Explaining What It Means To Make Miami Registered Voters Go To New Orleans

June 9, 2012

Dear Friendly visitor from abroad, PSF or not:

This is Venezuela:

a somewhat dysfunctional country in South America led by a religious like leader known as Hugo Chavez, who leads a cult called Bolivarianism. His tribe is called PSUV. Now, Hugo likes to make people believe that Venezuela has a fair Government and is a democracy. Many locals, as well as some foreigners who obviously would not be caught dead living in Venezuela defend the cult and its “fairness”

Now, the picture below shows the southern part of the US, including Miami, Florida and New Orleans, Lousiana. There are a lot of Venezuelans living in the southern part of Florida. In fact, 26,000 of them are registered to vote in the Venezuelan Consulate in Miami. Some come form Georgia, but the large majority are near Miami. The right to vote for President, even if you live abroad, is supposed to be a Constitutional guarantee. Over 90% of them do not vote for President Hugo.

The Venezuelan Consul in Miami, was caught in a video conspiring on how to start a cyber attack on US Government computers. This led the US Government to kick her out. The cult leader, Hugo Chavez, decided then to shut down the Consulate in Miami:

This week, the Electoral Board decided that these 26,000 people would have to go and vote in New Orleans, Louisiana, which is an 867 mile drive from Miami (as shown in the map) or 651 miles away as the crow flies.

Let’s try to put this in proper perspective: A coach bus fits 53 people. Thus, it would require 490 buses to take them to New Orleans to vote. The line of buses would be about three miles long. The cheapest one way fare I could find costs $107 per person and takes one day, one hour and fifteen minutes to get there. Double that to return.

But there is a better perspective. Suppose that you picked a voter in Maracaibo, Zulia State, a large Western city of Venezuela and moved him to vote to a center 651 miles away. The result would be this:

The red circle shown above has an approximately 650 mile radius and is approximately centered in Maracaibo. The conclusion is that it would be unlikely that you could find an Electoral Center outside of this circle, for the simple reason that I doubt that there are any centers in the roughly 4% of Venezuela that is left outside this circle.

The whole thing is yet another dirty trick by this fake democratic Government. The whole point of shutting down this voting center was to eliminate 20,000 opposition votes with one single decision. After all, would it be so hard to rent an office somewhere in Miami to have the vote held? Would it be so expensive? In fact, you could even have it a the office of Banco Industrial de Venezuela in Miami, if you wanted to save money. Or ask any of the neighboring countries in Latin America to give you a hand and create one, two or even three separate locations at their Miami consulates, to allow people to exercise their right to vote.

But the cult leader, Hugo Chavez, did not shut down the consulate, as an “administrative measure” or to get back at the US Government for kicking the Venezuelan Consulate out. After all, it was only Venezuelans that are affected by the measure. No, this whim by the religious leader of Bolivarianism was another perverse dirty trick, which was consummated this week by the Electoral Board when it forced these 26,000 voters to go so far to vote.

Many will try to go and vote. But clearly, this is expensive and wholly unreasonable. This is just a maneuver to wipe out 20,000 votes which may or not be important in deciding the upcoming Presidential election. But with a few tricks like this, like the previous post, it all adds up and makes the objective of preserving the cult more feasible.

So, please don’t pay attention to the BS. There is no Electoral Justice in Venezuela. Democracy is not relevant to Hugo Chavez. There is an autocracy and a judicial system corrupted and dominated by the cult leader to project an image of democracy and fairness. The whole point, as his Presidential program shows, is to block the possibility of Bolivarianism ever being removed from power. That is not what democracy is about.

Making Miami voters, 95% of whom support the opposition candidate, has no logic or justification. The maps above clearly prove it.

62 Responses to “Explaining What It Means To Make Miami Registered Voters Go To New Orleans”

  1. Ronaldo Says:

    In any event, it is doubtful that these votes would be counted even if voting were allowed in Miami. Chavez will do anything to “win” the election.

    Chavez government disqualified as a democracy long ago. Nothing new here, just move on.

  2. HalfEmpty Says:

    Once the voters have seen New Orleans they’ll thank Hugo for making them vote there. :)

    Don’t miss Mother’s (get the ham with debris) and don’t stray far from the river, else it will start looking a bit too much like home.

    • Roy Says:

      I highly recommend the Red Beans and Rice with Sausage. You go’in’a love it, ah guar-aantee it.

      • Ronaldo Says:

        Muffaletto sandwich. Gotta eat one every time I visit New Orleans.

      • CharlesC Says:

        You sound like a native, Roy! Cajun cooking…

        • Armando J Tirado Says:

          Venezuelan – 2 year resident in NOLA. I can’t help but think that all this talk about NOLA foodie finds takes away from the seriousness of the issue. Having said that, don’t miss the Mississipi Mud Pie from Brennan’s. I love my half n’ half po-boys (oysters and shrip) from the Lousiana Seafood Exchange – now called something else, on Airline Hwy. Mother’s debris – a must, indeed. I am partial to the Muffaleta at Masparo’s

          • CharlesC Says:

            You are right! We got distracted, I’m having flashbacks
            and “smellbacks”- quite impressive!!
            Hard to get back to reality..

    • Ira Says:

      Always wanted to go there, and I will soon.


  3. Unfortunately this is just one dirty trick that started when people began to register to vote, and which obviously wont stop there…some consulates wouldn’t even let people IN! to register when the government workers were clearly inside (see London)!

    So to all you HCF supporters…tell me this, if he is sooo democratic why would consulates be shut to register to vote?? Maybe they were painting that day, or maybe they forgot their keys and somehow managed to lock themselves IN the consulate? I would absolutely looove to hear the excuse they come up for that one!

  4. Roy Says:

    The only surprise is that they didn’t force everyone to vote in Bozeman, Montana.

    • CharlesC Says:

      “Museum of the Rockies, located in Bozeman, Montana, features the world’s largest collection of dinosaur fossils and research”
      Seriously, I hope that when Chavez dies, scientists will study his brain.
      I believe they will find it is full of dinosaur caca…

  5. Alirio Escalona Says:

    This is another stupid measured taken by the Chavezship gang. They did not even have to do that. In the last sixty or so year the electoral board has never bother to count or even regard the votes of the Venezuelan living out of the country. Why worry now? I would not bother to vote even if the electoral board made a house call.

  6. syd Says:

    As a more expensive, time-consuming but effective alternative to the charter buses, consider this way to travel to NOLA:
    http://www.worldrecordsacademy.org/transport/most_passengers_carried_by_a_cruise_ship_world_record_set_by_Oasis_of_the_Seas_101641.htm .

    Perhaps several can be chartered from Royal Caribbean or Carnival? Carnival, in particular, was commandeered from its Ft. Laud home port to New Orleans by the USGov after Katrina.

    Agree with the comments on New Orleans: stay close to the river. Take the streetcar uptown along St. Charles Ave., walk along some of its side streets — a calmer alternative to the Fr. Quarter. Try the beignets with chicory-flavoured coffee at the Café Du Monde, and have something a little stronger at Napoleon’s Bar. Wonderful architecture throughout all old parts of town.

    • Kmart Says:

      another stupid and silly idea from our delusional canadian guest. You really have no idea how things work. Let me call Mickey and ask if he’s got a few extra boats kicking. Maybe the Concordia will be refloated in time.

  7. Carolina Says:

    Now, don’t they have to be registered at the New orleans consulate? And didn’t the registration process already passed? Were they transferred automatically, and by whom?

    When they recently opened the consulate in Vancouver (also a thousand mms from Calgary), people here in Alberta had to go to register there before the deadline in April.

  8. Bruni Says:

    What this say, Miguel, is that they think the vote will be very tight.

