Hugo Chávez’ Socialism made Venezuela a more Violent and Dangerous Place

Posted by PITHOCRATES - December 28th, 2013

Week in Review

The Democrats have a mission.  To reduce the income disparity between rich and poor.  To reduce the rate of violent crime.  For the only reason people ever hurt one another is because they are wanting for the basic necessities in life.  And they sometimes take them forcibly from those who have them.  But if there is no income disparity there is no rich and poor.  So no one would ever hurt anyone.

Which is why Democrats work so hard to reduce the income disparity between rich and poor.  Their tool?  Income redistribution.  From those according to ability.  To those according to need.  Like Karl Marx wanted to do.  But socialism never really caught on in the United States.  As most Americans see the abject failure it has been.  But this hasn’t stopped other nations from experimenting with it.  In 1999 Hugo Chávez became president of Venezuela.  And he proceeded to make Venezuela socialist.  Here are some highlights of his work pulled from Wikipedia:

Following Chavismo, his own political ideology of Bolivarianism and Socialism of the 21st Century, he focused on implementing socialist reforms in the country as a part of a social project known as the Bolivarian Revolution. He implemented the 1999 Venezuelan Constitution, participatory democratic councils, the nationalization of several key industries, and increased government funding of health care and education and made significant reductions in poverty with oil revenues.[1][2] The Bolivarian Missions have entailed the construction of thousands of free medical clinics for the poor,[3] the institution of educational campaigns that have reportedly made more than one million adult Venezuelans literate,[4] and the enactment of food[5] and housing subsidies…[6]

Closely aligning himself with the communist governments of Fidel and then Raúl Castro in Cuba and the socialist governments of Evo Morales in Bolivia, Rafael Correa in Ecuador, and Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua, his presidency was seen as a part of the socialist “pink tide” sweeping Latin America. Along with these governments, Chávez described his policies as anti-imperialist, being a prominent adversary of the United States’s foreign policy as well as a vocal critic of US-supported neoliberalism and laissez-faire capitalism.[8] He supported Latin American and Caribbean cooperation and was instrumental in setting up the pan-regional Union of South American Nations, the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas, the Bank of the South, and the regional television network TeleSur. Chávez was a highly controversial and divisive figure both at home and abroad. On occasion he used undiplomatic language towards other world leaders, having compared US president George W. Bush to a donkey[9] and the devil.[10]

Hugo Chávez created a socialist paradise in Venezuela.  One that would have pleased the father of socialism.  Karl Marx.  Chávez destroyed the income disparity between rich and poor.  Making the people happy.  Where they linked their arms together and sang Kumbaya.  Like the hippies in America did as they lived in their socialist/communist communes.  So you think the people would be living together in a brotherhood of man.  Like John Lennon sang about in his song Imagine.  No possessions.  No greed or hunger.  Just everyone living as one.  So how is that socialist paradise?  Well, the people aren’t living as one in a brotherhood of man (see Venezuela’s Homicide Rate Rises, NGO’s Report Says by the AP posted on ABC News).

A non-governmental group that tracks violent crime in Venezuela says the country’s homicide rate has risen again in 2013 and has quadrupled over the past 15 years.

The Venezuelan Violence Observatory estimates that 24,763 killings occurred this year, pushing up the homicide rate to 79 per 100,000 inhabitants. It was 73 per 100,000 people in 2012. In 1998, the rate was 19.

The more Chávez made Venezuela socialist the more violent crime there was.  That’s not what’s supposed to happen according to the Democrats.  It’s supposed to create a brotherhood of man.  Like John Lennon sang about.  Not make more people kill each other.  Apparently not only was Karl Marx wrong.  But the Democrats are wrong, too.  Imagine that.

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Hugo Chávez was loved by Venezuelans, Sean Penn, Oliver Stone, Michael Moore and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad but mocked on SNL

Posted by PITHOCRATES - March 10th, 2013

Week in Review

Justin Timberlake made fun of Hugo Chávez last Saturday night on SNL.  Impersonating Sir Elton John he sang a modified version of Candle in the Wind.  Some of the lines went like this:

You called George Bush the devil, when you spoke at the UN, you said he smelled like sulfur, and you called him Mr. Danger

And it seems to me you lived your life like a candle in the wind, If a candle could pull out two pistols at a press conference

And you said the U.S. caused earthquakes, and you outlawed Coke Zero

You helped to make your country the kidnapping capital of the world, but you also increased milk production by almost 50%

And it seems to me you once gave a speech where you encouraged shorter showers, and another thing you said was capitalism killed Mars

Yes you believed in a civilization that existed on the surface of Mars, but capitalism killed it all when it was introduced to Mars

Funny.  Because it’s true.  Albeit a bit disrespectful for the recently departed.  One thing for sure, though, when Justin Timberlake hosts SNL you will not be disappointed.  He’s talented.  The man can do it all.  And he’s got guts to sing a song like this about an icon of the American Left.  For there are some who revere Hugo Chávez (see Sean Penn, Michael Moore and Oliver Stone pay tribute to Hugo Chávez by Ben Child posted 3/6/2013 on the guardian).

