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The outsourcing of American policy to industry groups isn’t really anything new. Since Ronald Reagan, Republicans have been happy to let lobbyists help write legislation, because they’ve obviously got the good of the nation in mind. But the Trump administration is taking things to a whole new level: Not only is it asking for help from business interests to shape policy, because Donald Trump has no actual ideas of his own, but the advisory groups telling Trump what policies he should adopt are refusing to abide by federal disclosure and open meetings laws, according to an a report by McClatchy. Really, is it any of your damn business who’s making policy, as long as it’s great policy that’s making America great again?

In a growing number of cases, the administration has been accused of violating a federal requirement that these advisory groups – working on everything from jobs training to environmental policy – open their meetings, release their documents and announce their members’ names. Three lawsuits have been filed in recent weeks accusing the administration of failing to disclose information about groups charged with investigating voter fraud and devising a plan to upgrade the nation’s crumbling roads and bridges.

Look, openness and good government are liberal obsessions that might get in the way of a really good deal, and Donald Trump promised us excellent deals, just like he promised an Obamacare replacement that would cost less and cover more Americans. Now that that’s out of the way, shouldn’t we just trust Trump and his corporate pals to come up with policy that’s great for America?

McClatchy acknowledges that presidents of both parties have “deployed advisory groups to help develop policy,” and have even faced lawsuits over who was on the commissions. But Trump has turned the secrecy dial to eleven, because he’s tired of how things have previously worked in Washington, and also because you peons will find out what his policies are when he’s good and ready and he feels like tweeting them. Federal law is more of a suggestion to these guys, and if they’d rather not follow it, that’s fine, because too much regulation is killing the economy, just like following “laws” is optional for Team Trump:

Trump aides …state that they do not need to abide by the Federal Advisory Committee Act or that the law doesn’t require as much information to be disclosed as has been in the past. In at least one instance, they said they were following the law — but that they didn’t have to.

“To be sure, the commission has agreed voluntarily to abide by the provisions of FACA,” Department of Justice attorneys wrote July 13 in the administration’s response to a pair of lawsuits filed against Trump about his Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.

Lucky you, they decided to follow some of the laws. Be glad they’re following them at all, will you? We have to admit we admired the progression of ideas in this summary by McClatchy reporter Anita Kumar:

Trump hasn’t made keeping Americans informed a top priority: He won’t reveal who is visiting the White House, he won’t release his tax returns, and he won’t release who he is meeting with or what he’s doing for hours at a time.

The White House also did not respond to requests for comment on this story.

Well of course they wouldn’t!

A bunch of stupid “good government” nags like Common Cause and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) seem to think the government has some kind of obligation to disclose who’s giving it advice, which seems really uncivil of them — why don’t they trust the president to put America First? Such busybody groups sound like real elitist butt-inskies, the kind of regulation lovers that are the Reason Trump Got Elected, with all their nosiness:

Critics worry the advisory groups’ secrecy is leaving Americans in the dark about what the federal government is doing and if the people crafting policy will benefit from the proposals. They hope agency inspectors general will launch investigations.

Look, if you don’t have a farm that sprays pesticides, and you don’t make pesticides, then why should you have any right to ask about the effects of those pesticides on a bunch of farm workers, anyway?

Besides, at least one (1) of the groups advising Trump has fully complied with federal regulations, namely New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s “advisory group to combat drug addiction and the opioid crisis.” That makes it OK for other Trump advisory groups to hide their memberships, not publish the times of their meetings or exclude people (especially enemy journalists) from them. Besides, the law governing such groups is really old, from 1972, and places all sorts of tedious regulations on them:

They are mandated to list meetings in the Federal Register, open meetings to the public, release records, including meeting minutes and information considered by members, even though some argue they can be time-consuming tasks. In addition, their membership is supposed to be balanced.

Hell, if they have to do all that, they may as well not even bother making policy that helps out their industries. So sometimes, they just don’t do the disclosure stuff. But darned if the Deep State doesn’t keep trying to thwart their efficiency:

Jeff Ruch, executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, wants to find out who the EPA appointed to the Superfund task force. Some names have been released by EPA but his group has submitted a public records request for all the names and hopes to hear back by Aug. 24. It plans to file a lawsuit — which is already written — if it does not get answers. “Our concern is that agencies of EPA-regulated industry are allowed to write their own rules,” he said.

But if people learn names of corporate leaders who want to make American government more efficient by allowing more pollution, that’s just an invitation to Violent Leftists to threaten them. Shouldn’t a chemical company CEO be able to call for dumping toxic waste without ending up on some radical environmental hit list?