    BTW what happened to the lady that started the whole thing? The video, etc etc. It may all had been a montage to get an excuse to close the Miami consulate

  9. Dr. Faustus Says:

    It saddens me to think that all of these dirty tricks being played by the PSUV, shutting down the Miami consulate, Podemos/Patria Para Todos et all, will indeed have an impact on October’s elections. In a close race, this stuff counts. This will be one of the most vicious, cut-throat elections ever seen in South America. Yup, they, the PSUV, can surely re-elect Chavez with these nefarious tactics, provided he is still alive. But I don’t think he will be. The over use of steroids and fentadyl in his body can collapse his system on any given day. The more interesting question is what ‘plan’ have they come-up with to skew the election to their favor in case of his death? Who’s gonna replace him, and how? Behind closed doors a game plan was put together for the days and weeks after Chavez officially registers on Monday. There is a plan in place, conceived perhaps with the assistance of the Cuban DGI, which will surprise and shock all of us. If his body collapses in July from all of those steroids, which it probably will, they’ll know what to do. The plan is already in place. It has yet to be announced, but it’s coming,…it’s coming. Just watch. This is gonna get real dirty.

    • moctavio Says:

      Easy, hope Chavez can live up to Oct. 7th. Have him quit after Sept. 28th. and designate a successor. There is no campaigning after that date. Successor is elected for six years.


      • The two constitutional candidates are in stand-by, in case Chavez quits or meets his demise. Its not a coincidence that Diosdado and Jaua are currently in the fullfilling the President of the national assembly and Vicepresident offices. Unless Chavez is willing to discretionally choose a successor, the previously mentioned are next in line for the presidency.

    • Dr. Faustus Says:

      I really don’t think they can keep him alive between June 11th and September 28th. There has to be a ‘Plan B.’

  10. NET Says:

    I think at the margin, all of these dirty tricks (Miami, PPT, Podemos, Polls) could make a difference, but Capriles has to win by much more than a small margin in order to “cobrar”, what with the crooked CNE and voting machinery. A 60-40 Capriles win is possible (today’s march will perhaps confirm or deny this), IF he has witnesses at all 40,000 voting stations, because public discontent in my opinion is the highest in recent history, and because virtually all major cities/population centers in Venezuela are now pro-Capriles.

    • firepigette Says:

      Net,

      Well said.

      The opposition can never win with small margins because the gov. would steal the election in the blink of an eye.
      The oppo victory has to be obvious to all for it to stick.

      People in the barrios with whom I speak are saying that though Chavez is not popular anymore he is going to win anyway.What I find interesting is when they talk about “win” they mean steal the election.This confusion of terms is particularly damaging.Advice: Never use the term win when it should be called steal.

      Yesterday when talking to family I heard an example of a chauffeur for the high officials of a ministerio who goes to work with a red beret and Chavez shirt and says ” odio a Chavez ” but feels he “has” to vote for him anyway to keep his job.But the more people equate stealing with winning, the more confused they feel.The whole concept of winning and the influence of voter confidence on decision making has been down played by the opposition in my opinion.It’s like a double illusory trap: If they don’t raise awareness about the stealing of votes, it is easier for the gov to do so.But if it is emphasized too much it might make some oppo voters stay away.

      People pay too much attention to the almighty image and their irrational
      fears, and the power grabbers know it.

    • CharlesC Says:

      Update:

      Net said- “A 60-40 Capriles win is possible (today’s march will perhaps confirm or deny this), IF he has witnesses at all 40,000 voting stations, because public discontent in my opinion is the highest in recent history, and because virtually all major cities/population centers in Venezuela are now pro-Capriles.”

      You nailed it, pal!!!!!!!! Today’s march from photos and what I read, CONFIRMS what you say is true! I am very happy to see this!!!
      I know the busses and large groups of reds will be out Monday- but
      looks beautiful today!!

      • Ira Says:

        Capriles holds his rally on a Sunday, and today, Chavez’s PSUV is marching–a Monday.

        So today’s march will be attended by those who don’t work, and all GOVERNMENT employees who are FORCED to attend–which is why they picked a weekday. Not merely incredible inefficiency, but plain out vile corruption.

