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Chiquita is at the Table

Good Morning, Breakfastpoppers. Today is Monday, February 29, 2016. Our noisy friend, Chiquita Cicada, is at the breakfast table this morning. Chiquita is worn out. She has been following the "debates" on both sides of the aisle only to discover that they are not debates at all. Shouting fests is a better name for what she has witnessed. Nothing of substance emerges from any of the candidates, and it is time for the circus to leave town. Please join Chiquita for a breakfast of banana nut bread and Irish coffee. Chiquita's vet has advised her to vent her feelings to a group of sympathetic friends. She has chosen all of us to help her release her tensions, so please join us as soon as you can.

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In Center Ring

Thank you all for joining me this morning. The circus is in town, but I'm not having any fun. The "elephants" are parading around the ring making a whole lot of noise but saying absolutely nothing. Their message is clear, however it is said. They are going to make America great again, but please don't ask for the details of this monumental undertaking. Now is not the time for facts and plans. Now is the season of ridiculous insults. Who cares that our economy is still faltering. Americans need not be concerned about unemployment, fleeing companies and thirteen of our biggest retailers closing down stores. We need to focus on Trump's fake tan and Rubio's sweaty face. Never mind that our borders are still porous and our Vets are still suffering. It is far more important to talk about a candidate's big ears or small hands. If this was an actual circus, I might be enjoying myself. This, however, is the real deal. if this pathetic display of idiocy among all the candidates, both Democrats and Republicans, is the best we have to offer, we will never make America great again. Kasich hasn't really sunk to this level, but in this reality show world he just hasn't caught on. Carson can't even get into the circus, so he is begging for insults so that he can say something! The Democrats are a part of the Big Tent, as well. Sanders is trying so hard to make Socialism sound attractive that I am beginning to almost feel sorry for him. He's going down despite how inviting he makes Venezuela look. As for Queen Hillary, all we have to know is that she is now completely in love with Obama and will continue the great job he has been doing for almost two terms! Does anyone have any popcorn?

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I Love a Debate

It would be amazing if these "debates" were actual debates. It would be valuable to see the candidates engage in a real discussion, about real problems while offering real solutions. It would be valuable, but thus far it hasn't happened. If this were a Junior High debate, the kids would be yanked off the stage and sent to the principal's office. Little Donald would be reprimanded for calling Little Marco, Sweaty. Little Marco would be punished for calling Donald Orange. The "voters" in the audience would walk away from the fiasco without a single coherent fact about any of the candidates. In the political arena in the adult world, the candidates act like children and the voters laugh, boo and snort, as one by one those vying for the highest office in the land act like buffoons. The audience is not much better. Does anyone have any popcorn?

Grow Up!

It is time to demand more of those seeking political office. I have had enough of all this childish name-calling. I have had enough of the liars. I have had enough of the slogans and meaningless babble. We have serious problems in this country. Under the failed leadership of Obama we have solved nothing and created many new problems. One word answers and nasty rhetoric doesn't cut it with me. I want a leader, not a politician. I want a serious person with integrity and brains. If you want that too, something is going to have to change. This election process is a joke, a very dangerous joke. Caucuses that were fine years ago when towns had twenty people voting are no longer acceptable. I have no idea what a Super Delegate is, but they have to go away, as well. I want my vote to count. I do not want it swept away by archaic practices that allow someone to win the election, but lose the popular vote. Does anyone have any popcorn?

Chiquita's Song

I'm Chiquita Cicada

And I'm here to say

I wish the politicians

Would just go away......

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Old Poolman 7 months ago from Rural Arizona

Ahhh Patti, no matter what the Show Must Go On. I can't even watch these so called debates any longer. I just wait for the morning news to show the highlights where they also take the time to explain it to me. I'm not sure why they feel they need to explain what was said when I just saw it being said on the TV screen. I speak relatively good English and understood it perfectly right from the mouth of the person who was talking, screaming, or licking his wounds.

It is a shame they waste our time on things like this with no knowledge being imparted as to exactly how they are going to fix our major problems. Could this be nothing but a diversion to draw our attention away from major unresolved issues they have no idea how to fix?

