Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Babylon Bee: New York Gov Cuomo Tries To Divert Attention From Sex Scandal By Reminding Everyone Of Nursing Home Scandal

The Babylon Bee takes a satirical shot at New York Gov Cuomo’s sex scandal and nursing home scandal.

ALBANY, NY—New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's political career is in freefall after new allegations of sexual misconduct from several women. In a desperate attempt to divert attention from the embarrassing sex scandal, Cuomo took to the airwaves today to remind everyone of the time he killed a bunch of seniors in nursing homes. 

"Listen people-- I know there are some accusations against me out there, but can we focus on the real issues?" said Cuomo to a roomful of reporters who had recently received a memo telling them it was time to stop protecting the governor. 

"I mean, there's this whole thing with New York nursing homes! Wow! Looks pretty bad, huh? I guess some people died! Some of you should forget this whole #MeToo scandal thing and look into that!"

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Cuomo Tries To Divert Attention From Sex Scandal By Reminding Everyone Of Nursing Home Scandal | The Babylon Bee  

Monday, March 1, 2021

A Story Of Kidnapping, Spousal Resentment And Betrayal: My Washington Times Review Of 'The Power Couple'

 The Washington Times published my review of Alex Berenson’s The Power Couple. 

“Marriage is a mirror,” Alex Berenson writes in the prologue of his novel, “The Power Couple.”

“Your spouse, the first person you see when you open your eyes. The last person you touch as you slip into bed. The person who knows you better than anyone else. Who shares your public joys and private sorrows. Who beds you and you alone. Who makes children with you and builds those children into adults.


“How it’s meant to be, anyway. The deal you made. Both of you. Call your spouse your best friend, if you must. Your partner. Really your spouse is your reflection. That face, always there.

Philadelphia Man Charged With Kidnapping And Robbery of Postal Workers

 The U.S. Attorney’s Office Eastern District of Pennsylvania released the below information:

PHILADELPHIA – Acting United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced that James Chandler, 54, of Philadelphia, PA, was arrested and charged by Indictment with two counts of robbery of a United States Postal Service employee, and one count of kidnapping. The defendant made his initial appearance in federal court this afternoon and was detained pending trial.

The Indictment alleges that on January 11, 2021 and February 4, 2021, Chandler robbed uniformed postal workers during the execution of their official duties delivering parcels in West Philadelphia, using a replica handgun, forcing them into their postal trucks, and stealing packages from inside. During the incident on February 4, the defendant is also alleged to have forced the postal worker at gunpoint to drive him for several blocks in her postal truck before fleeing on foot.

“Targeting and violently assaulting employees of the United States Postal Service is a federal crime that will be investigated and prosecuted swiftly by this office,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Williams. “Mail carriers provide an essential service to nearly every citizen, oftentimes going above and beyond to execute their duties in challenging circumstances. If you choose to kidnap or rob a mail carrier, I guarantee you will feel the full force of the federal government come down on you in the form of intense investigation and aggressive prosecution.”

“Today, the United States Attorney’s Office charged James Chandler for assaulting two postal carriers while they delivered mail in the City of Philadelphia,” said Damon Wood, Postal Inspector in Charge of the Philadelphia Division. “While the carriers went about their job, delivering the many items that residents of the city depend upon, including medications, bills, benefits, and all the other items that help folks manage through this cold snowy winter and the pandemic a little easier, Mr. Chandler kidnaped them with what looked like a gun, and ransacked their postal trucks, looking for items he thought he could sell for a few dollars. Working closely with Detectives from the Philadelphia Police Department, Postal Inspectors developed enough evidence to identify and arrest Mr. Chandler before he could assault another carrier or another citizen of Philadelphia. I want to thank the United States Attorney’s Office for supporting the United States Postal Inspection Service and the United States Postal Service with this arrest. The United States Postal Inspection Service has many priorities, but it should surprise no one, that pursuing those who rob or assault Postal Service employees are at the top of the list.”

If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of life in prison.

The case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service and the Philadelphia Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Justin Oshana.

An indictment, information, or criminal complaint is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. 

Ralph Cipriano On Philly DA Larry Krasner: How To Tank A High-Profile, Slam-Dunk Murder Case

 Ralph Cipriano at takes Philly DA Larry Krasner to task for his mishandling of a “slam- dunk” murder case. 

When Michael White was going on trial for the murder of Sean Schellenger, District Attorney Larry Krasner had no time to meet with the victim's mother. 

So on the Friday before jury selection was to begin on Monday, Krasner had to tell Linda Schellenger during a hastily arranged phone call that he was planning to drop a third-degree murder charge against White. 

When Linda Schellenger protested that Krasner should let the jury decide whether White committed murder or not, the D.A. exploded.  

"He literally yelled at me on the phone," Linda Schellenger recalled. He admonished her for "questioning his authority and his intellect," she said, before telling her, "This is my decision."

