SEPTEMBER 30, 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 September 30, 2005. Holden Fair this weekend. Holden, and the surrounding communities have pretty close to 10,000 folks. Most come into town during the Fair. Course, then, there's the "Beer Garden": old friends, kicking up their heels ... after downing a few, (in the early evening, that refers to beer ... after midnight, that might one mean, one old boy "punching out", a friend who kicked his heels too close to his girlfriend.) Did I mention, the "Beer Garden" is always good for a couple of "DWI's"? Lots of contests, in just about every area ... quilts, painting, sculpture and differing classes of photography, (this year, I won "Best of Show", in photography, (and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in "computer enhanced photography"), with a water lily print on canvas.) There is also a traveling carnival, with it's rides and "games of chance". Seems, every year some good ole boy spends his paycheck trying to win his girlfriend a giant stuffed teddy bear, (you know, just like the one Wal-Mart peddles for $19.99). On the good side, every BBQ Joint in the area has a booth. Some of the best BBQ in the Kansas City area is represented here!! And "funnel cakes"! Sheesh! Susan and I love them!! And of course, all our local churches have a booth, (but, I noticed, with a food or trinket booth between them .... wouldn't it be better to have the local church booths, one after the other, in a row? That way, you could compare the handouts, and the corpulent Ladies handing them out ... without having to confront the sin of "gluttony".) I guess, the Fair means the end of summer, harvest time ... and folks paying respect to their neighbors, before winter hits. An old tradition. All in all, I must admit .... a good one. [I will post some pictures of the "Holden Fair", over the weekend.]

Der Spiegel, Berlin --- "As Berlin prepares itself for the World Cup soccer championship next year, the city is thinking about more than just hotels and stadiums. A unique new form of luxury brothel opens next week in the German capital. Although its owners deny that the crowds of randy soccer fans were the motivation, the brothel is just down the road from the World Cup Stadium." Prostitution is a cottage industry, perfectly legal and regulated, in Germany. This brothel has an interesting new business model: the "sex workers", (click on the "sex worker" link for an interesting overview of German law), are licensed independent contractors, paying 70 Euroes, just like patrons, to gain entry, (no pun intended), but negotiate their "price" on an individual basis, (and get to keep all of their earnings ... instead of having to share a percentage with "the house, but do have to pay taxes on their income."). "She can go into the sauna or the swimming pool, get food and non-alcoholic drinks for free," Jacob [the brothel's lawyer, Norman Jacob] said. "She can even spend the night here and just sleep. And if she has sex she earns money." [Note, for those of you contemplating a trip to Germany, prostitutes are no longer obliged to undergo regular health checks and the women are no longer registered. However, if there is a suspicion that a woman has caught a disease, she can be forced by law to undergo a health check. ("Bundesinfektionsschutzgesetz"/National Infection Law). This law is not enforced in Northern Germany.] Doesn't capitalism and democracy make you proud? Here we saved humanity, Europe, during WWII ... so that "sex workers", can have a good work environment ... and enjoy the fruits of capitalism. Not that I mind ... a taxed "bowl of rice", is a tax generating, bowl of rice. Perhaps, the Germans have it right. After all, in purely economic terms, isn't collecting a tax on vice, better than having to pay to incarcerate a person engaging in it? I have to agree with Lysander Spooner on this one! [See, "Vices Are Not Crimes", http://www.lysanderspooner.org/bib_new.htm]

OMAHA, Neb. -- Griswold Woman Gets 30 Days For Bigamy. "A Griswold, Iowa, woman who admits she was married to three men at the same time was sentenced on Monday for bigamy. Debbie Street, after pleading guilty to the charge, was sentenced to serve 30 days in jail for bigamy. Street said she thought she was divorced when she married her second husband, but she admits she was committing bigamy by marrying three years later .... She's also ordered to have a psychiatric evaluation, ordered to have no criminal violations and will have unsupervised probation for six months." I would agree with the psychiatric evaluation ... from what Susan says, you would HAVE to be crazy to put up with three men's crap!! I wonder what she means by that!!??

CNN --- Why DNA exonerations may get rarer. "Justice, it seems, has an expiration date. Luis Diaz last month became one of a handful of Florida prisoners -- and one of 99 nationwide -- exonerated by DNA testing since 2000 ... But the 2001 statute that helped set him free after he spent 26 years in jail for rapes he did not commit is set to expire next week. After October 1, when prisoners can no longer petition Florida courts for post-conviction DNA testing, their only hope will be to ask prosecutors (the people who put them in jail in the first place) to reopen their case." Makes you have faith in our societies commitment to justice, doesn't? We have a tool that allows us to prove innocence but instead, choose to pay to keep an inmate incarcerated, rather than proving him/her innocent, and freeing up their cell, for a person who really is guilty. Makes sense, doesn't it?

SYDNEY -- Australian university appoints 'heterosexuality officer'. "A kangaroo-hunting, beer-drinking 22-year-old student has been appointed Australian academia's first "heterosexuality officer" with a vague mission to safeguard straight rights, a newspaper reported Wednesday ... many universities in Australia have gay and lesbian student groups, which receive a portion of their funding from mandatory student union fees paid by every student. Allen's appointment appears to be aimed more at protesting alleged preferential treatment for gay students than protecting heterosexuals from marginalization." Wow. I have never heard of anyone being "heterophobic" or heterosexuals being marginalized. So the primary sexual preference in Australia is now lesbian and homosexual"? No wonder, almost all of Australia's indigenous species are on the "endangered list".


ABC - Sept. 30, 2005 "Amid growing concern about whether the United States is prepared for a large-scale medical emergency, medical experts say a worldwide avian flu pandemic is inevitable." .... and .... Reuters - "U.S. Senate approves $4 bln to fight bird flu" .... and .... UN - "Bird Flu: Pandemic could kill up to 150 Million People UN expert predicts". Got Tamiflu yet?

Sitting here editing these Ramblings, happy to be home after teaching the last of the "Paint Them a Picture" CLEs, in Springfield. Yesterday afternoon, took some pics at the Natural History museum in Springfield .... great place to visit, (really bad light for taking pics ... but I did get some "keepers" ... I'll post them this weekend, as well.) Last night, Andrew and I had supper with David Ransin and Jan Durbin. Great food, and without a doubt, even greater company!!! On the evening news, a special report on Avian Flu: "Our country will not be prepared, should it hit this winter. Over 200,000 Americans will die in the 6 months, it would take to develop a vaccine. Whole portions of the country would be quarantined. There may be some hope IF it doesn't hit this winter." hmmm ... gee ... has someone in power read the Ramblings? I am really worried. I will sip on some Cream Sherry later, after we walk around at the Fair, (and munch down some funnel cakes :). For now, I'll finish these Ramblings, with a prayer for your well being ... and the hope that you listened and purchased Tamiflu for you and your loved ones ... it is now apparently back ordered ... and a prayer for the safe return of our men and women in uniform .... <whispering> .... Please, Please, Please, God, let them come home safe and soon!! Oh ... and Please God ... could you hold off on the Flu Pandemic ... for a year? Seems the folks you put in charge were too busy arguing about abortion, stem cell research, homosexuality and how you got the ball rolling to create his reality. Be and sleep 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)

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