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WHOOPS! Taxpayers Billed $1.3 Million For Limos, Alcohol, Luxury Travel

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MICHAEL BASTASCH

Government auditors questioned more than $38 million spent on a Texas clean coal project, including $1.3 million spent on “questionable or prohibited travel related expenses.”

Taxpayers were billed for “spa service, alcohol, first-class travel, limousine services, receipts in foreign currency, and business meals,” according to an Office of Inspector General audit released Tuesday.

Former President Barack Obama’s administration started funding the Texas Clean Energy Project in 2010 as part of an effort to prove the commercial viability of carbon capture and storage technology. However, the project suffered from delays and massive cost overruns.

The Energy Department signed a $1.7 billion cooperative agreement with developer Summit, pumping about $116 million into the project by early 2016. The clean coal project remains unbuilt, and Summit filed for bankruptcy in October 2017.

The Energy Department pulled out of the cooperative agreement shortly after a 2016 inspector general audit questioned the clean coal project’s viability, but not before bureaucrats approved millions in questionable reimbursements.

The inspector general “identified over $2.5 million in expenditures Summit charged to the Project that we questioned as potentially unallowable, including over $1.2 million in potential lobbying costs and $1.3 million in questionable or prohibited travel-related expenses.”

“For example, we identified over $650,000 in consultant charges for items such as a spa service, alcohol, first-class travel, limousine services, receipts in foreign currency, and business meals that were prohibited or not fully substantiated,” the inspector general reported.

“We also identified about $325,000 in costs that did not appear to be business-related expenses such as catering and banquet room rental expenses, catering on a private jet, and travel expenses to attend a charity event,” reads the report.

“Under Federal regulation, a cost is considered reasonable if it is necessary for the conduct of the contractor’s business or contract performance,” auditors wrote. “Because these events appeared to be social in nature and were not necessary for contract performance, we consider them questionable.”

Energy Secretary Rick Perry supported the Texas Clean Energy Project while serving as governor of the Lone Star state, and has continued to fund carbon capture projects. The agency  announced on Friday another $44 million in funding for carbon capture projects.

The Texas clean coal project was supposed to be being operation in 2014. Instead, the project got bogged down in $2 billion in cost-overruns and eventually lost government support in 2016.

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Don’t confuse the masses with facts, just keep pushing the agenda and narrative to disarm Americans.

18 School Shootings Number Vastly Inflated, Washington Post Says

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By Zoe Papadakis    |   Friday, 16 Feb 2018 09:39 AM

The 18-school-shootings-in-2018 number widely making the rounds after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Florida has been vastly inflated, The Washington Post reported.

Non-profit organization Everytown for Gun Safety released the statistic shortly after the Wednesday shooting, the Post noted, and it didn’t take long before political figures, celebrities and national media latched onto the number which was also widely circulated across social media.

The Post disputed the number, saying Everytown for Gun Safety included incidents of gunfire “that are not really school shootings,” and cited several examples.

One incident, listed as the year’s first school shooting, involved a 31-year-old man who killed himself while he was parked outside a Michigan elementary school that had been closed for seven months.

Other examples included security officers accidentally discharging their weapons when no students were around and shootings in school parking lots at night longer after schools have been dismissed.

As CNBC reported, the conflict arises in what counts as a “school shooting,” which Everytown for Gun Safety defines as “any time a firearm discharges a live round inside a school building or on a school campus or grounds,”

An incident doesn’t have to result in injury or death to constitute as a school shooting, per the group.

According to Everytown for Gun Safety, there have been an astonishing 300 school shootings in the U.S since 2013, with an average of one occurring a week.

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Another grand standing politician and his dog and pony show that will accomplish nothing that will stop gun violence.

Bill Nelson Praises Proposed Gun Ban That ‘Goes on for 100 Pages’ to Define Assault Weapon

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Sen. Bill Nelson (D., Fla.) on Friday praised Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s (D., Calif.) proposed assault weapons ban for its lengthy definition of “assault weapon.”

Nelson has called for new gun control measures in the aftermath of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., in which 17 were killed. The gunman used an AR-15 rifle, which Nelson wants to ban along with a host of guns that meet the definition of “assault weapon” in Feinstein’s bill.

“Are there any draft bills or anything out there right now that you think might get a second look at this point?” a reporter asked.

“Yes, I’m a co-sponsor of all of them. One of them, for example, is Senator Feinstein’s bill—there are a number of us sponsoring it—that says that you cannot legally purchase an assault weapon, and then it goes on for 100 pages to define what is an assault weapon and what is not an assault weapon,” Nelson said.

