A MISSOURI LAWYER'S
JULY 8, 2005
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Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of July 8, 2005. Saw some
pictures on the News, of one of our National Cemeteries this 4th of July week, Flanders
Fields ... <sigh> ... all those crosses in a row. Hero's all, buried
there ... a tribute to them, a place to rest, (a gift from a grateful Nation).
They paid the ultimate price, to defend the life, you and I ... have in our
America. There are generations buried in some of our National Cemeteries, each
having paid for our freedoms ... and ... there are folks out there now, on
front lines around the world, our men and women in uniform, making payments.
But share with me ... were they all Christian? If you watch television or read
the paper, you would think so ... seems, when you see pictures of military
cemeteries, you only see crosses. Perhaps that makes better copy in a
predominantly Christian Nation? Are there segregated areas at military
cemeteries? One for Jewish folks? Or Muslim folks? ... Or Buddhist folks ...
with symbols reflecting their religious beliefs, to make everything look
uniform? Making the hallowed ground they now call home, look pretty? There are,
(and always have been), folks other than Christians, fighting and dying for our
America. That being the case, perhaps we need to consider something other than
row upon row of crosses, when we show pictures of our National Cemeteries on
the news. We are a Nation of many religions, many divergent views, including
views, which encompass no belief, in any deity ... let us honor our fallen heroes
by marking their graves with plain headstones, and should their families wish,
a religious symbol craved thereon, reflecting their true faith, (or absence
thereof), and show that on the evening news, or newspapers, rather than rows
and rows of crosses. Somehow, I can not think of a better way for our America
to honor their sacrifice, than showing how diverse, the persons making that
" A federal appeals court has reinstated a lawsuit challenging a 2004 Virginia law requiring parental supervision at a nudist camp for juveniles. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the American Association for Nude Recreation can pursue its claim that the law violates its free speech rights, crimping its ability to spread its nudism philosophy ... The organization claims it had to cancel last summer's camp because only 11 of the 35 youths who signed up would have been able to bring a parent." <shaking his head> ... let's see if I got this right. There is actually a summer camp with 11 - 17 year old children running around naked? And the folks sponsoring it are challenging a law that requires these children be parentally supervised? ... and a court held that this is a freedom of speech, (First Amendment), issue? Perhaps the owners of this camp should change it's name to "Our Lady of Naked Butts" and claim it's a church camp. So, share with me, just where do you draw the line, morally? There is a line, isn't there? Adults have the right to make moral choices. Our children, by necessity, are subject to their parent's moral choices ... until they are old enough to screw up on their own! 'Nuff said.
On Monday night, Independence Day, watched a show on ABC. A tribute to our men and women in uniform. The President and his Lady were there. Good show, very patriotic. At the time, I remember thinking to myself ... "We Really Are At War." A thought reinforced yesterday, with the bombing of innocent civilians in London, 49 dead and 700 wounded. Weren't there attacks like this before 9/11, Afghanistan or Iraq? Weren't we, or Great Britain, at war before 9/11? Have you considered the possibility, that we have been at war, under attack, a long time before 9/11 ... and didn't know it? Didn't take it seriously? I am as angry and as frustrated as you. There is a human cancer that needs to be excised, reasonable persons can tell the difference between a "freedom fighter" and a "terrorist", much like telling the difference between "pornography" and "art", can't they? This is the action of thugs. Perhaps a radiation treatment is in order? We have the means. A carefully placed "care package" in North Korea , Iran or the mountains between Afghanistan and Pakistan, (Chechnya looks pretty good too), would certainly share, "we care" ... <sigh> ... just fantasizing. We can not deal with these human cancers the way they deal with us. That remains the difference, doesn't it? We love and honor life, while they just seek to force their religious/political convictions on us, at any cost ... the sanctity of life, has no meaning for them. I can not understand their mind set, nor will I "tolerate" it either. Our British compatriots withstood thousands of bombs dropped from hundreds of bombers during World War II and withstood Irish terrorist bombers in the 80's. They refused to bow down then. What makes anyone believe they will do so now? They are, after all ... not Spanish. Makes me wonder if we will have the same resolve, after the next terrorist attack here? ... (and there will be one, sooner or later).
