Anatomy of a Mobile App for Supporting a Political Candidate

October 2, 2014, 9:20 am

I just published an Apple-based mobile app entitled “Jeff Byrd for U.S. Congress, New Mexico” (click to download app). I share it with you because it lays out how a good grassroots campaign for a candidate should be run. It’s free. I encourage you to download it and try it and learn from it, as it provides a template for any good grassroots effort. Here’s a summary of how it works (from the app description):

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Passover Guide for the Perplexed 2014

April 12, 2014, 5:42 pm

By Yoram Ettinger, The Ettinger Report

1. The Passover legacy constitutes the foundation of Judaism, and is therefore included in most Jewish blessings (“in memory of the Exodus”). Passover symbolizes the rejuvenation of nature and mankind, spiritually and physically, individually and collectively/nationally. Passover stipulates that human rejuvenation – just like the rejuvenation of nature – must be driven by memory/history/roots. Therefore, parents are instructed to educate their children about the lessons of Passover. Passover was an early – and much more successful – edition of the (19th century) Spring of Nations. It is celebrated in the spring, the bud of nature. The biblical scroll of Song of Songs, which highlights spring, is read during Passover. Spring, Aviv in Hebrew (אביב) consists of two Hebrew words: Father – אב – of 12 – יב – months/tribes. Spring is mentioned 3 times in the Torah, all in reference to the Exodus. Passover – which commemorates the creation of the Jewish nation – lasts seven days, just like the creation of the universe.

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Native Icon: The Outspoken Phyllis Chesler

April 12, 2014, 1:05 pm

From Phyllis Chesler

Bestselling author, legendary feminist leader, noted psychotherapist, mother, grandmother and native New Yorker… but wait, there’s more. Discover what makes the extraordinary and outspoken Dr. Phyllis Chesler tick in this candid conversation with New York Natives:

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‘Embattled’ Sebelius to resign

April 11, 2014, 5:45 pm

“Embattled?” She’s nothing of the sort. Sebelius is arrogant, imperialistic, obsequious, disingenuous, and has no place in a republic. She’s only resigning because “Lawmakers from both parties had called for her to resign. … [and] House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) subpoenaed her for records in October, and earlier this year, threatened to investigate her for perjury.” From the AP:

Embattled Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning as the White House seeks to move past the election-year political damage inflicted by the rocky rollout of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law.

Sebelius’ resignation comes just over a week after sign-ups closed for the first year of insurance coverage under the so-called Obamacare law. The opening weeks of the enrollment period were marred by widespread website woes, though the administration rebounded strongly by enrolling 7.1 million people by the March 31 deadline, exceeding initial expectations. Enrollment has since risen to 7.5 million as people were given extra time to complete applications. …

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75,000-member-strong Restoring America Together Network seeks to unite conservatives by leveraging modern communication media

April 5, 2014, 3:04 pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Greenville, South Carolina – April 2, 2014: “Don’t tell me what’s wrong, we know that; what are we going to do about it to get it fixed?” says Rollan Ross passionately, CEO of the 75,000-member-strong, pan-conservative grassroots Restoring America Together Network (RAT). He adds, “Everybody complains about our country and the direction in which it is going. We know that. What are we going to do about it? Our groups are focused on that goal!” RAT adds hundreds of members each day as many U.S. citizens are naturally drawn to the group’s simple yet succinct and elegant message of revitalizing American society by acting and living as our Founding Fathers intended. The group has been so successful because it is leveraging state-of-the-art communication technologies to organize and grow its ranks, such as the Facebook and Twitter social media sites, blogs/websites, YouTube, [i] and Internet radio. RAT is also successful because its membership reaches out to concerned citizens through word-of-mouth, phone calls, and local meetings – common grassroots tactics. This blend of technology and old-fashioned networking is one of the keys to Restoring America Together’s success.

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Why ‘Moderate Islam’ is an Oxymoron

April 1, 2014, 6:10 pm

by Raymond Ibrahim*

At a time when terrorism committed in the name of Islam is rampant, we are continuously being assured—especially by three major institutions that play a dominant role in forming the Western mindset, namely, mainstream media, academia, and government—that the sort of Islam embraced by “radicals,” “jihadis,” and so forth, has nothing to do with “real” Islam.

“True” Islam, so the narrative goes, is intrinsically free of anything “bad.” It’s the nut-jobs who hijack it for their own agenda that are to blame.

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I saw the future — anti-Semitism — at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

March 28, 2014, 5:03 pm

By Gary Gerofsky

In a gymnasium on the campus of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, which is used for sports, concerts and normally happy and festive events of student life, I saw the future. It was in the form of a Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) vote that passed overwhelmingly. The vote passed but will not take effect at this time because they did not get quorum (they needed over 600 students but they had a little over 400). I am told that the pending vote will be passed along to senate where its fate will be in the hands of that body. Regardless, one day soon, as on hundreds of campuses throughout the land, these and similar anti-civilization votes are or will be taking place. They are attended by hundreds of students, a good portion dressed in Islamic attire; some older students who do not appear to be students at all, angrier and more determined than your average Canadian student. Also in attendance are many Muslims and other supporters who are often bussed in by various religious and other groups, churches, unions, etc.

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Op-Ed: Anti-Semitism, Old and New

March 25, 2014, 3:16 pm

by Phyllis Chesler

And so, twelve years after I started writing my now out-of-print book, “The New Anti-Semitism: The Current Crisis and What We Must Do About It“; eleven years after I published it in 2003, I am counted as one of the experts on the subject.

