February 27, 2015

Greets and Huggers.  Posted the evening of February  27, 2015.  All human endeavors have a beginning and an end.  Like anything else, this holds true for the Ramblings.  Given the medical issues I am dealing with, (stroke, brain tumor, (benign), macular degeneration and peripheral neuropathy)  …  this will be the last one.  I published the first Ramblings February 22, 2002, and each Friday evening thereafter for the past 13 years.  Until December 29, 2006, the Ramblings were published as a separate HTML Website, (Click HERE for a searchable link page).  Since January 5, 2007 until today, the Ramblings have been published in a searchable WordPress Blog format based at  http://karltimmerman.com/Ramblings/.

The Ramblings were a joy to write and research.  Each, no doubt, enjoyed by the 30 or 40 folks who took the time to read them.  Words added to our lexicon  …  “Puppy Shark” and “Love’s Aftermath Lawyer”.   And phrases:  “If you serve yourself as a pancake, you get eatin as a pancake.”  …  “The best thing about taking the moral high ground   …  is the view.”    …  “The joy in life is not in being there   …  but helping another get there.

Each Ramblings is a snapshot, a time capsule sharing what  the SFIG topic de jure was the week it was written. A gauge of current events   …  like our march into Iraq.  The most poignant one?  September 11, 2002.  And a “bully pulpit” to effectuate change, (like a statute of limitations for bar complaints or the ability to destroy client files after 10 years of no contact with the client).

And some things not accomplished:  FNR, March 11, 2011.  “Share with me  …  how can we amend R.S. Mo 484.020(2): 

“Any person, association, partnership, limited liability company or corporation who shall violate the foregoing prohibition of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction therefore shall be punished by a fine not exceeding one hundred dollars and costs of prosecution and shall be subject to be sued for treble the amount which shall have been paid him or it for any service rendered in violation hereof by the person, firm, association, partnership, limited liability company or corporation paying the same within two years from the date the same shall have been paid and if within said time such person, firm, association, partnership, limited liability company or corporation shall neglect and fail to sue for or recover such treble amount, then the state of Missouri shall have the right to and shall sue for such treble amount and recover the same and upon the recovery thereof such treble amount shall be paid into the treasury of the state of Missouri.   …   and  … 

(3):  “It is hereby made the duty of the attorney general of the state of Missouri or the prosecuting attorney of any county or city in which service of process may be had upon the person, firm, association, partnership, limited liability company or corporation liable hereunder, to institute all suits necessary for the recovery by the state of Missouri of such amounts in the name and on behalf of the state.”   …   to allow a representative of our Bar to file a civil action for damages, including forfeiture of any amounts generated by the unauthorized practice of law   …  the funds to be donated  to the victims of people harmed by lawyers or persons engaged in the unauthorized practice of law? 

And the “Vacation Rule”:  FNR, January 18, 2008Rule 55.40 Designation of unavailability of counsel of record.

  1. Upon notice posted and presumed signed pursuant to Rule 55.03, to the “Member Profile” portion of the “Members Only” portion of the MoBar Website, (www.mobar.org), the filing party may designate up to four weeks per calendar year, three of which may be continuous, or lesser portions thereof, of unavailability due to personal time, as a matter of right, provided: a) the filing party is designated “lead counsel” or the only counsel of record representing a party; and b) notice posted designate an emergency contact and specific dates of unavailability; and  c) the notice must be filed no later than 60 days prior to the unavailability dates sought to be designated and may not designate dates already set or noticed up for court time on the date the notice is posted.  
  2. Absent leave of court after motion made and such action designated an “emergency”, no action may be taken nor matter set for hearing during the filing parties designated unavailability dates and any action taken in violation of this rule shall be held for naught. The computation time for responsive pleadings, motions and discovery shall exclude “Designated Personal Time” dates.            
  3. Nothing in this rule shall preclude an individual attorney from taking such other periods of personal time as such individual deems necessary or appropriate but may not be taken as a matter of right. 

Rule 44.01, Time, Computation of Extension  – Expiration of Term – Service of Motions.            

(a) Computation. In computing any period of time prescribed or allowed by these rules, by order of court, or by any applicable statute, the day of the act, event, Designated Personal Time or default after which the designated period of time begins to run is not to be included. The last day of the period so computed is to be included, unless it is a Saturday, Sunday, Designated Personal Time or a legal holiday, in which event the period runs until the end of the next day which is neither a Saturday, Sunday, Designated Personal Time nor a legal holiday. When the period of time prescribed or allowed is less than seven days, intermediate Saturdays, Sundays, Designated Personal Time and legal holidays shall be excluded in the computation. 

