Bird Brained Idea

If you haven’t been watching Pat Gray Unleashed on YouTube, you are missing a terrific show. Gray, who is occasionally on Glenn Beck’s show and fills in for him, has a show that talks about news with a healthy dose of laughter. It is a welcome alternative to the doom and gloom elsewhere.

This week he featured a segment on a group that goes under the name “Birds Aren’t Real.” Imagine my surprise when Gray showed a clip from the WREG morning show.

The whole show is on the internet here: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/the-blaze-radio-network/pat-gray/e/76084960

The Birds Aren’t Real segment starts at about 50 minutes in. Their comments are hilarious. Have we reached peak stupid yet?

Canadian View of Trump

Ernie Meggisen, a Canadian, wrote the following on Donald J. Trump:

Just consider this… When you think that your President Trump is a jerk; HE IS…
A New Yorker.. He’s crude and can be downright rude. Some say he’s a thin-skinned, arrogant, bombastic ass. ..No argument, even from most republicans if they’re really honest.

He gets his feelings hurt and he’s a hot head. ..He hits back; harder. …And he probably should Tweet less.

But let me tell you what else he is…And if you disagree with this that’s your privilege. ..But in that case my friend, you’d be DEAD WRONG!!! ..And here’s why;

He’s a guy who DEMANDS performance. ..And more importantly; RESULTS!! He spent his entire life in the private sector where you either produce or get your ass fired!

He’s a guy who asks lots of questions. ..And the questions he asks aren’t cloaked in fancy “political” phrases; they are “Why the hell…?” questions.

For decades, the health industry has thrown away billions of face masks after one use. …Trump asks, “Why are we throwing them away? Why not sterilize them and use them numerous times?” (Good question.)

He’s the guy who gets hospital ships readied in one week when it would have taken a bureaucrat weeks or months or never to get it done.

He’s the guy who gets temporary hospitals built in three days.

He’s the guy who gets auto industries to restructure to build ventilators in a business that’s highly regulated by agencies that move like sloths.

He’s the guy who asks “Why aren’t we using drugs that might work on people who are dying; what the hell do we have to lose?” (Another good question.)

He’s the guy who restricted travel from China when the democrats and liberal media were screaming “xenophobia” and “racist.” ..Now they’re wanting to know why he didn’t react sooner? When he shut down the borders in the early days of the corona virus, the democrats screamed even LOUDER. ..Then the rest of the world, including the European Union quickly restricted travel between their
own member countries.

He’s the guy who campaigned on securing the border – protecting America – in the face of screaming democrats and the liberal media.

…And these SAME leaders of your democrat party (both the Clintons, Chucky Schumer, Harry Reed, Barack Obama, Maxine Waters, Nancy Pelosi et al…)

ALL were in FAVOR of constructing the wall ‘UNTIL’ Trump had the fortitude to actually do it!!!

Now your comeback might be: ‘Oh, he said Mexico was going to pay for it’.. Does that ring a bell? Well let me quickly set you straight on this one: Have you compared the old EXTREMELY one-sided NAFTA agreement (negotiated by none other than Jimmy ‘peanuts’ Carter) with the NEW U.S.M.C. agreement? Well I have…And let me tell you this: Mexico will now end up paying much MORE for your goods than you will for theirs…And why you might ask?? Because they’re far more reliant on the U.S. than you are of them. Yes, it will take time but the bottom line is;…They WILL end up paying for the wall just like Trump said all along! .Admittedly as a Canadian, this new USMCA is certainly not as beneficial as NAFTA was for both my country and Mexico. Previously our farmers had a huge monopoly over your farmers but ‘fair is fair’…

Has Trump made mistakes? ..Of course. You can’t fault a person for being a human being. Only ONE perfect man walk this earth 2000 years ago, Jesus!

Everyone I know has made mistakes and continues to make them and LEARNS from them.

Trump is, and has accomplished more than any U.S. President in my lifetime. (I’m 77 years old) ..He puts in 18 to 20 hour days. He isn’t hiding in his office; he’s out front – Briefing – ALL Americans almost everyday.

According to democrats and liberal media, when he offers hope he’s lying, and when he’s straight forward he should be hopeful. It’s a no-win situation for him every day with the haters and naysayers, but he is NOT deterred.

I’ll take THIS kind of leadership 6 days a week and TWICE on Sunday over a “polished, nice guy” politician who has seldom or never held a real private sector job in his or her adult life, reads prepared and “written by a speech-writer” speeches from a teleprompter and ONLY answers pre-scripted questions selected for him/her prior to the open forum. (Sorry folks, but that’s EXACTLY what your previous POTUS did.)

I am completely mystified as to why this man has been bombarded by the media and liberal electorate EVERY day since back in 2015 when he announced his run for the U.S. presidency. …And whether you want to believe it or not, Americans, let me tell you one more thing, if you REALLY think that Hillary would have accomplished even a fraction of the things for the betterment of the American public that POTUS Trump has, you’ve really got your head in the sand.

