Karl H. Timmerman M.A.J.D. © 2004
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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 - 2004. 
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In Memorium:
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Greets and Huggers.  Posted the evening of  September 3, 2004.   Watched the RNC, (Republican National Convention) this week. Overall opinion:   Nice to know, they party just as well and hard as the DNC, (Democratic National Convention).  Wanted to watch the LNC, (Libertarian National Convention) ... unfortunately, the 17 elected representatives couldn't find a place that would hold their convention for the $29.95 they had managed to raise. As for the "Green" party, (David Cobb, their candidate ... geez ... "Cobb" how "Green" can you get?) couldn't agree on an environmentally safe place to hold their convention.  Went to the Communist Party Webpage:  no convention ... couldn't find who their candidate is either, (I wonder if the FBI knows?).    Still trying to figure out what party Ralph Nader belongs to ... <scratching his head> ... would you email me if you know?

Watched Arnold
Schwarzenegger speak on Tuesday night. Nice accent.   Same one my parents have. Listened to the Bush daughters, ("we had a hamster too ... let's just say, ours didn't make it"  Duh!! Hard surviving being BBQ'd isn't it?!!). Listened to Laura Bush ... nice Lady ... sounded sincere, (no South African accent, not rich and devoted to her first and only husband).

On Wednesday night watched the tribute to
Ronald Reagan.  Remembered the funeral, my heart bleeding with Nancy, her dignity and weeping with her, feeling her loss.  I remember admiring her strength through their long "goodbye".  The burial at sunset in California ... her cheek on his coffin  ... <sigh> .... her cheek, on his coffin, is burned into my memory, my heart. I remember Susan and I holding each other, watching, and weeping with her.  Nothing left to say ... other than ... some seek to touch our feelings ... sometimes they succeed:  Ronald Reagan did. The "City on a Hill": "But I refuse to believe death and oblivion mark the end of the journey. I believe that the soul survives after the frail corruptible body passes away. Death is not the end, but a new beginning. I believe my dream of being reunited with my mom was not a cruel hoax, but a foreshadowing of a blessed reunion we will someday share with all our loved ones when we meet again in a holy and mystical promised land we’ll recognize as home. Somewhere in a shining city on a hill." (Click HERE for the complete text.)

Saw alot of
Bob Dole during the convention.  Honorable man. Must admit though, kept wondering, as old as he is .... how was he able to sit so upright:  so stiff in his chair?   Watched Dick Chaney accept the nomination for Vice-President, (he didn't use any obscenities).  You could almost hear the folks at Halliburton give a collective sigh of relief, (nice break from the $180 million bribery scandal Halliburton is dealing with).   Chaney is obviously a smart guy: "We are in a war we did not start but have no choice to win ... we will prevail".  "According to Senator Kerry, Al Quida will be impressed with our softer side."  "George W. Bush will never seek a permission slip to defend the American people ..."I understand the logic behind a strong offense being good defense ... I just don't understand the logic behind being preemptively offensive :)

Last night, watched GW make his entrance:  nicely done, walking out between the flags, (in
HDTV, high definition [1080i], it was obvious Kerry had a better makeup artist:  course Botox and a $20,000 set of teeth would make Rumpelstiltskin  look good!)  Heard some interesting sound bites in GW's speech, like, "Nothing will hold us back". Hold us back from what?  "We will build a safer world."  Doesn't that beg the question: whose definition of "safe" you use?  "We love our first Lady."  The evidence proves ... at least twice.  "Make tax relief permanent." "Reform and simplify the federal tax code."  That must come from the "Politics for Dummies" Handbook. What politician would promise increased taxes and making the Tax Code more complex in order to get re-elected? "American opportunity zones."  Opportunity for whom?  Halliburton?"   "Every community in America will have a community health center.  We must pass medical reform know."  I believe Bill Clinton promised this as well:  after 8 years, it didn't happen. [Although rumor has it, he did play Doctor with Monika Lewinski] "Our laws should never stand in the way of a family friendly workplace."  Yup, let's stop out sourcing to 3rd world sweat shops:  let's create our own, right here in the USA! "I support protection against activist judges."  Like the judges that are chipping away at the "Patriot Act? And my personal favorite: "When America gives it's word, America must keep it's word."  How about we start with keeping the promise America made to our men and women in uniform: "Agent Orange" ring a bell?  "Gulf War Syndrome" ring a bell? 'Nuff said.

A short
article in today's Kansas City Star reported that Avian Flu has crossed over to cats, "The finding is "extraordinary, because domestic cats are generally considered to be resistant to disease from influenza A virus infection," like that of the avian strain, the researchers reported in the journal Science." Be worried.

Sitting here editing these Ramblings, sipping on some Port and listening/watching the evening news.  On the evening news,
President Clinton will have to undergo quadruple bypass surgery on Saturday. "His condition is serious".   In Russia, over two hundred parents and children dead and over 500 wounded by Chechen terrorists. Sickening.  What goal, what cause, what kind of mindset, could justify the murder of innocent children?  Makes you wonder if it could happen here, in our America? Again.  Seems there is a trend for more female Muslim Terrorists ...  <scratching his head> ...  so what do they get in heaven?  Chippendales? In response to me sharing with my Dear Friend, Dan Ryan, that I have been selected to receive the 2004 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Missouri Community College Association, (http://www.mocca.org), in November, he wrote, (in a private email), "Social mobility is, in my mind, one of the most significant marks of our country's greatness.  When I walk through the halls at registration, or I visit my friends at the local community colleges, I see social mobility happen.  It is a wonderful and awe-inspiring thing."  It is indeed! As are all of the benefits inherent to a free and open society: benefits which too many of us take for granted.  Benefits not paid for by our politicians ... but benefits, rights, paid for by the blood and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform.   Freedom has never been free.  There are folks out there, right now, making payments.

Tonight, as I hold the person who is most dear to me, curled around the one person, who makes my heart sing with her laugh, our time for small talk as husband and wife, as best friends and lovers, we have so many things to thank God for:  so many things and persons to pray for:  so many things and persons to pray for.  Tonight, we will remember the sick, the lost innocents in Russia, our men and women in uniform, (Please, Please, Please, Lord ... let them come home safe and soon!), our America ... and you.  Be and sleep well, knowing the battle against terrorism is not being fought in your backyard ... but none the less, being fought, by the best there is.  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)