And Gay Marriage, August 8, 2003 almost 12 years ago:  “Marriage is now viewed by most, as adult centered.  We marry later in life, 25 for women and 27 for men.   A marriage celebrated today has a 50% chance of failing, (guess finding the right soul mate is not as easy as dropping your Levi’s and …er …. boinking). Divorce/Dissolution is now “no fault” and easier than ever before:  the net result, ONLY 69% of our children grow up with their biological parents, (down from 89% in 1980).  Now, marriage is viewed as a union of “souls”?  Reread Leviticus ….. taken literally, we would have to kill gay folks and our mouthy teenagers, some of the sheep herders in Wyoming and the sheep, we would have to kill a bunch of folks in Arkansas, our diet would be curtailed, our slaves would suffer and PETA would make sense to me, (killing all those animals as a sacrifice seems somehow wrong).  I’m not a biblical scholar … so share with me where in the New Testament, you get to choose which of the laws in the Old Testament continue to apply?  I can not find a cite in the “New Testament” that says the “Old Law” does not apply. In Mark 12: 28-31, Jesus says that the most important Commandments are (paraphrased), Love God above all else and love your neighbor as you would yourself.  (Also see John 13:34-35;  John 14:21;  John 15:12 and John 15:17).  I’m assuming the “love” referred to is not sexual …… hehehe  …. have no desire to be loved by a gay guy, the way he would like to be loved.  So share with me  … if a “soul” is neither male nor female … why would the civil recognition of two “souls”, (in same sex bodies),  joining as one, committing civilly to each other, in order to have the right to inherit, social security benefits, the right to take against a will, to have health insurance for partners, automatic inheritance rights, decision making for an incapacitated partner, hospital visitation rights, joint credit and property rights ….. be so repugnant?  Would it make a difference if we called it a “Relationship Contract”, instead of “Marriage”?  Don’t know.  But do know this:  I know gay couples that love, cherish and care for each other every bit as much as Susan and I.  It is wrong to deny them the legal benefits Susan and I enjoy because of their plumbing.  I can not and will not believe, my God, who is the God of Love, of Compassion, of Forgiveness and who, according to every Christian theology, sent his only begotten Son to preach, first, “Love God” and second, “Love One Another”, would condemn these couples to hell because these souls love each other but have the wrong plumbing.  ‘Nuff said.” 

From the February 9, 2007 FNR“The SFIG, this little “Family” of lawyers is unique in that the SFIG with it’s 620 members is more representative of the majority of our Bar, than the Board of Governors. For the first time Solo and Small Firm Lawyers can chat with each other, compare notes and bitch about clients and changes that need to be made. We support each other by listening and offering advice. We can and do share our lives. We pay 66% of the Bar’s bills with our dues and we pick up the tab for our Board of Governors to meet … in some very nice places, (outside Missouri). Yet a major portion of our dues pays for the OCDC, (Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel), to police our profession … (chuckling) … share with me: what other Professional Organization/Committee/Association do you know of that requires you to a get a post graduate degree, which then entitles you to take an exam, which, should you pass … requires you to pay dues to be a member … and a significant portion of those dues goes to protect the general public from you? I must admit, there have been changes for the better, in the past few years. We now have a statute of limitations for bar complaints. We can now destroy old clients files after 10 years of no contact with the client. Commencing in June, our Bar will provide a basic on-line legal research tool. Yet, there are additional changes to be made: a “vacation rule”. A universal picture ID or in the alternative, should a county issue a picture ID to by-pass security, they must honor the picture ID of a sister county. And for me a common sense change in the way the OCDC operates. Currently, should one of your clients file a bar complaint against you, if the Bar decides not to investigate … you will not know about it because you do not receive a copy, (it is just placed in your file). So, if you receive several of the same complaints, if they decide to investigate … do they bootstrap the prior complaints? Don’t know. Wouldn’t it make more sense just to send you a copy of the complaint … a heads up to check what you are doing?”

I remain nicotine free.  I know my Dear Lady Friend Stacey M, et. al. are also fighting the monkey:  (BBC NEWS)  — Tobacco ‘kills two in three smokers’ “The death risk from smoking may be much higher than previously thought – tobacco kills up to two in every three smokers not one in every two, data from a large study suggests.  The study tracked more than 200,000 Australian smokers and non-smokers above the age of 45 over six years.  Mortality risk went up with cigarette use, BMC Medicine reports. Smoking 10 cigarettes a day doubled the risk, while 20-a-day smokers were four to five times more likely to die.”  If you are a nicotine addict:  put whatever nicotine delivery system you prefer down   …  and walk away. Nicotine remains the single greatest cause of bladder cancer.

