NOVEMBER 19, 2004

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 - 2004. 

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Greets and Huggers.  Posted the evening of November 19, 2004. I apologize:  these Ramblings will offend some.  Last Saturday I read a statement in an email posted by Ed Bloomfield to the SFIG explaining his Christian worldview, a view to be respected, a view grounded on tolerance:  "... we daily die for a cause, for that day spent on whatever it was spent on, is gone. Was it worth it?"  Also read Dam Adams post: "Christ is THE Way and THE Truth and THE Light ..."  followed by, "Are you willing to risk your immortal soul by following shrub blindly in all areas?"  Read Corinne Corley's post as well, "I have met many fundamental, evangelical Christians who are religious and cultural bigots and few, if any, who are not."    Been thinking about these and other "religion" based posts for the past couple of weeks.  They are disconcerting because they illustrate extreme religious polarization. Polarization between those who are locked into their belief structures, societal paradigms and seek to impose them on others, (to save the souls of others and keep our America "A Nation Under God"), and those who chose merely to believe  ... or not  ... and tolerate that choice in others. Please, take a moment and read for yourself, the agenda of the "Moral Majority" or the folks involved with "Dominionism".  Is this the America you wish for your daughter?  My Dear Friend, David Browning wrote: "...  a jihad against secular humanists may be in the offing...".   Got news  ... the "jihad" is here, we are engaged in it ... and ... of most concern:  the possibility that a small group of Christian Extremists, (like their Muslim counterparts in Islam),  are in the process of or have hijacked the "fundamentalist" wing of the Christian religion in America. Bombing abortion clinics ring a bell?  Assassinating doctors who perform abortions, ring a bell?  Priests refusing to give communion to Church members, elected representatives, who dissent with and do not vote according to Vatican or church policy, ring a bell?  In another post this week, my Dear Friend Jim Daher, quoted "Wizard's First Rule.", (from Book One of The Sword of Truth series), sharing his religious concerns: "People will believe any lie, either because they want it to be true or because they fear that it is."  His concerns are well founded.  The "jihad" is waging:  there is a multifaceted tumor reemerging, growing, spreading in our America:  you can see it couched in benign terms like "Right to Life", "Family Values" or "Creation Science" et.al. It is the cancer of Fundamentalist Christian intolerance, (share with me how it could possibly be different from Fundamentalist Muslim intolerance?) A few extremist members of the Christian majority, "extremist fundamentalists", (let me note, the vast majority of Americans are Christian:  as a group, they are very tolerant and respectful of differences within the many Christian communities/churches and non-Christians  ... as my Dear Friend Ron Byers noted, however ... they will not survive the 3rd round of purges should extremist Christians gain control), have organized, have formed a "movement", to "save" our America by imposing their societal constructs/beliefs, their vision of "moral fiber" on us all. My Dear Friend Phillip Prewitt wrote, (as a comment to the Peterson verdict): "... a doctor that aborts a fetus is innocent of any criminal statute  ...  a non-doctor that kills a fetus is guilty of murder.  The court opinions sorting this out will be interesting, but one or the other certainly has to give sometime ... ".  ... <smiling>  ...  We are at war.  Share with me ... have you EVER seen an organized, concerted, attack on a sitting Supreme Court Justice, (Judge Teitelman), ["Judge Teitelmanís radical, anti-family, activist decisions." Kerry Messer, Founder, Missouri Family Network],  in the name of "Family Values"? A woman's right to control her body is not a "Family Value" ... nor is ... granting/recognizing fundamental civil/legal rights to "civil unions" ...  a "Family Value".  Your sexual orientation is not a "Family Value". They are just a "sin".