Before trial, Linda Schellenger had called the D.A.'s office for five straight days trying to set up a meeting with Krasner, but he never called her back.

But more than a year before the case went to trial in October 2019, the D.A. huddled behind closed doors for more than three hours with the accused killer and his legal defense team composed of four lawyers and an investigator.  

In contrast to how he treated Linda Schellenger, Krasner had plenty of time -- and sympathy -- for Michael White.

"This is not going to be some kind of hard cross examination," Krasner began by telling White. "Uh, we'll listen to you for whatever that takes . . ."

During that July 25, 2018 meeting between White and the D.A., Krasner came across like a public defender or the career defense lawyer that he was for 30 years before he was elected D.A. At times Krasner sounded like a social worker; anything but a prosecutor. 

But when he met with White, Krasner was the sitting district attorney of Philadelphia who was about to tank a high-profile, slam-dunk murder case. 

The session between Krasner, White and his lawyers was technically known as a proffer.  

A proffer is an interview conducted pursuant to a written agreement drawn up between a prosecutor and a criminal defendant that allows the defendant to tell the government about his knowledge of a crime without suffering the usual consequences.  

The proffer comes with the assurance that if the defendant subsequently testifies as a prosecution witness, as long as he tells the truth and sticks to the same story, the defendant doesn't have to worry about what he said at the proffer being used against him in court.  

A prosecutor will typically arrange a proffer with a defendant to find out if he's willing to give up any unindicted co-conspirators, or any previously unknown details of a crime.  

Prosecutors will tell you that there was no reason to conduct a proffer with White, because he acted alone, there were eyewitnesses, and the entire crime was caught on video. Hence, there wasn't much to learn by meeting behind closed doors with the accused killer. 

But under Krasner, the career defense lawyer, the purpose of the proffer flipped from playing offense to defense. Under Krasner, the proffer became a prep session coach up White, so he could beat the rap. 

It was highly unusual for a sitting district attorney to personally involve himself in a high profile murder case. It was also unusual for the D.A.'s office to voluntarily share with White all of the prosecution's evidence that they intended to use against him at trial. 

At a proffer, the normal playbook for a prosecutor is to have the defendant walk in naked, knowing nothing about what the prosecution knows or doesn't know. And then it's time for the defendant to start talking, and give up everything he knows about the crime. 

But that's not the way Larry Krasner played the game. The evidence against White that the D.A. voluntarily shared with the accused killer and his team of lawyers included statements from witnesses, as well as a cell phone video taken by a bystander that showed White plunging a black, foot-long serrated knife with a seven-inch blade into the back of an unarmed Sean Schellenger.  

The knife sunk so deep, some seven inches, that it pierced Schellenger's aorta.  

While Schellenger bled to death in Rittenhouse Square, White ran away, catching a subway to his aunt's house. Along the way, he threw his bloody t-shirt in a trash can, and the bloody knife that was the murder weapon on top of a roof. 

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How To Tank A High-Profile, Slam-Dunk Murder Case | Big Trial | Philadelphia Trial Blog 

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Babylon Bee: Is Your Cat Actually Satan? 9 Things To Look For

 The Babylon Bee offers a satirical piece on cats:

If you’re like most people, you’re probably worried your cat is a spawn from hell. We consulted our Bibles and prayed really hard, and God revealed to us these hints that your cat is actually Satan himself. Here are the signs to look for:

·         Weird slit snake eyes -- Alone this isn't a huge deal, but coupled with the other signs, it could be bad. Keep reading.

·         Sharp hidden weapons in paws -- This is a telltale sign. 

·         Always lands on feet as if by witchcraft -- You should be worried.

·         Vibrates with evil when touched -- Evil vibrations are a bad sign.

·         Has pointed ears like devil horns -- Should be obvious, but keep an eye out for this one.

·         Sudden outbursts of violence against small moving things -- Much as Satan seeks whom he may devour, cats pounce on laser dots and fingers.

·         Says “Mao” a lot in honor of murderous dictator Chairman Mao. -- Uh-oh...

·         Refuses to wear clothes -- Naked, just like all temptresses and Satan.

·         Brings you small dead creatures as a blood sacrifice -- Alright, now it's time to start freaking out.

If your cat shows these signs of being the devil himself, the CDC recommends you secure your cat in a burlap sack and throw it in the nearest bog. 

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You can also read my Crime Beat column, The Kitten Killers and How a Dog Guy Came To Adopt a Feral Kitten, via the below link:

 Paul Davis On Crime: My Crime Beat Column: The Kitten Killers and How a Dog Guy Came To Adopt a Feral Kitten  

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Chinese Businessman Charged With Conspiring To Steal Trade Secrets

 The U.S. Justice Department released the below information: 

WASHINGTON – Chi Lung Winsman Ng, aka Winsman Ng, 64, a Chinese businessman residing in Hong Kong, was indicted yesterday for conspiring to steal General Electric’s (GE) trade secrets involving the company’s silicon carbide MOSFET technology worth millions of dollars.  

