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The Transformation of America

By Ed Wood, staff writer

What is happening to our nation, once the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave? Nothing is free anymore and the exercise of bravery is perpetually discredited by the cowardly. Compromise and negotiation seem to be more popular, especially as they relate to our enemies.

In the Constitutional Republic given the American people by the nation’s Founders some 238 years ago, powers granted the government were specific and limited. As a result, We the People enjoyed great freedom, having the right to do all things not constitutionally prohibited by our government. Today, it seems, we cannot do anything unless it is specifically permitted by our government. See the difference? I challenge you to name one human activity that isn’t controlled by one government edict or another!

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Last year there were 10,637 bills introduced into the houses of Congress, plus an untold number of state laws and regulations. We violate them every day without even knowing they exist. They make criminals of us all.

In the private sector, incompetence leads to failure. Not so in the public, or government, sector. The reason is simple. In the private sector, there is accountability. Either it works, or it is replaced by something, or someone that does. In the public sector, there is very little accountability.

For example, in response to the Veterans Administration scandals, newly appointed VA Secretary Robert McDonald testified before Congress that after a thorough internal investigation of the more than 340,000 VA employees, 900 of them have been terminated. All of this supposedly occurred since he took office.

In reality, there were only 8 VA employees actually fired for incompetence. And it’s a safe bet they were permitted to retain full benefits, regardless of their job performance.

When the President stated that he wanted to “transform America,” he didn’t say “transform the American government.” He said “transform America.” To Barack Obama, that meant changing it from its roots, its history, its culture, and making a mockery of its  exceptionalism.

How’s that been working out for ya’?

Sources:

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/statistics

http://www.cato.org/blog/number-va-employees

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/wp/2015/02/18/no-the-va-has-not-fired-60-people-for-manipulating-wait-time-data/

“Coach is Right” Saturday Short Stories

By John Velisek USN (Ret), staff writer

1.) Eleanor Holmes Norton Doesn’t Think We Have the Right to Know When Our President Is Selling Us Down the River

Totalitarian Eleanor Holmes Norton, the non-voting House Delegate from D.C. believes the American people and their representatives in Congress haven’t the right to know all that is going on in government. “You don’t have a right to know everything in a separation-of-powers government,” claimed Norton. “That is the difference between a parliamentary government and a separation-of-powers government.” Norton’s statements were made in reference to subpoenas created by Congressman Darrell Issa’s House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. According to Norton, as the subpoenas were nothing but “fishing expeditions,” the White House should not have to answer them. We “don’t have a right to know” everything that the administration does, she said, during the committee meeting chaired by Issa.

My opinion: Would someone give this lady a copy of the Constitution? We live in a Constitutional Republic, and for the low information voter, that means we elect our government officials and their powers are specified in the Constitution. How are we to make a valid decision at the polls if we don’t know what our elected officials are doing? Obamacare was passed in the dark of night, with San Fran Nan Pelosi saying “you have to pass it to know what’s in it.” Sorry, but that isn’t the way it is supposed to go. But what can we expect from lawmakers interested in reelection rather than doing the work of the people?

Source: http://www.independentsentinel.com/category/home-page/

2.) On Wednesday, California Democrat Barbara Lee proposed the House of Representatives resolve that women will eventually be forced into prostitution in order to obtain life-sustaining food and water for their families.

“Women will disproportionately face harmful impacts from climate change,” Lee’s resolution reads. It continues with “Food insecure women with limited socioeconomic resources may be vulnerable to situations such as sex work, transactional sex and early marriage that put them at risk for HIV, STIs, unplanned pregnancy, and poor reproductive health.”

My opinion: Climate change again? Won’t these people ever give up? And now we are told to beware as climate change will result in the forced practice of prostitution! Where did that come from? And isn’t it about time that those seeking equal rights should end their demands that government protect them at every turn, from every imagined hardship?

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3.) White House Floats Bankruptcy Process for Some Student Debt

Federal law prohibits student loans from private lenders and from the U.S. government being wiped out in bankruptcy except in rare
circumstances. On Tuesday, President Barack Obama directed administration officials to study whether to expand bankruptcy options for “all student loan borrowers.” An administration official said the bankruptcy review would likely focus on whether to expand bankruptcy options for borrowers with student loans made by private lenders—such as SLM Corp.’s Sallie Mae and Wells Fargo & Co.—that aren’t backed by the government. Private loans make up about 10% of all student loans, with the remaining 90% made by the federal government.

My opinion: Oh good, let’s let the little snowflakes build up debt as they party at a liberal indoctrination center and then forget all about it. Already student loan debt owed the government is over one trillion dollars. Let’s put more debt on the back of future generations by forgiving private lender student loans. This will help private banks become insolvent and have to charge every loan more to recover their losses. Is this smart, or what?