Penn, who first met Chávez in Venezuela in 2007 and attended a candlelit vigil for the stricken firebrand in Bolivia in December, bemoaned the politician’s lack of credibility in North America. “Today the people of the United States lost a friend it never knew it had. And poor people around the world lost a champion,” he said in a statement to the Hollywood Reporter. “I lost a friend I was blessed to have. My thoughts are with the family of President Chávez and the people of Venezuela.” Penn added: “Venezuela and its revolution will endure under the proven leadership of vice president [Nicolas] Maduro.”

Oliver Stone, who celebrated Chávez’s presidency and the successes of left wing politicians across South America in his 2009 documentary South of the Border, said the Venezuelan leader would be remembered fondly by historians as a champion of the poor. “I mourn a great hero to the majority of his people and those who struggle throughout the world for a place,” he said in a statement. “Hated by the entrenched classes, Hugo Chávez will live forever in history. My friend, rest finally in a peace long earned.”

Michael Moore, who met Chávez at the Venice film festival in 2009 and posted pictures of himself with the president, tweeted: “Hugo Chávez declared the oil belonged 2 the ppl. He used the oil $ 2 eliminate 75% of extreme poverty, provide free health & education 4 all. That made him dangerous. US approved of a coup to overthrow him even though he was a democratically-elected president.”

High praise indeed.  You would be hard-pressed to find someone saying anything nicer about Chávez.  Unless you listened to someone who hates the United States even more than Hugo Chávez (see Ahmadinejad: Chávez Will Return by The New York Times posted 3/6/2013 on The Daily Beast).

Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad posted a letter on his website, promising that the deceased president would “come again” with Jesus and a Muslim prophet expected to redeem mankind. Ahmadinejad called for a day of national mourning for the “Latin American anti-imperialist figure.”

How about that?  The Hollywood Left loved Chávez as much as America’s number one enemy.  A man who suppressed his people during the Green Revolution.  In response to voting irregularities that kept him in power.  Something that happened in Venezuela, too.  Suggesting Chávez  was not as loved as some say.  Or as much as the Hollywood Left loved him.   Apparently, those who loved Chávez the most were those who didn’t have to live in his socialist utopia.

Many of the Venezuelan people did love Chávez, though. Because Chávez was a populist.  He nurtured a cult of personality.  He made the people love him.  Because he convinced the people that he was their champion.  As Penn, Stone and Moore believed.  Despite Chávez dying with a net worth of $1 billion.  Siphoned off the top of all that oil money that went to the people.  To eliminate extreme poverty.  That’s right.  He acquired wealth just like George W. Bush did.  From oil.  Only Bush did it in the free market.  While Chávez did it by just confiscating it.  Like all anti-capitalist socialists are wont to do.  Because they are the champion of the people.  Where everyone is equal.  Only some are more equal than others.

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Hugo Chávez leaves Socialist Venezuela for Cancer Surgery in Communist Cuba

Posted by PITHOCRATES - December 9th, 2012

Week in Review

Hugo Chávez’s cancer is back.  He must return to communist Cuba for the quality health care he cannot get in socialist Venezuela.  Despite his hard work of turning Venezuela into a socialist utopia.  And you know it has to be bad there as this is Chávez’s 4th trip to Cuba.  So he is fully aware of the quality there.  Which may be good.  But those who can afford it go to the United States.  They don’t go to Cuba.  As Chávez would probably too had he not spent his life attacking American capitalism (see Hugo Chávez names successor after confirming need for cancer surgery by Virginia Lopez posted 12/9/2012 on the guardian).

The Venezuelan president, Hugo Chávez, has for the first time designated a successor, after admitting he needs to undergo another operation for cancer and may be unable to return to power.

Chávez is to return to Havana to undergo surgery for a fourth time and said in a broadcast late on Saturday night that he wished his vice-president, Nicolás Maduro, to be his successor.

The announcement comes two months after the charismatic leader, who had declared himself free of cancer in July, was re-elected for a fourth term in October by a comfortable margin.

Hugo Chávez has been president of Venezuela for about 13 years.  While in office he’s attacked capitalism and championed socialism.  He insulted President George W. Bush.  And praised President Barack Obama.  Because President Obama is making America more like Venezuela than George W. Bush did.  And how great is Venezuela after some 13 years of Hugo Chávez making it better with socialism?  You have to go to Cuba for surgery.  If you’re important enough to get that kind of special treatment.

If you have to go to Cuba for surgery perhaps socialism is not the direction you want to take the country.  Perhaps capitalism is the better economic system.  And national health care (i.e., Obamacare) is something we should avoid.  For if Hugo Chávez could not staff at least one hospital with a Western-quality surgical suite imagine the quality of their national health care.  And their medical schools.  Which is not a commentary on the Venezuelan people.  Who probably would excel in Europe, Britain, Australia, Canada, the United States or any other Western economy.  But whose human capital is left to wither on the vine in Venezuela.  As socialism is one of the worst economic systems to encourage people to do great things.

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Chavez suffers Relapse of Cancer and escapes his Socialist Paradise for Treatment in Cuba

Posted by PITHOCRATES - March 4th, 2012

Week in Review

Hugo Chavez is remaking Venezuela into to a socialist paradise.  Where everyone is equal.  And one of the tenants of a socialist paradise is national health care.  Where they put people before profits.  And give everyone access to the same quality health care.  Unless you’re the president and have suffered a relapse of cancer (see Venezuela’s Chavez confirms cancer recurrence by Andrew Cawthorne and Eyanir Chinea posted 3/4/2012 on Reuters).

“I will live! I will overcome!” the 57-year-old socialist leader said in a televised meeting with some cabinet colleagues from Cuba, where he underwent an operation six days ago for a recurrence of the cancer that first struck him last year.

Chavez also lambasted Venezuela’s opposition as “bourgeoisie” intent on dismantling his welfare policies for the poor, spoke of an increasingly fervent Catholic faith and – as always – broke into verse at several points…

Chavez, a close friend of former Cuban president Fidel Castro, prefers treatment in Havana because he is guaranteed discreet treatment and a lower possibility of media leaks.

Yeah, right.  Discreet treatment.  If the choice was between quality care and discreet treatment what would you pick?  Quality care.  Because you’d want to live, right?  So the quality of Cuban health care must be better than the quality of Venezuelan health care.  Or Chavez simply chose discreet treatment over higher odds of survival.  Which I doubt.  No.  He went to Cuba because he wanted to live.  And the health care in his socialist paradise, that’s good enough for his people, simply wasn’t good enough for him.  Which is socialism in a nutshell.  Where all of the people are equal.  Only some of the people are more equal than others.

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The Occupy Wall Street Protesters don’t want Fairness, They want Privilege

Posted by PITHOCRATES - October 9th, 2011

People who hate Capitalism hate America

Those on the Left keep trying to paint these Wall Street protesters as the Left’s version of the Tea Party.  Only better because they are standing up to corporate greed.  But when you step back and look at the broader picture you see some interesting things.  For one, our enemies abroad hate the Tea Party.  And love these Wall Street protestors (see Iran calls Wall Street protests ‘American Spring’ posted 10/9/2011 on The Associated Press).

An Iranian military commander said Sunday that the protests spreading from New York’s Wall Street to other U.S. cities are the beginning of an “American Spring,” likening them to the uprisings that toppled Arab autocrats in the Middle East.

Gen. Masoud Jazayeri of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard said the protests against corporate greed and the gap between rich and poor are a revolution in the making that will topple what he called the Western capitalist system.

So the Occupy Wall Street people have the support of Nancy Pelosi, Hugo Chavez and this guy.  This Iranian general.  Who hates America.  And would love nothing better than to see its collapse.  There’s a lesson here.  People who hate capitalism hate America.

What strange bedfellows.  Pelosi.  Chavez.  And this Iranian general.

Class Warfare Works because Gullible People are Fed with Misinformation to Produce a Withering, Festering Hate

But they don’t see that.  These Occupy Wall Street people.  All they keep hearing is how the rich are screwing them.  And business owners are getting rich by underpaying them.  Because many of them think gross sales are also net profits.  They’re not.  And have no idea of what it costs to run a business (see Small Business, Occupy Wall Street Is Aimed at You! by T. Scott Gross posted 10/9/2011 on Forbes).

Small business owners, this protest is about money—yours. And if you want to bring a semblance of sanity to the discussion, you had better start showing the money…

So I say you had better show them the money. Gather your employees. Take a handful of coins that add up to a dollar. Swipe away your cost of goods. Take out payroll and then payroll taxes. Follow with utilities, cost of capital, training, advertising, maintenance, insurance, and the rest until you have accounted for all the overhead, leaving those few lonesome pennies of profit that you have risked everything to make.

Been there.  Done that.  The problem is they won’t believe you.  Because they’ve been so brainwashed to believe you are lying when it comes to the money.  Say all you want but someone is telling them, “Sure, they say that, but look at the car your boss drives.  The house your boss lives in.  Are they better than yours?  You bet they are.  And you know why?  Because they’re screwing you.  That’s why.”

This is why class warfare works so well.  You have people who don’t know any better.  Being fed with misinformation to produce a withering, festering hate.  Which is how people like Nancy Pelosi, Hugo Chavez and this Iranian general rise to power.  By exploiting the gullible masses.

The Obama Administration wants us to Hate People Making $250,000 or More

This kind of hate makes it easy to tax the rich.  Which is a very popular sentiment these days.  Because everyone hates the rich.  Especially those who don’t make the rich cut (see Democrats aim to tax the rich — but who are they? by Kathleen Hennessey posted 10/8/2011 on the Los Angeles Times).

President Obama and Democrats in Congress have aligned on a populist, “tax the rich” strategy for the 2012 campaign. Now they have to figure out exactly who that is…

Obama and his fellow Democrats for years have described the wealthy as couples making more than $250,000 and individuals making more than $200,000 — 3% of U.S. households. By shifting away from that number in hopes of benefiting from the sound-bite punch of a millionaires tax, the administration may find it difficult to return to casting the broader net…

Obama’s threshold was based on broad principles, including the desire to leave the middle class untouched by higher taxes while collecting “enough” tax revenue, Bernstein said, although even he quibbles with the president’s cutoff and suggests that a broader tax increase may be needed in the future.

Going in the other direction — aiming for incomes of $1-million-plus — would yield far too little revenue to fund “a recognizable government,” Bernstein said. While the Democrats’ surtax proposal may make sense to pay for a jobs bill, “it’s actually quite important that $1 million does not become the new $250,000 when it comes to the permanent tax base,” he added.