I would much rather just see them go out in the street and fight it out. The last man standing would win the debate.


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Alternative Prime 7 months ago from > California

A Stark CONTRAST Defines the Democratic Debates vs the Republican Debates ~ When we watch Hillary & Bernie Debate and Speak at Rallys, at least we get a chance as voters to Examine & Understand important issues in which both FIGHT for such as Minimum Wage Increases for Hard Working Americans, Universal Health-Care for all Americans, Equal Pay for Women, PROTECTION of Social Security & Medicare for our Seniors, Gay RIGHTs, A Sensible Path toward Citizenship for Un-Docummented Immigrants etc ~ Issues which actually "ENHANCE our Lives" ~ When the Republicans get together on a stage it's nothing less than an "Embarrassing Destructive RACE to the Bottom Spectacle" as they each try to come up with the BEST Plan to Deport as many individuals as possible, Start as Many NEW WARs as Humanly Possible, Alienate as many Minorities as possible, TAKE Away as many "Life Enhancers" as possible, and essentially Destroy Civilized America as we now know it ~ The differences between the two sides have NEVER been so Profound ~


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breakfastpop 7 months ago Author

Good Morning, Mike,

It is all a wate of time and I am fed up. I just have to decide what I will write about when I wipe the political stage off my radar! See you at the Inn.


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Old Poolman 7 months ago from Rural Arizona

Alternative Prime - Do you suppose the moderators who cherry pick questions for Hillary could have anything to do with this?


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breakfastpop 7 months ago Author

Good Morning Alternative Prime,

Actually, when I watch the Dems I know that we will be in deep, deep trouble if either of these Socialists wins. Our country is floundering and Obama's policies have damaged us even further. The Dems are promising Americans the moon, but will deliver a Depression instead.


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Tom Whitworth 7 months ago from Moundsville, WV

Pop and Chiquita,

I totally agree with your disgust. What a revolting development this is.


taxlarry 7 months ago

The system stnks and the candidates stink. (I think you need to add a stink bug to your staff). Trump has said things that many people were thinking, but the way he says things is very un presidential. So, the others sink to his level. They need to change otherwise Hillary will win, and if that happens, kiss the country good -bye.


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billybuc 7 months ago from Olympia, WA

I would imagine right about now the Republican National Committee is ripping its collective hair out. I've watched every one of these train wrecks and I, too, am waiting for a debate. Oh, for the good old days!


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breakfastpop 7 months ago Author

Good Morning, Tom,

Yes indeed it is. See you at the Inn.


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breakfastpop 7 months ago Author

Good Morning taxlarry,

A stink bug is a brilliant idea! If Trump wins, lots of people are going to Canada. If Hillary wins, lots of people are leaving too! Our borders will be porous going the other way! See you at the Inn.


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breakfastpop 7 months ago Author

Good Morning billy,

You and I are going to have a long, long wait! See you at the Inn.


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Old Poolman 7 months ago from Rural Arizona

Actually I am looking forward to Hillary or Bernie winning.

We will all have completely free health care. That is if any doctors, hospitals, and medical professionals are willing to work for free.

Nobody will have to work unless they want to. And if they do go to work they will make $15 per hour or more as a trainee in an unskilled job. Just imagine how much they will make when they learn some actual skills they can bring to the workplace.

With free education many will choose to become professional students acquiring degree after degree with no need to actually go to work and put these degrees to work.

It looks like it will be a very easy country for us to live in. Now who will pay for all this? We will just print more money and all live happily ever after without a care in the world.

See, there is a positive side to this race for our next President.


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jackclee lm 7 months ago from Yorktown NY

I agree with you. The debate format needs to change drastically. The moderators for the most part are a distraction. The better way is for the candidates to sit down and discuss issues and let a "non-personality" pose the questions that we the people are concerned about. Each candidate should be given ample time to explain details of their policy not 1 minute sound bites or give reference to their web site. More should be focused on what each have done and accomplished so far, not what they say about each other...


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bradmasterOCcal 7 months ago from Orange County California

POP

Your friends have nailed another one.

