Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Political Game?

What a mess this was.

Why the Court of Inquiry?

Was it politically motivated?

I don't know; ask the Guadalupe County Attorney, Ms. Elizabeth Murray-Kolb.

Banker cleared in death of S.A. girl
Ron Maloney Correspondent - Seguin Gazette

SEGUIN — A judge ruled Tuesday there was no evidence of wrongdoing or a cover-up on the part of 25th Judicial District Attorney Heather McMinn or Sheriff Arnold Zwicke in connection with Francesca “Frankie” Casseb’s 2007 drowning death, adding there was insufficient probable cause to believe the man who put her in the Guadalupe River was reckless or negligent.

Senior State District Judge Doug Shaver issued the rulings at the close of two days of hearing evidence in a court of inquiry that included emotional and tearful testimony by James “Dan” Rollins III and his daughter Kristin, who were the last people to see Casseb, 12, alive as she struggled while pinned to a tree by fast current in the Guadalupe River below Lake Dunlap dam.

“The court finds that there is absolutely no evidence of a cover-up or any criminal conduct on behalf of the district attorney and/or the sheriff of Guadalupe County,” Shaver said. “The court further finds insufficient evidence of any criminal wrongdoing by Mr. Rollins. The court finds this event to be a tragic accident and offers its profound sympathies to the Casseb family.”

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Probing matter

They need to get to the bottom of this before anyone possibly gets hurt

Rumor mill or not.

Death-threat stories prompt pair of probes
By Michelle Mondo - Express-News

The Junior ROTC program at MacArthur High School is under two separate investigations by the North East Independent School District and the district's Police Department after allegations of death threats followed a hazing outcry two weeks ago.

Parents of students in the drill team — a smaller, competitive team of JROTC cadets — publicized their concerns Tuesday, saying they didn't believe the district had taken the reports of death threats seriously.

“We're taking every issue seriously, whether a threat, hazing, and any inappropriate conduct whatsoever,” NEISD Superintendent Brian Gottardy responded.

Still the biggest!!


Because everything's bigger in Texas!

That's why.

7 accused of largest Medicare fraud ever
By Terri Langford - Express-News

A Dallas-area doctor, his office assistant and five owners of Texas home health agencies have been charged in what federal authorities Tuesday called the largest such case in history, a “well-oiled” machine that submitted $375 million in bogus Medicare billings.

Unraveled by the nation's Medicare Fraud Strike Force, the case involves 11,000 home health care patients and 500 home health care agencies over a nearly six-year period.

The alleged scheme included suspected kickback payments to patient recruiters, the use of offshore banking accounts to hide Medicare cash, and secret pacts with home health care owners.

Texas Confidential !!

Ahh Texas!

All the dirt, all the scoop, Mark Clark trial coverage from Comal County, all wrapped up in one book!!

Good price too!!

Texas Confidential: Sex, Scandal, Murder, and Mayhem in the Lone Star State  
Now selling at

From the Amazon Blurb -

“Everything is bigger in Texas,” as the saying goes, and this certainly applies to the history of sleaze, iniquity, and violence associated with the Lone Star State. Texas Confidential: Sex, Scandal, Murder, and Mayhem provides a glimpse at the state’s seamy underbelly and delves into some of the most striking episodes of lust, corruption, slaughter, and chaos in Texas and the people who have perpetrated them. To a colorful rogues’ gallery of lunatics, corrupt politicians, prostitutes, murderers, and every other sort of scoundrel that appears in the book, author Michael O. Varhola has added a smattering of UFOs, mythological beasts, and other paranormal oddities.

Specific chapters among the 54 that appear in Texas Confidential include “Rogues of the Alamo,” a look at the things that just about everyone connected with the famous battle had to hide; “The Ivory Tower of Death,” on the bloody 1966 University of Texas rampage that left 18 people dead and 42 wounded; “Porno, Texas Style,” which includes a list of adult actors from the state; and “The Aurora UFO Incident,” about the state’s oldest documented UFO incident, which occurred in 1897.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Pandering and desperate is no way to go through a campaign

This is pretty pathetic.

Not to mention that it reeks of desperation.

Santorum robocall makes appeal to Michigan's Democrats for votes
By John Katzenstein and Mark Hicks - Detroit News

GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum hopes Michigan Democrats can help him earn a victory in Tuesday's primary.

That's right. The former Pennsylvania senator's campaign paid for a robocall asking Democrats to vote for him in Tuesday's primary.

Recent polls show chief rival and Michigan native Mitt Romney and Santorum virtually even heading into the primary.

"We know that if we can get a Reagan Democrat in the primary, we can get them in the fall," said Hogan Gidley, communications director for Santorum. He confirmed the campaign paid for the call.

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500,000 Visitors!

