JULY 22, 2005

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 - 2005. 

Archived Prior Ramblings

In Memoriam:
September 11, 2001

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Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of July 22, 2005. "CAIRO, Egypt (CNN) -- The father of one of the hijackers who commandeered the first plane that crashed into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, praised the recent terror attacks in London and said many more would follow." This old man represents the face of the enemy. Not the face of an enemy of our America ... but the face of an enemy, of all human virtues ... the face of what all reasonable, honorable persons, despise. This human cancer is spreading. Pakistan was the first Islamic Republic, established in 1956, (and has been at war with India since). Pakistan is a nuclear power, (having sold nuclear technology to Iraq and is suspected of having sold nuclear technology to Iran, North Korea, and God knows whom else). Today's headline in Der Spiegel, "Pakistan Remains the Global Center for Terrorism and al-Qaida." with an interview of Ahmed Rashid about the country's reliance on extremist groups, radical religious schools and the reason Osama bin Laden remains at large, very likely in Pakistan. "Pakistan's network of religious schools [called "madrassas"] has close links with Islamic extremists in Britain, who feed them with fresh recruits and vital funding, analysts and security officials said." Our good ally, Saudi Arabia financed these schools. On July 15, 2004, "The House voted 217-191 to remove $25,000 in the $19.4 billion 2005 foreign aid bill earmarked for Saudi Arabia. The funds were designated for military training but approval would have triggered millions of dollars in discounts on hardware and other military training, lawmakers said." Great Britain, France, Germany and Spain have VERY large disenfranchised Muslim communities. Care to make a wager about how well folks in these countries are sleeping tonight? Better yet, while you are pumping gas into your SUV ... at $2.35 a gallon ... think about 19.4 Billion, of your tax dollars being sent to Saudi Arabia. Share with me why the 5,000 members of the Saudi Royal Family need 19.4 Billion Dollars in US Foreign Aid?

There really is no accounting for taste, especially when you look at what we do for entertainment. Al Jazeera reports, " Remote-controlled robot jockeys have made their debut as camel riders in the United Arab Emirates, competing in a trial race after the Gulf Arab state tightened a ban on child jockeys." Folks in that part of the world plan on ordering up to 10,000 robots at a cost of about $2000 each, (now you know why the Japanese are investing heavily in robot research!). According to civil rights groups, several thousand boys, some as young as four, work as jockeys in the lucrative sport of camel racing. Children, mainly from poor Asian countries, had been abducted or sold by their families and kept in prison-like conditions and underfed to keep them light so the camels can run faster. While here, in our America, "'Grand Theft Auto San Andreas' is [a] violent, exhilarating game. Rarely does a video game excel in so many ways." . That's a quote from a CNN review. So, pretending to be a thug/murderer while hijacking cars makes for an "exhilarating game"? It apparently also has imbedded, explicit sexual content, which can be unlocked with an Internet download, (causing the video game industry to give it an "adults only" rating on Wednesday.) <Shaking his head> .... share with me why, when it was revealed a video game had "sexual content", the video game industry re-rated this game "adults only"? Isn't participating in vicarious, graphic, 3D murder, obscene enough? Share with me, when did vicariously engaging in graphic, 3d murder, while committing crimes, on your computer or TV, become acceptable "adult" entertainment?

The bad news? In the June 17, 2005 Ramblings, I wrote

" On Avian Flu? The Pandemic has started in China. "... there are now two independent reports on isolation wards being set up near H5N1 bird flu deaths of migratory birds and domestic geese. These reports raise possibility that H5N1 is being efficiently transmitted human to human at two locations in western China, signaling the start of final phase 6 in the 2005 flu pandemic." And in the news today, "The media reports indicate that there are now 23 cases at the Institute for Tropical Medicine in Hanoi. As noted above, the prior reported record was 5 for a hospital. There appear to be 21 new cases admitted since last week." One of the infected persons, was their doctor. There is no doubt the Avian Flu bug is now easily transmitted human to human. They may or may not contain it. Guess we will see. 'Nuf said."

On July 20, 2005, "Authorities also haven't responded to a WHO request to be allowed to visit the Xinjiang region in China's northwest, where there have been reports of a bird flu outbreak along the border with Kazakhstan, said Roy Wadia, a spokesman for WHO's Beijing office."

