Category Archives: American History – not revised

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

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

0190_New book: My Favorite Life-Changing Stories_by Dr. Joe L. Wheeler_great book of encouragement

Donna Jack
March 16, 2017

Yesterday morning I bought Dr. Joe Wheeler’s latest book of true stories:   My Favorite Life-Changing Stories. I read the entire book today. You can see and order the book at:  http://joewheelerbooks.com/

My Favorite Life-Changing Stories

My Favorite Life-Changing Stories

My Favorite Life-Changing Stories

This is the fourth book in “My Favorite” inspirational story series.

2017: Tradepaper. Short, true, life-changing epiphany stories.

Which story was my favorite?

This evening I called Dr. Joe to tell him I had finished reading his newest book.  He asked me which story I liked best.

Where could I begin, except to say that I loved them all.  They were all vivid in my mind.

Then I decided I should talk about one of the stories, and chose the last one in the book, since I had just completed it a few minutes earlier.  The message that stood out to me in that story, was that we should stop brooding over our failures of the past.  Instead we should analyze our mistakes, and figure out how to do better next time.

Then I shared with him messages I remembered from six or seven other stories.  Then I told him things I learned from his introduction to the book, introductions to the stories, and the Epilogue.  In those sections Dr. Joe shares some of his insights, struggles and victories.  One of the struggles he speaks of is the temptation to forget and take credit for success, when it is actually God who provides the abilities and opportunities.  That is a common human struggle.

Some characteristics emphasized within this powerful collection of stories:

Within My Favorite Life-Changing Stories are found displayed many different important characteristics.  Among them are:  honesty; compassion; forgiveness; repentance; perseverance even after repeated failures; patience; verbalizing expressions of appreciation; bravery; kindness; self-control; reliability; generosity; determination; and reverence and obedience to God.

The stories encourage us to realize that no matter what our condition in life, we need to look ahead, and trust God.  He holds our lives in His hands. Continue reading

0187_A Revolutionary War Barracks_The Warner House on Constitution Island_the Great Chain of the Revolutionary War at West Point — Warner House became a stop for the Underground Railroad

Donna Jack
March 2, 2017

The Warner House on Constitution Island

For his last tour of duty before retiring from the Air Force, my husband was a professor at West Point Military Academy (West Point).  During those months, I researched West Point and Constitution Island history, and led Constitution Island Association tours of the Warner House.  The Warner House is an old home located on Constitution Island, across the river from West Point, where the Hudson River narrows and makes a sharp S-curve bend.

The original portion of the Warner House was a Revolutionary War barracks.   In the early 1800s, Henry Warner, a successful New York City attorney, purchased the Constitution Island property, deciding to make it into a summer residence for himself, his sister and two daughters.  They planned to keep their New York City residence as their permanent home.

In order to make it a comfortable summer home, Henry made additions to the Revolutionary War barracks:  an enclosed porch overlooking the Hudson River, a study, a kitchen and dining area, a cellar/storage area off the kitchen, a library, a  formal living room, and a formal dining room.  The barracks would house their bedrooms, sewing room, and other rooms.

During the 1836 Depression, Henry lost his legal practice and their New York City home.  The family moved to their “summer” home on Constitution Island — it became their “permanent” home.

The property stayed in the family until 1915, the year the youngest sister Anna died.  She had arranged to give their home and property to the Constitution Island Association, which would be located at West Point.  I worked for that association as a docent in the 1980s.

Home to military fortifications

During the Revolutionary War, Constitution Island (which actually wasn’t an island), became home to military fortifications and soldiers.  The fortifications were placed there by Patriot forces — a perfect location, because at that point the Hudson River narrowed substantially and bent sharply around part of Constitution Island.  The sharp turns in the river caused currents to meet and change directions, making navigation treacherous unless boats hung close to the shore lines.  It was a perfect place for fortifications on both sides of the Hudson.  On Constitution Island,  our Patriot forces constructed a barracks, forts, redoubts and parapets intended to work together forces with fortifications on the West Point side of the Hudson.