Dear Readers;

We here at Man o' Law are pretty excited that we've reached a huge milestone.

Over 500,000 Visitors have visited our blog!

Thank you so very much for continuing to read and support our blog.

Best Regards,

Man o' Law

Here's what led up to the posting below

Big times, big times.

$43,000 Party! More lavish spending by CPS Energy on your tab 
By Brian Collister - WOAI

SAN ANTONIO -- CPS Energy got approval last year to begin raising your rates after complaining it was strapped for cash. What the city-owned utility failed to mention at the time is that it uses some of your hard earned money to pay for lavish meals and parties.

Lionel Johnson says he recently had problems with his electricity meter that he says caused his bills to skyrocket. The disabled war veteran is on a fixed income.

“Being on a fixed income, if it escalates, I’m in big trouble. So if it goes up $20, that means I have to take away from my food to pay the bill,” Johnson told us.

What Lionel didn't realize until I showed him the receipt is that some of his money is going to pay for things like a $7,000 going away party for a CPS Energy board member.

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Reigning in the free-loading

After all it is our money not yours.

I do appreciate the token nod to that by returning the $5,000 in questionable expenses.

CPS Energy's CEO gives back $5,000
By Vicki Vaughan - Express-News

CPS Energy's CEO has paid the company $5,000 to reimburse it for expensive meals and entertainment that came under fire recently.

Doyle Beneby announced the payment at a CPS board meeting Monday in which board members laid out a range of no-nos for themselves and staff members, saying
the utility no longer will pay for alcoholic drinks under most circumstances.

Beneby told the board the $5,000 payment was for charges that might be questionable. “It's a gesture to make the community whole. I hope the changes mean to the ratepayers that we understand how they feel,” he said.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Would you like some fries with those bags of money?

Very accommodating of the bank tellers, no?

Teen robbed banks by drive-thru -

OREM — It almost sounds too bizarre to be true, a Utah County teen is under arrest, accused of robbing two banks in less than an hour.

Authorities said a 16-year old boy allegedly took his mother's car without permission, drove to a nearby Central Bank branch and pulled into the drive up lane.

"He sent a note through the drive-thru canister telling the teller to send him money," said Orem Police Sgt. Craig Martinez. "He inferred on the note that he had a weapon."

After complying with the young man's demands, the tellers contacted police and were able to give a detailed description of the vehicle, including the license plate number. But before investigators were able to track the boy down, he allegedly used the same modus operandi at an America First Credit Union branch just 20 minutes later.

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See? Everyone thought he meant something else when he said he had 19 inches in his pants!!

Oh my.

Police:  Columbia Heights man caught with stolen TV in pants -

A Columbia Heights man was arrested for allegedly stealing a 19-inch television – by shoving it down his pants.

Twenty-one-year-old Eric Lee King was walking out of an Eagan business on Dec. 5, 2011, when he dropped a box of candy in the parking lot. An Eagan police officer was in the area and let King know, but King kept walking as if he didn’t hear the officer, according to the complaint.

The police officer said King was walking “straight-legged, shuffling his feet, and not bending his knees.” The officer also noticed that King’s pants were falling down and he was trying to hold them up.

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Pee..oops, I mean Wee the people

Where's the outrage by the left?

Tea Party protestors are excoriated for nothing yet all you hear from the left and the main stream media is crickets.

Protestors throw urine bombs at Denver police 
Fox 31 - Denver

DENVER — Several protesters were arrested Saturday evening during a disruptive anti-police protest in downtown Denver.

According to Lt. Matt Murray of the Denver Police Department, at 7:30 p.m. close to 60-70 anarchist protesters started marching on the 16th Street Mall.

The Mall Ride was forced to shut down as protesters allegedly threw urine-filled balloons, set off fireworks and spray painted several vehicles including an RTD bus.

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

A small sample of the evil, the horror, the sheer lunacy going on out there

I can't write about or post them all.  I have a full-time job but today I just wanted to list just a few of the headlines out there that make me very worried about where we're headed.

Photo of murdered 9-month old

All hail Cedrick the Stupid!

Wow, brains he ain't got.

Robber Tries to Buy Back Gun From Victims: Cops 
Mitchell faces charges of armed home invasion and resisting an officer.
By Karen Franklin - NBC Miami

Authorities say a man was arrested after he dropped his gun during a robbery and returned to the scene to try and buy it back from the victims.
Cedrick Mitchell, 39, faces charges of armed home invasion and resisting an officer, according to online jail records. He is being held without bond in Manatee County Jail.

Police said Mitchell entered a motel room and asked for pills from the two men inside. When they responded that they didn't have any, Mitchell took out his gun and told the men "everything you got," according to the Bradenton Herald.

Bad Judge, Bad

It doesn't matter if the guy may have acted like a douche-bag.