 

Speaking of walking away?  Time to post these Ramblings and close the covers of this book.  This part of my life.  Waiting for Susan to get home  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, (as long as I live), a prayer for the safe and soon return of our men and women in uniform, (care to join me?)  Be and sleep well, (Live Long And Prosper),  the best we have as a nation are on watch so you can.  If my post offends, I apologize  …  that is certainly not, nor was it ever, my intent.  As always  …

A Warm Brotherly Hug

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

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February 20, 2015

Greets and Huggers.  Posted the evening of February  20, 2015.  ISIS murdered 21 Coptic Egyptian Christians this week in Libya and burned 41 other people alive in Iraq. Egypt’s response?  (CNN)  — Egypt launches second wave of airstrikes on ISIS in Libya.  “Egyptian warplanes staged a second wave of airstrikes against ISIS targets in Libya on Monday in retaliation for the slaughter of 21 Egyptian Christians by ISIS militants, Egypt’s state-run Ahram Online reported, citing security officials.  The airstrikes followed an earlier wave that struck ISIS camps, training areas and weapons depots, the military said in a statement.  “Avenging Egyptian blood and punishing criminals and murderers is our right and duty,” the Egyptian military said in the statement, which was broadcast on state television.”  ISIS once again “screwed the pooch[FOOTNOTE:  follow the link.  The phase “screwed the pooch” has a most interesting etymology!].  In my mind, they executed these Coptic Christians, (and from their propaganda videos from territories they hold), thousands of other Christians, Muslims and Jews, as a means to cause a “boot on the ground” reaction from “Crusader” Countries.  This, to support ISIS’s claim that the creation of a caliphate will trigger the Muslim Apocalypse.

What is a caliphate? A caliphate …   is a form of Islamic government led by a caliph  …  a person considered a political and religious successor to the prophet Muhammad and a leader of the entire Muslim community. The Rashidun caliphs, who directly succeeded Muhammad as leaders of the Muslim community, were chosen through shura, a process of community consultation which some consider an early form of Islamic democracy.  During the history of Islam after the Rashidun period, many Muslim states, almost all of them hereditary monarchies, have claimed to be caliphates.  The Sunni branch of Islam stipulates that, as a head of state, a Caliph should be elected by Muslims or their representatives.  Followers of Shia Islam, however, believe a Caliph should be an Imam chosen by God from the Ahl al-Bayt (the “Family of the House”, Muhammad’s direct descendants). In 2014, the extremist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant declared itself a Caliphate; nonetheless, its authority remains unrecognized by any country.”  There can not be a Caliphate, until all opposition from within Islam is squelched.   Ergo the necessity of killing all Muslim opposition.

The Muslim 2nd Coming“Muslims believe in the end time and the second coming of Jesus. Before Jesus arrives there will be a great Muslim leader called the Mahdi who will bring many great military victories for Islam. The Madhi will unite all faithful Muslims under his banner and will be successful against the enemies of Islam. Then the Dajjal arrives. He is the Anti-Christ figure. The Dajjal will claim he is a new prophet. He will have amazing powers and will claim to bring people back from the dead. He will amass a great army and do battle with the good Muslim forces. When darkness is upon the Muslim camps and things look their worst then God will send Jesus to the aid of the Muslim forces. Jesus will command the Muslim troops to do battle with the Dajjal. Jesus himself will strike down the Dajjal with a lance and the reign of tyranny will be over.  Jesus will then reign.. Jesus will speak to the Christians and Jews and convert them to Islam. Jesus will stop the worship of the cross and the eating of pork. There will be no more war. The reign of Jesus on earth will last 40 years.”  With no BBQ. 