Well, that complicates things.  Who’s rich?  People earning $1 million or more?  Or people making more $250,000 or more?  Who exactly are we to hate?

The Obama administration wants us to hate people making $250,000 or more.  Because there are a lot more of them than millionaires.  So that’s a lot more money they can spend.  But it’s also a lot of people to piss off by raising their taxes.  And with an election year coming up that’s the last thing those up for reelection in Congress want to do.

But if they only settle for $1 million now will that mean it will be harder to hate those making between $250,000 and $1 million later?  Oh me oh my.  Just who to hate?  As you can see this is quite the quandary for the hate monger.

Stimulus is Temporary whereas Tax Cuts and Deregulation are Forever

But there is a bigger issue at play.  You see, the problem with hating those earning between $250,000 and $1 million is that this income range includes our small business owners.  The job creators.  Who tend to not create jobs when things bother them.  Such as people waving their pitchforks at them crying, “Tax!  Tax!  Tax!” (see Poor Sales by Russ Roberts posted 10/9/2011 on Cafe Hayek).

Finally, I would note that while the survey that Invictus cites does indeed list “Poor Sales” as the single most important problem (25% in the September survey (scroll down to “Single Most Important Problem), taxes are listed as the single most important problem by 18% and government regulations and red tape is listed by 19%. So the two combine to 37%. They also happen to be two factors that government can actually control.

The Keynesians look at this and say we need more stimulus.   But if they’re saying this after that $800 billion stimulus in 2009 you can have but one conclusion.  Stimulus doesn’t work.  A big reason for this is that stimulus is temporary.  Like pain.  Whereas tax cuts and deregulation are like pride.  They’re forever.

Sales are complicated.  A lot of things influence people before they depart with their hard-earned money.  And there’s not a lot government can do about that.  But there’s a lot they can do about taxes and regulations.  And they do.  Unfortunately, they always choose to do the wrong thing.

The Occupy Wall Street People are Angry at Capitalism because they weren’t Born into Privilege

There are a few kinds of people in the world.  The informed.  Such as Tea Party People.  Who cite law and tradition in at their Tea Party events.  And the uninformed.  Such as the Occupy Wall Street People.  Who are an angry mob.  Angry at capitalism because they weren’t born into privilege.

And then you have people who love America.  And those who hate America.  Such as Iran.  And Hugo Chavez in Venezuela.  Enemies of freedom.  And democracy.  Who have come out to support the Wall Street protestors.  There’s another lesson here.   Actually, it’s the same lesson as before.  People who hate capitalism hate America.

Here’s a solution to solve their unhappiness.  Let’s ask these protesters which country is better than America.  Whatever nation that is we’ll generously pay for their one way airfare there.  Problem solved.  Everyone happy.

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The Iraqis Support Capitalism while Hugo Chavez and Nancy Pelosi Support the Occupy Wall Street Protesters

Posted by PITHOCRATES - October 8th, 2011

Iraq wants American Technology because neither Cuba nor Venezuela gave the World the iPhone

Some say we invade other countries militarily so we can conquer them with corporate imperialism.  Such as the Iraq War.  It was about getting Iraqi oil.  And letting Halliburton lose to rape and pillage at will.  Well, oil prices shot to their highest during the U.S. ‘occupation’.  And Iraq isn’t covered with McDonalds, KFCs and Wal-Marts yet.  In fact, their ain’t much American corporate imperialism going on in the least.  Much to the chagrin of many Iraqis (see If U.S. Leaves Vacuum in Iraq, Iran’s Deep Influence May Not Fill It by Tim Arango posted 10/8/2011 on The New York Times).

Mr. Sharba continued: “We wish that American companies would come here. I wish the American relationship was that, instead of troops, it would be companies.” Mr. Sharba is a cleric, and he spent 14 years in Iran in exile during Mr. Hussein’s government…

But the troublemaking does not extend to the more important arena of commerce, officials say. “Because of the political sensitivities of Iran, many people say Iran is controlling the economy of Iraq,” said Sami al-Askari, a member of Parliament and a close confidant to Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki. “No, the Turks are…”

Iran has also been trying to make inroads culturally, but it is bumping up against the same uneasiness that Iraqis have toward Iran’s business efforts. This year Iran negotiated a deal to refurbish several movie theaters in Baghdad that have been dark for years. Yet the renovations have yet to get under way, and officials say they wish it were the Americans — and their technology — involved in the project. “If a person asks me, who do I want to come help me? I wish that the Americans, by occupying Iraq, would support the culture and theater,” said Fuad Thanon, the head of Iraq’s national theater.

So it’s not the Americans reaping the spoils of war.  It’s the Turks.  And Turkey is doing this because America has chosen not to, apparently.  And the Iranians just plain suck at business.  Which one would expect in a theocracy.

The Occupy Wall Street protestors may hate corporate America and their remarkable technology.  But the Iraqis don’t.  They want it.  Because it’s the best.  I mean, they’re not clamoring for that good Cuban technology.  Or that good Venezuelan technology.  You know why?  Well, suffice it to say that neither Cuba nor Venezuela gave the world the iPhone.