This is more than a bit of overreach by the Judge IMHO.

Threatening jail unless he posts daily apologies for 30 days is judicial bullying, pure and simple and should not be tolerated.

Ohio man given choice of Facebook or jail
By Lisa Cornwell - Associated Press

CINCINNATI (AP) — A man who was threatened with jail time for posting comments about his estranged wife on his personal Facebook page unless he posted daily apologies for a month says the court ruling violates his freedom of speech.

Mark Byron, who is making the apology to avoid 60 days in jail, said Friday night that he believes it's too late for him to appeal the domestic relations court ruling as planned. But the Cincinnati man and free speech and media experts say it should concern other users of the social networking site.

With hundreds of millions of people using Facebook for communication, Byron said that "if they can do this to me, they can do it to others."

The idea "that anybody could tell you what to say to your friends on Facebook should be scary to people," said Cincinnati attorney Jill Meyer, who specializes in free speech and media issues.

All hail the Gods of Karma who have smiled upon ye!

The Gods of Karma have judged you worthy, young Marine!

Marine credits karma for $2.9 million jackpot
Associated Press -

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Marine Cpl. Alexander Degenhardt is crediting karma for landing a $2.9 million progressive slot jackpot in Las Vegas.

Degenhardt was accepted as a bone marrow donor to an anonymous patient only a couple of days before hitting the jackpot Sunday at the Bellagio, the Las Vegas Sun reported.

"They asked me if I was sure I wanted to go through with it because it's kind of painful, but what's a little pain if it will save someone's life?" Degenhardt said. "I look at this jackpot as kind of good karma for that."

Role model

What a great role model the step-father was too, wasn't he?

In the house doing cocaine in the kitchen with a prostitute.

He probably didn't deserve to be stabbed in the chest by the step-son but who knows what the kid has had to put up with prior to this incident.

Stepson in custody after man stabbed in chest
By Michelle Casady - Express-News

A 15-year-old boy was in custody Saturday night after police said he stabbed his stepfather in the chest with a four-inch knife.

San Antonio police Sgt. Jesse Garcia said an argument began at the South Side home on Glenwood Court just after 10 p.m. when a woman came home to find her common-law husband doing cocaine in the kitchen with a prostitute.

Garcia said the woman chased the prostitute out of the house, then began arguing with her husband.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Planning for the worst

Okay then.

You cannot fault them in planning ahead for the worst.

You can however fault them for wanting an aircraft carrier. 

WTF?  Where would they dock it in Wyoming?

Wyoming house advances doomsday bill
By Jeremy Pelzer - Star-Tribune

CHEYENNE — State representatives on Friday advanced legislation to launch a study into what Wyoming should do in the event of a complete economic or political collapse in the United States.

House Bill 85 passed on first reading by a voice vote. It would create a state-run government continuity task force, which would study and prepare Wyoming for potential catastrophes, from disruptions in food and energy supplies to a complete meltdown of the federal government.

The task force would look at the feasibility of Wyoming issuing its own alternative currency, if needed. And House members approved an amendment Friday by state Rep. Kermit Brown, R-Laramie, to have the task force also examine conditions under which Wyoming would need to implement its own military draft, raise a standing army, and acquire strike aircraft and an aircraft carrier.

The bill’s sponsor, state Rep. David Miller, R-Riverton, has said he doesn’t anticipate any major crises hitting America anytime soon. But with the national debt exceeding $15 trillion and protest movements growing around the country, Miller said Wyoming — which has a comparatively good economy and sound state finances — needs to make sure it’s protected should any unexpected emergency hit the U.S.

He wanted it cooked just his way

Sounds like a fellow with some issues.

Not the least of which are his new criminal charges.

Man charged after cooking own meal
By Todd Richmond - Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Police say a Wisconsin man took the Denny's restaurant chain slogan "America's diner is always open" too far, marching into one of the restaurants, announcing he was the new boss and cooking himself dinner.

James Summers walked into a Madison Denny's on Tuesday dressed in a maroon tie and black trench coat and carrying a briefcase, according to police. He strode into the manager's office, told her he was the new general manager and then fixed himself a burger, fries and a soda before police arrived.

"This is why you don't dine and dash, kiddies," Summers yelled out to diners as officers took him away, police said in a release.

More paybacks?

Is this related to the recent arrests and sentencing of gang and apparent drug cartel members?

You know, paybacks to some suspected to have been snitches or just inner jostling as folks try to move up the ladder?

Bullets kill pair at house
By Ana Ley and Michelle Casady - Express-News

Two men were fatally shot Friday afternoon in an apparent confrontation at a home on the Northwest Side.

Police Sgt. Steve Priore said one of them, a man who lived in the house in the 200 block of Viendo, may have shot and killed the other man.

The resident — believed to be in his 20s — was taken to a hospital, where he died.

