AUGUST 26, 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. 

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Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of August 26, 2005. NY TIMES, Robertson Suggests U.S. Kill Venezuela's Leader. "Pat Robertson, the conservative Christian broadcaster, has attracted attention over the years for lambasting feminists, "activist" judges, the United Nations and Disneyland. Now Mr. Robertson has set off an international firestorm by saying on. his television show that the United States should kill the Venezuelan president, Hugo Chávez, a leftist whose country has the largest oil reserves outside the Middle East. "If he thinks we're trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it," Mr. Robertson said Monday on his show, "The 700 Club." "It's a whole lot cheaper than starting a war. And I don't think any oil shipments will stop." Not the first great insight by Rev. Robertson. How about these gems of Christian tolerance and charity: in a 1992 fund-raising letter: The "feminist agenda" is a "socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians". ... or on "The 700 Club", Aug. 2, 2001, the good Rev. Robertson proclaimed that gay groups had better stop flying flags celebrating Gay Pride Month at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Fla. ­ or else. "I would warn Orlando that you’re right in the way of some serious hurricanes. It’ll bring about terrorist bombs. It’ll bring earthquakes, tornadoes and possibly a meteor." .... or how about his comment about the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, two days after the attacks, Robertson said "I totally concur" when his guest, the Rev. Jerry Falwell, suggested that "the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way ­ all of them who have tried to secularize America" helped cause the attacks. Care for another? Oct. 13, 2003: Robertson, after reading a book on the State Department, said: "If I could just get a nuclear device inside Foggy Bottom (the area of Washington where the department’s office is), I think that’s the answer. I mean, you get through this, and you say, ‘We’ve got to blow that thing up.’" Or, how about this gem" ? May 1, 2005, on ABC’s "This Week," about federal judges: Robertson, "I think they are destroying the fabric that holds our nation together. There is an assault on marriage. There’s an assault on human sexuality, as Judge Scalia said, they've taken sides in the culture war"... Interviewer, "How can you say that these judges are a more serious threat than Islamic terrorists who slammed into the World Trade Center?" Robertson, "It depends on how you look at culture. If you look over the course of a hundred years, I think the gradual erosion of the consensus that’s held our country together is probably more serious than a few bearded terrorists who fly into buildings." And on Wednesday, he apologized, ""I didn't say 'assassination.' I said our special forces should 'take him out.' And 'take him out' can be a number of things, including kidnapping; there are a number of ways to take out a dictator from power besides killing him. I was misinterpreted by the AP [Associated Press], but that happens all the time," Robertson said on "The 700 Club." [the link includes the video ... judge for yourself.] I remain amazed at the number of people who support religious intolerance, buy into "the message", the venom, these "holy men", teach. Share with me, would a loving God, a God, who according to Christian teaching, loved us enough to send "His Only Begotten Son" to die for our sins, condone murder for political gain? Should you have an interest, HERE is what the Bible has to say about "prophets". I believe in a loving God. I have a monologue with Him daily, (guess, He has been busy chatting with Rev. Robertson ... so, when He has time and my conversation with Him, turn into a dialogue .... I'll let you know what He has to say.) [Postscript] After reading this paragraph, (I sometimes share my thoughts with Friends, before I publish them), my Dear Friend Jim Pennoyer pointed out that, "On the other hand, he does a great deal of good in the world." ... I respectfully dissent. The organization he founded, the people working for that organization, make a difference, do the good work. My point being, "All men have feet of clay" ..... perhaps the clay in Rev. Robertson's feet, reaches higher than most.

The debate about stem cell research, (abortion), continues: DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- "An evangelical group has begun a weeklong advertising campaign in Iowa criticizing Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist for backing expanded embryonic stem cell research. "We know Iowa is a way to get everybody's attention," said Gary Cass, head of the Florida-based Center for Reclaiming America. "Our hope is Senator Frist will hear from Iowans and they are kind of a bellwether state in the heartland." ... and ... CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) -- "A review of medical evidence has found that fetuses likely don't feel pain until the final months of pregnancy, a powerful challenge to abortion opponents who hope that discussions about fetal pain will make women think more about ending pregnancies." [Postscript .... on the evening news tonight ... two of the researchers involved in this study work for an abortion clinic or perform abortions.] When does a fetus develop a functioning nervous system? Isn't that required to feel pain? At what point does a fetus develop a brain capable of processing pain? [I researched these two issues: the nervous system is "responsive", (opinions vary), at between 9 to 12 weeks ... the " neocortex", that part of the brain controlling "higher functions", the "stuff" that makes us, us ... doesn't develop until the final months of pregnancy.] Share with me, if reasonable, intelligent, honorable persons can differ on when "we" become "we", why are we debating stem cell research? Doesn't the fundamentalist argument, carried to it's logical conclusion, imply, that any chunk of human meat is or can potentially be a "person"? I support stem cell research. Yet, I personally consider abortion, (as a form of birth control), immoral ... while supporting a woman's right to decide this issue for herself. Doesn't she have to live with that decision? I have no right to impose my moral view on another.

