The Job of Homeland Security

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Chiquita is at the Table

Good Morning, Breakfastpoppers. Today is Wednesday, March 4, 2015. Our noisy friend, Chiquita Cicada, is here with me at the breakfast table. Chiquita heard Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, describe the responsibilities of Homeland Security, and now she has a splitting headache. Please join us for breakfast this morning. Chiquita is preparing ham and cheese omelettes. I am mixing up a batch of Bloody Marys. We look forward to the pleasure of your company. Please bring some aspirins for Chiquita.

A Job Description

Thank you all for joining Chiquita and me this morning. Homeland Security Secretary, Jeh Johnson, believes that part of his role as Secretary is to "give voice to the plight of Muslims." He is talking about Muslims living in this country and he is terribly concerned about the discrimination they face. Frankly, I am confused. I thought the job of Homeland Security was to keep Americans safe from Islamic terrorists who are growing into a formidable army of assassins. It never occurred to me that Muslims living in America were in need of special protection. Tell me, please, who is threatening them? If Muslims living in America are experiencing problems, that is the responsibility of law enforcement. Homeland Security should be worried about who is walking into our country through borders that President Obama is determined to leave porous. Secretary Johnson believes it is his job to promote Islam as a religion of peace and brotherhood. I don't know who wrote his job description, but it is flat out wrong. That is not his job! If Secretary Johnson feels that promoting Islam is his responsibility, it is time for him to go, and it can't be soon enough. Just say good-bye. .

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This is America

Perhaps Secretary Johnson and President Obama need to be reminded that this is America. We are not a Muslim country, and I pray we never become one. I am not sure how this administration feels about that, but I will take a stab in the dark and say Americans want to remain American. I will also venture a guess that Americans are more concerned about the plight of all Americans during these hideous and trying times. If Muslims are uncomfortable with the fact that Islamic radical extremists are trying to kill Americans, they have to make their concerns known and raise their collective voices in protest. Unless I am completely out of the loop, I have not heard of cases of Americans attacking American Muslims. Homeland Security had better focus on the real problems and forget about the phony issues that really are none of their concern. If Secretary Johnson wants to promote Islam, perhaps he should go to Imam school.

The Mission

Homeland Security is charged with preventing terrorism and enhancing security. They are supposed to manage our borders. Thanks to President Obama they have managed to keep our borders open to anyone who wants to come in, terrorists included. They are supposed to enforce and administer our immigration laws. I would be laughing now, if this wasn't so serious. They are further charged with safeguarding and securing cyberspace. Thus far, it seems to me that the terrorists are having a grand old time using the internet to their advantage, without interference. Lastly, Homeland Security is supposed to ensure resilience to disaster. I pray we never have to test them on this score, because my gut tells me they are not up to the job. Nowhere did I read that Homeland Security was charged with promoting Islam as a peaceful religion. Nowhere did I see that Homeland Security is charged with giving a voice to the plight of Muslims. This administration and all those they appoint have it all wrong. It is time for Americans to tell the fools in Congress that we have had it with them and the fools in the administration. I do not want to pay the salaries of the Jeh Johnsons in this nation.. Do You?

Chiquita's Song

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

I wish this Secretary would just go away!


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Tom Whitworth profile image

Tom Whitworth 21 months ago from Moundsville, WV

Pop and Chiquita,

Sounds like Secretary Johnson has taken Imam Obama's advice to heart.


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breakfastpop 21 months ago Author

Good Morning Tom,

Completely! See you at the Inn. Pack a bag just in case we decide we have to move on.


Old Poolman profile image

Old Poolman 21 months ago from Rural Arizona

Not much different than how Eric Holder viewed his role as the head of the Justice department. He completely revised the role of that department and became involved in issues that they had no business even being there.

Likewise, he chose to not be involved in matters that clearly fell under his area of responsibility.

I think all of these government officials need to review their job descriptions and stay focused on what they are supposed to be doing.

But thanks to Obama we now have a large number of Muslim's in government positions of influence. My guess is the job descriptions are being rewritten on a daily basis.


