Monthly Archives: May 2017

0211_What is Cultural Marxism_YouTube and Transcription

What is Cultural Marxism_YouTube_Transcription

Donna Jack
May 31, 2017

Below is a YouTube that explains Cultural Marxism:

Transcript of the above YouTube:

On the screen:  What is Cultural Marxism?

Let us begin with a very terse description: Cultural Marxism is a broad term which refers to the advocacy and application of critical theory, and more generally to the cultural, political, and academic influence of certain elements within the contemporary Left.

The roots of Cultural Marxism are to be found in what is commonly known as the Frankfurt School.

The term arose informally to describe the thinkers affiliated, or merely associated with, the Frankfurt Institute for Social Research at the Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany, during the interval period.

Critical of both Capitalism and Soviet Socialism, they sought to address the perceived shortcomings of Classical Marxism in the pursuit of societal change.  Their work came to be known as Critical Theory. Continue reading

0210_How Affordable Housing Developers Scam Taxpayers – YouTube

Donna Jack
May 25, 2017

I am still doing research on the HUD/AFFH federal money.  AFFH means “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing.”  That means affordable housing.

Our County Commissioners will be voting on whether to accept the HUD/AFFH money this year.  The vote will be on a Tuesday — June 6th or 13th.  I would guess it might have to be the 6th.

Below is information on how lucrative it is to be a developer involved with the tax credits for building affordable housing.

 

 

 

0209_Facts Don’t Care About Your Feelings_Prager University YouTube

Donna Jack
May 23, 2017

Vanderbilt University – “Facts Don’t Care About Your Feelings”
A Prager University production

“On the college campus today feelings rule facts, and victims are heroes.  According to the left, all inequality in America is due to victimization.”

The YouTube below is narrated by Ben Shapiro, editor of The Daily Wire, for Prager University.  A transcript of the video follows the link to the video below.

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hok2PiRnDfw

Transcript of “Facts Don’t Care About Your Feelings”
2017-05-23 Transcript of Prager University YouTube_Facts Don’t Care About your Feelings__Transcript

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Vanderbilt University, November 2015.  200 students rise up to protest the white privilege and micro aggressions of the “racist,” “bigoted” Vanderbilt Administration.

The protestors don’t offer any specific examples of discrimination, but that doesn’t matter – what matters is that they feel victimized. Continue reading

0208_An article written by John Newkirk about our Jefferson County school board members: “It’s Only OK When We Do It”__and links to Geri Zahner’s site and blogs on this site that support John’s article

Donna Jack
May 13, 2017

John Newkirk has published an article that you can read below.  You can also read it on his Facebook page.

Links to Geri Zahner’s website and to several supporting blog pieces on this site, are listed at the end of this blog.

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2017-05-11_Bigger-Picture of 5 Jefferson County School Board members_for John's Article

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“It’s Only OK When We Do It”
John J. Newkirk·Wednesday, May 10, 2017

My latest Opinion column for the Courier newspapers talks about hypocrisy in our public servants. Complete quotes (condensed here for brevity) can be found by clicking on the hyperlinks:

Selective outrage is all the rage these days. That is, what one group calls outrageous becomes perfectly acceptable behavior — so long as they’re the ones doing it.

Examples of selective outrage abound in places like Washington, D.C. and Berkeley, but we really don’t need to go that far. We can see it right in our own backyard.

Three years ago, Jeffco Public Schools found itself searching for a new leader after the superintendent resigned (and as Secretary of the Board of Education, I had a front-row seat). We hired a national search firm that specializes in public school leaders and, with their assistance, evaluated applicants until there were about half a dozen semifinalists, the identities of whom were contractually confidential. After interviewing each semifinalist, we rated them on a scoresheet provided by the executive search firm. Ultimately, the list of contenders was narrowed down to a single finalist — and that’s when the outrage began. Continue reading

0207_The Federalist “Why Competency-Based Education will Deepen America’s Education — by Jane Robbins_Jeb Bush’s unparalleled influence on K-12 education

Donna Jack
May 13, 2017

http://thefederalist.com/2017/05/04/competency-based-education-will-deepen-americas-education-crisis/

The Federalist – May 4, 2017 article

Why ‘Competency-Based Education’ Will Deepen America’s Education Crisis

Do we really want a society in which every action a child takes from K-12 is incorporated into an economic planning algorithm that may control the rest of his life?
Jane Robbins

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Despite his failure at presidential politics, Jeb Bush emerged from the recent campaign with perhaps unparalleled influence on K-12 education. Minions with ties to his Florida-based, Bill Gates-funded Foundation for Excellence in Education (FEE) are populating the U.S. Department of Education (USED) under Secretary Betsy DeVos, and FEE leverages Bush’s education legacy to push its preferred policies in multiple states. One of those policies is competency-based education (CBE).

0206_Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Implies Common Core Are ‘High Standards’ — she is wrong — by Dr. Susan Berry (May 6, 2017)_Dr. Sandra Stotsky_ Mike Pence_Dr. Jason Zimba_Dr. James Milgrim_Ze’ev Wurman

Donna Jack
May 13, 2017/update 12:52 p.m./updated 2017-05-15

THIS IS A FOLLOW-UP ON BLOG 0205–Go to Blog 0205 for background information connected with this article.

Comments about:   Common Core and ESSA – and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

Common Core was coercively pushed on school districts and states across our country,  (using force and threats in addition to bribery) — it was deceptively implemented, keeps growing in its scope, and has not gone away.

