February 5, 2016

Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of February 5, 2016.  Susan’s day off was yesterday   …  so she took me out to lunch in Biloxi.  Nice restaurant on the beach.  Seafood platter for two, (shrimp, oyster, lobster, red snapper, flounder, hush puppies, French fries and coleslaw with shrimp cocktail and tartar sauce:  $22.00).  Had enough left over for Susan’s lunch today.  The lower cost of living down here is eye opening.

Got a letter in the mail today from Bill Thompson, Clerk of the Missouri Supreme Court, notifying me that my status, per my request, had been changed to “inactive pursuant to Rule 6.03” …  with instructions on how to become “active” again, if I so desired.   I remain a member in good standing of the Missouri Bar   …  but with limited rights.  I can’t practice law, but I can continue to be a member of and participate in Bar committees. The idea being, I suppose, an opportunity for retired lawyers to mentor young lawyers. Two things I have a problem with.  When on “Inactive” status, there is no access to Fastcase.  That means if you are helping/mentoring a young lawyer,  you have no access to case law, unless you pay for it privately.  Not much of an incentive to mentor.  Keeping in mind, you can not practice law on “inactive status” and are not required to get CLE credits  …   I would have no problem paying an additional $50.00 per year, (for an “inactive status with Fastcase access” fee of $100.00/year), to have access to Fastcase so when a young lawyer asks a question, you can cite case law.

The other thing I have a problem with? “Inactive” lawyers can not vote in the Board of Governors election.  That means, there is NO representation of “inactive” lawyers on the Board of Governors.  That being the case, who will suggest changes our Supremo’s need to make, benefiting retired “inactive” lawyers.  Are “inactive” lawyers subject to the same ethical rules active lawyers are?  Is there documentation that retired “inactive” lawyers should retain? How many “inactive” members does our Bar have?  Who speaks on their behalf about issues retired “inactive” lawyers face?

The “decriminalize marijuana” crowd is touting another medical benefit: (INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES)  —  Cannabis-based vagina suppositories the latest invention to help ease period pain.  “Cannabis-based vagina suppositories are the latest medical invention to hit the US market in a bid to help women suffering from period pain. Foria relief capsule suppositories, similar in shape to tampons, are filled with cannabis and are set to bring relief to women without giving them a high.”   Rumor has it, there is an ongoing clinical trial to enhance “regularity” by using a marijuana anal suppository.  Ostensibly suggested by several drug dealers who noted a “regularity” improvement after smuggling some product into local jails.

And in the “don’t you love science” news: (DISCOVER MAGAZINE)  —  Fossilized Daddy Longlegs Found Baring Its Manhood.  “An arachnid encased in a shard of amber found in Burma died in a rather compromising position.  A harvestman of the species Halitherses grimaldii was discovered sporting a massive erection, a position it had been stuck in for the past 99 million years. What’s more, the creature was so uniquely endowed that scientists declared the find a brand new family of arachnids — a move based mostly on the shape of its penis. They published their findings last week in the journal The Science of Nature.” The new family of spiders will be named after “John Holmes”.

And the “sucks to be you” news: (CNN)  —  Man sues over alleged winning lottery ticket.  “A man who claims he bought a $63 million winning ticket in the California lottery is suing, saying he was told the ticket was “too damaged” and disallowed for the jackpot. Brandy Milliner of Los Angeles County says he purchased a Super LottoPlus ticket at a 7-Eleven in Chatsworth, California, on August 8, 2015, which matched the six winning numbers …  A 7-Eleven employee, Arsel Nazir, described the ticket as “torn, washed, a little burned. You can’t see the numbers. You can’t even read the bar code.”  Give me a break!!  How do you verify it’s the winning ticket, when  “You can’t see the numbers. You can’t even read the bar code.” Care to bet, that the suit was filed for it’s “settlement value”?

Sitting here editing these Ramblings, Susan is home safe and covered with her “fur babies”. She has to work tomorrow and I plan on printing images and building frames.  The Gulf Coast VA will have an art show later this month and I plan on entering some of my work.  The “Super Bowl” is on Sunday.  Susan will enjoy the game   … and I will enjoy watching Susan and the commercials.  Here, folks are really into local and college games   …  not so much the NFL. Pascagoula will have their Mardi Gras parade tomorrow   …  I will try to go, since it would be an interesting photoshoot!  Sunday Lunch and a Movie?  Will pass for Superbowl Munchies!!!

Time to post these Ramblings and settle in for a quiet evening at Ft Timmerman. Later when I say my Thank You’s for the many blessings in my life and Susan to share them with   …  I will also say a prayer for the safe and soon return of our men and women in uniform, (care to join me?)  Be and sleep well, the best we have as a nation are on watch so you can.  If my post offends, I apologize  …  that is certainly not my intent.  As always  …

A Warm Brotherly Hug

KarlT (the dumb old country lawyer from Holden, Missouri   …   now retired and living in Pascagoula, Mississippi   … and the Editorial Staff)

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January 29, 2016

Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of January 29, 2016.  Been awhile since I have written a “Ramblings”.  There really aren’t too many things to share, that I have not shared before  …  other than current events.  Once you retire,  your perspective changes.  Course, turning 68 a couple of weeks ago is also a factor.  I have never been 68 years old before.  The biggest change I have noticed? The widening gap between what my brain thinks my body can do    …   and what it can actually do.  I remember, when I was 18  …  I considered a 35 year old person REALLY old.  Now?  A 75 year old is “young”.  My perception of age   …  is relative!!

I spent the last 35 years falling asleep, mentally going over every pending case I had … a mental check list.  Worried that I had missed something.  Then thinking about I needed to do, where I had to be.  How I was going to pay the bills.  Cover “overhead” and taxes.  Now that I am officially on “Inactive” status,  “retired”  …  I think about what I am going to fix Susan for lunch  …  and places to go to capture images.  I am building up my inventory of prints, with the intent of entering some of the “art shows” they have here.

The big push locally? Mardi Gras!  Not a big thing in the Kansas City area   …  but down here  …  it is as big of a celebration as New Years Day.  Houses are decorated with Mardi Gras wreaths and have lights, (just like Christmas!!)  Just about every town has a Mardi Gras parade with floats  …  and folks dressed up, wearing masks and throwing beads at each other!!  A big time party!!  And in 9 months   …  a surge in the birthrate.

On the news? The Republican Presidential Candidates are gutting each other in their debates, much to the delight of the Democrats.  And “The Donald” keeps playing the media like a cheap piano.  Apparently, more folks watched Trump’s “horse and buggy show” than the Republican Debate.  As for me?  I don’t know why, but Cruz’s voice grates me like a finger nail on a chalkboard.  And on the Democrat side?  (BBC NEWS)  —  Hillary Clinton emails declared ‘top secret’ “Hillary Clinton’s unsecured home server contained more than a dozen emails deemed “top secret”- one of the highest levels of classification in the US government, the White House has said. State Department spokesman John Kirby said the documents were not mark marked classified at the time they were sent.” I understand the documents were not marked “Secret”   …  but share with me:   Shouldn’t the Secretary of State know what is secret and what is not? Doesn’t that impugn her competency?

A few weeks back, Navy Seals rescued a couple kidnapped in Somalia and killed their captors. Wasn’t there a time when “due process” for pirates captured at sea, consisted of deciding how many strands the rope used to hang them, should have? Not the first time this has been debated:  the Marine Corps Hymn references the “Shores of Tripoli”.  The pirates didn’t participate in that debate.

And the potty news? (BBC NEWS)  —  Toilet tech proves that where there’s muck there’s brass. “Nearly a third of the world’s population still has no access to safe, hygienic sanitation. This means they have to go the toilet out in the open – in the bush, fields or forests …   Kenya-based Sanivation is on a mission to make toilets “cool”, according to chief executive Andrew Foote. His firm has come up with a way of transforming human waste into energy briquettes.  The company provides hygienic toilet units to households in slums and refugee camps. The waste is collected once a week and taken away to be treated and transformed into charcoal at a special facility.  Sanivation sells this back to communities as a source of energy that is safer to burn than traditional charcoal.”  Trolling for turds   …  and safer to burn than “traditional charcoal”?  Think I’ll stick with my gas grill.  And no!  It is not powered by methane.

