Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday, Observed

Jorge Garcia, 39, of Lincoln Park stands at the ticket counter at Detroit Metro Airport checking his bags on Jan. 15, 2018. He was to be deported to Mexico.

Jorge Garcia, 39 (above), a landscaper from Lincoln Park, MI, was removed by ICE to his native Mexico despite the Federal holiday. The undocumented immigrant, brought to America at age 10, leaves behind a wife and two children, all citizens. He has reportedly never committed a crime, and because he paid taxes, Washington will lose some revenue as President Trump encourages removal of law-abiding non-citizens.


Summer Part 2: August Agony!!! Looking Back: July 18: Crime and Punishment

A spokesman for ICE said he could not immediately comment Monday since it was a federal holiday, and their offices are closed.

Supporters of Jorge Garcia hold up signs that read "Stop Separating Families" at Detroit Metro Airport on Jan. 15, 2018. Garcia was being deported to Mexico after living in the U.S. for 30 years.

(But apparently he was still at the office?)

The day of rest and reflection for non-deporting government paper pushers shortened the time frame the Feds are entertaining to pass the next short term spending fix. The cancerous central government’s credit card runs out January 19, and Democrats are pushing to include protections for 800,000 beneficiaries of Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in the last-minute meltdown to continue confiscating.

DACA is scheduled to expire March 5.

Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) told ABC the DACA provisions, which shield certain young immigrants from deportation, must be included to earn his vote on the spending bill.

Meanwhile, Trump is pushing for inclusion of $18 billion to construct a “Great Wall” on the Mexican border.

Yesterday the President tweeted, “DACA is probably dead because the Democrats don’t really want it, they just want to talk and take desperately needed money away from our Military.”

Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) reportedly pitched a plan to include border wall funding and extension of DACA at a meeting on January 11, where Trump made a holiday weekend news cycle-dominating remark characterizing African nations, Haiti and El Salvador as “all these shithole countries” that do not contribute useful immigrants to America. Negotiations apparently collapsed shortly thereafter.

While Durbin confirmed Trump’s words, Republican senators at the meeting obscured the story. Tom Cotton of Arkansas denied the remark on Sunday, and seems to currently maintain he does not recall. Lindsey Graham (SC) half-halfheartedly confirmed the president’s words.

Rand Paul (KY), who was not present, lamented the media for blasting Trump as a racist, because it “destroy[ed] the setting…for immigration compromise.”

“I don’t think the comments were constructive at all, but I also think that, to be fair, we shouldn’t draw conclusions that he didn’t intend,” Paul said.

Trump told Twitter today: “Senator Dicky Durbin totally misrepresented what was said at the DACA meeting. Deals can’t be made when there is no trust! Durbin blew DACA and is hurting our military.”

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Puerto Rico Updates

Governor Ricardo Rosselló of Puerto Rico sicced his Justice Department on Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (logo, below), the beleaguered island’s government-owned electric authority. They’re looking for possible crimes against the public interest.

PREPA, who hold a monopoly on the U.S. territory’s electricity, may have hoarded electrical repair supplies as nearly half the island continues without power following Hurricane Maria last October.


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and heavily-armed guards raided a PREPA warehouse in Palo Seco last week.

“Critical materials” were reportedly distributed to contractors immediately.

PREPA denied to Associated Press it failed to spring the warehouse contents. The agency is reportedly reneging on its earlier decision to forgo mutual aid agreements with other power authorities to hasten the rebuild. These new partners include utility companies from New York and Florida, according to The Intercept.


December Debacle: Stories from the Freezer!!! November 6: Whitefish Revisited; Bronze Star LLC Bungles Tarps for Puerto Rico

PREPA holds $9 billion of the island’s estimated $120,000,000,000 debt from its 2016 bankruptcy.


I PROMESA You We’ll Default on National Debt

Besides the questionable deals through the mainland Federal disaster assistance we previously uncovered, The Intercept speared another big tuna in the race to profit from government incompetence: Cobra Acquisitions.

Cobra doesn’t have a cool logo to go with its name, but its Oklahoma-based parent oil company, Mammoth, does.

Unlike the [failed] [$300 million] Whitefish contract, the Cobra deal [for $200 million] involved heavy input from the Federal Emergency Management Agency[.]