There are more Blacks in the Tea Party than in Nancy Pelosi’s Neighborhood

They say you can judge a lot about a person by the company he or she keeps.  So let’s apply that to the Occupy Wall Street protestors.  Who is the latest to throw her support behind this anti-capitalism mob?  None other than Nancy Pelosi.  One of the most liberal members in the House of Representatives (see Nancy Pelosi Backs Occupy Wall Street Message, Tells Eric Cantor To Shove It by Zeke Miller posted 10/8/2011 on Business Insider).

In an interview with ABC News’ Christiane Amanpour, House Minority Leader Nancy said she supports the message of the Occupy Wall Street protesters that “change has to happen.”

So it’s clear.  Nancy Pelosi is against capitalism.  This comes as no shock.  For she has been against capitalism for years.  She prefers the doling out of privilege.  Where liberal wealth can be confined to her and her liberal friends.  In one of the richest and most exclusive congressional districts in America.  And one of the whitest.  It’s rather ironic, isn’t it?  She calls the Tea Party racist.  Yet there are more blacks in the Tea Party than in her own neighborhood.

“I didn’t hear him say anything when the Tea Party was out demonstrating, actually spitting on members of Congress right here in the Capitol. And he and his colleagues were putting signs in the windows encouraging them. But let’s not get down to that.”

There have been a lot of Tea Party rallies.  A lot of film covering these rallies.  And yet they never captured this spitting incident.  Or any racial hate speech.  You know why?  Because there was no spitting.  And the percentage of racists in the Tea Party is probably less than the national average.  Why, I bet Pelosi’s neighborhood has a higher percentage of racists than the Tea Party has.  And it’s probably higher than the national average.  Because it’s sooo white.  At least that’s what Nancy Pelosi would be saying if it were a Republican district.

If both Pelosi and Chavez support these Wall Street Protestors they can’t be Good for America

Nancy Pelosi is no friend of laissez faire capitalism.  So it’s no surprise that she supports the anti-capitalist protest on Wall Street.  And it’s no surprise that this guy supports it, too (see Hugo Chavez condemns ‘horrible repression’ of Wall Street protests by Enrique Andres Pretel, Reuters, posted 10/8/2011 on The Globe and Mail).

Not surprisingly, Mr. Chavez expressed solidarity with American activists who have been staging rallies and marches against what they view as corporate greed by Wall Street…

Mr. Chavez, who runs for re-election in a year’s time and traditionally ramps up his anti-capitalist rhetoric to try and rally supporters before a vote, also let rip at Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, who referred to the “malign socialism” of Cuba and Venezuela in a speech on Friday.

That’s why the Iraqis aren’t asking for Venezuelan technology.  They want the best.  And the best comes where capitalism is freest.  Not constrained and maligned.  As in Venezuela.

So Nancy Pelosi and Hugo Chavez see eye to eye on the anti-capitalism protests on Wall Street.  They are simpatico.  They hate capitalism.  They both support the Occupy Wall Street people.  And Chavez hates America.  I’m not saying anything.  But people do judge you by the company you keep.

Since coming to power in 1999, Mr. Chavez has sought to project himself as a leader of a global “anti-imperialist” movement.

He and allies in the ruling Socialist Party have been gloating over economic and social problems in the United States and Europe as evidence of capitalism’s impending downfall.

“Poverty’s growing, the misery is getting worse,” he said, referring to the causes of the U.S. protests. “But that empire is still there, still a threat … (President Barack) Obama is on his way down, for lots of reasons. He was a big fraud.”

Hugo Chavez is no friend of the United States.  Even the Soviets didn’t take such glee in American economic unrest.  Sure, they wanted to win the Cold War.  But not if it imperiled their U.S. food imports.  Which they were dependent on to keep famine at bay.  And this in the country with some of the most fertile soil in the world.  What we call the breadbasket of Europe.  The Ukraine.  But communism just didn’t work.  So they had to import that capitalistic grain.  Despite that great soil.  And a great people.

You know, it just doesn’t look good when you are on the same side of an issue with someone who wants to destroy America.  And if both Pelosi and Chavez support these Wall Street protestors, these protestors can’t be good for America.

These Anti-American People either know Capitalism is the Best Economic System or are just Too Stupid to Know Better

So we didn’t invade Iraq to spread corporate imperialism.  Such as Hugo Chavez would believe.  Even though the Iraqis wouldn’t mind a little bit of it.  Just enough to give them some of the best technology in the world.  To help them back on their feet.  And help them get away from that Iranian crap.

Nancy Pelosi supports the Occupy Wall Street protesters.  As does Hugo Chavez.  Who hates everything American.  He is anti-American.  And anti-capitalist.  But he likes the Occupy Wall Street protesters.  So they can’t be either.  If Chavez likes them.  American.  Or capitalist.  Either that or Chavez is a closet capitalist.  And/or an American lover.

Truth be told these anti-American people are slinging their anti-capitalism BS just for personal gain.  They either know capitalism is the best economic system in the world.  Or they’re just too stupid to know better.

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From Socialism to Jihad, Women just can’t Catch a Break

Posted by PITHOCRATES - March 14th, 2011

Venezuelan Socialism as Unfair to Woman as American Conservatism

Conservatives want to defund Planned Parenthood because they use our tax dollars to perform abortions.  They say they don’t.  That they provide a lot of healthcare services for women.  And it’s those services they use our tax dollars for.  Not the abortions.  Of course, they don’t separate these services so it’s hard to tell.

