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I haven’t really been keeping up to date on Central American politics, but the elected president of El Salvador has since September 16 changed his Twitter bio from “Papa de Layla” (his daughter) to “Dictador de El Salvador.” I thought you were supposed to, at minimum, seize the national radio station, not just update your Twitter bio.

Earlier in the month he declared Bitcoin legal tender in El Salvador.

He was elected mayor of the capital city as a member of the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN), the 1980s leftist guerrillas, but was elected president in 2019 heading a center-right coalition. He’s now kind of a Bonapartist technocrat with a big ego.

From Wikipedia:

Bukele was born on 24 July 1981 in San Salvador.[1] He is a son of Olga Ortez de Bukele and Armando Bukele Kattán.[1][2] According to The Times of Israel, Bukele’s paternal grandparents were Palestinian Christians from Jerusalem and Bethlehem while his maternal grandmother was Catholic and his maternal grandfather was Greek Orthodox.[3] His father later converted to Islam and became an imam. …

Upon taking office, Bukele reverted the names of two streets in San Salvador: Calle Mayor Roberto D’Aubuisson to Calle San Antonio Abad A La Vía and Boulevard Colonel José Arturo Castellanos to Boulevard Venezuela.[12] Both names were changed by his predecessor, Norman Quijano, during his term, the former being named after Major Roberto D’Aubuisson, who ordered the assassination of Archbishop Óscar Romero in 1980 during the Salvadoran Civil War and founded ARENA in 1981, and the latter being named after Colonel José Castellanos Contreras, who saved 40,000 Jews from the Holocaust in Central Europe by providing them fake Salvadoran passports.[12][13][14]

In February 2017, Bukele visited Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, and met Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen to “enhance” the sister city relationship between San Salvador and Taipei.[15] In February 2018, he attended the 32nd International Mayors Conference in Jerusalem,[3] where he was seen praying at the Western Wall,[16] and revealed that his wife’s grandfather was a Sephardic Jew.[17]

He fired the Supreme Court for saying he couldn’t run for re-election and hired himself a new Supreme Court who said early this month, now that they had a chance to think it over, that he could.

A few days later he declared Bitcoin to be legal currency.

Also:

On 21 March 2020, Bukele instated a nationwide lockdown in an effort to combat the COVID-19 pandemic which was to last 30 days.[68] During the lockdown, 4,236 people were arrested by the National Civil Police for violating the lockdown order.[68] Human rights organizations, such as Human Rights Watch, have criticized the arrests, citing arbitrary arrests and police abuses. … During the press conference where Bukele received the ventilators, he stated that he took Hydroxychloroquine.

I bet he has an opinion on ivermectin, too.

In January 2021, Transparency International cited both El Salvador and Colombia as examples of “an explosion of irregularities and corruption.”[71] Transparency International cited the Corruption Perceptions Index of 2020 as its basis.[71] Twenty of Bukele’s government institutions were under investigation by the attorney general on suspicions of corruption relating to the pandemic, however, the investigations were halted after the attorney general was removed by the Legislative Assembly on 1 May 2021.[54][72]

On 13 May 2021, Bukele donated 34,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to several towns and villages in Honduras after pleas from local mayors for vaccines.[73] At the time, El Salvador had received 1.9 million doses, while Honduras had only received 59,000.

His approval rating in El Salvador is in the 85% range.

 
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  1. Ralph L says:

    Is he checking his phone at an official event in his twitter picture? I hope it wasn’t a funeral of servicemen.

    It appears he likes red carpet.

    • Replies: @HammerJack
  2. Nayib Bukele of El Salvador Bids for “World’s Most Interesting Dictator” Title

    Central America’s answer to Ramzan Kadyrov.

  3. Moses says:

    Twenty of Bukele’s government institutions were under investigation by the attorney general on suspicions of corruption relating to the pandemic

    Just like in USA, except in USA pandemic-related corruption doesn’t get investgated.

    • Agree: bomag, Old Prude
  4. anonymous[144] • Disclaimer says:

    Bukele was born on 24 July 1981 in San Salvador.[1] He is a son of Olga Ortez de Bukele and Armando Bukele Kattán.

    Isn’t Kattán a Jewish surname?

    and the latter being named after Colonel José Castellanos Contreras, who saved 40,000 Jews from the Holocaust in Central Europe by providing them fake Salvadoran passports.

    That’s a lot of Jews for a tiny country. What was El Salvador’s middle class population back then? Would it be surprising if it were less than 40,000?

