March 27, 2015

Greets and Huggers.  Posted the evening of March 27, 2015.  Not a whole lot to chat about this week.  Sunday will be Susan’s birthday   …  I offered to take her out for lunch to celebrate. She declined. She would rather stay home  …  just the two of us, with me fixing sauerkraut, boiled potatoes and corned beef.  Doubt, she will even change out of her PJ’s.  Just spend the day scrapbooking and making cards.  Interesting   …  how we can spend the whole day together   …  her in her “craft room” and me working on images on my “workstation”   …   and not say anything to each other for hours.  It’s as if our two hearts are linked and chat.  We don’t really need to say anything out loud.  Knowing our hearts are beating in the next room   …  is enough. She really is my only need.

As a male lesbian  …  I have to admit    …  I love the female form:  (BBC NEWS)  —  Breastfeeding ‘linked to higher IQ’. “A long-term study has pointed to a link between breastfeeding and intelligence.  The research in Brazil traced nearly 3,500 babies, from all walks of life, and found those who had been breastfed for longer went on to score higher on IQ tests as adults.  Experts say the results, while not conclusive, appear to back current advice that babies should be exclusively breastfed for six months.“  Well   …  I guess this proves that you need to munch on a boob for the first months of life   …  to avoid BEING a boob later on.

Frankly   …  not a job I care to sign up for:  (BBC NEWS)  —  Gold in feces ‘worth millions’. US researchers are investigating ways to extract the gold and precious metals from human feces. The group identified gold in waste from American sewage treatment plants at levels which if found in rock could be worth mining. Details were outlined at the 249th national meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in Denver. Extracting metals from the waste could also help curb the release of toxic substances into the environment. “The gold we found was at the level of a minimal mineral deposit,” said co-author Dr Kathleen Smith, from the US Geological Survey (USGS).  In addition to gold and silver, human waste also contains amounts of rare earth metals such as palladium and vanadium.”  Obviously  …  you wouldn’t be standing there with a sifting pan.  Makes me wonder   …  how did gold and silver or rare earth metals wind up in our feces?

Service is service.  We also have 4 legged veterans  …  and when they pass   …  they also deserve our respect. (TOLEDO NEWS)  —  Bomb-sniffing dog honored for service to country. “There was a unique military memorial service Sunday at the Dunberger American Legion Post in Oregon.  The soldier being honored was Bernie, a thirteen-year-old bomb sniffing Belgian Malinois. Her rank was sergeant. Prayers were said and there was a 21-gun-salute, a hero’s sendoff for Sgt. Bernie of the Marines. There was hardly a dry eye in the crowd. “She’s a Marine. Unless you are a Marine, you just don’t understand camaraderie,” said Corky Walters of the post. Sgt. Bernie served three combat tours of duty in Iraq. Along the way, she saved countless lives by sniffing out roadside bombs.”  Bernie passed away   …  in her time, loved by her “handler” and his family.  She became family.  ALL of our service dogs deserve the same. ‘Nuff said.

As a German, I have Zero tolerance for this kind of ignorant crap.  Period.  (BBC NEWS)  —  Six arrested after Stamford Hill synagogue attack.  “Six people have been arrested after a group forced its way into a synagogue in what police have described as an “anti-Semitic” incident.  Police said the drunk men had just left a nearby party and tried to get into the synagogue in Stamford Hill, north London, in the early hours of Sunday.  One man was punched in the face as he tried to stop them. The six were held for public order offences and assault. Police said one man had made an anti-Semitic comment.”  Desecrating a house of worship, ANY house of worship, is a hate crime“In the UK, all the statistics for religiously motivated hate crime have been moving in the wrong direction.  Last week’s figures from the Community Security Trust, an expert body monitoring anti-Semitism in the UK, make grim and record-breaking reading. Anti-Semitic incidents more than doubled to 1,168 in 2014, the highest figure since the trust began monitoring in 1984. The previous year had been the lowest on record. There were 314 incidents in July alone – the highest recorded in a single month.”  These wastes of skin need to be introduced to a blind Mohel who believes in doing his job using a used razor blade   …  preferably one, used by his wife to shave her legs.

Our President has a history of REALLY good foreign policy analysis and decisions  …  like ISIS is the “Junior Varsity”.  (BBC NEWS)  —   Obama says prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace are ‘dim’. “US President Barack Obama says prospects for a two-state solution in the Middle East are “dim” after the Israeli prime minister vowed to oppose a Palestinian state.  Mr Netanyahu’s statements angered the White House, even though he has since tried to soften his remark.  Tensions between the US and Israel have been growing as the leaders have wrangled over a number of issues.  But Mr Obama described his relationship with Mr Netanyahu as “businesslike.”  Prospects are dim because the Palestinians are under no pressure to reach a settlement   …  and they believe they are winning the world opinion war.  They are.

WASHINGTON (AP) —  Gowdy: Clinton wiped email server clean, deleted all emails. “Hillary Rodham Clinton wiped her email server “clean,” permanently deleting all emails from it, the chairman of a House committee investigating the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, said Friday. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said the former secretary of state has failed to produce a single new document in recent weeks and has refused to relinquish her server to a third party for an independent review, as Gowdy has requested. Clinton’s attorney, David Kendall, said Gowdy was looking in the wrong place. Instead of asking Clinton for the emails, Gowdy should look to the State Department, which is “uniquely positioned to make available any documents responsive to your requests,” Kendall said.”  Except Clinton didn’t use the State Department server.  She had her own private one. She only turned over Emails SHE deemed relevant.  Obviously, the law doesn’t apply to the Clintons. 

As is often the case, reasonable, honorable people can having differing opinions.  (BBC NEWS)  —  Indiana boycott urged after ‘religious freedom’ law passes. Activists have encouraged a boycott of Indiana after the US state enacted a “religious freedom” law, which they say discriminates against gay people. Supporters say the law prevents the state from forcing people to provide services contrary to their religion. Similar bills are being considered across the US as court rulings have made gay marriage legal in more states. Several groups plan to do less business with the state, and celebrities criticized the law on Twitter.”  So in Indiana, a staunch Roman Catholic Pharmacist can now refuse to dispense birth control polls?   And the converse?  Absent the law, you can force a Kosher Butcher to dress out pigs?  I suppose that begs the question:  “Why is the law necessary?  What is the State interest in prohibiting folks from refusing to provide services to folks they don’t like?”

Sitting here editing these Ramblings   …  waiting for Susan to make it home.  She has to work until 7.  The weather heads are calling for “snow showers” in the morning.  On the evening news?  The Co-Pilot, Andreas Lubitz, in the Germanwings crash was “unfit for work.  He apparently suffered from severe depression.  Just what you need in an airline pilot. Vietnam opens up revolutionary tunnel for tourism.  Really have no desire to go back and check them out.  The Secret Service tightens rules on drinking and driving.  The new rule?  Don’t hire prostitutes  …  but if you do   …  don’t drink and drive.

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 continue to 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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March 20, 2015

Greets and Huggers.  Posted the evening of March 20, 2015.  Been working my way through an interesting progression/evolution.  The transition from a fulltime law practice,  to a semi-retired law practice. Lawyers don’t retire  … they just limit their practice.  An evolving/different business model.  We remain available, and willing, to serve past clients   …  and perhaps accept one or two new clients per month.  When you have spent your professional life helping others   …  it is very difficult to completely shut that off.   I am learning how.

I was visiting with a young lawyer this week, (4 years out of Law School), who shared he incurred a $150,000.00, non-dischargeable in bankruptcy, student loan debt.  He has a $1,500.00/mo student loan payment for the next 20 years.  Makes me wonder   …  if a college education costs that much   …  is it really worth it? (CNN MONEY)  — Silicon Valley to Millennials:  Drop Dead. “Silicon Valley is tossing millennials aside like yesterday’s laptop. The commonly held belief is that with hard work and a good education, a young person in America can get a good job. But despite falling unemployment, college grads age 22 to 27 are stuck in low-paying jobs that don’t even require a college degree. The percentage of young people languishing in low-skill, low-paying jobs is 44%, a 20-year high.  Only 36% of college grads have jobs that pay at least $45,000.00, a sharp decline from the 1990s, after adjusting for inflation. Perhaps most depressingly, the percentage of young people making below $25,000 has topped 20%, worse than in 1990. In other words, those with a bachelor’s diploma were better off before the digital revolution.”  A quick look in the “Help Wanted” section of the KC Star, shows a BUNCH of skilled blue collar job openings, $15.00 plus/hr. That is $31,200.00 a year.  The young lawyer, I spoke with, would have to earn $49,200.00 to be pari materia.  Last I looked   …  not the starting salary for the average law associate.

