Archive for August 9th, 2004

Si, I am a terrorist by Laureano Marquez

August 9, 2004

Humorist Laureano Marquez wrote this article ‘Si, I am a terrorist” in last week’s El Mundo, it is a tribute to opposition leader Alejandro Armas who died last week. Armas was a former Deputy that supported Chavezand split from Chavismo when he was removed as Head of the Finance Committe of the National Assembly because he wamted to continue an investigation. Soon after he got very sick and almost died but survived for two years and was part of the team that negotiated the garement between the Government and the opposition. He died of a heart attack two weeks ago.


Si, I am a terrorist by Laureano Marquez


 


I can’t stand it anymore, I confess.


 


Chavez is right, I am a terrorist and of the worst trained by Otrova Gomas (a Venezuelan humorist). If I were the President, I would also be scared, and with a reason, because for the upcoming August 15th. the command that I belong to is preparing a great attempt, the largest terrorist act that has ever taken place in the world’s history.


 


A terrorist act that will not spatter even the blood contained in a hummingbird, which makes it extremely dangerous. No wonder this Government is terrorized; no wonder it has deployed all of those security operatives; no wonder it takes away a Constitutional right from thousands of Venezuelans abroad and is threatening to intervene CANTV. No wonder, what’s coming is big and they know it. It makes you shit on your pants to see a population that, after everything that has been done in an orderly and systematic fashion to clip their constitutional rights to decide their destiny via a democratic vote, persists in the idea of expressing themselves, no matter what, in a peaceful way.


 


If I were Chavez, I would be like a stick in the henhouse: we have thousands of fingers trained for a suicidal attempt. No matter that somebody chops them, they are ready to press that button that says “Si” and once this happens, this farce, this lie, this new rip off of Venezuelan history will blow up in the air. They will be so naked when they no longer have the threat of power to infuse fear, nor the resources to cheat, corrupt or buy consciences, they will be so naked that, like Adam and Eve in Paradise, they will look for leafs to cover themselves up, no so much in front of the rest of theme, that know them well, but because of the shame that you will cause to yourself, the total lack of scruples, which is the nakedness of a politician.


 


Yes, I am a terrorist and here is my plan for the upcoming 15th.:


5:00 AM: The alarm clock Hill ring and in a hurry, I Hill shower, being very careful of cleaning myself with anti bacterial soap my index finger in my right hand , so that Jorge can not void my vote due to excess grease or something like that


5:45 AM: I Hill arrive at the place of the attempt to make the line together with the rest of the terrorists.


There we Hill encourage each other, telling jokes in the line and those with the better information, those that carry radios and communication equipment, will give us details of how the rest of the plan is going in the country.


6:10 AM: the Bolivarian circles Hill go by with the intention of scaring us, but they Hill be terrorized to see that magnitude of the liens and will go away.


7:30AM: They Hill inform us that there are problems installing the polls, that if we want, we can leave and come back some other day or next year at the same time and we will say it does not matter and we will remain in line sitting down, sharing junk food and ruminating anxieties. That’s the way we terrorists are.


9:50 AM: Semtei will speak and will make people in the line laugh, making it more agreeable.


11:00 AM: We will start voting and we Hill do it with joy and with courage, challenging all adversities and obstacles. We will push that button with the conscience that in that act we are betting our destiny, the life of our children and freedom. In that button our soul goes away. When we are done, we Hill help the elderly that are worse than us, more aggressive when it comes to voting, because they are pure memory and know what a tyranny is.


Thus, between one thing and the other, around midday, everything will have been accomplished.


Are we not thinking of bringing weapons? Of course we are, we will carry the memory of Alejandro Armas in our hearts.

Si, I am a terrorist by Laureano Marquez

August 9, 2004

Humorist Laureano Marquez wrote this article ‘Si, I am a terrorist” in last week’s El Mundo, it is a tribute to opposition leader Alejandro Armas who died last week. Armas was a former Deputy that supported Chavezand split from Chavismo when he was removed as Head of the Finance Committe of the National Assembly because he wamted to continue an investigation. Soon after he got very sick and almost died but survived for two years and was part of the team that negotiated the garement between the Government and the opposition. He died of a heart attack two weeks ago.


Si, I am a terrorist by Laureano Marquez


 


I can’t stand it anymore, I confess.


 


Chavez is right, I am a terrorist and of the worst trained by Otrova Gomas (a Venezuelan humorist). If I were the President, I would also be scared, and with a reason, because for the upcoming August 15th. the command that I belong to is preparing a great attempt, the largest terrorist act that has ever taken place in the world’s history.


