For whatever odd reason, the Hollywood elite along with their allies in various governmental positions and the Establishment Media have gone quite silent when it comes the state of affairs down Venezuela way.
Cheerleaders for the iron-fisted Hugo Chávez and Nicolás Maduro range from the most rotund (and rich) poor man ever, Michael Moore; to Britain’s version of Bernie Sanders, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Hugo Chavez declared the oil belonged 2 the ppl. He used the oil $ 2 eliminate 75% of extreme poverty, provide free health & education 4 all
After Chávez’s death in 2013, Penn said that the “United States lost a friend it never knew it had” while “poor people around the world lost a champion.”
“Venezuela and its revolution will endure under the proven leadership of vice president Nicolas Maduro,” he continued.
Speaking of the current El Presidente, Breitbart’s Ben Kew has an up-to-date report regarding the true nightmare the Socialist Worker’s Paradise has become;
Venezuelans are increasingly buying and selling items of garbage as a means of survival as the country’s economic and humanitarian crisis continues to deepen.
A 2016 poll found that over 15 percent of Venezuelans were eating garbage as a regular part of their diet, while over half of people go to bed hungry at night. That figure has almost certainly increased as the country’s catastrophic economic situation keeps worsening.
Yonely Martínez lives in a makeshift house kept together sheets of zinc and pieces of wood. A former Chávez supporter who voted for Nicolás Maduro, she tells Luján that she feels betrayed after being promised that the government would help lift her out of poverty.
“We make only one meal a day, we drink water to cheat the stomach,” she said. “I feel a great helplessness when children ask me for food and I do not know what to do.”
A 2016 poll found that over 15 percent of Venezuelans were eating garbage as a regular part of their diet, while over half of people go to bed hungry at night. That figure has almost certainly increased as the country’s catastrophic economic situation keeps worsening.
Other extraordinary measures people have used to raise money include women trading their hair, young girls turning to prostitution, and selling human body parts. There have also been cases of people eating wild dogs, butchering zoo animals, while the ruling socialist regime has suggested turning to rabbit farming as a solution.
In a rather shocking video that has been recently circulating the internet, starving Venezuelans are seen beating a cow to death with rocks and sticks (click here).
As noted by the video’s publisher;
Disturbing footage of starving villagers stoning cow to death in Venezuela.
Starving mob beat cattle to death with rocks in desperate search for food and four people are killed during looting in Venezuela as country’s economic collapse continues.
Dozens of men shout “we are hungry” and “people are suffering” as they beat the cow.
Only the loons at CNN could manage to conjure up this fairy tale.
With a straight face, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer bemoans that the supposed vulgarity uttered by President Trump (hint: it rhymes with “zit bowl“) very well may be used by some very nasty people to attack the United States.
CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer argued on Thursday that Trump’s “shithole” comments could pose a national security threat.
Somehow missing out that the overwhelming majority of those who want to kill Americans don’t need a reason, just an excuse, Blitzer continued with;
Blitzer claimed that he had spoken to national security officials who were worried that “haters” and “potential terrorists” would use the comments to conspire against the United States.
“There’s a national security component to all of this as well,” Blitzer said. “National security officials have told me they’re concerned that these words, so widely publicized around the world, will be used by haters and potential terrorists out there to conspire against the United States.”
I’m sure we all remember the still smoldering dumpster fire better known as the Obama Economy.
All on his own, Obama doubled the national debt more than every president from George Washington to George Bush (an historic first); an anemic GDP that never gained more than three percent (another historic first); unemployment for young black men hovering at fifty percent (yet another historic first), it’s a safe bet that Comrade Barry was in the deep-end of the pool when he should have kept his narrow ass in the shallows.
While the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (aka: “The Obama Stimulus Package”) was suppose to repair infrastructure across the nation, the only thing Obama succeeded in doing was watching $1 trillion evaporate.
And who could forget who could forget such Obama economic miracles such as the fine folks at Solyndra who whistled all the way to the bank after scamming the American taxpayers out of half a billion dollars.
But one thing I will give to Obama was a painfully slow up-hill battle that Wall Street managed to wage, in spite of Obama’s socialism.
On the day Obama won his first national election, Nov 4, 2008, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 9,625. Fast forward eight years and change when Trump won in his bid for the Oval Office, the DJIA closed at 18,332.
OK… a total of 8,707 points for two terms. Not bad.
But wait. In the fourteen months since Trump was declared the winner of his race, Jan 17, 2018, the same DJIA has nearly doubled (26,115) in what it took an Obama-led economy over eight-years to pick-up.
In other words;
During the eight-YEARS of Obama, the Dow rose 8,707
During the 14-MONTHS of Trump, the Dow rose 7,783
Should I mention now that female unemployment is at a 17-year low? Or that black and Latino unemployment numbers are now at the lowest levels in the history of unemployment statistics?
No. I’ll let your (increased) paychecks speak for themselves.
“Check your privilege at the door.” “Real men have orchiectomies.” “BLM!”
Yeah, we’ve all hear that nonsense ad nauseam. But just when you think you’ve heard it all before, a special kind of stupid rears its SJW head.
