Monthly Archives: February 2018

0305_Letter to Bill (Armstrong): It’s War _ by John Andrews February 2018 _Left declares war on Christian higher Ed _ Bill Armstrong bio, funeral, memorial, etc.

Donna Jack
February 27, 2018

2018-02-06_John Andrews sent out in an email:  Left declares War on Christian Higher Ed_Letter to Bill (by John Andrews).

Read about Bill Armstrong (Bill Armstrong memorial, obituary, his presidency at CCU, and  his memorial service):     www.ccu.edu/billarmstrong

From: John Andrews [mailto:andrewsjk76=gmail.com@mail37.atl11.rsgsv.net] On Behalf Of John Andrews
Sent: Tuesday, February 6, 2018 5:15 AM
To:        Subject: Left declares war on Christian higher ed

View this email in your browser
https://mailchi.mp/7d3ca86ba1f8/left-declares-war-on-christian-higher-ed?e=2b9dc8a050

2018-02-06_Left declares War on Christian Higher Ed_picture Andrews_Hunt_Armstrong_croppedSenator Armstrong on far right; Jeff Hunt center; and me — a lot to live up to

Letter to Bill: It’s War

 By John Andrews
Editor, Backbone America. net
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The late president of Colorado Christian University, Bill Armstrong, was my friend and political comrade for 40 years. We lost him on Independence Day two summers ago, ending an illustrious career as a senator, businessman, evangelist, educator, and Christian statesman.

Armstrong’s last big play was helping CCU’s public policy guy, Jeff Hunt, land candidate Donald Trump to keynote the 2016 Western Conservative Summit — the annual rally on the right that I launched after Bill dreamed it up.

Ever the dreamer, he was, and what a force. I sure miss the guy.  Sometimes, to clear my head when things get intense, I imagine writing him a letter. Here’s the latest one.

Dear Bill: Heaven being the idyllic place it is, you’re likely spared cable news, social media, and all the earth noise we put up with down here. But I bet you still keep current on the war of America’s angry utopian left against our free institutions and the God who gave them to us. Continue reading

0304_Churchill: The Man Who Saved the Free World_ PragerU Video_February 26, 2018

Donna Jack
February 26, 2018

PragerU has published a video about Sir Winston Churchill.  He was the right man at the right moment in history.

https://www.prageru.com/videos/churchill-man-who-saved-free-world

Churchill: The Man Who Saved the Free World

80.1K Views
Feb 26, 2018

The West is free today thanks in large part to one man – Winston Churchill. Historian and bestselling author Andrew Roberts explains how Churchill saved the world from Nazi Germany.

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Transcript of this video, taken from the PragerU website
(https://www.prageru.com/videos/churchill-man-who-saved-free-world#transcript):

In May 1940, Adolf Hitler and his Nazi war machine were sweeping across the European continent.

The future of the free world hung in the balance.

An isolationist-leaning United States was an ocean away. There was one man who stood between Hitler’s seemingly invincible army and crushing defeat.

That one man was Winston Churchill.

Continue reading

0303_WHAT IS SO GREAT ABOUT SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING? (SEL) – BY J. R. WILSON (2/7/18) — possible federal ESSA funds for SEL

Donna Jack
February 11, 2018

A quotation from the article “What is so great about social-emotional learning” by J. R. Wilson (later in this blog piece):

Which comes first, feeling good about yourself so you can
accomplish something worthwhile,
or accomplishing something worthwhile
so you have something to feel good about?

Search online, and on the Table of Contents page of this site, for other information about SEL (Social Emotional Learning).  Social emotional learning (SEL) has been taking place in schools for decades, but SEL is now specifically named in the schools, and is touted as what education should be all about.

ESSA (federal education program) provides funding for SEL.  That is one result of ESSA being nationally implemented.  No, we have not gotten rid of Common Core and federal control of education.  You can find the following information online:

Funding for Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) in
ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act_Dec. 10, 2015)

http://www.ascd.org/ASCD/pdf/siteASCD/policy/ESSA-Resources_SEL-Funding.pdf
The list contains the specific programs (title and section number) for which ESSA funds may, potentially, be spent to support social-emotional learning (SEL) activities. 

