OCTOBER 6, 2006

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 - 2006.

I have decided to finish my legal career serving the citizens of Johnson County, Missouri as their Associate Circuit Judge.  I ask for your support. 


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

  01-03-03  01-10-03  01-10-03R
  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
  03-21-03  03-28-03  04-04-03
  04-11-03  04-18-03  04-25-03
  05-02-03  05-09-03  05-16-03
  05-23-03  05-30-03  06-06-03
  06-20-03  06-27-03  07-04-03
  07-11-03  07-18-03  07-25-03
  08-01-03  08-08-03  08-15-03
  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
  04-16-04  04-23-04  04-30-04
  05-07-04  05-14-04  05-21-04
  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
  09-16-05  09-23-05  09-30-05
  10-07-05  10-14-05  10-21-05
  10-28-05  11-04-05  11-11-05
  11-18-05  11-25-05  12-02-05
  12-09-05  12-16-05  12-23-05
  01-06-06  01-13-06  01-20-06
  01-27-06  02-03-06  02-10-06
  02-17-06  02-24-06  03-03-06
  03-10-06  03-17-06  03-24-06
  03-31-06  04-07-06  04-14-06
  04-21-06  04-28-06  05-05-06
  05-12-06  05-19-06  05-26-06
  06-02-06  06-09-06  06-16-06
  06-23-06  06-30-06  07-07-06
  07-14-06  07-21-06  07-28-06
  08-04-06  08-11-06  08-18-06
  08-25-06  09-01-06  09-08-06
  09-15-06  09-22-06  09-29-06
Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of October 6, 2006. Again, I apologize in advance for these Ramblings.   I just don't have time.   I find myself skimming posts on the SFIG and scrambling to offer assistance/answer posts. The SFIG Family Album is sorely outdated .... and some of the posters need a gentle reminder that we are "Family" and need to act accordingly. I have not had the time to post the "Netiquette Haiku". But I did read the "Folly" posts this week on the SFIG. An interesting read. Such passionate debate. Democrat and Republican "Family" members pointing fingers at the shortcomings of current and past members of both parties.  So, some guy being a pervert is a political issue?  Or perhaps, political affiliation, could cause you to have a "heterosexual" or "gay" sexual orientation, make you a pedophile or make you buy coffee at "Starbucks"?  About the same logic, isn't it?  Why would party affiliation have any bearing? What about pedophile priests or youth leaders? Going to church has the same effect? Or pedophile Boy Scout Leaders? Does being a Boy Scout leader cause you to become a pedophile? Or does close contact with children draw persons who are? The fact remains, there is a percentage of our population who engage in what we as a society consider unacceptable, bad or criminal behaviors. Why would it come as a shock, that some are elected officials? They aren't as human as the rest of us? The interesting/disturbing question for me? Who had knowledge of Mr. Folly's propensities and what did they do about it? And I'm curious. From a legal standpoint, did they have a legal obligation to do anything, (no doubt they had a moral obligation)? So share with me .... there are critically important issues facing our America, a military spread too thin, in a war, (not declared by our Congress), against terrorism, an underfunded, strained Veteran's Administration, no realistic energy policy, global warming and 48 million middle class Americans with no health insurance, et. al. This "Folly" fiasco serves both parties well. A smoke screen. Certainly worked to cause very intelligent, highly trained, advocates on the SFIG to post numerous, (sometimes acrimonious), opinions about a topic that matters, how? [Footnote: CNN -- Mysterious blog scooped media on Foley messages. ] 'Nuff said.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- War plans: Congress OKs $20 mil for victory parties. "The military's top generals have warned Iraq is on the cusp of a civil war and that U.S. troops must remain in large numbers until at least next spring. But if the winds suddenly blow a different direction, Congress is ready to celebrate with a $20 million victory party. Lawmakers included language in this year's defense spending bill, approved last week, allowing them to spend the money. The money for "commemoration of success" in Iraq ... " Nice to know, our desk jockeys are planning their day in the sun. So, how many actually served in our military? How many KNOW the gut wrenching fear that comes from being shot at? How many KNOW the sorrow, the feeling of loss, the anger and feeling helpless, that comes from watching a "buddy" die? Do we really live, (want to live), in a society that places ritual over substance? Form over function? Why not declare a victory in Iraq and Afghanistan ...and walk away? ... <smiling> .... didn't we already do that? .... in Korea? ... and in Vietnam?