Case in point would be Professor Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt of Linfield College located in the undoubtedly stereotypically all-American town of McMinnville, Oregon.
Ahhh… but our heroine isn’t just any SJW. She’s also the coordinator of the Gender Studies program on campus.
Isn’t that precious?
Anyhow, Dutt-Ballerstadt has just published on the education-centric website InsideHigherEd.com, what I’m sure she considers quite the erudite compilation Dutt-Ballerstadt has penned a 15-point list of ‘troubles’ that I have identified to help others in academe recognize your (un)conscious contributions to white supremacy.”
You work in a position of power in a predominantly white institution, and while you claim to be working for social justice, you do nothing to change the white supremacist power structures within your departments, committees and institutional decision-making process.
When your colleagues who are marginalized complain to you about their “oppressive” work conditions, you think that they are difficult.
When your colleagues and students claim that they experienced microaggressions, your response is “I am so sorry. This is unbelievable!”
When you are asked to nominate your students and faculty colleagues for awards or leadership positions, your first instinct is to nominate those that are “stellar” (mostly men) and obviously “white.” It doesn’t occur to you that you are implicitly supporting a logic of meritocracy that is built on this racist assumption that everyone has had the same access and opportunities.
When it comes to understanding your own white privilege, you get very angry if a faculty member of color points out to you where and how your privilege is operating. You deem such critiques as “uncivil” and as not supporting a collegial environment.
You are aware of the many wrongs that you see your institution is doing to your marginal faculty and students, and while you sympathize with people of color and marginal students and faculty members behind your closed door, you never openly confront your institution.
When a professor of color stands up in your faculty meetings and expresses their frustrations about inequity, you go to your trusted colleagues (the next day) and ask, “Why is s/he or them always so angry?”
When you are on a hiring committee, you think that the writing samples by your white candidates of choice are stellar, while what is “stellar” about the candidates of color is, of course, their ethnicity.
You never fail to articulate publicly your commitment for increasing diversity within your institution, but when on a hiring committee you express your strong hesitance to let go of your stellar candidate in exchange for a candidate who you perceive as only adding to your institution’s diversity mission.
When people of color (faculty members and students) complain to you about discrimination and racism, you actively discourage them to report their cases, and often try to convince them that “it must be a misunderstanding.”
You think of yourself as an ally to your faculty of color colleagues, but cannot understand why your white students are so upset when professors of color teach and critique sites of white privilege.
In your institutional reviews for tenure and promotion cases, you advise and critique your faculty of color colleagues to be more sensitive and mindful in respecting the viewpoint of our students. By “our students” you really mean “our white students.”
You benefit so much from the system that you have decided to stay out of all of this “identity politics.”
You have never thought of yourself as an ally to any of the causes of faculty of color and you never have any time to go to any events that they and other marginal folks have organized (where they express their everyday struggles). But you will happily go to an event if Ta-Nehisi Coates is speaking in town.
I’ll be honest, I initially thought of a swastika (Nazi, not Hindu), or maybe a burning cross reminiscent of the KKK. You know, the group Sen. Robert Byrd use to recruit for?
Much to my dismay, this “hate symbol” was none other than Pepe the Frog.
As reported by The Review;
The Linfield Young Americans for Liberty group’s free speech ball outside of Walker Hall on April 12 received attention from students and faculty when a student drew Pepe the Frog, which has recently been appropriated by white supremacist groups.
Linfield College posted a picture of the ball on its Instagram account but was later removed because of the frog’s association with alt-right groups.
“As soon as it was pointed out that the photo included the image, the Instagram post was removed,” President Thomas Hellie said.
The free speech ball event, the first event in the Speak Freely Series at Linfield, encouraged students to express themselves by writing and drawing on the ball to promote free speech.
Pepe the Frog is a popular Internet meme that has often appeared in humorous ways. The Anti-Defamation League has listed Pepe the Frog on its Hate Symbols Database.
The piece went on to generically note;
As a part of its Speak Freely Series, YAL is bringing Dr. Jordan Peterson to campus on Monday, April 24. The group is also showing the documentary “The Red Pill” on Tuesday, May 2.
A student member of YAL, senior Parker Wells provided a much needed breath of sanity to the alleged news article;
“We understood some groups appropriated the image, but any image can be appropriated,” he said.
Wells said his goals with the free speech ball were to get people thinking about their rights to free expression and to bring more attention to the YAL group.
“I understand that it’s necessary to set limits, but I don’t think this cartoon frog is a limit to set for free speech. I find it unfortunate that people can’t enjoy this event because of the frog image,” he said.
The rest of the article was essentially blah, blah, blah… wonk, wonk, wonk, big effing yawn.
But just enough to pique my curiosity, I saw this towards the end of the piece;
“I find both the invitation of Jordan Peterson and the screening of the documentary “The Red Pill” by the “Young Americans for the Liberty” club extremely problematic. Problematic because neither Peterson nor the film will be promoting dialogues about gendered inclusions but rather be promoting a dangerous and offensive logic of gendered exclusions,” Professor of English Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt said.
“The promotion of such exclusionary practices greatly threatens “safe spaces” for our students, staff and faculty who belong to marginalized groups and violates our ethos of upholding “mutual respect” on our campus,” Dutt-Ballerstadt said.
