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Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda II – The Iceman Cometh

I think other brother Darrell Issa (pronounced “ice-uh”) must have read my post about using Congressional oversight power:

California Rep. Darrell Issa is already eyeing a massive expansion of oversight for next year, including hundreds of hearings; creating new subcommittees; and launching fresh investigations into the bank bailout, the stimulus and, potentially, health care reform.

Issa told POLITICO in an interview that he wants each of his seven subcommittees to hold “one or two hearings each week.”

“I want seven hearings a week times 40 weeks,” Issa said.

Issa is also targeting some ambitious up-and-comers like Reps. Jason Chaffetz of Utah, Patrick McHenry of North Carolina and Jim Jordan of Ohio — all aggressive partisans — to chair some of his subcommittees.

He also wants to organize aggressive oversight beyond his committee and plans to refer inquiries to other House panels, drawing even more incoming GOP chairmen to the cause of investigating the executive branch.

I’m sure that Obama and the Democrats have nothing to worry about, right?

It’s just too bad Dirty Harry and Nancy Pelousy didn’t think of it first. I guess they didn’t want to upset David Broder and their financial backers on Wall Street.

Nobody saw this coming.

F**king f**ksticks.

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  1. Wikipedia:

    Darrell Edward Issa (born November 1, 1953) is the U.S. Representative for California’s 49th congressional district, and previously the 48th, serving since 2001. He is a member of the Republican Party. He was formerly a CEO of Directed Electronics, the Vista, California based manufacturer of automobile security and convenience products. His district consists of portions of southern Riverside County and northern San Diego County. The district was numbered as the 48th District during his first term and was renumbered the 49th after the 2000 Census.

    Aside from his service in Congress, Issa is also known for being a major contributor to the 2003 recall election of Governor Gray Davis, and a guest speaker at Republican events. His net worth has been estimated at more than $250 million, making him the “richest member of Congress”.


    Issa came to national prominence when he contributed over $1.6 million to help fund a signature-gathering drive for the petition to recall Gray Davis. At the time he made the contribution, it was widely believed that Issa intended to place himself on the ballot to replace Davis. However, following the entrance of fellow Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger into the race, two days before the filing deadline, Issa announced that he would not run.

  2. Did you see the artwork behind Issa in the Politico picture? http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1110/44850.html It is the Republican party’s equivalent of the dogs playing poker picture,with all the Republican presidents since Lincoln in it. Of course the way Obama has been “playing his cards”, they need to air-brush him in.

    • Obama does brag about how good a poker player he is.

      He used to play in a weekly game with a bunch of lobbyists and they always lost money to him.

      That’s not bribery, right?

      • He used to play in a weekly game with a bunch of lobbyists and they always lost money to him.
        He probably thought it was because he was a great bluffer!

      • They were softening him up. They were letting him preen.
        Obama is not brilliant.
        They saw a sucker and thought they had one on the hook.
        They did…
        They do.

  3. I wouldn’t be surprised if Bloomberg said this in a private conversation because it’s the truth: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2010/11/08/did-mayor-call-president-the-most-arrogant-man-ever/

    • Are they all having a contest, like, because I could have sworn that it was some lady who said it, it is truly becoming a “NO, I said it!”.

      I will pay attention when Pelosi says she said it.

  4. Grief counseling after the wipeout

    A staffer for a congressional Democrat who came up short on Tuesday reports that a team of about five people stopped by their offices this morning to talk about payroll, benefits, writing a résumé, and so forth, with staffers who are now job hunting.

    But one of the staffers was described as a “counselor” to help with the emotional aspect of the loss — and a section in the packet each staffer was given dealt with the stages of grief (for instance, Stage One being anger, and so on).

    “It was like it was about death,” the staffer said. “It was bizarre.”

    I will not laugh I will not laugh I will not laugh.

  5. Ruh roh!

    W.H.: Biden meeting unrelated to Issa

    Vice President Joe Biden’s meeting Monday with a Justice Department official who once advised President Bill Clinton on congressional inquiries had nothing to do with steeling the White House for an anticipated onslaught of investigations when Republicans take control of the House in January, according to White House officials.

    • We can only hope that some of the Birther nuts star clamoring for an investigation into Obama’s origins.
      That would be the icing on the pie that’s about to be thrown into the Democrat’s faces.

  6. I wouldn’t expect much out of Republican investigations. The one bipartisan achievement of recent years has been TARP. I read their plans are to first and foremost investigate the effing New Black Panther Party.

    • I don’t know that many Republicans who voted for TARP escaped the bloodbath of 2008 or the primaies of 2010.

      • TARP is not the problem. The Fed is the one buying worthless mortgage back securities (mbs).

      • We’ll see. I going to bet on the Republicans going after the New Black Panther Party and skipping the bank bailout investigations.

        • I agree. Unless the GOP has dramatically changed we can expect much time wasting on the taxpayers dime. They will likely investigate nothing of relevance for fear their little fingers might get caught all over it as well.

  7. Peter Daou:

    First, some context: I’ve been insistent that the fundamental problem for President Obama and Democratic leaders is a lack of moral authority, a pervasive sense among the electorate that they don’t have the courage of their convictions

    They have convictions?

    Where do they keep them hidden?

  8. http://www.blogdelnarco.com/2010/11/capturan-hombres-con-armas-de-alto.html

    OK, I will be the first to say I know nothing about weapons, but doesn’t the guy on the right look to be holding a rocket launcher weapon thingie??? Am I right?

    • That looks like a LAW rocket (light anti-tank weapon)

      • OK, now for my next question, aren’t these only sold to the MILITARY! I am a bit distressed to hear that narcos have them and I agree with Madame Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton in that there is a little Grande problem with the narco wars, especially if they have military weapons.

        Oh, just curious me, why is LAW in the name of the launcher?

        • (light anti-tank weapon)

          • The narcos probably buy them at military garage sales.

          • OK, got it, late ,but got it…not to quick in the weapons talk, chit chat…, but maybe that is a good thing.

          • Federales encontraron dentro de la camioneta poderoso armamento, una ametralladora calibre 7.62 x 39, un lanza cohetes calibre 82 mm, así como 50 cartuchos calibre 9mm y 49 cartuchos calibre 22. mm.

            I think it says:
            Mexican federal authorities found in the pick up powerful arms: one machine gun, caliber 7.62 x 39, one rocket launcher, caliber 82 mm with 50 cartridges of 9mm ammo as well as 49 cartridges of 22 mm ammo.

    • Federal agents found in the van powerful weapon, a 7.62 x 39 caliber machine gun, a caliber 82 mm rocket launchers and 50 rounds 9mm and 49 caliber cartridges 22. mm.

      Goosh, Oh my, but I was correct according to Google Translator, it is a rocket launcher!

    • Twenty people killed last weekend in drug shootings in Cuidad Juarez is a fucking serious problem. We have what is essentially a failed state on our southern border. Eventually more of that is going to come across.

    • Makes you wonder how many congress members are taking money from the drug cartels to keep pot illegal.

  9. We should be making the case every day that Obama is NOT a liberal.

  10. Contrast industrious Issa with Obama’s tenure as head of the –what was it — Senate Committee on Mideastern Relations? Anyway, Obama didn’t even call one single meeting of his own committee.

  11. Salon appoints new editor



    Today Salon announced the promotion of Kerry Lauerman as editor in chief of Salon.com. Joan Walsh, the editor in chief since 2005, is stepping down from editorial management to write a book. Joan will remain editor at large, and continue to blog for the site on a regular basis and continue with her many television appearances representing Salon.

    I knew it was too good to be true

    • Does Salon actually make money? All I ever saw there were those luxury car paywall ads.

      • I think sites like Salon and HuffPo rely a lot on free labor from interns, freelance writers, and new graduates. The money they make goes straight to the top editors and owners of the site. That seems to be the new online journalism model of economic inequality for the 21st century.

        • Yes, they’re also recruiting a lot of college and journalism school students to do the work as part of their course work…kids taking out student loans for the unpaid privilege of working for progressive blogs. The top academics and blog editors make a livable wage.

  12. ATTENTION: Great special on the State Dept. on right now (9 pm EST) on the National Geographic Channel. Lots of HRC footage, inside the State Dept. Well done.

    • Did anyone catch that? It was amazing. Every time I think I cannot admire her more–I do. She is working non-stop 20 hour days, smiling, meeting with one stressed out dignitary after another, patting them on the back, making people relax with a well-placed joke. I have no idea how she does it. It’s exhausting just watching her, let alone shouldering that kind of responsibility in the constant glare of attention.

      & not a single sign of whining, finger pointing, condescending or excuses.

      • A life dedicated to learning, listening and acting.

        Hillary is as good as this country can produce.
        She is smart, humble and loves her job.
        We are so lucky that Hillary is working for us. I can’t think of many in the public realm who are.

    • Thanks, fif. I’m taping it and will watch it with my daughter this weekend. It looks great.

  13. This is weird :

  14. Pacific John:

    Top HRC organizer and fundraiser, Jeff Campagna asks this on FB:

    When in your lifetime can you remember such a large chunk of either political party obsessing over the losing candidate from the previous presidential primary two and a half years after the end of those primaries? Just an observation.

