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“Family Jewels,” MHVille Insider Tips, “Info Wars” and Omaha, Knoxville, California, Seattle and Arlington, and DC Connections

November 13th, 2018 Comments off



A well-placed source said from inside the hexagon began by saying something in a series of messages to MHProNews that thousands of manufactured housing (MH) industry professionals know. “MH is a logical solution to the affordable housing crisis in our cities. Does not matter [,]1 they are typically run by liberals owned by unions and nothing will get done. I have personal experience in Chicago, Detroit and Cleveland.”


The first statement above would be rejected by some, but wouldn’t be controversial for many in our industry.

But the next two messages from that source will start keyboards to click and tongues to wag in locations such as Omaha, Knoxville, California, Seattle, Arlington – and Washington, DC.

The elite want the masses dependent. They continue the lie through Operation Mockingbird.”

The messages came to our publisher, as a news tip, and a third message from that source read: “I am ready to info war. Very sad what is happening. People living in old [,]1 cold dangerous homes. We [MH]2 are the solution.”



About Operation Mockingbird

MHProNews did what the well-placed source suggested. We researched “Operation Mockingbird.” 

Here is some of what we found. 

Operation Mockingbird was an alleged large-scale program of the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) that began in the early 1950s and attempted to manipulate news media for propaganda purposes. It funded student and cultural organizations and magazines as front organizations.[1],” according to Wikipedia.

Also per to WikipediaAccording to writer Deborah Davis, Operation Mockingbird recruited leading American journalists into a propaganda network and oversaw the operations of front groups. CIA support of front groups was exposed after a 1967 Ramparts magazine article reported that the National Student Association received funding from the CIA. In the 1970s, Congressional investigations and reports also revealed Agency connections with journalists and civic groups. None of these reports, however, mentions an Operation Mockingbird coordinating or supporting these activities. 

A Project Mockingbird is mentioned in the CIA Family Jewels report, compiled in the mid-1970s. According to the declassified version of the report released in 2007, Project Mockingbird involved the wire-tapping of two American journalists for several months in the early 1960s,” says Wikipedia.

Operation Mockingbird was once classified, “eyes only,” is 702 pages of dry-to-stunning, and can be accessed from the linked image, below.



The declassified Family Jewels report is found at this link here.


Declassified CIA Document 0n Operation Mockingbird

The CIA reference for Operation Mockingbird was dubbed the “Family Jewels” report.  It goes without saying that family’s jewels are a prized item, so the name itself has meaning.  The CIA report includes, and is supportive of, the information referenced by Wikipedia.

The Washington Post is among the mainstream media sources that reference the Family Jewels document, so it will be difficult for other media to easily dismiss its credibility or the validity of the reference.


As a relevant aside, the Washington Post is now owned by Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon. The billionaire Bezos has bounced between the #1 and #2 richest person in the world during the last year.

Bezos is also one of the 7 top billionaires connected with significant donations to the Democratic Party in recent election cycles.  That includes the 2018 midterms, as MHProNews alone reported in MHVille trade media, but a few others in the mainstream media have also reported.

Among the other 6 top American billionaires include Bill Gates, and Warren Buffett.  The top 10, per Forbes at that point in time, is found below.  The way their political contributions lean is from MHProNews, from third-party sources such as Open Secrets.



The Democrats are not the same party that they used to be. Neither are the Republicans. Democrats have tilted socialist, and many say so openly.


The facts above are all support the thrust of prior MHProNews research.  That includes our Daily Business News overview survey from Saturday, which is linked below. It ought to be as no less relevant to MHVille professionals as Smoking Gun 3. ICYMI, see the weekend overview, linked below.



Affordable Housing, the Visible, Yet Mysterious Struggle for an Obvious Solution, Case Examples


When you carefully read that report, you’ll see where our MHVille source with the “info wars” comments and tips was coming from.

The challenges are troubling, tragic, but they are correctable.

But there’s more…


New York Times, Rolling Stones, and the Church Committee  

Operation Mockingbird, per some sources, was never discontinued. So, while it may seem like ancient history to some, it is interesting that our “info war” source pointed to this specific operation.

There are other intersections between mainstream media, Silicon Valley, top Democratic backing billionaires, and government agencies.  This is all interrelated with Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and affordable factory-built housing, but goes beyond it.  Our industry and others are a subset to the challenges that “info wars” – significant media influence, or “weaponized news” – has.  It is thus relevant to our manufactured housing professional audience.


Keep in Mind  

Bear in mind that sources in and working with the Trump Administration have told MHProNews that investigations of Berkshire, Clayton, and related issues to manufactured housing are still ongoing.

Those federal and other sources to the Daily Business News on MHProNews have specifically mentioned Warren Buffett as being of interest in their investigations.  The existence of those investigations have been noted by the Seattle Times too. ICYMI, or need a reminder, see the report linked below.


Seattle Times -Federal Investigations-Berkshire Hathaway’s Clayton Homes, GuruFocus Spotlights Buffett’s Clayton’s “Unethical,” Monopolistic Moat


There’s more related to this news tip that will follow in upcoming reports.

But the above on Operation Mockingbird from a well-positioned insider source, and others – including from Buffett brands in manufactured housing – are threads MHProNews will continue to follow and periodically report on. Stay tuned, and make sure you see and digest the related reports, linked below the byline. That’s “News Through the lens of manufactured homes, and factory-built housing,” © and “Industry News, Tips, and Views Pros Can Use.” © ## (News, Commentary, and analysis.).

Footnotes: 1) The comma was missing in the original message, and thus was edited in with the brackets [,] to reflect where it belongs and to make that sentence’s meaning clearer.

