July 10, 2015

Greets and Huggers.  Posted the evening of July 10, 2015.  Susan left yesterday morning for Pascagoula, Mississippi to look at houses and make an offer.  There are several we are interested in   …  the one we are most interested in is a 4 bedroom, 2 bath ranch style house, 6 blocks from the beach.  She will be flying back on the 15th. In almost 20 years, this will be the longest we have been separated. Strange how we can spend a day together, she in her office and me in mine  …  say maybe 20 words to each other and as long as we know the other’s heart is beating in the next room … that’s enough. We are one. Hard for some of our younger couples to understand: there is NO “I” in “We”.  Talked to Susan this morning  …  she has a job, strait transfer, (no lapse in health insurance), to the CVS in Pascagoula.  Further proof that this move is just a part of God’s plan for us.  That said   …  I am sitting here this evening feeling like ½ of me is missing.

We all have superstitious idiosyncrasies, (some folks more than others).  (CNN NEWS)  —  Very superstitious: Weird rituals help athletes perform better.  “Sports are full of superstitions, from athletes who perform a specific routine before every game to ones who consider certain items to be lucky or unlucky. Hockey, especially, is rife with these sorts of baubles and rituals, especially in the playoffs, when players grow beards until their team is eliminated and often refuse to touch the trophies awarded to the conference champions. In addition to these broad, widely agreed-upon rituals, individual players have their own idiosyncratic practices: Corey Perry, the star winger of the Anaheim Ducks, has an eight-step ritual he goes through before every game that includes twirling his stick a certain way and tapping the ice before going into the locker room to put his pads on.”  Over the years I have known several trial lawyers who had superstitious idiosyncrasies.  One had a pair of “lucky” trial socks:  he would wear the same socks during the whole trial.  Me?  I have my “Lucky” Shriners Ring!

Assisted Suicide” is a controversial issue/subject.  (CNN NEWS)  —  What remains unsaid about assisted suicide.  Physician-assisted suicide is illegal in all but five states. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen in the rest. Sick patients sometimes ask for help in hastening their deaths, and some doctors will hint, vaguely, how to do it.  This leads to bizarre, veiled conversations between medical professionals and overwhelmed families. Doctors and nurses want to help but also want to avoid prosecution, so they speak carefully, parsing their words. Family members, in the midst of one of the most confusing and emotional times of their lives, are left to interpret euphemisms.”  The 5 States that allow assisted suicide? Oregon, Vermont, Washington. In Montana, Baxter v. Montana (2009) court decision created a defense for a physician who is prosecuted. In New Mexico, doctors can help terminal patients die according to a 2014 court decision.  Shouldn’t a person, with God given free will, have the ability to end their suffering if they are in horrible pain?

And in the “rode hard and put away wet”  news?  (BBC NEWS)  —  Ageing rates vary widely, says study. “A study of people born within a year of each other has uncovered a huge gulf in the speed at which their bodies age.  The report, in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, tracked traits such as weight, kidney function and gum health.  Some of the 38-year-olds were ageing so badly that their “biological age” was on the cusp of retirement  …  The international research group followed 954 people from the same town in New Zealand who were all born in 1972-73.  The scientists looked at 18 different ageing-related traits when the group turned 26, 32 and 38 years old.  The analysis showed that at the age of 38, the people’s biological ages ranged from the late-20s to those who were nearly 60.”   A follow up study showed folks with a biological age in the late 20’s, were married, tee totaling fundamentalist Christians who scored very low on a “life satisfaction” survey   …    while folks with a biological age in the late 50’s,  early 60’s    …   were “party hardy”, promiscuous, heavy drinking, dope smoking, heavy metal/hard rock fans   …  who, surprisingly, scored extremely high, (no pun intended),  on a “life satisfaction” survey.  Go figure.

