Ohh, Somebody’s In Trouble, And Off The Hook *Open Thread*


crazy_borderMake that “somebodies,” and the “somebodies” in this case are Obama and the Department of Justice. And they are in trouble with a Federal judge, Andrew Hanon.


I admit, I was a bit gleeful at the response and reaction of this Judge to Obama and the DOJ’s unlawful Executive Action on illegal immigrants. Yep,  Judge Hanon was just a tad testy about the actions of the DOJ. From National Review:

[…] In other words, the Obama administration launched its executive amnesty program behind the court’s back, and lied about it — ultimately granting lawful residence to more than 100,000 illegal immigrants until the court halted the program with an injunction. If the government had told the truth, the state plaintiffs (including Texas) would have been able to seek a temporary restraining order to attempt to block the program. The judge was furious:

Such conduct is certainly not worthy of any department whose name includes the word “Justice.”7 Suffice it to say, the citizens of all fifty states, their counsel, the affected aliens and the judiciary all deserve better.

In response, the court ordered the DOJ to provide lists of each affected illegal alien in each of the plaintiff states, required each DOJ attorney who practices in each of the plaintiff states to take additional legal ethics courses for a period of five years, and ordered the Attorney General to produce a comprehensive plan for ensuring that similar misconduct will not occur in the future. The court did not have the power to disbar the individual lawyers who made the misrepresentations, but it did revoke their permission to appear in the case.

The DOJ’s conduct is an example of lies compounding lawlessness. The Obama administration circumvented Congress by attempting mass-scale executive amnesty via memorandum, then its lawyers attempted to circumvent judicial accountability by lying to a federal judge… […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Ohmygosh – how angry is this Federal Judge? I urge you to read the rest to get even more of a sense of his anger over the actions of the DOJ. And, WOW about revoking the permission of those attorneys to be able to show in court on this matter. Holy SMOKES!

I swear, it is so, so gratifying when courts do the right thing, show up for Justice and confront injustice even, or especially, when it is being perpetrated by the very ones who are supposed to uphold the law. That this judge fearlessly took on not just the DOJ but the President for lying through their collective teeth about the Illegal Immigration Executive Action says a lot about him. I wish we had a hundred more like Judge Hanon.

But as the saying goes, “The Lord Giveth, And The Lord Taketh Away,” or in this case, an Army judge. As good as this news about Obama and the DOJ getting their MUCH deserved comeuppance for lying and violating an order comes this news about Bowe Bergdahl’s Court-martial. From the American Thinker:

On Tuesday an Army judge postponed the trial of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl from August 2016 to February 2017. For those keeping track, this means that Bergdahl’s trial for desertion and misbehavior before the enemy will conveniently take place after Barack Obama leaves office. This will save Obama the embarrassment of seeing Bergdahl court martialed while commander-in-chief, after having traded five powerful and notorious terrorists for the soldier, while his functionaries described Bergdahl has having served “honorably.” And if you think this is just vagaries of the military legal system playing out, I’ve got a nice bridge to sell.

When the Army announced in December last year that Bergdahl would be tried by a General Courts Martial, many observers cheered the news believing this meant the old Army was stepping up and not being politically cowed. I disagreed at the time, and still do. The decision by General Robert Abrams, the convening authority in the case, came just four days after Bergdahl went public with his story in “Serial“, the popular PBS podcast series. Prior to Bergdahl’s appearance on Serial and Abrams’ action, many close observers of the case assumed that the two sides were attempting to work out a plea deal, based on the fact that two Army investigating officers had recommended some degree of leniency in the case. Most probably talks broke down over the nature of discharge Bergdahl would receive in return for some kind of guilty plea, and the soldier then went public with his story to pressure the Army and to pollute the potential jury pool. The Army reacted in kind, throwing the book at Bergdahl, though it seemed until then that this was the last thing it wanted to do.

The reason for the Army’s reluctance was obvious. From the start Obama improperly and repeatedly expressed support for Bergdahl through his feting of Bergdahl’s parents in the Rose Garden after his release, and his defense of the deal with the Taliban that freed the soldier. Omitted by Obama in all this was the fact that Bergdahl fell into the Taliban’s hands by deserting his unit from a combat outpost, putting himself and his fellow soldiers in danger, and possibly causing the death and injury of soldiers and airmen sent out to find or rescue him.

As commander-in-chief of the military, Obama is not supposed to interpose himself into military justice considerations. But either out of ignorance or political calculation (and most likely both) he did just that. And Army commanders paid attention. They’ve slow walked what is really a pretty simple case. Only after a long delay did the Army conduct and complete a preliminary investigation, which resulted in the first recommendation of leniency. After another long delay the Army conducted a perfunctory Article 32 hearing before a different investigating officer, which resulted in second recommendation of leniency. Then came the likely breakdown in plea negotiations, Bergdahl’s podcast appearances, and Abrams referral to General Courts Martial. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

BergdahlIsn’t THAT convenient? Moving the court-martial until 2017 (presumably)? Uh, yeah – seems at leas one Army judge is more concerned about politics than justice, doesn’t it? Typical, just typical. Well, nowadays anyway…

But at least we have people like Justice Hanon looking out for the people of the United States since the President and DOJ can’t be bothered to do so. I guess that’s something, right?

