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0340_FLASH MOB AT MASTERPIECE CAKESHOP TOMORROW (June 8) Come early (2:30) to prepare, stay during flash mob, and remain to help clean up and encourage Jack_Contribute money to help him recoup expenses during the legal battles

Donna Jack
June 7, 2018

 Find the Court’s full opinion  about Jack and his Masterpiece Bakeshop: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/17pdf/16-111_j4el.pdf

Here is a link to a donate page to help out Jack and his business.

FLASH MOB AT MASTERPIECE CAKESHOP TOMORROW (June 8)
Come early (2:30) to prepare

Tomorrow afternoon people supporting Jack, the Masterpiece Cakeshop, and freedom of speech and conscience, will be meeting from 2:30 til 3:00 at the Cakeshop.  We will be given instructions how to be able to remain calm and represent Jack and Jesus during the flash mob.

At 4:00 there will be a flash mob (one that is carefully planned — as Jack said, we all know about it).  The opposition will be given a space to exercise their free speech and conscience.  During that time, those supporting Jack will remain, and afterwards will be there to clean up whatever is needed after the flash mob leaves.

DURING THE TIME THAT JACK WAS NOT PERMITTED TO CONTINUE
HIS WEDDING CAKE SERVICES, HE LOST A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF BUSINESS (money).

Here is a link to a donate page to help out Jack and his business.
https://www.continuetogive.com/supportjackphillips

Jack and Masterpiece Cakeshop lost a tremendous amount of money when he had to shut down his wedding bakery services.  The bills continued to mount while his income was shrinking.  Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) has provided legal services, taken care of all legal fees and services.  But during these years, his business suffered because of imposed restrictions on him from the lawsuit. Continue reading

0339_US Supreme Court Ruling on Colorado Masterpiece Cakeshop case_Cake Baker Victory at Supreme Court Today (forwarded by Donna Garner)

Donna Jack
June 7, 2018

June 4, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the favor of Colorado Masterpiece Cakeshop.

 Find the Court’s full opinion here https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/17pdf/16-111_j4el.pdf

Read/Donate to Support Jack Phillips (the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop)-
https://www.continuetogive.com/supportjackphillips

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From: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Sent: Monday, June 4, 2018 10:18 AM
To: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Subject: CAKE BAKER VICTORY AT SUPREME COURT TODAY – IMPORTANT FOR TEXAS — FROM TEXAS VALUES — 6.4.18

For Immediate Release                                    PRESS RELEASE
June 4, 2018 – Contact: (512) 478-2220

“Cake Baker Supreme Court Victory! Religious Freedom Clause Key To Historic Win”
Washington, D.C. —This morning the U.S. Supreme Court released its decision, holding 7-2 that the Colorado government violated the constitutional rights (Free Exercise Clause)  of private business owner and cake baker Jack Phillips. Last year, Texas Values joined 32 state family policy organizations from across the country supporting Colorado cake shop owner Jack Phillips, a supporter of traditional marriage who is being forced by the government to make a cake with a specific theme: celebrating a same-sex wedding ceremony.

 Find the Court’s full opinion here https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/17pdf/16-111_j4el.pdf

 “This is an important religious liberty victory for a private business owner who prevailed over the wrongful attempts of the government to punish Jack Phillips for his faith. This decision will go a long way to helping Texas lawmakers pass state law protection on these specific religious freedom attacks from local government laws like Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio, just to name a few. The First Amendment protects religious liberty and freedom of speech and does not give government power to force artists such as Jack Phillips to express someone else’s message, particularly on an issue such as marriage that has been widely debated in our country,” said Jonathan Saenz, Lawyer and President of Texas Values. Continue reading

0338_Honoring those that served bravely and sacrificed much – A Timeless Memorial Day Message from Billy Graham (1955)

Donna Jack
May 30, 2018

Link to Billy Graham’s message honoring our fallen soldiers:  https://billygraham.org/story/a-timeless-billy-graham-message-for-memorial-day/

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An old-fashioned Memorial Day

Both of our fathers served in the military in WWII. My husband’s father continued in the service until he retired.  One of our sons was in the Army, and our youngest son is currently an officer in the Navy.  Our son who is not in the military makes contributions to the safety and effectiveness of our troops through his research (he is a college professor).

Each Memorial Day my husband and I try to visit a little farming community in Nebraska, where my husband’s parents were born, and where some of our family and friends still live.

This Memorial Day, we were at the Tekamah cemetery for the 8:00 service.  There we paid tribute to the military men and women who gave their lives for our country. Continue reading

0337_Contact our County Commissioners & ask them to vote against creation of ELID (Evergreen Local Improvement District) on May 22, 2018. ELID’s FIRST sales tax would be a 22% increase. Don’t make Evergreen another Denver

Donna Jack
May 7, 2018

Most people in Evergreen are Happy Living Here

Most people in Evergreen are happy with Evergreen — they don’t want the proposed  ELID changes.

