Socialism at Its Finest: Venezuela Facing Toilet Paper Shortage


crew-2231Comment by Jim Campbell, Citizen Journalist, Oath Keeper and Patriot.

First let me assure you this is not a parody, it’s the well sourced truth, and don’t think for a moment if Obama thought he could pull this off, he wouldn’t try in a heart beat.

logo no more che dayThere’s just one minor detail, make that a major detail, Venezuela is not socialist, the have become the second communist state on the continent, the other being Bolivia.

Some would quibble calling them Marxist controlled states but there is no doubt about Cuba and the Dominican Republic.

Most of the countries in Latin America are run by Marxist dictators. 

Last Friday, dictator Maduro approved two laws that finally ended free markets in Venezuela. The first law, with the Orwellian name of “Law for the Protection of the Venezuelan Family and Control of Costs and Prices,” requires all businesses in Venezuela, large and small, to submit their price mark-ups for approval with the head of Venezuela’s newly created Economic Council (whose leader happens to be an army general).

The second law creates a National Foreign Trade Center that will eventually become a monopoly that will handle all Venezuelan imports. Private companies will be allowed to operate only as local distributors and retailers of the National Foreign Trade Center.

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In January, when Venezuelans discover that their cheap purchases of government-mandated, reduced-price goods produced the collapse of the private sector, the government will be ready with a Soviet-style rationing system. Already, black market operators are setting up shop in what promises to be a thriving business in Socialism for the 21st Century

The Daily Sheeple

Beginning in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, numerous Latin American countries underwent a left leaning shift that has been dubbed “the pink tide.” This moniker was created to contrast itself with the more extreme “red” socialism that stood for the abject failure of the Soviet Union.

It was supposed to be a more moderate form of socialism, perhaps more in line with the welfare states of Europe. In theory, it would have all the supposed benefits of communism, like equal rights, land reform, and cheap government services, but without the single party politics and death camps.

In practice, socialism has never had any of those supposed benefits, and if they do, they usually accomplish them by burying their country in debt and poverty. You can paint a fresh face on socialism, but it’s still the same vile system of exploitation that killed millions of people in the 20th century; and much like their hated rivals, the crony capitalist systems of the West (i.e. not truly capitalist in any sense of the word), their system still engenders an elite cartel of despots that lord over their impoverished people.

This supposedly moderate “pink tide” was led by Hugo Chavez’s gang in Venezuela, after he won the 1998 election. Within 6 years, the people of Uruguay, Chile, Brazil, Argentina, and the Dominican Republic had all elected leftist governments. Within a few more years, Paraguay, Peru, Nicaragua, Honduras, and Ecuador would follow.

But since the death of Hugo Chavez in 2013, the fate of the pink tide nations has never looked so bleak. Venezuela was the poster child of this movement, and their country is currently enduring one of the most devastating economic calamities in modern history. They just don’t understand that no matter what shade of socialism you create, it will always fall apart. In this case, Venezuela is facing one of the classic symptoms of a failed Soviet state. That is, shortages of basic necessities.

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Ahmadinejad’s claim that Chávez will be resurrected with Jesus ‘went too far’


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Comment by Jim Campbell, Citizen Journalist, Oath Keeper and Patriot.

Chavez raped and pillaged Venezuela, which sits on the largest oil reserves in the world.  

6a010534b8668f970c0133f3674fde970b-800wiThe perfect fit!

A serious candidate for Secretary of State in Obama’s second term.

As a Marxist, he let his people wallow in poverty as he absconded with over $2 billion of the country’s dollars as has been recorded at the time of his death.

Some people are destined to burn in hell for eternity,  Chavez may be among them.

Had he not died of cancer, he would have made an ideal Secretary of State for the most corrupt administration in United States History.

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it, I’m J.C. and I approve this message.

From the UK Guardian

Iranian president’s tribute to late Venezuelan president criticized by some of his country’s influential clerics as against Shia Islam.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with Hugo Chávez in 2012

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with Hugo Chávez in 2012. The Venezuelan president was one of the Iranian leader’s closest allies. Photograph: Ariana Cubillos/AP

Iran‘s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has been criticised for saying that Hugo Chávez will be resurrected along with Jesus Christ in his tribute to the Venezuelan president who died on Tuesday.

Ahmad Khatami, an influential cleric in the country’s assembly of experts, said on Wednesday that Ahmadinejad went “too far” with his claim that Chávez would “return on resurrection day”.

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Venezuela: Another Blow to Chavez’s Presidential Campaign


Comment by Jim Campbell, Citizen Journalist and Patriot.

Ah yes, communism and communists!

Hugo Chavez has metastatic rhabdomyosarcoma, an aggressive cancer that has entered the end stage. Be looking for the ” Miss Me Yet?” poster the day his death is announced.  

If it weren’t for the love affair of the media with the corpulent Michael Moore, the communist Sean Penn, and the bowing and scraping to this tin pot dictator would we even give this country a second thought?  Think about it.

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it, I’m J.C. and I approve this message.

Stratfor Global Intelligence

Fires at northwestern Venezuela’s Amuay refinery, which had been burning since Aug. 25 went out Aug. 28, destroyed nearby houses and killed more than 40 people. Coming just five weeks ahead of Venezuela’s Oct. 7 presidential election, the refinery fire is a blow to President Hugo Chavez’s government. The fire, along with a number of other challenges facing the Venezuelan government, will help the opposition at the polls in October.

Summary

Venezuelan Amuay oil refinery in Paranagua on Aug. 28

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Analysis

The Amuay refinery fire is not an isolated incident. Venezuela’s refining sector has been slowly declining for years as cost-cutting measures enacted by Petroleos de Venezuela’s management have had adverse effects on operations. A similar, albeit smaller, event occurred Nov. 5, 2011, when a storage tank at the same refinery caught fire. The same month, blackouts left the Cardon refinery without power. In January 2012, a valve failure caused a five-day outage at the catalytic cracker of El Palito refinery in Carabobo state. These and an overall high rate of incidents are outside the norm for refinery operations and have periodically caused shortages of refined fuels in Venezuela.

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The chronic challenges Venezuela’s once state-of-the-art refineries are experiencing are in part a result of changes in the frequency of maintenance procedures at Petroleos de Venezuela refineries. The company’s employees heavily supported the 2002 coup attempt on Chavez.

When the attempt failed, many of the company’s technically experienced employees were fired. Since then, efficiency has plummeted at Petroleos de Venezuela. The number of employees has skyrocketed at the same time that output has fallen. Among other shifts, this dynamic produced a change in how the refineries are maintained. Whereas prior to 2002 maintenance procedures were carried out every three years at a maximum, that period has expanded to four to five years.

For Chavez, the Amuay fire is only the latest political blow to occur despite efforts to secure support for the election. In the first place, prison riots have become a frequent occurrence. In the past several months there have been major incidents at prisons in Caracas, Miranda and Merida, underlining the problems the government is having managing extreme overcrowding in prisons, where heavily armed gangs compete for control with each other and with prison officials.

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Are Venzuela and Iran setting up the next Cuban Missile Crisis?


By Jim Campbell, Citizen Journalist

It’s been 3 years 7 months and three weeks since the United States had a president.  Once the child golfer is removed from his putting green in the Oval Office, the new Republican President can tell Chavez to pound salt where Obama keeps his head.

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it, I’m J.C. and I approve this message.