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CNN has reported an Associated Press story about the latest insane ramblings of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez (or ‘el Presidente Loco’).
Chavez’s latest flavor of the day is to try to shame his people into not drinking, smoking and indulging in “shopping-mall materialism”.
Aside from raising the tax rate to 50 percent on a range of alcoholic beverages and increasing the 52% cigarette tax to 70 percent, he has several of initiatives (which are strangely reminscent of Cambodias Pol Pot) to change the daily lives of average Venezuelans. Such as Don’t douse foods with too much hot sauce, exercise regularly, eat low-cholesterol foods, respect speed limits. He also wants parents to stop buying Barbie dolls — and breast jobs — for their daughters.
“Now some say, ‘When my daughter turns 15 years old, we’re going to give her phony breasts.’ What a horrible thing! It’s the latest degeneration,” Chavez told one packed auditorium.
Now I can’t speak for Hugo, but when I see a Venezuelan girl with big hooters in a tight t-shirt washing a car… I NEVER say “What a horrible thing!”
“We’re one of the countries that consumes the most whisky per capita in the world. We should be ashamed,” Chavez said recently on national television. “I’m not willing to continue offering dollars to import whisky in these quantities. What kind of revolution is this? The Whisky Revolution? The Hummer Revolution? No, this is a real revolution!”
The Venezuelan people do not seem as ready to embrace the puritan lifestyle as their coo-coo leader.
“If I drink my bottle of whisky it’s because I worked for it. I made the sacrifice and therefore I can drink whatever I want,” said shopkeeper Ernesto Gonzalez, 49.
Reclusive North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il has boasted of being an “internet expert,” reports said on Saturday.
The communist state keeps itself closed to the outside world to prevent so-called spiritual pollution from subverting its hard-line socialist system.
Kim told delegates at this week’s historic inter-Korean summit his internet expertise made him reluctant to allow further access to the web in the communist state, the South’s Yonhap news agency reported.
Kim’s comment came as he turned down South Korea’s proposal that a joint industrial park in the communist state be connected to the internet.
“I am an internet expert. Many problems would arise if the internet is connected to other parts of the North,” Yonhap quoted Kim as saying.
The media is a propaganda tool in North Korea, where televisions and radios are tuned to official channels only, and the leadership is aware of the internet’s potential to stir up dissent.
It operates its own version of the internet, a highly censored intranet that is policed by the Korea Computer Centre, North Korea’s window on the worldwide web and its leading high-technology research and development hub. — AFP
The ODM party and the ODM-Kenya parties are both petitioning the Electoral Commission of Kenya (ECK) for exclusive rights to use an orange as a symbol for their parties. Apparently, ODM has been using a full orange, while ODM-Kenya opted for the more daring one full and a half orange.
Yeah! Good thinking guys, because THAT is what is wrong in Kenya! Let’s stop bickering about the little issues that mean nothing, such as:
→ 50% of the population living below the poverty line
→ 40% unemployment rate
→ rampant HIV/AIDS epidemics (currently 1 in 16 Kenyans have full blown AIDS)
(Do I need to go on?)
Kenya’s The Standard Online reports:
‘Raila, Mudavadi and chairman Mr Henry Kosgey said ODM legally owned the symbol.
“Ours is a full Orange and the ODM-Kenya’s is one and a half orange. We are Chungwa and they are Machungwa,” added Raila.
ODM has in the past claimed that it had been granted exclusive rights to use the orange symbol, adding that no other party should claim the orange.
Maanzo said they urged ECK to ensure that the party was the only one allowed to use the orange symbol.
“We have the conviction that the orange symbol is ours and will agree to nothing less,” said Maanzo.
They argued that should the ECK allow the two parties to use their respective orange symbols, then they had no problem but should it be ruled that the orange was for one party, they would demand that it be given to their party.
Kalonzo later demanded a guarantee from the ECK that the orange would be part of their symbol.’
Let me make sure I have it straight:
ODM = Chungwa = full orange
ODM-Kenya = MaChungwa = full orange and half orange
Yep, that’s like night and day.
Anyone remember the movie that said, “Stupid is as Stupid does.”?
