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Manuella is in the Kitchen

Good Morning, Breakfastpoppers. Today is Sunday, June 30, 2019. Our dear friend, Mantis Manuella, is in the kitchen preparing Open-Face Pizza Omelettes for our enjoyment. I will be mixing up a batch of spicy Bloody Mary's to add to the fun. Manuella has somehow managed to sit through two Democratic debates. Her conclusions probably won't surprise you, but they are worth mentioning. Please join Manuella and me for breakfast and a chat. We can debate the debates!


What Debate?

Thanks so much for coming to the breakfast table this morning. After watching two of the Democratic debates, I have decided that debating is awful at best and really awful at worst. If this crew is the best America has to offer, we may be in deep trouble in years to come. The stage was populated by every manner of candidate, none of them competent, none of them appealing. If Americans were given a quiz following each of these debates, I double they could say that anything of substance was discussed. The reason for that is quite clear. The Democratic Party lacks substance. Their platforms are worthy of Venezuela before they completely collapsed. Their ideas were bizarre and their priorities were inane. Let's take a closer look while we enjoy our breakfast. Try not to choke on your omelette.


The Democratic Auditions

The debates showed America that some candidates are better actors than others. Kamala Harris is ready for the big screen. She has practiced her lines and her punch lines. She knows how to goad a fellow candidate into an opening that will allow her to recite her lines. She went after senile Joe Biden, who has a hearing problem, by recounting a teary tale about her youth. She told Uncle Joe that she was part of the second integrated class at Berkely. Her lines were delivered perfectly. The poor little child faced racism, and she wanted Uncle Joe to feel bad that some of his friends in Congress were racists. Harris forgot to tell her story truthfully. In reality, she was the child of successful professionals. She was born in 1963. Berkely schools were already integrated long before she attended school, and she only went to school there for two years, before moving to Canada. Okay, so she was off by a ton of years. Sometimes details can be so tedious. and flights of fancy are fun.

Candidate Harris went on to tell America that Trump's economy was not working for working people. That was a good line, and she managed to find just the right moment to recite it. She used it when she was asked how she planned to pay for all her largesse. She never answered the question, but that came as no surprise. She raised her hand when asked if she would eliminate all private insurance. She later said that she misunderstood the question and didn't realize that she raised her hand. She has more in common with Uncle Joe than she realizes.


More Reason to Cry

Candidate Booker didn't disappoint either. His main area of concern is the problem African-American transgender people are facing. Not only are they being discriminated against for their race, but also for their sexual orientation. If elected, Booker will make this sub-set of people his priority. Forget the border, forget national security, forget the economy, forget health insurance. None of these issues stands a chance in Booker's narrow world. He, in all fairness, does support giving free healthcare to illegal immigrants, so his focus is bit more encompassing. The problem is that his concerns don't focus on Americans. Americans take second place next to the interests of those entering our country illegally. His fellow candidates seemed to agree with his stance. The party has moved so far to the left that bashing socialism will get you booted out the door and right into the arms of the Republicans, who know that socialism is always the road to disaster.


Dump the Debates

We have ten more debates to go between those in the Democratic Party hoping to sit in the Oval Office. The debates will only serve to show the American people that the slate of potential presidents is dreary, uninformed, dishonest and eminently unqualified to lead this nation. Their positions fly in the face of the facts. Our economy is working for Americans, contrary to the Dems pathetic claims. The border is out of control and endangering all Americans, despite the Dems insistence that the crisis is fake. A single payor system will destroy healthcare for all. The quickest way to kill quality care is to let the government run the whole system. Single payor care is no care, period. Free tuition for everyone and forgiveness of student loan debt is a false promise. The only thing it will do is bankrupt America and weaken our education system. Many of the candidates believe in reparations for slavery. Will there be reparations for Jews who were turned away by this nation when they were seeking asylum from Hitler? Will there be reparations for the gay community for all the years they had to stay in the closet? Will there be reparations for law-abiding citizens who came here legally, paid what was required and waited for their turn? Will there be reparations for people who actually paid back their student loans because they followed the rules and lived up to their obligations?

Where will this insanity end? Let's hope it ends with President Trump in the Oval Office for four more years!

Manuella's Song

The moment I wake up

Before my cup of tea

I say a little prayer for thee!