One would expect this from someone on the political right.  But a socialist?  Never.  In socialism you’d think everything people wanted people got.  That’s the whole point of socialism.  Equal outcomes.  Anything available to one person is available to all people.  That’s why they have high taxes.  To make sure the poor can get whatever the rich can.  Unless it’s a boob job (see Chávez Tries to Rouse Venezuela Against a New Enemy: Breast Lifts by Simon Romero posted 3/14/2011 on The New York Times).

Between 30,000 and 40,000 women here undergo the procedure each year, according to estimates by the Venezuelan Society of Plastic Surgeons…

The president, however, made it clear that breast augmentation did not square well with his revolutionary priorities. He said that among the thousands of letters he receives from supporters, one arrived asking for his help for a breast lift, which could cost as much as $7,000. “Of course I had to reject it,” he said.

Who is he to say who can and cannot have a boob job?  Who made him God?  Apparently in Venezuelan socialism the rich can have things the poor cannot.  The next thing this tin-pot dictator will do is deny abortions to poor women.  Just like American conservatives.  The bastard.

Women and Christians need not Apply

You’d expect this kind of thing in the Middle East where they frown on drawing attention to female body parts.  But not from Hugo Chávez.  I mean, he’s the darling of the liberal left.  Hollywood loves him.  Feminists look to him to liberate their sisters south of the border.  And dream of seeing him without his shirt.  Yeah, they’re smitten with him, all right.  And now this?  Boy, they must be pissed.  And they’re probably not going to be much happier when they hear what the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) wants to do in Egypt (see Brotherhood sticks to ban on Christians and women for presidency posted 3/14/2011 on Al-Masry Al-Youm).

A leading figure in the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), Egypt’s largest opposition group, said on Monday that the MB’s new “Freedom and Justice Party” would continue to stick by its view that Christians and women are unsuitable for the presidency.

They’ve come a long way, baby.  Just not with the MB.  Wonder if they’ll let them get a boob job.  Or an abortion.  Probably not.  At least, I don’t think the MB will foot the bill.  Should they rise to power, that is.  Could be worse, though. 

They Like to Keep them Barefoot and Pregnant, Too

Pretty woman.  Fascinating.  Are a wonder.  Sipping coffee.  Dancing.  How they make, a man sing.  Proof of heaven, as you’re living.  Pretty woman.  Yes.  Pretty woman.

That’s how Stephen Sondheim feels about them.  In song, at least.  (If you don’t recognize the lyrics, they’re from the 1979 musical Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street.)  And most of us in the West.  We’re smitten with them.  And, really now, who isn’t?  For Sondheim’s lyrics ring true.  It’s universal.  Why, they’re even softening up in the most conservative parts of the Middle East.  Al Qaeda is launching a fashion magazine for the woman who has nothing and should be happy about it (see Al Qaeda Launches Women’s Magazine posted 3/14/2011 on The Daily Beast).

Probably won’t find this at your local newsstand: Al Qaeda’s media network has launched a new magazine called Al-Shamikha—”The Majestic Woman”—which bears some similarities to popular glossies like Cosmopolitan and Glamour…

Al-Shamikha offers plenty of advice, including how to find the right man (by “marrying a mujahideen”), how to take care of your skin (by staying inside and covering your face at all times), and touches a bit on health and the importance of good manners.  But while Cosmo’s cover might have a woman in some fashionable garb, Al-Shamikha features a niqab-clad woman clutching a sub-machine gun… It has all the attractions of a traditional women’s magazine, mixed in with strict lessons in jihad, like “not [to] go out except when necessary.”

Substitute ‘a man with a good job’ for ‘mujahideen‘ and lose the sub-machine gun and it sounds like they’re describing the pleasant life of June Cleaver or Donna Reed.  Of course, the left hates these women.  Because they were subservient to their men.  Just cooks in the kitchen.  And whores in the bedroom.  Barefoot and pregnant.  Guess they must hate the ladies of Al Qaeda, too.  For staying home instead of leaving the house to pursue a career.

And you just know that none of these women have access to a boob job.  Or an abortion.  The horror.  The horror.

The Real Oppressor and Degrader of Women Please Stand Up

The feminist left will support a Hugo Chávez every day of the week because he hates American conservatives.  And they will support Islam every time over Christianity, too.  Because in their eyes Christianity has oppressed and degraded women.  And denied them abortions.  But the enemy of my enemy is my friend.  So they support Islam whenever it’s up against Christianity (such as the Muslim community center near Ground Zero controversy).  And it doesn’t matter if it’s the most hard-line conservative branch of Islam to ever come down the pike.  Because they just so hate Christianity.  And all the June Cleavers and Donna Reeds in the world.

Remember Carrie Prejean?  Christian?  Miss California?  Topless photos on the Internet?  Oh, yes, that Carrie Prejean.  Not too shabby for an oppressed Christian society, is it?  I mean, women just don’t have the freedom to get into a scandal like that in other countries around the world.  Especially some countries with a non-Christian religion that really frown on that kind of thing.  But given the choice, the feminist left will always side with that non-Christian religion against Christianity.  No matter how much more oppressive it can be.

