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Photographer Fattens FLOTUS for Fourth

by Bunk Five Hawks X ( 76 Comments › )
Filed under Politics, Progressives at July 8th, 2019 - 11:54 pm

That photo by Carlos Barrias [Reuters] of President and First Lady Trump looked a bit odd to me, because within seconds of that photo, Melania Trump dropped 30 pounds.

Reuters has a history of photojournalistic malfeasance.

Carlos Barrias’ Reuters bio includes this gem:

“I was very moved after covering the earthquake in Haiti. I was one of the first journalists from Reuters to arrive, and I was there for about 45 days. It was long and tough. You can see human beings at their most basic instinct for survival.

It was a very weird feeling in Haiti because I know I was there doing my job, and I would like to feel that our job means something for people, but at the same time I felt powerless. What do you say when a kid comes to you and asks you for water and food, and you have nothing but a camera? I couldn’t answer that question, and I felt frustrated that I couldn’t do anything.”

[Confidential to @ReutersBarria: I don’t know you, never met you, but you’re full of sanctimonious crap. You were in Haiti for 45 days without food or water? Sure you were. Please click on this. The first 50 seconds are just for you.]


by Bunk Five Hawks X ( 26 Comments › )
Filed under Cult of Obama, Economy, Fascism, Humor, OOT, Open thread, SCOTUS, Socialism at November 19th, 2013 - 11:00 pm


So much carp raining down these days. POTUS lied, the US Census Bureau has been caught fudging statistics, the MSM promoted the propaganda, the low-info voters bought it, MSNBC supports coprophaghia, and the next thing you know is it’s time for
The Overnight Open Thread.

Ohio imam gets just one year for $3.8M food stamp fraud: Where did the money really go?

by 1389AD ( 113 Comments › )
Filed under Crime, Jihad at December 18th, 2012 - 8:00 am
Imam Al-Idu Al-Gaheem, f/k/a Lawrence Phillips, at Riverview Cellular
Imam Al-Idu Al-Gaheem, f/k/a Lawrence Phillips

Dayton Daily News: Man sentenced in $3.8M food stamp fraud case

(h/t: yenta-fada, IOTW, and Creeping Sharia)

By Cornelius Frolik

A federal judge on Thursday sentenced Al-Idu Al-Gaheem to one year and one day in prison for his role in a scheme that bilked $3.8 million from the federal food stamp program.

Al-Gaheem, the former owner of two Dayton View businesses and the imam of Masjid At-Taqwa mosque, was the second of four defendants to be sentenced in the case. All four defendants have pleaded guilty.

Al-Gaheem faced as many as four years in prison after he pleaded guilty in August to felony charges of conspiracy to commit money laundering and conspiracy to commit wire fraud, food stamp trafficking and structuring transactions to avoid reporting requirements.

Al-Gaheem, who previously was named Lawrence Phillips, was the owner of Five Pillars Market, 1263 W. Riverview Ave., and Riverview Cell & Cup of Dreams, 512 N. Broadway St.

Imam Al-Gaheem seems to be a US-born convert. The story does not say whether or not he had a previous criminal record.

Al-Gaheem worked and conspired with Abdul Yamini Sr., Abdul Qadir and Omar Yahya to defraud the food-assistance program. The men illegally paid customers 50 cents in cash for every $1 in food stamp benefits they redeemed.

Undercover law enforcement agents caught the defendants illegally trading cash for food stamp benefits and buying and selling products that are ineligible through the program, such as counterfeit clothing and firearms.

Authorities estimate that more than 1,000 transactions took place at Five Pillars Market that involved the illegal exchange of food benefits. The federal government deposited about $3.8 million into bank accounts controlled by Al-Gaheem and others as reimbursement for food benefits redeemed at Five Pillars.

Al-Gaheem repeatedly withdrew large amounts of cash from the bank account, but he always took out sums that were just less than the threshold that requires the filing of federal financial reports.

Al-Gaheem and the other defendants used the money they stole to renovate the Dayton View businesses and pay for personal expenses, such as rent, mortgage and other bills, said assistant U.S. Attorney Dwight Keller.

Five Pillars Market

Given the grungy, ghetto-like appearance of the Five Pillars Market and the Cup of Dreams coffee shop, shown in these photos, I doubt that much of the money was spent on renovations.

Keller urged Judge Timothy S. Black to give Al-Gaheem the maximum prison sentence to deter him from breaking the law in the future and also to send a message that this criminal activity will not be tolerated.

“Mr. Al-Gaheem is arguably the most culpable” defendant in the case, Keller said.
Black sentenced Al-Gaheem to the same prison term that he handed down to Qadir in November.

In addition to prison, Black also ordered Al-Gaheem to be placed on three years of community control after his release.

Al-Gaheem and the other co-defendants in the case will be ordered to pay $3.8 million in restitution to the federal government, even though authorities doubt that they can even come close to paying back the money they stole.

Yamini is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 20. Yahya is scheduled to be sentenced in late February.

More here.

Al-Idu Al-Gaheem at Cup of Dreams coffee shop
Al-Idu Al-Gaheem at Cup of Dreams coffee shop

Let’s start connecting the dots:

Yahoo! News: Dayton, Ohio, Imam Indicted for Food Stamp Fraud, Money Laundering

★ USDA Inspector General Phyllis K. Fong stated that funds from “fraudulent operations” often aid criminal enterprises, such as drug trafficking and gang activity, according to the Dayton Daily News. Fong testified during a congressional hearing last year that food stamp funds have been laundered and transferred to the Middle East and the horn of Africa.
★ Food stamp fraud “siphons” approximately $330 million from the program nationwide each year, according to USDA statistics quotes in the Dayton Daily News.
More here.

Follow the money!

The federal investigators should have tracked down where this money went, after it was withdrawn in cash. How much did Al-Gaheem and the other defendants contribute to the Masjid At-Taqwa mosque where he served as imam? How much did they expend for zakat (mandatory Muslim “charity,” of which a considerable portion goes to fund the jihad)? How much did they transfer overseas via hawala? I realize that hawala is an informal money transfer system that, by design, is difficult to trace. But the investigators should at least have made the effort, rather than simply taking the defendants’ word for how they spent their ill-gotten gains.

Also see:

Eco-Bitches Pwnd On Video Outtakes

by Bunk Five Hawks X ( 9 Comments › )
Filed under Climate, Energy, Environmentalism, Politics, Science, Special Report at December 13th, 2011 - 10:17 pm

From Wizbang via Soylent Green:

“Dr. Ann Maest is a managing scientist at Straus Consulting, and she’s the go to expert on all things groundwater. In the press release announcing her reappointment to the National Academy of Sciences, they mention that she is focused on the environmental effects of mining and petroleum extraction and production, and, more recently, on the effects of climate change on water quality.

Maest is in high demand as an expert for those looking to stop oil and mineral exploration. She’s also heavily used by the federal government, even though new details about her past work are coming to light as a result of a lawsuit.”

Anyone surprised? Not this reporter. Check out one of the smoking guns: