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How bad is Venezuela's economy? Even the criminals are struggling to get by.

How bad is Venezuela's economy? Even the criminals are struggling to get by.

In one of the strangest consequences of this oil-rich country's collapse, cash has virtually disappeared. With soaring hyperinflation, the government can't print money fast enough to keep up, so many Venezuelans have switched to debit cards - not that they have enough money on them.

Suddenly there's a whole class of people whose pockets are no longer worth picking. "If they steal your wallet, there's nothing in it," says Yordin Ruiz, 58, a shoemaker.

Robbers who used to zip around Caracas on motorcycles, shoving pistols into car windows and demanding wallets, are now reduced to walking. There simply aren't spare parts for their bikes. In the past, thieves often snatched cellphones from passengers on the little buses that clogged Caracas highways. But public transportation barely functions anymore.....

The president and his wife visit victims of tornado

It's a familiar sight with this president and his wife.

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Trump surveys devastation in Alabama, pays respects to tornado victims

Standing near the slab that's all that is left of one family's garage, President Donald Trump on Friday surveyed the devastation wrought by a powerful tornado that ripped through a rural Alabama town, uprooting trees, tearing homes from their foundations and killing nearly two dozen people.....

…..The trip was a familiar one for Trump, who, now in the third year of his presidency, has traveled to the sites of numerous disasters and tragedies, including hurricanes, shootings and wildfires.....

convention of states

Arkansas became the 13th state to call for a convention of states to change the Constitution; apparently 21 more states will have to do so before it happens.

It's a big deal with those on this side of the aisle, with hopes of getting a balanced budget amendment, the line-item veto, term limits, a stated number of justices on the Supreme Court, and other corrections needed in the Constitution. Which is well and good.

But I'm against it because once such a convention got underway, the Demos and primitives would have an opportunity to get their own hopes enacted as constitutional rights, such as free medical care for all, abortion as a constitutional right, a guaranteed income, special privileges for politically-correct groups and special interests, atheism made the official state religion, all sexual activity no matter how perverted or harmful decriminalized, abolition of the right to have and bear arms, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and other U. S. territories named states so as to guarantee a permanent Demo stranglehold on Congress, the legalization of any and all drugs, cattle being banned, abolition of borders and immigration control, and so on and on and on.

They don't need a platform, and such a convention would give them one.....and the power to grant their wishes.

Those on my side in favor of such a constitutional convention, please tell me where I'm wrong, where my dread fears are unfounded.

poll: if there's no way they can weasel out, and must take a side,

are Demos and primitives more likely to support gay people or Islamacists?

I say the adherents of the religion of peace because of their rampant racism, their rabid hatred of America, tastes that surely conform with those of Demos and primitives.

Gays not so much, because while they have some who are racist and anti-American, for the most part hatred isn't their primary motivating force.

taking care of herself, She Guevera's not endorsing Breadlines Bernie, at least for now

Ocasio-Cortez refuses to immediately back Bernie Sanders for president

Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez refused to immediately endorse fellow lefty heartthrob Bernie Sanders’ run for president.

Ocasio-Cortez told NY1’s Errol Lewis that she skipped Sanders’ presidential campaign launch in Brooklyn on Saturday because that “was my day to take care of myself.”.....

Breadlines Bernie taking too much for granted

Buried in this news story about Breadlines Bernie filing to run for president in 2020 is this:

".....Bernie Sanders filed Monday to be a candidate for the 2024."

Given his ancient age, that might be pushing it too far. Breadlines Bernie is no Strom Thurmond.

Breadlines Bernie admits his 2016 campaign racist

Bernie Sanders admits 2016 presidential campaign was ‘too white’

Bernie Sanders wants the world (or at least African Americans) to know that he’s aware his campaign was “too white” and “too male” the first time around. And Sanders is using an interesting forum to admit it.

On Tuesday, Sanders was a guest on “The Breakfast Club,” arguably the most popular hip-hop themed radio show syndicated radio show broadcast out of New York’s 105.1 FM. To put that in perspective, the Vermont senator is the show’s most talked about guest on the show since a recent interview with rapper Soulja Boy.

The show, which reaches a large African-American audience, began with a very direct question from co-host Charlamagne tha God – ““So, Bernie, 44 out of 45 presidents in this country have been white men. Do you think we need another one?”

