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The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, led by Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) (R), speaks with Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD) at Capitol Hill in Washington June 20, 2012. The House Oversight and Government Operations Committee is conside
The claim: According to House Government Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, in order to meet the October 1 deadline for launching healthcare.gov, the Obama administration ignored security issues with the website, risking the disclosure of personally identifiable information from people applying for insurance—and even worse, they concealed a memo about this information from key technical staff.

The reality: The memo had nothing to do with the October 1 launch of healthcare.gov. It concerned a component of the website that is not planned to launch until April 2014 and would only be used by insurance companies to supply information about their plans to the health care exchanges. The reason key technical staff did not see the memo was that it was not relevant to them, had no bearing on the October 1 launch, and had nothing to do with personally identifiable information.

Stuff like this keeps on happening with Darrell Issa. He makes a sweeping allegation of malfeasance, and the claim proves to be incorrect. It happens often enough that the default position should be to assume that he's lying. Yet all too often, media outlets regurgitate his garbage.

It's easy to see why Issa would lie: It's great politics for him. But reporters shouldn't enable him, no matter how many clicks it buys them.

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  •  continuing saga of Darrell & other brother Darryl (6+ / 0-)
    brothers Larry, Darryl, and Darryl. The three, whose last name is never mentioned, are backwoodsmen who live in a shack. They are seen infrequently in the first season, a bit more in the second, but at the start of season three, they become regulars and take over the Minuteman Café from Kirk Devane. The two Darryls never speak (until the final episode). Larry introduces the group the same way every time they make an appearance: "Hi, I'm Larry; this is my brother Darryl, and this is my other brother Darryl." Larry often makes strange claims, though some of the most outrageous things he says turn out to be true, including a statement that Johnny Carson pays their gas bills.

    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 Sat Nov 30, 2013 at 06:13:22 PM PST

  •  Both sides fib. Fibbing is the natural inclination (2+ / 0-)
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    Of the Political Class.

    Some Dem Spokesperson was on CNN the other night, explaining that we were stuck with how the ACA is on account of the legislation having to be tailored to meet what the republicans wanted. So this spokesperson claimed that the ACA became very similar to the Mitt Romney care package that was enacted in Massachusetts.

    However at the time the ACA was being debated in Congress, there was a total majority of Dems on Congress and a Dem in the WH. So it seems to me that this account of how we tailored the ACA is either a lie or a fib. If the Democratic leadership wanted a better HC reform that the POS we got handed, we could have had it. But you sure didn't catch Obama chiding Rahm Emanuel or Liz Fowler for how they put together the legalese for the 2,000 page bill.

    Funny that right now, Harry Reid finally found the cajones to set the nuclear option off on the Republicans regarding majority vote counts and filibuster actions. If he had done this back in Summer of 2009, and insisted that it be applied to all legislation, then we'd now have a public option.

    Offer your heart some Joy every day of your life, and spread it along to others.

    by Truedelphi on Sat Nov 30, 2013 at 06:16:58 PM PST

    •  Fibbing? (1+ / 0-)
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      Nautical Knots

      Isn't that something a four year old child does?
      You don't often here of a grown male telling "fibs".

      Seem to remember a President getting tossed out by the Repugs for "lying".

      If you have the balls to LIE, plant your feet and tell a whopper. And for Pete's sake use the right word.

      I would tell you the only word in the English language that has all the vowels in order but, that would be facetious.

      by roninkai on Sat Nov 30, 2013 at 06:55:36 PM PST

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    •  That's why, post-debate and post vote for ACA, (5+ / 0-)

      John Boehner said he got "98% of what I wanted".

      The Dem majority in the House existed, yes, but for FAR less time than most (especially GOPig trolls) want us all to believe.

      Had Obama not accepted the insurance industry to the table during the private talks about it, we'd HAVE what we really want and need; but he caved to GOPig pressure then, too, trying to "bring both sides together".

      Sad and creaky as it may BE, the ACA is STILL a lot better than what we HAD.

    •  Your "both sides do it" argument---FAIL!! (8+ / 0-)

      At the time the ACA was enacted, while the Dems had a clear majority in the House, they had 60 votes in the Senate for only 4 months. And there were 5 or 6 Dem senators who were not always cooperative, one who was sick, and one who was very old and sick. That we got any plan at all was truly amazing.

