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Stray Voltage

As Venezuela slowly starves and the economy has all but shut down, guess who the richest person in the country might be?

The daughter of Hugo Chavez, the former president who once declared ‘being rich is bad,’ may be the wealthiest woman in Venezuela, according to evidence reportedly in the hands of Venezuelan media outlets.

Maria Gabriela Chavez, 35, the late president’s second-oldest daughter, holds assets in American and Andorran banks totaling almost $4.2billion, Diario las Americas reports.

The figure would make Gabriela Chavez wealthier than media mogul Gustavo Cisneros, whom Forbes named the wealthiest Venezuelan earlier this year with $3.6billion in assets.

I know … purely a coincidence.  But it does prove, if true, that socialism does pay … those in charge (I’m sure this wasn’t something he saved up from his army pay).  The rest?  They get stores with nothing on the shelves and hyper-inflation.  Brilliant.

Jazz Shaw is thinking Hillary may shrug off email flap (he’s speaking purely in a political sense, not if someone grows a pair and actually arrests and indicts her):

The bottom line is that there are a significant number of Americans out there – mostly Democrats, but not all – who seem to be telling us, yes, you’ve made your point. Hillary is all those things you said she was. But what the heck. I’ll vote for her. And one of the major reasons for this is that this email server story simply isn’t resonating with people.

Well, to be fair, it’s not resonating with those people.  The reason it isn’t resonating with other people is they really haven’t heard much about it thanks to the media.  But for those that have, they want the allegations investigated.  Look, yellow dog Democrats are going to vote for their particular yellow dog – regardless of the cur’s pedigree, problems or evidence against it.  In this case I think Clinton will find a minion to take the fall, and, in effect, will shrug it off.  But that doesn’t change Shaw’s point … even if she’s in prison orange, those people will vote for her.

Megan McArdle talks about the nonsense that is going on at colleges everywhere.  That is the cosseting of the student body who have become so fearful of ideas that they don’t like that they invoke “safety” as their concern.

Students demanding that campus life be bowdlerized to preserve their peace of mind seem to believe that the best way to deal with trauma is to avoid any mention of it. But Lukianoff and Haidt argue that this is exactly backward; chronic avoidance breeds terror. The current climate on campus is a recipe for producing fearful adults who are going to have difficulty coping in an adult world. It’s as if we were trying to prepare the next generation of American citizens by keeping them in kindergarten until the age of 23.

I’m not sure that anyone should be surprised.  These are the kids who come from the era of everyone gets a trophy and we don’t keep score so the other team won’t feel bad.  Why in the world would any one expect anything else from them.  When they finally gain the halls of ivy, they’re conditioned to eschew competition.  So the idea of competing ideas, especially ideas they’re not comfortable with, is terrifying.

They’ll do great in the real world, won’t they?

Meanwhile, on another planet:

If Vice President Joe Biden makes the leap into the Democratic presidential race, he could promise that he would serve just one term in the White House, journalist and author Carl Bernstein said Friday.

“And one thing that I keep hearing about Biden is that if he were to declare and say, because age is such a problem for him if he does, I want to be a one-term president. I want to serve for four years, unite Washington. I’ve dealt with the Republicans in Congress all my public life,” Bernstein told CNN’s “New Day.”

“I think there’s a conversation going on to that effect among his aides and friends,” he said. “It could light fire to the current political environment.”

It would be a back-fire, if anything.  Anyway, the circus could use one more clown.

~McQ

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16 Responses to Stray Voltage

  • I’m not sure that anyone should be surprised. These are the kids who come from the era of everyone gets a trophy and we don’t keep score so the other team won’t feel bad. Why in the world would any one expect anything else from them. When they finally gain the halls of ivy, they’re conditioned to eschew competition. So the idea of competing ideas, especially ideas they’re not comfortable with, is terrifying.

    They’ll do great in the real world, won’t they?

    Most are just playing a role to try to say ideas are harmful and should be shutdown. Lending themselves to the role of victim to give ammunition to those who advocate the shutdown of ideas. Their fragility if the same fragility of an offended town bitty that saw a girl with a skirt above her knee for he first time and faints from the indecency. Role-play for public drama to give their offense weight it would not otherwise have.

    The real problem is the tools who give a crap these people feel bad.

