Monthly Archives: May 2016

0098_A father-son Citadel Memorial Day memory about Honor, Duty, Respect_Maj. Gen. Franklin M. Davis, Jr. and his oldest son, 1st Lt. Stephen W. Davis

Donna Jack
May 30, 2016_Memorial Day

Yesterday my husband received an email from a friend named Jim, who graduated from The Citadel. The Citadel was established in 1842 as the Military College of South Carolina.

The email Jim  forwarded to my husband, was written about one of Jim’s classmates at The Citadel.  The email is one representative account that tells of some of the countless sacrifices and acts of bravery that U.S. military men and women have made, and continue to make, in service to our country.

FROM JIM’S EMAIL:

     Here’s something I thought you’d be interested in.  It concerns (in part) a Citadel classmate of mine we called “Foggy” Davis.  He was a nice guy who sat across from me in one of my history classes.

Subject: As we reflect on Memorial Day…….here is story of the sacrifice our classmate Stephen Davis made in Viet Nam and the Davis family…..

I thank my dear friend, band mate from I Company and the Class of 1965, Ron Padgett, for sharing this story about our classmate on Facebook today.  Gives all of us still here, a moment to reflect on the true meaning of Memorial Day and the many sacrifices so many have made to protect our country and the many freedoms we enjoy.

A father-son Citadel Memorial Day memory about Honor, Duty, Respect
They are on the minds of our Charleston family this Memorial Day and in my mind, on all days. But for the younger ones, to help them understand, the complete story of our family’s heroes, as known from many old newspaper and military articles, is now written in one place for them to keep and to pass on in the future.

Maj. Gen. Franklin M. Davis, Jr. and his oldest son, 1st Lt. Stephen W. Davis, The Citadel Class 1966, are buried together in Arlington National Cemetery. When my father, Gen. Davis, first entered the army prior to World War II, he was a young officer and fortunate to be a member of the Honor Guard at Arlington National Cemetery.

In the darkness he would ride his horse to inspect The Tomb of The Unknown Soldiers, on guard, 24 hours a day, riding past the thousands of head stones and heroes buried there from America’s past wars. The only noise was the sound of the horse’s hooves. As Gen. Davis rode through the yard, the only noise the beating of horse hooves, he sensed the spiritual presence of all those great heroes buried there, relying on him to watch over the cemetery.

Years later, after the unimaginable horrors experienced by fighting the Nazis across Europe with the Third Armored Division in WWII, he was haunted by experiences such as liberating concentration camps, or surviving the misery of The Battle of The Bulge. Continue reading

0097_The new Federal Education law doesn’t get rid of Federal control_the ACT and SAT are still Common Core aligned_their serious competition is VECTOR

Donna Jack
May 26, 2016

April 1, 2016, I posted a blog:  0084_Competition for the Common-Core-based ACT and SATs_looking for people to beta-test it.  The competition for the ACT and SAT is Vector ARC.

Today Forbes.com published:

The article begins:
“Guest post written by Justin Haskins, executive editor, The Heartland Institute.
“In December 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) swept through Congress, largely unopposed by leaders on both sides of the aisle. It is perhaps the only piece of legislation during Pres. Barack Obama’s time in office that appears to have pleased politicians of every persuasion. Many Democrats praised ESSA as a significant enhancement over the George W. Bush-era No Child Left Behind Act that finally enshrines into law a mandate for “college and career-ready” education standards. Republicans, notably Tenn. Sen. Lamar Alexander praised the legislation for allegedly shifting power back to state and local governments eager to avoid the increased control hoisted upon them by the Department of Education’s Common Core State Standards. . . . “

You can read the entire article here.

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0096_How HUD controls your property rights (and behavior), with John Anthony 5/16/16_YouTube

Donna Jack
May 23, 2016, expanded in a revision 8:38 AM, May 24, 2016

This is the first blog post of several, on the subject of the orchestrated accelerating assault on our property rights and our liberty.  This theft is happening all across our country.

Below is the YouTube, “How HUD controls your property rights (and behavior), followed by a 2 ¾ minute transcript of an excerpt starting at the beginning of the YouTube.”  HUD is the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

[59 minutes and 44 second YouTube]

Published on May 23, 2016

John Anthony explains how HUD controls people and what people can do to fight back. White Plains, New York. May 16, 2016. For more information visit: sustainablefreedomlab.org
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Through the public schools, television, radio, news outlets, the internet, Hollywood and the internet:  teachers, students, parent, and citizens in general, are being told that Affordable Housing is a loving thing.  They are not being told the real truth — that property rights are being secretly, intentionally stolen under the guise of kindness to the poor.  That translates into losing our ability to live freely, as John Anthony explains in the beginning of his YouTube, “How HUD controls your property rights (and behavior).”

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[2 ¾ minute transcript of an excerpt that starts at the beginning of the YouTube video.]

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0095_This is not a police state. It’s a University. By Everett Piper, President of Oklahoma Wesleyan University.

Donna Jack
May 20, 2016

The letter below was linked within the piece Derrick Wilburn sent out 10 days ago.  You can read part of Derrick’s letter in Blog 0094.

Long ago people should have refused to play the game of “political correctness.”  This self-censoring, which has led us to where we are today, may have brought us to a place of no return.  It is my sincere hope that it is not too late for our country.

