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Let's review "Change for America: A Progressive Blueprint for the 44th President" - 01/13/09

Mark Green [1] and the Center for American Progress Action Fund have teamed up to release the new book "Change for America: A Progressive Blueprint for the 44th President" See the rave reviews from such notables as Bill Clinton and Nancy Pelosi

Obama "Energy Czar" Carol Browner's membership in Socialist panel scrubbed from website, Wikipedia - 01/10/09

Up until the past few days, the website of Socialist International - the main, worldwide socialist organization - listed Carol Browner - Barack Obama's choice to be Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change aka "Energy Czar" - as a member of their Commission for a Sustainable World Society (CSWS) group. Now, however, her membership in that group has been scrubbed from their website. Don't worry, though: I saved off a copy and screengrab here. The scrubbing continued at Wikipedia, where the news that she was a member of that panel was deleted by someone using an IP address...

Marin Cogan/TNR's massive Fairness Doctrine strawman - 11/20/08

Marin Cogan of the New Republic offers "Bum Rush/Obama's secret plan to muzzle talk radio. Very, very secret." ( The supposed "reporter-researcher" looks for evidence that the Democrats want to bring back the Fairness Doctrine and can't find it. She therefore concludes that the Democrats don't want to try to muzzle rightwing talk radio.

Obama/Center for American Progress link gets mainstream media attention! - 11/19/08

I've been discussing the Center for American Progress - a Soros-funded supposed "progressive", supposed "think tank" - for a few years. I've mainly concentrated on the fact that they're the "think tank that can't think straight", an outfit that just can't figure things out.

Obama cabinet might include Democrat titans: Gore, Napolitano, Vilsack, Howard Dean, Caroline Kennedy... - 11/11/08

The Barack Obama cabinet might include such Democratic Party titans as Al Gore, Arizona governor Janet Napolitano, former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack, Caroline Kennedy, Howard Dean, Bill Richardson, John Kerry, and many more truly titanic names. This link has a "transition flowchart", a PDF showing some potential picks and all of them are truly great figures who will help the Repu... er, I mean the Democrats. While this could all be a jolly joke, who knows since the head of the transition team is John Podesta and his think tank the Center for American Progress is as much a joke as the Harding...

The Non-Partisan Case Against Barack Obama - 10/29/08

You don't have to be a conservative or a Republican to be opposed to Barack Obama. Here are some of the reasons that almost anyone should oppose him:

John Podesta/CAP/Obama transition team has minor link to ACORN - 10/18/08

Former Bill Clinton chief of staff John Podesta founded the Center for American Progress and now heads that group's foundation. He's also the head of Barack Obama's transition team. And, from [1]: On September 22, ACORN and Floridians for All partnered with John Podesta, former chief of staff to president Bill Clinton and director of the Center for American Progress, and economist Robert Pollin to release a study on the economic impacts of raising Florida's minimum wage by one dollar per hour. The study, "Economic Analysis of the Florida Minimum Wage Proposal,"...

Shaun Casey, Barack Obama's faith advisor, supports illegal immigration, engages in false compassion - 07/19/08

No big surprise there. Late last month, the Barack Obama campaign hired Shaun Casey - a professor at Washington DC's Wesley Theological Seminary - as a religious affairs advisor. His exact title varies from report to report, but he'll be leading their outreach to evangelicals. And, he'll be stressing leftwing to far-left topics.

John Harris/The Politico offers sham immigration "debate" ("Dear 44: Ideas for the next president") - 07/14/08

The Politico is running a series called "Dear 44: Ideas for the next president" ( featuring two people on "different" sides debating various issues and offering advice for the next president. The Politico's John Harris offers an introduction to the series at and has background on the two "sides" in the running debate. The topic this week is immigration. On one "side" is Randel Johnson of the U.S.

