Saturday, December 31, 2016

The Democrats need to confess

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As any Catholic knows, our confessions are twofold. First, you tell the priest your sins, or “recount your tragedies” as we used to say in Catholic school. Second, the priest gives you a little homework, or a few prayers to say to move on.
Well, if the Democrats were confessing then it may go like this: “Father, I am really sorry that I’ve been looking down at all of those religious people or calling them racists if they disagree with Obama, or calling them homophobes if they believe in traditional marriage, or referring to them as fascists because they want the Ten Amendments on the courthouse walls.”
Father may tell them to say a few Hail Marys and Our Fathers.
On a real note, the Democrats have a religion problem, and Democrat Michael Wear is reminding them of it. In an exchange with Emma Green at the Atlantic, Wear said:
Green: Why is it, do you think, that some liberals — and specifically the Democratic Party — have been unwilling to do outreach to people who hold particular kinds of theological points of view?
Wear: They think, in some ways wrongly, but in other ways rightly, that it would put constraints around their policy agenda. So, for instance: You could make a case to evangelicals while trying to repeal the Hyde Amendment, [which prohibits federal funding for abortion in most circumstances,] but that’s really difficult. Reaching out to evangelicals doesn’t mean you have to become pro-life. It just means you have to not be so in love with how pro-choice you are, and so opposed to how pro-life we are.
The second thing is that there’s a religious illiteracy problem in the Democratic Party. It’s tied to the demographics of the country: More 20- and 30-year-olds are taking positions of power in the Democratic Party. They grew up in parts of the country where navigating religion was not important socially and not important to their political careers. This is very different from, like, James Carville in Louisiana in the ’80s. James Carville is not the most religious guy, but he gets religious people — if you didn’t get religious people running Democratic campaigns in the South in the ’80s, you wouldn’t win.
Another reason why they haven’t reached out to evangelicals in 2016 is that, no matter Clinton’s slogan of “Stronger Together,” we have a politics right now that is based on making enemies, and making people afraid.
Mr. Wear is right that our politics is vicious. I don’t know when it actually started but the attacks on Judge Bork in 1987 may be a good starting place.
Nevertheless, I would add a couple of personal observations to the Democrats’ religion problems.
The party is not just preaching separation of church and state, a concept that I support. Instead, they are hysterical about taking God completely out of the public arena.   
How else do you explain these fanatics who want to remove Nativity scenes from public places? Why can’t these people just walk by and go on with their lives?   
Or the insane reaction to having The Ten Commandments on the courthouse wall? What is wrong with a message that tells people not to kill and steal, and to respect their parents? When did that message move to the wrong side of history?
Also, many in the party continue to insult our intelligence referring to abortion as “reproductive rights”. Talk about a corruption of the language!  
Then there is the insane equivalence of illegal and legal immigration.
Yes, the Democrats would be well served to tolerate those of us who disagree with them. It would help if they would stop referring to us as racist, stupid, or whatever other insult they can come up with.
In the meantime, they will continue to lose elections if they don’t confess and change their ways.
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Some thoughts about Gabriel Garcia-Marquez & Fidel Castro


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Some thoughts about Gabriel Garcia-Marquez & Fidel Castro 04/22 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics Podcasts:

Victor Triay, author and college professor, joins me for a chat about the Latin American left. We will also hear from Michael Prada. We will look at the death of Gabriel Garcia-Marquez, the well known author of the Spanish language, who died in Mexico City. My concern is that Mr Garcia-Marquez is another one of those Latin American intellectuals who loved Fidel Castro more than the Cuban people. How else do you explain his fascination with Castro? 


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Friday, December 30, 2016

Religious freedom in the US today


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Religious freedom in the US today 12/30 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts:

Guest: Chris Corbett, North Texas conservative..........we will discuss the state of religious freedom in the US, from 'Merry Christmas' to school prayer to The Ten Commandments in the public square...............................


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Our friend Bill Katz remembers the 1960 election!


