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I Am a Conservative, not a Republican

By John Velisek USN (Ret), staff writer

Has anyone figured out what the 2014 election results really meant? I was under the impression that Americans had grown ever more disheartened with what our nation has become. Turnout at the polls made it seem that voters wanted to rebuild the nation given us by the Founders. Historic gains were made by Republican candidates, promises were made and the excessive actions of the Democrat Party would be blunted as the citizenry exclaimed “No More!”

I have been a proud card carrying Republican since I first voted. Based on what I learned in school, their platform made sense. I have traveled to many parts of this world while in the military and can honestly say that I have found nothing, NOTHING, better than what we have here. In fact, no one can begin to equal 250 years of American accomplishment. We were promised that when Republicans took both Houses of Congress, things would change; that we might be able to get some things done and see sunlight at the end of a long dark period of subjugation to a Marxist president and power hungry congressional leadership.

Obama, our narcissist in chief proclaimed for all to hear that he would take action on illegal immigration, without Congress. In my opinion, his would be a totally unconstitutional action, creating chaos in this country and slamming the Black middle class the hardest. Sen. Mitch McConnell, the next majority leader, and John Boehner both made waves, vowing to fight Obama to the end on this subject. McConnell promised voters:

“When the newly elected representatives take their seats, they will act.”

Naturally, Republicans were divided. Congress pursued the “CRomnibus” keeping the Department of Homeland Security funded until Feb 29 and the rest of government rest fully funded. But not all Republicans agreed, some wanting to shut government down at that time for the fight while others favored a short term funding bill, keeping the government open until 2015. The temporary approval was derided by many, including many conservative groups, given that any funding at all would get the program up and running. Once started they never end. You can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube. And like other programs, it would be further expanded and grow to “unexpected” levels.

Once again, the Republicans caved. Once again, the corporate Congress did the bidding of the major corporations and lobbying groups that allow them to function. Once again the American people have been ignored while both parties fatten on the deals they make. When was the last time any elected official left public service with less money than he had when he was first elected? How many deals are we going to allow people like Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid to make before the spigot is finally shut off?

What I find most disappointing is the fact that both sides are the same. We are governed not by Republicans and Democrats, but by the Uniparty.

Right now, it appears to this veteran that Obama can continue do whatever he wants. Republicans have wasted what leverage they might have had. A number of Party elders blame it on not being able to get the Republican message to the American people. The message I see from Republicans is that we are going to get more of the same.

Corporations, including the National Chamber of Commerce, got the amnesty they wanted. Today, Obama expanded it even more. Americans looking for jobs, living from payday to payday get screwed again and Republicans have shown themselves as Democrat-lite, providing no reason for any citizen to look to them for leadership. Why would any God fearing, hard-working American vote for ANY Republican?

So we’ll wait and see in this next election who is a “Republican” and who is a true conservative. I will vote for the conservative. If I can find one.

Rutgers Freshman Victimized by Insufficiently Diverse Mascot

By John Velisek USN (Ret), staff writer

According to the Rutgers Daily Targum, freshman Emmet Brennan helped author a bill “…to create black, Latino, Asian, and third-gender mascot friends to accompany the school’s original “Scarlet Knight” mascot adopted in 1955.” “Our mascot does not represent how diverse we are as a school,” decided Brennan after he “…noticed the mascot’s fair skin and blue eyes while working as a press box server during the university’s football games.”

Katie Park, writing for the Daily Targum, tells her readers:

After taking issue with the mascot’s complexion, Brennan began collaborating with student Mohamed Asker who currently serves as the SA’s student affairs chair. Asker is also a member of the Arab Cultural Club and assisted Brennan in drafting the bill.

Although the bill passed the SA, Brennan said there “were some concerns over the mascot possibly being offensive if it wasn’t done properly.” To assuage those concerns, Brennan consulted with the university’s black, Latino, and Asian cultural councils and has encouraged his peers to contribute to the process of creating diverse mascot friends.