I can only wish he was MY President! – For the good of America, you’d better hope he’s re-elected this November.

Hagerty’s Troubling Ties with BLM

“Establishment Republican Senate candidate Bill Hagerty’s multi-billion dollar investment firm is currently peddling pro-Black Lives Matter messages on its social media feeds,” according to theNationalPusle.com.

Hagerty is a candidate for Senate from Tennessee. We will soon vote on the Republican candidate in our primary. His principle opponent is Dr. Manny Sethi.

Here’s what the article says:

“R.J. O’Brien stands proudly with the African American Community in support of EQUALITY & PEACE,” the message read, followed by the #BLACKLIVESMATTER hashtag.

The firm then boasted of donating to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) legal fund.

The message from Hagerty’s firm came on the fifth day of rioting and looting across American cities, May 31st. Just one day after a molotov cocktail attack on police in New York, and moments after President Trump had signaled his intent to declare Antifa a terrorist organization:

R.J. O’Brien’s BLM support under Hagerty’s purview calls into question whether or not the Republican candidate can be trusted to uphold conservative values as an ally of President Trump in the Senate.

His allegiance to Trump-style conservatism is already under scrutiny in light of his close political and personal relationship with Mitt Romney and affinity for John McCain – both noted NeverTrumpers.

Hagerty’s first-choice candidate in the 2016 Republican primary was Jeb Bush, and his current campaign retains top staffers who’ve worked for Never Trumpers and Democrats.

No wonder, perhaps, that his firm released a litany of pro-Marxist content.
Black Lives Matter has spearheaded the push to “defund the police,” has vowed to “burn down the system,” and was conceived of by self-avowed “trained Marxists.”

R.J. O’Brien shared the message on platforms including Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn, reaching tens of thousands of people.


Hagerty’s latest financial disclosure, filed on July 7th, reveals his position as both director and board member of the company since December 2019, along with a compensation rate of $50,000.

The report does not specify the time period for which the salary was paid, though Hagerty’s affiliations with R.J. O’Brien are widely mentioned in biographies of the Senate Republican candidate.

Who Got Money in 38104

From Propublica:

Recipient
ALLIANCE HEALTHCARE SERVICES, INC
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Non-Profit Organization
Loan Amount
$2-5 million
Date Approved
May 6, 2020
Recipient
CHRIST COMMUNITY HEALTH SERVICES, INC
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Corporation
Loan Amount
$2-5 million
Date Approved
April 6, 2020
Recipient
CHRISTIAN BROTHERS UNIVERSITY
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Non-Profit Organization
Loan Amount
$2-5 million
Date Approved
April 15, 2020
Recipient
CHURCH HEALTH CENTER OF MEMPHIS, INC.
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Non-Profit Organization
Loan Amount
$2-5 million
Date Approved
April 8, 2020
Recipient
LEHMAN ROBERTS COMPANY
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Subchapter S Corporation
Loan Amount
$2-5 million
Date Approved
April 5, 2020
Recipient
SOUTHERN COLLEGE OF OPTOMETRY
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Non-Profit Organization
Loan Amount
$2-5 million
Date Approved
April 8, 2020
Recipient
LOCAL SEED HOLDINGS LLC
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Loan Amount
$1-2 million
Date Approved
April 4, 2020
Recipient
WELL CHILD INC
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Subchapter S Corporation
Loan Amount
$1-2 million
Date Approved
April 9, 2020
Recipient
MAJESTIC OPERATIONS, LLC
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Loan Amount
$1-2 million
Date Approved
April 8, 2020
Recipient
MIDTOWN CENTER FOR HEALTH AND REHABILITATION LLC
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Loan Amount
$1-2 million
Date Approved
May 7, 2020
Recipient
AUTO GLASS COMPANY OF MEMPHIS, INC
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Corporation
Loan Amount
$1-2 million
Date Approved
April 6, 2020
Recipient
MEMPHIS MEDICAL CENTER AIR AMB
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Non-Profit Organization
Loan Amount
$1-2 million
Date Approved
May 3, 2020
Recipient
PEDIATRIC EMERGENCY SPECIALISTS, PC
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Professional Association
Loan Amount
$1-2 million
Date Approved
April 11, 2020
Recipient
CATHEDRAL OF IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Non-Profit Organization
Loan Amount
$350,000-1 million
Date Approved
April 10, 2020
Recipient
CROSSTOWN ARTS
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Non-Profit Organization
Loan Amount
$350,000-1 million
Date Approved
April 8, 2020
Recipient
CROSSTOWN HIGH SCHOOL, INC.
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Corporation
Loan Amount
$350,000-1 million
Date Approved
April 10, 2020
Recipient
DIAGNOSTIC ULTRASOUND CONSULTANTS, PC
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Corporation
Loan Amount
$350,000-1 million
Date Approved
April 28, 2020
Recipient
DILLARD DOOR & SECURITY, INC.
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Corporation
Loan Amount
$350,000-1 million
Date Approved
April 9, 2020
Recipient
GRACE-ST. LUKE’S EPISCOPAL SCHOOL
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Non-Profit Organization
Loan Amount
$350,000-1 million
Date Approved
April 10, 2020
Recipient
GRAHAMS LIGHTING FIXTURES, INC
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Subchapter S Corporation
Loan Amount
$350,000-1 million
Date Approved
April 8, 2020
Recipient
HERVERY’S HOME IMPROVEMENT
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Self-Employed Individuals
Loan Amount
$350,000-1 million
Date Approved
June 26, 2020
Recipient
MEDICAL EDUCATION AND RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Non-Profit Organization
Loan Amount
$350,000-1 million
Date Approved
April 8, 2020
Recipient
MEMPHIS ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Non-Profit Organization
Loan Amount
$350,000-1 million
Date Approved
April 10, 2020
Recipient
MEMPHIS BROOKS MUSEUM OF ART, INC.
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Non-Profit Organization
Loan Amount
$350,000-1 million
Date Approved
April 9, 2020
Recipient
MEMPHIS DERMATOLOGY CLINIC, PA
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Professional Association
Loan Amount
$350,000-1 million
Date Approved
April 5, 2020
Recipient
MEMPHIS RECOVERY CENTERS INC
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Non-Profit Organization
Loan Amount
$350,000-1 million
Date Approved
April 13, 2020
Recipient
MEMPHIS TEACHER RESIDENCY
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Non-Profit Organization
Loan Amount
$350,000-1 million
Date Approved
April 13, 2020
Recipient
MEMPHIS THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY OF THE CUMBERLAND PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Non-Profit Organization
Loan Amount
$350,000-1 million
Date Approved
April 5, 2020
Recipient
MISSISSIPPI BOULEVARD CHRISTIAN CHURCH
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Non-Profit Organization
Loan Amount
$350,000-1 million
Date Approved
April 8, 2020
Recipient
NEW DAY SCHOOLS INC
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Non-Profit Organization
Loan Amount
$350,000-1 million
Date Approved
April 10, 2020
Recipient
O H HENDRICKS SHEET METAL INC
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Corporation
Loan Amount
$350,000-1 million
Date Approved
April 12, 2020
Recipient
THE FLYING FISH CAFE’, INC.
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Corporation
Loan Amount
$350,000-1 million
Date Approved
April 12, 2020
Recipient
WILLIAM R MOORE COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Non-Profit Organization
Loan Amount
$350,000-1 million
Date Approved
April 13, 2020
Recipient
MEMPHIS STONE & GRAVEL
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Subchapter S Corporation
Loan Amount
$350,000-1 million
Date Approved
April 5, 2020
Recipient
COUNTERPART COMMUNICATION DESIGN, LLC
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Loan Amount
$350,000-1 million
Date Approved
April 10, 2020
Recipient
DONATI LAW, PLLC
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Loan Amount
$350,000-1 million
Date Approved
April 8, 2020
Recipient
EXPEDITER SERVICES, LLC
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Loan Amount
$350,000-1 million
Date Approved
April 14, 2020
Recipient
LAFAYETTE’S MUSIC ROOM LLC