For those programs in existence under No Child Left Behind (NCLB), funding levels are provided for FY 2016.
ESSA-Resources_SEL-Funding_downloaded June 11, 2018 w link

Also search this site for “ESSA”(Every Student Succeed Act) – the federal legislation that cemented Common Core into federal law.  Note:  people in Congress and the U.S. Department of Education deny what ESSA did — and instead they parrot words claiming ESSA eliminated Common Core — claiming that education is now decided on a local level.  That is not what happened.  People too often parrot what they are told, without finding out for themselves.  Search this site for “Betsy DeVos.”

Understanding what SEL actually is, will enlighten you about:
1) a main cause of the dumbing down of American education;
2)  the data-gathering on identified students and everyone that touches their lives;
3)  the collecting of personal data, and storing it with personal identifiers — then distributing that data at will;
4) and the mind and behavior control that is actively taking place in schools across the country.  [This is all Type #2 education, rather than Type #1 education – see Home Page of this site]

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From: Henry W. Burke [mailto:hwburke@cox.net]
Sent: Thursday, February 8, 2018 3:16 PM
To: Henry W. Burke <hwburke@cox.net>
Subject: WHAT IS SO GREAT ABOUT SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING? – BY J. R. WILSON — TAE– 2.7.18

2.7.18 – Truth in American Education
https://truthinamericaneducation.com/social-emotional-learning/great-social-emotional-learning/

What Is So Great About Social-Emotional Learning?
by J. R. Wilson

Continue reading

0302_Colorado Representative Tim Leonard introduced HB 18-1213_ that allows school board candidates to declare party affiliation_YouTube

Donna Jack
February 13, 2018

On February 8, 2018, Representative Tim Leonard sent out an email in which he shared his latest bill.

For decades there has been a game played saying that school board candidates were not partisan.  The fact is, some candidates are strongly partisan, but want to hide their party affiliation from the public.

That has been used as a tool, especially by the democrat party, to hide from the public who the republicans are, and to pretend they are themselves are above politics.

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Link to YouTube about Tim Leonard’s bill increasing transparency in our elections: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=R-eZQh_gezY

Representative Leonard’s email follows:

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From: Rep. Tim Leonard [mailto:tim@timleonardforcolorado.com]
Sent: Thursday, February 8, 2018 1:10 PM
To:
Subject: Week 5: Transparency in Elections Matters

State Representative                            Member:
DISTRICT 25                                                   Education Committee
TIMOTHY J. LEONARD                               State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee
31713 Ruby Ranch Road
                       Legislative Audit Committee
Evergreen, CO 80203
Capitol:  303-866-2582
tim@timleonardforcolorado.com

Fellow Coloradan,

“Transparency” is a word I keep hearing as I visit with constituents in our district.

In particular, transparency in elections is an important component to our representative government.

Just this last election cycle, I was asked over and over again about candidates for school board.

People were wondering why slates of candidates were running together as Republicans and Democrats, yet no party information was available for them.

And none of them were transparent enough to state their party. Continue reading

0301_ Cliven Bundy cleared of federal charges and set free after 700 days of false imprisonment_ The whole story is now told by one of Bundy’s attorneys, Joel Hansen.

Donna Jack
February 6, 2018

Other blogs on Cliven Bundy and LaVoy:  0315 and 0316.

“It proves that government, made up of “mortal men,” is prone to abuse if left unchecked by courageous citizens like the Bundys who peacefully stood firm on their Constitutional rights. ” … Eagle Forum, Eunie Smith President , February 5, 2018

200 W 3rd St., Ste. 502, Alton, IL 62002
phone: 618-433-8990, email: eagle@eagleforum.org

View the email in your browser: https://mailchi.mp/eagleforum/a-win-for-the-good-guys?e=11c5468dae

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From: Eagle Forum, Eunie Smith President [mailto:eagle=eagleforum.org@mail240.suw16.rsgsv.net] On Behalf Of Eagle Forum, Eunie Smith President
Sent: Tuesday, February 6, 2018 8:05 AM
To:   Subject: 🚩 A Win for the Good Guys!

February 5, 2018

Bureau of Land Mismanagement

Many Eagle Forum members rejoiced when Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy was cleared of all federal charges on December 20, 2017, and walked free after 700 days of false imprisonment.  The whole story is now told by one of Bundy’s attorneys, Joel Hansen.  It proves that government, made up of “mortal men,” is prone to abuse if left unchecked by courageous citizens like the Bundys who peacefully stood firm on their Constitutional rights.

