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.

Christmas Eve 2017: Trump Attacks CNN

MERRY CHRISTMAS #TheRESISTANCE! 2018: We know who the enemy is & what we need to do. #RESIST! #MAGA #TrumpTrain Stronger Together! #TheResistanceVOTES #TheResistanceRemembers #DemForce #SundayMorning #SundayFunday #FBResist #FollowBackResistance #FBRParty #FBR #LockThemAllUp

Merry Christmas! don’t mind losing Grammie’s healthcare. Tiny Tim doesn’t need a crutch – he can use a stick. Just so long as The is happy, well nourished & rested in their modest home .

Merry Christmas from , an American Territory on an island in the Sea since 1898. In 2009, Puerto Rico paid $3.742 billion into the US Treasury.

#TrumpTraitor #TrumpRussia #TrumpTaxCuts #IvankaTrump #DonaldTrump #potus45 #SundayMorning #sundaymotivation #SundayFunday #Sunday #Christmas2017 #ChristmasEve #Christmas #Hannukah #HappyHolidays2017 #DemForce #ResistanceUnited #Resistmas #VetsResistSupportSquadron #FBR RESIST!

Trump’s decision to end Affordable Care Act affecting @ 6 million Americans risks harming who helped him win . Nearly 70% from healthcare cost-sharing live in Red .

Tax Cuts Crash & Burn Kansas Economy

Just as President Trump is ramping up his push for a major tax cut that he believes will pay for itself through faster economic growth, the Kansas template for that approach has crashed and burned.

After four years of below-average growth, deepening budget deficits, and steep spending reductions, the GOP-dominated Kansas legislature has repealed many of the tax cuts at the heart of Governor Sam Brownback fiscal agenda.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/beltway/2017/06/07/the-great-kansas-tax-cut-experiment-crashes-and-burns/#c8ab4825508f 

The Daily Stormer’s Style Guide

A leaked style guide reveals they’re Nazis about grammar (and Jews, Fems, Fags, etc).

“In September 2017, Vox Day, a Gamergate holdover who has assumed the position of racist alt-right figurehead, published a handful of brief excerpts from what he described as the “Andrew Anglin” style guide. For the blissfully unaware, Anglin is a neo-Nazi troll and propagandist who runs The Daily Stormer, one of the more prominent sites of the white supremacist web. The passages selected by Vox Day in his blog post suggested that Anglin is persnickety about detail and presentation ― except on the subject of the Jews, who are to be blamed “for everything.”

HuffPost has acquired the 17-page document in its entirety, as well as transcripts from an IRC channel where the document was shared in an effort to recruit new writers. It’s more than a style guide for writing internet-friendly neo-Nazi prose; it’s a playbook for the alt-right.

The style guide, according to Vox Day, was a set of directives for whoever might be writing under Anglin’s name, the idea being that Anglin’s army of ghostwriters need to maintain some sense of consistent style. But the guide appears to be for all of the site’s writers, many of whom write under their own names (or at least their own pseudonyms).

Last Friday, in an IRC channel, Andrew Auernheimer, a white supremacist hacker and Daily Stormer system administrator also known as Weev, began explaining to a group of people how one might start writing for The Daily Stormer:

okay basically, it works like this, you can write articles, if we dont like them you can put them on your own blog or whatever, if we accept them for publication we will pay you $14.88

“Fourteen,” of course, alludes to the 14 words in the old David Lane slogan, “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.” The double eights refer to the eighth letter of the alphabet (“HH” or “Heil Hitler”). The number 1488 is a common shibboleth among white supremacists. We’re sure they find this extremely clever.

When one person asked if the site had any paid positions open, Weev dropped in a link and wrote, “theres style guide read the site for a couple weeks, get a hang of the style and editorial tone [sic]” followed immediately by “learn the style guide.”

Like any such guide, this one contains plenty of discussion about the more mundane aspects of blog hygiene — grammar, formatting, quirks of house style. “‘Muslim’ should be spelled ‘Moslem,’” it notes at one point.

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

antifa Rising / Big Beautiful Tax Cuts 

The GOP rolled out Trump’s “2018 Middle Class Tax Reform” package this week but their  definition of “reform” is not in keeping with the real meaning of the word.

REFORM – to make changes in something, typically a social, political, or economic institution or practice in order to improve it.

Analyses by the left, right & down the middle have all arrived at the same conclusion. This historic, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to change the entire United States Tax Code is not for the better. Helping working families & small businesses, the bedrock of our nation, has never been the goal. Just like their efforts to repeal & replace Obamacare was never about our national health care.

Fortunately for us, the details of the proposed legislation are such obvious attempts to loot our national treasure we are not confused.

If a savings of $1082 is correct, it translates to $20.80 a week for a “family of four” which is only $5.20 per person.

But Sec Treasury #Mnuchin told us we could
buy a new car
renovate our kitchen
take the family on vacay
save it for college tuition

Our ‘hood
Armenian restaurant
#Marijuana Shop
Vietnamese grocer
Christian Kitchen
Syrian Orthodox church
The Mozy On In bar
Tattoo parlor


#antifa Uprising

#altRIGHT smartie-pants #InfoWars #trolls @JacobAWohl #milo @cernovich @BreitbartNews @JudgeJeanine R Silly Silly #CocoPuffs #RESIST #FBR

exactomundo. Did not take #SherlockHolmes
– #Google it if my reference misses ya’ll –
for us to figure out you
R #SillySillyCocoPuffs
#FBR


I sized this Hitler #quote #meme from @hoosercharles58 to fit w/ others in my collection. Thank you.Can’t get enough evidence. #RESIST #FBR


REPORT to @TWITTER every time #Trump calls #HRC this demeaning name. No one can HARASS a PRIVATE CITIZEN on #TWITTER. HE MUST STOP! #FBR

“There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true. The other is to refuse to accept what is true.” Kierkagaard

LUIS G. RIVERA-MARÍN @LuisRiveraMarin is lying about @FEMA #PuertoRicoRelief.
#LeaveHerAlone #Troll @cernovich
#CarmenYulinCruz #FBR

Russian soldiers joining #ISIS in the thousands.
Russia feeds #FakeNews social media.
#Dezinformatsiya
counter intelligence warranted.

Wanna see something really terrifying? https://americarisingblue.com/2017/10/31/1272/
#NYCTerroristAttack was set up year ago in case #HRC won.

TOO CONVENIENT.

Jack joined the discussion yesterday, when Ed Klein published a book claiming that antifa are traveling abroad to be trained by ISIS.


“The President needs to stop Tweeting and start leading.” Senator Chuck Schumer.

#WEARESOFUCKED
#ICANNOTEVENBELIEVEIT
#OHMYGOD
#THEYARESTARTINGARACEWAR
#TOPANDERTOTHEIRNAZIMERCENARYBASE
#DISGUSTINGDESPICABLEALLEGEDPEOPLE

We are witnessing the Deconstruction of the Administrative State per Steve Bannon’s Breitbart News altRIGHT Leninist ideology. 

My Goodness, I cannot believe that Jeff Sessions a
self-avowed
lifelong
racist
scorner of all things
factual & intellectual
LIED UNDER OATH!
NOT!

Letter from Coretta Scott King protesting @JeffSessions #JeffSessions institutional racism at the beginning of his career. Nothing changed.

I’m hoping that more folks wake up and realize the holy shit our country is in.

TheRESISTANCE!

"There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn't true. The other is to refuse to accept what is true." Kiekagaard - America Rising BLUE
“There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true. The other is to refuse to accept what is true.” Kiekagaard – America Rising BLUE

Definition of Twitter Trills

Keep Lady Warm Definition of a Twitter TRILL - America Rising BLUE

NEWS: CoS John Kelly goes on nostalgic tour of institutional & cultural racism in America saying the “inability to compromise on BOTH SIDES led to the Civil War & Robert E Lee was a very fine man.”

No need for me to refute any of his comments. Pretty much everybody knows now that “General” John Kelly will be remembered by history as a liar.

However, everyone should know & understand  this:

Each time someone representing Trump lies or makes politically-motivated comments smearing & shaming women in public, Internet Trolls, Trills, Bots, MAGA unleash organized personal campaigns AKA TweetStorms TwitMobs against them. i.e. Carmen Yulin Cruz, Rep Wilson, the grieving widow Mrs. Johnson, Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader-Ginsburg

 In Internet slang, a troll (/ˈtroʊl/, /ˈtrɒl/) is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting quarrels or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog) with the intent of provoking readers into an emotional  reaction thereby amplifying their propaganda.

Emerging again on Twitter are what I call TRILLS:

Definition of @Twitter #TRILL
Fake Mirror account
using DJT profile pic
acting autonomously
as realDonaldTrump
AmericaRisingBLUE. com
research at AmericaRisingBLUE. com

America Rising BLUE - Trump Twitter Mirror, Troll, Trills accounts
Trump Twitter Mirror, Troll, Trill, Bot accounts /1 America Rising BLUE Research/ graphic by Darlene Brice

Happy Birthday to me

America Rising BLUE - Trump ties to Putin are investigated as Paul Manafort, Rick Gates indicted for Conspiracy to Defraud the United States.

8:15 am in
October 30, 2017
My 66th Birthday
I get a gift today that will truly keep on giving
INDICTMENTS
JUST WHAT I WANTED!
THANKS!

CONGRATS Paul Manafort! You have been charged with a Federal Crime! Happy days are here again. #ThankGodForMueller #SaveAmerica #RESIST

When you see demeaning debasing #FakeNews images of Hillary, Bill or Chelsea REPORT to @TWITTER for Targeted harassment of PRIVATE CITIZENS.

Thank you @DirectRelief #DirectRelief #PuertoRico #PuertoRicoRelief @CarmenYulinCruz @ltgrusselhonore #USNSComfort

It is AGAINST @Twitter policies to target private citizens for troll, smear campaigns. #Election2016 cyberops still harassing them. REPORT.

IMPORTANT as they ramp up
REPORT trump troll smears on
#Obama Michelle #HRC Bill Chelsea
They are PRIVATE CITIZENS NOW
Targeted Harassment

@PressSec @AltUSPressSec @Alt_Spicerlies @ALT_uscis #IndictmentMonday Paul Manafort #Russiagate #MuellerHasCometh #NeedToImpeach #PapaDop

#TomSteyer #Impeach #NeedToImpeach #Election2016 #Russiagate Paul Manafort #ManafortMonday #Manafort #Mueller #Papadoupolis

I need advice, suggestions. I’ve found lots of interesting – albeit horrifying in its implications – Twitter accounts tied to Election 2016 & Brad Parscale. Many have been reactivated recently. Ever wonder why realDonaldTrump never updates his profile pic?

Duffey