This apology is not sufficient…Happy Christmas Day!

December 25, 2009

This is a real picture right outside Sabaneta, where Chavez was born:

Sabaneta

Birthplace of Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias

“We apologize”

18 Responses to “This apology is not sufficient…Happy Christmas Day!”

  1. m_astera Says:

    Here is a new list of “The World’s Riskiest Sovereign Debt Issuers” according to CMA DataVission.

    “The countries are ranked by their cumulative probability of default (CPD), which is a measure that quantifies the probability of a country being unable to honor its debt obligations over a given time period. So, if a country has a 20% CPD rating for its five-year credit default swaps (CDS) contracts, the market believes this debt has a two-in-ten chance of defaulting in the next five years.”

    Venezuela is rated the highest risk with 56% chance of default and a “negative” outlook.

    http://wallstreetpit.com/13109-the-worlds-riskiest-sovereign-debt-issuers

  2. marc in calgary Says:

    Now that’s a funny foto, I hope it’s real.

  3. deananash Says:

    Miguel, how will Chavez respond to something like this? Will he order a full investigation? Will heads roll? Or does he not care? For a long, long time, I’ve been advocating that the opposition provoke him two ways.

    First, encourage him in his foolishness. Why stop at utilities and banks? The sooner he’s got the whole ball of was, the sooner the game is up. I still think they should.

    Second, make fun of him. Think the American TV show, Saturday Night Live. Maybe on Monday nights, so that you’d have fresh material from his Sunday cadenas.

  4. Kepler Says:

    Deananash,
    Interesting ideas but forget about TV. There is only Globovisión and Globovisión is really reaching less than 30% of the population and that 30% is made out of the most antichavistas of Venezuelans with a few chavistas. Those chavistas are not the ones who count but the better off who know everything but support the regime because of the profit, the resentment.

    IMO, the word is “flyers”.

  5. Captain Commander Says:

    “This is a real picture right outside Sabaneta, where Chavez was born”

    Funny, but not a real pic. It’s probably from one of those road-sign generators you find everywhere on the internet, or a photoshop.

    But I agree with Deananash that you need to make fun of him. There’s nothing that an egomaniac and narcissist like Chavez hates more than being ridiculed. All second-rate tyrants like him have a Napoleon complex the size of Jupiter, and their primary reason for amassing power is to make sure nobody will ever make them feel inferior or powerless. So you NEED to make him feel inferior and powerless. It has always been my theory that closing RCTV had more to do with Radio Rochela than any news show.

    And, Kepler, it isn’t about having the average person see it, it’s about having Chavez see it.

  6. deananash Says:

    I’m glad you guys like the idea. I didn’t really mean TV (too expensive), I should have written video.

    Captain Commander is right, the target isn’t the 30% of his rabid fans – the target is Chavez. And of course, he’ll over react and that’s dangerous. But I believe that you’ve got to expose him for the egomaniac that he is. (The second part of the word carries the most significance.)

    Anyway, Chavez is smart enough to know when he’s being mocked. Mock away. Rojo Rojito. If I were in charge, I’d organize an opposition march to support the insanity. Tomorrow is the 28th annual King Mango Strut: http://www.kingmangostrut.org/ Let your Rojo Rojito be modeled after it.

    Support MORE corruption, and be sure and parade the many examples – have participants dress up (wear masks) to look like the robolution’s best!

    Support MORE construction of imaginary housing, and make sure the crowd (spectators) know that only “smart” people can actually see all the “millions” of apartments that Chavez has built with Venezuela’s oil windfall. (Think Emperor’s New Clothes.)

    Support MORE government takeover of functioning things (think Electricidad de Caracas) so that they can then break it.

    Support MORE “missions” so that health problems increase (as they’ve done) so that you’ll need yet more “missions.”

    Pay a bunch of street children to march, and have them passing out flyers saying how much better living on the street is now that Chavez has been President for more than a decade. (If Chavez lasts another decade, they’ll be lots of adults living on the street, too.) SAY IT!

