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What if… we blame Obama one more time?

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is under investigation for all his dubiously justified travel on chartered jets, plus some free trips provided by campaign donors, but the Interior Department’s Inspector General has run into a bit of a problem: Zinke’s travel records are such a mess that it’s difficult to figure out what parts of his travel were for legitimate government business, what may have been personal travel, and whether Zinke also shoehorned some political fundraising into his official travel, too. The Washington Post obtained a copy of a memo sent from Interior’s Deputy Inspector General, Mary Kendall, to Zinke’s office, saying her investigation has been “delayed by absent or incomplete documentation for several pertinent trips.” Oopsies!

We also learn that the travel habits of Zinke’s wife Lolita are being examined. Kendall’s investigation is trying to sort out whether Ms. Zinke had traveled along on certain trips, and whether she needed to reimburse the government for those trips. Allegations that she took part in a dark odyssey through the psychological and moral landscape of middle America at the whims of a creepy old Englishman, are not, however, part of the investigation.

Zinke’s questionable travels include trips to Alaska to check out a steak house and do some fundraising and skiing, supposedly while also doing official business, as well as snorkeling in the Virgin Islands (and doing some fundraising) and taking trips on jets owned by campaign donors. The Interior department has insisted that all of Zinke’s travel has been on the up and up, and that he only flew on chartered planes when he couldn’t find a commercial flight. Or when he wanted to, whatevs.

Happily, the Interior Department has come up with a brilliant answer to the claim that Zinke’s travel records are screwy: Blame Barack Obama!

In a letter of response obtained by The Post, Deputy Secretary David Bernhardt told Kendall that the department would provide the outstanding travel documents. But he blamed the Obama administration for any record-keeping issues.

“When I arrived at the Department in August 2017, it was clear to me that the Secretary and I inherited an organizational and operational mess from the previous administration,” Bernhardt wrote. “From my perspective … it appears that the exact same [travel] procedures and processes utilized by the previous Administration remain in place and continue to be dysfunctional.”

Funny, though, we don’t recall Sally Jewell or Ken Salazar ever coming under investigation for questionable use of government planes, although that’s undoubtedly because Hillary Clinton had all the witnesses murdered. Still, Bernhardt gave the narrative his best shot, claiming it was

“apparently unclear” until last week whether all of former Interior Secretary Sally Jewell’s travel records had been entered into the agency’s tracking system.

If that all sounds a bit familiar, it may be because the Daily Caller has already been over this territory, excitedly documenting that while the press was making a big deal over Tom Price and Steven Mnuchin racking up millions of dollars in charter travel in just a few months, Barack Obama’s cabinet was just as bad, since Jewell and Salazar had spent almost One Million Dollars on travel, too — over six years instead of five or six months.

In addition to Kendall’s investigation, Zinke’s travel is also being looked at by the Office of Special Counsel for possible violations of the Hatch Act, which forbids federal officials from doing politics while they’re performing official duties. Besides Zinke, other Trumpers being investigated for iffy travel include Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, and former super-grifter HHS Secretary Tom Price.

It remains to be seen how each of those figures will blame their travel-grifting woes on Barack Obama, but we’re sure they’ll manage.

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  • penny stock

    what a cunt

  • MynameisBlarney

    Is there a list of people that shouldn’t wear cowboy hats?
    If not, can we make one?

    Asking for a friend.

  • canes_pugnaces
  • Asterix

    Will these pathetic losers ever stop blaming the Obama for everything?

    Oh, yeah… no.

  • MynameisBlarney
  • TJ Barke

    Drainin’ that swamp…

    • wide_stance_hubby

      Drain, babby, drain!

    • jesterpunk

      They are draining it right into their bank accounts.

  • Villago Delenda Est

    If you’re looking for the most corrupt people in the United States, you’ll find them working for Donald Fucking Trump.

    • proudgrampa

      Yup. At least they won’t be hard to find.

  • TheGrandWazoo2

    Hinky. Rhymes with Zinke.

    • FlemmishSpy

      How is he with livestock?

  • jesterpunk
  • BoatOfVelociraptors

    Perhaps the previous system wasn’t designed to handle fundraising and vacation trips where wives were present?

    • jesterpunk

      It seems like they where not set up for grifty grifters like the Trump administration.

  • Joe Beese

    “I thought I was paying her a compliment!”

    Tweeden’s story prompted 33-year-old Lindsay Menz to contact CNN and allege that Franken grabbed her buttocks while the two posed for a picture taken by her husband.

    “I take thousands of photos at the state fair surrounded by hundreds of people, and I certainly don’t remember taking this picture,” Franken told CNN. “I feel badly that Ms. Menz came away from our interaction feeling disrespected.”

    https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/20/al-franken-second-accuser-lindsay-menz-250338

    • Oblios_Cap

      Maybe Al just has trouble finding his own ass with both hands?

  • Villago Delenda Est

    David Bernhardt has been duly added to the tumbrel manifest.

  • Ωbjectifier

    It’s OK, he’s a trained seal.

    • Arolpin

      I might have to start referring to Zinke as Lucille (loose seal) rather than Dinky Zinke or grade-Z grifter.

  • Anna Rompage

    Obama played golf, as does Donad Trimp, and each admin uses charter flights when needed!

    Just another big Nothingburger to see here, you see, both sides do it…

  • ArgieBargie

    “When in doubt, blame the black guy.”

    – Every Republican since the beginning of time

    • Angela Ruzzo

      Except when they blame the woman.

      • godsaidHA

        started with Eve.

        • Angela Ruzzo

          Oh, yeah, she’s the one who was allegedly fooled by Satan, whom the Bible describes as “not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him” and “more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made.” Adam is the one who never met Satan, that crafty devil, but who just said to Eve “OK, sure, I’ll eat it.” He did not apparently require any persuasion at all.

          • Dept. of Space Tacos
          • AmazingProfessionalCrastinator

            I wrote a song about that.

          • godsaidHA

            “The woman gave it to me, and I ate of it” is how I remember Adam’s blame-statement to God. Funny the fragments of Bible verse that are in long-term memory! I could have come up with something really snappy if I’d been asked for my favorite Bible verse, not, like 45, “there are just so many.”

          • Angela Ruzzo

            My favorite Bible quote is easy…”He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone…” John 8:7.

  • TheGrandWazoo2

    Remember when Obama took office and Republicans main theme was ‘You can’t blame Bush anymore because he’s not the President now’.

    • FlemmishSpy

      I blame Warren G. Harding for our predicament.

      • Angela Ruzzo

        I blame King George III.

        • Oblios_Cap

          If only Cornwallis had won!

  • Juan de Fuca

    I woke this morning to find out the hose I put on a slow drip to water a new tree was left on overnight and flooded my yard. Thanks Obama!

    • proudgrampa

      Damn! That guy is just responsible for everything that’s wrong in the world today!

    • Angela Ruzzo

      I cannot tell you how many times I did something like that before I got smart and bought a hose timer. I don’t know if I was channeling Obama or not.

      • Juan de Fuca

        I have an in ground/automatic irrigation system (that I installed myself and am proud of) and after planting our new tree, I told my myself to just run another line of PVC to the tree for a new drip. Just do it. Then I thought, nah, I’ll just put the hose on it for an hour and I’ll remember to shut it off. I’ll run a drip off the irrigation system to it this holiday weekend.

        Nope. Left the hose on. Flooded yard.

        • Angela Ruzzo

          Lucky you, I’d love to have an in-ground irrigation system, and congrats on doing it yourself. But yeah, I’ve thought “I’ll remember to turn it off” about 100 times. I even turned on the microwave timer to remind myself, then I would go to the garage to fetch a tool at the exact time that the timer went off and I didn’t hear it, or I’d forget all about it and run to the supermarket and wouldn’t hear it.

          I planted 10 evergreen trees 6 years ago, and one-by-one they keep dying, and 3 soil- and tree-experts can’t tell me why. They always blame it on under- or over-watering, but I water them exactly per the standard instructions. Last week 3 of them that have been very healthy for the whole 6 years started getting brown tips on some branches, so I watered them (experts said to stop watering them in October) and they recovered – but we’ve had plenty of rain in the past 2 months, so go figure.

          • Juan de Fuca

            I feel your pain, Angela. There are times when I think about how much easier it would be to just sell the house and buy a condo close to the beach someplace. I used to love yardwork but am slowly growing tired of it. Then again, I know that if I move into a condo, I’m going to miss doing yardwork.

          • Angela Ruzzo

            I lived in a condo in Louisiana for 4 years, and they hired a landscaping company to do all the yard work, which spoiled me rotten after I had spent 20 years doing active gardening. You might be be surprised how little you would miss it. In my current house I just plant annuals in 14 enormous pots and this requires much less work than all the strategic plantings I used to take care of. But the trees are driving me crazy – they seem to go on suicide pacts in pairs. I have this hypothesis that they all talk to each other and become friends and pair up romantically, then they break up and have nervous breakdowns and die. Or perhaps some of them are engaging in domestic violence, who can say? It’s just a hypothesis.

  • Rick Hill

    Should we just go ahead and have all announcements from this “administration” preceded by Robin Leach? (You know, there’s something, poetic? Ironic?, about someone named Leach covering these people)
    “Next, on Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous….”

    • Arolpin

      Next, on Lifestyles of the Formerly Rich and Infamous and Currently Incarcerated…. I would watch that.

  • proudgrampa

    “Allegations that she took part in a dark odyssey through the psychological and moral landscape of middle America at the whims of a creepy old Englishman, are not, however, part of the investigation.”

    This is why I read Wonkette.

  • TundraGrifter

    “Allegations that she took part in a dark odyssey through the psychological and moral landscape of middle America at the whims of a creepy old Englishman, are not, however, part of the investigation.”

    Charles Dickins libulz!

    {I posted that because I don’t understand the reference but wanted to comment anyway; it would have been irresponsible not to.}

    • Oblios_Cap

      It’s driving me batty, too. What is the reference?

      • proudgrampa

        Something to do with Sam Harris’ The Moral Landscape? Not sure who the Englishman is supposed to be, yet.

      • Carpe Vagenda

        Pretty sure it’s Lolita.

        • Oblios_Cap

          Ah. Because of his wife’s name, which I discovered by reading further. Masterfully done.

    • proudgrampa

      I had no idea what this was, either. But I loved it.

    • Skwerl the Taco Hunter

      The Googles said it comes from a site called Wonkette.

      IMPEACH!

    • doktorzoom

      Don’t stand, don’t stand so, don’t stand so close to me.

      • little miss high and mighty

        We never supported them police but they make you odysseate through the psychological and moral landscapes now and them.
        Selective police brutality and we means absolutely NO libelz to no police they deserves they libels esp sending forth into the psyhchological and moral landscapes, those English Knigggghts!
        We fart in their gerneal direction.

  • Royal Ugly Dude

    Jewell and Salazar had spent almost One Million Dollars on travel

    I can’t be the only one who read that in a Dr. Evil voice.

    • proudgrampa

      And then the murders began.

    • little miss high and mighty

      then gotta say: “over 2 full (if muchly grieved by the GOPlys) US Pesidential Terms. vs the scant few months of the DJT team sinning.

  • Rick Hill

    Well, duh. You obviously can’t blame Hillary for this so of course it’s Obama.

  • ManchuCandidate

    Who knew that a guy who got booted out of Team Six because of impropriety (working on his home in Whitefish on gubbiment dime) would be doing improper things on gubbiment dime?

  • Carpe Vagenda

    Um.

    This is good for Maggie Haberman?

    https://twitter.com/kainazamaria/status/932635669448536064

    • beatbort

      Haberman won’t touch this story or comment for it because it has nothing to do with Crooked Hillary Clinton.

      • Carpe Vagenda

        It’s going to complicate their campaign book, though.

    • Edith Prickly

      This is SOP in far too many newsrooms. Give a certain type of man a little bit of authority, and they decide that every young woman who comes into the office is chum in the water.

  • Lance Thrustwell

    It isn’t “sneaked”, it’s “snuck.” Sneak, snack, snuck.

  • Indiepalin

    His wife is named Lolita.

    • Asterix

      I noticed that too. Anyone know how old she is?

      • Indiepalin

        Too old for Roy Moore.

    • weighmaster

      That struck me too. Who the hell does that?

      • LucindathePook

        Well, it’s a legit nickname for Dolores in Latin America.

        • weighmaster

          And now I know something I didn’t know an hour ago :)

      • Ugne

        It’s actually a real name in eastern Europe; however, it’s pronounced with a short i sound in the middle syllable (‘lih’, as opposed to ‘lee’) in the country my family’s from. And if I had a daughter, I would consider the name myself (Nabokov is the sun in my sky).

        (Not trying to be snarky, just sharing info.)

    • If they have a daughter bet they name(d) her Chastity.

      • Indiepalin

        Chaz

        • Oblios_Cap

          Better than Chav.

          Just barely.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson
  • Dept. of Space Tacos

    “Happily, the Interior Department has come up with a brilliant answer to the claim that Zinke’s travel records are screwy: Blame Barack Obama!”

    Trump & Co. – this joke isn’t funny anymore.

  • Arse Grammatica

    Light of my life. Fire of my loins…

  • Royal Ugly Dude
  • Bub, the cynical zombie

    Zinke is attempting to use the classic “baffle ’em with bullshit” strategy. It’s one of Donnie’s favourites too.

  • rocktonsam

    Needs moar swamp draining.

  • Dept. of Space Tacos

    ““From my perspective … it appears that the exact same [travel] procedures and processes utilized by the previous Administration remain in place and continue to be dysfunctional.”

    But Barry did it tooo!

    Seriously, what the ever lovin’ fuck does that have to do with HIS travel records. “everything was a mess, so we just figured we’d keep doing it.”

    These fucking people…kitteh time:
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9d67de3f75a2bd140ce14773fd5870b3b9a363c3af25de521588edfd83d88a96.jpg

  • Painter of Goats

    Not disorganized! Not disorganized! You’re disorganized!

  • TheGrandWazoo2

    I see why it’s different to Republicans now.
    https://i.ytimg.com/vi/lVPDTZJOfuQ/hqdefault.jpg

  • Oblios_Cap

    In my experience, poor record keeping is a way to hide stuff you don’t want anybody to know, like how you’re robbing your business blind. Then when it goes bankrupt, you just plead “lousy businessperson” instead of “ruthless fraud”.

    • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

      Back in the early 80’s my dad worked for a building supply company as a inventory clerk. He noticed after a while that the owner was double-booking inventory (the materials would be shipped to one store, but counted as inventory at both stores). Dad got fired, but got unemployment when he threatened to blow the whistle to the Department of Business and Industry and the Contractor’s Board.
      About two weeks later all the records “mysteriously burned” in a fire that destroyed one shed on the company’s property.

    • John Thorstensen

      Well, Judge Moore’s foundation’s accountant was sick, you know. There was no comment about dogs and homework.

  • MynameisBlarney

    I really don’t feel fuckin up to the damn thanksgiving shit.
    I’ve been sick for almost a month and I just want to stay home and sleep.

    • nightmoth

      Do it. Take care of yourself. You can probably even get somebody from a charitable-type group to send a dinner over. If they’re a real charity, give them $5 or so and enjoy your turkey in peace.

      • MynameisBlarney

        I don’t even want that.
        lol
        I just want to grumble and complain right now.
        I STILL feel like shit.

        • jesterpunk

          But its the season to get together with everyone. But hope you feel better.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTx-sdR6Yzk

          • little miss high and mighty

            why we steers clear of Albion refions during the Yule/Saturnalia/Sun birthing/Sostice daze of rage.
            Old world be better and Trad muc is best on trad instruments.
            We actually did spend one “Noche Buena” (24.Dec.) with a zrue Trad concert. small, candle lit,Lobero Theatre with the Chieftans- whilst Derek(Dingdong) Bell was yet with us to sing of Yuletide Fergus.
            All, including D(D:D:) B: now saf refugees
            Soon the hard bborder of the €u shall twain again their Green Ilse.
            Trad is better , folks real Trad- it saves all this ugly Chritmas and (esp) Easter.
            Happy Countdown to Chritmas everybody
            All us gotta run now.
            One of us back in the morrow.

        • Oblios_Cap

          Come here and do that. Watch the Burroughs’ video and feel all tingly and patriotic. Someone will be posting.

          • MynameisBlarney

            No innernet at home right now.

          • C4TWOMAN

            NO! No fairs!

          • Oblios_Cap

            I blame Trump!

          • MynameisBlarney

            Well, just on general principle!
            But this was actually Irma’s fault.

          • C4TWOMAN

            Why not?

        • C4TWOMAN

          You be you.

          A couple years back I had a reoccurring respiratory infection and was sick on and off for 4 months. I’d stopped going to the gym because ANY TIME I expended effort it was back. Finally I figured out the place I was staying had super dry air(old flooding problems so the de-humidifier was set on Sahara desert). Got a small humidifier for the room, problems solved. But man I was pissed. Lost almost half a year of productivity.

          So take care of your self.
          *hugs*

        • JohnBull

          Drinking helps. Or maybe not, but if you’re sitting at home you may as well get it out of the way.
          That’s what I’m planning as soon as the bell rings at 3:15 on Wednesday.

          • MynameisBlarney

            I’m taking cold meds with acetaminophen.
            So, no alcohol.

    • Oblios_Cap

      You can sit in bed and watch Christmas specials.

      • MynameisBlarney

        No.
        Even if I had a tv and cable I’d rather pull out my fingernails than watch that shit.

        *ETA*

        Unless it’s A Christmas Story.
        That I’ll watch.

        • Opiwan

          I TRIPLE DOG DARE YOU

          to stay home and take care off yourself :)

        • Indeniable Ron

          No love for ‘Olive the Other Reindeer’?

          • MynameisBlarney

            Never even heard of that.

          • Indeniable Ron

            Based on the children’s book of the same name, about a dog named Olive who thinks she’s the ‘other reindeer’ from the Rudolph song. Made by Matt Groening. Full of puns and misheard lyrics. Great voice cast too.

    • BadKitty904

      You’re an adult and allowed a “time out” from holiday hell. Just Say No.

      • MynameisBlarney

        I’m gonna. like last year.
        I do feel a bit guilty for not showing up 2 years in a row, but not a whole lot.

        • BadKitty904

          It’s not like you asked to be sick at Thanksgiving. Launch a preemptive guilt-strike by going on about how sorry you are to miss everyone, the food, etc.

    • Alan

      I haven’t done it in years. Don’t do any of the Christmas crap either.

  • Hither and Yawn

    Does Wonkette use this pic of him to make it easy for the facial recognition algorithm to select potential dates?

  • BadKitty904

    I note the tell-tale “black hat,” as worn by TV and comic-book villains…

    • BoatOfVelociraptors

      Raise you one black leather glove…
      https://twitter.com/Bencjacobs/status/932321039677378561

      • Strepsi

        Thanks for sharing! LOL @
        “She’s an “actress” in the same way that a lot of trust-fund kids are “entrepreneurs” and “business owners,” and a lot of dim children of CEOs are “executive vice presidents.”….”a cinematic career best described as leisurely”

    • C4TWOMAN

      If only they’d take as much care in labeling stuff:
      “Loot Bag”
      “Explosives”
      “Damning Emails From Putin”

  • jesterpunk
    • BadKitty904

      Grotesque hypocrisy? Is this a trick question???

  • BadKitty904

    Lolita Zinke“? Srsly???

    • Edith Prickly

      Right? “I’ll take Failed Bond Girl Names for $200, Alex…”

      • Oblios_Cap

        Maybe Ryan’s got more in common with Moore than he has lead us to believe.

      • Juan de Fuca

        Or even “Failed Austin Powers Girls Names.”

        • 🛶🗣️ Mr Canoehead 🛶🗣️

          Lolita “Kitchen” Zinke

    • little miss high and mighty

      Like why nabokov made her so named
      Endearment form for Dolores
      Convenient back door escape hatch mentality for parents who could go either way in life, later ons.
      Too much lust too little life so much airspace.

      • Old Nick

        In the 1970s I knew a not-very-evolutionarily-advanced couple in SW Florida who named their daughter Brandi Kiki Clapp. Since then I have always viewed that as the nadir of girl naming.

    • shastakoala

      When I was a child we had a frisky cat named Lolita.

    • H0mer0

      Is she the “zinke beneath the sink? I have talked to [her], I think.”*

      *I know, Theodore Geissel libelz

  • Me not sure
  • Relativicus

    “Allegations that she took part in a dark odyssey through the psychological and moral landscape of middle America at the whims of a creepy old Englishman, are not, however, part of the investigation.” https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/02d42fec1ec21751d0dd1b1a3f688efc5949bf7a3b1091170f5cf9198640d942.png

    • Strepsi

      “Lolita”

      • Relativicus

        That’s the remake of “Rochelle, Rochelle”?

  • exinkwretch

    Glad to see his cowboy hat is large enough to cover his asshole, ’cause it ain’t polite to go in public nekkid.

  • nightmoth

    Okay, dammit—you put Obama in the headline and then have that yucky Zinke photo, so THIS is mandatory: https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7999ab5a8e85aeafa3324f595238cd1c33c3832de8e1a0e4c906b2d4f452a6ac.jpg

    • Daniel

      “I said ‘the new sheriff’s near’.”

      • Bub, the cynical zombie

        WHAT?

        • LucindathePook

          It’s from Blazing Saddles: “The new sheriff’s [a] n****r.”

          • Juan de Fuca

            WHAT?

          • Frances

            Google is paying 97$ per hour,with weekly payouts.You can also avail this.
            On tuesday I got a brand new Land Rover Range Rover from having earned $11752 this last four weeks..with-out any doubt it’s the most-comfortable job I have ever done .. It Sounds unbelievable but you wont forgive yourself if you don’t check it
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          • Naytch

            Ni– CLANG!!

        • Naytch

          CLANG!!! (#2)

      • Naytch

        CLANG!!!

    • Dept. of Space Tacos

      i’m a seriously straight dude and even I think he looks fucking hot in that picture.

    • Strepsi

      Hot.

    • Edith Prickly
    • jesterpunk

      That is an exemption to the cowboy hat rule. Obama can wear one because he can pull it off.

      • Dept. of Space Tacos

        this ain’t a race thing, just sayin’ an oft ignored part of our history (if you can inspire bob marley to write a song about you, boy howdy!)

        Buffalo Soldier” is a reggae song written by Bob Marley and Noel “King Sporty” Williams. It did not appear on record until the 1983 posthumous release of Confrontationwhen it became one of Marley’s best-known songs. The title and lyrics refer to the black U.S. cavalry regiments, known as “Buffalo Soldiers”, that fought in the Indian Wars after 1866. Marley likened their fight to a fight for survival, and recasts it as a symbol of black resistance.[1]

        The origin of the term “Buffalo Soldier” is theorized as given to black troops by Native Americans, who thought African Americans’ hair felt and looked like a buffalo’s pelt.[4][5] The name was embraced by the troops, who were well acquainted with “the buffalo’s fierce bravery and fighting spirit”.[4] The Buffalo Soldier’s duties were settling railroad disputes, building telegraph lines, repairing and building forts, helping settlers find a place to live, and protecting the settlers from attacks by Native Americans.[4]

        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d73c467d153ff51fd0be73bc7e65f29c731967b9b4f79d19e8da90deb00b3aa7.jpg

        • Thiazin Red

          And a lot of cowboys were black.

          One of, if not the, inspiration for the Lone Ranger was a black man.

          • Dept. of Space Tacos

            aye, I learned that from the Simpsons sadly…and I live in texas (i don’t know if that’s a mitigator or an aggravator, frankly)

          • Alan

            Little known fact. My fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Beemer, was the daughter-in-law of Brace Beemer, the Lone Ranger. It was cool then.

          • Dudleydidwrong
        • Naytch

          Adam Ruins Everything did a good show on this:

          https://g.co/kgs/f1ozf4

          Wyoming was progressive, once!!

      • theCryptofishist

        So, if it’s surgically attached you can’t wear it. But you can have jam every other day.

    • Fartknocker

      He wears it well.

    • NastyBossetti

      I never really cared for cowboy hats. Until now.

    • Strepsi
      • Donna Mueller

        nailed it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Indeniable Ron

      All hat AND all cattle.

      • Daniel

        Hattle.

        • SDGeoff3

          Lol!

      • Miss Dill
    • SDGeoff3

      Oh BAY-bee!

  • I’d like to blame my upcoming cataract surgery on President Obama. This never would have happened to me if his wonderful vision for the future of our country wasn’t so clear.

    Since Trump seized power my vision has become muddy.

    • SDGeoff3

      Lens implants? You’ll love it.

      • So I’m told. I look forward to seeing well again.

        • SDGeoff3

          You’ll spend more time doing the paperwork than you will in the OR. It takes less than 15 minutes. Just remember to use up all the eyedrops.

          • Thanks for the comforting walk through, SDGeoff3!

          • SDGeoff3

            It’s an easy recovery. And don’t bend over or pick up stuff.

        • SDGeoff3

          Wait until you see colors again. I forgot how blue the sky is.

  • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

    Oh, joy. I’m surprised they didn’t blame Bill Clinton while they were at it.

    • jesterpunk

      Everyone else is doing that and demanding we retroactively remove him from office.

      • Indeniable Ron

        ‘There have been six Presidents since 1968: Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Bush Sr, Bush Jr and Trump. And there were 20 years where America had no president at all.’

        • jesterpunk

          They also ignore Shrub and are now mad at Bush SR for criticizing Trump. So it will soon go from Reagan to Trump with nothing in between.

          • TakingAmes

            You mean they’re not pissed at Bush Sr for the groping? I’m pissed at him for the groping. And the fecklessness.

      • Blanche de Shambles

        We could wait until he dies, then dig him up and impeach him posthumously, and then throw his body in the Potomac.

        If it’s good enough for a pope, it should be good enough for a president.

  • BadKitty904

    All hat, no excuses.

    • SDGeoff3

      But teh flag!!

      • BadKitty904

        A traitor’s “shield”…

  • C4TWOMAN

    You’d think one of the right’s benefits to voting their man in would be stopping Obumber’s and Killary’s shenanigans….

    • BadKitty904

      Or by showing that they can do a better job. HAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHHAHAHAHAHHA…

      • C4TWOMAN

        Don’t hurt yourself, there….

        • BadKitty904

          (…heeheehee…)

  • shastakoala

    The procedurehood of the traveling hat.

  • spangled

    why👏 would👏 you👏 name 👏 your 👏 child 👏 Lolita????

    • BadKitty904

      Republicans don’t read books.

      • Alan

        That’s probably it.

      • Daniel

        But it was by a Russian!

      • spangled

        “mom and pop named me Abel and my brother Cain, because they’re god-fearing republicans who love the bible and jesus christ!”

        • Khavrinen

          What could possibly go wrong?

    • Thiazin Red

      You’d think that when parents say to put that on a girl’s birth certificate, CPS would be notified immediately.

      • Latverian Diplomat

        They didn’t say anything about her brothers, Adolf and Benito.

    • Spurning Beer

      She was born Lolita Underage McJailbait in 1999 in Gadsden, Alabama.

      • TimResistit

        Or, as Johnny Carson used to say, “Gina Statutori”.

    • James Baskin

      Daddy wanted that name.

    • Snark Tank Full of Resistance

      “Dolores” was already taken?

      (See, “Lolita’s” real name in the book — and movie — was Dolores……Yeah, it’s a stretch of a joke, I know….but I didn’t have anything better that wasn’t already non-commented by another non-commenter. Bah, Humbert!)

    • Alan

      Cause you’re a perv?

    • Blanche de Shambles

      Don’t stand so
      Don’t stand so
      Don’t stand so
      Close to me

  • TundraGrifter

    Did FDR blame Herbert Hoover for The Great Depression?

    Well – did he? HUH?

    • President in Exile Firefly

      Um, yeah, a bit.

      • TundraGrifter

        Without bothering to actually look it up, I’m going to say the only two Presidents who didn’t blame their respective predecessors for something were George Washington and William Henry Harrison. Heck, Old Abe probably blamed James Buchanan for the War Between the States.

        • JustDon’tSayConfabulation

          As well he should. Buchanan was the Worst President Ever until Drumpf came along.

          • TundraGrifter

            I was pretty sure the WPE was George Bush (43). He lost the title January 21, 2017, in a unanimous decision.

  • going4baroque

    for the record: the correct spelling is Lo-lee-ta

    • H0mer0

      4 foot 10 in one sock, IIRC

  • Alan

    That’s a new one. They’re so stupid we can’t even figure out if they’re criminals.

  • Thiazin Red

    WTF Washington Post? Is it take your idiot to work day or something on the editorial page? Yes, we really need a lecture on how technically Moore isn’t a pedo or how we should really be investigating Hillary.

    • WotsAllThisThen

      Yeah that investigate Hillary piece, by the same guy who last week said he’s willing to have a war with North Korea now, when it’s only South Koreans who will get incinerated.

  • TimResistit

    OT:

    I was only ten years old. I don’t even think I knew what being “gay” was…or that there was even a word for my feelings.

    But, I had a major crush on David Cassidy, I do remember that. RIP, “Keith”.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAXFkUaQoAs

  • WotsAllThisThen

    I recently watched the Ken Burns documentary on the national parks, and hearing about all the battles between polluters and conservationists throughout our history. On one side: clear cutters, oil pipelines, miners, and companies with a lot of money who want to go in and extract everything as cheap as possible and then leave a big mess. Then on the other side, a plucky interior secretary standing up for our public lands. It just makes me hate this guy even more.

  • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

    “From my perspective … it appears that the exact same [travel] procedures and processes utilized by the previous Administration remain in place and continue to be dysfunctional.” -David Bernhardt

    I don’t think the procedures and processes are the dysfunctional part in this instance. Pretty sure it’s the grifty people not wanting to FOLLOW those procedures and processes.

  • Professor Fate

    Translation: “these procedures make it hard for me to steal form the US Government.”

  • Ryan Denniston

    ““When I arrived at the Department in August 2017, it was clear to me that the Secretary and I inherited an organizational and operational mess from the previous administration,” Bernhardt wrote. “From my perspective … it appears that the exact same [travel] procedures and processes utilized by the previous Administration remain in place and continue to be dysfunctional.””

    Then don’t take trips that would invite scrutiny of your records! Also too, Party of Personal Responsibility (TM).

    • ez

      Also, if it is as bad as you say and you found out in August, have you FIXED yet? Put that Hat over your face and practice your Perp Walk Two Step, cowboy.

  • Donna Mueller

    blame obama??? isn’t hillary available?? after all she just resigned from being fox news president of the USA.

    • SDGeoff3

      And not a moment too soon, imho.

  • ltmcdies

    oh honey, if Barry Bamz had arranged you travel….you might in the mountains of Afghanistan right now

  • Khavrinen

    “What if… we blame Obama one more time?”

    One more time? C’mon, Dok, you know Republicans will be blaming Obama — and/or Hillary — for everything bad that happens between now and the next time a Democrat is elected President. ( Or Trump leaves America a smoking, glow in the dark crater, whichever happens first. )

    It’s their go-to move, always.

    • AnnieGetYerFun

      It’s so crazy… it just might work!

  • WotsAllThisThen

    I didn’t report my expenses because I looked at the system and was like, well this sucks. So…. not my fault?

    • OppressedMass

      The travel reporting system at my job merits the blame for every trip report error ever made, anywhere, by anyone.
      Well, maybe not Zinke.

  • President in Exile Firefly

    “…Zinke’s wife Lolita…”
    Now you’re just making shit up.

    • NerdWithNoName

      In private she calls him Humbert

      • SDGeoff3

        Now you’re just getting us excited.

  • AnnieGetYerFun

    Maintain the swamp! Maintain the swamp!

  • WotsAllThisThen

    All hat and no restrictions on cattle grazing in public lands.

  • Latverian Diplomat

    “I followed the Montana documentation protocol. I spread out my receipts, let livestock poop on them, then piled them up with a pitchfork. What’s the problem?”
    — Ryan Zinke

  • Bitter Scribe

    at the whims of a creepy old Englishman

    IIRC, while both the actors who played Humbert Humbert were Englishmen, in the novel he was a Parisian-born Swiss citizen.

  • Ray in VT

    Nothing like good, old fashioned GOP “personal responsibility”.

  • Blackest Noobs

    so that’s all i gotta do is blame the previous person who held my job? gotcha, right on it.

    • JustDon’tSayConfabulation

      I have literally done this. But in those cases, it really was the previous guy’s fault, and I really was cleaning up the mess. Unfortunately, everything from now on is my fault.

  • Joshua Norton

    REMEMBER WHEN OBAMA WORE A TAN SUIT? SO GLAD THOSE TERRIFYING DAYS ARE BEHIND US1!!11

    • SDGeoff3

      Good morning, Emperor. It’s still going to be a while for healing to begin regarding hamburgers with Dijon mustard.
      Who am I kidding? When Fox went off on that my thought was, well fuck, doesn’t everyone put Dijon on their burgers? Sheesh!

      • Mike

        Yep, the Dijon thing had me rooting for impeachment…thankfully we have a pussygrabber with a finely tuned palate…he smothers his burnt steaks with ketchup.
        #MAGA

    • Electric Ukulele Land

      I kind of liked the tan suit…

  • ken_kukec

    “… Zinke’s wife Lolita …”

    No wonder his travel records are as unreliable as Humbert Humbert’s narration.

  • alpacapunchbowl

    Maybe he should just stick to pony rides.

  • House0fTheBlueLights

    Party of personal responsibility yo!

  • commatoes

    It remains to be seen how each of those figures will blame their travel-grifting woes on Barack Obama, but we’re sure they’ll manage.

    The one armed man was unavailable for comment.

  • svejk

    humbert humbert is a swiss, not a brit. geez, what is this, the fox news accuracy sweepstakes?

    • But James Mason was British, ergo…

      • Teto85

        Jean Luc Picard will be French but no one gets all upset about Patrick Stewart.

  • Iam Reading

    Zinke is one scary corrupt motherfuker

    • Delu

      They all are.

      • Teto85

        That is a prerequisite for this maladministration.

    • Just one of many..l

  • Weird. That is pretty much the way he wire tapped Drumpf Tower.
    http://media.cleveland.com/darcy/photo/22246180-small.jpg

  • Viktor

    Obama is in your file cabinet. Damn Him !

    • theCryptofishist

      No, that’s Stalin.

  • David Davis

    Gee, you’d he would have learned to be more careful when he got blocked for promotion as a navy seal for similar ‘discrepancies’ in his travel reports

    https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/01/16/us/politics/ryan-zinke-navy-seal.html

    Some critters sure are dumb…

  • Delu

    If they DIDN’T blame Obama I would have been very surprised. SHOCKED even.

    But they did, because he ALWAYS gets blamed.

    So all is right with the universe.

    • Obama – the scapegoat that keeps on giving…

  • Mike

    Go easy on the poor guy…Cabinet Secretary’s are down to like 23 personal assistants and 4 accountants (3 for the phony books alone)
    Not to mention this won’t matter a bit when you see the money rolling in from all the oil wells he has planned for Yosemite and the strip mining project earmarked for the Grand Canyon.
    Drill baby, drill…can ya dig it…? Then get diggy with it…!

  • Zyxomma

    Lock. Them. Up. AOT, K.

    • Gaz Netherlands

      Would katie be in the position to do that?

      • JCfromNC

        Konstable?

      • sgt. jmk of the résistance

        If we held a lottery – “Win a Chance To Be the Person Who Gets to Lock Up The Trump Administration Figure of Your Choice!” – we could probably eliminate the national debt.

  • AngryNotSoOldHippy .

    Zinke needs to be executed.

  • phoenix00

    > Zinke’s wife Lolita

    WHO NAMES THEIR DAUGHTER THAT??!!

    • Roy Moore?

      • Unsaintific

        tRump, if he ever bothered to read.

        • ibwilliamsi

          He watched the movie, I’m sure.

          • H0mer0

            which one?

          • ibwilliamsi

            Any of the “Lolita”s. He’d never have the patience or the intelligence for Nabokov.

  • “when he couldn’t find a commercial flight”. Zinke, “Expedia? Travelocity? Who dem?”

  • Celtic_Gnome

    We also learn that the travel habits of Zinke’s wife Lolita are being examined.

    There was a time when it wouldn’t be necessary to ask this, but this is the Republican Party after all.

    Exactly how old is Lolita?

  • Teto85

    President Obama sure gets around a lot in that Time Machine of his. It’s his fault I got a D on that French test in middle school. And his weather machine caused the rainstorm in 1977 that caused the mudslide in Redwood Estates. I know because I saw him.

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