NOVEMBER 25, 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

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  11-18-05  11-25-05
Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of November 25, 2005. Sitting here fuming, after thinking about the picture ID to by-pass courthouse security, issue. Share with me .... do you bill your clients for the time you have to wait in line, while going through security, (standing there emptying your pockets, while watching judges, their clerks, prosecutors, circuit clerks, secretaries, janitors and maintenance people .... just walk through security, because THEY have a picture ID)? Are we officers of the court ... or not?? We sure as hell have to jump through hoops, pay our dues, be subject to the OCDC, Civil Rule 4, (and ... running for office as a Judge, Cannon 5 ) ... not to mention, I have NOT found, NOT ONE, report of any lawyer, ever, using a weapon in any courthouse, anywhere, in our America. I have listened to the arguments that "we" should be treated no different than the general public entering the courthouse ... got news ... some dude reporting for jury duty probably didn't go to college, didn't take an LSAT, didn't get accepted nor go to Law School, (and doesn't have student loans to pay off), didn't take a Bar Exam, and after passing it, didn't petition our Supreme Court for a license to practice law, (I assume there is some kind of background check), get admitted to the Bar, was sworn in as an Officer of the Court, didn't take an oath to uphold our Constitution and doesn't pay yearly dues, for the privilege of .... "practicing law". Did the janitor, tech support person, secretary, clerk, sheriff's deputy or bailiff, ad nauseam, jump through all of these hoops? What have they done, or failed to do ... that makes them less of a potential threat, than you and I? When did we decide ... to buy into the bullshit, that we pose more of a threat, at our pseudo office, "the courthouse", than an $8.00 per hour courthouse employee? An analogy ... how many people did doctors kill last year, (through their malpractice)? How many people did lawyers kill last year, (through their malpractice?) So doctors have a cap on their professional malpractice liability, while lawyers have none? So doctors have a 2 year statute of limitations, while we have a 5 year statute? We have no statute of limitations for Bar complaints ... while doctors have a two year statute for "Healing Board" complaints? When did the leaders of our profession, (our Supreme Court), decide, we could not be trusted to be honorable, hard working, caring human beings ... and established the OCDC, (funded by the dues, you and I pay), to watch over us? Why does our Supreme Court deem it necessary, while those that oversee doctors, do not? There are only three "professions": doctors, lawyers and clergy. So why are we the "red headed step child" of the three, (even after all the clergy sexual abuse scandals?) We need to figure out a way to adjust the public perception of who we are, what we do and how important we are in the political process, (we are and remain the guardians of our system of justice!). Just what will it take, for the public to view us, once again, as Atticus Finch's ... instead of the scum bags on "Boston Legal"? What will it take, for you and I, to walk into a courthouse and be recognized as "Officers of the Court", (to bypass security?) Share with me ... what will it take, to regain the respect of our fellow Americans? I'm remain, sitting here, fuming and questioning.

LAWRENCE, Kansas (AP) -- College course seeks to debunk intelligent design. "Creationism and intelligent design are going to be studied at the University of Kansas, but not in the way advocated by opponents of the theory of evolution. A course being offered next semester by the university religious studies department is titled "Special Topics in Religion: Intelligent Design, Creationism and other Religious Mythologies." "The KU faculty has had enough," said Paul Mirecki, department chairman. "Creationism is mythology," Mirecki said. "Intelligent design is mythology. It's not science. They try to make it sound like science. It clearly is not." Click your heels, Professor Mirecki ... with a little luck ... you will find yourself in "The Land of Oz", governed by a benevolent wizard and surrounded by "little people", instead of Kansas, a land currently governed by mental midgets, (I trust, that will change).

Haaretz --- ADL: Michael Jackson has an 'anti-Semitic streak'. "The Anti-Defamation League on Wednesday demanded that Michael Jackson apologize for allegedly calling Jews "leeches" in a private telephone message that was recorded two years ago and has now surfaced in connection with a lawsuit against the pop star." "Michael Jackson has an anti-Semitic streak, and hasn't learned from his past mistakes," said a statement issued by Abraham H. Foxman, the league's director. "It seems every time he has a problem in his life, he blames it on Jews." I didn't know, Jackson was a Muslim.

NEW YORK (Reuters) -- Turkey gobbled up in 12 minutes. "A day before millions of Americans sit down to eat traditional Thanksgiving dinners, a Virginia woman grabbed the world turkey-eating title on Wednesday by gobbling down a whole roast bird in 12 minutes. Sonya Thomas, 37, who weighs just 105 pounds (47.5 kg), beat seven men in the annual Thanksgiving Invitational: a race to eat a 10-pound (4.5-kg) turkey." I have it on good authority, that the Reverend Phelps has declared Sonya Thomas gay for eating a turkey breast. Do male turkeys have breasts? I wonder what he thinks about men that eat "Mountain Oysters", (also known a "tendergroins")? May I propose a new noun? "Phelpian" ... or a new verb: "Phelpianized"? "Phelpian": Noun, "That dude is a real phelpian", a person who is so unsure of their heterosexuality, that they project their homosexual fantasies on others. "Phelpianized": Verb, "Wow, John was a hero, he was killed trying to rescue one of his fellow soldiers in Iraq. Why is his funeral being Phelpianized?" A publicity seeking, vilification process, used by a certain homophobic, fundamentalist Christian minister from Topeka, Kansas, [editorial observation: a waste, of perfectly good skin], to justify an unjustifiable reading of Scripture.