  5. I bet he has an opinion on ivermectin, too.

    The El Salvadoran Health Ministry distributes kits of Covid medicines free to those who test positive for the virus. The kits include acetaminophen, aspirin, loratadine, ivermectin, azithromycin, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin D and zinc.

    At the bottom of this note is a link to a further information on this plus the quote immediately below.

    “…On Sunday, August 9, on radio and television, President Nayib Bukele made official the distribution of medicines against the new virus. He explained that people with symptoms of COVID-19 should call the central 132 to register and receive the blue box of drugs at home. “They are mild medicines but if taken on time they can be very helpful,” the president said…”

    El Salvador’s free kits contain quite a good therapeutic regime, something to keep in mind for those of you who take Fauci’s “vaccines” and find yourself sick anyway as seems quite likely.

    It seems quite unfair to call President Bukele a dictator at least in this case.

    A proper dictator would make such medical treatment mandatory for the entire population.

    https://www.agenciaocote.com/blog/2020/08/25/el-salvador-guatemala-y-bolivia-ofrecen-kits-de-medicinas-para-covid-19-sin-prever-reacciones-adversas/

    • Thanks: Guest29048
  6. They got their fair share of nutjobs. Just try Abdala Bucaram:

  7. Thoughts says:

    Hehehehehe

    “I thought you were supposed to, at minimum, seize the national radio station, not just update your Twitter bio.”

    Standards are being lowered everywhere…

  8. His approval rating in El Salvador is in the 85% range.

    They’re all happy down there now? Excellent.
    Can the ones that came here go home now?

    Didn’t think so.

    • Agree: bomag, Bardon Kaldian
    • Thanks: Hangnail Hans
    • Replies: @Barnard
  9. Oddly no complaining about citizens being arrested in “real” democracies for lockdown violations from the Human Rights groups.

    • Agree: BB753, Achmed E. Newman
    • Replies: @pyrrhus
  10. Most if the guys who have done contracting (plumbing painting carpentry) work at my estate in N Va are from El Salvador. Really wonderful guys we’ve become friends and they’ve got me pumped up to visit El Salvador they insist. I will visit.

    They absolutely love the new leader they say he’s going to fix decades of corruption and rot.

    I’ve never been there and don’t have an opinion—but my friends clearly do.

  11. … to “enhance” the sister city relationship between San Salvador and Taipei

    Sister cities? I know any two mayors could just set this up to show their worldliness and do more traveling on the taxpayers’ money, but for these two, the concept really breaks down. These “sisters” don’t have any genes in common. Steve could give me an example from Hollywood.

  12. I agree wholeheartedly with Redneck Farmer. When it comes to the Flu Manchu PanicFest, Presidente Bukele has acted much less like a dictator than unelected-for-life EXPERT Anthony Fauci.

    Regarding Bitcoin, I think that was a smart move. There’s a lot of US money overseas that the Feral Gov’t has a heavy hand on via the FATCA laws. The use of bitcoin for transferring money will avoid all that and give more incentive ex-pats head down to Salvador. I’m glad this guy has put his Communist roots behind him.

  13. @Thoughts

    Yeah, that one was funny, Steve!

    • Agree: SafeNow
  14. Levantine Christians seem to punch well above their weight in Latin America.

    I am assuming they a very small demographic. Are there any numbers for how many there are?

    • Agree: Bardon Kaldian
    • Replies: @anonymous
  15. @Buck Turgidson

    Really wonderful guys we’ve become friends and they’ve got me pumped up

    So glad all that cheap migrant labor is working out for you, squire.

  16. @anonymous

    Sounds like an excellent place for all the Haitians to emigrate to. They could use some diversity… or something.

  17. The name “Bukele” sounds distinctly African, rather than Palestinian Christian or Spanish in origin. There was a Bukele who invented an alphabet for the Liberians.

    The Bukele brothers of El Salvador appear to have a powerful mom.

    Nayib Bukele’s mother, Olga Ortez, and his brothers Karim, Ibrajim and Yusef

    https://elfaro.net/en/202006/el_salvador/24542/The-Bukele-Clan-that-Rules-with-Nayib.htm

    • Replies: @Redmen
    , @Escher
    , @SafeNow
    , @AndrewR
  18. @Thoughts

    Get back to us when Bukele orders all citizens to change their underwear every half hour, and to wear it on the outside, “so we can check.”

