Music for a Sunday: We’re about due for this one tonight…

…so here’s a little appropriate music:

Now, time to get out there and clear some snow. Have a good one, my fellow Ontarians.

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Aeroméxico ad trolls racists in Texas…with hilarious results

Yeah, it’s amazing how many white Texans are actually anywhere from 1/8 to 1/4 Mexican. This is almost as funny as when THIS happened:

Yeah. When the black woman next to him burst out laughing and called him “bro”, that was awesome.

Now, I wonder if any of those trolled Texans took Aeroméxico up on their offer to eat tacos al pastor with the homefolks…

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Headline Howler: In which Jordan Peterson falls victim to irony

Yes, dangerous people are indeed teaching your kids. And here’s one of the more obvious ones. Well done, PragerU, for exposing him! (And yourselves, too. Ewwwww.)

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Donnie’s latest dumb gambit against Venezuela

Uncle Donnie directs the Venezuelan opposition to run off a cliff like lemmings, calling for non-recognition of Madurito and an interim government as a peace-dove looks on in horror: “Damn, dude, what crazies!”

Jesus Christ. While the US government is still shut down because the tantrumming manbaby isn’t getting his vanity wall, look what he’s presuming to do to a government that isn’t even his:

President Donald Trump is considering recognizing Venezuela’s opposition leader as the legitimate president of the country, three sources familiar with the matter told CNN, a significant move that would increase pressure on Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro.

Trump is weighing recognizing the country’s National Assembly President Juan Guaido as the legitimate Venezuelan leader after Maduro, a socialist authoritarian who has presided over Venezuela’s political and economic crisis, was sworn in last week for a second term.

The Venezuelan opposition, the United States and dozens of other countries have decried Maduro’s presidency illegitimate and the country’s constitution says a presidential vacancy can be filled by the president of the National Assembly.

Sorry for quoting CNN, which is as biased and stinky as any other mainstream news outlet on Venezuela, but at least those idiots (who can’t be arsed to understand that “socialist authoritarian” is an oxymoron) do realize that Madurito is the legitimate president of Venezuela, and even bothered to capitalize the title. And yes, they actually troubled to quote the Bolivarian Constitution correctly. I’m impressed!

However, there’s also the salient fact that there is NO presidential vacancy to be filled here. Madurito was just recently sworn in for his latest term in office, and more heads of state attended that ceremony than did for Donnie’s beloved Bolsov?mito in Brazil, too. As ever, the Venezuelan people voted for him, not some oppo buffoon. He’s not going anywhere…at least, not until he steps down or is voted out by the populace, not a bunch of perennial losers who are always crying “illegitimate” or “we won’t recognize”, while notably not refusing to recognize an elected official when it’s one of their own. Who are the frauds, again?

As for the OAS, the “dozens of other countries” mentioned here, that organization is so laughably impotent and blatantly in the pockets of Washington and Miami that it’s a wonder anyone recognizes them as legitimate at all, south of the Rio Bravo. But hey, if they want to disgrace themselves even further by kissing that orange ass and getting their lips encrusted with Cheeto dust, they can do their worst, as I’m sure they will. It’s not like I’ve ever had much respect for them anyway. (Actually, it’s not like I’ve ever had ANY.)

Meanwhile, if you wonder who this Guaidó guido is, and why Donnie Dumbfuck is so keen on inserting him where nobody elected him to be, here’s a little something that goes back ten full years to show where he really fits in the slimy ecosystem that is the fascist opposition of Venezuela…and the fetid swamp of Washington:

The president of the National Assembly in contempt, Juan Guaidó, was one of the 17 young people invited to the so-called “Mexican Fiesta” held late in 2009, “which permitted the party of Leopoldo López to take control of the student movement,” reported the investigative website, La Tabla.

According to the report, the former external director of [state oil company] PDVSA, Pedro Mario Burelli, was the one who obtained the funds to hold the event, “aimed at defining a conspiratorial plan for the long term and offering methodological tools to make a ‘color revolution’ in Venezuela”.

As well, the report emphasized that it was not the first time Burelli had come so close to “control of the agenda of the dispersed parties and groups against [president Hugo] Chávez”, recalling that he was the one who, in 2017, managed to install as president of the organism the opposition member Freddy Guevara, who is still in contempt of court.

“Possibly, after Guaidó, the only option remaining is Yon Goicoechea, who, however, is going with a more individual project known as Plan País”, added La Tabla.

The former external chief of PDVSA, let us recall, recently published a message against the president of the Republic, Nicolás Maduro, on his Twitter account, in which he warned that [Maduro] had two options: converting himself into [former Panamanian dictator Manuel] Noriega, or deciding for the destiny of Muammar Gadhafi.

