On The Way To Zimbabwe or Worse

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No, I am not talking about America. I’m referring to the once lovely country I adopted 21 years ago. Only socialism could destroy an oil exporting country. I can’t tell you much I would like to report to you directly about the events taking place year the last few weeks and the causes of the political and economic crisis in which we are living here. I can’t take that chance and I know you understand. But, the least I can do is to provide you with links to articles that explain much about what you should know.

Senator Marco Rubio speaks out. I hope Americans listened.

Jimmy Carter wants to come down and mediate. The last thing we need is for that Marxist to come down and cheerlead for the regime again.

Roger Noriega, formerly with the US State Department, has an excellent article explaining the dire situation of the country’s central bank reserves.

This article from Curacao Chronicle explains how countries in the region will be adversely affected by the economic collapse here. This is the direct result of the previous president using the country’s oil to buy influence in the region.

Two excellent local bloggers blog in English for the many citizens that have fled the country over the years. I’ve selected one article from each, but if you have the interest, do visit their “home” pages.  Please checkout this article and this one.

We are about one step away from total chaos here. Leaving is not an option for me so I hope you will understand if I don’t get back to my regular blog posting for a while. I’m spending my time glued to Twitter to keep up with events across the country and trying to judge how they might affect my family. In the mean time, you all keep up the pressure the socialists back there and we will do the same down here. The celebration of Carnaval (like Mardi Gras) starts this weekend. That may calm things down for a while; but the protestors are saying no way. We’ll see.

Well, that;s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

Original Post:  Asylum Watch

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Venezuela: Communist Dictator Blames Others for Failure of Communism

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As I have noted many time, leftists, whether they  call themselves communists or not, share the blame game with their fellow travelers.  When the Soviet Union’s beautiful collective farms failed to produce; causing the Soviet Union to go from being a food exporter to starving millions, someone had to be blamed.  Rather than admit that their bastions of equality and social justice were a steaming pile of rancid failure, they created scapegoats.  “Conspirators” with the “imperialist capitalists,” usually some poor slobs that the political commissars didn’t like, were rounded up, or “disappeared.”  It didn’t really solve the problem, but at least the people’s misery was redirected onto an imaginary “enemy.”  Yuri Bezmenov commented on this in his early 80’s interview…

Fast-forward to the present, and think about how long did the Administration and MSM blame President Obama’s failures of President Bush.  When the insurance companies followed the law, and cancelled plans that were illegal under ObamaCare, they blamed the insurance companies.  When the government ordered the banks to make bad loans, and the housing bubble burst, the banks were blamed for doing what the government told them to do!

When the plans of statists fail, it is NEVER because the plans are flawed, horrible, or ill-advised, it’s ALWAYS the fault of the statist’s political foes.  For the latest example of this, here is some news from Venezuela…

Heads are rolling and ministers are being shuffled as Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro takes on the dangerous saboteurs that comrade Stalin warned us about. The country with the world’s biggest oil reserves can’t seem to keep baby formula in its stores, as sinister right-wing “mafias” have speculated Venezuela’s way into chronic sugar and milk shortages. Maduro identified the culprits in his first state of the union address as President, reports the BBC:

Speaking at the National Assembly in Caracas, Mr Maduro vowed to introducer [sic] tougher penalties against “sabotage and speculation”.

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“How can you describe someone who hides [from the shelves] formula milk for babies? We cannot create a new euphemism for that. That person must be described as a criminal,” said President Maduro.

But Mr Maduro says his government is under attack from powerful right-wing sectors in the country.

“While the government makes a big effort to guarantee the quality of some services and the availability of products, the mafias speculate with other products and even medicines,” said Mr Maduro.

In the years prior to Hugo Chavez assuming room temperature, he nationalized many parts of the economy, and most have turned into fail.  They sell oil by the tanker, but have power problems.  They earn billions, but cannot get baby formula on the shelves.  The wealthy job creators are leaving, or going Galt, and Venezuela is suffering what all leftist states eventually suffer:  the entire place is turning into Detroit.

But don’t worry.  It’ll always be someone else’s fault.  They might fire some people, or maybe even jail some political opponents.  Life won’t get any better, but at least some otherwise innocent people will be blamed, right?

 

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This is What Socialism Does to a Country

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For those of you with half a brain, or any knowledge of history, or simply a grasp of the obvious would know, socialism takes anything, and turns it into a steaming pile of failure.  For this example, we excerpt Fausta, and see what socialism has done to Venezuela. 

