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An Update on TNA’s Website

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You might have noticed a bit of a slowdown in posts yesterday through this morning. That’s because I have a problem with physics. Time x people = man-hours, and there are only 24 hours in a day and only one of me. I can either do editor stuff gathering content or I can do managing stuff working on the site, but I can’t do both. At least I can’t do both well.

This is, right now, a one-man show. As J.D. noted two weeks ago, the day I was set to take over the reins here was the day his baby arrived. Without over-sharing or stepping on J.D.’s privacy, the birth and subsequent medical issues are significant. In fact, since the 14th, I’ve only spoken with J.D. a few times, and not for long at any stretch. Please continue to pray for J.D. and his family.

It’s been a challenge, drinking from the firehose, without any “training” time, working essentially in a vacuum. But that’s the kind of challenge I like.

My first priority was to make the site usable for writers, and ease the process of posting new content. I did that over the last few weeks.

The next priority is to make some real design changes that make TNA easier for readers to navigate, faster to load, and efficient for writers and editors (me).

But I haven’t really had time to interact with the people who matter most–you.

So let me ask some questions…and hopefully you can answer by emailing me at editor(at)thenewamericana.com.

  1. What kinds of content do you value most? Timely news? A variety of opinions? Just the facts, or deep dives and hot-takes?
  2. Do you want to see posts about what pundits of all political stripes think, or do you want the truth (as we see it, and of course, that’s the truth unvarnished)? Do you want feature articles or shorter fare?
  3. Are you interested in just politics, or some intersecting life stories outside of the political realm? Maybe some sports (not trying to be SB Nation here), or literature, or science, or business posts?
  4. Do you want a simple, Drudge-like design (to me, that site is stuck in 1996), or something a bit more modern?
  5. What other comments do you have about what we could do in the future?

Now that I’ve asked, let me tell you what I’m working on.

First, I’ve got a new design to unveil. Here’s a preview (it’s not the final). Check it out. I’ve been working hard on this. It’s not easy to put together a design that works on my wife’s tiny iPhone 7, my iPhone 6+, various iPads and tablets, and still looks great on a desktop.

It’s not easy to combine aggregated content with our own stories on the site and maintain a seamless design. It’s not easy to put lots of content in one place but still note the important bits so you can see them easily. This is why I’ve been spending my man-hours doing that versus combing for content.

I’d love to have your feedback.

Second, I’ve been recruiting writers. We haven’t had too many actually come on board yet, but I’ll do my best to introduce them as they do. If you’re interested in writing for TNA, email me at editor(at)thenewamericana.com. We want to have a good mix of our own content with aggregated items from other sites.

Third, I’ve been combing for new news sources. Your tips and items from all over the world are coveted gems. Please send them. Every item you sent will be given first priority in the editing queue for publishing. That doesn’t guarantee I’ll publish it, but if you think like I think, there’s a really good chance I will.

Fourth, I’m trying to make this website cash-flow positive. Everything has a cost (food, fuel, movie tickets, two boys under 10-years-old), and TNA needs to support me and J.D. instead of the other way around. I hate sites that are loaded up with Google ads and soft-porn pop-ups.

I intend to limit the ads as much as possible, but the fact is we have to generate readers and eyeballs, and ads are what eventually pays the bills. (Or we might do what Trump did and sell stuff–but it’s got to be cool stuff!)

However, you can help us bridge the gap. Donate to TNA through GoFundMe. We’ve raised about 7 percent of our target of $43,000 (an amount we believe should get us through the “investment” phase).

You can give right here.

Fifth, we want to change the world. As Steve Jobs famously asked John Sculley, “do you want to change the world, or sell sugar water?” Of course that didn’t work out well for either of them, but the choice between changing the world and x is valid.

The Federalist Party is this site’s major sponsor. That party aims to change the world through transforming American politics and government from business-as-usual to a citizen-centered, liberty-loving, moral framework that the founders of our nation intended. We want D.C. to listen. This website is one of the ways we can amplify our voice.