The map charts all of the locations for human excrement “incidents” reported to the San Francisco police during a given month. The interactive map shows precise locations of the incidents by marking them with poop emojis.
The project shows that the heatmap for poo is most heavily concentrated directly in downtown San Francisco.
According to the SF Weekly, San Francisco has a major sh*thole problem:
St. George Alley can harbor up to 30 piles of poop per week, Department of Public Works employee Steve Mahoney told SFist. That’s exceptional. But it also illustrates a seemingly intractable problem in a city with limited public restrooms, constricted homeless services, and a line of filthy JCDecaux bunker toilets that often sit unused.
So if you live in San Francisco and are offended by Trump’s comments, just watch where you’re stepping.
Richburg had the guts to tell many Americans exactly what they didn’t want to hear. Namely that the myth of Mother Africa is just that; a myth.
A foreign correspondent with The Washington Post, Richburg was The Post’s go-to guy in Africa from 1991-1994.
As noted that when he wrote the book back in the late 1990s, the government of Zimbabwe offered a glimmer of hope that it wouldn’t “tumble down the same slope of bloodshed, chaos and instability that had engulfed much of the rest of sub-Saharan Africa.”
Yet in the very next paragraph, Richburg laments, “Mugabe has destroyed what there was of a middle class. The country is in ruins, unable to feed itself; half the population of 12 million people is dependent on outside food aid.”
Then Richburg drops the hammer on Mugabe’s communist paradise, “The currency is virtually worthless, with inflation over 200 million percent.”
You read that right – inflation is over 200 million percent.
In his handful of years in Africa, Richburg’s had an AK-47 shoved in his face in Somalia, witness the handiwork of boy-soldiers in Uganda, and seen the stacks of corpses in Zaire prepared for dumping into mass grave.
The very first sentence of the first chapter leaves little doubt as to what a gut-wrenching horror story his first-person account of what Africa is really like: “I watched the dead float down a river in Tanzania.” Richburg describes men, women, pregnant women and girls, children… even babies, bloated, discolored, some disemboweled, some with limbs macheted off, all floating downstream to Lake Victoria.
But what really caused an avalanche of hate from the American Left were these few short paragraphs (emphasis mine);
Sometime, maybe four hundred years ago, one of my ancestors was taken from his village, probably by a local chieftain. He was shackled in leg irons, kept in a holding pen or a dark pit, possibly at Goree Island off the coast of Senegal. And then he was put in the crowded, filthy, hold of a ship for the long and treacherous voyage across the Atlantic to the New World.
Many slaves died on that voyage. But not my ancestor. Maybe it was because he was strong, maybe just stubborn, or maybe he had an irrepressible will to live. But he survived, and ended up in forced slavery working on plantations in the Caribbean. Generations on down the line, one of his descendants was taken to South Carolina. Finally, a more recent descendant, my father, moved to Detroit to find a job in an auto plant during the Second World War.
And so it was that I came to be born in Detroit and that 35 years later, a black man born in white America, I was in Africa, birthplace of my ancestors, standing at the edge of a river not as an African but as an American journalist – a mere spectator – watching the bloated bodies of black Africans cascading over a waterfall. And that’s when I thought about how, if things had been different, I might have been one of them -or might have met some similarly anonymous fate in one of the countless ongoing civil wars or tribal clashes on this brutal continent. And so I thank God my ancestor survived that voyage.
Thank God my ancestor got out, because, now, I am not one of them.
Are you one of the many Democrats and RINOs offended by President Trump describing certain Third World shitholes as…well, shitholes?
If so, you may take pleasure in knowing you aren’t alone. The United Nations is on your side.
Kinda. Sorta. OK, OK, I’ll admit it. The UN’s recent shindig has more in common with Trump’s rather crude, but honest, descriptive term than with the crew at MSNBC, CNN and the BBC clutching their collective pearls.
In all honesty, the title of this particular world-wide day of celebration had me somewhat befuddled. I’m not really sure if the UN was simply singing the praises of Delta, Kohler, American Standard, etc, or indirectly agreeing with Trump’s hypothesis.
As Filozof correctly noted, the UN themselves cite the following statistics on the state of agujeros de caca around the world;
Around 60% of the global population – 4.5 billion people – either have no toilet at home or one that doesn’t safely manage excreta.
862 million people worldwide still practise open defecation.
1.8 billion people use an unimproved source of drinking water with no protection against contamination from faeces.
Globally, 80% of the wastewater generated by society flows back into the ecosystem without being treated or reused.
Only 39% of the global population (2.9 billion people) use a safely-managed sanitation service, that is, excreta safely disposed of in situ or treated off-site.
Combined with safe water and good hygiene, improved sanitation could prevent around 842,000 deaths each year
In other words, most of the nations on this planet really do qualify as shitholes.
Perhaps best illustrating just how certain nations really are shitholes, Sanjay Wijesekera, the Chief of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene and Associate Director of Programmes at UNICEF recently penned an article for the reliably leftie Huffington Post, in which Herr Direktor relates the saga of Yvonne, a woman who lives with 14 family members in the bacterially questionable city of Maputo, Mozambique.