I have no doubt, here in our America …  we have folks who have to supplement their diet by “living off the land”.  (BBC NEWS)  —  Why some Greek pensioners may have to forage to survive.  “Wild greens known as “horta” have been a staple of the Cretan diet since Minoan times, but with Greece’s rapidly worsening economic climate, foraging might once again become a way of life, reports Heidi Fuller-Love   … We’d been friends for several months before Giorgos invited me to join him on one of his food foraging expeditions. It was a real honor to be invited – I knew it was an honor because of the way my 80-year-old friend issued the terse invitation …  Like his neighbors, Giorgos’s life is regulated by these foraging expeditions. In February he digs up the golden thistle, askolimbi, whose scrubbed roots – said to be an aphrodisiac – taste like artichoke and are served with octopus and lamb. When it rains he’s out at night with a torch fossicking for beige-striped snails that he’ll steam, stuff or serve swimming in a sea of red wine. We head out to seek the wild herbs that he’ll use to make crisp kalitsounia pies.”  In Missouri, I had clients who supplemented their diet with fish, rabbit, squirrel and deer.  As a former hunter, (the older I get, the less of a desire I have to kill my supper!)   …  I remember a certain satisfaction in being able to provide for my family, by being able to do so.

Sitting here editing these Ramblings and waiting for Susan to come home. The Editorial Staff is waiting by the garage door for her to walk in.  On the evening news?  The economy for the last quarter of 2015 was dismal.  Over 150 Walmart stores are closing.  Surfers are flocking to Hawaii because El Nino is triggering some of the largest waves in recorded history.  Just made a Margarita to give to Susan when she walks through the door!  Sunday Lunch and a Movie?  Shrimp Stir Fry   …   have not decided on a movie.

Time to post these Ramblings and settle in for a quiet evening at Ft Timmerman. Later when I say my Thank You’s for the many blessings in my life and Susan to share them with   …  I will also say a prayer for the safe and soon return of our men and women in uniform, (care to join me?)  Be and sleep well, the best we have as a nation are on watch so you can.  If my post offends, I apologize  …  that is certainly not my intent.  As always  …

A Warm Brotherly Hug

KarlT (the dumb old country lawyer from Holden, Missouri   …   now retired and living in Pascagoula, Mississippi   … and the Editorial Staff)

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December 18, 2015

Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of December 18, 2015. I received an Email from my Doctor’s Nurse at the VA informing me that my chest X-Ray  showed a “1.6 cm well-circumscribed nodular density likely within the far posterior and medial portion of the right lower lobe.” They will schedule a follow up chest x-ray.  In the mean time, I have to sit here and worry that I may have lung cancer.  Nice way to spend Christmas, isn’t it?  And on Wednesday I received news that my Agent Orange Claim had been denied   …  I have 60 days to file a notice of appeal.  The VA is like Social Security   …  they deny all claims, hoping the person claiming will give up or die before they have to honor the claim.  I will not give up.  I will appeal.

The political correctness Nazis’ strike again. (CNN)  —  Federal lawsuit filed to stop removal of Confederate monuments in New Orleans.  “Just hours after a vote to remove Confederate monuments in New Orleans, a federal lawsuit sought to stop the action.  The New Orleans City Council voted 6-1 on Thursday to take down the statues of Gens. Robert E. Lee and P.G.T. Beauregard, and of former President of the Confederacy Jefferson Davis.  An obelisk dedicated to the Battle of Liberty Place is also on the removal list. Thursday night, a federal lawsuit was filed in the Eastern District of Louisiana by three historic preservation societies and the local chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.”  The petition is an interesting read:  “click to read the petition.”  Although the exact number killed, remains unknown, the best estimates are between 640,000 –  700,000.  Over 250,000 Union soldiers and 165,000 Confederate soldiers.  Costliest battles?