Venezuelan blogger Miguel Octavio sees A Confusing Future Ahead For Maduro And Venezuela. Let’s look at a Zara store in Venezuela, before price controls,

and a Zara store after,

Enter the black market, in force.

And here is video…

Note the video reports that their new dictator claims that TV’s cost so much because the US is trying to ruin their economy?  Notice the “It’s someone else’s fault” rule kicking in?   See, Obama get’s it honest.  Socialism fails, so scapegoats must be made, and more socialism is always the solution.

Have to admit that they’re predictable

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Hugo Chavez Legacy: Anti-Semitism, Economic Failure, And he was a Billionaire

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Like so many dictators, Hugo Chavez left behind a legacy.  His legacy is not a good one, contrary to what the Michaeal Moore’s. Oliver Stone’s and the Sean Penn’s of this world would tell you.  In fact, even left of center sites are criticizing Chavez, and recommending that Democrats avoid praising Chavez.  First up here are some observations from Think Regress.

While even Chavez’s critics admit that he did attempt to address the plight of Venezuela’s poorest, the decline in economic inequality in Venezuela reflected a broader egalitarian trend in Latin America, and can’t be fully credited to Chavez’s policies. However, Chavez’ policies harmed Venezuela’s poorest in other ways: the value of the Venezuelan currency dropped while prices soared, making it harder for people to buy basic necessities, and crime skyrocketed.

Moreover, Chavez hurt the vulnerable in Venezuela in other ways. Chavez’s state-run media hounded Venezuela’s small, beleaguered Jewish population — he himself once said “Don’t let yourselves be poisoned by those wandering Jews.” A study released by the Kantor Center at Tel Aviv University found that Chavez’s rule “witnessed a rise in antisemitic manifestations, including vandalism, media attacks, caricatures, and physical attacks on Venezuelan Jewish institutions.” Indeed, roughly half of Venezuelan Jews fled the country because of “the social and economic chaos that the president has unleashed and from the uncomfortable feeling that they were being specifically targeted by the regime.”

Chavez also attacked Venezuela’s democratic political system. Human Rights Watch reported in 2012 that “the accumulation of power in the executive and the erosion of human rights protections have allowed the Chávez government to intimidate, censor, and prosecute critics and perceived opponents in a wide range of cases involving the judiciary, the media, and civil society.” Contra Serrano’s implication that Chavez’s elections were generally certified as “free and fair by international monitors,” Chavez had not invited international election monitors to observe Venezuelan elections since 2006 (though a delegation from the Carter Center did conduct a limited audit of the 2012 election).

So, Think Regress got it right.

Now, the Huffington Post has more…

History will not be kind to him. His petro-socialism was never a self-sustaining economic or social development model. Venezuela under Chavez’s reign has deteriorated to the point where it must import milk. Chavez’s Venezuela can no longer feed itself.

Hugo Chavez lied to the people, convincing many that his magical powers would save them from misery. There was no magic solution to resolve Venezuela’s myriad social problems.

Even as he jetted across the globe with allies like Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Chavez tolerated waves of urban violence — turning Caracas into one of the most violent cities in the world.

Then, the non-leftist Daily Mail has even more…

Hugo Chavez, the champion of Venezuela’s millions of poor was worth over $1 billion at the time of his death having plundered his country’s enormous oil wealth according to a respected analyst.

A report from risk assessment and global analysis firm Criminal Justice International Associates (CJIA) alleges that the Chavez family and hundreds of other associates have stolen one-tenth of the $1 trillion raked in by Venezuela since 1999 in oil sales.

The head of the CJIA, Jerry Brewer has said that since Chavez rose to power in 1999, his family have joined in league with criminal organizations to appropriate $100 billion up until his death on on March 5th 2013.

What can we tell from this?  It’s as if even the left isn’t holding on to this guy all that well.  Yes, would be dictators, or useful idiots, like Jimmy Carter, Sean Penn, Oliver Stone, and Michael Moore, will all laud Chavez.  They appreciate the power, the persecution of enemies, the class divisions, the control of media and education, and the destruction of the economy.  And, when the negative consequences come, it’s always someone else’s fault.  But the
In the end, there will be people that think of Chavez as a hero.  No matter how corrupt, no matter how crooked, and no matter how much money he took for himself, he will be a great “hero of the people.”  That is the real Hugo Chavez legacy.  Of course, even Think Regress and the Huffington Post are setting the record straight.
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Venezuelan Dictator for Life, Hugo Chavez, Dies UPDATE: Jimmy Carter Honors Dictator

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Venezuelan dictator for life, Hugo Chavez, has died, apparently of cancer.  The BBC has more…

Nicolas Maduro made the announcement on Tuesday evening, flanked by political and military leaders.

