Winning ugly

Not necessarily. The opposition’s only plausible path to victory on September 26th is simple: turn out your base and hope the other side’s soft-supporters stay home. And, within that game plan, "¡pa que coja mínimo!" is not necessarily the wrong message.  It’s, in essence, the 2D playbook. It’s easy to forget that in 2007 the…

Chabuki watch #7

  You know how playwrights talk about "the arc" of a character? They’ll go on and on about a character’s "inflexion point", the moment when they come to an important realization that changes them. Here is Hugo Chavez, pretending he’s reached some sort of an inflexion point: "The State cannot be the owner of everything… I…

Chavismo’s Crap-o-rrific Swing-o-meter

It simply makes my blood boil to think the hacks who made this probably got paid thousands upon thousands of petrodollars while I burn the midnight oil just for the satisfaction of scratching my own OCD itch. Compatriotas revolucionarios, whatever you’re paying these, I’ll do it for half…hell, I already did it, and, very socialistically,…

At war with the people (Updated)

The Pérez de León hospital in Petare is, by law, managed by the Sucre municipality. The mayor is Primero Justicia’s Carlos Ocaríz. Yesterday, Hugo Chávez said he would not approve funding for the hospital’s new wing. Chávez’s excuse for not approving the funds is that, according to him, any money earmarked for the hospital would somehow…