JUNE 2, 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

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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
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  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

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  01-23-04  01-30-04  02-06-04
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  03-29-04  04-02-04  04-09-04
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  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 June 2, 2006. INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (AP) -- Tragic mix-up after deadly accident. "A couple sat by their daughter's hospital bedside for weeks after an auto accident until she came out of a coma and they realized she was not their daughter after all, but another blond-haired young woman injured in the wreck. Their own daughter, it turned out, was dead and buried. In a tragic mix-up, one family had been incorrectly told their daughter had died in the April 26 crash in Indiana, and another was erroneously informed their daughter was in a coma." Perhaps a reasonable mistake: perhaps not. The fact remains, we have the most expensive, per capita, health care system in the world, with mediocre results ... American's don't live the longest, Japanese do ... we have the second highest new born morality rate in the civilized world ... and 80 to 90 THOUSAND Americans die each year as a result of medical malpractice) .... while "tort reform" has immunized the medical community from their mistakes: they can not be held reasonably accountable. They just buy insurance and insurance companies lobby to limit liability. Share with me the INCENTIVE for our medical profession, to change, fix a system that victimizes, victims. So, if these parents file suit ... they can recover what? "Lost wages" for the time they sat in the hospital room, watching, praying, mourning, the possible death, of their comatose daughter? Until you and I organize politically ... until our elected representatives start representing main stream America ... instead of the 5% fringe elements in each party ... there will be no change. Isn't it time to make one? 'Nuff said.

Food and water ... the most basic of human needs and of the two, water being the more important for survival, Americans are water hogs, using 650 gallons each day, (when commercial use is factored in.) In 1962 Rachel Carson published "In Silent Spring", solidifying an "environmental movement" [click on this link ... it is an interesting read!] started by Henry David Thoreau ... America was soiling it's nest at an alarming rate. We made changes. Not so in the developing world:  BEIJING, China (Reuters) -- Yangtze river 'cancerous' with pollution. "China's longest river is "cancerous" with pollution and rapidly dying, threatening drinking water supplies in 186 cities along its banks, state media said on Tuesday. Chinese environmental experts fear worsening pollution could kill the Yangtze river within five years, Xinhua news agency said, calling for an urgent clean-up ... Most of the Yellow River, the second-longest in China and the cradle of early Chinese civilization, is so polluted it is not safe for drinking or swimming, Xinhua news agency said in May last year .. China is facing a severe water crisis -- 300 million people do not have access to drinkable water." ... and the result .... Shanghai, China --- Baby With 3 Arms May Have Surgery. "Doctors in Shanghai on Tuesday were considering surgery options for a two-month old boy born with an unusually well-formed third arm. Neither of the boy's two left arms is fully functional and tests have so far been unable to determine which was more developed, said Dr. Chen Bochang, head of the orthopedics department at Shanghai Children's Medical Center." Perhaps just a random aberration ... but China being a closed society, with no free exchange of information ... (share with me) ... are there tell tail signs of an environmental disaster happening, as you read this? Unreported, massive, birth defects in other species and humans? The net effect of unchecked, pure, capitalism ... remains, the rape of society and the environment. Thankfully, unchecked, unregulated, capitalism, remains a self limiting social disease.

And how would we know what is happening in China, with a censored press ... and now a censored Internet? BBC NEWS -- Web censorship: Correspondent reports. "As human rights group Amnesty International launches a global campaign to try to halt censorship of the internet by governments, BBC correspondents report from some countries where web users face difficulties. Officially China does not censor the internet. According to the Chinese government, its internet regulation is no different from that in America, Britain, or anywhere else in the world. In its quest to control the internet China has sought overseas help China says it only blocks internet sites that are damaging, such as pornographic sites, or ones promoting things like terrorism. ... Some large, US-based computer software companies are believed to have sold Beijing the sophisticated software needed to run its filtering system. Companies like Google and Yahoo! have also been accused of co-operating in China's internet censorship." ... and in related news .... BBC NEWS --- Amnesty to target net repression. "Internet users are being urged to stand up for online freedoms by backing a new campaign launched by human rights group Amnesty International. Amnesty is celebrating 45 years of activism by highlighting governments using the net to suppress dissent. " So our governmental policy is to spread democracy ... while our good corporate citizens SELL the tools necessary to thwart it's spread? Makes sense, doesn't it?

