DECEMBER 2, 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

  02-22-02  03-30-02  04-05-02
  04-21-02  04-27-02  05-01-02
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  11-26-04  12-03-04  12-10-04
  12-17-04  12-24-04  12-30-04
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  07-15-05  07-22-05  07-29-05
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  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
Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of December 2, 2005. History lost. From what I understand, unfortunately, SFIG posts posted prior to the last software upgrade, (2005), have been lost. I have been writing these "Friday Night Ramblings" since February 22, 2002, (actually before then, but I started archiving them, then). The Ramblings make interesting reading, especially the 2003 Ramblings, leading up to our invasion of Iraq. [My personal favorite remains the Ramblings posted 9/11/2002] Perhaps, at some point, I will compile them into a book. The Ramblings archive is located at http://www.karltimmerman.com/ramblings.html. (just click on a date on the left hand side of the screen). I have been warned, that the Ramblings will be used against me, in my campaign for judge. Perhaps so. I have been advised, that it would be better for me to "delete" them. I will NOT do so. The Ramblings share what I believe, my analysis of what was happening at the time, (at times "tongue in cheek" :) ... and who I am. Read what I have written, or not. What you see, is who I am ... and ... if you are one of the folks who can vote for me, what you get. 'Nuff said.

This week, I watched some of our troops return home, on the evening news. I watched men, "brothers in arms", embrace each other as they broke ranks and returned home ... returned to "put on hold" lives. They were greeted as heros, (they are). All ... will view their world differently. Some of their brothers returned home, individually, for burial, in their hometown cemeteries, but not forgotten by their brothers ..... and some returned home in pieces ... but also, not forgotten, by their brothers. 20 - 30 years from now, the surviving brothers, will march in parades ... and ... they will embrace each other when they meet. They will continue to be honored by those who had chosen not to serve, (while envied ... by the "wish they had served" ...a wish, by those who had chosen not to be a part of a select group of American warriors) ... and these brothers in arms, will celebrate what the few non-brothers, then living, will not have. A bond, like no other ... a bond fused by suffering, by combat, a common experience. And, they will remain .... be the hero's they are. And some will wonder what they went through, why they did so ... and be grateful they did ... (and some will regret a lost opportunity to have been a part of this select group). <whispering> .... I wonder if there are folks out there now, on Veteran's Day ... watching our VietVets, proudly march, (marching as brothers ... finally welcomed HOME), while perhaps some of the folks watching wish ... they had not evaded the draft, burned their draft cards or ... had not run to Canada. But then, maybe, it is time to enact legislation making the first Monday in October Hippee/War Protester Day :) We could use a National Holiday in October, (one of the few months left without one :)

Tokyo, Japan, Mainichi Daily News -- Dr. Kitamura has the final word on Japanese penis size. An e-mail I recently received from a 20-year-old university student worried about not having a penis big enough to please women reminded me of many of the calls junior high school children make to the Puberty Hotline run by the Japan Family Planning Association. "Women like huge penises, right?" the e-mail began. "I've got no confidence. How big should a guy be?" Many of the younger boys who contact our hotline ask very similar questions, often inspired by something they've seen in a bathroom or on a school field trip. When using a urinal many men become inordinately concerned about the size of the member of the man beside them. But they shouldn't forget that they are looking down, and at an angle. They're not getting the whole picture. The genitals not only include the penis, there are also the testicles to consider. Men's penises lay directly below their line of sight, so it's only natural that they look smaller when comparisons with others are made. If you have a belly, it only makes the penis look even smaller. This is an article in a major Japanese newspaper. I remain amazed at the ability of some cultures to openly discuss sexual issues. Could you imagine an article about penis size in the Kansas City Star ... or for that matter, a "Puberty Hotline" being tolerated in Missouri or Kansas? Yeah, right!! OAK RIDGE, Tennessee (AP) -- Tennessee high school newspaper seized. "Copies of a high school's student newspaper were seized by administrators because the edition contained stories about birth control and tattoos, stirring a First Amendment debate ... Administrators at Oak Ridge High School went into teachers' classrooms, desks and mailboxes to retrieve all 1,800 copies of the newspaper Tuesday ... The Oak Leaf's birth control article listed success rates for different methods and said contraceptives were available from doctors and the local health department." While in Der Spiegel -- Dr. Judy and the Sexpo. "Singapore has a reputation for being a prim and proper place. Oral sex might still be considered taboo, but for the first time the island nation has allowed a sex industry convention ... Asia's leading convention town is still stuck in the 1950s when it comes to erotic matters. Selling Playboy is still against the law, and even the TV series Sex and the City hasn't made it past official censors ...." So share with me ... how come there are so many Chinese? <whispering> .... and by the way ... do you really think, (as pointed out in the article), penis size matters, when a vagina can stretch to accommodate a babies head?

