Attack of the Scare Ads!

Attack of the Scare Ads!

By William Yeatman, (Green Watch, July 2012 – PDF here)

Since Barack Obama took office in January 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a suite of anti-coal regulations, collectively known as the “war on coal,” which to date has lead to the loss of 26,000 megawatts of coal-fired electricity—enough to power 20 million to 26 million homes. And that’s just the beginning: According to an analysis by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, EPA regulations will “likely” retire almost an additional 55,000 megawatts of coal-fired electricity by 2018.

Unfortunately, it gets worse. In recent months, EPA has issued two regulations—the Utility Maximum Achievable Control Technology rule and the Carbon Pollution Standard for New Power Plants—that effectively ban the construction of new coal-fired power plants. Thus, EPA has effectively taken coal, one of America’s most abundant and reliable energy sources, off the table.

To be sure, Congress never authorized EPA to shut down the coal industry. Rather, EPA is using creative interpretations of existing statutes to seize the power it needs to shutter existing coal-fired power plants and prevent new ones from being built, which raises an important question: Why hasn’t Congress checked EPA’s power grabs? Continue reading →

MoveOn thinks you’re stupid

The radicals at MoveOn think Americans are stupid.

The November election results were not a massive repudiation of failed big government policies, they said in an email to members. Instead, the American people were duped by sinister forces:

Democrats made genuine and significant progress on issues like health care and Wall Street reform. But the Republicans, Fox, and corporate front groups systematically misled America about all of that. And then those same groups spent hundreds of millions to put Republicans over the top.

As they say, denial is not just a river in Egypt.

New Obama White House Visitors List Released

The Obama White House has released a new visitors list.

Of specific interest…

#97,98 Joan E. Blades, co-founder of

#251 Leslie Dach, super-lobbyist for Wal-Mart brought in to move the company to the left; longtime Democrat operative.

#413,414 David Fenton, leftist PR maestro responsible for Alar apple scare and other frauds

#458,459 Michael Gaspard, brother of White House political director and longtime ACORN operative Patrick Gaspard and lobbyist with Scott Levenson’s The Advance Group which represents ACORN

#877,879 Peter Lewis, which could be the founder of Progressive Insurance (his middle initial is “B,” but no middle initial is provided in the database); Lewis is a big player in George Soros’s Democracy Alliance

#960,961 Markos Moulitsas of DailyKos infamy; surname misspelled once but it’s got to be him

#1040,1041,1042 Eli Pariser of (variation of first name shown as Elijah but it’s probably the same person)

#1448, 1449 another two visits by SEIU’s Andrew Stern

Actress Heather Graham Teams Up With MoveOn To Push Fascist Option

Movie star Heather Graham, whom you might remember as “Rollergirl” in Boogie Nights, is now appearing in propaganda pushing the Fascist healthcare option.

The ad depicts a footrace between runners representing various insurance companies.

The Big Lie the ad promotes is that the so-called “public option” will promote competition in the health insurance industry. Of course, allowing the federal government to offer health insurance will necessarily drive all private insurers out of business, which is precisely the goal as its supporters freely admit.

Liquidating all private health insurers gives the government a monopoly.

Benito Mussolini and maybe Vladimir Lenin must be looking up from their fiery torments in Hell and smiling right now. Claims It Is “Winning” Healthcare Fight

Sometimes leaders lie to their followers to improve morale. People will lie to a mortally wounded person and tell the person everything will be alright., incredibly enough, is telling its supporters it is “winning” the fight to force government-run healthcare down the throats of Americans. It also keeps pushing its push poll that falsely reports that Americans support the socialist public option.

Here is the group’s latest email –filled with the usual lies and distortions about what the public wants– to supporters:

Dear MoveOn member,

After a few weeks of health care craziness, there’s good news: we’re winning on the ground. Lots of town halls are now dominated by supporters of health care reform. The vast majority of Americans want the choice of a public plan.1 And a powerful bloc of progressives in the House is standing strong on real reform.

The really bad news? The media’s still acting like President Obama’s health care plan is on the skids.

If we don’t turn the conventional wisdom around before Congress begins voting on health care, we could be in big trouble.

