Quantcast
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

You've got Rebel Alliances mail

Residents receive "scary" election-related fliers from pro-Trump group

I.B. residents helping with Rebel Alliances fliers
I.B. residents helping with Rebel Alliances fliers

Over the weekend, Imperial Beach residents received in their mailboxes unsigned election fliers described as "disturbing" and "creepy."

Front of one Rebel Alliances flier

The double-sided fliers, which accompanied official Republican campaign material, ask people to join "Rebel Alliances" and contain debunked conspiracy theories about Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. The symbol of the Rebel Alliance from the Star Wars films is featured on the flier.

Back of flier

People associated with Imperial Beach’s Rebel Alliances, a small arch-conservative political group, were active in protesting Imperial Beach's adopting of a "Welcoming City" proclamation that was later rescinded due to improper protocol followed at its introduction. The Facebook page devoted to the issue includes posts that reflect anti-immigrant sentiment and allegations that the mayor of Imperial Beach might be a "Communist."

Rebel Alliances does not identify their members in their social media presence and did not reply to questions about their membership, but one local resident associated with the group, former Missouri state politician and Tea Party activist John Loudon, appears to be a participant in creating the fliers.

Loudon posted a photo on his Twitter account on November 4th showing people preparing the fliers along with Republican campaign literature for presidential candidate Donald Trump and congressional candidate Juan Hidalgo Jr.

The fliers claim that Rebel Alliances works "without regard...to political party" and is "passionately non-partisan."

"As an avid Star Wars fan I was immediately drawn to the flier, but also the poor quality of the copy, as if the printer was low on toner," said Jennifer Tamayo of the pamphlet she received at home on November 5th.

Pinky Blackwell, who also received the flier, described them as "a couple pages of creepy vigilante join-our-cult crap" that was "telling us how to vote and how to be a certain 'type of person,'" she said via social media. "Took me a second to figure out what kind of underlying anger and hate this was coming from."

Others did not react so negatively. "It seems like something that can be more 'fun' than typical politics," posted Delia Michelle Sanchez.

One side of the flier asks a series of questions, such as, "Do you like people telling you what to do?" and "Do you have trouble minding your own business and not being a jerk?"

Another page, entitled "Ready for the RED PILL?" (a reference to the film The Matrix), is entirely devoted to a debunked conspiracy theory based on a Wikileaks email concerning Clinton and her campaign chairman, John Podesta, charging that they are among "global elites [that] run the world."

"I definitely don't like their way of Trump-style let's 'take back OUR POWER' recruitment, as small as their audience may be,” Blackwell said.

"Vigilante talk may get some people excited but for most of us normal folks, it's scary," Blackwell added. “We just want to live our lives in solace, do our duty, try to be kind to others, and vote from our heart, not through fear and anger."

Blackwell added that the flier was in the mailbox, even though it is illegal for anyone besides the post office to place items in people's mailboxes.

Another Rebel Alliances flier lists voting recommendations that compare Clinton to Russian leader Vladimir Putin, associates San Diego City Council member Todd Gloria with "transgendered bathrooms," and refers to "the Death Star we call Wall Street." It recommends against the legalization of marijuana because “George Soros…is the biggest financier of legal pot.”

When asked on a Facebook thread dedicated to the fliers if he is a leader of Rebel Alliances, Loudon replied, "Roll Tide!" Responding to criticism later on the page, he wrote, "I took the red pill. Guessing u did not."

According to local resident Anne Pilgrim, Loudon manned a tent devoted to Rebel Alliances during a recent beach festival in Imperial Beach.

However, Dante Pamintuan, a local resident who has posted notices about Rebel Alliances meetings in the local Barrels Restaurant on Seacoast Drive, said in the Facebook discussion that it was "not true" that Loudon was a leader of the group.

Pamintuan and Loudon did not reply to questions by press time.

The website address on the flier appears to be rebelalliances.org, which is also listed on their Facebook page, though no such website exists.

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

Communion on the hood of a Humvee

The Apostle Paul says we see through a glass dimly
I.B. residents helping with Rebel Alliances fliers
I.B. residents helping with Rebel Alliances fliers

Over the weekend, Imperial Beach residents received in their mailboxes unsigned election fliers described as "disturbing" and "creepy."

Front of one Rebel Alliances flier

The double-sided fliers, which accompanied official Republican campaign material, ask people to join "Rebel Alliances" and contain debunked conspiracy theories about Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. The symbol of the Rebel Alliance from the Star Wars films is featured on the flier.