Rep. David Price: deport criminals, but leave the illegal workers alone (cut enforcement funds to support illegal immigration) - 06/26/08

Rep. David Price - Democrat from Chapel Hill, North Carolina - chairs the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee and he's using his position to encourage the DHS to prioritize deporting illegal aliens who are in prisons and jails in the U.S., rather than simply releasing them into the community. Sounds good so far, except for his corresponding plan of basically neglecting worksite enforcement: [His committee] voted to cut and remove funding [from the Homeland Security funding bill] for proven enforcement measures such as the 287(g) program, which enables local police and sheriffs to...

Nico Pitney helps Huffington Post descend to ThinkProgress level - 05/04/08

Nico Pitney is the Huffington Post's "National Editor". Until around August of last year he was Deputy Research Director at the Center for American Progress and the Managing Editor of ThinkProgress. And, yes, those are very strong warning signs considering that CAP seems to screen its hires for childishness and stupidity.

Henry Fernandez lies about Jim Oberweis to support illegal immigration (libel?) - 03/10/08

Henry Fernandez - a Senior Fellow at the Center For American Progress Action Fund who's also part of the Mexican government's "extended network" - offers "Anti-Immigrant Zealots Lose Hastert's Seat For Conservatives" ( about the recent Illinois House race in which Jim Oberweis lost to Bill Foster. The article contains this paragraph that strongly appears to libel both Oberweis and Mitt Romney: Oberweis, a wealthy owner of dairy stores, was targeted by grassroots supporters of comprehensive immigration reform. They found he had the same problem...

Campaign to Defend America launches anti-John McCain ad (George Soros, MoveOn, CAP, SEIU, Fund for America) - 03/05/08

A group called "Campaign to Defend America" ("CDA") has released an anti-John McCain ad that you can see here: . They're supposedly going to be spending in the low seven figures running it on TV. It points out various ways that McCain is "McSame as Bush". Cute. And, it also ends with a rather questionable photo of McCain hugging Bush. When I first heard about this, one name flashed like a neon sign everywhere I looked. And, it turns out I was right. From this we learn that the CDA got $1 million from the Fund for America ("FFA"), which in turn was funded by $2....

Possible Democratic Party immigration "reform" charade: "offer legalization" to become "require" - 02/29/08

A new "confidential" study called "Winning The Immigration Debate" has been released by two groups linked to the Democratic Party: the Center for American Progress (linked to Hillary Clinton and indirectly linked to the Mexican government) and the Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform (member groups also have indirect links to the Mexican government) [1]. I haven't seen the study, but while some might be fooled, it's clear that it's just a new attempt to get the same old amnesty. And, their recommendations boil down to simply a rhetorical change, from "offering" a "path to...

Matt Corley/Think Progress misleads about Juan Hernandez (McCain's Mexico-linked staff member) - 01/31/08

Matt Corley, Research Associate for Think Progress (run by the Clinton-linked Center for American Progress) offers "Glenn Beck's Rants Against 'Juan McCain' Would Not Be Welcome At" [1]. The first thing to note is that we might be getting an inkling of how the left/Democrats deal with the issue of Juan Hernandez, the John McCain staff member who's a former cabinet-level official with the Mexican government.

We Can Stop The Hate: Mexico-linked groups try silencing opponents of illegal immigration - 01/31/08

The extremist-funding National Council of La Raza has started a new effort called We Can Stop The Hate ( which is attempting to silence those who support our immigration laws by highlighting what they call examples of "hate". Three of their cohorts in the effort have at least indirect links to the Mexican government. Note that that government has explicitly stated that they're going to be using U.S.

SPLC tries to stifle FAIR (Mexico links, CAP) - 12/11/07

Heidi Beirich of the Southern Poverty Law Center offers "The Teflon Nativists/FAIR Marked by Ties to White Supremacy" (splcenter . org/intel/intelreport/article.jsp?aid=846) with the news that it's "official": the SPLC has declared the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) to be a "hate group". They mention how much press coverage FAIR has received, and they include a quote from Henry Fernandez of the Center for American Progress which helps show that their goal is to stifle FAIR: "The sad fact is that attempts to reform our immigration system are being sabotaged by organizations...