We’ve got a plan to make it happen. It starts tomorrow with major vigils across the country to bring the media’s focus back to the real people suffering under the current health care system.

And then we’ll shake up the media story again by going on the offensive against Republicans, with a new series of tough ads that call them out for their ties to the health insurance industry.

But to actually make a big splash, we need to raise $185,000 today—and that’s going to take at least 50 donations from people in Washington. Can you chip in $20 right now to help out?


Right now, Republicans in Congress think they can get away with viciously slandering President Obama’s plan for a public health insurance option—even though 77% of Americans say they want to have the choice of a public plan.2

These Republicans need a reality check. Every member of Congress should know that opposing health care reform isn’t just morally wrong—it’s politically dangerous and unpopular.

That’s why we’re planning some very tough new TV ads. They’ll let voters know exactly how much money their representatives have taken from the insurance industry, whose top goal this year is to kill the public option.

These ads are a surefire way to put Republicans on the defensive, and show that Americans want their representatives to stop siding with insurance companies by obstructing health care reform.

To hit our goal of $185,000 and get these ads on the air, we need at least 50 people in Washington to step up. Can you chip in $20 right now to help out?


Thanks for all you do.

–Nita, Kat, Stephen, Joan and the rest of the team


1, 2. “New Poll: 77 Percent Support ‘Choice’ Of Public Option,” The Huffington Post, August 20, 2009.

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MoveOn Already Using Ted Kennedy’s Death To Promote Government Healthcare Takeover

Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Massachusetts) hasn’t been dead for 24 hours yet is already invoking his memory to press for the Sovietization of America’s healthcare system.

I received the following in my email inbox a half hour ago:

Dear MoveOn member,

The Lion is at rest.

Senator Teddy Kennedy passed away last night and our movement lost a hero. His leadership, his vision, and his passion will never be forgotten.

As we grieve, we must honor his memory and re-dedicate ourselves to his fight. Right now, let’s listen to his words. Below is a powerful video that lots of MoveOn members are passing around this morning:

Video of Teddy Kennedy


Tonight, please light a candle in your window to memorialize him.

Tomorrow, as Senator Kennedy said, “…the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.”

Tomorrow, let’s re-commit ourselves to achieving the thing that mattered most to him: Quality, affordable health care for every single American.

Thank you for all you do.

–Justin, Adam, Amy, Anna, Annie, Carrie, Christopher, Daniel, Danielle, Eli, Emily, Gail, Ian, Ilya, Ilyse, Joan, Jodeen, Julie, Kat, Keauna, Laura, Lenore, Marika, Matt E., Matt S., Matthew, Melanie, Michael, Nita, Noah, Peter, Sasha, Scott, Stephen, Steven, Susannah, Wes, and the entire MoveOn team

PAID FOR BY MOVEON.ORG POLITICAL ACTION, Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee. […]

Do Conservatives Use New Media Technology?

That’s the question asked by the Washington Post’s chief digital officer, Vijay Ravindran, who wonders how much technological infrastructure backs up Sarah Palin’s speeches, the “tea parties,” and Newt Gingrich’s excellent adventures. Good question.

Ravindran observes that the print and broadcast media mainly missed all the innovations initiated by Democrats in 2004 and 2008–social networking (, online fundraising (Act Blue), and major donor fundraising for think tanks and advocacy groups (the Democracy Alliance). These improvements overcame older Republican advances in direct mail and talk radio.

Ravindran notes that “microtargeting” likely voters by data mining was important in helping leftwing interest groups turn out the vote in the 2005 Virginia governor’s race. He attributes Tim Kaine’s success to the sophisticated data aggregation techniques developed by former Clinton aide Harold Ickes, who started a private company Catalist.  Ickes had clashed with Howard Dean, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, and persuaded George Soros to put up $1 million to fund the Catalist operation.

Ravindran confesses to not knowing much about conservative capability in the new infrastructure architecture. However, the Washington Post’s chief digital officer knows lots about databanks and web-based tools since he was formerly the chief technology officer at Catalist.

Communist-Founded Group Brags About Glenn Beck Ad Boycott

The race-baiting Color of Change, a group co-founded by self-described communist Van Jones, who is President Obama’s green jobs czar, is gloating about getting more advertisers to stop running ads on the “Glenn Beck Program.”