In related news:  (BBC NEWS)  —  World’s oldest man Sakari Momoi dies at 112 in Japan.  “The world’s oldest man, Japanese super centenarian Sakari Momoi, has died in Tokyo at the age of 112.  The former high school principal and father of five children died of kidney failure in a care facility on Sunday. He had been named the oldest man by Guinness World Records in August.”   He died extremely happy.  His physical age was 55.

Sitting here editing these Ramblings and missing Susan.  Her babies are all hunkered down by the door   …  waiting for her to come home.  They will have to wait until Wednesday evening.  We will spend Thursday packing   …  and Friday moving down to Pascagoula.  It is amazing to see how quickly all the pieces in this move are falling into place.  It is almost like God is clearing all obstacles and pushing us South. There will be no Sunday Lunch and 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.  I remain nicotine free.  As always  …

A Warm Brotherly Hug

KarlT (the dumb old country lawyer from Holden, Missouri and the Editorial Staff)

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July 3, 2015

Greets and Huggers.  Posted the evening of July 3, 2015.   Short Ramblings this week.  And what a week!  Made two airline reservations, reserved a U-Haul truck to carry stuff to MS … and a separate vehicle to help carry the dogs.  Made arrangements to finish my practice here … and an orderly transition as Holden’s Prosecutor.  An expensive $3K week  …  but things are falling into place  …  just an affirmation that this is the direction, my God wants me to go.   I HATE leaving Holden because after 28 years,  having served on Holden’s City Council 3 times, served as Holden’s City Attorney and Holden’s Prosecutor   …  Holden is MY ADOPTED HOME TOWN.  The fact remains, given my medical issues  …   moving to Pascagoula, where Susan has family,  is an obvious solution to make sure Susan has a support system in place, should something happen to me.

In the religious news:  (BBC NEWS)  —  Iceland makes blasphemy legal. Iceland’s parliament has abolished its blasphemy laws, despite opposition from some of the country’s churches.  A bill was put forward by the minority Pirate Party, which campaigns for internet and data freedom.  It came after the deadly attack the same month against French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris. The bill said it was “essential in a free society that the public can express themselves without fear of punishment”.  That Iceland had a “blasphemy” law at all is ironic considering 80% of Icelandic folks are  Lutheran.  Other Christian denominations: 5%,  Asatru (traditional Norse religion): 5%  …  and the remaining 10% worship the Swan Dress worn by Björk to the 2001 Oscars.

Child birth trousers?  (BBC NEWS)  — Malaysia: ‘Modesty trousers’ for childbirth on sale.  “A company in Malaysia has created full-length trousers for women to wear when they are in labor.  The trousers are aimed at Muslim women who are concerned about exposing parts of the body which are meant to be kept covered according to some interpretations of Islam, known as “aurat“, the Malay Mail website reports.  They look similar to tracksuit bottoms, but have “an opening to let the baby out” while still covering a woman’s legs, according to manufacturers Mama Pride.“  So   …  according to the Quran it is acceptable for a women’s genitalia to be exposed during child birth   …  but not her legs?  Do they also require a hijab during child birth?

A VERY dear friend of mine was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this week.  (BBC NEWS)  — Pancreatic cancer blood test breakthrough. “Scientists believe they are close to a blood test for pancreatic cancer – one of the hardest tumors to detect and treat.  The test, which they describe as “a major advance”, hunts for tiny spheres of fat that are shed by the cancers.  Early results published in the journal Nature showed the test was 100% accurate. Experts said the findings were striking and ingenious, but required refinement before they could become a cancer test.”  Pancreatic cancer is one of the last remaining “kiss of death” cancers because it is so difficult to detect. “The number of people who survive 10 years after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer is less than 1% in England and Wales compared with 78% for breast cancer.  The tumor results in very few symptoms in its early stages and by the time people become unwell, the cancer has often spread around the body and become virtually untreatable.” 