Entrepreneurship at it’s finest:  (CNN MONEY)  —  Plus-size models sell more bras. “Revealing data from Adore Me, a New York-based lingerie startup, gets at what women really want in under things — and who they want to buy it from. Turns out, women are more inclined to buy negligees when brunettes are sporting them. Interestingly, consumers prefer to see a plus-size women modeling lingerie. That actually generates more sales, according to Adore Me.  …  The brand wants to be as inclusive of all women as possible, so it offers bra sizes ranging from 30A to 44G. (Victoria’s Secret ranges from 32AA to 38DD, according to its website.)”  The company, (Adore Me), is also entering the pet market.  When laid on the ground  …  the 44G bra makes a perfect set of dog houses for a Yorkie.

And a dating site founded by divorce lawyers:  (BBC NEWS)  —  The online dating site sued for targeting married people. “An online dating site that targets married people is being accused of breaking the law. A court in France must now decide whether the company is illegally encouraging spouses to cheat.  Is it permitted for a dating website to promote adultery, when fidelity in marriage is written into French civil law?  That is the question underlying a law-suit targeting the French company Gleeden, which boasts that it is the world’s leading “extra-conjugal site conceived for married women”.   Interesting.  It bills itself as “The first extramarital dating site made by women  – Already 2,484,061 members.”   French Civil law is based on Roman Law, specifically the Napoleonic Code, (adopted in March 21, 1804), NOT the Common Law.  As an aside, Louisiana adopted the Napoleonic Code, instead of the Common Law   …  which is the reason Louisiana does not have “Counties”  …  but instead has “Parishes”.  “Private law–that is, substantive law between private sector parties–has a civil law character, based on French and Spanish codes and ultimately Roman law, with some common law influences. Louisiana’s criminal law largely rests on English common law. Louisiana’s administrative law is generally similar to the administrative law of the U.S. federal government and other U.S. states.”  I don’t know of any State that still criminalizes adultery.  Speaks volumes, I suppose about the state of marriages in France  …  folks who bought the cow, (or bull)   …  are shopping for “milk” outside the farm.

And our President’s pledge of transparency? WASHINGTON (USA TODAY)  —  White House office to delete its FOIA regulations. “The White House is removing a federal regulation that subjects its Office of Administration to the Freedom of Information Act, making official a policy under Presidents Bush and Obama to reject requests for records to that office.  The White House said the cleanup of FOIA regulations is consistent with court rulings that hold that the office is not subject to the transparency law. The office handles, among other things, White House record-keeping duties like the archiving of e-mails.  But the timing of the move raised eyebrows among transparency advocates, coming on National Freedom of Information Day and during a national debate over the preservation of Obama administration records. It’s also Sunshine Week, an effort by news organizations and watchdog groups to highlight issues of government transparency.”  I am sure Hillary Clinton   …  with her deleted Emails, is grateful for the change.

And the genealogy news:  (THE GUARDIAN)  —  Genetic study reveals 30% of white British DNA has German ancestry. “The Romans, Vikings and Normans may have ruled or invaded the British for hundreds of years, but they left barely a trace on our DNA, the first detailed study of the genetics of British people has revealed.  The analysis shows that the Anglo-Saxons were the only conquering force, around 400-500 AD, to substantially alter the country’s genetic makeup, with most white British people now owing almost 30% of their DNA to the ancestors of modern-day Germans.”  Course the Anglo-Saxons had their plow cleaned by the Normans, (who were French), in the Battle of Hastings in 1066.  I have a Native American friend who bragged his tribe, (Dakota Sioux), wiped out Custer.  I replied   …  “So what?  My tribe wiped out Rome  …  and invaded Great Britain.”  Nice to know, my tribe fought hard   …  AND frolicked even harder   …   resulting in it forming/being the dominant component of the British gene pool.  So much for the French, (Normans)   …  being great frolickers!!

Proof California has it’s fair share of nut jobs? (THE SACRAMENTO BEE)  — California proposal to legalize killing gays hard to stop.  For less than the cost of an Apple iPad, Matt McLaughlin started a statewide legal conversation.  An attorney from Huntington Beach, McLaughlin in late February spent $200 to propose a ballot measure that authorizes the killing of gays and lesbians by “bullets to the head,” or “any other convenient method.” McLaughlin’s “Sodomite Suppression Act” now is testing the limits of free speech and raising the question: Why can’t the state’s initiative process screen out blatantly illegal ideas?  The Legislature’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Caucus wrote a letter to the State Bar, asking for an investigation into McLaughlin’s fitness to practice law. More than 3,800 people signed a petition to State Bar President Craig Holden asking that McLaughlin lose his law license for advocating to “legalize the murder” of gays and lesbians.”  At first glance, it really does sound insane.  But then   …  he is not advocating killing   …  he is advocating a change in the law that would allow killing. This has about as much of a chance of becoming law in California   …  as Al Sharpton being elected the Grand Dragon of the Georgia Klu Klux Klan.

