Category Archives: Constitutional Amendments

0343_Jack Phillips Story Video_ A November 7, 2017 rally at CCU was held to support Jack Phillips- by showing up, contributing money for his case and his business, and praying for him_ (The U.S. Supreme Court was expected to rule in December 2017 – didn’t rule until June 2018

Donna Jack
June 21, 2018

Jack’s Story – video above:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=NMn3WycWJsg

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Rally for Jack Phillips – November 8, 2017
http://www.ccu.edu/centennial/event/religious-freedom-rally-jack-phillips/

November last year I attended a rally for Jack Phillips, whose case was going to come before the U.S. Supreme Court.  We all were expecting Jack’s case to be decided in December of last year.

Last November, the atmosphere was electric in the packed auditorium at Colorado Christian University (CCU).  We heard speaker after speaker talking in defense of our Constitutional rights to freedom of religion/conscience/thought/and speech.

A man from Alliance Defending Freedom spoke.  Alliance Defending Freedom is the group that has been providing necessary legal support for Jack (pro bono — without cost to Jack).  On their website they say, “… the ensuing lawsuit became the first time the government ever tried to force him to violate his conscience.” Continue reading

0342_June 27, 2017 information and a letter from Jack Phillips (Masterpiece Cakeshop website)_ Information from SCOTUSblog (Supreme Court of the United States blog)_ learn about the case and about Jack, who is standing up for everyone’s freedom of religion and freedom of conscience

Donna Jack
June 21, 2018

See blogs 0339, 0340, 0341, 0342, and 0343 for more information about Jack Phillips, the U.S. Supreme Court decision June 7, 2018, and previous information about Jack and his support.

Find the Court’s full opinion  about Jack Phillips and his Masterpiece Cakeshop:
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.

Below is the first part of an article called “Description” found on Jack Phillips’ Masterpiece Cakeshop Website (see it on the link to donate page link above):

Description:

“Thank you for your interest in standing with Jack through these difficult times!

“What started as a conversation – a polite decline to custom design a same-sex couple’s wedding cake because it violated Jack’s biblically-informed conscience – has turned into an almost 5 year legal battle. After all, the Constitution’s guarantee of free exercise of religion and freedom of speech remain a part of the American fabric. And every American should be free to live and work consistent with their faith, without fear of being punished by the government.

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0341_Report on June 8, 2018 threatened Flash Mob at Jack Phillips’ Masterpiece Cakeshop (that never happened)- by Donna Jack

Donna Jack
June 20, 2018

 Find the Court’s full opinion  about Jack Phillips and his Masterpiece Cakeshop: 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.

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Photographs from http://masterpiececakes.com/

WHAT HAPPENED ON JUNE 8, 2018 AT
MASTERPIECE CAKESHOP?

During the morning and through the afternoon on June 8th, there were from 75 to 200 people at a time at Masterpiece Cakeshop, supporting Jack.  Everyone was very pleasant.

A man was there all day from the legal group that had supported Jack (at no cost).  I asked if they needed any more financial support, and he told me that people had been very generous over the 6 years.  Now it was the time give full support to Jack.

Present was the attorney who defended Jack’s case before the U.S. Supreme Court.  Other people who came to support Jack were:  people from several organizations, individuals from his church and other churches, and friends and people who had heard about the potential flash mob.  They all came to support Jack with their presence in the face of threats.

All morning and afternoon, there was a continuous line of people purchasing baked goods and other things that were for sale in the cakeshop.  Jack said with a smile that people were purchasing anything that was not nailed down. Continue reading

0317_Robert LaVoy Finicum & Jeanette Finicum — Greetings from Jeanette & family — she and her family are suing for the wrongful death of her husband LaVoy — Eastern Oregon _ sign up to help them

Donna Jack
March 19, 2018

Jeanette Finicum is the wife of LaVoy, who was killed in Eastern Oregon by the Oregon State Police and other officials.

There is a video taken from within the vehicle LaVoy was driving – when he was murdered — showing the attempts by “law enforcement” (after they killed LaVoy) to kill the people who were in the vehicle with him.

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Greetings from Jeanette & family,

My family’s journey since the dreadful snowy day in Eastern Oregon when my husband was murdered has felt long and hard. We are still grieving and will be for a very long time. We miss LaVoy and wish he could be home with us.

We understand filing a wrongful death lawsuit will not bring LaVoy home but its process will uniquely contribute to the delicate journey of closure for each loved one of LaVoy.

