A MISSOURI LAWYER'S
NOVEMBER 11, 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.
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Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of November 11, 2005. We
took a moment today to remember and honor our family members, friends and
neighbors in uniform, all who have served and all, who are serving. During the
90's, we reduced the size of our standing military by 37%
and instead, chose to rely on the service of our National Guard troops and
Reservists, (as of May 26, 2004, roughly 145,400
soldiers from the Guard and Reserves were on active duty ... with 3 combat
brigades deployed in Iraq). We have 25 million surviving veterans, (military
service no doubt changed their lives and the way they view life), but out of
100 Senators, only 31 have served on active duty and only 8 saw combat. In the
House of Representatives, out of 435 members, 110 saw active duty, (one a
female Airforce Academy graduate, Rep.
Heather Wilson (R, N.M.). but only 29 have experienced combat. Put in
perspective ... of the 535 elected representatives who would vote to put our
children in harms way, only 37 have personally seen the horrors of war, (only
14 members of our Congress have children in uniform). Would they take that vote
more seriously, ponder the sacrifices to be made, if they had experienced the
horrors of war ... or that vote would send their child in arms way? I
would hope so. We have a volunteer military, the finest in the world ... but at
what cost? No doubt using National Guard and Reserve troops is cheaper than
having a large standing military: National Guard troops don't have the newest
equipment, nor all the equipment they need, (remember the body armor fiasco?
Reservists or their families who were being deployed, having to purchase their
own equipment?), nor do they receive the same veterans benefits, nor the same
treatment options, should they be injured while serving our America. For a
member of the "regular" military, being on "active duty" is
the life they have chosen .... but "active duty" for a National Guard
trooper or Reservist is a diversion/break in their lives, (albeit, a sacrifice
they have chosen to make). And therein lies the reason we celebrate Veterans
Day: we pause a moment in the lies we live to honor the past and present
sacrifices made so we can do so. The price, the sacrifice, is being paid and
made by those who recognize that freedom has never been free. There is and has
always been a cost a price: today we paused a moment to honor and remember
those who have paid it ... and those who are making payments now.
DOVER, Pennsylvania (AP) --- 'Intelligent design' school board booted. "Voters came down hard Tuesday on school board members who backed a statement on intelligent design being read in biology class, ousting eight Republicans and replacing them with Democrats who want the concept stripped from the science curriculum." ... while the bastion of Christian charity and scriptural insight, Pat Robertson opined: WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Robertson warns Pennsylvania voters of God's wrath. "Conservative Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson told citizens of a Pennsylvania town that they had rejected God by voting their school board out of office for supporting "intelligent design" and warned them Thursday not to be surprised if disaster struck." And in Kansas: TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) -- Kansas school board redefines science. "At the risk of re-igniting the same heated nationwide debate it sparked six years ago, the Kansas Board of Education approved new public school science standards Tuesday that cast doubt on the theory of evolution. The 6-4 vote was a victory for "intelligent design" advocates who helped draft the standards. Intelligent design holds that the universe is so complex that it must have been created by a higher power." Guess that means Kansas will now be tornado free. Do you really believe this is about evolution, the scientific method or free inquiry .... and how they are taught in our schools? [The New York Times has an excellent article database on-line: click HERE to view.] 'Nuff said.
PARIS, France (CNN) -- France PM: Curfews to stem riots. "Following 11 days of violence that have rocked France, Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin said Monday that the government will deploy more police and will take the unprecedented step of allowing mayors to declare curfews in French cities ... Damage from protests across France hit a new peak overnight, as rioters burned 1,408 vehicles in 274 towns, France's national police chief said. More than 4,300 vehicles have been burned since the riots began 11 days ago. The figure was an increase from the night before, when 1,295 vehicles were burned, Michel Gaudin told a news conference. He said that police made 395 arrests overnight Sunday-Monday, up from 345 the night before." The only war, I know of , that the French have ever won ... is the French Revolution. Glad to see them winning another one. .... <whispering> ..... course who could blame anyone for burning Renaults.
Pravda -- Brain health may be preserved by alcohol. "Elderly men and women who do not consume alcoholic drinks have more chances to get mental decline over time than seniors with a history of mild-to-moderate drinking. Alcohol can help to preserve cognitive function in old age. Some prior studies have pointed to the potential benefits of mild-to-moderate alcohol drinking. One recent study, reported earlier this year by Reuters Health, showed that women over 70 years old who reported having about one alcoholic drink per day were less likely than teetotalers to show signs of mental decline two years later. Other studies have also pointed to the heart-healthy effects of alcohol drinking, particularly red wine." The report failed to share one of it's other findings .... elderly men, after a few drinks, considered 70 year old women extremely attractive and sexy. (The study was funded by Smirnoff Vodka and Pfizer, (the Viagra folks.))