Battle Of Gettysburg: Over 50,000 casualties, Seven Days Battle: Over 35,000 casualties,  Battle Of Chickamauga: Over 34,000 casualties,  Battle Of Chancellorsville: Over 29,000 casualties, Battle Of The Wilderness: Over 24,000 casualties, Battle Of Antietam: Over 22,000 casualties, Second Battle Of Bull Run: Over 24,000 casualties, Battle Of Shiloh: Over 23,000 casualties, Battle Of Fredericksburg: Over 18,000 casualties, Cold Harbor: Over 18,000 casualties.

None of these monuments are a celebration of slavery. If we follow this politically correct nonsense to its logical conclusion, how many of our Founding Fathers owned slaves? 14 of the 21 Founding Fathers, (including Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, Patrick Henry and James Madison).  At the time of his death, Washington owned 318.  Do we tear down the Washington Memorial or rename the State of Washington?  Tear down the Jefferson Memorial?  As an aside,  the history of General Lee’s Slaves is a VERY interesting read!!!

Karma:  refers to the spiritual principle of cause and effect where intent and actions of an individual (cause) influence the future of that individual (effect). Good intent and good deed contribute to good karma and future happiness, while bad intent and bad deed contribute to bad karma and future suffering. (CNN NEWS)  —  Reviled drug CEO Martin Shkreli arrested. “He ran his companies “like a Ponzi scheme.” The charges he faces represent a “trifecta of lies, deceit, and greed.” That is how federal law enforcement officials described the allegations unveiled Thursday against pharmaceutical CEO Martin Shkreli. Shkreli had been widely pilloried for jacking up the price of a drug used to treat AIDS patients by more than 5,000%. And now he has been indicted on criminal charges that he bilked a company out of millions of dollars.”  I guess Mr. Shkreli, (A/K/A Scumbagus Americanus), is reaping as he sowed.

A grain I never heard of, Teff!  (CNN)  — Teff, the Ethiopian superfood that used to be banned.  “Gluten-free and rich in protein, fiber and minerals, Teff is starting to gain a foothold as a new “superfood”, along the likes of quinoa and spelt. The grain has been grown in Ethiopia for thousands of years, but its export was banned by the government until this year. Now it is appearing on supermarket shelves worldwide. It’s also the main ingredient of injera, the flat pancakes that are the centerpiece of Ethiopian food and the source of livelihood for around 6.5 million small farmers.”  Teff is available here in the US: “There are a few different varieties of teff that vary in color from light to dark. White teff has a chestnut-like flavor while darker varieties are more earthy in flavor with a slight hazelnut taste. Historically, white teff has been the most popular (and least widely available) variety. Perhaps due to its relative scarcity, historically white teff was regarded as a status symbol. More common is red teff. Red teff is higher in iron and has been rising in popularity in recent years.” Want to try some?  Here’s 7 recipes.

Sitting here editing these Ramblings and waiting for Susan to come home. She will not have to work this weekend.  Hard to believe we are one week away from Christmas Eve.  With each change, Ft Timmerman is slowing becoming our home.  Sunday lunch and a Movie?  Breaded pork chops, baked potato and baby peas.  The movie?  Minions [2015].

Time to post these Ramblings and settle in at Ft Timmerman. May work on a couple of images.  Nice, relaxing way, to spend a quiet evening.  I remain nicotine free.  Later, I will say a Thank You for the many blessings in my life and Susan to share them with  …  and a prayer for the safe and soon return of our men and women in uniform, (care to join me?).  Be and sleep well, the best we have is on watch so you can.  If my post offends, I apologize  …  that is not my intent.  As always  …

A Warm Brotherly Hug

KarlT (the dumb old country lawyer from Pascagoula, Mississippi   …  and the Editorial Staff, Dinker, Karly, Floyd and my L’l Buddy.)

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December 11, 2015

Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of December 11, 2015. A couple of weeks ago, an upper rear molar broke off at the root line.  I had it removed yesterday.  Susan brought me in, they knocked me out   …  when I woke up  …  it was gone.  Now – a – days, not a big deal.  Course, it will take a few days to heal   …   as for the pain?  I have developed an appreciation for the phrase, “Better Living Through Chemistry!”

