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Raggedy Bernie Sanders Will Never Be President. Joe Biden Will- A Countdown To Iowa.

Bernie Sanders is not going to be our President. One look at him is enough to tell you that; Americans love a winner, and that is not a role Bernie can play. Then after you hear him yelling, you can doubly forget it. Regardless of all the endless dollars that have poured into his creation, regardless of his fanatical following’s ferocity, Bern is a bust just as much now as he was in 2016. Democrats will come together behind literally anybody else, but we want nothing to do with the Bern. He’s a chickenhawk, scam and aggressive panhandler all rolled into one, like a prestigious university dual major, I can’t wait for the day I stop having to even write his name. I’m sorry the day came when I had to start.

On the other hand, Senator Joseph Bissonette Biden of Delaware, father, former vice-president, and all-around good guy, has the best of all possible chances. He will get a chance to demonstrate tonight once again why he’s in a league of his own when compared to the rest.

Tonight the final Democratic debates of the pre-Iowa caucus season are here, and the only thought on my mind is to protect the primary by any necessary means. We can’t let things get too out of hand or it’ll be 2016 all over again. Bernie, who is either foolish or evil for even running again, since he knows no true Democrat will ever accept him as their Party’s leader, kicked things off in his usual bullying style with a surprisingly vicious attack on his old friend Elizabeth Warren, a fight that has been coming for some time. They are now squabbling like a pair of aged turkeys jostling for feed, the alfalfa pellets that are so reminiscent of neo-progressive voters.

Joe Biden, like Hillary Clinton, knows better than to get deeply involved. Let them have at each other, what a blast. He won’t bother engaging with Bern since nothing good can possibly end up coming out of it. Bern is Murphy’s Law weaponized and given human form. His idea of philosophy is, Anything that can go wrong will go wrong- because as soon as I get the power, it will all be smashed to bloody smithereens by Great Destroyer me! Scourge of the millionaires and billionaires.

We weren’t aware back then, but the Bern is a millionaire too. Jesus God.

After the zoo that has been the last four awful years, the country needs to heal. We have to somehow find a way to cope with and process all that we’ve been through. Not one but two demagogues showed up, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, and both shattered tranquility anywhere they could find it. All of us on every side have essentially been living in hell, and need nothing now so much as a little peace of mind and peace and quiet; we’ve been dancing on quicksand all this time. We need the measured, sane leadership of Joe Biden.

There’s no real beginning or end to the list of Bernie’s blunders, models all of gross insensitiveness, inefficiency, and intellect-free decision making. Remember that one time he started ripping up President Obama- whose dirty sweat socks were more capable and well-spoken than the Bern- on Martin Luther King Jr. Day? What a slap in the face of America’s black community that was, the very people that he now begs and cajoles for support. He is an embarrassing liability to every cause he claims somehow to espouse.

We can knock this one out of the park without even mentioning 2016. It has been a long three years with this guy.

How about the time he tried accepting a keynote speaker’s invitation from the foulmouthed and bestial Linda Sarsour, who wants to “take away” the vaginas of other women, to appear at the Women’s Convention of 2017? When American women found out and made their feelings known, Bern backed out so fast you’d have thought he’d seen a ghost. He did the same thing at the Women’s March later that year, with the same result, showing he has no respect for women at all.

This is why his women’s rights record reads like an excerpt from Stag Magazine- on purpose.

Quoth St. Bernard,

“A man goes home and masturbates, to his usual fantasy- A woman tied up, a woman on her knees, a woman abused. A woman enjoys intercourse with her man- as she fantasizes being raped by three men simultaneously.”

“Have you ever looked at the Stag, Man, Hero, Tough magazines on the shelf of your local bookstore? Do you know why the newspaper with the articles like ‘Girl of 12 raped by 14 men’ sell so well? To what in us are they appealing?”

Who are we nominating for president again? Judge Roy Moore of Alabama? It’s clear Bernie knows to what they are appealing, at any rate, and why not? He always has the answers, to everything!

It has really been a long few years.

The first election of the primary season will be the same as it is every year, the Iowa caucus. This year it will be held on February 3; just three short weeks away. It is the first step on the way out of the miniature Dark Ages that terrible 2016 became- but it is not a critical one. Iowan voters have let themselves go haywire good in the past. The Bern’s overperformance there last time empowered and encouraged his tilting at windmills campaign, as did his expected victory in New Hampshire. Hope springs eternal in the human heart, they say, especially when hundreds of millions of dollars were spent to put it there, and for one special moment, they truly believed they could win.

Then the voting down South started, and all that was gone like the mirage of an oasis, Hillary Clinton’s lead became insurmountable instantly, and every week it just got worse. So did the behavior of his followers, who soon displayed the racism and sexism their foul breed is known for, every chance they got. Considering that their master once wrote something like this rape essay here- for fun, I might add, on his leisure time no less, can we really be surprised that not very long from his defeat in July of 2016, one of them put this picture up on the door of a black church?

This is what we're fighting.
This is who they are, these far leftists we’re constantly attacked and assaulted by. These will be the people running the government if ridiculous Bern should stumble out a win.

By Super Tuesday Bern was in dire straits, and within the next few races, it became clear to any sane observer of sense that the jig was really up. His devotees, not yet completely insane prior to April, shrieked and howled at the moon like so many hyenas and wolves, and soon they resolved to bern down anything they couldn’t conquer- which was pretty much everything. Likewise, they made common cause with the Russians and their Macedonian flunkies, like Oliver Mitov here.

These pro-Bernie Sanders Facebook groups were all partially run by Macedonian hacker Oliver Mitov, who may or may not even exist.
These pro-Bernie Sanders Facebook groups were all partially run by Macedonian hacker Oliver Mitov, who may or may not even exist.

As you may have guessed by now, Bernie’s foreign policy has a lot to do with the Russians he was boozing it up with in the video of his honeymoon below, a presidential display if ever there was one. Putin definitely felt the Bern and maybe hopes one day to feel some more of him. This ad he put out on Facebook for the Bern suggests it’s grossly possible.

This is Buff Bernie, a Russian rendition. Notice the poorly worded and clearly unnatural English they have here. This was typical, and precisely what caught my attention in the first place.

Buff Bernie, for the love of all creation. You don’t know whether to go blind or-

Well, fill in the blank.

Why someone would have spent his honeymoon in Russia, hanging out with a bunch of men, I do not pretend to know. A sodden intoxication, yowling Woody Guthrie songs with Communists in the Soviet Union, shirtless and disheveled and the most slovenly sight I’ve ever seen.

Judge for yourself.

You’ve got yourself a classic there, Bern. I can’t tell you how much I’m feeling you right now. Perhaps you and Putin and Vitali Shkliarov, another skeevy Ruskie working on your “central to the Russian interference plot” campaign, will all go out a-wassailing next Christmas, or at the next Russian military parade.

You should have been on trial beside Trump’s campaign manager Paul Manafort, Bern, or at least testifying against him like your old campaign manager Tad Devine. You admitted blatantly to having known the Russians were involved in helping you and hurting Hillary Clinton when the whole world knows you sat idle and did not a thing to help.

You knew, Bern. The country was in danger, our electoral process was being used by foreigners as toilet paper, and the whole world was laughing at us. You are supposed to be our next commander-in-chief, which means it’s your job to protect this country, all of it. But you said nothing. Then later, in that interview, you lied on TV and said you lot had sent warning specifically; that was nothing but a joke from our perspective, the people who stayed to nail things down when your lunatic band of foreign and robotic Merry Men summoned a tornado down on us all. Just so we understand each other, you are nothing but a traitor. And your brat supporters false-reported the tweet offline.

Why have we been saddled with this moldy albatross around our necks, O Lord? Take this cup from us-please!

Any examination of Bernie’s record reveals him as a fraud. He boasts that he is not a Democrat and is brazenly appallingly proud of it. He voted against the Brady Bill five times. He once shoved his wife out of the way, on a stage in front of a crowd, at a campaign event because she talked for too long. “Don’t stand next to me!” he shouted at her like an animal.  He was the most libertarian candidate in the 2016 race. His campaign had more than a dozen Federal Election Commission violations. His foreign policy talk about Iraq is misleading since he had nothing to lose by voting no and since his record is full of other hawkishness, including fervent support of the Serbian bombings of Kosovo he reviled Hillary Clinton for. The big problem we had in 2016 is that no one bothered to vet Bernie much because he was such a weak candidate, he should have just collapsed like MoveOn.org’s other pick, Martin O’Malley. We didn’t know who or what we were up against last time. Now we do.

And we do not intend on forgetting.

With thanks to Alternet for the writing and the data.

The attack on Kosovo is hardly the extent of Sanders’ hawkishness.
While it’s true he voted against the Iraq war, he voted in favor of
authorizing funds for that war and the one in Afghanistan. More
recently, he voted in favor of a $1 billion aid package for the coup
government in Ukraine and supported Israel’s assault on Gaza. At a
town hall meeting he admitted that Israel may have “overreacted,” but
he blamed Hamas for the entire conflict. When an audience member asked
why he refused to condemn Israel’s actions, he told critics: “Excuse
me! Shut up! You don’t have the microphone.”

Hey, Bern! Why didn’t you condemn Russia’s actions? Remember all those times you refused to vote to sanction them? Disgusting. This old failure has passed three bills in three decades, folks, and two of them were for renaming local post offices. Talk about spunk and American initiative, boy. What a hard worker he is, this man who never had a job at all until age thirty-seven. How people figured a guy who’d spent half his life in the Congress was a political outsider back then I will never understand.

Foreign policy is an area in which the Biden/Bernie gap becomes a chasm, a gaping abyss. The ancient Norse Vikings believed that all life on Earth arose from a massive Gap of Gaps, from which poisonous fumes rose like socialism and somehow created all we have. Go figure. Anyway, a gap that size is the one we’re talking about here. When it comes time to talk about fitness for the task of representing us well in the world, these two guys Biden and Bern are a ludicrous comparison to make. It’s like comparing apples to dog turds. They might as well be on different planets. We’ve got to stay focused on that and make sure everyone else does too.

By this point, parties on all sides are well aware the next six months promise a circus beyond anything P.T. Barnum ever dreamed of.

America doesn’t require or desire a return to what former President Warren G. Harding once called “a return to normalcy”, because what is normal in today’s world is a freakish caricature of what it meant thirty years ago when we were kids. Professional wrestling spilled out of our television sets and took over the world. Everything seems like a skit now, and Bernie is the perfect Heel to Trump’s Hero. Normal is probably out.

Never Bernie.

But we can have sane and decent again. Joe Biden is not a crazy socialist with a fifty trillion-dollar health care time bomb ready to set off in our economy. He knows what he’s doing in there. We have gone through too much in the Trump era for any more shenanigans from a demagogue, and we need someone capable enough to clean this whole mess up. We, center Democrats, have held the line; we became that rock in the river, tethered to a principle, and ready with a plan at every turn. These days Joe is the best representative we’ve got, which is the other half of the reasons to reject the candidacy of ridiculous and rusty Bernie Sanders.

We simply do not need the guy. Go back to writing op-eds about Saturday mail delivery, Bern, like back in 2014- when you were suddenly rebranded and made a superstar, seemingly at random…

More on that in future articles. Count on it.

In conclusion, it is not only Bernie’s incompetence and unfitness for the role that ensures he never will be President. We’ve got a better guy, one who is more popular, more polished, more professional, and just plain superior to the Bern even when he’s at his abysmal best. Joe Biden was the most recent vice-president Democrats have had, and under Barack Obama, no less, who turned out to be a genius. He has the information and skill that this will take. His unpleasant Gollum-like opponent is just plain lacking by comparison- and objectively.

While Bern was renaming post offices and little else, lounging around the Senate like the white Clarence Thomas, Biden was all over the world handling American affairs and representing her people with the utmost decorum and skill. Can he speak like John F. Kennedy? No. But that makes him all the more perfect for this time and place, in which nothing is more needed than a plainspoken, honest sort of fellow, the one your guts tell you you can trust- a No Malarkey sort if you will (check that awesome Group out on Facebook). Biden is a kind and genuine man, a finder of lost children. Bernie is the guy to lead us farther out into the wilderness. That old zombie will never, ever, EVER be the President of America, and for that, we really can be grateful.

From Millennial Democrats, starting today, look for All Biden, All The Time, until Iowa and beyond. We are in it to win it, and the day to fight in earnest together has come. You can find us without too much trouble at @MilDemsAmerica on Twitter. On Facebook, we’re Millennial Democrats- America and her fifty auxiliary State Pages. Our parent organization Organizing For Democrats has a great many Groups and Pages also, and allied organizations in the family such as the good folks at the WIRAPress Files, links shown here in blue, or the Musing Madman’s Madhouse, a blog living right next door to this one, so to speak, or talkingbarrysense.wordpress.com for another. Last, we’re newly on Instagram at millennialdemsusa. Check us out. And check out Joe Biden, while you’re at it.

I vouch for him.

 

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To Brandon the Impostor, Millennial Democrat Who Isn’t- Words of Welcome and Warning.

Will the real Millennial Democrats please stand up? 
Readers mine, it’s been a long four years, and no mistake is possible to make about it. Long, and ugly. The second week of 2020 is now underway, and the opposition is turning up the pressure now for all that they are worth. New tactics abound daily; we’re seeing a virtual onslaught from every angle- but, fear not, Democratic family, because we’re used to it by now. A lowly impostor aping my website is not the worst I’ve seen- but there is an intimacy to such an escalation that I once again find rather terrifying- not to mention truly irritating.

“Welcome! At Millennial Democrats, we are responding to millennial concerns and getting involved in the political process as millennials. Our message and our stance is clear. We are Democrats. We believe in helping actual people make actual changes for the better, in their lives and in society. As the youngest generation of voters, we’re about finding new and innovative ways to do that going in to the future. We are going to uphold the time honored traditions of Franklin Roosevelt and Barack Obama, by finding new ways to do good for the people living in the world. There is a reasonable alternative to the pandemonium created by the current administration. Please join us in the task of helping the concept evolve.” -Millennial Democrats, 7/17.

That, as most of you will recognize, is this site’s Home Page, its introductory paragraph. There have been signs before that people dig how I set up the site, with the city of New York and all; just seemed to fit, although my true interest here lies in the writing. It became obvious that this was the plan right from the top of their new Page, where they ripped off my language in the most shameless and inferior fashion.
“Millennial Democrats represent a group unlike any the US political process has ever seen. This organization is made up of volunteers who want to impact the political process and are tired of politics as usual. We are responding to the millennial generation’s concerns and are getting involved in the political process. We have learned from the history of Franklin Roosevelt, Barack Obama, and even politicians like Abraham Lincoln that there are alternatives to tribal politics: rational activism.” -an anonymous Brandon De Graff, speaking as the Impostor Millennial Democrats.org.
It’s not even subtle. I began looking into the website’s owner. It didn’t quite take me twenty minutes to find him. Or if it was over, it was just over:) I found his girlfriend and everything. Her name doesn’t need to get published here.
Yet.
So the natural question begs itself. What are the haps with that website?
I’m going to make an example out of this one.
Today a teammate and close friend brought me a meme made by Kaivan Shroff, the guy who does the very first Millennial_Dems on Twitter and also, I believe, on Instagram. I will freely admit I came in second in the beginning by about two weeks, it’s how we ended up MD-America on Facebook and Twitter.
Kaivan’s all right, we have similar moderate views and have always managed to comfortably co-exist. When I found out the meme was his I relaxed there, we know each other and follow each other on Twitter. I intend to reach out for collaboration one of these days, two independents with good hearts and a will to speak truth to power.
It would have been nice to have Brandon’s help too, but that’s not how this story goes.
As we write these words, the Iranian trouble is kicking into overdrive, impeachment is kicking off, and all of it is being handled in the most shoddy, slipshod, slovenly, sloppy and nowhere near secretive enough manner. Hezbollah has killed several Americans already (not that Tulsi Gabbard will bother to condemn her own best buddies), Iran is firing missiles at us, Iraq has firmly handed us an eviction notice for our soldiers and through it, all, above the din, rises the high reedy voice of Donald Trump, screeching at us to trust in the intelligence community. In short, the saga continues, half dystopia and half tragicomedy, bordering on hysteria.
One does not know whether to laugh or to cry.
Of course, this all raises a fairly basic question- MD, what are you screwing around for? There’s big shit in the news! This can wait, can’t it? Shouldn’t you be writing about Iran?
Quick answer? Of course, I should, and so I have been. It’s basically done, tomorrow’s article, covering the whole story in as succinct a tone as I can muster- a remarkably difficult task given the complexity of writing about Middle Eastern power dynamic, but one I’ll gladly tackle every time I get a chance. It is a perfect microcosm of what is going on everywhere for Democrats large and small. Foreign hackers, domestic trolls no less vicious, elected politicians of both Parties, and all the big money in America without are targeting us every single day.
Just the same, it’s got to wait until tomorrow. I’m making a point with this article, a simple one, and that is this. When they target our social media accounts and silence our voices, they are taking out the only weapons in the whole civil rights arsenal we can really use with safety and daring both, and this, of course, cannot be allowed. We already know the Iranian Cyber Army cannot be far away. It’s only a matter of time.
When the Northern Kurds of Syria were hit by the Turkish the day Trump left them hanging last fall, it wasn’t long before dying humans were reaching out to the world, sharing footage desperately of the atrocities committed in those hours in the hopes of exciting enough world outrage for the killing to stop. I’m proud to say I’m among the people chosen to spread those videos, and I did. The same thing happened last week when Iranian general Soleimani was killed. I was brought the video without even asking before 24 hours had gone by. Those things would never have happened for me had it not been for the online digital awareness-raising mouthpiece I have built.
Visibility in politics is our greatest defense against the literal one-world police-state the monopolist elite are building, and this we get through social media also; in fact, even such monumental events as the Arab Spring could never have taken place without Twitter. This is why in addition to my website Mariah Carey’s Twitter account was targeted by the Chinese on New Year’s Eve. It is not a game at all. We get our power here.
So when someone decides to target your work like this fakir of a Bernie Bot has me, it means they are trying to disarm you completely. In a world where the true struggles between sovereign states are all on social media now; there are no “hot wars” (meaning straightforward military battles) worth fighting, this cannot be allowed.
It was just over 24 hours ago when I happened to Google my website, the first time I’ve had to do so in quite a while. I half-fooled myself. It actually took a moment to take in fully what I was seeing: a second Millennial Democrats WordPress blog, gussied up to look as much like mine here as possible. Surreal as it seems, the fact is undeniable. An impostor has suddenly popped up online, and is using my name and my brand to mislead and waylay our people.
This too cannot be allowed.
It was very strange to see my work thus aped and replicated, by a smug little weasel who is thinking to ride my coattails and eat crumbs from my table to live. Strange and upsetting, in fact. I wasn’t expecting it at all and indeed had no idea it existed. Before today it’s been a bit since I needed to Google myself, and this whole time before there’s only ever just been two of us Millennial Democrats, both myself, seen today on top, and the Millennial_Dems who are a bit older than us. We get along fine. But this guy in the middle? He’s new, and he’s up to no good. His name is Brandon, his last name probably isn’t De Graff, and this is his picture.
Bernie Sanders is Brandon the Impostor’s choice for: The Best Candidate for 2020- but on his Page, however, he tries acting undecided.
He is baiting people off of Facebook onto Reddit and undoubtedly worse places later. That’s my big thing, you know; he’s cloaking his predatory instincts with my work and aesthetic.
Ever read that old Stephen King novella, Secret Window, Secret Garden?
You stole my story, Brandon, so to speak. That’s patently unacceptable, and more so for you than for me.
Those who use their strength and wit to poison and destroy their fellow children of God are damned. Change your ways now, for soon it will be too late. You’d better do some thinking about what I could have done to you if I weren’t so nice a guy. The next guy you try to pillage and rob may not be so forgiving.
I could have chosen many other pictures, including some I found in a certain kind of registry database, the kind you do NOT want your job finding out about; those pictures are in an as-of-yet unpublished, sort of, unabridged article, you might say; I like to think it’ll be Brandon’s choice whether or not that one comes out.
But I chose this one, with full respect to the JW Cassel in the brave post calling him out, because it came along with a real Democrat’s completely correct opinion of him as a lousy piece of garbage, one who voted for Jill Stein out of Bernie or Bust resentment.
The latest Tweets from BC DeGraff (@BrandonDegraff1). Don’t follow me if you’re not a Bernie Supporter. I’m NOT a Democrat. I’m not a Republican. I’m a Progressive writer.
Which is to say, he prison shanked the United States. Right in the guts.
For shame, Brandon. To stoke an unfair grudge this far. Cultivated for no good reason except sexism, deniable only because of Jill Stein’s milkwater gender. You lit your country on fire. We agree on one thing, at least; there’s not a Democratic bone in your body. But since you have decided to step up and claim your false flag title, please allow me to bring you up to speed.
A Democrat will stop at absolutely nothing. I think you are likely to regret, sir, your decision not to ape someone else’s hard work instead of mine.
I found him by Googling the large hashtag on the site’s front page- which sure does look a lot like my site’s front page-#ANYFUNCTIONINGADULT, itself this year’s Vote Blue No Matter Who.
That brought me to two Facebook Pages with the same name, one big, one little. It must have been the big one he made on purpose. The little one appears to be the default landing place for his Reddit threads, and that’s where he biffed it. I soon found the same comments were posted on Reddit. A few more back and forths and around the net later and I had everything.
They are going to muddy our waters by pretending to be us and capitalize on all our hard work for free, all the while diluting and perverting our message with all the Bern-feeling drivel they can muster. Just look at the Friends List on this guy.
Worst I’ve seen since Oliver the Macedonian, Brandon the Impostor. You guys should join pro wrestling and be a tag team- or join the President’s Cabinet.
These pro-Bernie Sanders Facebook groups were all partially run by Macedonian hacker Oliver Mitov, who may or may not even exist.
These pro-Bernie Sanders Facebook groups were all partially run by Macedonian hacker Oliver Mitov, who may or may not even exist.
Jesus God. That’s not just feeling the Bern. That’s positively molesting him.
From there I found a Facebook Page by the same name, and from there a Reddit account that appears to be managing a subreddit for Rachel Maddow, one u/akacats. It appears fraudulent, to understate the point unto ludicrousness.
It did not take long to realize I was down the Bern rabbit hole again, and it also didn’t take long to realize I most probably had found me a big juicy bunny, too.
Any Functioning Adult. I wonder which one of the usual suspects came up with this one? This kind of crap goes around every year; it’s nothing but a cheap trick, a way to get real Democrats to drop their guard. Last time it was Vote Blue No Matter Who.
Bernie’s people are not Democrats and take great pride in the ignominious fact; they’re more like carjackers, bullies, and thugs like the guy in the image I used for this article. That’s why he’s come sniffing around trying to steal my work. He made some lousy movie about the Bernie or Bust movement; if I can find a pirated copy or make a fresh one, I’ll give it a watch. The whole last four years have been like having the flu anyway; what’re a few extra retches among friends and Millennial Democrats? Brandon’s friend below who uses that button as her avatar at least had the capacity to be honest about that, which is more than I will say for him.
It just goes to show; if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em- or, if that’s not an option because you’re a radical, impersonate them and waylay those who support them. He’s put this honey trap out there to punish and hurt you, loyal readers, to get to me. They’ll continue doing this kind of crap, too, unless I can find a way to make such a course of action unpalatable for them.
So that’s what I’ve been working on. All evening, in fact.
The many Bernie Bots I showed earlier were most of his friends, of course. But the usual alt-right types were there in dreadful plenty also. That Any Functioning Adult 2020, ostensibly imploring us to recognize Donald Trump as the greatest threat, the only threat worth considering, is entitled to its opinion, of course; I thought the same myself in 2016, as I said before.
But if she is a sincere Democrat, and it’s nothing but policy differences dividing her and us, what in God’s holy name is she up to supporting the Brexit?
Regular readers of this blog will not be suspicious when I tell them there’s more of this kind of thing; a lot more. did find some things to write about what they might find inconveniencing, although of course nothing malicious or illegal.
Just good, old fashioned open-source intelligence can give you all the dirt you need- or cleanliness, in this case. Clear, pristine, virgin cleanliness. Got to hand it to ya, Brandon. You’re a regular Peter the Hermit where that subject is concerned. Sh4rki would be proud.
Brandon De Graff, this is your cue to start listening.
#AltRightIsFarLeft; this is just one more bitter ratf*cking testimonial.  You seem to know this quite well judging by who your friends are, Mr. Akacats on Reddit. But always remember where there’s life, there’s hope. You have been deep in the counsel of the enemy,  There is much good you could still do. Come back to the path of reason. Talk to me, we’ll help you tell your old friends to go to hell. There’s just one thing, really. As a sign of good faith, I’ll be needing you to take the fake website down or I will have to keep digging; if this is what I found after 20 minutes, what would I find in a month?
Civil political discourse is one thing; welcome to the arena, but be warned now: you have crossed the tideline out into dark waters. Do not make me sink you there.

 

 

 

Return of the Russians! Instagram Trolls Infest Team Buttigieg- What’s Pete’s Plan?

Warning! The Russians have returned and returned in earnest. They are BACK- on Instagram, and for Pete Buttigieg. This one’s going out to the entire online Democratic coalition- the moment we’ve all been training for has arrived. The scum are back for more.

Watch for them everywhere-but most especially, watch out for them on Instagram, where they’ve just begun a fresh campaign by infiltrating Buttigieg’s online community.

This is the front of suspected Russian hacker @potus_pete2020’s Instagram profile; meme phrasing by yours truly. Anti Biden on the right, anti Yang in the center, pro-Russia on the left. Nothing pro-Pete Buttigieg whatsoever; he even misspells his name.

They’re on Instagram instead of Facebook right now for the most part, but other than that it is the same old pack as always. There’s been one other change as well, an extremely cunning one. They chose to enter the fray through a man no one has yet suspected- the so-called moderate from a red state, Pete Buttigieg, through a platform the most experienced anti-disinfo forces know the least about and have the least presence on.

When I found this, and had gathered enough evidence to make it worth the warning, my first instinct was to do something to help. We are Joe Biden supporters here at Millennial Democrats, but beyond all else, we serve the Party itself as the one force capable of keeping America’s vast empire intact. This race has been nothing like 2016 so far; we’d better keep it that way, I reasoned.

Therefore, I reached out to a friend of mine who works with their campaign in regard to Russian disinformation. I showed him the evidence and gave him my ideas. But when I asked if he was willing to work on it with me to get Pete to listen, even lend a hand, I received a nasty shock, one that has left me questioning a man who just yesterday I was planning to drop an article on, by some variant on Pete “Plan B” Buttigieg. If not Biden, I always thought Mayor Pete would be the second-best.

Then his supporter told me the following.

But I’m not. I’ve said all I can really say about it. I trust the IC {intelligence community) to do the work. Americans learn, change, and go from there. They have access to more information than we ever would.

Well, sir, I can tell you for my own part, foreign criminal hackers including Guccifer 2.0 have tried to hack me over twelve hundred times. The intelligence community never gave me a call even once. We must warn the other candidates and the people as well. A famous Russian troll farm, Green Floid LLC, just tried hacking me yesterday. It’s been in the news many times and is located in Florida-which is also where Muratov lives. I don’t believe in coincidences anymore.

The real question is, is this just a Buttigieg supporter talking out of school, or is he really parroting Pete himself? We need a statement on it just as fast as we can get; this will be the definitive question if we can force him to answer it.

I’ve always liked Pete. I want to give him a chance to do the right thing.

If he flubs it, it can only be due to two factors. Either he’s a cowardly idiot or he’s owned by the Russians and by Facebook; he just met with Zuckerberg last month- and a week later, there are trolls online named things like @potus_pete2020 spreading memes like this around.

Provided by Russian hacker @potus_pete2020 on Instagram.
This is most likely the real @potus_pete2020. Big scientist, tons of degrees- just like all my hackers. Same crew; in fact, Muratov below lives in the same part of Florida as one of my recent hackers, famous troll farm GreenFloid, LLC. Coincidence? Uncertain but likely.
This guy Muratov is a big fancy scientist with a million degrees; everyone else on his site seems either to be his fellow hacker’s bot accounts or someone legitimate. They hide among us and are cybernetic predators.

What’s the plan, would-be Potus Pete? We’re up against it. Your people, the American people, are not safe. These people came here and held fake blacktivist rallies to which they came heavily armed. If that supporter spoke for you correctly, I think that’s just sickening. After all that we went through in 2016? How dare you not take this seriously?

The Russian plan is simple, clever, and a very bad sign for us. They’re heading over to Instagram, the other major platform owned by Facebook where no one is watching for it, and they’ve chosen the campaign of someone who was thought to be a real Democrat. We have all got to get over to Instagram immediately; not to argue with the trolls or debate them, but to expose them, and mass-report them right offline.

This will not be that hard; after all, we have learned from them, and all too well at that. They’ve been going for less than three weeks. But we’ve got to go and do it right away because otherwise, they can badly hurt us. Regulations there are all but nonexistent.

It’s more like Facebook in 2016, and just as then, they are spreading new anti-Democratic filth over every inch. It was the Wild Wild West in here last time; we now have to shift gears completely after all this time training on Twitter and Facebook and add Instagram to our daily routine as well. We really have our work cut out for us.

But here I’ve got this guy telling me all about why we should all forget about it and go back to bed. Wow.

The whole conversation left me feeling troubled. The guy seemed like a chatbot. “Be like Pete”? That’s creepy! His followers seem to see him as a saintly figure; I haven’t seen the like since Bernie Sanders ran in 2016; his campaign has been eerily quiet, as has even Tulsi Gabbard’s.

Buttigieg just met with Mark Zuckerberg a few months ago and hired two staffers on his recommendation. I seriously have to wonder if they really planned this out.

Be like Pete.

You can tell how much @potus_pete2020 really cares about you, Mayor Pete, so what’s the plan? Will you show some guts and backbone, or not? History will judge you accordingly.

You would think Buttigieg would know better than to think Putin and Co. will ever accept him; even Mark Zuckerberg his old friend is certain to hold him in contempt, they’re just using him to try and hurt Joe Biden and spread mistrust and discord through the Party.

On Reddit and 4chan they call him Butt Gig and vie to exceed each other in vile displays of typed-out homophobia. Putin himself has forbidden Russian parents to tell their children gay people even exist.

Butt Gig.

You’d think he’d rather stick with us and be Boot-a-Judge a while longer- but from what his guy was saying, it doesn’t exactly sound like it.

“[A]n American Majority like what Pete is building will drown out the Russians. We are spending our time reaching people directly in the real world. Social media is not the real world.”

Note his hint of condescension; I’m in the real world; you’re just online. News flash, Pete fan: There is no actual distinction between the “real world” and the online “world”. This is not a Philip K. Dick novel or a Cartesian discourse; just a regular old Democratic one.

Social media is now being used by half of Earth’s population; Instagram and Facebook alone have three billion members. Cars, construction equipment, weapon systems- everything is online these names. They’ve even got a term for that; the Internet of Things. In fact, practically every aspect of human customization of the planet now takes place online. Computers and what’s inside their screens are very much a part of this world, and what happens on them has real-and often massive-effects on the offline, or “real”, world.

The Arab Spring toppled dictators all across the realm, and it never would have happened without Twitter. Likewise, Brexit and Trump rocked the global order like a one-two combination. Social media manipulation campaigns led by Russians in both cases paved the way for domestic radicals on both sides of the spectrum. They were as big a single factor as any other in why we lost in 2016.

Are you really telling us to close our eyes here, Pete?

It’s a great tool, but simply by engaging with bots and trolls, we feed them and move them further up in the algorithm. People are learning how to recognize these things by themselves. We are Americans, we want to figure things out for ourselves, and it takes time. In the background the intelligence Community are full of civil servants that are fighting the cyber war all day, every day. Even Twitter removes thousands of fake accounts every day, and no longer does political ads. And anyone who becomes part of the Pete Family becomes aware of all of this very quickly.

Pete, we’re not trying to argue with the trolls. We’re trying to get them offline, out of our country, and a trillion miles out of our political system. And we’re building a case profile that will allow future generations to start figuring out a way to solve this nihilistic, “post-truth” way of life.

That’s not how you “bump somebody up on the algorithm”.

Look here, guys. You’ve been warned. You know, or will know very soon, that we are right. If you go check out @potus_pete’s Instagram profile, it’s all right there. Check out Muratov on his Followers list. Besides, from what my old pal was saying, it sounded very much like he already knew; he even said so, as you will later see.

Getting back to these days, the same old crud as always caught my eye.

Cheesy memes, tons of misspellings, including even the candidate’s name; you’re going to tell me that a guy named @potus_pete2020 and posts for the man all day long cannot remember how to spell his name? They’re laughing at us.

This picture is indicative of the Russian tactical shift. Guys like @potus_pete2020 are disrupting these days not on Facebook which is too locked down, but on Instagram which also hosts a billion people out of the planet’s seven. It’s not being looked at. We must change that, and quick.
Let’s take a closer look at what all that print up there is really saying.

potus_pete2020

21 posts
109 followers
568 following
MAYOR PETE 2020
Mayor Pete for president 💚❤️💛💙
Go crazy for pete buttigeg!
PRIDE for the White House
LGBTQ esketit 2020
www.peteforamerica.om

www.peteforamerica.om
peteforamerica.om
First off, Buttigeg?
You’re telling me you’re an extreme, radically partisan supporter of this man, but you can’t even spell his name?
Second, PeteforAmerica- dot OM?
In 2016 the Russians snared all KINDS of people with fake YouTube, fake USAToday, fake everything. That’s a dead link now. My guess is it’s soon to be something else, and probably something ugly. Sure, I could report him, and I will do so eventually regardless, but it’s not just him that is the problem. It’s his whole team. I found dozens more like our dear @potus_pete2020 in his Followers list.
Russian hackers are very racist.
After seeing those pictures about oneself, you’d have to be insane not to want these guys taken offline. When they’re using my name, and they’re appearing hundreds deep one day? You’d better get your head checked-and yet, Pete seems completely stable. We’re not talking about Howard Dean here.
Millennial Democrats would also like to express our strongest possible concern about the Buttigieg campaign hiring staff recommended by Mark Zuckerberg. After all the crooked things that Trump has done, the country’s got to heal. We cannot be the next crooks, and if we get in bed with that lot. The billionaire founder of Facebook is being credited literally as his shadow manager. Buttigieg hired several staff members on Zuckerberg’s suggestion.
Dustin Moskowitz is a billionaire co-founder of Zuckerberg’s, and he gave 1.5 million to MoveOn.org just before Zack Exley took off to start Bernie’s campaign. It has been suppressing moderate Democrats for years. The first time we wrote about it was when the unfair Group restrictions started. Then as now, we were treated like criminals and were all on restriction and in Facebook Jail constantly. “How Russians Silence Democrats on Facebook With Impugnity.” was its title. Needless to say, that bitter saga continues.
Of course, everyone knows Instagram is owned by Facebook? Maybe? Well, they do now. So notice Zuckerberg is doing nothing over there, even while he crushes us with every legal tactic he’s allowed to.
One likely scenario is that they’ve ditched the Bern as useless and joined up with this guy.
This is from a second alt-right troll on Instagram, @harold.balls. But it’s got a certain horrifying logic about it too. “Be like Pete” is just creepy.

Pete, you have got to get ahead of this if you want to maintain the support and respect of your base. You’ve got to stand up, be a man and take responsibility for the safety of this country and its people. Show some damn integrity. That’s what the President does, not sit around and spin up cheap excuses.

The IC [intelligence community of the United States] didn’t know what the problem was. It is different now. I’ve watched every hearing the IC has been involved in on capital hill. They are working with other countries who know about this stuff. They are doing work now that they didn’t know they needed to do before. They can’t be perfect all the time.

The intelligence community knew a lot that could have helped us. But it’s not their job to tell people. It’s the president’s job, which is why our work is being done. So I told him that and asked for his help.

This is what he said to me, Mayor Pete.

But I’m not. I’ve said all I can really say about it. I trust the IC to do the work. Americans learn, change, and go from there. They have access to more information than we ever would.

America deserves to know if he was speaking for you.

Remember this guy, my ninth hacker, Sergey “Guccifer 2.0.” Morgachev?

Holy shit.
This man, who has been on the FBI Cyber Most Wanted list, made the ninth hacking attempt against Millennial Democrats. He is a GRU officer and one of the twelve Russian nationals charged by Robert S. Mueller III on July 13, 2018. I guess he didn’t like me.

Once you have a guy like this, a world-famous criminal, trying to take you out personally because you’ve blown the whistle on his master, perhaps you get a perspective this man was lacking. Morgachev was one of Robert Mueller’s Russian Dozen charged 7/13/18, for operating the “Guccifer 2.0” apparatus. He got drowned out fine, back in 2016- to the point where everybody forgot he was there. And so, look at what happened. The IC never gave me a call, this or twelve hundred other times.

No way have we spent all this time fighting Russian disinformation just to turn a blind eye because it’s Pete Buttigieg doing it. If it were Joe Biden, I would be fighting every bit as hard against him. But it’s not.

We cannot continue to be slobs about this. Our parents taught us that when you see a filthy mess, you clean it up. You don’t just sit there, waiting for someone else to. That is not the American way. Trump has let the problem sit in piles on the rug, and small wonder, since it’s all being done on his behalf! He wouldn’t warn the people if he were paid to; two hundred thousand dollars is not much money compared to what Putin can offer.

If the generation that gave us George Washington and James Madison had just sleepily yawned, rolled over and said **** it, we would still be part of the British Empire and might have never ended slavery. Resigning ourselves to profane inertia is not our answer here.

#BeLikePete, he told me. That’s their slogan.

Be like Pete? I’ll decide after I hear what he himself has to say about this. We must force a public statement out of him.

Because if this is who Pete Buttigieg is, then Pete Buttigieg is the enemy. He’s Bernie Lite.

Pete here can either disavow this supporter’s analysis and do what is needed to purge those fake Russians off his side, or he can go down in history as a greasy weasel. If he keeps letting these trolls walk on us, he’s every bit as worthless in Donald Trump, and I will fight him just as hard as I defended him before.
Thank You For Not Lying!
Thank You For Not Lying!
His follower spoke of his ideas about an “American Majority”; sounds good.
Built on such a foundation, it will prove about as stable as a beehive in a blizzard.

A president with no concern for national security is no president at all.

We have a saying: #BeLikePete.

So when we see something like that, we don’t engage, we report and block.

Pete says the only way we can win is if we deserve to win.

For the record, we block trolls too, sir. Tens of thousands of them-literally.

In some ways, it’s the hallmark of a good politician to be able to slither and evade. But this is going way too far. It’s irresponsible. There has not been a concerted assault like this since the 2016 primary- and here we are in the 2020 primary season. Now is the time to be most concerned, not least.

Do you say you don’t attack Democrats, Pete? Fantastic. Then you’ll naturally understand the need to work together in ridding both the election cycle and the planet of crap like this. America is waiting, would-be POTUS. What’s the plan?

This picture, taken from the profile of a probably-Russian bot, @potus_pete2020, disrupting these days not on Facebook which is too locked down, but on Instagram which also hosts a billion people out of the planet’s seven. It’s not being looked at. We must change that, and quick.
More anti-Democratic garbage from @potus_pete2020, new Russian troll on Instagram-where nobody is looking.

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Facebook, Please Stop Suppressing Loyal Americans.

Dear Facebook, Please stop suppressing loyal Americans.

Facebook is a real hellhole, these days. I suppose it always has been; after all, we’ve been going through this now since 2016 and before. The first time we wrote an article chronicling our electronic woes, we called it Fake News and Facebook, and that was in 2017. But lately, things have gotten even worse. Far worse.

Democrats are being systematically targeted, taken out, suppressed, silenced, deactivated, unpublished, and erased, on Facebook. Trump recently hauled him in to express preposterous concerns as to whether or not they’ve been suppressing conservative speech, which was, in my opinion, a smokescreen to distract from the true situation, a classic case of Freudian projection. The list of miseries they have caused us recently is endless. This article could be written until the end of time.

This is why recently grilled Mark Zuckerberg (who ludicrously claimed Facebook can help the news business recently- perhaps he means by lighting it on fire? The world may never know) was threatened by the House of Representatives that we might just break up his company for him if he does not toe the line.

Is it our opinion that Facebook should be smashed to bits and scattered to the Four Winds? No. We need it to reach people, but something must be done. If you’re asking us, should it be taken away from Zuckerberg and his cronies, like Dustin Moskowitz who gave the staggering sum of $1.25 million to the fake leftist organization that crowned and created Bernie Sanders?

You better believe it!

Facebook and Zuckerberg pose an existential threat to free speech. The way they have callously sold our data, the way they did nothing in 2016 to warn us that Russia, an enemy country, was attacking our presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and their flagrant, everyday abuse of the brave Democratic activists who have led the Resistance against Donald Trump- All of it represents an undermining of American democracy on a level never even approached by Bill Gates and Microsoft (although Linux is better than Windows:) back in the day, and look at what was done to them! If Microsoft deserved it, Facebook deserves it a hundred times more. A thousand, ten thousand times more. The number is infinite, really.

This guy Zuckerberg- who I genuinely hope reads this article-has earned being removed from the situation if anyone ever did. Look at the epic slither he tossed out as a slick when Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (who is pretty good at grilling these guys, even if she does hang around with the closeted right-wing group the Justice Democrats) asked him (in essence) why in the hell has Fox News’s Tucker Carlson’s company The Daily Caller been chosen to check these facts?

 “We actually don’t appoint the independent fact-checkers, they go through an independent organization called the Independent Fact-Checking Network that has a rigorous (LOL!~) standard for who they allow to serve as a fact-checker.” 

That is false. Media Matters of America informs us that “Facebook requires its partners to be accredited by the organization, which is actually called the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN), but it is Facebook, not IFCN, who decides which organizations Facebook uses in its fact-checking project.”

Actually, it’s not even a slither, since slithering implies evasion or omission rather than a flat out lie. This IS a flat out lie. A major American figure, one who should be an icon of free speech, lying on behalf of the Russians and the fascist American right. How utterly disgusting. How banal.

In her fundamental work The Origins of Totalitarianism, legendary political theorist Hannah Arendt coined an interesting phrase to describe an interesting tendency; the “banality of evil”. She was observing the pettiness of mankind’s cruelty to man in the realm of a dictator. The small petty ugliness of evil, the evil of cheap shots and Blockfuhrers. The thug classes and discriminatory neo-Jim Crow laws one will find in a failing democracy. One particular evil always comes in the form of information suppression. State TV like Fox News is a top indicator.

The first time I actually saw banal evil, it was when a Wal-Mart opened up in Taos, New Mexico and killed half the small businesses in town, more than two hundred of them. I resolved to fight and began to raise awareness just as I do now, and again, like now with Facebook, it was very hard to get anyone to listen.

One guy I met sort of cocked his eyebrow suspiciously at me, and said, “You high, man?” As it worked out I was not. But perhaps I might as well have been. For all our struggles, the next year they opened a Super Walmart, and all the rest of the town’s little Mom and Pop stores followed the dinosaurs and Pat Buchanan down the path to forgotten oblivion.

This time, I will not give up so easily, and neither will any other online Democratic activist. Yet our arsenal is not enough alone. We are asking for your help, America. Facebook is trying to shut us down.

This is happening to every group of Democrats on Facebook.

Why are we being forbidden to speak out for our country? There’s no rule saying that, of course, but half of our Pages at least, more than fifty of them, have been shadowbanned and unpublished over the years, and more than ever recently. It’s clear we’ve got stalkers, trained personnel who know how to use the Report as Spam/Abuse button as weapons. Presumably they’re the same people who are trying to hack my blog here all day long. I have had some of the best hackers in the world try to hack me lately, like this guy Alin Stefanescu, head of the University of Bucharest’s computer science department.

One of my many teachers-and the hacker trying to ruin me.

This is Alin Stefanescu. One of my many teachers-and one more hacker trying to ruin me.

Wow, I thought. Just- wow. He's got an entire university department to run, and still he finds the time to pile attacks on little ol' me.
This is the WHOIS registry’s information on the IP address that had hacked us most recently. Other than this, I have no relationship with the crude and thuggish Stefanescu, friend and servant of dictators.

Romania is known for the skill of its hackers and the school he works at is considered their best. That means that the top information technology expert in Romania has been trying personally to take me out.

God, how creepy.

It’s not possible to see who’s been falsely reporting you and stalking your Facebook. But common sense is enough to let you know, if they’re here, they’re there.

There are only three major social media sites in America. Twitter comes in at third place with around three hundred million members; roughly the population of our proud country. We just launched Twitter on every state in the country, we’ve had enough of this. Instagram takes second with nine hundred million, and in the first place, as everyone miserably knows, is Facebook. Two billion people are on Facebook, nearly a third of all the people on Earth. That should be good for Americans since it is an American company.

But it isn’t.

Facebook has been the enemy since at least 2015. I ended up falling down the political rabbit-hole because of Facebook ads spreading around fake news attacks on Hillary Clinton. It didn’t seem like Karl Rove or the Koch Brothers, either. I was reminded of Wal-Mart in Taos, and I entered the fray in dead earnest. I have been here every day since then, watching as resurgent fascism begins to sweep like wildfire over the world.

The battlefield back then as now was cybernetic, and our struggle was the first proxy war we had fought with the Russians since Afghanistan. Of the many battles we have fought in since then, 99 out of 100 have been on Facebook. There’s a movement around, #DeleteFacebook, and this is to be recommended with the highest degree of seriousness for John Q. Citizen. But for us, it isn’t an option. For all its many flaws, Facebook is where we reach most of our people, and that is worth any possible risk to me.

Before that, I always thought it was just something for old ladies to trade pictures of their cats on- and it is. Cat pictures are about the only thing you’re not getting in trouble for these days.

Because of what Facebook has done to us this week, and why, it’s going to be harder than usual for us to get this article out. Make no mistake at all; they are suppressing loyal Democrats online.

The big thing is that they unpublished our dear good Millennial Democrats- Hawaii Page. 3.1 thousand Likes. We often reach upwards of a hundred thousand weekly. Our Directory Page, Millennial Democrats-America has now been shadowbanned, e.g. our posts are denied access to their News Feed. We were supposed to get off restriction today, but for the fourth week in a row, the first post-not in any way in violation of Facebook’s Terms of Service- was enough to restrict us with a shadowban again. For years they denied they even knew what shadowbanning was, and then a month or two ago they actually patented it. Lol.

Ohio and Oregon are likewise restricted, which is odd since Ohio is not a busy state for us. I guess they figured it was for good measure. Four of our friends are on restriction, and for nothing. Facebook is not even warning people anymore. Two of our friends have had their actual accounts deactivated, again with no reason and they also have disabled even our ability to Report that our Page is broken. They do not respond to our appeals. They literally will not accept our pleas.

Facebook deactivated our Page, and then refused even to let us file a report asking for help, as you can see in the picture.
Facebook deactivated our Page, and then refused even to let us file a report asking for help, as you can see in the picture.

You ever saw that movie Hobo with a Shotgun? Rutger Hauer, you know? Great movie. Rutger looks like he’s been abusing methamphetamine, but that’s part of its charm. It reminds me of the Facebook algorithm. Because what Mark Zuckerberg has done is to take that infamous algorithm they use as a weapon of suppression millions of times more powerful than Bull Connor’s police dogs and file it down to a hair-trigger. Now it blows up at anything, whether it be true or not.

We are tired of fighting this alone.

It is time for the big boys to get involved. Feel free to consider us a resource, guys. This guy here, who threatened to kill me? I would like nothing better than the chance to impale him-with the law.

And there you have it; a psychopathic hacker sending emails threatening murder. Whether or not you agree with me isn't the point. I am an American, your countryman. If Warren does win, these same people will be attacking you. Be careful, fellow Democrats, not to make a devil's bargain. We are not enemies in my eyes, just opponents for now. I don't want to see you lot get killed, even if you don't return my sentiments.
And there you have it; a psychopathic foreign hacker sending emails to Democrats threatening murder.

What we face now is an information struggle, friends and countrymen, and the prize is the soul of the world order. They want to bring in the awful hybrid socialism used in places like China and Hungary. Will we continue along in the proud liberal American tradition that has brought us to our perch atop the world? Or will we let some slimebag techie like Mark Zuckerberg pick and choose our presidents for us, along with savage dictators like Vladimir Putin? For a real Democrat, there is no choice to make at all. We’re going to fight them.

And we’re asking for your help. Tell everyone you know. Call your local Representatives, write to your Senators. You can skip the White House, though. These days the assaults on our country are being ordered from it.

 

Donald Trump Just Invoked the Civil War on Twitter.

Donald Trump, in essence, has threatened Democrats with civil war for moving to impeach him.

The third year of the Donald Trump era has seen its most dramatic moments yet, and its most dangerous ones. He shut the government down to distract from the Russiagate investigation’s special counsel Robert Mueller’s Report and its tale of justice obstructed by a president who’d taken leave of reason. He boasted of receiving foreign help after more than two years already denying it, he spent the summer rubbing it in our faces, and then he did it again. Things aren’t getting better. Hillary Clinton called him a ‘corrupt human tornado’.

No doubt, Madam President.

As I’m writing this thank-you to all the people who have helped us pull this nightmare situation back to something close to life again, I see that Donald Trump just went on Twitter and accused us of getting ready to cause a “Civil War like fracture” by impeaching him for being the most corrupt president in American (human) history.

Donald J. Trump
@realDonaldTrump

….If the Democrats are successful in removing the President from office (which they will never be), it will cause a Civil War like fracture in this Nation from which our Country will never heal.” Pastor Robert Jeffress,

Trump, come on now, man. Can you really still be blaming others? You pressured the president of Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden and his son, dude. Real talk. You are not in the position you once placed the Central Park Five in, when you wished them executed for a rape they had yet to go to court for committing, just for being fire.
This is not on anybody else. We didn’t want to impeach you; I ought to know. I have been helping Nancy Pelosi beg them not to try and kill you (metaphorically, and I mean that, too. If someone were to write in and say, I’m going to kill the President, I would turn their ass into the Secret Service with alacrity) for years.
As outraged as I was at the way you got in bed with the Russians, as much of a nightmare as these last few years have been, I don’t literally want the man dead. He’s not worth it.
But I cannot be sure he feels the same way about me, nor any of us. He’s behaving more and more like the cornered animal I’ve always believed him to be, and some of his supporters are crazy. There is no doubt about that. These people have threatened my life before, and while I’m pretty sure most of them are blowing smoke, there’s been a few that have made sure I watch my step.
This is not unique to me, either, but is something most Democratic organizers live with. Facebook has become a terrifying place no less than the deep web and threatens at all times to spill out into the real world. Take care of yourselves, folks, and each other. Who knows what these people will do; it wasn’t long ago a crazed Trump supporter slaughtered nearly three dozen people in El Paso, Texas.
There’s not really much else to say about this; it just kind of goes along with what we’ve been saying. The moment requires calm and caution. Please help us to spread them around.

 

 

Tulsi Gabbard’s Network Means Thieves, Alt-Right, Radical Left, and Terrorists-This Is Putin’s Girl.

The more we find out about the junior Hawaiian congresswoman, Tulsi Gabbard, the deeper down the rabbit hole we go.

Gabbard has something for everyone, we wrote back in 2017, in an article entitled The Tangled Tale of Tulsi Gabbard-Progressive Phony. And all of it is dishonest.

We were right up on the tip of the iceberg back then.

These days we’ve come across enough to boggle the mind.

The tangled tale of Tulsi Gabbard makes the most sense if you consider the possibility she might really be a carefully cultivated mole, used to leak data to our enemies. It would be clear that she makes for a powerful pivotal point strategically. The far right has often been able to use her voice and power to manipulate the far left.

One angry supporter of Bernie Sanders wrote the following nonsense on 7/23/17, on a thread discovered on Facebook. 
“No REAL progressive is gonna vote for more of the Clinton style, corporate special interest, Big Bank donor loving, false progressive garbage. Yet…here are the Democrats showing us early on that they haven’t changed. Ready for a repeat of 2016? Personally…I will work to expose and destroy the hopes of any candidate that the DNC tries to ram down our throats again by using Super Delegates and closed Primaries…and any candidate who remained silent against the DNC’s attack on our Democracy by rigging the election against Bernie Sanders. #Sanders/Gabbard2020 #Gabbard/Turner2020

This same unhappy person later went on to beg and plead for unity among the former supporters of Sanders- so that they will have greater success in attacking not Republicans but Democrats. Mentioned at the spearhead of this assault on their fellows in the left, is always one name- Tulsi Gabbard.

Stirred up radicals often end up signing off on very bad ideas.

Anytime they need their opposites to go along with some plot they’re cooking up, they give the job to Tulsi.

Gabbard often sounds more like a hawkish Republican than a potential future Democratic leader, much less our presidential candidate. She repeatedly blasted Obama for failing to talk about “Islamic extremism”– a phrase very similar to the pet phrase of Donald Trump, yet she’s supposed to be running on an anti-war platform? Give us a break!

Her views are often much more in line with the conservative end of our spectrum, as exemplified by her admiring relationship with Republican billionaire Sheldon Adelson-who gave more money to Trump’s campaign than any other donor in 2016. She’s also a favorite of Steve Bannon of Breitbart News fame, who arranged the November meeting between the new president-elect and the Hawaiian congresswoman. “He loves Tulsi Gabbard. Loves her,” a source familiar with Bannon’s thinking told The Hill. “Wants to work with her on everything.”

Should this fail to convince you, try this on for size?

She’s a personal head of a Koch Brothers think tank.

If only this were fake news, thought I, and quietly moved on. The place is located in the Washington, D.C.-based Catholic University of America. ReadSludge’s Alex Kotch gives us the story.

“She is one of 12 advisors of a foreign policy center at The Center for the Study of Statesmanship (CSS) was founded in 2017 with a $2.65 million grant from the Charles Koch Foundation, which gives tens of millions of dollars to American colleges and universities each year, usually to fund ideological, free-market academic programs.” 

#FakeLeftIsAltRight, as one friend of mine likes to say. Tulsi’s ties to radical domestic fascist forces are virtually endless, and they will be the subject of many future articles. As the need for deeper vetting arises, we will be here for you- and prepared.

At any rate, perhaps we can find a clue into the peculiar politics of this enigmatic woman by examining her political career helping her father. Even upon taking the most cursory glance at him, Hawaii state Senator, ostensible former Republican, and anti-gay activist Mike Gabbard is a man who has had to do a lot of reforming.

The elder Gabbard has made a career out of evasion. With reporters, with constituents, and with pretty much everyone except his daughter and his old cronies from the days of Chris Butler’s (Jagad Guru Siddhaswarupananda Paramahamsa) perversion of Hare Krishna cult, he’s been dishonest with just about everyone.

His daughter has inherited his ways. It is a daily reality of life for people in Hawaii that the Gabbards are into bad things with cults (there is over a hundred pages dedicated to the Gabbard family’s activities on the Cult Education Forum) and that they are libertarian Republicans in disguise.

Today, however, I was thinking we might talk about her ties to foreign powers, the ones who provide her with about 99% of her support. From top to bottom, the people most interested in seeing Tulsi Gabbard do well outside of the country are Russia, Iran, Syria, and literal terrorist groups like the Lebanese Hezbollah, groups that are the declared enemies of America.

Hezbollah, no less!

Check this out, from the good old American Committee on Foreign Affairs, dated March 20, 2013, just over six years ago. Ironically, Tulsi Gabbard was at this meeting. She has benefited from plenty of access to the highest levels of information on the Middle East and its troubled political scene.

HEZBOLLAH’S STRATEGIC SHIFT:
A GLOBAL TERRORIST THREAT
HEARING
BEFORE THE
SUBCOMMITTEE ON TERRORISM,
NONPROLIFERATION, AND TRADE
OF THE
COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
ONE HUNDRED THIRTEENTH CONGRESS
FIRST SESSION
MARCH 20, 2013

Recent focus on Iran has centered on Tehran’s quest for nuclear weapons, but the Iranians and their proxy Hezbollah also use terrorism to threaten global stability. Hezbollah enjoys the full backing of the Iranian regime. The Supreme Leader and the Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps direct Hezbollah’s global terror campaign. Years ago, Hezbollah was a limited regional threat. Today, it is an international movement conducting terrorist and criminal acts in several parts of the world.

Hezbollah has killed Americans! They have taken our airliners hostage, they have bombed our embassies! More recently they’ve been in the news all the time, and why? Because Hezbollah has vastly expanded. They are now an international movement. You can get their daily update if you have WhatsApp installed. They are not independent nor are they truly a Lebanese movement. They are the proxy of Iran, which is to say a close ally of Syria and Russia.

Assad and Putin are able to call them up for anything. The leader of Russia has had that power from their organization’s birth. The current world order has been where it is for quite a while, and America was just on the verge of fixing it when they managed to tip the scales on us and helping Trump the Scam into the White House. Now look where we are.

In 2017, when Assad started gassing his own people, Trump fired off a rather puny attack on them, blowing up some asphalt on the side of one of their airstrips. We covered it at the time it happened. It seemed like a put-up job; Russian planes were being kept on the other side of the hanger. But even still, good old Tulsi was right there to cry in outrage about it as if it had been Germany crossing the Polish border.

Howard Dean, the former governor of Vermont referred to her response appropriately as bizarre. “I think it’s outrageous,” he said during an MSNBC interview. “There’s a long well-known history, both in our intelligence community, Amnesty International and Doctors Without Borders. Every single one of these agencies has said that Assad is using chemical weapons. He’s a barbarian, he’s murdered half a million of his own people.”

This is more than names and T-shirt colors. These people are monstrous criminals with even more lineage and history as terrorists with Al-Qaida has! To support Tulsi Gabbard is practically to rejoice and laugh at 9/11. We are the ones who designated Hezbollah as terrorists. She is flagrantly disloyal to America and its interests.

To think of such a person being the President of the United States of America, which as my grandfather used to say is the greatest country in the world, sickens me so thoroughly that even finding words to describe it with is hard. #NeverTulsi doesn’t quite seem strident enough, but just be assured I mean it very much.

So how did we come to this conclusion? After all, when she personally met with Syrian dictator Bashar (Trump calls him Animal, rightly for once) al-Assad, who in Trump’s words is a “Gas-killing animal who gasses his own people”, it was simply on a ‘fact-finding’ trip.

Wowie, thought I, but suspended disbelief anyway, long enough to keep reading, and look what I found! The two-man escort Gabbard used on this tourist outing were both fascists!

Her statement added she and the rest of the delegation had been accompanied by two men, Elie and Bassam Khawam, who according to the Daily Beast are both officials in the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), a political party and paramilitary organization founded in Lebanon in 1932, and currently actively engaged in the Syrian civil war on the side of the Assad regime.

They’re members of an anti-Semitic, cult-like sect that uses female suicide bombers. This cult is also known for handing vicious beatings out to journalists, both Western and Arab, and for supporting-you guessed it!-. Hezbollah!

They even got their flag from the Nazis.

Nazi-like flag of the Syrian Social Nationalist Party
Nazi-like flag of the Syrian Social Nationalist Party

Gabbard refused to say at first who financed her trip to Syria, but after the outcry got a little louder, she did eventually hold a press release. At it, Gabbard told us her delegation had been “led and sponsored by” an outfit called the Arab American Community Center for Economic and Social Services (AACCESS—Ohio). No one has ever heard of it. It did one other thing forever ago, sending the equally compromised Dennis Kucinich to Syria.

Leaving Syria’s complex and unhappy politics behind us, we head now to the equally chaotic area known as cyberspace for our next clues in the neverending goal to unravel the tangle of Tulsi.

If you want to know what’s up with somebody in this day and age, the first place to look is on social media. That’s what a private investigator will do; cut out the middleman. If you want to know who their friends are, and who is for or against them, above all you’ve got to go to where our illegitimate, childish president likes to give his warped Fireside Chats- Twitter.

The significance of the immensely popular micro-blogging platform cannot be overstated, because it’s where everyone goes to talk who is really influential in today’s world. You won’t find top professionals hanging around much on Facebook-actually, that’s how Russia figured out there was a hole where they could get at us through. They go to Twitter; look for the blue check marks to make sure you’re finding verified accounts.

What’s cool about Twitter is that regular people get a chance to speak directly to celebrities and to others from everywhere on Earth that people live. Arab Spring would not have happened the way it did if not for social media, particularly Twitter. To say the absolute, very least, it’s important.

Speaking of which, please consider following us at @MilDemsAmerica on Twitter! Help us to spread the word.

Tulsi Gabbard has more than twenty thousand fake accounts that follow her around and retweet her every word, and most of her supporters are not American. We can prove it, too, thanks to analysis tools provided to us by Twitter.

"Thousands of inauthentic Twitter accounts emerge when exploring tweets where @TulsiGabbard's handle appears (large highlighted cluster includes ~20K accounts) cc: @yoyoel @delbius @vijaya" Thanks to @GeoffGoldberg!
“Thousands of inauthentic Twitter accounts emerge when exploring tweets where @TulsiGabbard’s handle appears (large highlighted cluster includes ~20K accounts) cc: @yoyoel @delbius @vijaya” Thanks to @GeoffGoldberg!

There’s a story behind every one of those little dots, every one of which is a Twitter account loving up on Tulsi Gabbard. Recently our attention was brought to a rabidly pro-Assad Twitter account entity named Sarah Abdallah, and the story around her/it is rather fascinating.

@sahouraxo is the handle she goes by, and even the most cursory glance at her Twitter feed will tell you, not a single day will go by in which she doesn’t send some sort of tweet like this one.

Lol.

Our friends, the good people, and research analysts over at MidEastAnalyst did an exceedingly thorough job putting together her background and past. Among the things they turned up was the true meaning of her handle, which language studies master and compelling journalist Joumana Gebara translated to mean something very interesting.

Sarah Abdallah: “from the heart of Resistance Camp” which means “from the Hezbollah Camp”! Clever, right? Double lol.

On the subject of Gebara, who is a truly inspiring human being, she is currently blocked by Twitter from accessing her account, because of the work she did to expose Sarah Abdallah! Please write to @TwitterSupport and tell them to give us back our hero! They’re usually a lot better about this than Facebook. Let’s give them the benefit of doubt in letting them correct their mistake; they might just do it.

The tiresome @sahouraxo aside, for she is just one among many tens of thousands, Gabbard’s a beloved figure among America’s radical left. These are not progressives, because they are too stubborn and mean and foul-mouthed to make any progress; look at what one of them said in this comment on yesterday’s article!

#AlwaysBernie Stop parading as millennials And leave it to the real millennials to continue berning your party to the ground. You are on your way out.

Not really, Crystal. Not today, and not ANY day. Our generation is NOT all a pack of Bern-crazed drooling freaks.

It just goes to show what we’re always talking about. They hate us, they want to replace us, and they will stop at no ugliness to get what they want. They’re worse than the Republican trolls, who attack the site here in maybe a one in ten ratio compared to what the neo-progressives do. And although she has about a millionth of Bernie’s name recognition, Tulsi may have more trolls even than him.

Vladimir Putin is a libertarian to the core, and that is how this all ties together. The Koch brothers love him in a sick and sycophantic kind of way; they think they are his equals. They see his wealth and power and they want it for themselves. They feel like the only thing stopping them are all the pesky regulations in the United States, and they fantasize about the day they cast them off.

That’s what libertarianism is about. Rich guys getting out of paying taxes, dumping sludge in the rivers, and stealing from everyone that’s alive. The Koch brothers and Putin are the biggest thieves there are and thick as thieves besides. The Utopian society the little anarchist guys with clothespins through their noses run around talking about will actually be one in which the rich are freely able to prey on the poor without restraint.

If they think it’s going to be egalitarian, they had better read up on what those funny guys at the Cato Institute are really talking about, and hearing where they’re speaking from.

As a wise woman once said, Putin is the head of all of this. The rest is tentacles.

Those tentacles are as international as it gets. They control vast amounts of the economies of other nations, including this one, and that means they control many of those countries’ politicians. A particularly chilling example is that half the entire economy of the banking hub nation of Cyprus has been filled with money Putin and his oligarchs have been looting from Russia and Ukraine.

They fund politicians routinely, like Marine Le Pen of France, who blatantly asked for more since French banks wouldn’t loan to her Nazi-like National Front party. Tulsi Gabbard is a softer-looking Le Pen who is in the same situation. She will lose 99% of her support the day she tries going against them, and she knows it. She is their girl head to toe. Not ours.

One of our contributors started a Facebook Page entitled Tulsi Gabbard Must Go. Great page, check it out. It’s a young page, only a month or two old, and still has less than two hundred Likes. And yet, not a day has gone by since she started it without a fake left troll coming on there and cursing and swearing and saying all types of crazy things.

They’re justifying their paychecks, but they’re also casting the silver bullets needed to destroy them. Most of them are not American. Americans hardly know who she is. She’s popular because she’s got the backing of the Russia-Iran-Syria-Hezbollah (RIAH) network.

That is the significance. This is why Tulsi Gabbard will never do or say anything remotely critical of Bashar al-Assad, or any of the rest of Putin’s toys. She also went to specifically meet with Trump just after he was elected. If she did she would instantly lose that backing because Assad is Putin’s boy. Syria is a big part of Putin’s scheme to bring about a global Russian realignment. He will stop at nothing for this.

Merriam- Webster defines the term “political operative” as a person who does secret work for a government or political organization. And no one can deny that the resume of Ms. Gabbard would be ideal for one.

Going forward, we’re going to get into this deeper and deeper. Tulsi Gabbard is so far from what a Democratic presidential candidate needs to look like that it’s ridiculous and horrifying both. It has taken on paramount importance to properly vet and expose this absolutely dishonest person. Tulsi Gabbard really must go, and we will be here to help see her off.

Trump’s Horrible, Terrible, No-Good Very Bad Week- From Cohen to Kim.

Donald Trump's Bad Week.

Donald Trump has just gotten through with a week that many are calling the worst of his entire presidency. The highly anticipated Congressional testimony of former Trump fixer and recently disbarred attorney Michael Cohen raised a litany of allegations against his former boss this week, including new information relating to the Russiagate scandal. The hearings were dramatic in the extreme, and Cohen ended up implicating both the president and his inner circle in potential crimes on multiple accounts. This combined with the debacle that was the second Kim Jong-Un summit, and you’ve got the makings of a real disaster seven days.