4.) Stop clapping! You’re triggering feminist anxiety!

UK based outfit, the National Union of Students is hosting a conference for women, but Don’t Clap! Feminists prefer the use of Jazz Hands as it seems clapping loudly causes anxiety. Yes, anxiety is a real issue. Yes, many people suffer from anxiety. But if conference applause is a ‘trigger,’ there will no doubt be plenty of great therapists available to treat the “ailment.”

My opinion: If this is what feminists are worrying about, how will they be able to deal with the real life concerns inherent in equal rights? Will we need to fluff the pillows for them, or can they be expected to do that for themselves?

John Velisek USN (Ret.)
Twitter at sjspecialist

University of Scranton stands tall and says “No!” to abortion coverage for its employees

 By Derrick Hollenbeck, staff writer

In a very encouraging turn of events, the Jesuit run University of Scranton has announced it will no longer pay for abortion coverage for its employees.

The school’s President Father Kevin P. Quinn S.J. made his announcement in a statement issued on February 10th in which he said that “it [abortion] is inconsistent with the moral teachings of the Church. …. [Because] The University is self-insured we can, and therefore must, offer insurance plans that are free of all abortion coverage.”   

Like clockwork, the numbingly predictable protests from Planned Parenthood and Concerned Clergy for Choice appeared to show their ardent love for the state sanctioned death of innocent children. They held up signs saying, “My Health, My Faith, My Life,” and “Relationships require planning.”

Without the slightest trace of self-consciousness, a witch representing Planned Parenthood had the temerity to say, “The University of Scranton’s decision displays a cruel indifference to the women who work there. When a woman enrolls in an insurance plan, goes to the hospital, or visits her doctor, she should be confident that she’ll get the best care possible. She shouldn’t have to worry that religious restrictions will be allowed to trump her health.”

Not to be outdone in death cult rhetoric a Rabbi Dennis Ross, director of  Concerned Clergy for Choice  Albany, said that the university should separate its religion from its insurance.

In response to this death cult blather Father Quinn responded, “As a university, we are at our best when we remain a united community that treasures and respects diversity in all its forms and especially in views and thoughts. At the same time, however, we are proudly Catholic and Jesuit. I continue to hold that it is necessary for the University as a Catholic institution to act consistently with the Church’s moral teaching on abortion.”

Those who have watched the steady decline of the once Catholic schools in America and felt the pain of seeing Catholic doctrine denied by the very people who have been charged with supporting and defending the Church have to be elated by Father Quinn’s announcement. I know I am.

Source  http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=6382

 

The Obama Administration’s Operation “Choke Point” now in the open

By John Velisek USN (Ret), staff writer

Operation “Choke Point” is not new. It began as an outgrowth of the President’s Financial Fraud Task Force in 2009. Choke Point never acquired congressional authority to begin operations though it was started by the DOJ, FDIC, and the newly formed Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in 2009. It is called “Choke Point” because its main purpose is to choke off lending to industries which are out of favor with the Obama Administration. In essence, if businesses can’t process payments, they can’t survive.

Choke Point operations were first begun against payday lenders in New York by the NY Financial Services Superintendent. The purpose was to “make payday lending, especially in New York, as unappetizing as possible.” The first public notice was by Michael Bresnick at the Exchequer Club in Washington in March of 2013. The Justice Department subpoenaed more than 50 banks and payment processing firms. Quite simply, the American people now have an administration that wants to close off funding for  industries it doesn’t like even as it is pushing banks to loan money for marijuana sales.

Hearings concerning the administration’s Choke Point scheme will begin today, held by the House Financial Services Subcommittee.  The question is whether there will be any repercussions. The New York Times was more than willing to provide information concerning the ways in which government was tracking terrorist finances during the Bush administration.  But the mainstream media has been silent about the full force of government being used to destroy the legal employment of citizens simply because the Obama Regime does not happen to favor the industries in which these people are working.  Is a government which deliberately forces law abiding citizens into unemployment not worthy of news coverage?

Some of the industries being targeted are firearm sales, coin dealers, ammunition sales, payday loans and pharmaceutical sales. Do any of these pose a danger to the average citizen? Is there any justification for the targeted destruction of these businesses by the federal government?

The DOJ has used the intimidation of banks to force processors to drop clients and has employed smear tactics if they don’t comply. The nation’s banks are clearly being told that they will face government harassment, perhaps even financial ruin if they should do business with companies the Obama Administration does not support. It is in fact, befouling the open and free markets of this country, attempting to destroy legal business based on an authority that this government does not have. It is the denial of banking services to companies based solely on political differences. It is a deliberate threat of financial destruction against those in the free market simply because they do not share the  “Moral Values” of a socialist administration. Knowing that subpoenas are difficult and expensive to comply with, companies will roll over and submit to federal pressure because they cannot afford to fight it. This leaves the DOJ with the easy job of fining targeted companies and winning “sue and settle” awards through the courts, much as the EPA has done.

