Category Archives: Hollywood liberals

Venezuela is imploding from years of socialism

Venezuela, an oil-rich country of more than 33.22 million in South America, is on the brink of economic collapse.

The culprit? Years of socialism, especially the 15-year presidency (1998-2013) of Hugo Chávez — the dictator who was Sean Penn’s best bud.

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How bad is it in Venezuela?

Here are some bullets I’ve compiled from the Washington Post:

  • Instead of growing, Venezula’s economy shrank 10% in 2015 and is expected to shrink an additional 6% in 2016, according to the International Monetary Fund.
  • Inflation is now 720%.
  • Venezuela is expected to default on its debt in the very near future. The country is basically bankrupt.

What brought Venezuela’s economy to near-collapse, despite having the largest oil reserves in the world, is a combination of bad luck and worse policies:

  1. Under Hugo Chávez, the government was generous with welfare, from two-cent gasoline to free housing.
  2. But the spending was not matched by government revenue. Chávez turned the state-owned oil company from being professionally run to being barely run. People who knew what they were doing were replaced with people who were loyal to the regime. The state extracted profits from the oil company but skimped on investments to maintain the infrastructure and to blend or refine Venezuela’s extra-heavy crude — neither of which is cheap — before it can be sold. As a result, Venezuela could not churn out as much oil as it used to — its oil production fell 25% between 1999 and 2013.
  3. When the government ran out of money, it resorted to printing more money.
  4. Then in mid-2014, oil prices started collapsing, which meant even less revenue.
  5. So the government printed more money, which simply cheapened or devalued Venezuela’s currency by 93% in the past two years.

Source: dolartoday.com

Source: dolartoday.com

The results are hyper-inflation (720%!), scarcity and rationing of food and goods, and long lines for even basic commodities. Lines are so bad the government has even started rationing those, kicking people out of line based on the last digit of their national ID card.

Venezuelans line up in state-run supermarket

Beginning in February 2014, hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans have protested over high levels of criminal violence, inflation, and chronic scarcity of basic goods due to federal government policies. Those demonstrations and riots have resulted in 40 fatalities.

And it will only get worse, because Chávez’s successor, socialist president Nicolás Maduro, has changed the law so the opposition-controlled National Assembly can’t remove the central bank governor or appoint a new one. Maduro also picked someone who doesn’t even believe there’s such a thing as inflation to be the country’s economic czar. New economic minister, the far-left Luis Salas, said: “When a person goes to a shop and finds that prices have gone up, they are not in the presence of ‘inflation’.” Instead, Salas insists, it’s those “parasitic” capitalist businesses that are trying to push up profits as much as possible.

Matt O’Brien of the Washington Post dolefully concludes, “The only question now is whether Venezuela’s government or economy will completely collapse first. The key word there is ‘completely.’ Both are well into their death throes.”

Given the country’s proximity to the United States, I predict that in addition to Cubans and Puerto Ricans, America’s next swarm of illegal migrants and ‘refugees’ will come from Venezuela.

map of Venezuela in South America

A quote attributed to Albert Einstein says that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, but expecting different results.

By that definition, liberals/Progressive/socialists are insane because they keep advocating and doing the same thing, while expecting socialist policies to work. Venezuela is simply the latest example of that lunacy.

~Eowyn

Tom Hanks’ disturbing Toddlers & Tiaras skit with 6-year-old ‘sexy baby’

I don’t watch late-night TV talk shows. In fact, I hardly watch network TV, period.

So I wasn’t aware of this so-called “skit” by Tom Hanks that was broadcast on Jimmy Kimmel Live 4 years ago.

Tom Hanks and fake daughter Sophie

It’s a 6½-minute skit called “Toddlers and Tiaras,” in which a child actress pretends to be Hanks’ 6-year-old daughter Sophie, whom Hanks has groomed to be “sexy” since she was 3 months old to compete in the “Sexy Baby – Nevada” beauty pageant.

Note: Hanks has 4 children — 2 sons with his second and current wife Rita Wilson, and a son and a daughter with his first wife whom he divorced in 1987. Tom’s real-life daughter, Elizabeth Hanks, was born in 1982 and will be 32 years old this May.

Hanks looks downright creepy, his eyes pulled tight by plastic surgery.

Tom Hanks

The skit is presented as a satire of girl beauty pageants — but is it?

A 3-month-old baby is “sexy”? A 6-year-old girl is “sexy”? Only to pedophiles!

Ask yourself: Why would a mega-star like Tom Hanks devote his time and effort to make this long, supposedly-funny (which it isn’t) skit for a late-night talk show?

Or is it an effort to normalize pedophilia?

Watch it, then let’s hear from you!

H/t YouTuber pocketsofthefuture

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~Eowyn

NY Post scores one with this cover!

Liberals are upset with the Oscar academy for failing to nominate a black actor for this year’s awards (which inspired the hashtag #oscarssowhite on Twitter). And there’s a snow storm heading for New York. This NY Post cover is priceless:

  
Funny stuff!

