MAY 29, 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  05-26-06
Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of may 26, 2006. Went to Mass with Susan last Saturday, (although I'm not Roman Catholic). Was reminded by Father Pete, (the Priest, ( I really like) ... that Jesus Christ set down one law, (paraphrased): "Love one another as I, (and my Father), love you." A new covenant, abrogating the laws of the old covenant, (the laws of the Old Testament .... or not). Guess we can/must set our slaves free. On Tuesday Night, watched the Country Music Awards .... a song by "Big and Rich", " 8th of November", remembering our Vietnam Veterans. Brought me to tears ... I stood at attention ... tears in my eyes ... cause, I remember, (Ron B, et. al. ... you do as well, don't you?). Some members of the audience, (older members, I guess), stood and removed their hats, paid their respects. Some did not. The verse which touched me most:

Now he's 58

And his ponytails grey

But the battle still plays in his head

He limps when he walks,

But he's strong when he talks

About the shrapnel they left in his leg


He puts on a grey suit

Over his airborne tattoo

He ties it on one time a year

And remembers the fallen,

As he orders a tall one

And swallows it down with his tears


Susan and I contribute to the Kansas City Union Mission ... a homeless shelter. Too many there, are Viet Vets ... who have not come home ... yet. A few are "Gulf War 1" veterans. Share with me ... years down the road ... how many of our men and women in uniform, now ... will sit in a "Homeless Shelter"? .... <looking at you> .... didn't these folks give their all ... so YOU could be a soccer Mom or Dad? Didn't they fight for YOUR right to curl up next to your Lady, (or Man)? I don't give a rats ass for some pork barrel causeway, or bridge ... or ... or .... whatever . I WANT our federal government, (who you and I pay a sh*t-load of taxes to), to take care of our Veterans. A rational person has to realize there are only so many beans in the can. How to use the beans remains a dilemma, within a scale of priorities .... (sorry .... tough call ... not one I want to make) ... for example: should we spend limited resources on the baby born of a crack smoking, piece of trailer trash ... or .... pay for the rehabilitation of a young Marine ... who lost his legs to an IED in Iraq? Both are innocent lives. Care to make the call?

And in the "wonder why lawyers are viewed as thieves" arena .... LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Law firm accused of kickback scheme. "A federal grand jury has indicted a top class-action law firm,alleging a scheme that it paid more than $11 million in illegal kickbacks to get people to take part in shareholder lawsuits. The charges follow years of investigation into the way New York-based Milberg Weiss, Bershad & Schulman conducts shareholder lawsuits against major corporations ... The firm and attorneys David J. Bershad and Steven G. Schulman were charged with secretly paying about $2.4 million to Seymour M. Lazar, a Palm Springs lawyer involved in real estate, and others to act as class-action plaintiffs since 1981 and concealing the payments ... Lazar was also named in the indictment along with Paul L. Selzer, another Palm Springs lawyer ... The government seeks to recover at least $216 million in "tainted attorneys' fees.". Easy answer, isn't it? Some are. Never mind, the 99% of us, who are honest, hard working advocates, on behalf of our clients. I hope these pieces of sh*t are denied "soap on a rope" when they do their time. They won't ... they will wind up teaching law ... to their cell mates or contribute a chapter to the "JLM ". [Footnote: Did you know there was a "Jailhouse Lawyer's Manual" .... sponsored by Columbia University?]

PENSACOLA , Florida (AP) -- Teacher let kids skip gym class for $1. "A former gym teacher pleaded guilty to taking $1-a-day bribes from middle school students who didn't want to change their clothes for class. Under his plea deal, Terence Braxton, 28, was sentenced Wednesday to three years probation for felony bribery, ordered to pay back the students at Ernest Ward Middle School, and ordered to perform 300 hours of community service." Capitalism at it's best. Sure taught these "middle school children", a good lesson, didn't it? Integrity costs $1.00. Imagine what $10.00 can buy? Doesn't it teach our future CEO's ... money trumps what is moral, ethical and "right". And the sanction is "probation" and 300 hours of "community service". How sad is that? So we have sentencing guidelines? Our elected pig farmer/insurance agent/soccer mom legislators imposing their sense of justice on us all? The "will of the people", 51% of the 20% that voted, dictating justice? How about Judges have the ability to order a sanction that fits the facts? How about a sanction that recognizes that taking that buck may set a kid up to be obese ... die an inch at time from diabetes or heart disease, stroke or cancer?

NEW YORK (Reuters) -- Growing concern over Internet addiction. "For some, the Internet it has become an addiction, adversely affecting their lives and their family's lives ... For some people, the Internet may promote addictive behaviors and pseudo-intimate interpersonal relationships, reports Wieland in the journal, Perspectives in Psychiatric Care. "Such cyberspace contacts may result in cyber disorders such as virtual relationships that evolve into online marital infidelity (cybersex) or online sexually compulsive behaviors," she writes." ... and ... NEW YORK (AP) -- Survey: Workers would give up coffee for Web. "It should come as no surprise that most Americans with Internet access at work do some personal Web surfing on the job. A new survey finds that half of them would rather give up their morning coffee than forgo that ability." So some folks sitting behind their computer ... chatting ... disassociated, in a different reality ... blur the line between fantasy and reality and act on it ... and show up on a doorstep. How culpable are they? My Dear Friend Jeff L, shared, "When the perp shows up at the door with booze and his fly open. On-line fantasy is one thing. Putting the thoughts in action, quite another." Is it? I don't know. What constitutes a culpable mens rea when the lines of reality are blurred? Perhaps the answer is not as easy as that. Don't we all have fantasies? Some noble and ... some not. As virtual reality becomes more the norm ... perhaps we need to redefine what actually is a culpable mens rea. Redefine the line between behavior and intent.

And in other Internet news: CHICAGO, Illinois (Reuters) -- Web site plays Cupid to farm folks. "Early to bed and early to rise can make farmers healthy, wealthy and so lonesome they could cry. Frustrated by the limits their jobs put on their love life, some farmers and ranchers are turning to a Web site designed to play Cupid to members of the agricultural community sprawled across the United States and Canada." Every one deserves to find love, don't they? Finding a partner to share their lives with. In times past, you met and found a partner in your community ... more often then not, a person who saw the world as you do. Not any more. We have become a mobile society .... changing locations, changing friends ... even changing "family", (a new step Mom or Dad). Changing core values ... to meet expectations. The fact remains, as a species, we have simple needs, Maslow's Hierarchy,

Sitting here tonight, 10:54 pm, at the Drury Inn, in St Louis, trying my best to post/finish these Ramblings. Have not had a chance to check the links. And I'm tired. And I miss Susan. Guess the only thing I can say ... I apologize. I will do better in the next Ramblings. Please, remember our men and women in uniform, in your prayers. 'Good Night.


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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