My words are joined by those of Irwin Cotler, Hasia Diner, Michel Gurfinkiel, David Mamet, Cynthia Ozick, Alvin Rosenfeld, Charles Small, who are grappling with the question of “Anti-Semitism. Where Does It Come From and Why Does it Persist? What are its New Forms? Will It Ever Go Away?”

Our answers vary. Jews have always been “outsiders and enemies;” Judaism has been viewed as an “antiquated” or as a “corrupting” religion. Anti-Semitism is a way of “externalizing evil,” explaining “economic patterns,” provides a “convenient scapegoat,” is “misdiagnosed in America,” is “complex and contentious,” is a “politically correct disease, “an example of “Holocaust inversion,” of “state-sanctioned hatred,” is due to “Radical political Islam,” and remains “an omnipresent threat.”

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Israel’s Enhanced Global Integration

March 22, 2014, 2:30 pm

By Yoram Ettinger, Straight from the Jerusalem Boardroom #192, March 21, 2014

1. The Daily Telegraph, March 12, 2014: “Bilateral UK-Israel trade is booming to an extent never before imagined. Last year it was estimated by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) at 5.1 billion British Pounds. … Prime Minister Cameron’s meetings in Israel are primarily about business, not the Kerry Plan. Look at who is on the plane with him: the Trade Minister, the CEO of the London Stock Exchange, the UK Chief Technology Officer, the Chief Technology Officer of Talk Talk, the Europe CEO of Balfour Beatty, the Chairman of Princess Production, the President of GSK’s Pharmaceuticals R&D, the Chairman of Arup UK Division, the ASOS’ Strategy Director, the founder of Kiwi Power, the Chairman of MyOptique, CEO of Tura, the CEO of Tech City. … [Israel expands] free trade agreements with the European Union, the US, the European Free Trade Association, Turkey. Mexico, Canada, Jordan and Egypt. … [According to the] FCO, ‘Israeli innovations give British companies a global competitive edge.’”

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Shifting Mideast Sands Reveal New Alliances

March 21, 2014, 6:10 pm

by Jonathan Spyer*

A number of events in recent weeks cast light on the current intersecting lines of conflict in the Middle East. They reflect a region in flux, in which new bonds are being formed, and old ones torn asunder.

But amid the confusion, a new topography is emerging.

This was the month in which a long-existent split in the Sunni Arab world turned into a gaping fissure. On March 5th, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates announced that they were withdrawing their ambassadors from the Emirate of Qatar.

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Shema Hashem: Remembering the Toulouse Tragedy [VIDEO]

March 20, 2014, 1:23 pm

From Aish.com:

Shema Hashem: Remembering the Toulouse Tragedy

March 19, 2014, marks the second Yahrzeit of the shooting in Toulouse, France that killed Rabbi Sandler, two of his children, and a little girl.

A Yahrzeit is the anniversary of a loved one’s loss. Generally people get together to remember their loss, support each other, talk, reminisce over old times with the loved one, eat some good food, and burn a Yahrzeit candle. It’s a beautiful ritual that helps survivors to celebrate, process, and remember the one(s) they lost. This is a beautiful video commemorating the evil terrorist act committed in Toulouse, France two years ago:

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Iran’s Nuclear Buildup and American Irrelevance

February 23, 2014, 12:53 pm

by Daniel Pipes*

The Menendez-Kirk “Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act of 2013” (S. 1881) threatens the Iranian regime with additional sanctions and appears to be the only way to counter the Obama administration’s flaccidity vis-à-vis Tehran.

I am skeptical, however, that it can do much good.

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Lower education?

February 23, 2014, 12:14 pm

by Daniel Doron*

A top-notch higher education system that promotes critical thinking is a must for an advanced economy and society. It is a prerequisite for advanced scientific research and technological expertise, both of which are crucial for economic growth. But what is a good university? What kind of education should it offer and at what cost?

“Will Dropouts Save America?,” asked Michael Ellsberg in a 2011 piece published by The New York Times, a paper that reveres universities and is considered the flagship publication of the American liberal Left.

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All ‘gun control’ legislation defeated in the 2014 New Mexico Legislative Session

February 21, 2014, 11:29 am

By Andrew L. Jaffee, Publisher

New Mexico’s 2014 state legislative session ended yesterday and all “gun control” measures introduced during session died thanks to grassroots opposition.

HB 44 – FIREARM TRANSFER ACT, HR 3 – PROHIBIT FIREARMS IN HOUSE, and SR 1 – PROHIBIT FIREARMS IN SENATE all were stopped cold during this session. Thanks to all the good people who voiced their opposition to these measures by visiting their representatives, emailing them (26,913 emails sent just using our page), faxing them, calling them… They lobbied the governor’s office intensively. There’s so many people to thank, like the New Mexico Gun Owners Association (NMGOA), the Del Norte Gun Club, and the New Mexico Conservatives for Freedom, that it would take pages to praise everyone’s efforts. Thanks to Governor Susana Martinez (R) for concentrating on the budget and not calling HB 44. Thanks to representatives like Yvette Herrell (R) who took a firm and vocal stand against the 2014 “gun control” measures.

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The Two-State Delusion

December 15, 2013, 12:49 pm

by Mordechai Nisan*

Two decades after the signing of the declaration of principles (DOP) by Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) on the White House lawn, there is something unreasonable in the world’s continued adherence to the Oslo paradigm, tattered and battered as it is by years of a bloody fiasco. The Palestinian Arab leadership has consistently and adamantly rejected the two-state solution since its first articulation in 1937 by the British Peel commission[1] and has, as consistently, advocated the destruction of the Jewish state. Still, it undertook a successful public relations campaign in the 1980s promoting the notion of a Palestinian state in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip—”the occupied territories.”

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