DCG

Actress declares on TV she would perform oral sex on lesbian Lily Tomlin

This is a new low even for depraved Hollywood.

Amy Schumer, 34, is an actress/comedienne and niece of Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY). An advocate for gun control, she was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2015.

At the 21st Annual Critics’ Choice Awards on Jan. 17, 2016, accepting the award for “Best Actress in a Comedy,” Schumer declared to lesbian actress Lily Tomlin (1:02 mark):

“I would love to go down on you”

“Go down on” is a slang expression for cunnilingus.

The awards were broadcast live during prime time on A&E, Lifetime and LMN, which meant children were watching.

When has American culture become so utterly crude and vulgar?

A fish rots from the head down. I’ve said before that I believe a portal to Hell was opened when Barack Obama was elected president.

~Eowyn

Jada Pinkett Smith debates boycotting the Oscars

Actress Jada Pinkett Smith is an actress worth $20 million. Her husband, Will Smith, is worth $260 million. That’s a lot of dough for two African Americans to make in Hollyweird. Apparently it’s not enough.

jada and will smith

Jada isn’t happy about the Oscar nominations and how liberal Hollyweird failed to nominate a single black actor for this year’s awards – for the second year in a row.

The Daily Mirror reports that she’s so mad, she and husband Will debated boycotting the awards ceremony, which will take place in February.

She wrote on Facebook and Twitter: “At the Oscars, people of color are always welcomed to give out awards, even entertain, but we are rarely recognized for our artistic accomplishments. “Should people of color refrain from participating all together? People can only treat us in the way in which we allow. With much respect in the midst of deep disappointment, J.”

All 20 slots in the four acting categories were filled with white actors for the second year in a row.

Following the nomination announcement on Thursday, people were quick to comment using the hashtag ‘#OscarsSoWhite’ on Twitter.

Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who is the president of the Academy, spoke about the lack of diversity, admitting it’s a disappointing state of affairs. She said: “I hope this isn’t discouraging for anybody, and for filmmakers in particular. You just keep moving along …We’re going to keep pushing it.”

I thought people were to be judged by the acting abilities and the quality of movies instead of the color of their skin? Oh well, I hope Jada has a bowl full of popcorn come Oscar night!

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DCG

Charlie Sheen and Dr. Oz: It’s all about ratings and exposure

Last November, Charlie Sheen admitted on NBC’s “Today” this morning that he has HIV. He said one reason for going public with his condition was to put a stop to shakedowns from prostitutes and others who threatened to out him. And like any good Hollyweird celebrity, one must always be in the spotlight, no matter how despicable your behavior.

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Now Sheen will be a regular guest on The Dr. Oz Show.  Page Six reports that this will occur , even as backlash mounts over some of his previous appearances on the program.

Apparently Sheen is doing his latest small-screen job for free, even though critics accuse him of cashing in. Insiders tell Page Six that Sheen is expected to appear on the show “a lot over the next few weeks.” Sheen hasn’t had a regular TV gig since “Anger Management” ended in 2014.

Sheen appeared on last Tuesday’s “Dr. Oz” and was its highest-rated show since April. “Thus far, they’ve shot at his home, in the studio and in a morgue, where they looked at the body parts of an addict who died,” said a source.

Charlie-Sheen

HIV activists aren’t pleased since Sheen revealed he went off his meds for experimental injections from Dr. Samir Chachoua in Mexico, who claims to know how to cure cancer. “I take back everything I said about Sheen and his disclosure,” activist Peter Staley wrote for POZ magazine online Wednesday. Staley wrote:

“Sheen’s first steps with responsibility? He launches a ‘chase the cure’ effort with ‘The Dr. Oz Show’ (presumably with a nice ongoing paycheck), goes off his meds without telling anyone, goes to Mexico to seek a miracle cure from a scam artist even Dr. Oz hasn’t heard of.” Staley told Sheen to “crawl back into your ‘babe cave,’ write a big check to amfAR, and call it a day. Real AIDS advocates are the reason you’re still alive, so stop s - - ting on our legacy and continued work.”

The third part of Oz’s interview will air Monday. When asked if he suffers from “mania,” Sheen says, “My only experience with manic behavior is usually in the throes of deep partying. Deep substance abuse and drinking.”

Another show I’ve never watched, nor will I start any time soon.

DCG

Thursday Funnies: Michael Bay movie parodies

Michael Bay, 50, is a Hollywood director/producer known for big-budget action movies that have grossed over $5 billion worldwide. They include Armageddon (1998), Pearl Harbor (2001), and the Transformers series that, after the first Transformers in 2007, get progressively execrable and unwatchable.

Bay often traces his interest in action films back to an incident during his childhood when he attached some firecrackers to a toy train and filmed the ensuing fiery disaster with his mother’s 8 millimeter camera. The fire department was called and he was grounded.

Bay’s movies are characterized by fast edits, CGI, and extreme use of special effects, including frequent depiction of explosions, which inspired these parodies.

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~Eowyn