…And This

The March issue of Memphis magazine – get this – in an article by John Branston actually pushes for Shelby School system superintendent Dorsey Hopson to be Trump’s Secretary of Education.

Branston slams Betsy DeVos, the new Secretary, because he believes her to be a privileged white girl who knows nothing of public schools. Seems a little bit of misogyny and discrimination colors his beliefs.

Why is Hopson preferable? Have Memphis and Shelby County schools skyrocketed to unknown stratospheres of achievement under his leadership beginning in 2013? Do Memphians feel confident that they are sending their kids off to get an education that will propel them to good jobs and careers yet? We certainly spend enough money. It was estimated at $959 million for the 2016-17 year. Almost a billion dollars!

Branston rationalizes that Hopson would be good because his “staff is about as ethnically and gender diverse as a staff could be.” OK, but left out of that equation is ability. Shouldn’t that be the main concern?

“He is so battle tested he could wear medals,” he continues. Maybe, but he’s yet to win the war.

Maybe it’s going to take someone outside the bubble of education unions and organizations to see what really needs to be done. What we’ve had with establishment types hasn’t worked for decades, has it?

Memphian Defends Reporter

Mark Skoda, former Tea Party leader in Memphis, organized last Saturday’s March 4 Trump in Nashville. Jim Hoft, the Gateway Pundit blogger, spoke there.

Today the Gateway Pundit ran Skoda’s piece which is in reply to an incident that happened yesterday. The White House press secretary has included a representative from Gateway Pundit, Lucian Wintrich, into the briefing room. Evidently the Fox radio reporter, Jon Decker, did not approve and attacked Wintrich. Wintrich reported, “This man accosted me. He pushed me in the back room and then grabbed my arm. He started screaming to the entire press room that I’m a Nazi and The Gateway Pundit is a white supremacist publication.”

Here’s Skoda’s reply:

Let me first declare that I am a regular Gateway Pundit reader and fan. I love the unique perspective Jim and his team take in reporting and writing and I enjoy the often “tongue in cheek” edginess the articles. I met Jim for the first time during the National Tea Party Convention in Nashville where I was working as the head of media and promotion. Jim, Andrew Breitbart, Stephen Bannon, Andrew Marcus and many of the other now infamous gang of new media activists were there to participate and report.

The Gateway Pundit was still in its infancy, essentially a labor of love. But Jim’s passion for reporting the news with a conservative view and edginess was already obvious. Those were heady days. We had over sixty press organizations and over one hundred reporters and cameramen from a dozen different countries. This was the first big event in the tea party and Sarah Palin was the keynote speaker.

But it was also where Andrew Breitbart famously pointed to the press and told the audience that they were your enemies. The crowd loved it and Andrew’s prescience was remarkable. Which brings me to the current brouhaha facing the Gateway Pundit’s DC reporter, Lucian Wintrich, and Fox News Radio’s Jon Decker. It was only a week ago, that Jim, at my invite and after being dis-invited to another rally, joined us in Nashville to speak to a crowd of over two thousand people. He was the keynote speaker and had the supporters of President Trump fired up.

I introduced Jim to the rallygoers and announced that his organization was given press credentials to the White House press briefings. I told the crowd that the MSM heads exploded when that happened – “clean up on aisle six”.

Jim also announced that he and other new media organizations would also be holding an alternative press correspondents’ dinner to honor ‘Real News’ journalists. So I was not surprised to read about the scrum that took place in DC when Wintrich had the audacity to announce the GP’s participation at the White House.

But what pissed me off most is the fact that this recurring theme of white supremacist, anti-Semite and racist nonsense was lobbed at the Gateway Pundit and Lucian in particular. Even more infuriating was the pile on by other press organizations congratulating Decker on his “brave” action to diminish this young man. But we’ve all come to expect this from the establishment main stream media. Nonetheless, it’s wrong and it’s corrosive.

As I stated, I’ve known Jim for many years. His only offense is that he started a successful blog and news site with a conservative viewpoint, became successful and happened to be a conservative white male gay man. Clearly, he is the antithesis of the liberal press and the MSM generally. But for me, I call him friend.

