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I do so much, but I can't do everything. That's where you come in: choose one of these entries and get answers or write up a report and then post it somewhere. If you can move people to help out, post a thread to a forum looking for research assistance.

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How to use Obama's lower deportations to discredit amnesty supporters - 09/12/14

As the AP reports, Obama is on track to deport fewer illegal aliens than since 2007. This post describes how to use that to discredit some of those who support amnesty. What I need you to do is to compile a list of leading amnesty supporters who've recently called Obama the "Deporter in Chief", who've claimed that he's deported more than George W Bush, and so on. You can leave that list in...

The Youtube Sockpuppets Project - 08/05/12

The Youtube Sockpuppets Project seeks to find out if politicians and other groups are using fake accounts to comment on that site's videos. The term "sockpuppets" (see the link) refers to fake user accounts designed to mask someone's affiliation, promote something as if it's more popular than it is, and so on. I've long suspected that some comments left on certain political videos were from one...

Challenge: get Ted Cruz to oppose Comprehensive Immigration Reform and describe his legalization and guest worker stance - 07/27/12

As detailed here and here, Senate contender from Texas Ted Cruz keeps repeating the same basic speech on immigration and doesn't disclose whether he would support some form of Comprehensive Immigration Reform or other legalization. I'm challenging anyone to find Cruz discussing those issues, or to ask him about it. Note that some politicians play word games on immigration: someone who'd dishonest...

PNAE claims immigrants involved in 76% of *some* patents; let's show them wrong (Mike Bloomberg) - 06/26/12

Michael Bloomberg's "Partnership for a New American Economy" is a coalition of billionaires and big city mayors that promotes massive immigration, especially skilled immigration. See those links for the details. They're out with a new study called "Patent Pending: How Immigrants Are Reinventing The American Economy" (renewoureconomy.org/patent-pending) which, as you might expect, treats native-...

Ask Tim Fernholz of GOOD why he'd harm the Third World (braindrain, skilled immigration) - 01/09/12

Last month, Tim Fernholz of GOOD Magazine offered the misleading "Immigrants Don't Take Jobs, They Create Them: Why We Need More Immigration" [1]. It's wrong on several points, but one in particular will be of interest to the readers of that "philanthropic" publication: Fernholz and GOOD are promoting braindraining the Third World and depriving poor countries of the smart people they desperately...

Media misleads: Rick Perry's in-state tuition for "children of illegal immigrants" was for illegal aliens *themselves* - 10/02/11

... about immigration, here's your assignment: find reporters and others who use the misleading formulation and call them out. Many reporters have Twitter accounts and some might have Facebook pages. And, many news stories now have comments sections. So, after you find a misleading article, take a few seconds and search for the reporter on Twitter or leave a comment on their article. Ask them why...

How are Anthony Weiner's ideas wrong? A Weinergate challenge - 06/03/11

Over the past week, the internet has been polluted with the "Weinergate" scandal involving Rep. Anthony Weiner. It's a further indictment of rightwing bloggers that they'd spend so much time on this issue rather than on things that actually matter: the policies that Weiner and those like him support. The scandal probably isn't going to affect his career, and at the same time legislation supported...

Activism Clinic: show Cenk Uygur's viewers how he's misleading (DREAM Act, Dana Rohrabacher) - 05/21/11

The December 16, 2010 video below shows Cenk Uygur of the Young Turks misleading about a point that Rep. Dana Rohrabacher made about the anti-American DREAM Act. Rather than showing how Uygur is misleading myself, I'm going to conduct an Activism Clinic, with two goals: 1. Write a post showing how Uygur is misleading and do it in a way that will be effective. 2. Promote the post in an effective...

Bell, California: see who isn't telling you the whole truth (hint: libertarians) - 08/25/10

... to deceive their readers. Your assignment: look for other examples and leave them in comments. I'll then promote them into this post and let those in question know that we know what they're doing. 1. 7/23/10: "Left Coast Rebel" offered "Must Read Column at the Daily Caller: Left Coast Rebel Rings a Bell and Pages Chris Christie" (leftcoastrebel.com/2010/07/ must-read-column-at-daily-caller-left....

Meissner wants your immigration questions (Monday, May 3, 2010, 11 AM Eastern) - 05/02/10

Here's an assignment: submit immigration questions for Doris Meissner, formerly INS commissioner and now with the Migration Policy Institute. She'll be answering questions in a live chat tomorrow, Monday May 3, 2010 at 11 Eastern. The related WaPo article was already discussed here. I don't know the permalink for the chat, but perhaps this page will have a link tomorrow. You can submit questions...

