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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

ICE gets media beating for taking illegal immigrant into custody over Mexican homicide warrant

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ICE gets media beating for taking illegal immigrant into custody over Mexican homicide warrant

It’s the type of story the media craves. An illegal immigrant, Joel Arrona-Lara, who “hasn’t done anything wrong” was detained by ICE agents while transporting his pregnant wife to the hospital. She ended up having to drive herself the rest of the way before delivering their son.

The spin is predictable. They skim over the fact that he has an arrest warrant in Mexico for homicide while putting all the focus on his wife’s dilemma. They even attempt to cast doubt on the warrant because the lawyer for the family says he couldn’t find a record of the warrant. This last part is most peculiar because it would be simple for a major media outlet to confirm the existence of the warrant. They did, of course, but they won’t report that when they have a better quote from the lawyer denying its existence.

Eventually details will emerge about the warrant, but not until the media inflicts as much damage as possible on ICE and anyone in favor of legal immigration being the proper way to enter the country.

Here’s the story. If you click through, you’ll even get a link at the bottom to the family’s new GoFundMe page:

ICE Detains Man Driving Pregnant Wife To Deliver Baby, Says He Is Wanted For Homicide In Mexico

https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2018/08/18/joel-arrona-detained-by-ice-san-bernardino-driving-wife-to-deliver-baby/Her husband Joel Arrona-Lara was driving his wife to the hospital for a scheduled Cesarean section Wednesday afternoon when they had to stop to get gas. That’s when their car was approached by two SUVs. Maria said they were officers with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The mother of five was then asked to show her identification and complied. When the agents asked Arrona-Lara, the couple said he didn’t have the ID on him, but that they lived nearby and could go get it for them. The agents then asked Arrona-Lara to exit the vehicle, searched the car for weapons, and put Arrona into custody, leaving Maria alone at the gas station.

My take

There’s no doubt the circumstances surrounding all of this are unfortunate. Pregnant wives should not have to drive themselves to the hospital for a scheduled C-section. On the other hand, suspected murderers shouldn’t be entering the country in the first place. That point won’t be mentioned by mainstream media.

ICE has a responsibility to take people like Arrona-Lara into custody so it can be determined whether or not they should be deported. There may have even been a certain degree of leeway given had there been no records other than his status as an illegal immigrant, but being a suspected murderer with an arrest warrant took away any chance at leeway. The ICE agents did the right thing.

As a legal immigrant, I have no sympathy for those who cheat the system and break our laws. Blaming the ICE agents for doing their job correctly in order to keep us safe is the type of insanity mainstream media loves to sell us.

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Democrats

The real reason Ocasio-Cortez is afraid of the press

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The real reason Ocasio-Cortez is afraid of the press

For at least the second time, reporters were barred from covering an event featuring Socialist Democratic darling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The campaign’s reason: we want attendees to feel comfortable since there’s so much national press covering her.

This is an absolutely ridiculous excuse, of course. Nobody goes to a campaign event without knowing the press will (should) be there. It doesn’t make them less comfortable and may actually give some a sense of security knowing the answers to their questions will be judged by more than the audience at hand. That’s one of the reasons for the press in the first place, to give information about an event to people who cannot attend.

Instead, the press is getting another roadblock:

Ocasio-Cortez bans press from covering campaign event

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/08/17/ocasio-cortez-bans-press-from-covering-campaign-event.htmlAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic socialist star running for New York’s 14th congressional district, is facing criticism after her campaign banned journalists from covering a town hall meeting with voters this week.

The Queens Chronicle, a local news outlet, reported that the campaign for the 28-year-old progressive prevented reporters from attending a campaign event in Corona on Sunday, even though it was open to the rest of the public. The campaign reportedly barred reporters from a prior event as well.

It’s conspicuous that a local publication was barred because it runs contrary to the narrative the campaign is trying to sell. So why is she being hidden from reporters at these types of events?

My Take

It’s clear that her exposure is her best friend and worst enemy. Being talked about is a politician’s best friend on the campaign trail, but it also offers a risk of failure. This is most common in events like the town hall meetings she is holding because she’ll be forced to think on her feet.

What if she can’t think on her feet? What if her answers when placed in an unscripted situation the type of answers many would expect from an inexperienced socialist?

Until she’s ready to handle the pressure of having press cover these events, she won’t be ready to hold public office at this level. The House of Representatives isn’t for people who need to be protected from their own answers.

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Culture and Religion

Ken Ham on how science confirms the Bible

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Ken Ham on how science confirms the Bible

One of my biggest pet peeves is the attempt by atheists to use “science” to disprove the Bible. It’s unfortunate on many levels, not the least of which being Pascal’s Wager, but the strangest part is how much of science must be ignored in order to make the claim a Biblical worldview runs counter to modern science.

Some may object to this topic being part of mostly political news site, but it’s been more widely covered in recent years by liberal sites attempting to paint the Biblical worldview in a negative light, so it’s good to give equal time to the counterarguments.

There are better videos than Ken Ham’s discussion on the topic, but few are more easily understood. It’s well worth the hour.

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