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Loan Amount
$350,000-1 million
Date Approved
April 6, 2020
Recipient
LEXINGTON ASSET MANAGEMENT (TN), LLC
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Loan Amount
$350,000-1 million
Date Approved
April 7, 2020
Recipient
PATTON-TULLY MARINE, LLC
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Loan Amount
$350,000-1 million
Date Approved
April 8, 2020
Recipient
WORLDS AWAY LLC
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Loan Amount
$350,000-1 million
Date Approved
April 11, 2020
Recipient
5 STEMS INC
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Corporation
Loan Amount
$350,000-1 million
Date Approved
April 4, 2020
Recipient
AWS INC
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Corporation
Loan Amount
$350,000-1 million
Date Approved
May 3, 2020
Recipient
BALLET MEMPHIS CORPORATION
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Non-Profit Organization
Loan Amount
$350,000-1 million
Date Approved
April 8, 2020
Recipient
BOWDEN, PHILLIP, MD, PA
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Subchapter S Corporation
Loan Amount
$350,000-1 million
Date Approved
April 7, 2020
Recipient
BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF GREATER MEMPHIS
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Non-Profit Organization
Loan Amount
$350,000-1 million
Date Approved
April 11, 2020
Recipient
IDLEWILD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Non-Profit Organization
Loan Amount
$150,000-350,000
Date Approved
April 8, 2020
Recipient
KINDRED PLACE INC
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Non-Profit Organization
Loan Amount
$150,000-350,000
Date Approved
April 10, 2020
Recipient
LACASITA RESTAURANTS, INC.
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Corporation
Loan Amount
$150,000-350,000
Date Approved
April 13, 2020
Recipient
MEMPHIS CENTER FOR REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH, INC.
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Corporation
Loan Amount
$150,000-350,000
Date Approved
April 13, 2020
Recipient
NEW BALLET ENSEMBLE AND SCHOOL INC
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Corporation
Loan Amount
$150,000-350,000
Date Approved
April 11, 2020
Recipient
OFFICE OF INTERNAL MEDICINE, P.C.
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Corporation
Loan Amount
$150,000-350,000
Date Approved
April 15, 2020
Recipient
PHOENIX GROUP RESTAURANTS, LLC
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Partnership
Loan Amount
$150,000-350,000
Date Approved
April 28, 2020
Recipient
PREFERRED AUTO INSURANCE COMPANY, INC
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Corporation
Loan Amount
$150,000-350,000
Date Approved
April 13, 2020
Recipient
SALTED RIM, INC.
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Corporation
Loan Amount
$150,000-350,000
Date Approved
April 29, 2020
Recipient
SLINGSHOT MEMPHIS INC
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Non-Profit Organization
Loan Amount
$150,000-350,000
Date Approved
April 10, 2020
Recipient
TALUS PROPERTIES, INC
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Subchapter S Corporation
Loan Amount
$150,000-350,000
Date Approved
April 8, 2020
Recipient
2166 CENTRAL LLC
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Loan Amount
$150,000-350,000
Date Approved
April 7, 2020
Recipient
THE CUPBOARD, INC.
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Subchapter S Corporation
Loan Amount
$150,000-350,000
Date Approved
April 14, 2020
Recipient
TWO L ELECTRIC COMPANY
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Sole Proprietorship
Loan Amount
$150,000-350,000
Date Approved
May 7, 2020
Recipient
VIBRANT MEMPHIS, INC
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Non-Profit Organization
Loan Amount
$150,000-350,000
Date Approved
April 11, 2020
Recipient
WHOLE CHILD STRATEGIES, INC.
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Non-Profit Organization
Loan Amount
$150,000-350,000
Date Approved
April 29, 2020
Recipient
TECH901
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Non-Profit Organization
Loan Amount
$150,000-350,000
Date Approved
April 13, 2020
Recipient
BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE CONSULTING, PLLC
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Loan Amount
$150,000-350,000
Date Approved
April 28, 2020
Recipient
BLUE MONKEY ENTERPRISES, LLC
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Loan Amount
$150,000-350,000
Date Approved
April 15, 2020
Recipient
BOSCOS SQUARED LLC
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Loan Amount
$150,000-350,000
Date Approved
April 9, 2020
Recipient
CAJUN CATERING, LLC
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Loan Amount
$150,000-350,000
Date Approved
April 16, 2020
Recipient
GREENLINE, LLC
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Loan Amount
$150,000-350,000
Date Approved
April 7, 2020
Recipient
INTERVENTIONAL NEPHROLOGY SPECIALISTS PLLC
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Loan Amount
$150,000-350,000
Date Approved
April 15, 2020
Recipient
IRIS RESTAURANT GROUP LLC
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Loan Amount
$150,000-350,000
Date Approved
April 13, 2020
Recipient
JWB PROPERTIES LLC
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Loan Amount
$150,000-350,000
Date Approved
April 6, 2020
Recipient
LFB, LLC
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Loan Amount
$150,000-350,000
Date Approved
April 7, 2020
Recipient
MADISON AVENUE HOLDINGS LLC
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Loan Amount
$150,000-350,000
Date Approved
April 10, 2020
Recipient
MID SOUTH BEST RENTAL, LLC
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Loan Amount
$150,000-350,000
Date Approved
April 15, 2020
Recipient
MID SOUTH HOMEBUYERS, GP
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Loan Amount
$150,000-350,000
Date Approved
April 15, 2020
Recipient
MID SOUTH RENOVATIONS, LLC
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Loan Amount
$150,000-350,000
Date Approved
April 15, 2020
Recipient
MIDTOWN MEMPHIS APP, LLC
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Loan Amount
$150,000-350,000
Date Approved
April 29, 2020
Recipient