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CNN reported in November the cash-strapped PREPA dropped $15 million up front for Cobra’s services, noting the “pay first, get reimbursed by FEMA later” practice is commonplace in disaster cleanups.

Mammoth CEO Arty Straehla reportedly signed the deal to secure “stable cash flow” for his larger company.

Intercept suggests the Cobra deal undermines Puerto Rico’s previous goal to decrease dependence on imported oil, as the private company’s rebuild will further stymie the switch to renewable energy.

Cobra (like Whitefish) was formed just months before the storm hit.


According to Intercept, some of the island’s mayors have given up on the island government and started rebuilding their cities’ grids out of the local budget, through coalitions such as the new Pepino Power Authority–made up of volunteers and retirees. It remains to be seen if Federal overlords will pull the plug.


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December Debacle: Stories from the Freezer!!! December 12: Kansas Lawsuit Settled

The University of Kansas paid out a combined $395,000 to Daisy Tackett, whose alleged rape we reported (below) and another KU rower, Sarah McClure.

Tackett got $95,000 more.

Campus Sexual Assault–UPDATED

$165,000 (over 40%) was pocketed by Brown and Curry Law Firm of Kansas City, who represented the women in separate suits.

McClure alleged the same football longsnapper who raped Tackett in his room in 2014 groped McClure in her apartment in 2015. Both assaults reportedly occurred in the Jayhawker Towers dorm. Tackett’s lawsuit sued KU for false advertising in claiming its dorms were safe.

The longsnapper, Jordan Goldenberg Jr. (below), left KU in 2016. In an interesting twist, his KU coach, Gary Hyman, was hired by Indiana State University in February of that year. Goldenberg transferred onto the ISU team, but was removed before the season started.

Tackett and McClure alleged in their lawsuit that as members of KU rowing, they were required by the university to attend football games and encouraged to “party” with football recruits.

Douglas County District Attorney’s office found insufficient evidence in McClure’s complaint to charge Goldenberg. Tackett reported her assault after hearing McClure’s story.

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December Debacle: Stories from the Freezer!!! December 8: Pentagon Audit

2,400 auditors will be unleashed on the financials of our bloated Defense Department, as the deadline for the inaugural Pentagon Audit stipulated by the 2010 National Defense Authorization Act has arrived, according to NPR.

Defense has heretofore evaded requirements of other federal agencies to report to their employees how they burn cash (almost $700,000,000,000 for this fiscal year, even though Trump only requested an increase to $639 billion).

This will be the first audit of the Defense Department in the nation’s history, led by David Norquist (below), brother of Americans for Tax Reform founder Grover Norquist.

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December Disaster: Stories We Missed!

Whether evidence of the inherent waste of the self-proclaimed world’s largest bureaucracy sees the light of day remains to be seen. We’ll be waiting.

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Soda Tax Update

It’s shaping up to be quite a year for government confiscation. Seattle has joined the rush of ravenous localities dipping further into poor peoples’ pockets under the guise of improving their health.

A $0.0175 per ounce levy on every sugared beverage (including Gatorade) sold in the city kicked in on January 1.

Emerald City denizens may develop some bottled up rage over the endeavor, forecast to [stupid phrase alert] make it rain $15 million for the progressive utopia.

(Presumably before the additional 9.6% sales tax.)

Kshama Sawant (below), a Socialist Alternative member of the Seattle City Council, was absent for the 7-1 vote last June to enact the tax.

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The full use of the new cheddar is unclear. Ricochet reports:

Since this was sold as a health initiative, $2 million of that will expand a city program that gives fruit and vegetable vouchers to low-income families [Fresh Bucks]. Of course, only $400,000 will go to actual vouchers; the other $1.6 million stays with the government for “administrative costs.”

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This includes job creation for five (5) well-connected Seattle residents to get in good with local government, according to Seattle Times.

As with any government initiative, there are exemptions. Diet soda drinkers (whom Ricochet notes are more likely white, wealthy and/or campaign contributors) will escape the tax. 100% fruit juice (metabolically identical to soda) is exempt.

Distributors are also exempt if they post less than $2 million in annual sales. ($2 to $5 million in sales? You pay just $0.01/ounce.)

Any coffee with sugar that is not milk-based is subject to the tax.