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billybuc 21 months ago from Olympia, WA

On this we agree. If Homeland Security is not there to keep us safe, then they should be disbanded as an organization. I have fears they will overstep their authority and take freedoms from all citizens, but I have greater fears that they will not protect us, so I'm with you all the way.


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breakfastpop 21 months ago Author

Dear Mike,

Obama, Holder, Johnson and so many others are all Sharpton in better fitting suits. They came here to change America and so far they have been given a green light. Obama weighs in on local issues as do the other two. They should have remained in Chicago in a store front causing trouble. At least it would be on a more local level.


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breakfastpop 21 months ago Author

Good Morning billy,

We can now understand why their efforts are so lame and disjointed. Somewhere along the way, the job description changed. We really don't have any security at all. See you at the Inn.


taxlarry 21 months ago

I have never seen such an awful and anti-American administration as this one. And Jonathan Gruber is right. Americans are stupid! Unfortunately, there are more stupid ones than not. That is why us non-stupid ones suffer. How we suffer!


DJ Anderson 21 months ago

You nail it every time, Pop!!

You are stating facts, not opinions.

Common sense has taken leave in Washington, DC.

You might do well to send some of your insightful hubs to

a political figure who is not blind and deaf.

Good luck finding one. Most have been brainwashed and

can no longer understand the basics necessary to protect

out country.

Yes, I would love a ham and cheese omelet.

I'll skip the Bloody Mary and go for a cup of coffee.

Thanks, POP. You are doing good work here and I appreciate

your words of truth.

DJ.


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breakfastpop 21 months ago Author

Good Morning taxlarry,

The problems that Tevya and his family faced in Fiddler On the Roof are coming home to roost again. When Iran says they want to destroy Israel, they mean it. For this clueless President to call Netanyahu's message "theater" is hideous and unforgivable. See you at the Inn.


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breakfastpop 21 months ago Author

Good Morning DJ,

Thanks once again for your support. Honestly, anyone who came away from the Prime Minister's speech and thought it was "theater" is either an anti-semite or a hater of freedom. For me there is no in between. Only a fool would ignore Bebe's message or claim he didn't have one. He couldn't have made it clearer. See you at the Inn.


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Gawth 21 months ago from Millboro, Virginia

The legendary Jeremiah Johnson (Robert Redford) was a mountain man with a good horse under him and possessing a .30 cal Hawken muzzle loader, unafraid to face wolves, wildcats or savages.

His namesake Jeh Johnson will be remembered as a man who catered to savages and hid the ammunition.


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breakfastpop 21 months ago Author

Dear Gawth,

You are amazing!!! You can say in a few words, what most can't say in a manuscript! See you at the Inn.


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bradmasterOCcal 21 months ago from Orange County California

Pop

Here is what the WSJ said about Homeland Security

There appears to be not goal for protecting the name of Islam.

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The terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, prompted federal officials to examine how such an attack was allowed to occur. The post-9/11 debate eventually turned to how the federal government could prevent future attacks by terrorists. Exactly one month after the attacks, Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CT) and Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) introduced legislation to create a Department of Homeland Security. The Bush administration rejected the idea, but Democratic members of the Senate continued to press it. Finally, in June 2002, more than seven months after the initial proposal, President Bush reversed his stand. The Homeland Security Act called for pulling together various federal agencies and offices into the newly established Department of Homeland Security (DHS), led by the first Secretary of Homeland Security, Tom Ridge, former Republican governor of Pennsylvania.

In creating DHS, some agencies maintained their name and missions, while others ceased to exist and their duties were distributed among new DHS units. For example, the US Customs Service, formerly part of the Treasury Department, was split into the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Likewise, the Immigration and Naturalization Service, a Justice Department office, was divided into CBP and ICE, along with the US Citizenship and Immigration Service. Altogether, the missions of 22 federal offices were either shifted or folded into DHS.

Having been created in the shadow of 9/11, DHS was born with an anti-terrorism focus, with much attention given to the formulation of a new National Threat Advisory system. This system used color-coded levels to express the state of threats to the country, from “green” (low threat) to “red” (severe). The responsibilities of many DHS offices were to prepare for future terrorist attacks in order to minimize the impact of such assaults. This was especially true of one DHS office, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which had historically been charged with responding to natural disasters. Although FEMA was, on paper, still responsible for helping communities respond to and recover from earthquakes and hurricanes, the agency proved thoroughly incapable, as was DHS’ top leadership, of coordinating federal support for New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina struck in August 2005.

When the hurricane slammed into the Gulf Coast, it caused catastrophic damage to the city of New Orleans. The levies surrounding the city were breached, and 80% of the city was flooded. Almost 1,500 people died and thousands of others were left stranded with no help for days following the storm. Media reports repeatedly showed residents stranded on rooftops while looting and mayhem occurred in areas throughout the city, including the Superdome where thousands of refugees had sought shelter from the hurricane.

The Bush administration and FEMA were heavily criticized for the slow response by the federal government, including the president’s early praise of Michael Brown for his leadership in handling the crisis. A short time later, Brown was forced to resign. The bungling of the crisis proved to be one of the largest political failures of the Bush administration. DHS’ second secretary, Michael Chertoff, who succeeded Tom Ridge only a few months before Hurricane Katrina, had to oversee FEMA operations after Brown stepped down. Numerous investigations were launched to determine why FEMA had performed so poorly. Congress adopted legislation, the Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act, which reorganized FEMA in order to make the agency more capable of handling future disasters, either natural or man-made.

A Successful Start for the Department of Homeland Security Requires Management Flexibility (by George Nesterczuk, Heritage Foundation)

Can Homeland Security Plan Make Us Safe? (by Micahel E. O’Hanlon and Peter R. Orszag, Los Angeles Times)

CRS report on FEMA (PDF)

How Reliable Is Brown's Resume? (by Daren Fonda and Rita Healy, Time)

FEMA regroups after Katrina, but some question its readiness

(by Robert Block, Wall Street Journal)


Gawth profile image

Gawth 21 months ago from Millboro, Virginia

DHS is an example of too big to succeed. It is also an example of what can happen when government think tanks are allowed to create their own future. FEMA was a pretty efficient organization and enjoyed cabinet level recognition until someone at the top decided we can bundle all these agencies and make them better. The long term "dream" became reality in the Bush years but even long before 9-11 FEMA employees were being cross-trained in terrorism response. The main thing the creation of BIG DHS accomplished was making it susceptible to political manipulation. Something Obama has masterfully done at a cost of unnecessary billions.


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pstraubie48 21 months ago from sunny Florida

Things keep getting 'curiouser and curiouser" and more and more frustrating. This article has nailed it!!!

Angels are on the way to you this afternoon ps


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lambservant 21 months ago from Pacific Northwest

What you say is just common sense. My youngest son always says "Common sense isn't so common."


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breakfastpop 21 months ago Author

Dear bradmaster

Obama and those he appoints are ready and willing to change the goals originally set forth for various arms of the government. This is a make it up as you go administration. There is no regard for the citizens or the letter or intent of the law. I just can't understand how this lawlessness is allowed to go on. See you at the Inn.


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breakfastpop 21 months ago Author

Dear Gawth,

All this manipulation and bundling has only served to cloud the purpose of each individual agency. The end result is a fumbled attempt to control situations that require much more talent than currently available. Big government serves only big government and the people be damned.


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breakfastpop 21 months ago Author

Dear pstraubie,

Our system of government isn't working, so more garbage is on the way. I can't accept the attitude of the President or the fools that follow him. It is not a matter of differing opinions any longer. It is common sense and decency versus stupidity. See you at the Inn.


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breakfastpop 21 months ago Author

Dear lambservant,

Your youngest son is brilliant! See you at the Inn.


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sgbrown 21 months ago from Southern Oklahoma

These are really some scary times right now! Our country is going to hell quickly and I just hope that it is not already too late! Common sense and decency has disappeared completely!


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fpherj48 21 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Homeland Security has official Job descriptions? Somebody should tell them ASAP! Hmmm I don't suppose Mr.Johnson was hand-picked by any chance...like all the other Muslim sympathizers that have been slid into positions where they DO NOT belong??

I'm so damned sick & frustrated & frightened.....It is ALL far too much for us to even try to look for hope.

I have the utmost respect & admiration for Mr. Netanyahu. What he did and said....as a leader & a gentleman should SHAME BO & his thugs.

they are an embarrassment to us.


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FitnezzJim 21 months ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

Have you noticed that government leadership positions are no longer about who knows the job and can do it? Instead they seem to be about who will leverage the power of the position to the teams best advantage.

We were warned. Either give in to the power of persuasion, or fall to the persuasion of power.


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breakfastpop 21 months ago Author

Good Morning sgbrown,

I fear that it is probably too late. There are way too many morons out there who don't understand where we are headed. Obama is going full speed ahead to bring us down. Now it's a nuclear Iran!!!!! See you at the Inn.


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breakfastpop 21 months ago Author

Good Morning fp,

Netanyahu spoke the truth, something this administration has never done and will never do. Who in their right mind would want a nuclear Iran? Obama is a complete fool who knows just what he is doing. He is bringing America down. His father and mentors must be so proud of him. See you at the Inn. Maybe we should move in and bolt the doors.


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breakfastpop 21 months ago Author

Good Morning FitnezzJim,

Obama stacked the deck with like minded lunatics who do as they are told. We probably have more members of the Muslim Brotherhood in Washington than in the Middle East. See you at the Inn.


Pino Krisio 21 months ago

POP:

DHS has to have something to do since they cannot protect our borders, so what's better than to try to make our muslims comfortable in their neighborhoods? Obama has a little over a year and a half left, and if we make it through without another attack, it will be a miracle. I'm now off to the only safe place in the country. The INN....Save me a seat.....


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breakfastpop 21 months ago Author

Good Morning Pino,

It seems that every agency under Obama's watch rewrites their responsibilities, flaunts the law and lies to the American people. We ought to shut down the government until Obama's reign of terror is over. I'll meet you at the Inn. I am packing a bag, just in case staying there seems like a good idea.


Pino Krisio 21 months ago

POP:

Staying at the Inn with my friends is the only safe place to be......


breakfastpop profile image

breakfastpop 21 months ago Author

Dear Pino,

Then pack a bag!!!!


WillStarr profile image

WillStarr 21 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona

I'm not sure why we're shocked by this.

Remember NASA? The guys who put us on the moon several times? The ones I used to work for? Do you remember what Obama told this historic space agency that their new assignment was?

To reach out to Muslims!

Really!

I can't read his mind, but it's obvious that Obama is sympathetic to Islam (the religion of his Kenyan ancestors), and refuses to acknowledge the role of Islam in the current worldwide terrorism.

It borders on treason.


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breakfastpop 21 months ago Author

Good Morning Will,

I have always believed that Obama is a Muslim. His sympathies surely reside with them. I have never been more disgusted with any administration or Congress than this one. Obama dismantles all we believe in and Congress sits by. We have no voice, no representation and no protection. I'll be at the Inn thinking about this mess we are in.


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Old Poolman 21 months ago from Rural Arizona

Good Morning Patti,

I completely agree with you. Anyone who has not figured out that our President is a hardcore Muslim must be living in a cave.

The scary part is there is nothing we can do but wait it out and see even more damage inflicted on our once great country.

I see no help coming from Congress on this situation, they will put on a show but do nothing.


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breakfastpop 21 months ago Author

Good Morning Mike,

The fact that we have so many members of Congress who will back this rogue President under any and all circumstances speaks volumes about how far America has veered away from its core values. The Mayor of New York is mimicking Obama and now New York City is falling apart. Crime is up, education is down and everything that Guiliani did is almost wiped away. The schools will now close for Muslim holidays. I never thought I would see that happen, especially now. See you at the Inn.


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krillco 21 months ago from Hollidaysburg, PA

Hey, hey, now...treason is the job of the GOP! Logan Act of 1799...


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Old Poolman 21 months ago from Rural Arizona

The first step was to dumb-down America and that has been accomplished.


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breakfastpop 21 months ago Author

Dear krillco,

I just can't understand how it is possible to justify any of this.

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