Loser boy found guilty and sentenced to 40 years

He'll do 20 before he's even considered eligible for parole.

It seems like he had it all and he's pissed it away.

Apparently one of those types who has to have everything and couldn't deal with the rejection by the victim, Dana Clair Edwards, may she rest in peace.

Ford handed 40 years in ex-girlfriend's death
By Craig Kapitan - Express-News

A jury found Jon Thomas Ford guilty of murder Friday in the strangulation of Dana Clair Edwards, and — after listening to her father and a dozen of the defendant's friends during a punishment hearing — sentenced him to 40 years in prison.

Ford was taken into custody after the sentence was announced.

Because they were potential witnesses, parents Darrell and Deborah Edwards spent most of the four-week trial sitting in a corridor outside the courtroom — a black backpack always by their side.

Friday, February 24, 2012

A short stay of execution for DNA test

It seems the right thing to do.

Not sure why the article refers to a judge in Houston when it was Judge Mary Roman, in San Antonio, who withdrew the execution warrant.

San Antonio man set to die next week wins reprieve
By Michael Gracxzyk - Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) — An ex-con convicted of killing a San Antonio man and stealing his prized motorcycle won a stay of execution Thursday when a judge in Houston agreed to new forensic tests.

Anthony Bartee, 54, had been scheduled for lethal injection Tuesday evening in Huntsville.

Bartee's lawyers argued in appeals that more DNA testing should be conducted on two strands of hair found in victim David Cook's hands. A third strand of hair was tested earlier and identified as belonging to the 37-year-old victim. Prosecutors argued the other two were scientifically insufficient for meaningful tests.

Refrigerator food thief!!

Great defense; "I was keeping the shared refrigerator clean"!

Cop suspended, charged after raiding refrigerator
Associated Press -

DEER PARK, Texas (AP) — A sting operation by a suburban Houston police department netted one of their own when surveillance cameras caught an officer repeatedly stealing colleagues' food and drinks from the refrigerator in the station's break room.

Deer Park police Officer Kevin Yang was charged with misdemeanor theft and suspended for 30 days without pay. Deer Park Police Chief Greg Griggs tells KTRK-TV  of Houston that a class C misdemeanor conviction would not keep Yang from returning to duty.

Griggs says he authorized the video sting because the thefts have been going on for too long. Even though the items being stolen may be of trivial value, Griggs says theft is theft.

The baby has been split!!

The jury came back with, IMHO, the correct verdict of an equal division of the marital estate; the jury recommended he pay her $500,000 and she pay him $100,000.

Now maybe all can get on with their lives.

Jurors in Yuchnitz divorce call for a 50-50 split of property
By Michelle Mondo - Express-News

Capping two weeks of divorce testimony that put an ugly family soap opera on public display, a jury Thursday agreed that Mike and Tina Yuchnitz had inflicted severe emotional distress on each other, recommended they divide their community property 50-50 and advised a judge to let their son keep ownership of the family tattoo business.

The jury said Tina Yuchnitz deserved a greater payout than Mike Yuchnitz for the emotional distress, recommending a $500,000 payout to her from her husband, and $100,000 from her to him.

Mike Yuchnitz's attorney, Miguel Ortiz, said his client and son Noah Yuchnitz, 30, “couldn't have done better” by the jury's findings.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Delusional animal rights activist would kill over fur

Really?  Really????

She really looks like she's 1096 doesn't she?

Woman accused of hiring hit man to kill random fur-wearer
By Khara Lein - CNN

(CNN) -- A self-proclaimed animal rights activist in Ohio has been charged with soliciting a hit man to kill a random person wearing fur, either by shooting the individual or slitting his or her throat.

Meredith Lowell, 27, of Cleveland Heights, is accused of creating a phony Facebook profile with the intention of contacting a would-be killer, according to the affidavit filed in an Ohio district court.

Lowell allegedly posted on the social media website the following request: "I would like to create an online community on facebook which would allow me to find someone who is willing to kill someone who is wearing fur toward the end of October 2011 or early November 2011 or possibly in January 2012 or February 2012 at the latest."

An undercover FBI agent then contacted her, posing as a hit man after the agency subpoenaed Facebook to uncover details about her profile.

She then allegedly requested that the murder take place at a local library and that she be present so that she could then hand out documents about animal cruelty after the homicide.

"Bring a sharp knife that is at least 4 inches long, it should be sharp enough to stab someone with and/or to slit their throat to kill them," Lowell allegedly wrote in an e-mail, according to the affidavit.

The individual should be at least 12 years old, but "preferably 14 years or older," Lowell allegedly wrote.
"I want the person dead in less than 2 minutes (under 2 minutes or 1 minute or less would be better.)"

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Food not lawns

This highlights a complaint I have had for years.