    OMG, the list is endless, and Miguel’s blog has conveniently documented so many issues. Let people enter their floats (or parade groups), let them create their own themes (see Miguel’s archives in the left-hand column for ideas, and pick winners. Give them Rojo Rojito crowns.

    SUPPORT THE GOVERNMENT. You, and more importantly Chavez, will know that you are mocking him. And this, as Captain Commander so astutely pointed out, is something that Chavez can’t tolerate. So be ready in advance – think strategically, for once – as to your response when Chavez erupts.

    If he jails people, have your press response ready….SUPPORT the jailing of people for free speech. Of course, he won’t jail them for that…and thinking strategically, you’ve planned for that. So that’s just your first jab. The hard right comes next. SUPPORT Chavez for jailing people on trumpted up charges WHILE letting the true criminals go free. And then talk about skyrocketing crime.

    Hopefully, you get the idea. SUPPORT Chavez in every one of his actions. Make a BIG deal of that support. We’re all Rojo Rojito now. PUSH Chavez to go further. Of course all banks should be nationalized, money is a key part of the economy. Ditto for food stores. Telecommunications (including retail stores.) Transportation. Entertainment. Literally EVERYTHING should be nationalized. Get busy.

    And for the very few of you who won’t read this way too long reply (sorry Miguel), and will simply pick out the few sentences where I “support” Chavez, well, sorry, I don’t. I merely want Chavez to get to his destination quicker so that the nightmare can end that much sooner.

  7. Lazarus Says:

    Makes good sense. note his frequent foam-at-the-mouth tirades when he’s dissed by anyone, especially Obama. Criticism is not permitted.

  8. Kepler Says:

    Deananash,
    I would say 30% are chavistas, 28% are oppos and the vast majority are ninis or light anything of the day.
    I think making Hugo spit foam is a good idea, but I am not talking about trying to reach the 30%. I am talking about reaching towards the 42% of the population who are poor or middle class ninis.

    I may be living in Europe, but I know and am in contact with some of them, specially a lot who are not living in Globovision area. I also have some relatives who have been working with those people for years now. I believe we can reach people like them, not all but quite some. Using a strategy of teasing Hugo at the same time that we challenge him in the eyes of those and present some general idea of what we want would help. If there is one thing that will make Hugo rabid is if we start to ridicule him in front of the people who, together with the die-hard chavistas, support him one way or the other.

  9. Kepler Says:

    A little bit off topic but not so quite. We know Hugo is playing very dirty. we know Hugo is taking away the money from oppo municipalities and governors and that he will gerrymander and much more. In spite of that we would expect our leaders to try to make the best out of what they have. But for some exceptions they aren’t trying.

    Example: a couple of people I know are professionals trying to do the real hard work in the barrios of one of the oppo states. They are engineers, doctors, etc. They tell me most of their bosses don’t like to go to those poor areas, they just send “los pendejos” there for everything: to campaign, to defend the votes and then to implement things once they are in power, to see the people, to anything. The bosses just like to celebrate in the poshest areas of the state. I have actually met a couple of their bosses when in Venezuela.

    Those relatives tell me the bosses would simply shock anyone if they showed up in the barrios because they are usually dressed as if they were going to drink tea with the Queen.

    I was telling Juan about a couple of things I have seen during election time when I have been to Venezuela and what some friends and relatives told me. I checked out the esdata site and could infer it was the same everywhere: We got witnesses for almost every single mesa in the nicest areas of our region but nobody wanted to go to the poorest ones, but the same pendejos.
    In many cases we had actually less than 10% of reliable witnesses in poor areas. In some municipalities in rural states we did not even have one single witness (check out a couple of them in Delta Amacuro).

    the oppo caring for a good coverage? Hardly.
    I was in Venezuela in December 2003 and was helping at one of those areas, it was a scary moment because we were threatened a couple of times, there was a car race to keep the actas and all. It is shit but if we had had more people there it would have been less dangerous. To do that we need to reach the people there. There are a lot who would turn up and start to dare, but we need to reach them. Else, it will take much much longer.