Trump’s defense, as it always is, is to deny everything and shower slander upon his current enemy. Cohen is a liar, he says, and should not be believed. They parrot this line at Fox News, and his base does the same in day-to-day life, so who to believe? Politico’s Jack Schafer pointed out that Donald Trump has told more than 8,000 lies since becoming president. As for his former attorney, the disgraced Cohen, there is no doubt that he is also in every way a liar. No doubt about it. Remember that video clip of him arrogantly shrugging and saying, “Prove it!” in reference to the lies of his boss? I have always found it hard to find pity in my heart for him, although compassion is something one human owes another regardless of the circumstances. He confessed to lying to Congress and is prison-bound for it.

But the thing to remember is that for all Cohen’s faults, he never would have gotten in such trouble as this on his own. He was ordered down this path by an extremely corrupt wannabe mobster of a man. Everything he did, every lie he told, was all on the behalf of Donald Trump. I watched that testimony, and it had every look of being genuine. When he called his former boss a “conman”, you could tell he meant it. Like a man unburdening his soul, come what may. We wish Mr. Cohen our best in restoring decency into his life. For once in his existence, he has done the right thing without equivocating. He’ll be called upon again to tell and retell his story.

House Democrats plan to use Cohen’s testimony as an obvious reason to summon key witnesses and pursue investigative avenues that we Democrats could never get the crooked Republicans to look at. One of those same crooked Republicans, Representative Matthew Gaetz, threatened Cohen over Twitter. That is likely to trigger an investigation of him, too. We can count on a steady flow of public hearings involving those closest to the president as time goes on.

Trump’s adult children Donald Jr and Ivanka, and Trump Organization executive Allen Weisselberg are certain to be coming up behind.

During it all, Trump was down in Hanoi meeting with Kim Jong-Un of North Korea in an all-but impromptu sideshow designed to deflect attention from the Russiagate scandal. While there, he disgraced the nation again with his poor negotiation skills and bluster. His attempt to shock the world by getting up and storming out of the deal just made us look bad. In that regard, it was reminiscent of everything else he does. He doesn’t seem to understand any better now than he did three years ago during the first months of the primaries. He’s not in a Manhattan real estate negotiation anymore. This kind of childish tactic might work on a construction company you’re trying to stiff. But its hardly going to get Kim to surrender his nukes! The very idea!

Kim knows perfectly well his nukes got him his seat at the table of the big boys. He is not giving up those nukes any more than Putin or Xi is. Trump and everyone else has to accept that. We all live under the shadow of a nuclear holocaust. Personally, I’m more concerned about Putin’s hypersonic missiles that could wipe out the Pentagon in under five minutes. Trump had not a word to say about that. They’re all doing this now on the right. They’ve got this lousy excuses for everything of “Oh, he just needs it for his base”. Those people and their sickening equivocation are like toxins to America. Michael Cohen at least is done making excuses. Now it’s time for Trump to be held accountable too.

As these words were being written, Trump went off the rails on Robert Mueller at the Conservative Political Action Conference, in the longest rant of his presidency. He attacked Democrats as socialists, johnny-come-lately that he is. He’s still patting Bernie Sanders on the head and encouraging him, all the while bringing us closer and closer to a society in which we lose our freedoms.

Going forward, it’s important that we keep the pressure on Trump, while also taking care to let people know the many differences between liberal or social democracy and the horrible disaster that is socialism. The onus of blame for this should properly be placed on libertarian and Republican support of the far left.

“Nothing is more extreme than the Democrats’ plan to completely take over American energy and completely destroy America’s economy through their new $100 trillion Green New Deal,” Trump said, describing the extreme Ocasio-Cortez plan to tackle climate change as a “high school term paper written by a poor student.”

We can agree on that, at least.

A Democratic Code- Protocols for Engagement.

#BlueWave2020!

Good evening to all from Millennial Democrats! Our name means a lot to us, because we spend a lot of time working out what it means to be a Democrat- and how to be of optimum use to the country and party alike. The two are completely inseparable at this point. Democrats retook the House. That means that things will be okay. We endured.

Still, although morale coming off of the Blue Wave is at an all-time high, we must capitalize. That means we must resist the urge to get complacent. We’re in a lull period, a sort of ceasefire, which means its time to shore up foxholes and stockpile and drill. We have to prepare ourselves for the real task- getting rid of Trump once and for all.

It is therefore just the time to tackle some questions as to what a Democratic Code might look like.

How do we reconcile the need for reasonable strictures with the hallowed principles of big-tent coalition?

How do we handle inter-organizational pressures?

How do we keep sane when we’re down in the trenches with each other for years at a time?

These questions have come up again and again, and have created a necessity for a flexible and logical framework of guidelines that everyone can live with and abide by.

This is not as hard as it may seem on the surface! We are Democrats. We come together from across all boundaries and we sometimes work with people who in many ways are quite different from ourselves.

It is absolutely paramount that we come to realize this as our single greatest asset.

Far from being a weakness, the heated and ideologically driven Democratic debates about policy and progress we have allow us the trials by fire we need to become very strong. We are like a lightsaber, dispelling the gloom and corrupt cobwebs that are the right wing’s lies. We have a core that is decent and sensible and growing. People will see our light and want to be part of it. We have only now to give them a good home and be prepared to accept their voices as equals. They’re part of the family already. In short, we can do this. We just have to lay down a foundation.

In keeping with that line of thought, we recommend the following proposals.

1.  There must be universal will to abide by the few basic ground rules laid out when representing an organization.

2. Of paramount importance is our ability to disagree. We must come to fully realize that debate and a fight aren’t the same. Respect your colleagues, and treat them gently. Many of us Resistors are having a very hard time in life, especially under the fool that is Donald Trump. We must fully understand this and show empathy. Divided we cannot stand up.

In example, the Wampanoag Native tribe which gave us Thanksgiving may very soon be pilfered yet again. We are all we’ve got. This should constantly be on our minds when interacting with others. Patience and compassion must be our guides.

3. Respect the organization and the cause by keeping your tempers in check, especially in any sort of public capacity that could hurt the cause or get you targeted. Swearing and violent language should not be done as the page, if at all.
4. Respect the work of others, don’t take a fellow admin’s post down without thorough group discussion of the subject. Once in a while, people are going to post things outside the ring, but they put the time in on it, and deserve to know why it is being removed. Schedule a time to talk and explain to the person their mistake. This is how we improve both our knowledge and our people skills, and hence grow stronger together as a unit.
5. Respect leadership decisions. They will be made at the end of a long discussion leading to group consensus. When they are, we must subordinate our own feelings and trust in the Democratic process. We are Americans.
6. Respect the need to keep on track with political discussions. As we are all such diverse and brilliant people, clashes of ego and opinion are unavoidable. But they can be streamlined by avoiding controversial side topics that have no bearing on what we’re doing here. That is a major goal going forward.
All of us are aware of our significance; every voice is sorely needed. And I know that I don’t have to request you to be equal to the responsibility and trust I have extended you; you’ve already been doing it for a very long time. As Robert the Bruce said, “You are here! You know enough about honor.”
Demonstrate this in word and deed when speaking as a Resistor.
Please keep in mind just how important you all are to this cause, and treat each other like the vital organs of your body that we are. Care for and protect each other, and never forget:
An enemy and an opponent are not the same thing. 

Making Tyranny Great Again-Trump Spends Week Assaulting Democracy.

Trump is a threat to our democracy.

Ever since the first few weeks that Trump took office, in which he created worldwide pandemonium by announcing via Twitter that citizens of seven countries were banned from traveling into the United States, America has seen itself disgraced by the conduct of its 45th president time and again.

Things have reached the point where it’s becoming normal. The bar of expectations set by our citizens for our leaders is having to be lowered by the day, and that is very dangerous to our democracy.

Most recently, it’s been his decision to start stripping people who criticize him of their security clearances, starting with former CIA director James Brennan.

Axios recently tweeted that Trump has become enamored with the unchecked powers of the presidency. “What he enjoys most about this job is finding things he has absolute power over,” said one source who’s worked closely with Trump.

Sources recently told Mike Allen that Trump  “got a kick out of pardons, that he could pardon anybody he wants and people would come to him to court him and beg him.”

60 former CIA officials have signed a letter responding to the removal of Brennan’s security clearance, pointing out that “The country will be weakened if there is a political litmus test applied before seasoned experts are allowed to share their views.”

Of course it will, but that is not what Trump cares about.

Trump’s attack on John Brennan is meant to distract us from his crimes, starting with the fact that he and his crew are almost certain to be proved guilty of agreeing to conspire with a shady Kremlin plot to help Trump win the 2016 presidential election.

Even at this minute, he is aiding and abetting Putin’s attack on the election by denying it was happening. He’s still doing it.

Meanwhile, his old campaign manager Paul Manafort’s trial drags on, because the jury is still deliberating. Why? There is enough evidence against that guy to throw him in the can for a million years.

The jurors must be at least as aware of it as we are, which is what makes it fishy that they’re still in there arguing with each other about it. T.S. Ellis, the judge, who has been threatened himself, says they’re scared. Who can blame them?

All the while, Trump is talking about how sad it is that a guy who stabbed America like Manafort did is on trial at all.

Not very democratic of him, but that’s the kind of guy he is.

The bottom line is that democracy is an impediment to Donald Trump. He does not find it useful, so he holds it in contempt. To him, the natural order of things involves debauched old white guys on top of every power structure, shouting orders and bossing everybody around.

Democracy has been in the process of rejecting this worldview for more than a hundred years. So why respect it? It’s an albatross around his neck.

If he can manage to whip up a sort of spit-polished authoritarianism, some form of rule that would retain a veneer of democracy while skewing the contest to ensure its result, that would be ideal for Trump, and also for his right-wing nationalist buddies all throughout the world.
Trump wants Erik Prince to build him his own private army. he was talking about building him a private spy network a few months ago. They want to privatize the war in Afghanistan.
He’s been talking up his dictator buddies, like Putin and Kim and Maduro, right from the start. As long ago as 1989, he was making public statements deploring the “lack of control” the Soviet Union had over its people. He wants to do whatever he wants to do, and he can’t  completely disregard the rights of others because he lives in a democracy.
How then to get rid of it?
In the clouded and foggy mind of Trump, these notions are not well conceived. They are murky impressions at best, addled further by the dementia Omarosa says he’s got. But other authoritarian leaders, like Putin, understand them very well and would like nothing better than to see them take place here.
America is the center of the current, liberal world order that has given us everything since the conclusion of World War Two, a struggle over these same ideas that nearly finished us. In order for that to change, America must abandon its values. That is why Trump, a man who values nothing he can’t stain his T-shirt with, was so favorable a candidate for other despots to support.
Going forward, we have got to come together strongly to affirm that we will not give up our values for anyone or anything. That is what the Resistance is for. Preservation of all we have in America depends on our success.

Cyber-Defense For Democrats! Security Measures For Midterms.

#CyberDefenseForDemocrats

Hello, world!

We have received numerous requests for a focus piece regarding cyber-defense for Democrats, especially right now as we are going into the midterms. In it is an introduction to a number of the techniques we can use to defend ourselves going forward. Knowledge is power. Pass it on.