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breakfastpop (author) on July 14, 2019:

Dear brad,

It sounds painful!!!

Brad on July 14, 2019:


Yes, a political virus democraptosis!

breakfastpop (author) on July 14, 2019:

Dear brad,

These fools are insane and whatever they have is contagious!

Brad on July 14, 2019:


Succinctly and accurately put.

As for Newsom he has forced the country into adopting Illegals! We all now have to pay child support for illegals.

breakfastpop (author) on July 14, 2019:

Good Morning brad,

Healthcare to illegals is insane, period. Since when is it okay to give illegals perks? What about those sleeping on the streets in San Francisco and LA. The Dems put the lives, needs and desires of those breaking the law over the interests and well-being of citizens who obey the law and contribute to society. I am sick of it! As for the state of healthcare, I believe that there are cures out there. The money involved with treating and not curing disease is bigger than exacting a cure once and for all.

Brad on July 14, 2019:


"The quickest way to kill quality care is to let the government run the whole system. Single payor care is no care, p"


Just as the Ca government failed to get the CA High Speed Train running, it shows that government ineptitude to complete projects is not limited to the federal government.

Single payer has no beneficial effect on the quality of healthcare. Obamacare was to have improved quality, but in practice I fail to see it. The same old practices of the insurance companies still works against quality healthcare. Rather than going into those details, I would like to get your opinion on the recent decision of CA through its governor Gary Newsom to give Medicaid to illegal aliens up to the age of 25.

Now you say, you poor slubs in CA will have to pay for that, but Medicaid is a federal state program. So the other 49 states will also pay with their taxpayer dollars to make the federal contribution.

As the number of illegal aliens increase the statewide average income that Medicaid uses to determine what is the federal contribution becomes lower. That means that the federal government will be paying more than half of the total cost.

CA is setting the stage for the rest of the Blue nation which will override the shrinking Red.

As for healthcare, I think that President Trump trying to get the favorite nation drug discount is a good step that will help all of us.

Finding cures for major diseases is really the most important thing to give quality to healthcare. No major disease that I can find has been cured since the Salk Vaccine for Polio. The major advances since then has been surgical improvements in cutting out body parts that failed, or surgically repairing bad parts like the Heart. These are not cures, but procedures that can save lives. But a cure will save a whole class of patients. Drugs haven't been the answer, as many don't have any effect on the root of the disease. Many just deal with alleviating the symptoms to make people more comfortable while the disease progresses.

Just a thought.

breakfastpop (author) on July 14, 2019:

Good Morning Audrey,

You didn't miss a thing of substance. Watching them would only confirm that they are so far left they are socialists. What they are doing here is beyond me.

breakfastpop (author) on July 14, 2019:

Good Morning wha,

Absolutely! The Dems only believe in staying in power at any cost. When will those who support them wake up?

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on July 13, 2019:

The debates held little interest for me so I didn't watch them. I agree with Lori Colbo's comments to "Send in the Clowns".

Thanks, Pop! from upstate, NY on July 13, 2019:

There's a good reason that these debates lack substance, because they're afraid that the people might actually discover what they really believe.

What they really believe is secondary to enhancing their own power through buying votes with other people $!

breakfastpop (author) on July 02, 2019:

Good Morning Paula,

The zoo is also filled with animals with more innate intelligence than all of Congress!

breakfastpop (author) on July 02, 2019:

Good Morning brad,

It's hot here, too so bring on the latkes and iced tea.

Suzie from Carson City on July 01, 2019:

Yes....right, pop. Quite a bit like the ZOO.....but the Zoo smells better.

Brad on July 01, 2019:


Now we are talking, and we need to make sure RINOS don't get reelected.

Latkes and sour cream and Iced Tea it is hot today.

breakfastpop (author) on July 01, 2019:

Dear brad,

I think the Dems should be held in contempt of Congress. They have flagrantly ignored their duties. They are spending all their energy trying to get rid of our president. Inventing scenarios that never happened and accusing Trump and his family of every manner of crime occupies all of their time and our money. All of this tells me that the Dems and many Republicans are afraid of a guy like Trump. He sees a problem, he says he can solve it and he goes right in. In complete contrast are the typical pols who never accomplish a thing, and try to make it look like most problems are almost impossible to tackle. That assures these fools more time in office to try and get the job done. Of course they never solve anything that isn't in their best interests to fix. Immigration is the perfect example of their neglect and dereliction of duty. Meet me at the Inn and we'll talk some more.

