Oh, For the Love of a Mouse!

Cicada Chiquita

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The Big, Bad Government

Good Morning, Breakfastpoppers. Today is Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Our dear friend, Cicada Chiquita, is here with me at the breakfast table. Chiquita has just returned from a fact-finding mission in Otero County, New Mexico. It appears that the federal government is at it again. They are threatening ranchers' by refusing to allow their thirsty cattle access to a watering hole. Please join us for breakfast this morning, so our insect reporter can fill us in on what is happening. I will be serving western omelets accompanied by some delicious Bloody Mary's. Hope to see you soon.

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A Mouse's Tale

Thank you all for coming here this morning. Let me give you a bit of background with regard to another attempt on the part of the federal government to grab some more land out west. The U.S. Forest Service has decided that the presence of cattle in Otero County threatens the safe existence of the meadow jumping mouse. The cattle are thirsty. The area has been hit hard by a drought. There is a spring located right in the middle of the land in question. The government would rather see the cattle die than infringe upon the mice. I must point out, at this juncture, that no one ever remembers seeing this mouse in the area. The government claims that the invisible mice are being driven out by the thirsty cattle.

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Keep Out!

The Forest Service has taken it upon themselves to build a fence around the land in question. The fence closes off about 23 vital acres. The locked fence prevents the cattle from reaching water. The people in the area are pushing back against this land grab. They have given the sheriff the power to open the gate. Thus far, the gate is still locked. And so the battle begins once more. The federal government seems determined to obtain as much land as possible by whatever means necessary. This has precious little to do with an invisible mouse or cattle. It has to do with power and that power is coming right out of the White House. The mouse has yet to be added to the endangered species list, but the government is determined to add it to the list by June.

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No Water For You!

What is this mess all about? Is it about mice, cattle, water or the rule of law? If the law does enter into the picture, is it a self imposed law dictated by an executive branch that consistently oversteps its bounds? This issue is about the Obama administration and its unrelenting desire to seize control of the rural West. Think about it. How desperate do you have to be to conjure up a story about a mouse that locals have never seen? Let's look at this problem realistically. The land in question is rich in valuable minerals and resources, resources that this administration does not want to see developed. The federal government wants to push grazing and oil and gas uses off federal land.


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The Law is the Law

The bottom line here is that it is time to remind the White House that they cannot make up their own laws to serve their own needs. They may want the land, but that does not mean that they can take it over. We have laws in this nation. We have a Constitution. The Obama administration has run roughshod over both, but it's time to remind them that you pay their salares. I have said it before and I will say it again. The government works for you. You do not work for the government. They are accountable to you. Let's make sure they remember where the power lies in the next election. Use your vote to safeguard your freedoms. First they came for the ranchers, then they came for you....

Chiquita's Song

I'm Chiquita Cicada and I'm here to say,

It's time to make your voice heard

Do it today!

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Comments 33 comments

taxlarry 2 years ago

Chiquita, go get some of your friends and hang out in threes around the white house andmake some noise. Do it at night. Give the jerk in the white house the kind of aggravation he brings to the entire country. Such an incompetent jerk! Noise! Noise!


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning taxlarry,

It is wonderful to see you up so bright and early. What a splendid idea you have here! The noise we make will be in stark contrast to the silence coming out of the WH about the hideous deadly scandal at the VA. Can't wait to get to the Inn and see you!


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Old Poolman 2 years ago from Rural Arizona

Chiquita - California is denying farmers water for their crops because of a minnow. New Mexico is denying ranchers water for their cattle because of a mouse.

We are close to the day when we can all look forward to BBQ mouse topped with a minnow sauce for our holiday celebrations. We will spend hours describing to our grandchildren what it was like to eat a really good steak and fresh garden salad.

I guess there is always something we can look forward to with this administration guiding our way.


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Tom Whitworth 2 years ago from Moundsville, WV

Pop and Chiquita,

Just like the Obama administration to favor a Hantavirus carrying critter.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning Mike,

This administration wouldn't care if every mouse and minnow died suddenly. They want the land, pure and simple and unless people really kick up their heels and demand to be heard, this travesty will continue. See you at the Inn.


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carol7777 2 years ago from Arizona

What it really makes you think..what is next? It seems like freedom is slowly disappearing. Mice...This is truly amazing. But then again we are amazed everyday. I am headed for the Inn early today and will start with peppermint vodka...clears the sinuses.


Pino Krisio 2 years ago

POP: Just like the tortoise in Nevada whose numbers have risen, not declined, this mouse lives nicely among the cattle. All this is bull crap, get my drift! Obama is an underhanded person who likes to stir up the p0t. Beware, Americans, because he is writing executve orders like crazy, and will continue to do so until his term is up. Off to the bar....


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning Tom,

I don't know what that is, but it sounds awful and very apropos! See you at the Inn.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning Carol,

I think I'll join you in your choice of drink. Perhaps it will help clear my mind as well as my sinuses. Every day this administration does something awful and impeachable. Why is he still in the WH?


