SEPTEMBER 16, 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. 

Archived Prior Ramblings

In Memoriam:
September 11, 2001

  02-22-02  03-30-02  04-05-02
  04-21-02  04-27-02  05-01-02
  05-03-02  05-10-02  05-17-02
  05-31-02  06-21-02  06-26-02
  06-29-02  07-04-02  07-05-02
  07-12-02  08-02-02  08-10-02
  08-21-02  08-23-02  08-30-02
  09-06-02  09-11-02  09-11-02F
  09-13-02  09-20-02  09-27-02
  10-04-02  10-11-02  10-18-02
  10-25-02  11-01-02  11-08-02
  11-15-02  11-22-02  11-29-02
  12-06-02  12-13-02  12-20-02

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  01-17-03  01-24-03  01-31-03
  02-07-03  02-14-03  02-21-03
  02-28-03  03-07-03  03-14-03
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  06-20-03  06-27-03  07-04-03
  07-11-03  07-18-03  07-25-03
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  08-22-03  08-29-03  09-05-03
  09-12-03  09-19-03  09-26-03
  10-03-03  10-10-03  10-17-03
  10-24-03  10-31-03  11-07-03
  11-14-03  11-21-03  11-28-03
  12-05-03  12-12-03  12-19-03

  01-02-04  01-09-04  01-16-04
  01-23-04  01-30-04  02-06-04
  02-13-04  02-20-04  02-27-04
  03-05-04  03-12-04  03-19-04
  03-29-04  04-02-04  04-09-04
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  05-28-04  06-11-04  06-18-04
  06-25-04  07-09-04  07-16-04
  07-23-04  07-30-04  08-06-04
  08-13-04  08-20-04  08-27-04
  09-03-04  09-10-04  09-17-04
  09-24-04  10-01-04  10-08-04
  10-15-04  10-22-04  10-29-04
  11-05-04  10-12-04  11-19-04
  11-26-04  12-03-04  12-10-04
  12-17-04  12-24-04  12-30-04
  01-07-05  01-14-05  01-21-05
  01-28-05  02-04-05  02-11-05
  02-18-05  02-25-05  03-04-05
  03-11-05  03-18-05  03-25-05
  04-02-05  04-08-05  04-15-05
  04-22-05  04-29-05  05-06-05
  05-13-05  05-20-05  05-27-05
  06-03-05  06-12-05  06-17-05
  06-24-05  07-01-05  07-08-05
  07-15-05  07-22-05  07-29-05
  08-05-05  08-12-05  08-19-05
  08-26-05  09-02-05  09-09-05
Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of September 16, 2005. Last year, there was a call for volunteers, by the OCDC for volunteers for local disciplinary committees. I remember suggesting, that members of our little "Family" get involved. After all, wouldn't/couldn't solo and small firm guys better understand the complaints filed against other solo and small firm guys? Many of you responded. It pleases me to no end, to share, that my Dear Friends, Bill Cownie and Lee McMurry, now sit on their local committees. I believe other "Family" members have volunteered as well. I dip my FIN, to you both .... and thank you all for serving. "The only folks who give a damn about us .... are us." Well done!!

Wakeman, OH (CNN) -- Police find 8 Ohio kids locked in cages. "Police in northern Ohio on Monday rescued eight children whose parents told authorities they kept the kids in locked cages for their own protection. ... Authorities said the kids were kept in wooden cages, less than 3 feet by 3 feet, without pillows or blankets ... Police said no charges had been filed against the parents. "Basically, the parents thought they were providing for the protection of the children from themselves and from each other," Read the article and was outraged. Then read some more. The facts don't add up. The neighbors reported happy, well dressed children. Didn't have time to research it for these Ramblings ... but I will, Stay tuned.

Der Spiegel, Hamburg Plans St. Pauli Security Cameras. "Big Brother in the hood: In an effort to reduce crime [there was a 17% increase] around the Reeperbahn, Germany's biggest red-light district, the city of Hamburg wants to install security cameras in the middle of sin city. The move has civil libertarians up in arms." You have to love Europeans. So open minded. From what I've read ... you can marry your horse in Denmark ... assuming you have the oats to support it. Guess they have discovered, having sex with an unwilling "Pitbull" can turn that "Pitbull" into a vegetarian: a critter, munching on your nuts. Guess "Pitbull's", (being a life support system for a set of teeth), have a hard time being "abused", being victims. As a society, I continue to believe, we have no business legislating morality. What we should be legislating ... is .... responsibility and being held accountable for our decisions/choices.