Brad on July 01, 2019:


Sad but true.

These dems of today are so Anti America, Anti American they should be declared foreign agitators.

They want to be in the USSA not the USA.

Untied Socialist States of America.

Since 1884 this is the oath they take in congress.

""I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States"

" against all enemies"


It is too bad that "enemies" are not defined!


, foreign and domestic;


I my view the democrats exhibit the attributes of enemies. The enemies of the USA have a similar plan as the democrats.

To bring down the US and take it over flying their flag and burning the US Flag.

It does include foreign and domestic, and the democrats are domestic. They want to bring down a sitting president, even at the cost of bringing down the country.

They and the media are using this impeachment and cloud against the president in a manner consistent with a coup.

" A political coup is a abrupt change in the leadership and political direction of the country, that is not a result of the lawful hereditary or democratic change. A good example would be the change of leadership in the Soviet Union: Brezhnev/Kosygin replacing Khrushchev in 1964 and forcing him into retirement."


I submit that in doing this they have not met their oath of office.


that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same;


Do the democrats exhibit true faith in their actions to impeach the president. They started the impeachment talk right after Trump won the election, and they have continued, and continue even now.

This impeachment is fabricated to be the hammer of their coup.


that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion;


The democrats have exhibited their mastery and cunning in the art of evasion.


and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter:


Instead of "discharge", what i have seen them do is "DisREGARD" their duties of the office.


So help me God.""


Everyone know the answer to this one.


breakfastpop (author) on July 01, 2019:

Dear Lori,

Perfect lyrics for a perfectly awful display of ignorance. I may add, "not my clowns, not my circus."

Brad on July 01, 2019:


That is an interesting statement, as I just posted on another hub, that Scott and his buds are output devices only, like a DVD player.

They don't get past the link, and it says fox, they come back and say that is fake news, and they didn't even read the piece.

breakfastpop (author) on July 01, 2019:

Dear Brad,

How anti-American can Americans running for office get? The answer is very anti-American. What is wrong with these people? They want to legalize immigration in order to capture all the votes these hordes of invaders may produce. The Dems have cast the American voter into the backgrou.

breakfastpop (author) on July 01, 2019:

Dear T,

Every once in a great while a faux media outlet like the Times comes to their senses. It won't last long, but really the Dems have totally shown what they are made of...Absolutely nothing! Even the Times can't back them up, and is really something.

The Logician from then to now on on July 01, 2019:

Brad, it’s heartening that you actually read links and comments, but then that is what serious hubbers do. I can’t tell you how many times left wing hubbers ignore the links or don’t even read our comments but reply to them none the less pretending they read them past the title or who published it. I guess it doesn’t matter that they pretend they read the links because they’d just mischaracterize what’s in them anyway or in one ear and out the other,

Please get rid of the obama avatar, he makes me sick! :-)

Lori Colbo from United States on July 01, 2019:

Hi Pop,

I didn't watch the debates. And don't plan on any in the future. I've heard so much already I find it too revolting and overwhelming to see and hear them all in one setting. I am reminded of the line in the song,"Send in the Clowns:"

Don't you love farce?

My fault, I fear

I thought that you'd want what I want-

Sorry my dear

But where are the clowns?

Quick, send in the clowns

Don't bother they're here

Have a safe 4th.

Brad on July 01, 2019:


This came from that link?

"Democrats want to impose on the country. Warren, for instance, favors universal child care (estimated cost, $70 billion a year), Medicare-For-All ($2.8 trillion to $3.2 trillion annually), student-debt cancellation and universal free college ($125 billion annually), and a comprehensive climate action plan ($2 trillion, including $100 billion in aid to poor countries), along with a raft of smaller giveaways, like debt relief for Puerto Rico. "


In January the democrats caused a shutdown of the government because they didn't want to give president Trump even $5 Billion for the wall. They were the cause because the budget was $4.4 Billion and $5 Billion is nothing.

Looking at the money above that the democrats want to give away if they win the presidency explains why they don't want a wall. Open borders allow them millions more of illegals to come into the country. And once in the country the democrats will give them sanctuary, freebies, and treat them above Americans, and Legal Immigrants.

