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Maduro Reassures Venezuelans: "I'm A Socialist And I Know What I Am Doing"

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Venezuela's (freely elected) President Nicolas Maduro (amid toilet-paper and food shortages nation-wide) pointed out this in a State of the Nation address - which Bloomberg's Peter Jeffrey notes was unnecessary as everyone who lives in Venezuela knows the State of the Nation and it is Excruciating - "I'm a socialist, and I know what I'm doing." As Jeffrey ascorbically notes in this wonderful Op-ed, the Venezuelan treasury is now free to issue notes bearing the motto E Non Sequitur Gloria, or "Out of that which makes no sense shall we stitch the fabric of our glorious destiny."

 

Via Peter Jeffrey of Bloomberg Extra,

"I'm A Socialist, And I Know What I'm Doing"

No, not me. I’m a monarchist and I need directions to Versailles. I’m talking about Nicolas Maduro, the president of Venezuela. He’s the socialist who knows what he’s doing.

He pointed it out this week in a State of the Nation address he needn’t have given since everyone who lives in Venezuela already knows the State of the Nation and it is Excruciating.


News to Me


Still, it seemed to me a commanding reassurance: “I’m a socialist and I know what I’m doing.” The Venezuelan treasury is now free to issue notes bearing the motto E Non Sequitur Gloria, or “Out of that which makes no sense shall we stitch the fabric of our glorious destiny.” (It’s OK. I’m a Latinist and I know what I’m doing.)

It works with doctors. They do embarrassing things to embarrassing parts of you inflamed by embarrassing conditions and, if you look uncomfortable, may say with a smile, “It’s all right. I’m a doctor.”

Thus did President Maduro, with his own avuncular bedside manner, let his comrades know that he had seen many such ugly inflammations, having created them himself, and that there was no need for embarrassment or concern.

I am reminded also of the amorous warning Booth Jonathan gives Marnie on the High Line in the first season of “Girls,” about what he intends to do to her in bed, noting that it might scare her, “because I’m a man and I know how to do things.”

So, what is Maduro doing, other than that?

To be fair, he is just trying to whip inflation. To that end, he has removed the finance minister from his post after the guy presided over a doubling of consumer prices to 56 percent during his nine-month tenure, which has to be a record. Ted Williams, on his hottest streak, raised inflation by only 48 percent.

Who is the new finance minister? An army brigadier general.

What unsuccessful effort at battling inflation did the government try two months ago? Troops.

Look, it seemed to make sense at the time. It’s a syllogism:

We want to fight inflation

Troops fight

(Wait for it)

Troops can fight inflation

Quod erat demonstrandum. (That’s on the other side of the nation’s 12 million-bolivar note.)

And the guy who failed to whip inflation as finance minister — what is his fate?

A. He has resigned in disgrace from public affairs.

B. He has fled the country in the dead of night, stopping only at Arby’s for an Ultimate Angus (19 million bolivars but that’s with fries).

C. He has dug a hidey hole, only deeper than Saddam’s.

D. He goes back to running the nation’s central bank.

Right.

For Maduro is a socialist, and he knows what he’s doing. That’s why he decreed on Wednesday that company profits can no longer exceed 30 percent. A comfortable operating environment for J.C. Penney, yes, but a solution?

Don’t be so skeptical. Things are under control. As the vice president (whose motto is I am an oboist and I know when I’m squeaking) explained on Thursday, “Our fundamental anchor is the dollar at 6.3 bolivars,” just as the Titanic’s fundamental anchor was a rubber bath toy named Davey.

It’s a war on inflation, so give war a chance. As Bloomberg’s Anatoly Kurmanaev and Corina Pons reported yesterday, Venezuela’s military men are now in charge of finance, industry, defense, the interior, and air and aquatic transport (hence the anchor). That’s a lot of brains and brawn. Certainly a lot of brawn.

Nobody’s saying Mision Cumplida. There’s a lot of work to be done in Venezuela. Inflation is rampant. Goods are scarce. A 10-story-tall zombie of Hugo Chavez roams the streets squashing cars and giving three-hour speeches. OK, that’s next week.

Life isn’t easy. But Nicolas Maduro is a socialist. And that’s saying something.

 


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Sat, 01/18/2014 - 20:45 | Link to Comment ACP
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This must be the part where that invisible hand knocks his dumb ass off his bike again.

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 20:51 | Link to Comment frankTHE COIN
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He may be a little Socially Awkward.