And Forbes reported disgraced ex-Mayor Ed Murray initially wrote in an exemption for sugary coffee prepared onsite, meaning you could choose between paying more at the grocery store for a bottle of Starbucks brand sugar or standing in line with insufferable Starbucks customers. Seattle Times noted this exemption was killed just before the vote.

Washington state-based Costco risked retaliation from lawmakers by encouraging consumers to buy outside the city.

Since distributors are officially paying the tax, public shaming will no doubt follow for any price increase (like Costco’s “recovery fee” intimated above). That’s not fair to the struggling citizens!


Death Capital of America, Chicago, similarly tried to Band-aid its remaining residents’ health with a $0.01/ounce confiscation from August 2 through December 1 of 2017. Cook County officials scrapped the blatant budget-shoring measure, backed by big-government billionaire–and failed New York City soda tax perpetrator Michael Bloomberg–after the public noticed the measure penalized consumers of diet soda, but not sugar-laden juice. And that nearly 1 million consumers purchased soda with food stamps, so they were exempt from the tax. And that restaurant soda sales tanked. And that nearly 90% of citizens were opposed to the shakedown, according to anti-soda tax lobby Can the Tax.

Cook County Against Beverage Taxes

How’s Philadelphia‘s trampling of lower-income consumers going?

Proponents of the soda tax shut down Harrisburg-led hearing in City Hall.

Pennsylvania state Representative Mark Mustio and state Senators Mario Scavello and Scott Wagner (all Republicans) introduced memos attempting to remove the sugared beverage distributor measure, which took effect in January 2017, six months after Philly started spending the predicted revenue on “universal pre-kindergarten”.

Wagner is challenging Tom Wolf (below) for the Governor’s mansion this November.

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Philly Me Up…Philadelphia Beverage Distributors to be Taxed by the Ounce “For the Children”

As we noted above, the skimming started mid-fiscal year 2017 (July 1-June 30). Projected profit for that period was $47 million, but the city realized just $39 million. They are projected to fall short of the FY 2018 “goal” of $93 million as well. City communications lackey Mike Dunn (below) gushed that the $66 million squeezed from Philly residents (as of December) is “a significant sum in a city where more than a quarter of residents live below the poverty line.

Mike Dunn

BillyPenn suggests soda sales are down in Philly and somewhat less outside the city limits. A study concocted by Bloomberg himself found overall revenues at major grocery chains had not dropped in Philadelphia, even though sugary drink sales had declined 57 percent.

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While Mayor Kenney predicted a maximum 27% decline in consumption (which is, hopefully, the ultimate objective of policing peoples’ diets), Health Department data recorded a 31% decline through November.

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Philly soda tax year one: The finances, fights and its future

December Debacle: Stories from the Freezer!!! November 23: Another Naval Disaster


The U.S. Seventh Fleet was performing a joint training exercise with the Japanese 500 miles from Okinawa when a C-2A Greyhound plane carrying eleven American service members crashed in the Philippine Sea. Eight were quickly rescued and moved to the carrier USS Ronald Reagan, which the plane had been aiming for.

Airman Matthew Chialastri, Lt. Steven Combs and Airman Apprentice Bryan Grosso (above) were all presumed dead after a two-day search.

According to CNN, this was the Seventh Fleet’s sixth major non-combat “incident” in 2017.

This count includes the deadly crashes of the USS Fitzgerald and the USS John S McCain, which we covered earlier in the year, as well as  the USS Antietam running into the ground of Tokyo Bay in January; the USS Lake Champlain crashing into a South Korean fishing boat in May; and the guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold getting pegged by an out-of-control Japanese tugboat on November 18,  just days before the Greyhound crash.

BREAKING: USS John S. McCain Collision

By our count, the Seventh Fleet, which fired Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin in August, has suffered 20 non-combat American deaths this year. The McCain and Fitzgerald commanders were also removed. CNN cited a Navy report casting those fatal incidents “avoidable [and due to] numerous failures […] on the part of leadership.”

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Delta Updates

New year, same Delta Airlines.

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The Atlanta-based monstrosity sent flight 284 out of Hartsfield-Jackson International at 8:15 PM on Tuesday. The London-bound 737 jet was back by 9:45 PM after (per passengers), a loud “bang” was heard on board.


