NOVEMBER 4, 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.

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

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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
  03-21-03  03-28-03  04-04-03
  04-11-03  04-18-03  04-25-03
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  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
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  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
Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of November 4, 2005. Found an interesting Website this week. OSCA, (Office of State Courts Administrator). Ever wonder how many cases are filed in your circuit? How many are civil, domestic, criminal and/or their disposition? The 2004 Annual Report - Circuit Profiles , has the breakdown. Interesting to look at the statistics. Care to know how hard your Judges are working? It's in the report. Also of interest, the Winter 2003 Newsletter. One of the articles highlights recent appointments to Supreme Court Committees. It is interesting, if for no other reason, than there are committees, I for one, did not know exist.

My Dear Lady Friend Janice D posed a question, made a statement this week, which caused me to pause ... and ... think, (a dangerous thing, no doubt!). The statement? "It's one thing to defend ourselves, and quite another to go on the offense." It is indeed. There is a difference between setting up a defensive perimeter ..... and actively hunting down those, who would attack that perimeter, before they have a chance to do so. Isn't the real question/issue, moral dilemma, the use of proactive measures, as a defense? Does a person/society, have the right to do so? If so, where is the line between defense and offense? As you know, I remain apolitical ... a skeptic. I don't have an answer ... but share with me ... perhaps my memory fails me. Didn't we passively defend ourselves after the first Twin Towers attack? Weren't we passively defending ourselves when the Cole was attacked? Weren't we passively defending ourselves on 9/11? Don't these incidents, history, and common sense teach, that perhaps ... the best defense is an offense, (eliminating those who would attack you before they can do so?) I guess that again raises the obvious question: do you have the right to throw the first punch ... or should you wait and "turn the other cheek"? Let's put it in a current context: Islamic, fundamentalists, the Mullah leadership of Iran, is actively developing nuclear weapon technology, while calling for the annihilation/obliteration of Israel, (and the "Great Satan", our America.) So, share with me .... how many of you would condemn Israel, should they preemptively strike, (read that to mean ... "Nuke" ... (I have no doubt Israel has nuclear weapons.)) ... the Mullah's nuclear weapon processing facilities? .... <whispering> ..... didn't they bomb Iraq's reactor in 1981? [And note: TEHRAN, Iran (Reuters) -- Iran to replace moderate envoys. "Iran said on Wednesday it planned to overhaul its diplomatic corps by replacing dozens of ambassadors, a move critics said was designed to reinforce new President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's tougher foreign policy stance." ] <smiling> .... remember the WMD's most at the time believed, Iraq possessed? Hindsight is 20/20, isn't it?

Al Jazeera - US says no to Guantanamo interviews. "Spurning a request by UN human rights investigators, US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says the United States will not allow them to meet with detainees at the Guantanamo prison for foreign terrorism suspects. Rumsfeld also told a Pentagon news conference on Tuesday that prisoners at the US naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, were staging a hunger strike that began in early August as a ploy to attract media attention". 27 detainees are being force fed, (feeding tubes shoved down their throats) ... and ... NEW YORK (AP) -- Report: CIA holds terror suspects in secret prisons. "The CIA has been hiding and interrogating some of its most important al Qaeda captives at a Soviet-era compound in Eastern Europe, according to U.S. and foreign officials familiar with the arrangement, the Washington Post reported." I remember a time, when our America was THE champion of human rights. I remember a time, when we as a nation could proudly stand ... and ... condemn nations that engaged in these behaviors. I remember a time, when we as a nation, stood for the premise that, "the ends do not justify the means." Share with me when that changed? Share with me .... why? Isn't "The Moral Minority" at the helm, calling the shots? At the national level, this administration's contract can not be renewed, (term limits). A waste of energy to debate the shortcomings of this administration's members. At the State level, unless there are massive changes, the current administration's contract, will not be renewed, much like the administration it replaced. Isn't it time to find and support candidates, in both parties, who reflect mainstream America ... and not the fringe elements on both sides of the spectrum? Think about where you would like our America to be ... 10 years from now .... like, perhaps, our America, once again believing ... the ends do not justify the means. There really is a moral "high ground", (my little Brother Karl D and my sister Pat R, both atheists, see and live it) ... and ..... that "moral high round", remains independent of religious conviction. Oh, and did I mention, BRUSSELS, Belgium -- "The European Commission has said it will look into reports that the CIA set up secret jails for al Qaeda captives in eastern Europe". Stay tuned ... there is another fiasco waiting in the wings.