The new media is more democratic and more pervasive than any of the old media. And while there is quality in much of the new media, there is also a lot of rubbish from some purveyors. Yet as we have seen from the blatantly biased reporting in the established news, there is a lot of rotting, stinking, oozing garbage presented as well.

Disruptive technologies and ideas are always opposed by the entrenched.

From Wikipedia:

“The Sabots of the 16th to 19th centuries, who were associated with the lower classes. During this period, the years of the Industrial Revolution, the word sabotage gained currency. Allegedly derived from sabot, sabotage described the actions of disgruntled workers who willfully damaged workplace machinery by throwing their sabots into the works. However, according to some accounts, sabot-clad workers were simply considered less productive than others who had switched to leather shoes, roughly equating the term “sabotage” with “inefficiency”.”

I recall that during the tea party revolution of 2009 and 2010, every type of epithet was lobbed at supporters of the movement. We were called racists and homophobes, fascists and Nazis. Today’s left has added misogynists, anti-Semites and xenophobes. However, I think we’d just rather be called the “Deplorables”. It seems that the unique and differentiated messages of the new media, like Gateway Pundit, and the legitimacy afforded them by becoming part of the WH press corps is simply too much to bear for the Sabots in the press. But like the industrial revolution, the media revolution will march on and people will embrace truth where it is told. And that’s the real sin of Jim Hoft, Lucian Wintrich and many other conservatives who love their country, embrace free speech and simply want to get on with Making America Great Again!

Hopping to It

Did you know that before Sean Spicer was the press secretary, he had a gig as the Easter bunny. He performed at the Easter Egg roll during the Bush 43 administration.

Melania Trump invited many women to the White House for a luncheon on International Women’s Day. The color worn by protestors on that day was red. Notice everyone has avoided that color here.

In other random notes, Wednesday’s press conference with Sean Spicer brought up a question about Ted and Heidi Cruz’s dinner that night at the White House. Someone asked if President Trump would apologize to them for insulting Heidi. Really? Spicer dodged it, but I bet he was itching to bring up Cruz’s nude model photos of Melania and his embarrassing refusal at the Republican National Convention to back Trump.

As it was, Trump also hosted the Cruz daughters and had a picture taken with them at his Oval office desk. I’d say he’s the bigger man.

Odd Incident Supports Spying Story

Last summer I was having lunch with a friend when she began to describe something odd that had recently happened to her.

She and a friend or relative were at her home and she brought up the idea of getting a lift chair that helps people who are older get out of one more easily by tilting the seat. You’ve probably seen them advertised. They only mentioned it in passing and not really out of any interest in getting one.

Shortly after that when she went to her computer, she started seeing ads for these chairs pop up on her screen. She thought that was very odd, as she had never googled or searched for one on her computer. It didn’t happen just once, but repeatedly.

At the time we both wondered about it and whether her TV somehow picked up on it and triggered the ads to pop up.

After Wikileaks Vault 7 revelation that our own phones, I pads, TVs and other devices are used to monitor people, that little incidence is revealing. Yes, you can believe your own eyes and make your own connections. We are being monitored, even the most unnecessarily involved people. By that I mean no one involved in foreign espionage, big trade deals or politics.

Anyone doubt the deep state anymore?

Smart Meters Spying on Us?

Among the Wikileaks revelations, some of the most shocking concerned how our own devices – TVs, Skype, iphones, gaming consoles and smart phones – can monitor us. They can be turned on us to record what we are saying and kept in records.

Not only that, but we found out that the CIA has tools to control remotely chips in cars, trucks, planes, medical devices and hospital technology. In other words, they have the potential to assassinate people via these things.

Don’t forget about smart meters. MLGW assured us they could not be used to spy on us, deried doubters and laughed about their concerns – typical Alinsky tactic. From Wikileaks it looks like the potential is there.

At the least, Memphian Donna Bohannon, who has been following this smart meter problem very closely, writes that they have been causing a customers at an MLGW Board of Commissioners meeting feel they have been put in danger by them and that they have ruined appliances. Here’s a video of their complaints:

Meet the NSA Data Center

Have you heard of Bumblehive? Probably not. But it has heard of you.

Bumblehive is the code name for the Utah Data Center, the IC CNCI or Intelligence Community Comprehensive National Cyber security Initiative. In their websites words, the “NSA is the executive agent for the office of the director of National Intelligence (in the Obama years James Clapper) and is the lead agency at the center.” In other words, the place where the National Security Administration keeps all the phone calls, email and other information that it has surveilled. It has everything. Here’s a picture:

Although they say they do not surveil Americans, then why do they need so big a headquarters. Here’s more. I find it interesting considering they were discussing this in 2013.

In 2013, a blog called level9news.com had some serious comments about this:

Have we been misled into directly providing the NSA with every aspect of our personal lives? Was the ground work laid in 2004 to provide specific vehicles for the use of the general public many of which can be had for free or at a nominal cost to the subscribers?

Do we really believe the MSM claims that the NSA is monitoring each and every computer in the world and collecting data from over 5 billion individual sources? Or is this just another point of misdirection so we don’t look at the possibility that we are actually uploading our information unknowingly and voluntarily directly to an NSA facility?

What do we know:

1.The NSA data center was conceptualized in 2004 under the code name “Bumblehive”
2.The NSA data center construction broke ground on January 7th of 2011 in Bluffdale, Utah. This 1.5 million sq. foot, unprecedented, ridiculously expensive $2 billion government project is right on schedule for it’s official opening in September 2013.
3.It is said that this data center is capable of storing a yottabyte of data. A yottabyte is a septillion bytes – a number so large that no one has yet coined a term for the next higher magnitude. Prior to the yottabyte, the largest unit of measure for data was an exabyte…one million exabytes equals one yottabyte. Eric Schmidt, the former CEO of Google estimated that the total of all human knowledge created from the dawn of man up to the present, if digitized would total 5 exabytes, yet the NSA is currently planning a second data center in Fort Meade, Maryland projected to be 2/3s the size of the data center in Utah at a cost to the taxpayers of approximately $1 billion – we are paying for our own enslavement and cyber prison facilities.

What else do we know:

​Facebook a free service for people to upload every aspect of their waking life was founded in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg– the same year the NSA data center, project Bumblehive was conceived.

In 2009, cloud based computing reached a turning point whereby the trend turned from on site/off site data backup and storage to cloud based technology. Coincidentally, in 2009 Windows launched Azure – a Windows based cloud platform.

For the past three years, the phenomenal push for on line storage, back ups and distributed applications has been on the rise…you can’t listen to the radio without hearing a commercial every 15 minutes for these services.

Are you seeing a correlation here? The NSA project Bumblehive was conceived in 2004. ALL of
these online cloud services were founded between 2004 and 2011…..coincidence? Or, was this a pre
planned groundwork laid out to put in place systems to have you voluntarily and unknowingly upload
all of your personal, private information to the NSA?

Explains a lot doesn’t it? Does anyone doubt that Trump was on their radar?

Tap, Tap, Tap, Drip, Drip, Drip

The tweet over the weekend by President Trump suggesting that Obama bugged him dominated the news this weekend. Reporters were quick to say Trump lit into his advisors before he left for Palm Beach. They giddily trumpeted this. CNN even had a video:

Frankly this doesn’t seem that terrible to me. Looks like another instance of the media wanting to push a meme that Trump is an out of control angry meglomaniac who doesn’t know what he’s doing and that his administration is in chaos.

Was Trump acting rashly by writing that “unsubstantiated” tweet? Was he foolish or is something else going on?

John Hayward at Breitbart posited this:

It’s possible one reason Trump issued his explosive tweets on surveillance was to make everyone put up or shut up. That might already be working, as some of the more aggressive dealers in unsubstantiated innuendo are suddenly admitting they don’t have any actual evidence. There can’t be any hard evidence if Trump is super-duper wrong about Obama administration surveillance.

Until now, Democrats and their media have been pleased to create the impression that all kinds of wiretapping operations were conducted against the Trump campaign, uncovering many scandalous, possibly illegal connections. Only by reading those articles carefully does one discover the sources are highly speculative and the evidence is thin at best.