Also this week ... the United Church of Christ rule making body voted overwhelmingly on Monday to endorse same sex marriage. "Gays are hailing a vote by the governing body of the United Church of Christ to affirm same-sex marriage as "courageous and prophetic" against a mounting movement of anti-gay political and religious sentiment." Interesting concept ... a non-judgmental Christian Church, ("Judge not, that ye be not judged" (Matthew 71, KJV)). Course, then there is the New Reform Temple in North Kansas City, "One of our cornerstones is the acknowledgment that every person has the right to make informed choices about his or her relationship to religious belief, practice and congregation. ... As an integrated part of the world around us, we value and celebrate the social dynamics of modern Jewish life. We are an all inclusive congregation that welcomes individuals, couples and families who subscribe to our values and want to raise children in a Jewish way. Regardless of race, creed or choice of partner." I emailed Rabbi Jacques Cukierkorn, M.H.L. with the hope of buying him lunch. I look forward to doing so. After reading the news or watching it on television, it seems to me, religious "tolerance", has become an oxymoron.
I, (among others), have been a staunch advocate of an agenda to improve the practice/life of Solo/Small Firm lawyers, for the past 4 years. Although we comprise over 2/3rds of our Bar, our Board of Governors has not had the time, (or perhaps the inclination), to address the changes we have called for. Matt Hill, (click HERE for his Web page, containing his "Goals Statement") and I , (Click HERE for mine), are now running for the Board of Governors. We are both Solo/Small Firm lawyers, acutely aware of the issues facing Solo/Small Firm lawyers and what would make life easier for us. I got news. The fact remains, that the only folks who give a damn about us, are us. Both Matt and I want ... "that a time limitation for the filing of bar complaints be enacted by our Supreme Court, (how can we destroy a clients files, after no contact with that client after 10 years, if we have to guard against a Bar Complaint?) That the office of chief disciplinary counsel be required to forward a copy of any complaint that may be filed against an attorney, to that attorney, whether OCDC investigates the complaint or not. That the Supreme Court adopt a vacation rule so that an attorney can take up to three weeks per year for personal and family vacations, without fear of adverse action being taken against his/her clients." Over and above that, I want ... "that if a County elects to issue a picture ID to by-pass Court House security, it may only do so if it honors the picture ID of a sister county, (to avoid attorney's having to purchase a picture ID for every county, in which they practice). Matt is running in District 7, (Bollinger, Butler, Cape Girardeau, Dunklin, Jefferson, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Ripley, St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, Scott, Stoddard, and Washington counties). I'm running in District 3, (Bates, Carroll, Cass, Cooper, Henry, Johnson, Lafayette, Pettis, Ray and Saint Clair counties.) Solo and Small Firm guys remain the "red headed stepchildren" of our Bar because we do not band together to make/ask for change, (hehehe ... perhaps there is a reason we are "Solo" or "Small Firm" lawyers). We have an opportunity to do so now. Matt and I would appreciate your vote, (but this, our little "family", does not have enough votes to get us elected) ... so ... more important ... would you be willing to call and chat with the lawyers you know in these counties, and ask that they vote for us as well? Your vote counts, every vote does. You want a change? Help Matt and I make it.
Sitting here editing these Ramblings, sipping on some Creme Sherry while listening to the evening news. From London, the bus driver of the bombed bus, wrote, "How am I alive when everyone was dying around me." And then he helped the wounded. The Queen was out visiting the wounded and opined, "We have been here before." She had been ... she was there when the Germans and Irish Terrorists bombed London. And everyday folks, went to work, business as usual, while others were trying to find their loved ones, much like here, after 9/11. My heart goes out to them. In other news, hurricane "Dennis" ... 150 mph winds, is barreling down on the Gulf Coast. Baseball has been axed from the Olympic Games, (not enough worldwide appeal ... given the performance of the Royals ... is there appeal here?) Vice President, Dick Cheney's pacemaker checked out Ok, (he has a heart?) 23% of US births are to illegal immigrants, (the good news ... the babies speak English). Fathers also suffer from postnatal depression, (the good news? It is easy to cure with a penis enlargement). Circumcision my prevent HIV transmission, (really hard to think about sex ... when you are recovering from the surgery.)
Tonight, as I drift off to sleep, holding Susan ... as I usually do, I will say a prayer for our men and women in uniform, (care to join me?) ... <whispering> ... Please, Please, Please, God ... bring our men and women in uniform home ... safe and soon! I will pray for the victims and their families, in Great Briton, (history teaches ... there is a reason it is called "Great"). Be and sleep well knowing the best there is, is on watch so you can. Help Matt and I make changes that will benefit you and I, please. If my post offends, I apologize, that is not my intent. As always ...
A Warm Brotherly Hug
Karl (the dumb ole county lawyer from Holden, Missouri)
Karl H. Timmerman M.A.J.D. © 2005
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