    • LOL: Achmed E. Newman
  19. Speaking of Covid:

    • Replies: @Anon
  20. Daniel H says:

    Ordinarily I wouldn’t give a damn about this buffoon and would actually be amused/pleased if he were offed by some old school Francoist/Sedevacanits/Opus Dei Catholic military faction, but such a coup would create an opportunity for a rush to the border and another TPS (temporary protected status, that is always permanent) declaration for all Salvadorans and, while we are at it, for Guatemalans, Hondurans and (why not) Venezuelans too.

    Please dude, keep a lid on it.

  21. @anonymous

    It’s pretty based for a Palestinians to undedicate a street for Jews lmao 🤣. Will he create a Joseph Goebbels boulevard next ?

  22. I am surprised that he didn’t call himself El Salvador rather than El Dictator, especially since he has grandparents from Bethlehem, a town that has previous form.

    Oh, little town of Bethlehem,
    How still we see thee lie!
    The hopes and fears
    Of all the years
    Are met in thee tonight.

    • Thanks: Achmed E. Newman
    • Replies: @FPD72
  23. Good news, everyone. Prizer can increase profits even more by vaccinating 5 year olds for Covid (cuz we know how kids are dropping like flies from Covid).

    It’s been a stellar two years for the elite monsters. They used this to get rid of Trump, crush whatever remaining free speech we had, and inflict misery on White America. Trifecta!

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/pfizer-says-covid-19-vaccine-104716643.html

    • Replies: @Anon
    , @Anon
  24. @anonymous

    Middle Eastern/Jew influence and wealth in El Salvador predates it’s current dictator. I don’t know the history of it all, but can say that El Salvador has one of the most astute mercantile capitalist classes in the Americas. They have big box store chains that give Mexican merchants fits.

  25. Passive voice.

    Who are the actors? It matters since it’s their bread getting buttered.

    The unspoken assumption that those making these decisions are acting on our behalf but poorly is unwarranted.

    Many such cases.

  26. Barnard says:
    @HammerJack

    That was my first thought, what is his approval rating among people from El Salvador living in the U.S. either legally or illegally? This will be the new argument for them not returning, “we can’t make them go back and live under this dictator.”

  27. Anon[401] • Disclaimer says:
    @Buck Turgidson

    They absolutely love the new leader they say he’s going to fix decades of corruption and rot.

    That’s sweet they like their new leader. But what they want, or what citizens living in the country want, is largely irrelevant. No one is allowed to be president of a Latin American country who in any way threatens the globalist agenda even one iota. They either do the bidding of— or are at least useful tools to— the globalists. If they don’t get the imprimatur of the globalists then their political career is short or their time in office is short. Or if they do initially get the imprimatur of the globalists but the will of the globalists changes— which is sometimes like the will of Allah— they will be removed.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  28. El Dato says:

    Completely OT, an article about energy supply chains:

    European energy crisis could get ugly with winter coming and EU delaying Russian gas supplies

    European gas prices broke historic records this month, edging close to an unprecedented \$1,000 per 1,000 cubic meters.

    That’s about EUR 850, generally it’s more around EUR 450. And then there are various consumer taxes adding another 25% or so.

    [MORE]

    “Electricity and gas prices are going to be higher at home than everybody would want and they are going to be higher than they have been for about 12 years,” Dermot Nolan, a former CEO of UK energy regulator Ofgem, told Bloomberg in an interview.

    Europe’s major gas supplier, Norway, has been unable to meet the demand with North Sea fields undergoing heavy maintenance after pandemic-induced delays. And amid all of this, European gas inventories are at their lowest level in more than a decade for this time of year. [WHY?] Given the rise in natural gas demand in Asia, which could force suppliers to turn their attention there, experts say the situation in Europe will get worse before it gets better.

    LOLZ

    “Gas supply is short, coal supply is short and renewables aren’t going great [not much wind these days], so we are now in this crazy situation,” Dale Hazelton, head of thermal coal at Wood Mackenzie Ltd told Bloomberg.

    “With natural gas prices already hitting record highs in Europe ahead of rising winter demand, prices could move even higher in the coming months… There is a potential it can get worse,” said Stacey Morris, director of research at index provider Alerian in Dallas.

    Not only cold but also hunger and worse no beer (if you even can get into a joint without first sticking one of those mythical China-made “fast testing” kits up your nose)

    According to Goldman Sachs, Europe will need to curb energy demand if the winter is cold, otherwise it may face outages. Rising energy prices are already putting some industries under stress, with fertilizer plants in the UK and Norway closing or curbing output. This puts at risk the EU’s food-supply chain, which uses natural gas in the heating of greenhouses and requires carbon dioxide gas, a byproduct of fertilizer production, in everything from meat processing to the beer and drinks industries.

    The CO2 is not there, it’s in the air!

