DECEMBER 15, 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 December 15, 2006. Elmer Bradley is a Dear Friend here in Holden, now in his 80's. Elmer is a deeply religious man with an interesting history ... he served in "The Big One". A few years ago, while "visiting" about duct work, (Elmer is a Master Tin Smith ... he did all the duct work at Ft Timmerman), shared with me, he was one of the troops that liberated Auschwitz. Even 60+ years after doing so ... while sharing with me what he saw, I saw his demeanor change ... tears well in his eyes as he remembered. He shared the horror. He was an eye witness. But like many, his ability to witness will pass with him ... and ... there are those who wish to change, rewrite history:   TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's president says Holocaust now up for debate. "The Holocaust is now a subject of serious debate, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Saturday ... Deputy Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mohammadi has said the Holocaust conference will look at issues such as "whether the gas chambers were actually used by the Nazis". I can not understand why any honorable, reasonable person would wish to do so. There are just too many "first person accounts" by survivors. There are so many images capturing the horror. There is however, almost no written accounts from Jews who were saved by their Christian neighbors. [Interesting Website listing the names of some of the Christian Martyrs and when and where they were murdered. Click on the link and read the list ... I was struck by how many Christians gave their lives to help.] Would you risk your life to save a total stranger? As for the "Holocaust Deniers" meeting in Iran? Sadly, no amount of evidence would convince them. But we can try to reach those who have not made up their minds and we can reach the next generation. I received the following Email from my Dear Friend Rabbi Cukierkorn:

. "We are writing on an important book about moral courage, and hope you will help us. Working in partnership with the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education, we plan to tell stories of Jews in Poland who survived the Holocaust because they had significant help from Christians. The process of interviewing both survivors and those who helped them or surviving members of families who helped is well under way. Our hope is to have this manuscript ready for publication in 2008. The book may be followed by related educational material and even perhaps an exhibit of some kind.

We are not writing this book to describe some kind of silver lining to the Holocaust. There is no such thing. Rather, these stories will be a way of reminding all of us, young and old alike that even in the most traumatic of evil times it is possible for people to do the right thing. Because these stories involve Jews and Christians, it's appropriate that one of us is a Christian and one a Jew.  

Our research will require a number of interview trips in the United States and possibly Canada as well trips to Poland. To help cover research and pre-publication costs estimated at just under $70,000 the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education (MCHE), who will serve as educational consultants for the book, has created a designated fund to receive tax-deductible donations specific to this project ... send donations to The Book Project, c/o MCHE, 5801 West 115th Street, Suite 106, Overland Park, KS. 66211-1800. Please make checks payable to the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education. When the book is published, one-third of any royalties will go to MCHE to help it continue its vital educational work. Thanks for your help. We would be delighted to meet with you personally if you have questions. Or feel free to call Bill Tammeus at 816-926-0366 or Rabbi Jacques Cukierkorn at 913-940-1011."

Numbers, statistics, have no meaning to ordinary people. The stories of individual human beings, who happen to be Christian, what it really means to be "human", need to be told ... from the viewpoint of those who knew them and the persons they saved. As tight as money is for Susan and I right now, as Christians/Humans, we sent a very modest contribution and I offered my services as a photog for the project, (I will shoot the author's portraits). We sent money, not as a "charitable" contribution, (although it is tax deductible), ... Susan and I talked ... and we decided to make a modest contribution because this wrong, this evil, this movement by holocaust deniers to rewrite history, is well funded, growing and denies the ultimate sacrifice made by ordinary people ... who had the conviction to stand as human beings/Christians, against evil. The only way to do so, is to document and preserve the statements of those who SAW and experienced the horror. Codify, recognize and celebrate the heros who walked the walk. There are two needs: first find the survivors and interview them and second, raise the money to get it done. So share with me ... do you know of any survivors? ... <whispering> .... care to send a $20.00 check to "The Book Project"? 'Nuff said.