Why don't we stay on water rationing all year round?  I don't need a green lawn if it means we don't have water for crops.

Priorities people!

Water could be cut off for Texas rice farmers

Rice growers have come to expect certain things from the coastal plain near Matagorda Bay: sun, rich soil and abundant water.

But after the driest year on record in Texas, the farmers might be without water for the first time.
The Lower Colorado River Authority, which manages the river from just above Austin to the bay, will decide

March 1 whether to withhold water from one of the most fertile granaries in the nation. The decision would affect farmers in Colorado, Matagorda and Wharton counties, which produce 5 percent of the U.S. rice crop.

Better have iPad finder enabled

Great idea.

My concern?  Who steals textbooks?

Plenty of folks will steal iPads.  I hope no one will get hurt.

NBISD approves iPad initiative
By Drew Stone New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung

NEW BRAUNFELS — New Braunfels freshmen will be given iPads instead of text books this fall.

After months of discussion, the New Braunfels ISD Board of Trustees voted to buy 700 electronic tablets for its incoming ninth-graders. The decision was made on Wednesday night at the board’s monthly meeting in the NBISD Education Center Board Room, 430 W. Mill St.

The vote received unanimous approval, and even garnered a strong show of support from trustees Sherry Harrison and Rob Johnson — both of whom appeared less than enthusiastic about the proposal during last month’s board meeting.

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Not the usual bad conduct?.....Doh!!

Her attorney stated:  "Hurt's crimes were “bad conduct,” but “not prison-grade bad conduct.”

Good Heavens!  If stealing thousands of dollars from the court and county that you were entrusted to is not "prison-grade bad conduct" then what is?

Ex-probation officer admits stealing fines, fees
By Zeke MacCormack - Express-News

KERRVILLE — Former probation officer Tanna Mozel Tyler Hurt pleaded guilty to 22 felonies Wednesday for stealing thousands of dollars entrusted to her between 2007 and 2010 by those she supervised.

Besides making some of the probationers' money orders payable to herself, records show Hurt also used the stolen funds to pay her electric bills and phone charges, and to buy animal feed.

The admissions by Hurt, also known as Tanna Brown, is another embarrassment for the 198th judicial district, which also has seen a former judge and a prosecutor admit to criminally misusing its funds.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Mistress of the stupidly obvious


Of course they spend their unemployment checks what other money do they have?

But stimulates the economy?

Someone send her out for a drug test, cause she's smoking out for sure!

How about getting folks jobs?  That would stimulate the economy much better wouldn't it?

Valerie Jarrett: 'People Who Receive that Unemployment Check Go Out and Spend It and Help Stimulate the Economy'
The Weekly Standard -

This evening, speaking at North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina, White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett said that folks getting and spending unemployment checks is a healthy thing . . . because it stimulates the economy:

"Even though we had a terrible economic crisis three years ago, throughout our country many people were suffering before the last three years, particularly in the black community," Jarrett said. "And so we need to make sure that we continue to support that important safety net. It not only is good for the family, but it's good for the economy. People who receive that unemployment check go out and spend it and help stimulate the economy, so that's healthy as well."

Shaking the family tree

Boy, you think you have some bad folks in your family tree?

This would be a doozy to say the least, eh?

New evidence supports claim by Hitler's illegitimate son
By Niamh McBurney - Al Arabiya

The claim that Hitler had a child with a French farm worker whilst on leave from the German army in World War I is backed up by new evidence from the University of Heidelberg.

Jean-Marie Loret claimed to be the illegitimate child of Adolf Hitler and Charlotte Lobjoie, the result of a brief relationship after they met in Fournes-en-Weppes near Wavrin, France. According to Loret’s mother, she was making hay with other women when they saw a young German officer at the edge of the field. He had a sketch pad, and they were curious as to what he was drawing. Lobjoie, no more than 16 or 17 at the time, was designated to address the young officer.

At the time Fournes-en-Weppes was in German-occupied France, very close to the Western Front that demarcated the line between German and Allied forces. Apparently the relationship lasted anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. Lobjoie told her son how she and the future dictator would go for walks in the countryside when he was infrequently on leave. Although unable to speak French, Hitler would talk at Lobjoie at length in German, often becoming distant and orating angrily as if to an imaginary audience. Through her limited understanding of Germany, Charlotte understood he was talking of the history of Prussia, Bavaria and Austria, and would not react for fear of angering him further.

Jean-Marie was born in March 1918, and immediately was cast as a “son of a Boche”, the name for illegitimate children of German soldiers. Bullied at school and unpleasantly regarded by his grandparents, with whom he lived, Jean-Marie was given the name of his mother’s husband, lithographer Clement Loret, on their marriage in 1922. He was adopted by the Frizon family who owned a wealthy contruction empire in Saint Quentin. He went to nearby Catholic boarding schools, and from 1936 served in the military, eventually reaching the position of staff sergeant.