The 1960 election was one of the most controversial in US history.  It was Kennedy vs Nixon:  110,000 votes out of 76 million cast.

Everything changed when JFK was assassinated in Dallas. He became a legend and myth.

Today, Democratss remember whatever they want to remember about Pres. Kennedy.  What most of them forget is that JFK would not fit in today's party.  In fact, it's very likely that JFK would have joined Joe Lieberman and walk out on the party's irresponsible national security agenda.

Bill Katz was a college student and a party volunteer on Election Night 1960.  Today, he runs Urgent Agenda, one of my favorite websites.

This is an audio history. Listen here! You will enjoy it!



A little ‘gas anger’ in Mexico

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During my four years working in Mexico for a U.S. bank, I recall two interesting reactions when Mexicans visited their friends or family in the U.S.   
The first one is that they were overwhelmed by our interstate highway system. I remember a Mexican friend asking: “Who built the roads”? I explained the history of the interstates and he replied by saying something along the line that it’s nice to see your taxes doing something good.
The second was that they were impressed by the number of gasoline stations and how people actually shopped for price. The reason for this is that in Mexico there is no shopping for gasoline since all of the stations are owned by PEMEX, and they determine the price too.   
“Cambio” or change, is coming to Mexico, as they say.
Have you spoken with anyone from Mexico over the holidays? Well, it’s all about gasoline prices south of the border these days, as we can see in this report from Bloomberg:
 
Mexico will raise gasoline prices by as much as 20 percent in January, stoking inflation that’s already running at the fastest pace in almost two years.
A month after the increase is implemented, prices will start to adjust on a daily basis as the government loosens its control of the gasoline market, the Finance Ministry said in an e-mailed statement Tuesday. 
January’s increase in unleaded gas will be the biggest since November 1998.
The jump in prices risks pushing up inflation at a time when a slump in the peso has already fueled concern about rising consumer prices and led the central bank to raise interest rates five times this year.
It is a risk Mexico is willing to take as the government gradually lifts controls over gasoline prices to open the fuel market to private development, a move made possible by a landmark energy overhaul in 2013.
Frankly, it had to happen, although I agree that it will hit consumers very hard and drive up the cost of anything that must be transported. The new price will be about 16 pesos a liter, or about 50 pesos a gallon, i,e, about U.S. $3. It could be higher than in the U.S.!
At the same time, Mexico can no longer subsidize gasoline, especially since a lot of it is refined in the U.S.    
Here is a dirty little secret that no politician talks about in Mexico: PEMEX sends oil up here and we send gasoline back to them. It is worth approximately US $15 worth of business to refiners such as Valero, Marathon Petroleum, and Citgo Petroleum. It happens because PEMEX spends too much of its resources on everything rather than drilling or refining.   
Of course, the solution is to privatize PEMEX and put that sacred cow away for good. Unfortunately, “vacas sagradas” or sacred cows have lots of friends in high places, so don’t expect that to happen.   
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A real hero: Ross McGinnis


In June 2008, Pres. Bush awarded the Medal of Honor to the parents of Ross McGinnis.

This is the nation's highest award for courage in combat.

It was the fourth time the Medal has been awarded for those who have served in Iraq.

"In the gunner's hatch of a Humvee driving through Baghdad on December 4, 2006, Private McGinnis saw a grenade fly through the hatch, rolling to where it could have injured the four other soldiers inside.

In easy position to leap and save himself, McGinnis instead jumped to cover the grenade with his body to shield his comrades.
The four men he saved were all at the White House yesterday to pay their respects."
Every young man and woman in the armed forces is a volunteer. They choose to serve their country.   They deserve our support and respect.


They are also heroes, first class heroes! 

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Thursday's show: Cuba 2017 , gasoline prices in Mexico & US-Israel rift gets worse




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My parents were engaged many years ago this week


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According to all of those family stories passed down from parents to kids, the story goes like this.