He praised Feinstein’s proposal for targeting weapons that he considers the most dangerous, referring to the use of a Sig Sauer MCX at the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Fla.

“Collectors’ items, for example, would not be an assault weapon, but I’ll tell you what is, and it is the two assault weapons that have got us here in Florida: the AR-15 and the Sig Sauer that took out 49 people in Orlando,” Nelson said.

Feinstein’s bill is similar to the assault weapons ban that was in place from 1994-2004, which she also authored at the time. The categorization of certain guns as “assault weapons” has come under criticism for relying on cosmetic features, and Feinstein’s bill is considered highly unlikely to pass or even come to a vote.

Nelson said new gun control laws provide the only path forward, and he blamed Republicans in the Senate for not supporting them.

“You got to change it by changing the law,” he said. “Now, changing the law means that you’ve got to get the votes to get 60 votes. I know we’ll have 49 votes in the Senate because that’s the number of Democrats we have. You have to pick up eleven Republican senators to break the filibuster, in other words, to get to where you can consider the bill.”

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Another of Obama’s “dreamers”.

Grossly impaired’ illegal immigrant blamed for crash that killed toddler

An unlicensed illegal immigrant was “grossly impaired” when he crashed into an ambulance and killed a 3-year-old boy, court papers say.

The boy, from Wise, Va., died Monday, a day after the crash. He was with his mother in the ambulance when it was struck and rolled over in Winston-Salem, N.C. Lyndsay Ann Oakes, 27, suffered minor injuries. The boy was not identified.

Jose Duran Romero, 27, blew a 0.19 on a breathalyzer nearly two hours after the crash, more than twice the legal limit, FOX8 Winston-Salem reported late Monday.

Court papers say Romero, who was behind the wheel of a Honda Accord even though he had never owned a driver’s license, had “bloodshot, glassy eyes,” slurred his speech and looked “grossly impaired,” according to the station.

Romero was also in the country illegally, the station reported.

Federal authorities lodged an immigration detainer against him after his arrest. They said he was from El Salvador.

The ambulance was taking the boy and his mother to a trauma center.

Gary Oakes said Monday his grandson had been under medical care before the crash but didn’t want to elaborate. Asked how the family was coping, Oakes said, “It’s devastating.”

Lyndsay Ann Oakes asked for privacy on her Facebook page.

Police said the Honda was traveling south on U.S. 52 at around 1 a.m. Sunday when it rammed into the side of the ambulance which was also going south.

The two paramedics in the ambulance were treated for minor injuries, the Winston-Salem Journal reported Tuesday.

A police spokesman told the paper Romero and a passenger in the Honda, Andres Leon, 33, fled after the crash. One was caught right away by a person who saw the crash and held for cops. The other man was captured by police a short time later.

Romero was charged with driving while intoxicated and driving without a license. He was being held without bail after bail had been set and then revoked.

It was unclear if the charges would be upgraded as a result of the child’s death.

Leon was being held on $1,000 bail after being charged with failure to render aid and to provide information.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Another Obama “dreamer”.

An investigation by a Houston television reporter revealed that the man accused of murdering a store owner is allegedly an illegal alien who is currently under President Barack Obama’s DACA amnesty program. The “Dreamer” is currently on the run after allegedly killing the store owner and shooting another man.

An investigation by ABC13’s Jessica Willey reports that accused killer Judas Deluna, 21, is an illegal alien who is currently under the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) amnesty program. The program allows undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents to receive temporary protected status from deportation. The federal government is supposed to conduct a criminal background investigation prior to adjusting the immigrant’s the DACA status.

Deluna may have obtained the DACA protection despite a prior history of felony arrests and convictions.

Court records obtained by Breitbart Texas from Harris County District Clerk Chris Daniel’s office show that Deluna received a felony conviction for a terroristic threat made in 2015. The judge of the 176th Criminal District Court sentenced the man to 60 days in county jail. He had also been charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. That charge was dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

Earlier that year, prosecutors charged Deluna with a felony charge of evading arrest with a motor vehicle. The same judge placed the man on four years of probation and deferred adjudication. Following the new murder charge, prosecutors filed a motion to adjudicate this charge.