MPM ENTERPRISES, LLC
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Loan Amount
$150,000-350,000
Date Approved
April 5, 2020
Recipient
PALLADIO LLC
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Loan Amount
$150,000-350,000
Date Approved
April 15, 2020
Recipient
START 2 FINISH LLC
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Loan Amount
$150,000-350,000
Date Approved
April 14, 2020
Recipient
THE HEART CENTER OF MEMPHIS, PLLC
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Loan Amount
$150,000-350,000
Date Approved
April 7, 2020
Recipient
THE SLIDER INN, LLC
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Loan Amount
$150,000-350,000
Date Approved
April 29, 2020
Recipient
TIGERWORKS LLC
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Loan Amount
$150,000-350,000
Date Approved
April 7, 2020
Recipient
UNCLE DONALDS RESTAURANTS, LLC
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Loan Amount
$150,000-350,000
Date Approved
April 6, 2020
Recipient
UNIVERSAL SECURITY LLC
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Loan Amount
$150,000-350,000
Date Approved
April 27, 2020
Recipient
VIDEOFRUIT LLC
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Loan Amount
$150,000-350,000
Date Approved
April 27, 2020
Recipient
ALBERT COOK PLUMBING COMPANY
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Corporation
Loan Amount
$150,000-350,000
Date Approved
April 15, 2020
Recipient
ALPHA OMEGA VETERANS SERVICES, INC.
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Non-Profit Organization
Loan Amount
$150,000-350,000
Date Approved
April 27, 2020
Recipient
ANF ARCHITECTS, INC.
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Corporation
Loan Amount
$150,000-350,000
Date Approved
April 11, 2020
Recipient
ARCHIMANIA, PC
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Corporation
Loan Amount
$150,000-350,000
Date Approved
April 30, 2020
Recipient
BEAUTY SHOP RESTAURANT INC
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Corporation
Loan Amount
$150,000-350,000
Date Approved
April 15, 2020
Recipient
BLUE SKY COURIERS, INC.
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Corporation
Loan Amount
$150,000-350,000
Date Approved
April 28, 2020
Recipient
BLUFF CITY SPORTS PRINT, INC
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Corporation
Loan Amount
$150,000-350,000
Date Approved
April 14, 2020
Recipient
BRG3S, INC.
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Corporation
Loan Amount
$150,000-350,000
Date Approved
April 13, 2020
Recipient
CATHOLIC CHARITIES OF WEST TENNESSEE INC
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Corporation
Loan Amount
$150,000-350,000
Date Approved
April 10, 2020
Recipient
CHILDRENS MUSEUM OF MEMPHIS
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Corporation
Loan Amount
$150,000-350,000
Date Approved
April 9, 2020
Recipient
CIRCUIT PLAYHOUSE, INC.
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Non-Profit Organization
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April 9, 2020
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CITY LEADERSHIP
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MEMPHIS, TN
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Non-Profit Organization
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April 14, 2020
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COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF GREATER MEMPHIS, INC
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MEMPHIS, TN
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Non-Profit Organization
Loan Amount
$150,000-350,000
Date Approved
April 10, 2020
Recipient
DEV/CON DETECT, INC.
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
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Corporation
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$150,000-350,000
Date Approved
April 15, 2020
Recipient
DOWNTOWN MEMPHIS MINISTRY, INC.
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
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Non-Profit Organization
Loan Amount
$150,000-350,000
Date Approved
April 14, 2020
Recipient
FARRIS EVANS INSURANCE AGENCY, INC
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Corporation
Loan Amount
$150,000-350,000
Date Approved
April 10, 2020
Recipient
FRESH START FACILITY SERVICES, INC
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
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Subchapter S Corporation
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$150,000-350,000
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April 9, 2020
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FRIDAS INC
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
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Corporation
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$150,000-350,000
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April 28, 2020
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FRIENDS FOR LIFE CORPORATION
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MEMPHIS, TN
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Non-Profit Organization
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$150,000-350,000
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April 28, 2020
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GRACE ST. LUKES EPISCOPAL CHURCH
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MEMPHIS, TN
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Non-Profit Organization
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$150,000-350,000
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April 9, 2020
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GRANITE, LLC
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MEMPHIS, TN
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Corporation
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$150,000-350,000
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April 10, 2020
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HOPE HOUSE DAY CARE CENTER INC
Location
MEMPHIS, TN
Business Type
Corporation
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$150,000-350,000
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April 10, 2020