“What we were really hoping is that this would be a discussion with the entire student body,” Brennan said. “So we would have a working committee of the different multicultural [groups], possibly the Queer Caucus — basically students who represent a unique voice, and have them all working together at the same table to make sure red flags that arise with any of those groups — that mascot would immediately be tabled.”

According to Brennan, the decision to create additional mascot friends rather than eliminate the current Scarlet Knight stems from his expectation that some alumni and administrators would be reluctant to replace something so traditional.

“There’s always going to be people who complain, but I think we won’t receive that much pushback because we are keeping the current knight,” Brennan said. “We’re just, I think, taking pride in our current diversity as a school as we are now, but also recognizing where we were.”

Since the bill passed, Brennan says his next step is to take it to the administration and decide whether the SA will seek university or alumni funding to create the additional mascot companions or use SA funding which draws from student fees.

Brennan said he would “rather not spend student money on something I can get someone else to pay for.”

My Opinion: Isn’t that special? Brennan feels oppressed by a mascot? So he talks to every other minority on the campus, gets a few of them to say “Yeah. I guess it’s a problem” and goes into a hissy fit to get attention. I notice the Queer caucus is invited; will any Christians or conservative groups be there? Just asking. It would appear that they will be the silent minority. It will no doubt be a forced silence as Christians are clearly not a group with sufficient diversity to be taken seriously; that is, permitted to speak. And how special is that last line. I’d “…rather not spend student money on something I can get someone else to pay for.”  Just a freshman, probably 17 or so and already practiced in the true art of liberalism—demand the use of someone else’s money for the purpose of forcing your beliefs on others. If you feel so strongly about it, use your own money, snowflake.

And my opinion: It was more than 42 years ago I graduated from college and in the midst of the Vietnam War, the deaths at Kent State and race riots, I don’t recall anyone on campus being overly concerned about the eye color of the school mascot or whether he—pardon me, He, She or It—had an appropriate number of diverse little friends. And these were some people who really knew how to protest! It is extraordinary how easily and apparently, rapidly, kids can be offended today. I wonder how many multicultural groups or members of the Queer Caucus Mr. Brennan will need to consult if he should experience something really disturbing–losing his room key, for example or the Coke machine running out of Diet Cherry.  Doug Book, Editor, Coach is Right


Enough…I’m tired and you should damn well be too

By John Velisek USN (Ret), staff writer

I think back on the days of my childhood, days when all the kids in the neighborhood I lived in would get together for a game of stickball. All colors, all nationalities, everyone would play. Some better than others, but everyone would play until our mothers called us home at dark for dinner. The only break would come when the ice cream truck came by, and if someone didn’t have the dime for ice cream, someone else would buy it for them.

Times have changed, but the basic principles of how I was brought up have stuck with me. It doesn’t make for a tranquil way of life these days. There is a choice which must be made by every one of our citizens. Do we keep those old values, or do we toss them to the side for a more modern way of living our lives?

For me, I’ve had enough. There are certain things I am tired of:

I’m tired of partisan politics, of politicians working only to line their pockets and those of family and friends. I’m tired of election promises never kept and the lying that has somehow become an accepted part of their everyday lives.

I am tired of state and federal masters who believe they have the authority to decide what I may say or do, whether I am allowed to carry a gun or favor Christianity over Islam. I am tired of the “It Takes a Village” mindset which claims special insight in what our children should learn and how they must be taught.

I am tired of a federal government that shatters the Constitution and Bill of Rights to protect us from ourselves. I am tired of regulations that cost money, jobs and cause damage to the country in order that some crony or lobbyist can make a bundle.

I am tired of people wanting something for nothing and blaming others for the life that they made for themselves.

I’m tired of voters being called uninformed when they are really just stupid, lazy or greedy.

I am tired of being called racist because I am against illegal immigration. We are a country of laws, or used to be. Illegal is illegal. What part of that gets lost on the administration and media? Our Republican lawmakers have lost the integrity and backbone their constituents expect them to have.