A miscalculation by ISIS because the “Crusader” Countries did not react as expected.  There has NOT been an incursion of “Crusaders”, Western boots on the ground.  The killing of the Jordanian pilot, infuriated the Jordanian people, which have encouraged Jordan’s King Abdullah to call for accelerated air strikes and place troops on Jordan’s border.  The killing of 21 Egyptian civilians in Libya, has galvanized the Egyptian people into actively joining the anti-ISIS coalition   …  resulting in numerous Egyptian air strikes.  Bottom line? ISIS consists of a core group of psychotic thugs trying to hide their robbing, stealing , raping and killing, crimes against humanity, behind the flag of Islam.  They hide their debauchery by trying to make their actions look like they are defending Islam from “Crusaders” and accelerating the time to “The Day of Judgement”.  Their actions are forcing Muslims to come to grips with the fact, that ISUS is a cancer on their body, a problem in their house.  That actions of ISIS are not a religious event.  They are crimes against humanity and ISLAM specifically. That ISIS is a cancer hiding behind the promise of triggering the ISLAMIC END TIMES, that Muslims need to eradicate.  More and more are anteing up to the bar.

And the latest “dope” news:  (BBC NEWS)  —  ‘Skunk-like cannabis’ increases risk of psychosis, study suggests. “’Skunk-like cannabis’ increases risk of psychosis, study suggests. “Smoking potent cannabis was linked to 24% of new psychosis cases analyzed in a study by King’s College London.  The research suggests the risk of psychosis is three times higher for users of potent “skunk-like” cannabis than for non-users. The study of 780 people was carried out by KCL’s Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience  …  They also concluded the use of hash, a milder form of the drug, was not associated with increased risk of psychosis.”  Hashish, (Hashish, or hash, is a cannabis product composed of compressed or purified preparations of stalked resin glands, called trichomes. It contains the same active ingredients—such as THC and other cannabinoids—but often in higher concentrations than unsifted buds or leaves),   is much more potent than marijuana. Skunk-like cannabisSkunk is a hybrid of Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica, thus the combination of these two strains is considered to produce unique and conflicting effects that separate skunk weed from other types of marijuana. Additionally, this particular strain of cannabis is considered to be a more potent form of the drug as it contains 2-3 times more THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) than standard marijuana. THC is thought to be the main active ingredient in cannabis, and its higher concentration in skunk weed has raised concerns regarding its potential negative psychological effects.”  Only goes to show why “marijuana” is called “dope”!

And in a effort to educate:  (BBC NEWS)  —  Why do we pick our nose? “Poking around inside our nostrils is disgusting, unhygienic and potentially harmful, so it’s baffling that it’s as common as it is  …  Most of us do it, but few of us will admit to it. If we get caught red-handed, we experience shame and regret. And we tend to frown upon others when they do it in public  …  There are no clear answers, but as Tom Stafford wrote recently about nail-biting, perhaps it’s a combination of the simple satisfaction we derive from ‘tidying-up’ and the fact that our nose is within easy reach all the time – in other words, we pick it ‘because it’s there’.”   Actually, we pick our nose  …  because we can.

Sitting here editing these Ramblings, waiting for Susan to get home from the beauty shop, (she is getting her hair done).  The female of our species is like a Mercedes.  High maintenance, (fluff and buff, grease and lube the necessary parts), and will easily run for 250,000 miles.  Males on the other hand are like Chevys:  relatively maintenance free  …  start creaking and moaning at 100,000 mile and crap out after 180,000 miles, (having to get towed the last 20,000 miles).  WE are under a “Winter Storm Advisory”.  Sunday Lunch and a Movie?  Lemon sautéed Tilapia fillets, Fried Rice and steamed Brussels Sprouts in a cheese sauce.  The movie?  “Foxcatcher [2014”.

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:  had my 2 year anniversary Wednesday. As always  …

A Warm Brotherly Hug

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

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February 13, 2015

Greets and Huggers.  Posted the evening of February 13, 2015.  Got a link to our Bar’s Annual Report for 2014.  Of interest to me?  Income generated,  ($11,879,332.00) and expenses paid, ($9,884,311.00.)  So I guess, instead of having almost $5,000,000.00 in cash laying around   …  our bar now has almost $7,000.000.00.  So share with me   …  how necessary was the last bar dues increase?  Isn’t it a reasonable expectation  …  if you pay dues to belong to an organization   …  there is a benefit you can enjoy? Course   …  if you are FORCED to be a member, have no choice, the folks in charge can decide what benefit you deserve, are entitled to   …  and who benefits.  As a Solo member of our Bar   …  the only benefit I get for the $405.00 yearly dues I pay, is access to Fastcase.  I use “Google Scholar and Google Books” more  …  and they are free.  Frankly I feel like I get NO SUPPORT from our Bar for me, and my practice.