Earlier, he said the 58-year-old Venezuelan leader had a new, severe respiratory infection and had entered “his most difficult hours”.

In Tuesday evening’s emotional address, a tearful Mr Maduro said Mr Chavez had died at 16:25 (17:55 GMT) “after battling a tough illness for nearly two years”.

And, following the time tested liberal pattern, the death of “dear leader” was someone else’s fault.

He spoke of a plot against Venezuela, saying he had no doubt that Mr Chavez’s cancer, first diagnosed in 2011, had been induced by foul play by Venezuela’s enemies – the US promptly rejected the accusations as “absurd”.

He said a scientific commission could one day investigate whether Mr Chavez’s illness was brought about by what he called an enemy attack.

Now, let’s think a bit.  They are saying that an “enemy attack” caused the death of “dear leader.”  Now, the dictatorship in Venezuela was held together by Chavez’s personality, and then, when he fell ill, his image.  With the personality cult in disarray, will the regime be able to hold the tyrannical state together?  Also, we must consider that any dictatorship lives on a balance of terror.  People must be kept off guard, and in fear in order for the state to maintain power.  So, a “enemy attack” would require “conspirators,”or  “traitors against the people, ” so to speak.  Will the government, while in transition, round up opposition leaders and try them in kangaroo courts?  Time will tell.  I would say that it will be entertaining, but for the good people of Venezuela, it might be a nightmare.

UPDATE:  Jimmy Carter, the former worst President in US history, has written a brief statement honoring the dictator for life…

Update (AP): You outdid yourself on this one, Jimbo. I want to say “unbelievable,” but no, it’s quite believable.

Statement From Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on the Death of Hugo Chavez

Rosalynn and I extend our condolences to the family of Hugo Chávez Frías. We met Hugo Chávez when he was campaigning for president in 1998 and The Carter Center was invited to observe elections for the first time in Venezuela. We returned often, for the 2000 elections, and then to facilitate dialogue during the political conflict of 2002-2004. We came to know a man who expressed a vision to bring profound changes to his country to benefit especially those people who had felt neglected and marginalized. Although we have not agreed with all of the methods followed by his government, we have never doubted Hugo Chávez’s commitment to improving the lives of millions of his fellow countrymen.

President Chávez will be remembered for his bold assertion of autonomy and independence for Latin American governments and for his formidable communication skills and personal connection with supporters in his country and abroad to whom he gave hope and empowerment. During his 14-year tenure, Chávez joined other leaders in Latin America and the Caribbean to create new forms of integration. Venezuelan poverty rates were cut in half, and millions received identification documents for the first time allowing them to participate more effectively in their country’s economic and political life.

At the same time, we recognize the divisions created in the drive towards change in Venezuela and the need for national healing. We hope that as Venezuelans mourn the passing of President Chávez and recall his positive legacies — especially the gains made for the poor and vulnerable — the political leaders will move the country forward by building a new consensus that ensures equal opportunities for all Venezuelans to participate in every aspect of national life.

Why is it that regressives always praise dictators?  They loved Hitler, Mussolini, Lenin and Stalin during their times.  They cozied up to the Soviets during the entire existence of the “evil empire.” And just this past week, Obama had to go to the trouble of saying that he wasn’t one.

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Odds and Sods and Other Interesting Stuff

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t least I hope you find the other stuff interesting.

Regulation Mania

Our poor country has suffered from regulatory mania for decades. It is the nature of the so-called progressive to want to control every aspect of our lives. Environmental radicals seem to care more about the well being of planet earth than they do about the well being of mankind. These people we know also have a political agenda and it is way to the left. Regulatory mania reached a peak in recent decades due to what is called “regulatory capture”. Regulatory capture occurs when the radical element that promotes an area being regulated manage to get themselves hired by the regulatory agency. When they get into a position where they have some control over who gets hired they hire like-minded people. Eventually, like in today’s Environmental Protection Agency, they are the agency.  In theory, the EPA should be an arm’s length mediator between protecting the publics well being from unwarranted contamination of the environment we all live in and protecting the publics well by finding ways that industries can still operate to produce products we want and need. Today the EPA cares nothing about our wants and needs.

