A MISSOURI LAWYER'S
OCTOBER 22, 2004
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Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of October 22, 2004.
Have you ever read all of the verses of "America
the Beautiful"? ["Katharine
Lee Bates wrote the original version in 1893. She wrote the 2nd
version in 1904. Her final version was written in 1913."] I never
noticed, (and according to "60
Minutes", last Sunday night), when Ray
Charles sang, what he called, "The American Anthem",
he always started with the 3rd verse
"O beautiful for heroes proved In liberating strife.
Who more than self the country loved
And mercy more than life!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness
And every gain divine!"
probably, like you, I never really took the time to read all of the verses. Worth reading and thinking about, (the final version written in 1913 ... at the time, a very different America) but the "anthem", still rings in the hearts, of those of us who believe in the promise of America
O beautiful for pilgrim feet
Whose stern, impassioned stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
God mend thine every flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law!
The ultimate truth, reality, remains, then as now, for our America "God mend thine every flaw, Confirm thy soul in self-control, Thy liberty in law!" He will. Nuff said.
Watched "The Biggest Loser" on Tuesday evening a "reality" show where a bunch of fat people compete to lose weight. Two teams, who "vote" that member of the team they feel will loose the least weight, off the team. This is a "reality" show about losing weight. What does that say about our America? We have, are, watching a show about folks trying to lose weight, for entertainment? What's next? "The Biggest Gainer"? A show where two teams of bulimic folks or folks suffering from anorexia nervosa "vote", that member of the team they feel will gain the least weight, (or throws up the least), off the team. How about we go back to "reality" shows like "Gunsmoke", "Leave it to Beaver" or "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis"???
Did a mediation on Tuesday, (the parties settled) ... half way through the mediation, (a young couple), I was sharing how grandparents can be an important part of a child's life ... when Dad looked at me ... and shared that his father was killed by a car bomb in Iraq last month. I just sat there stunned ... and after a few very silent minutes ... I started to express my sympathies ... I could not finish ... I found myself starting to cry and had to ask to take a moment. After a few minutes, Dad just looked at me and said his Dad was a good guy, that he was doing what he loved to do, that he, (Dad), was at peace with it. Sitting there later, exploring my feelings why was I so touched by the loss ... and admiring Dad, for his ability to accept such tragedy, (obviously a much stronger person than I). It dawned on me that death by a thousand cuts, (losing one or two of our men and women in uniform, every day), will slowly ripple through our society and ultimately, as it did in the 60's and early 70's, kill our resolve to finish the fight. The families of our men and women in uniform, alive and fallen ... have a face. I saw one on Tuesday. I wept for one on Tuesday. (I have no answers, no solutions ... just a dumb ole country lawyer sharing an event, on a day, this week, in my life. A dumb ole country lawyer praying ... we stand united in our respect for the service and sacrifices made and being made, by our men and women in uniform!)
This week, my dear and much respected Lady Friend Shelley B posed a question in answer to Rob B's warning about Avian Flu "Why do we believe that we should escape the fate of all other animals?" We shouldn't, we haven't and even with our arrogance, we won't. We can't ... because we react instead of being pro-active, (there is no profit to be made producing medications for folks who can not afford them and too risky, (financially), to produce vaccines until there is a shown need ... never mind that when the need arises ... it will be too late). Over 60 million of our species, (and counting), are dying from AIDS. The medical "miracles" we have developed, are rapidly becoming useless, ineffective against evolving bugs, (does drug resistant tuberculosis, syphilis, gonorrhea, staff, ear infection .. et. al. ... ring a bell?) Look at the number of parents who refuse to have their children inoculated against childhood diseases? I don't know of any, (did a "google"), new anti-bacterial agents in the pipeline. Couple that with the fact, that we are a self limiting species, (put enough of us in a room and we will manage to kill each other off at a much greater rate than natural disasters and diseases not to mention we sh*t in our nests, "global warming" ring a bell?) and I have news our species will expand to a given level, like rabbits ... and then, there will be the inevitable "winter kill". In the movie "Lion King" ... <smiling> .... death was called .... "the Circle of Life". Even for us, isn't death indeed, a part of the "Circle of Life"?
Just walked in from the Solo and Small Firm Conference Planning Committee meeting in Jeff City. Last night watched "Prime Time Live" ... AMERICAN SEX LIVES 2004' " ... I wanted to share some observations but frankly, I'm sitting here editing these Ramblings and have run out of time, (perhaps I will revisit the survey in the next Ramblings). Click here to view the survey results. For music fans, believe it or not, Country Music Rap!!! Big and Rich has a website that broadcasts some of the groups songs the first song, "Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy", is funny, however, the second song, "Holy Water", is excellent and worth taking the time to listen to. This week, Margaret Hassan, the Director for Care International has been kidnapped in Iraq. Care is pulling out of Iraq. Has it dawned on you yet, that the insurgents aren't Iraqi? That Iraq is a magnet for every extremist nutcase in the region? Perhaps it is better to grant them their martyrdom there ... instead of here, in my America. [On a side note a new client yesterday, home from Iraq after a 7 month deployment, shared an observation ... of the troops she saw, the Marines there are all youngsters ... the rest are middle aged reservists ... and most important they are held back, can not do their jobs, finish their job because of political correctness. She opined, at this time, (perhaps because of the election), neither Bush nor Kerry have the guts to do what needs to be done.] We will have one hell of a great "Family Reunion" next year the theme, "Solo and Small Firm Lawyers Another decade of Serving those Who Serve." I had the privilege of riding to Jeff City with Lyle Gregory. It was great to give Steve S, David B, Bob S, Alan S, Gregg G, Fred C, David R, et. al. ... and of course Momma O a warm brotherly hug! (I will post pictures of the meeting at http//www.karltimmerman.com/sfig2004.html later this evening). The only down side, my Dear Friend, Paul Henry was unable to attend because of a trial commitment, (his gentle smile, good humor and insights as the former Chairman of the SASFC were missed). Sitting here now, at Ft Timmerman, sipping on some Port, with Max, (the Gluteus Maximus Yorkie), trying to jump on my lap. It is cold and raining here, but all is well. Tonight, as I go to sleep holding the love of my life, I will say a prayer for Mrs. Hassan ... (who went to Iraq to help coordinate relief efforts for her countrymen) ... for our men and women in uniform, (Please, Please, Please, Lord ... let them come home safe and soon!!) and for you. Be and sleep well knowing the best there is, is on watch so you can, (and Thank God!! ... in another couple of weeks, the election will be over, either Bush or Kerry will be President and Mitch and Ron will be arguing over who should have won!!) 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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