oxen are used ... for obvious reasons ... if males were used, wouldn't the results be bullsh*t.

ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- The Georgia woman known as the "runaway bride" is unattached again. "Jennifer Wilbanks has broken up with the man she was to marry once before she had a famous 11th-hour change of mind ... The couple had been scheduled to marry April 30, 2005, and had planned a lavish wedding with 600 guests and 28 attendants." Don't know the details of this planned wedding ... but I would hope it involved a quick trip to their local courthouse. And to further the argument that you should need a license to have children: NEW YORK (AP) -- Caught on film: Britney baby bobble feeds tabloid turmoil. "Britney Spears stumbled outside a Manhattan hotel, nearly dropping her 8-month-old son and further fueling the ever-growing media scrutiny of her parenting skills. In photos splashed across the front page and inside the New York Post on Friday, the 24-year-old pop star is shown exiting The Ritz-Carlton hotel with Sean Preston in one hand and a glass in the other."

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Top official: Many states unprepared for bird flu. "Bird flu will hit the United States -- it's only a matter of time -- and not all states are ready to respond to the deadly virus, the Homeland Security Department's top doctor has warned. Dr. Jeffrey Runge, homeland security's chief medical officer, said "it's not a matter of if, but when" bird flu enters the country. But it won't pose a critical threat until the virus can spread consistently between people, he said." Interesting isn't it ... we have gone from it poses no threat because it can not infect humans ... to spread consistently between people. Robert Brown shared a Website with me this week, (I have already posted it once),   it is worthwhile checking out: http://www.pandemicflu.gov/plan/tab3.html. Bottom line? Get your quarantine stash set up!!!   Please, humor me!

Sitting here editing these Ramblings, checking links and listening to the evening news. Susan walked in with Holly Timmerman an hour ago. This little ball of fur is adorable, (and pitiful as well ... she really, really really needed to be rescued). Little Holly lived all of her three years of life in a small cage. Her breeder shared with Susan that Holly had an adverse reaction to anesthesia, (suffering brain damage),  during a c-section. She is very timid, has trouble seeing, walking ... and has already stolen Susan's heart, (not surprising).   She will get a complete physical on Monday. When Susan walked in, she looked me square in the face and shared, "I don't know how long Holly has and it will break my heart when her time comes ... but until then, no matter what, the time she has left ... will be the best possible".   [Wonder why I love this women with all my heart!!??]   On the news, some Air Marshals ... blowing the whistle about the stupidity of the regulations they have to operate under. They are supposed to be "under cover" ... but have to show their badges in public when they board the plane,  have a dress code, (they have to wear a coat and tie) and sit up front in an isle seat.  In other words, they have no "cover".   In other news, a debate in Congress about "English" being the "official" language of our government. Those opposed argue that because we have so many illegal aliens,   in case of emergency,   our government needs to be able to communicate with them, in order to help them.  Never mind, that English, (and French), are the de facto business languages of the world.   Perhaps they could see fit to debate issues that matter?

Tonight, as I drift off to sleep, listening to the breathing of another little life, at Ft Timmerman, (and snuggled up next to my Lady, Lover, Partner and Best Friend ... the person that makes my life worth living), I will say a special, little, prayer for Holly, (miracles can happen, for the animals we love ... can't they?) ... and I will say a prayer for our men and women in uniform, (care to join me?) ... <whispering> ... Please, Please, Please, God ... let them come home safe and soon!!! 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. I look forward to giving my St. Louis "Family" members a "Warm Brotherly Hug" next Friday :)


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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