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 21:15 | Link to Comment max2205
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Toliet paper for everyone! Viva!

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 21:20 | Link to Comment akak
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Except for AnAnonymous!

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 21:30 | Link to Comment knukles
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I do not know a socialist who knows what he is doing.
Except the current crop furthering the Cloward Piven agenda.
If they even are truly trying to do so.

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 21:35 | Link to Comment sixsigma cygnus...
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"I'm a socialist, and I know what I'm doing."

Somwhere in the White House, someone is saying "If you want your...Hey! Wait a minute, I was gonna say that!"

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 22:41 | Link to Comment Richard Chesler
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Empty shelves. Zero commerce. Inflation solved.

 

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 03:30 | Link to Comment angel_of_joy
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Not really. Just moved into the black market...

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 07:44 | Link to Comment negative rates
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It's the dr looking for the yellow brick road.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQdaSpEeBvQ

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 11:56 | Link to Comment kaiserhoff
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I had a GF who liked to say,

  "Let go of my ears, I know what I'm doing."

It was always cute when she said it;)

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 22:17 | Link to Comment philipat
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Isn't the US also running out of toilet paper because of inflation, but in the US so far it's just a case of making the rolls smaller at the same price?

The end result might be similar though.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 14:06 | Link to Comment kchrisc
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They all know what they are doing--taking orders from the banksters and elites.

 

"My guillotine prefers pols with a side of crats."

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 22:06 | Link to Comment Wile-E-Coyote
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Who needs toilet paper use your fucking hand.

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 22:15 | Link to Comment mofreedom
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Your left hand, HAH!!!

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 22:42 | Link to Comment stacking12321
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greenspan and bernanke were out camping. bernanke had to go relieve himself, but found they didn't bring toilet paper.

greenspan says, just use a dollar. 10 minutes later, bernanke comes back from the woods, his hand covered in shit.

greenpsan says, what happened? i told you to use a dollar.

bernanke replies, i did, but it didn't work, and now i have 4 quarters stuck up my ass!

 

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 00:47 | Link to Comment Dexter Morgan
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Awesome!  This is why I read Zerohedge. 

Esto es porque leo Zerohedge.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 04:55 | Link to Comment Offthebeach
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Just use any of the arrest reports, indictments, permits, copies of rules, regulations, codes, edicts, mandates, laws, legalisns that you encounter in day to day existence in the land of the free.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 01:03 | Link to Comment TheReplacement
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That's racsist!

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 13:20 | Link to Comment LMAOLORI
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You can bet everyone in power and their lackey's already have what they need - that's the way it always works in those kinds of regimes.

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 21:19 | Link to Comment texas sandman
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When you have to TELL people you know what you're doing........you don't. 

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 21:02 | Link to Comment BraveSirRobin
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This is not Obama's mantra. Clearly, because he is a facist who has no clue what he is doing.

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 21:26 | Link to Comment LetThemEatRand
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Obama knows exactly what he is doing.  What he is told. 

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 21:30 | Link to Comment Everybodys All ...
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Who tells him to act like an asshole?

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 21:31 | Link to Comment knukles
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OK, you got me stumped.

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 21:32 | Link to Comment LetThemEatRand
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That's the one thing he does according to his own bidding.

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 21:47 | Link to Comment knukles
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Heh he he he he he
I was wonderin' who was gonna come up with the correct answer!

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 22:16 | Link to Comment philipat
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I don't see anything in the always factual US MSM about Obama's "Hollandaise":

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2541580/Is-Obama-marriage-rocks-Ugly-fights-selfie-Even-Presidential-affair-Astonishing-claims-emerge.html

Is the beard coming off?

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 22:45 | Link to Comment 0b1knob
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Hey its not like he brought a Hollywood star to the White House to be his live in whore.   Oh wait.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2933126/posts

Money quote:

"Google "Kal Penn Obama affair" and you'll get 165,000 results."

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 23:12 | Link to Comment philipat
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OK, if I have to spell out my meaning, M = Beard.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 04:59 | Link to Comment Offthebeach
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The Mooch ain't no beard. That NFL beast is a Shetland pony.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 17:40 | Link to Comment Pure Evil
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I'm pretty sure Obama would love to see the Wookie walk.

That way he can come out as the First Gay President as well as being the First Black President.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 06:25 | Link to Comment RSloane
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... and its the Nuremberg defense for Obama!

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 23:27 | Link to Comment Harbanger
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"That's the one thing he does according to his own bidding."