Pravda -- Turkish EU membership: evidence of torture still reported. "The European Commission said Wednesday it was still uncovering evidence of torture and ill-treatment of minorities in Turkey and again pressed Ankara to improve human rights. In a progress report on Turkey's path toward European Union membership, the EU's executive office also warned Turkey to stop its backward slide on instituting judicial reforms .... " Turkey has responded, by asking our CIA to close the detainee camps it maintains on Turkish soil.)
BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) -- Two pandas tie the knot. "Thousands of people in Thailand came to the wedding party Wednesday, but the nuptial bliss belonged to a pair of animals: the country's only two resident giant pandas. As Chuang Chuang and his female partner, Lin Hui, have become adults and begin to mate, Thai officials decided it was time for the couple to make it official. Thais dressed in panda and other animal costumes marched and played music in a traditional Thai wedding procession to northern Thailand's Chiang Mai Zoo, where the pandas live." .... Pandas are extremely difficult to breed in captivity because they are very moral creatures, (they just refuse to "fool around") ... ergo .... the formal wedding ceremony. The only problem arose when Chuang Chuang had second thoughts after finding one of the folks dressed in a Panda suit more attractive than Lin Hui. Thais on the other hand have no such constraints: sex is a major industry in Thailand, (as evidenced by the name of their capitol city) --- BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) -- Thailand debates sex trade. "Thai academics, officials and sex workers have begun a national debate on a proposal to legalize prostitution, a multi-billion-dollar industry dogged by exploitation and police corruption. The government says legalization would give the estimated 200,000 sex workers access to social services, health care and protection from abuse while exposing corruption among the industry's gatekeepers -- police, politicians and business owners."
MILWAUKEE Is sauerkraut a new weapon against bird flu? "While President Bush scrambles to ward off an avian-flu pandemic, the world's largest sauerkraut producer, tucked amid the glacial lakebeds of rural Wisconsin, is sitting atop a bumper crop of one possible preventative. That's right: sauerkraut. An international buzz is surrounding the unassuming fermented cabbage. Scientists at Seoul National University in South Korea fed an extract of kimchi, a spicy Korean variant of sauerkraut, to 13 chickens infected with avian flu, and a week later, 11 of the birds started to recover, according to a report by the BBC Network." I can not begin to imagine the mess made by 11 chickens with kimchi breath and severe diarrhea. The report did not share, that the 2 remaining chickens killed the other 11.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) -- Astronauts want plan to prevent cosmic collision. "Imagine last year's tsunami, last month's earthquake in Pakistan, and Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma all rolled into one -- and then some. If nations can't handle those calamities, what's going to happen when an asteroid collides with Earth? .... In 30 years, there is a 1-in-5,500 chance that a smallish asteroid will land a bull's eye on our planet. At 360 yards wide, it could take out New York City and much of the surrounding area." Well, in 30 years, I'll be 88 years old. By then, I will have had to give up smoking, alcohol and sex. Think, maybe 29 years from now .... I'll move to New York.
Sitting here editing the Ramblings, sipping on Cream Sherry. Susan and I attended lunch at our local VFW today and chatted with some of the members, (I am after all running for office and have served our America). All there were acutely aware that military service changed their lives and how they viewed life. Some were Korean War vets ... a few VietVets ... and three were WWII vets ... while one was a reservist who had just returned from Iraq. All were proud of their service. All ARE proud of our men and women in uniform. It made my heart sing to see the VietVets embraced as brothers in arms. Perhaps they have finally made it home. I'm still working on my quarantine necessity list: you would be amazed at the resources available on the Internet. On the evening news, the housing market has cooled down. ABC News played a bunch of old video clips, (prior to our invasion of Iraq), of Democratic politicians talking about their certainty that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction ... and their statement now, that they were mislead then, about the threat they posed. I guess I'm doomed to failure as a political candidate for office ... I lack the selective memory, talking out of both sides of my mouth, gene.
Like you, I spent a bunch of time today, thinking about the sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform. The lives disrupted ... the lives being disrupted and how grateful I am, to be able to be with the person that makes my life worth living, my best friend, lover and partner, my Susan. I will say a prayer of thanks for that tonight .... and I will say another prayer for the safe return of our men and omen in uniform, (care to join me?) .... <whispering> ..... Please, Please, Please, God .... let them all come home safe and soon. Be and sleep well knowing the best there is, is on watch, away from their loved ones, sacrificing, 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, (running for Judge), country lawyer, from Holden, Missouri)
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