Sitting here Editing these Ramblings and waiting for Susan to come home.  The dogs are waiting by the door for her.  On CNN   …   ISIS in the news, (of course).  The US is reevaluating our relationship with Israel, given Netanyahu’s election.  The grave of a Viking woman from the 9th century was discovered wearing an Islamic ring  …   inscribed, “For or To Allah”.  Susan has to work tomorrow   …  so I am planning on going to Powell Gardens for their Blue Butterfly exhibit   …  should be able to share some images on my “KarlT, Digital Artist” Facebook page.  Sunday Lunch and a Movie?  Leaning toward Lasagna, Garlic Bread Sticks and a Garden Salad.  The movie?  “Sword of Vengeance [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. As an aside, I continue to 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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March 13, 2015

Greets and Huggers.  Posted the evening of March 13, 2015.  So   …  here we are.  Thought I would put the Ramblings to bed   …  and move on.  Enjoy walking away to work on my images  …  and watch other SFIG pilgrims snatch and hoist the flag  …  carry on  …  making the changes Solo and Small Firm Lawyers need  …  given my medical issues, I needed to cut back.  Guess won’t happen, for now.  So  …  share with me  …  who on the SFIG, (Stacy M?, David R?  et. al.  …),   will step up and lead a charge to get a Universal Picture ID to bypass courthouse security?  And more important to me    …  get a “Vacation Rule” implemented?  A means where Solo or Small Firm lawyers can file notice of unavailability on Casenet and as a matter of right, take a vacation with their families   …  and not have to worry about opposing counsel calling up some BS motion for temporary relief to gain an advantage   …  or some judge schedule a case management to make their stats look good.  FOOTNOTE:  In 1997 Susan and I went on our Honeymoon   …  to Germany.  I had requested a continuance in the WD for an oral argument   …  since I would be back in-country, the day before the argument. It was denied.  We, (Susan and I), got home 1:00 am in the morning   …  and I argued at 9:00 am.  Wonder why I QUESTION the authority of our professional masters? Because they view Solo and Small Firm lawyers as the “red headed step children” of our profession.  They pander to the public’s perception in order to maintain the $27 million dollar a year enterprise they run   …  with NO oversight.  I have absolutely NO DOUBT, they mean well.  Have noble goals  …  one of which is to provide to “the poor”, access to the legal system.  Don’t use my dime to do it.   In my opinion, 7 unelected folks, (even with the best of motives)  …  have NO RIGHT  … to force me to pay an additional $30.00 to fund a private legal services organization.

And the makings of a really, really, bad porno horror movie:   (ST LOUIS DISPATCH)  —  ST. PETERS  —  Teen burglars thought they stole cocaine, but it was man’s ashes, St. Peters police say.  “Three teenage burglars thought they were stealing cocaine, but it turned out to be the cremated remains of the homeowner’s father, police said.  The thieves realized their mistake after one of them tasted the ashes. Then they threw the cremains out of a car window, police said.”  The plot?  3 teenagers snort the cremains, and turn into Gay Zombies    …   who feed on male genitalia. Picture the head shots!  They are killed off, when they are infected with a mutated, fast acting, Bird Flue AIDs virus that causes their mouths to turn into twisted beaks causing their beaks to fall off.  Sad to see peckerless Zombies.  Probably not Oscar material.

Speaking of cremation:   (BBC NEWS)  —  The world is running out of burial space. “There is a looming problem in many parts of the world over what to do with dead bodies, as pressure on burial space intensifies  … One solution is to recycle plots by removing remains from older graves, burying them deeper in the same grave and then reusing the space on top for a new body  …  Other countries in Europe, such as Germany, simply reuse the same grave space after several years  …  Families in Spain and Greece, meanwhile, rent a “niche”, an above-ground crypt where bodies lie for several years  …  When they have decomposed, the bodies are moved to a communal burial ground, so the niche can be used again   …   Venice’s San Michele island cemetery is similarly oversubscribed, with bodies removed after they have decomposed  …  And Israel has approved the creation of multi-storey underground burial tunnels, despite opposition from some Orthodox Jews  …  In more crowded parts of the world, cremation is the norm, but even finding space for an urn can be a challenge  …  In Hong Kong, thousands of families store ashes in sacks in funeral homes, while they wait years for a space in either public or private cemeteries  …   And in Singapore, one private company stores 50,000 urns, which can be automatically retrieved with an electronic card  …  In the second-most populous country in the world, India, the majority Hindu population scatter the ashes of the dead after cremation – but Muslims and Christians, who bury bodies, are running out of suitable land.”   Susan has a family plot in Pascagoula, Mississippi.  Our plan?  When I pass, I will be cremated   …  and when Susan passes, she will be buried in the family plot    …  with my ashes spread over her thighs.

