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Free Speech Under Siege

Updated on May 11, 2015
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Ant Antoine is at the Tabe

Good Morning, Breakfastpoppers. Today is Monday, May 11, 2015. Our industrious friend, Ant Antoine, is at the breakfast table this morning. Antoine is quite concerned about the federal government's interest in controlling the internet. The attempt is referred to as net neutrality. Tons of regulations are going to be introduced that will definitely threaten the free speech we are entitled to. Antoine has asked for the pleasure of your company this morning. He is preparing a French toast casserole. I will be preparing Irish coffees to accompany the meal. We hope to see you soon.


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The New FCC Rules

Thank you all for joining me this morning. I wanted to tell you about the Federal Communications Commission and their plan to regulate websites based on political content. New rules were passed by the FCC in February and they are expected to take effect on June 12, 2015. The FCC has reclassified internet providers as utilities. FCC member Ajit Pai is quite concerned about this move. He has been extremely vocal about his objections and because of that he and his family have been threatened and harassed. Pai predicts that the FCC will quickly begin to direct more than internet providers. He believes that content on the internet will be scrutinized and sites that espouse views different from those held by the the government will be silenced. The impact on America will be devastating. The mainstream media reports what the Obama administration wants them to report. The only way to learn the facts is by searching the internet for alternate sites that tell Americans the whole story. if the federal government assumes control of the internet and silences the free exchange of ideas, we will be living in a totalitarian state, Americans will only know what the government wants them to know. Freedom of speech will be dead. We won't be living in America anymore.

Our Freedom at Risk

It really should come as no surprise that under the Obama administration, something as awful as this might transpire. President Obama rewrote the presidency. He rules by executive fiat and although some grumbling is heard, he marches on. He has virtually ignored Congress for the past six years. He negotiates with our enemies and he has divided our nation on race issues that were thought to have been resolved. Now the FCC will make sure that we are silenced once and for all. This president hates criticism of any kind. He can't tolerate anything less than complete obedience to his wishes, or should I say the wishes of Valerie Jarrett. Given the chance, which he will be taking, I can envision a site like HubPages caving in and abandoning topics that appear to be controversial.

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A Done Deal

The government has won this round. They will begin to crackdown on the internet after June 12, 2015. The only way to stop them from squashing our rights is to make sure the next president is not of the Obama ilk. We need to restore our nation to greatness. We need to demand transparency. We need to get back to our roots and stop the off the wall liberals and progressives from selling us out and shutting us up. These are very dangerous times. This administration has added to that danger in so many ways, that undoing the harm will be the challenge of all challenges. We must prevail. If the nation, as a whole, reacts to this takeover with little more than a yawn, we are lost. My bugs and I will have to pack up and go home. The problem is that America is my home and I can't imagine life anywhere else. I prefer to stay and fight. Game on!

Antoine's Song

Let's go children of the homeland

The day of reckoning has arrived

Against you tyranny's ugly flag is raised.

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      Tom Whitworth 2 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Pop and Antoine,

      The mask is off the "liberals" and "progressives" on the topic of free speech. To them free speech means you are free to agree with them or shut up.

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      carol stanley 2 years ago from Arizona

      Just one more thing. As I have said many times I am glad I am not a young person today. See you at the Inn tonight...thinking about a Margarita.

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      Good Morning Mike,

      Absolutely, it is their way or the highway. I wonder if they realize they are emulating every dictatorship in history. See you at the Inn.

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      Good Morning carol,

      I feel the same way, but I worry so much about my kids and grandkids. I'll meet you at the Inn. I'l try a Margarita, too.

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      Old Poolman 2 years ago

      This move by the FCC is but one of many that are already in effect and working well. It will not be many years and any negative remarks about our government will result in prison time for citizens of this country.

      The dumbing down of America has worked to the point that a large percentage of our population has no clue about what is happening. They don't follow the news or read, and are content with their government handouts for the rest of their lives.

      Plans like this take several generations to become effective, and this plan has worked well. Our once great Nation will most likely never recover from all the damage that has been done.

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      Dear Mike,

      I agree. On every front of importance, we have lost ground. Thanks to Obama, our allies no longer trust us, our police are under siege, our nation is a food stamp nation and are liberties have been completely eroded. It won't be too long that you and I will no longer be free to talk about politics and our dangerous world.