As the bureaucrat wrote;
She describes her toilet as ‘bad’. Her pit latrine has filled up and costs 600 Meticais ($10) to be emptied. The latrine has a broken cement lid and lacks privacy, a source of embarrassment when neighbors walk by.
Hmmm… isn’t “pit latrine” just a polite way of saying shithole?
Never let it be said that Tucker Carlson doesn’t have a flair for words.
In a breaking story, The Washington Post is in full melt-down mode over President Trump’s comments in a meeting regarding immigration from El Salvador, Haiti and yet unnamed African nations, The Donald supposedly let loose with;
“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?”
Now quite done pissing people off, the President then queried as to why America isn’t bringing in “more people from countries like Norway.”
Enter The Tucker.
Never one to shy away from pearl clutchers or professional snowflakes, the Fox News opinion-meister took to Twitter with a cold slap of reality directly in the face of the perpetually offended;
Option A: El Salvador isn’t a “shithole,” so they don’t need 17 years of Temporary Protected Status, and migrants from there should be sent home immediately. Option B: El Salvador is, in fact, a “shithole.” https://t.co/sea1sKoY8K
It’s been awhile since any of us can recall the POTUS having a televised roundtable meeting with senators and congressmen of both parties.
To be honest, I can’t remember that ever happening. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying it never happened, I’m just saying that this political junkie was born in the ’50s and nothing even close to today’s historical meeting held by President Trump leaps to mind (full meeting in video below).
One of the more prominent subjects discussed was DACA (Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program), which certainly appeared to me as a done deal.
Well, Trump certainly dangled the DACA carrot in front of the drooling Dems, almost daring them to accept his offer to sign-off on DACA if the Democrats agreed to:
Dump the visa lottery in favor of a merit-based system
Fund the border wall
Now I realize that the machinations of politics is based on compromise, so no matter how much I want to see Trump get 100 percent of what he wants, the nature of the beast demands some give-and-take.
But one thing I’ve noticed, the Democrats love touting of the 690,000 “Dreamers”, a number are serving in the Armed Forces.
After some very basic research, I found that a mere 900 DACA enrollees either now of have ever served in the military. That’s just slightly above one-tenth of one percent.
Something else that I noticed, both Democrat and Republican members of Congress had quite the habit of referring to those in DACA as “kids”. It was only Trump that corrected that particular Infantilization.
Yet another few facts came to light that I’m sure the like-minded should be aware of;
DACA had no requirement of English fluency, as evidenced by the application form that had a space to list the translator used to complete the form. The Center for Immigration Studies estimates that “perhaps 24 percent of the DACA-eligible population fall into the functionally illiterate category and another 46 percent have only ‘basic’ English ability.”
Unfortunately, many Dreamers are poorly educated. Only 49 percent of DACA beneficiaries have a high school education, even though a majority are now adults.
But the pièce de résistance regarding the Dreamers is this;
The Obama administration did not check the background of each DACA beneficiary, despite a requirement that they have no felony convictions and pose no threat to national security. Only a few randomly selected DACA applicants were ever actually vetted.
This may explain why, by August this year, more than 2,100 DACA beneficiaries had had their eligibility pulled because of criminal convictions and gang affiliation.
Throwing their opponents in “psychiatric hospitals” is what the Soviets did…
Hell hath no fury like a Democrat who thinks they’re right. By their own words and actions, they’ve proved themselves to be overly-emotional, vindictive, and probably worse of all, their obstinacy in error.
No, our ever-weepy political opposition has the act of hyper-hysterics down to a science.
Case in point would be a report from the reliably far-left Vox.com as the lay out the (achem) “proof” that President Trump needs to be removed from the Oval Office under the auspices of the XXV Amendment.
In what’s suppose to be real news, Vox.com writer Eliza Barclay recently had a nice game of underhand softball catch, err… I mean interviewed Dr Bandy X. Lee, an assistant professor in forensic psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine.
Despite Dr Lee failing to ever examine President Trump, she’s not only edited a book entitled The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President ($13.99 on Amazon), the good doctor has also “briefed a dozen members of Congress — Democrats and one Republican — on the president’s mental state.”
However, Dr Lee’s literary actions have resulted in some blow-back from her fellow physicians;
These efforts have not been welcomed by all of Lee’s colleagues in psychiatry — some say her warnings are unethical and break the Goldwater Rule, the American Psychiatric Association’s stipulation that its members never publicly discuss the mental health of a public figure. One esteemed fellow psychiatrist accused her in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine of having “misguided and dangerous” morality.
Yet Lee’s overt and arrogant dismissal of the American Psychiatric Association’s Goldwater Rule being quite possibly the least of her transgressions against both medical professionalism and political objectivism, her medical proof seems to this layman as very much in the Lacking Department.
Cited by Barclay as examples of Dr Lee’s alleged psychiatric evidence of Trump being off the deep-end;
“[H]is retweeting some violent anti-Muslim videos showed a concerning attraction to violence.”