Of course he's not responsible for anything he fucks up, he's a US socialist.  At least the Venezuelan socialists have some pride.

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 21:33 | Link to Comment texas sandman
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Moochelle....it's her default personality.

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 22:09 | Link to Comment Wile-E-Coyote
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Jesuus I read that as Moochelle taking it up the ass

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 23:40 | Link to Comment Bunga Bunga
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The telepromter. Must have an NSA backdoor.

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 22:02 | Link to Comment Bangin7GramRocks
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Somebody needs to remove that socialist and return Venezuela to its rightful place....as a piss poor colony of the imperial United States of America. Can't you South Americans just taste the freedom!

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 22:26 | Link to Comment mofreedom
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You should kill that money on your back.  Get over it and look at the good that's happened and fight the bad that is happening.  Past is long gone, monkey!

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 23:03 | Link to Comment samcontrol
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it is not the quick showers or the rest of the socialist crap that bother me.
What bothers me is how such a dooch taxi driver can fuck a country...like OBoner.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 07:49 | Link to Comment negative rates
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Only when you try to fuck the world, does a taxi driver try to fuck your country, otherwise, the Gods take care of you.

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 20:52 | Link to Comment Aussiekiwi
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Excellent, very funny, unless your Venezuelan, particularly liked:

“Our fundamental anchor is the dollar at 6.3 bolivars,” just as the Titanic’s fundamental anchor was a rubber bath toy named Davey.

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 20:52 | Link to Comment MeMadMax
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Insanity....

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 20:54 | Link to Comment Moe Hamhead
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What is it with the Americas and their leaders lately!?

First, the US, and now Venezuela.!

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 21:00 | Link to Comment akak
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It's all the GMO corn, I'm convinced of it!

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 23:14 | Link to Comment Skateboarder
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Once they got you hooked on the cheezy poofs, you're a goner.

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 20:56 | Link to Comment Karl von Bahnhof
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Fuck off Tylers. This is not your job.

Swiss franks are coming to your accounts.....easy...

Money money money... Whiiiizzzuip .. Yum yum, money do not smell....

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 21:12 | Link to Comment Urban Redneck
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What is it with homonyms around here...

Franks aren't money. A Franken, franc, franc, or franco, however, is money around here (Switzerland).

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/frank

Frank n.
A member of one of the Germanic tribes of the Rhine region in the early Christian era, especially one of the Salian Franks who conquered Gaul about a.d. 500 and established an extensive empire that reached its greatest power in the ninth century.

frank n.
a. A mark or signature placed on a piece of mail to indicate the right to send it free of charge.
b. The right to send mail free.
2. A franked piece of mail.

frank n. Informal
A frankfurter

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 21:17 | Link to Comment akak
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Your vary write --- there a big problem.

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 21:30 | Link to Comment LetThemEatRand
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verily.  And don't call me Frank.  Name's Shirley.

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 22:09 | Link to Comment Wile-E-Coyote
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Jesus how many times don't call me Shirley

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 23:22 | Link to Comment Harbanger
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Frank is too formal, I'll call you Barney.

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 20:58 | Link to Comment americanspirit
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Sitting on that Gold that Chavez took back might make this yahoo look like a genius when it is finally revealed that the US has no gold at all - zip, nada. At that point, and when the Chinese Yuan becomes the world's default gold-backed currency, 6.3 Bolivars to the dollar might look like a bargain.

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 21:17 | Link to Comment max2205
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Hey grow a pair and raise interest rates like you're supposed to....gezzz

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 20:59 | Link to Comment ncdirtdigger
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I am a community organizer, and I know what I am doing.

And that is what we are all very very afraid of.

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 21:00 | Link to Comment OC Sure
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Is Venezuela a metaphor for the USA?

"He who thus domineers over you has only two eyes, only two hands, only one body, no more than is possessed by the least man among the infinite numbers dwelling in your cities; he has indeed nothing more than the power that you confer upon him to destroy you. Where has he acquired enough eyes to spy upon you, if you do not provide them yourselves? How can he have so many arms to beat you with, if he does not borrow them from you? The feet that trample down your cities, where does he get them if they are not your own? How does he have any power over you except through you? How would he dare assail you if he had no cooperation from you? What could he do to you if you yourselves did not connive with the thief who plunders you, if you were not accomplices of the murderer who kills you, if you were not traitors to yourselves? You sow your crops in order that he may ravage them, you install and furnish your homes to give him goods to pillage; you rear your daughters that he may gratify his lust; you bring up your children in order that he may confer upon them the greatest privilege he knows — to be led into his battles, to be delivered to butchery, to be made the servants of his greed and the instruments of his vengeance; you yield your bodies unto hard labor in order that he may indulge in his delights and wallow in his filthy pleasures; you weaken yourselves in order to make him the stronger and the mightier to hold you in check."