 


A terrorist act that will not spatter even the blood contained in a hummingbird, which makes it extremely dangerous. No wonder this Government is terrorized; no wonder it has deployed all of those security operatives; no wonder it takes away a Constitutional right from thousands of Venezuelans abroad and is threatening to intervene CANTV. No wonder, what’s coming is big and they know it. It makes you shit on your pants to see a population that, after everything that has been done in an orderly and systematic fashion to clip their constitutional rights to decide their destiny via a democratic vote, persists in the idea of expressing themselves, no matter what, in a peaceful way.


 


If I were Chavez, I would be like a stick in the henhouse: we have thousands of fingers trained for a suicidal attempt. No matter that somebody chops them, they are ready to press that button that says “Si” and once this happens, this farce, this lie, this new rip off of Venezuelan history will blow up in the air. They will be so naked when they no longer have the threat of power to infuse fear, nor the resources to cheat, corrupt or buy consciences, they will be so naked that, like Adam and Eve in Paradise, they will look for leafs to cover themselves up, no so much in front of the rest of theme, that know them well, but because of the shame that you will cause to yourself, the total lack of scruples, which is the nakedness of a politician.


 


Yes, I am a terrorist and here is my plan for the upcoming 15th.:


5:00 AM: The alarm clock Hill ring and in a hurry, I Hill shower, being very careful of cleaning myself with anti bacterial soap my index finger in my right hand , so that Jorge can not void my vote due to excess grease or something like that


5:45 AM: I Hill arrive at the place of the attempt to make the line together with the rest of the terrorists.


There we Hill encourage each other, telling jokes in the line and those with the better information, those that carry radios and communication equipment, will give us details of how the rest of the plan is going in the country.


6:10 AM: the Bolivarian circles Hill go by with the intention of scaring us, but they Hill be terrorized to see that magnitude of the liens and will go away.


7:30AM: They Hill inform us that there are problems installing the polls, that if we want, we can leave and come back some other day or next year at the same time and we will say it does not matter and we will remain in line sitting down, sharing junk food and ruminating anxieties. That’s the way we terrorists are.


9:50 AM: Semtei will speak and will make people in the line laugh, making it more agreeable.


11:00 AM: We will start voting and we Hill do it with joy and with courage, challenging all adversities and obstacles. We will push that button with the conscience that in that act we are betting our destiny, the life of our children and freedom. In that button our soul goes away. When we are done, we Hill help the elderly that are worse than us, more aggressive when it comes to voting, because they are pure memory and know what a tyranny is.


Thus, between one thing and the other, around midday, everything will have been accomplished.


Are we not thinking of bringing weapons? Of course we are, we will carry the memory of Alejandro Armas in our hearts.

Si, I am a terrorist by Laureano Marquez

August 9, 2004

Humorist Laureano Marquez wrote this article ‘Si, I am a terrorist” in last week’s El Mundo, it is a tribute to opposition leader Alejandro Armas who died last week. Armas was a former Deputy that supported Chavezand split from Chavismo when he was removed as Head of the Finance Committe of the National Assembly because he wamted to continue an investigation. Soon after he got very sick and almost died but survived for two years and was part of the team that negotiated the garement between the Government and the opposition. He died of a heart attack two weeks ago.


Si, I am a terrorist by Laureano Marquez


 


I can’t stand it anymore, I confess.


 


Chavez is right, I am a terrorist and of the worst trained by Otrova Gomas (a Venezuelan humorist). If I were the President, I would also be scared, and with a reason, because for the upcoming August 15th. the command that I belong to is preparing a great attempt, the largest terrorist act that has ever taken place in the world’s history.


 


A terrorist act that will not spatter even the blood contained in a hummingbird, which makes it extremely dangerous. No wonder this Government is terrorized; no wonder it has deployed all of those security operatives; no wonder it takes away a Constitutional right from thousands of Venezuelans abroad and is threatening to intervene CANTV. No wonder, what’s coming is big and they know it. It makes you shit on your pants to see a population that, after everything that has been done in an orderly and systematic fashion to clip their constitutional rights to decide their destiny via a democratic vote, persists in the idea of expressing themselves, no matter what, in a peaceful way.


 


If I were Chavez, I would be like a stick in the henhouse: we have thousands of fingers trained for a suicidal attempt. No matter that somebody chops them, they are ready to press that button that says “Si” and once this happens, this farce, this lie, this new rip off of Venezuelan history will blow up in the air. They will be so naked when they no longer have the threat of power to infuse fear, nor the resources to cheat, corrupt or buy consciences, they will be so naked that, like Adam and Eve in Paradise, they will look for leafs to cover themselves up, no so much in front of the rest of theme, that know them well, but because of the shame that you will cause to yourself, the total lack of scruples, which is the nakedness of a politician.


