Rep. Darrell Issa · U.S. Politics

Chairman Issa, what exactly did Jay Carney lie about?

In my view, the definitive question for this fiasco is “who’s really lying to the American people here?”

America Blog

If GOP committee chair Darrell Issa (R-CA), who’s leading the House Republican investigation of the IRS Tea Party imbroglio, is going to accuse White House spokesman Jay Carney of lying (and Issa did), the congressman ought to at least have the balls to explain what exactly Carney lied about.

But that would be expecting too much.

First, here’s Issa calling Carney a “paid liar”:

Now, in all fairness to Issa, history shows that a good way to get Issa’s committee to cooperate with you is to donate to Congressman Issa’s campaign.  And let’s face it, there’s not a lot of donating to Issa going on in this White House.  So it’s somewhat unfair of the White House to expect Issa to be more cooperative when they’re hardly being – let’s call it “cooperative” – with the good chairman.

From Political Correction:

[A]t a February hearing, House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) hosted Western Growers Association president and CEO Tom Nassif, a major Issa donor. While introducing Nassif and purporting to provide “full disclosure,” Issa mentioned that Nassif was a “personal friend,” but not that Nassif and his organization’s political action committee had donated nearly $20,000 to Issa’s campaigns.

Speaking of money, the NYT noted that Issa seems to occupy a unique space in Congress, in terms of “the role he has played in overseeing a remarkable array of outside business interests since his election in 2000.”

So, money makes the Issa go around?

Oh, and there’s also this from ThinkProgress:

Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) raised hell last year to stop the federal government from investigating Goldman Sachs regarding allegations that the company defrauded investors. In April 2010, shortly after the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)announced a civil suit against Goldman Sachs, Issa sent a letter to SEC Chairwoman Mary Schapiro demanding to know if there was “any sort of pre-arrangement, coordination, direction from, or advance notice” between the SEC and the Obama administration or congressional Democrats over the timing of the lawsuit.

What’s not to trust about a 59 year old guy without a single gray hair?

Issa’s investigation of the SEC’s investigation into Goldman Sachs stole the headlines and reinforced Goldman Sach’s claim that they had done nothing wrong. Explaining his defense of Goldman Sachs, Issa said he was representing the views of ordinary Americans who are worried about the “growth of government and the growth of government wanting to become more complex, with more agencies and more control over our lives.”

However, recent personal finance disclosures reviewed by ThinkProgress paint a different picture of Issa’s motivations. According to documents filed recently with the House Clerk, Issa went on a buying spree of high yield Goldman Sachs bonds at the same time he was running defense for the investment bank in Congress. From February to December of 2010, Issa bought 12 Goldman Sachs High Yield Fund Class A bonds, each worth up to $50,000 (view page 10 the disclosure here). Many of the bonds were purchased in the months after he filed his letter to the SEC. The $600,000 in new Goldman Sachs investments added to Issa’s already multimillion dollar stake in the company, valued from $5.1 to $15.5 million.

But hey, this story isn’t about whether Chairman Issa is corrupt, it’s about whether he likes to play fast and loose with the truth.

You know, like the time that Issa – who claims White House spokesman Carney is a liar – also claimed that theWhite House is intentionally fomenting violence in order to help justify a crackdown on guns.  Yeah, no bending the truth there.

Or the time Issa went ballistic over the “Fast and Furious” program, only for us to find out later that Issa knew all about the program a good year before and didn’t care one lick about it then.  In other words, his “outrage” was just for show.  (Gee, are we seeing a theme here?)

But maybe it’s all a fluke.

Hey, speaking of flukes, remember the time Chairman Issa dissed Sandra Fluke, the woman Rush Limbaugh called, dozens of times, a sl-t?  This one is worth quoting a few grafs:

Democrats on the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee held a special hearing Thursday morning in response to the GOP’s decision to prevent women from testifying in support of an Obama administration rule requiring employers to provide birth control without additional cost sharing. The committee invited just one witness, Sandra Fluke, the third year Georgetown Law student, who House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) dismissed as an “energized” “college student” who was not “appropriate and qualified” to testify before his committee.