Some folks sing in the shower   …  I pray, thanking my God for the many blessings in my live, (and Susan to share them with!)  Yesterday morning, while taking my shower and getting ready to have the molar removed, I was overcome with incredible gratitude, for two of my God’s greatest gifts to me, (and all of us).  HE gave me “Free Will” …   the freedom to make really stupid choices. I have made more than my fair share!!  And   …  a strong sense of humor enabling me to laugh off my more ludicrous mistakes.

And here I thought “Internet Cafe’s” would be the next rage in Russia.  A nice place for Russian hackers to hangout   …   while munching down on Beef Stroganoff.  (BBC NEWS)  — Russia: Famous Moscow cemeteries to install free wi-fi.  “Three of Moscow’s most-visited cemeteries are about to enter the digital age, with the installation of full wi-fi connectivity.  Visitors will be able to browse the internet for free at the Novodevichy, Troyekurovskoye and Vagankovo cemeteries starting from the first half of 2016, according to the Moscow city website. The head of the city’s funerary services office, Artem Yekimov, says the aim is to help visitors find out more about famous people buried there and their graves – and make visiting the cemeteries more “comfortable”.  Installing WiFi in cemeteries will also make it easier for Putin supporters to vote.

Interesting. (ANCESTRY.COM)  —  10 Rare English Surnames About to Go Extinct.  “One historical reason for surnames becoming extinct was World War I. Often, men who were friends and neighbors served together; when there were mass casualties, a village or town might lose a whole generation of their men. Because names at that time were often specific to an area, a name could be almost completely eliminated. Since 1901, about 200,000 names have disappeared altogether from England and Wales, according to a study conducted by Ancestry.co.uk.  These include: 

Chips

Hatman

Temples

Raynott

Woodbead

Nithercott

Rummage

Southwark

Harred

Jarsdel” 

Bad news for my Appleholic friends: (BBC NEWS)  —  Cybercriminals will target Apple in 2016, say experts. “Cybercriminals are increasingly targeting Apple devices and 2016 will see a rise in attacks on its operating systems, security experts suggest. According to security firm Symantec, the amount of malware aimed at Apple’s mobile operating system (iOS) has more than doubled this year, while threats to Mac computers also rose. Security firm FireEye also expects 2016 to be a bumper year for Apple malware. Systems such as Apple Pay could be targeted, it predicts.” According to my friends   …  owning an Apple Product is a religious experience!!

Short Ramblings this week   …  waiting for Susan to come home.  Went out today to pick up a Pork Roast, garlic and butter milk   …  for a sauerbraten on Sunday.  The pork roast is marinating in the fridge.

Time to post these Ramblings and settle in at Ft Timmerman. May work on a couple of images.  Nice, relaxing way, to spend a quiet evening.  I remain nicotine free.  Later, I will say a Thank You for the many blessings in my life and Susan to share them with  …  and a prayer for the safe and soon return of our men and women in uniform, (care to join me?).  Be and sleep well, the best we have is on watch so you can.  If my post offends, I apologize  …  that is not my intent.  As always  …

A Warm Brotherly Hug

KarlT (the dumb old country lawyer from Pascagoula, Mississippi   …  and the Editorial Staff, Dinker, Karly, Floyd and my L’l Buddy.)

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November 4, 2015

Greets and Huggers.  Posted the evening of December 4, 2015.   We experienced an act of terrorism this week:  14 people killed and 21 wounded in San Bernardino, by self styled followers of ISIS.  So much for “ISIS is contained.”  Of course there was an immediate call to toughen up gun control laws.  Course “assault style” weapons and “large capacity” magazines are already banned in California, (the District of Columbia and seven states, including California, have outright bans on assault weapons. Two other states regulate them in some fashion.):  “In addition to barring an array of assault weapons, California requires all gun sales to be made through a licensed dealer, and mandates background checks and a 10-day waiting period for all purchases. Those regulations apply to private gun sales — such as those made at gun shows …”  Several friends have argued that these type of shootings could be stopped, if ALL States banned “assault style” weapons and “large capacity” magazines. So share with me   …   don’t all States ban crystal meth?  If possession of meth is criminalized in all States   …  why is it readily available on the streets?  Do you honestly believe banning “assault style” weapons and “large capacity” magazines   …  will make them disappear off the street?