    This is not being mentioned but having blue forces repel a Yellow Vest / Querdenker attack incensed by lack of heating with the Antifazis on the other side looking for “fascists” is probably totally not fun.

    Russia can help (But what about Ukraine?):

    Russian gas giant Gazprom’s CEO Alexey Miller recently said the EU will enter winter in about a month without having fully replenished its stockpiles. However, this could all change if Brussels stops stalling the launch of Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which is capable of restocking European storages to the brim. The pipeline’s daily capacity of gas supply is comparable to the entire volume of liquefied gas that is now supplied to Europe.

    Nobody mentions inbound fracking gas LPG tankers from USA (are there even harbours where they can unload?)

    Also, with a possible La Nina event, winter’s gonna be tough!

    • Thanks: Redneck farmer
  29. anonymous[138] • Disclaimer says:
    @jimmyriddle

    I don’t think there is an ethnic group better at building relationships than Levantine Arabs. I think they thrive in environments with weak rules and need to have relationships. There are a few examples of successful Levatine businessmen in America who are primarily successful because of government relationships (BioSolutions and the Windsor-Detroit Bridge).

  30. anonymous[139] • Disclaimer says:

    Doing the job Hispanics won’t, or can’t, do.

  31. Trump’s regard for American “Law”
    Was, in retrospect, clearly a flaw.
    The Hero’s exempt;
    He holds “Law” in contempt,
    And with saber and stallion does awe.

  32. El Dato says:

    OT: President Covid Terror Murder Panic needs debunking:

    [MORE]

    Take One!

    Debunking Biden’s Claim We Must “Protect the Vaccinated from the Unvaccinated”

    Take Two!

    Toddler-Masking Biden Says Governors Are ‘Playing Politics With the Lives of…Children’

    “Republican governors in states like Texas and Florida are doing everything they can to undermine the public health requirements that keep people safe,” the president tweeted. “They’re playing politics with the lives of their citizens, especially children. I refuse to give in to it.”

    Ah, I can hear some parents retort (literally, in the case of a Washington Post scare story Thursday), “It doesn’t matter how small the numbers are….Even if the numbers are really small, you still keep thinking it could be yours.” But upper-middle-class neurosis (and the journalism amplifying it) should not drive pandemic policy; rational risk assessment should.

    Nice.

  33. Anonymous[177] • Disclaimer says:

    OT

  34. Redmen says:

    He was interviewed at length by Tucker Carlson earlier this year. IMHO he seemed quite sharp. He posited, quite reasonably, that the sign of an effective leader of a Central American country is if people are NOT trying to cross the border into the US. His stated goal: reverse the trend of massive El Salvadoran emigration to the US.

    These crime thoughts are probably why the “very objective and balanced” Wikipedia has it out for him.

  35. Redmen says:
    @PiltdownMan

    Those 3 guys look almost nothing alike. Do they all share the same father?

  36. Mr. Anon says:

    On 21 March 2020, Bukele instated a nationwide lockdown in an effort to combat the COVID-19 pandemic which was to last 30 days.[68] During the lockdown, 4,236 people were arrested by the National Civil Police for violating the lockdown order.[68] Human rights organizations, such as Human Rights Watch, have criticized the arrests, citing arbitrary arrests and police abuses.

    It’s a shame he isn’t a First World democratic leader who believes in the rule of law and the rights of man – like the Premier of Victoria or New South Wales.

  37. This guy teamed up with the Slim family of Mexico would make an awesome combo. Go diversity! Go Palestinian diaspora!

  38. @Buck Turgidson

    Will they return there? That’s the true test of whether they really like and trust him. And no, I don’t mean whenever they feel like it, I mean will they actually be filled with patriotism and want to be part of ES’s future.

    Keep us posted.

  39. @anonymous

    Isn’t Kattán a Jewish surname?

    You’re thinking of the Hebrew word for “small”? No, it’s not a common name. And there are at least four ways to spell “Kattan” in Arabic (Arabic has two different kinds of ‘k’ sounds and two different kinds of ‘t’ sounds).

    That’s a lot of Jews for a tiny country.

    Central America was very good to the Jews, back in the day. Gave refuge to refugees from Nazi Germany. Later, voted for the 1947 Palestine partition resolution. There are still a lot of Jews in Costa Rica (which, unlike its neighbors, hasn’t fallen victim to Communist insurrections or Afro-Latino chaos).

  40. Matttt says:

    Bukele reverted the names of two streets in San Salvador: Calle Mayor Roberto D’Aubuisson to Calle San Antonio Abad A La Vía and Boulevard Colonel José Arturo Castellanos to Boulevard Venezuela.

    Bad translation. The name of the road is Calle San Antonio Abad, Saint Anthony the Abbot Road. “A la vía” just means “to the street.” As in, he reverted (ugh) the name of the street to Calle San Antonio Abad.

  41. MEH 0910 says:
    @Thoughts

    “I thought you were supposed to, at minimum, seize the national radio station, not just update your Twitter bio.”

    Why RECORD Labels Are FINISHED

    On today’s live stream I discuss why Record Labels are irrelevant in today’s music scene. Let’s discuss how to promote your music.

  42. Not Raul says:
    @International Jew

    Central America was very good to the Jews, back in the day. Gave refuge to refugees from Nazi Germany. Later, voted for the 1947 Palestine partition resolution. There are still a lot of Jews in Costa Rica (which, unlike its neighbors, hasn’t fallen victim to Communist insurrections or Afro-Latino chaos).

    Costa Rica is an interesting country. It hasn’t had a military since 1948.

  43. @MEH 0910

    For a second, I thought that was Anthony Bourdain.

  44. @International Jew

    I.J., do you know whether very many Jews in Central America were part of the various Communist movements over the years? How about Venezuela? (I’m not making any kind of statement here – just asking.)

    • Replies: @International Jew
  45. According to one news source, he converted to Islam. Looking at his background, he looks like a crpto moslem who came out.

  46. Escher says:
    @PiltdownMan

    She’s a fairly handsome woman.
    The boys on the other hand….

  47. MEH 0910 says:

    I bet he has an opinion on ivermectin, too.

    Nayib Bukele Retweeted:

    • Replies: @mc23
    , @anon
  48. Steve – OT, but a variation on a theme of new opinion/authoritative pieces:

    Why white supremacists and QAnon enthusiasts are obsessed – but very wrong – about the Byzantine Empire

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/why-white-supremacists-qanon-enthusiasts-222625204.html

  49. He fired the Supreme Court

    I like him already.

    Unfortunately, a governor can’t fire a state supreme court. Though as the guy is himself often a lawyer, he wouldn’t even if he could.

    Lawmakers can impeach individual justices, but when was the last time you heard about a lawyer-dominated legislature picking a fight with its lawyer-judges across the street?

    [MORE]

    A governor should ignore whatever regulations are imposed by his state’s civil service / “merit” system (i.e. union work rules) and fire his entire, public education bureaucracy. Of course the only time we ever hear about a school official losing their job is when they’re caught in a romantic relationship with a student.

  50. ‘His approval rating in El Salvador is in the 85% range.’

    That would be the most important line in the piece.

  51. Steve turns into such a whiny little queen whenever he talks about straight up cool people. Is this guy a sperg- yea but he’s cool just like Trump.

    Remember when Steve thought Barry Urkel was just the coolest cat in the world for like five years.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  52. SafeNow says:
    @PiltdownMan

    I can’t get past those neckbeards. (Small, medium, and large). My apologies to anyone here with a neck beard, but this seems to me it would be an itchy distraction, a hair shirt. Even, in Central America, a Kamala root cause. If I boarded a plane and looked to the left into the cockpit, and the pilot had a neck beard, I confess this would generate a worm of worry. Or on my surgeon. Veterinarian. Electrician. I should be more live-and-let-live, I know.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  53. CCR says:

    The deep state seems to hate him, so he must be anti-globalist and actually love his people. I’m sure the globalists would like to see about 1/2 million sub-Sahara Africans move there.

  54. Wilkey says:

    From the Wikipedia entry on Nayib Bukele’s father, Armando Bukele Kattán:

    “For 10 years, he produced the program “Aclarando Conceptos” (Clarifying Concepts), in which he addressed topics such as politics, philosophy, history of El Salvador, Islam, science, and the daily life of Salvadorans. During his time on the air, he gave a historical overview of El Salvador and the world in much of the 20th century.

    “In the field of physics, Bukele Kattán registered more than 20 patents internationally in countries including El Salvador, the United States, France, Mexico, and Brazil, among others.

    “In 2004, U.S. president George W. Bush gave him an award for volunteer service for his philanthropic contribution to Salvadoran society.”

    Hmmm. Our politicians are often the boring, dreary sons and daughters of far more interesting people.

    But if Bukele is a fascist dictator it may very well be that’s exactly what El Salvador needs. When your country is overrun by thugs you can’t maintain order by going around reading people their Miranda rights. Pinochet appears to have left Chile in a good place, and he did it by only murdering a few thousand people, which in most Communist countries is about a day’s work.