2) The MH in brackets was understood from the context of a string of related messages, but that bracketed [MH] wasn’t in the original. So, it was edited in to clarify the meaning.

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Sunday Morning Weekly Recap Manufactured Housing Industry News, September 24 to October 1, 2017

October 1st, 2017 Comments off

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Tony, every week there is so much that happens, this [The Sunday Morning Headline News Recap] is an easy way for me to review the news, thank you for this [feature] and your team’s coverage of factory-built housing.

Our featured articles for September are available on the home page.

FYI – and ICYMI if you aren’t already on our twice-weekly emailed headline news update, click here to sign up in seconds.

Thousands get our emails, and the open and click through rates – per MailChimp – blow away others in media and publishing.  The reason?  “Relevant!” said a regular on MHProNews.

To see the line-up of over 2-dozen featured articles for the month of September, along with the headline commentary, please click this link here.

Manufactured, modular and prefabricated home professionals know that how a home got to its location should not define a person or their dwelling.

What the Daily Business News spotlights day-by-day are the tragedies, triumphs and struggles for acceptance of the obvious solution for millions for the growing affordable housing crisis in the U.S. and beyond.

When you read the lineup for the month found on the home page, you can reflect on another motto as you chart your own professional path ahead: “We Provide, You Decide.”  ©


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Inside Washington, Knoxville, Omaha, and Arlington Sept, 2017

September 27th, 2017 Comments off

USCapitolWashingtonDCPixabayDailyBusinessNewsManufacturedHousingIndsutryMHProNewsIn Omaha, some call it “Warren Watch.”

In Knoxville and Maryville, from the manufactured housing industry perspective, its Clayton, 21st and VMF watch.

In Arlington, VA – it’s the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) watch.

In Washington, D.C., there’s sadly way too much to watch.

Today, the insider watch could be called “quotable quotes,” and powerful insights. Quotes from:

  • Warren Buffett.
  • Jim Clayton.
  • Sam Zell.
  • Tim Williams.
  • Howard Walker.
  • Nathan Smith.
  • Frank Rolfe.
  • Bob Crawford.
  • Rick Robinson.
  • Marty Lavin.
  • Richard J. “Dick” Jennison.
  • George Allen.

and a host of others.


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Jim Clayton Exclusive on Clayton Bank/FirstBank Merger to MHProNews

February 11th, 2017 Comments off

ClaytonbankandFirstbanklogo-=imagecreditaretherespectivefirmslogosusedhereunderfairuseguidelinesIn a story that MHProNews covered first in manufactured housing, Jim Clayton, Founder and Chairman of Clayton Bank and Clayton Homes, confirmed the “merger” of Clayton Bank and Trust and American City Bank (collectively “Clayton Banks”) and FB Financial Corporation (NYSE: FBK), in a deal valued at $284.2 million.

This event involves a rare instance where Clayton, and FirstBank Chairman Jim Ayers, both owned nearly 100 percent of their respective banks pre-merger, and share a common interest in helping people.

Jim (Ayers) and I have been great friends for decades and have a lot in common, including being from rural West Tennessee,” said Clayton to MHProNews publisher, L. A. “Tony” Kovach.

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Jim Clayton, right. L. A. “Tony” Kovach, left. Photo credit,

Our primary interests involve banking and giving back,” Clayton said. “Ayres is the most generous and creative person I know, building an amazing philanthropic foundation that has produced amazing benefits in education, health, and quality of life in Tennessee.”

The acquisition is expected to close in the third quarter of 2017, and is subject to regulatory approvals, approval by shareholders, and other customary closing conditions.

The Clayton Banks have a great team and are two of the most profitable banks in Tennessee. They have a relationship-based customer service culture that blends well with our culture. We look forward to joining with Clayton Bank and American City Bank and their associates to expand our banking services throughout Tennessee,” said FB Financial President and CEO Chris Holmes, in a BusinessWire press release.

This was, in effect, a merger as shareholders of FirstBank (FBK – NYSE) now own shares of the combined banks,” Clayton told MHProNews. “Likewise, I own shares in the combined banks – my largest holding by far. I signed a multi-year contract as did the Sr. Management – including Kevin Kimzey (President) – who heads all MH (Manufactured Housing/Home) activities.”

KevinKemzey-ClaytonBankPresidentClayton told MHProNews that once the merger is completed, he and Ayers will be the largest shareholders of the combined entity.

We both love the mortgage business and Jim [Ayers] is thrilled to combine the Clayton MH lending with the very large FirstBank Mortgage portfolio,” said Clayton. “I, and all the MH enthusiasts at Clayton Banks, are thrilled to add 40 deposit-gathering branches to support the Clayton MH units.”

About the Clayton Banks

Clayton Bank is headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The operation has assets of approximately $887 million. The bank has 13 branches across its markets in Knoxville, Jackson, Oakland, Covington, Henderson, Lexington, Friendship and Cookeville, Tennessee.


Graphic above credit, BusinessWire.

American City Bank is headquartered in Tullahoma, Tennessee and has assets of approximately $308 million. It operates five branches in Tullahoma, Manchester, Lynchburg and Dechard, Tennessee.

About FB Financial

FB Financial Corporation (NYSE: FBK) is a bank holding company headquartered in Nashville, TN, and operates through its wholly owned banking subsidiary, FirstBank, the third largest Tennesseeheadquartered bank. The company has 45 full-service bank branches across Tennessee, North Alabama and North Georgia, and a national mortgage business with offices across the Southeast.

FirstBank serves five of the largest metropolitan markets in Tennessee and has over $3.2 billion in total assets. ##

(Editor’s note: Additional details from Jim Clayton will be published soon.)

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