Democrats received over 300,000 requests for women to testify on the issue, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said during today’s hearing, and the GOP’s male-only contraception hearing was widely spoofed in the press and on late-night comedy shows. Fluke herself responded to Issa’s snub in jest, noting, “Well, I will confirm that I was energized, yes” she said to laughter from the committee, “as you can see from the reaction behind me, many women in this country are energized about this issue.” “I’m an American woman who uses contraception, so let’s start right there. That makes me qualified to talk to my elected officials about my health care needs,” she added.

In her testimony, Fluke reiterated the story of her friend who was denied contraception coverage from Georgetown, despite technically qualifying for an exception that provided students who use birth control for health reasons with the benefit, and had to undergo invasive surgery.

So Issa as a judge of character – not so much.

Continued here…


Premier Networks · Rush Limbaugh

National Ads Suspended on The Rush Limbaugh Show

This news has been around for almost 24 hours but after reading about it in detail, I think it’s another win for Ms. Sandra Fluke and women everywhere…

Crooks & Liars

Lawrence O’Donnell had the editor of, Tom Taylor, on to discuss this unusual move in the wake of the Sandra Fluke debacle, aka “Slutgate.” Taylor sees this as a cooling off period as Premiere Networks plans their next move:

TAYLOR: The whole temperature level of this thing is something that the syndicator and Rush himself would like to bring down. And as you say, that’s why Rush had a round of golf today.

via Think Progress: reports that Premiere Networks, which syndicates the Rush Limbaugh show, told its affiliate radio stations that they are suspending national advertising for two weeks. Rush Limbaugh is normally provided to affiliates in exchange for running several minutes of national advertisements provided by Premiere each hour. These ads called “barter spots.” These spots are how Premiere makes its money off of Rush Limbaugh and other shows it syndicates.

But without explanation, Premiere has supended these national advertisements for two weeks. calls the move “unusual.” The development suggests that Rush Limbaugh’s incessant sexist attacks on Sandra Fluke have caused severe damage to the show.

From the memo:

Attention Traffic Managers of Premiere News/Talk Affiliates:
We are suspending the requirement to run barter spots for two weeks, March 12th and March 19th, for our News/Talk affiliates only.

Please replace/re-traffic any Premiere barter spots immediately. Contractual requirements to run barter spots are being suspended for these two weeks only. Replace them with Lifelock and Lear Financial or a local spot of your choice.

Think Progress have also reported that 140 sponsors have now requested their ads no longer appear on the Limbaugh Show.

Rush Limbaugh · Women's Health Removes Offensive Attacks On Sandra Fluke From Transcript Archives


No doubt this move was at the advice of his attorneys.  After all, Limbaugh’s entire three day tirade against Ms. Fluke was composed of lies from the onset.

Think Progress

For days, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh personally attacked Georgetown Law student and women’s health advocate Sandra Fluke, smearing her at least 70 times. Now, he’d like to pretend that some of the things he said never actually happened.

The Atlantic Wire points out that his website has scrubbed a few offensive comments. While the “slut” comments still show up in other rants by Limbaugh, his site has removed his sex tapes comment from March 1. “The pages were clearly working a few days ago — several sites linked to them,” Elspeth Reeve reports. “The pages don’t show up on the February 29 and March 1 archives, either, though links to them still exist on other transcripts related to the controversy.” Here’s the blank archives page for February 29:

Limbaugh may want to scrub some of his insulting remarks from the historical record, but they will not be forgotten. ThinkProgress has preserved Limbaugh’s sex tape comments on video here.

Limbaugh issued an apology to Fluke on March 3, and apologized on air on March 5. But in between, he has continued to attack Fluke and even turned his wrath on female journalist Tracie McMillan as well. Meanwhile, advertisers continue to abandon Rush Limbaugh’s show, with more than 40 dropping their ads since his attacks against women began.


Rush Limbaugh · Sexism

CAUGHT ON TAPE: Limbaugh’s 70 Sexist Smears

This asshole didn’t even bother to read the facts or even listen to Sandra Fluke’s opening statement at a recent Congressional Hearing on contraceptives.  I hope Ms. Fluke sues the crap out of Rush Limbaugh for defamation of character.  This is a classic case of defamation…with all the required elements needed to win the case.