“Winsman Ng and his co-conspirators allegedly chose to steal what they lacked the time, talent or money to create,” said Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers of the Justice Department’s National Security Division. “Theft of American intellectual property for the benefit of foreign firms deprives American companies of the fruits of their creativity and American workers of their jobs. The Department will do all it can to disrupt this illegal and economically destructive conduct.” 

“As alleged in the indictment, Winsman Ng conspired to steal trade secrets from General Electric to start a competitor,” said Attorney for the United States, Elizabeth C. Coombe, for the Northern District of New York, Acting Under Authority Conferred by 28 U.S.C. § 515. “This scheme, and others like it, seek to undermine American ingenuity, which often depends on maintaining the secrecy of technological advances. We will continue to work with the FBI to hold accountable those trying to steal trade secrets from innovative companies in our district.” 

“Innovation by American companies brings good things into our lives, but we shouldn’t have to buy those good things from a foreign company that stole American technology to compete against us,” said Assistant Director Alan E. Kohler Jr. of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division. “The FBI urges any U.S. business to contact us if they suspect someone, regardless of nationality, is attempting to steal or has stolen trade secrets. Only through robust engagement with U.S. businesses can we protect our economic and national security.”  

“According to the indictment, Mr. Ng conspired to steal valuable and sensitive technology from GE and produce it in China,” said Special Agent in Charge Thomas F. Relford of the FBI’s Albany Field Office. “Our office, the U.S. Attorney's Office, and GE coordinated closely and worked quickly to prevent that theft and the resulting damage to our economic security. Theft of trade secrets is a constant and dangerous threat to our American companies and the remarkable work they do to invent and manufacture unique technology that can change the world. FBI Albany's Counterintelligence Task Force remains committed to protecting American innovation and technology, American security and American jobs.” 

The charge in the indictment is merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.  

The indictment alleges that between about March 2017 and January 2018, Ng and at least one co-conspirator plotted to develop a business that would manufacture and sell silicon carbide MOSFETs using trade secrets stolen from GE. MOSFETs, or silicon carbide metal-oxide semiconductor field-effect transistors, are small electronic semiconductors/switches that regulate the flow of electricity through devices and are used in a variety of products.  

Ng conspired with at least one other person, a GE engineer of more than seven years, to steal MOSFET trade secrets and other proprietary information from GE. Ng and co-conspirator #1 allegedly used those trade secrets to create a business plan and develop PowerPoint presentations which they gave to prospective investors. Ng and co-conspirator #1 told potential investors that their business could be profitable within three years and that their start-up business possessed assets – tangible and intangible – they estimated to be worth $100 million. As part of the scheme, they sought approximately $30 million in funding in exchange for an ownership stake in their start-up company. In August 2017, Ng and co-conspirator #1 allegedly met in China and gave presentations to a Chinese investment company that was considering providing funding to Ng’s start-up company. 

We have no evidence that there was an illegal MOSFET technology transfer to any Chinese companies, including the company that Ng and his co-conspirator were trying to start. 

Ng has yet to be arrested. If convicted of this offense, Ng faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. 

This case is being investigated by the FBI Albany Field Office, and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rick Belliss and Trial Attorney Matthew Chang of the National Security Division, Counterintelligence and Export Control Section.

Friday, February 26, 2021

Babylon Bee: G.I. Joe To Be Replaced With Genderless G.I. Pat

 Mocking Hasbro’s “Mr.” Potato Head controversary, the Babylon Bee offers a piece on G. I. Joe. 

PAWTUCKET, RI—Hasbro announced today the replacement of its popular G.I. Joe action figure with an updated version that's much more fitting in the current year: G.I. Pat, a genderless take on the action hero.

 After public outcry over the extremely masculine G.I. Joe, Hasbro finally caved and agreed to remove the super-macho action hero from store shelves.

"Now you know your gender identity -- and knowing is half the battle!" shouts an actor playing G.I. Pat in a commercial for the new toy as he struggles to light a Molotov cocktail and picks up a brick with the utmost effort. "Now let's go murder some cops!"

G.I. Pat comes with a Molotov cocktail, a brick, and a cute miniature copy of The Communist Manifesto. You can accessorize your G.I. Pat with genderless clothes, androgynous accessories, and fun equipment like smartphones that just play asinine TikTok videos and social justice lectures all day for your miniature action hero.

Conservatives immediately complained on social media, screaming that losing G.I. Joe would signal the end of the Republic. Hasbro then flip-flopped, caving to conservatives and announcing G.I. Joe would be made even more masculine under the new brand "MISTER HE-MAN G.I. JOE MURDER YOUR FACE ARMY MAN."

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