And truly hopeful medical news:  (BBC NEWS)  —  Have we cured cancer? “You will have been left with that impression if you walked past a newspaper stand this morning. The short answer, if you’re in a hurry, is no.  But something truly exciting is happening – the field of immunotherapy is coming of age. It will not be a universal “cure” but immunotherapy is fast becoming a powerful new weapon alongside chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery   …  UK-led research showed that 60% of advanced melanoma skin cancers shrank when two immunotherapies were given in combination. The dual treatment stopped some of these deadliest cancers progressing for nearly a year. The ASCO announcement came two days after another immunotherapy trial showed some lung cancer patients had their life expectancy doubled by immunotherapy drugs.”  I can see a cure for cancer in my children’s lifetime.

The law is evolving to deal with new technology. (BBC NEWS)  —  Court decides wrangle over shot-down drone.  “A US court has found in favor of a drone owner who sued a man who shot his hexacopter out of the sky. The drone, built and flown by Eric Joe, was shot down by Brett McBay in late November, 2014.  Mr McBay claimed the drone was over his property and said he believed it was being used to spy on him   …   In its judgment, the California court found that Mr McBay “acted unreasonably” in shooting the craft whether it was over his property or not, revealed a story about the incident in Ars Technica.”  Of course, this happened in California.  I can see the next evolution of drone technology.  Since you can’t shoot down a drone spying on you, some enterprising entrepreneur will start peddling killer done hunting drones. 

Sitting here editing these Ramblings listening to CNN.  Great concern about a “lone wolf” terrorist attack during 4th of July celebrations.  A car assembly robot at the VW Plant in German grabbed a worker and killed him.  This will no doubt, provide a story line for a Hollywood blockbuster. Susan will be driving down to Pascagoula on the 10th to look at houses.  Baby back smoked ribs for lunch tomorrow   …  then hunker down and try to help the dogs deal with the fireworks. They will be terrified, so they will require a lot of reassurance.  Hamburgers and Fries on Sunday.  The movie? “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel [2015]”.

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, while you enjoy the 4th of July tomorrow with family , friends and neighbors, 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.  I remain nicotine free.  As always  …

A Warm Brotherly Hug

KarlT (the dumb old country lawyer from Holden, Missouri and the Editorial Staff)

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June 26, 2015

Greets and Huggers.  Posted the evening of June 26, 2015.    Listed Ft. Timmerman for sale Monday, AS IS.  Got an offer Monday evening  …  the closing is July 27.  As quickly as Ft Timmerman sold   …  I have NO DOUBT the move to Mississippi is part of God’s plan for us.  Susan gave her 2 weeks notice today.  She has already applied for and is a licensed Pharmacy Tech in Mississippi.  I am STILL filling out and hunting down the information the MS Bar requires on their reciprocity application.  As an aside? Their (*&*^&% application to take a Bar Exam   …  is the same!!  Beginning to wonder if I REALLY want to pay $2,275.00 to get a MS License   …  to work pro bono or part time for Legal Aid. I am a highly educated, (AAS, BA in Psychology, MA in Psychology and a Juris Doctorate, named Missouri Lawyer of the Year in 2008), who just wants to finish his career   …  serving/helping folks.

Been looking, (online), at houses in Pascagoula.   Some nice houses a couple of blocks from the beach   …   in the $60 – $75K range, (1,100 – 1,700sqft). Mississippi is the least expensive State to live in:  “In Mississippi, you’re looking at a rent payment of around $875 (if you pay the state median). If you were to buy a home, low property taxes and lower-cost housing make Mississippi an affordable option. Zillow reports median home values are just over $112,000 and median list prices are currently $155,000. The median property tax rate is only 0.52%.  In addition to affordable housing, you can also find lower-priced food, healthcare, and utilities in the Magnolia state. In Jackson, utilities in a small place can be purchased for around $175 per month, and you and a guest can go out for the night for dinner and a movie for around $60”.  And   …  people 65 and older pay no personal property taxes.

