Karl H. Timmerman M.A.J.D. 2004
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JULY 30, 2004

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.
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Greets and Huggers.  Posted the evening of July 30, 2004.  When I was growing up, my Dad used to complain, "the smallest rear ends use the most toilet paper", (saw a "Charmin" toilet paper commercial this week:  "less is more", reminded me of his statement.)   True, though, isn't it? Watched the Democratic Convention during the week and watched the "toilet paper flow".  Watched some really small rear ends ... hehehe ... waving rolls of toilet paper and listened to speeches by some REALLY big  rear ends.   I remain apolitical: I vote for the person, not the party. Never have understood the mindset of a "party line" voter. (Isn't it kinda like marrying a woman cause she is "White", "Black", "Baptist", "Lutheran" or "Jewish"? without knowing if she can cook, is capable of having children or how she feels about sex?)  Hate to say it:   but why would anyone run for a National public office now a days?  Go under a microscope:  risk having every mistake you have ever made aired publicly. Give up privacy.  I ran for office as a Holden City Councilman because our Holden City cops were not enforcing parking ordinances  ...  and were ticketing folks riding their lawn mowers to our local restaurant to have breakfast with their cronies, (how much of a threat to public welfare is a Craftsman garden tractor roaring down one of Holden's back streets at 3 miles per hour?)  A way for them to celebrate another sunrise. Folks too old to drive a car, too old to walk ... but still young enough to want to visit with their friends about what they remember. And old enough to know exactly how much toilet paper is enough. I'm still working on that one.  Wisdom takes many forms. 

Last night, heard Alexandra Kerry, (John Kerry's daughter), talk about John Kerry, giving "mouth to mouth" to a hamster.  "The hamster was never the same afterward".   I bet!!!  But it is sure good to know, in the '60's our Navy trained it's officers for all possible emergencies.  Read Philadelphia heiress
Julia Thorne, John Kerry's ex-wife's comments about her "ex"with interest.  Heard Lieutenant. Jim Rassman, USN Ret. talk about being saved by John Kerry, ("Ret" ... wonder why, after years of service he retired as only a Lieutenant.??)  Heard Max Cleland, (Head of the Veterans Administration under President Carter andformer Senator from Georgia), sing John Kerry's praise.  Max Cleland, I truly respect: "On April 8, 1968, during the siege of Khe Sanh, he stepped off a helicopter and saw a grenade at his feet. He thought he'd dropped it. He was wrong. When he reached down to pick it up, it exploded, ripping off both legs and his right hand. He was 25." He is a remarkable human being:  "In the Senate, he was a moderate -- liberal on social issues, conservative on fiscal matters. He was a reliable vote for increased military spending, but wary of committing U.S. troops overseas. He criticized President Bill Clinton's bombing of the former Yugoslavia in 1999, saying that was starting to "look like Vietnam." In 2001, he broke with Democrats to vote for Bush's tax cuts."  To me, he symbolizes what the human spirit is capable of accomplishing, (you see, the human spirit doesn't need legs to stand on).  'Nuff said.

I watched John Kerry's speech on a
Samsung 51" HDTV, (1080i), on VOOM, (a satellite service with 35 TRUE High Definition TV Channels)  with interest.  For your information, HDTV is worth every penny:  it is like looking out a window.  The picture really is THAT clear:  causing interesting new problems for "makeup artists".  On a regular TV, John Kerry, from a visual standpoint, looked good:  in High Definition, bad, you could see him sweat profusely. He delivered the speech well. Kerry is not God's messenger, any more than Bush ... both are only men: and being of woman born, both have "feet of clay". Neither have figured out, yet, exactly how much toilet paper is enough. Some interesting quotes to comment on:  "I'm John Kerry and I'm reporting for duty".  As a United States Senator, aren't you already supposed to be "on duty"?   "I was born in the West Wing".  His mother was an intern under Clinton? (Doesn't life begin at conception?) "I will appoint an Attorney General who will uphold the Constitution of the United States". All Attorney Generals swear to uphold the Constitution of the United State:  the problem is, we currently have one who doesn't know what it is and what rights it conveys.  The "Right to Bear Arms" isn't about wearing sleeveless t-shirts. "The best days for America are ahead". <smiling> .... or they are afoot, depending on your point of view!  "And what can I say about Teresa". We kinda hoped you would help us on this one:  we don't know what to say about her either, other than, she's rich. "We never go to war because we want to:  we only go to war when we have to."   Guess the operative phrase is "have to". At the time, weren't you also one of the folks that thought "we have to"?  " We will end the back door draft of national guards and reservists"  How?  By re-instituting a "front door: draft? Short of that, where would you get the manpower?
" That flag belongs to all the American people."
  Yes it does and there are even folks left who can afford to buy one.  Unfortunately, they are called Republicans.  "You don't value families by making them take a collection to buy body armor for their children in the military"  Wasn't Bush's tax refund supposed to cover that? "The high road may be harder, but it leads to a better place."   Not if you are starting out on top of the mountain and going down hill.  "I don't want to say God is on our side, I want to pray humbly , that we are on God's side."  Does God have a side? Don't think so.

I read the flurry of *POL* posts today.  So many very, very bright and talented folks expressing their opinions about the past.  I didn't read one that offered viable solutions. There really is no difference between Kerry solutions and Bush solutions, just different verbiage. Neither are willing to wage all out war. Absent that, we are looking at years and years of putting Band-Aids  on syphilitic chancres, worldwide, rather than treating the underlying disease. The underlying disease is poverty and political repression.  The
UN ordered the Sudan today, to reign in Arab militias killing black Sudanese.  Failure to comply would lead to "sanctions".  The "sanctions" would be what?  Stopping the government of the Sudan from purchasing things with funds they don't have?  Putting a "freeze" on the Sudan's rampant slave trade? There are a finite number of options.   There are a finite number of solutions.  A small start, a very small start, would be withholding support for repressive regimes. Supporting 3rd world communities, not by sending money ... but by giving them the tools to help themselves is another.

Installed the
air induction kit in "Olga", this week. She now has a throaty growl and 10 more horsepower :)

Sitting here editing these Ramblings, sipping on some Tawny Port after having read the "
Song of Soloman".  You want to talk about "soft porn"? Without a doubt, the first "blouse snatcher" novel: "My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door, and my bowels were moved for him. I rose up to open to my beloved; and my hands dropped with myrrh, and my fingers with sweet smelling myrrh, upon the handles of the lock. I opened to my beloved; but my beloved had withdrawn himself, and was gone.." I love Susan with all my heart and live each day, thanking God, that by the Grace of God, we met and have each other.  There is nothing better in my life than feeling her next to me when I go to sleep ... and seeing her face when I wake up. Tonight, as I go to sleep, I will pray that I learn how much toilet paper is necessary, for your well being, Susan and our men and women in uniform, (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. 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)