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This doesn't smell right.  I don't like Kathleen Sebelius.  She's up to no good on Obamacare.  I think we need to subpoena her.
As I mentioned in one of my previous diaries, not only does Darrell Issa apparently like the thought of investigations, he also loves subpoenas.  With the level of activity he does on this front to make things a witch hunt towards the Obama administration, his love for investigations and subpoenas makes me think of how kids like to flip the car door and window buttons back and forth for kicks.

I used to flip car door and window buttons back and forth when I was a kid.  It was a lot of fun.  However, I then realized that I got older was that this was ridiculous and I ended up becoming more mature as an adult.

Unfortunately, Issa hasn't learned his lesson.

WASHINGTON -- Top Republicans have threatened Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius with a subpoena if she does not provide them documents related to problems with the federal healthcare exchange's website by Monday.

In a letter sent Thursday to Sebelius, whose agency has been criticized for the botched launch of, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) asked for specific information related to the opening of the exchange on Oct. 1, including a detailed description of all technical problems with the website and how much the government has already spent to address the problems.

The lawmakers chastised Sebelius for not responding to a request for information sent on Oct. 10.

"While you have refused to provide information to Congress, you have been a frequent guest on numerous news and television comedy programs subsequent to October 1, 2013," wrote Alexander, the ranking member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and Issa, the chairman on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. "It is unacceptable that you are providing information to numerous other outlets, but not to Congress."

Furthermore on this potential subpoena:

Issa and Alexander accused Sebelius of making misleading statements in public and to Congressional overseers about the preparedness of HHS’s digital healthcare effort.

“It is clear that you and other high-ranking HHS officials either provided false testimony to Congress or did not know how badly the development of the was proceeding,” they wrote. “Either scenario, if accurate, is inexcusable and demands accountability from your department.”

The letter ran through a litany of problems with the website, which has drawn criticism from members of Congress on both sides of the aisle.

“Your failure to provide Congress information that would shed additional light on these problems is a troubling indication that you are refusing to hold people accountable for this costly and failed enterprise,” Issa and Alexander said.

You'd think by now Darrell Issa would learn that the majority of the American public doesn't want these investigations or subpoenas he's launching and they're being a waste of taxpayer dollars.

But of course, with someone like Issa, being cooperative isn't in his DNA.  Whereas Tea Party folks have a reputation for being bullies in the last few years in their presence in Congress, Issa's been used to doing this crap for ten years.  The 2003 California Gubernatorial Recall Election.

And he's also busy wasting time on Twitter helping fellow Republicans like Rep. Renee Elmers get followers.  Congressman Issa is being elected to do what again with our taxes?

Ahh yes, this woman whose last name comes after Elmer Fudd, just with an "s" after the "r" and no "Fudd."  Remember the headlines she made this week?

(Rep. Elmers appears at 02:10 mark of video)


Here's the voter registration as of February 2013 by the actual CA-49 Congressional District, which combines parts of San Diego and Orange County.  Note the number of Decline-to-State/Independents:

Orange County:  
Democrats:  22,239
Republicans:  44,833
Decline-to-State/Independent:  19,077

San Diego County:
Democrats:  84,282
Republicans:  107,221
Decline-to-State/Independent:  70,938


Democrats:  106,521
Republicans:  152,054
Decline-to-State/Independent:  90,015

Now if you live in or near CA-49 and want a reason to start voter registration drives or take part in them, note that San Diego County Democratic Party has a calendar that keeps track of all activity going on, whether local Democratic club meetings or voter registration drive events:

Darrell Issa has a Democratic challenger in 2014, at least one so far.  His name is Dave Peiser and here is his contact information.  Start firing up the base in CA-49!

Dave Peiser for Congress:





In the meantime, here's an old Viper Car Alarm Commercial featuring Issa's voice (occurs twice in the 0:06-0:12 range)

Originally posted to pipsorcle on Fri Oct 25, 2013 at 01:43 PM PDT.

Also republished by California politics.


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  •  Darrell and his other brother Darryl Issa (12+ / 0-)

    not so much flipping car knobs as chopping rides

    A fellow soldier, Jay Bergey, said that Issa stole his Dodge Charger in 1971, and that "I confronted Issa...I got in his face and threatened to kill him, and magically my car reappeared the next day, abandoned on the turnpike." No charges were ever filed. Issa has denied any theft.[10]
    After receiving a hardship discharge in 1972, because his father had a heart attack, Issa earned a General Educational Development (GED) certificate.[10] Twice that year, he was arrested. In the first incident he was indicted by a grand jury for an alleged theft of a Maserati, but prosecutors dropped the charge.[17] In the second incident, he was stopped for driving the wrong way on a one-way street, and a police officer noticed a firearm in his glove compartment. Issa was charged with carrying a concealed weapon. He pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of an unregistered firearm, and was sentenced to six months' probation and a small fine.[10][17] Issa has said he believes the record has since been expunged.[10]

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013

    by annieli on Fri Oct 25, 2013 at 01:47:47 PM PDT

    •  I hope I NEVER see (6+ / 0-)

      a diary about Darrell Issa that doesn't contain a statement of his criminal history.  It's what defines him.