Do which Sanders responded, “Well, I Think you need this one.”.....

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Uh, no, we don't.

Anti-Semitism resolution 'means nothing' unless Ilhan Omar removed from committee

Jewish groups: Anti-Semitism resolution 'means nothing' unless Ilhan Omar removed from committee

The last time Rep. Ilhan Omar made comments viewed as anti-Semitic, House Democratic leaders pressured her to apologize. This time, they’ve drafted a resolution condemning anti-Semitism that fails to mention her by name.
For Sarah Stern, founder and president of the Endowment for Middle East Peace, that’s not enough. She and other Jewish leaders are standing by their call for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to remove the first-term Minnesota Democrat from the House Foreign Affairs Committee...…

“Speaker Pelosi didn’t truly punish Omar after her anti-Semitic statements last month and Omar seems to have taken that as an invitation to further spread her anti-Jewish hate,” Mr. Strauss said. “Omar must be removed from the House Foreign Affairs Committee.”.....

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And there's this unrelated tidbit from the same news story:

.....The FBI has confirmed it is investigating a death threat, “Assassinate Ilhan Omar,” scrawled on a bathroom stall last month in Rogers, Minnesota, according to the Twin Cities Pioneer Press.....

Given all the hoaxery of the Demos and primitives, how much does one want to bet the graffiti was in Arabic-like script?

Breadlines Bernie gets P.R. advice from staff

The problem is, this should've been dealt with decades ago, when he first ran for office and jumped aboard the "public servants'" gravy train.

And no, nobody's asking the old crank to do "warm and cuddly;" all they're asking is that he smile once in a while.

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Bernie Sanders’s Staffers Want Him to Be Less Grumpy
The senator from Vermont doesn’t do “warm and cuddly,” and aides think it’s hurting his campaign, inside and out.

Grumpy has always been Bernie Sanders’s brand. But now that he’s running for president to win, his advisers keep pushing him to soften up. The senator from Vermont fought his staff for weeks as they pushed him to get more personal, and be a little less gruff, as he launched his second presidential campaign. He didn’t think talking about himself was just stupid—he thought it risked undermining the mission.....

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Nobody's asking the old grouch to talk about himself; they're just asking him to smile once in a while.

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…..“His favorite mode is outrage,” (congressman) Welch (D-Vermont) says, “and I think it’s very wise of him to try to show another side.”

Why did Venezuela fail?

Venezuela’s Suicide
Lessons From a Failed State

Consider two Latin American countries. The first is one of the region’s oldest and strongest democracies. It boasts a stronger social safety net than any of its neighbors and is making progress on its promise to deliver free health care and higher education to all its citizens. It is a model of social mobility and a magnet for immigrants from across Latin America and Europe. The press is free, and the political system is open; opposing parties compete fiercely in elections and regularly alternate power peacefully. It sidestepped the wave of military juntas that mired some Latin American countries in dictatorship. Thanks to a long political alliance and deep trade and investment ties with the United States, it serves as the Latin American headquarters for a slew of multinational corporations. It has the best infrastructure in South America. It is still unmistakably a developing country, with its share of corruption, injustice, and dysfunction, but it is well ahead of other poor countries by almost any measure.

The second country is one of Latin America’s most impoverished nations and its newest dictatorship. Its schools lie half deserted. The health system has been devastated by decades of underinvestment, corruption, and neglect; long-vanquished diseases, such as malaria and measles, have returned. Only a tiny elite can afford enough to eat. An epidemic of violence has made it one of the most murderous countries in the world. It is the source of Latin America’s largest refugee migration in a generation, with millions of citizens fleeing in the last few years alone. Hardly anyone (aside from other autocratic governments) recognizes its sham elections, and the small portion of the media not under direct state control still follows the official line for fear of reprisals. By the end of 2018, its economy will have shrunk by about half in the last five years. It is a major cocaine-trafficking hub, and key power brokers in its political elite have been indicted in the United States on drug charges. Prices double every 25 days. The main airport is largely deserted, used by just a handful of holdout airlines bringing few passengers to and from the outside world.

These two countries are in fact the same country, Venezuela, at two different times: the early 1970s and today. The transformation Venezuela has undergone is so radical, so complete, and so total that it is hard to believe it took place without a war. What happened to Venezuela? How did things go so wrong?.....
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