DENVER, Colorado (AP) -- Glued to toilet, man sues Home Depot. "Home Depot was sued by a shopper from a Kentucky store who claims he got stuck to a restroom toilet seat because a prankster had smeared it with glue ... Bob Dougherty, 57, accused employees of ignoring his cries for help for about 15 minutes because they thought he was kidding. "They left me there, going through all that stress," Dougherty told The Daily Camera, of Boulder. "They just let me rot." The lawsuit, filed Friday, said Dougherty was recovering from heart bypass surgery and thought he was having a heart attack when he got stuck at the store in Louisville, Colorado, on the day before Halloween 2003. " <scratching my head> ... I understand they sell toilets and no doubt, there must be a "comfort" factor, after all, like most men, I call it a "throne" for a reason ... but letting you take one into the back room to try it out, seems a tad too ac..commod..ating to me! If stuck in such a position ... share with me .... just what would you scream to get someone to help you? Better yet, would YOU rush in to help?

Canada ( Bloomberg ) - Mice Join Motley Cast of Singing Mammals, Study Says. "Far above the range of human hearing, male mice are warbling what may be love songs that are remarkably birdlike, according to a study in the Nov. 1 Public Library of Science Biology journal. Excited by the scent of a female, each of the laboratory-bred minstrels has a signature ultrasonic song, said lead author Timothy Holy in an interview yesterday. The black mice join humans, whales and bats in the small group of mammals that sing, researchers said." Rats just whistle.

LUCKNOW, India (AP) - Scientists Find Fossils in Sexual Union. "Indian Scientists Say They Have Discovered Rare Fossils Frozen in Sexual Union . This was no one-night stand. Scientists in India say they have discovered two fossils fused together in sexual union for 65 million years. The findings were published in the October edition of the Indian journal "Current Science," which said it was the first time that sexual copulation had been discovered in a fossil state, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. The fossils are tiny swarm cells, a stage in the development of the fungus myxomycetes, also known as slime molds. I guess it takes a special mind set to spend your time looking for petrified copulating fungus. The study was funded by the bread industry ... seems the pics get a real rise out of yeast..

GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania (AP) -- Man sues ex-girlfriend over glued genitals. "A Pennsylvanian man sued his ex-girlfriend for more than $30,000 for gluing his genitals to his abdomen five years ago. Kenneth Slaby of Pittsburgh is suing Gail O'Toole, with whom he broke up in 1999, after dating for 10 months. Slaby then began dating someone else but, according to the lawsuit, O'Toole invited him over to her home on May 7, 2000, where he fell asleep. When he woke up, Slaby found that O'Toole had used Super Glue to stick his genitals to his abdomen, glued his buttocks together and spelled out a profanity on his back in nail polish." <shuddering> .... no comment ... other than ... why did it take 5 years for this pilgrim to feel stepped on enough, to sue? Maybe he was grateful she don't glue it to his hand!!

RENO, Nevada (AP) -- Mayor: Cut thumbs off graffiti 'punks'. "The mayor of Las Vegas has suggested that people who deface freeways with graffiti should have their thumbs cut off on television. "In the old days in France, they had beheadings of people who commit heinous crimes," Mayor Oscar Goodman said Wednesday on the TV show "Nevada Newsmakers." A little drastic, I suppose ... but it would kill two birds with one stone. Would stop the perp from using a spray paint can and stop him/her from making a get-away ... hitch hiking.

Sitting here editing these Ramblings, sipping on some Cream Sherry and thinking about my campaign. I helped my campaign committee set up their website this week and learned something: you can create a website for folks to make a contribution. It started me thinking .... couldn't you create a website for your law practice, that allows your clients to pay your bill using their Paypal account or one of their major credit cards? Send them a bill, directing them to the site and asking them to make a payment. Or, how about, you get a call from a shopper about a simple traffic ticket. Get the ticket information and direct the shopper to your website for payment. Or you are sitting in your office and the clients asks if you accept credit cards? You don't need a credit card reader or credit card payment account. Just log on to your website, go to the payment page and key in the clients credit card information. You have been paid. Just food for thought ... this technology is relatively new .... and has great potential.

My Dear Friend, Wayne Greer had open heart surgery this week. Wayne is the MIS Director for the Mo Bar ... he is the one that keeps this little house running. Tonight, as I drift off to sleep curled around, holding, the best partner a man can have, I will say a prayer for him and his family. I remain convinced, sending prayers/good wishes helps healing. Some of our men and women in uniform need healing, both physically and emotionally, as well .... as do their families, (care to join me in a prayer?) .... <whispering> ..... Please, Please, Please, God, bring all our loved ones home soon ... and Please, Please, Please, help them heal. Be and sleep well ... know that there are folks out there, away from their loved ones, covering your back .... 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 running for office, from Holden, Missouri)

I can not solicit funds, but I can sure thank those of you who have contributed to my campaign. Thank you!!


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