I met Rene Jax last week, and I’m lucky I did. Not many people could be full of good humor after a 24-hour cross-country plane/train/bus trip, but Rene was. That’s all the more remarkable considering that she was in town to talk about “gender identity.”
Not from any academic viewpoint, either: Rene is a transsexual, born male, who underwent “reassignment” surgery in 1990 after living as a woman for more than a decade. She has come to regret that decision, and she’s alarmed at how transsexuality has been “weaponized by the left.”
She has a message she’s willing to travel across the country to deliver. “The debate around sex changes is personal, because I am a transsexual. I literally have flesh and blood in this debate.” She has written about her experiences, but now she’s willing to travel to speak out. Why? “I’m here to be an advocate for our children.” When Rene sees puberty blockers being prescribed for kids, and when she sees teenagers seeking surgery to amputate healthy body parts, she can’t be quiet. She’s funny, and she doesn’t bludgeon anyone with words, but she means business.
Her trip to my corner of the country coincides with a bill in my state capital that would create “gender identity” as a protected class under civil rights law. This follows an executive decision, unilaterally imposed by the state’s Commissioner of Health and Human Services, to add “gender reassignment” to the list of covered services for adults and children alike under Medicaid. (The Commish made his decision effective July 1, a month before a public hearing on the change. He’d rather ask forgiveness than permission, and the governor seems to be indulging him.)
During Rene’s few days here – too few, I might add – she spoke to groups large and small. The largest event was a forum where she was on a panel with a therapist and an attorney, each offering stories and expertise about gender identity and its personal, cultural, and legal implications. All the speakers were excellent. Rene’s talk was the linchpin of the whole thing, though, in my humble opinion.
It takes nerve to talk about personal experience and regrets to a room full of strangers. I respect that. Rene broadened my outlook, and I respect that, too.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who spent $3.2 million in his first four months investigating Russian meddling in last year election and any links between President Trump and Russia, fired an interesting character in his staff, FBI agent Peter Strzok (pronounced “struck” as far as I can tell).
Strzok was senior supervisor on the Clinton private email server investigation,
he was in charge of running the probe, reviewing evidence and making recommendations to higher-ups, including then-FBI Director James Comey.
Strzok is the guy who decided Hillary was careless but not criminal, and Comey went along with it.
Apparently Mueller fired Strzok for texting anti-Trump messages to his (Strzok’s) mistress. Ben concludes,
It’s not clear whether Mueller fired Strzok upon finding out about his anti-Trump text messages; if so, that would actually boost Mueller’s credibility. And it’s also true that Strzok was a top agent, and would have been tasked by Comey to let Hillary off the hook. However, Strzok’s involvement in every area touching the collusion and Hillary investigations, and his known bias, throws the entire investigation into chaos.
This is a strange case, and Scott Johnson adds his own list; here are the last three items (emphasis added),
10. None of the stories pause to ask why the Inspector General have sought Strzok’s text messages in the first place. What is going on here? As the Times notes, FBI regulations allow an agent to express his opinions “as an individual privately and publicly on political subjects and candidates.”
11. A law enforcement source writes to observe that the Inspector General would not be able to access the private text message communications of an FBI official as senior and prominent as Strzok unless he had good cause to do so. What was this cause?
12. He adds: “Reviewing an agent’s private text messages is not an investigative action which is entered into lightly unless the situation is serious. I cannot think of a situation where you would find the IG’s office looking at your private text messages unless you, or someone you were communicating with, is in big, big trouble. There is something very, very shady going on here with the IG’s investigation of Strzok….why the IG was investigating him in the first place is much more interesting.”
Strzok is not the only member of Mueller’s million-dollar gang who is clearly biased. Andrew Weissmann, one of Robert Mueller’s top prosecutors and formerly the Obama-era Chief of the Justice Department’s Criminal Fraud Section, congratulated former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates for refusing to enforce President Trump’s Middle East travel ban executive order. He wrote:
“I am so proud. And in awe. Thank you so much. All my deepest respects.”…
Trying to attract new customers to a business is something every company tries to do, though for the small business it can be particularly hard. You have smaller budgets for advertising, and you rely more on local custom than larger companies. However, there are still things you can do to get the new customers you need while staying within your budget.
Sponsor a Local Team or Event
If you have a local sports team or there is a fair nearby, you could become a sponsor. Typically, you will be able to display your logo and branding on the sports shirts and banners. There may also be the opportunity to have a stall at a fair to show people the types of products you sell. You can even create your flyers and cards to hand out to people as they go past. If you want to know how to make a flyer, there are sites that can help you design and print them online.
A good way to get your company in front of more people is to use social media. You can set up an account for free and post about your products and services. Many sites like Facebook and Twitter also have the option to pay for additional advertising. However, if that is outside your budget, you can still attract many new followers with just your posts. Try to engage with your followers, ask them questions and set polls for them to answer. If they ask you a question, try to answer it quickly. It is a good idea to have an account on more than one social media site to reach a wider audience.