There’s also a technology aspect to this. See, I’m basically lazy when it comes to mindless, repetitive tasks. My technology business partner’s mantra is “automate everything,” and here at TNA I intend to. We’ve developed some cool tools and apps to help with the process and have produced a working “minimum viable product” or MVP.

Without going into much into detail, I think we can transform the way news aggregation works, and make TNA the centerpiece of an incredible revolution in social news distribution.

But without the website succeeding, none of that can happen. So I am depending on you, our readers, to help me.

I leave you with two takeaways:

  1. Please send feedback of any kind. What you like, dislike, want to see, or news items of interest. Email those to me at editor(at)thenewamericana.com.
  2. Give a few bucks to our GoFundMe campaign. It’s money well invested.

Thank you for reading. Now I need to get back to the grindstone.


P.S. A bonus. We’re looking at new logos for TNA. Take a look at these and let me know which ones you like (or hate) best.

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Guns and Crime

Liberty Control (aka Gun Control) Dead at 501 [1517 – July 10, 2018]

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Today we celebrate the passing away of one of the Left’s worst legacies: Liberty Control

Liberty Control (aka Gun Control), the absurd idea that depriving the innocent of a means of self-defense will protect them from criminals and the government died on July 10, 2018, after a protracted illness. The past few months saw it suffer multiple degradations, but the final cause of death was a settlement between the Department of Justice and Second Amendment Foundation in SAF’s lawsuit on behalf of Cody Wilson and Defense Distributed over free speech issues related to 3-D files and other information that may be used to manufacture lawful firearms:

Significantly, the government expressly acknowledges that non-automatic firearms up to .50-caliber – including modern semi-auto sporting rifles such as the popular AR-15 and similar firearms – are not inherently military.

“Not only is this a First Amendment victory for free speech, it also is a devastating blow to the gun prohibition lobby,” noted SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “For years, anti-gunners have contended that modern semi-automatic sport-utility rifles are so-called ‘weapons of war,’ and with this settlement, the government has acknowledged they are nothing of the sort.

This curse on freedom began with the nonsensical label ‘Gun control’ but like a mutating virus, it morphed into ‘Gun safety’ or ‘Gun reform’ as people began to understand it’s true liberticidal nature. The final proper designation for this statist abomination helped seal its fate: Liberty Control.

In recent years, Liberty control had suffered a number of potentially fatal maladies ranging from the Heller and other Pro-Liberty decisions of the Supreme court to the virtual explosion in gun ownership with untold numbers of new adherents joining the ranks. Despite valiant attempts by the Left to resurrect this absolutely horrid idea from a bygone era, most imbued with common sense came to realize that more guns equaled less violence.

Liberty Control is barely survived by its one year older half-brother in statist tyranny Collectivism, born when the book ‘Utopia’ was published in 1516.  This ancient idea remains in critical condition having been transferred to the Bronx on life support. It is not expected to survive, despite the best efforts of the Socialist-Left. As is usually the case when a free-people can properly assess the liberticidal ideas of the Left.

Libertas [The ancient Roman personification of liberty] Celebrated the death of one of its intractable foes down through the centuries. “There must have been some viral affliction in the water of the early 16th century to have created these two horrible curses upon mankind.”

Services will be held on July 27th, 2018, and after August 1 Cody Wilson plans on re-launching Defcad.com with ‘a treasure trove of 3D-printed gun files for download.’  In Lieu of flowers, those of the Liberty loving public are encouraged to visit https://ghostgunner.net/ after that date and download the files for future use as well as donate to the organizations that defend this critically important freedom.

Please note that while we are using this ‘obituary’ form to prove a point, it should be patently evident that the dreams of the Liberty grabbers of banning and confiscating guns are now dead. Even if by some freakish turn of events whereby the defenders of Liberty forget history, agree to the requirement of governmental permission to exercise a commonsense human right, and then have their guns confiscated. The technology will still exist for everyone to produce their own weapons. It should perfectly clear to everyone including the cadres of Liberty Grabbers out there that the genie is out of the bottle, that there is no way they can ever ban guns, knives or even the odd spanner here and there. It should also be evident that such groups should move on to other causes that actually have a chance of coming to fruition. Also, note that it was very proper that this took place during #Gun Pride Month.

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Despite claims to the contrary, Trump and McConnell aren’t fixing our broken judiciary

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While so-called conservatives and Trump supporters—but I repeat myself—have been singing the praises of Donald Trump for nominating Brett Kavanaugh to replace Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court, Mitch McConnell has been busy singing his own praises for his work in reshaping the federal judiciary in Trump’s image.

Unfortunately, this self-aggrandizing by and for Trump and the GOP may serve them well in November, but it perpetuates the status quo and misses the opportunity to provide the reform necessary to save the judiciary and our republic.

Based on past opinions where he stated that sitting presidents are above the law and that the NSA can violate our Fourth Amendment rights, Kavanaugh appears to be Kennedy 2.0 and not a strict constructionist. If he is confirmed, the broken Supreme Court remains broken.

And despite making the judiciary his “top priority,” McConnell has failed—a word we use often when discussing the Senate Majority Leader—to make the changes necessary to fix the lower courts, leaving them broken as well.

With all eyes on the Kavanaugh nomination this week, Trump’s nomination of Mark Jeremy Bennett to the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals—one of the most overturned courts—was confirmed thanks to unanimous support from Democrats. Only 27 Republicans dissented.

Based on past opinions, Bennett’s confirmation is bad news for the Second Amendment as he believes that gun bans are constitutional. And on a side note, he supported same-sex marriage before the Obergefell decision.

Just as he missed an opportunity to shift the Supreme Court to the right with the Kavanaugh nomination, Trump’s choice of Bennett was a missed opportunity to shift the Ninth Circuit—a court that routinely decides against the Constitution. Ironically, these two nominations could be doubly damaging.

Since Congress has demonstrated zero interest in judicial reform, the current practice of assigning unilateral jurisdiction of the various circuit courts to individual Supreme Court justices will continue to be employed. Based on past practices and seniority, it’s likely that Kavanaugh will be assigned to the Ninth Circuit. If that happens, we will have a non-constructionist Supreme Court justice overseeing one of the worst circuit courts and its newest non-constructionist justice, Mark Jeremy Bennett.

Following Kennedy’s retirement announcement, I wrote a piece about how McConnell would likely use the news to save his job, so I’m not surprised that the Kentucky senator has turned the judiciary into an election-year issue. I’m also not surprised that Donald Trump lied about appointing strict constructionists to the courts.

And, in the end, I won’t be surprised when liberty in America is destroyed by the time Trump and the GOP are through.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 


David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative. His daily radio commentary is distributed by the Salem Radio Network and is heard on stations across America.

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Video: So, You Think You’re Tolerant?

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Leftists like to fancy themselves as being tolerant and Liberal, but they fall way short in both qualities.

Leftists will tell you that they are the most tolerant people who have ever lived, they will also scream at you for being a racist, xenophobic troglodyte if you happen to mention that you’re a conservative. They are supposedly ‘Liberal’, being in favour of Liberty while demanding it’s polar opposite – socialism.

Yes, if there is one constant in the universe, its that Leftists cannot be honest about who they truly are. This is what we love about our wonderful opponents on the nation’s socialist Left, for they are nothing like another group that went by the same nomenclature who also screamed at people in the streets with the motto: Common Good Before Individual Good. [Gemeinnutz vor Eigennutz]

But let’s not talk about the epithets they project on their enemies, let’s talk about how they get along with everyone who just happens to agree with everything they say. A new PragerU video featuring Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report looked at who is really tolerant. He is a true Liberal that discovered that it is actually the Pro-Liberty Right that is more tolerant, go figure.

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Jul 9, 2018
Are you tolerant? You probably think so. But who is tolerant in America today? Is it those on the left, or those on the right? In this video, Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report analyzes this question and shares his experience.

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