-Étienne de La Boétie, Discourse on Voluntary Servitude, 1548

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 21:21 | Link to Comment texas sandman
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At our current trajectory,  we're Venezuela II in less than 10 years....probably closer to 5.

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 21:32 | Link to Comment OC Sure
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It doesn't have to be that way. ...tell two friends to tell two friends.

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 23:56 | Link to Comment Keyser
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Fuck it, let it burn. 

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 21:52 | Link to Comment Anusocracy
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Unfortunately, most people are wired to be obedient to authority.

Makes it easier for the scum to rise to the top.

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 22:09 | Link to Comment OC Sure
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Agreed. Obsequiousness is an innate quality. That's why when you observe others staring at totem poles you need to either guide them away or kick down the pole. Tell two friends, please.

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 21:27 | Link to Comment Everybodys All ...
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I believe last yr he said something along the lines of if Congress fails to act I'll do it on my own because I have a burrito and toilet paper

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 21:28 | Link to Comment icanhasbailout
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It's OK, I know Keynesianism - and six other economic words.

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 21:28 | Link to Comment MFLTucson
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That makes one of you!

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 21:29 | Link to Comment Dr. Engali
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The important question I want to know is.....how are we going to celebrate the wookie's 50th birthday ? ABC has 50 ideas...very clever of them.

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/368742/abc-swoons-50-ways-celebrate...

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 21:32 | Link to Comment LetThemEatRand
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New Hyperdrive?

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 21:46 | Link to Comment knukles
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Take a deep breath, Doc.
You've been exposed to a form of propaganda.
Some rest and distractions from reality will help.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 00:00 | Link to Comment Keyser
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Well, there's always 50 ways to leave you lover. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTiyLuZOs1A

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 22:00 | Link to Comment Promethus
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Maybe he does know something. If the Fed continues to destroy the dollar it may be worth 6.3 bolivars.

“Our fundamental anchor is the dollar at 6.3 bolivars,”

 

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 22:05 | Link to Comment q99x2
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I'm a socialist without any government and no military and no financial system. I'm from planet Q99X2. Nobody wanted money after we built the 12 sacrificial pyramids.

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 22:11 | Link to Comment robochess
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Maduro Reassures Venezuelans: "I'm A Socialist And I Know What I Am Doing" 

In other words, I am a psychopath, a demagogue, a sociopath, sucking on Marxist-Leninist teats... I am a lover of the village in Kenya that now misses its idiot.  

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 14:51 | Link to Comment Village-idiot
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Hey! Be nice.

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 22:45 | Link to Comment Make_Mine_A_Double
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Truly as a social observer I've really started to notice more people in the Safeway or in the Metrosexual Mart with these huge bales of asswipe.

Young, old, pretty and downright appalling - all proudly clutching hay bale sized packs of bum wad. I steal mine from the office so perhaps I'm missing the vital clues for the coming TP crisis in the USSA.

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 23:06 | Link to Comment Stuck on Zero
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I had a chemistry teacher once who was trying to diagram a chemical reaction on the blackboard.  He was totally botching up the equation and all the students were yelling at him that he was doing it all wrong.  He got terribly frustrated and finally turned around yelled at the class the following quotable admonition:

"Don't tell me what I'm doing wrong ... I know exactly what I'm doing wrong."

So speaketh Maduro.

 

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 23:12 | Link to Comment Spungo
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I always wondered why we elect dipship lawyers instead of regular guys who drive buses. THIS IS WHY.

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 23:29 | Link to Comment TrustbutVerify
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He's paraphrasing Obama and the majority of Democrats and, unfortunately, some unknowing Republicans. 

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 23:38 | Link to Comment Bunga Bunga
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At least he is a Socialist who knows what he is doing. You can't say it for other presidents.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 00:06 | Link to Comment Joebloinvestor
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They have gold (?) and oil and are still as fucked up as anything can be without nuclear ambitions.