The big news today!  Washington (CNN)  —  Supreme Court rules in favor of same-sex marriage nationwide.  “In a landmark opinion, a divided Supreme Court on Friday ruled that same-sex couples can marry nationwide, establishing a new civil right and handing gay rights advocates a historic victory.  In the 5-4 ruling, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the majority with the four liberal justices. Each of the four conservative justices wrote their own dissent.”  Well, now that same sex marriage is universally legal    …   share with me   …  as asked by a dear friend   …   “Will two inmates who want to marry   …  get to share a cell?”  This ruling is touted as a “victory for love”.  The argument that two souls who love each other should have the ability to enjoy the societal benefits that marriage conveys   …  (shades of “Sister Wives”),  wouldn’t the same argument apply to 3 or more souls who love each other?

In other gay news:  (BBC NEWS)  —  Baseball welcomes first openly gay professional player. “Baseball has welcomed its first openly gay professional player, in a minor-league game in California.  Pitcher Sean Conroy, 23, took the mound for the Sonoma Stompers after agreeing to come out publicly in time for the team stadium’s gay pride night.  The team is part of the independent Pacific Association of Baseball Clubs.  Several baseball players have disclosed their sexual orientation while in retirement but Conroy is thought to be the first active player to do so.”  Rumor has it   …  he has been pitching balls for years.

Any more, seems like everything is bad for your health! (BBC NEWS)  —  Skinny jeans given health warning. Skinny jeans can seriously damage muscles and nerves, doctors have said.  A 35-year-old woman had to be cut out of a pair after her calves ballooned in size, the medics said in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry.  She had spent hours squatting to empty cupboards for a house move in Australia. By evening, her feet were numb and she found it hard to walk. Doctors believe the woman developed a condition called compartment syndrome, made worse by her skinny jeans.”  So   …  will jeans now have a warning label?

Sitting here editing these Ramblings while trying to figure out the cost of moving.  PODS would charge us $3,439.00  …   give us a month to load and unload an, 8’ x 8’ x 16’ “pod” and deliver it to Pascagoula.  U-PACK would charge us $1,688.00 to deliver an  8’ x 8’ x 13’ of trailer to Pascagoula   …  with 3 days to load and 3 days to unload the container.  I wonder why one costs twice as much as the other?  We will be packing this weekend.  Sunday Lunch and a Movie?  BBQ’s Brats, Corn on the Cob and Potato and Garden Salads.  The movie?  “Mad Max Fury Road [2015]”.

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.  I remain nicotine free.  As always  …

A Warm Brotherly Hug

KarlT (the dumb old country lawyer from Holden, Missouri and the Editorial Staff)

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June 19, 2015

Greets and Huggers.  Posted the evening of June 19, 2015.   The Solo and Small Firm Internet Group, (the SFIG), was formed by David Browning as an Email List after the 2nd Solo and Small Firm Conference in 1996.  It’s core function?  Be a support group, both social and legal, for Solo and Small Firm Lawyers.  A virtual “water cooler” for folks to gather around and share their lives because the solo practice of law can be very isolating.  In 1999, the list had grown so large, the format had to change.  The SFIG Listserve was formed, which the Bar agreed to host on it’s servers.  Now, 16 years later, the Bar is migrating all of the Listserves it manages, (and I suspect it’s internal IT functions), to a 3rd party vendor, “Higher Logic” as early as September, 2015:  From Lucas Boling, MOBar Director of Membership Services:

“When the online communities launch, all Listserves will ultimately move to the Higher Logic platform. Members will have the option of sending and receiving posts to the community by email or they can communicate through the web portal. Email posts and website posts will appear in the online community and will be archived, threaded, and searchable through the Higher Logic platform.”

“Higher Logic” is a company that specializes in maintaining “Online Communities”.  “Higher Logic’s mission is to bring organizations and their people together. Online communities galvanize a greater audience, and ultimately create stronger relationships and long-term member and customer advocacy. As in many organizations, only a small portion of the “knowledge” exists in databases, manuals and white papers. The vast amount of important information exists within the heads of its members and customers, partners and employees, making them your greatest asset. An online community provides a platform for this wealth of knowledge to be shared, enhanced, searched and promoted.”  Sounds good, doesn’t it?  To “provide a platform for this wealth of knowledge to be shared, enhanced, searched and promoted”,  Higher Logic, (no doubt at the behest of MoBar), has adopted rules called “Terms of Service”, (TOS), defining what may and may not be discussed.  What may not be discussed?

“…   (A)dvocating for or against any candidate or campaign, including persons running for elected positions within The Missouri Bar. Avoid commenting on any political policy, cause or legislation on which The Missouri Bar has taken no official position.”

“Keep your questions and comments relevant to the focus of the communities.  Do not forward jokes, chain letters or other messages not related to the practice of law.”

“Do not post messages that encourage or facilitate members to arrive at any agreement that either expressly or impliedly leads to price fixing or other violations of antitrust laws, a boycott of another’s business or other conduct intended to illegally restrict free trade.

 “Do not post commercial messages on any discussion list, calendar, resource library entry, or other area where others might see it. Commercial messages include notification or promotion of CLE events offered by any entity other than The Missouri Bar or MoBarCLE.

 “Do not initiate discussion for the purpose of supporting, endorsing or opposing any candidate for partisan or non-partisan office or for any position within The Missouri Bar.”

 “Do not initiate general discussions regarding politics and religion.”

 So share with me   …  if the purpose of the SFIG is to be a virtual water cooler, for folks to share their legal knowledge, personal and legal experiences  …  in essence their lives   …  how can that be done given the limitations imposed by the TOS?

The health news:  (BBC NEWS)  —  Nuts ‘protect against early death’.  Eating half a handful of nuts every day could substantially lower the risk of early death, a Dutch study suggests.  Previous studies had already indicated a link with cardiovascular health, but this is the first to look at specific nuts and diseases. Maastricht University researchers found a 23% lower chance of death during the 10-year study in people eating at least 10g (0.3oz) of nuts or peanuts a day.  There was no benefit for peanut butter, which is high in salt and trans fats.”   A related study found that holding nuts also substantially lowered the risk of early death and increased the quality of life.

(CNN MONEY)  — Colorado top court says Dish worker can be fired for medical marijuana. “Colorado’s Supreme Court ruled Monday that employers can fire workers who use marijuana for medical reasons, even though it’s legal in that state.  The case involved Brandon Coats, a quadriplegic who was fired by Dish Network in 2010 after he failed a company drug test for pot.”  Obviously a quadriplegic wouldn’t be up on a ladder installing satellite dishes.  Smoking 1 gram of dope usually results in a 2 hour “buzz” and several hour of catering to the “munchies”.  So why would an employer be concerned about what an employee did in his home, while not on the job?

Not a job I would care to have.  Nairobi, Kenya (CNN) — Once a menace, African ‘killer bees’ are all the buzz for health solutions. “Africanized bees, known as “killer bees,” once gained notoriety in the United States for swarming and killing.  But while Africa’s bees tend to be more aggressive than their European or American counterparts, their aggression also makes them more productive and resilient.  The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology in Nairobi is working to utilize the African bee and its aggression to the continent’s advantage  …  In the center’s lab in Nairobi, a scientist collects the semen from male drone bees, squeezing their thoraxes and killing them in the process. Twelve male drone bees will die to artificially inseminate one queen bee. She puts the queen in a plastic tube, attached to carbon dioxide gas. The gas sends the queen to sleep, temporarily paralyzing her.  Once the bee is asleep, the scientist opens up the bee’s vaginal canal and drops the semen into it. The bees that will come from this queen will be less hostile to humans than this typical strain of African bee, and more productive and more resistant to disease.”  Artificially inseminating queen killer bees is probably not a job description you would find in the help wanted section of the Sunday paper!!

