Category Archives: Books

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

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

0223_An Autobiography: The Atheism That Saved Me—by Robert Morlan

Donna Jack
July 1, 2017, edited July 3, 2017

The Atheism That Saved Me  by Robert Morlan

Last Tuesday I bought The Atheism That Saved Me, by Robert (Bob) Morlan, and finished reading it by the next morning.  It is a very valuable book, which shares insight into why some people choose to believe God does not exist.  When Bob met his future wife Jann, Bob was an atheist and Jann was an agnostic.  They continued in those beliefs for many years.

In his book, Bob reveals how God rescued him and his wife — even though they were two people who had no interest in Him whatsoever.

You can email Bob and order his book at:
bobmorlan211@gmail.com

(He has self-published his book, so ordering directly from him will help him the most to pay for publishing.)

The cost of each copy of his book ordered directly from him, is $15 plus $4 shipping and handling.

book pic and pic of Bob Morlan_cropped

Bob Morlan – author of The Atheism That Saved Me.
[The following four paragraphs are from the back cover of the book published two years ago, in 2015 — paragraphs after that bring you up to date with Bob and Jann’s life.]:

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0198_Part 4_HUD/AFFH _What is learned from the Westchester County NY 10-year incident_ HUD/AFFH forced excessive additional cost and imposed unwanted actions

April 19, 2017/revised June 21, 2017
Donna Jack

A Video:_AFFH in Five Minutes
For more information about HUD/AFFH, see Blogs 195, 196, and 197
or search:  “HUD/AFFH”
Decision & History_County of Westchester v. HUD – Decided September 25, 2015   (27 pages)

What is learned from Westchester County – New York’s
10-year incident? (See Blog 196)

The Federal Government can interfere with planning and zoning

The federal government can actually interfere with our planning and zoning, even if we don’t accept HUD/AFFH HOME and CDBG money aligned with the “New HUD rules.”

This is because of the 1968 Civil Rights Act,1   which is also known as the Fair Housing Act.  That law made most discrimination in housing illegal, and gave enforcement responsibility to HUD.  (Note:  “enforcement responsibility“)

The definition of “discrimination in housing” has been expanded over the decades.  We are continually at the mercy of HUD.  HUD decides how heavily they choose to control our planning and zoning.  They will insist that they are not controlling planning and zoning (which is illegal for them to do) – but they control “indirectly” through threats of loss of funding or threats of lawsuits or threats of huge fines.

As was learned in the Westchester New York HUD/AFFH case:  those in control of HUD decide how strictly to interpret the HUD rules.  Westchester was not a county that was avoiding “fair” housing.  They were being sued for non-compliance by a legal groups that was a left leaning social justice legal group.

Westchester went to HUD when they were being sued — assuming they would find an advocate there, and some relief.  Instead, they ended up losing funding, paying huge fines, and found themselves required to build additional “affordable housing”, and forced to place the housing into areas chosen by HUD.

People can argue that they were treated that way because they were not “honestly” following agreements — the attached document is evidence that they were not guilty of negligence.  I see no justification for the intrusion of HUD into the business of deciding where and what was to be built.

Agreeing to accept HOME and CDBG money
opens up more chance to be successfully sued

Because of the data required in the application for the AFFH HOME and CDBG funding, counties give updated information to HUD beyond what is known in the census data.  Even if it were the same information, it is still dangerous, because, as was told to Westchester County:  because they had signed the documents with all the information they had submitted, it was assumed they understood and agreed to all the implications of everything in the application — and therefore were guilty if they did not conform.  If they hadn’t signed the application, they could have then presented their case of defense.

Our commissioners put us in added jeopardy

When our commissioners make agreements to receive HUD/AFFH HOME and CDBG money, they give HUD much more information than the government has – much of which can be found in the census data, but other information yearly updated.  Submitting the data implies that we understand the conditions in our county, and actually condemns us if we go to court for not “affirmatively furthering fair” housing.  HUD decides what demonstrates compliance.

The content of the yearly application opens us up to more restrictions and liability — meaning there can be more effective coercion taking away from our local voices in planning and zoning.

Not only are we opened to more litigation,
but we agree to 10, 20, 30 or 40 years of oversight of facilities we “invest” HUD money into.

At  the least, our County Commissioners should not commit us to additional oversight.

Ask our County Commissioners to vote against accepting HUD/AFFH grant money.

Over 10 years ago, Westchester County New York signed up for the grant money.  Then a community activist group challenged them.  Westchester asked HUD for help, after which their serious troubles began.

To date, our commissioners have had to adjust their local plans or behaviors to some degree, to comply with past money accepted to help them  “affirmatively furthering fair housing.”  They have to continue paying for maintenance and oversight of projects to which CDBG and HOME money has contributed.

Now HUD has developed (by experimenting with other counties and cities across the country) how to take over more control of our neighborhoods, to make suburban neighborhoods “equivalent” to urban neighborhoods – to make suburbs “fair.” Continue reading

0197_Part 3_HUD/AFFH_ How to Contact our Colorado Jeffco County Commissioners – ask them NOT to accept HUD/AFFH money this month or ever again

Donna Jack
April 19, 2017

A Video:_AFFH in Five Minutes
Blogs on this site about HUD/AFFH, see Blogs 195, 196, and 198
More information about HUD/AFFH at the end of this blog.


Our County Commissioners will choose whether to accept HUD/AFFH
federal grant money.

Video explaining what HUD/AFFH has become

Contact all three of our commissioners by emailing:  http://jeffco.us/bcc/contact/
(To email them individually see later in this blog piece.)
Or leave messages for all three at:  303-271-8525
More Contact Information about our Commissioners below, near the end of this Blog.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
We have accepted two kinds of HUD/AFFH grant money in the past:
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME)

HUD can’t take away our local control but….

