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0235_Hillsdale College 2017 Introduction to the Constitution course (free) – taught by Larry Arnn, President of Hillsdale College_ links to classes _ information about Larry Arnn, and his books_blogs 0069, 0061, 0015 and 0013 about false AP US History

Donna Jack
July 21, 2017/July 22, 2017 update

My husband is taking online, the Hillsdale College class “Introduction to the Constitution.”  It is free. It is one of a number of classes Hillsdale College offers free online.

In light of the gross ignorance of the Constitution in our country — and the frightening results of that ignorance that we are seeing around us — it is important that people become aware of our Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Declaration of Independence.  We need knowledge in order to be able to stand up to protect and preserve our nation.

For decades, our public schools have been omitting this knowledge from being available to students.  In fact, grossly false information about our country, our founding, and our freedom, continues to be taught throughout the schools.  Children and adults have for a long time been taught to hate America,not understanding the unique blessing it is on us and on the world.

At the end of this article, see four previous blogs on this site that deal with the lies in AP U.S.  History.

Dr. Larry Arnn – teaches “Introduction to the Constitution”

Dr. Larry Arnn is the teacher for the 11 lessons of an “Introduction to the Constitution” class.  He has been president of Hillsdale College since 2000.  He is the kind of person that you gladly listen to — because of his extensive knowledge, and his enthusiasm for whatever subject he speaks about.

In this series he serves as more of a moderator that  one giving a lecture.  He is working with freshmen and sophomores at Hillsdale College.  The information is a very good review, or foundation if you have little knowledge of the Constitution.

In the second class on the Constitution, a number of people take turns leading the sessions, using a lecture format.

You can access here the list and content of the 11 lessons in the
Hillsdale “Introduction to the Constitution” class …or link to each one of them below: Continue reading

0234_Proposed Local Improvement District (LID) to be pushed onto Evergreen, Colorado_ Dean Dalvit video June 6, 2017 at Evergreen Lake House

Donna Jack
July 17, 2017

A meeting in June, that will be considered
to have gotten “public input” and
to have shown “public support”

Not many people knew of the June 6, 2017 meeting at the Evergreen Lake House – nor did they know of its significance.  Questions were not allowed during the meeting, though people were promised that they could ask questions as soon as the formal presentation was over.  They were not told that they would be unable to ask any questions in front of other people, but would be broken up into groups after stretching their legs.

The Delphi Method or
Delphi Technique

This is the Delphi Method, a tactic I have witnessed repeatedly  in the Jefferson County Colorado public school district.  It is used at almost every one of their public forums and workshops.  No matter what the meeting, there is no real input from the public, no answering of questions, no discussion — at the most, people are “given choices” that are already on the table to pick from.  It is a tactic meant to keep people from asking any questions that are answered in public, and keep them from having any influence on public opinion and outcomes.  The outcome is “predetermined.”  No discussion is allowed for others to hear.  It is meant to muzzle people and guarantee that those in “control” can bully their own way through.

An excellent, detailed article you can read on this technique is :  “The Delphi Technique:  Let’s Stop Being Manipulated!” by Albert V. Burns.
http://www.vlrc.org/articles/110.html

“The process used to ‘facilitate’ the meeting is called the Delphi Technique. This Delphi Technique was developed by the RAND Corporation for the U.S. Department of Defense back in the 1950s. It was originally intended for use as a psychological weapon during the cold war.

“However, it was soon recognized that the steps of Delphi could be very valuable in manipulating ANY meeting toward a predetermined end.” Continue reading

0233_Recent headlines on the Immigration Issue sent out by a friend–Trump’s administration is getting things going

Donna Jack
July 17, 2017

Today a friend sent out links to these article, telling of what President Trump is doing about illegal immigration.