 


Yes, I am a terrorist and here is my plan for the upcoming 15th.:


5:00 AM: The alarm clock Hill ring and in a hurry, I Hill shower, being very careful of cleaning myself with anti bacterial soap my index finger in my right hand , so that Jorge can not void my vote due to excess grease or something like that


5:45 AM: I Hill arrive at the place of the attempt to make the line together with the rest of the terrorists.


There we Hill encourage each other, telling jokes in the line and those with the better information, those that carry radios and communication equipment, will give us details of how the rest of the plan is going in the country.


6:10 AM: the Bolivarian circles Hill go by with the intention of scaring us, but they Hill be terrorized to see that magnitude of the liens and will go away.


7:30AM: They Hill inform us that there are problems installing the polls, that if we want, we can leave and come back some other day or next year at the same time and we will say it does not matter and we will remain in line sitting down, sharing junk food and ruminating anxieties. That’s the way we terrorists are.


9:50 AM: Semtei will speak and will make people in the line laugh, making it more agreeable.


11:00 AM: We will start voting and we Hill do it with joy and with courage, challenging all adversities and obstacles. We will push that button with the conscience that in that act we are betting our destiny, the life of our children and freedom. In that button our soul goes away. When we are done, we Hill help the elderly that are worse than us, more aggressive when it comes to voting, because they are pure memory and know what a tyranny is.


Thus, between one thing and the other, around midday, everything will have been accomplished.


Are we not thinking of bringing weapons? Of course we are, we will carry the memory of Alejandro Armas in our hearts.

News from the Electoral trenches

August 9, 2004

-Polls continue to say that the NO will win by a narrow margin. Three of the four pollsters that did well in 1998 and 2000 in predicting the outcome are saying the No squeaks by. (more on this on Friday)


-Despite this, yesterday’s closing of the campaign by Chavez was very weak. Despite hundreds of buses and paying people to attend, Avenida Bolivar was barely full, VTV cameras only showed certain angles and Chavez’ speech had barely begun when you could see wide empty areas because people had left.


 


-Chavez is reportedly mad about how bad yesterday’s event was and is pressuring to have the CNE extend the campaign to Friday so that he can have another rally to close his campaign. The opposition will close its campaign on Thursday. It was clearly a bad strategy to have the rally to close his campaign so early.


 


-Today Chavez failed to show up at a rally in Zulia state to close the campaign in that state, the most pro-opposition state in the country, where he only got 45% of the Presidential vote in 2000. His Vice-President was there saying that the NO would win by 18% of the vote.


 


-Despite earlier saying that “tourists” would not be able to vote, the Minister of Foreign Relations said today that anyone with a valid visa and registered may vote. This is a change from an earlier position that tourists could not vote and some sort of residence permit was required.


 


-More violence in Plaza La Candelaria today. This time the Chavistas burned down the “Si” stand, a street peddler’s stand and a motorcycle. The National Guard was there and used firearms against…you guessed it, people from the “Si” stand.


 


- CNE Director Jorge Rodriguez, accused the opposition (specifically Enrique Mendoza and Henry Ramos Allup) of setting a bomb that blew up four cars away from his sister’s car, revealing in the car next to which it blew up a voting machine which was supposedly being used for training purposes. Convoluted, no?


 


-After Enrique Mendoza said that the CNE could not regulate what people said next Sunday, CNE President Carrasquero said that only the Electoral power can announce the winner on Sunday and that the CD could not do it. What Mendoza said was that the CNE could not stop people from announcing the results, only political parties and the media according to the law and that the CD would announce it when it is appropriate and that the CD would not tolerate the five day period that the law gives it to make the announcement.


 


-In a poll, only 70% of the people said that they trusted that the vote was truly secret. Many people believe that the objective of the fingerprint machine is to know who voted which way. There is no interconnection between the fingerprint machines and te voring machines.


 


Things are certainly heating up!

Post from the comments section

August 9, 2004

Not everyone reads the comments, below two posts that I thought worth taking out and posting here:


-He has given truth a phrase uttered by Abraham Lincoln “a house divided against itself cannot stand.” Where there is division within a house sooner or later it will topple like a house built from a deck of cards. Where there is hatred and enmity instead of love and cooperation there is no progress. Venezuelans, for the most part, have learned this lesson by paying a dear price.


Maria

 

-A dear price that hopefully will be an “eye-opener” to all. A dear price that will leave a scar, hard to conceal, but easier to forget and keep marching ahead. There will be a huge gap betwen those sisters and brothers turned enemies because one man’s has chiseled the stone-hard comraderie that used to exist in Venezuela, those neighbors who hate the “si” ones, the nephews, like me, who hasn’t called the dear aunt in years because she is a chavista and she hates oligarcas, and now I am one because I live in USA. A dear price that will hurt venezuelans for years to come, but will not be forever.

 

Alexander Calderon

 

-Similar sad feelings can be found in this post (in Spanish) by Topocho:

 

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