ROME, Italy (AP) -- Vatican clips condom campaigner from Christmas concert lineup. "A Brazilian singer who promoted the use of condoms in an anti-AIDS campaign has been dropped from the lineup of next month's Christmas concert at the Vatican, organizers said Friday ... [Daniela Mercury] .... The popular singer participated in a government campaign to fight AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases during this year's Carnival celebrations in Brazil. Mercury appeared in TV ads promoting the distribution of millions of free condoms and encouraging people to use them." Talk about a question of priorities!!! There are over 40 million people infected worldwide, with AIDS. In 2005, there were over 4.9 MILLION new infections, (over 700,000 were children). Condoms are not failsafe but they provide a logarithmic increase in protection against all STD's, (sexually transmitted diseases) and other than abstinence, the only protection against AIDS. Condoms also prevent conception, (an unwanted pregnancy), the conception of a child, which in most belief structures, is a gift from God. I guess, some folks believe, that to use a condom interferes with "God's Will". How does that mesh with God's greatest gift to us: "Free Will"? So, share with me .... how you can make the logical leap between choosing to engage in sexual intercourse, (free will) and mitigating the consequences of that choice, (interfering with God's Will?), by wearing a condom? Keep in mind, we are not talking about taking a life, (an abortion) ... but avoiding the creation of life. Share with me ... how is wearing a condom different from having a tubal ligation or a vasectomy? Isn't this in keeping with a mindset that fights for and advocates the rights of an unborn child ... while abandoning that child to a life of, hunger, suffering and poverty, once it is born? Nothing has changed in some Christian mindsets since the Children's Crusades ... has it?

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Marble chunk falls from Supreme Court facade. "A basketball-sized piece of marble molding fell from the facade over the entrance to the Supreme Court Monday, landing on the steps near visitors waiting to enter the building." Rumor has it, the Reverend Pat Robertson, called it a sure sign that God is displeased with the length of the planned confirmation hearing of our latest Supreme Court nominee. FEMA was called in to make repairs. <whispering> ... rumor has it, clerks for our Justices have reserved the conference room at the local Holiday Inn ... (caused some Katrina survivors, to have to move) .... I am sure our Justices know they are screwed ... Oh! ... by the way .... think our government is prepared for the quarantines necessitated by a Flu Pandemic? Speaking of which, Bloomberg --- Romania Quarantines 3 New Avian Flu Sites, Will Kill Poultry. "Romania quarantined three more villages in the eastern part of the country after confirming poultry in one have the H5 avian flu virus. The Agriculture Ministry suspects birds in the other two are similarly infected." ... and .... Washington (UPI) --- Thai scientist fears human-to-human cases of bird flu. "Thai health officials have expressed concern that the country's two latest confirmed victims of avian influenza may be the beginning of the much feared human-to-human transmission. Dr. Charoen Chuchottaworn, an avian-flu expert at the Public Health Ministry, said doctors reviewing the cases were alerted by the very mild symptoms present in both patients, neither of whom had had any recent contact with birds or poultry." Are you ready for a quarantine?.

Der Spiegel -- Lab Gives Birth to a "Living Camera". "Suppose you could take photos using live, organic material? No wait -- hasn't that been done? A university's new "bio camera" uses bacteria from the human gut instead of photo paper ... Chris Voigt's lab at UCSF uses genes from photosynthesizing blue-green algae to create a strain of bacteria (E. coli) that reacts to light. A thick bed of the mutant E. coli will take a permanent shadow-image after a long (four-hour) exposure to red light. Since the bacteria are so tiny, the bio camera produces an impressive resolution of 100 megapixels per square inch" Wow. I'm sure there are folks in "red-light" districts around the world, getting in line, to sit motionless for a 4 hour exposure, to get a 100 megapixel/square. inch picture of ... of .... Ok. A picture of what?

