A MISSOURI LAWYER'S
JUNE 24, 2005
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Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of June 24, 2005. Last
Saturday night, I watched "Lilo and Stitch", a Disney movie.
If you are wondering why I was watching it .... <sigh> ... don't ask!
Let's just say "reality shows" don't do a damn thing for me! Watching
folks be at their worst, is not entertainment. Hell! I'm a "divorce
lawyer" ... I watch folks be at their worst for a living, (for those of
you doing "love's aftermath law", you know exactly what I'm talking
about, don't you?) But I must admit, I was struck with the theme of the movie,
"We Are Family, No One Get's Left Behind." Maybe, it should be
the theme for our next conference? I would modify it. "Missouri Solo and
Small Firm lawyers ... together, we ensure .... no families get left
behind!" ... unlike our current elected representatives, who have ensured,
no insurance company's profit margin will get left behind.
In Japanese news this week ... [the link for this post has been pulled] ... seems some of Japan's Asian neighbors feel stepped on about the Yasukuni Shrine. "The Yasukuni Shrine is dedicated to about 2.5 million people who have died in Japan's conflicts between 1853 and 1945. Their names are inscribed in the shrine's Book of Souls, and venerated as "gunshin", or war gods. In 1978, 1,068 convicted war criminals, among them executed wartime prime minister Hideki Tojo and 13 other Class A war criminals, were secretly enshrined there ... Referring to the convicted war criminals, the pamphlet [handed out to visitors of the Shrine] says "Some 1,068 people, who were wrongly accused as war criminals by the Allied court, were enshrined here." Let me put this in perspective. Picture a war memorial for Nazi Concentration Camp Guards and their SS Leaders, where the guides hand out pamphlets sharing that these pilgrims, were just defending Germany and were wrongly accused and convicted by the Allies? Wonder how Germany's neighbors would react. Here's the difference Germany, as a Nation, has acknowledged and condemned the actions of it's crazies, while Japan, as a Nation, continues to deny the culpable behaviors of it's crazies, and, instead, glorifies them. Sort of like living and owning a house in a neighborhood, where you have killed your neighbor's men, raped their women and children, have no weapons to defend yourself, (while your neighbors have all the weapons they need to obliterate you and your house) and you decide to build a shrine on your lawn, dedicated to the folks that committed the atrocities against your neighbors. I can't help but think the Japanese are not that stupid, are they? Perhaps they are just arrogant. Frankly ... should Japan continue on it's current nationalistic path with statements such as, "Masahiro Morioka, a Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker who infuriated Japan's neighbors a month ago, has again suggested that Japanese war criminals were unjustly convicted at the Tokyo war crimes tribunal after World War II. "We should raise the question to the Japanese people and to the world about whether the Tokyo tribunal was really fair or not," said Morioka, a Lower House member and parliamentary secretary of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare." ... I would look for a radioactive hot spot, measured by North Koran or Chinese geiger counters. Course, that's assuming Japan has not secretively re-armed, does not have thermo-nuclear capabilities nor has a means to deliver preemptive thermo-nuclear weapons. Doesn't Japan have a successful "space program"? Doesn't Japan have a bunch of nuclear reactors? Doesn't Japan have the technology to process spent fuel? So, what do you think? Does Japan have secret "Weapons of Mass Destruction?" ) Given, that any population has a core of nut-cases ... don't you wonder? Sure is fodder for a conspiracy theory, isn't it.
In science news this week, "Disguises used by female damselflies to avoid unwanted sexual advances can cause males to seek out their own sex, a new study suggests." Course, my first question is ... what are male "damselflies" called? "The study team found the sexual preference of male damselflies was influenced by the company they keep." Good thing we have women in our military, isn't it? Hate to have a bunch of veteran marines coming home gay.
In flu news, "Two drug companies are fighting over the rights to Tamiflu, an influenza drug that is viewed as the best hope for slowing a possible global pandemic of bird flu. Gilead Sciences, which invented the drug, said yesterday that it wanted to take back the rights to the drug from Roche, which makes and sells it. Gilead said Roche had not done enough to manufacture and promote the drug, thereby violating the 1996 contract between the companies. The dispute theoretically could affect the supply of Tamiflu. About 25 countries, including the United States, are stockpiling the drug as a first line of defense against a possible outbreak of avian influenza, or bird flu, which has no vaccine." This bug is already at Stage 6 in Southeast Asia, we are totally unprepared, and two companies are feuding over how they can make more of a profit? Says a bunch about our current priorities, the human condition, doesn't?
My daughter gave me a belated "Father's Day" card on Monday ... it said, "Dad, thanks for walking back into my life. I love you." Ever wonder what would make a grown man cry? 'Nuff said.
Spent today teaching a 2 hour CLE for the Missouri Paralegal Association, (MPA), at the "Resort at Port Arrowhead", (didn't get home until 830 p.m., this evening.) On the way down, stopped and had lunch in Cole Camp .... a wonderful German restaurant called "Der Essen Platz". If you have a taste for German food, you NEED to swing by there! My Dear Friend, Joyce Yeager taught a session on the limits imposed on paralegal communications with clients, (my presentation dealt with evidentiary foundations for exhibits ... and how to make the exhibits on the cheap). Was great spending time with Joyce, (wonderful, bright, attractive, Lady!!), not to mention a room full of some very attractive paralegals!! ) Had a paid for room at the resort, (by MPA), they had a "hospitality suite" set up ... in my "rascal" days, I definitely would have stayed and "mingled" ... <whispering> ... Andrew, you need to teach a few of these CLE's!! ) ... but I decided to head home, instead ... just missed being away from Susan.
Sitting here sipping on some Creme Sherry and editing these Ramblings. Didn't see the evening news, so I can't comment about it. Susan met me at the door when I walked in and gave me a kiss and shared ... she missed me. Made me glad I had chosen not to spend the night. I wonder why some folks would rather "mingle", then go home to their partner? For me, there is nothing better than drifting off to sleep, curled around the person who makes my day worth living. I'll say a prayer of thanks tonight, for a safe trip, my Susan, you and our men and women in uniform, (they deserve ours prayers/good wishes ... care to join me?) ... <whispering> ... Please, Please, Please, God ... let their trip end like mine ... curled around the person they love most!! 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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