Mar
09
2014
4

Tweet of the Day, Well, Commies do Know How To Turn People Into Numbers edition.

I was going to suggest that this was a remarkably inefficient and crude way to do food rationing.

…And then I realized that I actually have no idea whether it is, or not. I live in a capitalist democratic republic; we don’t have food rationing.

Via @FriedrichHayek.

Feb
25
2014
6

So, I’ve figured out how to keep Marco Rubio doing stuff we’d all approve of..

Piss him the hell off.

Fourteen minutes’ worth of Cuba apologists’ guts being made into garters, including the apologists in Congress. Oh, my, yes, most assuredly the apologists in Congress. Watch it even if you’re still mad at Marco: you probably won’t stop being mad at him, but at least you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that Tom Harkin is quietly seething because there’s no way he can match Senator Rubio’s ability to put the rhetorical boot in.

Moe Lane

Feb
22
2014
1

John Forbes Kerry, Soooper-Geniusss.

Mind you, that title is not entirely fair to the Secretary of State: or rather, it is fair for all the wrong reasons.

 

All I can say is… I wish.

Moe Lane

PS: It’s nice to see that the usual US/rest of the planet awareness mismatch operates in both directions, though.

Feb
22
2014
4

*Possibly* good news coming out of #ukraine.

If true, at least.

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Feb
21
2014
8

This is a disquieting picture. #venezuela

The implications are alarming.

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Nov
21
2013
7

Venezuelan tyrant* confirms: new wave of confiscations, redistributions.

You would have to be out of your goram mind to run a load of refrigerators into Venezuela right now:

Via @instapundit. Seriously: the freaking things will just be seized and redistributed anyway. Better to sell in places that recognize the rule of law, not men.

Moe Lane

*I use ‘tyrant’ advisedly, and a little archaically. Perhaps ‘despot’ would be a better term… or even ‘king.’ I recognize that Maduro’s not rounding up people and shooting them en masse – yet – but neither is he respecting the rule of law.

Feb
27
2013
2

Hugo Chavez either is, or is not, dead.

Either way, my response is going to be… a shrug.  Just another as-close-to-Commie-as-he-dares strongman thug – which, frankly, was and is a lot less than Chavez’s fan club either thinks or thought.  I’m being a little temporally vague there because as soon as Chavez is actually dead he’ll rapidly be abandoned as an inspirational figure by guilty norteamericano liberals and supplanted by whatever as-close-to-Commie-as-he-dares strongman thug takes his place.  They come, they go, and weep for Latin America, which never seems to catch a break on this for too long.

Dec
13
2012
6

Venezuela expected to devolve into chaos after Chavez’s death.

Alternative title: Cult-of-personality dictatorship to collapse after death of personalityWhoever could have guessed that this would happen?

In short, Venezuela is headed for a hard fall, and the current shift in leadership will be — as one local observer put it — like switching bus drivers on a bus hurtling downhill without breaks and a broken steering wheel. The problem’s not just the driver, it’s the entire bus too.

Via Instapundit.  I really do wish that international Marxist regimes that have managed to survive this long would just admit that it’s because they’ve largely become monarchist or feudal states.  They should give up and embrace the concept of kingship and aristocracy – or, in the case of the Chinese, finding a good, plausible-sounding reason to bring back a Son Of Heaven.  Then the PRC can all put jade buttons on their Mao caps and actually run the bureaucracies in a more long-term fashion… sorry, where was I?

Ah, right, Chavez.  Damned if I know what Venezuela’s going to do, here.  Except probably have a civil war.  Try not to burn down the oil wells, guys: you’ll want them later.

Moe Lane

PS: …What?  You think that the USA will actually intervene?  Under this President?  Under the circumstances, I don’t think that I’m really justified in giving them anything except the most practical sort of advice…

Feb
16
2009
1

Fausta’s depressing Venezuela election roundup.

I say depressing because, well, it is: there’s something aggravating about knowing that we could stop Hugo Chavez from sending his country over the Marxist edge, but we’re not going to. I felt the same way under the last administration, too.

And before you start lecturing me about Yanqui imperialism, I’d like to remind you that it’s been a darn sight less genocidal than Communist imperialism. The only thing that Marxism has ever shown any genius in is in the turning of large numbers of live peasants into dead ones.

Crossposted at RedState.

Feb
12
2009
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Chavez claims (convenient) coup; “conspirators” quashed.

Naturally, it’s all our fault.

Venezuela Arrests Soldiers Over Alleged Army Plot, Chavez Says

Feb. 12 (Bloomberg) — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said soldiers suspected of conspiring in a plot to destabilize the government were arrested, adding the situation is under control.

Chavez, a self-proclaimed socialist who has accused the political opposition of trying to overthrow his government since he survived a brief coup in 2002, said the country’s intelligence agency uncovered a plan to infiltrate the Miraflores presidential palace. He made the comments yesterday on state television.

“We’ve arrested some soldiers, and they remain detained, who were in contact with a solder on the run in the U.S., protected by the U.S. government, sending messages about a so- called Operation Independence,” Chavez said.

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