John Steele Gordon: "In 1973, Chile was rescued from communism under Salvador Allende with a military coup and economic (and eventually political) reforms began. At that point Chile’s economic freedom as among the lowest in the world. Venezuela’s in 1975 was among the highest. Today the economic freedom of the two countries is reversed. So are their economic situations. In the 41 years since 1975, the Venezuelan economy has shrunk by 17 percent. Chile’s has grown by 287 percent. By virtually every measure Chile’s situation has radically improved, while Venezuela’s has sharply deteriorated."
The NY Post: "The disgusting and disturbing acts that the council voted to decriminalize include drinking alcohol out of a paper bag, lurking in parks after hours, urinating in the street and making enough of a racket to violate the noise code.
Under the legislation, which Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to sign, offenders will face only civil summonses instead of criminal citations.
The main part of the “reform” act sponsored by Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito deals with reducing the penalty for public urination and other quality-of-life offenses. It passed by a 40-9 vote in the liberal-leaning council."
Downstream Politics: "The Feds have been importing Muslim migrants for years and creating insta-ghettos in small towns across the country. They systematically conceal their plans from locals who often wake up to find their towns have undergone drastic change. Such is the case in Senator Rand Paul’s hometown of Bowling Green, Kentucky. This small city of 70,000 had no Muslims 15 years ago and now has 7,000 recent immigrants – 10% of the population.
In addition to the normal issues one might expect when a small community suddenly encounters a large outside force, there is the specter of radical Islam. ... Men from Bowling Green’s Muslin community have already been caught providing military supplies to al-Qaeda."
Like the Lady said:
“Socialism’s results have ranged between the merely shabby and the truly catastrophic..."
UPDATE: Baby Steps: "Youthful entrepreneurs like this one should be lifting their glasses to toast the Louisiana legislature after lawmakers unanimously voted to protect their sidewalk lemonade stands."