I am tired of being told that in our modern culture, family does not matter. The foundation of this country was based on Christian principles. If you want that to change, count me out. I don’t care about your new ideas, or new way of life. It doesn’t matter to me. If that offends you, I am NOT sorry and I will NOT change.

I am tired of people being perpetually offended; offended by anything you say or do. The new buzzword is “microagression”. What exactly is that, other than a way to silence the people who disagree with today’s victim class. It won’t work. I and many others will not be cowed into silence.

I am tired of people believing I have to apologize for being a Christian Atheists out there who get so upset about someone being a Christian, I ask why? If God doesn’t exist, why does being a Christian make you so angry? Here’s a fair test: tell a Muslim that his religion is wrong, and let’s see what happens.

I am tired of a school system which indoctrinates rather than educates. Don’t indoctrinate our children into acceptance of socialism or homosexuality. Alumni who give to these systems are just as guilty as those who teach in them or run them. And parents, take the time to see what they are teaching your kids; from global warming nonsense to sex they are teaching your kids things that will make you angry. Stand up and opt out. You should decide what your child needs to know and what he is to be taught.

I am tired of slavery. My family never owned any, I never lived through it and no one alive has either. If there are reparations to be paid, they won’t get a dime from me. The first slaveholder in America was a black man and the slaves were rounded up by blacks in Africa and sold to him by Muslims. Ask those people to pay.

I am tired of Bowe Bergdahl being treated as a victim or hero, while Amir Hakmati languishes in a prison in Iran. Mr. President, do what is right by having a Rose Garden ceremony for Amir, with his parents and Amir standing next to you.

I am tired of class warfare. The middle class has been devastated over the past six years. Redistribution, like all other aspects of socialism does not work, never has and never will.

There is so much more. It is time for this administration, and all politicians to wake up to the fact that people in this country are fearful of where it is going; that all people, black and white want the opportunity of a better life for their children. It is up to us, the people of this country to stand up and tell those who believe they are above the law that there will be a reckoning.

Responsibility, accountability and respect must be integral to the education of our children and citizens. Today, our priorities are in free-fall. The nation is falling into third world chaos as a result of the deliberate actions of the New World Order crowd. No victims, no excuses. The time is now, and only time will tell what the citizenry of this country really wants.

Those quiet days of summer and ice cream still await. What will you do to bring them back?

John C. Velisek USN (Ret.)
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Coach is Right, Friday Short Stories

By John Velisek USN (Ret), staff writer

1.) Obama Dismisses Wealthy Americans As ‘Society’s Lottery Winners

Speaking to a panel on poverty at Georgetown University, President Barack Obama dismissed wealthy Americans as “society’s lottery winners” and called on them to make a “modest investment” in the poor in the form of tax increases. You pretty much have more than you’ll ever be able to use and your family will ever be able to use.

“There’s a fairness issue involved here. And by the way, if we were able to close that loophole, I could now invest in early childhood education to make a difference. That’s where the rubber hits the road. That’s … where the question of compassion and ‘I’m my brother’s keeper’ comes into play. And if we can’t ask from society’s lottery winners to just make that modest investment, then really this conversation [on poverty] is for show.”

My opinion: I’m sure all those hard working Americans out there who have spent years busting their butts to make something of the lives really appreciate being called lottery winners. Of course, what do you expect from someone who has never worked a day in his life. And please, don’t tell me how the rich people don’t pay their fair share. They pay more than anyone else overall. Well, unless you work for the government that is. In 2012, the top 1% of wage earners paid 30.2% of income taxes collected by the federal government. The BOTTOM 20% of wage earners paid 8.6% of the federal tax burden.


2.) Obama: Churches Should Focus More On Poverty Instead Of Abortion And Gay Marriage

President Obama suggested that people of faith should focus more on helping the poor, instead of focusing on divisive issues such as gay marriage and abortion.

During a panel discussion on poverty at Georgetown University, Obama specifically referred to his own Christian faith, pointing out that he recognized the importance speaking out about the issue as president.

