NOVEMBER 10, 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
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  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
  10-06-06  10-13-06  10-20-06
  10-27-06  11-03-06  11-10-06
Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of November 10, 2006. I have an ego. I suppose we all do. I lost my election. Must admit that hurt. There are folks out there that voted against me. Why? I'm a nice person and certainly more qualified for the position than my opponent. Simple, really. She did a better job campaigning. Perhaps, as a Judge I know opined, experience does not matter. Any attorney can attend "Judge School" and be a good Judge. I respectfully disagree. I believe experience matters. I agree that any lawyer knows the law or how to find it ... but share with me ... where does a Judge learn how to judge the truth? Isn't it life experiences? Where does a Judge learn how to apply the law in a fair, impartial, and common sense manner? Isn't it also life experiences? My friend learned how to be a Judge by doing it. That is called "on the job" training. How many lives did he screw up while learning to be the really great Judge he now is? I don't know. Knowing him, I think he may wonder as well. In my race, the voters have spoken. I respect their choice. I have no doubt my opponent will learn how to do it well ... my friend did. I remain committed to ending my career in public service ... my way of paying back, for the privilege of being an American citizen. Just need to figure out the vehicle for doing so.

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (AP) -- Bill Cosby settles suit alleging sexual assault. "Bill Cosby settled a lawsuit Wednesday with a woman who said the entertainer drugged and sexually assaulted her at his home outside Philadelphia. Terms of the settlement will remain confidential, according to a one-paragraph statement released jointly by both sides ... The woman claimed that Cosby, 69, assaulted her at his mansion in Cheltenham in early 2004 after giving her pills. Attorneys for Cosby say the comedian gave the woman Benadryl allergy tablet after she complained of stress and sleeping problems." So, like, there is a problem with Dr. Huxtable giving some stressed out patient the allergy medication, Benadryl? Since when is Benadryl a date rape drug? If anything, wouldn't it stop the "itching"? Course, it is manufactured by Pfizer, (the folks who brought you Viagra), so who knows.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Nazi speech played before H.S. game. "Part of a Nazi leader's speech [a 90-second excerpt] was played over the public address system before a high school soccer game, prompting an apology by the home team's principal ... The speech, by Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, was in German. Carpenter said in the letter the team had adopted the slogan "On to victory," ... "Some of our more zealous students sought to capture this slogan in German and to play it on the PA," Carpenter wrote." Give me a break! Joseph Goebbels, saying "On to victory" in German, before a high school soccer game is offensive to a point, that a written apology is necessary? And the North Carolina High School Athletic Association is investigating the incident? For what? Bad German? But then keep in mind ... after all ... it was a soccer game. ... and COSTA MESA, California (AP) -- College's students clash over Pledge at meetings. "Student leaders at a community college voted to drop the Pledge of Allegiance after a tense meeting in which one flag-waving pledge supporter berated them as anti-American radicals. Orange Coast College's student trustees voted Wednesday not to recognize the pledge, with three of the five board members saying it should be dropped from their meetings ... Board member Jason Ball argued that the pledge inspires nationalism, violates the separation between church and state with the phrase "under God," and is irrelevant to the business of student government." Gee, sure sounds like good reasons for a Junior College student worried about nationalism, separation of church and state ... and the relevance of pledging allegiance to our America ... while sucking in every benefit our America can bestow. Doesn't our currency have "In God We Trust" on it? Perhaps he should consider returning any currency he has.

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico: 'SI' to gay civil union. "Mexico City's assembly on Thursday passed legislation to legally recognize gay civil unions in the capital, the first such vote by a legislative body in the history of the conservative, predominantly Roman Catholic country ... The bill, which would not approve gay marriage, allows same-sex couples to register their union with civil authorities, granting them inheritance rights and other benefits typically given to spouses. Heterosexual couples who are not legally married can also be registered under the bill." Wow! I'm trying to picture what gay roofers and migrant workers would look like? So share with me ... why would a heterosexual couple opt for a "civil union" instead of just going out and getting married? Rumor has it "Queer Eye for a Strait Guy" will film an episode in Mexico City ... assuming the camera equipment can survive the pollution and the crew has access to enough bottled water.

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- Viking ship to ply North Sea; no invasion planned. "Dozens of volunteer sailors will follow in the wake of the Vikings next summer, crossing the North Sea to Ireland in a 100-foot (30-meter) replica of a Norse warship, museum officials said Friday ... On July 2, the vessel will set sail from Roskilde with a crew of 65 who hope to learn more about Viking seamanship on a seven-week, 1,000-mile (1,700-kilometer) journey to Dublin -- a city founded by Vikings." I didn't know Dublin was founded by Vikings? I though it was founded by mutant leprechauns, ("Natural Selection" at it's finest!). And in other science news ... WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Spiny sea urchins prick geneticists' interest. "Sea urchins may be blind, but they have the same genes that help people see, as well as genes for a sense of smell and one of the most complicated immune systems in the animal world, researchers reported ... They also have genes associated with diseases such as Huntington's and muscular dystrophy, offering new routes to understanding illnesses, the researchers write in Friday's issue of the journal Science." It is really sad to see the urchins afflicted with Huntington's and muscular dystrophy ... I suppose the good news is ... they don't have any eyes, so they can't see how bad off they are.

Sitting here editing these Ramblings, sipping on some Port and listening to the evening news. Seems the new Democratic Congress will establish a time line for withdrawal from Iraq. They are not calling it "cut and run" ... instead, it will be called a "Victory Withdrawal" ... (and by Washington Democrat insiders, "Coitus Interruptus") ... the Republicans had no comment. A Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia has produced a film, "Facing the Giants" ... produced for less than $1,000.00. It is raking in the bucks, big time. I guess there is a market for modern day morality plays. And in the closing piece, "Honor Fight" ... WW II Veterans getting a free tour of the WW II Memorial, in Washington. Dying heroes graciously acknowledging the gratitude of the nation they saved. Put a lump in my throat!! They are no different, than the men and women in uniform serving our America today ... other than they had a clearly defined goal. Which remains the reason, as I say a prayer of gratitude for having Susan sharing my life, the good and the bad, my business and my bed ... I follow that prayer, with a prayer pleading for the safe return of our men and women in uniform, (care to join me in that prayer if you don't already do so?) .... <Whispering> ... Please, Please, Please, God ... let them come home safe and soon!! It is cold and raining outside ... the fireplace is heating up Ft. Timmerman ... and all our Furry Children are dozing on pillows, warm and safe. I pray you and yours are as well ... be and sleep well ... there are those on watch ... making sure 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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Karl H. Timmerman M.A. J.D. 2006
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