Placing ads in local newspapers are still a good way to get your brand out there. They are usually distributed in local supermarkets, and some get posted through resident’s doors. It can get your brand in front of hundreds of potential customers at a local level. If you are holding a sale or an event, you can even ask the local newspapers to cover it. Many events, especially those organized for charities are popular with readers.
You might think that email marketing is more for national advertising. However, it can be extremely useful for local campaigns as well. When you get new customers, ask for their email address, then you can create email messages that can tell them about new offers and products. You can also add a newsletter request form to your website to gain more emails. That will give you an email list of new and current customers that you can build on for the future.
These are a few of the ways you can attract more people to your business, no matter how small. With the right strategy and enough local coverage, you can soon start to create a strong local customer base. Once you have those loyal customers, it will be easier to target areas further afield.
I was planning to write a piece this morning on the Arab threats that if we recognized Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel they would not make peace with them (as opposed to the every other reason that they have not made peace with Israel over the last 70 years) when I got a phone call from work letting me know that I was laid off once again
In a business dependent on e-commerce such layoffs after the Christmas season are not uncommon but layoffs during said season are unusual but when you are dealing with high end products there is less of a Christmas bump as such folks don’t wait for a sale at Christmas to buy, so if volume doesn’t match projections the budget has to drop and as a 54 year old temp in a place full of people young enough to be my children or grandchildren I’m very expendable.
It’s a tough lesson in economics but the real lesson is the one that I’ve mentioned many times before. In the 2 1/2 years that I’ve been at the warehouse off and on, the minimum wage in Massachusetts has gone up twice first to $10 and hour and then to $11. This means that a potential client locates his product is a state at the federal minimum wage they can have three workers for the price of two in Massachusetts.
So as always the real minimum wage remains steady at Zero which is where I am right now.
And so I am once again asking for your help in this matter. The bite will start hitting next week when my last paycheck comes in so I ironically have 12 days before the money stops coming in the Christmas season.
Every $440 I can raise is a week the wolf remains away from the door, if I can raise $3600 by the 21st that will mean I’ll be OK through the end of January which will hopefully be time enough to convince someone in Massachusetts that a guy soon to be eligible for senior discounts who supports Trump and doesn’t check off a single affirmative action box is worth their investment. So I would ask you to consider Hitting DaTipJar Here.
If I can sell 10,000 paperback copies at $6.99, not only will my cut carry me all the way through February or March but as part of every sale supports WQPH 89.3 FM EWTN Catholic Radio you can support the station that carries my weekly show, Your Prayer Intentions Saturdays at Noon EST each week. And of course it would make an excellent Christmas Gift for the person of faith on your Christmas list.
Finally the math of my job is pretty simple. $440 a week comes to $1892 a month over the course of a year. (440 x 4.3) If you divide that by 20 that comes out to 94.6 meaning if I can get 95 new subscribers by the end of this month. I can permanently replace my warehouse job and do this full time while still paying my writers and other costs with the existing subscribers I currently have. This will give me time to work on several other book projects as well.
All subscribers get a copy of my book autographed and sent to them. While my current stash lasts I can send said book as a Christmas present to whomever you wish. (If I run out of copies on hand I’ll arrange for another shipment from the publisher Imholt Press as fast as I can.)
So if you think what I and my writers do here is worthwhile and you think the original reporting without the MSM spin from questioning Donald Trump at Press conferences
to exclusive interviews with people like Corey Lewandowski
but have held off subscribing till the right time, may I humbly submit and suggest that the right time is Right Now!
Either way let me once again thank you for your continued support for this site and myself. It continues to be an honor to serve you.
UPDATE: Mega Instalanche: Thanks Ed and Glenn and thanks all of you. I’ll be going through DaTipJar hits and emailing you all and updating the totals as soon as time permits and the server decides it can let me in to do so.
Good think I’m planning on hitting confession tomorrow as these two images might constitute violation of the sin of pride
Give me the Insty book club anyday
Might I suggest this might be a great book for a confirmation class
Update 3: (12/12 Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe) OK my plan which I blast emailed out to everyone who kicked in was to work on my book this month and start job hunting in January unless something dropped into my lap.
About 20 minutes ago something dropped into my lap. I got a call from the temp agency that I had this job through that said employer asked for me back.
Given my age and speed or lack thereof I’m presuming that there has been a sudden bump in business that requires bodies in a hurry, even old slow ones old enough to be the father or grandfather of many of the folks there. Of course there is also something to be said for us older folks brought up in the tradition of showing up for work and doing your job.
Now in this business it’s not odd for a layoff after the Christmas season and I wouldn’t be surprised if by the week of January 6th I find myself laid off again. But for now I’m going to take things as they are and see if this is two weeks work, two months work or full time work. But I think I should definitely do CPAC which means I won’t have to ask for money to go there.