Feel free to discus any of the above, or whatever else is on your minds. This is an Open Thread.


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39 Responses to “Ohh, Somebody’s In Trouble, And Off The Hook *Open Thread*”

  1. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    This article a friend had highlights part of the National Review article, that the judge ordered these attorneys to take Ethics classes for FIVE YEARS: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/05/19/judge-orders-ethics-classes-for-deceptive-doj-attorneys.html

  2. helenk3 Says:

    I LOVE Judge Hanson. wish we had more judges like him.

    as for the political coward in the army, may he never raise any higher in rank and be out of the army soon

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      It’s a very great shame that there aren’t more Judges that are concerned with the law and not with politics. Bless this one for at least showing us that there is at least one.

  3. helenk3 Says:


    does anyone in DC represent the AMERICAN PEOPLE?

  4. kenoshamarge Says:

    I can’t say that I am surprised by the action of the Army Judge. The military, the upper echelon of the military, is all about their careers and politics. Don’t play politics and go along to get along? No advancement for you. Maybe even a suggestion that it’s time for you to retire. Maybe retirement being forced.

    This government was rotten to the core when Obama took office. Hard to believe he could make it so much worse.

    And where were the Republicans when all this was going on?

  5. kenoshamarge Says:

  6. kenoshamarge Says:

    Libertarians Have A Chance To Make Some Noise. But Not With These Candidates

    They need a charismatic candidate to make a compelling case to disgruntled conservatives.


    From what I’ve seen the problem isn’t so much with the candidates as with the Conservatives. It appears to me that they want to go to the Libertarian Party and find a conservative candidate instead of a Libertarian candidate. JMO

  7. kenoshamarge Says:

    Trump Has an Awesome SCOTUS List

    Trump is a big fan of the yuge “opening position” — staking out an impossible starting point for negotiations, in order to bring the other side (AKA the “mark” or “sucker”) closer to where he really wants to be.

    So you might read his Heritage-approved list of SCOTUS picks with nodding approval, but in the back of your mind you have to think, “Who knows who he’ll really pick.”


  8. kenoshamarge Says:

  9. kenoshamarge Says:

    Sorry about the language but I find Iowahawk hilarious! He knows just how and where to prick the balloon of pomposity.

    ‘Pulsating hall monitor blob’: @IowahawkBlog sticks a fork in ChooseMyPlate.gov

    As part of Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative, a new nutrition label will be required on pre-packaged foods.

    WH calls the new nutrition label “a significant landmark achievement” in support of Mrs Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative.

    Swear to God, the entire fucking federal government is run by people who won the 4th grade poster contest. ~ David Burge aka Iowahawk

    It’s like every kid who volunteered as hall monitor moved to DC, morphed into a pulsating hall monitor blob, and then metastasized. ~ David Burge aka Iowahawk


    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I probably have a different idea of what swearing is than most. I was raised mostly on military bases by a father that could swear a blue cloud known to actually knock birds out of trees. His vocabulary of expletives was only smaller than the way he could slice and dice with words that were perfectly acceptable in mixed company. Just not the way he strung them together. He was awesome. He was also a Sergeant in the United States Army and that was something he was expected to do.

      But there was a rule to his swearing and thus what was sometimes acceptable from me – no taking the name of God in vain. That earned punishment. Quickly.

      Calling a nasty neighbor the male offspring of a female dog got me in trouble with Mom but sent Dad into gales of laughter.

      Hell the neighbor was such a dunce he didn’t even realize what I said for 5 minutes after I said it and long after I was out of range.

      Mom got me anyway later that night when sissy neighbor came over and complained.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        ROTFLMAO – no need to apologize abt swearing to me, Marge. I think many of us in seminary made it an even worse habit by using swear words so much before getting ordained, thinking we’d be done with them. Nope – just made it a habit! I do rein it in often though – I am a Southerner after all, and we have great expressions like, “dangit,” “shucks,” goshdarnit,” and more.

        That said, I think I mentioned that I thought my last name was “Damnation!” growing up (though my parents didn’t swear often, and then only damn and hell until we were adults – come to think of it, that is all my dad ever said, and he was even in the Navy!). But yeah – Suzy grew up on military bases, too, so there ya go!

        But yes, APPROPRIATE use of swearing is preferable – you know, when there is actually a reason for it, like the sissy neighbor you had back in the day. AHAHAHA. Ahem. You know, so it MEANS something when you say it. 😀

        I understand that studies show people cussing when they have hurt themselves actually DOES help, so there is always that to bear in mind, too.

