Socialism in action!

The very fortunately late President Hugo Chavez was going to show all of us greedy capitalists just how superior socialism was!

Venezuela’s Newest Shortage: Breast Implants
Caracas, Venezuela — September 15, 2014, 8:45 AM ET — By Hannah Dreier, Associated Press

In this Sept, 4, 2014 photo, a patient is prepped for her breast augmentation at the metropolitan outpatient surgery center in Caracas, Venezuela.

Venezuela’s chronic shortages have begun to encroach on a cultural cornerstone: the boob job.

Beauty-obsessed Venezuelans face a scarcity of brand-name breast implants, and women are so desperate that they and their doctors are turning to devices that are the wrong size or made in China, with less rigorous quality standards.

Venezuelans once had easy access to implants approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. But doctors say they are now all-but impossible to find because restrictive currency controls have deprived local businesses of the cash to import foreign goods. It may not be the gravest shortfall facing the socialist South American country, but surgeons say the issue cuts to the psyche of the image-conscious Venezuelan woman.

“The women are complaining,” said Ramon Zapata, president of the Society of Plastic Surgeons. “Venezuelan women are very concerned with their self-esteem.”

Venezuela is thought to have one of the world’s highest plastic surgery rates, and the breast implant is the seminal procedure. Doctors performed 85,000 implants here last year, according to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Only the U.S., Brazil, Mexico and Germany — all with significantly larger populations — saw more procedures.

More at the link. But this is clearly, clearly! worse than the critical shortage of toilet paper! President Nicolas Maduro firmly addressed that problem, but, alas! it only got worse.

Why, it’s almost as though a command economy doesn’t actually work. :)

Treaty of Ghent – End of a World War – Battle of New Orleans

Consider that between 1776 and 1815 there was our Revolutionary War – Two Wars with the Barbary Pirates (Radical Islam) – Nepolianic Wars involving Russia and Britian -and at least the War of 1812. And a probably a few others. So, lets hear from Johnny Horton

Treaty of Ghent
The Treaty of Ghent, signed on December 24, 1814 in the Flemish city of Ghent, was the peace treaty that ended the War of 1812 between the United States of America and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. The treaty restored relations between the two nations to status quo ante bellum — that is, it restored the borders of the two countries to the line before the commencement of hostilities.[note 1] The Treaty was ratified by Parliament on December 30, 1814 and signed into law by the Prince Regent (the future King George IV). Because of the era’s lack of telecommunications, it took weeks for news of the peace treaty to reach the United States. American forces under Andrew Jackson won the Battle of New Orleans on January 8, 1815. The Treaty of Ghent was not in effect until it was ratified by the U.S. Senate unanimously on February 18, 1815.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Ghent

Bringing wasp spray to a gun fight

Eventually, there will be no more liberals, as they continue to do things to remove themselves from the gene pool.

NBC: Forget The Gun, Keep Wasp Spray By Your Bed For Home Defense
By William Teach September 14, 2014 – 8:11 am

And your car keys

(The Blaze) According to FBI crime statistics quoted by NBC’s TODAY Show, home invasions in America are happening at the alarming rate of 135 per day.

That frightening fact combined with some recent, high profile invasions at the homes of Oscar-winner Sandra Bullock and NBA star Ray Allen prompted reporter Jeff Rossen to produce a segment titled, “How to protect your family from home invasion.”

For a large part of the four-minute story, Rossen spoke with Wallace Zeins, a retired NYPD detective and former hostage negotiator. The law enforcement veteran shared his tips for thwarting home invasions. However, many Blaze readers will notice something missing from the segment. This would also be something they consider the first and best option for dealing with intruders — firearms.

Guns are never mentioned. They didn’t even bother with Crazy Joe Biden’s advise to “buy a shotgun” which can be fired through the door. Of course, firing a double barrel shotgun through your door when the intruders are already inside means you’re shotgun is empty and now you have to replace your door.

More at the link. But it raises the obvious question: would it be smarter of burglars to target the homes of people with Obama stickers on their vehicles? After all, we know that they are:

  • less likely to be armed,
  • less likely to know how to use a firearm if they actually have one,
  • less likely to be willing, or able, to fight back if attacked, and
  • just plain less likely to be men, even if they are technically male.

The much better-looking Dana noted that there are many on the left who just cannot comprehend that there is something like evil in the world, people who apparently believe that if you just talk nice to the bad guys, their hostility will abate, and they will decide to leave you alone. Throw in a healthy dash of blaming themselves for being wealthy oppressors, and there you have it, liberalism in a nutshell, with the emphasis on the syllable nut.

You know, liberals believe that they are just so much smarter than we wicked conservatives. After all, they can see all of the various nuances behind the act of being threatened by a burglar with a gun, while we stoopid conservatives just think about shooting the bad gus before they shoot us.

