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They’re not singing ‘feliz anything’ in Venezuela this Christmas

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(My new American Thinker post)

Let me wish you all a very Merry Christmas.   

Please take a moment and think about Venezuela, where “Feliz Navidad” is not what they are singing.   

The latest nonsense from the Maduro government is sick and that’s saying a lot about a pretty sick regime. This is a summary:

You better watch out, you better not cry, better not pout, let us tell you why: Santa Claus is coming to Caracas, and this year he’ll be bringing toys to all the pro-regime boys and girls — and jailing those who get in his way.

Striking an almost comically Orwellian posture of Saint Nick meets Robin Hood, last week Venezuela’s consumer “protection” agency seized several million toys that will, ostensibly, be redistributed to the poor. 


The trinkets were confiscated from a toy distributor that had purportedly “committed fraud” against the country by selling the goods at unlawfully high mark-ups. Two of the company’s executives were arrested in the toy-taking. Agency officials say the toys will be sold at below-market prices. 

They haven’t said who will get to purchase the discounted dolls, but presumably being a supporter of President Maduro’s United Socialist Party won’t hurt one’s chances.

Yes, Santa is now a tool of the state and December 25th is another day to reward those who support the regime. Wonder what they are thinking about all of this at the North Pole? Who knew that Santa’s red outfit was a statement of his socialist beliefs?    

What about the other children? Well, they won’t get any gifts, unless their parents can go to the black market or cross the Colombia border and buy something.

This is what Chavez’ revolution has brought to a beautiful country.    

It reminds me of how the communists in Cuba played dirty tricks with children. The teacher would tell a young student to ask for candy. Ask the revolution and the teacher would hand the young person a candy bar. Ask God and nothing would come down from heaven.

Yes, that’s what communists do. Wonder if anyone told Bernie Sanders that true story?

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December 24, 2016 at 7:09 am

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Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela and other US-Latin America stories of the week

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April 22, 2015 at 9:00 pm

Monday: The latest on the US-Cuba talks after the Panama meetings with Jorge Ponce

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GUEST:  Jorge Ponce, Cuban American writer and contributor to Babalu Blog, joins me for a discussion of US-Cuba talks and the meetings in Panama….we will speak about the Castro-Obama meeting, Raul Castro’s rant against the US, the US-Venezuela rift and President Maduro bashing President Obama… will all of this play in 2016?  

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April 13, 2015 at 10:30 am

Wednesday: The meetings in Panama plus other US-Latin America stories of the week

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GUESTS:  Fausta Rodriguez-Wertz, editor of Fausta’s Blog, and Cecilia Torres, originally from Colombia, join me for a look at the upcoming meeting of Latin America leaders in Panama… of the major topics is the anticipated meeting between President Obama and Raul Castro of Cuba……the US-Venezuela rift…..Colombia and FARC…..the marches in Brazil….the latest on the murder of Alberto Nisman in Argentina….plus other stories..

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April 8, 2015 at 11:00 am

The week in review with Bill Katz of Urgent Agenda

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GUEST:  Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda, joins us for a look at the top stories of the day……The Israel elections and the reaction from the Obama administration…..Did President Obama’s involvement in the election backfire?   the ongoing Hillary Clinton story, from emails to donations to the Clinton Foundation……….will other Democrats get in the 2016 primaries?    the Iran nuclear deal and Congress…..there appears to be some concern among Democrats about the deal……and a few other stories from the pages…..

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March 22, 2015 at 10:00 am

Venezuela, Brazil, Cuba, Argentina and other US-Latin America stories

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WEDNESDAY’S SHOW:  Fausta Rodriguez-Wertz, editor of Fausta’s Blog, joins me for a discussion of US-Latin America stories of the week, such as the ongoing crisis in Venezuela, demonstrations in Brazil, the political situation in Argentina after the murder of Alberto Nisman, the rift between Cuba and the US over Venezuela……we will hear from Luisa Ravelo-Guedes, a native of Venezuela who lives in Texas, about the crisis in her native country….Click to read:



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March 18, 2015 at 9:00 pm

Wednesday: Venezuela & US-Latin America stories of the week with Fausta Rodriguez Wertz

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GUESTS:  Fausta Rodriguez Wertz, editor of Fausta’s Blog, joins me for a discussion of the latest US-Latin America stories……….we will also hear from Luisa Ravelo-Guedes, a Venezuelan national who lives in Texas….

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March 11, 2015 at 9:00 pm