Regular readers of Millennial Democrats will not require a lot of explanation as to how and why the threat of Russian hacking is real. We have been up against it for years. The time has come to soberly and objectively assess Russia’s cyberwarfare capabilities, and examine how we plan to fight back.

In 2016, America was caught off guard and we got a bloody nose. Guys like Roger Stone’s buddy Guccifer 2.0, or the guys in Fancy Bear pulled a fast one, to be sure.

But it’s important not to overstate the case. It is not accurate to attribute cybernetic omniscience to the Russians and their zany bots and fake news.

They had the element of surprise back then. Most people had no idea what they were doing(and rolled their eyes at those who were trying to warn them, but that’s another subject). These days things are very different.

Regardless of the lies of the great orange malignance, America knows the Russians are out to get us. Trump is sticking his head in the sand on this and will do nothing to help us, so we’re going to have to learn to help ourselves, and each other.

It’s too bad we’ve got no national leadership on this, but it is what it is. We’ll get by on our own.

In starting out, the most important thing to keep in mind is this: Hackers rely on our mistakes, and mistakes are most often made when we don’t know we are making them. They need to catch us off guard, and their job is to find creative ways to use their tools to get us to slip up.

The first place a smart hacker will look is outside the box, so to speak. They’re always looking for ways to burrow in that you wouldn’t think to look for.

Employing a given system, be it a human being or a PC, for a purpose it wasn’t designed for is what hacking means. However, if you’re careful, neither you nor your computer will end up thus employed. It’s all about being careful.

Hackers are clever, be they Russian or from elsewhere, but they are far from invincible. We’ve already stopped a number of Russian cyber-assaults directed at Democrats this year, such as the ones aimed at our Claire McCaskill.

Without the element of surprise, hackers have many limitations. It’s not that easy to brute-force open a website. Just ask these guys:

This is the IP address of a hacker, purportedly from Beijing, who is always doing his best to get in here. Have at it, pal.
This is the IP address of a hacker, purportedly from Beijing, who is always doing his best to get in here. Have at it, pal.

Basic cyber-hygiene techniques would cut down on more than 80 percent of cyber attacks and cyber thefts, according to Herbert Lin, senior research scholar for cyber policy and security at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. It will benefit us to learn a few.

There is a great deal of white-hat(ethical hacking) work that can be done to defend America in this realm, and most of it has to do with how careful we are.

We repeat- It’s all about being careful. This cannot be repeated too often.

Every technique that hackers use, be they DNS attacks against home routers, phishing emails, malware, botnets, or what have you, is ultimately something we can avoid.

In this piece, we’re going to talk about a few common mistakes made by end-users(that means us, the consumer) and how they are exploited by criminals. We’re also going to talk about some of these cyber-hygiene measures and assign them three rules of thumb.

  1. Don’t open strange emails.
  2. Don’t click on strange links.
  3. Don’t accept chat messages from people you don’t know, particularly on Facebook.

Before we get started, think for a second about all your other social media accounts. Are they just as secure as your Facebook or Twitter? Make sure they are! That’s the first place a hacker will go to collect more data about you. You’re particularly vulnerable to having your account on the ones you don’t often use pried open.

As an aside, this is also why you don’t want to use the same passwords for everything. Passwords are obviously critical, as somebody who’s got them has got all your information at his fingertips. Be careful!!

A great deal of a hacker’s job revolves around getting the passwords of their victims. Their most popular tools are all various ways to apply “spear-phishing” hacks, designed to steal passwords and personal data. The unlucky “phish” who opens one has become a victim and is now open to all kinds of trouble.

There are all kinds of ways to go spear-phishing. A brand new one showed up not long ago when U.S. government agencies recently received letters via snail mail.

They came with CDs inside, and they contained malware, according to cybersecurity researcher Krebs on Security. The infected discs were accompanied by a Chinese-postmarked envelope and a “confusingly-worded” letter.

That is just like what they do on Facebook. Hackers make links that look like YouTube videos and various other innocuous things, and they write you some goofy little messages. They look like some cute little harmless thing. Actually, they’re viruses. And you’re hit.

One example that all readers of this blog will vividly recall took place on March 10, 2016, when the first volley of malicious e-mail messages hit the inboxes of thirty people who were closely associated with the Hillary Clinton campaign. Inside them were links that were actually viruses, like worms on a hook.

Nearly all of them were failures. All but one, actually. But one was enough.

Within nine days, a horrendous amount of critical data had been stolen and passed along to Wikileaks, to be strategically released in a way they figured would hurt us. It did.

Those leaked e-mails, in which Debbie Wasserman-Schultz was seen to be fussing over Bernie’s lack of ability to fill out campaign finance forms correctly, were spun up into a narrative that Bernie(who lost by four million popular votes) had been cheated.

Bernie or Bust bought it, there were riots in the streets of Philadelphia, and a rift was torn in the Democratic Party that still has yet to heal.

All of that was made possible, with just a few phished passwords.

To combat phishing is to make sure everyone knows how common and damaging these attacks can be. Everyone should keep their guard up when checking emails, and they should report any email they find suspicious.

It’s necessary to point out here that Facebook phishing in particular is horrendously easy. They can hack you right through your chat box. We recommend in the strongest possible terms that you put as little of your personal information as possible on Facebook.

They save everything. They’re like a gigantic data collection firm, and they’ll sell your personal information to companies like Cambridge Analytica who will use it to hurt us all.

Why risk it?

Facebook presents about a million added vulnerabilities to all of us that use it. When Edward Snowden was asked what to do to keep your data safe on that platform, his response was, “Delete your account.”

We can’t recommend that, as Facebook gives us access to 2 billion people, but we can recommend this much. If people you don’t know send you strange messages on Facebook, don’t accept them.

Facebook was made to brief congressional aides just last week Tuesday about the newest outbreak of anti-Democratic disinformation, which is already said to be evolving into something more sophisticated. Excerpts from that briefing are shown below.

“We are looking at just some of the malicious material that already may be circulating or will be released before the midterms. It also bears repeating that we know the campaign of Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) was targeted.”

Cyber-intelligence experts see this as being major, and with clear reason.

Moving on, it isn’t only Facebook and social media you’ve got to be careful with. Websites too are vulnerable.

Anecdotally, the webmaster of this site has seen hackers from all over the world try to take us down, from Beijing, China to Lviv, Ukraine, from Adelaide, Australia to Beauharnois, Quebec. They use all kinds of tricks, but they’ve never gotten in and they never will.

This is not because I’m a cyber-genius who speaks binary code, but because WordPress is awesome. Sucuri, the plugin that keeps safe all of us Millennial Democrats, is likewise excellent. They care about their clients and they hold the same liberal values sacred that we do.

WordPress users should strongly consider using Sucuri, not least for the reverse IP trace it automatically performs. This has the benefit of letting you know a lot more about who’s trying to hack you. Sometimes it will tell you everything.

Once a flower store owner from Adelaide, Australia tried to hack us. By using a reverse IP trace, Sucuri let us know who she was as soon as she had done so. Then we went to a site called WhatismyIPaddress.com, put it in, and voila.

We were able to get the name of her business by looking at the name of her domain. We then used that to look her up, and jackpot. We found the store’s address, website, and owner. We also found far-right garbage smeared all over her life.

I could put her on blast right here with a screenshot like this one:

My (possibly) Chinese friend, saying hello to me again. Hi, buddy. Change your ways!
My (possibly) Chinese friend, saying hello to me again. Hi, buddy. Change your ways!

Then the hunter would rapidly become the hunted.

Luckily for her, I’m not that mean. But the next guy might be. It’s a dangerous game for newbies (noobs- learn your hacker-ese) to play. It’s easy to run into trouble.

Change your life, would-be hacker flower store owner! Mend your wicked ways, before it’s too late.

Speaking of WordPress, using the two-factor authentication feature they offer as part of their platform is another good idea. This is a highly effective security measure and is available for Facebook, Gmail, WordPress, and many other major platforms.

Using this feature means a second device’s input will be required to access email accounts or websites on new computers, usually by prompting you and sending an SMS code to your phone or whatever. This can prevent scammers from accessing compromised accounts.

In addition to good cyber-hygiene, which amounts to common sense, caution, and our three rules of thumb, there are some tools we can use to make our online experience safer still. You may find this necessary, from time to time.

A VPN, or virtual proxy network service, will allow you to register as being somewhere that you’re nowhere physically near. It allows you to safeguard your IP address. You do not want hackers to have your IP address, as it can be used to hurt you in a bewildering multitude of ways. This is probably the biggest reason to use a VPN.

Guccifer 2.0 recently made a mistake and forgot to turn his VPN on, and we connected him to an IP address connected to Russian intelligence. Now his whole identity is blown because he didn’t use his VPN.

We strongly recommend getting one of these, specifically IVPN. They take protecting their customers super seriously and they are located on the Rock of Gibraltar. That fortress strikes me as a good place to keep anything valuable.

HotspotShield is another good one, and also NordVPN. There’s a lot of them; shop around and find one that’s right for you. We feel it’s worth repeating that they are a very good investment.

Additional tools include TOR(The Onion Router), which offers a former naval encryption system that we can now all use. Tor takes all your internet traffic and routes it through its own network, providing total anonymity.

The DuckDuckGo browser, which Tor employs, is good to know about also. It has a number of different features that keep you safe, including a “Flame” feature that burns up all your cookies in a second. Pretty cool.

We suggest you learn Linux, because it is more secure, and 99% of viruses are designed to attack Microsoft products. 

Russian hackers have been targeting home routers of individual people en masse, using what is called a DNS attack. We suggest you check your home router often, using the website Secure Router.

Secure Router is a great free feature that allows you to check if your router has been compromised with the click of a button. Doing this regularly cannot hurt and takes less than a second.

In closing, it’s important to emphasize that this is an introductory piece, and not meant to be totally comprehensive. These techniques will do a lot to keep you safe, but nothing is a substitute for doing your own research.

So far, this has not been the kind of cyber war imagined in the past, with nations taking out each other’s power grids before a mass invasion, although Russian malware continues to turn up in our power stations.

It’s more like a new type of proxy war. Like it or not, against our will, we have begun a new phase of the Cold War, on digital battlefields where you meet the enemy directly, but behind a screen.

Now, just as then, there is a need for deterrence, to defend the nation and hopefully prevent a further escalation of tensions. There is more at stake than we can even put into words. We need to be ready.

There are bigger dangers here than the usual America vs. Russia, liberal world order vs the new world order that the extremist crazies keep screaming that they want kind of thing. This is different completely.

One superpower actively destroying the democratic process of another is new and very dangerous, especially since Russian destability tactics rely heavily on disinformation and a systematic devaluing of the truth.

If nothing is true, everything is permissible. And then our entire species starts down the road to guns and roving mobs.

Disinformation and a post-truth reality are unacceptable, and so is Russian interference into our election, regardless of how many Fox News devotees will slobberingly say otherwise.

We have only got one party ready to defend our democracy from the foreign agitators’ who are trying to destroy it, and that is the Democratic Party. Accept no substitutes.

Due diligence is the key. Hackers will look for things you might be neglecting. Get in some good habits and keep yourself alert, because it all comes down to one thing.

If you are politically active as a Democrat, you are not paranoid. You are a target. Defend yourself.

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