About this data
This data comes from the Small Business Administration, and includes lender-approved loans under the Paycheck Protection Program of at least $150,000. The federal government released data on loan approvals of less than $150,000, and that data was used to calculate summary figures for states. Organizations with lender-approved loans of less than $150,000 do not appear in this data. Other loan programs, such as Economic Injury Disaster Loans, are not included in this database. The data includes the congressional district of each organization, but for Pennsylvania and North Carolina the districts reflect pre-2018 redistricting.

Dismantle Education

Memphis parents are being asked to decide this next week whether they should keep their kids home or send them back to school. Those who stay home will get some kind of video education; it’s not home schooling (which liberals have howled against for decades), which has been organized and laid out structurally for parents. It’s an experiment put together recently.

What effect being isolated at home all day will have on children hasn’t factored into the decision.

Nor has what effect this will have on our education system in the futre. It may undercut the liberal argument for public schools. It’s one they’ve used a long time, arguing that charter, vouchers and home schooling take away from the educational system that degrades every year. Now many will embrace what they formerly decried.

I hope the pandemic infects our education system – figuratively of course – to the extent that the whole thing is thrown out and new ideas of just what school is come forward.

Columnist Kurt Schlichter puts it this way: “This is a great opportunity to destroy academia.” I hope so because from kindergarten to college, education today is nothing but close minded propaganda aimed at taking down the country. He targets universities, but it is from there that the rot begins to trickle down even to pre-school.

He has some very good ideas on how to do this:

Never let a good crisis go to waste, which in the current crisis means we must use the fact that our universities have shown themselves to be petri dishes swimming with anti-American ideologies, combined with pre-existing trends, to lance this particular cultural boil.

Let’s be clear: Academia today is a pack of rabid reds, and we need to put it down like Old Yeller. And academia itself has loaded up the 12 gauge.

They will say that we oppose academia because we are stupid Neanderthals, just like Trump is. No. We would be stupid to let this undead institution on. This entire wokeness idiocy is the result of hack academics peddling half-baked theories that justify the consolidation of elite power at the expense of those of us who don’t live on the diploma dole. The bizarre language – “We must struggle to decolonialize the cisnormative paradigm to purge the structural racism caused by the male gaze and amplify whiny, entitled voices” – and the performance art aspects of the media-friendly insurrection – notice how they only get frisky in jurisdictions where they can count on the pinko mayor to hold back the constables and on the local DA to merely slap their wrists? – is all a direct result of indoctrination in the colleges that we normal people support.

Why should we do that? We have no moral obligation to subsidize a generation of brats.

Now, the only thing really keeping academia attached to the body politic like the institutional deer tick that it is was the widespread and baseless belief that our universities are somehow our culture’s crucial repositories of knowledge and learning. But it’s kind of hard to argue that when it belches forth graduates who decide to show that black lives matter by toppling statues of Abe Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.

If these bozos are considered “educated,” I’ll stick with the allegedly ignorant. At least someone without an Ivy League degree can give me a hand changing my oil or, you know, defending the Constitution with a rifle.

On the plus side, I like my chances in a revolution sparked by a generation that thinks words can be violence. And since none of them ever heard of Ft. Sumter, because that’s actual history instead of grievance tallying, none of them are hip to the fact that Democrats are already 0-1 on starting fights over their bizarre and repellant racist dogmas.

This decision to use academia’s institutional credibility as a cultural chamber pot comes at just the wrong time. Video and computer technology was already making the old giant lecture hall model obsolete even before the bat soup flu. You get the same level of loving personal attention staring at a iPad in your house as you do staring at the TA 100 yards away from you in a behemoth lecture hall, and you don’t have to breath in either the viruses or the scent of old Pabst wafting off of the unwashed bodies of your fellow students.

And adding insult to insult is the idea that you have to pay upwards of $50,000 or more a year for the “college experience.” The Porsche experience is nice, but most people still choose the Chevy experience. You get there either way – just the latter way you aren’t impoverished for the rest of your life.

Of course, because it’s the Ivy League – that same institution that brought us the Wall Street collapse, Iraq, and a society where the nonsense scribbled down in White Fragility is not immediately laughed out of polite company – we have now Harvard demanding full tuition for the 2020-2021 academic year conducted completely by video learning. It’s basically a public confession that the whole point of the place is getting admitted – as long as at the end of a few years you get a diploma reading “HARVARD,” who cares what goes on during them?

Over-priced, inefficient, and not merely useless but actively detrimental to society – yeah, I’m sold on academia as currently constituted. So, let’s take this opportunity to burst this societal pimple.

First, defund the universities. All the kids love the defunding, right? Let the schools compete in the market. Sure, some marquee schools will flourish – there are always going to be rich daddies willing to pay the premium to send Kaden or Ashleigh to a four-year party on some leafy campus. But it’s going to force the other schools to provide value or die. Good riddance.

Second, tax the endowments. The Ivy League is really a bunch of hedge funds pretending to be schools anyway. Now, it would be tempting to redistribute the endowments to schools that have less money and watch these people scamper away from the socialism they pretend to love like roaches from a kitchen light – shouldn’t they pay their fair share? The problem is that it would be a lifeline to the colleges that will fail, and we want them to die. The taxed money can go to buy weapons to sink ChiCom subs.

Third, student loans need to come from the school and to be dischargeable in bankruptcy. A school is going to be a lot less eager to say, “Sure, go ahead and major in Norwegian Feminist Dance Theory” if they are on the hook when their ardent young scholar can’t get a gig that can pay back the sticker price.

Fourth, enforce not merely free speech on campus but ideological diversity. Diversity is good, right? Okay, in a country where half of it thinks Trump rocks and more than half dig Jesus, having a faculty and administration where literally no one publicly confesses to doing either is UNSAT.