  10. Gringo Says:

    Road signs do get altered. Some friends of mine in high school took it upon themselves to make grammatical corrections on road signs in the area that stated “XXX Drive Slow,” to “XXX Drive Slowly.” Another altered road sign from my home town was “Approaching ZZZ” changed to “Approaching ZZZ Still Time to Turn Back.” I don’t know who did that one.

    I wonder if anyone would have the guts to put up that altered sign about asking forgiveness. How long would it stay up?

  11. panitaxx Says:

    I have been several times in sabaneta. Never seen this sign. Also chavez was born nearby sabaneta in a village called Rastrojos

  12. moctavio Says:

    I was assured it was real, if it is not, it is still fun to see it, thats why I posted it.

  13. Eligio Says:

    you want to go after Chavez? there’s a video of his daughter getting screwed. The video is out there. The author was kidnapped by Disip in PANAMA and returned to Venezuela in a sack where he now languishes in jail. I say the daughter is fair game.

  14. GWEH Says:

    Capt. Commander: RCTV closure was not about Radio Rochela. It was personal between Marcel and Hugo.

    All: Everything in Venezuela is personal. Trust me on this.

  15. GWEH Says:

    the article linked above in the Nuevo Herald is fascinating. Pedro Torres works for Carvajal who is “mano derecha” de Hugo Chavez. These guys are real badasses with a lot of blood on their hands and they are feared for good reason.

    the picture is becoming clearer of why their downfall….

  16. m_astera Says:

    Some of the suggested ridicule is pretty dangerous in Venezuela. What about reaching a wider audience and ridiculing him around the world?

    One could have loads of fun with a support Chavez parade in Europe or N America, costumes and silly signs and all without risking a thing.

    If the point is for Chavez to see it and react, coming from outside the country would be even more effective.

  17. m_astera Says:

    THE ANT AND THE GRASSHOPPER
    This one is a little different… . Two Different
    Versions…. ………. …. Two Different Morals

    OLD VERSION

    The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building
    his house and laying up supplies for the winter.

    The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and
    plays the summer away..

    Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed.

    The grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold.
    MORAL OF THE STORY: Be responsible for yourself!

    MODERN VERSION

    The ant works hard in the withering heat and the rain all summer
    long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.

    The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and
    plays the summer away.

    Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and
    demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well
    fed while he is cold and starving.

    All of the major media show up to provide pictures of the
    shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his comfortable
    home with a table filled with food.

    Television viewers are stunned by the sharp contrast.

    How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor
    grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?

    Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah with the grasshopper and everybody
    cries when they sing, ‘It’s Not Easy Being Green..’

    Human rights groups stage a demonstration in front of the ant’s house where the
    news stations film the group singing,“We shall overcome.” Famous religious leaders lead the group in prayer for the grasshopper’s sake.

    The President condemns the ant and blames previous administrations, Christopher Columbus, and the Pope for the grasshopper’s plight.

    Prominent political leaders proclaim in interviews
    that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper, and
    both call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his
    fair share.

    Finally, the Legislature drafts the Economic Equity & Grasshopper Equality Act
    retroactive to the beginning of the summer.

    The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of
    green bugs and, having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes,
    his home is confiscated by the Government Green Czar and given to
    the grasshopper.

    The story ends as we see the grasshopper and his
    friends and relatives finishing up the last bits of the ant’s food while the
    government house he is in, which, as you recall, just happens to be
    the ant’s old house, crumbles around them because the grasshopper
    doesn’t maintain it..

    The ant has disappeared in the snow, never to be seen again.

    The grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident, and the
    house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders who
    terrorize the ramshackle, once prosperous and once peaceful,
    neighborhood.

    The entire Nation collapses.

    MORAL OF THE STORY: Be careful how you vote in 2010.


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