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      pop-R2D2....C3PO here. responding to your message. Received and processed. I will return after my daily program has been installed & my battery recharged. I am told there are mandatory updates of data to be made before we can operate at full capacity. Thank you. Have a digital day. Operationally, C3PO.

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      Good Morning C3Po,

      Hold on to your battery, THEY are coming to take you away.... See you at Inn. I'll be under the bar.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Our freedoms have been eroding since the day after 9/11....we can have them back if we fight for them. Otherwise, I hope we all enjoy wearing sheepskin. :)

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      Lori Colbo 2 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      This sickens me! And boy, Pop, will you be grossly affected!

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      Dear billy,

      I don't look attractive in sheepskin.

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      Dear lambservant,

      I'll find a way...

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      Old Poolman 2 years ago

      Yes Patti, you, I, and many others will find a way. I for one have no intention of giving up easily. We will reach that point where the more they try to stip us of our rights and freedom we will resist even more.

      I sure never thought I would live long enough to see our country reach this point on the downward spiral.

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      Dear Mike,

      It is inconceivable to me that we can sit by and watch our rights taken from us. I hardly know anyone who even thinks about any of this. More to the point, they don't know what is happening and they don't care.

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      Old Poolman 2 years ago

      Patti, Most will not care until they begin to lose their government "free" stuff. Then we will hear them hollering and screaming. They sold out for food stamps and cell phones but the day will come when they too start losing things important to them. That is what it will take to get their attention.

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      drbj and sherry 2 years ago from south Florida

      As you so aptly pointed out, bp, little by little our cherished freedoms in the US are eroding and too many in the population are uncaring and apathetic as long as their government checks keep rolling in.

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      Dear Mike,

      I agree, but I have to say that I know people who are educated and successful and prefer to remain in the dark when it come to anything political. It is maddening.

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      Dear derby,

      Yes, there is that segment of the population, but I have observed that there are plenty of people who are not on the dole who also don't give a damn about any of this. I am at the Inn awaiting your arrival.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Freedom of speech is one of the freedoms which has made this nation great. It is sad to think that it is being eroded.

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      taxlarry 2 years ago

      The race to Election Day 2016 is on. Either we get our country back or we are in deep doo-doo. That will be our last chance to see if there are enough smart people to out vote the morons.

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      Good Morning taxlarry,

      Perfectly stated! See you at the Inn.

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      Good Morning Peggy,

      What is really unbelievable is the fact that the left is doing all the eroding. Being a liberal has certainly changed. See you at the Inn.

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      Robin Grosswirth 2 years ago from New York

      Hi breakfastpop, I truly miss your recipe structure; I thought it was a winning blueprint.

      Above and beyond that commentary, freedom of any kind is a man made ideal because in the real world, it does not exist. Governmental overreaching has been in existence for a long time, particularly when many sell out other's rights which trample their own as well---karma and boomerangs prevail.

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      Good Morning Robin,

      Perhaps I'll bring back the recipes with the bugs! In any case, elusive as freedom is, we must remain vigilant lest we end up like Red China! See you the Inn.

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      WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      The federal government is powerful, but so are We, the People. Therefore, if government tries to violate our Constitutionally protected right to speak freely, it will be not only our right, but our duty to stand up to them and take whatever measures are necessary to restore the rule of the Constitution.

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      Dear Will,

      I agree. See you at the Inn so that we can enjoy the rights we still have.

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      Robin Grosswirth 2 years ago from New York

      I am a huge fan of your Inn and recipe motif; bugs, not so much.

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      Dear Robin,

      The funny thing is that I hate bugs!!!!

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      Old Poolman 2 years ago

      Now that is funny.......

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      Dear Mike,

      Maybe I should see someone about it!

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      Old Poolman 2 years ago

      I guess you could change over to teddy bears or something but I like your bugs.

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      Dear Mike,

      The bugs are like family to me now. Of course, in real life I would step on them!

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      Chris Merritt 2 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Thanks Pops! It has been a while, but I LOVE your inspirational messages you leave us. You tell it like it is!

      We need to wake up, and not just allow our crooked government destroy this nation.

      As Mike stated, we are not just going to roll over. We have a lot of fight in us by millions of good Americans.

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      Good Morning CMerritt,

      It is wonderful to see you at the breakfast table. Let's hope all those Americans remember that this country belongs to us, not Washington. See you at the Inn. We need to catch up.

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