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(Washington Post)   Ryan Zinke, apparently eager to one-up Ben Carson's table and Trumps porn star, spends $139k on a door   ( washingtonpost.com) divider line
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2018-03-08 06:01:37 PM  
He is so corrupt.
 
2018-03-08 06:09:00 PM  
The Interior Department is spending nearly $139,000 to upgrade three sets of double doors in the office of Secretary Ryan Zinke (ZIN'-kee).

Spokeswoman Heather Swift says Zinke was not aware of the contract for the work prior to a request for information from The Associated Press. Swift said the work was requested by career staffers as part of the decade-long modernization of the historic building.


Having been in some of the government buildings in DC, I can believe this. The doors are probably significant security upgrades and likely include not just simple installation, but reconstruction of the surrounding walls, ceilings, and floors. It's not like hanging a door to the spare bedroom so you don't get flashed by your mother-in-law's low hanging tits and gray bush while she's trying on the new dress your wife bought her when they went shopping last Saturday at the outlet stores, *shudders* or anything.

/also, what's with the phonetic spelling?
 
2018-03-08 06:09:41 PM  
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2018-03-08 06:12:35 PM  
If it's a revolving door, that's probably a pretty good investment for The Trump White House... it'll save a lot of wear and tear.
 
2018-03-08 06:21:27 PM  
Eh. This appears to have been planned before Zinkee took office. Let's save our outrage for the real stuff. Because there's SO MUCH real stuff.
 
2018-03-08 06:21:34 PM  
Strange, I would have expected Ray Manzerek to be worth much more than that.
 
2018-03-08 06:22:27 PM  
All these stories do is just get me mad because nothing will ever be done about this or anything else.....

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2018-03-08 06:24:03 PM  
the ghost of louis XVI nods and approves.

/torches and pitchforks are on sale at ace hardware
 
2018-03-08 06:24:12 PM  
FTA: "...This is a perfect example of why the secretary believes we need to reform procurement processes."

Says the guy whose boss chartered a $12K flight at taxpayer expense.
 
2018-03-08 06:25:37 PM  
Will they stop an AP .308 round? Asking for a friend...
 
2018-03-08 06:25:43 PM  
Could have had Stormy for a year.  Probably easier to open.
 
2018-03-08 06:25:48 PM  
Save it for a real scandal.  This is part of a larger renovation project planned years before Zinke came along and (this is important) he had nothing to do with it.  Unlike Carson who demoted the assistant who wouldn't break the $5,000 limit on office renovations.
 
2018-03-08 06:27:11 PM  
This actually might not be a big deal, since it sounds like these doors had to match the current historical character of the existing door frame as well as being secure.  It's not like it was a standard 80" x 36" office door or something.
 
2018-03-08 06:28:02 PM  
Why is anyone surprised by these shiatheels? This is what happens when you make the "$715 toilet seat" one of your party's main talking points for thirty years and you're also amoral, unethical hypocrites.
 
2018-03-08 06:28:34 PM  
That shiat better lead to Narnia.
 
2018-03-08 06:31:02 PM  

Catlenfell: That shiat better lead to Narnia.


it probably leads to his sound proof booth he has installed.
 
2018-03-08 06:31:34 PM  
Maybe they should get a door from a school surplus warehouse.  Just sayin'
 
2018-03-08 06:33:42 PM  

SurfaceTension: The Interior Department is spending nearly $139,000 to upgrade three sets of double doors in the office of Secretary Ryan Zinke (ZIN'-kee).

Spokeswoman Heather Swift says Zinke was not aware of the contract for the work prior to a request for information from The Associated Press. Swift said the work was requested by career staffers as part of the decade-long modernization of the historic building.

Having been in some of the government buildings in DC, I can believe this. The doors are probably significant security upgrades and likely include not just simple installation, but reconstruction of the surrounding walls, ceilings, and floors. It's not like hanging a door to the spare bedroom so you don't get flashed by your mother-in-law's low hanging tits and gray bush while she's trying on the new dress your wife bought her when they went shopping last Saturday at the outlet stores, *shudders* or anything.

/also, what's with the phonetic spelling?


This. And in most DC office buildings, those costs are compounded by historical preservation efforts needed along the way.

This is stupid.
 
2018-03-08 06:34:52 PM  

fusillade762: Eh. This appears to have been planned before Zinkee took office. Let's save our outrage for the real stuff. Because there's SO MUCH real stuff.


It's possible. But it seems very secretive.

Also. No sympathy for the GOP for any time they get hit with bad press for spending tax payer money.
 
2018-03-08 06:36:14 PM  

BalugaJoe: He is so corrupt.


I wondered when he would get caught with his hand in the cookie jar. He is such an a-hole and thinks he staff should bow to him.
 
2018-03-08 06:36:48 PM  
FTFA:"Between regulations that require historic preservation and outdated government procurement rules, the costs for everything from pencils to printing to doors is astronomical. This is a perfect example of why the secretary believes we need to reform procurement processes."

Really annoys me that no one thought to ask the simple follow of "So how much does a pencil cost, then?"
 
2018-03-08 06:40:17 PM  
The Party of "Fiscal Responsibility" derps again.

Hard.
 
2018-03-08 06:41:48 PM  
Remarkably, we seem to have found the one ridiculous expense in Washington that a Trump cabinet member doesn't deserve blame for.
 
2018-03-08 06:45:41 PM  

Atomsk: FTFA:"Between regulations that require historic preservation and outdated government procurement rules, the costs for everything from pencils to printing to doors is astronomical. This is a perfect example of why the secretary believes we need to reform procurement processes."

Really annoys me that no one thought to ask the simple follow of "So how much does a pencil cost, then?"


Everything is done by contract. Ordering pencils for the government isn't like running down to your local Office Depot. The government probably orders hundreds of thousands of pencils and does this through a competitive contract vehicle. Factor in those costs and it probably does cost quite a bit on a per pencil basis.
 
2018-03-08 06:45:56 PM  
Why not do a mash-up of all three hits?
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2018-03-08 06:49:57 PM  

Atomsk: FTFA:"Between regulations that require historic preservation and outdated government procurement rules, the costs for everything from pencils to printing to doors is astronomical. This is a perfect example of why the secretary believes we need to reform procurement processes."

Really annoys me that no one thought to ask the simple follow of "So how much does a pencil cost, then?"


Depends who he can award the no bid contract to I guess
 
2018-03-08 06:50:47 PM  

Albino Squid: Remarkably, we seem to have found the one ridiculous expense in Washington that a Trump cabinet member doesn't deserve blame for.


That's only if we believe people who won't speak on the record about such a simple thing as long planned renovations
 
2018-03-08 06:50:51 PM  

SurfaceTension: The Interior Department is spending nearly $139,000 to upgrade three sets of double doors in the office of Secretary Ryan Zinke (ZIN'-kee).

Spokeswoman Heather Swift says Zinke was not aware of the contract for the work prior to a request for information from The Associated Press. Swift said the work was requested by career staffers as part of the decade-long modernization of the historic building.

Having been in some of the government buildings in DC, I can believe this. The doors are probably significant security upgrades and likely include not just simple installation, but reconstruction of the surrounding walls, ceilings, and floors. It's not like hanging a door to the spare bedroom so you don't get flashed by your mother-in-law's low hanging tits and gray bush while she's trying on the new dress your wife bought her when they went shopping last Saturday at the outlet stores, *shudders* or anything.

/also, what's with the phonetic spelling?


I accept that he is not at fault, and I accept that there are security upgrades, but unless the security upgrades include a living 11 foot tall guard ogre (controllable remotely through your smartphone and Alexa!), there is no justification for the doors to cost as much as a newly renovated 3 bedroom house.
 
2018-03-08 06:53:40 PM  

SurfaceTension: Everything is done by contract. Ordering pencils for the government isn't like running down to your local Office Depot. The government probably orders hundreds of thousands of pencils and does this through a competitive contract vehicle. Factor in those costs and it probably does cost quite a bit on a per pencil basis.


I recognize that, and you're not wrong. My point is, when making a claim like that, I wish they'd actually back it up with more information.
 
2018-03-08 06:55:16 PM  

cefm: Save it for a real scandal.  This is part of a larger renovation project planned years before Zinke came along and (this is important) he had nothing to do with it.  Unlike Carson who demoted the assistant who wouldn't break the $5,000 limit on office renovations.


fark that. As long as Fox makes shiat up 24/7 you just throw out stuff like this so they have to defend rather than attack.
 
2018-03-08 06:57:13 PM  

SurfaceTension: Atomsk: FTFA:"Between regulations that require historic preservation and outdated government procurement rules, the costs for everything from pencils to printing to doors is astronomical. This is a perfect example of why the secretary believes we need to reform procurement processes."

Really annoys me that no one thought to ask the simple follow of "So how much does a pencil cost, then?"

Everything is done by contract. Ordering pencils for the government isn't like running down to your local Office Depot. The government probably orders hundreds of thousands of pencils and does this through a competitive contract vehicle. Factor in those costs and it probably does cost quite a bit on a per pencil basis.


I seem to remember stories about government office managers getting in trouble for abusing credit cards they had to pay for minor incidentals, like small office supplies, deli trays for meetings. In fact, I'm remembering one high end computer shop having a "GSA approved vendor" sign on the front door, because you shouldn't need a procurement process to buy a patch cable or ADA compliant keyboard.
 
2018-03-08 06:58:16 PM  

SurfaceTension: The Interior Department is spending nearly $139,000 to upgrade three sets of double doors in the office of Secretary Ryan Zinke (ZIN'-kee).

Spokeswoman Heather Swift says Zinke was not aware of the contract for the work prior to a request for information from The Associated Press. Swift said the work was requested by career staffers as part of the decade-long modernization of the historic building.

Having been in some of the government buildings in DC, I can believe this. The doors are probably significant security upgrades and likely include not just simple installation, but reconstruction of the surrounding walls, ceilings, and floors. It's not like hanging a door to the spare bedroom so you don't get flashed by your mother-in-law's low hanging tits and gray bush while she's trying on the new dress your wife bought her when they went shopping last Saturday at the outlet stores, *shudders* or anything.

/also, what's with the phonetic spelling?


That was extremely specific....
 
2018-03-08 07:11:03 PM  

SurfaceTension: The Interior Department is spending nearly $139,000 to upgrade three sets of double doors in the office of Secretary Ryan Zinke (ZIN'-kee).

Spokeswoman Heather Swift says Zinke was not aware of the contract for the work prior to a request for information from The Associated Press. Swift said the work was requested by career staffers as part of the decade-long modernization of the historic building.

Having been in some of the government buildings in DC, I can believe this. The doors are probably significant security upgrades and likely include not just simple installation, but reconstruction of the surrounding walls, ceilings, and floors. It's not like hanging a door to the spare bedroom so you don't get flashed by your mother-in-law's low hanging tits and gray bush while she's trying on the new dress your wife bought her when they went shopping last Saturday at the outlet stores, *shudders* or anything.

/also, what's with the phonetic spelling?


Eww , That picture appeared in my mind's eye you jerk.
 
2018-03-08 07:13:12 PM  
They're all one-upped by some fecking moron spending $2 million on a horribly bad rap album.
 
2018-03-08 07:24:21 PM  
What about his taxpayer soundproof room so nobody can listen in on the corruption? Wasn't that more?
 
2018-03-08 07:25:05 PM  

JDAT: Could have had Stormy for a year.  Probably easier to open.


40 minute?

I'm down.

A full year?

Hard pass. She always looks like she's running a low grade fever.
 
2018-03-08 07:26:04 PM  
Lights on in Puerto Rico yet?
 
2018-03-08 07:26:55 PM  
That sounds more like an exterior thing.
 
2018-03-08 07:32:07 PM  

BalugaJoe: He is so corrupt.


He is corrupt because of the doors? Or corrupt for another reason?
 
2018-03-08 07:33:39 PM  

Giant Clown Shoe: 40 minute?  I'm down. A full year?  Hard pass. She always looks like she's running a low grade fever.


So you KNOW and admit she has communicable diseases, but you're still OK with banging her once?
 
2018-03-08 07:44:54 PM  

Emposter: SurfaceTension: The Interior Department is spending nearly $139,000 to upgrade three sets of double doors in the office of Secretary Ryan Zinke (ZIN'-kee).

Spokeswoman Heather Swift says Zinke was not aware of the contract for the work prior to a request for information from The Associated Press. Swift said the work was requested by career staffers as part of the decade-long modernization of the historic building.

Having been in some of the government buildings in DC, I can believe this. The doors are probably significant security upgrades and likely include not just simple installation, but reconstruction of the surrounding walls, ceilings, and floors. It's not like hanging a door to the spare bedroom so you don't get flashed by your mother-in-law's low hanging tits and gray bush while she's trying on the new dress your wife bought her when they went shopping last Saturday at the outlet stores, *shudders* or anything.

/also, what's with the phonetic spelling?

I accept that he is not at fault, and I accept that there are security upgrades, but unless the security upgrades include a living 11 foot tall guard ogre (controllable remotely through your smartphone and Alexa!), there is no justification for the doors to cost as much as a newly renovated 3 bedroom house.


Oh... hahahahaha! $140k for a remodeled home? Not sure where you live, but I'm not sure I would like it either. As long as you do though...
 
2018-03-08 07:51:52 PM  
Headline: OMG! $139,000 for a door.

Actual farking article: It's three sets of double doors, it's part of a decade long restoration, it's a historic building, it was planned by people who have nothing to do with this guy. The current hallway door doesn't lock and the balcony doors leak all over the 80 year old hardwood floors every time it farking rains.

EABOD, subby, and bring us ACTUAL news next time, not thus farking fishing expedition. This guy's dirty, there's plenty of legit shiat to ride him over that isn't him coming in to a 10 year farking renovation.
 
2018-03-08 07:53:04 PM  
It is always refreshing with these kinds of articles to get a good handle on those that fake outrage because of simple politics.

If you want to have people take you seriously, your  points are going to have to go beyond this kind of dumb faux outrage.
 
2018-03-08 07:56:42 PM  

Duke of Madness Motors: cefm: Save it for a real scandal.  This is part of a larger renovation project planned years before Zinke came along and (this is important) he had nothing to do with it.  Unlike Carson who demoted the assistant who wouldn't break the $5,000 limit on office renovations.

fark that. As long as Fox makes shiat up 24/7 you just throw out stuff like this so they have to defend rather than attack.


No, because shiat like this just feeds their farking "Fake News!" echo chamber. It gives them real world examples to use when they trot that bullshiat out. Thus helps NOBODY but the Fox News crowd, it gives their crap legitimacy and its the only thing the Fake News crowd will remember when someone asks for real world examples if actual fake news. This story is absolutely nothing, it does nothing to help our cause, and everyone involved in painting it as anything other than standard broken system bipartisan government red tape waste should feel bad. In fact, this is the kind of story if expect Russian bots to place, just to fan the flames of conflict.
 
2018-03-08 07:57:38 PM  

Emposter: SurfaceTension: The Interior Department is spending nearly $139,000 to upgrade three sets of double doors in the office of Secretary Ryan Zinke (ZIN'-kee).

Spokeswoman Heather Swift says Zinke was not aware of the contract for the work prior to a request for information from The Associated Press. Swift said the work was requested by career staffers as part of the decade-long modernization of the historic building.

Having been in some of the government buildings in DC, I can believe this. The doors are probably significant security upgrades and likely include not just simple installation, but reconstruction of the surrounding walls, ceilings, and floors. It's not like hanging a door to the spare bedroom so you don't get flashed by your mother-in-law's low hanging tits and gray bush while she's trying on the new dress your wife bought her when they went shopping last Saturday at the outlet stores, *shudders* or anything.

/also, what's with the phonetic spelling?

I accept that he is not at fault, and I accept that there are security upgrades, but unless the security upgrades include a living 11 foot tall guard ogre (controllable remotely through your smartphone and Alexa!), there is no justification for the doors to cost as much as a newly renovated 3 bedroom house.


Where have you found a newly renovated 3 bedroom house for $139,000? Venezuela?
 
2018-03-08 08:00:41 PM  

Duke of Madness Motors: fark that. As long as Fox makes shiat up 24/7 you just throw out stuff like this so they have to defend rather than attack.


So act exactly in the manner you attack others for acting?
 
2018-03-08 08:04:06 PM  

Mikey1969: Emposter: SurfaceTension: The Interior Department is spending nearly $139,000 to upgrade three sets of double doors in the office of Secretary Ryan Zinke (ZIN'-kee).

Spokeswoman Heather Swift says Zinke was not aware of the contract for the work prior to a request for information from The Associated Press. Swift said the work was requested by career staffers as part of the decade-long modernization of the historic building.

Having been in some of the government buildings in DC, I can believe this. The doors are probably significant security upgrades and likely include not just simple installation, but reconstruction of the surrounding walls, ceilings, and floors. It's not like hanging a door to the spare bedroom so you don't get flashed by your mother-in-law's low hanging tits and gray bush while she's trying on the new dress your wife bought her when they went shopping last Saturday at the outlet stores, *shudders* or anything.

/also, what's with the phonetic spelling?

I accept that he is not at fault, and I accept that there are security upgrades, but unless the security upgrades include a living 11 foot tall guard ogre (controllable remotely through your smartphone and Alexa!), there is no justification for the doors to cost as much as a newly renovated 3 bedroom house.

Where have you found a newly renovated 3 bedroom house for $139,000? Venezuela?


30 minutes outside DC and near mass transit.  Area is OK and getting better.  Older houses are 150k-200k depending on age.  New houses are 250-300k (and usually bigger).  Not being more specific.  Not everywhere is as stupidly overpriced as major city centers and gated communities.
 
2018-03-08 08:04:59 PM  

SurfaceTension: Atomsk: FTFA:"Between regulations that require historic preservation and outdated government procurement rules, the costs for everything from pencils to printing to doors is astronomical. This is a perfect example of why the secretary believes we need to reform procurement processes."

Really annoys me that no one thought to ask the simple follow of "So how much does a pencil cost, then?"

Everything is done by contract. Ordering pencils for the government isn't like running down to your local Office Depot. The government probably orders hundreds of thousands of pencils and does this through a competitive contract vehicle. Factor in those costs and it probably does cost quite a bit on a per pencil basis.


Wait a farkin' minute.

You're telling me that buying in ginormous bulk, via the lowest bid, somehow costs more than buying at retail?

Uh, what?
 
2018-03-08 08:10:22 PM  
Subby is either drunk, high, needs some remedial reading comprehension classes, or on a fishing expedition.  Headline doesn't match the article at all.

I live in 100 year old house.  Changing out doors is a big farking deal because NOTHING is farking square or plumb.  So yes, I can see it costing almost 140K to replace 3 sets of double doors.

1) they have to be custom fit to the doorway they're going in (and you can damn well bet they aren't the same size)
b) security upgrades on federal buildings - that adds a whole lot to the cost since the doors aren't just going to be wood
iii) Historic building - that usually doubles the price right there because the doors need to match the building style, especially if it's a registered historical building

Eat shiat and DIAF subby.  There is plenty of actual stuff these clowns are doing.  Focus on that instead of trolling.
 
2018-03-08 08:11:45 PM  
The Party of Fiscal Responsibility, everyone.
 
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