Circa 1950, my future father was a very young banker in Sagua La Grande (near the Isabela Port).    He decided to take a little vacation and went to Ciego de Avila (close to Camaguey) to visit some family friends.

My future left the hotel and crossed Parque Marti, located in the center of the city.   

My father knocked on the door.  My future mother answered it!  (She happened to live next door and was visiting a friend who lived in that home!)

My future father took a look at my future mother and came back every weekend (and whenever else his work allowed him) until they got married.

I understand why my dad flipped over my mom. She was quite a "beauty" in her younger days!   I guess that it was that mixture of Asturias and Cuba, along with a Cuban accent!

My brother, sister and I came along in the 1950s.

Our family left Cuba in 1964 because my parents refused to live in a communist country. My brother, sister and I are so grateful that my parents sacrificed a great deal so that we may grow up in freedom.

Today, my father is gone and my mom is recovering from an operation.

Nevertheless, we remember that it all started many years ago in December.     

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2017: ‘Muy malo’ for Cuba

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For 10 years, Raul has benefited a lot from having Fidel around. Fidel always showed up at the big celebrations or wrote a column.
Forget that. It won’t be pretty in 2017, as we see in this report from the AP:
Castro must manage these twin economic and diplomatic challenges during a year of transition. The 85-year-old general has promised to hand over the office in early 2018 to a successor, widely expected to be Miguel Diaz-Canel, a 56-year-old official with neither the Castro name nor revolutionary credentials. The change will occur without Castro’s older brother Fidel, the revolutionary leader whose largely unseen presence endowed the system he created with historical weight and credibility in the eyes of many Cubans before he died last month at 90.
“Even if those two events hadn’t taken place — Trump’s victory and Fidel’s death — 2017 was going to be a very difficult year for Cuba,” said Cuban economist Omar Everleny Perez, a visiting professor at Keio University in Tokyo.
Cuba publishes few credible economic statistics, but experts expect the country to end this year with gross domestic product growth of 1 percent or less. It maintained a rate close to 3 percent from 2011-2015.
 
By the way, it’s nice to see an analyst admit that Cuba produces very little credible economic data. This is why so many have been skeptical of health care or literacy gains boasted by Cuba.
Back to the economy.
Indeed, there are tourists but it does not seem to help the Cuban economy. This is because Cubans have very little to gain from these hotels or restaurants where tourists are spending their dollars.   
Add to this the mismanagement of Cuba’s economy and you have profits that end up in the Castro accounts rather than the pockets of the Cuban people.
We are not saying that this is new. Cuba has always been for the benefit of Castro and the gang that protects them. However, this is the first time that they are going to do without a USSR subsidy, EU loans, cheap Venezuela oil, or a U.S. president willing to go around the embargo. 
It will be Raul vs reality in 2017 and the Cuban elites don’t have a clue of what will hit them. There is no one waiting to bail them out anymore.   
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We remember Debbie Reynolds (1932-2016)

We learned that Debbie Reynolds died at 84.   Her daughter Carrie Fisher had a died a couple of days ago.    

Over the years, I saw Debbie in various movies like “Singin’ in the Rain,” & “The Tender Trap".    She was nominated for an Academy-Award for playing the title role in “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” 

I also recall hearing that song "Tammy" often on oldies radio.     It was from the Tammy series of movies, such as "Tammy and the Bachelor".

Just a couple of months, "The singing nun" was on TV.   It reminded me of younger days when we used to take our sister to the movies.

RIP Debbie Reynolds.    She had quite a career.



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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Israel and the US plus a look at the end of the Obama administration


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Guest: Richard Baehr, political analyst and Chief Political Corespondent at American Thinker........we will look at the continuing crisis between Israel and the US over the UN resolution.......the US abstained and we left Israel to be humiliated..........how can Mr. Trump reverse it? what consequences for the countries who voted for the resolution?........President Obama down to less than 30 days........what chance is there that he will pardon Mrs. Clinton? plus other stories.................