When Congress sent a letter requesting the DOJ answer questions about the project, a DOJ official told Congress they did not have to answer any questions about the project, and that the DOJ had no obligation to discuss any aspect of “Choke Point” with Congress at all. This same official even refused to give her name. She was later found to be Deputy Assistant Attorney General Maame Ewusi-Mensah Frimpong. She refuses to discuss her confrontation with congress and responded to questions by referring reporters to DOJ Public Affairs.

As is usual with the Obama Administration, there undoubtedly exist more evasion and lying that may ever be known. At the same time the above named Deputy Assistant Attorney General was refusing to talk to Congress, another DOJ official, Trial Attorney Joel M. Sweet was providing details to bank examiners and financial institutions under the auspices of the Federal Financial Institution Examination Council. The question then becomes, what will the DOJ tell large bankers and examiners that they won’t tell Congress? The next question, at least for me, is why are these people not in jail!

There is bound to be much more to this story and the American public can only hope it will be revealed as the hearings progress.

Sources:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2014/05/24/operation-choke-point/

http://dailycaller.com/2014/07/18/operation-choke-point-hearing-reveals-doj-threats-and-strong-arming/

http://www.bizzyblog.com/2014/05/02/establishment-press-virtually-ignored-dojs-pernicious-operation-choke-point/

 

Our Third World President

By John Velisek USN (Ret), Staff writer

The United States is in danger of becoming a third world country as it follows the third world dream of a third world president.  Listen to what our mistake-of-a-president has said in the past and you will understand where he wants this country to go.  For example, Obama believes the United States is a colonialist, racist country that must be torn down before it can be made respectable. It is from the Marxist intellectuals who raised him that Obama obtained the belief that Europe and the United States became super powers on the backs of others.

But decades of liberalism have made Europe a third world, dependent society. The United States is now the focus of evil for the Obamas.

From Bill Ayers and Frank Marshall Davis, Obama learned to believe that capitalism and free markets would be responsible for the destruction of all races other than white. It was Michelle who admitted that her husband’s run for the White House represented the first time she had been proud of her country. This animosity and feeling of self-entitlement have permeated all of liberalism and been used by liberals to create a perpetual expectation among the lower classes that government is somehow responsible for fixing their lives, making them contented, providing meaning and a sense of worth; in short, to make their lives mean something from cradle to grave. Liberals and the people they place in positions of power are racists and anti-capitalists, their main purpose the destruction of this country.

But Socialism is not capable of creating a feeling of self-worth and will never take root in most of the citizenry, even though it has encroached upon certain segments of the population.  Socialists are easily identified by their claims that “it is for the children,” whatever it might be. This invariably means another boatload of regulations and debt dumped on our children, always with the intention that they become permanent wards of the government.

It has been the teachings of his father and mentors that have given Obama his direction today. As a result, the flames of racism have been fanned to their highest point in decades by a President whose every thought, every action is tinged by an ingrained contempt for whites. And today, Obama has grown into a narcissistic, pouting, self-centered caricature of what a President should be. 

In 2008, Obama was to be the anti-racial candidate and post-partisan president who, with “hope and change” leading the way, would build a consensus on all sides as he directed our country along a path which would make the planet itself stand out in the universe. Obama would be at peace with everyone, leading from a position of strength and knowledge.

What we have wound up with is more racial tension than ever in my lifetime and a pompous, self-centered man child as President, willing to destroy not only this country because of all our “faults,” but also Israel, because it is the homeland of Jews and because Obama believes the wrong man won at the polls.

We are in the 1960s again, a result which was inevitable given a Saul Alinsky acolyte in the White House.  It is possible that all this will lead to such turmoil that Obama will declare martial law and cancel elections. If that happens there will be a civil war, tearing this country apart. Our government controlled media will blame this disastrous state of affairs on those who stubbornly refused to give the Grand Emperor Obama a fair chance. You don’t think this can happen? Then why is this administration so eagerly forcing “net neutrality” on the WWW when there is little call for it by the citizenry and a great deal against!

Barack Obama is a very common man, still with the tribesman foundation of his father, vulgar in his disdain for anything in which he does not believe, anyone who questions him and anyone who does not believe as he does. There is no compelling reason to think that he will change, and our Congress is too feeble or afraid of being called racist to oppose this man.

Two more years of his lying, his childlike tantrums, his aggressive destruction of American culture and principles. Can we take it America? And how long will it take to recover?