Similarly, the ACLU has sued to make the president’s “Electoral Integrity” commission comply with transparency law, as if that mattered to voters, or at least to the kind of voters Team Trump wants voting. In one decision, a judge ordered the commission to post its documents online, and so the commission did — just not all of them. In a second decision, the judge held the commission had done plenty already. The two meetings the commission has held have been closed to the public, although the second one was supposed to be livestreamed. Is it Kris Kobach’s fault the equipment broke and the livestream failed?

A group called Food & Water Watch has sued the administration for not revealing the membership of the Infrastructure Council, which is full of builders who stand to make a mint from all the contracts that’ll be awarded. The lawsuit makes all sorts of ridiculous claims, like saying Donald Trump’s advisory commissions are “largely populated by President Trump’s business associates and friends,” as if that could possibly be bad:

This practice, in effect outsourcing policy making to private individuals who are unfettered by conflict-of-interest rules and other public accountability standards, raises a host of ethical and transparency concerns.

See? Just more Deep State troublemakers, getting in the way of progress and profits. How is anyone supposed to make a buck with all these busybodies interfering with the smooth transfer of funds from taxpayers to corporations, huh?

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  • Zonath

    So did Trump listen to Alex Jones ranting one night about groups like the Rothschilds or the Trilateral Commission running a shadow government and decide for some reason that that sounded like an absolutely swell idea? What’s the base going to think about this one? It’s okay as long as it’s not the Joos? (Do they know about Jared?)

    • BigCSouthside

      As long as he keeps making things worse for browns, his base won’t care

      • amrak63

        Exactly. That is what those stupid petaQs care about more than anything else on the planet.

        My tribe. Where do I go to resign from it?

        • Komsumverweigerer Ron

          Talk to HR. They should have the forms.

    • (((fka_donnie_d)))

      It’s OK because Dear Leader says it is. Duh.

      • Komsumverweigerer Ron

        NOW you’ve got the idea!
        – The Littlest Kim

    • (((fka_donnie_d)))

      IOKIYAD – Its OK If You’re A Donald

    • armed_bears

      Bilderberg libels.

    • Lance Thrustwell

      They’re businessmen. It’s okay. Cuz business is competitive and macho and makes money. Everything they admire.

      • Bebecca

        and all businessmen are good at business and if you don’t believe it, may I present Exhibit 1, Donald Trump.

    • TJ Barke

      IOKIYAWASP

    • Querolous

      Trumplateral Commision?

  • Oblios_Cap

    I’ll bet one of the parties is named “Alec”.

  • MynameisBlarney
    • Oblios_Cap

      Boy, that White house. What a dump!

    • armed_bears

      Good times.

  • Khavrinen

    “Donald Trump promised us excellent deals, just like he promised an Obamacare replacement that would cost less and cover more Americans. Now that that’s out of the way, shouldn’t we just trust Trump and his corporate pals to come up with policy that’s great for America?”

    I’m sure these policies will be every bit as effective and beneficial as that Obamacare replacement has been. With just as much bi-partisan support. Uh-huh.

  • armed_bears

    Name one thing in this country the guys at Enron couldn’t improve!

    • schmannity

      Their sentence length?

    • Steve Cole

      The McRib (allegedly)

  • Wuulf

    Mussolini, the founder of fascism, defined it thusly. ‘A merger of state and corporate power.’ That’s a perfect description of the GOP.

  • Viva La Tabula Raza

    I’m sure this will end well and we will all live happily ever after.

  • schmannity

    But it works for Putin and his people love him!

    • OutOfOrbit

      speaking of putin, I wonder how things wall actually end for him. will he die of old age & natural causes while still “president” of rooshia? if not…

      • SeeTrain65

        Wendy Deng will inherit the fortune she wanted to inherit from Rupert.

      • schmannity

        When he is no longer useful to the oligarchs, he may contract Polonium related cancer.

      • Erala Contratista

        Wonder the same thing….his plan A appears to be immortality.

        Let me know how it works out.

        • OutOfOrbit

          i wont make it that far

  • memzilla Ω

    It only makes good sense to have corporations write their own rules. You want to see corporations comply with the rules, right? Isn’t this the best way to get 100% compliance with the rules? WHY DO YOU HATE AMERICA???

  • JMP

    It’s just like how Dick Cheney ran his secret energy task force while refusing to make who was actually in it public.

