Do You Feel Safe?

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Ant Antoine Comes to Breakfast

Good Morning, Breakfastpoppers. Today is Thursday, September 11, 2014. Our little friend, Ant Antoine, is at the breakfast table this morning. He watched President Obama address the nation on the eve of September 11th and he has some observations he would like to share with you. Please join Antoine for this morning. He has baked a batch of luscious croissants for your enjoyment. I will be providing Irish Coffees. We hope to see you soon.

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Getting Tough on Terror?

Thank you all for joining me this morning. President Obama addressed the nation last night to discuss America's response to ISIS. I listened, I watched and I hoped that I and my beloved human family would feel strengthened by his words. I did not. I listened, I watched and I hoped that I would hear the words that would ease the fear that I have been experiencing when I see how easy it is to gain illegal entry into the United States. I did not hear those words. In the beginning, I sensed that your President Obama was channeling George Bush when he addressed the nation after September 11th. He tried, but I didn't sense that President Obama's heart was in the right place. He had to make the speech, but in the end, what did he really say?

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15 Minutes of Nothing

Your President Obama looked at America and vowed to go after ISIS, or as he prefers to call them ISIL. He acknowledged that there is a real threat, albeit not immediate, to the homeland. What he never addressed is his part in creating that threat by leaving our borders unattended. ISIS could be marching into Arizona as I write this and there wouldn't be a border agent to greet them appropriately on their way in. The agents are changing diapers, so shots will not be fired. America must confront and destroy ISIS wherever they are and some of them are right here. There are at least 200 American citizens fighting with these animals. They carry U.S. passports and are apparently free to come back anytime they choose. The thought of that terrifies me, and your President Obama didn't ease the fear. A recent poll shows that over 77 percent of Americans feel that an attack on the country may happen soon. Your President Obama needed to, but did not, address that concern.


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Feeling Safe?

What was your reaction to President Obama's speech?

  • I watched the speech and was impressed by the president's resolve.
  • I heard nothing I already didn't know.
  • I couldn't bear to watch President Obama's address.
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Boiling It Down

At the end of the 15 minute speech, I was left feeling kind of empty. I listened to your president tell the country that all military actions that have been taken so far have been successful. If President Obama had left Iraq better protected, ISIS probably would not be there now. He didn't mention that. He also failed to mention exactly what countries comprised the coalition he kept referring to. Are there 4 countries, 8 countries or 48 countries? Will they be the boots on the ground? He did say he was going to send 500 additional advisers into Iraq to help the Iraqi army get up to speed. That is a tall order. First you have to find the army and then you have to try and convince them not to run away.

Your President Obama then discussed his plan to arm the Free Syrian army. That is a problematic idea because the Free Syrians have been infiltrated by ISIS! In the end, we will continue doing exactly what we have been doing all along. We will look for ISIS on the ground from the air. In the meantime, this hideous group will be growing bigger and more dangerous every minute. I don't pretend to know what it is we should be doing in Iraq and Syria, but I don't have a good feeling about the success of your president's plan. I think he needs to work on this problem for more than 15 minutes!


Antoine's Song

Let's go children of the homeland

The day of reckoning has arrived

Against you tyranny's flag is raised!


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

Do I feel safe? Of course. Do I think there's a big problem? Of course.

Keep ringing that bell my friend.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning, billy,

I just learned that you won more than 1 Hubbie and I am not surprised at all! Congratulations!!!! As for feeling safe, the fact that you do feel safe stands to reason. You are more prepared for anything than the average bear!


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lambservant 2 years ago from Pacific Northwest

When I woke up this morning and sat at my computer I thought, "I'll just bet breakfast has something to say about last nights speech." As always, I looked forward to your take. Like I commented in your last hub, Obama's threat's and promises are hollow. He hasn't a clue, or he does, and doesn't care because his loyalties are divided. I don't feel safe for sure. Congrats on your hubby award too.


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Old Poolman 2 years ago from Rural Arizona

Darn, I was busy outside raking up mesqite beans or something a completely missed the speech. It doesn't sound like I missed much.