I keep hearing suggestions about electing Solo Friendly lawyers to the BOG, (Board of Governors)   …  folks willing to make a change.  Got news.  The BOG has no power.  The BOG is window dressing, to make you and I feel we have a say in our profession.  We don’t. The BOG can only make recommendations,  make/offer suggestions   …  which the Supremo’s ignore  …  they have their agenda. They are, no doubt, honorable persons seeking to further their world view.  In 2013, they had $9.5 million dollars in revenues and in 2014, $11.8 million dollars in revenues, to do it with.  History of the World, Part I,It’s good to be king.”

Susan is a Type I, insulin injecting diabetic, on an insulin pump.  She has to test several times a day, to manage her blood sugar levels.  Test strips are expensive.  She does a really good job, maintaining an A1C level below 6.5.   (BBC NEWS)  —  ‘Smart’ insulin hope for diabetes. “Scientists are hopeful that “smart” insulins which are undergoing trials could revolutionize the way diabetes is managed.  Instead of repeated blood tests and injections throughout the day to keep blood sugar in check, a single dose of smart insulin would keep circulating in the body and turn on when needed.  Animal studies show the technology appears to work – at least in mice.  Scientists plan to move to human trials soon, PNAS journal reports.”   This would be a God-send for all diabetics!!

With the release of “50 Shades of Grey”,  other medical news:  (WASHINGTON POST)  —  Sex toy injuries surged after ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ was published.  “The number of Americans requiring emergency room care for injuries involving sex toys has approximately doubled since 2007, according to data from the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Much of that increase happened in 2012 and 2013, following the release of the wildly popular erotic novels in the Fifty Shades of Grey series. And the overwhelming majority of these injuries — 83 percent — require “foreign body removals.””   …  (Interested in specifics? Go to CPSC data and dig into product code 1610 for the descriptions.)  Only goes to prove, there is no accounting for taste!

Given tomorrow is Valentines Day   …  I thought I would share the “in love” news:   (DAILY MAIL)  —-  Charles Manson’s fiancée ‘only wanted to marry him so she could put his corpse on display in a glass coffin after he died’. “Charles Manson’s fiancée allegedly tricked him into agreeing to marry her as part of a bizarre plot to put his corpse on display after he died.  Afton Elaine Burton, who calls herself ‘Star’, took out a marriage license with the serial killer last year – but reportedly only suggested matrimony to get legal ownership of his remains and stuff them in a glass coffin.  Star, 27, strung the 80-year-old murderer along with the hope of cashing in after he died and turning his body into a tourist attraction, according to a source close to Manson.”  Ain’t love grand?  That and alcohol have kept me busy these last 32 years.

Proof that stupidity is not painful!  (BBC NEWS)  —  Snapchat selfie unmasked Pittsburgh killer, police say. “A US teenager has been charged with the murder of a classmate after police said he posted a Snapchat photo of himself with the victim’s body.  Maxwell Marion Morton, 16, was arrested for killing Ryan Mangan in his home near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The suspect used Snapchat – an app that auto-deletes content after a few seconds – to send an image to a friend.  The friend took a screenshot and his mother contacted police. Prosecutors said the Snapchat was “key evidence”. Why stupidity is not painful?  If stupidity were painful, this pilgrim would have to be on pain meds powerful enough to render him comatose.

Sitting here editing these Ramblings and watching/listening to CNN.  The Editorial Staff is hunkered down by the door waiting for Susan to come home from work.  The news on CNN?  A debate, whether the murder of 3 Muslim students is a hate crime or an ongoing dispute over a parking spot.   Our foreign policy? The Terrorist group, (ISIS), our President designated the Junior Varsity, has captured another town in Iraq, (Al Baghdadi), 9 miles from an airbase, (Ayn Al-Assad), with 300 American troops, (trainers).  We are sending A-10 “Warthog” tank busters back to Europe as a reaction to the Ukraine fiasco. Valentines Day tomorrow, so Susan and I will go out for lunch.  Sunday Lunch and a Movie?  Garden Salad, Beef Noodle Soup with Corn Muffins.  The Movie?  “Paddington [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.  And “Yes”, I remain nicotine free:  719 days, 38,871 ciggybutts not smoked, (picture a ciggybutt 2.15 MILES long), and $6,316.00 saved. As always  …

