NRA Propaganda after Mass Shootings

Hello Kitty Pink AR-15 is the perfect accessory for loyal little NRA girls.

In December 2012 after the Sandy Hook Elementary School incident (which claimed the lives of 20 kindergartners / first-graders & six adults), National Rifle Association spokesman, Wayne La Pierre,  offered thoughts & prayers to the victims of this “needless” tragedy. Following is a paraphrased account of the NRA Talking Points.

1 – It is far too soon to talk about politics. As usual, anti-2nd Amendment pundits, mainstream media, Fake News, Legacy Media are always quick to take advantage of a ratings bonanza.

2 – The system should have flagged the Monster before he could purchase 10 weapons. Everyone knew he was disturbed. The system failed to keep schools safe. The system is broken.

3 – We don’t  love & protect our schools like we do airports, jewelry stores & Hollywood galas. Shame on us for letting schools become soft targets.

4 – Teachers & coaches love their students. They will gladly give their lives for the children. At Sandy Hook, the heroic principal flung herself onto the gunman, using her body as a shield. Shame on us for leaving her & all the children defenseless.

5 – If the Sandy Hook principal was armed the outcome would have been much different. MAYBE SHE COULD HAVE STOPPED the Monster & saved the children’s lives? 

6 – The average school shooting takes approximately 3 minutes. First responders, SWAT are at least 8 minutes away. Shame on us for taking too long to help dying children.

7 – All it takes is a good guy with a gun against a bad guy with a gun.

8 – Teachers who are retired military, police are the perfect candidates for conceal carry.in the classrooms.

9 – A lot of Teachers will want to join the program. Teachers can earn a bit of a bonus. Even though they’ll want to conceal carry for free “For practically free, we can harden up security at our schools.” said President Donald Trump

10 – Gun-Free Zones are open invitations to freely come on in because 1 ) the bad guys are cowardly Monsters” 2) they won’t know who is armed & who isn’t so of course they’ll move along. We must immediately eliminate the deadly, dangerous Gun-Free Zone policies at all schools, public buildings, monuments, public gatherings nation wide.

11 – The NRA has offered the services of 5 million patriotic Americans to solve the terrible tragedies of school shootings.

12 – The leftist Democrats only want to obstruct common sense gun laws. Liberals, the Legacy Media, Fake News only exploit the pain & suffering of grieving white mothers for ratings.

13 – The NRA is insulted & offended by these attacks upon our God-given 2nd Amendment Rights

14 – WE WILL NEVER STOP FIGHTING TO KEEP OUR CHILDREN SAFE IN THEIR SCHOOLS..

MOLON LABI
COME & GET ‘EM

 

 

Taking Back Congress: 2018 & beyond

RESIST Trumpism meme / AmericaRisingBLUE.com America Rising BLUE dezinformatsiya.net

‘ indifference to claims of abuse infuriated Republicans, already confronting a surge of activism from women driven to protest, raise money & run for office because of their fervent opposition to .” “This is coming, this is real,” said .

#DemocraticMemo #DemMemo #democracyunderthreat #DemocratMemo #Democracy #ProtectRosenstein #ProtectMueller #MuellerInvestigation #MuellerTime The United States of America is under attack & the #GOP is complicit. We are at war & #potus45 #Tillerson are DOING NOTHING. #Election2018

Russian push on hides real issue: could not get SECURITY CLEARANCE to work w/ CLASSIFIED HIGHLY Confidential govt intell because his background put him at risk of BLACKMAIL by America’s enemies.

Constitutional crisis, martial law, civil war?

Open letter to my older brother:

Dear Stan – since we haven’t spoken since the 2016 election, it was interesting talking with you last night.  Our conversation was awkward & stilted after you praised President Trump & lambasted the Democrats in the same sentence. You know darn well I’m the only Democrat in the family so I’m not sure what you were seeking to accomplish by demonizing “people like me”.

To be honest, I was shocked you were spewing FOX News, Breitbart, Russian talking points. “Trump, GOP good. Obama, Hillary, DNC evil.” Did you notice this was the first time in my life I didn’t rise to the bait? I literally changed the subject to the weather, the grandkids, chatty news.  And I kept it short & sweet so that neither of us could say something that would permanently separate us.

Let me use these metaphors:

1850’s – I just learned my brother is an enthusiastic slave owner.

1930″s – my brother voted for, endorses, condones, approves, admires Hitler’s government.

I’m not being hyperbolic or dramatic. The Trump regime did conspire with Putin during the elections. Russia is still influencing our politics, spreading dezinformatsiya “disinformation” in order to destabilize our democracy with the active aid & assistance of the President of the United States.

Nunes Memo is a dud

Source: Politico.com

“It’s been a rough week for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, the California Republican at the center of a Washington firestorm after crafting a memo alleging bias and misconduct at the FBI and Department of Justice.

But for Andrew Janz, the congressman’s Democratic opponent, things have never been better.

Janz, a previously little-known Fresno prosecutor, reports he’s been deluged by donations and media attention. Last week, the congressman’s hometown paper, the Fresno Bee, headlined a scathing editorial under the headline, “Rep. Devin Nunes, Trump’s stooge, attacks FBI.” Even late night comedian Jimmy Kimmel piled on this week, sniping that “to call Devin Nunes Donald Trump’s lapdog would be an insult to dogs. And to laps.”

In recent days, Twitter has been abuzz with calls from Democrats across the nation to donate to Janz’s campaign.

“We’re looking really good, thanks to him,’’ Janz told POLITICO, just hours after the memo’s Friday release. “I think we took in $100,000 between today and yesterday.”

Source: Politico.com


#MuellerInvestigation #MuellerTime #Mueller #ProtectMueller #ProtectMuellerNow #NunesMemo #NunesMustResign #NunesMustGo #GOPMemo #GOPComplicitTreason #GOPCorruption #GOPC #GOPTrainWreck #GOPTraitors #Maralago #RussianWitchHunt #VetsRESIST #VetsForKaepernick #TheResistanceVOTES

Putin thanks #realDonaldTrump @DevinNunes @MikeTurnerOH #Ohio_10 @RepBradWenstrup #Ohio_02 the #GOP @Jim_Jordan #RepTedPoe @HouseGOP @SenateGOP #HouseGOP #SenateGOP for “sowing discord, mistrust in your democratic institutions.” #dezinformatsiya #VetsRESIST #TheResistanceVOTES

@Comey @FBI @NewYorkFBI @FBIBoston @FBILosAngeles @FBIWFO @FBIMostWanted @FBIOmaha @FBINewOrleans @FBIOklahomaCity @FBISanFrancisco @FBISeattle @FBISacramento @FBITampa @FBIKansasCity @FBICincinnati @FBIPhoenix @FBIPhiladelphia #VetsRESIST #TheResistanceVOTES #NunesFakeMemo #FBR

The Useful Idiocy of Donald Trump

“His bizarre antics are typical KGB dezinformatsiya tactics to divert our attention to the real danger – the destruction  of our democratic institutions.”

By Chris Hedges / Truthdig

“The problem with Donald Trump is not that he is imbecilic and inept—it is that he has surrendered total power to the oligarchic and military elites. They get what they want. They do what they want. Although the president is a one-man wrecking crew aimed at democratic norms and institutions, although he has turned the United States into a laughingstock around the globe, our national crisis is embodied not in Trump but the corporate state’s now unfettered pillage.

Trump, who has no inclination or ability to govern, has handed the machinery of government over to the bankers, corporate executives, right-wing think tanks, intelligence chiefs and generals. They are eradicating the few regulations and laws that inhibited a naked kleptocracy. They are dynamiting the institutions, including the State Department, that served interests other than corporate profit and are stacking the courts with right-wing, corporate-controlled ideologues.

Trump provides the daily entertainment; the elites handle the business of looting, exploiting and destroying.”

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Source: AlterNet.org

Is our Democracy in danger? Yes.

“To deny we are in the Epic Battle for the Soul of America is to aid & assist the enemy eager to take us down.”

Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) gave the most important speech I’ve heard in my lifetime. At 66, I’ve lived through the Cold War, the Vietnam War, Watergate, Iran-Contra, Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom, the Iraq War but I have never witnessed such clear & present danger to America as I see now in the intent & actions of this president’s administration.

Just as Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream”  speech is not political rhetoric, Senator Flake did not deliver a partisan political speech. We are sure to hear defensive Trumpsters amplifying White House talking points on social media & altRIGHT “news” sites like Breitbart News, InfoWars, Stone Cold Truth et.al.  But, whatever Trump & his people say about Jeff Flake & his motivations, no one can argue with the empirical evidence & the conclusions he so carefully presented.

It’s not as if he’s the lone voice, the disgruntled politician who can’t win an election crying out for attention. Some of the wisest, most respected human beings on Earth are expressing the same concerns. Indeed, Pope Francis has dedicated his May 2018 forum to understanding the scourge of Fake News & it’s effect on free elections around the world.

“How Democracies Die” by Daniel Ziblatt & Steven Levitsky:

A bracing, revelatory look at the demise of liberal democracies around the world—and a road map for rescuing our own.  Donald Trump’s presidency has raised questions that many of us never thought we’d be asking:  Is our democracy in danger?

Yes. Democracies around the globe are in danger of authoritarian takeover. Worse, Trump has slammed the door shut on fledgeling democracies who once looked to America as a role model.

“The United States used to be a beacon of light, hope & wisdom. We stood tallest among our brethren because we are fortunate to have a people resolute & strong, a homeland rich in resource & treasure & a government of the people, by the people, for the people.”

Steve Bannon spills the beans

Donald J Trump’s response to Steve Bannon’s book:

“Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency. When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind. Steve was a staffer who worked for me after I had already won the nomination by defeating seventeen candidates, often described as the most talented field ever assembled in the Republican party.

Now that he is on his own, Steve is learning that winning isn’t as easy as I make it look. Steve had very little to do with our historic victory, which was delivered by the forgotten men and women of this country. Yet Steve had everything to do with the loss of a Senate seat in Alabama held for more than thirty years by Republicans. Steve doesn’t represent my base—he’s only in it for himself.

Steve pretends to be at war with the media, which he calls the opposition party, yet he spent his time at the White House leaking false information to the media to make himself seem far more important than he was. It is the only thing he does well. Steve was rarely in a one-on-one meeting with me and only pretends to have had influence to fool a few people with no access and no clue, whom he helped write phony books.

We have many great Republican members of Congress and candidates who are very supportive of the Make America Great Again agenda. Like me, they love the United States of America and are helping to finally take our country back and build it up, rather than simply seeking to burn it all down.”

Steve Bannon. Breitbart News, former Senior White House Advisor to President Trump.
Steve Bannon. Breitbart News, former Senior White House Advisor to President Trump.

The Madness Continues

James (Jim) Comey, former Director of the FBI

Drumbeats getting louder from FOX, Breitbart and other altRIGHT altWankers “FIRE MUELLER”.


Here we go #TheRESISTANCE #ProtectMueller #MuellerInvestigation #MuellerTime #MUELLERLUJAH #MuellerIsComing #Russiagate #UnHackTheVOTE

Rep Jackie Speier #RumorOnTheHill #Trump to fire #Mueller Dec 22 #BloodyFriday after everyone leaves town. #TheRESISTANCE #RESIST #FBResist

Congressional Watch List – Republicans demanding Mueller be fired:

Rep Jim Jordan (R-OH-04) Elected 2006 House Judiciary Commission
Rep Francis Rooney (R-FL-19) elected 2016
Rep Matt Gaetz (R-FL-01) elected 2016

FOX’s Judge Jeanine, who has a particular evil tone to her voice, lectures to her national audience “All of ’em need to be taken out in handcuffs”.

#Russiagate #MuellerTime #MuellerInvestigation #Muellerprobe #ProtectMueller #ProtectMuellerinvestigation #ProtectMuller #ProtectMuellerNow #BobMueller #JamesComey #Comey #FBI #CIA #JamesClapper #dezinformatsiya #RussianPropaganda #FakeNews #FireHannity #FireMueller #FBResist

Pope Francis is criticising “journalists” who dredge up old scandals & sensationalise the news

Even the Pope knows #MAGA #TrumpTrain #base #FoxandFriends #FOXTV #Breitbart et.al. are spewing propaganda. He is dedicating his May 2018 Summit to the Scourge of #FakeNews #dezinformatsiya. 18 countries report meddling in their elections. #Russiagate #FBResist #FBR #RESIST


FUN FACT. Donald Trump appointed Rod Rosenstein as his deputy Attorney General and was confirmed by the Senate April 25, 2017. Less than 8 months later, Trump calls his own appointment a “threat” to his presidency.

Another fact about #MuellerInvestigation the #altRIGHT #altWankers #GOP @GOP #HouseGOP #JimJordan @FrancisRooney #FrancisRooney #MattGaetz @mattgaetz state-run propaganda mouthpiece #FOX #SeanHannity #JudgeJeanine #Breitbart conveniently ignore. #TheResistanceVOTES #FBResist #FBR


#TonySchwartz is the ghost author #ArtoftheDeal. He spent more time w/ #realDonaldTrump than anyone outside the Family. He is WARNING US: #Trump is taking us step-by-step into a Police State. #IBelieveHim #TheRESISTANCE #RESIST #FBResist #NeedToImpeach #MAGA #TrumpTrain #FBR

Walter Schaub, former Trump Administration Ethics Director (who resigned in disgust and is now an active member of The RESISTANCE) said he’s getting long underwear, hats, boots, gloves ready to TAKE to the STREETS.

The endgame is to “Deconstruct the Administrative State” per Steve Bannon’s Leninist philosophy meaning destroy, loot everything while the going’s good.


Best get a box of Kleenex before watching this video “The Obamas & Children – You Can’t Fake That”.

Now this is a true gentleman, husband, father, role-model, statesman, leader, President.


Dear Santa – All I want for Christmas is


#HeatherHeyer will always be the symbol of #TheRESISTANCE. Just as The Freedom Marchers, Selma Bus Boycotters, Dr Martin Luther King Jr “I Have a Dream”, we dedicate ourselves to fighting “them” in her name. #TheResistanceVOTES #ResistanceUnited #ResistTrump #Resist #FBResist

Heather Heyer will always be remembered. America Rising BLUE
Heather Heyer will always be remembered. America Rising BLUE

#Arizona #ArizonaDNC @TheSunDevils @Arizona_Strong @ArizonaCoyotes @AZCardinals @abc15 @APlayersProgram @ArizonaDOT @HillaryforAZ @SheaHomesAZ @GilbertYourTown @azgfd @TucsonStar @FOXSPORTSAZ @prideofarizona @ArizonaMGolf @ArizonaMTennis @ArizonaWGolf @ArizonaWBB #TheRESISTANCE

Words Trump has banned from the Center for Disease Control (CDC):
vulnerable
entitlement
diversity
transgender
fetus
evidence-based
science-based

Words #Trump has banned from the United States Government:
Honesty
Honor
Respect
Integrity
Valor
Trust
Truth
Courtesy
Dignity
Virtue
Ethics @RWPUSA @waltshaub
#TheRESISTANCE #ResistTrump #ResistanceUnited #Resistance #RESIST #UniteBLUE #UnitedAgainstCorruption #FBR #FBResist

Stranger & stranger; Better & better



“Trump family has produced over three generations of remarkable capitalists, with the dynasty’s patriarch (Frederick Trump) making a fortune off bars and hotels (brothels) during the klondike gold rush. Then, fearing a crackdown on booze and prostitution, Grandpa Trump decided to cash out and return to Germany. Unfortunately, the fatherland would reject him due to allegations that he evaded both taxes and military service.

Complete Assholes Guide to Donald Trump by Aiden Wolfe

@AidenWolfe  – Technical writer (Forex, binary options, SEO), satirist, unapologetic enemy of ignorance. Dedicated to the removal of America’s malignant orange tumor.


BEWARE: GOP “Tax Reform” really massive tax cuts for the wealthiest among us. Taking pennies from the poor to give to  the rich is not Christ-like – no matter what ya’ll #ContCons Contemporary Conservatives say.

https://www.alternet.org/economy/op-tax-and-budget-plans-will-destroy-finances-average-americans-whose-families-have-sick-or


Paris Dennard on CNN defends President Trump bashing United States Intelligence Agencies on Asian trip APEC 2017. DISASTER for America. Trump confirms he willingly colluded with Putin & he continues to collude with anyone he wants SO THERE!  IMPEACH!

Former Directors CIA FBI Clapper& Brennan “Putin is playing Trump [for a fool].” Trump starts explaining the “heavy sanctions” against Russia. MY GOD GOP if this isn’t grounds for IMPEACHMENT WHAT IS?

#altRIGHT #nazis #WhitePower #KKK #bannon #breitbart #alexjones #infowars @PrisonPlanet #FoxNews #FireHannity #FireHim Fmr #CIA #FBI #Clapper #Brennan “#Putin playing Trump [for a fool].” Trump starts protesting the “heavy sanctions” against Russia. #FBR


DO NOT #BoycottKuerig for yanking their advertising from @foxandfriends @FoxNews @seanhannity #BoycottHannityAdvertisers #FIREHannity THANKS #Keurig for doing what’s right not #altRIGHT. We will #ResistTrump #TheRESISTANCE #RESIST #MondayMorning #MondayNightFootball #FBR4Doug



@GOP #GOP @HouseGOP @SenateGOP @SenateMajLdr @SpeakerRyan Time to start #impeachmentreferendum #ImpeachTrumpNow #ImpeachTrump #Russiagate Doesn’t it turn your stomach to witness your #potus BETRAY OUR COUNTRY? CORRUPT SOUL-LESS #Pubs. #TakeBackCongress2018 #RESIST #IMPEACH #FBR



Native Americans are killed in police encounters at a higher rate than any other racial or ethnic group, according to #CDC Prevention. Rarely do these deaths gain national attention. cnn.com/2017/11/10/us/native-lives-matter/index.html #TheRESISTANCE #TakeBackCongress2018 @DNC #DNC #RESIST #resistRT #FBR


Have no doubt FOX TV is owned, operated by altRIGHT shills for Trump. Thanks Rachel Maddow.



This is disturbing to say the least.

http://thememoryhole2.org/blog/doe-v-trump 


#Election2016 #Election2017 #Election2018 #Election2020 #Elections #Democracy #Constitution #NeedToImpeach #TomSteyer @TomSteyer #Putin #Russiagate #MuellerMonday #MuellerInvestigation #MuellerTime #Mueller #treason

Thank You #Obama
BEST PRESIDENT in my 66 yrs.
#RESIST
#FBR

Secretary of State, Senator & Hillary Clinton is a PRIVATE CITIZEN. YOU CAN NOT HARASS DEMEAN INSULT PRIVATE CITIZENS. READ POLICY. REPORT! WE DO NOT TOLERATE THIS ANY LONGER. .


Puerto Rico

“We are living on an island on an island.” #PuertoRico residents stranded by collapsed bridge 7 weeks after #HurricaneMaria.
#BailyBridge #BerlinAirlift @ltgrusselhonore We can do better than this. #Army #Navy @USMC @USArmy @USNavy #Marines TY #USNSComfort #FBR #TheRESISTANCE

@FBI #FBI investigating all the crony contracts the #GOP @GOP have tossed out to family, friends. #NeedToImpeach when #trump returns home after his public #BROMANCE w/ #Putin. C’mon like we don’t know #TREASON when we hear it, see it, read it. #Russiagate #MuellerTime #FBR


Alabama Senate Race

#DougJonesForSenate #DougJonesFundraiser #Doug4US #DougJones #AlabamaSenateRace #RoyMooreChildMolester #RoyMoorePickUpLines #RoyMoore #GOP @GOP @HouseGOP @SenateGOP #KidRock4Senate #SheriffClarke4Senate Never Forget. #NeverAgain #TheRESISTANCE #RESIST #HeatherHeyer #FBR

Int Association of FireFighters / IAFF Local 29 / Spokane County, WA elections 2017

As we head into another election tomorrow, information is surfacing about Citizens for an Honest Government PAC and the political mailer sent out by it’s offspring Spokane for an Honest Government PAC to Spokane voters on Oct 24, 2017.


Nov 7, 2017 ARB: Response to Gary Crooks, Opinion Editor, Spokesman-Review (see below)

Couple more points to address from your email:

“If [IAFF L-29] wants to write a piece on the larger issue of PACs, his involvement and why it’s a good thing, that would be great. A piece on the good works of firefighters, which makes them too busy to understand politics, would  beg the question: “Then why get involved?“

CITIZEN’S UNITED US Supreme Court decision is the reason unions, nonprofits, organizations, associations like Salvation Army, Red Cross etc must get involved in politics. Readers can Google this for lots of unbiased information.

1,  The Spokane Firefighters created at least three PACs solely to discredit a citizen, Matthew Howes, running for City Council.

If this is incorrect, we will correct it. An article noted that money came from various sources. Perhaps that’s what the writer meant.

That’s not what the writer said. How do you know what the writer meant?

Since we can only rely on the written word how do we know the writer meant something else instead of what he actually said? You didn’t add any clarifying comments like “ED note: this writer’s opinion may or may not mean what their words say.”

Is everything we see, hear, read up to interpretation? I cannot see how “money from various sources” (has this been verified?) is the same as “The Spokane Firefighters created at least three PACs solely to discredit a citizen, Matthew Howes, running for City Council.”

Do you see where I’m going with this?

Thx
Darlene Brice



Nov 7, 2017

Thank you for your quick response. My interest in this is opposition research and love of my hometown. As I said, I’m trying to understand – regardless of everything – why did the Spokesman Review choose to publish these two particular letters the day before the election?

My point is not that the same terminology about Spokane’s elections are on Russian message boards but the same sentiments are being expressed in local chat rooms, Next Door Spokane, etc. Determining where information is coming from has become so complicated we have software to run text, HTML through to match content on specific longtail keywords w/ altRIGHT news sites like Brietbart & InfoWars.

My point is nobody knows what’s really going on anymore. Nobody knows who people really are. What is Fake News and what is truth? In research, we look at the end result and work backwards. Who benefited from that mailer and from the publication of those two letters in the local newspaper the day before the election.? Who was hurt by both?

We are on the same side. I’ve worked for newspapers and publishing my whole career. One of my twin daughters is a journalist / editor with Bloomberg News. I appreciate your insight and assistance so we can sort out these types of blackhat political tactics from our United States electoral process. Please look at what’s happening in the Virginia governor’s race.

I will post your email on IAFF Local 29 FaceBook page and here https://americarisingblue.com/2017/11/06/elections-2017/

I am arranging a 10 minute interview between the Spokesman Editorial Board and the IAFF Local 29 at the altLENS CMTV studio, 3rd & Browne, to clarify this issue for the public. I know you are busy so please, at your convenience, let me know when you are available.

Thank you.
Best.
Darlene Brice


Nov 7, 2017 Response from Gary Crooks, Opinion Editor, The Spokesman-Review to ARB letter (see below).

Just now seeing this. What is your interest in this?

If Mr. Marler wishes to write something about this issue, it would need to be soon. Christmas is too far off. Better to do this while the issue is fresh in minds. He can contact me if he wishes to do so. I am off next week. If he wants to contest a couple of letters, that would be a letter to the editor or we’d run a correction.

If he wants to write a piece on the larger issue of PACs, his involvement and why it’s a good thing, that would be great. A piece on the good works of firefighters, which makes them too busy to understand politics, would  beg the question: “Then why get involved?“

Be advised that more letters would probably follow, and I would run those, too. But the issue would is the PAC and not that firefighters have important jobs. Nobody disputes that.

The letters, I’d assume, are based on the articles and columns written in response to the Howes mailer. If that had happened sooner, the letters would’ve run sooner. Out cutoff is always the Sunday before an election for letters in print.  Weekend letters are posted on Mondays. We contact each writer to make sure they wrote their letters. So it wasn’t Russians or message boards. And I certainly don’t have the time to monitor all of that. If we need to run a correction because something is factually inaccurate, we will do that.

1,  The Spokane Firefighters created at least three PACs solely to discredit a citizen, Matthew Howes, running for City Council.

If this is incorrect, we will correct it. An article noted that money came from various sources. Perhaps that’s what the writer meant.

2 Do [Union members] know that part of their dues is being used for character assassination?

This is a rhetorical question conveying the writer’s opinion. Will correct as needed.

3) The Firefighters Union & the Democrat Councilwoman Candace Mumm, if elected, should be forced to recuse herself from any discussion or voting associated with the Fire Department.

This is the writer’s opinion.

Mr. Marler can contact me if he wishes to proceed.

Thanks
Opinion Editor Gary Crooks, The Spokesman-Review


Nov 6, 2017
Lead Researcher, America Rising BLUE

Dear Letters to the Editor, Spokesman Review,

I am struggling to understand why you published two letters with inflammatory but unsubstantiated claims about the Firefighter’s Union & the mailer sent on their behalf to Spokane County voters Oct 24, 2017. As the lead researcher for the opposition research firm America Rising BLUE, I am noticing the same scenario playing out in the Virginia Gubernatorial election. The “Latino Victory Fund” produced/ released a video of a child’s “nightmare” that was obviously intended to anger everyone.

Offensive material is offensive no matter where it falls on the political spectrum. My question: when does offensive material become propaganda meant to influence the outcome of a our elections in ways we can’t readily see? When do Opinion letters become little soldiers amplifying the same talking points to destroy the “other” candidate?

I have seen this same terminology used on Spokane affairs’ chat boards and feeds. I would like to request please the sources for the accusations in Larry Medin’s letter “Mumm should return money” published the day before the election Nov 6, 2017.

1) The Spokane Firefighters created at least three PACs solely to discredit a citizen, Matthew Howes, running for City Council.

2) Do [Union members] know that part of their dues is being used for character assassination?

3) The Firefighters Union & the Democrat Councilwoman Candace Mumm, if elected, should be forced to recuse herself from any discussion or voting associated with the Fire Department.

As researchers into Fake News, or Soft Power, Dezinformatsiya campaigns the Russians were able to plant into our politics & culture, we are finding the same political tactics, strategies used by the same operatives from Election 2016, like Mike Cernovich of Pizzagate fame.

It is precisely this reason that I question the intent of the letters published this morning, again the day before the election. This now has become the main issue. Why would the only newspaper in town publish inflammatory opinions with accusations almost too bizarre to believe.

“The Spokane Firefighters created at least three PACs solely to discredit a citizen, Matthew Howes, running for City Council.”

Does the Spokesman Review Opinion Editorial Board believe this is true?

Something has gone terribly wrong and we need to find out what happened and why. Any information you can share about Citizens for Honest Government, Spokane for Honest Government PAC, Spokane GOP & DNC parties & involved Council members is greatly appreciated.

After speaking with Randy Marler, President of IAFF L-29, I suggested a “My Turn” piece in the Spokesman after the election to explain their side. I believe it’s important to remind everyone that FireFighters are not experts at politics. They proudly care about fighting fires and saving lives. My mother’s house fire. Your neighbor’s medical emergency. Fires, car accidents, chemical spills off the trains that go right through the heart of our downtown aren’t Republican or Democrat tragedies.

These are all our tragedies.

Do we really want to smear FireFighters by shaming the FireFighters Union without knowing the facts?

The Letters to the Editor I reference are simply not truthful.

I’m sure you agree IAFF L-29 FireFighters are far too busy serving the public, risking their lives for us to spend their time purposefully setting up three Political Action Committees (PACs) solely to ruin one candidate in one election for Spokane City Council.

I look forward to discussing this issue with you further. We hope to publish the “My Turn” piece toward Thanksgiving or Christmas. The less time between the election tomorrow and rectifying the record the better. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,
Darlene Brice
Lead Researcher AmericaRisingBLUE.com