  • Lance Thrustwell

    I swear, if I hear the vacuous phrase “raises concerns” one more time, I’m going down to the altar in my basement and summoning the Elder Gods to destroy humanity. How about “is an obvious and flagrant violation?”

    • The Wanderer

      Ia Cthulhu ftaghn!

      • Lance Thrustwell

        Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu n’gha-ghaa naf’lthagn!

        • amrak63

          Whop-bop-a-loo-bop-buh-lop-bam-boom!

        • anon_the_great

          Ran that through Google Translate and I gotta say I am rather disappointed.

    • MynameisBlarney

      Lance, this “post” of yours, well…
      It raises concerns.

      Bigly.

      • armed_bears

        Hey wait a minute… His screen name may be one of them double entendre thingies.

        • MynameisBlarney

          A Lance Thrustwell innuendo!

          • armed_bears

            Maybe it’s an anagram for Lather Cuntswell. Whoa if true.

          • MynameisBlarney

            I laughed too hard at that.

    • Oblios_Cap

      It’s like saying “less that truthful” when somebody ‘s lying their ass off.

    • Cat Cafe for the Prosecution

      The mealy-mouthed mincing of words has driven me crazy for months! How about “he is lying” or “this is simple grift” or “that, too, is an outright lie”????!!

      • Lance Thrustwell

        Some critics might suggest you are raising concerns about how some might characterize his veracity?

        • Cat Cafe for the Prosecution

          It seems that some of the President’s assertions are possibly not quite accurate.

  • schmannity

    This sounds like an excellent new profit center/revenue stream for the noted business consulting firm, The Trump Organization.

  • MynameisBlarney
  • Master Contrail Program

    Unconfirmed sources are saying the Trump Junta have been receiving their marching orders from a mysterious Mister F. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8c670f2a1ac59ade7201bd16f34e2b46c5801486170924d25668cb4166c556ea.gif

    No puppet. You’re the puppet!

  • Spurning Beer

    Let’s go, Deep State! Defense! Defense!

    Beat Trump University!

    Push ’em back, push ’em back, WAAAAAAAY back!

    • Spurning Beer

      U-G-L-Y
      You ain’t got no alibi,
      YOU UGLY!

      • SeeTrain65

        M-A-M-A
        Who’s the one made you that way?
        YO MAMA!

    • Master Contrail Program

      2-4-6-8!
      This ain’t how to make us great!

      • armed_bears

        Gimme a gym full of sweaty 6th graders shouting this at a rally…

  • foiled again

    I wish they would have hobbyists write the laws- economic policy assembled by folks that build ships in bottles.

    • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

      “… the budget released today would also increase by 100,000,000,000% spending on glass bottles, tiny wooden spars, and dust pans for models shattered in frustration.”

      • foiled again

        “Don’t mess with me- I AM TINY AHAB”.

      • therblig

        The N-gauge and HO-gauge agencies have set aside their differences temporarily in order to protest the lack of funding for tiny crossing signals and lifelike lichens.

  • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

    Maybe it’s just me – but I wonder if, besides congenital secrecy, this stems from the whole Ban the Muslims thing. Remember, the things that were said in the drafting of it were used to limit it.

    Thoughts? (I have to go to my job interview, so will respond later!)

    • SeeTrain65

      Good Luck!

      • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

        appreciate it!

    • Lance Thrustwell

      Bon chance! Viel Glück!

      • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

        thanks Lance!

    • Courser_Resistance

      Break a Leg!

      Hmm, maybe they’re also kinda not informing Cheeto about stuff, less his out-of-control tweeter, blow it up.

      Short answer: Yes.

      • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

        thanks!

    • amrak63

      Qa’pla!

  • exinkwretch

    All these laws and stuff shoot the hell out golfing time. Enough!

    • P’jama Pahnts

      Speaking of which, those pesky Mulligan laws…binding or just a suggestion?

      • Komsumverweigerer Ron

        ‘That Mulligan guy, he has some great ideas. I’ve been hearing a lot about him lately.’

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    President Donald Trump, lacking trust in the speed, skill or loyalty of the government workers he inherited

    “Right back to you, asshole!”

    – Government workers

  • Skwerl the Taco Hunter

    Gawd, even the Legion of Doom had open meetings.

  • Master Contrail Program

    At the rate things are going this will no longer be parody by War on Christmas season. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/02ee8cb44483fca4403f24a1da2bff27d61762999ca37fa4aa30658f753006b3.jpg

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    “These are big kahunas that are supposed to be abiding by basic transparency rules,” said Stephen Spaulding, chief of strategy and external affairs at Common Cause, a nonpartisan group. “It’s as if they are being dragged kicking and screaming into sunshine.”