Probably one of the reasons they have been around for millions of years.

Remember the TV show, "Welcome Back Kotter", well the debates are starting to look like that show, rather than a serious political debate. I l believe that the Kotter show displayed examples of what were called Ranking. Demeaning statements to put down other people. Once started the barrage of ranks would continue until one party ran dry.

Today, as yesterday, the debates have never really been the forum for the nation to hear the political positions of the presidential candidates. The debates have more Red Herrings, than the biblical story of the fish and bread.

Years ago, a commercial cried, "Where is the Beef", and today it could be applied in concept to the debates. The debates in that question would be ALL BUN, and no BEEF.

It should be the people that decide who is their best choice to lead the country, and not the beefless debates, or the constant polls. If people need the debates and the polls to make their decision then 2016 won't stop the decline of the country.

Doing the same things over and over again, and expecting a change for the better is Insanity. Actually, it could also be called Ignorance, Unintelligent, and many other words that have the same meaning.

History has shown us that the results of the elections based on no change takes the country down another notch.

See you at the Inn, bring more donuts, please.


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savvydating 7 months ago

In all fairness, the shouting match has a lot to do with Trump. The other candidates have to bring up his shortcomings, lack of integrity, shady deals and what-not---so that people will hopefully be less likely to vote for the self-proclaimed billionaire.

That being said, you are correct in saying Kasich has maintained a positive campaign, but what good is it doing him? Personally, I don't worry about the mud-slinging as much as I do having everyone turn a blind eye to Trump, who is basically Hillary with a weird haircut.

Believe it or not, the mudslinging was 10 times worse back in the days of our early history. In any event, we have to study the records, past and present, if we are going to figure out who to vote for. It's still important....now more than ever.


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breakfastpop 7 months ago Author

Dear Mike,

Fairy tales can come true

It can happen to you

If you believe in magic, better known as socialism!

See you later at the Inn, where nothing is free!


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breakfastpop 7 months ago Author

Dear jackleg,

Now that is an excellent and common sense idea. Oh wait, nobody appreciates things that make sense. See you at the Inn.


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breakfastpop 7 months ago Author

Dear brad,

Without a major miracle, our future looks muddled and misguided. Regardless, if either Trump or Clinton wins, Nova Scotia will be gaining new citizens. The good news is that it will mean more room for us. See you at the Inn. The donuts are on the way.


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breakfastpop 7 months ago Author

Dear savvydatuing,

The truth is that very few voters will examine anything. I suppose we get the president we deserve. See you at the Inn.


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WillStarr 7 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona

After 8 years of hearing our country run down by a president (just like Jimmy Carter did) it's refreshing to hear a candidate saying that we have a great country (just like Ronald Reagan did). That explains Donald Trump's popularity.

On the other hand, we have a woman whose main claim to fame is her marriage to Bill Clinton. She was a failed senator, and a failed Secretary of State, who also managed through her ineptness to get four Americans killed, including an Ambassador. The, as was her habit, she lied about what happened to America while telling her own family an entirely different story.

She's popular because progressives don't care if she's morally bankrupt as long as she can deliver progressive goals.


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breakfastpop 7 months ago Author

Good Morning Will,

The fact that Clinton has been anointed Queen from day one despite her legal issue speaks volumes about her supporters. I find it all maddening. See you at the Inn, where common sense still reigns supreme.


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Old Poolman 7 months ago from Rural Arizona

But now that we are approaching Super Tuesday they are throwing insults about hand size, orange skin, and being short.

Don't know about you but to me this is not very Presidential behavior. It reminds me of my days in kindergarten and the first grade. I know it is just politics but really, is this they type mentality we need from a potential POTUS? I would fell better if they would just go outside and duke it out.


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tsadjatko 7 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

I like the way this guy explains this year's election, don't you? https://www.youtube.com/embed/3RW4R3N8Ju8?feature=...


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breakfastpop 7 months ago Author

Good Morning Mike,

I would feel better if they took some growth hormones and became adults in a hurry. If they keep up this idiotic behavior, they might as well help move Bill and Hillary into the WH. I am going to the Inn around noon. I'll save you a seat.