NEW YORK (AP) -- Gay man asks judge for spousal protection . "A gay man charged with helping his lover loot a wealthy school district has asked a judge to rule that state law protecting spouses from having to testify against each other also applies to same-sex partners. Stephen Signorelli, fighting charges that he stole at least $219,000 from the Roslyn, New York, school district, is seeking to bar testimony by his longtime companion, Frank Tassone, the district's former superintendent." There are only two legal "rights" inherent in the marital contract, which can not be contractually synthesized: one is Tenancy by the Entireties ownership of real property and the other is Spousal Privilege. I wonder ... is "spousal privilege" recognized in "civil unions"?

ELKTON, Maryland (AP) -- Melee cancels local xBox sale. "A melee erupted among a crowd of shoppers in the rush for the new Xbox 360 video game console at a Wal-Mart Supercenter in northeast Maryland. It took 10 police officers to restore order." The Xbox360's sold for $399.00 .... but on eBay last night .... the bidding ran from $900.00 - $1,400.00. Capitalism at it's finest, (stand in line, beat the crap out of fellow shoppers. then sell what you bought, at a profit). Rumor has it, Microsoft has a new game title for the xBox360 .... "Combat Shopping", (I have been told ... the " Victoria's Secret" level is, well ..... titillating). While in an interesting entertainment trend: Christian Video Games. The developers had a conference, "Christian Game Developers Conference" this past July in Portland. "What would Jesus Play", Some interesting games: "Eternal War: Shadows Of Light. Mission: "Travel deep into the suicidal mind of John Coronado to fight the demons of malice and destruction that afflict him. Succeed and John returns to God. Fail and he goes to hell." ... and ... Ominous Horizons: A Paladin's Calling. Mission: "It's 15th-century Germany, and evil forces have destroyed Johannes Gutenberg's printing press and stolen his Bible. You're charged with retrieving it - and ensuring the rapid spread of Christianity." ... and ... Saints of Virtue. Mission: "Know thyself. Journey within your own heart to fight the worldly temptations of vanity, pride, and fear." The net affect? Videogames: $200 million, Books: $2.5 billion, Music: $900 million and Movie Tickets: $35.5 million for a total of 3.6 BILLION dollars, (as of 2002). Christianity/religion is big business ... but then some churches have known that for centuries.

CINCINNATI, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio congresswoman apologizes for 'coward' comment. "Ohio Republican Jean Schmidt apologized Tuesday for her sharp comments about a fellow congressman's call to immediately pull troops from Iraq, which caused a furor in the U.S. House. Schmidt was booed off the House floor Friday after she criticized Rep. John Murtha, D-Pennsylvania, saying that "cowards cut and run, Marines never do." She should. Is any other comment really necessary?

Pravda -- Scientists to use inquisition techniques to study people's passion for religion. "The study aims to take a shot at the relationship between faith and the perception of pain British researchers decided to revive the grimmest realities of the Middle Ages. For two years they are going to torture two hundred residents of the British Isles who practice their religious beliefs. Researchers are going to use university laboratories as dungeons ... to find out whether religion can be an anesthetic, researchers will subject volunteers to pain while showing them various objects related to religion e.g. crucifixes, pictures of Our Lady ... Several atheists will be also subjected to painful experiences to make sure that the experiment is free from bias and prejudice." Would someone share with me how an atheist could be considered a "heretic" ... and therefore subject to an inquisition? Guess, according to some, religion remains "the opiate of the masses", perhaps, given our current interest in the various "drug cultures", religion, is a valid inquiry, as a drug of choice. Personally ... I continue to believe, our British brothers and sisters should fund research on dental care! (How about Austin Power's dentist gets his/her license yanked!!!)

Tonight, Holden will light it's community Christmas Tree. A coming together of our little community. I will post pictures later at http://www.karltimmerman.com/holdenxmas.html. Susan and I just walked around, greeted and hugged friends. Sitting here now, editing these Ramblings and listening to the evening news. Here we are getting ready to celebrate the birth, of the Prince of Peace ... and yet, 2,000 years later, there still is no peace? Pat Morita, (age 73), has passed on. Probably best known as "Kesuke Miyagi, the mentor to Ralph Macchio's "Daniel-san," he taught karate while trying to catch flies with chopsticks and offering such advice as "wax on, wax off" to help Daniel improve his karate hand movements while doing." While in SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) -- Inmates vie for Miss Penitentiary title. "The sweltering heat inside the Capital Female Penitentiary got hotter, as contestants in the Miss Penitentiary pageant were working overtime using hair dryers." Bet that would look real good in a resume, wouldn't it?

The turkey yesterday was excellent: a 12 pounder, (cut in half so we won't have to eat turkey for a week), this year, marinated in pineapple juice, and basted with a sauce made from pineapple juice, butter, garlic and brown sugar. Susan and I spent the day relaxing and enjoying each other's company, (and I chatted on-line with my daughter ... she was with her boyfriends family ... no time for Dad :) Susan volunteered to make 25 Holiday Cards, each with a candy cane attached, to be sent to our troops in Iraq ... she wound up making 50 and on each printed a handwritten message of thanks, for their service. There is so much to be thankful for! Nagging, in the back of my mind, is the reminder, that there are folks in harms way, so you and I CAN just spend a day relaxing while giving thanks, however we chose. Tonight, in a little bit, we will walk around Holden, some more, perhaps watch a movie and then go to bed. In my prayer tonight, I will again give thanks for the many blessings we have .... and a prayer for our men and women in uniform, (care to join me?) ... <whispering> .... Please, Please, Please, God .... keep them safe ... and bring them home soon!! Be and sleep well ... look around and perhaps take a moment to give thanks for the blessings in your life ... and perhaps, remind yourself, that there are folks in harms way ... to protect them and keep them safe, for you. 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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