Obama’s DOJ Excuses Lerner, And Home, Home On The Range *Open Thread*


One of the big things that happened while I was on vacation was that the Department of Justice decided, in its infinite, biased, political opinion, that Lois Lerner, the targeter of all groups conservative, did NOTHING wrong. Oh, and no one else did, either, just in case anyone else would be held accountable.

WOW. The Associated Press had the story:

[…] The disclosure set off investigations by the Justice Department and multiple congressional committees, with Republicans routinely pressing FBI and Justice Department officials for updates on the probe — as recently as Thursday — during their visits to Capitol Hill.

“Americans’ faith in government and in the IRS in particular, has been greatly eroded by an administration that when confronted with instances of misconduct appears complicit in shielding those involved from responsibility,” Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said in a statement.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said “Congress will continue to seek accountability for the American people.”

Republicans said the decision to close the investigation without charges, though expected, was especially disappointing given that congressional reviews had identified serious problems with how applications were processed.

A bipartisan review from the Senate Finance Committee in August found management flaws at the IRS contributed to a “dysfunctional culture” that allowed agents to mistreat conservative groups when they applied for tax-exempt status.

The Justice Department’s own investigation echoed some of those same concerns, saying the IRS had used “inept labels” and keywords — including “progressive and “ACORN” — in deciding how to organize tax-exempt applications. And it found poor communication between employees in Cincinnati, who were responsible for identifying the applications for review, and headquarters in Washington — problems made worse by “oversight and leadership lapses by senior managers and senior executive officials.”[…] (Click here to read the rest.)

Frankly, I was shocked. Even for Obama’s Administration, the preponderance of proof against Lerner from emails alone should have been sufficient, even if one ignored the hundreds of groups who have had to pay a price under her “leadership.” It just goes to show that Loretta Lynch is simply a female Eric Holder, as many of us have noted.

But, apparently, there is more than meets the eye on these DOJ/FBI decisions. I happened to catch Judge Andrew Napolitano discussing this issue as well as the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton this morning (Tues.) on Fox and Friends. Here is what the Judge had to say:

[…] “If the FBI recommends indictment and the White House says ‘no,’ you’ll see resignations from the FBI and you’ll probably see enough information about Mrs.Clinton leaked into the media, that it will be just as damaging to her political career as if she had been indicted,” said Napolitano.

The judge said he believes the “White House said no” to an indictment of Lois Lerner, just like in the case of Bowe Bergdahl.

“When the president’s fingerprints are on a criminal prosecution, there is no trial because he could be called as a witness,” he explained.

Now THAT makes more sense to me. That the reason Lerner skated was because the Obama Administration insisted that be the case. My bet is that had this case been pursued, we would have learned the extent of collusion with the White House. So, it isn’t so much that she didn’t do anything wrong as it is the White House got her off the hook.

That said, Judge Napolitano has no doubt that the FBI will do the right thing in pursuing Clinton as noted above. Let’s hope he is right.

Nonetheless, one thing is clear: Lois Lerner has escaped prosecution for her political machinations at the IRS, and that is disturbing on a host of levels. It throws the doors wide open for more shenanigans in the most powerful department in the country as a result, in my opinion that is.

Just once – wouldn’t it be nice if Obama’s DOJ actually cared more about the law and citizens than enabling political cronies? I am not holding my breath, though.

To change gears, I DID hold my breath while on vacation several times. No, I didn’t go swimming. But Suzy and I did go to the National Bison Range on our way back to Spokane. And oh, what an adventure it was.

Why did I hold my breath? Because this 2,000 lb bison came walking right toward me after it finished its dust bath:


Now, I realize you may not get how big this bison is. Let me put it this way: it was at least as big as the Chevrolet SUV we had rented. THAT is how big it was. I stayed as close to the car as I could with the door open, though thankfully, it was just ambling along:


Amazing creature, isn’t it?

While we were driving through the National Bison Range, we also saw some other animals, like this deer nibbling on some yellow flowers:


Isn’t it so, um, dear?

But then we saw something else we had not seen in person before. PRONGHORNS (Suzy took this photo):


And a lot of them, I might add. There were several herds of them:


While I am on the “animals we had never seen before,” there was another animal neither one of us had seen in the wild. That was a bear. This bear loped across the two-lane highway on our way back from Glacier National Park:


Can you believe it?! We never got to see a moose, but I am not complaining. It was a magical time, and there will be more photos to come of our excellent adventure in Montana!

That’s it for me. Your turn. This is an Open Thread.


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51 Responses to “Obama’s DOJ Excuses Lerner, And Home, Home On The Range *Open Thread*”

  1. kenoshamarge Says:

    Thanks for sharing the images of those magnificent animals! I knew bison were big but not that big. Not sure I would have gotten as close as you did. Although when in pursuit of a picture I tend to see only what is in the viewfinder. That’s how I walked into a tree and would have walked off the bank of a river had Lou not grabbed the back of my shirt. I got some great shots though!

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      LOL – thank heavens for Lou grabbing your shirt, Marge!

      When I first got out of the car, the bison was on the other side grazing after just getting up from its dirt bath:


      Then, it started coming toward me. That is when I darted behind the back quarter panel and opened the car door JUST in case. 😀

      Oh, right next to the National Bison Range was a bison ranch. Two bulls were going at it. I got a bunch of photos that Suzy is going to turn into a video. So stay tuned for that!

  2. kenoshamarge Says:

    The Obama White House is as corrupt as anything I’ve ever seen. And I’ve seen more that a few including Tricky Dick and Bill Clinton and his lies.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      You aren’t only kidding, Marge. It is just astonishing, but even more so that the CONGRESS has allowed this…

  3. helenk3 Says:

    don’t we have some really wonderous places in this country? Each part is different but beautiful and exception in it’s own way. Glad you had such a great trip

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      We truly do, Helen. We took the Scenic Byway around lake Coeur d’Alene, then another one into Montana. It was just breathtaking.

      Oh, and a bit disconcerting when all of a sudden at the Montana border, at the top of a mountain range, it went from pavement to gravel. Yep. Over twenty miles back down on a gravel road. It was well maintained, mind you, but still – holy moley! We would literally go for MILES without seeing another soul. It was quite something.

      Then there was the Going to the Sun Road. It is impossible to even begin to explain the towering heights of those mountains. Those of you who have been there or are from near there know what I mean…

  4. kenoshamarge Says:

    ‘Morning Joe’ Shreds Hillary Clinton for Making ‘Pathetic’ Sexism Charge Against Bernie Sanders

    Mika shows the kind of voter I detest the most – the kind that hates what their candidate does and says but will vote for them and support them anyway. What is wrong with people like that? Have they no integrity whatsoever?

    In Mika’s case the question is does she have any brains and integrity. I vote no on both.

  5. kenoshamarge Says:

    And of course Branco nails Hillary’s lies perfectly once again.

  6. foxyladi14 Says:

    Great post Amy,
    Thanks for sharing the pictures. 😀

  7. helenk3 Says:

    I still do not understand what she was thinking.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Me either, Helen. I appreciate her comments abt compassion, but at what point do the needs of your CITIZENS outweigh those who are demanding to come into your country?? And beyond that, to try and change the fabric of your country?

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        Muslim immigrants have shown again and again that they simply will not integrate into the country they chose to immigrate to. The countries are supposed to “change” for them and not the other way around. When you have a country like Germany with a low birth rate the amount of people Merkel is taking will devastate her country, their culture and their very way of life.

        My little brother and I were raised to help others. We were raised to tithe. But Mom and Dad also told us that charity begins at home. Merkel is setting that stage for some very bad things to happen to her country. Compassion is a wonderful thing. Stupidity is not.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          Very well said, Marge – that is exactly it. The demands by the refugees, the dismissive attitude towards help given with demands for something else, all of that to go along with the number of examples of Muslims NOT integrating into society had already led Germany and the UK to declare this kind of diversity simply does not work. Yet now they are allowing unvetted refugees – tens of thousands of them – in willy-nilly. It will cause irreparable harm, I fear.

          And your parents were smart people indeed…

  8. kenoshamarge Says:

    Democrat on Hillary’s Asinine Comments: Actually, The VA Scandal Is Really Bad and Widespread

    By Katie Pavlich

    In case you missed it over the weekend, Hillary Clinton made the incredible statement that the problems inside Veteran’s Affairs hospitals around the country, which have left 300,000 veterans dead waiting for care, aren’t as “widespread” as those damn Republicans have made them seem.


    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      That was SUCH an idiotic comment for Clinton to make. Who was she trying to appease by that anyway, the jackasses who have been squandering the money and treating vets like crap??

      Glad to see that SOME Democrats are willing to speak up.

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        I’m not only glad, I’m flabbergasted. The left has been in lockstep like good little clones for so long it’s a surprise to hear a dissenting voice.

  9. lyn Says:

    Great photos! Glad you visited the National Bison Range. During our last visit years ago, we saw and heard elks bugling and an antelope squatting to pee.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Lol lyn, now I will spend the rest of the day trying to get the image of a squatting, peeing antelope out of my head. 😉

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Thanks so much, lyn! I thought of you when drinking a huckleberry milkshake our first day in Montana when we got back to civilization after the 20 – 25 mile “scenic” drive on a gravel road. And I got huckleberry jam that was devoured at breakfast all week. Finally, I brought back a package of huckleberry waffle mix. OH! Suzy had a huckleberry lemonade – DELICIOUS!!!

      We had driven past the Range on our way to Columbia Falls, and did see some bison in the distance. We saw more when we went to the range, but they were all aways off. To have this one so close to us was truly a gift. And the Pronghorns are beautiful!!

      ROTFL abt not being able to get that image out of your head, Marge. Now I can’t either!

  10. kenoshamarge Says:

    Just because I think it’s funny:

  11. kenoshamarge Says:

    And then there’s this…

  12. helenk3 Says:


    why I like Ted Cruz

  13. helenk3 Says:


    interesting observation

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I thought the tweet observation was spot on:

      Show this picture of the Hag celebrating in full view of the Benghazi families

      The piece goes on to say:

      “Numerous critics of her behavior, including MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, believed Clinton showed too much cheerfulness considering the somber events explored during the hearing.”

      Really Joe? How astute of you.

      Not to worry about Mika though, there doesn’t seem to be anything “the Hag” can do to lose her support.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Yeah, Hillary with her high fives, Obama-style handshakes, smiles all around, really reflected the gravity of the hearing…

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        I would think that most decent people would find that repulsive. Which begs the question are there any ‘decent’, or honest people left in the MSM?

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          I can only think of Sharyl Attkisson, though I appreciate your question is likely rhetorical. The short answer is, “not enough…”

  14. helenk3 Says:

    for those like me that did not get to see this in the AM


  15. helenk3 Says:

    did you get a chance to ride the Red Bus in Glacier Park?

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Unfortunately, no, Helen. We were INCREDIBLY lucky to even get on the Going to the Sun Road. We had gone to the Huckleberry place that also had fantastic sandwiches with huckleberry barbecue sauce on it, and got to talking with the young woman who worked there. Ironically, she is from one of the barrier islands down here! Anyway, she was telling us about Hungry Horse dam and how we HAD to see it, as well as the Going to the Sun Road. Well, we did go, and we pulled over to look at an eagle’s nest. These two cyclists stopped, and we got to talking. They said THAT DAY was the last day to get to Logan Pass on the Going to the Sun Road. So we were lucky as all get out that we even got to go on it. Had it not been for those cyclists, we would have missed it entirely (we thought we had the whole week). So, no Red Bus. NEXT time, though! We LOVED it there!

  16. helenk3 Says:


    another smoking gun

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      OHMYGOSH – this is HUGE, Helen! Thanks so much for this. Holy smokes… ( 😉 )

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      If Hillary and her acolytes believe that the hearing put Benghazi behind her she and they are sadly mistaken, well perhaps delusional is a better word.

  17. helenk3 Says:

    will there be protests?


  18. helenk3 Says:


    new anti Hillary political ad

  19. kenoshamarge Says:

  20. kenoshamarge Says:

    Just to put the “immigration” of Syrians to this country in perspective:

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      No kidding – it is UNBELIEVABLE how much money we have shelled out while our vets and active military suffer. Grrr.

  21. kenoshamarge Says:

    Just for Helen and just because he’s so right.

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