A Warm Brotherly Hug

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

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February 6, 2015

Greets and Huggers.  Posted the evening of February 6, 2015  This week ISIS has raised the bar on what constitutes depravity. (CNN)  —  Who Was Jordanian pilot Moath al-Kasasbeh, killed by ISIS? “Royal Jordanian Air Force pilot Moath al-Kasasbeh   …  Behind his military postures was a devout Muslim who memorized the Quran and hailed from a large family and prominent tribe noted for its loyalty to the monarchy.  Al-Kasasbeh’s fate had been a mystery since last December, when his aircraft crashed during a mission and he was reportedly captured by ISIS in Syria. That mystery ended Tuesday when video and images purportedly by ISIS show the pilot suffered a horrible death.”  He was put in a cage and burned alive  …  and  …  (CNN)  — ISIS putting price tags on Iraqi children, selling them as slaves, U.N. says.  “ISIS putting price tags on Iraqi children, selling them as slaves, U.N. says  …  “Children of minorities have been captured in places where the so-called ISIL has its strength, have been sold in market with tags, price tags on them, have been sold as slaves,” Winter said  …  People of the Yazidi faith — ISIS’s cruelty to them has been extraordinary. Kurdistan Regional Government adviser Nazand Begikhani, for instance, has said Yazidi “women have been treated like cattle, … subjected to physical and sexual violence, including systematic rape and sex slavery.” Yazidi children haven’t fared much better at the hands of ISIS. An earlier U.N. report described how militants rounded up all Yazidi males “older than 10 years of age at the local school, took them outside the village by pickup trucks, and shot them.”  

ISIS is not a fundamentalist Islamic movement.  It is an association of psychotic thugs who use Islam as a cover to justify their crimes against humanity.  They are a human cancer that needs to be eradicated.  Burning the Jordanian pilot was an absolutely stupid miscalculation on their part.  A game changer.  It galvanized the Jordanian people behind King Abdullah II, who now views Jordan as the tip of an Arab spear, a coalition of Arab nations banded together to snuff ISIS.  King Abdullah as a former General and front line commander in the Jordanian Special Forces, is no slouch militarily  …   and Jordan has the militarily tools to get the job done.  Jordan has the 67th most powerful military in the world, which is far from superpower status, but capable of taking on Islamic State’s stretched and in many cases undisciplined force, according to defense experts. Jordan’s military has 110,700 active duty personnel, 65,000 reserve members, 1,321 tanks and 4,600 armored fighting vehicles. Its air fleet has 246 aircraft, including 74 fighter planes and 24 attack helicopters. The nation of 6 million has a defense budget of $1.5 billion.”  I have no doubt, Jordan, using American technology and the American military as a resource   …   will put some serious hurt on ISIS.

In another example of world class stupidity:  (BBC NEWS)  —  US family ‘stages mock abduction of boy, six, for being too nice’. The family of a six-year-old US boy staged his mock kidnapping because they thought he was too nice to strangers, Missouri police say.  The boy’s aunt, Denise Kroutil, allegedly asked a colleague, Nathan Firoved, to help “scare” her nephew.  The boy was lured into a car, taken to a basement and told he could be sold into “sex slavery”, police said.”   Share with me, how a 6 year old would have any clue what “sexual slavery” is?

I have always believed and continue to do so   …  that college/university professors who have sexual relations with their students, are engaging in a form of predation because of the differences in maturity and power.  They are baby boinkers! (NBC NEWS)  — Harvard University Bans Sex Between Professors and Undergraduate Students. “Harvard University has banned its faculty members from having sex with undergraduates, revising a conduct policy that school officials decided did not sufficiently recognize the “unequal status” between professors and students   …  The statement said the review by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, which oversees the school’s undergrad programs, found that the “existing language on relationships of unequal status did not explicitly reflect the faculty’s expectations of what constituted an appropriate relationship between undergraduate students and faculty members.”  About time Harvard anteed up to the bar!

And talking about a different screwing:  Caracas, Venezuela (CNN)  —  $755 for a box of condoms? No protection from shortages in Venezuela.  “Shortages of basic products such as corn, milk and chicken have plagued Venezuela for years, creating long lines at supermarkets and pushing inflation well past the 60% mark just in the last year alone.  More recently, shortages are affecting people in the South American country in a more personal way. Venezuelan consumers complain condoms and birth control pills are nowhere to be found. Shortages that first affected the dining table have now made their way into the bedroom.”  My heart bleeds for the Venezuelan people    …   losing the last protection they had when getting screwed by their government.