All Americans owe a debt of gratitude to Mr. Bundy and his family and to all those who supported them.  As the article concludes: “Cliven Bundy and his sons are modern American heroes, who fought against tyranny at the peaceful battle of Bunkerville, in memory of the bloody battle against tyranny at Bunker Hill.”

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THE BLM’S BUNDY BLUNDER — PATRIOTS VS. FASCISTS
By Joel F. Hansen, Chairman, Independent American Party of Nevada

Cliven Bundy’s ancestors on his mother’s side came, as pioneers, to the Gold Butte area of the southern Nevada desert in 1877 and began ranching from scratch. In doing this they established grazing rights and water rights — preemptive legal rights under Nevada law which gave them permanent rights to graze cattle on that land. Those legal rights were passed down through the years to Cliven Bundy and his family.  In 1934, the Taylor Grazing Act was passed by Congress, an act designed to assist ranchers, especially in the arid American West, to raise cattle for the benefit of Americans — by putting delicious and nutritious beef on their tables. The Bundy ranch is located about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas, near the town of Bunkerville.

These pioneers conquered this hostile, arid land and made it into a productive ranch by making water and feed available to their cattle and learning how to manage the cows so that they could survive in such an arid place, an area mostly covered by sagebrush and creosote bushes.  Because of the water and increased food made available by the ranchers’ efforts, wildlife flourished. The most numerous animal wildlife in the area is the desert tortoise. The tortoises flourished because the cows eat woody bushes which are above the level the tortoises can reach, and then they leave a delicacy for the tortoises on the ground where they can reach it.  The tortoises’ main course and dessert is cow pies, which contain all of the nutrients and moisture the tortoises need for survival.

In 1946, the Bureau of Land Management was created by Congress with the mission of helping ranchers to succeed by helping them construct watering facilities, fences, and other things needed by cattle and by ranchers.  The partnership was a good one, and Cliven Bundy paid the grazing fees required by the BLM for many years.  The people who ran the BLM, in the beginning, were rancher friendly, having degrees in solid scientific areas like geology, range management, animal husbandry, and the like. But beginning in the 1970’s and growing in numbers at an ever-increasing rate each year was a new generation of BLM-ocrats, those with degrees in the “environmental sciences.”  This new generation saw ranchers not as fellow citizens cooperating in the effort to make the land productive, but as enemies who were destroying the environment.  They had signs on their walls — “no more moo by 92” and “cattle free by 93.” As a result, in an effort to eliminate ranching in Nevada, the BLM began raising the annual fee for each cow on the range (AUM’s) and shortening the grazing season. Thus, out of over 50 ranchers in Clark County, only Cliven Bundy survived, as one by one all of his fellow ranchers gave up and went out of business because they couldn’t make a profit under the BLM’s oppressive rules. Continue reading

0300_Feb. 2, 2018 #MEMO RELEASED–by Donna Garner_ link to 4-page memo showing corrupt methods used to spy on Trump and other citizens_ Facebook finally unblocked account of Donna Garner and other grassroots citizens_ related info_ 175 Trump accomplishments in 355 Days

Donna Jack
February 3, 2018

Email from Donna Garner:

From: Donna Garner [mailto:donnaggarner@gmail.com] Sent: Friday, February 2, 2018 12:23 PM To: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com> Subject: BREAKING: #MEMO RELEASED – BY DONNA GARNER — 2.2.18, 11:34 A. M.

2.2.18 – 11:34 A. M.

http://www.educationviews.org/breaking-memo-released/

#MemoReleased – Thankfully the forgotten men and women of America have been heard!  President Trump released the memo without redactions!

LINK TO 4-PAGE MEMO:  http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/house-intelligence-memo-released-what-it-says/article/2647937

When I (and many other grassroots citizens) started tweeting and posting #ReleaseTheMemo on 1.18.18, Zuckerberg/Facebook immediately blocked my account. This stayed blocked until a Congressman came to my rescue.  After so many of his constituents piqued his interest with #ReleaseTheMemo, he decided to read the memo for himself in the secured facility. He was appalled by its contents, contacted me, and successfully put pressure on Zuckerberg/Facebook to unblock my account.   

Six days ago Sean Hannity had his Twitter account blocked for a period of time.  Sean Hannity, Sara Carter, John Solomon, Gregg Jarrett, Sebastian Gorka, Jay Sekulow, Rep. Devin Nunes, and other courageous patriots have worked tirelessly for over a year to reveal the corruption at the highest levels of the Dept. of Justice and FBI. 