I remember when the EPA was created by the Nixon administration and the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act became law. After the regulations were promulgated to to put the Clean Water  Act into action, one of first projects that caught national attention was the need to clean up Lake Erie. The consensus among environmentalist at the time was it would take over 100 years to clean up Lake Erie from the industrial waste that had been dumped into the lake for years and before commercial fishing could resume. As I recall, commercial fishing resumed in earnest in less than five years. So, with environmental activists, hysteria is a commonly used tool and, of course, the remedy is always setting regulatory standards at extreme levels.

Two stories in the news today caught my attention. One has to do with contaminated pork and the other has to do with a mini-cold rush occurring in a Colorado county. Along with comments on the second story  I will share with you some ithings peculiar about gold panning in Vanezuela that I think you will find interesting.

Contaminated Pork Scare

This ABC News headline was report by Yahoo News this morning_

Study Finds Most Pork Contaminated

That’s kind of scary, right? Well, there may be real reason to be scared but from what this article can tell us it may be a bit of over kill.

A sample of raw pork products from supermarkets around the United States found that yersinia enterocolitica, a lesser-known food-borne pathogen, was present in 69 percent of the products tested, according to a study released today by Consumer Reports.

According to the story the Center for Disease Control and Prevention says 100,000 people per year are infected by this pathogen and suffer symptoms of fever, cramps and bloody diarrhea. Well, not good, but from what we are told not life threatening. Later in the story the reader is advised to cook pork well and a specific temperature is even given. Maybe I am wrong, but I thought it was common knowledge that pork should be well cooked. I remember being told by my parents and by my health class teachers that pork should be well cooked for reasons other than today’s story. There is a parasite common in pigs that can survive light cooking and if eaten will take up residence in the new host and can cause serious health problems, even death. So, let’s hope there isn’t an unnecessary panic caused among the consumers that would hurt the pork industry. maybe a public service announcement campaign is in order to reeducate people about the proper way to cook pork. Also, let’s hope this doesn’t result in a lot of unnecessary new regulations if the problem isn’t any more serious than what it now appears to be.

Let’s Regulate Gold Panning

All of my professional career was in the mining industry and the last twenty years that I worked were in gold mining. It was god mining that brought me to Venezuela going on twenty-one years ago. So, I do have some knowledge of gold mining techniques including panning.

Panning for gold is ancient art. Alluvial particles of gold get carried down some rivers and is deposited in different places for a number of reason. This occurs because somewhere up-stream, the river erodes a vein structure in a rock outcrop, in which Mother Nature deposited gold. For many years in the US, people have made a hobby of panning for gold. No doubt they have dreams of finding a large nugget or even tracing their small findings to a mother lode. Simply stated the panning for alluvial gold is quite simple. It is an art and that art can be learned. Gold planners use what looks like a large concave plate, which may have several circular ridges in it. A panner will select a river that has some history for having alluvial gold in it and these rivers are often in areas with a history of gold mining, usually underground mines. The panner works normally close to a shore. He looks for an area where faster waters slow down over a more quite pool. Gold particles are moved along river by fast currents. The particles fall out of the stream and deposit where the water slows down. Gravity never fails to work.  An artisan panner will scoop up a hand full over river bottom material and place in the pan. Then using some of the river water they will use a motion that swirls the small pebbles and sand and finer particles with the water. They use a constant rhythm and tap one point on the pan with one hand. Always tapping on the same point. In this way the lighter particle are washed away. Bigger pieces will pick off and thrown away, too. In time, a small amount of small and fine particles will remain, which are still present because they are more dense than everything else that was put in the pan. The swirling and tapping will cause the remaining material to form an elongated oval shape. If there are any gold particles they will be visible on one extreme of this oval.  Okay. From years of observation,I have seen no evidence of any environmental harm caused by artisan gold panning. None the less the officials of Larimer County, Colorado believe they have a problem that must be controlled. Apparently, because of the high gold prices today, there are many more artisan gold panners make use of a river in this county. The local officials think they need to pass a law banning gold panning in their river or, at least, “REGULATE”  it to specific areas and times. I think this is a shame. As my wife often says: “When government finds people being happy, they have to do something to stop it.” It does seem that way, doesn’t it?

And now a brief story I hope you will enjoy about gold panning in Venezuela.

Venezuela has a long history of gold ming dating back to the first explorers from Europe. Near the town of El Callao, where I used to spend several days a week for over six years, is a river where local artisan gold panners have been practicing their art for more than a hundred years. Here is what I think you will find interesting. You would not want wade or swim in this or other near by rivers. Not because they are contaminated or anything like that. The reason is due to the dangerous things that live in these rivers. There are , for example, electric ells. Big ones. There are piranhas in these rivers. Normally not a threat unless you have an open cut, but just the same, not what you want to encounter while wading in a river. The third thing may be more myth than fact, but the story goes like this. People are warned to never urinate while in the rivers. Supposedly there is a small parasite which inhabits the rivers, which is attracted to urine. They are said to follow the trail of urine and enter the source and take up residence there. Now that is not a pleasant thought, isn’t it?

Well, now you know what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

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Breaking News: Reports Suggest that Hugo Chavez is in Critical Condition at a Cuban Hospital UPDATED

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Note: This is, as of yet, an unconfirmed story.  However, since Communist dictatorships are very secretive in such matters, I will follow the story.

Sources have revealed to FOX News Latino that Venezuelan dictator, Hugo Chavez, is hospitalized, in critical condition, at a Cuban hospital.

Hugo Chávez extended stay in a Cuban hospital is because he is in critical condition, according to a report in El Nuevo Herald.

The Venezuelan president, who was last seen in public June 9 and last heard from on June 12, on a phone call with Venezuelan state television, was said to have been treated for a pelvic abscess in Cuba.

During the call Chávez said that medical tests showed no sign of any “malignant” illness.

But according to the report in El Nuevo Herald, Chávez finds himself in “critical condition, not grave, but critical, in a complicated situation.”

The Miami newspaper cited U.S. intelligence officials who wished to remain anonymous.

Foreign Policy also has some discussion on the situation…

Because of the force of Chávez’s personality and the cult he has built around it, there is no successor to lead his movement in Venezuela. At long last the opposition may finally be able to take power, free the press, and undo the constitutional crisis he has thrown the oil-rich nation into. Any change in the status quo could have major geopolitical implications, particularly in regards to Cuba– the Castro brothers maintain the communist island’s energy mostly through deals with Chávez. However, we should not be too optimistic; because Chávez has completely undone the constitutional order in Venezuela, his absence from power could conceivably thrust the nation into civil strife or an even worse dictatorship. It must be watched closely.

I would agree with the blogger at Foreign Policy, Robert Zeliger.  Given the nature of Chavez’s regime, a power vacuum would result at his passing, or even during an extended absence.  Dictators such as Chavez usually have considerable egos, and therefore exert a great deal of personal control over all matters of state.  This leaves the system unable to function without him.

While I hesitate to ever wish for anyone’s demise, Venezuela would benefit, in the long run, if Chavez never returned.  However, this story has very little to go on, and may not for some time.  If you recall, we usually didn’t hear about the demise of Soviet Premier until a successor clawed his way to power-usually after a great deal of disinformation.   As such, I will revisit this as more information becomes available.

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H/T: Memorandum

UPDATE#1: Lonely Conservative has posted, providing that the culprit might be prostate cancer that has metastasized….

Venezuela News and Views has been following the events closely and are great resource of any of the goings on in Venezuela. He quotes a spanish language source Gustavo as he rethinks the possibility that Hugo Chavez may indeed be in serious medical trouble. “I do not know how trustworthy is Gustavo’s source, but the thing is that his “conspiracy theory” matches so many things so well that, that as Italians would say, si non e vero, e ben trovato.  And thus, even if this blogger is always reticent on reporting rumors, for once he will make an exception.”

From the post Chavez croaking? Well, maybe…

In short, Chavez would be suffering from a prostate cancer that has metastasized.

This already would explain several things: why Chavez never remarried; why he occasionally seems to get all bloated; why his ample clothing when he does an extended cadena as it could hide adult diapers better; why the mystery around the whole thing as prostate surgery for a macho man is tantamount to recognize that he is not that macho anymore.

Since the post of Gustavo is in Spanish, follows my interpretation of his text in English.