    •  What the Dem spokeman said was true. (9+ / 0-)

      It had to be tailored to a degree just to get it out of committee(Senate). Then it had to be adjusted more just to get conservative Democrats in the House to vote for it and STILL 39 Dems voted against it. The bill passed the House by FIVE votes and the Senate barely got the 60 to avoid a filibuster. To think we'd have gotten a public option at that time is just a pipe dream. So spare me the "both sides" BS. NOTHING the Dems have done or said comes within 100 light years of the crap the Republicans have pulled since Obama became President

    •  At the time, Obama wanted to pass it with (2+ / 0-)
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      GOP votes so it would be a "bipartisan" bill, so he kept watering it down to entice the republicans.  Some of the changes resulted from Obama's negotiations with himself, while some were capitulations to their demands.  He believed in his heart of hearts that they would vote for it, but of course none did.

      It was the the same with the Stimulus package.  It was larded up with tax cuts to make it all fuzzy and bipartisany.  

      But Obama still believes, no, he knows, that he can work with republicans.  He said so in one of his recent speeches.  He never even blames the congressional republicans for anything, the farthest he'll go is to blame "a small minority faction" of the GOP.  Despite the fact that none of those fuckers ever vote for anything Obama favors.  

      "When I was an alien, cultures weren't opinions" ~ Kurt Cobain, Territorial Pissings

      by Subterranean on Sat Nov 30, 2013 at 08:10:38 PM PST

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    •  Dems could have done better, but............... (1+ / 0-)
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      You have to remember even when the Dems had majorities in Senate and House they did not have enough votes to break obstruction in Senate.  That 60 vote threshold existed then and still exists for legislation.

      Nonetheless, what is very disturbing is that characters like Rahm Emanuel and Max Baccus threw in the towel on single payer or public option not because they had to, but because they simply opposed it from the start.

    •  Nope. (0+ / 0-)

      this fucker is a real thief.Makes me miss Ron Packard.

    •  Your recollection is off (3+ / 0-)
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      NoStampTax, Nautical Knots, HappyinNM

      First of all, there was a majority of dems for only 72 days after the 2009 election.  Ted Kennedy, (D), was dying and did not participate much in the debates.  Al Franken, (D), was held up for 9 months from his Senate election as his opponent didn't accept the vote count.  Then, you forget the blue dog dems whose states were red and faced reelection.  Then, the big one - a majority vote was always overridden by the filibuster, and that made any voting requirement 60 votes.

      However, RomneyCare was a Koch Brother and Heritage creation; it was a republican idea, mandate and all.  The crazy part is that it is very successful in Massachusetts and actually was considered a "model" for the nation.

      There was no way the dems could have had any other form of health insurance reform without including for profit insurance companies.  There was an outcry of socialism at the onset and if single payer, or Medicare for all, which would have been the best, it never would have flown.

    •  Explain to me again (2+ / 0-)
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      about that "total" Democratic majority? I seem to recall that Al Franken didn't get seated for a long time, and there was this finicky guy called Joe Lieberman who wasn't a Democrat any longer but whose vote was needed to get to 60 unless you picked up a vote from a Republican...

    •  Lemme see here... Democrats? (1+ / 0-)
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      Are you referring to the Max Baucus, Diane Feinstein, Mary Landrieu kind that are tools for Cargill and Monsanto, AT&T or Texaco and British Petroleum? Or are you talking about the Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren kind who, for their efforts to represent people are branded as "socialist liberals"?

      You must be confusing Democrats with neocons.... neocons are zombies because even though some of them occasionally broadcast populist ideas in order to get elected, when they do get into office, they vote with one collective brain, no matter if their personal proclivities find it wrong. Democrats, however, do not universally exhibit zombie-like tendencies as your comment suggests. A few are actually willing to be Public servants and govern for Americans; unfortunately many more are, while not necessarily zombies, far more concerned about reelection than the quality of their work and who they actually represent, feigning populism while rabidly voting with the neocons. Gitmo is the simplest, most obvious example I can think of; some people think that Obama could close it by Executive Order - but in doing so he would be hyper-extending his Executive Branch authority and thereby setting up a whole raft of legal challenges by jackasses like Issa, and anyone who has spent serious time studying Constitutional law understands that. The net effect would be that nothing would get accomplished.

