NOVEMBER 17, 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.
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Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of November 17, 2006. Certainly an interesting conversation about deer hunting this week on the SFIG. Some contending hunting is necessary to manage deer populations, while others argue we don't need to hunt deer because [in essence] any population is self limiting. Both positions are correct. Because we destroyed the deer's natural predators, thereby tipping the ecological balance, deer populations will expand until there are not enough resources to support them. At some point, some will starve to death. So, I suppose the question becomes a value judgment ... is it better for deer to starve to death ... or have some members "culled", (the meat used by the hunters or donated to community pantry's), so the remainder don't? And in a related issue: NEW YORK (CNN Money.com) -- Worst states for auto-deer crashes. "Drivers smashing into deer on U.S. roads is an increasing, costly and dangerous problem, according to an insurance survey released Tuesday. Deer-related car crashes, including wrecks involving elk and moose, are up almost six percent compared to last year's deer season, according to the report by State Farm Insurance ... About 1.5 million deer-vehicle collisions happen each year in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Those accidents cause about 150 deaths and $1.1 billion in property damage annually, according to NHTSA."  If culling deer herds results in saving $1.1 BILLION dollars ... wouldn't it be prudent to do so? BTW: "Deer Whistles" are ineffective ... and the 10 most risky States starting with worst? Pennsylvania, Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Georgia, Virginia, Minnesota, Texas, Indiana and South Carolina.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) -- Judge blocks 'Sioux' nickname ban. "A district judge has granted a preliminary injunction to stop the NCAA from banning the University of North Dakota from hosting a postseason game because of its "Fighting Sioux" nickname, state Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said. UND is among a handful of schools with American Indian nicknames and logos that the NCAA considers hostile and abusive. Those schools are barred from holding postseason tournaments, or from using their nicknames during road playoff games." Rumor has it, some Junior Colleges are also renaming their team names ... <whispering> ... likely candidates, the "Honkies", "Jew Boys" , "Kikes", "Niggers", "Krauts", "Slopes", "Micks" and "Sand Niggers" ... will be renamed ... to be more politically correct. As an afterthought,   I'm curious ... Why would anyone file suit, to force a name change of any team? I'm a "Kraut". Would someone calling me that offend me? Nope. Why would it? I know I am a naturalized German AMERICAN !!! (I have my naturalization certificate to prove it ... it hangs on my wall  ...  next to my admission certificate to "The Supreme Court of the United States"). I am an AMERICAN citizen first ... beyond all other ethnic/national/religious considerations. While I honor my roots ... I celebrate my future and the future of my children ... as American Citizens. "Sticks and stone may break my bones ... but names will never hurt me." Names used as a sword do hurt ... some names are meant to ... and some names just describe. As my Dear Friend David T noted ... it all depends on the context in which the names are used and who is using them.

Seed Magazine -- Brain changes while speaking in tongues. "When people speak in tongues, they make unrecognizable noises and change their pitch, volume, and intensity at an often frenzied pace. Sometimes they dance, bend toward the floor, or clap fervently. People say they feel as though they've lost control­as if their body is a conduit for the spirit or voice of God. In the first study to use brain imaging to examine this practice, also known as glossolalia, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania monitored the brain activity of five females as they spoke in tongues. The study found decreased activity in a part of the brain associated with self-control." The study showed that when these folks spoke in tongues, there was a decrease in activity in the their frontal lobes: while folks who meditate had an increase in frontal lobe activity. The frontal lobe is part of the neo cortex, (the "mammalian" part of the brain that governs complex behaviors and defines our humanity, such as language.) So share with me ... how would you interpret this finding? Perhaps "meditation" is an attempt, by an "aware" being, to become one with, or understand, our relationship with God ... while "speaking in tongues", is a plea, from an divine spark embedded in our paleocortex, to commune. [Note: I believe we are created in God's Image ... and have a divine spark, embedded in our souls, (a soul which springs into being upon the union of a human egg and sperm) ... to seek Him out and become one with Him.]

BBC -- Payments for prison 'cold turkey'. "Nearly 200 prisoners and former inmates forced to stop taking drugs by going "cold turkey" are to receive payments. The unspecified settlement followed claims the practice amounted to assault and a breach of human rights." So, you get busted for being a druggie. You go to prison, where they refuse to therapeutically help you overcome your addiction, (the addiction, a bad choice you made.) They get you off drugs, the old fashioned way. They just say "no" ... and that amounts to "assault" and denial of your "human rights", entitling you to reparation payments? Give me a break! How about we give them all the drugs they want .... so .... they die before they can breed? Vices are/should not be crimes? A vice is something you do that harms you. A crime is something you do that harms another. Just when did we decide, as a society, to mitigate an individual's bad choices? Share with me ... (other than indemnifying insurance company profits ... isn't that what we do when we criminalize behaviors?), why we should?

