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GOLLUM:  We wants it, we needs it.
DARRELL ISSA:  Must have the precious (campaign contributions).
GOLLUM:  They (Democrats) stole it from us!
Per Hot Air, this comes in regarding Darrell Issa's never-ending escapades and endeavors for power and campaign contributions:

House oversight committee chairman Darrell Issa has launched an investigation into why the WWII memorial and other open-air monuments have been shut down.

“These properties belong to the American people. They do not belong to a Political party. There is no reason to ever shut those folks out from that,” said Representative Mike Kelly in an emotional speech…

Issa’s investigation is at its preliminary stages, Frederick Hill, his spokesman, said. But his committee will be exploring whether decisions were made to close monuments and other attractions for political reasons, potentially as a means of worsening the pain of a shutdown to increase political pressure on House Republicans.

Let me guess:  Congressman Issa got a mouthful from Congressman Randy Neugebauer?

Let's go down the list of Issa's initiatives:

Benghazi "Investigation"
Contraception "Hearing" (where Sandra Fluke was shut out)
Fast & Furious "Investigation"
IRS "investigation"
Postal Service "Reform"

And now the National Parks Service.  Lovely.

This comes after Issa blew up at a reporter as covered by CBS News (moment comes at 0:54 point in video):

Then on CNN recently in a tense exchange:

And then per the NY Times, Issa gets snappy once again:

During the lockdown, the police permitted some members of Congress to walk through the underground tunnel that connects the Capitol to the Senate office buildings.

At one point, Representative Darrell Issa, Republican of California, snapped at the police guarding the entrance to the tunnel, “Let me past, I am going through,” as he walked at a fast clip back toward the Capitol.

Issa's not doing too good these days.  Which means, we start doing voter registration drives in CA-49 ASAP.

The current Democratic challenger to Darrell Issa is Dave Peiser and here is his contact information:

Here's Peiser's information.

Dave Peiser for Congress:



Phone:  (760) 405-1257

The website still needs more updating and we still need to know where Peiser stands so if you desire to have another candidate and want to fire up the base in CA-49, start contacting the CA State Democratic Party and the San Diego County Democratic Party to see about getting additional candidates to run in the primary against Darrell Issa.
California Democratic Party
Address:  1401 21st Street, Suite 200
Sacramento, CA 95811
Phone:  (916) 442-5707
Fax:  (916) 442-5715
San Diego County Democratic Party Website:
Address:  8340 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, Suite 10 San Diego, CA 92111
Phone:  (858) 277-3367
Fax:    (858) 571-0275
Contact Form:
Might as well harass the DCCC:
Address:  430 S. Capitol St. SE
Washington, DC 20003
Phone:  (202) 863-1500
Contact Form:

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Comment Preferences

  •  If the problem is nuts (11+ / 0-)

    then it must have been the squirrels.

  •  You Know They Staged the Confrontation of Course. (12+ / 0-)

    Another investigation where only one side is permitted to participate and give evidence.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 07:51:02 PM PDT

  •  Rep. Issa is a man of fine reputation, a true (5+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, sfbob, rbird, a2nite, cactusgal

    poster child for the success of democracy which  produced this shallow, place holder.

  •  Issa said the reason (0+ / 0-)

    we need to delay Obamacare is that the people helping applicants fill out the paperwork aren't subject to HIPAA and therefore the applicants' personal health information isn't protected.

    But pre-existing conditions are no longer part of the application, right?  I haven't seen an application. Does it ask for mental and physical histories?  If it does, Issa is correct. If it doesn't, Issa is not correct. HIPAA only deals with the breaching of personal health information, such as if you've had cancer or if you have high blood pressure.

  •  Yep, those sites belong to American people, who (4+ / 0-)

    hired other people (commonly known in this case as federal employees) to manage those sites and provide assistance and security to the American people when they come to visit those sites. Just as with any other enterprise, when the American people - through the efforts of a select subset of their elected representatives - decide not to pay their employees, the sites are shut down because the expected services can't be provided...

    I would think an experienced businessman like Mr. Issa would understand fundamental concepts like this...