    Say, you know who else was dragged kicking and screaming into sunshine?

    • jesterpunk

      Steve Bannon?

      • Courser_Resistance

        Stephen Miller?

        • jesterpunk

          John Miller?

          • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

            “John Barron”.

      • SnarkON

        …after a bender? FIFY.

    • yyyaz

      Vlad the Impala?

    • Bobathonic

      Smeagol?

    • SeeTrain65

      Amanda Bynes?

      Lindsey Lohan?

      Robert Downey Jr.?

    • dslindc

      Vampires?

    • MynameisBlarney

      Drow elves?

    • Suttree

      God? (#Hitler too also)

    • SnarkON

      SnarkON Jr., when he was three?

    • Jim QuinnX

      Sarah Huckabee?

    • SisterArtemis

      My runaway cat hiding under the car?

    • SeeTrain65

      Regan MacNeil?

    • Serai 1

      Guy Lombardo?

  • “… shouldn’t we just trust Trump and his corporate pals to come up with policy that’s great for America?”

    Pitchforks finely sharpened.

    Torches soaking in kerosene… matches at the ready.

    • HorseChestnut

      Lubricating the guillotine.

      • OutOfOrbit

        re-roping the gallows

        • Querolous

          With hemp rope.

      • SnarkON

        I’ll get right on that after I finish eating this cake.

        • OrG in Amsterdam

          The ones we like?

    • Suttree

      We should start building tumbrels also too.

      • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

        trebuchets for the win.

  • Crystalclear12

    I really prefer my whores to be a little more high class than this.

    • SeeTrain65

      Fewer visible scars and lesions. Less evidence of STDs.

  • Jeffocaster in the West

    All I can say is WIZARD OF OZ LIBELZ!!!!! AND WICKED WITCH LIBELZ!!!!!!

  • dslindc

    The propaganda is coming from inside the house!

    https://twitter.com/GOP/status/894614895118954496

    • Oblios_Cap

      And working for trump TV? No conflict there.

      • dslindc

        IOKIYAR

    • OutOfOrbit

      “her wealth of experience”? experience in/at what?

      • BigCSouthside

        Lying with that’s stupid “I just did a smart” nod she does

      • Lascauxcaveman

        BJs, too. So I’m told.

        • SisterArtemis

          Well, nothing wrong with that. But not much of a job qualification.

        • SeeTrain65

          I was about to make that sort of joke with Big C’s similar post, but I’d already done one similar and thought using the words “knee pads” might be a bit too much.

    • TJ Barke

      These fucking people…

    • SeeTrain65

      “We know what she is. We haggled over the price.”

    • BigCSouthside

      Wealth of experience????

      • SeeTrain65

        Her experience shilling for the wealthy.

  • TJ Barke

    Transparifying that swamp alright.

    • Zonath

      All the water was making things a little too transparent.

  • TJ Barke

    Make America Gilded Again.

    • hudson srinivasan

      Gilded would even be fine, given how much Carnegie et al left behind for public good. This is overt brazen, in your face, stop me if you can, rule by treasonous kleptocrats.

      • SnarkON

        But her emails

        • jesterpunk

          BOTH PARTIES ARE EXACTLY THE SAME!!!!111!!!!

          Thats what the purity ponies keep pushing anyway.

    • foiled again

      Gilding is hard; it’s a complex and painstaking process involving care and skill.

      This is more like Krylon. And huffing it out of plastic bags. By the filthy awful rich.

  • MynameisBlarney
    • OrG in Amsterdam

      These fuckers will get their asses kicked in Multnomah County.

    • BigCSouthside

      Ah America. Where any jackass can outfit thenselves like a light infantryman and take to the streets claiming authority

    • Serai 1

      Here it comes.

    • This reminds me a bit of the beginning of the book The Postman.

      All we need now is a very controlled and reserved nuclear exchange, then the real bad shit can begin.

      I weep for our grandchildren.

  • TheGrandWazoo2

    Speaking of people we don’t want telling Trump how to run America, ALABAMA: Judge Roy Moore Leads US Senate Poll.

    • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

      i was shocked at first, but he’d do less damage there than as a judge.

      • jesterpunk

        Didn’t he get disbarred or whatever the term is when you can’t be a judge anymore for being a major shithead?

        • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

          i haven’t followed it, but I know he got thrown off the bench AND THEN REELECTED.

          • mackafritz

            And then thrown off, again.

          • jesterpunk

            Oh I was wrong, the last time they suspended him then refused to allow him to run ever again. That might be close to the same thing technically?

            http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/09/30/496089488/alabamas-chief-justice-roy-moore-loses-case-over-same-sex-marriage-stance

          • SeeTrain65

            They should have been more broad and forbid him to run for any office. He’s a damned menace.

          • jesterpunk

            Not sure if they can? But the Republican party should have refused to let him run for office after he was kicked off the bench twice and had to pay fines for being a shithead.

          • SeeTrain65

            I know they can’t. But I wouldn’t have minded seeing them try.

            Not that they would have done it anyway.

          • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

            yeah, in effect. (He can still *shudder* practice law).

            I doubt that prevents him from a federal appt.

            Hahahahahahaaaa!

    • Parakeetist

      I hope he runs. Away.

  • Robbertjan Brandenburg

    In the midst of all this idiocracy I can only say: Dear Netherlands please always stay that sweet, daft, heartening little country you are right now.
    https://nos.nl/data/image/2017/08/07/408439/xxl.jpg
    https://nos.nl/data/image/2017/08/07/408433/xxl.jpg
    https://twitter.com/oranjevrouwen/status/894603719978954752
    https://twitter.com/oranjevrouwen/status/894599397052481537

    • weejee

      A much better shade of orange.

      • Robbertjan Brandenburg

        Yeah It’s incredible. The whole country seems to be applauding for the Oranje Lionesses becoming European champions. Just one of those sweet things I need in this cynical insane world we seem to be living in right now.

      • therblig

        i always wear an orange jersey when cycling (for visibility) and my road bike has orange tires and tape. a couple of years ago, 2 other cyclists asked me if i was dutch as they passed me.

    • OrG in Amsterdam

      Dammit, just missed the Pride parade.

      • Robbertjan Brandenburg

        Haha, this was the celebration of the Women’s Euro 2017 victory but yes the Canal pride was last saturday. Always a party.

    • hudson srinivasan

      imo, the dutch are not the like the english. they are far less self-entitled and do the enlightenment gospel much better. imvho.

      • Robbertjan Brandenburg

        What exactly do you mean by this?

        • hudson srinivasan

          the dutch have their nose to the ground and not airy-fairy and not full of their own self like the english?

          • Robbertjan Brandenburg

            Oh yes we are a by history calvinistic country that learned some modesty during the Nazi occupation but we do have some tongue in cheek arrogance. If it ain’t dutch it ain’t.. ;)

          • hudson srinivasan

            If it ain’t dutch it ain’t.. ;)

            that i have seen :) don;t be hard on yourselves. its the same world over. across all people.

            i’m just surprised newton & darwin’s laws are accepted in most o the world.

          • Carla Vandermeer

            You can always tell a Dutchman, but you can’t tell him much ( have learned this through long person experience).

  • Mr. Blobfish

    What the FAKA you know, anyway?

  • MynameisBlarney
    • foiled again

      That photo! It’s, like, the crappiest, meanest high school graduation photo ever…and shows Slumpy Boilover putting on airs as he didn’t graduate.

      • SeeTrain65

        It’s like Trump is a crappy evangelist and is singing his song of praise, “I’m The Best! All Praise Me!”

    • jesterpunk
  • Seamus Romney
    • OutOfOrbit

      “an original copy”?

      • MynameisBlarney

        A handwritten copy from the same time period mebbe?

      • FauxAntocles

        He rewrote and autographed them to raise campaign funds.

      • Persistent Tennessee Rain

        The words to the speech rewritten by Lincoln himself would be considered an “original copy.” It’s an original document, but a copy of the speech.

        • OutOfOrbit

          ooooK

      • President in Exile Firefly

        It’s an authentic replica!

    • hudson srinivasan

      only one upvote is allowed. i regret that. for a post born in knowledge and truth multiple upvotes should be allowed. especially because these days not all facts are born equal. real truth needs all the support it can to merely to bubble up.

      • Seamus Romney

        The sentiment moved me as well.

      • mardam422

        Nine score and nineteen days ago, a bunch or morons in three Midwestern states brought forth to this country a new presidency, conceived in idiocy and dedicated to the proposition that all of you are as stupid as you look.
        Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether this presidency, or any presidency so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great internet battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate ourselves as the final resistance to the moronic worldview of those who gave their votes that that presidency might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
        But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this resistance. The idiotic citizens living and brain-dead, who voted for this pinhead have consecrated it, far and above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say on the internet, but it can never forget what those halfwits did on election day. It is for us, the resistance, to be dedicated here to ending the, thankfully, unfinished work of those who chose this dolt. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us…that from our honored remembrance of what this country can be we take increased devotion to resisting that cause for which those ignoramuses give their full measure of franchis…that we here highly resolve that our votes shall not have been counted in vain…that these imbeciles, under an orange dolt, shall have a new birth of sanity…and that government of all the people, by the people with an IQ over 90, for the people who can stop drooling long enough to listen to reason, shall not perish from the earth.

        • That nearly made me cry!

        • handyhippie65

          i don’t think mr. lincolin would find anything in that to apologize for. i sure don’t. bravo!

          • mardam422

            TY.

    • hudson srinivasan

      just my opinion, if you can’t be moved by the example of Lincoln you prolly have a dead core.

      • Doug Langley

        Now to be fair, Donnie did admit that Lincoln was the only President greater than him. Probably.

    • mailman27

      Thing is, I actually believe President Obama actually did this.

      • Seamus Romney

        I totally agree as it’s in complete alignment with his public persona.

    • Carla Vandermeer

      From the sublime to the deplorable.

  • weejee
    • Raan

      Thank you.

      I didn’t want to keep that grilled ham and cheese sandwich anyway.

      • foiled again

        Aw, dude! He’s gonna heft!

      • hudson srinivasan

        who needs a lunch anyway?

      • GHERKINS OF RESTIVENESS!

        Would you like some baby carrots instead?

        How about vienna sausages?

        • fifthdentist

          You, sir, or sirrette, have given many people the will to stay on their diets. Some of them may never eat again.

        • Carla Vandermeer

          Where’d that brain bleach get to?

      • hudson srinivasan

        thanks raan. i will never ever see a grilled cheese sandwich even on weekends at our fav. diner. BTW i love my mom/pop diner. grilled cheese S/W, veggie omelette well done, with extra jalapenos and back pepper and chilled OJ.

        thanks. now that is gone. hope you are happy.

    • Internet Hitler

      For those looking for fresh nightmare material.

    • jesterpunk
    • MynameisBlarney
    • amrak63
    • foiled again

      That pecker is yuger than previously assumed. Artistic license, I guess.

    • hudson srinivasan

      not this kind of transparency dammit. what are we a zoo?

      • foiled again

        Nope- an abattoir, of course.

    • Carla Vandermeer

      Thanks, there goes my dinner.

  • MynameisBlarney
  • Serai 1
  • azeyote

    personally i think in a democracy everything should be available for everyone to know – otherwise how can we know what’s really goin on, so we can vote accordingly – using national security, or that whole “advisors need to be anonymous” as an excuse to keep us uninformed is a threat to democracy –

    • House0fTheBlueLights

      commie

  • Pay no attention to the man behind the cretin!

    • SeeTrain65

      “The Pence story was one post back, BBBB.” ; )

    • TJ Barke

      The cretin from the Kremlin?

      • HogeyeGrex

        in the flagon with the dragon?

    • Komsumverweigerer Ron

      <golf clap>

    • Cleo_Cat

      It’s cretins all the way down.

    • Husband Of Mrs God

      The Cheney Administration all over again but worse?

    • Mike Steele

      You forgot Tillerson.

  • jesterpunk

    Just because this can’t be posed enough.

    http://i.imgur.com/5dXdPYl.gif

  • MynameisBlarney
    • I believe this is called viral advertising…

    • Kiri the Unicorn

      I’ll be the judge of that.

  • Mike Steele

    This, Dok, alongside Tweet-started nuclear war, is the greatest – and least publicized – threat facing US today.

    • Juan de Fuca

      I’m reading this post and wondering how anybody voted for and still supports this dipshit. It’s like if you took everything that Trump ran on and flipped it 180 degrees out, that’s the Trump White House. Just as most of us knew it would be.

      • laineypc

        It’s easy to sustain support, once you accept the “fake news” thing.

      • HogeyeGrex

        They would have to, y’know, admit they were wrong.

  • The Librarian

    Well, hmmmm, all this transparency looks rather opaque to me. I even cleaned my 👓!! Nope, it all still looks filmy and grainy, like bad porn videos.

    • hudson srinivasan

      it is a bad porn movie.

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        that’s because we’re all going to get fucked- and not in the good way

        • Komsumverweigerer Ron

          Wait, no pepperoni?

          • handyhippie65

            ham and pineapple.

      • The Librarian

        Two 👎🏽 👎🏽.

