J-GOP is a social and political organization that is more than 20 years old. Meeting at the East Side Kosher Deli in SE Denver for many years with 20 to 40 attendees on a regular basis. We welcome both Conservative and Republican minded Jews and non-Jews of any denomination to attend and become active members of our organization.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Eighth Grade Salina, KS, exam from 1895

Geri Zahner came upon a terrific website put together by a fascinating gentleman, Barefoot Bob Hardison, who died in 2009.

You can find both of these PDFs at

Here is the text transcribed by Barefoot Bob:

April 13, 1895
J.W. Armstrong, County Superintendent.

Examinations at Salina, New Cambria, Gypsum City, Assaria, Falun, Bavaria, and District No. 74 (in Glendale Twp.)
Reading and Penmanship. - The Examination will be oral, and the Penmanship of Applicants will be graded from the manuscripts
Grammar (Time, one hour)
1. Give nine rules for the use of Capital Letters.
2. Name the Parts of Speech and define those that have no modifications.
3. Define Verse, Stanza and Paragraph.
4. What are the Principal Parts of a verb? Give Principal Parts of do, lie, lay and run.
5. Define Case, Illustrate each Case.
6. What is Punctuation? Give rules for principal marks of Punctuation.
7-10. Write a composition of about 150 words and show therein that you understand the practical use of the rules of grammar.
Arithmetic (Time, 1.25 hours)
1. Name and define the Fundamental Rules of Arithmetic.
2. A wagon box is 2 ft. deep, 10 feet long, and 3 ft. wide. How many bushels of wheat will it hold?
3. If a load of wheat weighs 3942 lbs., what is it worth at 50 cts. per bu, deducting 1050 lbs. for tare?
4. District No. 33 has a valuation of $35,000. What is the necessary levy to carry on a school seven months at $50 per month, and have $104 for incidentals?
5. Find cost of 6720 lbs. coal at $6.00 per ton.
6. Find the interest of $512.60 for 8 months and 18 days at 7 percent.
7. What is the cost of 40 boards 12 inches wide and 16 ft. long at $.20 per inch?
8. Find bank discount on $300 for 90 days (no grace) at 10 percent.
9. What is the cost of a square farm at $15 per acre, the distance around which is 640 rods?
10. Write a Bank Check, a Promissory Note, and a Receipt.
U.S. History (Time, 45 minutes)
1. Give the epochs into which U.S. History is divided.
2. Give an account of the discovery of America by Columbus.
3. Relate the causes and results of the Revolutionary War.
4. Show the territorial growth of the United States.
5. Tell what you can of the history of Kansas.
6. Describe three of the most prominent battles of the Rebellion.
7. Who were the following: Morse, Whitney, Fulton, Bell, Lincoln, Penn, and Howe?
8. Name events connected with the following dates: 1607, 1620, 1800, 1849, and 1865?
Orthography (Time, one hour)
1. What is meant by the following: Alphabet, phonetic orthography, etymology, syllabication?
2. What are elementary sounds? How classified?
3. What are the following, and give examples of each: Trigraph, subvocals, diphthong, cognate letters, linguals?
4. Give four substitutes for caret 'u'.
5. Give two rules for spelling words with final 'e'. Name two exceptions under each rule.
6. Give two uses of silent letters in spelling. Illustrate each.
7. Define the following prefixes and use in connection with a word: Bi, dis, mis, pre, semi, post, non, inter, mono, super.
8. Mark diacritically and divide into syllables the following, and name the sign that indicates the sound: Card, ball, mercy, sir, odd, cell, rise, blood, fare, last.
9. Use the following correctly in sentences, Cite, site, sight, fane, fain, feign, vane, vain, vein, raze, raise, rays.
10. Write 10 words frequently mispronounced and indicate pronunciation by use of diacritical marks and by syllabication.
Geography (Time, one hour)
1. What is climate? Upon what does climate depend?
2. How do you account for the extremes of climate in Kansas?
3. Of what use are rivers? Of what use is the ocean?
4. Describe the mountains of N.A.
5. Name and describe the following: Monrovia, Odessa, Denver, Manitoba, Hecla, Yukon, St. Helena, Juan Fernandez, Aspinwall and Orinoco.
6. Name and locate the principal trade centers of the U.S.
7. Name all the republics of Europe and give capital of each.
8. Why is the Atlantic Coast colder than the Pacific in the same latitude?
9. Describe the process by which the water of the ocean returns to the sources of rivers.
10. Describe the movements of the earth. Give inclination of the earth.
Health (Time, 45 minutes)
1. Where are the saliva, gastric juice, and bile secreted? What is the use of each in digestion?
2. How does nutrition reach the circulation?
3. What is the function of the liver? Of the kidneys?
4. How would you stop the flow of blood from an artery in the case of laceration?
5. Give some general directions that you think would be beneficial to preserve the human body in a state of health.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

J-GOP Meeting Follow-up July

Hi Friends,

We, once again, had a great meeting at East Side Kosher Deli last night. For those who were there, we heard from leaders of Colorado Union of Taxpayers, Convention of States, Americans for Prosperity and Leadership Program of the Rockies. We heard from J-GOP member and HD 32 Candidate Al Jacobson as well. We had a great presentation and conversation with the Americhicks (Kim Monson and Molly Voght) and had an opportunity to individually call US Senator Michael Bennet to express our concern about President Obama's nuclear Iran deal.