Recent headlines in the immigration issue:

 Illegal immigrants face charges for first offenses – The Wall Street Journal — July 14, 2017
…Until recently, first-time offenders were deported instead of being criminally prosecuted. That changed as of June… The illegal immigrants are charged with misdemeanors and tried in federal court under Operation Streamline, a 12-year-old initiative in which the migrants are charged, enter pleas and are sentenced within a few minutes in large groups… A decline in the number of people crossing the border has freed up resources for the Border Patrol to go after first-time offenders, the agency said…
 
New photos show President Trump is making good on his number one campaign promise – building a ‘big, beautiful’ border wall between the United States and Mexico. Left leaning Texas Observer published photos of contractors preparing the construction of the wall. You’ll read the site was more concerned about the wildlife of Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge in South Texas than the President keeping his word on curbing illegal immigration…
 

0232_ An autobiography by Robert (Bob) Ruesch_ looking back at summers growing up in the shadow of his wonderful father who for thirty years managed and expanded the YMCA of the Rockies_ Estes Park, CO

Donna Jack
July 7, 2017/update July 17, 2017

Recently I read Robert (Bob) Ruesch’s autobiography (In the Warmth of the Shadow:  A boy, the Rocky Mountains and God … See what happens).  This refreshing book recounts his years growing up in a world-class resort retreat center in Estes Park — the YMCA Camp of the Rockies.

Bob begins each chapter with an inspirational and thoughtful selection from Scripture, and then proceeds to recount events which take you back in time.

You will experience a very long ride to camp, in a car that isn’t air conditioned.

You will anticipate doing the “seeming” simple job of chopping watermelon for 2,000 to 2,500 hungry vacationers, and then realize it is not that easy.  Continue reading

0231_July 14, 2017 – Celebrating the Property Rights Legacy of Dr. Michael Coffman – Eagle Forum

Donna Jack
July 15, 2017

Our right to own property and be able to make decisions about our own property, is shrinking at an alarming rate.  When property rights are destroyed, also destroyed are “free enterprise, the American way of life, and ultimately Freedom itself.”

June 21, 2017, Dr. Michael Coffman died.  His passing was a great loss to the battle for our freedom as a nation.

Published on Jul 14, 2017

Dr. Michael Coffman speaks about his new book “Rescuing a Broken America” at Phyllis Schlafly’s 17th annual Eagle Collegians Summit in Washington, D.C.

Filmed July 16, 2010 at the Heritage Foundation

Read the following Eagle Forum email online. Continue reading

0230_William Bennett, What Watered Down Massachusetts Standards? (Answer: Common Core) – introductory email commentary by Donna Garner_ article by Shane Vander Hart, May 11, 2017

Donna Jack
July 9, 2017

Donna Jack NOTE:  Common Core was firmly established as federal law through ESSA December 10, 2015.  ESSA is the federal law that proponents, and those who voted for it, claimed brought local control to education.   See links to ESSA summary, law, and audio of summary at bottom of this blog piece.  “Search” other blogs on this site about ESSA, Betsy DeVos; Jeb Bush; FEE (Jeb’s Foundation for Excellence in Education); Sandra Stotsky; Common Core; No Child Left Behind (NTLB); etc.
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Massachusetts was a model for the nation.  In the 1990s the state’s standards were raised above the other states, followed by dramatic improvement in their academic accomplishments.  They had better academic education than all the other states.  Then Massachusetts’ education began to fail even more dramatically than it had improved.

Read Donna Garner’s commentary below and link to the article by Shane Vander Hart that she references.  His article is about the dramatic decline in Massachusetts’ education, and Bill Bennett’s apparent ignorance of why Massachusetts “has begun watering down some of its rigorous standards and that performance is starting to backslide.

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0229_AMERICAN HEALTHCARE IN CRISIS: PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS_Parts 1-4_by “DOC”_July 2017

Donna Jack
July 7, 2017

Outline of “Doc’s” articles below:
Part 1: How Health Care Became So Expensive in America
Part 2:
Medicaid, and Why Single Payer Won’t Work
Part 3: Comparing the Costs of “Billed Through Insurance” to “Self Pay”
Part 4: Pre-Existing Conditions and More Free Market Solutions

Articles by “Doc” posted July 4, 2017.
An introduction by “Doc” and links to all four of his articles about
American Healthcare in Crisis.
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“It is amazing that people who think we cannot afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, and medication, somehow think that we can afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, medication, and a government bureaucracy to administer it.” – Thomas Sowell

AMERICAN HEALTHCARE IN CRISIS: PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS
http://tipofthespear.net/spearofliberty/2017/07/04/american-health-care-in-crisis-problems-and-solutions/

We are truly at a crossroads in American healthcare.  The seemingly endless layers of regulations and requirements, as well as the overhead for the bureaucracy itself, are crushing it. 
 
