Iris Varela, no longer funny

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I’ll admit, when Iris Varela was appointed to a cabinet position, I smiled broadly. Iris is a nutter, a loose cannon, the personification of unhinged chavista maximalism, but somehow also an ingenue, so earnest in her extremism she forgets to mind the details. All of this makes her an irresistible subject for a blogger – plus, did we mention? her hair looks funny.

But this, this is not funny. In the kind of move that seems culled from some right-wing parody of idiotic bleeding-heart liberalism, this crazy lady has actually banned sending people to jail. In a country with a five-figure murder rate.

No, Iris is not funny anymore. She’s dangerous. She’s very, very dangerous.

1 COMMENT

  1. I guess everyone thought I was joking- a rumor, maybe-but-
    did you hear about plans to send thousands to USA with
    some ID’s and funds.They arrive and” await further instructions”..
    Have you heard this?

    • This is the kind of half-baked paranoid rumour only the Cabin-Fever mentality of living with a government run by people like Iris makes sane-people half-believe.

      Think this through, though: All the criminals would presumably need visas – visas *I* can’t even get, let alone 15,000 thugs. Even if they got in somehow – impossibly – the U.S. now spends $80 billion a year on intelligence.

      I’ve heard the rumour. It’s not unimaginable that somebody inside the government is unhinged enough to be plotting something like this. But it *is* unimaginable that it could come close to working.

        • Mr. Toro- in case you didn’t know-there are already a growing number of chavistas here in US- not working- receiving money- doing what? Ready to protest in NY and DC at any moment- -joining with MS13 – lots of things on the ground -you may have a
          touch of “cabin fever” , better get yourself checked…
          RobertoN-
          Good show!! I know-it sounds like a stupid, cheap story-but, look what happened
          in Honduras-Chavez shipped thugs into there-and the other rumor-since we are having
          a slow newday- is how many weapons etc- are being shipped to Mexico to support the
          narcoterrorists war -against the Mexican government(backed by Yanquis)?
          Francisco-how about the Kalishnikov factory- re.2.2 billion borrowed from Russians back in2010-supposed to be finished now-and producing 100,000 guns???

    • Anyone who has tried to enter the USA in the last few years would know that this rumour is just that – a rumour.

      The entry checkpoints are severe & they have all the info on all the visas in their computers along with fingerprints, facial recognition & other stuff we don’t even know about.

      Varela is bat shit crazy & she’s going to get us all killed. Extremely dangerous in a position of power. Even staunch Chavistas have to be worried about this.

  2. Well, we’re already governed by thugs, so we were always one step away from becoming the largest penal colony in South America. Give it a couple of years and we’re in Road Warrior territory, that or:

    Kurt Russell in Escape From Venezuela

  3. I am real socialist and I support the appointment of Iris Varela to the government, in fact she is better than most in the bureaucracy.

    I just wish she was the Foreign Minister or a Vice President.

    Rojo Rojito
    Cort

  4. “this crazy lady has actually banned sending people to jail.”

    Boy, does that give me some ideas on how to spend the weekend, showing the few chavistas I can find how much I looove them for putting that gang of thugs in charge.

    Hint to chavistas: lawlessness hurts everyone.

    • what i wonder is how to get this country back on track after 12 years of barbarie in crescendo, post chavez of course…

  5. I can’t believe I’m typing this, but here goes:

    Surely Esteban is reasonable enough to have a… talk with Varela and this will just be one of those things everyone forgets about.

    God knows chavistas say some pretty crazy stuff, but this – I just can’t wrap my head around how anyone would possibly think this is a good idea.

    I couldn’t find anything about this on any chavista website either, so I’m somewhat skeptical Varela’s “brilliant” plan will actually be implemented.

  6. Suspending sending people to prison because of overcrowding is the ultimate admission of a failed criminal justice policy and a system in utter crisis

    Before if you killed someone you were very very unlikely to get caught. If you were stupid enough to get caught you could probably pay your way out of it going any further. And even if you did end up in prison you could pay for better living conditions. Now you don’t even have to worry about going to prison at all.

    With ‘green lights’ like this I don’t know why Chavez bothers to get upset with the opposition. The real challenge to his power comes from the criminal bands.

  7. Now if they were to put in jail all those coup-sters, escuálidos, 4th and 5th Republic bureaucratic hacks and crooks who robbed and plundered the country for decades, capitalists and everyday criminals who should be there, you would have to build a lot more jails.

    Maybe she is getting ready to let some go to put those who should be there in.

    There are many in the bureaucracy who also wear “red hats” on ocassions who are holding back real socialism, workers control and proletarian internationalism who may have to be on at least “house arrest”.

    The grassroots and rank and file of the PSUV will settle it in the long run and they are real Rojo Rojito’s also.

    Socialism or Death

    Cort

    • Cort: “if … should … would … Maybe … should … may have to be … The grassroots and rank and file of the PSUV will settle it in the long run and they are real Rojo Rojito’s also.”

      Pretty clear: there’s no plan, and democracy according you to doesn’t include everyone.

      Given your options, it seems like death, because it’s not socialism.