Al Jazeera -- The lazy bird gets the worm. "Migratory birds that usually spend the British winter in warmer African climates are increasingly likely to hang about in Britain as its winters become more mild, wildlife experts say ... More blackcaps from Germany and native British chiffchaffs are giving up on the 4000-mile journey to sub-Saharan Africa ... The migratory change is an example of evolution in action ... Some blackcaps with a genetic defect causing them to fly west instead of south for the winter have presumably been flying to Britain and perishing in the cold winters for some time, experts said. As British winters grow warmer, and bird watchers are more diligent about providing food for the birds, more such blackcaps and stay-at-home chiffchaffs are surviving in Britain." Evolution in action? I thought a genetic defect was intelligent design? But then, I suppose a defect would, by definition, be a mistake ... and wouldn't that beg the question ... how could an all powerful, all knowing, intelligent designer .... make a mistake?

LONDON, England (Reuters) -- Creativity linked to sexual success. "Pablo Picasso, Lord Byron and Dylan Thomas had more in common than simple creativity. They also had active sex lives, which researchers say was no coincidence. Psychologists at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and the Open University in Britain found that professional artists and poets have about twice as many partners as other people ... They found that professional artists and poets had between 4 and 10 sexual partners, while less creative people had an average of three." I would like to comment on this study, but I'am too busy reaping the fruits of being ... really, really, "creative" :)

NEWPORT, Kentucky (AP) -- Powerball winner found dead in home. "A woman who won a $65.4 million Powerball jackpot with her husband five years ago was found dead at her home overlooking the Ohio River, where she had apparently been for days before anyone found her, police said. ... When the woman and her husband, Mack Wayne Metcalf, won the jackpot, they told lottery officials they were going their separate ways to fulfill their dreams. Merida planned to quit her job making corrugated boxes and buy a home. Metcalf, a forklift operator, wanted to start fresh in Australia. He never did. Metcalf died in 2003 at age 45 while living in a replica of George Washington's Mount Vernon estate built in Corbin, Kentucky. Almost makes you wonder if winning a "Powerball Ticket" is worth it? .... But I must admit, I am willing to risk winning one!!

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Mental illness no red flag in gun buying. State privacy laws often bar health records' inclusion in database. "In Alabama, a man with a history of mental illness killed two police officers with a rifle he bought on Christmas Eve. In suburban New York, a schizophrenic walked into a church during Mass and shot to death a priest and a parishioner. In Texas, a woman taking anti-psychotic medication used a shotgun to kill herself. Not one of their names was in a database that licensed gun dealers must check before making sales -- even though federal law prohibits the mentally ill from purchasing guns. Most states have privacy laws barring such information from being shared with law enforcement." Makes you wonder what they are thinking, doesn't it? Like a paranoid schizophrenic with an assault rifle is someone you would feel comfortable sitting next to at Wendy's? I appreciate the right to privacy ... I also appreciate our government regulating who may purchase a weapon .... course, I also feel the same way about a paranoid schizophrenic getting a pilots license!

Met our brother, G Tom Harris in Richmond yesterday at the courthouse. Afterwards we walked across the street to his office and had a cup of coffee together, and chatted. Really great guy ... gifted lawyer .... and one hell of a good artist, (he paints). He shared some of his work with me ... great stuff ... he should create a Website and share his work!!!! Just got back from an all day "Double Full Moon" trial, (always carefully keep an eye on clients who retain you, while the moon is full!!!). <whispering> .... on your initial interview ... if the client talks about how crazy/psychotic/hormonal, (don't have a clue of what "hormonal" means), ..... their spouse is .... double your retainer because that client is at well. Remember, "You never see Eagles soaring with Ducks"!! I am reminded of a saying by one of my mentors, years ago .... "Practicing law would be fun .... but for the clients!" Felt like that today.

Sitting here editing these Ramblings, sipping on some Cream Sherry and grateful to be home after a long day. The fireplace is going, it is warm, cozy and I am surrounded by the things I love, that make my life worth living. I am tired and can hardly wait to curl myself around Susan, whisper a prayer of thanks ... and drift off to sleep. On the evening news, 10 Americans died in Iraq today ... I will pray for them and their families, (care to join me?) .... Please, Please, Please, God .... guide them Home ... and bring our men and women in uniform home, safe and soon! Be and sleep well, hold what you love close to your heart ... there are folks with aching hearts who wish they could ... and some in harms way, 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, (running for Judge), from Holden, Johnson County, Missouri)

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