Delta Drops the Ball Again

Delta Out-Winged by Unidentified Bird Species

Delta initially blamed the return on “emergency engine trouble,” and, indeed, emergency vehicles were captured meeting the plane at the gate on return.

(Courtesy: Bill Sengstacken / Twitter)

A different 737 was enlisted to get everyone to London. They took off just after midnight…and came right back after another “bang” was reportedly heard.

Passengers told Fox both times the planes took off it was reported that someone had left an unclaimed coat in the gate area, and that both flights’ pilots said there were no mechanical problems.

The Heathrow hopefuls were placed in hotels and reportedly scheduled to try a third time Wednesday evening. All bags remained in the custody of Delta for the overnight stay. reports Delta #284 (the same physical plane from the second attempt early Wednesday morning) successfully landed at Heathrow at 8:25 AM on Thursday.

Fox got a statement Wednesday evening in which Delta admitted to returning in an abundance of caution when an abnormal noise was observed in the aircraft, and again when a similar observation was made on the replacement plane.

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UPDATE: Motel 6[66]

Washington state is dealing with more Motel 6 employees selling out undocumented guests to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.


December Debacle: Stories from the Freezer!!! September 13: Customs & Border Protection Keep Their Clothing Borders in Place for Harassment; Immigration and Customs Enforcement Force Their Authority on Undocumented Motel 6 Customers

From 2015 to 2017, over 9,100 guests’ names, birthdates, driver’s license numbers, license plate numbers and room numbers were handed to Federal authorities without a warrant by four Seattle-area corporate-owned Motel 6 locations. At least six individuals were arrested as a result.

Fifteen additional Washington locations, all franchises, are under investigation.

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson is suing the chain for violating state consumer protection and anti-discrimination law. He alleges Motel 6 trained employees to hand over lists of all guests (without a warrant presented) when the Feds regularly stopped in.

Agents then allegedly combed the lists for guests with “Latino-sounding names” to attempt to link them to immigration violations.

Motel 6 told Associated Press they specifically prohibited employees from surrendering guest lists to government agents back in September, when two Phoenix locations got 20 guests arrested in similar secret police-style raids.

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December Debacle: Stories from the Freezer!!! Awan Updates

Updated 1/7/18.

Suspected bank defrauder Imran Awan and his circle of crack ex-tech employees of the Federal Government were back in the news over the past several months.


Summer Part 2: August Agony!!! Looking Back: July 25: Debbie, Derelict of Any Responsibility

In September, Awan’s wife Hina Alvi, at large in Pakistan from bank fraud charges after Federal agents intercepted her with a bag of cash at Dulles airport in March, then let her board the plane out, bargained with the Feds to return to America to face an arraignment. It is unclear if she actually returned, but Washington Examiner reported the deal scheduled the homecoming for the last week of September. In exchange for her children not watching her arrest, Alvi agreed to give up her passports.

We already reported on Awan’s stepmother, Samina Gilani‘s allegations that Awan coerced her to sign over assets, wiretapped her and threatened to kill family members back in Pakistan. Daily Caller found Gilani and two other women filed police reports in Virginia accusing Awan of abuse.

Salam Chaudry‘s December 2015 injury was redacted from the domestic dispute report. Awan lawyered up when the officer asked him questions. Both Awan and Chaudry insisted they were only roommates. Chaudry and her two young children stayed while Awan left the apartment that night.

Seven months later, Samara Siddique summoned police while Awan was out, claimed to be in a relationship with him, and asked for information on obtaining a restraining order.

Gilani told police Awan threatened to hurt her and a cousin in Baltimore, and that Siddique is Awan’s second wife by Pakistani law.



Daily Caller also fingered the Awans for a Hillary-esque, Federal-oversight defying Secret Server operation whose existence was only reported by other apparently conservative outlets.

While Politico acknowledged in March that Awan and his four relatives and friends were fired for stealing equipment from [Congress] members’ offices without their knowledge and committing serious, potentially illegal, violations on the House IT network, the ex-employees are now alleged to have compiled server data from Democratic House members onto this unknown server as well as “Dropbox.” Since Dropbox use was prohibited, Awan allegedly used a fake account and could have accessed the data after his official clearance was revoked in February.