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Soldiers' widows sue for pagan symbols on headstones. "The widows of two combat veterans sued the government Monday for not allowing Wiccan symbols on their husbands' military headstones. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs allows military families to choose any of 38 authorized headstone images. The list includes commonly recognized symbols for Christianity, Buddhism, Islam and Judaism, as well as those for smaller religions such as Sufism Reoriented, Eckiankar and the Japanese faith Seicho-No-Ie. The Wiccan pentacle, a five-pointed star surrounded by a circle, is not on the list, an omission that the widows say is unconstitutional." Rumor has it, atheists have also sued ... their symbol? A hand with the third finger extended. No doubt, a response to the "Army of One" recruiting campaign.

( CNN) -- The truth about happiness may surprise you. "The next time you are deciding between ice cream and cake, buying a car or taking a trip to Europe, accepting a new job or keeping your old one, you should remember two things: First, your decision is rooted in the desire to become happy -- or at least happier than you are now. Second, there's a good chance the decision you make will be wrong ... According to a Pew Research Center survey, the happiest age group is men 65 and older; the least happy: men 18 to 29. The survey also found: Married people are happier than singles. College grads are happier than those without a college degree. People who were religious are happier than those who aren't. Sunbelt residents are happier than other U.S. residents. Republicans are happier than Democrats -- but both are happier than independents." I guess it must suck to be a single, 20 year old high school drop out, who is a politically independent atheist, living in the Midwest. Perhaps "happiness" is relative?

And in the "Duh!" news of the week: PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (AP) -- Foul play suspected in a death once ruled a suicide. "Louis James DeFusco was found floating in Narragansett Bay in August 1964, a ship's anchor tied around his legs and a bullet in his mouth. Authorities called it a suicide. But relatives were left with lingering doubts and questions." Well, gee ... if you were a relative ... wouldn't you have some doubts about the death being a suicide? Like, how would your family member tie an anchor around his/her legs, shoot themselves in the mouth and then jump into the bay?

And finally, some food for thought on the "Gay Marriage" discussion this week. Humans are not the only animal that enjoys gay unions: New York -- Central Park Zoo's gay penguins ignite debate. "Roy and Silo, two chinstrap penguins at the Central Park Zoo in Manhattan, are completely devoted to each other. For nearly six years now, they have been inseparable. They exhibit what in penguin parlance is called "ecstatic behavior": That is, they entwine their necks, they vocalize to each other, they have sex. Silo and Roy are, to anthropomorphize a bit, gay penguins. When offered female companionship, they have adamantly refused it. And the females aren't interested in them, either." ... and ... Ananova -- Zoo tempts gay penguins to go straight. "A German zoo has imported four female penguins from Sweden in an effort to tempt its gay penguins to go straight. The four Swedish females were dispatched to the Bremerhaven Zoo in Bremen after it was found that three of the zoo's five penguin pairs were homosexual." Leave it to the Germans to try to flip a bird. This is no doubt stellar evidence of global warming: what else would cause a bunch of penguins to "come out"? Point being? For arguments sake ... let's suppose God also gave penguins "free will". So some penguins are choosing to be gay? Engage in sin? There is mounting evidence that sexual orientation is not a choice. If it is not a choice ... how could it be a "sin"? Although my Dear Friend Paul I may argue otherwise ... absent religious bias, (and there is not supposed to be one, should you believe in separation of Church and State), there is simply no rational basis for treating gay couples differently than heterosexual couples. 'Nuff said.

It 6:00pm and I just walked in ... went to the Solo and Small Firm Practice Committee meeting in Jeff City. My traveling companion was Dan R ... while there, had a chance to hug some "Family" members, (Scott G Fred C, Corinne C. Mick W., Paul H., Alan G .... et.al.) and lobby some BOG members about a Universal Picture ID, the "Vacation Rule" and some changes in OCDC practices. Sitting here now editing these Ramblings and just found another story: LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Toys for Tots will now accept talking Jesus dolls. "The Marine Reserves' Toys for Tots program has decided to accept a donation of Bible-quoting Jesus dolls, reversing course after saying earlier this week that it couldn't take them. "The talking Jesus doll issue has been resolved," the organization announced on its Web site Wednesday. "Toys for Tots has found appropriate places for these items." No one knows what the Marine Corps Reserves consider an appropriate place for these bible quoting dolls ... but I suspect "Islamic Fundamental Terrorist" and "suppository" ... may be part of the location description. Susan went on a rescue mission today ... we walked into Ft Timmerman at about the same time. She was bubbling/happy smiling while she talked about the "Puppy Mill" dogs she helped rescue today. Seeing her this happy makes my heart sing ... and knowing she loves me ... will make me say a prayer of thanks, for having the best partner, lover, helper and playmate, a man can have. I will also keep Sharon H in our prayers ... and of course our men and women in uniform, (please pray for their safe return!). Be and sleep well, the best there is, is on watch 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 from Holden, Missouri


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