    • Hey, gringo communist…for the statistics: when was the first time you knew where Venezuela was in the map? Secondly: when did you start writing about Venezuela? We haven’t had many of you for almost 5 years now.

        • Oh, I am not sure, there are idiots everywhere, but I don’t think he is Tocuyano, Belgian or German.
          I saw a picture of one guy with his name in Facebook…now I saw some stuff in znet, an obscure site…he seems to be one of the last commies who believe in this rubbish…he was already writing about Venezuela in 2005, so he probably has knowledge going back to 2004

        • It is a fair assumption that a Venezolano would’ve heard that slogans with the word Death are verboten post-cancer diagnosis…

    • There are many in the bureaucracy who also wear “red hats” on ocassions who are holding back real socialism, workers control and proletarian internationalism who may have to be on at least “house arrest”.

      Agreed Cort, no mercy for right-deviationist wreckers. The Revolution continues! Stick it to the Man! Power to the people right on, workers of the world send money .

      In reality, the Revolution lost all the hot chicks, it’s doomed, so screw it.
      Time to find a job.

  8. I am sorry I provoked an idiot responder- “Cort”- you are a child, irritant, why would you post here?

    I have no idea who Cort is- but I am from US- but most MOST of my family is from and IN Venzuela
    and we have many concerns. I no longer feel safe a/ because I am the “white sheep” of the family, and b.I look like an old gringo- but, I know the culture and love all the good people and good things about Venezuela. Anyway- I enjoy seeing Caracas Chronicles everyday!!
    Finally, I believe -if people are reminded of the things Chavez said- and the money he spent,
    money he borrowed- and see the results- he would be thrown out. I urge everyone to
    wake up others- that is all that is required….

  9. “The entry checkpoints are severe & they have all the info on all the visas in their computers along with fingerprints, facial recognition & other stuff we don’t even know about”
    ICanuck-you and I would have a hard time going through- but – millions of others- simply
    go around- gosh, man. How many do you think arrive “illegally” each day,week, month…etc
    from everywhere- why not Venezuelans too???

  10. “Finally, I believe -if people are reminded of the things Chavez said- and the money he spent,
    money he borrowed- and see the results- he would be thrown out. I urge everyone to
    wake up others- that is all that is required…”

    What about paying Fidel $200,000 per year for EACH of the Cuban doctors that are in Venezuela & who only receive directly about $6,000 per year each.
    A direct subsidy to Cuba for approx. 30,000 specialists that amounts to about US$6,000,000,000.

    “Según datos brindados por el gobierno de Hugo Chávez, el personal cubano que opera en Venezuela suma unas 29,296 personas y está conformado por 13,020 médicos, 2,938 odontólogos, 4,170 licenciados en enfermería y 9,168 técnicos en salud.”

    http://www.elnuevoherald.com/2011/08/06/997958/chavez-paga-a-castro-mas-de-200000.html

    If that doesn’t make you mad then nothing will. Add to this all the other contracts that they have with the Cubans, Iranians, China, etc. The money just pours out of our country like a giant river & Iris is making crazy to divert attention away from the other problems.

    How can we pay Iran $100,000 PER HOUSE when the resources are here in Venezuela. (10,000 houses for $1 billion). It just goes on & on. And then some AH posts here with stupid juvenile comments about the 4th. What a bufoon!

    • If that doesn’t make you mad then nothing will. Add to this all the other contracts that they have with the Cubans, Iranians, China, etc. The money just pours out of our country like a giant river & Iris is making crazy to divert attention away from the other problems.

      Absolutely. I cannot understand why Venezuelans haven’t said “Enough” and are
      not in the streets telling Chavez “Go Away”?

    • What I can’t stand is that Chavistas can tax profit-making companies and then use the money to provide subsidized markets with lower prices. They can actually boast about this? These kinds of missions don’t require any kinds of skills, and they should be embarrassed when they end up importing so much food that ends up rotting!

      How long can all this go on?

  11. Mr Toro said -visas *I* can’t even get, let alone 15,000 thugs
    How did so many Cubans get Venezuelan citizenship? How many times
    has Venzeuela been involved in “human trafficking” in the past?
    You -Mr. Toro- are not “one of them” -and you, -are not needed by them,
    quite the opposite. Don’t you know- “they” CAN DO these things-you cannot…
    (Keep writing, I love reading your articles-they are very insightful.)

  12. Mr Toro said”the U.S. now spends $80 billion a year on intelligence.”-but I daresay
    +90% of that is going toward- Middle East, Asia- very little-seriously- toward Latin
    America- believe it.

  13. Nothing is funny or amusing once the government and the law step in.

    It’s deadly serious business with all the possibilities for abuse and for serious consequences that are very difficult to escape.

    Government should have a label: Use sparingly and only, only when needed.

    Some things about totalitarian (or dreadfully incompetent) regimes might have seemed funny, from a great distance, and viewed from a distant future. But for the people suffering the consequences at the time and place, they were not funny, at all.

  14. It would be easy to pay a small sum to Mexico and have them slip across the border like the other 15 to 25 million illegals already here in the US…Not a problem for the creative Chavista…

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