Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of November 14, 2014. From the very beginning of our America, there has been friction between local folks, county folks, State folks and Federal folks. Local folks want to preserve the values, sense of community, family, friends and neighbors … they hold. In my mind, the role of “government” remains providing the things, individuals, family and friends … can’t. Put another way: providing protection from predators, foreign, (a standing military) and domestic, (police), economic, civil and criminal. Maintain infrastructure, roads, bridges, etc. Economic regulation and ensuring products sold, are safe. Fire protection, although many small towns, like Holden, have a volunteer fire department. The difference between “conservatives” and “progressives”, (in both parties), is their respective opinions on the social aspects of the role of government. Conservatives believe government should be limited to providing a level playing field through regulation, on which all can succeed or fail. That it is not the role of government to help folks succeed nor to rescue folks when they fail. It is the role of the individuals local community to assist/rescue community members in need. Progressives on the other hand, believe the role of government is to create a level playing field/society by taking from those that have succeeded and giving it to those who have not. One rewards success while the other rewards failure. Any system that punishes success and rewards failure, is doomed. Precisely what modern history has taught.
Another interesting political fact? (MONSTER.COM) — 5 States that Will Take the Most of Your Paycheck in Income Taxes. “If you’re planning a move to another state for work it might be wise to consider what you’ll pay in property tax, sales tax and, of course, how big of a chunk the state government is going to take out of your paycheck. The federal government will get its share wherever you go, but states can vary widely in how much they collect from your income, so state taxes should be a factor you take into consideration as you work to decide if and where to relocate. While state income tax rates vary by your income bracket and circumstances, there are some states that will certainly take a bigger bite out of your paycheck than others, and seven that levy no income tax at all: Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington and Wyoming. For income tax collections per capita in 2011, the Tax Foundation reports that New York leads the pack at $1,864 per person. The next four in line are: Connecticut ($1,808), Massachusetts ($1,765), Oregon ($1,425) and Minnesota ($1,404). New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Oregon and Minnesota are “Blue States”, imagine that. And the States that have no income tax … are either “Red or Purple States”.
A clash of interests: a constitutional right vs. a statutory right. (BBC NEWS) — Strippers sue to prevent identity disclosure. “Government open-records requests can be boring. Government open-records requests made by a man who wants to obtain information about 70 licensed strippers in his town so he can “pray for them”, on the other hand … The godly citizen in question is David Allen Van Vleet of Tacoma, Washington. In September he filed court papers to obtain personal information on 70 government-licensed nude dancers at a nightclub in his area – including their full names, addresses, photos and dates of birth … The case has set up an unusual debate over free speech and privacy rights. What deserves more consideration, open access to government records or adult entertainers’ right to “artistic” expression under stage names?” I don’t see this as a clash between free speech and privacy rights. In 1965, Justice Douglas wrote the Grisswold v. Connecticut opinion wherein which he opined: “Though the Constitution does not explicitly protect a general right to privacy, the various guarantees within the Bill of Rights create penumbras, or zones, that establish a right to privacy. Together, the First, Third, Fourth, and Ninth Amendments, create a new constitutional right, the right to privacy in marital relations.” This opinion is the backbone of Roe vs. Wade, (1973) … and over the years, “Privacy” has been institutionalized as a “Constitutional Right”. “Sunshine Laws” on the other hand, are statutory creations, (in Missouri R.S. Mo. Chapter 610). Bottom line? A constitutional right trumps a statutory right. The constitution can negate a statute. A statute can not negate a constitutional provision.
Bitter sweet. (BBC NEWS) — Woman dies after farewell to horse at Wigan hospital. “A cancer patient has died after a final farewell to her favorite horse outside the hospital where she was treated. Staff at Royal Albert Edward Infirmary in Wigan granted Sheila Marsh’s last wish, by arranging a visit from two of her horses on Monday afternoon. The hospital said the 77-year-old, unable to speak properly due to illness, “gently called” her favorite horse, who then nuzzled her cheek.” … and she passed away.
Believe it or not, people actually sign up for sites like this. (BBC NEWS) — PositiveSingles STD dating site faces $16.5m penalty. “The operator of a dating site for people with sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) faces paying out $16.5m after losing a privacy case. The owner of PositiveSingles was accused of sharing photos and profile details from its site with other dating services, despite promising a “confidential” service. A jury found the Californian firm had broken local consumer laws. It also decided the business was guilty of fraud, malice and oppression … SuccessfulMatch included AIDSDate, Herpesinmouth, ChristianSafeHaven, MeetBlackPOZ and PositivelyKinky.” Good Lord! (Shuddering) … Who would look for a date on a site called “Herpesinmouth”? It’s not the only one!! Privateherpesdating.com. I suppose folks with a social conscience who have Herpes and don’t want to risk infecting another person … the same for HIV.