“I think it would be powerful for our faith-based organizations to speak out on this in a more forceful fashion,” he said, admitting that his wish might sound “self-interested” because he had disagreements with Christian and Catholic organizations about gay marriage and abortion.

“There is great caring and great concern, but when it comes to what are you really going to the mat for, what’s the defining issue … this is often times viewed as a ‘nice to have’ relative to an issue like abortion,” Obama said.

My Opinion: Wait, what? Our Muslim in Chief is talking about his Christian faith? Would that be Christianity as Mr. Obama learned it in the church of Jeremiah Wright?

You do nothing but denigrate Christians, offer no assistance as they are butchered by your fellow Islamists, yet you believe you have the right to tell the Christians of the world what to think or say! Give it a rest, Mr. Obama. It is not your place to even discuss what Christians should do. When was the last time you were in a real Christian church? As President you have done nothing but show contempt for every religion but Islam. It is NOT the job of any President to tell people of various religions what to think. But if it were, you should start with the members of your own religion, Mr. Obama. Tell them to stop beheading “infidels;” stop brutalizing females and treating them like chattel. Could anything be more typical of Barack Hussein than to be a member of a sect of devout sub-humans as he criticizes Christians. Incredible.


3.) Obama Rips Fox: ‘We’re Going to Have to Change How the Media Reports’

For going on seven years we have learned three things about President Obama: 1) He loves the poor so much he continues to create more of them. 2) He loves the poor so much he does everything in his power to keep them poor. 3) He doesn’t see the opposition as loyal, but as bad players — his enemy. This is especially true of Fox News, which Obama ripped as anti-poor bigots during a Wednesday afternoon summit on poverty

Speaking of Fox News, the poor, and the way GOP leaders think, Obama said, “We are going to have to change how our body politic thinks, which means we’re going to have to change how the media reports on these issues.”

I have to say that if you watch Fox News on a regular basis, it is a constant venue. They will find folks who make me mad. I don’t know where they find them. They’re all like, “I don’t want to work. I just want a free Obama Phone, or whatever.” And that becomes an entire narrative that gets worked up.

He also likes the news media to do what it’s told.

My Opinion: There was someone else who talked about the Media in this way. If I may quote: “The press must grow day in and day out — it is our Party’s sharpest and most powerful weapon.” It’s a quote by someone you may be trying to emulate, isn’t it Barack. Namely, Josef Stalin. We also know how well Goebbels used the press in Nazi Germany. Not here sir, not at any time. We have freedom of the press, and if you think you can just executive order your way out of criticism, think again. Isn’t it typical of the left that they own 95% of the media yet won’t rest until they dominate/control it all!!


4.) First Lady Michelle Obama isn’t holding back.

“We’ve both felt the sting of those daily slights throughout our entire lives. The folks who crossed the street in fear of their safety, the clerks who kept a close eye on us in all those department stores. The people at formal events who assumed we were the help,” said Michelle Obama. “And those who have questioned our intelligence, our honesty, even our love of this country, and I know that these little indignities are obviously nothing compared to what folks across the country are dealing with every single day. Those nagging worries about whether you’re going to get stopped or pulled over for absolutely no reason. The fear that your job application will be overlooked because of the way your name sounds.”

My Opinion: People crossing the street in fear, didn’t Jessie Jackson say something like that? Oh yeah, he fears blacks too. Must be a racist. And that assumption that blacks at a state dinner must be part of the “help.” Valerie Jarrett mistook a 4 star general for a waiter at her first state dinner, ordering him to get her another glass of wine. Then again, was it really a mistake? You were the one who said you weren’t proud of this country until your husband was nominated for the Presidency, so stop with all the Woe is Me crap. No one is listening. And though it would never occur to someone like you, Moochelle, it’s just a bit disingenuous to bitch, moan and complain while stealing hundreds of millions from taxpayers in order that fawning “friends” might accompany you on vacation.


