Category Archives: Holidays

0358_President Donald Trump’s 2018 Columbus Day Proclamation_ Trump’s twitter feed link_White House links to News from the White House, Articles, Presidential Actions, and Briefings & Statements

Donna Jack
October 10, 2018

Christopher Columbus’ voyage to the Americas initiated Spain’s colonization on October 12, 1492.

You can find President Trump’s 2018 Columbus Day Proclamation through his Twitter feed [https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump] , by going directly to it through the Whitehouse.gov site:
https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/presidential-proclamation-columbus-day-2018/

From the Whitehouse.gov site, you can also access All News (469 posts to date) from the White House, Articles, Presidential Actions, and Briefings & Statements at: All News

From the All News location you can also link to:

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In 1492, Christopher Columbus and his mighty three-ship fleet, the Niña, Pinta, and Santa Maria, first spotted the Americas.  His historic achievement ushered in an Age of Discovery that expanded our knowledge of the world.  Columbus’s daring journey marked the beginning of centuries of transatlantic exploration that transformed the Western Hemisphere.  On Columbus Day, we commemorate the achievements of this skilled Italian explorer and recognize his courage, will power, and ambition — all values we cherish as Americans.

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0357_Prager Video: The elimination of Columbus Day celebration is not “about paying homage to America’s original inhabitants.” Guest Steven Crowder_Oct. 8, 2018

Donna Jack
October 8, 2018

Note:  On PragerU Website is the following information (see list of “restricted” YouTube videos at the end of this blog post):

“YouTube Continues to Restrict PragerU Videos — Over 10 percent of our entire collection is under ‘restricted mode’ making it impossible for many young people to access our videos.”

 PragerU is fighting for their freedom of speech, and for our freedom of speech.  They need support through prayers, finances, getting out the word, and signing the petition.
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Goodbye, Columbus Day

https://www.prageru.com/videos/goodbye-columbus-day
by Steven Crowder – 53.4K Views

Oct 8, 2018

Even though it remains a national holiday, many cities no longer celebrate Columbus Day. They celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day instead. What’s behind the switch? Contrary to what you might think, it’s not about paying homage to America’s original inhabitants. Steven Crowder, host of Louder with Crowder, explains.

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0344_The text of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776_Paul Harvey The Signers of the Declaration Of Independence mp4_reading of the Declaration mp4_outline of the Declaration mp4

Donna Jack
July 10, 2018

We had a wonderful Fourth of July (Independence Day).  Our family is grateful for all the brave people who have put their lives and fortunes on the line so that we could have the independent nation of the United States of America.

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY 2018.

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Transcription of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776 — From the National Archives  — https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/declaration-transcript

Declaration of Independence: A Transcription

Note: The following text is a transcription of the Stone Engraving of the parchment Declaration of Independence (the document on display in the Rotunda at the National Archives Museum.) The spelling and punctuation reflects the original.


In Congress, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

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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

0285_”A Christmas to Remember” an archived recording by Phyllis Schlafly_sent out by Phyllis Schlafly Eagles Dec 24, 2017. They included a transcript of the recording._Text of Luke 2: 1-20

Donna Jack
December 24, 2017

Today Phyllis Schlafly Eagles sent out an email that contains an archived radio broadcast of Phyllis Schlafly.  The recording of “A Christmas to Remember”  is below, followed by the contents of the email that has the transcript of the recording.

Luke 2:1-20 (referenced in the recording) can be found near the end of this blog piece.

Link to recording:
https://soundcloud.com/pseagles/december-25-a-christmas-to

From: Phyllis Schlafly Eagles [mailto:ryan=phyllisschlafly.com@mail234.suw14.mcdlv.net] On Behalf Of Phyllis Schlafly Eagles
Sent: Sunday, December 24, 2017 3:06 PM
To:
Subject: A Christmas To Remember

On this Christmas Eve, let’s take a moment to hear about an important Christmas to remember. This story from Phyllis Schlafly will remind us how precious our lives in this nation are and how much we owe to those who have defended it.

Take a listen to this wonderful piece from the Phyllis Schlafly Archives.

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0284_Merry Christmas to all — and I hope people who are Jewish had a blessed Chanukkah – from Donna Jack

Donna Jack
December 23, 2017

Today I was at a Christmas brunch, and our speaker was a Jewish lady.  She shared a lovely talk about the spirit of Christmas, and then, at the request of one of the people at the luncheon, she gave us an excellent detailed history of Chanukkah.

After the Christmas season, I would like to post some of that history — and share some history of Christmas.

Now it is time for family and friends.

Merry Christmas to everyone (since the words “Merry Christmas” are words that mean: “Have a wonderful Christmas season!”).  And to my Jewish friends, and to all Jewish people, I also hope you had a Blessed and Happy Chanukkah.