Common Core was officially made federal law (ESSA) in December 2015.  If Betsy DeVos does not know that, or if she does and is hiding it, she should not be our Education Secretary.  We need someone who will honestly and thoroughly champion for local control of education — not just in words, and not just in little parts – but have local control truly be the top priority.

Go to the end of Blog 0205, for some links to other blogs on this website that deal with Common Core.  They contain information that will be helpful to people who know nothing about Common Core, and they are also excellent resources for people who have studied Common Core for years.

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5.6.17 – Breitbart

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/05/06/education-secretary-devos-implies-common-core-high-standards/

www.breitbart.com
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says though Common Core no longer exists – itself a controversial statement – she hopes states will still “shoot high.”

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0205_Intro to blog 0206_inadequacies of Common Core_DeVos mistaken about education_ESSA federalized Common Core__FEE is supported by people who want global control of education_Links to some blogs on this site that are about Common Core_Jeb Bush

Donna Jack
May 13, 2017/update May 15, 2017

FEE Chairman Jeb Bush_Meet our Board–meet our donors 2008-2016

Background information to supplement the next blog – Blog 0206

On May 6, 2017, Donna Garner distributed an article by Dr. Susan Berry, which is also the subject of the next blog (blog 0206).   Donna Garner is an invaluable resource.  You can email her, asking her to place your email on her distribution list — Wgarner1@hot.rr.com.

If you don’t know much about Common Core, you can learn a lot from Dr. Berry’s article and the video she linked within the article.  In the video, Jason Zimba admits Common Core does not prepare students for more than, at best, a non-selective junior college.  Jason was a lead writer of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.

To learn about those people and organizations pushing Common Core,
the History and goals of Common Core – and its status

Go to Links to blogs, that can be found listed at the end of this article.  They give some detailed background, history and goals of Common Core.  They are good for beginners, as well as for those of us who have studied Common Core for years.  They can be a refresher and can offer new information. Continue reading

0204_2nd episode in a 5-part documentary America Under Siege webseries — Soviet Islam: The War Against Terror begins at the Kremlin (by Trevor Loudon)_also: First in America Under Siege Webseries — Civil War 2017

Donna Jack
May 11, 2017

The following material is from Trevor Loudon’s website:
http://www.trevorloudon.com/2017/04/america-under-siege-soviet-islam/

“The next episode in Capital Research Center’s five-part ‘America Under Siege’ webseries, ‘Soviet Islam,’ has just been released on this YouTube channel and at DangerousDocumentaries.com.

“With President Trump executing missile strikes in Syria and radical Islamic terrorism being as big a threat as it ever has been, we need to understand how these oppressive regimes and extremist ideologies got started and are empowered. Working with Dangerous Documentaries, director Judd Saul and conservative commentator Trevor Loudon have compiled a team of researchers who have uncovered the history of the Soviet Union’s meddling in Middle Eastern politics, creating a new enemy for the United States, and have learned that Russia’s continuing alliance with Islamists is forwarding a radical domestic threat in America today.

“Soviet Islam” is the second episode in the five-part “America Under Siege” documentary web-series releasing over the course of 2017. Each episode profiles the influence of radical Marxists on various segments of American society. Continue reading

0203_April 2017 Imprimis article-The Left’s War on Free Speech-from a speech given by Kimberley Strassel_ 2010 “Citizens United” triggered an epidemic of people seeing free speech from a 5-year-old’s viewpoint

Donna Jack
May 6, 2017

There is an interesting article in the latest monthly publication of Imprimis, published by Hillsdale College.

The April 2017 featured article is based on a speech that Kimberley Strassel gave at Hillsdale College in April.  You can read The Left’s War on Free Speech   online  at imprimis.hillsdale.edu/lefts-war-free-speech/  

In light of the displays of anarchy on city streets, and also on College and University campuses — and in light of the training and conditioning of students in public schools —  and the conditioning being done by most of the main-stream media, with the goal:  to hate the United States of America and shut up anyone who disagrees — this article is timely.

Here are two samples from the article:

“It was at this moment that I had one of those sudden insights as a parent. I realized that my oldest was a constitutional conservative, my middle child a libertarian, and my youngest a socialist with totalitarian tendencies.”

“my main point today is that we’ve experienced over the past eight years a profound shift in our political culture, a shift that has resulted in a significant portion of our body politic holding a five-year-old’s view of free speech. What makes this shift notable is that unlike most changes in politics, you can trace it back to one day: January 21, 2010, the day the Supreme Court issued its Citizens United ruling and restored free speech rights to millions of Americans.”

 

0202_Why Isn’t Communism as Hated as Nazism — presented by Dennis Prager (video)

Donna Jack
May 4, 2017

Students in public  school are not taught the truth about Communism.

Quotes from this video:

“Until the left, and all the institutions influenced by the left, acknowledge how evil communism has been, we will continue to live in a morally confused world.

“In the meantime, all good people owe it to the victims of communism to learn what happened to them. Even worse than being murdered or enslaved is a world that doesn’t even know that you were.”

Dennis Prager presents this 5 minute 19 second (5:19) video.  (posted May 1, 2017).  You can link to the facts mentioned in the video – and at his site either view the transcript of the video — or you can download the transcript.

Below you can watch the video “Why Isn’t Communism as Hated as Nazism?”:

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