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (AP) -- Sex offenders sue for playground access. "Six sex offenders sued the city Wednesday to block a new ordinance that bars them from venturing within 1,000 feet of parks, pools and playgrounds when children are present. The plaintiffs went to federal court to argue that the law is unconstitutionally vague, violates their rights to vote and attend church, and prevents them from freely traveling on roads that may pass within 1,000 feet of the affected sites ... The law includes an exception that permits sex offenders to visit those sites as long as they are with another adult who is not a convicted sexual offender." Haven't read the ordinance ... but I wonder ... does it also include a prohibition against a sex offender bringing along a "sex offender in training" or a "sex offender apprentice", so a sex offender could enter these venues accompanied by an unconvicted sex offender ? I remain perplexed by the flurry of legislation criminalizing potential morally reprehensible behaviors. Share with me ... do you really think this ordinance will stop a "Kiddie Diddler" from doing what he is going to do? The "Diddler" behavior is already a crime ... don't ordinances/statutes criminalizing "potential" ancillary behaviors, only clog an overburdened justice system? How about, parents accept responsibility for protecting their children? Accompany them when they go to the park, pool and playground? Oversee their activities on the computer ... or ... ensure a responsible willing adult will provide oversight. Just when did we buy into a "Village" raising a child .... instead of a Mom and Dad. When did, raising, nurturing and protecting a child ... become a social/community obligation? Should it be?

Or how about our government --- WASHINGTON (AP) -- FDA: Restaurants on front lines in obesity fight. "Those heaping portions at restaurants -- and doggie bags for the leftovers -- may be a thing of the past, if health officials get their way. The government is trying to enlist the help of the nation's eateries in fighting obesity. One of the first things on their list: cutting portion sizes. With burgers, fries and pizza the Top 3 eating-out favorites in this country, restaurants are in a prime position to help improve people's diets and combat obesity. At least that's what is recommended in a government-commissioned report released Friday." Rumor has it, the FDA is also recommending a ban on supersized clothing, (perhaps 300 pound folks walking around wearing 200 pound clothing, will have an incentive to lose weight.) Personally, I think the best solution is to have the Veterans Administration regulate our nations food supply, (instead of the FDA). within a year, no doubt, we would all be skin and bones ... <whispering> .... or how about folks accept responsibility for their behaviors? Novel idea, isn't it?

( CNN) -- Women at war: Mental health toll unknown. "More American women are closer to combat in Iraq than in any other modern war, and there are many unknowns about the mental health effects they may experience when they come home from the war zone. "In the civilian world, post-traumatic stress disorder has traditionally been much more common in women than in men," says Col. Elspeth Cameron Ritchie, the psychiatry consultant to the U.S. Army surgeon general." So ... like ... our Veterans Administration is already meeting the needs of male Veterans? Gee ... guess in the not too distant future, the male Veteran folks in homeless shelters will have an equal number of female Veterans to hang with. Guess. that will make for interesting nights. All kidding aside. It absolutely sickens me, that we can put a pork barrel bridge to nowhere in Alaska ... and the VA remains under funded!!! This administration needs to change it's priorities ... any ideas on how to force it to do so?

Stewart News (AP) -- 600-pound Buddha back on perch. "A 600-pound gold concrete Buddha stolen from a restaurant last week has been found at peace in a commercial park. A tipster called the owners of Sakura Restaurant and Steak House of Japan with the statue's whereabouts. Thieves had lifted it from its perch atop a fountain outside the Stuart restaurant ... One of the central moral precepts of Buddhism is "do not take what is not yours to take." Buddhists also believe in karma, which says a person's actions in this life determine the quality of their existence in the next." Well, three pilgrims were admitted to the emergency room, suffering from severe hernias, (lifting 600 pounds will do that). The emergency room denied admittance, (not a life threatening injury ... no insurance) ... Karma is Karma ... sucks to be them!!

Sitting here editing these Ramblings, (sipping on some Port), and absolutely .... <grrrr> .... fuming. I'll share the facts in the next Ramblings ... not time enough tonight. Guess I will be researching municipal prosecutorial misconduct this weekend. A prosecutor, who verifies a "Contempt Motion", containing facts, which are a blatant lie ... resulting in the issuance of a "Show Cause Order", is liable for what? Isn't the "Motion for Contempt" brought on behalf of the City, a civil action, to which "prosecutorial immunity" does not apply? Guess I'll find out. On the evening news, multiple investigations involving atrocities committed by our troops in Iraq. One investigation has been completed, and the troops involved, found innocent. However, given an urban gorilla warfare scenario, involving 100,000 National Guard and Reserve troops, it is only a matter of time, a statistical probability, that someone will snap and kill innocent civilians.

I'm home at Ft. Timmerman tonight. Those of you, who have been to Ft Timmerman, know why I feel secure here, (hehehe ... Randy, Jan, Jay, Richie, Tim, Gary, et. al. .... care to comment!? :) I truly enjoyed meeting the 40 plus members of my SFIG "Family" in St. Louis, last Friday. Thanks to my Dear Friends, Les & Alan Steinberg, Mike Nack and brother Bob Sigoloff, for hosting the gathering!! :) The camaraderie and hugs, almost made up for being away from Susan. It was one of the very, very, very few nights, I could not curl up next to my best friend, lover, partner and the person I love more than life. Tonight I can and will .... and when I do, I will say a prayer of thanks for being able to do so ..... and I will also say a prayer for the safe and soon return of 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. 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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