Shortly before her death Charlotte revealed to Jean-Marie that Hitler was in fact his father. She told him details of their relationship which he later documented in his autobiography ‘Your Father’s Name was Hitler’. Of the revelation, Mr. Loret said in the book, "In order not to get depressed, I worked non-stop, never took a holiday, and had no hobbies. For twenty years I didn't even go to the cinema."

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Gone way too soon

Rest in Peace Sheriff Elsbury.

My condolences to your family.

Funeral arrangements set for Blanco County Sheriff
By Eva Ruth Moravec - Express-News

A funeral for Blanco County Sheriff Bill Elsbury, a veteran peace officer who died of a heart attack Monday, has been set for Thursday in Johnson City.

Elsbury, 60, had just come inside after tending to his cows in a pasture at his Johnson City home on the Pedernales River when his wife, Debby, heard a loud “thud,” she said.

Debby Elsbury said she ran to the front of the house and found her husband, a veteran peace officer, on the floor. As she waited for EMS, she initiated cardiopulmonary resuscitation, she said.

An impending Solomon-like decision?

Oh what a tangled web we weave when we practice to divorce?

Jury gets the $6 Million Yuchnitz question
By Guillermo Contreras - Express-News

Jurors on Tuesday began deliberating how to divvy up a $6 million estate at the divorce trial of Mike and Tina Yuchnitz, whose turbulent marriage made headlines when San Antonio police accused the husband of trying to have his wife killed.

The Yuchnitzes accused each other of deceit and greed during closing arguments. The jury was to resume deliberations today over what share of the estate, including their chain of optical stores, to award to each.

Tina Yuchnitz is asking for 75 percent, plus damages, to compensate for mental anguish from the alleged murder plot, claiming her husband not only wanted her dead but conspired with their adult son Noah to transfer assets into Noah's name so she wouldn't be able to touch them.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Technical Difficulties

The Internet is Down!!

Dear Readers;

I apologize for not posting earlier today but technical issues prevented me from accessing the Internet and I was unable to post earlier.

I will endeavor to post something later this evening and anticipate the usual tomorrow.

Thank you for reading this blog!


Man o' Law

Monday, February 20, 2012

Let them eat more cake

In this economy this is going to go over like a lead balloon.

But note, it took an English paper to report it, not an American paper.

Well it has been a whole month! Just weeks after 17-day Hawaii vacation Michelle hits the slopes with daughters on Aspen ski trip
By Hannah Roberts - Daily Mail

With the economy on its knees, many American families have had to forgo their annual holiday just to make ends meet.

But barely a month after returning from a luxury Christmas break in Hawaii Michelle Obama is on holiday again - this time at the exclusive Colorado ski resort of Aspen.

The First Lady Michelle Obama is spending Presidents' Day weekend in the upmarket resort with her daughters, Sasha and Malia, and was seen hitting the slopes - albeit apprehensively - on Saturday.

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Why you buy too much shit

This explains it.

Grocery store fog is universal
By Roy Bragg - Express-News Columnist

You come out of a trance. You find yourself at the grocery store. You are in the checkout line, watching a cashier sling cans and boxes across the scanner.

Disoriented, you fumble for words.

“I only came in here,” you say haltingly, “for a gallon of milk.” You slide your card and roll the basket out to your car, $200 lighter and wondering how this happened. And you probably forgot the milk.

Congratulations. You have — once again, like all of us — become proof that the retail grocery industry has mastered the art of subliminal marketing and uses it to make you buy stuff you probably don't want and don't need.

Prayers for an injured Officer

My prayers go out to the officer for a complete and speedy recovery.

SAPD officer struck by truck, critically injured
By Vincent T. Davis - Express-News

A San Antonio police officer was in critical condition at University Hospital Sunday night after he was hit by a truck as he helped a fellow officer with an accident on the city's Northwest Side, officials said.

SAPD Chief William McManus said the five-year veteran traffic officer was helping set up cones to divert traffic from a collision on the access road at Loop 410 and Evers Road after 6 p.m., when the accident occurred. The officer saw the truck headed toward him and ran onto the median where the vehicle struck him and knocked him into the outside traffic lane, McManus said.

Officials did not disclose the name of the officer.

Beat me Daddy, eight to the bar

No excuse for this kind of behavior.

Man accused of assaulting son
By Eva Ruth Moravec - Express-News

San Antonio police on Saturday night arrested a man accused of assaulting his son at their North Side home.

Roger Sauceda, 28, is being held in Bexar County Jail on one count of injury to a child causing bodily injury. A judge set bail at $25,000.