NEW YORK (CNN) -- N.J. lawmakers OK civil unions, not same-sex marriage. "Facing pressure from the state's top court, the New Jersey Legislature voted Thursday to give gay and lesbian couples the rights and privileges of marriage, while using the term "civil unions" to describe the partnerships. The vote in the General Assembly was 56-19. The Senate vote was 23-12. Gov. Jon S. Corzine has said he would sign a civil unions bill into law." Good for them. It only means equality under the law for same sex couples. Since it is not "marriage" ... how will we deal with it in Missouri, should a couple move here and desire to dissolve their "civil union"? Speaking of "civil unions", the "Old Testament ", in Leviticus 18:22 teaches: 'You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination" I could not find a similar prohibition against a women lying with another women as with a man. I suppose the point being ... reasonable, honorable people can disagree on this issue. For an excellent overview of pro and con arguments see: http://www. surefish.co.uk /faith/features/2003/110703_gay_yesorno.htm .... <smiling> .... suppose, in the Garden of Eden, when God saw that Adam wanted, needed, a partner, helpmate ... God created "Bruce"? :)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (AP) -- Police chief's letter to polygamist leader: I love you. "The chief law enforcer in two Utah-Arizona border towns is accused of misconduct for pledging allegiance to the leader of a polygamous sect who was on the FBI's most wanted list. "I love you and ... know that you have the right to rule in all aspects of my life," Fred Barlow wrote in an October 2005 letter to Warren Jeffs. "Without priesthood I am nothing." Barlow warmly addressed Jeffs as "Uncle Warren" and closed the letter by referring to himself as Jeffs' "servant." Mr. Barlow's three wives, (Amy, 13, her sister Amanda, 15 and their cousin Abigail, 17) ... also professed their adoration. So, if you sign over your God given "Freedom of Choice", to your religious leader of choice ... you have no responsibility for the choices you make?

This week, Susan rescued a couple of "Puppy Mill" Yorkies, "Marcy" and "Courtney", they had adjacent cages ... in the "Puppy Mill". They know each other ... little lives spent next to each other in a forced breeding camp. For "Puppy Mill" owners, they are chattels, breeding machines. Kept in cages, no socialization ... no human contact, no scritches, no love. If they are lucky ... food, water and a reasonable place to sleep ... no starving or freezing to death. If you have a companion animal ... isn't it a member of your family? A little person who shares your life?. So share with me ... how ... as an enlightened society, we tolerate the manufacture of companion animals? I suppose some "Puppy Mills" are better than others. After all, it is a business ... isn't it? Here, the folks who watch over our food supply, the FDA, regulate "Puppy Mills". In Europe and in the UK, breeders are heavily regulated, with a yearly inspection, by local veterinarians or the local health officer : "bitches must not be mated if less than one year old and must not give birth to more than one litter per year or more than six litters in a lifetime. Breeders must keep detailed records to make available for inspection." In Germany, owners are also heavily taxed and regulated. I believe there is, (should legally be), a difference between livestock and "companion animals". 'Nuff said.

LOS ANGELES, California (Reuters) -- Rabbi the star of new video game. "While Christian games like the newly released "Left Behind: Eternal Forces" gain mainstream attention, Manifesto Games in New York City is billing "The Shivah" as the first to star the leader of a Jewish congregation. In the murder-mystery game named after the Jewish mourning ritual, protagonist Rabbi Stone is having a crisis of faith and his congregation on New York's Lower East side is losing members and cash." Interesting, "the Shivah" is a "solve the mystery" game ... while ... DALLAS, Texas (Reuters) -- Christian video game stokes controversy. "A Christian video game has become the latest battleground in America's "culture" wars, with its maker claiming it promotes prayer while critics charge it carries a message of violent religious intolerance. "Left Behind: Eternal Forces will put players in command of the apocalyptic battles raging in the streets of New York City between the angelic Tribulation Forces and the demonic Global Community Peacekeepers during the End of Days."" So Jewish kids are firing their neurons ... while Christian kids are firing their AK47's? Susan's response to this paragraph? "I don't think any video game will promote prayer". Rumor has it, the Vatican has also developed a couple of video games ... "Find The Manger" ... and "Alter Boy". "Find the Manger" is modeled after "Pacman" ... Mary and Joseph are pursued by Roman troops, in a maize ... while gobbling up Sheckles to buy a room at the Inn. "Alter Boy" was developed in conjunction with the "Boy Scouts of America" .... sadly, it is a personal combat game. You win by beating the cr*p out of Monster Priests/Pack Leaders before they have a chance to abuse you. "Nuns" is in development ... it's a mental game. The idea is to learn and do your homework before a Nun smacks you on your knuckles for not turning in your homework or answering a question on time/correctly. I suppose other religions will also develop video games. I have heard, Fundamentalist Muslims have a couple in development: "77 Virgins" ... and ... "Jihad" ... have not had a chance to review them. They seem to self destruct when you turn them on.