Felipe Calderon explicitly wants Mexican consuls to meddle in U.S. immigration debate (non-profits) - 12/07/07

The only thing shocking about this is that he'd openly admit it: [Today, Mexican president Felipe Calderon] asked his diplomatic representatives in the U.S. to participate in the public debate on immigration by appearing at public events, talking more to the media and working with nonprofit groups to promote Mexican immigrants' role in supporting the U.S. economy. "The key is to neutralize this strategy of confrontation and discrimination that forms part of U.S. society's mistaken perception, and be able to newly focus arguments on the complimentary aspects of our economies," he said [to...

NPR Democratic debate: weak questions on immigration, logical fallacies - 12/04/07

NPR held a Democratic debate earlier today, and it currently looks like they asked a few incredibly weak questions on immigration that simply allowed the candidates to give their stock speeches. Not only that, but the questions appear to have been designed to make the candidates look slightly reasonable by comparison.

Communist Party Pride! (TV ad) - 11/14/07

You might be a Communist and not know it! We support things like a woman's right to vote, Social Security, and environmentalism. If you support those things too, you're a Communist and welcome to the Party. (We can worry about those other things we support later on). Note: this isn't a take-off on the Center for American Progress "progressive" ads (like

Center for American Progress misleads about "progressive" label - 11/14/07

One unremarked note about the topic of Hillary Clinton's weakness is that some of her minions, while effective, are also lightweights. Media Matters has been able to get a few of their smears into the wider sphere, but they've also damaged what little reputation they had by failing to contextualize or misinterpreting remarks. Another example is the Center for American Progress, a group that can't seem to get anything right.

Center for American Progress' indirect Mexican government link (Henry Fernandez, Kica Matos) - 10/13/07

Henry Fernandez, Senior Fellow at the Clinton-linked Center for American Progress, is hosting a CAP event entitled "Strange Bed Fellows? Anti-immigration Organizations and Hate Groups" on October 18 [1]. The panelists are Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center (a group indirectly linked to the Mexican government) and Devin Burghart from the Center for New Community. Luckily, I scrolled down to the bottom of the page and I saw this: Fernandez lives with his wife Kica Matos and their son in New Haven, Connecticut. Matos is the former head of Junta for Progressive Action, a group that's...

SCHIP and illegal aliens (shocker: a Center for American Progress fib?) - 10/11/07

The State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP/S-CHIP) appears like it could be abused by illegal aliens to obtain benefits that they should not, under the bill, receive. Whether that's intentional or not isn't known. The bill was recently vetoed by president Bush. The House will try to override the veto next week (link). The bill is HR 976 (link).

The Flake-Gutierrez STRIVE Act amnesty returns... - 09/06/07

The Flake-Gutierrez STRIVE Act - a House amnesty scheme - was discussed at hearings of the Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law today (chaired by former immigration lawyer Zoe Lofgren).

Senate illegal immigration amnesty: cloture or defeat. And: what you can do. - 06/06/07

[6/7 8pm UPDATE: The bill has ceased to exist... for now. The final try at cloture failed, but the bill might come back later in the year. Please read the original entry below if you'd like to help prevent future tries at amnesty..

Media Matters for America plays word games re: their funding - 04/25/07

Recently Bill O'Reilly "disclosed" the funding of the group Media Matters for America (link to video). The segment includes a chart showing money flowing from George Soros to the Open Society Institute, Democracy Alliance, MoveOn, and the Center for American Progress.

Ruy Teixeira, polling "expert", agenda-driven hack - 04/13/07

Ruy Teixeira writes for the site Donkey Rising [1] and he's a Senior Fellow at the Century Foundation and the Center for American Progress.