        Love the Tweets!! Spot freakin’ on!

      • helenk3 Says:

        I worked for a railroad that had a lot of veterans employed. I learned some of the most creative cursing ever. Still have to watch my self sometimes

  10. helenk3 Says:


    you reap what you sow

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Sadly, yes. Once again, the media perpetuated a complete fabrication as truth because it suited their ideology. All the subsequent murders are on them…

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        There is a lot that media has to answer for. The country would be a lot better off is we all just turned off the “news” programs. Why watch what you can’t trust? Talk about an exercise in futility!

  11. helenk3 Says:


    one for the good guys

  12. helenk3 Says:


    this could be really interesting

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Oh, yeah – time to make some popcorn!

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        I all ready have my popcorn stash so I’m ready. However I was listening to Mark Levin earlier, his podcast from yesterday, and he thinks that given the fact that a great many judges are just rubber stamps for liberal ideology the best thing to do for the states is to just say NO. If what they are being required to do is against their state’s rights and against the constitution they should just say no. Seems like a good idea to me.

  13. helenk3 Says:


    another one bites the dust

  14. helenk3 Says:


    what the left wants as policing

  15. helenk3 Says:

    a good possibility that the latest aircraft crash was NOT terrorism but part failure.

    so if you start screaming terrorism all the time, does this give terrorist more power?

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      But, but, but – Trump said it was ONE HUNDRED PERCENT CERTAIN it was terrorism and you were just wrong if you didn’t agree!! Here’s the link:

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Another reason for mouths to be shut until facts are know. Media is the worst with all their unending speculation.

      Back when I watched FOX if I turned it on and some disaster/tragedy was happening I immediately turned it off. They would speculate for hours when no one had any more Idea about what was going on than I did. I would check into basic facts on my computer and then wait until the facts were known. I never watched any of the “media events” that surrounded such happenings. Both disasters and tragedies deserves more dignity than becoming a media circus.

  16. helenk3 Says:


    there are no words

  17. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    I am disgusted by Gowdy doing this. Absolutely disgusted. Seems he is every bit a much a politician as the rest of them. And to think I thought he was a man of principles and character: http://therightscoop.com/breaking-trey-gowdy-endorses-trump

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I too am disappointed. I too thought him a man of principle. Another man I used to respect and can no longer.

      Do these people realize that by “endorsing” Trump they are now forever tainted with his brand of ugly? Cathy Mcmorris Rogers also endorsed Trump. They now are basic Trumpster Trash and I don’t believe that EVER washes off. I know that I really don’t much care what Trump endorsers have to say.

      Having endorsed Trump when they could have simply been quiet or quietly said they would support the party’s nominee shows me they want or need the Trump spotlight. Disgusting.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        That’s just it, Marge – he and McMorris Rogers didn’t HAVE to endorse Trump. They could have remained silent and voted their conscience. That they chose to do so, especially Gowdy after all the nasty, bullying comments Trump made abt him, is infuriating. NO ONE will stand up to this bully. Instead, they made him their STANDARD BEARER.

        Like one of the previous articles I posted, Gowdy and McMorris Rogers now own every lie, every slur, every slam, every misogynistic comment, and every affront Trump has committed during this Primary season. Every one.

        It is getting to the point that I just do not want to follow politics at all. It seems the wrong people keep getting in power, and the few who seemed decent turned out to be just like everyone else.

        I might add abt Gowdy – he said he wasn’t running again after the last time. WRONG – he is indeed running again. Liar.

  18. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    And to go along with Obama and illegal immigration comes this little newsflash from the head honcho at ICE. To paraphrase, Obama won’t let us deport a bunch of groups: http://therightscoop.com/top-ice-official-obama-is-the-reason-we-arent-deporting-illegals/

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      The spineless and evidently equally corrupt GOP has allowed Obama to trample all over the rights of fellow Americans and to circumvent the separation of powers demanded in the Constitution.

      There can be no decent society so long as the “leaders” of the Republican Party are as corrupt as the “leaders” of the left. And they are showing us on a daily basis that our anger at them was and is justified.

      Mitch McConnell should be shunned by every decent human being in this country. Instead he was re-elected by people that knew who and what he was. Shame on you Kentucky.

      Does not the re-election of McConnell, to prevent Harry Reid from remaining as Majority Leader show exactly how spurious is the vote for Trump to prevent Hillary argument is?

      Oh and once again, Ted Cruz was right – McConnell is a liar.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Yes, Cruz was absolutely right. I am so, so disgusted by what is going on in this country. that a man like Trump is the presumptive nominee, that Congress has allowed Obama to flush the Constitution down the toilet, that they act more like Dems than Reps, and are allowing our country to go down a very dangerous path in which feelings of a few trump the rights of others.

        WTH is happening to our nation??

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