Our motivation to continue this long, hard, and expensive journey is to preserve the American dream by ensuring that out of control agents who are delegated sacred controls within our governmental system are held accountable. Out of control agents must not become the norm in this nation.

The outcome of our case will have a powerful butterfly effect upon this nation. If we do not insist upon this accountability, this type of conduct will continue to take precedence and persist in destroying the life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness of many more Americans.

It is not American to deny citizens the right to life, liberty, pursuit of happiness, and due process. We are Americans! Continue reading

0316_Part II – LaVoy – Dead Man Talking Trailer – Center for Self-Governance Movie to be released spring 2018

Donna Jack
March 21, 2018

See previous posts about the Federal government harassing, destroying property, and illegally incarcerating Cliven Bundy:

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 – sent out by Eagle Forum

From the story told by one of Bundy’s attorneys:  “Over a year later, Cliven was arrested when he got off a plane in Oregon on his way to visit his sons camped on the Malheur wildlife refuge who were defending the rights of some Oregon ranchers who had been unjustly imprisoned on trumped up charges.  That stand-off, in which one of the Bundy supporters, LaVoy Finicum, was killed in cold blood by an FBI agent, went before a jury.”

0315_Governed v Governing _ The Bundy Standoff _ Center for Self Governance (CSG) movie/YouTube released 2018  (1 hour 1 minute)_ Link to post 0301 on this site,  announcing Cliven Bundy cleared of Federal Charges and set free.

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This documentary series showcases the epic 4 year battle for control between the Bundy & Finicum family and Local, State, and Federal Governing. Part II: LaVoy – Dead Man Talking is coming March 2018!  — PART II: LaVoy – Dead Man Talking Trailer:

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Governed V Governing: LaVoy – Dead Man Talking – FULL LENGTH COMING SPRING 2018!

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0315_Governed v Governing _ Center for Self Governance (CSG) movie/YouTube released 2018 _ The Bundy Standoff _ Link to post 0301 on this site announcing Cliven Bundy cleared of all Federal Charges and set free

Donna Jack
March 20, 2018

Link to a previous post (0301) on this website,
that gives the history of the Bundy situation, and
that announced
Cliven Bundy was cleared of all Federal Charges (Dec. 20, 2017)

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 – sent out by Eagle Forum – 02/06/2008
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Mark Herr here shares a video history of the Bundy Standoff

Mark Herr, President and co-founder of Center for Self Governance (CSG), made a video history of a standoff between people and the government.  People gathered to support Cliven Bundy’s right to graze on the land that he and his ancestors have been grazing on for generations.

I had the privilege of being in some of Mark Herr’s CSG classes, during the time of the Bundy standoff.  Mark is one of the brave people in our country, who sacrifices most of his life in order to stand up for our liberty, and educate others how to stand up.

 

CSG YouTube movie
Governed v. Governing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=59&v=RqW8ZwiRN1E
This video (above) with footage from  April 11, 2014 — April 12, 2014 –
and presentation by Mark Herr.

The video above begins with a phone call (transcript of the call):

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0314_School Shootings: Isn’t It Time to Arm Teachers? – February 2018 — letter from a friend

Donna Jack
March 17, 2017

A friend of mine sent this to me several days ago.  It is well thought out.

It has been ludicrous [stupid or unreasonable and deserving to be laughed at] to make schools gun free zones (the federal law put into place in 1990).  This irrational law has only guaranteed that all our public school children and teachers are sitting ducks — inviting evil people to shoot at the innocent ones in schools.
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A letter written by a friend:
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It seems that every time there is a highly publicized mass shooting in America these days, instead of grieving the loss of life and blaming the actual perpetrator, we are treated to an immediate knee-jerk attack by the media and politicians on law abiding gun owners, gun organizations, and even the 2nd Amendment itself.

However, rather than be distracted by the politics of gun ownership in America, we need to have a frank discussion about what we can do right now to make our children more safe.

Should we increase surveillance and reporting?  This may help with deterrence.  Yet the Parkland school had monitored security cameras, and there were multiple contacts with the shooter over the years by school administrators and law enforcement (including tips called in to the FBI).  These measures did not stop the killer.

Perhaps we should install metal detectors and have security personnel pat down students and visitors, like we do at stadiums and airports?  This too may help, although it tends to result in crowds forming at choke points (creating an easy target for a truck, bomb, or shooter).  It also doesn’t prevent the killer from pulling the fire alarm to bring everyone outside.