The current murder charges stem from a shooting that occurred outside DJ’s Food Mart in northwest Harris County in January, Willey reported. It is believed that Deluna got into a fight with another man. He fled to his vehicle where he reportedly pulled a gun and shot the man he was fighting with. When store owner’s son, Rahman Rupani, responded to the shooting, Deluna allegedly shot him as well. Rupani died from his wounds.

Deluna fled the scene in a Black Lincoln Navigator, according to a criminal complaint obtained by Breitbart Texas.

He has been on the run since the January 26 shooting. Willey reported that during the passing three weeks, she learned of Deluna’s status as a DACA “Dreamer.”

Willey also learned that Deluna’s illegal alien father, Manuel Deluna, is also a violent felon who is currently facing deportation proceedings.

Crime appears to be the family business. Judas Deluna’s older brother, Eric Deluna, also has a violent criminal history that includes convictions in state court in 2005 of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and a 2011 case of Aggravated Robbery with a Deadly Weapon, according to Harris County court records obtained by Breitbart Texas.

Willey reported that Eric Deluna planned to ambush a Los Zetas cartel drug shipment in Houston. The shipment was actually part of a federal sting operation. The sting turned violent when a gun battle ensued. A federal informant died in the shootout and a Harris County deputy sheriff was wounded. The older Deluna brother received a 30-year prison sentence.

Activists have often attempted to paint the picture of all DACA recipients being upstanding, law-abiding residents of this country. However, Breitbart Texas has previously reported on crimes, including human smuggling and gang membership, committed by DACA recipients.

“This is not a depiction of who Dreamers are, who DACA holders are,” Cesar Espinosa, an immigrant rights activist with FIEL Houston told ABC13. “We, like everyone else, don’t want those people here. Don’t want bad actors in our community.”

Esponisa then fell back on conflated statistics on immigrant crime which does not separate crimes committed by legal and illegal immigrants. “Studies have shown immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than born citizens because even if you make a small mistake it could lead to something as big as a deportation for ourselves,” Espinosa said.

Many states do not statistically separate crimes committed by immigrants based on their status. However, a study conducted in Arizona where immigration status is tracked reported that “Dreamer”-age illegal aliens are twice as likely to commit crimes as young American citizens. Breitbart News’ Neil Munro wrote, “The report punctures claims by pro-amnesty advocates that young ‘dreamer’ illegals are vital to U.S. industry and civic life, and indicate that any amnesty will ensure that many more crimes — including murders and rapes — will be inflicted against Americans and legal immigrants, including Hispanics and blacks.”

The report states:

Unfortunately, if the goal of DACA is to give citizenship to a particularly law-abiding group of undocumented immigrants, it is accomplishing the opposite of what was intended. As Table 8 shows, DACA age eligible undocumented immigrants are 250% more likely to be convicted of crimes than their share of the population. Those too old for DACA status are convicted at a relatively low rates (45.7% more than their share of the Arizona population).

A report summary explains:

Using newly released detailed data on all prisoners who entered the Arizona state prison from January 1985 through June 2017, we are able to separate non-U.S. citizens by whether they are illegal or legal residents. These data do not rely on self-reporting by criminals. Undocumented immigrants are at least 142% more likely to be convicted of a crime than other Arizonans. They also tend to commit more serious crimes and serve 10.5% longer sentences, more likely to be classified as dangerous, and 45% more likely to be gang members than U.S. citizens …

If undocumented immigrants committed crime nationally as they do in Arizona, in 2016 they would have been responsible for over 1,000 more murders, 5,200 rapes, 8,900 robberies, 25,300 aggravated assaults, and 26,900 burglaries.

Judas Deluna remains a fugitive at this time. His victim, Rhaman Rupani, leaves behind a grieving wife and two young children.

A cash reward is being offered by Houston Crime Stoppers for information leading to Deluna’s arrest.

Bob Price serves as associate editor and senior political news contributor for Breitbart Texas. He is a founding member of the Breitbart Texas team. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTXGab, and Facebook.

More proof that Keith Ellison is a dirtbag.

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REVEALED: Three Democrats Attended Private Dinner With Iran’s President And Louis Farrakhan

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Three Democratic congressmen attended a private dinner hosted by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in 2013, a new report reveals.

Reps. Keith Ellison of Minnesota, Andre Carson of Indiana and Gregory Meeks of New York attended the private dinner, along with Louis Farrakhan, a notorious anti-Semite who leads the black supremacist group Nation of Islam.

Iran is the number one state sponsor of terrorism, according to the United States government, which has listed the Islamic Republic as a state sponsor of terror since 1984. Rouhani was in New York for a United Nations meeting and held the dinner party just hours after speaking to the UN General Assembly.