WiscNews -- Is that a cell phone in your pocket? "It used to be that the only health risk you assumed in using a cell phone was getting poked in the ribs for accepting a call during your kid's oboe recital. But now we learn that if you use your cell too often, you might not get a chance to have a kid in the first place ... According to a study presented at a recent meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine motto: "We Put the 'You' in Urology" heavy cell phone use may decrease a man's sperm count." I have faith in the "Scientific Method". But share with me ... how do you count sperm? How do you ensure you didn't count one little guy twice? What qualifies you to be a "sperm counter"? I suppose you can earn a degree in "Sperm Counting", on-line ... or at your local Junior College. Junior Colleges are great ... aren't they? I suppose this study will kill development of the "Multipurpose Jock Strap" ... except in China ... (the R&D paid for by some American Company ... to be marketed in our America ... and pirated ... to sell in the rest of the world, by Chinese entrepreneurs) ... <whispering> ... don't worry about the Chinese ... they are a self limiting problem. At the rate they are destroying their environment,, they will kill themselves off ... er ... unless their aging, senile, leadership, decides to take us with them. BBC NEWS -- 'Poisoned' Chinese workers sue. "More than 100 female factory workers in southern China are suing their former employers over suspected cadmium poisoning .. Workplace health disputes are common in China, where safety levels are often lax." As for your cell phone? Just put on your tin foil boxer shorts and forget about it. [Click here to purchase a pair.]

NEW YORK (AP) -- Miss USA 'issues' have her in trouble. "The organizers of the Miss USA pageant said Thursday they are evaluating the "behavioral and personal issues" of the reigning winner and will decide her future within a week ... Miss USA is considered a role model and must act accordingly, said Lark-Marie Anton, spokeswoman for the Miss Universe Organization, which produces the Miss USA pageant. Behavior such as underage drinking is clearly prohibited, she said." I know we consider 20 year olds, "Young Adults" ... but give me a break. How much of an adult were you at 20? Share with me ... did you engage in behaviors that could be considered less than being "role model-ish"? <whispering ... I know I did..

Sitting here editing these Ramblings, sipping on some Port and thinking about cooking Rolladen for a Dear Friend on Sunday. They are a pain to make, [dice yellow onions, dill pickles and cut bacon into 1/2" strips and place in separate bowls. Have a butcher cut 6, (or more), round steaks as thin as he can, 1/4" ... lay then on a counter, cut then in half, then tenderize them with a mallet. Spread yellow mustard on them, then sprinkle on the bacon, pickle and onion pieces. Roll each piece up and tie it with cotton yarn, so it stays rolled. Brown the 12 Rolladen in a pan, then add water covering them and boil for 1 1/2 hour and let cool down.. Remove the Rolladen, add the left over bacon, onion and pickles to the sauce and bring to a boil, thickening it with flour.], but they are yummy!!! Take the individual left over Rolladen and put them in freezer bags, covering them with sauce and freeze, (the sauce keeps them from getting freezer burn). They make a great microwave meal!!! Susan and I will set up a production line Sunday morning ... I roll, she ties. We do work well together ... she really is my best Friend, Lover, Partner and Helpmate. She is beautiful ... even now, after 10 years of being together, 24/7 ... I look forward to holding her while I drift off to sleep ... and looking into her eyes, first thing in the morning. She remains my first passion ... and the first of God's "Tender Mercies" I give thanks for. I am mindful and very much aware, that our men and women in uniform, can not hold their loved ones at the end of each day ... I know they keep them in their hearts, as they patrol ... to keep us safe. I say a prayer for their safe return. Care to join me? Tonight, be and sleep well. You like I, have the luxury of thinking about having house guests this holiday season. Our men and women in uniform sacrifice their time ... and in some cases, their lives ... so we can. If this 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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