And the international sisterhood suffers for their myopic political agenda.

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Hugo Chavez Supports Muammar Gadhafi, neither Provides for their People

Posted by PITHOCRATES - February 27th, 2011

 Hollywood is just Gaga for Hugo Chavez

Hollywood loves Hugo Chavez.  At least some of those on the far left.  They like what he’s doing down there in Venezuela.  Some call his socialism real democracy.  And some just find him dead sexy (see Hugo Chavez’s Celebrity Fans by Bridget Johnson posted on About.com World News).

Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez may be reviled in many corners for his socialist policies, crackdowns on press freedom, strident anti-U.S. attitudes, and friendships with rogue regimes such as Iran and North Korea, but he has friends in the left corner of Hollywood. Just who are the celebrities who defend and even laud this highly controversial figure? Here are their pictures — and their praises of Chavez…

[Sean] Penn raised eyebrows even further in March 2010, when he said on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” that media critics who refer to Chavez as a dictator should be jailed: “There should be a bar for which one goes to prison for these kinds of biases,” Penn said. Chavez publicly thanked Penn afterward for defending him from his critics…

[Oliver] Stone added that Chavez was “a great man,” and said “I’m a fan.” Chavez joked that Stone was President George W. Bush’s envoy on the 2007 trip. In January 2009, after completing filming documentary footage in Latin America, Stone said of Chavez, “The pure energy of the man is intoxicating. This is what I like about Chavez: He’s a big man, he thinks big … Bolivar is back…”

Supermodel Naomi Campbell — who has a temper-laced reputation of being no angel herself — came away from her November 2007 meeting with Hugo Chavez calling him a “rebel angel.”… She asked Chavez if he would ever pose shirtless like judo master and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, and Chavez said, “Why not? Touch my muscles!”…”I hate Bush,” Campbell told the Brazilian media just before receiving an invitation from Caracas — even though she said she wasn’t there to be political. “I found him to be fearless, but not threatening or unreasonable,” she wrote. “I hope Venezuela’s relations with America will improve in the immediate future…”

“No matter what the greatest tyrant in the world, the greatest terrorist in the world, George W. Bush says, we’re here to tell you: Not hundreds, not thousands, but millions of the American people … support your revolution,” [Harry] Belafonte told Chavez during the broadcast. Belafonte — who also offered a hearty “Viva la Revolucion!” — said media were falsely painting Chavez as a “dictator,” when in fact, he said, Venezuela has democracy and citizens are “optimistic about their future…”

So Chavez is a great man doing great things for his people.  Anyone who criticizes him should be jailed.  And, to protect our women from uncontrollable desires, he should keep his shirt on.  Because the ladies apparently find him dead sexy.  According to these political experts, Venezuela should be a paradise.  A veritable El Dorado.

Venezuela, Socialist Utopia, can’t Build Houses for their People

In El Dorado one would expect to find a plethora of affordable housing.  Why, there must be a house for every man, woman and child.  Because Chavez cares about the people.  Not businesses or their filthy profits.  So how abundant is affordable housing in Venezuela?  Well, not quite so abundant (see Thousands awaiting homes pose challenge for Chavez by Ian James posted 2/27/2011 on The Washington Post).

The floods and mudslides of November and December exacerbated Venezuela’s already severe shortage of affordable housing. Chavez, who is criticized by opponents for failing to address the issue during 12 years in power, is now trying to turn a monumental challenge into a political opportunity – promising to accelerate construction projects and finish 150,000 new homes this year.

His success or failure is likely to affect support for his 2012 re-election bid. His new focus on housing is also allowing Chavez to return to one of his time-tested political strategies: creating expectations among the poor to energize his base, just as problems from 28-percent inflation to violent crime have been taking a toll on his popularity.

You have to wonder what he’s waiting for after 12 years in power.  He’s for the people.  And the people need houses.  So what’s the deal?  Now he’s looking to reelection and promises “that if re-elected, he will build 2 million homes in the next six years.”  That’s over 300,000 per year.  More than twice his 150,000 new homes promised this year.  If he could don’t you think he would have already?  But he hasn’t.  Instead he gives his people runaway inflation.  And violent crime.

The Venezuelan Construction Chamber calculates that the housing deficit – based on a growing population and available housing – has grown from 1.1 million homes to 2 million homes during Chavez’s presidency. According to a tally by the chamber, Chavez’s government built about 284,000 homes between 1999 and 2010 – down sharply from 490,000 homes constructed by governments from 1989-98…

Chavez, meanwhile, has taken to visiting housing construction sites during his hours-long speeches. He has enlisted the help of companies from Russia, China, Belarus, Iran and Portugal to build apartment complexes, and has promised to erect a “great city” of civilian homes inside the Fort Tiuna military base. On hilltops between Caracas and the Caribbean Sea, construction has already begun on the first of 20,000 homes that are to make up a development called Caribia Socialist City.

Oh.  They need 2 million new homes right now.  Not in 6 years.  Considering he’s only built 284,000 new homes in the last decade (at a rate of 28,400 homes per year), he’s probably going to fail to deliver.  Again.  Perhaps Russia, China, Belarus, Iran and Portugal can help.  Or some local builders in any U.S. city.  Who can build in one city what he and the full force of his socialist state did throughout Venezuela.  In fact, they’ve built so many homes that the U.S. has a huge housing surplus.  Unlike in Venezuela.  But socialism’s failures do not trouble them.