Why Baltimore Was Attacked in 1814

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This is what is known as a “Baltimore Clipper” This one is named “Pride of Baltimore II” (POB 1 sunk in a storm in the Caribbean). The British during the War of 1812 had a blockade of Ports on the East Coast and New Orleans. The Baltimore Clippers were extremely fast and could outrun any blockade Frigate. I don’t think the Brits captured anyone of them. As Blockade runners they could get need trade supplies and conduct trade. The British were seething at this. It was said the Brits were going to attack Baltimore and its Shipyards to “Clean out this nest of Vipers.” It didn’t happen.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pride_of_Baltimore

What happens when you have a pacifist as Commander-in-Chief?

From Donald Douglas:

President Obama Would Release the Hostages and Pin Notes on Their Chests

Folks couldn’t believe it, but indeed, Obama imagined he was an “adviser” to ISIS and that “he would not have killed the hostages but released them and pinned notes on their chests…”

At the New York Times, “Paths to War, Then and Now, Haunt Obama.”

And at Twitchy, “You seriously will not believe Obama’s plan were he an ‘adviser to ISIS’ (it’s beyond parody) [photo],” and “It started with Obama advising ISIS to ‘pin notes on [hostages] chests.’ It ended with this brutal mockery.”

And from The New York Times:

Mr. Obama had what guests on Wednesday afternoon described as a bereft look as he discussed the murders of Mr. Foley and Mr. Sotloff, particularly because two other Americans are still being held. Days later, ISIS would report beheading a British hostage with another video posted online Saturday.

But the president said he had already been headed toward a military response before the men’s deaths. He added that ISIS had made a major strategic error by killing them because the anger it generated resulted in the American public’s quickly backing military action.

If he had been “an adviser to ISIS,” Mr. Obama added, he would not have killed the hostages but released them and pinned notes on their chests saying, “Stay out of here; this is none of your business.” Such a move, he speculated, might have undercut support for military intervention.

There could be no clearer statement from the man the American people twice elected to be Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the United States of America: the man in command of the greatest military force on the planet does not understand the uses of force. He thinks, apparently Harvard coffeehouse bovine defecating style, that his opponents, that our opponents really do think the way that Westerners do, when ISIS has rather dramatically proved that their logic is completely different from ours. ISIS wasn’t terribly worried about whether we’d use military force or not; the measure of President Obama’s weaknesses had been taken long ago. They knew, all along, that the United States wouldn’t once again put troops in harm’s way to stop the Islamists, and they have shown their real target audiences, the Muslim populations still ahead of their advances, that they are willing to kill, without hesitation or mercy or pity, anyone they believe is a problem, or even an annoyance, for them. They have spit in Barack Hussein Obama’s face, and laughed while the did it, because they know, full well, that he won’t really do what is actually necessary to defeat them or stop them.

On This Date 200 years ago.

American soldiers at 9:00am hoisted a 30 x 42 foot flag above Ft. Mc Henry to note they were not beaten to the British and the people of Baltimore. The British it is said lobbed 1600 shells, mortars and rockets at the Fort. It was FS Key’s Opening line “Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light”

http://www.si.edu/Encyclopedia_SI/nmah/starflag.htm

After that the British sailed away and left. I have seen this flag on display at the Smithsonian many times.

Online Criminal Justice Degrees

The criminal justice system in North America has evolved rapidly in the digital age. Law enforcement officials and other authorities need to apply new methods of preventing or solving crimes. The Internet and mobile technology play a major role in new criminal trends. Emails, text messages and social network activities are now used to analyze criminal behavior of individuals who are suspected of breaking the law. A tremendous amount of valuable information can be gathered about criminals who use the Internet as a tool to plan and carry out felonies and misdemeanors.

For example, cyber units in police departments are relatively new additions to law enforcement divisions. Such professionals use the Internet to catch suspected pedophiles who try to set up sexual encounters with minors. Similarly, cyber luring is used to catch terrorists. For example, chat rooms “falsely” recruit individuals who are interested in carrying out terrorism on civilians or military personnel. Undercover operations eventually catch the suspected terrorists who are in process of acquiring weapons and other supplies to actually carry out planned attacks.

Individuals who are interested in pursuing a career in criminal justice can complete an appropriate degree from accredited universities and specialty schools. Some branches of criminal justice programs focus on behavior, law enforcement, crime prevention, corrections and offender rehabilitation. Criminal justice students must study human psychology in order to understand the minds of people who break the law. Research skills are also taught in criminal justice classes. Courses often try to emphasize that criminal justice is not all about catching and punishing convicted individuals. It’s important to change the behavior and attitude of people who are imprisoned or on parole. The ultimate goal is rehabilitation for criminals who qualify for correctional opportunities after getting out of jail. A program like UC online is an example of an institution offering criminal justice courses on the Internet.