    "In a nation ruled by swine, all pigs are upward mobile..." - Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    by Jack K on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 08:15:11 PM PDT

  •  What a sorry excuse for a human being (2+ / 0-)
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    Rosalie907, cactusgal

    And what a colossal hypocrite. He may be an asshole but he's not stupid. He knows how federal laws regulations work (he must, given how hard he works to evade them). He knows that when there is no budget there are no funds to operate and maintain national parks and national monuments and that they must therefore be closed to the public. He knows full well that the park ranger was simply doing her job.  She was certainly performing her duties doing with far more graciousness than I would have if I'd been in her place.

  •  Squirrel! (2+ / 0-)
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    highacidity, a2nite

    We will never be free from fear as long as we fear the NRA.

    by captainlaser on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 08:19:34 PM PDT

  •  And for those who wish to let Mr. Issa know (2+ / 0-)
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    highacidity, a2nite

    how they feel and where their votes and money will go Issa's Facebook Page.

    Wonders are many, but none so wonderful as man.

    by Morgan Sandlin on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 08:41:21 PM PDT

  •  I quite agree that parks and outdoor monuments (1+ / 0-)
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    ought never to be closed. Why do they get to close them? Because lawyers' penchant for filing law suits whenever someone gets hurt and there's no attendant has given insurance companies an opening to demand it.
    But, if some people are not to be paid, then the non-essentials are going to be laid off. And the executive gets to decide who that is.
    It's not arbitrary and capricious because the rules are written down.

    •  also risk of vandalism (2+ / 0-)
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      cactusgal, brook

      In the urban parks, the park itself isn't closed -- I can still walk through it on my way downtown as I always do. It's only the visitors' center that's shut tight.

      In the remote parks, there's also a safety issue. If people are in Yosemite and fall off a cliff, there are no rangers to go help them out.

    •  The government is closed because... (1+ / 0-)
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      ....that is how the GOP wants to play this. Closed is closed. All National Park facilities are closed. If we keep the monuments open, why not the trails at Yellowstone or the C&O canal, or the boat launch ramps at hundreds of federal lakes or.......closed is closed, Issa. Deal with it.

  •  Darren Issa: the legendary oblivion (1+ / 0-)
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  •  I was wondering if we could get Issa to (2+ / 0-)
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    kurt, cactusgal

    Shut the fuck up. Seriously.
    I think that if we could pass a law that mandated an automated surround sound of a jackass braying its balls off every time this man opened his mouth for any reason the congress would be a better place.

    Give blood. Play hockey.

    by flycaster on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 10:20:18 PM PDT

    •  We CA residents have wanted him to for YEARS (3+ / 0-)
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      Santa Susanna Kid, kurt, cactusgal

      Don't forget, Issa's been pulling the same old partisan crap for many years.  He's always been a partisan and he only compromises if it benefits him financially or his party.  In fact, he fits right in with the Tea Party as he's got their drive for power and lack of respect for democracy down pat.

      Not too long after Issa was first elected to the House (first in 2000, a couple years after Paul Ryan was first elected), in 2003 he launched the recall race against Gray Davis even though Davis was elected in November 2012 fairly and did not commit any fatal problems.  It's also clear Issa wanted to run for Governor but he also had ample time to run in 2002 and he didn't.  He also wimped out of the 2003 race because of Arnold Schwarzenegger.

      Issa really doesn't connect with his CA-49 constituents.  Maybe his office does but he sure doesn't.

  •  a piece of duct tape conviently placed over (1+ / 0-)
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    Santa Susanna Kid

    Issa's mouth would have the same impact Flycaster, plus it would be cheaper. National parks , monuments forests and all other protected spaces should be automatically funded like Ss is. just put all the forests parks and refuges into the same department - lets call it Conservation- and give the new department roughly the same amount we give to other countries in foreign aid- which comes to 65 billion. well the backlog in the nps system is about 8 billion currently, the annual budget shortfall is 500 million,and the current combined budget is less than 20 billion. so by nearly quadrupling that budget, we not only get the backlogs removed and shortfall eliminated, we have enough money to expand the system in time for its centennial. it would also help if you added monument or park to the name of areas that are called seashores or lakeshores, so you know whether its at the same level as a park, or its a level below at monument status. call them monument 'pluses' or 'park pluses' if you want. just so folks aren't confused.

  •  pipsorcle, it's late for you and late comment (1+ / 0-)
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    But did you know about this?