      Guns don't kill people but there's always one there at the time of death.

      by john07801 on Fri Oct 25, 2013 at 02:20:51 PM PDT

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      •  i hope i never EVER see (3+ / 0-)
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        a diary without annieli's comments.

        early or late. ♥

        Addington's perpwalk? TRAILHEAD of accountability for Bush-2 Crimes. @Hugh: There is no Article II power which says the Executive can violate the Constitution.

        by greenbird on Fri Oct 25, 2013 at 02:44:17 PM PDT

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      •  HAHAHAHA (3+ / 0-)
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        I've been posting diaries on Daily Kos for a long time on Darrell Issa since September 2012 (and on a weekly basis) and I've never included his criminal history.

        And there's a reason why:  The criminal history, while factual and gives insight into what Issa was like in his 20's and does provide more depth into who he is as a person but does little to reveal anything about his record in Congress (unless you want to make the argument Issa can only be partisan because he's got a cheating history).  

        The way Issa is on the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee could be exactly how Jason Chaffetz, Jim Jordan and others would run the committee if they were its Chairman.  I've seen folks do witch hunts like Issa (including Scott DeMaio in San Diego City Council) on TV and they don't have his criminal history.  Also, considering Issa rubber stamped the Iraq War from the get-go and didn't really start taking action until the Democrats won both the House and the Senate November 2006, there's a lot of reasons to suggest he was just like every hypocritical Republicans who rubber stamped the Iraq War (most of which never had a criminal history).

        It's possible the criminal record Issa has had shows how he wanted to cheat the system in California by bankrolling the 2003 California Gubernatorial Recall Election but he also ran a very successful company Viper Electronics before he was elected to Congress in November 2000.  No information I know of shows Issa had to bribe people or steal money just to get the company started but on the other hand, I haven't done a lot of research into Issa's history at Viper Electronics (I should say Directed Electronics since that's the company name nowadays).

        The deal is, Issa's got so much blood on his hands and such a lousy record as Congressman, there's so much ammunition to attack him with on his record since he was elected to Congress that it's not even necessary to bring up the criminal history.  Issa can be taken down and slapped down easily without bringing up the criminal history, which at this point is purely optional, not required to destroy his reputation in Congress.

        •  recall that Viper is an car alarm company which (3+ / 0-)
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          speaks to some continuity between crime and punishment as well as his issues with authority

          Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013

          by annieli on Fri Oct 25, 2013 at 05:26:17 PM PDT

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          •  But campaigning on topic might backfire (0+ / 0-)

            At least if say we're talking about the timeline from Issa's rise from thief to founder and CEO of Viper to being a Congressman to his role in Congress in recent years as House Oversight & Government Reform Committee.  

            Yes, it's true that Darrell Issa started Viper Electronics based on his background as being a thief but he also turned the company into being a multi-million enterprise that's continued to be successful even to today.  If you want to make the argument that Issa stole money or went through a shady process like say Mitt Romney did with Bain Capital to get capital to allow him to start his Viper enterprise, then we'd have a whole different dialog together.

            One thing also to note:  Aside from the 2003 California Gubernatorial Recall Election, Issa's record after that was basically being a rubber stamp to President Bush's agenda but there was nothing controversial or news making I can recall where Issa was getting himself into trouble from say 2004-2009.  Issa had a rather low profile all things considered.  He also was elected in Congress when George W. Bush first was elected and was basically voting in line with pretty much the majority of Republicans in Congress on the Iraq War and other matters.  If you say Issa has issues with authority, he didn't show that was the case during President Bush's two terms (even when the Democratic Party took control of the House and Senate from 2007-2008 during Bush's last term).  However, in the course of President Obama's two terms, Issa has shown he's had issues with authority but so have other Republicans.  It would seem to me he's following more on what the national GOP wants out of him and being just like most partisan Republicans versus making his own independent judgement.

            Here's the deal:  I have no problem with anyone commenting on my Issa diaries on his criminal past or anything else regarding him but in all honesty, I've seen mostly talk about Issa's criminal past, not so much his legislative record or even when he bankrolled the 2003 California Gubernatorial Recall Election.  

            Considering now Issa is down in the polls, at least for the time being as a result because of the government shutdown, I don't think in a campaigning sense the Democratic Party will have much leverage with Issa's criminal past.  There will be more leverage with his record in Congress and what he's done during the time but given CA-49 is not a purple district yet (it's R+4 per Cook Report), going after Issa's past before he entered Congress has potential to backfire and it would get a lot more traction by going after his years in Congress.  Folks down in San Diego area know Issa has been successful with Viper Electronics but they don't know enough about his record in Congress.