As most of us know, every word this guy speaks is written by some speech writer and not coming from his heart or his mind. The speech writers are experts at writing a 15 minute speech that says basically nothing that could come back to haunt the President. Pehaps the speech writers learned a lesson when old video kept coming up that completely contradicts what they wrote today. Now they are tasked with writing a neutral speech that will fill the alloted time, but say nothing about how problems will be solved. They of course are forced to throw in a few digs on the GOP for stopping all progress of wonder boy.

No, living near the border here in Arizona doesn't make me feel safe. The only good news about ISIS is that it has completely drawn attention away from the failing Obamacare.


Francine19 2 years ago

Although Obama finally addressed the need for action against Isis, I felt tremendous disappointment in his speech. There was little passion or conviction in his words. When he mentioned sucesses in Yemen and Somalia, I was puzzled. When he said that ISIS is not an islamist organization, I was puzzled again. I can only hope that somehow there will be hope in eradicating this hideous terrorist group.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning, lambservant,

Obama didn't surprise me last night, but then again by now we know who and what he is. What stunned me, although it shouldn't have, were the people who thought he turned around his presidency and saved it! See you at the Inn and thanks so much for the congrats!


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning, Mike,

You were better off sweeping up beans! Originally, Obama was set to speak in the afternoon. That way hardly anyone would hear his speech. After much criticism, his crackerjack team changed it to evening. They should have read the damn speech before he made it! See you at the Inn where things still make sense to me.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning, Francine,

Obama can't stand to mention Islamist in the same sentence as terror. These are his people and he is holding on for dear life trying to walk the impossible line between good and evil. The whole nation ,except for the crackpot, had to be startled when he started rattling off his imaginary list of successes. See you at the Inn, Francine. We need to catch up!


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Tom Whitworth 2 years ago from Moundsville, WV

Pop and Antoine,

As I was watching and listening to the Pretender In Chief yesterday evening my mind wandered to two other American who were in yesterday's news.

Donald Trump offered lifetime free golf to Obama if he resigned the presidency immediately. Please, accept sir.

I saw a picture of Dick Chaney online yesterday and marveled at how he has thrived with his heart transplant. He really looks fit. He should take Obama bird hunting.


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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

He lost me when he said that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is not Islamic. In addition, not once did he refer to any terrorist group as 'Islamic' in that speech. For most of his presidency, he has refused to called any terrorist act 'Islamic' even though almost all of them are. His sainted father was a Muslim, so he's in denial.

BTW, he calls it ISIL to avoid admitting that Syria and Iraq were both lost to this bunch of murderers on his watch and due to his negligence.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning, Tom,

What a splendid idea!Cheney and Obama hunting, I like it! See you at the Inn and we can talk about how wonderful it would be if Obama took Trump's offer.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning WillStarr,

First of all, please accept my congratulations on your well deserved Hubbie!!!! Now to Obama and his desire to safeguard the reputations of Muslims. Pretending to be a leader who loves America has to be an unbearable strain for this man whose allegiances and sympathies lie elsewhere. He really can't fake it.He won't use the word Islamist in the same sentence as terrorist and he thinks that by calling ISIS ISIL, the American people won't think their birth has anything to do with him. If we ever needed a strong leader it is now, and sadly we don't have one.


Pino Krisio 2 years ago

POP:

Our esteemed president just like to hear himself talk. He said nothing, as usual. I think you were doing the Common Core math when you were saying how many countries have joined the USA in the coalition. George Bush had 37 when he made his speech to go into Iraq. Our leader does not lead. He says that we are safer than ever before. I don't think so.

He does not want to put boots on the ground, but there are over 1000 troops back in Iraq. He also says that he never said that ISIS was the JV team. Why does he call ISIS ISIL? Because he does not want to acknowledge that Syria is involved. We need to look at the passports of our homecoming overseas visitors and see where they have been. If they are American and have been to Iraq and Syria, then don't let them back. If they love Iraq and Syria, then let them rot there. No good can come of this. also, why are our borders not closed? Everything is coming through there, and it is not just poor helpless children from Middle America. I think I am through ranting. Off to the bar.....


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear Pino,

Obama's loyalties are askew and that is putting it politely! We are in crisis mode right now and more than ever we need a true leader. We'll have to wait for one, but if Hillary is elected we are doomed. Meet me at the Inn and I will explain the Hubbie Award!


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RachaelOhalloran 2 years ago from United States

It was 15 minutes of obligatory air time - putting in an appearance. Nothing more, nothing less.