Perp walk: churches to shelter illegal aliens facing deportation - 03/14/07

From this: Churches in major cities across the country are preparing to grant "sanctuary" to illegal immigrants facing deportation in an effort to unite evangelicals behind comprehensive immigration reform, according to a pastor organizing the effort. Rev. Alexia Salvatierra [an ordained Lutheran minister], executive director of Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE), said Monday that Christians will fight to prevent families from being divided when illegal immigrant parents are deported, leaving behind children who are legal residents. "There are congregations all across...

Zoe Lofgren trying to tie ICE's hands (deportations, Return to Sender) - 03/08/07

Rep. Zoe Lofgren - chair of the Immigration Subcommittee and a former immigration lawyer - sent a letter to Julie Myers of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on March 1 demanding information on their recent sweeps called "Operation Return to Sender" [1].

Judd Legum/Think Progress: propaganda is OK if for a good cause - 11/21/06

Judd Legum of Think Progress (run by the Clinton-linked joke known as the Center for American Progress) discusses a recent segment of the Neil Cavuto show here. Cavuto claims that the movie "Happy Feet" is "far-left" propaganda: Cavuto saw the movie with his sons and found it "offensive." Cavuto objected to the fact that penguins in the movie have trouble finding food because of overfishing and oil drilling.

CNN BlogParty, Blog Party, BlogStock - 11/07/06

The latest example of the mainstream reaching out to bloggers is CNN's "BlogStock", aka a "blog party" (1). They've invited a couple dozen mainstream bloggers to blog live from an internet cafe in Washington DC. Apparently this is supposed to be cutting edge, but most of those involved are partisan hacks. And, some of them qualify more as party operatives, with three of the "bloggers" working for magazines and one of those being the publisher editor-in-chief of the mag.

Bill Winter on immigration - 10/23/06

Bill Winter is running for Congress against Rep. Tom Tancredo. Like other Democrats, he supports the Senate amnesty, and thus everything said about that horrible bill applies. Moreover, his page on immigration has several questionable or misleading statements: 1. His page twice refers to the "INS", an agency that hasn't existed since March 2003.

Pearce calls on Operation Wetback for illegals - 09/29/06

Pearce calls on 'Operation Wetback' for illegals/Sarah Lynch/East Valley Tribune/[[September 29, 2006]]/ link

More Center for American Progress piffle on immigration - 09/20/06

The Clinton-linked Center for American Progress has issued a desperate cry for help: "Don't Abandon Comprehensive Immigration Reform". Initially, you might be confused. Did the GOP write this? Or, did they write it for use by the GOP?

Palm Beach Post's joke editorial about Senate amnesty - 08/30/06

The Palm Beach Post offers an editorial that would be funny if it weren't so utterly pathetic: "Real immigration reform also comes at good price". Like the S.F. Chronical, they call for an "honest" accounting of the costs vs. benefits of giving amnesty to millions of illegal aliens.

AP quotes Peter Schey, fails to mention Mexico affiliation - 05/05/06

The AP's "Cost to Remove 12M Illegal Immigrants Huge" is a bit more balanced than we've come to expect from the AP. (The author is Martha Mendoza, and that appears to be the AP-supplied title).

Think Progress, Ezra Klein, AP downplay organizers of illegal immigration marches - 04/13/06

[See the update below] ThinkProgress - a site associated with the Clinton-associated Center for American Progress - downplays the organizers of the recent illegal immigration marches in this one sentence post.

Mary Sanchez or Tokyo Rose? - 08/25/05

Mary Sanchez of Knight-Ridder offers us "The cost of mass deportation". As in "David Brooks or Tokyo Rose?" I invite you to read her editorial with the proper inflection. Sanchez informs us that more than 10 million people have illegally settled in our country and we have no chance of deporting all of them.

"What Would It Cost to Deport Illegal Aliens?" - 08/07/05

Remember the laughable Center for American Progress study saying it would cost $41 billion a year for five year to deport all illegal aliens currently in the U.S.? It gets eviscerated here: And while wea