  • Kiri the Unicorn
  • Paperless Tiger

    Meanwhile, the Trumpskyites at Breitbart are praising Dear Leader for saving them from ‘the corporates’. Make America Gullible Again!

    • Edith Prickly

      They should stick to eating paste and looking for Illuminati symbolism in Beyonce videos.

      • Carole

        Or, in the case of my Breitbart-loving relatives, shitposting internet memes about how great it was back in the days that there were no seatbelts or bicycle helmets, when everybody threw lawn darts at each other and ate lead paint chips.

        • RMKH

          And people who were not like them knew their place.

        • Edith Prickly

          Or throwing aerosol cans into bonfires and watching them blow up real good. So what if once in while Uncle Earl catches on fire and ends up in the hospital with third-degree burns? (True story from a small-town ER.)

          • boredcatlady

            True story from summer camp, but only the kid who tossed in the Off can got hurt.

        • Vagenda and Pee-ara

          I remember those days, and I’m not going to lie, they were fun. I remember my dad smoking in the hospital, and the doctors smoking in the hospital. Everyone was drunk as hell when they drove, also, too. Plus good speed was legal, and everyone did it. The 1960s were fun, if you lived through them.

          • handyhippie65

            my mom used to send little kid me into buy her cigarettes in the 70’s. at the town bar, no less. and they sold them to me.

        • handyhippie65

          i still have my set of jarts out in the garage. i don’t even wear a helmet on my motorcycle, let alone a bicycle. seat belts are for cowards and safety freaks. lucky for me, i missed out on the paint chips. the old farmhouse did have some lead plumbing in the drain system though.

    • jesterpunk

      Funny how Breitbart and the so called purity pony Dems in the Kamala Harris are using the exact same terms. I am sure that is just a major coincidence.

  • Duke

    Don’t you libturds know they’re the Best People? How wouldn’t you know if you were told?

    Get off Trump’s back and let him Make America Golf Again.

    • amrak63

      Make America Gag Again.

      • boredcatlady

        The good pee hookers don’t gag

    • Dudleydidwrong

      Literally being on Trump’s back is the second-worst place I can imagine being. The first-worst place is just south of that.

      • Me not sure

        Somehow I’m seeing mental images of pee hookers with saddle rash.

      • Oh, you said being.

  • whitroth

    Isn’t there any of this that would allow someone, or some organization, to press CRIMINAL charges?

    Ooooh, oooh, another Independent Counsel!

  • William
  • Cant decide if this is worse than getting paid for a speech. It feels like it might be….

    • boredcatlady

      Sure, but nothing as bad as emails

    • Vagenda and Pee-ara

      C’mon, we both know that Hillary would have been a real snoozefest as a president. Who needs a quiet, competent person to be our dad? I prefer the abusive alcoholic dad, who sabotages me at every turn.

      • handyhippie65

        at 8, i told my abusive, alcoholic step dad when i got big enough, i was going to kill him. he just laughed at me. a brain tumor beat me to it. who’s laughing now muther fucker?

        • Vagenda and Pee-ara

          I’m glad you didn’t get the chance to kill him, because I’d hate for you to go to prison. I think this is the first time I’ve ever rooted for brain tumors.

          My dad was an alcoholic who died of a stroke when a chunk of his brain broke off and floated in to his blood stream. He was 57, the age I am now. I guess heavy drinking really is bad for your brain.

          • handyhippie65

            that’s why i quit 20 years ago. i may drink a beer if someone won’t take no for an answer, but only once. they don’t do it again when after i leave, they find half a beer next to my spot. oh, and thanks for not wanting me in a cage. at the time, i just wanted him to stop, and didn’t care how.

          • Vagenda and Pee-ara

            Yeah, I can sympathize with you. There is NOTHING worse than an abusive drunk. Just realize he was full of self loathing, and had to share that with you, to ease his own misery. I know that doesn’t make your childhood any happier, but at least if you understand why someone is such an asshole, it’s a bit easier to forgive them.

          • handyhippie65

            never did forgive, just forgot. kinda.

          • Vagenda and Pee-ara

            As I got old I realized that the forgiveness is for you, not for them. You never really forget, either. You’re successful if you don’t repeat what they taught you.

          • handyhippie65

            i agree, forgiveness is for you, but i don’t hang on to hurtful emotions. letting go is one of the awesome things buddhism taught me. feel them, and then let them go. sober, i am as nonviolent a person as you will ever meet, as long as you don’t put your hands on me uninvited. i may think violent things, but i don’t act upon them. one of the keys to a happy, stress free life.