Apparently the “knee” problem was a way to hide the prostate surgery which today can be dealt well enough in a couple of weeks.  But if we are to believe Gustavo the post biopsy was not encouraging and they decided to do some advanced body scans which in Venezuela can only be done in a couple of private clinics.  Not only Chavez entourage would not trust the discretion of private clinics but it would have been also an admission that the “socialist” care was not as performing as the “capitalist” care since the regime had not been able to match the equipment of the private sector for “el pueblo“.  Thus the trip to Cuba.  One caveat here: where would have Chavez got prostate surgery in full discretion?  Has he set an O.R. inside Miraflores or Fuerte Tiuna?

If this is confirmed, it would be a game changer for the Venezuelan people.  If Chavez is out of commission, or even dies, his government, which is based mostly on his personality cult, would likely fall into disarray.

I have to admit that everything we have right now seems to be based on second hand reports and conjecture.  I have fully considered that when covering this story.  With the implications so significant for Venezuela, and the region as a whole, I’ve decided to cover it, with the caveat that a lot of it is, at this point unconfirmed.

More as it comes.

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Living In An Undeveloping Country

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No, that’s not a typo in the title. I mean “undeveloping”.  I am intentionally coining a new word. Undeveloping is the only way I can describe the country where I live, Venezuela, and although you may not want to admit it, you, in America are also  living in a undeveloping country. I’m  sorry but that is the sad truth.

When I came to Venezuela nearly 18 years ago, I found a clearly developing country with a vibrant and growing middle and upper class. Government institutions were clearly independent of the Executive branch. It was a country worthy of foreign investment. For the last twelve years, I have watched as Venezuela has UNDEVELOPED  Since Chavez came to power almost 12 years ago, every thing has changed. The middle and upper class is shrinking, the institutions are totally under the thumb of the Executive, and Venezuela is one of the last places a foreign investor would want to put his capital.

When Chavez came to power, the UNDEVELOPING began. Slowly at first and the around 2004 the UNDEVELOPING entered the trotting stage. And since 2008 it has entered the galloping stage. To be sure, Chavez has accomplished more in twelve years than the American political class has accomplished in the last 100 years. But they are catching-up quickly.

Today we Americans are witnessing the UNDEVELOPING of the greatest developed nation on earth. The methods used by Chavez are not the same as those used by our political class bu the results are similar. Our middle class is a shadow of what it once was. I have always said that developed and developing nation rest on the shoulders of their middle class. Today our middle class is shrinking,  50%  of Americans don’t qualify to pay taxes, and the government dependent class is growing rapidly. Power is every day more and more concentrated in the hands of the federal government.  More and more the rights and freedoms of Americans are being compromised by our Big Brother government.

The process of UNDEVELOPING America was in the slow but sure mode for over 90 years. But, TPTB stepped things up a couple of years ago and now we are in the “trotting” phase. They are no longer content to whittle away at our constitution and our rights and freedoms. Now they have their axes out.  Recent examples are ObamaCare,  green energy programs, the FCC is pushing for more control over the internet and of the media. Our education system has been converted into an indoctrination system and now with this Sunday night’s strike, the government and their crony friends will control every aspect of our food supply from seed to  the supermarket. Our energy policies are 100% counterproductive. Our corporate taxes are the highest in the world and government policies are forcing companies to seek better business climates in other countries, which cost us jobs and damages our economy . The Fed seems content to continue policies that led to the disaster we have experienced for the last two years. We are a UNDEVELOPING country.

Time is running out for America. The Tea Party movement and the rising tide of conservatism are not enough, in and of themselves. Is there no way to get the political class to listen to the people? In my opinion there is. There is one thing that people like Chavez and our political class fear. What they fear most is when the people demonstrate in the streets against the things they have done. I’m not talking about a occaisional march. I’m talking about street demonstrations on nearly a daily basis. One day in Phoenix another day in Detroit and the next day in Miami and as often as possible in Washington D. C. These demonstrations must be peaceful but they must also be LOUD. And, of course, it is very important that the demonstrations are well attended.

I  know.  It’s easy for me down here to say what you should be doing back there in America. I sincerely wish that I could be there to carry my share of the load. But that is not possible. For the sake of my children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, I am counting on all of you to put a stop to the UNDEVELOPING  of  America.

Original Post: Conservatives on Fire

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Oliver Stone Makes Propaganda for Hugo Chavez: No one goes to see it

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This is apparently what happens when you take over the media, and then give people a choice.