Contact Sen Bennet at his Denver Metro Office, 1127 Sherman St., Suite 150, Denver, CO 80203 or Phone: 303-455-7600 or 866-455-9866.

I discussed the Western Conservative Summit and the Summit Shabbat services and Kiddush (Orthodox service and kosher Kiddush) under the supervision of Rabbi Zalman Popack and significant sponsorship from the Centennial Institute. The J-GOP initially sponsored the event by committing $250 and helped to organize a basic service in a room, but the Summit gratuitously carved out a significant budget making it possible to easily feed 60 to 70 Friday night attendees as well as a Saturday service and Kiddush. Please show your support by donating to Centennial Institute, Rabbi Popack and the J-GOP so together, we can make this an annual part of the Summit.

The Jewish Republicans of Colorado is your place to go when your heart and mind is troubled by current events.  Remember, YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

Dan Kopelman
J-GOP President
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Friday, July 10, 2015

J-GOP Meeting Wed, July 15 - Speakers: The Americhicks from KLZ

Hi Friends,

You may have heard about the flap at KLZ with some of the hosts, well that does not mean there are not others. Two, in particular, Molly Voght and Kim Monson, are known as The Americhicks. They are a dynamic duo and have plenty to say about how things are and how they should be.

After serving 16 years as a consultant to financial advisors, small business owners and their employee's, Molly Vogt began taking her advice directly to the communities, where she feels she will be most effective helping improve the quality of life for all Americans.

Kim Monson believes passionately in the American Dream because she's lived it. She arrived in Colorado, in an old Buick, with about a hundred bucks in her pocket and the belief, that in America, anything is possible. And it is. She started work at a bank, then as a stock trading assistant. She studied at nights and on week-ends for her investment broker's license. Hired at Boettcher & Company, an old respected investment

We will also have a group discussion of the issues of the day at the beginning of every meeting! This is your J-GOP and your opportunity to express your opinion on the myriad of issues facing our country and Israel in these challenging times!

Bring an issue or chime in as the moderator introduces a few of the topics that have dominated the news in the past month!  Bring a friend to join in the discussion!

The Jewish Republicans of Colorado is your place to go when your heart and mind is troubled by current events.  Remember, YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

If you missed the Western Conservative Summit, you missed a lot. There was even a flash mob! You can see it here:

Please join us for the July 15 meeting and bring a friend as well as your questions and comments.

Dan Kopelman
J-GOP President
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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Lunch & Learn - Justice and the War on Terror

My friend and Rabbi sent the following invitation and asked me to forward it to anyone interested. I thought you might wish to participate if you have some time to do so:

We are now in the roughest three weeks on the Hebrew calendar beginning with the 17th of Tammuz, July 4th, which commemorates the siege of Jerusalem, to the 9th of Av, July 25th, which marks the destruction of the Jerusalem Temples. 

Please Join us as we dedicate the next two Lunch & Learns to discuss some of the hardest questions we currently face with the continues growth of radical terror across the world. This class is in connection with the JLI, Jewish Learning Institute. 

Date - Part 1 Wed, July 15th - Part 2 Wed, July 22nd
Time - 12:15 - 1:15
Location - 910 16th St. Second floor conference room
Cost - $18 Lunch included 

Warm Regards, 
Rabbi Zalman Popack

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Fw: Trivia Test

Six trivia questions to see how much history you really know.  Be honest; it's kind of fun and revealing. If you don't know the answer make your best guess.  Answer all of the questions (no cheating) before looking at the answers.  And, no, the answers to these questions aren't all Barack Obama.

1) "We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good."
A. Karl Marx                    B. Adolph Hitler                  C. Joseph Stalin
D. Barack Obama            E. None of the above

2) "It's time for a new beginning, for an end to government of the few, by the few, and for the few... and to replace it with shared responsibility, for shared prosperity."
A. Lenin                           B. Mussolini                        C. Idi Amin
D. Barack Obama            E. None of the above

3) "(We).... can't just let business as usual go on, and that means something has to be taken away from some people."
A. Nikita  Khrushchev        B.  Joseph Goebbels            C. Boris Yeltsin
D. Barack Obama            E. None of the above

4) "We have to build a political consensus and that requires people to give up a little bit of their own ... in order to create this common ground."
A. Mao Tse Tung             B. Hugo Chavez                    C. Kim Jong II
D. Barack Obama            E. None of the above

5) "I certainly think the free-market has failed."
A.  Karl Marx                   B. Lenin                                C. Molotov
D. Barack Obama            E. None of the above

6) "I think it's time to send a clear message to what has become the most profitable sector in (the) entire economy that they are being watched."
A. Pinochet                      B. Milosevic                           C. Saddam Hussein
D. Barack Obama            E. None of the above

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... and the answers are:




(1)  E. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 6/29/2004

(2)  E. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 5/29/2007

(3)  E. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 6/4/2007

(4)  E. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 6/4/2007

(5)  E. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 6/4/2007

(6)  E. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 9/2/2005

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