Archive for April 13th, 2004

Baduell the institutional cynic

April 13, 2004

 


And talking about doublespeak and cover up, how about General Baduell saying today that the Armed Forces will not hide anything about the burnt soldiers!


 


Well, Raul, where the hell have you been the last two weeks after every single fact has been covered up and hidden and that media that you call on to “respect” those suffering is the one that uncovered the lies of the Government and the military? Did you not notice that a soldier had to die for the military and the Government to admit there was a problem? Where was your “investigation” before that?


 


Where were you Raul Baduell two weeks ago as Chavez told everyone that the injuries were “slight’? Where were you when the media made the accusation that the fire was provoked, which was denied by your fellow Generals including the Minister of Defense, but turned out to be the truth? Where were you when the soldiers were moved against doctors orders? Where were you when the soldier died? Where are you today when the Supreme Court is not obeyed? Where are you when people’s rights are being violated daily?


 


The truth General Baduell is that you are one of those people that goes through the world being careful to advance your own position without sticking your neck out. You did not stick your neck out in 1992, twice! You said nothing during April 2002 and only after your fellow Generals were killed in an air crash you took the credit for returning Chavez to power saying you were “institutional”. I guess that means you are institutional as long as it will promote you within the institution.


 


Whatever happened to that institution called the Constitution? It only took you two years to say today that you never accepted the Carmona Government! Maybe you are just slow, I just wonder how you will try to advance yourself when Chavez is finally gone, I bet you will act very fast to embrace your so called institutionality. But we will be here to remind you that you are as big a cynic as the rest of them.

Baduell the institutional cynic

April 13, 2004

 


And talking about doublespeak and cover up, how about General Baduell saying today that the Armed Forces will not hide anything about the burnt soldiers!


 


Well, Raul, where the hell have you been the last two weeks after every single fact has been covered up and hidden and that media that you call on to “respect” those suffering is the one that uncovered the lies of the Government and the military? Did you not notice that a soldier had to die for the military and the Government to admit there was a problem? Where was your “investigation” before that?


 


Where were you Raul Baduell two weeks ago as Chavez told everyone that the injuries were “slight’? Where were you when the media made the accusation that the fire was provoked, which was denied by your fellow Generals including the Minister of Defense, but turned out to be the truth? Where were you when the soldiers were moved against doctors orders? Where were you when the soldier died? Where are you today when the Supreme Court is not obeyed? Where are you when people’s rights are being violated daily?


 


The truth General Baduell is that you are one of those people that goes through the world being careful to advance your own position without sticking your neck out. You did not stick your neck out in 1992, twice! You said nothing during April 2002 and only after your fellow Generals were killed in an air crash you took the credit for returning Chavez to power saying you were “institutional”. I guess that means you are institutional as long as it will promote you within the institution.


 


Whatever happened to that institution called the Constitution? It only took you two years to say today that you never accepted the Carmona Government! Maybe you are just slow, I just wonder how you will try to advance yourself when Chavez is finally gone, I bet you will act very fast to embrace your so called institutionality. But we will be here to remind you that you are as big a cynic as the rest of them.

The twisted logic of the revolution

April 13, 2004

Using that peculiar set of logical steps that the Chavez administration likes to use, the Vice-President and the Cabinet’s lawyer rejected the decision by the Electoral Hall of the Supreme Court yesterday by arguing that this was not an electoral process but a referenda and thus the matter was not part of the jurisdiction of that Hall.


With their characteristic unity the arguments were the same leading me to look up in both Spanish and English dictionaries what the words elector and referendum mean. Using just one example, Merriam Webster refers you to the word elector when you look up electoral, when you look up elector, then it says:


 


1 : one qualified to vote in an election
2 : one entitled to participate in an election


 


then, if you look up referendum you get:


 


1 a : the principle or practice of submitting to popular vote a measure passed on or proposed by a legislative body or by popular initiative b : a vote on a measure so submitted


 


Thus, if electoral refers to the ability to vote and a referendum is a vote; it would seem to be quite a stretch to argue that matters of referenda have nothing to do with the electoral hall. But what else can you expect from a Government that violates human rights and is always riding the edge of illegality. Anywhere else in the world, a ruling by the Supreme Court is the last words, here in Venezuela Government officials “decide” with that peculiar logic of this so called revolutionary process that they will not obey it.


 


As simple as that: If the ruling is good for me I accept it, if not, I reject it. Meanwhile, the opposition has to deal with obeying all rulings in this unfair tug of war in which a powerful side, which has money, controls institutions and exerts pressure on all of them, refuses to follow the law when it is not convenient, while a weak pluralistic opposition with limited resources has to follow the rulings and the abuses of power.


 


But for all of the appearance of confidence and the cockiness that the administration shows, there is concern. The decision by the electoral hall is final, it is not an injunction and it preceded any published decision by the Constitutional hall on the matter. Thus, it has in theory to be followed or the Court may cite the CNE Directors for contempt. This is why Chavez electoral command and the CNE’s legal counsel went today to the Constitutional Hall to ask for interpretation.


 


And it was no coincidence that celebrating the second year anniversary of his return to power Chavez directly accused the White House and mentioned mysterious US airplanes and ships close to the coast of Venezuela. Chavez left, however briefly, because after nineteen people were brutally murdered and hundreds injured by the Government, the military asked him to resign and he did, if you don’t believe me, ask his current Minister of Interior and Justice. The US planes and ships however real or virtual they may have been, played no role on those events, thus this is yet another smokescreen to deflect attention from the grave problems facing a pseudo-democratic Government with sinking popularity, rampant corruption and the threat of massive electoral losses in the recall referendum and the regional elections. And don’t believe them, a referendum is a very real electoral process, that is why they are pulling all the stops to stop it.


 


Note added: For those of you that do not read cooments, Peter asks in the comment how come the Electoral Hall has no jurisdiction over referenda matters, but the Electoral commission does? Nice going Peter, could not have been said in simpler or more logical terms. It’s a pity logic has no place in the Vth. Republic!

What I did in my Easter vacation

April 13, 2004



I actually did relax during my vacation. Did not once look at a newspaper on the Internet except to follow baseball news, only heard about stuff from friends who clearly could not disconnect. I caught up last night by reading all of the week’s newspapers. During the vacation I read six or seven books, relaxed, ate well, had some nice wines and performed general neuronal hygiene. On the top you can see the beaches were not crowded where I was, sunsets were spectacular. As usual, I took lots of pictures, a sample of some of the better ones is above. Enjoy! I did, I needed it..

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