Actually Reducing the Size of Government in Brazil

Leads to pretty good economic growth. Brazil Fosters Economic Growth in Latin America.

Both the profit and the savings for Brazilians increased as the Bolsonaro administration exceeded its goal in record time. In the first nine months of 2019, Brazil privatized more public companies than it had planned for an entire year. This put an end to the state monopoly of several industries and encouraged job creation in the private sector.

They were spending so much on subsidies for state-owned industries, that with the divestment they were left with a public-funds surplus. The article implies that while they will spend some of that surplus on infrastructure, they will also decrease the tax burden on the Brazilian people, which is described as “brutal.” (Hat tip to Wombat-socho.)

Don’t Try This at Home

The only thing missing was him saying, “Y’all hold my beer.” SEE IT: Desperate man trying to torch massive roach infestation blows up his garden instead.

No word on whether it actually killed the roaches.

Insecticides did not work, merely driving them above ground out of their burrow.

Desperate to rid his back yard of the creeping critters, the 48-year-old truck driver saturated the garden with gasoline and tossed a match into the hole in his lawn.

Pipes were damaged in the explosion.

Click thru for the 30 second video. It is priceless.

Armed Self-defense: International Edition

Here’s a story from Brazil. You broke into the WRONG house! Homeowner opens fire at armed gang who broke into his house in Brazil, sending the cowards running for their lives.

After hacking the security system they parked in the garage and entered the home.

But as they ventured upstairs they were met by the furious homeowner who blasted a pistol at them at point-blank range and sent them fleeing in terror – leaving behind their vehicle.

Police said no arrests have been made but one of the bungling crooks dropped his wallet, ID card and mobile phone at the crime scene, according to Brazilian news outlet G1 Globo.

So at least that guy qualifies as “stupid criminal.” Self-defense is a human-right. And Brazil has been doing more to ensure that it is your legal right as well.

Nuclear Fuel Convoy Comes Under Attack in Brazil

One more thing to worry about. Brazil gunmen shoot at convoy carrying nuclear fuel in Angra dos Reis.

Gunmen have attacked a convoy of trucks carrying uranium fuel to a nuclear power plant near the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, police say.

The convoy came under attack as it drove past a community controlled by drug traffickers in Angra dos Reis, a tourist city 145km (90 miles) from Rio.

And yes, uranium fuel is 235U.

You Say That Like It’s a Bad Thing

But then WaPo hates the idea of armed peasants. Amid a spike in slayings, Brazil’s president loosens restrictions on gun ownership.

Brazil tired the Leftist dream of disarming the populace. It became the most dangerous – in terms of murders committed – country in the world. Now they will try something else.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro signed a decree Tuesday loosening restrictions on gun ownership, a move that appeased his base but which critics say will worsen a crime wave that has already claimed thousands of lives.

Who are these critics? The same people who encouraged the disarming in the first place? Why should we listen to these critics (or the WaPo)?

A Failure of The Victim-selection Process – MMA Edition

OK so I usually write about firearms and self-defense, but the Instant Karma aspect of this is too good to pass up. Mugger targets UFC’s Polyana Viana, immediately regrets decision.

Polyana Viana weighs 115 pounds.

She’s also a UFC fighter with a 10-2 MMA record, with many of her wins coming via painful submissions.

A would-be mugger in Rio de Janeiro clearly wasn’t aware of the latter when he thought a woman of Viana’s stature made a proper target for robbery.

He got a police escort to the emergency room.

Click through to see the images of what happened to this miscreant.

She said by the time she was done with him, he was asking for the police.

NPR Advertises Itself As Providing a Deeper Understanding of the Issues

In reality, not so much the case. Case in point. Right-Wing Populist Jair Bolsonaro Sworn In As President Of Brazil.

First, anyone who isn’t as far left as Bill Clinton is always described as “Far Right.” But they never describe anyone as “Far Left.” (Of course that is the media as a whole, not just NPR.)

But they offer up this one bit of “information” with no context.

On Saturday, Bolsonaro tweeted that he would work to ensure every citizen without a criminal background can own a gun.

Horrors! They might have similar gun laws to the USA!

But they offer no context. Why would this resonate with the voting population of Brazil? Because while Brazil currently has some of the most Draconian gun control laws, they have a runaway crime (and murder) problem.

Where the USA has murder rate of 5.35 per 100,000 inhabitants, Brazil – with all those lovely gun control laws – has a murder rate 29.50. Say it again. With all the gun control that the Left and NPR just LOVE, Brazil has a murder rate 5.5 times greater than the US. Could it be that gun control doesn’t stop bad guys from having guns? Could it be that NPR doesn’t want to dwell on the subject, but only hit the high points that they know will trigger their audience?

Media bias? What media bias? Nothing to see her. Move along.

Brazil Moving Toward More Armed Citizens

First Bolsonaro gives the climate conference the heave-ho, and threatens to withdraw from the Paris Accord, now this. The New York Times is NOT happy. Brazil’s New Leader Wants to Ease Gun Laws. Supporters Are Ready, and Training.

For a population angered by the last few years of political and economic turmoil and worried by escalating violence, Mr. Bolsonaro’s vow to break with Brazil’s restrictive attitude toward weapons and make it easier for “good guys” to own guns was particularly resonant.

It’s almost like he isn’t a Leftist. (He’s not, and the NY Times is SO confused.)

Mr. Bolsonaro’s tough-on-crime stance helped catapult him to the head of a splintered race in a country reeling from a record-level epidemic of violence. Last year there were roughly 175 homicides per day in Brazil, according to the Brazilian Forum on Public Safety. Often simulating gunfire with his fingers at campaign rallies, Mr. Bolsonaro said he would combat the homicide epidemic by easing firearm laws and giving the police more freedom to shoot suspects.

“We have to stop this politically correct thing, saying that disarming everyone will make Brazil a better place — it won’t,” Mr. Bolsonaro said.

And for all of that, the NY Times HAS to call him “far right.” Funny how no one is ever “far Left” in the world view of NYT.

Jair Bolsonaro, Like Everyone the Media Doesn’t Like, is Labeled “Far-right”

Most Americans don’t follow world politics, so if you didn’t know that Brazil had itself a Presidential Election today, you aren’t alone. Jair Bolsonaro: Far-right candidate wins Brazil poll.

So why is Mr. Bolsonaro “Far-right” according to the BBC? He might appoint some generals to his cabinet. He has said some “mean” things. But I think the thing that really pisses off the Left is this. (I mean aside from the fact that he beat the Workers’ Party candidate.)

One of Mr Bolsonaro’s flagship campaign issues has been to increase security for Brazilian citizens. He has portrayed himself as a hardliner who will restore safety to Brazil’s streets.

He has indicated that his government will aim to relax laws restricting the ownership and carrying of guns.

That is NOT the approved globalist stance on individual ownership of firearms. Worse, if it works, if people are actually able to defend themselves and crime goes down (sort of like it did in Florida after the passage of “Shall Issue” concealed carry) then the whole narrative on guns might be called into question. Not that anyone is going to pay attention to what is happening in South America. (For example: When was the last time the MSM had a story about the conditions in Venezuela?)

Do I think he is a perfect candidate/leader? Of course not. But the last person who fit that bill was either Margaret Thatcher or Winston Churchill. (And I also couldn’t have voted for either of them.)

UPDATE: Under the heading of “Great Minds Think Alike,” The Other McCain has Brazil: ‘Far-Right’ Bolsonaro Wins

One of the things I despise most about the media’s liberal bias is the dishonest way they make it seem as if there is no such thing as the Left in politics, so that an extremist like Barack Obama — a companion of radical terrorist Bill Ayers, and a congregant at Jeremiah Wright’s anti-white, anti-Semitic, anti-American church — is normalized, whereas anyone who opposes such extremism is labeled “right wing.”

Make Brazil Great Again?

I’m shocked – Shocked! – to discover that a South American, socialist government could be wracked with corruption to the point of (nearly) destroying a country. Will Jair Bolsonaro Make Brazil Great? Again? OK, I’m not that shocked.

A decade of corruption scandals produced political chaos in Brazil. Kickbacks, graft, and cronyism at big state-owned companies such as the oil giant Petrobras and private concerns such as the mammoth Odebrecht conglomerate have left many Brazilians disgusted with their elites.

“Lula,” the longtime head of the socialist Workers’ Party, has been sentenced to 12 years imprisonment for money-laundering and corruption and faces multiple additional charges as well.

His protege and successor, former President Dilma Rousseff, was impeached and removed from office in 2016 for budgetary misconduct. Her successor, market-oriented centrist Michel Temer, has also been tarnished by corruption accusations.

Enter Jair Bolsonaro, a politician that many compare to President Trump. He is blunt and describes his opponents with “colorful language.” (Oh, and he was stabbed, because the Left doesn’t like to play by anyone’s rules.) Whatever he is, Brazil needs something.

Brazil is on track to exceed the record 63,000+ murders recorded last year. Martial law has been imposed in Rio de Janeiro to contain its notoriously lethal gangs. Mr. Bolsonaro promises tougher law enforcement — and allowing ordinary citizens to arm themselves.

According to the Wiki, that means that Brazil has a murder rate* of about 29.9 per 100,000 residents. The USA has murder rate of about 5.3 per 100,000 residents. (South Dakota has a murder rate of 3.1 per 100,000.)

Sweden. Brazil. And The Socialist Paradise of Venezuela – in which the ruling party refuses to cede power democratically. It is almost as if socialist policies don’t really work out for people in the long run.

* Seems there is some disagreement between various studies of crime in Brazil, but that 63,000 number is right in the middle of the various choices.

