A MISSOURI LAWYER'S
SEPTEMBER 2, 2005
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Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of September 2, 2005.
"Katrina" will be a name we remember. Our America has been hit ....
hard. History will show many heros. and some who were not. The pictures on TV,
on Tuesday, were unbelievable. They reminded me of the Tsunami pictures from
last December. So many, lost so much. Some lost all ... including their lives.
What is left to say? We will mourn and bury our dead ... and be grateful, for
those who survived. We will stand together, as Americans, roll up our sleeves
... and rebuild. Watching the news reminded me of an email, my father received
and shared with me, a couple of weeks ago: "A friend of mine opened his
wife's underwear drawer and picked up a silk paper wrapped package: "This,"
he said, "isn't any ordinary package." He unwrapped the box
and stared at both the silk paper and the box. "She got this the first
time we went to New York , 8 or 9 years ago. She has never put it on, was
saving it for a special occasion. Well, I guess this is it." He got
near the bed and placed the gift box next to the other clothes he was taking to
the funeral home, his wife had just died. He turned to me and said: "Never
save something for a special occasion. Every day in your life is a special
occasion". A great truth, isn't it? Look around .... share with me,
what "stuff" do you own, that is not replaceable? Look at the people
you love: if they were gone, what would you give to be able to spend another
hour .... an opportunity to hug and kiss them .... and say "I'll see
you again when the time comes?" Important to keep things in
perspective .... isn't it?
Perspective? On Wednesday, watched the looting in New Orleans, on the evening news. [Why were so many of the looters, on the news, African American?] I can understand folks breaking into a grocery store, to steal food or water. A survival strategy. But share with me .... breaking into an appliance store to steal a television, radio or DVD player? Or steal jewelry or designer clothes? I'd like to ask the looters: "Dude ... where are you taking this crap? ... Isn't your house under water? There is no electricity! " ... "Dude .... you plan on watching TV or listening to the radio, wearing that jewelry and those designer clothes, while you die from hunger or dehydration?" If there was ever an argument to be made for "evolution", "natural selection" .... this is it. I find the looting offensive, but, what I find more offensive, is, the incredible stupidity of the looters, (course .... except for the ones stealing guns and ammunition .... history teaches ... having the weapons to take what you need .... is a damn sound survival strategy). On Thursday night, listened to the news .... there are armed bands of thugs, roaming the streets of New Orleans and in the Superdome ... terrorizing survivors, pillaging and raping. There are reports of snipers shooting at rescue helicopters. Times like this bring out the best in us .... and the worst, in some of us. The fact remains, some of us are indiscriminate predators. Sure helps me understand what happened in Baghdad. Predators remain predators. Enough is enough. A modest, proposal. Help "natural selection" along. Have our President declare martial law. Federalize the area .... and send in troops to restore order and protect rescue workers. Shoot the wolves victimizing our sheep, (sure would restore order and decrease the cretin gene pool ... wouldn't it?) From my perspective, it sickens me ... to make these observations. [Footnote: Finally, this afternoon, on CNN, troops and relief supplies are slowly making their way to the streets of New Orleans ... and ... the thugs who roamed the streets are slowly crawling back under the rocks they slithered out from. But, even tonight, police and national guard folks are not patrolling the streets .... but instead, have to set up perimeters and guard their police stations from roving gangs of armed looters. ]
Keeping things in perspective, on a personal level: Daisy is an old dog. Her snout, over the years, has turned gray. She is overweight and can't move like she used to. She may have arthritis. Her vision is getting bad and she sleeps most of the day ... every once in awhile, barking, in her dreams. When she comes in from "doing her business" ... she comes over to me, rolls on her back, (hehehe ... I told Susan, maybe, she was a prostitute in a prior life :) ... and begs for a tummy scritch. You see, she trusts me enough, to expose her tummy to me .... and have me give her one. I do. She has had a good and long life, (for a dog) ... but I know, (and perhaps, so does she), her time to pass is coming. Lately, she can't get enough of being close to me. Perhaps, she thinks I can give her more time. I can't. Or, maybe, she just wants to be close to the person she loves most, (and whom she knows, senses, loves her as well.) I do. I can anthropomorphize .... give her human traits and motives ... but that would not do her justice. She is a dog: no more, no less .... and one of God's creatures, every bit as much, as you and I. Natural disasters, like "Katrina" force us to refocus, force us to gain perspective .... it has forced me to think about and question ... I wonder ... will I mourn Daisy's death ... or will she mourn mine? <whispering> .... share with me .... what makes you think she, you, or I, are guaranteed a tomorrow? If nothing else ... hasn't "Katrina" taught us that?
