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The Jan. 24 issue of the New Yorker probes San Diego County Congressmember Darrell Issa in a long piece. The article by Ryan Lizza covers some material earlier reported by other media. Issa has been named chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and has the power to subpoena and investigate the Obama Administration.

The article looks at some relatively insignificant and also some very disturbing matters in Issa's past. For example, the Union-Tribune had reported that Issa had swept a stadium for bombs when President Nixon attended a 1971 World Series game. It turned out that Nixon had not gone to the game. Issa's bio had greatly exaggerated an award he had received from Inc. Magazine. But it's the big things that are disquieting. He had been indicted for stealing a car, arrested for carrying a concealed weapon, and accused by former associates of burning down a building. On one occasion, Issa and his brother were indicted for grand theft: an investigator suspected they "had conspired to fraudulently sell Darrell's car and then collect the insurance money," according to Lizza. The prosecutor dropped the case. Issa was suspected of burning down the building of a company he controlled. But there were never charges filed. He sued the insurance company that was quite suspicious and got a $20,000 settlement. There were three accusations of auto theft against Issa, who told Lizza that they were false. "Issa's defense in most cases can be summarized in four words, 'My brother did it,'" writes Lizza. However, Issa admitted he had tried to cover up for his brother.

In doing his reporting, Lizza had questions about where Issa got the money that he used as capital. He said he had sold personal automotive vehicles and also borrowed $50,000 from family members. Issa wrapped up his interview with Lizza saying, "Everyone has a past."

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SurfPuppy619 Jan. 17, 2011 @ 3:35 p.m.

Issa's defense in most cases can be summarized in four words, 'My brother did it,'" writes Lizza.

This is actually a version of a well known criminal defense, the SODDI defense. Some Other Dude Did it!

As for the rest of this stuff-I don't care HOW many times someone has made an allegation, an accusation or a charge-it means NOTHING if it does not stick.

I will never trust anything a DA or cop claims, only what a jury of 12 finds as fact.

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Don Bauder Jan. 17, 2011 @ 3:41 p.m.

I don't think it means NOTHING if the charge doesn't stick. If you have a bunch of incidents, but managed to get off, that is meaningful information. Issa worked with his brother, who went to prison. Best, Don Bauder

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SurfPuppy619 Jan. 18, 2011 @ 7:59 a.m.

I don't think it means NOTHING if the charge doesn't stick. If you have a bunch of incidents, but managed to get off, that is meaningful information.

Not in my book, especially if it is the gov.

You have a LOT of clowns in gov who, b/c of immunity, can make baseless accussations and get away with it. The more allegations that DON'T stick is more of an indication of gov misconduct IMO.

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Don Bauder Jan. 18, 2011 @ 10:17 a.m.

Then, logically, after O.J. Simpson was found not guilty in the criminal case, we should have assumed that he was innocent as a flower. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Jan. 18, 2011 @ 7:27 a.m.

I would think that in your grandfather's time, Orange County was almost completely Republican. There wouldn't have been many Democrats around. Contrarily, I grew up in a suburb of Chicago. Richard J. Daley, father of the recent mayor, was both mayor and head of the Democratic party. There were almost no Republicans in Chicago government -- maybe a couple on the council. The council was probably 30-some Democrats and 2 Republicans. When something happened that he didn't like, Daley would blame it on the Republicans. It was a laugh. There was no Republican having any power. Best, Don Bauder

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SurfPuppy619 Jan. 18, 2011 @ 8:06 a.m.

The SODDI defense. That is SO Judge Judy

I dont watch JJ, do they use the SODDI defense there too!!!

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Don Bauder Jan. 18, 2011 @ 10:20 a.m.

I have never watched her show, but I have seen her in ads. Seemed to me she belonged in a dog show -- among the female dogs. Best, Don Bauder

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