Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of May 22, 2015. As lawyers, we are subject to two different dynamics. Our professional life and our personal life. We have VERY limited control over our professional life. We are a serfs, subject to the whims of your “masters”. The Magnificent 7. The 7 members of the Missouri Supreme Court … who, by the way, over the past 10 years have decided to micro manage the practice of law. The bed news? Most have never hoed a row in the trenches. Dealing with and serving clients. Their big push now, after Ferguson? Enact rules micromanaging municipal courts … with a “one rule serves all” approach. Supposedly on the table? No “Failure to Appear” warrants … no separate “Failure to Appear” citations. Further, there is a push by our legislature to amend R.S. Mo. 302.340 capping city use of municipal court revenues currently set at 30% to 20%. As for our personal lives? It takes a young lawyer a long time to learn how to separate their personal and professional lives. Some never do. One of the reasons, as a profession, we top the list for substance abuse, suicides and failed relationships. At the end of the day, a plumber washes his/her hands and goes home to family. We remain lawyers, 24/7.
Further bad news? “Since the 1960s the IRS has collected and published income levels for all American lawyers filing as solo practitioners. In 1988, solo practitioners earned an inflation-adjusted $70,747. By 2012, earnings had fallen to $49,130, a 30% decrease in real income. And note, $49,130 is not the starting salary for these lawyers. It is the average earnings of all 354,000 lawyers who filed as solo practitioners that year.”
Not something “protesters” want to hear. (CNSNews.com) — Wisconsin Sheriff: ‘It Is a Myth That Police Kill Black Males in Greater Numbers Than Anyone Else’ “Milwaukee County, Wis., Sheriff David Clarke on Tuesday addressed what he called a “myth” that police kill more black males than any other race in testimony at the House Judiciary Committee’s hearing titled, “Policing Strategies for the 21st Century … Clarke referenced “the police use of force data,” compiled by Richard Johnson, PhD and titled, “Examining the Prevalence of Deaths from Police Use of Force,” which shows that between 2009 and 2012, the majority of those who died at the hands of police were white males. Specifically, 61 percent or 915 of 1,491 people who died from police use of force were white males, while 32 percent or 481 were black males, Clarke noted … The same report cited FBI data showing that “of the 56,259 homicides from 2009 to 2012, 19,000 (33.8%) were killings of black males.” In comparison, “481 (2.5%) were the result of police use of force.” “Private citizens killed a quarter more black males in justifiable homicides than did police use of force,” the report said. “Black-on-black crime is the elephant in the room that few want to talk about. We can talk about police use of force but it doesn’t start with transforming the police profession,” said Clarke. “It starts by asking why we need so much assertive policing in the American ghetto.”
I can already see the DEA, (Drug Enforcement Administration), and ATF, (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms), in a turf war!! (BBC NEWS) — ‘Home-brewed morphine’ made possible. “Scientists have figured out how to brew morphine using the same kit used to make beer at home. They have genetically modified yeast to perform the complicated chemistry needed to convert sugar to morphine. The findings, published in Nature Chemical Biology, raise promise for medicine but also concerns about “home-brewed” illegal drugs. Experts have called for tight control of organisms genetically modified to produce narcotics.” Tight control of yeast? Yeast are fungi … good luck controlling it!
In the tool news: (BBC NEWS) — Oldest stone tools pre-date earliest humans. “The world’s oldest stone tools have been discovered, scientists report. They were unearthed from the shores of Lake Turkana in Kenya, and date to 3.3 million years ago. They are 700,000 years older than any tools found before, even pre-dating the earliest humans in the Homo genus. The find, reported in Nature, suggests that more ancient species, such as Australopithecus afarensis or Kenyanthropus platyops, may have been more sophisticated than was thought.” Sophisticated enough to form the “craftsman’s tool section” at Uga-Uga’s Sears franchise.
I suppose this is real … but still, hard to believe. (HUFFINGTON POST) — Woman Charged With Breaking Into Home, Raping Man In Seattle. “A Seattle prosecutor has charged 26-year-old Chantae Gilman with second-degree rape after a man reportedly awoke from a deep sleep and found her on top of him in his bed … The unidentified, 31-year-old man said he awoke at 2 a.m. on June 17, 2013 to Gilman straddling him and having sexual intercourse with him. Police say he told the 240-pound suspect to get off, but she allegedly refused and told him to be quiet. He was able to break free from underneath her and said he pushed her out of the apartment.” You would have to be one deep sleeper, if a 240 pound woman can hop on your shwanze and not wake you up immediately!! Course … doesn’t it make you wonder what he was dreaming about when she did so?
I don’t understand why people share personal sexual information/ online! (BBC NEWS) — Hacking of adult website compromises users’ personal data. “Adult Friend Finder, a casual dating website, has called in police and investigators after a suspected leak of client information. Its owner, California-based FriendFinder Networks, said it was aware of the issue’s “seriousness” … The UK’s Channel 4 News reported on Thursday that the data on as many as 3.9 million of Adult Friend Finder’s 64 million members had been leaked, including personal details such as email addresses and sexual preferences.” Woah!! FriendFinder … “is an internet-based social networking and multimedia entertainment company comprising more than 8,000 websites, according to court documents. FriendFinder’s sites include FriendFinder.com, AdultFriendFinder.com, Cams.com, Amigos.com, and Penthouse Magazine.” 8,000 websites?
Sitting here editing these Ramblings … looking forward to a 3 day weekend. On the evening news? The POS that tortured and killed Savvas and Amy Savopoulos, their 10 year old son, Philip and their housekeeper Veralicia Figueroa was arraigned today. Apparently he was tracked by his DNA found on a pizza crust … a pizza he was munching as he tortured the boy while the boys mother and father watched. There has to be a special place in hell for him. I hope he get a life without parole sentence, in a cell block containing incarcerated father rapers. Sunday lunch and a movie? Grilled Brats, with Potato and Garden Salads. The movie? “Sabotage ”
On Monday, we will pause and remember the men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice to preserve our freedoms. Several were my buddies. I always take time to remember and honor their memory. 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)