“I’m sure we’re going to have our home soon,” said Gregoria Graterol, a 56-year-old hospital elevator operator who is staying with her two daughters and three grandchildren in a room with 16 other families.

She is among more than 3,000 evacuees living in dormitories, warehouses and a technical school at the center. Signs of Chavez’s socialist leanings are visible everywhere, in slogans such as “Against Imperialism” emblazoned on walls, along with images of Chavez, Fidel Castro and Argentine revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara.

What was that Harry Belafonte said?  Oh, yes.  Viva la Revolucion!

In Caracas, officials say they have been improving conditions in shelters by installing petroleum-based plastic partitions to give families more privacy. Soldiers turned away AP reporters from some of those shelters, saying military approval was required.

Just look at how much they care.  They’ve given partitions to families in the shelters for privacy.  Of course, George W. Bush gave trailers to the families made homeless by Hurricane Katrina.  But Chavez is the humanitarian.  Which is why Naomi Campbell calls Chavez an angel.  And hates George W. Bush.

“The hills are collapsing due to super-population,” Chavez said recently, suggesting some housing projects must be built outside the city. “There are too many people in Caracas.”

In the barrios, extended families of 10 people or more live crammed into a few rooms, and rents have been rapidly climbing.

Squatters have increasingly invaded and claimed abandoned buildings in recent years. Marwin Claro, 36, has been living in a once-vacant building owned by a bank in Caracas since she and other squatters broke in at 3 a.m. one morning in 2005, cutting the lock and talking their way past the security guards.

“There are many abandoned buildings,” Claro said. “So when people see those buildings, they have to go inside. I support that.”

Over-crowding in the barrios?  Squatters?  Abandoned buildings?  That doesn’t sound like a humanitarian utopia.  That sounds more like abject failure of a socialist state.  And Chavez’s solution to the overcrowding in Caracas is to get rid of people.  Brilliant.  What’s next?  Forced sterilization?

Chavez’s opponents say such maneuvers are intended to distract from his own failures. Chavez set a goal of providing 150,000 homes during his last re-election year in 2006, but fell far short at about 77,000 – many of which weren’t turned over to people until the following year.

Still, many in the shelters said they are thankful to Chavez and plan to vote for him next year. Looking out over the buckled street that now runs in front of her abandoned home, Maria Franco, 43, said sadly: “It doesn’t look like it was due to rain. It looks like it was an earthquake.”

“We hope they’ll solve our problems,” she said. “We have to have faith.”

Thankful for what?  The destruction of Venezuelan society?  Putting your faith in Chavez for 12 years has increased the housing deficit approximately 80%.  And this while the population grew approximately 14%.  When the housing deficit grows far greater than the population, it may be time to place your faith elsewhere.  If he stays in office much longer ever more Venezuelans may become homeless.  Or, at the least, shirtless.  And the champion of the descamisados just isn’t supposed to do that.

Hugo Chavez Stands behind Muammar al-Gadhafi

If you look past all the talk and see only his actions, Chavez doesn’t really care about his people.  But do you know who he does like? Here’s a hint.  He’s in the news right now (see Venezuela foreign minister urges dialogue in Libya by Christopher Toothaker, the Associated Press, posted 2/27/2011 on The Washington Post).

Chavez and Gadhafi have forged close ties. Last year, Venezuelan and Libyan officials signed numerous accords and Chavez gave Gadhafi a replica of the sword that once belonged to 19th-century independence hero Simon Bolivar.

During a speech to supporters on Sunday, Chavez scoffed at suggestions by his adversaries that protests similar to those sweeping the Middle East could occur in Venezuela. The self-proclaimed revolutionary vowed not to allow violent uprisings aimed at spurring his ouster, prompting applause from a crowd of red-clad supporters.

“We are not going to permit violence to erupt in Venezuela,” he said. “With our unity and work, we will make violence impossible.”

And he will do like his friends.  Cuba’s Fidel Castro.  Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.  North Korea’s Kim Jong-il.  And, of course, Libya’s Muammar Gadhafi.  Who beat the snot out of anyone who dare rise up against the state.

Chavez has neither condemned nor defended efforts to quell the popular rebellion against Gadhafi’s rule, but he tacitly threw his support behind the Libyan leader on Saturday.

“I can’t say that I support or am in favor of or applaud all the decisions taken by any friend of mine in any part of the world,” Chavez said during a televised address.

I wonder if the Hollywood Left supports Gadhafi, too.  I mean, what’s a little democide?  Between friends.

Judged by the Company you Keep

Hugo Chavez is another in a long line of socialist despots that come along and charm those on the left.  Even while all those socialist utopias (Cuba, North Korea, the People’s Republic of China, the Soviet Union, etc.) were anything but utopian.  They suffered abject poverty.  Famine.  Political oppression.  But yet the Left has always been enamored with them.  Why?  The attention the despots give them?  A hatred of Western Civilization?  A hatred of laissez-faire capitalism?  Perhaps all of the above. 

People often say you judge someone by the company they keep.  Based on the company Chavez keeps, he’s not a good man.  And if he’s not, then what can we say about those who keep company with him? 

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