      And as far as Obama is concerned, it was clear within 6 weeks of his first inauguration that he was going to attempt to build a bipartisan coalition in Congress that no republican wanted any thing to do with. He simply refused to believe that so-called "moderate" republicans would abandon their responsibilities to the nation because a black man won the White House, and it took him 6 years to figure out that when it comes to partisan issues like racism, health care, abortion, guns and corporate influence, there is no such thing as a "bipartisan" republican. Anywhere. Except maybe living in PeeWee's Playhouse - and even then, it's doubtful.

      You want a Public Option? You want Gitmo closed? You want the Federal Court System to stop resembling the kangaroo courts of the Jim Crowe era that pass homophobic and misogynistic sentences for felons and stop giving away rights to corporations that were once only guaranteed to sentient human beings? THEN DO WHAT YOU CAN TO KEEP THESE "MODERATE" DINOS FROM GETTING INTO OFFICE and take down every republican within reach - even at the local level.

      Only then will you begin to see improvement - but not a second before.

  •  I've never done this before but (4+ / 0-)
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    TofG, diggerspop, Nautical Knots, Zinman

    I am really feeling the need to repost a comment I just made in another diary.

    I believe I'd better add another link, because there is, in all reasonale likelihood, few living Americans who can remember what the nefarious aspects and outcomes were, for so many American citizens, as a result of one man's megalomania.

    These are but the beginning bread crumbs that lead down a very dirty, nasty, embarrassing and humiliating time for America, even if one presumes legitimacy over the point of it's beginnings with the "Red Scares" of the late 1940s and early 1950s, relative to unfolding world events.

    I'm still upset about those school drills. :)

    Nurse Kelley says my writing is brilliant and my soul is shiny - who am I to argue?
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    by Bud Fields on Sat Nov 30, 2013 at 06:34:57 PM PST

  •  Issaa= The Boy who cried wolf (3+ / 0-)
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  •  Gotta feel sorry for Senator Lewis (3+ / 0-)
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    TofG, starduster, elmo

    Poor man must be shaking his head non-stop

    -8.25, -7.13 "Well, on second thought, let's not go to Camelot -- it is a silly place." "Right"

    by leathersmith on Sat Nov 30, 2013 at 06:41:32 PM PST

  •  Daryl Assa is more like it (3+ / 0-)
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    True words die in his windpipe and are replaced by rancid bile formed into words that approximate sentences worthy of impacting the eardrums of others. What he says should always be smelled instead of heard.

    Love = Awareness of mutually beneficial exchange across semi-permeable boundaries. Political and economic systems either amplify or inhibit Love.

    by Bob Guyer on Sat Nov 30, 2013 at 06:51:15 PM PST

  •  The man is a doofus. (1+ / 0-)
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    Farlfoto

    15 minutes of media fame, and it's on to the next crisis du Issa.

    Dumbass...I can't wait to see him get the boot.

    "There is nothing more exhilarating than to be shot at without result." - Winston Churchill

    by Dingodude on Sat Nov 30, 2013 at 06:56:32 PM PST

  •  maybe (0+ / 0-)

    Maybe FOXNEWS pays reporters from other networks to back up their fictitious stories.  Either that, or nobody goes to a reputable journalism school.

    Actions speak louder than petitions.

    by melvynny on Sat Nov 30, 2013 at 07:02:25 PM PST

  •  media are in the same predicament he's in- (1+ / 0-)
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    atana

    it's MUCH easier to ride the talk radio bandwagon that not, and as long as the left has no action to challenge it those think tanks are going to keep creating constituencies for any occasion.

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Sat Nov 30, 2013 at 07:04:07 PM PST

    •  There are two possible ways to challenge it (1+ / 0-)
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      One would be to cancel all radio licenses throughout the country and reissue them on a new basis -- e.g. many more community stations. Cancelling and reissuing radio licenses would be opposed by their Owners, who also Own many politicians. But perhaps it could be done gradually if the FCC were run by people with courage. (That was a joke).

      The other is to push Internet radio so that the effect of local talk radio stations is diluted. But people in vehicles will still want to dial into a local station for traffic and weather, and the hate radio jockeys will fill their ears with corporate propaganda in between the traffic and weather announcements.