In this month's " Popular Science": Porn Helps Human Sperm Gear Up for Competition. "Research shows that mixed-gender porn stimulates sperm to swim faster than all-women porn. The study, conducted at the University of Western Australia, examined the effect of gender-specific pornography on sperm. On one day of the study, the heterosexual subjects donated samples while they viewed pornography that featured three women. On a separate day, the same subjects viewed X-rated pictures depicting a woman with two men. Overall, the sperm became more vigorous­and, it’s surmised, more fertile­after the subjects watched other men in action. We found that men viewing images containing both men and women had higher sperm motility in masturbatory ejaculate, explained the head researcher, Leigh Simmons." Now you have to ask yourself ... who would fund this research? The Australian "Senior Mobility Underachievement Trainers", (SMUT), industry?

LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- "Actor Brock Peters, best known for his heartbreaking performance as the black man falsely accused of rape in "To Kill a Mockingbird," died Tuesday at his home after battling pancreatic cancer. He was 78." The movie, "To Kill a Mockingbird" offered inspiration for a generation to become lawyers. It did me. I wanted to be like Atticus Finch, helping the "little guy" stand up against the system, fight for social justice. Mr. Peters put a face to, personalized the injustice, the bigotry, prevalent in our America at that time. There has been change, greater opportunities for all Americans, but we are not there yet. There remains racial bigotry, (Hispanic, Asian, Black ... and all colors in between) ... and there also remain Americans intent on playing the social welfare system. Indemnification has become "the" reality in our America. You can buy insurance to indemnify you against anything, (chuckling ... I love the AFLACK commercials). And the folks, who lack the funds for private insurance, expect our government to fill the gap. All the while, insurance companies collect our premiums and contest claims, (and pay lobbyists and make substantial political contributions to limit their contractual liabilities ... does "Tort Reform" ring a bell?) . Those who have the funds, buy shares and collect dividends, while the rest of us ... just pay. Rent "To Kill a Mockingbird", if you do not have a copy on DVD. Look at the face of Mr. Peters, acting in, "To Kill a Mocking Bird" .... look at his face, the face of a victim ... then look in the mirror. Mr. Peters was an actor, acting, playing a role ... share with me ... what role are you and I playing ... when we write that check, to our insurance companies . Guess the big difference remains .... you and I are not acting.

(CNN) -- "Eric Rudolph's mother says her son's confession to a string of bombings across the Southeast was "quite a shock," but that she still loves him and will continue to do so "no matter what happens ... I think each man is destined in life to fulfill whatever he's called to do, and some people, unfortunately, are on the dark side," Pat Rudolph, 77, said in an exclusive interview from Florida that aired Monday on CNN, her first television appearance." Ah Yes!! A mothers love. Kate "Ma" Barker is rumored to have made the same comment about her sons.

Sitting here editing these Ramblings, sipping on some wine and thinking about my and Andrew Starr's presentation today, (Photographic Evidence: Paint them a picture.) Truly enjoyed doing it. Will do another one in Jeff City on September 9, 2005 ... St. Louis on September 16, 2005 and in Springfield, on September 30, 2005. If you have any interest in digital photography, come watch, (3 CLE hours). Andrew and I will arrive on Thursday afternoon, before each presentation ... perhaps you would care to join us for supper?

Thinking about not being able to curl up next to Susan when I do these CLE's ... really don't like the idea, (maybe I'll bring one of our pillows?). Saying a prayer and smelling her hair while I fall asleep, has become one of those little joys of life, that make life worth living. She really is my "Tender Mercy", (This may come as a shock .... but I REALLY do love this woman!!!! I can not picture a life, without her laugh ... her, talking to her "furry babies" ... or seeing her first thing in the morning :) Be and sleep well knowing the best there is, is on watch so you can. (Would you care to join me in a prayer/sending good wishes for their safe return? .... <whispering> ...... Please, Please, Please, God, let our men and women in uniform come home safe and soon!) 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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