A local Evergreen group (No2ELID) is trying to help us stop the creation of a new Improvement District in the Evergreen area.  The latest No2ELID flier: is attached.

We can get services without the expense and tax burden
of ELID — and without their deciding for us what we need.

As is pointed out by No2ELID, many of the changes that ELID proposed to make, are things that Jefferson County or Denver can cover using our current tax level.  Many of the “needs” that ELID supporters’ originally said they had to provide for us, were already completed last year, or have since been completed under our current level of taxation.

Linked is a flier with information showing we do not need a local improvement district (LID) in Evergreen:  No2ELID flier_2018-05-06  [printer friendly]  Also linked is a chart with proposed expenses.

The people pushing ELID have not been seeking what
the community wants — they are pushing their agenda.

The proponents of ELID (Evergreen Local Improvement District) want it placed on the ballot this November.  Their presentations are slick, and they keep adjusting them as they go along.  Public input has NOT been sought by them.  They use the Delphi method.   They showed their true colors by eliminating any “public” questions or input.  See Blog 0234 on this website to learn about one of their “community input” meetings last year.

Blog 0234  reports on how unwilling Dean Dalvit was to engage the community to find out what people really wanted and didn’t want.   He silenced everyone, saying they could ask questions after his presentation.  Then when he ended the presentation, he immediately went off stage.  People could only talk with him outside the view of the audience.

He and his group are railroading this Evergreen Local Improvement District through our community. Continue reading

0336_Another failed Education establishment bright idea: Proficiency-based learning (PBL) is a cruel experiment that has failed_by Mike Bernier, Public School Teacher

Donna Jack
April 29, 2018

More Education Alphabet Soup:  PBL – Profiency-Based Learning

From Article by Mike Bernier:

 Never, in my 30 years of high school teaching, have I seen an initiative do so much damage to student learning and motivation as I have with Maine’s Proficiency-Based Learning Diploma. It is a piece of feel-good legislation that was poorly conceived and enacted.

under PBL, there are no homework deadlines and exams can be retaken, sometimes over and over again. In addition, school attendance doesn’t count toward grades or graduation.

“There are reasons why high-performing high schools are trying to retain the traditional grading system. It works. The Legislature needs to understand that our children’s futures depend on it.

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4.25.18 – Sun Journal
http://www.sunjournal.com/proficiency-based-learning-is-a-cruel-experiment-that-has-failed/

 “Proficiency-based learning is a cruel experiment
that has failed”

By  Mike Bernier, Public School Teacher

 Never, in my 30 years of high school teaching, have I seen an initiative do so much damage to student learning and motivation as I have with Maine’s Proficiency-Based Learning Diploma. It is a piece of feel-good legislation that was poorly conceived and enacted.

Fortunately, the Legislature is now considering repealing PBL. I hope others will join me in respectfully encouraging legislators to do so. Continue reading

0335_New Update Apr. 24, 2018_ Teacher Walkouts (in 27 CO school districts) Potentially Cost Taxpayers $13.3 Million_ plus cost for classified employees_ and cost to parents, etc. – by Ed is Watching

Donna Jack
April 29, 2018

Shouldn’t teachers and administrators who encourage (or take part in) walkouts during school hours be fired?!?  Shouldn’t that also be the case for ones who encourage students and teachers to walkout during school hours?

This needs to be stopped – these people are eating up our tax dollars with their tyrannical and bullying behavior.  And they are causing parents and children grief (financial and emotional).  They are negative role models for our children.

The article below by Ed is Watching, was linked in Blog 0334.

It can be found at:  http://ediswatching.org/teacher-walkouts-potentially-cost-taxpayers-11-5-million/

New Update: Teacher Walkouts Potentially Cost Taxpayers $ 13.3 Million



According to Colorado Chalkbeat, 27 Colorado school districts have cancelled classes due to the teacher walkouts scheduled later this week. Based on the average teacher salary in each district plus the cost of PERA benefits, the teacher walkouts in the 27 districts are potentially costing taxpayers $13.3 million. This figure does not include classified employees who serve at each school.

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0334_It’s the First Day of School Shutdowns_ Blog Mandy Connell | KOA NewsRadio_ So what we have here is another example of the NEA pushing pure propaganda to ramp up the sympathy train so the teachers unions make more money. (Apr. 26, 2018)

Donna Jack
April 26, 2018

Teachers in my school district in Colorado (Jefferson) and also in Douglas County schools, are striking and lobbying at the state Capitol.  They claim Colorado ranks 46th in teacher pay – not true.  The NEA (National Education Association) lied.  Colorado teachers are 30th or 31st — closer to the middle of the pack.

Aren’t we paying them to teach in school — not strike to hold tax payers hostage?  Public school employees should never strike.   They should educate our children.  At least that is what we would ideally want.