In 1778, during the Revolutionary War, a Great Chain was built.  It was a 500-yard-long iron chain built for Patriot forces.  It’s heavy links floated on rafts, and spanned the narrowest Continue reading

0185_President Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address_”With malice toward none, with charity for all…”

Donna Jack
February 27, 2017

This evening I spoke about Whittaker Chambers’ autobiography Witness.  While preparing for the presentation, the words:  with malace toward none, with charity for all,  kept going through my head.  These words represent the heart and life of Whittaker Chambers, which comes clearly through in his autobiography Witness.

These words are from Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural address.

Following is a context for the address, posted it at:
http://www.let.rug.nl/usa/presidents/abraham-lincoln/second-inaugural-address-1865.php

Context

Weeks of wet weather preceding Lincoln’s second inauguration had caused Pennsylvania Avenue to become a sea of mud and standing water. Thousands of spectators stood in thick mud at the Capitol grounds to hear the President. As he stood on the East Portico to take the executive oath, the completed Capitol dome over the President’s head was a physical reminder of the resolve of his Administration throughout the years of civil war. Chief Justice Salmon Chase administered the oath of office. In little more than a month, the President would be assassinated.

Below is the last paragraph of Lincoln’s address which contain the famous words:

“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.”

The text for President Abraham Lincoln’s entire Second Inaugural Address can be found at:

http://www.let.rug.nl/usa/presidents/abraham-lincoln/second-inaugural-address-1865.php

 

0182_The 1930s and 1940s Venona Secrets (released in 1995) _ Exposing Soviet Espionage and America’s Traitors_ by Romerstein and Breindel

Donna Jack
February 25, 2017

THE VENONA SECRETS
The Venona Secrets:  Exposing Soviet Espionage and America’s Traitors, by Herbert Romerstein and Eric Breindwdel

Venona:  Decoding Soviet Espionage in America, by John Earl Haynes & Harvey Klehr

One project that reveals the active efforts by Soviet Russia to undermine both Britain and the U.S., is the Venona Project.

Revealed through this project were secret Soviet cable traffic from the 1940s.  The United Stated intercepted thousands of them, and eventually decrypted a large percentage of them.

These secret Soviet cables revealed the names of Americans Soviet espionage agents, who were not only stealing our military and government secrets, in order to help the Soviets “take us down,” but they were deciding our foreign and domestic policies as well.  Many of these spies were not removed from working in our government — and hundreds in the Venona cables were never decrypted.  Who knows how many Soviet agents were never even mentioned in the cables?

Verification of Whittaker Chambers and Elizabeth Bentley’s
identification of spies

0178_Goebbels–Master Nazi Propagandist_ (McCarthy) “Blacklisted by History” written by M. Stanton Evans_ Whittaker Chambers_ Samuel Blumenfeld on dumbing down education_ YouTubes

Donna Jack
February 10, 2017

Joseph Goebbels — propaganda minister

Joseph Goebbels’ quote is at the end of this blog —  it talks about making up a huge lie and repeating it over and over to manipulate people.  You can read it in quotation 26 on the Quotations page of this website.

Blacklisted by History, is a book written by M. Stanton Evans
— Below is a video in which Mr. Evans tells about his book.

This video link has a lot of information about Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against America’s Enemies.  One of the things you will find in this YouTube, is a summary of things that have been made public in recent years — things that verify the extensive Communist infiltration in our government that Joe McCarthy was trying to expose to the public. Continue reading

0177_Epidemic in our country: believing the worst (or best) without any knowledge_Link to Goebbels’ quote about repeating big lie (people will believe it)

Donna Jack
February 10, 2017

In Blog Post 0178 you can read Joseph Goebbels’ quote  — it talks about making up a huge lie and repeating it over and over to manipulate people.  You can also read his quote in Quotation 26 on the Quotations page of this website.