[…] Whatever President Trump’s intentions were in using Twitter to touch off this firestorm, one of the immediate effects has been letting the gas out of all those speculative Trump stories. The Democratic media is now furiously working to prove all of its own previous coverage of the Trump-Russia allegations was little more than idle speculation, every bit as lacking in hard evidence as Trump’s accusation that Obama was tapping his phones.

After months of unfounded allegations and badly sourced speculation intended to cripple his administration, maybe Trump wanted to prove that only one side of the partisan divide is permitted to make “wild allegations.” Obama’s plants in the Deep State can leak whatever they please, law and truth be damned. They can get an avalanche of hostile coverage moving with a few phone calls or emails. The media feels no contrition when the story turns out to be exaggerated or completely false, eagerly turning to the same Obama holdovers as sources for the next big phony scoop.

No one on Trump’s team, including the president himself, is allowed to reciprocate in kind. We are meant to feel bottomless outrage that Trump would level unsubstantiated allegations against Obama, but apparently, Obama’s minions can launch a constant barrage of unsubstantiated allegations against Trump.

Intentionally or accidentally, Trump just forced the press to admit how weak the bulk of those allegations were.

But what about this weekend when former DNI chief James Clapper denied any wiretapping and FBI Director James Comey – not through a direct quote but through a surrogate to the New York Times – also refuted any wiretapping.

Clapper is a known liar who told Congress in 2013 that the NSA did not collect data on citizens, a claim even they knew was false. His words are worthless.

But why did Comey refute?

Blog readers had different answers.

“IMHO Comey is the one who told Trump about the tapping, as it wasn’t the FBI who ordered it, but the DoJ. That’s why he’s asking the DoJ to refute the claims, not the FBI, so as not to incriminate his organization,” said one.
At the American thinker blog a writer says, “So Comey wanted a denial from outside the bureau to avoid the charge that any rejection of the Trump wiretapping allegation was self-serving.

“DoJ has so far failed to issue a statement of denial, which is not surprising, given the political hot potato Comey has dropped into their lap. The career employees at Justice are passing the buck on taking responsibility for a denial while the political appointees for the Department are being blocked by Senate Democrats from taking office. Quite literally, there’s no one at Justice who wants the job of placing the department on the record that no such wiretapping took place.”

And yet another reader’s plausible explanation for all the events:

“I think that the former AG and her Deputy, Sally Yates, went through the NSA in terms of the FISA request. Comey is telling us the truth that neither he nor the FBI was involved with any of it. I think when Michael Rogers met with our President on November 18th, he was there to inform the President Elect that he and the folks at the NSA were responsible for all types of surveillance on him. He decided to come clean and let the President know that he had absolutely no choice because the AG through the President (Obama) wanted this. I think President Trump thanked him for the info and asked him to remain quiet about it.”
Rick Moran at American thinker adds:

So Comey wanted a denial from outside the bureau to avoid the charge that any rejection of the Trump wiretapping allegation was self-serving.

DoJ has so far failed to issue a statement of denial, which is not surprising, given the political hot potato Comey has dropped into their lap. The career employees at Justice are passing the buck on taking responsibility for a denial while the political appointees for the Department are being blocked by Senate Democrats from taking office. Quite literally, there’s no one at Justice who wants the job of placing the department on the record that no such wiretapping took place.

Comey has managed to get both sides angry at him over the past year. He failed to recommend indicting Hillary Clinton but then re-opened the investigation just days before the election. Is this request for a statement a “betrayal” of Trump, as Drudge suggests in his headline (“Comey Turns on Trump”)? It is if you believe liberals who think Comey was in Trump’s corner during the campaign. Otherwise, this is an attempt by Comey to cover his own – and the FBI’s – ass in the wiretapping matter.

We knew when Trump won the election that our side was going to be in for a big fight with Obama remnants and the Deep State. It was never going to be easy to dislodge them or that they would go without using every trick they could to hurt our side.

No one needs to be discourage by all this. It’s the only way to drain the swamp.

Nashville Rallies for Trump

From Breitbart comes this report on yesterday’s big March 4 Trump rally in Nashville:

A huge crowd turned out at Legislative Plaza on Saturday to attend the Spirit of America rally in support of President Trump’s policies.