In other news, EZULWINI VALLEY, Swaziland (Reuters) -- "The king of Swaziland's daughter was whipped by a palace official at a party of teenage virgins ahead of a festival where more than 50,000 maidens are available to become her father's 13th wife, media said on Sunday." [ Swaziland, is a country, in Southern Africa, between Mozambique and South Africa with a population of 1,173,900 folks, (as of 2003, 38.8% of whom, are HIV positive .... Swaziland recently surpassed Botswana as the country with the world's highest known rates of HIV/AIDS infection.) The average life expectancy at birth is 35.65 years, (interestingly enough, males outlive females ... 37.18 years to 34.07 years (2005 est.))] Seems a some of the 50,000 "maidens", (in Swaziland, a "maiden", ready for marriage, is a 13 year old virgin), waiting to parade, bare breasted before Swaziland's King, (King Mswati III), so he could choose one to be his 13th wife, were playing their radios too loud and got a bit mouthy when told to turn the volume down, (imagine that: a mouthy 13 year old), so one of the Palace Officials whipped them. I noticed, while researching this article, the Swazi Ministry of Tourism, (first governmental Website I have ever seen, with a bare breasted "maiden" on it), just announced, in conjunction with the King's nuptial selection ceremony ... Swaziland will be hosting the first "World Child Lovers" convention, (Boy Scout Leaders, Catholic Priests, Church Youth Ministers ... and citizens of Arkansas will not be granted a visa.) Just a modest reminder that the rest of the world doesn't live by or adhere to American cultural values ... <whispering> .... another example .... bestiality is not a criminal offence in Sweden ... guess, "taking your horse for a ride", in Sweden, can be a double entente.
LINCOLN, NEB. - Preliminary Hearing For Matthew Koso "22-year-old Matthew Koso could face a criminal trial. He's charged with first degree sexual assault of an underage girl who is now his wife. The girl was just 13-years-old when they found out she was pregnant with Koso's child. After that, the two made arrangements to get married in Kansas." Mr. Koso, with the consent of the girls mother, got married in Hiawatha. Kansas, (Kansas has no minimum marital age but only requires the consent of the parents or one parent and a judge). Mr. Koso's daughter was born last week, "I feel like I'm sitting on top of the world right now," he said Friday, speaking about the baby's birth. "But I do get worried that this is going to turn out in a bad way and I'm going to lose everything I've got". With Nebraska's Attorney General gunning for him, if I were Mr Koso ... I'd be learning how to darn socks, (a useful skill in most penal environments).
BAGHDAD, Iraq - In War's Chaos, Iraq Finds Inspiration for Reality TV. " Amal Ramzi Ismail had been up since dawn glancing out the window of her neighbor's house at the wreckage of her own home, destroyed when American soldiers blew up a munitions cache nearby. Then, at 10:40 a.m., what she had been waiting for all morning finally arrived - an Iraqi television crew pulled up in a blue minivan with a flurry of dust and rushed over to Ms. Ismail's house. "Materials and Labor," an Iraqi TV show, during the rebuilding of the Ismail family's home. The anchor, Nival Ali Hassoun, with a family member. Laborers were already toiling away, hammering planks, laying bricks and pouring concrete. They had begun their work in early August, when an Iraqi television network hired a contractor to rebuild the house. So went a recent taping in mid-August of "Materials and Labor," a homegrown Iraqi show inspired by "This Old House" and "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," but with a twist of "Apocalypse Now." The new Iraqi reality shows are more popular than some of the old fare, like Uday Hussien's "Best of Abu Ghraib Executions" and the all time prior favorite: Sadam Hussien's, "Gas the Kurds". I guess, after you kill off the best and the brightest for three generations, the remaining audience is not real demanding.
NEW YORK (AP) -- "Scientists have deciphered the DNA of the chimpanzee, the closest living relative of humankind, and made comprehensive comparisons with the human genetic blueprint. It is a step toward finding a biological answer to a key question: What makes us human? .... There are no firm answers yet about how humans picked up key traits such as walking upright and developing complex language. But the work has produced a long list of DNA differences with the chimp and some hints about which ones might be crucial." Sheesh! That's an easy answer. As our genitalia became longer, as a species, we needed to walk upright. As for complex speech, that developed to make fun of the folks who weren't as well endowed.