We need to be slow to judge people, and slow to anger.  Those who wish to control us, use against us, our weakness to swiftly judge and to get angry.  They keep repeating lies — lies that are designed to divide.

It is difficult to avoid judging people,
when quick harsh judgment is all around us every day.

Almost no matter where we go, people seem to be angry, saying bad things about people — frequently these uncomplimentary words are about people they don’t even know.  People often seem to be eager to cut someone else down.  These harsh unkind words are not only focused on strangers, but just as easily shift focus to people close to home:  people in our schools, our churches, at work, in our neighborhoods, clubs …  and in our own families .

Blog post 0090 goes into detail about “Label-Libel” — a term I found in a book
from a New Mexico teacher supply store.

Human nature is a combination of both good and bad.  Those who have evil goals in mind to control other people, frequently take advantage of the weaknesses of human nature (greed, selfishness, dishonesty, pride, vengeance, gossip, hatred, anger, impatience).  They encourage and feed these weaknesses, in order to divide us from each other, so that they can accomplish their own selfish goals.

“Divide and Conquer”

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0161_School Tax Failure had Roots In Recall_Dec. 17, 2016 opinion piece by John J. Newkirk (former Colorado Jeffco School Board Member recalled)

Donna Jack
December 19, 2016/updated Dec. 26, 2016

John Newkirk’s article was first published December 7, 2016, and then was published online December 17, with live links to his references.

As always, John carefully documents the claims and conclusions that he makes.

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School Tax Failure had Roots in Recall
By JOHN J. NEWKIRK,·SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2016

Note to the reader: In 2013, concerned Jefferson County taxpayers elected three conservatives (including yours truly) to represent their interests on the Board of Education. Within minutes of the election — two weeks before we were even sworn in — the teachers union began a campaign to unseat “these bastards.” My latest Opinion column delves into the recall election’s surly evolution and its ultimate consequence. It’s also an admonition to the teachers union to heed the old Chinese proverb: When you set out to destroy someone, first dig two graves. ________________________________________________________________

Newkirk Opinion Column, December 7, 2016

To the casual observer, the failure of Jefferson County’s school tax proposal last month was a head-scratcher. Why did our district vote down new school taxes when neighboring districts passed theirs? Why did Jeffco say yes to Democrats Hillary Clinton and Michael Bennet, but no to Democrats on the Board of Education? Why did so many residents who’d never opposed a school tax vote no for the first time ever? A surprising number of voters have contacted me about this, and their common threads bear repeating. So, to best share their sentiments, allow me to channel the gentleman from Virginia for whom our humble county is named: Continue reading

0158_The First Thanksgiving – Rush Limbaugh in 2015 talking about his 1992 book “See I Told You So” – and what he learned about the Pilgrims and Thanksgiving–YouTube & transcript_Links to George Washington’s 1789 Innaugural Address_his Thanksgiving proclamation

November 24, 2016 – Thanksgiving Day – Revised Nov. 25, 2016 (6:41 pm)
Donna Jack

We spent Thanksgiving with one of our sons, his wife, and three children.  All our family gives thanks to our Lord for the blessings He has showered on the United States of America, and on each of us.

My three local grandchildren have been studying American history at home for several years.  sadly, most children who attend public schools and many private schools, are taught to hate the United States.  All my grandchildren (and their parents, aunts and uncles) love America.

Our three local grandchildren have a large American history library, which includes the Rush Revere American history books that Rush Limbaugh has written for chilcren (They  are enjoyable reading or listening for adults as well).  The first book in the series is a time-travel adventure leading up to, and including, the first Thanksgiving.

Following is a link to the collection of American History Rush Revere books:

The Further Adventures of Rush Revere: Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims / Rush Revere and the First Patriots / Rush Revere and the American Revolution / Rush Revere and the Star-Spangled Banner

Why did the Pilgrims have the first Thanksgiving? Continue reading