In the religious news.  (THE GUARDIAN)  — Iceland to build first temple to Norse gods since Viking age. “Icelanders will soon be able to publicly worship at a shrine to Thor, Odin and Frigg with construction starting this month on the island’s first major temple to the Norse gods since the Viking age.  Worship of the gods in Scandinavia gave way to Christianity around 1,000 years ago but a modern version of Norse paganism has been gaining popularity in Iceland.”  Bjork is one of Iceland’s best known female singers, (who now lives in Brooklyn, New York).  You may remember her from the Swam Dress she wore at the Oscars. She just released an album of Pagan Poetry.  I wonder how many Norse Temples there are in Brooklyn?  No doubt a few store fronts in the Viking sections!!

Sitting here editing these Ramblings, the dogs waiting by the door for Susan to come home.  She is working until 7:00 pm.  On the evening news?  Full, in depth coverage, (obviously on CNN), of ostensibly, the American hostage, Kayla Mueller, held by ISIS, being killed in a Jordanian air strike.  Susan has to work Saturday and Sunday, so 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.  And “Yes”, 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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January 30, 2015

Greets and Huggers.  Posted the evening of January 30, 2015.   Our Bar Dues are due tomorrow.  $405.00.  After a dues increase, a couple of years ago   …  we were told a dues increase was necessary to provide the “same level of services”.   As a Solo  …  I am really looking around for the services my dues are paying for.   Free CLE’s, (Continuing Legal Education  …  15 hours mandated each year)?  Haven’t seen any. Prosecution of folks engaged in the Unauthorized Practice of Law, (helping folks fill out forms provided by our Court Administrator?)  Haven’t seen any prosecutions either.  Really?  Other than Fastcase, what services?  As of 2013, the Supremo’s control:

The Bar Association:                                         Cash and Investments,  $4,826,044.00

…………………………………………..             Revenues,                     $9,501,522.00

Trustees of the Missouri Bar:                             Cash,                             $   352,533.00

…………………………………………..             Property,                        $5,013,158.00

Missouri Bar Foundation:                                   Cash and Investments, $2,141,509.00

The Advisory Committee Fund:                          Cash and Investments, $4,385,815.00

*Financial Arm of the OCDC*     …………    I could not find a budget on-line, nor an audit.

Missouri Lawyer Trust Account  Foundation:      Cash                             $   814,435.00

So   …   our Supremo’s run a $27,035,016.00 million dollar enterprise, with $9,501,522.00 a year in guaranteed revenues.  Share with me   …  why would there be a need for an almost $5 million dollar reserve?  The $107,476.00 difference between putting on CLE’s and the revenues generated by hosting/providing them?

According to the above referenced Bar Association Audit  …  just what was the $1.2 million dollars for “Public Education” spent on?

Do we really need to spend  $446,246.00 for the 3 Annual Bar Meetings?

And $438,805.00 for BOG and Officer Travel, (all Officers are also BOG members)   …  there are 45 members on the BOG   …  isn’t that $9,751.00 or $813.00 per month, per member?  Share with me   …  did we really need a Dues Increase to pay for this?  How about part of the $1.2 million dollars used to educate the public, (no doubt about the benefits of the Non-Partisan Plan), be used to fund Legal Aid, instead of the additional $30.00 a year that we are forced to pay?

If our Supremo’s really gave a damn about provided legal services to the least of us   …  they would grant a $100.00 Dues Credit to any lawyer who provides/volunteers 50 hours of pro bono legal aid through Legal Aid or the Public Defender system, instead of hitting all up for a $30.00 tithe.  Course   …  talk about being out of touch with those of us, who toil in the trenches, representing working people   …  one of our BOG members shared  …  “It’s only $.27 cents a day!!”  Perhaps she doesn’t realize   …  that is a tank of gas!

Better yet?  For those of us who are now receiving our Social Security Benefit, (and have less than some trigger income amount)  …  having faithfully paid our Bar Dues,  waive the Bar Dues entirely to encourage pro bono legal or community service involvement.  I can’t help but believe, Solo or Small Firm lawyers ACTIVELY involved in their respective local communities   …   would be priceless, in terms of good will for our profession.  No doubt, more so, than paying $1.2 million dollars to some ad agency to pimp it.  Look.  Solo and Small Firm Lawyers remain the back bone of our system of justice.  We are the shield, the average citizen has, against the will of the majority, by bringing the actions defending and defining our Bill of Rights.  49% of us, the minority, can sleep well at night because of what Solo and Small Firm Lawyers do.  Laws are enacted by folks who win elections  …  voted into office by the majority.  Historically?  Almost every opinion rendered by the US Supreme Court defining our civil rights   …  was an action brought by a Solo or Small Firm Lawyer representing a person, (the minority), our government, (the majority), stepped on.

