SEPTEMBER 17, 2004

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. 

Archived Prior Ramblings

In Memorium:
September 11, 2001

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  09-03-04  09-10-04  09-17-04

Greets and Huggers.  Posted the evening of September 16, 2004. While reviewing some of the *POL* posts this week, a couple opened old wounds. One in particular: expounding the virtuous nature of the "peace movement" in the 60's, sharing the abuses of the then in power government, (there were without a doubt many), and downplaying how returning VietVets were treated. It appears to be a common belief today, that the "peace movement" ended the war. Perhaps it did. There is also the belief, that the "peace movement" prevented my America from winning the war. Perhaps that is true as well.  Either way, if the Vietnam War was an unjust war and/or my America lacked the political where-with-all to commit to an all out war in order to win it, then VietVets were victimized twice:  first, being drafted to fight a war our government would not let them win and then returning home to the scorn, ridicule, denigration and condemnation of the folks at home, for having gone or having lost. Contrary to what you may believe or have been told, our returning veterans were spat upon, were called "baby burners/killers", perhaps by folks who could not distinguish between hatred for the war and the persons DRAFTED to wage it. I wonder ... what was the ratio of troops committing atrocities and protesters spitting on our returning veterans and calling them "baby burners"?  [Home on leave, I remember the pressure from my civilian friends, (and Fat Louie and Chicken Bob, "Join the movement ... a great way to meet college chicks ... we'll get you a wig or something!!"), to denounce the war:  to desert, go AWOL, (absent without leave) or flee to Canada.]  Can anyone from my generation remember campus pro-war rallies? Support our troops rallies. I'm sure there were some but I sure don't remember them.  I don't remember being welcomed home by a grateful nation either, (like the veterans of WW II and Korea).  I do remember the blanket amnesty granted by President Carter, to deserters and to those who fled the country to avoid the draft.  I remember some received a hero's welcome home. And I remember November 13, 1982, when finally, my America officially recognized the service of VietVets by dedicating the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, with its 58,235 names engraved in black granite.  I have not seen the Memorial yet, I can not bring myself to.  I'm not ready.  I have not finished forgetting ... and as much as I want to ...  I have not finished forgiving those, who, in the name of  "Peace", "End the War" and "Bring the Troops Home", treated our returning troops as a war criminals. Perhaps, I'm not alone. "Nuff said.

Read this week that overweight folks suffer from "Metabolic Syndrome", a group of metabolic risk factors in one person.  They include: Central obesity (excessive fat tissue in and around the abdomen);  Atherogenic dyslipidemia (blood fat disorders ≠ mainly high triglycerides and low HDL cholesterol ≠ that foster plaque buildups in artery walls);  Raised blood pressure (130/85 mmHg or higher);  Insulin resistance or glucose intolerance (the body canít properly use insulin or blood sugar);  Prothrombotic state (e.g., high fibrinogen or plasminogen activator inhibitor [Ė1] in the blood); Proinflammatory state (e.g., elevated high-sensitivity C-reactive protein in the blood). The prognoses? Loose weight or die before your time, (do you know any obese 80 years olds?) The cause of "Metabolic Syndrome"?  DOH!!!  Taking in more calories than you burn.  Low carb/complex carb diets, (like "My Diet") work.  One caveat:  low carb diets are also low in dietary fiber.  Your body requires 20 - 35 grams of fiber per day.  Lose weight  but do it safely:  include foods high in fiber.  For your convenience, here is a link to a PDF you can print out, showing the dietary fiber content of common foods ... <looking at you> ... if you are walking around wearing a MuMu or have a "Wide Load" sign on your butt  ...  do something about it!!!

After having lunch with my Dear Friend, Bill Cownie, (a good friend ... and gifted Lawyer) ... last Monday, when I got back to Ft Timmerman ... at 3:00 PM, my eMachine T6809 went "tits up", (the hard drive crashed). hehehe ... I have a "walk in maintenance contract" through Best Buy, (sound familiar?)  I took the machine to Best Buy .... and .... <gasp> ... no arguments ... no hassle ... they just exchanged it for a brand new T6811.  (It was almost like they knew me ...)  When I got home, I partitioned the 80 gig hard drive, (a 20gig Drive C and a 60gig Drive D and did a "Drive Image" restore) ... and was back to normal at 6:00 PM. The lesson being: "If you serve yourself as a pancake  ...  you get eatin as a pancake".

Sitting here editing these Ramblings, sipping on some Port and thinking about the current "peace movement".  It takes some potent intellectual horsepower to condemn a behavior without condemning the person engaged in it.  It is difficult to condemn a war, without condemning the soldier fighting it.  Is it even possible to walk such a fine line? Perhaps, that is why there is such polarization in this Presidential Campaign:  perhaps VietVets and former "peace movement" folks against the war in Iraq, have both recognized that campaigning to end the war has to start and end with removing from power those folks, they feel, started it or will prolong it. To do otherwise, to attack the war directly, could, as history teaches, lead to attacks on our men and women in uniform. I do not believe either intends nor wants such a result. I believe there are too many folks from my generation, who will NOT let that happen  ... again.  Service or lack of service in Vietnam, who Bush and Kerry were 30 years ago, may be interesting to debate but their current stance on the issues is far more relevant. Susan is for Bush ... I remain undecided:  should all factors remain the same, (I disagree with some of Bush's positions as I disagree with some of Kerry's), I will vote for Bush because it is far better to deal with a known evil than an unknown one.  Tonight, as I go to sleep grabbing a Bush  ...  voter, I will say a prayer of remembrance for friends long gone, (far better persons than I), who deserved much more than some scratches in a black granite wall, for my Jewish friends, celebrating Rosh Hoshana, (may God judge them worthy) you and our men and women in uniform, ... <whispering> .....  (Please, Please, Please, God ... let them come safe and soon!!).  Be and sleep well, there are sacrifices being made so you can. 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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