The Deep State, the leftists, the Democrats, the Obamaites, the Hillaryites, and the far-left media have been desperate to make sure that #ReleaseTheMemo was not successful.  They never wanted the common people to know the truth – that one political party (the Democrats) did indeed “weaponize” the FBI and the DOJ to illegally take down a person of the opposite political party (Donald Trump). They used a horrible, salacious, lie-filled dossier paid for by the Democrats/Hillary to help get a FISA warrant that allowed the FBI/DOJ to surveil the Trump team and many other American citizens.  This is what Communist countries and/or Third World countries do. This should never, ever have happened in our Constitutional Republic.    Continue reading

0299_Jane Robbins testified before the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce_ YouTube of the session_ transcript of her opening statement_ Jan. 30, 2018

Donna Jack
February 1, 2018

Jane Robbins testified before the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce.  She shared her concern about the out-of-control sharing of the personal information of individual students.

You can watch her give her opening statement at:  [39:04 / 2:21:55] in the video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQ6nzz013OQ 

And you can read the transcript of her opening testimony later in this blog piece.   

Hearing on Protecting Privacy, Promoting Policy: 

Some of the locations on the video, where Jane Robbins speaks:

 Answer57:07 / 2:21:55;
Question: 1:06:39 / 2:21:55 – Answer by Jane:  1:07:42 / 2:21:55 (use aggregate data, and consent for personal data —  stop funding things that don’t work);
Question to Jane: 1:17:29 / 2:21:55; Answer: put parents back in charge of their children’s education — government not choose their education track;
Question to Jane: 1:19:45 / 2:21:55; Answer:1:21:11 / 2:21:55 education research over past years has been designed to reach a predetermined conclusion — needs to be unbiased — need more open broad-based research (even some that is out of favor)
Question: 1:28:07 / 2:21:55
Etc.

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From: Donna Garner [mailto:wgarner1@hot.rr.com]
Sent: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 7:13 PM
To: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Subject: JANE ROBBINS TESTIFIES TO HOUSE COMM. ON ED. & THE WORKFORCE — EVIDENCE-BASED POLICYMAKING & THE FUTURE OF EDUCATION — TAE – 1.30.18

1.30.18 – Truth in American Education

 [Please go to the following website to see the videos, transcripts, and embedded links in this TAE article. – Donna Garner]
https://truthinamericaneducation.com/privacy-issues-state-longitudinal-data-systems/jane-robbins-testifies-house-committee-education-workforce/ Continue reading

0298_President Trump’s 2018 State of the Union Address_ January 30, 2018_ White House YouTube and White House Transcript

Donna Jack
February 1, 2018

January 30th, President Trump gave the 2018 State of the Union Address. A PDF of the transcript of his speech, found at www.whitehouse.gov,  is linked:
2018-01-30_2018 State of the Union Address_President Trump_Whitehouse.gov site transcript

The video of the speech begins around 29 minutes:

A few notes from the beginning of the State of the Union Address

President Trump began his 2018 State of the Union Address by sharing acts of heroism that were revealed in times of crisis in our country this past year.  Several heroes were in the gallery with the First Lady.

He spoke of trials, including the wounding of Congressman Steve Scalise from Louisiana.  He shared gratitude for “the heroic efforts of the Capitol Police officers, the Alexandria Police, and the doctors, nurses, and paramedics who saved his life and the lives of many others; some in this room. ”

“In the aftermath  of that terrible shooting, we came together, not as Republicans or Democrats, but as representatives of the people. But it is not enough to come together only in times of tragedy. Tonight, I call upon all of us to set aside our differences, to seek out common ground, and to summon the unity we need to deliver for the people. This is really the key. These are the people we were elected to serve. (Applause.)”

President Trump said that since the election:  there have been 2.4 million new jobs (including 200,00 new jobs in manufacturing).  We are finally seeing rising wages after “years of wage stagnation.”

Unemployment claims are at a 45-year low.  African American and Hispanic American unemployment is at lowest rate every recorded.

Small businesses are increasing and growing “at an all-time high.”  Stock market has gained $8 trillion in value.  Americans’ 401(k), retirement, pension and college savings accounts “have gone through the roof.”

As promised 11 months ago, we have “enacted the biggest tax cuts and reforms in American history.” — “tremendous relief for the middle class and small business.”

Link to transcript of the entire speech at www.whitehouse.gov site:
https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/remarks-president-trump-state-union-address/#main-content