Our healthcare system has become rife with corruption and inefficiency.  Special interests lobby politicians to force you to buy their services and pay for subsidies, while politicians leverage their influence to garner votes and enrich themselves and their friends. 
 
Doctors and patients have been reduced to being mere commodities. 
 
When Obamacare was being pushed through Congress, we were told premiums would go down; that we would get to keep our doctor; and that visits to the ER would decrease.  Exactly the opposite happened.  The government has exacerbated, if not created, this crisis. 

0228_Heartbreaking Video of a North Korean Refugee sharing about what she escaped_ Are North Korea, China and Russia Communist?_ Project Veritas James O’Keefe_Trevor Loudon_ Robert Buchar films_ YouTubes

Donna Jack
July 6, 2017/updated July 7, 2017

Introduction to “North Korean Refugee Tells Her Story.”

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”
Said by Ronald Reagan – quotations by Ronald Reagan
40th president of US (1911 – 2004)

We must do our best to stand up for freedom, and protect our children from the “one world” “godless” teachings that are being infused into the minds of students in almost all public schools, and in many private schools — including Christian schools and other religious schools.  It begins in nurseries, pre-schools and day-cares – and continues in all forms of public (and even private) education – even at Christian universities and seminaries.  The popular media in our country continues the narrative of one world without God.

“Without God, all things are permitted.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Eliminate recognition of the existence and intervention of God, and you have totalitarian states.

A friend of mine who escaped Communist China tells a similar story as the young lady from North Korea — this similar story exists across the world — repeated accounts of the fear, brain-washing, and brutality like this young Korean witnessed and experienced as she grew up under Communism in China.

North Korean Refugee Tells Her Story.

 Listen to this dear young lady who is a refugee from North Korea.  Her account is heartbreaking…and a foreboding warning to us.  Centralized control leads to uncontrolled abuses.

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0227_July 4, 2017 Independence Day message from Phyllis Schlafly Eagles_Religion is part of our founding (a broadcast by Phyllis Schlafly)

Donna Jack
July 4, 2017

0133_My heart grieves at the loss of Phyllis Schlafly_she always stood up strong for God, family and our country_Audio and Visual Links_YouTubes_by Donna Jack 09/06/16

Phyllis Schlafly died last September.  Below you will find a message from Ed Martin today, and then the text of what Phyllis Schlafly said during one of her radio broadcasts:  Religion is Part of Our Founding.
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Happy Independence Day, from our Phyllis Schlafly Eagles staff and families to yours!

Today we celebrate the anniversary of our nation’s Declaration of Independence from England’s tyrannical King George.  On this 241st year of our individual American republic, I am happy to bring you one of Phyllis Schlafly’s timeless reminders.  That no matter what the atheists and liberal revisionists may tell you – our founding fathers were Godly men.

As these men determined an independence was needed and later built the foundation of our republic, they sought the wisdom of “Almighty Providence” often in their prayers and in the Holy Bible.

Take a listen and read Phyllis’s historic reminder for us below.

All the best.
Ed Martin
President, Phyllis Schlafly Eagles
President, Eagle Forum Education & Legal Defense Fund
President, America’s Future, Inc.

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Religion is Part of Our Founding
Phyllis Schlafly

    Did you know that the Declaration of Independence is America’s great religious document? Continue reading

0226_Trump’s Full Inspirational & Motivational Commencement Speech for The Coast Guard Class of 2017

Donna Jack
July 4, 2017

From: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Sent: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 10:09 PM

5.17.17 – Here is the kind of commencement speech that everyone who hears it will remember:

 “Trump’s Full Inspirational & Motivational Commencement Speech for The Coast Guard Class of 2017”

 LINK TO YOUTUBE:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0oh9xksNvgE