          • Vagenda and Pee-ara

            My mother is a fan of Buddhism, and I’ve always thought it was a great philosophy. Maybe some day I’ll have the time to actually check it out.

            I met a woman yesterday who was so happy, I was dying to ask her what her secret was.

          • handyhippie65

            buddhisim is not for everyone. i don’t consider myself a buddhist. just someone who has read the writings of the buddha, and was set on a path towards enlightenment. the wheel of life, death and rebirth is a little too much for me to believe in, but unattatchment, is a useful skill to practice.

          • Vagenda and Pee-ara

            Whatever works, my friend.

  • mailman27

    We are really in the fucking weeds.

  • Husband Of Mrs God

    If I remember correctly, this is how President Cheney got us started on the fracking and the Halliburton contracts and all.

  • tehbaddr

    You’ll gladly take these Hobo Beans and enjoy them! You Plebes!

    • Vagenda and Pee-ara

      Hobo beans? Sure, Rockefeller, rub your good fortune in our faces! I’ll be over here eating gravel.

      • Incoming Ham

        You’re lucky to have gravel. We’re eating sand.

        • Smibo

          Whenever the recipe calls for sand, we use canned sand.

          • Invisible Bunyip

            But is it organic, canned-at-the-source sand?

          • HogeyeGrex

            MONSTER!

        • handyhippie65

          isn’t that how you survive in the desert? by eating the sand-which-is-there?

          • Incoming Ham

            True that, but the next part is “You were lucky to have sand. We had…”

            Python joke.

  • Vagenda and Pee-ara

    My god, how have we survived with these onerous regulations since 1972??? Oh, the inhumanity.

  • Vagenda and Pee-ara

    “A group called Food & Water Watch has sued the administration…”

    “Food and Water Watch?” Jesus, what a bunch of alarmist snowflakes! Who hasn’t benefitted from a little heavy metal in their water? Sheesh!

    • The Militant Homosexual Agenda

      And I hear cholera is a great way to lose weight!

      • Vagenda and Pee-ara

        See? There’s always a silver lining.

    • handyhippie65

      wasn’t that a deep purple song? “heavy metal in your water, and poison in the skies.”

  • Jeff Mc Donald

    I find it mildly amusing that people still think that with a government totally in the hands of the Republican party, that they can force the rich to act fairly or even share power. That kind of thinking is sooo Teddy Roosevelt.

  • Smibo

    “The outsourcing of American policy to industry groups isn’t really anything new. Since Ronald Reagan, Republicans have been happy to let lobbyists help write legislation…”
    Dok Zoom, 2017

    Fascism should more properly be called corporatism, because it is the merger of state and corporate power.
    Unknown, often attributed to Giovanni Gentile, 1932

    Whatever you do, PLEASE don’t put two and two together!
    Every Republican policy wonk since the Reagan administration

    • Zyxomma

      Republican and policy wonk don’t cohere.

      • Smibo

        Yeah, I had a little trouble with that, too. Thought about using “Republican operative”, but then considered things like the Heritage Foundation and “Crossroads GPS”, and realized that just because just because the suckiest policies in a long history of suck-ass policies really suck, doesn’t necessarily mean that Republicans can’t be small-w wonky about promoting them.

        • Zyxomma

          Well, Paul Ryan is their idea of a policy wonk. Heartless, soulless, vacant eyed Ryan is their poster boy.

          • Smibo

            In retrospect, I prolly should’ve split the difference, and gone with “Republican policy operative”.

            Sigh…

          • HogeyeGrex

            Слу́жба вне́шней разве́дки agent would also be accepted.

  • This must be the ‘Deep Swamp’ he is building

    • HogeyeGrex

      For values of “swamp” that = “exploding foamy pigshit lagoon.”

  • Jay Silversmith

    Since there are absolutely NO requirements to get elected, like civics or history or even a mental exam, we are stuck with “popular or pretty” faces whose qualifications are that they were actors, or pig farmers, or shoe salesmen, or game show hosts. Not only does congress know nothing about writing legislation, they are too lazy to do the necessary work in the 112 days a year they are there. So ALEC, Heritage, Koch bros. and a host of “bad hombres” write it for them to benefit their comrades.

  • uniquename72

    “Since Ronald Reagan, Republicans have been happy to let lobbyists help write legislation …”

    Does Wonkette not know that nearly ALL legislation — Dem & Repub — is written by lobbyists?

    Of course Wonkette knows this.

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