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Archive for 5 February 2010
….cuz I seemed to have missed one last week. Gee….wonder why?
Well, as I mentioned on Day 5, I took some pictures of my very brief time snorkeling, but had to get them developed, so here they are:
As far as snorkeling goes, we definitely like Negril better. BUT, we like staying in Ocho Rios better.
Now, the tubing trip from Day 8. It was amazing, to say the least, and unfortunately, pictures just don’t do the experience, or the view, justice. Guess y’all will just have to go down there, and experience it for yourselves.
I have no idea what happened to these shots, with the red stripes, but oh well.
The best part, other than the baby rapids, was just looking around at the scenery.
Now, I’m sitting here, looking our living room window, at all the brown grass, brown leaves still hanging from a few of the trees, and a dreary gray sky, wondering…..why the heck did we have to come back? sigh…
According to a Jan. 29 report in the Venezuelan El Universal newspaper — translated by BBC Worldwide Monitoring – the ranks of Chavez’s workers militias have swelled to around 150,000 members, most of whom work in “strategic” economic sectors, such as oil, electricity, transportation, and “basic companies.”
Orlando Castillo, with the Socialist Workers Front, a Chavez-allied group, was quoted by El Universal as saying that the purpose of the militias was to use the labor troops to “defend the people,” adding that “there need to be many more” troops.
“There need to be many more,” he said, “because they represent the idea of the integrated worker who is capable of producing and also of defending the people.”
The workers’ militias are an ideological remnant of the Communist coup d’etat in Russia 1917, whose leaders Vladimir Lenin and Leon Trotsky created the groups and used them to overthrow the Czarist government, eventually turning them into units of the Red Army.
In the words of Obama’s very own ‘communication czar’:
So-called socialist patrols are also growing, with an estimated 20,000 separate patrols totaling 300,000 Venezuelans. Each patrol has an average of 15 members. Castillo said the patrols are “forging the party [United Socialist Party] in the middle of the workers [movement].”
Like the militias, these socialist patrols are intended to allow the ruling socialist government to exert greater control over key industries. However, they also operate in Venezuela’s shrinking private sector companies.
To quote the late Kurt Cobain…. “Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you.”
1 : a deranged state of the mind usually occurring as a specific disorder (as schizophrenia)
2 : such unsoundness of mind or lack of understanding as prevents one from having the mental capacity required by law to enter into a particular relationship, status, or transaction or as removes one from criminal or civil responsibility
3 a : extreme folly or unreasonableness b : something utterly foolish or unreasonable
Attributed to Albert Einstein: “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
Sure sounds like the Obama administration to me.
Second Stimulus, Same as the First
When President Barack Obama was sworn into office, the U.S. economy employed 134.6 million people and the unemployment rate stood at 7.6%. In response to growing job losses, President Obama passed an $862 billion stimulus plan that his economic experts promised would help the United States employ at least 138.6 million people by 2010. Reality has not been kind to President Obama’s hope. Today, the Bureau of Labor and Statistics released its monthly jobs report showing the U.S. economy shed another net 20,000 jobs, leaving only 129.5 million jobs, almost 10 million short of the President’s promises.
Anticipating this bleak job news, the President announced in his State of the Union address last week: “That is why jobs must be our number one focus in 2010, and that is why I am calling for a new jobs bill tonight.” It is understandable why the President wants to call this new legislation a “jobs bill” instead of what it really is: his second stimulus. But that would mean admitting that his first stimulus completely failed, which both the objective evidence and the opinion of the American people show it has.
And why did the President’s first stimulus fail? For the same reason his second stimulus is destined to fail: Only the private sector in pursuit of opportunity can create jobs on net. The best we can hope from government is that it keeps to a minimum the jobs it prevents and the income and wealth it destroys.