Karl H. Timmerman M.A.J.D. © 2004
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A MISSOURI LAWYER'S
FRIDAY NIGHT RAMBLINGS
MAY 28, 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.
September 11, 2001
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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
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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
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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
Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of May 28, 2004. Pink has hit Ft Timmerman. Susan has joined the Mary Kay Army. Seems she likes Mary Kay cosmetics and decided to become a "consultant" to get a 50% discount, ("consultants" buy for half off). After visiting with some friends, I discovered just about every female they know is a "consultant"! Must be a "female" thing. I didn't buy stock in the Jones Store to get a discount on Aramis! Nor would a man go out and set up a contracting business to get a discount from "Home Depo". I can't wait until she sells enough to earn a pink Hummer, (if you sell or buy enough of their stuff ... you get to choose the vehicle you want to drive!) .
Wow ... on the Country Music Awards on Wednesday night ... there was a country music rapper, (how's that for an oxymoron) ... rapped about his pickup truck and beer ... er ... and getting some ... really couldn't understand whether he was talking about beer or ... er ... some. I thought country music rap was called "square dancing". True to form, he grabbed his crotch while "rapping" What's with all this crotch grabbing? ... I thought music was supposed to come from the heart? Toby Keith won "Entertainer of the Year", "Top Male Vocalist", "Album of the Year" and "Launch Video" awards, , (the "Dixie Chicks" were not nominated for anything ... they were not even there). Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss sang "Whiskey Lullaby", (probably the most poignant song I have heard in awhile) ... the Chorus:
"He put that bottle to his head and pulled the trigger
And finally drank away his memory
Life is short but this time it was bigger
Than the strength he had to get up off his knees"
"Put a bottle to your head and pull the trigger to drink away a memory"? Wonder how many of our Veterans do so ... to forget? Combat affects some so they can never forget. That is the horror of war. Some do not believe they deserve to come home, (some don't have a home to come home to.) Lord! ... they deserve to be welcomed home, by us all. To be thanked. However, the Kansas City Mission remains "home" for far too many. Memorial Day is Monday, a time to honor sacrifice, a time to honor those who gave ... so we can give. So WE can give. As solo and small firm lawyers we do. Got news: there are men and women in uniform, right now, whose sacrifice we will honor .... <sigh> .... on some future Memorial Day. A sacrifice waiting to happen. Do you want to wait ... or honor them today, right now? I wish I knew how. (Take a moment and pray for their safe return ... and those who will not ... and pray for their families ... Susan and I do.) Celebrate Memorial Day for what it is: a recognition/honoring of the ultimate sacrifice made by a few ... for the benefit of many. What else could I possibly say?
Yesterday, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals slapped down Attorney General Ashcroft: he can not hold doctors criminally liable for prescribing lethal doses under Oregon's "Death With Dignity Act", (see WASHINGTON et al. v. GLUCKSBERG et al). In Oregon, if you have a fatal disease, six months or less to live, (independently verified by two separate physicians and after a psychological examination to determine competency), upon your request, your doctor can prescribe medications which allow you to choose your time of death. God gave you FREE WILL, to make individual choices about your life ... about your body ... the most fundamental of which being your right, when the time comes, to choose how to die. What right does ANY person have to take that choice away? The voters in Oregon have twice chosen not to do so. Perhaps General Ashcroft should use limited federal resources to pursue those that pose a threat to society instead of trying to impose his will on the folks in Oregon.
In a 54 - 39 vote, Louisiana lawmakers refused to make wearing low slung pants illegal. Reportedly, Louisiana's overweight plumbers were greatly relieved. 'Nuff said.
Sitting here finishing off these Ramblings, sipping on some Tawney Port over crushed ice and watching the evening news. On Monday we will observe Memorial Day: no doubt our President will lay a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknowns, (also known as the Tomb of "the Unknown Soldier" ... the monument has never been officially named). There are 4 crypts, one for World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam."The remains of the Vietnam Unknown were exhumed May 14, 1998. Based on mitochondrial DNA testing, DoD scientists identified the remains as those of Air Force 1st Lt. Michael Joseph Blassie, who was shot down near An Loc, Vietnam, in 1972.The identification, announced June 30, 1998, is under review. It has been decided that the crypt that contained the remains of the Vietnam Unknown will remain vacant." The "Sentinals", (the "Old Guard"), are present in 30 minute shifts 24/7/365, a constant day and night watch .... their march, 21 steps long, with a 21 second pause before turning. Their weapon is carried on the shoulder away from the tomb. To qualify you must be between 5' 10" and 6' 2" tall and can not have a waist size greater than 30". You must commit 2 years of your life to guard the tomb, live in the barracks under the tomb, and cannot drink any alcohol on or off duty FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. You cannot swear in public FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE and cannot disgrace the uniform, fighting or the tomb in any way. At the end of your tour, 2 years, you are awarded a lapel pin designating your service as a Guard of the Tomb: there are currently only 400 being worn. The "Sentinels" CREED:
"My dedication to this sacred duty is total and wholehearted. In
the responsibility bestowed on me never will I falter. And with
dignity and perseverance my standard will remain perfection.
Through the years of diligence and praise and the discomfort of
the elements, I will walk my tour in humble reverence to the
best of my ability. It is he who commands the respect I protect.
His bravery that made us so proud. Surrounded by well meaning
crowds by day alone in the thoughtful peace of night, this
soldier will in honored glory rest under my eternal vigilance."
We have our men and women in uniform serving all over the world and on Monday we will pause to remember those who have given their lives in service to our America: tonight, as Susan and I drift off to sleep, we will say a prayer for them, (and we will say a prayer ... a prayer for the safe return for the men and women currently in harms way). Be and sleep well, knowing that these men and women are out there, risking their lives, away from their loved ones, so you can. If my post offends, I apologize ... that is not my intent.
A Warm Brotherly Hug
Karl (the dumb ole country lawyer from Holden, Missouri)