Back of flier

People associated with Imperial Beach’s Rebel Alliances, a small arch-conservative political group, were active in protesting Imperial Beach's adopting of a "Welcoming City" proclamation that was later rescinded due to improper protocol followed at its introduction. The Facebook page devoted to the issue includes posts that reflect anti-immigrant sentiment and allegations that the mayor of Imperial Beach might be a "Communist."

Rebel Alliances does not identify their members in their social media presence and did not reply to questions about their membership, but one local resident associated with the group, former Missouri state politician and Tea Party activist John Loudon, appears to be a participant in creating the fliers.

Loudon posted a photo on his Twitter account on November 4th showing people preparing the fliers along with Republican campaign literature for presidential candidate Donald Trump and congressional candidate Juan Hidalgo Jr.

The fliers claim that Rebel Alliances works "without regard...to political party" and is "passionately non-partisan."

"As an avid Star Wars fan I was immediately drawn to the flier, but also the poor quality of the copy, as if the printer was low on toner," said Jennifer Tamayo of the pamphlet she received at home on November 5th.

Pinky Blackwell, who also received the flier, described them as "a couple pages of creepy vigilante join-our-cult crap" that was "telling us how to vote and how to be a certain 'type of person,'" she said via social media. "Took me a second to figure out what kind of underlying anger and hate this was coming from."

Others did not react so negatively. "It seems like something that can be more 'fun' than typical politics," posted Delia Michelle Sanchez.

One side of the flier asks a series of questions, such as, "Do you like people telling you what to do?" and "Do you have trouble minding your own business and not being a jerk?"

Another page, entitled "Ready for the RED PILL?" (a reference to the film The Matrix), is entirely devoted to a debunked conspiracy theory based on a Wikileaks email concerning Clinton and her campaign chairman, John Podesta, charging that they are among "global elites [that] run the world."

"I definitely don't like their way of Trump-style let's 'take back OUR POWER' recruitment, as small as their audience may be,” Blackwell said.

"Vigilante talk may get some people excited but for most of us normal folks, it's scary," Blackwell added. “We just want to live our lives in solace, do our duty, try to be kind to others, and vote from our heart, not through fear and anger."

Blackwell added that the flier was in the mailbox, even though it is illegal for anyone besides the post office to place items in people's mailboxes.

Another Rebel Alliances flier lists voting recommendations that compare Clinton to Russian leader Vladimir Putin, associates San Diego City Council member Todd Gloria with "transgendered bathrooms," and refers to "the Death Star we call Wall Street." It recommends against the legalization of marijuana because “George Soros…is the biggest financier of legal pot.”

When asked on a Facebook thread dedicated to the fliers if he is a leader of Rebel Alliances, Loudon replied, "Roll Tide!" Responding to criticism later on the page, he wrote, "I took the red pill. Guessing u did not."

According to local resident Anne Pilgrim, Loudon manned a tent devoted to Rebel Alliances during a recent beach festival in Imperial Beach.

However, Dante Pamintuan, a local resident who has posted notices about Rebel Alliances meetings in the local Barrels Restaurant on Seacoast Drive, said in the Facebook discussion that it was "not true" that Loudon was a leader of the group.

Pamintuan and Loudon did not reply to questions by press time.

The website address on the flier appears to be rebelalliances.org, which is also listed on their Facebook page, though no such website exists.

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

Covid-19 casts a pall over San Diego political money

Barbara Bry's daughter lends $5000
Next Article

Voice vs. ethnicity in picking the opera stars

Past singers were a mixed bag when it came to having “good looks”
Comments
1

Lucasfilm sued Dr. Dre for using the THX noise on "Chronic 2001"

Maybe the studio will sue these guys as well. I would lolz.

Nov. 7, 2016

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Art Reviews — W.S. Di Piero's eye on exhibits Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Best Buys — San Diego shopping Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits City Lights — News and politics Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Famous Former Neighbors — Next-door celebs Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Here's the Deal — Chad Deal's watering holes Just Announced — The scoop on shows Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Of Note — Concert picks Out & About — What's Happening Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Pour Over — Grab a cup Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer News — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Set 'em Up Joe — Bartenders' drink recipes Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Sports — Athletics without gush Street Style — San Diego streets have style Suit Up — Fashion tips for dudes Theater Reviews — Local productions Theater antireviews — Narrow your search Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Waterfront — All things ocean Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close