Lock Him Up? Is Embarrassing Our State a Crime?

It’s been an embarrassing week for Ryan Zinke.

Between the outrageous cost of renovating his office door (nearly $140,000), his racist comments to Congresswoman/the grandchild of interment camp detainees, to his little hissy fit in front of Congress when someone dare question his use of oil executives private jets, to the most hypocritical of all: his use of a private e-mail server, it has been a heck of a week for Montana’s first Cabinet Secretary.

First, the door.  Ryan Zinke has always had a taste for the finer things in life as long as Uncle Sam was picking up the bill.  We all remember that during his military service he would try to expense his trips home as “scouting for training facilities.”  And now his caviar tastes on trout budget have caught up with him.  Zinke tried to remodel his doors at Interior and stick the taxpayer with the bill.  A bill totaling $139,000.  Those doors better open, shut, and cook the best meal you’ve ever had each and every day.

Second, we had Zinke being roasted by Congresswoman Hanabusa from Hawaii.  After Hanabusa put turned down the heat all that could come out of Zinke’s mouth was, “Konnichiwa”.  I guess “kowabunga dude” must have slipped his mind.

Third, we have Zinke’s incredulous reaction when Senators dared question his use of–you guessed it–a private plane.  Zinke was caught using a donor and oil executives plane and his justification was–well let’s just let the headline speak for itself:

Newsweek:

RYAN ZINKE SAYS HE NEVER TOOK A PRIVATE JET BECAUSE THE PLANE HE FLEW ON HAD PROPELLERS

And this ice cream sundae isn’t a desert–it has a cherry on it.

Finally, a recent Freedom of Information Act request has revealed Zinke has committed the cardinal sin to all Trump loving Americans.  He used a private e-mail to conduct his duties as Secretary.

For those of you living under a rock for the past four years, GOP’ers like Zinke have been making hay out of the use of private e-mail servers.  Former Secretary Clinton used her personal e-mail during her time as a cabinet Secretary and Trump rallies around the country rang with the not so faint refrain of, “lock her up, lock her up…”

It would seem like Mr. Zinke is now doing the same thing.  We can now expect the legion of red cap wearing supporters to light their tiki torches and descend on Zinke’s Interior Department.  Or more likely, they’ll look the other way as Zinke’s corruption turns the Interior Department and Montana into a laughing-stock.

If someone can be arrested for crimes against the reputation of Montana, I think Zinke deserves the perp walk.

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44 Comments on "Lock Him Up? Is Embarrassing Our State a Crime?"

  1. He’s rather ‘snarky’ when he’s under pressure to answer at congressional hearings, particularly during last Tuesday’s energy & natural resource committee in the Senate. Senator Angus King asked ‘Super SEAL’ if he – the secretary of DOI – had documentation and facts to support Zinke’s intent to reduce royalties from Oil and Gas companies 35 percent (Zinke noted oil and gas companies doing well) and Zinke said he didn’t had data but thought he had a good ‘argument’ that reducing what taxpayers get in royalties would stimulate oil and gas expansion to make up for less cash for taxpayers.

  2. I’ve never seen a cherry on the Sahara Dessert.

  3. I thought he and his wife moved to California. Shouldn’t the crime be embarassing California?

  4. Konnichiwa (こんにちは or in kanji 今日は) is a Japanese greeting, typically a mid-day greeting. It is also used as an informal greeting, “hello” it can also mean good afternoon or good evening.

    • @Windy – Yeah, it’s about on a par with responding to a native American by grunting “How” and making a tomahawk gesture, or speaking more slowly to a blind person.

      The appropriate expression is: “thick as a brick”.

  5. I never took a private jet anywhere,” Zinke added, saying it was “innuendo” to suggest he was on a luxurious private plane when he instead took charter propeller flights.

    • Pilatus PC-12 NG

      Price: $3.3 million

      Available: Since 2007

      Range: 1,560 nautical miles

      There are cheaper turboprops, for sure, such as straightforward cargo haulers like Cessna’s Caravan series. But the Pilatus PC-12 NG is a jack-of-all-trades, with a pressurized cabin, versatile interior layouts that can include seating for up to nine, and a single turbine that can hit 280 knots (compared, for example, to the Caravan’s 186 knots). It’s also renowned for its reliability and durability, one of the reasons the PC-12 is flown by everyone from commercial airlines to special operations commandos in the U.S. Air Force. Again, car comparisons can be misleading, but this is the fastest, toughest, meanest minivan you’ll ever fly. [pilatus-aircraft.com]

      https://www.mensjournal.com/gear/12-best-private-planes-you-can-buy-now-20131021/embraer-phantom-100/

      3.3 million dollars sounds pretty luxurious to me.

      • Captain Bug Smasher:

        $1100/HR Mt State Airctaft abused by Gov Bullock.

        $1150/HR Pilatus PC-12 N

        Light jet $3000 -$6000 /HR

        Liberal spinning and not looking like an idiot…priceless

  6. Embarrassing as this?

    • Chuck’s in a wheelchair.

      • Nice photo op. How bout this one?

        DR. GORKA: “The stepson of John Kerry, the son of Joseph Biden, when they were cabinet members of the Obama administration, create a new investment fund… then inked a billion-dollar deal with the Chinese government — the Bank of China. Then, together they proceeded… to buy a U.S. manufacturing company called Henniges, making very sensitive equipment — crucial to our American military here at home. This, look, I am very rarely at a loss for words Stuart, but this is potentially one of the biggest pay-for-play scandals we have ever seen outside of Uranium One.”

        • @Big Sweaty – Sebastian Gorka?? Really?? What next, you’re going to start quoting the so-called president as an authoritative source for information?

          Do you want to start talking about how those cunning Canadians are so much smarter than us that they have created a non-existent trade imbalance with us?

          Sheeze!!

        • Uranium One is not a scandal, either.

          For one thing, Hillary had nothing to do with its approval.
          It was approved by CFIUS. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Committee_on_Foreign_Investment_in_the_United_States
          For another, the American subsidiary of the Canadian company with the uranium resources doesn’t have an export license for uranium.
          The Canadian government approved the deal as well.

          Uranium One is nothing but a conspiracy theory believed by gullible morons.

          • Your house of cards is collapsing…

            A former FBI informant who spent more than six years undercover gathering information on the Russian energy and uranium market was recently interviewed by FBI agents from the Little Rock, Arkansas field office as part of an ongoing bureau investigation into the Clinton Foundation, according to Victoria Toensing, the attorney representing the informant.

            • @Windy – You’ll swallow about anything if it comes from Fox Fraudcasting, won’t you? The guy is supposedly an INFORMANT, not an agent. That means he’s a crook, caught with his hand in a cookie jar, and cranking out any lies he can think of to try to catch a break. He’s got an ambulance-chasing, has-been lawyer who’s trying to get him as much publicity as she can to raise the ante.

              This is just more of the standard, far-right BenGhazi-style bullcrap. Shovel it at a wall and hope something sticks long enough to make a buck off of it.

              With your intellect, I bet you think Grape Nuts is a social disease.

  7. Why all the hate on Zinke? He’s a nice guy doing what he thinks is best for the country, and it’s not like he’s done anything illegal!

    • @Russel – Actually, yes he has – repeatedly. He’s paid fines, been forced out of the military, and is currently under investigation – again. No wonder Trumpsky appointed him.

  8. These posts are the funniest on the web!

    If you are going to attack Republicans wouldn’t it make sense to attack Republicans who are actually running for something?

    Who is this dingbat ‘Montana Hat’ ?

  9. This just in.

    Zinke had a staff meeting and he got two scoops of ice cream when the others only got one.

  10. Niger – French aircraft, starting about 30 minutes after the ambush was reported on site.

    Benghazi – 4 dead and no support and nowhere as remote as Niger. No one held accountable.

    • What in the fuck does Benghazi have to do with anything?

      You are seriously brain damaged to even bring up Benghazi.

    • @Windy – BenGhazi – EIGHT!! count ’em EIGHT!! supposedly independent, outside investigations of the entire incident, chaired by right-wing GOPers with the stated purpose of hanging something…anything… on Secretary Clinton. Results?? Zero. Zip. Nada. Nothing. No malfeasance, no negligence, no culpability for any aspect of it.

      Niger – “The New York Times reported that when the soldiers were ambushed, no American helicopters came to their rescue. Although Congress has never authorized the mission in Niger — as is required by the Constitution — the military’s Africa command asked lawmakers for more help months before the attack, the Times also reported.” ==https://www.salon.com/2017/10/11/trumps-benghazi-ambush-of-u-s-soldiers-in-niger-goes-unnoticed/

      Sec of Defense Gen’l Mattis bluntly acknowledged command failure, pointed out that Congress had been asked to provide additional resources but refused. Everyone on the far right carefully NOT mentioning that, once again, the administration of this so-called president was in clear and egregious violation of the Constitution itself. Go figure.

      LOCK HIM UP!!! I heard somewhere that they’re already preparing a special suite for Dim Donald at Guantanamo, complete with a large-screen TV with Fox Fraudcasting BLOCKED. Now THAT’LL be torture for the Twit-in-Chief.

  11. Where was our request to NATO? Italy, France, Spain, Greece, Egypt. Who was in the sitiuaton room during all this? No one. I guess stupid is not accountable.

    The bipartisan Senate Intelligence report, perhaps the most comprehensive and balanced review of the attack, found that “there were no US military resources in position to intervene in short order in Benghazi to help defend the Temporary Mission Facility and its Annex.”

  12. Voters want action not excuses.

    • Voters got their action you dumbass. And now we have a yellow haired (sort of) blowhard liar in Chief in the WH who isn’t smart enough to find his own ass in a dark closet with a flashlight and instructions written on the door.

      The people you are whining about are gone, that is now history.

      Oooh Hillary Oooh lock her up.

  13. How is you tax return looking?

  14. All this hate. Sad. We are a divided nation. I fear for our daughters and our granddaughter. Perhaps, to some, a one party rule would be the ticket. Is the “resist” movement working on that? Fundamental transformation at work? But then….conspiracy theory I guess. What a horrible individual I am to even think such a thing! We the People!

  15. More unhinged one precenters dems like some here. How to win votes…for republicans.

    Victims’ families urge California Democratic activist charged with assaulting Zinke staffer
    By MATTHEW DALY Associated Press Mar 19, 2018 Updated

    U.S. Capitol Police have charged Wilfred M. Stark, 49, of Falls Church, Va, with simple assault following a confrontation with Swift, a spokeswoman for Zinke, outside a congressional hearing.

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An operative for a political committee that supports Democrats has been charged with assault following a confrontation with a staffer for Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke outside a congressional hearing.

    Capitol Police charged Wilfred M. Stark, 49, of Falls Church, Virginia, with simple assault following a confrontation with Heather Swift, a spokeswoman for Zinke. Stark works for American Bridge 21st Century, a group that supports Democratic candidates.

    According to a police report, Stark approached Zinke after a House hearing Thursday and started yelling at him. Zinke continued walking out of the hearing room at the Longworth House Office Building and Stark “used his full body to push” Swift as she tried to leave the room, the report said.

    Swift told police that Stark had been removed from an elevator two days earlier as he tried to force his way onto an elevator with Zinke and his staff. Swift said she decided to press charges to help obtain a “stay-away order” against Stark, the report said.

    In a statement Monday, Swift called the incident “terrifying” and thanked police for their quick response.

    “He is a big guy. He came up behind me fast, aggressive and very physical,” Swift said. “Who knows what this lunatic was thinking?”

    Swift, who also served as Zinke’s press secretary when he represented Montana in Congress, said that since joining the Trump administration a year ago, she has received harassing and threatening tweets, emails, phone calls and letters.

    “But being physically targeted and assaulted brings it to another level,” she said. “This violent action only strengthens my desire to serve my president and my country.”

    “Democrats claim to support women but they allow their operatives to assault women,” she added. “They need to immediately denounce this type of violent behavior.”

    American Bridge said in a statement Monday that Stark “adamantly denies” the allegations. “We are gathering all the facts and information surrounding this event,” the statement said.

    Stark was also arrested in October and charged with creating a disturbance during a parade in suburban Virginia. Stark was videotaping GOP gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie for ShareBlue Media, an affiliate of American Bridge. He was found not guilty of resisting arrest, but convicted of disorderly conduct, the Fairfax County, Virginia, Times reported.

    Stark faces a March 30 hearing in D.C. Superior Court in the current case.

    American Bridge, which says it is “committed to holding Republicans accountable,” first noted an Interior Department contract worth nearly $139,000 to upgrade three sets of double doors in Zinke’s office.

    Zinke said at Thursday’s hearing that he has negotiated a significantly lower price for the project by “manipulating” contract terms to lower the cost to about $75,000.

  16. The only assault here is this quote by swift, an assault on sanity!

    . “This violent action only strengthens my desire to serve my president and my country.”

    She is my hero! She’d shield crooks and traitors with her own body! What courage!

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