“Iran’s parliament has approved a nonbinding resolution to label the CIA and the US army as “terrorist organisations”.”
Oh give me a freakin’ break. You know, I can actually sympathize with some of the complaints that Iran has with the CIA and others. But this ‘resolution’ is reminiscent of a 9-year-olds insult come-back “No I’m not, you are!”
And what exactly is Ahmadinejad going to do if it is ratified into Iranian law? Are they going to freeze CIA assets? Will they apply travel restrictions on US Army personnel?
al-Jazeera goes on to say:
“The (Iranian) government is expected to remain silent over the parliament resolution and wait for US reaction before making its decision.”
Well what the hell do you think the US reaction will be? Condoleeza Rice or a White House spokesperson will come out and say something like “accusations from a state sponsor of terrorism don’t carry much weight in world opinion” or “statements like these are just another example of Iran trying to divert world attention away from their funding and arming of terrorists in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Lebanon.”
What a bunch of jack-asses.
I was almost right, it was National Security Council spokesman Gordon Johndroe and his exact words were that he declined to comment:
“on non-binding resolutions passed by parliaments in countries with dubious records on human rights, democracy and that are state sponsors of terror.”
The story from IRNA (Iranian state controlled news agency)
Iran’s parliament votes to label CIA, U.S. Army ‘terrorist’ groups
Iran says CIA is ‘terrorist’ agency
OR: What’s Good For el Ganso
Is Not Good For el Gander.
Why is it that Mexican presidents and politicians scream racism and prejudice when the U.S. tries to prevent illegal Mexicans from crossing the border, but they protect their borders from their other neighbors with twice the zeal and diligence?
Thousands of Buddhist monks have begun peaceful marches throughout Myanmar (aka Burma) to protest violence and abuses by the military junta.
Anti-government rallies and marches by citizens had begun about a month ago in the capital city of Ragoon after fuel prices were increased 500%. The military government responded harshly with mass arrests and public beatings.
The monks had given the government a Monday deadline to apologize for beatings of several hundred of their people about two weeks ago. The deadline came and went without an apology.
The Alliance of All Burma Buddhist Monks called upon the nations estimated 400,000 monks to stop accepting alms from anyone connected to the military government. Without these rites a devout Buddhist is seen as losing all chance of attaining nirvana or release from the cycle of rebirth, according to al-Jazeera.
From The Irriwady:
“Their move is seen as a significant confrontation between the Sangha (sons of Buddha) and the state and a big challenge for the military authorities. The vast majority of Burmese citizens are Buddhist, including most of the country’s military leaders.”
The processions of monks in most cities refused to allow citizens to join in the marches, thereby denying the government charges of inciting the public.
Tuesday’s march also comes on the 19th anniversary of the coup in Myanmar, in which the current junta took over after crushing a failed pro-democracy rebellion that sought an end to military rule, imposed since 1962.
National League for Democracy party led by Aung San Suu Kyi won a general election in 1990, but the junta refused to honor the results. Aung San Suu Kyi has been held in house arrest for more than 11 of the last 17 years.
OR: A Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Use
Hugo Chavez is now threatening to close down or nationalize any Venezuelan private schools that refuse to bow down to his socialist government and teach from his new textbooks and curriculum.
In a shining example of his thoughts on free thought and free enterprise, he proclaims:
“Society cannot allow the private sector to do whatever it wants”
“Anticipating criticism, Chavez said the state’s role in regulating education is internationally accepted and it is not possible for a school administrator to insist on autonomy in countries such as Germany or the United States either.”
However, to compare state regulation of education to mandatory party written texts and curriculi is apples and oranges.
This idiot is ruining his country and pushing democracy back by decades. Out of control oil prices have created a windfall of cash for Venezuela (as well as several other despots and questionable democracies such as Iran and Russia) allowing him to buy influence into several other Latin American countries – some of whom are buying into his “Bolivarian Bloc” nonsense, some of whom just need the money.
His sycophants and supporters seem oblivious to the fact that his economic policies, which have put his country completely at the mercy of world oil prices, are set to bankrupt Venezuela if a sudden drop in prices occurs.
I predict bad times for Mr. Chavez’s “revolution” when this happens, and I wish him all the worst.