The federal government can’t take away our local control – but our County Commissioners can GIVE away control to the federal government by agreeing to HUD/AFFH terms in order to receive federal HUD/AFFH money.

The vote will be soon.

Before the end of this month (April 2017) our three Colorado Jefferson County, County Commissioners, will be voting whether to accept HUD/AFFH grant money  [Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment partnerships (HOME)].

Please call or email.

Please ask the Jeffco County Commissioners to vote against accepting the grant money.  If they do NOT accept the HUD/AFFH money, they retain their control as our County Commissioners — and we keep our planning and zoning decisions within our own county.

See Blogs 0195 and 0196  and 0198 for information about the disaster that HUD/AFFH has become.

The Commissioners’ job description is below –
(If they accept the grant money,
they sign over their responsibilities to the federal government)

 “The board provides leadership and vision in guiding Jefferson County government, and the commissioners are responsible for overseeing the organization and budgets of a wide variety of county programs designed to benefit citizens. Please view our organization chart.

“The commissioners hold numerous meetings and public hearings to set policies and make decisions regarding land use, transportation, open space purchases, social service concerns, community development, law enforcement, libraries, public health and many other vital issues.” Continue reading

0191_A 2012 Jamie Glazov interview of Robert Buchar, maker of the flim–The Collapse of Communism: The Untold Story–Info on companion book by Buchar

Donna Jack
March 12, 2017/updated March 25, 2017

One of my goals is to better understand what is really going on in our country, and in the world.

“The United States is heading for trouble and the key to understand it
in all its complexity is to learn what really happened in the period 1989 and 1991.”
Robert Buchar (Political refugee – born and raised in Czechoslovakia —
maker of the flim The Collapse of Communism:  The Untold Story.)

The 2012 interview below of Robert Buchar, can be found at:  http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/147208/collapse-communism-untold-story-jamie-glazov 

Also read about the movie and the companion book – and see the trailor to the documentary — at Blog 0183.

Note:  Robert Buchar wrote a book based on this movie.  It is called And Reality Be Damned…Undoing America:  What media didn’t tell you about the end of the Cold war and the fall of communism in Europe.

“Inside Every Progressive Is A Totalitarian Screaming To Get Out” @horowitz39, David Horowitz

Interview of Robert Buchar by Jamie Glazov:

The Collapse of Communism: The Untold Story

A new documentary unearths the uncomfortable truths that explain the dark forces on our horizon.

Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Robert Buchar, an associate professor and author of the Cinematography Program at Columbia College in Chicago. A political refugee from former Czechoslovakia, he is the producer of the documentary, Velvet Hangover, which is about Czech New Wave filmmakers, how they survived the period of “normalization” and their reflections on the so-called Velvet Revolution of 1989. He is also the author of  Czech New Wave Filmmakers in Interviews and And Reality be Damned… Undoing America: What The Media Didn’t Tell You About the End of the Cold War and Fall of Communism in Europe. He just currently finished the new feature length documentary film, The Collapse of Communism: The Untold Story.

FP: Robert Buchar, welcome to Frontpage Interview. Congratulations on your new documentary film.

Buchar: Thank you Jamie for the opportunity to talk about it.  It took eight years to finish but it’s finally done.

FP: Let us begin with this question: Why should we talk about the fall of communism? Why does it matter?

Buchar: Right, why talk about something that happened some 23 years ago? The word communism isn’t even in our vocabulary anymore and the new generation has no idea what it even means.

And yet, communism eliminated over 100 million people during seventy years of its existence. That’s enough bodies to cover the equator of our planet when placing bodies side by side. When communism ‘collapsed’ in 1989, the media never raised the question of where those responsible for all the atrocities were. We didn’t hear anyone in the media asking where all the communists disappeared to.

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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

0184_Whittaker Chambers_1948 witness in the case of Alger Hiss (a Soviet Espionage Agent)

Donna Jack
February 25, 2017

The following blog piece is about a man who was a witness in 1948.  This witness testified that one of the better-known, better-loved and respected men in our country, who was working high in our government, was a Soviet espionage agent.  The man he witnessed about, was instrumental in the creation of the United Nations, and was instrumental in China becoming Communist.  He was the first Secretary General of the UN.

How did “this man” become a witness against the Soviet espionage agent?

“This man” is Whittaker Chambers.  He was born 1901, into an educated, middle-class, New York family.  He was a gentle man who never wanted to hurt anyone.

As he was growing up, he witnessed the collapse of his own family.  In 1920-1921 there was a depression, and it seemed to him that the economy of the United States was about to crumble.

When he went to college at Columbia shortly after WWI, he entered as a conservative in his lifestyles and his politics.  At that time he was also having a religious experience.   When he first left Columbia, he was no longer conservative, and had no religion.  He later returned to Columbia for a while, and when he finally left Columbia in 1925, he did so to join the Communist party.

By the time he joined the Communist party, he had already searched and studied thoroughly.  He had previously written an atheist play that caught the eye of the Communist party.  When he joined the Communists, he was convinced that he was leaving the losing side to join the winners.  He was convinced that American Capitalism was going to fail.  He believed the only hope for a good society to emerge was offered by the Communist party.  He could find no other philosophy that offered what he believed the Communist party had to offer.

Communism appeared to be the only hope for the collapsing world

— Because of his strong faith that Communism was the only hope for our country, and for the world

— And because of his high intelligence, hard work and loyalty Continue reading

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