    • I want them to continue what they’re doing so my kids can dominate them

      • I’m there.

        Plus, my boys (both early twenties) are having no problems finding, um, feminine companionship. Turns out there are plenty of women who want confident, capable young men who don’t buy into today’s widespread insanity. We don’t such hear from such women because they’re not shrieking, attention-whoring harpies.

        • Oh, you mean real women then.

        • Yep. Human nature RULES…!!!

          • Well, until we can dope the little boys into acting like little girls, train everyone that competition is really really awful, excise the crazy ideas that some are better at some things than others, and properly bring up the next generation to unquestioningly recognize the state owns them and the results of all their labor.

  • I wonder what the Castro family is worth. Well, how much money they have. I know what they’re worth.

    Megan McArdle is the hotness.

    Hellary is going down.

    Gropin’ Joe will be in. Chakra Con (OwlGore) is giving it serious consideration.

  • As for Biden, here is the list of the oldest president to assume office:

    Harry Reid would be 77.1 years of age, Jan 20, 2017
    Nancy Pelosi would be 76.8 years of age, Jan 20, 2017
    Bernie Sanders would be 75.35 years of age, Jan 20, 2017
    Mitch McConnell would be 74.92 years of age, Jan 20, 2017
    Joe Biden would be 74.16 years of age, Jan 20, 2017
    John Kerry would be 73.1 years of age, Jan 20, 2017
    Jim Webb would be 70.94 years of age, Jan 20, 2017
    Donald Trump would be 70.59 years of age, Jan 20, 2017

    1) Ronald Reagan was 69.95 years of age, Jan 20, 1981
    Hillary Clinton would be 69.3 years of age, Jan 20, 2017
    Al Gore would be 68.8 years of age, Jan 20, 2017

    2) William Henry Harrison was 68.06 years of age, March 4, 1841
    Mitt Romney would be 67.86 years of age, Jan 20, 2017
    Elizabeth Warren would be 67.6 years of age, Jan 20, 2017
    John Boehner would be 67.17 years of age, Jan 20, 2017
    Rick Perry would be 66.87 years of age, Jan 20, 2017

    3) James Buchanan was 65.86 yeas of age, March 4, 1857
    Ben Carson would be 65.34 years of age, Jan 20, 2017
    Jeb Bush would be 63.9 years of age, Jan 20, 2017
    Lincoln Chafee would be 63.8 years of age, Jan 20, 2017
    Carly Forrina would be 62.38 years of age, Jan 20, 2017
    Mike Huckabee would be 61.41 years of age, Jan 20, 2017
    Rick Santorum would be 58.69 years of age, Jan 20, 2017
    Chris Christie would be 54.38 years of age, Jan 20, 2017
    Rand Paul would be 54.04 years of age, Jan 20, 2017
    Martin O’Malley would be 54.0 years of age, Jan 20, 2017
    Scott Walker would be 49.2 years of age, Jan 20, 2017
    Ted Cruz would be 46.07 years of age, Jan 20, 2017
    Marco Rubio would be 45.48 years of age, Jan 20, 2017
    Bobby Jindal would be 45.43 years of age, Jan 20, 2017

    43) John F Kennedy was 43.64 yeas of age, Jan 20, 1961
    44) Theodore Roosevelt was 42.88 yeas of age, Sept 14, 1901

    Biden would be older on inauguration day than Reagan was on his second inauguration.

    • Thank John McCain and others for creating a pro-incumbency election system.

      And the Media likes them some corrupt politicians, since they are the most afraid of the press. That’s if they choose to turn on them.

      Thus explains our political landscape.

  • Being rich is bad.

    Being MEGA RICH is alright tho!

  • I’ve come to the conclusion that the entire Hillary for President campaign is actually a front for the Hillary needs her TOP SECRET clearance back campaign

    • “Robby Mook, Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager,”

      “mook
      mo͝ok/
      nounUSinformal
      noun: mook; plural noun: mooks

      a stupid or incompetent person.”

      This is way too easy. I am going to look under “E” next.

  • Age is distant second among Biden’s problems. Being a moron is first.

  • Democrats will elect someone in jail or going to jail. Jesse Jackson Jr. is an example, and I would be willing to bet Kwame Kilpatrick could be re-elected in Detroit.