TEHRAN, Iran (CNN) -- Iran 'won't suspend nuclear work'. "Iran's new foreign minister has said the country will not suspend activities at its Isfahan uranium conversion facility and it plans to seek bids for the construction of two more nuclear plants ... Mottaki said any effort to refer Iran to the U.N. Security Council for its activities would lack any legal basis and would be a "lose-lose" situation, meaning it would have a negative effect for all. He favors a "win-win" environment of trust between Iran and the international community over its nuclear aspirations." You may recall that a group of Iranian students seized the US Embassy in Tehran on November 4, 1979 and held it until January 20, 1981. Not exactly the kind of stuff to instill "trust between Iran and the international community over it's nuclear aspirations". Especially when you consider Iran generates 129 billion kWh (2002) of electricity while consuming 119.9 billion kWh (2002). ... <scratching my head> .... it has oil reserves of 130.8 billion bbl (2004 est.), consumes 1.4 million bbl/day (2002 est.) while exporting 2.5 million bbl/day (2004 est.) and at the same time it has natural gas reserves of 26.7 trillion cu m (2004). Yet, the purpose of these nuclear power plants is to generate electricity for domestic Iranian consumption? Perhaps, if Iran were not ruled by the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Hoseini-KHAMENEI (since 4 June 1989), and a group of fundamentalist Mullahs ... the idea of Iran having weapons grade, enriched plutonium, might not be as frightening. Then USA Today, reported yesterday: "Ahmadinejad said Thursday his country was willing to offer nuclear technology to other Muslim states, Iran's state-run Islamic Republic News Agency reported." .... put your ear to the window. That strange sound you hear? That's a million European *ssholes, collectively sucking air!!

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - To deal with rising health care costs, many employers plan to have their employees pick up more of the bill next year, according to initial survey results released Tuesday ... Without making any changes to their current medical plans, the average cost increase for employers would be almost 10 percent, or about three times the rate of inflation, the report said." An article in the KC Star reported on Thursday, that the average annual premium for family health insurance coverage was $10,880.00, while the average income of a full time minimum-wage worker was $10,712.00. Share with me, how we can continue to have double digit health insurance premium increases? Only 47% of companies with 3-9 workers provide health insurance, 72% with 10-24 workers provide health insurance, while 87% of companies with 24-49 workers provide health insurance. That is an across the board decrease. I wonder, how many of us Solo and Small Firm guys can not retire, because we can not buy health insurance? Oh ... and remember .... aren't you one serious illness away from Bankruptcy? Better start thinking about some hybrid form of socialized medicine because we are rapidly getting to a point, where that may be our only option.

NEW YORK, Aug. 25 - "Infants delivered by cesarean section developed cavity-inducing oral bacteria almost a year earlier than those born vaginally, researchers reported. Despite the caveats that women in the study were all poor and many had a history of STDs, poor oral health, and alcoholism, the cesarean connection still held, the researchers reported in the September issue of the Journal of Dental Research." The children, (delivered by C-Section), of women with a history of sexually transmitted diseases, poor oral health and alcoholism, developed oral bacteria a year earlier? Interesting study ... you would think the opposite, true. .... <whispering> ..... Don 't you wonder ... whether these babies were born with their mouths open or closed?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Backpack generates power from walking. "A backpack that converts a plodding gait into electricity could soon be charging up mobile phones, navigation devices and even portable disc players, U.S.-based researchers said on Thursday ... 85 pounds (38 kg) of weight in the backpack can produce up to 7 watts of electricity ... more than enough electricity to simultaneously power an MP3 music player, a personal digital assistant, night vision goggles, a hand held global positioning satellite navigation device, and a mobile telephone." Why would someone want to go back-packing, take a stroll in the wilderness, carrying all that equipment? Course, for me, my use ... would be .... a portable iron lung and a defibrillator.

In a strange political move, local, state and national politicians have admitted the, (somewhat obvious), breakdown in Katrina disaster relief. <whispering> .... this is of course, posturing, consolidating the pecking order, at the reconstruction feeding trough. And our always benevolent insurance companies are refusing to pay claims, (flood damage is excluded from coverage ... even if the flooding occurred after their insureds home was blown away by Katrina) . Gee ... who would have thought they would do that? Deny a claim?

Just made it back to Holden, (tonight, another less than well researched Ramblings. I apologize). Andrew and I taught the "Paint them a Picture" CLE today in St. Louis. Met my Dear Friend Bob Helmer at the hotel, yesterday, (he was attending another CLE ... hehehe ... probably freaked him out by giving him a warm brotherly hug). Tim M. and his lovely Lady, Pat and I toured the zoo yesterday, (I'll post some pics over the weekend). All I can say is "WOW!!" You guys in St. Louis have a WORLD CLASS ZOO!!! There was no admission charge, no charge for parking and we had full access to all exhibits. After driving/touring around a bit, (what great old houses you have in St. Louis, to shoot!!!!), Tim and Pat took Andrew and I to "Tuckers". Had a wonderful time. I think the CLE went well, Greg G attended, (was great to visit with him and give him a hug as well), as did Dick M. For those who have an interest, you can download the best FREE image manipulation and picture management software available, from www.irfanview.com . The best FREE publishing program, (similar to Adobe "Pagemaker"), is Rag Time Solo, available as a free download from http://www.ragtime-online.com/link.cgi?download_rts_program . And the best free "noise" reduction program, ("Noise" is the digital equivalent of "grain".) Neat Image, is available as a free "Demo" download: http://www.neatimage.com/, (the DEMO has no expiration date and is a full functioning version ... just does not include the PhotoShop plug-in.). hehehe .... attend the "Paint them a picture" CLE in Springfield and learn how to use them :)

I am home safe. All is well, here, at Ft. Timmerman. Back to my bed, (and a wonderful partner to help me keep it warm .... the *^&&%$# critters will have to go back to where ever they spend the night) ... and my own sandbox. There is comfort in familiarity. Be and sleep well, (and perhaps join me in a prayer/sending good wishes, for the safe return of our men and women in uniform .... <whispering> .... Please, Please, Please, God ... let them 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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Karl H. Timmerman M.A.J.D. 2005
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