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I’m not a Republican, but you bet I’ll be eating more In-N-Out Burger

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Im not a Republican but you bet Ill be eating more In-N-Out Burger

Call it what you will. A distaste for the hypersensitive left that thinks anyone not perfectly aligned with them is the enemy. Perhaps it’s a necessity to pick a side in a battle even if I have no horse in the race. One way or the other, I’m going to be eating more In-N-Out Burger for a while.

Social media websites and applications could be great venues for discourse, but they’ve been degraded to platforms for ranting, trolling, self-promotion, and “Fast Food Activism,” as I like to call it. The hashtag has become the embodiment of this last social media atrocity as it represents the fastest way for people to get together and voice their thought-free snap judgments on, well, everything.

In-N-Out Burger committed the ultimate sin in the eyes of liberals by donating to the Republican Party again.

In-N-Out boycott call from top California Democrat disowned by state party

https://www.sfchronicle.com/politics/article/In-N-Out-boycott-call-from-top-California-13195243.phpBauman was responding to a short story in Los Angeles magazine that talked about In-N-Out’s $25,000 contribution to the California Republican Party this week. It promptly spawned an outpouring of support from progressives on Twitter, as the hashtag #BoycottInNOut became a thing.

I’m not a Republican. To borrow and adjust a quote from Ronald Reagan, “I didn’t leave the GOP. The GOP left me.” Nevertheless, I can’t help but rail against Democrats, particularly when they do things such as attacking a respected American company for donating money to the lesser-of-two-evils party, the one that is more beneficial for their business. It’s ironic that this is happening in California, a state with glaring fiscal challenges brought forth from the rapid onslaught of progressive economic policies over the last decade.

I don’t have a horse in this race. I am neither a Republican or Democrat, but I appreciate that companies like In-N-Out Burger are actively trying to fix the national and state governments. I may disagree with their chosen method (the GOP hasn’t been fixing much lately) but I love that they’re willing to make an effort and risk the repercussions in a state that’s nosediving into leftist oblivion.

Hashtags like #BoycottInNOut are an unfortunate reality in our digitally connected world. I won’t support the GOP (or DNC) but I’ll happily support In-N-Out Burger. It helps that they know how to do burgers.

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Stacey Abrams doesn’t concede in her non-concession speech

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Stacey Abrams doesn't concede in her non-concession speech

Republican Brian Kemp will be the next governor of Georgia. He defeated Democrat Stacey Abrams by receiving 50.2% of the vote, negating the possibility of a runoff election.

Abrams isn’t happy about it. She said today she’s unwilling to concede but acknowledged that Kemp would be certified as the winner. In a strange political doublespeak way, she fought back against a system that prevented her from rightfully winning.

Or something.

Bottom line: She lost. She, President Obama, and Oprah Winfrey failed to get her enough voters to win the election. Whether she actually concedes or not is irrelevant.

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Kamala Harris pushes fraudulent ‘petition’ to build her 2020 fundraising spam list

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The worlds of marketing and political campaigning have many things in common. Their intention is to persuade people. They’re both selling something. They employ tested colors, designs, and buzzwords to get people excited. One of the keys to their success is something called “list-building.”

With ballots from the 2018 elections still being counted, Senator Kamala Harris is wasting no time building her 2020 list. To do it, she’s employing a deceptive technique, promoting an online “petition” that’s really nothing more than a way to get people to willingly give her campaign their contact information. These people will be targeted with campaign fundraisers later.

No official announcement has been made about her 2020 presidential run, but it’s hard to believe she’s not running after purchasing 1,100 Facebook ads to promote these “petitions.” A Facebook ad doesn’t have a set cost, but we can assume big money is being put into these list-building ads because of the sheer volume. To put it into perspective, Beto O’Rourke spent around $5 million on Facebook ads for his Senate campaign. Presidential campaigns can easily spend 25 times as much as an expensive Senate campaign.

Unlike a valid petition people often sign to get a candidate or proposition on a ballot, these list-building petitions don’t actually do anything. People are told they’re demanding this action or that, but in the end they’re just giving over information. Some go so far as to ask for everything, including name, address, phone numbers, email, and occasionally even income. These lists grow much more slowly because of the depth of the information requested.

A more common technique is to ask for minimal data to encourage people to fill it out. At the end of the day, all a campaign really needs is an email address they can later use in fundraising campaigns. Here’s an example of an ad Senator Harris’ campaign recently put out:

Kamala Harris Petition

The meta data reveals the page was titled, “Acquisition: 180822 Mueller FB.”

“FB” means it was a Facebook campaign. “Mueller” was the topic. “180822” is the tracking number for A/B testing. “Acquisition” is the goal. Anyone who signed this “petition” has just had their contact information acquired. Mission accomplished. They will soon be receiving emails asking them to donate to the Kamala Harris 2020 presidential election fund.

As for the results of the “petition,” they will go nowhere. There won’t be a Congressional action that is enabled by the thousands of people who “signed” it. You won’t see Kamala Harris standing in front of the White House reading off the names of the people who participated in the “petition.” She couldn’t do that even if she wanted to because the “petition” only asks for a first name. Are there really people out there who believe signing a petition only requires a first name?

Senator Harris is promoting fraudulent petitions with the sole purpose if building her 2020 fundraising spam list. Anyone who “signs” it believing they’re demanding protection for Robert Mueller is a sucker. That’s exactly who she wants to target.

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Nancy Pelosi blames misogyny for Democrats opposing her as Speaker

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Nancy Pelosi blames misogyny for Democrats opposing her as Speaker

Nancy Pelosi believes she’ll be Speaker of the House again. Her caucus controls the vote. She was Speaker before. Most Democrats support her. Most.

A vocal group of 17 (and counting) Democrats in Congress have declared they will not support her for Speaker of the House. Though no official challenge has stepped up, there are speculations that a younger, more progressive Democrat will emerge. Given the state of the party and the shift to the left, it’s very possible her path to the gavel will be bumpy.

Predictably, Pelosi is blaming her challenges on misogyny. It’s the patriarchy WITHIN the Democratic Party that is allegedly keeping her down. Because, well, of course that’s the reason. It’s always the reason.

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