On May 2, 2016, Everett Piper, President of Oklahoma Wesleyan University, boldly said no to the Department of Education (DOE).  In his letter, he carefully lays out his case, and I believe we all would benefit from studying it closely, and preparing to defend our right to self-government.  His letter follows:

“Everett Piper, President
Oklahoma Wesleyan University
May 2, 2016

“In recent years, the Department of Education (DOE) has chosen to send several “dear colleague” letters to all universities in the United States whereby it has presumed to progressively redefine Title IX to include three troubling new directives under the auspices of the 1972 law. The first directive sets forth the “transgender accommodation” mandate. It specifies that any male student who declares himself to be female must now be given full access to all female facilities and programs. The second directive specifies how colleges must investigate and adjudicate allegations of sexual harassment or sexual assault. It actually requires a process that often circumvents local law enforcement and its corresponding constitutional protections of all involved parties. A third directive, defines any unwelcome “verbal conduct of a sexual nature” as “sexual harassment.”

[to see the entire letter, click here.]

0094_The Issue is Totalitarianism – Excerpt from Derrick Wilburn’s newsletter

Donna Jack
May 20, 2016

Derrick Wilburn sent out an email ten days ago.  In it he addresses the issue that is of great concern to so many people across our country.  Totalitarianism.  People and groups are being forced, bribed and coerced into bowing down and throwing out personal beliefs, freedoms and rights — forced to get out of the way of those who insist on imposing their will — and living in fear of the government threat to destroy, if you are in the way.

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[Excerpt from Derrick’s May 10th letter:]

“The Issue is TOTALITARIANISM

“totalitarianism: a political system where the state recognizes no limits to its authority and strives to regulate every aspect of public and private life wherever feasible.

“The problem, those of us who have strong disagreement with Barack Obama, isn’t just ideology — people have had differing political ideologies forever– its totalitarianism. The striving for the fundamental changes he believes America needs, whether the rest of us …those he’s elected to *represent*… also want that change or not.

“A letter last week by the President of Oklahoma Wesleyan University is short and a perfect case-in-point. Read it HERE.  It spotlights the fact that the Obama admin is using the Dept. of Ed to force schools into compliance with their wishes for social change and re-engineering of our culture. “Do as we say or lose your funding.”  [editor note:  The linked letter will be in Post 0095] Continue reading

0093_Memorial to Treon Goossen — from Donna Jack_The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost (YouTube)

May 14, 2016
Donna Jack

Four days ago, on Tuesday, May 10th, I woke up with phrases in my mind from the poem The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost.  Quickly I hurried to my computer to begin writing.  You can read Frost’s poem printed at the end of this blog, or listen to a reading of The Road Not Taken here.  

A TRIBUTE TO TREON GOOSSEN AND TO HER FAMILY

Treon Goossen is one of the finest women I have had the privilege of knowing.  She left this world May 9th.

The Road Not Taken was one of Treon’s favorite poems.  It was printed in the program that was given out at a beautiful service held yesterday in her memory.

Treon  lived a life of love, “tirelessly advocating for freedom and rights of families in Colorado” (a quote from her memorial service program).

She was always an inspiration and joy to her husband and seven children, and to all of her family.  Yesterday, even in the midst of their great sorrow, it was easy to see the admiration and love all her family members have for Treon; and to see the comfort they have, knowing she is in heaven with Jesus, her Savior.

Not only has Treon inspired her family, but she has inspired so many other people who were in her life — as well as those who simply knew about her.  Near the end of the service yesterday, some of her family members walked up front to speak about Treon first.  Then others who knew her or knew about her, went up front to share about Treon and how she has touched their lives.

People in Colorado and across the country have benefited, and will continue to benefit, from Treon’s life.

Her family will continue to carry on her legacy with gratitude, love and joy.

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0092_Students from Socialist Communist China Crowding our College Campuses_Free Speech not there_April 2016 edition of The Phyllis Schlafly Report

Donna Jack
May 5, 2016

Last week I read an article written by Phyllis Schlafly about the influx of Chinese students from Socialist Communist China, who are being accepted into colleges and universities, while in many cases at the same time, the applications of better-qualified American students are being turned down.  Repeat:  This is accepting non-citizens OVER better-qualified American students.

I’d like to add that we are paying for these colleges and universities with our tax dollars.  Even if American students are not as highly qualified, they should have an advantage of entrance over students from other countries.

In the Phyllis Schlafly Report for April 2016, you can read about a reason why fewer qualified American students are being accepted into colleges. 

The absence of free speech on most campuses is also discussed in this article.  She has some important information for people to be aware of.  Maybe it helps explain why so many Moms and Dads no longer recognize their own sons and daughters after they graduate from college!

Read a small portion of Phyllis’ article below, or go directly to a link to the full article:

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Chinese Crowding Our College Campuses

“High school seniors are eagerly watching their mail this month, hoping for the “fat envelope” indicating acceptance by the college of their choice. Unfortunately, more American students are receiving the “thin envelope” because college acceptance rates are continuing their decade-long decline.

“The most selective public colleges, such as UCLA and Michigan, now take one out of six applicants, compared to one out of three a decade ago. Top private colleges, such as Stanford and Harvard, admit one out of 20 applicants, compared to one out of 10 a decade ago. Continue reading