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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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Liz Wheeler on the most disgusting part of the Jussie Smollett scandal

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Liz Wheeler on the most disgusting part of the Jussie Smollett scandal

There are plenty of things about the Jussie Smollett scandal that should disgust us. The instant reaction by celebrities, politicians, and the media is right there at the top, especially when we consider how many are now saying, “let’s wait for the facts.” The notion that a successful gay black man thought it appropriate to make himself seem like a victim is also up there.

As One America News Network’s Liz Wheeler points out, we should also be disgusted that Smollett chose this victim status over being a strong leader and role model for less privileged black and gay people who could have looked up to him for his strength instead of now being scornful of his weakness.

What does that say about America when the left tries so hard to build the narrative that everything is wrong, they’re unwilling to recognize the real problems that are plaguing America. Why? Because they’re the biggest part of the problem.

 


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Leftist media pushes back on Green New Deal criticism

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Leftist media pushes back on Green New Deal criticism

It’s been an up-and-down couple of weeks for proponents of the Green New Deal. Before details were released, it was already being heralded as the greatest thing since President Obama’s election. Then, the details came out and even many on the left were taken aback by the ambitious and incoherent provisions of the deal as detailed in a FAQ section on Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s government web page.

But that was just a draft. They took it down. At least that was the story.

Unfortunately for proponents, they were caught a little flat-footed as questions started pouring in about, well, all of it. Even if we dismiss the less-draconian concepts such as eliminating air travel or the less-sane ideas like taking care of those who are unwilling to work, the left is still stuck with a proposal that the most frugal estimates put at costing around $7 trillion while other’s consider the decade-long cost to be in the HUNDREDS of trillions of dollars.

This is, of course, ludicrous. There’s not enough money in the entire world to pay for the proposal if its cost is somewhere between the lowest and highest estimates, but that hasn’t stopped leftist media from regrouping. Now that the dust has settled a little bit, they’re doing everything they can to recommit to this concept. It’s not that they suddenly believe in this fairy tale. It’s that they don’t want this to be the issue Republicans attack in the 2020 elections.

One article in particular that I read from CNN (yes, sometimes I need to see what the other side is thinking) really struck me for its honesty about the situation. Though I stopped reading it in paragraph two when it referred to “non-partisan” PolitiFact, I went back to it just now to digest the awfulness fully (see the sacrifices I make for our readers!).

To be clear, much of what this article says is correct. It asserts the GOP will take the tenets of the Green New Deal and use it to scare voters into thinking it’s even worse than Obamacare. From 2010 through 2016, Republicans attacked Obamacare incessantly and it worked, giving them the House in 2010, the Senate in 2014, and the White House in 2016. Unfortunately, they stopped there and didn’t actually go after Obamacare with the same fervor they held in their campaign rhetoric and now the Democrats have turned the issue on its head.

But here’s the thing. Obamacare may have been bad, but the Green New Deal truly is worse. It’s not even close. Even if we take at face value the notion that the Green New Deal is simply an ambitious framework around which real legislation can be forged, we have to look at the core issues entailed in order to see the true damage it can do. This is a socialist document. It’s a call for the same levels of insanity that drive the Medicare-for-All movement. Within its frivolous attempts to change perceptions of air travel, cows, and job creation is a deep-rooted desire to convert Americans to needing more government.

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The Green New Deal represents the far-left’s desire to make more American dependent on government. At the same time, it aims to increase the levels of dependency for those who are already in need of assistance. It wants Democrats to latch their wagons on the notion that if we become a militantly environmentalist nation, that will serve the dual purpose of giving us fulfillment while saving the planet.

I believe most leftist journalists understand this, but they see in the ridiculous framework a path through which Republicans can be defeated wholesale in 2020 as long as the left can control the narrative surrounding the Green New Deal. They fear another Obamacare counterinsurgency that would wipe out the anti-Trump gains they made in 2018, so they’ve adopted a stance that the Green New Deal isn’t as bad as Fox News says it is. Meanwhile, they’re doing everything they can to say, “look over here and not at the Green New Deal.”

The politics behind what the Green New Deal represents is more in play than the tenets of the proposal itself, at least in the eyes of leftist media. It’s not that they want to promote the concept. They simply don’t want the concept to derail their party in the next election.

 


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Louis Farrakhan refers to Ilhan Omar as ‘sweetheart,’ prompting zero outrage

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Louis Farrakhan refers to Ilhan Omar as sweetheart prompting zero outrage

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan referred to Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) as “Sweetheart” as he addressed her during a speaking engagement on Sunday. He apparently caught his faux pas and immediately justified the remark, but at that point the moniker which many consider to be sexist or misogynistic had already been noted.

Nevertheless, it didn’t cause the stir one might expect. As a far-left progressive, Omar is known for being a feminist icon on Capitol Hill even though she hasn’t been in office for a full two months yet. As our EIC noted, the lack of a rebuke was because of the source, not because she now feels it’s okay to refer to her as “sweetheart.”

The statement came as Farrakhan was telling Omar she shouldn’t be sorry for the statements she made last week about Israel, AIPAC, and Jewish influence in Washington DC, particularly over Republicans.

In a world where consistency was still considered a virtue, followers of Omar would be wondering why she’s not expressing outrage over the belittling reference from a powerful man. But the world isn’t consistent and Farrakhan always gets a pass.

 


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