The medical news:   (BBC NEWS)  —  South Africans perform first ‘successful’ penis transplant. “The world’s first successful penis transplant has been reported by a surgical team in South Africa. The 21-year-old recipient, whose identify is being protected, lost his penis in a botched circumcision. Doctors in Cape Town said the operation was a success and the patient was happy and healthy. The team said there was extensive discussion about whether the operation, which is not life-saving in the same way as a heart transplant, was ethical  …   One of the concerns is a heart transplant balances the risk of the operation against a certain death, but a penis transplant would not extend life span. Dr Van der Merwe told the BBC: “You may say it doesn’t save their life, but any of these young men when they have penile amputations are ostracized, stigmatized and take their own life.  “If you don’t have a penis you are essentially dead, if you give a penis back you can bring them back to life.””  All of the female persons I know   …  are far from being “essentially dead”.  Perhaps   …  it is because they can have as many as they want.

Proof that Germany has it’s nut jobs as well.  (BBC NEWS)  — Germany court orders measles skeptic to pay 100,000 Euros.  “A German biologist who offered $106,300.00 to anyone who could prove that measles is a virus has been ordered by a court to pay up. Stefan Lanka, who believes the illness is psychosomatic, made the pledge four years ago on his website. The reward was later claimed by German doctor David Barden, who gathered evidence from various medical studies. Mr. Lanka dismissed the findings. But the court in the town of Ravensburg ruled that the proof was sufficient   …   The World Health Organization said it was “taken aback” by the 22,000 cases reported across Europe since 2014, urging to step up vaccinations.”   Also   …   the reason that Rubella is called the “German Measles”.

And while we are focused on school lunches and “No Child Left Behind”:  (BBC NEWS)  —  BBC gives children mini-computers in Make it Digital scheme.  “The BBC will be giving away mini-computers to 11-year-olds across the country as part of its push to make the UK more digital. One million Micro Bits – a stripped-down computer similar to a Raspberry Pi – will be given to all pupils starting secondary school in the autumn term. The BBC is also launching a season of coding-based programmes and activities. It will include a new drama based on Grand Theft Auto and a documentary on Bletchley Park. The initiative is part of a wider push to increase digital skills among young people and help to fill the digital skills gap. The UK is facing a significant skills shortage, with 1.4 million “digital professionals” estimated to be needed over the next five years.”  They will be giving away, a MILLION mini-computers to 11 year olds across the UK.  If the UK will require 1.4 million “digital professionals” over the next 5 years     …   how many will our America need to remain competitive?

Sitting here editing these Ramblings   …  and listening to CNN.  The Editorial Staff hunkered down by the door waiting for Susan to come home.  Apparently Russia, (you know  …  the folks President Obama wrote off as being a threat), is deploying a long range, (2,000 miles plus), cruise missile that would be almost impossible to detect and would make Alaska, Canada and the East and West coasts vulnerable.   And employees found a meth lab in a Wal-Mart Restroom in Muncie, Indiana. Certainly explains why some Wal-Mart patrons look the way they do. “Dealers sold more than 510,000 handguns in California during 2014, more than double the number sold four years prior, according to new figures from the state Department of Justice. Handgun sales in 2014 set a new California record, far outpacing the prior high of 433,000 handguns sold in 1993, near the time violent crime peaked in the state  …  The rate of California homicides involving firearms continues to fall and is now at its lowest level in more than 20 years, state health figures show. The number of accidental deaths involving guns have also fallen.” Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.

I have not decided if I want to write a Ramblings each Friday Night   …  although, I must admit, I enjoy writing them.  We will see. Time to post these Ramblings and settle in for a quiet evening at Ft Timmerman.  Susan and I will be Judges for the St Patrick’s Day parade tomorrow.  Sunday Lunch and a Movie?  Corned Beef, Cabbage and Red Potatoes.  The movie?  “Into the Woods [2014]”  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 an aside, I remain nicotine free.  (And  Stacey M   …  congrats on being nicotine free, 66 days!!!  YOU CAN DO IT!!!)  As always  …

A Warm Brotherly Hug

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


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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

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, (, 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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