And the latest “fashion trend”!  (CNN)  —  Armpit hair a growing trend for women.  “The newest summer trend has nothing to do with fashion choices or diet plans; some women are focusing instead on how lengthy and colorful their armpit hair can get.  Around the world, women are challenging the norm and embracing their natural underarm hair by posting photos on social media. The reasons range from feminist ideology to just plain loving the natural look, feel and convenience of unshaved pits.”  Apparently, some female folks dye their underarm hairs to match their head hair color.  No doubt turquoise hair body hair has it’s charms.  Miley Cyrus makes another statement as she shows off her underarm hair  …

Sitting here editing these Ramblings waiting for Susan to make it home   …  saddened by what our Bar is going to do.  Moderating the SFIG will destroy it.  On the evening news, 24/7 full coverage by CNN of the Charleston, South Carolina church shooter.  The talking heads opining that South Carolina flying a Confederate Flag at the State capitol cased the racial hatred felt by Dylann Roof.  That the Confederate Flag should not be displayed anywhere, except in a museum.  Perhaps so  …  but when did the Confederate Flag become the symbol for slavery?  Sunday Lunch and a Movie?  Thinking about Grilled Brats, corn on the cob and a potato and garden salad.  The movie.  “Skin Trade [2015]”. 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.  I remain nicotine free.  As always  …

A Warm Brotherly Hug

KarlT (the dumb old country lawyer from Holden, Missouri and the Editorial Staff)

 

 

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June 12, 2015

Greets and Huggers.  Posted the evening of June 12, 2015.  I drove to Branson on Wednesday to break bread with old friends on Wednesday Evening, and say “Good Bye”.  I will not be attending another conference because we are moving to Pascagoula, Mississippi.  I captured a few images and posted them on the MoSFIG Facebook page. The MoSFIG  is a secret, hidden, by invitation ONLY, Facebook Page limited to Missouri Solo and Small firm lawyers. Members can chat, access and contribute forms, images  …  and it is TOTALLY un-moderated.  ANY subject is open for discussion, including and especially ANY complaints/suggestions for improving our Bar and the practice of law in Missouri.  For an invite, Email me, Tom Farnam or Chuck McCloskey.  After verifying identify, (attorney licensing and good standing) …  an invite WILL issue. This is exactly the “mission statement” for the SFIG, (Solo and Small Firm Internet Group), David Browning envisioned, (and shared with me back in1996), when he created the SFIG.

During the dinner, I discovered, the “powers that be”, have decided the SFIG, (hosted by the Bar), will be moderated.  I have been told, it will not be an “active” moderation  …  will not be “intrusive”. “Not every post will be read. No one will be hired to moderate.”  So … which posts will be read   …  and if found offensive or inappropriate, scrubbed?  Who determines what is an appropriate topic?  Who gets to decide which posts should be removed?  After 19 years of free, open and contentious discussions, resulting in the SFIG being the most popular, largest and most active listserve hosted by the Bar … why is moderation necessary now?  Perhaps to limit the ability of lawyers to organize dissent, like the uproar over the BOG meeting in Bermuda:  using $1.5 million in Bar dues to “educate the public” about the benefits of the “Non-Partisan Plan” when a change was on the ballot;  making Pro Se forms available on the Court Administrators website;  making the MAI and MAI-CR available online instead of forcing lawyers to buy them from Westlaw and the Bar respectively and enacting a $30.00 Bar Dues increase to benefit a private legal services entity and do so in violation of Article V Section 5 of the Missouri Constitution, (6 month publication notice)?    I certainly mean no disrespect nor ill will   …  but, why fix something that has worked so well for so many years?

Of course, this raises an interesting issue.  Can our MANDATORY Bar, (a committee of the Supreme Court and as such, a “governmental” entity),  limit speech on a listserve it hosts?  Wouldn’t doing so violate the 1st Amendment Rights of the members of a MANDATORY Bar? Think the ACLU will step in and defend the 1st Amendment rights of lawyers   …  or just defend the 1st Amendments rights of Nazis or Westboro Baptist Church nut jobs?

