AUGUST 11, 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

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  08-04-06  08-11-06
Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of August 11, 2006. Ever wonder why you look at the ballot in November ... and wonder which of the two candidates you want to vote against? Simple ... YOU DID NOT VOTE IN THE PRIMARY!!!   Here are the numbers in Johnson County, Missouri, (America's Heartland),  in my campaign. I won by 79 votes.  There are 24,524 registered voters, in Johnson County, Missouri .... 4,010 voted. How sad is that? ... <sigh> ... It is sinking in, that I won  ...  so I'm sitting here now,   with an empty campaign chest and wondering HOW I'm going to be able to do it all over again in the general election in November.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Iowa Supreme Court upholds HIV-spreading conviction. "A man convicted of having unprotected sex with four people while knowing he carried the virus that causes AIDS was denied appeals Friday by the Iowa Supreme Court  ...  The high court rejected several constitutional arguments in Musser's appeal, including that the state law requiring a carrier of HIV to notify a partner violates the First Amendment protection against forcing speech against one's will.   The court ruled that the state law promotes a compelling state interest and is narrow enough in scope to be constitutional."   This waste of skin is serving a 50 year sentence.   Sadly, one of his 4 partners, (a young women),   has already tested positive for the HIV virus. The Bureau of Justice Statistics,   (part of the Justice Department),   maintains a Website containing current prison population statistics. For example, as of June 30, 2005, there were 2,186,230 prisoners held in Federal, State or local prisons.  The number known to be HIV positive totaled 23,659,   down from 23,864 at year end 2002.   Of those, correctional authorities reported that 22,028 were State inmates and 1,631 were Federal inmates.   In 2003,   282 prisoners died from AIDs   related causes. Given the meds available to prolong life,   guess that means you and I are picking up the tab for the anti-viral medications needed by these prison inmates.   They require a 3 drug combination every day, Sustiva (efavirenz --- $499.43/mo),   Emtriva (emtricitabine -- $347.11/mo) and Viread (tenofovir disoproxil fumarate -- $350.00/mo),   to stay alive.  Quite expensive,   about $1,210/mo per person.   What does it say about a society that has 46 MILLION middle class people, without health insurance,  that provides life saving drugs to it's prison inmates   ...   and leaves it's law abiding, hard working citizens, twisting in the wind?

As an aside, there were 6,241 allegations of prison sexual violence in 2005.   Of those, 15%, (885), were substantiated.   38% of these allegations involved staff sexual misconduct;   35%,   inmate-on-inmate non-consensual sexual acts;   17%, staff sexual harassment; and 10%, inmate-on-inmate abusive sexual contact.   I've been around the block once or twice .... <scratching my head> .... but share with me ... what is the difference between   "35% inmate-on-inmate non-consensual sexual acts"   ...   and ...   the "10%, inmate-on-inmate abusive sexual contact"?

BBC NEWS - Baby badges for Japan commuters. "Rail companies in Tokyo are handing out badges to pregnant women in the hope they prompt commuters to give up their seats on the capital's crowded trains.  The badges come in pink and blue and have the words  "There is a baby in my stomach" printed on them."   Rumor has it ... should a woman ask for one or wear one   ...   they double the price of the ticket.   Japan has one of the lowest birth rates in the world,   ranking 182 out of 192,  (Niger has the highest.)   The Japanese government is concerned   ...  about a decreasing population.   Who will support the baby-boomers when they retire?   I guess they plan on actually providing benefits   ...   instead of increasing the retirement age to a level where few would live long enough to get them   ...   <whispering>  ....   isn't that one of the "solutions" for saving Social Security being contemplated by our elected representatives?

FORT BELVOIR, Virginia (AP) -- C'mon kids, let's go to Army World!   "The Army is considering a proposal to allow a private developer to build a military-themed park that would include Cobra Gunship rides and bars including a "1st Division Lounge." Military officials said a massive entertainment and hotel complex built next to a national Army museum could draw more than 1 million people a year   ... You can command the latest M-1 tank,   feel the rush of a paratrooper freefall,   fly a Cobra Gunship or defend your B-17 as a waist gunner,"    Boy, I bet it would go over big!   What kind of mind would think of war as entertainment?   I remember a time when parents were picketing Hasbro for producing the G.I. Joe doll.   Guess times have changed.

CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) -- Study: Sexy music triggers teen sex. "Teens whose iPods are full of music with raunchy, sexual lyrics start having sex sooner than those who prefer other songs, a study found ... Songs depicting men as "sex-driven studs," women as sex objects and with explicit references to sex acts are more likely to trigger early sexual behavior than those where sexual references are more veiled and relationships appear more committed, the study found." Given the lyrics of some of the "Rap" songs I've heard,  the study makes sense.   I remember the controversy over the "Rolling Stones",  "Satisfaction".  Like I said, times have changed.

And the winner in the "Natural Selection" category ... BBC NEWS - NY tiger owner's case thrown out. "A New Yorker who was mauled by his pet tiger has failed in his bid to sue after police searched his flat without a warrant. The judge said Antoine Yates had been audacious to claim his rights had been violated in the October 2003 search - which also uncovered an alligator ... Police were alerted to the presence of the 10-foot-long (3m) tiger after Yates sought hospital treatment for deep bites .. In his lawsuit against the city, filed the same year he was jailed, Yates said police had violated his constitutional rights by entering his flat without a warrant. He also claimed that $7,000 in cash, $30,000 in jewellery and a brown pet rabbit were missing when he returned home."  No doubt, this will be fodder for the anti-trial lawyer lobby!   You have to wonder though ... can you picture being the "brown pet rabbit"  living in an apartment, with a full grown tiger and an alligator?   ....   And then, this weeks runner up:   RICHLAND, Washington (AP) -- Police hot on doughnut trail. "When someone stole a truck full of doughnuts, police sprung into action. An all-points bulletin was issued moments after the theft of the Viera's Bakery van was reported early Friday in Kennewick. ... A Benton County sheriff's deputy quickly spotted the truck. After a chase at 30 to 35 mph, Richland police got it to stop and arrested the driver, Steve Swoboda, 19, for investigation of auto theft and felony escape."  Talk about poking a hornet's nest!!!  What was he thinking!   This kid's Momma must have used his head as a basketball when he was a baby!

NEW YORK (Reuters) -- Study: Tech replaces diamonds as girl's best friend. "Diamonds are no longer a girl's best friend, according to a new U.S. study that found three of four women would prefer a new plasma TV to a diamond necklace."  A plasma TV?  Thank God, they've come down in price!   No wonder I see so many men hanging out in the electronics section at Walmart.   No doubt, must now be the best place for single guys to meet women! But a depreciating asset   ....   instead of something that lasts "forever" and gains value? Wouldn't work for Susan, though ... unless I included the DirecTV, Sunday NFL  package!!! Hmmm   ....   we have our tenth wedding anniversary coming up on August 24th!   (Susan and I will be campaigning   ...   so much for renewing our vows in Vegas!)   A traditional 10th anniversary wedding gift,  would have been Tin/Aluminum   ...   guess now a days   ...   it's Panasonic!

Sitting here editing these Ramblings and sipping on some Port.  Thinking about having to campaign/run all over again.  Having to design newspaper ads, campaign literature, press releases and order more pens,  emery boards,  newspaper ads and radio spots.  And of course  ...  go door-to-door.  I will have to raise funds all over again,  since my campaign chest is empty and my opponents chest is full.   I'm running against Sue Dodson,  (from an old Johnson County family).   She is a very nice Lady,  (whom frankly, I would have no problem standing in front of as an attorney).   I believe, however, I am much more qualified. And I have the ultimate campaign weapon  ...  Susan standing there with me, side by side, supporting me, while I campaign.

Tonight, drifting off to sleep, holding my Best Friend and my most ferverent supporter,  (who, by the way  ...  got a clean bill of health today from the doctor who performed her breast surgeries!!! :)    ...    I will say a prayer of Thanks   ...   there is so much to be thankful for.   Just take a look around you.   I will also pray for the safe return of our men and women in uniform, (care to join me?)   ...   [Perhaps it is possible to support our men and women in uniform   ...   and condemn the job they are doing,  (the War)   ...   but history teaches, we have not been able to do so.  'Nuff said by me.]    .....   <whispering>   ....  Please, Please, Please, God ... let them come home safe and soon!   Be and sleep well   ...   there are folks out there right now,  who will not   ...   so you can. If my post offends,  I apologize  ...  that is not my intent.   Should I get elected   ...   I will no longer write the Ramblings.   As always ... I offer a warm brotherly hug to each member of this little "Family".

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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