Final Call, a Nation of Islam publication, noted the three Democrats’ attendance at the time and included photos of Ellison and Meeks at the dinner party. But aside from the Final Call article, the three Democrats’ presence at the dinner remained secret until a Wall Street Journal column revealed it on Friday. None of the three congressmen’s offices responded to The Daily Caller’s request for comment for this article.

Ellison, Meeks and Carson’s attendance at the 2013 dinner is just the latest tie between Democratic members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and Farrakhan.

One CBC member, Illinois Rep. Danny Davis, defended Farrakhan and praised him as an “outstanding human being” in an interview with TheDC last week. Davis openly admitted to having a personal relationship with Farrakhan in the interview.

Ellison, who is also vice-chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), has previously struggled to put distance between himself and Farrakhan.

Ellison attended Farrakhan’s Million Man March in 1995 and once publicly defended Farrakhan — who has repeatedly called Jews “Satanic” — against charges of anti-Semitism.

After his ties to Farrakhan hindered his campaign for DNC chair last year, Ellison wrote an an op-ed for The Washington Post in which he portrayed his ties to Farrakhan as limited to the 1995 march. Farrakhan disputed that characterization in a video posted to Facebook and said that Ellison and Carson visited him in 2015.

The CBC held a secret meeting with Farrakhan in 2005, where then-Illinois Sen. Barack Obama took a smiling picture with the hate group leader. The existence of both the meeting and Obama’s photo with Farrakhan remained secret until last month. A Final Call photographer said he suppressed the photo for 13 years at the CBC’s request, in order to protect Obama’s political career.

Twenty-one current members of the CBC were part of the caucus at the time of the 2005 meeting. None of them were willing to denounce Farrakhan when asked by TheDC.

Farrakhan’s organization, the Nation of Islam, is so extreme that even the left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center has recognized it as a hate group for its “theology of innate black superiority over whites and the deeply racist, anti-Semitic and anti-gay rhetoric of its leaders.”

 

And you think a border wall is too expensive?

Study: Welfare for Foreign Refugees Costs U.S. Taxpayers $870M Annually

Every year, American taxpayers pay nearly $870 million on welfare for foreign refugees who are resettled across the United States by the State Department.

A new study by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) reveals that annually, foreign refugees are being given about $867 million in welfare benefits that U.S. taxpayers pay for. Every year, taxpayers are billed about $1.8 billion for the full cost of resettling foreign refugees, and after five years, American taxpayers will have spent about $8.8 billion on resettling foreign refugees.

The study reveals:

In 2016, former President Obama’s last year in office, the U.S. admitted more Muslim refugees to the country than ever before in history. That year, nearly 40,000 Muslim refugees were placed in the U.S., as noted by the Pew Research Center.

Since 1980, the U.S. has admitted more than 3.5 million foreign refugees, with nearly 100,000 refugees arriving in 2016 under former President Obama.

President Trump, a critic of mass resettling foreign refugees throughout the U.S., lowered the number of refugees admitted to the country, reducing the annual flow of refugees by 70 percent in his first year in office, as Breitbart News reported.

In his first 11 months, Trump admitted 28,875 foreign refugees to the U.S., a vast difference from the whopping 93,668 foreign refugees admitted in the same time period under Obama. Likewise, for Fiscal Year 2018, Trump has lowered the number of refugees who can enter the U.S. to 45,000, the lowest refugee cap since 1980.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder. 

Those running the asylum known as ISD 709 make national news. How embarrassing

A school district drops ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ and ‘Huckleberry Finn’ over use of the n-word

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A 2000 photo of a copy of Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird.” (Nate Parsons/The Washington Post)

A Minnesota school district is dropping two classic novels, “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” from its required reading list because of the books’ liberal use of a racial slur.

Officials at Duluth Public Schools say the move, which follows similar ones taken by other school districts in Virginia, Mississippi and Pennsylvania in recent years, was a response to complaints they had received in the past. The books are still available in libraries, and students can read them on their own time, but school officials will look at other novels on the same topic to add to its curriculum, Michael Cary, director of curriculum and instruction, told the Duluth News Tribune.

“We felt that we could still teach the same standards and expectations through other novels that didn’t require students to feel humiliated or marginalized by the use of racial slurs,” Cary, who was not available for comment Wednesday,

Read the entire article here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/education/wp/2018/02/07/a-school-district-drops-to-kill-a-mockingbird-and-huckleberry-finn-over-use-of-the-n-word/?utm_term=.2da8aca13b5d

This is the class that has been absent in the White house for way too long.

