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Saturday, April 26, 2008

Chavez: "Hunger, misery and violence have taken over the United States"

This is what Chavez is telling the Venezuelan public about the USA:

Here's the translation, incoherence and all. If you use this translation, please credit me:
"This [Venezuela's] percentage is one of the highest in the continent for health spending. Do you know where the government spends almost nothing on health? In the United States. It's all pure capitalism, compadre. Nothing on health and nothing on social security.

"See how much poverty and misery have increased in the US in the last few years.

"That's why today the President of the US was saying, when talking about Fidel's decision, or was asking himself what it meant for the Cuban people, that there was hope for the Cuban people to stop suffering!

"What must be said, what must be done about, in my criteria, is to take the President of the US's words and return them to him. Because, if something has increased in these years in the US, it's the suffering of its people. Social crisis, violence breaking out everywhere, hunger, misery, drug trafficking, drug addiction, businesses going broke, thousands and thousands homeless, economic crisis, economic recession, unemployment!

"At least this gentleman will be leaving soon. At least, because that one's really leaving.

"Uh, Ah, Bush si se va, (Bush is leaving).

"Hopefully there will come a government in the US that instead of spending, look, it's millions and millions of dollars on military spending to invade peoples, to build atomic bombs; They are building weapons for a gallactic war, we don't know against whom, against the Martians, maybe, the gallaxy war. Missile shields, and I don't know what many other things, invisible planes.

"But it's that they spend thousands of millions of dollars on military spending, neglecting their own people. Hopefully there will soon come a government in the US that will take care of that people, the one we also love, the one we also respect, because it's a people which deserves respect, they are human beings same as us."
As the Noticias 24 article notes, Chavez forgot to mention his own military spending.

What's even funnier that this crap Chavez spewed out, is the comments section. Among the few clean comments,
Hopefully there will soon come a government in the US that will take care of that people
Take the revolution to them
leave us alone,
we're unworthy of all this privilege!
Humor aside, every time Chavez has a chance he's telling Venezuelans that there are severe food shortages in the US because Costco is limiting the sale of commercial sized 20 lbs bags of rice (not the retail size bags) to four per customer.

These are the bags we're talking about:

Costco has limited the amount each customer can purchase to 4 per customer per trip to the store.

And now for a reality check:
Take a look at the lines for milk in Venezuela:

A las 7:15 de la mañana cerca del estadio de Guaraguao-Anzoategui (el Estado donde actualmente se extrae y procesa mas petroleo), la gente fue ubicada en una estructura metalica para hacer la cola que le permitiria comprar dos kilos de leche por persona. La venta estuvo a cargo de Pdvsa.
My translation:
At 7:15AM near Guaraguao-Anzoategui stadium (in the state which presently produces and processes the most oil), people were placed in a metal structure to stand in line for buying two kilos of milk per person. PDVSA was in charge of the sale.
While this is going on, this article at Nueva Prensa talks about how many people in Cambalache are living off what they can scavenge at the local dump,
Ortiz indicó que pese a que la venta de cartón, el papel y el vidrio se ha reducido, otros productos como el plástico de las botellas, equipos de música, sillas y poncheras se ha incrementado, generando ganancias monetarias para sus recolectores.
Ortiz stated that even when the sale of cardboard, paper and glass has decreased, other items, such as plastic bottles, musical instruments, and chairs, has increased generating income for the scavengers.
Rest assured, sandalistas everywhere will spin this as an exemplary ecologically aware miracle brought about by the Bolivarian Revolution.

Welcome, Instapundit readers. Here are my other posts on Latin America this week:
Expect more food shortages and black markets in Bolivia, Nicaragua, Venezuela and Cuba
Paraguay: Fernando Lugo, Hugo's latest buddy
The Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean
and The Puerto Rican Pre-Raphaelites.
And on a different subject, this week we talked to Expelled producer Mark Matthis in our podcast.

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12 Comments:

At 10:52 AM, Blogger foutsc said...

... to distract Venezuelans from their own hunger, misery and violence. Fidelito is a boob.

 
At 11:34 AM, Blogger Pat Patterson said...

These kinds of photo ops always remind me of the, probably apocryphal, story that the Soviet authorities stopped the showing of The Grapes of Wrath because the proletariat, instead of being reassured of the rightness of socialism, came out of the theatre amazed that the poorest people in the United States had cars and trucks and could travel from coast to coast in search of work. Without work permits of the NKVD to help them along the way.

 
At 2:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So... If I need more than 80 pounds of rice, I have to make another trip to Costco? Oh the humanity.

I have a half used bag of Mahatma in the kitchen that's been there for the last 10 months. Hopefully, I'll manage to survive this famine.

 
At 3:24 PM, Anonymous Melangotic Serandap said...

Chavez has destroyed the basic health care delivery system of Venezuela. He tried to turn Venezuelan health care into another Cuban health care system. Too bad for Venezuela.

If Cuba is lucky, it will dump its socialist disaster and turn its island slum into an island paradise.

There is no such near-term hope for Venezuela, sadly.

 
At 4:19 PM, Anonymous Jeffersonian said...

Federal and state governments spends nothing on health care? If only...

 
At 4:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

American liberals apparently believe all these things. Why should it be hard to persuade poor, illiterate Venezuelans?

Tarbaby

 
At 5:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Something is eating this guy's brain from the inside out>

 
At 5:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

actually those bags are 50 pounds, so the maximum amount of rice per person per trip is 200 pounds.
Sean

 
At 5:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And I'm sure that Sen. Obama (D-Buyer's Remorse) will come down firmly on at least three sides of this issue.

"There will be change at Costco under an Obama administration! We'll allow Americans of all races and colors to buy eight, eight! bags of rice each day!"

 
At 6:09 PM, Blogger Fausta said...

If you add up all the rice I've eaten in my life, I don't think it would come up to 200 lbs of uncooked rice.

 
At 8:32 PM, Blogger TM Lutas said...

Great article but you did a unit conversion wrong. The sacks of rice in the photo are 50lb sacks (20kg). The limits are also not on all rice but on specialty Basmati rice that was affected by a bad Thailand harvest.

 
At 1:49 AM, Blogger Pat Patterson said...

Aren't you supposed to add the water before you serve the rice not retroactively?

Is it just me or is today's Word Verification bordering on the cruel and unusual?

 

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