Today Mandy Connell posted some comments on her blog about this subject.

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Subject: It’s the First Day of School Shutdowns Blog | Mandy Connell | KOA NewsRadio

https://koanewsradio.iheart.com/featured/mandy-connell/content/2018-04-26-its-the-first-day-of-school-shutdowns-blog/

posted by Mandy –

17 hours ago

JEFFERSON COUNTY AND DOUGLAS COUNTY SCHOOLS ARE SHUT DOWN TODAY So the people who claim to care more than ANYONE about our CHIIIILLLLLDREN can throw a collective hissy at the Capitol today.  The Wear Red for Ed movement even has nifty shirts for teachers to wear.  Look at the logo I just grabbed from the CEA website:

Communist T shirts for teachers Continue reading

0333_Cartoon predicts the future more than 60 years ago. YouTube Cartoon video.

Donna Jack
April 26, 2018

At the beginning of the cartoon are these words:

“This is one of a series of films produced by the Extension Department of Harding College to create a deeper understanding of what has made America the finest place in the world to live.”

This cartoon and others are made fun of and cut down, but the fact remains it was not “propaganda” in the sense of telling lies.  It was getting a message out in response to the tearing down of America that was going on — a tearing down that continues to this day.

Cartoon predicts the future more than 60 years ago. This is amazing insight!

3,820,356 views

 

Dr. Tarrin P Lupo

Published on Apr 29, 2009

“This cartoon predicts the future more than 60 years ago. You won’t see anything like this taught in schools today. If you like political cartoons with insight, this is one of the best ever made. If you worry this country is losing freedoms by the day, you are not alone. They tried to warn us in this political cartoon 60 years ago.”

 

 

0332_Like Common Core, Obama’s School Leniency Policy for Minorities Has Backfired_ National decline in student scores correlates with beginning of Common Core_ Dr. Susan Berry_ Breitbart_ April 25, 2018

Donna Jack
April 25, 2018

From observing the consistent “failures” of policies set in place in education by the progressive left, it appears their focused aim may not be to help students succeed, but to destroy this country.

In the article below, the devastating results of Common Core are mentioned:

“No one admits the glaringly obvious fact that the downward spiral of academic performance coincides with the implementation of Common Core….“How much more evidence do we need that Common Core was a terrible idea from the beginning and should be scrapped?” — Jane Robbins

It is mentioned that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos believes school structure is the cause of falling test scores.  http://www.newsweek.com/teachers-correct-betsy-devos-picture-modern-classroom-835161

Dr. Susan Berry points out:  “the Obama-era school leniency directive aimed at ending the ‘school-to-prison pipeline’ for minorities” — has been a policy which has increased crime in the schools.

Obama’s policy of ending the reporting of crimes in schools, increased crime (referred to above and below):

Attorney Peter Kirsanow, also a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, tells Breitbart News the School Climate and Safety Report showing ‘increasing disparities’ in school discipline is ‘consistent with common-sense expectations that the lowering of disciplinary standards will produce more offenses and even greater disparities.’

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From: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Sent: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 3:50 PM — To: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Subject: LIKE COMMON CORE, OBAMA’S SCHOOL LENIENCY POLICY FOR MINORITIES HAS BACKFIRED – BY DR. SUSAN BERRY – BREITBART — 4.25.18

4.25.18 – Breitbart

 “Like Common Core,
Obama’s School Leniency Policy for Minorities
Has Backfired”

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0331_I was there at Columbine_ Let schools spend more time on morality and character development — not politicizing the tragedy_ Let’s protest a system that exploits our students – Examples of student politicization_ March 2018 article by John Newkirk _ documentation supporting claims at end of article

Donna Jack
April 24, 2018

The Left, mainstream media, and schools exploit students and events.  Exploit: to use someone or something unfairly for your own advantage.

They politicize everything.  Politicize:   bring everything into the realm of politics, whether it belongs there or not.

John Newkirk published this article last month.  At the end I include some documentation links he emailed, that support his claim that students are being politicized in school.

“Let’s protest a system that increasingly politicizes our students, yet spends increasingly less time on morality and character development. ” — John Newkirk

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Examples of Student Politicization

by John Newkirk

Our lives are full of routine and mundane days, punctuated by moments of gobsmacked reality that make us wish to God for just another routine and mundane day.

That April day started out like most others; dew-covered grass blades bowed beneath budding aspen sprouts, newborn calves gamboling in the meadow, and mountain bluebirds returning from their winter range, clothed in the same azure as the Colorado columbine.  A day’s worth of sunshine made the pastures greener, but a day’s worth of driving had me looking forward to hanging my hat, shuckin’ off the boots and setting my feet on the hearth.

But then the phone rang, and life would never be the same.

“Can you come to the church?” she pleaded, “Something terrible’s happened!” Continue reading