New Jersey state "Commission on New Americans" will enable illegal immigration - 01/12/10

New Jersey governor Jon Corzine today signed an executive order creating a "Commission on New Americans", a sort of far-left welcome wagon for both legal and illegal immigrants. News report here, order at [1]. This follows last year's recommendation from another panel that advocated for benefits such as in-state tuition (see the DREAM Act) and drivers licenses for illegal aliens. The current...

Obama pledges to do everything he can to create jobs; use leverage to get him asked why he won't enforce immigration laws - 10/14/09

Per this: Standing at the site of a highway project funded by his economic stimulus plan, President Barack Obama said Wednesday he is committed to exploring all avenues to create jobs. Obama said his administration is going to keep going until "every single American in this country who's looking for work is going to be able to get the kind of well-paying job that supports their families." Obama...

Serge Kovaleski, Jim Rutenberg, William Yardley of NYT lie about Sarah Palin hair thinning (per hairdresser) - 07/19/09

... last page. This post is also an assignment: find others discussing this non-story and take them to task on your own site or in their comments sections.

People for the American Way, TPM begin personal destruction campaign against Frank Ricci (what you can do) - 07/11/09

... TalkingPointsMemo (link). Your assignment is to watch for others doing the same and then use this technique on the specific reporters involved, as appropriate. UPDATE: On June 9th, Alison Leigh Cowan of the New York Times offered "Here Comes the Judge (Before Sotomayor)" (link). It contains links to the various documents in the 1995 case, but she mainly concentrates on a conflict of interest...

FightTheSmears is offline for an unknown reason - 07/09/09

FightTheSmears.com - the debunking site that's home to a picture of what is supposedly Barack Obama's COLB as well as the home of at least a couple of lies - is currently offline. The last homepage in Google's cache was from July 7, so it's not clear whether this is just a temporary issue or something permanent. A look through the same cache shows that they were hacked by spammers and those pages...

Andrea Nill /ThinkProgress misleads about California immigration (Micheal Savage) - 06/23/09

Andrea Nill of ThinkProgress offers a discussion of Michael Savage using hyperbole and, rather than admitting that he's correct to a good extent she makes several misleading statements (wonkroom.thinkprogress.org/2009/06/23/california-immigration-michael-savage).

Sonia Sotomayor admits she was an "affirmative action baby"; said it's "critical that we promote diversity"; there are "cultural biases built into testing" - 06/11/09

If we could replace the GOP leadership with the Washington Post and the New York Times, we might be able to block Sonia Sotomayor. As it is, even Charlie Savage of the NYT offering "Videos Shed New Light on Sotomayor’s Positions" (link) probably won't have much of an impact unless regular citizens - i.e., you - send that article to everyone you know and encourage them to do the same. The way to...

Chuck Schumer: Sotomayor is "within the judicial mainstream" on immigration cases; how far off is he? - 06/08/09

From this: Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), chairman of Judiciary’s immigration subcommittee, assigned his staff to analyze how (Sonia Sotomayor) voted in 955 immigration cases in which she has participated throughout her judicial career, with a special focus on cases that involved foreigners trying to win asylum claims in order to remain in the United States. Of the 848 asylum cases in which...

Low-wattage radio, TV hosts say dumb things about Mexicans and swine flu; leftwing attacks in order to support illegal activity - 04/30/09

... the other side. This is in the assignment category because I'm urging you to immediately contact all the local and national radio hosts you can find and suggest that they discuss this topic, but they do so in a way that looks ahead to possible attacks by leftwing supporters of illegal activity like MMFA, ThinkProgress, and the HuffPost. Discussing this in a completely fact-based, sober fashion...

Gordon Crovitz /WSJ: millions of Americans are unemployed, so let's ramp up immigration - 04/27/09

Former Wall Street Journal publisher Gordon Crovitz offers "We Need an Immigration Stimulus/A recession is exactly when we want innovative outsiders" (link). Bracketed by various absurdities, he offers the following stats: Companies founded by immigrants include Yahoo, eBay and Google. Half of Silicon Valley start-ups were founded by immigrants, up from 25% a decade ago. Some 40% of patents in...

America.gov promotes Canada-style multiculturalism (from a melting pot to a "patchwork of cultures") - 04/22/09

... corporate pluralism system. Your assignment is to take one or more of the pages at the site apart and explain to others exactly why this is the wrong approach, putting it into the historical context and also exploring the political power aspects, such as attempts to divide people into small groups in order to better use them to maintain power. Make sure and take screengrabs and save the full...

ACLU controlling Obama policy? ("Transition Recommendations" wants most immigration enforcement halted, + much more) - 03/17/09

In November, the American Civil Liberties Union released "Actions For Restoring America: Transition Recommendations for President‐Elect Barack Obama" (aclu.org/transition) listing things they wanted him to do the first day, within the first 100 days, and within the first year. Several of their proposals would halt immigration enforcement to a great extent, pending "review". That "review" would...