 

0275_ Michael Medved The First Thanksgiving ~ Pilgrims, Puritans and the Founding of America – (MP3 Download or CDs) Total Run Time: 2hr, 46min

Donna Jack
November 24, 2017

The First Thanksgiving —
Pilgrims, Puritans
and the Founding of America

Recording by Michael Medved

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The picture above is from this site.

One minute, eleven second mp3 introduction to this audio
by Michael Medved

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0274 (Blogs 0270-0275 are all about Thanksgiving) – this one is a YouTube “The Lost Secrets of Thanksgiving”

Donna Jack
November 24, 2017

Yesterday, while celebrating Thanksgiving with one of our sons and his family — and after visiting on the phone with our son who was in Japan yesterday — our local daughter-in-law showed us a YouTube.  At my request, she emailed me the link last night.  You can watch it below:

The 9-minute YouTube is “The Lost Secrets of Thanksgiving.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=peEUb107T7U

The above video is about the people we call the Pilgrims, and the Separatists that accompanied them when they set sail for Virginia from Holland, aboard the Mayflower.   The Mayflower ended up much farther north than had been planned — just off Cape Cod.  Even though they had gone so far off course, they believed that God had taken them there.  They named the area Plimoth (Plymouth).

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0273_Excerpt from “Of Plimoth Plantation” by William Bradford_ first Pilgrim Thanksgiving_ How to purchase “The Christian History of the Constitution of the United States of America” (495 pages of original source documents)_Other resoruces_ YouTube

Donna Jack
Thanksgiving Day
November 23, 2017

One sentence from Bradford’s account of their first Thanksgiving –
after fasting and praying all day for rain – and then receiving rain after drought!
“And he [God] was pleased to give them a gracious and speedy answer,
both to their own, and the Indian’s admiration, that lived amongst them.”

In the excerpts that you will find later in this blog piece, you can read William Bradford’s account about what led up to their first thanksgiving celebration.  Bradford was governor of Plymouth Plantation for 37 years, up until his death.

[A note:  The group that left Holland were not leaving because of persecution there, but rather because of their well-founded fear that in Holland, their children would be indoctrinated away from their Christian faith.  The reason that urged them to leave all they had, and make such a dangerous journey across the ocean to a new land — was their strong desire to protect the souls of their children.

Watch this short 6-minute YouTube produced by Prager University, about the First Thanksgiving.]

The excerpts later in this blog post, are from a book called:  The Christian History of the Constitution of the United States of America published by Verna M. Hall:  Foundation for American Christian Education (FACE).  The YouTube below gives information about FACE, and it is also found on their website).
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FACE – the publishers of
The Christian History of the Constitution of the United States of America

The Christian History of the Constitution of the United States of America

Many years ago, when I was home-schooling my children, someone gave me a copy of The Christian History of the Constitution of the United States of America.

For over 25 years I regularly gave programs in Colorado.  Every Thanksgiving season, I shared William Bradford’s account printed in this book, and below.

At the end of this blog (after William Bradford’s account) you can find out more about the book, about the publishers, how to purchase it, and how to purchase other books they publish.

What is unique about this book?  How is it superior to
most of the material taught in our public schools?

Not only does this book extensively cover the Christian history of our Constitution, but it has the text of original source documents.  That is far superior to what is done in almost all of our public schools (and even most private schools).  In most schools (pre-school through 12th, and colleges and universities) students only read or are told “reports” and “interpretations” of history — and sadly, the history is usually given from the viewpoint of people who hate our country and its Christian foundations. Continue reading

0272_What’s the Truth About the First Thanksgiving? Transcript & YouTube by Michael Medved

Donna Jack
November 22, 2017

What’s the Truth About the First Thanksgiving?

1.8M Views
Nov 13, 2017

Should Americans celebrate Thanksgiving as a day of gratitude? Or should they mourn it as a day of guilt? Michael Medved, author of The American Miracle, shares the fascinating story of the first Thanksgiving.

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Food, football, and…oppression. That’s what Thanksgiving has come to mean to many Americans.

Back in 2007, Seattle public school officials made national news by describing the holiday as a “time of mourning” and a “bitter reminder of 500 years of betrayal.”

This new narrative describes the Pilgrims as arrogant oppressors who fled persecution only to become persecutors themselves, depriving Native Americans of their land and their lives.

But this is wrong on every count.

First of all, the Pilgrims didn’t cross the ocean to flee persecution—or even England. They’d been living for over a decade in Holland, Europe’s most tolerant nation, and a haven for religious dissenters. Free from interference by the Church of England, they feared seduction—not persecution, worrying that their children would be corrupted by the materialistic Dutch culture.

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