As we have discussed, communist dictator Hugo Chavez has systematically shut down, harassed, or jailed any outlet in their media that has the temerity to disagree with the Venezuelan tyrant.  Now, with all other media voices silenced, all the Venezuelan people get to hear is Hugo, 24-7.  Can’t get away from the propaganda if it’s on every station and in every paper.

Now, in one circumstance, the people had a choice.  Notorious moonbat, Oliver Stone, decided to make a gushing propaganda piece to honor Hugo’s oppression of the masses. Here is what happened.

The Venezuelan people are forced to suffer through a marathon of Hugo Chavez appearances on their own television sets. Anything less than total adoration of the weekly host of “Aló Presidente” is severely punished. So with all this unwanted overexposure to the overbearing El Jefe, is it any wonder that Venezuelans are somewhat less than enthusiastic about shelling out their money to watch yet more homage paid to Chavez by filmmaker Oliver Stone in the form of his documentary, South of the Border? As Variety reports, the latest Stone film has turned into a complete bomb in Chavez’s own economically troubled country:

Despite a PR and marketing blitz that had Oliver Stone on a whirlwind tour of Latin America, his latest documentary “South of the Border” has sunk like a rock at the Venezuelan box office.

Local observers in Venezuela have reported empty cinemas, indicating a stunning indifference to Stone’s pic, a documentary about South American leaders that devotes a hefty amount of screen time to the country’s President Hugo Chavez. In the 12 days after its June 4 debut, it grossed only $18,601 on 20 screens, according to Global Rentrak. Showings on mobile screens in rural areas (where Chavez has more popular support) have attracted crowds, but these screenings are free.

So, when the people had a choice, they chose not to show up.   It seems that even when the dictator controlls all media, he still hasn’t broken all of the people.  Then again, that’s why Chavez took over the schools.  A generation or two of brainwashing, both in the schools and from the media, and the people will be drones-perfect citzens for the socialist state.  Consider that when you read about Cass Sunstein, Mark Lloyd, the FCC, and all of the media attacks against ourselves, take radio, and FOX.  Come to think of it, consider what the dictator Chavez is doing when we talk about education/indoctrination, as well as the fact that the MSM has lost half of their audience.

In the end, when “free” people are allowed to choose freedom vs. socialism, they choose freedom.  That’s why communist dictators like Chavez, and our “progressives,” wish to curtail free speech.

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Chavez Gets Thousands of Missiles from Russia

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, the same that has said “I hereby accuse the North American empire of being the biggest menace to our planet”, and “The U.S. throws stones to Latin America”, has acquired thousands of missiles from the Russian government to supposedly aid Venezuela in a conflict with Colombia. However, as reported by the Associated Press, Colombia and Washington deny having any plans to attack Venezuela, but Chavez argues they are plotting together a military offensive against Venezuela. He argues that the weapons accumulation is merely a precautionary measure.

With President Chavez’s long history of hate towards the USA, one has to wonder why our supposed friend Russia would provide him with such a weapons cache. And this is just a tip of the iceberg in that which Russia has provided Venezuela and is yet to provide in the future. They have in the past, since 2005, allowed Chavez to purchase 24 Sukhoi fighter jets, dozens of attack helicopters and 100,000 Kalashnikov assault rifles. And soon the Venezuelan President will be also acquiring Russian tanks. The Russian government has given him a $2.2 billion dollar line of credit in which Chavez can use to continue to purchase military arms.

This may be looking too far into it, but could Russia be arming this dictator for their own purposes? It seems like a substantial amount of weaponry for a battle with Colombia. There is no doubt that both have a distaste for the United States of America. Hugo Chavez himself has said, “We must tell the world, down with the U.S. empire.” And then with Russian Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin, being an ex-head of the KGB just before the fall of the soviet union calling the shots, who knows what the real intentions of these two countries are really. Here lately Russia has been siding with our enemies around the world more often than not, and like the old saying goes, “actions speak louder than words.”

Article cited:

http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D9CEQGF82&show_article=1

Just a few articles about Russia siding with U.S. enemies (sometimes they side with the U.S. then turn around and do the opposite, like not wanting to impose further sanctions):

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Foreign-Policy/2009/1110/p02s29-usfp.html

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-06/18/content_11558133.htm

http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/04/09/north.korea.russia.sanctions/index.html

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