Tuesday, September 30, 2014


The Bosnian American Association of Milwaukee and Chris Mathieu have organized a fundraiser to assist a few families who suffered from the devastating floods in BiH in May of this year. Chris Mathieu is a journalist with eurobasket.com and a member of the Institute Research Genocide which specializes in dealing with the war in Bosnia and its aftermath.
On October 11th 2014 they will hold a Fundraising dinner, cultural event and silent auction to benefit families affected by the flooding. 100% of the money raised will go directly to help families affected by the flooding. There will be a dinner, music, documentaries about Bosnia and Herzigovina and a silent auction. A selection of traditional Bosnian food and music will be included and some important documentaries about Bosnia and her history will also be shown.
Contributors to the silent auction include the Milwaukee Bucks, Bill Carter of Miss Sarajevo fame, Jasminko Halilovic, Abdullah Pejkic, Roger Richards, Harun Mehmedinovic and representatives from Davison College among others have contributed to the silent auction and fundraising efforts. The Milwaukee Bucks donated tickets to be raffled off; Bill Carter donated a signed copy of Miss Sarajevo documentary and a signed copy of his book “Fools Rush In”. Jasminko Halilovic donated three signed books; Abdullah Pejkic donated an original photograph as did Roger Richards and Harun Mehmedinovic. Others donated some money that was unable to attend the event.
The Bosnian American Association wants Bosnians who know people in desperate need to contact them via their Facebook site or the fundraising link on Facebook and to nominate people who are in desperate need of help. They will evaluate who needs help the most and will select 4-5 families who are in desperate need of help. The funds raised will be sent to someone in BiH who will oversee their disbursement process and will ensure the money gets to the families and will be properly used for supplies, medicines, food or materials needed to rebuild their homes and lives. Pictures will be posted on the Facebook site and you will be able to follow the people that you help.
A link to the Bosnian American Association of Milwaukee….
A link to the fundraising site…
What we are hoping for is to raise awareness that the need is still there to help the people of BiH after the devastating flooding. Due to the problems facing Bosnia before this catastrophe it has made recovery much more difficult. We are also hoping to give some hope to families affected by the flooding that they know that they have not been forgotten about, that people are aware of what happened and that we want to give them hope that they are not alone in their time of need.
Ultimately we want to encourage other expatriate communities to organize similar fundraisers in their communities, to realize it doesn’t have to be a difficult process and that they can do the same thing in their communities around the world and in the US. When you give money to organizations the trickle down aspect means your donation doesn’t always reach those in needs. In this setting we plan on 100% of all proceeds going to directly help those affected by the flooding and to give some hope that they will have a better future.
I know people who have died from the stress related to this flooding that has left too many feeling abandoned and hopeless. We are hoping restore a bit of hope in the lives of people that have already faced too much in their lives.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

20 years ago few thought Bosnia and her people would survive, even fewer actually cared. She and her people did though against impossible odds. She survived and her people, even though scattered around the globe and starting over have survived and thrived. They have become incredible people who overcame incredible odds to bring life to communities that were once left for dead (St.Louis).... Bosnia...n Zmajevi overcame the same calamity and impossible odds. Just a few years ago it appeared the team would collapse, they were threatened with being kicked out of FIFA. Bosnia and her people once again faced the impossible and overcame and beat the odds once again. Bosnia has become one of the most feared teams in the world and took the favored Argentina to the brink today. There is nothing to be disappointed about the history, the result or the people. Bosnia and her people will continue to defy the odds and make the world believe in the impossible. Today was just the beginning for Bosnia, echoes of the past of the war, the '84 Olympics can be heard but this history is being written today, less than 20 years from the calamity, is just the beginning for Bosnia and her people. Thank you Zmajevi for showing the world that Bosnia and Herzigovina is here, it has always been here and it will be a power and a people to be reckoned with for all of history...Bosnia the strong, Bosnia the bold, Bosnia the metaphor. It is a metaphor for survival, for fearlessness, for overcoming incredible odds and defying the laws of history...Bosnia is Greatness...Thank you for being one of a kind, a diamond.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014


We live in a country with a one party system with a liberal and a conservative wing, neither party truly represents the people but divides the one party on "wedge issues" if I could change 13 things about the government this is what I would do...

1) Tax everyone for healthcare, or make them sign a waiver if they refuse to, that if they need medical help they have to pay in advance or no treatment.... Then I would open it up so everyone could buy health insurance on exchanges even if you have insurance and you just don't like yours.

2) Legalize marijuana, gambling and prostitution and tax them to the max. I don't do any of the three but I don't understand why people can't legally gamble on the super bowl or the NCAA tournament in almost all of the states.

3) Allow people to not wear a seat belt or helmet if they sign a waiver and become an organ donor (as long as they are 18 years old).

4) Eliminate the penny, round up to the nearest nickel on all transactions and the extra pennies go to the national debt. Sounds like nothing, but how many monetary transactions happen in the US everyday?

5) eliminate the $1 and $5 bill and replace them with coins. They are way more durable plus you can't bleach out a coin and turn it into a $20 bill.

6) If you get government benefits you get drug and alcohol tested. If you can afford either then you don't really need the benefits, do you?

7) Make it so you can't buy soda, candy or junk food with food stamps, or steaks and lobsters.

8) differentiate between violent predatory criminals who are menaces to society and the rest of the people who make mistakes. Longer sentences for the first category and shorter sentences and more treatment (which is cheaper) for the second.

9) CEO's of publicly traded companies should be capped at making 100X what the average worker makes. This sounds like on obscene amount anyway but when you realize CEO's make 400x this is a huge limit. Private companies would be exempt from this.

10) If you make more than 500k per year for 10 years (on average) you automatically opt out of social security and other retirement benefits. You still pay in but you need a hardship exemption in order to collect the money.

11) Universal background checks, drug tests and mental health screening for all gun purchases in the country.

12) De-incentivize people having kids they don't take care of. If you are on government assistance or disability every kid you have after the first one you lose some of your benefits not gain them. Also your benefits are tied to your kids attendance and test scores while in school.

13) Change it so that the only way the government can spend more than it takes in is in case of extreme emergency, like WWII or the Great Depression