By Susan Jones | February 7, 2018 | 5:40 AM EST

(CNSNews.com) – President Donald Trump has accepted the “amazing opportunity” presented to him by two young Maryland girls who love to cook.

At Tuesday’s press briefing, spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders read the letter written to Trump by 11-year-old Natalie and her 8-year-old cousin Celia:

Dear Mr. President, I’m Natalie and I’m 11 years old, almost 12. My cousin, Celia, who is eight years old and have loved to cook since we practically were born.

If you don’t believe me, check out the pictures we’ve enclosed. We are more than cousins. We are best friends. From the time we were very little, we’ve helped our nona in the kitchen, therefore we are very good cooks for little girls.

The reason I am writing is to offer you an amazing opportunity. We would love to cook for you and your family at your home, or you’re most welcome to come to my house if you prefer. It would be such an honor to make you a meal.

We don’t think you get many home-cooked meals since you’re always so busy, and we read that you only sleep four hours a night. Please, please call us and let us cook for you. Love, Natalie. P.S., our pop-pop says that you are doing a great job, thank you for keeping us safe.

 

 

Sanders responded from the podium:

Natalie, I’m happy to tell you that I talked to the president about your letter this morning, and he and the first lady would like to take you up on your very kind offer. We have an amazing kitchen and culinary staff here at the White House, and the president and the first lady would like for you to come over and work alongside them sometime very soon.

He said to tell your pop-pop and nona hello, and to tell your mother congratulations for raising such a brave and talented little girl. Most importantly, he said to tell you to always believe in yourself and know that in America, you can achieve anything through hard work, determination and perseverance. And sometimes, you just have to take a chance and put yourself out there. That’s exactly what you did with your letter, and we’re excited to meet you in person soon.


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Another Obama “dreamer”.

Jihadist Responsible for Mall of America Stabbing Spree Entered U.S. with Foreign Relatives

A jihadist who pleaded guilty to going on a stabbing spree at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota entered the U.S. as a legal immigrant with foreign relatives.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) confirmed to Breitbart News in a statement that 20-year-old Mahad Abdiaziz Adbiraham entered the U.S. as a “derivative of a relative,” which is immigration lingo used to describe a foreign-born resident who came to the country either as the immediate child or spouse of a legal immigrant.

Adbiraham, according to KSTP, pleaded guilty last week to stabbing two men in a Macy’s dressing room at the Mall of America, an attack that the jihadist admitted in court was inspired by the Islamic State (ISIS).

In a statement to the courtroom, Adbiraham said the attack was a “call for jihad by the Chief of Believer, Abu-bakr Al-baghdadi, may Allah protect him, and by the Mujahiden of the Islamic State,” adding: “I understand that the two men I stabbed know and have explained the reason for my attack, and I am here reaffirming that it was indeed an act of Jihad in the way of Allah.”

The Mall of America jihadist also threatened Americans, saying in the statement that the country would not be considered safe until its “war with Islam” ended.

The jihadist attack by the foreign-born resident is just the last ISIS-inspired attack by a legal immigrant to the U.S.

Last year, Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud, 25, who entered the U.S. from Somalia and obtained citizenship, trained with a terrorist organization in Syria, plotting to return to the U.S. to carry out the attack, as Breitbart News reported.

Additionally, Ahmed Amin El-Mofty, a 51-year-old from Egypt, who allegedly targeted Pennsylvania police officers in December 2017 in a terrorist attack, as Breitbart News reported, entered the U.S. as a foreign relative of a naturalized citizen.

Accused suicide-bomber Akayed Ullah, a 27-year-old Bangladesh national, who allegedly attempted to detonate his bomb in New York City in an ISIS-inspired attack, also arrived in the U.S. as a foreign relative of a naturalized citizen.

In November 2017, Uzbek national 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov allegedly murdered at least eight individuals in an ISIS-inspired attack in New York City. Saipov arrived in the U.S. in 2010 through the Diversity Visa Lottery, whereby 50,000 random foreign nationals are imported to the country every year through a lottery system.

Minnesota has the largest Somali population in the U.S., with the vast majority of those foreign nationals coming to the country through the refugee resettlement program. There are about 74,000 residents who speak Somali in Minnesota, with as many as 80,000 Somalis living in the state.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder.