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Harlotte Spins Out of Control

Good Morning, Brekfastpoppers. Today is Thursday, September 17, 2015. Our creative friend, Spider Harlotte, is here with me at the breakfast table. Her original intent was to discuss the debates, but something more pressing has come up that needs our immediate attention. Please join us for breakfast this morning. Given the disturbing nature of Harlotte's concerns, today we will be having dry toast and tea. Once you hear what President Obama has done, you won't have much of an appetite. We hope to see you soon.

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Under the Microscope

Thank you all for joining me this morning. I have terrible news to share with you. President Obama has issued a new executive order which effectively authorizes the federal government to conduct behavioral experiments on United States citizens. The experiments are designed to help advance government initiatives. Government has grown so out of control under this administration that I shudder to think about the far reaching consequences of its long reaching intrusive arm. The president's executive order states that there is a growing body of evidence from the fields of psychology and behavioral economics that demonstrate that it is possible to serve the pubic better if big brother government understands how you and I make decisions. If you are into the actual name of the study, here goes: "Strengthening Federal Capacity for Behavioral Insights." In other words, the federal government, courtesy of Obama and his pals, are trying to tighten their stranglehold on all of us.


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Bad Friends in High Places

Does the name Cass Sunstein ring a bell? Sunstein is a behavioral scientist who co-authored a book with University of Chicago economist Richard Thaler, called "Nudge." The book took the position that government policies could be designed to "nudge" citizens toward certain behaviors and choices. Does the word "brainwashing" fit in here? Anytime the government does anything, they screw it up. Anytime the government announces a program of limited duration, it runs forever. Anytime the government inserts their ugly presence into a problem, the trouble escalates. Just witness what has happened to our country in terms of race relations. This administration has manipulated and encouraged events that have led us to a crisis of mammoth proportion. This administration has encouraged and fostered hatred of the police and has done absolutely nothing to calm things down. It really isn't a quantum leap of the imagination to think that this is exactly what President Obama and his scary friends were looking for. If you think of the nation as a giant laboratory, the experimenters, aka the government and its officials, have stirred the pot and ignited violent behavior that is shaking our world. Although Obama's initiative seems new, the idea has been around since 2013. Now that this administration has made the policy "official", expect manipulation, deception and creepiness on a scale that is impossible to fathom.

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Spinning Out of Control

Agencies are being encouraged to employ the methods and techniques of behavioral science when developing strategies. In other words, the book "Nudge" has taken center stage. Federal agencies are directed to push us in the direction the government wants when it comes to policy making. We are little hamsters running around a wheel. I almost chuckled when I learned that the government wants to play around with labeling certain expenditures. If these expenditures are called benefits we, the fools, will feel more kindly toward their implementation. Cass Sunstein is advocating for the infiltration of covert government agents into online social networks to combat false conspiracy theories or narratives that may undermine our faith in government. From the looks of things right now, the government has a huge job on their hands. It is clear to anyone who is paying attention that Barack Obama is determined to leave office with the awful legacy of having changed us forever in ways that our Founding Fathers never intended or imagined. Our "do -nothing asleep on the job" Congress is allowing all of this to happen. The only possible way out of this is the 2016 election. One of those Republicans had better lead the way out of this mess.

Harlotte's Song

Oh, what a tangled web we weave

When first we practice to deceive.

Sir Walter Scott

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taxlarry 14 months ago

The federal government is, under this administration, not to be trusted under any circumstances. This administration started out to change this country for the worse, and it has succeeded. January 20, 2017 can't come soon enough (except if Hillary wins). We are in a mess!


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breakfastpop 14 months ago Author

Good Morning taxlarry,

Obama seems to be using every second he has left to ruin us. The next president will have an almost impossible task. See you at the Inn and let's not talk about politics.


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Old Poolman 14 months ago from Rural Arizona

Good Morning Patti and Harlotte.

This is yet another step in the plan to acheive Total Control of we citizens. This administration, and most Liberals/Progressives ,will never be satisfied until they have total control over all citizens. To acheive this goal they first have to divide all of us into separate groups and spread hatred between the groups.

The old saying "United We Stand, Divided We Fall" pretty well sums up the mission of our current administration. They know they will never be able to acheive their goal if most citizens are standing together on the issues and what they want from government.

The efforts to divide us by "Income" class wasn't working, so they had to eliminate jobs and job opportunities to shift more citizens into lower income classes.

Racial tensions were far too low in their eyes, so they went out of their way to get involved in local issues and stir the pot of racial divide.

They used the farce called Obamacare to fool many citizens into believing they now had affordable healthcare. But now we are all seeing it is far from affordable for most of us.

It appears the Supreme Court has lost their way and have become Law Makers rather than just interpreting how laws should apply and if they fit in our Constitution.

We can only hope we can survive the remaining months this administration will occupy the White House.


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breakfastpop 14 months ago Author

Good Morning, Mike,

You summed things up perfectly when you wisely said United We Stand, Divided We Fall. This has to be the catch phrase that this administration uses as fuel to keep going in the dismantling of our nation. Obama still has plenty of time to polish us off and I am quite sure he will succeed. We are very close to a civil war in this country. See you at the Inn and we can talk about the old days.


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Old Poolman 14 months ago from Rural Arizona

Most everything this administration has done was carefully planned and orchestrated. Each little step they took seemed fairly harmless by itself, but add them all together and it has worked well.

If you have a chance google Cloward/Pliven and read it. It is almost as if this is the exact plan this administration has followed to destroy our country.

If we get the right person in office in the next election we still may be able to save our country, but it will take years to dig our way out of the hole we are in.

If we get the wrong person in office in the next election this country as we knew her is dead and gone forever.


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Old Poolman 14 months ago from Rural Arizona

Most everything this administration has done was carefully planned and orchestrated. Each little step they took seemed fairly harmless by itself, but add them all together and it has worked well.

If you have a chance google Cloward/Pliven and read it. It is almost as if this is the exact plan this administration has followed to destroy our country.

If we get the right person in office in the next election we still may be able to save our country, but it will take years to dig our way out of the hole we are in.

If we get the wrong person in office in the next election this country as we knew her is dead and gone forever.


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Tom Whitworth 14 months ago from Moundsville, WV

Pop and Harlot,

Obama's plan for 2017 isn't clear yet. Could the unconstitutional president plan an extended term by executive decree?


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billybuc 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

And this surprises anyone? It doesn't me. I have zero trust in the federal government and haven't had any for a couple decades now. We are giving up our freedoms daily and we are giving up our control daily. Now, who should we be mad at? That's the question. The politicians who are just doing what politicians do, or the citizenry who sit by numbly, don't say a word, eat their pizza and watch Honey Boo Boo?

Love your passion!


Hxprof 14 months ago from Clearwater, Florida

"Barack Obama is determined to leave office with the awful legacy of having changed us forever in ways that our Founding Fathers never intended or imagined"; yes, it's America remade, compliments of Hopey Changey.


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fpherj48 14 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

pop.....All these months, through so many hubs, I've always had a comment to contribute that I felt useful (or at least clever).

I should apologize because at the moment, I am stumped....numbed.....shocked. Can't come up with a single word. I do have this need to ask you to please tell me this particular hub is a joke.

He's never going to be happy enough in the destruction he's caused, is he pop? No matter that he is coming to end of his time at the helm, from whence he has steered us into more disaster than the Titanic....he pushes his way forward to continue the destruction.

A POTUS whose legacy shall NO DOUBT be: "From beginning to end, he never tired in his evil need for evil deeds, designed to blow up an entire Country without a bomb."

I'll be home crossing off days on the calendar. Wish I could cheat and jump ahead..........Only God can save us now.


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savvydating 14 months ago

I read a bit about “Nudge” and Obama’s new executive plan this morning. Needless to say, I was disgusted. It brings to mind George Orwells, “1984.”

Also, good point about race relations, Dear Harlotte. This president has taken race relations back a good 20 years, if not more. But then, Obama was heavily influenced by his longtime pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright who regularly spews hate speech against Whites, Jews, and the United States….and who is also a good friend and staunch supporter of Louis Farrakham, the radical leader of the Nation of Islam.

If we don’t get a grounded, strong Republican leader in the White House in 2016, we are all up the creek for sure.


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Old Poolman 14 months ago from Rural Arizona

Some of those standing on that stage last night promised us they would do something about many of the problems we see today. Yet few of them put forth much effort after they were reelected. Now some of them want to be our next President. I will be checking on what they promised to do as opposed to what they did before I cast my vote.


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WillStarr 14 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Government was supposed to protect our freedoms and liberties, not take them away:

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.


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Jackie Lynnley 14 months ago from The Beautiful South

I truly believe all this mess he is stirring up between race which is causing so much danger to law enforcement is to eventually have martial law. What better way to run every single thing in our life?


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breakfastpop 14 months ago Author

Good Morning, Mike,

Obama has changed this nation into a place I don't recognize. The only thing transparent about him is his hatred for America. I'll be at the Inn on the early side.


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breakfastpop 14 months ago Author

Good Morning, Tom,

Of course, he would love to stay on and bury us completely. If Biden runs and wins, it will be his third term in office. I really think this nation is at the breaking point. See you at the Inn.


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breakfastpop 14 months ago Author

Good Morning billy,

I blame everyone!


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breakfastpop 14 months ago Author

Good Morning Hxprof,

Hope Changey is a name that brings images of cuddly pandas and cupcakes to mind. His real name should be America's Satan. See you at the Inn.


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breakfastpop 14 months ago Author

Good Morning fp.

I wish I could tell you that this is a joke, but it is the truth and it is definitely chilling. I imagine he is cooking up some more executive orders as I write this. His goal is to bring us to our knees by encouraging fear, chaos and division. When he and his pals feel the iron is hot enough they will complete the takeover and takedown of America. See you at the Inn.


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breakfastpop 14 months ago Author

Good Morning savvy dating,

We judge people by the company they keep. We should have realized no good could come of an Obama presidency once we listened to Rev. Wright and all of Obama's other mentors spew their deep hatred for America. I am sure those who Obama admires are quite pleased with his systematic destruction and dismantling of our nation. See you at the Inn.


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breakfastpop 14 months ago Author

Dear Mike,

You are a rare species, "an informed voter." If only there were more of you.


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breakfastpop 14 months ago Author

Good Morning Will,

Sadly, a president was elected who believes the Constitution is an old out-dated irrelevant piece of paper. See you at the Inn.


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breakfastpop 14 months ago Author

Good Morning Jackie,

There is very strong evidence that you are correct. In order to take over, Obama and his pals need chaos and disruption. They appear to be right on schedule.


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Old Poolman 14 months ago from Rural Arizona

The last thing they want is the people of this country standing together and demanding they start doing it right. Their quest for "Power" is destroying this country.

They will do anything they can to keep us divided, and while we are fighting among ourselves we don't pay attention to what they are doing.

It sad but only those of us who read and watch the news are even aware of most of what is happening to this country. I have never encountered so many who are as uninformed as many are today.

If nothing else, Donald Trump is drawing attention to just how screwed up they really are in Washington. You can bet that many in Washington are hoping and praying he will either drop out of the race entirely, or at least dial back on telling the entire world just how bad they really are.

I especially liked his comment about his "buying" Politicians. Most of us know this really happens, but now we have some proof. Anyone who doesn't think those large campaign contributions don't come with strings attached is either stupid or a fool.

But I am off topic and ranting, but now I feel better........


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gmwilliams 14 months ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

Big Brother and Mama Nanny are here. There is a great divide in America which has been predicted by social observers Neil Howe and William Strauss. These gentlemen predicted that in the early 21st century, there is going to be a big divide along ideological lines. Well, what they stated has come to pass. While conservatives want a freer, less intrusive government, many liberals want a more intrusive government, even a nanny state. Yes, America is becoming increasingly socialistic, even communistic. It is the 1960s to the extreme.


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breakfastpop 14 months ago Author

Dear Mike,

You can never be off topic and if it makes you feel better to rant, rant on! I started this whole hun adventure so I could rant. The "truth" is a rare commodity in Washington, so it resonates with m when I hear it. As for Trump, I like the idea that he stirred the water, but I just don't see him as president. See you later at the Inn.


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breakfastpop 14 months ago Author

Dear gmwilliams,

We are definitely moving towards socialism, if not something more extreme. We all know how well that works out! See you at the Inn.


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Old Poolman 14 months ago from Rural Arizona

Patti - I don't see him as President either, but he sure stirred the pot and woke up a lot of people.

With that being said, I heard an interesting caller on a radio talk show yesterday. He talked about how in 2008 many were fed up with politics as usual, and along came Obama. He was a slick talker and told us just what we wanted to hear. Not that anything he said was true, but the idea of hope and change to a failing political system was very attractive at the time. So he got elected, not once but twice. And he did that without my vote which was upsetting.

Now here we are again with a still failing political system in worse shape than when Obama took over. Trump is also telling us what we want to hear, but so far other than the "Trump Wall", I have heard nothing about his plans for accomplishing everything he is promising.

I have no doubt he is a very tough negotiator and could deal with people like Putin with little or no problem. I would much rather had him in Iran than Kerry to make that miserable deal.

But it is early in the race and I am waiting to hear some proposed solutions to our many problems rather than political promises. The first one who can tell us how he/she will solve immigration, economy, debt, runaway entitlements, taxes, and unemployment will get my vote.

I would even vote for the one who could prioritize these issues and scratch them off the list one by one.

I would vote for any of them who could change the rules so that all members of Congress and all government employees had to use the VA System for their own health care.

I would vote for any of them who could change the rules so that members of Congress are not exempt from insider trading laws just like we are.

I would vote for any one of them who could let the Supreme Court know that they are not there to make laws and make that stick.

I could go on with this for a long time but don't want to bore everyone to tears.


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breakfastpop 14 months ago Author

Dear Mike,

Nothing boring about anything you have said. I agree with every single point and will be doing exactly what you are doing in terms of evaluating the candidates. Truthfully, I would vote for King Kong if it would keep Hillary or Bernie out of the WH.


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drbj 14 months ago from south Florida

There is no question that our leader will leave a legacy that Americans will never forget. Unfortunately, it appears to be the legacy of the most incompetent leader we have ever had in this nation.


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Old Poolman 14 months ago from Rural Arizona

But history will show him to be a great man and a wonderful President. He is very proud of Obamacare even though it has been a total failure.


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breakfastpop 14 months ago Author

Good Morning dr,

Obama is beyond incompetent when it comes to leading this country. He is, however, extremely competent if the goal, and I believe it is, is to lead us into the toilet. See you at the Inn.


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breakfastpop 14 months ago Author

Good Morning, Mike,

The only reason history will show him to be great is because it is now acceptable to re-write history. He makes me so miserable I just may stay at the Inn all day and watch football.


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Old Poolman 14 months ago from Rural Arizona

My guess is that history will only write about his accomplishments and forget about his failures.

But that won't even fill one page.


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bradmasterOCcal 14 months ago from Orange County California

BP

I don't do social media as there are too many negatives. Privacy, you have a right to remain silent and appear smart, or you can speak and let people find out who you are.

So, I just outed myself self as not being smart.

But, I don't consider hp as a Social Media like FB, Twitter, and others.

1984 is to 1948 as

2080 is to 2008

Sorry, I have one of those fold up shovels, and I can't dig fast enough here.

So I...


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breakfastpop 14 months ago Author

Dear Mike,

I can't imagine what this man has accomplished. Perhaps he has accomplished a great deal for our enemies.


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breakfastpop 14 months ago Author

Dear brad,

The media and social media are responsible, in part, for the dumbing down of America. Not participating in social media is a sign of a great intellect. See you at the Inn.

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