Someone posted the following facts on Facebook.  Almost all of the shootings since Reagan have occurred in “Gun Free” zones.  And more interesting, the number of mass shootings since Reagan:

Reagan 11 mass shootings

Bush Sr  12 mass shootings

Clintons 23 mass shootings

Bush Jr.  16 mass shootings

Obama 162 mass shootings.

I have no clue whether these numbers are accurate.  If so   …   why has there been such a massive increase in shootings under Obama?

Who pays for these studies??  (BBC NEWS)  —  Man’s weight ‘affects sperm cells’.  “A man’s weight affects the information passed on through his sperm and could leave his children predisposed to obesity, research in Denmark suggests. The sperm cells of lean and obese men possess different epigenetic marks, maybe changing the behavior of genes  …  University of Copenhagen …  tested the sperm of six obese men who were undergoing weight-loss surgery. It looked at the men’s sperm before treatment, a week after the surgery and then for a third time a year later. Dr Barres said changes to the sperm were noticeable in the men a week after the surgery, and also one year on  …  Dr Barres admits a definitive scientific conclusion for how these epigenetic changes affect the gene is not yet scientifically known.  However, the sperm cell changes he recorded are linked to the genes known for appetite control and brain development.”   So losing weight affects brain development?  I guess that means you stop being a fat head!

The tech news update.  (BBC NEWS)  —  Google launches wi-fi network in Kampala, Uganda. “Google has launched its first wi-fi network in Uganda’s capital Kampala, as part of a project to broaden access to affordable high-speed internet. The company is making the broadband wireless network available to local internet providers, who will then charge customers for access.  The web giant says the network is now live in 120 key locations in Kampala.  Official statistics show Uganda has about 8.5 million internet users, making up 23% of the population.”  From the CIA Fact Book, current population?  37,101,745:  “The colonial boundaries created by Britain to delimit Uganda grouped together a wide range of ethnic groups with different political systems and cultures. These differences prevented the establishment of a working political community after independence was achieved in 1962. The dictatorial regime of Idi AMIN (1971-79) was responsible for the deaths of some 300,000 opponents; guerrilla war and human rights abuses under Milton OBOTE (1980-85) claimed at least another 100,000 lives. The rule of Yoweri MUSEVENI since 1986 has brought relative stability and economic growth to Uganda. A constitutional referendum in 2005 cancelled a 19-year ban on multi-party politics and lifted presidential term limits.”  8.5 million internet users out of 37 million?  And every one of them emailing folks in Europe and the US   …   sharing they are Barristers holding several million dollars   …   which they will transfer, once you send them a “transfer fee”.

Short Ramblings this evening.  Susan is on her way home and will be here shortly.  Will pick up 6 pounds of shrimp in the morning and have boiled shrimp, boiled red potatoes and corn on the cob for lunch tomorrow    …   and from the leftovers    …    stir fried shrimp on Sunday.  Bright and sunny today   …  64 degrees.  Have yard work to do tomorrow  …  start landscaping.

Time to post these Ramblings and settle in at Ft Timmerman.  May work on a couple of images.  Nice, relaxing way, to spend a quiet evening.  I remain nicotine free.  Later, I will say a Thank You for the many blessings in my life and Susan to share them with  …  and a prayer for the safe and soon return of our men and women in uniform, (care to join me?).  Be and sleep well, the best we have is on watch so you can.  If my post offends, I apologize  …  that is not my intent.  As always  …

A Warm Brotherly Hug

KarlT  (the dumb old country lawyer from Pascagoula, Mississippi   …  and the Editorial Staff, Dinker, Karly, Floyd and my L’l Buddy.)

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