John Velisek USN (Ret.)
Twitter @sjspecialist

It will be Obama’s Holocaust

By John Velisek USN (Ret), staff writer

Americans today are more than a little suspicious of Barack Obama. His Middle East policies are of no apparent benefit to the United States and leading from behind is not going to work. What exactly did Obama believe would happen during his Arab Spring? Do his policies stem from a Socialist, or Muslim background.

Obama and the not so secret real power in the White House, Valerie Jarrett, are known to have been negotiating with Islamic mullahs since the pair’s first inauguration. America’s twin Quislings have bestowed blessings on the mullahs and their plans to destroy Israel and certain Middle Eastern nations—Egypt, for example.

This administration is allowing the Iranian Revolutionary Guard (IRG) to move through Syria into the city of Daraa held by Syrian rebels and toward the Israeli border. Along with recruits from Pakistan and Afghanistan, all are working under the command of the IRG in a push to the Golan Heights. Intelligence supplied by Egypt and Israel reveals the former Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis has joined the Islamic State in planning a large scale assault against Israeli forces on the Egyptian border. All depends on Israeli forces continuing their strikes against those forces and keeping them from taking Tel al-Hara which would leave open the Golan.

These ISIS forces have joined with Hizbollah and are thought to be planning a confrontation which will toss the entire area into conflict. Of course, ISIS has on its side Barack Obama, an American president that has ignored the important US tradition of having Israel’s back along with a “mainstream” American media which condemns Israel for having the audacity to defend itself.

A resolution written for Obama as a war authorization act, conveniently left Israel out. It is no accident that Obama let this happen. Leaving Israel out the main target of ISIS, was intentional, and seems to be a strategic aim of this White House. This is the same President who walked out of a meeting with Israel’s prime minister and who declared that Israel must pull back to pre-1967 borders. This is the same President that is taking great care to align with Iran, putting both Israel and Saudi Arabia in danger. It is difficult, if not impossible to explain why our country is backing the primary sponsor on international terrorism

The biggest factor in all of this is American ambivalence, leading to the destruction of many years of work by those trying to find a middle ground throughout the region. Following the doctrine of Israel-hating Jimmy Carter, Obama has put the entire world in the way of a violent backlash, regional wars and perhaps the United States standing alone because it cannot be trusted. Our community activist has destroyed any credibility that this country had even with its friends in the Middle East. We had a chance in 2009 during the Iranian Revolution and Obama did nothing, perhaps a gift to his Muslim benefactors. Like many others, the Iranian people learned that they cannot trust this administration.

But this same president will work for regime change in Israel. He has done everything in his power to assure the Muslim Brotherhood that Israel will stand alone, including sending Regime operatives to Israel in the hope of influencing voters against Benjamin Netanyahu. While his administration condemns Netanyahu, he describes the Muslim Brotherhood, Abbas, and Rouhani as moderates.

Congress needs to do what it can to thwart Obama’s attempts to destroy our staunchest ally in the Middle East. Obama will continue to allow—even encourage—the work of jihadists to destroy Middle Eastern nations not under the thumb of the Muslim Brotherhood. Obama’s State Department has even met with the Muslim Brotherhood to discuss ways of removing anti-terror, Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi from office. It was al-Sisi who defeated Muhammed Morsi, Obama’s hand-picked, Muslim Brotherhood representative who had been installed as Egypt’s president after a fraudulent election. The Egyptian people put an end to Obama’s scheme by voting Morsi out and al-Sisi in. Morsi is currently in prison, the proper place for most Obama acquaintances.

Rather than prevent Obama providing Iran with a nuclear weapon, liberal, Milquetoast republicans have paved the way for a terror attack against Israel and even the United States. The US/Israel alliance, once a stabilizing force in the Middle East has been broken by a President who is taking aggressive steps to destroy Israel. If our Marxist/Muslim president has forced another, infinitely more destructive Holocaust on Israel, the blood of its citizens will be on his hands.

Don’t expect Barack Hussein to lose any sleep.

John Velisek USN (Ret.)