Rally organizer Mark Skoda told Breitbart News that the crowd size was estimated at 2,000, a number that was also reported and tweeted out by a number of people who were in attendance.

Several dozen Spirit of America rallies were held across the country on Saturday. Nashville appears to have held the largest rally.

The legacy of Andrew Breitbart was front and center at the boisterous and upbeat event, which Nashville entertainer Ty Williams kicked off with a crowd-pleasing rendition of his new song, appropriately titled, “Make America Great Again.”

Skoda told the crowd that he befriended Andrew Breitbart and Gateway Pundit founder Jim Hoft, one of the rally’s speakers, back in 2010 at the first Tea Party Convention held at the Gaylord Convention Center in Nashville.

In his speech, Hoft paid tribute to his good friend Andrew Breitbart, who died in 2012, as a key ally and inspiration whose vision helped him withstand the many attacks launched by the left as the Gateway Pundit broke story after story during the 2016 Presidential election.

Hoft noted that Gateway Pundit has just received White House press credentials and will have a Washington based correspondent who will be covering the Trump administration.

He praised President Trump’s decision not to attend the White House Correspondents Dinner, “where they attack him for two hours.”

“If he wanted that, he could turn on CNN in the morning,” Hoft said, to huge peals of laughter from the crowd.

“Donald Trump is not going to the White House Correspondents Dinner, so a group of us only thought it would be fair if we started a competing dinner,” Hoft added.

“Today I’m going to announce there’s a group of us and we’re starting The Real News Correspondents Dinner. It will be across town from the other dinner, and we hope to have some big speakers,” Hoft announced, breaking news for which the crowd cheered wildly.

Rally organizer Skoda opened the event at 11 a.m. by announcing that the rally was designed for peaceful expression, and that anyone not interested in abiding by that standard should leave the event.

A plethora of conservative legislators and activists spoke for the next two hours, and the crowd maintained its enthusiasm throughout.

Tennessee House Majority Leader State Rep. Glen Casada, a co-sponsor of the rally, highlighted the reasons why Trump won the election, and why it was so important that conservatives and everyday Americans who voted him into the White House stand by him and help push through his agenda.

Casada was followed by Rebecca Burke, a member of the Tennessee Republican Party State Executive Committee and a conservative firebrand, who outlined the many ways the election of Donald Trump will save America.

Nashville talk radio host Ralph Bristol spoke about the patriotic hearts of supporters of Donald Trump.

State Rep. Judd Matheny spoke on the need to keep the pressure on the politicians in both Washington and Nashville to support the Trump agenda. Matheny emphasized the importance of holding judges at both the state and federal level accountable for decisions that are not constitutional.

State Sen. Mae Beavers spoke about the importance of defending religious liberty, particularly in regards to constant assaults on Judeo-Christian values.

Former Nashville talk radio host Steve Gill, well-known as the leader of 2000-2002 rallies that defeated the imposition of a state income tax in Tennessee, spoke about the need for activists and political leaders to fight back against any efforts to raise taxes.

He specifically pointed out the need to fight back against Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposal to increase the gas tax by seven cents a gallon in the state.

A small group of about a dozen protesters, many dressed in black, some wearing masks, attempted to disrupt the event, to little effect.
Dozens of Tennessee State Troopers were on hand to provide security for the crowd and the four members of the Tennessee General Assembly who attended the rally. State Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver dazzled the crowd with a stirring acapella rendition of The Star Spangled Banner. State Rep. Judd Matheny, Majority Leader State Rep. Glen Casada, and State Senator Mae Beavers were among the featured speakers.
Two arrests of left wing agitators were made.

One woman stole merchandise from one of the vendors selling Trump T-shirts. Though she ran away from the scene of the crime, she was apprehended and charged.

Another protester vandalized the motorcycles parked near the stage by a group of bikers who support President Trump. That protester was taken to the ground by law enforcement officials before he was able to do much damage, and was also arrested.

Timeline Suggests Phone Tapping

We wake up this morning to find out that the Pope wants people to have fewer children, Disney’s new Beauty and the Beast promotes LGBTQ relationships and Barack Obama allegedly tapped Trump before and after the election.

What a world!