Johnson and Nixon used to do the same thing. On and off.


Taxlarry 2 years ago

Bomb them back to the Stone Age. Don't worry about collateral damage. If a few innocents are victims, we'll, that's w ar, baby. Better innocents be harmed there than in the USA. Just my opinion.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear Rachael,

Disgusting and insulting! On a lighter and happier note, Congratulations on your Hubbie!!! Let's celebrate at the Inn.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear taxlarry,

I agree, the stakes are very high and decisions have to be made intelligently. See you at the Inn.


Francine19 2 years ago

God Bless Taxlarry.


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The Frog Prince 2 years ago from Arlington, TX

I can see a field of glass...

Then I'll feel much safer...

TFP


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grand old lady 2 years ago from Philippines

Isis is a threat and a sad development that can't be ignored. I'm glad President Obama is doing something about it. I don't know everything about this issue, but at least it's now being addressed by the US and the international community.


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prasetio30 2 years ago from malang-indonesia

I still be your fans. As usual, you always give the best for us. And I am proud being here in the coolest community. Good job and have a good day!

Prasetio


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear Frog Prince,

I can envision a world devoid of terrorists.Then I'll feel safer. See you at the Inn.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning Grand Old Lady,

Actually, Obama has promised very little and the international community is given him the cold shoulder. Most of the world no longer trusts America thanks to his inept non-leadership. Thanks so much for coming to the breakfast table.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning Prasetio,

It is so wonderful to see you at the breakfast table. I hope you and your family are doing well.


bradmaster 2 years ago

Pop

Wouldn't it be nice if people that support Obama and his ideas would chime in here, so that we can see their viewpoint.

Everyone here is pulling the same direction, I for one am curious as to how someone, or why someone can believe Obama's plan?

Thanks

bradmaster


bradmaster 2 years ago

Pop

Here is something to hub

Lt. Col. Sherwood Baker was forbidden from entering Rochester Adams High School in Michigan on Tuesday because he was told his Army uniform "may offend another student."

Baker was turned away by a security officer, even though, as Fox News reports, "the Rochester School District has no policy barring individuals in uniform from entering the school."

The school's superintendent, Robert Shaner, is himself a Marine veteran. "I understand that what has taken place deeply hurts people," he said. "We will correct it."

Shaner apologized to the Baker family and said the district "will be working with administration and the firm that handles our security to make sure district policies are understood and communicated accurately."

- - Teresa Mull


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear bradmaster,

I am aware of this incident. I have decided to blame it on the stupidity of the idiot who met him at the entrance to the school. Sometimes it just comes down to the integrity and intelligence of one person. God help us! See you at the Inn.


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Old Poolman 2 years ago from Rural Arizona

It sounds like this particular security guard at the school received his training from the PC Police. What an idiot he must be.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear Mike,

I agree. Another perfect name for the PC Police is the Perfectly Stupid Morons. The PSM...


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear bradmaster,

There have been many people who support Obama on my hub. I welcome a difference of opinion and a civilized debate, but I have to say that at this point I don't believe they have a leg to stand on. Obama has violated so many laws, and trashed the Constitution so many times that supporting him is insane. I'll see you at the Inn and we'll talk some more.


bradmaster 2 years ago

Pop

Thanks for the feed back.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear bradmaster,

You are very welcome!


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ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

I think we're living in very perilous times, where just about anything can happen. The entire world is in crisis.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear ologsinquito,

Yes, we are and the president shouldn't be depleting our fighting forces. What is he thinking?


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Old Poolman 2 years ago from Rural Arizona

Now that we have demonstrated to ISIS what our real air power is like it will be interesting to see what they do. My guess is that they will most likely behead a few more people for our viewing pleasure. If they do, we need to show them that this airstrike was just a free sample.

These ISIS members are not civilized people and all they understand is violence. The threat will continue until the last one is hunted down and killed.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear Mike,

I just can't envision when or of this madness will end. These animals are recruiting loads of sickos every single day. They are also recruiting young girls to come to Syria and have babies and cook for these psychos. I think the maniacs outnumber the good guys. I am also disgusted by the fact that we have ISIS members in the U.S. who the FBI are watching. How about getting rid of them. See you at the Inn.

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