Wednesday, July 3, 2013

And we're off and running!

Dear Readers;

First.

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!!

We have been blessed to live in this country and we owe so much to it and each other.

On a bright note, a shout-out to all those Egyptians who protested and marched in Tahrir Square in Cairo and in other places across Egypt.

Salaam Aleikim friends and may you discover and recover Freedom and Democracy for you and your families.

Second.

The race is underway for my election as Judge of Bexar County Court at Law Number 3.  I am delighted that Craig Kapitan tweeted about it, see below:

 
Craig Kapitan @HearsaySA
Here's one I didn't expect: Comal County prosecutor/Man o' Law blogger @skatz51 has signed up to run for Bexar's Court-at-Law No. 3.


Thank you!

Man o' Law

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Third of all

Code of Judicial Conduct


As I am running for a Judicial Bench I am bound by the Code of Judicial Ethics in Texas.  I construe it quite liberally (so I do not get into trouble) and therefore if I post any news articles they will be without comment.

I may post news articles occasionally and I may post articles concerning my campaign and what is, or will be, going on.

Thanks!

Sam

Second of All

Vote Sam Katz for Judge of Bexar County Court at Law #3


The other shoe has dropped!

Well, that is the other side of the news this morning.  I have decided to throw my hat into the ring again my friends and I will be running for Judge of County Court at Law #3 in Bexar County.

It has county-wide jurisdiction and it is technically a court of general jurisdiction which is only hearing civil cases at the current time.

I am seeking the Bench and the Republican Primary is in March, 2014, and the General Election, of course, is November, 2014.

I seek your support, and if you live in Bexar County, I humbly seek your votes as well.

Thanks!

Sam Katz

First of all

WHY AREN'T I REALLY BLOGGING LIKE I USED TO?


Some of you may be wondering what went on.  Well let me explain.

If you regularly read this blog you know (and even if you don't regularly read it it should be quite apparent if you have half a brain) that I just post news articles from papers, blogs, comments and the like, from around the Internet.

Well, somebody wanted information apparently on some case I had posted a news article about from I believe 2008 or 2009.  He, allegedly, wanted information because he was going to make a documentary about the case and alleged he was somehow distantly related to the perp or whatever.

I ignored the e-mail because:

1.)     I knew nothing concerning the matter;

2.)     It was from Bexar County and the Bexar County DA's Office prosecuted the case as was clearly stated in the news article;

3.)     Even if we, the Comal County DA's Office, had prosecuted it I am not going to be sending out "inside" information on the case, let alone a 4-5 year old matter, to any Tom, Dick or Harry.

Well, then he sends a copy of the e-mail he sent me to my boss, the Comal County DA.

That went over about as well as you can expect and I agree with her.

So, NO I do not have ANY INFORMATION ON ANY CASES ESPECIALLY ONES FROM NEWS ARTICLES I SELECT FROM AROUND THE INTERNET AND THE REAL WORLD.  NONE, NOTHING, NADA, ZIP, AND BUPKIS.

GET IT?

I don't know and if I did I ain't telling you.

Thank you, rant out.

Sincerely;

Man o' Law

Saturday, June 1, 2013

My Dear Friends and Readers

Farewell and Adieu!

Well, my friends sometimes in life it is time to move on.  There will be some changes and exciting news to come in the next few weeks and I will be stopping my Man o' Law blog for various reasons I am unable to go into now.

This blog will stay up for a while however and there may be links to a new site as well.

Thank you for reading us!

Farewell my dear friends and readers, farewell.

Man o' Law

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

He has a fool for a client

There is an old saying.

"Show me a man who represents himself at trial and you will see that he has a fool for a client"

Welcome to being a fool; soon you will get your 72 virgins.

Salaam!

Accused Fort Hood gunman plans to represent self at trial

SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - Accused Fort Hood gunman Major Nidal Hasan will ask a U.S. military court on Wednesday to rule he can represent himself at his trial this summer which could bring the death penalty on charges he killed 13 people in a 2009 shooting rampage.