        Big difference, don’t you think, between this march and Capriles’, where his supporters actually WORK for a living in non-government patronage jobs?

  11. Alek Boyd Says:

    Great effort in explaining the current “free, transparent and fair” electoral system of Venezuela Miguel.

    Besides it however, I don’t know why anyone would get incensed by this, for it has been the case since the RR in 2004. Venezuelans abroad have been voting, and voting, since, and not one of those votes has ever arrived at the electoral ministry, or indeed counted.

    We have been informed of Venezuelan diplomats privately saying that no vote in embassy or consulate is worth the ballot is cast on, not even sent to the country. In addition to that, if Capriles is counting on Venezuelan expat votes to win, then his race is beyond hopeless.

    • syd Says:

      Alek, define “we” in “We have been informed”.

      The consular personnel (at least, in Toronto) have always invited the voters to attend the counting session at the end of the voting period. I have witnessed on two occasions the open counting of the ballots, before they are sealed in boxes and stacked at one end of the consular offices, with the corresponding paperwork signed and sealed.

      That’s where the transparency ends. The consular personnel has told the lingering witnesses that the results of the tally are relayed to the CNE, and that the boxes are sent by the next *valija diplómatica*. I have wondered whether, instead, the papelitos aren’t used as toilet paper by consular staff. But that’s another story.

      If the vote-filled boxes really do arrive at the CNE, I don’t see why the votes should be counted again. But maybe I’m missing something.

      What has been apparent, on multiple occasions, is that the tally of votes, even days and weeks later, never include the votes from ‘el exterior’.

      As for Miguel’s rant, it is altogether valid.

      Just because there’s ju-jú in a process that’s supposed to be clean and fair, and over which we have no control, doesn’t mean we should ignore the proceedings. Nor does it mean that we shouldn’t bother to vote.


  12. For those obligated and forced
    to assist huchano’s cne show
    tomorrow – REMEMBER –
    that RED jersey you will be wearing

    is HuChaNO’s favorite colour –

    ROJO CHUPA-SANGRE RED …

    no seas GuSaNO –
    Tomorrow Walk Away.
    cheers

  13. Roger Says:

    I wonder if you could vote in Havana or other Carib countries (Bermuda)? Hire a couple of 747’s for shuttles. Even if only a few thousand did it would be great PR.


  14. Dios que el flaco a
    mi me tiene loquita.
    A mi me tiene loquita.
    Por un beso del flaco
    yo daria lo que fuera …

    [My apologies to Jarabe de Palo].
    cheers

  15. Ira Says:

    –Many locals, as well as some foreigners who obviously would not be caught dead living in Venezuela, defend the cult and its “fairness”–

    Truer and more ironic words were never written since I started reading you, Miguel.

  16. Kmart Says:

    Miguel, on June 23rd, a “Consulado Movil” is taking place in Indianapolis. Mexican Consulate General is facilitating activities for the Venezuelans. There are other countries. It’s for routine consular transactions such as “fe de vida”, registration Vz kids born in US, powers of attorney, but no election assistance. No new passport and no help with cedulas.

    • Ira Says:

      Do they do passport RENEWALS?

      • CharlesC Says:

        I doubt they can do that.
        Speaking of Passport Renewals-the past few years the Miami Consulate
        was practically worthless-once they claimed they were out of paper for months..Lots of complaints about them not doing their jobs.-now we know they were busy doing “other things”

  17. Kmart Says:

    The Mexicans doing mobile consulates for quiet some time and now they are showing the largess of sharing this know-how with the consular corps of other Latam countries

  18. LuisF Says:

    Jsut death by a thousand cuts. Same story since RR2004, the elephant is death in the middle of the room, no one can tell the cause od death. A thousand pinches at the same time and the animal is dead from pain. …