‡ Crime statistics for the USA (national and state) come from the 2016 FBI Uniform Crime Report. (I’m sure the Wiki will get updated in the future, as new crime stats become available. But these are the numbers as of the publication date of this post.)

Indigenous Cultures Versus the Social Justice Warriors

This isn’t an issue of baking cakes, but of killing children who don’t conform to the norm. Brazil faces an ethical and cultural dilemma in dealing with Amazon tribes

So when 2 groups of “oppressed” people are at odds, how do you make a judgement, if you don’t have hard and fast ideas of Right and Wrong? I guess Brazil is about to find out.

“Should Brazil keep its Amazon tribes from taking the lives of their children?” is the subtitle of a recent article in Foreign Policy. It describes traditional but still-existent customs of many Amazon tribes in Brazil that dictate killing handicapped children and even those one might define as transgendered.

I’m not up on the conditions that prevailed in traditional societies in Brazil, but it isn’t uncommon for traditional societies, that can come up against famine regularly, to do similar things. Even Europeans would abandon some infants to exposure in the Middle Ages. When resources are limited, people make decisions that would upset modern Americans.

Of course the question is what do you do now that there are more resources? Now that these tribes are no longer without options. You can thank that green revolution from the 1930s thru 1950s. (That “revolution” saw the introduction of diesel tractors, combines, and all the other trappings of modern agriculture. Including pesticides.) Do you let them continue with their traditions, or do you force them to join us in the 21st Century?

There are academics – if you click all the way thru to the FP article – who are arguing that the tribes should be permitted to do what they want. It is their culture etc. Arguing in favor of the killing of children.

Brazil will probably pass a law. Not that they will be in a position to enforce that law. That the law should be passed isn’t what is interesting to me. What is interesting is that we have reached a point where there are the SJWs who are actually debating whether Brazil should stop the tribes from killing twins (they are considered a “bad omen” by at least one tribe) and other live infants and children.

The Video That Goes With a Self-defense Story

The video showed up on Twitter a few days ago. This is the story behind it. Brave mum shoots dead gunman outside school after he tried to rob parents while she was waiting for her kids – Mirror Online

Security cameras outside the private school in Brazil captured the moment Katia da Silva Sastre – rounded on the 21-year-old gunman when he pointed a .38 revolver at the group.

Dramatic footage shows the off-duty police officer shoot the suspect three times after he reached out to grab a man’s wallet and phone.

He died at a local hospital.

Video is at Twitter.

Refugees From The Socialist Paradise of Venezuela

How can this be? All those folks from Hollywood were telling me how great Venezuela was just a few short years ago. Now people are fleeing paradise? Northern Brazil overwhelmed by desperate, hungry Venezuelans | Fox News

In dozens of interviews over four days, many said they had not had more than one meal a day for the last year.

Some wore baggy clothes, had emaciated faces and complained of medical issues ranging from children with measles to diabetics with no insulin.

The Venezuelan government has run out of other people’s money.

I’m not sure if this is ironic or not. It is completely understandable.

While in recent years millions of Venezuelans have immigrated, until recently Brazil received relatively few of them. Hundreds of thousands have gone to Colombia, but authorities there and elsewhere in South America are tightening their borders.

I didn’t think tightening of borders was allowed.

Olympic Sailing Fiasco.

Dead bodies floating the harbor. Severed limbs. Marathon swimmers and sailors warned of toxic sludge. Now this. Sailing ramp collapses week before Rio Olympics 2016 racing starts | Daily Mail Online

The main launch ramp at the Marina da Gloria buckled on Saturday afternoon after damage from a wave surge during high tide.

The Rio waterways have been a major concern ahead of the games with dead bodies and rubbish hampering preparations for athletes.

I’m sorry but a “surge during high tide” is something that you can account for, design for and build for. It isn’t like Rio just got hit with a hurricane or anything. But then building to stand up to the oceans isn’t cheap.

Maybe the Brazil Olympics will go off without a hitch. But I doubt it. I understand that it was great politics to let Brazil Olympics, but it won’t be that great if it is a disaster.

This is So Stupid, I’m Sure it Showed Up in a Bad Movie

Guys can be pretty stupid… Near-naked women lure guards to ‘orgy,’ then help 28 escape from Brazilian jail | Fox News.

Because who doesn’t want to party with a bunch of late-night security guards?

Twenty-eight hardened criminals busted out of a Brazilian jail after three scantily-clad women seduced the guards with promises of an orgy — and then drugged them with cheap whiskey.

The three prison wardens were found inside the Nova Mutum public jail near Cuiaba in central Brazil, handcuffed to beds, “Fox & Friends” reported Sunday.

The inmates took the keys and unlocked all the cells and walked right out the front door.

The jailbreak took place early Thursday. Missing along with the inmates were guns and ammunition.

I really need to start a “Cops Behaving Stupidly” category.