And “the French”:  (BBC NEWS)  —  French court stops child from being named Nutella. “A French court has stopped parents from naming their baby girl Nutella after the hazelnut spread, ruling that it would make her the target of derision. The judge ordered that the child be called Ella instead. He said in his ruling that the name Nutella was the trade name of a spread that is commonplace in Gallic homes   …  French parents are usually free to choose the names of their children, but local prosecutors are empowered to report what they deem to be unsuitable names to a family court.”   I wonder   …  if the child had been a boy, could his parents have named him “Nutello”?  Nutella is actually a hazelnut/chocolate paste/spread, developed by Pietro Ferrero in Italy and marketed in 1964.  There are obviously folks that love it. As for me?  I wouldn’t eat it using your mouth.

Proof that we are all Jewish?  (BBC NEWS)  —  Skull clue to exodus from Africa. “An ancient skull discovered in Israel could shed light on the migration of modern humans out of Africa some 60,000 years ago. This migration led to the colonization of the entire planet by our species, as well as the extinction of other human groups such as the Neanderthals.  The skull from Manot Cave dates to 55,000 years ago and may be the closest we’ve got to finding one of the earliest migrants from Africa.”  There is also speculation that the Manot Cave may have been the first Jewish Deli as evidenced by the fossilized Gefilte fish found on some of the rock shelves.

The science news:  (BBC NEWS)  —  Bowhead Whales heard singing unique new songs.  “Some of the most beautiful and beguiling sounds in the natural world are made by singing animals. Beautiful due to quality and range of the sounds, and beguiling due to their complexity and the complicated reasons animals sing them. And perhaps no singing animals have fascinated us more than the great whales  …   Twelve new songs are being sung by bowhead whales undertaking their annual spring migration.”   Although other whales, such as the humpback, sperm and blue whales also sing, the bowhead appears to have the greatest number:  over 66 unique songs have been recorded.   These are magnificent creatures!!  “In 1946, 14 whaling nations formed the International Whaling Commission (IWC) to manage whale stocks and make recommendations on hunting limits. Originally developed as a whaling commission, the IWC (now also represented by non whaling nations) has become a conservation commission. In 1986, the IWC declared a moratorium on commercial whaling, hoping to allow whale populations to recover. The IWC has no means by which to enforce the moratorium, however, and whaling nations sometimes threaten to disregard it. The Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) of 1972 banned the hunting of marine mammals in U.S. waters. The main objective of the MMPA is to maintain the stability of marine mammal populations and marine ecosystems.  The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is an international treaty developed to regulate trade in certain wildlife species. CITES protects all species of whales.  Certain whale species, including six baleen whales and four toothed whales, are also protected under the U.S. Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA).”   Japan, although a member of the IWC still allows whale hunting in the name of “conservation/research”.  Sort of like “raping” in the name of “virginity”, isn’t it?

Sitting here editing these Ramblings.  Susan is in her office working on “Little Willies” scrapbook.  The little guy went to the Rainbow Bridge,  May 17, 2012.  It has taken this long for Susan   …  and I will admit, me, as well   …  to look at his pictures.  Even now, almost two years later,  looking at his pictures makes my heart bleed   …  and I can feel tears forming in my eyes.  There was a time when, on my way to court in Harrisonville or Warrensburg,  I would start thinking of Willie   …  and have to pull over because I had difficulty seeing.  These little guys are family members and in some instances impact our lives every bit as much as our children.  Willie was like that for Susan and I.  On the evening news?  A measles outbreak in 14 States, involving 84 confirmed folks  …  and the folks in Arizona freaking out and tracking over 1,000 people who may have been exposed    …  because of the shear number of folks attending the Super Bowl.  The measles virus is very robust and incredibly contagious.  The measles and whooping cough viruses were supposed to have been eradicated in the US   …   but they have made a comeback because some moronic parents refused to immunize their children.  Apparently, Polio vaccination is Ok, but not Whooping Cough and Measles.  Really makes sense, doesn’t it?

Time to post these Ramblings and settle in for a quiet evening at Ft Timmerman.   Super Bowl Sunday Lunch and A Movie?   A combo pizza made from scratch! The movie?  “A Most Violent Year [2015]”.  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.  And “Yes”, I remain nicotine free   …  and Susan isn’t.  She will stop smoking  …  when she decides to.  As always  …

A Warm Brotherly Hug

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

 

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