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) -- Marijuana may stave off Alzheimer's. "Good news for aging hippies: Smoking pot may stave off Alzheimer's disease. New research shows that the active ingredient in marijuana may prevent the progression of the disease by preserving levels of an important neurotransmitter that allows the brain to function." Well, must really suck to be Bill Clinton. He didn't inhale. Course the good news? Unlike the rest of pensioned American workers, his Presidential/Governmental health insurance benefits are etched in stone. Corporate America's pensioners ... well ... may or may not be hosed: they are subject to the "New" Bankruptcy Code, (just revised by our federal elected representatives).

NEW DELHI, India (Reuters) -- Overseas Indians turn to Web for festival prayers. "Thousands of Indians living abroad are logging on to religious Web sites in the run-up to the main Hindu festival of Diwali, courtesy of a stream of portals offering services like online praying and blessings"    Please be advised, "Tech Support" for most of the western world will be on hold.

HUANUNI, Bolivia (AP) -- Bolivian miners die in clashes over tin veins. "The Bolivian government deployed 700 additional police to quell a deadly clash that flared anew on Friday as rival bands of miners hurled dynamite at one another in a battle over one of South America's richest tin mines. Officials say at least 11 people have been killed and more than 50 injured in fighting between independent miners' cooperatives allied with President Evo Morales and miners employed by Bolivia's state mining company." Rumor has it FOX is negotiating with the Bolivian government for broadcast rights. "Bolivian Survivor".    The teams don't vote a member off:    they blow them up.

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (AP) -- Lawyer: Zoloft tainted murder confession by boy, 12. "A 12-year-old boy's confession to police that he killed his grandparents and set their house on fire was influenced by his age and an antidepressant, an attorney told the South Carolina Supreme Court on Thursday. Christopher Pittman, now 17, didn't understand the severity of his confession five years ago, attorney Andy Vickery argued in an appeal for a new trial. Pittman is serving 30 years in prison after being convicted last year of killing his grandparents in their Chester County home in 2001." I can see where an anti-depressant would make you fell better about killing your grandparents and telling other folks about it. Doesn't strike me as a particularly good argument at a "suppression hearing", though. "Well, Yes, your Honor ... my client was not depressed during questioning."

JERUSALEM (Reuters) -- Gender-bending fish could mean more food for Mideast. "Researchers in Israel, the West Bank and Germany are pursuing a project to transform female freshwater fish into males, a sex change they hope will put bigger fish on the dinner table. Male fish are larger, grow faster and weigh about a third more than females, Mutaz Qutob, a Palestinian researcher involved in the experiments, said on Tuesday ... [they] ... will inject food fed to newborn Nile Tilapia fish with compounds from plants found in the West Bank and often used as seasonings .... [they] ... had previously used synthetic steroids, which are regarded as less healthful, to create male fish", Sheesh!! That's what the world needs! Palestinians hopped up on steroids! Course, would also be a great cover for athletes that test positive for synthetic steroids: "Honest, I ate at the "Palestinian Paradise" last night. Had some really great "gefilte fish" from the "Jewish Settler Menu" in the West Bank Room".

Sitting here enjoying the evening off, (have a full day of campaigning planned for tomorrow). Nice to sip on some Port and edit the Ramblings while watching the evening news. Bad news: Iraqi folks are intent on killing each other off, (some by American trained police, active in death squads) ... and 4,000 Iraqi police officers have been killed in the last two years. Good news: in ten years, there won't be any insurgents left, (because there won't be any Iraqi left). Bad news: North Korea announced it will test a nuclear weapon next week. Good news: they will do so in North Korea. .... <whispering> ... has anyone shared with Kim Jung Il, there really is no world market for radioactive Kimchi? In other bad news: up to a million American made cluster bomblets litter the Lebanese countryside, (dropped by Israel in the last war). They maim dozens and kill an average of 3 people a day. The good news: Lebanon has a thriving prosthetics industry.

In local news, Rep. Jason Brown from Platte City, (30th District), was shot in the lung while serving a one year tour in Iraq. A bullet doesn't discriminate. My heart goes out to his family, as it does for the families of all our heros in uniform. Tonight, while falling asleep holding my best friend ... I will say the same prayer I have for the past 5 years .... a prayer for the safe and soon return of our men and women in uniform, (care to join me?) ... <whispering> ... Please, Please, Please, God ... let them come home safe and soon! Savor the evening, enjoy the company of your loved ones and remember, when you drift off to sleep ... you can do so because the best we have, are on watch so you can. Their sacrifice and service makes it possible. 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. 2006
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