    Efecto disussivo de persecucion politica en listas tascon y maisanta
    Riesgo de identificacion del voto via captahuella/maquina
    Registro electoral no auditado
    Eleimnacion del Financiamiento de partidos con fondos publicos
    Persecusion a financistas privados
    Uso de fondo publicos en campanas y mobilizaciones
    Miembros de mesa y testigos
    restricciones al voto en el exterior,
    restricciones a la inscripcion de nuevos votantes
    Inscripciones masivas de nacionalizados express
    multiples identidades/ votantes fantasmas
    Sistema automatizado no auditable
    Falta de testigos en salas de totalizacion
    Falta de trnasparencia en el sistema de identificacion
    etc
    etc
    etc

    Cuando se suma el efecto neto de todas las acciones se entiende lo del elefante! Fraud is commited before election day, during election day and after election day!

    • Kmart Says:

      they have always known what the padding is (margin attributable to fraud). It is risky to run and then cry foul when you did not warn of cheat. The cheat is so variable and complex that proving it becomes herculean task. I personally think they need outside help and a game plan and not winging it and flying by the seat of their pants like they always do

      • LuisF Says:

        proving it! that is the trap. We need not to prove anything, we know the motive and the means are there.
        The CNE is the one that needs to prove fairness.

    • NET Says:

      Well said. The difference between Capriles and Chavez; 1) Capriles:A Democrat, freely and fairly elected in all his public offices held to date, with hundreds of thousands of non-paid marchers supporting him at his Presidential Election registration yesterday; 2) Chavez: the head of a CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE = Venezuelan State (would be called such in the U. S.), maintaining his autocratic power by unlawful/illegal means, paying/coercing people to march and vote in a fraudulent electoral process with at least 5 million non-existent phantom registered voters (approx. 100% of all possible Venezuelans 18/older are registered to vote)–Wake Up “Impartial International Observers!!!”


  19. The decision to mount the coup was taken on October 10th.
    Lenin had returned to Petrograd disguised as a train engineer.
    [That’s 1917, if you’re wondering.]

    Lenin insisted that the transfer of power
    from the Provisional Government to the Bolsheviks take this
    MILITARIZED form rather than the political form of a vote.

    he believed, as did Marx,
    that the class struggle was class warfare
    and so necessarily involved physical VIOLENCE.

    the October coup set the precedent
    for the continuing use of COERCION
    by the Party through all the stages
    required to CONSTRUCT SOCIALISM.

    It may sound pedantic,

    yet our October isn’t that far off,
    and who will guarantee that
    history will not repeat itself?
    cheers

  20. CharlesC Says:

    If one is to believe that Chavez has endured months of intense pain and taken large amounts of medications, isn’t it possible that months back Chavez had a
    “mental breakdown” and has recurrences on a regular basis…
    This being said-wouldn’t many even in his own party realize there must be a “Plan B”-a replacement candidate. I think you agree, but they are hoping to
    ride this burro till he drops..

  21. bobthebuilder Says:

    The argument of needing to travel to New Orleans doesn’t hold any weight with me. What happens if you are Venezuelan and you live in Alaska or Outer Mongolia or St Helena? How far do you have to travel to vote then? Besides, do you really think in a close election the votes will be transferred to Venezuela without tampering?

    Closing the Miami consulate down may have been politically motivated, but the hysteria surrounding it is misdirected. Save your outrage for the next example of appalling governance/autocratic interference.

    • ErneX Says:

      The outrage is because they could vote before in Miami, and that city has lots of voters. The hysteria is completely entitled.

    • syd Says:

      Hey genius (bobthebuilder),
      You make a hypothetical case for the travel plans of one Venezuelan living in Alaska or Outer Mongolia or St. Helena to the nearest voting centre.

      Is 26,000 too big of a number for you to understand?

      With 26,000 registered voters, Miami is among the largest centre of Venezuelan expatriates.

      I think it’s perfectly normal that there be some outrage over the “we’re-pulling-the-rug-from-under-you” action of making that many voters drive over 800 miles to exercise their civic right.

      Got it?


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