In actuality, the “anti-Muslim” videos Trump retweeted were actually two videos of Muslim violence, as well as a singular video of Muslim desecration and destruction of a Christian artifact.
“And then there were the belligerent nuclear threats this week.”
Well, yeah. That’s understandable, especially in the knowledge that the last quarter century of presidents have done nothing in regards to the North Korean nuclear except to pass the buck to whatever unfortunate bastard gets elected long after they themselves have comfortably retired.
“[P]rovoking our allies and alienating them”
Does “provoking” and “alienating” our allies have anything to do with telling our NATO “allies” to get off their collective dead-asses and contribute the measly 2 percent of their GDP like they previously promised to?
“[N]ot to mention poke a beehive in the Middle East by declaring Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.”
Hold on. By recognizing the obvious, that makes Trump mentally deranged and incapable of completing his legally elected term of office? Seriously?
I can’t help but wonder if the good doctor might argue against all dogs being mammals, or the sun rises in the east, or if 2+2=4.
Other than being as medical doctor, Lee also holds an MDiv (Master of Divinity) degree. In light of her so-called evidence of Trump’s mental illness, maybe she should take a bit of Christ’s advice: “Physician, heal thyself.”
Nothing drives Democrats up the wall faster than the truth. Especially when it comes to talking about building a wall.
To assist my fellow citizens who agree with me that we’ve endured at least the past quarter century at the receiving end of a millions strong silent invasion of no-skill/low-skill laborers.
Much like the Democrat convulsions over Trump possibly allowing Obama’s DACA dying on the vine, how quick those same Democrats fail to remember that DACA was an Obama “temporary fix” with no guarantee of immunity, amnesty or to be seen as “a pathway to citizenship”.
And let’s not forget that the travel ban on certain Muslim-majority nation didn’t originate with Trump, but with Barack Hussein.
Anyhow, with the Border Wall about to be in the news non-stop for the next few weeks, here’s a couple if videos you may want to share with those who wish to rail against Trump, just show them these videos;
As every American knows, or at least should know, we have a constitutional right to freedom of speech.
While a number of nations may claim their citizens have the right to express themselves freely, it’s really just a thin veneer of nice words that cover a mass of central government control over the thoughts, opinions and spoken words of the very same citizens.
The British don’t have any real or substantive freedom of expression, neither do the Japanese nor the Australians nor the French, etc.
Speaking of the French, their decidedly socialist-friendly president with an Oedipus complex, Emmanuel Macron, has just made clear that he’ll do everything in his power to shut-down what he considers “fake news” online.
In a speech to journalists on Wednesday, Macron said he planned to introduce new legislation to strictly regulate fake news online during political campaigns. His proposal included a number of measures, most drastically “an emergency legal action” that could enable the government to either scrap “fake news” from a website or even block a website altogether, the Guardian and Politico reported.
“If we want to protect liberal democracies, we must be strong and have clear rules,” Macron said. “When fake news are spread, it will be possible to go to a judge … and if appropriate have content taken down, user accounts deleted and ultimately websites blocked.”
Macron, himself a target of election interference, also outlined some less extreme measures in his speech yesterday. He proposed more rigid requirements around transparency, specifically in relation to online ads during elections. According to the Guardian, Macron said the legislation would force platforms to publicly identify who their advertisers are, as well as limit how much they can spend on ads over the course of an election campaign
One of the better dissections of the French faux-freedom comes directly from our own Library of Congress;
The French Constitution protects freedom of expression, but not to the same extent as the First Amendment does under U.S. law. Specifically, the French Constitution incorporates the Declaration of Human and Civic Rights of 1789, which protects freedom of speech. Article 10 of the Declaration of Human and Civic Rights states that “No one may be disturbed on account of his opinions, even religious ones, as long as the manifestation of such opinions does not interfere with the established Law and Order.”
Article 11 follows that up with “The free communication of ideas and of opinions is one of the most precious rights of man. Any citizen may therefore speak, write and publish freely, except what is tantamount to the abuse of this liberty in the cases determined by Law.”
In other words, the French Constitution recognizes freedom of speech, but also explicitly allows legislation that would limit it.
How great is socialism? So great, that the minimum wage in the Workers Paradise of Venezuela was nearly doubled, but the same worker is now only pulling in a measly one and one-fourth penny (00.0125¢) per hour.
That’s right… the nation defended by a spectrum ranging from the airheaded to the completely useless (Sean Penn, Jamie Foxx, Oliver Stone, Naomi Campbell, Michael Moore, Jeremy Corbin, Bernie Sanders, Danny Glover, etc.) is now paying those in the government controlled workforce a whopping Bs. F 797,510 (bolívares fuertes), worth roughly $2.02 a month according to the Spanish language currency converter website DolarToday.com.
Despite both Left and Right leaning news services agreeing on the specific amount of money going to the Venezuelan people, both liberals and conservatives agree that things in the South American nation pretty much suck.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced a 40 percent increase to the minimum wage as of January, a move that will foment what many economists already consider hyperinflation in the oil-rich but crisis-stricken nation.
In his televised year-end address, leftist Maduro said the new wage level would protect workers against what he calls Washington’s “economic war” to sabotage socialism.