The first two are not nearly as important as the last one. If true, we are in a crisis that makes Watergate look like playground offenses.

Most likely it is true. We’ve already seen that Obama, Valerie Jarrett, Ben Rhodes & co. have set up shop in his new DC house to dig up impeachment stuff against Trump and his people. Then, if you examine the timeline, as Conservative Treehouse has, you find incriminating and highly suggestive things that support these assumptions.

Sometimes the utilization of Timelines means you have to look at the new information with a keen awareness of specific events. In hindsight, NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers may have notified Team Trump of Obama’s Intelligence Community (James Clapper and John Brennan) spying on their activity.

As you look at the FISA request dates below, it’s important to note that NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers would be keenly aware of both the June request – Denied, and the October request – Granted. Pay specific attention to the October request. “October”!.

June 2016: FISA request. The Obama administration files a request with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) to monitor communications involving Donald Trump and several advisers. The request, uncharacteristically, is denied.

October 2016: FISA request. The Obama administration submits a new, narrow request to the FISA court, now focused on a computer server in Trump Tower suspected of links to Russian banks. No evidence is found — but the wiretaps continue, ostensibly for national security reasons, Andrew McCarthy at National Review later notes. The Obama administration is now monitoring an opposing presidential campaign using the high-tech surveillance powers of the federal intelligence services.

♦ On Tuesday November 8th, 2016 the election was held. Results announced Wednesday November 9th, 2016.

NSA Director Rogers participates in session at Intelligence and National Security Summit in Washington
♦ On Thursday November 17th, 2016, NSA Director Mike Rogers traveled to New York and met with President-Elect Donald Trump.

♦ On Friday November 18th The Washington Post reported on a recommendation in “October” that Mike Rogers be removed from his NSA position:

The heads of the Pentagon and the nation’s intelligence community have recommended to President Obama that the director of the National Security Agency, Adm. Michael S. Rogers, be removed.

The recommendation, delivered to the White House last month, was made by Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter and Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr., according to several U.S. officials familiar with the matter.

[…] In a move apparently unprecedented for a military officer, Rogers, without notifying superiors, traveled to New York to meet with Trump on Thursday at Trump Tower. That caused consternation at senior levels of the administration, according to the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal personnel matters.

Remember, historically The Washington Post is the preferred outlet for the CIA and Intelligence Community within Deep State to dump their “leaks” and stories. The State Department “leaks” to CNN for the same purposes.

♦ On Saturday November 19th Reuters reported on the WaPo Story and additional pressure by Defense Secretary Ash Carter and DNI James Clapper to fire Mike Rogers.

[…] The Washington Post reported that a decision by Rogers to travel to New York to meet with Trump on Thursday without notifying superiors caused consternation at senior levels of the administration, but the recommendation to remove him predated his visit.

The Intelligence Community -at the direction of President Obama- made a request to a FISA court for the NSA to spy on Donald Trump in June 2016. It was denied.
In October the Intelligence Community (NSA) -at the direction of President Obama- made a second request to the FISA court for the NSA to spy on Donald Trump. It was approved.
At around the same time (October), as the second request to FISA, (Def Sec) Ash Carter and (DNI) James Clapper tell President Obama to dump NSA Director Mike Rogers.
A week after the election, Mike Rogers makes a trip to Trump Tower without telling his superior, James Clapper; which brings about new calls (November media leaks to WaPo) for President Obama to dump Mike Rogers.

Occam’s Razor. NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers didn’t want to participate in the spying scheme (Clapper, Brennan, Etc.), which was the baseline for President Obama’s post presidency efforts to undermine Donald Trump and keep Trump from digging into the Obama labyrinth underlying his remaining loyalists. After the October spying operation went into effect, Rogers unknown loyalty was a risk to the Obama objective. Ten days after the election Rogers travels to President-Elect Trump without notifying those who were involved in the intel scheme.

Did NSA Director Mike Rogers wait for a SCIF (Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility) to be set up in Trump Tower, and then notify the President-elect he was being monitored by President Obama?
….Seems likely.

It does.

Trump is meeting today at Maralago with his national security team. Don’t you wish you could hear their discussions? I just hope Obama doesn’t.