Something I have suspected about my cat loving friends.  (CBS NEWS)  —  Cat parasite linked to mental illness, schizophrenia. “Everyone loves cuddling with kittens. But there can be a little-known danger lurking behind that furry little face and that innocent-sounding meow: a parasite called Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii).  T. gondii is the most common parasite in developed nations, according to Schizophrenia Bulletin. The cat-carried parasite can infect any warm-blooded species, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates more than 60 million people in the U.S. may have it. Most people never suffer any symptoms at all. But in those with weaker immune systems, infection with T. gondii can cause an illness called toxoplasmosis, which can result in miscarriages, fetal development disorders, weeks of flu-like illness, blindness and even death. It has also been associated with mental disorders including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Now two more studies explore the mental health issues in greater detail.”  Makes me wonder?  Are folks crazy for owning cats   …  or does owning cats make them crazy?

(CNN)  —  4 fined, released for naked photos on top of Malaysia’s Mount Kinabalu. “Four foreign hikers who posed naked on Mount Kinabalu in Malaysia were freed Friday after they were fined and sentenced to time served.  The backpackers — from Britain, Canada and the Netherlands — were arrested after stripping naked May 30 and posing for photos on the mountaintop, the nation’s  Bernama news agency reported. The mountain is considered sacred in Malaysia.”   Who in their right mind would engage in this type of behavior in a conservative Muslim country? What is the difference between “crazy” and “insane”?  “Insane”:  in a state of mind that prevents normal perception, behavior, or social interaction; seriously mentally ill.  “Crazy”:  mentally deranged, especially as manifested in a wild or aggressive way.  Obviously, these pilgrims were insanely crazy!

In the organ donor news:  (BBC NEWS)  —  First penile transplant recipient ‘to become father’.  “The South African recipient of the world’s first penile transplant is to become a father, a surgeon who performed the operation has told the BBC. His girlfriend has reported that she is about four months pregnant, and this showed that the “transplant worked”, said Andre van der Merwe.  The 21-year-old recipient, whose identify is being protected, lost his penis in a botched circumcision. The operation took place in December.”   Since I plan on being cremated   …  I signed the “organ donor” paperwork.  This was not one of the “organs” that I thought could be “re-tasked”.  Course   …  it would still be performing the same tasks   …   but if this organ performed a certain task by another man   …  would it be “adultery”?

Crazy?  (The Independent)  —  Rachel Dolezal storms out of interview after being asked about her race. “Rachel Dolezal, a local National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) leader has been accused of portraying herself as black, despite records showing that she was born to white parents.  Her parents, Ruthanne and Lawrence, have also confirmed that their daughter is white, telling KREM 2 News that they wanted people to know that Rachel is Caucasian, specifically Czech, Swedish and German. There is also a trace of Native American heritage in the family.”  Yeah   …  them Czech, Swedish, German and Native American colored folks   …  are sure discriminated against.

Sitting here editing these Ramblings   …  waiting for Susan to come home.  Her babies waiting for her by the door.  On the evening news, one of the Republican presidential candidates, Ben Carson, was struck by “hoof in mouth” disease:  “…  being gay is a choice because people “go into prison straight — and when they come out, they’re gay.”  Sheesh! Carson is not stupid!  He is the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital.  Amazing how Republican candidates have a knack for self destructing!  While Jeb Bush is in Warsaw, Poland and will meet with Radoslaw Sikorski, “who resigned his speakership atop the Polish parliament Wednesday, one year after he compared Poland’s subservience to the U.S. to providing oral sex.”  Really, Jeb?  Is this really a smart campaign move!  Sunday Lunch and a Movie?  Crockpot Garlic, Mushroom, Pot Roast, mashed potatoes and corn on the cob.  The movie?  “Cinderella [2015]”

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.  I remain nicotine free.  As always  …

A Warm Brotherly Hug

KarlT (the dumb old country lawyer from Holden, Missouri and the Editorial Staff)

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