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning, Pino,

Yes, he is the president who leads only through executive order. To hell with Congress and to hell with us! What I want to know is where is Congress while all of this is going on. I consider them all to be useless. See you at the Inn.


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

Your last paragraph speaks volumes of truth. The government works for us.....hard to believe, some days, that the intention of this government, when it was formed, was to be "of the people and for the people."


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning, billy,

Sadly, that solid fact has become obscured. Our government no longer functions as it was designed to. We can thank a lazy Congress, an arrogant President and a judicial branch that plays politics. It isn't pretty... See you at the Inn.


AnitaFrancine 2 years ago

I think I'll just have to become a vegetarian.....that is until the government takes over all crop producing land....then it's just liquid meals at the inn...See you there!


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear Anita,

Personally, I think liquid meals at the Inn are the way to go. Our food supply is poisoned. Our fish aren't safe to eat and the government is killing the cattle.


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The Frog Prince 2 years ago from Arlington, TX

Hey now! Pelosi took 10 million in bacon home from the stimulus bill to feed her marsh mice. You expecting change any time soon?

TFP


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear Frog Prince,

I can't take any more change! The word itself makes me shake. See you at the Inn. I want to hear about your trip.


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FitnezzJim 2 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

In this new form of government where States are united only in there subservience to the ruling party, you can fully expect more impositions of Federal power. After all, the ruling party knows what is best for you, else why would the majority vote them in.

Meanwhile, on Animal Farm Besides, the chickens say water is for mice, not for cows. This is the chicken’s way to fight back against the cows that held up the signs saying 'Eat More Chicken’.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning FitnezzJim,

Perhaps the ranchers should hold up signs that say eat more Democrats! See you at the Inn.


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FitnezzJim 2 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

So, Did you hear that 50 Senators have told the Washington Redskins that they need to change their name?


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning FitnezzJim,

And yet another perfect example of the death of common sense.


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Old Poolman 2 years ago from Rural Arizona

Much of what we see today started with that mighty Spotted Owl. This bird was able to almost completely shut down the entire logging industry in the Pacific Northwest.

Seeing how successful it was to use a bird to shut down the logging industry, our government decided to enlist other birds and mammals to further their agenda.

Who in their right mind would ever have believed that a mouse or a minnow would rise to the level of power we see today?

A minnow can shut off the water supply farmers desperately need to grow their crops. A mouse can stop a herd of thirsty cattle from getting a much needed drink of water.

Could it be that some fear these farmers and ranchers who produce our food might make a profit in the process? Would these farms and ranches be denied water if they were government owned?

I have nothing planned for today so I may just load up my trusty rifle and go mouse hunting.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning Mike,

Great commentary! You can load up your trusty rifle, but I doubt you'll find any mice at all. No one from that area has ever seen one! Another prime example of our government screwing everything up.... See you at the Inn.


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FitnezzJim 2 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

Thus suggesting our government is for the birds, and against the people.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning FitnezzJim,

Yes, the government favors the birds and is for the birds!


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Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

I've never eaten a mouse, but I've had a few hamburgers in my time. Those cows need water or next time I go to Jack in the Box I'm going to be in for a surprise. Mouse burgers anyone?

Seriously though, they are depriving farmers out here in California's Central Valley of water as well due to a little wriggling fish called the Delta Smelt. If you drive the I-5 North, as I did last week, you will see acres of fruit and nut trees that have been pulled up by the roots and are lying on the ground because the farmers don't have water for them. It's turning into a dust bowl. I believe in protecting endangered or threatened species but sometimes they go to the point of ridiculousness and trade offs have to be made to protect our food sources.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear Mel,

It really is a matter of common sense. Sadly, common sense is in short supply! See you at the Inn. The Inn is a virtual Inn and we visit it only in our minds. Nevertheless, it's a great place to be. I'll save you a seat.


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FitnezzJim 2 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

"... depriving farmers ... of water ..."

"It really is a matter of common sense. "

One of those is already missing in California.

(They tell me I was born there, but, I really don't remember.)


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning FitnezzJim,

If you don't remember California, you are better off...


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teaches12345 2 years ago

I am still trying to understand the reason for protecting the gators in this area. They are out of control - yet they are protected. Guess one day the government will use them to control our species.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning teaches,

This isn't about protection of animals or people. This is about expanding the power and scope of the federal government. It is time for the American people to wake up.


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Old Poolman 2 years ago from Rural Arizona

I often wonder what would happen if the last Spotted Owl or Delta Smelt died of old age. Would the world as we know it come to an end?


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning Mike,

The world is definitely coming to an end for the ranchers and farmers. The federal government is engaged in a land grab and they will do it any way they can. See you at the Inn.


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Old Poolman 2 years ago from Rural Arizona

Patti, it seems "insanity" rules these days. What the heck are our elected representatives doing to fight this destruction of our country? Oh, I forgot they are getting prepared for their month off.

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