JUNE 16, 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

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  06-02-06  06-09-06  06-16-06
Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of June 16, 2006. Our elected representatives continue to amaze me. After debating a proposal for a constitutional amendment defining "Marriage" as a "union between a man and a woman" ... they then failed to pass it. And then ... after a contentious debate about illegal aliens, they did nothing. And now .... WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate panel OKs flag desecration amendment. "The Senate Judiciary Committee gave a nod Thursday to a constitutional amendment to protect the American flag from desecration, moving it to the Senate floor where vote-counters on both sides say it could be within one vote of passing." The proposed amendment reads as follows: "The Congress shall have power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States," Just what is the definition of "desecration"? The Catholic Encyclopedia defines it as: "As a general principle it may be set down that places and things, which have been either consecrated or blessed, retain their consecration and blessing so long as they remain, morally speaking, the same as they were in the beginning, and consequently, so long as they continue fit to serve the purposes for which they were originally destined." Other definitions: "the act of depriving something of its sacred character" ... and ... An "act of disrespect or impiety toward something regarded as sacred". So our flag is sacred? Isn't our flag just a symbol of the things that make our America, our America .... the lives sacrificed for the freedoms we enjoy, enshrined in our "Bill of Rights"? Not the least of which being, our "1st Amendment" right to dissent/protest"? Our flag is every bit as much a symbol, as a cross to Christians .... or the "Star of David" to Jews? Isn't it? Share with me ... does it make sense to criminalize the desecration of a symbol? Why would you want to? What purpose would it serve? .... <whispering> ... Purpose? How about a smoke screen to avoid answering questions like ... why are 41 million Americans without health insurance? Why do we have the most expensive health care system in the world ... with doctors that kill 80 - 90 THOUSAND Americans a year. Explain why it is necessary or desirable to immunize their insurance companies from liability, so there is no incentive to make changes? How could FEMA blow a BILLION dollars to fraud in the Katrina disaster? Why does our "energy policy" include a tax credit for gas guzzling SUVs? And a passing thought ... given the foregoing ... is there an exit strategy in Iraq ... other than "some day"?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Bush signs law hiking TV, radio indecency fines. "President Bush Thursday signed into law legislation that raises fines tenfold on radio and television broadcasters that violate U.S. decency standards by airing extensive profanity or sexual content. The new law, which boosts fines to as much as $325,000 per violation from $32,500, could help congressional Republicans woo conservatives in a tough election year as they have faced ebbing support from key core constituencies. "Good to know ... my government will preempt my ability to decide for myself what is decent and what is not. Enforce their perception of "Family Values" on us all. Good to know, they will protect me from myself. God gave me "free will". Would be nice if our elected representatives extended the same courtesy.

CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) -- Parents take circumcision fight to court. "Groups opposed to circumcision are watching the case of an 8-year-old suburban Chicago boy whose divorced parents are fighting in court over whether he should have the procedure. The child's mother wants him circumcised to prevent recurring, painful inflammation she says he's experienced during the past year. But the father says the boy is healthy and circumcision, which removes the foreskin of the penis, is an unnecessary medical procedure that could cause him long-term physical and psychological harm." .... sheesh!!! .... Would someone please share with her a "recurring, painful inflammation" .... even in an 8 year old ... is common in the male of our species ... and can not be cured by "circumcision"! ... unless you snip off enough to leave a dimple on his butt! ... <whispering> .... "recurring, painful inflammation" has another name ... most call it ... an "erection".

DENVER, Colorado (AP) -- Court: 15-year-old girls can marry. "A 15-year-old girl can enter into a common-law marriage in Colorado, a state appeals court ruled Thursday. Younger girls and boys may also be able to marry. While the three-judge panel stopped short of setting a specific minimum age for such marriages, it said they could be legal for girls at 12 and boys at 14 under English common law, which Colorado recognizes." A "common law marriage" with a 12 year old? .... <shaking my head> .... what in the world were they thinking? A 12 year old child?

Sitting here editing these Ramblings, with my new "Little Buddy" sharing the chair with me. "Alan ", we are " foster parenting" here at Ft Timmerman, until he can adopt a human. He is a 7 year old, miniature, short haired Daschund ... who was turned into a shelter when his owner went into a nursing home. He is neutered and totally housebroke .... and without a doubt, has the sweetest disposition. He is a "little buddy" ... being an older dog ... content just to lay on your lap. "Hoppy", (a 7 year old long haired Daschund), was a "puppy mill" stud, who was rescued when he suffered a back injury from "over breeding". He has a "hump" in his back and has pretty much recovered, (although he "hops" when he runs). Both are adorable, neutered, housebroke ... and would make an excellent companion. Older dogs are hard to adopt out, although, for folks my age, they make better companions. When "Justy" and "Belle" passed away unexpectedly and way too early ... Susan, (while I was holding her as she wept), asked, "Why would God take them away? Why is God punishing me?) I shared with her HE wasn't ... HE was only making room at Ft Timmerman, so two other little dogs could finish off their lives in a big, safe, home, with a Mom who has a heart big enough to love them. Since then, we have adopted a couple of Yorkies, ("Holly " ... blind. with brain damage ... almost like a autistic child and "Tootsie ", an old dog in the twilight of her life ... who just needs to be held and feel loved). All religions demand, (and our humanity mandates), we be good stewards of God's Creation. Isn't that a small part of taking "the moral high ground"?

I am amazed at Susan's ability to open her heart, her compassion and love for her "furry babies" ... and why she would love me. I know she does, by the way she hugs me, speaks to me, shares herself ... and the way she curls herself around me, when we sleep. Together, we are one person ... apart, we are just incomplete. I wonder if other couples feel like this? Tonight, as I fall asleep, with Susan curled around me ... I will say a prayer of thanks ... for Susan and all her "furry babies" being a part of my life .... and for our men and women in uniform, (care to join me? .... <whispering> .... Please, Please, Please, God ... let our men and women in uniform come home safe and soon. Be and sleep well .... (is there room in your heart and home, to adopt an older furry companion? ... Would you consider doing so? Isn't life to be shared?) ... 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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