An arrest warrant affidavit states Sauceda, whose criminal record includes a charge of assaulting his wife in 2010 and violating a protective order in June, became upset with his son around 1 p.m. Saturday because the boy, under the age of 10, wasn't wearing a nice shirt.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

The bell has tolled its last for a true fighter

San Antonio has just lost one of its best criminal defense attorneys.

Rest in Peace, Jimmy.

My condolences to your family.

Attorney Jimmy Parks Jr. dead at 61
By Eva Ruth Moravec - Express-News

San Antonio attorney Jimmy Parks Jr., who represented many high-profile defendants and served as a radio commenter on legal issues, died Sunday afternoon after collapsing in his far North Side home, officials said.

A statement from Park's family confirmed the death, calling him a “beloved father, grandfather, husband, friend and humanitarian.”

“Though our loss is profound and heartbreaking, Jimmy's extraordinary spirit and love will live on in all of our hearts,” the statement said.

The case of the ingrateful son?

This is a tough case, isn't it?

You can understand he wants to take care of her, but to evict her from her own house?

Man tries to evict 98-year-old mom from Conn. home
Associated Press -

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Peter Kantorowski wanted his 98-year-old mother to move into a nursing home or live with him. She wouldn't go; she didn't want to leave her home of nearly 60 years.

Finally, Kantorowski went to court — and served his mother with an eviction notice shortly before her 98th birthday in December.

Mary Kantorowski says she won't leave the small yellow house she's been in since 1953, raising her two sons and cooking for the church she attended daily. The house her late husband wanted her to stay in until she died; the house she says is her "everything."

"I don't know why he wants me to leave," she said Friday.

Pinche drunk driver

The good news for this drunk driver is that the police officer he crashed into wasn't injured.

The bad news for this drunk driver is that he hit crashed into a police car.

Suspected drunken driver crashes into officer's car
By Ana Ley - Express-News

A suspected drunk driver crashed into an officer's squad car early Saturday morning on the city's East Side.

San Antonio police spokesman Matt Porter said the officer was traveling east along the Loop 410 access road about 1:30 a.m. He was crossing a green light at Perrin Beitel when the southbound suspect drove through a red light and struck the squad car on the front left side.

The officer was not hurt in the crash.

There will be blood

Exhibit A in the whole South Texas politics being a blood sport meme.

School board feud goes guerrilla
By Francisco Vara-Orta - Express-News

Anonymous emailers mounting political attacks on Harlandale Independent School District trustees have resorted to impersonating board members via email to spread scandalous and sensitive information — most recently the superintendent's confidential evaluation to out his critics.

The tactic, known as “email spoofing,” happened recently to two Harlandale trustees: Jesse “Jay” Alaniz and Velma Ybarra, who have exerted more influence on the board in the last few months. Spoofing involves creating an email account in someone else's name and sending information to make that person look bad.

Emails and photos sent to the public and the media that throw dirt on feuding board factions have circulated in the past. But leaking part of Superintendent Robert Jaklich's evaluation last week — protected by state law as confidential — to the media shows escalating animosity.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Night of the loving dead

You would think you wouldn't have to make it illegal wouldn't you?

Apparently not.

Sex with the dead?  Illinois bill would make it illegal
By Terry Hillig

ALTON • Spurred by cases in which bodies of overdose victims were moved to thwart investigations, Illinois state Rep. Dan Beiser, D-Alton, is sponsoring a bill to make unauthorized movement of a corpse a felony.

It also would criminalize something that even Madison County Coroner Steve Nonn thought was already illegal — having sex with the dead.

Beiser said he introduced the legislation at the request of Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons and other law enforcement officials. Gibbons called the relocation of overdose victims an "impediment to investigation" in several cases.

Prohibiting sex with a dead body corrects an obvious omission in the law, Beiser said.

Friday, February 17, 2012

You're kidding me right??


This is pretty ridiculous if you ask me.

School-zone sign with 6 separate times irks driver
Associated Press -

WHITE LAKE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — An unusual school zone speed limit sign in suburban Detroit has drawn the attention of an irked driver.

Greg Smith tells The Oakland Press of Pontiac that he noticed the sign recently in Oakland County's White Lake Township that lists six separate times when drivers should slow down to 25 mph on school days.
Smith says drivers "practically have to come to a stop to read it." An elementary, middle and high school all are nearby.

Police Chief Ed Harris says a meeting is being called with the White Lake Township supervisor, the school district and the county road commission about the sign. Harris says the township didn't put it up but is trying to resolve the matter.


Its been there since 2009 apparently.

Pretty clever little stunt.  LMAO

Police close case on altered VT State police decals -

It's case closed on a Vermont prison prank that made national headlines.

Someone altered an image of the state seal, inserting pigs into the artwork displayed on Vt. State police cruisers.