    Nevertheless, the oversight committee [Issa!] filed a motion requesting that the suit against Eric Holder go forward, claiming that the “Department’s Contingency Plan provides that Department employees may continue to work on matters necessary to the discharge of the President’s constitutional duties and powers.” In other words, the matter was sufficiently urgent that furloughed DOJ lawyers should be forced to volunteer their services to work on the case without pay.

    In an order yesterday, Judge Jackson made pretty clear what she thought of that argument. At 11 a.m. she granted the Justice Department’s stay, ordering it to get back in touch with her within two days of operations resuming, at which time the legal proceedings will resume as well. Judge Jackson made her feelings about the urgent need for this particular suit to press forward rather plain:

        "There are no exigent circumstances in this case that would justify an order of the Court forcing furloughed attorneys to return to their desks. Moreover, while the vast majority of litigants who now must endure a delay in the progress of their matters do so due to circumstances beyond their control, that cannot be said of the House of Representatives, which has played a role in the shutdown that prompted the stay motion."

    Sometimes I wish I wrote diaries....

    For time and the world do not stand still. Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future. (JFK)

    by begone on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 10:41:30 PM PDT

    •  Did you know about this? :) (1+ / 0-)
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      WASHINGTON -- A federal judge has delayed the lawsuit House Republicans brought against Attorney General Eric Holder over the Fast and Furious scandal, taking a shot at the House of Representatives in the process.

      Given the current government shutdown, the Justice Department asked this week to delay proceedings in a lawsuit filed by the House Oversight Committee accusing Holder of contempt of Congress because he did not turn over documents in response to a subpoena related to a botched operation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The ATF operation, known as Fast and Furious, allowed weapons to flow into the hands of Mexican drug cartels. Led by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the House committee sued Holder to force the Justice Department to turn over the documents.

      Lawyers for the Oversight Committee had opposed a delay to the proceedings and said it was "conceivable that appropriations will be restored" by an Oct. 15 court deadline. But the federal judge sided with the DOJ.

      "There are no exigent circumstances in this case that would justify an order of the Court forcing furloughed attorneys to return to their desks," U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson ordered. "Moreover, while the vast majority of litigants who now must endure a delay in the progress of their matters do so due to circumstances beyond their control, that cannot be said of the House of Representatives, which has played a role in the shutdown that prompted the stay motion."

      Earlier this week, Jackson denied the DOJ's motion to dismiss the case altogether. The DOJ had argued that the judicial branch shouldn't get involved in squabbles between the executive and the legislative branches.

      DOJ spokesman Brian Fallon, responding to the rejection of the department's request for dismissal before he and all other employees in the Justice Department's Office of Public Affairs were furloughed, said the decision "reflects only the determination that the court has jurisdiction to adjudicate the case. As the court specifically noted, this was not a decision about the validity of the assertion of executive privilege."

      •  I expect a lot of these orders (0+ / 0-)

        It's amazing to me that the judicial branch is open at all -- are they running short-staffed? cancelling jury trials, as my state did in a similar impasse? -- and I expect that they will be generous in granting extensions on any case where the US is a party, civil or criminal.

        •  Well, government shutdown is affecting federal gov (0+ / 0-)

          Across the board.  And while Issa continues his pointless investigations, the government shutdown is making his life even harder as a Congressman.

          Which is why this NPS investigation is just so ridiculous.  Issa's energy needs to be on straightening out his fellow GOP colleagues and working with others to produce a legitimate government restoration bill.  Instead, he and others are putting a blame game on the Democrats for an issue they've started.

  •  I demand to know who ordered the (0+ / 0-)

    barricades? Was it the White house? Was it that Kenyan Kommie N-word? Can we nail Obama with this? Please, God, just hand me Obama on a silver platter and I won't ask for any campaign contribution again! Ever.

  •  Answer is easy (0+ / 0-)
    Due to the government shutdown engineered by the Republican members of the House of Representatives, we are unable to respond to any inquiries at this time.

    I expect a judge would laugh at Issa if he tries to slam a shut-down government agency for not responding in a timely manner to his harrassment. I just hope the mainstream media do the same. If not, he's providing plenty of material for SNL, Stewart, Colbert, Leno, et al.

  •  He's way behind (0+ / 0-)

    Actually, there's an ulterior motive here.  Issa is concocting this latest investigation because he's WAY behind on his commitment to an investigation a week or whatever he promised after Obama's election.  He's acting like a 7th grader who's behind on his homework assignment, just trying to catch up.

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