(In his defense, Federal officials often use fake accounts to get around FOIA requests.)

Spring Break Blitz: Stories We Sat On!!! February 27–Justice Department and EPA

The secret server (“connected” to the House Democratic Caucus, according to Daily Caller) came to light when outgoing HDC chair Xavier Becerra (D-CA) (below) resigned to become California’s attorney general and requested the server be wiped.

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Police asked to see the server (right around the time Awan and entourage were fired by everyone except Debbie Wasserman Schultz), and Awan turned in a false copy for evidence, which may carry a charge of interfering with a criminal investigation.

Awan had access to office files from 45 House Democrats prior to his removal. Mrs. Alvi reportedly received at least $25,000 per year (in addition to her salary) from Becerra’s office during his 2013-2016 chairmanship of the HDC.


In October, when Awan (on house arrest for bank fraud charges) argued through his attorney he should have his GPS monitor removed and curfew rescinded, the FBI’s finding that he wiped all data from his cell phone–just prior to being arrested at the airport fleeing to Pakistan–came to light.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Mirando stamped out the counterargument that the phone contained no data because it was recently purchased by producing the phone’s time stamp from three hours prior to the arrest.


On November 11, the Congress Committee on House Administration announced two STUPID PHRASE ALERT “listening sessions” to brief House members behind closed doors on the future use of “shared employees.” Politico suggests Awan and four associates’ charges of lifting IT equipment and illegal activity on the House network may have motivated the seminar.


But the strangest development was the revelation of Cars International A (CIA), an auto dealership Awan’s brother Abid (below, not feeling very photogenic) ran in tandem with his recent $164,980 “shared employee” position in for House members.  He reportedly omitted  loans to finance the dealership from his Congressional ethics form.

Abid Awan, a House IT technician suspected in a security breach, leaves court after separately being accused of insurance fraud. DCNF photo

A 2010 loan of $100,000 to CIA came from internal medicine Dr. Ali Al-Attar, who was indicted by then-U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein for tax fraud in 2012. Al-Attar has reportedly fled to Iraq to shake additional charges.

CIA apparently took orders for cars, then procured them from AAA Motors across the street. Nasir Khattak (also from Pakistan) ran AAA, and revealed in deposition that his business subsidized Imran Awan (the actual mastermind of CIA).

Other dealerships tried to move cars through CIA, and sued when Awan screwed them. Daily Caller:

It’s not clear where the dealership’s money was going, because it was sued by at least five different people on all ends of a typical car business who said they were stiffed. CIA didn’t pay the security deposit, rent or taxes for its building, it didn’t pay wholesalers who provided cars, and it sold broken cars to people and then refused to honor the warranties, the lawsuits say.


Chris Gowen (below), Imran Awan’s attorney, worked for both Bill and Hillary Clinton when Hillary was a Senator.

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EXCLUSIVE: DWS IT Guy Was Banned From House After Trying To Hide Secret Server

House IT Worker At Center Of Scandal Allegedly Abused Three Muslim Women

House IT Aides Ran Car Dealership With Markings Of A Nefarious Money Laundering Operation

December Debacle: Stories from the Freezer!!! November 26: Rivera Updates

TV star Naya Rivera, 30, was collared for domestic battery in November after she allegedly hit husband Ryan Dorsey in the face.

According to BBC, Rivera and Dorsey had recently called off the divorce of their rocky two-year marriage.

PHOTO: Naya Rivera and husband Ryan Dorsey arrive at the 2016 InStyle And Warner Bros. 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards Post-Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Jan. 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The estranged couple.

Dorsey showed police cell phone footage of his beat down (who doesn’t film marital strife these days?), which occurred in West Virginia.


Spring Break Blitz: Stories We Sat On!!! January 10–Dylan Roof; Naya Rivera; Rahm Emanuel Loses Revenue

Rivera reportedly went before the judge wearing a baggy hooded sweatshirt, leggings, sandals and handcuffs.

She was released on $1,000 bail to her father-in-law.

On December 5th, the couple re-filed for divorce. They will share custody of their 2-year-old son, Josey (his actual name).


Rivera’s brother Mychal Rivera, an NFL tight end now with the Jacksonville Jaguars, spent the 2017 season on injured reserve.

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