While pursuing a degree in criminal justice, students are encouraged to take internship roles at local police departments, sheriff’s offices, jails, prisons and other divisions of law enforcement. Even federal agencies such as the FBI might recruit talented individuals who are interested in entering the criminal justice field. Sometimes, students also get the chance to work with legal practices that specialize in criminal defense. District attorneys and prosecutors also might have openings for individuals interested in exploring careers in criminal justice on a local and regional scale.

From Around the Blogroll

The Delaware Liberal goes conspiracy theorist!

Apocalypse: From U.S.Petro Or ISIL?
Filed in National by  on September 12, 2014 • 8 Comments

Ok, then.  From the President’s speech we’re sort of at war with ISIL?  Not exactly war, according to John Kerry, but sorta.  Let’s just call it large scale counter terrorism, he says.  More like humanitarian bombings.

But, my question is, which is the greater threat, short and long term to Americans?  ISIL with Toyotas, Arabian machetes and machine guns or the American Petroleum Institute with tipping point stage carbon overload?

You do know what his answer is going to be, don’t you? :)

My bet is on carbon caused warming and flooding.  But, not so fast, because the American Petroleum Institute also has a hand in the middle east crisis and threatened final days caused by the ultimate war between the Caliphate and the Infidels, which apparently includes us here in the U.S. of A.

You see, ISIL is selling pretty huge amounts of crude on the black market thanks to U.S. extraction technology and expertise sold to the producers in both Iraq and Syria.  That crude then ships to black markets allowed by our sort of allies in Turkey and then on to sort of allies in Jordan and not so allied Iran.  The latter at least not yet, unless we smarten up and do a deal with them.

Now, to further explain the American Petroleum Institute’s involvement in this extremely convoluted caper, they advocate, lobby and represent companies supplying extraction tools and technology  to these brand new coalition of the killing partners:  Bahran, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.  In some cases we supply both downstream and upstream oil services.

Oh, now I see: it’s all a great, secret conspiracy, to doom the world through global warming climate change! As I’m typing in my computer room, when it’s still summer, in a sweatshirt to keep warm, I’m not so terribly worried about temperature increases! But, the Progressive Populist does conclude with a statement with which I can totally agree:

I was moved to tears at Obama’s election in 2008 as our first ever black and anti-war president.

I, to, was (almost) moved to tears at the election of Barack Hussein Obama in 2008, though I suspect for different reasons. And after 5½ miserable years of a dead economy, of a nearly doubled national debt, of welfare and disability rolls skyrocketing while the number of people who actually want to work plummets, I’d say that I was right all along.

And now, for the rest!

Rule 5 Blogging: Germans!

It’s the weekend and time, once again, for THE FIRST STREET JOURNAL’S version of Rule 5 Blogging. Robert Stacey Stacy McCain described Rule 5 as posting photos of pretty women somewhat déshabillé, but, on this site, our Rule 5 Blogging doesn’t put up pictures of Angela Merkel in her summer clothes, but women, in full military gear, serving their countries in the armed forces. The terribly sexist authors on this site celebrate strong women, women who can take care of themselves and take care of others, women who have been willing to put their lives on the line in some not-so-friendly places, women who truly do have the “We can do it!” attitude.

Every girl wants her makeup to look good!

Every girl wants her makeup to look good!

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On This Date 9/13/1814 – 200 years ago – FS Key Wrote a Poem and other stuff

On Sept 13, 1814 the Battle of Baltimore really started. The day before the Brits marched halfway or more to meet the Defenders of Baltimore at a place called Hampstead Hill. (It’s now Patterson Park in SE Baltimore. Played a lot there when I was a kid.) There were about 4,500 Brits and about 11,000 Americans. Anyone with a rifle was there from the City. The Americans dug in defenses from the Harbor to 3 miles North. As my Historian Brother told me the line wavered, but held during the Battle. As you can see in the Pics the Brits were fighting uphill. The Brits after a while gave up. Commander was Adm. Cockburn since General Ross was killed the day before. Some think the outcome would have been different under Ross.

While this battle was going the Brits moved their ships closer to Ft. McHenry to start the shelling. A major miracle at the Fort was the Powder Magazine took a direct hit from a dud and didn’t blow up. Also at that time, a DC Lawyer (you always stuck with them) named Francis Scott Key went to the Brits for release of Prisoners during the shelling. The Brits held him to the next morning at let him and the prisoners go.

Mean while, the attack on the Hill, and the bombardment went on. At Hampstead Hill, the Brits gave up and went back to thir ships. The bombardment last 25 hours.

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A View of the Defense Line

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Supposedly where the Americans placed their Cannons

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A Plaque from the Centennial Celebration

Here’s a good list of websites explaining what happened that day:

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