“Good news!” said the former bus driver and union leader, speaking next to a Venezuelan flag in a midday address.
Venezuelans will now earn some 797,510 bolivars a month, factoring in food tickets, or just over $7 on the widely used black market index. Millions will still be unable to afford three meals a day, while the increase is likely to stoke inflation further. Prices went up 1,369 percent between January and November, according to figures released earlier this month by the opposition-led Congress, which estimated the 2017 rate would top 2,000 percent. The Venezuelan government no longer publishes inflation data on a regular basis.
Venezuela’s socialist dictator Nicolás Maduro has raised his country’s minimum wage by a further 40 percent, meaning public sector employees will now earn around two dollars a month in his seventh and final major hike of 2017.
“We have good news regarding the protection and stability of all the workers,” said Maduro in a televised address. “I am announcing the rise of the national minimum wage by 40 percent for all our doctors and public sector workers.”
The move means that working Venezuelans will now receive a basic salary of 248,510 bolivares, equivalent to $2.02 a month. On top of that, they are also handed an increased food ticket worth 549,000 bolivares worth $4.46, meaning their total income amounts to around $6.48.
As part of his socialist “Bolivarian revolution,” Maduro’s late predecessor Hugo Chávez would boast of Venezuela having the highest minimum wage in Latin America, equivalent to $372 a month.
However, inflation began to soar as early as 2007 and accelerated further after oil prices crashed in 2012. In recent years, Venezuelans have been seen carrying thousands of banknotes to buy the simplest of products, in scenes similar to Germany’s Weimar Republic or Zimbabwe’s hyperinflation crisis.
The government has responded by introducing higher denomination bank notes, although even the maximum note of 100,000 bolivares is still worth under one dollar.
Since the below video was first posted to Youtube in November 2017, to 100,000 bolivar note was worth $2.42. It has since shrunk in value to roughly 78¢.
Are there any individuals or groups that you absolutely wouldn’t have any contact with, regardless of the circumstances?
Some are automatically soured by the likes of the Nazi Party, BLM, Antifa, the Klan, whatever… different strokes for different folks, right?
But then there are certain groups that any sane person would want nothing to do with.
How about groups such as NAMBLA (North American Man/Boy Love Association) who openly endorse pedophilia? There are groups that have ritualized the eating and drinking of human feces and urine. And perhaps proving that everything old is new again, there’s the nouveau-vampire movement.
There happens to be one group that incorporates all of the above: Satanism.
If hanging out with those who give all honor and glory to the Lord of the Flies isn’t on the top of your must-invite list, you may want to know who happens to be just fine with the Church of Satan.
That would be none other than the former-First Daughter Chelsea Clinton.
While the Obama cuckolds are sniping at President Trump for defending the Iranian freedom marchers taking to the streets, the former Israeli ambassador to the United States and current Deputy to the Prime Minister, Michael Oren, just went public in accusing Barack Obama of kowtowing to the goon squad leadership Tehran, all so the ex-president could secure for himself a place in history by signing a nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic.
Oren, himself a former paratrooper in the Israeli Army, is a member of the Kulanu (All of Us) political party, which happens to favor a two-state solution with the Palestinians.
“The Obama administration’s lack of support for the (2009) Green Revolution was part of a pattern in which it did not hold Iran accountable for any provocation.
It would seem it was part of a general approach that began in Obama’s first week in office in 2009 of wanting to reach a deal with Iran at pretty much any cost.”
Oren went on to list a number provocations by the Iranian government that Barack Obama and his administration purposefully chose to turn a blind eye to;
The violent crackdown on the 2009 Green Revolution protesters
The kidnapping of American citizens
Having their missile boats provocatively approach American destroyers
Trying to assassinate him [Obama] and his Saudi counterpart in downtown Washington
The failure to follow through on a red line Obama imposed on Syrian dictator Bashar Assad using chemical weapons
Iranian-backed Hezbollah smuggling massive amounts of cocaine into the US
In the meantime, many of the now-out-of-power Obama flunkies are hammering away against President Trump for his support of the freedom marchers,
Perpetually touting themselves as the champion of oppressed people everywhere, the Obama toadies have made their opinions known regarding President Trump and the Iranian freedom marchers: Shut up and leave the ayatollahs alone;
With humility about how little we know about what's happening inside Iran, this much is clear: it's an Iranian moment and not anyone else's. But the rights of people to protest peacefully and voice their aspirations are universal and governments everywhere should respect that.
The Iranian people are rightfully demanding dignity, less corruption, more opportunity, and greater control over their lives. In looking at US twitter, it seems lost on too many that this is about what Iranians want for Iran, and not about us.
While it’s glaringly obvious that the Obamabots are neck-deep in defending their ex-boss, that begs the question, why?
Could it be due to Obama’s showpiece of foreign policy is finally being exposed as collusion with the Iranian thugocracy? Even if it means success built on a foundation of the battered and bloody corpses of the Iranian freedom marchers.
Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer recently visited Marines and sailors deployed to the Afghanistan theater of war, ostensibly see for himself not only the status of the troops he’s responsible for, but also to wish those same troops a merry Christmas, as noted by The Military Times Twitter feed.