    • Agree: Achmed E. Newman
    • Replies: @YetAnotherAnon
  55. @El Dato

    LNG –liquified natural gas– has our infrastructure recovered so that we can export again?

    what about Qatar? don’t they have LNG to give away for free?

    after the submarine contract displacement last week, one could imagine France accept the pipeline coming onshore at Calais

  56. Wilkey says:

    From a Center for Immigration Studies report on what’s going on at the southern border:

    “In speaking to migrants passing through Ciudad Acuna on their way to Del Rio, [CIS National Security Fellow Todd] Bensman spoke with dozens of migrants and asked the question: why are you heading to the U.S. now and why Del Rio? The answer, which the migrants provided independently in different places and at different times, was universal: on Sunday, September 12, the Mexican government effectively sent a mass of migrants it had bottled up for months in its southern states up to the American border. This move essentially foisted a humanitarian problem onto the Americans in a single week.”

    So basically instead of securing its own border, Mexico bused them north and dumped them onto us. This should be considered a violation of international law, if not an outright act of war.

    • Replies: @Muggles
    , @Achmed E. Newman
  57. Muggles says:
    @Wilkey

    So basically instead of securing its own border, Mexico bused them north and dumped them onto us. This should be considered a violation of international law, if not an outright act of war.

    Just wait a few years. Turnabout is fair play…

  58. But he’s not dictating. He’s keying it in himself. Or thumbing, whatever.

  59. “It is obvious, our country has failed to provide two basic things which are the two main drivers of immigration which are the lack of economic opportunity and a lack of security.”

    ¡No jodas, Sherlock!

    His approval rating in El Salvador is in the 85% range.

    Also from Wikipedia:

    Before Bukele took office, Nuevo Cuscatlán had a around 12 homicides per year, but during his three-year term, only one homicide was reported.

    ¡No jodas, Sherlock! ¿Pero cómo?

    • Replies: @HammerJack
  60. Whiskey says: • Website
    @anonymous

    El Salvador fought (and lost) a war with Honduras in 1970 or so, and had various bad relations with neighbors from the beginning of the country’s existence as a sovereign entity. Much like the Dominican Republic’s Trujillo wanted Jews in his nation to help against the ever present threat of Haiti, which had overrun the Dominican and killed lots of people in the Santo Domingo War of the (1840s?), well for poor and illiterate Latin American nations, having smart White people who would be on the side of the ruling class (mostly White) against the illiterate Indios and foreign threats was considered a good thing.

  61. @SafeNow

    I can’t get past those neckbeards.

    Take two Horace Greeleys, and call us in the morning.

    • LOL: SafeNow
  62. @Ralph L

    It’s sort of strange that this is his choice for an official photo.

    This is what he most wants to be known for?

  63. @Reg Cæsar

    ¡No jodas, Sherlock! ¿Pero cómo?

    Why yes, Watson! Now that you mention it, there is a vague resemblance.

    Alas, neckbeards weren’t in style at the time.

  64. Anon[231] • Disclaimer says:
    @RichardTaylor

    This is just Malice’s version of “the patriarchy” – a bogeyman that doesn’t exist.

    • Replies: @RichardTaylor
  65. Anon[231] • Disclaimer says:
    @RichardTaylor

    Didn’t you tell us this would all be over after Trump was out?

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    , @HA
  66. cuomo, di blasio,lightfoot,whitmer,et al, could claim title to dictator of their respective cities or states…Executive Orders trumps elective powers.

  67. Marie H says:

    I was in El Salvador before Bukele was born. It was a hell hole because it was so densely populated. San Salvador on a Sunday seemed like stuffing 50 people on an elevator. Only in Shanghai, China on a Sunday have I ever felt so overwhelmed by all the people.. El Salvador is still one of the most densely populated countries in the world. The population isn’t rising as rapidly as it was as so many people left and are leaving. . .for the US. Don’t be distracted by Haiti, also jammed with people. El Salvador is a hell hole still.

  68. FPD72 says:
    @Jonathan Mason

    I am surprised that he didn’t call himself El Salvador rather than El Dictator, especially since he has grandparents from Bethlehem, a town that has previous form.

    I’m guessing that his favorite Bible verse is Micah 5:2.

  69. Can we get a thread on the Haitians at the border?

  70. That the transnational oligarchs and American supremacists here hate Nayib Bukele proves that he is based and a hero.

    He triggers all the right people.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  71. @Anon

    Didn’t you tell us this would all be over after Trump was out?