State officials say female inmates at the prison work center in Windsor are responsible for altering the state seal back in November 2009, putting pigs on the side of Vt. State police cruisers, but exactly who did it may remain a mystery.

"At this point all we can tell is how many women had access to the file, and who they were," Corrections Commissioner Andy Pallito says. "Really being able to tell who manipulated the file last is virtually impossible without somebody stepping forward and saying I did it."

It may be case closed on the investigation, but one group is hoping to keep the image alive. They've created a Facebook page called "Save the Vermont Pigs," and now they have upwards of 1,000 fans.

The rest of the story:

I'm Spartacus!!

I know, I know, it's not a matter to joke about.  But a sword?


Student arrested after alleged sword threat
By Jennifer R. Lloyd - Express-News

Northside Independent School District police arrested a Brandeis High School freshman for allegedly threatening another student with a sword on campus Thursday, a district spokesman said.

Though the sword is a collector's replica and not sharpened, it had a pointed end and is still considered a weapon, said district spokesman Pascual Gonzalez.

At 8:50 a.m., the freshman boy, 15, allegedly approached a group of students on campus before school and threatened a 16-year-old sophomore boy with the sword. The sophomore was unharmed.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Tempting Fate

Eating there is kinda like giving the finger to the Gods of Karma, isn't it?

Diner suffers cardiac arrest while eating a Triple Bypass Burger in restaurant called the Heart Attack Grill
  • Paramedics wheel man in his 40s out of restaurant's Las Vegas branch
  • He was eating a 6,000-calorie burger when he suffered a heart attack
  • Triple Bypass Burger contains three slabs of meat, 12 bacon rashes, cheese, red onion, sliced tomato and 'unique special sauce'
MailOnline -

It was always going to be unwise naming a restaurant that glorifies unhealthy food the Heart Attack Grill.

And on Saturday the inevitable happened when a customer suffered a cardiac arrest in the chain's Las Vegas branch.

An onlooker captured video of paramedics wheeling the unidentified man, thought to be in his 40s, out of the fast-food diner.

He was midway through eating a 6,000-calorie Triple Bypass Burger when he began experiencing chest pains.

The rest of the story:

Don't hurt yourself while patting yourselves on your backs

Thank God!!

We have been saved by President Obama from this heinous invasion of dangerous hair-dryers!!

How many folks illegally crossed our borders recently?

DHS: 'CBP stops thousands of unsafe hair dryers
By Joel Gehrke - Washington Examiner

President Obama's border enforcement officials prevented over 13,000 dangerous hair dryers from entering the country, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) trumpeted today.

"U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seized thousands of hair dryers recently that were determined to constitute a “substantial product hazard” under U.S. law, for failing to have adequate immersion protection," DHS announced.  "The potentially dangerous hair dryers were identified through a nationwide targeting operation by the CBP Import Safety Commercial Targeting and Analysis Center (CTAC)."

CBP seized the hair dryers at the ports of Los Angeles (9,768 hair dryers) and Miami (3,614) because they "lacked shock protection for consumers" in the event of the hair dryers' immersion in water.

The rest of the story:


One way-sick freak.

Texas woman testifies about assaults, beatings
Angela K. Brown - Associated Press

WEATHERFORD, Texas (AP) — A Texas woman described being whipped on a deer-skinning device and enduring repeated sexual assaults as she was held captive for 12 days by a former neighbor, telling jurors Wednesday that she was terrified he would kill her.

The woman said Jeffrey Allan Maxwell kept her handcuffed or chained to a bed and gagged, and put her in a wooden box at least once when he left her alone at his house in Corsicana, about 50 miles south of Dallas. He eventually removed the restraints when they were in the same room, so she was able to run out of the house after he answered the door when authorities came by to question him about her disappearance.

"My goal was to stay alive. I didn't want to die," the 63-year-old woman told jurors during about four hours of testimony.

Shocking verdict

This is Justice?

Two years for getting drunk and driving down the highway the wrong way and killing someone?

I figured they would find her guilty, I did not expect a two year prison sentence and a 10 year probation sentence on the other charge.

Hell.  You might as well paint targets on all of our cars and us here in Bexar County.  Its open season on us by drunk drivers!

Ybarra gets two years for drunken driving fatality
By Craig Kapitan

Jurors on Wednesday ordered Seguin resident Jenny Ann Ybarra to serve two years in prison for a wrong-way drunken driving wreck along San Antonio's Loop 410 that resulted in the death of another motorist.

Prosecutors had sought a sentence of 15 to 20 years in prison for the December 2007 intoxication manslaughter of Erica Nicole Smith, who suffered massive head trauma in the wreck.

The defense sought probation, pointing to the actions of paramedics who left her for dead for more than two hours, and noting that Sabrina Shaner, who was driving Smith's car, was also drunk. Smith died the next day.