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But hey, how’s infrastructure week going?


Time for another solo on le trombone du tristesse.

President Donald Trump has scrapped plans for an infrastructure advisory council after two similar panels dissolved this week amid backlash to Trump from corporate America.

“The President’s Advisory Council on Infrastructure, which was still being formed, will not move forward,” a White House official told CNBC.

Trump signed an executive order to start setting up the council last month. A nonprofit had sued the Trump administration over the council, saying the president tried to set it up without the require public disclosures, according to The New York Times.

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  • hohandy

    Oh poor President Snowflake

  • Nobody will play with him! I hope he doesn’t start picking fights on the playground just to get attention.

    • wjts

      I think I might write a letter to Schumer and Pelosi encouraging them to introduce the Nobody Lives Him, Everybody Hates Him, Might As Well Go Sit in the Dirt and Eat Worms Act of 2017.

    • david spikes

      To be encouraged-Flake and Graham today, almost certainly Corker and Scott tomorrow. The more they fight the more their agenda goes glimmering.
      Trump actually does not seem to realize(know? care?) that pretty soon he’s going to need the votes and support of those guys.
      World’s greatest dealmaker and businessman strikes again.

      • efgoldman

        pretty soon he’s going to need the votes and support of those guys.

        He probably hasn’t done the math because he can’t and doesn’t feel the need to, but as long as Granny Starver and 218 of the kkkrazy kkkaukkus hold on, he’s probably safe.

        • david spikes

          But the Senate has always been the choke point.

          • no, he is limited by his fat ass. He is getting ever closer to a stroke or a heart attack, and let’s not forget he might just take his ball and go home….

      • kaydenpat

        It appears that Trump only cares about adoration from his base. Hence the constant rallies in states which voted for him. He insulted McCain during his awful speech on Tuesday sand insulted Graham in a recent tweet.

    • kaydenpat

      He already has.

  • Hypersphericalcow

    At some point, if people keep declining to go your parties, you might wonder what the common factor is.

    • zoomar2

      “If you run into an asshole in the morning, you ran into an asshole. If you run into assholes all day, you’re the asshole.” — Some asshole

  • SomeTreasonBrewing

    He told us he would run the Executive Branch just like he ran his business. 100% truthful so far.

    • randomworker

      Right. We stop paying our bills in September, I guess. He can tell Raytheon their last batch of missiles were duds as the reason they aren’t getting paid.

      • gyrfalcon

        But that might risk adding a violation of the Full Faith And Credit clause to articles of impeachment! Surely he won’t risk that alongside emoluments, corruption, collusion with a foreign power, malfeasance, misuse of office, obstruction of justice…

        • randomworker


        • efgoldman

          Nice to see you again. You forgot the sarcasm font

    • JDTrust

      Is it inappropriate to joke about the potential existence of “The Trump Hotel & Embassy, Pyongyang”?

      • Shalimar

        Is the joke actually funny knowing full well that is going to be one of the peace treaty conditions?

        • JDTrust

          If you’ll allow ‘funny’ to be both amusing/funny-ha-ha and disheartening/funny-oh-no!, then imagine, for example, Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un sharing a bucket of KFC (imported from America at taxpayer expense) at the USNK Friendship Building (proceeds equally split between the DJT Discretionary Fund and the KJU Discretionary Find):

          Either One: “Phew, I’m glad we didn’t start a nuclear war.”
          The Other: “Nah, money diverted from the public purse & dictatorial ambition are much more fun.”
          The 1st: “Let’s take turns naming stuff for one another as a friendship gesture and split the profits?”
          The 2nd: “Okay, but we split the press conferences 50/50, too”

          (sigh) Or am I thinking way too rationally in hoping that personal enrichment will outweigh lack of character?

          • Shalimar

            Way too optimistically in thinking either of those greedy buffoons would settle for only 50% of the split.

    • MikeG

      Only Trump is incompetent enough to make a business council go out of business.

      • Gwai Lo, MD

        Didn’t he kill one of them before they even met?

        (I have a snarky comment that involves hypocrisy and his defunding of Planned Parenthood that even I can’t justify making here.)

    • kaydenpat

      Lol!!! The one truth he (accidentally) told during the campaign season.

    • Shalimar

      Trump: So incompetent at business he actually managed to morally bankrupt an advisory board.

    • Unemployed_Northeastern

      So we’re going to default on the national debt instead of raising the ceiling?

      • Trump actually *said* he would prefer to default during the campaign. He’s done it four times himself, after all.

  • tsam100

    This is going to sound weird, but I’m dying to know what the internal conversation in his head is like these days. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6158c9f0a221481b7c00c0f8ba03c5e76c45ad6f034d3bcd9eccd35c70b9ac04.jpg

    • smut clyde

      [Incoherent shouting]

    • BigHank53


      • wjts


        • N__B

          [yakity sax]

          • (((realinterrobang)))


    • farin


    • kaydenpat

      “I’m the best President ever. Much better than the Kenyan, I tell ya. Believe me!”

    • tsam100

      At some point there has to be some level of panic. He can’t do a damn thing right

    • FlipYrWhig

      I’m not sure it’s gotten any better or worse than this “Through Donald’s Eyes” SNL short with John Cena, which is from December. https://youtu.be/rJ6WuWeBoY8

      • tsam100


    • God, no, don’t go there.

  • sigaba

    Someone noted somewhere else that nobody has yet resigned from Trump’s Evangelical Advisory Council.

    • jim, some guy in iowa

      I half expect them to start calling themselves a klavern

      • N__B

        Kliff Klavern?

        • tsam100

          Well uh, ackshully there Enbee…

    • David

      They continue to rake in the wins. From the transgender soldier ban to Gorsuch to support for defunding Planned Parenthood in the budget, it’s a banner year for them! Who knew an adulterous sexual predator would be so good for a return to “Christian” values?!

      • Drew

        The transgender ban hasn’t gone into effect I thought? A tweet != a lawful order the military is bound to follow.

        • David

          It might hopefully never go into effect, along with their budget plan. But his intentions are clear and perfectly aligned with their goals. As long as he continues to personally support their agenda, it’s a moral victory for them and they’ll use that to pressure others to act. It’s a short distance in the media to make this look like they’re backing the right guy so far.

    • keta

      God hates a quitter.

    • could it be… could it… that the religious right is not actually religious?

      garsh! say taint so!

      • FlipYrWhig

        Feeling special about yourself is a KIND of religious belief, right?

      • smut clyde

        Next you will expect me to believe that the central message of Buddhism is not “Every man for himself!”

    • So, I’m sure many LGM commenters had already heard of this group, and some even knew who was on it; but I hadn’t (in fact, I briefly assumed sigaba was making a joke!) and didn’t. Well, today’s Guardian has an article on it including a roster of members—and what a hive of scum and villainy it is! Reformatted without mugshots:

      Michele Bachmann
      former Republican politician

      Bachmann briefly ran for the White House in 2012. A founder of the Tea Party Caucus of super-conservative members of Congress, she represented Minnesota from 2007 to 2015. She and her husband, Max, own a controversial ultra-Christian counseling service and fiercely campaigned for the prohibition of same-sex marriage.

      A.R Bernard
      senior pastor, founder and chief executive of the Christian Cultural Center

      Bernard left a career in banking to take up ministry with his wife, Karen, and they now run a 37,000-member “megachurch” in Brooklyn, New York. Bernard has advised New York mayors of both parties and is a city education and community adviser.

      Mark Burns
      pastor, Harvest Praise & Worship Center

      Famed in the world of gospel as a preacher from the age of 16, Burns is a so-called televangelist and a co-founder of a Christian television network, which broadcasts his sermons from his church in South Carolina. He was a prominent surrogate for Donald Trump during his presidential campaign.

      Tim Clinton

      Clinton is president of the American Association of Christian Counselors, the largest organization of Christian counselors in the world, based in Virginia, with 50,000 members. In 2014, it removed the promotion of conversion therapy for homosexuals from its code of ethics, encouraging gay people to be celibate instead. Clinton is a prolific religious author.

      Kenneth and Gloria Copeland
      founders, Kenneth Copeland Ministries

      A televangelist from Texas, Kenneth is associated with the charismatic movement, which shifts mainstream congregations closer to Pentecostalism, a faith that believes in speaking in tongues and divine healing. He preaches the prosperity gospel, claiming that wealth and
      health are God-given gifts.

      James Dobson
      founder, Focus on the Family

      A psychologist by profession, Dobson founded the traditionalist pressure group in 1977 in Colorado. He is a powerful promoter of a strictly religious social agenda, including the abstinence-only sex education policy popular under George W Bush, and an advocate of teaching creationism.

      Jerry Falwell Jr
      president, Liberty University

      Falwell runs the world’s largest evangelical Christian university, in Virginia, originally founded by his late father, the legendary TV pastor and conservative activist Jerry Falwell. In 2015, Falwell Jr encouraged more students to get permits to carry concealed guns, in response to the massacre in San Bernardino, California, saying: “We could end those Muslims before they even walked in.”

      Ronnie Floyd
      senior pastor, Cross church

      Floyd is a prolific producer of religious books, podcasts and televised sermons. He was president of the Southern Baptist Convention from 2014 to 2016, an enormous Baptist denomination rooted in the historically white-dominated power structure of the southern US.

      Jentezen Franklin
      senior pastor, Free Chapel Worship Center

      Franklin is the author of several books on the New York Times bestseller list, including The Spirit of Python: Exposing Satan’s Plan to Squeeze the Life Out of You, and Fasting: Opening the Door to a Deeper, More Intimate, More Powerful Relationship with God.

      Jack Graham
      senior pastor, Prestonwood Baptist church

      Ordained as a pastor at the age of 20 while studying at university in Abilene, Texas, Graham is also a past president, twice, of the Southern Baptist Convention. His ministry boasts 42,000 members in the Dallas-Forth Worth “metroplex” urban area.

      Harry Jackson
      senior pastor, Hope Christian church

      Jackson is a Pentecostal bishop in Maryland, and a prominent activist for socially conservative causes, especially opposing gay marriage and abortion. He is co-founder of a church initiative aimed at improving race relations.

      Robert Jeffress
      senior pastor, First Baptist church of Dallas

      Jeffress hosts the religious TV and radio show Pathway to Victory, broadcast across the US and 28 countries. He is a Fox News contributor who has called LGBT people miserable and
      filthy, Catholicism a pagan religion, and Islam “evil, evil”, and slammed Mormonism, Judaism, Hinduism and Buddhism.

      David Jeremiah
      senior pastor, Shadow Mountain Community church

      Jeremiah is a preacher in a megachurch near San Diego that regularly attracts a congregation of 10,000 on Sundays. He records his sermons for his radio and television program, Turning Point, and is the author of 54 Christian books.

      Richard Land
      president of the Southern Evangelical Seminary, North Carolina

      An adviser to candidate Trump during the election campaign, Land opposes abortion and same-sex marriage. He stirred up controversy by accusing the Obama administration of using the killing of Trayvon Martin to stir up racial tension and attract black voters.

      James MacDonald
      founder, Harvest Bible Chapel

      Canadian-born, now preaches near Chicago. Host of the Walk in the Word TV program,
      which received the Billy Graham award for excellence in Christian communication in 2012. Produces religious feature films and songs.

      Johnnie Moore
      author and president of the Kairos company

      Kairos is a faith-based public relations and consultancy firm, based in California. Moore has served as a religious adviser to several US presidents as well as the presidential hopeful Ben Carson. He wrote the bestseller Defying Isis.

      Robert Morris
      senior pastor, Gateway church, Texas

      Morris is a preacher in the Dallas-Forth Worth urban “metroplex”, with a weekly attendance of 36,000 at a multi-site megachurch. He preaches against the faithful gossiping on social media.

      Tom Mullins
      senior pastor, Christ Fellowship, Florida

      Mullins runs the 10th-largest church in the US, a megachurch in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, with his wife, Julie. He streams weekend services via a smartphone app and live online. He is opposed to abortion rights. He has said he would advise any president, regardless of party.

      Ralph Reed
      founder, Faith and Freedom Coalition

      Reed is a conservative political activist. Active in the Republican party, he tried unsuccessfully to run for the position of lieutenant governor of Georgia in 2006. Reed was implicated in a money-laundering scandal involving the gambling industry and corrupt lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

      James Robinson
      founder, Life Outreach International

      A rominent conservative religious leader and political influencer of the early 1980s, Robinson lost his TV preaching spot with a Dallas station after a sermon calling homosexuality a sin. He returned to political-leaning religious circles during the Obama administration and
      campaigned against Barack Obama.

      Tony Suarez
      executive vice-president, National Hispanic Christian leadership conference

      Suarez has declared a mission “to reconcile Billy Graham’s message of salvation with Martin Luther King’s prophetic activism”. He is based in Virginia. During the 2016 election, he repeatedly criticized Trump, calling him an “embarrassing promoter of hate, division and insult” who alienated Hispanics and had no chance of winning the election.

      Jay Strack
      president and founder, Student Leadership University

      Strack runs a Florida-based program offering Bible-based, evangelical conservative leadership training courses, declaring: “God has called us to prepare the next generation to think, dream, lead.” He spoke out in defence of White House weekly Bible study sessions attended by senior members of the Trump administration.

      Paula White
      senior pastor, New Destiny Christian Center

      Dubbed Donald Trump’s “God whisperer” by Politico during the 2016 election, the Florida Pentecostal televangelist Paula White led a prayer session at the Republican national convention and asked God to “protect us from all those who aim to destroy us and make America safe again”.

      Tom Winters
      attorney, Winters and King Inc

      Also a literary agent, the Oklahoma lawyer represents a host of bestselling religious authors, including the televangelist Joel Osteen, pastor at America’s largest single church, in Houston. Winters’ law firm’s main clients are churches, ministries and religious not-for-profit

      Sealy Yates

      attorney, Yates & Yates

      Not to be confused with Sally Yates, the acting attorney general fired by Trump after 10 days in the post when she refused to cooperate with his travel ban, Sealy Yates is also a lawyer, based in California, representing Christian authors.

      To judge from their photographs, Mark Burns and Harry Jackson are black. I guess that the imperative to damn the gays and the sluts will keep them on the council, but, maybe not: maybe their motivation to stay on the council will be their ministry to save the souls of the Nazis!

    • slavdude

      They claimed on NPR this morning that they’re staying on board because they have personal access to the people in the White House and claim to be trying to influence them to act morally.

      Not sure I buy that.

  • efgoldman

    Oh, this ought to be fun!

    • Its going be one very perplexing day for DC

      • N__B

        Not at all. It’s easy to tell the republicans from the juggalos. On the one hand you’ll have a gang of clowns, famous for their stupidity, bad behavior, and outrageous statements.

        On the other hand, you’ll have the juggalos.

    • SatanicPanic

      Their music is terrible but I don’t see how they are classified as a gang

      • The Great God Pan

        There are actual juggalo street gangs in a handful of states. Classifying all of the group’s fans as gang members is apparently a hysterical overreaction to a real phenomenon.

        • BigHank53

          Lots of 'em are black, and you know they all look the same, because they're all criminals.

        • Really? Like violent, beat-people-so-bad-they-go-to-the-hospital and commit grand theft, or just sell pot?

          I always considered them harmless.

          • The Great God Pan

            I mean, the vast majority of juggalos just have bad taste in music (and fashion, life choices, etc.) But apparently there are some real-deal gangs that identify as juggalos, as in gangs that ally with Aryan Nations gangs and have rivalries with Crips, etc. Part of the self-image of juggalos is that they are sort of lumpenprole rejects of society, so I don’t think it’s that big of a stretch.

            I’m remembering this from a Wikipedia article I read a while back so I might be full of shit though.

    • Wojciech

      Honestly, I would feel much safer at a Juggalo March than at a Trump rally.

  • AlexSaltzberg

    So…. I don’t think it’s “infrastructure week”. In the sense that there was a White House announcement about infrastructure week back on June 7th and there was no announcement for this week. It was just an infrastructure press conference etc.

    But at the same time, I don’t think anyone at the White House cares.

  • keta

    A Tale of Too Shitty

    It was the nadir of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of buffoonery, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of idiocy, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of derpitude, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of myopia, it was the winter of despair, we had foolishness before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going to hell in a hand basket, we weren’t passing Go or collecting two hundred dollars – in short, the period was so far unlike previous periods that some of us asked how the fuck we ever got here, for better or worse, because it was as lousy as it had ever been, comparitively speaking.

    • LosGatosCA

      When you ask where from Trump? I say, Dubya, Palin, and Quayle for skills plus Nixon, Reagan, Scalia, Delay, Ryan, McConnell, Bork, and Cheney for the utter lack of morality, empathy or human compassion.

      Trump is not a distortion of Republican values he’s the full embodiment of them – relieved of any sham responsibility to pretend to care a single whit for anything other than money and hate. The purest distillation of the cult of Republicanism.

      It’s the contempt for American institutions and values that sees fellow citizens as prey not people, the rule of law as an impediment not an enabler, and the burden of critical thinking as a responsibility to be evaded not exercised in any meaningful way.

      You are what your record says you are.

      • diogenes

        The Devil’s cut…

    • Hogan

      You may tell yourself “This is not my shitty country”
      And you may tell yourself “This is not my shitty president”

      • N__B

        And you may say to yourself “my god what have those rwnjs done?”

  • kaydenpat

    So he’s running the government via councils? Does he have nothing policies of his own to advance on infrastructure? This is bizarre. Why aren’t Republicans in Congress drafting bills to fix our infrastructure?

    • Why aren’t Republicans in Congress drafting bills to fix our infrastructure?

      because they don’t know what governance means.

      • Hypersphericalcow

        Don’t the majority of GOP reps have less than 8 years experience at the job? Meaning that they have never actually had to govern a country before?

        Oh, here’s an article that talks about that, from 2013: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/01/17/113th-least-experienced-congress/1842265/

        • jim, some guy in iowa

          on the state level they get all their instructions from the Koch Bros via ALEC, yes? Seems like they ought to have learned what their masters want by the time they get to Washington DC though…

        • plus, they’re lunatics committed to the idea that they’re in DC to shrink government and cut taxes and be “conservatives”. they don’t think there to actually run the country.

      • (((realinterrobang)))

        They do, they just don’t believe in governance. That’s what all that Reaganesque “government is the problem” stuff is about.

    • sigaba

      Infrastructure would require appropriations. The Tea Partiers require all appropriations to be offset by spending cuts in addition to tax cuts. The Republicans don’t believe the infrastructure spending stimulates growth, almost all of them don’t even believe the Keynesian multiplier exists, and don’t even try to talk about capital velocity.

      The committees no longer have earmarks so nobody knows if their votes will actualy get projects to their districts. In fact they have very little say whatsoever where the money is spent, they’re mostly voting blank checks into various nominal boxes that the DOT can splurt out onto whatever jurisdiction writes a grant for.

      Grover Norquist spent the last two decades building a machine that needed a proxy government, where all the policy got made in Think Tanks and the elected officeholders voted on shrinkwrapped budgets. These Think Tanks worked at the behest of wealthy benefactors mostly to cut corporate tax rates. A populist crackpot President wasn’t part of the deal, and federal appropriations certainly weren’t. The idea that all of these schmucks whining about taxes and government spending would actually WANT something from the government is anathema.

      • so-in-so

        The idea that all of these schmucks whining about taxes and government spending would actually WANT something from the government is anathema.

        Oh, they are perfectly happy for the government to hand them money for various grifts…

    • so-in-so

      The taxes are too damn high as it is!

  • The Kids Aren’t AltRight

    You would think Trump’s supporters would be quite upset about this, with their economic anxiety and all.

    • Wojciech

      Yes, especially since infrastructure are “manly” jobs. Building roads, digging ditches, blasting into rocks and such. Not pansy service sector jobs or tech/science/finance jobs for nerdy wannabe elites.

      Oh sorry, I assumed that they liked Trump because they care about jobs and not Hating Those People.

      • weirdnoise

        Building roads, digging ditches, blasting into rocks and such.

        Not to stereotype too much, but wouldn’t this be a pretty good fit for those coal miners Trump keeps assuring will have jobs? And no black lung or cave-ins, either.

        • Except they’d have to move to where the infrastructure jobs are, which is not where the coal mines are. Which they don’t want to do. (And they aren’t *entirely* unreasonable about wanting to stay in the communities they’ve built over several generations, instead of ending up in a series of fairly transient jobs all over the country. Unpractical, but not unreasonable.)

          • weirdnoise

            That’s true, although any new coal jobs are likely to be in states like Wyoming where mountain removal is much cheaper than tunnel mining.

            Trump epitomized false hope. And few things in human consciousness are more robust than hope.

    • Ash

      If one silver lining of this week is that the “economic anxiety” meme is fucking put to rest once and for all, it will not have been worth it. But at least it would be something.

      • The Kids Aren’t AltRight

        I hope so!

  • Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

    du tristesse


  • gocart mozart

    A three month old article but Trump is the same

  • DN Nation

    My, um, “favorite” part of Trump’s presidency is these Theme Weeks he can’t even be bothered to half-ass.

  • zoomar2

    I teach a lot of undocumented students at my HS in Queens. This whole Trump/ICE initiative has been terribly disruptive. Parent/teacher communication was difficult enough beforehand as these parents were understandably wary to begin with. We won’t let ICE into the building, but on parent-teacher night, They can prowl the sidewalk in front and swoop up parents before they come in or upon leaving. No one showed up both nights. Plus, saddest of all, many of my students are frightened as hell. They’ve worked so hard and the school and state has invested millions of dollars into their education.

  • His infrastructure goal is just giveaways to special interests; nothing good for us. So who cares?

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