Burelli was head of JP Morgan and external director of PDVSA until the year 1998, and supported positions in favor of privatizing the industry by way of investment capitalization. The ex-functionary is said to “have access to the structure of the US State Department, specifically functionaries close to the Clintons.”

Translation mine.

So you can see that Juan Guaidó is not Venezuela’s man in Caracas, but Washington’s. He’s the finger puppet of a man who used to be one of the crooked clique that ran PDVSA, Venezuela’s state oil company, until 1998. That was the year Chavecito was elected president for the first time, and once he had the reins of power in his hand, he moved to nationalize, not privatize, the entity further. He fired the goons who were stuffing their pockets with that sweet, sweet oil money before fleeing the country with it (invariably washing up in either Washington or Miami, where they lost no time complaining about “that dictator” who had the effrontery to do the job the people of Venezuela elected him to do, instead of the bidding of the IMF and the World Bank). And in doing so, he set the stage for the coup against him in 2002…a coup that, tellingly, was reversed by the same people who elected him. They turned out in their millions to demand that he be returned from where the military were holding him captive, and he was. Remember that? An Irish TV crew made a whole movie about it as it was going down:

Yeah. Kind of hard to forget that. Although the US of Amnesia is notorious for never learning from past mistakes.

Something tells me that if they try it with Madurito, they’re going to be going up against the same people who brought Chavecito back. And this time, the army will be on the same side as the people, from the high command on down.

Washington would do well to remember that, because Venezuela has not forgotten.

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Headline Howler: In which FUX Snooze inadvertently gets something right

Yup, I’d say that’s an accurate answer to the question.

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The slavish hypocrisy of Rand Paul

Yes, that’s right…ol’ Aqua Buddha is coming up here to Ontario to get a hernia repair done at the Shouldice Hospital, a facility specializing in non-mesh hernia surgery which is, according to its website, the only one of its kind in the world. The hospital is remunerated mainly by OHIP, since most of its patients are Ontarians on the public health insurance plan. Aqua Buddha, however, won’t be getting it for free; he’ll be paying a few thousand out of pocket, which my US friends have assured me is the same amount he’d spend in a co-pay. (Apparently double billing is standard in the US of Amnesia.) He’s coming to Shouldice in order to NOT have to pay that extra bit, which has been known to bankrupt US patients all too often, particularly those who fall between the cracks.

But aside from his cheapness, there’s also the hilariously stupid notions he expressed (starting at the 4:20 mark in the video) about publicly funded healthcare being “slavery”. Yes, you heard right…Aqua Buddha Boy there seems to think that public-health doctors are human chattel, doing forced labor on an imaginary plantation for nothing. That could not be further from the truth up here in the Great North — which, you may recall, was the final stop on the Underground Railroad. We take a dim view of slavery in general up here.

But more than that, our doctors are emphatically NOT anyone’s chattel. They’re not even indentured servants. They are paid for their work, and they get by quite nicely, thankyouverymuch. Nobody owns them in any way. The only difference between them and their US counterparts is that here, it’s the public purse that’s paying them, rather than the individuals and/or their private insurers.

Plus, the whole concept of a “co-pay” is nonexistent up here. It’s a dirty trick on the part of private insurers to keep their own costs down and their profits high; it forces the patient to pay more out of pocket than the insurer, in many cases. It also leads to some messy and confusing billing situations, and coupled with a for-profit medical system, some utter disasters, too. That’s why our public health system works so well, and is also cheaper than that in the US by far. Our billing process is less convoluted, so hospitals don’t need to add a whole extra department to their overheads; that way, rates are lower. Hospitals (and private medical practices) don’t have to advertise to attract patients; patients don’t have to shop around for private insurance (and pray they don’t get ripped off in the process). It’s a good system on the whole.

The only problems we have lie not with the system itself, but with the bean-counters at the provincial level, who seem to think that cutbacks will make the system “more efficient”, and have been trying that failed strategy since the mid-1990s. So far, that’s done nothing but lead to bed closures and hallway medicine. NOT efficient, to say the least. The obvious solution is to put more money in the public system and make it untouchable, but so far, nobody seems to have twigged to that. The result has been a shortage of doctors (particularly in rural and remote areas) and nurses, as well as fewer hospitals and more overcrowding in emergency rooms.

Now, that may not be a problem for the likes of Shouldice; when you’re literally the only place in the world doing what you do, and you bill by the procedure rather than being subject to a set budget like public hospitals, you can probably afford to advertise out-of-country and set rates that are quite competitive with those of your US counterparts. So it’s little wonder that they get somebody like, say, Aqua Buddha there.

But as with all things conservative, the guy says one thing (which is frankly fucking ludicrous even on the surface of it), then comes up here and does another. That’s good for a round and sound mocking. Which the Majority Report gang deliver, in spades.

