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The quotable revolution

(A guest post by friend-of-the-blog Daniel Lansberg-Rodríguez) It’s amazing how little of the truly delicious ridiculousness spouted by the regime’s members gets noticed abroad, isn’t it?  Since the death of Chávez, whose personal musings regarding, say, Martian economics or eau de azufre, would sporadically find their way into international news, today equally delectable morsels cooked up by his…

Where’s Waldo? Cont.

Six days after his last public appearance, Hugo Chávez is on TV again. Same setting. Pretty much the same attendees. Zero contact with the people. The topic of his boring talk today? The regional elections, and how the opposition is apparently moronic for thinking that something called “Constitutional” had anything to do with modifying the…

It’ll never happen again, baby, I promise

This is simply upsetting. Speaking to supporters in Cabimas, Chávez literally promises to “be more efficient, a better companion, a better person,” adding “I won’t fail you.” That “companion” bit got me. I mean, I know it’s a marialejandralopecista talking point, but jeezum crow, the cycle of violence overtones here are downright eerie. Venezuela is…

Laureano nails it

Laureano Márquez has a wonderful piece today, where he weighs in on the milieu of the times. So if you’re the sort of person who thinks milieu counts for something, go and read it… (in Spanish, btw) The money quote: “Si hay que insistir tanto en que el candidato opositor no es lo que parece,…

Schrödinger’s Bond

Did Chávez have his “you didn’t build that” moment after the Amuay disaster when he said that, accident or no accident, “as some philosopher whose name I don’t remember said, The Show Must Go On“? Both were gaffes, and the attacks each spawned are arguably unfair. But both seem to transcend questions of context by…

The Cadena that Wasn’t

For once, today, Venezuela faced a situation where a Cadena Nacional would have been entirely appropriate, even welcome. Facing a genuine national disaster, people naturally turn to their leader for explanation, for guidance, for leadership, for solace. Handling events like last night’s is why Cadenas are supposed to exist in the first place, ¡coño! And…

One, two, a thousand Ismaels

After mistakenly tweeting tonight that another Supreme Court justice and a high-ranking military officer had fled to the United States, one would be tempted to chastise Ismael García for spreading false rumors. I say to Ismael: more power to ya. Chavistas have been toying with our emotions and rolling the gossip balls for years now.…