Condi Rice promotes immigration "reform", bad policy (why?) - 03/16/09

Juliana Barbassa of the Associated Press informs us that Condoleezza Rice spoke at Stanford University on Friday and said the following (link):

Colorado: discredit Peter Groff over in-state tuition for illegal aliens (bill passes Senate committee) - 03/06/09

Colorado state senator Chris Romer is pushing for that state to give in-state tuition to illegal aliens, and yesterday his bill passed a state senate committee (link). CO senate president Peter Groff is quoted as saying: "For me, this is a moral issue, that we should not shackle the future of children because of the sins of their fathers." If you oppose this bill, one of the best ways to fight it...

Assignment: is Daniel de Vise/WaPo telling the truth about "ESOL Students in Md., Va. Leaping Ahead of U.S. Peers"? - 03/01/09

Daniel de Vise of the Washington Post offers "ESOL Students in Md., Va. Leaping Ahead of U.S. Peers" (link), which is the latest in a sub-genre of American-demoting, immigration/illegal alien-promoting articles from the mainstream media. I have more than a sneaking feeling that DeVise isn't telling the truth about something or isn't revealing something, but since I can't do everything that's...

Luis Gutierrez' "National Family Unity Tour" to pull heartstrings in support of illegal immigration; ask him a question - 02/25/09

Rep. Luis Gutierrez is conducting a nationwide tour where he and his friends will be visiting churches and conducting townhall meetings from coast to coast to push for comprehensive immigration reform. The schedule is below, and what I need you to do is organize a local effort to go to one of these events and make him look bad on video by asking him a tough question designed to show that he's...

Who or what precipitated the financial crisis? (Soros? China? a setup to elect Obama? Did it just happen?) - 02/10/09

Someone needs to snug their tinfoil hat down tight and try to figure out who or what got us into this financial mess. Did it just happen, or was it a deliberate plan in order to make money or help Obama get elected? Consider the attached video featuring Rep. Paul Kanjorski saying the following: "On Thursday Sep. 15, 2008 [note: he probably means Sep. 18] at roughly 11 AM The Federal Reserve...

Congressional Research Service reports publicly released (immigration, etc.) - 02/08/09

Wikileaks has obtained hundreds of previously unreleased reports from the Congressional Research Service, Congress' think tank: wikileaks.org/wiki/CRS_reports_by_date There are several dozen about immigration matters, so if anyone wants to do a good turn choose one of those at random and look through it for anything of interest. They aren't top secret, and if there's anything very damaging in...

Cement: another way stimulus money will flow to China (and Mexico, Canada, Korea...) - 02/08/09

... shortage in 2005 here and here. Your assignment: find out how much cement we'd have to import for all those stimulus-related projects, and calculate how much more China will be making off us.

Assignment: document Obama, FEMA, MSM response to ice storms in Kentucky - 02/02/09

... the Bush administration. Your assignment: compare the government response to past incidents, and compare the MSM's coverage to how they covered past incidents including Katrina and others. And, find out whether Barack Obama has paid as much attention to this issue as he would have had it occurred in a state that voted for him. First, on January 29, he signed an emergency declaration: whitehouse....

Is Youtube banning conservative videos without cause? - 01/24/09

There's a discussion of that here, including two videos side-by-side: one from the rightwing side that was deleted by Youtube, and an apparently similar one from the other side that was not. I haven't looked into it, but there are also a series of videos here, some of which may have been deleted by Youtube. On the mitigating side, I believe that widely-watched Youtube vlogger "sxephil" was...

Challenge: get Hawaii to clarify their 10/31 statement - 01/23/09

This post assumes you're already thoroughly familiar with the Obama citizenship summary, so please read that through first if you haven't already. If you believe that FactCheck is telling the truth, here's what you need to do: get the state of Hawaii to clarify their 10/31 statement and/or obtain clarification from a recognized legal scholar. For instance, you can call Janice Okubo from the...

Obama will become less popular, and we need to be prepared - 01/20/09

Barack Obama will probably never reach a George W Bush level of unpopularity, but at some point during his presidency his star will fade. And, that will be an absolutely terrific chance to discredit his current cult-like supporters. For example, let's say Obama (fulfilling Joe Biden's promise) decides to do something unpopular. His current supporters can then be confronted with their past...

Assignment: did an employee of an Obama-linked firm "cauterize" Obama's passport file? - 01/15/09

From this: Obama's top terrorism and intelligence adviser, John O. Brennan, heads a firm (The Analysis Corp) that was cited in March for breaching sensitive files in the State Department's passport office, according to a State Department Inspector General's report released this past July. ...During a State Department briefing on March 21, 2008, McCormack confirmed that the contractor had...