And it’s richly deserved, too.

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German police bust up the KKK

Yes, this is what you think it is. Just a sampling of the contraband that several German state police forces seized in a series of recent raids:

On Wednesday morning, there were several raids on suspicion of a criminal organization with the name “National Socialist Knights of the Ku-Klux-Klan Deutschland”. This according to a press release from the state prosecutor’s office of Stuttgart.

Agents of the state police of Baden-Württemberg later searched twelve residences in Baden-Württemberg, Bremen, Hamburg, Niedersachsen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Rheinland-Pfalz, Sachsen-Anhalt and Thüringen. Among the residents, 17 persons between the ages of 17 and 59 are suspected of being members of the organization.

According to the press release, 200 police officers were involved in the operation. The agents came onto the trail of the group through the evaluation of chat protocols on a confiscated mobile phone.

The agents also confiscated over 100 weapons, including blank pistols, numerous swords and machetes, daggers, butterfly knives, throwing stars, and telescoping batons.

The agents also found certificates, membership and contribution lists, T-shirts and symbols of the group, electronic storage devices, computers and mobile phones. The confiscated documents must now be evaluated. So far, nothing is known about arrests or imprisonment orders.

Translation mine.

For those surprised to hear that a US-based racist group could branch out across the ocean and band together with German Nazis, don’t be. The ugly truth is that the original KKK, founded in 1865, broken up in 1882 on grounds of unconstitutionality only to be reconstituted a few years later, and at its peak in the 1920s, was Hitler’s greatest inspiration. It “helped” him to distill his racist and genocidal impulses into the vile manifesto that was Mein Kampf. So it’s hardly surprising that the snake has bitten its tail in this manner. But at least in Germany, this kind of political organization is highly illegal.

I only wonder when the police will finally raid the AFD, which is clearly going the same way and probably has underground ties to these thugs already.

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Donnie needs to be stopped. NOW.

Yes, he actually tweeted that. And worse, it was a lie:

Fast food fanatic President Trump claimed Tuesday he bought more than 1,000 “hamberders” for the Clemson Tigers football team, contradicting his own aides who put the number of calorie bombs at 300.

The President, who hosted the college sports champions for a fast food feast in the State Dining Room Monday evening, made the inconsistent assertion in a misspelled morning tweet that was quickly mocked on social media.

“Great being with the National Champion Clemson Tigers last night at the White House,” Trump posted. “Because of the Shutdown I served them massive amounts of Fast Food (I paid), over 1000 hamberders etc. Within one hour, it was all gone. Great guys and big eaters!”

Ahead of the junk food chow-down, which featured an assortment of unhealthy dishes from McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Burger King, deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said the President had copped “more than 300” burgers.

Gidley did not return a request for comment on the inconsistency.

Bad enough that he served fast food — which these footballers could have gotten literally ANYWHERE, at any time — at a formal reception. Worse yet is that he even lied about how much of the greasy crap he actually bought (did anyone seriously think the notorious cheapskate PAID, though?), inflating the number by more than triple the actual amount. Worst of all is that he couldn’t even turn on his own spellchecker so as not to look an even bigger idiot than we all already know he is.

He spelled “hamburgers” like a little kid who doesn’t even know how to pronounce the word. That is literally a toddler mistake.

And it’s coming from the big, fat diaper-baby who is supposed to be running the country, but who has shut it down in a tantrum over a stupid wall that will never be built, and won nothing but the ire of everyone with actual mouths to feed. It’s so bad that the unpaid US air-traffic controllers got sent pizzas by their counterparts up here in the Great North. On the plus side, those controllers were at least fed better than the poor Clemson footballers, whose coaches must be tearing their hair out right now.

But hey. At least he served all that boxed-up junk food on silver platters, by the light of gold candelabras. That’s got to be worth SOMETHING, right?

Yeah. It’s worth the weight of a thousand cold hamburgers, in sheer comedy gold.

And with the jokes all writing themselves at the rate that Donnie can shit them out while tweeting from the upstairs john at the White House, it’s going to put the Onion, the Beaverton, and the Out and Abouter out of business in no time. And who’s gonna buy pizza and “hamberders” for THEM?

Make Satire Great Again!

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Compare and Contrast: Madurito vs. Bolsov?mito

“94 countries were present at the swearing-in of President Nicolás Maduro Moros…and only 46 at that of Bolsonaro…but the “illegitimate” one is MADURO.”

Go figure.

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Music for a Sunday: My current earworm…

…and welcome to it:

And now that I think about it, it’s also kind of perfect for hibernation season, seeing as we’re in a bit of a deep freeze up here right now.

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