R.I.P. Richard DeVos: Few men have the impact Richard DeVos had on our state and country. I had the distinct honor to spend hours with him over coffee and a scoop (or two) of vanilla ice cream from time to time. He did what he did for all the right reason. Impossible not to respect that.
Condolences to his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Remember 9-11: This coming week we commemorate and remember 9-11. It now all seems so long ago, the event that literally changed the world. I continue to be frustrated by the “radicals” that advocate for violence and hate versus dialog and tolerance.
We must remember and be ever vigilant. But we must also engage, discuss and work towards a society that is tolerant and understanding.
Democrats Hypocrisy: Judge Kavanaugh and Judge Merrick Garland (Obama’s pick for Supreme Court) supported each other’s decisions over 90% of the time. Yet the Democrats claim that Garland was a brilliant choice to be a Supreme Court Justice while now claiming Kavanaugh is a sexist, racist monster.
Kavanaugh hearing started 57 days after his nomination – 1 week LONGER than Kagan, Sotomayor, and Gorsuch. So much for the “rush”?!?
The Democrats have said over and over again that they will oppose Kavanaugh regardless, so this is all for political theatre. How sad. There was a time when a qualified nominee received 90 votes in the Senate.
Newt: Former Speaker Newt Gingrich has written a very insightful and useful memo for Republicans title – “THE REPUBLICAN CHOICE FOR 2018: WIN OR LOSE”.
Every candidate and activists should read it and then share it with every other Republican and conservative you know. It’s the best blueprint I’ve seen for winning this fall and stopping the “blue wave” cold.
New York Times op-ed betrays Trump, voters. Staffers don’t get to steer US
The anonymous New York Times op-ed betrayed Donald Trump and his White House. Voters get to decide America’s direction. Staffers get to advise or resign.
During the 2016 Republican presidential primaries, I was asked on a TV show what advice I would give then-candidate Donald Trump or if I would ever work for him if he became president. I said he wouldn’t want to hire me, and I wouldn’t want to work for him.
That’s because if you’re going to work for the president, you need to believe in the president. Not just his policies, but the man (or one day the woman).
Which is why the anonymous op-ed published by the New York Times is a shocking betrayal of how a White House staffer should conduct him or herself. It’s also a piece whose importance is impossible to gauge given that no reader knows how “senior” the author truly is…
…Let’s say the author really means it when he says he seeks to “preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr. Trump’s more misguided impulses until he is out of office…So we will do what we can to steer the administration in the right direction until — one way or another — it’s over.”
Forgive me, but who the hell are you to decide what the “right” direction is?
Mr. Rosenstein, What Is the Crime?
What’s the legal basis for his special-counsel investigation? We have a right to know.
For precisely what federal crimes is the president of the United States under investigation by a special counsel appointed by the Justice Department?
It is intolerable that, after more than two years of digging — the 16-month Mueller probe having been preceded by the blatantly suspect labors of the Obama Justice Department and FBI — we still do not have an answer to that simple question.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein owes us an answer.
WIDOW OF AMERICAN SNIPER CHRIS KYLE Sends A Scorching Message To Nike And Kaepernick: What REAL Sacrifice Means
Taya Kyle knows what real sacrifice is…Her hero husband sacrificed everything for his country. Kyle decided to let Nike and Colin Kaepernick have it after the new Nike ad claims the failed football player “sacrificed everything”.
She sent a brutal message to the sports outfitter and the failed football player. It’s gone viral and is fantastic! We salute you, Taya!
Nike, I love your gear, but you exhaust my spirit on this one. Your new ad with Colin Kapernick, I get the message, but that sacrificing everything thing…. It just doesn’t play out here. Sacrificing what exactly? A career? I’ve done that both times I chose to stay home and be with my kids instead of continuing my business climb… and it wasn’t sacrificing everything. It was sacrificing one career and some money and it was because of what I believe in and more importantly, who I believe in.
National Police Union Tells Nike Where to Go to Find What It Means to ‘Sacrifice Everything’ After Kaepernick Ad
Nike has faced many criticisms since they announced former NFL quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, as the face of their “Just Do It” campaign, but few criticisms can compare with the blistering remarks from the National Police Union…
“Mr. Kaepernick is known, not as a successful athlete, but as a shallow dilettante seeking to gain notoriety by disrespecting the flag for which so many Americans have fought and died,” McHale wrote…
Adding to the insult is the image of Mr. Kaepernick from the campaign featuring the quote ‘Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.’ The fact that Mr. Kaepernick is no longer a starting NFL player does not equate to him being someone who has ‘sacrificed everything’. To truly understand what it means to ‘believe in something’ and ‘sacrifice everything’, you should look to Arlington National Cemetery, or to the National Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial in Washington, D.C., or to the trauma unit of a military hospital. The brave men and women of every race and color buried there, memorialized there, healing there, believed in this nation and our flag and exemplify the true meaning of ‘sacrifice.’
The digital campaign: In 2018, the rules have changed
Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum didn’t seem to have a prayer of winning last week’s Democratic gubernatorial primary in Florida. Gillum’s opponents spent nearly 15 times as much as he did, and late polls had him trailing badly.
But Gillum spent much of his campaign war chest on the hottest outreach tool of the season: He reached out to voters with inexpensive text messages, instead of costly TV ads or annoying phone calls. And he relied on polling data gathered on the Internet instead of with landline telephones.
In the end, Gillum scored the biggest upset of the primary season, winning with 34 percent of the vote. His polling company, Change Research, had predicted that Gillum would win with 33 percent of the vote, making it the only pollster to predict his victory.
Gillum’s stunning victory hints at the shape of the digital battlefield circa 2018, as citizens vote in Massachusetts’ own primary election on Tuesday and candidates here and across the country prepare for the sprint to November’s midterms.
Digital technologies such as group texting and online polling have been refined and sharpened to compensate for the shortcomings of such traditional methods as TV ads and phone polls. The new tools are often cheaper to use, leveling the playing field in an election year that features many younger and first-time candidates who are challenging establishment figures.
“For me, it’s about using digital technology and data in all parts of campaigning, and not just digital ads,” said Jessica Alter, cofounder of Tech for Campaigns, a volunteer network of workers at leading technology firms who apply their skills to the campaigns of liberal candidates.
Gillum’s most potent weapon, peer-to-peer texting, proved its worth in the upstart Bernie Sanders presidential campaign. Through it, volunteers send text messages to thousands of potential voters. But unlike bulk e-mail messages, these texts are sent from one individual to another. This avoids breaking a federal law that restricts robotexting. But it also lets voters reply to a human being who can answer questions or invite the voter to an event.
The Baltics at the front-line of hostile Russian disinformation campaigns
European Values is a Prague-based non-profit, non-governmental policy institute, a think-tank whose mission it is to defend liberal democracy throughout Europe. The institute publishes the annual Prague Manual, which reviews the 28 Member States within the European Union and their allies, and rates their response to the threats of Russian disinformation campaigns. The institute‘s work has been quoted by numerous world media channels, including CNN, Politico, The Economist, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time, and BBC News.
According to Veronika Vichova, the co-ordinator and analyst at both the Kremlin Watch program, and European Values, the institute recently published an edition of the Prague Manual, which placed Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in the lead within Europe. The Baltic states were given the highest score of 15 for their efforts in combating Russian disinformation. The Baltics, according to Vichova, received a perfect score for their political acknowledgement of the threat from Russia’s disinformation efforts, for government counter-activities, and their counter-intelligence activities.
The Baltic Times spoke with Vichova in Prague about Baltic leadership.
Meet the Conservative Alternative to the AARP
The 60 Plus Association was created more than 25 years ago as an alternative to the AARP for American seniors. Earlier this year, longtime conservative leader Saul Anuzis was named president, succeeding founder Jim Martin. The Daily Signal’s Rob Bluey and Ginny Montalbano recently spoke to Anuzis and Martin about the organization. An edited transcript is below. You can also listen to an audio version on The Daily Signal podcast.
Rob Bluey: Jim and Saul, you are leaders of the 60 Plus Association, the American Association of Senior Citizens. Tell our listeners about the group and what you do.
Jim Martin: I started the group about 25 years ago to give seniors another voice in the nation’s capital. Until then, the one and only voice for seniors came from the American Association of Retired Persons, from a decided left-of-center philosophy. And by the way, I did not know that—having been here as a newspaper reporter myself, a member of Congress mentioned that we need to have a conservative voice, if you will, for senior citizens.
I said, “Well, why? There’s the AARP.” Well, most seniors, of course, out in the 50 states are more conservative. The older you get, the more conservative, as the old axiom. But the leadership of the AARP, here in the nation’s capital, is far left. So there was a real need, so we … That day we hatched the 60 Plus Association, now called the American Association of Senior Citizens.
Household Income Jumps To All-Time Highs Under Trump — Why Isn’t This Big News?
Economy: Median household income is up more than 4%, the economy is growing fast, optimism is at decades long highs. Not that you’d know it, since the press is too busy trying to drive President Trump from office.
Inflation-adjusted median household incomes in July hit $62,450 according to the latest release from Sentier Research. That’s the highest level since Sentier started tracking this more than 18 years ago. And if you combine Sentier’s numbers with annual Census data, median household income is at all-time highs.
More interesting is the fact that median household income has shot up more than 4% in the 19 months since Trump took office. It had been flat over the previous year and a half. Over the course of President Obama’s entire eight years in office, median household income climbed a mere 0.3%, Sentier data show.
Overall economic growth is accelerating as well, after years of Obama-induced stagnation. On Wednesday, the Commerce Department boosted its estimate of Second Quarter growth to 4.2%. That means average growth for first half of the year was above 3%. And if it continues strong in the third quarter — as appears to be the case — chances are we will see growth for the entire year at or above 3%. That would be the first time since 2005.