Posted on the Recombinomics Site, a couple of hours ago, " According to a news report by BBS (they call this a "location", that's a literal translation. i think it's actually a website.) on the morning of 22nd July, the bird flu is still spreading. This (the spread) has caused serious disturbances in a YuShu farm to the Northwest of Qinghai. Based on information from forums / message boards, it is understood that on the 12th July, this farm / farming area was discovered to have many people afflicted with acute pneumonia (i'm not sure if it's via identification of symptoms or was it actually lab confirmed). Following this, authorities entered the area and isolated the patients. Their whereabouts are unknown. They also forcibly inspected surrounding areas and isolated those with "abnormal respiratory problems". On 18th July, the decision was made to close / quarantine the area. This was aimed at preventing / restricting the movement of people in and out of the area. This led the residents to "lose control of themselves" and revolt against the authorities, leading to many casualties. To prevent a chain reaction linked to the Tibetan question (this is a guess, nomads / Tibetans are the words alluded here), on the 20th, the PLA sent in huge numbers of re-enforcements to quell the uprising. At the moment, the extent of the disturbances there is unclear as the area still remains under martial law."

Is there any good news? Maybe. Tamiflu may provide some protection, "The tests conducted on 80 mice demonstrated that Tamiflu could kill the newest strain of the H5N1 virus that has infected poultry in Vietnam, Cambodia, and China. In fact, the researchers reported a 50% to 80% survival rate in mice given high doses of the drug." (50 - 80% survival rate ... that's a 20 - 50% mortality rate, (the Spanish Flu of 1918 had a 1.5% mortality rate and killed millions), are you getting a feel about how lethal this strain of flu is?) That translates into double the dosage, (4 pills per day), and twice the dosage time, (10 days instead of the 5 recommended by the FDA). Tamiflu has a 5 year shelf life and has ONLY ONE MANUFACTURER, the Roche Group. It is expensive, (about $5.00 per pill) and is a prescription drug. "Some Canadian doctors have begun assembling personal stockpiles of Tamiflu in order to protect themselves and their families. Even the public health practitioner Michael Osburn of the Center for Infectious Disease Control, who officially believes that the government should be in charge of distributing drugs during a pandemic admits "as a husband a father, and a friend, do I think the idea of personally stockpiling is something you should be considering? Absolutely."" I have a call in to my doctor. "Over 25 governments around the world have placed orders for stockpiles of Roche Holding AG's influenza treatment Tamiflu in preparation for a potential outbreak of bird flu in humans." If I am indeed paranoid, I'm in good company.

The ballots for the Board of Governors, (in contested races), went out on Wednesday. Again, Matt and I would appreciate your vote. There are changes to be made, that would benefit Solo and Small Firm Lawyers. Please help us make them. Every vote counts. Win or lose, both Matt and I remain committed to a "Vacation Rule", a "Statute of Limitations on Bar Complaints". a "Picture ID Rule" ... and the OCDC sending a copy of any Bar Complaint filed, to the alleged offending attorney. Click HERE for Matt's platform .... and HERE for mine.

Sitting here editing these Ramblings while sipping on some Crème Sherry and listening to the evening news. Not a word about Avian Flu nor China. The elected guardians of our civil liberties have extended the Patriot Act. So how much safer do you feel, knowing some federal agent is monitoring what audio books you have checked out from the library? Our elected representatives, as part of a "Comprehensive Energy Bill", have extended "Daylight Savings", but not the full two months proposed, because ... "farmers complained that a two-month extension could adversely affect livestock". Well, I suppose it could udderly confuse cows, that can tell time. I suspect, the real reason is ... farmers don't want to have to reset the Hoofie Watches, on the cows in their herds, twice a year. The Army wants to raise the age of recruits from 35 to 42, (hidden in the request, was an appropriation for denture cream, orthopedic socks, back braces, canes, walkers, arthritis and menopause meds ..... and Viagra). Guess they are concerned that the "Army of One", is turning into, just that. "Iraqi Reality TV", the hottest show in Baghdad, the "Wolf Brigade" ... "Cops", Iraqi style ... no "suspects are presumed innocent, until proven guilty in a court of law" stuff ... just beat up looking folks confessing to some of the most heinous crimes thinkable. Entertainment? Probably, you see, Iraqi's can't afford camel riding robots ... yet. But that is real civic progress, isn't it? And on the local news, tonight, the Police Chief of Kahoka, Missouri, (the Clark County seat located near the Iowa and Illinois borders), was arrested for possession of narcotics and attempting to have sex with an animal. <scratching his head> .... so share with me, why that bit of information, should be reported on the Kansas City evening news?

Tonight, I'll say a prayer for the folks in China, as I drift off to sleep holding the love of my life. China has a 50 year history of holding their cards close to the chest. Most of what has happened there, we learned about years after the fact. Not exactly a free press and Avian Flu issues are a "State Secret". There is a news blackout, including banning WHO officials from investigating Avian Flu reports. Susan and I will have Tamiflu, "just in case" ... cheap insurance, (and like my homeowners and car insurance, I hope we never need it). I will also say a prayer for the safe 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, knowing the best there is, is on watch so you can, (and think about having your own stockpile of Tamiflu, (40 pills per person)). 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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