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1,030 reasons why President Obama failed his party


Over the holidays, I saw one of the many reviews out there about the Obama years, this one from Lisa Lerer of AP:
In boasting about his tenure in the White House, President Barack Obama often cites numbers like these: 15 million new jobs, a 4.9 percent unemployment rate and 74 months of consecutive job growth.
There’s one number you will almost never hear: More than 1,030 seats.
That’s the number of spots in state legislatures, governor’s mansions and Congress lost by Democrats during Obama’s presidency.
It’s a statistic that reveals an unexpected twist of the Obama years: The leadership of the one-time community organizer and champion of ground-up politics was rough on the grassroots of his own party. When Obama exits the White House, he’ll leave behind a Democratic Party that languished in his shadow for years and is searching for itself…
 
When Obama won the presidency, his election was heralded as a moment of Democratic dominance — the crashing of a conservative wave that had swept the country since the dawn of the Reagan era.
Democrats believed that the coalition of young, minority and female voters who swept Obama into the White House would usher in something new: an ascendant Democratic majority that would ensure party gains for decades to come.
The coalition, it turns out, was Obama’s alone.
Well, let’s say a couple of things.
Why did the voters want to talk about Mr. Obama rather than state issues, as the state legislator from South Carolina laments? Let me come up with an couple of answers: ObamaCare and a U.S. economy that did not create high-paying jobs.
The article also mentioned that President Obama accomplished his policy goals. Really? Did I watch the wrong movie? ObamaCare is a disaster and will likely collapse of its own weight. Illegal Immigration is chaotic with cities choosing to ignore federal law. And did we mention terrorism or the sense that we feel less safe today than when President Bush? Did the writer of the review check out the Middle East? What did President Obama accomplished there?
Yes, President Obama hurt his party a lot. However, it was not because he was too busy to build it or uncomfortable with legislating and negotiation. He destroyed the party by going too far to the left on social issues and being rather divisive, such as in issues of race.
Overall, President Obama never lived up to the hype. He was the articulate man who never articulated a message that brought us together. He was the thoughtful man who never thought through the consequences of ObamaCare or pulling troops out of Iraq without a plan.
Again, overall a C-minus, and that’s probably a bit charitable. It’s amazing how much better President Bush looks eight years after he handed the presidency to Mr. Obama,
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Tales from storyteller Tersi Agra Bendiburg


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Tales from storyteller Tersi Agra Bendiburg 10/18 by Silvio Canto Jr | Culture Podcasts:

Guest: Tersi Agra Bendiburg, professional storyteller. She came to the US as a young girl and has grown into a professonal storyteller. 


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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Israel & the UN resolution plus Democrats after Obama & a few other stories




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A couple of recent presidents who died on this day



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We remember two amazing men of the Midwest who died on this day.   

President Truman died in 1972:

Truman served as president for two terms from 1945 to 1953, when he and his wife Bess happily retired to Independence, Missouri, where he referred to himself jokingly as “Mr. Citizen.” He was hospitalized on December 4, 1972, with lung congestion, heart irregularity, kidney blockages and failure of the digestive system. He died on December 26. A very subdued and private funeral, fitting for the down-to-earth Truman, was held in Independence according to his and his family’s wishes.

I remember the day that he died.   I recall the news flash on the radio.   It was not a surprise since Mr. Truman had been very ill for days.   

President Ford died in 2006 very late in the day in California.    Most of his obituaries were actually published on December 27.   Like me, most people did not hear about it until the next day:

Thrust by Mr. Nixon’s resignation into an office he had never sought, Mr. Ford occupied the White House for just 896 days. 
But they were pivotal days of national introspection, involving America’s first definitive failure in a war and the first resignation of a president. 
It was Mr. Ford’s uncommon virtue to have presided with a common touch.

Mr. Ford had been out of the public view for a long time.  I do remember him at the 2000 GOP convention.   In 2004, President Bush paid him a visit during the campaign.

As we mentioned above, VP Truman became president when President FDR died in 1945.  He was not well known and it must have been quite a task to follow a political giant of the 20th century.  

Nevertheless, It was President Truman who made the decision to drop nuclear bombs in Nagasaki and Hiroshima.  He also gave us The Truman Doctrine, CIA, NATO, The Marshall Plan and a few other things that left his footprint on US history in the 20th century.

VP Ford became president when President Nixon resigned in 1974.  He is the only man never elected to the office.  

In 1976, Governor Carter defeated him in a change election.  We must point out that Mr. Ford made quite a comeback that year and it ended up a lot closer than anyone predicted that summer during the conventions.  

President Ford served about 30 months but did much to restore confidence in the presidency after Watergate.  

His pardon of Nixon was vindicated over time, a profile in courage!   It was the right thing to do as he always said when asked about it.

They were both Midwestern men, of great integrity and character.    

They also did not aspire to be president but rather took over and performed to the best of their abilities.   

And I say with a great deal of pride that President Ford was my first vote for president in 1976.

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2006: President Ford died in California




In 1976, I was one of those young Republicans who got heavily involved in Gov. Reagan's campaign. 

As everyone remembers, Gov. Reagan nearly defeated Pres. Ford for the '76 nomination. 

In fact, the '76 Republican convention in Kansas City was an exciting back and forth battle between Gov. Reagan and Pres. Ford.

Looking back, Pres. Ford gave the best speech of his life.   I have a VHS of that convention and it makes for some interesting viewing years later.

It was a great
acceptance speech and challenged Gov. Carter to debates.    The men had debates in October.

Why did I support Gov. Reagan in '76? Frankly, I did not think that Pres. Ford could win. It was a political calculation based on several factors:

1) Gov. Jimmy Carter was "Obama 1976". He said nothing and told us everything that we wanted to hear. However, it was effective because the country had Watergate fatigue.

2) The Nixon pardon was correct but tough politically. (By the way, aren't we grateful that Pres. Ford did not read polls?)


And he was my first vote for President in 1976.   



Cuba, Colombia, Mexico, Brazil & other Latin America stories in 2016




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Monday, December 26, 2016

A couple of stories from Monday's front pages 12/26 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts


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A couple of stories from Monday's front pages 12/26 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts:

We look back at President Truman and President Ford, who both died on December 26........two men from the Midwest who became president in unusual circumstances.......the UN vote on Israel has thrown US-Israel relations in disarray.........the Obama legacy is now the subject of much conversation..........plus the 12-2 Cowboys keep winning.................................

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What about Mexico intervening in the U.S. election?



Back in 2006, Mexico had a very contested election. It went on for days. There were massive demonstrations about the results. In fact, president-elect Felipe Calderon had to be brought in through the back door to be sworn before stunned deputies. You can not make this up. It did happen amid what the NY Times headline called “catcalls”!
What would have been the reaction of Mexicans if a U.S. politicians (God forbid a former president) had made a video encouraging voters to go one way or another or calling the results illegitimate?
I know the answer. They would have screamed “intervention” and lots of other things. And they would have been right. No country should meddle in elections.
Now, let’s move to 2016 and all of the charges that Russia elected Donald Trump.    
First, it is interesting that the Democrats claim that Russia interfered in the election and then tell us that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote. Are they saying that the Russians only intervened in “swing states” like Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin?   
Second, where is the Democrats’ outrage about a former president of Mexico making a video before and after the election?
Former President Vicente Fox (a man that I supported in 2000 as an agent of change) just released a videocalling Mr. Trump illegitimate. It goes like this:
Vicente Fox, former President of Mexico, shares his take on President-elect Donald Trump, and his threat to U.S.-Mexico relations. He says Trump is an “illegitimate president” who “didn’t win the general election.” Presumably, Fox is referring to the popular vote when he says “general election.”
“He’s got too many people against him and they have shown out on the street,” Fox said. 
He continued: “But anyway, in Mexico, we can be rude also. We are strong now. We’re going to defend our people wherever they are. Inside Mexico, or outside Mexico in the United States. We’re not going to let this guy to offend them anymore. To offend the dignity, and to deny the enormous contribution they make to the U.S. economy.”
Isn’t that sweet? “El señor Presidente” Fox needs a class on constitutional law. Maybe he can take one from soon to be retired President Obama, who I understand taught such subjects years ago.
We honestly don’t know just what Russia tried to do with respect to our elections. Let me add that I am not a fan of Mr. Putin and wouldn’t put anything past him. Nevertheless, I doubt that anyone has the ability to fix election systems in 50 states. Even Putin can’t do that.
At the end, Mr. Putin did not make a video but Sr. Fox did. I would love to see one of reporters ask Mrs. Clinton about Mexico’s efforts to influence our election. It would also be a wonderful idea for one of Jorge Ramos’ segments on Univision.
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A new book about Cubans in the US by Fernando Hernandez


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A new book about Cubans in the US by Fernando Hernandez 08/06 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics Podcasts:

Guest: Fernando Hernandez, author of 'The Cubans'. You will learn a lot about Cubans in the US by reading this fun book. We also spoke with Betsy Gonzalez. 


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Sunday, December 25, 2016

The Cuban Christmas kitchen with Sonia & Marta





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Saturday, December 24, 2016

A 2016 Christmas message from me to you




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The Christmas show with Frank Burke


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The Christmas show with Frank Burke 12/21 by Silvio Canto Jr | Family Podcasts:

Guest: Frank Burke, author, businessman and contributor to American Thinker......we will look back at our Christmas experiences........is Christmas too commercial? wasn't Christmas declared a federal holiday........plus Frank's annual message.......plus a few other stories..................


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The week in review with Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda


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The week in review with Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda 12/24 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts:

Guest: Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda........we will look back at some of the stories that did not get a lot of attention, such as the chaotic state of colleges.......the PC thought police.........the left out of control as they try to explain Mrs. Clinton's loss.........VP Biden takes a shot at Mrs. Clinton's campaign, i.e. white workers problem.......and other stories of a most unusual 2016.......................


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They're not singing 'feliz anything' in Venezuela this Christmas

(My new American Thinker post)

Let me wish you all a very Merry Christmas.   

Please take a moment and think about Venezuela, where "Feliz Navidad" is not what they are singing.   

The latest nonsense from the Maduro government is sick and that's saying a lot about a pretty sick regime. This is a summary:

You better watch out, you better not cry, better not pout, let us tell you why: Santa Claus is coming to Caracas, and this year he’ll be bringing toys to all the pro-regime boys and girls -- and jailing those who get in his way.
Striking an almost comically Orwellian posture of Saint Nick meets Robin Hood, last week Venezuela’s consumer “protection” agency seized several million toys that will, ostensibly, be redistributed to the poor. 
The trinkets were confiscated from a toy distributor that had purportedly “committed fraud” against the country by selling the goods at unlawfully high mark-ups. Two of the company’s executives were arrested in the toy-taking. Agency officials say the toys will be sold at below-market prices. 
They haven’t said who will get to purchase the discounted dolls, but presumably being a supporter of President Maduro’s United Socialist Party won’t hurt one’s chances.

Yes, Santa is now a tool of the state and December 25th is another day to reward those who support the regime. Wonder what they are thinking about all of this at the North Pole? Who knew that Santa's red outfit was a statement of his socialist beliefs?    
What about the other children? Well, they won't get any gifts, unless their parents can go to the black market or cross the Colombia border and buy something.

This is what Chavez' revolution has brought to a beautiful country.    

It reminds me of how the communists in Cuba played dirty tricks with children. The teacher would tell a young student to ask for candy. Ask the revolution and the teacher would hand the young person a candy bar. Ask God and nothing would come down from heaven.

Yes, that's what communists do. Wonder if anyone told Bernie Sanders that true story?

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