And fifth, we need to stop falling for the notion that our colleges occupy some sort of intellectual, and even moral, high ground. They don’t. They are populated by greedy, malevolent, and stupid people who have done incalculable damage to their students morally, intellectually, and financially, and we should hold them in contempt.

Somehow, along the way, we were sold the impression that college was the gateway to a special caste to which we should aspire. We need to reject that condescending and pretentious notion, and tell academia to kiss our aspirations.

Instead, we must push the Mike Rowe vision of a society where you don’t need a bachelors degree to shift paper from Box A to Box B in a cubicle. The fact is that our lame public teacher unions have done such a crappy job that employers are forced to look for a college diploma to get some shaky assurance that the prospective candidate possesses the basic skills that a high school diploma should attest to. We need to make high school great again. For many, many people, college is a waste of valuable time and money. Every kid should not go to college.

This is our chance to undo one of America’s biggest mistakes in the last century, allowing academia to metastasize into the societal tumor that it has become. Technology and economics were already gut-punching this flabby punk before both the double-strike combo of the pangolin pandemic panic and the woke insurrection revealed that not only did the emperor have no clothes but he wasn’t packing much to speak of besides.

It’s going to fight for its life, and its play will be – surprise – more blood money from us to keep it going. But it has been revealed as yet another undead leftist institution, staggering on long after it should have rested in pieces. Let’s take this opportunity to drive a stake through the heart of academia as we know it.

Do we really need our brick and mortar buildings anymore? Do we need year round school? Do our tax dollars do any good whatsoever?

What we have now is not working. Memphis young people aren’t up to the good jobs from companies that want to come here. They don’t know basic math. They know social justice, though.

Near Collapse in China

We don’t get much news from around the world. Only news that could harm President Trump. The media swings between Covid 19 hysteria and racism hysteria. There is nothing else they want to report.

But some important things are happening in China. Like the possible collapse of the world’s largest dam, the Three Gorges. 400 million Chinese are threatened and that’s more than the entire population of the U.S. You’d think that might merit a mention.

American Thinker details:

The China Meteorological Administration issued a “No. 1 Flood” warning as a second month of rain and earthquakes risks collapse of Three Gorges Dam and the safety of 400 million.

Southern China in June suffered its worst flooding since 1940 with the overflowing of 250 rivers impacting 15 million residents and causing at least 121 people dead or missing. The world’s largest hydroelectric dam, the 1.4-mile-wide and 630-foot-high Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtse River with a 5-trillion-gallon capacity, fully opened its seven massive outlets to begin discharging a record 28 acre-feet per second.

But after thirty-one days of rain, a record 16.8 inches falling between Sunday and Monday morning, and inflows running at 40 acre-feet per second after, CMA on July 4 issued an 80-percent risk of thundershowers for each of the next 11 days.

China’s paramount leader, Xi Jinping, in his first public statement on the crisis, called on the country to “put people first and value people’s lives most in the fight against the floods,” according to the Xinhua official state news agency.

Human rights advocates complained as a record 1.2 million people from 13 cities, 140 towns, and 1,350 villages were displaced as Three Gorges Dam’s reservoir filled. But some Chinese geologists also warned that impoundment water weight could create severe earthquake risk due to amplification of the region’s historically low seismicity.

A 2013 academic study published in China’s Geodesy and Geodynamics Journal found that a 2008 magnitude 4.1 tremblor, between the 2003 opening and the 2012 opening of the world’s largest power station, revealed “the intensity and peak ground acceleration of reservoir-induced earthquakes are higher” than past tectonic earthquakes.

Later that year, Saint Louis University seismology professor Lupei Zhu, Ph.D., working with a group of scientists from the China University of Geoscience in Wuhan studying Three Gorges Dam, reported that a 5.1-magnitude “earthquake occurred almost right beneath one of our seismic stations.” Data verified that the main quake and aftershocks occurred in a narrow band along a previously unidentified fault that is connected to the reservoir.

A subsequent field survey by SLU geology professor John Encarnacion, Ph.D. found evidence that the new fault was due to deformed and damaged rocks caused by higher water levels creating greater pressure on rock pore spaces below, a known trigger for faults under stress. Encarnacion stated: “You can feel this effect on your ears whenever you dive deeper in a swimming pool — deeper water, greater pressure.”

Chinese officials have continually labeled fears that the dam could suffer a catastrophic collapse due to an overflow causing an earthquake as “nonsense,” but China’s internet lit up at 4:07 A.M. on July 2, when a magnitude 3.2 earthquake at an extremely shallow depth of five miles rattled Zoige County in Sichuan Province, raising concerns that embankment landslides could threaten the integrity of Three Gorges Dam.

Worse, flood season there is just beginning, usually occurring in July and August.

If Chinese die, you can bet it will be the fault of Donald Trump.