The School Board for Dover, Pennsylvania is the first in the nation to mandate the teaching of "intelligent design", (the latest incarnation of "Creation Science.") I thought this issue was settled in Tennessee vs. Scopes, (the 1925 "Monkey Trial" pitting William Jennings Bryan against Clarence Darrow). It is not. It has reared it's Fundamentalist Christian head, once again.  "Creation Science" teaches, (based on the "Hydroplate Theory", "... New evidence shows that the earth has experienced a devastating, worldwide flood, whose waters violently burst forth from under the earthís crust."), that "because of the depth of manís sin (Genesis 6:5Ė6), God flooded the entire earth. We may never know just how the physical chain of events for the flood began, but the Bible gives some intriguing clues."  "Intelligent Design" teaches that "... natural laws and chance alone are not adequate to explain all natural phenomena ...  Intelligent Design is an intellectual movement that includes a scientific research program for investigating intelligent causes and that challenges naturalistic explanations of origins which currently drive science education and research."  The best discussion, pro and con, of this issue, ie. "Intelligent Design vs. Evolution", can be found in the April 2002 issue of "Natural History" magazine, published by the "American Museum of Natural History".  [Click HERE for the article.]   Course we have HB911 pending here in Missouri, ["Biological intelligent design", a hypothesis that the complex form and function observed in biological structures are the result of intelligence and, by inference, that the origin of biological life and the diversity of all original species on earth are the result of intelligence."]  It is difficult, it saddens me,  to believe, to see rational, educated persons, even taking a moment to ponder whether Genesis is a viable evolutionary theory!  ... <whispering> .... "People will believe any lie, either because they want it to be true or because they fear that it is."  For some, not acknowledging God as "The Creator",  ...  is just a "sin".

Also in the news this week: "About 2 million years ago, our forefathers developed bones and muscles suited for long distance running, the better to hunt animals or scavenge for carcasses on the plains of Africa, a team of anthropologists reported Wednesday in the journal "Nature" ..."  Course, this is just a theory.  After all, God created this reality 5 or 6 thousand years ago ... and besides ... THE FLOOD ... wiped out everything except what was on the Ark.  Oh ... and this reality is WAY too complex to exist without having been designed. Much like a "Thousand Chimps typing ... can create a best selling novel".  As a thought: Cain was the first born son of Adam and Eve, (the first human beings, created by God), Able the second. When Cain killed Able, God banished Cain, but put a mark on him to protect him from strangers ... <whispering> ... who were the strangers?

Read an interesting post this week,  very similar to many I have seen here, over the years:  " ...  of course the cops have so far only lied at every turn. I called to arrange for the client to turn themselves in, but the cops claimed they never heard of the client, then the very cop I spoke with arrested the client two hours later. I love high school drop outs who earn $9 an hour with a badge ..."  Seems to infer all cops are stupid, intent on violating our civil rights and will do anything "to get their guy".  A pretty offensive post, when you consider another view:   in small town America, perhaps, they are paid $9.00 an hour, under trained, wearing a uniform, (which they may have had to pay for themselves), while trying to enforce a law,  which they may or may know about, much less agree with ... and have to abide by rules and regulations set by others ... that may get them killed doing so.  May get killed them doing so.  I have no idea why they would be willing to do so. Wouldn't one have to conclude, the vast majority of these folks, are honorable persons doing the best they can?  Wishing to make a difference with what they have to offer:  their service?   Course ... what do I know:  I'm not a criminal law guy. But it sure offends me when criminal law guys put down all cops, like there aren't any honorable, hard working, honest cops, serving you and I. 'Nuff said.

Had a long day:  really missed not attending the Solo and Small Firm Practice Committee meeting today.  Really missed the opportunity to greet and hug friends.  Instead, attended an excellent advanced mediation training, (Cultural Differences in Alternate Dispute Resolution Paradigms) in the morning and took portraits of the Cass County Bar in the afternoon.  Walked in about an hour ago  ... to be greeted by my best friend and a host of "fury children". Sitting here now, winding down, after a quick scan of the posts on SFIG.  I remember, (after Dan's post today), taking Dan Adams picture at the Lodge, (one of about 800 pictures I took during the trip).  I know I posted a bunch when I got back:  http://www.karltimmerman.com/sfigr.html.  I wish to apologize to Dan ... I forgot all about adding his picture to the Family Album:  I will do so tonight, (once I find it!!!).  The problem with digital photography, is keeping track of the pictures you have taken, (since you only wind up printing 1 out of 30 or 40.)  BTW:  the best program I have found to keep track of your pics, is Thumbs +
... the best free program is Irfanview.  The best "printing" program is QImage.  I am tired, have a bunch of pics, I took today, to go through ... and I have a Lady waiting patiently for me ...  to share my day with her and her, to share her day with me. No doubt, like you  ... we do that, when we first climb into bed, hold each other, snuggle ... and talk. Tonight, I am really looking forward to that.  Be and sleep well, the best there is, is on watch so you can, (and perhaps ... take a moment and say a prayer/send good wishes ... for them and their safe return).  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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