It seems to me that they are failing their oath to office, and they are actually doing the same thing that they claim Russia and China are doing to the election process.

Do the people that will vote for these Anti American presidential candidates really think they should focus on illegal aliens rather than helping Americans and America.

What kind of person would vote for people that come right out and tell them their plan would increase their taxes? Especially, when it goes to illegals and not the needy Americans?

While I don't have a party, the democrats have always come as the greater of Evils. The only choice then is to vote Republican. But this century there are too many RINOS, and a vote for a RINO is a vote for the left.

We have one shot at keeping America and the American Way and that is Trump. In this century we have seen the creeping slimy democrats change American values and pandering to the minority and their eccentricities at the cost of keeping our constitutional foundation as it was intended by the founders.

I don't see America, if the democrats win the government!

The Logician from then to now on on July 01, 2019:

Well, well what happened at the NY Times?

Pop, read what the fake news NYT just published about the debates. Have they embraced reality or was the editor just out for the weekend? From their editorial:

“What conclusions should ordinary people draw about what Democrats stand for, other than a thunderous repudiation of Donald Trump, and how they see America, other than as a land of unscrupulous profiteers and hapless victims?

Here’s what: a party that makes too many Americans feel like strangers in their own country. A party that puts more of its faith, and invests most of its efforts, in them instead of us.“

Read it all,

you will be surprised! What will our looney left hubbers say to that? “It’s fox news, they’ve hacked the NY Times?”

breakfastpop (author) on July 01, 2019:

Good Morning Mike,

Thanks so much for dropping by. Come to the Inn later. It exists only in our minds, but it is a great place to be.

breakfastpop (author) on July 01, 2019:

Good Morning Tom,

She might do better as an actress. Acting when running for office is a turn off in my view. Then again, telling the truth would be impossible for her and her fellow fools. See you at the Inn, Tom.

Readmikenow on July 01, 2019:

Enjoyed reading your article. You provided some good insight.

Tom Whitworth from Moundsville, WV on July 01, 2019:

Pop and Manuella,

I agree that Senator Harris stood head and shoulders above the crowd with her rehearsed spontaneity.

breakfastpop (author) on July 01, 2019:

Dear T,

The 1 percenters earned their way to their status. I don't begrudge them a dime. They pay taxes, they do incredible acts of charity and more that we probably know nothing about. Could they do more? Of course, but they are not the problem. The problem are inept politicians who talk a lot and do nothing. The Dems are now quite open about wanting to tax the rich and the middle class. They live in an alternate universe where Trump accomplished nothing. If they keep it up, Trump will win the presidency well into the future! See you at the Inn.

breakfastpop (author) on July 01, 2019:

Good Morning brad,

Well, as my Grandma always said, "if you don't laugh, you cry." The debates are pathetic, like failed comedy. I am no longer worried about A Dem taking the White House. They are getting Trump re-elected all on their own. See you at the Inn.

breakfastpop (author) on July 01, 2019:

Good Morning Pamela,

The party is so far left that Biden actually looks uncomfortable. They all make me sick. They are clueless and stupid. There is no other explanation for their skewed thinking. The weird part is that I don't think they believe a word of what they are saying, because they only believe in getting elected. The fact that they think Americans want to see open borders, higher taxes and free healthcare for illegals is proof positive that they are all deaf, dumb and blind. See you at the Inn.

breakfastpop (author) on July 01, 2019:

Good Morning Paula,

I agree! Watching Biden tell himself he was out of time was priceless. Bernie looked like the aging socialist that he is. Harris was the angry black woman, which is becoming a big bore. The rest of them are just ridiculous, especially Beto with his hand waving and Booker with his buggy eyes. It was like a trip to the zoo! See you at the Inn.

breakfastpop (author) on July 01, 2019:

Good Morning ab,

I found the debates ( if that's what they were} incredibly stupid. If they keep this up, Trump will win without campaigning. See you at the Inn.

The Logician from then to now on on June 30, 2019:

I don’t understand why the democrats harp on taking money from the 1% only to give it to the least of us, oh not even of us but the least of those of “us” who are here illegally.

Since when did liberty mean “earn your money so we can take it and give it to those who don’t want to earn their money”

If the Democrats (and most Republicans btw) had half a brain they’d stop using a socialist attitude to get at the 1%’s wealth and shame the 1% into using their excessive wealth for the betterment of the plights of the lower and middle classes.

