Archive for March 26th, 2006

News from Jorge

March 26, 2006

While Miguel is away swimming somewhere in the middle of the
Indian Ocean, your friendly ghost will be reporting
on-and-off. I am quite busy these days trying to start my tomato plants. You
see, bloggers grow orchids and ghost bloggers grow tomatoes. It is a fact of
life and an Internet law.  Actually, I
have been thinking that while Miguel is away on his extended vacation among
Polynesian sharks I should take advantage of his absence and open a new The
Devil’s Section devoted to growing tomatoes…  

So if you want me to keep ghosting as long as Chavez is in
power ( I’ve got the most secure job anyone can dream of!) please prepare your
messages of support for the new tomatoes Section  and keep them handy. I’ll let you know if I
need an outpour of spontaneous support when Miguel gets back.

As usual, there are many interesting news in the Chavista kingdom
of Venezuela:

  •  a
    new Petrochemical
    company that we do not know how it differs from the previous one and that
    will develop Petrochemical technology in Venezuela
    (didn’t we already have one in place?);

but since I do not
have much time to keep you posted on everything, I will start with the one that
concerns me the most: the news that my tocayo, Jorge
Rodriguez, is not running for the CNE

This is sad news for this ghost blogger since Jorge
Rodríguez is one of my favorite government characters, in particular because we
share the same name. So I would like to propose to the 20 people that are electing the
new CNE
directive that the next President of the CNE is called Jorge as

What? Do you think that that is a totally arbitrary
requirement? Why? If the new president is elected to follow strict Chavista
rules we may as well impose that he has at least a charming first name.  It should not be too difficult to find a good
number of devoted Chavistas called Jorge. I would even think that it could be
possible to find one called Jorge Miguel or Jorge Daniel but I do not want to
push too much.

Of course, of course, I know I am being too pessimistic.
Maybe the people that are electing the new CNE will find someone that is
competent and truly independent. The problem is that out of the 20 members, 11
are members of the National Assembly, that is 100% Chavista. BTW Sumate has
asked that those members have voice but would abstain from voting….In any case
I will forgive them for not imposing the Jorge name if they truly elect an
independent Council.

The interesting thing now is to know why Jorge Rodriguez is
really stepping down.  For weeks he was a
sure bet for the new CNE and, all of a sudden, he says that he does not want to
be a roadblock in the presidential elections. He does not want to be an excuse
for the opposition to decide not to run in the forthcoming election.

 You know what? I believe him. I think that Chavez is
desperate to get any opposition candidate against him in December to avoid the
international image that he is holding a plebiscite. So, in my humble ghost
opinion, the order probably came from Chavez himself.  

 There have also been rumors about Jorge Rodríguez being a
candidate to be the next
Vice president.

 Personally, I don’t believe those rumors. Chavez wants to
preserve the idea that the CNE that has been running the last elections and the
RR was fair and independent. If he nominates Rodríguez as a Vice president
there is no way he can say that.

 (Sorry Jorge, I know I just blew your possibilities for Vice
president. When the MINCI guys read this they will be so convinced by my ingenious
interpretation that, upon being informed, Chavez will change his mind on your
nomination. But do not despair, keep reading, I’ve got a better idea for you).

This ghost blogger also learned that before leaving, Jorge
Rodríguez  put in
the list of all the Venezuelan voters by district in the web page of
the CNE. However, in  the VTV article cited
above it is said that the personal data of the voters will not be made
available in order NOT TO VIOLATE ARTICLE 60 OF THE CONSTUTUTION! So now, after
the Tascón list and the Maisanta Program where the personal information of
millions of Venezuelans voters was and is still used for blacklisting by the
government,  and is available from street
vendors in Caracas, the same government says that it cannot reveal the voters’
personal data. Funny that now they discover there is an article 60 in the
Constitution, which BTW is the same
article 60 mentioned in this post…

Before finishing the post, I read that Chavez had some nice
words for Jorge Rodriguez in today’s Alo Presidente, lamenting
that he had to step down because of the bad publicity that he has been unjustly
the object of and that was directed of course from the Empire…

So poor Jorge will have to step down with just a warm congratulation
from the President, no goodies, unless we quickly forget about him and
concentrate on the new CNE President. Maybe then, Chavez can give him more than
his heartfelt congratulations for a job well done.

BTW,  Jorge,  here is the tip: I heard that the Paris
is now available

You know, discussing and tasting the virtues of Moet
Chandons, Foie Gras and Chateau Lafitte is much more interesting than dealing
day in and day out with Maria Corina, the oligarchic media and stubborn
bloggers and ghosts.

So go for it, tocayo, you deserve it!

Reporting from Cyberspace,

Jorge Arena
Distinguished Ghost.