JULY 21, 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
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  10-25-02  11-01-02  11-08-02
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  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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  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
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  01-28-05  02-04-05  02-11-05
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  04-02-05  04-08-05  04-15-05
  04-22-05  04-29-05  05-06-05
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  08-26-05  09-02-05  09-09-05
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  10-28-05  11-04-05  11-11-05
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  06-02-06  06-09-06  06-16-06
  06-23-06  06-30-06  07-07-06
  07-14-06  07-21-06
Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of July 21, 2006. Watched the "Animal Channel" the other night. Made me wonder. This strange dynamic ... young males, seeking mates .... locked in combat with other young males for access ... to females ... to "procreate". Survival of the species? I suppose. all part of some survival plan? Does evolution drive that plan? Have no clue. The fact remains, our species remains no different ... just as driven, as any other life form. Guess our ritual behaviors are .... just more complex. But then we have a religion to fall back on. "Religion" remains defined ... as a ritual/belief construct, resulting in behaviors, based on a common belief and "faith" structure, [perhaps designed to unite and cause unity for a common goal]. Does it? Hardly. I wonder if it does not act to divide us. While campaigning, I had an elderly Lady ask: "Are you a Christian or a Catholic?" Had this strange desire to respond with ... "Actually , I'm a Reformed Jewish- Buddhist Capricorn". I didn't. Just asked, "What church do you attend?" .... She replied " Mount Zion". I replied, "Ah yes, the Pastor gives great sermons " ... excused myself and walked away. Yesterday, I had lunch with Stan Hall, (one Old Time Democrat, Mayor of Knob Knoster, Editor of the Knob Noster "Item", the Knob Noster paper ... and perhaps, one of the last remaining "Hippies". He is, without a doubt, a person I dearly love and respect. I consider him my friend. While having lunch, "Barbara ", (one of his constituents, in her late 60"s? [Maybe 70's]), approached, lit a cigarette and yanked on him about a "Boil Order". Seems a city water line was punctured ... and a "boil order" was issued. She was upset. She had received several calls from some friends, wanting to know if the water was safe for dogs to drink. She said, "What a stupid question! My dogs drank the water, as have all the feral animals in the neighborhood ... and none have died!!" and then she added ... "What a stupid question, for God's sake .... dogs lick their asses!!! The water is going to hurt them??? How's that for "feisty"?

Yesterday ... PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- Abductors demand $100,000 for U.S. missionaries. "Kidnappers have demanded $100,000 for the release of two U.S. missionaries seized on their way to church in Haiti's capital, a U.N. official said Thursday ... Tom Barron, a minister at the Mustard Seed church, and William Eugene Seastrum, a member of the congregation, were driving to church early Sunday when assailants stopped their car and dragged them out, Dallemand said. Both missionaries are from High Point, North Carolina." On the news today, the Church paid the ransom and both missionaries were released. Guess the "Mustard Seeds" have sprouted.

LYMAN, South Carolina (AP) -- Boys found starving; adoptive parents charged. "A couple has been jailed on felony charges after police discovered their three adopted sons were severely malnourished, including a 5-year-old boy who weighed less than 20 pounds. An 8-year-old brother weighed less than 40 pounds and a 7-year-old brother weighed about 32 pounds when police found them Thursday. The boys also were treated for bruises, scratches, burns and head lice." How long does this kind of treatment remain undiscovered? Don't these children attend school? How could anyone fail to notice a 32 pound 7 year old? What possible explanation could there be for two adults, to neglect children like this?

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Finches named for Darwin are evolving. "Finches on the Galapagos Islands that inspired Charles Darwin to develop the concept of evolution are now helping confirm it -- by evolving. A medium sized species of Darwin's finch has evolved a smaller beak to take advantage of different seeds just two decades after the arrival of a larger rival for its original food source." The Galapagos Islands are a tourist mecca for environmentalists. It's iguanas have evolved as well, some taking on the coloration of Golden Arches, (to better blend in at the local McDonalds.) The famous Galapagos tortoises have developed a flat shell ... this evolutionary change allows them to act as tables in the outdoor dining areas at Wendy's and Pizza Hut. These evolutionary changes are a direct refutation of "Intelligent Design" ... but then, perhaps, God does support the fast food industry in His own way. And in related news: WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Study: Snake-spotting may have helped humans evolve. "Snakes may make people jump for a good reason -- human close-up vision may have evolved specifically to spot the reptiles, researchers reported on Thursday." Obviously, Eve needed reading glasses.

