Tracking Broken Promises

So, as we move towards Friday’s big flashy launch of Chávez’s pet Organization of American but Not North American States, I keep thinking someone, somewhere should be keeping a kind of searchable archive of crazy-ass regional integration schemes Chávez has promised that came to nothing. We can all remember the insane plan to send a natural…

Grand Theft Party

In the era of chavista social lunacy and decay, there’s always one more depth left to plumb. Today, we find out that the Supreme Tribunal is aiding and abetting the wholesale theft of a political party – by overturning the results of PPT’s leadership elections on its way to handing control of the party’s symbols…

Our sexist opposition

The other day, Carlos Ocariz, candidate for governor of Miranda, endorsed a group of 21 people who are vying for mayor in his state. Their names? Juan Carlos, David, Ramón, José Manuel, Guillermo, Raimundo, Richard, Julio Cesar, Luis Manuel, José, Iván, Enrique, Maximino, Roger, Oswaldo, Pedro, Ovidio, José Luis, Roberto, Orlando, and David. Leopoldo López,…

Thugs and their Thuggish Thug Things

Probably one of the more difficult things about my job is communicating to a First World audience that unmistakable taste of sheer thuggishness the Chávez government leaves in your mouth. There are certain taken-for-granted understandings an audience has about just what a government is and how far it might go in seeking its goals that…

We are geniuses

Well, that didn’t take long. A mere day after the SUNDECOP began “controlling” the prices for all goods and services in the economy, we are hearing from the Bolivarian National Guard that there is hoarding going on, that articles have “disappeared” from the shelves, and that they simply will not tolerate this. Coffee, cooking oil,…

The tyranny of the deadline

Dang it, I’m on deadline today so I really don’t have the time to give full flight to the furious, disgusted, downright marialejandralopezesque rant I have brewing inside of me over the simply incredible, puked-half-in-my-mouth-when-I-heard-it case of María Corina Machado’s 23 de Enero campaign stop. Turns out Machado first got shot at while trying to throw…