    Don’t confuse him with his Corvine alter ego.

  72. @MEH 0910

    What’s that got to do with the price of bitcoin in El Salvador?

    • Replies: @MEH 0910
  73. @Anatoly Karlin

    An early gift for our Antipodean friends:

    [MORE]

    For us Boreals:

  74. @Wilkey

    President Trump used to take care of these problems by making deals with with, or threats to, President AMLO. It was one thing he was very good at.

  75. @Anon

    ‘…No one is allowed to be president of a Latin American country who in any way threatens the globalist agenda even one iota…’

    Hence the abuse Bukele is receiving from the US press.

  76. anon[357] • Disclaimer says:
    @MEH 0910

    Id vote for him here. God bless him.

  77. HA says:
    @Anon

    “Didn’t you tell us this would all be over after Trump was out?”

    As I recall, he assured us the death toll wouldn’t even make it to 5K. Maybe “won’t make it past Trump’s ouster” was his followup prediction.

    I know he’s really worried about how the white race is going to fare, but as long as it has eagle-eyed prognosticators like him to rely on, what could possibly go wrong?

    • Replies: @RichardTaylor
  78. MEH 0910 says:
    @SaneClownPosse

    Caveat: this may not apply to El Salvador coup d’états.

    6:13 minutes in:

    Rick Beato: “Looking at things using the old school music business model just doesn’t work anymore. There’s no radio stations anymore.”

  79. @Anon

    Yeah the Covid lockdown crew are tottalllllllyyyy honest.

  80. FPD72 says:
    @El Dato

    \$1,000 mcm is about 27 times the current US price of \$4.97 mcf. And that US price is a seven year high.

    What are electricity prices going to be like if the fuel price that generators pay is 27 times what US generators pay? Are European governments going to heavily subsidize electricity costs?

    And to ask the question that is on the minds of iSteve readers everywhere: what will be the impact on crypto currency mining with electricity that high?

    • Thanks: Hangnail Hans
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  81. Anonymous[222] • Disclaimer says:
    @Matt Buckalew

    Steve turns into such a whiny little queen whenever he talks about straight up cool people. Is this guy a sperg- yea but he’s cool just like Trump.

    It took Steve a very long time to come around on Trump.

    • Replies: @Matt Buckalew
  82. @anonymous

    El Salvador has a famously pro-Zionist culture: https://www.middleeasteye.net/opinion/israel-and-el-salvador-love-time-genocide

    Bukele himself also at one point supported Bibi’s party in the Jerusalem mayoral elections and is known for his close ties to former Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat (a hundred-millionaire businessman and leading member of Likud, who is a live possibility to succeed Bibi as leader of the Likud party); Barkat and Bukele apparently met and became friends at a conference of capital-city mayors back when Bukele was Mayor of San Salvador. His YouTube account talks up the connection:

    And he’s covered positively in Israeli media: https://www.timesofisrael.com/his-dad-was-an-imam-his-wife-has-jewish-roots-meet-el-salvadors-new-leader/

    So I’m not really sure how much reverting street names means, except that Norman Quijano was a political opponent.

  83. @El Dato

    This is YUGE in the UK at the moment.

    1) natural gas prices have spiked – a combination of factors including more LNG going to a Far East coming out of Covid.

    2) as a result some big gas users have shut down operations. Among them, the only two UK fertiliser (ammonium nitrate) plants, were owned by (Norwegian?) Yara, now (American) CF.

    3) the fertiliser plants are also the main UK sources of carbon dioxide, it’s a byproduct.

    4) CO2 is used in hospitals and massively in the food industry, from slaughterhouse to food packaging and of course soft drinks. Big trouble ahead.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10010735/Fresh-meat-supply-slashed-days-energy-crisis-hits-supply-chain.html

    5) electricity prices have spiked, and power sellers who didn’t hedge prices forward are going bust.

    6) just to make things interesting, we’ve had a lot of very still days, so the only wind power we get is coming from offshore sites. At present 60% of our electricity is from fossil fuels and 15% nuclear.

    7) and one of the two cross-channel connectors to the French grid caught fire last week and will be u/s for six months

    8) HMG says “no danger of lights going out” – a bad sign

    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/sep/20/no-10-dismisses-winter-of-discontent-warnings-amid-energy-crisis-talks

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  84. @Wilkey

    “if Bukele is a fascist dictator it may very well be that’s exactly what El Salvador needs”

  85. @FPD72

    … what will be the impact on crypto currency mining with electricity that high?

    FPD-72, maybe people will just USE these currencies and not see them as a casino. You don’t need to “mine” any more for them to be of use.