Al Jazeera --- Jerusalem braced for gay festival. "Organizers of next month's gay festival in Jerusalem have said the event will go ahead despite objections from Jewish, Muslim and Christian leaders. WorldPride, a week-long international festival with a parade, conference and exhibitions, is due to start on August 6. Hagai El-Ad, of Jerusalem Open House, which is organizing the event, said on Tuesday: "Jerusalem's holiness shines at its best when all human beings are respected equally in the city." Sheesh ... I can just see the religious leaders of the worlds 3 largest religions welcoming the San Francisco Gay Mens Choir. I wonder how these folks will be received by Islamic Fundamentalists? Frankly, were I gay ... I don't think I'd feel real safe in that part of the world. ... and in other news: SAN FRANCISCO, California (AP) -- Prosecutors fight 'gay panic' defenses. "Prosecutors said Thursday they want to limit the use of "gay panic" defenses -- where defendants claim their crimes were justified because of fear or anger over their victims' sexual orientation ... Lawmakers in California and New York are considering bills to deter the common courtroom strategy of making a victim's sexual orientation central to a criminal defense." I don't do criminal defense work, (always figured, if you don't feel comfortable inviting a client to your house .... you don't need them as a client ... over the years, though, I must admit, I've had a couple of "love's aftermath" clients who were pretty scary!!! ). So share with me ... the sexual orientation of a victim can be used as a defense? "Yes, your Honor, my client is a diagnosed homophobic, who is unable to control himself around gay people. He reacts by shooting them while he robs them." Give me a break! .... <whispering> ..... BTW: this defense does not work in prison.

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Reuters) -- Cop worked under the covers as hooker. "A woman police officer moonlighting as a prostitute has got off with a caution, New Zealand police said Thursday. The unidentified officer, stationed in the country's biggest city Auckland, was discovered last year to have been a prostitute for a short time." She received an official reprimand, even though ... "An Auckland spokeswoman for the New Zealand Prostitutes' Collective -- a welfare and lobby group for sex workers -- told the New Zealand Press Association that a prostitute might earn as much as $500 New Zealand ($312 U.S.) on a busy night. Asked if she had heard of other police officers moonlighting as sex workers, she said: "We have law students that are sex workers, we have doctors that are sex workers. I mean anyone can be a sex worker." Wellington's Bar Association declined to comment.

Sitting here editing these Ramblings, sipping on some Sherry and watching the evening news. Israel's men and women in uniform are massed at the boarder with Lebanon. No doubt, Hesbalah has it's fighters in place as well. Makes me wonder: if Canada or Mexico sanctioned/sponsored an organization dedicated to our destruction and they kidnapped members of our military ... what actions would we take? .... I have a full day of campaigning tomorrow, so I have decided to take the evening off. Snuggle time with Susan. Running for office has unbelievable "highs" and "lows" ... you suffer both. Each night, you wonder where you stand in the race. What could you have done differently this day? What opportunity to get a couple of votes, did you blow? Designed my newspaper ad this afternoon: it will run until the primary. My radio ads should be finished tomorrow. Got some good press this week, (note the expression on Susan's face :) I will either win in the primary or not. I will have given it my best shot, (given, I have served my clients and paid the bills while doing so).

Should I lose, little children will not die, I will still practice law, I will continue to write these Ramblings and share my digital images .... and the world will remain the same ... <smiling> ... and, most important to me ... Susan will still love me :) <Wondering> .... how did I ever make it in this life, without Susan at my side?? She is ... and tonight, as a drift off to sleep, I will say a prayer of Thanks ... that she is. I will also say a prayer for 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 .... there are many on this little Oasis in the universe that will not be able to. They are wishing they could: you can because of those that can't. 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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