Dancing down under and other Sunday musings

Got up early this morning (the pain in the left thigh and groin is a bitch) and thought about the day and the week to follow.

*  Joan and I will attend a memorial service for Janice Cook Ross today in Omaha.  Janice was married to Judge Donald R. Ross, my mentor, for over 70 years. Ed Cook, my former law partner, and my other mentor, was her brother. She died recently. A wryly funny, and brilliant person, it is a shame that she will not be there when the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Nebraska Federal District Court honor Judge Ross’ memory tomorrow.

*  Speaking of the memorial proceeding tomorrow, Judge William H. Webster will be there and speak about his good friend, Judge Donald R. Ross. Judge Webster was a United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri from 1960 to 1961. In 1970, Webster was appointed a judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, and in 1973 he was elevated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Five years later, President Jimmy Carter appointed him as Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Then in 1987, President Ronald Reagan chose the judge to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. He led the CIA until his retirement from public office in 1991. Judge Webster served in the Navy during WWII and the Korean War.

*  Tuesday, I start chemo. I get my first infusion plus “patient education.”  Ought to be interesting.

*  Fletcher, one of our beloved grandsons, lives in Australia.  In fact, he is an Australian citizen and is developing a distinct Aussie accent.  His dad, our son, Keller, takes Fletcher on Saturday morning outings to give mother Stacey a break.  Recently, the bushy, blond-haired boy busted a dance move during one those outings. As a dancer, the kid is better than his father, but that’s not saying much.  Too funny!

*  The river of life and all that . . . .


3 responses

  1. Fletcher definitely has the Looks, Moves and Personality! Wonderful! Enjoy Fletcher, have him come visit you when Winter reaches Australia! I think Fletcher will enjoy his cousins and their Birthday Celebrations and for certain the Cakes!!! Fletcher will also enjoy his Grandpa & Grandma:)

    Wishing you well this coming week with the start of your chemo treatment. Listen to your Nurses they probably will give you “patient education” These Nurses will definitely Give You TLC (Tender Loving Care)!!!

  2. I will be thinking and praying for you on Tuesday. When my father had chemo (many years ago), he was blessed to do very well. It didn’t make him sick at all – and medical science has come a long way since then. I hope you are able to do the same (as well as be completely healed)!

    Your grandson is adorable! I am extremely blessed to have a 19 month old ganddaughter who lives relatively close to us. I have the opportunity to visit with her once a week (at a minimum)! There is nothing like it this side of Heaven!

  3. Whenever I think of Australia, I lament that I did not have the good sense to abandon this Third World toilet of a country and apply for Aussie citizenship. Imagine, living under the rule of law! Alas, but it is a dream I shall never attain in my lifetime. The River of Life has been polluted and for many, it is as filthy as the Kalamazoo River after a tar sands sludge spill.

    Speaking of which, I came across this story in the HuffPo, involving a case that has been on my radar for the better part of a decade: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/14/cameron-brown-prison-decade-no-conviction_n_4232889.html. Bottom line, the man has been held without bail for over a decade, and has only had two trials in that time–both of which resulted in hung juries. But evidently, the prosecutor needed to send a message to every accused person in California: “If you don’t plead out, we will pursue you to the ends of the Earth.” And the judge blessed this travesty by denying bail….

    Now, if we lived in a nation ruled by law (as opposed to an arbitrary and dictatorial rule by judges), the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights would control the case. The United States is a signatory to that treaty, which ought to be the law of the land, U.S. Const., art. VI, cl. 2, but it is one of many provisions sodomized by the constitutionally illegitimate “judicial veto.” Section 3 of Article 14 of that treaty provides, in pertinent part:

    3. In the determination of any criminal charge against him, everyone shall be entitled to the following minimum guarantees, in full equality:

    (a) To be informed promptly and in detail in a language which he understands of the nature and cause of the charge against him;

    (b) To have adequate time and facilities for the preparation of his defence and to communicate with counsel of his own choosing;

    (c) To be tried without undue delay;

    By any objective measure, ten years qualifies as undue delay. One can only imagine the howls if we imprisoned every California judge for ten years without the benefit of a trial.

    I don’t know if the man is innocent or guilty and frankly, could care less. But it seems to me that the denial of bail and the State’s relentless pursuit violates the ICCPR and by extension, federal law. What would Richard Arnold have said? What would Donald Ross have said? This article was published nearly six months ago, and no one in the Bar has stepped into the void. No one. And this morning, his wife of over ten years awakens once again to an empty bed.

    In the River of Life, many dreams drown….

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