Equipped with a sidearm, Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer visited Marines and sailors at Camp Shorab, Afghanistan, to wish them a happy holiday season. (Sgt. Lucas Hopkins/Marine Corps) pic.twitter.com/X3TChTv0yz
Yet for whatever patently bizarre reason, CNN’s Pentagon correspondent doesn’t seem to understand why Secretary Spencer would be carrying a sidearm in Afghanistan, despite of the fact that Spencer himself is a former Marine Corps officer.
Of course, the blowback at Starr’s monumentally stupid question was often hilarious. But the one who best deserves the Occam’s Razor award would be the individual known to the Twitter universe as Memento Māori;
1. He’s a former Marine.
2. He’s in a war zone.
3. Because he fucking wants to.
Leave it to CNN. Only the folks over at the Clinton News Network could actually say with a straight face that the truth is a bad thing.
As reported by The Daily Caller’s Amber Athey, the Fox News morning show “Fox & Friends” cited a recent Rasmussen Reports poll citing that President Trump’s approval rating is within the margin of error (+/- 2.5%) as compared to the same point of the initial Obama term.
As the president responded to the news;
While the Fake News loves to talk about my so-called low approval rating, @foxandfriends just showed that my rating on Dec. 28, 2017, was approximately the same as President Obama on Dec. 28, 2009, which was 47%…and this despite massive negative Trump coverage & Russia hoax!
CNN, always focused on the most important stories of the day, had a meltdown when a white box truck blocked them from filming President Donald Trump on the golf course.
On Tuesday, a CNN reporter peeked through the bushes in order to videotape Trump golfing in Palm Beach, Florida. The shot was awkward — and arguably a bit creepy — but CNN bragged about the exclusive shot they got of the president.
Unsatisfied with just one day of footage, CNN went back to their spot on Wednesday, only to discover it had been blocked off by a white box truck. CNN repeatedly complained about the truck blocking their view on Twitter and on air, whining that they were on public property and suggesting they had a right to film the president on his own golf course.
The Secret Service and the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office both denied responsibility for the truck, causing CNN to launch into full-on conspiracy theory mode.
“Today this truck showed up out of nowhere and actually moved at one point when our journalists tried to get a different angle,” CNN’s Ryan Nobles cried. “It’s clear no one wanted us to get a picture of the president golfing.”
The Secret Service responded to CNN’s inquiries about the truck with an appropriate level of snark, stating, “The USSS is in the business of protection and investigations not in commissioning vehicles to block the media’s view of the president’s golf swing.”
In a rather historic move, the Trump Administration has announced that the annual US contribution to the United Nations will be cut by roughly 25 percent, as reported by the New York Post;
UN Ambassador Nikki Haley announced Sunday that the United States negotiated a $285 million cut in the United Nations’ “bloated” budget for next year.
“The inefficiency and overspending of the United Nations are well known,” Haley said in a statement from the US Mission. “We will no longer let the generosity of the American people be taken advantage of or remain unchecked.”
Haley added that the “historic reduction” in spending is a step in the right direction and that the US would make many other moves toward a more efficient and accountable UN.
“In addition to these significant cost savings, we reduced the UN’s bloated management and support functions, bolstered support for key US priorities throughout the world and instilled more discipline and accountability throughout the UN system,” the statement said.
The new deal for the 2018-2019 fiscal year is $285 million less than the world body’s staggering $5.4 billion budget for fiscal year 2016-2017.
The United States is responsible for 22 percent of the United Nations operating budget, the largest contribution. It paid about $1.2 billion of the 2016-2017 budget of $5.4 billion.
Possibly without even realizing how much they’ve warmed the hearts of Trump supporters, The Times also noted that in the wake of every member nation assigned to the United Nations Security Council voting against the Trump decision to relocate our embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, the POTUS was quoted;
Mr. Trump dared the General Assembly to follow the Security Council’s example. “Let them vote against us,” he said. “We will save a lot.”
What was your first clue… the word “free” or “give-away”?
In a city that’s been on the Democrat Plantation for well over a half century (the last Republican mayor was in 1962), Detroit has gone from being an industrial powerhouse of nearly 2 million people to a 4th World dung heap that’s seen the population drop by 60 percent.
Small wonder that when any given populous is use to free stuff, and it fails to materialize, things turn violent.
Large crowds, fights and a woman arrested for pulling a knife — none are normally synonymous with a toy giveaway.
But Saturday on Detroit’s west side, hundreds, if not thousands, gathered for free Christmas toys.
Police had to be called in because, at times, the crowds were unruly.
“People were fighting over toys, so they shut the door,” one person said.
It was likely a first for any kind of toy giveaway, crowds so large Detroit police had to step in, and those trying to get toys, at times, getting out of control.
Saturday night’s toy giveaway is part of a program called Toys Making I.M.P.A.C.T.S. For months, those in need could register for free toys for their children, and when the doors opened at Tower Center Mall on Grand River Avenue at 4 p.m., close to 6,000 children were signed up.
The Norwegian Home Guard base near Trondheim that houses the Marine rotational force was the first stop on Gen. Robert Neller’s annual Christmas tour.