Last Sunday night watched the "Eagles 1 Live" concert on NBC, (a live concert from their World Tour). Talk about bringing back memories! Incredibly gifted artists, Joe Walsh, Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Randy Meisner, (and Timothy Schmit and Don Felder). Talk about harmony, about pure musical talent ... and the lyrics to songs like "Hotel California", "Desperado", or from the Melbourne Concert, "One Day at a Time" :
Well I finally got around to admit that I was the problem
When I use to put the blame on everybodyís shoulders but mine
All my friends I use to hang with are gone
But I hadnít planned on living this long
Iíll have to learn to live my life one day at a time
It was something I was too blind to see
I got help from something greater then me
Now I have to learn to live my life one day at a time.
One of the sponsors was Lee Iacocca and Snoop Dog ... a Chrysler commercial. Guess times have changed: from Snoop Dog, "The Dog Father"
put down more hits than mafioso made
And Lucky Lucianno 'bout to sing soprano
And I know, I know the way you feel
And baby bubba we gon' keep it on tha real
Just to get you caught up in amazement
We puffin' on Cubans so it might get dangerous
But when it isn't, you can sit izzon bizzack
And let the Bizzow Wizzow ride the trizzack, ha ha
How you feelin'? I'm up to dealin', ridin' like a villan
Makin' a killin', thrillin' the crowd wit my new hairdo,
Outfits unused, fifty dollar socks, hundred-thousand dollar shoes
Man, I'm givin' blues to these sucka MC's
Who you be? You know who I be, young nigga
I'm Tha DoggFather
Kind of a different way of looking at things, (You know who I be, young nigga ... I'm Tha DoggFather.. ?????) .... I remember sharing a Neal Young song with my mother, guess, while on leave in 1969. I remember watching her eyes glaze over ... shaking her head and looking at me .... like she had dropped me on my head when I was a baby. Guess I look at folks who enjoy this form of music, the same way.
Sitting here listening to the news, (sipping on some Cream Sherry), editing these Ramblings and thinking about what "Katrina" has taught, (an obvious lesson ... don't stockpile food ... just be better armed than the folks that do) .... <scratching my head> .... So share with me ..... What were the billions of dollars spent on disaster preparedness, after 9/11, spent on, (especially the 6.3 billion dollars budgeted for FEMA in 2005?) Isn't the Federal Emergency Management Agency, (FEMA) .... supposed to have a plan and resources in place for emergencies, like natural disasters? Where were they Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday? Why did it take 5 days to mobilize the National Guard, to provide security for the rescue/relief effort? Even now, they are just dribbling in. Wouldn't a Category 5 Hurricane, guaranteed to come ashore somewhere along the Gulf Coast, raise a bag full of red flags? Who at FEMA was watching the store? I must admit, it makes my heart sing to learn that almost every civilized nation on this earth, over 60 countries, including Sri Lanka, have offered support, in one form or another. Germany has offered it's strategic oil reserves. Great Britain, complete tent cities. Why did our State Department wait until today to accept it? Condoleesa Rice, in a news conference, this afternoon, explained .... "We needed to wait before accepting the offers of assistance, to make sure they meshed with FEMA's plans." FEMA's plans? What plans? I got news. This is a "wake up call". FEMA has proven as useful as tits on a bull. We have damn well better make some changes ... as even our President noted ... "The results are unacceptable". Well, Mr. President, how about you and our waste of skin elected representatives, fix it!!!
If the response of Americans, is anything close to the reactions of my brothers and sisters on the SFIG, (or the folks in Texas), we WILL survive this ordeal. I guess the good news is .... I haven't heard Jerry Falwell or Reverend Robertson calling this tragedy, God's punishment for declining "family values", (course Reverend Phelps is planning to picket the funerals of the victims .... cause "Fagots" and "Queers" bombed his daughters house a few years ago). Ft. Timmerman is a fort, (24" limestone walls), designed with internal defensive perimeters, (I was Holden's Prosecuting Attorney when I built it), and frankly, like my Dear Friends Matt Hill and Randy Head, et. al. .... I take my right to bear arms, seriously and I'm not talking about the right to wear sleeveless shirts, (Susan and I could probably hold off the Chinese Communist Army for a few hours). Looters? Thanks .... but I feel sure, we can hold our own. I wonder how many folks in New Orleans wish they could say the same? Tonight, holding Susan as I drift off to sleep .... I will say a prayer for the many who can not hold the one they love, (here at home .... and our men and women in uniform, in harms way). Care to join me? Be and sleep well ... don't take your bed and the person you are sharing it with, for granted, (doesn't "Katrina" teach that lesson as well?) 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)
[P.S. Have you considered that "Katrina" is a dry run .... God's way of preparing us ... for the flu pandemic to come?]
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