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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Sister City Still Being Pursued ...

Dear Editor, 

I sent the following email to all of our Pickens County councilmen,  administrator, and attorney :

It is imperative all of our county council members watch the below video. 

Your number one priority is the safety of PC citizens. Germany does not need another avenue of “exchanges” in our country. They are being infiltrated by Islam. 

And how some of you can bury your head in the sand and deny that our safety can be sacrificed for “economic development” is quite telling. The love of money is the root of all evil. 


written by 
Johnnelle Raines
Leadership Team Member
Conservatives of the Upstate

Friday, August 24, 2018

Worth it?

The stats on recent "school related topics" on COTU ...

School related posts continue to perform well on Recently, COTU has posted a series of articles on "tech" used in schools and the alarming amount of data gathered by that technology - that is in turn sold. The tech used in schools is not protective of your privacy and is an easier backdoor into your home network from hackers. Google and its products; the Chrome Web Browser, the Android operating system, and the Chromebook laptop are the main source of these concerns. 

Recent media reports and network security firms have exposed Google in the area of privacy and user agreements with such eye opening headlines as this:

Google Collects Location Data; Like It Or Not (Even If You Turn Off Location Tracking)


Google Collects Data On Idle Android Devices

The irony is, the biggest referral comes from Google searches. The 60 mile radius of Pickens County, SC is the largest area from which readers are viewing. 

The partner social media page Concerned Voters Of Pickens County: The Whole Truth is the largest targeted audience. 

Thank you readers! Stay focused and informed.

Is this the “diversity” the School District was wanting?

Almost every old farmstead in my vicinity is no longer just a home for a single farm family. They are often now surrounded by trailers and lean-tos, in turn sub-rented out to dozens of others—violations of zoning laws and building codes of the sort that would earn me a stiff fine, but which are of little interest to local authorities. Of three neighboring farmsteads down the road, one is now a storage area for dozens of used porta potties and wrecked cars. Another is an illegal dumping ground. The third has been raided on various occasions by authorities in order to stop drug dealing, gang activity, and prostitution.”

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Are Chromebooks & Android devices the best tech for our kids?

The Chrome browser is the predominant internet search tool used by the School District Of Pickens County. 

Friday, August 17, 2018

Reminder: Special Guest for Tuesday August 21, 2018 COTU Meeting...

Lynne Taylor, known as the “Common Core Diva”,  will be Conservatives of the Upstate's guest speaker on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at the Easley Captain Kemberly Hampton Memorial Library located at 304 Biltmore Rd, Easley, SC 29640 from 7PM till 8:30PM in the large conference room on the right as you enter the building. 

Monday, August 13, 2018

When are we going to stop the sellout of our children?

The School District Of Pickens County is heavily invested in Chromebooks and Android devices. What admin and the school board have failed to realize is that the lowest cost isn’t always the best price. Know that the sole purpose of the ChromeOS, Chromebooks, and the Android operating system is to gather data AND SELL IT to not just the highest bidder - but ANY bidder. Your children are being tracked in every way imaginable and spied on - be mindful.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Special Guest For August 2018 COTU Meeting

Lynne M. Taylor a nation-wide frequent education reform expert guest on radio and multimedia shows will be speaking!
She is known as the “Common Core Diva” and will be Conservatives of the Upstate's guest speaker on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at the Easley Captain Kemberly Hampton Memorial Library located at 304 Biltmore Rd, Easley, SC 29640 from 7pm till 8:30pm in the large conference room on the right as you enter the building. 
Her topic will be, “"Education's Future: Theirs or Yours?"
This topic is non-partisan and the fact remains the misuse and overreaches in public education are every American's issue. We have this education disaster thanks to both the Republicans and the Democrat parties. Lynne will be gearing her information to this end. 
The future direction and reform of American public education is up for grabs. Is there a best solution to our concerns? Find out by attending this FREE event open to the public. You won't regret it.

Children are our future.

Please text your RSVP to 704-860-0648 so we will know how many to expect and prepare for.

For more information on the event go

Short Bio of Lynne Taylor: 

From 2002 to current: She has been featured speaker at small meetings and large conferences in several States.
Since 2009 to current, Lynne has served as a frequent guest on nationwide radio and multimedia shows based out of a dozen States. Listener reach has been nation-wide as well as internationally.
Lynne has been awarded the 2011 Distinguished Educator from the National Society of High School Scholars, as well as the 2016 L&B Network's Torchbearer Award for educational advocacy.

Lynne has appeared several times before the NC General Assembly in efforts to preserve freedom in education.
Lynne has written researched articles for "Prevent Common Core" ( and the Patriot Institute (
As well as a full-time education researcher, writer, and, blogger.(

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

If you think “fake news” isn’t real ...

This is an actual headline from Reuters - the news source where most news sources get their stories and use as an “official news source” (the other being “The Associated Press”).

The problem with this headline is that liberals will just read it and regurgitate it. The truth is ... everyone Trump endorsed in recent races won ... some won big.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Parents Discover Google Drive/Chromebooks Are Storing Personal Data

A Missouri couple asserts that the Springfield Public School System is accessing their personal accounts and storing their private information on the system's Google Drive without their permission - including voice assistant commands from all household members.