Socialists? could be worse, they could be Muslim.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 02:12 | Link to Comment michael63636
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As Jeffrey ascorbically notes...

as in ascorbic acid AKA vitamin C

Or acerbically?

a·cer·bic ??s?rbik/ adjective  
  1. 1. (esp. of a comment or style of speaking) sharp and forthright. "his acerbic wit" synonyms: sharpsarcasticsardonicmordanttrenchantcutting, razor-edged,bitingpiercing, stinging, searingscathingcausticbitteracrimonious,astringentabrasiveharsh, wounding, hurtfulunkindcruelvirulent,vitriolicvenomousmaliciousviciousMore
       

     
  2. 2. archaictechnical tasting sour or bitter. synonyms: sharpsarcasticsardonicmordanttrenchantcutting, razor-edged,bitingpiercing, stinging, searingscathingcausticbitteracrimonious,astringentabrasiveharsh, wounding, hurtfulunkindcruelvirulent,vitriolicvenomousmaliciousviciousMore
Sun, 01/19/2014 - 10:10 | Link to Comment shovelhead
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I thought it may appear too pendantic to point that one out because the only Nazis that are universally disliked at ZH are grammer Nazis.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 15:06 | Link to Comment Imminent Crucible
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It's "grammar".  We spelling Nazis are also universally despised.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 02:40 | Link to Comment Oldwood
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Socialism, communism or any other ism is but a construct for aggregating power and once obtained, it will be used. The whole point of obtaining power is to be unaccountable to anyone for anything. Why is it so hard to understand that power is always corrupt and freedom and liberty are dependent minimizing the centralization of power...under any ism.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 03:33 | Link to Comment syntaxterror
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"If you like your socialist who knows what he is doing, then you can keep your socialist who knows what he is doing."

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 03:42 | Link to Comment lakecity55
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America: The Next Venzuela.

Bath House enters with a gaudy uniform and paste-on beard, smoking a large Cuban cigar.

"How do I look, Raul?

"Caramba! Do not let Fidel see you like this!

"Now that I made Cuba and Venezuela part of the US by EO, I want to look the part.

"Stick with the suit and tie."

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 03:35 | Link to Comment lakecity55
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operator: "Your conference call is ready."

Maduro: Fidel, help, what do I do next?

Fidel:"shoot some counterrevolutionaries."

Barry: "drone them."

Fat little Korean guy: "Use some mortars."

Maduro: "I don't want to kill other venezuelans."

Fidel: "What part of Socialism did you not get, Maduro?"

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 05:20 | Link to Comment Spungo
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I'm wearing my retard helmet and I know what I'm doing.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 05:48 | Link to Comment tip e. canoe
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if you like your retard, you can keep your retard.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 06:51 | Link to Comment Spungo
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In America we downsize. In Venezuela they down syndrome.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 10:48 | Link to Comment ncdirtdigger
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I know you are trying to be funny, but folks with down are the nicest people you would ever hope to meet.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 07:11 | Link to Comment Azannoth
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Real Socialists whipe with their Hand! Bitchez!

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 08:50 | Link to Comment laosuwan
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRmQIx1n0bw

 

banned toilet paper commercial in venezuela

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 09:10 | Link to Comment smacker
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I've never known a socialist who doesn't know what he's doing.

This is what's so great about socialism...they always know exactly how to do this/that and everything.

When it goes wrong - as it always does - due to those evil freedom-loving, free market capitalists, the excuse is they didn't go far enough. Their solution is to have still more socialism supported by jackboots to impose the government's will. We are assured it will work next time. Rinse and repeat until the economy/society collapses and revolution begins.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 09:48 | Link to Comment Michigander
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Stuck on Stupid.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 10:34 | Link to Comment ChartRoom
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Maduro Reassures Venezuelans: "I'm A Socialist And I Know What I Am Doing"

Wonderful. A socialist AND he knows what he's doing. He puts the "moron" in oxymoron.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 12:24 | Link to Comment Sizzurp
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This is the problem with democracy.  It always leads to mob rule.  The mob resorts to thievery and the whole system breaks down, as it no longer pays to be industrious, or to take risks. The USA was never intended to have one person one vote for that very reason.  At the founding, and until 1850, only male land owners could vote.

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Sun, 01/19/2014 - 19:10 | Link to Comment ShakaZulu
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If you don't like your socialist you can have ours!

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 13:30 | Link to Comment Mi Naem
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Unfortuantely, on the cover photo ( http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2... ), it only LOOKS like he is pointing a gun at his own head. 

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