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Old Poolman 7 months ago from Rural Arizona

TSAD - That is a video everyone should see. It pretty well sums up exactly what I am thinking.


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breakfastpop 7 months ago Author

Dear sad,

Thanks for the video. I think it should be broadcast throughout our country. See you at the Inn. Let's watch it again!


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tsadjatko 7 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

Them thar's my feelin's 'xactly Mike & BP. Y'all welcome!

Send that thar picture movie t'all dem rednecks ya knows, den Y'all come back now, ya hear!


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breakfastpop 7 months ago Author

Al righty!


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maven101 7 months ago from Northern Arizona

Good morning, Pop...

I feel Chiquita's disgust...Getting candidates to explain their positions on the economy, on foreign and domestic policy, is like herding cats...Equivocation becomes the norm as polls dominate the national conversation...The polls have two ultimate purposes: To discourage those that vote against the herd...To encourage candidates to accept the will of the herd...

There are no absolutes in the world of politics, other than the absolute certainty that we will get exactly the form of government that we deserve...It is a tyranny of the weak-minded...Common sense and critical thinking, which are one and the same, died under the banner of moral and cultural relativity...

See you at the Inn, Pop...One of the last gathering places for honest debate and the preservation of an America our grandchildren, unfortunately, will never know...


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Old Poolman 7 months ago from Rural Arizona

When I look at all the candidates I have to picture them sitting across a negotiating table from Putin. With that picture in my head the only one I keep seeing is Trump. Sanders would just hand him the keys to our Country. Rubio would tell him his horse is ugly. Who knows what the rest of them would do?


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breakfastpop 7 months ago Author

Good Morning maven,

When you mention our grandchildren, I feel such sadness. Mine are so bright and eager, and I dread the thought of their free spirits being crushed under a government they don't deserve. See you at the Inn. Let's bolt the door behind so to make sure the lunatics don't break in.


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breakfastpop 7 months ago Author

Dear Mike,

You forgot Clinton. She would ask him to give money to her foundation in exchange for her doing special favors for his country.


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tsadjatko 7 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

Well Mike, Cruz would say to Putin, "If the rest of the so called conservatives in my party united behind me, the only real conservative, instead of dividing the vote, I'd be saying more than telling you right now President Trump asked me to tell you he is on his way to talk with you but he had to stop to smack talk one of your Russian lady reporters."


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Old Poolman 7 months ago from Rural Arizona

Patti - I didn't forget Clinton, I just assumed they already had that conversation when she was Secretary of State.

Tsad - Darn good answer buddy.


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tsadjatko 7 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

BP didn't Clinton already do that? Too bad she didn't have a backup before when as SOS she set the reset button with Russia. Or should that abbreviation be SS? Guess we'll find out if she is elected.


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fpherj48 7 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Chiquita~~ Hopefully you wear your Banana Headdress when you attend the debates. We never know when the Baboons will get hungry. If we're really lucky, maybe they'll slip on the peels as they exit the stage & hit their heads. Think it will knock some sense & decency into them? Nah, me either.

Pop, I'm beginning to believe what's really most important in a candidate is a maturity level somewhat above Toddler. I'm obviously expecting the impossible. So, I suggest we revert back to when we raised kids......if they can't get along, we separate them. No more play dates on the stage together. And we can't forget the bar of soap for their nasty little mouths. How many times must we ask them to PLAY NICE?

Presently I see no ray of hope. It can only get worse. The Inn has rooms, right? It may be fun when we all live together. Can't wait until your next News Letter. You are our only sanctuary for sanity.

(Will, if Hillary's only claim to fame is being married to Bill, her only option is suicide.)


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breakfastpop 7 months ago Author

Dear tsad,

Elected??? I want her to go directly to jail! I'm at the Inn. Come on over.


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breakfastpop 7 months ago Author

Dear fp,

When you comment, I smile or laugh or applaud. Yes, the Inn has rooms. I do believe we would have a blast if we all lived together. See you soon, I hope, at the Inn.

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