            What I'm finding odd is that not enough people want to point the argument of being fiscally conservative (or better put, fiscally responsible) right back at Issa if he wants to make the argument he's really a conservative Republican or feel proud of it:

            1)  The 2003 California Gubernatorial Recall Election was Issa going after Gray Davis all because Davis lied about the budget figures but in the end, Issa chickened out because Ah-nold entered and while Ah-nold was a moderate Republican, he also made the CA State Budget problems worse by borrowing and spending.  So thanks to Issa, we got Ah-nold and a worse problem in California.  

            2)  Issa and other Republicans in Congress from 2002-2008 increased the U.S. debt from their Iraq War votes, which made it harder in the end to control the spending.  Now they want to have all this concern over the mess they created but it's only because Barack Obama or a Democrat is in office, not because they're consistently fiscally conservative/responsible.

            One thing is for certain:  When Darrell Issa defends his arguments on why he does the investigations the way he does, he never cares what other people think and wants things his way.  Perhaps how Issa was a criminal in his early 20's has made him who he is today because when someone challenges him on his lies, he gets really defensive and denies everything to the nth degree that he stops at nothing to make sure he always wins.  I think criminals, if they aren't smart enough or willing to learn from their mistakes, try to evade being transparent because they want to get away with everything.

            However, Dave Peiser or any other eventual Democratic nominee will have to be smart in how they bring up Issa's criminal past (if they do) on how it applies to his time in Congress.  Most folks in CA-49, if they were to decide between Issa and Peiser, will be judging on Issa's times in Congress and whether or not it's time for a change.  I don't think there will be much focus on the Issa's past as being a thief.

            •  no disagreement, although anyone watching (1+ / 0-)
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              any of Issa's appearances on Bill Maher will see what kind of person he really is... Issa's 2003 California Gubernatorial Recall Election does merit the most examination, and I wish you the best of luck in your campaign activities

              Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013

              by annieli on Fri Oct 25, 2013 at 09:49:23 PM PDT

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    •  Thanks for this. Off to Top Comments. eom (3+ / 0-)
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      Creativity is intelligence having fun.

      by Ninepatch on Fri Oct 25, 2013 at 03:46:02 PM PDT

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  •  Don't we have a precedent for administration (4+ / 0-)

    officials not showing up when served subpoenas?  I seem to recall that happening during the Bush Admin with Harriet Myers and KKKarl Rove.  Not that I'm in favor of her doing that because I thought it was a terrible precedent.  By the way, Issa should STFU.  He's an intolerable douchebag.

    "Man's main task in life is to give birth to himself; to become what he potentially is." -Erich Fromm

    by nspguy on Fri Oct 25, 2013 at 01:55:23 PM PDT

    •  I seem to recall that, too (2+ / 0-)
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      Time and again Bush administration officials just blew off subpoenas from Congress, claiming that under the separation of powers in the Constitution, the Executive Branch wasn't answerable to the Legislative Branch.

      The Obama administration should dust off those old "up yours" responses from the Bush years, cross off the date and name of whoever was subpoenaed, update them for now, and send it back to Issa. Maybe with a note that says, "We recall that this was a good enough answer under the previous administration, so we know you won't say anything about it now."

  •  Back in the good old Bush days, (1+ / 0-)
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    a statement like this from a Democratic congressperson to a Presidential Cabinet member would have elicited a big fuck you. Ahh, those were the days.
    By the way, I saw results from a PPP poll done on Monday that shows Issa down 4 against a generic democrat. Change is indeed in cards.

    "I'm gonna dance between the raindrops"

    by IB JOHN on Fri Oct 25, 2013 at 02:28:51 PM PDT

  •  Heartbreaking (1+ / 0-)
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    It truly breaks Issa's heart that there were problems with the website.

  •  woot? (1+ / 0-)
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    The troubled website will be fixed by late November, the Obama administration said Friday as the US government appointed a new contractor to head the scheme.

    Jeffrey Zients, President Obama's appointee to fix the problems, promised "relentless focus on speed and execution," nearly a month into the botched healthcare rollout, which has prevented people from signing up for Obama's landmark program.

    Administration officials announced Friday that one of the website's subcontractors – QSSI – would now lead the initiative to fix the site. Officials at the centers for Medicare and Medicaid services had previously taken the lead role.

    Addington's perpwalk? TRAILHEAD of accountability for Bush-2 Crimes. @Hugh: There is no Article II power which says the Executive can violate the Constitution.

    by greenbird on Fri Oct 25, 2013 at 02:43:23 PM PDT

  •  Wasting everybody's time and money. (2+ / 0-)
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    "It is unacceptable that you are providing information to numerous other outlets, but not to Congress."
    Having a pout about stolen spotlights?

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Fri Oct 25, 2013 at 03:00:02 PM PDT

  •  Sebelius (0+ / 0-)

        Just in time for Halloween, Catholeen SeBELIAL wants to give us a witchy ObamaScare trick instead of a treat!

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