How the CCCP Undermines Our News

If you feel like I do that the national network news services don’t tell you anything about what’s going on in the rest of the world, there are reasons for that.

Did you know, for example, about the horrific flooding occurring in China now or the outbreak of Bubonic plague there?

Joshua Philipp of the Epoch Times has a YouTube show called Crossroads that gives an excellent rundown of what’s really going on.

Today’s segment is really shocking, especially the part about how China is propagandizing our news. You can see it here or watch it on his YouTube channel.

A Glaring Inclusion

Yesterday Mayor Strickland sent around his end of the week email.
He discussed the Covid situation and then moved on to talk about reforming the police department.
It was eye opening.
He wrote: “As I told you last week, we are working every day to improve our Memphis Police Department and its relationship with the public. I also said that we would come up with a process by which more citizens can express their opinions and make proposals.

“The foundation for every relationship is based on trust and that trust is built on honesty and transparency. In an effort to continue building that trust with the public, we announced earlier in this week the creation a new website for the department—https://reimagine.memphistn.gov/…

“This new site will provide proper guidance and understanding to any individual or group interested in truly learning what our officers do and don’t do. And, importantly, it will also allow everyone to submit questions, suggestions, and general feedback about how we can be better.”

So who’s he been listening to?

“As I said last week, Black Lives Matter Memphis made dozens of recommendations, and these are being studied by our team.

“With respect to other groups who have submitted recommendations like, MICAH, a group of Memphis nonprofits, and the Democratic Socialists of America Memphis Chapter—we agree with and have implemented most of their suggestions, such as those listed above. The only items concerning policing on which we disagree are:

Defunding the Memphis Police Department
Prohibiting the use of chokeholds even if the life of the officer is in danger
Prohibiting firing a gun into a vehicle even if the life of the officer or a citizen is in danger
Prohibiting the use of tear gas or rubber bullets under any circumstances
Placing a hold on any and all I.C.E. operations in Memphis (it is beyond the authority of a city to ‘place a hold’ on federal operations).”

Why on earth would any American governing group listen to the Democrat Socialists of America? Worse, they went along with many of them!

Has the Democrat partly completely been swallowed up by the Socialists?

Notice he had no input from conservatives there. Doesn’t even consider it. I bet individual citizens without a name that carries some heft – old line, progressive or money – don’t even get looked at. MICAH is pretty left wing as are most non profits.

Citizen in put, not so much.

‘Probable’ Now Equals Covid

Odd, isn’t it that suddenly we’ve had an upswing in Covid 19 cases, both here and nationally? Flu like diseases usually abate in the summer. But that doesn’t seem to be happening with this virus.

Or is it?

State health departments appear to be manipulating data and changing the definition of who has Covid 19. New guidance has recently taken effect and listen to what Fog City Midge discovered:

The Conservative Treehouse (which if you don’t read, you are missing out on what’s really going on) explains why the Dems need Covid so badly.

In order to support the most important political objectives of the DNC writ large in the 2020 election, COVID-19 hype is essential:
♦Without COVID-19 panic Democrats cannot easily achieve ‘mail-in’ voting; which they desperately need in key battleground states in order to control the outcome.

♦Without COVID-19 panic Democrats cannot shut down rallies and political campaigning efforts of President Trump; which they desperate need to do in key battleground states.

♦Without COVID-19 panic Democrats cannot block the campaign contrast between an energetic President Trump and a physically tenuous, mentally compromised, challenger.

♦Without COVID-19 panic Democrats do not have an excuse for cancelling the DNC convention in Milwaukee; thereby blocking Team Bernie Sanders from visible opposition while protecting candidate gibberish from himself.

♦Without COVID-19 panic Democrats do not have a mechanism to keep voters isolated from each-other; limiting communication and national debate adverse to their interests. COVID-19 panic pushes the national conversation into the digital space where Big Tech controls every element of the conversation.

♦Without COVID-19 panic Democrats cannot keep their Blue state economies easily shut-down and continue to block U.S. economic growth. All thriving economies are against the political interests of Democrats.

♦Without COVID-19 panic Democrats cannot easily keep club candidate Joe Biden sealed in the basement; where the electorate is not exposed to visible signs of his dementia.

♦Without COVID-19 panic it becomes more difficult for Big Tech to censor voices that would outline the fraud and scheme. With COVID-19 panic they have a better method and an excuse.

♦Without COVID-19 panic Democrats cannot advance, influence, or organize their preferred presidential debate format, a ‘virtual presidential debate’ series.

It seems to be working on our local level too. We’ve not had a Lincoln Day dinner, which is the biggest source for GOP election funds. Our clubs haven’t been able to meet much. Dems here don’t really have any comparable clubs. We aren’t getting information about our candidates and except for a few yard signs – mostly Democrat – who knows who is running?

Get the word out. We only have a few months left til the election. After that we may lose our republic.