Think Progress

It’s now been five days since Rush Limbaugh incited a national uproar with a multi-day barrageof poisonous and sexually hostile invective against Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown law student who recently testified before Congress on the importance of mandated contraception coverage in health insurance. Approximately 40 advertisers have now abandoned the right-wing radio host, forcing him to offer a begrudging apology which — while it does offer contrition for the “insulting word choices” — maintains the earlier tirade’s underlying theme that Fluke is seeking to mooch off the American taxpayers.

ThinkProgress has reviewed the footage from the first three days between Limbaugh’s initial attack and his apology, and counted no less than seventy insults and smears which Limbaugh hurled at Fluke. Below is the material that brought Limbaugh to his current impasse, and for which Republican leaders and the GOP candidates for president have criticized him in only the most tepid of terms — assuming they criticize him at all. Viewers can judge for themselves if the apology, and the Republicans’ response, is adequate to Limbaugh’s offense:


10 little-known Rush Limbaugh facts

Rush Limbaugh is pictured. | Courtesy of Premiere Radio Networks


America’s top talk radio host is in the middle of a firestorm for calling Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke “a slut” and a “prostitute” before apologizing for his comments after advertisers began leaving his show. Here are 10 things you might not have known about Rush Limbaugh:

1. Enjoys scented candles, and has them lit daily in his Palm Beach home.

2. First job away from home was shining shoes in a barbershop, at the age of 13.

3. During the Vietnam War, after holding a 2-S college deferment, he was reclassified as 1-Y – meaning qualified for military service but available only in time of war or national emergency – for a pilonidal cyst on his butt.

4. Due to his loss of hearing and the need for a cochlear implant, Limbaugh cannot listen to music he wasn’t familiar with before 2001.

5. Owns a Maybach 57S – an extremely rare sports car. Only 63 were sold in 2010, giving the brand a luxury item status that is frequently mentioned by rappers, such as Jay-Z and Kanye West, who cut apart a Maybach 57 in the music video for their hit single, “Otis.”

6. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas officiated at his third wedding. (Limbaugh is currently married to his fourth wife, Kathryn Rogers.)

7. Sang at his friend and baseball star George Brett’s 1992 wedding reception, according to Zev Chafets’ 2010 biography, Rush Limbaugh – An Army of One.” (The two met while Limbaugh was the Director of Promotions at the Kansas City Royals in the late 1970s and early 1980s.)

8. The third member of his immediate family to bear Rush as a first name. His full name is Rush Hudson Limbaugh III, and he was known as “Rusty” growing up. (Rush’s name comes from ancestor Edna Rush, whose name was given to Limbaugh’s grandfather, Rush, Sr.)

9. Admitted to Playboy in 1993 that he smoked marijuana twice, inhaled, but didn’t like it.

10. Idolized conservative writer William F. Buckley. “Bill Buckley is indescribable. He’s irreplaceable. There will not be another one like him,” Limbaugh said on his radio show on the occasion of Buckley’s death.

George Will · Rush Limbaugh

George Will Blasts GOP Candidates’ Meek Response To Rush: ‘They Want To Bomb Iran, But They’re Afraid Of Limbaugh’

I was never a George Will fan, but I’m learning to respect his opinions lately.  The current crop of GOP candidates and their supporters are so far right on every issue,they make Mr. Will actually seem extremely reasonable…

Think Progress

This morning on ABC, prominent conservative columnist George Will blasted the Republican leadership’s meek response to Rush Limbaugh’s sexist attacks on Sandra Fluke. Will mocked Speaker John Boehner for calling Rush’s language “inappropriate ” as comically weak, noting “using a salad fork for your entree, that’s inappropriate.”

Will also attacked the GOP presidential candidates timid response: “They want to bomb Iran, but they’re afraid of Rush Limbaugh.”

Watch it:

Check out what all the Presidential candidates have said about Limbaugh’s sexist attacks here.