Friday, December 4, 2015

Well, this is certainly inconvenient

Well this is certainly not convenient for the President is it?

After all this is hot on the heels of the Paris shootings right after the President said we have "contained " Isis.  Now just a scant few weeks later this.

San Bernardino shooting: Attacker pledged allegiance to ISIS, officials say

By Greg Botelho and Ben Brumfield, CNN
(CNN)Investigators think that as the San Bernardino, California, attack was happening, female shooter Tashfeen Malik posted a pledge of allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on Facebook, three U.S. officials familiar with the investigation told CNN.
Malik's post was made on an account with a different name, one U.S. official said. The officials did not explain how they knew Malik made the post.
    A law enforcement official said it appeared that Wednesday's attack -- which left 14 people dead and 21 wounded before the two attackers, Malik and her husband, Syed Rizwan Farook, were killed in a shootout with police -- may have been inspired by ISIS. But none of the officials said that ISIS directed or ordered the attack.   

    Thursday, November 20, 2014

    Its Marfa Prada Time

    Its an interesting structure and "sculpture" indeed.  Way out here in the "High Desert" west of Marfa, Texas!

    9271977 avoids jail time through plea agreement

    JEFF DAVIS COUNTY – Waco artist Joseph Magnano, whose March 9 ‘artistic statement’ decrying the practices of the TOMS shoe company through the vandalism of Prada Marfa, has taken a plea agreement to avoid a trial, which had been set for Tuesday, November 18.
    Joeseph Magano
    According to Jeff Davis County Clerk Jennifer Wright, Magnano pleaded guilty to two lesser charges of Class A misdemeanor criminal mischief for his “appropriation” of the Prada Marfa building.
    Magnano, 37, was sentenced to one year in a county jail probated to two years, a $1,000 fine, and was ordered to pay $10,752 in restitution.

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

    Where's Man O' Law?

    Dear Readers;

    Its been quite a year plus for me:

    Due to family considerations I decided not to run for County Court at Law #3 in Bexar County, but you probably knew that.

    I am no longer with the Comal County District Attorney's Office in New Braunfels.

    I am now employed in Alpine, Texas with the 83rd District Attorney's Office which covers 4 counties, Pecos, Brewster, Presidio and Jeff Davis Counties.

    I am the Border prosecutor however, I still have my primary residence in San Antonio and I live in Alpine, Texas.

    All interesting.  I intend to get back to blogging again.

    See you again soon,

    Regards Man o' Law

    Wednesday, July 3, 2013

    And we're off and running!

    Dear Readers;



    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.


    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.



    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.


    Sam Katz

    First of all


    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.


    GET IT?

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

    Thank you, rant out.


    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.


    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.

    The rest of the story:

    Monday, May 27, 2013

    The last man standing from the 19th Century


    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.


    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.

    The rest of the story:

    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.

    The rest of the story: