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)