What about “better” background checks?  Unfortunately, this will not stop someone with murder in their heart.  Even if a person has been banned from owning a firearm due to their age, criminal record, or mental health history, it’s not difficult to acquire a gun through an illegal “straw purchase” (having someone else buy it for you).  Firearms can also be readily obtained on the black market.

Some propose banning the sale of certain types of firearms (or even banning them  [firearms] altogether).  However, we can’t make guns go away, any more than we can make knives and pressure cookers go away.  Guns have been manufactured for hundreds of years, and semi-automatic firearms have been around since the 1800’s.  The technology is fairly simple, and you can make your own semi-automatic firearm with a drill press and a file. Continue reading

0150_Constitutional Amendment 71_Puts the Constitution out of reach except for the wealthy elites- A yes vote “votes away our vote” – I’m voting NO

Donna Jack
October 20, 2016

[Eight things I try to consider when deciding how to vote.]
[The 2016 Blue Book--Amendment 71 info on pp. 31-34]
[2016 General Election TABOR notices]
[The Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR) in the
Colorado Constitution.]
[The US Constitution Bill of Rights & Later Amendments]

From John Andrews’ 2016-10-02–John Andrews_how voting on Colorado Ballot Issues:
No on Amendment 71: Draconian Requirements to Amend Constitution
Hard-to-meet signature quotas in remote corners of the state, super-majority voter totals, and a double standard for repeals vs. new provisions, would fence ordinary citizens out of the petition process and leave big-money interests in sole control of constitutional changes.”

Below watch:  “Elena Nunez from Common Cause and former Colorado Senate President John Andrews join host Jon Caldara to discuss why folks on the right, left, and center are against Amendment 71, also known as ‘Raise the Bar.'”

Constitutional Amendment 71 makes it more difficult for citizens like us to change the Colorado constitution.  It will make it so that only the rich have a chance to make changes.

WHO WILL HAVE A MORE DIFFICULT TIME
GETTING AMENDMENTS ONTO THE BALLOT? — Us.
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0149_ Amendment 70 (2016 ballot) – increasing minimum wage up to $12 by 2020 and continue to increase every year_this is government control over businesses_Creeping socialism_VOTE NO

Donna Jack
October 20, 2016

[Eight things I try to consider when deciding how to vote.]
[The 2016 Blue Book--Amendment 70 info is on pp. 27-29]
[2016 General Election TABOR notices]
[The Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR) text from CO Constitution]
[The Bill of Rights in the Colorado Constitution.]
[The US Constitution Bill of Rights & Later Amendments]

The public made a disastrous mistake in the past
when they voted to put the first budget item into the state Constitution.

Several years ago, the voters in Colorado passed a Constitutional Amendment that they were told would let each school decide how to spend education dollars.  It was a lie.  The public had no idea that they were voting to place permanent, specific, growing, mandatory dollar amounts of money, into our state budget — for for public education.

That deceptive, bad idea has tied the hands of our legislators, forcing a growing percentage of our state budget to go toward public education.  Those receiving this windfall have been adamant that they get all of “their” growing percentage of the state budge.  Public school unions and others in education feel “entitled” and “owed” the huge growing percentage of the state budget, even when there is a shortage of tax revenue — and they insist on being “paid back” in the future to “make up for” years when there was less tax revenue collected.

Even if public schools were graduating responsible, capable, successful citizens (which increasingly they are NOT), the funding of public schools should never preempt all other budget items.  No budget item should ever be put into our state constitution.  It is a recipe for the destruction of our economy and our state.

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0141_Links to The 2016 Colorado Blue Book and Blue Books from previous years__2016 Judicial Performance Evaluations on Judges–for Jefferson county and all counties in Colorado_Fiscal Impact statements for the Constitutional Amendments and Propositions

Donna Jack
2016-10-02/revised 2016-10-03-12:19 AM

Below is information that will help registered voters in every county in Colorado.

My plan is to refer to this blog in a future blog post when discussing each of the things that will appear both on the Colorado state-wide and Jefferson County Colorado ballots.

Resource documents to help you to prepare to vote on the Colorado ballots
— that will be arriving soon (mid October).

Handy resources:

  1.  The 2016 State Ballot information book (the Blue Book)

that has been mailed to most homes (internet version same as one mailed out):
https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/sites/default/files/2016%20English%20Blue%20Book%20for%20Internet.pdf

2.  Information to help you decide whether to retain judges.

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