Co-founder James Rucker, a former organizer, reports on the Huffington Post that Wal-Mart, Best Buy, CVS, Travelocity, Allergan (maker of Restasis), Ally Bank, Broadview Security, and Re-Bath have decided not to advertise on Beck’s TV show.

It’s unfortunate that these companies caved in to a left-wing hate group.

As I told Newsmax, the extremist racial grievance group isn’t happy that Beck did several news packages on Van Jones.

Jones is a founding board member of Color of Change, but Color of Change doesn’t want you to know that. The group deleted references to Jones on its website and only restored them after we exposed the coverup.

Maybe having an avowed America-hating radical on the group’s board is bad public relations.

Communist Green Jobs Czar’s Group Takes Aim at TV’s Glenn Beck

The particularly unsavory left-wing pressure group Color of Change has an axe to grind with Glenn Beck — and it’s personal.

The extremist racial grievance group isn’t happy that Beck did several news packages on Van Jones, President Obama’s controversial green jobs czar who describes himself as a communist. (Green really is the new red.)

Jones is a founding board member of Color of Change, but Color of Change doesn’t want you to know that. Maybe having an avowed America-hating radical on the group’s board is bad public relations.

The group deleted references to Jones on its “about” page. That page used to say, “James Rucker and Van Jones came together in the wake of [Hurricane] Katrina to use the organizing power of the Internet to give Black Americans and our allies a renewed and strengthened political voice.”

But now it doesn’t.

The old page still exists in the Google cache.  (The cache will eventually be cleared, so for safekeeping, I made a PDF of the page here.) The 501(c)(4) group’s 2006 and 2007 tax returns (IRS Form 990) show Jones as a director.

Jones was also on the board of the Apollo Alliance, a hard-left environmentalist group that is now running large chunks of the Obama administration. Beck pounded away at the Apollo Alliance and Jones on a recent show.

On its website, Color of Change invited people to sign a petition to spare the life of convicted multiple murder Stanley Tookie Williams. From the petition:

Stanley Tookie Williams has become a true asset to our community. As a co-founder of the Crips, Tookie created untold suffering and death. There is nothing romantic or glamorous about the kind of violence the Crips unleashed. But Williams has taken responsibility for the harm he’s done. And since then, he has saved the lives of countless young Black males. He will continue to do the same—but only if he’s allowed to live. It would be senseless for the State of California to kill a man who is working every day to stop the madness of gang violence.

Mass murderers don’t usually get clemency. Williams was executed in 2005.

The race-baiting conspiracy theorists of Color of Change appear to be enjoying some success in their campaign to convince advertisers to boycott the “Glenn Beck Program,” which airs at 5 p.m. Eastern time on weekdays.

The group’s co-founder James Rucker gloats in an op-ed at the Huffington Post that Progressive Insurance and several other advertisers have dropped Beck’s show since Color of Change started promoting a boycott. Of course it’s not all that surprising that Progressive Insurance dropped Beck. After all, the company was founded by left-wing philanthropist Peter B. Lewis.

Rucker is a former organizer. He is also a co-founder of the Secretary of State Project, the group that helped to elect Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie. Ritchie, a former community organizer who has worked hand in hand with ACORN, helped set the stage for Sen. Al Franken (D-ACORN) to steal the 2008 Senate election in Minnesota.

(Hat tip as to the existence of the boycott: Jeff Poor @ NewsBusters)

The ActBlue-Soros Complex

Teo Molin of Human Events has an interesting article called, “The ActBlue-Soros Complex.”

Here is the top of the article:

In an era when the most vehement proponents of big government happen to be the most politically active billionaires, it is not surprising that the Democracy Alliance, a collaborative of liberal donors led by George Soros and Peter B. Lewis, has set out on an offensive to pile funds into the liberal machine.

The tactics of Soros, his constituent investors and foundations are revealed easily — and in considerable detail — by an examination of the seemingly “grassroots” groups that this very non-grassroots collection of billionaires and bureaucrats fund.

In fact, staples of the “grassroots” political movement — especially progressive websites such as and ActBlue — are not driven by the average Democrat, as their image may suggest, but are rather mouthpieces for the radical agendas of the likes of Soros and labor unions. […]