The American dream is to go from rags to riches using your God given rights and talents! Not to then have your riches squandered by ever bloating gov’t bureaucracies under the guise of socialist political promises and freebies.

And if the 1% were smart they’d take the initiative and form a consortium of the 1%ers tasked with addressing all the real plights of the common people, voluntarily with their excessive wealth and that would be done without the inefficiency and waste of the proposed government solutions like the insane ruses of the Democrat left.

The best way to get anyone to do anything isn’t to force them but to appeal to their better man, true change can only be created when it comes from the heart, not the hammer. I often wonder why the 1%ers on the left like Warren Buffet don’t get this and start something among their class but I can only believe they prefer to keep issues alive so their “party” has something to run on and possibly get power. Why take that away from the Democrats?

Brad on June 30, 2019:


While there may be humor in the debates, it is the kind of humor that makes one laugh when someone falls.

This is one election that can turn us into getting aid from Venezuela. That is how bad the country will be in the hands of liberals. I find nothing funny about it. But that is just me, living in CA takes the fun out of anything related to the state government and their freebies.

Anyway, this is my comment on something from your article.

"Candidate Harris went on to tell America that Trump's economy was not working for working people. That was a good line, and she managed to find just the right moment to recite it. She used it when she was asked how she planned to pay for all her "

She has been on the CA payroll for a very long time, following former Gov Jerry Brown, so what does she know about working people? CA government like that of the federal government workers has benefits we in the private sector don't have. We the working people most of us work under an At Will Employment Contract where there is no job security.

But a government worker has a secure job that would make a barnacle sticking to a boat envious.

Have a Happy Fourth of July, and lets hope that our flag will still be standing in 2021!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on June 30, 2019:

The first debate was more pathetic than the first. Kamala Harris did have her lines ready to go. I remember ewhen my white son was bused to a bad area of town, so I have no sympathy for her. The questions weren't even relavent in my opinion. I have had enough of government run programs that are icompletely ineffricient. No one had a good plan for the future.

See you at the inn.

Suzie from Carson City on June 30, 2019:

pop & Manuella.....I've had out-of-town guests & a lot of activity going on. One evening we voted to relax at home and see a movie. I borrowed 2 of my favorites; "Wedding Crashers" & "The Hangover."

We wanted extreme comedy. So, we ditched the movies and watched the Debates. Belly laughs galore!! Oh, those Democrat candidates....hilarious as hell!

Keep up the fabulous reporting pop! Paula

Angie B Williams from Central Florida, USA on June 30, 2019:

Pop, those two Dem debates were very telling. If American citizens were paying the least bit attention, they now understand what Dems want, what they really, really want. Unchecked entry into this Country, sanctuary and FREE health care provided once in....and this is where you and I finally come in.....all paid for, by the American taxpayer.

breakfastpop (author) on June 30, 2019:

Dear T,

Thanks for the link. It put a smile on my face!

breakfastpop (author) on June 30, 2019:

Dear billy,

I'd love to meet you on the road in a place where truth matters and democracy is preserved for generations to come. Enjoy your day.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 30, 2019:

At the very least, it's going to be an interesting 2020. I'm looking forward to it. It's all such good theater.

Have a great Sunday, Pop! Catch you down the road of Democracy!

The Logician from then to now on on June 30, 2019:

What have the Democrats become?

breakfastpop (author) on June 30, 2019:

Good Morning Pino,

If the Dems keep up the ludicrous rhetoric, only the illegal aliens will vote for them! See you at the Inn.

Pino Krisio on June 30, 2019:

Good Morning POP: As a few have stated, especially some from MSNBC, the winner of the debates was President Trump! Morning Joe is so upset by the crowd of 20 that were on stage; he knows if they keep this up, the election will be in the bag for our president. Bernie Sanders has made the Democratic Party go so far left, they will be beating each other for who can offer the most free stuff. This is ludicrous! Everyone likes free stuff: the big question, and the one asked by logical people is: How is it going to be paid for? If a Democrat wins the election, we will beat the time it took Venezuela to crumble. I am off to the Inn. I don't know what a pizza omelet it, but I want to get one while it is hot.... Save me a seat......

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