The stop was a new one for the tour. The first Norway rotation, from 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines, deployed in January and was replaced by a new unit from 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines, in late August.
Neller emphasized to the Marines that they should remain ready to fight at all times, predicting a “big-ass fight” on the horizon.
“I hope I’m wrong, but there’s a war coming,” Neller said. ” … You’re in a fight here, an informational fight, a political fight, by your presence.”
Neller later told the Marines that he expects the Pacific and Russia to be the service’s operational points of focus as the nation looks beyond the fights in the Middle East that have stretched into the better part of two decades.
The United States’ position that Russia presents a major threat was re-emphasized in the new National Security Strategy released Monday. The document discusses Russia’s practice of “using information tools” to interfere with other nations’ democracies and militant aggression that crosses borders.
“With its invasions of Georgia and Ukraine, Russia demonstrates its willingness to violate the sovereignty of states in the region,” the strategy states.
Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Ronald Green put the Marines’ role starkly.
“Just remember why you’re here,” he said. “They’re watching. Just like you watch them, they watch you. We’ve got 300 Marines up here; we could go from 300 to 3,000 overnight. We could raise the bar.”
At least that’s what CNBC’s David Faber and Jim Cramer have alluded to on in the air.
With almost no coverage by the Establishment Media, it was only Rush Limbaugh who caught who caught the provocative back-and-forth between Cramer and Faber in the mere hours following the final congressional vote.
FABER: It’s a good thing. Do you think there’s a coordinated effort, that there was some sort of conversation between some of these companies or some sort of coordinating body that said this is something that might be a good thing for you to consider doing? I don’t know. Just curious that — I don’t think anybody was anticipating it until we saw the announcement from AT&T, and then it was so quickly followed by Wells and Fifth Third, our parent company, but obviously there’s so many others that could be doing the same thing.
CRAMER: If it was coordinated then there should —
FABER: A lot more, right?
CRAMER: — have been a lot more than six companies.
Keep in mind, at the moment of the Faber-Cramer on-air comments, only six companies had announced they would pass on the benefits of the new legislation on to their employees. Since the CNBC airing, dozens of more companies are jumping on the tax cut bandwagon.
AT&T Inc. and Comcast Corp. said they would pay a $1,000 bonus to most of their U.S. workers, more than 300,000 people combined. The president signed the tax legislation on Friday.
Other banks have also announced pay increases since the tax bill passed Congress. Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC), PNC Financial Services Group Inc., BB&T Corp. and Fifth Third Bancorp said they would raise their minimum wage to $15 an hour. Bank of America already pays its employees that minimum wage. Some of those banks are also paying certain employees a one-time bonus similar to Bank of America’s.
In an “emergency meeting” the General Assembly of the United Nations voted overwhelmingly to condemn the American decision to relocate the US embassy from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem.
Never mind that it’s none of the UN’s business where the United States places any of its embassies
Never mind that the United States gives far more to the UN’s coffers than any other member nation
Never mind that not a single one of our NATO alleged “allies” voted with us
Never mind that Israel captured East Jerusalem after they were attacked by a Arab-Muslim nation
With the obvious exception of the United States voting against its own condemnation, the remaining eight nations voting against the resolution have a combined square mile area roughly the size of North and South Carolina combined.
But then again, most UN member states would face an uphill battle to qualify for an American area code.
One hundred and twenty eight countries voted in favor condemning the United States
Nine countries voted against
Thirty five abstained
Twenty one nations didn’t even bother to show up for the vote
Yet in a strange sort of way, the abstaining and absent nations very well may have been paying attention to Amb. Haley’s promise that the United States would remember who voted to condemn their sugar daddy.
128 countries voted in favor of the resolution rejecting President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, 9 voted against, 35 abstained.
Does it make me a bad person for laughing everytime a riot baton came down with a thud on any given Leftie rioter?
No, I didn’t think so either.
Anyhow, the comrades over at the Putin-friendly RT.com caught on video Italian cops going full BTFO on a mob of communists and anarchists hell-bent on doing what communists and anarchists do best.
Using the Leftist code word of “anti-fascists” to describe rioters, RT.com predictably fell back on the reliable MSM tactic of referring to anyone who so happens to disagree with them as “right-wing groups”.
As reported by a rather sorrowful RT.com from the Italian city of Modena;
The incident took place on Friday evening. A local far-right group called ‘Defend Modena’ organized a rally in the center of the town to protest against the Jus soli – or the right of the soil – a legal principle that allows anyone born on the territory of a state to obtain its citizenship. Italy currently does not use this principle in granting citizenship but local lawmakers in Modena have discussed the possibility of its introduction.
Footage provided by the Ruptly video new agency shows the anti-fascists throwing what look like thunder-flashes, firecrackers and smoke pellets at the police with the officers in riot gear subsequently charging into the crowd. The video also shows officers beating people lying on the street with batons and attempting to detain some of the protesters by force.
According to local media, police also used water cannon to disperse the crowd. The protesters also reportedly engaged in clashes and scuffles with police on several occasions. However, there were no reports of any serious injuries, although local media said that some people were “bruised” in the brawls and at least two people were arrested.