Apparently in New Jersey, (like Missouri, R.S. Mo 452.340.5), divorced parents can be required to pay for their child’s college education. (ABC NEWS) — Parents Ordered to Pay Estranged Daughter’s College Tuition. “A New Jersey woman has successfully sued her estranged parents to pay for her college tuition. A judge in Camden County, New Jersey, ruled that Caitlyn Ricci’s biological parents will have to cough up $16,000 each year so Ricci, 21, can continue classes across the Delaware River at Temple University in Pennsylvania, ABC News station WPVI in Philadelphia reported. The parents’ attorney is appealing the judge’s decision, her mother, Maura McGarvey, told ABC News. She said she’s shocked her own daughter would sue her … A judge said divorced parents may be required to contribute to their children’s education, according to WPVI. Caitlyn’s grandparents are paying her legal fees, according to WPVI.” In Missouri, (unless a child is disabled), unlike New Jersey, the parental support obligation terminates on a child’s 21st birthday, as a matter of law. So … why didn’t the grandparents just pick up the college tab … instead of funding a law suit/providing legal fees? There may be reason to believe, there won’t be a warm, fuzzy Thanksgiving family meal this year.
Other legal news? (ABA NEWS) — Prominent attorney and wife stabbed in home invasion are identified; lawyer suspects are in custody. “A law firm managing partner and his wife remain hospitalized after they were stabbed in a home invasion in McLean, Virginia, on Sunday night. The suspects are lawyers who are husband and wife; one of them worked at the victim’s law firm, the Fairfax Times reports. A prosecutor alleged in court on Friday that the victims were held for hours and “it can only be described as a torture session,” the Washington Post reports … Andrew Schmuhl allegedly shocked Leo Fisher with a stun gun and allegedly fired a missed shot at Sue Fisher … Alecia Schmuhl was driving the car and led police on a four-mile chase before she was stopped. Inside the car, Andrew Schmuhl was wearing nothing but a diaper, Morrogh said. Bloody clothing, a Taser and a gun were also allegedly found in the car. Bar records indicate that Andrew Schmuhl is a former judge advocate in the U.S. Army.” A JAG Officer? Well … that explains everything. Obviously, he is setting up an insanity defense by Rambo’ing out while wearing a diaper! May not work. The diaper was made out of Kelvar, to protect a vital organ, proving a culpable intent.
Medical proof of what we have suspected/known for years: (BBC NEWS) — Testes ‘most distinct human tissue’. “The testes have been identified as the most distinct type of human tissue by the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. The team have detailed which proteins are active in which tissues of the human body. It shows the testes needed the most distinct suite of proteins to function … almost half of the 20,000 genes are coding for proteins which are expressed in all cells and tissues of the body,” Prof Mathias Uhlen, the project leader, said. These are described as “housekeeping” proteins necessary to keep every cell functioning. But 999 proteins were significantly more active in testicular tissue than anywhere else in the body. The cerebral cortex of the brain had 318, the liver 172 and smooth muscle zero.” A males brain has 318 active proteins taking care of business … while his tests have 999. I wonder which of the two control more of the decision making process?
Sitting here editing these Ramblings with the pellet stove cranking out heat. The Editorial Staff is hunkered down in front of the stove. CNN providing background noise. Ferguson in the news: waiting for the Grand Jury to come back with or without an indictment. Riots and looting expected, either way. ISIS is expanding. Obama is threatening immigration reform using Executive Orders, much to the chagrin of his Republican opponents. So much for working together, to solve America’s problems. We are expecting snow tomorrow, triggering Ft. Timmerman’s Motto”, “When There’s Snow, We Don’t Go!”
Time to post these Ramblings and settle in for a quiet evening at Ft Timmerman. I remain nicotine free. Sunday lunch and a movie? A pot roast with mashed potatoes and peas. The movie? “Dracula Untold ”. Later when I say my Thank You’s for the many blessings in my life and Susan to share them with … I will 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 are 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 Holden, Missouri … and the Editorial Staff)