  86. @YetAnotherAnon

    3) the fertiliser plants are also the main UK sources of carbon dioxide, it’s a byproduct.

    4) CO2 is used in hospitals and massively in the food industry, from slaughterhouse to food packaging and of course soft drinks. Big trouble ahead.

    Wait, but that’s so green and good, right? I mean the stuff is KILLING! THE! PLANET!, so why don’t we take some of that large excess CO2 you all have been spewing out of your SUVs and use it? Or we all can go nitro.* [/sarc, just in case]

    .

    * That’s a big thing now, putting N2 in drinks instead. It is a different molecule, but can anybody tell, or is that just another virtue signaling thing?

    • Replies: @YetAnotherAnon
  87. Anon[200] • Disclaimer says:
    @RichardTaylor

    And why is NO ONE raising objections about handing out a huge demographic monopoly (under 16yr olds) to one company known to have acted unethically?

    • Agree: RichardTaylor
    • Replies: @BB753
  88. AndrewR says:
    @Bardon Kaldian

    Demonic neocon war criminal with a pencil necked soyboy. How the hell can that guy be a dictator. The average 70 year old woman is stronger.

  89. @Achmed E. Newman

    I imagine the effect is the same – you catch your breath as you’re about to gulp a fizzy drink, because the gas above the surface has no oxygen in it, be that CO2 or N2.

    Apparently they use CO2 in hospitals to inflate patients undergoing scans or operations, so that they can see or get at the relevant body parts better. Learn something new every day.

  90. AndrewR says:
    @PiltdownMan

    Catastrophic physiognomy in that clan

  91. @Anonymous

    Steve literally thought Barry O was a new Eisenhower until the moment Barry goaded that angry black dude into gunning down five cops in Dallas.

    How long ago did Steve come up with invade the world invite the world like twenty years ago? He’s in the greatest hits stage of a career that never broke out to being with. I blame Unz because Steve on Twitter is still kind of cool and interesting something that Unz is allergic too.

  92. Is DJT taking notes on how it is done? You can bet The Big Guy and Kameltoe are.

  93. sturbain says: • Website

    An opinion on Ivermectin? Oh yes, he does, he does indeed.

    • Thanks: BB753
  94. pyrrhus says:
    @Redneck farmer

    It’s a puzzlement…..what could possibly account for that?

  95. Bukele threatens Congresswoman Norma Torres (D, CA-35).

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/report-twitter-war-has-california-democrat-sleeping-with-gun-by-her-bed

    Twitter War Has California Democrat Sleeping With Gun By Her Bed May 29, 2021

    A California congresswoman says she started sleeping with a 9-millimeter pistol by her bed after getting into a Twitter beef with a Central American leader.

    U.S. Rep. Norma Torres, a Democrat from Pomona, California, told the Los Angeles Times that the social media feud with El Salvador President Nayib Bukele started after she spoke out about the migrant crisis. She said tensions have escalated to the point where she is concerned for her safety.

    “I need to do everything I can do to protect myself in my home,” Torres said.

    An immigrant from Guatemala, Torres, 56, is the only member of Congress born in Central America. She said she became a target for harassment for calling out “dictators” from the Northern Triangle …

    … According to The Times, Bukele, 39, became “furious” after he and Torres exchanged “an angry torrent of tweets” and “urged Salvadorans in Southern California, an enormous community, to work to oust Torres from office.”

    I was about to say “Only in California,” but no, I could imagine this happening in any urban area.

  96. Cato says:

    His approval rating in El Salvador is in the 85% range.

    Los Guanacos are not like you or me. On the positive side, they work harder. But in Central America, they have always had a reputation for loose morals (in Guatemala, guys would not want to disappoint their parents by bringing home a girl from El Salvador). A guy trying to make himself dictator? Wouldn’t everyone, given the chance?

    About a quarter of El Salvador’s national income comes from remittances from workers in the United States. Sending money home costs at least \$1 for every \$100 sent (I haven’t checked the feasibility of sending via PayPal or Venmo ). BitCoin might be cheaper, as Bukele claims. But much more likely, he is trying to set up El Salvador as the place where money can most easily be laundered. The US dollar is already the official currency, and when Bitcoin is also legal tender (businesses will be required to accept it when offered), it makes it easy to move money underwater and then out to the open again.

  97. @HA

    I know he’s really worried about how the white race is going to fare

    Is it odd to you that someone worries about his people?

  98. BB753 says:
    @Anon

    Because money goes a long way in having people not raising any objections.

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