Going To The Glaciers *Vacation Open Thread*

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At long last, I am on my way to Glacier National Park, a trip on the books for 14 months (yes, we began planning this back in August, 2014). To say I am excited about it is a vast understatement.

As I have noted in a previous post, I will be spending some quality time at Glacier National Park. From everything I have seen and read, it is a phenomenally beautiful part of the world. Hopefully, if the weather cooperates, we will be making this drive:

Isn’t it just spectacular? For those of you who have already been, or are from that area, you already know how amazing it is. I cannot wait.

Another place I intend to go, and for reasons that will be immediately obvious, is the Wild Horse Island State Park in Kalispell. WILD HORSES!!!! Are you kidding me with that?! Wahoo! And as a total bonus, a boat ride will be involved. Here is more about the Park:

At 2,160 acres, Wild Horse Island is the largest island in a freshwater lake west of Minnesota. Wild Horse Island has been a landmark since the Salish-Kootenai Indians were reported to have used it to pasture horses to keep them from being stolen by other tribes.

The park is noted for its wildlife including bighorn sheep, mule deer, songbirds, waterfowl, bald eagles, and falcons, as well as five wild horses. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

I sure do hope to see those horses and the other wildlife there…

There will be other adventures on the itinerary, no doubt, like the Conrad Mansion Museum perhaps since it seems we’ll be having some rain while we are there. But hey, it sounds like an incredible place, over a hundred years old, and with the vast majority of original furnishings. Neat, huh?

Add to all the adventures going with dear friends and Suzy, and it will be the trip of a lifetime. I cannot WAIT!

Of course, just because I am on vacation does not mean things will not be happening in the world. There is no doubt about that. For instance, Hillary Clinton will finally, FINALLY, be appearing before the Benghazi Committee on October 22nd. I know, right? It is astounding it took so long for her to get there. And of course, she is coming after Rep. McCarthy opened his big mouth and discredited a committee that has worked very hard to stay above the fray. Add to that some disgruntled fired aide who is making unsubtantiated claims, and the timing couldn’t be better for ol’ Hillary to show up.

But Rep. Gowdy is not taking this assault on his Committee lying down, oh, no. Gowdy had this column in USA Today discussing the work of the Committee:

The American people will judge the Select Committee on Benghazi on our actions, not the words of others unfamiliar with our work.

Similarly, those calling for an end to the committee are either satisfied with an incomplete inquiry into the deaths of four Americans in Libya or unconcerned with accountability as it relates to the public record.

This committee has interviewed 41 witnesses no other committee interviewed. Seven were eyewitnesses to the attacks. We have reviewed 50,000 pages of documents never before given to Congress — including the emails of top State Department personnel. And, for the first time, State is committed to finally providing all Ambassador Stevens’ emails by week’s end.

Secretary Clinton was in charge at all times relevant to our inquiry, so of course we need her public record and testimony. But she is one witness. Her emails make up 5% of what the committee has.

It is true other panels conducted Benghazi inquiries. It is equally true they failed to interview dozens of key witnesses, failed to access all information and inexcusably missed Clinton’s exclusive use of private email on her personal server for official business.

The House Intelligence Committee report has been wrongly used to clear the administration. As the author, former Rep. Mike Rogers, said, “Some have said the report exonerates the State Department and White House. It does not.” […] (Click here to read the rest.)

No kidding – how can any report come to any conclusions without interviewing the MAIN ACTOR in the event?? It is just ludicrous. Hence the need for Clinton to appear at long last before the Committee and be asked some real questions.

And I say “real questions” because I watched her “What Difference Does It Make” appearance before the Senate. The Democrats asked NO real questions at all that I recall. They were all telling her what a FANTASTIC job she did as Secretary of State and wishing her well. The Democrats also went BALLISTIC on Sen. Ron Johnson for actually ASKING her a question about Benghazi, the very one that prompted her (in)famous response:

Oh, yes, I remember it well. Sorry, but if someone wants to be the Leader of the Free World, she should be able to answer a legitimate question about something that happened under her watch. You know it makes me nuts when the Democrats, who claim to be the Women’s Party act like women cannot be asked the hard questions like the men can. Should be interesting…

Since I will be on vacation, I want to provide a bit of a vacation for you as well, at least for a few minutes. As you know, I am a fan of Dancing With The Stars. One of my favorites this season is the 17 year old Bindi Irwin, daughter of the late Steve Irwin. She has the most infectious spirit, and just radiates joy, in my opinion. Check out her dance with Valentin Chmerkovskiy from Monday night (10/12) when they switched up dance partners for the night:

Did you, like me, have a smile on your face watching her? Oh, and Val said this particular choreography was his toughest ChaCha ever on the show. I would believe it, and she handled it extremely well. Host Tom Bergeron said he wished they could have her on next season as well, and Co-host Erin Andrews told her how much she loved her following the dance. They have both raved about how much joy she brings to the set. You know her mother and brother are proud of her, and no doubt her father is smiling down at his wonderful daughter.

And I have to share Alek Skarlatos dancing with his switch-up partner, Emma Slater, doing the Rumba:

Alek was so cute as he was rehearsing this dance with Emma. He would get so embarrassed doing this kind of dance with her that he would just start laughing. If you are interested, you can see more here.

Okay, friends – that is it for me. I will be back with a new post on October 26th. As always, if anyone is moved to write something while I am gone (or even when I am not), just let me know and I will get it up.

Have a great week, friends! This is an Open Thread.

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37 Responses to “Going To The Glaciers *Vacation Open Thread*”

  1. kenoshamarge Says:

    Enjoy your vacation Rev! There is nothing like the beauty of nature to get the taste of the ugliness of politics out.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Thanks so much, Marge! We are in Coeur d’ Alene for the night, staying at a hotel overlooking the Spokane River. Beautiful! And yes, a nice respite from All Things Political.

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  2. foxyladi14 Says:

    I am so Happy for you, Amy Enjoy!!!! 😀

  3. kenoshamarge Says:

  4. kenoshamarge Says:

    FBI Ticked About Obama’s Ignorant Statement Claiming Hillary’s Server Didn’t Compromise U.S. National Security

    By Katie Pavlich

    During an interview with 60 Minutes last weekend, President Obama made the bold and ignorant claim that Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server during her time at the State Department didn’t compromise U.S. national security.

    “It is important for her to answer these questions to the satisfaction of the American public,” Obama claimed. “I can tell you that this is not a situation in which America’s national security was endangered.”

    Not only was Obama’s statement out of line during an ongoing criminal FBI investigation of the former Secretary of State and Democrat presidential candidate, it holds no merit with the facts we already know.

    http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2015/10/16/fbi-ticked-about-obamas-ignorant-statement-claiming-hillarys-server-didnt-compromise-national-security-n2066810

    Good old Obama, open mouth and insert foot. Thank goodness the media always has his back or the public would know he’s as gaffe prone as his VP.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I love Katie Pavlich, and thanks so much for this. I bet the FBI is ticked off abt it. Obama impeded them and set up a false conclusion. Ugh…

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      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Btw, I just saw an article at Western Journalism that an FBI agent said Hillary could face up to ten years in prison for violating the Espionage Act. Holy moley!

  5. lyn Says:

    Blow Montana a big kiss for me, Amy. Hope you and Suzy have a great trip.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Will do, lyn. And thanks! We are so excited to be driving to MT tomorrow. We are going to drive the Lake Coeur d’ Alene Scenic Byway to the St. Joe River Scenic Byway. Cannot wait!

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      • lyn Says:

        After the scenic byways, will you be traveling on I-90 and then taking US-93 to Kalispell? The junction is right outside my hometown of Missoula.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          Suzy said we will probably cut up before that, but if we pass by your hometown, we will certainly give it a wave for you!

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  6. foxyladi14 Says:

    Hi 😀

  7. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    So we are at our destination in Montana. Wow, what a beautiful place it is! We took the Scenic Highway from Coeur d’Alene along Lake Coeur d’Alene, and the St, Joe River. It was absolutely spectacular.

    And get this – in Idaho, we saw Llamas along the Scenic Byway, and after we got into Montana, we saw BISON and a herd of mini-donkeys.

    But it was driving down 35 past Flathead Lake that was simply breathtaking. It was truly stunning.

    Lyn, we did not go as far as Missoula, but we did wave in that direction!

    • lyn Says:

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      One of the things I noticed when Lou would wax rhapsodic about Montana was that even the names of many of the places were beautiful. Lake Coeur d’Alene. How lovely does that roll off the tongue?

      Those in the dirty, noisy, crowded big cities would have us believe that places like Montana are for bumpkins. I think tis the other way round.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        You said t, Marge. I was thinking very much the same thing abt how the Dems like to portray areas like this. How there was such breathtaking beauty here, and the nicest people in Idaho and here, yet the DC politicians dismiss them as a bunch of yahoos. Wow. As for the names, we drove through two Indian Reservations on the way here. We were fascinated to see the Indian spelling, and then what the spellings meant, like “Land of the Big Trunk Aspens,” or “Rolling down to the water’s edge,” (or something like that). Just beautiful…

    • lyn Says:

      Were the bison on one of the reservations? I was wondering if you drove past the National Bison Range. http://www.fws.gov/refuge/national_bison_range/

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Yes!! That is exactly where we saw them, lyn! 😀 Thank you so much for the link!

        • lyn Says:

          I’ve been trying to figure out your route, Amy, and I now have a digital map. We had a good friend (our parents’ age) who grew up on a little ranch in Plains.
          If you want to read fiction about Montana’s Native Americans, looks for books by James Welch. (Had his wife for an English class at the University of Montana.) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Welch_(writer)
          Montana poet and UM professor Richard Hugo wrote a crazy murder mystery, “Death and the Good Life,” that is set in Plains, MT. (I still wish I would have taken his poetry class.)
          https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poet/richard-hugo
          I agree with you that most of us Westerners are not yahoos. LOL.

          • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

            Hey –

            So after coming off the St. Joe Scenic Byway, we got onto I-90 at St. Regis, then north on 93. From there around the east side of Flathead Lake on 35, up to 206 to 2 (we are in Columbia Falls).

            Thank you so much for the recommendations! That is so cool that you had the wife of the one author. Neat!

            So today, we took the East drive (2) across to Goat lick (no goats – they have already moved up). We came back and had lunch at a place that was ALL abt huckleberries. We had a nice lunch and waited a few extra minutes for the fresh out of the oven huckleberry turnovers. Oh, my, they were good! The young woman who worked there turns out to be from a barrier island down near us, Sullivan’s Island! She works in a Welcome Center at the Park, but told us abt Hungry Horse Dam and how it was the tenth largest in the U.S., so of course, we headed there after lunch. Good thing since she had also told us they had already closed the Going to the Sun Road at Logan’s Pass but some cyclists we met said they were going to close it at Avalanche starting Monday. Wow. Had we not been there when we were because of her, we would have missed it. And oh, my, what we would have missed! Just spectacular – truly stunning. So thankful we got to go today.

            LOL, yeah, I haven’t met any yahoos here yet! 🙂

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            • lyn Says:

              I love the synchronicity of things. Huckleberry turnovers! Nom nom.

            • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

              Right? Oh, they were divine. Then again, the huckleberry barbecue sauce on my chicken sandwich was mighty tasty, too! 🙂

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  8. kenoshamarge Says:

    Beginning of the end for participation trophies?

    Smart of KIA to use a black actor so that the left can’t cry racism.

    I have often wondered if kids and parents of kids who were the winners of contests didn’t resent their excellence not being recognized. Why strive for excellence when you can get the same recognition for just showing up?

    Is that the way to teach children to be the best they can be? It doesn’t seem that way to me. We may never be as good as some who are naturally gifted athletically. I learned that a long time ago. I tried, damn I tried.

    I tried because my parents taught me that as long as you really try you can’t ever really lose. There were no participation trophies for the teams I played on when we lost. Like most children who lose we were sad. But we got over it. Usually with ice cream and burgers at the drive in on our way home.

    We tried our hardest and that was worth a character building lesson. I still have a box full of faded red 2nd place ribbons. I cherish them because I earned them. Not because I showed up and participated but because even now, 55+ years later, I know that I tried as hard as I could. My parent expected nothing less.

    We do our children a disservice when we teach them that showing up is enough. For anything.

    Good heavens, a lot of deep thinking from a car commercial don’t you think? ; – )

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I could not agree with you more, Marge. The participation trophies do nothing but tell everyone they are the same, none better or worse, which is true in the “we are all equal” meaning, but not rush to succeed in n the ability area. That is what these Dems and Socialist have been indoctrinating our children to believe so they rush to mediocrity instead, demanding everyone get the same thing no matter how hard they work, how smart they are, or what their abilities are. Sadly, it seems to be working when we have 59% of Dems say they will vote for a Socialist, 49% of Independents, and 29% of Republicans. THAT is how well this indoctrination along with the media and Dems like Warner, Obama, et. al., have succeeded in pushing Socialism and demonizing Capitalism.

      So yeah, if you have kids excelling while others don’t, from their own hard work and being recognized for it, it is harder to try and make this a Socialist country, right?

      Like you, I was taught to work hard, study hard, and do my best – we all were. We grew up pretty poor – typical Southerners, land rich but money poor even though my dad had a white collar job and was also a musician. But we all worked hard in school, and did pretty well for ourselves. It sure as hell wasn’t because we all got “participation trophies…”

  9. helenk3 Says:

    good morning

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Good morning, Helen!

      What a beautiful photo – thank you! And Marge, I meant to say how much I enjoyed the photo and Scripture you put up. Perfect!

  10. kenoshamarge Says:

    Did you notice how quickly the toxic spill into the Animas River seems to have disappeared from the “news”? If the media and the left could have used this disaster to beat a corporation over the head it would have been on CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN and MSNBC almost as much as if it was a missing plane. But the EPA was responsible, the EPA is a giant part of our gigantic government and thus must not be held to account. The fact the it will cost taxpayers 30 billion + to even begin to fix the damage doesn’t seem to matter.

    The EPA, like most government agencies is wasteful with taxpayer money. Not nearly as much as congress but a billion here and a billion there and pretty soon you’re talking serious money. Money we don’t have by the way.

    The EPA spent over $15.1 million on outside public relations consultants between 2000 and 2014. The funding was on top of the $141.496 million in salaries and $1.5 million in bonuses on full-time public affairs officers the EPA has spent since 2007. As of 2012, the EPA employed 198 public affairs employees. The average EPA employee salary is $111,165. This particular spending spree by the EPA doesn’t seem so much wasteful to me as just plain stupid.

    And then they add insult to injury by polluting the very waters they are supposed to protect? That is what the “P” in EPA stands for ya know. It just doesn’t get any better no matter what direction you look.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      It is incredible to be sure. They unleashed such an assault on the environment in a number of states, and basically claimed that everything was going to be peachy keen, so don’t worry, be happy. Good grief.

      The numbers you cited are astonishing. And what is more is that they seem to be able to act with impunity. Or should Imsay, reckless abandon?

      Thanks for this!

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  11. kenoshamarge Says:

    Gowdy to Republican Colleagues: Shut Up About Benghazi, “You Don’t Know Anything”

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2015/10/18/gowdy_to_republican_colleagues_shut_up_about_benghazi_you_dont_know_anything.html

    Dickerson tried his best to trip up Trey Gowdy. His best was a long way from good enough. He was outsmarted, outtalked, outgunned and outclassed. He didn’t even try to appear unbiased. But many on the left don’t keep up the pretense anymore. Trey Gowdy has had their number for quite some time.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Good for Gowdy for telling those people to shut the hell up already especially since people like the last guy isn’t even on the Committee, so who is he to out his face in front of the camera and act like he knows anything abt it? Clearly, he just wanted some publicity.

      Thank heavens Gowdy is the Chair.

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    • justine Says:

      I’ll admit, I was losing patience with Gowdy’s committee. This interview made me realize how he’s been working on this committee, and made me feel sorry for my loss of confidence in its work:
      http://www.politico.com/story/2015/10/trey-gowdy-benghazi-214911

      “I would say in some ways these have been among the worst weeks of my life,” Gowdy said this weekend during a lengthy interview with POLITICO. “Attacks on your character, attacks on your motives, are 1,000-times worse than anything you can do to anybody physically — at least it is for me.”

      I respect Gowdy, and look forward to his continued work on getting to the truth of Benghazi and what goes with it. (The comments to the article mostly disappoint me — how can so many be so stubbornly blind/accepting?)
      .

  12. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Seems cybersecurity suffered under Sec. Clinton’s tenure at State: http://www.military.com/daily-news/2015/10/19/ap-enterprise-clinton-state-cybersecurity-suffered.html?ESRC=eb.nl

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