      •  There is another option: a new Fairness Doctrine (3+ / 0-)
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        Bring it back and all the propaganda on right-winger radio can be challenged on the same station. Check it out if you don't know what I am talking about. The Wingers dread a new Fairness Doctrine more than anything else in their dystopia.

        Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is now 400ppm. That is "Climate Cluster Chaos". (hat tip to JeffW for CCC)

        by Zinman on Sat Nov 30, 2013 at 10:12:18 PM PST

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        •  i don't think a new FD is possible now- as you sa (0+ / 0-)

          say, they go bananas when anyone mentions it and dem politicians are scared of even talking about it. also many on the left are against it because they believe the RW bullshit about it.

          i suggest 4 other solutions:

          i like solutions that wouldn't require legislation or attempting to compete with a well established and protected monopoly. legislation like that gets fire from all sides and would be impossible to get through in this environment.

          RW radio has been successful because it has been given a free speech free ride, mainly because it can't be read and thinking people get headaches listening to it.

          1 is to make it readable and searchable using transcription software.

          2 is to pressure our universities to stop supporting what is clearly not in their interest and stop broadcasting sports on those stations.

          3 is to give it the 'credit' it deserves for the disasters of the last 25 years. that's happening more now but is still deficient.

          4 is to include what are clearly GOP/teabag HQs - those  major stations- in protests.

          This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

          by certainot on Sun Dec 01, 2013 at 08:17:00 AM PST

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      •  i suggest 4 solutions (0+ / 0-)

        i like solutions that wouldn't require legislation or attempting to compete with a well established and protected monopoly. legislation like that gets fire from all sides and would be impossible to get through in this environment.

        RW radio has been successful because it has been given a free speech free ride, mainly because it can't be read and thinking people get headaches listening to it.

        1 is to make it readable and searchable using transcription software.

        2 is to pressure our universities to stop supporting what is clearly not in their interest and stop broadcasting sports on those stations.

        3 is to give it the 'credit' it deserves for the disasters of the last 25 years. that's happening more now but is still deficient.

        4 is to include what are clearly GOP/teabag HQs - those  major stations- in protests.

        This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

        by certainot on Sun Dec 01, 2013 at 08:12:00 AM PST

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  •  Darrell Issa is doing just what his district (0+ / 0-)

    wants/deserves.

    I would pray to the Dark Goddess for CA-49 to slide into the ocean, except that the (shut down) San Onofre nuclear power plant is there and the fuel hasn't been removed yet, so that would create a mess for the rest of us.

  •  Once a car thief, always a car thief. (1+ / 0-)
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    America doesn't have an Obama Problem, America doesn't even have an Abortion Problem or a Gay Problem. With 32% of the population representing the bedrock support of the Republican Party, America has a Stupid Problem.

    by MARTinNJ on Sun Dec 01, 2013 at 05:24:15 AM PST

  •  I love that photo! (0+ / 0-)

    Issa looks like a cartoon drawing of Snidely Whiplash that was photoshopped into the photo.

    "For we, the people, understand that our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it." - President Barack Obama, Second Inaugural Address, January 21, 2013.

    by surfermom on Sun Dec 01, 2013 at 05:50:04 AM PST

  •  How'dya like the sausage, Pa? (0+ / 0-)

    Well, once you get done skinnin' it and cleanin' it, there ain't much to it.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Sun Dec 01, 2013 at 06:18:15 AM PST

  •  Darryl Issa is a career criminal. (1+ / 0-)
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    He's similar to Karl Rove, who started out stealing 200 pizzas with a false order to a pizza parlor claiming to be the local Democrats on election night.

    Rove delights in that crime.

    Issa started out stealing a car, then pulling a fraud involving another car.

    Card carrying sociopath. That's an example that explains why Republicans push hard for this hoax:

    "They all do it."

    It's a hoax. We do see the odd crook among Democrats, some guy with stray cash in his freezer. We do see lies here and there.

    But it's elected Republicans who share hoaxes, the hoaxes' supporting slogans, and the same lies and slanders over and over. They're perfectly happy advancing a crook such as Darryl Issa and repeating daily "talking point" lies from Karl Rove and Rush Limbaugh.

    There's no integrity to the Republican party as an enterprise. Ambition, sure thing.

    At this point they're down to two fundamental propaganda assets: abortion and Ronald Reagan. Anybody think that's going to sustain them for 2014/2016 ???

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