    My response…

    It’s never happened before. The reason why is, a huge swath of Democrats do not think the nomination process was legitimate. It could have been, but a transparent, open process might have elected another nominee, so it wasn’t allowed.

    Even if the party had followed its own rules and respected voters, we did end up stuck with a nominee who barely won with the help of overwhelming media favoritism and corporate cash, something we don’t respect when it works for the GOP, and something that creates cognitive dissonance among most of the President’s supporters who embraced it.

    • Aw, shucks.

      • Arthur Silber:

        In our world today, if you are minimally conscious and honest, profound anger and bitterness are major indicators of psychological health.

        If you ain’t angry you haven’t been paying attention

    • There was nothing normal about that whole primary season. I can’t remember another primary so obsessed with “the numbers” — from the very beginning the most trivial delegate total was counted as if it was an ounce of gold.

      There’s never been a primary like that one where one candidate won huge state after huge state with HUGE margins. And …. nothing.

      It all melted away to nothing.

      And those guys are surprised people didn’t bother to vote?

    • Pacific John, beautifully stated. Thank you!

  15. Myiq,

    First, nice post!

    Second, all I could think as I was reading it was…..

    “LET THEM SQUIRM!!!!!!!!”



    Hillary 2012

  16. WTF?:

    A financial manager for wealthy clients will not face felony charges for a hit-and-run because it could jeopardize his job, prosecutors said Thursday.

    Martin Joel Erzinger, 52, faces two misdemeanor traffic charges stemming from a July 3 incident when he allegedly hit bicyclist Dr. Steven Milo from behind then sped away, according to court documents.

    Milo and his attorney, Harold Haddon, are livid about the prosecution’s decision to drop the felony charge. They filed their objection Wednesday afternoon, the day after prosecutors notified Haddon’s office by fax of their decision.

    Haddon and Milo say this is a victim’s rights case, that Erzinger’s alleged actions constituted a felony, and that one day is not enough notice.

    “The proposed disposition is not appropriate given the shocking nature of of the defendant’s conduct and the debilitating injuries which Dr. Milo has suffered,” Haddon wrote.

    As for the one-day notice, Haddon wrote, “One business day is not sufficient notice to allow him to meaningfully participate in this criminal action.”

    Milo, 34, is a physician living in New York City with his wife and two children, where he is still recovering from his injuries, court records show.

    Milo suffered spinal cord injuries, bleeding from his brain and damage to his knee and scapula, according to court documents. Over the past six weeks he has suffered “disabling” spinal headaches and faces multiple surgeries for a herniated disc and plastic surgery to fix the scars he suffered in the accident.

    “He will have lifetime pain,” Haddon wrote. “His ability to deal with the physical challenges of his profession — liver transplant surgery — has been seriously jeopardized.”

    • What a horrible case.

      That surgeon’s ability to practice his craft may be doomed. Even if he recovered well, with that history, his malpractice rates will probably be sky high, and hospitals may be very nervous about having him operate. His career, which took more time and commitment, is probably toast.

      But lets not get in the way of wealthy people getting advice on managing their millions.

    • One does not need un chapeau de Reynolds Wrap to suspect possible bribery of public officials here. 😡

  17. World Looks to China after Stimulus Staves Off Recession

    Domestically, the 4 trillion yuan package announced on Nov. 9, 2008, put a floor under an economy that was in free fall due to the global financial crisis. More than 20 million migrant workers who lost their jobs were quickly absorbed as the government started an array of public works projects.
    Two years on, China can boast, among other things, the world’s biggest high-speed rail network, which is doing wonders for the country’s reputation.

    Yup, China didn’t slide into recession. It grew in 2009 and it has continued growing, but China’s stimulus was well thought out, not slapped together by a committee looking for phony shovel ready jobs. The stimulus was too small, but also it did not squeeze the most out of every dollar. 100 percent of the stimulus should have gone to infrastructure projects, even if it’s paving city streets.

    • The U.S. stimulus was too small, but also…

    • In relative GDP terms, that Chinese stimulus was 3-4 times bigger than ours. Ours was too small. Much more money from both Treasury and the Fed went to banks and their creditors.

      • So not only was it too small but they put it in the wrong spot?

        • I think too much money went to projects that did not give the most bang for the buck, such as the tax credit for first home buyers and the clunker program were not the best way to get the economy moving, IMHO.

          • I disagree both programs had the desired effect. It however ended when the programs stopped.

        • Leave Olbermann’s sex life out of this. 😈

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