Jury selection in Hasan's military trial at Fort Hood was delayed until next week after he asked the judge, Colonel Tara Osborn, to let him fire his lawyers and represent himself. The trial is scheduled to start July 1.

Hasan is accused of opening fire on a group of soldiers who were preparing to deploy to Iraq in November 2009 in the worst shooting rampage on a U.S. military post. In addition to the 13 people who died, 32 others were wounded.

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Monday, May 27, 2013

The last man standing from the 19th Century

Wow.

He has seen man go from horses to outer space.

Walking to flying.

Writing to typing to the Internet.

Very amazing.

Outnumbered by the girls, he's the last man standing

Sydney Morning Herald -

With the death in Barbados on Thursday of James Emmanuel ''Doc'' Sisnett, at the age of 113 years and 90 days, Jiroemon Kimura, of Japan, has become the last man alive to have been born in the 19th century.

Literally the last man. There are, according to the Gerontolgy Research Group at UCLA, 21 women born before New Year's Day, 1901, who are still with us, most of them living in the United States or Japan, with others in Europe and Canada.

But while the females born in the reign of Queen Victoria strongly outnumber him, Mr Kimura, born on April 19, 1897, has one record the girls can't match - not just yet, anyway. At 116, the ''supercentenarian'' is the oldest human on the planet.

Supercentenarians are people who have lived past their 110th birthday, and while it's estimated that there may be 200 or 300 living today, only 60-odd have been verified by reliable birth records. Of them only two, Mr Kimura and Japanese woman Misao Okawa, are known to be still living aged 115 or older.

Being born in the year 30 of the Meiji period, Mr Kimura has lived in the reigns of four emperors, and through the premierships of 61 Japanese prime ministers, from Matsukata Masayoshi to Shinzo Abe.

Mr Kimura retired in 1962 aged 65, after working for 45 years in the Japanese post office. He now lives in Kyō¯tango, Kyoto Prefecture, with his eldest son's widow, 83, and his grandson's widow, 59, and attributes his long life to eating small portions of food, and admits to spending most of his time ''in bed''.

Memorial Day

Remembering those who served

I was going to say Happy Memorial Day however, I believe it is a solemn occasion.  A day spent honoring those who gave us the ultimate sacrifice, their lives, to defend Freedom, Liberty, and our way of life.

We also honor those who served in our military, those before us and those who serve amongst us.

To all, those who paid the ultimate price and to those who served and are serving, Man o' Law and millions of others salute you.

We are what we are and who we are because of you.

Salute.




Sunday, May 26, 2013

Welcome Summer Madness

Ahh!  I see Summer Madness is back.

Texas man charged in deaths of mother, stepfather

Associated Press -

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A man accused of fatally shooting his mother and stepfather has been charged with capital murder.

Travis County authorities say 41-year-old Carlos Whitcomb was taken into custody Saturday and charged. It's too soon to say if prosecutors will seek the death penalty against him.

Travis County Sheriff's Office spokesman Roger Wade says a neighbor found 60-year-old Kenneth Payne and his 62-year-old wife, Phyllis Payne, dead in their home.

Wade says Whitcomb lived at the home with his mother and stepfather in the eastern part of Travis County in central Texas.

Authorities are still investigating and have not revealed a possible motive.

Sorely tired but its all good

Rocked out!

Dear Readers;

Yesterday Man o' Law and 2 of the Girls o' Law, and one of their boyfriends, who is from Pennsylvania, drove from San Antonio to Carlsbad Caverns and back in less than 24 hours.

The entire round trip was just under 1000 miles.

Yes, we saw and hiked the Caverns.  The last time I was there was 25 years ago or so.  Being 37 then and 62 now makes a big difference in how you feel when you've hiked down through the opening and walk down some 600 feet or so and hike around for a couple of miles.

Of course 25 years ago I did not have an artificial knee and diabetes either.

