Archive for January 5th, 2003

Pot banging dispersed with tear gas in San Tome

January 5, 2003

Tonight the families of the San Tome oil field were performing a pot-banging demonstration when the Army and the National Guard used tear gas to disperse them because it is an “illegal” activity. All those people that write in the comments. Do these people have rights or not? Is this legal or not? This is another FACIST and Dictatorial act by the outlaw Government of Hugo Chavez.

Pictures from NY march

January 5, 2003

Pable sent additional pictures of the NY demonstration

A Gallery of Chavista Angels

January 5, 2003

Nice Guy!                                                       Why is the Intelligence Police helping him?

Does this guy know how to shoot or what?             This one was ready for war with his helmet

Another angel!

I have started a Gallery of Chavista shooters from last Friday. If anyone has images, please send them. If they are opposition, please send them too!!!

Don’t allow Chavez to ruin Venezuela

January 5, 2003

As a Boston Red Sox fan, I had to put this article from the Baltimore Sun on my blog written by a US citizen and fellow Red Sox sufferer.

Don’t allow Chavez to ruin Venezuela

By Douglas MacKinnon

My purgatory on Earth is being a Boston Red Sox fan. The fuel that provides the fire to my personal toaster oven? The Baltimore Orioles or either one of New York’s Major League teams. To this day, if I see more than 20 seconds of the 1986 World Series, I have all the symptoms of a major anxiety attack.

So clearly, what I don’t need is another visual image associated with the Red Sox that will cause me to have palpitations. Of all people, Hugo Chavez – the madman who is running Venezuela into the ground – has provided just such an image.

For the last seven years, I have been married to a wonderful and accomplished woman from Caracas, Venezuela. I’ve been to the country several times, done business with its people and grown to love almost everything about the country.

That said, for over the last year, I’ve been like a modern version of Paul Revere running around telling U.S. government officials and media contacts that, “Hugo is coming! Hugo is coming!” And wherever this dictator in all but name goes, he leaves behind a path of destruction, despair, anger and hopelessness.

For the last year, while most of our government’s attention has understandably been on terrorism, Afghanistan, the Middle East and Iraq, Mr. Chavez and his thugs have systematically crippled a nation that is of huge importance to the United States – both because of oil and gasoline imports and for national security concerns. On any day, Venezuela is the No. 1 to No. 4 supplier of oil and gasoline to the United States, and yet, for the past couple of years, we have paid scant attention while Mr. Chavez has aligned himself with Iraq, Libya and Cuba and all but broken the spine of his people.

Now, with nearly 80 percent of the people of Venezuela in all but total revolt against Mr. Chavez and his failed policies, the United States and the rest of the world have realized they, too, have a problem. Has that realization come too late to stop the impending implosion of a once-great nation?

My wife and I recently met with two members of the Venezuelan opposition who were in Washington to meet with the Organization of American States. They made two points.

First, it is critical that the United States take a more vocal role in calling for early elections. They understand the United States is gun-shy about being seen as inserting itself into the constitutional matters of Venezuela because of perceived cheerleading against Mr. Chavez during the “accidental coup” of April 11. But they believe that, for the sake of their people, the United States must get involved.

Second, they complained about the U.S. ambassador to Venezuela, Charles Shapiro, a career foreign service officer. They believe he is weak, is in over his head and is seen by Venezuelans as someone who tries to placate Mr. Chavez whenever possible. It is their hope and belief that, when the dust settles, the Bush administration will appoint a “political” ambassador who will have more direct access to the president and who will understand and appreciate the vital link between Venezuela and the United States.

What does all this have to do with the Red Sox? Because Citgo is one of the largest franchisers of oil products in the United States, and, in a very real sense, Mr. Chavez owns it.

Citgo is a wholly owned subsidiary of Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of Venezuela. While many of PDVSA’s workers are courageously on strike against Mr. Chavez, he still ultimately controls the spigot and, therefore, could control some of our fate.

For more than four decades, the most important landmark associated with Fenway Park (the home of the Red Sox), is the giant, flashing neon Citgo sign that looms beyond the “Green Monster” in Kenmore Square. For my entire life, that Citgo sign has stood as a symbol of baseball, the Splendid Splinter and eternal hope.

Today, at least for me, it stands as a solemn reminder that a madman rules my second country and that the worst may be yet to come. The sooner Mr. Chavez goes, the sooner I can enjoy my Red Sox and prepare for the Orioles, Yankees or Mets to break my heart.

Douglas MacKinnon is a former White House and Pentagon official and a novelist.

Eyewitness account of police module attack by Chavistas

January 5, 2003

My brother the Tyromaniac lives two block away from the police module, this is what he has found out:

This story was confirmed by a neighbor with a perfect view of the events. The police were in a corner, far from the funeral home, and they were shot at (two were wounded), and the chavistas advanced against the station threatening to burn it… The police defended themselves with tear gas and plastic bullets.

The Government is playing with fire and we are all going to get burned…..