I am pretty sore this morning; but let's get busy!

Regards, Man o' Law



Thursday, May 23, 2013

Git 'er done!

This thing has been environmentally examined to death.

Get it done already.

Because he ain't going to do it.

House Passes GOP Bill To Bypass President To Speed Approval Of Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

CBS-DC -

WASHINGTON — House Republicans pushed through a bill Wednesday to bypass the president to speed approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to Texas. Democrats criticized the legislation as a blatant attempt to allow a foreign company to avoid environmental review.

The bill was approved, 241-175, largely along party lines.

Republicans said the measure was needed to ensure that the long-delayed pipeline, first proposed in 2008, is built.

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Cashing out

Because nothing says corruption more than boxes full of cash.

Boxes of cash seized in Mexico corruption probe

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities on Wednesday seized five boxes filled with cash as part of an investigation into alleged embezzlement by a former governor of southern Tabasco state, in what could become the latest test for President Enrique Pena Nieto to act against corruption.

Tabasco state prosecutor Fernando Valenzuela said bundles of 500- and 1,000-peso bills were found in an office of Jose Saiz, who was finance secretary under former Gov. Andres Granier of Pena Nieto's Institutional Revolutionary Party, known as the PRI.

Investigators are still counting the money, but a witness told them the cache contains from 90 million to 100 million pesos, Valenzuela said. That would between $7 million and $8 million.

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Killer President

A pretty amazing admission eh?

4 Americans killed since 2009 in US drone strikes


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration acknowledged for the first time Wednesday that four American citizens have been killed in drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen since 2009. The disclosure to Congress comes on the eve of a major national security speech by President Barack Obama in which he plans to pledge more transparency to Congress in his counterterrorism policy.

It was already known that three Americans had been killed in U.S. drones strikes in counterterrorism operations overseas, but Attorney General Eric Holder disclosed details that had remained secret and also that a fourth American had been killed.

In a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, Holder said that the government targeted and killed U.S. citizen Anwar al-Awlaki and that the U.S. "is aware" of the killing of three others who were not targets of counterterror operations.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Not welcome here

Not a very friendly joint eh?


Hotel bans kids with Down syndrome

ALMERIA, Spain, May 20 (UPI) --

A hotel in Spain has come under fire for refusing to let a group of children with Down syndrome stay the night because they "might annoy other guests."

Hotel CaboGata Plaza Suites in Almeria refused a reservation for a group of children with Down syndrome who were planning on celebrating the end of their school year, The Local.es reported.

The hotel said it would not board the children because "these kinds of people might annoy other guests."

Management at the hotel has apologized for the incident, saying it was "a misunderstanding," adding, "In 35 years of business we have never refused access to guests with Down syndrome," who the hotel management said, "have been, are, and always will be very welcome."

However, Down Espana, the group that organized the event for the kids, reported the incident to a public prosecutor because it felt that there was "a clear case of discrimination against disabled people that breaks the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, ratified by Spain."

The international law prohibits "all discrimination on the grounds of disability."

"We haven't gone public with this incident to victimize anyone but to educate the public," said Agustin Matia, head of Down Espana.

Only an Ass Clown would do this

A fitting punishment would most likely encompass chaining him or her to the same interstate guardrail in the heat of the day.

Going all "Old Testament" style this a.m.

Pup chained to interstate guardrail; ACS seeks culprit


Animal Care Services is asking for help in identifying a man who chained a pit bull puppy to a guardrail on a freeway access road Sunday.

A witness reported seeing a man believed to be in his late 30s or 40s driving a red 2004-2008 Dodge Ram extended-bed pickup with paper license plates pull over on the West Avenue access road at Interstate 10 East and use a heavy chain to tether the pup to a guardrail with a padlock. The chain was attached to 35 pounds of barbell weight plates.

The call from the witness came in shortly before 9 a.m. An animal care officer arrived at the scene around 9:05 a.m. The dog was found to be in good health.

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